A few days ago I shared just some of the books coming out in 2021 that I am incredibly excited about. There are so many that I would be writing blog posts for months about just new books and nothing else. You can find part one of my most anticipated releases of 2021 here.
Today’s post is going to be the second and final part of my most anticipated releases of 2021! Here they are!
Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar
Everyone likes Humaira “Hani” Khan—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita “Ishu” Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of Hani. She’s an academic overachiever who hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for college. But Ishita agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she stands a chance of being elected head girl.
I recently read The Henna Wars and absolutely adored it, so the minute that it was announced that Adiba Jaigirdar had a new book coming out I was excited. I am even more excited about this one as it has one of my favourite tropes of all time in it, fake dating! I’m so excited to give this a read and know it is going to be one of those books that I just fly through.
25th May 2021
The Boyband Murder Mystery by Ava Eldred
Harri and her best friends worship Half Light – an internationally famous boyband. When frontman Frankie is arrested on suspicion of murdering his oldest friend Evan, Harri feels like her world’s about to fall apart. But quickly she realises that she – and all the other Half Light superfans out there – know and understand much more about these boys than any detective ever could.
Now she’s rallying a fangirl army to prove Frankie’s innocence – and to show the world that you should never underestimate a teenage girl with a passion…
This is another book that sounds right up my street. It is a murder mystery book all about boybands and fangirls. I’m so intrigued by this book and cannot wait to see what I think of it. It doesn’t have many review yet, so I am going to go into this book without reading a review and I’m excited!
27th May 2021
Jay’s Gay Agenda by Jason June
There’s one thing Jay Collier knows for sure—he’s a statistical anomaly as the only out gay kid in his small rural Washington town. While all his friends can’t stop talking about their heterosexual hookups and relationships, Jay can only dream of his own firsts, compiling a romance to-do list of all the things he hopes to one day experience—his Gay Agenda.
Then, against all odds, Jay’s family moves to Seattle and he starts his senior year at a new high school with a thriving LGBTQIA+ community. For the first time ever, Jay feels like he’s found where he truly belongs, where he can flirt with Very Sexy Boys and search for love. But as Jay begins crossing items off his list, he’ll soon be torn between his heart and his hormones, his old friends and his new ones…because after all, life and love don’t always go according to plan.
This is another that I have seen floating around the internet and seen a number of good reviews for. I’ll be honest with you I was drawn in by the gorgeous cover at first and then the synopsis drew me in even more. I will certainly be pre-ordering this one and reading it as soon as I can.
1st June 2020
One Last Stop by Casey McQuinston
For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.
But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train.
Of course I’m excited about this one because of how much Red, White and Royal Blue brought me back when I read that. Again, this one has already had a lot and I mean a lot of incredible reviews. I have a copy of this on pre-order and you bet I am reading it as soon as it arrives!
1st June 2021
Afterlove by Tanya Byrne
Ash Persaud is about to become a reaper in the afterlife, but she is determined to see her first love Poppy Morgan again, the only thing that separates them is death.
The last thing Ash hears is the snap of breaking glass as the windscreen hits her and breaks into a million pieces like stars.
But she made it, she’s still here. Or is she?
I have been excited about this book since it was put on Netgalley what feels like over a year ago. Since then I’ve heard nothing but absolutely incredible reviews for this book making me even more excited about it. I have this one on pre-order and cannot wait to read it as soon as it arrives. Bonus this cover is gorgeous!
10th June 2021
Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson
Three days. Two girls. One life-changing music festival.
Toni is grieving the loss of her roadie father and needing to figure out where her life will go from here — and she’s desperate to get back to loving music. Olivia is a hopeless romantic whose heart has just taken a beating (again) and is beginning to feel like she’ll always be a square peg in a round hole — but the Farmland Music and Arts Festival is a chance to find a place where she fits.
The two collide and it feels like something like kismet when a bond begins to form. But when something goes wrong and the festival is sent into a panic, Olivia and Toni will find that they need each other (and music) more than they ever imagined.
Last year a book that so many people loved and talked non-stop about was, You Should Se Me in a Crown. I own a copy of this book but I am yet to read it but I am excited about it. So, of course that means I’m excited about her next novel. This one is all about queer black girls at a music festival which sounds spectacular and I’m very very excited to give this one a read.
6th July 2021
Up All Night by Various Authors
When everyone else goes to bed, the ones who stay up feel like they’re the only people in the world. As the hours tick by deeper into the night, the familiar drops away and the unfamiliar beckons. Adults are asleep, and a hush falls over the hum of daily life. Anything is possible.
It’s a time for romance and adventure. For prom night and ghost hunts. It’s a time for breaking up, for falling in love—for finding yourself.
Stay up all night with these thirteen short stories from bestselling and award-winning YA authors like Karen McManus, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nina LaCour, and Brandy Colbert, as they take readers deep into these rarely seen, magical hours.
Now, this one sounds so interesting. This has 13 short stories set between sunset and sunrise and it has me intrigued. I’m even more interested in this book as a few of the short stories are written by some of my favourite authors. So, I will definitely be picking up a copy of this book when I can.
13th July 2021
Like A Love Song by Gabriela Martins
Natalie is living her dream: topping the charts and setting records as a Brazilian pop star…until she’s dumped spectacularly on live television. Not only is it humiliating—it could end her career.
Her PR team’s desperate plan? A gorgeous yet oh-so-fake boyfriend. Nati reluctantly agrees, but William is not what she expected. She was hoping for a fierce bad boy—not a soft-hearted British indie film star. While she fights her way back to the top with a sweet and surprisingly swoon-worthy boy on her arm, she starts to fall for William—and realizes that maybe she’s the biggest fake of them all. Can she reclaim her voice and her heart?
Fake dating and a celebrity? Sign me up! Honestly I don’t need much else to have me interested in this book. To top it off though, it is highly recommend by Adiba Jaigirdar, the author of The Henna Wars and Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating, which I mentioned earlier. So, you bet I will be buying a copy of this book.
3rd August 2021
Green Rising by Lauren James
Hester, Theo and Gabrielle have grown up knowing that Earth is doomed. The acceleration of climate changes means that the planet will soon be uninhabitable, and while those who are rich enough can escape to Mars, the rest of the population will be left to their fate.
But in the year that the ice caps finally melt, teenagers around the world begin developing strange powers – the ability to grow plants with their minds. The only hope for reversing climate change seems to lie with these Greenfingers. But there are plenty of profit-hungry organizations who want to use them for their own ends. And not everyone would like to see Earth saved…
In a time of widespread corruption and greed, can three teenagers pull off the ultimate heist and bring about a green rising?
Lauren James and a climate-change thriller you say? Yes please! I’m always going to buy Lauren James’ books it is a no brainer for me. Every time she releases a book I am excited for what feels like years beforehand. I’ve been excited about this one since she began tweeting about writing it. So, bring this book to me please!
3rd September 2021
I can’t believe how many amazing books are going to be released this year. Be sure you check out part one. Also, keep you eyes out for my post all about UKYA books to look out for in 2021!
What books being released in 2021 are you excited about? What books should be on my radar? Let me know in the comments below!