The Pond News Issue #6 – It’s Cover Reveals Week! New Asian Fantasies and Exciting Announcements!


Welcome to Issue #6!

stella 2Hello, Lovelies! It’s my favourite time of the week where I tell you about all the exciting book news of the week! But, unfortunately I couldn’t make it last week. But, this week is just extra special since we’re going to have a mash up Issue! I can’t wait to tell you about all the amazing books coming out this week!

I hope the rest of your week is as magical and amazing as you!

❤ Stella

Book Releases! [June 24th – June 30th]

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

A fresh and addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul.

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.

Oh, my gosh! This sounds so amazing I really can’t wait to pick this up. I love the sound of the plot and I can’t wait to get on the twisty emotional rollercoaster of gasping that is ‘The Wicked Fox.’ AH- I can tell it’s going to be such a good read already!

This book was released on the 25th of June 2019. Add this book on Goodreads.

The Editor by Kay Solo

Emilia Stark never thought she’d become a celebrity by editing books, but she also never thought she’d be using magic to do it. Her clients’ success, coupled with her own mysterious nature, have brought her nationwide attention as well as a waiting list that has some hopeful authors waiting years. Despite her fame, her methods are kept safe by the curious fact that every writer who has tried to expose her secret to the world has found themselves suddenly unable to speak.

Outside her work, Emilia’s biggest challenge is putting herself through school, where she gets into frequent arguments with the fictional characters in her reading assignments. She also struggles to manage her relationship with her opinionated former tutor, a man named Alexander Fox whose constant experimenting with magic trapped him forever inside a college-ruled notebook.

Emilia’s fame has brought her adversaries, most of whom are determined to figure out her secret at all costs, and most of whom she completely ignores. But when other people with magical abilities start disappearing around the world and threatening notes start appearing on her doorstep, Emilia begins to worry — especially once she realizes she is the final target.

I know this book was released earlier than the 25th but I thought I would add this to this week’s post as I didn’t see this in time! It sounds really interesting and I got the ebook on Kindle once I found out about it. I can’t wait to read it!

This book was released on the 15th of June 2019. Add this book on Goodreads.

Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.

Now he has broken free.

Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon who will grant one wish to whomever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. But she has a new enemy now. The demon Hakaimono, who for centuries was trapped in a cursed sword, has escaped and possessed the boy she thought would protect her, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan.

Hakaimono has done the unthinkable and joined forces with the Master of Demons in order to break the curse of the sword and set himself free. To overthrow the empire and cover the land in darkness, they need one thing: the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. As the paths of Yumeko and the possessed Tatsumi cross once again, the entire empire will be thrown into chaos.

This sounds so incredibly epic and great. Wowie. Julie Kagawa can really do no wrong. All of her books are super compelling and original. I can’t wait to read this especially since it’s another Kagawa Masterpiece!!

This book was released on the 25th of June 2019. Add this book on Goodreads.

Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson

When a guy named Martin Nathaniel Munroe II texts you, it should be obvious who you’re talking to. Except there’s two of them (it’s a long story), and Haley thinks she’s talking to the one she doesn’t hate.

A question about a class project rapidly evolves into an all-consuming conversation. Haley finds that Martin is actually willing to listen to her weird facts and unusual obsessions, and Martin feels like Haley is the first person to really see who he is. Haley and Martin might be too awkward to hang out in real life, but over text, they’re becoming addicted to each other.

There’s just one problem: Haley doesn’t know who Martin is. And Martin doesn’t know that Haley doesn’t know. But they better figure it out fast before their meet-cute becomes an epic meet-disaster.

OH MY GOODNESS MEEEEE. I need this book right now. I love these types of contemporaries so much they fuel my soul, body and mind. did I mention I need to read this book noooow? because I do.

This book was released on the 25th of June 2019. Add this book on Goodreads.

Book Releases! [July 1st – July 7th]


The Twelve by Cindy Lin

Usagi can hear a squirrel’s heartbeat from a mile away, and soar over treetops in one giant leap. She was born in the year of the wood rabbit, and it’s given her extraordinary zodiac gifts.

But she can never use them, not while the mysterious, vicious Dragonlord hunts down all those in her land with zodiac powers. Instead, she must keep her abilities—and those of her rambunctious sister Uma—a secret.

But after Uma is captured by the Dragonguard, Usagi can no longer ignore her powers. She must journey to Mount Jade with the fabled Heirs of the Twelve, a mystical group of warriors who once protected the land.

As new mysteries unfold. Usagi must decide who she stands with, and who she trusts, as she takes on deadly foes on her path to the elusive, dangerous Dragonlord himself.

This book releases on the 2nd of July 2019. Add this book on Goodreads.

Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra

The youngest doctor in America, an Indian-American teen makes her rounds―and falls head over heels―in the contemporary romantic comedy Symptoms of a Heartbreak.

Fresh from med school, sixteen-year-old medical prodigy Saira arrives for her first day at her new job: treating children with cancer. She’s always had to balance family and friendships with her celebrity as the Girl Genius―but she’s never had to prove herself to skeptical adult co-workers while adjusting to real life-and-death stakes. And working in the same hospital as her mother certainly isn’t making things any easier.

But life gets complicated when Saira finds herself falling in love with a patient: a cute teen boy who’s been diagnosed with cancer. And when she risks her brand new career to try to improve his chances, it could cost her everything.

It turns out “heartbreak” is the one thing she still doesn’t know how to treat.

This book releases on the 2nd of July 2019. Add this book on Goodreads.

Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia

When a tragic accident takes the life of seventeen-year-old Raven Roth’s foster mom–and Raven’s memory–she moves to New Orleans to live with her foster mother’s family and finish her senior year of high school.

Starting over isn’t easy. Raven remembers how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can’t remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. When strange things start happening–impossible things–Raven starts to think it might be better not to know who she was in her previous life.

But as she grows closer to her foster sister, Max, her new friends, and Tommy Torres, a guy who accepts her for who she is now, Raven has to decide if she’s ready to face what’s buried in the past…and the darkness building inside her.

This book releases on the 2nd of July 2019. Add this book on Goodreads.

Book News

Cover Reveal: A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell

This sounds and looks amazing. I honestly can’t wait to read this. It sounds amazing! And it tells the stories from so many amazing points of views. It looks great!

Cover Reveal: The Silence of Bones by June Hur

I’m having ‘Descendant of the Crane’ Flashbacks and I’m having the best time. I love the sound of this and I can’t wait for it to come out!

Cover reveal: A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison

This is such a cute cover! I love it! This sounds adorable and I’m probably going to cry reading this because I’m a big mush for love stories and I’m not ready!

Cover Reveal: Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri

I hear the high-pitched screaming and it’s great. Oh, my gosh I’m so excited to pick this up when it’s released. It’s going to be such a great read!

Cover Reveal: The Dragon Princess by Ellen Oh

Wowie! This cover looks amazing! I really gasped opening the image. It looks so good!

Cover Reveal: Diamond City by Francesca Flores

I had the privilege of meeting Francesca at Bookcon, last year and she was so sweet! I’m so happy for her and how well her book is doing now and hasn’t even been published, yet! I can’t wait to read her book in the future. It’s going to be such a good read!

Book Announcement: The Drowning Summer by Christine Lynn Herman

And the award for Best Combination of things to put into a book goes to… CHRISTINE LYNN HERMAN! Oh, my gosh I am so in love with this book already and I haven’t even read it or seen the cover, yet! AHHH-

Book announcement: Elastoe by Darcie Little Herman

Wow, I love the sound of this. I’m so excited and it sounds so good! I can’t wait! It’s going to be such a read.

Book Announcement: Seven Special Somethings: A Nowruz Story by Abib Khorram

This sounds so sweet and original. I can’t wait to see the cover for it! YAY!

Book Announcement: To be titled MG fantasy by Reese Eschmann

I love the sound of this. It sounds so adorable, wowie. The only problem I have with it, is how long we all have to wait in order to read it. 😦

Book Announcement: The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Marie Lu is an absolute queen. and I’ve only read one of her books. I don’t understand why I haven’t picked up the rest, of her works, yet. But, I know I absolutely have to now!

Webcomic Announcement: The Fever King by Victoria Lee

I really love Webcomics and so to see a novel become a webcomic is great! especially to see the artists who put so much work into these get the apreciation they deserve!

Graphic Memoir Announcement: That Can Be Arranged by Huda Fahmy

I’ve seen some of her comics on Instagram and I love so many of them. I love that she’s getting recognition for her work and I hope the best for her Memoir I hope I can pick up a copy when it’s out!


Book Announcement: Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

This sounds amazing! I love that Isabel wrote her book inspired by her dad and when he lived in the jungle. My Dad is from South America, too and he also lived in the jungle for a bit. Unlike him, I wouldn’t have the guts to do that but I think it’s such a cool story to adapt and really original, too! I can’t wait to be able to read this!

Book Announcement: A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen

This sounds so epic and adorable! I can’t wait for this to come out. I actually love setups that would never happen in reality. I’m so happy for Jennifer, too! It’s going such a cute read I can’t wait!

Adaptation Announcement: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

Now I neeeeed to read Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune 100000x more than ever before. I can’t wait and I am so excited!

Book Community Spotlight (hosted by CW!)

Book blogger: Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks

Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks is still one of my favourite blogs ever. Her discussion posts are my absolute favourites, and her book reviews – and well, anything she posts – are consistently in-depth, thoughtful, and such good reads. If you haven’t heard, Aimal is currently running the #IronTomeathon, an adult-fantasy-only readathon! Sign up, pick a house, and join in on some great reads.

Follow her blog, Bookshelves and Paperbackshere, or follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads.

Bookstagrammer: Lili from @utopia.state.of.mind

Lili is such a ray of sunshine and such a passionate voice for diverse books in the book community, and her Instagram is gorgeous! I love her photos – especially when she is in them too! – and I love how her feed balances between outdoors/nature and indoors/cool patterns! You can tell she puts a lot of thought into her photos, and it shows.

Follow her on Instagram, or you can also find Lili on her blog, Utopia State of Mind, or you can find her on Twitter.

Booktuber: Melanie from Mel to the Any

Melanie is one of the kindest and sweetest people that I know, and her booktube channel is one of my favourites. Her videos are lovely to watch and it’s always a pleasure seeing Melanie’s sunny and contagious smile and warm energy. She also does ASMR unboxing videos!

You can visit her Booktube channel here, and you can also find her on Goodreads, Instagram, and Twitter.

9 thoughts on “The Pond News Issue #6 – It’s Cover Reveals Week! New Asian Fantasies and Exciting Announcements!

  1. As always, thank you for this wonderful feature Stella. I LOVE the look and the sound of The Silence of Bones so I’ve added that to my GR list, and I’m so excited to hear that Darcie Little Badger will be publishing her first novel soon. I liked the short story I read by her in the New Suns anthology so will be excited to see her novel when it comes out.

    It also makes my heart so happy to see Mel as one of your featured bloggers, as well as discovering new bloggers to follow ❤


  2. Technically, You Started It sounds glorious! Omg, that is such a cute story hahaha

    I am so excited for Realm of Ash, and Silence of the Bones 😍 Love the blogger highlight section that you have! Lili and Mel are both amazing people ❤️❤️❤️

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