Book Buzz: New and Upcoming Books I’m Excited About (August ’19)

Hello, everyone!

This post is going to be the first in a series, in which I basically just get excited about books I’ve heard have just been released or have recently been published, and can’t get them out of my head. It’s not going to be a TBR as such, because I know I won’t be able to afford to buy all of these books, but it’s more of a ‘these sound cool, I wanna talk about them’ kind of post.

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power
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It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. 

I’m really getting YA Annihilation vibes from this, and that’s the only sense I need to know that I desperately, desperately want to read it. I know there have been some mixed reviews popping up, but I’m pretty sure I’m still going to go ahead and read it at some point. 

41oSK+hKPGL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgRed, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…

This has been absolutely everywhere since it was published (I think the movie rights have even been sold already?!) and I’m nothing if not a mindless sheep following the hype. I’m not usually a romance fan, but something about them being basically royalty really appeals to me. Celebrity stories really interest me, so I think that’s the biggest incentive for me. 

36601937._SY475_.jpgGhost Squad by Claribel Ortega

Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s firefly spirits before it’s too late.

I’ve been a massive fan of Claribel Ortega since I discovered her podcast Write or Die, where she and Kat Cho discuss the writing and publishing process with some really amazing YA and MG authors. From there, I found her Twitter, where she’s hilarious, passionate, honest, and all-round wonderful person.

I’m so excited to read the book she’s been talking about for so long, and put so much work into. 

Screen Shot 2019-08-14 at 21.09.06Up All Night edited by Laura Silverman

Up All Night, edited by Laura Silverman, is a YA anthology about what can happen in the hours between sunset and sunrise.


The only anthology I’ve ever read was the YA villain one that was circulating a few years ago. I wasn’t too keen on that one and found it a little gimmicky, but I think this one might be able to end my bad luck with anthologies. I mean, the theme is cool enough, but the people involved in this are all absolutely incredible. We’ve got: Tiffany D Jackson, Brandy Colbert, and Marieke Nijkamp to name just a few. I have no doubt this anthology is in safe hands.

Screen Shot 2019-08-14 at 21.09.06That Way Madness Lies edited by Dahlia Adler

That Way Madness Lies is a collection of Shakespeare’s most celebrated works reimagined by authors Lily Anderson, Brittany Cavallaro, Patrice Caldwell, Amy Rose Capetta, Austin Chant, Cori McCarthy, Joy McCullough, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tochi Onyebuchi, Emily X. R. Pan, Austin Siegemund-Broka, Lindsay Smith, Kiersten White, Emily Wibberley, Ibi Ziboi, and more.

Did… did you see… are you seeing that list? Can you see those authors’ names? Can you even imagine their writing next to each other in one book? I’m honestly speechless. This was announced and it was suddenly everything I’ve ever wanted but didn’t know it. Anna-Marie McLemore writing a Shakespeare retelling? Can you even comprehend the power that has?

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I’m ending on that note because the bar has been set too high now. Have you picked up any of these reads or added them to your TBRs? Which books are you excited about? Let me know in a comment so we can chat!

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