And I’m BACK with more books for your TBR pile!
2020 has truly been blessing us with some incredible releases…and look, we’re not even quite halfway through the year yet?! Good books (and chocolate tbh) are keeping this planet together, I take no arguments on this. It’s being a brutal year for so many with the pandemic — so more than ever I think so many of us are grateful to sink into a good book.
And it is being tough on authors for trying to promo their books! So I don’t even feel bad for smothering you in releases I’m excited about. These books need our love 🥺💛I’m featuring new Young Adult releases from May to June, because there are a lot here. And you’re welcome.
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The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulous| Goodreads
Anything pitched as “for fans of Maggie Stiefvater” immediately has my WHOLE heart. But this is also queer and full of magic and seems like it’ll have a complex/tight friendship group!!
The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall | Goodreads
Always here for pirates!! I swear, they just make my heart glow. This one is also sapphic and the pitch says it’s unpacking colonialism AND it has magic.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo | Goodreads
I love this author’s writing!! (Her first two books are gorgeous.) This one is told in verse about two sisters who didn’t know each other existed.
The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton | Goodreads
This looks so FUN!? I am also really here for restaurant settings in books because…yes thanks. Also it’s about knights! But modern! And taking down the patriarchy!
Stay Gold by Tobly Smith | Goodreads
The entire title is a The Outsiders references and that’s ALL you need to catch me!! It’s also #ownvoices trans and about being closeted and passing and falling in love.
Date Me Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye | Goodreads
I actually just read this one and it’s absolutely super cute. It’s a queer fake-dating romcom and it manages to be adorkable and awkward and sweet all at once!
The Ballad of Songbirds And Snakes by Suzanne Collins | Goodreads
Um so what do we even SAY ABOUT THIS ONE?! I’m still reeling it exists…the prequel we asked for, but not focused on a character we want to talk about. 😂I still do want to try it! I also still need to reread the original trilogy whoops.
Breath Like Water by Anna Jarzab | Goodreads
I’m always drawn to contemporaries with mental health rep, so I really want to try this one! I think it deals with bipolar and maybe depression? It’s also about olympic swimmers!!
If We Were Us by K.L. Walther | Goodreads
Prestigious high school full of messy group dynamics and queer kids?! I mean yes. 😌 This is for me.
You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson | Goodreads
I am super keen for this one!! It’s a contemporary about a girl who wants to go to this elite college but is vying for prom queen (something she haaaates) to get the funding for it. Also sapphic!
A Song Below Water | Goodreads
A world were sirens mix with average teen life!! Also it looks like it’s going to have a strong female friendship!
Forged In Fire And Stars by Andrew Robertson | Goodreads
Not only is this cover saying lovely things to me like “pICK ME UP NOW”, it’s also about a magical blacksmith!! Who helps two girls take a throne!
The Falling In Love Montage by Clara Smyth | Goodreads
Okay so they organise a romcom??? One girl doesn’t believe in love. One is going to convince her otherwise. I will take one this one yes pls.
The State Of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson | Goodreads
I’m hoping this is the YA version of Red White & Royal Blue! Two boys with the parents in rival political positions end up falling in love…
The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant | Goodreads
I just wanted this one every since I heard the pitch “Les Mis meets Six of Crows”. I don’t even KNOW Les Mis but omg I want this. And please let it have a good heist…
Seasons Of the Storm by Elle Cosimano| Goodreads
This is like…the seasons are cursed to be people?! And they have to kill each other so the next season can happen? I loooooove it.
Forest Of Souls by Lori M. Lee | Goodreads
If a book promises a creepy forest, then I am SO IN. And this also has a girl who resurrects her best friend, just as you do, you know? I want.
The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune | Goodreads
This 100% already owns me from the pitch “Some people are extraordinary…some are just extra”. I mean YES. 😂Also ADHD rep and it’s queer AND there are superpowers.
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust | Goodreads
The YA cover snake is back, but also it got bleached. 😌Anyway, sign me up for a Persian-inspired sapphic fantasy, with a girl who can kill people with a touch, and morally grey storyline.
Loveless by Alice Oseman | Goodreads
#Ownvoices aro/ace rep!! I can’t even express how much I need more books with good asexual representation so yessss to this. Also I love every Oseman book I read!
Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power | Goodreads
After Wilder Girls, I just want more of Rory Power’s gorgeous prose….that’s all I can say. But also thriller! Girls with mysterious pasts! Messy maybe dangerous families?!
Unravel The Dusk (#2) by Elizabeth Lim | Goodreads
This is the sequel to Spin the Dawn and that was just the absolute best!? I really cannot wait for the sequel! Perfect mix of sassy characters, angst love, morally grey decisions, magical sewing, and Chinese mythology!
A Peculiar Peril by Jeff VanderMeer | Goodreads
It just says SECRET SOCIETY and to be fair that’s all it needs to say. (Bonus is there’s an old house full of curiosities and weirdness and secrets!)
The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning | Goodreads
A Princess Bride retelling!! I love this!! And I also am a bit in love with the title so 😚
Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron | Goodreads
An alternate Cinderella “what happened after” story! I’m definitely hoping it involves murder 😌you know, like any nice person would. But it’s also sapphic!
The Fell Of The Dark by Caleb Roehrig | Goodreads
Contemporary but also casual supernatural activity!! Also I really love this author’s thrillers, so I’m ready for a vampire edition?! It’s also #ownvoices queer!
They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman | Goodreads
So I have a thing for dark academia and secret societies!! AND LOOK. This is being pitched as “One Of Us Is Lying with a dash of The Secret History” and my soul thrives.
The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar | Goodreads
This is actually by my good friend but look, look, it is just so good. Girl pirates, magical ship version of Hogwarts, puzzles and cake and female friendships?! It has everything. 😭💛
The Lights Of Prague by Nicole Jarvis | Goodreads
It says “for fans of VE Schwab and The Witcher” !!! and look I need it more than I can say. It just sounds incredible and lush and morally grey!
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are any of these on your tbr?? does your tbr…hate you now? tell me what upcoming releases you’re super pining for!