2019 Releases I Can’t Wait For: July – September

Hello friends,

I am back with another little list of 2019 releases that I’m excited about. These releases will be released in July, August, or September. This is definitely not an exclusive list. These are just a few of the books I am really excited to pick up.

July

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The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited – Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch

“In the second Adventure Zone graphic novel (adapted from the McElroy family’s wildly popular D&D podcast), we rejoin hero-adjacent sort-of-comrades-in-arms Taako, Magnus, and Merle on a wild careen through a D&D railroad murder mystery. This installment has a little of everything: a genius child detective, an axe-wielding professional wrestler, a surly wizard, cursed magical artifacts, and a pair of meat monsters. You know, the usual things you find on a train.”

Are you really surprised? I have been talking about The Adventure Zone all year. So, I’m obviously super excited about the next issue of their graphic novel. I’m just excited to see my fave dudes in a graphic novel again.

Honestly, I’ve already pre-ordered this I’m so excited about it.

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Destroy All Monsters – Sam J. Miller 

“Solomon and Ash both experienced a traumatic event when they were twelve. Ash lost all memory of that event when she fell from Solomon’s treehouse. Since then, Solomon has retreated further and further into a world he seems to have created in his own mind. One that insulates him from reality, but crawls with foes and monsters . . . in both animal and human form.

As Solomon slips further into the place he calls Darkside, Ash realizes her only chance to free her best friend from his pain is to recall exactly what happened that day in his backyard and face the truth—together.”

I mean this seems dark an emotional, but also scary and thrilling. Something about it just sounds so intriguing. I don’t know much about the book and the synopsis doesn’t say all that much, but I am so intrigued.

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Spin the Dawn – Elizabeth Lim 

“Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars.”

I mean, what can I say? Magic, fashion, a mulan retelling? This sounds like an absolutely fabulous and fantastic story. I’m so excited for this.

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Me Myself & Him – Chris Tebbetts 

“When Chris Schweitzer takes a hit of whippets and passes out face first on the cement, his nose isn’t the only thing that changes forever. Instead of staying home with his friends for the last summer after high school, he’s shipped off to live with his famous physicist but royal jerk of a father to prove he can “play by the rules” before Dad will pay for college. Or . . . not.

In an alternate time line, Chris’s parents remain blissfully ignorant about the accident, and life at home goes back to normal–until it doesn’t. A new spark between his two best (straight) friends quickly turns Chris into a (gay) third wheel, and even worse, the truth about the whippets incident starts to unravel. As his summer explodes into a million messy pieces, Chris wonders how else things might have gone. Is it possible to be jealous of another version of yourself in an alternate reality that doesn’t even exist?”

Okay, queer alternate reality? I don’t know what else to say. In all honest, this sounds really cool and interesting. It will probably touch on some really interesting and difficult topics but the whole concept sounds really cool.

August

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Pumpkinheads – Rainbow Rowell, Faith Erin Hicks

“Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1. But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.”

This looks like the cutest autumn feels graphic novel. The colours and art style look so pretty and soft and fun! I am excited to pick it up and see what kind of cuteness happiness in this Halloween-centric graphic novel!

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House of Salt and Sorrows – Erin A. Craig 

“Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?”

Spooky sisters living my the sea, ghosts, mysteries, monsters? Anything that put some magic and monsters into a novel with death and curses makes me incredibly excited. I love magic and monsters and this seems like a great mix of dark mystery and magic.

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The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart – R. Zamora Linmark 

“Readers of Adam Silvera (They Both Die at the End) and Elizabeth Acevedo (The Poet X) will pull out the tissues for this tender, quirky story of one seventeen-year-old boy’s journey through first love and first heartbreak, guided by his personal hero, Oscar Wilde.

Words have always been more than enough for Ken Z, but when he meets Ran at the mall food court, everything changes. Beautiful, mysterious Ran opens the door to a number of firsts for Ken: first kiss, first love. But as quickly as he enters Ken’s life, Ran disappears, and Ken Z is left wondering: Why love at all, if this is where it lead”

A queer story about a boy who is guided his hero, an author? I mean, can anything be more appealing to a fellow book worm? Probably not. This just sounds so sweet and a little bit sad. This seems like it is going to be a bittersweet story that I can’t wait for.

September

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Are You Listening? – Tillie Walden 

“Bea is on the run. And then, she runs into Lou.

This chance encounter sends them on a journey through West Texas, where strange things follow them wherever they go. The landscape morphs into an unsettling world, a mysterious cat joins them, and they are haunted by a group of threatening men. To stay safe, Bea and Lou must trust each other as they are driven to confront buried truths. The two women share their stories of loss and heartbreak—and a startling revelation about sexual assault—culminating in an exquisite example of human connection.”

A queer graphic novel with a hint of magic. This will probably be a hard-hitting one, but it looks beautiful and I’m excited for it.

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We Are Lost And Found – Helene Dunbar

“Michael is content to live in the shadow of his best friends, James, an enigmatic teen performance artist who everyone wants and no one can have and Becky, who calls things as she sees them, while doing all she can to protect those she loves. His brother, Connor, has already been kicked out of the house for being gay and laying low seems to be his only chance to avoid the same fate. To pass the time before graduation, Michael hangs out at The Echo where he can dance and forget about his father’s angry words, the pressures of school, and the looming threat of AIDS, a disease that everyone is talking about, but no one understands.

Then he meets Gabriel, a boy who actually sees him. A boy who, unlike seemingly everyone else in New York City, is interested in him and not James. And Michael has to decide what he’s willing to risk to be himself.”

This just sounds adorable and heartwarming and also a bit sad. I can’t wait to read it. I don’t even know what to say about it other than that I’m excited.

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The Infinite Noise – Lauren Shippen

“From Lauren Shippen, the creator of the beloved and award-winning podcast The Bright Sessions, comes the first novel in a series that follows the struggles and discoveries of three teenagers with supernatural abilites who end up on the couch of Dr. Bright, a mysterious therapist who specializes in atypicals.

What if the X-Men, instead of becoming superheroes, decided to spend some time in therapy?”

Okay, but therapy positive YA novel about super human teens and there is queer representation? I am in!

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