September Anticipated Releases

This year, I’ve decided to do something new, in addition to my monthly TBR, I want to shout about my most anticipated releases of each month and see how many of them I’ve read by the end of the year, for example last month’s post. For this, I’ve created a massive spreadsheet and have tried to keep an eye out for any upcoming releases that I hadn’t already heard about.

The books will be sorted by publication date and then if more than one book is published on the same date, they are sorted alphabetically by title. All publication dates are those of the UK, based off Waterstones, Amazon or direct contact from the publisher.

For each of them, I will include the synopsis and a little passage on why I’m looking forward to it.


1st:

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he’s seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. Then one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. “Boys just being boys” turns out to be true only when those boys are white. 

The story that I think

will be my life 

starts today

Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal’s bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it? 


Why I’m Excited:

Punching the Air is just wave after wave of emotional devastation. It’s such an impactful book that everyone needs to read and talk about. Also, once you consider the awful context behind the book and the realities it exposes, it just becomes a must-read. Full review here.


3rd:

After the Silence by Louise O’Neill

Nessa Crowley’s murderer has been protected by silence for ten years.
Until a team of documentary makers decide to find out the truth.

On the day of Henry and Keelin Kinsella’s wild party at their big house a violent storm engulfed the island of Inisrun, cutting it off from the mainland. When morning broke Nessa Crowley’s lifeless body lay in the garden, her last breath silenced by the music and the thunder.

The killer couldn’t have escaped Inisrun, but on-one was charged with the murder. The mystery that surrounded the death of Nessa remained hidden. But the islanders knew who to blame for the crime that changed them forever.

Ten years later a documentary crew arrives, there to lift the lid off the Kinsella’s carefully constructed lives, determined to find evidence that will prove Henry’s guilt and Keelin’s complicity in the murder of beautiful Nessa.


Why I’m Excited:

I adore O’Neill’s YA stories and their fiercely feminist nature, so when I heard that she was turning her eye to an intriguing adult mystery – I knew I had to pick it up. Thank you so much to Quercus Books for sending me an eARC.


Lies Like Poison by Chelsea Pitcher

PoppyLily, 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 to stop her from ever hurting 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 and Belladonna is carted off to jail.

Desperate to prove her innocence, Belle reaches out to her estranged friends, but who can she trust


Why I’m Excited:

I am a sucker for a good YA mystery, especially those that are steeped in atmosphere and a sense of paranoia. Lies Like Poison promises to be all that and far more. It also helps that I loved This Lie Will Kill You when I picked it up last year! Thank you so much to Laurie McShea at Simon & Schuster for sending me an eARC.


Majesty by Katharine McGee

Power is intoxicating. Like first love, it can leave you breathless. Princess Beatrice was born with it. Princess Samantha was born with less. Some, like Nina Gonzalez, are pulled into it. And a few will claw their way in. Ahem, we’re looking at you Daphne Deighton.

As America adjusts to the idea of a queen on the throne, Beatrice grapples with everything she lost when she gained the ultimate crown. Samantha is busy living up to her “party princess” persona…and maybe adding a party prince by her side. Nina is trying to avoid the palace–and Prince Jefferson–at all costs. And a dangerous secret threatens to undo all of Daphne’s carefully laid “marry Prince Jefferson” plans.

A new reign has begun….


Why I’m Excited:

I really enjoyed American Royals last year, so I needed the sequel in my life. Majesty was just such singable, entertaining fun to read with a fine balance between swoon-worthy romances, gossip and social commentary. Full review here.


The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

She came from nothing. 
Avery has a plan: keep her head down, work hard for a better future.
Then an eccentric billionaire dies, leaving her almost his entire fortune. And no one, least of all Avery, knows why.

They had everything. 
Now she must move into the mansion she’s inherited. 
It’s filled with secrets and codes, and the old man’s surviving relatives – 
a family hell-bent on discovering why Avery got ‘their’ money.

Now there’s only one rule: winner takes all. 
Soon she is caught in a deadly game that everyone in this strange family is playing.
But just how far will they go to keep their fortune?


Why I’m Excited:

Anything that is compared to Knives Out becomes something that I am instantly obsessed with. This is such a smart, tightly plotted and explosive start to what promises to be an intriguing story spread out over multiple books. Full review here.


8th:

The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry

When the bodies of two girls are found torn apart in her hometown, Lauren is surprised, but she also expects that the police won’t find the killer. After all, the year before her father’s body was found with his heart missing, and since then everyone has moved on. Even her best friend, Miranda, has become more interested in boys than in spending time at the old ghost tree, the way they used to when they were kids. So when Lauren has a vision of a monster dragging the remains of the girls through the woods, she knows she can’t just do nothing. Not like the rest of her town. But as she draws closer to answers, she realises that the foundation of her seemingly normal town might be rotten at the centre. And that if nobody else stands for the missing, she will. 


Why I’m Excited:

I am a huge fan of the Gothic, as it’s such a subversive and intriguing genre. Henry gives so little away with that synopsis, instantly setting a spooky and unsettling tone. Basically, this sounds like the perfect book to kick off spooky season. Thanks to Titan Books for sending me an eARC.


15th:

Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

FIVE friends go to a cabin.
FOUR of them are hiding secrets.
THREE years of history bind them.
TWO are doomed from the start.
ONE person wants to end this.
NO ONE IS SAFE.

Are you ready to play?


Why I’m Excited:

Nijkamp has a real talent for keeping you on your toes, always having to second guess what you think you know. Their writing is so compelling and the tension is kept taut constantly. All of this adds up to a fantastic mystery that delves into found family and friendships. Basically, this is a fantastic YA mystery that you’ll lose yourself in. Full review here.


Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.


Why I’m Excited:

Literally everything I’ve seen about this book sounds exquisite! It promises a much-needed fresh take on tales we think we know, with awesome characters and plenty of secrets to uncover. Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster for the eARC.


18th:

All Eyes on Her by L. E. Flynn

You heard the story on the news. A girl and a boy went into the woods. The girl carried a picnic basket. The boy wore bright yellow running shoes. The girl found her way out, but the boy never did…. 

Everyone thinks they know what happened. Some say Tabby pushed him off that cliff— she didn’t even like hiking. She was jealous. She had more than her share of demons. Others think he fell accidentally—she loved Mark. She would never hurt him…even if he hurt her. 

But what’s the real story? All Eyes On Her is told from everyone but Tabby herself as the people in her life string together the events that led Tabby to that cliff. Her best friend. Her sister. Her enemy. Her ex-boyfriend. Because everybody thinks they know a girl better than she knows herself. 

What do you think is the truth?


Why I’m Excited:

Firstly, I was drawn in by the concept and that synopsis just left me theorising without reading a single word. This is a complex and extremely thought-provoking YA thriller unlike any other. The writing is just immaculate, with a well-executed mystery at its core and plenty of intriguing twists and turns throughout. Full review here.


Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner

Raina Petree is crushing her senior year, until her boyfriend dumps her, the drama club (basically) dumps her, the college of her dreams slips away, and her arch-nemesis triumphs.

Things aren’t much better for Millie Goodwin. Her father treats her like a servant, and the all-boy Mock Trial team votes her out, even after she spent the last three years helping to build its success.

But then, an advice columnist unexpectedly helps Raina find new purpose in a pair of knitting needles and a politically active local yarn store. This leads to an unlikely meeting in the girls’ bathroom, where Raina inspires Millie to start a rival team. The two join together and recruit four other angry girls to not only take on Mock Trial, but to smash the patriarchy in the process.


Why I’m Excited:

I instantly love any book that has smashing the patriarchy as part of it and this one promises girl power, taking down toxic masculinity and plenty of humour to boot. Having taken part in Mock Trial teams, I know exactly what kind of hijinks can ensue behind the scenes.


22nd:

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost — one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into the icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.


Why I’m Excited:

I really loved The Gilded Wolves when I read it earlier this year and it ended on such a cliff-hanger! I am so ready to return to this sumptuous series, especially as I’ve been promised that it’s darker and there’s even more character development in store for our heroes.


I will continue to speak up about current events now and forever and to help, here are links to Carrds talking about many of the world’s current events and how you can help. Also, I’ve linked here the Black Lives Matter Carrd to support, but also here is a list of resources to aid Anti-Racism work in the UK, as well as UK specific places to donate to. I will be doing this on every post. If you have the funds to donate, please do but if not, please support and uplift Black voices and sign the petitions, including 10 UK specific petitions here.  

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