Finally, we are starting to head into my favorite time of year! I know that the fall is going to look VERY different than what I am used to [this will be my first fall in Arizona, and you know, Covid] but I am excited nonetheless. Aside from all the spooky feels, pumpkins, crisp air, and just the overall vibe of fall, it is one of my favorite seasons because it is PRIME book release season. Actually it’s kind of weird when you think about it. You would think Summer would be the prime time for books to release but I can confirm from a friend who works in publishing, it is in fact Fall where major book releases happen. I know I might not be pumpkin picking, or looking out for trick or treat-ers this year, but I can at least savor the excitement of new amazing books being released.
So like I mentioned, Fall is a huge season for the publishing industry. Actually, I find that many of my pre-orders for the year are for these few months at the end. So for today, I want to share with you all the books I am so excited for; both the ones I have pre-ordered and all the other September releases I am anticipating.
Where Dreams Descend / Janella Angeles
Described (somewhere) as Phantom (of the Opera) meets Moulin Rouge, with a dash of “The Night Circus.” A group of magicians battle it out for the headliner spot of a traveling circus, but they find that danger is hanging in the background.
It sounds pretty good, though I know comparing it to the Night Circus and dealing with the premise of magicians in a “battle” or competition for a spot in a circus is a tall order for most people. Not for me though since I wasn’t BLOWN AWAY by Night Circus like everyone else..
This is OUT NOW (released August 25th), labeled as YA Fantasy, and is slated to be a duology.
Cemetery Boys / Aiden Thomas
*WE WANT MORE DIA DE LOS MUERTOS STORIES*
Determined to show his traditional, unaccepting family that he can be a real brujo, Yadriel performs a ritual to bring the ghost of his murdered cousin in order to set them free. What he doesn’t plan on is awakening the ghost of the resident “bad boy” Julian, who is determined to find out what happened to him. Yadriel agrees to help Julian but the more time he spends with him, the less happy he is to let him go.
I found out about this book in the height of June’s….news. June is already Pride month, so it made sense that this title would have already been highlighted, but in the wake of the BLM protests, books by POC were also heavily shared among readers and influencers. This book ticks both those boxes so it was pretty prominent in conversations about books to look out for in the coming months. All I had to know was what it was centered around Dia de los Muertos for me to pre-order it. I am REALLY excited, and am hopeful for more books like this in the future.
Cemetery Boys is releasing September 1st. It is labeled as YA Fantasy, LGBTQ. This is Aiden Thomas’s debut.
Blood & Honey / Shelby Mahurin
The sequel to the divisive Serpent and Dove of last year, Blood and Honey follows our gang on the run from virtually everyone in their world. An unlikely group of friends, these characters have a lot of dangerous missions ahead of them and deciding to split up in order to gain allies may or may not have been a good idea.
Serpent and Dove was one of those books that everyone was talking about last year. Some people HATED it, and others really LOVED it. There wasn’t a whole lot of in between, at least from what I could tell. I was in the later end of those (obviously) and I am curious where this story will end up. Sadly, it was a victim of the Covid, and kept getting pushed back. It is finally releasing in September though, and I cannot wait to have it in my hands.
Blood and Honey is releasing on September 1st. It is the sequel to Serpent and Dove (of last year). It is labeled as a YA paranormal fantasy.
Fable / Adrienne Young
I AM SCREAMING OVER THIS COVER. MY GOD it is so beautiful. Of course that isn’t the only reason I want to read it. Fable is the first book in a new duology by Adrienne Young, author of Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back. It follows a girl named Fable, who has been abandoned by her father after her mother’s death. She must learn to survive among thieves on a legendary island, in order to finally escape and claim her rightful spot on her father’s famous trade ship. So basically, pirates.
I really adored Adrienne’s writing in Sky in the Deep specifically, but throughout both her first novels (and apparently she is a magnet for STUNNING covers). I was really excited to see this as her next project, especially since I have read little to no books with pirates in it and they are a topic that I have been hoping to explore. Somehow the second book in this series is already written, gotten a cover (also freaking gorgeous) and has ARCs out somewhere in the world. This is very promising for a close by release? Let’s hope.
Fable releases on September 1st. This is Young’s first book in a new series (duology). It is labeled as a YA fantasy.
Kingdom of the Wicked / Kerri Maniscalco
Popular author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, Kerri Maniscalco is back with a brand new (gothic) series! AND IT’S ABOUT WITCHES! Twin sisters Emilia and Vittoria must secretly reside alongside humans but when Vittoria’s body is discovered completely destroyed, all bets are off in order to find the killer. Aided by a mysteriously suspicious Wicked- Prince of Hell, an investigation begins but not everything is as it seems.
I will admit, I have not read the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. I own three of the four books though, and I did ATTEMPT to read the first one a little while ago. But it was really kind of gory (?) for me? I want to try again but until then, this MAY be better for me? It’s got witches in it. And sounds super interesting. Another victim of Covid, this book’s release has been moved a few times in the last year but I THINK it may have landed finally on October, perfect for spooky season.
Kingdom of the Wicked is releasing on October 27th. It is the first book in a new series by popular author Kerri Maniscalco. It is labeled as a YA historical fantasy with paranormal mystery.
Love & Olives / Jenna Evans Welch
How exciting! In a time where travel is not a thing, this is the perfect little addition to any TBR! Jenna Evans Welch is the popular author of the Love & Gelato series, which is a companion(?) series that takes place in different European countries. Book one (Love & Gelato) was based in Italy, book two (Love & Luck) was based in Ireland and now this one takes place in Greece!
Love & Olives is a Mama Mia inspired story of a girl trying to find love while also trying to connect with a long absent father, all with beautiful Greece as a backdrop. I really liked Love & Gelato, but never got around to Love & Luck (and wasn’t AS interested if I am being honest), but I want this book so desperately that I actually preordered it (I am currently collecting the paperbacks for this series so the hardcover wouldn’t exactly match).
Anyway, we have a little while for this one still. Love & Olives releases on November 10th. It is the third book in the Love & Gelato series (though you can read them out of order, they are all focused on different characters). It is labeled as YA contemporary romance.
Concrete Rose / Angie Thomas
This is the companion (prequel) to The Hate U Give, maybe you have heard of it? THIS COVER IS EVERYTHING. Not only is it set in the 90s, but Concrete Rose follows one of the fan favorite characters in THUG, Maverick (Starr’s father). Young Mav is doing what he can to help out his family, which when gang blood runs through your veins, pretty much determines how you can do that. But once his son Seven is born, and Mav gets an opportunity to “go straight” he takes it because he knows its the right path to show his son. Of course, you can’t just quit a gang though.
All of Angie Thomas’ books have been very real and hard hitting, dealing with tough topics and situations. Concrete Rose will certainly not be an exception. Although I don’t technically have this pre-ordered yet, I plan to do so soon. If I’m being honest, I’m waiting for B&N to do an exclusive edition of it a couple months before it’s release (I’ve been burned before) which is why I have held off on pre-ordering now. We’ll see what happens!
Concrete Rose is due to release on January 12th 2021. It is a prequel to The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas’ first book. Concrete Rose is Thomas’ third book. It is labeled as a YA contemporary.
Tools of Engagement (Hot & Hammered #3) / Tessa Bailey / September 22nd
I won’t buy this, but I have read and really enjoyed all the other books in this series so I’ll keep my eyes peeled for it at the library. Since this is a companion series, you don’t have to have read the first two, though it helps because you already know the main characters, and the sides who appeared as mains in the other books. Interior designer Bethany thinks that she can flip/renovate a house better than her brother’s well respected company. They enter into a competition to see whose is better but Bethany realizes she is short a construction crew, since no one wants to leave her brother’s team. That is, except for the new guy, who just so happens to get on Bethany’s last nerve.
Early Departures / Justin A. Reynolds / September 22nd
I LOVED Opposite of Always. This one sounds good, but maybe not as much as his first book did. I may still end up getting it eventually but for now, I want to see what happens with other books first. It is about a teen boy whose best friend dies, gets brought back to life, but they are only given a short amount of time together before he “dies” again.
A Deadly Education / Naomi Novik / September 29th
I feel like everyone is talking about this one lately. It sounds really dark and just so so good. The ultimate magic school where failure means death. I may still pick this one up at some point but for now I will see how the rest of the month goes.
Majesty (American Royals #2) / Katharine McGee / September 1st
I wasn’t super blown away by the first book in this series, but I am still curious(?) about how everything unfolds. I may pick this up, but more likely I’ll find a copy at the library first. I don’t want to give too much information since this is a sequel but the series itself is an alternate history- think as though George Washington agreed to be a monarch instead of pushing for democracy. The series follows the current monarchs (obviously descendants of George Washington) and their drama (also think reality TV). Interesting concept! Not sure if it pans out as well as I’d hope.
Now That I’ve Found You / Kristina Forest / August 25th
I know this came out in late August, but I thought it was worth noting (I didn’t want it to slip under the radar). It follows the story of a budding actress who has recently been blacklisted by the industry because of something her ex-best friend said. The only way to regain access to the community is to do an interview with her famous grandmother but she has been out of the spotlight for over 20 years. When things start to get hairy, she enlists the help of the last person to interact with her grandmother, a musician, whom she isn’t 100% sure she can trust. It just sounds super cute, and I am a sucker for “famous” stories for some reason.
Whewww! We are entering the danger zone my friends. Some of the best books of the year come out in the final months, and then it becomes a rush to read them all before the year is over! Are any of these on your own watch lists? Let’s chat about them!