Book Releases You Might Have Missed Due to Quarantine (March-May)

The rapid spread of COVID-19 and quarantine efforts globally have greatly impacted many industries, but especially the publishing industry. It’s difficult enough in the best of times for authors to break through the midlist, especially debut and/or authors of color who often times do not get any marketing support from publishers. But throw a global pandemic into the mix and there’s a whole new array of barriers!

The publishing industry already releases so many new books every month that I will not have enough hours in my lifetime to read everything I want to *sob*. I’m worried the books released in the last couple of months that didn’t get delayed will be lost in the shuffle when the industry picks up again and focuses on Summer & Fall releases. So I’ve put together a Big Anticipated Reads list with all of the books you may have missed during quarantine!

📝 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 Releases You May Have Missed

Bookshops forced to close storefronts, events cancelled and moving online, delayed publications for countless Spring titles. Even Amazon is de-prioritizing book sales to focus on household items. All of this makes it even harder for authors to publicize their new books and difficult for readers to easily purchase the books they want (if they are fortunate enough to even buy books right now).

I know you may not be able to buy any books right now, but if any of these books sound like something you’d be interested in I encourage you to add them to your TBR by clicking on the Goodreads button! Make a wishlist of books on Twitter to shout about them. Authors need us now more than ever to screech about the books we are excited for and love.

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The Killing Fog (Grave Kingdom #1) by Jeff Wheeler
Adult, Fantasy

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The Killing Fog coverThe Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Kingfountain series conjures an epic, adventurous world of ancient myth and magic as a young woman’s battle with infinite evil begins.

Survivor of a combat school, the orphaned Bingmei belongs to a band of mercenaries employed by a local ruler. Now the nobleman, and collector of rare artifacts, has entrusted Bingmei and the skilled team with a treacherous assignment: brave the wilderness’s dangers to retrieve the treasures of a lost palace buried in a glacier valley. But upsetting its tombs has a price.

Echion, emperor of the Grave Kingdom, ruler of darkness, Dragon of Night, has long been entombed. Now Bingmei has unwittingly awakened him and is answerable to a legendary prophecy. Destroying the dark lord before he reclaims the kingdoms of the living is her inherited mission. Killing Bingmei before she fulfills it is Echion’s.

Thrust unprepared into the role of savior, urged on by a renegade prince, and possessing a magic that is her destiny, Bingmei knows what she must do. But what must she risk to honor her ancestors? Bingmei’s fateful choice is one that neither her friends nor her enemies can foretell, as Echion’s dark war for control unfolds.

Myth, fantasy, mercenaries. Battle against evil. This book has all of the ingredients for a very compelling read, and I was even more excited to receive an ARC copy after Skye told me this is one of her favorite authors! Sadly, my brain can’t seem to focus on any fantasy right now, so it’s on top of my book pile for when the mood strikes!

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Bone Crier’s Moon (Bone Grace #1) by Kathryn Purdie
Young Adult, Fantasy

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Bone Criers Moon coverBone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die.

(Unrelated but what is it about the name Bastien in YA Fantasy lately? The Beautiful, All the Stars and Teeth, and this one?)

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The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte
Young Adult, Thriller

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The Vanishing Deep coverBestselling author Astrid Scholte, returns with a thrilling adventure in which the dead can be revived…for a price.

Seventeen-year-old Tempe was born into a world of water. When the Great Waves destroyed her planet, its people had to learn to survive living on the water, but the ruins of the cities below still called. Tempe dives daily, scavenging the ruins of a bygone era, searching for anything of value to trade for Notes. It isn’t food or clothing that she wants to buy, but her dead sister’s life. For a price, the research facility on the island of Palindromena will revive the dearly departed for twenty-four hours before returning them to death. It isn’t a heartfelt reunion that Tempe is after; she wants answers. Elysea died keeping a terrible secret, one that has ignited an unquenchable fury in Tempe: Her beloved sister was responsible for the death of their parents. Tempe wants to know why.

But once revived, Elysea has other plans. She doesn’t want to spend her last day in a cold room accounting for a crime she insists she didn’t commit. Elysea wants her freedom and one final glimpse at the life that was stolen from her. She persuades Tempe to break her out of the facility, and they embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about their parents’ death and mend their broken bond. But they’re pursued every step of the way by two Palindromena employees desperate to find them before Elysea’s time is up–and before the secret behind the revival process and the true cost of restored life is revealed.

I read an early excerpt of this months ago and was swept away by the narrative. Even I missed this one’s release because I was super sick… it’s added it to my next book order.

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The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
Young Adult, Historical Fantasy

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Kingdom of Back coverTwo siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish–to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age–her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true–but his help may cost her everything.

In her first work of historical fiction, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu spins a lush, lyrically-told story of music, magic, and the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.

I have an ARC of this one too that has fallen victim to my reading slump. Which is a shame because I read the excerpt months ago and loved it!

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The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett
Young Adult, Fantasy

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The Winter Duke coverAn enchanted tale of intrigue where a duke’s daughter is the only survivor of a magical curse.

When Ekata’s brother is finally named heir, there will be nothing to keep her at home in Kylma Above with her murderous family. Not her books or science experiments, not her family’s icy castle atop a frozen lake, not even the tantalizingly close Kylma Below, a mesmerizing underwater kingdom that provides her family with magic. But just as escape is within reach, her parents and twelve siblings fall under a strange sleeping sickness.

In the space of a single night, Ekata inherits the title of duke, her brother’s warrior bride, and ever-encroaching challengers from without—and within—her own ministry. Nothing has prepared Ekata for diplomacy, for war, for love…or for a crown she has never wanted. If Kylma Above is to survive, Ekata must seize her family’s power. And if Ekata is to survive, she must quickly decide how she will wield it.

Part Sleeping Beauty, part Anastasia, with a thrilling political mystery, The Winter Duke is a spellbinding story about choosing what’s right in the face of danger.

I’ve been excited for this book since it was announced last July and was granted an eARC of it that is yet another victim of my reading slump. Noooo!

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The Deep by Alma Katsu
Adult, Historical Fiction, Horror

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The Deep by Alma Katsu coverSomeone, or something, is haunting the Titanic.

This is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the ship from the moment they set sail: mysterious disappearances, sudden deaths. Now suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone during the four days of the liner’s illustrious maiden voyage, a number of the passengers – including millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, the maid Annie Hebbley and Mark Fletcher – are convinced that something sinister is going on . . . And then, as the world knows, disaster strikes.

Years later and the world is at war. And a survivor of that fateful night, Annie, is working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic’s sister ship, the Britannic, now refitted as a hospital ship. Plagued by the demons of her doomed first and near fatal journey across the Atlantic, Annie comes across an unconscious soldier she recognises while doing her rounds. It is the young man Mark. And she is convinced that he did not – could not – have survived the sinking of the Titanic . . .

Fun story: I kept confusing this book with The Deep by Rivers Solomon whenever someone mentioned the title. Because I don’t pay attention. But I need to read this book.

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The Electric Heir (Feverwake #2) by Victoria Lee
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

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The Electric Heir coverIn the sequel to The Fever King, Noam Álvaro seeks to end tyranny before he becomes a tyrant himself.

Six months after Noam Álvaro helped overthrow the despotic government of Carolinia, the Atlantians have gained citizenship, and Lehrer is chancellor. But despite Lehrer’s image as a progressive humanitarian leader, Noam has finally remembered the truth that Lehrer forced him to forget—that Lehrer is responsible for the deadly magic infection that ravaged Carolinia.

Now that Noam remembers the full extent of Lehrer’s crimes, he’s determined to use his influence with Lehrer to bring him down for good. If Lehrer realizes Noam has evaded his control—and that Noam is plotting against him—Noam’s dead. So he must keep playing the role of Lehrer’s protégé until he can steal enough vaccine to stop the virus.

Meanwhile Dara Shirazi returns to Carolinia, his magic stripped by the same vaccine that saved his life. But Dara’s attempts to ally himself with Noam prove that their methods for defeating Lehrer are violently misaligned. Dara fears Noam has only gotten himself more deeply entangled in Lehrer’s web. Sooner or later, playing double agent might cost Noam his life.

I still haven’t recovered from reading this book last month. I love the Feverwake duology with all of my heart and recommend it so highly. I’ll write a review eventually.

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All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Debut Author

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All Your Twisted Secrets coverThis thrilling debut, reminiscent of new fan favorites like One of Us Is Lying and the beloved classics by Agatha Christie, will leave readers guessing until the explosive ending.

Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting.

What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.

Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?

I’m sure you’ve heard of this one because it’s been backordered since before it hit the NYT List, but I am really excited for this debut so I’m adding it! (I hope my copy arrives sometime soon.)

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✨✨ April Releases ✨✨

Now, Then, And Everywhen (Chronos Origins #1) by Rysa Walker
Adult, Science Fiction, Time Travel

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Now Then And Everywhen coverFrom the bestselling author of the Chronos series comes a page-turning novel of time travel, fast-paced action, and history-changing events.

When two time-traveling historians cross paths during one of the most tumultuous decades of the twentieth century, history goes helter-skelter. But which one broke the timeline?

In 2136 Madison Grace uncovers a key to the origins of CHRONOS, a time-travel agency with ties to her family’s mysterious past. Just as she is starting to jump through history, she returns to her timeline to find millions of lives erased—and only the people inside her house realize anything has changed.

In 2304 CHRONOS historian Tyson Reyes is assigned to observe the crucial events that played out in America’s civil rights movement. But a massive time shift occurs while he’s in 1965, and suddenly the history he sees isn’t the history he knows.

As Madi’s and Tyson’s journeys collide, they must prevent the past from being erased forever. But strange forces are at work. Are Madi and Tyson in control or merely pawns in someone else’s game?

I’m so mad that I haven’t been in the mood for science fiction, friends! I have an ARC of this one in a pile on my bedside table, waiting. I love time travel stories and can’t wait to read this one when the mood is right.

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The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Adult, Horror

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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires coverFried Green Tomatoes and “Steel Magnolias” meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the ’90s about a women’s book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a blood-sucking fiend.

Patricia Campbell had always planned for a big life, but after giving up her career as a nurse to marry an ambitious doctor and become a mother, Patricia’s life has never felt smaller. The days are long, her kids are ungrateful, her husband is distant, and her to-do list is never really done. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true-crime and suspenseful fiction. In these meetings, they’re more likely to discuss the FBI’s recent siege of Waco as much as the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood.

But when an artistic and sensitive stranger moves into the neighborhood, the book club’s meetings turn into speculation about the newcomer. Patricia is initially attracted to him, but when some local children go missing, she starts to suspect the newcomer is involved. She begins her own investigation, assuming that he’s a Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy. What she uncovers is far more terrifying, and soon she–and her book club–are the only people standing between the monster they’ve invited into their homes and their unsuspecting community.

If you grew up alongside Buffy the Vampire Slayer like I did, this book will probably appeal to you.  And this sounds delightfully campy with 90s nostalgia flair.

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The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson
Young Adult, Contemporary
Debut author

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The Lucky Ones coverHow do you put yourself back together when it seems like you’ve lost it all?

May is a survivor. But she doesn’t feel like one. She feels angry. And lost. And alone. Eleven months after the school shooting that killed her twin brother, May still doesn’t know why she was the only one to walk out of the band room that day. No one gets what she went through–no one saw and heard what she did. No one can possibly understand how it feels to be her.

Zach lost his old life when his mother decided to defend the shooter. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends bailed, and now he spends his time hanging out with his little sister…and the one faithful friend who stuck around. His best friend is needy and demanding, but he won’t let Zach disappear into himself. Which is how Zach ends up at band practice that night. The same night May goes with her best friend to audition for a new band.

Which is how May meets Zach. And how Zach meets May. And how both might figure out that surviving could be an option after all.

This sounds like a powerful and heartbreaking read, but one that is so critically important for our times.

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Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
Middle Grade, Fantasy
Debut author

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Ghost Squad coverCoco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy.

For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business.

Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s firefly spirits before it’s too late.

With the family dynamics of Coco and action-packed adventure of Ghostbusters, Claribel A. Ortega delivers both a thrillingly spooky and delightfully sweet debut novel.

Doesn’t this sound like an amazing read?! Stranger Things, Coco, Ghostbusters. I don’t read a lot of middle grade, but I will be making an exception for this debut fantasy!

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Incendiary (Hollow Crown #1) by Zoraida Córdova
Young Adult, Historical Fantasy

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Incendiary coverI am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.

Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.

When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.

But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.

Release date: April 21, 2020

I don’t think that I will ever tire of court politics and intrigue in rich fantasy worlds, and I can’t wait for my eyeballs to feast upon this one!

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The Silence of Bones by June Hur
Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Debut Author

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The Silence of Bones coverI have a mouth, but I mustn’t speak;
Ears, but I mustn’t hear;
Eyes, but I mustn’t see.

1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.

As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.

But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.

June Hur’s elegant and haunting debut The Silence of Bones is a bloody tale perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Renée Ahdieh.

Release date: April 21, 2020

Friends, this book is incredible! I finished my eARC of it the other night and my mind is still reeling, my heart is still aching.

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✨✨ May Releases ✨✨

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQIAP+

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Felix Ever After coverFrom Stonewall and Lambda Award-winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.

Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after.

When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle….

But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.

Felix Ever After is an honest and layered story about identity, falling in love, and recognizing the love you deserve.

Release Date: May 5, 2020

I don’t read a lot of contemporary romance, but I would be remiss to not scream about Felix Ever After! This ownvoices book has a a black, queer, transgender main character and explores gender identity.

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Aurora Burning (Aurora Cycle #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Young Adult, Science Fiction

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Aurora Burning coverOur heroes are back… kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival.

First, the bad news: an ancient evil—you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal—is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.

Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces.

And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.

Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.

When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.

Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes—and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.

Release Date: May 5, 2020

I’m sure people do not need reminding, but I included it because it’s one of the few May releases not postponed. Plus, there’s a pre-order incentive.

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The Henna Wars Us by Adiba Jairgirdar
Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQIAP+
Debut author

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The Henna Wars coverWhen Dimple Met Rishi meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this rom com about two teen girls with rival henna businesses.

When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wants—as long as she isn’t herself. Because Muslim girls aren’t lesbians. Nishat doesn’t want to hide who she is, but she also doesn’t want to lose her relationship with her family. And her life only gets harder once a childhood friend walks back into her life.

Flávia is beautiful and charismatic and Nishat falls for her instantly. But when a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, both Flávia and Nishat choose to do henna, even though Flávia is appropriating Nishat’s culture. Amidst sabotage and school stress, their lives get more tangled—but Nishat can’t quite get rid of her crush on Flávia, and realizes there might be more to her than she realized.

Release Date: May 12, 2020

Sapphic romance! I don’t read much contemporary romance, but when I do it’s usually a diverse title and I can’t wait to read this one!

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This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf
Adult, Psychological Thriller

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This is How I Lied coverGudenkauf proves herself the master of the smart, suspenseful small-town thriller that gets right under your skin.” —Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of The Nanny

Everyone has a secret they’ll do anything to hide…

Twenty-five years ago, the body of sixteen-year-old Eve Knox was found in the caves near her home in small-town Grotto, Iowa—discovered by her best friend, Maggie, and her sister, Nola. There were a handful of suspects, including her boyfriend, Nick, but without sufficient evidence the case ultimately went cold.

For decades Maggie was haunted by Eve’s death and that horrible night. Now a detective in Grotto, and seven months pregnant, she is thrust back into the past when a new piece of evidence surfaces and the case is reopened. As Maggie investigates and reexamines the clues, secrets about what really happened begin to emerge. But someone in town knows more than they’re letting on, and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth buried deep.

Release Date: May 12, 2020

I was invited to participate in the publisher’s blog tour for this one… and I sat for like five days trying to convince myself it was okay to accept another ARC. Because this sounded so good! I wound up succumbing to my desires since all I’ve been reading are mysteries and I am pretty excited to dive into this one.

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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!

What books publishing between March and May are you excited about? What have you read and would recommend? Let’s talk Quarantine Books in the comments!

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34 Comments

  1. Haley

    April 19, 2020 at 7:22 AM

    So I’m really excited about basically all of these, I’ve just started my eARC of Incendiary [Buddy reading with Cami! Yay!] and I just got an eARC of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires.
    I definitely can’t wait to see what happens next in Aurora Burning, but, I’m trying to think of books that you haven’t added lol and I’m coming up short, oooh maybe Dangerous Remedy…wait was that postponed? IDK ANYMORE lol

    1. Kal

      April 26, 2020 at 1:14 AM

      I hope you are enjoying Incendiary, and huzzah for buddy reads! I need to order myself a copy of Southern Book Club’s Guide next time I place a book order… which hopefully won’t happen again until May because I HAVE A PROBLEM.

  2. Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

    April 19, 2020 at 7:29 AM

    Awesome list! Grady Hendrix announced his book is already in a third or fourth printing and hit the best seller list, so he managed to come through all right😁

    1. Kal

      April 26, 2020 at 1:16 AM

      That is AWESOME about Grady’s book! Love to hear it’s flying off the shelves

  3. Shannon

    April 19, 2020 at 4:44 PM

    I had pre-ordered ‘All Your Twisted Secrets’, but there are several here I meant to watch for that I forgot about, so thanks for this! I enjoyed AYTS, but as with many super hyped books, it was a bit disappointing.

    1. Kal

      April 26, 2020 at 1:18 AM

      Oooh, glad that this post was able to remind you of some books! I am sorry to hear that you were a bit disappointed with AYTS, hype is so difficult because I tend to become so hard to please.

  4. Cam @ Camillea Reads

    April 19, 2020 at 6:41 PM

    The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires!! Ahahah I want that! Only because the MC and I share the same name!!!! I just finished Incendiary and OMG Kal, it is soooooo good! If you enjoy reading fantasy books with mysteries in them, then this is it! Felix Ever After sounds lovely! I’ll have to check it out 🙂

    1. Kal

      April 26, 2020 at 1:21 AM

      AHHH to sharing a name with the MC! I think I would die if my name were found in a book lol. I am so happy to hear you loved Incendiary, especially because I love fantasy & mystery!!!

  5. Kelly

    April 21, 2020 at 2:24 AM

    I’ve been feeling way out of the loop with new releases lately, so this list definitely brought some new books to my attention – thank you so much for this list! I’m very excited for these releases!

    1. Kal

      April 26, 2020 at 1:28 AM

      There are SO MANY BOOKS to keep track of, so I feel you on not being able to stay current with them. I am glad the list brought some books to your attention!!!

  6. May @ Forever and Everly

    April 22, 2020 at 11:05 AM

    love this list, kal!!! i’ve been excited for the silence of bones and kingdom of back, but i don’t do well with historical things so i’m really hoping i’ll like them despite that 😭 i have an earc of the henna wars that i’m saving for next month and i’m so excited to finally read it!! and yes, the electric heir was so good — i really can’t wait for victoria’s future books (and i’ll take all the noamdara content i can get)

    1. Kal

      April 26, 2020 at 1:46 AM

      The Silence of Bones is SO GOOD, May! Historical is hit or miss for me even though I love it so much; hopefully you will enjoy it. I hope you enjoy The Henna Wars when you pick it up!

  7. Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

    April 24, 2020 at 8:07 PM

    All Your Twisted Secrets gives my Saw vibes! Interesting!

    1. Kal

      May 1, 2020 at 1:44 PM

      It gives me so many vibes and I am very much looking forward to reading it whenever my backordered copy arrives!

  8. AhanaRao

    April 25, 2020 at 4:19 AM

    Ooof this is a great list!! I think it was a fantastic idea to put this list out there because there are few of them that have escaped my notice as well!

    1. Kal

      May 1, 2020 at 1:50 PM

      Yay, so glad that this post got some books on your radar! I love writing these posts every month, but now more than ever are they crucial with everything going on. Thanks for reading!

      1. AhanaRao

        May 2, 2020 at 6:23 AM

        I agree, definitely! 😘😘

  9. Jothany

    May 1, 2020 at 9:20 AM

    Why did I have to see this on payday?!?! One is already coming to me when released (Aurora Burning) but you just reminded me of All Your Twisted Secrets and many others 😫😫 luckily I can hold off a week due to Mother’s Day (which my dad’s birthday happens to fall on this year) so my parents will bleed my wallet this go around 😂😂

    1. Kal

      May 1, 2020 at 2:20 PM

      OMG the timing, Jothany!!! SORRY!

  10. La Femme Livresque | A Reader To Whatever End

    May 1, 2020 at 12:13 PM

    Can’t believe I’m missing out on so many intriguing reads! 😍☺️ Oh and I need to read Aurora Rising soon 🙈

    1. Kal

      May 1, 2020 at 2:25 PM

      So many books and not enough time is my forever motto & mood! I hope you enjoy Aurora Rising when you pick it up!!

  11. Krisha

    May 1, 2020 at 1:11 PM

    Such a great list, Kal! I am so excited to read Kingdom of Back, Henna Wars and Bone Crier’s Moon, Felix Ever After! I loved Electric Heir, Ghost Squad and The Silence of Bones so much 💛

    1. Kal

      May 1, 2020 at 2:25 PM

      Thank you so much, Krisha! I read Kingdom of Back recently and LOVED it, and am super excited to pick up Bone Crier’s Moon soon!

  12. Tanaz

    May 2, 2020 at 6:57 AM

    Ahhhh so many releases! I am super excited to read The Henna Wars–as a bisexual Muslim woman this is a story I’ve been yearning for! Superb list Kal <3

    1. Kal

      May 17, 2020 at 12:44 PM

      I know, so many books and definitely not enough time! I hope you enjoy The Henna Wars when you pick it up and that the representation makes you feel seen!

  13. Heather @ The Frozen Library

    May 2, 2020 at 7:45 PM

    Ahhhh the Kingdom of Back sounds so cool and the cover is so pretty I feel like I’ve seen it everywhere actually. So does incendiary. But the cover creeps me out. XD

    1. Kal

      May 17, 2020 at 12:51 PM

      The Kingdom of Back cover makes me strangely happy and calm?? Like, I love it and the book itself was such a magical read for me. But I feel you on the incendiary cover, lol!

  14. Mere

    May 4, 2020 at 1:18 PM

    Clearly Bastien is a supreme name. 😂 SO MANY good books have come out, and I am excited for many of them!

    1. Kal

      May 17, 2020 at 4:49 PM

      Bastien IS a supreme name, ahaha. So many books, not enough time!

    2. Kal

      June 2, 2020 at 5:58 PM

      Bastien is a great name, I agree!

  15. Laurie

    May 5, 2020 at 12:29 AM

    Thankfully most bookstores are open here, but with measures.

    Bone Crier’s Moon, Aurora Burning and The Kingdom of Back are on my TBR and I literally just started The Fever Aing so maybe, if I like it, I’ll read The Electric Heir.

    Great list!

    1. Kal

      May 17, 2020 at 4:52 PM

      You’re lucky that your bookstores are open. Happy reading!

  16. Vee

    May 12, 2020 at 4:36 AM

    I don’t know whether to thank you or not for this post because I have now added every single book you mentioned to my TBR list, which is even bigger than ever! These all sound so good and I cannot wait to read them and read your thoughts on them!

    1. Kal

      June 2, 2020 at 6:59 PM

      *cackles* It sounds like my job here is done, Vee! But on a serious note, I hope you enjoy the books you do end up reading!

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