Aside from the death of 2020, one thing I think all of us are looking forward to in 2021 is the awesome book and TV releases! Let's take a look at some of my most anticipated releases for this year!
If you didn't already know, I am a huge SJM fan. AS such, I am dying to see Nessian's story play out as Nesta comes to terms with her traumatic past and her new identity as High Fey—and the tremendous power that came with it. I think it's going to be very reminiscent of Rowaelin's time at Mistward. I'm also hoping to find out what was in that box on Solstice night!
Another one of my must-reads this year, especially with that Blood & Honey cliffhanger! My review for that book will be coming shortly; in the meantime, here's my review for book one of this trilogy.
Confession: I still haven't read King of Scars. But I definitely will before the latest Grishaverse novel hits shelves! Especially considering two of my favorite characters (Nina and Nikolai) are at the heart of this duology.
Owen Merrick works in his father's observatory, mapping the stars for the king. One day his sister goes missing in the nearby woods—haunted by a witch queen and her eight daughters who harvest souls to feed the heartless tree and grow their powers. He must venture over the garden wall in search of her. When an encounter with one of the witch queen's daughters ends with her saving rather than killing him, Owen becomes mesmerized. They begin meeting each night, until the stars tell a story of war in which Owen and Seren will be on opposite sides.
When the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers decides to compete for a place in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms, Eira Landan, a Waterrunner, declares she is done living in the shadows of her older brother and her past—the accidental murder she committed. But when the spotlight is on her, she soon finds it also illuminates secrets surrounding her life- and threatening it.
This book gives me the image of Yennefer of Vengerburg competing in The Hunger Games, and I'm here for it! Kova is an author I have been meaning to check out for a while, and this release may be the one that finally hooks me!
A retelling of Daphne & Apollo, in which she is a badass Spartan on a quest to save her brother's life? HELL YEAH!
Nine powerful items have been stolen from Mount Olympus, and Daphne has been tasked with finding them by the goddess Artemis. Should she fail, the gods' power will fade completely, the human world will descend into chaos . . . and her brother loses his life.
With Artemis's twin brother as her guide, Daphne will encounter a Minotaur's labyrinth, the Sphinx of Thebes, Theseus, Hippolyta, and the gods.
Think The Seven Crows meets Snow White with a dash of Mulan and The Little Mermaid.
Shiori'anma, the only princess of Kiata, has successfully kept her magic a secret- until the morning of her betrothal ceremony. While she is relieved to escape a marriage, there is no escaping Raikama, her step-mother (a sorceress herself). Raikama banishes Shiori, turning her brothers into cranes and effectively stealing her voice- for each word to fall from her lips, a brother too shall fall.
Now Shiori must find her brothers and prevent a conspiracy against the throne, with only the help of a paper bird, a temperamental dragon, her ex-fiancé, and the very magic she has been conditioned to reject- no matter the cost.
Disenchantment (Season 3)
Science and magic collide when Princess Tiabeenie travels to Steamland in search of help against her crazed witch of a mother and a plot against Dreamland's throne. If you haven't checked this show out already, you totally should. With a misfit cast, fantasy setting, and adult humor, Disenchantment has got it all.
Fate: The Winx Club
I played the crap out of the Winx Gameboy game when I was a kid. So I was really excited when I heard Netflix was rebooting this series with a live-action cast and a darker, grungier mood. I can't wait to see how this one plays out, as Netflix hasn't disappointed me yet!
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Part 4)
But after hearing complaints from a few friends, Netflix's winning streak with me might come to an end with this one. (Yes, I know, it came out on New Years Eve, but whatever; some of us can't binge all eight episodes on release day!). While I've had mixed feelings about this one from the start with the cliché illustration of witches as cannibalistic Satan-worshippers, I enjoyed how the witches and their beliefs and practices turned more in the direction of the empowered female and the Triple Goddess. Let's hope they don't drop the ball on their last season, a la Game of Thrones.
That's it (for now), especially since COVID-19 has put a halt on so many shows we all love. Here's to hoping 2021 is much better, starting with these upcoming book and TV releases!