Anticipated Releases: May 2021

Honestly, I do mean to do these every month. But at the moment, it’s starting to seem like I’m doing them once every couple of months. It’s mostly because they can be a lot of work. I’m only going to list three books this time. I won’t be including any sequels. These are all first books or standalones. As usual, I’ll also list a few other books I’m interested in at the end, including sequels, that I don’t want to get more into.

Counting Down With You – Tashie Bhuiyan

YA Contemporary is a genre that I’m only just starting to get into. I’ve picked up books in the past, but even if I’ve enjoyed them, I’ve still not wanted to pick up more. But that’s started to change, and this is a book I’m actually excited about. I’d have preordered it already if I wasn’t struggling to find somewhere I can preorder it from within the UK

Karina is a good Bangladeshi girl. She follows the rule and is trying to get through high school with as little fuss as possible. When her parents go away to Bangladeshi for four weeks, the bad boy she’s been tutoring asks her to be his fake girlfriend. It’s something she never expected, but she can’t turn him down as he does everything right. But what if, after a month, she doesn’t want it to end?

This book sounds cute and funny. The perfect YA rom-com. It’s a book by a debut author as well, so it’s one I’m definitely excited to support. I’m trying to get on a blog tour for this currently. But even if I don’t… I will be getting my hands on a copy of this book as soon as possible.

Amazon UK

Realm Breaker – Victoria Aveyard

It’s safe to say that the Red Queen books by Victoria Aveyard are one of my favourite series ever. My bookish OTP is from that series, so it’s safe to say that I’m so excited about this new book. I have preordered this book, the Waterstones special edition at that, and I’m so glad that it’s out early in the month. I’ve seen some lines from this book, and I feel like I’m gonna be just as obsessed.

Corayne has lived a quiet life on the coast, but even she can tell darkness is coming. Fate confirms this by sending an immortal assassin to her door, one that tells her that she is the last in an ancient lineage. That only she has the power to end this destruction. As she teams up with reluctant allies, she has to try to complete an impossible task before the enemy destroys the very realm they live in.

Okay, in a lot of ways, this book does sound like a very typical YA fantasy. But I’m so hyped anyway. It sounds so good, and I’m excited to lose myself with these characters in this world.

Amazon UK | Waterstones | Bookshop Org

Arsenic and Adobo – Mia P. Manansala

The final book on this list is an adult mystery. It might be considered a cosy mystery. I’m not sure. But it looks fun like it might have the chick-lit vibes I love mixed with a mystery, and I’m excited. I only stumbled across this book fairly recently through social media, so I can’t find an excuse to preorder it now. But I’m very curious and very excited about it.

Lila has recently moved back home with her family after a bad breakup. Her life seems to be going the way of a rom-com as she tries to save her family’s failing restaurant. Until a nasty blogger, who also happens to be her ex, dies shortly after confronting her. Lila is blamed, and the police aren’t listening. If she wants to prove her innocence and save her family’s restaurant, she’ll have to look into the case herself. With her Dachshund, the network of Aunties and her best friend – she hopes to solve the case before the restaurant gets closed down.

Doesn’t this sound fun? Like, the perfect mix of mystery and chick-lit. I’m loving the idea of the rom-com tropes, in the beginning, turning into a mystery. It sounds like this could maybe be kind of considered as tart noir. And I really want to check it out. Plus the dog being mentioned just makes it even better. Nothing better happen to the pupper though!

Amazon UK | Waterstones | Bookshop Org

Other Books

Here’s a few of the other books I’m excited for this month! There’s a sequel here and a few other books that I didn’t want to go into more detail on:

  • Illusionary – Zoraida Cordova
  • Cursed Luck – Kelley Armstrong
  • Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake – Alexis Hall
  • Judgement Day – Josie Jaffrey

What books are you looking forward to next month?

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