Recent Releases That I Have No Interest in Reading

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Is it just me, or books are getting released at higher speed in these recent years?

I feel like there are more and more books getting released as they years go, compared to the past. Maybe it’s because I’m more exposed and paid more attention to new releases, or maybe it’s just been this way since the old times. At the same time, authors used to only write one book per year, but now they can write 2 or 3 books per year.

Maybe they are just growing super power from all the writing they do?


As there are more books, the market become more and more saturated. Look at the great dystopian follow train that rise due to the success of THG, it seems like all the books released after it are in the dystopia genre. Now, magical realism and retelling seem to be all the rage. But at the same time, due to the speed books are released, no matter what genre you read, it’s just getting harder to find a book with unique premise. As the result, I tend to avoid new releases and prefer backlist books. Or not reading at all.

There are some recently released, super hyped books, that I have no interest in reading. Maybe because I’m just not interested in the genre, or maybe the plot is something I’ve seen over and over again. Maybe I just hear too many meh things, maybe it’s just too long for me to commit. Either way, today I’ll be sharing with you some recently released and hyped up books that I have no interest in reading!

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton


Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

The Color Project by Sierra Abrams


Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Illuminae by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg


Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted

The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid


Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire…

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody


Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. 

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber


Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

Sorry if I mentioned your favorites here! Is there any recently released popular books you have no interest in reading?



50 Replies to “Recent Releases That I Have No Interest in Reading”

  1. I actually agree with you for most of these books. The only one I want to read is Ace Of Shades, and the only one I have read is Caraval. Great Post!


      1. Hmmmm Caraval was ok. It was definitely not my favorite book. I have to admit that it was interesting, but the main character frustrated me a lot. But that’s just my opinion….


  2. I enjoyed Diabolic but if you aren’t a sci-fi fan then you definitely won’t enjoy it! And I have no interest in Ace of Shades either… I didn’t enjoy Moody’s previous book and I’m not even interest in the premise at all. ❤️ Great idea for a post Tasya!


  3. I read The Color Project and, unfortunately, I was not impressed AT ALL. Unless I know the author I tend to stay away from hyped books. I’d rather wait for some reviews to roll in before deciding on whether it’s worth my time.


  4. Caraval is one of my faves but I do understand that it doesn’t sound at all interesting to everyone, but I totally support you not picking up Illuminae & Zenith, they are just not worth the hype!


  5. Oh no, The Diabolic and Illuminae are two of my #faves, but I totally understand they are not for everyone. I read Caraval, and while I rated it 4 stars, I’ve really regretted it since then – it had some problematic elements concerning abuse and rape that I was so not there for. People can rave about Legendary as much as they want, but I surely won’t be picking it up. I really don’t care about the others either – although, Ace of Shades does sound kinda good. Depending on how much I enjoy Daughter of the Burning City (which is on my tbr), I might decide to read it. 🙂

    Great post!
    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques


  6. Ah hahah so many of these are my utter favourites. 😂😂 But I won’t convince you to read them!! I think it’s fair to just skip books that don’t appeal! TBH I’m not super keen on The Belles anymore…I heard some things that weren’t great about it and some things went down on twitter that made me zero percent enthused to promote it so like. *shrugs* but it is pretty tho!

    And I feel like blogging makes us more aware of all the books?? So maybe they’re not just coming out faster, but like pre-blogging I know for me anyway, I only read like 50 books a year and never felt pressured about it.😂But now the WORLD HAS OPENED UP. I want to read everything. *drowns in books*


    1. What went down on twitter? I swear book-twitter moves really fast, I keep missing out on news 😅 I’ve heard meh things about The Belles too. Maybe, I felt like because I blog I paid attention to upcoming releases too, something I never done before. But I also notice that, for example, Riordan and Clare used to release 1 books per year, sometimes 1 in two years. But now they released like 2 books + many novellas throughout the year, and I’m like “but wallet hasn’t even recovered yet from your latest releases???”😆


  7. A couple of my favorites made your list, but we have some books in common too! I read AEITA but have no interest in continuing the series, nor does The Belles sound very interesting to me. I generally don’t read a lot of new contemporary YA releases, unless they also fall under the mystery/thriller genre 🙂


  8. Even I don’t want to read Zenith. I am just not interested in the premise. I was thinking of skipping Carnival but the sequel looks good so maybe I will read it.


  9. I would like to do a post like this if that’s alright 🙂 I like that it contrasts talking more hype of books. I’m sad you have no interest in reading Ember; I really respect that she never makes things easy for her characters and not pulling any punches. Great list!


  10. You have a lot of SFF books on your list, so I thought I would nod my head with you, but I loved Illuminae and Caraval. I am sad the Illuminae Files are over, and excited that we are getting more Caraval books. I do agree that releases from authors are coming closer and closer together. Great, if it’s for a series, but there has been a question of quality for one of my favorite authors.


    1. I love fantasy but sci-fi tend to be the wrong genre for me, so maybe that’s why. It is also the main reason why I am on the fence about Illuminae 😀 Yeah, some authors can releases many books in short time and their books are amazing, but others… let’s just say we can see their sloppiness!


  11. I skipped The Belles, The color project, Zentith and The Diabolic.
    Was disappointed with Caraval, An ember in the ashes.
    DNF Ace of shades!
    But illumine is on my favorite list and I understand because it does not work for everyone!


  12. Oh I always find it interesting when bloggers talk about hyped books they’re NOT interested in! I have to say, I have read a lot of these books haha, but I don’t think you’re missing out on much by not reading Caraval – it was entertaining, but not really as great as I thought it’d be :/


  13. The Belles was dissapointing for me, haha. And I haven’t read The Color Project, Illuminae, or An Ember… yet (plan on reading the latter 2 but not the first one). I might read Zenith haha, and I really liked The Diabolic, Ace of Shades, and Caraval hahaha. There are a few new releases that I will not be reading though, so I get it. One of them is Furyborn hahaha


    1. I heard mixed reviews about The Belles too, people thought the writing style is too flowery, which is something I didn’t expect, judging from the cover and blurb. I was initially excited for Furyborn too, but it turns out to be HUGE book and people saying that it felt disjointed and drags a lot, so I remove it from my tbr.

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      1. I didn’t mind the writing style at all! I really enjoy flowery though, haha. For me it was more the plot and the main character that let me down. And ahhhh yeah I had an odd feeling about Furyborn so I stayed away from it. Now I’m glad that I did hahaha


  14. I agree with pretty much everything you listed…except The Belles. I’m a complete sucker for gorgeous covers and I definitely need that one on my shelf, haha. I’d say a hyped book I have no interest in right now is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, which everyone seems to love. I feel bad about it too, but I’ve picked it up a few times at the bookstore and read a few pages and it never seems to grab me, plus everyone compares it to Avatar which…doesn’t really excite me either.


  15. Out of the ones you’ve mentioned, I’ve read Illuminae and The Diabolic and loved both of them. All the others on your list, I also have no interest in. I sometimes flip flop on reading An Ember in the Ashes, but it’s definitely not a priority. I am never too interested in retellings, and will only read them if they’re written by some of my favorite authors.


  16. I agree with a lot of these. If I see every other blogger talking about the same book, sometimes it makes me less likely to want to read it! I do enjoy YA fantasy, but there are just SO many books, I can’t keep up with them or even tell them all apart.


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