I can’t believe spring is almost there in the northern hemisphere: days are getting longer, sunshine is slowly coming back and flowers are starting to bloom. 🌸 The world is a terrifying place right now and I’m hoping you will all stay safe as much as you can: please take care of yourself and your loved ones!
I’m trying to stay as positive as I can right now and to carry on as I usually do. Because of that, I thought that I’d speak about my most anticipated releases for spring today. As always, I’ll be talking about the books I’m anticipating the most for the next three months (so from April to June), I find it easier to track new releases on a shorter period of time, otherwise I’m scared I’d forget some of them. But anyway, here are the books I’m anticipating this spring:
EDIT, May 2020: due to lockdown, several of these books’ release dates have been pushed back, so I’ve changed the planned dates for the ones affected.
Published: April 21st 2020 by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: historical fiction, mystery
Why do I want it? This debut is a mystery novel set in 1800 Korea and I’m so there for it. It follows Seol, who has been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman. She forms an unlikely friendship with said inspector… until he becomes the prime suspect in the investigation and she’s the only one who might be able to figure out what really happened on the night of the murder. I love mystery novels in a historical setting, so I can’t wait to read it!
Published: May 5th 2020 by Disney Lucasfilm Press (moved to June 2nd 2020)
Why do I want it? Whenever a new Star Wars novel is announced, there is a 90% chance I’ll want it and I’m REALLY excited for this one. It follows Padmé when she wins the election for Queen of Naboo, becomes Padmé Amidala and the group of handmaidens forms around her. It will also follow the events of The Phantom Menace to some extent and while so many people don’t like that movie, I was basically raised with it and I love it. I wasn’t too impressed with Johnston’s Queen’s Shadow (which is also about Padmé), but loved her Ahsoka, so fingers crossed I’ll love Queen’s Peril!
Published: May 19th 2020 by Scholastic Press
Why do I want it? Like so many readers, I was a huge Hunger Games fan back in the day, so I’m over the moon that we’re getting another book set in Panem. That being said, there’s been a lot of controversy online because this book is about a young Coriolanus Snow. Now, I 100% understand why people don’t want to feel sorry for him because it’s a villain origin story, he’s a privileged white kid and there doesn’t seem to be any diversity. But. Personally, all I’ve ever wanted was a book set in the Capitol, to see how rotten they all are and what the Hunger Games are like from their perspective… so we can hate them even more. We already know what it’s like for tributes and I don’t think the author would have waited that long to give us another book about them. Considering how Collins wrote Katniss, I don’t think she’s going to glorify Snow too much (at least I hope I’m not wrong), that she’s going to challenge us and make us think, so I’m really excited for this novel.
Published: May 26th 2020 by Delacorte (moved to February 9th 2021)
Why do I want it? The Gilded Ones is about Deka, who is waiting for the ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village or not. On that day, her blood runs gold, the colour of impurity, which means she will face a consequence worse than death. Then, a mysterious woman arrives and offers her another choice: to leave with her to join an army of girls just like her, who are called alaki — near-immortals with rare gifts, and fight for the emperor. I’m so ready for a fantasy novel with an army of powerful women, that is all. 🙌
Published: June 2nd 2020 by Wednesday Books (moved to August 25th 2020)
Why do I want it? This book was pitched as The Phantom of the Opera meets Moulin Rouge. That’s all I need to know to want it. 😱 It’s about a group of magicians facing off in a competition to become part of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes. The competition becomes more and more dangerous as it goes along, so the magicians will be force to reckon with their secrets and it just sounds amazing!
Published: June 4th 2020 by Harper Voyager
Genres: historical fantasy
Why do I want it? This one is a reimagining of Les Misérables and The Jungle Book, so as Les Misérables is my favourite book, I need it. It is set in a 1828 alternate Paris, in the aftermath of a failed French Revolution, where cat-burglar Eponine “Nina” Thenardier goes head to head with merciless royalty, and the lords of the city’s criminal underworld to save the life of her adopted sister Cosette “Ettie”. Just by rereading this synopsis, I got super excited for it yet again: May can’t come soon enough!
Published: June 11th 2020 by HarperVoyager
Why do I want it? The Daevabad Trilogy is THE fantasy series which impressed me the most in the past two years, so I’m anticipating its conclusion SO MUCH. It’s a Middle-East inspired fantasy trilogy all about Nahri, a con woman who accidentally summons a djinn warrior. He brings her to Daevabad, the mythical city of brass, to which Nahri is irrevocably bound and it all goes from there. I have no words to express how excited I am for this, it definitely is one my top 3 most anticipated releases of the year. 🤩
Published: June 23rd 2020 by Page Street Kids
Why do I want it? Forest of Souls seems like it has it all: shamans? a dark forest? necromancy? I’m sold. It’s about Sirscha, who has trained all of her life to become the queen’s next royal spy, until shamans kill her best friend… Whom she somehow returns to life. Because of that, she is summoned to the spider King, who has used his influence over the Dead Wood to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only someone like Sirscha could help maintain the peace. I’m so curious about this one!
Are you planning on reading any of these books? Which books are you anticipating this spring (or autumn, depending where you are in the world)? 🌸