Ones to Watch: May Book Releases 2021

Another month goes by and, we still have plenty of books to look forward to. These are just a small selection of books to look forward to this May.

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He (4)

Perhaps one of the most sought after books of the year, The Ones We’re Meant to Find is now available to readers and, based on reviews, this book is worth the hype. Part mystery, part thriller, part fantasy, this book will keep you on your toes and reduce you to an emotional wreck as we explore the relationship between these sisters and their journey to finding one another.

Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa (11)

This one almost slipped past my radar, but Son of the Storm sounds like an utterly captivating tale of lost magic and violent conquests. It’s the kind of book that has a lot of secrets to unravel and will pack plenty of punches along the way.

Black Water Sister by Zen Cho (11)

This Malaysian-set contemporary fantasy sounds like the stuff of dreams. Our lead character comes from a family of spirit mediums, and upon her return to Malaysia, Jess finds herself thrown into a world of gods, ghosts, and family secrets. Everything about this book sounds like a treat, and I’m ready to unpack the secrets that haunt this family.

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean (25)

This book has been advertised as a Crazy Rich Asians meet Princess Diaries match up. That alone is enough of a reason to read this book. Let’s be real, who didn’t dream of that moment you discover you’re actually a secret princess? I think this book has all the potential to have readers laughing out loud but also embracing the interesting family dynamics that crop up along the way.

Heart and Seoul by Jen Frederik (25)

Based on my experiences with Frederick’s other books, I thought for sure this would be another romance centric novel. However, after reading the summary, Heart and Seoul sounds like an incredibly moving journey of identity and family. I think the exploration of the realities of being an adoptee is a topic that’s not always covered in books, and I’m curious to see how Hara’s trip to Seoul affects the dynamic she has with the family that raised her, but also allows her to develop that relationship with her heritage. Of course, the romantic element is intriguing, but I think the emphasis on identity will carry greater weight in this novel.

The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman (25)

Don’t you just love it when a high fantasy novel starts with a heist gone wrong? I’ll admit, I’m not all that familiar with Buehlman’s writing, but based on the premise this book sounds like the perfect blend of fantasy and horror. I’m curious to see how the story unravels, especially since there’s so much being packed into the story.

What’s your most anticipated release?

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