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May 2021 fiction releases

At the beginning of every month I’ll be bringing you a list of all the highly anticipated (as well as the hidden gem) fiction releases that are being published during that month. This list includes a mix of children’s, young adult and adult books, listed in UK publication date order. Each book is a link to it’s Goodreads page.

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May 2021 fiction releases

3rd of May
She’s Too Pretty To Burn by Wendy Heard (YA – LGBTQ+ Thriller)

4th of May
> Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard (YA – Fantasy)
> Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee (YA – Historical Fiction – Chinese-American Author)
> Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney (YA – Contemporary – Black American Author)
> Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (Adult – Science Fiction)
> The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec (Adult – Fantasy)

6th of May
> Aru Shah: City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi (Pandava #4) (Children’s/Middlegrade – Fantasy – Author of Colour)
> When You Get the Chance by Tom Ryan and Robin Stevenson (YA – LGBTQ+ Contemporary)
> Heartstopper Vol 4 by Alice Oseman (YA – LGBTQ+ Graphic Novel)
> Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon (Adult – LGBTQ+ Fantasy – Black American Author)
> Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel W. Moniz (Adult – Contemporary Short Story Collection – Black American Author)
> The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne (The Bloodsworn Saga #1) (Adult – Fantasy)

Cover image of She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard.
Cover image of Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney.
Cover image of Heartstopper Vol 4 by Alice Oseman.
Cover image of Sorrowland by Rivers Soloman.

10th of May
> From Little Tokyo, With Love by Sarah Kuhn (YA – Contemporary – Asian American Author)

11th of May
> Illusionary by Zoraida Córdova (Hollow Crown #2) (YA – Fantasy – Latinx Author)
> Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler (YA – LGBTQ Contemporary)
> The Forest of Stars by Heather Kassner (Children’s/Middlegrade – Fantasy)

13th of May
> Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa (The Nameless Republic #1) (Adult – Fantasy – Nigerian Author)
> The Outrage by Williams Hussey (YA – LGBTQ+ Dystopian)
> Things to do Before the End of the World by Emily Barr (YA – Thriller)
> The Yearbook by Holly Bourne (YA – Contemporary)
> Bookishly Ever After by Lucy Powrie (YA – Contemporary)
> Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder: An Inquirers Mystery by T.A. Willberg (Marion Lane #1) (Adult – Historical Mystery)
> Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal (Adult – Historical Fiction)
> The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper (Adult – Historical Fiction)
> Madam by Phoebe Wynne (Adult – Gothic Fiction/Thriller)

Cover image of Illusionary by Zoraida Córdova.
Cover image of The Forest of Stars by Heather Kassner.
Cover image of Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa.
Cover image of The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper.

18th of May
> The Ravenous Dark by A. M. Strickland (YA – LGBTQ+ Fantasy)
> Made in Korea by Sarah Suk (YA – Contemporary – Korean-Canadian Author)
> Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater (Dreamer Trilogy #2) (YA – LGBTQ+ Fantasy)
> Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (YA – LGBTQ+ Contemporary – Black Saint Thomian Author)

24th of May
> Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan (YA – LGBTQ+ Contemporary)

25th of May
> The Ivies by Alexa Donne (YA – Thriller)
> Aetherbound by E. K. Johnston (YA – Science Fiction)
> Vampires Never Get Old edited by Zoraida Cordova and Natalie C Parker (YA – Anthology)

Cover image of In The Ravenous Dark by A. M. Strickland.
Cover image of Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender.
Cover image of Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan.
Cover image of Aetherbound by E. K. Johnston.

26th of May
> Diana and the Underworld Odyssey by Aisha Saeed (Wonder Woman Adventures #2) (Children’s/Middlegrade – Fantasy)

27th of May
> Off the Record by Camryn Garrett (YA – LGBTQ+ Contemporary – Black Author)
> Hani & Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar (YA – LGBTQ+ Romance – Bangladeshi Author)
> Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean (YA – Romance – Japanese-American Author)
> Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley (Adult – Romance)
> Pumpkin by Julie Murphy (Dumplin’ #3) (YA – LGBTQ+ Contemporary)
> Jaz Santos vs. the World by Priscilla Mante (Children’s/Middlegrade – Contemporary)
> All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue (YA – Fantasy)
> The Boyband Murder Mystery by Ava Eldred (YA – Mystery)
> Threadneedle by Cari Thomas (The Language of Magic #1) (YA – Fantasy)
> Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Adult – Science Fiction)
> Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Adult – Historical)

Cover image of Off The Record by Camryn Garrett.
Cover image of Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar.
Cover image of Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean.
Cover image of Threadneedle by Cari Thomas.

And that’s a wrap on the May titles coming out this month!

If there’s a novel that releases this month (in the UK) that you can’t wait to read that isn’t listed here, feel free to tell me in the comments and I’ll try to add it to the list.

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You might also like the following posts:
> April 2021 fiction releases
The Beautiful Ones – Book Review
Eight Verse Novels on Scribd

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