This week I’ve decided to take part in ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ again hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s topic is ‘Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020’. In risk of repeating myself I won’t be including any of the books I mentioned in my ‘July 2020 Anticipated Book Releases‘ and ‘Some Exciting 2020 Releases Still To Come From Black Authors‘ posts, but there are books on them coming out soon that you should definitely check out!
Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer
Synopsis: A deep dive into ‘Twilight’ from Edward’s perspective, as he meets Bella – a human he fins intoxicating, intriguing and maddening. But as we learn more about Edward and his life we come to understand his struggle: how can he let himself fall for Bella when he could be endangering her life?
Genres: YA, Romance, Paranormal Fantasy
Publication Date: 4th August 2020
Why I’m looking forward to it: It’s a ‘Twilight’ book, it’s not so much of a want to read but more of a have to.
Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
Synopsis: As a daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keepin secrets and pretending to be ‘normal’. But when an accidental flare of her starpower pits her mortal father in Hospital, she needs the help of a full star to help him – a star like her mother who returned to the sky a long time ago. Sheetal’s quest to save her father takes her to a celestial court full of wonders and shadows, and she takes her place as her family’s champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of the heavens, she wins or she risks never returning to Earth.
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Publication Date: 11th August 2020
Why I’m looking forward to it: This sounds fascinating and is said to be based on Hindu mythology which I haven’t seen in fantasy before.
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Synopsis: When his Latinx family struggles to accept his gender, Yadriel is determined to prove he’s a brujo. With his cousin and best friend he performs a ritual and begins a quest to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free. But the ghost he summons is Julian Diaz, the school’s bad boy, and he will not go quietly into that goodnight and is determined to find out what happened to him. Yadriel agrees to help him and together they set out to get what they both want.
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance, LGBTQ+
Publication Date: 1st September 2020
Why I’m looking forward to it: I’ve seen nothing but praise for this book, and the story just sounds incredible.
The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
Synopsis: The Emperor has ruled for decades, his bone-shard magic controlling animal statues to maintain law and order in his empire, but law and order is breaking down and a revolution is sweeping across his land. Lin, the emperor’s daughter, is locked in the palace where her father refuses to recognise her as heir, and so she turns to the forbidden practice of bone shard magic to prove her worth. But power is not free and when revolution reaches the palace Lin must decide how far she’ll go to claim the tone and her people.
Genres: Fantasy, LGBTQ+
Publication Date: 10th September 2020
Why I’m looking forward to it: This sounds like a fascinating fantasy novel, and I’m always on the look out for fantasies with LGBTQ+ rep.
Piransei by Susanna Clarke
Synopsis: Piranesi’s house has infinite rooms and endless corridors, and within it’s labyrinth there is an imprisoned ocean, but Piranesi is not scared of the flooded stairs and rooms – he knows the tides and he lives to explore his labyrinth. There is one other in the house, ‘The Other’, who visits Piranesi twice a week for help in his research. As Piranesi continues to explore however a truth is unravelled and there is a world beyond the one Piranesi knew.
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Publication Date: 15th September 2020
Why I’m looking forward to it: I haven’t read any of Susanna Clarke’s work but this one is intriguing.
Early Departures by Justina A. Reynolds
Synopsis: Q, Jamal’s best friend doesn’t know he’s about to die again. He doesn’t know Jamal pulled him from a river only to watch him die in hospital later, he doesn’t know Jamal’s used new technology to reanimate him for a limited time to say goodbye before he dies permanently. This is all complicated by the fact Q and Jamal haven’t been friends for years since Jamal blamed him for the accident that caused his parent’s deaths, and he’s brought him back to say goodbye but he can’t tell him the truth – making Jamal wonder if he can really repair their friendship without it.
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Magical Realism
Publication Date: 22nd September 2020
Why I’m looking forward to it: This sounds like it’s going to break my heart.
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V. E. Schwab
Synopsis: In France 1714 a women makes a desperate bargain to live forever but to be forgotten by everyone she ever meets. Thus begins her extraordinary life played out across centuries and countries, but everything changes when 300 years later a man from a bookstore remembers her name.
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Historical
Publication Date: 6th October 2020
Why I’m looking forward to it: I think I’ve established on this blog that Schwab is a queen and I will read anything she puts out.
The Mignight Library by Matt Haig
Synopsis: Somewhere on the edge of the universe exists a library, full of shelves and shelves of books that tell stories. One tells the story of your life, another how your life could have gone. Nora Seed gets the opportunity to go there and see the life she could lead if she undid decisions, and she has to decide what choices in her life would be most fulfilling
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Publication Date: 20th October 2020
Why I’m looking forward to it: I adore Matt Haig’s writing and whilst I’ve not read everything he’s written, I have found everything I have read interesting and unique.
The Betrayals by Bridget Collins
Synopsis: Tucked away in the mountains an exclusive academy, Montverrer, trains the best in the grand jeu: an arcane and mysterious contest. Léo was once a student there until a violent tragedy and now he returns in disgrace, exiled to his old place of learning with his political career in ruins. But Montverrer has changed since he left, allowing a woman, Claire Dryden to serve at the academy. When Leo first meets Claire he’s left confused when he feels a non-existent connection, but the two have built their life on lies and as the climax of the year draws closer there are whispers in the halls.
Genres: Fiction, Historical
Publication Date: 12th November 2020
Why I’m looking forward to it: I loved ‘The Binding’ too much not to pick up Bridget Collin’s future works.
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Synopsis: The year is 1926 and two gangs are turning the streets red in Shanghai. At the heart of it is eighteen year old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to lead the Scarlet gang. The gang’s only rival are the White Flowers, they have fought each other for generations and now Juliette’s first love and betrayal, Roma Montagov, is leading them. But there are whispers on the street of contagion leading to new deaths, and the two leaders are forced to work together.
Genres: YA, Fantasy (Retelling), Historical Fiction
Publication Date: 17th November 2020
Why I’m looking forward to it: It’s a retelling of Romeo & Juliet set in 1920s Shanghai with rival gangs! Why wouldn’t I want to read that?