August is probably my favourite month of the year simply because it means autumn is coming soon. Whilst everyone is making the most of the official last month of summer, I’m sat wishing it away so we can get into knitwear, pumpkin spice and all things fall. There are a few things, however, that have me excited for August itself and it should come as no surprise that those things are BOOKS!
So, if like me, you can’t wait for summer to end and need some help making time fly by, or you just want to get planning your next book haul, click the Read More button below to find out which August Releases I’m most excited for.
I wanted to start of with the book I am most keen for but my inner organisation goddess demands I write this in publication order – but no worries, you’ll all know when we reach it! I'm not sure if these are US only releases but that's why Book Depository is my best friend these days!
There’s a couple of books coming out at the very start of the month which I’m particularly keen for – first up we have The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby. This book made my list the second I saw the author as I have read 'Things We Know By Heart' by this author and absolutely adored it. However, where TWKBH was fluffy and romantic, The Secret History of Us has been described as ‘difficult’ as it follow as girl who has lost her memory of the last four years following a near-fatal car accident. I believe there is romance involved but I’m hoping it’s a little edgier than Kirby's other book I've read. All in all, it looks to be a great book and I’m so excited to get my hands on it!
When I Am Through with You by Stephanie Keuhn doesn’t have the best cover for grabbing you from the shelf in my opinion, but boy oh boy that synopsis is golden. This is one of those mystery/thrillers told by the person who committed the crime. From the description on goodreads, we can’t tell what happened exactly, only that Ben Gibson is in jail for something that happened during a school camping trip. This sounds like the perfect book for darker nights – and as I live in Scotland, a nice dreichit (miserable, nice grey, cloudy, rainy) day is likely to occur and I am dying to curl up and read this to the sound of wind and rain battering off my window.
I seem to be in a thriller-esque mood lately and am picking up the more mysterious and slightly darker contemporires. The third and final August 1st release is These Things I’ve Done by Rebecca Phillips. This is pitched as perfect for fans of Jessi Kirby and is the story of a girl who (accidentally) caused her best friend’s death. Again, like the Kirby book, this has romance in it and is definitely on the lighter side of things but I’m a sucker for a contemporary with a tragedy involved. Don’t get me wrong, I love fluffy, light hearted stuff, but the main character being responsible for her friend’s death – and from the sounds of it falling in love with the friend’s brother? Ummm yes please!!
There are two releases this day that I’m excited about with the first being In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody. I wrote this off at first based on the cover. I can’t quite describe it but it felt to me that it was aimed at younger girls and was about some double life/Hannah Montana type thing. In fact, this book is about Kennedy Rhodes who was accepted into an elite private school but decided to stay are her public school instead. However, three years later when the boy of her dreams cheats on her she wishes she hadn’t stuck around to date him and went to the private school instead – only to hit her head and wake up in the version of her life where she did go there but it may not be as great as she once believed. This book just sounds like a lot of fun and could go so many ways so I’m looking forward to delving into it soon.
The first line of the synopsis for The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones mentions a deal with a demon and I instantly thought of Supernatural and the Winchesters so I was sold. To be honest, the synopsis doesn’t give much away but I have a feeling this is another romancey type book – although some people have shelved it under Sci-Fi so who knows!
AHHHH! ... Have you guessed that we’ve finally reached the book I am most excited about? Well, if not, here we are! The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes sounds FANTASTIC. I have high hopes for this. Bascially we have a girl whose father is on death row for homicide and her mother is dead; we have an immigrant teenage boy with epilepsy, girl problems and ‘the most useless seizure dog in existence’ (I’m a cat person but this still sold me!); and then we have an East German 17 year old girl whom our two previous characters have to solve her murder that led to the destruction of the Berlin Wall. Again, this is another mystery/thriller and I am so excited about it I cannot even function. I don’t even know if the release date is US only so Dial Books PLEASE send one my way!!!
And finally we reach the end of my highly anticipated releases with All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. This is the first book in the “Word$” series which is set in a world where every word and gesture is owned either through trademarks, patents or copyright and thus you must pay for them. Saying “Sorry” cost ten dollars and nods and screams are 99 cents a second. Our protagonist, Speth, breaks tradition by not delivering a speech on her 'Last Day' before transitioning into adulthood and vows never to speak again. This small but rebellious act creates a domino effect and perhaps starts up a revolution. I love the concept for this book so I have high hopes!
And there we have it. Those are my 7 highly anticipated books of August 2017 – although there are plenty other realises that I like the sound of, these ones take the biscuit. Do let me know if any are on your list or which books you can’t wait for that I missed out!
PS: I am kicking off the Dare To Fall Blog Tour this week so I will see you all on Thursday for an extra post this week!!