This week’s topic is “Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2021”. Well this is gonna be hard, because tbh I’m really just waiting for 3 specific books which will come out this year🤪.
Margot Mertz Takes It Down
The Hidden Knife
The Burglar’s Ball
Sunny Makes a Splash
Under the Whispering Door
Cici’s Journal: Lost and Found
As Good as Dead
Daughter of the Deep
Our Violent Ends
That’s it I guess, I was waiting for KOTLC book 9 since last November but then Shannon Messenger announced it’s been delayed cause she had a baby 😐 (If she names him Keefe I might forgive her for making us wait one more year, notice the might)
And Our violent ends, ugh the cliffhanger of these violent delights was sooo good, I really can’t wait, and if The Daughter of Deep if kinda a duh, I mean it’s Rick Riordan people same goes for Holly Jackson 😀 .
What are your most anticipated releases of the second half of 2021, do let me know in the comments!!
Cici dreams of being a novelist. Her favorite subject: people, especially adults. She’s been watching them and taking notes. Everybody has one special secret, Cici figures, and if you want to write about people, you need to understand what’s hiding inside them. But now she’s discovered something truly strange: an old man who disappears into the forest every Sunday with huge pots of paint in all sorts of colors. What is he up to? Why does he look so sad when he comes back?
In a graphic novel interwoven with journal notes, scrapbook pieces, and doodles, Cici assembles clues about the odd and wonderful people she’s uncovered, even as she struggles to understand the mundane: her family and friends.
WOW The illustrations are gorgeous, and the journal is beautifully put together, this has been by far the best comic I have ever read!!!
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Basically it follows young Cici, a young detective who wishes to be an author when she grows up through two mysteries. One about a zoo and the other about forgotten letters, read on to find more!!! Thank you First Second Books and Netgalley for an advanced reader copy! I wish the author luck for more books in this series!!
Jane Austen turns detective in Julia Golding’s exciting new historical mystery series! Perfect for fans of Nancy Drew, Enola Holmes and Sally Lockhart.
1789. A young Jane Austen turns detective as she seeks to solve the mysterious happenings at Southmoor Abbey. When a carriage accident forces a change of plans, 13-year-old Jane is sent to be a companion to Lady Cromwell for a week as the household prepares to celebrate the eldest son’s coming-of-age party. While there, Jane vows to solve the mystery of the ghostly monk in the Abbey grounds – for she does not believe in such stories!
But this is not the only strange occurrence for adventurous young Jane to investigate. There are spooky night-time investigations, an Indian girl with secret talents, a library fire, two prize horses in danger, and friends to save from false accusations.
With notebook in hand and faithful dog Grandison by her side, will Jane overcome the obstacles to finding the truth?
YASSS This book was like a Nancy Drew book (I love those and this was exactly like it so safe to say I loved it) except set 200 years before, the way the mystery was described and the story develops is awesome, and I love the way young Jane writes (especially her c letter to her sister and the d letter to deepti, it was so interesting!).
This book was perfect in a way, it was fast paces, though I wish it had been a bit slower and we could have gotten to know more about Jane’s family.
All in all, it was a fun read, I hope there are more books in this series, it’s an awesome one! (Though I really wish there was a ghost)
In 2019 she was writer-in-residence at the Royal Institution, the home of science. She can be found taking an early nineteenth century perspective on modern life in her Jane Austen podcast ‘What Would Jane Do?’.
She is also a screenwriter, working on a number of feature and TV series concepts, featuring strong female leads.
Former British diplomat and Oxfam policy adviser, she has now published over fifty books in genres ranging from historical adventure to fantasy. Read carefully and you’ll spot all sorts of material from her diplomatic and Oxfam careers popping up in unexpected places. She has a doctorate in English literature from Oxford.
Well there isn’t the release yet, but I am waiting to read it quite a few books which are coming up in the next few months!
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
Ahh yesssss, there are sooo many of them!! But obviously even though I read tons of awesome books and am waiting for their sequels obviously Uncle Rick wins, I can’t wait for daughter of the deep!
DONT EVEN GET ME STARTED THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE LIKE I WAS seriously sooo excited to read it, but it disappointed me sooo bad, same with cindrella is dead but I had really high expectations for this book, the writing style was good, but the story was so FREAKING BORING……… The only great thing about this book has to be Luc……..
Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Oof, there are so many, but I’d have to say Nidhi Chanani, Eric Carter, Sabrina Kleckner, K. E. Bonner and Jenni L. Walsh (and so many more)(and yes IK that’s a lot but I seriously CANNOT pick just one).
Newest fictional crush.
Uhhhh Rafal in The school for good and evil heheh. OR Augustus Waters😳.
Newest favourite character.
Sophie in the school for good and evil, I just love Sophie’s evilness, but Merlin is a pretty good character too.
Book that made you cry.
THE FAULT IN OUR STARSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
Taken from his mother at age three, Steve Klakowicz lives in the clutches of a cruel foster family. He finds his only refuge in a box of books given to him by a kind stranger, books that take him to new worlds he can only imagine. He begins to hope that one day he might have a different life. As he grows, Steve is determined to unravel the mystery of his origins and find his birth family. A light-skinned boy with blue eyes, a curly Afro, and a Polish last name, he embarks on an extraordinary quest for his identity, armed with only one clue. Yet nothing is as it appears.
In this inspiring and harrowing memoir, A Chance in the World teaches children to begin each day with hope that there is goodness in the world, and it is possible to be a beacon of light for others that they can overcome challenging circumstances that everyone comes from different backgrounds and has value to apply Steve’s inspirational message to their own lives, through age-appropriate discussion questions
This new youth adaption, written for 8 to 12 year-olds, shares Steve’s journey with sensitivity, honesty, and hope. Adapted from the USA Today bestselling memoir, A Chance in the World.
First of all I sincerely hope that no one has to go through what the main character Steve went through and if someone does then please do contact the concerned authorities :). This book highlights the life of an orphan who was abused by his foster family. It showed the way he never lost hope and threw light on emotional and physical abuse, how just some words can hurt and break you, and some words can build you into who you are. Its touching how the protagonist finds sanctuary in books and how they inspire him. The main part definitely has to be how Robinsons’ fooled all the social workers and how the ones who knew were afraid to speak up, and that has to change. I’m glad that the author was finally able to come out an tell the truth and inform his social workers, and that he found his family! I love how in the end Steve choose to help others like him! And the questions at the end of each chapter are relatable and nice! It’s a must read for all people! 🙂
Twelve-year-old Maisie is an artist. When she’s in front of her sketchbook or apprenticing at Glenna’s Portraits, the family-run art shop her grandmother started, the world makes sense. She doesn’t think about Calum, her brother who mysteriously left home and cut ties with her family six years ago, or her parents’ insistence that she “broaden her horizons” and try something new—something that isn’t art.
But when Glenna’s Portraits falls on hard times, Maisie’s plan to take over the shop when she’s older and become a lifelong artist starts to crumble. In desperation to make things right, Maisie runs away to London to reconnect with her adult brother, hoping he might be the key to saving the shop. But as Maisie learns about her family’s past from Calum, she starts to rethink everything she’s ever known. Maisie must decide not only if saving her family’s art shop is worth it, but if she can forgive her parents for the mistakes they’ve made.
Oh wow, just wow, words aren’t enough to describe this book!!! This was such a beautiful book, it was heart wrenching the way Masie bonds with her long lost brother and how she made an emotionless person cry. The emotion and the humor were in perfect proportion, the parrot incident was quite funny xD. This book throws light on LGBTQIA community and the problems they face and is a perfect read in pride month! Glad that Glenna’s was saved!! I really hope this book has a sequel and congratulations to the author for writing such a touching book!! This book is now one of my favorites!!
My rating 5 out 5 (really wanna give it more)
About the author
Sabrina Kleckner is the author of THE ART OF RUNNING AWAY, a middle grade contemporary novel about family and identity. She began writing at the age of twelve, and is grateful to not be debuting with the angsty assassin book she toiled over in her teens. When she is not writing, she can be found teaching ESL or gushing about her three cats to anyone who will listen.
Once in an eon, when the Earth eclipses the moon on a winter solstice, an immortal is born under a witching moon. Anne has always had the strangest feelings—memories she couldn’t place; strangers she inexplicably yearned for.
After she rescues the enigmatic Phillip from a shipwreck, her comfortable life on the island of Cusabo is shattered, and the mystery of her destiny starts to fall into place. Anne leaves behind the life she’s always known and sets out with Phillip on an arduous journey to Amaranth, where her ancient family awaits her. But the path is dark and daunting, and Anne’s powers have only just begun to manifest.
This story was woven so beautifully, the idea, the theme, the concept completely original and impressive, the words of the main character Anne deeply impacting. So the starting was a bit slow and somewhat confusing to a point, but as the story goes on it touches your heart many a times. The thrill when you are reading your favorite book, your heart-beating at some points, I felt it all in this book, and the ending was so happy!!! I’m so glad Anne and Philipp and Anne felt whole again when she met Rowan!!!!!!! (That has to be the best part of the book). Now for the criticism, so yes I did love this book, but there were a lot of unnecessary things I guess? And like I said there is a lot of confusion in the starting and the ending just seems a bit aloft and a bit too happy, like the main points are left, we never get to know of her conversation with her old husband AND EVEN AFTER READING 300 PAGES WE STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HER SIBLINGS AND FOSTER MOM!!
So yeah well still it is a fun read once you get to the interesting parts there is NO WAY you can put it down (believe me I tried).
My Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
About the author
K. E. Bonner was always the first kid to sit down during a spelling bee. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she was diagnosed with dyslexia, which explained why she always had to study three times harder than her peers. Being dyslexic taught her perseverance and kindness, her two favorite attributes. She lives in Georgia with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. When not writing, she loves to read, swim, explore new places, and meet fascinating people. If you have a dog, she would love to scratch behind its ears and tell it what a good pup it is.
If you could have an adventure in New York City, where would you go? Curious readers will find plenty of sights, smells, and tastes to explore in this illustrated pick-your-own-path travel guide series.
Would you walk the Brooklyn Bridge for a huge slice of pizza, see the dazzling lights in Times Square, or visit the whale at the Museum of Natural History? With Little Kid, Big City!: New York you can create your own itinerary by choosing where to go next at the end of every page! Whether you’re an armchair traveler or a real-life tourist, here are dozens of ways to explore iconic sights, venture to nearby locales, and wander off the beaten path.
In this first book in the Little Kid, Big City series—in which travel guides collide with an interactive format—kids are empowered to imagine, create, and explore their own routes through the world’s greatest cities. Featuring whimsical illustrations, lovable characters, an invaluable resources section, and a foldout map, Little Kid, Big City has everything you need to invent your own adventure!
The illustrations are breathtaking and realistic, it is as if you are in New York eating the pizza and strolling through the beach!!!! And the tiny little guides at the bottom which tell you where to explore more are so cute!! They let you decide and explore to the parts you want to see, so you can travel the way you want!!!!! I learnt so much about New York and now I HAVE to visit it!! This book is so detailed and it describing the famous places beautifully!!! This is a fun read and kids will love this, and its a great guide if you are planning a NY trip!!
My rating 4.5 out of 5
About the Author
Beth Beckman is the editor and founder of the namesake website, Little Kid, Big City, and is trusted by parents across the country as an authority on traveling with kiddos. An avid explorer and adventure seeker, she provides travel and activity recommendations on her Instagram account of the same name. She lives in New York City with her family which includes a miniature dachshund named Hotdog with a not-so-mini personality. You can find her online at littlekidbigcity.com.
Sybil Ludington believes in the legend of fireflies—they appear when you need them most. But it’s not until her family is thrust into the dangers of the Revolutionary War, and into George Washington’s spy ring, that Sybil experiences firefly magic for herself—guiding her through the darkness, empowering her to figure out who she’s supposed to be and how strong she really is—as she delivers her imperative message and warns against a British attack.
BY THE LIGHT OF FIREFLIES is the captivating tale of a young girl’s journey as a daughter, a sister, a friend, a spy, and eventually a war hero, completing a midnight ride that cements her place in history as the “female Paul Revere.”
This book in 3 words, ‘inspirational’, ‘magical’ and ‘powerful’! The author wrote the book in such a heartfelt way, describing each detail that you can see and feel it, the way she describes the terror, it’s as if you are there around 250 years ago, reliving what the war hero Sybil Ludington might have lived on the famous night in which she saved the day ( or night xD). The magical part has to be how the fireflies guide her, how Sybil believes in them is so touching!!! And the book in itself which follows Sybil’s story is so inspirational, it shows that even in the 18th century when there were so close minded people, Girl Power still existed and girls are just as powerful (if not more as boys). Like I am still speechless at how the author has described the story so well!!!!
My rating definitely 5 out of 5
About the Author
Jenni L. Walsh spends her days knee deep in words in Philadelphia’s suburbia. Beyond words, Jenni is a mama (of an soulful seven-year-old, an dinosaur-loving four-year-old, and two needy furbabies), a wife, a Philly and ‘Nova sports fan. Jenni spent her early years dabbling in various forms of writing and with her nose in a book. Her writing chops first began to develop through one-page stories. Never fail, the storyline followed the same progression: girl meets boy, girl marries boy, girl and boy have baby. That’s it. Jenni’s mom treated it like a masterpiece each and every time.Now Jenni has moved on to stories with a bit more oomph and, for the mamas, Side by Side is the story of America’s most infamous crime spree of Bonnie and Clyde told in the raw and honest voice of the woman who lived it, Bonnie Parker. In Becoming Bonnie, a prequel set in the Roaring Twenties, a picture of Bonnie’s earlier life, before and while she meets Clyde, is brought to life. Jenni’s next historical novel A Betting Woman (June 1, 2021) takes us to the California gold rush, featuring a little known woman from history, Eleanor Dumont, who is largely remembered by the moniker Madame Moustache.