Now that September hooplas are over and October has officially begun for a while, Lupe and I would like to present a fabulously new feature: Fangirl Friday!
Fangirl Friday is by no means an original name. We’re just not that great with names. But… Fangirl Friday is a weekly feature (with the occasional interruption by a blog tour) sharing the latest book-related news ranging from the newest book releases to the latest book-to-screen news, and maybe just anything we find worth fangirling about. It’s a feature currently under development between Lupe and me, but most posts are written by Lupe.
In this edition of Fangirl Friday (in which I totally “fought” Lupe for), we’re presenting to you books releasing throughout this month, three movie trailers, and a fashionably late cover reveal for Holly Schindler’s newest book, Spark! *drum roll*
This Month’s Releases
Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Francis Brambles
Publication Date: October 1
Like everyone else living in Haven, seventeen-year-old Sophie Harkness is an Immune–a carrier of the genetic mutation that protects her from the virus Hitler unleashed upon the world more than half a century ago. A virus that wiped out most of humanity and turned two-hundred million people into vamps. But after her best friend is brutally murdered and several attempts are made on her own life, Sophie becomes determined to find answers to what seems to be a conspiracy running generations deep. And when she questions the peace treaty that keeps her small community protected, Sophie begins to discover terrible truths about herself and what it means to be human in a world ruled by darkness.
Lindsay Brambles’ debut young adult novel is a story of an alternate universe: Hitler won the war, our modern technologies never evolved, and the Nazis’ terrifying reign still continues. This fast-paced novel will appeal to readers who guzzle up genre mashups and are looking for a fresh hybrid to sweep them away.
Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
Publication Date: October 6
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: October 6
Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller Fangirl.
Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.
Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.
Publication Date: October 13
The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Publication Date: October 13
From New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu comes the second book in the exhilarating Young Elites series.
Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.
Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.
But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?
Publication Date: October 20
The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa
Publication Date: October 27
The Iron Prince—my nephew—betrayed us all.
He killed me.
Then, I woke up.
Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind’s glimpse of the world of Faery lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the tremendous power of the Forgotten Queen. Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter—a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever.
Leading the Lady’s Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan’s nephew, and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase.To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten. In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan’s enemies must become his allies, and the world of the fey will be changed forevermore
Movie Trailers and News
September was the month of trailers for movies formed from popular books. Here’s a sneak peek from Mockingjay Part 2 (of course, there might be another trailer out by now):
Allegiant Part 1 has a trailer! A teaser trailer, but a trailer nonetheless. There’s also plans that they’re changing Allegiant Part 2 to Ascendant?
Throne of Glass is becoming… A TV SHOW. I’ve yet to actually read the book, but I assure you, I have a copy already. Now I just need to find the time to read it, and I feel indifferent, hope that no one will kill me. If that’s the case, you’ll have to line up behind Lupe, Ella, and other people.
EDIT: Shadowhunters, based of The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare, has released sneak peeks of the TV Show Premiering in 2016! So far, three have been released. Lupe has plans to have recap posts. Currently in the works. This is when I might be teaching her the show and hide button (or rather, giving her an HTML text document).
Finally, THE FIFTH WAVE. In case you missed it early in September, you can view Lupe’s thoughts on the trailer HERE. Meanwhile…
Valerie Tejeda revealed the newest cover to her novel, Hollywood Witch Hunter.
From the moment she first learned the truth about witches…she knew she was born to fight them.
Now, at sixteen, Iris is the lone girl on the Witch Hunters Special Ops Team.
But when Iris meets a boy named Arlo, he might just be the key to preventing an evil uprising in Southern California.
Together they’re ready to protect the human race at all costs. Because that’s what witch hunters do.
Welcome to Hollywood.
The cover to Renée Ahdieh’s The Rose and the Dagger, sequel to The Wrath and the Dawn, recently got revealed. In all honesty, it might be my favorite out of the three here (of course, all three are really pretty and appealing).
The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”
I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.
While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.
Holly Schinder, author of Feral, reveals the cover to her newest book, Spark, publishing on May 17, 2016 by HarperTeen.
When the right hearts come to the Avery Theater—at the right time—the magic will return. The Avery will come back from the dead.
Or so Quin’s great-grandmother predicted many years ago on Verona, Missouri’s most tragic night, when Nick and Emma, two star-crossed teenage lovers, died on the stage. It was the night that the Avery’s marquee lights went out forever.
It sounds like urban legend, but one that high school senior Quin is now starting to believe, especially when her best friend, Cass, and their classmate Dylan step onto the stage and sparks fly. It seems that magic can still unfold at the old Avery Theater and a happier ending can still be had—one that will align the stars and revive not only the decrepit theater, but also the decaying town. However, it hinges on one thing—that Quin gets the story right this time around.
Holly Schindler brings the magic of the theater to life in this tale of family ties, fate, love, and one girl’s quest to rewrite history.