Books to Check Out

In a previous thread, I linked to Epic Reads list of most anticipated books coming in August.  The Barnes & Noble Teen Blog has posted its own list of 22 books they are looking forward to in August.  The Snuggly Oranges book blog has also posted about the books she is most anticipating getting her hands on in the coming month.

Snuggly Oranges also posted an early review of August release Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, one that is far less positive than the review I linked too in the aforementioned previous post.  But then A Reader of Fictions posted her own review that made it very clear she ranked Nevernight up there with her all-time favourites.

Another book coming in August is The Telling, by Alexandra Sirowy, and the Great Imaginations blog was kind enough to provide us with an early review.  If you’re looking for a creepy read, it sounds like you won’t go wrong by picking up this book once August second rolls around.

Turning to book that are already on the shelves, booktuber BooksandLala posted a review of Never Ever by Sara Saedi.  She has some negative comments, but her review is ultimately a positive one about the first book in a series that reimagines Peter Pan.

A video from Epic Reads sees the authors of the Tiny Pretty Things duology, Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, play a game of Would You Rather.  This video won’t tell you much about their books, but I say that the duology about the dreams and schemes of the girls at a ballet school is a fun read, even though I found many of the characters difficult to like.  Heck, I found myself mostly sympathizing with Bette, who does something arguably unforgiveable just a few pages into the series.

Now looking beyond August, Epic Reads has a sneak peak of the upcoming October release Replica by Lauren Oliver.  The book tells the story of two girls, one of whom happens to be a clone, or replica.

Epic Reads also revealed news about a couple of recent book deals. Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows, who recently released My Lady Jane, have signed on for two spiritual sequels.  My Plain Jane will focus on Jane Eyre, while My Calamity Jane will tell an alternate story of Calamity Jane.

Valynne Maetani and Courtney Almeda will also collaborate on Seven Dead Gods, which their agent describes as An Ember in the Ashes and Daughter of Smoke and Bone meets Akira Kuroswa. At Publishers Weekly, the editor who acquired the book for Harper Collins has a different mash-up in mind; calling the book Mean Girls meets Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.  The story focuses on a bullied girl who learns she can communicate with demons.

Publishers Weekly posted a list of other recent book deals.  The list includes a graphic novel about a changeling and the human he was swapped with joining forces to save both their worlds, and the first book of a trilogy where a boy learns his camp is teaching magic along with survival tactics

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