Most Anticipated Releases for the second half of 2020 ! Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. 

This week’s theme is our most anticipated releases for the second half of 2020!

Strangely, as I read many romance authors, they don’t announce their next book months ahead! Or rather it’s because I am reading indie authors I think! So that list of romance books will be extra short!

OK let’s give you the goods!

Hands Down by Mariana Zapata

Before he was Big Texas, he was Zac the Snack Pack.

Bianca Brannen knows time—mostly—heals all wounds. Including those your once loved ones might have unintentionally given you. (Those just take longer.)

She thinks she’s ready when a call has her walking back into her old friend’s life. Or at least as prepared as possible to see the starting quarterback in the National Football Organization. Before the lights, the fans, and the millions, he’d been a skinny kid with a heart of gold.

Waltzing out of Zac Travis’s life should be easy. Just as easy as he walked out of hers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Angry God by RF Kunag (is honestly scaring me!)

Before he was Big Texas, he was Zac the Snack Pack.

Bianca Brannen knows time—mostly—heals all wounds. Including those your once loved ones might have unintentionally given you. (Those just take longer.)

She thinks she’s ready when a call has her walking back into her old friend’s life. Or at least as prepared as possible to see the starting quarterback in the National Football Organization. Before the lights, the fans, and the millions, he’d been a skinny kid with a heart of gold.

Waltzing out of Zac Travis’s life should be easy. Just as easy as he walked out of hers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Empire of Gold by SA Chakraborty (I am listening to it)

The final chapter in the bestselling, critically acclaimed Daevabad Trilogy, in which a con-woman and an idealistic djinn prince join forces to save a magical kingdom from a devastating civil war.

Daevabad has fallen.

After a brutal conquest stripped the city of its magic, Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, must try to repair their fraying alliance and stabilize a fractious, warring people.

But the bloodletting and loss of his beloved Nahri have unleashed the worst demons of Dara’s dark past. To vanquish them, he must face some ugly truths about his history and put himself at the mercy of those he once considered enemies.

Having narrowly escaped their murderous families and Daevabad’s deadly politics, Nahri and Ali, now safe in Cairo, face difficult choices of their own. While Nahri finds peace in the old rhythms and familiar comforts of her human home, she is haunted by the knowledge that the loved ones she left behind and the people who considered her a savior are at the mercy of a new tyrant. Ali, too, cannot help but look back, and is determined to return to rescue his city and the family that remains. Seeking support in his mother’s homeland, he discovers that his connection to the marid goes far deeper than expected and threatens not only his relationship with Nahri, but his very faith.

As peace grows more elusive and old players return, Nahri, Ali, and Dara come to understand that in order to remake the world, they may need to fight those they once loved . . . and take a stand for those they once hurt.

 

Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim (that cover is so pretty!)

The thrilling sequel to SPIN THE DAWN, a magical series steeped in Chinese culture.

Maia Tamarin’s journey to sew the dresses of the sun, the moon and the stars has taken a grievous toll. She returns to a kingdom on the brink of war. The boy she loves is gone, and she is forced to don the dress of the sun and assume the place of the emperor’s bride-to-be to keep the peace.

But the war raging around Maia is nothing compared to the battle within. Ever since she was touched by the demon Bandur, she has been changing . . . glancing in the mirror to see her own eyes glowing red, losing control of her magic, her body, her mind. It’s only a matter of time before Maia loses herself completely, but she will stop at nothing to find Edan, protect her family, and bring lasting peace to her country.

YA fantasy readers will love the sizzling forbidden romance, mystery, and intrigue of UNRAVEL THE DUSK.

 

 

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

A bank robber on the run locks himself in with an over-enthusiastic estate agent, two bitter IKEA-addicts, a pregnant woman, a suicidal multi-millionaire and a rabbit. In the end the robber gives up and lets everyone go, but when the police storm the apartment it is . . . empty.

In a series of dysfunctional testimonies after the event, the witnesses all tell their version of what really happened and it’s clear we have a classic locked-room mystery on our hands: How did the robber manage to escape? Why is everyone so angry? And: What is WRONG with people these days? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Damned by Renee Ahdieh

New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with the second installment of her new sumptuous, sultry and romantic series, The Beautiful.

Following the events of The Beautiful, Sébastien Saint Germain is now cursed and forever changed. The treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood has been broken, and war between the immortals seems imminent. The price of loving Celine was costly. But Celine has also paid a high price for loving Bastien.

Still recovering from injuries sustained during a night she can’t quite remember, her dreams are troubled. And she doesn’t know she has inadvertently set into motion a chain of events that could lead to her demise and unveil a truth about herself she’s not quite ready to learn.

Forces hiding in the shadows have been patiently waiting for this moment for centuries. And just as Bastien and Celine begin to uncover the danger around them, they learn their love could tear them apart.

 

 

The Notorious Virtues by Alwyn Hamilton

A glamorous media darling, a surprise heiress, and the magical competition of a lifetime.

At sixteen, Honora “Nora” Holtzfall is the daughter of the most powerful heiress in all of Walstad. Her family controls all the money–and all the magic–in the entire country. But despite being the center of attention, Nora has always felt like an outsider. When her mother is found dead in an alley, the family throne and fortune are suddenly up for grabs, and Nora will be pitted against her cousins in the Veritaz, the ultimate magical competition for power that determines the one family heir.

But there’s a surprise contestant this time: Lotte, the illegitimate daughter of Nora’s aunt. When Lotte’s absent mother retrieves her from the rural convent she’d abandoned her to, Lotte goes from being an orphan to surrounded by family. Unfortunately, most of them want her dead.

And soon, Nora discovers that her mother’s death wasn’t random–it was murder. And the only person she can trust to uncover the truth of what happened is a rakish young reporter who despises everything Nora and her family stand for.

With everyone against her, Lotte’s last hope is hunting for the identity of her father. But the dangerous competition–and her feelings for Theo, one of the Holtzfalls’ sworn protectors–turns her world upside down.

Incredible tests, impossible choices and deadly odds await both girls. But there can only be one winner. 

 

The Crow Rider by Kalyn Josephson

Princess Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and Illucia once and for all. Thia must convince the neighboring kingdoms to come to her aid, and Res’s show of strength is the only thing that can help her.

But so many obstacles stand in her way. Res excels at his training, until he loses control of his magic, harming Thia in the process. She is also pursued by Prince Ericen, heir to the Illucian throne and the one person she can’t trust but can’t seem to stay away from.

As the rebel group prepares for war, Res’s magic grows more unstable. Thia has to decide if she can rely on herself and their bond enough to lead the rebellion and become the crow rider she was meant to be. 

 

OK that’s my list! Do we have any in common?

 

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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31 Replies to “Most Anticipated Releases for the second half of 2020 ! Top Ten Tuesday”

  1. OMG. SOPHIE!! Is that Zac?? From Wall of Winnipeg?? In his own book??

  2. I really want to check out anxious people!

    1. I think it will be amazing!

  3. I think I might be one of the few people who don’t love MZ’s books. They are just so long and slow to me.

    1. Well indeed they are slow burn Samantha!

  4. The cover for The Burning God!!! <3

  5. Tanya Atkinson says: Reply

    Backman and Zapata are both authors I’ve been meaning to try for ages.

    1. What are you waiting for Tanya? LOL

  6. Backman is an author I want to read more of. I loved the book I read, and got one of my co-workers obsessed with his books by lending it to her.

    1. That’s the best obssession Sam!

  7. Did any of these lists *not* include “Anxious People”, lol

    1. Hahaha I don’t think so Kathie

  8. Ooh, gimme The Burning God, Unravel the Dusk and The Damned! I still need to catch up to read The Empire of Gold, unfortunately 😀

    1. Well I think we’d both be very happy Mogsy

  9. That new Fredrik Backman book sounds so good!

  10. Awesome list You’ve reminded me that I still need to read The Beautiful!

    1. Well I hope you’ll enjoy!

  11. I didn’t know about The Notorious Virtues. It’s not available at Amazon or any U.S. stores so I’m going to get it from the Book Depository when it comes out. I’ve already preordered The Damned though!

  12. Great list! I hope you enjoy all of those!

  13. thebrowneyedbookworm says: Reply

    Hands Down and Anxious People

    1. Yes! I can’t wait Corina!!

  14. Em @ The Geeky Jock says: Reply

    Just a typo alert … You’ve paired Burning Gods with the “Hands Down” description. (Though, seeing the Burning Gods cover paired with “Zac the Snack Pack” REALLY REALLY made my day! )

    More importantly — books! 🙂 Great list!

    1) ALL THE YES! to Burning Gods

    2) ALL THE YES! to Empire of Gold! I *just* received a call from my bookstore that it’s arrived! **squee!!**

    3) ALL THE YES! to Unravel the Dusk! — Half-way through Spin the Dawn, and LOVING IT!

    4) The Damned seems super intriguing! Second book of a series … Do I need another series? (Answer: yes. yes I do.)

    1. Oh my Em!!!! Sorry and thanks for poiting this out I will go edit! LOL

      1. Em @ The Geeky Jock says: Reply

        Oh gosh! Ha ha! It was a really fun typo! Besides — it happens!

      2. Em @ The Geeky Jock says: Reply

        Oh, ha ha ha! 😀 Gosh, it happens to all of us! And, really, it made my day! 😀

      3. Em @ The Geeky Jock says: Reply

        … I have no idea what my phone is doing and why it keeps telling me things haven’t posted when they obviously have (frustrated sigh.) Sorry!

  15. Hands Down is at the top of my list too! Zac’s book!!!

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