Hello everybody! Today, I’m sharing my first anticipated release post of 2021 (I was so late doing it last month when I sat down to write it that I figured it probably wouldn’t be very relevant anymore!). Onto the post!
Luna Rae is Not Alone– the main reason this is on my TBR is that I loved One Christmas Night, which is an adult book by the same author. It’s about a girl named Luna, whose mum disappears when the family move to a new house, and I think there’s a baking contest going on at her new school? It sounds like a really lovely contemporary and I’m very excited about it.
The Shark Caller– I’ve heard some really great things about this debut, and the cover is stunning. I was so sad when the release got pushed back last year due to covid, and very glad it’ll finally be out soon! I have to admit I’m a little bit hazy on the finer details of the plot, but I think it’s about the reluctant friendship between two girls who are in Papua New Guinea and a journey they go on together to find treasure.
Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow– this is a contemporary middle grade and it focuses on a boy named Archie who just wants his family to go back to the way things used to be, and his attempts to make that happen despite his mum and dad now seemingly hating each other. It’s a debut and I’ve heard so many people raving about it before it’s even out that I’m pretty sure it’s a must read, and I’m very much looking forward to getting to it, especially I love some of the comparison titles mentioned in the blurb.
The Ocean Squid Explorers’ Club– if you know me, it’s not going to be a huge shock that this is on my list. At the time I’m writing this, it’s hopefully going to be one of my next reads because I was very kindly sent a copy from the publisher, and I cannot wait. It’s set in the same world as Polar Bear Explorers’ Club, but instead focuses on a girl called Ursula with a huge secret that she can’t let anyone find out, because she is desperate to be a member of the Ocean Squid Explorers’ Club, and this will get in the way of that.
Proud of Me– I throughly enjoyed Nothing Ever Happens Here when I read it last February, and this also sounds like a fantastic LGBTQ+ middle grade, which I definitely would like there to be some more of. It’s about twins who are both facing different issues, who just want their mums to be proud of them.
Dear Sweet Pea– I’ve only read one of Julie Murphy’s books so far (Dumplin’, which was my first read of 2021) but this sounds like a really lovely middle grade and I’m excited about picking it up. It’s about a girl who ends up answering agony aunt letters somehow, I think, after her parents get a divorce.
Murder on the Safari Star– I actually haven’t read Kidnap on the California Comet yet, and I have to admit I didn’t love the Highland Falcon Thief, but after how much I loved the Beetle Boy trilogy, I just feel compelled to pick everything M.G Leonard releases. And I did like Hal and his uncle Nat, to be fair. I’m hoping I’ll enjoy the second book, and this one, a lot more, particularly as the settings sound a wee bit more exciting! (No hate to Scotland, given I live here!!)
Beauty and the Bin– this is another MG contemporary, which focuses on a girl who’s from an eco-friendly family, and her attempts to win some kind of beauty contest even though it goes against their beliefs and she kind of feels like she’s betraying them. It sounds really interesting, and I love a good contemporary so hopefully I should enjoy this one!
The Hatmakers– this is a fantasy and I think it focuses on different groups of hatmakers, who I believe have different powers and don’t all necessarily get along. The worldbuilding sounds super interesting and I’m very intrigued to see what actually happens in it! The cover is so pretty, it’s definitely what made me interested in this to start off, and something about it just gives me Vashti Hardy vibes for some reason.
The Last Bear– this is a book about a bond between a girl and a bear, and given how much I loved the Good Bear last year, I just had to add this to my to buy list. I’ll admit I don’t know loads about the plot, but I’m very excited nonetheless.
You Deserve Each Other– this is an adult romance which seems to have a bit of a twist in that the couple are already together and on the verge of breaking up, but both are so determined not to be the one to end it that they start playing games with each other. It sounds like a lot of fun based on the blurb, and I’m looking forward to trying it!
Thank you so much for reading! Which books coming out in February are you excited for? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!