Exciting Book Releases For February | 2022

January 25th, 2022

Hi Readers!

February is going to be a great month for fantasy readers. There are a couple here that sound so incredible, and have the most beautiful covers, and I can’t wait to pick them up. There’s also a couple of non-fantasies that have also caught my eye.

A Storm of Sisters by Michelle Harrison

Releases: February 3rd, 2022
About: There are secrets hidden beneath the ice . . . bring the magic home in the frosty fourth instalment of the Pinch of Magic Adventures.

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

Releases: February 1st Penguin
About: Romania, 1989. Communist regimes are crumbling across Europe. Seventeen-year-old Cristian Florescu dreams of becoming a writer, but Romanians aren’t free to dream; they are bound by rules and force.

This Woven Kingdom by Taherah Mafi

Releases: February 1st HarperCollins
About: To all the world, Alizeh is a disposable servant, not the long-lost heir to an ancient Jinn kingdom forced to hide in plain sight.

The crown prince, Kamran, has heard the prophecies foretelling the death of his king. But he could never have imagined that the servant girl with the strange eyes, the girl he can’t put out of his mind, would one day soon uproot his kingdom—and the world.

Earth of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas

Releases: February 15th, Bloomsbury
About: Book Two In The Crescent City, an Adult Fantasy series.

Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston

Releases: February 1st Balzer + Bray
About: Book Two in the Middle Grade fantasy series. Sequel to Amari and the Night Brothers.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

Releases: February 22nd Hodder & Stoughton
About: Deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride, in the hopes that one day the “true bride” will be chosen and end the suffering.

Many believe that Shim Cheong, the most beautiful girl in the village—and the beloved of Mina’s older brother Joon—may be the legendary true bride. But on the night Cheong is to be sacrificed, Joon follows Cheong out to sea, even knowing that to interfere is a death sentence. To save her brother, Mina throws herself into the water in Cheong’s stead.

Swept away to the Spirit Realm, a magical city of lesser gods and mythical beasts, Mina seeks out the Sea God, only to find him caught in an enchanted sleep. With the help of a mysterious young man named Shin—as well as a motley crew of demons, gods and spirits—Mina sets out to wake the Sea God and bring an end to the killer storms once and for all.

But she doesn’t have much time: A human cannot live long in the land of the spirits. And there are those who would do anything to keep the Sea God from waking…

Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi

Releases: February 15th Faber and Faber
About: From National Book Award finalist Akwaeke Emezi comes a companion novel to the critically acclaimed PET that explores both the importance and cost of social revolution–and how youth lead the way.

Iron Sword by Julie Kagawa

Releases: February 1st Inkyard Press
About: Book Two in The Iron Fey, Evenfall, a YA Fantasy series.

What book release are you looking forward to in February?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

Book Releases | January 2022 | Blogmas

December 18th, 2021

Hi Readers, Welcome To Blogmas Day 18!

I feel like the first month of the year is always a slow start for new book releases, so there aren’t as many as normal, but here are some I thought sounded the most exciting. I’m especially looking forward to some of those fantasies…

Contemporary

At the End of Everything by Marieke Nijkamp
Releases: January 25th, Sourcebooks
About: The Hope Juvenile Treatment Center is ironically named. No one has hope for the delinquent teenagers who have been exiled there; the world barely acknowledges that they exist. Then the guards at Hope start acting strange. And one day…they don’t show up.

When You Get The Chance by Emma Lord

Releases: January 4th, Wednesday Books
About: Nothing will get in the way of Millie Price’s dream to become a Broadway star.

Historical Fiction

African Town by Irene Latham
Releases: January 4th, GP Putnam’s Sons
About: Chronicling the story of the last Africans brought illegally to America in 1860, African Town is a powerful and stunning novel-in-verse.

My Fine Fellow by Jennieke Cohen
Releases: January 11th, Harperteen
About: Culinary delights abound, romance lingers in the air, and plans go terribly, wonderfully astray in this cheeky and charming historical tale, perfect for fans of Bridgerton or Dickinson.

Fantasy/Sci Fi

The Ivory Key by Akshaya Ramen
Releases: January 24th, Clarion Books
About: Magic, a prized resource, is the only thing between peace and war. When magic runs out, four estranged royal siblings must find a new source before their country is swallowed by invading forces.

Echoes & Empires by Morghan Rhodes
Releases: January 4th, Razorbill
About: A snarky seventeen-year-old must team up with an enigmatic criminal to cure herself of dangerous forbidden magic.

In Every Generation by Kendare Blake
Releases: January 4th, Disney-Hyperion
About: Kendare Blake continues the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer featuring the next generation of Scoobies and Slayers who must defeat a powerful new evil.

Nightrender by Jodi Meadows
Releases: January 4th, Holiday House
About: Kingdoms will fall, gods will die, and hearts will be broken in this sprawling new fantasy.

Medusa by Jessie Burton
Releases: January 11th, Bloomsbury YA
About: Exiled to a far-flung island by the whims of the gods, Medusa has little company except the snakes that adorn her head instead of hair. But when a charmed, beautiful boy called Perseus arrives on the island, her lonely existence is disrupted with the force of a supernova, unleashing desire, love, betrayal . and destiny itself.

Daugher of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynne Tan
Releases: January 11th, HarperVoyager
About: A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess, in which a young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm.

Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children #7)
Releases: January 11th, Tor
About: Welcome to the Whitethorn Institute. The first step is always admitting you need help, and you’ve already taken that step by requesting a transfer into our company.

Waking Romeo by Kathryn Barker
Releases: January 4th, Flatiron Books
About: Kathryn Barker’s Waking Romeo is a spectacularly genre-bending retelling of Romeo & Juliet asking the big questions about true love, fate, and time travel.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

September Book Releases | 2021

August 9th, 2021

Adult Contemporary

Beautiful World, Where Are You? by Sally Rooney
Releases: September 7th
About: Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them.

The Editor’s Wife by Clare Chambers
Releases: September 2nd
About: When aspiring novelist Christopher Flinders drops out of university to write his masterpiece (in between shifts as a fish delivery man and builder’s mate), his family is sceptical.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Releases: September 14th
About: When a fake relationship between scientists meets the irresistible force of attraction, it throws one woman’s carefully calculated theories on love into chaos.

YA Contemporary

Big Boned by Jo Watson
Releases: September 23rd
About: Can she be herself in a one-size-fits-all world?

The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Releases: September 7th
About: Book Two inthe Inheritance Games

Thriller/Mystery

Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
Releases: September 14th
About: The Delaney family love one another dearly—it’s just that sometimes they want to murder each other . . .

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
Releases: September 6th
About: It’s the following Thursday…

Historical Fiction

The Silence of Scheherazade by Defne Suman
Releases: September 19th
About: Set in the ancient city of Smyrna, this powerful novel follows the intertwining fates of four families as their peaceful city is ripped apart by the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.

Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore
Releases: September 7th
About: Going toe-to-toe with a brooding Scotsman is rather bold for a respectable suffragist, but when he happens to be one’s unexpected husband, what else is an unwilling bride to do?

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
Releases: September 14th
About: To his customers and neighbors on 125th street, Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably priced furniture, making a decent life for himself and his family. He and his wife Elizabeth are expecting their second child, and if her parents on Striver’s Row don’t approve of him or their cramped apartment across from the subway tracks, it’s still home. Few people know he descends from a line of uptown hoods and crooks, and that his façade of normalcy has more than a few cracks in it. Cracks that are getting bigger all the time.

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
Releases: September 28th
About: Thirteen-year-old Anna, an orphan, lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople in a house of women who make their living embroidering the robes of priests. Restless, insatiably curious, Anna learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds a book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky. This she reads to her ailing sister as the walls of the only place she has known are bombarded in the great siege of Constantinople. Outside the walls is Omeir, a village boy, miles from home, conscripted with his beloved oxen into the invading army. His path and Anna’s will cross.

Fantasy/Sci Fi

The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke
Releases: September 30th
About: Two sisters go missing on a remote Scottish island. Twenty years later, one is found–but she’s still the same age as when she disappeared.

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer
Releases: September 14th
About: King Harristan was thrust into power after his parents’ shocking assassination, leaving the younger Prince Corrick to take on the brutal role of the King’s Justice. The brothers have learned to react mercilessly to any sign of rebellion–it’s the only way to maintain order when the sickness can strike anywhere, and the only known cure, an elixir made from delicate Moonflower petals, is severely limited.

The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik
Releases: September 28th
About: Second in the Scholomance series

Once Upon A Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber
Releases: September 30th
About: Evangeline Fox was raised in her beloved father’s curiosity shop, where she grew up on legends about immortals, like the tragic Prince of Hearts. She knows his powers are mythic, his kiss is worth dying for, and that bargains with him rarely end well.

Under the Whispering Door by T.J Klune
Releases: September 21st
About: When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.

Court by Tracey Wolff
Releases: September 28th
About: Forth in Crave series.

The Bronzed Beasts by Roshani Chokshi
Releases: September 21st
About: In love they breathed. In destiny they believed. In the end, will divinity be their demise?

Middle Grade

Sisters by Shadow by Katherine Livesey
Releases: September 30th
About: All she knew was vengeance… Alice has lived in the forest on the fringes of Alder Vale ever since her parents abandoned her. Alone, exiled, feared by all. All except Lily.

The Book of Stolen Dreams by David Farr
Releases: 30th September
About: Rachel and Robert live a grey, dreary life under the rule of cruel Charles Malstain. But when their librarian father enlists their help to steal a forbidden book, they are plunged into adventure.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

Book Releases | July 2021

June 10th, 2021

Hi Readers

Adult Contemporary

Isn’t It Bromantic by Lyssa Kay Willias
Releases: July 20th Berkley Books
About: Book Four in Bromance Book Club series

You and Me On Vacation by Emily Henry
Releases: July 8th Penguin
About: Two friends, twelve Summer trips, their last chance to fall in love.

The Lost Storyteller by Amanda Block
Releases: July 8th Hodder & Stoughton
About: The Lost Storyteller celebrates the magic of forgotten fairy tales and the power and resilience of imagination. 

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey
Releases: July 13th Avon
About: A Schitt’s Creek-inspired rom-com about a Hollywood “It Girl” who is cut off from her wealthy family and exiled to a small Pacific Northwest beach town… where she butts heads with a surly, sexy local who thinks she doesn’t belong. 

YA Contemporary

Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson
Releases: July 6th Scholastic Press
About: Three days. Two girls. One life-changing music festival.

Where It All Lands by Jennie Wexler
Releases: July 6th Wednesday Day
About: Stevie Rosenstein has never made a true friend. Never fallen in love. Moved from city to city by her father’s unrelenting job, it’s too hard to care for someone. Trust in anything. The pain of leaving always hurts too much. But she’ll soon learn to trust, to love. Twice.

The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison
Releases: July 13th Inkyard Press
About: He’s never met a rule he didn’t break… She’s followed the rules her whole life… When they meet, one golden rule is established: stay away.

The Mythic Koda Rose Jennifer Nessley
Releases: July 13th Simon Schuster
About: Everything Koda Rose knows about her father she’s learned from other people. Moving to New York City with her mom won’t change that, even if New York was Mack Grady’s city—where he became famous, where he wrote his music, and also where he died.

Mystery/Thriller

Hide and Secrets by Sophie McKenzie
Releases: July 22nd Simon & Schuster
About: Fourteen-year-old Cat is facing a lonely summer. Her father is missing – presumed dead – her mother has retreated into her own world and her little sister, Bess, refuses to speak. But when a boy and his father come to stay nearby for the holidays, Cat finds herself opening up to the handsome Tyler.

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
Releases: July 13th Berkley Books
About: In horror movies, the final girl is the one who’s left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. The one who emerges bloodied but victorious. But after the sirens fade and the audience moves on, what happens to her?

Such A Quiet Place by Megan Miranda
Releases: July 13th Simon & Schuster
About: Hollow’s Edge used to be a quiet place. A private and idyllic neighborhood where neighbors dropped in on neighbors, celebrated graduation and holiday parties together, and looked out for one another. But then came the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett. 

False Witness by Karin Slaughter
Releases: July 20th William Marrow
About: An ordinary life hides a devastating past, but now the past is catching up, and time is running out.

Historical Fiction

Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith
Releases: July 6th Random House
About: Two young women go missing decades apart. Both are fearless, both are lost. And both will have their revenge.

Cecily by Annie Garthwaite
Releases: July 29th Viking
About: “Rebellion?” The word is a spark. They can start a fire with it, or smother it in their fingertips.
She chooses to start a fire.

The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristen Hamel
Releases: July 6th Gallery Books
About: After being stolen from her wealthy German parents and raised in the unforgiving wilderness of eastern Europe, a young woman finds herself alone in 1941 after her kidnapper dies. Her solitary existence is interrupted, however, when she happens upon a group of Jews fleeing the Nazi terror.

Sci Fi/Fantasy

These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan
Releases: July 20th, Hodder & Stoughton
About: Brie hates the Fae and refuses to have anything to do with them, even if that means starving on the street. But when her sister is sold to the sadistic king of the Unseelie court to pay a debt, she’ll do whatever it takes to get her back—including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the Seelie court.

Foretold by Violet Luant
Releases: July 20th Uproar Books
About: The boy next door, Colin, is destined to die. Cass has foretold a real death before; she knows this is a true vision. Desperate to save Colin’s life, Cass immerses herself in a secret organization of soothsayers that promises to teach her how to change the future she foresees. But as she descends into their hidden world of divinatory magic and predictive technology, she discovers there’s always a price to pay for unraveling fate’s strands. And cheating death will cost her everything.

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
Releases: July 6th, Knopf
About: Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control.

Bea’s Witch by Daniel Ingram-Brown
Releases: July 30th Lodestown Books
About: The future can be rewritten. On the eve of her twelfth birthday, Beatrice Crosse runs away from her adoptive home only to encounter the ghost of England’s most famous prophetess. The witch offers her treasure, but can she be trusted?

She Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
Releases: July 20th Tor Books
About: A bold, queer, and lyrical reimagining of the rise of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty from an amazing new voice in literary fantasy. To possess the Mandate of Heaven, the female monk Zhu will do anything

Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell
Releases: July 6th Wednesday Books
About: Third book in the Simon Snow series

The Taking Of Jake Livingstone by Ryan Douglass
Releases: July 13th Putnam
About: Jake Livingston is one of the only Black kids at St. Clair Prep, one of the others being his infinitely more popular older brother. It’s hard enough fitting in but to make matters worse and definitely more complicated, Jake can see the dead.

Flash Fire by T.J. Klune
Releases: July 13th Tor Teen
About: Sequel to The Extroadinaries

I think next month I’m most looking forward to reading You and Me On Vacation, but Six Crimson Cranes sounds quite interesting also! What will you be reading?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

Book Releases | June 2021

May 7th, 2021

Hi Readers,

Here are some of the most exciting book releases for June!

YA Contemporary

Simone Breaks All the Rules by Debbie Rigaud
Releases: June 3rd Scholastic
About: Simone’s strict Haitian parents have a ‘no boys’ rule but are letting her go to prom under one condition, they pick the boy.

An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi
Releases: June 1st Harper Collins
About: A look into the world of a single Muslim family in the wake of 9/11.

We Are Inevitable by Gayle Honeyman
Releases: June 1st Penguin
About: When his friends go off to college, Aaron stays behind to help his Dad out in their failing bookshop.

We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Soloman
Releases: June 8th Simon & Schuster
About: A wedding harpist disillusioned with love and a hopeless romantic cater-waiter flirt and fight their way through a summer of weddings.

The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver
Releases: June 1st Scholastic
About: After his brother dies, Liam starts to get closer to Marcus, his brothers best friend.

The (Un)popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez
Releases: June 1st Katherine Tegen Books
About: Vaseline on the teeth makes a smile shine. It’s a cheap stunt, but Mark Adams knows it’s optics that can win or ruin an election.

Adult Contemporary

One Last Stop by Casey McQuinston
Releases: June 1st St. Martin’s Griffin
About: August is a cynical 23 year-old who moves to New York and meets a gorgeous girl on a train.

The Layover by Lacie Waldon
Releases: June 15th Putnam
About: An unexpected tropical layover with her nemesis turns a flight attendant’s life upside down.

One Ordinary Day At A Time by Sarah J. Harris
Releases: June 10th HarperCollins
About: Behind every ordinary day, behind every ordinary story, there’s an extraordinary one just waiting to happen…

Animal by Lisa Taddeo
Releases: June 8th Simon & Schuster
About: I drove myself out of New York City where a man shot himself in front of me.

Mystery/Thriller

Survive the Night by Riley Sager
Releases: June 29th Dutton Books
About: It’s November 1991. George H. W. Bush is in the White House, Nirvana’s in the tape deck, and movie-obsessed college student Charlie Jordan is in a car with a man who might be a serial killer.

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Releases: June 1st Feiwel Friends
About: Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect. Until now. Because anonymous texter, Aces, is bringing two students’ dark secrets to light.

The Box In the Woods by Maureen Johnson
Releases: June 15th Katherine Teigan
About: Book 4 in the Truly Devious Series

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harria
Releases: June 1st Atria Books
About: Tension unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing.

Historical Fiction

Still Life by Sarah Winman
Releases: June 10th Fourth Estate
About: It’s 1944 and in the ruined wine cellar of a Tuscan villa, as the Allied troops advance and bombs fall around them, two strangers meet and share an extraordinary evening together.

Love and Fury by Samantha Silva
Releases: June 17th Allison and Busby
About: A beautiful, engrossing novel based on the life of proto-feminist icon Mary Wollstonecraft, narrated to her newborn daughter, Mary Shelley

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton
Releases: June 15th Berkley Books
About: A prim and proper lady thief must save her aunt from a crazed pirate and his dangerously charming henchman.

My Contrary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
Releases: June 22nd HarperTeen
About: Welcome to Renaissance France, a place of poison and plots, of beauties and beasts, of mice and . . . queens?⠀

Sci Fi/Fantasy

Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews
Releases June 8th Jimmy Patterson Books
About: Sparta forged her into a deadly weapon. Now the Gods need her to save the world!

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant
Releases: June 2nd Knopf Children’s
About: In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles.

Grace and Glory by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Releases: June 1st Inkyard Press
About: Book three in the Harbinger Series

Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury
Releases: June 15th Margaret K. McElderry
About: A teen witch is given a horrifying task: sacrificing her first love to save her family’s magic. The problem is, she’s never been in love—she’ll have to find the perfect guy before she can kill him.

Black Water Sister by Zen Cho
Releases: June 21st Macmillan
About: A reluctant medium discovers the ties that bind can unleash a dangerous power in this compelling Malaysian-set contemporary fantasy.

The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer
Releases: June 1st Katherine Tegen Books
About: Two boys, alone in space.

The Betrayed by Kiera Cass
Releases: June 29th HarperTeen
About: Sequel to The Betrothed. Can you follow your heart when it’s already broken?

Non-Fiction

An Extra Pair of Hands by Kate Mosse
Releases: June 3rd Welcome Collection
About: Kate Mosse tells her own personal story of finding herself a carer in middle age: first, helping her heroic mother care for her beloved father through Parkinson’s, then supporting her mother in widowhood, and finally as ‘an extra pair of hands’ for her 90-year-old mother-in-law.

All the Things She Said by Daisy Jones
Releases: June 3rd Hachette
About: A modern, personal guide to the culture of queer women and everyone in between.

What June release are you most looking forward to?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

Book Releases | May 2021

April 27th, 2021

Hi Readers

If you’re a fan of fake dating, you are in for a treat in May!

YA Contemporary

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdir
Releases: May 25th Page Street Kids
About: When Hani comes out as bisexual, her friends invalidate and don’t believe her. So she tells them she has girlfriend (only she doesn’t).

Counting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan
Releases: May 4th Inkyard Press
About: A reserved Bangladeshi teenager has twenty-eight days to make the biggest decision of her life after agreeing to fake date her school’s resident bad boy.

Cool For the Summer by Dahlia Adler
Releases: May 11th Wednesday Books
About: If Lara’s finally got the guy, why can’t she stop thinking about the girl?

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney
Releases: May 4th HarperTeen
About: Quinn likes to keep lists of everything, then her journal goes missing and she finds herself being blackmailed.

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee
Releases: May 4th Quill Tree Books
About: When his blog is revealed to be fake, Noah starts to fake-date drew to save his reputation.

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
Releases: May 25th Flatiron Books
About: Izumi discovers she’s a Princess of Japan in her senior year of high school.

May the Best Man Win by Z.R. Ellor
Releases: May 18th Roaring Brook Press
About: A trans boy enters a throw-down battle for the title of Homecoming King with the boy he dumped last summer.

It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland
Releases: May 18th Feiwel & Friends
About: Four queer teens realize that sometimes you have to risk hitting repeat on heartbreak.

Adult Contemporary

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Releases: May 27th Cornerstone
About: Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of twenty-four hours, their lives will change forever.

Cheat Day by Liv Stratman
Releases: May 25th Scribner
About: Cheat Day is a sharply comic novel that explores family, loyalty, monogamy versus monotony, deprivation versus indulgence, and the limitations of modern wellness.

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
Releases: May 18th Gallery Books
About: Statistics wizard and single mum Jess gives DNA matchmaking a go.

Mystery/Thriller

The Serial Killers Wife by Alice Hunter
Releases: May 27th Avon
About: They’re saying he’s a monster, and they’re saying she knew.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
Releases: May 4th Simon Schuster
About: Before Owen Michaels disappears, he manages to smuggle a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her.

The Guest Book by C.L. Pattison
Releases: May 27th Vintage
About: Newlyweds forced to find shelter in a deserted guesthouse on their honeymoon.

Historical Fiction

Six Tudor Queens: Katherine Parr by Alison Weir
Releases: May 13th Ballentine Books
About: Final book in the Tudor Queens series, following the sixth wife of Henry VIII

China by Edward Rutherford
Releases: May 18th Doubleday Books
About: Epic history of China beginning at the first opium war.

Sci Fi/Fantasy

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He
Releases: May 4th Roaring Brook
About: 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.

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard
Releases: May 4th Orion
About: A strange darkness grows in Allward.

In The Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland
Releases: May 18th Imprint
About: A pansexual bloodmage reluctantly teams up with an undead spirit to start a rebellion among the living and the dead.

Anna by Sammy H.K. Smith
Releases: May 25th Solaris
About: A chilling feminist novel set in a near-future dystopia, Anna explores the conflicts between selfhood and expectations, safety and control, and the sacrifices we make for the sake of protection.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

New Book Releases | April 2021

March 23rd, 2021

Hi Readers!

Some of the April releases you should definitely check out! There are some fantastic books to look forward to with queer characters, hate to love romances and twisted retellings.

YA Contemporary

Anna K. Away by Jenny Lee Flatiron Books
Releases: April 27th
About: Sequel to Anna K, a retelling of Anna Karenina

She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen Roaring Book Press
Releases: April 20th
About: Sapphic hate to love with basketball.

Kate In Waiting by Becky Albertalli Penguin
Releases: April 22nd
About: Best friends fall for the same guy

Zara Hossain Is Here by Sabrina Khan Scholastic Press
Releases: April 6th
About: Pakistani immigrant’s future is at risk after something happens that puts her visa status at stake.

Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve Amulet Books
Releases: April 13th
About: Gender questioning teen gets ast as Romeo in the school play.

Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau Delacorte Press
Releases: April 6th
About: American girl goes to a French ballet school and gets a tour of Paris from a charming French boy.

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp Little, Brown
Releases: April 6th
About: Penelope Prado dreams of opening a pastry restaurant, but her parents have other plans for her.

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses by Kristen O’Neal Quirk Books
Releases: April 27th
About: Premed student gets diagnosed with Lyme’s disease in her sophomore year.

Adult Contemporary

The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent Viking
Releases: April 15th
About: Birdy Finch runs away and takes a Summer job that isn’t hers.

The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson
Releases: April 1st
About: Twelve-year-old loses best friend

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne William Morrow
Releases: April 13th
About: Ruthie Midona is dedicated to her work and has forgotten there’s a life outside of it.

The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary Quercus
Releases: April 29th
About: Sisters road trip to a wedding goes awry when it’s highjacked by Addie’s ex and his best friend.

Mystery/Thriller

You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes Random House
Releases: April 6th
About: Book Three In The ‘You’ Series

When The Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain Ballentine Books
Releases: April 13th
About: A detective hiding away from the world. A series of disappearances that reach into her past. Can solving them help her heal?

Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone Scribner
Releases: April 20th
About: El, who created the imaginary world of ‘mirrorland’ with her twin sister Cat, goes missing.

The Dinner Guest by B.P. Walter One More Chapter
Releases: April 1st
About: Four dinner guests enter a dining room, and one never comes out.

Sci/Fi & Fantasy

The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout Blue Box Press
Releases: April 20th
About: Book Three in Blood and Ash

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint Wildfire
Releases: April 29th
About: Greek myth retelling of Theseus and Minotaur

First, Become Ashes by K.M. Szpara Tor
Releases: April 6th
About: Man spends his life training to fight monsters who turn out not to be real.

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman Simon Pulse
Releases: April 6th
About: 18 year old Nami’s life is just beginning when she is killed and finds herself where human conciousness goes when disconnected from it’s body.

Malie by Heather Walter Del Rey
Releases: April 13th
About: A twist on the tale of Sleeping Beauty.

The Beautiful Ones by Silia-Oreno Garia Tor
Releases: April 27th
About: Socialites meets magic.

Non-Fiction

The Light of Days by Judy Batalion William Marrow
Releases: April 6th
About: The Untold Stories of Women Resistance Fights In Hitler’s Ghettos

Broken by Jenny Lawson Henry Holt and Co
Releases: April 6th
About: Mental health & humour

Why She Wrote by Lauren Burke, Hannah K. Chapman & Kaley Bales
Releases: April 20th Chronicle Books
About: A Graphic History of the Lives, Inspiration, and Influence Behind the Pens of Classic Women Writers

Jane Austen’s Best Friend by Zoe Wheddon
Releases: April 28th Pen & Sword History
About: The Life and Influence of Martha Floyd

I hope you enjoy these April releases!

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

New Book Releases | March 2021

February 17th, 2021

Hi Readers!

Another month of book releases is coming our way and here are some of the most exciting!

YA Contemporary

Perfect On Paper by Sophie Gonzales Wednesday Books
Releases: March 9th
About: Bi girl gives great dating advice. Sucks at dating herself.

Yolk by Mary H.K Choi Simon and Schuster
Releases: March 2nd
About: Estranged sisters come together when one of them is dying.

Once Upon A Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira HarpeTeen
Releases: March 2nd
About: Unpaid Summer internship leads Carmen being forced to dance with her most regrettable ex.

Follow Your Arrow by Jess Verdi Scholastic
Releases: March 2nd
About: Internet famous Cece falls for internet hater Josh

I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre Underlined
Releases: March 2nd
About: Rival film makers start to see each other through a different lense

Can’t Take That Away by Steven Salvatore Bloomsbury
Releases: March 9th
About: Genderqueer teen takes a stand against discriminatory high school

Bruised by Tanya Boteju Simon Pulse
Releases: March 23rd
About: Daya, grieving her recently passed parents, becomes hooked to roller derby.

When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert Simon Schuster
Releases: March 9th
About: Beth and her tight-knit circle of friends make a pact to protect their friend Jason.

Adult Contemporary

Just Like In The Movies by Heidi Rice HarperCollins
Releases: March 12th
About: Celebrated film maker leaves his lifes work to friend and nephew who clash.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown Berkley Books
Releases: March 9th
About: Third book in the Brown Sisters series.

The Dating Plan by Sara Desai Berkley Books
Releases: March 16th
About: Childhood sweethearts become fake fiances

Good Eggs by Rebecca Hardiman Atria Books
Releases: March 2nd
About: Follows three generations of a boisterous Irish family.

Mystery/Thriller

Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson William Morrow
Releases: March 23rd
About: Brides one-night stand shows up on her honeymoon.

The Lake by Natasha Preson Delacorte Press
Releases: March 2nd
About: A summer camp full of secrets.

She’s Too Pretty To Burn by Wendy Heard Henry Holt & Co
Releases: March 30th
About: YA thriller inspired by The Picture of Dorian Grey

Too Good To Be True by Carola Lovering St Martin’s Press
Released: March 2nd
About: Can Skye trust the man who’s just proposed to her?

Historical Fiction

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi Penguin, Viking
Releases: March 4th
About: Follows a Ghanaian family in Alabama

You Let Me Go by Eliza Graham Lake Union Publishing
Releases: March 25th
About: A secret family history of love, anguish and betrayal

Bones of a Saint by Grant Farley Soho Teen
Releases: March 2nd
About: Coming-of-age set in the ’70s

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner Legend Press
Releases: March 2nd
About: A female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn William Marrow
Releases: March 9th
About: A World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.

Of Women and Salt by Gabriel Garcia Flatiron Books
Releases: March 30th
About: A daughter’s fateful choice, a mother motivated by her own past, and a family legacy that begins in Cuba before either of them were born.

The Manningtree Witches by A.K. Blakemore Granta Books
Releases: March 4th
About: The English witch trials.

Sci/Fi & Fantasy

Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare Margaret K. McElderry
Releases: March 2nd
About: Book Two in the Last Hours trilogy.

Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab Scholastic
Releases: March 2nd
About: Third book in the Cassidy Blake series.

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo Orion
Releases: March 30th
About: Book Two in King of Scars duology.

Lost In the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas Swoon Reads
Releases: March 23rd
About: Peter Pan retelling.

Infinity Reaper by Adam Silvera Quill Tree Books
Releases: March 2nd
About: Delayed Book Two in Infinity Cycle

Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft Wednesday Books
Releases: March 2nd
About: He saw the darkness in her magic. She saw the magic in his darkness.

The Queens Secret by Melissa De La Cruz G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books
Releases: March 2nd
About: Book two in The Queens Secret duology.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro Knopf
Releases: March 2nd
About: Klara is an Artificial Friend who remains hopeful a customer will someday choose her.

Non-Fiction

You’re History by Lesley Crow Repeater Books
Releases: March 9th
About: Raucous, sensual and sublime: how twelve pioneering female artists rewrote the rules of pop.

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez Abrams Press
Releases: March 2nd
About: This non-fiction about data bias in a world designed by men comes out in paperback.

What book release are you most looking forward to this March?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

21 New Romance Books For 2021

February 6th, 2021

Hi Readers!

Tis’ the season of romance! Here are some of the hottest romance books being released in 2021!

You Have A Match by Emma Lord

Release Date: January 5th
Young Adult
About: When Abby takes a DNA test she doesn’t expect to find out she has a secret older sister. They meet up at a Summer camp where her crush will also be to uncover the truth about why her parents never mentioned her.

Love Is A Revolution by Renee Watson

Release Date: February 2nd
Young Adult
About: Nala starts liking someone who is involved in activism and to impress him she tells a few lies.

Much Ado About You by Samantha Young

Release Date: February 2nd
Adult
About: After being stood up for a date and passed over for a promotion at work Evie decides to take a holiday to a bookshop in the English countryside and finds herself a farmer.

You’ve Got Mail by Kate G. Smith

Release Date: February 8th
Adult
About: Grace hits a new low on the dating scene when she receives a dumping email meant for someone else.

Perfect On Paper by Sophie Gonzales

Release Date: March 9th
Young Adult
About: Darcy Phillips is a bisexual girl with no love life but gives great dating advice.

Just Like In The Movies by Heidi Rice

Release Date: March 12th
Adult
About: A celebrated film maker leaves part of his lifes work, an independent cinema, to his friend and assistant Ruby and his nephew Luke.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibert

Release Date: March 9th
Adult
About: The third in the Brown sisters series.

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

Release Date: April 7th
Young Adult
About: Two teens from restaurant rival families fall in love.

Between Perfect and Real by Ray Stoeve

Release Date: April 13th
Young Adult
About: Dean Foster knows he’s a trans guy. But everyone still thinks he’s a lesbian, including his girlfriend.

The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent

Release Date: April 15th
Adult
About: Birdy Finch has run away from her life and into her friends Heathers, taking her Summer job in a Scotland luxury hotel.

Kate In Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Release Date: April 20th
Young Adult
About: Kate and Anderson long lasting friendship is in danger when they both get a crush on the same person.

She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

Release Date: April 20th
Young Adult
About: Two high school nemesis fall in love.

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

Release Date: May 4th
Adult
About: Trans blogger thinks he knows everything it takes to make a relationship perfect, until he gets in one himself.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Release Date: June 1st
Adult
About: The ‘Red White and Royal Blue’ authors second book is about a sub-way crush with a hint of time travel.

May the Best Man Win by Z.R. Ellor

Release Date: May 18th
Young Adult
About: A trans boy enters a throw down battle for homecoming King with the boy he dumped last Summer.

The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver

Release Date: June 1st
Young Adult
About: When Liam’s older brother dies, he finds himself spending more time with his brothers best friend Marcus.

The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary

Releas Date: June 1st
Adult
About: Addie and her sister begin an exciting road trip to their friends wedding, when their car is hit by none other than Addie’s ex.

Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson

Release Date: July 1st
Young Adult
About: Two girls escape trip to the big city quickly becomes a disaster.

You And Me On Vacation by Emily Henry

Release Date: July 8th
Adult
About: When Poppy and Alex first met, they hated each other. But that turned to friendship, which turned to them spending one vacation together for the past 10 Summers and now their spending one last vacation together.

Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon

Release Date: July 15th
Adult
About: Two rival app developers clash again, and again, and again.

The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon

Release Date: August 17th
Adult
About: Book two in Rochons The Boyfriend Project series. This one features fake dating.

Which of these are you most looking forward to reading?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

New Book Releases | February 2021

January 25th, 2021

Hi Readers!

For the first time last year I did monthly posts where I talked about all the exciting releases coming out that month. I want to do the same this year, but try and improve it.

This year I’ll talk about more books, list it by genre and try and do the synopsis in one sentance (which I had a lot of fun with but if you want to know more there’s a link to all of their goodreads).

Here are some of the big book releases coming in February!

YA Contemporary

Sanctuary Highway by Ellen Hopkins Margaret K. McElderry
Releases: February 2nd
About: Dystopian confederate America

Love Is A Revolution by Renee Watson Bloomsbury
Releases: February 2nd
About: When love and activism clash

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonando Holiday House
Releases: February 2nd
About: Fat, biracial teen loves herself

As Far As You’ll Take Me by Phil Stamper Bloomsbury
Releases: February 9th
About: Finally he’s out and proud

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le Simon Schuster
Releases: February 9th
About: Rival restaurant romance

Bad Habits by Flynn Meaney Penguin
Releases: February 11th
About: Feminist performs ‘the vagina monologues’ for Catholic Schools

Adult Contemporary

Much Ado About You by Samantha Young Berkley
Releases: February 2nd
About: British bookshop romance

Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon St Martins Griffin
Releases: February 2nd
About: Hate to love office wars

This Close To Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith Grand Central Publishing
Releases: February 2nd
About: Two people healing over coffee

Mystery/Thriller

The Project by Courtney Summers Wednesday Books
Releases: February 2nd
About: Concerned sister exposes a cult?

The Shadow Box by Luanne Rice Thomas & Mercer
Releases: February 1st
About: Woman suspects husband attempted to murder her

The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor Ballentine Books
Releases: February 9th
About: Quiet English village isn’t so quiet

Historical Fiction

The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah St Martin’s Press
Releases: February 2nd
About: The pursuit of the American Dream during the Great Depression

Yesterday Is History by Kosoko Johnson Sourcebooks Fire
Releases: February 2nd
About: Liver transplant sends boy back in time

Dearest Josephine by Caroline George Thomas Nelson
Releases: February 2nd
About: Woman discovers love letters that are two-hundred years old

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles John Murray
Releases: February 9th
About: Based on the true heroic acts of Paris librarians in WWII

A Net For Small Fishes by Lucy Jago Bloomsbury
Releases: February 11th
About: Based on a true scandal that rocked James I’s court

Fantasy

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna Delacorte
Releases: February 9th
About: Outsider invited to join army of girls like her

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas Bloomsbury
Releases: February 16th
About: Continuation of the Court of Thorns and Roses series

The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa Inkyard Press
Releases: February 9th
About: Puck from A Midsummer Nights Dream tells his story

The Desolations of Devils Acre by Ransom Riggs Dutton
Releases: February 23rd
About: Sixth addition to the Miss Peregines series

The Witches Heart by Genevieve Gornichec Ace Books
Releases: February 9th
About: Banished witch falls for legendary trickster Loki

Non-Fiction

Brown Baby by Nickesh Shukla Pan Macmillan
Releases: February 11th
About: A memoir of race, family and home

How To Avoid and Climate Disaster by Bill Gates Allen Lane
Releases: February 16th
About: The title says it all

Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain One World
Releases: February 2nd
About: A community history of African-America 1619-2019

What February release are you most excited to read?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X