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 September 2018.
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The Curses (The Graces #2) by Laure Eve
Publisher: Amulet Books (September 4, 2018)
Print Length: 336 pages
Picking up the pieces after the chilling events of the previous year isn’t easy, but the Graces are determined to do it. Wolf is back after a mysterious disappearance, and everyone’s eager to return to normal. Except for Summer, the youngest Grace. Summer has a knack for discovering the truth—and something is troubling her. After a trail of clues leads her to what could be the key to both her family’s mysterious past and the secret of Wolf, she’s determined to vanquish yet another curse. But exposing secrets is a dangerous game, and it’s not one Summer can win alone.
At Summer’s behest, the coven comes back together, reluctantly drawing their erstwhile friend River back into the fold. But Wolf’s behavior becomes unpredictable even as Fenrin’s strength fades, and Summer must ask herself whether the friend she so loves is also planning her family’s ultimate, cursed demise.
While I had some issues with Laure Eve’s first novel, The Graces, I saw potential within the characters of River, Thalia, Fenrin, and Summer to add The Curses on to my want to read shelf. If you like dark, slow burning mysteries with just a hint of magic I would definitely recommend you check this book series out.
Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco
Publisher: JIMMY Patterson (September 18, 2018)
Print Length: 416 pages
Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.
But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?
No surprise that the third book in the ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ series made it on to my September book releases to look forward to list. When I initially read Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula I was a skeptic just because of how acclaimed the series was, but I was wrong and here we are.
The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck
Publisher: Delacorte Press (September 11, 2018)
Print Length: 416 pages
Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.
Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.
Besides the cover of The Lantern’s Ember immediately catching my eye the premise of a boy making a deal with the devil and then having to live with himself for hundreds of years isn’t too shabby either. I don’t know about you, but it all sounds very Halloween-ie to me.
Lethal White (Comoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith
Publisher: Sphere (September 18, 2018)
Print Length: 656 pages
When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.
Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott—once his assistant, now a partner in the agency—set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.
And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been—Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much trickier than that.
I’m sure I am not the only one to put Lethal White (Comoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith, a.k.a J.K Rowling, but it is the only book on this list that I have a pre-order for and therefore why it is making my list. Harry Potter it is not but it is nice to have another series I care deeply enough for to ensure I have it in my hands on release date.
Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton
Publisher: Margaret McElderry Books (September 18, 2018)
Print Length: 320 pages
Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of the Devil’s Forest.
Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early.
Bound by duty, secrets, and the love they share for one another, Mairwen, a spirited witch; Rhun, the expected saint; and Arthur, a restless outcast, will each have a role to play as the devil demands a body to fill the bargain. But the devil these friends find is not the one they expect, and the lies they uncover will turn their town—and their hearts—inside out.
Another Halloween-esk addition to my book releases to look forward to September edition, Strange Grace sounds like a book very reminiscent of something you’d find Leslye Walton or Ava Dellaira writing on. Besides the premise, I read Gratton’s The Queens of Innis Lear earlier in the year so if the synopsis doesn’t pull you in let me recommend to you her vivid writing style.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (September 4, 2018)
Print Length: 272 pages
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.
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.
A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov’s experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.
It wouldn’t be a books to look forward to post without mentioning at least one World War II historical fiction novel. This one is of particular interest to me as it is a fictionalized retelling of an actual survivor, Lale Sokolov.
Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) by Kendare Blake
Publisher: HarperTeen (September 4, 2018)
Print Length: 464 pages
Katharine sits on the throne, Mirabella and Arsinoe are in hiding, and an unexpected renegade is about to wage a war of her own. The crown has been won, but these queens are far from done.
It should come as no surprise to people who have read this blog before that Blake’s Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) made this list. A dark and atmospheric YA fantasy novel, I cannot wait to see what Katharine, Mirabella, and Arsinoe get themselves up to this time around.
Vengeful (Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab
Publisher: Tor (September 25, 2018)
Print Length: 400 pages
Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.
Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.
For those who read Vicious (Villains #2) way back when it was released in 2013 you know how much of a struggle it has been to not know the outcome of the tangled lives of Victor, Eli, and Sydney. The only thing about this release is I know if I’m going to be buying this cover, I’ll also have to buy the cover change for Vicious. Goodbye savings account.
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And those are just some of the books that are being released in September 2018 that I am excited for. Feel like I missed one of your most anticipated September releases? Leave a comment down below and help my TBR grow.