New YA releases · September 2020

This Week New YA Releases

Hello Fellow Readers,

How are you doing?

I have been a little quiet on the blog, posting mostly reviews. I have been a bit busy in the job hunting side of things and I had to rely on reviews and not new contents. I will try to catch up a bit with my blog during the following days. Good news, I am doing pretty well on my readathon, and I still aim to read the 10 books I pledged + 1 ARC I need to read before the end of the month. Will see…

I realised, readathons are a great way to finally read those books sitting on your TBR for ages. If you know of any readthon happening next month, please let me know!!

Anyway, let’s have a look at this week’s new YA releases:

Legendborn – Tracy Deonn

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.

She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight. 

I was super tempted to request an ARC via NetGalley for Legendborn, but at the moment I don’t think I would be able to read it any time soon. This new contemporary YA fantasy is filled with mystery and a rich magic system, which makes it so intriguing. It’s out in the US and the UK on 15 September.

Horrid – Katrina Leno

Following her father’s death, Jane North-Robinson and her mom move from sunny California to the dreary, dilapidated old house in Maine where her mother grew up. All they want is a fresh start, but behind North Manor’s doors lurks a history that leaves them feeling more alone…and more tormented.

As the cold New England autumn arrives, and Jane settles in to her new home, she finds solace in old books and memories of her dad. She steadily begins making new friends, but also faces bullying from the resident “bad seed,” struggling to tamp down her own worst nature in response. Jane’s mom also seems to be spiraling with the return of her childhood home, but she won’t reveal why. Then Jane discovers that the “storage room” her mom has kept locked isn’t for storage at all–it’s a little girl’s bedroom, left untouched for years and not quite as empty of inhabitants as it appears….

Is it grief? Mental illness? Or something more…horrid?

That cover! It’s so cool. From the author of You Must Not Miss comes a haunting contemporary horror novel that explores themes of mental illness, rage, and grief, twisted with spine-chilling elements of Stephen King and Agatha Christie. Out in the US on 15 September, it will be out in the UK on 12 November.

Grown – Tiffany D. Jackson

Korey Fields is dead.

When Enchanted Jones wakes with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night, no one—the police and Korey’s fans included—has more questions than she does. All she really knows is that this isn’t how things are supposed to be. Korey was Enchanted’s ticket to stardom.

Before there was a dead body, Enchanted was an aspiring singer, struggling with her tight knit family’s recent move to the suburbs while trying to find her place as the lone Black girl in high school. But then legendary R&B artist Korey Fields spots her at an audition. And suddenly her dream of being a professional singer takes flight.

Enchanted is dazzled by Korey’s luxurious life but soon her dream turns into a nightmare. Behind Korey’s charm and star power hides a dark side, one that wants to control her every move, with rage and consequences. Except now he’s dead and the police are at the door. Who killed Korey Fields?

All signs point to Enchanted.

Another book you should automatically add to your TBR. This new contemporary mystery novel is about the mistreatment of Black women, but also exposes the problematic “grooming culture”. Out in the US on 15 September, it will be available in the UK one month later.

Even If We Break – Marieke Nijkamp

FIVE friends go to a cabin.
FOUR of them are hiding secrets.
THREE years of history bind them.
TWO are doomed from the start.
ONE person wants to end this.

Are you ready to play?

A short but right to the point synopsis for the new novel of the author of Before I Let Go. A mystery thriller about a group of friends tied together by a game and the deadly weekend that tears them apart. Out in the UK on 15 September.

That’s it for this week!

Speak with you soon!

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