The Pond Book News #54 – Latinx Fantasy Week: Brujería, Dragons, & Anticipated Sequels

Welcome to Issue #54!

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 30th – September 5th]

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

52339313. sy475 Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

Friends, when I tell you I am elated to finally see this book out in this world, I truly mean it. I’ve heard absolutely nothing but overwhelming praise for these characters and the world they live in, and I’m so dang excited to finally be able to start looking for it in stores. So many people I know and trust have rated it five stars! I am so prepared to go on an emotional journey with these characters, I AM READY. 

Releases on September 1st. Add this book to Goodreads!

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam

52462036The story that I thought

was my life

didn’t start on the day

I was born

Amal Shahid has always been an artist and a poet. But even in a diverse art school, he’s seen as disruptive and unmotivated by a biased system. Then one fateful night, an altercation in a gentrifying neighborhood escalates into tragedy. “Boys just being boys” turns out to be true only when those boys are white.

The story that I think

will be my life

starts today

Suddenly, at just sixteen years old, Amal’s bright future is upended: he is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison. Despair and rage almost sink him until he turns to the refuge of his words, his art. This never should have been his story. But can he change it?

I have truly not read enough novels in verse this year, and I’m greatly anticipating changing that with this book’s release. I can already feel like it’s going to be a really important book in the literary sphere, and I’m ready to be devastated by this story.

Releases on September 1st. Add this book to Goodreads!

Recommended For You by Laura Silverman

Shoshanna Greenberg loves working at Once Upon, her favorite local bookstore. And with her moms fighting at home and her beloved car teetering on the brink of death, the store has become a welcome escape.

When her boss announces a holiday bonus to the person who sells the most books, Shoshanna sees an opportunity to at least fix her car, if none of her other problems. The only person standing in her way? New hire Jake Kaplan.

Jake is an affront to everything Shoshanna stands for. He doesn’t even read! But somehow his sales start to rival hers. Jake may be cute (really cute), and he may be an eligible Jewish single (hard to find south of Atlanta), but he’s also the enemy, and Shoshanna is ready to take him down.

But as the competition intensifies, Jake and Shoshanna grow closer and realize they might be more on the same page than either expects…

Ah, this looks like such a fluffy and cute bookstore romance featuring Jewish protagonists! Laura Silverman has written some truly fantastic contemporaries so far, and I’m excited to see what her newest book has in store!

Releases on September 1st. Add this book to Goodreads!

The Shadow Crosser by J.C. Cervantes

Zane Obispo has been looking forward to his training at the Shaman Institute for Higher Order Magic, and not only because it means he’ll be reunited with his best friend, Brooks. Anything would be better than how he has spent the last three months: searching for the remaining godborns with a nasty demon who can sniff them out (literally). But when Zane tracks down the last kid on his list, he’s in for a surprise: the “one” is actually a pair of twins, and they’re trying to prevent a mysterious object from falling into the wrong hands.

After a shocking betrayal, Zane finds himself at SHIHOM sooner than expected. Even more shocking is the news that the Maya gods have gone missing. The bat god, Camazotz, and Ixkik’ (aka Blood Moon) have taken them out of commission . . . and the godborns are their next target. The only thing the villains need now? The object that the twins possess.

Zane knows the godborns aren’t strong enough yet to stand up to Zotz, Ixkik’, and their army. There might be a way to save the gods, but it involves locating a magical calendar that can see across time and space… not to mention traveling more than thirty years into the past.

The conclusion to the Storm Runner series is finally upon us! This fun, action-packed middle-grade fantasy series based on Mayan mythology has had such a wonderful journey so far—and I hope this finale lives up to all the story that has come before it.

Releases on September 1st. Add this book to Goodreads!

Wayward Witch by Zoraida Córdova

53038638. sx318 sy475 Rose Mortiz has always been a fixer, but lately she’s been feeling lost. She has brand-new powers she doesn’t understand, and her family is still trying to figure out how to function in the wake of her amnesiac father’s return home. Then, on the night of her Deathday party, Rose discovers her father’s memory loss has been a lie.

As she rushes to his side, the two are ambushed and pulled through a portal to the land of Adas, a fairy realm hidden in the Caribbean Sea. There, Rose is forced to work with a group of others to save Adas. Soon, she begins to discover the scope of her powers, the troubling truth about her father’s past, and the sacrifices he made to save her sisters.

But if Rose wants to return home so she can repair her broken family, she must figure out how to heal Adas first.

The third book in the Brooklyn Brujas series is finally, finally here! I recently got the gorgeous paperback copy of Labyrinth Lost from a bookstore just a few months ago, and I’m absolutely dying to get to reading it. I hope this installment in the series is everything fans have hoped for!

Releases on September 1st. Add this book on Goodreads

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

49934666From New York Times best-selling and acclaimed author Traci Chee comes We Are Not Free, the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei, second-generation Japanese American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass U.S. incarcerations of World War II.

Fourteen teens who have grown up together in Japantown, San Francisco.

Fourteen teens who form a community and a family, as interconnected as they are conflicted.

Fourteen teens whose lives are turned upside down when over 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry are removed from their homes and forced into desolate incarceration camps.

In a world that seems determined to hate them, these young Nisei must rally together as racism and injustice threaten to pull them apart.

This book premise is absolutely stunning, and I’ve heard that it’s impossible to read this book and not cry from the sheer depth of feelings the story gives you. This is a history that I haven’t really seen told before, and I’m so excited to uncover its nuances and contours from Traci Chee’s writing!

Releases on September 1st. Add this book on Goodreads

Book News

Cover Reveal: May The Best Man Win by Z.R. Ellor

This cover is so cute! I’m stunned by how well it parallels the cover of Ray Stoeve’s Between Perfect and Real that we covered last week, and how both books feature trans teenage protagonists! This is a really interesting composition for sure, and the colors are perfect for a bright, light-hearted contemporary!

Cover Reveal: Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Yes, YES. We love this cover! I honestly really, really need to pick up Talia Hibbert’s books, I truly cannot stan this author enough for giving us the fat women of color romantic leads that we deserve. Also, a sunshine/serious dynamic with an enemies-to-lovers? I need this book like air already.

Book Announcement: We’re Getting Two New Novels-In-Verse From Dean Atta!

!!! More Dean Atta books! He previously wrote The Black Flamingo, which I absolutely know resonated with so many readers for its sheer rawness and emotional depth. I really need to pick his books up, and I’m so excited to see where he goes next!

Book Announcement: Isabel Ibañez is giving us two more fantasy YA books inspired by medieval Spain, including dragons and flamenco dancers!

Okay, this premise is amazing? It has so many of my favorite things! A city plagued by dragons? A dragon hunter and a flamenco dancer teaming up to save the city? And that gorgeous art, too! 2022 is shaping up to be such an incredible year for book releases, I can’t believe we have to wait so dang long for it. So excited for this!

4 thoughts on “The Pond Book News #54 – Latinx Fantasy Week: Brujería, Dragons, & Anticipated Sequels

  1. Wayward Witch sounds right up my ally, but I haven’t read the Brooklyn Bruja books yet. (Honestly, I didn’t know Bruja Born was even part of a series…) Anyway, I’ve added them now. Out of curiosity, is it YA or adult? Also, Isabel Ibañez and medieval Spain?! Yes please!


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