Hey everyone! Now that we’re all loaded up on Barnes & Noble gift cards after the holidays (or is that just me?), we definitely need to take a look at some awesome books set to come out in the next few months. And there are a few coming out this month that I could not be more excited about.
So let’s go!
Top Ten Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2020
1. A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers, #2) by Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: January 7 (TODAY!)
The first book in this series, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, was my favorite book of last year. So I am very, very much looking forward to this book. Please pause while I go reread the first book.
2. The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious, #3) by Maureen Johnson
Release Date: January 21
I’ve been a fan of Maureen Johnson for years, but this series about a kidnapping in the 1930s and a copycat killer in the present is so intriguing. I’ve actually bought the previous two books in this series now, so I have them to hunt for clues one more time before I read this one. I hear the clues are there, but I’m completely clueless about who the murderer is. And that’s a sign of some excellent writing. At least all the questions should be answered with this book.
3. The King of Crows (Diviners, #4) by Libba Bray
Release Date: February 4
What I said about Maureen is true for Libba as well. I started reading her stuff in 7th grade, way back in like 2004. The Diviners series isn’t my favorite of her works, but I can’t deny they are still pretty awesome and show a different side of American in the 1920s than we usually see. Not only do we have flappers and speakeasies, but we get to see the reemergence of religion, Harlem, Chinatown, mental illness treatments, and so much more under the guise of battling evil (and murderous) spirits and other baddies. It’s truly fascinating, even if it’s sometimes hard to keep straight over so long. (I read the first book in, I think, 2013.)
4. Of Curses and Kisses (St. Rosetta’s Academy, #1) by Sandhya Menon
Release Date: February 18
I’m not sure why this is now exploding, but looky here! We’ve got another Beauty and the Beast retelling! Although, in a sense, this is a little more like Romeo and Juliet, kind of. Whatever. Princess Jaya wants revenge on the Emerson clan for targeting her little sister. So, upon discovering she’s attending boarding school with Grey Emerson, Jaya comes up with the completely-foolproof-and-not-at-all-weird plan of making Grey fall in love with her so she can break his heart. Only Grey’s a brooder (and somehow cursed, though Jaya doesn’t know this) and he’s just dreading each passing day. So yeah, I’m in.
5. The Upside of Falling by Alex Light
Release Date: February 18
I do like my standalone romances and this one got my attention. It follows one of my favorite tropes. When Becca’s former best friend laughs at her for not having a boyfriend, Becca decides to lie and say she’s seeing someone. Brett is the captain of the football team and hates that everyone teases him about not having a prom date. So when he overhears Becca’s lie, it seems like as good an opportunity as any to get his teammates off his back. But of course, it’s not going to be as simple as all that, right?
6. Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis
Release Date: March 3
I actually have the ARC for this and I plan on reading this soon. (I don’t like reading them months and months before the book actually comes out.) I like McGinnis for crafting unusual female protagonists. In this book of survival, Ashley hikes into the Smokey Mountains for a night of partying with her friends. Only later, after a few too many drinks, Ashley spies her boyfriend with another girl and wanders off into the forest alone. Lost and alone come morning, Ashley needs to find her way home with nothing but the clothes on her back and the infection slowly spreading up her leg. I like it.
7. House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: March 3
The Queen is back with another fantasy series and, while I’m still mourning the end of ACOTAR, I’m really looking forward to this one. In this fantasy world, we’re dealing with demons and fallen angels, a marked transition from the fae-heavy series she’s done so far (though our main character, Bryce, is half-fae, half-human, so maybe it’s not all that different). Bryce’s friends are murdered by a demon and, when the crimes start up again despite the accused being behind bars, she’s determined to stop it. But she’s going to need the help of Hunt, a fallen angel who is enslaved by the Archangels for trying to overthrow them. So yeah, this looks interesting.
8. All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
Release Date: March 17
Ooooh, y’all, I’m so glad I have this ARC too. This story is like Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None meets The Breakfast Club, from what I understand. (I haven’t read it yet.) Six high schoolers from different cliques (a queen bee, a stoner, a loner, a music geek, a star athlete, and a valedictorian) are invited together for a dinner to try to win a scholarship. Only it’s all an elaborate trap. They’re stuck in a room with a bomb, a syringe of poison, and a note saying they need to choose someone to kill or they all die. No one knows what connects all six of them together, and they all have their secrets. I’m actually jumping with excitement over this one.
9. The Court of Miracles (Court of Miracles, #1) by Kester Grant
Release Date: June 2
Every time I see this title, I think of the song “Court of Miracles” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Only this book is an alternate history/alternate fiction story about Eponine from Victor Hugo’s other famous story, Les Miserables. (It’s also billed as a reimaging of The Jungle Book, though I have absolutely no idea how.) In this book, Eponine (Nina) is forced to go to the underbelly of Paris in order to save her adopted sister Cosette’s (Ettie’s) life. Apparently it’s gritty and dark, which are two things I’m absolutely fine with.
10. You Say It First by Katie Cotugno
Release Date: June 16
And we’re back with one more standalone romance. Meg’s life is all planned out, down to the last detail. She has a perfect boyfriend, a perfect best friend, and plans to go to Cornell with that best friend as her roommate. But things turn upside down at Meg’s job, where she works at a voter registration call center in Philadelphia. Colby’s life has been in turmoil since a family tragedy. He’s not sure what his future holds, but he certainly doesn’t have time for the snobbish rich girl calling him to talk about the importance of the election process. So he says the worst thing he can imagine and hangs up. But what starts as a heated phone call turns into more, sometimes candid, sometimes heated. There’s just something different about this book that draws me in.