Lists, Uncategorized

Our Most Anticipated New Releases of 2020

Nicole:

 

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

JK Rowling has forever made me weary of wanting more from my favorites, but I’m still cautiously excited for this. It’s set sixty-four years before the start of the first book, and I’m just very curious how this will end up despite its ugly cover.

Release Date: May 19, 2020

 

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All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

A book all about sirens and magic and pirates has my name all over it. The princess of this island has to control soul magic in order to rule, but something goes wrong and she has to run.

Release Date: February 4, 2020

 

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All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

This is basically The Breakfast Club but with murder and you gotta figure out what who is doing it. I am cautious about this one even though I love the thought of it. What I personally will do is see a couple reviews before picking it up. Just to see if the mystery is worth it.

Publication Date: March 17, 2020

 

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Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons

This book is all about gladiators and getting revenge on the gods. It sounds so unique to me, and I can not wait for it to come out.

Publication Date: August 4, 2020

 

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The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

A West-African inspired fantasy that focuses a lot on blood and warriors. There is a blood ritual where if you have red blood you can join the village, but our protagonist, Deka, finds she has gold blood. So, Deka now has a choice: stay and suffer her fate or go with this mysterious woman who is training an army to overrule the emperor. To me this sounds really cool, and I love that the army is full of only girls.

Publication Date: May 26, 2020

 

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Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Sheetal is the daughter of a star and a mortal. Her human dad gets hurt, and she needs her moms help. But her mom is in the sky now, obviously she’s a star, and now Sheetal has to go on this quest which somehow ends up with her in a competition. This kind of reminds me of Kiranmala series, but then also uniquely its own.

Publication Date: August 11, 2020

 

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Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova

I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.

Just those three sentences make me excited about this new series. But if you need to know more it’s all about magic and spies and romance and rebellion. The full summary is a lot for me to sum up here, but those keywords are all I need to be interested.

Publication Date: April 28, 2020

 

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When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

The cover first drew me to this book, and the word magic in title. But the best part is this isn’t simply a contemporary. It’s actually about teen witches. And on prom night, a boy ends up dead. So they try to fix things but not everything goes as plan.

Publication Date: March 3, 2020

 

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Witches of Ash and Ruin by E Latimer

Another witch book. Honestly, I feel so blessed. And this witch is bisexual and has OCD, and the summary implies a f/f enemies to lovers trope with a witch from another coven. If that’s not enough, a serial killer kills one of the witches in their town and they have to stop them. Everything about this book is wanting to become one of my favorites, and I’m going to be so disappointed if I don’t like it.

Publication Date: March 3, 2020

 

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

First of all, gorgeous cover. Second of all, another witches book, or more accurately in this case, brujos. Yadriel is having trouble with his traditional Latinx family accepting his gender, and he wants to prove himself. He attempts to set from the ghost of his murdered cousin, but instead summons the ghost of the school’s bad boy.

Publication Date: June 9, 2020

 

 

 

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A Song Below Water by Bethany C Morrow

In this world, Sirens are hunted. Tavia has to deal both with being a Siren and being Black. And during a traffic stop, Tavia accidentally uses her voice. This sounds very unique since a lot of fantasy has prejudice, but never acknowledge real world racism. So I’m very curious how this will turn out.

Publication Date: June 2, 2020

 

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The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson

A love story between the son’s of the Democratic and Republican parties while on the presidential campaign trail. I know people will likely compare this to Red, White, and Royal Blue, but I hope they will still give this a chance. Hutchinson is a good writer, and I want to know how he will deal with all the politics involved.

Publication Date: June 2, 2020

 

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Sia Martinez and the Moonlight Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Sia thinks her mother was deported three years ago. But one night, aliens come with her mother with them. This sounds completely out there, and I have to read it.

Publication Date: August 4, 2020

 

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Mary Underwater by Shannon Doleski

Mary’s abusive father is back home from prison. Desperate to escape, she plans to build a submarine to sail across Chesapeake Bay. This Middle Grade sounds like it’ll break my heart, and for some reason I am here for it.

Publication Date: April 7, 2020

 

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Ghost Squad by Claribel A Ortega

This middle grade fantasy was supposed to come out last year, but then was pushed back.  Basically, Lucely and Syd accidentally set evil ghosts on their town, and then have to fix it with the help of Lucely and their cat, Chunk.

Publication Date: April 7, 2020

 

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Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron

Maya’s father goes missing, and she discovers her father was actually the keeper of the keys between our world and The Dark. To find him, Maya has to unlock her powers.

Publication Date: May 5, 2020

 

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The Chaos Curse by Sayantani Dasgupta

The third book to the Kiranmala series is coming out, and even though I still haven’t read the second book I know I’m going to love both of them.

Publication Date: March 3, 2020

 

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Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Majia

A Rick Riordan Presents book so you know I have to read it. I remember when this book was announced forever ago, and I’m so excited it’s finally coming out. It tackles the myth of La Llorona with a protagonist who loves space and science.

Publication Date: August 2020

 

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Eva Evergreen Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe

If Eva doesn’t earn the rank of Novice Witch by the time she’s thirteen, she’ll lose her magic. Eva’s determined not to have that happen, but the problem is, she doesn’t have a lot of magic. 2020 is apparently the year of witches, and I, for one, am very excited for it.

Publication Date: August 4, 2020

 

Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

A Rick Riordan Presents book all about Navajo gods.

Publication Date: January 14, 2020

 

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You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

I loved An Anonymous Girl by this duo, so I want to read their other books. This is a thriller, and I don’t like to read summaries of thrillers because sometimes that spoils the whole book. So I have no idea what it’s about.

Publication Date: March 3, 2020

 

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Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky

Three sisters live in a compound training to survive the end of the world, but then it turns out that there is a threat in the compound. I love when scary movies have the victims know how to survive/fight, so I imagine it’ll be the same for books.

Publication Date: May 5, 2020

 

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The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

Two girls with rival Henna businesses fall in love. I think this author first tried to do DvPit or something for this book, and I’ve been following her ever since.

Publication Date: May 12, 2020

 

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Beach Read by Emily Henry

Two writers have writer’s block. They decide to switch genres: literary and romance. And then, you know, fall in love. I’ve become a lot more appreciative of romances over the last couple years, and even the plot of this book makes me smile.

Publication Date: May 19, 2020

 

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Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

I’ve always been interested in Silvera’s books, but so far they’ve seemed too sad for me. But this is his first fantasy and I want to check it out. I know it is gay, has a magical war, and somehow involves phoenixes which I’m very interested in.

Publication Date: January 14, 2020

 

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Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Set in Mexico in the 1950’s, a socialite receives a letter from her cousin begging for help. I’ve read Certain Dark Things from Moreno-Garcia before, and everything from the setting to the cover draws my interest.

Publication Date: June 30, 2020

 

Isis:

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Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram

Darius the Great Is Not Okay was such a good book that dealt with a beautiful Persian family and mental illness and sexuality. I’m so excited to revisit these characters and see what wonders the author has in store. Judging by the cover, I’m guessing the sexuality part will be explored more in depth. I can’t wait!

Publication Date: August 25th, 2020

 

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A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green

I was pleasantly surprised by An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. Hank Green is a fantastic writer and a lovely person. I’m so excited to read this sequel, and pretty much everything else he writes.

Publication Date: July 7th, 2020

(If I manage to read at least one of these two books, it will be a miracle).

 

 

 

Lists, Uncategorized

Most Anticipated Books of 2019

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A new year means a ton new books being published. So we whipped up a list of books we are most excited for. And tell us what books are coming out that you need to read! Are they the same as ours? Or are we in desperate need of hearing about more books? Tell us in the comments below.

Isis:

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99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Expected publication: January 29th
She wrote The Hating Game which I loved, so I’m super excited about this book. I have no idea what it’s about, but I don’t care.

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Shadow Me by Tahereh Mafi
Expected publication: March 5th 
I need more Shatter Me books and this one is from Kenji’s POV so I’m sure it won’t disappoint. 
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Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Expected publication: April 2nd
I just need more Warner in my life. 
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Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

Expected publication: May 7th
I’ve been following Christine’s channel on YouTube for a long time. I’m so excited to read her first novel. I’m sure it’ll be great.
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Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
Expected publication: 2019
While I didn’t love Carry On, I’m always up for good m/m romance.
Nicole:
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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Expected publication: January 8th
All I know is this is a thriller focused on women doing a psychology study which is kind of what what of my own books is about so I am all in. Isis was able to get me a couple of this already and I’m excited to pick it up.
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The Girl King by Mimi Yu
Expected publication: January 8th
I saw this cover on Twitter one day, and that’s all I need to want to read it.
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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Expected publication: January 15th
Historical Paris with magic? Sign me up! I don’t think I’ve ever read Chokshi’s work before, and I’m excited to pick this one up because I’ve never seen a bad review about any of her books.
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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Expected publication: January 15th
I need to read everything Rick Riordan Presents puts out so obviously I have to read this one.
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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Expected publication: February 5th
This one is about a young girl hoping to become a rapper. I think it’ll be really interesting since I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about a rapper.
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The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
Expected publication: February 5th
A girl suffering from OCD must find her mother during the race riots of 1969 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I have no doubt this will be an amazing debut. Just look at that cover.
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Game of Stars by Sayantani Dasgupta
Expected publication: February 26th
The first book was in my favorites of 2018 so of course I’m looking forward to it’s sequel.
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Internment by Samira Ahmed
Expected publication: March 19th
This one is about a possible near future where Muslims are forced into concentration camps. I don’t think this will be a fun read but a necessary one.
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You Owe Me A Murder by Eileen Cook
Expected publication: March 5th
I’ve been getting more into thrillers and this one sounds insane. It’s about two girls murdering for each other.
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The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
Expected publication: May 14th
I saw this cover and knew I needed to read it. All I know is it is a YA fantasy, and I don’t need to know more.
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Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Expected publication: July 9th
A feminist Lord of the Flies with the most beautiful cover I’ve ever seen? I’m so excited for this debut.
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The Escape Room by Megan Goldin
Expected publication: August 6th
A corporate team has to do team building in an escape room and dark secrets come out. I’m so excited for this.
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Daddy by Robyn Harding
Expected publication: August 20th
Sugar daddies and murder sounds like it will be a wild ride that I can’t wait to get on.
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Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
Expected publication: 2019
This is described as Coco meets Stranger Things so I would have wanted it anyway. But I discovered Ortega on Twitter through PitMad when she was talking about her 80s punk witch book and I knew she was someone I needed to follow because she was going to be a new favorite author whenever she gets published. I’m so excited it’s finally happening!