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April Book Releases | 2023

March 13th, 2023

Hi Readers!

There’s a lot to look forward to this April, including some incredible romances! Here are some of the most exciting book releases coming out in April.

The Happy Place by Emily Henry
Releases: April 27th, Penguin

Two exes. One pact. Could this holiday change everything?

Harriet and Wyn are the perfect couple – they go together like bread and butter, gin and tonic, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. Every year for the past decade, they have run away from their lives to drink far too much wine and soak up the sea air with their favourite people in the world.

Except this year, they are lying through their teeth. Harriet and Wyn broke up six months ago. And they still haven’t told anyone. But this is the last time they’ll all be together here. The cottage is for sale, and since they can’t bear to break their best friends’ hearts, they’ll fake it for one more week.

But how can you pretend to be in love – and get away with it – in front of the people who know you best?

If Only You by Chloe Liese
Releases: April 11th, Penguin

Brace yourself for longing, laughter, and a swoony slow-burn in this brother’s best friend sports romance about scoring the love of your life when you least expect to.

I’m the youngest player on the National Soccer team, the baby of my family, and thoroughly sick of being underestimated, so I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands. Which is where my brother’s best friend and teammate, the infamous Sebastian Gauthier, comes in.

Like any self-respecting reprobate, I’ve been spiraling downward, and finally I’ve hit rock bottom. My hockey career and sponsorships are in jeopardy, and while I’m not ready to actually reform my ways, I’m happy to pretend that I have, to secure the life I’m on the brink of losing. 

Love On The Menu by Mimi Deb
Releases: April 13th, Avon

Gia thrives on risks. Ben plays it safe.

She crossed continents to chase her London dream; he works the same job in the same restaurant, night after night.
Then fate steps in. When Gia’s takeout is delivered, her embarrassing list of New Year’s resolutions accidentally makes its way to Ben’s restaurant, stuck to the bottom of a delivery backpack.

With each delivery Gia orders, Ben slips in a note of his own and eagerly awaits her reply. One by one, these notes transform their lives in unexpected ways, and an unlikely love story is written.

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries of Andy Africa by Stephen Buoro
Releases: April 18th, Bloomsbury

Andrew Aziza is a fifteen-year-old boy living in Kontagora in Northern Nigeria. He lives with his secretive mother, Gloria, and spends his days about town with his droogs, Slim and Morocca. He’s contemplating the larger questions with his teacher Zahrah and his equally brilliant friend Fatima, a Hausa-Fulani girl who clearly has feelings for him. Together they discuss mathematical theorems, Black power, and what Andy has deemed the curse of Africa.

Inevitably, Andy falls hopelessly in love with the first white girl he lays eyes on: Eileen, Father McMahon’s niece. But at the church party held to celebrate her arrival, multiple crises loom. The first is that an unfamiliar man there claims to be Andy’s father. The second is that an anti-Christian mob has gathered, headed for the church. In the ensuing havoc and its aftermath, Andy is forced to reckon with his identity and desires and determine how to live on the so-called Cursed Continent.

Hotel 21 by Senta Rich
Releases: April 27th, Bloomsbury

Noelle is an efficient and friendly hotel cleaner, a model employee. Or so she’d have you think. The trouble is that she can’t help taking a little ‘souvenir’ as she cleans. Nothing of value, just tokens of happy, normal lives: a lipstick, a hair clip, some tweezers. And by the time the guest has noticed, she’s long gone.

As she starts at her 21st hotel, she’s determined to beat her record of one month in a five star hotel before suspicion falls on her. But when she meets her new colleagues, her plans are complicated. These women aren’t just hands pushing carts down lonely hotel corridors: they are women with lives full of happiness and worry, pain and joy. The kind of lives Noelle has never known how to live. They make her wonder what it might be like to have real friends, people to stick around for.

The Gossip Games by Allie Sarah
Releases: April 13th, Snowridge Press

When Dean Ashcroft spots his sister’s best friend asleep in the common room of their boarding school, he figures the nice thing to do is to carry her up to bed. The next day, rumors start swirling around them, and Dean happily tells everyone he and Gracie are dating – just to see the look on Gracie’s face.

When Gracie Adams wakes to find herself “dating” Dean, she’s furious. The rumors are ruining her life! There’s only one thing for her to do, and that’s to turn the tables and take her revenge.

Gracie and Dean find themselves embroiled in a war of wits, flirting, and payback that cannot end. Not until one of them admits the truth – that they were never dating in the first place. But while the equally stubborn Gracie and Dean are fighting to outdo one another, they must also fight their rising feelings.

The Middle Daughter by Chika Unigwe
Releases: April 6th, Canongate

Udodi’s death was the beginning of the raging storm but at that moment, we thought that the worst had already happened, and that life would treat us with more kindness.

When Nani is only seventeen, she loses her beloved sister and father. Misunderstood by the rest of her family, she is beguiled by an itinerant preacher, a handsome self-proclaimed ‘man of God’ who seems to offer all the answers. But instead of building a better future with him, Nani is forced too soon into a challenging womanhood with an oppressive husband.

Will she find the courage to take charge of her own life and seek true happiness, and at what cost?

Death of a Bookseller by Alice Slater
Releases: April 25th, Hodder and Stoughton

Roach – bookseller, loner and true crime obsessive – is not interested in making friends. She has all the company she needs in her serial killer books, murder podcasts and her pet snail, Bleep. That is, until Laura joins the bookshop.

Smelling of roses, with her cute literary tote bags and beautiful poetry, she’s everyone’s new favourite bookseller. But beneath the shiny veneer, Roach senses a darkness within Laura, the same darkness Roach possesses.

As Roach’s curiosity blooms into morbid obsession, it becomes clear that she is prepared to infiltrate Laura’s life at any cost.

The Lie by Kathryn Croft
Releases: April 20th, Bookouture

My son said he walked his girlfriend home. But now she is missing…

Our new home was meant to be a chance for us to start again, to make new friends and forget the past. And as I look around the barbeque we’ve thrown for our neighbours, I dare to dream that things will be all right. The next day I get a call from Rose’s mother that chills me to the bone. 

Rose never returned after our party.

The Assistant by Amanda Reynolds
Releases: April 5th, Boldwood Books

I know many things about Larissa. I know what she eats, which must-have brands she applies to her face, and the price of each carefully selected ‘piece’ in her multi-million-pound home in Belgravia.

Because Ris, as she is known to her many followers, likes to share. And now I’m here, in her home, watching her every move. Entrusted with her secrets and running her diary from the bijou basement flat, I’m on hand to fulfil Ris’ every need. Her right-hand woman. But what she doesn’t know is why I’m really here.

I’ve put a lot on the line to get this job, and now my plan can begin. I’ve waited long enough.

Homecoming by Kate Morton
Releases: April 13th, Mariner Books

Adelaide Hills, Christmas Eve, 1959: At the end of a scorching hot day, beside a creek in the grounds of the grand and mysterious house, a local delivery man makes a terrible discovery. A police investigation is called and the small town of Tambilla becomes embroiled in one of the most shocking and perplexing murder cases in the history of South Australia.

Many years later and thousands of miles away, Jess is a journalist in search of a story. A phone call out of nowhere summons her back to Sydney, where her beloved grandmother, Nora, who raised Jess when her mother could not, has suffered a fall and been raced to the hospital.  At Nora’s house, Jess discovers a book that chronicles the police investigation into a long-buried crime: the Turner Family Tragedy of Christmas Eve, 1959.

The House of Whispers by Anna Mazzola
Releases: April 6th, Orion

Rome, 1938. As the world teeters on the brink of war, talented pianist Eva Valenti enters the house of widower Dante Cavallera to become his new wife.

On the outside, the forces of Fascism are accelerating, but in her new home, Eva fears that something else is at work, whispering in the walls and leaving mysterious marks on Dante’s young daughter.

Soon she starts to wonder whether the house itself is trying to give up the secrets of its mysterious past – secrets that Dante seems so determined to keep hidden. However, Eva must also conceal the truth of her own identity, for if she is discovered, she will be in greater danger than she could ever have imagined..

The View From Half Dome by Jill Caugherty
Releases: April 20th, Black Rose Writing

1934. Isabel longs to escape her squalid San Francisco neighborhood. While her mother struggles to make ends meet and her older brother serves with the CCC at Yosemite, she manages the household and comforts her younger sister with stories about an idyllic imaginary world. Desperate for a taste of freedom, she takes matters into her own hands-with tragic consequences.

Distraught, she flees to Yosemite, where she falls in love with its majestic beauty. Inspired by Enid Michael, the park’s only female ranger-naturalist, Isabel hikes, learns new skills, and discovers an inner strength she never knew she had. But even as she relishes her independence, she hides her grief, along with a terrible secret she fears will destroy relations with her family. And when she receives upsetting news from home, Isabel must decide if she can assist her family without sacrificing her chance at a new life.

Something Spectacular by Alexis Hall
Releases: April 11th, Montlake

Peggy Delancey’s not at all ready to move on from her former flame, Arabella Tarleton. But Belle has her own plans for a love match, and she needs Peggy’s help to make those plans a reality. Still hung up on her feelings and unable to deny Belle what she wants, Peggy reluctantly agrees to help her woo the famous and flamboyant opera singer Orfeo.

She certainly doesn’t expect to find common ground with a celebrated soprano, but when Peggy and Orfeo meet, a whole new flame is ignited that she can’t ignore. Peggy finds an immediate kinship with Orfeo, a castrato who’s just as nonconforming as she is—and just as affected by their instant connection.

They’ve never been able to find their place in the world, but as the pair walks the line between friendship, flirtation, and something more, they may just find their place with each other.

Atalanta by Jennifer Saint
Releases: April 13th, Wildfire

When a daughter is born to the King of Arcadia, she brings only disappointment.

Left exposed on a mountainside, the defenceless infant Atalanta, is left to the mercy of a passing mother bear and raised alongside the cubs under the protective eye of the goddess Artemis.

Swearing that she will prove her worth alongside the famed heroes of Greece, Atalanta leaves her forest to join Jason’s band of Argonauts. But can she carve out her own place in the legends in a world made for men?

The Memory of Animals by Claire Fuller
Releases: April 20th, Fig Tree

Neffy is a young woman running away from grief and guilt and the one big mistake that has derailed her career. When she answers the call to volunteer in a controlled vaccine trial, it offers her a way to pay off her many debts and, perhaps, to make up for the past.

But when the London streets below her window fall silent, and all external communications cease, only Neffy and four other volunteers remain in the unit. With food running out, and a growing sense that the strangers she is with may be holding back secrets, Neffy has questions that no-one can answer. Does safety lie inside or beyond the unit? And who, or what is out there?

While she weighs up her choices, she is introduced to a pioneering and controversial technology which allows her to revisit memories from her life before: a childhood divided between her enigmatic mother and her father in his small hotel in Greece. Intoxicated by the freedom of the past and the chance to reunite with those she loves, she increasingly turns away from her perilous present. But in this new world where survival rests on the bonds between strangers, is she jeopardising any chance of a future?

A Tidy Armageddon by BH Panhuyzen
Releases: April 25th, ECW Press

The world is utterly transformed: every product of human creation has been organized by an unknown hand into a vast grid of nine-story blocks, each comprised of a single item type: watering cans, lighthouses, fake Christmas trees, helicopters, plastic spoons, and everything else Earth’s culture and technology have ever produced, stacked in homogenous towers and separated by a maze of passageways.

Navigating this depopulated environment, a small contingent of diverse soldiers tries to make sense of this enigmatic apocalypse while desperately searching for survivors. They are led by Elsie Sharpcot, a Cree woman who has endured the military’s rampant racism and misogyny, and Dorian Wakely, her PTSD-afflicted second-in-command. Both veterans of the war in Afghanistan, they lead a group of army misfits while they all struggle — against the elements and each other — to survive.

Passing with fear and wonder through this museum of human achievement, provisioning themselves from its resources, the group races to outrun the approaching winter and find a home.

The Luminferos: The Omen of Light by Yana Metro
Releases: April 4th, 1137 Press

At just eighteen, Lilly White has lived multiple lives. There was the cold, hard reality of growing up in an English orphanage, isolated and unwanted. But paradoxically, visions and dreams of lush forests and mystical creatures, and most troubling of all – a warm, loving family. Lilly doesn’t know if these are the delusions of a lonely mind, or something more.

When a man with a raven reveals a portal to a lost world, she finally gets proof she is not insane. But for all the ethereal beauty of this impossible place, a toxic darkness creeps closer, consuming everything in its path. Caught between the desire to find her family and fight against an evil that threatens all of existence, Lilly must hone gifts within herself she never could have imagined, and embark on a journey of self-discovery, transcendence and love.

Going Zero by Anthony McCarten
Releases: April 11th, Harper

Ten people have been carefully selected to Beta test a ground-breaking piece of spyware. Pioneered by tech-wunderkind Cy Baxter, FUSION can track anyone wherever they are on earth. But does it work?

Each participant is given two hours to ‘Go Zero’ – to go off-grid and disappear – and then thirty days to elude the highly sophisticated Capture Teams sent to find them. Any Zero that beats FUSION will receive $3million in cash. If Cy’s system prevails, he wins a $90 billion-dollar contract with the CIA to develop FUSION and revolutionize surveillance forever.

For contestant Kaitlyn Day, the stakes are far higher than money, and her reasons for entering the test more personal than Cy could have ever imagined. Kaitlyn needs to win to get what she wants, and Cy will stop at nothing to realize his ambitions. They have no choice but to finish the game and when the timer hits zero, there will only be one winner…

Which of these are you most looking forward to picking up?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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Romance Books Coming Out In 2023

February 13th, 2023

Hi Readers!

Love is on the brain for todays post. I’ve scoured the book lists and found what I think are some of the most exciting releases in the romance genre for 2023. With new releases from authors like Ali Hazelwood, Emily Henry, and more…

Exes and O’s by Amy Lea
January 10th, Berkley Books

Obsessed social media influencer revisits her exes on her hunt for true love.

Romance-novel connoisseur Tara Chen has had her heart broken ten times by ten different men–all of whom dumped her because of her “stage-five clinger” tendencies. Nevertheless, Tara is determined to find The One. The only problem? Classic meet-cutes are dead thanks to modern dating apps. So Tara decides to revisit her exes in hopes of securing her very own trope-worthy second-chance romance.

Boston firefighter Trevor Metcalfe will be the first to rush into a burning building but the last to rush into a relationship. Love just isn’t his thing. When his new roommate Tara enlists him to help her reconnect with her exes, he reluctantly agrees. But Tara’s journey is leading him to discover his own new chapter.

The more time they spend together, the more Tara realizes Trevor seems to be the only one who appreciates her authentic, dramatic self. To claim their happily-ever-after, can Tara and Trevor read between the lines of their growing connection?

Begin Again by Emma Lord
January 24th, Wednesday Books

As usual, Andie Rose has a plan: Transfer from community college to the hyper competitive Blue Ridge State, major in psychology, and maintain her lifelong goal of becoming an iconic self-help figure despite the nerves that have recently thrown her for a loop. All it will take is ruthless organization, hard work, and her trademark unrelenting enthusiasm to pull it all together.

But the moment Andie arrives, the rest of her plans go off the rails. Her rocky relationship with her boyfriend Connor only gets more complicated when she discovers he transferred out of Blue Ridge to her community college. Her roommate Shay needs a major, and despite Andie’s impressive track record of being The Fixer, she’s stumped on how to help. And Milo, her coffee-guzzling grump of an R.A. with seafoam green eyes, is somehow disrupting all her ideas about love and relationships one sleep-deprived wisecrack at a time.

But sometimes, when all your plans are in rubble at your feet, you find out what you’re made of. And when Andie starts to find the power of her voice as the anonymous Squire on the school’s legendary pirate radio station–the same one her mom founded, years before she passed away–Andie learns that not all the best laid plans are necessarily the right ones.

The Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating A Demon by Sarah Hawley
March 7th, Berkley Books

Mariel Spark knows not to trust a demon, especially one that wants her soul, but what’s a witch to do when he won’t leave her side—and she kind of doesn’t want him to?

Mariel Spark is prophesied to be the most powerful witch seen in centuries of the famed Spark family, but to the displeasure of her mother, she prefers baking to brewing potions and gardening to casting hexes. When a spell to summon flour goes very wrong, Mariel finds herself staring down a demon—one she inadvertently summoned for a soul bargain.

Ozroth the Ruthless is a legend among demons. Powerful and merciless, he drives hard bargains to collect mortal souls. But his reputation has suffered ever since a bargain went awry—if he can strike a bargain with Mariel, he will earn back his deadly reputation. Ozroth can’t leave Mariel’s side until they complete a bargain, which she refuses to do (turns out some humans are attached to their souls).

But the witch is funny. And curvy. And disgustingly yet endearingly cheerful. Becoming awkward roommates quickly escalates when Mariel, terrified to confess the inadvertent summoning to her mother, blurts out that she’s dating Ozroth. As Ozroth and Mariel struggle with their opposing goals and maintaining a fake relationship, real attraction blooms between them. But Ozroth has a limited amount of time to strike the deal, and if Mariel gives up her soul, she’ll lose all her emotions—including love—which will only spell disaster for them both.

They Hate Each Other by Amanda Woody
May 9th, Viking

Jonah and Dylan get along like oil and water. Until a fake dating ploy gives them new perspective, and they realize that “falling for your enemy” isn’t as impossible as it seems.

There are plenty of words Jonah Collins could use to describe Dylan Ramírez. “Arrogant,” “spoiled,” and “golden boy” to name a few. Likewise, Dylan thinks he has Jonah accurately labeled as an attention-seeking asshat who never shuts his filthy mouth.

Their friends are convinced Jonah’s and Dylan’s disdain for one another is just thinly veiled lust—a rumor that surges like wildfire when the two wake up in one bed after homecoming. Mutually horrified, Dylan and Jonah agree to use the faux pas to their advantage by fake dating. If they can stay convincing long enough to end their “relationship” in a massive staged fight, they can prove their incompatibility to their friends once and for all.

But the more time they spend together, the more their plan begins to fall apart—and the closer they come to seeing each other clearly for the first time.

Nobody Puts Romcoms In The Croner by Katheryn Freeman
February 10th, One More Chapter

Sally is a classic romantic and Harry is a classic cynic, but when a drunken bet leads the new flatmates to (badly) recreate ‘the lift’ from Dirty Dancing, and the video goes viral (#EpicRomcomReenactmentFailure), they both realise there’s potential financial benefit in blundering their way through the romcom lexicon for their suddenly vast social media following.

Now, as Harry and Sally bring major romcom moments to new life – including recreating that classic diner scene – their faking it turns to making…out and suddenly they’re living a real life romcom of their own! But like all the greatest love stories, the road to happily ever after is paved with unexpected challenges for this hero and heroine…

Happy Place by Emily Henry
April 25th, Berkley

A couple who broke up months ago make a pact to pretend to still be together for their annual weeklong vacation with their best friends.

Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college—they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except, now—for reasons they’re still not discussing—they don’t.

They broke up six months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends.

Which is how they find themselves sharing the largest bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group’s yearly getaway for the last decade. Their annual respite from the world, where for one vibrant, blue week they leave behind their daily lives; have copious amounts of cheese, wine, and seafood; and soak up the salty coastal air with the people who understand them most.

Only this year, Harriet and Wyn are lying through their teeth while trying not to notice how desperately they still want each other. Because the cottage is for sale and this is the last week they’ll all have together in this place. They can’t stand to break their friends’ hearts, and so they’ll play their parts. Harriet will be the driven surgical resident who never starts a fight, and Wyn will be the laid-back charmer who never lets the cracks show. It’s a flawless plan (if you look at it from a great distance and through a pair of sunscreen-smeared sunglasses). After years of being in love, how hard can it be to fake it for one week…in front of those who know you best?

Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood
June 13th, Little Brown Books

Rival physicists collide in a vortex of academic feuds and fake dating shenanigans.

The many lives of theoretical physicist Elsie Hannaway have finally caught up with her. By day, she’s an adjunct professor, toiling away at grading labs and teaching thermodynamics in the hopes of landing tenure. By other day, Elsie makes up for her non-existent paycheck by offering her services as a fake girlfriend, tapping into her expertly honed people pleasing skills to embody whichever version of herself the client needs.

Honestly, it’s a pretty sweet gig—until her carefully constructed Elsie-verse comes crashing down. Because Jack Smith, the annoyingly attractive and broody older brother of her favorite client, turns out to be the cold-hearted experimental physicist who ruined her mentor’s career and undermined the reputation of theorists everywhere. And that same Jack who now sits on the hiring committee at MIT, right between Elsie and her dream job.

Elsie is prepared for an all-out war of scholarly sabotage but…those long, penetrating looks? Not having to be anything other than her true self when she’s with him? Will falling into an experimentalist’s orbit finally tempt her to put her most guarded theories on love into practice?

Love On The Menu by Mimi Deb
April 13th, Avon

One takeaway dinner. Two lonely hearts. Did somebody order a rom com?

Gia thrives on risks. Ben plays it safe. She crossed continents to chase her London dream; he works the same job in the same restaurant, night after night.

Then fate steps in. When Gia’s takeout is delivered, her embarrassing list of New Year’s resolutions accidentally makes its way to Ben’s restaurant, stuck to the bottom of a delivery backpack.

With each delivery Gia orders, Ben slips in a note of his own and eagerly awaits her reply. One by one, these notes transform their lives in unexpected ways, and an unlikely love story is written.

Talking At Night by Claire Daverly
June 6th, Pamela Dorman Books

Talking at Night tells a story of sudden connections, missed opportunities, the many loves we have over a lifetime–and the one that keeps us coming back, again and again, for more.

Secret walks and late-night phone calls. An undeniable chemistry. A tragedy that haunts them both. A powerful yet tender love story between two people who can’t help but be pulled back to one another, time and again

This is the story of Will and Rosie. Bad boy meets good girl, opposites in every way. They fall for each other as teenagers; nineties music, sideways glances, sunsets and bonfires and talking late into the night. It’s palpable, inevitable: they’re on the precipice of starting something wonderful. Until one day, tragedy strikes, and any possibility of being together seems to shatter.

And yet, time and again, Rosie and Will find their way back to each other. Though the years pass, they cannot quite let go of what might have been.

This Is How You Fall In Love by Anika Hussain
February 2nd, Hot Key Books

Zara and Adnan are just friends. Always have been, always will be. Even if they have to pretend to be girlfriend and boyfriend…

Zara loves love in all forms: 90s romcoms and romance novels and grand sweeping gestures. And she’s desperate to have her own great love story. Crucially, a real one. So when her best friend Adnan begs her to pretend to date him to cover up his new top-secret relationship, Zara is hesitant. This isn’t the kind of thing she had in mind. But there’s something in it for Zara too: making her parents, who love Adnan, happy might just stop them arguing for a while. She may not be getting her own love story, but she could save theirs.

So Zara agrees and the act begins: after all, how different can pretending to be in a relationship with your best friend be to just hanging around with them like usual? Turns out, a lot. With fake dating comes fake hand-holding and fake kissing and real feelings… And when a new boy turns up in Zara’s life, things get more confusing than ever.

The course of true love never did run smooth, but Zara’s love story is messier than most…

Secretly Yours by Tessa Bailey
February 7th, Avon

A steamy new rom-com about a starchy professor and the bubbly neighbor he clashes with at every turn…

Hallie Welch fell hard for Julian Vos at fourteen, after they almost kissed in the dark vineyards of his family’s winery. Now the prodigal hottie has returned to their small town. When Hallie is hired to revamp the gardens on the Vos estate, she wonders if she’ll finally get that smooch. But the grumpy professor isn’t the teenager she remembers and their polar opposite personalities clash spectacularly. One wine-fueled girls’ night later, Hallie can’t shake the sense that she did something reckless–and then she remembers the drunken secret admirer letter she left for Julian. Oh shit.

On sabbatical from his ivy league job, Julian plans to write a novel. But having Hallie gardening right outside his window is the ultimate distraction. She’s eccentric, chronically late, often literally covered in dirt–and so unbelievably beautiful, he can’t focus on anything else. Until he finds an anonymous letter sent by a woman from his past. Even as Julian wonders about this admirer, he’s sucked further into Hallie’s orbit. Like the flowers she plants all over town, Hallie is a burst of color in Julian’s gray-scale life. For a man who irons his socks and runs on tight schedules, her sunny chaotic energy makes zero sense. But there’s something so familiar about her… and her very presence is turning his world upside down.

Things We Hide From The Light by Lucy Score
Febrary 21st, Hodder & Stoughton

Nash Morgan was always known as the good Morgan brother, with a smile and a wink for everyone. But now, this chief of police is recovering from being shot and his Southern charm has been overshadowed by panic attacks and nightmares. He feels like a broody shell of the man he once was. Nash isn’t about to let anyone in his life know he’s struggling. But his new next-door neighbor, smart and sexy Lina, sees his shadows. As a rule, she’s not a fan of physical contact unless she initiates it, but for some reason Nash’s touch is different. He feels it too. The physical connection between them is incendiary, grounding him and making her wonder if exploring it is worth the risk.

Too bad Lina’s got secrets of her own, and if Nash finds out the real reason she’s in town, he’ll never forgive her. Besides, she doesn’t do relationships. Ever. A hot, short-term fling with a local cop? Absolutely. Sign her up. A relationship with a man who expects her to plant roots? No freaking way. Once she gets what she’s after, she has no intention of sticking around. But Knockemout has a way of getting under people’s skin. And once Nash decides to make Lina his, he’s not about to be dissuaded…even if it means facing the danger that nearly killed him.

Yours Truly by Abby Jimenez
April 11th, Forever

A novel of terrible first impressions, hilarious second chances, and the joy in finding your perfect match from “a true talent.”

Dr. Briana Ortiz’s life is seriously flatlining. Her divorce is just about finalized, her brother’s running out of time to find a kidney donor, and that promotion she wants? Oh, that’s probably going to the new man-doctor who’s already registering eighty-friggin’-seven on Briana’s “pain in my ass” scale. But just when all systems are set to hate, Dr. Jacob Maddox completely flips the game . . . by sending Briana a letter.

And it’s a really good letter. Like the kind that proves that Jacob isn’t actually Satan. Worse, he might be this fantastically funny and subversively likeable guy who’s terrible at first impressions. Because suddenly he and Bri are exchanging letters, sharing lunch dates in her “sob closet,” and discussing the merits of freakishly tiny horses. But when Jacob decides to give Briana the best gift imaginable—a kidney for her brother—she wonders just how she can resist this quietly sexy new doctor . . . especially when he calls in a favor she can’t refuse.

Final Offer by Lauren Asher
January 31st, Bloom Books

I’m the Kane brother everyone gossips about behind closed doors.
Trust fund brat. Washed-up athlete. High-functioning alcoholic.
No one knows the real me but her.
Lana Castillo—my childhood best friend and the only woman I ever loved.
When I broke her heart six years ago, I promised to never return to Lake Wisteria.
I kept my word until my grandfather’s will changed everything.
To receive my inheritance, I was tasked with spending a summer at the family lake house before selling it.
The request was simple in theory until my entire plan blew up on the very first day.
Turns out Lana doesn’t just live at the house, but she claims to own it, too.

Falling in love with Callahan Kane was a mistake.
He told me so before destroying my heart and our friendship six summers ago.
When he promised never to come back, I foolishly believed him.
But then Cal showed up again, intending to sell his grandfather’s lake house.
The biggest flaw in his plan?
My name is on the deed.

Are you looking forward to reading any of these books? Let me know!

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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January Bookish News | 2023

January 31st, 2023

Hi Readers!

This month we had some book adaptations get Oscar nominations!

January Book Releases

Lockwood and Co (Netflix)
Season 1
Book by Jonathan Stroud
Starring: Ruby Stokes and Cameron Chapman

You (Netflix)
Trailer Release
Loosely Based On The Book by Caroline Kepnes
Starring: Penn Badgely

Daisy Jones and the Six (Prime)
Trailer Release (and it looks friggin’ amazing!)
Book by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Starring: Riley Keough and Sam Claflin

The Magpie Murders (BBC)
Season 2 announced after BBC bought the rights
Book by Anthony Horowitz
Starring: Lesley Manville

Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Disney+)
Season 1 has wrapped filming and more casting news!
Book by Rick Riordan
Starring: Walker Scobell, Leah Jeffries, Aryan Simhadri

It Ends With Us
Blake Lively has been cast in the upcoming adaptation
Book by Colleen Hoover

Geek Girl (Netflix)
This YA book about a neurodivergent model is being adapted
Book by Holly Smale

Dark Matter (Apple+)
Season 1 script is complete
Book by Blake Crouch
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Dayo Okeniyi, and Jennifer Connelly

The Buried Giant
Guillermo del Toro will adapt this into a stop motion movie
Book by Kazuo Ishiguro

Vampire Academy (Peacock)
Cancelled after Season 1
Book by Richelle Mead

One of Us Is Lying (Peacock)
Cancelled after Season 2
Book by Karen M. McManus

Women Talking
Nominted for the Oscars Best Picture
Book by Miriam Toews
Starring: Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley, Roony Mara, and Frances McDormand

All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix)
Nominated for the Oscars Best Picture
Book by Erich Maria Remarque
Starring Daniel Bruhl and Felix Kammerer

Anthony Joseph won the T.S. Eliot Prize for his poetry collection ‘Sonnets of Albert’.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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Film + TV Book Adaptations Coming Out In 2023

January 23rd, 2023

Hi Readers!

Here are all of the film and tv show adaptations I could find that are due to be released sometime in 2023!


A Man Called Otto
Releases: Theatres, January 23rd
Novel by Fredrik Backman (A Man Called Ove)
Starring: Tom Hanks

Knock At the Cabin
Releases: Theatres, February 3rd
Novel by Paul Trembley (Cabin At the End of the World)
Starring: Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, and Rupert Grint

Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey
Releases: Theatres, February 15th
Novels by A.A. Milne (a slasher comedy retelling)
Starring: Craig David Dowsett and Craig Cordell

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
Releases: Theatres, April 28th
Novel by Judy Blume
Starring: Abby Ryder Fortson and Rachel McAdams

The Little Mermaid
Releases: Theatres, May 26th
Fairytale by Han’s Christian Anderson
Starring: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy

A Haunting In Venice
Releases: Theatres, September 15th
Novel by Agatha Christie (Hallowe’en Party)
Starring: Kenneth Branagh as Poirot

Dune (Part Two)
Releases: Theatres, November 3rd
Novel by Frank Herbert
Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Florence Pugh, and Austin Butler

The Ballad Of The Songbirds and Snakes
Releases: Theatres, November 17th
Novel by Suzanne Collins
Starring: Rachel Zeglar, Viola Davis, Hunter Schafer, Peter Dinklage, and Tom Blyth

Releases: Theatres, December 15th
Novel by Roald Dahl (a prequel story of Willy Wonka)
Starring: Timothy Chalamet

The Color Purple (The Musical)
Releases: Theatres, December 22nd
Novel by Alice Walker
Starring: Fantasia, Colman Domingo, and H.E.R

TV Shows

Dear Edward
Releases: AppleTV, February 3rd
Novel by Ann Napolitano
Starring: Colin O’Brian, Connie Britton, and Taylor Schilling

Lockwood & Co.
Releases: Netflix, January 27th
Novel by Jonathan Stroud
Starring: Ruby Stokes and Cameron Chapman

You (Season 4)
Releases: Netflix, Part One – February 9th, Part Two – March 9th
Novel by Caroline Kepnes
Starring: Penn Badgley

Shadow and Bone (Season 2)
Releases: Netflix, March 16th
Novel by Leigh Bardugo
Starring: Ben Barnes, Jessie Mei Li, Freddy Carter, Kit Young, Archie Renaux, Amita Suman, and Danielle Galligan

Heartstopper (Season 2)
Releases: Netflix, ?
Graphic Novel by Alice Oseman
Starring: Kit Conner and Joe Locke

Daisy Jones and the Six
Releases: Amazon Prime, March 3rd
Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Starring: Riley Keough and Sam Claflin

Other TV Shows That Might Air In 2023:

Bridgerton Season 3 – Netflix
The Power of the Ring Season 2 – Amazon Prime
Percy Jackson and the Olympians (seems likely this will be 2024 now) – Disney+
The Handmaids Tale Season 6 – Amazon Prime
The Umbrella Academy Season 4 – Netflix
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Season 4 – Amazon Prime
The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 2 – Amazon Prime

Which of these are you most looking forward to seeing in 2023?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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October Bookish News | New Percy Jackson, Booker Prize Winner + More

October 31st, 2022

Hi Readers!

Oh my goodness a lot happened in October! So many exciting things are happening and I’m going to share as many of them with you as I can!

October Book Releases

The School For Good and Evil, Netflix
Starring: Sofia Wylie, Sophia Anne, Charlize Theron
Based on the book by Soman Chainani

Emily, Cinemas
Starring: Emma MacKay
Based on the life of Emily Bronte

Mr Harrigon’s Phone, Netflix
Starring: Jason Blum and Donald Sutherland
Based on the book by Stephen King

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Cinemas
Starring: Lucy Hale and Kunal Nayyar
Based on the book by Gabrielle Zevin

Rosaline, Disney+
Starring: Kaitlyn Dever
Based on the play by William Shakespeare (kind of, lol)

My Policeman, Cinemas (Prime November 4th)
Starring: Harry Styles and Emma Corrin
Based on the book by Bethan Robert

All Quiet On The Western Front, Cinemas
Starring: Daniel Brühl
Based on the book by Erich Maria Remarque

Movie Trailer
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
Starring: Florence Pugh

Getting Adapted:
The Radleys by Matt Haig
Starring: Damian Lewis

Getting Adapted
People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry
Starring: We Don’t Know Yet!

Booker Prize 2022 Winner!
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka

Colombo, 1990. Maali Almeida—war photographer, gambler, and closet queen—has woken up dead in what seems like a celestial visa office. His dismembered body is sinking in the serene Beira Lake and he has no idea who killed him.

In a country where scores are settled by death squads, suicide bombers, and hired goons, the list of suspects is depressingly long, as the ghouls and ghosts with grudges who cluster round can attest. But even in the afterlife, time is running out for Maali.

He has seven moons to contact the man and woman he loves most and lead them to the photos that will rock Sri Lanka.

We’re getting a new Percy Jackson book!
Rick Riordan announced he has written a new adventure starring the original trio from Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, and it’s set to come out in September 2023 in line with the TV adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
The book is set after The Blood of Olympus but before The Trials of Apollo.
Oh, and it’s called Percy Jackson and the Chalice of the Gods!

Ali’ Hazelwood’s new book ‘Love, Theoretically‘ has a cover and release date!
We’re getting the book June 13th, 2023 and it sounds like a new fake dating, hate to love classic.

What news are you most excited about this month?

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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November Book Releases 2022

October 24th, 2022

Hi Readers!

It’s coming towards the end of the year so there isn’t very many new releases I wanted to share with you, but there is a few left to look forward to. As you’ll see, it’s all fantasy and non-fiction. There are some new contemporary books but I wanted to save those in a special post for blogmas as they’re all Christmas books!

All of the fantasy books are sequels as well so I’ve shared the synopsis for the first book in there series…

The World We Make by N.K. Jemisin
Releases: November 1st, Orbit

Sequel to The City We Became: Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city.
Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got five.
But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.
The World We Make Synopsis

Cursed by Marissa Meyer
Releases: November 8th, Feiwel and Friends

Sequel to Gilded: Long ago cursed by the god of lies, a poor miller’s daughter has developed a talent for spinning stories that are fantastical and spellbinding and entirely untrue.
Or so everyone believes.
When one of Serilda’s outlandish tales draws the attention of the sinister Erlking and his undead hunters, she finds herself swept away into a grim world where ghouls and phantoms prowl the earth and hollow-eyed ravens track her every move. The king orders Serilda to complete the impossible task of spinning straw into gold, or be killed for telling falsehoods. In her desperation, Serilda unwittingly summons a mysterious boy to her aid. He agrees to help her . . . for a price.Soon Serilda realizes that there is more than one secret hidden in the castle walls, including an ancient curse that must be broken if she hopes to end the tyranny of the king and his wild hunt forever.
Cursed Synopsis Here

The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson
Releases: November 15th, Tor Books

Mistborn, Book 7:For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed.
For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear while the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, a divinely invincible leader.
A brilliant thief and natural leader, Kelsier will turn his talents to the ultimate caper: one with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.
Only he’s not just planning the greatest heist in history, he’s plotting the overthrow of a divine despot.
The Lost Metal Synopsis

A Light In The Flame by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Releases: November 15th, Blue Box Press

Sequel to A Shadow In The Ember: Born shrouded in the veil of the Primals, a Maiden as the Fates promised, Seraphena Mierel’s future has never been hers. However, Sera’s real destiny is the most closely guarded secret in all of Lasania-she’s not the well protected Maiden but an assassin with one mission-one target. Make the Primal of Death fall in love, become his weakness, and then…end him.
Synopsis of A Light In the Flame

Heart of the Sun Warrior by Sue Lynn Tan
Releases: November 15th, Harper Voyager

Sequel to Daughter of the Moon Goddess: A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess, in which a young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm.
Synopsis for Heart of the Sun Warrior

Shirley Hazzard: A Writing Life by Brigitta Olubas
Releases: November 15th, Farrar Staus and Giroux

Shirley Hazzard: A Writing Life tells the extraordinary story of a great modern novelist. Brigitta Olubas, Hazzard’s authorized biographer, has drawn, with great subtlety and understanding, on her fiction (itself largely based on Hazzard’s own experience); on an extensive archive of letters, diaries, and notebooks; and on the memories of surviving friends and colleagues to create this resonant portrait of an exceptional woman.
Full Synopsis Here

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing by Matthew Perry
Releases: November 1st, Flatiron Books

In an extraordinary story that only he could tell, Matthew Perry takes readers onto the soundstage of the most successful sitcom of all time while opening up about his private struggles with addiction. Candid, self-aware, and told with his trademark humor, Perry vividly details his lifelong battle with the disease and what fueled it despite seemingly having it all.

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September Bookish News

September 26th, 2022

Hi Readers,

Some exciting and some sad news this month…

September Book Releases

Rings of Power, based on the works by J.R.R. Tolkien, started streaming on Amazon Prime.

The new Vampire Academy adaptation started streaming on Peacock.

The adaptation of Angie Thomas’s On The Come Up came out on Paramount+

Blonde, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, is to be released September 28th.

We got a first look at the Bridgerton prequel, and it looks so good!!

We got a Percy Jackson teaser, and I’m already so happy about it!

A Casting Call has gone out for Candice Carty-William’s Queenie

Heartstopper season 2 is in production!

We lost a legend. Hilary Mantel passed away at the age of 70.

Riley Sager announced his next book, and it sounds creepy…

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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30 Autumnal Book Recommendations

September 13th, 2022

Hi Readers!

I’m not sure I’ve ever anticipated Autumn like I did this year. We had such a hot Summer, and I think most of Britain has been longing for a bit of rain the entirety of August. It’s not quite sweater weather and ankle boot season, but it’s definitely starting to feel Autumnal, and my reading is reflecting that.

If you yourself are looking for books that would perfectly fit the feel of Autumn, then here are some of my absolute go to’s!

First, one of my favourite genre’s to read this time of year, some gothic classics.

The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins

Walter Scott receives directions from a mysterious women he later discovers escaped from an asylum.
If you like something a little unsettling, with intrigue and plot twists, I would highly recommend this book. It’s Victorian Gothic at it’s finest.

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The Paris Opera is being terrorised by the Angel of Music.
I’m sure a lot of you will have watched the musical by now, but the book is also worth a read.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Dorian Gray stays youthful and beautiful, his portrait does not…
This book starts off bright and Summery, but the darkness soon consumes Dorian Gray and turns this into a gothic masterpiece.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Jane finds a job as a governess at Thornfield, the home of Mr Rochester.
It starts off on a cold, rainy day, and it never really warms up. It’s got a creepy manor, mysterious characters, and shocking twists. All the vibes for a perfect Autumn read.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Gothic obsessed Catherine often lets her imagination run away with her, which gets her into all sorts of trouble.
This one is more of a comedic look at the gothic genre. Don’t take it seriously. Austen was just having a bit of fun when she wrote this.

If you want something a little more supernatural, here are some perfect for you:

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue belongs to a family of clairvoyants, and they predict that when she kisses the boy she loves, he will die.
Need I say any more?

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Lyra sets out to find her best friend Roger after he goes missing.
Now especially is the perfect time to pick up these books if you haven’t already because the final season is soon to air! If you like the sound of witches, animal sidekicks and talking polar bears wearing suits of armour, you should absolutely be reading this series.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This follows a wandering circus of acrobats, ice gardens, and magicians.
I found this a bit of a slower book, but with the most beautiful writing. It would make the perfect companion once the nights start getting longer.

Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Tessa Gray arrives in London, only to be abducted when she steps off the boat.
It feels kind of redundent to recommend CC books, but I just had to mention these. Set in Victorian London, these books give me all the Autumnal feels.

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

If you’re looking for something with a bit more fantasy, then how about one with elves, wizards, and the odd Hobbit?
There is no cosier book than Lord of the Rings. They get dark, yes, but the characters are so easy to love and the settings are so vaste and beautiful.

Or, if you’re particularly looking for something with ghosts, here are a few I’d recommend:

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

The ghost of Yadrial’s classsmate appears and they set out to find his murderer.
This book might have ghosts, but it isn’t spooky. It’s cute and charming, but definitely has those darker Autumnal vibes.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

A group of strangers stay at Hill House and experience paranormal activity.
This is a bit of a slower ghost story and I didn’t personally find it creepy, but the writing was wonderful.

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Maggie inherits a house that is famous for being haunted.
This one succeeded in creeping me out so much I had to sleep with the light on. I recommend not reading this when it’s dark, unless that’s what you’re looking for!

The Woman In Black by Susan Hill

Personally, I did find the movie scarier. But this book has some gorgeous writing and a really traditional ghost story feel to it.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The ghost of Hamlet’s father appears before him and tells him the truth of his death.
This is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, the characters especially as so well done.

A huge Autumnal trend right now is Dark Academia. I really haven’t read many myself, but here are a few I have which I would recommend.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

A group of college students are burying a body, and then we go back to the moment they all meet in a classical studies class.
This book is so over recommended when it comes to Dark Academia, but I can’t have you thinking I haven’t read it, or wouldn’t recommend it!

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Two university students want to cheat death, and find it unlocks a terrible power within them.
These books brilliantly explore jealousy, the anti-hero, and the corruption of greed and power.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Obsessed scientist Frankentein tries to bring a corpse back to life and creates a monster, or does he?
This is the OG Dark Academia.

I also associate chillier weather with historical fiction. Here’s a few I would recommend for Autumn:

The Manningtree Witches by A.K. Blakemore

Follows the witch trials that occured in Manningtree.
This is a dark story and the whole book feels dark and eerie. It’s very atmospheric.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

A plot to steal a woman’s inheritance in Victorian England.
This book feels gritty and dirty. The writing is so immersive it will take you to the streets of Victorian London.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Thomas Cromwell serves as chief minister to Henry VIII as he seeks divorce from Catherine of Aragon.
I know some find this a hard book to get into because of the writing, but when you do you’ll be blown away. If you’re still struggling, I highly recommend the audiobook.

Finally, here are some mysteries to keep you entertained on rainy days.

The Unseen World by Liz Moore

For all her life, it’s just been Ava and her excentric, computer obsessed father.
What will captivate you about this mystery is that it is more about the people involved. It’s got some of the most beautiful, heartbreaking relationships and bond between mother and daughter.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

The main protagonist of this novel is never given a name herself. Forever feeling overshadowed and haunted by her new husbands ex wife.
This one is set in a manor house with suspicious characters and unsettling mysteries.

Agatha Christie

I really haven’t read enough Christie. I’ve read a few Poirot and, of course, And Then There Were None. I always get the urge to pick up more this time of year.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Set in a boarding school with a dark past.
I personally wasn’t a huge fan of this, but it’s so Autumnal, I just had to mention it. For me this book would have been perfect if there hadn’t been a romance because the mystery and the setting were top notch.

Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Holmes, Private Detective of 221B Baker Street and his sidekick Dr Watson solve mysteries across Britain.
I count any classic mystery as a ‘cosy mystery’, and what better time to pick up one of those than in Autumn? The TV Show also feels very Autumnal.

Not everyone would associate romance with Autumn but there are definitely some that fit the feel of this season…

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Years ago Anne rejected the man she loves, years later he reappears in her life.
I actually really can’t think of a season Austen isn’t perfect for, but this one features a blustery November trip to the coast, so it definitely has those Autumnal feels.

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Only Blue knows Simon is gay, until someone reads his emails.
This is autumnal because it’s set around the festive season. There’s even a Halloween party!

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

After a near death experience Chloe Brown decides to time to live.
This had all the warm fuzziness of a comfort romance, I loved all of the characters, and it’s set in the Autumn months.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath goes to college with anxiety and an obsession with Simon Snow fanfiction.
It’s been a few years but I remember finding this book so cute and cosy.

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August Bookish News | Percy Jackson & Aristotle and Dante film news!

August 27th, 2022

Hi Readers!

August Book Releases

The cast of Percy Jackson celebrated his birthday in style! They were also spotted filming around New York!

Benjamin Alire Saenz has given the Aristotle and Dante adaptation a thumbs up!

He took to twitter to let fans know he has seen a screening of the film, and is pleased with what he saw. This is one of most incredible books I have ever read, and it’s so exciting to see it’s been made into a movie! Better yet, Lin Manuel Miranda worked as a producer on it. And we already know everything he touches turns to gold!

We got a first look at the next ‘Hunger Games’ film, based on the prequel story The Ballad Of Songbirds and Snakes.

Kit Young and other cast members shared the official poster with an October release date for School of Good and Evil, adapted from the books by Soman Chainani.

The two leads for Disney+’s upcoming adaptation of The Spiderwick Chronicles was cast.

The Readings Prize, a book prize for Australian Literature, released this years shortlist.

The Times released a list of the 50 Best Books of the Last One Hundred Years, put together by a panel of writers including Anne Enright and David Mitchell.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X

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September Book Releases 2022

August 15th, 2022

Hi Readers!

We’re well into the second half of the year, but there are still some really exciting releases to look forward to! This is especially a good month for any greek myth retelling fans out there…

Best of Friends by Kamila Shamsie
Releases: September 27th, Riverhead Books

From the acclaimed author of Home Fire, the moving and surprising story of a lifelong friendship and the forces that bring it to the breaking point.

Zahra and Maryam have been best friends since childhood in Karachi, even though–or maybe because–they are unlike in nearly every way. Yet they never speak of the differences in their backgrounds or their values, not even after the fateful night when a moment of adolescent impulse upends their plans for the future.

Three decades later, Zahra and Maryam have grown into powerful women who have each cut a distinctive path through London. But when two troubling figures from their past resurface, they must finally confront their bedrock differences–and find out whether their friendship can survive.

Love Untold by Ruth Jones
Releases: September 29th, Bantam Press

Grace is about to turn ninety. She doesn’t want parties or presents or fuss. She just wants to heal the family rift that’s been breaking her heart for decades.

But to do that she must find her daughter Alys – the only person who can help to put things right.

And when she finds her – if she does – she risks betraying granddaughter Elin. Who is far less forgiving of the past, with its hurts and secrets and lies. Meanwhile Grace’s great-grand-daughter Beca is oblivious to all these worries, too busy navigating the highs and lows of teenage life and keeping secrets of her own.

All families have their problems. And most of them get resolved. But Grace’s problem is thirty years old. And she doesn’t have time on her side.

So is it too late for her to make peace? Or is reconciliation still within reach?

Girl Friends by Holly Bourne
Releases: September 8th, Hodder & Stoughton

From the day they first meet as teenagers Fern and Jessica are best friends. Despite their differences, they are there for each other throughout everything, navigating the difficulties of growing up and fitting in. That is until Jessica crosses a line that Fern can’t forgive.

But now, more than ten years later, Jessica has unexpectedly reappeared in Fern’s life.

A lot has changed for them both – but can their relationship be different now they are older? Is it possible for either of them to rewrite the role that they have been cast in? Or will their shared history ultimately be doomed to repeat itself again?

Lark & Kasim Start A Revolution by Kacen Callender
Releases: September 27th, Faber Faber

Lark Winters wants to be a writer, and for now that means posting on their social media accounts––anything to build their platform. When former best friend Kasim accidentally posts a thread on Lark’s Twitter declaring his love for a secret, unrequited crush, Lark’s tweets are suddenly the talk of the school—and beyond. To protect Kasim, Lark decides to take the fall, pretending they accidentally posted the thread in reference to another classmate. It seems like a great idea: Lark gets closer to their crush, Kasim keeps his privacy, and Lark’s social media stats explode. But living a lie takes a toll—as does the judgment of thousands of Internet strangers. Lark tries their best to be perfect at all costs, but nothing seems good enough for the anonymous hordes––or for Kasim, who is growing closer to Lark, just like it used to be between them . . .

In the end, Lark must embrace their right to their messy emotions and learn how to be in love. 

The Winners by Fredrik Backman
Releases: September 27th, Atria

Two years have passed since the events that no one wants to think about. Everyone has tried to move on, but there’s something about this place that prevents it. The residents continue to grapple with life’s big questions: What is a family? What is a community? And what, if anything, are we willing to sacrifice in order to protect them?

As the locals of Beartown struggle to overcome the past, great change is on the horizon. Someone is coming home after a long time away. Someone will be laid to rest. Someone will fall in love, someone will try to fix their marriage, and someone will do anything to save their children. Someone will submit to hate, someone will fight, and someone will grab a gun and walk towards the ice rink.

So what are the residents of Beartown willing to sacrifice for their home? Everything.

The American Roommate Exchange by Elena Armas
Releases: September 6th, Simon & Schuster

Rosie Graham has a problem. A few, actually. She just quit her well paid job to focus on her secret career as a romance writer. She hasn’t told her family and now has terrible writer’s block. Then, the ceiling of her New York apartment literally crumbles on her. Luckily she has her best friend Lina’s spare key while she’s out of town. But Rosie doesn’t know that Lina has already lent her apartment to her cousin Lucas, who Rosie has been stalking—for lack of a better word—on Instagram for the last few months. Lucas seems intent on coming to her rescue like a Spanish knight in shining armor. Only this one strolls around the place in a towel, has a distracting grin, and an irresistible accent. Oh, and he cooks.

Lucas offers to let Rosie stay with him, at least until she can find some affordable temporary housing. And then he proposes an outrageous experiment to bring back her literary muse and meet her deadline: He’ll take her on a series of experimental dates meant to jump-start her romantic inspiration. Rosie has nothing to lose. Her silly, online crush is totally under control—but Lucas’s time in New York has an expiration date, and six weeks may not be enough, for either her or her deadline.

Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson
Releases: September 27th, Doubleday

1926, and in a country still recovering from the Great War, London has become the focus for a delirious new nightlife. In the clubs of Soho, peers of the realm rub shoulders with starlets, foreign dignitaries with gangsters, and girls sell dances for a shilling a time.

The notorious queen of this glittering world is Nellie Coker, ruthless but also ambitious to advance her six children, including the enigmatic eldest, Niven, whose character has been forged in the crucible of the Somme. But success breeds enemies, and Nellie’s empire faces threats from without and within. For beneath the dazzle of Soho’s gaiety, there is a dark underbelly, a world in which it is all too easy to become lost.

With her unique Dickensian flair, Kate Atkinson gives us a window in a vanished world. Slyly funny, brilliantly observant, and ingeniously plotted, Shrines of Gaiety showcases the myriad talents that have made Atkinson one of the most lauded writers of our time.

All The Broken Places by John Boyne
Releases: September 15th, Doubleday

1946. Three years after a cataclysmic event which tore their lives apart, a mother and daughter flee Poland for Paris, shame, and fear at their heels, not knowing how hard it is to escape your past.

Nearly eighty years later, Gretel Fernsby lives a life that is a far cry from her traumatic childhood. When a couple moves into the flat below her in her London mansion block, it should be nothing more than a momentary inconvenience. However, the appearance of their nine-year-old son Henry brings back memories she would rather forget.

Faced with a choice between her own safety and his, Gretel is taken back to a similar crossroads she encountered long ago. Back then, her complicity dishonoured her life, but to interfere now could risk revealing the secrets she has spent a lifetime protecting.

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell
Releases: September 1st, Knopf

Winter, 1561. Lucrezia, Duchess of Ferrara, is taken on an unexpected visit to a country villa by her husband, Alfonso. As they sit down to dinner it occurs to Lucrezia that Alfonso has a sinister purpose in bringing her here. He intends to kill her.

Lucrezia is sixteen years old, and has led a sheltered life locked away inside Florence’s grandest palazzo. Here, in this remote villa, she is entirely at the mercy of her increasingly erratic husband.

What is Lucrezia to do with this sudden knowledge? What chance does she have against Alfonso, ruler of a province, and a trained soldier? How can she ensure her survival.

Lessons by Ian McEwan
Releases: September 13th, Knopf

When the world is still counting the cost of the Second World War and the Iron Curtain has closed, eleven-year-old Roland Baines’s life is turned upside down. Two thousand miles from his mother’s protective love, stranded at an unusual boarding school, his vulnerability attracts piano teacher Miss Miriam Cornell, leaving scars as well as a memory of love that will never fade.

Now, when his wife vanishes, leaving him alone with his tiny son, Roland is forced to confront the reality of his restless existence. As the radiation from Chernobyl spreads across Europe, he begins a search for answers that looks deep into his family history and will last for the rest of his life.

Haunted by lost opportunities, Roland seeks solace through every possible means—music, literature, friends, sex, politics, and, finally, love cut tragically short, then love ultimately redeemed. His journey raises important questions for us all. Can we take full charge of the course of our lives without causing damage to others? How do global events beyond our control shape our lives and our memories? And what can we really learn from the traumas of the past?

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurlan
Releases: September 7th, Park Row

Meet Chloe. First-year student, ordinary, legging-wearing, girl next door…and psychopath.

Chloe is part of a secret clinical study of young psychopaths run by the university’s Psychology Department. Most psychopaths aren’t criminals, but when a string of murders on campus causes upheaval, Chloe’s private vendetta is sidelined. Partnered with fellow study participants she can’t trust – and distracted by typical university life – Chloe has to walk the line between hunter and prey.

The Witch In The Well by Camilla Bruce
Releases: September 8th, Transworld

When two former friends reunite after decades apart, their grudges, flawed ambitions, and shared obsession swirl into an all-too-real echo of a terrible town legend.

Centuries ago, beautiful young Ilsbeth Clark was accused of witchcraft after several children disappeared. Her acquittal did nothing to stop her fellow townsfolk from drowning her in the well where the missing children were last seen.

When author and social media influencer Elena returns to the summer paradise of her youth to get her family’s manor house ready to sell, the last thing she expected was connecting with—and feeling inspired to write about—Ilsbeth’s infamous spirit. The very historical figure that her ex-childhood friend, Cathy, has been diligently researching and writing about for years.

What begins as a fiercely competitive sense of ownership over Ilsbeth and her story soon turns both women’s worlds into something more haunted and dangerous than they could ever imagine.

Ithaca by Claire North
Releases: September 6th, Orbit

This is the story of Penelope of Ithaca, famed wife of Odysseus, as it has never been told before. Beyond Ithaca’s shores, the whims of gods dictate the wars of men. But on the isle, it is the choices of the abandoned women—and their goddesses— that will change the course of the world.

Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes
Releases: September 15th, Mantle

Medusa is the only mortal in a family of gods. Growing up with her sisters, she quickly realizes that she is the only one who gets older, experiences change, feels weakness. Her mortal lifespan gives her an urgency that her family will never know.

When desire pushes a God to commit the unforgivable, Medusa’s mortal life is changed forever. Her punishment is to be turned into a Gorgon: sharp teeth, snakes for hair, and a gaze that will turn any living creature to stone. Appalled by her own reflection, Medusa can no longer look upon anything she loves without destroying it. She condemns herself to a life of solitude in the shadows to limit her murderous range.

That is, until Perseus embarks upon a fateful quest to fetch the head of a Gorgon . . .

The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik
Releases: September 27th, Del Rey

Book Three In The Scholomance Series
Saving the world is a test no school of magic can prepare you for in the triumphant conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Deadly Education and The Last Graduate.

Almost singlehandedly–although backed by an increasingly large cadre of genuine friends–El has changed the nature of the Scholomance forever. But now that she is back in the real world, how will the lessons she learned inside the school apply? Will her grandmother’s prophecy come true? Will she really spell the doom of all the enclaves forever?

As the quest to save her one true love ramps up, however, El is about to learn the most significant lesson of all–the dire truth on which the enclaves and the whole stability of the magical world are founded. And being El, she is not likely to let it lie….

Fairy Tale by Stephen King
Releases: September 6th, Hodder & Stoughton

Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was ten, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself—and his dad. Then, when Charlie is seventeen, he meets Howard Bowditch, a recluse with a big dog in a big house at the top of a big hill. In the backyard is a locked shed from which strange sounds emerge, as if some creature is trying to escape. When Mr. Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie the house, a massive amount of gold, a cassette tape telling a story that is impossible to believe, and a responsibility far too massive for a boy to shoulder.

Because within the shed is a portal to another world—one whose denizens are in peril and whose monstrous leaders may destroy their own world, and ours. In this parallel universe, where two moons race across the sky, and the grand towers of a sprawling palace pierce the clouds, there are exiled princesses and princes who suffer horrific punishments; there are dungeons; there are games in which men and women must fight each other to the death for the amusement of the “Fair One.” And there is a magic sundial that can turn back time.

Kingdom of the Feared by Kerri Maniscalco
Releases: September 27th, Little Brown

Book Three In Kingdom of the Wicked Series
Emilia is reeling from a shocking discovery about her sister, Vittoria. But before she faces the demons of her past, Emilia yearns to claim her king, the seductive Prince of Wrath, in the flesh. She doesn’t just desire his body; she wants his heart and soul-but that’s something the enigmatic demon can’t promise her.

When a high-ranking member of House Greed is assassinated, damning evidence somehow points to Vittoria as the murderer. Now, Emilia will do anything to get to the bottom of these accusations against the sister she thought she knew.

Together, Emilia and Wrath play a sin-fuelled game of deception to solve the murder and stop the unrest that’s brewing between witches, demons, shape-shifters, and the most treacherous foes of all: the Feared. Emilia was warned that when it came to the Wicked, nothing was as it seemed. But have the true villains been much closer all along?

The Ballad of Never After by Stephanie Garber
Releases: September 13th, Hodder & Stoughton

Sequel to Once Upon A Broken Heart
After Jacks, the Prince of Hearts, betrays her, Evangeline Fox swears she’ll never trust him again. Now that she’s discovered her own magic, Evangeline believes she can use it to restore the chance at happily ever after that Jacks stole away.

But when a new terrifying curse is revealed, Evangeline finds herself entering into a tenuous partnership with the Prince of Hearts again. Only this time, the rules have changed.Jacks isn’t the only force Evangeline needs to be wary of. In fact, he might be the only one she can trust, despite her desire to despise him.

Instead of a love spell wreaking havoc on Evangeline’s life, a murderous spell has been cast. To break it, Evangeline and Jacks will have to do battle with old friends, new foes, and a magic that plays with heads and hearts.Evangeline has always trusted her heart, but this time she’s not sure she can.

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X