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2022 New Books Releases I Want to Read (January – June)

2022 New Book Releases I Want to Read (January - June)

What new book releases are you most looking forward to in the first half of 2022?

There are an abundance of great new releases to look forward to this year. Even though I know it would be impossible to get to them all, it’s still fun to make such lists and keep an eye on books in case of sales or mood changes.

The number one read in each month I can’t wait to read are: Daughter of the Moon Goddess (January), The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea (February), A Brush with Love (March), Part of Your World (April), Remarkable Ruby (May), and The Silence That Binds Us (June).

Here’s the full mega list of anticipated 2022 releases:

JANUARY
1 – Digging Up Love by Chandra Blumberg
4 – Operation Sisterhood by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (review coming soon)
11 – Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
11 – The Family You Make by Jill Shalvis
11 – Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon
11 – The Shattered Skies by John Birmingham
14 – Snow White with the Red Hair (vol. 14)
18 – How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan (review)
18 – Operation Do-Over by Gordon Korman
18 – Joan Is Okay by Weike Wang
18 – Servant Mage by Kate Elliott
18 – Icebreaker by A. L. Graziadei
25 – Getting His Game Back by Gia de Cadenet (review)
25 – His Fresh Start Cowboy by A.M. Arthur
25 – The Map to You by Rachel Stockbridge

 

FEBRUARY
1? – Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston
1 – The Iron Sword by Julie Kagawa (review coming soon)
1 – Just Right Jillian by Nicole D. Collier (review coming soon)
1 – Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur
1 – Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms by Jamar J. Perry
1 – Ramón and Julieta by Alana Albertson
8 – Not the Witch You Wed by April Asher
11 – Playing for Love by Jeevani Charika
15 – Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Fergusan
22 – The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh
22 – I’m So (Not) Over You by Kosoko Jackson
22 – Only a Monster by Vanessa Len

 

MARCH
1 – Turning by Joy L. Smith (review coming soon)
1 – A Brush with Love by Mazey Eddings
1 – Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega
1 – Wingbearer by Marjorie M. Liu
1 – This Is Not Enough by Anna Kang, Illustrated by Christopher Weyant
8 – The Suite Spot by Trish Doller (review)
8 – Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron
8 – One for All by Lillie Lainoff
15 – Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros
15 – Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma
22 – The Garden We Share by Zoë Tucker, Illustrated by Swaney Julianna (review)
22 – Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoy
22 – Kiss & Tell by Adib Khorram
22 – A Million Quiet Revolutions by Robin Gow
29 – Summer Nights with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews (review coming soon)
29 – Bharatanatyam in Ballet Shoes by Mahak Jain

 

APRIL
5 – Spy x Family (vol. 7)
5 – Positively Introverted by Maureen Marzi Wilson
5 – Alice Austen Lived Here by Alex Gino
5 – She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott & Alyson Derrick
5 – The Blood Trials by N.E. Davenport
5 – Love from Scratch by Kaitlyn Hill
5 – Business Not as Usual by Sharon C. Cooper
12 – No Rings Attached by Rachel Lacey
15 – Snow White with the Red Hair (vol. 18)
19 – Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez
26 – That Cowboy of Mine by Donna Grant
26 – The Damning Stone by TJ Klune
26 – Jagged Little Pill by Eric Smith
26 – In the Key of Us by Mariama J. Lockington
26 – Never Cross a Highlander by Lisa Rayne

 

MAY
3 – Remarkable Ruby by Terri Libenson
3 – Book Lovers by Emily Henry
3 – Chef’s Kiss by T.J. Alexander
10 – Set on You by Amy Lea
10 – Camp Famous by Jennifer Blecher
10 – Wildseed Witch by Marti Dumas
31 – Small Town Pride by Phil Stamper

 

JUNE
7 – Batter Royale by Leisl Adams
7 – Same Time, Same Place by David M. Barnett
14 – The Silence That Binds Us by Joanna Ho
14 – Wash Day Diaries by Jamila Rowser and Robyn Smith
17 – Snow White with the Red Hair (vol. 19)
21 – On Rotation by Shirlene Obuobi
21 – Fake It Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley
28 – The Black Girls Left Standing by Juliana Goodman
28 – The Song That Moves the Sun by Anna Bright


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December 2021 New Book Releases

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December 2021 New Book Releases

December 7

The Righteous by Reneé Ahidieh

Innate Magic by Shannon Fay

December 28

Starlight by Olivia Wildenstein

Duke Gone Rogue by Christy Carlyle

It Happened One Midnight by Saranna DeWylde


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November 2021 New Book Releases

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November 1
Star Mother by Charlie N. Holmberg

November 2
You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith (arc)
Snow White with the Red Hair (Volume 16)
The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams
Escape From Falaise by John Flanagan
Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross
Another Beast’s Skin by Jessika Grewe Glover
Tahira in Bloom by Farah Heron

November 9
You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao (arc)
Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens

November 16
The Singles Table by Sara Desai
Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Adapted & Illustrated by Gareth Hinds

November 23
The Becoming by Nora Roberts

November 30
A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill (arc)
Oddball by Sarah Andersen (arc review)


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Wednesday Wish List [Middle Grade Edition]

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Happy Wednesday!

For this Wednesday Wish List, I wanted the list to have a theme: middle grade. I love reading middle grade and try to read it as much as I do any other genre. They’re always so fun, wholesome, heartfelt, and real.

So this Wednesday, I’m wishing for:

Starfish by Lisa Fipps

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Ever since Ellie wore a whale swimsuit and made a big splash at her fifth birthday party, she’s been bullied about her weight. To cope, she tries to live by the Fat Girl Rules–like “no making waves,” “avoid eating in public,” and “don’t move so fast that your body jiggles.” And she’s found her safe space–her swimming pool–where she feels weightless in a fat-obsessed world. In the water, she can stretch herself out like a starfish and take up all the room she wants. It’s also where she can get away from her pushy mom, who thinks criticizing Ellie’s weight will motivate her to diet. Fortunately, Ellie has allies in her dad, her therapist, and her new neighbor, Catalina, who loves Ellie for who she is. With this support buoying her, Ellie might finally be able to cast aside the Fat Girl Rules and starfish in real life–by unapologetically being her own fabulous self.

 

Maya and the Return of the Godlings by Rena Barron

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*minor book 1 spoilers*

The threat from The Dark is far from over. Twelve-year-old Maya knows this. After crossing the veil between the two worlds, saving her father, and narrowly escaping the sinister clutches of the Lord of Shadows, tensions between the human world and The Dark are higher than ever. And even worse, Maya’s orisha powers as a godling are out of control.

Now a guardian in training, Maya spends her days patching up veils with her father and cleaning up near-disasters like baby wormholes that her erratic powers create. But when Maya and her friends discover that something went terribly wrong during their journey to bring her father back to the human world, they are forced to return to The Dark and restore what they left behind, the one thing keeping the veil from falling: her father’s soul.

The Lord of Shadows is mobilizing his forces for an all-out war against the human world. And this time, Maya and her friends will need all the help they can get. Even if that means teaming up with their greatest enemies, the darkbringers.

 

Unsettled by Reem Faruqi

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From Pakistan to Peachtree City—Nurah’s stirring story of finding your place.

When Nurah’s family moves from Karachi, Pakistan, to Peachtree City, Georgia, all she really wants is to blend in, but she stands out for all the wrong reasons. Nurah’s accent, floral-print kurtas, and tea-colored skin make her feel excluded, and she’s left to eat lunch alone under the stairwell, until she meets Stahr at swimming tryouts. Stahr covers her body when in the water, just like Nurah, but for very different reasons.

But in the water Nurah doesn’t want to blend in: She wants to stand out. She wants to win medals like her star athlete brother, Owais—who is going through struggles of his own in America—yet when sibling rivalry gets in the way, she makes a split-second decision of betrayal that changes their fates.

As Nurah slowly begins to sprout wings in the form of strong swimming arms, she gradually gains the courage to stand up to bullies, fight for what she believes in, and find her place.

 

The Elephant in the Room by Holly Goldberg Sloan

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It’s been almost a year since Sila’s mother traveled halfway around the world to Turkey, hoping to secure the immigration paperwork that would allow her to return to her family in the United States.

The long separation is almost impossible for Sila to withstand. But things change when Sila accompanies her father (who is a mechanic) outside their Oregon town to fix a truck. There, behind an enormous stone wall, she meets a grandfatherly man who only months before won the state lottery. Their new alliance leads to the rescue of a circus elephant named Veda, and then to a friendship with an unusual boy named Mateo, proving that comfort and hope come in the most unlikely of places.

 

The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag

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In thirteen-year-old Aster’s family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn’t shifted . . . and he’s still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be.

When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help — as a witch. It will take the encouragement of a new friend, the non-magical and non-conforming Charlie, to convince Aster to try practicing his skills. And it will require even more courage to save his family . . . and be truly himself.


Do you read middle grade? Do you have a favorite middle grade book or is there one you really want to read?


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🍂 October 2021 New Book Releases 🍂

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
– L.M. Montgomery

 

OCTOBER 5
Love, Chai, and Other Four-Letter Words by Annika Sharma
Spy x Family (vol. 6)
Luminous by Mara Rutherford
Dust & Grim by Chuck Wendig
Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper (synopsis below)
Susie B. Won’t Back Down by Margaret Finnegan

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OCTOBER 11
Dark Alpha’s Need by Donna Grant (synopsis below)

There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I’m coming for you…

The latest threat uncovered, it is my honor and duty to oust those responsible for the slaughter of so many and make the Fae Others pay for their crimes. However, nothing could have prepared me for the stunning and curious female that crosses my path. She’s an enigma: equal parts strength and vulnerability. She quiets the rage I’ve carried within me for so long and makes me question Death’s directives for the first time ever. Her tragic, emotional story touches something deep within me, and her bravery is awe-inspiring—which makes it doubly hard to let her return to the enemy and the dangers that await. I never expected her, but I need her. She is everything to me, and I will do whatever it takes to make sure she’s safe and by my side. Forever.

 

OCTOBER 12
The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker
The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu
Always, in December by Emily Stone

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OCTOBER 19
Carefree Black Girls by Zeba Blay (arc review)
Well Matched by Jen DeLuca
The Circus at the End of the Sea by Lori R. Synder

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OCTOBER 26
Home for a Cowboy Christmas by Donna Grant
Trashlands by Alison Stine
Duke, Actually by Jenny Holiday
Sweet Talk by Cara Bastone
The School Between Winter and Fairyland by Heather Fawcett (synopsis below)

Twelve-year-old Autumn Malog is a servant at the enchanting Inglenook School, where young magicians study to become the king’s future monster-hunters. Along with her Gran and three too many older brothers, she works as a beastkeeper, tending to Inglenook’s menagerie of terrifying monsters.

But when she isn’t mucking out the wyvern stalls or coaxing the resident boggart to behave, Autumn searches for clues about her twin brother’s mysterious disappearance. Everyone else thinks he was devoured by the feared Hollow Dragon, but Autumn is convinced she’s heard–and glimpsed–him calling to her from within the castle walls. But who will believe a lowly servant?

So when Cai Morrigan, the “Chosen One” prophesied to one day destroy the Hollow Dragon, comes to her for help, Autumn agrees on one condition: Together, they’ll search for her brother and uncover the dark truth at the heart of enchanting Inglenook School once and for all.


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🍂 Official Fall 2021 TBR List 🍂


ARCs
You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith
Home For A Cowboy Christmas by Donna Grant
Trashlands by Alison Stine
Getting His Game Back by Gia de Cadenet
A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill
The Suite Spot by Trish Doller

 

MANGA
Haikyuu (Vol. 4 & 5)
The Royal Tutor (Vol. 15)
Snow White with the Red Hair (Vol. 14 & 15)
The Water Dragon’s Bride (Vol. 4 & 5)
Ossan Idol (Vol. 1)

 

MIDDLE GRADE
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
Ten Thousand Tries by Amy Makechnie

 

YOUNG ADULT FANTASY
Rise Up from the Embers by Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons
Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg
Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
The Seat Filler by Sariah Wilson

 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Crave by Tracy Wolff
Inferno by Donna Grant
Dragon Released by Terry Bolryder
Wolves’ Queen by Jen L. Grey
Stolen by the Vampire by Roxie Ray & Lindsey Devin

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE
The Highlander’s Pirate Lass by Heather McCollum
An Indecent Invitation by Laura Trentham
Tempting the Scoundrel by Tracy Sumner
A Flawed Scotsman by Hildie McQueen


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September 2021 New Book Releases

SEPTEMBER 7   (SUPER TUESDAY)
My City Speaks by Darren Lebeuf, Illustrated by Ashley Barron (arc review)
Snow White with the Red Hair (Volume 15)
Narwhal’s School of Awesomeness by Ben Clanton
Partly Cloudy by Tanita S. Davis
Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero by Saadia Faruqi
The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun
Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore

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SEPTEMBER 14
A Soft Place to Land by Janae Marks
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation (Vol. 4)
Before We Were Blue by E.J. Schwartz
Battle of the Bands edited by Lauren Gibaldi & Eric Smith (anthology)

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SEPTEMBER 21
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune (arc review)
Maya and the Return of the Godlings by Rena Barron
When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting
Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds by Samira Ahmed

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SEPTEMBER 28   (SUPER TUESDAY)
Her Renegade Cowboy by Lora Leigh (arc review)
Steelstriker by Marie Lu
The Sweetest Remedy by Jane Igharo
It Started with a Dog by Julia London
Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani
No Words by Meg Cabot
Eight Perfect Hours by Lia Louis

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August 2021 New Book Releases

AUGUST 3   (SUPER Tuesday!!!)
Usha and the Big Digger by Amitha Jagannath Knight, Illustrated by Sandhya Prabhat (arc review)
Yona of the Dawn (Volume 31)
Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood edited by Kwame Mbalia
Like A Love Song by Gabriela Martins
The Plentiful Darkness by Heather Kassner
A Dragonbird in the Fern by Laura Rueckert
The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee

AUGUST 10
Rise Up from the Embers by Sara Raasch & Kristin Simmons
On These Black Sands by Vanessa Rasanen
How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

AUGUST 19
He’s My Mom!: A Story for Children Who Have a Transgender Parent or Relative by Sarah Savage, Illustrated by Joules Garcia (arc review)

AUGUST 24
All Night Long With A Cowboy by Caitlin Crews (arc review coming soon)

AUGUST 31
Black Butler (Volume 30)
The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson


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The Most A-MAZ-ING Reads of 2021 So Far

Happy Friday, Bookworms!

What are some of your favorite 2021 reads?

Since we are now halfway through the year it’s a good of time as any to list my top 12 favorite reads – the most A-MAZ-ING reads! – of 2021 so far. This list was super easy to make as all of these titles brought something special and utterly enthralling to the table. I cannot say enough good things about each and every one.

Do I have a number 1 favorite yet? Nope. Too early to tell. Plus, any one of the books below could easily fit that, but there are still a bunch of more books left to read before that decision is even made.

If you want to learn more about these books, I’ve included links to my reviews.

Set to Music by Negeen Papehn (review)

Brothersong by TJ Klune (review)

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston (review)


Celestial by Olivia Wildenstein (review)

Rock Hard by Nalini Singh (review)

Feel the Fire by Annabeth Albert (review)


Thanks A Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas (review)

The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison (review coming soon)

Float Plan by Trish Doller (review)


Drawn Together by Minh Lê, Illustrated by Dan Santat (review)

Unplugged by Gordon Korman (review)

Bloodsworn by Scott Reintgen (review)


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💙 July-December 2021 Book Releases I Can’t Wait For! 💙

July 6
Snow White with the Red Hair (Volume 14)
Capture the Crown by Jennifer Estep
Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian
Mashle: Magic and Muscles (Volume 1)
Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
Forever This Summer by Leslie C. Youngblood

 

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July 12
Dragon Mine by Donna Grant

July 13
Flash Fire by TJ Klune (arc review)
The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison (arc)
Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance by Nisha Sharma (arc)

July 20
Isn’t It Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams
Weird Kid by Greg Van Eekhout
These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

 

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July 27
Open Your Heart by Cheris Hodges
Men Are Frogs by Saranna DeWylde
A Void of Magic by Sandy Williams

August 3
Yona of the Dawn (Volume 31)
Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood edited by Kwame Mbalia
The Plentiful Darkness by Heather Kassner
A Dragonbird in the Fern by Laura Rueckert
The Dating Dare by Jayci Lee

August 10
Rise Up from the Embers by Sara Raasch & Kristin Simmons
On These Black Sands by Vanessa Rasanen
How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

 

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August 17
Black Butler (Volume 30)

August 19
He’s My Mom!: A Story for Children Who Have a Transgender Parent or Relative by Sarah Savage, Illustrated by Joules Garcia

August 24
All Night Long With A Cowboy by Caitlin Crews (arc)

August 31
The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson

September 7
Snow White with the Red Hair (Volume 15)
Narwhal’s School of Awesomeness by Ben Clanton
Partly Cloudy by Tanita S. Davis
Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero by Saadia Faruqi
The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun
Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore
My City Speaks by Darren Lebeuf, Illustrated by Ashley Barron

 

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September 14
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
Before We Were Blue by E.J. Schwartz
Battle of the Bands edited by Lauren Gibaldi & Eric Smith (anthology)

September 21
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune (arc review)
Maya and the Return of the Godlings by Rena Barron
When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting
Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds by Samira Ahmed

September 28
Steelstriker by Marie Lu
Beasts and Beauty: Dangerous Tales by Soman Chainani
Her Renegade Cowboy by Lora Leigh (arc)

 

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October 5
Dust & Grim by Chuck Wendig
Luminous by Mara Rutherford
Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper

October 12
The Sweetest Remedy by Jane Igharo
The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu
The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker

October 19
Carefree Black Girls by Zeba Blay (arc)
Well Matched by Jen DeLuca
The Circus at the End of the Sea by Lori R. Synder

 

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October 26
Home for a Cowboy Christmas by Donna Grant
The School Between Winter and Fairyland by Heather Fawcett

November 2
Snow White with the Red Hair (Volume 16)
The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams
Escape From Falaise by John Flanagan
You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao
Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross
You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith
Another Beast’s Skin by Jessika Grewe Glover

 

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November 4
Wolf Taken by Heather Renee

November 9
The Righteous by Renee Ahdieh

November 16
The Singles Table by Sara Desai

November 23
The Becoming by Nora Roberts

November 30
A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill


What are your most anticipated reads for the second half of 2021? Which books are you hoping to add to your bookshelves?


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