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Most Anticipated Releases of 2020 // June to December

Recently, I shared my most anticipated releases for January to May of 2020. So, naturally, it’s time for part two: June to December.

These are the books I’m looking forward to in the second half of the year.


June

The Dark Tide (Sourcebooks Fire)
Publishing: 1st June
Genre: YA fantasy
The pull: It’s a fantasy retelling of an ancient Scottish fairy tale ballad. Ancient. Scottish. FAIRY. TALE. BALLAD. 

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Every year on Walpurgis Night, Caldella’s Witch Queen lures a young boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking.

Convinced her handsome brother is going to be taken, sixteen-year-old Lina Kirk enlists the help of the mysterious Tomas Lin, her secret crush, and the only boy to ever escape from the palace. Working together they protect her brother, but draw the Queen’s attention. When the Queen spirits Tomas away instead, Lina blames herself and determines to go after him.

Caught breaking into the palace, the Queen offers Lina a deal: she will let Tomas go, if, of course, Lina agrees to take his place. Lina accepts, with a month before the full moon, surely she can find some way to escape. But the Queen is nothing like she envisioned, and Lina is not at all what the Queen expected. Against their will, they find themselves falling for each other. As water floods Caldella’s streets and the dark tide demands its sacrifice, they must choose who to save: themselves, each other, or the island city relying on them both.

You Should See Me in a Crown (Scholastic)
Publishing: 2nd June
Genre: YA contemporary
The pull: A story of black girl magic, romance, and college ambitions. 

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Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.

The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?

Conventionally Yours (Sourcebooks)
Publishing: 2nd June
Genre: YA contemporary
The pull: It’s an enemies-to-lovers queer romance and they’re on a road trip to a fan convention. 

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Charming, charismatic, and effortlessly popular, Conrad Stewart seems to have it all…but in reality, he’s scrambling to keep his life from tumbling out of control.

Brilliant, guarded, and endlessly driven, Alden Roth may as well be the poster boy for perfection…but even he can’t help but feel a little broken inside.

When these mortal enemies are stuck together on a cross-country road trip to the biggest fan convention of their lives, their infamous rivalry takes a backseat as an unexpected connection is forged. Yet each has a reason why they have to win the upcoming Odyssey gaming tournament and neither is willing to let emotion get in the way―even if it means giving up their one chance at something truly magical.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (Balzer + Bray)
Publishing: 2nd June
Genre: YA fantasy
The pull: It’s inspired by West African folklore and involves revenge, political schemes, and ancient magic. Oh, and that cover absolutely slaps.

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For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran.

But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.

When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a heart-pounding course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?

Cemetery Boys (Swoon Reads)
Publishing: 9th June (my birthday, it’s a sign)
Genre: YA supernatural/romance
The pull: Ghosts, brujeria, and queer romance.

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Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

I’ll Be The One (Katherine Tiegen Books)
Publishing: 12th June
Genre: YA contemporary
The pull: A story about K-Pop and body positivity.

48552008Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her.

She’ll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she’ll do it better than anyone else.

When Skye nails her audition, she’s immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn’t count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho.

But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition—without losing herself.

Hunted By the Sky (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Pulishing: 23rd June
Genre: YA fantasy
The pull: It’s inspired by medieval India and it’s by Tanaz Bhathena. We’re not worthy. 

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Gul has spent her life running. She has a star-shaped birthmark on her arm, and in the kingdom of Ambar, girls with such birthmarks have been disappearing for years. Gul’s mark is what caused her parents’ murder at the hand of King Lohar’s ruthless soldiers and forced her into hiding to protect her own life.

So when a group of rebel women called the Sisters of the Golden Lotus rescue her, take her in, and train her in warrior magic, Gul wants only one thing: revenge.

Cavas lives in the tenements, and he’s just about ready to sign his life over to the king’s army. His father is terminally ill, and Cavas will do anything to save him. But sparks fly when he meets a mysterious girl—Gul—in the capital’s bazaar, and as the chemistry between them undeniably grows, he becomes entangled in a mission of vengeance—and discovers a magic he never expected to find.

Forest of Souls (Page Street Kids)
Publishing: 23rd June
Genre: YA fantasy
The pull: A royal spy discovers she can bring people back to life.

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Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.

Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms.

Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water (Tor.com)
Publishing: 23rd June
Genre: Fantasy
The pull: It’s Zen Cho writing a wuxia inspired novel

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A bandit walks into a coffeehouse, and it all goes downhill from there.

Guet Imm, a young votary of the Order of the Pure Moon, joins up with an eclectic group of thieves (whether they like it or not) in order to protect a sacred object, and finds herself in a far more complicated situation than she could have ever imagined.

 

 

10 Things I Hate About Pinky (Simon Pulse/Hodder)
Publishing: 30th June
Genre: YA contemporary
The pull: It’s Sandhya Menon’s second book of 2020. We have no choice but to stan.

48425002Pinky Kumar wears the social justice warrior badge with pride. From raccoon hospitals to persecuted rock stars, no cause is too esoteric for her to champion. But a teeny tiny part of her also really enjoys making her conservative, buttoned-up corporate lawyer parents cringe.

Samir Jha might have a few…quirks remaining from the time he had to take care of his sick mother, like the endless lists he makes in his planner and the way he schedules every minute of every day, but those are good things. They make life predictable and steady.

Pinky loves lazy summers at her parents’ Cape Cod lake house, but after listening to them harangue her about the poor decisions she’s made (a.k.a. boyfriends she’s had), she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy—who is a total Harvard-bound Mama’s boy—to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer.

When Samir’s internship falls through, leaving him with an unplanned summer, he gets a text from Pinky asking if he’ll be her fake boyfriend in exchange for a new internship. He jumps at the opportunity; Pinky’s a weirdo, but he can survive a summer with her if there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

As they bicker their way through lighthouses and butterfly habitats, sparks fly, and they both realize this will be a summer they’ll never forget.


July

Loveless (HarperCollins)
Publishing: July
Genre: YA contemporary
The pull: It’s a new Alice Oseman book!

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Georgia feels loveless – in the romantic sense, anyway. She’s eighteen, never been in a relationship, or even had a crush on a single person in her whole life. She thinks she’s an anomaly, people call her weird, and she feels a little broken. But she still adores romance – weddings, fan fiction, and happily ever afters. She knows she’ll find her person one day … right?

After a disastrous summer, Georgia is now at university, hundreds of miles from home. She is more determined than ever to find love – and her annoying roommate, Rooney, is a bit of a love expert, so perhaps she can help.

But maybe Georgia just doesn’t feel that way about guys. Or girls. Or anyone at all. Maybe that’s okay. Maybe she can find happiness without falling in love. And maybe Rooney is a little more loveless than she first appears.

The Princess Will Save You (Tor Teen)
Publishing: 7th July
Genre: YA fantasy
The pull: The princess saves the day rather than being saved. Always here for that.

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But Amarande was raised to be a warrior, not a sacrifice.

And nothing will stop her from saving her true love and rescuing her kingdom.

The acclaimed author of Sea Witch turns the classic damsel-in-distress tale on its head with this story of adventure, identity, and love.


August

A Map to the Sun (FirstSecond)
Publishing: 4th August
Genre: Graphic novel
The pull: Women playing basketball!

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One summer day, Ren meets Luna at a beachside basketball court and a friendship is born. But when Luna moves to back to Oahu, Ren’s messages to her friend go unanswered.

Years go by. Then Luna returns, hoping to rekindle their friendship. Ren is hesitant. She’s dealing with a lot, including family troubles, dropping grades, and the newly formed women’s basketball team at their highschool.

With Ren’s new friends and Luna all on the basketball team, the lines between their lives on and off the court begin to blur. During their first season, this diverse and endearing group of teens are challenged in ways that make them reevaluate just who and how they trust.

Vanessa Yu’s Magical Tea Shop (Berkley)
Publishing: 4th August
Genre: Contemporary
The pull: The main character can read fortunes and accidentally sees her future death, but decides to get rid of her abilities so she can live her life differently.

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Ever since she can remember, Vanessa Yu has been able to see people’s fortunes at the bottom of their teacups. To avoid blurting out their fortunes, she converts to coffee, but somehow fortunes escape and find a way to complicate her life and the ones of those around her. To add to this plight, her romance life is so nonexistent that her parents enlist the services of a matchmaking expert from Shanghai.

The day before her matchmaking appointment, Vanessa accidentally sees her own fate: death by traffic accident. She decides that she can’t truly live until she can find a way to get rid of her uncanny abilities.

When her eccentric aunt, Evelyn, shows up with a tempting offer to whisk her away, Vanessa says au revoir to America and bonjour to Paris. While working at Evelyn’s tea stall at a Parisian antique market, Vanessa performs some matchmaking of her own, attempting to help reconnect her aunt with a lost love. As she learns more about herself and the root of her gifts, she realizes one thing to be true: knowing one’s destiny isn’t a curse, but being unable to change it i

Star Daughter (HarperTeen)
Publishing: 11th August
Genre: YA fantasy
The pull: A diverse YA novel including Hindu mythology.

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The daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keeping secrets.

But when a flare of starfire injures her human father, Sheetal needs a full star’s help to heal him. A star like her mother, who returned to the sky long ago.

Sheetal’s quest will take her to a celestial court of shining wonders and dark shadows, where she must act as her family’s champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of the heavens—or risk never returning to Earth at all.

Vicious Spirits (Putnam)
Publishing: 18th August
Genre: YA urban fantasy
The pull: The sequel to Korean mythology-inspired Wicked Fox

*Spoilers for Wicked Fox* As Vicious Spirits begins, Miyoung and Jihoon are picking up the pieces of their broken lives following the deaths of Miyoung’s mother, Yena, and Jihoon’s grandmother.

With the support of their friend Somin, and their frenemy, Junu, they might just have a shot at normalcy. But Miyoung is getting sicker and sicker by the day and her friends don’t know how to save her.

With few options remaining, Junu has an idea but it might require the ultimate sacrifice and, let’s be honest, Junu isn’t known for his “generosity.” Meanwhile, the events at the end of Wicked Fox have upended the forces that govern life and death and there are supernatural entities lurking in the background that will stop at nothing to right their world.


September

Bridge of Souls (Scholastic)
Publishing: 1st September
Genre: MG supernatural
The pull: It’s the third book in the Cassidy Blake series and I CAN’T WAIT FOR IT.

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Cass thinks she might have this ghost-hunting thing down. After all, she and her ghost best friend, Jacob, have survived two haunted cities while travelling for her parents’ TV show.

But nothing can prepare Cass for New Orleans, which wears all of its hauntings on its sleeve.

In a city of ghost tours and tombs, raucous music and all kinds of magic, Cass could get lost in all the colorful, grisly local legends. And the city’s biggest surprise is a foe Cass never expected to face: a servant of Death itself.

Blood & Honey (HarperTeen)
Publishing: 1st September
Genre: YA fantasy
The pull: Despite it’s (currently) short synopsis, it’s a sequel to Serpent & Dove, which really surprised me last year, so I’m 1000% on board.

A tale of serpents, doves, and lost loves.

The Silvered Serpents (Wednesday Books)
Publishing: 22nd September
Genre: YA fantasy
The pull: The squad are back for another heist/coup.

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Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost ― one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumoured to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.


October

The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue (Tor/Titan)
Publishing: 6th October
Genre: Fantasy
The pull: IT’S A NEW VICTORIA SCHWAB NOVEL AND I AM SCREAMING. (No cover yet but I can’t wait.)

It’s about a love story between a French girl and the devil over 300 years. She sells her soul for the ability to live forever, and the devil curses her to be forgotten by everyone she meets.


November

Ruinsong (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Publishing: 24th November
Genre: YA fantasy
The pull: Women from rival put aside their differences to try and unite their country. Oh and it’s f/f.

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In a world where magic is sung, a powerful mage named Cadence must choose between the two.

For years, she has been forced to torture her country’s disgraced nobility at her ruthless queen’s bidding.

But when she is reunited with her childhood friend, a noblewoman with ties to the underground rebellion, she must finally make a choice: Take a stand to free their country from oppression, or follow in the queen’s footsteps and become a monster herself.


December

A Miracle of Roses (Entangled Teen)
Publishing: 1st December
Genre: YA fantasy
The pull: It doesn’t even have a full synopsis yet, but it’s queer, intriguing, and own voices.

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Pitched as an f/f #ownvoices retelling of the Portugese miracle of the same name.

The Princess of Aragon enters a bargain with an Enchanted Moura so she can reverse her gift that turns all the food she touches into flowers.

 

 

 


Books with unconfirmed release dates

These Violent Delights (Simon Pulse)
Publishing: Autumn 2020
Genre: Fantasy
The pull: It’s a Romeo and Juliette retelling with hints of the Godfather set in 1920s Shanghai and I am READY.

A monster has awakened in 1920s Shanghai, killing off citizens and stirring trouble between two feuding gangs. The rival heirs, Roma Montagov and Juliette Cai, must work together before the monster destroys all they hold dear, even while the Chinese Civil War breaks out around them.

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow (Atheneum)
Publishing: Autumn/Fall 2020
Genre: YA contemporary
The pull: A cute romance between a Cuban girl and a British boy with lots of food and Cuban culture. 

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After her post-graduation plans fall apart, Lila Reyes is sent away to spend the summer with family friends in England.

But what Lila expects to be a summer devoid of proper Cuban food and sun turns into one of unexpected love when she falls for teashop clerk Orion Maxwell and, most surprising, England itself.

 


At the moment, not many books have been announced for October, November, and December because it’s still early in the year.

So, I’ll likely publish an updated version of this post in a few months when more autumn and winter 2020 books are announced.

Which books are you looking forward to this year? Are any of these on your TBR?

Until next time,KateNEW

11 thoughts on “Most Anticipated Releases of 2020 // June to December

  1. Ooh quite a lot of these books are on my list too!
    Also, you’ll be quite happy to know that I’m considering quite a few of the above mentioned books for Read the Rainbow BOTMs 😉

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