May 2021 Releases

Another month, another series of New Book Tuesdays. Annnnd those weird outlier release dates, too. Anyways: books.


may releases
May 2021
Well, it’s May.

Site
I’ve updated Find Book By Author! I, uh, didn’t realize it was getting on five months without doing that.

The 2021 Reading Challenges page is up-to-date (and formatted a little nicer) and the first Quarterly Update is out!

Fun fact: I went a whole damn month without posting a single review. Which was the exact opposite of what I intended for April, ironically enough. I was going to catch up on reviews during April. Post regularly and have a sexy stockpile.

This Month’s Releases
We’ve got a ton of Adult/General Science Fiction and Fantasy releases, another ton of LGBT+ releases, and like, five YA SFF books. Huh. Odd.

Young Adult/New Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction Releases:

Thoughts on May 2021’s YA SFF releases
:
— Two books are both golden-ish and have close-ups of swords on them. In the same month. And the same week. Bold.
— “of Feather and Steel” is the coolest title. Go ahead, add it to the end of everything. Makes it better, right? The Knight of Feather and Steel. The Palace of Feather and Steel. The Blade of Feather and Steel.
— Kind of a small release pool for YA SFF this month?

May 4th
The Shadow in the Glass by J.J.A. Harwood
The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He
Realm Breaker (Realm Breaker #1) by Victoria Aveyard
Sky Breaker (Night Spinner #2) by Addie Thorley
Blade of Secrets (Bladesmith #1) by Tricia Levenseller
The Block (The Loop Trilogy #2) by Ben Oliver

May 6th
The Reckoning (The Unadjusteds #3) by Marisa Noelle

May 8th
Unwritten (The Zweeshen Chronicles #1) by Alicia J. Novo

May 11th
Illusionary (Hollow Crown #2) by Zoraida Córdova
Crown of Bitter Thorn (The Fae of Bitter Thorn #3) by Kay L Moody
War of Dragons (House of Dragons #2) by Jessica Cluess
Switch by A.S. King

May 18th
In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland / AdriAnne Strickland
Mister Impossible (Dreamer Trilogy #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

May 25th
The Boi of Feather and Steel (The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass #2) by Adan Jerreat-Poole
Aetherbound by E.K. Johnston
Spells Trouble (Sisters of Salem #1) by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
The Immortal Game by Talia Rothschild & A.C. Harvey


Adult/Gen Fantasy and Science Fiction Releases:

Thoughts on May 2021’s Adult SFF releases:
— Not a small pool for Adult SFF releases at all, holy crap.
— I received the first two books in Chronicles of the Bitch Queen by K.S. Villoso (which have v cool titles, look them up!) for Christmas, and my intent was to read them and be prepared for The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng‘s release. That did not happen.
Scars of Cereba has such a cool fucking title I bought the first book in the duology to check it out.
— Djèlí Clark’s Ring Shout was one of the reviews I meant to finish writing last month. Spoiler: That did not happen. Still going to check out his Dead Djinn Universe soon, though!
— I have Zen Cho’s Royal Sorcerer series, annnnd, you guessed it! Haven’t gotten around to reading it. And yet, I’m still probably going to buy Black Water Sister.
— Three titles have “Zero” in them.

May 4th
Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon
Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen #3) by K.S. Villoso
The Shadow of the Gods (The Bloodsworn Saga #1) by John Gwynne
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Immunity Index by Sue Burke
Shadowed Steel (Heirs of Chicagoland #3) by Chloe Neill

May 10th
Scars of Cereba (Memoria Duology #2) by Rachel Emma Shaw

May 11th
We Are Satellites by Sarah Pinsker
A Master of Djinn (Dead Djinn Universe #1) by P. Djèlí Clark
Black Water Sister by Zen Cho
The House of Always (A Chorus of Dragons #4) by Jenn Lyons
Erebus Dawning (Seven Stars Saga #1) by A.J. Super
Within Without (John Nyquist #4) by Jeff Noon
The Rock Eaters: Stories by Brenda Peynado
Angel of the Overpass (Ghost Roads #3) by Seanan McGuire
Son of the Storm (The Nameless Republic #1) by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

May 14th
2240 Return To Planet Earth by Daniela R. Morassutti

May 18th
Sage and King by Molly Ringle
The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis
The Album of Dr. Moreau by Daryl Gregory
The Broken God (The Black Iron Legacy #3) by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan
Screams from the Void by Anne Tibbets
Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill
Master Artificer (The Silent Gods #2) by Justin Travis Call
Warrior’s Ransom (The First Argentines #2) by Jeff Wheeler
Shards of Earth (The Final Architects Trilogy #1) by Adrian Tchaikovsky

May 25th
Hard Reboot by Django Wexler
The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley
Anna by Sammy H.K. Smith
The Apocalypse Seven by Gene Doucette
How to Mars by David Ebenbach
The Promised Queen (Forgotten Empires #3) by Jeffe Kennedy
The Blacktongue Thief (Blacktongue #1) by Christopher Buehlman
Version Zero by David Yoon
Tools Of A Thief by D. Hale Rambo
Reset by Sarina Dahlan
Honeycomb by Joanne M. Harris, Charles Vess (Illustrations)

May 26th
The Zero Signal (Science Crimes Division #1) by Rick Wayne

May 27th
Priest of Gallows (War for the Rose Throne #3) by Peter McLean


LGBT+ Releases:

Thoughts on May 2021’s LGBT+ releases:
— You can tell Pride is— oh my god. Next month. Next month??? Already??? What the fuck. Anyway, you can tell Pride is next month because rainbow capitalism is alive and well with publishers pushing out their books ahead of time.
— I almost missed adding Some Girls Do. I forgot to shelve it for May on Goodreads whenever I was shelving things. Whoops.
Aetherbound has such low ratings but that cover is so neat…
How to Find a Princess is apparently a sapphic Anastasia retelling! The Anastasia story is always so odd to me. It’s intriguing: the myth of the lost princess is a fertile ground for storytelling. But it’s so historically recent and the actual event is hideously violent? I mean, I’m not too conflicted: the animated movie’s soundtrack has lived rent-free in my head for two decades.
Hard Reboot = giant robots? You KNOW this gal likes her mecha.
Sage and King was inspired by BBC’s Merlin! Which I tried so hard to watch. I understand why people like it, but I hated how hypocritical the whole thing was to its female characters, and also, using the same gimmick every episode for—what was it? Five seasons?—grew old. The storyteller in me wants to see all the complications that happen after the secret comes out!
— I actually remembered to mention the specific LGBT+ rep in each book down below this month! 🥰

May 4th
Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee (Bi Trans guy MC)
Indivisible by Daniel Aleman (Gay MC)
When You Get the Chance by Tom Ryan & Robin Stevenson (Gay MC; Lesbian supporting + LGBT+ cast)
Any Place But Here by Sarah Van Name (Bi MC, M/F relationship)
Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon (Mixed LGBT+ cast)
All Kinds of Other by James Sie (Gay MC, Trans guy MC, M/M)
Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace (Asexual + Aromantic MC)
Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen (Gay or Bi MC)

May 11th
It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland (F/F)
Baby & Solo by Lisabeth Posthuma (???)
Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler (Bi MC, F/F/M love triangle?)
The House of Always (A Chorus of Dragons #4) by Jenn Lyons (Bi MC, Mixed LGBT+ supporting cast)
We Are Satellites by Sarah Pinsker (F/F)
A Master of Djinn (Dead Djinn Universe #1) by P. Djèlí Clark (Lesbian? MC)
Prize Money by Celeste Castro (Lesbian? MC, F/F)
Black Water Sister by Zen Cho (Lesbian MC)

May 18th
Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan (Lesbian MC, Bi love interest, F/F)
In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland / AdriAnne Strickland (Pan MC, F/F/M Poly)
Sage and King by Molly Ringle (M/M)
A Door Behind A Door by Yelena Moskovich (Lesbian MC)
Mister Impossible (Dreamer Trilogy #2) by Maggie Stiefvater (I’m assuming still M/M?)
The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis (Bi MC in an M/F romance)
Off the Record by Camryn Garrett (Bi MC)
May the Best Man Win by Z.R. Ellor (Trans guy MC, M/M romance)

May 21st
Coming Home (Cherrington #2) by Rebecca J. Caffery (M/M)

May 25th
Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar (Bi MC, F/F)
Pumpkin (Dumplin’ #3) by Julie Murphy (Gay MC)
Burn It All Down by Nicolas DiDomizio (Gay MC)
Hard Reboot by Django Wexler (F/F)
Playing the Palace by Paul Rudnick (M/M)
Every Body Shines: Sixteen Stories About Living Fabulously Fat by Cassandra Newbould (Editor)
Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth (Lesbian MC, Lesbian love interest)
How to Find a Princess (Runaway Royals #2) by Alyssa Cole (F/F)
The Boi of Feather and Steel (The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass #2) by Adan Jerreat-Poole (Nonbinary MC)
The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley (Gay MC)
Aetherbound by E.K. Johnston (Major trans supporting character)
The Hollow Inside by Brooke Lauren Davis (Sapphic MC, F/F)

What new books are you looking forward to this May?


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