It’s nearly, almost, so very close to that special time of year again! Finally, that time of year for pumpkin spice, and flannel and stressing over midterms. (WHY did I bring up midterms???)
I go back to college on Saturday (For my senior year!!!!!!!, excuse me while I incoherently scream about this for the next 9 months.)
And part of going back to college, is planning out my semester reads. Which means thinking about fall releases. And thinking about THAT naturally leads to me writing a veeerrrryyyyyy long blog post. You’re very welcome!
Now, half of this was written in an airport. Half of it was written while I was recovering from flying and no sleep for nearly 24 hours. And a tiny percent was written right before publication, so it will sound decently sane. No promises!
And look, I even made a new fall-themed border divider! color me impressed with myself.
In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.
But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.
As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.
GAH! I have fully jumped on the HYPE for this book! Not only is it a debut, but it’s an #ownvoices Moroccan inspired sci-fi fantasy! It sounds absolutely magical!
And the description really, really intrigues me. A princess double? YOU HAVE ME HOOKED.
And just LOOK at that cover? Isn’t it just beautiful?
I really have Fadwa @ Word Wonders to thank for bringing this book to my attention. While I probably would have seen it on the bookstore shelf, if she hadn’t tweeted about it relentlessly, I definitely wouldn’t heard of it until after publication and would have never pre-ordered this gorgeous debut!
Also, Owlcrate spoiler, but this is 99.999999% likely to be in August’s box, so if you get a chance, order this debut!
This is the Sequel to Before She Ignites, which was the Owlcrate Book of the Month last September! Don’t you love when an author publishes the sequel the same month as the original??? LOVE ME SOME ORGANIZATION. (or whatever you call it)
MIRA, THE HOPEBEARER
Mira Minkoba is on the run with her friends after a fiery escape from the Pit, where she’d been imprisoned for defending the dragons she loves. And she wants answers. Where have all the dragons been taken? Why are powerful noorestones being shipped to the mainland? And did the treaty she’s been defending her whole life truly sell out the Fallen Isles to their enemies?
MIRA, THE DRAGONHEARTED
As her connection to the dragons—and their power—grows stronger, so does Mira’s fear that she might lose control and hurt someone she loves. But the only way to find the truth is to go home again, to Damina, to face the people who betrayed her and the parents she’s not sure she can trust.
Home, where she must rise above her fears. Or be consumed.
Another grab my feels and drag me in synopsis. And since I really, really did enjoy the first book, I am looking forward to continuing Mira’s story!
In the first book, Mira was fighting her anxiety and crippling fears. Since she’s discovered all this cool stuff and dealt with some evil people, I can’t wait to see how she rocks her world in this new installment.
Also, DRAGONS?!?!?!!! Now in the first book, the dragons were just there and didn’t have too much on page time. In fact, the first book was mostly in a prison. But this new book, I think there will be lots and lots and lots more dragons!
If not, I will be dragon devastated.
Me, pretty much every time I read a book promising dragons & the dragons don’t show up that much.
So I’ve already read the ARC for this book and YES you’ll need to read it. If you’re not sure, check out my book review for Pride! And then add this lovely retelling to your TBR!
Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.
When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.
But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.
Doesn’t this sound adorable????
Do I even need to include the description for this book? This is the very-anticipated sequel to Strange the Dreamer and it looks gorgeous!
In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.
Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capabl of.
As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?
Apparently, purple covers are very in this season, because there are 3 purple covers on this list??? Yay, because purple is a good color!
I would LOVE to get a signed copy of Muse of Nightmares because I absolutely adored Strange the Dreamer. BUT I don’t have too much money right now, so this dream may have to wait.
Anyway, I hope life is not too harsh on long-suffering Lazlo Strange and sweet, ghostly Sarai. These two deserve the best. #pleasedon’tbreakmyheart
And Edelweiss turned down my request for an ARC of this treasure, so excuse me as I go cry about having to wait two more months.
I LOVE MACKENZI LEE! I really do. She writes incredibly authentic characters, who are problematic and lovable, and who learn from their internalized racism and colonialism and grow into diverse, accepting, rich characters.
And THAT is what Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy is ALL ABOUT. Yes, I’ve been privileged and blessed and totally amazed to have even been able to read an ACR for this book and it’s one of my top 5 favorite releases of 2018.
And you should pre-order this book (and there’s an amazing pre-order campaign, (CHECK IT OUT!)
Felicity Montague is through with pretending she prefers society parties to books about bone setting—or that she’s not smarter than most people she knows, or that she cares about anything more than her dream of becoming a doctor.
Doctor Alexander Platt, an eccentric physician that Felicity idolizes, is looking for research assistants, and Felicity is sure that someone as forward thinking as her hero would be willing to take her on. However, Platt is in Germany, preparing to wed Felicity’s estranged childhood friend Johanna. Not only is Felicity reluctant to opening old wounds, she also has no money to make the trip.
Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid. In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that will lead her from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.
The Dream Team™️, (composed of Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli), wrote this treasure together and it looks adorable!
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?
And now, time to confess … yes, I’ve read an ARC of this. And there’s so many Hamilton references that make my heart VERY happy. And Dear Evan Hansen References, too! Both of my favorite modern musicals. SO HAPPY!
Erm, take a break when this comes out so you can read it right away.
So proud of my punning.
ALERT. There is now a book for one of my favorite musicals, ever in the history of ever. I LOVE Dear Evan Hansen. And now there’s an actual book?
I am so excited to read this! And the cover is so pretty. It looks PERFECT.
Dear Evan Hansen,
Today’s going to be an amazing day and here’s why…
When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family’s grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.
Suddenly, Evan isn’t invisible anymore–even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy’s parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he’s doing can’t be right, but if he’s helping people, how wrong can it be?
No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He’s confident. He’s a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.
A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation
I first discovered this musical the summer of my sophomore college year, and I listened to it over and over again.
In a lot of ways, I felt like Evan. Sometimes, I still do. Especially in my current world of southern politics and customs, and I’m just aching to be outspoken and different. It’s really hard. I know I’m not the only one who deals with this and knowing that helps a lot. Listening to this achingly beautiful musical and reading this story helps, too.
Courtney “Coop” Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn’t mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl.
Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed “new girl” would be synonymous with “pariah,” but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I’m right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.
The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . . .
No easy answers.
Somehow I just heard about this book? I finished reading Nic Stone’s other book, Dear Martin, just a few days ago and FELL IN LOVE. Now, I’m going to go and read every one of Nic Stone’s books. And this one is coming out SOON. Please, library, can you pre-order it?
I’m actually NOT going to include the synopsis while talking about this book. Because it’s the end of the series and if you wanted to know what it’s about, you can go read the other books. (hahaha, I’m so salty right now which is kind of weird and unusual? BUT I did wake up at 2:30am for a flight this morning and it’s 9:00, so0000 I’m just typing with a way over tired brain)
But really, if I was listing this stack of books from most anticipated to least anticipated, this book would rank close to the bottom. BECAUSE the more this particular writer writes, the smuttier her books get? And I’m just not into her sex scenes? (is anyone actually? OH DON’T LOOK INTO SOAP TWITTER)
But, forgive me, because I started this series and I’ll regret not finishing it. Also, I actually really, really, really, really like Chaol and Dorian. And I want to know what happens to these two precious boys.
And if someone will actually just kill Rowan I will be forever grateful. (please, he’s just overdramatic and a mess and a chauvinist actual pig)
I do like Manon, so I hope she does awesome and takes over all the witches. WHY did we not have a story just about cool witches? WHY are all these books about really boring Fae and not badass witches?
Oh, and there’s this gal named Aelin but she has a list of names as long as Daenerys Targaryen, and reading through long lists of names is just boring. For real, Aelin switching personalities, becoming a coldhearted weirdo and constantly having sexy breakdowns in the middle of actual wars is just too much.
all my thoughts about all the ships in Sarah J Maas Books
When Lady Katherine’s father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers treason wasn’t the only secret he’s been hiding: he was also involved in a murder plot against the reigning Queen Elizabeth I. With nothing left to lose, Katherine disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to fulfill her father’s mission, and to take it one step further–kill the queen herself.
Katherine’s opportunity comes in the form of William Shakespeare’s newest play, which is to be performed in front of Her Majesty. But what she doesn’t know is that the play is not just a play–it’s a plot to root out insurrectionists and destroy the rebellion once and for all.
The mastermind behind this ruse is Toby Ellis, a young spy for the queen with secrets of his own. When Toby and Katherine are cast opposite each other as the play’s leads, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another. But the closer they grow, the more precarious their positions become. And soon they learn that star-crossed love, mistaken identity, and betrayal are far more dangerous off the stage than on.
I read the description for this book and I just knew I had to read it! I mean, it’s set in Elizabethan England. There’s actual Shakespeare. (Anyone know exactly which play???) And spies and actual assassins. Also, romance. Gah! It sounds so perfect!
Also, Mackenzi Lee gave it a shout out on her instagram and since Mackenzi is one of my favorite writers, I was definitely intrigued. BUT when I read the description, I knew I just had to read this book!
Ahem, isn’t the cover so fun? These two look ready to STRANGLE each other. I am pretty sure that gal has a knife hidden up her sleeve. (And I mean, what’s the point of puffy, long sleeves if you don’t have knives strapped to your elbow?)
Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.
I began hearing about this book months and months ago, and everyone is raving about it! And just reading through the synopsis, it reads as amazing as the cover looks.
And added to the beautiful sounding story and the drop-dead gorgeous cover, this story is DIVERSE and OWN VOICES. The author is Malaysian! I don’t think I’ve ever read a Malaysian author? (also, if you have recs for Malaysian authors, please tell me in the comments!)
By the way, I’m secretly really hoping this book is included in a book box in October!
Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they are each other’s worst nightmare.
In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.
The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it
Whoopity, whoop, whoop, whoop! Yes, I read Renegades this summer and lOVED it. I know lots of people who thought it was boring. (I did not)
I loved the way Renegades made me actually think about anarchy and government and superheroes. The story made me feel empathy for the villains and heroes and NOT KNOW WHAT TO THINK.
That kind of feeling is what I demand of my books. Mixed emotions and not knowing who to root for is really wonderful. Don’t you agree? Of course you do, riiighghghghgttttt???
Now maybe, that’s all? I mean, I’m sure there are several other autumn book releases that I’ve missed from my very long list. (you know how long it takes to write these posts? FOREVER)
And if you’re wondering, December is NOT fall. Anything released after the middle of November comes on my Winter releases. Okay? ok.
SO there you have officially read many hours of work from me putting together this post. How long did it take? I’m guessing 9+ hours. Making graphics, plus actually writing. I even watched 5 episodes of Scandal while working on this list. (scandal is awesome and I am in love with Olivia Pope and Abby Whelan and Mellie Grant)
I am officially not editing this dang long post ANY MORE. Instead I’m going to grab a cup of tea and curl up with The Astonishing Color of After and read for hours. (before classes and college and seniorities ruins my reading life)
What fall releases are you most excited about? Any of your favorites on my list? Any should add to my list?
Are you able to request arcs of have you read any of these books already?
Do you pre-order books or get new books in a book box subscription?
Can you watch Netflix or tv or anything while working on blog posts? Or is this just me?