Wasn’t planning on posting today but decided to treat myself to some down-time with listening to some BTS bops while blogging and re-doing my TTT banner! Been a tad stressed and more than a bit busy recently: I just had a job interview this morning, re-submitted my application for Outreach Officer (in the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology) following two other committee applications to other groups, a week-long digital portrait course (the fruit of which I’ll share this Friday!) and an Archaeological Illustration course. Whew!
Well, without further ado, let’s move on to the actual TTT…
Today’s topic: Fall/Autumn TBR
(aka basically my entire NetGalley shelf lmao)
‘How It All Blew Up’ by Arvin Ahmadi (out today!)
Eighteen-year-old Amir always knew coming out to his Muslim family would be messy. He just didn’t think it would end in an airport interrogation room. But when faced with a failed relationship, bullies, and blackmail, running away to Rome is his only option. Right?
Soon, late nights with new friends and dates in the Sistine Chapel start to feel like second nature… until his old life comes knocking on his door. Now, Amir has to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth to a U.S. Customs officer, or risk losing his hard-won freedom.
‘Loud Black Girls’ (eds. Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené)
The authors of Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible, Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené, ask black British female writers to focus on what happens next? What does the future hold in the uncertain post-Brexit world of Donald Trump and the rise of the far right, where there is also more opportunity for black woman to thrive than there has ever been before?
Despite young black women reading more than any other ethnic group in the UK, they are still largely invisible as published authors. Loud Black Girls seeks to change that by giving black women a voice and a platform. Readers can expect frank, funny and fearless contributions about what matters to black women today, from a range of prominent voices. Out 1 Oct!
‘Legendborn’ by Tracy Deonn
After her mother’s death, sixteen-year-old Bree wants nothing to do with her childhood home. She escapes to a residential program at UNC–Chapel Hill – and witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.
After a mysterious teenage mage fails to wipe Bree’s memory, Bree’s own magic is unlocked, as well as a buried memory: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Bree will do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn – descendants of King Arthur’s knights – as one of their initiates. Out 1 Oct!
‘Forget This Ever Happened’ by Cassandra Rose Clarke (my stop on the TBR & Beyond Tour is on 10 Oct!)
Summer, 1993. Claire has been dumped in rural Indianola to spend her whole vacation taking care of mean, sickly Grammy. There’s nothing too remarkable about Indianola.
Well, there is one remarkable thing, she discovers. But if you leave Indianola, you forget about it…and if you stay, you have to live with it every day.
Nothing is as it seems. And unless Claire can figure out this town, she might never leave. Out 6 Oct!
‘The Winter Duke’ by Claire Eliza Bartlett
When Ekata’s brother is finally named heir, there will be nothing to keep her at home in Kylma Above, not even Kylma Below, the underwater kingdom that provides her family with magic.. But just as escape is within reach, Ekata’s murderous family falls under a strange sleeping sickness.
Ekata inherits the title of duke, her brother’s warrior bride, and ever-encroaching challengers. Nothing has prepared Ekata for diplomacy, for war, for love…or for a crown she has never wanted. If Kylma Above is to survive, Ekata must seize her family’s power. And if Ekata is to survive, she must decide how she will wield it. Out 13 Oct!
‘These Violent Delights’ by Chloe Gong
1926, Shanghai. A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red. Eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper, has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the criminal Scarlet Gang. Their only rivals are the White Flowers and their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.
But when people start to whisper of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must work together. If they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule. Out 1 Nov!
‘Master of One’ by Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett (my TBR & Beyond Tour stop is on 7 Nov!)
Rags is a thief—an excellent one. He’s stolen into nobles’ coffers, picked soldier’s pockets, and even liberated a ring or two off the fingers of passersby. Until he’s caught by the Queensguard and forced to find an ancient fae relic for a sadistic royal sorcerer.
But Rags could never have guessed this “relic” would actually be a fae himself—a distractingly handsome, annoyingly perfect, ancient fae prince called Shining Talon. Good thing Rags can think on his toes, because things just get stranger from there… Out 10 Nov!
‘Girl, Boy, Sea’ by Chris Vick
Bill, a young British boy, narrowly survives the sinking of his yacht in a storm. After many days alone at sea he rescues another survivor, Aya, whose migrant ship was destroyed. Through endless days, she recounts the tales of Shahrazad of the Arabian Nights. As hope of rescue begins to fade, from Aya’s tales they find the strength to stay alive.
When they land on a desert island they’re confronted by a strange young man who is not what he seems… and back out on the waves once more in the dark deep, a shadow follows and waits…
(Technically this is on my ‘currently-reading’ Goodreads shelf but I think I need to re-start it! It keeps getting superseded by NetGalley books that have impending review deadlines…)
‘Call Down the Hawk’ (‘Dreamer Trilogy’, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.
Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.
Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer…and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed.
I’ve postponed this hold on my library’s Overdrive so many times it’s literally nauseating. I’m so busy I can hardly keep up with NetGalley and GAAAAAAH I want to read this so badly!
‘More Happy Than Not’ by Adam Silvera
Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy leaves him reeling. He’s slowly remembering what happiness might feel like this summer with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, but it’s his new best friend, Thomas, who really gets Aaron to open up about his past and confront his future.
As Thomas and Aaron get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself that threaten to shatter his newfound contentment. A revolutionary memory-alteration procedure, courtesy of the Leteo Institute, might be the way to straighten himself out. But what if it means forgetting who he truly is?
This is a library book I’ve had all through lockdown and still need to read! (Oops…)