5 anticipated reads of 2021

Despite the fact my TBR list contains more books than I could possibly read this year already, that doesn’t stop me from constantly adding more to it. One of my favourite types of books to add to my list are anticipated reads. These are books that have not been released yet, but you can read the description and see the cover to get an idea of what the book will be about. I’ve complied a list of 5 books I cannot wait to read this year, and I’ve included a brief description and release date as well. I am counting down the days to some of these, so I hope you can find one to look forward to as well!

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The amount of hype this book has!!! It is expected to be published June 1st and this is one I am counting down the days for. I’ve heard nothing bad, all good, and the idea of this story really intrigues me. I’ve also heard great stuff about her previous books so I’ll have to check those out as well.

Description: This book follows the Rivas, a dysfunctional family who are in the public eye, as famous models, surfers, photographers and as they are the kids of a legendary singer. Every year they hold an annual party, but this year none of them are looking forward to it. We are told that by the end of the night the house will go up in flames, and every chapter of this book gets closer and closer to midnight where it will all kick off. Through the build up we follow the unveiling of family secrets through the legendary annual end of summer party at the Rivas’ mansion.

I’ve heard alot of the book-tubers I watch recommending this one and the ones that read the ARC said it was amazing, so on June 1st I’ll be downloading this on my kindle to read.

Second first impressions by Sally Thorne

This was released a few days ago so it kind of doesn’t count but, since it’s been less than a week, I’m still counting it! This has been branded as a fun, clever, whitty romance, so if you are looking for a light read- this could be for you!

Description:Ruthie has worked at a retirement villa for her whole adult life, and along the way she’s forgotten that she is young and there is a life outside of work. Then, she meets the son of the property developer who has aquirered the retirement center, Teddy. Teddy has not been taking lifer seriously, so his father decides he will give him a place to stay if he works at the center. Teddy starts getting under Ruthies skin, so when Ruthie finds out her two most eccentric residents are in need of a personal assistant, she offers Teddy up in the hope he won’t last a week. Little does Ruthie know, Teddy is the perfect match for the residents, and he earns his place along with the residents hearts. But then Ruthie finds out Teddy’s father is only there to fix up the retirement home for selling her world comes crashing down- was it all a lie with Teddy?

I’m so excited to dive into this one, I love the whole bad boy good girl trope haha!

One last stop by Casey McQuinston

I’ve been dying to read this ever since I saw it in FictionalFates reading vlog, but with the publication date of June 1st it looks like I’ll be waiting a while! McQuinston is known for her romance novel: Red White and Royal Blue, which really took off last year. This book has romance, time travel and gay representation tied into one, so I cannot wait to give it a go.

Description:  One Last Stop follows 23-year-old August, who is extremely cynical about love,developing a crush on her subway encounter, Jane. Augusts crush becomes part of her day, her commute is no longer just a commute, but there is a problem — Jane is from 1970’s Brooklyn, and she is trapped on New York City’s Q train lost in time.

It sounds intense, but romantic, and I think the time travel could bring something more interesting to this romance, and the concept is completly different to anything I’ve read before. I’ll be waiting for June 1st!

The Turnout by Megan Abbot

I am excited for the ballet asepct of this, I love reading books and watching films based around dance schools! The expected publication for this one is 3rd of August, so quite a long wait, but at the rate this year is going we will be there in no time! This book is classed as a thriller/mystery thriller and it is rated very highly on goodreads so far. It is based in a family run ballet studio, where everything appears to be perfect, but someone is there to bring down this facade.

Description: Dara and Marie Durant were dancers since birth, with their long necks and matching buns and pink tights, homeschooled and trained by their mother. Decades later the Durant School of Dance is theirs. The two sisters, together with Charlie, Dara’s husband and once their mother’s prize student, inherited the school after their parents died in a tragic accident nearly a dozen years ago. Marie teaches the younger students; Dara trains the older ones; and Charlie rules over the back office. Circling around each other, the three have perfected a dance, six days a week, that keeps the studio thriving. But when a suspicious accident occurs, just at the onset of the school’s annual performance of The Nutcracker, a season of competition, anxiety, and exhilaration, an interloper arrives and threatens the delicate balance of everything they’ve worked for.

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Another thriller, but this time based in a school setting. The expected publication date is June 10th, clearly June is going to be a hectic reading month! This book is going to be a fun,gripping thriller with a deeper message as well as being modern- which always adds to the thrill scale! I love how it is based on online threats, as that is relatable to our current world and although it will be dramatised, being bullied/blackmailed online is a problem kids in school have to face these days, so it seems very current and real.

Description: Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect. Until now. Because anonymous texter, Aces, is bringing two students’ dark secrets to light. Talented musician Devon buries himself in rehearsals, but he can’t escape the spotlight when his private photos go public. Head girl Chiamaka isn’t afraid to get what she wants, but soon everyone will know the price she has paid for power. Someone is out to get them both. Someone who holds all the aces. And they’re planning much more than a high-school game…

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