May is always a good month for books. This May especially will be great as a lot of highly-anticipated books will be released. While I still have a massive pile of books to get through before I allow myself to buy new books, I am still excited. Well, who am I kidding? I am going to buy these books anyway. Just the thought of reading these makes my heart happy. t. That is how excited I am. Anyway, let’s take a look at four upcoming May book releases.
1. A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J. Maas
An excerpt from Goodreads:
The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.
While I know the series has many flaws, I still love it. Especially the second book in the series was fantastic. While ACOFAS is not a full novel, I am still happy to read about Rhys and Feyre and how their story continued after the events of the last book. Somehow, Maas still manages to reel me in. I know this is just a bridge towards another series set in the same world, but I hope it will be worth it. The cover is fantastic so that’s already a massive plus.
2. Legendary – Stephanie Garber
A summary from Goodreads:
A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.
After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.
The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun
Those who know me know that I loved Caraval. Basically I loved the world and the characters and everything. After I finished reading the book, I was desperate for the sequel. Next month, I will finally know what happens next. And who the hell is Legend? So many questions and I am so ready to find out the answers and be swept away by the magic once again.
3. War Storm – Victoria Aveyard
A summary from GoodReads:
Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.
But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.
War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?
I’m slightly worried about this one. I adored Red Queen. I thought Glass Sword was terrible. King’s Cage was okay. I just hope the conclusion to the series will make me fall in love again. While I don’t like Mare as a character, there are plenty of characters I do love. I hope for their sake that this will be a good story. Please don’t disappoint me Victoria!
4. Furyborn – Claire Legrand
A summary from GoodReads:
When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.
To be honest, I hadn’t paid much attention to this release. But as it is close to the release date, I see more and more promo for it. The cover looks amazing and the premise is promising. It definitely sounds like a book to pay attention to and pick up along the way.