Upcoming Book Releases (March-June) to Support During This Pandemic!!

COVID-19, the taboo word on everyone’s mind right now.

(It’s taboo for me, because I don’t like to think about it.)

It’s a very scary situation right now, and I’m keeping everyone in my thoughts. I hope you’re all as safe and healthy as you can be, and staying home if you can! Please take care of yourselves now more than ever!

But among one of the effects of this is that authors have had to cancel multiple events that would help them promote their books, so! I wanted to write a post of some books releasing soon that I think deserve your attention and support. I tried to include only books with less than 10,000 adds on Goodreads, because I think promoting lesser hyped books has more of an effect than promoting the super hyped ones!

I’m only doing March through July because 1) I was supposed to make a list of releases in January – June but obviously I’m the worst and didn’t, and 2) I’m fiercely holding on to the hope that this will all calm down by July, which is when I’m scheduled to go to Thailand!!

ALSO: I completely forgot about this on my blogiversary, but I always like to do a yearly FEEDBACK SURVEY to help decide how to improve my blog for you guys, so if you could fill it out I would really appreciate it!!!

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Anna K  Harley in the Sky  A Phoenix First Must Burn  A Wish in the Dark

Anna K (Mar 3) ✧ This is a modern retelling (featuring an Asian girl!!) of Anna Karenina, which I’ve never read because I am not like other girls don’t like classics. But the cover is so pretty and I’ve heard pretty good things about it, and I know a lot of people love Anna Karenina, so I’m excited to read it!

Harley in the Sky (Mar 10) ✧ I was uh on the street team for this one and accidentally never looked at the facebook group after the first few times, but I love all of Akemi Dawn Bowman’s works and I’m beyond excited to read this one. I’ve heard that it’s about mental health and family, and knowing her previous books, I’m definitely going to cry.

A Phoenix First Must Burn (Mar 10) ✧ This is an amazing anthology with stories from Black authors like Elizabeth Acevedo, Dhonielle Clayton, and Somaiya Daud. They are all fantasy or sci-fi, and they all center around Black women or non-conforming people!

A Wish in the Dark (Mar 24) ✧ My review of this wonderful book is going to go up soon, and I sorely wished that more people have heard of it, because it truly is a masterpiece! The story, characters, and messages are all so well-written, and the Thai rep it offers only makes it better.

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The Lucky Ones  Little Universes  The Silence of Bones  Incendiary (Hollow Crown, #1)

The Lucky Ones (Apr 7) ✧ This one features survivors of a school shooting, and her name is May so she’s obviously superior. I think it’s going to be absolutely heartbreaking, especially as someone who lives in the Country of School Shootings, and I can’t wait to sob!

Little Universes (Apr 7) ✧ Heather Demetrios writes really poignant stories, at least from what I’ve read of her (Bad Romance), and I’m ready for her next book. This cover is gorgeous and the story sounds amazing and the main character is named Mae again so I’m going to love it.

The Silence of Bones (Apr 21) ✧ I don’t enjoy historical fiction usually, but this one just looks like it’s going to be absolutely amazing, at least from what I’ve heard other people gushing about. It seems haunting and beautiful and I better not hate it or I’ll cry.

Incendiary (Apr 28) ✧ I’ve been straying away from YA fantasy and more towards adult fantasy lately but this one sounds amazing. (I’m drawn to magical abilities like stealing memories.) Also bonus for Latinx rep!!

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The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea  The Henna Wars  I Kissed Alice  The Gilded Ones (Deathless, #1)

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea (May 5) ✧ I have an ARC of this and I’m so excited to read it!! QPOC pirates is the only thing that I need to know to make me want to read it (and going along with the excited-for-rep thing, it features an enby MC in fantasy!). Plus the cover is so gorgeous, though the face in the sea makes me laugh.

The Henna Wars (May 12) ✧ This book features rival businesses leading to two girls falling in love, and it’s by an author I adore on Twitter, so I’m extra excited to read it! I’ve also heard it features a really good sister relationship, which I really really love.

I Kissed Alice (May 26) ✧ I am a slut for competitive arts schools. I haven’t read many books with them but I just know it. So that plus sapphic girls make a book I’m highly anticipating! And the cover’s also just adorable!

The Gilded Ones (May 26) ✧ First of all, the cover!!! She is gorgeous!!! Second of all, the blurb reads “army of girls”, and I am just so happy with the increase of strong girls of color with magic in books. Also I’m unfortunately a sucker for books tackling eugenics (yes a part of me is still stuck in that 2012 dystopian phase).

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You Should See Me in a Crown  A Song Below Water  A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, #1)  Forest of Souls (Shamanborn, #1)

You Should See Me in a Crown (Jun 2) ✧ The author was so very kind to send me an ARC of this, and I’m so excited about it!! I will happily take all the QPOC (sapphic!!!) rep because we need more of it, and I’ve also heard really great things about it. Also it’s short and therefore my deteriorating attention span will not suffer.

A Song Below Water (Jun 2) ✧ This book features a Black siren and I’m very excited because I’ve read very few books about sirens. I’ve heard that the prose in this is really beautiful (just like that cover), and I know it’s going to deal with a lot of important issues, like misogynoir.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (Jun 2) ✧ West African fantasy!!! Beautiful girl on a beautiful cover!!! Enemies to lovers with actual death involved!! It’s actually described as “a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction” so of course I’m going to love it.

Forest of Souls (Jun 23) ✧ I will literally never stop talking about Asians in fantasy, and this is one of those books. The author says that it’s based on Hmong shamanism and also includes themes of loyalty, self-worth, and female friendship, and that is just everything I want and more!!! (Plus the main character is a spy-in-training.)

shall we chat

what (lesser hyped) books are you looking forward to? give me some adult releases, I’ve been the worse at keeping up with books in general but especially adult! have you been lucky enough to read any of these yet? and I hope you’re staying safe at home!!!

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61 thoughts on “Upcoming Book Releases (March-June) to Support During This Pandemic!!

  1. I hope you are doing well, darlin’! It is a rather unique time … but hopefully things get better sooner rather than later! Stay safe! This is such a great post idea — super supportive for all the authors! ‘Anna K’, ‘I Kissed Alice’, ‘Little Universes’ and ‘The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea’ have officially been added to my TBR list! Another book I’m excited for that’s releasing in April is ‘Time of Our Lives’!

    Lovely post, darlin’! ❤

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    1. it’s definitely an unprecedented time! i hope you’re doing well and staying as safe and healthy as possible too, jenna 💗 and aahh i was so happy to see you adding all these books to your tbr on goodreads haha! 🥰 and yes, time of our lives was a good book — i didn’t Love it but i definitely think it was more of a me thing and i hope you enjoy it 💞

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  2. all of these books sound so lovely!! i’ve been wanting to read The Henna Wars for sooo long… the cover and premise and relationships sound perfect. A Wish in The Dark, Little Universes, and I Kissed Alice are also definitely going on my TBR!! thanks for this great post ❤

    i just filled out the survey as well 😉 hope you're doing well, May! stay safe and strong ❤ xx

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    1. same here — i honestly cannot wait until the henna wars releases!! it’s going to be so good 🥺 and aah i’m so glad that a wish in the dark was among the books you added to your tbr, that makes me so happy!

      thank you so much for filling it out, that means the world 😭 stay safe and healthy too, ash!! 💖

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  3. the way i only care about the henna wars on this list >>> …no but like I haven’t been keeping up with 2020 releases and I’m kinda happy about it? i don’t feel the stress of needing to read all these new releases, I just be chillin’. also I want to do your blog feedback survey thing but ur blog is perfect Luv and I don’t have a brain so that don’t help hahaha xoxoxooxoxoxoox

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    1. okay i actually am so excited for the henna wars that i might try to request it even though i have a hate relationship with arcs rn lmao. but yeah same!! when i was putting the post together i was like Wow i am out of the loop but it feels really good to not care about releases and just read whatever tf i wanna read. also i love u. a lot


  4. Did I just…add all of these to my TBR? Yes, I definitely just did, and I’m not sorry about it in the least because I hadn’t heard of any of these and now I’m very happy and excited for them. Thank you for all the recs!!💖

    I’m (trying) to read Anna Karenina right now, and so I’m really excited to read Anna K! I might actually read that first, actually, because it’s slow going for me reading the classic. It’s good, but I can’t bring myself to binge read it. Also, wow, the cover for A Wish in the Dark is actually THE most beautiful book cover ever?? I’m in love. The Lucky Ones sounds so good as well!! & I’ve really enjoyed books by Akemi Dawn Bowman in the past, so I’m looking forward to her newest novel.

    I loved this post! I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe, sending you positive vibes and a virtual hug <33

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    1. i saw you adding them to your tbr on goodreads and it made my heart soar 🥺 i am so happy to have introduced these books to you!!

      ah all the luck to you reading anna karenina! i suffer so much reading classics, people who read them are so brave lmao. and I KNOW!! a wish in the dark’s cover is so gorgeous, and especially so since it’s very thai 🥰 and i hope you love harley in the sky! i have a feeling i’m going to adore it aahh

      stay safe and healthy too, olivia!! 💗

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  5. I DID NOT NOTICE the face in the sea in the Mermaid the Witch and the Sea and now I CANNOT UNSEE IT HFGHJGHFGH

    also omg I want so many of these books so desperately!! almost all of these were already on my TBR, but you definitely just made me add a few more hehe

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  6. in this house, we don’t think about the v*rus. it’s literally so depressing, everyone is talking about it at every second and it makes me sad. I HOPE THIS ALL GOES AWAY SO YOU CAN VISIT THAILAND!!!

    this is such a great idea though i always knew you were a soft, sweet child deep down inside, when you weren’t bullying me. 🥺🥺 okay anna k sounds so good and HARLEY IN THE SKY!!! it’s literally set in a circus!! this is my kind of setting. we have to br it please and thanks

    the gilded ones, a song of wrath and ruin, and forest of souls will be read SOLELY for their covers. the way the covers are slaying this YEAR!!! we love to see it

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    1. I KNOW it’s why i drown myself in netflix (or… talk to you :o) ) i just don’t wanna think about it. but also THANK U i think it’s unlikely we’ll go to thailand at this point but i am still desperately hoping

      SHH i’m very nice…. to authors. most of the time (i miss my rant reviews). and YES PLS i would love to br harley in the sky with you!!! we’ll have to see when my library can get a hold of it :o)

      okay but the way all those books are by/about poc…. finally we are getting what we deserve!!!!

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  7. i’ve heard of most of these books and they look AMAZING!! unfortunatly my wallet is empty so i’ll have to choose what to order first :(( ALSO, thank you for putting a spotlight on some books, i have never heard of them *adds everything to my TBR*
    i’m also so so excited for i kissed alice and the henna wars!! *squeals*
    i hope you’re doing well at home and reading lots of great books 💕
    love xx

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    1. aah picking which one to buy is such a hard choice!! so many 2020 releases sound amazing. and of course!! it makes me so happy to highlight some books you didn’t know of 🥺

      i see you with those f/f books…. taste!! absolute taste!! and i hope you’re also doing well, take care of your lovely self maha 🥺💖


  8. ahh this post is so brilliant! there are so many awesome books coming out soon that have had less focus on them because of the virus so I’m really glad to see this list! I definitely need to check some of these out because they sound so?! freaking?! brilliant?! ❤️

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  9. I love the motivation behind this post so much!! and you express your excitement about books so perfectly please teach me how 🥺 Anna K was so enjoyable! its writing was hilarious, and there was a lot of entertaining rich people drama! (i still can’t get over the beautiful asian girl on its cover.) Also, I relate to neglecting street teams 😅 I was part of the team for Wicked As You Wish, but I slowly lost motivation to promote the book as time went on. Super excited to read Harley in the Sky though!! Akemi Dawn Bowman always gets blessed with gorgeous covers 🥺

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    1. aww thank you so much caitlin!! i feel like i did a terrible job coming up with explanations why omg 😭 and yay i’m so glad you loved anna k — and yes the girl on the cover is absolutely gorgeous!! yeah, i have always struggled with street teams, and each time i join a new one i think i’m going to do so much better and then i don’t :o) but yes!! akemi always gets the best covers, i get so excited for all her reveals lmao

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  10. This is such a great post idea!! I think that now with so many promotional events canceled, bloggers are really some of the people on the front line for promoting books now.

    There are so many good books here!! I also didn’t read Anna Karenina before reading Anna K, because I’m one of the people who keep on intending to read classics (but some of them are just so boring and I cannot force myself to suffer 😅). But it was so enjoyable! I think it was more fun to read it without having read Anna Karenina because I had noo clue what was coming.

    Omg, I Kissed Alice just sounds so perfect!! Enemies who become online friends over fanfic??? Sign me up 😍😍

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    1. thank you, chana!! it makes me a little sad that before this, no one really recognized the amount of reach that bloggers have, but of course i’m sadder about their canceled events 😔💖

      ooh, then it looks like i should go into anna k without reading anna karenina either haha! i think i read another anna karenina retelling before, but i really don’t remember any of it to form an idea of the original story 😎

      and YES!! i love stories that are always like enemies irl/online and then friends irl/online, it’s just so cute


  11. Okay can I just say this post made me chuckle multiple times?? KSKSJSJSJSJS, I HADN’T NOTICED THE FACE IN THE MERMAID THE WITCH, AND THE SEA AND I’M 😭😭😭
    Anygays, your humor is god-tier and I’m so excited for so many if these! I have ARCs of I Kissed Alice, A Song Below Water, and I won a giveaway for a pre-order of The Henna Wars so I can’t wait to read all of them 🥺

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    1. AAHH!! i was trying to make the post funny because i felt like i was being so boring, so thank you for that 💓💓 (and omg i didn’t notice the face either until writing the post, but IT’S SO FUNNY)

      oooh i hope you enjoy all the books you have arcs/preorders of!! can’t wait to hear your thoughts on them 💖

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  12. This list is amazing, thank you so much for sharing!! I’m really excited to read Anna K, I won an e-book giveaway and chose that book mainly because I’m super influenced and everyone is saying great things about it 😛

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  13. Ah this is such an amazing list and I’m so happy you’re spreading some love and awareness for these incredible titles! I am SO pumped to read Anna K, I Kissed Alice, The Henna Wars and Little Universes. A Song Below Water sounds STUNNING and that cover, I am so in love. ❤
    And aaaaaaaaah I am so late but I'll fill out your survey right away!! ❤

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    1. i love how all the titles you named were contemporaries, my favorite contemporary queen 💗💗 and yes!! all the covers for these books are gorgeous, but especially a song below water’s!

      (also don’t worry about being late, your responses were the sweetest ever and i swear there were some tears 💓)

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  14. It really is hard to keep up with book releases, but this is very helpful! I have about 10 Goodreads tabs open at this moment 🤪

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