Anticipated Releases Monthly

Most Anticipated Releases – May 2021

I am looking forward to these book releases in May 2021.

~4 May 2021 ~

Realm Breaker (Realm Breaker #1)

By Victoria Aveyard

Synopsis:

A strange darkness grows in Allward.

Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea.

She soon discovers the truth: She is the last of an ancient lineage—and the last hope to save the world from destruction. But she won’t be alone. Even as darkness falls, she is joined by a band of unlikely companions:

A squire, forced to choose between home and honor.
An immortal, avenging a broken promise.
An assassin, exiled and bloodthirsty.
An ancient sorceress, whose riddles hide an eerie foresight.
A forger with a secret past.
A bounty hunter with a score to settle.

Together they stand against a vicious opponent, invincible and determined to burn all kingdoms to ash, and an army unlike anything the realm has ever witnessed.

Blade of Secrets (Bladesmith #1)

By Tricia Levenseller

Synopsis:

A teenage blacksmith with social anxiety accepts a commission from the wrong person and is forced to go on the run to protect the world from the most powerful magical sword she’s ever made.

Eighteen-year-old Ziva prefers metal to people. She spends her days tucked away in her forge, safe from society and the anxiety it causes her, using her magical gift to craft unique weapons imbued with power.

Then Ziva receives a commission from a powerful warlord, and the result is a sword capable of stealing its victims’ secrets. A sword that can cut far deeper than the length of its blade. A sword with the strength to topple kingdoms. When Ziva learns of the warlord’s intentions to use the weapon to enslave all the world under her rule, she takes her sister and flees.

Joined by a distractingly handsome mercenary and a young scholar with extensive knowledge of the world’s known magics, Ziva and her sister set out on a quest to keep the sword safe until they can find a worthy wielder or a way to destroy it entirely.

The Ones We’re Meant to Find

By Joan He

Synopsis:

One of the most twisty, surprising, engaging page-turner YAs you’ll read this year—We Were Liars meets Black Mirror, with a dash of Studio Ghibli.

Cee awoke on an abandoned island three years ago. With no idea of how she was marooned, she only has a rickety house, an old android, and a single memory: she has a sister, and Cee needs to find her.

STEM prodigy Kasey wants escape from the science and home she once trusted. The eco-city—Earth’s last unpolluted place—is meant to be sanctuary for those committed to planetary protection, but it’s populated by people willing to do anything for refuge, even lie. Now, she’ll have to decide if she’s ready to use science to help humanity, even though it failed the people who mattered most.

Luck of the Titanic

By Stacey Lee

Synopsis:

From the critically acclaimed author of The Downstairs Girl comes the richly imagined story of Valora and Jamie Luck, twin British – Chinese acrobats traveling aboard the Titanic on its ill fated maiden voyage.

Southampton, 1912: Seventeen-year-old British-Chinese Valora Luck has quit her job and smuggled herself aboard the Titanic with two goals in mind: to reunite with her twin brother Jamie–her only family now that both their parents are dead–and to convince a part-owner of the Ringling Brothers Circus to take the twins on as acrobats. Quick-thinking Val talks her way into opulent firstclass accommodations and finds Jamie with a group of fellow Chinese laborers in third class. But in the rigidly stratified world of the luxury liner, Val’s ruse can only last so long, and after two long years apart, it’s unclear if Jamie even wants the life Val proposes. Then, one moonless night in the North Atlantic, the unthinkable happens–the supposedly unsinkable ship is dealt a fatal blow–and Val and her companions suddenly find themselves in a race to survive.

Stacey Lee, master of historical fiction, brings a fresh perspective to an infamous tragedy, loosely inspired by the recently uncovered account of six Titanic survivors of Chinese descent.


~ 11 May 2021 ~

Illusionary (Hollow Crown #2)

By Zoraida Cordova

Synopsis:

Reeling from betrayal at the hands of the Whispers, Renata Convida is a girl on the run. With few options and fewer allies, she’s reluctantly joined forces with none other than Prince Castian, her most infuriating and intriguing enemy. They’re united by lofty goals: find the fabled Knife of Memory, kill the ruthless King Fernando, and bring peace to the nation. Together, Ren and Castian have a chance to save everything, if only they can set aside their complex and intense feelings for each other.

With the king’s forces on their heels at every turn, their quest across Puerto Leones and beyond leaves little room for mistakes. But the greatest danger is within Ren. The Gray, her fortress of stolen memories, has begun to crumble, threatening her grip on reality. She’ll have to control her magics–and her mind–to unlock her power and protect the Moria people once and for all.

For years, she was wielded as weapon. Now it’s her time to fight back.


In the Ravenous Dark

By A.M. Strickland

Synopsis:

A pansexual bloodmage reluctantly teams up with an undead spirit to start a rebellion among the living and the dead.

In Thanopolis, those gifted with magic are assigned undead spirits to guard them—and control them. Ever since Rovan’s father died trying to keep her from this fate, she’s hidden her magic. But when she accidentally reveals her powers, she’s bound to a spirit and thrust into a world of palace intrigue and deception.

Desperate to escape, Rovan finds herself falling for two people she can’t fully trust: Lydea, a beguiling, rebellious princess; and Ivrilos, the handsome spirit with the ability to control Rovan, body and soul.

Together, they uncover a secret that will destroy Thanopolis. To save them all, Rovan will have to start a rebellion in both the mortal world and the underworld, and find a way to trust the princess and spirit battling for her heart—if she doesn’t betray them first.

Mister Impossible (Dreamer Trilogy #2)

By Maggie Stiefvater

Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Raven Boys, a mesmerizing story of dreams and desires, death and destiny.

The stakes have never been higher as it seems like either the end of the world or the end of dreamers approaches.

Do the dreamers need the ley lines to save the world . . . or will their actions end up dooming the world? As Ronan, Hennessy, and Bryde try to make dreamers more powerful, the Moderators are closing in, sure that this power will bring about disaster. In the remarkable second book of The Dreamer Trilogy, Maggie Stiefvater pushes her characters to their limits – and shows what happens to them and others when they start to break.

Tokyo Ever After

By Emiko Jean

Synopsis:

Crazy Rich Asians meets The Princess Diaries in this irresistible story about Izumi, a Japanese-American girl who discovers her senior year of high school that she’s really a princess of Japan.

Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izzy discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity…and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.

In a whirlwind, Izzy travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.

Izzy soon finds herself caught between worlds, and between versions of herself—back home, she was never “American” enough, and in Japan, she must prove she’s “Japanese” enough. Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairytale, happily ever after?


Spells Trouble (Sisters of Salem #1)

By P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Synopsis:

Double double, twins spell trouble…

Hunter and Mercy Goode are twin witches, direct descendants of the founder of their town of Goodeville. As their ancestors have done before them, it is now time for the twins to learn what it means to be Gatekeepers–the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds, ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and nightmares come to life.

When their mother becomes the first victim in a string of murders, the devastated sisters vow to avenge her death. But it will take more than magic to rein in the ancient mythological monsters who’ve infected their peaceful town.

Now Hunter and Mercy must come together and accept their destiny or risk being separated for good.

The Ivies

By Alexa Donne

Synopsis:

Everyone knows the Ivies: the most coveted universities in the United States. Far more important are the Ivies. The Ivies at Claflin Academy, that is. Five girls with the same mission: to get into the Ivy League by any means necessary. I would know. I’m one of them. We disrupt class ranks, club leaderships, and academic competitions…among other things. We improve our own odds by decreasing the fortunes of others. Because hyper-elite competitive college admissions is serious business. And in some cases, it’s deadly.

Alexa Donne delivers a nail-biting and timely thriller about teens who will stop at nothing to get into the college of their dreams. Too bad no one told them murder isn’t an extracurricular.

Which May releases are you looking forward too?

Can't-Wait Wednesday, New Releases

Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Great Mrs. Elias by Barbara Chase-Riboud

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings based on the meme Waiting on Wednesday by Breaking the Spine. In this weekly post people share a book that they’re excited about being released.

The book was posted in TBR and Beyond Book Club group and I thought the cover and story was something that I would like to read so I had to pre-order it.


The author of the award-winning Sally Hemings now brings to life Hannah Elias, one of the richest black women in America in the early 1900s, in this mesmerizing novel swirling with atmosphere and steeped in history.

The death of her lover at the hands of an old paramour brings the police to Hannah Elias’ glitzy, five-story, twenty-room mansion on Central Park West. It is beginning of an odyssey that moves back and forth in time and reveals the dangerous secrets of mysterious woman, the fortune she built, and her precipitous fall.

Born in Philadelphia in the late 1800s, light-skinned Hannah Elias has done things she’s not proud of to survive. Secretly married to a white man whom she divorces before relocating to New York, the ambitious woman dreams of becoming as rich as robber baron. Passing as a Southern European, she quietly invests her alimony in the stock market, and begins to grow her fortune with the help of white businessmen. As the money pours in, Hannah hides her millions in two merchant banks, spreading it across 129 private accounts. Finally attaining the life she’s always dreamed, she buys a mansion on the Upper West Side and decorates it in Egyptian designs, gold, and fine decor, inspired by her idol, Cleoparta.

But her lover’s murder turns Hannah’s world upside down and threatens to destroy everything she’s built. When the truth of her racial identity is uncovered, thousands of protestors gather in front of her stately home. Hounded by the salacious press, the very private Mrs. Elias finds herself alone, ensnared in a scandalous trial, and accused of stealing her fortunes from whites.

Packed with glamour, suspense, and drama, populated with real-life luminaries from the period, The Great Mrs. Elias brings a fascinating woman and the age she embodied to glorious tragic life.

Publication Date: August 24, 2021

Goodreads


What upcoming book releases are you looking forward too?

Monthly TBR, Reading Rivlary, TBR and Beyond Book Club

April 2021 – TBR

April is here!!! Closer to warmer weather even though was a little snow falling yesterday afternoon here in Ohio.

This month I am going to be participating in two reading challenges, TBR and Beyond Book Club Egg Hunt challenge and Reading Rivalry Shadow and Bone theme challenge. Letting my mood guide me to what I will read this month, so far these are the books that I am in the mood to read in April and it might change throughout the month.

TBR Books

🌟 The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna: Group reads for TBR and Beyond Book Club and it is a re-read for me. I really loved this book.

🌟 Poison Priestess by Lana Popovic : Historical Fiction (book will be here on 6 April)

🌟 Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab: Group reads for TBR and Beyond Book Club and middle grade paranormal books.

🌟 Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: YA Fantasy and getting ready for Shadow and Bone Netflix movie this month!

🌟 Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo: YA Fantasy and hoping to get it finished before Netflix of Shadow and Bone comes out this month

🌟 A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: YA Fantasy

🌟 The Midnight Library by Matt Haig: Group reads for TBA and Beyond Book Club and adult fantasy

🌟 The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner: Historical Fiction/Mystery Thriller

🌟 The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss: Going to try to read this month….it was on my TBR in March. YA Historical Fiction/Mystery

🌟 A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Swoon Group Read in TBR and Beyond Book Club – New Adult Fantasy/Romance and second book of From Blood and Ash

🌟 Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley: YA Mystery/Thriller – I have heard great things about this book and really looking forward to reading it

I think my book list is doable this month. I have been cross stitching again and I have been listening to books while I am doing it so finger crossed that I do get all of these done this month.

What are you planning to read for April? Are you planning to do any reading challenges?

Book Hauls, Monthly Wrap Up, Reviews

March 2021 – Wrap Up & Book Haul

Another month is over and a new one begins…I didn’t do to bad in reading for March. I have been a lot of audiobooks because I decided to get back into cross stitching and it is nice to listen to a book while I am stitching.

March 2021 Books Read Wrap Up

I read 5 books this month, compare to February I did better at reading. Below are the books that I read this month.

The Vanished Bride (Bronte Sisters Mystery #1) by Bella Ellis: I started this book at the end of February and finished it in March. It is a historical fiction/mystery where it has the three famous Bronte sisters solving crimes before they became legendary writers. This is the first book in the series and the sisters become involve in case of a missing wife and trying to figure out what happen to her. They also struggle with how women at the time were perceived by society on how they should be at home instead of trying to solving mystery. I enjoyed the book, you could tell the author did a lot of research on the sisters and intertwine a lot of it into the story. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus: This is a YA Mystery, it follows three young adults who are cousins and they are requested to come work at their grandma’s resort who they have never met since their parents were disown before they were born for a reason that they didn’t know why. I enjoyed the book, I thought it was fast paced story and it has a lot of twist and turns that kept you wondering what is going and I wasn’t expecting the twist at the end. This was the first time I read the author books and I am definitely going to read her other books. Rating: 💚💚💚💚

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab: Middle Grade Paranormal series, I read this book for TBR and Beyond Middle Grade Group Read, we are reading each book in the series each month. The story follows Cassidy Blake who after an accident, she can see/feel ghosts and she has a best friend Jacob who is a ghost. Her parents are paranormal investigators who start a new reality tv show about hunting and investigating paranormal activity in famous places over the summer. Their first investigation is in Edinburgh, Scotland, this is where Cassidy finds out more about her gift and how she can use it. I don’t usually read middle grade books, but I pleasantly surprised how much I like this book. It was fast paced and kept you reading to find out what was going to happen to Cassidy and it has a spooky feeling to it that draws in. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Rating: 👻👻👻👻👻

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann: The book is based on the murders of Osage Indian Nation members back in 1920s. I read the book for TBR and Beyond Group Read and this is the only second non-fiction true crime that I have ever read. The book is based on the crimes committed against the Osage people and how the FBI after so many years finally solved the murders. I have really mix feelings about this book, I thought it was good and very informative. The author did his research and spoke to the Osage people to get the facts correct and not just going by the FBI reports. My mix feelings about the story is how hateful and privileged white people were and they didn’t think it was wronged that these crimes were being done against the Osage indigenous people. Unfortunately, crimes against indigenous people are still happening today and until actions are done to keep them safe, it will continue to happen. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Another TBR and Beyond Group Read, this series is being read part of the Swoon group reads in the TBR and Beyond and we started with the first book in series FBAA. I didn’t know what to expect about this book and wasn’t expecting to like it. I was curious about it cause I was seeing a lot of people mentioning about it and I wanted to see what it was all about. I really really liked this book….it has vampires in it (I am a sucker (lol) for anything that has vampires in it). It does have some romance in it which didn’t bother me and didn’t distract from the story. The beginning was slow at first but it did build up throughout the book, the worldbuilding was done really good and the story itself was done nicely. I have to stay my favorite character as of right now is Hawke and I am interested to see what happens in the next two book in the series. We are reading the second one in April. Rating:❤❤❤❤❤

These are all of the books that I read in March…not bad…glad that I was able to read more than I thought I would. Hoping that I can keep the paced going in April.

Book Haul

Here are the books that I got in March.

Hope everyone had a good March in reading! Did you read anything of the books that I read in March? Which books did you read and which one was your favorite for the month? Did you get any books this month?