On the weekend I attended the TeensRead Winter & Spring 2020 Preview hosted by Raincoast Books! This was my third time attending and I had a blast once again. I went with Hollis (@bookhollhaul & A Take from Two Cities) and we got there pretty early so we had time to grab snacks (the usual delicious doughnuts AND pumpkin spice popcorn!).
We talked about a TON of upcoming releases, so I’m just going to focus here on what I’m most anticipating. You know I’m all about the fantasy books and there are so many exciting titles coming in 2020 form Raincoast! But there was ONE contemporary that caught my eye because it sounds super cute and I need it in my life. So sit back, relax, and enjoy me spamming you with all the awesome upcoming books:
Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.
Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.
All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.
As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.
Thoughts: This is pitched as You’ve Got Mail for the modern age and I’m not usually captivated by contemporary but this one caught my eye! Viral Twitter war turned romance? Sign me up!
Diamond City is an action-packed young adult fantasy by debut author Francesca Flores about a girl who perseveres through poverty, violence, and loss to achieve a future for herself.
Good things don’t happen to girls who come from nothing…unless they risk everything.
Meet Aina Solís. Pulled off the streets when she was twelve years old, Aina was trained to become one of the most powerful and dangerous assassins in Sumerand, a kingdom founded by immigrants, built by magic, and still reeling from an industrial revolution that’s led to all-out civil war. Fearless and willing to risk everything—and with nothing left to lose—Aina is ready to leave her wretched past behind and accept a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to kill a wealthy industrialist named Kouta. But this career-defining move won’t come easy. She will have to act against her boss Kohl, who doesn’t tolerate his assassins working against him. What will be the price for her betrayal? Meanwhile, the closer Aina gets to her target, the more she craves an answer to the questions an assassin is never meant to ask: Who wants Kouta dead? And why was Aina chosen for this mission?
Now, in a city full of dark forces and hidden agendas, old rivalries and a whole new world of enemies, it’s up to Aina to unravel a conspiracy that could rewrite Sumerand’s history and her own future. Is it too late to save her city—and herself? Is courage born or is it bred? And what must Aina sacrifice for a second chance to begin a better, brighter life?
Thoughts: I’ve been excited for this one ever since it was announced and it’s definitely giving me Ace of Shades vibes. Plus, books with assassins are always a good time!
All the Stars and Teeth
Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.
She will reign.
As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.
When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.
But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stowaway she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.
I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.
Thoughts: Another book I’ve been dying for ever since it was announced! I’m obsessed with books that deal with pirates and this one also has mermaids and monsters too. I’m also interested to see what this soul magic is about.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Everless comes a contemporary fantasy series about the safe haven between worlds–and the girl sworn to protect it.
Maddie Morrow lives for her summers at the Inn at Havenfall, hidden up in the mountains of Colorado. The inn is the only place where she gets to see the boy she loves, Brekken and it provides an escape from her real life, which consists of endless mind-numbing days at high school . . . and visits to the local prison where her mother sits on Death Row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother.
But the inn is much more than it appears. The manicured gardens, Mirror Lake, and even the building itself hold a tantalizing power, a magic meant to protect all who seek refuge and peace. Maddie’s uncle runs the inn, guardian of the gateways to the hidden worlds that converge in the tunnels, and she dreams of one day taking it over.
But this summer, everything is going wrong. Maddie almost gets run over by an alluring new staffer, Taya, her relationship with handsome Brekken becomes complicated, and then the impossible happens: a dead body is discovered, shattering the inn’s sanctity. As questions mount over who’s responsible, Maddie realizes even greater dangers face them all.
With everything she loves at stake, Maddie must confront startling truths about the secrets lurking beneath Havenfall, and within herself.
Thoughts: I loved Everless so much, so I’m excited to see what Sara Holland does with this story. Honestly, I’m not sure the synopsis is really giving me much to go on, but I do know this is a portal fantasy so hopefully there will be some world-jumping?
The Midnight Lie
Set in the world of the New York Times–bestselling Winner’s Trilogy, Marie Rutkoski’s The Midnight Lie is an epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us—and the lies we tell ourselves.
Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.
Nirrim keeps her head down, and a dangerous secret close to her chest.
But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away, who whispers rumors that the High Kith possess magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.
Thoughts: As soon as I saw this cover, I knew I had to read it! I’m probably the only one who hasn’t read the Winner’s Trilogy, but apparently this can be read by itself, so phew.
Twilight for a whole new generation, Crave is a romantic and lush tale of what happens when the one you crave is the one who could get you killed.
A romantic and thrilling tale of forbidden love, Crave is about the undying battle between feeling nothing and feeling so much, it could destroy everyone you love.
My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place. Or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.
And then there’s Jaxon Vega. A prince. A vampire. An annoyingly kissable boy who hasn’t felt a thing in over a hundred years. But there’s a darkness to him. A secrets craving that threatens to consume him whole.
Which could spell death for us all.
Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.
Thoughts: This cover has Big Twilight Energy and I dig it. Vampires are slowing crawling back into YA and I fully support it. This story sounds super dark and hopefully I don’t overhype it for myself!
Where Dreams Descend
Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.
A star showgirl must win a magician’s competition riddled with danger in order to secure her freedom, even as a handsome magician distracts her heart, in this lush, unforgettable debut fantasy.
In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes. As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.
The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost.
The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told.
The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide.
Thoughts: This sounds amazing!? It’s being pitched as Moulin Rouge meets The Phantom of the Opera, which just sounds epic! I’m also getting The Night Circus and An Unkindness of Magicians vibes as well. The cover is also gorgeous and so mysterious, I’m obsessed!
The Shadows Between Us
Tricia Levenseller, author of Daughter of the Pirate King, is back with an epic YA tale of ambition and love in The Shadows Between Us…
“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.”
Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:
1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.
No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.
But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen – all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?
Thoughts: I’ve so excited that Tricia has another book coming. This one sounds super dark and I’m hoping for some romance, too! Also, this Shadow King power is definitely giving off Darkling vibes.
House of Earth and Blood
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas launches her brand-new CRESCENT CITY series with House of Earth and Blood : the story of half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan as she seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic, danger, and searing romance.
Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. By day, she works for an antiquities dealer, selling barely legal magical artifacts, and by night, she parties with her friends, savoring every pleasure Lunathion-otherwise known as Crescent City-has to offer. But it all comes crumbling down when a ruthless murder shakes the very foundations of the city-and Bryce’s world.
Two years later, her job has become a dead end, and she now seeks only blissful oblivion in the city’s most notorious nightclubs. But when the murderer attacks again, Bryce finds herself dragged into the investigation and paired with an infamous Fallen angel whose own brutal past haunts his every step.
Hunt Athalar, personal assassin for the Archangels, wants nothing to do with Bryce Quinlan, despite being ordered to protect her. She stands for everything he once rebelled against and seems more interested in partying than solving the murder, no matter how close to home it might hit. But Hunt soon realizes there’s far more to Bryce than meets the eye-and that he’s going to have to find a way to work with her if they want to solve this case.
As Bryce and Hunt race to untangle the mystery, they have no way of knowing the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the darkest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir. . .
With unforgettable characters and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom-and the power of love.
Thoughts: Now, I’m not usually into fae stories, but this sounds kind of amazing? I still have yet to finish a SJM book (looking at you, Throne of Glass), but it’s been a long while since I’ve read a story with fallen angels and I need more!
And now moving onto the sequels, which I won’t include the synopsis for because of potential spoilers.
After reading Wicked Saints, I am DYING to get my hands on Ruthless Gods! Seriously, that ending had me with my jaw on the floor. We Hunt the Flame was full of fantastic characters and I can’t wait for the inevitable banter in We Free the Stars! While The Storm Crow took a strange turn in the romance department, I really loved the characters and the villain is pretty great, plus I need more Ericen and his smirks.
Finally, we have the awesome swag that everyone received! Each person got a tote filled with goodies, including three upcoming releases. I was lucky to get three books I’m super excited for and right at the top is All the Stars and Teeth. I’m seriously dying to dive into it, even though I have SO many other books to read.
Also included were a few other items such as book marks, a pin, and a poster. Plus, the tote is designed after the cover for The Hazel Wood, which I still haven’t read because #bookwormprobs. This was another amazing preview and I can’t wait for all these books to come out! I’m lucky enough to already have copies of a few of them, so hopefully I can get to some of them soon.
Which releases are you most excited about? Were any already on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!