Anticipated May Releases

I would have had an Anticipated Releases for April back in March, but I honestly wasn’t sure what all was coming out that month but I have so many April Releases to add to my TBR now.

Most of these will be YA Releases but I do have a few that are outside of the YA sphere.

The books with the star icons next to them are the ones I’m most anticipating and most likely will buy and read sooner than later. So here are of my thoughts, first impressions, and reasons why I want to read most of these.


star imageTiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davisstar image
Release Date: May 1
tiffany sly lives here

This is YA contemporary of a girl who goes to live with her biological father after her mom dies but also comes to learn that there’s another man claiming to be her biological father. The premise just sounds really interesting and I can’t wait to read this one. Also I love the cover.


star imageSong of Blood & Stone by L. Penelopestar image
Release Date: May 1
song of blood & stone

This seems like a really interesting fantasy series. I think this is New Adult. That cover is also really gorgeous.


The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green
Release Date: May 1
the smoke thieves

This one I’m slightly less interested in, but it is YA fantasy with multiple POVs, so that means I’m either going to really enjoy it or really dislike it. 


star imageBrightly Burning by Alexa Donne star image
Release Date: May 1
brightly burning

So I’ve heard of Alexa Donne from her YouTube channel where she talks about the process of writing and about being an author. I haven’t gotten around to watching all of her videos but she seems really informative and passionate about writing, I can’t wait to read this one. The basic premise is that this is Jane Eyre in Space, which really sold me on this story.


star imageGirl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blakestar image
Release Date: May 1
girl made of stars

Another YA contemporary but this one is much more emotional and about a more difficult, hard-to-talk-about topic. This book deals with the main character’s brother being accused of rape and how the MC deals with that struggle. This book talks about victim blaming, sexual assault, and consent which is a very relevant topic today. This is also listed under the LGBT+ shelf on Goodreads and I know that the author has written another book that has F/F romance, How to Make a Wish (which is on my really-need-to- read list) & I think that this book is #OWNVoices. Also I have to give a shoutout to the beautiful cover.


star imageShip It by Britta Lundinstar image
Release Date: May 1
ship it

So the premise of this sounds really interesting and also very eerily similar to some real life drama that has happened with some popular television series concerning queerbaiting and how some TV shows disrespect their LGBTQA+ audiences. But also I quickly read a review that said that this story is actually kind of darker than you’d expect, so I can’t wait to be surprised. This BTW is #OWNVoices.


A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt
Release Date: May 1
a date with darcy

LMAO So this book…I’m not positive if I’ll absolutely love this one since it sounds just like a wish fulfillment story but at the same time, it sounds fun so why not?? Also this was originally titled “Bookish Boyfriends” but I think since it’s apparently going to be a series they changed it to “A Date with Darcy”.


The Pisces by Melissa Broder
Release Date: May 1
the pisces

WOW THIS COVER. It’s so weird and beautiful. This is one of the few books on here I have that isn’t a YA. I just follow the author on Twitter and she tweets about her anxiety and depression with humor.


I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
Release Date: May 3
i was born for this

I still want to read Radio Silence by this same author before I get to this, but I don’t I would mind reading this one first anyways. The plot is something that doesn’t entirely interest me but I’ve heard that Alice Oseman’s writing is really good.


star imageUndead Girl Gang by Lily Andersonstar image
Release Date: May 8
undead girl gang

This just sounds like a lot of fun and I’m all about girl gangs.


The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
Release Date: May 8
the way you make me feel maurene goo

So I want to get into more YA romance and just romance in general so I feel like this might be a good place to start. It has a cute premise and also has an Asian MC!


What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine
Release Date: May 8
what should be wild

Yes another non-YA book. This cover is really what got me. But the synopsis is pretty good and I didn’t expect it to be a fantasy for some reason. I feel like this could one of those surprise reads.


star imageAll of This Is True by Lygia Day Penaflorstar image
Release Date: May 15
all of this is true

So I just quickly read through the synposis because I don’t want to know too much going into this one. I want to say its a thriller/suspense/drama. IDK But I’m kind of getting Misery vibes from this one since its about these girls who befriend their favorite author.


star imageMy So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharmastar image
Release Date: May 15
my so called bollywood life

I know absolutely nothing about Bollywood. However this book still sounds a lot of fun and cute. This is also another YA romance that I think I’ll like.


star imageOut of the Blue by Sophie Cameronstar image
Release Date: May 15
out of the blue

This is a British YA fantasy novel with a f/f romance and fallen angels. One of the characters is Sri Lankan. I don’t think I’ve read a f/f romance with a paranormal element in it yet so this sounds pretty unique.


Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett
Release Date: May 15
onyx and ivory

Another YA fantasy with a forbidden romance in it. IDK Maybe this could surprise me. I adore the cover!!


star imageMonday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson star image
Release Date: May 22
monday's not coming

A YA contemporary / mystery. I also really just love this cover! It’s so minimalist and stylish!


Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Release Date: May 22
furyborn

The premise of this one is really interesting since it’s separated by long periods of time. This sounds like a more refreshing YA fantasy but I’ll have to wait and see.


star imageAlways Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

Release Date: May 22
AlwaysNever_BOM_4p.indd

The cover looks really cute and the premise sounds cute. Sometimes you have to have the fluffy stuff too I guess lol. Also I’ve heard that the love interest is Japanese-American!


From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon
Release Date: May 22
from twinkle with love

So I want to read When Dimple Met Rishi before I get to this one but FTWL in my opinion has a premise that sounds more interesting to me being that the MC wants to be a filmmaker which was once a dream job I had when I was younger. Both of the covers for WDMR and FTWL are really cute!


The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde
Release Date: May 22
the brightsiders

The title instantly reminds of me Mr. Brightside by The Killers and that may be the number one reason why I want to read this one. But seriously I’ve heard that Jen Wilde’s previously released book Queens of Geek was super good and she writes LGBTQA+ characters really well. Also this about a band and I love stories about musicians and bands and music in general.


Thanks for reading! Comment down below what May Releases you’re excited for and put down some recs for me to read if I missed anything.

Sav

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