You guys, there are so many books coming out this fall that I want to read! Every time I think about it, I start drooling. When they hit the shelves this month, I’m not going to know what to start first… not that I have tons of time to read. I’m trying to finish my novel by the end of the year. Eeek!
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling: Little, Brown
1. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
I don’t care that this book is for adults, or that it’s not in the fantasy genre. I don’t care that there’s no magic, or supernatural creatures, and the protagonist’s first name is most likely not Harry. I am willing to follow J.K. Rowling wherever she wants to take me. If there is an author alive that I trust to whisk me away on a reading journey that I will savor, that when I turn the final page of the book, I will believe it was time incredibly well spent… that I will walk away, changed for the better from the experience…it’s her. I cannot wait to read this book! *Releases September 27, 2012
When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…. Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.
The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson: Greenwillow
2. The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
Because I am TWBBITHOTW, that is: The Worst Book Blogger in the History of the World, I failed to write a review about how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson. But ohmygod, that book is up there with Graceling (Kristen Cashore) and Chime (Franny Billingsley) for me. And the sequel comes out this month. Yes! *Releases September 18, 2012
She does not know what awaits her at the enemy’s gate.
Elisa is a hero. She led her people to victory over a terrifying, sorcerous army. Her place as the country’s ruler should be secure. But it isn’t.
Her enemies come at her like ghosts in a dream, from both foreign realms and within her own court. And her destiny as the chosen one has not yet been fulfilled.
To conquer the power she bears once and for all, Elisa must follow the trail of long-forgotten–and forbidden–clues from the deep, undiscovered catacombs of her own city to the treacherous seas. With her goes a one-eyed spy, a traitor, and the man who–despite everything–she is falling in love with.
If she’s lucky, she will return from this journey. But there will be a cost.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: Scholastic
3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Since Lament, I’ve read every book Maggie Stiefvater has written. Still, I wasn’t a huge fangirl. I thought they were all pretty good, but not among my favorites. That is, until I read The Scorpio Races. Again – I didn’t do a review of that one, either, because…TWBBITHOTW. Now, I can’t wait to get my hands on her next book, which will be part one in a series of four. The Raven Boys sounds thrilling. And I know it has magic and curses and prophecies. Sounds cool, I’m in! *Releases September 18, 2012
Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die.
But she is too practical to believe in things like true love.
Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there — known as Raven Boys — can only mean trouble.
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff: Thomas Dunne Books
4. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
I can’t remember how I heard about this book, likely from something on twitter. But as soon as I put it together, of what this book is, it sparked a frenzy of kicks and jabs to my brain and I haven’t been the same since: Japanese. + Steampunk. aaaaaaaahh! (insert a high soprano note here).
The next instant, I was utilizing my tenth degree black belt in google-fu to find out everything I possibly could about it. I’ve read the first few chapters, and here’s what I can tell you: Asian mythology. Terrifying creatures. Strong female protagonist. And the writing – oh, the writing brought tears to my eyes, it pummeled me so hard with it’s awesomeness. *Releases September 18, 2012
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever…
The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.
But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.