Upcoming Releases: May 2022

Hi everyone! It’s time for another upcoming releases post and this time it’s for May! This year is genuinely flying by; it’s absolutely terrifying to think that I’m going to be sitting my A Levels this month, and it feels like only yesterday it was April! This month looks like a great one for new releases, there are some I’m really excited about here. Before I get into this post, I’d just like to note that these release dates are correct for UK hardcover publication, so if you’re international these dates may not be correct for you.

Confessions Of An Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney

Release date: 3rd May

Genre: Contemporary, romance

Initial Thoughts: After reading Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry last year I had to add this to my tbr! This has such a great set up, I love that this features some of the pressures that can come from a religious family as well as removing some of the taboo surrounding sex, which is super important. I think this book has some really relevant themes and I’m so glad to see more books like this starting to appear in the YA market! I can’t wait to share my review with you all.

Bravely by Maggie Stiefvater

Release date: 3rd May

Genre: Fantasy, retellings

Initial Thoughts: An interesting read set a few years after Brave featuring Merida on a new journey? Sign me up! I love that Stiefvater actually worked with Disney on this to make it canonical and I can’t wait to see Merida’s journey to save her kingdom!

Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor

Release date: 5th May

Genre: Fantasy, mystery

Initial Thoughts: This sounds like such a wonderful read! This has been described as a mixture of Caraval and The Night Circus and, even though I haven’t read either of them yet, they’re both on my tbr. The mystery behind the hotel and all the dark secrets it holds already has me intrigued and I can’t wait to see what happens!

Dead Girls Can’t Tell Secrets by Chelsea Ichaso

Release date: 5th May

Genre: Thriller, mystery

Initial Thoughts: I’ve been reading a lot of this genre recently, so I knew I had to add this! The mystery behind Piper’s coma combined with her sister trying to solve it makes for one great premise, and I’m certainly intrigued about the club. What sealed the deal for me, though, is that this is told from the perspective of an unreliable narrator… I don’t read nearly enough of those!

Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed

Release date: 10th May

Genre: Contemporary, mystery, thriller

Initial Thoughts: This sounds like such a powerful read! Safiya sounds like such a strong character and I love her determination to tell the truth behind Jawad’s tragic death. I’m so glad to see important topics like racism and privilege being tackled in this!

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

Release date: 12th May

Genre: Romance, contemporary, mystery

Initial Thoughts: Academic rivals to lovers? Sign me up! This is such an interesting concept, I’m already invested in Shara’s disappearance and Chloe’s search for her. This one sounds like it’ll feature some great friendships and overall life lessons too, so I can’t wait to get my hands on it and tell you all my thoughts!

Twin Crowns by Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber

Release date: 12th May

Genre: Fantasy, romance

Initial Thoughts: I feel like there are a lot of books about separated twins out there, but none have hooked me in like this one! The idea of one of them being raised as the princess with the other being raised to steal the crown and avenge the parents’ murder is definitely fascinating, and I’m curious to see who comes out on top!

This May End Badly by Samantha Markum 

Release date: 17th May

Genre: Romance, contemporary

Initial Thoughts: This sounds like a really cute read! The prank wars between the two different schools will definitely be super fun to read and the added fake dating trope also sounds interesting. This one seems like it’ll have some great character development, too, which is always a must for me!

Dead End Girls by Wendy Heard

Release date: 26th May

Genre: Thriller, mystery

Initial Thoughts: This sounds unlike anything I’ve ever read and I love that! I already feel sorry for Maude and Frankie and how they’ve came to faking their own deaths, and the idea of the void definitely has me intrigued. I really can’t wait to find out where this one goes!

Which book are you most excited for? Are there on your radar I haven’t included? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed this post!


41 thoughts on “Upcoming Releases: May 2022

  1. I love seeing what other book lovers are reading each month! I also have See You Yesterday on my reading list – I really enjoy this author! Thanks for sharing Ceri!

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  2. Great list of upcoming releases! I’m fascinated by Hotel Magnifique! I love that it’s a mix between fantasy and mystery, which isn’t something I’ve read before. (The cover is also stunning!) I’ll be adding that along with Dead Girls Can’t Tell Secrets and Dead End Girls to my list! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Ooo it sounds as though there’s some amazing books being released this month. I’ll for sure be checking them out, I do love myself a new book. Thank you so much for sharing with us lovely Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

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  4. Oooo! I love this round up of new releases. Hollow Fires sounds really good, mystery and Thriller are my favourite genres to read. Plus the fact it’s touching on some important topics is a great thing. Also really can’t wait to read Dead Girls can’t tell Secrets as it sounds so good. Already on my list to get! Thanks for sharing your reccomendations.

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    1. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it! It definitely does, I love that genre too so it’s really up there for me! I hope you enjoy them both, thank you so much for reading and commenting.


  5. All of these books sound amazing. I cant wait to read Twin Crowd and This May End Badly. Thank you for sharing this round-up post.

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  6. Really interesting books for May. I think I would also love to check dead girls can’t tell secrets. I checked it few days ago and I also add it in my TBR list.

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  7. Ooh I’m excited to give some of these a try. I love the sound of Bravely by Maggie Stiefvater. What an interesting concept, and especially how she had some help from Disney 🙂 I like the sound of Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed too, which is a bit different to what I normally read. Twin Crowns by Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber sounds good too, with the twins opposing each other. I have a few audible credits, so I’ll have to see if they’re available in Australia 🙂

    Lindsay | https://thetravelvine.blog/

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    1. I’m so glad to hear that! Yes absolutely, I think the fact that Disney worked with her will definitely help with ensuring it keeps that Disney magic. I’m actually the same with Hollow Fires, but it sounds absolutely amazing – as does Twin Crowns! I really hope you enjoy them all if they are available, thank you so much for reading and commenting 🙂


  8. I started off the year really well with reading and enjoying it, but I then seemed to have stopped the last month or two and I don’t know why. I do have a couple in my pile that I need to get through but I really like the sound of “This may end badly” so might have to make a cheeky purchase haha xx

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    1. Oh no I really hope you can get back into things – I’ve had that happen before and it’s the worst! I really hope you enjoy it if you do haha, thank you so much for reading and commenting xx


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