Hello friends! It’s that time of the month, where I talk about the book publishings that I’m looking forward to next month! Since it’s July this month, the books I’m going to be talking about in this post are books that are going to be published in August.
A little note as well, my genre-of-interest’s have grown from beyond Young Adult. Well, they’ve always been beyond only YA. But there are some non-YA books I’m going to be talking about in this post as well.
Without a further ado, here are the 9 books I’m looking forward to, in August.
Are there any books on this list that you’re interested in as well?
- The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Bérubé || Young Adulte, Mystery & Thriller
Black Swan meets Paranormal Activity in this literary thriller about a former dancer who discovers that sometimes, nightmares are real
Something is wrong with Marianne. It’s not just that her parents have split up or that life hasn’t’ been the same since she quit dancing. It’s not even that her mother has checked herself into the hospital.
Marianne is losing time. Doing things she would never do. And objects around her seem to break whenever she comes close. Something is after her.
But a first attempt at an exorcism calls down the full force of the thing’s rage. It demands Marianne give back what she stole. And Marianne must uncover the truth that lies beneath it all before the nightmare can take what it thinks it’s owed, leaving Marianne trapped in the darkness of the other side.
Right from looking at the cover page for this book, I knew that I’d be interested in reading The Dark Beneath the Ice. I’m a sucker for good covers, especially YA thrillers. The part that cemented the fact that I’m going to be reading this book (whenever I’m able, of course) is the fact that this sentence “Black Swan meets Paranormal Activity in this literary thriller about a former dancer who discovers that sometimes, nightmares are real” is in the books’ description. I’m also loving the paranormal activity aspect of what this book could entail.
Love blossoms in the most unexpected of places in this sweet and steamy Cursed Ravens Motorcyle Club title featuring a hunky bad boy and a charming nurse.
The men might tease Rogue and call him pretty behind his back, but no one is going to say that to his face. As the vice president of the Cursed Ravens—and with an unpredictable and unruly temper—respect is given to him at any cost.
But Rogue reins himself in when he visits his mother in a local nursing home. Overwhelmed with guilt that he can’t take care of her himself, he can barely handle watching her fade away with dementia. And he knows the staff is exceptional—especially the sweet and beautiful caregiver who pays extra attention to his mom.
It isn’t easy working at a nursing home, but Zoe enjoys spending time with her favorite patient Anne. She knows Anne has a son who dutifully visits her, but when Zoe sees the tall, muscled, handsome stranger, she can tell he’s trouble—beautiful trouble. She knows he’s a Cursed Raven and she knows better than to admit she’s attracted to him. There’s no way she’ll date an MC member. Been there done that. But as Zoe and Rogue start to get closer, they realize one way or another, they’ll have to fight to stay in each other’s lives.
I’ve read the first book in the Cursed Ravens MC, and I’ve got to say, I enjoyed it a lot. It’s actually become one of my favourite books. I’m extremely interested in reading Going Rogue, which is the book for Erin’s brother (rider name) Rogue. I am so going to enjoy reading how Rogue’s and Zoe’s story plays out.
- The Forest Queen (Mechanica, 0.5) by Betsy Cornwell || Young Adult, Fantasy
From a New York Times bestselling author, a fresh, female-centered take on “Robin Hood” in which a young noblewoman, like the legendary hero, becomes an outlaw fighting for social justice. Perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Sarah J. Maas.
When sixteen-year-old Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, Sylvie feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. Her dearest friend asks her to run away to the woods with him, and soon a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen. Perfect for fans of fairy tale retellings or anyone who loves a strong female lead, this gorgeously written take on the Robin Hood tale goes beyond the original’s focus on economic justice to explore love, gender, the healing power of nature, and what it means to be a family.
I’ve actually read Mechanica, and it’s sequel Venturess. I enjoyed both, so I’m looking forward to reading and finding out what happens in The Forest Queen. I wonder what the Queen of the Forest is capable of, and what her story entails.
- Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson || Young Adult, Fantasy
A stunning new adventure set in the kingdoms of the Remnant.
A formidable outlaw family that claims to be the first among nations.
A son destined to lead, thrust suddenly into power.
Three fierce young women of the Rahtan, the queen’s premier guard.
A legendary street thief leading a mission, determined to prove herself.
A dark secret that is a threat to the entire continent.
When outlaw leader meets reformed thief, a cat-and-mouse game of false moves ensues, bringing them intimately together in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.
So not only the cover is pretty, but the synopsis leaves much to the imagination. Which could be a bad thing because I tend to imagine quite a bit, until I read the book. My only question is, will I have to read Pearson’s Kiss of Deception series, to understand Dance of Thieves?
- A Wolf Apart (The Legend of All Wolves, #2) by Maria Vale || Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Can a human truly make room in her heart for the Wild?
Thea Villalobos has long since given up trying to be what others expect of her. So in Elijah Sorensson she can see through the man of the world to a man who is passionate to the point of heartbreak. But something inside him is dying…
Elijah Sorensson has all kinds of outward success: bespoke suits, designer New York City apartment, women clamoring for his attention. Except Elijah despises the human life he’s forced to endure. He’s Alpha of his generation of the Great North Pack, and the wolf inside him will no longer be restrained…
I’m very excited about this one to be quite honest with you! I have this one as an ARC and as I’m writing this, it isn’t yet read. I’m going to remedy that quite soon! I was hoping that A Wolf Apart would be another story about Silver and Tiberious…and even though A Wolf Apart is not about those two, I’m looking forward to reading about new characters Thea and Elijah!
- How to Breathe Underwater by Vicky Skinner || Young Adult, Contemporary
Kate’s father has been pressuring her to be perfect for her whole life, pushing her to be the best swimmer she can be. But when Kate finds her dad cheating on her mom, Kate’s perfect world comes crashing down, and Kate is forced to leave home and the swim team she’s been a part of her whole life.
Now in a new home and new school, faced with the prospect of starting over, Kate isn’t so sure that swimming is what she wants anymore. But when she decides to quit, her whole world seems to fall apart. But when Kate gets to know Michael, the cute boy that lives across the hall, she starts to think that starting over might not be so bad. There’s only one problem: Michael has a girlfriend.
As the pressures of love, family, and success press down on her, can Kate keep her head above water?
Having just found out about How to Breathe Underwater, I’m actually really looking forward to reading Kate’s story. Mostly I’m looking forward to seeing how Kate handles everything in her new home as well as her new school. It’s not easy starting over in a new place so I’m left questioning what will happen.
The only thing that I’m wary of in How to Breathe Underwater is that there’s prospect of Kate might be entering a love-triangle.
- See All the Stars by Kit Frick || Young Adult, Contemporary
We Were Liars meets 13 Reasons Why in this thrilling debut novel that sweeps readers away as they try to solve the mystery of what happened then to make Ellory so broken now.It’s hard to find the truth beneath the lies you tell yourself.Then: They were four—Bex, Jenni, Ellory, Ret. (Venus. Earth. Moon. Sun.) Electric, headstrong young women; Ellory’s whole solar system.
Now: Ellory is alone, her once inseparable group of friends torn apart by secrets, deception, and a shocking incident that changed their lives forever.
Then: Lazy summer days. A party. A beautiful boy. Ellory met Matthias and fell into the beginning of a spectacular, bright love.
Now: Ellory returns to Pine Brook to navigate senior year after a two-month suspension and summer away—no boyfriend, no friends. No going back. Tormented by some and sought out by others, troubled by a mysterious note-writer who won’t let Ellory forget, and consumed by guilt over her not entirely innocent role in everything and everyone she’s lost, Ellory finds that even in the present, the past is everywhere.
The path forward isn’t a straight line. And moving on will mean sorting the truth from the lies—the lies Ellory has been telling herself.
(i’m excited about the We Were Liars bit, since I love that novel, but I’m not looking too forward to the 13 Reasons Why themed parts. I didn’t like that novel at all. Seriously.)
- Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill || Fantasy, Romance
In the first thrilling installment of Chloe Neill’s spinoff to the New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series, a new vampire will find out just how deep blood ties run.
As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she’s a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he’s prince of the Pack and its future king.
When the assassination of a diplomat brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.
Friends, I have been wanting to read a vampire book for a while and Wild Hunger certainly fits the bill! Even though I haven’t read it.. I just have a feeling, okay?
I havne’t read the spinoff series that the description talks about, but I think I’m okay with that! Hmm. What I expect from Wild Hunger is actually quite a bit. I think that there of course, will be some territorial matters that happen. I also believe that Elisa will be sought after solely because she’s the child of a Master and a Sentinel. Honestly though I have been
thirsting wanting to read a Vampirish novel for quite a bit.
- The Soul Keepers by Devon Taylor || Young Adult, Fantasy
Full of danger, stormy otherworld seas, ghost ships, and terrifying monsters, this thrilling debut novel is perfect for fans of Taran Matharu and Neal Shusterman.
Death is just the beginning.
After dying in a terrible car accident, Rhett awakens in the afterlife and is recruited to join the crew of the Harbinger, a colossal seafaring vessel tasked with ferrying the souls of the dead. To where exactly, no one knows. But the crew must get the souls there, and along the way protect them from vicious soul-eating monsters that will stop at nothing to take the ship and all of its occupants.
Rhett and his new friends have a hard enough time fighting back the monsters that grow bolder and more ferocious every day. But then a new threat emerges, a demon who wants something that Rhett has. And if she gets it, it could mean the end of everything… for both the living and the dead.
Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, The Soul Keepers is a pulse-pounding, cinematic adventure by debut author Devon Taylor.
I’m intrigued by The Soul Keepers because part of The Soul Keepers description says that this book would be perfect for fans of Taran Matharu. And since I’m a fan of Matharu’s work, I’m going to check out this book when I can!
Aside from that I’m looking forward to the fantasy aspects. Like the fact that The Soul Keepers sounds more and more like an adventure novel with sea monsters and the like, trying to eat the souls of those who are taking refuge on this ghost ship.
Other Mentionable Titles:
- Echoes by Allison Reed
- A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan
- Brave Enough by Kati Gardner
Are there any books that I haven’t talked about in this post that you think I’d be interested in?
Thank you so much for stopping by!
10 thoughts on “August 2018 Books I’m Looking Forward to!”
LOL actually none of this list, but Mirrage! I already pre-ordered that one.
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Haha that’s great! I hope you enjoy reading Mirrage!
Really looking forward to Dance of Thieves as well! I read an ARC of The Forest Queen and it wasn’t really for me, but I hope you love it when you do read it! 🙂
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Yay! Dance of Thieves ❤
Aw, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy reading The Forest Queen.
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I didn’t realise that the next Maria Vale book was coming out!! Im excited now
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I enjoyed it, actually! 😀
I’m so excited for Dance of Thieves (which I requested a little while ago – I still have my fingers crossed) and The Forest Queen. I just got an ARC for The Soul Keepers (it sounds like a modern Davy Jones spin) though which I can’t wait to dig into! Great post!
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I hope you get the ARC for Dance of Thieves! Ooooh, that’s great! I hope you enjoy reading your new ARC!! 😀
Thank you! ^-^
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I haven’t read any of Taran Matharu’s books, but The Soul Keepers sounds really interesting!
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