Most Anticipated Book Releases: September 2018

September is upon us, and with it comes a host of new book releases! There are so many books I’m looking forward to this month. I thought about trimming the list back, but I decided not to because all of these deserve a place to shine and be acknowledged. (After all, who knows when I’ll be able to read and review them?)

The top spot for this month goes to…

vengeful

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab is the highly yearned for sequel to Villains, which was both a concept that paid tribute to superheroes and villains while also flipping the genre on its head. I’m in love with Victor, who has the ability to cause or deaden pain, and Eli can go jump off a bridge. Who’s the hero and who’s the villain? Well. I’m super excited for the additional cast members as well, both old and new. Congrats to Schwab for having my most highly anticipated book for the second month in a row! I can’t help it. That’s just how much I love her and look forward to her writing. Release date: September 25

 

Wildcard by Marie Lu has been on my radar the second I finished Warcross, which completely, unexpectedly blew me away. I loved the premise of virtual reality meets fierce competition and a dash of spy work, and Emika Chen is an incredible protagonist. I can’t wait to see what she does next and how her tenuous relationships with Hideo and the mysterious Zero progress. Still not wild about that cover, though, alas… (Oh, God, I did not mean to make that pun, I’m so sorry.) Release date: September 18

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna almost passed me by completely, so I’m glad I finally read its synopsis because now, I’m dying for it! Inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories, this novel is a space opera of epic proportions, promising capricious gods, a cursed queen, kingdoms built on the backs of ships, and a warrior protagonist named Esmae, who will do whatever it takes the win the crown back for her brother…yet things have a way of not going according to plan. Release date: September 11

 

Rule by Ellen Goodlett seems like the typical “three sister queens have to compete for the crown” story at first glance, but Goodlett has flipped the trope on its head. Not only are vastly different half-sisters Zofi, Akeylah, and Ren unaware of their illegitimate status as the dying king’s daughters, but also they each have a secret that could get them killed if it was ever discovered. The king summons them, expecting one of them to rise as his new heir, only for someone in the kingdom to begin blackmailing the girls, prime to expose their secrets to prevent any of them from claiming their right to rule. Release date: September 11

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White is going to be amazing and dark and full of grit, I already know. Elizabeth Lavenza is living half-starved with a “caregiver” who physically abuses her and is threatening to throw her out on the streets. All that changes when she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, a serious and solitary boy. Elizabeth makes herself indispensable to the Frankenstein family and befriends Victor. However, as the two grow, Elizabeth’s survival depends on navigating Victor’s dangerous temper and humoring his every whim, no matter how depraved. But how far will Elizabeth go to stay alive? Release date: September 25

 

Monstress, Vol. 3: Haven by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda is finally coming out! This graphic novel has been such an unexpected but incredible find. Helmed by female writers, illustrators, and a predominately female cast, Monstress is set in an alternate matriarchal 1900s Asia and follows Maika Halfwolf. Maika is struggling with PTSD brought on by the war between humans and hybrid Arcanics. She’s also trying to understand the psychic link she has with a monster and how to harness the power it’s offering, which is quickly making her a target of both human and otherworldly forces. The art is gorgeous, the story is dark, and I couldn’t be more ready to continue Maika’s journey. Release date: September 11

For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig is another unexpected find that I’m intrigued by. Jetta’s family are famous shadow players, whose trade secret allows puppets to move without strings. In truth, Jetta can see recently departed souls and bind them to the puppets, a magic now outlawed after the colonial army conquered Jetta’s country. Jetta’s goal is to use her talent to get her family aboard the royal ship to Aquitan, where shadow plays are in vogue and the Mad King is rumored to have a spring to cure his sicknesses. But as rebellion stirs, Jetta meets a young smuggler and her situation becomes much more complicated. I’m looking forward to Heilig’s new world, which blends Asian cultures and French colonialism, the fact that Jetta is apparently bi-polar, and how this story will be told in unconventional ways, not only in prose but also through scripts and telegrams. Release date: September 25

 

The Demon Race by Alexandria Warwick would normally not be a story on my radar, but… It might be my brand?? Once every thousand years, the Demon Race tests the will and strength of riders as they race across the Saraj to obtain the prize of a lifetime. Namali Hafshar sees it as the opportunity to escape her arranged marriage, but to compete, she must ride on a daeva, a shadow demon seeking to infect her soul with darkness. The desert is dangerous, and so is Namali’s trust in fellow competitor Sameen, for as her affections for him grow, so does the darkness in her heart. After all, only one can win the Demon Race. Release date: September 18

Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer follows Nita, who dissects supernatural beings’ body parts, but it’s her mother who actually kills them and sells their parts on the black market. The day her mother brings home a live specimen is the day Nita decides her mother has gone too far. However, Nita’s attempt to rescue him results in her being sold on the black market instead, for she is also a supernatural being. Now that she’s the one being bars, there isn’t a line Nita won’t cross to escape, get her life back, and ensure she’s never held captive again. Release date: September 4

Solo: A Star Wars Story by Mur Lafferty is the novelization of the film, which was absolutely fantastic and deserved so much more love and recognition than it received. But I won’t get into all that. I’m expecting good things from this novelization because it’s an expanded edition, featuring scenes that weren’t in or were rewritten for the film. I look forward to seeing more interactions between Han, Chewie, Lando, and L3, more information about Becket and his smuggler team, and (please) more about Dryden Vos, Qi’ra (my girl), and Darth Maul. Please let there be more Maul!!! Release date: September 6

 

Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis looks like it’s covering a lot. Nedra Brysstain leaves her rural home to attend the Yugen Academy to learn medicinal alchemy. Of course, she’s the lone scholarship student attending school with a bunch of rich kids who look down on her–except for Greggori “Grey” Astor, who is charmed by her brilliance, stubbornness, and studious behavior. The latter is due to Nedra’s determination to find a cure for the Plague sweeping across the North, endangering her family and all of Lunar Island’s citizens. But a cure is not easily found, and in desperation, Nedra begins turning to the darkest corners of alchemy, including necromancy, a path where even Grey might not be able to pull her back from. Release date: September 25

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren is one of those cute romantic comedies I like to read every once in a while. In between all my dark, messed up stuff, I need a dash of fluff sometimes. Hazel Bradford knows she’s a lot of person to take, and most men fall epically short at meeting the challenge. Josh Im has known Hazel since collage, where her zaniness clashed with his mellow restraint. Her antics always caused Josh to view her as a spectacle rather than a peer, but ten years later, they reconnect after Josh’s girlfriend cheats on him. Going out with Hazel by comparison is a breath of fresh air. Not that they’re dating each other. And not that setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s anything between them. Right? Release date: September 4

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner is a magical realism novel following Jewish sisters Liba and Laya. Despite Jews having troubling times elsewhere, the sisters have lived sheltered lives in their tiny village surrounded by vast forests. All that changes when Liba discovers her father can turn into a bear, her mother a swan, a secret she must guard carefully, even from Laya. But Laya soon falls under the spell of a troupe of mysterious men who arrive in town, and they are not the only dangerous things lurking in the woods. Liba and Laya have to rely on each other if they are to become the women they need to be and save their people from the dark forces that are surrounding them. Release date: September 25

And that, as they say, is that. I’m gearing up for all of these for so many different reasons, and I hope my little blurbs did them justice to get you excited, too. Which ones are you looking forward to the most? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments, and have a wonderful next month of reading!

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