my most anticipated book releases for the last half of 2020!!

I don’t actually keep up with new releases most of the time just because I feel overwhelmed by all the new books being released…and my TBR is already suffering and I don’t want it to go over 200 books. However, there a few books that I am REALLY excited to release. Most of these are fantasy books…



The Once and Future Witches by Alex E. Harrow // I heard witches and feminist … and dropped everything to add this to my TBR. (ignore how I requested an ARC of this and heard nothing back. *crying emojis*)

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E Schwab // Reasons I’m excited about this 1) Its V.E Scwhab 2) read the synopsis and tell me it doesn’t sound like a recipe for EXCELLENCE. in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets but everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. 3) I’ve heard nothing but GLOWING reviews for this book! 

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik// what is it with all these books with AMAZING premises coming out? The title of this one gives it away: A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets. Like?? That sounds like my DREAM BOOK and even though I didn’t enjoy Uprooted, I think I will adore this one!

Blood & Honey (Serpent & Dove) by Shelby Mahurin – My feelings towards the first book: this is the worst book I have ever read…but…the romance 😍. I’m curious to see how the author is going to keep me invested when I do not care for the plot and the romance seems well-concluded to me…? But we’ll see. 

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of the Air, #3.5) by Holly Black // uhm If I didn’t put this one on the list…am I still Ilsa?? No, is the answer. I’m so excited for the release of this novella which is going to have GORGEOUS art and its going to be entirely from Cardan’s POV!! I can’t believe i have to wait until NOVEMBER for this book. IM LOSING MY MIND.

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles // Do I know what this book is about? Not really. All I know is gorgeous cover, beautiful prose, magicians, and circus. Like what else do I need to hear? I am sold. Also, Rain talked about this on her blog and that made me even more excited! (i got declined for this on Netgalley…LOOK AWAY)

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong // The cover for this is GORGEOUS. This has been pitched as asian-inspired Romeo and Juliet retelling…and like, I just need it in my hands…right now. 

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart // This is an f/f asian-inspired adult fantasy novel…and I’m really hoping Netgalley does not decline my request for this because IT LOOKS LIKE EVERYTHING I’VE EVER WANTED. 


So uhm…I tend to not be that excited for contemporary books coming out just because I’m not a HUGE contemporary lover and mostly read them after they are released and I’ve heard good things about them! Nevertheless, here is one that made my list

Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn // I’m mostly excited for this because…of May BUT!! This sounds like an Asian retelling of Taming of The Shrew (which I went to see at a theatre! And it was (mostly) good. I also love the 10 Things I Hate About You movie so…) And like, not to be repetitive, but the cover is just…WOW.

me requesting ARCs of some of these books knowing that i’ll get accepted for none of them:

what are some of your most anticipated releases of the last half of 2020 or even 202i releases?



36 thoughts on “my most anticipated book releases for the last half of 2020!!”

  1. I am also really excited for the Invisible Life of Addie La Rue but I am also looking forward to reading Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco. Other than those two, though I am also not really up to date with new releases, haha. Great list, Ilsa!!


  2. I tend to not keep up with new releases either because of how overwhelming it can be 😂 But I am so unbelievably excited for Addie LaRue and Where Dreams Descend! And I hadn’t heard of A Deadly Education until now but I am definitely putting it on my list 😀


    1. Addie laRue sounds like it will be a five star read for me and I’m so pumped!! Ahh I’m glad more people are hearing about a deadly education because the synopsis is just 👀 so good


  3. I just heard about Deadly Education a few weeks ago, and now I absolutely can’t wait! I also need to reread Cruel Prince so I can read the rest of the series and jump on the hype about this novella coming out in November!! So many books, so little time 😂 


  4. ahhh, I’m anticipating so many of these too! somehow i got an arc of These Violent Delights, and it’s good so far (though a little bit disappointing ngl 😭😭😭). i actually think that the publisher is generous with arcs of TVD, so if you really want an arc, you can email them!! I’m so sad that I got rejected for Addie LaRue :(( I love V.E. Schwab’s books so much, and I’ve heard so many early reviewers call it a masterpiece i Need it


    1. Ahh sorry tvd is being disappointing so far that makes me wary and sad ☹️ I’ll try and request one thank you!! And I’m so sorry about Addie laRue 🥺🥺 you deserved an ARC

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  5. I already wanted to read ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES but somehow didn’t realize it was sapphic and now I am even more psyched for it!! I hope you enjoy it and all the other books 🙂


  6. I’m super excited about Where Dreams Descend! I’m also excited about A Vow so Bold and Deadly in January 😀


  7. Ilsa I think we’re mind readers or something because literally like excited for all of the same books. CARDAN!! ADDIE!! B&H!! I,,, not prepared. But also These Violent Delights seems like a recipe for success eepp.

    THE CLOWN MEME OMG DEAD. Also relatable



    im glad that where dreams descend made it to this list! i am really in love with that book and i hope you get to love it too. oh and i’ve already read addie larue and it’s so beautiful for this world. im also looking forward to all the other books on this list!

    (im also looking forward to blood and honey because im trash for the romance as well ajdjsksk)


    1. YES THESE COVERS ARE ALL AMAZING. i’m so excited to read where dreams descend it honestly sounds something i would love (and i loved ur review of it!) (and yes omg be trash with me for the romance!!)

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  9. oh my god yes all of these covers are stunning i can’t 😭😭😭

    i’m so excited for where dreams descend and dating makes perfect ahhhh!! also i hadn’t heard of the once and future witches or these violent delights but they sound amazing!! i hope you’re able to enjoy all of these releases when you get to them, ilsa 💖💖


  10. Ahh, I really want to read Dating Makes Perfect too!! The cover is amazing and so is the synopsis. Also oh I didn’t realize there was going to a novella from Cardan’s POV?? This is motivation for me to read on in the series, since I have only read The Cruel Prince so far, but I feel like I should read more. Great post, Ilsa!❤️


  11. can i just say that i absolutely love how the only two valid categories for you are “fantasy” and “non-fantasy”?? i mean i HEAR you

    asdghj the WAY i am thirsting for ‘these violent delights’,,, so maybe i got rejected for the arc but we don’t talk about that (and nope im not salty AT ALL no sir)

    cardan, my BABY boy, who has done NOTHING WRONG in his ENTIRE life,,,, i mean i̶m̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶ ̶a̶ ̶s̶l̶u̶t̶ ̶b̶u̶t̶ ̶w̶h̶o̶ ̶k̶n̶o̶w̶s̶ i will be reading that book RESPECTFULLY

    anyway you’re so right about blood & honey,,, bitches get anxious when a romance gets a happy conclusion in a series b/c you know it’s just going to go up in flames later it’s me im bitches


    1. JKDSHKJDHJSAHD I WANT THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS SO BAD think im gonna email the publisher for an arc </3 (i would be salty too IM SORRY) I MEAN IM NOT A SLUT BUT WHO KNOWS SSJHDJSHgdjhsh STOP. if that isn't a mood for me about cardan.
      cardan: *is terrible person* me: *I LOVE HIM*
      the way i know lou and reid are gonna go through some SHIT in book 2 and it will personally wreck me,,, can't wait.


  12. Ahh what a great list! I’m so curious about Once and Future Witches, I’ve heard AMAZING things about the author’s debut and can’t wait to read both this and that one and ahh I love that cover verrrrrry much! 😍😍 also so excited to read dating makes perfect, it sounds so good!! 😍


    1. I recently heard some questionable things about the author’s debut so i’m a bit cautious about it now!! omg you and me both!! dating makes perfect sounds so CUTE

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