Firstly sorry that this post is so late – I took a much longer break from blogging than I originally expected to. As a result I’m going to be posting both August’s and September’s Anticipated Releases posts today but I’ll try to space the others out and catch up with them a little more gradually. I’ll also include a rough idea of exactly what these catch up includes within the September post in a moment.
August’s list struck me as a little unusual at first. There were still plenty of books that I was desperate to read on it – House Of Salt And Sorrows in particular – but it was actually the first time that thrillers had made it into my top five. I thoroughly enjoy reading thrillers so this isn’t exactly unexpected; it’s just slightly surprising as in previous months I’ve always had YA books that I’ve been waiting for most desperately. This list also seems to have more Middle Grade books than usual but anyway let’s just get on with this list now:
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.
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?
When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.
Nell Martin is moving again, this time to the Winslow Grand Hotel, built in 1878. As Nell is settling in, strange things begin to happen. Doors lock of their own accord, writing appears on bathroom walls–and most horrifying of all–visions of a dead boy permeate her waking life. Thinking it was her mind playing tricks on her, she soon finds the past and the present colliding as she learns horrific details of a murder that happened at the hotel in 1905 involving a girl named Lea.
Nell and a mysterious bellboy must relive that day in hopes of finally breaking a curse that imprisons them both. And Nell discovers what truly links her to the history of the Winslow Grand Hotel.
Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative start-ups. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss.
She is a miracle of science.
But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband’s motives–and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what really happened to Abbie half a decade ago
Beware the man who calls you . . .
THE PERFECT WIFE
Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Shy in Avon-upon-Kynt. And for eighteen years, Emmaline Watkins has feared that her future held just that: nothing.
But when the head of the most admired fashion house in the country opens her prestigious design competition to girls from outside the stylish capital city, Emmy’s dreams seem closer than they ever have before.
As the first “country girl” to compete, Emmy knows she’ll encounter extra hurdles on her way to the top. But as she navigates the twisted world of high fashion she starts to wonder: will she be able to tailor herself to fit into this dark, corrupted race? And at what cost?
When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.
What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.
Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.
It was everything.
She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.
♥ The Demon World by Sally Green
♡ Vow of Thieves by Mary Pearson
♥ Containment by Caryn Lix
♡ Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning
♥ The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang
♡ D.O.G.S by M.A. Bennett
♥ Crossfire by Malorie Blackman
♡ Curse Breaker by Audrey Grey
♥ Of Ice And Shadows by Audrey Coulthurst
♡ Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd
♥ These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch
♡ Rage by Cora Carmack
♥ Wild Savage Stars by Kristina Pérez
♡ From The Grave by Kresley Cole
Other August Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:
♥ All The Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
♡ Ever Alice by H. J. Ramsay
♥ Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry
♡ The Birthday Girl by Melissa de la Cruz
♥ Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé
♡ The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner
♥ The Gossamer Mage by Julie E. Czerneda
♡ Beasts Of The Frozen Sun by Jill Criswell
♥ Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood
♡ The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
♥ Color Me In by Natasha Diaz
♡ Crown Of Sunlight by Payton Taylor
♥ The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon
♡ Crown Of Coral And Pearl by Mara Rutherford
♥ Spinner Of Dreams by K. A. Reynolds
So once again there are a hell of a lot of sequels out this month. Yet, unsuprisingly, I still need to read most of the previous installments in those series too. A lot of these are incredibly high priority on my TBR though so hopefully I’ll get to them soon. Fingers crossed. I’m determined that by the end of the year I’ll have caught up considerably on previous installments of the series that I’m excited for.
are were (as this is now a month late) your most anticipated August releases? Have you read any of them yet; if so which would you most recommend? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.