It isn’t officially fall yet, but school’s started and it’s September, so we’re almost there. Because of this, I thought it was a good time to talk about the books to be released this fall that I’m most excited about. Extremely excited about.
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
November 6, 2018
Archenemies is the second book of the Renegades Trilogy. Renegades is about Nova, a girl living in a peaceful civilization where a group humans with special and unique powers reign after having taken over during a time of chaos. They seem like heroes of the city at first, but things aren’t really so calm. Nova hates the Renegades and wants revenge, but then she meets Adrian, a Renegade, a firm believer in justice, and a boy who manages to change everything. I’m not good at writing book reviews, but Renegades is one of the best books I have ever read, and though at I was hesitant about the superhero vibes it gave off, it’s thrilling, suspenseful, and filled with characters that seem alive. If you haven’t read Renegades yet, I now recommend skipping down to the next book so that nothing gets spoiled.
I haven’t read the book yet, so I stole this from Amazon:
Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other’s worst nightmare.
Nova’s double life is about to get a lot more complicated:
As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian’s patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City.
As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist – a group of of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them most.
But as Nova, her feelings for Adrian are deepening, despite the fact that he is the son of her sworn enemies and, unbeknownst to Nova, he has some dangerous secrets of his own.
In this second installment of the Renegades trilogy, Nova, Adrian, and the rest of their crew – Ruby, Oscar, and Danna — are faced with escalating crime in Gatlon City, while covert weapons and conflicting missions have Nova and Adrian questioning not only their beliefs about justice, but also the feelings they have for each other.
The line between good and evil has been blurred, but what’s clear to them both is that too much power could mean the end of their city – and the world – as they know it.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald by J.K. Rowling
November 16, 2018
“The Crimes of Grindlewald” isn’t exactly a book; it’s a movie but with it comes a screenplay by our queen, J.K. Rowling. The cover is so detailed and well-designed that we can already infer a large amount of information: there must be some action going on in Paris, I see a “NF”, most likely standing for Nicholas Flamel, the Deathly Hallows are visible in two places, I believe the “Dark Mark” is present, and of course there are a variety of magical creatures. Though a screenplay and a book really aren’t the same thing, J.K. Rowling can be trusted to both create a engrossing story, and bring us safely back home to Hogwarts.
Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd
October 2, 2018
I got an advanced reader copy of Grim Lovelies early this summer to read, and these are two separate review/synopsis paragraphs I wrote.
In a land not far away, but intricately joined to ours, live the Witches, Haute, Goblins, and of course, Beasties. Five humans who were once animals have three days to find any way they can to prevent being turned back. In the course of retaining not only their bodies, but their personalities and memories, they walk the fine line between getting what they want most and and causing it to be destroyed. For magic is everywhere but comes with a cost. Readers will fall in love with Anouk, who seems innocent but becomes leader of her friends, and will be easily absorbed the flowing style of writing. Fly through Shepherd’s carefully woven tale, Grim Lovelies, and discover when the price for humanity is just too high.
Grim Lovelies is a book promising to draw in any reader wanting something unusual but enthralling. The plot is completely unique, about five humans, once animals, who have three days to prevent being turned back. The characters feel alive and find surprising alliances as the story unfolds. Anouk, the protagonist, begins as an innocent maid and goes through an extraordinary amount of development, yet this change never seems forced. The world this all occurs in at first seems like it could not be more different from ours, full of magic, yet underneath one can glimpse the similarities: prejudice, war, lust for power. With Grim Lovelies, thrillingly unpredictable, Shepherd has created a book that bookworms can not only read, but see.
A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma
September 4, 2018
This book has actually already come out, but only recently, so I’d still like to promote it. I read an advanced reader copy, and it was brilliant. This book is was a great ghost story, yet there was also a huge element of reality in it. Bina, the main character, had a father who was abusive, so she and her mother left. Because the insecurity of Bina’s mother, they became attached to another family and another man only a few days later. Though they are not the main focus of the story, the turbulent family dynamics are not glossed over. Another thing that I love is that Bina is not a badass female heroine. Don’t get me wrong, I made an entire post about those admirable ladies, but Bina is so relatable because she is an ordinary girl who’s trying to find herself and live her life peacefully. Warning: this book made me cry in the end, honestly. I didn’t realize how much I appreciated spoiler until it was gone. Suma’s writing is so graceful, and she can convey a huge amount information by saying very little.
From the back cover:
“[B]ina finds herself on the side of the road again, the city of her dreams calling for her. She has an old suitcase, a fresh black eye, and a room waiting for her at Catherine House, a young women’s residence in Greenwich Village with a tragic history, a vow of confidentiality, and dark, magical secrets. There, Bina is drawn to her enigmatic downstairs neighbor Monet, a girl who is equal parts intriguing and dangerous. As Bina’s lease begins to run out, and nightmare and memory get tangled, she will be forced to face the terrible truth of why she’s come to Catherine House and what it will cost for her to leave . . .”
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
October 23, 2018
This is the last installment in the Throne of Glass series, so if you’re interested, I recommend starting in the beginning with Assassin’s Blade, the prequel. It made up of novellas about Celeana Sardothien, a teenage girl who is already the most feared Assassin of her kingdom. This is one of my very favorite series’, it’s eight books and quite a commitment, but worth it. Maas is a truly gifted author and has created a series where each book is better than the last.
I haven’t read Kingdom of Ash yet, so I stole this one from Amazon too.
“Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…
With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.
And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.
As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.”
Sarah Maas posted that Kingdom of Ash is 992 pages. 992 pages of book induced agony, bliss, suspense, and satisfaction. I cannot wait.
If you hung around during this entire spiel, I’m pretty impressed. What book above looks most interesting to you? What are you looking forward to this fall?