Mark Your Calendars is a blog series I created (this is the first one!) where I talk briefly about a few of the book releases that I'm looking forward to. There isn't enough time to list them all, but here are my picks for the month of September.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake [Pre-Order | Add to Goodreads]
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Three Dark Crowns is the first installment in a series that tells the tale of three magical sisters, and the competition that will claim two of their lives and leave the strongest of them queen. But when two of the three are faking their powers and covering their tracks, "the last queen standing may not be the strongest, but she may be the darkest." Now, not only does this synopsis sound like a dark, twisty good time, but I have full faith in Kendare Blake to tell a compelling, spooky story. Her horror novel Anna Dressed In Blood is one of my favorite books ever because of her ability to expertly capture her protagonist's point-of-view (seriously, how does she get Cas' voice so perfectly?), develop robust and complex secondary characters and write a book that has you flipping pages well into the night. When ARC copies of this new book started floating around in May, I devised a plan to get my grubby little hands on one. I failed. It sucked. Which is why I'm SO ready for its release!
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo [Pre-Order | Add to Goodreads]
Release Date: September 27, 2016
I can't really tell you what Crooked Kingdom is about. I haven't read the first book in the duology, Six of Crows, yet. Then why is this on the list? Because I'm still shaking like a fiend over the anticipation of this book dropping. That doesn't make sense, I know. But I've heard so many amazing things about the first book and with all the fan art, gushing and quoting all over social media, I just KNOW I'm going to love it. I've put off diving in myself to finish drafting my own book instead, which based on what others have said seems similar to Six of Crows in a way that was a bit too close for comfort. But at least now I get to binge-read the duology! Seriously though... six morally questionable diverse characters, one impossible heist and Bardugo's beautiful writing? There's no way I won't fall in love.
Nutshell by Ian McEwan [Order | Add to Goodreads]
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Ian McEwan is known for trippy stories that send his readers for a loop. At least to me. So when I read the premise of his new book, I was surprised but not surprised it was his. Nutshell tells the story of a a pregnant women, living in the house she shares with her husband, except scandalously sharing it with her brother-in-law. The scandal as well as the plan devised by this woman and her lover unfolds from the point of view of the unborn child in her womb. What? Who's baby is it? What are these fools planning? How does a fetus tell a story if they don't know English? ALL THESE QUESTIONS I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWERS TO! Hence why I'll be reading this one now that it's already out.
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis [Pre-Order | Add to Goodreads]
Release Date: September 20, 2016
"Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn't feel bad about it."
*Tosses phone aside* Done. That's all I need to hear. When a synopsis starts like that, I just know I'm down. But it gets even better from there. The Female of the Species gives me serious Dexter vibes, telling the story of a girl discovers a taste for violence after avenging her sister's death. Due to this dark streak, she feels she's a danger to those around her so she lies low and tries to not drawn attention. But there are two people who see her anyway and when her dark side comes out to play at a party, it throws their lives into a tail spin. Grrrr...why can't you be out now?!
Had I written this post two weeks ago, Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas would have been on this list without question. But with the recent discussion about diversity on Twitter this weekend and the fact that SJM's books have so little of it as well as the way Queen of Shadows unfolded, I just found that I wasn't as excited for it. I mean, I'm excited to know happen next and I'm sure I'll fangirl all over the place once I get it, but I'm a little frustrated. I don't know, guys.