Hello everyone and happy March!
Not long before we know it it will April (yay Easter eggs) and we will have a lot more books to add to our shelves! These are books coming out in April that I cannot wait to get my hands on!
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He - 2/4
Wolf Light by Yaba Badoe - 4/4
Cage of Souls by Adrian Tchaikovsky - 4/4
The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews - 4/4
Awake in the World by Jason Gurley - 4/4
The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston - 4/4
The Fire Maker by Guy Jones - 4/4
Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans - 4/4
Hello everyone and happy March!
I hope everyone had a wonderful February. It was my birthday and I had such a lovely time away and spent the last week of Feb really sick so it's been fun.
With a new month brings new books and I have been lucky enough to read early advance copies of books kindly gifted to me from publishers and authors and I want to share 6 that are coming out this month that need to be on your radar. ALSO don't forget to pre-order books as it really helps the author!
You did nothing. That doesn’t mean you’re innocent.On a night out, four friends witness a stranger in trouble. They decide to do nothing to help.
Later, a body washes up on the banks of the Thames – and the group realises that ignoring the woman has left blood on their hands.
But why did each of them refuse to step in? Why did none of them want to be noticed that night? Who is really responsible?
And is it possible that the victim was not really a stranger at all?
A stirring, bold and moving anthology of stories and poetry by top LGBTQ+ YA authors and new talent, giving their unique responses to the broad theme of pride. Each story has an illustration by an artist identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Compiled by Juno Dawson, author of THIS BOOK IS GAYand CLEAN.
A celebration of LGBTQ+ talent, PROUD is a thought-provoking, funny, emotional read.
Contributors: Steve Antony, Dean Atta, Kate Alizadeh, Fox Benwell, Alex Bertie, Caroline Bird, Fatti Burke, Tanya Byrne, Moïra Fowley-Doyle, Frank Duffy, Simon James Green, Leo Greenfield, Saffa Khan, Karen Lawler, David Levithan, Priyanka Meenakshi, Alice Oseman, Michael Lee Richardson, David Roberts, Cynthia So, Kay Staples, Jessica Vallance, Kristen Van Dam and Kameron White.
Josie and Delia are best friends and co-hosts on their own public access TV show, Midnite Matinee. They dress as vampires Rayne and Delilah, perform daft skits involving skeleton raves and dog weddings, and show the weekly so-bad-it's-good low-budget horror movie. But the end of senior year is coming, and Josie is torn between pursuing her television dreams in a new city or staying making TV with her BFF. What's more, she's just met a boy, Lawson, who is totally not her type, but is just a little bit intriguing . . . Meanwhile, Delia is searching for her dad, who walked out on her and her mom ten years ago. When the private investigator she hired unearths his contact details, she agonises over digging up the past.
A road trip to ShiverCon, a convention for horror filmmakers, may just have the answers the two need - but will Josie and Delia be prepared for life taking some seriously unexpected plot-twists?
With Pez, the days felt endless - cycling, climbing trees, sucking sour sweets till our tongues burned. I'd give anything to be that girl again.
For four years Vetty Lake has been keeping her heart in hiding. Since her mum died and her family moved out of London it's felt so much safer not to tell people how she really feels. She's never even told anyone she's attracted to girls as well as boys.
But now Vetty's seventeen and coming back to London she's determined to start living out loud. She's convinced that reconnecting with her childhood best friend Pez is the key. She was always fearless around him.
But when she sees Pez again, he's different. Guarded. It's like their special connection never existed. And suddenly Vetty's sure he's been hiding too.
This isn't a story about anything new. It's about the oldest thing in the world. It's about love.
Sixteen-year-old Izzy, a bright aspiring doctor, isn't happy about her recent move from the Lower East Side across the river to Brooklyn. She feels distanced from her family, especially her increasingly incomprehensible twin brother, as well as her new neighbourhood.
And then she meets Tristan.
Tristan is a chess prodigy who lives with his aunt and looks up to his cousin, Marcus, who has watched out for him over the years. When he and Izzy meet one fateful night, together they tumble into a story as old and unstoppable as love itself.
A new King Arthur has risen and she's got a universe to save
Coming to terms with your identity is always difficult. But for Ari, the 42nd reincarnation of King Arthur, it just got a whole lot more complicated. Gender-bending royalty, caustic wit and a galaxy-wide fight for peace and equality all collide in this epic adventure.
With an awkward adolescent Merlin and a rusty spaceship, this is the Arthurian legend as you have never before seen it.
Today I want to talk about the Scholastic blogger event I attended last Saturday.
I love going to book events and it's so interesting to find out about their upcoming releases, cover designs and getting to chat to the publishers, editors and authors!
To start of the event we got to hear about their new books!
Oh My Gods by Alexandra Sheppard
The Day I Was Erased by Lisa Thompson
Lightning Chase Me Home by Amber Lee Dodd
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
Call me Alastair by Cory Leonardo
Shadowscent by P.M. Freestone
Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
The New Boy by Paula Rawsthrone
Becoming Jo by Sophie McKenzie
Mortal Engines and Mortal Engines Prequels
Scar by Alice Broadway
Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood
Alex in Wonderland by Simon James Green
Take A Chance on Me by Beth Garrod
Dead Popular by Sue Wallman
First up we had editor Eishar talking to debut author Alexandra Sheppard. Her novel, Oh My Gods just came out recently and it is fantastic! (obvs ignore my bad pictures, I got there a little late aha!)
Next we had a romance panel with authors, Simon James Green, Paula Rawsthrone and Laura Wood chaired by Fiz! This was a fun panel and hearing who was their childhood crushes was wonderful. Especially when Laura said that Jerry from Tom and Jerry was hers!
We then had a short break, with amazing food and then we got to hear from P.M. Freestone. This was an interesting talk about her book Shadowscent and she also did a little game with some people to guess the scents! It was really fun and her book sounds amazing.
One of my favourite talks has to be the cover designs. We got to hear from Liam who designed the cover for Shadowscent and the process he goes through to get the final design! I always love these talks and seeing how they get the end result is always fascinating!
The next panel was about Feminism. It was chaired by Eisha with authors, Alexandra Sheppard, Beth Garrod and Melinda Salisbury. I always love these panels with these amazing authors and women and just hearing their thoughts on everything.
And, for the final panel (which I forgot to take a pic off) was Writing In A Genre. Chaired by Linas with authors Sue Wallman and Alice Broadway! Two fantastic authors who write completely different genres. Interesting to see their thoughts on the genres and how they write them!
At the start of the event we where given goody bags which had 4 books in! And not only that after the event and quiz they said we could grab a couple more books that where on the side.
I came home with 9 books.
In the goody bag we got;
Night Flights by Phillip Reeve & Ian McQue
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Ali
Becoming Jo by Sophie Mckenzie
The Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill
And a sampler of Under a Dancing Star by Laura Wood.
The books I picked up;
Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve
City Of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Shadowscent by P.M. Freestone
Call me Alastair by Cory Leonardo
Lightning Chase Me Home by Amber Lee Dodd
Thank you to the wonderful Scholastic for the fantastic event and for the goodies! I always enjoy your events and it was just wonderful! And to see everyone again :D
Yes, I know I've already done a post on my anticipated releases for March but, in my defense, I found a lot more books after that I am super excited for.
I have made it my goal this year to keep on top of release dates. I have been sent publishers catalogues, found some online and made lists of the books that sound intriguing and exciting to me!
Even the deepest-buried secrets can find their way to the surface...
Moments before she dies, Nicola's grandmother Betty whispers to her that there are babies at the bottom of the garden.
Nicola's mother claims she was talking nonsense. However, when Nicola's daughter finds a bone while playing in Betty's garden, it's clear that something sinister has taken place.
But will unearthing painful family secrets end up tearing Nicola's family apart?
What if you found out that you'd been married to a stranger?
Nuala and James had the perfect relationship.
They were young and in love, and so Nuala didn't question why James told her to never contact his family or to visit the small Somerset town he was from.
But now James is dead, and Nuala needs to know what he was keeping from her all of those years.
Nuala is on her way to a town full of her husbands secrets. And she is about to discover that sometimes secrets are better left buried.
Cala, a stone farmhouse on the edge of a village in the Outer Hebrides, is home to four women – witches the locals say – who scratch out a living on its land. But after ten years of relative harmony, fractures are beginning to appear among them.
Eighteen-year-old Euna is tired of Cala's rigid hierarchy and arbitrary rules – the women must wear plain dress, attend strict rituals and consume only what they grow or gather with their hands. Sick of scavenged seaweed and thin soup, Euna decides to go in search of a different way of living.
Who do you know better? Your oldest friend? Or your child?
And who should you believe when one accuses the other of an abhorrent crime?
Jules and Holly have been best friends since university. They tell each other everything, trading revelations and confessions, and sharing both the big moments and the small details of their lives: Holly is the only person who knows about Jules’s affair; Jules was there for Holly when her husband died. And their two children – just three years apart – have grown up together.
So when Jules’s daughter Saffie makes a serious allegation against Holly’s son Saul, neither woman is prepared for the devastating impact this will have on their friendship or their families.
Especially as Holly, in spite of her principles, refuses to believe her son is guilty.
It’s been two months since a leaked explicit photo got Izzy involved in a political sex scandal – and the aftershock is far from over. The Bitches Bite Back movement is gathering momentum as a forum for teenage feminists, and when a girl at another school has a sex tape shared online, once again Izzy leads the charge against the slut-shamer. This time she wants to change the state law on revenge porn.
Izzy and her best friend Ajita are as hilarious as ever, using comedy to fight back against whatever the world throws at them, but Izzy is still reeling from her slut-shaming ordeal, feeling angry beyond belief and wondering – can they really make a change?
Perdita Lee may appear your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor flat with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there’s the gingerbread they make. Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it’s very popular in Druhástrana, the far-away (and, according to Wikipedia, non-existent) land of Harriet Lee’s early youth. In fact, the world’s truest lover of the Lee family gingerbread is Harriet’s charismatic childhood friend, Gretel Kercheval – a figure who seems to have had a hand in everything (good or bad) that has happened to Harriet since they met.
Years later, when teenaged Perdita sets out to find her mother’s long-lost friend, it prompts a new telling of Harriet’s story, as well as a reunion or two. As the book follows the Lees through encounters with jealousy, ambition, family grudges, work, wealth, and real estate, gingerbread seems to be the one thing that reliably holds a constant value.
Maddie and Ian's romance began when he was serving in the British Army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend Jo in Europe. Now sixteen years later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America.
But when an accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian's PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son Charlie; and the couple's tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.
From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, the years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of shocking crime.
But what in this beautiful home has gone so terribly bad?
The enchanted island of Janda Baik, in the Malay Archipelago, has long been home to witches. And Muna and her sister Sakti wake on its shores under a curse, which has quite stolen away their memories. Their only hope of salvation lies in distant Britain, where the Sorceress Royal runs a controversial academy for female magicians. But the pair travel via the formidable Fairy Queen’s realm, where Sakti simply disappears.
To save her sister, Muna must learn to navigate Regency London’s high society and trick the English into believing she’s a magical prodigy. But when the Sorceress Royal’s friends become accidentally embroiled in a plot – involving the Fairy Queen’s contentious succession – Muna is drawn right in. She must also find Sakti, break their curse and somehow stay out of trouble. But if fairyland’s true queen does finally return, trouble may find her first . . .
YOU’VE LOST YOUR DAUGHTER.
She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. You haven’t seen her in six months.
Then you find her busking in New York’s Central Park.
But she’s not the girl you remember. This woman is frail, filthy, terrified, and in more trouble than you ever imagined.
You don’t stop to think. You approach her. You beg her to come home.
You follow. What choice do you have? And as you descend into the dark, dangerous world she's lost herself in, you quickly find yourself out of your depths. Down here, no-one is safe – and now both of you might never make it out alive…
THE COMING END
When Skye Rogers and her twin brother Red move to Manhattan, rumours of a coming global apocalypse are building. But this does not stop the young elite of New York from partying without a care.
CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?
And then suddenly Skye is invited to join an exclusive gang known as the Secret Runners of New York.
But this is no ordinary clique - they have access to an underground portal that can transport them into the future. And what Skye discovers in the future is horrifying . . .
RUN! AS FAST AS YOU CAN!
As society crumbles and Skye and Red race to figure out how to use their knowledge to survive the impending annihilation, they soon discover that the chaotic end of the world is a fine time for revenge . . .
Today I want to share the books I got in January.
I will say I didn't buy any books in January as it was a very poor month. All of these books where sent to me by publishers or I picked up at book events! I will also share the books I was approved for on Netgalley.