T10T: Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2021

Happy Tuesday, everyone! This is my first time participating in a Top Ten Tuesday post, held by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. I know I’m obscenely late to the party but better late than never, right? (;

This week I’ll be listing a few releases I’m personally looking forward to so without further ado, here we go!

Note: Click the titles to be taken to the book’s Goodreads page for the synopsis.


1. She’s Too Pretty To Burn by Wendy Heard

too pretty to burn book

I love both the YA and Thriller genres so a book that fits into both of those categories definitely peaks my curiosity.

Inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, this sexy psychological thriller explores the intersections of love, art, danger, and power.”

Sounds like a YES to me. Also, it’s a sapphic romance so hooray for more LGBTQ+ representation!

Release Date: March 30th



2. The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

the gilded ones book

This is a YA Fantasy that appears to grapple with various different themes, as noted in some of the reviews. It appears to have some violent themes as well, so I’d recommend looking through the reviews if you’re sensitive to certain topics.

I also like that the main character is a POC, as well as the author. From the reviews, there seem to be more diversity with some of the other characters as well. We have a long way to go but seeing more books representing/written by POC is absolutely lovely to see.

Release Date: February 9th



3. Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson

sing me forgotten book

Isda does not exist. At least not beyond the opulent walls of the opera house.

Another YA Fantasy, and a gender-bent re-telling of Phantom of the Opera.

Phantom of the Opera is a classic and I very much enjoy it so I’m really interested in this particular re-telling!

Release Date: March 9th




4. The Project by Courtney Summers

the project courtney summers book

Courtney Summers? Cults? Sounds good to me. Lol. 🤷

If cults/religious themes aren’t your thing though, you might want to pass on this one.

Release Date: February 2nd





5. Every Single Lie by Rachel Vincent

every single lie book

In this gripping YA novel about social media bullying and half-truths, one girl’s discovery of a dead baby in her high school locker room rocks an entire community.

Sounds like an interesting roller-coaster of a book – and a great reminder of how much I don’t miss high school.

It could be triggering for some so be aware of that if you decide to read it!

Release Date: January 12th



6. Into The Heartless Wood by Joanna Ruth Meyer

into the heartless wood book

Epic, heartbreaking, and darkly atmospheric, Into the Heartless Wood is the story of impossible love between a monstrous tree siren and a boy who lives at the edge of her wood.

A darker fantasy novel with some mentioning it’s similar to Beauty and the Beast.

This sounds like a really interesting book, and the plot sounds fairly unique – at least to me. The reviews are pretty positive as well!

Release Date: January 12th



7. Girl on the Line by Faith Gardner

girl on the line book

Although this book doesn’t have the *best* reviews, I still think it would be an interesting read. “Life’s tough when you didn’t expect to be living it” definitely caught my eye.

The book centers around a girl named Journey and her struggles with mental illness, so beware of triggers if you decide to read it yourself!

Release Date: January 19th




8. Don’t Tell a Soul by Kirsten Miller

don't tell a soul book

People say the house is cursed.
It preys on the weakest, and young women are its favorite victims.
In Louth, they’re called the Dead Girls.

YA mysteries are always a fun read and this book seems no different. Ghosts, a creepy manor, a gothic atmosphere. This is definitely a book I’ll have to get my hands on!

Release Date: January 26th



9. The Obsession by Jesse Q. Sutanto

the obsession book

“A classic sort of love story… except somebody might wind up dead.

A YA thriller about a stalker. I’m sure this would be plenty triggering for myself as I’ve had one too many stalker incidents.

However, it also seems like a good book and it certainly sounds interesting.

Release Date: February 2nd




10. Dragonfly Girl by Marti Leimbach

dragonfly girl book

In this spellbinding thriller and YA debut from bestselling author Marti Leimbach, Kira Adams has discovered a cure for deathand it may just cost her life.

YA thriller? Yes. Science? Yes. Bringing things back from the dead? Yes.

Release Date: February 23rd





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Are there are books that you are looking forward to the most for the first half of this year? (: Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear what books you’re looking forward to reading! x


  1. Lydia

    January 5, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    Sing Me Forgotten sounds amazing!
    My post.

    1. Karley

      January 6, 2021 at 6:34 pm

      It does! I’m excited to get my hands on a copy.
      Thanks for the comment! x

  2. Christopher @ Plucked from the Stacks

    January 5, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    The Obsession sounds particularly creepy. Definitely think that one’s going on my TBR pile.

    1. Karley

      January 6, 2021 at 6:35 pm

      Definitely the same for me. I love a good thriller!
      Thanks for stopping by! x

  3. ShootingStarsMag

    January 6, 2021 at 12:52 am

    I’m so excited for The Project.

    1. Karley

      January 6, 2021 at 6:35 pm

      That one really sounds interesting, I’m excited for it too!

  4. Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy

    January 6, 2021 at 3:36 am

    Dragonfly Girl and The Project are two books I’m really excited for!

    1. Karley

      January 6, 2021 at 6:36 pm

      The Project sounds great and Dragonfly Girl sounds very unique and interesting!
      Thanks for stopping by! x

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