Anticipated Reads of 2022

One way I like to start my year, and also get myself out of reading slumps is by picking up new releases. Sometimes there is hype with these, but the amazing thing about getting new releases is that you get to be a part of the excitement and also form in an opinion before the masses have. Here are a handful of the titles I’m looking forward to in 2022!

  • Chain of Thorns by Cassandra Clare
    • Nov 2022 ; #3/Finale of Last Hours Series
    • I’m always buying the next Cassandra Clare book each year, and with a finale on the horizon this year will not be any different! One thing to note is that the date was pushed back to November instead of the usual March timeline due to publishing delays. She also pushed back her new adult book as well to early 2023.
  • The Dragon’s Promise by Elizabeth Lim
    • Aug 2022 ; #2 / Finale of Six Crimson Cranes Duology
    • I read Six Crimson Cranes last year and fell in love. I nearly thought that was a standalone until the very end, so I am very excited for the installment and possible finale!
  • The King will Kill You by Sarah Henning
    • Aug 2022 ; #3 / Finale of Kingdoms of Sand and Sky
    • The Kingdoms of Sand and Sky series were a surprise for me in 2021 and I am excited to see how all the conflicts both escalate and get resolved in this finale as well as seeing the main couple make it out in a happy ending.
  • The War of Two Queens by Jennifer L Armentrout
    • Mar 2022 ; #4 / Finale of From Blood and Ash Series
    • The From Blood and Ash series isn’t complex by any means, nor exceptional literature, but good lord are the addictive. It also doesn’t help that Armentrout leaves you on cliff hangers each book so this is one I’ve already preordered and will immediately read when it comes to my door.
  • The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    • Aug 2022 ; # 3 / Finale of The Inheritance Games Trilogy
    • The trilogy of sudden/surprising inheritor Avery Grambs definitely was a great mystery to pick up in the YA category. There is a bit of a love triangle, but I’m curious to see how Avery fully fits into the picture as all the secrets really come pouring out.
  • Tokyo Dreaming by Emiko Jean
    • May 2022 ; #2 of Tokyo Ever After Series
    • Do you love Princess Diaries, but also want some more seriousness and a lot of twists and turns? Try Tokyo Ever After and then join me in being excited for this read!
  • The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh
    • Feb 2022 ; Standalone
    • This one has been on my radar since last year, especially after picking up XOXO by Axie Oh and just adoring it! This one will be a different genre in the YA category, but I’m really looking forward to jumping back into her fun and amazing writing style.
  • The Red Palace by June Hur
    • Jan 2022 ; Standalone
    • I actually heard about this one from someone else, but they immediately had me on board when they said it was a historical fiction set in Joseon Korea!
  • An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan
    • Apr 2022 ; Unknown
    • A Romeo and Juliet retelling, An Arrow to the Moon adds in Chinese mythology to make this story a whole new experience that I’m looking forward to.
  • Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
    • Jan 2022 ; #1 of Celestial Kingdom Duology
    • Tan’s debut fantasy novel, Daughter of the Moon Goddess follows Xingyin, a girl hidden for her powers put in sudden danger by the revealing of those powers. Originally fleeing, she sets out on a quest to save her mother and the Celestial Kingdom.
  • This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi
    • Feb 2022 ; #1 in the Woven Kingdom Series
    • I wasn’t a fan of the Shatter Me series, but I think I got into it too late in life, so nostalgia wasn’t really a pull for me.
  • Babel by R.F. Kuang
    • Aug 2022 ; Standalone
    • I’m finally planning to read The Poppy War this year, so this is definitely dependent on how much I enjoy reading that, but from I’m always down for historical fiction novels.
  • Book of Night by Holly Black
    • May 2022 ; Standalone
    • Cassandra Clare may be a writer I always pick up, but close behind her is Holly Black. I’ve been obsessed since the Folk of the Air series and while this one is focused around a shadow based magic, I am always down for Black’s writing style and story telling.
  • Gallant by V.E. Schwab
    • Mar 2022 ; Standalone
    • There are a number of books I still need to read by Schwab, but with the mention of dual worlds I am all in after her multi-world setup in the Darker Shade of Magic series.
  • The Darkening by Sunya Mara
    • Jul 2022 ; #1 in Darkening Series
    • Centered around the daughter of failed revolutionaries, the Darkening follows her as she attempts to save her father, get a little revenge on those in power, and find out the secrets behind her mother’s death.

What books are you looking forward to in 2022? Which ones are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments below!

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