Top Ten Tuesday: My Most Anticipated reads of 2020

It’s that time again where I think about the books that I am most looking forward to that are definitely being released in 2020, this is a bit of a sad list as the one book that I was looking forward to the most was from an indie author and the prequel to a series I loved. The authors online presence has completely disappeared though so I hope she’s ok and will be back to writing soon. But onto the list!

This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada

The final book in the trilogy, it’s out this month and is one of my ban breaking pre-orders! This is such a great dystopian series, with thriller pacing and a heavy dose of STEM, I defy anyone to be able to put them down once they’ve started and given the way that book 2 ended, the end of January can’t come soon enough!

Though the outbreak has been contained, a new threat has emerged—one that’s taken the world to the brink of a devastating war. With genetic technology that promises not just a cure for the plague, but a way to prevent death itself, both sides will stop at nothing to seize control of humanity’s future.
Facing her smartest, most devastating enemy yet, Cat must race against the clock to protect her friends and save the lives of millions on the planet’s surface. No matter the outcome, humanity will never be the same.
And this time, Cat can’t afford to let anything, or anyone, stand in her way.

Shadow Killer by Victoria Kinnaird

The Red Sun Rises series was a real surprise favourite for me. I’m not hugely into vampires as a rule but this series really stood out for me and I really recommend it if you’re after a YA LGBT read. When a sequel was announced last year I squealed with excitement and with it confirmed as being out later this year I really can’t wait to get back to the characters that I loved. There’s not much to go on yet and I don’t have a cover to share with you, but it’s definitely coming in 2020!

Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury

So I’m not usually a contemporary fan but lets face it, I love Melinda Salisbury’s books and there’s no reason why this one should be any different. I feel like it will be good for the soul to mix up the genres a bit too from my normal reads, I excited to broaden my reading horizons with this one!

Everyone knows what happened to Alva’s mother, all those years ago. But when dark forces begin to stir in Ormscaula, Alva has to face a very different future – and question everything she thought she knew about her past…

Venom by Bex Hogan

It’s no secret that one of my favourite reads of 2019 was Viper. I loved meeting Bex Hogan at Yalc and the small excerpt at the end of Viper had me screaming out for more. The cover is amazing and if it’s even half as good as book 1 it will top my lists for 2020 too!

Marianne has never wanted to be a fighter, but with unrest and discord threatening the Twelve Islands, she will have to battle threats both inside and out in an attempt to attain peace for her homeland.
Marianne is now the Viper, but her hopes for peace in the Eastern Isles are being frustrated. The corrupt King remains on the throne, bandits are proving hard to stop and Marianne is not sure who among her crew she can truly trust.
For the islands to prosper, the invisible bond that once existed uniting land and sea must be reinstated. There’s only one way that can happen – the return of magic. To do that Marianne must put aside all her fears: she must return to her roots, the Western Isles, and call on the power that runs in her blood.
She must become a Mage.
Only then, can she possibly command the army needed to finally take down the King.

Dark Skies by Danielle L Jensen

This is an interesting continuation as its not a continuation as such but a parallel, its a concept that I love and explains a lot about how Dark Shores was written. I’m excited to find out what was going on with the other characters and how the two stories come together in preparation for the finale!

Lydia is a scholar, but books are her downfall when she meddles in the plots of the most powerful man in the Celendor Empire. Her life in danger, she flees west to the far side of the Endless Seas and finds herself entangled in a foreign war where her burgeoning powers are sought by both sides.
Killian is Marked by the God of War, but his gifts fail him when the realm under the dominion of the Corrupter invades Mudamora. Disgraced, he swears his sword to the kingdom’s only hope: the crown princess. But the choice sees him caught up in a web of political intrigue that will put his oath – and his heart – to the test.
With Mudamora falling beneath the armies of the Corrupter, Lydia and Killian strike a bargain to save those they love most—but it is a bargain with unintended and disastrous consequences. Truths are revealed, birthrights claimed, and loyalties questioned—all while a menace deadlier and more far-reaching than they realize sweeps across the world.

Ascent by Bethany Adams

One of my favourite series of all time that remains consistently strong. I’m really looking forward to how a particular character moves forward with Ascent and how the bigger arc continues! I’m hugely grateful to Bethany Adams for letting me share a first look at the blurb with you all!

A lost prince

Between years surviving on the streets and an ill-advised stint with Kien’s group of half-blood fae, Fen has seen his fair share of darkness. Sure, he helped capture Kien and put an end to the trouble he caused, but his actions contributed to one of the greatest upheavals of all—the return of magic to Earth. Now Fen’s mother has named him the heir to the Unseelie throne, and he has discovered he has two mates he is unworthy to claim.

A deadly healer

The daughter of a Seelie artisan and a human woman, Maddy can’t find anyone among her father’s people willing to teach her to heal without causing harm. But finally, she has hope—a healer on Moranaia has agreed to help her. The problem? Maddy will have to travel to their world, leaving her girlfriend Anna unprotected on Earth. For the return of magic has awakened Anna’s latent water abilities, and the temptation of the nearby river could prove too much without Maddy near.

A canny enemy

When a slip of the tongue reveals that Fen could share a mate bond with both Maddy and Anna, all three must come to terms with their insecurities—and quickly. The poison they believed eradicated has appeared again, and Meren, the traitorous Seelie noble who had once worked with Kien, has returned from hiding. Together, Anna, Fen, and Maddy might be able to defeat the rising threat. But first, they must conquer their pasts.

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

With Squad Goals to rival even my beloved Rampion Crew, i’m getting all fangirl excited just typing about this book being released later this year! There is just so much going on and so many answers needed, did someone mention heist, and can we just admire that cover of Kal for a second longer?

Our heroes are back… kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival.
First, the bad news: an ancient evil—you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal—is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.
Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces.
And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.
Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.
When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.
Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes—and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.
 

A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

So forgetting that I’m not really feeling the cover and gutted that it’s not the Hunger Games that Mags won, i’m still ridiculously excited to get to read the backstory and hopefully what happened to district 13!

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

I’ve really been enjoying Veronica Roth’s jump out of the Divergent world, Carve the Mark was great and really showed that she could write amazing fantasy, so with this adult fiction venture I can’t wait to see what she produces. It has all kinds of Umbrella Academy vibes too!

A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones.
Ten years later, though the champions remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended.

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

So I ummed and ahhed about adding this one to the list because honestly I’m still not sure about it. I’m not big on the whole fallen angel thing and I’m also not the biggest lover of contemporary settings. However, I love all the worlds that she has created and ACOTAR and TOG brought such emotion out in me I think it would be silly to avoid it when the chances are I will adore it!

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.
Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.
As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

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