The Pond Book News #97 – Exciting Future YA Debut Announcements: Best Friends Turned Rivals, Enemies, Lovers

Welcome to Issue #97!

Sprout 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.

The trees are whispering…

Friends, welcome 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! Now, onwards to the brilliant books!

Book Releases this Week [August 8th – August 14th]

The Breath Between Waves by Charlotte Anne Hamilton

Penelope Fletcher gave up everything to board the RMS Titanic.

Forced to travel to America for her father’s new job, Penelope left her home in Scotland, her beloved grandmother, and even her girlfriend, who promptly got engaged to someone else. Heartbroken, Penelope isn’t looking forward to the weeklong journey. Or that her parents want her to find a husband in America. To make matters worse, she also has to share a cabin with a complete stranger.

Ruby Cole, her spunky Irish roommate, is unlike anyone Penelope ever met. They become fast friends as they bond over crushing family expectations and sneaking into lush parties together. That Ruby likes women, too, comes as a surprise to Penelope, but she knows their affair can only be temporary. Because as soon as the Titanic arrives in New York, Penelope will have to marry someone of her father’s choosing.

Before long, though, they’ll both have to decide what–and who–is really worth fighting for.

Releases on August 9. Add this book to Goodreads!

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

When her twin sister reaches social media stardom, Moon Fuentez accepts her fate as the ugly, unwanted sister hidden in the background, destined to be nothing more than her sister’s camerawoman. But this summer, Moon also takes a job as the “merch girl” on a tour bus full of beautiful influencers and her fate begins to shift in the best way possible.

Most notable is her bunkmate and new nemesis, Santiago Phillips, who is grumpy, combative, and also the hottest guy Moon has ever seen.

Moon is certain she hates Santiago and that he hates her back. But as chance and destiny (and maybe, probably, close proximity) bring the two of them in each other’s perpetual paths, Moon starts to wonder if that’s really true. She even starts to question her destiny as the unnoticed, unloved wallflower she always thought she was.

Could this summer change Moon’s life as she knows it?

Releases on August 10. Add this book to Goodreads!

The Sisters of Reckoning by Charlotte Nicole Davis

The Good Luck Girls are free. Aster’s sister and friends have new lives across the border in Ferron, while Aster remains in Arketta, helping more girls escape. But news of a new welcome house opening fills Aster with a need to do more than just help individual girls. And an unexpected reunion gives her an idea of how to do it. From there, grows a wildly ambitious plan to free all dustbloods, who live as prisoners to Arketta’s landmasters and debt slavery.

When Clementine and the others return from Ferron, they become the heart of a vibrant group of fearless fighters, working to unite the various underclasses and convince them to join in the fight. Along the way, friendships will be forged, lives will be lost, and love will take root even in the harshest of circumstances, between the most unexpected of lovers.

But will Arketta’s dustbloods finally come into power and freedom, or will the resistance just open them up to a new sort of danger?

Releases on August 10. Add this book to Goodreads!

Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier and Val Wise

Annie is a smart, antisocial lesbian starting her senior year of high school who’s under pressure to join the cheerleader squad to make friends and round out her college applications. Her former friend BeeBee is a people-pleaser—a trans girl who must keep her parents happy with her grades and social life to keep their support of her transition. Through the rigors of squad training and amped up social pressures (not to mention micro aggressions and other queer youth problems), the two girls rekindle a friendship they thought they’d lost and discover there may be other, sweeter feelings springing up between them. 

Releases on August 10. Add this book to Goodreads!

Spirits Abroad and Other Stories by Zen Cho

A new expanded edition of Zen Cho’s award-winning debut collection.

Nineteen sparkling stories that weave between the lands of the living and the lands of the dead. Spirits Abroad is an expanded edition of Zen Cho’s Crawford Award winning debut collection with nine added stories including Hugo Award winner “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again.” A Datin recalls her romance with an orang bunian. A teenage pontianak struggles to balance homework, bossy aunties, first love, and eating people. An earth spirit gets entangled in protracted negotiations with an annoying landlord, and Chang E spins off into outer space, the ultimate metaphor for the Chinese diaspora.

Releases on August 10. Add this book to Goodreads!

Book News

Cover Reveal: Ashes of Gold by J. Elle

Illustration: Taj Francis | Design: Chloë Foglia | Add this book to Goodreads!

Cover Reveal: Welcome to Langille by Chad Lucas

Illustration: Ashanti Fortson | Design: Deena Fleming, Chelsea Hunter | Add this book to Goodreads!

Cover Reveal: Live Laugh Kidnap by Gabby Noone

Illustration & Design: TBA | Add this book to Goodreads!

Cover Reveal: Arden Grey by Ray Stoeve

Design: Hana Nakamura | Add this book to Goodreads!

Book Announcement: Kacen Callender’s forthcoming MG fantasy about mental illness and spirit realms

Book Announcement: Two queer girls saving the multiverse after a coffeeshop meet-cute in YA fantasy by C. B. Lee

Book Announcement: Queer romance, ghost-infested houses, and colonialism collide in Trang Thanh Tran’s exciting forthcoming YA debut

Book Announcement: A magical all-star trans and nonbinary fantasy anthology, edited by g. haron-davis

Book Announcement: A best-friends-to-enemies-to-lovers YA debut by Lio Min featuring Asian American teens, music, and beloved Asian media

Book Announcement: An Afrolatinx MG novel about a Black Panamanian girl by Tamika Burgess

Book Announcement: A YA debut about navigating bipolar disorder and mental illness stigma by Christine Webb

Book Announcement: Romance sparks between two best-friends-turned-academic-rivals in forthcoming YA debut by Danielle Parker

Book Announcement: A YA horror debut by Skyla Arndt about an ancient evil lurking in the forest

Book Announcement: Pies, murder, and revenge on abusers in Misha Propp’s forthcoming thriller

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