Highlights: August 2020

We’re well into summer now, and a bizarre summer indeed it has been. In many ways, it seems these months have been marked by what normal things haven’t happened than what has, and this month’s loss: the Minnesota State Fair. Kate is a regular fair goer, and Serena…not so much. Though Kate did accompany her on her first trip! Instead, over the summer, several fair vendors and food trucks have set up camp around the city. So we’ll both have to get our (different) fixes that way! But, of course, what stays the same always: our love of books. Here are some titles we’re looking forward to this month!

Serena’s Picks

41022295._sy475_Book: “The Faithless Hawk” by Margaret Owen

Publication Date: August 18, 2020

Why I’m Interested: I just finished reading the first book in this duology a month or so ago. Perfectly timed to have the second book due to come out soon should I enjoy it. And enjoy it I did! The creative world-building, the lovely romance, and, of course, its fierce heroine, Fie. Coming into her own as a Chief of one of the bands of Crows, Fie sees change on the horizon for her people. But her friend’s journey to the thrown does not go as smoothly as she had hoped, and those she loved best turn out to not be exactly what she thought. Not caught in a game of espionage and sabotage, Fie and some unlikely friends work to prevent the evil Swan queen from taking complete control of the country and dooming the Crows forever. I’m really excited to see how this one turns out, though am a bit worried about the word “faithless” in conjunction with a certain Hawk boyfriend of Fie’s…

9781616963460_b1ce2Book: “Driftwood” by Marie Brennan

Publication Date: August 14, 2020

Why I’m Interested: Up to this point, I’ve only read a “Lady Trent” book and a spin-off/sequel to that story. I’ve enjoyed both, overall, mostly due to the strong writing at its heart. With that in mind, I was excited to see a new book by Marie Brennan show up on Edelweiss and a completely unique one at that! In a strange new world, the apocalypse has already happened, is still happening, and has yet to completely fulfill its purpose. Driftwood is where doomed worlds come to finally die. And each shrinking world’s people must come to their own terms with this eventual end. Except, seemingly, for one man, Last, a being who has been around since…well, forever it seems. Guide, friend, enigma, Last has been many things to many different people. And now that he may be gone for good, those people gather to tell stories of their fading worlds, of Driftwood, and of Last. It sounds like a completely bizarre set-up, and I’m super excited about it.

9780062894625_50898Book: “Star Daughter” by Shveta Thakrar

Publication Date: August 11, 2020

Why I’m Interested: Well, for one, the cover. That’s just beautiful cover art there. And the concept sounds really wonderful as well. A young woman born of a mortal man and a mother who is a star. And after her human father is injured, she must travel back to the night sky where her mother returned long ago to gain the power of a full star to heal him. There’s also something about ruling houses and a competition which I’m less into since I feel like that story has been told a bunch of times. But I’m intrigued enough with the original premise to see the new take the author may bring to even that part of the story. I don’t know a lot about Hindu mythology, upon which some of this story is based, but I’m curious to learn more and see how this whole “stars as beings” thing works!

Kate’s Picks

41016362Book: “Some Kind of Animal” by Maria Romasco Moore

Publication Date: August 4, 2020

Why I’m Interested: This is a book that I kind of stumbled upon, and it caught my attention because of how strange it sounds. And hey, sometimes high strangeness will do ya good. Jo is a teenager in a small town, whose mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Everyone thinks that Jo is destined to end up like her mother. What people do’t know is that Jo has a twin who lives in the woods, and lives free to roam the wilderness. But when her twin attacks someone, everyone thinks that Jo did it. So now Jo has to either reveal the secret of her twin to clear her name, or try and run away and disappear kind of like how her mother did. This sounds like a doozy of a strange tale, but I think I’m ready to buy into whatever Moore is selling.

51169341Book: “The Night Swim” by Megan Goldin

Publication Date: August 4, 2020

Why I’m Interested: Hooray for thrillers with podcasting themes! I haven’t actually read Megan Goldin’s other book “The Escape Room”, but it has been on my list for awhile because of the good things I heard about it. Because of this I’m definitely wanting to check out her newest book, “The Night Swim”. Rachel is a podcaster who has gone to a small town to focus her next series on a high profile rape trial that is taking place. A local swimming star with a golden boy image has been accused of raping a teenage girl (sounds a little familiar, doesn’t it?), and the town is divided. But while she’s researching and attending the trial, Rachel is also receiving letters from a woman named Hannah, a local who wants Rachel to take on the story of her sister Jenny, who supposedly drowned twenty years before. Given how much I enjoy podcast books, thrillers, AND courtroom dramas, “The Night Swim” seems like it’s right up my alley!

53038638._sx318_sy475_Book: “Wayward Witch” by Zoraida Córdova

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

Why I’m Interested: Now perhaps you are thinking ‘hold on, that’s a September book you are putting on your August Highlights list, Kate!’ And you’re right. This is a little bit of a cheat. But the thing is “Wayward Witch” comes out on September 1st, and I’ll be tackling it before my highlights list in September, but I still want to highlight it! So I’m cheating. I’ve been waiting for the third and final book in the “Brooklyn Brujas” trilogy by Córdova pretty much since I finished Book 2 (“Bruja Born”). The third book focuses on youngest sister Rose, who has always been dependable and helpful to her sisters. Her family is still reeling by the return of her amnesiac father, who has been hiding something from his loved ones. Before Rose can try and solve that problem, she is suddenly taken to a magical place called Adas, a realm hidden in the Caribbean. And before she can go home to fix her family, she has to fix the problems plaguing Adas. Rose has been the sister I’ve been looking forward to following most, so I’m VERY interested to see how Córdova finishes her series.

What books are you looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments!

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