Can you feel it? The air is getting colder and it’s only 2+ months until Halloween!!!!
I know, I know, the wait can seem UNBEARABLE!!!! So here are a few new reads to tide you over until it becomes social acceptable to wear your costume while running your errands
And eat mass quantities of candy.
1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.
So I will admit, I have not yet read anything by Leigh Bardugo. I know! I know! So many people rave about her work, and I Just now (in April) picked up Six of Crows, so hopefully by the time this posts I will have read it and can get excited about this one!!!
2. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.
The magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.
Okay SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. It’s Romeo and Juliet but with magic and necromancers. Are you freaking kidding me? How fast can I own this, please???
3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Every generation a set of magical triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown. Mirabella is a fierce elemental. Katharine can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been faking their powers. With alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.
Court intrigue always sounds appealing to me, and the idea of magical heirs to the throne faking their powers is fascinating. How do you fake making things grow? How do you fake controlling a lion???
4. Into White by Randi Pink
Sixteen-year-old Latoya Williams, who is black, attends a mostly white high school in the Bible Belt. In a moment of desperation, she prays for the power to change her race and wakes up white.
Like one commenter on Goodreads said, this could either be really amazing or really terrible. But the concept is so intriguing that I can’t help but want to read it to find out!
5. I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil
All through high school Bea and her best friends Spencer and Gabe have been the targets of horrific bullying. So Bea uses her math skills to come up with The Formula, a 100% mathematically-guaranteed path to social happiness in high school. She’ll be reinvented as the eccentric and lovable Trixie—a quintessential manic pixie dream girl.
Unfortunately, being a manic pixie dream girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. As The Formula begins to break down, can Bea find a way to reclaim her true identity, and fix everything she’s messed up?
Another story of a girl trying to be something she’s not to make her life easier. And I love that there’s a book directly addressing the idea of the manic pixie dream girl (if you’re not familiar think Jess from New Girl and Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, both of which seem to be featured on the cover.) Could be good!
6. Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton
Aspiring reporter Piper Baird decides to write a scathing exposé on the overprivileged students at an elite Washington, DC, school, only for her life to change when she begins to fall for the story’s main subject. How can she break the story of a lifetime if it could destroy the boy she just might love?
If you don’t know that I’m a West Wing fanatic, well then you just don’t know me at all. But I like the idea of a teen’s take on politics–not just the politics of high school, but the politics of Washington as well.
7. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity.
But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?
If I could have a super power it would probably have something to do with creating flames. And how can you resist a story about a girl who is NOT the chosen one?
8. The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill
It all starts when Rick’s girlfriend dumps him for uploading cat videos when he should be experiencing the real world. Known as “That Cat Guy” at school, Rick isn’t cool and he knows it. It’s time for a change.
Rick decides joining a salsa class is the answer . . . because of a girl, of course. Ana Cabrera is smart, friendly, and smooth on the dance floor. Rick might be half-Cuban, but he dances like a drunk hippo. Desperate to impress Ana, he invites her to spend the summer in Havana.Except Cuba isn’t all sun, salsa, and music. There’s a darker side to the island. As Rick and Ana meet his family and investigate the reason why his mother left Cuba decades ago, they learn that politics isn’t just something that happens to other people.
Okay, you maybe had my interest at cat videos. But you DEFINITELY had me at “drunken hippo”. This one looks fun and romantic, while also taking a deeper look at a country we’re just now regaining a window to.
9. Gamescape: Overworld by Emma Trevayne
Chimera: the most complex and immersive virtual reality video game the world has ever known.
When players leave their Cubes for the day, the upgrades and enhancements they’ve earned for their virtual characters leave with them. New lungs to breathe poisoned air, skin that won’t burn under the sun… but Miguel needs a new heart–and soon–if he wants any hope of surviving just a little longer.
Then the two Gamerunners announce a competition, with greater rewards and faster progression than ever before, and Miguel thinks his prayers have been answered. As he ventures deeper into a world that blends the virtual and the real to an unsettling degree, Miguel begins to wonder just why the game was invented at all, and whether its stakes could be even higher than life and death.
So this one sounds a lot like Unplugged by Donna Freitas, but since neither has released yet, I can’t decide which sounds better. Though every time I read the summary for this book, I just find myself wishing I could see the cast of The Guild react to this concept!
10. Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
Lee has a special advantage over the other new arrivals in California—she has the ability to sense gold, a secret known only by her handsome best friend Jefferson and her murdering uncle Hiram.
Lee and her friends have the chance to be the most prosperous settlers in California, but Hiram hasn’t given up trying to control Lee and her power. Sabotage and kidnapping are the least of what he’ll do to make sure Lee is his own.
So how did this one get so far down on the list? Easy, we don’t put them in specific order!
Personally have not started this series yet, but I know that SuddenButInevitable is dying to take a look at this one!
11. Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch
Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.
And now comes the part where I admit that while I have admired these covers from afar, I have yet to crack open their pages to take a look. But the 3rd one is almost out y’all! I’ve heard so many good things about this series! I sense an epic binge-read coming on….
12. The Graces by Laure Eve
Everyone said the Graces were witches.
They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.
They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.
All I had to do was show them that person was me.
I loved the movie The Craft growing up. We old-school bootlegged it by recording it when it came on TV. Watched it over and over. Would love to find a YA book version. This looks like it could be it!
13. The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow
When a sweet nerd, an artsy cartoonist, a social outcast, and the most popular girl in school are involved in a mysterious bus accident, they start to notice some very strange abilities. Artsy Martina can change her eye color. Nerdy Nick can teleport . . . four inches to the left. Outcast Farshad develops super strength, but only in his thumbs. And Cookie, the It Girl of school’s most popular clique, has suddenly developed the ability to read minds . . . when those minds are thinking about directions.
I love the idea of having pointless superpowers. Reminds me of How to Ditch Your Fairy where everyone gets a magic fairy, but the MC only gets the parking spot fairy. I’m in!
14. Overdrive by Dawn Ius
After three years of boosting cars, Jules Parish got caught. And now, she and her little sister, Emma, will be kicked out of their foster home, left to survive on the unforgiving streets of Las Vegas alone.
Eccentric, wealthy Roger Montgomery wants to open up his mansion to Jules and Emma. The only catch? Jules must steal seven of the rarest, most valuable muscle cars in the world—in seven weeks.
So…Gone in 60 Seconds but with teens? Sounds like a fantastic ride!!!
Get it? Ride? Get…okay, you got it…
15. The Reader by Traci Chee
After Sefia’s father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society.
I’ve always loved the concept of a society that has done away with all literature and what that does to it. Plus the cover looks AWESOME!
16. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.
In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.
Sounds fascinating. Like a mental version of The Purge only…not so bloody and scary. I love a book with a unique concept and this one has definitely stuck with me!
17. A Song to Take the World Apart by Zan Romanoff
Hanging out with Chris was supposed to make Lorelei’s life normal. He’s cooler, he’s older, and he’s in a band, which means he can teach her about the music that was forbidden in her house growing up. Her grandmother told her when she was little that she was never allowed to sing, but listening to someone else do it is probably harmless— right?
Um…probably not because otherwise there wouldn’t be a story. Also, I’m pretty sure her singing can make people fall in love with her, which is both neat and depressing. Like, what if you can sing like Christina or Beyonce, but you can’t ever use it without making people fall for you? That would suck…
18. When They Fade by Jeyn Roberts
One foggy night, Tatum sneaks out for a drive. The teenage hitchhiker she picks up doesn’t talk much, until she suddenly turns to Tatum and says: “You’re going to die. It will hurt and you’ll be alone. And no one will help you.”
And then she disappears.
Because no…that’s not creepy at all…. I like that there’s a twist happening on the old hitchhiker urban legend. I’d like to see where they take this….
19. A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby
IT’S LONDON 1888, and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the city. Evelyn, a young woman disfigured in a matchstick factory, who has nowhere to go, does not know what to make of her new position as a maid to the Elephant Man in the London Hospital. But in Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, she finds a gentle kindred who does not recoil from her and who understands her pain. When the murders begin, however, Joseph and Evelyn are haunted nightly by the ghosts of the Ripper’s dead, setting Evelyn on a path to facing her fears and uncovering humanity’s worst nightmares.
Come on, who isn’t at least a little bit intrigued by Jack the Ripper?
20. Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon
Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Sounds interesting. We might not all have friends convicted of murder, but we all have friends who do things against the rules. Do you stay friends with them or not?
There you have it! 20 of the best of the bunch coming out next month that we would love to get our hands on! By no means are these all the books coming out, but come on, 20 should be plenty to get your TBR list refreshed!
What are you excited to read? Let us know down below!
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