20 Spring Releases to Have on Your Radar

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NetGalley members are always looking ahead to exciting new releases to add to their TBR piles. Here are 20 spring books that readers won’t want to miss—some are even already available to request on NetGalley! Take a look and take note of the books you want to read this spring.

Our Last Days in Barcelona by Chanel Cleeton

Mark your calendars, New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton returns this May with a new novel. The story alternates between 1936, when Alicia Perez reunites with a lost love, and 1964, when her daughter Isabel arrives from Cuba searching for her missing sister.

Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

Will Chen is many things: an artist, excellent student, good son, and now a thief.  While studying at Harvard he’s approached by a corporation that wants him to lead a heist to steal back five Chinese sculptures and return them to Beijing. With a payoff in the millions, Will can’t resist.

In A New York Minute by Kate Spencer

A meet disaster leads to love in this romance debut. After an embarrassing subway fiasco leads to Franny borrowing a jacket from Hayes, she hopes to never see him again. Though she thinks it’ll be easy to avoid him in Manhattan, fate seems determined that their paths cross again.

My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding by Sajni Patel

If the cover is any indication, Sajni Patel’s new YA novel promises to be a rollicking good time! Zurika has a packed week: help with her sister’s wedding, avoid her matchmaking mother, and win a competition to make her music dreams come true. Can she do it all? Read to find out.

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo

Nghi Vo’s latest is set in the 1930s and features a fantasy twist. Luli Wei longs to be a movie star, but in a world where bargains are made using ancient magic, she could be risking everything. Fame in pre-Code Hollywood comes with a price, and it’s one Luli decides she’s willing to pay.

Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour makes her adult debut this May with a story that alternates between Sara, who ran away from home at 16 after the death of her girlfriend and now bartends at Yerba Buena, and Emilie, who is having an affair with the owner and searching for a life she truly wants.

Under Lock & Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandian

Tempest never believed in the Raj family curse, but when an accident during one of her performances ruins her career and her stage double turns up dead, she starts to fear that she may have been wrong. Curse or not, Tempest is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery!

The Long Game by Rachel Reid

Romance readers fell head over heels for hockey players Shane Hollander and Ilya Rozanov in Heated Rivalry, but that was only the first part of their love story. Rachel Reid returns this spring with a highly-anticipated sequel that follows everyone’s favorite rivals-turned-lovers. 

Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak by Charlie Jane Anders

Sci-fi YA readers can reunite with Tina, Elza, and Rachael this spring when Charlie Jane Anders returns to the Unstoppable series. Space isn’t anything like what this trio expected it to be, but they’ll need to find their footing if they hope to survive the looming intergalactic war.

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake

With an Amazon TV adaptation in the works, fantasy fans will want to dive into The Atlas Six ASAP! It follows six magicians who are being considered for induction into the secretive Alexandrian Society of academics. They must prove their worth if they hope to survive.

The Tobacco Wives by Adele Myers

This debut explores activism through the lens of Maddie Sykes, a seamstress and new arrival in Bright Leaf, North Carolina, the tobacco capital of the South. Maddie notices that women in town have health problems, but brushes it off until she uncovers evidence about the cause.

The Heights by Louise Candlish

Kieran Watts should be dead. In fact, Ellen Saint hired someone to kill him two years ago after he caused a car accident that killed her son. She’s shocked to see him alive and well and decides that it’s time to take matters into her own hands lest he threatens her new family.

A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Adriana Herrera

Adriana Herrera kicks off the Las Léonas series with a romance set in 1889 Paris. Luz Alana arrives in France with the goal of expanding her family’s rum business. But when she meets Evan, a Scottish earl with a whiskey company, she finds herself more than a little distracted.

Some Mistakes Were Made by Kristin Dwyer

If emotional YA novels that have you reaching for the tissues are your cup of tea, add Kristin Dwyer’s debut to your TBR. Alternating between the past and present, the novel explores the relationship between Ellis and Easton—from their childhood friendship to how it all fell apart.

The Blood Trials by N.E. Davenport

Named one of our highly-anticipated 2022 releases last fall, The Blood Trials is the first book in a new duology. Blending together science fiction and fantasy, N.E. Davenport tells the story of a woman willing to do whatever it takes to exact revenge on those who killed her grandfather.

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

Five years after losing the love of her life in a tragic accident, Feyi Adekola feels ready to start truly living again. But as she begins to embrace a new and exciting life, she grapples with letting go of her past and deciding if she truly knows who she wants to become in the future.

Don’t Know Tough by Eli Cranor

Winner of the Peter Lovesey First Crime Novel Contest, Eli Cranor’s debut follows Trent, a high school football coach, who worries about the abuse running back Billy suffers at home. When Billy’s mother’s boyfriend is found murdered, the teen is the first suspect on everyone’s minds.

Set on You by Amy Lea

Is all fair in love and weight racks? In Amy Lea’s debut rom-com, fitness influencer Crystal and firefighter Scott get off on the wrong foot when they clash at their local gym, but running into each other at a wedding makes them realize that their first impressions may have been wrong.

The Lost Dreamer by Lizz Huerta

Drawing inspiration from ancient Mesoamerica, Lizz Huerta’s YA fantasy debut follows two girls with incredible abilities and dangerous secrets: Saya, who believes she’s a seer until she learns of another gift she possesses, and Indir, a Dreamer with the ability to see beyond reality.

Tell Me an Ending by Jo Harkin

Jo Harkin’s dystopian debut follows four characters struggling with memories they wish to forget. A London clinic boasts the ability to remove unwanted memories, forcing each to face a choice of what it would mean for their lives if they were able to truly forget painful memories.

Which of these books is at the top of your spring TBR?

Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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