8 Anticipated Reads Hitting the Shelves in November & December 2020

I can’t believe it’s almost November and time for another edition of Anticipated Reads! Just like last year, November and December are a bit on the lighter side release-wise so I’ve combined them into this post. (I’d recommending getting your pre-orders in for these early, especially for gifts, because of supply-chain issues relating to COVID-19.)

Now more than ever, authors need our support as the publishing industry has been severely impacted by event and convention cancellations. If you see any books that look interesting, I encourage you to talk about them on your socials, add to Goodreads shelves, submit requests to your libraries if you have one, or buy if you’re financially able!

📝 In case you are wondering how I manage to keep track of upcoming releases and choose the books I’m excited to highlight monthly, check out my Edelweiss 2.0 Guide!

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Books Releasing in November 2020

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Rebel Rose (Queen’s Council #1) by Emma Theriault

Age Range: YA  |  Genre: Fantasy, Retellings  |  Pages: 352
Release Date: November 10, 2020

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cover for Queen's Council Rebel RoseHappily ever after is only the beginning as Belle takes on the responsibility of becoming queen and learns to balance duty, love, and sacrifice, all while navigating dark political intrigue—and a touch of magic.

It’s 1789 and France is on the brink of revolution. Belle has finally broken the Enchantress’s curse, restoring the Beast to his human form and bringing life back to their castle in the province of Aveyon. But in Paris, the fires of change are burning, and it’s only a matter of time before the rebellion arrives on their doorstep.

Not so very long ago, Belle dreamed of leaving her provincial home for a life of adventure. But now she finds herself living in a palace, torn between her past as a commoner, and her future as royalty. While Belle grapples with her newfound position, there are those who would do anything to keep her from power.

When she stumbles across a magic mirror that holds a dire warning, Belle wants nothing more than to ignore the mysterious voice calling her to accept a crown she never desired. But violent factions of the revolution may already be lurking within her own castle, and doing nothing would endanger everything she holds dear. With the fate of her country, her love, and her life at stake, Belle must decide if she is ready to embrace her own strength–and the magic that ties her to so many female rulers before her–to become the queen she is meant to be.

Rebel Rose is the first in the Queen’s Council series, an empowering fairy tale reimagining of the Disney Princesses-and the real history behind their stories-like you’ve never seen before.

You can read a sneak peek of Rebel Rose on SyFy here!

Belle from Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney princess growing up (and still is!). Being an avid reader, I connected with Belle in a way to which many of you can probably relate: give me that library! I love that we’re getting an empowering reimagining that will also draw in more history.

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

Age Range: YA  |  Genre: Fantasy, Retellings  |  Pages: 384
Release Date: November 10, 2020

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cover for The Camelot BetrayalThe second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, exploring the nature of self, the inevitable cost of progress, and, of course, magic and romance and betrayal so epic Queen Guinevere remains the most famous queen who never lived.

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?

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Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher

Age Range: YA  |  Genre: Contemporary, Mystery  |  Pages: 304
Release Date: November 10, 2020

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cover for Lies Like PoisonPoppy, Lily, and Belladonna would do anything to protect their best friend, Raven. So when they discovered he was suffering abuse at the hands of his stepmother, they came up with a lethal plan: petals of poppy, belladonna, and lily in her evening tea so she’d never be able to hurt Raven again. But someone got cold feet, the plot faded to a secret of the past, and the group fell apart.

Three years later, on the eve of Raven’s seventeenth birthday, his stepmother turns up dead. But it’s only belladonna found in her tea, and it’s only Belladonna who’s carted off to jail. Desperate for help, Belle reaches out to her estranged friends to prove her innocence. They answer the call, but no one is prepared for what comes next.

Now, everyone has something to lose and something equally dangerous to hide. And when the tangled web of secrets and betrayal is finally unwound, what lies at its heart will change the group forever.

You can read a sneak peak of Lies Like Poison on Hypable here!

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The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) by R.F. Kuang

Age Range: Adult  |  Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction  |  Pages: 560
Release Date: November 17, 2020

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cover for The Burning GodThe exciting end to The Poppy War trilogy, R. F. Kuang’s acclaimed, award-winning epic fantasy that combines the history of twentieth-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating, enthralling effect.

After saving her nation of Nikan from foreign invaders and battling the evil Empress Su Daji in a brutal civil war, Fang Runin was betrayed by allies and left for dead. 

Despite her losses, Rin hasn’t given up on those for whom she has sacrificed so much—the people of the southern provinces and especially Tikany, the village that is her home. Returning to her roots, Rin meets difficult challenges—and unexpected opportunities. While her new allies in the Southern Coalition leadership are sly and untrustworthy, Rin quickly realizes that the real power in Nikan lies with the millions of common people who thirst for vengeance and revere her as a goddess of salvation. 

Backed by the masses and her Southern Army, Rin will use every weapon to defeat the Dragon Republic, the colonizing Hesperians, and all who threaten the shamanic arts and their practitioners. As her power and influence grows, though, will she be strong enough to resist the Phoenix’s intoxicating voice urging her to burn the world and everything in it?

You can read a sneak peek of The Burning God over on Tor here!

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These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Age Range: YA  |  Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Retelling  |  Pages: 464
Release Date: November 17, 2020

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cover for These Violent DelightsPerfect for fans of The Last Magician and Descendant of the Crane, this heart-stopping debut is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River.

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.

You can read a sneak peek of These Violent Delights on Tor here!

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Books Releasing in December 2020

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A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha

Age Range: YA  |  Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, LGBTQIAP+  |  Pages: 352
Release Date: December 1, 2020

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cover for A Curse of RosesWith 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.

Based on Portuguese legend, this #OwnVoices historical fantasy is an epic tale of mystery, magic, and making the impossible choice between love and duty
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You can read a sneak peek of A Curse of Roses on Tor here!

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A Sky Beyond the Storm (An Ember in the Ashes #4) by Sabaa Tahir

Age Range: YA  |  Genre: Fantasy, Romance  |  Pages: 400
Release Date: December 1, 2020

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cover for A Sky Beyond the StormPrepare for the jaw-dropping finale of Sabaa Tahir’s beloved New York Times bestselling An Ember in the Ashes fantasy series, and discover: Who will survive the storm?

Picking up just a few months after A Reaper at the Gates left off…

The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning.

At his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress, and calls for the heads of any and all who defy her rule. At the top of the list? The Blood Shrike and her remaining family.

Laia of Serra, now allied with the Blood Shrike, struggles to recover from the loss of the two people most important to her. Determined to stop the approaching apocalypse, she throws herself into the destruction of the Nightbringer. In the process, she awakens an ancient power that could lead her to victory–or to an unimaginable doom.

And deep in the Waiting Place, the Soul Catcher seeks only to forget the life–and love–he left behind. Yet doing so means ignoring the trail of murder left by the Nightbringer and his jinn. To uphold his oath and protect the human world from the supernatural, the Soul Catcher must look beyond the borders of his own land. He must take on a mission that could save–or destroy–all that he knows.

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Warmaidens (Gravemaidens #2) by Kelly Coon

Age Range: YA  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  Pages: 352
Release Date: December 15, 2020

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Warmaidens coverWarmaidens is the dark, action-packed conclusion to the heartwrenching Gravemaidens fantasy duology. Kammani and the maidens are now going to war against the ruler who tried to entomb them.

In the refuge city-state of Manzazu, Kammani has built a thriving healing practice and a life she’s proud of with her siblings, the maidens, and her love, Dagan.

But when an assassin murders a healer he believes is Kammani and attempts to kill Arwia, the displaced queen of Alu, they realize they’re not safe in their safe little haven anymore. Uruku, the usurper to Alu’s throne, has found out they escaped the tomb and must kill them to protect his newly acquired power.

Burning for retribution, the ruler of Manzazu wants to unleash her fiercest weapons on Alu–her warmaidens. But when Kammani’s best friend, Iltani, is captured, Kammani must use her intuition and her heart to restore Arwia to the throne before the life she’s built–and a future with Dagan–burn up in the flames of war.

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The publishing industry is always focused on the new and shiny releases, typically ceasing promotion within a week of the book birthday. I hope that this list brought some new books to your attention and I hope you are able to support the ones you’re interested in!

November and December release covers

What books coming out in November and December are you excited about? What have you read and would recommend? Let’s talk in the comments!

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Let’s go on another adventure together!

 

 

7 Comments

  1. Evelyn

    October 18, 2020 at 2:22 AM

    I cannot wait for The Burning God and A Sky Beyong the Storm! ALso These Violent Delights sound very good!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

  2. Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

    October 18, 2020 at 7:55 AM

    I’m excited to read These Violent Delights! Looks like there are plenty of good books coming out in the next couple of months😁

  3. Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook

    October 18, 2020 at 8:07 AM

    Lots of sequels to books I still haven’t read lol! I just got The Poppy War so I’m excited to get to that one. 🙂

  4. Kate @ Your Tita Kate

    October 18, 2020 at 8:24 AM

    A Curse of Roses and Love Like Poison have got me INTRIGUED.

  5. Yesha Patel

    October 18, 2020 at 9:29 AM

    I also want to read Warmaidens. Great list!

  6. Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical

    October 18, 2020 at 11:33 AM

    I’m so excited for The Burning God – I recently read the first two books back to back, and I they were splendid. Also, early readers have been SCREAMING about The Burning God. I’m also looking forward to These Violent Delights – that’s another one I’ve heard basically nothing but great things about which makes me super excited. (Also, how pretty is that cover!?) Hope you’ll enjoy all the new releases you want to read. 😀

  7. Lisa @ waytoofantasy

    October 19, 2020 at 12:48 PM

    Super excited for some of these! Especially The Burning God and These Violent Delights. And the last of the Sabaa Tahir series!

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