So this is something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, partly to help myself keep tracks of new releases I’m interested in and partly because I honestly just want an excuse to talk more about books.
September is a pretty hectic month for publishing apparently, because there’s a lot of releases this month and so I’m pretty much 100% certain that I’ve missed some. I might do a follow-up post to this one if it turns out that I’ve missed a lot of them.
Anyway, I’m ordering these by release date just for the sake of simplicity. We’re also starting this with a book that has technically already been released by the time this post goes up, but I’m really excited so it’s staying.
Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo
Then Gar accepts a wild dare out of the blue. It impresses the Chosen Ones and his social status soars. But other things are changing, too. Gar grows six inches overnight. His voice drops and, suddenly, he’s stronger and faster. He’s finally getting everything he wanted, but his newfound popularity comes at a price. Gar has to work harder to impress his new friends. The dares keep getting bigger and the stakes keep getting higher.
When Gar realizes the extent of his physical changes, he has to dig deep and face the truth about himself–and the people who truly matter–before his life spirals out of control.
Back when I was younger, I really enjoyed watching Teen Titans when I came home from school, that is the version that ran between 2003 and 2006. While I liked, and still like, all of the characters in Teen Titans my favourites were always Raven and Beast Boy. I probably liked Raven just a smiidge more because I enjoyed her dark aesthetic (I was, and still kind of am, pretty into gothic and darker kind of styles), but Beast Boy is so close behind that it’s hard to separate the two.
Like a lot of people, I also really liked the two of them together, so I’m really looking forward to Beast Boy Loves Raven and whether or not it will satisfy my shipper heart. I really hope so. Either way I’m just really excited to see Gar in action. I do have this pre-ordered so I’m honestly just waiting for it to arrive.
The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
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The emperor’s reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands.
Lin is the emperor’s daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.
Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright – and save her people.
This is being advertised as being LGBTQIA+ which is partly why I’m interested especially since it’s been mentioned that it features a couple that’s already kind of established which sounds really nice. I don’t mind, nor dislike, stories were the characters get into the relationship as the book/series goes on, in fact, I truly love those. However it’s also nice to read something were we’re looking at the other side of that coin and exploring the relationship after the “getting together” phase of it as well.
It also features magic that uses bones which always intrigues me, though I’m not entirely certain why as I do get squicked out by some kinds of gore, it just depends on the level of graphicness it uses and how heavy the (possible) body horror is. So far I’m excited for this, but I’ll probably look into how graphic it gets before I get it just to be sure it’s at a level I can manage.
These Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin
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Whenever something scandalous happens at Heller High, the Red Court is the name on everyone’s lips. Its members–the most elite female students in the school–deal out social ruin and favors in equal measure, their true identities a secret known only to their ruthless leader: the Queen of Hearts.
Sixteen-year-old Ember Williams has seen firsthand the damage the Red Court can do. Two years ago, they caused the accident that left her older sister paralyzed. Now, Ember is determined to hold them accountable…by taking the Red Court down from the inside.
But crossing enemy lines will mean crossing moral boundaries, too–ones Ember may never be able to come back from. She always knew taking on the Red Court would come at a price, but will the cost of revenge be more than she’s willing to sacrifice?
So I’ve found that I kind of enjoy reading young adult thrillers. I haven’t attempted any adult thrillers yet (although I am reading The Night Swim for Buzzwordathon as I mentioned, so I’ll get an idea of how I feel about that soon) but I like young adult ones at least. I think part of it is that they tend to be kind of quick, fun reads without going into too dark territories or getting too graphic with things for me.
I also enjoy a good story about revenge, not always, but if it’s done well I tend to enjoy reading about it. There’s also just something about the whole elite students thing that I just kind of enjoy as a trope in books in general. It’s always kind of fun to see how that trope has changed and evolved, yet have stayed mostly the same, over the years.
The Roommate by Rosie Danan
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Do your own dishes
Knock before entering the bathroom
Never look up your roommate online
The Wheatons are infamous among the east coast elite for their lack of impulse control, except for their daughter Clara. She’s the consummate socialite: over-achieving, well-mannered, predictable. But every Wheaton has their weakness. When Clara’s childhood crush invites her to move cross-country, the offer is too much to resist. Unfortunately, it’s also too good to be true.
After a bait-and-switch, Clara finds herself sharing a lease with a charming stranger. Josh might be a bit too perceptive—not to mention handsome—for comfort, but there’s a good chance he and Clara could have survived sharing a summer sublet if she hadn’t looked him up on the Internet…
Once she learns how Josh has made a name for himself, Clara realizes living with him might make her the Wheaton’s most scandalous story yet. His professional prowess inspires her to take tackling the stigma against female desire into her own hands. They may not agree on much, but Josh and Clara both believe women deserve better sex. What they decide to do about it will change both of their lives, and if they’re lucky, they’ll help everyone else get lucky too.
So I’ll admit that part of the reason why I really want to read this is that the cover reminds me a lot of the covers of the books I used to get back when I was about 11-14 and was part of a book club that sent a book out every month. They always had kind of… Interesting covers and I don’t just mean that because it was 2001-2005ish. A lot of the covers were obviously either made in the 80’s or 90’s and reused (the book club translated the books to Norwegian) or made to look that way.
Which, I don’t mind, it sets a certain ambience and it’s like I said why this one appeals to me so much. Well, that and I like the blurb as well and the whole “sharing an apartment with a stranger”-trope is one I have enjoyed in the past (and would utterly hate in reality!).
It also sounds like it’s one of those fun, kind of light reads that can work well during or after reading some darker fantasy or heavier stuff.
Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall
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But then Maggie dies, and Corinne quickly learns that the only thing worse than losing Maggie is being left heartbroken over a relationship no one knows existed. And to make things even more complicated, the only person she can turn to is Elissa — Maggie’s ex and the single person who understands how Corinne is feeling.
As Corinne struggles to make sense of her grief and what she truly wants out of life, she begins to have feelings for the last person she should fall for. But to move forward after losing Maggie, Corinne will have to learn to be honest with the people in her life…starting with herself.
Speaking of heavier reads, this one sounds like it might be on the heavier side possibly. It also kind of features the same kind of cover as The Roommate and is released on the same day. Hm… I wonder if they knew this one might make you cry/sad and decided to release a lighter novel on the same day so you can pick yourself up again afterwards?
Anyway, this too drew me in first with its cover which pulls on my love for nostalgia. This also features a trope that I like, well, two of them kind of which is secret relationships and grieving secret relationships. Not all my tropes are happy ones, what can I say?
I also tend to like stories about moving through grief and moving on, when it doesn’t get too sad and doesn’t linger with the emotions of grief and sorrow at all times. I’ve gone through the process of grief myself and it’s not one I personally enjoy exploring on a deeper and more emotionally heavy level.
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
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After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.
A flying demon feeding on human energies.
A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.
And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.
The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.
She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.
Moving away from contemporary for a bit we have something a little different, namely some urban fantasy which I always enjoy. I think (don’t take my word for it, I could be mixing up books in my head) this might feature magic that has a more elemental (as in fire, earth, water, air, not elemental as in Sherlock or simple) twist to it, which is my favourite kind of magic (I swear this wasn’t supposed to be a “my favourite tropes/magic types/etc.” post). Either way it sounds like it might be a fun adventure.
I also like that it features a Nick. I tend to find that I always enjoy Nicks in any novel that has one. That’s a weirdly specific quirk, I know, but it is none the less true that a lot of the characters I’ve liked the most has been named Nick.
The fact that this also uses the legend of King Arthur and puts a twist on it is also something I think I’m likely to enjoy. I’ve got this one pre-ordered so I’m excited for it to arrive in my mailbox.
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
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Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.
There is one other person in the house-a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known.
For readers of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane and fans of Madeline Miller’s Circe, Piranesi introduces an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.
Is it weird to say that I just really like the concept of exploring something, like a building, tower or labyrinth? There’s a few books that uses that as a premise (or having to climb/get through them) and they all intrigue me although not having read them yet, I don’t quite know why.
I’ve also been kind of curious about Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell however that book is a beast and I sort of want to dip my toes into what kind of writing style the author has before I tackle a beast that big and so Piranesi sounds like it might help with that.
Also, it features Pan on the cover, which intrigues me (and makes sense, given Pan’s Labyrinth and everything) so I’m curious to see what kind of adventure this one will take me on.
The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix
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Merlin is a young left-handed bookseller (one of the fighting ones). With the right-handed booksellers (the intellectual ones), he belongs to an extended family of magical beings who police the mythic and legendary Old World when it intrudes on the modern world, in addition to running several bookshops.
Susan’s search for her father begins with her mother’s possibly misremembered or misspelled surnames, a reading-room ticket, and a silver cigarette case engraved with something that might be a coat of arms.
Merlin has a quest of his own: to find the Old World entity who used ordinary criminals to kill his mother. As he and his sister, a right-handed bookseller named Vivien, tread in the path of a botched or covered-up police investigation from years past, they find their quest strangely overlaps with Susan’s. Who or what was her father? Susan, Merlin, and Vivien must find out, as the Old World erupts dangerously into the New.
I have a confession. I haven’t read the Abhorsen series. I do own the first book, Sabriel and I do want to read it I jut haven’t gotten around to it yet.
As it stands I’ve no idea if I’ll attempt to at least read Sabriel before I try to get to this one, I might just read this one first and work backwards instead. We’ll see how I feel once it’s out and I take a look at what I’m going to be reading.
Part of the appeal of this one is just the mention of booksellers and just the slew of odd, or at least, curious things mentioned in the blurb. Like, why does left-handed or right-handed matter? Who’s Susan’s father? And why is her mother misremembering/misspelling his surname? What’s up with Merlin?
Essentially, this had enough curious bits in the blurb that it intrigues me and I want to read it.
Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite by Zoraida Córdova (editor)
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In this delicious new collection, you’ll find stories about lurking vampires of social media, rebellious vampires hungry for more than just blood, eager vampires coming out―and going out for their first kill―and other bold, breathtaking, dangerous, dreamy, eerie, iconic, powerful creatures of the night.
Welcome to the evolution of the vampire―and a revolution on the page.
Vampires Never Get Old includes stories by authors both bestselling and acclaimed, including Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria “V. E.” Schwab, and Kayla Whaley.
So I’ve been feeling a craving for vampire fiction lately. Not so much for the more romantic vampires of Paranormal Romance, the angsty kind like Edward Cullen, the brooding but hot ones like the ones in The Vampire Diaries. But the more quirky, dark, but not necessarily full Nosferatu ones like you see in Lost Boys, Interview With A Vampire, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and so on. Which is not to say I dislike the Nosferatu, I really don’t, but I also like the monstrously human ones a lot.
The fact that the new Vampire: The Masquerade game is on the horizon might be part of why vampires are rising again (I’m really sorry) but also, vampires come and go in media like clockwork. Now, if we could just get some gritty, but not entirely non-human, werewolves again that aren’t all about seeking a mate, that’d be awesome.
So I’m curious to see what kind of myths might be used as a base in this one and what sort of twists we’ll see. The vampire mythos has a lot of variety in it once you get away from the Hollywood vampires.
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
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Learning has never been this deadly
A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets. There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere. El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students.
I feel like there’s a lot of buzz around this one already, and around the term dark academia.
I’ve read Uprooted by Novik before and I own Spinning Silver and I enjoyed the Uprooted and I’ve heard that Spinning Silver might work a little better for those who didn’t completely take to Uprooted (I didn’t hate it or anything, it was good, I gave it a 3.5-3.75, it just didn’t blow my mind).
I also just really enjoy the cover. Which is shallow, but if you’ve read the post thus far you’ll see that’s theme with me sometimes.
The whole blurb also just sounds really intense and like it might deliver some pretty dark ambience with monsters lurking in the halls and students apparently dying if they don’t graduate. Kind of like Hogwarts on steroids really.
I just realised that I haven’t pre-ordered this one yet so I’m going to go ahead and do that now.
Do you have any books (or games, movies, tv-series etc.) that are releasing soon that you’re looking forward to? If so, what are they?