Good morning! It’s another Sunday which means it’s another wonderful prompt from Steph for Six for Sunday!
Books I’m Excited For In 2021
There are so many books that could made a list of books I’m excited for in 2021! I have a spreadsheet that currently contains 66 titles but I have managed to trim it down to just six for this week’s prompt!
Vulture by Bex Hogan
Power, politics and pirates collide in Vulture, the finale of the epic YA fantasy series The Isles of Storm and Sorrow, perfect for fans of Pirates of the Caribbean.
We are all one misstep away from being the villain…
Marianne has passed the ultimate test required to be a Mage. She is finally powerful enough to reunite the Twelve Isles.
But having exposed herself to the darker side of magic, Marianne is struggling. The magic within her is nearly impossible to control, and she becomes cruel and violent, mercilessly pursuing those who have harmed her in the past, ignoring the pleas of those closest to her to remember what’s really important: saving the islands.
Everything she’s fought for has come down to this. Will Marianne be able to fulfil her promise to bring peace to the islands when she can’t even bring peace to herself?
Conquer the darkness. Control the magic. Save the Isles.
How could the final installment of the Isles Of Storm And Sorrow trilogy not be the first on this list?! I am OBSESSED with this trilogy and after the ending of Venom and then that blurb I need to know what happens next!
The Edge Of The Ocean by L. D. Lapinski
At the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, each suitcase transports you to a different world. All you have to do is step inside…
Flick is now a badge-wearing member of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency so when an urgent summons arrives at Strangeworlds from Pirate Queen Nyfe, she and Strangeworlds Society guardian Jonathon immediately pack their bags for an adventure to Queen Nyfe’s world: The Break, a place of magic and piracy.
Nyfe’s world is falling apart. The Break is used to having ships vanish without a trace, but there has been a sudden increase that can’t be explained by giant squid or mer-people. The edge of their flat world is coming ever closer to them and they need to escape before it collapses entirely.
But how do you sail a ship through a suitcase? How do you fit a mer-queen the size of a whale into something small enough to carry in your hand? Will Flick and Jonathan be able to find a way to transport the inhabitants of the Break to another world before theirs disappears forever?
I loved the first book in this series so I cannot wait to see what Jonathan and Flick get up to in the sequel!
Proud Of Me by Sarah Hagger-Holt
Becky and Josh are almost-twins, with two mums and the same anonymous donor dad.
Josh can’t wait until he’s eighteen, the legal age when he can finally contact his father, and he’ll do anything to find out more - even if it involves lying.
Becky can’t stop thinking about her new friend, Carli. Could her feelings for Carli be a sign of something more?
Becky and Josh both want their parents to be proud of them…but right now, they’re struggling to even accept themselves.
Nothing Ever Happens Here was such a wonderful read and a great introduction to Trans issues for younger readers so I have high hopes for Sarah’s next book
The Infinity Files by S. M. Wilson
Get in. Get Out. ⠀
Keep to the task.⠀
Leave no trace. ⠀
Ash Yang dreamed of being a starfighter pilot. But when she crashes out of her final test – literally – she somehow lands the most powerful job in the universe. As Guardian of the Infinity Files she must secretly planet-hop through the galaxies, stealing or returning treasures that have the power to stop wars…or start them.⠀
But when her home planet is the one at war, can she get the job done?
I’m fairly certain this was originally due for release in 2020 but was a casualty of the Covid-19 Pandemic and was pushed back. It’s also undergone a name change since I first read a teaser chapter in Usborne’s YALC sampler back in 2019 but I’m really looking forward to finally getting my hands on it!
Ace Of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
An incendiary and utterly compelling thriller with a shocking twist that delves deep into the heart of institutionalized racism, from an exceptional new YA voice. 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…
This is another that I originally read a chapter from in the Usborne YALC sampler back in in 2019. I loved it and I’m very lucky to be in possession of an ARC which I’ll be getting to very shortly! I had hoped to get to it over Christmas but didn’t quite get around to it.
The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary
Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend’s wedding in the north of Scotland. The playlist is all planned and the snacks are packed.
But, not long after setting off, a car slams into the back of theirs. The driver is none other than Addie’s ex, Dylan, who she’s avoided since their traumatic break-up two years earlier.
Dylan and his best mate are heading to the wedding too, and they’ve totalled their car, so Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. The car is soon jam-packed full of luggage and secrets, and with three hundred miles ahead of them, Dylan and Addie can’t avoid confronting the very messy history of their relationship…
Will they make it to the wedding on time? And, more importantly… is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan?
I adored The Flatshare, I still have The Switch to read but I absolutely love the sound of The Road Trip so I’m looking forward to release date!
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