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Most Anticipated Releases of 2023 – Part One!

2023 is nearly here which means there are so many new books coming very soon. I am looking forward to reading so many of them next year. So, I wanted to share my most anticipated releases for 2023. I’m going to split this post into two. So, be sure to look out for part two in a couple of days. Also, I posted an extra long post the other day which details all of the 2023 book releases I know of so far. You can find it here. Be sure to have a look!

Here is part one of my most anticipated releases of 2023!

Promise Boys by Nick Brooks

The Urban Promise Prep School vows to turn boys into men. As students, J.B., Ramón, and Trey are forced to follow the prestigious “program’s” strict rules. Extreme discipline, they’ve been told, is what it takes to be college bound, to avoid the fates of many men in their neighborhoods. This, the Principal Moore Method, supposedly saves lives.

But when Moore ends up murdered and the cops come sniffing around, the trio emerges as the case’s prime suspects. With all three maintaining their innocence, they must band together to track down the real killer before they are arrested. But is the true culprit hiding among them?

This book sounds absolutely amazing! I was lucky enough to be sent a proof of it and it is going to be my first read of 2023. I’m looking forward to seeing how the mystery unfolds and going along for what I’m sure is going to be a twisting, shocking and fast-paced read. I’ve seen some amazing reviews of this one already, so I cannot wait to share my thoughts.

5th January 2023


Six Times We Almost Kissed (And One Time We Did) by Tess Sharpe

Penny and Tate have always clashed. Unfortunately, their mothers are lifelong best friends, so the girls’ bickering has carried them through playdates, tragedy, and more than one rom-com marathon with the Moms. When Penny’s mother decides to become a living donor to Tate’s mom, ending her wait for a liver transplant, things go from clashing to cataclysmic. Because in order to help their families recover physically, emotionally, and financially, the Moms combine their households the summer before senior year.

So Penny and Tate make a pact: They’ll play nice. Be the drama-free daughters their mothers need through this scary and hopeful time. There’s only one little hitch in their plan: Penny and Tate keep almost kissing.

It’s just this confusing thing that keeps happening. You know, from time to time. For basically their entire teenaged existence.

They’ve never talked about it. They’ve always ignored it in the aftermath. But now they’re living across the hall from each other. And some things—like their kisses—can’t be almosts forever.

Having loved The Girls I’ve Been when I read it a while back, I was so excited to see that Tess Sharpe was releasing another book. I cannot wait to see what I think of this one. It is already getting amazing reviews which is making me even more excited to read it. I’m looking forward to reading a slow-burn Ya romance full of angst!

2nd February 2023


Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Vera Wong is a lonely little old lady–ah, lady of a certain age–who lives above her forgotten tea shop in the middle of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Despite living alone, Vera is not needy, oh no. She likes nothing more than sipping on a good cup of Wulong and doing some healthy detective work on the Internet about what her Gen-Z son is up to.

Then one morning, Vera trudges downstairs to find a curious thing–a dead man in the middle of her tea shop. In his outstretched hand, a flash drive. Vera doesn’t know what comes over her, but after calling the cops like any good citizen would, she sort of . . . swipes the flash drive from the body and tucks it safely into the pocket of her apron. Why? Because Vera is sure she would do a better job than the police possibly could, because nobody sniffs out a wrongdoing quite like a suspicious Chinese mother with time on her hands. Vera knows the killer will be back for the flash drive; all she has to do is watch the increasing number of customers at her shop and figure out which one among them is the killer.

I absolutely adore Jesse Sutanto’s books! They are always hilarious and a lot of fun to read. So, when I saw her new one would be out in 2023 I immediately added it to my TBR. This one sounds like it will be a lot of fun to read, has a mystery throughout and just seems like it will be an excellent read. It is already getting amazing reviews too!

14th March 2023


The Love Wager by Lynn Painter

Hallie Piper is turning over a new leaf. After belly-crawling out of a hotel room (hello, rock bottom), she decides it’s time to become a full-on adult.

She gets a new apartment, a new haircut, and a new wardrobe, but when she logs into the dating app that she has determined will find her new love, she sees none other than Jack, the guy whose room she’d snuck out of.

Through the app, and after the joint agreement that they are absolutely not interested in each other, Jack and Hallie become partners in their respective searches for The One. They text each other about their dates, often scheduling them at the same restaurant so that if things don’t go well, the two of them can get tacos afterward.

Spoiler: they get a lot of tacos together.

Discouraged by the lack of prospects, Jack and Hallie make a wager to see who can find true love first, but when they agree to be fake dates for a weekend wedding, all bets are off.

Lynn Painter is an author I know I can rely on for a good book. This one sounds like it will be a lot of fun and it has one of my favourite tropes, fake dating! I’ve read a few of Lynn Painter’s YA books but not her fiction books. So, I am looking forward to seeing how her writing changes and varies between the two genres.

30th March 2023


Happy Place by Emily Henry

Harriet and Wyn are the perfect couple – they go together like bread and butter, gin and tonic, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. Except, now they don’t.

They broke up six months ago. And they still haven’t told anyone.

Which is how they end up sharing a bedroom at the cottage that has been their yearly getaway with their best friends for the past decade. For one glorious week they leave behind their lives, drink far too much wine and soak up the sea air with their favourite people.

Only this year, Harriet and Wyn are lying through their teeth. The cottage is for sale so this is the last time they’ll all be together here and they can’t bear to break their friends’ hearts. So, they’ll fake it for one more week.

It’s a flawless plan (if you look at it through a pair of sunscreen-smeared sunglasses).

But how can you pretend to be in love with someone – and get away with it – in front of the people who know you best?

Emily Henry has very quickly become one of my auto-buy authors. Book Lovers is one of my favourite reads of 2022, so I cannot wait to give this one a read. The premise of it sounds amazing and I’m sure it will put me in the mood for summer. I will definitely be sharing my thoughts on this one in the new year!

27th April 2023


Imogen, Obviously by Becky Albertalli

Imogen Scott may be hopelessly heterosexual, but she’s got the World’s Greatest Ally title locked down.

She’s never missed a Pride Alliance meeting. She knows more about queer media discourse than her very queer little sister. She even has two queer best friends. There’s Gretchen, a fellow high school senior, who helps keep Imogen’s biases in check. And then there’s Lili—newly out and newly thriving with a cool new squad of queer college friends.

Imogen’s thrilled for Lili. Any ally would be. And now that she’s finally visiting Lili on campus, she’s bringing her ally A game. Any support Lili needs, Imogen’s all in.

Even if that means bending the truth, just a little.

Like when Lili drops a tiny queer bombshell: she’s told all her college friends that Imogen and Lili used to date. And none of them know that Imogen is a raging hetero—not even Lili’s best friend, Tessa.

Of course I am excited about a new Becky Albertalli book! This one sounds like it is going to be amazing. I love Becky Albertalli’s books as they always cover some deep topics whilst still being light-hearted and fun reads. It is another that is already getting amazing reviews so I really cannot wait to give it a read.

2nd May 2023

I can’t believe how many amazing books are going to be released in 2023! I have even more of my most anticipated releases to share in part 2 of this post, so keep your eyes out for that!

What books being released in 2023 are you excited about? What books should be on my radar? Let me know in the comments below!

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