Hello, beautiful people!
Today, I’m back with another of my Grabby Hands posts, where I talk about all of my most anticipated book releases. I am doing those every three months, so today I’m here to present to you my Summer 2018 edition, aka July to September releases. Of course, it doesn’t include every single new release for those months or anything, those are, of course, the books I need to get my hands on like… RIGHT NOW.
Published: July 7th 2018 by Del Rey
Genres: adult, fantasy, retelling
At long last. I adored Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, which came out forever ago (and by that I mean: three years ago) and I had been wanting to read something else by her. Apparently, this one is inspired by Lithuanian/Russian folklore (from what I gathered from early reviews, I might be wrong) and follows Miryem, who comes from a family of moneylenders and is sent to collect money from villagers. For unknown reasons, she manages to change silver to gold, which leads her story to be tangled with creatures that haunt the wood and their king. *dramatic music* Spinning Silver sounds absolutely amazing and I cannot wait to devour it!
Published: July 31st 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: young adult, fantasy, retelling
Excuse me, but I’ve been waiting to read it forever, because it’s a villain origin story and I adore those so much. It’s about Evie, who has been casted out as a witch ever since her best friend Anna drowned. One day, she meets a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna and is convinced her best friend survived, even though the other girl denies it. Both of them meet charming princes and believe at a chance at their happily ever after, but Anna has secrets of her own and Evie would do anything to help her. The blurb says: “The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.” and if it isn’t enough to convince you, I don’t know what will.
Published: August 7nd 2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark
Genres: historical fiction
If you don’t know, Susanna Kearsley is my favourite historical fiction writer as well as writing inspiration. Yup. No biggies. So of course, Bellewether has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 ever since I heard she was working on a new project. This one is set in 1759, in the North American colonies, during the Seven Years War which opposed France and Britain. When French officers are brought as prisoners to Long Island, it changes Lydia Wilde’s life, because she eventually develops feelings for a French-Canadian lieutenant. Centuries later, their story has become a local legend, that Charley, the new curator of the Wilde House Museum, is set on exploring to understand what happened. I actually got an ARC of it and am planning to read it in July, so I’ll be talking to you about it and fangirling about Susanna Kearley’s writing some more very soon on here!
Published: August 7th 2018 by Balzer + Bray
Genres: young adult, fantasy
You know you’ve been waiting for a book for a long time when you’ve been following the Pinterest inspiration board of it when it didn’t even have a title yet. Anyway, Sara Raasch is the author of the Snow Like Ashes‘ trilogy, which I really liked, and I’m so happy that she’s finally publishing more books, especially this one, which sounds like the book of my dreams or something. It has a) pirates b) a dichotomy between a magic land/a country driven by religion c) an island d) a black market e) conspiracies. It sounds absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
Published: August 7th 2018 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Genres: young adult, fantasy
Another author whose previous trilogy I adore has a new book coming out. *throws confettis into the air* Dance of Thieves is the first book in a new duology set in the same world that The Remnant Chronicles (you know, The Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal and The Beauty of Darkness –> I want to reread them again), so of course, I need it. The main characters are a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty? Give it to me now. It’s gonna be so much fun and I have my fingers crossed that we’ll see some of the characters of The Remnant Chronicles again. Oh wait, I have a reason to reread them now. I have to, just in case.
Published: August 28th 2018 by Scholastic
Genres: middle grade, fantasy
I mean, it’s a new Victoria Schwab novel, so, I don’t really have to explain why I need it so badly, right? It follows Cassidy, a young girl whose parents are a sort of (inept) ghost-hunting team, but she can actually see ghosts, her best friend Jacob is one. The family heads to Edinburgh, which is very haunted, and Cassidy meets another girl who can also see the dead and tells her that her job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t quite so sure about it, but she joins a fight against the Red Raven, a sinister being who haunts the city. I am beyond excited to read this novel, it’s been some time since I last read middle grade and I’m so curious about the story, especially as it’s set in Edinburgh!
edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe
Published: August 28th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
Genres: anthology, young adult, fantasy
I love YA anthologies so much, I mention some of them often enough in my most anticipated releases (as I’m typing this, I’ve been reading the All Out anthology, so, see?). This one has fifteen contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era. I don’t know that many of the authors who contributed, but I’ve read and loved Emery Lord’s novels, Robin Talley’s Lies We Tell Ourselves and previous short stories I’ve read from Anna-Marie McLemore and Jessica Spotswood. I’m so excited to discover even more YA authors, it always motivates me more to pick up some of their novels (I’ll be on the lookout for Elizabeth May and Zoraida Córdova the most).
Published: September 11th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: young adult, fantasy
I’ve had trouble with sequels this year. Either I just don’t pick them up, or they’ve been disappointing me (there are exceptions to this rule, but I can think of… one). Nevertheless, there are always authors I trust and Jodi Meadows is one of them. I adored the first book in the Fallen Isles trilogy, Before She Ignites, as well as everything she wrote, so I have faith it will put me back on tracks with sequels. This trilogy has dragons and secrets and a main character with anxiety, I devoured the first one and I can’t wait to know what happens next. Moreover, the truth is, I quite miss fantasy. I haven’t read a lot of it lately because I’ve been disappointed by some novels… But I miss it and a world I love will help.
Published: September 18th by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres: young adult, science fiction
Warcross was amazing. I’m not really surprised because Marie Lu is such a talented author and I’ve always adored her books, but I’m so happy it was the case for Warcross as well. I don’t read a lot of science-fiction type of books, but I adored the world it was set in (reading about video games is the best) as well as the characters. It kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end (even though I had guessed part of the plot twist) and I’ve needed the sequel ever since then. September can’t come fast enough!
Published: September 25th 2018 by Greenwillow Books
Genres: young adult, fantasy
I read Heidi Heilig’s debut, The Girl From Everywhere, when it came out a few years ago and really enjoyed it, so I was curious to know what the author would come up next, this one definitely sounds interesting! It follows Jetta, who comes from a troupe of shadow players, it seems like she’s moving puppets without string or stick. In truth, she is able to see the souls of people who recently passed away and bind them to puppets with her blood. However, practicing the old ways has been forbidden ever since the colonial army conquered Jetta’s country, but she manages to earn a spot aboard the royal ship where she’ll have to hide the truth on her powers. But as rebellion seethes and as Jetta meets a young smuggler, she will face truths and decisions that she never imagined—and safety will never seem so far away. This trilogy is set in a world inspired by Asian cultures and French colonialism, it has a bipolar heroine and the story is told through different formats. I really cannot wait to get my hands on this one.
Published: September 25th 2018 by Delacorte Press
Genres: young adult, historical fiction, retelling
Kiersten White is an author I’ve been keeping my eyes on for the past few years, I read Illusions of Fate and And I Darken* by her, which I adored. Her stor
ies always intrigue me so much and The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is no exception. This one follows Elizabeth Lavenza, who has had a tough life and is on the verge of being thrown out into the streets, until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, a boy who has everything, except a friend. She becomes her friend and is taken in by his family, but as the years pass, her survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim. I am so excited about this one because the main character is a secondary character from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and I so trust Kiersten White with this.
*I haven’t read Now I Rise, the second book in that trilogy, yet, but I’ve decided to binge-read it when I also get the third one! I cannot wait, the first novel was so promising.
Published: September 25th 2018by Tor
Genres: adult, science fiction
I am beyond excited to have not only one, but TWO of Victoria Schwab’s novels to talk about in this post. I can’t believe that Vengeful is now a written novel and that we will get our hands on it in a few months. I am so curious to see where the story will go next, as for years, it wasn’t sure whether we would get Vengeful or not and that it got rewritten many times to make it as amazing as possible. It’s been quite a while since we got a new novel by Victoria Schwab, I can’t wait to drown in her words again and to be surprised by everything that goes down. Also, it gives me another reason to reread Vicious, so cheers to that! If you haven’t read Vicious yet, just go for it, don’t try to figure out what it’s about or anything, JUST READ IT.
Are you excited for any of these books?
What are your most anticipated releases for July, August and September?
Lots of love,