The Pond Book News #95 – Things that Go Bump in the Dark: Spooky Books, Decaying Old Cities, and Campus Mysteries

Welcome to Issue #95!

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 25th – July 31st]

Small Favors by Erin A. Craig

Ellerie Downing lives in the quiet town of Amity Falls in the Blackspire Mountain range–five narrow peaks stretching into the sky like a grasping hand, bordered by a nearly impenetrable forest from which the early townsfolk fought off the devils in the woods. To this day, visitors are few and rare. But when a supply party goes missing, some worry that the monsters that once stalked the region have returned.

As fall turns to winter, more strange activities plague the town. They point to a tribe of devilish and mystical creatures who promise to fulfill the residents’ deepest desires, however grand and impossible, for just a small favor. But their true intentions are much more sinister, and Ellerie finds herself in a race against time before all of Amity Falls, her family, and the boy she loves go up in flames.

Releases on July 27. Add this book to Goodreads!


The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters

Natasha’s sister is missing.

Her car was found abandoned on the edge of a local nature preserve known as the Bend, but as the case goes cold, Natasha’s loss turns to burning anger.

She’ll do anything to find answers.

Della’s family has channeled magic from the Bend for generations, providing spells for the desperate. But when Natasha appears on her doorstep, Della knows it will take more than simple potions to help her.

But Della has her own secrets to hide.

Because Della thinks she knows the beast who’s responsible for the disappearance — her own mother, who was turned into a terrible monster by magic gone wrong.

Natasha is angry. Della has little to lose.

They are each other’s only hope.

Releases on July 27. Add this book to Goodreads!


City of Illusion by Victoria Ying

It’s been a peaceful three months since Hannah Morgan and Ever Barnes saved their beloved Oskars, and activated the powers of their city’s Megantic. Ever now lives with the Morgan family and the two children watch over and learn more about Oskar (the Megantic) every day.

But their conflict-free days come to an abrupt end when Mr. Morgan is captured while on a family trip to nearby Alexios, and the kids get into a spat with a group of street magicians who con Hannah out of her pocket money. Chifa and Tanan were never planning to make friends while performing their tricks, but when Hannah and Ever learn of their connection to Vash, they realize there’s much more at stake than a few coins.

If Hannah and Ever want to find out what Vash is hiding and save both Oskars and Alexios before time runs out, they’ll have to learn to trust Chifa and Tanan, and most importantly, find a way to work together.

Releases on July 27. Add this book to Goodreads!

Book News

Cover Reveal: The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna

Illustration: Tarajosu | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Breathe and Count Back from Ten by Natalia Sylvester

Illustration: Loika | Design: Celeste Knudsen | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: We All Fall Down by Rose Szabo

The first book, We All Fall Down, is about a city where magic used to thrive and four queer young people are cast as archetypal figures—the Maiden, the Hero, the Monster, and the Witch—in an age-old ritual that will revive the flow of magic, even though none of them quite fit the roles thrust upon them and in the end discover that they can only stay true to themselves.

Illustration: Corey Brickley | Design: Aurora Parlagreco | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa

Illustration: Nathan Burton | Add this book to Goodreads!


Book Announcement: Katie Zhao’s forthcoming YA thriller about campus crimes and a social media stalker


Book Announcement: A YA fantasy duology about Indian mythology, demigods, and necromancy witchcraft by Tara Sim


Book Announcement: A boarding school YA at a historically Black institution by Brianna Peppins, featuring a wide-eyed freshman, the school newspaper, and confronting an abusive relationship


Book Announcement: A middle grade novel about Mexican legends and ancestral powers by Laekan Zea Kemp


Book Announcement: Elsie Chapman’s forthcoming MG fantasy about ancient Chinese deities, immortal magic, and a girl saving her family


Book Announcement: A fantasy fairy-tale ‘steeped in West African traditions’ by Mina Fears about a princess, a chambermaid, and the gruesome trials to win her hand


Book Announcement: Talent shows, community centers and Chinese school collide in Diana Ma’s forthcoming MG contemporary


Book Announcement: A YA graphic memoir by Christine Mari about identity and growing up between America and Japan


Book Announcement: A vampire murder mystery inspired by Jewish folklore by Layla Hersch


Book Announcement: A YA memoir in verse by Jiordan Castle about Jewish families and the aftermath of incarceration


Book Announcement: A YA fantasy of starlight, weaving, and magical curiosity shops by Jamie Pacton


Book Announcement: A gay YA slasher/horror about frat boys, found family, and a masked killer by Cale Dietrich


Book Announcement: New Marvel one-shot featuring Latinx heroes written by beloved Latinx authors, including Daniel José Older and Amparo Ortiz


From Page to Screen: Maurene Goo’s I Believe in a Thing Called Love gets a Netflix adaptation!

2 thoughts on “The Pond Book News #95 – Things that Go Bump in the Dark: Spooky Books, Decaying Old Cities, and Campus Mysteries

  1. So many good books!! I’m really excited for Small Favors and The River Has Teeth. I liked the writing in Erin Craig’s first book, The House of Salt and Sorrows, so I’m hoping Small Favors works better for me in terms of the other story elements. Also so excited for an adaptation of I Believe in a Thing Called Love! I hope there’s one of Somewhere Only We Know someday too!

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    • I’m so excited for Small Favors too! I really loved House of Salt and Sorrows. I literally recommend it to everyone 😂 It’s so awesome having discovered a YA horror author since I love horror, but I feel like it’s not a super popular genre, especially in YA

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