There are a lot of new books coming out every week. With New Release Radar, I’ll help you narrow down the week’s new book releases into the titles you should get excited about. I have six books to recommend this week, including some fun new YA books and an adventurous historical epic. Read on.

Fourteen Days edited by Margaret Atwood

When the COVID-19 pandemic shuts down Manhattan, the residents of a Lower East Side apartment building in Manhattan begin gathering together on their rooftops. Slowly, the residents become actual neighbors, establishing a sense of community through shared stories.

There are already plenty of COVID-19-related books out there. The nontraditional aspect of Fourteen Days is that a different author writes each character. Margaret Atwood, Celeste Ng, Dave Eggers, R.L. Stine, Louise Erdrich and Neil Gaiman are just a few of the major authors of the day contributing to this unique work.

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Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea by Rita Chang-Eppig

The cover of Deep As the Sky, Red As the Sea by Rita Chang-Eppig

When another sailor kills her pirate husband, Shek Yeung knows she must act quickly. To save herself, she marries her husband’s second-in-command and agrees to provide him with an heir in exchange for the power of half the fleet. But as she fights for control over the army she knows she can lead, the Chinese Empire vows to rid the seas of pirates. As Shek Yeung navigates motherhood alongside her new leadership role, she must decide exactly what she’s willing to risk.

Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea is a unique and adventurous epic. Rita Chang-Eppig’s debut novel weaves mythology and history into a fantastic new book.

The Hills of Estrella Roja by Ashley Robin Franklin

After waking up from a disturbing dream to discover something is wrong with her Abuela, Marisol Castillo and her family return to Estrella Roja, the hometown they haven’t visited in years. At the same time, paranormal podcaster Kat Fields also arrives in town after receiving an anonymous tip about the town’s supernatural history. The two cross paths and join forces to uncover the secrets of Estrella Roja and Marisol’s own family.

This queer, supernatural graphic novel takes on Latinx folklore and pulse-pounding horror elements. The Hills of Estrella Roja is a new book release full of intricate detail and intense family dynamics.

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Threads That Bind by Kika Hatzopoulou

The cover of Threads That Bind by Kika Hatzopoulou

As a descendant of the Fates, Io uses her abilities as a private investigator in the nearly underwater city of Alante. Her latest job, however, leads to a discovery. Someone is abducting women in the city and altering their fates, releasing wraiths meant for destruction and murder. And the investigation turns personal when Io’s sister turns up on the arm of her biggest suspect. She must follow clues and discover the darkest secrets of her city’s past to save her people’s lives.

In Threads That Bind, Kika Hatzolpoulou effortlessly combines Greek mythology with a modern, post-apocalyptic world. This is one that you definitely want to judge by its cover.

Girls Like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko

After losing her mother, Coley is alone again. She’s forced to move to rural Oregon and, more than anything, is scared of risking her already fragile heart. When she meets Sonya, however, sparks fly, even though Coley believes she isn’t worthy of love. Everyone she’s loved has left her, and Sonya’s never been with a girl before. What if she’s too afraid to be with Coley? Is either girl ready to open her heart and risk it all?

Inspired by Hayley Kiyoko‘s hit song and music video, Girls Like Girls is a sapphic coming-of-age romance perfect for Kiyoko fans and newbies alike. Readers who liked Heartstopper and Jennifer Dugan‘s books will love Kiyoko’s debut.

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Witch King by Martha Wells

After waking up underwater above his own dead body, it’s safe to say things aren’t going well for Kai. And when he finds out he’s been entombed for a year and his friends have gone missing too, there isn’t much in this world that will stop him from tracking them down alive or exacting his revenge.

Witch King is incredibly different from Martha Wells‘ Murderbot series, but she also writes fantasy. Her new book release, her first foray into fantasy in almost ten years, blends fast-paced action and hard magic with political intrigue and betrayal. Check out our full review here.

You can check out these new book releases at or your local bookstore. What May 30 new release are you most excited to read? Let us know below, and tune in next week to grow your TBR.

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