It’s that time of year again — when I help your tbrs crush you flat!!
Honestly, that’s very kind of me and you are welcome in advance. I’ve collected 60+ release coming out from January to April that I think sound super good and I want to read them!! Is that possible? 😌👌🏻absolutely not. Will I pretend I could though? Absolutely yes.
We scoff in the face of realism. (Also I need to inherit a small fortune.)
I hope you enjoy and find some you’re excited for too! All covers link to Goodreads. I do feel I’m missing more YA fantasies, though?! So shout out in the comments which ones you’re excited for.
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Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas | Goodreads
Angie Thomas is such a phenomenal storyteller and an auto-buy author so 😭🙌🏻of course this goes instantly on my tbr! I’m also super lucky to have an ARC so I can’t wait to read this!
The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe | Goodreads
Apparently January is for blood red covers but 👀👌🏻am okay with that. This is pitched as “the daughter of a con artist who is taken hostage in a bank heist” and I simply adore con artists and heists.
Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant | Goodreads
Books about writers!!! These always go straight onto my tbr because relate 😌👌🏻 teen-writer-me would’ve been so excited for this book too 😍
What Beauty Is There by Cory Anderson | Goodreads
I simply exist for angsty contemporaries about families and brothers and broken messiness 😩 you know I do. This also gives me vibes not too dissimilar from my books so!!! I really want to read it.
Into The Heartless Wood by Joanna Ruth Meyer | Goodreads
Forests!! Monsters!! My aesthetic!! It’s pitched as “impossible love between a monstrous tree siren and a boy who lives at the edge of her wood” and I was just THERE, ready and needing it.
Roman & Jewel by Dana L. Davis | Goodreads
I really loved this author’s debut (Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now) but I haven’t read anything else by her yet, and this!! must!! change!! Also this just sounds fantastic with a Romeo x Juliet twist. 😍
The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick | Goodreads
Quickly sneaking in an adult epic fantasy (I want to read more adult!) because this one sounds SO GOOD. Also crime lords and it’s queer!
The Boy From the Mish by Gary Lonesborough | Goodreads
One of my goals for 2021 is to read more Aussie books, and this is pitched as: “queer Indigenous YA novel, set in a rural Australian community, about seventeen-year-old Jackson finding the courage to explore who he is, even if it scares him” Yes yes!!!
The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner | Goodreads
It’s a sapphic bodyguard romance with thieves and fantasy worlds!!! What more needs to be said!!! I think this is adult too so 👀excuse me breaking my own list’s rules.
Wings of Ebony by J. Elle | Goodreads
Demigods and #ownvoices Black Girl Magic and hidden magic societies!! I am super keen for this one 😍
Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala | Goodreads
I already read and LOVED this one!! It’s full of highly strung anxious gays who do craft and cosplay and the whole book is 😙👌🏻 a work of art.
A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth | Goodreads
I need something to fill the Cruel Prince shaped hole in my life so hello FAE and outcasts and a murder mystery for the gays 😪🙌🏻I am so excited for this.
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna | Goodreads
I also am super lucky to have an ARC of this from a book box and 😍✨this is going to be a real treat of an epic fantasy. It’s about a girl who’s going to join an all-girl army of immortals with magical powers.
A Pho Love Story by Loan Le | Goodreads
Okay the pitch is: “two Vietnamese-American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring restaurants.” Feuding AND food?! 😩say no more.
We Are Fire by Sam Taylor | Goodreads
This jsut sounds dark and gnarly 👀👌🏻which is my kind of epic fantasy. Also reminds me of one of my old wips so that makes me extra keen to try it!
Can’t Take That Away by by Steven Salvatore | Goodreads
I’m definitely seeing more nonbinary authors having books out this year and I am extremely ready for this 😍🙌🏻 I actually preordered this one (also so love the cover) and I can’t wait!
The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore | Goodreads
I always adore McLemore’s exquisite prose so this is an auto-buy for me 😭 Their work is just gorgeous, but also deals with quite dark themes. I feel like this one will be a heartbreaking one too.
Rule of Wolves (#2) by Leigh Bardugo | Goodreads
I was reading Leigh’s newsletter and this IS the end of the Grishaverse for now she said 😭(Although she still said she has “ideas” for SOC3, so I do think that’ll appear one day? For now we just wait for the show after this one. 🥺😩
The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu | Goodreads
This is supposed to have Stranger Things vibes!! And the blurb says: “following a precocious and cynical teen as she explores the shadowy magical underside of modern Edinburgh.” Yes please?! Black #ownvoices author and I think it’s adult fantasy but I’m not sure.
Fire Keeper’s Daughter by Angeline Bouley | Goodreads
This is #ownvoices Indigenous American, and I’m very keen to read more indigenous authors this year (from different countries too). Plus it’s got it ALL. Sports. Murder mystery. Tracking criminals down. Protecting your family!? 🥺
Bones of a Saint by Grant Farley | Goodreads
This is giving me huge The Outsiders vibes and I was obsessed with that book as a teen so 👀👌🏻I would love to try this.
The Secret Recipe for Moving On by Karen Bischer | Goodreads
First of all BAKING. Secondly, the blurb is promising messy chaotic friendship groups (found family?!) and they better make cake is all I can say 😪👌🏻
Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olsen | Goodreads
I am always weak for Phantom of the Opera retellings so this is just 😩💛a need for me. Also it’s genderbent which makes it even better!!
Sweet & Bitter Magic by Andrienne Tooley | Goodreads
Sapphic enemies-to-lovers and witches and curses and queendoms?! Say no more, I am already convinced.
These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy | Goodreads
This is definitely one of my most hyped books!! It’s pitched as: “Three Dark Crowns meets Wicked Saints in this queer #ownvoices retelling of “The Firebird”. Umm yes!! I love Russian folklore, and make it sapphic. 😌
She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen | Goodreads
I relaly enjoyed Late To the Party and I ened more sapphic romcoms in my life so 🥰 Excited for this! It’s also “High school nemeses fall in love” which is NICE.
In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens | Goodreads
I have preordered this one too (Ahhhh) I’m so so excited. It’s a queer Pirates of the Caribbean with a disaster prince!!
Witches Steeped In Gold by Ciannon Smart | Goodreads
I’m so ready for a new YA epic fantasy to sweep me off my feet 😪 Hoping it’s this one (isn’t the cover stunning too?!)
Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli | Goodreads
I basically am all for any book by Becky Albertalli 😪👌🏻This one sounds like it’s going to be a bit feelsy too with friendships on the line.
Between Perfect And Real by Ray Stoeve | Goodreads
This is an #ownvoices trans book too and I’m very excited about how many are being published in 2021! And it’s about coming out and being mislabelled and understanding yourself and theatre.
The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris | Goodreads
I read the author’s debut, SLAY, a while ago and it was so so good…I definitely want whatever she writes next! This one also is going to have a touch of magical realism as Alex can touch objects and see into the future.
Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman | Goodreads
I love Bowman’s contemporaries (Starfish is utterly heartbreaking) so I’m keen to see what she does with sci-fi! There’s already so many twists in just the blurb. 👀