Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As promised, I’m spotlighting my top 10 most anticipated books releasing in the second half of 2022. Lots of sequels and novels I’m counting down the days until.
Master of Iron by Tricia Levenseller (July 26)
I need to know what happens next. Book 1 didn’t go the way I expected or maybe I had too high expectations, but I still liked it. I thought the social anxiety rep was done really well, I loved the bond between sisters, and the world-building was great. Some things I didn’t like. Since this is a duology I want to know how it all ends. I’m optimistic about book 2.
The Forgotten Cottage by Courtney Ellis (Aug 9)
I like that this will be told in dual points of view by characters who are connected but separated by 100+ years. I’m intrigued by how the past (1914) impacts the present (2014) and the potential for great character growth and soul-searching. Ellis debuted last year and wow I was so I’m pressed, so this second historical novel was an insta-must-read long before now.
Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston (Aug 30)
The original release date was February of this year but it got pushed back. Book 1 blew me away. It was the kind of fantasy, supernatural, Black girl magic kind of story I’ve been looking for. Amari still has much to prove to the supernatural community, but she has the skills and heart to overcome.
Do You Take This Man by Denise Williams (Sept 6)
Denise Williams has become a must-read author ever since How to Fail at Flirting. I am enamored with her heartfelt romances and the strength of her main characters. I like that this latest novel is going to be a great enemies with benefits to lovers tale and that it centers around weddings.
Maya and the Lord of Shadows by Rena Barron (Sept 13)
It’s the final book of this series. Maya has worked hard to prove how capable she is. There have been plenty of missteps and impulsive decisions made, but I’ve been enjoying it nonetheless. Things took a turn in book 2 in new and interesting ways, so I wonder if those things will impede or help Maya defeat the Lord of Shadows once and for all.
Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn (Nov 8)
If you’re like me, Legendborn rocked your bookish world and destroyed your feelings so much that you have been in a book hangover for almost the past two years waiting for Bloodmarked’s release. This series is unlike any story I’ve ever read, infusing Black history and retelling the Arthurian legend into an accessible, thrilling, contemporary fantasy. I can’t wait to see how the characters deal with the fallout from book 1.
A Sweet Lowcountry Proposal by Preslaysa Williams (Nov 8)
I can’t wait to return to the lowcountry in Charleston, South Carolina. The author’s descriptions of the area in her previous title made it seem so picturesque and steeped in history. This new book is a second chance romance, which is one of my favorite tropes. The premise is interesting and already tugging at the heartstrings. Williams is a great storyteller. I’m looking forward to reading more of her work.
The Choice by Nora Roberts (Nov 22)
Book 1 was astounding. I’m currently reading book 2 so that I have adequate time to process things before this third and final book releases. I’m trying my hardest not to peak at the synopsis. But I will gladly obsess over its beautiful cover art in the meantime.
This Cursed Crown by Alexandra Overy (Dec 6)
Another anticipated sequel from a series that was utterly amazing. Two twin sisters torn apart by the wicked world of politics and fate, their bond seemed irreparable. Now they work to reunite and potentially save Tourin from disaster. The odds are very much stacked against them. It’s hard to undo years of fear and hatred, waning magic, and those who plot against the queendom. I’m nervous but excited to read on.
The Heretic Royal by G.A. Aiken (Dec 27)
New book, new sister featured in this humorous and captivating fantasy series. Change and war are on the horizon. Each sister so far has been coming into their own, showing how strong, loyal, and capable they are. I wonder how Ainsley’s character will impact the overall story and I wonder what kind of relationship she’ll forge with Gruffyn. All things considered, book 3 is sure to be an entertaining read.
AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!
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