Spring is coming. For most people that means the snow is melting, the flowers are blooming, and winter coats can be put away. For readers it means new, exciting releases. Here are six new releases for the Spring that I have on my radar.
1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
The newest release of Sarah J. Mass is the third installment in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, hitting shelves on May 2nd. Originally this series was intended to be a trilogy but Maas has confirmed that the series will now stretch to six books. These additional three books are rumored to be companion novels on other characters featured in the trilogy but there is no confirmation at this point.
This young adult fantasy series bridges the gap between the young adult and new adult genres and is certainly aimed at an older target audience than Maas’s previous series of Throne of Glass. Like Throne of Glass, ACOTAR (the widely-used acronym for the series) features humans and Fae (faeries) in its fantasy world. The books follow a human girl who is forced to give her life over to the Fae after murdering one of their own. This new installment continues to follow Feyre as she returns to the Spring Court and surreptitiously gathers information on the High Lord’s movements while endeavoring to stand against the King across the ocean that is fighting to reclaim her continent and world.
2. House of Furies by Madeleine Roux
The first installment in a new young adult horror series by the famous Asylum series author hits the shelves on May 30th. House of Furies follows the story of seventeen-year-old Louisa as she escapes from a harsh school that excessively punishes its students. Louisa thinks she has found some luck when she is hired on as a maid at a boarding house. But Louisa soon realizes that the owner of the house and its staff are not what they appear. The guests who stay at the house are judged and dealt out justice as the owner sees fit to those who are beyond saving. When Louisa meets Lee, she knows that he is a soul that she cannot see suffer and embarks on a journey to save him.
This book also contains illustrations by Iris Compiet and photo collages of the starring boarding house. I’m imagining the illustrations will be comparable to the photos in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy by Ransom Riggs.
3. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
The author of the notable Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy is releasing a new young adult fantasy novel March 28th. Strange the Dreamer follows the character of its namesake. In Strange’s world, dreams choose their dreamers, not the other way around. Quiet and meek, Strange has always felt that his dream of finding the mythical lost city of Weep was meant for someone else. But when Strange is given the opportunity to join a band of famous warriors and heroes to find the city and fix a mysterious problem, he knows he must take it. Yet dreams of a long-dead blue-skinned goddess haunt Strange and he is plagued with questions of what happened to the lost city of the gods. We’re promised a story full of “dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, and love and carnage.”
4. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
The newest duology from the author of the well-loved The Wrath and the Dawn duology is dropping a new book May 16th. Rumored to be inspired by Mulan, Flame in the Mist follows seventeen year old Mariko, an accomplished alchemist and daughter of a well-known samurai. Regardless of Mariko’s accomplishments, she is reduced to her usefulness of an arranged marriage. On her journey to the palace to wed the son of the emperor’s favorite consort, her party is attacked and she narrowly escapes death by the hands of the infamous Black Clan. Determined to discover who hired the bandits to kill her, she disguises herself as a boy, intending to join their ranks. Before she can, she is captured by the Clan and brought to their secret hideout. As she befriends their leader and his friend she uncovers secrets of the Clan’s history, betrayals, and murders that leave her questioning everything she thought she knew.
5. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
In perfect timing for the new live-action film of Beauty and the Beast, this young adult retelling is being released March 14th. Spooner’s novel gives a new twist to the tale as old as a time as it follows a girl named Yeva who suddenly finds herself being forced from her life among the aristocracy to the outskirts of town in her father’s old lodge after losing their fortune. Yeva’s father has always been obsessed with the secrets hidden in the woods and has searched throughout his life for the creature rumored to rule them. After losing his fortune, Yeva’s father starts to act erratically and disappears in the woods. Determined Yeva sets out to find her father and to hunt the Beast that she believes is responsible for her father’s disappearance. But as Yeva gets deeper into the woods she discovers a world of cursed, ruined castles and creatures that she’s only heard about in fairy tales.
6. The End of Our Story by Meg Haston
Releasing on April 4th, this young adult contemporary novel details the lives of Bridge and Wil. Friends since childhood turned lovers in high school, the pair has always been close until Bridge betrayed Wil junior year. A year later, Wil’s family suffers a violent loss, causing Bridge to reach out to Wil again. As the pair struggle to work through their own hurts, they find themselves falling for each other all over again. As they push through the tragedy that has saturated their lives, Bridge and Wil are faced with standing on their own or falling apart together.
And those are the six novels that I am looking forward to for Spring. Let me know which books YOU have on your radar for Spring in the comments below.