Upcoming Releases: Autumn 2018

If summer is the season of YA, then autumn is definitely the season for sci-fi and fantasy (and even horror, with Halloween coming up), something that this list unintentionally reflects… This is great news for me, however, since that’s all I ever really want to read once the weather starts to get cold; give me a hot cup of tea, some nice warm socks, and a book I can sink my teeth into, and I’ll be happy for the rest of the year! ☕️🧦📚 With that in mind, here are (some of) the books I’m going to keeping an eye out for in September, October & November:

[All dates are taken from Amazon UK unless stated otherwise, and are correct as of 30/8/2018.]

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White (25th September)

A retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, as told by Victor Frankenstein’s fiancée, Elizabeth Lavenza. I’ll admit that nothing about this book makes it seem like something that I would particularly want to read (from the basic premise, to the synopsis, the the incredibly off-putting cover), but I thought the same thing about The Conquerors Saga, which turned out to be amazing, so I’m cautiously optimistic about this one, too. My fingers are crossed; don’t let me down, Kiersten White! 🤞 Excitement level: 7/10

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (2nd October)

The sequel to Strange the Dreamer, which follows the orphaned librarian Lazlo Strange, who is unexpectedly at the forefront of a conflict between humans and godspawn, in the tormented city of Weep. Probably the book on this list that I’m most excited for, as Strange the Dreamer ended on such a cliffhanger – and I’m extremely relieved that I don’t have much longer to wait! As with it’s predecessor, I will probably be getting this book in audio-form rather than in print, partially for continuity’s sake, but mainly because Steve West’s narration of the first book was incredible. Excitement level: 10/10

The Books of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (25th October)

A new bind-up of the entire Earthsea series, including three short stories (one of which has never been published in print before), and 50 illustrations by Charles Vess (whose work includes the amazing illustrated edition of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust). I already have a bind-up of the first four books in this series, and haven’t read all that much of it, but if I end up liking Earthsea as much as I anticipate I will, then I am much more likely to replace it with this beautiful edition than to just buy the last two books on their own… Excitement level: 6/10

brandon sanderson//skywardSkyward by Brandon Sanderson (6th November)

The first in a new sci-fi trilogy, which follows a young aspiring pilot by the name of Spensa, who finds an ancient – and sentient – spaceship. In addition to having loved everything I’ve read by Sanderson (though I haven’t read nearly as much as I would like to have), sentient A.I. has become something of a favourite topic of mine since reading Ancillary Justice, so this seems right up my alley. 💕 Hopefully it won’t disappoint! Excitement level: 6/10

george r.r. martin//fire and bloodFire & Blood by George R.R. Martin (20th November)

A history of the Targaryen family from Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire series… My excitement for Fire & Blood is tempered somewhat by the fact that it is not The Winds of Winter, and by my general dislike of Danaerys (the main series’ primary Targaryen representative), but on the other hand, what’s already been written about the family intrigues me, and I’m also looking forward to the extra detail that this book will undoubtedly add to the already-very-well-developed world of Westeros. Excitement level: 7/10

& some honourable mentions:

  • 9 from the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan (2nd October) – short stories from the Magnus Chase universe
  • Soulbinder by Sebastien de Castell (4th October) – the fourth in the Spellslinger series
  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas (23rd October) – the final Throne of Glass book

October Haul

October seems to have turned into another crazy month for book-buying, for which I have no defence, except that there’ve been a lot of new releases recently that I’ve been really looking forward to – and I also got really into The Witcher video games, and decided that I needed to read the books that they’re based on, too. 😳 In fact, every time I look at this stack of books, I’m almost paralysed with indecision over which one to pick up next; I’m so excited for all of them!

On a less positive note (was that first paragraph even a positive note? Perhaps, partially), my book-buying ban definitely needs to be re-implemented, which unfortunately means I won’t be getting my hands on Gemina (the other new release that I’ve been wanting) for a little while yet… 😦
october 2016 haul

1) Goldenhand by Garth Nix. The fifth book in the Old Kingdom series, which I know absolutely nothing about, and don’t want to know anything about, since I still haven’t read Clariel

2) Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. The fifth book in the Throne of Glass series, which seems to have been on everyone’s most-anticipated lists… I’m excited to read this, though I’m also quite nervous about it, as I wasn’t a huge fan of some of the decisions that were made in the last book. Hopefully this one will be better, though!

3) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. The sequel to Six of Crows, which I read a couple of months ago and absolutely loved. This is probably going to be the first book I read once I’ve finished my mini-marathon of the Andrzej Sapkowski books that I currently own; my insides have been twisting with anticipation every time I catch sight of it in my TBR pile… Obviously, I have very high hopes. XD

4) Magnus Chase & the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan. The second book in the Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard series. Of all the books I picked up last month, this is probably the one I could most have done without, as I still haven’t read the first book. I do, however, have faith that this series is going to be just as amazing as Riordan’s other books that I’ve read, so I don’t regret it, and I also wanted to make sure that I remembered to get it while it was still available in hardback. The paperback is still a long way off, but I tend to forget about things if I put them off for too long… ^^’

5) The Last Wish, Sword of Destiny, Blood of Elves, Time of Contempt & Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski. The first five books in the Witcher series, which inspired the aforementioned video games! Interestingly, the first two books in the series are short story collections, while the main saga actually begins with book three (Blood of Elves). I’ve already read the first three of these books (which I’ve talked about in my October wrap-up), and am currently about mid-way through Time of Contempt – so far, they’re really great, and they only seem to be getting better as they go on!

6) A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb. An apparently quite spooky paranormal romance featuring ghosts, which I first heard about on a youtube video by ChapterStackss, about her favourite romance novels. I was intrigued, but not enough so to go looking for it… but the very next day I came across a copy at work, and knew that I had to have it. 🙂 Hopefully I’ll be able to get to this before Halloween is too distant a memory. 😛

7) Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick. Another book that I stumbled upon at work, though I know even less about this one than the last. It’s a dark fantasy, and the first book in the Tales of the Kin series, but I can’t tell you any more than that… ^^’

8) Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated edition) by J.K. Rowling. This book needs no introduction. I’ve been looking forward to it all year, and I’m definitely impressed with what I’ve seen of it so far! I’ve already started this, but I’m going to be taking it quite slow, and reading along with the Harry Potter & the Sacred Text podcast, which quite coincidentally started on book 2 around the same time that this was released! XD

October Haul

Once again, I managed to accumulate quite a lot of books in October – and most of them were new releases, which is unusual for me. There’ve just been so many books released recently that I really, really wanted to read… 😳 Hopefully my book-buying will slow down for a while after this, but for now, here’s my October haul:

October haul

1) Magnus Chase & the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. The first book in the new Norse mythology series, Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard. I’ve been excited for this book since I heard it was going to be a thing, and although I’m not really in the mood for more Percy & co. at the moment, I’ve heard really fantastic things from those who have already read it. 😀

2) Percy Jackson & the Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan. A book I put off buying because of my (now failed) book-buying ban… I was thinking of waiting for this to come out in paperback, simply because I don’t have all that much space left on my bookshelves, but eventually I decided I’d rather have it match my (hardback) copy of Percy Jackson & the Greek Gods

3) Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. The new illustrated edition! 😀 Need I say more?

4) The Princess & the Captain by Anne-Laure Bondoux. The only book in this batch that I bought on impulse, and don’t really know anything about. I believe it’s a pirate book, and since I found it second hand, it was super-cheap. I was mostly drawn to it because of the swashbuckling that I assume it contains. Who doesn’t love swashbuckling? Not me. 😛

5) The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare. The second book in the Magisterium series, which I’ve been excited for since I read The Iron Trial this time last year. This one follows Cal and his friends in their second year of magical schooling, but I know little more about it than that.

6) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. A kind-of companion novel to Fangirl (the characters in this are the ones that Cath was writing fanfiction about in that book), in which Simon Snow returns for his last year at Watford School of Magicks, and is tasked with having to save the magical world. I’ve already read this one – you can read my review of it here.

7) Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. The first book in the Lumatere Chronicles, a YA high fantasy series that I’ve heard really incredible (but vague) things about. I picked this up mostly as a pick-me-up on a particularly rubbish day, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet… 😦 Soon, hopefully.

8) Saga, Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan. The most recent instalment in this amazing space-odyssey graphic novel series, and (in my opinion) the best one yet. I will say no more, because spoilers.

9) Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton. A second collection of short comics from Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant web-series. I’ve finished reading this one, too, and it may even be better than the first book (which is a difficult thing to achieve)… There was a little less history in this volume, though (or at least, less history that I didn’t understand), and a bit more literature, so that probably accounts for it. 🙂


And now, as a little extra, I have an additional mini-haul for you, since on Halloween morning, my cousin and I decided to drop in on the Cambridge Comic Art Festival at my local library. As per usual, I bought more than I probably should have (and most of it from the same artist’s stall), but I regret nothing. I’ve read all of these already, so if you’re curious about my thoughts, then you can take a look at my October wrap-up, and, when it’s up, my November one.

Cambridge Comic Art Festival haul

1) Adventure Time 2015 Spoooktacular by Hanna K. A short one-shot comic that follows Marceline from the Adventure Time cartoon series, and an adorable dog.

2) The Fabulous Adventures of a Gallant Gentleman by Emma Vieceli. Another one-shot comic, this one about an Antarctic explorer who wanders off in search of tea (as one does). A really, really fantastic read.

3) Dragon Heir Reborn, Volume 1 by Emma Vieceli. A high fantasy comic that follows a group of young men who carry inside them aspects of the dragon Spiratu’s soul.

4) The Avalon Chronicles, Volume 1: Once in a Blue Moon, & Volume 2: The Girl & the Unicorn by Nunzio DeFilippis & Christina Weir. The first two books in a(nother) fantasy series, about a girl from our world who one day gets sucked into a book that her parents used to read to her as a child. The art in this one is also by Emma Vieceli, and it’s beautiful.

Finally, since I spent so much money at Emma Vieceli’s stall ( 😳 ), she also gave me a sampler of her new webcomic (with Malin Ryden), Breaks, for free. And it may only be a sampler, but it’s pretty high-quality, and I’m really liking what I’ve read of the story so far, so I’ll be hanging onto it. 🙂 If you’ve a mind, you can read the webcomic here – it’s a not-so-cute contemporary romance series.

Upcoming Releases: Autumn 2015

It’s that time of year again! Summer is over, the days are getting shorter, and the bugs are (thankfully) ganging up on humanity a little less! And I’m getting super-hyped for the new releases of autumn! Here are a few that I’m particularly excited about from September, October & November 2015! 😀

[NB: All dates are taken from Amazon UK unless stated otherwise, and are correct as of 10/08/2015.]

Sarah J. Maas//Queen of ShadowsQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (1st September)

The fourth book in the Throne of Glass series! I feel like I’ve been waiting for this for so long! Even though it’s actually only been a few months since I started reading this series… 😳 These books seem to just get better and better as they go on, so I’m hoping that Queen of Shadows will continue that trend.

James Dawson//All of the AboveAll of the Above by James Dawson (3rd September)

A contemporary novel about a girl who’s confused about her sexuality, which I’ve been interested in for a while now. I went to a talk by James Dawson briefly at the Cambridge Literary Festival, and he seemed like a really great guy – and the way he talked about this book had me sold on it straight away. 🙂

Rick Riordan//Magnus Chase and the Sword of SummerMagnus Chase & the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (6th October)

I don’t actually know too much about this book beyond the obvious – that it’s connected to the Percy Jackson series in some way, and that it’s based on Norse mythology – because I don’t want to be spoiled for anything. But even that information is exciting enough! Asgard!!! What more could I ask for?!?! XD

J.K. Rowling//Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone illustratedHarry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (6th October)

I know what you’re all thinking: This book came out quite some time ago, so why is it on my anticipated releases list? Well, this is actually a new edition that’s been fully illustrated by Jim Kay. You can see some of the artwork in this article on Tor.com, and I think we can all agree that it looks incredible!

Rainbow Rowell//Carry OnCarry On by Rainbow Rowell (8th October)

My main thought upon reading Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl was that I really, really wished that the Simon Snow series was real. Or, even better, that Cath’s fanfic, Carry On Simon  was real. And now it is! There are no words for just how much I’m looking forward to finally reading a whole book about Simon & Baz!

Marissa Meyer//WinterWinter by Marissa Meyer (12th November)

The last book in The Lunar Chronicles, and a retelling of Snow White, I believe. The character Winter showed up briefly towards the end of Cress, and she was so interesting – I’m really looking forward to finding out more about her. And, of course, I’m also really excited to see how this series is going to wrap up. My fingers are crossed that Cinder and Kai will be able to work things out! 😛

T5W: Series I want to start this year

I made a promise to myself this year, that I wouldn’t start too many new series, but would instead try to focus on finishing some of the ones I’ve already started. That said, there are a few exceptions, mostly because there are several series that I’ve already bought but haven’t got round to starting yet. So here are the series that I’m most looking forward to starting this year:

Elizabeth Wein//Code Name Verity5) The Code Name Verity duology by Elizabeth Wein

I bought the first book in this series a few months ago, & have been wanting to start on it ever since. Alas, there are a lot of books that I want to read, so it got sidelined for a while, but I hope to get to it soon. It’s a World War II-era novel about a British spy who crash-lands in Nazi-occupied France, and to be honest I’d rather not know too much more about it before I start reading. The second book in the series, Rose Under Fire, is, I believe, a companion novel rather than an outright sequel.

Catherynne M. Valente//The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making4) The Fairyland series by Catherynne M. Valente

Another series that I started purchasing recently, even though I don’t know too much about it. It’s a children’s fantasy series, and I believe that it was initially just a fictional series in another of Catherynne M. Valente’s novels. I’m mainly excited for this one because Valente’s writing is so beautiful (I read Deathless early last year and was blown away).

Sarah J. Maas//Throne of Glass3) The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Fantasy world! Assassins! What more is there to say? I’ve not had the greatest luck with YA fantasy (for the most part I prefer adult or children’s fantasy), but I’ve heard really amazing things about this series, and Sarah J. Maas has a lot of really die-hard fans. I do like assassin stories, too, so there’s a good chance I’ll like this.

Laini Taylor//Daughter of Smoke & Bone2) The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor

An urban fantasy series about demons, which is set in Prague! Once again, I don’t know all that much about the plot, but I’ve heard really, really wonderful things about the writing, and (best of all), it apparently has a completely satisfying conclusion! (Which seems to be rare these days.)

Rick Riordan//The Sword of Summer1) The Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series by Rick Riordan

The only new release on my list! This series is, as far as I know, another spin-off of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, which is one of my all-time favourites. My hope is that Magnus Chase (presumably the main character) is in some way related to Annabeth Chase (Percy’s best friend and girlfriend in the original series), and therefore Percy will be showing up at some point. But even if there’s no Percy in this series, I’m excited for more of Rick Riordan’s writing, and for his take on Norse mythology, which I’ve always loved.

(Potentially interesting fact: Almost-but-not-quite making it onto this list was the Kane Chronicles, also by Rick Riordan, which I still haven’t read yet. But the potential for more Percy in the Magnus Chase series made this one slightly more exciting.) The first book in the series is The Sword of Summer, and will be released in October.