New Releases – May 2021

Another month and another round of really exciting books! Anyone else’s pre-order list getting out of control or is it just mine?

I’ve picked 5 books from May that I’m really looking forward to reading and seeing peoples thoughts on. It’s a bit of a mixed bag as always so let’s see what we’ve got to look forward to shall we:

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint – 04th May

Daughter to Minos, King of Crete, Ariadne has lived her whole life in the shadow of the great Labyrinth and her monstrous brother who dwells within. 

Every year she is forced to watch youths from across the kingdom be sacrificed to the Minotaurs need for blood but when Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives she cannot help but fall in love. Unable to watch him die will Ariadne’s decision to help Theseus escape ensure her happily ever after with her lover or will the betrayal of her family be too much to overcome? 

This is a retelling of the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur from Ariadne’s perspective and I simply can’t wait to read it. We all know Theseus couldn’t have done it without her so I’m really excited to see what Jennifer Saint has in store for us when it comes to Ariadne’s thoughts. 

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir – 04th May

When Ryland Grace wakes up alone on a cobbled together spacecraft with two dead bodies for company, he has no idea what is going on

Slowly his memories start to return, enough for him to realise that he is now the sole survivor of a last ditch mission meant to save humanity from extinction. Faced with that glaring fact, Rylan must find a way to remember what exactly it is he needs to do to save his planet and his people. 

I’ve never read Weir’s other book The Martian but I have seen the film (who am I to call myself a book blogger, right?) and I absolutely adored it. It had the perfect blend of humour and action so I’m really intrigued if Weir can pull it off again with Project Hail Mary. This is one I’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on peoples thoughts for.

People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry 11th May

Poppy and Alex have been best friends ever since the day they met in a car share on their way home from college. Poppy is an outgoing partygirl with a lust for life and Alex is a quiet homebody; they don’t fit. Despite this and the distance that now separates them since Poppy moved to New York every year since meeting the two friends jet off on a weeklong whirlwind holiday. 

Every year except the last two, because they messed everything up and haven’t spoken since. 

When Poppy realises she can barely remember the last time she was happy she begs Alex to go on one of their holidays again and despite the odds, he agrees. They have seven days to figure things out and the best place to start might just be the unspoken truth of what’s always been between them. 

I really enjoyed Beach Read so this book is definitely high on my list! Beach read was enemies to lovers, this looks like we’re going to get Friends to Lovers; is it just me that hoped Emily Henry keeps working her way through a list of tropes to keep bringing us something new?

Heartstopper: Volume 4 by Alice Oseman – 13th May

As this is the 4th volume I wont put too many details in but this continues to follow the story of Nick and Charlie, two teenage boys who might just love each other. It’s a graphic novel about Love, mental illness, friendship and finding yourself and it is beautifully told. I believe this volume focuses on Charlie’s eating disorder so be mindful if that’s a trigger for you.

I have been lucky enough to already receive my copy of this; I do love it when a pre-order arrives earlier than expected! I’ll be picking this up within the next few days for sure as it’s the perfect book for a quiet hour with a warm cup of tea. In fact… I’ve just convinced myself to go and pick it up once I’ve finished this post!

The Blacktongue Theif by Christopher Beulhman – 27th May

I’m going to drop the goodreads synopsis for this book here because I really don’t want to miss anything out : 

Kinch Na Shannack owes the Takers Guild a small fortune for his education as a thief, which includes (but is not limited to) lock-picking, knife-fighting, wall-scaling, fall-breaking, lie-weaving, trap-making, plus a few small magics. His debt has driven him to lie in wait by the old forest road, planning to rob the next traveler that crosses his path.

But today, Kinch Na Shannack has picked the wrong mark.

Galva is a knight, a survivor of the brutal goblin wars, and handmaiden of the goddess of death. She is searching for her queen, missing since a distant northern city fell to giants.

Unsuccessful in his robbery and lucky to escape with his life, Kinch now finds his fate entangled with Galva’s. Common enemies and uncommon dangers force thief and knight on an epic journey where goblins hunger for human flesh, krakens hunt in dark waters, and honor is a luxury few can afford.

This sounds like a not-so-typical fantasy with a side of grit that makes me really interested to see what it has in store. Add to that the fact that it’s published by Tor, who have put out some truly excellent books over the past 12 months, more than a few of which have made it onto my favourites list, and I am definitely going to be picking this up! 

Well there you have it lovelies, there’s no end to the interesting books that are being released at the moment is there! It makes for a bunch of very happy readers and some very sad bank balances.

Let me know if you’re planning to read any of these or if there are any other new releases you’ve got your eye on, I would love some other recommendations to add to my growing list!

See you in the next one,

Jen x

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