Fiction, New Releases, Reviews

My Picks: 5 New Release Books for Fall 2019

A new season means new books! After browsing through several lists of fall 2019 releases, I picked the five new books for fall 2019 I’m most excited about:

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most prestigious universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. Their eight windowless “tombs” are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street’s biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.

Release Date: October 8th, 2019

I’ve been excited about this book since news of its publication broke. I follow Leigh Bardugo on Instagram so I’ve been hyped for this book for months. As it’s an adult novel and blurbed by Stephen King, I’m a little bit worried this book might be too scary for me – but not worried enough to be deterred by it. I just might not want to be home alone for awhile.

 

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

Release Date: September 3rd, 2019

I already talked about this book here when I named it my debut author pick for September. But I recently acquired a copy of the book AND got to meet the author during the Epic Reads book tour and let’s just say I’m even more stoked to dig into this one than I was before.

 

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.
 
Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.
 
As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

Release Date: September 10th, 2019

It’s been so long since I’ve read The Handmaid’s Tale, I’ll definitely need to read it again before digging into this one. But as a fan of Margaret Atwood and her dystopian futures, I’m excited to see how the story evolves in this sequel. I’m sure it will be every bit as haunting, chilling, and too-relevant as The Handmaid’s Tale. I haven’t yet watched the tv series yet – if you’ve watched it, leave me a comment below with what you think about it!

There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

The Age of Darkness approaches.
Five lives stand in its way.
Who will stop it . . . or unleash it?

For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared.

All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. With chaos on the horizon, five souls are set on a collision course:

A prince exiled from his kingdom.
A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand.
A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart.
A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone.
And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.

One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer?

Release Date: September 3rd, 2019

Okay can we just talk about how epic the title is for a second? So awesome! And that description! The comp titles! I’m very excited about this one!

 

The Institute by Stephen King

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

Release Date: September 10th, 2019

This one sounds so good so I hope it veers towards the less scary end of Stephen King books like The Dark Tower series.

What new release book are you excited to dig into this fall?

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Crooked Kingdom

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

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I started this pretty much immediately after finishing Six of Crows. I just could not wait to start reading the next book.

I really enjoyed Crooked Kingdom, but ever so slightly less than Six of Crows. The stakes are higher for the crew in Six of Crow.This book has more heartbreak, but also more redemption. The action is good. The characters are still just as good. But there were more places where the writing just didn’t quite work for me. But overall, a great wrap-up to this duology…if it truly is the end. I was kind of doubtful if this is truly the end of the duology based on the ending. Also, I could see a few characters getting their own spinoff books….particularly Nina and Inej.

I definitely want to read Leigh Bardugo’s earlier series in the Grisha world. Hopefully I’ll acquire the first book in that series, Shadow and Bone, later in the year. I really need to read some of what I have first…I have literal waist-high piles of books that don’t fit on the shelves. There are worse problems to have though.

One more note on this book…the edges of this book are red!!

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Six of Crows

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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This was my first read from Leigh Bardugo and it won’t be my last! I loved this book! Took a couple chapters to get the feel for the world and characters, but it was definitely one of the best books I read this year (and this was the year of the good book)!

All six members of the crew were well drawn. I loved the backstory that went into each of them, but particularly the story between Nina and Matthias. I also liked the relationship between Inej and Kaz.

Really, there was just so much to love about this book from the world-building to the characters to the plot to all the clever twists the story took. I also liked the hardcover edition of this book – the edges of the pages were dyed completely black! It was a nice touch that you don’t often see in books.

I can’t wait to read Crooked Kingdom which I’ve already picked up! It will be one of my first reads of 2017. I’m also looking forward to checking out Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy.