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 August 2018.
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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Scholastic (August 28, 2018)
Print Length: 272 pages
Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.
When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.
Victoria (V.E.) Schwab has become an auto-buy author for me ever since I finished her ‘Shades of Magic’ series at the beginning of 2017, so it comes as no surprise that her newest release is making this list. What is different about my inevitable purchase of City of Ghosts, however, is that it is of middle grade novel variety. Hopefully the writing I’ve come to love from Schwab’s adult novels doesn’t get lost in translation for a ‘younger’ audience.
Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves #1) by Mary E. Pearson
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company (August 7, 2018)
Print Length: 384 pages
When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.
At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.
Another auto-buy author for me, Mary E. Pearson’s very anticipated release in the Remnant Chronicles universe, Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves #1), is finally set for publication this month. You can bet I’ll be heading to my local bookstore to pick this gorgeous book up on aforementioned release date, and then expect a review sometime in the following two weeks or so.
In Another Time by Caroline Leech
Publisher: HarperTeen (August 28, 2018)
Print Length: 384 pages
I’m sure this is getting very redundant but I promise this is the last auto-buy author book recommendation this month. In Another Time is a Leech’s follow-up to her debut novel, Wait for Me, which I gave five stars to back when I read it in 2017. Boasting to be another YA historical fiction romance hit, I cannot even express how excited I am to get my hands on this book!
#Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil
Publisher: Freeform (August 7, 2018)
Print Length: 352 pages
WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 8/18 citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.
When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman’s cast of executioners kill them off one by one?
With an intriguing premise, #Murdertrending sounds like it could either be a hit or a miss in terms of my personal reading preferences. I’m interested to see how McNeil mixes history with a perspective future and how exactly she’s going to paint social media to the reader. I guess I’ll have to pick this one up in order to find out.
The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
Publisher: Head of Zeus (August 9, 2018)
Print Length: 320 pages
1967: Four female scientists invent a time-travel machine. They are on the cusp of fame: the pioneers who opened the world to new possibilities. But then one of them suffers a breakdown and puts the whole project in peril…
2017: Ruby knows her beloved Granny Bee was a pioneer, but they never talk about the past. Though time travel is now big business, Bee has never been part of it. Then they receive a message from the future – a newspaper clipping reporting the mysterious death of an elderly lady…
2018: When Odette discovered the body she went into shock. Blood everywhere, bullet wounds, flesh. But when the inquest fails to answer any of her questions, Odette is frustrated. Who is this dead woman that haunts her dreams? And why is everyone determined to cover up her murder?
Besides this being a very pretty book, The Psychology of Time Travel caught my eye due to its unique synopsis from a debut author. Part science-fiction, part historical fiction, part murder mystery, this book seemingly has everything I could want in a book, I just hope Mascarenhas can turn this concept into a brilliant novel.
A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan
Publisher: Blink (August 14, 2018)
Print Length: 312 pages
King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.
Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.
Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?
A Touch of Gold caught my interest due it its rather unique retelling of the Midas myth. While I know the gist of the source material, I don’t want to re-antiquate myself with it prior to picking this book up as many in the Goodreads comments have said that going into this book relatively blind helps with the enjoyment of it.
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And those are just some of the books that are being released in August 2018 that I am excited for. Feel like I missed one of your most anticipated August releases? Leave a comment down below and help my TBR grow.