Anticipated Book Releases of Summer 2020

Hi everyone! Today, I’m going to talk about my most anticipated releases of the summer. I’m kind of in a reading slump right now, so I thought that talking about books that I really want to read and that I’m highly anticipating would help me with that and, at the same time, I could help you find some new books for your tbrs.

Without further ado, here are my most anticipated releases of the summer:

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Genre: Historical Fiction, Horror

Publication date: July 30th 2020

After receiving a frantic letter from her newly-wed cousin begging for someone to save her, Noemí heads to rescue her from a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find. This story is about an isolated mansion, a chillingly charismatic artistocrat and a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets.

Why am I anticipating it? I loved Moreno-Garcia’s Gods of Jade and Shadow, I’m trying to get more into horror and I have heard great things about this one, so I’m excited to give it a chance.

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Genre: Romance

Publication date: July 7th 2020

Luc and Oliver have 3 things in common: being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends and go then go their separate ways and pretend it never happened. But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating.

Why am I anticipating it? a queer romance book that includes the fake dating trope and it’s set in London… it sounds like a perfect book to me. Also, I jsut got an ARC of it!!!

Engagement & Espionage by Penny Reid

Genre: romance, mystery

Publication date: July 14th 2020

Desperate to find a spare moment together, Jenn and Cletus’s attempts to reconnect are thwarted by one seemingly coincidental disaster after another. It’s not long before Cletus and Jenn see a pattern emerge and the truth becomes clear. Sabotage! Will an undercover mission unmask the culprit? 

Why am I anticipating it? This is the first book in a spin-off of Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers series and it sounds really bizarre, but I love Jenn and Cletus story in Beard Science and I want to read more about them. Also, I’m a fan of cozy mysteries and I want to see Penny Reid’s take on one.

Lobizona by Romina Garber

Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy

Publication date: August 4

As an undocumented immigrant who’s on the run from her father’s Argentine crime-family, Manuela is confined to a small apartment. Until lifelong lies are exposed, her mother is arrested by ICE and Manu starts to discover the truth about her past, which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world straight out of Argentine folklore.

Why am I anticipating it? everyone who know me, knows that if there’s a fantasy book with Latinx characters by a Latinx author, I’m gonna read it. I have an ARC of this book and I’ll be reading it in July.

You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

Genre: Romance

Publication date: August 4th 2020

Two soap opera actors get cast together in a bilingual rom-com for the number one streaming service in the country. With their careers on the line, they’ll need to generate smoking-hot on-screen chemistry, so they agree to rehearse in private. But rehearsal leads to kissing, and kissing leads to a behind-the-scenes romance worthy of a soap opera.

Why am I anticipating it? A romance with latinx main characters, who are sopa opera stars…what else do I need? I have read two books by Alexis Daria and really enjoyed both of them, which makes me even more excited for this. Also, look at that cover!

Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud

Genre: YA Sci-fi

Publication date: August 6th 2020

This series is about Amani, who is taken to the royal palace to be the body double of the hated Princess Maram in her public appearances and has to be ready to die in her place. While living in the palace, she becomes entangled with a rebellious group.

Why am I anticipating it? I read and loved an ARC of Mirage, the first book in this series, before the officially release date, so it feels like I have been waiting for this sequel forever. I’m so excited to see where the story goes and what happens to the characters.

Wayward Witch by Zoraida Córdova

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Publication date: September 1st 2020

Each book in the series follows one of the Mortiz sisters, who are Latinx brujas. In this book, Rose gets pulled through a portal to the land of Adas, a fairy realm hidden in the Caribbean Sea. While she tries to save Adas, she begins to discover the scope of her powers, the truth about her father’s past, and the sacrifices he made to save her sisters.

Why am I anticipating it? I love the first two books in this series, as well as Zoraida’s latest release Incendiary, so I know I’m gonna love this and I can’t wait to finally find out the truth about the father of the Mortiz sisters.

Kane by Sawyer Bennett

Genre: Romance

Publication date: September 15th 2020

Kane and Mollie have been best friends for a while and after a scary incident, they realize they want to be more than friends. So they start dating and they couldn’t be happier. But then the realities of having careers which keep them on the road put their blossoming relationship on ice.

Why am I anticipating it? I haven’t love the last couple books in this series, but friends to lovers is my favorite trope so I’m definitely reading this. Also, from the little introduction of the two main characters in the previous book, I feel like I’m going to like them.

Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication date: September 15th 2020

Xochital is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village’s stories into its arid winds. Until she meets Emilia and the two set out on a magical journey across the desert, where they find their hearts could be a match… if only they can survive the nightmare-like terrors that arise when the sun goes down.

Why am I anticipating it? A fantasy book with an f/f relationship and Latinx characters written by a Latinx authors is basically everything I have ever wanted. I have an ARC of this book and I’m hoping to read it soon.

Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey

Genre: Romance

Publication date: September 22nd 2020

Bethany wants to flip houses as part of her family’s company, but her older brother refuses to take her seriously. When they’re invited on Flip Off, a reality competition, Bethany needs a crew and the only person willing to join her is the new guy in town. Wes and Bethany are forced into close quarters as they remodel the ugliest house on the block.

Why am I anticipating it? I have really liked the first two books in the series and I’m really intrigued by the glimpses of Bethany and Wes in the last book, I feel like they are gonna be one of those couples with great banter and bickering and I’m excited about it!

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My Most Anticipated Romance Books of 2020 | Blogmas Day 17

Hi everyone! Today I have a list of my most anticipated romance books that are coming out in 2020. Before starting I think it’s important to mention that most of these books are part of a series, but all of them can be read as standalone novels if you don’t mind spoiling other books.

It was really hard to narrow down this list, but here are the 10 books I chose (more like 11, but…):

*Click the titles to go to the Goodreads page*

Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey

Release date: January 14th 2020

Rosie and Dominic are high school sweethearts, who used to be maddly in love, but now Rosie’s lucky to get a few words from the ex-soldier.  So encouraged by her friends, she proposes a marriage boot camp and it’s surprise when Dom actually agrees. The relationship rehab run by hippies helps their relationship get stronger than ever, but then Rosie discovers Dom has a secret… and it could demolish everything. 

Why am I anticipating it? I LOVED Fix Her Up, the first book in this series of companion novels, and I was so intrigued by the glimpses of Rosie and Dom that we got in that book that I can’t wait to read their story. I recently realized that I actually like second chance romances, so I’m excited to read more of them starting with this one!

Whatever it Takes + Wherever You Are by Krista & Becca Ritchie

  Release date: January 21st  & January 28th 2020

Garrison has a reputation as a bad boy but no one knows the abuse he endures at home, and then he founds someone who sees beyond his walls and wants to help him, the only problem is that he likes the sister of the only guy willing to give him a second chance, she is true good girl that sees more in him too.

Why am I anticipating it? Garrison and Willow were minor characters in a series I read a long time ago and the authors actually started to write their story in Wattpad for free for the fans and then realized that there was a lot to tell and decided to write these books, so I have waiting for this moment for 5 years because I love these characters and their relationship and I’m FINALLY GETTING THEIR BOOKS!

The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

Release date: February 4th 2020

Enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy about a wedding planner who gets left at the altar and whose new job requires her to work with the best man who ruined her wedding: her ex-fiancé’s infuriating and annoyingly handsome brother. Soon they discover animosity may not be the only emotion creating sparks between them

Why am I anticipating it? I’m a big fan of Mia Sosa’s Love on Cue series and I’m excited to have a new book by her to read. Also, going by the synopsis this book is right up my alley, specially since it has hate to love.

Dominik by Sawyer Bennett

Release date:  February 18th 2020

Dominik, a billionaire who owns a hockey team, wants more than just a good time with Willow, a war photographer, who is the sister of one of his star players, the only problem is she is hesitant, so he has to win her heart.

Why am I anticipating it? This is the sixth and final book of the Arizona Vengence series, I have loved all the previous books and I have been waiting to read Dominik and Willow’s story for a while now, so I’m definitely excited. Willow is such a cool character, I’m sure I’m gonna love her as the protagonist of her own story.

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Release date: March 10th 2020 

When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene for confronting a celebrity chef that harrased a hostess, Mack offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club. Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club a helps Liv with her problem, but they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart.

Why am I anticipating it? I LOVED the first book of the Bromance Book Club series and I really liked Mack as a minor character, so I’m happy he’s getting his own book. The whole concept of this series is so unique and cool, can you imagine if more men read romance books?!

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

Release date: March 24th 2020

Laurie’s partner of over a decade suddenly ends things and since they work together, she has to see him every day. When news of her ex’s pregnant girlfriend hits the office, Laurie decides she needs a new man to give people something else to talk about and it turns out that Jamie needs a respectable, steady girlfriend to impress their bosses. It’s the perfect proposition: a fauxmance, but there’s a fine line between pretending to be in love and actually falling.

Why am I anticipating it? Fake dating is one of my favorite tropes, so as soon as I read the synopsis of this book I knew I needed to add it to my tbr. I also really like office romances, so that’s a plus as well.

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Release date: March 24th 2020

Carey and James work for home remodeling gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: they can’t stand each other. Both James and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But then they realize that they may have the chance to build something beautiful together.

Why am I anticipating it? I’m a big fan of Christina Lauren’s books and the premise of this one sounds so cool that it has me counting the days until I can read it! This reminds me a bit of the movie set it up and I hope I enjoy it as much as I enjoyed that movie.

American Sweethearts by Adriana Herrera

Release date: March 30th 2020

By the end of a trip to Dominican Republic, the love/hate thing JuanPa and Pris have been doing for sixteen years has risen to epic proportions. And they can both finally admit—if only to themselves—they’ve always been a perfect match. The future they dreamed of together is still within reach…if they can just accept each other as they are.

Why am I anticiáting it? This is probably my most anticipated book of 2020, I read the first three books in the series in 2019 and in those books there have been hints of the history between Priscilla and Juan Pablo, which are the main couple in this book, and I can’t wait to know what happened between them in the past and how are they gonna get back together. Another second chance romance that I can’t wait to read.

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

Release date: April 7th 2020 

Naomi and Nicholas are about to get marry, the problem is that both of them have been feigning contentment. But whoever backs out of the wedding has to pay for it, so the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare. But now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves–and having fun with the last person they expect: each other.

Why am I anticipating it? I LOVE the premise of this book and I know a few people that got arcs of this and they loved it, so it makes me so excited to read it! The premise of this reminds me a bit of The Hating Game and since that’s one of my favorite romances of all times, so I’m hoping I’ll love this one as well.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Release date:  June 23rd 2020

Zafi rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong and for Dani is a sign: they are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along, since his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic.

Why am I anticipating it? Recently I read the first book in this series and loved it, Talia Hibbert’s writing and her characters are amazing. I’m excited for Dani’s story, specially since I love the fake dating trope and they are fake dating for a good reason.

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More Anticipated YA Books of 2020 | Blogmas Day 13

Hi everyone! Today I bring you another list of YA books that I’m highly anticipating. This time I included books from different genres like Sci-fi, Thriller, Horror and others

In case you missed it, I made separate lists of My Most Anticipated YA Fantasy Books of 2020 and My Most Anticipated YA Contemporary Books of 2020, since those are the genres I read the most.

Without further ado, here are some YA books I can’t wait to read:

*click the titles to go to the Goodreads pages*

Say Her Name by Zetta Elliot

Release date: January 14th 2020

In this book, Zetta Elliott engages poets from the past two centuries to create a chorus of voices celebrating the creativity, resilience, and courage of Black women and girls. These poems pay tribute to victims of police brutality as well as the activists championing the Black Lives Matter cause.

Why am I anticipating it? I love poetry and the subject matter of this book sound incredible and powerful, so I’m excited to give it a chance.

Blood Countess by Lana Popovic

Release date: January 28th 2020

This book is a mix of horror and historical fiction, it’s the story of a girl who becomes the chambermaid of a countess in 17th century Hungary and how she falls into the countess spell and becomes a sort of prisioner and then the murders start, and she knows it’s only a matter of time before the Blood Countess turns on her, too.

Why am I anticipating it? A book based on the infamous real-life inspiration for Countess Dracula?! Yeah, I definitely want to read it! Also, I have been interested for while now in starting to read more horror books and this one sounds so good.

The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne

Release date: February 4th 2020

This is a Sci-Fi story about the princess of a spaceship who needs to marry to save her family from financial ruin and it turns out that the best candidate is her first love who didn’t use to have money and was rejected by her family but now it’s really wealthy.

Why am I anticipating it? I have been following Alexa Donne in youtube for a while and I love her recommendations and her advice for writers, so I’m excited to check out one of her books.

The June Boys by Courtney C. Stevens

Release date: March 3rd 2020

This is a mystery thriller about a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The story revolves around a girl who is determined to find the thief after one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead, but then she starts to wonder if the thief may be her father.

Why am I anticipating it? I really like detective stories, so even when it’s not a policemen or a P.I. and instead is a regular person, I still like stories where there’s someone trying to solve a crime and find the culprit, that’s why I’m so excited for this one. Also, the whole concept of the book sounds fascinating.

A Phoenix First Must Burn

Release date: March 10th 2020

This is a collection of sixteen tales that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic.

Why am I anticipating it? So many authos I love writing SFF, which are my favorite genres, and telling stories that center Black women and gender nonconforming individuals… honestly I couldn’t ask for more. I can’t wait to read this.

Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud

Release date: May 5th 2020 

This is the sequel of one of my favorite Sci-Fi books. This series is about a girl is taken in secret to the royal palace to be the body double for the cruel Princess, who is so hated by her conquered people that she requires someone to appear in public as her, ready to die in her place.

Why am I anticipating it? I LOVE the two main characters in this book, the princess and body double, I can’t wait to see where their story goes and how their relationship changes and evolves.

Come On In

Release date: 2020

This is a YA anthology covering the experience of immigration, featuring short stories by YA authors who are either immigrants or the children of immigrants.

Why am I anticipating it? This is gonna feature some authors I love and I think the main theme of the book is incredibly relevant right now and it needs to be addressed in literature and it’s amazing to see #ownvoices authors doing it.

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My Most Anticipated YA Contemporary Books of 2020 | Blogmas Day 12

Hi everyone! Toay I want to talk about the YA contemporary books that are being release in 2020 and that I can’t wait to read. In case you missed it, yesterday I talked about my most anticipated YA Fantasy books of 2020, so check that post out if you are interested. Also, if you want to know about all the YA releases of 2020, check out the amazing and comprehensive list posted at Book Birds.

Without further ado, here are the 8 YA contemporary books that I’m highly anticipating:

*click the titles to go the Goodreads pages*

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Release date: January 21st 2020 

This is the story of two teens who end up involved in a viral Twitter war, while also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app.

Why am I anticipating it?  This sounds so cute! But also I think it’s gonna be funny to read about a twitter war full of snarky memes and retweet battles. I’m a part of the blog tour for this book so I’m pretty sure this will be my first read of 2020.

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed

Release date: February 4th 2020

This book is about two teens, each with their own problems, who meet when they go canvasing togehter for their state senate candidate and it’s the story of how they master local activism and navigate a cross-cultural romance.

Why am I anticipating it? I’m excited about the political aspect of this book, as someone that was a political science major it’s something that I enjoy reading about. Also, the #ownvoices muslim rep and the cross-cultural romance element are things I’m looking forward to.

This Train is Being Held by Ismée Amiel Williams

Release date: February 11th 2020 

This books is about two teen how meet in the subway and then over the course of multiple subway encounters spanning the next three years, they get to know each other and fall in love.

Why am I anticipating it? Latinx author and Latinx main characters + a really cute story… what else could I want?! Also, I have an arc of this and I’m so excited to read it!

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Release date: March 3rd 2020

This is the story about two boys that meet over summer break and have a romance but when the summer ends one of the boys stops texting the other back. When one of the boys starts in a new school, they see each other again and the boy realized that the sweet queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending his school, instead he is kind of a jerk.  

Why am I anticipating it? A Grease inspired contemporary! that’s like something I didn’t know I wanted but I can’t wait to have it in my hands. Also, I love that it features a m/m relationship between the main characters.

Running by Natalia Sylvester

Release date: May 5th 2020

This the story of a Cuban American teen whose father is running for president and how she starts to see him in a different light as she learns more about his political positions and how she has to find her voice while everyone is watching.

Why am I anticipating it? a Latinx author and Latinx main character + an interesting plot and a strong political aspect, those are all things I love! I can’t wait to see how the author explores the family conflicts that come with different political opinions.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Release Date: May 14th 2020

This is the story of two sister who didn’t know the other existed until their father dies in a plane crash and this book deals with questions of what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.

Why am I anticipating it? I have read and loved both of Elizabeth Acevedo’s books and I’m so excited for this one. So many Latinx authors are coming out with books that sound amazing next year and this is definitely one of them. Also, that cover is beautiful.

Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest

Release date: June 2nd 2020

This is the story of two unlikely allies who spend one week n New York looking for the granma of one of them who used to be a hollywood star

Why am I anticipating it? I love books that include the main characters discovering things about someone they love and then also discovering things about themselves. Add to that this seems to have a cute romance too and that makes me so excited. Also, I like that the characters in this one are on the older side of YA, the mc is 18 years old.

The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert

Release date: July 7th 2020

This book is about two teens who meet in their polling place when one of them is denied his right to vote and it’s the story of them team up to beat a rigged system and realizing that ther connection goes beyond a shared mission for democracy.

Why am I anticipating it? Black author and black main characters that are on the older side of YA + a strong political aspect, this book seems to have a lot of things that I usually like and I’m hoping that I’ll love it.

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My Most Anticipated YA Fantasy Books of 2020 | Blogmas Day 11

Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about my most anticipated YA fantasy books coming out in 2020. I wanted to make a list of books that I actually think I’ll read, that’s why there’s not too many books on this list and why a lot of them are sequels. If you want to know about all the YA releases of 2020, check out the amazing and comprehensive list posted at Book Birds.

Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

This book is about a girl that has the power to erase memories and is kidnapped and forced to do something that hurts her people. After being rescued by a rebel group, she has to go back to her kidnappers convince them that she is loyal to them and complete a mission.

Why am I anticipating it? I love Zoraida’s urban fantasy series, the Brooklyn Brujas, and I can’t wait to read this new and different take on fantasy from her. I have an eARC of this and it’ll probably be one of my first reads of 2020.

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

This book is about a girl who’s rejected by her community because her blood is gold instead of red, and then she is asked to become part of an army of near-immortals girls with rare gifts.

Why am I anticipating it? This is probably the most beautiful cover of any 2020 release and I won’t lie it’s the first thing that caught my eye and made me check this book out. But since then I have heard great things about this, specially about its brilliant cast of female characters.

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

This book is a retelling of one of Andersen’s most brutal fairy tales, The Red Shoes, imixed with the true medieval events that likely inspired it, a dancing “plague” in 1518 . At the center of this book is a Romani girl & trans boy.

Why am I anticipating it? I have read two McLemore books and I loved them. I think their retellings of less well-known fairy tales are so interesting and unique and I love the fact that there’s always so much diversity in them.

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

This urban fantasy about two brothers, one that has always wanted powers and doesn’t have them and one that never wanted them but has them, and how they become involve with a vigilante group that fights against a gang of specters who can steal people’s powers.

Why am I anticipating it? I have read two Adam Silvera books in the past and I really liked them, so I’m excited to give his first fantasy book a chance. Also, I love supporting Latinx authors and in this case, even more so, becasue the main character in this book is a gay Puerto Rican boy.

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Mass

This book is about a half-Fae and half-human woman seeking revenge and a fallen angel fighting for his freedom, who end up working together to find a demon that has been murdering people.

Why am I anticipating it? Honestly, I love most of Sarah J. Maas books. I just love them even if I know they lack diversity and good representation. Her writing style works for me, some of her characters are my all time favorites and I’m really excited to see what she does in this new series, specially since it sounds so different from her previous ones.

Wayward Witch by Zoraida Cordova

Rose, the younger of three sisters, has recently discovered new powers and she’s forced to use them when her father and her are sent to the land of Adas, a fairy realm hidden in the Caribbean Sea.

Why am I anticipating it? I love the Brooklyn Brujas series and I can’t wait to know what it’s gonna happen to this family next. My favorite thing about this series is the complex but lovable characters, the family dynamics and the fact that it includes Latinx folklore.

We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia

This series is about a world in which men have two wives: one wife, the Primera, is the man’s right hand and in charge of the machinations of the family; the other, the Segunda, is there to love the husband and provide offspring. The book is the story of the Primera and the Segunda of a powerful man, who fall in love with each other and end up becoming involve with a rebel group.

Why am I anticipating it? I loved the first book in this series and I’m dying to know how the story continues. Honestly, I love the characters in this story so much and I just want them to be happy together, ok? ok. Beyond the complex main characters and the forbidden love story, I loved the way the first book addressed immigration, privilege, poverty and opression.

The King of Crows by Libba Bray

This series is about a group of teens, called Diviners, who have different powers and live in New York in the 1920’s and it’s the story of how they all meet and work together against supernatural forces.

Why am I anticipating it? The Diviners series is one of my favorite series of all time and I can’t wait to read the conclusion. I love the characters in this series and I’m rooting for Sam and Evie to end up together and I’m really curious to see how all the characters are gonna get reunited and how they are gonna defeat the King of Crows.

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

This series is about a group of kids who have gone to magical worlds and when they come back they no longer fit into society, so they end up in boarding school created just for them.

Why am I anticipating it? I really like all the books in this series, but I particulary loved the last book, In An Absent Dream, so that makes me even more excited for this one, specially since it’s the continuation of the original story in the first book and we’ll get to see more characters from previous books.

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Anticipated Book Releases of December 2019 | Blogmas Day 2

Anticipated ReleasesHi everyone! Today, I’m talking about 5 books that are being release in December 2019 and that I’m really excited about. While I was writing this list, I realised that almost all the books I’m anticipating this month are coming out the same day! Which means I’ll have to make some tough choices about what books to read first, wish me luck!

Heidi’s Guide to Four Letter Words by Tara Sivec & Andi Arndt 

Release Date: December 3rd 2019

Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words

Nothing good ever comes from drinking a box of wine alone. So when I decided to entertain my drunken self by setting up some hand-me-down podcasting equipment and reading the steamy parts from romance novels, I never thought anyone would actually listen. The fact that I admitted my huge crush on my sexy next door neighbor made the whole thing even more mortifying. But sometimes life surprises you, and that’s how my podcast, Heidi’s Discount Erotica, was born.

Now I, Heidi Larsen, a sweet former kindergarten teacher in Waconia, Minnesota, lead a scandalous double life reading erotic novels to the listening world. And with each episode, I find myself embracing my new alter ego more and more. Now I’m starting to feel more comfortable in my own skin and do things I never would have dreamed of – like kissing my neighbor.

Look out, Waconia, because Heidi’s on the loose! She’s in your ears, in your hearts, and down your pants…wait, that didn’t sound as good as it did in my head. Well, you get the picture, don’tcha know!

Why am I Anticipating it? 

I found out about this book recently but it quickly became my most anticipated release of December based only in the fact that it has such a quirky premise and I think it has the potential to be a hilarious book!

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi 

Release Date: December 3rd 2019

Children of Virtue and Vengeance.jpgAfter battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

Why am I Anticipating it? 

I loved the first book in this series and I can’t wait to know how the story continues, specially after THAT ENDING! I feel like Amari, who was my favorite character in book 1 is going to have a bigger role in the sequel and that makes me even more excited about this book.

Reverie by Ryan La Sala 

Release Date: December 3rd 2019

Reverie.jpgAll Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.

As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

Why am I Anticipating it? 

The premise of this book seems a bit confusing to me, but I follow this author in Twitter and he’s fantastic, so I’m excited to give his book a shot!

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

Release Date: December 3rd 2019

Would Like to MeetAfter seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie Summers is ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she’s been running behind the scenes is in trouble, and Evie will lose her job unless she can convince the agency’s biggest and most arrogant client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy.

The catch? Ezra is suffering from writer’s block–and he’ll only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. With the future of the agency in jeopardy, Evie embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry or Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts.

But in the course of testing out the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedies IRL, not only will Evie encounter one humiliating situation after another, but she’ll have to confront the romantic past that soured her on love. In a novel as hilarious as it is heartwarming, debut author Rachel Winters proves that sometimes real life is better than the movies–and that the best kind of meet-cutes happen when you least expect them.

Why am I Anticipating it? 

Romance books with quirky premises are my weakness, so it’s really not a surprise that I’m dying to read this one! As a huge fan of rom-coms this sounds like the perfect book for me, still I am a bit nervious because the early reviews have not being the best.

The Lineup by Meghan Quinn 

Release Date: December 5th 2019

The LineupWant to know a secret? It’s about that girl over there. Don’t look, but she’s the one in the power suit—with the long, black hair and the serious expression, the one I’m about to go on a date with . . .

Yeah, according to her, she “accidentally” donated an obscene amount of money to my charity — The Lineup — to win said date but I found out the truth. Miss. Button Up Blouse has a secret, passionate crush on me.

I didn’t know her name until two days ago, despite the friends we have in common. Was I oblivious? Probably. Was I blind to it? Definitely.

But I’m no fool, I see it now. The High Heel Harlot wants more than just a date with Jason Orson, she wants to be able to claim the best butt in baseball as hers. Here’s another secret . . . she has no idea I know.

Why am I Anticipating it? 

This sounds like a tipical romance book, but that’s exactly what I need sometimes. I’m excited to give a chance to a romance author that I have not read before, especially since someone who’s opinion I really trust loves this author. Hopefully this will be a fun read!

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Anticipated Book Releases of August 2019

Anticipated Releases

Hi everyone! Here are some books coming out in August that I think sound amazing and that I can’t wait to get my hands on.

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai 

Release Date: August 6th 2019 

The Right SwipeRhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her career—and the occasional hookup. The cynical dating app creator controls her love life with a few key rules: 1) Nude pics are by invitation only  2) If someone stands you up, block them with extreme prejudice 3) Protect your heart.

Only there aren’t any rules to govern her attraction to her newest match, former pro-football player Samson Lima. The sexy and seemingly sweet hunk woos her one magical night… and disappears.

Rhi thought she’d buried her hurt over Samson ghosting her, until he suddenly surfaces months later, still big, still beautiful—and in league with a business rival. He says he won’t fumble their second chance, but she’s wary. A temporary physical partnership is one thing, but a merger of hearts? Surely that’s too high a risk…

Why am I anticipating it? 

I have been waiting for this book for months, which is not surpring if you know about my undying love for romance books, especially because this one sounds right up my alley. Also, all my friends in Goodreads have given it 4 or 5 stars and they have all mentioned how diverse this books is, so I’m hopeful that I’m going to love it.

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Release Date: August 6th 2019

House of Salt and Sorrows

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.

Why am I anticipating it? 

This sounds so whimsical and I have heard it has some horror elements and that makes me so excited, I definitely have been wanting to read more fantasy/horror books. I can’t wait to see the author’s take on The Twelve Princesses story, especially since this book is suppost to be focused on the sisterhood.

The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcárcel 

Release Date: August 20th 2019

The Other Half of Happy

Twelve-year-old, bi-cultural Quijana likes her Anglo life just fine. Nevermind that her Spanish is shaky and she can’t talk with her abuela. When her Latino relatives show up and prompt her parents to plan a trip to Guatemala, Quijana plans an escape. She’s sure that being half makes her happy.

Chronicle brings us poet Rebecca Balcárcel’s middle grade novel about a biracial girl who’s navigating between the Anglo and Guatemalan sides of her family, a burgeoning crush and a cool new friend, and trying to figure out what’s going on with her little brother, who is becoming remote and hard to reach, all while trying to determine just who she is. Publication is scheduled for August 2019.

Why am I anticipating it? 

I’m always excited to read latinx books by latinx authors and this one sounds like it’s gonna be a heartfelt story. I don’t read that much middle grade but I’ll definitely give this a chance.

All the Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley- Doyle 

Release Date: August 27th 2019

All the Bad ApplesThe day after the funeral all our mourning clothes hung out on the line like sleeping bats. ‘This will be really embarrassing,’ I kept saying to my family, ‘when she shows up at the door in a week or two.’

When Deena’s wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears – presumed dead – her family are heartbroken. But Mandy has always been troubled. It’s just another bad thing to happen to Deena’s family. Only Deena refuses to believe it’s true.

And then the letters start arriving. Letters from Mandy, claiming that their family’s blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions – but a curse, handed down through the generations. Mandy has gone in search of the curse’s roots, and now Deena must find her. What they find will heal their family’s rotten past – or rip it apart forever.

Why am I anticipating it? 

I have never read a Moïra Fowley-Doyle book, but all of her books always sound so intriguing to me and after hearing this one has a lot to do with Irish history and the catolic church, I’m even more curious about it. Also, I know there are queer characters, which is always a plus in my eyes.

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Anticipated Book Releases of July 2019

Anticipated Releases

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to talk about some highly anticipated releases that I’m hoping to read in July, even if I’m not sure I’ll be able to.  July is gonna be a weird month for me because I’m going back home to Colombia after almost a year of living in Spain, so I don’t really know how much I’ll read. But anyway, let’s talk about some books that sounds amazing and that I’ll try to read if not in July then as soon as I can.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Release Date: July 2nd 2019

Lock Every Door.jpgNo visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent. (Goodreads)

Why am I anticipating it? 

Recently I started to get back into mysteries and thrillers and I was looking for some to add to my tbr and I found this one, I have never read a Riley Sager book but I have heard great things about his books and the synopsis of this one sounds so intriguing and the whole dark history behind the luxury concept is something that I enjoy in books.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Release Date: July 9th 2019

The Bookish Life of Nina HillThe only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book. When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options: 1) Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.) 2) Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).3) Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page. (Goodreads)

Why am I anticipating it? 

First of all, Berkley has been publishing some amazing romance books lately, so I’m excited to check out their new releases, and second, the main character in this book sounds like the kind of main character I like to read about.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Release Date: July 9th 2019

Wilder Girls.jpgIt’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true. (Goodreads)

Why am I anticipating it? 

After loving the cover of this book – one of the most beautiful covers for a YA books that I have ever seen – I was a bit unsure about reading this one based on the synopsis, but then I heard someone described it as sapphic horror and I was sold.

The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory

Release Date: July 16th 2019

The Wedding Party

Maddie and Theo have two things in common:

  1. Alexa is their best friend
  2. They hate each other

After an “oops, we made a mistake” night together, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won’t fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn’t looking, agreeing they would end it once the wedding is over. When it’s suddenly pushed up and they only have a few months left of secret rendezvouses, they find themselves regretting that the end is near. Two people this different can’t possibly have a connection other than the purely physical, right? But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don’t fall in love. (Goodreads)

Why am I anticipating it? 

This is the third book in The Wedding Date series and , while I had some issues with the first book in the series, I liked the second book so much that I can’t wait to see if the third one will be as good. Also, this is a hate to love romance, which is one of my favorite tropes.

Gods of Jade and  Shadow by Silvia Moreno- Garcia

Release Date: July 23rd 2019

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The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld. (Goodreads)

Why am I anticipating it? 

This has Mayan mithology and a mexican protagonist and it sounds amazing, add that to the fact that I always try to support Latinx authors and you know I’ll be reading this. But if I’m honest, I am a bit nervious because I didn’t like the only book I have read by Moreno-Garcia that much, I’m still excited tho.

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Anticipated Book Releases of April 2019

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Hi everyone! It’s that time of the month again when I talk about books that are coming out and that I can’t wait to read a.k.a the reason I’m broke!

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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Release date:  April 2nd 2019

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A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. 

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light.

Why am I anticipating it?

THIS SOUNDS SO COOL! that’s the main reason I want to read it, honestly! A gothic fantasy that has been getting great reviews, what more could I ask for?  This has my ultimate favorite thing in fantasy which is powerful morally grey characters! Also, one of the main characters is bisexual and I’m always down for that.

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Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller

Release date: April 9th 2019

Girls on the Verge

Camille couldn’t be having a better summer. But on the very night she learns she got into a prestigious theater program, she also finds out she’s pregnant. She definitely can’t tell her parents. And her best friend, Bea, doesn’t agree with the decision Camille has made.

Camille is forced to try to solve her problem alone … and the system is very much working against her. At her most vulnerable, Camille reaches out to Annabelle Ponsonby, a girl she only barely knows from the theater. Happily, Annabelle agrees to drive her wherever she needs to go. And in a last-minute change of heart, Bea decides to come with.

Girls on the Verge is an incredibly timely novel about a woman’s right to choose. Sharon Biggs Waller brings to life a narrative that has to continue to fight for its right to be told, and honored.

Why am I anticipating it?

This book deals with abortion and I my undergraduate thesis was about abortion in Colombia and I got to interview women that had had an abortion and doctors who perform it and it’s a subject that I’m very interested about, so I’m excited to give this book a chance, especially since I have heard amazing things about it.

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Brief Chronicles of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid 

Release date: April 30th 2019

Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak

The summer after senior year is not going as eighteen-year-old Lu Charles expected: after her longtime boyfriend unexpectedly breaks up with her, Lu can’t write a single word, despite the fact that her college scholarship is tied to her columnist job at hip online magazine Misnomer. Then, she meets Cal.

Cal’s ever-practical girlfriend Iris is looking ahead to her first year of college, and her plans do not include a long-distance boyfriend. When Lu learns that Cal and Iris have planned to end their relationship at the end of the summer, she becomes fascinated and decides to chronicle the last months the couple will spend together.

The closer she gets to the couple, the more she likes them, and the more she wants to write about them. The summer unfurls, and Lu discovers what it really means to be in love. On the page, or off it. The book is touching exploration of love and how it shapes us both during a relationship and after it has ended.

Why am I anticipating it? 

First of all, I love the fact that the main character in this book is in college, I would to have more contemporaries that have college age main characters. Also, I love books where the main character writes for a website or magazine, I usually find this trope in romance and it’s cool to see it in YA contemporary too.  Lastly, I have discovered recently that I really like books about break ups for some strange reason. Honestly, this sounds right up my alley!

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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He 

Release date: April 9th 2019 

Descendant of the Crane

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, dreaming of an unremarkable life. But when her beloved father is found dead, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of a surprisingly unstable kingdom. What’s more, Hesina believes that her father was murdered—and that the killer is someone close to her.

Hesina’s court is packed full of dissemblers and deceivers eager to use the king’s death for political gain, each as plausibly guilty as the next. Her advisers would like her to blame the neighboring kingdom of Kendi’a, whose ruler has been mustering for war. Determined to find her father’s actual killer, Hesina does something desperate: she enlists the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by
death, since magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of Yan at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

Why am I anticipating it?

It sounds like this book revolves around political intrigue and I’m always a fan of fantasy books that focus on that aspect more than in the action. Also, I have heard amazing things about it from people that got ARCs, so I can’t wait to see if it lives up to the hype. I really hope it does!

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