My Most Anticipated YA Books of 2021 – Part 2

As if my TBR wasn’t long enough, I thought I’d add to this overflowing chaos and emotionally prepare myself for all the incredible books that are being released later this year! A lot of these were already on my radar but there’s a few that slipped through the cracks and I audibly gasped when I spotted them on Goodreads!

Us readers are in for a treat this year, and this list has definitely given me some much needed encouragement to get through some of books on my TBR before it gets too overwhelming! I’ve definitely missed a few so let me know in the comments what new releases you’re looking forward to reading soon!


The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould (August) – Not only am I’m obsessed with this cover but this synopsis is everything! I don’t usually read thrillers but I’m excited to see what mystery and spine chilling moments are lurking behind these pages.

The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad (August) – Another cover that I’ve fallen head over heels for! The Wild Ones is a brilliant feminist fantasy about a group of teenage girls endowed with special powers who must band together to save the life of the boy whose magic saved them all.

Fresh by Margot Wood (August) – There’s so much pressure to ‘discover yourself’ when your first start university or college, and Fresh sounds like the perfect and truly realistic coming of age story!

A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee (August) – Another sappic dark academia adventure that sounds super dark and twisty! A Lesson in Vengeance is mysterious thriller about a boarding school haunted by its history of witchcraft and two girls dangerously close to digging up the past.

How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao (August) – Dark academia + murder mystery + Asian American representation = the perfect thriller!

The Witch Haven by Sasha Peyton Smith (August) – My TBR has been lacking in historical fantasy and Sasha Peyton Smith has come to my rescue with an immersive and magical adventure about a young woman who discovers she has magical powers and is thrust into a battle between witches and wizards.

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson (September) – I really enjoyed Rogerson’s Sorcery of Thorns, but I my only problem was that it was over too quickly, so I look forward to experiencing more of her incredibly imaginative adventures!

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber (September) – One of my most anticipated reads of 2021 and I was beyond excited when I received the email saying that my request has been approved! I’m beyond excited to dive into back into the wonderful world Stephanie Garber has created and for opportunity to get to know Jacks a little better!

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer (September) – I wasn’t a huge fan of Kemmerer’s A Curse so Dark and Lonely series, but this book sounds epic and striking similar to our own! Defy the Night focuses on a kingdom divided by corruption, a prince desperately holding it together, and a girl who will risk everything to bring it crashing down.

Daughters of a Dead Empire by Carolyn O’Neil (September) – I love the story of Anastasia and the Romanovs, so when I saw this book on Goodreads, it went to the top of my anticipated TBR. Plus that cover is beautiful and I need it on my bookshelves!

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney (September) – Last year I fell head over heels for Sally Rooney, and she’s quickly become one of my instant-buy authors. I already know that I’m going to love these characters and I’m ready to be blown away!

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson (September) – Another instant-buy author, Tiffany D. Jackson knows how to create incredible stories and I’m eager to jump into this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story.

The Last Legacy by Adrienne Young (September) – I audibly gasped when I saw this book! We’re getting ANOTHER book set in the world of Fable and I’m beyond excited! When a letter from her uncle Henrik arrives on Bryn Roth’s eighteenth birthday, summoning her back to Bastian, Bryn is eager to prove herself and finally take her place in her long-lost family.

Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Saenz (October) – It’s been years since I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and I can’t believe that we’re finally getting a sequel! Am I emotionally prepared for this book? No, but I can’t wait to be reunited with these characters!

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen (October) – I was lucky enough to receive an ARC for this book from NetGalley and I’m so glad I did because this book sounds intense! I’ve never ready any books by Margaret Owen but I’ve heard lots of good things about her Merciful Crow series!

The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker (October) – ‘Death is her destiny’, I’m sold! The Keeper of Night is a dark historical fantasy set in 1890s Japan, and follows Ren Scarborough, a half British Reaper, half Japanese Shinigami who has been collecting souls in the London streets for centuries. 

Bright Ruined Things by Samatha Cohoe (October) – Isn’t that cover gorgeous! I love the 1920’s and bit of Shakespeare so this book is right up my street!

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow (October) – If you’ve been following this blog for a while then you know that I love a good-old fairytale and the wonderful Alix E. Harrow has created the perfect feminist reimagining of Sleeping Beauty!

Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper (October) – I’m getting all the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina vibes from this synopsis! Three scorned witches who make a vengeance pact to take down the warlock who broke their hearts at different times…only for two of them fall for each other instead. YES!

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca (October) – Another series I need to start! This series sounds super adorable, and who doesn’t love an accidentally in-love rom-com filled with Renaissance Faire flower crowns, kilts, corsets, and sword fights!

Our Violent Ends by Chole Gong (November) – I still haven’t read the first book in this series but I planning to next week for my read-a-thon! I’m pretty confident that it’s going to be a 5-star read and that I’ll want the next book in my hands ASAP!

All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody (November) – The Hunger Games with a bit of magic? Um yes please! I don’t know about you but I’m a sucker for a villain and I’m excited to get to know these characters! And as if by chance I’ve just logged onto my emails online to find a successful ARC approval email, yay!

Gilded by Marissa Meyer (November) – It was only last week when I found this book on Goodreads, and I’m beyond ready for another Marissa Myer’s adventure! The Lunar Chronicles were one of my favourite series growing up and that woman is a machine when it comes to writing books! Once again Myer’s has reinvented another classic fairytale and returns with a haunting Rumpelstiltskin retelling, and if anyone wants to send me an ARC of this book then please let me know! *wink wink*

Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman (November) – I don’t think I’m emotionally prepared for this book! I have so many questions that need answering especially after THAT ENDING!

You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus (November) – Karen M. McManus is the queen of YA murder mystery so I already know that this thriller will keep me on the edge of my seat!

Reading and Blogging Goals Check In & New Goals For 2021

At the beginning of the year, I set myself some blogging and reading goals that I wanted to achieve and I thought now would be the perfect time to reflect on my progress so far! Once again this year has been far from normal, but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and I’m positive that things will start getting better soon! So far this year has been the best blogging year ever, not only have my views and engagement increased massively but I’m more confident and passionate about the content I love to create. I’ve become apart of such a loving and supportive community and I wouldn’t be where I am without any of you, so thank you. Anyway, here is my updated reading and blogging goals for the rest of 2021!

Current Goals

Goodreads Goal of 52 Books – At the beginning of the year I was smashing this goal, and although I’m still on track my reading has definitely taken a backseat. I think the problem is that I keep throwing myself into epic and intense fantasy worlds that are sometimes overwhelming so, and I cant believe I’m saying this, I think I need to take a break from fantasy books! I’ve just treated myself to a few romance books and I can’t wait to download some dating apps and wish for a romance of my own! If you want to follow along with my reading be sure to follow me on Goodreads @ Amy (A Fangirls Opinion).

Read Something Each Month that’s not ‘YA/NA Fantasy’ – I’ve tried but I just love fantasy so much! I am falling in love with romance books again, and I really want to star reading more memoirs/biographies so any recommendations would be wonderful!

Sort Out My TBR – Here’s the problem, I did clear out my TBR but like many other readers, I can’t resist buying new books and now we’re back at square one! One of my new goals for the second half of 2021, is to read all the unread physical books on my bookshelf before buying any more!

Post at Least Once a Week – I’ve had a few wobbles now and then but overall I’m really pleased that I’ve managed to stick to some sort of schedule! Having a dedicated and colourful spreadsheet has been a huge help, it keeps me organised and it helps me visualise my plans for the month, without it I don’t know where I’d be! I still need to find some sort of routine when it comes to balancing work, blogging and applying for jobs but for now I’m happy!

Invest in a Domain Name – Yes! It may sound silly but being able to type www.afangirlsopinion.com into my web browser will never fail to make me smile. These past 9 months have been some of the best months of my entire blogging journey, and I hope to bring that energy and creativity with me into the second half of 2021! Over the past months I’ve discovered my ‘blog identity’ and the style of posts that not only I enjoyed writing but others enjoyed reading and I once again feel proud of the content I’m sharing.

Start a Bookstagram? – This is something that’s been on my mind for a while now and I’m still undecided to whether I’m going to give it a go or not? I follow so many wonderful accounts that post stunning pictures and I’m eager to try it myself, so I might trial it for a month and see how things turn out.

Write at least 150 words a day for a year – A complete and utter FAIL! I don’t think I’ve written a single word this year, whoops! I’ve got a week off work soon and I’m thinking of treating myself to a little writing retreat and really focusing on getting my ideas out of my head and on to paper!

New Goals

Along with my current goals, here are some of things I want to achieve by 2022!

Reach 1000 followers – It’s crazy even setting this goal, and it still blows my mind that there are currently 900 people who follow this little blog! Over the past nine months my follower count has increased massively and I’d like to think that because I see blogging as a passion rather than a ‘job’ and that I’m enthusiastic and proud of the content I create. I love blogging so much, it the perfect platform for me to let my creative juices flow and interact with so many wonderful and like-mined people! So if you like books and bookish inspired posts then join in the fun and follow along!

Be More Active on Social Media – Earlier this year I revamped my social media accounts and joined the wonderfully chaotic community that is booktwt. I tend to overthink my tweets and end up not posting them, so I want to make it my mission to get involved a little more!

Participate in More Read-a-thons – I LOVE read-a-thons, but I just haven’t had enough time to fully participate in them! I love basing my reading around different prompts and challenging myself with ambitious TBR’s! I’m participating in the Merlin read-a-thon at the beginning of August and I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for a read-a-thon! Merlin is one of my comfort shows, so when I found this read-a-thon on Twitter I knew it was meant to be!

Do More Blog Hopping – One of my favourite things to do in the evening (aside from reading) is blog hopping and catching up on all the blog posts I might have missed. I’ve discovered so many new and amazing blogs recently and met some lovely people along the way, and it’s definitely something I want to dedicate more time to.

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag | 2021

No one panic, but we’re almost half way through they year? What happened to the past three months? This is the third year that I’ve done this tag, and I alway enjoy looking back at my answers and reflecting on what I’ve read so far this year.

My Goodreads goal for 2021 was to read 52 books, and so far I’m on track as well as being quietly confident that it’s definitely a goal I can achieve! I’ve already read so many amazing books this year and discovered lots of new go-to authors who I’ve fallen head over heels for as well as enjoying some old favourites!


Best Book You Have Read So Far in 2021?

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas. Once again, Sarah has crafted an emotionally intense and beautifully perfect masterpiece that has gifted me with a reading experience like no other. These characters mean the world to me, so being able to join them again on another adventure was the ideal escape and one I wished would never end. It was the perfect ending – and new beginning – to Nesta and Cassian’s relationship and a journey that will stay with me forever. I finished the entire book in 24-hours, and I’m honestly considering re-reading it again soon because I loved every page so much.

Best Sequel You Have Read in 2021?

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare or Gemina by Amie Kaufman. For years, I’ve promised my sister that one day I’ll read The Clockwork series, and this month I finally did! I now understand why she loves it SO MUCH! I’m fully obsessed with this series and I’ve once again fallen down that Shadowhunter rabbit hole!

This year I also fell head over heels for The Illuminae Files, these books are SO good! Hannah and Nik are some of my new favourite characters and I just wish that I’d read this series sooner! Thank you to everyone who recommended this series, I loved it.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout. I swear I’m the only person in the world who hasn’t read this book yet, and I’ve got MAJOR FOMO! It’s always on my monthly TBR but it’s a beast of a book and I’m a little intimidated!

Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2020?

Guess who just received an eARC for Once Upon a Broken Heart? This gal! I’m beyond excited to dive into back into the wonderful world Stephanie Garber has created and for opportunity to get to know Jacks a little better! I’m also really looking forward to finally reading Auroras End by Amie Kaufman, I have lots of questions that need answering especially after THAT ENDING!

Biggest Disappointment?

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson or Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard. These books are by no means bad, it’s just my own fault for setting high expectations leaving me a little disappointed and broken hearted.

The world building in Realm Breaker was so intense that I felt that sometimes it overshadowed the characters and the storyline, I ended up getting so caught up with place names and all the different kingdoms that I wasn’t able to connect enough with everything going on. Nevertheless, I am in love with this band of characters and I’m utterly obsessed with Erida, she is such a complex and unique character and I’m curious to see where the story takes her.

As for Sorcery of Thorns, I loved the whole world Rogerson has created, everything about Grimoires in ancient libraries, sorcerers and demons was so unique and I wish that this was a series rather than a stand-alone as I’d love to explore more of this unique universe. I really like Elisabeth and Nathaniel (and Silas of course), but I wanted more character interaction as I felt like some things were rushed.

Biggest Surprise?

The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin. I received this eARC all the way back in February and I haven’t stopped raving about it! What makes this book special is the magic system and way in which Griffin communicates through seasonal magic. Her descriptions and the way in which magic connects with these characters is intricately detailed and adds an additional layer of wonder to an already captivating story. There’s something beautifully enchanting and equally destructive about this book and its characters, a balance that results in a powerful narrative that will keep readers hooked.

Favourite New Author?

Christina Lauren! I’m a hopeless romantic and I’m just starting to get back into reading fun romance novels, so Christina Lauren’s books were perfect! This summer I’m going romance mad and any recommendations would be wonderful!

Newest Fictional Crush?

I finally understand the hype for Will Herondale! That man can come and sweep me off my feet and read me poetry any day! Also please can we take a moment to appreciate Ben Barnes as The Darkling! Hot DAMN!

Newest Favourite Character? 

Fable! I absolutely loved Fable as a character, especially her courage and strength. No matter how many times she was knocked down, she got back up again. 

I was really craving a good-old-fashioned pirate adventure and Fable gave me just that and more. This fast-paced, swashbuckling tale filled with unexpected twists was such a wonderful read and I need to get my hands on the next book ASAP!

Book That Made You Cry?

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas. This book left me with the worst book hangover I’ve ever experienced, I’m not kidding this book broke me and I’m still feeling its effects four months later. My problem is that I get too emotionally attached and invested with these characters and the worlds in which they exist, so when I finish that final page, I can’t help but feel lost and empty. I become apart of the story as it’s an easy and comforting escape from reality.

Book That Made You Happy?

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren! I’m a sucker for Christina Lauren, her books never fail to make me smile and are all just super adorable! The Unhoneymooners didn’t disappoint, this enemies-to-lovers fake dating romantic whirlwind was a joy to read and there’s just something about their writing that makes me fall head over heels! If you’re looking for a light-hearted easy read this summer then be sure to add some of Christina Lauren’s books to your TBR!

Favourite Book To Movie Adaption You Saw This Year? 

Shadow and Bone! I have watched this series FIVE TIMES and I’m still in love with it (and Ben Barnes!) This show has definitely become one of my comfort shows and every time I love it, I fall more and more in love with it and it’s incredible cast! Also if Leigh or Netflix want to cast me in the show then please don’t hesitate and give me a call, I’ll be waiting!

Favourite Post You Have Written This Year?

I discuss this more in my next post, but this year I’ve rediscovered my love and passion for blogging and see it more as a creative outlet rather than a ‘job’. Like many other bloggers, I put so much time, effort and thought into the content I create and some of my most rewarding posts have been those I’ve spent weeks on. Every view, every like, every comment and every follow fills me with so much pride and it’s been so heartwarming to see people enjoying my posts. I’ve got so many more creative post ideas tucked away and I’m excited to see what the rest of the year has in store!

Don’t mind me and my shameless self-promo, but some of my favourite posts this year include my Star Sign Book Recommendations, Greek Mythology and Fairytales that need adaptations and finally my on-going favourites series where I celebrate some of my favourite posts of the month!

Most Beautiful Book You Have Bought So Far This Year?

Ariadne by Jenifer Saint. I will openly admit that I’ve a) taken way too many pictures of this book and b) that I spent a usual amount of time gazing lovingly at this cover as it sits proudly at the centre of my bookcase!

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year?

Jade City, The Hating Game, The City of Brass, and Serpent and Dove!

I’m really curious to read other peoples answers to this tag, so I’ve gone a bit mad with my tags!

Maria @The Character Study

Naemi @A Book Owl’s Corner

Sofii @A Book. A Thought

Chelsea @Your Bookish Friend

Stephen @Stephen Writes

Rosina @Lace and Dagger Books

Zoe @Reading By The Moonlight

Jessica @The Awkward Book Blogger

Ally @Ally Writes Things

Georgia @Lost in Neverland

And YOU!