Be prepared for May, because there are so many brand new books out throughout the month and I cannot wait. There are so many that I am going to be splitting this months New Releases post into two! Make sure you look out for part two coming soon. So, here is part one of the new book releases in May that I’m excited for!
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
Chloe Green is so close to winning. After her moms moved her from SoCal to Alabama for high school, she’s spent the past four years dodging gossipy classmates and a puritanical administration at Willowgrove Christian Academy. The thing that’s kept her going: winning valedictorian. Her only rival: prom queen Shara Wheeler, the principal’s perfect progeny.
But a month before graduation, Shara kisses Chloe and vanishes.
On a furious hunt for answers, Chloe discovers she’s not the only one Shara kissed. There’s also Smith, Shara’s longtime quarterback sweetheart, and Rory, Shara’s bad boy neighbor with a crush. The three have nothing in common except Shara and the annoyingly cryptic notes she left behind, but together they must untangle Shara’s trail of clues and find her. It’ll be worth it, if Chloe can drag Shara back before graduation to beat her fair-and-square.
I think most of the internet is excited for this book to be released. This is Casey McQuiston’s first YA book and I am so excited to see how their writing changes from new adult to YA. I think I’m going to save this one to read whilst I’m on holiday but I may not be able to wait that long!
3rd May 2022
Forging Silver into Stars by Brigid Kemmerer
Magic has been banished in the land of Syhl Shallow for as long as best friends Jax and Callyn can remember. They once loved the stories of the powerful magesmiths and mythical scravers who could conjure fire or control ice, but now they’ve learned that magic only leads to danger: magic is what killed Callyn’s parents, leaving her alone to raise her younger sister. Magic never helped Jax, whose leg was crushed in an accident that his father has been punishing him for ever since. Magic won’t save either of them when the tax collector comes calling, threatening to take their homes if they can’t pay what they owe.
Meanwhile, Jax and Callyn are astonished to learn magic has returned to Syhl Shallow — in the form of a magesmith who’s now married to their queen. Now, the people of Syhl Shallow are expected to allow dangerous magic in their midst, and no one is happy about it.
This is a brand new book in the Cursebreakers universe and I cannot wait to read it. I am looking forward to being back in the Cursebreakers world but this time with new characters. This is set four years after A Vow So Bold and Deadly so I am apprehensive to see what has changed and what is going to happen.
3rd May 2022
By the Book by Jasmine Guillory
Isabelle is completely lost. When she first began her career in publishing right out of college, she did not expect to be twenty-five, living at home, still an editorial assistant, and the only Black employee at her publishing house. Overworked and underpaid, constantly torn between speaking up or stifling herself, Izzy thinks there must be more to this publishing life. So when she overhears her boss complaining about a beastly high-profile author who has failed to deliver his long-awaited manuscript, Isabelle sees an opportunity to finally get the promotion she deserves.
All she has to do is go to the author’s Santa Barbara mansion and give him a quick pep talk or three. How hard could it be?
This book is part of the Meant to Be series which has a host of authors retelling fairytales in a modern way. This one is the retelling of Beauty and the Beast and because it is my favourite fairytale, I am beyond excited to read this one. Any books that are about books are made for me!
3rd May 2022
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.
Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.
I cannot wait to read this one! Emily Henry’s writing has a way of captivating all of my attention within a few pages and I’m expecting Book Lovers to do just that. I’ve seen so many outstanding reviews for this one already which makes me even more excited to read it. Also, like I said before books about books are made for me!
3rd May 2022
Ellie Pillai is Brown by Christine Pillainayagam
My name is Ellie. Ellie Pillai . . . And I suppose I am a little bit weird, but then, aren’t we all, just a little bit?
Most days, Ellie Pillai is somewhere between invisible, and not very cool – and usually she’s okay with that. But suddenly, Ellie feels different. Maybe it’s the new boy at school who makes her brain explode into rainbows every time she sees him (and also happens to be going out with her best friend), or maybe it’s her new drama teacher, the one who seems to have noticed she exists. Suddenly, her misfit style, her skin colour, her songwriting and all that getting lost in the music in her head seem to be okay too. Because maybe standing out isn’t a bad thing after all.
This book sounds right up my street! I am looking forward to reading this one very soon as I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book. Not only that, but it came with a link to a playlist to accompany the book and you bet I will be listening to it whilst I’m reading! I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts on this one!
5th May 2022
Be sure to keep your eyes out for part two of new May releases coming soon! What May releases are you excited about? Let me know in the comments!