The Pond News! Issue #7- Fantastic LGBTQIA+ Releases & Adorable Contemporary Book Announcements!


Welcome to Issue #7!

stella 2Hi, hi, Lovelies!

I hope you’re doing well this week! I was staying with my friend, Squirly the Squirrel in her treehouse. It’s so pretty up there and all of her furniture is made out of oak. I loved staying with her. after a long day of gathering acorns, we made and ate acorn cupcakes with buttercream icing! They were so yummy and warm. Perfect for a rainy day.

After that, we went to bed. After a long sleep, early in the morning, I was awoken by an intermittent pecking noise and it didn’t stop. So, I went to investigate what was making the pecking sound. I stuck my head out the window trying to find our pecking culprit. The pecking stopped for a second. I looked down, left and right but, I couldn’t find anything! and then the pecking started again and I looked above to the tree next to us and a saw a beautiful black and white speckled bird with red patches on its head and tail. It was a woodpecker- Of course!

I shake my wings out from the sleepy form and fly up towards the woodpecker and say, “Hello, there!”

“Oh, hello, little friend. What’s your name?” the woodpecker asks. I carried on to introduce myself to the woodpecker who I found out his name was Cedar and he was making a home for him and his partner, Pine but they were out gathering twigs and sticks for their bed. Although I got woken up his pecking, I ended up really appreciating the time I spent getting to know him and about his adventures. He told me about this jungle he visited once which had the tree of floating leaves and on the tippy top of that tree there lives a very wise caterpillar who tells the stories the high winds tell him and some of those stories tell him about the latest books that are coming out for us to read to our hearts delight.

After I said goodbye to Squirly, Cedar and Pine I went off to the jungle of Wisdom. It was a mass of tall wet leaves, huge trees and fruits in various sizes and colours.

As I made my way to the middle of the jungle, I found the tree of floating leaves. It was beautiful seeing all the bright green leaves floating in mid-air. I bounced my way up the leaves to the top of the tree and there sat a lime green caterpillar with pink spots on a big puffy pillow. I introduced myself to him and he told me his name was Titus The Wise and that he listens to the stories of the wind when he sleeps and one of the most recent stories told him about the latest books that are releasing this week and in the future! and I just can’t wait to tell you all about them! Onwards we go to the books!

Book Releases! [July 8th – July 14th]

The Boy and Girl Who Broke The World by Amy Reed

Billy Sloat and Lydia Lemon don’t have much in common, unless you count growing up on the same (wrong) side of the tracks, the lack of a mother, and a persistent loneliness that has inspired creative coping mechanisms.

When the lives of these two loners are thrust together, Lydia’s cynicism is met with Billy’s sincere optimism, and both begin to question their own outlook on life. On top of that, weird happenings including an impossible tornado and an all-consuming fog are cropping up around them—maybe even because of them. And as the two grow closer and confront bigger truths about their pasts, they must also deal with such inconveniences as a narcissistic rock star, a war between unicorns and dragons, and eventually, of course, the apocalypse.

Oh, my gosh. I really, really need this book. It gives me Wizard of Oz and Stranger Things Vibes and I’m loving it. I also love that the characters are complete opposites from each other and yet they become buds and if that isn’t adorable I don’t know what is. It just sounds so, so good. I can’t wait to read this!

This book releases on the 9th of July 2019. Add this book on Goodreads.

Me Myself & Him by Chris Tebbetts

Perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and A. S. King’s Still Life with Tornado, this story of parallel time lines cleverly explores how our choices can change and shape us–as well as the ways in which choices don’t change the core of our being at all.

When Chris Schweitzer takes a hit of whippets and passes out face first on the cement, his nose isn’t the only thing that changes forever. Instead of staying home with his friends for the last summer after high school, he’s shipped off to live with his famous physicist but royal jerk of a father to prove he can “play by the rules” before Dad will pay for college.

Or . . . not.

In an alternate time line, Chris’s parents remain blissfully ignorant about the accident, and life at home goes back to normal–until it doesn’t. A new spark between his two best (straight) friends quickly turns Chris into a (gay) third wheel, and even worse, the truth about the whippets incident starts to unravel. As his summer explodes into a million messy pieces, Chris wonders how else things might have gone. Is it possible to be jealous of another version of yourself in an alternate reality that doesn’t even exist?

With musings on fate, religion, parallel universes, and the best way to eat a cinnamon roll, Me Myself & Him examines how what we consider to be true is really just one part of the much (much) bigger picture.

I gasped as I was reading this. I am in shock. Who gave this author the right to blow our minds with parallel universes like this? It’s so amazing and a really interesting take on a contemporary story. I love it and I really can’t wait to read this when I get the chance to!

This book releases on the 9th of July 2019. Add this book to Goodreads.

David Mogo, Godhunter

Nigerian God-Punk – a powerful and atmospheric urban fantasy set in Lagos.

Since the Orisha War that rained thousands of deities down on the streets of Lagos, David Mogo, demigod, scours Eko’s dank underbelly for a living wage as a freelance Godhunter. Despite pulling his biggest feat yet by capturing a high god for a renowned Eko wizard, David knows his job’s bad luck. He’s proved right when the wizard conjures a legion of Taboos—feral godling-child hybrids—to seize Lagos for himself. To fix his mistake and keep Lagos standing, David teams up with his foster wizard, the high god’s twin sister and a speech-impaired Muslim teenage girl to defeat the wizard.

Yes, hello 911? I would like to report a murder. Yes, I died while reading this synopsis. I have to wait a whole day to get this book and that is already too long of a wait. This book sounds amazing and I really, really (x 10000) NEED to read this book and I really can’t wait to get my hands on this book because it sounds so fantastic!

This book releases on the 9th of July 2019. Add this book on Goodreads.

Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

I think I’m going to have to hire Dr Frankenstein at this point because all of these books keep on being amazing and fantastic and I keep on freaking out so I need someone to stick around to make sure they can resurrect me in case an amazing book becomes the death of me. Anyway, back to this masterpiece of a book which I haven’t read yet but, I’m hyping it up and I’m sorry about that but I am really excited. I really love the sound of the entire storyline of this. I love fashion and sewing and I love fantasy books. So, to put some of my favourite things together just makes it sound SO good! I really can’t wait to get my hands on a copy because this cover is beautiful and I want to come back to bookstagram with a bang! Oh, and if you haven’t already, you should check out CW’s Blog tour post with an adorable fashion surprise! 

This book releases on the 9th of July 2019. Add this book on Goodreads.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

This sounds so mysterious and cool. I am so intrigued! First of all this cover is a masterpiece and it’s just so, so beautiful. This sounds like something Netflix would pick up and either way, in writing or film, It would be amazing to see how this story evolves and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

This book releases on the 9th of July 2019. Add this book on Goodreads.

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.

But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

This is my jam. Stop the music! *holds up The Storm Crow* THIS is my jam. (That was a vine reference and I apologise for it.) I will forever fall in love with high fantasy books because I am in dire need of The Storm Crow!!! The cover is absolutely gorgeous and I can’t WAIt to read this beautiful book. OH, my gosh!

This book releases on the 9th of July 2019. Add this book on Goodreads.

The Million Pieces of Nina Gill by Emma Smith-Barton

How can I hold myself together, when everything around me is falling apart?

Neena’s always been a good girl – great grades, parent-approved friends and absolutely no boyfriends. But ever since her brother Akash left her, she’s been slowly falling apart – and uncovering a new version of herself who is freer, but altogether more dangerous.

As her wild behaviour spirals more and more out of control, Neena’s grip on her sanity begins to weaken too. And when her parents announce not one but two life-changing bombshells, she finally reaches breaking point.

But as Neena is about to discover, when your life falls apart, only love can piece you back together.

This sounds so great. I’m really interested in this and I would love to read it! The cover is gorgeous and I saw that it talks a lot about mental health and I love stories that speak up about mental illness as it’s something we can’t see physically and because of that a lot of people don’t know about the subject or even know it exists so I love that stories like these are showing awareness for those with mental illnesses and showing that they’re just as human as anyone else and it’s beautiful.

This book releases on the 11th of July 2019. Add this book on Goodreads.

Book News!

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

Oh, my gosh! This sounds so good and I’m so excited! This sounds so cute and I am so sad because we all have to wait so long just to see a cover for this book. I love the whole premise it sounds so good! Congratulations to Abigail! I can’t wait to read this next spring!

The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth

Rom-coms are one of my favourite type of films. Congratulations to Ciara for landing such an amazing deal for such an amazing book that I can’t wait to read!

Book Community Spotlight!

Book Blogger: Vicky Who Reads

Vicky is an awesome book blogger who predominantly talks about diverse books. Her blog has a really lovely look that I love. She also writes really in-depth reviews, discussion posts, themed recommendations and author interviews are really fun to read. She’s also a really great artist and makes really pretty pieces of digital art! Her latest post was a review for Spin The Dawn. and You can also follow her on her Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads

Bookstagrammer: erhibiscus

Ehri is such a great bookstagrammer. I love her photos and captions and how they bring together a really beautiful account with beautiful photos. I love all of them and you should definitely give her a follow. You can also follow her on Twitter and Goodreads.

Booktuber: Word Wonders

d-u3n0ixyai8xz7Fadwa is a really great booktuber based in morocco. Her personality really shines through her videos and I love her videos and she seems so nice and really funny! She’s a big advocate for diverse stories and I just love that. She also has a really beautiful bookstagram and a really great blog that I’ll be leaving the links to below! She’s so awesome and definitely deserves a follow! Her latest video was her July TBR which sounds so exciting! You can also follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads and on her blog.

4 thoughts on “The Pond News! Issue #7- Fantastic LGBTQIA+ Releases & Adorable Contemporary Book Announcements!

  1. I have David Mogo already (got lucky with an arc) and it is SO SO SO GOOD! Even better than the synopsis makes it sound, I promise! 😀 So weird and so wonderful!

    BUT BUT BUT, did I misunderstand the title of this post??? Is there LGBT+ content in Spin the Dawn? Because at that point it will literally kill me, no book is allowed to be that perfect!

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    • Ah, omg I’m so happy you enjoyed it! I can’t wait to read it! and by LGBTQIA+ reads, I meant there are lots of books with LGBTQIA+ rep in this post. not necessarily all of the books featured 🙂 I haven’t read Spin The Dawn yet, so I’m not sure. but it would so awesome if it did! ❤


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