My Most Anticipated Releases of 2023

I have seen so many people do this so I just had to jump on the trend. This is the first time I have properly started looking at future publishing. I was always so focused on what I owned or what was out now/in the past that I never really looked forward. But today I shall be looking forward. I will only be counting books coming out in Feb 2023 onwards as Jan is basically over.

  • Title: The Last Tale of the Flower Bride
  • Author: Roshani Chokshi
  • Series: Standalone
  • Age Rating: Adult
  • Genre: Gothic Thriller
  • Date Published: 16.02.2023

Plot: Once upon a time, a man who believed in fairy tales married a beautiful, mysterious woman named Indigo Maxwell-Castenada. He was a scholar of myths. She was heiress to a fortune. They exchanged gifts and stories and believed they would live happily ever after – and in exchange for her love, Indigo extracted a promise: that her bridegroom would never pry into her past. But when Indigo learns that her estranged aunt is dying and the couple is forced to return to her childhood home, the House of Dreams, the bridegroom soon finds himself unable to resist. For within the crumbling manor’s extravagant rooms and musty halls, there lurks the shadow of another girl: Azure, Indigo’s dearest childhood friend, who disappeared without a trace. As the house slowly reveals his wife’s secrets, the bridegroom will be forced to choose between reality and fantasy, even if doing so threatens to destroy their marriage… or their lives.

  • Title: In the Lives of Puppets
  • Author: TJ Klune
  • Series: Standalone
  • Age Rating: Adult
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Date Published: 25.04.2023

Plot: In a strange little home built into the branches of a grove of trees, live three robots – fatherly inventor android Giovanni Lawson, a pleasantly sadistic nurse machine, and a small vacuum desperate for love and attention. Victor Lawson, a human, lives there too. They’re a family, hidden and safe. The day Vic salvages and repairs an unfamiliar android labelled “HAP,” he learns of a shared dark past between Hap and Gio – a past spent hunting humans. When Hap unwittingly alerts robots from Gio’s former life to their whereabouts, the family is no longer hidden and safe. Gio is captured and taken back to his old laboratory in the City of Electric Dreams. So together, the rest of Vic’s assembled family must journey across an unforgiving and otherworldly country to rescue Gio from decommission, or worse, reprogramming. Along the way to save Gio, amid conflicted feelings of betrayal and affection for Hap, Vic must decide for himself: Can he accept love with strings attached?

  • Title: Scarlet
  • Author: Genevieve Cogman
  • Series: Scarlet #1
  • Age Rating: Adult
  • Genre: Historical Fantasy
  • Date Published: 11.05.2023

Plot: Revolutionary France is no place to be, especially for aristocrat vampires facing the guillotine. But the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel are determined to rescue them. And they have an ace up their sleeve: Eleanor, a lowly maid from an English estate with a striking resemblance to French royalty. For Eleanor, the League and their legendary deeds are little more than rumour – until she’s drawn into their most dangerous plot yet. The mission? Travel to France in disguise, impersonate Queen Marie Antoinette and rescue the royal family. If they succeed, it’ll be the heist of the century. But there’s more to fear than ardent Revolutionaries. For Eleanor stumbles across a centuries-old war between vampires and their fiercest enemy. And they’re out for blood . . .

  • Title: Yellowface
  • Author: Rebecca F. Kuang
  • Series: Standalone
  • Age Rating: Adult
  • Genre: Literary Thriller
  • Date Published: 25.05.2023

Plot: Athena Liu is a literary darling. June Hayward is literally nobody. Who wants stories by basic white girls anyway? But now Athena is dead. And June has her unfinished manuscript…

  • Title: The Shadow Cabinet
  • Author: Juno Dawson
  • Series: HMRC #2
  • Age Rating: Adult
  • Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
  • Date Published: 08.06.2023

Plot for Book 1: Hidden among us is a secret coven of witches. They are Her Majesty’s Royal Coven. They protect crown and country from magical forces and otherworldly evil. But their greatest enemy will come from within. There are whisperings of a prophecy that will bring the coven to its knees, and five best friends are about to be caught at the centre. Life as a modern witch was never simple… but now it’s about to get apocalyptic.

  • Title: The Other Side of Mrs Wood
  • Author: Lucy Barker
  • Series: Standalone
  • Age Rating: Adult
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Date Published: 22.06.2023

Plot: Mrs Wood is London’s premier medium. She has survived the competitive world of contacting the beyond where many others have failed, has avoided the slips that revealed others as frauds and is still hosting packed-out seances with the great and the good of Victorian society. Yet, some of her patrons have recently cancelled their appointments. There are reports of American mediums who are materialising full spirits and audiences are no longer content with the knocking on tables and candle theatrics of years gone by. And then, at one of Mrs Wood’s routine gatherings, she hears something terrifying – faint, but unmistakable: a yawn. Mrs Wood needs to spice up her brand. She decides to take on Emmie, a young protege, to join her show. But is Emmie the naive ingenue she seems to be? Or does she pose more of a threat to Mrs Wood’s reign as London’s most celebrated medium than Mrs Wood could ever have imagined?

  • Title: Heavenly Tyrant
  • Author: Xiran Jay Zhao
  • Series: Iron Widow #2
  • Age Rating: YA
  • Genre: Science Fantasy
  • Date Published: 29.08.2023

Plot for Book 1: The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises – giant transforming robots that battle aliens beyond the Great Wall. It doesn’t matter that their female co-pilots are expected to serve as concubines and often die from the mental strain. When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, her plan is to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But after miraculously surviving her first battle, Zetian sets her sights on a mightier goal. The time has come to stop more girls from being sacrificed.

  • Title: The Chalice of the Gods
  • Author: Rick Riordan
  • Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #6
  • Age Rating: YA
  • Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
  • Date Published: 26.09.2023

Plot: After saving the world multiple times, Percy Jackson is hoping to have a normal senior year. Unfortunately, the gods aren’t quite done with him. Percy will have to fulfil three quests in order to get the necessary three letters of recommendation from Mount Olympus for college. The first quest is to help Zeus’s cup-bearer retrieve his goblet before it falls into the wrong hands. Can Percy, Grover, and Annabeth find it in time?

I need to read all of the Heroes of Olympus and Trials of Apollo!!!!!!

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