Hey all, Dani here.
Goodness, we are already at that time already. I feel like I just wrote up a Most Anticipated Releases post, but here we are at another one. This time I’m focusing on spring releases, that is books coming out in the months of March, April, and May.
First up, March. This is actually a pretty light month for me. But the reason some months have few anticipated releases is because I don’t include the release of sequels to series where I haven’t read the previous book, or to authors who I’m considering giving a second chance. For example, Laini Taylor’s new book, Strange the Dreamer, is set for release on March 28, but when I read Daughter of Smoke & Bone I didn’t like it. I’ve decided to give it a second chance, so I bought a copy from Book Outlet, but until I do that I’m probably not going to pick up this newest book, though I might cave on that because this one sounds like a better premise to me.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (March 7)
Okay, so I guess this one is technically cheating, because I was granted an e-galley from NetGalley for this one, but I’m still really looking forward to its release. I’ll have the review up very soon, so keep an eye out for that. Also, can I say that the cover for this looks really nice, because it is pretty cool.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde (March 14)
Like so many people, I am trying to make an effort to read more diversely, and this lovely little contemporary set at a convention sounds awesome. It definitely has some LGBTQIA vibes to it, and as a fan of Comic Conventions and such myself, this sounds like something I absolutely have to read.
Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker (March 21)
Speaking of diverse reads, I have been anxiously awaiting this book since I devoured the first one last year. There are multiple ethnicities within this book, and the main character is a double amputee. Plus, many characters are dealing with mental health issues. Oh, and throw in standard urban fantasy creatures such as the fey and this book is definitely one I’m looking forward to. You can read my mini-review on the first book here.
Next we have April. Like March, April has a few books I’m not really including because they are part of a series I haven’t read yet, or I have other books by the author I need to read first before I pick up another one. These books include: Brimstone by Cherie Priest (April 4) and Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan (April 25).
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (April 4)
I’ll just say that I love Brigid Kemmerer’s work. I was obsessed with her Elemental series, and this book just sounds awesome: a girl who leaves letters at her mother’s grave and then one day she starts getting replies. How cool is that? Of course the letters are being written by a boy in the middle of serving court-ordered community service, so I’m looking forward to seeing how their lives intertwine and what complications arise from this letter exchange.
Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer (April 11)
I have been hearing about this book for like a year. So many BookTubers have talked about it, and a few authors have gushed about it as well. It’s a duology that is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, and it sounds so good. Plus, I’ve always liked stories where humans interact with faeries. Oh, and the cover is gorgeous.
Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead (April 25)
More Richelle Mead? Yes, please! I really enjoyed the first book of this trilogy…if you can call it a trilogy. All three books take place at the same time, but each follows a different girl through her adventures, romance, etc.
The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox (April 25)
This is another book I’ve been granted access to because of NetGalley, so look for a review in April (during National Library Week, because that seems fitting). I absolutely love The Librarians show, and I loved the movie trilogy as well. So the fact that I also get books is exciting.
Finally, we have May, and it’s going to be a pretty busy month for book releases I’m excited about. Seriously, didn’t anyone tell them that not all books have to come out on May 2nd? I’m going to be drowning in books. Let’s be honest, there are some awesome books coming out in May. Bonus books I want to mention include: Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller (May 2), Cold Reign by Faith Hunter (May 2), Legion by Julie Kagawa (May 4), The End of Magic by Amber Benson (May 16), Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (May 23), White Hot by Ilona Andrews (May 30), and Spectacle by Rachel Vincent (May 30).
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas (May 2)
I think most of us in the book community are looking forward to this one. After the way ACOMAF ended, we need to know what is going to happen next. Needless to say, this will probably be the first of the May 2nd releases I read.
The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (May 2)
Hey look, another diverse book. This is the second book following Apollo in his adventures as he tries to earn back his godhood. I love that this series doesn’t shy away from Apollo’s bisexuality, or other characters with their different races, religions, sexualities, etc. It is fabulous.
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate (May 2)
More diversity! Yay! Also, musical. This story follows Jordan, who is a female at a Performing Arts school. Because she’s an Alto-2, she keeps getting denied for parts in musicals and more. Then a spot opens up in the Sharpshooters, an all male a cappella group. Jordan dresses as a guy and auditions. This book was mentioned on a list of upcoming LGBTQIA books, so I’m assuming there will be more than just Jordan masquerading as a guy. Either way, this book sounds fun and I’m really looking forward to it.
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (May 2)
Renee Ahdieh became one of my auto-buy authors after I read her duology based on The Arabian Nights last year (The Wrath & The Dawn/The Rose & The Dagger) and now she’s tackling a Mulan inspired tale, and I am so very much looking forward to it!
Avenged by Amy Tinterra (May 2)
This was a late addition to my list, but mostly because I didn’t read Ruined until this year, but I thought it was a really good book and I can’t wait to read the sequel to find out what happens next.
The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein (May 2)
Well, I have have a pretty diverse anticipation list here. Quite a few fantasy, a few contemporary, and a couple historical. This is yet another historical book by Elizabeth Wein and I have enjoyed every one I’ve read (my favorites being Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire). And this one is actually a prequel to Code Name Verity, so I’m excited to have another story with some very interesting characters I already know.
The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye (May 16)
I devoured The Crown’s Game and thought it was a fun magical story, and I just need to know what happens after that ending. I loved Nikolai and Pasha and Vika, and I’m eager to see what sort of complications and magic happen next.
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (May 16)
A YA espionage story, this is yet another diverse read. It follows a spy organization that specializes in getting close to people by becoming their romantic interest. Caden is a Nice, you know the boy next door type. Dylan is a Bad, brooding and dangerous. They are both tasked to compete for the same girl, and it’s serious because the guy who isn’t picked will die. So what happens when Caden and Dylan begin to have feelings for each other? Just give me this book now.
All right, well that’s it for the spring releases. Are there any in here you would like to read? Let me know in the comments.