Near the start of the year, I put together a list of witchy upcoming releases that were high on my TBR. I really loved putting this list together, so decided to do a second part! View part one here.
Some of these books are already released and a couple were actually released closer to the beginning of the year – however, I wanted to include them since I wasn’t aware of them when I wrote part I!
The first three books I’m featuring include secret covens, hidden witchcraft and persecution. I’ve already read Serpent and Dove and it’s definitely a favourite of mine for the year!
The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams (17th September)
Esme runs a babysitters club – she likes it, she’s good at it and she needs the extra money, due to destruction following her everywhere she goes. When popular girl Cassandra joins Esme’s school and is willing to do anything to be a part of the babysitters club, the girls learn that being a babysitter involves a heroic lineage, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from evil.
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin (3rd September)
Two years ago, Louise fled her coven and took shelter in Cesarine, a city where witches are hunted. When she is forced to marry Chasseur Reid Diggory, an esteemed witch hunter, she must hide her magic more than ever, as well as work out her growing feelings…
Sanctuary by V. V. James (8th August)
The small Connecticut town of Sanctuary is rocked by the death of its star quarterback. Daniel’s death looked like an accident, but everyone knows his ex-girlfriend Harper is the daughter of a witch – and she was there when he died. Then the rumours start. When Harper insists Dan was guilty of a terrible act, the town turns on her. So was his death an accident, revenge – or something even darker?
These three books feature different types of witchcraft, from African-inspired witchdoctors, to multiple types of morally grey witches making us question if the characters are truly good or evil. Kingdom of Souls is another favourite of the year so far for me.
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron (19th September)
Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval. There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit. She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.
Hex Life: Wicked New Tales of Witchery by Christopher Golden (1st October)
A new witchy anthology taking the classic tropes of tales of witchcraft and infusing them with fresh, feminist perspective and present-day concerns – even if they’re set in the past. These witches might be monstrous, or they might be heroes, depending on their own definitions.
A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy (29th October)
Eva, a princess born with the magick of marrow and blood, must face her older sister Isa in a battle to the death to secure the Ivory Throne. However, when Eva is attacked by an assassin, she learns it isn’t only her older sister who wants her dead, and must learn how to grow her magick into something to fear.
My final three recommendations are all witchy stories set in or around spooky forests, and the secrets that the trees keep! I haven’t read any of these books yet so am really excited to get started on them.
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw (5th November)
The woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven are rumoured to be magical and haunted, but only Nora – who the townsfolk see as a witch – knows the truth, alongside the women in her family who have a connection with the woods. When Oliver, a boy who disappeared from a camp weeks ago, turns up in the woods with no memory of the time he’s been missing, it’s up to Nora to uncover the truth.
The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta (14th May)
When Danny and her mother relocate to California, she never expected to join up with the Grays, but they were expecting her after casting a spell to call her halfway across the country to them. Only Danny can bring back Imogen, the most powerful of the Greys, who’s been missing since she wandered into the woods. Danny soon learns that there’s more than meets the eye to the trees of the Lost Coast…
The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees (12th March)
The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage that she is desperate to uncover the secrets of but can never touch. To the Witch, the forest is home. Something’s stirring in the forest, and when Rhea and the Witch’s paths collide, a deadly truth surfaces.
Do you have any other witchy recommendations? Let us know in the comments!