Welcome to another installment of Book Birthdays, where I spotlight books on their release date along with other relatively recent releases. While many books were released last month on October 1st; for some reason, the main titles of note in this post are seeing release today- November 5th. Go figure. I hope this post is helpful in informing you of what’s new and finding some new titles to TBR. (Note : Title links are Amazon Affiliate links, if you have plans to purchase would greatly appreciate the use of them.)
First I’ll start with three books I was lucky enough to be approved for on Netgalley, all of which are released today. Reviews will be coming soon.
1.) Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell
A dark-seeming YA Fantasy about sirens. I love this cover, it’s just beautiful. Summary – Moira Alexander has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as she can, playing her violin on the edge of the enchanted sea. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he’s one of the sirens’ victims. Moira isn’t so sure.
2.) Unnatural Magic by C.M. Waggoner
Almost done with this one. VERY unique novel. I’d file it under just-plain-fantasy, not quite YA, not heavily fixated on romance- though there is romance. Heavily descriptive and realized world-building where trolls and humans are the foremost races and have interestingly contrasting social norms. Summary : Onna can write the parameters of a spell faster than any of the young men in her village school. But despite her incredible abilities, she’s denied a place at the nation’s premier arcane academy. Tsira is a troll who never quite fit into her clan, despite being the leader’s daughter. She decides to strike out on her own and look for work in a human city, but on her way she stumbles upon the body of a half-dead human soldier in the snow. As she slowly nurses him back to health, an unlikely bond forms between them.
3.) The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
So excited for this one! I love fairytale reimaginings that invert the original tellings or explore characters in new ways. Summary : Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot. To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live.
4. The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
Release Date : October 15th, 2019
My heartfelt thanks goes out to Leelynn of Sometimes Leelynn Reads <- Click there for a recent post on her wonderful book blog. She gave me an extra copy (a hardcover moreover) that she had of this book when we were chatting about it on her blog. So happy and excited to have received it, very much looking forward to reading it this month. You’re amazing, Leelynn! ❤
Now time for even more November 5 releases. Note to self for 2020 : beware of the 5th day of the 11th month of its propensity for wondrous-looking book releases.
5. Call Down The Hawk by Maggie Stiefvator
Release Date : November 5th, 2019
I don’t know if Amazon is having some sort of sale on hardcovers right now or if this is targeted pricing but these pretty huge releases are $13.99 USD right now, Call Down The Hawk and even Holly Black’s Queen of Nothing. Very tempted to bite even though my reading month is already wonderfully crowded. I’m still planning to finish The Raven Cycle but Call Down The Hawk sounds like a fun character-driven title.
6. The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
Release Date : November 5th, 2019
Love books about mysterious, dark family secrets and creepy mansions. This title has all of that. I’ve checked out many reviews and luckily its plot twists have not been spoiled for me yet.
7. Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
This book had me at haunted woods. I might be an easy-to-please reader but seriously, combine woods + haunted, I will want to read it.
Summary – Be careful of the dark, dark wood… Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even. Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.
To round this out is a Kindle Unlimited paranormal pick released a few days ago (October 31st) 8. Heist by Kezzy Sparks, and two titles on my TBR from October, 9. Tarnished Are The Stars by Rosiee Thor and 10. Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao. I was lucky enough to win those two in a Twitter giveaway last month. They were both released on October 15th.
And that is it for this ten-entry list of titles that came out (or are coming out) in mid-to-late October and early-to-mid November. It could be much longer but I only have the strength to cover 10 for now, lol. Are you interested in reading any of these titles, or have read them? Are you familiar with work by any of the authors mentioned? Thanks so much for checking out this post. ~ Kitty