Who else is excited for all of the amazing new books that are coming out this spring and summer? Every day I find new titles on Twitter and Instagram that I immediately add to my Goodreads list, and I can ~hear~ my bank account groan.
This past week I attended both the HarperCollins Canada: Frenzy Presents and Penguin Teen Canada spring/summer preview events and got a first-hand look at EVEN MORE incredible books that are debuting in the coming months. Of course, I’m excited for all of them, but in this post I’m going to highlight some of my most-anticipated reads.
I loooove reading spooky books, and am going to keep yelling about these ones until they come out!
The River Has Teeth, by Erica Waters | Release date: July 20, 2021
Last summer I read Ghost Wood Song and LOVED it, so when I saw that Erica Waters had another book coming out I screamed with joy. The River Has Teeth promises to be another amazing addition to the YA horror genre, and features a missing sister, dark magic, queer characters, and just enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes. Plus, the cover is stunning. I have an ARC of this one, and will be sure to share my thoughts as soon as I finish reading it.
Small Favors, by Erin A. Craig | Release date: July 27, 2021
Ok first off: this cover? S T U N N I N G! And if that alone doesn’t convince you to buy this book, please consider: a small, isolated mountain town, paranormal monsters, missing people, unexplained events, and a possible romance. The description gave me Stranger Things vibes, and even though I keep telling myself I won’t read any more books set in the woods, here I am, twiddling my thumbs eagerly waiting to get at this one.
A Lesson in Vengeance, by Victoria Lee | Release date: August 3, 2021
This book isn’t exactly being marketed as horror, but it’s described as “a dark, twisty, atmospheric thriller about a boarding school haunted by its history of witchcraft and two girls dangerously close to digging up the past.” Fans of the dark academia aesthetic are already going nuts for this one, and can we blame them? Witchcraft, f/f romance, and a haunted boarding school out in the middle of the mountains? What more could we possibly ask for?! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this one, too, so keep your eyes peeled for my thoughts on this one soon.
I was never a big romance reader, but over the past couple of years I’ve branched out more and more in this genre and discovered that I actually really enjoy it! Past me would have been mortified, but I’ve learned that there’s no shame in what you read, as long as you enjoy it. Plus, reading happy stories during the pandemic has been a lifesaver.
Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry, by Joya Goffney | Release date: May 4, 2021
This book truly sounds like my teenage nightmare, which made me want to . . . read it? It’s weird, I know, but hear me out. Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry follows the story of Quinn, a teenage girl who is always making lists (hello, I still do this). Lists of her fears, crushes, etc. But then one day, her notebook goes missing, and one of her lists shows up online *scream* and has to deal with blackmail. What else can you expect? A class enemies to lovers trope, sexual tension, and hopefully a happy ending.
Jay’s Gay Agenda, by Jason June | Release date: June 1, 2021
As soon as this book was describe as “sex-positive” my interest was piqued. The story follows Jay, the only openly gay kid in his small town. That is, until he moves to Seattle and starts attending a new high school with an incredible LGBTQIA+ community. He begins to navigate life in a new city, experience his first kiss, relationship, and break-up, and figures out his true self along the way. Jay’s Gay Agenda sounds like an incredibly powerful story, and one that I know will make a difference for a lot of YA readers.
XOXO, by Axie Oh | Release date: July 13, 2021
This contemporary romance is about a teenage girl who meets a ~mysterious~ boy at a karaoke bar, and then three months later discovers they are both enrolled as students at an elite arts academy in South Korea. But of course, it’s not immediately happily-ever-after. Turns out he’s part of one of the most popular K-pop bands in the country and isn’t allowed to date. That’s right folks, this one is about a FORBIDDEN LOVE! Will we need popcorn or tissues? Who’s going to read along with me and find out?