My most anticipated book releases of this summer

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Hello There

Summer is here, so is the heat (at least in France, that is), and with that also comes so many new book releases! I haven’t dedicated any blog post to my most anticipated releases since last winter’s releases and I have missed it. Per usual, this list is mostly made of historical fiction, because that’s one of my favourite genres. It also features my second most anticipated release of the year, which I have been waiting for TWO YEARSI cannot wait to get to it, it is SO close now. Without further ado, let’s dive into this list!

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♡ Heartstopper: Volume 2 by Alice Oseman

Published: July 11th 2019 by Hodder Children’s Books

Genres: graphic novel, contemporary

I (finally) read all of Alice Oseman’s works last year and she quickly became one of my favourite authors.  I used to read Heartstopper as it updated as a webcomic online, but I decided to try to wait for every volume to be released as physical copies now, so I’m so excited to finally continue reading Nick and Charlie’s story, they are the cutest!

♡ The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Published: August 13th 2019 by Putnam

Genre: historical fiction

To be honest, I’m always there for YA historical fiction and this one seems amazing, it follows Jo Kuan, who works as a lady’s maid for a cruel woman by day and is the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, “Dear Miss Sweetie” by night, which leads her to write about fixed ideas on race and gender. It’s also a coming-of-age story about a girl trying to figure out her past and to stop living in the shadows and I’m so excited about it!

♡ The Dragon Lady by Louisa Treger

Published: August 13th 2019 by Bloomsbury Caravel

Genre: historical fiction

I stumbled upon this book on Netgalley and stared at it for a minute, because I was so intrigued. It follows the fictionalized life of Virginia Courtauld from the 1920s to the 1950s, who is ostracized by society because she’s a divorcée at the time of Wallis Simpson. She rejected the submissive role women were expected to play and started a new life with her second husband in Rhodesia… Where someone shot her. WHAT? I’m already so curious about this novel, also why did she have a dragon tattooed on her leg? I’ve got to know.

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♡ The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier 

Published: September 3rd 2019 by Ace

Genres: fantasy, historical fiction

OKAY, so this book is my most anticipated read for the second half of the year, I waited for it for two years, it sounds absolutely perfect. In two words: warrior. bards.* That’s it, that’s all, that’s the name of the trilogy and I’ve been silently screaming about it for so long, but now it’s finally there! Juliet Marillier’s works are beautifully woven with folklore and it sure looks like it will be the case here, once again. It’s about two siblings who want to join a team of elite warriors and end up taking part in a mission to retrieve an ancient harp (!!), how exciting does it sound? I recently read Daughter of the Forest by the same author and adored it so much, so I cannot wait to get to The Harp of Kings (and in the meantime I can catch up on her other works).

*Fun fact: I haven’t played in forever, but my Dungeon & Dragons character is a bard with white hair and purple eyes (yes, she looks like Daenerys Targaryen), so you can imagine how much I need this!!

♡ Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab 

Published: September 3rd 2019 by Scholastic Press

Genres: middle grade, paranormal

I don’t usually read middle grade novels, but I really enjoyed City of Ghosts and I’m looking forward to reading its sequel! Cassie’s parents go to Paris for their TV show, but Cassie ends up accidentally awakening a frighteningly strong spirit. I’m a little bit on the fence as it is set in France and it always scares me a little, but it’s Victoria Schwab and it features the Catacombs, which I’ve always been scared to go to, to be honest. I’ll probably wait until Halloween to get to it, it is the perfect time to do so!

♡ The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Published: September 10th 2019 by Redhook

Genres: historical fiction, fantasy

This debut novel is about January Scaller, who lives in a mansion with her guardian, when one day she finds a strange book, which tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. This book, set in the 1900s, has strange truths about the world within, as well as a story that seems to be intertwined with January. Truly, who doesn’t love a book about books? I’m always there for those. I am so intrigued by this novel and I adore the cover, so I cannot wait to get to it!

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♡ His Hideous Heart, edited by Dahlia Adler 

Published: September 10th 2019 by Flatiron Books

Genres: short stories, retellings, horror

Here’s another book I will probably saving up for Halloween! His Hideous Heart is a YA anthology edited by Dahlia Adler and is made of thirteen short stories which are retellings of Edgar Allan Poe’s works! Anthologies can be quite uneven, but I love that they help me discover more authors. Out of the thirteen contributors, I only read Kendare Blake’s works, so I’m quite excited to read her story and I’ll be able to discover the others’.

♡ The Testaments by Margaret Atwood 

Published: September 10th 2019 by Chatto & Windus

Genres: dystopia

I still can’t believe that Margaret Atwood is actually publishing a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale? I’m not quite sure what will come of it, but I am so excited, especially since it gives me an excuse to reread it! The Testaments picks up fifteen years after the previous book, and I’m so curious to see what will happen!

♡ The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Published: September 19th 2019 by Orion Children’s Books

Genres: fantasy, gothic, retelling

I didn’t know about this book until Samantha Shannon mentioned it on her Instagram, but wow, I need it now. To sum it up, this book is the untold story of the brides of Dracula, which is so intriguing, and once again… perfect around Halloween! I adore reading rather dark YA, so this one is right up my alley and apparently, two of the girls will fall for each other? How is in not in my hands already?

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♡ Bone China by Laura Purcell

Published: September 19th 2019 by Raven Books

Genres: historical fiction, gothic

I read The Silent Companions by the same author last year and adored it, so now I have to read everything she writes. Bone China and follows Louise, who has moved into the house with her father, a doctor devoting himself to controversial medical trials, while she learns tales of fairies that hunt the land. Forty years later, Hester comes to work in the house as a nurse for Louise and discovers what happened there. I love the gothic atmosphere of Laura Purcell’s books, so I cannot wait to get back to her words and it’s set in Cornwall, which I’m always there for.

♡ The Confession by Jessie Burton

Published: September 24th 2019 by Picador

Genres: contemporary, historical fiction

I adore novels that follow perspectives in different timelines, which answer to each other, so of course, I cannot wait to get my hands on The Confession, plus I had adored The Muse! On one hand, this book is set in the 1980s, when Elise meets Constance, a successful author whose novel is being turned in a Hollywood movie. Elise follows her to LA and at a party, she makes a decision that will change her life. On the other hand, three decades later, a woman named Rose seeks answers about her mother who disappeared when she was a baby and Constance might be the one to hold it.

So that’s it, those books are my most anticipated releases for July, August and September! I hope I’ll be able to get to most of them as soon as possible, so many of them sound perfect for Autumn, so it looks like I’ll already have a TBR for that time of the year.

What about you? What are your most anticipated releases of this summer?

lots of love

My most anticipated releases of 2018 (part 1) // Grabby Hands #9


Hello, beautiful people!


Once upon a time, when I hadn’t lived the worst blogging slump of ever, I had this feature on my blog called Grabby Hands, where I talked to you about all the exciting releases I couldn’t wait to get my hands on for the next month. Now that I’ve been back for a while, I realised how much I missed writing those posts, which means that Grabby Hands is back! I’ll only do one every three months or so, this way I’ll talk about the books I’m the most excited about and that I’ll actually read at some point. When I saw that today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday (which was created by The Broke and The Bookish) was Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2018, I decided to use that prompt to talk about the ten books I’m most excited about for the first three months of 2018.


The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black – January 2nd 2018

Genres: young adult, fantasy

As it’s Holly Black, you won’t be surprised that this book is about… *drum rolls* faeries. I’ve been anticipating this one since 2016, when it was first announced, so you can imagine how excited I am, considering it comes out in a week. Holly Black’s faeries quite intrigue me, because they’re apparently wicked, violent, and that’s what I want from a good faerie book… DARKNESS (and nothing else, if you know what I mean –> the shade). I had the chance to attend Cassandra Clare and Holly Black’s event in London back in August, so hearing them talk about The Cruel Prince made me even more excited and Holly was such a nice person. She was so happy when I made her sign my copy of The Spiderwick Chronicles and I was emotional, because I was so young when I read them. Anyhow, I’m going to scream that I’m excited way too many times in this post, be prepared.

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar – January 25th 2018
Genres: historical, fantasy

This book has been screaming my name for months, and I’m not even kidding. I once saw someone unbox an ARC of it on Instagram and instantaneously became jealous, considering how pretty the cover is. Then I read the summary and my envy got worse (haha). The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is a historical fiction novel set in 1785 near the sea and this is the story of Mr Hancock who found a mermaid. Can you hear me screaming? I’m obsessed with the 18th century AND the sea. This book will take place near the docks, this is everything I want out of a book. It might be my most anticipated read at the moment.


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – January 30th 2018

Genres: young adult, fantasy


Once again, the cover of this book is absolutely stunning. The Hazel Wood is the story of a young girl whose grandmother, the author of a ‘cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales’ passed away. When her mother is apparently stolen away to the Hinterland, the dark world where her grandmother’s stories took place, she has no choice but to venture in the dangerous Hazel Wood, then in the Hinterland, to understand what happened and save her mother. It sounds absolutely amazing, a bit dark (I’m really into that right now) and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes – February 6th 2018
Genres: young adult, fantasy

This book was first supposed to come out in December (like every year), and then it got pushed back to February. *weeps* I understand though, because it is the last book in the Falling Kingdoms trilogy and it has to be perfect, but I still think about the ending of Crystal Storm once a week – or more – because I so need to know what happens next and whether or not my favourite characters will be okay (I’m sincerely scared). Anyway, Falling Kingdoms is a fantasy series that I absolutely love – I really fell head over heels for it in Frozen Tides, but I enjoyed it before! – and I’m so looking forward to knowing how it will end. I’m not ready to say goodbye to my favourite characters after several years together, but I want to know how their stories will wrap up (please Morgan Rhodes, don’t kill everyone).



Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S. Jae-Jones – February 6th 2018
Genres: young adult, historical, fantasy

I read Wintersong earlier this year and absolutely loved it. It is the story of Liesl, who has a talent for music, but always had to stay in the shadows of his brother, a musical prodigy. When her sister is taken away by the Goblin King, she has to go Underground to try to save her. *dum dum dum* It was set in 18th century Austria, the Mozart family was mentioned several times and Liesl is such a Nannerl, which is why I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. I can’t say much about Shadowsong, considering it’s a sequel, but I really want to know what will happen to Liesl next.

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin – Febru
ary 8th 2018

Genres: historical

The Wicked Cometh is a historical novel set in 1831, at a time where London was a dark and unsafe place, where many people disappear from the street. Our main character is determined to get out of the slums and is thrown into the aristocratic world, where she’s under the tutelage of a mysterious woman. Soon, whispers about her past start to poison her new life, and the two women get involved in a sinister investigation. I have to say that this book isn’t set in the Victorian era, for once, are you proud? Okay, the Victorian era starts in 1837, but I’m trying here. Anyhow, The Wicked Cometh intrigues me so much and I cannot wait to dive into it and to figure everything out.


Sightwitch (The Witchlands #0.5) by Susan Dennard – February 13th 2018

Genres: young adult, fantasy

Sightwitch is a prequel novella to the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard – the first two books are Truthwitch and Windwitch – and it follows the last Sightwitch sister, who is trying to rescue her best friend by going underground. It is told in an original way, through journal entries, sketches, history sketchbooks and so on, I am so intrigued. It’s no secret that Susan Dennard is one of my favourite YA authors and she had written a novella for her debut series, which was absolutely excellent (by the way: read the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy). Because of all of this, I cannot wait to read Sightwitch, it’ll make the wait until the release Bloodwitch a little more bearable.


Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World by Mackenzi Lee – March 6th 2018
Genres: non-fiction, history

Mackenzi Lee is another of my favourite YA authors and I will read anything this woman writes. Some time ago (I’d say last year, but I’m not sure?), she developed a feature on Twitter where she wrote a thread about an amazing and badass woman every Friday. It made me learn about so many amazing historical figures that are now forgotten. This book is the result of this feature and will tell the stories of these amazing women wrongly forgotten. I already know it will be empowering and full of potential new role models for me. I cannot wait to read their stories.


The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats #2) edited by Jessica Spotswood and written by awesome authors – March 13th 2018

Genres: young adult, historical, fantasy

Last year came out my favourite YA anthology, A Tyranny of Petticoats, which focused on historical fiction and fantasy, featuring a diverse array of heroines. When it was announced that a second anthology, in the same vibe, would be made, I was over the moon. The Radical Element features stories “of the girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs” by amazing authors, among whom Mackenzi Lee (yes, again), Erin Bowman, and I loved their historical fiction novels. It also involves many authors I want to read something by (like Anne-Marie McLemore), so I’m quite excited!

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton – March 13th 2018
Genres: young adult, fantasy

Once upon a time, in 2014, a masterpiece called The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender came out, and after that… Leslye Walton only wrote a novella in A Tyranny of Petticoats. I was so scared we’d never get another book by her ever again, but the time has finally come. The Price Guide to the Occult tells the story of Nor Blackburn, an unexceptional witch whose family has been cursed many centuries ago. All she wants is an ordinary life, until she comes across a mysterious book which promises to cast any spells for the right price. Nor then knows that a storm is coming straight for her, on the island where she lives. I cannot wait to get drown in Leslye Walton’s words again and to discover her through another story.

If you hadn’t noticed, the key words in this post were darkness, historical fiction and fantasy. I’m excited for other books coming out this winter, but these ones win the cake and just by writing this post, I want to go and pre-order them all… If only money grew on trees. I’ll post a new Grabby Hands post at the end of February to talk to you about the books I’m most excited about for March, April and May, but until then…


What are your most anticipated releases of January, February and March 2018? Anything I missed? Are you excited to read any of the books I mentioned?


Lots of love,
Lucie