willow adds: upcoming fantasy

Hello, and welcome to the first post in my new feature, Willow Adds! I will be doing this feature in conjunction with Cedar Adds on a semi-regular basis, hopefully. When I made the switch to Cotton Candy Book Witch, you may recall that I also introduced my two cats, Willow and Cedar, who will be serving as my familiars on my blogging/witchy journey. I decided that Willow would probably read fantasy and Cedar would be more into contemporary, so those are going to be the genres they represent.


Today I’ll be sharing some upcoming YA fantasy books that Willow added to his TBR recently.

  • Serpent & Dove | Shelby Mahurin |September 3, 2019 – The general gist I got from the synopsis is that this book is about a war between the church and witches, and OMG give me ALL the witchiest witchy witch books! Any time I see the word “witch” or “coven” in a YA fantasy synopsis I get ridiculously excited and immediately add the book to my TBR. Willow is also looking forward to cuddling me while I read it, and therefore needs this book to come out yesterday, and is also extra curious about the bird part of the title. He’s such a cat.
  • When We Were Magic | Sarah Gailey | 2020 – Willow and I need a release date for this book SO FREAKING BAD. In WHEN WE WERE MAGIC, a teen girl accidentally kills a classmate during prom with her magic, and has to bring him back or suffer the consequences. This book sounds spooky and eerie and right up my alley.
  • Winterwood | Shea Ernshaw | November 2019 – According to the synopsis, this book has a) an “enchanted and angry” forest, b) a “haunting” romance, and c) a mysterious boy who suddenly appears. I am all about creepy and atmospheric forest books (um, THE HAZEL WOOD, anyone??) so GIVE IT TO ME NOW!!


  • The Beautiful | Renee Ahdieh | October 8, 2019 – Can Renee Ahdieh make vampires cool again? Willow and I aren’t sure, since we haven’t gotten around to any of her books yet…oops! However, historical fantasy vampires from 19th century New Orleans DEFINITELY sound cool, so we shall see…
  • A Song Below Water | Bethany C. Morrow | 2020 – Ughhhhh why do I keep finding books that sound amazing without release dates?????? This book immediately went on the ole TBR with the phrase “two magical black girls” and even more with the mention of SIRENS which are one of my fave fantasy things.
  • Sea Witch Rising | Sarah Henning | August 6, 2019 – OMG it has a release date now but NO SYNOPSIS so I don’t know if this is a continuation of Evie’s story or a new character and I am so afraid but I’ll read it even if it’s a new character because I LOVED the first book, SEA WITCH, last year, though Willow is personally a little apprehensive about facing his fear of water and things with tentacles that jump out of it.

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  1. I’m still not over how adorable your new cat graphics are 😍😍😍 I’ve been really intrigued by Serpent & Dove because of the witches too, because I love books about them! When We Were Magic sounds great as well, but we’ll have to wait one more year for this one 😭

    1. ugh I know I wish it were 2020 now so I could read it! hopefully it will at least go on netgalley & edelweiss (and be available to international reviewers, too). and thank you, I’ve been so excited to use them!

  2. Ahhh this is such a great feature and the cat graphics ahh <3 I also have Serpent & Dove, as well as Winterwood on my TBR, both sound really great and I'm so excited about The Beautiful. I'm not too into vampires, but I loved The Wrath and The Dawn series too much not to try more books from her 🙂

    1. I’m embarrassed to say I still haven’t read anything else by Renee Ahdieh?? Which is bizarre since all her other books are definitely me-type books. Maybe I’ll have to give The Wrath and the Dawn a try soon before The Beautiful comes out…

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