Hello! I’ve always wanted to write a post about upcoming releases but, honestly, I’m never that up to date about it. However, I have added a few books to my online wishlist that haven’t been published yet and I’m really looking forward to them so I want to talk about how awesome they are with you guys.
The Haunting of Aveline Jones
by Phil Hickes
Release date September 17th 2020.
Aveline is a horror book lover and so, when half term comes, she gets much more excited for it when she finds a spooky old book. It belonged to a girl who vanished mysteriously. Aveline decides that she’s going to investigate the disappearance – but now something is stirring and it starts to look for her.
As you may know by now, I absolutely love spooky stories and this sounds just for me! Middle aged spooky stories are usually so much scarier than those for adults and they’re so creepy and feed my appetite. Definitely on the top of my list.
The Once and Future Witches
by Alix Harrow
Release date is October 15th 2020.
This is a historical novel set in the 1980’s about how there were no such thing as witches. If a woman wants power, she has to find it at the ballot box. But one day, three women join the women’s movement that might turn it into the witch’s movement. They delve into the oldest magic, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
Historical fiction isn’t usually my thing but it’s witches so I’m really excited for this one. Due to it being historical fiction, it may take me a while to be motivated to actually pick this up (might be a good thing with how big my TBR is), but I’m going to bet I’ll fall in love with it.
I Killed Zoe Spanos
by Kit Frick
Title is going to be released on September 3rd 2020.
Anna arrives at a new village hoping for a fresh start, but what she finds instead is a community on edge after the disappearance of Zoe Spanos. She’s a local girl that has been missing since New Year’s eve. Anna delves deeper into the mystery and becomes more and more involved in Zoe’s life, and becomes more convinced she and Zoe are connected and that she knows what happened to her. When Zoe’s body is found in a nearby lake two months later, Anna is charged with manslaughter, but Anna’s confession is riddled with holes. Martina Green, host of the Missing Zoe podcast, is not convinced Anna did it. Can Martina’s podcast uncover the truth?
This sounds absolutely amazing. I really can’t wait for this one to come out. It’s just my cup of tea and sounds similar to audiobooks I’ve listened to that i’ve really enjoyed. I’m looking forward to the suspense and finding out what happened to her, which I’m hoping will be an interesting plot twist, and I also can’t wait to read about what made Anna confess to a murder she didn’t do.
One to Watch
by Kate Stayman-London
This will be released on January 7th 2021.
Bea is a plus size fashion blogger with amazing friends, thousands of Instagram followers and a massively broken heart. Bea has a weekly obsession, the reality TV show Main Squeeze. It has fantasy dates, kiss-off rejections, and a shockingly large amount of men named Ben. Bea, however, is sick of the lack of body diversity on the show and doesn’t think being a size zero should be the only criteria for being engaged on television. Bea has sworn off men altogether, but Main Squeeze asks her to be a contestant and she agrees on the basis that she absolutely won’t fall in love with anyone. When the cameras start rolling, she finds herself in a whirlwind of Twitter wars, sexy suitors and many opportunities to find messy, real life love for a TV fairy tale. Bea has to decide whether it’s worth trusting herself and these men to find her happily ever after.
I’ll admit that my main reason for being so interested in this is the plus size representation. As a fat person myself, finding myself represented in fun ways like this and positivity is quite difficult. I’m not a romance person but I think this will be funny, light hearted and make me feel loved and wanted as a fat person. I’m really excited for this one.
Can’t Take That Away
by Steven Salvatore
Release date March 9th 2021.
This follows a genderqueer teenager who finds the courage to speak out against for equality when they’re discriminated against by their high school administration. Carey dreams of being a diva and bringing the house down with song. Despite their talent, dealing with daily homophobia and their grandmother’s dementia makes it hard to find their voice. Then Carey meets Cris, a singer/guitarist who makes Carey feel seen for the first time ever. With the rush of a promising romantic relationship, they feel the confidence to audition for the Wicked Witch of the West in the school musical, setting off a chain reaction of prejudice and it’s up to Carey, Cris and their friends to stand up for what’s right.
I have a feeling that this is going to be difficult to read, especially from personal experiences which make it difficult for me to see it as an outsider and not be personally hurt, but I love reading about stories where young teenagers become so powerful and fight back against the hatred that’s thrown at them. It’s strength and bravery at outstanding levels and I can’t wait to cheer them on.
Something to Say
by Lisa Moore Rameé
Released on August 20th 2020 (so soon!).
Janae doesn’t have any friends. She’s just fine with that. She’s so good at being invisible it’s almost like a superpower, much like her idol Astrid Dane. At home, however, she has plenty of company – her no-nonsense Mama, her older brother Malcolm and her beloved Grandpa, Gee. Then a new student shows up at school, Aubrey. Janae can’t figure out why he keeps popping up whenever she goes. The more she tries to push him away, the more determined he is to become her friend. Despite this, she starts to get used to having him around. When the two are teamed up in a debate to have the schools name changed, she knows the friendship had an expiration date. Janae would do almost anything to avoid speaking up in front of a school audience, risking the first real friendship she has ever had.
Another cute, and diverse, little middle grade book to add to my list of upcoming releases! This just sounds cute and I really love books that focus on the importance of friendship instead of making close connections and love about romantic love, even when the two main characters are really young. Friendship can be just as important, sometimes more so, than romantic love and I can’t wait to see this book emphasise that.
Cinderella is Dead
by Kalynn Bayron
Release date August 6th 2020 (by the time I publish this post, it would be in the past!).
It’s been 200 years since Cinderella found her prince and the fairytale is over. Sophia knows this story though off by heart. Every girl has to recite this story by heart from when she’s tiny until she is sent to the royal ball for choosing. The lives not chosen by the men at the ball are forfeit. Sophia doesn’t want to be chosen. She’s in love with her best friend,Erin, and hates the idea of being paraded around like cattle. When Sophia’s night at the ball goes horribly wrong, she must run for her life. Alone and terrified, she finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s tomb. There she meets someone with the power to remake the world.
I’m sorry but if this doesn’t sound absolutely incredible to you, I don’t know what will. I’m not sure when I’ll ever get around to this because my TBR is so long and I have limited funds but I’m still extremely excited because it sounds AMAZING.
The Caravan of Broken Dreams
by C L Latham
Release date 15th December 2020.
At night, windows are closed and children are locked away, but nothing can stop the music from entering. When the music began two years ago, Ekaterina lost her only family. When she vowed to hunt down whoever was behind the disappearances, she never expected to be pulled deep into a world she never knew existed, or that she would have even more to lose. Especially when Luca, a strange boy with lion’s eyes, appears with a note from her brother and a connection to the music.
I’m lucky enough to already own an ARC of this as the author of the book is a good friend of mine! I filled out an ARC application form and I got approved (I’m still going to buy the book on release day, of course) – fairytale retellings are some of my favourite kind of books to read, so I’m so excited for this. Especially since I’ve never read a Pied Piper retelling before, it sounds incredible. This is next on my TBR so expect a review of this in the next couple of weeks.
So that’s some upcoming releases I’m really looking forward to! I think I have a few more and, if I do, I’ll write a part two as this one is already long enough as it is. Have you heard of any of these and, if you have, what do you think? Do any of these sound like something you’d enjoy?