Anticipated Releases July-September 2020

Hello friends! Today I’m back with my obligatory anticipated anticipated releases of the quarter post! This one is coming a bit later than usual due to my tendency to procrastinate absolutely everything but!! It’s here now!!

Before I get into the post, I just want to quickly link the Black Lives Matter carrd that includes things you can do to help the movement. I also encourage y’all to check out the Free Palestine carrd, the Yemen crisis carrd, and the Junk Terror Law carrd to learn how you can help with issues going on in the world.

With that said, here are my most anticipated releases for the third quarter of the year!

Cinderella Is Dead

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Released July 7th
I’m gonna be honest, the only thing I really know about this one is that it’s set in a society inspired by Cinderella, explores how the patriarchy is harmful, and it also has a Black lesbian MC so naturally, I’m very excited for this one! Absolutely can’t wait to get to it! Also, I just got my copy of this one the other day and it’s absolutely stunning.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Released July 7th
Thinking about the fact that this is based on Persian mythology, is f/f, and also features a descent into villainy arch from what I’ve heard!! This one just sounds like the dark sapphic fantasy of my dreams and I can’t wait to read it!


Loveless by Alice Oseman

Released July 9th
Look, the fact that this one is by Alice Oseman was enough for me to put it onto my anticipated releases list, but it also features an ownvoices aroace protagonist which we always need more of in YA so!! I’m incredibly excited to read this one!!


Running by Natalia Sylvester

Released July 14th
This one follows the daughter of the presidential candidate and it sounds like it’s really going to explore how to stand up for your beliefs, especially in a family that disagrees with you and I’m very excited. It also has a Cuban-American MC!! Plus, the reviews I’ve seen for it have been glowing so far!!

10 Things I Hate About Pinky (Dimple and Rishi, #3)

10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon

Released July 21st
New Sandhya Menon!! That’s it, that’s the tweet. No, but honestly, I’m very excited for this story and also to meet Pinky and I’m just choosing to ignore that I haven’t read the second book in the Dimpleverse because I’ll get to it eventually!!! And then Pinky will be waiting for me!!

The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez

The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas

Released July 21st
I’ve been on a middle-grade kick recently and this one sounds like it’s just up my alley!! I’m very excited to see how the magic system in this one is handled and also to just meet Nestor because he sounds so precious.

The Girl and the Ghost

The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf

Releases August 4th
Okay, listen, I literally have no idea what this book is about, but I absolutely adored Hanna Alkaf’s debut when I read it last year, so naturally I’m going to read every other book she ever writes!! This one also sounds really cute and it’s a middle grade, which has me excited. Have I mentioned how much I love middle grade yet?

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears (Paola Santiago #1)

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Releases August 4th
Another middle grade!! And another one that’s honestly just on the list because I would trust this author with my life. This one is a part of the Rick Riordan Presents imprint and I believe it deals with Mexican mythology, so I’m excited how Tehlor puts her own spin on it!

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julia Abe

Releases August 4th
And yet another middle grade because I can’t seem to pass them up whenever they cross my feed!! But in my defense, I was told this is perfect for fans of the Aru Shah series and I’m in love with those books, so I had no choice but to add this one to my tbr!! It also just sounds really precious so I’m anticipating this one highly! Also?? It sounds like it has the potential to be a quest book which has me all the more pumped.

Lobizona (Wolves of No World, #1)

Lobizona by Romina Garber

Releases August 4th
The closer we get to the release of this book, the more people on my twitter tl scream about it, which just ramps up my excitement for it!! It sounds like it deals with immigration and it’s also an urban fantasy about werewolves and is inspired by Argentian mythology?? Can’t wait to read this one, fall in love, and hype it to death!

The Death of Vivek Oji

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

Releases August 4th
This is yet another case of trusting the author because so many of my favorite authors are releasing books this quarter!! I genuinely have not a single clue as to what this book is about, but I’m excited because I genuinely believe that Akwaeke Emezi can do no wrong when it comes to storytelling.

The Black Kids

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Releases August 4th
I just found out about this one recently and it sounds like it deals with police brutality and racism in 1990s LA, which I’m very excited to read about !! And I’ve seen nothing but glowing reviews for it so far!!

Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything

Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Releases August 4th
This is another one that deals with immigration closely and, specifically, ICE raids. But it also sounds like it’s going to involve folklore and aliens so I’m very excited to see how the author manages to connect the two!

Star Daughter

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Releases August 11th
So this is a fantasy inspired by Hindu mythology, which is very exciting to me!! Also that cover is absolutely gorgeous and honestly like half the reason I’m excited for this book, and I feel like that’s very valid of me.

Six Angry Girls

Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner

Releases August 18th
Hmm mock trial and also knitting club book about angry girls??? Sounds like something that’s just up my alley!! Absolutely cannot wait for this one.

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon

Releases August 18th
The synopsis of this one sounds really intriguing and I’ve also listened to some panels with this author and now I absolutely can’t wait for this one!! It follows a first-generation immigrant as she deals with balancing family life and life at her all-white suburban high school and I’m very excited to see how it explores that balance!

Raybearer (Raybearer Series #1)

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Releases August 18th
I actually hadn’t heard about this book until I started watching some interviews with the author and then I immediately added it to my tbr once I heard her pitch it. The magic system in this one sounds fascinating and I can’t wait to see how it’s carried out!

Where Dreams Descend (Kingdom of Cards, #1)

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Releases August 25th
Circus book!! With a very interesting-sounding magic system and, judging by the ARC reviews I’ve seen, an absolutely gorgeous writing style!! I’m very intrigued!!

Now That I've Found You

Now That I’ve Found you by Kristina Forest

Releases August 25th
So this sounds like an adorable romance that’s set in the world of Hollywood, and, naturally, I’m expecting a very specific aesthetic from this book and I hope it delivers and I end up falling in love with it!!


Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Releases August 25th
This one takes place in a slightly alternate universe America where the culture has been influenced by Indigenous people. It follows a Lipan Apache girl who can raise the ghosts of dead animals!! I’m very excited to see what happens in this one because it sounds very intense from what is given in the synopsis! Plus, I hear the protagonist is asexual, as well!

Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Releases September 1st
Honestly if I had to pick like,,, a top 5 anticipated releases of the year (which you will never see me do), this would definitely be up there!! It’s a book about a Latinx trans boy, Yadriel, who accidentally summons the ghost of the resident “bad boy” Julian Diaz. Romance ensues! I can’t wait to see how the magic is explored in this one and I’m also v excited to meet Yads and Jules.

Dating Makes Perfect

Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn

Releases September 1st
I heard fake dating hate-to-love and my fingers clicked the want-to-read button of their own accord. I didn’t even have to think about this one, tbh. Incredibly excited for this one!

We Are Not Free

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

Releases September 1st
I very rarely pick up historical fiction purely because when I do, I don’t tend to end up enjoying it, but I’m actually really excited for this one! It sounds like it’s going to be told in such an interesting format because it has like,, 14 narrators and I’m just very interested to see how Traci Chee pulls that off and connects their stories to each other! It also takes place during WWII and focuses on Japanese internment camps, which aren’t often discussed in historical fiction (or in American history textbooks), so!!

Punching the Air

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Releases September 1st
Honestly the fact that this is written in verse was one of the biggest selling points for me. I’m always on the look-out for books that will make me cry and books in verse tend to fit the bill! Plus, this one is co-authored by Ibi Zoboi and I enjoyed a book of hers I read earlier this year so she now has my trust. It follows a wrongly incarcerated teen and I’m very excited to see how the authors broach this topic.

Never Look Back

Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera

Releases September 1st
So this is a retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice featuring Afro-Latinx characters and a touch of magical realism aka this sounds like the perfect book and I’ll be v sad if I don’t enjoy this one. Absolutely can’t wait for it to come out!!

The Summer of Everything

The Summer of Everything by Julian Winters

Releases September 8th
I’m not saying that I’m going to pick up anything Julian Winters writes without question, but actually that’s exactly what I’m saying. I just vibe with the kind of contemporaries that Julian Winter tends to write and this one sounds adorable and I absolutely cannot wait!!


Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

Releases September 15th
I originally put this one on my radar because of the cover. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I will not be accepting any arguments on this. But then I read the synopsis and it sounded like a dual timeline mystery thriller with a Black girl who’s an aspiring singer at the center and my excitement for it grew!!

Surrender Your Sons

Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass

Releases September 15th
Okay, so I also don’t tend to pick up much dystopian anymore, however, this one follows a bunch of queer teens as they try to get out of a conversion camp!! There was absolutely no way this wasn’t going to make it onto my list.

Each of Us a Desert

Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

Releases September 15th
Mark Oshiro is another author who’s first book I loved so I will now be picking up everything by them. I’ve been waiting for a new Mark Oshiro ever since I finished Anger Is a Gift when it first came out and now it’s finally coming and I could not be more excited!! This one is a fantasy!! It’s set in a desert where stories come to life and that’s really all I want to know about it.

Watch Over Me

Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour

Releases September 15th
We’re getting a new Nina LaCour!! This one went on my tbr as soon as I saw this cover and the fact that it was written by Nina LaCour. This one sounds like another exploration of grief and trauma and it’s sure to make me cry!! Absolutely can’t wait!!

Legendborn (Legendborn, #1)

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Releases September 15th
This one sounds like a retelling of King Arthur?? And I absolutely adore King Arthur retellings so this one is very high on my list!! It’s also a contemporary fantasy so I’m very excited to see how the author plays with the legend of King Arthur in the modern-day setting.

Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite

Vampires Never Get Old, edited by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker

Releases September 22nd
Okay, so a bunch of my favorite authors came together to write some vampire stories and I’m not the biggest fan of vampires, but I’m really excited to see the spin they put on them!! This line-up is excellent and it’s edited by Zoraida Córdova, whom I would trust with my life, so I really don’t think there’s a way I’m going to lose with this one.

Miss Meteor

Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore

Releases September 22nd
Two of my favorite authors are coming together to write a story about two girls who are ex-friends, but decide to enter a beauty pageant together in the hopes that one of them can win, so I literally never lose! I adore Anna-Marie McLemore’s and Tehlor Kay Mejia’s individual books, so I can’t wait to see what they manage to do together! I also can’t believe Tehlor has three whole books out this year?? Her power is unmatched.

Every Body Looking

Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh

Releases September 22nd
This one follows a Black girl as she goes off for her first year of college and begins to wrestle with her past. This one sounds like a really emotional read and, once again, I’m just looking for a book to make me cry and this one sounds like it fits the bill!!

Early Departures

Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds

Releases September 22nd
Another one that sounds like it’s going to explore grief! This one follows Jamal, whose best friend is brought back to life for a short time, and while Jamal is determined to make things right, the reader is left wondering whether he can do that on a time limit.


Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez

Releases September 29th
The synopsis says this is perfect for fans of The Poet X which was a very fast way to get me to click want to read for this book. It’s also set in Argentina and follows a girl who has to balance her family life with her blossoming soccer career. Very excited for everything in this book, but especially for the family dynamics because I’m very predictable.

And that concludes my anticipated releases for the third quarter of the year! Did you see any that are also on your list? What are some books you are excited for? Let me know in the comments!

wishing you all the best, enne

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