New Splendid Book Releases for Spring of 2021

Now that we’re well into Spring, you know what that means! The weather is getting warmer, flowers are starting to bloom, and most importantly, new spring releases are coming out! Technically they’re always being released but we’re going to overlook that for this post. (;

I’m excited for so many books coming out this spring and we all know that’s such a bittersweet thing. I’d honestly love to know if anyone has ever actually completed reading their TBR pile, because I will never be that person.

However, I’m also faaar too sentimental to get rid of any of those TBR lifers. Call me a book hoarder, it is what it is. I know you do it too. Yes, you.

ANYWAY, let’s get to the fun part – the books! Here are some of the upcoming spring releases as well as newly released books that I’m personally looking forward to the most. Enjoy! (:

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1. Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

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“When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers.

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, asks for Wendy’s help to rescue the missing kids. But, in order to find them, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.”

A Peter Pan retelling? Yes, PLEASE. I’ll never get tired of Peter Pan retellings (or Peter Pan anything, for that matter.) Plus, just look at that cover! Stunning.

Publication Date: March 23rd



2. Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

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“A strange darkness grows in Allward. Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea. Even as darkness falls, she is joined by a band of unlikely companions:

A squire, forced to choose between home and honor.

An immortal, avenging a broken promise.

An assassin, exiled and bloodthirsty.

An ancient sorceress, whose riddles hide an eerie foresight.

A forger with a secret past.

A bounty hunter with a score to settle.”

Is anyone else getting Six of Crows vibes? No? Okay. Well it’s from the author of Red Queen and sounds interesting so here’s hoping.

Publication Date: May 4th



3. Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price

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“When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates.

Convinced the authorities have imprisoned the wrong person, Lizzie vows to solve the murder on her own. But as the case—and her feelings for Darcy—become more complicated, Lizzie discovers that her dream job could make her happy, but it might also get her killed.”

A Jane Austen retelling with a murder plot twist gets an automatic yes from me.

Publication Date: April 6th



4. The Perfect Impression (Jessie Hunt #3) by Blake Pierce

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“When a group of couple friends leave their suburban lives to go away together on a vacation to an exclusive resort, their partying gets out of control—and someone ends up dead. As Jessie digs deep into their lives and begins to unearth their secrets, she quickly realizes that their perfect lives are not what they seem—and that a murderer may be amongst them.”

Psychological suspense/thrillers always interest me, especially when it includes a group of friends. Maybe it’s nostalgia from reading Pretty Little Liars – who knows? But count me in. (;

Publication Date: June 1st


5. The Last Bookshop in London: A Novel of World War II by Madeline Martin

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August 1939: London prepares for war as Hitler’s forces sweep across Europe. Grace Bennett has always dreamed of moving to the city, but the bunkers and blackout curtains that she finds on her arrival were not what she expected. And she certainly never imagined she’d wind up working at Primrose Hill, a dusty old bookshop nestled in the heart of London.

Inspired by true events of the history of the few bookshops during World War II that survived the Blitz, this book shows how the power of storytelling can bring a community together even in the darkest of times.

Publication Date: April 6th



6. Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson

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“Bree awakens one day and sees a witch peering into her bedroom window—an old gray-haired woman dressed all in black who vanishes as quickly as she appears. Later that day though, she spies the old woman again, in the parking lot of her daugh­ters’ private school… just minutes before Bree’s infant son, asleep in his car seat only a few feet away, vanishes. Bree will do whatever it takes to protect her family—but what if the cost tears their world apart?”

Well this certainly sounds like every mother’s nightmare. I’m not a mother myself but it sounds like a very interesting mystery/thriller so I’m adding it to my list!

Publication Date: April 6th



7. The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon

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Be careful what you wish for…

When social worker Jax receives nine missed calls from her older sister, Lexie, she assumes that it’s just another one of her sister’s episodes. Manic and increasingly out of touch with reality, Lexie has pushed Jax away for over a year. But the next day, Lexie is dead: drowned in the pool at their grandmother’s estate.

In 1929, thirty-seven-year-old newlywed Ethel Monroe hopes desperately for a baby. In an effort to distract her, her husband whisks her away on a trip to Vermont, where a natural spring is showcased by the newest and most modern hotel in the Northeast. Once there, Ethel learns that the water is rumored to grant wishes, never suspecting that the spring takes in equal measure to what it gives.”

Yet another delightful sounding mystery/thriller, although tragic as well. But is a thriller really any good without a little bit of tragedy? 😏

Publication Date: April 6th



8. House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

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Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters when they were children, something they can’t quite remember but that left each of them with an identical half-moon scar at the base of their throats.

When her eldest sister, Grey, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Iris learns just how weird her life can get: horned men start shadowing her, a corpse falls out of her sister’s ceiling, and ugly, impossible memories start to twist their way to the forefront of her mind.

The closer Iris gets to the truth, the closer she comes to understanding that the answer is dark and dangerous – and that Grey has been keeping a terrible secret from her for years.”

This seemingly new trend of YA books with a mystery/thriller twist to them is definitely something I’ve been enjoying very much – it’s the best of both worlds for me so I’m stoked for this one!

Publication Date: April 6th



9. When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain

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Anna Hart is a seasoned missing persons detective in San Francisco with far too much knowledge of the darkest side of human nature. When overwhelming tragedy strikes her personal life, Anna, desperate and numb, flees to the Northern California village of Mendocino to grieve. She lived there as a child with her beloved foster parents, and now she believes it might be the only place left for her. Yet the day she arrives, she learns a local teenage girl has gone missing. The crime feels frighteningly reminiscent of the most crucial time in Anna’s childhood, when the unsolved murder of a young girl touched Mendocino and changed the community forever.

As Anna becomes obsessed with the missing girl, she must accept that true courage means getting out of her own way and learning to let others in.”

Yes, another mystery that seems like it would be a good read. A character returning to their hometown only to become embroiled in some kind of mystery or investigation is one of my favorite tropes. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Publication Date: April 13th



10. Malice by Heather Walter

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Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who, in an act of vengeance, cursed a line of princesses to die. A curse that could only be broken by true love’s kiss. Utter nonsense. Let me tell you, no one in Briar actually cares about what happens to its princesses.

I thought I didn’t care, either. Until I met her.

With less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating—and she can’t stand to kiss yet another insipid prince. I want to help her. If my power began her curse, perhaps it’s what can lift it. Nonsense again. Aurora is the beautiful princess. And I am the villain.”

Another fairy tale retelling, this time of Sleeping Beauty. This one sounds particularly intriguing though – not only is the romance between Aurora and the villain, but that villain is a woman! Sleeping Beauty rewritten as a sapphic romance? GIMME. I’m stoked for this one.

Publication Date: April 13th


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Are there any new or upcoming releases this spring that you’re looking forward to? Let me know – you can never have too many recommendations! (;


  1. Cora @ TeaPartyPrincess

    April 7, 2021 at 8:33 am

    OK, I want to read all of these!
    I can’t wait for my copy of House of Hollow to arrive, I’m attending the Waterstones virtual event for it tonight.
    Cora |

    1. Karley

      April 7, 2021 at 9:27 am

      I’ll admit, reading the “a corpse falls out of her sister’s ceiling” part made me snort. Lol. I hope you enjoy the event – sounds fun!

  2. Cristina Rosano

    April 30, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Such great book releases! Truly recommend House of Hollow it’s very gripping! Malice sounds great too, adding it to my reading list, thanks for sharing x

    1. Karley

      April 30, 2021 at 9:13 am

      House of Hollow seems to be pretty popular so I’ll definitely have to pick up a copy!
      Thanks for stopping by! x

  3. GWT

    April 30, 2021 at 9:48 am

    Quite a list you have here! I must say the Perfect Impression has peaked my interest – thriller, suspense, travel. Yes please.

    1. Karley

      April 30, 2021 at 10:03 am

      I feel the exact same way! x

  4. Charlotte Birchall

    April 30, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    All of these books sounds amazing and I cannot wait read them. The Last Bookshop in London sounds like a book that I would read. Thank you for sharing.

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