Those of you in the northern hemisphere probably already know our seasons down here are reversed. What you may or may not know is that we don’t follow the solstice calendar like North America, we go by the first of the month like the UK. So for us, Autumn begins on March 1 and ends on May 31.
Ergo, the books on this list are those with release dates all through March to the end of May.
So here goes—the top ten books I can’t wait to come out in Autumn!
- Shadow’s Seduction (Immortals After Dark #17; Dacians #2) by Kresley Cole
Okay, so technically this is still a summer book, with a release date of February 28—but remember we’re a day ahead here in Australia so I won’t actually get my hands on this until Wednesday.
I am so, so excited for this book! Not only because it’s Immortals After Dark, so you just know straight away it’s going to be a winner, but also because I’ve wanted to see Kresley Cole write an M/M for ages. She is the absolute queen of hot alpha heroes, so throwing two of them together? Yes, please!
- The Song Rising (Bone Season #3) by Samantha Shannon)
I made a bit of a mistake with this series by reading the first book as soon as it came out. That was four years ago now and I feel like each instalment has just taken longer and longer.
However—if The Song Rising comes anywhere close to matching the quality of the second book, The Mime Order, (and early reviews say it does) then the wait will absolutely be worth it.
- Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
This is a new series by Claudia Gray, whose Firebird series I was absolutely addicted to and may or may not have spent an afternoon curled up in a ball once it was over.
I was reading a guest post by Claudia on her A Million Worlds With You blog tour that gave a bit of a description of her new book. And I was immediately hooked. I’m a big fan of space operas and this one just sounds amazing—can’t wait!
- Spectacle (Menagerie #2) by Rachel Vincent
The first book in this series was so wonderful in its originality and narrative style, it drew me in within a few pages. I can’t wait to see what Rachel has in store for book two.
- Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han
This is such a wonderful, entertaining YA contemporary series that manages to address serious issues affecting teenagers while still keeping things light and relatively angst-free. I loved Lara Jean and Peter in the first two books and I can’t wait to see how things progress in the final instalment.
- Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare
Just when you think Cassandra Clare can’t get any more awesome, she goes and pulls out Lady Midnight—700 unputdownable pages of pure Shadowhunter bliss.
I’ve loved Emma and Julian since they were introduced in City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) and seeing their own story unfold is a real pleasure—and after the ending of book one I am definitely looking forward to finding out how Emma is going to handle the mess she’s gotten herself into.
Cassandra Clare has received some criticism for her seemingly endless foray into the Shadowhunter world but as far as I’m concerned, as long as she continues to produce such riveting stories I’ll be more than happy to delve back into this fascinating world with her time and time again.
- A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J Maas
I originally became a fan of Sarah J Maas with her Throne of Glass series, but A Court of Thorns and Roses has since surpassed those books in my esteem. The series is full of wonderful characters, a heroine who has demonstrated exceptional growth and a story that keeps the reader constantly on their toes.
After a dramatic climax at the end of book two I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in the next instalment.
- Where the Dead Lie (Sebastian St Cyr #17) by C. S. Harris
I’ve been a fan of this series for about eight years now, so I don’t even need to read the description anymore to know I’ll be buying it as soon as it comes out.
This is far and above my favourite mystery series—I mean, who doesn’t love a good mystery set in Regency London? Add in a dashing Viscount for a hero, who has as much mystery surrounding him personally as can be found in the books’ plot-lines and you’ve got a winner!
- Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop
This is such a fascinating, gripping series that shines a light on some of the worst aspects of humanity while still maintaining that fantastical element for escapism.
The climax for book four was one of those heart-stopping, knuckle-whitening, eye-widening book events that stay with you long after you’ve finished the book, so I can only imagine book 5 will be equally unputdownable
- Joy Stick by Lauren Blakely
And finally, we have the latest book by one of my favourite romance authors, Lauren Blakely. While this is marketed as a standalone, its hero is Max, who is the brother of Chase from Full Package, who is the best friend of Wyatt from Well Hung, who is the brother of Nick from Mister O, who is the best friend of Spencer from Big Rock—see what’s happening there?
As far as I know, this is the last instalment in this sort of-series, which I’m a little sad about because despite the unlikelihood of every one of these guys in this group of friends all finding true love within months of each other, these books are incredibly enjoyable reads—all with the perfect blend of sweetness, sexiness and laugh out loud humour.
So there you have it—ten books that will keep me well and truly occupied during Autumn. And let’s not forget the most important Autumn release of them all (from my point of view, at least): Out of the Shadows, out on kindle April 11.