The Pond Book News #52 – Jade City on TV, Anticipated YA Releases, & All-New Diverse Books

Welcome to Issue #52!

The trees are whispering…

Friends, welcomeSprout the sparrow, doing a curtsy with their eyes closed and a smile on their face. Their cape swooshes in the wind with their arm extended in their curtsy. to another exciting week of The Pond Book News! Every Sunday, The Quiet Pond brings you a fresh issue of book news to catch you up on the week’s lineup of diverse book releases, cover reveals, book news, and sometimes more! We’re still working on our Book Community Spotlight feature too, and we really appreciate everyone’s patience as we work on getting it where we want to be. Now onward to the news!

Book Releases This Week [August 16th – August 22nd]

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood.

That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?

Hello, one of my most anticipated books of the year!!! I’ve heard so many good things about this book from early readers, and I’m SO craving a good diverse YA fantasy right now! I absolutely cannot wait to devour it come release day!

Releases on August 14th. Add this book to Goodreads!

Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho

As Vicious Spirits begins, Miyoung and Jihoon are picking up the pieces of their broken lives following the deaths of Miyoung’s mother, Yena, and Jihoon’s grandmother. With the support of their friend Somin, and their frenemy, Junu, they might just have a shot at normalcy. But Miyoung is getting sicker and sicker by the day and her friends don’t know how to save her. With few options remaining, Junu has an idea but it might require the ultimate sacrifice and, let’s be honest, Junu isn’t known for his “generosity.” Meanwhile, the events at the end of Wicked Fox have upended the forces that govern life and death and there are supernatural entities lurking in the background that will stop at nothing to right their world.

I will never stop raving about this cover, friends, the illustration, the COLORS… Everything here is to-die for. I still haven’t picked up Wicked Fox, and the book’s place on this list is reminding me that I really need to get to it. 

Releases on August 14th. Add this book to Goodreads!

Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn

The Tech sisters don’t date in high school. Not because they’re not asked. Not because they’re not interested. Not even because no one can pronounce their long, Thai last name—hence the shortened, awkward moniker. But simply because they’re not allowed.

Until now.

In a move that other Asian American girls know all too well, six months after the older Tech twins got to college, their parents asked, “Why aren’t you engaged yet?” The sisters retaliated by vowing that they won’t marry for ten (maybe even twenty!) years, not until they’ve had lots of the dating practice that they didn’t get in high school.

In a shocking war on the status quo, her parents now insist that their youngest daughter, Orrawin (aka “Winnie”), must practice fake dating in high school. Under their watchful eyes, of course—and organized based on their favorite rom-coms. ’Cause that won’t end in disaster.

The first candidate? The son of their longtime friends, Mat Songsomboon—arrogant, infuriating, and way too good-looking. Winnie’s known him since they were toddlers throwing sticky rice balls at each other. And her parents love him.

If only he weren’t her sworn enemy.

This contemporary looks adorable! I’ve heard pretty good things about this too, and we really don’t get Thai representation in kidlit enough! This YA romance looks sweet and full of Asian family shenanigans, and it’s definitely piqued my interest!

Releases on August 14th. Add this book to Goodreads!

The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen

As the new chieftain of the Crows, Fie knows better than to expect a royal to keep his word. Still she’s hopeful that Prince Jasimir will fulfill his oath to protect her fellow Crows. But then black smoke fills the sky, signaling the death of King Surimir and the beginning of Queen Rhusana’s merciless bid for the throne.

With the witch queen using the deadly plague to unite the nation of Sabor against Crows—and add numbers to her monstrous army—Fie and her band are forced to go into hiding, leaving the country to be ravaged by the plague. However, they’re all running out of time before the Crows starve in exile and Sabor is lost forever.

A desperate Fie calls on old allies to help take Rhusana down from within her own walls. But inside the royal palace, the only difference between a conqueror and a thief is an army. To survive, Fie must unravel not only Rhusana’s plot, but ancient secrets of the Crows—secrets that could save her people, or set the world ablaze.

The much anticipated sequel to The Merciless Crows is here! I really want to get into this series someday, and I hope this book is a worthy follow-up to the first story that readers loved.

Releases on August 14th. Add this book to Goodreads!

Book News

Cover Reveal: Wings of Ebony by J. Elle

This cover is fantastic! I absolutely love the striking composition and the gilded details — how they swoop and encircle the girl on the cover. And this premise!!! A demigod Black girl who discovers her magical heritage along with sinister forces forcing Black kids into crime???? This sounds entirely up my alley, and I cannot wait to know more!

Cover Reveal: Never Have I Ever by Isabel Yap

Oooooh I love the imagery in this cover so much, and that art style is so cool! This novella promises “spells and stories, urban legends and immigrant tales” — I am undoubtedly capital-I Intrigued.

Cover Reveal: As Far as You’ll Take Me by Phil Stamper

This cover is so cute, friends!!! I love love the bright and fluffy color palette, I think it really fits the mood of the story I’m seeing so far! I’m always here for soft gay stories written by ownvoices authors, and this makes my heart warm. ❤

Cover Reveal: Descendants of the First by Reni K. Amayo

FRIENDS! This cover! LOOK HOW FIERCE AND GOLDEN THE BLACK GIRL IS!!! We absolutely STAN. This looks magnificent, and I love the contrasting elements of fire and ice at play here!

Book Announcement: A middle-grade portal fantasy about jinns set in Pakistan forthcoming from Maeeda Khan

I’ve followed this author ever since they participated in #DVPit with their incredible pitch, and I’m thrilled to see this book find a home so quickly because I need this book in my hands, like RIGHT NOW. Portal fantasies with social commentary are quickly becoming one of my absolute favorite niche genres, and I am so unbelievably excited for this book!

Book Announcement: Bounty hunters, addictive drugs, and ancient forests collide in Tehlor Kay Mejia’s upcoming YA fantasy

This premise is everything. Friend, I cannot express to you the full extent of how out-of-my-mind excited I was to read this announcement because THAT PREMISE! I love love love magic forests, and from an author who has written one of my favorite sapphic YA fantasies? An immediate need. 2022 please come sooner.

Book Announcement: Olivia Cole’s forthcoming YA contemporary that reckons with white supremacy

THIS! BOOK! I am so desperately curious already, because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a book premise from a white author outright name white supremacy before! I am so very interested in reading this, and given the praise for the author’s previous YA SFF series — I’m really hopeful that the subject matter will tackled with nuance and grace.

Book Announcement: Dhionelle Clayton’s forthcoming MG fantasy about magic schools, prejudice, and cultural marvels!

Friends! We’re getting a new story from the legendary Dhionelle Clayton! And set in a magic school where prejudice is rampant??? It really is as if someone took a magnifying glass to my heart and teased out exactly what I want to read in a book. I absolutely cannot wait for this!

Book Announcement: A body-positive ownvoices romcom from Taj McCoy!

HECK yeah, more body-positive YA romance from ownvoices authors! We love and adore fat girls in this household, and this book looks like it’s going to be the sweetest adventure already. Keep this on your radar, friends!

Book Announcement: A YA graphic novel centering a queer Puerto Rican teen from Matthew Rodriguez and Charlot Kristensen!

I’m always so down for new YA graphic novels from authors of color! This one looks so infused with passion and love already, and themes of coming-of-age and all the struggles that come with figuring out who you are, and I am so ready. 2023 is a long way away, but I am more than willing to wait for this heartwarming story to emerge in the world.

Book Announcement: The last Tristan Strong book from Kwame Mbalia!

Tristan Strong’s story is finally coming to a close, and I’m sure the finale will be nothing short of absolutely epic. I really need to go on a binge read of all the lovely Riordan Presents imprint books soon!

Book Announcement: Katherine Locke’s forthcoming fabulist, historical YA following a Jewish teen in 1956 Hungary!

A fabulist historical YA!!! Set during a period of revolutions and exploring all the complicated nuances of patriotism within a country that you have a complex relationship with, this premise sounds SO interesting already! I’ve already added this high up to my TBR, and I cannot wait to hear more news about it!

Book Announcement: Uzma Jalaluddin’s upcoming romance set in competing halal restaraunts!

This Muslim-centered romcom sounds positively delightful! I truly have a soft spot for books that use cultural food to frame love and storytelling, and I can already tell that this story is going to have a lot of heart. Can’t wait to hear more about this book closer to release date!

From Page to Screen: The No Peak Clan is making it to TV!

NO PEAK CLAN RISE UP. I… actually still need to get into my copy of Jade City, but I know deeply how much this book means to so many readers! I hope to one day join in on all your excitement!!! But for now I shall watch everyone be ecstatic from afar and bask in all your enjoyment of this news, and in the meantime you can also find CW’s wonderful review here!

From Page to Screen: Elsie Chapman’s Caster acquired for film!

HURRAY, this is absolutely what this book deserves. CW and Xiaolong adore this book, and I’ve been meaning to dive into it! Now I cannot wait to see it adapted to a film (by Paramount Pictures!), hopefully keeping its Asian-centered cast and worldbuilding ❤

From Page to Screen: Mexican Gothic is headed to a TV series!

OH NO, I genuinely don’t know if I can take all the creepiness and horror of Mexican Gothic as a whole TV series, but omg I am more than willing to try??? AND BE ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED, but that’s how I’ve decided I’m going to die, I GUESS. I have a review of the macabre delight that is Mexican Gothic you can find here!

13 thoughts on “The Pond Book News #52 – Jade City on TV, Anticipated YA Releases, & All-New Diverse Books

  1. So much exciting news this week! Thank you for this feature, it’s super hard to keep up to date with all the announcements


  2. All of the covers in this post are just so pretty! I love how you do the book announcements as well! How do you keep track of those? Are there any tags to look for on twitter?


  3. aaaah all the books are making me giddy with excitement! ❤ ❤ I haven't read Wicked Fox either (I actually requested and put a hold on it but it looks like thanks to covid-19, the library wasn't able to obtain a physical copy? 😦 I hope my suspicions aren't true). and omg all the upcoming books sounds so good!! I know for sure once my TBR is going to explode


  4. I cannot wait to pick up Vicious spirits and Raybearer!
    Also really need to read Jade City now!



  5. I want to read the book before Vicious spirits. Those books looks real good ones. Great news about the tv shows!


  6. Seeing all of these Diverse YA stories fill me with such joy! ❤️ I just got done reading Wicked Fox last month and I’m so excited for the next one to come out soon! I read it at the perfect time I think! I will be checking the other ones out as well. Thanks so much for sharing!


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