With my week long hiatus coming up quickly, I’m trying to stay ahead of the game. I know that when I return I will have a lot of book reviews and read-a-thon wrap up’s to do. SO, I’m posting my anticipated releases post a little early! Nothing wrong with a little early excitement, right? June seemed to be a huge month for new releases, so this list might be a little shorter than normal. I also feel out of the loop with new releases so I know that I’ll miss a few. Feel free to remind me of books I should be looking for. Anyway, here are the books I’m most anticipating in the months of July and August!
THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Paul Tremblay – Released June 26
Yes, I realize that this is a June release, but it needed to be mentioned. HOW IN THE WORLD DID I MISS THIS ONE?! Paul Tremblay wrote my favourite horror novel of all time (A Head Full of Ghosts) and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I turned that last page. It had me reading until 2am, scared shitless under my blankets, with goosebumps on my arms and leaving the light on while I slept. Almost nothing scares me. Especially in books. That book was the only exception. I can’t wait for this book!!
Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road.
One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, “None of what’s going to happen is your fault”. Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: “Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world.”
Thus begins an unbearably tense, gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion, one in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are entwined. Find it on Goodreads
SPINNING SILVER by Naomi Novik – Released July 10
Well this is awkward. I haven’t even read Uprooted yet and here I am putting her next book on my list. In my defence – look at that cover!!! Not only that, this book sounds fantastic. I might have to put the stipulation on myself that I can’t purchase this one until I read Uprooted. Mission accepted lol
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.
But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand. Find it on Goodreads
SCREAM ALL NIGHT by Derek Milman – Released July 24
I happened upon a picture and a synopsis for this on Twitter a few months back. I got immediate vibes of Grady Hendrix meets Marisha Pessel’s Night Film – which means that I need this in my life! There’s a lot of hype surrounding this book, and I added it to my TBR without really knowing anything about it. I can’t wait to see what all the buzz is about!
Dario Heyward knows one thing: He’s never going back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens of cult classic B-horror movies. It’s been three years since Dario’s even seen the place, after getting legally emancipated from his father, the infamous director of Moldavia’s creature features.
But then Dario’s brother invites him home to a mysterious ceremony involving his father and a tribute to his first film—The Curse of the Mummy’s Tongue. Dario swears his homecoming will be a one-time visit. A way for him to get closure on his past—and reunite with Hayley, his first love and costar of Zombie Children of the Harvest Sun, a production fraught with real-life tragedy—and say good-bye for good. But the unthinkable happens—Dario gets sucked back into the twisted world of Moldavia and the horrors, both real and imagined, he’s left there.
With only months to rescue the sinking studio and everyone who has built their lives there, Dario must confront the demons of his past—and the uncertainties of his future. But can he escape the place that’s haunted him his whole life? Find it on Goodreads
NIGHT BLOOD by Elly Blake – Released August 21
Finally the trilogy will conclude! I absolutely love Elly’s writing. It’s so beautiful and flowing. It feels as if it’s almost effortless for her. I’m especially interested to see how things play out (especially for a certain character who’s name starts with a K!) in the end. I also hope to get this third book signed so that I can have an entire trilogy signed and even personalized!!
Ruby’s world has changed more than she ever could have imagined. She’s in love with a powerful Frost King. She’s the heir to the Fire Throne. And she may be a Nightblood–the spawn of a vengeful deity hellbent on releasing his wraithlike Minax from their prison. Once freed, these beasts will roam the earth, devouring every last person until he or she is nothing but an empty husk. But Ruby is able to control the Minax to a degree, and now she, her beloved Arcus, and her friend Kai must find a way to bring Frostbloods and Firebloods–sworn enemies–together to make a stand against a foe more deadly than any they’ve faced.
In this heart-pounding finale of Elly Blake’s gorgeously written and action-packed Frostblood Saga, the fate of Frostbloods, Firebloods, and all of humanity is at stake. Find it on Goodreads
THE SACRIFICE BOX by Martin Stewart – Released August 28
I never would have found out about this book if it wasn’t for Justine at I Should Read That. I was watching one of her YouTube video’s and as soon as I laid eyes on the cover, it called to me! I really wanted to get into more horror this year and this is going to be one of them!
1982, the summer before seventh grade. Five kids with nothing in common–Sep, Arkle, Hadley, Lamb, and Mack–become instant friends. On the last day of summer, they find a stone box buried in the forest, and each places an object inside to seal their friendship. And they make rules:
Never come to the box alone.
Never open it after dark.
Never take back your sacrifice.
1986, the summer before eleventh grade. The five haven’t spoken since that day in 1982. Sep has gone through the past four years alone and plans to escape to boarding school. But strange things are happening–mirrors are breaking unexpectedly, electricity is flickering in and out, and people are coming down with inexplicable physical ailments.
Someone has broken the rules. And it seems the five committed more than objects to the box’s ancient stone–they gave it their deepest secrets and darkest fears, and now these are being returned in a flood of shambling corpses, murderous toys, and undead pets. The gang must reunite in an attempt to discover the secrets of the sacrifice box–and Sep might be the only one who can stem its tide of evil before it’s too late. Find it on Goodreads
There they are! The books that will make my wallet cry tears of loneliness in the months of July and August. The list isn’t big, but these books are ones that I can not survive if I don’t read them! What are you waiting for in July and August?
Until next time, happy reading!