Introducing “What’s New Next Week?”, a new post I will be doing semi-regularly (or regularly but we will see about that). I know a lot of people already blog about new books coming out, but I am mainly doing this for me. Keeping up with releases is something I am terrible at and these posts might be my solution. Within these posts, I present about 10 books that will be released during the upcoming week. My main focus is to find books that sound unique which I have not seen featured a lot. I will mostly pick books I am interested in reading, but will occasionally also feature things because I think you guys might like it.
Released on Tuesday the 8th
THIS IS NOT THE END
By Chandler Baker
“I wonder if for the rest of my life, I’ll be haunted by beautiful days.
On one cloudless, radiant summer afternoon, Lake Devereaux lost everything. The car crash claimed the lives of her best friend and boyfriend, the people who had become her family after her own fell apart. But she doesn’t have to lose them both.
The development of resurrection technology has changed the world. Under the new laws regulating the process, each person gets one resurrection to be used or forfeited on their eighteenth birthday. Mere weeks away from turning eighteen, Lake faces an impossible choice.
Envisioning life without one of the people she loves most is shattering enough, but Lake carries an additional burden: years ago, under family pressure, Lake secretly—and illegally—promised her resurrection to someone who isn’t even dead yet.
The search for answers about her future draws Lake more deeply into the secrets of her past until she begins to question everything about those closest to her. Betrayals and hurts both new and old threaten to eclipse the memories she once cherished.
Then Lake meets a boy unlike anyone she’s encountered before, who unflinchingly embraces the darkest parts of her life… and who believes that all resurrections are wrong.
Which path is the right one? And how can Lake start to heal when she can’t move on?”
This sounds crazy! My instant thoughts are: what would I do? I have no idea. Which makes me want to read the book and see what the main character decides to do.
THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO
By F.C. Yee
“The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.
Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.
Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…”
How can you not be excited for a book has the words “Epic” and “Crush” in the title? It’s a serious question. How? The entire synopsis sounds amazing. Especially the part about turning things around and being a total badass.
SHIMMER AND BURN
By Mary Taranta
“Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.
Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.
With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.”
The synopsis didn’t necessarily hook me straight away. However, the early reviews were very positive. People are saying it has exceeded their expectations, it has compelling characters, a very unique magic system, etc. Which made me decide it was worth putting it here.
THE SPELLBOOK OF LOST AND FOUND
By Moïra Fowley-Doyle
“One stormy Irish summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hairclips and jewelry, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something much bigger, something she won’t talk about, and Olive thinks her best friend is slipping away.
Then seductive diary pages written by a girl named Laurel begin to appear all over town. And Olive meets three mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and her twin brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in an abandoned housing estate. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too—and like Rose, they’re holding tight to painful secrets.
When they discover the spellbook, it changes everything. Damp, tattered and ancient, it’s full of hand-inked charms to conjure back things that have been lost. And it just might be their chance to find what they each need to set everything back to rights.
Unless it’s leading them toward things that were never meant to be found…”
This synopsis just sounds so… mysterious? I want to find out what is happening! It doesn’t sound like any other book I know, which is always very exciting to find.
THE HEARTS WE SOLD
By Emily Lloyd-Jones
“When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.
With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?”
I’m not sure if this is something I would personally go for. The start of the synopsis sounds interesting, but it went downhill for me after it started talking about a love interest. However, I do think this sounds like a unique romance. So I thought some of you guys might be interested.
DEPRESSION & OTHER MAGIC TRICKS
By Sabrina Benaim
“Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem “Explaining My Depression to My Mother” has become a cultural phenomenon with over 5,000,000 views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration of daily life and of living. Benaim’s wit, empathy, and gift for language produce a work of endless wonder.”
The title is obviously what drew me to this one. Poetry is something I’m not that familiar with but would like to be. I hadn’t heard of Explaining My Depression to My Mother, so I just decided to check it out. It was so moving! I’m someone who isn’t great with metaphors or fancy language but this really got to me (though part of that is probably due to the emotion in her voice). I think this book is worth a shot, even if poetry isn’t your thing.
LITTLE & LION
By Brandy Colbert
“When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.
But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.“
If you are a Booktube watcher, you have probably already seen this one floating around. The dynamic between characters sounds very interesting. Also, to me it seems as though bipolar disorder is not being talked about as much as depression. So I am curious to see how it will be portrayed.
LEAGUE OF AMERICAN TRAITORS
By Matthew Landis
“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. . . .
When seventeen year-old Jasper is approached at the funeral of his deadbeat father by a man claiming to be an associate of his deceased parents, he’s thrust into a world of secrets tied to America’s history—and he’s right at the heart of it.
First, Jasper finds out he is the sole surviving descendant of Benedict Arnold, the most notorious traitor in American history. Then he learns that his father’s death was no accident. Jasper is at the center of a war that has been going on for centuries, in which the descendants of the heroes and traitors of the American Revolution still duel to the death for the sake of their honor.
His only hope to escape his dangerous fate on his eighteenth birthday? Take up the research his father was pursuing at the time of his death, to clear Arnold’s name.
Whisked off to a boarding school populated by other descendants of notorious American traitors, it’s a race to discover the truth. But if Jasper doesn’t find a way to uncover the evidence his father was hunting for, he may end up paying for the sins of his forefathers with his own life.”
“National Treasure meets Hamilton in a breathless history-based thriller from an outstanding new voice.” Since everybody has been going crazy over Hamilton the play, I thought it was a good one to showcase here. My knowledge of American history could be a lot better, but it still sounds great to me. “A boarding school populated by descendants of notorious traitors” Sign me up!… for reading the book… not for the school.
EMMA IN THE NIGHT
By Wendy Walker
“One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.”
The start of the synopsis sounds like a million other mystery/thriller books. But then there are some magic words… you had me at “dysfunctional family”.
Released on Thursday the 10th
THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ALCHEMIST’S DAUGHTER
By Theodora Goss
“Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.
But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.
When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.”
Look at that cover… isn’t it gorgeous? This is a mash-up of a bunch of well-loved classic horror stories. I have not read any of the stories that are mashed up in here (and hinted at in the synopsis). Oops! I think being familiar with the original stories will be critical if you want to enjoy this book fully and get all the references. So I don’t think this is for me, but it does sound amazing!
That was it! Some of the new books coming out next week.
Do any of these books catch your eye?
Have I successfully fed your monstrous TBR?
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!