September is an excellent month for new releases! Not only is it plentiful with content, but the quality of books is high as well. In fact, the sequel to my #1 read of 2015 releases tomorrow!!! Trust me when I say the excitement can barely be contained. Beyond that, I’ll be discussing two awesome fantasies, two contemporaries, one horror, and one retelling. You’ll definitely want your TBR shelf on standby when reading this post! So without further ado…let’s cut to the books!
1.Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Crooked Kingdom is one of my most anticipated releases for the ENTIRE YEAR. You read that right. Not September, not fall, but all of 2016. So of course it had to make an appearance here! In fact, I’m so excited for the magic Leigh Bardugo is cooking up that I preordered it from the library. Meaning in a mere two weeks (ish) I’m likely to have devoured this story whole. Meaning the excitement level is high here. I can’t delve too far into my anticipation for the sake of spoilers, but let me just say these three words. Cliff. Hanger. Ending. We all know the pain of waiting for a sequel to tie up our burning questions, but Six of Crows in particular gouged a hole through my heart. In any case, that’s a true testament to Bardugo’s strength as a storyteller…and an indication as to why you should check out SoC. These are the perfect books to marathon (gripping plot, developed characters, swoon worthy romance, rich setting), so get on it! My inner book pusher promises you won’t regret it!
2.Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Yet another new release I’m super excited for, Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns. Though the premise behind her new series sounds great (three powerful sisters, vying for one crown), it’s the strength of her past work that really sucked me in. For those of you not in the know, Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood duology is basically the greatest thing since sliced bread. It was gritty, it was fun, it was romantic, and really just straight up entertaining. I always appreciate how she can take a serious, drama filled topic and infuse it with such light hearted moments. It’s a rare skill, but one that elevates a piece to the next level IMO. So with that in mind, I’ve got all my fingers crossed hoping Three Dark Crowns follows in a similar vein. Beyond that though, here’s the other prerequisite I have to see fulfilled: characterization!!! With three MC’s, Blake has a great opportunity to make each one unique and dynamic. Really the sky’s the limit with all the possibilities she has to investigate sister dynamics, power struggles, and more. It’s a small thing I ask, but one that cannot be overlooked!
3.Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
I LOVE (all letters must be caps) the idea driving Vassa in the Night. I don’t want to say it’s one of the coolest ever…but it’s one of the coolest ever. Let me just summarize the Goodreads synopsis a bit. In a nutshell, it’s a retelling of a Russian folktale (spoiler alert: I love Russia) set in modern Brooklyn (spoiler alert: I also love NYC). Protagonist Vassa must outsmart a cunning shopkeeper, in order to free her neighborhood from a terrible curse. Oh yeah, and she’s aided by a wooden doll. Very, very strange stuff Sarah Porter’s got going in her most recent novel. More than that though, one of my favorite reviewers gave the ARC a glowing review. Granted this isn’t a scientific method, but Emily May (check her out on Goodreads) and myself are pretty in sync. But when she says it’s a “dark, gory, magical tale full of beautiful imagery”, you better believe I’ll take note. Here’s hoping many other bookworms give this eclectic story a chance as well.
4.The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
I did a whole Waiting On Wednesday post on The Female of the Species. One where I (obviously) waxed poetic on my extreme excitement for Mindy McGinnis’ first contemporary. I’ll link it here in case you’re in need of even more shrieks of anticipation. But if not, here are some highlights from my post. Firstly, let’s discuss that cover. Is it not the greatest neon display to come out of YA publishing? I think so. It’s eclectic, it’s fun, and it’s in stark contrast to the book’s gritty synopsis. Which is also, not so coincidentally, awesome. I expect a lot of strong character development to come out of the three MC’s, and even better storytelling. McGinnis has given herself a lot to work with, so I better be seeing some unique avenues taken. Beyond that, as anyone who’s read Not a Drop to Drink knows, I just need that strong voice all her stories possess. The one that makes me go, ‘Yes, this is a Mindy McGinnis novel’. If TFofS manages to pull that off as its predecessor did, prepare for lots of gushes in the coming months.
5.The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics
Every October I set out, determined to increase my view of YA horror. And each year, to mixed results, I find at least a few intriguing selections for my TBR. This time around, Amy Lukavics sophomore novel, The Women in the Walls, has made the cut. I won’t go into too much detail about the plot (it’s reminiscent of every cheesy horror in the history of cheesy horrors), but what really drew me to it was Lukavics first novel. I heard absolutely awesome things about Daughters Unto Devils and am really hoping the magic carries on. In particular, readers cite Lukavics keen eye for crafting scenes that will make you jump. I’ve noticed in the few horrors I’ve read that this is easier said than done, and can totally make or break a book’s atmosphere. Because really. What is a so-called scary book, if it can’t make you semi afraid to sleep that night? I’d love to know what others have thought of Lukavics prior work, as I embark on my October horror challenge.
6.The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill
The Cat King of Havana is one quirky little book. And I mean that in the most appreciative manner possible. Really, Tom Crosshill’s entrance into YA features one thing us millennials love before all else: viral cat videos (hence the titular cat king). What could possibly be better than that gem? A combination of salsa dancing, Cuban culture, and Cold War politics. Duh! Many a great, eclectic, funky idea has been ruined by run of the mill writing though, so here’s the other aspects that will push Havana to a whole new level. Firstly, good characters (the essential ingredient to any great book). I need Rick to be more than a John Green inspired nerd. I need Ana to have more personality beyond her inherent perfection. I need a good supporting cast, and even stronger relationships between them. This also must be accompanied by a unique voice. Be it humorous, motivational, heartfelt, or any combination of the three, I need to feel that Crosshill is a storyteller worth looking out for. Also, as an added bonus for this fickle bookworm, more historical elements, please!
Are you guys interested in checking out any of these new releases? What are you most anticipating this September? Let me know in the comments!
-Keep Calm and Read On