My Most Anticipated 2021 Releases // Asian Books & Sapphics Are Coming to Save the 20s

Happy new year, everyone!

Yes, I know that I disappeared again in December, but it’s because I was reading 26 books in a desperate rush to complete my Goodreads challenge (but that’s a story for another day). Today I’m bringing you my most anticipated books of 2021. There are probably about five more 2021 releases I can name that I have my eyes on, but for the sake of keeping this post short, I’ve narrowed my list down to 14 books!

Clues to the Universe by Christina Li

Book cover: Clues to the Universe by Christina Li
January 12, 2021

Synopsis: The only thing Rosalind Ling Geraghty loves more than watching NASA launches with her dad is building rockets with him. When he dies unexpectedly, all Ro has left of him is an unfinished model rocket they had been working on together.

Benjamin Burns doesn’t like science, but he can’t get enough of Spacebound, a popular comic book series. When he finds a sketch that suggests that his dad created the comics, he’s thrilled. Too bad his dad walked out years ago, and Benji has no way to contact him.

Though Ro and Benji were only supposed to be science class partners, the pair become unlikely friends: Benji helps Ro finish her rocket, and Ro figures out a way to reunite Benji and his dad. But Benji hesitates, which infuriates Ro. Doesn’t he realize how much Ro wishes she could be in his place?

As the two face bullying, grief, and their own differences, Benji and Ro must try to piece together clues to some of the biggest questions in the universe.

Why I’m excited: I usually don’t read middle grade, but when I do I’m pretty much never disappointed. This one is set in the 80s, and I’ve heard from early reviewers that it’s very emotional and amazing. I can’t wait to read about the beautiful friendship that forms between the protagonists!

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

2021 book releases: Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
April 20, 2021

Synopsis: Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom—and vengeance.

Jazmyne is the queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power.

Sworn enemies, these two witches enter a precarious alliance to take down a mutual threat. But revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain—except the lengths they will go to win this game.

Deadly, fierce, magnetically addictive: this Jamaican-inspired fantasy debut is a thrilling journey where dangerous magic reigns supreme and betrayal lurks beneath every word.

Why I’m excited: If I had to rank the books on this post based on how excited I am for them, this would probably be in the top three. It’s set in a Jamaican-inspired world, and ahhhh, did you read that synopsis? Betrayal and badass girls—I can’t wait!

Counting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan

May 4, 2021

Synopsis: Karina Ahmed has a plan. Keep her head down, get through high school without a fuss, and follow her parents’ rules—even if it means sacrificing her dreams. When her parents go abroad to Bangladesh for four weeks, Karina expects some peace and quiet. Instead, one simple lie unravels everything.

Tutoring the school’s resident bad boy was already crossing a line. Pretending to date him? Out of the question. But Ace Clyde does everything right—he brings her coffee in the mornings, impresses her friends without trying, and even promises to buy her a dozen books (a week) if she goes along with his fake-dating facade. Though Karina agrees, she can’t help but start counting down the days until her parents come back. T-minus twenty-eight days until everything returns to normal—but what if Karina no longer wants it to?

Why I’m excited: A Bangladeshi girl fake dates the school bad boy! This book sounds like so much fun, and according to the author (whom I follow on Twitter and is absolutely hilarious), it’ll contain tons of Gen Z humor!

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

2021 book releases: The Ones We're Meant to Find by Joan He
May 4, 2021

Synopsis: Cee awoke on an abandoned island three years ago. With no idea of how she was marooned, she only has a rickety house, an old android, and a single memory: she has a sister, and Cee needs to find her.

STEM prodigy Kasey wants escape from the science and home she once trusted. The eco-city—Earth’s last unpolluted place—is meant to be sanctuary for those committed to planetary protection, but it’s populated by people willing to do anything for refuge, even lie. Now, she’ll have to decide if she’s ready to use science to help humanity, even though it failed the people who mattered most.

Why I’m excited: I actually wasn’t a fan of Descendant of the Crane by the same author, but I’m willing to give her another chance because the premise of this is so intriguing! Also I’m not ashamed to say that the gorgeous cover played a role in my excitement—I remember being so stunned when I first saw it.

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

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May 25, 2021

Synopsis: Everyone likes Humaira “Hani” Khan—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita “Ishu” Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of Hani. She’s an academic overachiever who hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for college. But Ishita agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she stands a chance of being elected head girl.

Despite their mutually beneficial pact, they start developing real feelings for each other. But relationships are complicated, and some people will do anything to stop two Bengali girls from achieving happily ever after.

Why I’m excited: Another fake dating book with a Bangladeshi protagonist—but this time it’s sapphic! I can’t wait for this because The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar is one of my favorite books of 2020. And I’m actually in love with the cover it’s so cute!

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

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June 1, 2021

Synopsis: For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.

But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train.

Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. Jane with her rough edges and swoopy hair and soft smile, showing up in a leather jacket to save August’s day when she needed it most. August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon, she discovers there’s one big problem: Jane doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker. She’s literally displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help her. Maybe it’s time to start believing in some things, after all.

Why I’m excited: This is kinda NSFW, so skip the underlined sentence if you want to avoid that kind of stuff, but I saw a tweet by one of the people who were blessed with an arc of OLS where they were wondering how the smut in the book was going to work if the only place the main characters can see each other is on the subway, and then they tweeted that they had gotten their answer, and I’m extremely curious about what it was! Also, Casey McQuiston has such amazing queer rep and humor in their books—I have no doubt that this’ll be a hit like Red, White & Royal Blue!

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide
June 10, 2021

Synopsis: Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect. Until now. Because anonymous texter, Aces, is bringing two students’ dark secrets to light. Talented musician Devon buries himself in rehearsals, but he can’t escape the spotlight when his private photos go public. Head girl Chiamaka isn’t afraid to get what she wants, but soon everyone will know the price she has paid for power. Someone is out to get them both. Someone who holds all the aces. And they’re planning much more than a high-school game…

Why I’m excited: This has gotten phenomenal early reviews, and I’m throwing my hat in that it’s going to be one of the standout YA debuts of 2021. It’s a dark academia that examines racism and white supremacy, with Black queer main characters!

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

2021 book releases: The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
June 10, 2021

Synopsis: Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an ancient temple that was once the source of the powerful, magical deathless waters — but is now little more than a decaying ruin.

Priya is a maidservant, one among several who make the treacherous journey to the top of the Hirana every night to clean Malini’s chambers. She is happy to be an anonymous drudge, so long as it keeps anyone from guessing the dangerous secret she hides.

But when Malini accidentally bears witness to Priya’s true nature, their destinies become irrevocably tangled. One is a vengeful princess seeking to depose her brother from his throne. The other is a priestess seeking to find her family. Together, they will change the fate of an empire.

Why I’m excited: This is set in an Indian-inspired world, and it follows two morally grey girls who form an alliance and slowly fall in love. Admittedly, I was a little disappointed by Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri, but her writing and worldbuilding were great. I’m eager to give her another chance… for the sapphics.

Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta

Book cover: Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta
June 29, 2021

Synopsis: The shadow of Godolia’s tyrannical rule is spreading, aided by their giant mechanized weapons known as Windups. War and oppression are everyday constants for the people of the Badlands, who live under the thumb of their cruel Godolia overlords.

Eris Shindanai is a Gearbreaker, a brash young rebel who specializes in taking down Windups from the inside. When one of her missions goes awry and she finds herself in a Godolia prison, Eris meets Sona Steelcrest, a cybernetically enhanced Windup pilot. At first Eris sees Sona as her mortal enemy, but Sona has a secret: She has intentionally infiltrated the Windup program to destroy Godolia from within.

As the clock ticks down to their deadliest mission yet, a direct attack to end Godolia’s reign once and for all, Eris and Sona grow closer–as comrades, friends, and perhaps something more…

Why I’m excited: Mecha giants, found family, and enemies to lovers romance between two Korean girls!! Also, the author is a ’00 liner, which makes me :0 because she’s the same age as my older sister, and she’s already publishing a book.

She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

Book cover: She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
July 20, 2021

Synopsis: In a famine-stricken village on a dusty yellow plain, two children are given two fates. A boy, greatness. A girl, nothingness…

In 1345, China lies under harsh Mongol rule. For the starving peasants of the Central Plains, greatness is something found only in stories. When the Zhu family’s eighth-born son, Zhu Chongba, is given a fate of greatness, everyone is mystified as to how it will come to pass. The fate of nothingness received by the family’s clever and capable second daughter, on the other hand, is only as expected.

When a bandit attack orphans the two children, though, it is Zhu Chongba who succumbs to despair and dies. Desperate to escape her own fated death, the girl uses her brother’s identity to enter a monastery as a young male novice. There, propelled by her burning desire to survive, Zhu learns she is capable of doing whatever it takes, no matter how callous, to stay hidden from her fate.

After her sanctuary is destroyed for supporting the rebellion against Mongol rule, Zhu takes the chance to claim another future altogether: her brother’s abandoned greatness.

Why I’m excited: She Who Became the Sun‘s ao3 tags, as provided by the author on Twitter, are: “Alternate History, No Fate But What We Make, Bury Your Cishets, Competence, Murder Monks, Implausibly Beautiful Eunuch OC, desire leads to the dark side, Star-Crossed Lovers, Fealty Kink, Kneeling, Revenge, Existential Shame, Compassion, A+ Parenting, bite me confucius.” The vibes this historical fantasy set in 14th century China is giving off are Immaculate. I think it’ll contain wonderful explorations of gender, a healthy dose of fealty trope, and ~yearning~. Also someone pointed out that the title is a pun because the main character takes on her brother’s identity and becomes… the son, lmao.

How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao

Book cover: How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao
August 3, 2021

Synopsis: Nancy Luo is shocked when her former best friend, Jamie Ruan, top ranked junior at Sinclair Prep, goes missing, and then is found dead. Nancy is even more shocked when word starts to spread that she and her friends–Krystal, Akil, and Alexander–are the prime suspects, thanks to “The Proctor,” someone anonymously incriminating them via the school’s social media app.

They all used to be Jamie’s closest friends, and she knew each of their deepest, darkest secrets. Now, somehow The Proctor knows them, too. The four must uncover the true killer before The Proctor exposes more than they can bear and costs them more than they can afford, like Nancy’s full scholarship. Soon, Nancy suspects that her friends may be keeping secrets from her, too.

Why I’m excited: Me and Katie are mutuals on Twitter (I still can’t believe that cool people follow me on that cursed app and see my cursed tweets), and I love her Twitter account so much! She’s so friendly, but also passionately advocates for diversity in literature and publishing. Katie has stated that her reason for writing this book is that murdering students to get to the top of the class is such an Asian-American thing to do, and she’s absolutely right! I can’t wait to feverishly turn this book’s pages, eager to find out the truth behind Jamie Ruan’s death, and relate to the academic stress that the main characters experience.

A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee

2021 book releases: A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
August 3, 2021

Synopsis: Felicity Morrow is back at Dalloway School.

Perched in the Catskill mountains, the centuries-old, ivy-covered campus was home until the tragic death of her girlfriend. Now, after a year away, she’s returned to graduate. She even has her old room in Godwin House, the exclusive dormitory rumored to be haunted by the spirits of five Dalloway students—girls some say were witches. The Dalloway Five all died mysteriously, one after another, right on Godwin grounds.

It’s Ellis Haley’s first year at Dalloway, and she’s already amassed a loyal following. A prodigy novelist at seventeen, Ellis is a so-called “method writer.” She’s eccentric and brilliant, and Felicity can’t shake the pull she feels to her. So when Ellis asks Felicity for help researching the Dalloway Five for her second book, Felicity can’t say no. Given her history with the arcane, Felicity is the perfect resource.

And when history begins to repeat itself, Felicity will have to face the darkness in Dalloway–and in herself.

Why I’m excited: Just the phrase “dark academia with lesbians” is enough to convince me. But I’m also really excited for this because Victoria Lee’s debut novel, The Fever King, was amazing!

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

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Fall 2021

Synopsis: A YA Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid’s Tale retelling of the rise of Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in Chinese history. The duology will follow an 18-year-old re-imagining of her as she avenges her sister’s murder by an intensely patriarchal military system that pairs boys and girls up to pilot giant magical mecha based on creatures from East Asian myth (Nine-Tailed Fox, Moon Rabbit, etc.), but in which boy pilots are treated like celebrities, while girl pilots must serve as their concubines.

Why I’m excited: A love triangle that ends in polyamory, mechas, Chinese history, and smashing the patriarchy! This is another book that would make it to the top three if I were to rank these books based on my excitement levels. Also this is an excellent opportunity to plug the interview I did with the author!!

Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee

Book cover: Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee

Synopsis: Jade, the mysterious and magical substance once exclusive to the Green Bone warriors of Kekon, is now known and coveted throughout the world. Everyone wants access to the supernatural abilities it provides, from traditional forces such as governments, mercenaries, and criminal kingpins, to modern players, including doctors, athletes, and movie studios. As the struggle over the control of jade grows ever larger and more deadly, the Kaul family, and the ancient ways of the Kekonese Green Bones, will never be the same.

The Kauls have been battered by war and tragedy. They are plagued by resentments and old wounds as their adversaries are on the ascent and their country is riven by dangerous factions and foreign interference that could destroy the Green Bone way of life altogether. As a new generation arises, the clan’s growing empire is in danger of coming apart.

The clan must discern allies from enemies, set aside aside bloody rivalries, and make terrible sacrifices… but even the unbreakable bonds of blood and loyalty may not be enough to ensure the survival of the Green Bone clans and the nation they are sworn to protect.

Why I’m excited: Yes, I rated Jade City and Jade War 3 and 2 stars respectfully, but I’m still going to read the finale of the Green Bone Saga. Even though I didn’t enjoy the first two books because of personal reasons, I can still see the merit in them—Fonda Lee’s worldbuilding is phenomenal, and I’m already invested in the clan war between the Mountain and No Peak. I can’t just not find out how it concludes. Jade Legacy will also be following a new generation of characters, so I am Looking.

I don’t want to jinx anything, but I think I’m finally back. I was such a bad blogger in the second half of 2020, but I’m going into the new year with more laidback reading and writing goals, so hopefully I can find a healthy balance between those two hobbies and blogging in 2021. Watch out for my end of the year posts that’ll hopefully be published in January! Also I’m finally setting some time aside for blog hopping and comment replying after an eternity—I really missed talking to you all!

Are you anticipating these 2021 releases as well? What are your anticipated 2021 releases that weren’t on my list?

61 thoughts on “My Most Anticipated 2021 Releases // Asian Books & Sapphics Are Coming to Save the 20s

  1. omg congrats on reading 26 books in december!!! that’s absolutely amazing 💖💖 and ahh i’m so excited for all of these too! i’m ready to fall in love with clues to the universe, it sounds so wholesome and i’m sure it’s going to make me tear up 🥺 also yesss the asian sapphics are truly winning with all these gorgeous covers and amazing stories, i wish i could read all of them now 😭

    lovely post, caitlin!! happy new year and i hope you’re doing well 🥰

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  2. AHH this is such a great list, my TBR is growing more by each minute!! I’m so excited for Ace Of Spades & Hani and Ishu’s Guide To Fake Dating!! and omg these covers are tearing me uppp 🥺

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    1. it really does! i hope those don’t disappoint!! & i was able to read the tea dragon tapestry & it was really cute :)) i haven’t heard of Can’t Take That Away, but i have my eyes on the rest of the books on your list & i’ll probably pick the up if the reviews interest me!

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  3. Catlin I love this post so much! I’m especially excited for Joan He’s book (that COVER 😻) and for Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating because South Asian sapphics?? That’s LITERALLY ME 👀
    Amazing post, and have an awesome new year!

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    1. aditi thank you!! the ones we’re meant to find’s cover is so beautiful & i don’t rlly get the premise tbh but it’s interesting! yes for seeing yourself in books—i hope it doesn’t disappoint us ❤ happy new year i hope 2021 treats you well! ❤

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  4. welcome back, Caitlin!! congrats on reading 26 books in December and achieving your 2020 reading goal, that is honestly INCREDIBLE haha and i’m very proud of you 🤩 i’m also very excited for Counting Down with You and Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating (yay for fake dating!!), as well as One Last Stop ofc. and Iron Widow sounds SUPER interesting, i’m definitely adding it to my TBR!! wonderful post, and happy new year!! wishing you the best for 2021, i hope you’ll discover a lot of wonderful books this year 💕

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    1. ahh dezzy thank you so, so much 😭💕 happy new year too—i hope you have an amazing 2021!! yess, i’m living for all these tropey books that star marginalized characters! iron widow sounds so interesting i need it now, & i literally haven’t heard a bad thing about OLS. i hope these releases don’t disappoint!

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  5. Happy new year, Caitlin 🙂!! I hadn’t heard of so many of these books, but I have been eyeing Hana and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating. Also, bad blogger club – wooo 💃🏽😅! I’ve really missed you and your posts and really hope that you’re able to find an easy reading/writing/blogging/life groove this year 💛.

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    1. happy new year belle i hope you have a great 2021 🥺💗 haha i’m also so glad to see you back i really missed you!! i hope we can be better & be stress free in the new year ❤ & i hope you enjoy hani and ishu—i loved the author's debut & i'm excited to see what her sophomore is like!!

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  6. Yes, yes, yes to all of these!! I’m so excited for Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating, The Henna Wars was amazing and the synopsis sounds so good! Aaah, ok, so the part that you have underlined about One Last Stop was actually one part that I didn’t like so much about the book? But it’s 100% a personal thing and I hope you love all of it!!

    So glad that 2021 is already looking brighter with all of these amazing upcoming releases. I hope you had a great New Year!!

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    1. i hope you had a great new year too!! ❤ ahh i hope it's just as good or even better than the henna wars. omg that makes me even more curious do they do it in the subway or smth 😭😭 i'm excited to find out when i read the book, and i hope that part doesn't impede my enjoyment too much or at all!

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  7. these are literally almost ALL of my utmost anticipated books, we have the same brain 😭😭 and omg maybe it’s just because it’s 2am for me right now and my brain is tired but i am laughing so hard at the pun for she who became the sun LMAO. and i admire the dedication to the green bone saga even when you didn’t quite love the first two books, that would NOT be me rip

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    1. omg great minds 😍😍 i love how the title is so epic but it’s also a pun lmao. & they were personally too slow for me but i can recognize that they’re objectively good 😭 i usually don’t read sequels, but i’m very excited to see how the clan war ends & to meet the new generation of characters!!


  8. Ahhh so many good books!! The cover of The Ones We’re Meant to Find is absolutely gorgeous and what caught my attention in the first place…but the description itself also sounds fantastic 😀 One Last Stop ended up being one of my favorite books I read in 2020 and I’m SO excited for everyone to read it!! You’re actually the second person today to mention Gearbreakers to me, which clearly means I need to add it to my TBR (even though a published author who’s younger than me makes me feel oooold). Those ao3 tags for She Who Became the Sun are SO GOOD I’m SCREAMING this book is going to be incredible. And yesss “dark academia lesbians” is basically all I need to hear to want to pick up a book—I think I’m going to love A Lesson in Vengeance 😀

    Thanks for putting this amazing list together, Caitlin! I hope all of these books live up to your expectations!

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    1. thank you so much margaret!! i really hope they do & that we enjoy all these 2021 releases! honestly i don’t rlly get the synopsis for The Ones We’re Meant to Find, but it sounds intriguing & i’m excited to read the book & see what it’s actually about lmao. im so happy that you loved OLS—i’m excited to see what i think of it! & i’m younger than the author of gearbreakers, but i’m scared for the time when more & more famous/successful people are the same age or younger than me like can time just stop flowing sdfjkdjfdf


  9. The title of this post is iconic and true because look at these books, yesss !! The underlined comment for One Last Stop is something I actually didn’t know but I need the answer now like what’s going to happen !! Ahhh… I’m so excited for She Who Became The Sun, The Jasmine Throne and Iron Widow. They all sounds so amazing and I *need* them !! I’m also excited to read Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating after loving The Henna Wars too. I am determined to pick up Jade City soon so then I will be able to continue this series, I hope Jade Legacy is the best one yet for you !! I hope you love all these books !! 💕

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    1. haha, glad you liked the title! & yeah it’s a very weird thing to be excited about a book for but c’mon i wanna know 😭 yes those all sound so good i hope we both enjoy them!! and i hope you enjoy jade city more than i did! it was so much slower and denser than i was expecting! & yeah i have high hopes for jade legacy. if anything, at least i’ll know how the trilogy ends :))

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  10. there are a lot of fake-dating stories coming out now that i think of it, and i’m absolutely NOT complaining, it’s literally my favorite trope lol i had how we fall apart already in my list, but i hadn’t heard of ace of spades yet, and it sounds amazing! one of the things i was thinking about was how the most classic “dark academia” books and movies are all predominantly white (the secret history, if we were villains, dead poets society) so i’m happy to see dark academia stories with characters of color and by authors of color as well!
    one of my most anticipated releases is misfit in love, by sk ali. i read saints and misfits in 2020 and i had no idea she was coming out with a sequel! i am super excited as i loved how this author wrote the romance in love from a to z.

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    1. there are, and i’m so happy because they all have marginalized characters at the center 🥺 yes, exactly! dark academia is usually very white so i’m very happy that authors of color are writing in the genre. ace of spades is also probably going to tackle racism and white supremacy in academia & i’m very excited. and i’ve heard of that, but i haven’t read the first book!! i hope you it doesn’t disappoint you ❤


  11. Happy new year to you as well 🎆💗 At least this year is already providing us with a lot of great new releases! Dark Academia seems to be on the rise and I’m excited that Victoria Lee is writing a book with that theme! I loved her Feverwake Duology as well and cannot wait to read A Lesson in Vengeance 🥰 Same with Ace of Spades, it sounds very intriguing and suspenseful!

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    1. yes it seems like dark academia is the new literature trend! i’m super excited for it, especially bc marginalized authors are writing it, but i really hope it actually examines racism and other bigotry embedded in academia & isn’t just used for the aesthetic!! i hope ALIV and ace of spades don’t disappoint us ❤

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  12. I’m so so excited to read Ace of Spades!! It sounds so good and I haven’t read any dark academia books really so this sounds great. It seems like it will cover racism within education too which I think is so important. Plus the cover is beautiful! Hani and Ishu also sounds right up my street because fake dating!! I didn’t manage to get to The Henna Wars in 2020 but I definitely need to add it to my 2021 tbr because I’ve heard so many amazing things. The rival business aspect also sounds so fun and school rivalries is always one of my fave tropes!

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    1. i know, i’ve heard the best things, and i’m so excited for a dark academia that examines racism within the school institute! ahh, i hope you enjoy the henna wars. it was a surprisingly enjoyable read for me, & i think you like mild enemies to lovers, & this is definitely that!

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  13. WHAT A LIST 😍 there are so many books I can’t wait to read here, I don’t know how the heck I’m going to get to them all ahah. I can’t WAIT to read Counting Down With You, The Ones We’re Meant To Find, Ace of Spades and One Last Stop especially, they all sound incredible. And the covers are 😍😍😍

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  14. Omg LOVE your list, Caitlin!! I just,,, I already have so many backlist books on my 2021 tbr so I have no idea how to read ALL of these ones lmao.

    Ace of Spades and Witches Steeped In Gold both sound so so good omg and those covers are just *chefs kiss* I also somehow managed to get an eARC of One Last Stop and I am SO EXCITED. But I didn’y actually think about what you underlined and now I’m so intrigued also haha. Casey is giving is sneaky sexy times ahahhaahah. Clues To The Universe also sounds so heartwarming and I NEED COUNTING DOWN WITH YOU NOWWWWW. Ugh and Gearbreakers. I watched an interview with the author and she mentioned Pacific Rim which I 1000% need to watch also

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  15. This list is just too good 😭😭 I’m honestly so excited for so many 2021 releases, Counting Down With You, The Ones We’re Meant To Find, Ace of Spades, Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating, Gearbreakers, … They all sound incredible! And One Last Stop was AMAZING!!


  16. Hey, it’s been ages!! I hope you’re well. You have some fantastic sounding books here. Thanks for being Counting Down With You to my attention as I somehow hadn’t heard of it before.
    I’m especially excited for Witches Steeped In Gold (I need to read it still but I saw that Words Of Wonder did an interview with the author if you want me to send you a link?), Jasmine Throne, She Who Became The Sun (I so didn’t notice that pun until you mentioned it 🙈) and A Lesson In Vengeance.
    I also have dozens of other books on my TBR that I’m so, so desperate to get my hands on!!
    I hope you end up enjoying all of these (: and look forward to reading more of your posts as I play catch up


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