Top 10 Exciting SFF Releases of May 2020

Top 10 Exciting SFF of May 2020 - Reading List by Novels and Nebulas

Despite everything that’s going on, I still find joy in discussing new releases and I’m really looking forward to the ones on my list. Many amazing books have had their release dates postponed because of the pandemic and I included middle grade, YA and adult books in this post. There’s a good mix of sci-fi, epic fantasy and contemporaries with a touch of magic, so you may perhaps find your next favourite book in here. Are you ready to check out these brand new May 2020 SFF releases?

SFF of May 5th, 2020

SFF May 2020 - New releases of May 5th (1)

Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Genre: Science fiction

Series: 2nd in a duology

Why I’m excited for it: Any Rick Riordan Presents book will inevitably end up on my list and this charming middle grade sci-fi is very much on top. I haven’t read the first book yet, but I hope to polish both off together soon. This series introduces young reads to concepts like wormholes, entropy and multiple dimensions and is #OwnVoices for the Cuban representation.

Community review: (coming soon)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Genre: Fantasy

Series: None

Why I’m excited for it: I fortunately was given access to an ARC of this book, so of course it ended up on here. I finished it back in April and I was reminded of Pirates of the Caribbean series a lot. It also features a sapphic romance and themes of colonisation done brilliantly, so definitely add it to your TBRs!

Community review: (coming soon)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 1st in a series

Why I’m excited for it: This book has popped up on my radar quite a bit and I really like the cover! This adds magic to the chaotic French Revolution era with an F/F romance thrown in there as well. It promises aristocrats, revolutionaries and some intense action, which is more than enough to satisfy me.

Community review: (coming soon)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

SFF May 2020 - New releases of May 5th (2)

Goldilocks by Laura Lam

Genre: Science fiction

Series: None

Why I’m excited for it: This is supposed to a feminist hard sci-fi thriller and sounds right up my alley! The gorgeous cover snagged my attention and I’ve been hearing very promising things from book blogger friends. If spaceships, lady astronauts and female friendships are your thing, you might want to check this one out.

Community review: Justine @ I Should Read That (5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

Network Effect by Martha Wells

Genre: Science fiction

Series: 5th in a series

Why I’m excited for it: SFF novella series is somewhat of a new discovery for me, having read few books in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire and the Tensorate series by J. Y. Yang. I’ve heard heaps of praise for this series, especially for the sentient AI character of MurderBot. I already have the first book on my Kindle and I really hope I can read up to this one (first novel in the series) soon.

Community review: Sahi @ My World of Books (coming soon)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

SFF of May 12th, 2020

SFF May 2020 - New releases of May 12th

House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 1st book in a duology

Why I’m excited for it: If it’s got dragons, you bet it’s on my list already! The synopsis for this one does sound pretty run-of-the-mill, however, I think it has the potential to stand out if it nails the dragons part. I’m expecting plenty of action, cutthroat politics and a ragtag cast of characters in this one.

Community review: Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat (3.5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos

Genre: Fantasy

Series: None

Why I’m excited for it: This is one of those quietly magical books that fans of contemporary will enjoy as well. It follows a group of teens who form a magic club in a small town where magic is frowned upon. I love coming-of-age stories and sprinkling a dose of magic on top sounds perfect!

Community review: Hamad @ The Book Prescription (3 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

SFF of May 19th, 2020

SFF May 2020 - New releases of May 19th

This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Stirling

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 2nd book in a duology

Why I’m excited for it: If witchy stories in a contemporary setting is your jam, look no further than this series! I’ve heard that the first book had good queer and fat rep as well, so I had to put it on my list. The book covers of the series call to me and I hope that I can squeeze in this book somewhere in my giant TBR.

Community review: (coming soon)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Genre: Dystopian

Series: Prequel to The Hunger Games

Why I’m excited for it: It’s almost like the whole bookish community is excited for this and surprisingly, I’m not. I was until the news came out that it’s going to follow young President Snow and that’s not the prequel I would have liked. If you’re a Hunger Games fan, I’m sure this is already on your anticipated list.

Community review: (coming soon)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

SFF of May 26th, 2020

The Archer at Dawn by Swati Teerdhala

The Archer at Dawn by Swati Teerdhala

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 2nd in a trilogy

Why I’m excited for it: Finally, I present to you my most anticipated May release, which again I’ve been lucky enough to receive an early copy of. I read and loved the first book, The Tiger at Midnight, last year and have been singing its praises ever since. I’ve also had the good fortune to interact closely with Swati as a part of the street team and she’s an overall amazing person, so please read this series and support her!

Community review: Review @ Novels and Nebulas (coming soon)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

Further Reading

Fanna @ FannatalityFanticipating Reads of May 2020 || 5 Under-Hyped Diverse Reads To Look Out For This Month

Tor.comAll the New Young Adult SFF Books Arriving in May!

Polygon15 new science fiction and fantasy books to check out in May

I hope your TBR is a little bit bigger after looking at this list! Were the dates pushed for any of your anticipated reads of May 2020? Do you prefer fantasy or sci-fi? Let me know in the comments section down below. Have a stellar weekend, readers from Earth!

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13 thoughts on “Top 10 Exciting SFF Releases of May 2020”

  1. I know a lot of people were disappointed to learn more about Snow. And it’s not a character I would have chosen to focus on. But I recently reread The Hunger Games trilogy and thought it still holds up ten+ years later. I’m willing to give the prequel a chance!

    1. I think I’ll just re-read The Hunger Games instead. I liked it when I read it but as a teen I don’t think I picked up on the themes a lot and just read it for the plot. I’m sure I’ll appreciate it much more. 😊 I’ll just wait for reviews to trickle in before I write off the prequel. I really hope it’s a good one and that you enjoy it. ♥️

  2. I was sort of excited for the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes as well before learning that it was about Snow. I may read it, but I’m still on the fence about it.
    I can’t wait for so many of the other books though! Happy reading!

  3. I feel the same way about The Hunger Games prequel. I will be using the same strategy of “wait and see what other people think” before adding it to my TBR 😛 Sal & Gabi is one sequel I’m looking forward too, though! I had a couple anticipated May reads pushed back to later summer but I forget which ones already ^^;

    1. Yeah, so many amazing ones have got pushed! I was looking at the Goodreads YA monthly list and it’s not true anymore for many books on there. 😔 I just hope that these books get the love they deserve despite the times we’re in and that people won’t forget about them when they become more accessible (which might take months, looking at the state of things).

      1. This is something I’m concerned about as well, particularly from my librarian perspective. Since the library where I work and others in the area closed towards the end of March, they haven’t been ordering new books. (Budgets are in a precarious state.) As a reader, I had a bunch of requests for physical books that were released in March/April. I can see they are still ‘on order’. I wonder how we will address the gap going forward.

  4. What a wonderful collection this is. I think I’d love Goldilocks and also The Ballad of Songbirds… though you’re right – I’m not sure I want to read about President Snow. But Hunger Games is one of my favourite dystopian series and so I will give this one a chance.

    1. Sorry about that! You can always copy paste the link and tag me – I’m @novelsnebulas on Twitter. I’ll work out how to add them to my posts when I get some free time on my hands. 🙈

  5. Ah this is a lovely list! I’m really looking forward to reading both The Fascinators (I love that cover and synopsis so much!) and the new Hunger Games book (SO NERVOUS about that one though….). Thank you for sharing! 😀

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