Hello lovely reader! In today’s blog post I’ll be listing all of my anticipated releaser for the rest of this year. Can you believe the year is already almost half way done? That’s just crazy. Nevertheless, here are my most anticipated releases for the next 6 months and a half. They are in order of publication date. If you want to add them to your own TBR, just click on the title and it will redirect you to the book’s page on Goodreads.
1. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
I’ve read Lock Every Door by this author and loved that book. His two other books are also on my TBR. This one does appeal more to me those two books, though.
Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism.
Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie’s father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.
Publication date: June 30th (my birthday!)
2. Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power
I read Wilder Girls by Rory Power last year and it ended up on my favourites of the year list. So naturally I expect to love this one just as much. Especially since the main character and I are both called Margot.
Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.
But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.
Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?
The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.
Publication date: July 7th
3. The Comeback by Ella Berman
The synopsis of this book kind of reminded me of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and that’s my all time favourite book, with a nice mystery thrown in, so I have to read it.
At the height of her career and on the eve of her first Golden Globe nomination, teen star Grace Turner disappeared.
Now, tentatively sober and surprisingly numb, Grace is back in Los Angeles after her year of self-imposed exile. She knows the new private life she wants isn’t going to be easy as she tries to be a better person and reconnect with the people she left behind.
But when Grace is asked to present a lifetime achievement award to director Able Yorke–the man who controlled her every move for eight years–she realizes that she can’t run from the secret behind her spectacular crash and burn for much longer. And she’s the only one with nothing left to lose.
Publication date: August 4th
4. A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
I haven’t read a Naomi Novik book yet, but she is an author I want to try out. Next to that the premise of this book just sounds amazing.
Lesson One of the Scholomance:
Learning has never been this deadly.
A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets. There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere. El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students.
Publication date: September 29th
5. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
It’s a Schwab book and it’s about a girl who makes a deal with the devil. Need I say more?
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.
Publication date: October 6th
6. We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu
Honestly? It’s the cover. Not only is it just stunning, it also gives me Wilder Girls vibes. But this thriller also just sounds really good!
Last summer, Link Miller drowned on dry land in the woods, miles from the nearest body of water. His death was ruled a weird accident, but Noemi Amato knows the truth: Link was killed. He told her so himself, because he’s been texting her from beyond the grave, warning her to keep away from the forest.
Amberlyn, Link’s sister, can’t shake the feeling that Noemi is hiding something, and Jonas, Noemi’s new housemate, can’t get past the walls that she has constructed around herself. Because Noemi has a dangerous secret even bigger than Link’s ghost…
Link drowned in an impossible lake that only she can find.
Now, if the three don’t work together to unravel the truth about what is happening in the woods, someone else may wind up dead. Set over the course of one heartbreaking, mystifying, and ultimately hopeful year, this remarkable debut heralds the arrival of an incredible new voice in young adult literature.
Publication date: October 6th
7. Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer
I actually have never read a Marissa Meyer book, because they don’t really appeal to me. Only the Renegades series is one that I would like to give a shot, but I haven’t got to it yet. However, this book sounds like such a fun read!
Chronic overachiever Prudence Daniels is always quick to cast judgment on the lazy, rude, and arrogant residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her. Pru giddily makes use of the power, punishing everyone from public vandals to karaoke hecklers, but there is one person on whom her powers consistently backfire: Quint Erickson, her slacker of a lab partner and all-around mortal enemy. Soon, Pru begins to uncover truths about Quint, her peers, and even herself that reveal how thin the line is between virtue and vanity, generosity and greed . . . love and hate.
Publication date: November 3rd
Those seven books are basically it already. I don’t keep up with new releases that much, these are just books that I’ve seen mentioned around Instagram or YouTube, or books by authors I’ve already read from. However, there would have been two more books on this list, but their publication dates have been pushed back to 2021. Those two were The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna and Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab. I won’t write about them in this blog post, because I’m sure they’ll appear on my most anticipated releases of 2021 list in about half a year.
Thanks so much for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it. Don’t forget to tell me what your most anticipated release for the rest of 2020 is!