My Most Anticipated Releases of 2022: January – March

Today I’m bringing you 12 of my anticipated releases for 2022! Last year I tried a more comprehensive format, encompassing six months’ worth of new releases with a focus on the ones I was most likely to read. However, I missed so many gems that I only discovered much later on! This time I decided to limit it to a 3-month period – and not only focus on the ones that are at the top of my tbr like sequels, but also the ones that I’m most curious about and are on my radar, if not in my actual GR tbr. This year is looking really good for new books hitting the shelves!

I’m also trying to use notion more this year to keep track of my new releases, arcs to be read, among other things that I had trouble keeping organized last year so hopefully, this year won’t be such a mess for me…

Note: if one of the short summaries sounds boring, you guys should really check out the official synopsis because it’s hard summarizing a book in two or three sentence! I just wanted to give you a general idea of what the book is about

Shows 4 book covers for "The Ivory Key", "Daughter of the Moon Goddess", "Loveboat Reunion" and "The Red Palace", respectively, as well as their publication dates.

If you’d like a more comprehensive list of January’s exciting new releases, please check out Belle from thisbellereadstoo’s post: 14 january 2022 releases: my chang’e prayers were answered

The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman: a group of estranged royal siblings must work together in order to find a magical key in order to save their country but they each have their own agenda for the key. I’m very curious about this one, it’s just the kind of different fantasies I want to read more of this year and I’m also interested in reading about more interesting sibling relationships.

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan: inspired by the Chinese legend of Chang’ee the Moon Goddess, Daughter of the Moon Goddess follows Xingyin, as she is forced to leave her home and family when the celestial court discovers her existence. To save her mother, she must embark on a dangerous quest and face legendary creatures and enemies. I first learned about the legend of Chang’ee the moon goddess last year so I’m excited to see more from this book and continue to read more asian-inspired fantasies (because they’re the best).

Loveboat Reunion by Abigail Hing Wen: the sequel to one of my favorite YA contemporary romances, Loveboat Taipei – in which Ever, a Chinese-American teenager, is sent to spend the summer in a camp in Taiwan to learn Mandarin alongside over-achieving rich kids, where she ends up making a bad-girl bucket list and discovering a lot about herself.

The Red Palace by June Hur is a historical murder-mystery set in Korean (1758). A quadruple homicide that points to the Crown Prince. Do I need to say more? It sounds like such an interesting book, and although I’m not usually a fan of historical fiction, I quite like watching historical kdramas and I know a little about the Korean culture of this period.

Sahi from myworldofbooks recently posted a great, in-depth review of The Red Palace that I think you should read: ARC Review: The Red Palace by June Hur

image that shows 4 book covers of "The Weeping Tide", "Amari and the Great Game", "House of Earth and Blood" and "The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea", respectively. Also shows their publication dates.

The Weeping Tide by Amanda Foody: Sequel to The Accidental Apprentice, a thrilling new middle-grade series about children who bond with magical beasts and exciting trials and quests. I loved, LOVED this book last year! The main character’s such a quirky, precocious kid and I just loved him sm, I wanted to HUG him; he was precious! And the magic was incredible! I want to reread the first book to remember the story better but I’m also so excited to read the second book that I might not be able to hold back.

Marion from Tirilu’s review is great and was one of the reasons I read this book: Review “Wilderlore – The Accidental Apprentice”

Amari and the Great Game by B. B. Alstonfollows Amari who discovers a hidden world of supernatural agencies and magic as she investigates her brother’s mysterious disappearance. Yet another sequel of a promising middle-grade fantasy series that I really enjoyed reading last year. Middle grade fantasy is always a huge joy to read and this year has some promising new releases, I’m so eager to dive more into this genre this year. EDIT: the release date has been pushed back to August 30th*.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oha retelling of the classic Korean folktale “The Tale of Shim Cheong”, it follows Mina who sacrifices herself to be the Sea God’s bride in order to protect her family and save her people. I actually already had the chance to read this amazing book! But since I’ve been looking forward since it was announced, I needed to share it in this list as well. Here is my review: ARC Review: The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh 

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas – Sequel to House of Earth and Blood, SJM’s adult fantasy series which I LOVE! I’ll just post my review for this one: Review: House of Earth and Blood.

image shows 3 book covers for "Gallant", "The War of the Two Queens" and "A Magic Steeped in Poison", respectively. It also shows their publication dates.

Gallant by V. E. Schwab: I can’t even try to summarize this book. Just read the official synopsis – needless to say that I’m so freaking eager to read this book. V. E. Schwab never disappoints!

Everything casts a shadow. Even the world we live in. And as with every shadow, there is a place where it must touch. A seam, where the shadow meets its source.

Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal—which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home—to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home, it doesn’t matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways.

Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant—but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from.

Olivia has always wanted to belong somewhere, but will she take her place as a Prior, protecting our world against the Master of the House? Or will she take her place beside him?

The War of the Two Queens by Jennifer L. Armentrout – the fourth book in the Blood and Ash series, JLA’s new-adult series about vampires. One of the few books I’m sure I’ll buy this year!

Forced Bonds by J. Bree – the fourth installment in the Bonds that Tie series – a paranormal romance, reverse-harem fantasy series set in an alternative world of gifted people. If you haven’t seen me recently gush about this series, this is your friendly reminder to go check it out because IT’S SO GOOD! See my review of books #1 and #2 in the series: Double Review: Broken Bonds & Savage Bonds by J. Bree

A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin: Ning accidentally brewed the poison tea that killed her mother, and now her sister is in danger too. She travels to the capital to participate in a competition to find the greatest shennong-shi—masters of the ancient and magical art of tea-making, to win the princess’ favor and hopefully save her sister. I first noticed this book because of the beautiful cover (see my post: Upcoming Releases with Gorgeous Covers You’ll Want to Read!), but the story sounds really interesting – poison, magic, and the ancient art of tea-making? YES.

What new releases are you looking forward to reading? Any from this list?

5 thoughts on “My Most Anticipated Releases of 2022: January – March

  1. Very interesting list of books, some I’m quite interested to read as well. Thank you for the shoutout.. I hope you’ll love The Red Palace as much as I did 😍😍

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  2. we have so many books in common for our tbr! i can assure you that daughter of the moon goddess was exceptionally beautiful while the red palace is filled with court politics, murder, and a really subtle but cute romance. i can’t wait for you to read both of them ✨ thank you for including my post too! i really appreciate it 💖

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