Friday, 31 August 2012

September 2012 - UK Book Releases

September  is upon us and with a new month comes new books! Here are my highlights of the ones releasing on the next thirty days:


How could I forget?!?! J. K. Rowling first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, also releases this month. I'm sorry I forgot to mention it on the original post. *_*

"When Barry Fairweather dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?" 

The Peculiar (published by Harper Collins) is the handy work of 18 year-old musical prodigy Stefan Bachmann, who is also annoyingly good with words! He wrote this little gem while studying music in Zurich at the tender age of 16. Honestly! All this talented people!!! Out September 18th. I will be reading this soon, so watch out for a review.

"THE GRAVEYARD BOOK meets JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL in this gothic steampunk page-turner for readers of all ages.

Bartholomew Kettle won't live long. Changelings never do. The child of a human mother and a faery father, Bartholomew is a secret, despised by both his races. If the English don't hang him for witchcraft, the faerys will do something worse. So his mother keeps him locked away, hidden from the world in the faery slums of Bath.

But one day Bartholomew witnesses a mysterious lady kidnap another changeling through a shadowy portal, and he realizes the danger is closer than ever before. Changelings are surfacing in the rivers, their bodies empty of blood and bone and their skin covered in red markings. A powerful figure sits in the shadows, pushing the pieces in place for some terrible victory. When a sinister faery in a top-hat begins to stalk Bartholomew's steps, he knows it's his turn. Something is coming for him. Something needs him. But when you're a changeling there's no where to run.." (Goodreads)

Firelight Series Original Covers
Vanish by Sophie Jordan (published by OUP) is the second book in the Firelight series and it continues the story of Jacinda and her fight for the freedom to love. I'm currently reading the manuscript for this, so watch this space for a review.

"I remember Will’s promise: ‘It’s not over. I’ll find you . . .' Then it dawns on me. He won’t know what happened. He’ll just think I left. Vanished.

Jacinda did the unthinkable for love: she betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Exposed for what she really is, she must return to her fellow draki knowing she might never see Will again. But Jacinda can’t forget what she’s left behind. So when the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything?

The hunter and the hunted have fallen in love but how can Will and Jacinda ever be together?  Find out in this sizzling sequel to the sensational Firelight" 

Firelight Series OUP Covers
Firelight itself, the first novel in the series, also gains a new cover. Read my review of this book here.

"When Jacinda meets Will, she knows she should avoid him at all costs.  She is a draki - a descendant of dragons with the power to shift into dragon form. He is a draki hunter, who could destroy her if he ever finds out the truth. But Will stirs something deep within Jacinda and she can’t resist getting closer to him. Even if it means risking the draki’s most closely-guarded secret - and her life."

Carnival of Souls (by Harper Collins) is the new novel by Melissa Marr, one of my favourite writers. Due for release September 4th. You can read my review of Darkest Mercy, part of the Wicked Lovely series, here. 

"Enter the Carnival… In a city of daimons, strict class lines control every aspect of life. At the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls where, once in a generation, anyone can fight for their chance to join the elite.  

Kaleb is of the lowest caste; Aya is ruling caste – but female. They both face bleak futures and, for each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live. Mallory lives in the human world and knows little of The City, beyond the threat it poses her and her family. But soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls…

Combining Melissa Marr’s extraordinary world-building, breathtaking action, secrets, love and the struggle to forge one’s own destiny, Carnival of Souls will blow your mind and win your heart."

For all Sci-Fi fans... Torchwood: Exodus Code (published by Random House) is the new book in the famous series. Written by the star of the series himself, John Barrowman, and his sister Carole. Out September 13th. 

"It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. Women being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. And the world is starting to notice - the number one Twitter trend is #realfemmefatales. Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there's not much of Torchwood left.

Captain Jack Harkness has tracked the problem to its soucrce: a village in Peru, where he's uncovered evidence of alien involvement. In Cardiff, Gwen Cooper has discovered something alien and somehow connected to Jack. If the world is to be restored, she has to warn him - but she's quickly becoming a victim of the madness too..."

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman (by OUP) sounds most intriguing and I looove the cover!

"Elizabeth’s new job is very unusual. The building where she works might not look very interesting but behind this ordinary Manhattan façade lurks a very special place indeed. Because here you can borrow anything your heart desires . . .

And in the basement is something so special, so secret, that Elizabeth can’t believe her eyes. The Grimm Collection. Powerful and mysterious items that must be kept safe and can’t be lent out to just anyone. So when these objects start disappearing Elizabeth must investigate. But who can she trust? One way or another she has to find out who is stealing from the Grimm Collection . . . and for what dark purpose." 

What's Left of Me (Harper Collins) is the debut novel of Kat Zhang. Out September 27th. 

"Imagine that you have two minds, sharing one body. You and your other self are closer than twins, better than friends. You have known each other forever. 

Then imagine that people like you are hated and feared. That the government want to hunt you down and tear out your second soul, separating you from the person you love most in the world. 

Now meet Eva and Addie. 

They don't have to imagine."


Dr Who: The Dalek Project by Justin Richards and Mike Collins (by Random House) for all the fans out there. Released on September 6th. 

"1917. It's the height of the Great War and Hellcombe Hall is a house full of mystery: locked doors, forbidden rooms, dustsheets covering guilty secrets and ghostly noises frightening the servants. Most mysterious of all, the drawing room seems to open directly onto a muddy, corpse-filled trench on the Western Front...

Arriving at the stately home, the Doctor meets Lord Hellcombe, an armaments manufacturer who has a new secret weapon he believes will win the war: he calls it 'the Dalek'. Soon, the Doctor and his new friends are in a race against time to prevent the entire Western Front from becoming part of the Dalek Project!"


Idiomantics by Phillip Gooden and Peter Lewis (published by Bloomsbury) has a closer look at the weird world of popular phrases. 

"Idioms are peculiar both in the sense of being particular or unique to the culture from which they originate, and in the sense of being downright odd. To cite three random examples - from American English, Dutch and Italian - what on Earth are a 'snow job', a 'monkey sandwich story', and 'Mr Punch's secret'? 

Fascinating and illuminating, Idiomantics explains all... this playful book looks at idioms around the world, looking at subjects such as fun and games, gastronomic delights and the daily grind."


The classic tale The Wind in the Willows, written by Kenneth Grahame and illustrated here by David Robert, gains a gorgeous gift edition (OUP).

Take your pick and enjoy September! 

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