Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday - Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021


   Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week the topic is
Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021


I haven't included the blurbs for books that are not the first in the series to avoid spoilers.



26th January



The Mask Falling (The Bone Season, #4) by Samantha Shannon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing






A Vow So Bold and Deadly (Cursebreakers, #3) by Brigid Kemmerer

 Publisher: Bloomsbury YA






2nd February



The Project by Courtney Summers

Publisher: Wednesday Books


Blurb from Goodreads:

Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo's sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there's more to the group than meets the eye. She's spent the last six years of her life trying—and failing—to prove it.

When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its leader, Lev Warren and as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members it upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her—to the point she can no longer tell what's real or true. Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn't know if she can afford not to.



9th February



The Gilded Ones (Deathless, #1) by Namina Forna

 Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd


Blurb from Goodreads:

 Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in Otera, a deeply patriarchal ancient kingdom, where a woman's worth is tied to her purity, and she must bleed to prove it. But when Deka bleeds gold - the colour of impurity, of a demon - she faces a consequence worse than death. She is saved by a mysterious woman who tells Deka of her true nature: she is an Alaki, a near-immortal with exceptional gifts. The stranger offers her a choice: fight for the Emperor, with others just like her, or be destroyed...


23rd March



Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Blurb from Goodreads:

When children go missing, people want answers. When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers.

It's been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don't do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what's waiting for her in the woods.

1st April


Mina and the Undead by Amy McCaw

Publisher: UCLAN Publishing


Blurb from Goodreads:

 17-year-old Mina, from England, arrives in New Orleans to visit her estranged sister, Libby. After growing up in Whitby, the town that inspired Dracula, Mina loves nothing more than a creepy horror movie. She can't wait to explore the city's darkest secrets - vampire tours, seedy bars, spooky cemeteries, disturbing local myths...

And it gets even better when Mina lands a part-time job at a horror movie mansion and meets Jared, Libby's gorgeous housemate, co-worker and fellow horror enthusiast.

But the perfect summer bliss is broken when, while exploring the mansion, Mina stumbles upon the body of a girl with puncture marks on her neck, clutching a lock of hair that suspiciously resembles Libby's... Someone is replicating New Orleans' most brutal supernatural killings. Mina must discover the truth and prove her sister's innocence before she becomes the victim of another myth.


20th April


Witches Steeped in Gold (Witches Steeped in Gold, #1) by Ciannon Smart

Publisher: HarperTeen/Hot Key Books


Blurb from Goodreads:

 Divided by their castes. United by their vengeance.

Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom—and vengeance.

Jazmyne is the queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power.

Sworn enemies, these two witches enter a precarious alliance to take down a mutual threat. But revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain—except the lengths they will go to win this game.

Deadly, fierce, magnetically addictive: this Jamaican-inspired fantasy debut is a thrilling journey where dangerous magic reigns supreme and betrayal lurks beneath every word.




The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends


Blurb from Goodreads:

 Hwani's family has never been the same since she and her younger sister went missing and were later found unconscious in the forest, near a gruesome crime scene. The only thing they remember: Their captor wore a painted-white mask.

To escape the haunting memories of this incident, the family flees their hometown. Years later, Detective Min—Hwani's father—learns that thirteen girls have recently disappeared under similar circumstances, and so he returns to their hometown to investigate... only to vanish as well.

Determined to find her father and solve the case that tore their family apart, Hwani returns home to pick up the trail. As she digs into the secrets of the small village—and reconnects with her now estranged sister—Hwani comes to realize that the answer lies within her own buried memories of what happened in the forest all those years ago.

4th May


The Ones We're Meant to Find by Joan He

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Blurb from Goodreads:

Cee awoke on an abandoned island three years ago. With no idea of how she was marooned, she only has a rickety house, an old android, and a single memory: she has a sister, and Cee needs to find her.

STEM prodigy Kasey wants escape from the science and home she once trusted. The eco-cities—Earth's last unpolluted place—are meant to be sanctuary for those committed to planetary protection, but they’re populated by people willing to do anything for refuge, even lie. Now, she'll have to decide if she’s ready to use science to help humanity, even though it failed the people who mattered most.


1st June



The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

Publisher: Tor.com


Blurb from Goodreads:

 Immigrant. Socialite. Magician.

Jordan Baker grows up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American society—she has money, education, a killer golf handicap, and invitations to some of the most exclusive parties of the Jazz Age. She’s also queer, Asian, adopted, and treated as an exotic attraction by her peers, while the most important doors remain closed to her.

But the world is full of wonders: infernal pacts and dazzling illusions, lost ghosts and elemental mysteries. In all paper is fire, and Jordan can burn the cut paper heart out of a man. She just has to learn how.



 What books are you looking forward to this year?



  1. I hadn't heard of THE ONES WE'RE MEANT TO FIND before, but it sounds super intriguing. I'm going to check it out for sure. Thanks for the heads-up!

    Happy TTT!

  2. I read an ARC of The Project a little while ago and it was really interesting. I'm excited that THe Gilded Ones is finally coming out, it seems like it kept getting delayed! Honestly, so many of these look so good, I hope you get to read them all!

    1. I was really disappointed when it got pushed back so I'm glad it's finally coming out.

  3. The Mask Falling and Mina and The Undead were both on my list this week too.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/01/05/top-ten-tuesday-297/

    1. I'm really looking forward to reading both of them.
      I hope you like them!

  4. Lost in the Never Woods sounds so good! Thanks for putting it on my radar. Definitely will be checking that one out.

    1. I'm really looking forward to that one.
      I hope you get a chance to read it :)

  5. The Forest of Stolen Girls and The Project are both on my list as well. They sound fantastic.


  6. Pretty blog! The Project by Courtney Summers is a popular choice this week.