Anticipated May Releases

Every month I find myself excited about the possibility of new reads, new authors, new series.. you name it. I love release days for so many reasons. My ever-growing TBR, not so much.  But for the sake of not breaking my own bank and keeping this post limited to a reasonable length, I am highlighting only a few of the books on my radar this month. Feel free to add your own in the comments!


Anticipated May Releases

36373417The Map of Salt and Stars
By Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
Available 5/1/18

Synopsis: 

It is the summer of 2011, and Nour has just lost her father to cancer. Her mother, a cartographer who creates unusual, hand-painted maps, decides to move Nour and her sisters from New York City back to Syria to be closer to their family. But the country Nour’s mother once knew is changing, and it isn’t long before protests and shelling threaten their quiet Homs neighborhood. When a shell destroys Nour’s house and almost takes her life, she and her family are forced to choose: stay and risk more violence or flee as refugees across seven countries of the Middle East and North Africa in search of safety. As their journey becomes more and more challenging, Nour’s idea of home becomes a dream she struggles to remember and a hope she cannot live without.

More than eight hundred years earlier, Rawiya, sixteen and a widow’s daughter, knows she must do something to help her impoverished mother. Restless and longing to see the world, she leaves home to seek her fortune. Disguising herself as a boy named Rami, she becomes an apprentice to al-Idrisi, who has been commissioned by King Roger II of Sicily to create a map of the world. In his employ, Rawiya embarks on an epic journey across the Middle East and the north of Africa where she encounters ferocious mythical beasts, epic battles, and real historical figures.

A deep immersion into the richly varied cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, The Map of Salt and Stars follows the journeys of Nour and Rawiya as they travel along identical paths across the region eight hundred years apart, braving the unknown beside their companions as they are pulled by the promise of reaching home at last.

5/1/18 – The Pisces by Melissa Broder
5/1/18 – Bandwith by Eliot Peper
5/1/18 – Bob by Wendy Mass

36086513Amal Unbound
By Aisha Saeed
Available 5/8/18

Synopsis:

Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal’s Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she’s busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when–as the eldest daughter–she must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. Amal is upset, but she doesn’t lose hope and finds ways to continue learning. Then the unimaginable happens–after an accidental run-in with the son of her village’s corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family’s servant to pay off her own family’s debt.

Life at the opulent Khan estate is full of heartbreak and struggle for Amal–especially when she inadvertently makes an enemy of a girl named Nabila. Most troubling, though, is Amal’s growing awareness of the Khans’ nefarious dealings. When it becomes clear just how far they will go to protect their interests, Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others if they are ever to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams.

5/8/18 – King of Ashes by Raymon E Feist
5/15/18 – The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst

35068534Monday’s Not Coming
By Tiffany D Jackson
Available 5/22/18

Synopsis:

A gripping, relentless, and timely new novel from critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson, about the complex mystery of one teenage girl’s disappearance and the traumatic effects of the truth.

Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.

As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?

5/22/18 – Furyborn by Claire Legrand

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By Jay Kristoff
Available 5/29/18

Synopsis:

On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.

Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.

But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past.

Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.


Which titles are you looking forward to this month? Will you pick up any of the ones I mentioned above?

Happy Reading,

Danielle ❤

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32 thoughts on “Anticipated May Releases

  1. The first 2 are interesting for the cultures, Monday’s Not Coming sounds good. I don’t think I’ll ever read another Kristoff book, though.

    Happy reading!

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      1. It was Stormdancer. It was bad cultural appropriation. But I don’t read much YA anyways so his aren’t for me.(I know Nevernight has some graphic sex scene but I think it’s still more YA). Sometimes something about a book rubs me the wrong way and I react strongly lol like the series whoes covers annoy me! OK, doesn’t happen often….

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          1. I believe it was his debut series. It’s supposed to be Japanese steampunk, YA. He just threw in stuff, Japanese words; he used Wikipedia only for research.

            His other novels might be better if he’s not trying to incorporate established cultures.

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            1. Hmmm, now you have me wanting to question others who have read the series. I follow him on social media and love his persona overall. I am sure he has evolved a ton at this point. But still itching to see how my first encounter goes, but have not decided what it will be 😉

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              1. If he hadn’t tried to make it Japanese it would have been a better book. There are a few low star reviews on Goodreads and Amazon.

                I’ve read some of his comments (like social media or his blog) and I don’t find him offensive overall but that book was disappointing.

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                1. I am seeing some lower ratings (I took a look after you mentioned your own issues). It is a shame. I am hoping his time writing and maybe rocky start? have lead to substantial growth. I have Illuminae here and think it will be my cup of tea. I wonder if he stays away from settings such as in that series now?

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      1. Well I’ve been recommending The Wolves of Winter, but that came out a few months ago and so is not a May release. As for May stuff, I’m most anxious for the next Murderbot novella by Martha Wells and for Obscura by Joe Hart sounds like creepy fun!

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  2. ha, I hear you on the TBR troubles with the new releases.. I am so trying tp keep my head down and NOT want to read a new book until I’ve gotten through my current immediate tbr pile. How on Earth did all those books pile up? *shrugs* 😀

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