MAY BOOK RELEASES: THE SCARY, THE SAD AND THE UGLY STEPSISTER

May is here and that means one thing: new books!

Sorry, this blog post is SO late but these books are still hot off the press, so it’s never too late to pick them up!

Let me take you through all the fun May releases I think sound amazing.

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Pages: 400
Publisher: Scribner
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Ask Again, Yes is a moving novel about neighbouring families and their children, tragedy and secrets. When their children are in 8th grade, a violent event divides the neighbours and the children, Peter and Kate, are forbidden from talking. But over time, they find their way back to each other and realise how the distance of adulthood can alter their memories of certain events.

Lanny by Max Porter

Pages: 224
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Genre: Magic Realism

This village is unlike no other in England: it’s small with the right commodities, pubs and parks. It belongs to the people who live there, but it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort, a figure who has been dramatised in the minds of children. But now, Papa Toothwort is awake and he’s listening out for a mischievous, enchanting boy whose parents have recently moved to the village.

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

Pages: 304
Publisher: Forge Books
Genre: Nonfiction True Crime

Written by the presenters of the popular podcast, ‘My Favourite Murder’, Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered tells the never before stories of Georgia and Karen’s own battles with depression, eating disorders and addiction. They focus on the importance of valuing personal safety over being ‘nice and helpful’.

We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Pages: 480
Publisher: Farrar, Staus, and Giroux
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Zafira is disguising herself as a man as she braves the cursed forest of Arz to feed her people. If she is revealed to be a girl, all her achievements would be rejected, and worse, she could endanger the compassionate Prince of Death, Nasir. But things grow even more complicated when Zafira and Nasir are sent on the same mission in which only one of them can complete – alive.

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Pages: 480
Publisher: Knopf Books
Genre: Sci-fi Young Adult

Jay and Amie are back at it again and I am so happy. The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch. But the real problem is Aurora, a girl Tyler just rescued. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

The Night Before by Wendy Walker

Pages: 320
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Thriller Mystery

Laura always chooses the wrong guy. Haunted by a tragedy that’s defined her life, she takes one more chance to date a guy she’s met on the internet. When Laura doesn’t return home the following morning, her sister, Rosie, fears the worst. As time goes on, she isn’t worried about what this man might have done to Laura, but what Laura might have done to this man…

The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary

Pages: 336
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Genre: Romance

Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met.

Tiffy moved in after a bad breakup. She’s there during nights and weekends, while Leon, a night shift worker, has it during the day. Gradually, they start leaving each other notes, just about when garbage day is and who should buy milk. They become friends, and then possibly even more. But falling for your roommate is probably not a good idea, especially if you’ve never met.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Pages: 432
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Romance LGBT

The son of the president falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an international scandal forces them to pretend to be best friends. First Son, Alex, has a lot on his plate but the dry humour and the inner demons of Prince Henry charm him. As Alex’s mother, the president, kicks off her reelection campaign, Alex and Henry start a relationship that could derail the whole campaign.

One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

Pages: 204
Publisher: 47North
Genre: Sci-fi Fantasy

Ready Player One meets Stranger Things in this novel where Dungeons & Dragons player, Nick, finds out he’s dying. He’s not prepared for his fantasy world to become a reality, when a strange, but somewhat familiar man, with supernatural abilities, starts following Nick. His friend is in grave danger and needs his help, now. He finds himself in a race against time to unravel an impossible mystery and save the girl. And all that stands in his way is a probably terminal disease, a knife-wielding maniac and the laws of physics.

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

Pages: 352
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Fantasy Retelling

Isabelle is the “ugly stepsister” to the famous Cinderella, whose foot fit in the lost shoe, who married the prince. Isabelle is the one who cut off her toes to fit her foot inside.

When the price discovers Isabelle’s deception, she is shunned. She tries to fit in, meet everyone’s expectations. But in a world that values beauty, she doesn’t belong. This makes her mean, cold, hollow, selfish. But then she gets her chance to prove herself, and she wants to show that it takes more than heartache to break a girl.

Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum

Pages: 304
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Abbi is like every other teenager, except for a few details. One is that she is the famous “Baby Hope”. During the 9/11 attacks, she was photographed as a young girl, holding a red balloon and a birthday crown as the tower fell behind her.

Now, Abbi wants to become anonymous. She is finished with the “fame” from that photo, finished with people bursting into tears when they meet her. So, just before her 17th birthday, she decides to go to a camp where she will be a leader to 4-year-olds, none of whom will have heard of “Baby Hope”.

But Noah Stern, whose world was shattered on that day, had the same plan. He believes meeting Abbi is fate; she believes meeting him is a disaster.


Those are all the May releases I’m sharing in this post! Of course, there are lots more, but these are the ones I think sound amazing.

Sleep less, read more xo

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