My Most Anticipated Releases- January 2020

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about my most anticipated releases for next month, which are a pretty brilliant bunch that are getting the decade off to a great start! Onto the post!


A Throne of Swans– this is the new book from Kate and Liz Corr, who wrote the brilliant Witch’s Kiss trilogy, and I’m so excited for it. I’ve heard only good things from people who’ve read it already, and it sounds super interesting- it’s about a girl who must take on the role of Protector early when her father dies, and her struggles in doing so.

Sunny– this is the 3rd of Jason Reynolds’ Track series and I’m pretty confident it’ll be great, because everything I’ve read from the author so far has been. Each book in the series focuses on a different member of the team, and this one is Sunny’s story. I can’t wait to meet him properly.

Shadowsea– this is the fourth (and apparently final) Cogheart Adventure. I took forever to read Skycircus, which ended up being pretty great, because I thought that was the last one, but I’m going to try not to be a wuss about saying goodbye to this world this time and get to it soon. I have predictions about what will happen and I’m EXCITED. Although I hope Malkin features a bit more heavily this time round!

The Telephone Box Library– I read a lot of Rachael Lucas last year, and her 2020 release sounds SO good. It’s about a woman named Lucy who moves to the Cotswolds, who despite her best intentions to only research the nearby Bletchley Park while she’s on sabbatical from teaching, becomes involved in turning the local telephone box into a makeshift library. I assume there’s a romance somewhere too, given that there is in all other Rachael books to date.

The Boy Who Fooled the World– this made it on my TBR automatically because Lisa Thompson is consistently excellent, but the premise itself is really interesting as well- it’s the story of a boy who becomes a massive celebrity when one of his paintings gets spotted, but he has a guilty secret that threatens to ruin everything if discovered. My library copy is in early so I’m hoping to read it very soon!

The Kid Who Came from Space– I did not fulfill my promise to read more of Ross’s back catalogue in 2019 (they are still languishing on my TBR, even though I really do want to read them!!), but I’m still excited for his new release all the same. It’s about a girl going missing, and her brother going to extraordinary lengths to get her back, given he is the only one who knows the strange truth of where she is.

The Ice Bear Miracle– I didn’t get on with Cerrie Burnell’s the Girl with the Shark’s Teeth at ALL, but this title has intrigued me enough that I want to give it a go! I don’t really know much about it, other than thinking the title is gorgeous.

Which books are you looking forward to in January? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

My Most Anticipated Releases- October 2019

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about my most anticipated October releases, some of which are among my most anticipated anticipated books of the whole year! Onto the post!


The Somerset Tsuanami– this is the new Emma Carroll. Do I really need to say any more?! If Emma released a book of her shopping lists, I’d read them. This is about witches and history though, which I love anyway, so I could not be more excited.

The Star Outside My Window– I really liked the Boy at the Back of the Class last year, and I think Onjali’s second book sounds so interesting- it’s about a girl who finds herself in foster care when her mum suddenly disappears. I suspect domestic violence will be a big theme in here if I’m picking up the inference in the synopsis correctly, and I also think I will very likely cry reading it.

The Conspiracy of Magic– I know very little about the actual plot of this, but I do know that I really enjoyed the Company of Eight and that I desperately wanted a sequel, so I am very excited indeed. The world is really feminist and just generally fabulous, and I can’t wait to see some more of it.

The Extremely Incovenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone– this is about a girl whose parents die and leave her a task to visit ten aunts and deiver things to them. I’m not 100% sure I’ll like it, but it sounds quirky and fun enough that I’m willing to give it a go! And I want to support the publisher too, seeing as they’re new.

Harriet and the Galaxy– I don’t think I’ve mentioned this that often publicly, so if you don’t know, I have been wearing hearing aids since I was 15 and when I learned that I needed them, I went through a few months of really struggling with feeling alone in needing them that young, and I had no books I was interested in reading that helped with this at the time. This one, which is about a girl with hearing aids saving the world from what I can gather, is REALLY personal for me.

The Ghouls of Howlfair– this is about a girl who lives in a mysterious, supernatural place called Howlfair and her attempts to solve some mysteries about it. I think it’ll be spooky and fun, and hopefully I’ll get the chance to read it at some point during autumn!

The Great Brain Robbery– I thought the first book in this series was absolutely brilliant, and I’m very excited to return to the world of the Impossible Places and see its postal staff once more. I’m also looking forward to seeing how the plot introduced about who is in power carried on!

Boy Meets Ghoul– this is another sequel, but quite different as it’s teen contemporary rather than MG fantasy. The first book was adorable and funny, with brilliant characters and if you’ve ever wondered what Simon Vs might be like if it were British you’ll really enjoy it too, I think.

Frostheart– I know very little about the actual plot of this, but it’s a big MG release for autumn and I love a bit of MG fantasy so I might as well give it a go! Also, I really like the cover.

The Places I Cried in Public– Holly Bourne always writes really interesting, feminist fiction, and I’m looking forward to this one, which based on the blurb I assume is going to tackle an abusive relationship of sorts. I’ll need to be in the right mood, but when I am I think I’ll really like this.

Shadows of Winterspell– I really like Amy Wilson’s books, and they’re always great to read in autumn/winter time. It’s about a girl named Stella who has grown up in a magical forest and is trying to integrate into the local school, but must save the forest from ancient dark magic at the same time. I’m expecting stunning writing, great worldbuilding and a really interesting plot.

Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas– I loved This is Going to Hurt when I read it back in January, so I’m super excited for this Christmas spinoff about working in the NHS during the festive season, if slightly worried that it won’t quite be as exceptional as its predecessor.

In the Time We Lost– I’ve not yet read any Carrie Hope Fletcher, but I really want to so this will be joining my TBR alongside When the Curtain Falls and All That She Can See. It’s about someone who moves to a Scottish island after she gets jilted, and sounds like it’ll be Groundhog Day but a romance.

What are your most anticipated October releases? Do we have any in common, and are you planning to add any I mentioned to your TBR? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

My Most Anticipated Releases- September 2019

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be telling you about the books out next month that I’m most excited for, of which there are quite a few! Onto the post!

The Girl Who Speaks Bear– I loved Sophie Anderson’s first book the House with Chicken Legs, so I’d have been picking up her second regardless of what it was or was about. Luckily, this sounds excellent as well; it’s the retelling of another lesser known folk tale/myth from Russia and focuses on a girl named Yanka who is swept up in a magical adventure. I think it’s going to be amazing, and an excellent autumnal read especially.

The Haunting of Peligan City– I read and really liked the first in this series in April, and I’m looking forward to going back to its Blade Runner-esque world for more detective-noir goodness. I’m especially excited to learn more of the titular Peligan City’s secrets.

Tilly and the Lost Fairytales– I read the first Pages and Co book last year and thus I am SUPER excited to return to a world where you can quite literally visit your favourite stories. This one sees Tilly and her friend Oskar go to Paris and has a focus on fairytales, and it just sounds totally fabulous. Weather permitting, this will be a perfect under a blanket book.

The Time of Green Magic– I’ve only read one Hilary Mckay to date, and I must admit I wasn’t super keen, but I really like the sound of both this and the Skylarks’ War so plan to read both. This one is about children who become part of a blended family discovering a mysterious creature and having to work out what it is and where it came from, becoming closer to each other in the process. I don’t know much more than that, but it comes highly recommended by Rachael so I’m excited to give it a try.

Tunnel of Bones– I really enjoyed the first in this series- which introduces a girl named Cass who can see ghosts, including her best friend Jacob- last year and this installment is going to see her, Jacob and her paronormal investigator parents take on Paris. I definitely feel like this will be another one I’m going to immensely enjoy snuggling under a blanket with, and I may try and save it for Halloween more successfully this year (last year I held out too long and only read the teensiest bit on actual Halloween!)

The Turnkey of Highgate Cemetery– this is one of just two books on this list where I’ve not read from the author before, and I’m very excited about it. Like I said in a recent Top Ten Tuesday post, I quite often enjoy cemetery settings and this sounds like it’ll be a great one- it’s about Flossie, the Turnkey of the cemetery, who is having difficulty fulfilling her task of keeping the souls at rest during World War Two, and a mystery she is drawn into involving a soldier.

The Battle for Perfect– I’m very sad that this might be the last of the Perfect books (which I’ve really enjoyed both of so far), but I’m still excited to read it nonetheless. In this one, a zombie army is threating Town, and Violet and Boy must work to stop them and save their home. I’m sure it’ll be just as gripping and mysterious as its predecessors.

Trouble in New York– I read and really enjoyed Secrets of the Night Train by this author last year, so it’s an absolute no-brainer to pick up this 1960s New York set mystery about a boy named Jamie who is desperate to become a journalist investigating the disappearance of a missing actress. Sylvia Bishop writes really brilliant, interesting characters and settings, and I think this plot will lend itself so well to her writing style.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January– I hadn’t really heard of this until I heard Justine speak about it, but once I did I knew I definitely wanted to pick it up. It’s about a girl named January who lives as the lonely ward of a wealthy man in his house of curiosities, until she one day finds a mysterious book that changes her life and teaches her more about who she is. I love the sound of this premise and I think this is a portal fantasy, which I tend to enjoy.

What are your most anticipated September releases? Have we got any in common, and are you adding any from my list to yours? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x

My Most Anticipated Releases- August 2019

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about my most anticipated releases of August, which are all really exciting. Onto the post!

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My Most Anticipated July Releases

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about my most anticipated releases of July, which is a pretty short list (for me) because I’ve been INCREDIBLY lucky and received quite a few I was excited for already (namely the Last Spell Breather, Anna at War, Jemima Small Vs the Universe, Eagle Warrior, the Bad Luck Lighthouse and Peril en Pointe!). Onto the post!

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My Most Anticipated June Releases

Hello everybody! Today, it’s time for my most anticipated June releases, which is a bit shorter than my ridiculously long May list! Onto the post!

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My Most Anticipated May Releases

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about all my most anticipated releases for the month of May, which there are a LOT of, I won’t lie. I eventually stopped trying to narrow them down because the more books the better, right? (Please don’t judge me 😂) Onto the post!

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My Most Anticipated April Releases

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My Most Anticipated March Releases

Hello everybody! Today, since it’s now the end of another month (February has felt so short compared to January!), I’m going to be sharing my most anticipated releases of March. Onto the post!

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My Most Anticipated February Releases

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be talking about all of my most anticipated releases for February (I’m so happy it is finally February tomorrow because dear God January has lasted a century!), and the reasons why I want to read them. Onto the post!


The Star-Spun Web– the main reason I want to read this is that I loved the author’s debut the Eye of the North, but if it hadn’t been on my radar already there are several things that would have put it in on this list. First up, have you SEEN the cover? What a beauty it is, especially as it’s my favourite colour too. Also, the history/fantasy mix sounds really interesting, and I am never not up for a great animal companion (you have no idea how much I’m hoping for Violet to be somewhat Charlotte-esque!). Finally, my friend Louise had an early copy and has let me know I’m in the acknowledgements (I’ve never been in a book’s acknowledgements before and I’m thrilled!), so I’m even more excited to finally have it in my hands now that I know that.

When We Were Warriors– if you’ve heard me mention Emma Carroll before then you’ll know how unashamed I am in fangirling over her books, so obviously I’m dying to read this- a collection of three World War Two stories. Two will return to settings/characters We have seen in her previous books, and if I don’t cry when I return to Frost Hollow Hall especially I’ll be gobsmacked. And if I see Tilly, someone’s going to need to peel me off the ceiling. The new character in the third story sounds great too!

Happy Girl Lucky– Holly Smale is another author I literally never shut up about. The Geek Girl series means a vast amount to me, and while I am extremely nervous to read something from Holly that is not that series, I am also incredibly excited. It’s about three sisters, and specifically Hope in this book, and I think it focuses on her trying to find love? I deliberately haven’t read too much about it. I have so much faith in Holly that I am almsot certain I will fall just as hard and fast for these new characters as I did for the cast of Geek Girl, and there is no doubt that it will make me laugh a lot.

Call Me Alastair– this book is about a parrot named Alastair as he is separated from his sister when they’re bought by different people, and him attempting to reuinite them. I’m a little bit wary of the poetry mention in the blurb, and I’m a bit nervous about Alastair being the narrator (at least I think he is?) but I’m optimistic about giving it a go nonetheless, and I think I might love it if it’s done well.

Jack of Hearts and Other Parts– this is about out and proud, self-proclaimed slut Jack Rothman as he’s roped into doing a relationship advice column on the school blog, and begins to recieve increasingly sinister notes from an anonymous admirer. I’ve heard that this is Simon Vs, but more sinister and a bit less innocent, and if you compare something to Simon Vs in almost any way I’m totally here for it.

Song for a Whale– I’m going to be completely honest here, I hadn’t heard of this until I saw the cover on Twitter and decided that I needed that sort of gorgeousness in my life. Luckily, the plot also sounds fantastic- it’s about a deaf girl named Ella, who feels very alone, trying to communicate with a Whale who can’t communicate with any others, which just sounds so beautiful and sad and perfect to me. Another thing that really excites me is the fact that there is a Road trip, because I love road trips in books more often than not. There’s a very high probability of me full on weeping when I pick this up!

The Closest Thing to Flying– I have somehow missed reading Gill Lewis’s last couple of releases (I particularly love the sound of Sky Dancer !), but this dual narrative about two girls- one in the present, one in the past- sounds like a bit of a new direction for her and I’m really interested to see what it’s like. It definitely sounds great!

Guardians of the Wild Unicorns– I have only read one Lindsay Littleson years ago, and I must admit that I wasn’t that impressed by it, but this sounds like so much fun- it’s about best friends called Lewis and Rhona becoming involved in saving the last remaining unicorns (who are nothing like the the stereotypical image of them, apparently). I can’t wait to meet them, and it has a Scottish setting too which is always fun!

Storm Hound- this is the new release from Claire Fayers- who wrote Mirror Magic, which I really enjoyed- and I’m so excited about it. It’s about Storm of Odin as he is separated from the rest of the Wild Hunt and is adopted by a girl called Jessica. This synopsis gives me slight Lilo and Stitch vibes and I love that film an infinite amount so if this IS anything like that I’m sure to have an excellent reading experience!

What February releases are you most excited for? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x