As we all say hello to August, I’m trying to wrap my mind around the fact that we’re in the eighth month of the year. I can’t believe we’re in the middle of summer.
Before I started this post, I didn’t know if it’d be larger than what it is now. Typically, my upcoming TBR list is always long, whether or not my bank account has a say in the matter. But with August though, I hesitated with many forthcoming titles. But I am loving the variety.
I hope you love the post! What is your most anticipated book?
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytales, Retelling, Mystery, Horror
Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.
Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?
When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.
A mystery and horror retelling, you say? Hello, I’ve discovered my next spooky read. I love seeing all the buzz about the book. I adore the Grimm’s fairytales but haven’t read them all. So there’s no way I can skip over this retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses.
Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning
Young adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Fairytales, Retellings
“The Little Mermaid” takes a twisted turn in this thrilling sequel to villainess origin story Sea Witch, as the forces of land and sea clash in an epic battle for freedom, redemption, and true love.
Runa will not let her twin sister die. Alia traded her voice to the Sea Witch for a shot at happiness with a prince who doesn’t love her. And his rejection will literally kill her—unless Runa intervenes.
Under the sea, Evie craves her own freedom—but liberation from her role as Sea Witch will require an exchange she may not be willing to make. With their hearts’ desires at odds, what will Runa and Evie be willing to sacrifice to save their worlds?
Told from alternating perspectives, this epic fairy tale retelling is a romantic and heart-wrenching story about the complications of sisterhood, the uncompromising nature of magic, and the cost of redemption.
I bought Sea Witch and haven’t touched it. But when finding out about the next book, I knew I had to add it and actually read the first one. I love mermaid/siren retellings. Magic, sisterhood, and mermaids make for a compelling series. Now, can someone kick me to get to my backlist, please?!
Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
Young Adult, Fantasy
Kazi and Jase have survived, stronger and more in love than ever. Their new life now lies before them―the Ballengers will be outlaws no longer, Tor’s Watch will be a kingdom, and the two of them will meet all challenges side by side, together at last.
But an ominous warning mars their journey back, and in their rush to return to Tor’s Watch, just outside the fortress walls, they are violently attacked and torn apart―and each is thrust into their own new hell.
Unsure whether the other is alive or dead, Kazi and Jase must keep their wits among their greatest enemies and unlikeliest allies. And all the while, Death watches and waits.
You know, I think the sequels of 2019 will be the death of me. Or my procrastination. One or the other will. I’m not sure. I hope to tackle this new spin-off series shortly. Do you like it?
The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang
In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, shaman and warrior Rin is on the run: haunted by the atrocity she committed to end the war, addicted to opium, and hiding from the murderous commands of her vengeful god, the fiery Phoenix. Her only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Empress who sold out Nikan to their enemies.
With no other options, Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who has a plan to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new Republic. Rin throws herself into his war. After all, making war is all she knows how to do.
But the Empress is a more powerful foe than she appears, and the Dragon Warlord’s motivations are not as democratic as they seem. The more Rin learns, the more she fears her love for Nikan will drive her away from every ally and lead her to rely more and more on the Phoenix’s deadly power. Because there is nothing she won’t sacrifice for her country and her vengeance.
The sequel to R.F. Kuang’s acclaimed debut the Poppy War, the Dragon Republic combines the history of 20th-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating effect.
I need to stop dragging my feet and just get to the series I’ve been wanting to read. The designer deserves some credit though. Just look at the cover. It’s drool-worthy, right? As I’ve been adding more diverse books on my TBR list, I knew I couldn’t miss out on this thrilling book.
Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford
Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance
For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…
Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.
Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen… and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.
In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.
I first discovered this title through Jess from Fiction No Chaser. And you know me with pretty covers. The blurb isn’t too bad either. I look forward to the sisterly bond and the potential romance storyline.
These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch
Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance, LGBTQ+, Adventure, Historical Fiction
The thrilling sequel to These Rebel Waves—full of deadly magic, double crosses, and a revolution—from Sara Raasch, the bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series.
As a child, she committed unforgivable acts to free Grace Loray from King Elazar of Argrid. Now Elazar’s plan to retake the island has surpassed Lu’s darkest fears: he’s holding her and his son, Ben, captive in an endlessly shifting prison, forcing them to make a weapon that will guarantee Elazar’s success. Escape is impossible—unless Lu becomes the ruthless soldier she hoped never to be again.
Vex failed to save Lu and Ben—and that torments him as much as his Shaking Sickness. With the disease worsening, Vex throws himself into the rebellion against Argrid. The remaining free armies are allied with the stream raider syndicates—and getting them to cooperate will take a strength Vex thought burned on a pyre six years ago.
Imprisoned, betrayed, and heartbroken, Ben is determined to end his father’s rampage. Watching Elazar sway the minds of Grace Loray as he did those of Argrid, Ben knows he has to play his father’s game of devotion to win this war. But how can a heretic prince defeat the Pious God?
As armies clash and magic rises, Lu, Vex, and Ben will confront their pasts . . . or lose their futures forever.
When These Rebel Waves hit the blogging scene, I wasn’t too sure about it. But I do like how the storytelling is heading. Once I finally get to the first book, I’ll be sure to grab this one!
Rage by Cora Carmack
Young Adult, Fantasy
Princess or adventurer.
Duty or freedom.
Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves.
If Aurora knows anything, it’s that choices have consequences. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan.
In disguise as the rebel Roar, she puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion. But the Rage season is at its peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. Yet these storms are different—they churn with darkness, and attack with a will that’s desperate and violent.
This feels like more than rage.
It feels like war.
I’m not surprised another sequel is on this list. I haven’t stopped hearing about Roar, and I’ve had my eyes on the Rage since my blogger friends couldn’t stop talking about it. I’m intrigued by the magic system. I hope it lives up to the hype!