February 8, 2023

Novel Lives

Book Publicity, Reviews, Author Interviews, and Discussion Posts by Susan Crosby

Spring/Summer Fling 2020- June Update- Better Late Than … Well You Know- 10+ Arcs And TOO Many Reviews/Interviews Added

Spring/Summer Fling 2020 June Update- Albeit Late due to... well... life... but it bursting with new ARCs, reviews, and interviews. It'll keep you going for all your reading needs!

Spring/Summer Fling 2020

Last Update! Sorry I missed August because of Pavel 🙁 Of course, updates will continue throughout September because 400 books (90 YA) are being released (Publishing hates us all).

Running the week of March 19th (March 17th releases) through the week of September 7th (September 8th releases) subject to change because… well see above.

For those of you completely new and not just here for the updates, please see the next section for the introduction to this whole she-bang!

Oh as for why there are 400 titles… Yes, September and October are normally heavy months in the publishing world but there is, of course…

Colin Jost Coronavirus

….Which has led to changed publication dates, stress, anxiety, and basically the world up-ended.

PLUS!

Brace yourself Elections are coming - Winter is coming - quickmeme

Sooooooooooooo publishers had already planned to have as much as possible (there are books releasing in November, but not as many as normal) released before November. AND THEN THE PANDEMIC HIT! That slammed a bunch of titles back from their original release date and BAM! You have 400 titles (90 YA) releasing in September. I don’t know the exact number for October, but it isn’t pretty.


Welcome to the Second Annual Spring/Summer Fling (Or first since last year was only summer…)

Screw the virus… no don’t do that… ick. Whether we are stuck inside exploring the great indoors or out and about one thing will never change, we always need books, books and MORE BOOKS! And authors and publishers need us more than ever. So here is the best kick-ass, CNMCC approved guide to spring/summer books…

ALSO! I’d like to note that I had done SO WELL not killing myself in June-August like last year…

and then this happened and publishing dates all changed and KABOOM. 

Michael Che Weekend Update

 

 

The More Things Change….

What’s the same from last year’s kick ass guide to summer reading, “Summer Fling 2019

ARCs, ARCs, and More ARCs, Write Reads Ultimate Blog Tours and author interviews

  1. As always, everything is subject to change, hence the on-going updates (even more so, the way things are in the world)
  2. This post is home base. I will do my best to update it more regularly with links to everything as it becomes completed.

What’s different?

  1. EVEN MORE, INCREDIBLE ULTIMATE BLOG TOURS WITH THE WRITE READS and their BBNYA Awards to support Independent Authors
  2. While this post is home base, I have created an actual Spring/Summer Fling 2020, dedicated PAGE. You can find the link to it at the top of the site:

Spring Summer Fling 2020 Page

    • I’m really quite proud of this but it is new so we will see how it goes. That page will have this post, of course, plus all post from the Spring/Summer 2020 category in one dedicated spot! I’m hoping at some point to have one for 2019, but let’s see how this goes, first!
  1. Expansion!
      • Go Big Or Go Home- If I’m going to do a second year, might as well expand. And so I did! How? Glad you asked…
  2. Spring and Summer
    • Last year I had two separate posts….Spring Has Sprung.. Get Excited! However, I didn’t go back and connect it with the review links or update it. So, it never got the full attention that the Summer Fling 2019, did. Since I’m a masochist with no life, I figured why not throw them together for one big party! Then again the world is pretty much without a life. So there’s that.

   4. Backlist Titles! Because, why not?!

    • And boy has that gotten off to a bang. Haven’t regretted that one bit, so far. I should hit that list more often.
    • Then the revenge of the backlist series started and I haven’t regretted that one bit either. Of course I blame Becky. Because she happened. And she has no regrets, either (she is linked all of this post- you would almost think she was co-conspirator or something).

Of course, ONE Thing will NEVER CHANGE…THE MASCOTS!

Back by popular demand from the Summer Fling 2019, and now Governor approved!

The Council of the Ninja Magic Conjuring Cats (CNMCC) return! CNMCC TAG ADDED 7/26 UNDER EXTREME DURESS you thought Liam was charging me through the roof for Pavel, Gomez and his services last summer? You have ALL sent their egos through the roof. But you wanted them, Governor Polis of Colorado approved them, and so you have them.

<DRUM ROLL PLEASE>

CNMCC Cat Executive Officer (CEO) Pavel AKA Floppy Ear

CNMCC Resting Bitch Face (RBF), Talent Agent and Chief Communications Officer (CCO)- Liam

Liam Resting Bitch Face

CNMCC The Talent- Gomez “The Bey-Bey” – AKA Why We can’t Have Nice Things

Gomez

 

Collectively Known as the Governor approved Council of the Ninja Magical Conjuring Cats (CNMCC):

Pavel Liam Gomez Cats

Governor Polis Approved CNMCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring/summer fling from 2020

For those who weren’t around for the first Summer Fling 2019, I have provided a nifty link, if you want to check it out.

 

 

Good Girls Guide to Murder/All Your Twisted Secrets AKA- It’s me not you review…

All Your Twisted Secrets

 

Summary: Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting. What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.

Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?

 

Category/Genre: Young Adult Murder Mystery/High School Thing that is now on the not my genre (in YA anyway) list along with Space Operas. It just isn’t my thing.

Released: March 17, 2020

Publisher: HarperTeen

 

Girls With Sharp Sticks (Girls with Sharp Sticks #1)/Girls with Razor Hearts- Suzanne Young – Review of both

Well then. Didn’t this kick off my backlist reads with a BANG. I didn’t plan on getting to my TBR’s this fast but then an ARC of Girls with Razor Hearts landed in my lap.

 

And thank you very much for warning me. I mean, yes. I knew this book was well regarded. BUT I DIDN’T KNOW. I didn’t know that I shouldn’t eat for the second half of Girls with Sharp Sticks don’t breathe, don’t eat. Just don’t do… anything. I MEAN WHAT THE MESS? And as the title for the review of Girls with Razor Hearts (and Girls with Sharp Sticks, really) indicates, that had me running around like there were fire ants up my ass. So there’s that. And any fears I head about other backlists books not keeping that trend up? Yeah. Well We’ll get to that.

 

Michael Che Weekend Update

 

But needless to say… no worries on that front as of yet.

 

Girls With Razor Hearts Review

 

Summary: The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from “Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior Design.” The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance. Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears.

As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly capable of. Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.

Category/Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Horror (I mean not traditional but- come on, man?!)

 

Obama Kicks Door

 

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Released: March 2019/March 17, 2019

 

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. KluneReview Link

House in the Cerulean Sea

Summary:A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.

 

Category/Genre: Adult Fantasy

Published: March 17, 2020

Publisher: Tor Books

 

 

The Book of Koli (Rampart Trilogy #1) by M.R. CareyReview

Interview with M.R. Carey – Link to INTERVIEW with M.R. Carey

 

 

Summary: The first in a gripping new trilogy, The Book of Koli charts the journey of one unforgettable young boy struggling to find his place in a chilling post-apocalyptic world. Perfect for readers of Station Eleven and Annihilation.

Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognizable world. A world where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly vines and seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don’t get you, one of the dangerous shunned men will.

Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He knows the first rule of survival is that you don’t venture beyond the walls.

What he doesn’t know is — what happens when you aren’t given a choice?

 

Category/Genre: Adult Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Apocalyptic

Released: April 14, 2020 (An Orbit series coming out rather quickly) The second book in the Rampart Trilogy, The Trials of Koli releases in September 15, 2020

Publisher: Orbit Books

 

 

The Silence of Bones by June Hur Review Link

Silence of Bones Review

 

Summary:  I have a mouth, but I mustn’t speak; Ears, but I mustn’t hear; Eyes, but I mustn’t see.

1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman. As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder. But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.

 

Genre: Young Adult Mystery/Historical/Multi-Cultural & Diversity/Asian

Release Date: April 21, 2020

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Updated with Review: You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce

You Let Me In Review

 

 

Summary: Cassandra Tipp is dead…or is she?

After all, the notorious recluse and eccentric bestselling novelist has always been prone to flights of fancy–everyone in town remembers the shocking events leading up to Cassie’s infamous trial (she may have been acquitted, but the insanity defense only stretches so far).

Cassandra Tipp has left behind no body–just her massive fortune, and one final manuscript. Then again, there are enough bodies in her past–her husband Tommy Tipp, whose mysterious disembowelment has never been solved, and a few years later, the shocking murder-suicide of her father and brother. Cassandra Tipp will tell you a story–but it will come with a terrible price. What really happened, out there in the woods–and who has Cassie been protecting all along? Read on, if you dare..

Genre: Adult Thriller/Suspense/Psychological/Gothic/Horror

Release Date: April 21, 2020

Publisher: Tor Books

 

 

 

Updated with SpotlightIncendiary by Zoraida Cordova

Summary: Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people. Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.

When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it. But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.

 

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Royalty

Release Date: April 28, 2020

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

 

 

Updated with Review: The Split by Sharon Bolton

The Split By Sharon Bolton

 

Summary: No matter how far you run, some secrets will always catch up with you… The remote Antarctic island of South Georgia is about to send off its last boat of the summer – which signifies safety to resident glaciologist Felicity Lloyd. Felicity lives in fear – fear that her ex-husband Freddie will find her, even out here. She took a job on this isolated island to hide from him, but now that he’s out of prison, having served a term for murder, she knows he won’t give up until he finds her. But a doctor delving into the background of Felicity and Freddie’s relationship, back in Cambridge, learns that Felicity has been on the edge for a long time. Heading to South Georgia himself to try and get to her first is the only way he can think of to help her.

 

Category/Genre: Adult Thriller/Suspense/International

Release Date: April 28, 2020

Publisher: Minotaur Books

 

 

Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff -Review Link

Aurora Burning Review

 

Aurora Rising Review (The Aurora Cycle #1) Review Link

Aurora Rising

 

Do not read the summary for Aurora Burning unless you’ve read Aurora Rising

 

Summary: First, the bad news: an ancient evil—you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal—is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first. Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces. And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri. Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.

When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV. Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes—and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.

 

Category/Genre: Young Adult Science-Fiction/Action & Adventure

Release Date: May 5th, 2020

Publisher: Knopf Books

 

 

Dark Skies by Danielle Jensen (Dark Shores #2 – but not exactly) Review Link

Danielle Jensen Interview-Interview Link

You can read on if you have not read Dark Shores (Review Linked because WHAT A BOOK)

Now the big question- Why don’t you have to read Dark Shores to read Dark Skies? I mean it would be good to do so. Dark Shores is incredible and it is the same world and, you know, context. However, this is not a direct sequel to Dark Shores. See the summary below.

 

 

Summary:

A RUNAWAY WITH A HIDDEN PAST
Lydia is a scholar, but books are her downfall when she meddles in the plots of the most powerful man in the Celendor Empire. Her life in danger, she flees west to the far side of the Endless Seas and finds herself entangled in a foreign war where her burgeoning powers are sought by both sides.

A COMMANDER IN DISGRACE
Killian is Marked by the God of War, but his gifts fail him when the realm under the dominion of the Corrupter invades Mudamora. Disgraced, he swears his sword to the kingdom’s only hope: the crown princess. But the choice sees him caught up in a web of political intrigue that will put his oath – and his heart – to the test.

A KINGDOM UNDER SIEGE
With Mudamora falling beneath the armies of the Corrupter, Lydia and Killian strike a bargain to save those they love most—but it is a bargain with unintended and disastrous consequences. Truths are revealed, birthrights claimed, and loyalties questioned—all while a menace deadlier and more far-reaching than they realize sweeps across the world.

 

Category/Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Action&Adventure

Publisher: Tor Teen

Release Date: May 5th, 2020

 

 

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Review Link

The Mermaid Witch and The Sea

Summary:A desperate orphan turned pirate and a rebellious imperial daughter find a connection on the high seas in a rich, riveting fantasy set in a world divided by colonialism and threaded with magic.

Aboard the pirate ship Dove, Flora the girl takes on the identity of Florian the man to earn the respect and protection of the crew. For Flora, former starving urchin, the brutal life of a pirate is about survival: don’t trust, don’t stick out, and don’t feel. But on this voyage, as the pirates prepare to sell their unsuspecting passengers into slavery, Flora is drawn to the Lady Evelyn Hasegawa, who is en route to a dreaded arranged marriage with her own casket in tow. Flora doesn’t expect to be taken under Evelyn’s wing, and Evelyn doesn’t expect to find such a deep bond with the pirate Florian.

Soon the unlikely pair set in motion a wild escape that will free a captured mermaid (coveted for her blood, which causes men to have visions and lose memories) and involve the mysterious Pirate Supreme, an opportunistic witch, and the all-encompassing Sea itself. Deftly entwining swashbuckling action and Asian folklore in a land dominated by an imperial class, Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s inventive debut novel conjures a diverse cast of characters seeking mastery over their fates while searching for answers to big questions about identity, equality, and love.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Historical

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Release Date: May 5th, 2020

 

 

Ultimate Write Reads Blog Tour Venators: Legends Rise

 Devri Walls Dream Cast Link

Venators Promises Forged Devri Walls DreamCast

Because this is the third book in the Venators series  and  because it is the third in a three part blog tour for the Write Reads, I’m going to not put the summary for Legends Rise, here (Goodreads is linked above). However, below you can see my review for the first book Venators: Magic Unleashed and the cover reveal for Venators: Legends Rise. Also, an amazing video interview with author, Devri Walls. Once the second round the blog tour is completed for, Venators: Promises Forged  (I will have an AMAZING GUEST POST coming from Devri Walls on June 2nd), I will link the review below (same for Venators: Legends Rise). Due to the Pandemic, let’s see how many times I have to say that this summer, there are two separate release dates, as of now. The original release date of May 12th still stands for the audible and e-book. The paperback is not set for release until September, AS OF NOW (as always, that could change).

Links:

Venators (Book #1): Magic Unleashed- Review

Venators (Book #3): Legends Rise – Cover Reveal and Write Reads Ultimate Blog Tour Details

Video Interview With Devri Walls from Write Reads Ultimate Blog Tour for Venators (Book #1): Magic Unleashed

Devri Walls DreamCast from Write Reads Ultimate Blog Tour for Venators (Book #2): Promises Forged

Category/Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Release Date: May 12, 2020 Ebook/Audible and September 22, 2020 (Paperback)

Publisher: Brown Books Publishing

 

 

House of Dragons (House of Dragons #1) by Jessica Cluess

Review Link

House of Dragons Review

Summary:  Five royal houses will hear the call to compete in the Trial for the dragon throne. A liar, a soldier, a servant, a thief, and a murderer will answer it. Who will win? When the Emperor dies, the five royal houses of Etrusia attend the Call, where one of their own will be selected to compete for the throne. It is always the oldest child, the one who has been preparing for years to compete in the Trial. But this year is different. This year, these five outcasts will answer the call….

THE LIAR:
Emilia must hide her dark magic or be put to death. THE SOLDIER:Lucian is a warrior who has sworn to never lift a sword again. THE SERVANT: Vespir is a dragon trainer whose skills alone will keep her in the game.

THE THIEF:Ajax knows that nothing is free–he must take what he wants. THE MURDERER: Hyperia was born to rule and will stop at nothing to take her throne.

 

Category/Genre: Young Adult Dark Fantasy/Mythical Creatures

Release Date: May 12, 2020

Publisher: Random House

 

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Review Link

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

 

Summary: A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the author of The Hunting Party.

The bride The plus one The best man The wedding planner The bridesmaid The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?

 

Category/Genre: Adult Fiction Thriller/Crime

Release Date: June 2, 2020

Publisher: HarperCollins/William Morrow

Burn by Patrick Ness 

Review Link

Burn By Patrick Ness

 

Summary: On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron gas station for the dragon he’d hired to help on the farm…

Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town of Frome, Washington, are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to. The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye, though. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul, but who is seemingly intent on keeping her safe. Because the dragon knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm with a prophecy on his mind. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents in hot pursuit—and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.

 

Category/Genre: Young Adult Monsters

Release Date: June 2, 2020

Publisher: Random House

 

Court of Miracles by  Kester Grant  

Buddy Read Review Link

Court of Miracles Review

 

Summary: Les Misérables meets Six of Crows in this page-turning adventure as a young thief finds herself going head to head with leaders of Paris’s criminal underground in the wake of the French Revolution.

In the violent urban jungle of an alternate 1828 Paris, the French Revolution has failed and the city is divided between merciless royalty and nine underworld criminal guilds, known as the Court of Miracles. Eponine (Nina) Thénardier is a talented cat burglar and member of the Thieves Guild. Nina’s life is midnight robberies, avoiding her father’s fists, and watching over her naïve adopted sister, Cosette (Ettie). When Ettie attracts the eye of the Tiger–the ruthless lord of the Guild of Flesh–Nina is caught in a desperate race to keep the younger girl safe. Her vow takes her from the city’s dark underbelly to the glittering court of Louis XVII. And it also forces Nina to make a terrible choice–protect Ettie and set off a brutal war between the guilds, or forever lose her sister to the Tiger.

 

Category/Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Historical

Release Date: June 2, 2020

Publisher: Knopf Books

 

Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle

*Updated* With Review Link 6/10

*Updated*With Interview Link 6/11

 

Summary: When Charlotte married the wealthy widower Paul, it caused a ripple of gossip in their small lakeside town. They have a charmed life together, despite the cruel whispers about her humble past and his first marriage. But everything starts to unravel when she discovers a young woman’s body floating in the exact same spot where Paul’s first wife tragically drowned. At first, it seems like a horrific coincidence, but the stranger in the lake is no stranger. Charlotte saw Paul talking to her the day before, even though Paul tells the police he’s never met the woman. His lie exposes cracks in their fragile new marriage, cracks Charlotte is determined to keep from breaking them in two. As Charlotte uncovers dark mysteries about the man she married, she doesn’t know what to trust—her heart, which knows Paul to be a good man, or her growing suspicion that there’s something he’s hiding in the water.

 

Category/Genre: Adult Thriller/Psychological

Release Date: June 9, 2020

Publisher:  Park Row Books

 

 

The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell

Review Link

Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell Review

 

Summary: A queer retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red” in which teenage twins battle evil religious extremists to save their loves and their circus family.

Twins Rosie and Ivory have grown up at their ringmaster mother’s knee, and after years on the road, they’re returning to Port End, the closest place to home they know. Yet something has changed in the bustling city: fundamentalist flyers paper the walls and preachers fill the squares, warning of shadows falling over the land. The circus prepares a triumphant homecoming show, full of lights and spectacle that could chase away even the darkest shadow. But during Rosie’s tightrope act, disaster strikes. In this lush, sensuous novel interwoven with themes of social justice and found family, it’s up to Ivory and her magician love—with the help of a dancing bear—to track down an evil priest and save their circus family before it’s too late.

 

Category/Genre: Young Adult Fairy Tales & Folklore/Adaptions

Release Date: June 16, 2020

Publisher:  Clarion Books

 

Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay*Review Link Updated 6/8/2020

Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay

 

Summary:It all started with just one little lie. But we all know that it never ends there. Because, of course, one lie leads to another…

Growing up, Jane and Marnie shared everything. They knew the other’s deep-est secrets. They wouldn’t have had it any other way. But when Marnie falls in love, things begin to change. Because Jane has a secret: she loathes Marnie’s wealthy, priggish husband. So when Marnie asks if she likes him, Jane tells her first lie. After all, even best friends keep some things to themselves. If she had been honest, then perhaps her best friend’s husband might still be alive today… For, of course, it’s not the last lie. In fact, it’s only the beginning…

Seven Lies is Jane’s confession of the truth—her truth. Compelling, sophisticated, chilling, it’s a seductive, hypnotic page-turner about the tangled, toxic friendships between women, the dark underbelly of obsession and what we stand to lose in the name of love.

Genre: Adult Psychological Thriller

Release Date: June 16, 2020

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books

 

 Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell The Legacy of the Mercenary King #1

Review Link

Kingdom of Liars by Nick Martell

 

Summary: In this brilliant debut fantasy, a story of secrets, rebellion, and murder are shattering the Hollows, where magic costs memory to use, and only the son of the kingdom’s despised traitor holds the truth.

Michael is branded a traitor as a child because of the murder of the king’s nine-year-old son, by his father David Kingman. Ten years later on Michael lives a hardscrabble life, with his sister Gwen, performing crimes with his friends against minor royals in a weak attempt at striking back at the world that rejects him and his family.

In a world where memory is the coin that pays for magic, Michael knows something is there in the hot white emptiness of his mind. So when the opportunity arrives to get folded back into court, via the most politically dangerous member of the kingdom’s royal council, Michael takes it, desperate to find a way back to his past. He discovers a royal family that is spiraling into a self-serving dictatorship as gun-wielding rebels clash against magically trained militia.

What the truth holds is a set of shocking revelations that will completely change the Hollows, if Michael and his friends and family can survive long enough to see it..

Category/Genre: Adult Fantasy/Epic

Release Date: June 23, 2020

Publisher: Gallery/Saga Press

 

 Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee *Review Link Updated/Posted 6/27*

Forest of Souls By Lori M. Lee Review

 

Summary: Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.

And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life. Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.

 

Genre: Young Adult Dark Epic Fantasy

Release Date: June 23, 2020

Publisher: Page Street Kids

 

The Swap by Robyn Harding –*Review Added 6/3

 

Book Review The Swap by Robyn Harding

Summary: A tale about the toxic relationship between two couples after a night of sexual shenanigans, and the manipulative teenager with an explosive secret at the center of it all.

Low Morrison is not your average teen. You could blame her hippie parents or her looming height or her dreary, isolated hometown on an island in the Pacific Northwest. But whatever the reason, Low just doesn’t fit in—and neither does Freya, an ethereal beauty and once-famous social media influencer who now owns the local pottery studio. After signing up for a class, Low quickly falls under Freya’s spell. And Freya, buoyed by Low’s adoration, is compelled to share her darkest secrets and deepest desires. Finally, both feel a sense of belonging…that is, until Jamie walks through the studio door. Desperate for a baby, she and her husband have moved to the island hoping that the healthy environment will result in a pregnancy. Freya and Jamie become fast friends, as do their husbands, leaving Low alone once again.

Then one night, after a boozy dinner party, Freya suggests swapping partners. It should have been a harmless fling between consenting adults, one night of debauchery that they would put behind them, but instead, it upends their lives. And provides Low the perfect opportunity to unleash her growing resentment.

 

Category/Genre: Adult Fiction Thriller/Psychological

Release Date: June 23, 2020

Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press

*A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians (Shadow Histories #1) By H.G. Parry*-Review Link Updated 6/20

Declaration On The Rights of Magicians by H.G. Parry Review

 

Summary:

A sweeping tale of revolution and wonder in a world not quite like our own, A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians is a genre-defying story of magic, war, and the struggle for freedom in the early modern world. It is the Age of Enlightenment — of new and magical political movements, from the necromancer Robespierre calling for revolution in France, to the weather mage Toussaint L’Ouverture leading the slaves of Haiti in their fight for freedom, to the bold new Prime Minister William Pitt weighing the legalization of magic amongst commoners in Britain and abolition throughout its colonies overseas.

But amidst all of the upheaval of the early modern world, there is an unknown force inciting all of human civilization into violent conflict. And it will require the combined efforts of revolutionaries, magicians, and abolitionists to unmask this hidden enemy before the whole world falls to darkness and chaos.

Category/Genre: Adult Fantasy/Historical

Release Date: June 23, 2020

Publisher: Orbit

The Last Flight By Julie Clark 

Review Link

The Last Flight by Julie Clark

Summary:

Two women. Two flights. One last chance to disappear.

You might know a husband like Claire’s. Ambitious, admired, with deep pockets. But behind closed doors, this husband has a temper that burns as bright as his promising political career, and he’s not above using his staff to track Claire’s every move. What he doesn’t know is that Claire has worked for months on a plan to vanish.

A chance meeting in an airport bar brings her together with a woman who seems equally desperate to flee her life. Together they make a last-minute decision to switch tickets—Claire taking Eva’s flight to Oakland, and Eva traveling to Puerto Rico as Claire. But when the Puerto Rico plane crashes, Claire’s options narrow to one impossible choice: assume Eva’s identity, and along with it, the secrets Eva fought so hard to keep hidden.

Category/Genre: Adult Psychological Thriller/Suspense/Mystery

Release Date: June 23, 2020

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

*The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Anderson*Review Link Updated 6/29*

Angel of the Crows By Katherine Addison Review

 

Summary:

This is not the story you think it is. These are not the characters you think they are. This is not the book you are expecting.

In an alternate 1880s London, angels inhabit every public building, and vampires and werewolves walk the streets with human beings under a well-regulated truce. A fantastic utopia, except for a few things: Angels can Fall, and that Fall is like a nuclear bomb in both the physical and metaphysical worlds. And human beings remain human, with all their kindness and greed and passions and murderous intent.

Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of this London too. But this London has an Angel. The Angel of the Crows.

Category/Genre: Adult Fantasy/Historical/Alternative History/Action Adventure

Release Date: June 23, 2020

Publisher: Tor Books

 

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Review Link

HOLD ON TO YOUR EVERYTHINGS! RORY POWER IS BACK AND SHE IS COMING FOR YOUR EMOTIONS, YOUR NIGHTMARES, YOUR DEDUCTIVE REASONING

AND YOUR BASIC SENSE OF REALITY, REALLY.

Burn Our Bodies Down Review

 

Summary: From the author of the New York Times bestseller Wilder Girls comes a new twisty thriller about a girl whose past has always been a mystery–until she decides to return to her mother’s hometown where history has a tendency to repeat itself. Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of.

Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along. But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.

Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there? The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.

 

Category/Genre: Young Adult Mystery and Thrillers (they are kiding with this genre- right?) – I’m going rogue here:

I mean fine… you can leave those- definitely Thriller- but uh- Family Drama? Contemporary Sci-Fi bending into Horror (it is what it is- she’s a force).

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Publisher: Delacorte Press

 

 

*Updated With Review Link Of Crow Rider 7/6*

The Crow Rider (The Storm Crow #2) by Kalyn Josephson (Q&A Link)- Don’t read if you haven’t read The Storm Crow (Review Link)

 

Crow Rider By Kalyn Josephson

Summary: Princess Thia, her allies, and her crow, Res, are planning a rebellion to defeat Queen Razel and Illucia once and for all.

Thia must convince the neighboring kingdoms to come to her aid, and Res’s show of strength is the only thing that can help her. But so many obstacles stand in her way. Res excels at his training, until he loses control of his magic, harming Thia in the process. She is also pursued by Prince Ericen, heir to the Illucian throne and the one person she can’t trust but can’t seem to stay away from. As the rebel group prepares for war, Res’s magic grows more unstable. Thia has to decide if she can rely on herself and their bond enough to lead the rebellion and become the crow rider she was meant to be.

 

Category/Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Epic/Mythical Creatures

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Publisher: Sourcebooks

 

Unravel the Dusk (Blood of Stars #2) by Elizabeth Lim *Review Added 7/6* – Don’t read if you haven’t read Spin the Dawn (Review Link)

Unravel the dusk By Elizabeth Lim

 

Summary: The thrilling sequel to SPIN THE DAWN, a magical series steeped in Chinese culture.

Maia Tamarin’s journey to sew the dresses of the sun, the moon and the stars has taken a grievous toll. She returns to a kingdom on the brink of war. The boy she loves is gone, and she is forced to don the dress of the sun and assume the place of the emperor’s bride-to-be to keep the peace.

But the war raging around Maia is nothing compared to the battle within. Ever since she was touched by the demon Bandur, she has been changing . . . glancing in the mirror to see her own eyes glowing red, losing control of her magic, her body, her mind. It’s only a matter of time before Maia loses herself completely, but she will stop at nothing to find Edan, protect her family, and bring lasting peace to her country.

 

Category/Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Publisher: Knopf Publications

 

Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay *Review Link Updated 7/10*

Survivor Song By Paul Tremblay Review Summary

 

Summary: In a matter of weeks, Massachusetts has been overrun by an insidious rabies-like virus that is spread by saliva.

But unlike rabies, the disease has a terrifyingly short incubation period of an hour or less. Those infected quickly lose their minds and are driven to bite and infect as many others as they can before they inevitably succumb. Hospitals are inundated with the sick and dying, and hysteria has taken hold. To try to limit its spread, the commonwealth is under quarantine and curfew. But society is breaking down and the government’s emergency protocols are faltering.

Dr. Ramola “Rams” Sherman, a soft-spoken pediatrician in her mid-thirties, receives a frantic phone call from Natalie, a friend who is eight months pregnant. Natalie’s husband has been killed—viciously attacked by an infected neighbor—and in a failed attempt to save him, Natalie, too, was bitten. Natalie’s only chance of survival is to get to a hospital as quickly as possible to receive a rabies vaccine. The clock is ticking for her and for her unborn child. Natalie’s fight for life becomes a desperate odyssey as she and Rams make their way through a hostile landscape filled with dangers beyond their worst nightmares—terrifying, strange, and sometimes deadly challenges that push them to the brink.

 

Category/Genre: Adult Thrillers/Psychological I’m adding Horror- Just because- also current social themes

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Publisher: Knopf Publications

 

 All These Monsters (Monsters #1) By Amy Tintera *Review Added 7/10*

All These Monsters by Amy Tintera

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Clara is ready to fight back. Fight back against her abusive father, fight back against the only life she’s ever known, and most of all, fight back against scrabs, the earth-dwelling monsters that are currently ravaging the world. So when an opportunity arises for Clara to join an international monster-fighting squad, she jumps at the chance.

When Clara starts training with her teammates, however, she realizes what fighting monsters really means: sore muscles, exhaustion, and worst of all, death. Scrabs are unpredictable, violent, and terrifying. But as Clara gains confidence in her battle skills, she starts to realize scrabs might not be the biggest evil. The true monsters are the ones you least expect.

 

Category/Genre: Young Adult Action and Adventure

Publisher: HMH Books

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust*Review Link Added July 4th*

Girl Serpent Thorn By Melissa Basharboust

 

Summary:

There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.

As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.

Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming…human or demon. Princess or monster.

Category/Genre: Young Adult Dark Fantasy/Fairy Tales & Folklore/Country & Ethnic/Historical/Monsters

Release Date: June 23, 2020

Publisher:  Flatiron Books

 

 

Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis Write Reads Ultimate Blog Tour

Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis Review

 

Summary: A can’t-put-down, creepy thriller about the daughter of a horror film director who’s not afraid of anything—until she gets to Harrow Lake.

Things I know about Harrow Lake:

1. It’s where my father shot his most disturbing slasher film.

2. There’s something not right about this town.


Lola Nox is the daughter of a celebrated horror filmmaker—she thinks nothing can scare her. But when her father is brutally attacked in their New York apartment, she’s quickly packed off to live with a grandmother she’s never met in Harrow Lake, the eerie town where her father’s most iconic horror movie was shot. The locals are weirdly obsessed with the film that put their town on the map—and there are strange disappearances, which the police seem determined to explain away. And there’s someone—or something—stalking her every move. The more Lola discovers about the town, the more terrifying it becomes. Because Lola’s got secrets of her own. And if she can’t find a way out of Harrow Lake, they might just be the death of her.


Category/Genre: Young Adult Horror/Thrillers & Suspense/Paranormal, Occult&Supernatural

Release Dates- UK: July 9th/USA: August 25, 2020

Publisher: Dial Books

 

Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall (Frith Chronicles #1)

Write Reads Ultimate Blog Tour- My Blog Tour Dates: Review Link Added- July 16th

Knightmare Arcanist By Shami Stovall

Summary:

Magic. Sailing. A murderer among heroes.

Gravedigger Volke Savan wants nothing more than to be like his hero, the legendary magical swashbuckler, Gregory Ruma. First he needs to become an arcanist, someone capable of wielding magic, which requires bonding with a mythical creature. And he’ll take anything—a pegasus, a griffin, a ravenous hydra—maybe even a leviathan, like Ruma.

So when Volke stumbles across a Knightmare, a creature made of shadow and terror, he has no reservations. But the Knightmare knows a terrible secret: Ruma is a murderer out to spread corrupted magic throughout their island nation. He’s already killed a population of phoenixes and he intends to kill even more.

In order to protect his home, his adopted sister, and the girl he admires from afar, Volke will need to confront his hero, the Master Arcanist Gregory Ruma.

Category/Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Magic/Dragons

Release Date: June 18, 2019 (Fourth Book in the Firth Chronicles, Plague Arcanist just released May 26th 2020) I have chosen to include the first book in the ARC section because of the Ultimate Blog tour, just as I did the Venators series, with the third book about to be released, as well. 

Publisher: Capital Station Books

 

A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost

Oh the tears…

Colin Jost memoir

When I found out this had been pushed back to July…. there were so many tears. I mean but what more could the world need right now? ESPECIALLY, with Saturday Night Live on hiatus?? But yet, here we are because, well see the Venators’ changed date and the Colin Jost meme…. I’ve changed the youtube link below because the ones about the Corona Virus when Michael Che starts drinking are just priceless… and I miss them. So until July… enjoy the clips <le sigh>

Please understand that Colin Jost and Michael Che have been my comedic crushes for years now. I’m not a big fan of Saturday Night Live on the whole for about a decade now. Outside of their political skits, which they always nail, it just isn’t what it was (to me). But weekend update? There have been weeks where they were all I had to look forward to. Until I found John Oliver. Now them and John Oliver are still sometimes the only laugh I had to look forward to and that is a lifeline.

For those of you who don’t know?

So of course, while I expect this to be the best thing ever to read? It is going to be that much better on audible.

Summary: In these hilarious essays, the Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update co-anchor learns how to take a beating.

If there’s one trait that makes someone well suited to comedy, it’s being able to take a punch–metaphorically and, occasionally, physically.

From growing up in a family of firefighters on Staten Island to commuting three hours a day to high school and “seeing the sights” (like watching a Russian woman throw a stroller off the back of a ferry), to attending Harvard while Facebook was created, Jost shares how he has navigated the world like a slightly smarter Forrest Gump.

You’ll also discover things about Jost that will surprise and confuse you, like how Jimmy Buffett saved his life, how Czech teenagers attacked him with potato salad, how an insect laid eggs inside his legs, and how he competed in a twenty-five-man match at WrestleMania (and almost won). You’ll go behind the scenes at SNL (where he’s written some of the most memorable sketches and characters of the past fifteen years) and Weekend Update. And you’ll experience the life of a touring stand-up comedian–from performing in rural college cafeterias at noon to opening for Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall.

For every accomplishment (hosting the Emmys), there is a setback (hosting the Emmys). And for every absurd moment (watching paramedics give CPR to a raccoon), there is an honest, emotional one (recounting his mother’s experience on the scene of the Twin Towers’ collapse on 9/11). Told with a healthy dose of self-deprecation, A Very Punchable Face reveals the brilliant mind behind some of the dumbest sketches on television, and lays bare the heart and humor of a hardworking guy–with a face you can’t help but want to punch.

 

Category/Genre: Adult Non-Fiction Memoir

Release Date: July 14, 2020

Publisher: Crown Publishing

 

 

The Safe Place by Anna Downes *Review Link Added 7/13*

The Safe Place by Anna Downes

 

Summary:  Welcome to paradise…will you ever be able to leave?

Emily is a mess. Emily Proudman just lost her acting agent, her job, and her apartment in one miserable day.

Emily is desperate.
Scott Denny, a successful and charismatic CEO, has a problem that neither his business acumen nor vast wealth can fix. Until he meets Emily.

Emily is perfect. Scott offers Emily a summer job as a housekeeper on his remote, beautiful French estate. Enchanted by his lovely wife Nina, and his eccentric young daughter, Aurelia, Emily falls headlong into this oasis of wine-soaked days by the pool. But soon Emily realizes that Scott and Nina are hiding dangerous secrets, and if she doesn’t play along, the consequences could be deadly

 

Category/Genre: Adult Thriller/Suspense/Psychological

Release Date: July 14, 2020

Publisher: Minotaur Books

 

Cut To The Bone By Ellison Cooper *Review Link Added 7/16*

Cut to the Bone by Ellison Cooper

Summary:

A bus full of high school students has disappeared from Washington D.C. and FBI neuroscientist Sayer Altair must hunt down the culprit who has a link to her own past.

After grieving the death of her fiancé and almost losing her job, Agent Sayer Altair is finally starting to rebuild her life. Her research into the minds of psychopaths is breaking new ground and her strange little family is thriving. But Sayer’s newfound happiness is threatened when she is called in to investigate a girl’s body left inside a circle of animal figurines below a cryptic message written in blood. When they discover that the dead girl is one of twenty-four missing high school students, Sayer quickly realizes that nothing in this case is what it seems.

As the investigation draws her into a tangled web of fake identities and false leads, the trail soon begins to point directly to her own life. Now, Sayer must confront her painful past to uncover her connection to the deranged killer if she hopes to save the missing teens and protect everything that she loves.

 

Category/Genre: Adult Fiction/Thrillers/Mystery/Detective

Release Date: July 14, 2020

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Ghost Wood Song By Erica Waters *Review Link Added 7/15*

Ghost Wood Song By Erica Waters

Summary:

If I could have a fiddle made of Daddy’s bones, I’d play it. I’d learn all the secrets he kept.

Shady Grove inherited her father’s ability to call ghosts from the grave with his fiddle, but she also knows the fiddle’s tunes bring nothing but trouble and darkness.

But when her brother is accused of murder, she can’t let the dead keep their secrets.

In order to clear his name, she’s going to have to make those ghosts sing.

Family secrets, a gorgeously resonant LGBTQ love triangle, and just the right amount of creepiness make this young adult debut a haunting and hopeful story about facing everything that haunts us in the dark.

Category/Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Release Date: July 14, 2020

Publisher: HarperTeen

 

Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy*Review Posted 7/22*

Splinters of Scarlet By Emily Bain Murphy

 

Summary: For Marit Olsen, magic is all about strategy: it flows freely through her blood, but every use leaves behind a deadly, ice-like build-up within her veins called the Firn. Marit knows how dangerous it is to let too much Firn build up—after all, it killed her sister—and she has vowed never to use her thread magic. But when Eve, a fellow orphan whom Marit views like a little sister, is adopted by the wealthy Helene Vestergaard, Marit will do anything to stay by Eve’s side.

She decides to risk the Firn and uses magic to secure a job as a seamstress in the Vestergaard household. But Marit has a second, hidden agenda: her father died while working in the Vestergaards’ jewel mines—and it might not have been an accident. The closer Marit gets to the truth about the Vestergaard family, the more she realizes she and everyone she’s come to love are in danger. When she finds herself in the middle of a treacherous deception that goes all the way up to the king of Denmark, magic may be the only thing that can save her—if it doesn’t kill her first.

 

Category/Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Historical

Release Date: July 21, 2020

Publisher: HMH Books

 

Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson 

Interview Link Added *8/7*

 

 

Summary: In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement.

But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood.

Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness.  And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.

 

Category/Genre: Adult Dark Fantasy/Horror/Occult

Release Date: July 21, 2020

Publisher: Ace Books

 

 

I Come With Knives (Malus Domestica #2) by S.A. Hunt Don’t read below if you haven’t read Burn the Dark- Review and Author Interview

Originally slated for May- changed due to Coronavirus

 

 

Summary: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets Joe Hill in S. A. Hunt’s I Come with Knives, a horror-tinged action-adventure about a punk YouTuber on a mission to hunt witches, one vid at a time. Robin – now armed with new knowledge about mysterious demon terrorizing her around town, the support of her friends, and the assistance of her old witch-hunter mentor – plots to confront the Lazenbury coven and destroy them once and for all.

Meanwhile, a dangerous serial killer only known as The Serpent is abducting and killing Blackfield residents. An elusive order of magicians, the Dogs of Odysseus, also show up with Robin in their sights. Robin must handle these new threats on top of the menace from the Lazenbury coven: but a secret about Robin’s past may throw all of her plans into jeopardy.

 

Category/Genre: Adult Horror

Release Date: July 21, 2020 (originally slated for May)

Publisher: Tor Books- A quick release trilogy with the last book originally slated for fall (waiting for new release date)

 

He Started It by Samantha Downing*Review Link Added 7/20*

Delayed from April due to Coronavirus

He Started It By Samantha Downing

 

 

Summary: Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven’t all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we’ll get to those later. But when their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message in his wake, the siblings and their respective partners must come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and—more importantly—secure their inheritance.

But time with your family can be tough. It is for everyone.

It’s even harder when you’re all keeping secrets and trying to forget a memory—a missing person, an act of revenge, the man in the black truck who won’t stop following your car—and especially when at least one of you is a killer and there’s a body in the trunk. Just to name a few reasons.

But money is a powerful motivator. It is for everyone.

 

Category/Genre: Adult Thriller/Suspense/Psychological/Crime

Release Date: July 21, 2020

Publisher:  Berkley

The Sin in the Steel (The Fall of the Gods #1) By Ryan Van Loan *Review Added 7/23*

Sin in the Steel By Ryan Van Loan

Summary: A sparkling debut fantasy set in a diverse world, featuring dead gods, a pirate queen, shapeshifting mages, and a Sherlockian teenager determined to upend her society.

Buc and Eld: She’s a brilliant former street-rat, with a mind that leaps from clues to conclusions in the blink of an eye. He’s an ex-soldier, her champion and partner-in-crime. No…not in crime—in crime-solving. In this fast-paced, action-driven, second world fantasy, the teenager and the veteran are the Holmes and Watson of a world where pirates roam the seas, mechanical engines can change the tide of battle, mages speak to each other across oceans, and earthly wealth is concentrated in the hands of a powerful few.

The Kanados Trading Company hires Buc and Eld to restore the flow of sugar—a source of power and wealth in Venice-like Servenza—from the Shattered Coast. Buc swiftly discovers that the trade routes have become the domain of a sharp-eyed pirate queen. All Buc has to do now is sink the Widowmaker’s ship.

Unfortunately for Buc, the gods have other plans. Unfortunately for them, so does Buc.

Category/Genre: Adult Epic Fantasy/Action and Adventure

Release Date: July 21, 2020  

Publisher: Tor Books