September is such an exciting month for books! Picking just a handful to highlight was extremely difficult; clearly, we failed – but we’re okay with that. Happy reading!
Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Author: Holly Black
Publisher & Release Date: Little, Brown; September 3
The Hook: After the vampire epidemic has overwhelmed the country, the infected and the turned are quarantined in ColdTowns (now a hit show on YouTube!). Tana wakes up with an epic hangover, an infected boyfriend, a house full of corpses, and a vampire, Her solution: dare the trip to ColdTown in search of a cure, infection be damned. Black’s curse-workers series was amazing, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store in this new world.
Title: The Final Descent (The Monstrumologist #4)
Author: Rick Yancey
Publisher & Release Date: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, September 10
The Hook: I do not read usually read horror. Except for this series, which is set in the 1800s. Will Henry has assisted Dr. Pellinor Walthrop in facing many terrifying monsters and survived gruesome adventures. The two have gradually shifted from distant scientist and orphaned young assistant/dogsbody to a father-son relationship. But now Dr. Walthrop fears Will Henry’s loyalties are shifting and turns on him, leaving Will Henry on his own to face what may be the most fearsome creature yet. The writing, characters and the slow-building horror in these books are amazing and I am so excited to read this final book in the series!
Title: The Waking Dark
Author: Robin Wasserman
Publisher & Release Date: Knopf Books for Young Readers, September 10
The Hook: “They called it the killing day. Twelve people dead, all in the space of a few hours. Five murderers: neighbors, relatives, friends. All of them so normal. All of them seemingly harmless. All of them now dead by their own hand…except one. And that one has no answers to offer the shattered town. She doesn’t even know why she killed – or whether she’ll do it again. Something is waking in the sleepy town of Oleander, Kansas – something dark and hungry that lives in the flat earth and the open sky, in the vengeful hearts of upstanding citizens. As the town begins its descent into blood and madness, five survivors of the killing day are the only ones who can stop Oleander from destroying itself.”
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher & Release Date: St. Martin’s Griffin, September 10
The Hook: Cath is starting her first year of college without the the constant presence and support of her twin, Wren. Struggling with anxiety and compulsion, she escapes into the fan fiction she writes about a Harry-Potter-like character. In her digital world, she is confident and popular. When the real world comes knocking, though, Cath will have to decide what is most important to her. Anything Rainbow Rowell writes is gold, and I can’t wait for this latest release!
Title: The Chaos of Stars
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher & Release Date: Harper Teen, September 10
The Hook: “Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you’re the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she’s only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there’s no such thing as a clean break from family.”
Title: Killer of Enemies
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Publisher & Release Date: Tu Books, September 17
The Hook: “In the barren desert of the Southwest, 16-year-old Lozen must fight the monsters – human and animal – that threaten her family in this post-apocalyptic retelling of the Apache Killer-of-Enemies legend.” (For a really interesting look at the behind-the-scenes of the cover design, check out Lee and Low’s blog.)
Title: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher & Release Date: Scholastic, September 17
The Hook: The sequel to “Raven Boys”, “The Dream Thieves” promises more magic, more peril, and more troubled prep school boys searching for a dead Welsh king. What’s not to love?
Title: Chasing Shadows
Author: Swati Avasthi, illustrated by Craig Phillips
Publisher & Release Date: Knopf Books for Young Readers, September 24
The Hook: Corey, Holly and Savitri are a tight-knit trio of freerunners, turning Chicago into their personal jungle gym. Then Corey is killed – victim of a random act of violence. “Holly and Savitri are coming unglued. Holly says she’s chasing Corey’s killer, chasing revenge. Savitri fears Holly’s just running wild-and leaving her behind. Friends should stand by each other in times of crisis. But can you hold on too tight? Too long?” Avasthi’s fantastic first book, Split, was a hard and thought-provoking story that explored abuse within a family, and the ties that makes and the ties that breaks, so I’m interested to read her next book.
Title: Untold (Lynburn Legacy #2)
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher & Release Date: Random House Books for Young Readers, September 24
The Hook: In Unspoken, Kami and her imaginary friend Jared met and discovered someone knowing all your secrets is not the most comfortable thing in the world, a team of intrepid teen investigators discovered a sorcerous plot, and a sleepy village’s secrets began to come to light. In the second book, people are choosing sides, and readers are no doubt in for more excitement, tension and heartbreak. Yay!
Title: Slimed! An Oral History of Nickolodeon’s Golden Age
Author: Matthew Klickstein
Publisher & Release Date: Plume, September 24
The Hook: Frankly, I was in when I saw the title.