With new books coming out every week and some getting more recognition than others it’s time again to list of book releases that I’m excited about in a particular month.
So, grab a beverage of choice and get ready to learn about some of the books I’m looking forward to being released in July 2018.
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Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
Publisher:Thomas Nelson (July 10, 2018)
Print Length: 448 pages
Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.
But what if death finds him first?
Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.
The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.
The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.
No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes just sounds like an interesting take on one of Britain’s most explosive periods in history. While there is no contemporary accounts of whether or not Guy Fawkes fathered children, there are sources that claim he married and had a son, so to see an author take speculation of a prominent historical figure and add fantastical elements, to say I’m intrigued is an understatement.
Publisher:Del Rey Books (July 17, 2018)
Print Length: 384 pages
Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, a hero, the Chosen One, was born . . . and so begins every fairy tale ever told.
This is not that fairy tale.
There is a Chosen One, but he is unlike any One who has ever been Chosened.
And there is a faraway kingdom, but you have never been to a magical world quite like the land of Pell.
There, a plucky farm boy will find more than he’s bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower. First there’s the Dark Lord who wishes for the boy’s untimely death . . . and also very fine cheese. Then there’s a bard without a song in her heart but with a very adorable and fuzzy tail, an assassin who fears not the night but is terrified of chickens, and a mighty fighter more frightened of her sword than of her chain-mail bikini. This journey will lead to sinister umlauts, a trash-talking goat, the Dread Necromancer Steve, and a strange and wondrous journey to the most peculiar “happily ever after” that ever once-upon-a-timed.
I love books that take popular conventions in any given genre and turn them on their heads. If “There is a chosen one, but he is unlike any One who has ever been Chosened” doesn’t tick those boxes off I don’t know what will. Plus, if you know me at all you know I love cheese, so having a Dark Lord who shares my appreciation is always a good thing.
Killing It: An Education by Camas Davis
Publisher:Penguin Press (July 24, 2018)
Print Length: 352 pages
Camas Davis was at an unhappy crossroads. A longtime magazine writer and editor in the food world, she’d returned to her home state of Oregon with her boyfriend from New York City to take an appealing job at a Portland lifestyle magazine. But neither job nor boyfriend delivered on her dreams, and in the span of a year, Davis was unemployed, on her own, with nothing to fall back on. Disillusioned by the years she’d spent mediating the lives of others for a living, she had no idea what to do next. She did know one thing: She no longer wanted to write about the real thing; she wanted to be the real thing.
So when a friend told her about Kate Hill, an American woman living in Gascony, France who ran a cooking school and took in strays in exchange for painting fences and making beds, it sounded like just what she needed. She discovered a forgotten credit card that had just enough credit on it to buy a plane ticket and took it as kismet. Upon her arrival, Kate introduced her to the Chapolard brothers, a family of Gascon pig farmers and butchers, who were willing to take Camas under their wing, inviting her to work alongside them in their slaughterhouse and cutting room. In the process, the Chapolards inducted her into their way of life, which prizes pleasure, compassion, community, and authenticity above all else.
So begins Camas Davis’s funny, heartfelt, searching memoir of her unexpected journey to become a successful and enlightened butcher. It’s a story that takes her from an eye-opening stint in rural France where deep artisanal craft and whole animal gastronomy thrives despite the rise of mass scale agribusiness, back to a Portland in the throes of a food revolution, where it suddenly seems possible to translate much of this old-world craft into a new world setting. Camas faces hardships and heartaches along the way, but in the end, Killing It is about what it means to pursue the real thing and to dedicate your life to it.
While this doesn’t seem like it would be a book I would naturally gravitate towards, the odd nature of Killing It: An Education struck a cord with me. Also, I’m hoping to learn a thing or two about cooking in France without pastries being involved.
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Publisher:HarperTeen (July 3, 2018)
Print Length: 320 pages
The daughter of two astronauts, Romy Silvers is no stranger to life in space. But she never knew how isolating the universe could be until her parents’ tragic deaths left her alone on theInfinity, a spaceship speeding away from Earth.
Romy tries to make the best of her lonely situation, but with only brief messages from her therapist on Earth to keep her company, she can’t help but feel like something is missing. It seems like a dream come true when NASA alerts her that another ship, the Eternity, will be joining the Infinity.
Romy begins exchanging messages with J, the captain of theEternity, and their friendship breathes new life into her world. But as the Eternity gets closer, Romy learns there’s more to J’s mission than she could have imagined. And suddenly, there are worse things than being alone….
I have heard nothing but good things about The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. It has an interesting premise in which it seems that there is going to be a prominent voice, given that Romy is alone in Space. Out of all the books on my list, this is probably my most anticipated for the month of July.
Scream All Night by Derek Milman
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (July 24, 2018)
Print Length: 400 pages
Dario Heyward knows one thing: He’s never going back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens of cult classic B-horror movies. It’s been three years since Dario’s even seen the place, after getting legally emancipated from his father, the infamous director of Moldavia’s creature features.
But then Dario’s brother invites him home to a mysterious ceremony involving his father and a tribute to his first film—The Curse of the Mummy’s Tongue. Dario swears his homecoming will be a one-time visit. A way for him to get closure on his past—and reunite with Hayley, his first love and costar of Zombie Children of the Harvest Sun, a production fraught with real-life tragedy—and say good-bye for good. But the unthinkable happens—Dario gets sucked back into the twisted world of Moldavia and the horrors, both real and imagined, he’s left there.
With only months to rescue the sinking studio and everyone who has built their lives there, Dario must confront the demons of his past—and the uncertainties of his future. But can he escape the place that’s haunted him his whole life?
What would one of my lists be without a creepy, horror filled novel. Scream All Night sounds like its going to be amazing, and the reviews are reflecting my expectations. What I’m hoping is this novel is chalk full of horror Easter-eggs, creepy castles, and dark humor. Don’t let me down Milman.
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Publisher:Katherine Tegen Books (July 31, 2018)
Print Length: 368 pages
Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.
A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.
But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.
Sea Witch has been on my Goodreads TBR for a hot second, and I am happy to report my wait is almost over. I’m so excited to see how Henning is going to retell the story of Ursula, I mean Evie, and considering I am trying to stop myself from reading Christina Henry’s The Mermaid until the end of the year, I need all the mermaid stories I can get.
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And those are just some of the books that are being released in July 2018 that I am excited for. Feel like I missed one of your most anticipated July releases? Leave a comment down below and help my TBR grow.