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Most Anticipated May 2022 Releases

Updated: May 15, 2022

I'm here with fourteen of my most anticipated May 2022 releases - from romance and thrillers to fiction and fantasy. See which I choose by following along on Tiktok or Goodreads.

When Women Were Dragons

May 3rd

Alex Green is four when she first sees a dragon. In her next-door neighbour's garden, in the spot where the old lady usually sits. Alex doesn't see the little old lady after that. It's as if she's never existed.

Then Alex's mother disappears, and reappears a week later, with no explanation as to where she has been. But she is a ghostly shadow of her former self, and with scars across her body, as though she had been attacked by a monster who breathed fire.

Whether anyone likes it or not, the Mass Dragoning is coming. And nothing will be the same after that.

Available on Amazon & Waterstones


I Kissed Shara Wheeler

May 12th

Chloe Green has spent the past four years dodging gossipy, classmates. The thing that’s kept her going: winning valedictorian. Her only rival: prom queen Shara Wheeler, the principal’s perfect daughter. But a month before graduation, Shara kisses Chloe and vanishes.

Chloe discovers she’s not the only one Shara kissed. There’s also Smith and Rory. The three have nothing in common except the cryptic notes Shara left behind, but together they must untangle Shara’s trail of clues and find her.

Available on Amazon & Waterstones (including an exclusive edition)


Book Lovers

May 12th

Nora is a cut-throat literary agent at the top of her game. Her whole life is books.

Charlie is an editor with a gift for creating bestsellers. And he's Nora's work nemesis.

Nora has been through enough break-ups to know she's the woman men date before they find their happy-ever-after. That's why Nora's sister has persuaded her to swap her desk in the city for a month's holiday in Sunshine Falls, North Carolina. It's a small town straight out of a romance novel, but instead of meeting sexy lumberjacks, handsome doctors or cute bartenders, Nora keeps bumping into...Charlie.

Available on Amazon & Waterstones


Every Summer After

May 12th

For six summers, through afternoons on the water and warm summer nights working in his family restaurant and curling up together with books - medical textbooks for him and work-in-progress horror short stories for her - Percy and Sam had been inseparable. And slowly that friendship turned into something breathtakingly more, before it fell spectacularly apart. When Percy returns to the lake, their connection is as undeniable. Percy must confront the decisions she's made & the years she's spent punishing herself for them, to determine, whether their love is bigger than the biggest mistakes of their past.

Available on Amazon, Book Depository (price dropped) & Waterstones


Tired As F*ck

May 12th

Caroline Dooner examines how treating ourselves like never ending self-improvement projects is a recipe for burnout. Caroline takes a look at the dark side of self-help, and explains how she used a radical period of rest to push back against cultural expectations and reclaim some peace.

Tired As F*ck empowers us to say no to the things that exhaust us. It inspires us to carve out time to slow down, feel okay about doing less, and honour our humanity. This is an honest look at the dogma of wellness and spiritual self-improvement culture and revels in the healing power of rest and letting shit go.

Available on Amazon & Waterstones


Something Wilder

May 17th

Growing up the daughter of notorious treasure hunter and absentee father left Lily without much patience for the profession or much money in the bank. Ready to leave the past behind him, Leo wants nothing more than to reconnect with his first and only love. Unfortunately, Lily Wilder draws a clear line in the sand: it's never going to happen.

But when the trip goes horribly and hilariously wrong, the group wonders if maybe the legend of the hidden treasure wasn't a gimmick after all. Leo and Lily must decide whether they'll risk their lives and hearts on the adventure of a lifetime.

Available on Amazon & Waterstones


The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School

May 17th

Sixteen-year-old Yamilet Flores prefers to be known for her killer eyeliner, not for being one of the only Mexican kids at her new, mostly white, rich Catholic school. But at least here no one knows she's gay, and Yami intends to keep it that way.

The thing is, it's hard to fake being straight when Bo, the only openly queer girl at school, is so annoyingly perfect. And smart. And cute. So cute. Either way, Yami isn't going to make the same mistake again. If word got back to her mom, she could face a lot worse than rejection. So she'll have to start asking, WWSGD: What would a straight girl do?

Available on Book Depository


In My Dreams I Hold A Knife (paperback)

May 19th

Ten years after graduation, Jessica has planned her return to Duquette University. Everyone is going to see the girl she wants them to see. Not the girl she was when she left campus, back when Heather Shelby's murder fractured everything, including the tight bond linking the six friends she'd been closest to. But not everyone left Duquette ten years ago, and not everyone can let Heather's murder go unsolved. Someone is determined to trap the real killer, to make them pay. When the friends are reunited, they will be forced to confront what happened―and the years' worth of secrets each of them would do anything to keep hidden.

Available on Amazon & Waterstones



May 24th

The challenge: spend a week hiding in an abandoned amusement park and don't get caught. The prize: enough money to change everything.

Mack feels sure that she can beat her competitors. All she has to do is hide, and she's an expert at that. It's the reason she's alive, and her family isn't.

But as the people around her begin disappearing one by one, Mack realizes this competition is more sinister than even she imagined, and that together might be the only way to survive.

Available on Amazon & Waterstones


You Made A Fool Of Death With Your Beauty

May 26th

It's the opportunity of a lifetime:

Feyi is about to be given the chance to escape the City's blistering heat for a dream island holiday: poolside cocktails, beach sunsets, and elaborate meals. And as the sun goes down on her old life our heroine also might just be ready to open her heart to someone new.

The only problem is, she's falling for the one man she absolutely can't have.

"Emezi is a dream of a writer. My heart soared and shook and panted."

"A deeply heartfelt romance novel."

Available on Amazon & Waterstones


Threadneedle (paperback)

May 26th

Anna’s Aunt has always warned her of the dangers of magic. Its twists. Its knots. Its deadly consequences.

Now Anna counts down the days to the ceremony that will bind her magic forever.

Until she meets Effie and Attis.

They open her eyes to a London she never knew existed. A shop that sells memories. A secret library where the librarian feeds off words. A club where revellers lose themselves in a haze of spells.

But as she is swept deeper into this world, Anna begins to wonder if her Aunt was right all along.

Is her magic a gift … or a curse?

Available on Amazon & Waterstones


The Island

May 26th

A pulse-pounding, high-concept new thriller from the author of the "propulsive and original" instant Sunday Times bestseller The Chain (Stephen King).

You should not have come to the island

You should not have been speeding

You should not have tried to hide the body

You should not have told your children that you could keep them safe

No one can run forever...

Available on Amazon & Waterstones


The Merciless Ones

May 26th

Sequal to The Gilded Ones.

It's been six months since Deka freed the goddesses in the ancient kingdom of Otera, and discovered who she really is... But war is waging across the kingdom, the real battle has only just begun. For there is a dark force growing in Otera – a merciless power that Deka and her army must stop. Yet hidden secrets threaten to destroy everything Deka has known. And with her own gifts changing, Deka must discover if she holds the key to saving Otera... or if she might be its greatest threat.

Available on Amazon & Waterstones


The Counselors

May 31st

Camp Alpine Lake is the only place where Goldie feels safe. Goldie has never felt more at home at camp and now she's back as a counselor, desperate for summer to start and her friends, Ava and Imogen, to arrive. Goldie has a dark secret she's been keeping. But Goldie's not the only person at camp who has been lying. When a teen turns up dead in the lake, she knows the death couldn't have been an accident. She also knows that Ava was at the lake that same night. What did Ava see and what does she know? Why hasn't she said anything to Goldie about the death? But asking questions offers no answers, only broken bonds of lifelong friendship, with hidden danger and betrayals deeper than Goldie imagined.

Available on Amazon & Waterstones


I hope you find at least a few books you're wanting to read this month! Happy reading! x

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