Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2022

by Hope Hanson
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It’s officially 2022! So, today I have a list of my most anticipated book releases of 2022. I did a similar list last year, but I took a different approach to create the 2022 edition. I’ve been updating a draft of this post for months, now, adding the books I’m excited about as I hear about them and whatnot.

Of course, I ended up posting this a little late because I am a veritable disaster of a human being, but anyway. I am extremely excited about all of the books on this list, and I hope you enjoy reading a few of my thoughts on them. I might do a more in-depth predictions post for some of them, but we’ll see.

But, without further ado, let’s get into the post!

The Kindred by Alechi Dow

Release Date: January 4

This book combines so many different amazing tropes. The story takes place on a foreign planet, which obviously places this book in the science fiction genre, but there’s so much more. We also have a kingdom complete with a royal family (though one that ends up assassinated) and even soulmates. Seriously, I absolutely need to read this book; this one definitely makes it to the top of my most anticipated books for the year.

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The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman

Release Date: January 4

Magic and political intrigue? If you remember how much I loved Witches Steeped in Gold, then you won’t be surprised by how eager I am to read The Ivory Key. Plus, the sibling rivalry aspect of the plot sounds awesome; I can definitely get behind that dynamic.

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How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu

Release Date: January 18

Basically, this book is about the release of an ancient virus found in the permafrost of the Arctic. It sounds interesting and I really hope I can find the time to read it since these kinds of worldwide disaster stories are always thrilling. Also, whenever I see articles about these permafrost viruses being found in real life, I always think “oh no, please put it back where you found it.” So, I’m interested to see how that’ll play out in this book.

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The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

Release Date: February 22

Okay, I absolutely love the premise of this book. Basically, our main character, Mina, lives in a village where a girl is thrown into the ocean each year in an effort to appease the Sea God. She ends up saving her brother’s wife’s life by sacrificing herself, instead, and that leads to her adventures in the Spirit Realm. It just sounds so interesting and I’m super excited to get my hands on this one. Plus, doesn’t the cover look stunning?!

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Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake

Release Date: February 22

The plot of this book sounds like it would make an awesome rom-com, so I’m hoping it’ll be an amazing book, too. I probably won’t get around to reading this until the summer, though, since that’s usually when I find myself in the mood for this genre.

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Gallant by V.E. Schwab

Release Date: March 1

I love V.E. Schwab, so I’m very excited for this one! The premise sounds interesting, and I’m looking forward to seeing the world-building that expands on the basic information found there. Though, to be honest, I am expecting to enjoy this a little less than Addie LaRue or even Shades of Magic. Schwab just has some really high standards to beat, so I don’t want to expect too much and set myself up for disappointment.

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Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

Release Date: March 8

The tag-line for this book grabbed my attention so hard. It gives the strongest morally-gray-but-leaning-toward-the-dark-side vibes and I am excited. To be fair, sometimes that characterization can be hard to pull off, but based on the plot description, I have high hopes Falaye will execute it beautifully. So, like I said, I’m extremely excited for when this is released.

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Kiss & Tell by Adib Khorram

Release Date: March 22

Adib Khorram wrote Darius the Great Is Not Okay, which is one of my favorite books ever, so I am unsurprisingly very eager to read his newest work. Also, this sounds like it might have a similar vibe to If This Gets Out, which I also loved, so that increases my excitement even more.

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The City of Dusk by Tara Sim

Release Date: March 22

First of all, isn’t the cover art for this book stunning? I really hope the gold on the physical cover is embossed, because that would be absolutely gorgeous. Anyway, this book is the first in a dark fantasy trilogy that centers aroounds the heirs of four gods. The characters, based on the information in the plot summary, sound like they could be really intriguing. And since I’ve heard only good things about Sim’s other popular work, Scavenge the Stars, I have high hopes for this one.

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Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White

Release Date: June 7

This dystopian novel has so many interesting elements. Not only does it involve terrifying cults and biological warfare, but it also looks like it has some great queer rep. It gives me the same vibe as M.K. England’s The Disasters, but better. I’m super excited to read it, and I really think it has the potential to be one of the best books I read this year.

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The Final Strife by Saara El-Arifi

Release Date: June 23

An Ember from the Ashes is one of my favorite series of all time, and the plot description for The Final Strife gives me similar vibes. But it also kind of has a similar sound as Red Queen, specifically the idea that class structure is determined by blood color. I’m really looking forward to world-building because of that; I feel like it’s going to be super detailed and interesting.

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The Ones We Burn by Rebecca Mix

Release Date: November 1

I actually found this one because I saw one of the author’s posts about it on Bookstagram. The way she described the plot was both funny and intriguing, and I just had to check it out–after all, she mentioned it had witches. Assassin witches. And it has some absolutely insanely convoluted enemies to lovers/allies plotlines that I am dying to experience. I know I’m going to love it, and I can’t wait until it comes out.

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So, those are some of my most anticipated book releases of 2022. Obviously, there are a lot of other awesome-sounding books coming out this year, but these ones grabbed my attention the most. Though, I do want to give an honorable mention to the MXTX novels because I am super excited to reading the rest of the English translations as they come out.

Anyway, drop a comment down below and let me know about any books you’re looking forward to in 2022! Also, if you enjoyed this post, head on over to the List tab to find more of the same content.


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Pemry Janes January 13, 2022 - 11:28 am

There are some very good covers in this list, but I’m mostly interested in The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea.

Hope Hanson January 13, 2022 - 6:18 pm

Totally agree!! It’d definitely be top 3 if I made a list in order of how excited I am for these books.


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