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Top 5 August 2015 Releases I’m Looking Forward To

I’ve gone back and forth about deciding to do a series where I post the releases I’m looking forward to. It was a lot of work and finding the information was a bitch but I did it! Woo! That counts for something. Oddly I found more stuff for October and September but a lot of things released for August seem to be sequels to things I haven’t read. Let’s dive in shall we!

#5 Air Awakens by Elise Kova

air awakens

Expected Publication: August 27th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.


Landing number five just because it’s slightly out of my comfort zone and the second paragraph is written so awkwardly it physically makes me cringe, is Air Awakens. I like the premise well enough and I think it could be a really good read. I just hope the that second paragraph wording doesn’t make an appearance in the novel anywhere. :/

#4 The Veil by Chloe Neill

the veil

Expected Publication: August 4th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…


This one really caught my eye. I haven’t seen anything similar to this concept regarding magic and I’m really excited to see how Neill fleshes it out.

#3 The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy

the creeping

Expected Publication: August 18th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again.

Now Stella is seventeen, and she’s over it. She’s the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it’s her small town’s ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She’s got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her.

Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work.

And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.


So far I’m not sure the title matches the book well based on the description. I wasn’t going to really look at this book because the title didn’t really get me. It reminds me of gross horror movies from the 80s, and the description definitely does not. Which is why I’m pretty excited for it, the description gives me high hopes, I just hope they aren’t in vain.

#2 Dead Upon a Time by Elizabeth Paulson

dead upon a time

Expected Publication: August 25th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

It’s a fairy-tale nightmare . . .

One girl is kept in a room where every day the only food she’s given is a poisoned apple. Another is kept in a room covered in needles — and if she pricks her finger, she’ll die. Then there are the brother and sister kept in a cell that keeps getting hotter and hotter. . .

A sinister kidnapper is on the loose in Kate’s world. She’s not involved until one day she heads to her grandmother’s house in the woods — and finds her grandmother has also been taken. Already an outcast, Kate can’t get any help from the villagers who hate her. Only Jack, another outsider, will listen to what’s happened.

Then a princess is taken, and suddenly the king is paying attention — even though the girl’s stepmother would rather he didn’t. It’s up to Kate and Jack to track down the victims before an ever after arrives that’s far from happy.


You don’t have to be on my blog long to realize I have a major weakness for fairytale retellings. I have mixed feelings about Dead Upon a Time. I really love the concept and obvious the fairytale thing is well, my thing. But this description leaves a lot to be desired to be honest. This novel is number 2 mostly because I really love the concept. I’m just hoping it’s executed well.

#1 Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell


Expected Publication: August 25th

Summary (Via Goodreads):

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

Surprise! Another fairytale retelling. Have I mentioned my weakness? Which is why Mechanica is number 1 on my list. It sounds a little too close to Cinder but I’m hoping the description doesn’t do it justice.