LIST: releases you might have missed in 2021

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I know I say this every year, but what a year of phenomenal releases! However, a downside to having so many great releases is it’s hard to keep track of all of them…but don’t worry! I’m here to help. Here is a list of releases you might have missed in 2021!

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REVIEW: Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier

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Book: Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier

Release Date: November 9, 2021

My Rating: 4.75 stars

Rep: gay side character

CW: implied torture, gore, illness (plague), amputation, mentions of human experimentation

Summary: The past never forgets…

Before an ambush by enemy soldiers, Lord Cassia was an engineer’s apprentice on a mission entrusted by the king. But when plague sweeps over the land, leaving countless dead and devastating the kingdom, even Cas’ title cannot save him from a rotting prison cell and a merciless sickness.

Three years later, Cas wants only to return to his home in the mountains and forget past horrors. But home is not what he remembers. His castle has become a refuge for the royal court. And they have brought their enemies with them.

When an assassin targets those closest to the queen, Cas is drawn into a search for a killer…one that leads him to form an unexpected bond with a brilliant young historian named Lena. Cas and Lena soon realize that who is behind the attacks is far less important than why. They must look to the past, following the trail of a terrible secret—one that could threaten the kingdom’s newfound peace and plunge it back into war.

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LIST: if you like these violent delights

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As you well know, These Violent Delights is one of my favorite duologies of all time, and I’m still crying over Our Violent Ends. And next week, everyone gets to experience the pain that is book two! In preparation of Our Violent Ends‘s release date, I thought I’d celebrate by giving some book recommendations, especially as it’s been more than a full year since I’ve done an “if you like” book rec post. So, if you’ve already read Our Violent Ends or are still waiting for it, here are some book recommendations that I think you’ll like if you love These Violent Delights!

I’m doing something a little different in this post; there are still quizzes for you to take to narrow down your choices, but the recs and quizzes are split between the six main characters of the series. The books are all fairly similar to These Violent Delights in terms of vibes / character dynamics if not plot.

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REVIEW: The Heartless Divine by Varsha Ravi

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Book: The Heartless Divine (The Heartless Divine #1) by Varsha Ravi

Release Date: November 29, 2019

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Rep: Indian (Tamil)-inspired world and characters; (Tamil-American author)

CW: mentions of deaths of loved ones in a car crash

Summary: In this unexpected twist on mythology inspired by Sangam India, reincarnated lovers find themselves bound together, connected to their past by a centuries old tragedy that only one of them remembers.

In the ruthless martial empire of Naja, Suri is the crown’s unfailing blade. But the princess dreams of a life exploring the lands beyond the borders, unshackled by blood. The king and queen offer her freedom, at a price: marriage to a king she’s meant to kill, and the death of Athri, a kingdom her family once nearly destroyed.

Her only obstacle lies in the mountains above the Athrian capital of Marai, where a young prophet sees a world struck by catastrophe—a world where a girl lies dead in the temple of the fire god, and the city lies burning below.

Centuries later, Suri lives with no recollection of her past lives. Haunted by her family’s deaths eighteen years ago, Suri sees the boy bleeding gold on her doormat as an opportunity to unravel the mystery of the car crash that took their lives. But not all gifts are created equal, and the boy soon proves to be more trouble than he’s worth, a dangerous link back to a world of gods and wishes.

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REVIEW: The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: The Bone Shard Emperor (The Drowning Empire #2) by Andrea Stewart

Release Date: November 23, 2021

My Rating: 3 stars

Rep: lesbian main characters; (Chinese-American author)

Summary: The Bone Shard Daughter was hailed as “one of the best debut fantasy novels of the year,” (BuzzFeed News), an “amazing start to a new trilogy,” (Culturess), and a “richly told, emotional, action-laced debut,” (Library Journal, starred). Now, Andrea Stewart returns with The Bone Shard Emperor, the second installment of this unmissable, action-packed, magic-laced fantasy epic.

The Emperor is Dead. Long live the Emperor.  

Lin Sukai finally sits on the throne she won at so much cost, but her struggles are only just beginning. Her people don’t trust her. Her political alliances are weak. And in the north-east of the Empire, a rebel army of constructs is gathering, its leader determined to take the throne by force.  

Yet an even greater threat is on the horizon, for the Alanga – the powerful magicians of legend – have returned to the Empire. They claim they come in peace, and Lin will need their help in order to defeat the rebels and restore peace.  

But can she trust them?

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REVIEW: Hollywood Heroine by Sarah Kuhn

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: Hollywood Heroine (Heroine Complex #5) by Sarah Kuhn

Release Date: October 26, 2021

My Rating: 3.75 stars

Rep: Chinese-American protagonist, biracial (Japanese, white) main character and side character; (biracial (Japanese, white) author)

Summary: The fifth book in the smart, snarky, and action-packed Heroine series continues the adventures of Asian-American superheroines Evie Tanaka, Aveda Jupiter, and Bea Tanaka in a demon-infested San Francisco.

Over the years, the adventures of superheroines Aveda Jupiter and Evie Tanaka have become the stuff of legend–and now they’ll be immortalized in their very own TV show!

The pair head to LA for filming, but Aveda struggles to get truly excited. Instead, she’s preoccupied wondering about the fate of the world and her role in it. You know, the usual. Now that Otherworld activity has been detected outside the Bay Area, Aveda can’t help but wonder if the demon threat will ever be eradicated.

When the drama on set takes a turn for the supernatural, Evie and Aveda must balance their celebrity commitments with donning their superhero capes again to investigate. And when the evil they battle reveals a larger, more nefarious plot, it’s time for the indomitable Aveda Jupiter to rise to the occasion and become the leader she was meant to be on a more global scale–and hopefully keep some semblance of a personal life while doing so.

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MINI-REVIEW: Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

Release Date: November 2, 2021

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Rep: West African-inspired fantasy, West African protagonist, characters, and setting; biracial (Nigerian, Welsh) author

CW: violence, chattel slavery, death, mentions of suicide

Summary: An unforgettable fantasy debut inspired by West African mythology, this is Children of Blood and Bone meets The Little Mermaid, in which a mermaid takes on the gods themselves.

A way to survive.
A way to serve.
A way to save.

Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata–a mermaid–collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home.

But when a living boy is thrown overboard, Simi does the unthinkable–she saves his life, going against an ancient decree. And punishment awaits those who dare to defy it.

To protect the other Mami Wata, Simi must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. But all is not as it seems. There’s the boy she rescued, who knows more than he should. And something is shadowing Simi, something that would rather see her fail. . . .

Danger lurks at every turn, and as Simi draws closer, she must brave vengeful gods, treacherous lands, and legendary creatures. Because if she doesn’t, then she risks not only the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.

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LIST: 5 2022 debuts i’m unbelievably excited for

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I know we still have a few months left in 2021, but naturally, I’m already looking forward to 2022…because of the books! There are so many great ones coming out next year. The debut list is looking particularly amazing, so here are 5 2022 debuts I’m unbelievably excited for!

Of course, there are other debuts I’m hyped for or still need to discover! These are just a few that I’ve been thinking about all year. This list also includes a mix of young adult and adult books from a span of March to September. As of writing this, September is a full year away, so there are still preorder links and covers to be revealed!

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TOUR / REVIEW: Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan

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**I received an ARC from the publisher and Caffeine Book Tours for this blog tour. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan

Release Date: October 12, 2021

My Rating: 3.5 stars

US Cover: GUWEIZ

Rep: Chinese-inspired world and characters; wlw side characters, mlm side character; (Chinese-Singaporean author)

CW: implied torture, violence, blood, gore, death of a parent, self-harm (gouging, eye horror; non-graphic), child abuse (physical, verbal, emotional manipulation/gaslighting), vomiting, alcohol consumption

Summary: Girls of Paper and Fire meets The Tiger at Midnight in June CL Tan’s stunning debut, inspired by Chinese mythology, with rich magic and an epic slow-burn romance.

In an empire on the brink of war . . .

Ahn is no one, with no past and no family.

Altan is a lost heir, his future stolen away as a child.

When they meet, Altan sees in Ahn a path to reclaiming the throne. Ahn sees a way to finally unlock her past and understand her arcane magical abilities.

But they may have to pay a far deadlier price than either could have imagined.

Ferocious action, shadowy intrigue, and a captivating romance collide in June CL Tan’s debut, a stunning homage to the Xianxia novel with a tender, beating heart, perfect for fans of The Bone Witch and We Hunt the Flame.

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REVIEW: Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee

**I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you, Orbit Books!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: Jade Legacy (The Green Bone Saga #3) by Fonda Lee

Release Date: November 30, 2021

My Rating: 5 stars

Rep: East Asian-inspired setting and -coded characters, gay biracial main character; (Chinese-American author)

CW: violence, gore, blood, torture, mentions of suicide and rape

Summary: The Kaul siblings battle rival clans for honor and control over an East Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis in Jade Legacy, the page-turning conclusion to the Green Bone Saga.

Jade, the mysterious and magical substance once exclusive to the Green Bone warriors of Kekon, is now coveted throughout the world. Everyone wants access to the supernatural abilities it provides, from traditional forces such as governments, mercenaries, and criminal kingpins, to modern players, including doctors, athletes, and movie studios. As the struggle over the control of jade grows ever larger and more deadly, the Kaul family, and the ancient ways of the Kekonese Green Bones, will never be the same.

Battered by war and tragedy, the Kauls are plagued by resentments and old wounds as their adversaries are on the ascent and their country is riven by dangerous factions and foreign interference. The clan must discern allies from enemies, set aside bloody rivalries, and make terrible sacrifices… but even the unbreakable bonds of blood and loyalty may not be enough to ensure the survival of the Green Bone clans and the nation they are sworn to protect.

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