The Pond Book News #80 – Queer YA Contemporary Romances & Korean Stories in the Spotlight

Welcome to Issue #80!

Sprout the sparrow, doing a curtsy with their eyes closed and a smile on their face. Their cape swooshes in the wind with their arm extended in their curtsy.

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! Now, onwards to the brilliant books!

Book Releases this Week [March 28th – April 3rd]

She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard

The summer is winding down in San Diego. Veronica is bored, caustically charismatic, and uninspired in her photography. Nico is insatiable, subversive, and obsessed with chaotic performance art. They’re artists first, best friends second. But that was before Mick. Delicate, lonely, magnetic Mick: the perfect subject, and Veronica’s dream girl. The days are long and hot―full of adventure―and soon they are falling in love. Falling so hard, they never imagine what comes next. One fire. Two murders. Three drowning bodies. One suspect… one stalker. This is a summer they won’t survive.

Releases on March 30. Add this book to Goodreads!


Sweethand by N. G. Peltier

After a public meltdown over her breakup from her cheating musician boyfriend, Cherisse swore off guys in the music industry, and dating in general for a while, preferring to focus on growing her pastry chef business.

When Cherisse’s younger sister reveals she’s getting married in a few months, Cherisse hopes that will distract her mother enough to quit harassing her about finding a guy, settling down and having kids. But her mother’s matchmaking keeps intensifying.

Cherisse tries to humour her mother, hoping if she feigns interest in the eligible bachelors she keeps tossing her way, she’ll be off the hook, but things don’t quite go as planned. Turns out for the first time in ages, she and Keiran King, the most annoying man ever, are on the island at the same time. Avoiding him is impossible, especially when Keiran’s close friend is the one marrying her sister, and he’s the best man to her maid of honour.

Keiran doesn’t know what to make of Cherisse now. They’ve always butted heads. To him she’s always been a stuck-up brat who seeks attention, even while he secretly harbored a crush on her. Now with Cherisse’s sister marrying one of his good friends he can’t escape her as the wedding activities keep throwing them together.

When things turn heated after a rainy night of bedroom fun, they both have to figure out if they can survive the countdown to wedding day, without this turning into a recipe for disaster.

Releases on March 30. Add this book to Goodreads!


Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.

The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.

The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.

Releases on March 30. Add this book to Goodreads!

Book News

Cover Reveal: The Red Palace by June Hur

Illustration: Sunga Park | Design: Liz Dresner | Add the book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Black Boy Joy, edited by Kwame Mbalia

Illustration: Kadir Nelson | Design: April Ward | Add the book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

Illustration: Kuri Huang | Design: Rich Deas | Add the book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: City of Illusion by Victoria Ying

Illustration: Victoria Ying | Add the book to Goodreads!


Book Announcement: A speculative YA set amid the Syrian revolution by ownvoices author Zoulfa Katouh


Book Announcement: Adiba Jaigirdar’s bringing us more soft South Asian sapphics with an upcoming YA contemporary about baking, exes, and new love


Book Announcement: A YA contemporary romance about skating rinks, found poetry, and summer love by Kelis Rowe


Book Announcement: An upcoming sapphic romance about love on the Titanic by Charlotte Anne Hamilton


Book Announcement: Wendy Heard’s new queer YA thriller about desperate teenage girls, faked deaths, and murder


Book Announcement: Adam Sass’ forthcoming YA rom-com about Prince Charming quests, imaginary boyfriends, and true love


Book Announcement: A haunted house sets the stage for explorations of trauma and illness in forthcoming middle grade by by Ally Malineko

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