I genuinely can’t believe that 2018 is almost over because it went so fast! There are still so many books I want to read before the year is over, some already released and some new releases. Here are five of the new releases I’m looking forward to:
Pulp by Robin Talley (November 13)
In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a danger all too real.
Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby’s own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires and tragedies of the characters she’s reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym “Marian Love,” and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity.
In this novel told in dual narratives, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley weaves together the lives of two young women connected across generations through the power of words. A stunning story of bravery, love, how far we’ve come and how much farther we have to go.
The 1950’s, books, women falling in love with women, writing – everything about this book sounds SO good! I’m so interested to see how the dual narratives weave together and I can’t wait to learn more about Janet and Marie’s romance. Also, if I could live in any decade it would be the 50’s, so I’m really excited to read a novel set partially during that time period. It sounds like this book is going to have a lot of powerful messages and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer (November 6)
The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles.
Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other’s worst nightmare.
In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.
The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it.
To be completely honest, I thought the first half of Renegades was really slow. However, it picked up a lot about halfway through and I really enjoyed the rest. I’m curious to see what happens next and hopefully I enjoy this sequel more overall!
Creatures of Want and Ruin by Molly Tanzer (November 13)
Amityville baywoman Ellie West fishes by day and bootlegs moonshine by night. It’s dangerous work under Prohibition–independent operators like her are despised by federal agents and mobsters alike–but Ellie’s brother was accepted to college and Ellie’s desperate to see him go. So desperate that when wealthy strangers ask her to procure libations for an extravagant party Ellie sells them everything she has, including some booze she acquired under unusual circumstances.
What Ellie doesn’t know is that this booze is special. Distilled from foul mushrooms by a cult of diabolists, those who drink it see terrible things–like the destruction of Long Island in fire and flood. The cult is masquerading as a church promising salvation through temperance and a return to “the good old days,” so it’s hard for Ellie to take a stand against them, especially when her father joins, but Ellie loves Long Island, and she loves her family, and she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure neither is torn apart.
I’ve never read a book set during Prohibition but I think this synopsis sounds fascinating. The visions and the cult sound so mysterious and I can’t wait to learn more about them. I’m also excited to read about Ellie’s relationship with her brother.
Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean (November 6)
In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems.
Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy.
Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast.
Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro, and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat YA fantasy.
Honestly, I’m getting a bit sick of the secret identity and fight-for-the-throne tropes. So when I first read this synopsis I wasn’t that intrigued because it sounds like a lot of others. However, one twist that really intrigues me is that the secret Mari is hiding is that she is a supernatural monster. I want to learn more about the types of yōkai that exist. I also decided that I’d like to read it because I want to read more Asian-inspired fantasies.
Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (November 6)
Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother’s “society” might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father’s identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn’t expect to find is friendship, but as she’s drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn’t the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother’s glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer’s search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.
Set in the world of debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies combines a charming setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off.
I read Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ The Naturals series a few years ago and absolutely loved it. That’s the main reason I want to give this book a try, because honestly debutantes aren’t usually my cup of tea. I love her mysteries and I’m excited to try another one.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (November 6)
Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi (November 27)
How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett (November 13)
Four Three Two One by Courtney C. Stevens (November 13)
What books are you looking forward to this month? How many more books do you want to read before the end of 2018?