My Most Anticipated Releases in 2021

YE GODS THERE ARE SO MANY RELEASES THIS YEAR!!! If you’ve been around a while, you’ll know I’m not in the habit of making these kinds of posts (I do occasionally try to keep my expectations in check 😉). But WOW I can’t help getting hyped up for *so many* of the releases this year! (and these are just the ones I/we know about!!)

Klara and the Sun– I mean, a release from one of the best authors on the planet?! Yes please!!

Any Way the Wind Blows- yasss!! Sorry, I’ll try to keep the screaming to a minimum, but YAAASSSS!! All I can do is squeal at the prospect of a new Baz/Simon adventure! Love the title as well- they’re just so on point for this series.

My Contrary Mary– another one I’ve been looking out for ever since it was announced years ago! As you may know, I’m just a teensy bit of a MASSIVE fan of My Lady Jane. Funny alternate history is just my jam and I need more of it in my life.

The Ivies– oh god I’m excited for this one. You may or may not know, I’ve been following Alexa Donne on Youtube for years. And I’ve been following along for the whole journey of this book- from idea to finished product! I’ve just been enthralled by the concept from day one- deadly competitive college admissions- sign me up! (Also, this is an author who knows her YA and her thrillers- so I have high hopes!)

Survive the Night– virtually every Riley Sager book is a winner for me. Absolute auto-buy. (Also happens to be one of the authors I discovered through Alexa Donne’s channel).

Heart Principle– loved the first two in this rom com series– how can I say no to more?!? I’ll be reading this on the principle that my heart needs another dose 😉

The Project– ever since Sadie, I’ve needed to read more Courtney Summers. I’ll just have to make sure my heart is ready.

Rule of Wolves– because, I mean, of course. Love Leigh Bardugo and the first one in this duology. Gonna need a hardback too.

Iron Raven– Julie Kagawa has another book coming out?? And it’s a continuation of the Iron Fey world? From Puck’s perspective? Well thank you universe!

The Chosen and the Beautiful– okay, yes, this is the only author on here that I haven’t read (reason being that as intrigued as I am by *so many* of those, I can’t truly say I have the same expectations for something I’ve no idea if I’ll like) HOWEVER I have never read a Gatsby retelling, I have never realised I needed a Gatsby retelling… I now know my life won’t be complete until I have read this. Also, adore the cover.

Tales From the Hinterland– okay this one’s technically already out- but I just know I’m going to have to read this book, since Hazel Wood is one of my favourite fantasy books.

And that’s all for now- I do have high hopes that a Red Rising book or a Sanderson sequel (or maybe some other exciting release) will be on the cards too… but we’ll have to wait and see!

For now, what’s your most anticipated release of 2021? Let me know in the comments!

Monthly Monkey Mini Reviews – October

Well I’m in equal measures excited and nervous for this post. If you’ve been following my blog a while, you’ll know I try to do mini reviews every month. But the scheme I came up with was weirdly unwieldy, upping the number of reviews as we went through the year, and last month I decided it just wasn’t working for me. I mean, the whole point of mini reviews was to make my life easier, and here I was trying to talk about a *crazy *number of books. So as pleased as I am that I got to September with my bonkers system, I’m ready for a change. Introducing:


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This is a fun, casual way for me to do a small number of mini reviews every month- no other explanation needed!  Let’s get to today’s batch 😉

the names they gave us

The Names They Gave Us– The structure was a little jolty for this one, but I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style. The voice for the main character was distinctively sarky and added a nice tinge of humour to the story. Plus, kudos to this book for having the funniest break up scene I’ve ever read. I really liked a lot of the characters in this one, particularly, funnily enough, Lucas- who came across as perfectly earnest and served as a great (but not mean-spirited) foil for the protagonist. As a contemporary, I think this hit just the right note.

4/5 bananas

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when we were orphans

When We Were Orphans– I’ve always liked Ishiguro’s crisp writing style and this was no exception. I also liked the wry humour he employed here and he definitely managed to elicit a or two chuckle from me. I also appreciated the characters in this one- somehow Ishiguro always manages to balance unpleasant characters with careful sympathy, which is incredibly tricky. And speaking of subtlety, I loved the hint of inaccuracies when it came to the protagonist’s memory. There was always a hint of unreliability (as with many of Ishiguro’s narrators) that added substantially to the intrigue that was unfolding. At its heart, this was a mystery detective story, where Ishiguro again showed his versatility as an author and ability to turn his hand at a totally different style of narrative to his other works. Though this is more about the journey than the destination, I’m sure every reader will be as satisfied as I was with the dark truths uncovered at its conclusion.

4/5 bananas

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magicians assistant

Magician’s Assistant– there were a number of snapshots of real life in this, but alas, I couldn’t relate to it for two reasons. One: because I am not middle aged and all the various issues just didn’t fit where I’m at in life. And two: I had tremendous problems with the structure, as it persistently flicked back and forth in time, which wasn’t done very clearly and made it hard for me to follow. All I have left to say about this is that I’m pretty baffled at the adult who recommended this to me when I was a child- it’s not my thing now, so I can’t imagine enjoying it at ten!

2/5 bananas

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So have you read any of these? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!