August 2018 Books I’m Looking Forward To
Pale as Death by Heather Graham (July 31) OK, technically this is a July book, but I’m not going to get my hands on it until at least August, so I’m counting it. Graham’s Krewe of Hunters books are quick, guilty-pleasure reads combining romantic suspense and a special FBI unit whose members can see, hear, or detect ghosts. They’re entertaining fluff, great for summer reading.
Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen (August 7) I’m behind on this series, so I don’t know whether I’ll actually read this one in August or not. But Bowen’s lighthearted Royal Spyness mystery series is always fun, and I’m hoping Georgie and Darcy will finally get to tie the knot.
The Prisoner in the Castle by Susan Elia MacNeal (August 7) Another series I’m behind on, and there’s no excuse for it, because MacNeal’s WWII-era spy/mystery series featuring Maggie Hope is usually well-researched and gripping.
The Governess Game by Tessa Dare (August 28) I really enjoyed last year’s The Duchess Deal (review), and this is the second book in the series.
Mirage by Somaiya Daud (Aug. 28) Mirage is getting a lot of hype, and if it lives up to it, it should be fantastic. It’s YA sci-fi using a trope we’ve seen before, the reluctant stand-in princess. Sabaa Tahir gave it 5 stars, calling the book “smart, fast-paced, sexy, heartbreaking, with spectacular worldbuilding… sci-fi that feels like a fantasy.” Early reviewers are wowed by the Morrocan-inspired worldbuilding and describe it as character-driven fantasy.
Other August Books That Caught My Eye
- The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell (Aug. 7) A genderbent reimagining of the Robin Hood theme, which sounds interesting if not necessarily original. Plus I like the cover.
- City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (Aug. 28) YA urban fantasy about a girl who sees ghosts, and her family business, the Inspectres. Schwab always gets rave reviews, and the premise sounds intriguing. But I should probably read the ADSOM trilogy first.
What are you looking forward to reading this month?