One of Us is Next – Karen McManus:
The sequel to One of Us is Lying is one of my most anticipated 2020 reads, and thankfully the first one I’ll be getting! After the events of OOUIL, copycat gossip apps have been popping up all over the place but not quite managing to meet the mark. Not until a Truth or Dare game pops up with a whole new set of rules and it’s out to reveal everyone’s deepest, darkest secrets.
A Finn & Poe Adventure – Cavan Scott:
Technically this is out in December 2019, but my pre-order won’t be here until mid-January, so it’s going on the list! A choose your own adventure story with Finn and Poe? A must-read for sure. It’s set between The Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker but that’s all I know about the plot.
The Wolf of Oren-Yaro – K.S. Villoso:
I didn’t just pre-order this because I’m a sucker for powerful queens, I swear… I also love anything that gives me “throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack” energy, and this cover really, really does. An assassination attempt against a bad-ass sounding queen during an attempt at peace-talks leaves Talyien stranded in a dangerous, unfamiliar land without anyone to trust as she fights her way home.
A Sprinkle of Sorcery – Michelle Harrison:
I loved A Pinch of Magic, so I had to pre-order its sequel. After the family curse was lifted Betty, Fliss and Charlie, the Widdershins sisters, can leave the prison island without risk of death. But when a girl shows up with hagstones and a will-o’-the-wisp and Charlie goes missing, Betty and Fliss find themselves on another adventure to an island that can’t really exist.
Library of the Unwritten – A.J. Hackwith:
I’ve been talking about this book for MONTHS, but at my local bookstore I could only pre-order the paperback when it comes out in February… so I’ve been avoiding all possible spoilers and waiting as patiently as I can. Claire is head librarian of the ‘Unwritten Wing’, a space in Hell for unfinished stories to live. Her job is to repair and organise books, but she also has to stop restless stories from materialising their characters in an attempt to escape. One story manifests a hero and escapes to hunt his author and Claire and her team are searching for him when they get dragged into a battle between heaven and hell.
House of Earth and Blood – Sarah J Maas:
Opinions on SJM often seem to be split, but I’ve loved Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses so I’m super hyped for this new release next year. I’m such a sucker for stories about the fae. Bryce lived a dream life until a demon murdered her closest friends and left her alone. When the accused is imprisoned but the crimes don’t stop, Bryce finds herself tangled in the investigation as she tries to avenge their deaths. Hunt is a fallen angel turned assassin, and he’s offered a deal he can’t walk away from – help Bryce and take his freedom.
Rise of Skywalker – Rae Carson:
I’m writing this addition to the post at 03:46 on the 19th of December – I am less than two hours out of seeing The Rise of Skywalker and I, personally, loved it. I’m not getting into it, because crazy spoilers, but I can’t WAIT to read this novelisation in March.
Nightshade – Anthony Horowitz:
When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Alex Rider. As a teenager, I was obsessed with Alex Rider. As a woman going to turn 23 in April… I’m still obsessed with Alex Rider. These books are my comfort reads, and even though there’s no cover and no summary for Nightshade yet? I’ve already pre-ordered it. I’ll be doing a reread and review series for the whole Alex Rider series in the run up to Nightshade’s release, so you’ll definitely all be hearing more about this book.
Viper’s Daughter – Michelle Paver:
This one isn’t actually for me, though I’m excited to read it. My best friend loved the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, and she brought them all home to make me read them with her. The next day (honestly spooky timing) I saw a photo of Viper’s Daughter so we had to preorder it. This is the seventh book in a series I’ve never read, so the chance of me summing it up is pretty low. I’ve been told there’s cavemen and magic, though!
The Lucky Ones – Liz Lawson:
Eleven months after the school shooting that killed May’s twin brother, she still doesn’t know why she was the only survivor to walk out of the band room that day. Nobody can possibly understand what she experienced. Zach lost everyone he knew when his mother defended the shooter, everyone except for his best friend who drags him along to a band practice the same night that May auditions for a new band. May meets Zach, Zach meets May and maybe they can survive this after all.
Looking Glass – Christina Henry:
I absolutely love Christina Henry’s retellings, and so when a Waterstones edition of her latest Alice book was announced with stenciled edges and a signed bookplate, I had to have it. This Alice book is a collection of four novellas set in the addictive and engaging world of Alice and Red Queen, and I can’t wait to give it a read.
Starbreaker – Amanda Bouchet:
I received a review copy for Nightchaser, the first book in this series, and I was hooked, so I’m excited to get my hands on Starbreaker. Tess, Shade and the Endeavor crew are still Most Wanted, and everyone and their bounty hunter is searching for them. Can Tess and Shade trust each other enough to change the course of history?
Aurora Burning – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff:
So… I haven’t actually read Aurora Rising yet, but the covers are so pretty and I’m so confident in my love of sci-fi that I’ve pre-ordered the sequel (bold, I know). So I’m skipping the synopsis on this one, in case it has spoilers for the first book, I’m not reading it.
Dangerous Remedy – Kat Dunn
I pre-ordered this because one day my whole twitter feed was talking about it, and I’m a sucker for f/f magic and the French revolution. An aristocrat rebel in hiding, leading a band of outcasts and a spooky girl with unexplained magical powers? I love it already and I haven’t even gotten my hands on it.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Suzanne Collins:
How much even needs to be said? It’s a new Hunger Games book, guys!! Again, not much of a synopsis, but we know it’s set 64 years before The Hunger Games during the Tenth Hunger Games. I can’t wait for it.
Steel Crow Saga – Paul Krueger:
I’ve pre-ordered the paperback of this one (again, availability) so I’ve been avoiding spoilers like the plague for this one because I’m super excited about it. I was sold on this from the idea of ‘enchanted steel and magical animal companions’. Steel Crow Saga follows four characters: a soldier avenging her family, a prince who needs her help to get home, a detective with ulterior motives and a secret identity, and a thief with a soft heart.
The Gilded Ones – Namina Forna:
Sixteen year old Deka is terrified of the blood ceremony that determines her future. She already feels like an outsider, so she prays for red blood to fit in. Instead, she gets gold – the colour of impurity – and faces a fate worse than death. A stranger gives her a choice instead. Stay in her village and face her fate, or leave to fight in the emperor’s army of girls like her. They are the alaki, nearly immortal and with rare gifts. But there are more secrets around her than she knows, and nobody is who they seem.
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars – Christopher Paolini:
There isn’t much of a synopsis for this one either, but that’s okay. All I needed to know was that Christopher Paolini (Eragon 🥰) is writing a chonky (688 pages!!!!) adult sci-fi book. I was SOLD. Kira is a xenobiologist running a routine survey mission on an uncolonised planet when she finds an alien relic and gets dragged into first contact and an epic space battle that’ll change her and change history.
Books I can’t pre-order yet but I’m feral for
The Damned – Renee Ahdieh:
Sequel to The Beautiful (here) and slated to come out in June, I haven’t been able to get a UK pre-order link for this yet, but I have been FURIOUSLY checking every chance I get, because after the ending of The Beautiful, I need the rest of Celine and Bastien’s story.
Harrow the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir:
Gideon the Ninth ruined my life. I have said this a dozen times and I’ll keep saying it until my feelings have recovered (never). I can’t wait for Harrow the Ninth, and every day I have to wait for it to be available to pre-order is a personal attack on my fragile gay feelings.