Book Releases November 2018
Wow, the year is nearly at an end. Only 2 full months left until the start of a new year and even more releases. The last two months are usually the months with the least releases and this year wasn’t anything new. But I found seven books I am looking forward to.
Flax Golden Girls by Erin Morgenstern
Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriaty
Empire of Sand by Tasha Sun
It Wasn’t Me by Dana Alison Levy
The Crimes of Grindelwald (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them #2) by J.K. Rowling
Flax-Golden Girls by Erin Morgenstern (November 1)
Erin wrote flax-golden tales (ten sentence stories inspired by photographs taken by her friend Carey Farrell) from July 2009 to July 2014. They are all archived and can be read at the link attached. She started them for her birthday to make her blog look more like an actual writer (direct quote). Five years and 261 stories later she decided it was time to stop.
Finally something new by Erin Morgenstern! I have been playing around with the idea to reread The Night Circus, just to get my fix of Erin’s writing. But now that Flax-Golden Girls is finally coming out as a book I really want to read it. I know I could have read these ten stories since 2014 online, but I really don’t like reading on a computer.
Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer (November 6)
Are Nova and Adrian each other’s worst nightmare?
In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.
The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it.
I still haven’t read Renegades but I loved the Lunar Chronicles and know that it’s going to be good, so I have to just read both books as soon as Archenemies comes out.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (November 6)
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.
But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.
In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.
Who hasn’t heard of this book? I mean so many people are talking about it and I agree with them. This book sounds super interesting and like something new. I know it’s a lesbian tale and I am kind of done with those kinds of relationships (I am not against them, they just too often done), which makes me hesitant to pick it up. But I still am looking forward to it.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriaty (November 6)
Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out…
Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.
Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer – or should she run while she still can?
It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.
I loved Big Little Lies and I am curious if Liane Moriarty can keep it up. Who knows if this will be as thrilling as her previous novel.
Empire of Sand by Tasha Sun (November 13)
A nobleman’s daughter with magic in her blood. An empire built on the dreams of enslaved gods. Empire of Sand is Tasha Suri’s captivating, Mughal India-inspired debut fantasy.
The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, they are coveted and persecuted throughout the Empire for the power in their blood. Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother she can barely remember, but whose face and magic she has inherited.
When Mehr’s power comes to the attention of the Emperor’s most feared mystics, she must use every ounce of will, subtlety, and power she possesses to resist their cruel agenda.
Should she fail, the gods themselves may awaken seeking vengeance…
Why have I not heard of this book before! This book sounds great and I found it by browsing on Goodreads. The synopsis sounds great, so I am curious if Tasha has great writing too.
It Wasn’t Me by Dana Alison Levy (November 13)
When Theo’s photographs are vandalized and trashed beyond all recognition, there are five kids at the scene: The Nerd, the Princess, the Jock, the Weirdo, and the Screw-Up.
All anyone will say is “It wasn’t me.”
Theo doesn’t care who it was, he just wants to stop being the victim. The sooner the school forgets the whole humiliating thing, the better. But his favorite teacher is asking the six of them to spend vacation week together “learning to trust” and getting to the truth. She calls it a Justice Circle. He calls it his worst nightmare.
Theo knows everything he needs to know about his classmates, and he’s sure this Justice Circle is going to be an epic and totally mortifying waste of time. But after a few days of sock puppets gone wrong, artificial flesh wounds, and dangerous candy reconnaissance missions, he’s not so certain. As they share their secrets, Theo realizes that he doesn’t know anyone as well as he thought, not even himself. And the truths they share might change their lives forever.
Hilarious, awkward, surprising, and ultimately heartwarming, IT WASN’T ME is a guessing game that keeps readers wondering: what lies behind the labels we wear?
Even though this is a middle-grade book I do really love the synopsis and I am very curious if Dana is capable of keeping the mystery going the whole book through.
The Crimes of Grindelwald (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them #2) by J.K. Rowling (November 16)
The powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
Finally a new Fantastic Beasts movie. I have been looking forward to it so much even though I know the history of it and am not happy with it, but hey, a girl wants what she wants.
Let me know what you thought of these books!
If you have any requests for which book I should talk about next, please let me know in the comments down below.
For now, let books enrich your life!