There are a ton of books coming out today! Here are just a few:
Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare
Young adult | Fantasy
This is the much-anticipated final novel in the Dark Artifices trilogy. The very survival of the Shadowhunters is threatened, and Emma and Julien try to save their world.
Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton
This novel is made up of six interconnected short stories that focus on humanity’s desire for perfection and how far we’ll go to achieve it. This is one of the books I’m most looking forward to this week.
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
Fiction | Magical Realism
Taking place in an ancient inn on midwinter’s night, a man walks in with a dead girl in his arms. A few hours later, the girl comes back to life. The people of the village try to figure out why the girl came back, but as they ask more questions the mystery grows.
For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
Mystery | Short Stories | Retellings
I’ve always been a big Sherlock Holmes fan (and no, not because of the television show starring Benedict Cumberbatch), and I also adore retellings. I cannot wait to get my hands on this collection of short stories about the world’s greatest detective.
The Man Who Would Be Sherlock: The Real-Life Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle by Christopher Sandford
Biography | History
See above for everything I said about my love of Sherlock Holmes, and you’ll see why I’m excited about this one. Christopher Sandford examines Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s real life and his influences on real-life mysteries.
King of the Road by R.S. Belcher
Science Fiction | Supernatural
This novel is set in R. S. Belcher’s Nightwise universe, which I should admit I haven’t heard of before today, but the book sounds like something I’d enjoy.
The Brotherhood of the Wheel explores haunted locations along the U.S. Interstate system. This Brotherhood protects people from supernatural monsters.
I’m sure I’m not the only person getting strong Supernatural vibes from that description.
The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson
Fiction | Romance
Charlotte Gorman is an elementary school librarian, while her twin sister, Ginny, is a beauty pageant contestant. When Ginny has a horrible allergic reaction the night before one of her pageants, Charlotte is talked into posing as Ginny. This story is about stepping out your comfort zone.
Hearts of the Missing by Carol Potenza
Mystery | Thriller
In this mystery novel, a young woman linked to a list of missing Fire-Sky tribal members commits suicide, and a detective named Nicky Matthews is assigned to the case. She discovers that within the Fire-Sky tribe victims are chosen and murdered because of their genetic makeup. It goes so much farther than just death, however.
Strange Days by Constantine Singer
Science Fiction | Young Adult
Alex Mata is a teenager that comes home one day to find that his parents have been murdered by an alien. Alex then finds himself on the run, until he teams up with Jeffrey Sabazios, a tech guru who believes that aliens are coming. Jeffrey convinces Alex to become a “Witness,” which means he’s gifted with an ability that allows him to travel through time. With his new power, Alex is forced to make the choice to save the people he loves or save the entire world.
North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farah
Written by one of Somalia’s most famous writers, this novel follows a couple whose son kills himself in a suicide attack, and their daughter-in-law and teenage grandchildren come to live with them in Oslo. It’s a difficult transition for everyone and even has life-altering consequences.
Radiant Shimmering Light by Sarah Selecky
Fiction | Humor
This satire examines “the blurred lines between empowerment, spirituality, and consumerism in our online lives.” Our main character is Lilian Quick, a 40-year-old single woman whose estranged cousin is the internet-famous influencer of a massive empowerment brand. They reconnect, and Lilian enrolls in her cousin’s expensive seminar on leadership, spiritual awakening, and marketing. The book asks us how “we recognize authenticity when storytelling and magic have been co-opted by marketing.” I can’t wait to read this one.
How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning by George Lakey
Non-Fiction | Current Events
Starting with the civil rights movement in the 1960s, George Lakey has a ton of experience in nonviolent political campaigns. His latest book is a guide for starting political campaigns that are non-violent in today’s climate, and it’s incredibly comprehensive.
Revolution Sunday by Wendy Guerra
Taking place in Cuba, this is the first book by Wendy Guerra to be translated into English. Cleo travels to Spain to receive an award, and she becomes a target of suspicion. The Cuban government starts to spy on her, and she eventually discovers that her family may have some secrets.
The Mansion by Ezekiel Boone
Horror | Science Fiction
Years ago, Billy and Shawn worked on a new computer together called Eagle Logic. They should have been able to celebrate their accomplishments together, but Billy left with Shawn’s girlfriend at the time, and Shawn took over the company. Years later, while Shawn is living a life of success and luxury, Billy is dealing with failure and poverty. Shawn decides to restart an old project called Nellie that can control entire houses. There’s something nefarious about Nellie, however, and Shawn gets Billy’s help to figure out what’s happening.