I’ve been reading ahead–a thing I used to get in trouble for in school, but am now encouraged to do at my job, which is delightful–and I’ve found a whole bunch of books coming out in autumn that you should absolutely, definitely have on pre-order! These are some of my favorite books I’ve read all year and I cannot wait to share them with you.
We’ve talked about the importance of pre-orders–how they help publishers know how many books to print and help us know how many we should order and help authors get more book deals in the future. They’re also a lovely present from past!you, appearing on the day they publish like magic. You can pre-order any or all of these and get 15% off (so long as you order two weeks ahead of their publishing date)!
The Midnight Bargain, by C.L. Polk (out Oct. 13)
CL Polk’s historical-ish fantasy books never cease to delight me–and THE MIDNIGHT BARGAIN is no exception. The echoes of our own world’s history ripple across a new society and a new story full of romance, friendship, and magic. Fierce, independent women–and the lengths they’ll go to to preserve that independence–take center stage in a tale with all the wit and charm of an Austen novel. Beatrice and Ysbeta, on their quest to preserve their magic and follow their hearts, are incredible to watch blossom from timid beginnings to ferocious friendship with a drive so compelling I could not put the book down.
The Scapegracers, by Hannah Abigail Clarke (out Sept. 15)
Voicey and loud, full of raw edges and the screaming void of deep-breath lungs, The Scapegracers is an anthem for teenage girls. “Everybody hates teenage girls,” Yates says, and she’s right, but these girls, these glittering, razor-edge girls don’t care that the world hates them. They seize the chaos and drag it through their hearts and make it their own. This book is full of red anger and the harrowing that comes for men who dare to hurt women, the soft gold of friendship and the overwhelming pain of high school, black grief and the terrifying, awesome discovery of your own queerness. Truly, there is nothing I did not like about this book. It dug deep under my skin like a splinter and scratched an itch I didn’t even know I had for high quality girl gang content; angry, brave women and the complex, complicated friendship that holds them together and makes them their own.
Black Sun, by Rebecca Roanhorse (out Oct. 13)
A bold, impressive start to a lush new epic fantasy set in a new world inspired by pre-European-colonization Americas that will have you on the edge of your seat and aching for more the second you close the covers. The characters are intense and diverse, the setting is lush, the worldbuilding intricate and absorbing, the plot a twisting non-linear narrative that will keep you guessing until the stunning cliffhanger of a conclusion. Rebecca Roanhorse is an absolute master of the written word and every book she produces just gets better and better and better. I want to keep reading her words until the end of time itself. Especially if they are about Xiala and Serapio and Naranpa and their twisted, delicate, raw world. I love this book beyond words. I hope you will too.
Among the Beasts and Briars, by Ashley Poston (out Oct. 20)
Ashley Poston remains, as ever, one of my favorite authors.
I still have a few unanswered questions and a sincere hope for a companion novel or two, but overall, this book was satisfying in a way that is unique to Ashley Poston books: soft, heartwarming, lovely. There are some spine-tingling bits in this one, too, monsters and foggy nights with strange noises, but there is also magic and daisies, friendship and self-discovery, transformations–of both the magical kind and the personal kind. And I love it.
Ring Shout, by P. Djèlí Clark (out Oct. 13)
Okay, truly, ANYTHING written by Clark is frikkin amazing (I believe I have, in the past, waxed poetic about both The Black God’s Drums and The Haunting of Tram Car 015) but, Ring Shout is something completely different. Maryse, a woman with a lot of anger, a lot of love, and a magic sword, has to face the demons created by hatred–not just external demons, but the ones in her head, too. Not for the squeamish (there are a lot of mouths and…fleshy bits. A lot of body horror, basically.) but absolutely for anyone who’s here to read a book that digs deeply into the nature of hate, vengeance, and justice, Ring Shout is a gorgeously, gruesomely crafted tale that is poised to take up residence in your mind and keep you thinking about it for days after you close the covers. It is here to make you feel uncomfortable, and it takes no prisoners, and you–yes you–should read it as soon as it comes out in October. Just, maybe, don’t read it before bed.
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