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Last year when I compiled my most anticipated books of 2023, I realized about halfway through the year that I wasn’t all that excited about a lot of the books on the list. That is partially because I picked a bit more of a general list of books. Rather than books I would be super interested in.
I learned a lot about what I like to read in 2023. So for 2024, I compiled a much more specific list of books I am genuinely so excited to read! With that said, here is a quick list, with summaries and bits of my opinions after.
- The Darkness Within Us by Tricia Levenseller
- The Ever Queen by LJ Andrew’s
- Wisteria by Adalyn Grace
- An Education in Malice by S.T. Gibson ( I have an arc for this one!)
- A Feather So Black by Lyra Selene (& this one!)
- Reckless by Lauren Robert’s
- Ruthless Vows by Rebecca Ross (comes out in 2023 but will probably be reading into 2024)
- House of Flame and Shadow by Sarah J Maas (assuming I like the first two books)
- The third Book in The Empyrean series (the third book in Fourth Wing) supposedly coming out in December 2024
- The Atlas of Us by Kristin Dwyer
- I hope this doesn’t find you by Ann Liang
- The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley
- Lore of the Wilds by Analeigh Sbrana
*books with Goodreads summaries have been added, those without will be updated accordingly.*
The Darkness Within Us by Tricia Levenseller – July 9, 2024
Goodreads summary: Chrysantha Stathos has won.
By hiding her intelligence and ambition behind the mask of a beautiful air-headed girl, she has gathered important secrets, earned her father’s constant care, and become a wealthy duchess—all by age nineteen. Now, she is only one elderly, dying duke away from having all the freedom, money, and safety she’s ever wanted.
Or so she thought.
Turns out her little sister somehow snatched the true victory away from her: Alessandra is wedding the Shadow King, the most powerful man in the world. Meanwhile, after the death of Chrysantha’s no-good, lecherous husband, a man claiming to be the duke’s estranged grandson turns up to inherit everything that should be hers.
Chrysantha is enraged. There is no way that she’s going to let some man take everything from her. Never mind that he’s extremely handsome and secretive and alluring with mysterious powers… No, Chrysantha wants Eryx Demos dead, and in the end, a Stathos girl always gets what she wants.
Why it made this list: The Darkness Within Us is the sequel to The Shdaows Between Us. This book focuses on Chrysantha Stathos, the sister of Alessandra Stathos. While I am not sure I am going to be a fan of Chrysantha, she can’t be worse than Nesta…right?
Chrysantha does sound similar to Alessandra and her story also sounds like it will play out as an enemies-to-lovers type of vibe, so I am interested. And if we possibly, maybe, get a little peek into what schemes Alessandra and Kallias have been up to, I’ll be even happier.
Grab a copy: The Shadows Between Us
The Ever Queen by L.J. Andrews – January 26, 2024
Why it made the list: The Ever King was one of my favorite reads in 2023. So no surprise I am very
not at all patiently waiting for the next book! I believe this is a duology but don’t quote me on that, please.
While I am still not a fan of pirates, I can make an exception for Erik.
Grab a copy: The Ever King
Wisteria by Adalyn Grace – August 20, 2024
Why it made the list: I discovered the Belladonna series in 2023 and it quickly became one of my favorites. Belladonna was very atmospheric and interesting, and Foxglove did not disappoint either. While I am sad for this series, to end, I have high hopes for Wisteria. At this point will pretty much read anything else Adalyn Grace decides to grace us with. pun intended
An Education in Malice by S.T. Gibson – February 13, 2024
Goodreads summary: Deep in the forgotten hills of Massachusetts stands Saint Perpetua’s College. Isolated and ancient, it is not a place for timid girls. Here, secrets are currency, ambition is lifeblood, and strange ceremonies welcome students into the fold.
On her first day of class, Laura Sheridan is thrust into an intense academic rivalry with the beautiful and enigmatic Carmilla. Together, they are drawn into the confidence of their demanding poetry professor, De Lafontaine, who holds her own dark obsession with Carmilla.
But as their rivalry blossoms into something far more delicious, Laura must confront her own strange hungers. Tangled in a sinister game of politics, bloodthirsty professors, and dark magic, Laura and Carmilla must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice in their ruthless pursuit of knowledge.
Why it made the list: I love all things dark academia. Then throw in that it is a retelling of Carmilla? I’m SOLD.
I am also super excited about this one because I was lucky enough to receive an arc copy from Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group! A review will be coming in the next few weeks. So fingers crossed this book delivers what it is currently promising.
A Feather So Black by Lyra Selene – March 12, 2024
Goodreads summary: In a kingdom where magic has been lost, Fia is a rare changeling, left behind by the wicked Fair Folk when they stole the High Queen’s daughter and retreated behind the locked gates of Tír na nÓg.
Most despise Fia’s fae blood. But the queen raises her as a daughter and trains her to be a spy. Meanwhile, the real princess Eala is bound to Tír na nÓg, cursed to become a swan by day and only returning to her true form at night.
When a hidden gate to the realm is discovered, Fia is tasked by the queen to retrieve the princess and break her curse. But she doesn’t go alone: with her is prince Rogan, Fia’s dearest childhood friend—and Eala’s betrothed.
As they journey through the forests of the Folk, where magic winds through the roots of the trees and beauty can be a deadly illusion, Fia’s mission is complicated by her feelings for the prince…and her unexpected attraction to the dark-hearted fae lord holding Eala captive. Irian might be more monster than man, but he seems to understand Fia in a way no one ever has.
Soon, Fia begins to question the truth of her mission. But time is running out to break her sister’s curse. And unraveling the secrets of the past might destroy everything she has come to love.
Why it made the list: When the opening description starts with The Cruel Prince meets For the Wolf, packaged in a sizzling fantasy romance inspired by Celtic mythology, SIGN ME UP!
I am also super excited to have received an arc copy of this book as well! So a giant thank you for Netgally and Orbit Books! I cannot wait to dive into this one.
Reckless by Lauren Roberts – July 4, 2024
Goodreads summary: The second heart-racing installment in this bestselling and sizzling fantasy romance trilogy. Perfect for fans of Red Queen and The Hunger Games.
The kingdom of Ilya is in turmoil…
After surviving the Purging Trials, Ordinary-born Paedyn Gray has killed the King, and kickstarted a Resistance throughout the land. Now she’s running from the one person she had wanted to run to.
Kai Azer is now Ilya’s Enforcer, loyal to his brother Kitt, the new King. He has vowed to find Paedyn and bring her to justice.
Across the deadly Scorches, and deep into the hostile city of Dor, Kai pursues the one person he wishes he didn’t have to. But in a city without Elites, the balance between the hunter and hunted shifts – and the battle between duty and desire is deadly.
Be swept away by this bestselling, kiss-or-kill romantasy trilogy taking the world by storm.
Why it made the list: Okay, so I am still waiting on my hold from the library to come in for Powerless. So I might be a tiny bit ahead of myself. But I get the feeling I am going to really enjoy Powerless, which makes me excited for Reckless!
Grab a copy: Powerless
Ruthless Vows by Rebecca Ross – December 26, 2023
Goodreads summary: Two weeks have passed since Iris Winnow returned home bruised and heartbroken from the front, but the war is far from over. Roman is missing, and the city of Oath continues to dwell in a state of disbelief and ignorance.
When Iris and Attie are given another chance to report on Dacre’s movements, they both take the opportunity and head westward once more despite the danger, knowing it’s only a matter of time before the conflict reaches a city that’s unprepared and fracturing beneath the chancellor’s reign.
Since waking below in Dacre’s realm, Roman cannot remember his past. But given the reassurance that his memories will return in time, Roman begins to write articles for Dacre, uncertain of his place in the greater scheme of the war. When a strange letter arrives by wardrobe door, Roman is first suspicious, then intrigued.
As he strikes up a correspondence with his mysterious pen pal, Roman will soon have to make a decision: to stand with Dacre or betray the god who healed him. And as the days grow darker, inevitably drawing Roman and Iris closer together…the two of them will risk their very hearts and futures to change the tides of the war.
Why it made the list: Okay so technically this comes out in 2023, but I will be reading it into early 2024. So think of this addition to the list as more of an honorable mention.
House of Flame and Shadow by Sarah J Maas – January 30, 2024
Goodreads summary: Bryce Quinlan never expected to see a world other than Midgard, but now that she has, all she wants is to get back. Everything she loves is in Midgard: her family, her friends, her mate. Stranded in a strange new world, she’s going to need all her wits about her to get home again. And that’s no easy feat when she has no idea who to trust.
Hunt Athalar has found himself in some deep holes in his life, but this one might be the deepest of all. After a few brief months with everything he ever wanted, he’s in the Asteri’s dungeons again, stripped of his freedom and without a clue as to Bryce’s fate. He’s desperate to help her, but until he can escape the Asteri’s leash, his hands are quite literally tied.
In this sexy, breathtaking sequel to the #1 bestsellers House of Earth and Blood and House of Sky and Breath, Sarah J. Maas’s Crescent City series reaches new heights as Bryce and Hunt’s world is brought to the brink of collapse-with its future resting on their shoulders.
Why it made the list: Okay, so I have just started House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) and am struggling a bit. But I’ve heard good things about this series. So the fact that it mixes in with the ACOTAR world in the later books is an instant yes from me!
Un-named Third Book in The Empyrean series by Rebecca Yarros – December 2024
Why it made the list: I know very little about this book. Adding it to this list makes me look like someone who purchased the mystery book. But I am not someone who got a special edition of Iron Flame. However, I did not order one of those. Nor am I that crazy over books I like.
But I’m kinda invested in this series no matter how much I dislike that I am. So here we are.
The Atlas of Us by Kristin Dwyer – January 9, 2024
Goodreads summary: Atlas James has lost her way.
In a last-ditch effort to pull her life together, she’s working on a community service program rehabbing trails in the Western Sierras. The only plus is that the days are so exhausting that Atlas might just be tired enough to forget that this was one of her dad’s favorite places in the world. Before cancer stole him from her life, that is.
Using real names is forbidden on the trail. So Atlas becomes Maps, and with her team—Books, Sugar, Junior, and King—she heads into the wilderness. As she sheds the lies she’s built up as walls to protect herself, she realizes that four strangers might know her better than anyone has before.
And with the end of the trail racing to meet them, Maps is left counting down the days until she returns to her old life—without her new family, and without King, who’s become more than just a friend.
Why it made the list: This book is quite different than most of the books on this list. Most of the books I have been reading lately.
But I am a sucker for a good cover and my god, this book has a gorgeous cover! This book does sound like it will cover heavy topics like grief. So this one will be one I go into a bit blind.
I Hope This Doesn’t Find You by Ann Liang – February 6, 2024
Goodreads summary: Sadie Wen is perfect on paper: school captain, valedictorian, and a “pleasure to have in class.” It’s not easy, but she has a trick to keep her model-student smile plastered on her face at all times: she channels all her frustrations into her email drafts. She’d never send them of course — she’d rather die than hurt anyone’s feelings — but it’s a relief to let loose on her power-hungry English teacher or a freeloading classmate taking credit for Sadie’s work.
All her most vehemently worded emails are directed at her infuriating co-captain, Julius Gong, whose arrogance and competitive streak have irked Sadie since they were kids. “You’re attention-starved and self-obsessed and unbearably vain . . . I really hope your comb breaks and you run out of whatever expensive hair products you’ve been using to make your hair appear deceptively soft…”
Sadie doesn’t have to hold back in her emails, because nobody will ever read them… that is, until they’re accidentally sent out.
Overnight, Sadie’s carefully crafted, conflict-free life is turned upside down. It’s her worst nightmare — now everyone at school knows what she really thinks of them, and they’re not afraid to tell her what they really think of her either. But amidst the chaos, there’s one person growing to appreciate the “real” Sadie — Julius, the only boy she’s sworn to hate…
Why it made the list: I came across this book on Instagram and became really intrigued by the cover. Went down a rabbit hole to search for it, found it, and now am anxiously awaiting February 6th so I can finally read it! This is another one that isn’t my usual genre of reading but I am excited nonetheless.
The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley – June 6, 2024
Welcome to the opening weekend of The Manor
A luxury resort built on top of old secrets in an ancient wood
THE MYSTERY GUEST
THE KITCHEN HELP
All have an agenda. All have a past. But not everyone will survive….
Why it made the list: I have been a big fan of Lucy Foley since reading The Guest List. I still have The Paris Apartment on my TBR list, but sometimes I like to shake it up with a good mystery/thriller.
Grab a copy: The Guest List
Lore of the Wilds by Analeigh Sbrana – February 27, 2024
Goodreads summary: A stunning Romantasy debut about an enchanted library, two handsome Fae, and one human who brings them all together.
A library with a deadly enchantment.
A Fae lord who wants in.
A human woman willing to risk it all for a taste of power.
In a land ruled by ruthless Fae, twenty-one-year-old Lore Alemeyu’s village is trapped in a forested prison. Lore knows that any escape attempt is futile—her scars are a testament to her past failures.
But when her village is threatened, Lore makes a desperate deal with a Fae lord. She will leave her home to catalog/organize an enchanted library that hasn’t been touched in a thousand years. No Fae may enter the library, but there is a chance a human might be able to breach the cursed doors.
She convinces him that she will risk her life for wealth, but really she’s after the one thing the Fae covet above all: magic of her own.
As Lore navigates the hostile world outside, she’s forced to rely on two Fae males to survive. Two very different, very dangerous, very attractive Fae males. When undeniable chemistry ignites, she’s not just in danger of losing her life, but her heart to the very creatures she can never trust.
Why it made the list: Bookstagram strikes again! I saw the stunning cover of this book and knew I had to read it. A new romantasy book about an enchanted library, two handsome Fae, and the human who brings them all together?
You had me at an enchanted library, to be honest.