Time to look at some upcoming titles that caught my interest in one way or another. Here are five titles that caught my interest… and a few that lost it quickly.
Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer
Pub Date 01 Oct 2019
Bestselling and award-winning author Trista Mateer takes an imaginative approach to self-care in this new poetry and prose collection, Aphrodite Made Me Do It. In this empowering retelling, she uses the mythology of the goddess to weave a common thread through the past and present. By the end of this book, Aphrodite will make you believe in the possibility of your own healing.
Alright, I totally clicked on it because of the cover. And the title. The cover is super simple but I really love the colors. I’m not really into poetry collections but I’d probably love to see a few from this one.
Shadow Frost by Coco Ma
Pub Date 01 Oct 2019
In the kingdom of Axaria, a darkness rises.
Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes.
Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal Realm.
Many soldiers from the royal guard are sent out to hunt it down. Not one has ever returned.
When Asterin Faelenhart, princess of Axaria and heir to the throne, discovers that she may hold the key to defeating the mysterious demon terrorizing her kingdom, she vows not to rest until the beast is slain.
With the help of her friends and the powers she wields—though has yet to fully understand—Asterin sets out to complete a single task. The task that countless trained soldiers have failed. To kill it.
But as they hunt for the demon, they unearth a plot to assassinate the princess herself instead. Asterin and her friends begin to wonder how much of their lives has been lies, especially when they realize that the center of the web of deceit might very well be themselves. With no one else to turn to, they are forced to decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect the only world they have ever known.
That is, of course, if the demon doesn’t get to them first.
Eeeeeehhhhhhhhh… Mmmmmmm… I mean the cover is pretty. But the plot just doesn’t really pop out to me. They princess and her friends are the center of the assassination plot without knowing it? Meh.
Heart of the Moors An Original Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Novel by Holly Black
Pub Date 08 Oct 2019
From New York Times bestselling author Holly Black comes a captivating original novel set between Disney’s Maleficent and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, in which newly-queened Aurora struggles to be the best leader to both the humans and Fair Folk under her reign; her beau, Prince Phillip, longs to get to know Aurora and her kingdom better; and Maleficent has trouble letting go of the past.
So these Disney novels have been hit or miss, to be honest. The back copy is pretty slim and reveals nothing to me. I’ve got nothing here. Come on people.
The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah
Pub Date 29 Oct 2019
In the last days of the twenty-first century, sea creatures swim through the ruins of London. Trapped in the abyss, humankind wavers between fear and hope-fear of what lurks in the depths around them, and hope that they might one day find a way back to the surface.
When sixteen-year-old submersible racer Leyla McQueen is chosen to participate in the city’s prestigious annual marathon, she sees an opportunity to save her father, who has been arrested on false charges. The Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. But the race takes an unexpected turn, forcing Leyla to make an impossible choice.
Now she must brave unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a guarded, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If Leyla fails to discover the truths at the heart of her world, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture-or worse. And her father will be lost to her forever.
You had me in the first paragraph but lost me somewhere after that. Sunken cities? Yes. Submarine street racing? Sign me up. Father arrested on false charges? A contest to get your heart’s desire? Impossible choice? I feel like I’ve read that. Maybe a little more info from the back copy could’ve piqued my interest but it feels like it’s keeping too much to itself to really keep me interested in the text.
Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland
Pub Date 29 Oct 2019
Everyone has a soul. Some are beautiful gardens, others are frightening dungeons. Soulwalkers—like Kamai and her mother—can journey into other people’s souls while they sleep.
But no matter where Kamai visits, she sees the black door. It follows her into every soul, and her mother has told her to never, ever open it.
When Kamai touches the door, it is warm and beating, like it has a pulse. When she puts her ear to it, she hears her own name whispered from the other side. And when tragedy strikes, Kamai does the unthinkable: she opens the door.
A.M. Strickland’s imaginative dark fantasy features court intrigue and romance, a main character coming to terms with her asexuality, and twists and turns as a seductive mystery unfolds that endangers not just Kamai’s own soul, but the entire kingdom …
Ooooh. Soulwalking sounds cool. Dark fantasy. Asexuality. This sounds like it could be a really addictive read.