The last of my 2021 anticipated releases posts, this one looks at seven books coming out this year that are new books from already published authors (previous posts are Debuts and Sequels). There are some new-to-me authors here and some already known authors, but each of these books have caught my attention and I can’t wait to see how they go. This isn’t the complete list of my anticipated releases, but it’s a good sample of those I am looking forward to. Release dates have all come from Goodreads.
This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron – 6th July
After enjoying Cinderella is Dead, I knew I had to see what else Kalynn Bayron had up her sleeve. In this book, Briseis is a girl with power over plants – she can grow plants from seeds with a touch and has a talent for tinctures and elixirs. When she moves to an inherited estate for the summer with her family, she discovers a secret garden, mysteries and a dark threat. Plant magic, secrets, nefarious enemies, this looks to have a lot of great promise within.
A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson – 31st January
A reimagining of Dracula, with a focus on his brides, this book promises to be dark and haunting. It follows Constanta who is saved from the brink of death and finds herself a bride of Dracula. She soon starts to learn of his dark secrets and finds comfort in her fellow brides. I have no idea where S.T. Gibson is going to go with this book but I am excited to find out.
The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex – 4th March
Inspired by the real-life events in 1900 on Eilean Mòr, this books follows fictional events in 1972 as three lighthouse keepers vanish from a remote lighthouse in Cornwall, and again 30 years later from the perspectives of the women in their lives at the time. It tackles the emotions, fears and rumours that arise from such an event and may even get to the truth of what happened. This sounds really intriguing, a very human mystery, and I am curious to learn more.
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri – 10th June
The start of a new series, and inspired by the history and epics of India, this book follows a princess and her maidservant as they try to save the empire from the princess’ brother. There is forbidden magic, the promise of vengeance and an unlikely alliance. I’ve read hardly any Indian-inspired fiction and am really looking forward to giving this book a go, especially as it seems to have a lot of ingredients that I enjoy!
Under the Whispering Door by T.J.Klune – 21st September
I loved the charm and light-hearted humour of T.J. Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea and this book promises to have more of that same substance. It is about Wallace Price, who has died but isn’t ready to cross over, and Hugo, a tea-shop owner who is also the ferryman, and their journey together as Hugo helps Wallace discover everything he missed. It sounds like a sad but gentle book with a whole lot of heart and I know I need to read it.
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The Spare Man by Marie Robinette Kowal – 13th July
On a space liner between Earth and Mars, someone is murdered and Tesla Crane’s husband Shalmanseer Steward has been framed for it. Tesla is determined to find out the truth and save her husband. With 1930s noir vibes and themes such as class, privilege and identity theft, this promises to be an intriguing read, not to forget the fact it is also set in space. I do enjoy a murder mystery and having one in space only adds to it.
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff – 7th September
It wouldn’t really be an anticipated 2021 releases list without Empire of the Vampire. Jay Kristoff’s next series, this is going to be dark, heart-breaking, and deadly. It is set in a world where the sun hasn’t risen in nearly 30 years and vampires dominate the landscape. Last of the monster hunters, Gabriel is forced to tell his tale as he is imprisoned by the vampires, with hope of bringing an end to the eternal night all but diminished. I am very much looking forward to seeing vampires in all their vicious glory and am also excited for the fact that this book is illustrated.