I thought I’d share some of the books I’m planning to add to my shelves during August.
Top of my must buy list for next month is The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory. I absolutely loved the first book in the trilogy, The White Queen which came out last summer and can’t wait to get my hands on this. I haven’t read anything historical for a while so it will make a nice change. It’s released on 19th August and the synopsis is:
The second book in Philippa’s stunning new trilogy, The Cousins War, brings to life the story of Margaret Beaufort, a shadowy and mysterious character in the first book of the series – The White Queen – but who now takes centre stage in the bitter struggle of The War of the Roses.
The Red Queen tells the story of the child-bride of Edmund Tudor, who, although widowed in her early teens, uses her determination of character and wily plotting to infiltrate the house of York under the guise of loyal friend and servant, undermine the support for Richard III and ultimately ensure that her only son, Henry Tudor, triumphs as King of England. Through collaboration with the dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret agrees a betrothal between Henry and Elizabeth’s daughter, thereby uniting the families and resolving the Cousins War once and for all by founding of the Tudor dynasty.
Famous Last Words by Annie Sanders
I read The Xmas Factor by Annie Sanders (actually two authors Annie Ashworth and Meg Sanders) last Christmas and have been looking forward to reading more by them. Their latest book sounds fab and is out on 19th August.
Lucy spends her days beavering away at her sewing machine, making divine, flamboyant clothes that express all the passion and flair that she cannot, and at night she sits alone with her latest creations, fretting over her struggling business. Her life is one of unfulfilled ambitions and missed opportunities. Then one evening Lucy meets the beautiful, fey and enigmatic Micah, who has an uncanny knack for foretelling fortunes, and manages to convince even the cynical Lucy. So when Micah tells her that her future isn’t looking too rosy – in fact she doesn’t have one – Lucy embarks on a spree of ‘what the hell and why not’. She faces her demons, confronts those that have annoyed her, and takes risks for the first time in her life, convinced that the accident he predicts will befall her. When the day of her prophesied demise comes – and goes – Lucy storms round to challenge Micah, who sheepishly admits he must have got it wrong this time. The appalled and angry Lucy has a hell of a mess to put right now, and demands that Micah help her do some damage control. So begins an edge-of-the-seat, race-against-time to repair Lucy’s reckless actions. But halfway through Lucy asks herself if everything is worth mending? Has she inadvertently improved her life just as she thought it was about to end? And why is Micah so reluctant to help her untangle her biggest gaffe of all?
I read and really enjoyed Sarah Addison Allen’s first book Garden Spells and have her second, The Sugar Queen on my ‘to read’ pile. I love the magical element to her books and have read lots of excellent reviews of her new release which is out next week on 5th August.
Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother`s life. But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew, she realises that mysteries aren`t solved in Mullaby, they`re a way of life. Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor, Julia Winterson, bakes hope in the form of cakes, offering them to satisfy the town`s sweet tooth – but also in the hope of rekindling a love she fears might be lost forever. Can a humminbird cake really bring back a lost love? Is there really a ghost dancing in Emily`s backyard? The answers are never what you expect. But in this town of lovable misfits, the unexpected fits right in.
Strictly speaking, this isn’t a new release as it came out in hardback last summer but Atom are releasing it in papaerback with a new cover design on 5th August together with the next book in the series Guardian of the Gate.
Without the Keys, something terrible will happen. Something that cannot be undone. And with them, I might bring an end to the riddle of the Prophecy and my strange part in it. If Alice and I are on conflicting sides of the Prophecy, the Keys would be dangerous in her hands. Which means I have to find them. And I have to do it before my sister. This is the story of sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe’s quest to discover her role and her twin sister’s in a powerful prophecy that has affected twin sisters for generations. But nothing can prepare her for what she discovers – about herself, about her family, and about the danger that goes from haunting her dreams to becoming her reality.
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
I’ve heard a lot of good things about this one but I wasn’t sure it was really my thing until I read the extract over on the Penguin site. Now I just have to decide which cover to go for!
John Smith is not your average teenager. He regularly moves from small town to small town. He changes his name and identity. He does not put down roots. He cannot tell anyone who or what he really is. If he stops moving those who hunt him will find and kill him. But you can’t run forever. So when he stops in Paradise, Ohio, John decides to try and settle down. To fit in. And for the first time he makes some real friends. People he cares about – and who care about him. Never in John’s short life has there been space for friendship, or even love. But it’s just a matter of time before John’s secret is revealed. He was once one of nine. Three of them have been killed. John is Number Four. He knows that he is next . . .
I’ve read all of Lauren Weisberger’s books and she is one of my favourite authors so I can’t wait to get my hands on this. It is due to be released on 19th August
Heartbreak, headlines and Hermes – welcome to Brooke’s new world…
Brooke and Julian live a happy life in New York – she’s the breadwinner working two jobs and he’s the struggling musician husband. Then Julian is discovered by a Sony exec and becomes an overnight success – and their life changes for ever.
Soon they are moving in exclusive circles, dining at the glitziest restaurants, attending the most outrageous parties in town and jetting off to the trendiest hotspots in LA.
But Julian’s new-found fame means that Brooke must face the savage attentions of the ruthless paparazzi. And when a scandalous picture hits the front pages, Brooke’s world is turned upside down. Can her marriage survive the events of that fateful night at Chateau Marmont? It’s time for Brooke to decide if she’s going to sink or swim…
Lot’s of great books! What are you most looking forward to reading in August?