2020 Most Anticipated (January – June)

Hey everyone! Today I’m here to talk about new releases I’m looking forward to reading the first half of the year. I fully intend to read the backlisted books on my shelf, but I’ve got my eye on the books below.

As I mentioned in my 2020 goals, I plan to read less YA books. However, I still want to check out the ones that were on my radar before I made that decision either because they’re part of a series or because they piqued my interest. Covers are linked to Goodreads. Hope you enjoy!

The Predator by RuNyx – January 1

In the dark underbelly of the mob, Tristan Caine has been an anomaly. As the only non-blooded member in the high circle of the Tenebrae Outfit, he is an enigma to all – his skills unparalleled, his morality questionable, and his motives unknown. He is lethal and he knows it.

As does Morana Vitalio, the genius extraordinaire daughter of the rival family. What Caine does with weapons, Morana does with computers. When a twenty-year old mystery resurfaces, Morana infiltrates Caine’s house, intent on killing him, unaware of a tie that binds them together. Hate, heat, and history clash together with unexpected sparks.

But something bigger, something worse is happening in their world. And despite their animosity, only they can fight it down.

I’ve always secretly wished I could add fan fiction to my Goodreads because I used to read so much of it in 2016 and 2017. The Predator is an incomplete fan fiction turned novel. It’s Arrow (tv show) inspired with brand new characters and settings. Can’t wait to check it out.

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson – January 21

Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of either a prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an accident in Burlington has claimed another life. All three in the wrong place at the wrong time. All at the exact moment of Stevie’s greatest triumph . . .

She knows who Truly Devious is. She’s solved it. The greatest case of the century.

At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, it’s hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehow—somehow—all these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers.

This series has really grown on me, but I hate that the last two books ended on cliffhanger. Looking forward to finding out how this little mystery ends. If this ends with a cliffhanger, I’m writing a strongly worded letter. Lol. I’m kidding.

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams – March 10

Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.

Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club.

Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assists Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart… even though she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.

The Bromance Book Club is the first book I read this year and I freaking loved it! I can’t wait to read about Mack’s romance.

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth – April 7

A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones.

Ten years later, though the champions remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended. 

I’ve never read anything by Veronica Roth, but I’m intrigued by this synopsis. It’s a adult fantasy.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – May 5

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people.

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance – and Papi’s secrets – the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Papi’s death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.

I’m very excited to read this because I love Elizabeth Acevedo. And to be completely vain, the cover is freaking gorgeous.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins – May 19

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.

I have no idea what this book is going to be about, but I don’t care. I heard Hunger Games so I dropped everything and got in formation. I hate the title and cover, but I’m so excited because The Hunger Games is one of my all time favorite series. Really wish Scholastic hadn’t fallen into that title trap.

Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena – June 23

Gul has spent her life running. She has a star-shaped birthmark on her arm, and in the kingdom of Ambar, girls with such birthmarks have been disappearing for years. Gul’s mark is what caused her parents’ murder at the hand of King Lohar’s ruthless soldiers and forced her into hiding to protect her own life. So when a group of rebel women called the Sisters of the Golden Lotus rescue her, take her in, and train her in warrior magic, Gul wants only one thing: revenge.

Cavas lives in the tenements, and he’s just about ready to sign his life over to the king’s army. His father is terminally ill, and Cavas will do anything to save him. But sparks fly when he meets a mysterious girl—Gul—in the capital’s bazaar, and as the chemistry between them undeniably grows, he becomes entangled in a mission of vengeance—and discovers a magic he never expected to find.

I love Tanaz Bhathena’s The Beauty of the Moment. It was one of my favorite books of 2019. I’m excited to read her first fantasy book. I have an ARC of this and will be reading it soon.

Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – June 23

Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.

When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?

I really enjoyed Get A Life, Chloe Brown and I love fake dating. This sounds perfect for me.

The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty – June 30

The final chapter in the bestselling, critically acclaimed Daevabad Trilogy, in which a con-woman and an idealistic djinn prince join forces to save a magical kingdom from a devastating civil war.

Daevabad has fallen.

After a brutal conquest stripped the city of its magic, Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, must try to repair their fraying alliance and stabilize a fractious, warring people.

But the bloodletting and loss of his beloved Nahri have unleashed the worst demons of Dara’s dark past. To vanquish them, he must face some ugly truths about his history and put himself at the mercy of those he once considered enemies.

This is my MOST anticipated book of the year. Probably the most anticipated of the century. I need The Empire of Gold like I need air. Anxiously waiting for June 30, 2020. I’ll probably take a few days off work and get cozy on the couch reading this.

On My Radar

I have a Goodreads shelf titled “on-radar” for books that I’m not 100% sure I want to read, but my interest is piqued. Here are the 2020 books from that list.

  • Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson – March 3, 2020
  • Docile by K.M. Szpara – March 3, 2020
  • The Dilemma by B.A. Paris – June 30, 2020

What’s on your most anticipated list? Let me know in the comments! Thanks so much for reading!

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17 thoughts on “2020 Most Anticipated (January – June)

  1. I LOVE your list! TTT today was most anticipated reads and I also had Take A Hint on mine and yours is the only other one I saw today that did that! =D Not that this was a TTT post, but you know what I mean. I’m also psyched for Clap When You Land, Ballad, and Hunted by the Sky. I went and bought Predator based off this post because it sounded so intriguing! Great post!

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    1. I’m very excited to read this! I wanted to read Divergent, but so many people I know IRL hated the way the series ended. I ended up spoiling it for myself because I was so curious. Lol.

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  2. Nice list, Merline! ❤ I am SO stoked for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes to release. I'm a little bit hesitant to continue with the Maureen Johnson books since I wasn't a huge fan of the first one. But, others have told me that the next book(s?) are better, so perhaps I'll consider reading them in the future! 🙂


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