Hello friends! Lately I’ve been reading a lot of backlisted books (which is good), but there’s been so many new books coming out that I’m dying to read. So I thought I’d share my most anticipated releases for September 🙂
Sadie by Courtney Summers | Goodreads
Young Adult – Mystery – Contemporary
“Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.”
Mystery isn’t typically my genre of choice, but I’ve heard good things about this book and I haven’t read a good murder mystery in a while.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green | Goodreads
Young Adult – Fiction – Contemporary
“The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.
Now April has to deal with the pressure on her relationships, her identity, and her safety that this new position brings, all while being on the front lines of the quest to find out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.”
I had no idea what this book was about until right now, I just knew I would be reading it anyways because I will support Hank Green in all of his endeavors. I know he has been working on writing his first book for a while, I’m so happy/proud that it’s finally here!
It’s interesting that this book’s main genre categorization is “contemporary” – the appearance of strange sculptures around the world made me think extraterrestrial/sci-fi? Also the, “what they want from us” – so they are sentient, then? Why isn’t this sci-fi! I guess I’ll have to wait to find out, haha.
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren | Goodreads
Romance – Contemporary – Adult
“Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss.
Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.
Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?”
So turns out I have stopped disguising my desire to read romance as “but I’m also reading it for the fantasy aspect!” considering this book is nothing but romance. I am unbothered by this turn of events. This synopsis sounds wonderful, friends to lovers is almost as good as enemies to lovers.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris | Goodreads
Historical Fiction – Holocaust – Adult – Romance
“This tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.
Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.
One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.”
Historical fiction used to be one of my favorite genres, but I have almost none at all this past year. This story in particular sounds extremely emotional and moving, and I’m really looking forward to reading it.
A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney | Goodreads
Fantasy – Young Adult – Retelling
“The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.
Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before.”
A modern day Alice in Wonderland retelling – YES. This sounds so cool.
Imposters by Scott Westerfeld | Goodreads
Young Adult – Science Fiction – Dystopia
“Frey and Rafi are inseparable . . . but very few people have ever seen them together. This is because Frey is Rafi’s double, raised in the shadow’s of their rich father’s fortress. While Rafi has been taught to charm, Frey has been taught to kill. Frey only exists to protect her sister. There is no other part of her life. Frey has never been out in the world on her own – until her father sends her in Rafi’s place to act as collateral for a dangerous deal. Everyone thinks she’s her sister – but Col, the son of a rival leader, is starting to get close enough to tell the difference. As the stakes grow higher and higher, Frey must decide whether she can trust him – or anyone in her life”
Wait, what year is it? A science fiction dystopian novel – I feel like we’re back in 2012. Which is probably the last time I read a dystopian novel. They’re not really my favorite. But something about this synopsis intrigues me. It makes me feel a bit nostalgic for YA back in the day.
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White | Goodreads
Historical Fiction – Young Adult – Retelling
“Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything–except a friend.
Victor is her escape from misery…But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth’s survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness”
So this sounds…disturbing. I’m not sure If I’m prepared for this book. Is this going to be an episode of American Horror Story?
The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner | Goodreads
Fantasy – Magical Realism – Adult
“Captivating and boldly imaginative, with a tale of sisterhood at its heart, Rena Rossner’s debut fantasy invites you to enter a world filled with magic, folklore, and the dangers of the woods.
Raised in a small village surrounded by vast forests, Liba and Laya have lived a peaceful sheltered life – even if they’ve heard of troubling times for Jews elsewhere. When their parents travel to visit their dying grandfather, the sisters are left behind in their home in the woods.
Soon a troupe of mysterious men appear in town and Laya falls under their spell-despite their mother’s warning to be wary of strangers. And these are not the only dangers lurking in the woods…“
As soon as I read this synopsis, it instantly reminded me of Wildwood Dancing, a magical fantasy novel that I absolutely loved. Magic and folklore are two of my favorite subgenres in fantasy, so I’m really looking forward to this one.
So that’s it! Are any of these books on your TBR? Or have you already read an ARC of one of these? Let me know!