With the world in the current state that it is, it's more important than ever for us to be supporting authors with publishing dates right around the corner. A preorder can mean so much to a new or even seasoned author. It demonstrates to a publisher that there is a demand for the story being told. This alone can make a huge difference in the numbers game of publishing. We especially see this in regards to #ownvoices stories which benefit from a preorder in that it shows the industry that, yes, we do want these stories to be told.
With so many amazing books on the horizon, I figured it was time to compile a list of books you absolutely need to preorder. I will be featuring books with release dates from a month in the future to next year. You will find everything from debuts to sequels on this list. I believe that the stories shown here offer something to all readers, whether I've read them myself or I know that the story will be a diverse and inclusive read.
A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha
December 1, 2020
A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha is a highly anticipated release for me. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of the book a few days ago from Entangled Teen and it has been beckoning me like a sirens call on my shelves. I know for certain I'll be reading it before release so I can further gush about it to the masses. As the publishing date creeps closer, I'm itching to pick A Curse of Roses up after I finish my current read, the book it draws comparisons to, Cemetery Boys. I think they will compliment each other quite well.
The book is a YA historical fantasy novel written by an #ownvoices author, Diana Pinguicha. It features a Portuguese sapphic romance that I think we'll all need in our lives. As a queer reader, I knew for sure that I needed to a copy of A Curse of Roses and the ARC was just an added bonus. I'm so honored to have the opportunity to read it early and promote it on my pages because I know it will be an important story.
This isn't a book you want to miss out on. A Curse of Roses will be the perfect wrap-up to anyone's end of the year tbr with its release date in December. We all want to end our year on a high note and I have no doubt it will deliver. I'm thinking it makes the perfect Christmas gift to yourself or others, and preordering is the perfect way to ensure your copy.
A Curse of Roses Description: With just one touch, bread turns into roses. With just one bite, cheese turns into lilies.
There’s a famine plaguing the land, and Princess Yzabel is wasting food simply by trying to eat. Before she can even swallow, her magic—her curse—has turned her meal into a bouquet. She’s on the verge of starving, which only reminds her that the people of Portugal have been enduring the same pain.
If only it were possible to reverse her magic. Then she could turn flowers…into food.
Fatyan, a beautiful Enchanted Moura, is the only one who can help. But she is trapped by magical binds. She can teach Yzabel how to control her curse—if Yzabel sets her free with a kiss.
As the King of Portugal’s betrothed, Yzabel would be committing treason, but what good is a king if his country has starved to death?
With just one kiss, Fatyan is set free. And with just one kiss, Yzabel is yearning for more.
She’d sought out Fatyan to help her save the people. Now, loving her could mean Yzabel’s destruction.
The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur
April 20, 2021
The Forest of Stolen Girls by Jun Hur was a book I only recently discovered. I had stumbled across it online and been intrigued by the synopsis which sounded right up my alley. The cover was also one of the most stunning I've ever seen which was a bonus. I'm so glad I ended up finding it because it looks like it's going to be a great release in 2021.
The book is a YA mystery and historical fiction novel that incorporates Korean culture by an #ownvoices author. It will be June Hur's second published work after her previous one, The Silence of Bones. The Forest of Stolen Girls is supposed to be a very original take on the historical mystery genre as it follows the story of a young woman finding the truth of what happened to thirteen missing girls and her father.
I know The Forest of Stolen Girls is a ways out, but I think it will be a book everyone should have on their radar. There won't be physical arcs according to the author because of COVID19 but I think that makes it all the more important to support the book. Be sure to head to the links below to grab your copy.
The Forest of Stolen Girls Description: After her father vanishes while investigating the disappearance of 13 young women, a teen returns to her secretive hometown to pick up the trail.
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.
We Free The Stars by Hafsah Faizal
January 19, 2021
We Free The Stars is the sequel to We Hunt the Flame which was one of my absolute favorite fantasy reads. The sequel is the finale in the Sands of Arawiya duology. WFTS was originally set to be released in 2020 but with COVID the release was significantly delayed for good reason. Hafsah Faizal stated she wanted the book to have its moment without a cloud hanging over it from both covid and the upcoming elections. This means we had even more time to impatiently await the sequel to continue the story of Zafira and Nasir.
Hafsah Faizal has used her Instagram to hint at a cool preorder incentive and even a Fae Crate hangover recovery kit. The hangover recovery kit will come with exclusive merch including a Nasir plushy, which we all need. I know she's also advertised copies of books at her local indie which come with an art print, here.
We Free The Stars is sure to be as magical and captivating as its predecessor. I preordered this one shortly after finishing We Hunt The Flame, which is a top read of mine for the year. I have no doubt Hafsah Faizal is an author to watch in the future and her newest book will surpass expectations. If there's a duology worth the hype it is this one.
We Free The Stars Description: The battle on Sharr is over. The dark forest has fallen. Altair may be captive, but Zafira, Nasir, and Kifah are bound for Sultan’s Keep, determined to finish the plan he set in motion: restoring the hearts of the Sisters of Old to the minarets of each caliphate, and finally returning magic to all of Arawiya. But they are low on resources and allies alike, and the kingdom teems with fear of the Lion of the Night’s return.
As the zumra plots to overthrow the kingdom’s darkest threat, Nasir fights to command the magic in his blood. He must learn to hone his power into a weapon, to wield not only against the Lion but against his father, trapped under the Lion’s control. Zafira battles a very different darkness festering in her through her bond with the Jawarat—a darkness that hums with voices, pushing her to the brink of her sanity and to the edge of a chaos she dare not unleash. In spite of the darkness enclosing ever faster, Nasir and Zafira find themselves falling into a love they can’t stand to lose…but time is running out to achieve their ends, and if order is to be restored, drastic sacrifices will have to be made.
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
June 1, 2021
Anyone on bookstagram or book twitter has more than likely heard of the amazingness that is Casey McQuiston's books. Her book Red, White & Royal Blue took the bookish community by storm last year as it made the rounds. I even jumped on the bandwagon and gave it a well deserved 5 stars. It was funny, heartbreaking, and, as an added bonus, extra gay. Who doesn't want a love story between the first son and a prince?
Now, it has been announced that Casey Mcquiston has another book coming out. One Last Stop is supposed to be a rom-com much like its predecessor. The book takes a sometimes tired genre and puts a queer flair on it with a must-read sapphic romance. I'm beyond excited to fall in love with this book in the same way I fell in love with Alex and Henry from RW&RB.
One Last Stop is set to be released in June 2021, plenty of time for me to be bursting with excitement. The cover was only recently released at the end of August and the description I've found is short and sweet, which you can find below. Honestly, though I'm here for time-traveling lesbians and a rom-com to warm hearts.
One Last Stop Description: A 23-year-old realises her subway crush is displaced from 1970's Brooklyn, and she must do everything in her power to help her - and try not to fall in love with the girl lost in time - before it's too late . . .
What upcoming books are you excited to read?
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