The Pond Book News #92 – An Abundance of Cover Reveals: Magical Realism, Black MG Fantasy & All the Hype Sequels

Welcome to Issue #92!

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 [July 4th – July 10th]

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.

Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.

Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.

Releases on July 6. Add this book to Goodreads!


What We Devour by Linsey Miller

In a world of devastating power and a bloodthirsty monarch, it’s time for the wealthy to be devoured.

Lorena Adler has a secret—she holds the power of the banished gods, the Noble and the Vile, inside her. But she has spent her entire life hiding from the world and her past. Lorena’s content to spend her days as an undertaker in a small town, marry her best friend, Julian, and live an unfulfilling life so long as no one uncovers her true nature.

But when the notoriously bloodthirsty and equally Vile crown prince comes to arrest Julian’s father, he immediately recognizes Lorena for what she is. So, she makes a deal—a fair trial for her betrothed’s father in exchange for her service to the crown.

The prince is desperate for her help. He’s spent years trying to repair the weakening Door that holds back the Vile…and he’s losing the battle. As Lorena learns more about the Door and the horrifying price it takes to keep it closed, she’ll have to embrace both parts of herself to survive.

Releases on July 6. Add this book to Goodreads!


Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

Three days. Two girls. One life-changing music festival.

Olivia is an expert at falling in love . . . and at being dumped. But after the fallout from her last breakup has left her an outcast at school and at home, she’s determined to turn over a new leaf. A crush-free weekend at Farmland Music and Arts Festival with her best friend is just what she needs to get her mind off the senior year that awaits her.

Toni is one week away from starting college, and it’s the last place she wants to be. Unsure about who she wants to become and still reeling in the wake of the loss of her musician-turned-roadie father, she’s heading back to the music festival that changed his life in hopes that following in his footsteps will help her find her own way forward.

When the two arrive at Farmland, the last thing they expect is to realize that they’ll need to join forces in order to get what they’re searching for out of the weekend. As they work together, the festival becomes so much more complicated than they bargained for, and Olivia and Toni will find that they need each other, and music, more than they ever could have imagined.

Releases on July 6. Add this book to Goodreads!


The Donut Trap by Julie Tieu

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

asmine Tran has landed herself behind bars—maple bars that is. With no boyfriend or job prospects, Jasmine returns home to work at her parents’ donut shop. Jasmine quickly loses herself in a cyclical routine of donuts, Netflix, and sleep. She wants to break free from her daily grind, but when a hike in rent threatens the survival of their shop, her parents rely on her more than ever.

Help comes in the form of an old college crush, Alex Lai. Not only is he successful and easy on the eyes, to her parents’ delight, he’s also Chinese. He’s everything she should wish for, until a disastrous dinner reveals Alex isn’t as perfect as she thinks. Worse, he doesn’t think she’s perfect either.

With both sets of parents against their relationship, a family legacy about to shut down, and the reappearance of an old high school flame, Jasmine must scheme to find a solution that satisfies her family’s expectations and can get her out of the donut trap once and for all.

Releases on July 6. Add this book to Goodreads!


If You, Then Me by Yvonne Woon

What would you ask your future self? First question: What does it feel like to kiss someone?

Xia is stuck in a lonely, boring loop. Her only escapes are Wiser, an artificial intelligence app she designed to answer questions like her future self, and a mysterious online crush she knows only as ObjectPermanence.

And then one day Xia enrolls at the Foundry, an app incubator for tech prodigies in Silicon Valley.

Suddenly, anything is possible. Flirting with Mast, a classmate also working on AI, leads to a date. Speaking up generates a vindictive nemesis intent on publicly humiliating her. And running into Mitzy Erst, Foundry alumna and Xia’s idol, could give Xia all the answers.

And then Xia receives a shocking message from ObjectPermanence: He is at the Foundry, too. Xia is torn between Mast and ObjectPermanence—just as Mitzy pushes her towards a shiny new future. Xia doesn’t have to ask Wiser to know: The right choice could transform her into the future self of her dreams, but the wrong one could destroy her.

Releases on July 6. Add this book to Goodreads!


Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom by Sangu Mandanna

Kiki Kallira has always been a worrier. Did she lock the front door? Is there a terrible reason her mom is late? Recently her anxiety has been getting out of control, but one thing that has always soothed her is drawing. Kiki’s sketchbook is full of fanciful doodles of the rich Indian myths and legends her mother has told her over the years.

One day, her sketchbook’s calming effect is broken when her mythological characters begin springing to life right out of its pages. Kiki ends up falling into the mystical world she drew, which includes a lot of wonderful discoveries like the band of rebel kids who protect the kingdom, as well as not-so-great ones like the ancient deity bent on total destruction. As the one responsible for creating the evil god, Kiki must overcome her fear and anxiety to save both worlds–the real and the imagined–from his wrath. But how can a girl armed with only a pencil defeat something so powerful?

Releases on July 6. Add this book to Goodreads!


Josephine Against the Sea by Shakirah Bourne

Eleven-year-old Josephine knows that no one is good enough for her daddy. That’s why she’s desperate to make it onto her school’s cricket team. She’ll get to play her favorite sport AND make sure her fisherman daddy is too busy attending her matches to date.

But when tryouts go badly, the frustrated Josephine cuts into a powerful silk cotton tree and accidentally summons a bigger problem into her life . . .

The next day, Daddy brings home a new catch, a beautiful woman named Mariss. And unlike the other girlfriends, she doesn’t scare easily. Josephine knows there’s something fishy about Mariss–she sings in a strange language, eats weird food, and seems to exert mysterious control over everyone she meets.

Josephine knows that Mariss isn’t what she seems … she might not be human! But who’s going to believe her? Can Josephine convince her friends to help her and use her cricket skills to save Daddy from Mariss’s clutches before it’s too late?

Releases on July 6. Add this book to Goodreads!


The Okay Witch and the Hungry Shadow by Emma Steinkellner

Moth Hush is starting to settle into her newfound witch heritage and powers, but life at school continues to be rough. Even her best friend, Charlie, doesn’t entirely understand what it’s like for her to always be the one who gets mocked, and things only get worse when Moth’s mom starts dating one of the dorkiest teachers in the school! Then Moth gets hold of a mysterious charm that can unleash another version of herself—one who is confident, cool, and extremely popular. What could possibly go wrong?

Releases on July 6. Add this book to Goodreads!

Book News

Cover Reveal: Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore

Illustration: Carolina Rodriguez Fuenmayor | Design: Liz Dresner | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Amari and the Great Game by B. B. Alston

Illustration: Godwin Akpan | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf

Illustration: Leonardo Santamaria | Design: Sarah Creech | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: The Turning Pointe by Vanessa L. Torres

Illustration: Jonathan Bartlett | Design: Regina Flath | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Kiss and Tell by Adib Khorram

Illustration: Eileen Schmidt | Design: Samira Iravani | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: The Genesis Wars by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Illustration: Casey Weldon | Design: Laura Eckes | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms by Jamar J. Perry

Illustration: Sebastien Raymond | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Squire by Nadia Shammas and Sara Alfageeh

Illustration: Sara Alfageeh (co-author) | Design: Joel Tippie | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Loveboat Reunion by Abigail Hing Wen

Illustration: Janice Sung | Design: Corina Lupp | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: I’m So (Not) Over You by Kosoko Jackson

Illustration: Adriana Bellet | Design: Colleen Reinhart | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: So This is Ever After by F. T. Lukens

Illustration: Sam Schechter | Design: Becca Syracuse | Add this book to Goodreads!


UK Cover Reveal: Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Illustration: Khadijah Khatib | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Sofi and the Bone Song by Adrienne Tooley

Illustration: Mona Finden | Design: Sonia Chaghatzbanian | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: All the Right Reasons by Bethany Mangle

Illustration: Isa Indra Permanana | Design: Becca Syracuse | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron

Illustration: Zeina Shareef | Lettering: Lauren Hom | AD: Daniela Medina | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May

Design: Lisa Marie Pompilio | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Messy Roots: a Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese-American by Laura Gao

Illustration: Laura Gao (author) | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Blood to Poison by Mary Watson

Illustration: Seth Pimentel | Design: Jet Purdie | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Sir Fig Newton and the Science of Persistence by Sonja Thomas

Illustration: Brittney Bond | Add this book to Goodreads!


Book Announcement: A Chinese-Filipino YA romcom about arranged dates and college plans by Mae Coyiuto


Book Announcement: A YA contemporary by Rimma Onoseta set in Nigeria about sisterhood and escaping childhood homes


Book Announcement: Kyla Zhao’s debut about Singaporean high society and ambitious women


Book Announcement: An Arabian epic fantasy inspired by One Thousand and One Nights by Chelsea Abdullah featuring jinn, legendary smugglers, and cowardly princes


Book Announcement: A YA horror anthology that darkly re-imagines urban legends edited by Tori Bovalino


Book Announcement: A Southeast Asian YA fantasy by Joyce Chua about magical springs, court politics, and rogue princes


Book Announcement: A middle-grade graphic memoir by Kathy Mcleod about family, diaspora, and home in different countries

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