Monthly Most Anticipated – May 2020

So yeah it’s been a hot minute and everything is just…chaotic. I haven’t blogged in a while and I am going to talk about that more in a future post. But I want to get back into it and be more active than I have been before.

To get to the point of this post, these are some things coming out this month I’m excited for. A lot of stuff I initially would have put in here have been changed because of the coronavirus pushing release dates of many things further into year or even into next year.


BOOKS

MAY 5

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo’s third book featuring two half-sisters who are connected by the death of their father set in New York City and the Dominican Republic. First of all I love the cover and the title. Secondly, I know I’m going to enjoy this book because Elizabeth Acevedo is a master with words and this one is told in verse like her debut, The Poet X.

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

This book is about a Black, queer, and transgender teen by a Black, queer, transgender author. I’ve heard good things about this author’s other books and I’m excited to start with this one from them.

The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton

This is described as A Knight’s Tale meets Moxie which is intriguing enough for me. I like the concept of a YA taking place in Medieval Times-esque restaurant. I’m interested to see what the humor will be like and how it deals with sexism and gender.

Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky

The doomsday prepper scenario mixed in with possibly cult stuff? I’m in. When it comes to anything about cults, secret societies/compounds, I’m for some reason really int those kind of stories.

MAY 12

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

Described as “When Dimple Met Rishi meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this rom com about two teen girls with rival henna businesses”, The Henna Wars is F/F enemies to lovers that many have been waiting with two girls of color. Also it’s set in Ireland which is actually a place I have yet to read about.

By the Book by Amanda Sellet

Not gonna lie that the cover and the pun-tastic title drew me in. So I intentionally am not setting my expectations high only because I’m in for the cuteness.

MAY 19

We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

I’m not the type of person who would normally bring up Book Twitter controversy but if you wanted to know my stance on a certain book that was brought up at the beginning for the year for having garbage representation of the Mexican migration experience, fuck American Dirt and read a book about immigration from an Own Voices author.

This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling

This is the sequel to These Witches Don’t Burn which I started last year but then put on hold and its been that ever since. I was barely getting into the story of the first one but I am interested see where it all goes, continue on with it, and possibly read this one.

MAY 26

Out Now: Queer We Go Again edited by Saundra Mitchell

I’m actually apart of a blog your this for this title and I cannot wait. The synopsis alone sounds so interesting and fun.

“A follow-up to the critically acclaimed All Out anthology, Out Now features seventeen new short stories from amazing queer YA authors. Vampires crash prom, aliens run from the government, a president’s daughter comes into her own, a true romantic tries to soften the heart of a cynical social media influencer, a selkie and the sea call out to a lost soul. Teapots and barbershops, skateboards and VW vans, Street Fighter and Ares’s sword: Out Now has a story for every reader and surprises with each turn of the page!”

FILMS

I would have put more here but most movies are either being delayed later in the year or into next year. That being said there is one film that I’ve been anticipating that wasn’t affected by the coronavirus.

THE HALF OF IT

I’ve already watched this and I plan on reviewing on it because I just want to rave about it. I highly recommend this beautiful coming of age story. This is from a Chinese-American lesbian creator so please support this film so we can get more stories like this in mainstream media.

TV SERIES

There’s only two series that I’m interested right now. I also have a lot of shows I’m still “currently watching”.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power – Season 5

The final season of She-Ra is upon us. It really feels so sudden since this show has only been on Netflix for 2 years. I would have really liked this to have had more episodes/seasons but I am fine with what they have put out and hopefully with what will come. The previous season left off with some interesting cliffhangers and there is so much that needs to be resolved. I’m excited to see how it all ends.

Dead to Me – Season 2

This was a show I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did last year. This had a lot of great twists as well as comedy and great moments concerning grief and trauma. The last episode of the first season ended with a major ciffhanger as shit was hitting the fan.


That’s what I’m looking forward to this month let me know what you’re looking forward to in May and we can chat about it in the comments below.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Monthly Most Anticipated – February 2020

BOOKS

BELLE REVOLTE BY LINSEY MILLER

  • YA high fantasy with French influences
  • all the characters are queer
  • ace rep

ALL THE STARS AND TEETH BY ADALYN GRACE

  • YA fantasy
  • SEA FANTASY WITH PIRATES AND MERMAIDS

THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US BY TRICIA LEVENSELLER

  • YA dark fantasy
  • enemies to lovers ship
  • morally grey characters

THE KING OF CROWS BY LIBBA BRAY

  • YA historical paranormal series
  • I CAN’T BELIEVE ITS HERE AND ITS ENDING!!!

THE SOUND OF STARS BY ALECHIA DOW

  • YA sci-fi
  • fat black girl MC + she’s ace
  • girl meets alien
  • music and books!

NIGHT SPINNER BY ADDIE THORLEY

  • YA fantasy retelling of Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • set in a tundra environment

FOUL IS FAIR BY HANNAH CAPIN

  • YA contemporary
  • TW: sexual assault; rape; violence
  • revenge story !!!
  • Kill Bill vibes

MOVIES

BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN)
Release Date: Feb 7

This is the most invested I’ve been in a film within the DCEU since Wonder Woman and it looks like it’ll live up to my own hype built around it. It looks FUN and that’s pretty much all I can ask for when going to see a superhero flick. Also its directed by a woman of color Cathy Yan and produced by Margot Robbie herself. The SOUNDTRACK IS COOL.

EMMA
Release Date: Feb 21

Emma (2020) may be the Emma adaptation that will sell me on reading the Austen classic (besides Clueless). Not a huge fan of the Gwyneth Paltrow one. I like the actress Anya Taylor Joy especially for her performance in The VVitch. Also Bill Nighy as Mr. Woodhouse is a huge sell for me and an excellent casting choice. Basically reminds of me the casting for Little Women with Bob Odenkirk as Mr. March.

THE INVISIBLE MAN
Release Date: Feb 28

Moreso taken from the Universal film than the book this looks terrifying and dark. Also not too familiar with either the book or the many adaptations of it.


TV SERIES

HIGH FIDELITY on HULU

Listen just tell me Zoe Kravitz is in it and I’ll watch it. BUT seriously this sounds promising for an adaptation of a film about a white dude in the U.S. which is also an adaptation of a book from a white British guy. I love things about music and record stores and this looks fun.

BETTER CALL SAUL SEASON 5 on AMC

I really need to catch up with this show before the new season airs but I really appreciate this show. I’ve mostly kept up with it since it aired and it always surprises me every week.

I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS SEASON 1 on NETFLIX

So I JUST HAPPENED TO discover this through making this post. This is apparently an adaptation of a graphic novel by the guy who did The End of the F***ing World (WHICH I LOVE) and it also stars Sophia Lillis who I really enjoyed in the Sharp Objects miniseries and the new IT films. Its been described as Sex Education meets Stranger Things because its the coming of age story about sexuality, growing up and whatnot BUT the MC having superpowers. From what little I’ve seen there is a queer storyline with the MC being in love her best friend. I know nothing else so this could go haywire and be bad but I’m hoping it’s good and for success.


That’s that for what I’m looking forward to in February. What are you most anticipating this month?

Anticipated June Releases

Coming at yall with some more books I can’t wait to spend all my money on !!!


Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim
Release Date: June 5
mariam sharma hits the road

A fun read about 3 three Muslim friends going on a road trip???? Sign me up.


Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Release Date: June 5
neverworld wake

I don’t really know anything about this except its YA sci-fi but the cover really reminds me of this iconic image from The End of Evangelion (Neon Genesis Evangelion).

end of evangelion


Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez
Release Date: June 5
sweet black waves

“Inspired by the star-crossed tale of Tristan and Iseult, this is the story of the legend’s true heroine: Branwen” 

So I have no knowledge of the story of Tristan and Iseult but I hope to read it by the time I get to this. I’m just super interested in reading some retellings of famous stories/myths/folklore.


Smoke in the Sun (#2) by Renee Ahdieh 
Release Date: June 5
smoke in the sun

I haven’t read Flame in the Mist yet, the first book of this duology, but I really want to get around it! From what I know this is a Mulan retelling set in Feudal era Japan. Also I personally love the new covers.


Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas #2) by Zoraida Cordova
Release Date: June 5
bruja born

Also another sequel to a book that I haven’t read yet, which is Labyrinth Lost. I have zeor clue what this one is actually going to be about, but I know that MC of Labyrinth Lost is bi, so I’m pretty hyped to get into this series.


Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno 
Release Date: June 5
summer of salt

Solely based off the cover this looks like it could have a queer romance. Which I’m obviously 100% here for. It’s also described as magical realism which is one of my favorite things. I haven’t heard many people talk about this one yet but I think once it comes out more people will.


Final Draft by Riley Redgate
Release Date: June 12
final draft

I know a lot of people have hyped up Riley Redgate’s first novel, Noteworthy (which is also on my TBR). This one seems really interesting and the cover is stunning.


Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi
Release Date: June 18
not the girls youre looking for

From the cover this looks like a cute YA contemporary but from reading some of the reviews, it’s a lot more intense, so I’m interested to see how this folds out.


Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak 
Release Date: June 26
wild blue wonder

Blue blue blue. One of my favorite covers. I adore this cover. I already raved about this in this post about my favorite blue covers. I know that the actual story is about a summer camp and its has some romance in it. It could be pretty good.


A Thousand Beginnings and Endings – Edited by Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman (Anthology)
Release Date: June 26
a thousand beginnings and endings

I was hype for a while ago when I talked about all the YA anthologies coming out this year, and I’m so excited to pick this up. It’s all about Asian authors writing stories about Asian mythology. What’s not to like?


My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
Release Date: June 26
my plain jane

I bought My Lady Jane recently and I’m hoping that’s good, because I love the covers for these two books. Also I’ve heard that these are satirical books and I’ve been looking for more funny books.


 

 

 

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
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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