Welcome to Issue #27!
The trees are whispering…
Friends, welcome to another exciting week of The Pond Book News! Every Sunday, The Quiet Pond brings you a fresh issue of book news to catch you up on the week’s lineup of diverse book releases, cover reveals, book news, and sometimes more! We also feature three incredible people in the book community every week, to highlight the important work that readers do in celebrating the books they love. Onward to the news!
Book Releases This Week [February 16th – February 22nd]
Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon
For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?
His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…
As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.
This contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast has garnered so much love from the community already, and rightfully so—Sandhya Menon is a powerhouse writer of cute desi contemporary romances! I genuinely adore diverse recollections of the fairy tales we already know and love, and can’t wait to read the author’s spin on the beloved story.
Releases on February 18th. Add this book to Goodreads.
Cover Reveal: The Ever Cruel Kingdom by Rin Chupeco
Oh man, every single cover in this series is going to be a show-stopper, huh? This looks absolutely gorgeous: the mysterious fog, ornate door, the lingering beyond. Also we stan Rin Chupeco for crediting the cover artist + designer’s names in her tweet!
Cover Reveal: A War of Swallowed Stars by Sangu Mandanna
A dragon made of galaxies and stars is what we’ve always needed on a book cover, and Sangu Mandanna delivered. The trilogy is finally coming to an end with this book, and I hope that it is just as rip-roaring and amazing as were the previous two books for fans of the series! (Also, what a title too!)
Cover Reveal: Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee
Friends, look at this adorable cover! Reimena Yee is a Malaysian-born-and-bred comic artist, and I’ve always been in love with the extensive care she puts into her art, as well as her advocacy for the local art scene. I am BEYOND excited for this, and can’t wait to support local talent by buying the book!
Cover Reveal: Warmaidens by Kelly Coon
Oooh, what a cover. The wine-red color scheme and delicate glass bottle with the menacing scorpions makes for such interesting contrast. This is fierce, and I’m here for it!
Cover Reveal: Among the Beast and Briars by Ashley Poston
This cover is so cool with its textures! I love that you can almost reach out to stroke the feathers of the birds and the fur of the fox. Also, how cool does the premise sound? A girl with animal companions, leaving to find some old witch in a cursed forest, herself carrying magic in her blood? Sign me up!
Cover Reveal: Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore
I love love love this cover (the contrast of roses with the cactuses! the almost-vintage illustration style!), and Anna-Marie McLemore + Tehlor Kay Mejia is a combination of writers I never knew I needed. I can’t wait to read what is definitely going to be an unapologetically sapphic and Latinx book!
Cover Reveal: Dear Justyce by Nic Stone
This cover is going to pair so well with Dear Martin! Nic Stone’s books have always been so real and important, and I’m excited for this entry to add to the universe she’s already created with the first book in the series.
Book Announcement: A disabled, genderbent retelling of The Three Musketeers by Lillie Lainoff
YEAH, how extremely cool does this sound? I have very fond memories of watching the Barbie rendition of The Three Musketeers as a wee child, and I’m so excited for this ownvoices retelling of the story. More historical fiction rewritten by marginalised voices, please!
Book Announcement: A Chang’E-inspired fantasy forthcoming from Sue Lynn Tan
I grew up listening to stories about Chang’E—the Chinese goddess of the moon—so much so that her tale is as beloved to me as fairy tales like Cinderella. To say that I’m highly anticipating this, that I’m beyond elated to finally see YA renditions of her story are all understatements. I have never clicked on a book announcement so fast, and now I just want to time travel to 2022!
Book Announcement: A nonbinary contemporary about cheer squads by Taylor B. Barton
Taylor B. Barton is at it again with their super unique queer contemporaries! I’m so glad to see queer stories slowly becoming commonplace in contemporary YA, and hope hope hope that one day it will become the norm rather than a series of anomalies. So excited for this!
From Page to Screen: Adam Silvera’s queer YA More Happy Than Not is coming to TV!
We love diverse authors finding their way to mainstream success! I’ve heard many good things about More Happy Than Not, and I’m so excited to see what a TV rendition of the story will look like. Fingers crossed that it lives up to the legacy of the book!
Book Community Spotlight
Book blogger: Kelly at Another Book in the Wall
Kelly is an Asian-Irish-American book blogger, and her blog is so clean and pleasant to browse through. I’m new to her blog myself, and I can’t wait to have an afternoon to myself to sit and just read through all her posts. She recently wrote an article about blog post ideas for when you haven’t been reading in a while, which is an excellent resource when the inevitable reading slump hits. If you’re curious about the books she reads, her favorite books of 2019 post is also a fantastic place to start, and she also highlighted a very good selection of titles too!
Bookstagrammer: Meghana at megonagal_reads
I love love love Meghana’s photos! Her recent ones have been so filled with sunshine and that warm, magical glow, and I am deeply in love with the way she edits her photos. Meghana also genuinely highlights the best diverse reads on her platform, and I can’t tell you how delighted I am to see these excellent books get the attention and gorgeous framing they deserve.
Booktuber: Romie at books & coffee with romie
Romie is a queer, Jewish French-Vietnamese booktuber, and her videos are so underrated. They have this super quiet and relaxing vibe to them—almost ASMR-like, but not quite—and are such comforting things to sink into after days of work and rushing through life’s obligations. I love her video on the queer girl gang tag, where she recommends some truly stellar wlw books (many of which are on my own personal favorites list)! And I’m also always fond of checking out the favorite books of 2019 wrap-ups from creators if you’re new to their platform, as they’re great starting points to get a feel for what kind of reader the creator is into! (Also highkey all of Romie’s video thumbnails are super soft and aesthetic, and I am so here for them.)