Rebelscribe has put together the only list you need to ensure your tbr for this year is the best it can be!
It goes without saying that I love books, I have dedicated a business to make book sleeves just to protect them. Lockdown is affecting all of us and I for one like to spend at least a few hours a day reading. But do you know what also excites me? Adding to my to be read list. Sometimes I grab my kindle fully intending to download something to read and spend hours just scrolling through different books, adding them to different lists on my goodreads account. These lists will always be a million times longer than my actual read list, they just keep on growing. So get ready to fill up your own 'to be read' lists with the ones Rebelscribe is most excited about.
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff
Releasing Autumn 2021
First up is the upcoming fantasy by Jay Kristoff. This book has been described as the bastard love child of interview with a vampire and The road, so literally what could there be not to love? Jay has already established himself as one of the best fantasy writers out there, so this is bound to be an absolute epic. But unfortunately this book, originally announced to be released in 2019, then in September this year, is now not releasing until 2021! A long time to wait, but I'm sure it will be worth the wait. Here's the synopsis:
Twenty-seven years have passed since the last sunrise, and for almost three decades, the creatures of the night have walked the day without fear. Once, humanity fought bravely against the coldblood legions, but now, we exist only in a few scattered settlements—tiny sparks of light in a growing sea of darkness.
Gabriel de León is the last of the Silversaints, a holy order dedicated to defending realm and church, now utterly destroyed. Imprisoned for the murder of the vampiric king, Gabriel is charged with telling the story of his life.
His tale spans years, from his youth in the monastery of San Michel, to the forbidden love that spelled his undoing, and the betrayal that saw his order annihilated. Most importantly, Gabriel will tell of his discovery of the Grail—the legendary cup prophesied to bring an end to the eternal night.
But the Grail was no simple chalice; and its secret was held by a smart-mouthed teenage urchin named Dior. Their journey with a band of unlikely allies would see Dior and Gabriel forge an unbreakable bond, and set the broken paragon on a road to redemption.
But now, the Grail is shattered. And with the cup of the Saviour destroyed and the last Silversaint awaiting execution, what can bring an end to this unholy empire?
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
Releasing 26th May 2020
This book is the new debut from Namina Forna and follows a girl who literally 'bleeds' gold. The cover for this is just stunning and considering this is a debut, there is some serious buzz around this book about a girl with special abilities. Sounds exciting! Here's the synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.
But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity--and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.
Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki--near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire's greatest threat.
Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she's ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be--not even Deka herself.
King of Scars 2 by Leigh Bardugo
(No cover released yet!)
WARNING! Skip this paragraph if you don't want spoilers from previous Leigh Bardugo books, don't say I didn't warn you! Now some might say I am obsessed with the grishaverse, I prefer to think of myself as a dedicated fan. I went to see Leigh in London on her book tour of Ninth house and she was just so inspiring to listen to as a wannabe author. If you get the chance to see her, I wholeheartedly recommend it because she so deserves all the recognition she gets.
Now the grishaverse books are already getting much more buzz about them since the announcement of the Netflix show based on both Shadow and Bone and The Six of Crows duology (if you haven't heard about this yet, then what planet are you living on?) And King of Scars 2 is up there with being one of my MOST wanted books right now. After it was revealed that the infamous villain himself, The Darkling, had returned at the end of King of Scars I have been counting down the days to the sequel ever since. I have so many questions! Will Alina and Mal return? Will Nikolai and Zoya finally get together? Will we have any cameos from the famous six? Will Nikolai stay as sarcastically charming as ever? At the moment there is no synopsis for this book as Leigh is still currently writing it, and there hasn't even been a title confirmed yet although I'll be putting my money on Queen of Storms. Here's to watching the calendar for any updates from Leigh....
Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin
Releasing 1st September 2020
I am a huge fan of Shelby's debut novel Serpent and Dove. Literally from the moment I saw the absolutely stunning black and gold cover and read the synopsis about a Witch and a Witch hunter forced into a marriage, I knew I was going to love it. Shelby herself even said she got the idea of La Dames Blanches from Outlander which is one of my all time picks for romance. So when I devoured Serpent and Dove in a day I was not disappointed. It's technically a YA series but Shelby makes it feel much more mature and I am dying to read the sequel, Blood and Honey this September. I may even have to order the special edition to match my Serpent and Dove fairyloot edition. I can't wait to hold it in my hands. Here's the synopsis:
After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.
To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.
The Ballad of Song Birds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Releasing 19th May 2020
Suzanne really needs no introduction as the author of the hugely successful Hunger Games series. Her new book, The ballad of Song Birds and Snakes is based around the young Coriolanus Snow preparing to mentor in the tenth annual hunger games. Fans of the original series will be patiently counting down the days to get to know the infamous villains background before he came to be the tyrannical president of Panem. Is anyone else thinking a re read of The trilogy might be in order before it is released? Here is the official synopsis:
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmanoeuvre his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.
The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favour, failure, and death. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab
Releasing 6th October 2020
Would you make a deal with the devil to live forever but never be remembered by another soul? That's the theme of the new adult fantasy release from V.E. Schwab. This is certainly something a little different than the authors other releases such as the Shades of Magic series and the Villains series. This new book releasing in October this year, sounds a little more romantic and easy going. Here's the synopsis in full:
A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.
So there' you have it, my most anticipated fantasy novels releasing in the near future. What's on your list? Let me know in the comments if you have any that you would have added or any thoughts on what I have put onto the list. As always guys, happy reading. Feel free to check out the rest of my blog, or my book sleeves here.