The Pond Book News #55 – Halloween Love Potions & Sequels Galore: Exciting Diverse Reveals!

Welcome to Issue #55!

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! This week Xiaolong and Sprout are excited to be teaming up to bring you a massive week of book news! Now, onwards to the brilliant books!

Book Releases This Week [September 6th – September 12th]

Iron Heart by Nina Varela

An unstoppable love between two girls—one human, one Made—both set on destroying the Iron Heart.

For too long the cruel, beautiful Automae have lorded over the kingdom of Rabu, oppressing the humans who live there. But the human revolution is on the rise, and at its heart is Ayla. Once handmaiden, now fugitive, Ayla escaped the palace of Lady Crier, the girl Ayla had planned to kill . . . but instead fell in love with. Now Ayla has pledged her allegiance to Queen Junn, whom she believes can accomplish the ultimate goal of the human rebellion: destroy the Iron Heart. Without it, the Automae will be weakened to the point of extinction.

But playing at Ayla’s memory are the powerful feelings she developed for Crier. And unbeknownst to her, Crier has also fled the palace, taking up among travelling rebels, determined to find and protect Ayla.

As their paths collide, neither are prepared for the dark secret underlying the Iron Heart.

Friends, this book. I had the absolute honor to read this book early, and I finished this just yesterday. And this is the softest, most tender sapphic book I have ever read, friends—to call it a worthy follow-up to Crier’s War would be an understatement. My heart still aches faintly thinking of Crier and Ayla. I’ll be posting a full review next Tuesday as part of a book tour, so please tune in to hear me gush/cry then too!

Releases on September 8. Add this book to Goodreads!

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Tang

The emperor’s reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands.

Lin is the emperor’s daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.

Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright – and save her people.

I am unbelievably excited for this debut fantasy, what with all the hype this book has gotten on my Twitter feed! It has been specifically described to me as having “a very cool world…with peanut sauce noodles! A dumpling-making auntie! Computer bone programming! Imperial politics!“, all of which I am SO ON BOARD for. I’m so excited to check this out!

Releases on September 8. Add this book to Goodreads!

The Summer of Everything by Julian Winters

Comic book geek Wesley Hudson excels at two things: slacking off at his job and pining after his best friend, Nico. Advice from his friends, ‘90s alt-rock songs, and online dating articles aren’t helping much with his secret crush. And his dream job at Once Upon a Page, the local used bookstore, is threatened when a coffeeshop franchise wants to buy the property. To top it off, his annoying brother needs wedding planning advice. When all three problems converge, Wes comes face-to-face with the one thing he’s been avoiding—adulthood.

Now, confronted with reality, can Wes balance saving the bookstore and his strained sibling relationship? Can he win the heart of his crush, too?

This coming-of-age contemporary sounds so heartwarming! I love stories that grapple with the loss of childhood and growing up, and this definitely sounds up my alley. Very interested to see how the story unfolds!

Releases on September 8. Add this book to Goodreads!

Lupe Wong Won’t Dance by Donna Barba Higuera

Lupe Wong is going to be the first female pitcher in the Major Leagues. She’s also championed causes her whole young life. Some worthy…like expanding the options for race on school tests beyond just a few bubbles.

And some not so much…like complaining to the BBC about the length between Doctor Who seasons. Lupe needs an A in all her classes in order to meet her favorite pitcher, Fu Li Hernandez, who’s Chinacan / Mexinese just like her. So, when the horror that is square dancing rears its head in gym? Obviously, she’s not gonna let that slide.

Oooh I love that we’re getting a Mexican-Chinese protagonist in this book! We really don’t have enough mixed-race protagonists in kidlit, and seeing this makes me really happy! I hope this book gets into the hands of young readers that will adore it too. ❤

Releases on September 8. Add this book to Goodreads!

Book News

 Cover Reveal: Cazadora by Romina Garber

CW: Friends, how stunning is this cover? With Joce’s glowing review of Lobizona (and how she loves reminding us that Lobizona is one of favourite books of 2020!), Skye and I are excited to read Lobizona and then join Joce in looking forward to reading Cazadora!

Cover Reveal: When Night Breaks by Janella Angeles

CW: Now this is how you make a sequel book cover! We love that fans of the series will get a gorgeous book cover that matches with the first book, Where Dreams Descend (and you can see Joce’s review here for the blog tour)!

Cover Reveal: Love is a Revolution by Renée Watson

CW: I love the title for this book and I love this book cover! (Black girls front and centre and looking proud and confident on a book cover!) This book also sounds amazing – ‘a love story about not only a romantic relationship but how a girl finds herself and falls in love with who she really is.’ How amazing does this sound?! I can’t wait to read it!

Cover Reveal: The Other Side of Perfect by Mariko Turk

CW: A beautiful cover for what sounds like a powerful and resonant book. I’m pretty excited to read this book, about a ballerina who has to grapple with friendship, discrimination, perfection, and discovers love too. We’re so excited for The Other Side of Perfect and look forward to reading it!

Cover Reveal: Pawcasso by Remy Lai

CW: We love Remy Lai’s work at the Pond – Pie in the Sky was one of my favourite books of 2019 and I also recently read Fly on the Wall – and we’re all really excited for Remy’s newest graphic novel, Pawcasso, and this gorgeous book cover! This book looks utterly delightful and we can’t wait to read this one too!

Cover Reveal: When Tara Met Farah by Tara Pammi

CW: Not only do I love the sound of ‘grumpy math genius falls for the sunshine girl romance’ (one of our favourite tropes), I love that it’s sapphic! I love this book cover and that both Tara and Farah are wearing their cultural dress too, which is something we don’t see enough of. This book sounds delightful!

Book Announcement: A magical Halloween collaboration series of three witchy stories, written by Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon and Evelyn Skye!

CW: This book announcement is so powerful. Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, and Evelyn Skye – three YA author powerhouses working together for one book? We can’t wait! I love the idea of interconnected stories – which reminds me a lot of Hungry Hearts – and I can’t wait to read this book one day!

Book Announcement: Zen Cho’s upcoming Malaysian fantasy with ghosts and mysterious deities

CW: Zen Cho has delivered such brilliant Malaysian-inspired books (The Terracotta Bride and The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water), so I’m thrilled that we’re getting another Malaysian fantasy! Moreover, it has ghosts, sounds like it’ll explore fantasy, and fighting gang bosses – how cool does this sound?!

Book Announcement: An MG (recent) historical by Linda Williams Jackson about poverty and racism

This sounds like such an important book already! I’m so thankful that we’re getting more stories that address class and poverty and how it intersects with racism written for young kids now — my family grew up working class slightly below the average wage, so this premise resonates with me. I can’t wait to hear more about this book!

Book Announcement: A time-bending YA novel by Femi Fadugba

Oh this sounds INCREDIBLE! Books that incorporate time travel are always so dang fascinating, and I’m so excited to see how the consequences ripple out through time and space in this particular YA. Definitely keeping this on my radar — I can’t wait to hear more news about it!

Book Announcement: Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé’s upcoming debut academia thriller is coming in 2021!

Friends! I’ve been awaiting news of this book since forever, and I’m so glad it’s finally found a home and a concrete release date! The premise sounds absolutely thrilling — I desperately need more books set in weird private schools written by authors of color. What a time to be alive.

Book Announcement: A Latinx MG contemporary about family and wrestling by Celia C. Pérez

This book premise sounds so interesting! We’re getting a few books in this week’s lineup about families with non-conventional structures, and I’m glad that kids growing up now have this representation! Also, having a biological father that’s also a professional wrestling legend sounds like a wild ride too.

Book Announcement: Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich’s forthcoming MG contemporary about blended families!

Ah this premise sounds adorable! This sounds like such a delightful story about complex family relationships and adjusting to new people in your life, and I’m excited to see this from the pen of a Black author too! Spring 2022 feels so far away…

From Page to Screen: Felix Ever After is getting a TV adaptation!

Rejoice, friends!!! This joy-filled YA is coming to the TV! I’ve heard so many good things about this book, and I’m truly thrilled that it’s getting the recognition it deserves. I really hope this series does the book justice!

3 thoughts on “The Pond Book News #55 – Halloween Love Potions & Sequels Galore: Exciting Diverse Reveals!

  1. The first several books you shared sound SO good! I haven’t heard of the Iron Heart until now but I’m for sure adding it to my Goodreads! The one about bone shared magic sounds so interesting! I’ll also be keeping an eye out for it. And I love all these new book covers!! They are so cute and pretty!


  2. So many new books!! I’m especially excited about Three Kisses, One Midnight, even if it is far off. Spooky witches and some of my fave authors? Amazing!!

    Thank you for the great post! 🙂


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