Thursday, December 23, 2021

Most Anticipated Releases of 2022

Hello, all!

Here are the books that I'm excited to pick up in 2022. Like I did last year, I'm not going too in depth with these, but I've linked all of their GoodReads pages if you want to check them out!

Also, I've only included the ones that have most of their information up on GoodReads already. There are a few that have been announced that I have my eye on, like Kingdom of the Feared by Kerri Maniscalco and Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca, but aside from the title's there's not much info out yet.

Let me know any books you're looking forward to next year!



January:

Lucky Leap Day- Ann Marie Walker: This follows a woman who gets wrapped up in the Irish tradition of women proposing to men on Leap Day, so she travels there and wakes up in the morning with a stranger in her bed and a tinfoil ring on her finger. I love the cheesy rom-com Leap Year, and this sounds exactly like it, so I’m here for it.

Medusa- Jessie Burton: This is supposed to be a feminist retelling of the Greek myth of Medusa, so obviously, I have to read it.

Cream and Punishment- Susannah Nix: I read My Cone and Only earlier this year (review here) and fell in love with it, so I can’t wait for this follow up. It follows another of the King siblings, Tanner, as he is forced to work with the ex he never got over, and who might not be over him as well. It’s said to be lovers-to-enemies-to lovers again, and I can’t wait.

Weather Girl- Rachel Lynn Solomon: This is about a TV meteorologist and a sports reporter who scheme to reunite their divorced bosses, and who in the process will of course fall for one another. I’ve enjoyed Solomon’s other books, so I’m hoping this’ll be just as charming.

Where the Drowned Girls Go- Seanan McGuire: I’ve really enjoyed most of the other books in the Wayward Children’s series, so I’m interested to see where this seventh installment is going to go.

The Roughest Draft- Emily Wibberley/ Austin Siegemund-Broka: Two friends go from being a bestselling author duo to hating each other and are now forced to reunite to finish a manuscript. Hate-to-love? Forced proximity? Sign me up!

How to Love Your Neighbor- Sophie Sullivan: This follows a woman trying to fix up a little beach house while battling the real estate developer next door who’s trying to buy her out. I can just smell the tension from here and I’m all for it.

Love at First Spite- Anna E. Collins: This follows an interior designer who teams up with an enigmatic architect at her firm to get revenge on her ex the only way she knows how: by building a spite house next door. Similar to How to Love Your Neighbor, the tension and snark I’m expecting from this is through the roof.

Just Like the Other Girls- Claire Douglas: Following the death of her mother, Una responds to an ad to become a ladies companion to an elderly woman. Immediately, Una feels there’s something off about her new job, and when she learns about the girl’s before her who’ve disappeared, Una fears she may be next. This sounds like it’s going to have all the creepy vibes I love in a thriller and I can’t wait.




February: 

An Impossible Imposter- Deanna Raybourn: You all know how much I adore the Veronica Speedwell series, so of course this was going to be on here! This is the seventh book in the series and finds Veronica and Stoker investigating a man claiming to be the long-lost heir to a noble family, and what they’ll find could change Veronica’s whole life.

The Paris Apartment- Lucy Foley: Jess needs a fresh start in life, so she goes to live with her half-brother in Paris. When she gets there, she finds a very nice apartment, but her brother is nowhere to be found. The more she digs into his disappearance, the more Jess learns the people in the building have a lot to hide. This gives me the same vibes as Just Like the Other Girls, and I dig it.

House of Sky and Breath- Sarah J. Maas: If SJM is releasing a new book, you can bet I’m going to pick it up. This is the second book in the Crescent City series, and I can’t wait to learn more about Bryce and Hunt and see what ridiculous hell is in store for them. You can read my review of the first one here.

Not the Witch You Wed- April Asher: This follows a magic-less witch and a wolf shifter who are forced to find mates and agree to fake date. The only problem? They weren’t planning on the very real feelings that start to brew. I will always go for a fake dating trope!

A Lullaby for Witches- Hester Fox: This follows two women across centuries, a history of witchcraft, and a dark power that binds them together. Fox has such an atmospheric way of writing that is so captivating. I’ve really enjoyed her other books, so I’m looking forward to this one.

The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes- Eva Leigh: A notorious rake and an innocent debutante strike a scandalous mutually beneficial bargain? Say no more, I’m sold.


March:

A Far Wilder Magic- Allison Saft: Margaret Welty is desperate to bring her mother back, but she needs magic to do so and the Halfmoon Hunt is her only solution. Whoever brings down the hala, the last mythical creature alive, will be able to unlock an ancient magic. But Margaret needs an alchemist to compete and convinces Weston Winters to help. Despite not being an alchemist yet, Weston agrees and the pair set out on a journey unlike anything they’ve ever experienced before. I’ve read one other book by Saft which I didn’t love, but this sounds so lush that I have to give it a try.

Hook, Line and Sinker- Tessa Bailey: Fox Thornton has a reputation for being a careless flirt, but all that changes when he meets Hannah Bellinger. She’s immune to his charms and would rather be his friend than his next conquest. Fox likes her too much to risk a fling, so platonic pals it is. Until Hannah comes into town for work and crashes in Fox’s spare bedroom. I absolutely loved It Happened One Summer (review here) so this follow up immediately went on my TBR. I actually got an e-ARC of this and –spoiler alert- I loved it just as much.

Queens of Themiscyra- Hannah M. Lynn: This follows Hippolyte, the Queen of the Amazons, as she’s swept away from her homeland and brought to Greece and finds a love she never knew was possible. In her absence, her sister Penthesilea takes over as Queen and she does so with a ferocity that sparks terror throughout the Aegean. As Hippolyte’s world starts to crumble, it’s up to Penthesilea to decide how far she’d go to defend their honor. You don’t see many retellings featuring the Amazons, so I’m really intrigued by this one.

The War of Two Queens- Jennifer L. Armentrout: Listen, is the FBAA series one of the best I’ve ever read? No. But is it a good freakin’ time? Yes. This is the fourth now in the series and after the cliff hanger we were left on, war is a-brewin’ and I need to know what’s going to happen.

Gallant- VE Schwab: A young girl is invited back to a home she never knew, but when she arrives no one is expecting her. The house seems hostile and full of darkness and ghosts roaming the hallways. Olivia knows the house is hiding secrets, and she’s determined to uncover them. Soon, Olivia finds herself in an in-between world and she must decide to which she belongs. This is said to be The Secret Garden meets Crimson Peak and I’m all about it.

Mr. Wrong Number- Lynn Painter: Olivia Marshall has always been cursed with bad luck, but when a random text from an unknown number turns into one of the hottest (albeit anonymous) relationship of her life, she believes her luck is starting to turn around. Colin Beck has always seen Olivia as his best friend’s annoying little sister, but when she moves in with them, he realizes she’s not that little anymore. And when he discovers she’s the anonymous number he’s been texting for weeks, he has to decide whether to ghost her or turn the heat up. Can you tell I’m really looking forward to some rom-coms next year?

The League of Gentlewomen Witches- India Holton: Miss Charlotte Pettifer belongs to a secret league of women gifted in the subtle arts of witchcraft. They use their powers to tidy, correct, and manipulate the world according to their notions of what is proper. When the long lost amulet of Black Beryl is discovered, it’s up to Charlotte to make sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Unfortunately, she crosses paths with the rakish pirate, Alex O'Riley, who’s also on the hunt for the talisman, and the two are more likely to cut each other’s throats than work together. I fell in love with Holton’s writing after reading The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels (review here). It’s incredibly witty and hilarious, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.


April:

Reputation- Lex Croucher: The tagline for this is Jane Austen meets Mean Girls, and honestly, I don’t need to hear anymore.

Part of Your World- Abby Jimenez: Alexis Montgomery is an ER doctor and sophisticated city girl. Daniel Grant is a ridiculously attractive carpenter who is as casual as they come. When the pair start spending time together in his small, tight-knit community, Alexis must decide which life suits her best. I’ve enjoyed Jimenez’s other books, and find her writing to be sweet and realistic, so I can’t wait to pick this up.

To Marry and to Meddle- Martha Waters: This is the third installment in the Regency Vows series following a seasoned debutante and a rakish theater owner as they navigate a complicated marriage of convenience. I’ve loved the other two books, so I have high hopes for this one.

Elektra- Jennifer Saint: The House of Atreus is cursed. A bloodline tainted by a generational cycle of violence and vengeance. This is the story of three women, their fates inextricably tied to this curse, and the fickle nature of men and gods. You all know how much I love a Greek mythology retelling, and Ariadne was one of my favorites reads this year, so you can bet this immediately went on my TBR!

Sense & Second-Degree Murder- Tirzah Price: Aspiring scientist Elinor Dashwood and her sister Marianne, a budding detective, work together to solve the mystery of their father’s murder. I loved the first book in this series (review here), and I just think the premise of turning Jane Austen books into murder mysteries is so fun.

This May End Badly- Samantha Markum: When a high stakes boarding school prank war leads to a fake dating scheme, two teens must decide if they are ready to take the ultimate risk — falling in love. This sounds like it’s going to be fun and flirty, and I’m always up for a fake dating trope.


May:

Book Lovers- Emily Henry: A by the book literary agent and a bookish brooding editor are continually thrown together, and what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves. Henry has become an auto-buy author for me, so I don’t even really need to know what this is about, I’m going to pick it up regardless.

Something Wilder- Christina Lauren: I don’t know much about this other than the fact that the authors posted on their Instagram that it had Romancing the Stone vibes (a very underrated ‘80s film, in my humble opinion) and a one tent trope. So I am sold!

The Woman in the Library- Sulari Gentill: The quiet of the Boston library is shattered by a woman’s scream. Everyone is told to stay put, and four strangers at a table decide to pass the time in conversation, not knowing one is a murderer. Murder at a library? I’m hooked, tell me more.

Book of Night- Holly Black: This is said to be a modern dark fantasy of shadowy thieves and secret societies in the vein of Ninth House and The Night Circus, so yes, please.

See You Yesterday- Rachel Lynn Solomon: This is a magical romance in the vein of The Opposite of Always and Palm Springs about a teen girl forced to relive her disastrous first day of college—only to discover that her arch-nemesis is stuck in the time loop with her. I have a feeling this is going to have so many hilarious shenanigans, and I’m here for it.

Forging Silver into Stars- Brigid Kemmerer: I read Kemmerer’s Cursebreakers series this year and really enjoyed the fantastical take on Beauty and the Beast. This is a spin-off of sorts following a whole new set of characters in this world, and I’m interested to see where it’ll go.

Under One Roof- Ali Hazelwood: This is the start of three novellas Hazelwood is bringing out about women in STEM. This one has an enemies-to-lovers/forced proximity thing going on.


June:

A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons- Kate Khavari: When a professor drops dead at a dinner party after being poisoned, Saffron Everleigh finds herself in a race against time to free her wrongly accused professor before he goes behind bars forever. This is said to be a fast-paced historical mystery perfect for fans of Deanna Raybourn, so of course, I had to add it.

Locklands- Robert Jackson Bennett: I won’t say much about this one since it’s the third in a series, but I binged the other two books in the Foundryside series earlier this year and I need to see how the story is going to play out.

Stuck with You- Ali Hazelwood: Yet another enemies-to-lovers novella that I can’t wait to read.


July:

Bet on It- Jodie Slaughter: The first time Aja Owens encounters the man of her dreams, she’s having a panic attack in the frozen foods section of the Piggly Wiggly. The second time, he’s being introduced to her as her favorite bingo buddy’s semi-estranged grandson. From there, all it takes is one game for her to realize that he’s definitely going to be a problem. This sounds like it’s going to be super playful but maybe quite steamy as well.

Lore Olympus Vol. 2: This is one of my favorite comic series and I read it every week, but I still need the physical copy in my hands!

For Butter or Worse- Erin La Rosa: This follows two rival hosts of a massively popular cooking show have to fake a relationship to save their careers after an explosive on-air fallout, only to find their feelings for each other becoming real, and is said to be perfect for fans of The Hating Game and The Great British Bake-Off.

The Book of Gothel- Mary McMyne: Everyone knows the story of Rapunzel, but not of the witch who put her there. This is a lush, historical retelling filled with dark magic, crumbling towers, mysterious woods, and evil princes. I love a retelling and this sounds like it’s going to be super atmospheric.

Below Zero- Ali Hazelwood: Ok, so, all three of her novellas may be enemies-to-lovers, but this one includes a remote Arctic research station and the main lady getting injured and the only one there to help her is her longtime rival. Yes, please.


August:

Belladonna- Adalyn Grace: The tagline for this just checks all my boxes: A girl confronts Death—and her own deathly powers—to solve a murder in this Gothic-infused, romantic young adult fantasy.

The Final Gambit- Jennifer Lynn Barnes: Again, this is the third and final book of a series so I won’t go too in-depth, but I’ve become obsessed with this YA-Knives Out-esque mystery. It’s so fast-paced and keeps me guessing, so I’m dying to see how it’s going to be wrapped up.

Just Another Love Song- Kerry Winfrey: Sandy Macintosh thought she would have her happily ever after with her high school sweetheart, Hank Tillman, but their plans fell through. She stayed in their small town while he went off to become a big musician. The pair run into each other fifteen years later and sparks, once again, start to fly. I love Winfrey’s writing style, and I’m a sucker for a rom-com featuring a musician, so I’m all for this.

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