September is going to be a very exciting month for new books! Especially books that I learned about through Netgalley but couldn't get my hands on there.
First, foremost, and up front, we have Rose Under Fire, by Elizabeth Wein, a companion book to the absolutely lovely Code Name Verity. It's another story of a woman pilot in World War II, with, I gather, some more being captured by the Germans in there. Verity was so different, so wonderful--still able to bring tears to my eyes when I think of that one line that Verity shouts at the end--I'm not going to be able to wait a minute for this one. This is one I'll buy when it hits the market, immediately.
Usually, Netgalley won't give you any preview of the book--you're going in blind. For All Our Yesterdays, by Cristin Terrill, though, they gave us a teaser of about 30 pages. Which I read. Which was AWESOME. And now, even though they didn't give me a galley, I want to read the darned book so bad--so bad! I'm not sure what's going on--there's time travel and a prison and a lot of death defying. It's time travel where you can change the future, I guess, or something--I'm sort of reminded of Ruby Red only much less teen angst and more trapped in prison and might die at any moment angst, which is in my opinion better angst.
Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell. I've told you what I think of the Rainbow Rowell books that I've already read, and I cannot wait to read this one. I have no idea what it's about (besides the basic idea of the story that's implied in the title), but Rowell's ability to charm me is pretty well proven by now, and her ability to put some meat on those bones is also well established. And if, yeah, there was a creepy element to Attachments, the fact that the book was so charming AROUND that element speaks volumes to me.
After Impossible, which took the strange and supernatural and made it warm and practical, comes Unthinkable, by Nancy Werlin. This is a sequel, but promises to be very different, as it takes place in the land of faerie and the title character is the enchanted several-greats-grandmother of the previous book's heroine. I won't say I love every Nancy Werlin book, but she does things differently, and I can't wait to see what she's going to do here.
From Gene Luen Yang, author of the excellent American Born Chinese (which, how did I not review that?) come Boxers and Saints, two graphic novels about the Boxer Rebellion. I don't know nearly enough about this part of history, and the structure intrigues me. Both books tell the stories of Chinese youth caught up in the Boxer Rebellion; one is a converted Christian, the other has joined the rebels. I love the idea of the author taking on both sides of the story like this; it's so easy, when we look at a conflict like this from the distance of time and neutrality, to feel like everyone should just get along, and I can't wait to see what he does with the fear and turmoil that are involved in living through an event like this.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, by Holly Black. I know nearly nothing about this one, except what one of my Goodreads friends said: "Keep hearing that vampires are over but this is how they should have been done all along." Must read now.
And guys, that's just September! In fact, that's pretty much all September 10! I CANNOT WAIT. I will not get into what's coming in October (at least until a future post).
I do think it's interesting that almost every one of these (except the Yang) is something I wanted from Netgalley but didn't get, presumably mostly because of my small (but dedicated! and brilliant!) readership. All I'm saying is that if nothing else, Netgalley is an effective way to market books to me. Well played, Netgalley, well played.
Lots of wonderful things coming up! I didn't know Nancy Werlin had a new book coming out--like you, I haven't loved all of her books. But she does have quite a knack for creepiness and new takes on old stories.
I tried to get Boxers and Saints on NetGalley and was rejected. Sigh. Really looking forward to reading those, though! Also, I really need to get Code Name Verity! And I am next in line for the audiobook of Rowell's Eleanor and Park, so that is exciting!
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