Hey all! Back with another anticipated book release round, this time for August 2018. This year is just flying by, it seems, but at least the book releases have kept up.
I’m going to be doing the formatting for these a little differently, at least for now as I try new things out. But enough talking shop, let’s get to the books!
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab takes the top spot because frankly, I love Schwab and I trust her. After many successful YA and Adult series, she’s now bringing her talents to the Middle Grade genre. I haven’t read any Middle Grade books in a long time, so I’m excited to dive back in and meet Cassidy Blake and her ghost best friend, Jacob (and possibly a cat???) as they investigate Scotland for malevolent spirits who should’ve been sent beyond the Veil instead of being left to haunt her world. Sounds spooky and fun, I’m in! Release date: August 28
A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan is a King Midas retelling, only it centers on his daughter Kora, who still bares the consequences of her father’s wish. Her skin shines golden, and she can sense gold, which she’ll need to track down the thief who plundered Midas’ kingdom. Thieves, pirates, curses, a female protagonist learning who she is and what she’s capable of? This has so much that I want!! Release date: August 14
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker is in a similar vein, featuring protagonist Caledonia Styx and her all-female pirate crew, who have vowed to take down corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his fleet. But when one of his men helps Caledonia’s second-in-command survive and is looking to defect, Caledonia must decide: trust him as the key to destroying Athair or risk jeopardizing everything she and her crew have worked for. Release date: August 28
Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson takes place in the same world as her Remnant Chronicles, which I enjoyed (though The Heart of Betrayal was by far the best because of that villain, hoo boy!). In this, Jase is the new leader of the Ballenger empire, which adheres to their own rules and laws. When a new queen in another kingdom sends Kazi to investigate the empire’s transgressions, Jase and Kazi find themselves in an intimate cat and mouse game as they each try to achieve their own secret missions. Did you say #MyBrand? Release date: August 7
Mirage by Somaiya Daud follows Amani, a dreamer trapped on her isolated moon ruled by the brutal Vathek empire. Amani’s hopes for adventure are dashed when the regime kidnaps her and delivers her to the royal palace in secret. Amani is the perfect double for the half-Vathek Princess Maram, who is so reviled by her conquered people that she needs Amani to appear for her in public and possibly die in her place. Though Amani enjoys the palace’s beauty and the company of the princess’ fiancé, she must act her role to perfection or risk her death. Sounds excellent, I’m here. Release date: August 28
The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien (edited by Christopher Tolkien) chronicles one of the three “Great Tales” of the Elder Days where Morgoth and Ulmo, second in might only to Manwë, chief of the Valar, war over the city of Gondolin. There’s a lot of other stuff happening (it’s Middle Earth, after all), but how great is it that we’re still getting Lord of the Rings books? Of course, now I need to actually read The Silmarillion and catch up on all the other tales, but that’s besides the point. New book! Release date: August 30
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram has Darius Kellner taking his first-ever trip to Iran to meet his mother’s family, and while there he’ll hopefully find a way to deal with his clinical depression, disapproving father, and non-existent social life. What Darius doesn’t expect is Sohrab calling him by the original Persian version of his name, Darioush, and how that makes him feel. Part-coming-of-age, part-LGBT story, this is shaping up to have a lot of good yet bittersweet moments I’ll eat up. Release date: August 28
Vox by Christina Dalcher is a book I’m taking a risk on, but I think I will enjoy it as much as it will make me angry (which is, I believe, the point). When the American government passes a law to silence half the population, limiting women to speak only 100 words a day, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial. Surely this couldn’t be happening here? But soon, women are no longer able to work or be taught how to read or write, and Jean must do something to reclaim her voice, for herself, her daughter, and all women. Yeah, this’ll probably be good, but it’ll probably also piss me off, yay! Release date: August 21
That’s all from me this month. I hope you enjoyed reading this and are looking forward to these. What are your most anticipated book releases this August? What are you reading now or are hoping to make your next read? Let me know!