The Pond Book News #93 – The Game is Afoot: Thrilling Young Adult Mysteries, Modern Magic, & Teenage Romance

Welcome to Issue #93!

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 11th – July 17th]

XOXO by Axie Oh

Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her careful plans. But in a moment of spontaneity, she allows him to pull her out of her comfort zone for one unforgettable night of adventure…before he disappears without a word.

Three months later, when Jenny and her mother arrive in South Korea to take care of her ailing grandmother, she’s shocked to discover that Jaewoo is a student at the same elite arts academy where she’s enrolled for the semester. And he’s not just any student. He’s a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world—and he’s strictly forbidden from dating.

When a relationship means throwing Jenny’s life off the path she’s spent years mapping out, she’ll have to decide once and for all just how much she’s willing to risk for love.

Releases on July 13. Add this book to Goodreads!


Up All Night: 13 Stories between Sunset and Sunrise, edited by Laura Silverman

When everyone else goes to bed, the ones who stay up feel like they’re the only people in the world. As the hours tick by deeper into the night, the familiar drops away and the unfamiliar beckons. Adults are asleep, and a hush falls over the hum of daily life. Anything is possible.

It’s a time for romance and adventure. For prom night and ghost hunts. It’s a time for breaking up, for falling in love—for finding yourself.

Stay up all night with these thirteen short stories from bestselling and award-winning YA authors like Karen McManus, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nina LaCour, and Brandy Colbert, as they take readers deep into these rarely seen, magical hours.

Full contributor list: Brandy Colbert, Kathleen Glasgow, Maurene Goo, Tiffany D. Jackson, Amanda Joy, Nina LaCour, Karen M. McManus, Anna Meriano, Marieke Nijkamp, Laura Silverman, Kayla Whaley, Julian Winters, Francesca Zappia

Releases on July 13. Add this book to Goodreads!


Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance by Nisha Sharma

Radha is on the verge of becoming one of the greatest Kathak dancers in the world . . . until a family betrayal costs her the biggest competition of her life. Now, she has left her Chicago home behind to follow her stage mom to New Jersey. At the Princeton Academy of the Arts, Radha is determined to leave performing in her past, and reinvent herself from scratch.

Jai is captain of the Bollywood Beats dance team, ranked first in his class, and an overachiever with no college plans. Tight family funds means medical school is a pipe dream, which is why he wants to make the most out of high school. When Radha enters his life, he realizes she’s the exact ingredient he needs for a show-stopping senior year.

With careful choreography, both Radha and Jai will need to face their fears (and their families) if they want a taste of a happily ever after.

Releases on July 13. Add this book to Goodreads!


The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison

They were supposed to ignore each other and respect that fine line between them…

Guillermo Lozano is getting a fresh start. New town, new school, and no more reckless behavior. He’s done his time, and now he needs to right his wrongs. But when his work at the local community center throws him into the path of the one girl who is off-limits, friendship sparks…and maybe more.

Regan London needs a fresh perspective. The pressure to stay in her “perfect” relationship and be the good girl all the time has worn her down. But when the walls start to cave in and she finds unexpected understanding from the boy her parents warned about, she can’t ignore her feelings anymore.

The disapproval is instant. Being together might just get Guillermo sent away. But when it comes to the heart, sometimes you have to break the rules and be a little bit reckless…

Releases on July 13. Add this book to Goodreads!


The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass

Jake Livingston is one of the only Black kids at St. Clair Prep, one of the others being his infinitely more popular older brother. It’s hard enough fitting in but to make matters worse and definitely more complicated, Jake can see the dead. In fact he sees the dead around him all the time. Most are harmless. Stuck in their death loops as they relive their deaths over and over again, they don’t interact often with people. But then Jake meets Sawyer. A troubled teen who shot and killed six kids at a local high school last year before taking his own life. Now a powerful, vengeful ghost, he has plans for his afterlife–plans that include Jake. Suddenly, everything Jake knows about ghosts and the rules to life itself go out the window as Sawyer begins haunting him and bodies turn up in his neighborhood. High school soon becomes a survival game–one Jake is not sure he’s going to win.

Releases on July 13. Add this book to Goodreads!


The Mythic Koda Rose by Jennifer Nissley

Everything Koda Rose knows about her father she’s learned from other people. Moving to New York City with her mom won’t change that, even if New York was Mack Grady’s city—where he became famous, where he wrote his music, and also where he died.

Koda has more important things on her mind. Like how she’s in love with her best friend, Lindsay, and doesn’t have the courage to tell her. Agonizing over how to confess her feelings leads Koda to explore Mack’s enigmatic history in search of answers. She tracks down her dad’s band mate and ex-girlfriend, Sadie Pasquale, and finds herself becoming rapidly obsessed with the mercurial musician.

As Koda and Sadie’s complicated bond deepens, they are both forced to grapple with the black hole Mack left behind, or get sucked in themselves.

Releases on July 13. Add this book to Goodreads!


Wings of Shadow by Nicki Pau Preto

I had a sister, once…

Veronyka is no longer an orphaned stable boy or a nameless Phoenix Rider apprentice: she is the daughter of Pheronia Ashfire, the last queen of the Golden Empire…and the niece of Avalkyra Ashfire, the resurrected rebel queen who tore the empire apart.

We shone brightly, burned fiercely.

Now that the secret is out, everyone at the Eyrie treats Veronyka differently, and with Tristan still a hostage of the scheming Lord Rolan—and Sev with him as a spy—Veronyka feels very much alone. Except for her beloved phoenix, Xephyra, of course, and her new friend, Kade, who has his own reasons for wanting to save Tristan.

Was it always going to come down to this? Sister against sister? Darkness against light?

Veronyka is determined to do whatever it takes to get Tristan back, even if that means revealing her identity to the world and inheriting a throne she’s not sure she wants. But when she discovers that Avalkyra has bonded with a strix—a legendary creature of darkness that feeds off the life force of others—Veronyka realizes she has more to deal with than an encroaching war with the empire. Val is willing to destroy everything to get her revenge on a world that rejected her, and if Veronyka wants to bring peace to the empire and Pyra alike, she must face down her sister once and for all.

Releases on July 13. Add this book to Goodreads!


Flash Fire by T. J. Klune

Nick landed himself the superhero boyfriend of his dreams, but with new heroes arriving in Nova City it’s up to Nick and his friends to determine who is virtuous and who is villainous. Which is a lot to handle for a guy who just wants to finish his self-insert bakery AU fanfic.

Releases on July 13. Add this book to Goodreads!


A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

It’s been centuries since the robots of Earth gained self-awareness and laid down their tools.

Centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again.

Centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend.

One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of “what do people need?” is answered.

But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how.

They’re going to need to ask it a lot.

Releases on July 13. Add this book to Goodreads!

Book News

Cover Reveal: Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse

Illustration: John Picacio | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman by Kristen R. Lee

Illustration: Mimi Moffie | Design: Regina Flath | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: The Darkening by Sunya Mara

Illustration: Peter Strain | Design: Alice Wang & Samira Iravani | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson

Illustration: Jeff Manning | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: This Rebel Heart by Katherine Locke

Illustration: Aykut Aydogdu | Design: Ray Shappell | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: The Breath Between Waves by Charlotte Anne Hamilton

Design: L. J. Anderson | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Great or Nothing by Joy McCullough, Caroline Tung Richmond, Tess Sharpe, and Jessica Spotswood

Illustration: Louisa Cannell | Design: Casey Moses | Add this book to Goodreads!


Paperback Cover Reveal: Watch Over Me by Nina Lacour

Illustration: Adams Carvalho | Design: Samira Iravani | Add this book to Goodreads!


Book Announcement: Samira Ahmed’s forthcoming found-footage novel following a teen journalist investigating a mystery entangled with racism


Book Announcement: A YA fantasy by Gabi Burton about assassin sirens, fae princes, and a Black-normative fantasy world


Book Announcement: A YA mystery by Vincent Tirado about urban legends, subway tunnels, and mysterious disappearances


Book Announcement: A YA heist novel set in casinos following a crew of asexual teens by Amanda DeWitt


Book Announcement: A fat witch enters a beauty pageant to reverse a perilous curse in Lindsay Puckett’s forthcoming middle grade fantasy


Book Announcement: Spies, unicorns, and magical powers collide in upcoming middle grade graphic novel by Mel Hilario, Lauren Davis, and Katie Longua

2 thoughts on “The Pond Book News #93 – The Game is Afoot: Thrilling Young Adult Mysteries, Modern Magic, & Teenage Romance

  1. So many exciting books!! Quite a good few was on my list already, though a few escaped me. Just added the right side of reckless & the mythic koda rose (omg hello gorgeous cover!!) thank you ✨

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