Books On My Radar – Vol. 1

Here are some random upcoming releases I’m keeping an eye on!

So every other month I share a New Release post and twice a year a Most Anticipated Releases post. But today I’m just going to share a collection of random books I’m keeping an eye on!

Most of these are a long ways out from publication and have minimal information. But I’m intrigued by them for one reason or another – whether it’s because of the cover, author, pitch, synopsis, whatever.

I’m going to make these a semi-regular thing because I’m always scouring Goodreads, Twitter, or publisher’s posts for new announcements.

Most of these are supposed 2021 releases and all the Goodreads pages are linked if you’re interested in checking them out!

Let’s start with the books that have covers! (or at least tentative covers)

1. The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Release Date: September 29, 2020

This is about a girl who receives a mysterious inheritance. In order to receive the money, she must travel to the mysterious manor and solve a series of riddles and puzzles. This gives me Clue meets Ready Player One vibes and I’m excited to see how this one is received as ARCs are released!

2. The Project by Courtney Summers

Release Date: February 2, 2021

This is by the same author as Sadie – which I didn’t read but heard amazing things about. One, this cover is flipping fantastic. Two, this is about a woman, a journalist, trying to save her sister from a cult. I’m so ready.

3. A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Sylvain Neuvel wrote the Themis Files series as well as The Test novella, which I loved. This is an adult sci-fi with the most intriguing and confusing synopsis I’ve read in awhile. But this pitch is what hooked me:

“A darkly satirical first contact thriller, as seen through the eyes of the women who make progress possible and the men who are determined to stop them”

4. The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey


Release Date: February 16, 2021

I keep adding more Sarah Gailey books on my TBR even though I still haven’t read any… This sounds like another sci-fi thriller about a man who has an affair with his wife’s genetically cloned replica. The two wives have to team up after a brutal confrontation that leads to him bleeding out on the kitchen floor… Yes.

“The Echo Wife is a non-stop thrill ride of lies, betrayal, and identity…”

5. Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

Release Date: March 23, 2021

This is a YA thriller retelling of Peter Pan. Boys in a small town start disappearing and Wendy must work with Peter to unearth the truth or the boys will face the same dark fate as her brother’s did. This sounds so magical and spooky!

These next books have synopses or pitches but no covers!

5. Muse by Brittany Cavallaro

Release Date: February 2, 2021

The pitch for this one is perfection:

“Set in an alternate history World’s Fair Chicago, where America is a monarchy, science is king, and magic shouldn’t exist – and one girl’s touch has the power to grant wishes.”

6. The Marvelous by Claire Kann

Release Date: June 8, 2021

Previously titled: The Scavenger Hunt

This is another inheritance book that involves an epic eight nights of games where players compete to win a life-changing cash prize.

“Once the party begins, her friends embark on an unforgettable game solving cryptic clues, confessing their darkest secrets, and conquering fear-based dares. But as the game grows tougher and intensely more personal, they all begin to wonder: Who exactly is Jewel Van Hanen and why would she put them through this?”

7. Small Favors by Erin A. Craig

Release Date: 2021

This doesn’t have a cover, synopsis, or release date. But I loved this author’s last book House of Salt and Sorrows and this pitch for this one sounds really magical and equally spooky.

“Ellerie Downing lives with her beekeeping family in the secluded mountain town of Amity Falls. When strange activities plague the town, all signs point to a group of mystical creatures who promise to fulfill the residents’ deepest desires for a small favor.

8. The Drowning Summer by Christine Lynn Herman

Release Date: 2021

This is the author of The Devouring Gray duet which I didn’t read. But this book sounds so creepy and right up my alley!! I adore the Great Gatsby and everything after that comparison is just a bonus in my eyes.

“The YA contemporary fantasy with shades of The Great Gatsby follows two Long Island teenagers and fledgling mediums as they investigate a murder that rocked their small town six years earlier when three teenagers were found drowned with sand dollars laid over their eyes.”

9. The Way Back List by Lily Anderson

Release Date: 2021

This a new adult contemporary by the author of Undead Girl Gang. And it sounds adorable!

“A 20-something over-achiever loses her Silicon Valley job, moves home with her parents, and decides to complete her high school bucket list in an effort to find herself, connecting with her small town and former friends along the way.”

10. The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Release Date: 2021

This author duo is known for their YA contemporaries but this is their first foray into adult romance! And I need my hands on this yesterday.

“Co-authors who wrote an instant bestseller and split amid rumors of an affair are tasked to write another book together, and as their words begin to come together, so does their undeniable flame.”

Alright that’s it for this first round of book releases I have on my radar! Let me know if any of these are on your radar – or if they are now!


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