So today for #Blogoween I’m sharing some spooky upcoming releases that I’m really excited for. Read on to see me gushing over witchy goodness and fangirling over gorgeous covers.
Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin
The house at the end of the lane burned down, and Rita Frost and her teenage ward, Bevan, were never seen again. The townspeople never learned what happened. Only Mae and her brother Rossa know the truth; they spent two summers with Rita and Bevan, two of the strangest summers of their lives… Because nothing in that house was as it seemed: a cat who was more than a cat, and a dark power called Sweet James that lurked behind the wallpaper, enthralling Bevan with whispers of neon magic and escape. And in the summer heat, Mae became equally as enthralled with Bevan. Desperately in the grips of first love, she d give the other girl anything. A dangerous offer when all that Sweet James desired was a taste of new flesh…
So, as we know, I loved Sarah’s other novel, Spare and Found Parts. At her event in August, she told us that Other Words For Smoke was all about queer witches in a haunted house in Ireland. Basically, why would I not be picking this book up? I’m basically counting down the days until I can read this spooky beauty!
Out 2nd April 2019 with Titan Books.
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
On the edge of town a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening…
Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New York. The fact that she’s descended from one of the town’s founders doesn’t help much, either—her new neighbours treat her with distant respect, and something very like fear. When she meets Justin, May, Isaac, and Harper, all children of founder families, and sees the otherworldly destruction they can wreak, she starts to wonder if the townsfolk are right to be afraid.
When bodies start to appear in the woods, the locals become downright hostile. Can the teenagers solve the mystery of Four Paths, and their own part in it, before another calamity strikes?
After reading Sawkill Girls, I’m really into monster fighting books at the moment. The Devouring Gray is pitched as being reminiscent of Stranger Things (and how amazingly 80’s is that cover?!) and I’m so excited for teenagers battling monsters and small town issues.
Out 16th April 2019 with Titan Books.
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.
A prince in danger must decide who to trust.
A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.
Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.
In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light.
There is so much hype for this book on Twitter, and I can completely understand why. Wicked Saints gives me all of the mythological Eastern European vibes that I love to see in a novel, and after feeling like I’ve been excited for it forever, I cannot wait to read it next year. Plus, have you seen that gorgeous cover?!
Out 2nd April 2019 with Wednesday Books.
The Furies by Katie Lowe
In 1998, a sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on school property, dressed in white and posed on a swing, with no known cause of death. The novel opens with this image, as related to us by the narrator, Violet, looking back on the night it happened from the present day, before returning to relate the series of events leading up to the girl’s murder.
After an accident involving her Dad and sister, Violet joins Elm Hollow Academy, a private girls school in a quiet coastal town, which has an unpleasant history as the site of famous 17th century witch trials. Violet quickly finds herself invited to become the fourth member of an advanced study group, alongside Robin, Grace, and Alex – led by their charismatic art teacher, Annabel.
While Annabel claims her classes aren’t related to ancient rites and rituals – warning the girls off the topic, describing it as little more than mythology – the girls start to believe that magic is real, and that they can harness it. But when the body of a former member of the society – Robin’s best friend, with whom Violet shares an uncanny resemblance – is found dead on campus nine months after she disappeared, Violet begins to wonder whether she can trust her friends, teachers, or even herself.
A witchy cult book with mythology and rituals! The Furies looks right up my street and I get the feeling that it’ll be deliciously dark. I know I keep saying this but, THAT COVER. Again, I’m so excited for this one and for it to undoubtedly scare me!
Out 2nd May 2019 with HarperCollins.
After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott
Two solar eclipses. Two missing girls.
Sixteen years ago a little girl was abducted during the darkness of a solar eclipse while her older sister Cassie was supposed to be watching her. She was never seen again. When a local girl goes missing just before the next big eclipse, Cassie – who has returned to her home town to care for her ailing grandmother – suspects the disappearance is connected to her sister: that whoever took Olive is still out there. But she needs to find a way to prove it, and time is running out.
I actually only came across After the Eclipse a few days ago after coming across the authors twitter account, but I immediately added it to my TBR. There isn’t much about it online yet but I know I’ll be picking up a copy next year. Also can I just say, Titan are killing it with these 2019 releases?
Out 5th March 2019 with Titan Books.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.
Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.
As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.
Margaret Rogerson’s debut, An Enchantment of Ravens, was storytelling at its finest. Sorcery of Thorns sounds like it’s going to be just as beautifully written, and who wouldn’t be excited for sorcery and magical libraries?! What a premise!
Out 14th May 2019 with Margaret K McElderry Books.
Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers
Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…
Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent—provided Sybella can find them.
Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she struggles to remember who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. Her only solace is a hidden prisoner who appears all but forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands—even if it means ignoring the long awaited orders from the convent.
As Sybella and Gen’s paths draw ever closer, the fate of everything they hold sacred rests on a knife’s edge. Will they find each other in time, or will their worlds collide, destroying everything they care about?
It’s a new series set in the His Fair Assassin world! I absolutely adored these books (if you haven’t read them, I’d highly recommend them) and I can’t wait to read more about these girls, especially Sybella who was my favourite from the first trilogy. These books are all about badass girls who serve as deaths handmaidens, and I love them so much.
Out 5th February 2019 with HMH Books for Young Readers.
Lots of love,