16 new series to be released from july to december 2021

I know this is at least a month late. Better late than never, am I right? Although such lists take a long time to write, it’s one of my favorite types of content to read. It also helped me to collate all the upcoming releases by category. Today’s list will be focused on the first book of the upcoming series releasing during the rest of the year.

You will notice a lack of releases for December. There aren’t many books coming out in December that I’m particularly eyeing and it’s probably too early for most information to be announced as of now. If you see any books that I might be interested in, let me know~

As usual, since these are all upcoming releases, the expected publishing date might change. Also, if you know any trigger warnings that should be included for certain books, just tell me!

Table of Content
July & August
September
October & November

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six crimson cranes (six crimson cranes #1)
– elizabeth lim

age range: young adult
genre: fantasy, romance
representation: chinese and japanese-inspired

After finding out that their stepmother isn’t who they think she is, Shiori was forced to be mute and her six older brothers were turned into cranes. Desperate to save her brothers and restore them back to humans, this lost princess ventures into lands she has never traversed before. Faced multiple dangers while meeting dragons and her betrothed. Elizabeth Lim kept me guessing till the end.

Unsurprisingly, there’s a huge selection of books that I had been eyeing for 2021. On the top of my list lives Six Crimson Cranes, The Wild Swan retelling embedded with Chinese and Japanese folklore and culture. Having already read and reviewed Six Crimson Cranes, I can safely announce that it’s one of my favorite reads of the year. Elizabeth Lim never fails to make me care for characters I’ve just met and their stories thereafter. Also, for those who’ve read The Blood of the Stars duology, this is the prequel.

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these hollow vows (these hollow vows #1)
– lexi ryan

age range: young adult
genre: fantasy, romance

Blessed by the ARC gods with These Hollow Vows so I’ve already reviewed the first book of this duology. Had an enjoyable time reading about fae of different kingdoms such as the Unseelie and Seelie Courts. When Brie’s younger sister was brought to the Unseelie king, Brie’s desperation to save Jas propelled her to steal three ancient artefacts for Mordeus. During her mission, Brie meets Prince Ronan, the heir to the Seelie throne, and a mysterious rebel, Finn. As a human in an unfamiliar world, it’s difficult for Brie to trust anything the ethereal faeries say so she ventures into finding the truth herself.

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she who became the sun (the radiant emperor #1)
– shelley parker-chan

age range: adult
genre: fantasy, historical fiction
representation: Chinese & Mongolian cast, nonbinary lesbian MC, lesbian MC, gay MC, bi MC

Born to possess nothing while her brother is fated to be great, Zhu Yuanzhang took his identity when said sibling died. This queer re-imagination of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty in 1345 when China is under the rule of the Mongols will blow my mind, I’m sure. The promise of Zhu Yuanzhang’s ascension to royalty from being a peasant just spells of hardships and adventures.

Don’t think having She Who Became the Sun in anyone’s TBR will shock anybody. It’s one of the most talked-about Asian releases of the year on my Twitter ever since January. I prayed, pleaded, and yearned for an ARC to no avail but that doesn’t matter anymore because this glorious masterpiece is out for grabs.

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sparrow rising (skyborn #1)
– jessica khoury

age range: middle grade
genre: fantasy

Everyone is born with wings in Clandoms, and communities are formed around bird types. Though a Sparrow, Ellie wants to become a Goldwing, knights that are mostly picked from higher clans. Despite being in the lower tier of the hierarchy, Ellie embarks on a journey to prove her worth.

The main thing that intrigued me was that the clans are named after different types of birds. I’m looking forward to read about the adventures Ellie will go on in Sparrow Rising.

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how we fall apart (how we fall apart #1)
– katie zhao

age range: young adult
genre: contemporary, mystery
representation: asian-american

This Asian dark academia follows Nancy Luo after her former best friend, Jamie Ruan, ended up dead. Shockingly, Krystal, Akil, Alexander, and Nancy are the four prime suspects of Jamie’s death after “The Proctor” anonymously incriminated them on their school’s social media. Afraid of destroying their future because of this, the friends attempt to find out the truth behind Jamie’s death.

Are you surprised that How We Fall Apart is in my TBR? Katie Zhao quickly became my favorite author ever when I read The Dragon Warrior, her middle-grade debut. You bet I preordered this book the moment it came to my attention. I’M WAITING FOR MY PHYSICAL COPY.

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pahua and the soul stealer (#1?)
– lori m. lee

age range: middle grade
genre: fantasy
representation: hmong

Worried that her accidental action of untethering an angry spirit from the haunted bridge caused her brother’s soul to be stolen, Pahua ventures to the said bridge in the hopes to find a way to bring his soul back. Filled with magic and adventure, in Pahua and the Soul Stealer, awkward Pahua finds out that she’s a powerful shaman warrior. Add in a spirit cat that nobody can see except Pahua, count me in. I’m definitely excited for Lori M. Lee’s debut middle grade inspired by Southeast Asian mythology!

Pahua and the Soul Stealer is actually a standalone novel but it might develop into a series in the future, so I’ll just leave it in this list. Also, I found out that this was a standalone after doing the graphics and my fantasy standalone 2021 list was already published by then.

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defy the night (defy the night #1)
– brigid kemmerer

age range: young adult
genre: fantasy, romance

Ravaged by a sickness, that can only be cured by an elixir made from the limited Moonflower petals, the kingdom of Kandala is bordering chaos and rebellions are on the rise. King Harristan and Prince Corrick, the King’s Justice, ruled with an iron fist to quell any form of uprising. That’s the only way they know how to handle this disaster. In comes Tessa, an apothecary apprentice, who steals Moonflower petals and gives them to those in need with her best friend.

I was swept away by Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreakers trilogy. Can’t wait to dive into a new series by her!

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iron widow (iron widow #1)
– xiran jay zhao

age range: young adult
genre: fantasy, historical fiction
representation: Chinese-coded cast, bi MCs, polyamory

Iron Widow follows a vengeful Wu Zetian who offered herself as a concubine-pilot to assassinate the male pilot who killed her sister. When she shockingly murdered him through the psychic link between pilots, she became an Iron Widow. Not only that, boys often pair up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, towering robots that can battle the mecha aliens beyond the Great Wall. However, the mental strain from operating such robots can kill the girls.

Though I grew up knowing that Wu Zetian’s a powerful and incredible empress in her time, the details were blurry and foundational, to say the least. Set in this alternative history of ancient China is the polyamorous relationship between Wu Zetian and two other characters. I need to know why everyone is obsessed!

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once upon a broken heart (once upon a broken heart #1)
– stephanie garber

age range: young adult
genre: fantasy, romance

Brought up on stories and legends about immortals, Evangeline knows the danger of falling into a bargain with the Prince of Hearts. For three kisses, she could stop the wedding of the love of her life with another. All I know is that the Prince of Hearts might have other plans for Evangeline.

Without knowing who Jacks is, I’m diving straight into Once Upon a Broken Heart. I’ve already encountered him in the Caraval trilogy since I finished reading book two. Not sure how his character would be developed in Finale but I’m all for Jacks having his own series. Can’t wait for another beautiful book of love and curses.

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dark rise (dark rise #1)
– c.s. pacat

age range: young adult
genre: fantasy, romance
representation: bisexual MC

Trained to fight against the Dark in an upcoming battle, Will is thrust into the world of magic while on the run from those who killed his mother. Paths crossed again for the descendants of Light and Dark.

My first interaction with C.S. Pacat is with her Captive Prince trilogy which was a lot. Don’t really know what to expect but I’m looking forward to this young adult fantasy series.

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vespertine (vespertine#1)
– margaret rogerson

age range: young adult
genre: fantasy

Training to become a Gray Sister, Artemisia deals with the bodies of the dead, cleansing them to prevent any angry spirits from rising. To protect her convent from the attacking soldiers, she awoken an ancient spirit that will possess Artemisia at any time. With the threat of the restless Loraille spirits, only a vespertine can stop it. And who has information of these trained priestesses? The revenant.

Do you know how long I’ve been yearning for another Margaret Rogerson book? Ever since I finished Sorcery of Thorns in December 2019. Imagine the joy on my face when I heard about Vespertine. Though it isn’t a standalone, Verspertine will have its own plot and conclusion. Maybe the books will focus on different characters in the same world, like how it’s normally done in series of historical romances or contemporary romances.

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lakesedge (world at the lake’s edge #1)
– lyndall clipstone

age range: young adult
genre: fantasy, romance

Once at Lakesedge mansion, Leta realizes that the rumors surrounding Rowan Sylvanan, who had drowned his entire family, and estate aren’t completely true. After finding out that Rowan’s bound to Lord Under, the death god in the waters of the lake with who Leta strangely feels a connection, she strives to free Rowan.

The cover itself just promises of gothic setting with mysterious characters and a possible sinister plot set in a creepy estate. I’m excited to explore this place and discover why Leta has such a link with the death god.

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the keeper of night (the keeper of night #1)
– kylie lee baker

age range: young adult
genre: fantasy, historical fiction
representation: british-japanese MC

Ren Scarborough isn’t fully accepted by the Reapers even though she has been collecting souls in London for centuries under their rule. When she couldn’t control her Japanese Shinigami powers, she fled to Japan for the acceptance she desires but finds out that she would have to prove her worth there as well. Serving under the Goddess of Death, Ren needs to kill three Yokai demons.

The moment I heard about The Keeper of Night, I was ready for some Japanese folklore and badassery from Ren because she’s both a Reaper and a Shinigami. How insanely cool is that?! I’m prepared to go on an adventure with Ren into the underworld of Japan.

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a shadow in the ember (flesh and fire #1)
– jennifer l. armentrout

age range: adult
genre: fantasy, romance

As told by the Fates, Sera is a Maiden who must offer herself to the Primal of Death. Becoming his Consort is one thing. Her true mission is to assassinate the Primal of Death. If she doesn’t, her kingdom is doomed. What she didn’t expect was her falling for who she’s meant to kill. He lit a spark within her and dispelled the darkness inside her. But does Sera have a choice?

Since this is a prequel of the Blood and Ash series and I’ve only read book one from that series, I have no idea who will be starring in A Shadow in the Ember. Though this is loosely based on Hades and Persephone’s story, I’m already intrigued by how Jennifer L. Armentrout will explore this popular myth.

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the grimrose girls (grimrose girls #1)
– laura pohl

age range: young adult
genre: contemporary, romance, mystery
representation: lesbian MCs, biromantic demisexual MC, asexual aromantic MC

Four friends decided to find the truth behind the death of their friend. Though Ari’s death was ruled as a suicide by the police, Ella, Yuki, Nani, and Rory are on a mission to uncover the mystery. When they do, the friends realized they are stuck in a loop. Until they break the cycle, the four of them will repeat their disturbing deaths over and over again.

Four fairytale retellings for four girls. Not sure if the plot will become too messy with four reimaginations mixed into one novel but I’m excited to see how things develop.

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all of us villains (all of us villains #1)
– amanda foody & christine lynn herman

age range: young adult
genre: fantasy
representation: bisexual

Seven families will each send a champion to compete in a competition to the death. Whichever family wins will gain control over Ilvernath’s supply of the most powerful resource. The Lowes have won almost all the tournaments but because of the spotlight of this event by the public, anyone has a chance to win. Victory is no longer guaranteed to the perpetual winner.

I’m anticipating high stake battles, backstabbing, violence, and the ultimate betrayal. All of Us Villains is one of those books where I know I can never trust anyone. Having read from both authors before, I’m on the brink of bursting if I don’t get this on my hands soon! You bet I’ll be reading this as soon as I can.

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Now that we’re done with this list, which book are you looking forward the most? Which would you be picking up once it’s released?

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8 thoughts on “16 new series to be released from july to december 2021”

    1. i know! i can’t wait to read all these books. i’m definitely picking up how we fall apart as soon as i can! don’t know what to think about dark rise because the only reference i have to her work is captive prince, but it’s the fun of being a reader isn’t it?

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