The Pond Book News #108 – An Incredible Double Issue of Cover Reveals: 16 Upcoming 2022 Releases to Adore

Welcome to Issue #108!

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 [November 7th – November 20th]

You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes.

Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his things, and tries everything to forget him and the tragic way he died. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces back memories. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.

And Sam picks up the phone.

In a miraculous turn of events, Julie’s been given a second chance at goodbye. The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam’s voice makes her fall for him all over again, and with each call it becomes harder to let him go. However, keeping her otherworldly calls with Sam a secret isn’t easy, especially when Julie witnesses the suffering Sam’s family is going through. Unable to stand by the sidelines and watch their shared loved ones in pain, Julie is torn between spilling the truth about her calls with Sam and risking their connection and losing him forever.

Released on Nov 09. Add this book to Goodreads!

Himawari House by Harmony Becker

A young adult graphic novel about three foreign exchange students and the pleasures, and difficulties, of adjusting to living in Japan.

Living in a new country is no walk in the park―Nao, Hyejung, and Tina can all attest to that. The three of them became fast friends through living together in the Himawari House in Tokyo and attending the same Japanese cram school. Nao came to Japan to reconnect with her Japanese heritage, while Hyejung and Tina came to find freedom and their own paths. Though each of them has her own motivations and challanges, they all deal with language barriers, being a fish out of water, self discovery, love, and family.

Released on Nov 09. Add this book to Goodreads!

Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen

An unforgettable fantasy debut inspired by West African mythology, this is Children of Blood and Bone meets The Little Mermaid, in which a mermaid takes on the gods themselves.

A way to survive.

A way to serve.

A way to save.

Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata–a mermaid–collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home.

But when a living boy is thrown overboard, Simi does the unthinkable–she saves his life, going against an ancient decree. And punishment awaits those who dare to defy it.

To protect the other Mami Wata, Simi must journey to the Supreme Creator to make amends. But something is amiss. There’s the boy she rescued, who knows more than he should. And something is shadowing Simi, something that would rather see her fail…

Danger lurks at every turn, and as Simi draws closer, she must brave vengeful gods, treacherous lands, and legendary creatures. Because if she doesn’t, then she risks not only the fate of all Mami Wata, but also the world as she knows it.

Released on Nov 09. Add this book to Goodreads!

Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier

The past never forgets…

Before an ambush by enemy soldiers, Lord Cassia was an engineer’s apprentice on a mission entrusted by the king. But when plague sweeps over the land, leaving countless dead and devastating the kingdom, even Cas’ title cannot save him from a rotting prison cell and a merciless sickness.

Three years later, Cas wants only to return to his home in the mountains and forget past horrors. But home is not what he remembers. His castle has become a refuge for the royal court. And they have brought their enemies with them.

When an assassin targets those closest to the queen, Cas is drawn into a search for a killer…one that leads him to form an unexpected bond with a brilliant young historian named Lena. Cas and Lena soon realize that who is behind the attacks is far less important than why. They must look to the past, following the trail of a terrible secret—one that could threaten the kingdom’s newfound peace and plunge it back into war.

Released on Nov 09. Add this book to Goodreads!

All of Us Villains by by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman

After the publication of a salacious tell-all book, the remote city of Ilvernath is thrust into worldwide spotlight. Tourists, protesters, and reporters flock to its spellshops and ruins to witness an ancient curse unfold: every generation, seven families name a champion among them to compete in a tournament to the death. The winner awards their family exclusive control over the city’s high magick supply, the most powerful resource in the world.

In the past, the villainous Lowes have won nearly every tournament, and their champion is prepared to continue his family’s reign. But this year, thanks to the influence of their newfound notoriety, each of the champions has a means to win. Or better yet–a chance to rewrite their story.

But this is a story that must be penned in blood.

Released on Nov 09. Add this book to Goodreads!

Noor by Nnedi Okorafor

From Africanfuturist luminary Okorafor comes a new science fiction novel of intense action and thoughtful rumination on biotechnology, destiny, and humanity in a near-future Nigeria.

Anwuli Okwudili prefers to be called AO. To her, these initials have always stood for Artificial Organism. AO has never really felt…natural, and that’s putting it lightly. Her parents spent most of the days before she was born praying for her peaceful passing because even in-utero she was wrong. But she lived. Then came the car accident years later that disabled her even further. Yet instead of viewing her strange body the way the world views it, as freakish, unnatural, even the work of the devil, AO embraces all that she is: A woman with a ton of major and necessary body augmentations. And then one day she goes to her local market and everything goes wrong.

Once on the run, she meets a Fulani herdsman named DNA and the race against time across the deserts of Northern Nigeria begins. In a world where all things are streamed, everyone is watching the reckoning of the murderess and the terrorist and the saga of the wicked woman and mad man unfold. This fast-paced, relentless journey of tribe, destiny, body, and the wonderland of technology revels in the fact that the future sometimes isn’t so predictable. Expect the unaccepted.

Released on Nov 09. Add this book to Goodreads!

The Undertakers by Nicole Glover

Nothing bothers Hetty and Benjy Rhodes more than a case where the answers, motives, and the murder itself feel a bit too neat. Raimond Duval, a victim of one of the many fires that have erupted recently in Philadelphia, is officially declared dead after the accident, but Hetty and Benjy’s investigation points to a powerful Fire Company known to let homes in the Black community burn to the ground. Before long, another death breathes new life into the Duval investigation: Raimond’s son, Valentine, is also found dead.

Finding themselves with the dubious honor of taking on Valentine Duval as their first major funeral, it becomes clear that his passing was intentional. Valentine and his father’s deaths are connected, and the recent fires plaguing the city might be more linked to recent community events than Hetty and Benji originally thought.

The Undertakers continues the adventures of murder and magic, where even the most powerful enchantments can’t always protect you from the ghosts of the past…

Released on Nov 09. Add this book to Goodreads!

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

Shanghai is under siege in this captivating and searingly romantic sequel to These Violent Delights, which New York Times bestselling author Natasha Ngan calls “deliciously dark.”

The year is 1927, and Shanghai teeters on the edge of revolution.

After sacrificing her relationship with Roma to protect him from the blood feud, Juliette has been a girl on the warpath. One wrong move, and her cousin will step in to usurp her place as the Scarlet Gang’s heir. The only way to save the boy she loves from the wrath of the Scarlets is to have him want her dead for murdering his best friend in cold blood. If Juliette were actually guilty of the crime Roma believes she committed, his rejection might sting less.

Roma is still reeling from Marshall’s death, and his cousin Benedikt will barely speak to him. Roma knows it’s his fault for letting the ruthless Juliette back into his life, and he’s determined to set things right—even if that means killing the girl he hates and loves with equal measure.

Then a new monstrous danger emerges in the city, and though secrets keep them apart, Juliette must secure Roma’s cooperation if they are to end this threat once and for all. Shanghai is already at a boiling point: The Nationalists are marching in, whispers of civil war brew louder every day, and gangster rule faces complete annihilation. Roma and Juliette must put aside their differences to combat monsters and politics, but they aren’t prepared for the biggest threat of all: protecting their hearts from each other.

Releases on Nov 16. Add this book to Goodreads!

Briar Girls by Rebecca Kim Wells

Lena has a secret: the touch of her skin can kill. Cursed by a witch before she was born, Lena has always lived in fear and isolation. But after a devastating mistake, she and her father are forced to flee to a village near the Silence, a mysterious forest with a reputation for luring people into the trees, never to be seen again…​

Until the night an enigmatic girl stumbles out of the Silence and into Lena’s sheltered world. Miranda comes from the Gather, a city in the forest brimming with magic. She is on a quest to wake a sleeping princess believed to hold the key to liberating the Gather from its tyrannical ruler—and she offers Lena a bargain. If Lena assists her on her journey, Miranda will help her break the curse.

Mesmerized by Miranda and her promise of a new life, Lena jumps at the chance. But the deeper into the Silence she goes, the more she suspects she’s been lied to—about her family’s history, her curse, and her future. As the shadows close in, Lena must choose who to trust and decide whether it’s more important to have freedom… or power.

Releases on Nov 16. Add this book to Goodreads!

When We Were Them by Laura Taylor Namey

When they were fifteen, Willa, Luz, and Britton had a friendship that was everything.

When they were sixteen, they stood by one another no matter what.

When they were seventeen, they went through the worst.

And when they were eighteen, Willa ruined it all.

Now, the week of graduation, Willa is left with only a memory box filled with symbols of the friendship she has nearly destroyed: A book of pranks. Corsages from a nightmarish homecoming. A greasy pizza menu. Greeting cards with words that mean the world… It’s enough to make Willa wonder how anything could tear her, Luz, and Britton apart. But as Willa revisits the moments when she and her friends leaned on one another, she can’t avoid the moments they leaned so hard, their friendship began to crack.

As Willa tries to find a way back to Luz and Britton, she must confront the why of her betrayal and answer a question she never saw coming: Who is she, without them?

Releases on Nov 16. Add this book to Goodreads!

Tidesong by Wendy Xu

Perfect for fans of Studio Ghibli and The Tea Dragon Society, this is a magically heartwarming graphic novel about self-acceptance and friendship.

Sophie is a young witch whose mother and grandmother pressure her to attend the Royal Magic Academy–the best magic school in the realm–even though her magic is shaky at best. To train for her entrance exams, Sophie is sent to relatives she’s never met.

Cousin Sage and Great-Aunt Lan seem more interested in giving Sophie chores than in teaching her magic. Frustrated, Sophie attempts magic on her own, but the spell goes wrong, and she accidentally entangles her magic with the magic of a young water dragon named Lir.

Lir is trapped on land and can’t remember where he came from. Even so, he’s everything Sophie isn’t–beloved by Sophie’s family and skilled at magic. With his help, Sophie might just ace her entrance exams, but that means standing in the way of Lir’s attempts to regain his memories. Sophie knows what she’s

Releases on Nov 16. Add this book to Goodreads!

The Art of Running Away by Sabrina Kleckner

Twelve-year-old Maisie is an artist. When she’s in front of her sketchbook or apprenticing at Glenna’s Portraits, the family-run art shop her grandmother started, the world makes sense. She doesn’t think about Calum, her brother who mysteriously left home and cut ties with her family six years ago, or her parents’ insistence that she “broaden her horizons” and try something new—something that isn’t art.

But when Glenna’s Portraits falls on hard times, Maisie’s plan to take over the shop when she’s older and become a lifelong artist starts to crumble. In desperation to make things right, Maisie runs away to London to reconnect with her adult brother, hoping he might be the key to saving the shop. But as Maisie learns about her family’s past from Calum, she starts to rethink everything she’s ever known. Maisie must decide not only if saving her family’s art shop is worth it, but if she can forgive her parents for the mistakes they’ve made.

Releases on Nov 16. Add this book to Goodreads!

All the Feels by Olivia Dade

Following Spoiler Alert, Olivia Dade returns with another utterly charming romantic comedy about a devil-may-care actor—who actually cares more than anyone knows—and the no-nonsense woman hired to keep him in line.

Alexander Woodroe has it all. Charm. Sex appeal. Wealth. Fame. A starring role as Cupid on TV’s biggest show, God of the Gates. But the showrunners have wrecked his character, he’s dogged by old demons, and his post-show future remains uncertain. When all that reckless emotion explodes into a bar fight, the tabloids and public agree: his star is falling.

Enter Lauren Clegg, the former ER therapist hired to keep him in line. Compared to her previous work, watching over handsome but impulsive Alex shouldn’t be especially difficult. But the more time they spend together, the harder it gets to keep her professional remove and her heart intact, especially when she discovers the reasons behind his recklessness…not to mention his Cupid fanfiction habit.

When another scandal lands Alex in major hot water and costs Lauren her job, she’ll have to choose between protecting him and offering him what he really wants—her. But he’s determined to keep his improbably short, impossibly stubborn, and extremely endearing minder in his life any way he can. And on a road trip up the California coast together, he intends to show her exactly what a falling star will do to catch the woman he loves: anything at all.

Releases on Nov 16. Add this book to Goodreads!

Book News

Cover Reveal: Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen

Illustration: Sasha Vinogradova | Design: Casey Moses | Add this book to Goodreads!

Cover Reveal: The Undead Truth of Us by Britney S. Lewis

Illustration: Adekunle Adeleke | Design: TBA | Add this book to Goodreads!

Cover Reveal: Bad at Love by Gabriela Martins

Illustration: Flor Fuertes | Design: Casey Moses | Add this book to Goodreads!

Cover Reveal: This Wicked Fate by Kalynn Bayron

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

Cover Reveal: We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds

Illustration: Raymond Sebastien | Design: TBA | Add this book to Goodreads!

Cover Reveal: Juniper and Thorn by Ava Reid

Illustration: Marlowe Lune | Design: TBA | Add this book to Goodreads!

Cover Reveal: What Souls are Made of: a Wuthering Heights Remix by Tasha Suri

Photography: Jonathan Barkat | Design: Rich Deas | Add this book to Goodreads!

Cover Reveal: Beauty and the Besharam by Lillie Vale

Design: Kaitlin Yang | Add this book to Goodreads!

Cover Reveal: It Sounds Like This by Anna Meriano

Illustration: Ali Mac | Design: Kristin Boyle | Add this book to Goodreads!

UK Cover Reveal: Golden Boys by Phil Stamper

Illustration: Patrick Léger | Design: TBA | Add this book to Goodreads!

Cover Reveal: Winnie Zeng Unleashes a Legend by Katie Zhao

Illustration: Sher Rill Ng | Design: TBA | Add this book to Goodreads!

Cover Reveal: Nura and the Immortal Palace by M. T. Khan

Illustration: Khadijah Khatib | Design: Tracy Shaw | Add this book to Goodreads!

UK Cover Reveal: The Girl who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

Illustration: Karl James Mountford | Design: Lydia Blagden | Add this book to Goodreads!

Cover Reveal: A Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Foz Meadows

Design: Micaela Alcaino | Add this book to Goodreads!

Cover Reveal: The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah

Illustration: Mike Heath | Design: Lisa Marie Pompilio | Add this book to Goodreads!

Cover Reveal: Daughter of the Wolves by K. S. Villoso

Illustration: Adel Cinco | Design: TBA | Goodreads link coming soon!

Book Announcement: A new graphic novel imprint curated by Mariko Tamaki focusing on queer stories debuts its first collection, including upcoming books by Kacen Callender, Kaitlin Chan, and Talia Dutton

Book Announcement: Joan He’s forthcoming YA inspired by the Chinese historical epic Three Kingdoms

Book Announcement: A debut YA fantasy about warrior princesses and court intrigue by Shade Lapite

Book Announcement: Nicki Pau Preto’s forthcoming middle grade fantasy about a girl with misunderstood magical powers, and the school that teaches her to love her quirks

Book Announcement: Two queer YA romcoms by Page Powars featuring trans protagonists and romantic shenanigans

Book Announcement: A YA anthology celebrating multiracial identities, edited by Rebecca Balcárel and Ismée Williams

Book Announcement: An anti-colonial YA fantasy by Ambelin Kwaymullina drawn from the history of Aboriginal women

Book Announcement: A middle-grade graphic novel by Fahmida Azim about a preteen’s first Ramadan fast

Book Announcement: A middle grade graphic novel by Gavin Aung Than featuring a doctor for mythical creatures

Book Announcement: A middle grade novel-in-verse by Jasminne Mendez about disability, swimming, and mother-daughter relationships

Book Announcement: A middle grade series by Natasha Tarpley exploring diverse folklore and ghost stories

Book Announcement: A coming-of-age middle grade comic trilogy about a diasporic Persian-American kid by Sina Grace

Book Announcement: An intergenerational coming-of-age YA novel by Brazilian author Vitor Martins

Book Announcement: A YA graphic novel by JCJB inspired by Yoruban folklore about a witch who draws powers from memories

Book Announcement: A sapphic YA retelling of Greek mythology featuring curses, oracles, and immortals by Sarah Underwood

Book Announcement: An all-star YA anthology set on a fictional college campus, inspired by tweets from Camryn Garrett and Ananya Devarajan

Book Announcement: Chloe Gong’s anticipated adult fantasy debut inspired by Antony and Cleopatra

Book Announcement: A new horror novella by Cassandra Khaw about dark, dark mermaids

Book Announcement: We’re getting five more books from Jesse Q. Sutanto, from romcoms to thrillers!

Book Announcement: Victoria Lee’s forthcoming adult romance debut about a queer young artist in New York


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