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I’m excited to be back today talking to you about books being released between April and June this year. I’ve been enjoying going through the book releases lists lately and I have come across quite a few books that will be published in the next months that I definitely want to pick up soon.

This is the second releases post I am doing, you can find the first one about January-March releases here! Without further ado, let’s see what books I am excited about this year. I’ll be listing the top 5 picks for each month, so keep on reading to find out which ones they are!

April releases

Once again, I’m going to try to make this list as diverse as I can, and I have found books from a range of genres that sound like my cup of tea!

The Gilded Girl by Alyssa Colman

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Middle Grade Fantasy – To be published 6th of April 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

I think this is the only middle grade book that I’ve picked from the list, even though there were a few more, and that’s mainly because this blurb completely won me over. It sounds both sweet and high-stakes, it has magic, friendship, a school setting and it sounds very unique, so I’m excited to give this one a go, and I’ll have to nominate it for the Middle Grade Marvels book club.

When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain

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Mystery – To be published 13th of April by Ballantine Books

I’m not the most avid reader of mysteries and thrillers because I’m very picky and it has to involve dead bodies and/or a police investigation for me to really enjoy it (that sounds so morbid aha). But this one really drew me in. This has a missing person’s case that may be linked to a town’s past, and that just really intrigued me.

The Light of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner

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Fantasy historical fiction – To be published 13th of April 2021 by Redhook

This book is blurbed as a mix of “fantasy, history and Jewish folklore” which is something I have never come across and which really fascinated me. This is about a family of witches who live in happiness and peace until a stranger arrives in the village and a witch-hunt starts up. I love anything with witches, and the addition of Jewish folklore has won me over. I can’t wait to read this book.

Dustborn by Erin Bowman

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YA science fiction dystopia – To be published 20th of April 2021 by HMH Books for Young Readers

I actually first picked this book because the cover looked great and I want to branch out of my fantasy and historical fiction comfort zone to read more science fiction. The fact that this is also a dystopia kind of guaranteed it a place on my list because it’s a genre I love and have been reading more of lately. This one also sounds very unique, a map tattooed into someone’s back that no one can decipher but that reveals the secrets of a lost world? Sounds amazing!

Witches Steeped in Gold (Witches Steeped in Gold #1) by Ciannon Smart

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YA Fantasy – To be published 20th of April 2021 by Harper Teen

I know I already have a few fantasies on my list, but this one has been about on the book community so many times lately and I’ve been hearing so many fantastic things about it. The cover is stunning and the blurb is captivating, it has witches and it is Jamaican-inspired. I mean, what more can I say?

May releases

Heartstopper: Volume 4 (#4 Heartstopper) by Alice Oseman

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LGBT graphic novel – To be published 13th of May 2021 by Hodder Children’s Books

I’ve been loving the Heartstopper graphic novels since I started reading them on Webtoons and then purchased the books, and I have been waiting impatiently for Volume 4 to be released before I can reread Volume 1 and Volume 2 and then dive right into Volume 3. This is a series I love with such cute and complex characters, I am so excited about it.

The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley

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Fantasy historical fiction – To be published 25th of May 2021 by Bloomsbury Publishing

The thing that made me add this book to my list was the similarities to The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton because I loved that book so much when I read it last year. I have been seeing so many Natasha Pulley books about, I’m still yet to read any but they all sound amazing. This one is especially captivating to me, and I am very much looking forward to finally discovering this author’s work.

The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey Blake

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Historical fiction – To be published 4th of May 2021 by Sourcebooks Landmark

You know me and my love for historical fiction, I just had to add this one to my list, and I’ve been craving more historical fiction lately. While the “subgenre” I lean towards in my historical fiction is WWII, this one just grabbed me and I was very intrigued. The main character is a woman, and a marvellous physician and surgeon, but as she is of the female gender, it is illegal for her to practice this calling. What I gleaned from the blurb is that she makes an incredible scientific discovery and she has to war with the fact that the men around her will take the credit. I think this will be very interesting.

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon  

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Fantasy horror – To be published 4th of May 2021 by MCD

I’ve been slowly dipping my toes into more horror lately and this one, although first a fantasy, sounds very creepy, but also like something I will potentially love. I’m that reader who likes really weird books, and this blurb made the plot sound disturbing, but also quite magical. I don’t know what I am going to be getting myself into and I have no idea what to expect, but I’m sure it will be weird and wonderful.

Blade of Secrets (#1 Bladesmith) by Tricia Levenseller

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YA Fantasy – To be published 4th of May 2021 by Feiwel & Friends

Oh look, some more fantasy aha! When I saw this book was written by Tricia Levenseller, I pounced on it. I read The Shadows Between Us by this author last year with Candyce and I fell in love with that book and the author’s writing style. I’ve wanted to read all her other books ever since, so I thought adding one to that list would be great. This blurb sounds SO unique and I feel like it’s the exact kind of book and series that I will binge-read. The blurb is promising, so hopefully, it lives up to my expectations.  

June releases

Daughter of Sparta by Claire M. Andrews

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Fantasy mythology – To be published 8th of June 2021 by Jimmy Patterson Books

I absolutely adore anything that has to do with mythology and I have been LOVING just how many books have been published lately that are mythology retellings. I’ve not actually heard much about this specific mythological story, but since it’s a genre I love, I know I need to give it a go. And I also love books with feisty and strong-willed female characters, which is what this book sounds like it offers. Bring it on.

For the Wolf (Wilderwood #1) by Hannah Whitten

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YA Fantasy retelling – To be published 15th of June 2021 by Orbit Books

I had seen this one about in the book community a few times recently and it really intrigued me, so when I saw it in the June releases list and saw it was a Red Riding Hood retelling, I knew I needed it in my life. I love a good retelling and especially if it’s on the darker side, which I think this one will be. Again, it’s a book that sounds very unique, and one I’m very much looking forward to reading.

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton

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Historical fiction romance – To be published 15th of June 2021 by Berkley Books

I have been trying to push myself out of my fantasy-historical fiction-mythology-retelling comfort zone and I’ve been getting into more contemporary romances lately because of how quickly I read them and the feel-good feeling I get from them. This blurb sounds ridiculous and hilarious, I think it will be jam-packed with humour, fun and romance. I’ve got this on the list to read when I’m feeling down or need a pick me up, but I’m very excited about it so might have to try it sooner rather than later.

A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams

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Thriller – To be published 8th of June 2021 by Crooked Lane Books

As I mentioned above, I’m very picky about the kind of mysteries and thrillers I read, but here, I didn’t need to think twice once “serial killer” came up in the blurb. The synopsis also sounds very ominous, dark and spooky, and I think that it will be a really great read, so I’m going to give it a shot and hope that my instincts were right about it.

The Jasmin Throne (#1 Burning Kingdoms) by Tasha Suri

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LGBT Fantasy – To be published 8th of June 2021 by Orbit Books

The final book on my list is a fantasy, of course it is, and it is inspired by India, which is basically all I need to know to want to pick this book up. I think this one will have a rich and beautiful world, some complex and intriguing characters and it sounds like a very unique plot. I get very excited about some fantasies when they sound so good and new, and this one is exactly that.


And there is my April-June releases list of books that I’m excited about. I was trying to be a bit more diverse in my genre choices but the fantasies and historical fictions dragged me in again. I’m happy that I managed to squeeze a few other genres into the list though, and I’m looking forward to reading all of these books.

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed reading this post and remember to tell me which releases you are anticipating this year! See you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx

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