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New Release Roundup

Brace yourselves: this month some of this year’s most anticipated YA titles are hitting the shelves.

YA legends Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera join forces to bring you What If It’s Us, a LGBTQ meet-cute rom-com that is sure to have all hearts a-flutter:

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it. Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things. But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them? Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated. Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited. But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third? What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough? What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play? But what if it is? 

 

The sequel to Inky Award-nominated The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is finally here! Mackenzi Lee continues the tales of the Montague siblings with A Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. 

A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.

In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

 

It’s the final Throne of Glass Series book! We can finally rest easy knowing what happens to Aelin and her people!

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever. As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

 

Exciting news for fans of Australian literature and beautiful art (hello, everyone). Shaun Tan‘s latest work hits the shelf this month. It’s a collection of short fiction — illustrated, of course — that looks at our relationship with urban environments. Yes. Please.

Where can we live if not in each other’s shadow?

World-renowned artist Shaun Tan applies his unique imagination to a reflection on the nature of humans and animals, and our urban coexistence. From crocodile to frog, tiger to bee, this is a dark and surreal exploration of the perennial love and destruction we feel and inflict – of how animals can save us, and how our lives are forever entwined, for better or for worse.

Tales from the Inner City is a masterful work, bearing all of Shaun Tan’s trademark wit and poignancy in both its prose and exquisite illustrations.

 

So. Many. Good. Books. Are there any other titles that you are hanging out for? Let me know in the comments!

4 comments

rhapsody

I'm DYING to read What If It's Us, hoping to pick it up at the library on friday!

16th Oct, 18
sylvs

I need to read ALL OF THESE but I have 4 on my currently reading shelf *sobs*

17th Oct, 18
damnedmonkey

Oh god same...

17th Oct, 18
bookwithbane

I LOVE THEM ALL. Becky Albertalli really loves her musicals. 🎶 Oui oui, mon ami, j'mappelle Lafayette🎶. I can't wait for Sarah J. Maas' next book. I've already read Tower of Dawn. Funnily enough, I haven't read many gay relationship books in a while

17th Oct, 18