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Anticipated May Reads

New month, new releases.
 
I’ve gotten so bad at keeping my blog up to date and have completely dropped the ball on doing my monthly anticipated reads, but we finally have one (almost a year after the last one). There’s a lot of fantasy hitting the shelves this month. Sarah J. Maas is back with her latest novella in the ACOTAR series, and Stephanie Garber is back with the sequel to Caraval (which I’ve just found out is now going to be a trilogy). Ruth Ware, one of my favourite thriller writers, will also be releasing her 4th Thriller later this month.

 

Click each image below to find out more about each book and add to your Goodreads shelves.

 

Which book are you most hotly anticipating this May? Let me know in the comments below.


A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1
Release Date: May 1st 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

 

 
Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.


Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Series: Caraval #2
Release Date: May 29th 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

 

 
Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval
 
A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.
 
After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.
 
The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.
 
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.


Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Series: Empirium #1
Release Date: May 22nd 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

 

 
Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.
 
When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
 
A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.
 
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.


The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green
Series: The Smoke Thieves #1
Release Date: May 3rd 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

 

 
A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict.
 
In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a loveless political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father. In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town. And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.
 
As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our four heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?


The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Release Date: May 29th 2018
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

 

 
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game comes Ruth Ware’s highly anticipated fourth novel.
 
On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.
 
Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.
 
Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.


Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
Release Date: May 3rd 2018
Genre: Mystery, Thriller

 

 
This is a love story. This is a tragedy. This is a book about a break up so bad that when you put the pieces of the love story back together, what you get is MURDER …
 

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Mike knows that most of us travel through the world as one half of a whole, desperately searching for that missing person to make us complete.
 
But he and Verity are different. They have found each other and nothing and no one will tear them apart.
 
It doesn’t matter that Verity is marrying another man.
 
You see, Verity and Mike play a game together, a secret game they call ‘the crave’, the aim being to demonstrate what they both know: that Verity needs Mike, and only Mike.
 
Verity’s upcoming marriage is the biggest game she and Mike have ever played. And it’s for the highest stakes.
 
Except this time in order for Mike and Verity to be together someone has to die …


The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross
Release Date: May 3rd 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fairy Tales, Retellings, Fantasy

 

 
A sumptuously magical, brand new take on a tale as old as time—read the Beast’s side of the story at long last.
 
I am neither monster nor man—yet I am both.
 
I am the Beast.
 
The day I was cursed to this wretched existence was the day I was saved—although it did not feel so at the time.
 
My redemption sprung from contemptible roots; I am not proud of what I did the day her father happened upon my crumbling, isolated chateau. But if loneliness breeds desperation then I was desperate indeed, and I did what I felt I must. My shameful behaviour was unjustly rewarded.
 
My Isabeau. She opened my eyes, my mind and my heart; she taught me how to be human again.
 
And now I might lose her forever.
 
Lose yourself in this gorgeously rich and magical retelling of The Beauty and the Beast that finally lays bare the beast’s heart.

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