Anticipated Releases 2021 Update

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is my most anticipated releases for the second half of 2021. These are all books that are either sequels or continuations of series that I am loving or it has a blurb that has sucked me in and I can’t wait to read it!

Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin (expected publication: July 27th 2021)

All’s Well by Mona Awad (expected publication August 3rd 2021)

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould (expected publication: August 3rd 2021)

Velvet was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (expected publication: August 17th 2021)

The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik (expected publication: September 28th 2021)

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca (expected publication: October 19th 2021)

Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (expected publication: November 9th 2021)

All of Us are Villains by Christine Lynn Herman & Amanda Foody (expected publication: November 9th 2021)

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong (expected publication: November 16th 2021)

Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson (expected publication: November 25th 2021)

Opening Lines

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is a freebie so I decided to go with a prompt from around this time last year which was opening lines. Just like last year I decided to go with the first line from 10 books on my physical TBR! These are all very high on my reading list and seeing some of these opening lines definitely makes me excited to get into a few of them!! 

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A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

“It feels redundant to be at the pool on a rainy Saturday, even though it’s spring, and even though it’s Portland, but maybe I’m just more of a California snob than I want to be.”

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The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

 “The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages comes and pass, leaving memories that become legend.”

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The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

“There’s no such thing as witches, but there used to be.”

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Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

“Lucie Herondale was ten years old when she first met the boy in the forest.”

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Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

“Evan of Tarvos stood at the stern rail, his eyes fixed on the ship that had been following them for the better part of a day.”

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Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin

“Dark clouds gathered overhead.”

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These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

“They say there’s a fine line between love and hate.”

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Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto

“Veronyka kicked as hard as she could at Tristan’s face.”

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Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

“It was early morning when Harvey Gabbiano dug the grave.”

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Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

“Of course the Parshendi wanted to play their drums.”

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⭐️More 5 star predictions!⭐️

A few weeks ago now I revisited some 5 predictions I made last year after completing them all and now I figured it was time to make some new predictions for me to check in with next year!

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

Act your age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Witchshadow by Susan Dennard

Jade City by Fonda Lee

Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

The Diviners by Libba Bray

⭐️5 Star Predictions Update⭐️

About a year ago now I did a post about 10 books on my physical TBR I thought would be 5 stars. I have now read all of these books and I thought it would be fun to see whether or not I was correct!

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – ⭐️3/5 stars a very slow build!

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The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Sky – ⭐️4/5 stars Magical, surprising & highly entertaining!

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Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson⭐️3/5 stars a very slow burn!

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Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes – ⭐️5/5 MAGNEO!!!!

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Vengeful by V.E. Schwab – ⭐️3/5 stars I liked it, didn’t quite love it as much as Vicious!

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The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – ⭐️4/5 stars better than what I anticipated!

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Black Prism by Brent Weeks⭐️5/5 stars Why did I wait so long???

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Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan⭐️3/5 Epic journey, dark magic, heart-breaking betrayals!

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A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer⭐️4/5 Loved the new perspectives!!

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Wicked Fox by Kat Cho⭐️4/5 It was a rollercoaster ride!

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Disappointing Books of 2020

This is five books I read this year that disappointed me for one reason or another. These aren’t necessarily books I hated, I just might have been underwhelmed by them or they didn’t live up to the hype.

My most disappointing books are:

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

I have loved all of Leigh Bardugo’s books so far but this was severely underwhelming for me.

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Didn’t live up to the hype in my opinion.

Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

I really thought I was going to love this book but I found it kind of mediocre.

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

I just didn’t gel with the premise and storyline of this book. Sanderson’s prose was of course immaculate though!

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

Again I expected a bit more from this book, a little let down.