Looking forward to 2020

Happy New Year!  

I hope everyone had a wonderful new year!  I spent my New Year’s Eve listening to the eight hour fireworks show in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Those Danes really love their fireworks! Apparently, Danes can legally buy (professional grade – to my untrained American eye) fireworks during the month of December and then can set them off – legally – during the week leading up to New Year.  The fireworks started in earnest at 4:30pm (although I did see some in the sky at 2:30, while it was still light out) and continued until about 2:00am. It was amazing!

Copenhagen 12/31/19

Now that we’ve started 2020, I wanted to share with you the books I’m most excited for in 2020.  Here’s my incomplete list of the books I’m totally psyched for in 2020.

The King of Crows by Libba Bray

Have you read the Diviners series?  It is amazing! Set in the 1920s, New York City is plagued by ghosts and only those with supernatural powers can help put a stop to it.  This is the conclusion to the series and I couldn’t be more excited to see how it turns out! If you like audiobooks, this is a great one to listen to because January LaVoy does all of the different voices for all the characters.  I guarantee I’ll be reading AND listening to this one. (Releases: February 4)

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah Maas

While I wait (very impatiently, I might add) for the next A Court of Thorns and Roses books, I will have to satisfy my Sarah Maas craving with her new series.  An adult fantasy novel following a half-fae, half-human character and a fallen angel character who are working together to investigate a murder? Sign me up! (Releases: March 3)

 

My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

The trio behind My Lady Jane strikes again with a supernatural retelling of Calamity Jane, Annie Oakley, and Frank Butler.  Now, to be fair, I was less than excited about the last offering from this trio – My Plain Jane (the Jane Eyre retelling) – but since My Lady Jane is one of my favorite books of all time, I have to list this one higher.  The first one had animal magic, the second one had ghosts, and by all accounts, I’m pretty sure this one is about werewolves. (Releases: June 2)

 

The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

In an instance of life imitating art, I read their first book, The Royal We, on the heels of the royal wedding in 2018.  Such an adorable story about Bex, an American girl who meets and falls in love with Nick, the heir to the British throne.  This one picks up where the last one left off – Bex has caused a bit of a scandal in the UK – and I can’t wait to see how it plays out.  If you are a fan of the British royals, this one should definitely make your to-read list! (Releases: June 16)

 

Well Played by Jen DeLuca

After reviewing Well Met as my first post on this blog, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that I am looking forward to the sequel, Well Played.  Emily’s friend Stacey is the heroine of this one. Stacey seems to be interested in finally settling down and wonders whether her on-again, off-again summer fling is just the person to whom she should commit.  I assume there will be many Renaissance Faire hijinks and appearances by Emily, Simon, April, and – of course – Mitch. (Releases: September 29)

 

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

The final installation in the Truly Devious series will (hopefully) wrap up one of the many mysteries left unsolved at Ellington Academy.  Will Stevie be able to find the final piece of the puzzle to the historic mystery AND solve the present day ones? I’m riveted! (Releases: January 21)

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

Another royal romance from the author of The Selection?  I’m not sure I need to say more. Unless you haven’t read The Selection.  If you haven’t, please do. Then come back and get all fangirl with me over this one!  While I could live without The Crown and The Heir, the original Selection trilogy is one of my favorites.  I cannot wait for this one! (Releases: May 5)

As a professional librarian, sometimes I’m able to read books prior to their publication date and there are a few being released in 2020 that I so excited for that I NEED to include here.  You’ll thank me later!

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

An adorable romance about two teens in a private school in New York City engaged in a Twitter war over grilled cheese.  The only thing that could have made this book better are recipes for ALL of the treats. Maybe I’ll get lucky in the finished copy!  (Releases: January 21)

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

One of my favorites from 2019 was Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse So Dark and Lonely, a wonderful retelling of Beauty and the Beast.  In this sequel, we pick up where we left off – Grey, Prince Rhen’s faithful commander is still missing and the guardian of a secret that will rock all of Emberfall.  Since I’ve already read it, I can only say that this one is just as good as the first and will leave all readers desperate for #3, not due out until 2021! Ack! (Releases: January 7 – it’s out!  Run, do not walk to grab this one!)

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Another author of one of 2019’s favorites, Tricia Levenseller, is out with another fabulous stand alone novel.  Alessandra’s hope is to romance the Shadow King, get him to propose marriage, marry him, kill him, and take over the throne herself.  It’s a great read – especially for those who love the rivals-to-lovers trope. The author herself has indicated that this is a Slytherin romance. (Releases: February 25)

The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne

It didn’t make my best of 2019 list, but Alexa Donne’s debut novel – Brightly Burning – was a delight.  A retelling of Jane Eyre in space was a great surprise that I hadn’t been expecting. Her second novel is a retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion that takes place in space and it is as entertaining as her first.  (Releases: February 4)  

I hope you didn’t get bogged down by my long list and are inspired by my 2020 list!  I can’t wait to get reading.

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