I’ll admit, normally I am someone who finds a gem in a book or series that have been out for a while. I’m not really one to keep an eye out for what is yet to come out. But lately, I have been getting onto the trend of current books that are being loved, and therefore, normally the series isn’t complete. So I decided to have a look at what to expect for new releases over the next six months and I came up with five books I will be ordering as soon as they are out.
- Gods and Monsters by Shelby Mahurin — Available 5th August 2021
As many people did, I got on the band wagon of the novel Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin. It was a debut novel and I couldn’t help but be gripped by the enemies to lovers trope and see what all the fuss was about. And it’s save to say that I loved it and I immediately grabbed the sequel Blood and Honey to see where the story turned next. Therefore, as I’m sure many people are, I am excited for the third novel releasing this week. I do believe this series is going to be a trilogy, so this is the third and final novel of the Serpent and Dove series, and I am extremely intrigued to know what awaits Lou and Reid.
2. Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer — Available 14th September 2021
Now, this novel by Kemmerer is the only one on my list that is the first in a series. But whilst I was researching anticipated releases, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by this. An almost Robin Hood re-telling where a young woman named Tessa Cade is a marked outlaw who steals from the rich to give to the poor in a fantasy Kingdom. But what intrigues me is the idea that the kingdom is willed with an Iron fist by the King and his brother due to it being plagued by sickness. I can’t help but wonder what this sickness is, what has Tessa got planned to try and bring down the royals? I am a sucker for a rebellion story, and this feels right up my alley. It’s safe to say to look out for a review on this novel in September as I have already pre-ordered my copy.
3. Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco — Available 5th October 2021
The sequel following young Emilia and her fight against the seven princes of hell is to be released in October, quite fitting since it is the month of Halloween. I recently released a book review on the first novel, Kingdom of the Wicked, where I did express a tough decision as to whether or not I was intrigued by this book. It was one of those that I loved the story and the concept, but for some reason couldn’t quite get into it. Therefore, I am anticipating for the novel as often the first book is trying to build up the plot, and when you get to the sequels, that has already been established. So, I will be picking this book up, and I can’t help but be intrigued as to what destruction Emilia plans for the the Princes.
4. Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong — Available November 16th 2021
This sequel is almost the opposite as the previous one, as I completely fell in love with These Violent Delights – Chloe Gong’s re-telling of the classic Romeo and Juliette. And with the first novel ending on such a cliff hanger with Juliet running towards screams, I can’t wait for the next novel. I do believe this is going to be a duology, therefore I hope we do discover what is going to be the ending for Juliette and Roma. If not, I will anticipate for even more books in the series. With the last book ending with Juliette hiding a secret from everyone and knowing Roma now hates her after getting him back — I hope there is constant chapters between the two protagonists and their relationship. But also what I adored was the concept of the different cultures within Shanghai, and I hope Gong doesn’t disappoint with her sequel.
5. House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas — Available 25th January 2022
It feels odd writing the year 2022, but even more when the first book in the Crescent City series came out way back in March 2020 — safe to say a lot has happened within the time difference (but let’s not mention that dreaded word). Out of all of Sarah J. Maas’s work, I couldn’t help but fall completely in love with this story and honestly call it my favourite. I felt it was so driven with not only the relationship trope she loves to do, but friendship and self-power. I loved the story being revolved around a murder and the relationship development of Bryce and Hunt. But what has me anticipating for this book the most is the fact that the story almost felt finished. The main plot of the first novel was resolved with Bryce killing her friends murderer and the major threats to Bryce and Hunt being demolished — or so we think. I am presuming this is going to be a four book series since there are four Houses within the world Maas has created. So I can’t wait to read and find out where the story takes us and what is in store. The only worry I have is that Maas does not seem to be holding back. I did find it slightly off-putting how in her other series the characters always seemed to survive. But that is not the same for this. I feel like taking back how I would say that I wanted more death in her other stories — because now I am worried she is going to kill off my favourite characters before the series ends.
What up-coming novel releases are you excited for?