I’m sure I speak for most of us when I say I was so ready for 2020 to end! Like me, I’m sure you too are welcoming 2021 with open arms. One of my main reasons is because of all the incredible books set to be released this year. In 2020, I made more of an effort to keep on track of new and upcoming releases (whilst also working through a huge back log of “must reads”). I thought I’d share with you my top 4 most anticipated releases for 2021, so you can keep an eye out for them, as they all sound incredible!
1. LORE BY ALEXANDRA BRACKEN: (5th January 2021)
This is possibly my most anticipated of all these books, and I’m relieved it’s out so early in the year. Based on Greek mythology, Lore follows our main character, Lore Perseous after she flees the brutal world in which the Agon has again begun, and nine Greek gods have been forced to walk the earth as mortals as punishment for their rebellion. In this world, descendants of ancient bloodlines are out to kill these gods in the hopes of seizing their immortality and power. However, when this conflict begins to spread over New York City, and the man that killed her family has managed to become a god, she teams up with a childhood friend and original goddess Athena to try and take down their mutual enemy, and turn their backs on the Agon for good. Now, if that doesn’t sound amazing to you, then I really don’t know what will!
2. CONCRETE ROSE BY ANGIE THOMAS: (12th January 2021)
2021 is the year we are finally blessed with another Angie Thomas book! A prequel set 17 years before THUG, Concrete Rose follows seventeen- year-old Maverick who begins dealing for the King Lords just like his Dad, who is now in prison. However, his world gets turned upside down when he finds out he’s a father to be, and he’s offered a chance to go straight. I truly cannot wait for this book, as Angie Thomas writes some of the most poignant, compelling YA contemporaries on store shelves.
3. CHAIN OF IRON (THE LAST HOURS #2) BY CASSANDRA CLARE: (Expected: 2nd March 2021)
I can’t say a lot about this book, as it’s not the first in its series, but if you’re a fan of YA fantasy, then I’m sure you’re no stranger to Cassandra Clare’s latest Shadowhunter trilogy. Set in London in the early 1900s, The Last Hours sees the descendants of characters from The Infernal Devices trilogy battle against a new breed of demon that is able to come out in daylight, something they have never encountered before. Plus, coming from someone that often isn’t fussed by romances, the slowburn romances of all types in this book are *chef’s kiss*.
4. GODS AND MONSTERS (SERPENT & DOVE #3) BY SHELBY MAHURIN: (Expected: 3rd August 2021)
I can’t say much about this book either as it’s the final instalment of Shelby Mahurin’s debut trilogy, but I am beyond hyped to know how it all ends. I fell in love with this series when it first came out in 2019 and I am hooked. Set in 17th century France, a witch and a witch hunter are forced to marry. However, our witch hunter Reid is oblivious to the fact that his new wife Lou is a witch that recently fled her coven, who is now doing everything she can to hide her true identity from a man whose profession is to kill her kin. The plot has taken so many twists and turns since then as the series has gone on, and I cannot wait to find out how it all comes together.
Written in Starlight (Woven in Moonlight #2) by Isabel Ibanez
Act Your Age, Eve Brown (The Brown Sisters #3) by Talia Hibbert
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart (Expected 20th April 2021)