5 New Books to Keep Your Eye On

A quick list to keep you busy during summertime quarantine.

Hello everyone! Here's a quick list of 5 new books for you to keep an eye out, including some personal favorites I've been lucky enough to read early. Enjoy!


Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross - out June 23, 2020


This upcoming standalone fantasy by Rebecca Ross is a new favorite for me. I'll also be releasing a quick interview with her in the week before it's released, so make sure to keep an eye out for it on the shelves!


Quick Summary:


After eight years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon unexpectedly appears a day early, Eva knows something is wrong. Halcyon has charged with a heinous crime, and though her life is spared, she is sentenced to 15 years.

Suspicious of the charges, brought forth by Halcyon’s army commander, as well as the details of the crime, Eva volunteers to take part of her sister’s sentence. If there’s a way to absolve Halcyon, she’ll find it. But as the sisters begin their sentences, they quickly learn that there are fates worse than death.


Perfect for fans of: An Ember in the Ashes, Sky in the Deep, Court of Fives



Archibald Lox and the Bridge between Worlds by Darren Shan - out March 30, 2020

This is a new trilogy by bestselling author Darren Shan, who released the book early, with the first one free to download, with a clever, mysterious new world and two new main characters that people can't get enough of!


Quick Summary:


There is a universe beyond our own, known as the Merge.

A young locksmith called Archibald Lox is about to cross worlds and explore it.

As he learns about these lands of wonders, he will have to face cold-blooded killers, rivers of blood, hell jackals and more...



Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee - out June 23, 2020

I stumbled upon this book on Goodreads and solely based its inclusion on this list by it's STUNNING cover.


Quick Summary:


Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.

Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood―an ancient forest possessed by souls―to enforce peace between the kingdoms.

Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.


Perfect for fans of: Uprooted and Truthwitch



The Betrothed by Kiera Cass - out May 5, 2020


8th grade me and all of my friends are so excited. (I also heard there's going to be a TV show based off her first series, The Selection!)


Quick Summary:

A would-be queen. A handsome young king. A perfect match…or is it?

When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.

But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.


Perfect for fans of: The Selection, The Jewel, and Siren



The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins - out May 19, 2020


This follows Coriolanus Snow (aka, villain of Hunger Games trilogy, generally a terrible leader, etc.) as he prepares to mentor during the Hunger Games.


A Quick Summary:


It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.


Perfect for fans of: The Hunger Games, Genesis, Scythe

Have a book you think I should check out? DM me @maevesbookshelf on Instagram or email me at maevesbookshelf@gmail.com. Happy reading!

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