Hello lovely reader! It’s time to kick off my end of the year content. For the rest of the month I’ll be making blog posts about 2021, and then in January I’ll be wrapping up 2020 on my blog. Let’s start off with my most anticipated book releases of 2021!
I have compiled a list of 14 book releases for 2021 I’m super excited for. I’ll be listing the books in order of publication date. Enjoy!
You Have a Match by Emma Lord – January 5th
When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie…although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front.
When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents—especially considering Savannah, queen of green smoothies, is only a year and a half older than Abby herself.
The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications: Savvy is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby’s growing feelings for him on blast. And her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.
I read Emma Lord’s debut novel Tweet Cute at the beginning of 2020 and it was one of my favourite YA contemporaries of the year, so of course I have to try out her new book as well. It seems like Emma Lord writes unique YA contemporary stories, which is something I’m always looking for.
Love is a Revolution by Renée Watson – February 2nd
When Nala Robertson reluctantly agrees to attend an open mic night for her cousin-sister-friend Imani’s birthday, she finds herself falling in instant love with Tye Brown, the MC. He’s perfect, except . . . Tye is an activist and is spending the summer putting on events for the community when Nala would rather watch movies and try out the new seasonal flavors at the local creamery. In order to impress Tye, Nala tells a few tiny lies to have enough in common with him. As they spend more time together, sharing more of themselves, some of those lies get harder to keep up. As Nala falls deeper into keeping up her lies and into love, she’ll learn all the ways love is hard, and how self-love is revolutionary.
I’ve read two books by Renée Watson before: Watch Us Rise and What Momma Left Me. I wasn’t a big fan of either of those books, however they had elements that I liked and they were not badly written. Love is a Revolution seems to have the elements that I liked from her previous books, so I hope I’ll love this one.
Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers – February 23rd
With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She’s a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified high achiever. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that.
This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father’s plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn’t feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her father’s expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows.
In New York, she’s able to ignore all the annoying questions about her future plans and falls hard for her creative and beautiful wife, Yuki Yamamoto. But when reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she’s been running from all along—the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.
I’m always here for adult contemporaries and this one just sounds like so much fun. Grace, the main character, also sounds a bit like me, except for the getting married in Vegas part, of course.
Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab – March 2nd
Where there are ghosts, Cassidy Blake follows…
Unless it’s the other way around?
Cass thinks she might have this ghost-hunting thing down. After all, she and her ghost best friend, Jacob, have survived two haunted cities while traveling for her parents’ TV show.
But nothing can prepare Cass for New Orleans, which wears all of its hauntings on its sleeve. In a city of ghost tours and tombs, raucous music and all kinds of magic, Cass could get lost in all the colorful, grisly local legends. And the city’s biggest surprise is a foe Cass never expected to face: a servant of Death itself.
Victoria Schwab is one of my favourite authors, so I just have to read everything she publishes. This is also my favourite middle grade series and the two previous books were just so much fun. I simply can’t not read this.
Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi – March 2nd
Jayne Baek is barely getting by. She shuffles through fashion school, saddled with a deadbeat boyfriend, clout-chasing friends, and a wretched eating disorder that she’s not fully ready to confront. But that’s New York City, right? At least she isn’t in Texas anymore, and is finally living in a city that feels right for her.
On the other hand, her sister June is dazzlingly rich with a high-flying finance job and a massive apartment. Unlike Jayne, June has never struggled a day in her life. Until she’s diagnosed with uterine cancer.
Suddenly, these estranged sisters who have nothing in common are living together. Because sisterly obligations are kind of important when one of you is dying.
I read Emergency Contact by Mary H.K Choi earlier this year and it was one of my favourite contemporary reads of the year. Ever since that moment I’ve had her other book Permanent Record on my TBR and now I can’t wait to read this, because it sounds exactly like a book I would love.
Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales – March 9th
• Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes―for a fee.
• Uses her power for good. Most of the time.
• Really cannot stand Alexander Brougham.
• Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke…who is in love with someone else.
• Does not appreciate being blackmailed.
However, when Brougham catches her in the act of collecting letters from locker 89―out of which she’s been running her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service―that’s exactly what happens. In exchange for keeping her secret, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to become his personal dating coach―at a generous hourly rate, at least. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.
Darcy has a good reason to keep her identity secret. If word gets out that she’s behind the locker, some things she’s not proud of will come to light, and there’s a good chance Brooke will never speak to her again.
Okay, so all she has to do is help an entitled, bratty, (annoyingly hot) guy win over a girl who’s already fallen for him once? What could go wrong?
I adored Only Mostly Devasted by Sophie Gonzales, so I just have to read this book as well. I hope I’ll love it as much, but it already sounds like an amazing book!
Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas – March 23rd
When children go missing, people want answers. When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers.
It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.
Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don’t do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.
First of all: this sounds like a dark and twisted retelling of Peter Pan and what more could you want? Secondly: that cover is gorgeous! And lastly Aiden Thomas is such a good author, I can’t wait to pick up this book of his.
Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo – March 30th
Warning: synopsis contains spoilers for basically every book in the Grishaverse!
The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.
The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.
The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.
King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.
I just can’t wait for this book! Leigh Bardugo is also one of my favourite authors, so I also need to read everything she comes out with, but also the cliffhanger King of Scars ended on… I need answers!
She’s Too Pretty To Burn by Wendy Heard – March 30th
The summer is winding down in San Diego. Veronica is bored, caustically charismatic, and uninspired in her photography. Nico is insatiable, subversive, and obsessed with chaotic performance art. They’re artists first, best friends second. But that was before Mick. Delicate, lonely, magnetic Mick: the perfect subject, and Veronica’s dream girl. The days are long and hot―full of adventure―and soon they are falling in love. Falling so hard, they never imagine what comes next. One fire. Two murders. Three drowning bodies. One suspect . . . one stalker. This is a summer they won’t survive.
Do I really need to tell you why I want to read this book after reading the synopsis and seeing that beautiful cover? It just sounds perfect, okay? Also, it’s inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, and I love that book!
The Anti-Relationship Year by Katie Wismer
Johanna Palmer is very much over relationships. After a scarring experience her freshman year of college, she’s decided she would much rather have something fun than something serious.
Her best friend Miller has seen it all—the tears, the parties, the drunken phone calls at four in the morning when she needed a ride. In fact, there might be several things Miller saw that Jo herself can’t remember. Things Miller can’t forget.
With the whirlwind of senior year underway, Jo just wants to move on, get her degree, and land her dream job. But her past might not be as easy to outrun as she’d hoped.
I’ve been a fan of Katie Wismer’s YouTube for years. She has published three things so far: two poetry collections and a YA contemporary. One of the poetry collections I absolutely adored, the other one wasn’t really for me. Her YA contemporary was an enjoyable read, but not a new favourite. However, this sounds completely up my alley, so I’m super excited to read it.
Anna K. Away by Jenny Lee – April 27th
Warning: synopsis contains spoilers for Anna K.!
How the mighty have fallen. Anna K, once the golden girl of Greenwich, CT, and New York City, has been brought low by a scandalous sex tape and the tragic death of her first love, Alexia Vronsky. At the beginning of the summer, her father takes her to the other side of the world, to connect with his family in South Korea and teach his daughter about her roots. Is Anna in exile? Or could this be her chance to finally figure out who she really is?
Back in the U.S., Anna’s brother, Stephen, and his girlfriend, Lolly, are falling even more deeply in love. But when Lolly learns about unexpected consequences from Stephen’s cheating the previous year, she has to consider how much she is willing to forgive. Lolly’s little sister, Kimmie, and her new boyfriend, Dustin, are thinking about having sex together for the first time. And Bea, Vronsky’s cousin, is having her own romantic and sexual awakening, though she hasn’t forgiven her ex-BFF, Anna, for her role in Vronsky’s death.
Anna K. was such a fun and ridiculous read. But I did feel like it ended a bit abruptly so I’m happy that there’s a sequel that will hopefully provide me with some answers.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – May 25th
Malibu: August 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over–especially as the offspring of the legendary singer Mick Riva.
The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud–because it is long past time for him to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.
Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there. And Kit has a couple secrets of her own–including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.
By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come bubbling to the surface.
Look, Taylor Jenkins Reid is one of my favourite authors. And this synopsis gives me some The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo vibes, which is not only my favouirte book by her, but also my all time favourite book. So needless to say I can’t wait to read it.
Small Favours by Erin A. Craig – July 27th
Ellerie Downing lives in the quiet town of Amity Falls in the Blackspire Mountain range–five narrow peaks stretching into the sky like a grasping hand, bordered by a nearly impenetrable forest from which the early townsfolk fought off the devils in the woods. To this day, visitors are few and rare. But when a supply party goes missing, some worry that the monsters that once stalked the region have returned.
As fall turns to winter, more strange activities plague the town. They point to a tribe of devilish and mystical creatures who promise to fulfill the residents’ deepest desires, however grand and impossible, for just a small favor. But their true intentions are much more sinister, and Ellerie finds herself in a race against time before all of Amity Falls, her family, and the boy she loves go up in flames.
I’m always waiting for more standalone fantasy novels and I loved House of Salts and Sorrows by the same author, so I can’t wait to dive into this book!
Untitled by Holly Jackson – no publication date
This is the third book in the A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder series. I read and adored the first two books, so obviously I need to also read the third one. The previous two books were published in April (the first in 2019, the second in 2020), so I’m hoping this one will also be published in April, but we’ll see!
Et voilà, that was it for my most anticipated book releases of 2021. I’ll probably make another one of these posts towards the middle of 2021, because most of these books will be published in the first half of the year.
Definitely tell me your most anticipated release for 2021!