The Pond Book News #106 – Covens, Cover Reveals, & Coming-of-Age: Anticipated YA Stories Coming Our Way

Welcome to Issue #106!

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 [October 24th – October 30th]

Hollywood Heroine by Sarah Kuhn

The fifth book in the smart, snarky, and action-packed Heroine series continues the adventures of Asian-American superheroines Evie Tanaka, Aveda Jupiter, and Bea Tanaka in a demon-infested San Francisco.

Over the years, the adventures of superheroines Aveda Jupiter and Evie Tanaka have become the stuff of legend–and now they’ll be immortalized in their very own TV show!

The pair head to LA for filming, but Aveda struggles to get truly excited. Instead, she’s preoccupied wondering about the fate of the world and her role in it. You know, the usual. Now that Otherworld activity has been detected outside the Bay Area, Aveda can’t help but wonder if the demon threat will ever be eradicated.

When the drama on set takes a turn for the supernatural, Evie and Aveda must balance their celebrity commitments with donning their superhero capes again to investigate. And when the evil they battle reveals a larger, more nefarious plot, it’s time for the indomitable Aveda Jupiter to rise to the occasion and become the leader she was meant to be on a more global scale–and hopefully keep some semblance of a personal life while doing so.

Releases on Oct 26. Add this book to Goodreads!


We Light Up the Sky by Lilliam Rivera

In a haunting, genre-bending YA, award-winning author Lilliam Rivera explores the social and racial ramifications of an alien invasion from the perspective of three Latinx teens.

Pedro, Luna, and Rafa may attend Fairfax High School together in Los Angeles, but they run in separate spheres. Pedro is often told that he’s “too much” and seeks refuge from his home life in a local drag bar. Luna is pretending to go along with the popular crowd but is still grieving the unexpected passing of her beloved cousin Tasha. Then there’s Rafa, the quiet new kid who is hiding the fact that his family is homeless.

But Pedro, Luna, and Rafa find themselves thrown together when an extraterrestrial visitor lands in their city and takes the form of Luna’s cousin Tasha. As the Visitor causes destruction wherever it goes, the three teens struggle to survive and warn others of what’s coming–because this Visitor is only the first of many. But who is their true enemy–this alien, or their fellow humans? Can Pedro, Luna, and Rafa find a way to save a world that has repeatedly proven it doesn’t want to save them?

Releases on Oct 26. Add this book to Goodreads!


Journey to the Heart of the Abyss by London Shah

The sequel to London Shah’s thrilling futuristic mystery The Light at the Bottom of the World, perfect for fans of Illuminae and These Broken Stars

Leyla McQueen has finally reunited with her father after breaking him out of Broadmoor, the illegal government prison—but his freedom comes at a terrible cost. As Leyla celebrates his return, she must grapple with the pain of losing Ari. Now separated from the boy who has her heart and labeled the nation’s number one enemy, Leyla must risk illegal travel through unchartered waters in her quest for the truth behind her father’s arrest.

Across Britain, the fallout from Leyla’s actions has escalated tensions between Anthropoid and non-Anthropoid communities, bringing them to an all-time high. And, as Leyla and her friends fight to uncover the startling truths about their world, she discovers her own shocking past—and the horrifying secrets behind her father’s abduction and arrest. But as these long-buried truths finally begin to surface, so, too, do the authorities’ terrible future plans. And if the ever-pervasive fear prevents the people from taking a stand now, the abyss could stay in the dark forever.

Releases on Oct 26. Add this book to Goodreads!


Far From the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson

A tense and thrilling vision of humanity’s future in the chilling emptiness of space from rising giant in science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke Award winner Tade Thompson

The colony ship Ragtime docks in the Lagos system, having traveled light-years to bring one thousand sleeping souls to a new home among the stars. But when first mate Michelle Campion rouses, she discovers some of the sleepers will never wake.

Answering Campion’s distress call, investigator Rasheed Fin is tasked with finding out who is responsible for these deaths. Soon a sinister mystery unfolds aboard the gigantic vessel, one that will have repercussions for the entire system—from the scheming politicians of Lagos station, to the colony planet Bloodroot, to other far-flung systems, and indeed to Earth itself.

Releases on Oct 26. Add this book to Goodreads!

Book News

Cover Reveal: Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn

Illustration: Hillary D. Wilson | Design: TBA | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Out There: Into the Queer New Yonder edited by Saundra Mitchell

Illustration: Lisel Jane Ashlock | Design: Erin Craig | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Empress Crowned in Red by Ciannon Smart

Illustration: Ashley Straker | Design: Chris Kwon | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: How You Grow Wings by Rimma Onoseta

Illustration: Adriana Bellet | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Kings of B’more by R. Eric Thomas

Illustration: Alexis Franklin | Design: TBA | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Jennifer Chan is Not Alone by Tae Keller

Illustration: Dion MBD | Design: Katrina Damkoehler | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Harlem Sunset by Nekesa Afia

Illustration: TBA | Design: TBA | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: The Dawnhounds by Sascha Stronach

Illustration: Bo Moore | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor by Xiran Jay Zhao

Illustration: Xiao Tong | Design: Karyn Lee | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Blood Like Fate by Liselle Sambury

Illustration: Thea Harvey | Design: Becca Syracuse | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Master of Souls by Rena Barron

Art: Adeyemi Adegbesan | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: A Cruel and Fated Light by Ashley Shuttleworth

Illustration: Mélanie Delon | Design: Greg Stadnyk | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Cinder the Fireplace Boy and Other Gayly Grimm Tales by Ana Mardoll

Art: Anna Dittmann | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: The Romantic Agenda by Claire Kann

Illustration: Alex Cabal | Design: Rita Frangie | Add this book to Goodreads!


Book Announcement: Aiden Thomas’ forthcoming YA contemporary about a trans college freshman


Book Announcement: A middle-grade series by Leah Johnson about a queer necromancer superhero


Book Announcement: A YA fake-dating romcom set in Beijing about an elaborate ploy for prestige by Ann Liang


Book Announcement: A YA debut about a multiracial Filipino-American teen navigating grief and a potential romance by Shannon C. F. Rogers


Book Announcement: A middle-grade novel by S. K. Ali, Huda Al-Marashi, Aisha Saeed and Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow about a serendipitous meeting in an airport


Book Announcement: A YA fantasy trilogy by Rochelle Hassan about witches, mysterious woods, and fae mischief


Book Announcement: A middle-grade novel-in-verse by Dawn Quigley about Ojibwe identity and the power of community


Book Announcement: A YA horror novel about climate change and things that are not-quite-human by Alison Ames


Book Announcement: A sapphic YA graphic novel about soulmates and first love by Mela Rogers


Book Announcement: A YA debut by Andrew Yang about romance and betrayal set in an all-Asian reality show


Book Announcement: Sami Brice’s forthcoming YA graphic novel about rowdy extended family in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake


Book Announcement: An adorable middle-grade graphic novel about a lost fox spirit and Japanese festivals by Kyla Smith


Book Announcement: A middle-grade contemporary by Ben Kahn about a nonbinary kid determined to get to their favorite celebrity’s signing

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