Fall book releases are magical. They have the ability to make me tremble in my rubber wellies with excitement. I live to get my hands on a new adventure, one a world barely contained by covers. My fingers are all too eager to free it, word by word, one page at a time. This is a list of five September releases I’m looking forward to.
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction Release date: September 12, 2017
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
I want to read WARCROSS for a simple reason: Growing up, it was hard to find Science Fiction novels geared toward teens. It might not end up being my cuppa’ but given how rare it is to find YA SF, I’m going to give it a whirl!
Genre: Horror/Thriller Release date: September 20, 2017
In this spectacular father-son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?
In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is wildly provocative and gloriously absorbing.
Let me be clear. I do not want to read Sleeping Beauties on the basis that Stephen King wrote it. He’s a great writer, sure, but his work can be rather hit or miss for me. I disliked Under The Dome but enjoyed Pet Cemetery because it scared the crap out of me. I like being scared and confused and on edge. It’s twisted, I know.
I want to read this book because the premise is interesting and, let’s face it, the cover calls to me. If it turns out to be a total dud, you’ll be the first to know.
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy Release date: September 26, 2017
Richard Mayhew is a young London businessman with a good heart whose life is changed forever when he stops to help a bleeding girl—an act of kindness that plunges him into a world he never dreamed existed. Slipping through the cracks of reality, Richard lands in Neverwhere—a London of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth. Neverwhere is home to Door, the mysterious girl Richard helped in the London Above. Here in Neverwhere, Door is a powerful noblewoman who has vowed to find the evil agent of her family’s slaughter and thwart the destruction of this strange udddnderworld kingdom. If Richard is ever to return to his former life and home, he must join Lady Door’s quest to save her world—and may well die trying.
Unlike with Stephen King, I WILL read this book simply because it’s Gaiman. I know, I know. It’s hypocritical and unfair but I’m only human. This book has been previously published in 1997 and has already been floating around the world but because 1) I’ve never read it and 2) a new edition is being published in September, it’s high time I add it to my growing Gaiman collection.
Genre: Psychological Thriller Release date: September 5, 2017
Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school.
But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother’s trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.
When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother’s daughter.
After reading Final Girls, I’ve developed a taste for thrillers. Call it the adrenaline junkie in me or a penchant for nightmares but I’m craving a book that’ll make me scream, force me into an uncomfortable corner. I think this could be the one to do that. What do you think?
Genre: Mystery/Suspense Release date: September 26, 2017
A decade ago, Ella Brooke’s older sister, Miranda, vanished without a trace. With every passing year, Ella has come to resemble more closely the sister she lost—the same dark hair, the same piercing blue eyes—and now she’s the same age Miranda was when she disappeared.
Ella has never let go of her sister. She can still feel Miranda’s presence, still hear her voice. She still talks to her. What holds Ella together is her love for her sister’s ten-year-old son and her work as a self-defense expert helping victims.
Ella is certain that Miranda was taken, and that one man is key to her disappearance: Jason Thorne. The tabloids report that a new link has been found connecting Miranda to this sadistic serial killer locked away in a psychiatric hospital. Ignoring warnings from the police and the disapproval of her parents, she seeks Thorne out. Ella will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth—no matter how dangerous…
Like I mentioned above, I have a hankering for psychological thrillers, suspense, horror, and mystery. I want to read books in this genre because I have limited experience with them. My whole childhood was Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings, and Forgotten Realms. It’s time to branch out and ever since reading a thriller a few weeks ago, I’m going to ride this high until I get sick of it.
What did you think of this list? Are there any books you feel shouldn’t be left off? What books are you looking forward to in September? Let me know in the comments below!