Hello gentle reader,
There are so many great YA books coming out this month! Here are the ones I’m most eagerly anticipating… (blurbs are from Goodreads).
by Stephanie Hemphill (Published on 1st October 2013 by Balzer + Bray)
YA Historical Fiction
Hideous Love is the fascinating story of Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, who as a teen girl fled her restrictive home only to find herself in the shadow of a brilliant but moody boyfriend, famed poet Percy Shelley. It is the story of the mastermind behind one of the most iconic figures in all of literature: a monster constructed out of dead bodies and brought to life by the tragic Dr. Frankenstein.
Mary wrote Frankenstein at the age of 19, but inspiration for the monster came from her life-the atmospheric European settings she visited, the dramas swirling around her, and the stimulating philosophical discussions with the greatest minds of the period, like her close friend, Lord Byron.
This luminous verse novel from award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill reveals how Mary Shelley became one of the most celebrated authors in history.
by Susann Cokal (Published on 8th October 2013 by Candlewick Press)
On the eve of Princess Sophia’s wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches: brocade and satin and jewels, feasts of sugar fruit and sweet spiced wine. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne’s heirs, and a courtier’s wolfish hunger for the king’s favors sets a devious plot in motion.
Here in the palace at Skyggehavn, things are seldom as they seem — and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined with that of mad Queen Isabel. As they navigate a tangled web of palace intrigue, power-lust, and deception, Ava and Midi must carve out their own survival any way they can.
Anthology of short stories published on 22d October 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
YA Fantasy – Retellings
Today’s most acclaimed authors use their own unique styles to rebuild these 12 timeless stories:
Sir Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene – Saladin Ahmed
W. W. Jacobs’s “The Monkey’s Paw” – Kelley Armstrong
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla” – Holly Black
“Sleeping Beauty” – Neil Gaiman
The Brothers Grimm’s “Rumpelstiltskin” – Kami Garcia
Kate Chopin’s The Awakening – Melissa Marr
Rudyard Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” – Garth Nix
Henry James’s “The Jolly Corner” – Tim Pratt
E. M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” – Carrie Ryan
Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto – Margaret Stohl
William Seabrook’s “The Caged White Werewolf of the Saraban” – Gene Wolfe
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birth-Mark” – Rick Yancey
Which books are you looking forward to reading this month? Let me know below!