Most Anticipated Reads: July – December 2021

            Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I posted again, but I’ve been focusing on exercise and mental health. I’m back now and I’ve got quite a good list of posts for July. Today is about my most anticipated reads of this second half of 2021. I want to let you get to know me more, so we’ll start here, and I’ll talk about favourites and all that another day.

            There are six books I want to talk about today, since I can’t list every book ever. These are the ones that I’m going to be preordering and making sure that I get physical copies of. A lot of sequels to books I haven’t read yet are coming out, so I’m not allowed to buy them. I have a rule for myself: I can’t buy a whole series if I haven’t read the first book. I can buy the first book to see if I like it though. These six books are all from authors that I already read and love, so I don’t have any rules or limitations stopping me from buying them. We’ll go in the order that they’ll release to make it easier.

            The Queen Will Betray You by Sarah Henning came out last week. But I did manage to preorder it right before then. I read the first book in the series, The Princess Will Save You, earlier this year and loved it. It’s a Princess Bride retelling and its so wonderfully crafted, complete with a shocking twist right at the end of the first book. I can’t wait for book two. I have a review up on The Princess Will Save You if you want to hear more about Sarah Henning’s wonderful world of The Sand and Sky!

            The Last Legacy by Adrienne Young is the next one on my list and it doesn’t come out until September 7, 2021 (not sure how I’ll survive!). I’ve read everything else that Adrienne Young has written (except Namesake) and I’ve loved every one of them. The Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back both drew me in with their inviting prose and kept me in my seat with their strong heroines. Fable did the same thing but added in a complex world that I’m sure I’ll see more of when I read Namesake. The Last Legacy tells us the story of Bryn and her long-lost family, the Roths. Shadows and forbidden romance will play a role, which makes me excited to dive in. I don’t want to know much more, since I’ll most likely be writing a review for it as well.

The third book on my list comes out September 14, 2021, only a week after The Last Legacy. This book would be Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer. I’ve yet to finish her Cursebreakers series, but the first two books are phenomenally good. Defy the Night is described on Goodreads as “a blockbuster fantasy series about a kingdom divided by corruption, the prince desperately holding it together, and the girl who will risk everything to bring it crashing down”. I don’t know about you, but I’m hooked. That’s all I need to pick this book up and give it a go.

From the author of Caraval, Stephanie Garber, comes Once Upon a Broken Heart on September 28, 2021. I enjoyed Caraval much more than I thought I would, and this is the first book in a series that will most likely give us the same vibes. It’s about “love, curses, and the lengths people will go to for happily ever after”. I can’t wait to be introduced to this new world.

Gilded by Marissa Meyer, which jumps us forward in time to November 2, 2021, is one that my mom and I are both excited about. Gilded is a Rumpelstiltskin retelling about a poor miller’s daughter cursed by the god of lies. It follows a familiar path for those that have read a Rumpelstiltskin story before. I adore every fairy tale retelling that Marissa Meyer has written, so I’m sure this one will be a hit and earn its place beside The Lunar Chronicles and Heartless on my shelves.

Graceling (Graphic Novel) by Kristen Cashore and Gareth Hinds comes out on November 16, 2021. Graceling has held a special place in my heart for a long time. It was one of the first fantasy novels I read back in grade six that got me into reading (along with Rick Riordan’s multiple series on gods and mortals). I’ve read Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue twice. After I reread the trilogy, I’m going to pick up Winterkeep. I jumped around and got super excited when I saw the ARC available on Netgalley. I don’t have the ARC, but I’m buying the physical copy either way.

That covers all six of them. I was smiling the entire time I wrote this post, so that should tell you a bit of how ecstatic I am to pick these books up. Each one sounds amazing. I’ll link all the Goodreads pages below so that you can check them out too!

What are your most anticipated reads for the later half of this year? Are there any I should add to my list?


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