20 Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2020 (And 120+ More!) (Recommendation Nation)

20 Book Releases of 2020

I feel like every year, there are just more and more new releases that I’m dying to read.

2020 has some impressive books lined up, and I would love to talk about all of them, but that would take days. Instead, I’ve decided to highlight my 20 most anticipated 2020 releases, and throw in an extra 140 amazing releases separated in lists so that you can check all of them out on your own!

Speaking of separate lists- I tried to organize these… somewhat. There are 4 different sections of releases:
New Series– the book is the first in a soon-to-be series
Sequels & Prequels– the book is a continuation of a series that has at least one book in it already
Standalones– the book has little to no affiliation with a series and can be read alone
The Untitled Section– can include any of those types of books above, but all of these books don’t have titles. I don’t know why I felt that needed a category, but I wanted to make one.

[ Related: 19 Best Debut Novels of 2019 (Recommendation Nation) ]

New Series

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Release Date: 2/4/2020
Series: All The Stars and Teeth #1
Genre: YA Fantasy (Pirates)
Publisher: Imprint
Page Count: 384
When Princess Amora’s demonstration to prove her mastery of soul magic goes awry, she strikes a deal with a pirate, Bastian. In return for helping her prove she is fit for the throne, she must help him reclaim the magic that was stolen from him. I’ve been so excited for this book for years now, and I can’t wait to finally read it! Also, it comes out on my birthday, so I can tell this year is gonna be a good one.

The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz

Release Date: 2/4/2020
Series: Queen’s Secret #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Page Count: 384
Caledon is the Queen’s only assassin, and the kingdom’s deadliest weapon. Shadow dreams of becoming an assassin like him, training to join the Guild, while also learning to control her magic that is forbidden in the kingdom. When an attack brings the two of them together, they must team up to hunt down Renovia’s newest threat.

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Release Date: 3/3/2020
Series: The Last Hours #1
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Page Count: 544
Yet another new series in Cassandra Clare’s world of Shadowhunters. Chain of Gold takes place in Edwardian London, following the children of Will and Tessa Herondale- James and Lucie- as well as Cordelia Carstairs, whose name may sound familiar if you’ve read the The Dark Artifices series.

Read more for all of my most anticipated releases of 2020!! Trust me, you don’t want to miss them!

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: 3/3/2020
Series: Crescent City #1
Genre: Fantasy (NOT YA)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Page Count: 816
At this point, I’ll buy any book with Sarah J. Maas’ name on it. House of Earth and Blood is the first book in her next series, this time leaving the YA world to write an adult fantasy following a half-fae half-human girl, Bryce, and a Fallen angel, Hunt. When Bryce’s friends are killed by a demon, she and Hunt team up to find the murderer.

Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

Release Date: 3/10/2020
Series: Bone Grace #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Count: 480
Ailesse has been preparing to become the matriarch of the Bone Crier’s, but first she must complete her rite of passage- kill the boy she’s destined to love. Bastien’s father was killed by a Bone Crier, and he’s desperate for revenge, but when he captures Ailesse, he realizes vengeance must be put aside for their fates are tied together. Meanwhile, Sabine will do anything to save her friend when she finds out Ailesse is captured, even if it means going against the Bone Crier’s and breaking the bond between Bastien and Ailesse. Not only is this cover stunning, but oh my god does this book sound amazing! Seriously, I’m dying to read it!!

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

Release Date: 5/5/2020
Series: The Betrothed #1
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Publisher: HarperCollin’s Children’s Books
Page Count: 400
Lady Hollis Brite grew up vying for the attention of King Jameson. When he declares his love for her, she’s thrilled. But marrying a king isn’t what she thought it might be, and when she meets a commoner who seems to see right through her, she realizes that maybe the future she always dreamed of isn’t what she wants after all. Kiera Cass never fails to write adorable, heart-wrenching stories and I know I’ll fall in love with this one just as I had her others.

Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano

Release Date: 6/23/2020
Series: Seasons of the Storm #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 480
To avoid death, Jack Sommers became a Winter- an immortal embodiment of the season. Every Season is forced into a cycle of hunting and killing the season that comes before them, but when Jack meets Fleur, a Spring, they fall for each other instead. Left with no other choice, they must escape the vicious cycle, but their creator has other plans. Listen, I’m absolute trash for forbidden love, and throw in that stunning cover? Just take my money already.

The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning

Release Date: 7/7/2020
Series: The Princess Will Save You #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Teen
Page Count: 368
After her father’s death, Princess Amarande is forced to choose between marrying a ruler of one of four neighboring kindoms, or lose her crown (and possibly her life). When her beloved, a stable boy named Luca, is kidnapped to force her into a decision, Amarande must save him, and her kingdom. Inspired by The Princess Bride, this book is definitely not one to miss!

[ Related: 19 Best Book Releases of 2019 (Recommendation Nation) ]

Sequels & Prequels

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer – [ Review ]

Release Date: 1/7/2020
Series: Cursebreakers #2
Genre: YA Retelling (Fantasy, Post-Beauty and the Beast Retelling)
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Page Count: 464
[ Click here to see my review for the first book: A Curse So Dark and Lonely! ]
A Curse So Dark and Lonely retold the story of Beauty and the Beast, but A Heart So Fierce and Broken continues beyond it, following Grey, who is on the run from Prince Rhen, and Lia Mara, the daughter of an enemy queen.

Imagine Me (Shatter Me #6) by Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: 3/31/2020
Series: Shatter Me #6
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Count: 464
[ Click here to see my review for the previous book: Defy Me! ]
The Shatter Me series is coming to an end again. Imagine Me follows the characters we all have come to love over the course of this series as Juliette struggles to come to terms with her past and who she is.

Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

Release Date: 4/7/2020
Series: Something Dark and Holy #2
Genre: YA Fantasy (Gothic, Horror)
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Page Count: 4/7/2020
[ Click here to see my review for the first book: Wicked Saints! ]
Wicked Saints absolutely destroyed me last year. Needless to say, I’m a little excited for Ruthless Gods. I’m currently on a mission to get everyone I know obsessed with Wicked Saints before it comes out. Ruthless Gods takes place after the dramatic events of Wicked Saints, and apparently there is much more gore and horror (especially eye horror) in store for us.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Release Date: 5/19/2020
Series: The Hunger Games #0
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Page Count: 540
Yes, we’re getting a new Hunger Games book. This will be a prequel, set 64 years before the events of the Hunger Games. This book is set to begin on the morning of the Tenth Hunger Games.

The Damned by Renee Ahdieh

Release Date: 6/9/2020
Series: The Beautiful #2
Genre: YA Historical Paranormal
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 456
[ Click here to see my review for the first book: The Beautiful! ]
If you read the ending to The Beautiful, you’ll know why I would kill for this book. A war between the immortals is coming, Sebastian is cursed, and while Celine paid the price for her love, she is not out of danger quite yet. The Beautiful set the stage for a finale that I know will be memorable.

Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

Release Date: 7/7/2020
Series: The Blood of Stars #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Knopf
Page Count: 416
[ Click here to see my review for the first book: Spin The Dawn! ]
Unravel the Dusk is the second and final book in The Blood Of Stars series. After Maia’s journey, she returns home to a kingdom on the brink of war, where the boy she loves is gone and she is forced to be the emperor’s bride-to-be. I have been eagerly waiting for this book since the second I put down Spin the Dawn last year, and I can’t believe we’re almost there!

We Free The Stars by Hafsah Faizal

Release Date: 7/7/2020
Series: Sands of Arawiya #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Page Count: 464
[ Click here to see my review for the first book: We Hunt The Flame! ]
After their hunt for a lost artifact, Zafira and Nasir discover that the artifact is even more dangerous than they thought, and that there is an ancient evil on the rise. Now, they must figure out how to “conquer the darkness around—and inside of—them”. These characters own my heart. Seriously, I love them all so much. We Hunt The Flame was such an impactful debut, and I can’t wait to see where this series goes!

Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

Release Date: 9/1/2020
Series: Serpent & Dove #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 528
[ Click here to see my review for the first book: Serpent & Dove! ]
There’s not much information out yet about this book (not even a cover which is why I’m using the Serpent & Dove cover), but I can still safely say that I would die for it. If you haven’t yet Serpent & Dove, please do! It’s an amazing book about a witch and a witch hunter who are forced to get married. What else do I need to say?

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

[Not official cover]

Release Date: 9/22/2020
Series: The Gilded Wolves #2
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Page Count: 416
[ Click here to see my review for the first book: The Gilded Wolves! ]
After the events of The Gilded Wolves, Severin is desperate to make amends. After hearing of an artifact that grants the powers of God, Severin and the group embark on a hunt that leads them into Russia.

Well Played by Jen DeLuca

Release Date: 9/29/2020
Series: Well Met #2 (can be read as a standalone)
Genre: Contemporary Romance (NOT YA)
Publisher: Berley
Page Count: 336
[ Click here to see my review for the first book: Well Met! ]
(There’s no cover yet for Well Played, so I threw in the cover of Well Met because it’s just too cute). When Stacey’s friends get engaged, she vows to get her life together by the time they get married at next years Renaissance Faire. She never thought her summer fling, Dex, could be “The One”, but when she receives a surprisingly emotional email from him, she doesn’t know what to think. When the Faire returns, she meets the man she’s been writing to for the past nine months, and it isn’t who she thought.


The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Release Date: 2/25/2020
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Page Count: 336
This book has been pitched as a Slytherin romance, following Alessandra, who is determined to win over the Shadow King, marry him, then kill him and take over his kingdom. Except, she’s not the only one who wants him dead, leaving her to try to keep him alive until he makes her his queen- while also fighting too keep control of her heart. Tricia Levenseller is one of my all-time favorite authors, and I can’t wait to get my hands on her next book!

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Release Date: 3/24/2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance (NOT YA)
Publisher: Gallery Books
Page Count: 320
Carey and James work for a pair of home remodeling gurus, and are asked to go with them on their book tour. The catch- the remodeling couple hate each other, leaving Carey and James in the position of trying to keep the couple from killing each other. But what happens when sparks fly between the two of them? Christina Lauren never fail to write amazing romances, and I know that I will adore this one!

[Related: King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo – Review]

The Untitled Section

None of these have a confirmed release date or season. There’s even a chance some of them may be pushed back to next year.

I cannot express how hard that was to pick only 20. Seriously. I originally wasn’t even going to include any beyond the 20 I was highlighting… but yeah you can see how little self control I have. There are just too many books coming out this year!

Also, I’ll be keeping a list of 2020 releases that are on my radar on my 2020 Book Releases Page! That page includes a form where you can submit books for me to add to the list!!

What’s your most anticipated release of the year?

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12 responses to “20 Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2020 (And 120+ More!) (Recommendation Nation)”

  1. Such a fantastic post! I just added The Betrothed to my TBR because I love the synopsis and it’s about time I’ve read something by Kiera Cass!


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