Most Anticipated Books | September 2021

Hello readers! September isn’t September if I don’t add at least half a dozen books to my TBR, and this year is no exception. Let’s take a look!

September 7th

The Hawthorne Legacy (The Inheritance Games #2) – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Inheritance Games ended with a bombshell, and now heiress Avery Grambs has to pick up the pieces and find the man who might hold the answers to all of her questions—including why Tobias Hawthorne left his entire fortune to Avery, a virtual stranger, rather than to his own daughters or grandsons. 

Thanks to a DNA test, Avery knows that she’s not a Hawthorne by blood, but clues pile up hinting at a deeper connection to the family than she had ever imagined. As the mystery grows and the plot thickens, Grayson and Jameson, two of the enigmatic and magnetic Hawthorne grandsons, continue to pull Avery in different directions. And there are threats lurking around every corner, as adversaries emerge who will stop at nothing to see Avery out of the picture—by any means necessary. 

With nonstop action, aspirational jet-setting, Knives Out-like family intrigue, swoonworthy romance, and billions of dollars hanging in the balance, The Hawthorne Legacy will thrill Jennifer Lynn Barnes fans and new readers alike.

September 21st

All These Bodies – Kendare Blake

Sixteen bloodless bodies. Two teenagers. One impossible explanation.

Summer 1958 – a string of murders plagues the Midwest. The victims are found in their cars and in their homes – even in their beds – their bodies drained, but with no blood anywhere.

September 19 – the Carlson family is slaughtered in their Minnesota farmhouse, and the case gets its first lead: 15-year-old Marie Catherine Hale is found at the scene. She is covered in blood from head to toe, and at first she’s mistaken for a survivor. But not a drop of the blood is hers.

Michael Jensen, son of the local sheriff, yearns to become a journalist and escape his small-town. He never imagined that the biggest story in the country would fall into his lap, or that he would be pulled into the investigation, when Marie decides that he is the only one she will confess to.

As Marie recounts her version of the story, it falls to Michael to find the truth: What really happened the night that the Carlsons were killed? And how did one girl wind up in the middle of all these bodies?

Into the Dying Light (The Age of Darkness #3) – Katy Rose Pool

Following the destruction of the City of Mercy, an ancient god has been resurrected and sealed inside Beru’s body. Both are at the mercy of the Prophet Pallas, who wields the god’s powers to subjugate the Six Prophetic Cities. But every day, the god grows stronger, threatening to break free and sow untold destruction.

Meanwhile, far away from Pallas Athos, Anton learns to harness his full powers as a Prophet. Armed with the truth about how the original Prophets killed the god, Anton leads Jude, Hassan, and Ephyra on a desperate quest to the edge of the world. With time running out, the group’s tenuous alliance is beset by mounting danger, tumultuous romance, and most of all by a secret that Anton is hiding: a way to destroy the god at the price of an unbearable sacrifice. But the cost of keeping that secret might be their lives—and the lives of everyone in the Six Prophetic Cities.

Iron Widow (Iron Widow #1) – Xiran Jay Zhao

The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn’t matter that the girls often die from the mental strain.

When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it’s to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.​

To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia​. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way—and stop more girls from being sacrificed.

The Bronzed Beasts (The Gilded Wolves #3) – Roshani Chokshi

In love they breathed. In destiny they believed. In the end, will divinity be their demise?

After Séverin’s seeming betrayal, the crew is fractured. Armed with only a handful of hints, Enrique, Laila, Hypnos and Zofia must find their way through the snarled, haunted waterways of Venice, Italy to locate Séverin.

Meanwhile, Séverin must balance the deranged whims of the Patriarch of the Fallen House and discover the location of a temple beneath a plague island where the Divine Lyre can be played and all that he desires will come to pass.

With only ten days until Laila expires, the crew will face plague pits and deadly masquerades, unearthly songs and the shining steps of a temple whose powers might offer divinity itself…but at a price they may not be willing to pay.

This Is Why We Lie – Gabriella Lepore

Everyone in Gardiners Bay has a secret.

When Jenna Dallas and Adam Cole find Colleen O’Dell’s body floating off the shore of their coastal town, the community of Gardiners Bay is shaken. But even more shocking is the fact that her drowning was no accident.

Once Jenna’s best friend becomes a key suspect, Jenna starts to look for answers on her own. As she uncovers scandals inside Preston Prep School leading back to Rookwood reform school, she knows she needs Adam on her side.

As a student at Rookwood, Adam is used to getting judgmental looks, but now his friends are being investigated by the police. Adam will do whatever he can to keep them safe, even if that means trusting Jenna.

As lies unravel, the truth starts to blur. Only one thing is certain: somebody must take the fall.

September 28th

As Good As Dead (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #3) – Holly Jackson

Pip Fitz-Amobi is haunted by the way her last investigation ended. Soon she’ll be leaving for Cambridge University but then another case finds her…and this time it’s all about Pip.

Pip is used to online death threats, but there’s one that catches her eye, someone who keeps asking: who will look for you when you’re the one who disappears? And it’s not just online. Pip has a stalker who knows where she lives. The police refuse to act and then Pip finds connections between her stalker and a local serial killer. The killer has been in prison for six years, but Pip suspects that the wrong man is behind bars. As the deadly game plays out, Pip realises that everything in Little Kilton is finally coming full circle. If Pip doesn’t find the answers, this time she will be the one who disappears . . .

The Last Graduate (Scholomance #2) – Naomi Novik

At the Scholomance, El, Orion, and the other students are faced with their final year – and the looming specter of graduation, a deadly ritual that leaves few students alive in its wake. El is determined that her chosen group will survive, but it is a prospect that is looking harder by the day as the savagery of the school ramps up. Until El realizes that sometimes winning the game means throwing out all the rules…

Are any of these books on your September TBR? Let me know in the comments below!

22 thoughts on “Most Anticipated Books | September 2021

  1. Rayo September 4, 2021 / 8:50 am

    These are really intense books. So far, I would love to read “the good girl guide to modern”. It feels intense with a lot of plot twist. Thanks for the selection

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) September 6, 2021 / 12:33 pm

      Thanks for reading! A Good Girl’s Guide is a fantastic read, hope you enjoy it if you decide to pick it up!


  2. Fransic verso September 4, 2021 / 2:07 pm

    Interesting books, definitely saving this for later to check them out. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. readandreviewit1 September 4, 2021 / 3:47 pm

    Fab selection! I’m so excited for All Of These Bodies, and I really hope you enjoy As Good As Dead as much as I did. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Shannon September 4, 2021 / 6:09 pm

    There’s so many good books coming out this month! 4 of these are on my list, too!

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  5. Jodie | That Happy Reader September 5, 2021 / 11:58 am

    Thanks for the recommendations! The Hawthorne Legacy sounds like something I might like to read.

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  6. Alice Myles September 5, 2021 / 6:01 pm

    I still have the first The Inheritance Games book on my tbr – I’m so far behind!! definitely looks like a lot of great books are dropping this month though!

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) September 6, 2021 / 12:37 pm

      September never disappoints in terms of new books, even though it makes my TBR so much longer every year 😄 I’d highly recommend The Inheritance Games, it was such a fun read!


  7. Lou Farrell September 6, 2021 / 1:03 pm

    I love the sound of ‘all these bodies’, that sounds like it would be my type of book. Thank you for bringing it to my attention 🙂

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) September 12, 2021 / 8:50 pm

      Glad you found something to add to your TBR! All These Bodies was a great read, definitely one I would recommend if you’re a fan of mysteries and thrillers.


  8. Lindsey September 6, 2021 / 1:35 pm

    This is why my TBR doesn’t stand a chance. These all sound SO good. I really like the sound of Iron Widow though, definitely will have to check that out. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  9. Jaya Avendel September 6, 2021 / 5:08 pm

    Wow, I hope to read your reviews of many of these books! All This Blood, This Is Why We Lie and, especially, Iron Widow, all sound incredible. I love seeing a mix of stand-alones and series’ here too.
    Thanks for sharing!

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