My most anticipated May releases

Hello lovely readers!
From now on, at the end of each month, I will dedicate a blog post to up to five of my most anticipated new releases for the next month. This will be the first new releases post ever, yay!

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – 7 May

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman is probably one of the most anticipated reads for everyone, everywhere. Scrolling through various social media outlets, I noticed that everyone who did receive an arc is absolutely hyped about it, so I am super excited to get my hands on this book as well. The stunning character art that Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman both posted on their Instagram also served to make me want to read this book.

Here is a blurb from Goodreads:

“The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.”

Finale by Stephanie Garber – 7 May

Coming out the same day as Aurora Rising is Stephanie Garber’s final installment in her Caraval series; Finale. I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed Caraval, but Legendary really made me love the series. I love the settings in these books, and I can’t wait to see how everything will go down in Finale.

Blurb from Goodreads below:

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…all games must come to an end.

It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.

Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finaly, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything…

Noturna by Maya Motayne – 7 May

I’ll be honest, I had never heard of this book until my friend pulled it out of one her subscription boxes. I loved the exclusive cover in it, so obviously I looked it up. I was happy to read that it involves lots of magic, in particular a face changing MC. That sounds exactly like my cup of tea.

Goodreads blurb below:

Set in a Latinx-inspired world, a face-changing thief and a risk-taking prince must team up to defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashed.

To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her…and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks.

As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal pa

lace or be stripped of her magic forever.

After the murder of his older brother, Prince Alfehr is first in line for the Castallan throne. But Alfie can’t help but feel that he will never live up to his brother’s legacy. Riddled with grief, Alfie is obsessed with finding a way to bring his brother back, even if it means dabbling in forbidden magic.

But when Finn and Alfie’s fates collide, they accidentally unlock a terrible, ancient power—which, if not contained, will devour the world. And with Castallan’s fate in their hands, Alfie and Finn must race to vanquish what they have unleashed, even if it means facing the deepest darkness in their pasts.

Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard – 7 May

If you follow me on Bookstagram, then you know how I felt about War Storm. I loved that book, and honestly thought that even though the end left a lot to the imagination, I also think it was a realistic ending considering the characters’ unique personalities. HOWEVER, I still want answers. I think that this book will finally give them to me, one year after War Storm came out and I read it in like, a day.

No blurb here, because the book will be a collection of short stories already published (Steel Scars and Queen Song), new short stories, and never before seen exclusive content. The new novellas will take place after the drama of War Storm, so I’m really excited to see how all my favs are doing right now.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – 14 May

Okay so lately (and with that I mean for the past year or so) I have been on a major Arabian-inspired novels kick. I don’t know why. But if it includes Arabian mythology I will 100% read it. So guess how happy I will be when I get to read We Hunt the Flame? Part of the reason why I’m so excited is because this book will also diversify my shelves a lot more. I hardly have any books that were written by Muslim authors. This book includes exactly what I like in YA fantasy; a badass female MC.

Anyway, the initial reviews on Goodreads look really good, so I have high expectations. Here is the blurb:

People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. 

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

These are my five most anticipated new releases for the month of May! Also, it looks like May 7 will be an amazing day for readers every where. RIP my wallet.

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