Most Anticipated 2020 Releases: Part 1

Hi book nerds! Happy New Year to all of you!

2020 is here, and so are new books! I’m kind of in awe thinking about how there are so many awesome books in 2020. I’m already so excited! I do hope I find the time to read all these books though aahhck! But hey, I’ll worry about that later. Right now, I’m going to gush about the books from the first half of 2020 that I’m most excited about!

Here are my most anticipated 2020 releases from January to June 2020!

Woven in Moonlight

I read an e-arc of this book last December as part of a blog tour this January and it was a fantastic read! (I won’t be saying anything more but you can check out my review this January 6th!) I can’t wait to see it on bookshelves! There’s currently an international preorder campaign for it, so go check it out!

Author: Isabel Ibanez
Expected publication: January 7, 2020
Tags: Young Adult, POC, Fantasy, Adventure, OwnVoices


I’m currently reading an e-arc Spellhacker and so far it’s great. It’s fast-paced and genre-bending, plus it features several queer characters! There’s also an international preorder campaign for Spellhacker (I’ve actually pre-ordered already because I have feeling this book will be one of my favorites!). Go check it out!

Author: M.K. England
Expected publication: January 21, 2020
Tags: Young Adult, LGBTQ+, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, OwnVoices

Infinity Son

Adam Silvera is one of my favorite YA contemporary authors and when I heard that his next book is YA Fantasy, I was intrigued! I can’t wait to read this book and see how Silvera fares on a new genre. Plus, hello, that cover is gorgeous!

Author: Adam Silvera
Expected publication: January 14, 2020
Tags: Young Adult, LGBTQ+, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, OwnVoices

Blood Countess

Here’s a fact about me: I love reading all about serial killers and murderers. So when I found out that there’s going to be a YA historical fiction book inspired by Elizabeth Bathory a.k.a the Blood Countess, I was ecstatic! I was hoping a book box would feature this book, but alas, I’m not so lucky.

Author: Lana Popovic
Expected publication: January 28, 2020
Tags: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Horror, LGBTQ+

Seven Deadly Shadows

When I first read the synopsis of this book, all I could think about is Inuyasha (which is one of only two animes I’ve ever watched) and how much I loved it. This book sounds so exciting and I can’t wait to read it! I have an e-arc of this book for a blog tour this February, so yay!

Authors: Courtney Alameda, Valynne E. Maetani
Expected publication: January 28, 2020
Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Mythology, Asian Culture & Literature, Paranormal

Ink in the Blood

This book is so intriguing, especially the world-building! I’m curious and excited how the author will use tattoo magic and faith/religion in the story. I just also found out that it features queer characters so that’s a plus for me.

Author: Kim Smejkal
Expected publication: February 11, 2020
Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, LGBTQ+

Wicked As You Wish

I heard “Filipina heroine” and “Philippine Mythology” and I was sold! I signed up to be a part of the street team last year and I’ve been so excited for it ever since! I can’t wait to see a YA fantasy book with great Filipino rep hit the shelves! Also, I may or may not be getting an ARC of it and I can’t wait to read it!

Author: Rin Chupeco
Expected publication: March 3, 2020
Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, POC, Mythology, Philippine Mythology, OwnVoices

Only Mostly Devastated

Right from the get-go, this sounds like a queer contemporary novel I will love! Unrequited love, pining, and enemies-to-lovers vibes? YES PLEASE.

Author: Sophie Gonzales
Expected publication: March 3, 2020
Tags: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ+

We Are Totally Normal

This book sounds so angsty but soft at the same time and I need it in my hands.

Author: Rahul Kanakia
Expected publication: March 31, 2020
Tags: Young Adult, LGBTQ+, Romance, Contemporary, POC, OwnVoices

Witches of Ash & Ruin

This book has mythology, witches, dark magic, and queer characters (and according to the author the book is “hella gay”), so it’s really no wonder why I would love to see this book on my shelf!

Author: E. Latimer
Expected publication: March 3, 2020
Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Paranormal, Mythology


When I first saw and heard of this book, there was no spark at all. And on top that, the dystopian world involves sex slavery, so I was wary. However, I kept hearing amazing reviews and so I decided to look a bit more into it.

The book is said to “explore the snowballing debt crisis, consent, and privilege“, and one Goodreads reviewer said, “Reading Docile changed me and left me with a new awareness of the structures of oppression that surround me.” Now *that* really intrigued me. Also, Tor (the publisher) tweeted descriptions/AO3 tags of Docile and one of them was “The most scandalous kink: love“, and that got to me. I now even more interested.

Author: K.M. Szpara
Expected publication: March 3, 2020
Tags: Adult, LGBTQ+, Contemporary, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Capitalism, OwnVoices
Content warnings: Sex slavery

What I Like About You

This book is giving me Eliza and Her Monsters vibes and I loved that book so much! Digital friendship, hidden identities, romance? Count me in.

Author: Marissa Canter
Expected publication: April 7, 2020
Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

I loved Hunger Games and I just reread the whole series last year, and now there’s a sequel coming this 2020! YES PLEASE.

Author: Suzanne Collins
Expected publication: May 19, 2020
Tags: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Prequel

The Friend Scheme

I loved the cover when I saw it for the first time, and then I read the synopsis and I thought, “YES, I NEED THIS BOOK”. Also the main character’s father is a criminal (and will probably be a big part of the plot), and that just gave me All for the Game vibes.

Author: Cale Dietrich
Expected publication: May 26, 2020
Tags: Young Adult, Contemporary, Crime/Thriller, Romance, OwnVoices

House of Dragons

The cover of this book is just too stunning, and the synopsis is making me crave for it! Plus, there are dragons involved, so YES PLEASE.

Author: Jessica Cluess
Expected publication: May 12, 2020
Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dragons

Harrow the Ninth

I have so much love for Gideon the Ninth (it’s one of my favorite reads in 2019) and now the sequel is here AAAAAAHHHHH. Also, kudos to the cover artist because that is GLORIOUS cover.

Author: Tamsyn Muir
Expected publication: June 2, 2020
Tags: Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, LGBTQ+

Cemetery Boys

I first saw the cover of this on Twitter and I’ve been in love with it ever since! Cemetery Boys is such a diverse book, featuring Latinx and trans rep, and it deserves all the hype. I can’t wait for its release!

Author: Aiden Thomas
Expected publication: June 9, 2020
Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, LGBTQ+ (Trans rep), POC, OwnVoices

Seasons of the Storm

When I first heard of this book, all I immediately thought “Now this sounds like a unique and different story that can sweep me off my feet”. Let’s see if I’m right!

Author: Elle Cosimano
Expected publication: June 23, 2020
Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy


And there you have it! Those are my most anticipated books from the first half of 2020! There are lots more good books coming out and I’m so excited to see these babies in the wild!

How about you guys? See any books from this list that you like? What are your other most anticipated 2020 releases? Comment down below!

10 thoughts on “Most Anticipated 2020 Releases: Part 1

  1. anticipating so many of this to!!

    ahh, congrats on that e-arc of Spellhacker! at first, i wasn’t interested in it, but more and more people seemed to be gushing about it—i just had to add it to my TBR. it sounds amazingly queer and adventurous. i’m also so excited for We Are Totally Normal and Cemetery Boys. my anticipation levels for those two are sky-high!

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    • I just finished Spellhacker, and yep, you’re absolutely right! It’s “amazingly queer and adventurous”! ❤ I'm not going to say anything else, in case I say something spoilery haha! But I definitely adored it!

      And yes! Those two books are just so exciting! And Cemetery Boys has so much hype on Twitter already 😀

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