Upcoming Releases: Spring 2022

Spring looks like it’s going to be pretty packed for new releases! It was kind of a struggle paring this list down… but that just means there’s more to be excited about! 😅 Here’s what I’m most looking forward to in March, April & May:

[All dates are taken from Goodreads unless stated otherwise, and are correct as of 7/3/2022.]

Alone Out Here by Riley Redgate (5th April)

A standalone sci-fi following a group of the teenage children of world leaders, who are the lone survivors of the apocalypse. I’ve never read anything by Riley Redgate before, and have been having rather so-so luck with YA in general lately, but I keep hearing this pitched as “Lord of the Flies in space”, which makes me very intrigued. 😊 Excitement level: 7/10

Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse (19th April)

The sequel to my maybe-favourite book of last year, Black Sun, and my for-certain most anticipated release of this year! 😆 Black Sun followed a collection of characters – the vessel for an ancient god, a disgraced sea-captain, and a priestess surrounded by enemies – in the lead-up to a solar eclipse that is prophesied to throw the world into chaos… and it ended on a huge cliffhanger! So I expect to be picking up Fevered Star as soon as I possibly can. Excitement level: ∞/10

The Imagination Chamber by Philip Pullman (28th April)

… To be honest I’m not entirely sure what this is. 😅 It describes itself as a companion to the His Dark Materials series, “full of scenes featuring the iconic characters from Pullman’s classic fantasy series”, but beyond that I’m drawing a blank. An art book (though I haven’t seen any artists credited anywhere)? New stories from the HDM world? A bind-up of existing stories? Whatever it is, I’m sold! (… but also I would really like to know what this is.)  Excitement level: 6/10

Book Lovers by Emily Henry (5th May)

A new romance from the author or Beach Read and You & Me on Vacation, featuring an editor and a literary agent who keep running into each other on holiday – despite their best efforts. I skipped over Henry’s last novel as the synopsis wasn’t appealing to me, but I loved Beach Read, and Book Lovers sounds very much like it’ll be cut from the same cloth… or at least I hope it will! I probably won’t pick this up straight away, as I need to be in a very particular mood for straight-up romance, but I know what I’ll be reaching for as soon as that mood hits! 😁 Excitement level: 7/10

Honourable Mentions:

  • Eternity Engine by Struan Murray (17th March) – the final book in the Orphans of the Tide trilogy.
  • Skyward Flight by Brandon Sanderson (5th April) – a collection of short stories from the Skyward universe.
  • Elektra by Jennifer Saint (28th April) – a new Greek mythology retelling from the author of Ariadne.
  • Book of Night by Holly Black (3rd May) – Holly Black’s adult debut; a dark, urban fantasy following a con-artist with the power to manipulate shadows.

Upcoming Releases: Spring 2021

The sun is shining ☀️, flowers are beginning to poke out 🌷… and a ton of exciting new books are on the horizon! It must be spring! 😉 This was a pretty challenging list to narrow down (and I’ve removed a lot of sequels-to-books-I-only-wish-I’d-read, lest the honourable mentions take up a whole post by themselves), but here are my most anticipated releases for March, April & May:

[All dates are taken from Goodreads unless stated otherwise, and are correct as of 27/2/2021.]

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (2nd March)

The tale of Klara, an Artificial Friend, as she watches the humans who come in and out of the shop where she’s for sale, and waits for one of them to buy her. The humantity (or not) of AI is a subject that’s always really interested me, and I’m excited to see what Ishiguro’s take on the topic will be; I’ve only read one of his other books (Never Let Me Go), but I was really impressed by its impactful and insightful storyline – crossed fingers that this one will follow suit! 🤞 Excitement level: 7/10

A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine (2nd March)

The sequel to A Memory Called Empire, and final (I think) book in the Teixcalaan series, this will presumably follow the continuing adventures of Mahit and Three Seagrass, which I am very eager to see. (Along with a more prominent romance, perhaps? If there’s room for one alongside all the plot that’s bound to happen.) The world and characters that Martine has developed in this series are fantastic, and the last book left off on a really dramatic note… so bring on the sequel! Excitement level: 8/10

World Book Day books! (4th March)

This year, World Book Day will be taking place on 4th March, and their selection of £1 books are actually already available for purchase, though I haven’t had a chance to pick any up yet. The one’s I’m most interested in are The River Whale by Sita Brahmachari and Kill Joy by Holly Jackson (a prequel to A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder), though I may also pick up Skysteppers by Katherine Rundell, which is set in the same world as RooftoppersExcitement level: 6/10

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint (29th April)

A retelling of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, with a focus on the character of Ariadne, princess of Crete and Theseus’ lover. I’m really loving this recent trend of telling the stories of the women of Greek mythology, and Ariadne’s story is a particularly tragic one, so I’m hoping that this book will be appropriately affecting… and I don’t have much more to say about this one… except that I believe that this is Jennifer Saint’s debut novel, and I’m looking forward to seeing what she’ll do with this story. Excitement level: 7/10

Honourable Mentions:

  • Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo (30th March) – the final book in the Nikolai Duology, and sequel to King of Scars.
  • The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne (6th May) – the first in a new, Norse-inspired series… with dragons!
  • Heartstopper volume 4 by Alice Oseman (13th May) – the next installment in Oseman’s cute comic series.