Thursday, August 1, 2019

My 5 Most Anticipated August Releases

It's the start of August, and you know what that means! Here are my most anticipated August releases (in no particular order). Covers link to Goodreads!

1) Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.

But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .

What if their last shift was an adventure?

Release Date: August 27th, 2019
Why I'm excited: First of all, it has been well-documented that I LOVE seasonal reads, so the idea of seasonal best friends reunited ever September 1 has me over the moon. And it's a graphic novel! I really enjoyed Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park (review here), and I love the artwork on this cover, so I'm guessing I'll love the contents as well.

2) Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker

Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway.

On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm, and living the high single life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. On the other hand, she’s considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated world and constantly has to prove her worth. Plus, she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancΓ©—a fellow VP—on the other side of her glass office wall every day.

Things get exponentially more complicated for Piper when she runs into Kyle Miller—the handsome new security guard at Calloway Group Industries, and coincidentally the first love of her life.

The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counsellors together. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The guy who apparently doesn’t even remember her name.

Piper may be a high-powered businesswoman now, but she soon realizes that her schoolgirl crush is not only alive but stronger than ever, and crippling her concentration. What’s more, despite Kyle’s distant attitude, she’s convinced their reunion isn’t at all coincidental, and that his feelings for her still run deep. And she’s determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences.

Release Date: August 6th, 2019
Why I'm excited: I discovered K.A. Tucker when her ebook Anathema, the start of a paranormal series, was offered for free. I really enjoyed that book, although I haven't finished the series yet and I'm excited to see how the author fares with contemporary fiction. I'm intrigued by the environment and main character this story promises - a female, high-powered executive in a male-dominated field. I also don't see a ton of books about this age group (not "new adult" but not middle-aged or family/children-oriented yet either), so I'm excited to dig in!

3) Of Ice and Shadows by Audrey Coulthurst

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The long-awaited sequel to Of Fire and Stars—in which Mare and Denna travel to a new and dangerous kingdom where Denna must be trained to tame her magic by a mysterious queen who is not all she seems. Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Tamora Pierce.

Princesses Denna and Mare are in love and together at last—only to face a new set of dangers.

Mare just wants to settle down with the girl she loves, which would be easier if Denna weren’t gifted with forbidden and volatile fire magic. Denna must learn to control her powers, which means traveling in secret to the kingdom of Zumorda, where she can seek training without fear of persecution. Determined to help, Mare has agreed to serve as an ambassador as a cover for their journey.

But just after Mare and Denna arrive in Zumorda, an attack on a border town changes everything. Mare’s diplomatic mission is now urgent: She must quickly broker an alliance with the Zumordan queen to protect her homeland. However, the queen has no interest in allying with other kingdoms—it’s Denna’s untamed but powerful magic that catches her eye. The queen offers to teach Denna herself, and both girls know it would be dangerous to refuse.

As Denna’s powers grow stronger, Mare does her best to be the ambassador her kingdom needs. Her knowledge of Zumorda and its people grows, and so too do her suspicions about the queen’s intentions. With rising tensions and unexpected betrayals putting Mare and Denna in jeopardy and dangerous enemies emerging on all sides, can they protect their love and save their kingdoms?

Release Date: August 13th, 2019

Why I'm excited: I found Coulthurst's debut, Of Fire and Stars (review here) a little meh, but really enjoyed the author's writing. While it ended nicely (read: no cliffhangers), I was intrigued to see where Mare and would head to next. This new storyline looks super good, and I have high hopes that Coulthurst's writing has only developed since her debut.

4) House of Salt and Shadows by Erin A. Craig

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

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.

Release Date: August 6th, 2019
Why I'm excited: This is a retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I love the setting of a manor by the sea, and the mystery sounds very intriguing. I haven't read the original fairy tale, so I don't know how it might deviate, but this sounds like it will take an original turn to the tale.

5) Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

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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.

Release Date: August 27th, 2019
Why I'm excited: While I thought from the title and cover that this book would be about mermaids, my disappoint that it is not subsided once I read the synopsis. I love sister relationships, ill-fated marriages, and political intrigue as much as the next gal, so I think this will be a good read!

That's it for me! Feel free to comment below if you're excited for any of these releases as well, or whether you're pumped for one that I missed!


  1. I had no idea about Pumpkin Heads, but co- written by those two? And set in a pumpkin patch? Sounds awesome!

    1. This book had me at "pumpkin patch" for sure! I think I might pick it up closer to September or October to take full advantage of the fall feels.