Hey all, Dani here.
Yes, I realize that we are nearing the end of the month and BookExpo was at the beginning of the month, but there are just a few books I really want to talk about that I learned about while at the event. That’s why I am writing up this post today.
Okay, I’m just going to run through these books in order of their release dates. I’ll also be sure to link to the book’s page on Goodreads in case you want to learn more about it.
First up… All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis (August 29, 2017). Now, I’ve already read this book, mostly because it just sounded so interesting and I couldn’t help myself. Having read it, I can now say that I am sad that I have not heard more talk about this upcoming debut because it is outstanding and the topics and themes are highly appropriate considering how our world is nowadays.
Next, Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast (August 29, 2017). This sounds like an interesting post-apocalyptic tale which puts two people–I’m assuming young adults–who are technically on opposite sides in a position where they only way they survive is by working together and trusting each other. I don’t know. You have a male character named Eighth who was meant to protect his Offside until a human kills her. Then you have a female character named Raven who was at a summer camp when the invaders came and she was going to stay safe and hidden but then a Nahx kills her boyfriend. I’m curious to see what happens in this one.
Next is a middle grade novel, The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken (September 5, 2017). I didn’t know about this book until I arrived at the Javits Center and saw a huge poster in the entryway showcasing it. And then I didn’t know anything about it until I picked it up at the Disney booth and read the back cover. It follows a family who made a deal with a malefactor and now that the deal has been broken, the fiend is possessing young Prosper Redding with the intent of destroying everything the Reddings have. It sounds like a sort of dark middle grade novel, but I’m intrigued.
After that is Invictus by Ryan Graudin (September 26, 2017). Okay, so I have not read a single of Ryan Graudin’s books, which means I had no idea about this upcoming release. The basic pitch on the back of the book was Doctor Who meets Guardians of the Galaxy. So it’s about a group of people and they are involved in time travel. I really didn’t need to know more than that, really. I snatched up a copy and I look forward to reading it soon. This is also apparently a standalone novel so…
Then there’s The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli (October 3, 2017). Another book I had not heard of until I saw it in the daily show guide. But female dragon hunter was all I needed to sell me on this book. Basically we follow Asha as she goes on a mission to free herself from a betrothal she does not want. What does she have to do? Oh, only kill the most feared dragon in the lands. I have a feeling it will become more complicated than that, but I’m looking forward to reading this one.
There is a reason why this post talks about book discovery. None of these books were ones I knew about at all before going to BookExpo. Next up is an adult novel, The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty (November 14, 2017). First, the cover is really pretty. Second, it is pitched as an alchemical combination of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights. A conwoman accidentally summons a djinn warrior to her side, and yep, just let me add this to my TBR. It sounds great.
This is the last discovery with an actual ARC available at BookExpo, but sadly I was unable to snag a copy for myself. Nevertheless I am excited to add this book to my TBR list. Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughan (January 30, 2018) which apparently follows a young woman who becomes Queen of the Bonelands in order to save her people. But she struggles because her husband wants to destroy the Elementae, and she is developing feelings for her husband’s brother. And naturally along the way she discovers that she is Elementae. I love fantasy books with elemental powers.
Finally, I have a book that I found out about while talking with a wonderful employee at one of the publisher’s booths while she was selling books during BookCon. I read Brigid Kemmerer’s Letters to the Lost earlier this year and loved it. I even commented that I would love to see a sequel/companion novel with some of the other characters. As it turns out, that is happening. More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer (March 6, 2018) will follow Rev and I am so darn excited about this. But man, March is so far away.
Okay, well that’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by. If you have learned of any exciting book announcements, I would love to know as well. Please leave the details in the comments.