Pub Day Picks // August 4, 2020

We’re into a new month and of course, it’s filled with books and more books. Today is a very exciting publishing day because we have sci-fi, dark fantasy, and the book we’ve all been waiting for (or maybe just me. Don’t laugh!). Let’s get right into what’s publishing that I’m very excited to be in the world!

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

harrowYou know that I’m ultra excited about this one! The sequel to Gideon the Ninth has been so interesting to this point, but at the same time so confusing. Leave it up to Tamsyn Muir to confuse the heck out of us and then show us that we’ve been shown the clues to the story throughout. I’m currently in the middle of this one and this human doesn’t quit.

She answered the Emperor’s call.

She arrived with her arts, her wits, and her only friend.

In victory, her world has turned to ash.

After rocking the cosmos with her deathly debut, Tamsyn Muir continues the story of the penumbral Ninth House in Harrow the Ninth, a mind-twisting puzzle box of mystery, murder, magic, and mayhem. Nothing is as it seems in the halls of the Emperor, and the fate of the galaxy rests on one woman’s shoulders.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, last necromancer of the Ninth House, has been drafted by her Emperor to fight an unwinnable war. Side-by-side with a detested rival, Harrow must perfect her skills and become an angel of undeath — but her health is failing, her sword makes her nauseous, and even her mind is threatening to betray her.

Sealed in the gothic gloom of the Emperor’s Mithraeum with three unfriendly teachers, hunted by the mad ghost of a murdered planet, Harrow must confront two unwelcome questions: is somebody trying to kill her? And if they succeeded, would the universe be better off?

Lobizona by Romina Garber

lobizonaWas I completely lured in by the cover? Yes. Is that a bad thing? Heck no (but of course, do your research). This particular story includes some real world issues and a side of fantasy. From the description, it reads more like a literary fiction novel, but I can’t help but not be lured by the “Argentine folklore” tagline.

Manuela Azul has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who’s on the run from her father’s Argentine crime-family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida.

Until Manu’s protective bubble is shattered.

Her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, and finally without shackles, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past–a mysterious “Z” emblem—which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world connected to her dead father and his criminal past. A world straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizón, a werewolf. A world where her unusual eyes allow her to belong.

As Manu uncovers her own story and traces her real heritage all the way back to a cursed city in Argentina, she learns it’s not just her U.S. residency that’s illegal. . . .it’s her entire existence.

Igniting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

igniting darknessIf you follow along with this blog, then you know I’ve recently read Courting Darkness for the first time. I absolutely loved the slow burning dark fantasy about a pair of women who just so happen to be the daughters of Death. Including some 15th century French history and a bigger plot for the country, I really loved that story and I can’t wait to get into this one. I’ll eventually read the trilogy leading up to the duology, but for now here’s what Igniting Darkness will bring:

Sybella, novitiate of the convent of Saint Mortain and Death’s vengeance on earth, is still reeling from her God’s own passing, and along with him a guiding hand in her bloody work. But with her sisters on the run from their evil brother and under the watchful eye of her one true friend (and love) at court, the soldier known as Beast, Sybella stands alone as the Duchess of Brittany’s protector.

After months of seeking her out, Sybella has finally made contact with a fellow novitiate of the convent, Genevieve, a mole in the French court. But when Genevieve mistakenly draws the attention of the French king to the convent of Saint Mortain and its deadly arts, she may do her sisters (and herself) more harm than good. Sybella, having already drawn the ire of the French regent, may not be able to depend on her sister and ally as much as she hoped. Still, Death always finds a way, even if it’s not what one expects.

No one can be trusted and the wolves are always waiting in this thrilling conclusion to the Courting Darkness duology, set in the world of Robin’s beloved His Fair Assassins trilogy.

Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim

vanessa yuFirst off, I’m a huge fan of Roselle Lim. I read her debut novel Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune last year and patiently waited for this book to appear. Roselle Lim’s first book was just a magical place with some deeper themes about grief and loss done in a way that’s uplifting. I hope the same for this one as well!

Vanessa Yu never wanted to see people’s fortunes—or misfortunes—in tea leaves.

Ever since she can remember, Vanessa Yu has been able to see people’s fortunes at the bottom of their teacups. To avoid blurting out their fortunes, she converts to coffee, but somehow fortunes escape and find a way to complicate her life and the ones of those around her. To add to this plight, her romance life is so nonexistent that her parents enlist the services of a matchmaking expert from Shanghai.

The day before her matchmaking appointment, Vanessa accidentally sees her own fate: death by traffic accident. She decides that she can’t truly live until she can find a way to get rid of her uncanny abilities. When her eccentric aunt, Evelyn, shows up with a tempting offer to whisk her away, Vanessa says au revoir to America and bonjour to Paris. While working at Evelyn’s tea stall at a Parisian antique market, Vanessa performs some matchmaking of her own, attempting to help reconnect her aunt with a lost love. As she learns more about herself and the root of her gifts, she realizes one thing to be true: knowing one’s destiny isn’t a curse, but being unable to change it is.

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

space between worldsI don’t think I’ll ever get enough of the timey wimey wibbily wobbily stuff. Multiverses and traveling through space and time will always have a special place in my heart. Now, add an author of color who brings identity, privilege, and belonging with an added bonus of queer characters and it’s like science fiction coming to life.

Multiverse travel is finally possible, but there’s just one catch: No one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves happen to be exceptionally good at dying—from disease, turf wars, or vendettas they couldn’t outrun. Cara’s life has been cut short on 372 worlds in total.

On this Earth, however, Cara has survived. Identified as an outlier and therefore a perfect candidate for multiverse travel, Cara is plucked from the dirt of the wastelands. Now she has a nice apartment on the lower levels of the wealthy and walled-off Wiley City. She works—and shamelessly flirts—with her enticing yet aloof handler, Dell, as the two women collect off-world data for the Eldridge Institute. She even occasionally leaves the city to visit her family in the wastes, though she struggles to feel at home in either place. So long as she can keep her head down and avoid trouble, Cara is on a sure path to citizenship and security.

But trouble finds Cara when one of her eight remaining doppelgängers dies under mysterious circumstances, plunging her into a new world with an old secret. What she discovers will connect her past and her future in ways she could have never imagined—and reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just her world, but the entire multiverse.

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

midnight sunDon’t laugh! I’m very excited about the bleeding pomegranate book. A little well known truth is that I was really into Twilight. It was my introduction to YA books and I appreciate it for being that for me. I know the themes are quite problematic, but hopefully there will be some redemption here.

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

Excited about any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

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