Although we are pretty much halfway through May now, I still wanted to shout about some of my most anticipated releases for this month. A lot of books that were originally on this list have now been pushed back but hopefully all the dates for these are still correct! I hope you’re all keeping safe and without further ado, here are my May 2020 anticipated YA releases. As always, make sure to check out my separate series with 100+ 2020 releases with LGBTQ+ characters here!


52516332._SX318_SY475_Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Release Date: May 5th

Yes, I know this book is also on my 2020 LGBTQ+ series BUT a lot of people didn’t even know it featured a f/f relationship until lately so I’m putting it here just so you know 100% and go and read it ok. Probably the most anticipated release for me this month but one I’ve unfortunately not managed to pick up yet. Elizabeth Acevedo single-handedly made me fall in love with books written in prose so I am very excited for this one. Two girls, a load of grief and a beautiful slow-burn relationship.




Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson52727805._SX318_SY475_
Release Date: May 5th

This YA fantasy that has come onto my radar is not only blessed with a beautiful cover but kinda sounds amazing too. Marketed as being a mix up of Game of Thrones and Ember in the Ashes, we follow the story of Ara who believes her fate is to follow the footsteps of Loresmith: a legendary blacksmith who served alongside kings and queens to protect the kingdom. I believe this book has a lot of political war, mystery and some of the ol’ love shoved in for good measure. Definitely sounds like one worth checking out this month!




52381097._SX318_SY475_Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky
Release Date: May 5th

This YA contemporary thriller sounds like everything I want from a book – secrets, sisters and danger at every turn. In the Washington wilderness, a group of sisters are learning the art of hunting and survival but most importantly, how to protect each other. But when danger presents its head, in the form of danger from within, the sisters soon realise nowhere is safe and all their training must now be put into action. I love how vague the synopsis is and it makes me even more excited to read it!




Last Memoria by Rachel Emma Shaw48644511._SY475_
Release Date: May 10th

Once I stopped gazing lovingly at the cover, I finally read the synopsis for this book and it took me all of 0.5 seconds to add it to my TBR. This YA described as a ‘dark fantasy thriller about flawed people making flawed decisions’ is everything I want and more. Our main character, Sarilla has the ability to steal memories and with the king forcing her, she has no choice. She wants nothing more than to escape but that is until she meets Falon, a boy with gaps in his memory he’s desperate to resurface. Moral of the story – get this book into my hands.




44603554._SY475_House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess
Release Date: May 12th

I hear dragons and I come running. This YA fantasy is described as ‘Three Dark Crowns meets The Breakfast Club with dragons’ and even though I have no idea how that works, I am here for it. From the main synopsis alone I am sold so I will just include that here – ‘Five royal houses will hear the call to compete in the Trial for the dragon throne. A liar, a soldier, a servant, a thief, and a murderer will answer it. Who will win?’ I. am. excited.





By the Book by Amanda Sellet45861077
Release Date: May 12th

If YA fantasy is not your thing and you’re looking for something a bit more relaxing and cute, then this YA contemporary romance could definitely be your thing this month. We meet Mary who is an avid reader of classic books, enough to know the world of impressionable young girls. Hence she creates the Scoundrel Survival Guide. However, Mary’s careful planning soon goes out of the window when she meets the number one culprit on her list.




The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Release Date: May 19th

Probably a book that is already on people’s TBRs, online baskets and minds but it’s happening guys, a new book from The Hunger Games universe. Despite a title that sounds like it was randomly generated online, I must say I am very excited and hope it lives up to expectations. This is a prequel and tells President Snow’s origin story which can either go very well or very bad. Either way, I’m ready for it.





Breath Like Water by Anna Jarzab52172585._SX318_SY475_
Release Date: May 19th

This YA contemporary romance follows the story of Susannah Ramos who has always loved the water and more importantly swimming, enough to make her world champion. However, when both a new coach and a handsome fellow swimmer enter her life, Susannah is struggling to keep her career afloat. As she and new swimmer, Harry grows into more than friendship, the two must face challenges both separately and together and learn the cost of trying to achieve something extraordinary.




52696571._SX318_SY475_Parachutes by Kelly Yang
Release Date: May 26th

Described as a ‘modern immigrant story’ and focusing on ‘two girls navigating wealth, power, friendship, and trauma’ was enough to sell this book to me. Known as ‘parachutes’ these are girls who are dropped off into the US to study whilst their parents stay home in Asia. When this happens to Claire Wang, her whole life is turned upside down as she now has to battle with living in a stranger’s house, high school and a new found freedom as well as a newly inherited sister in the form of Dani De La Cruz. This is the story of the two of them and definitely sounds like a YA contemporary I’d enjoy.


Are you going to be picking up any of these releases?
Lots of Love,

12 thoughts on “MOST ANTICIPATED May 2020 YA RELEASES

  1. So many amazing reads! I hadn’t heard about House of Dragons before but now I’m super excited to read it, sounds like such an amazing book. And it has dragons, so it doesn’t really need anything else to convince me to pick it up 😂


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