2021 Most Anticipated Reads (TBR-List)

Lore - Alexandra Bracken

Lore – Alexandra Bracken

Genre – YA Fantasy / Mythology / Urban Fantasy

Release date – 5th January 2021

Pages – 480

Ancient bloodline factions hunt temporarily mortal gods for seven days to gain their power and immortality. Greek gods, brutal games, reunions, revenge and plot twists.

Angel of Greenwood - Randi Pink

Angel of Greenwood – Randi Pink

Genre – YA / Historical Fiction

Release date – 12th January 2021

Pages – 304

Follows Angel and Isaiah leading up to May 31, 1921, when a white mob descends on the community of Greenwood, a thriving black community. A historical YA set around and during the real-world Greenwood Massacre, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A story of love, self-discovery and tragedy. 

A vow so bold and deadly - Brigid Kemmerer

A Vow So Bold and Deadly – Brigid Kemmerer

Genre – YA Fantasy

Release date – 26th January 2021

Pages – 416

Book 3 in the Cursebreakers trilogy, Emberfall is divided between Rhen and Grey. Ruling prince and rightful heir. Once, true trusted friends. What was originally a retelling of Beauty and the Beast has come a long way into its entirely own story. A Heart so Fierce and Broken set up an intense set of circumstances and we finally get to see them come to a head in the final instalment.

Wings of Ebony - J. Elle

Wings of Ebony – J. Elle

Genre – YA Fantasy / Urban Fantasy

Release date – 26th January 2021

Pages – 368

Rue, a black teen, discovers godly ancestry. Powers to discover. An evil to defeat. I’m always eager to read a fantasy story with POC as the main characters. 

The project - Courtney Summers

The Project – Courtney Summers

Genre – YA Thriller / Mystery / Horror

Release date – 2nd February 2021

Pages – 352

Lo, recently orphaned, finds herself left with her great aunt. Her sister Bea has joined The Unity Project and Lo having opportunity present itself wants to get to the bottom of the groups cultish goings on.

The gilded ones - Namina Forna

The Gilded Ones – Namina Forna

Genre – YA Fantasy

Release date – 9th February 2021

Pages – 432

Deka, shunned from her own community for bleeding gold, an impurity, is offered a fate other than death. To join the alaki, near immortals with rare gifts, and fight for the emperor against his greatest threat.  Another highly anticipated Fantasy with POC main characters and hopefully a depth of real-world relatable themes.

Later - Stephen King

Later – Stephen King

Genre – Horror

Release date – 2nd March 2021

Pages

Jamie has abilities his mum wants him to keep secret. What are the costs of Jamie’s powers and can be stand up to evil? Later, is bound to be another of my Stephen King favourites, claimed to be reminiscent of IT

The lost apothecary - Sarah Penner

The Lost Apothecary – Sarah Penner

Genre – Historical Fiction

Release date – 2nd March 2021

Pages – 320

An Apothecary dispensing well disguised poisons in attempt to liberate wronged women is at risk of her client registry being exposed. Meanwhile, in the present day, Caroline Parcewell stumbles upon one of the apothecary’s vials and a thread to uncovering the centuries unsolved “apothecary murders”.

Lost in the never woods - Aiden Thomas

Lost in the Never Woods – Aiden Thomas

Genre – YA Fantasy

Release date – 23rd March 2021

Pages – 384

A Peter Pan retelling of lost of lost children and Wendy pulled into the centre of the mystery. Wow, this cover is stunning!

House of Hollow - Krystal Sutherland

House of Hollow – Krystal Sutherland

Genre – YA Fantasy / Horror

Release date – 6th April 2021

Pages – 352

Strange circumstances haunt Iris and her sisters, circumstances they can’t remember. When her eldest sister goes missing, Iris is confronted re-emerging memories and horrors. Iris trails after her sister, unraveling their childhood mystery at the same time. What is her eldest sisters darkest secret?

Witches steeped in gold - Ciannon Smart

Witches Steeped in Gold – Ciannon Smart

Genre – YA Fantasy

Release date – 20th April 2021

Pages – 544

Two enemy witches enter an alliance against a common threat. A Jamaican inspired fantasy with magic, betrayal and revenge.

Ace of spades - Faridah Abike-Iyimide

Ace of Spades – Faridah Abike-Iyimide

Genre – YA Thriller / Contemporary

Release date – 10th June 2021

Pages – 480

Anonymous texter, Aces brings two high school students  deepest secrets to light at Niveus Private. Devon and Chiamaka are being personally targeted by Aces. Much more than a simple high school mystery.

Blood like magic - Liselle Sambury

Blood Like Magic – Liselle Sambury

Genre – YA Fantasy / Urban Fantasy

Release date – 15th June 2021

Pages – 496

Voya Thomas, born to a family of witches, needs to sacrifice her first love in order to save her family’s magic. Only problem is, she hasn’t had her first love. She’ll need to utilise a genetic matchmaking service in order to find him, and fast. Her blood is everything, but is she capable of sacrificing her morality for the sake of family duty?

Survive the night - Riley Sager

Survive the Night – Riley Sager

Genre – Thriller / Mystery / Horror

Release date – 6th July 2021

Pages

November 1991 – Charlie Jordan is stuck in a car with a could be serial killer, Josh. And they’re strapped for a long drive to Ohio. Both have reasons to get away, but Charlie finds Josh suspicious. Could she be riding in a car with the campus killer who murdered her best friend?

The final girl support group - Grady Hendrix

The Final Girl Support Group – Grady Hendrix

Genre – Horror

Release date – 13th July 2021

Pages

Six girls survived their attempted murders. They’ve been in a survivors support group and meeting for nearly two decades. Now, someone is coming for them again.

The taking of Jake Livingston - Ryan Douglass

The Taking of Jake Livingston – Ryan Douglass

Genre – YA Horror / Thriller

Release date – 13th July 2021

Pages – 308

One of the only black kids at St. Clair Prep, Jake Livingston, can see the dead. When he meets troubled dead sixteen year old Sawyer who is particularly malignant, bodies start to turn up in Jakes neighbourhood. Sawyer has particular plans for Jake.

The dead and the dark - Courtney Gould

The Dead and the Dark – Courtney Gould

Genre – YA Fantasy / Horror

Release date – 3rd August 2021

Pages – 352

Teenager are disappearing in Snakebite, Oregon. Logan, daughter of TV famous ghost hunters, arrives in Snakebite sensing more hidden than it appears. Ashely’s dead boyfriends ghost is following her. Together the two team up to reveal the truths about the town, their families and themselves. Also some f/f romance here.

A psalm of storms and silence - Roseanne A. Brown

A Psalm of Storms and Silence – Roseanne A. Brown

Genre – YA Fantasy

Release date – 31st August 2021

Pages – 480

Finale of the west African folklore inspired duology, A song of wraiths and ruin. Following the events of the first book Karina and Malik must deal with the consequences. Karina, the loss of her throne, the search for her powers and the resurrection of her sister. Malik, his betrayal.

Empire of the vampire - Jay Kristoff

Empire of the Vampire – Jay Kristoff

Genre – Fantasy / Paranormal

Release date – 7th September 2021

Pages – 400

A dark fantasy saga where humans exist only in scattered settlements and vampires rule. Contrary to everyone else’s desire to rid the popularisation of vampire stories, I am obsessed with vampires and have been since I was a child. So I’m very eager to get my hands on this book. God I hope it’s good.

All of us villains - Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman

All of Us Villains – Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman

Genre – YA Fantasy

Release date – 9th November 2021

Pages -400

In every generation, seven families nominate a champion to compete in a tournament to the death. The winner controls the city of Ilvernath’s magic supply. This year each champion has a means to win and rewrite their story.

Within these wicked walls - Lauren Blackwood

Within these Wicked Walls – Lauren Blackwood

Genre – YA Fantasy

Release date – 9th November 2021

Pages – 336

Ethiopian inspired fantasy retelling of Jane Eyre. Andromeda, an exorcist, accepts a job from handsome, young heir Magnus Rochester.