2020 · May 2021 · New YA Releases

This Week New YA Releases – 11 May 2021

Hello Fellow Readers,

Every Monday the Monogamist Reader blog will publish a list of all the new YA releases that will come out the following Tuesday. This post is a fixed appointment and a recurring section of this blog from its very beginning. I initially started posting it as a way to personally discover new reads and, thanks to the positive comments received so far, it became a recurring section and characteristic of this blog.

Please note, a separate post is dedicated to sequels, trilogies or book series, usually towards the end of the month. 

I really have fun working on it and love sharing it with you (and adding more books to your TBR!). I hope you find it as useful as it is for me, and if you enjoy this section, don’t forget to share it with your bookish friends.

Contemporary Romance:

Cool for the Summer – Dahlia Adler

Lara’s had eyes for exactly one person throughout her three years of high school: Chase Harding. He’s tall, strong, sweet, a football star, and frankly, stupid hot. Oh, and he’s talking to her now. On purpose and everything. Maybe…flirting, even? No, wait, he’s definitely flirting, which is pretty much the sum of everything Lara’s wanted out of life.

Except she’s haunted by a memory. A memory of a confusing, romantic, strangely perfect summer spent with a girl named Jasmine. A memory that becomes a confusing, disorienting present when Jasmine herself walks through the front doors of the school to see Lara and Chase chatting it up in front of the lockers.

Lara has everything she ever wanted: a tight-knit group of friends, a job that borders on cool, and Chase, the boy of her literal dreams. But if she’s finally got the guy, why can’t she stop thinking about the girl?

Cool for the Summer is a Grease inspired rom-com with a bisexual love triangle. It’s a story about love and self-discovery. If you are curious to hear more about this story, check out this review by Baltimore Bibliophile. This is out on 11 May.

Contemporary/Sports:

The Other Side of Perfect – Mariko Turk

Alina Keeler was destined to dance, but one terrifying fall shatters her leg–and her dreams of a professional ballet career along with it. 

After a summer healing (translation: eating vast amounts of Cool Ranch Doritos and binging ballet videos on YouTube), she is forced to trade her pre-professional dance classes for normal high school, where she reluctantly joins the school musical. However, rehearsals offer more than she expected–namely Jude, her annoyingly attractive cast mate she just might be falling for. 

But to move forward, Alina must make peace with her past and face the racism she had grown to accept in the dance industry. She wonders what it means to yearn for ballet–something so beautiful, yet so broken. And as broken as she feels, can she ever open her heart to someone else? 


Touching, romantic, and peppered with humor, this debut novel explores the tenuousness of perfectionism, the possibilities of change, and the importance of raising your voice.  

Alina’s story is an aspiring dance who, after suffering a massive injury, she has to start dealing with a life without ballet. It’s recommended for fans of Sarah Dessen and Mary H.K. Choi. The Other Side of Perfect is out on 11 May.

Fantasy/Magic Realism:

Switch – A.S. King

Tru Beck is a teenage girl from Pennsylvania who lives in a world that has become trapped in a fold in time and space, where “real” time has stopped but humanity continues to mark artificial time based on a website called N3WCLOCK.com. Tru lives in a house that has a switch at its center. No one knows what the switch controls, but her father continually builds larger and larger boxes around the switch (Tru lives in Box #7).

Tru leaves the box through a Tru-shaped hole to go to school, where she pays no attention to the new “Solution Time” curriculum. In fact, the only interesting thing that’s ever happened to Tru at school is when she discovers (on her first try) that she can throw a javelin farther than any human has ever thrown anything before in human history.

Switch is a surreal and contemporary novel which explores the topic of isolation and human connection. This is written by A.S. King, award winning author of Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future and highly praised Crawl Through It. It’s out on 11 May.

It seems it’s the contemporary novel season.

If you love rom-com you should look forward to the following weeks’ releases!

December 2020 · New YA Releases · November 2020

Series We Need To Say Good-bye To (December Edition)

Hello Fellow Readers,

I hope you had a lovely Christmas.

I will keep this intro short today, and I will jump straight into talk about YA series terminating this month:

An Ember in the Ashes Quartet- Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

I can’t believe we are at the end of Laia and Elias’s journey. Let me tell you first, if you haven’t read this series, you are missing out big time. I have personally not read the last book and I have decided to wait until February, when I get the FairyLoot edition of the quartet. So far I have read various mixed reviews and I am trying hard to avoid spoilers lol. A Sky Beyond the Storm, the last book of this series, is out on 1 December – sigh.

Sentinels of the Galaxy Trilogy – Maria V. Snyder

Terra Cotta Warriors have been discovered on other planets in the Milky Way Galaxy. And Lyra Daniels’ parents are the archaeological Experts (yes with a capital E) on the Warriors and have dragged her to the various planets to study them despite the time dilation causing havoc with her social life.

When one of the many Warrior planets goes silent, and looters attack her research base, Lyra becomes involved in discovering why the Warriors were placed on these planets. And, more importantly, by who. 

How have I never heard about this trilogy?? Terra Cotta warriors in another planet?? From the writer of Poison Study series, the last book of this intriguing sci-fi trilogy – Defending the Galaxy – is out on 2 December.

These are the last couple of series ending this year.

Which series are you looking forward to (or not?) for the ending in 2021?

December 2020 · New YA Releases

YA Sequels Coming Out This December

Hello Fellow Readers,

How are you? Are you ready for Christmas? I am totally not ready for Christmas. Me and my husband still didn’t plan the Christmas menu or Christmas activities. As we can’t travel and we will spend the holidays just the two of us I think it will be a very lazy Christmas in PJs and watching Korean TV.

This month we have only two sequels coming up – but if I forgot something, please let me know in the comments. Here we go:

The Frozen Prince (The Beast Charmer #2) – Maxym M. Martineau

Noc Feyreigner, leader of the assassins of Cruor, is living on borrowed time. If he fails to kill his final mark―Leena Edenfrell―his own life will be forfeit. With the dark magic of Curor’s Oath testing his control, Noc has to fight with everything he is to keep the woman he loves safe.

Leena would do anything to help Noc overcome the oath. So when she hears of a beast rumored to have the power needed to save Noc’s life, she is quick to embark on an expedition to the frozen north. But what starts as a hunt for a magical beast quickly turns into Leena and her trusted band of assassins as prey…and time is running out.

I admit, this is the first time I heard about this trilogy, which actually sits in between the YA and Adult fantasy genre. The first book was originally published as adult fantasy romance and later relaunched for YA audience. The characters were aged down and explicit content removed. Now, I don’t know how original adult readers will feel about it. Kingdom of Exiles, the first book, was described as Assassin’s Creed meets Fantastic Beasts. The awaited sequel is out on 1 December.

Warmaidens (Gravemaidens #2) – Kelly Coon

Just a few moons after escaping the tomb in Alu, Kammani and the other runaway maidens have found refuge in the city-state of Manzazu. There, Kammani has become a respected healer, especially among the warriors she’s brought back from the brink of death. Now that the nightmares of Alu are fading, she can finally decide whether or not to take Dagan’s hand in marriage.

But when an assassin murders a healer he believes is Kammani and attempts to kill the displaced queen of Alu, the maidens realize they’ve been found.

Hungry for revenge, Manzazu’s queen wants to strike back at Alu with her fiercest weapons—her scorpion warrior maidens—but Kammani knows that war harms more than it heals. To save the innocents and any chance of a future with Dagan, Kammani must take down Alu’s ruler before their lives burn up in the flames of war.

Warmaidens is the sequel and ending of the Gravemaidens duology, a story about the strong bond of sisterhood. It’s the story of three maidens who are chosen for their land’s greatest honour, and one girl is determined to save her sister from the grave. The second book is out on 15 December.

That’s it for 2020. This section will be back in January 2021.

Guys, what is the sequel you are awaiting the most for next year?

December 2020 · New YA Releases

This Week New YA Releases

Hello Fellow Readers,

Hope you are keeping safe. Did you request lots of books to Santa Claus?

I am so sad… This is the last This Week New YA Releases of the year!! I can’t believe it!!

At the same time I am so excited for what’s coming next year and I can’t wait to continue this section, which is my favourite. I will do my best to always keep you updated with what’s new on the YA side and will work on improving this section even more. Anyway, let’s move on to see which books are coming out this week:

This is How We Fly – Anna Meriano

17-year-old vegan feminist Ellen Lopez-Rourke has one muggy Houston summer left before college. She plans to spend every last moment with her two best friends before they go off to the opposite ends of Texas for school. But when Ellen is grounded for the entire summer by her (sometimes) evil stepmother, all her plans are thrown out the window.

Determined to do something with her time, Ellen (with the help of BFF Melissa) convinces her parents to let her join the local muggle Quidditch team. An all-gender, full-contact game, Quidditch isn’t quite what Ellen expects. There’s no flying, no magic, just a bunch of scrappy players holding PVC pipe between their legs and throwing dodgeballs. Suddenly Ellen is thrown into the very different world of sports: her life is all practices, training, and running with a group of Harry Potter fans.

Even as Melissa pulls away to pursue new relationships and their other BFF Xiumiao seems more interested in moving on from high school (and from Ellen), Ellen is steadily finding a place among her teammates. Maybe Quidditch is where she belongs.

But with her home life and friend troubles quickly spinning out of control–Ellen must fight for the future that she wants, now she’s playing for keeps.

This novel is loosely based on Cinderella‘s story. It tells the story of Ellen who is grounded by the evil stepmother has no other option but to join a local Quidditch team (???), where she finds a new place to belong to. It’s a debut novel recommended for fans of Fangirl and Dumplin’, but I love the mix of Quidditch and Cinderella retelling. It’s out on 15 December.

Coming Up For Air – Nicole Tyndall

Ever since her mom’s cancer scare, Hadley hasn’t been one for taking risks. And after seeing her sister go through one too many heartbreaks, she definitely has no interest in dating. Hadley just wants to keep her head down and enjoy the rest of high school with her friends, focusing on her photography and getting into the art school of her dreams.

Then enters Braden, star of the swim team and precisely the kind of person Hadley avoids, all bravado and charm and impulsivity. From their first moment together, they are perfect sparring partners, equally matched. And it’s intoxicating. Braden sees her, really sees her, and Hadley decides it might be time to break all her rules.

Braden shows Hadley how to live again, and soon Hadley is happier than she’ll ever admit out loud. But that’s before her family is faced with devastating news, and Braden starts hiding a growing, dark secret. As it threatens to shatter everything they’ve built, Hadley must confront her own actions and determine if she has the strength to walk away.

This contemporary novel tells the story about a girl who is very talented and creative and a boy who slowly enters her life. It explores mental health issues, addiction and loss and the aching butterflies of first love. It’s recommended for readers of Nina LaCour and The Spectacular Now. It’s out on 15 December.

This is the last This Week New YA Release post for 2020. This section will come back next month!

Thank you so much for reading this section for the past months!!

December 2020 · New YA Releases

This Week New YA Releases

Hello Fellow Readers,

I hope you are keeping safe and warm. We have only two books coming out this week but they are both quite intriguing reads:

Becoming Human – Amy Michelle Carpenter

Carter doesn’t believe in aliens. And he certainly doesn’t defend his dad’s claims that they exist, even if they aired on national television. But then, the girl he’s falling for starts doing strange things, magical things, things that seem a bit out of this world.

Kokab hungers to be a Perfect in a world where her emotions are her greatest flaw. But when her planet faces extinction, her sympathy makes her the best ambassador to persuade humans to accept her people. Failure means invasion, but success means she will never become a Perfect. Ags dreams of graduating from the Academy and becoming a guardian of Earth.

Obsessed with all things human, she’s eager to spend time on the unique planet. But when she uncovers an impending invasion, she’s willing to lose everything, including herself, to stop it.

This story sounds like my right cup of tea — a story about a guy who doesn’t believe in aliens but slowly falls in love with one! This reminds me of one old TV show which I watched devotedly when I was a teenager – Roswell. This sci-fi novel explores complex relationship about aliens and humans but also the meaning of being human. It’s out on 8 December.

A Universe of Wishes – Dhonielle Clayton

From We Need Diverse Books, the organization behind Flying Lessons & Other Stories, comes a young adult fantasy short story collection featuring some of the best own-voices children’s authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Libba Bray (The Diviners), Victoria Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Natalie C. Parker (Seafire), and many more. Edited by Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles).

In the fourth collaboration with We Need Diverse Books, fifteen award-winning and celebrated diverse authors deliver stories about a princess without need of a prince, a monster long misunderstood, memories that vanish with a spell, and voices that refuse to stay silent in the face of injustice. This powerful and inclusive collection contains a universe of wishes for a braver and more beautiful world.

I think this is the year of exploring anthologies of stories. A Universe of Wishes is a collection of young adult fantasy stories with great names such as Natalie C. Parker (Seafire), Zoraida Córdova (Incendiary), V.E. Schwab (I think we all know her), and the project is overseen by the brilliant Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles). This fantastic collection of fantasy stories has been released in collaboration with We Need Diverse Books. It will be out on 8 December.

That’s it for this week.

What are you planning to read this week?

December 2020 · New YA Releases

This Week New YA Releases

Hello Fellow Readers,

I hope you are well and keeping safe. Just a few days of lockdown left here in the UK, but to be honest with you, not much changes for me, I will still stay home and go out just for groceries or a walk. I actually look forward to December. I have a few days off and lots of books I want to read before the end of the year. I will also be planning contents for the next couple of weeks and working on my 2021 reading journal. Exciting times.

It is also an exciting week. We have a massive bunch of mystery thriller books coming out on 1 December and I hope you are ready:

The Cousins – Karen M. McManus

Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they’ve never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they’re surprised . . . and curious.

Their parents are all clear on one point–not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother’s good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it’s immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious–and dark–their family’s past is.

The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn’t over–and this summer, the cousins will learn everything.

This is the most awaited release of the month. From Karen M. McManus, the New York Times bestseller author of One of Us is Lying, is a new mystery thriller novel that will make you reconsider everything you know about your family, and is told from the perspective of four siblings. The Cousins is out on 1 December.

The Bitterwine Oath – Hannah West

Every fifty years, a cult claims twelve men to murder in a small Texas town. Can one girl end the cycle of violence – and save the boy who broke her heart?

San Solano, Texas is a quaint town known for its charm, hospitality, and history of murder. Twice now, twelve men have been brutally killed, and no one knows who did it. A shadowy witch? A copy-cat killer? Or a man-hating murderess? Eighteen-year-old Natalie Colter is sure that the rumors about her great-great-grandmother’s cult of wronged women are just gossip, but that doesn’t stop the true crime writers and dark tourism bloggers from capitalizing on the town’s reputation. It’s an urban legend that’s hard to ignore, and it gets harder when Nat learns that the sisterhood is real, and magical. And they want her to join.

The more Nat learns of the Wardens’ supernatural history, the more she wonders about the real culprits behind the town’s ritualistic murders. Are the Wardens protecting San Solano from even darker forces? As the anniversary of the murders draws near, the town grows restless. Residents start getting “claimed” as this year’s planned victims, including Levi Langford, the boy whose kiss haunted Nat for a year.

Nat knows that no one is safe. Can she and the sisterhood stop the true evil from claiming their town?

The Bitterwine Oath is another mystery thriller/fantasy to keep you on your toes during Christmas time. This gothic novel is written by the author of The Nissera Chronicles trilogy and it will be available on 1 December.

The Good Girls – Claire Eliza Bartlett

The troublemaker. The overachiever. The cheer captain. The dead girl.

Like every high school in America, Jefferson-Lorne High contains all of the above.

After the shocking murder of senior Emma Baines, three of her classmates are at the top of the suspect list: Claude, the notorious partier; Avery, the head cheerleader; and Gwen, the would-be valedictorian.

Everyone has a label, whether they like it or not–and Emma was always known as a good girl. But appearances are never what they seem. And the truth behind what really happened to Emma may just be lying in plain sight. As long-buried secrets come to light, the clock is ticking to find Emma’s killer–before another good girl goes down.

High school – check. Small town – check. Mysterious murder – check. With The Good Girls, Bartlett explores themes of rape culture and misogyny, with – from what I heard – a good LGBT+ representation. If you have appreciated the writer’s previous YA fantasy works – We Rule The Night and The Winter Duke, you can’t miss this. The Good Girls is out on 1 December.

The Ballad of Ami Miles – Kristy Dallas Alley

Raised in isolation at Heavenly Shepherd, her family’s trailer-dealership-turned-survival compound, Ami Miles knows that she was lucky to be born into a place of safety after the old world ended and the chaos began. But when her grandfather arranges a marriage to a cold-eyed stranger, she realizes that her “destiny” as one of the few females capable of still bearing children isn’t something she’s ready to face.

With the help of one of her aunts, she flees the only life she’s ever known, and sets off on a quest to find her long-lost mother (and hopefully a mate of her own choosing). But as she journeys, Ami discovers many new things about the world… and about herself.

The Ballad of Ami Miles is not really a mystery-thriller, but it’s catalogued as science fiction/dystopian story. It explores the topic of dealing with mental health but also religious cult. It sounds so weird but at the same time so intriguing. This is out on 1 December.

A Curse of Roses – Diana Pinguicha

With just one touch, bread turns into roses. With just one bite, cheese turns into lilies. There’s a famine plaguing the land, and Princess Yzabel is wasting food simply by trying to eat. Before she can even swallow, her magic—her curse—has turned her meal into a bouquet. She’s on the verge of starving, which only reminds her that the people of Portugal have been enduring the same pain.

If only it were possible to reverse her magic. Then she could turn flowers…into food. Fatyan, a beautiful Enchanted Moura, is the only one who can help. But she is trapped by magical binds. She can teach Yzabel how to control her curse—if Yzabel sets her free with a kiss.

As the King of Portugal’s betrothed, Yzabel would be committing treason, but what good is a king if his country has starved to death? With just one kiss, Fatyan is set free. And with just one kiss, Yzabel is yearning for more. She’d sought out Fatyan to help her save the people. Now, loving her could mean Yzabel’s destruction.

A Curse of Roses is a retelling of the Portuguese legend of The Miracle of Roses. It’s a fantasy story with elements of historical fiction, #OwnVoices tale, about choosing between love and duty. It’s one of the most awaited releases of the month and it will be finally out on 1 December.

Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy – Melissa de la Cruz

Nothing ever happens in Filomena Jefferson-Cho’s sleepy little suburban town of North Pasadena. The sun shines every day, the grass is always a perfect green, and while her progressive school swears there’s no such thing as bullying, she still feels bummed out. But one day, when Filomena is walking home on her own, something strange happens.

Filomena is being followed by Jack Stalker, one of the heroes in the Thirteenth Fairy, a series of books she loves about a brave girl and her ragtag group of friends who save their world from an evil enchantress. She must be dreaming, or still reading a book. But Jack is insistent—he’s real, the stories are real, and Filomena must come with him at once!

Soon, Filomena is thrust into the world of evil fairies and beautiful princesses, sorcerers and slayers, where an evil queen drives her ruthless armies to destroy what is left of the Fairy tribes. To save herself and the kingdom of Westphalia, Filomena must find the truth behind the fairytales and set the world back to rights before the cycle of sleep and destruction begins once more.

This is a new fantasy series from Melissa de la Cruz, award-winning author of both YA and adult novels such as Blue Bloods and The Descendants. This series is an in-between YA and MG, and in Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy, where real life and fairy-tales are all mixed together and the plot is just a massive retelling of all the biggies. This is out on 1 December.

And we cannot miss a dose of contemporary romance for our TBR:

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre – Robin Talley

Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. Lead actor need a breath mint? She’s on it. Understudy bust a seam? Mel’s sewing kit is at the ready. Not only is her Plan A foolproof, she’s got a Plan B, and a Plan C, because actors can be total fools.

What she doesn’t have? Success with love. Every time she falls for someone during a school performance, both the romance and the show end in catastrophe. So, Mel swears off any entanglements until their upcoming production of Les Mis is over.

Of course, Mel didn’t count on Odile Rose, rising star in the acting world, auditioning for the spring performance. And she definitely didn’t expect Odile to be sweet and funny, and care as much about the play’s success as Mel.

Which means that Melody McIntyre’s only plan now is trying desperately not to fall in love.

New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley brings us a story about secret rendezvous, deadly stage props, and high school musicals. This LGBTQ love story has gathered lots of five star reviews and it is recommended for Becky Albertalli and Nina LaCour fans. It’s out on 1 December.

Heiress Apparently – Diana Ma

Gemma Huang is a recent transplant to Los Angeles from Illinois, having abandoned plans for college to pursue a career in acting, much to the dismay of her parents. Now she’s living with three roommates in a two-bedroom hovel, auditioning for bit roles that hardly cover rent. Gemma’s big break comes when she’s asked to play a lead role in an update of M. Butterfly filming for the summer in Beijing.

When she arrives, she’s stopped by paparazzi at the airport. She quickly realizes she may as well be the twin of one of the most notorious young socialites in Beijing. Thus kicks off a summer of revelations, in which Gemma uncovers a legacy her parents have spent their lives protecting her from—one her mother would conceal from her daughter at any cost. 

This is the first book of a new trilogy – Daughters of the Dynasty. It’s a romantic YA series that tells the story of (fictional) descendant of China’s empress, which should appeal to fans of American Royals and Loveboat, Taipei. Heiress Apparently is out on 1 December.

Admission – Julie Buxbaum

It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer. She’s headed off to the college of her dreams. She’s going to prom with the boy she’s had a crush on since middle school. Her best friend always has her back, and her mom, a B-list Hollywood celebrity, may finally be on her way to the B+ list. It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer–at least, it was, until the FBI came knocking on her front door, guns at the ready, and her future went up in smoke. Now her mother is under arrest in a massive college admissions bribery scandal. Chloe, too, might be facing charges, and even time behind bars. The public is furious, the press is rabid, and the US attorney is out for blood.

As she loses everything she’s long taken for granted, Chloe must reckon not only with the truth of what happened, but also with the examination of her own guilt. Why did her parents think the only way for her to succeed was to cheat for her? What did she know, and when did she know it? And perhaps most importantly, what does it mean to be complicit?

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things, this novel explores the reality of someone who is hyperprivileged, and the competitive and often bribed system of college admissions. This realistic novel takes inspiration from real facts and it will be available on 1 December.

WOW! That’s a lot of new releases, all concentrated in one day.

Which of these books do you plan to add to your TBR?

New YA Releases · November 2020

Series We Need To Say Good-bye To (November Edition)

Hello Fellow Readers,

I hope you are keeping well and safe, as usual.

It’s the last weekend of November and all I can think about is, this stupid year is almost over! And so, other two big series came to a conclusion this month, sigh. Let’s have a look together:

Bring Me Their Hearts Trilogy – Sara Wolf

Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally.

Oh boy, don’t you hate it when the covers of a trilogy don’t match? Seriously, I haven’t read this series but looking at the covers I feel itchy everywhere. Bring Me Their Hearts is a series which debuted in 2018 and it has brilliant reviews on Goodreads – which I strongly recommend checking out. From what I know this story is between YA and New Adult, with a sassy main character, Sara Wolf‘s trilogy is a paranormal/fantasy story full of magic, intrigues and of course romance. The last book Send Me Their Souls is out on 3 November.

Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch

“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is go back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires her, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

I think I was the only person who didn’t know about this trilogy. I am sorry but, considering I was born in Italy I wouldn’t find the first book romantic like the majority of the massive fandom of this series. Every book has a different geographical setting and main characters, and of course they all fall into the category of contemporary romance. Travelling is also a big component of this trilogy. The last book of Love & Gelato is out on November 10.

Did you read any of these trilogies or are you planning to?

Is there any other trilogy ending this month you would like to mention?

It’s all from me! Happy Reading!!

New YA Releases · November 2020

This Week New YA Releases

Hello Fellow Readers,

I can’t believe this is the last week of November. I officially declare that it’s Christmas time!! 😂

I am actually looking forward to next month. I have a couple of days off to take before the end of the year and my company closes for Christmas break, so I’ll have time to catch up with my TBR and probably do a readathon? We’ll see…

There are a couple of books that come out this week – let’s have a look.

Ruinsong – Julia Ember

Her voice was her prison…
Now it’s her weapon.

In a world where magic is sung, a powerful mage named Cadence has been forced to torture her country’s disgraced nobility at her ruthless queen’s bidding.

But when she is reunited with her childhood friend, a noblewoman with ties to the underground rebellion, she must finally make a choice: Take a stand to free their country from oppression, or follow in the queen’s footsteps and become a monster herself. 

This is another highly awaited release of November. The Ruinsong is a LGBTQ+ fantasy with bits of romance which tells the story of two girls, who belong to different factions but are forced to work together to save their country, while also dealing with the feelings they have for each other. From the author of The Seafarer’s Kiss and The Navigator’s Touch, Ruinsong is out on 24 November.

Bright Shining World – Josh Swiller

Wallace Cole is perpetually moving against his will. His father has some deeply important job with an energy company that he refuses to explain to Wallace who is, shall we say, suspicious. Not that his father ever listens to him. Just as Wallace is getting settled into a comfortable life in Kentucky, his father lets him know they need to immediately depart for a new job in a small town in Upstate New York which has recently been struck by an outbreak of inexplicable hysterics–an outbreak which is centered at the high school Wallace will attend.

In the new town, go from disturbing to worse: trees appear to be talking to people; a school bully, the principal, and the town police force take an instant dislike to Wallace; and the student body president is either falling for him or slipping into the enveloping darkness. Bright Shining World is a novel of resistance, of young people finding hope and courage and community in a collapsing world. 

This thriller and contemporary novel is recommended for the fans of Karen M. McManus. There is a weird phenomenon around Wallace’s new school, and he must find a way to avoid these sinister forces and save his town. This is out on 24 November.

That’s it for this week.

What are your reading plans for December? What are your most awaited reads of December??

New YA Releases · November 2020

YA Sequels Coming Out This November

Hello Fellow Readers,

How is your reading life going? My reading life is on hold for a bit for health reasons but I plan to catch up with my readings this weekend. More importantly, are you planning to buy more books to put in your TBR pile for Black Friday??

It’s that time of the month to check which sequels are coming out and to review my TBR. I hope this post will help with your list of books to buy.

The Camelot Betrayal (Camelot Rising #2) – Kiersten White

EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her.

Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde, Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen’s knight, and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere–the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn’t belong. She never will.

When a rescue goes awry and results in the death of something precious, a devastated Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat yet has arrived. Not in the form of the Dark Queen or an invading army, but in the form of the real Guinevere’s younger sister. Is her deception at an end? And who is she really deceiving–Camelot, or herself?

I really enjoyed the first book of this series, as it offers an interesting retake of King Arthur‘s story from a female perspective. It also had intriguing and unexpected developments at the end, like Lancelot as a woman, so I can’t wait to read the sequel. But, who knows when my copy will be delivered. Anyway, if you are looking to read a story about exploring your own personal nature, the downsides of progress, this retelling of King Arthur is a must read. The Camelot Betrayal is out on 10 November.

The Ever Cruel Kingdom (The Never Tilting World #2) – Rin Chupeco

After a treacherous journey and a life-shattering meeting with a twin neither knew they had, Haidee and Odessa expected to emerge from the Great Abyss to a world set right. But though the planet is turning once again, the creatures of the abyss will not rest until they have tasted another goddess’s sacrifice.

To break the cycle, Haidee and Odessa need answers that lie beyond the seven gates of the underworld, within the Cruel Kingdom itself. The shadows of the underworld may hunger to tear them apart, but these two sisters are determined to heal their world—together.

I feel so guilty for never having read a book by Rin Chupeco, and her first book of this duology – The Never Tilting World – is on my Wishlist. This story has been described as Frozen meets Mad Max, an epic fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic. If you liked Furyborn, this book should be up your alley. and it is officially out on 10 November.

And to conclude, not really a sequel but it’s worth mentioning this title everybody is dying to get:

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of The Air #3.5) – Holly Black

Once upon a time, there was a boy with a wicked tongue.

Before he was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone . #1 New York Times bestselling author, Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame’s enigmatic high king, Cardan. This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan’s perspective.

This new installment in the Folk of the Air series is a return to the heart-racing romance, danger, humor, and drama that enchanted readers everywhere. Each chapter is paired with lavish and luminous full-color art, making this the perfect collector’s item to be enjoyed by both new audiences and old.

Well, I guess the synopsis is sufficient to understand what we are getting with this novella. Truth to be told, I was excited to hear about this title because Cardan is just freaking awesome, one of those characters that will haunt you forever, so I am pretty excited to read more about him. The novella from The Folk of The Air trilogy comes out on 20 November.

Which sequel are you looking forward to reading this month? Anything outside this list?

Let me know in the comments!

New YA Releases · November 2020

This Week New YA Releases

Hello Fellow Readers,

I hope you had a great start to this week. It has been a busy Monday for me and I can’t actually wait to go to sleep. I hope you don’t mind if I keep it short and I jump straight into this week’s new YA releases:

These Violent Delights – Chloe Gong

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

I already posted my review about this incredible debut novel. These Violent Delights is a brilliant retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet play, which is set in a dark Shanghai, divided by rival gangs and a river with a monster. I strongly recommend this new YA fantasy which will be officially out on 17 November.

Soulswift – Megan Bannen

Gelya is a Vessel, a girl who channels the word of the One True God through song. Cloistered with the other Vessels of her faith, she believes—as all Ovinists do—that a saint imprisoned Elath the Great Demon centuries ago, saving humanity from earthly temptation.

When Gelya stumbles into a deadly cover-up by the Ovinists’ military, she reluctantly teams up with Tavik, an enemy soldier, to survive. Tavik believes that Elath is actually a mother goddess who must be set free, but while he succeeds in opening Her prison, he inadvertently turns Gelya into Elath’s unwilling human vessel.

Now the church that raised Gelya considers her a threat. In a race against the clock, she and Tavik must find a way to exorcise Elath’s presence from her body. But will this release stop the countdown to the end of the world, or will it be the cause of the earth’s destruction? And as Tavik and Gelya grow closer, another question lingers between them: What will become of Gelya? 

This synopsis made me so curious, I added this book to my TBR straightaway. Soulswift is an epic fantasy story about a girl who needs to reconsider all her beliefs after being betrayed by her own religion. From the author of The Bird and the Blade, this new title from Megan Bannen is recommended for fans of the Winner’s Curse and The Girl of Fire and Thorns. It’s out on 17 November.

Super Fake Love Song – David Yoon

When Sunny Dae—self-proclaimed total nerd—meets Cirrus Soh, he can’t believe how cool and confident she is. So when Cirrus mistakes Sunny’s older brother Gray’s bedroom—with its electric guitars and rock posters—for Sunny’s own, he sort of, kind of, accidentally winds up telling her he’s the front man of a rock band.

Before he knows it, Sunny is knee-deep in the lie: He ropes his best friends into his scheme, begging them to form a fake band with him, and starts wearing Gray’s rock-and-roll castoffs. But no way can he trick this amazing girl into thinking he’s cool, right? Just when Sunny is about to come clean, Cirrus asks to see them play sometime. Gulp.

Now there’s only one thing to do: Fake it till you make it. Sunny goes all in on the lie, and pretty soon, the strangest things start happening. People are noticing him in the hallways, and he’s going to football games and parties for the first time. He’s feeling more confident in every aspect of his life, and especially with Cirrus, who’s started to become not just his dream girl but also the real deal. Sunny is falling in love. He’s having fun. He’s even becoming a rocker, for real.

But it’s only a matter of time before Sunny’s house of cards starts tumbling down. As his lies begin to catch up with him, Sunny Dae is forced to wonder whether it was all worth it—and if it’s possible to ever truly change.

I loved David Yoon‘s latest work Frankly in Love and I am so curious to read this story as well. Super Fake Love Song is a rom-com about a case of mistaken identity which triggers many fake events that will eventually take to find real love. This is out on 17 November.

That’s it for this week!

Which of these titles will you add to your TBR?