Looking Ahead… August 2020 Releases

Looking Ahead Devouring Books BannerThis is a post that I do at the end of every month where I share the books I am looking forward to in the next month. I am always looking for books to add to my TBR so I hope to hear about what books you are looking forward to in the coming month in the comments.

Looking Ahead … August Releases

Check out the titles that I am excited for that come out this month. Make sure to comment below if you have read any of these or want to read any of these titles so we can discuss them!

This year I’ve been reading and continuing many series and this month is no different. Many sequels that I’ve been waiting for are finally coming out and I’m super thrilled to read them!

Physical ARCs

None! This is partially due to the pandemic, but I’ve also been cutting back on requesting physical ARCs.


Court of Lions by Somaiya DaudCourt of Lions by Somaiya Daud

Publication Date: August 4th, 2020

Two identical girls, one a princess, the other a rebel. Who will rule the empire?

After being swept up into the brutal Vathek court, Amani, the ordinary girl forced to serve as the half-Vathek princess’s body double, has been forced into complete isolation. The cruel but complex princess, Maram, with whom Amani had cultivated a tenuous friendship, discovered Amani’s connection to the rebellion and has forced her into silence, and if Amani crosses Maram once more, her identity – and her betrayal – will be revealed to everyone in the court.

Amani is desperate to continue helping the rebellion, to fight for her people’s freedom. But she must make a devastating decision: will she step aside, and watch her people suffer, or continue to aid them, and put herself and her family in mortal danger? And whatever she chooses, can she bear to remain separated, forever, from Maram’s fiancé, Idris?

I absolutely loved Mirage when I read it, but it’s been 2 years since the first book came out. It was one of the first #OwnVoices books that I read and really got me into reading fantasy novels that were inspired by other cultures. I am not a huge fan of the new covers, but I am really excited to return to this series. I am going to need a bit of a recap before diving into this one. Hopefully I can find some detailed summaries and reviews for Mirage so I can remember all that happened. I remember that I loved the characters in Mirage and was really impressed that it was Somaiya Daud’s debut. My review did elude to a pretty big twist, so hopefully I can find some reviews with spoilers to catch myself up!

Check out my review of Mirage here!

A Chorus of Five by Brian D AndersonA Chorus of Fire by Brian D Anderson

Publication Date: August 4th, 2020

The second book in a new epic fantasy trilogy from successful self-published author, perfect for fans of the Wheel of Time and Sword of Truth.

A shadow has moved across Lamoria. Whispers of the coming conflict are growing louder; the enemy becoming bolder. Belkar’s reach has extended far into the heart of Ralmarstad and war now seems inevitable.

Mariyah, clinging to the hope of one day being reunited with Lem, struggles to attain the power she will need to make the world safe again. But a power like this is not easily acquired and will test the limits of her mind and body. She will need to look deep inside herself to find the strength to achieve what even the Thaumas of old could not.

Lem continues his descent into darkness, serving a man he does not trust in the name of a faith which is not his own. Only Shemi keeps his heart from succumbing to despair, along with the knowledge that he has finally found Mariyah. But Lem is convinced she is being held against her will, and compelled to do the bidding of her captors. He is determined to free her, regardless the cost.

Their separate roads are leading them to the same destination. And once they arrive they will have to confront more than the power of Belkar. They will have to face themselves and what Lamoria has forced them to become

I gave 5 stars to The Bard’s Blade and I am eager to pick up the sequel. I really liked Mariyah and Lem and loved the character driven fantasy novel. The first book truly was a hidden gem and I was so glad I gave it a chance even though I hadn’t heard of anyone else reading it. It’s only been about 6 months since I read the first book, so while a few of the details are fuzzy I can remember most of what happened. I have been loving larger fantasy novels lately, so I should be in the mood to pick this one up once I’ve finished the next few books on my immediate TBR.

Check out my review of The Bard’s Blade here!

The Dark Tide by Alicia JasinkaThe Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska

Publication Date: August 4th, 2020

The Wicked Deep meets A Curse So Dark and Lonely in this gripping, dark fairy-tale fantasy about two girls who must choose between saving themselves, each other, or their sinking island city.

Every year on St. Walpurga’s Eve, Caldella’s Witch Queen lures a boy back to her palace. An innocent life to be sacrificed on the full moon to keep the island city from sinking.

Lina Kirk is convinced her brother is going to be taken this year. To save him, she enlists the help of Thomas Lin, the boy she secretly loves, and the only person to ever escape from the palace. But they draw the queen’s attention, and Thomas is chosen as the sacrifice.

Queen Eva watched her sister die to save the boy she loved. Now as queen, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s willing to sacrifice anyone if it means saving herself and her city.

When Lina offers herself to the queen in exchange for Thomas’s freedom, the two girls await the full moon together. But Lina is not at all what Eva expected, and the queen is nothing like Lina envisioned. Against their will, they find themselves falling for each other. As water floods Caldella’s streets and the dark tide demands its sacrifice, they must choose who to save: themselves, each other, or the island city relying on them both.

I tried to read this book in the middle of my really bad COVID-19 induced slump. I really enjoyed it then, but needed something faster paced because I couldn’t concentrate very well. This book is super atmospheric and full of gothic and witchy vibes. I will definitely be picking this one back up because I really did love what I read of it. It has been compared to The Wicked Deep, so if you’re a fan of that book you might want to check this one out!

Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen SimmonsSet Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch

Publication Date: August 4th, 2020

Ash is descended from a long line of gladiators, and she knows the brutal nature of war firsthand. But after her mother dies in an arena, she vows to avenge her by overthrowing her fire god, whose temper has stripped her country of its resources.

Madoc grew up fighting on the streets to pay his family’s taxes. But he hides a dangerous secret: he doesn’t have the earth god’s powers like his opponents. His elemental gift is something else—something that hasn’t been seen in centuries.

When an attempted revenge plot goes dangerously wrong, Ash inadvertently throws the fire and earth gods into a conflict that can only be settled by deadly, lavish gladiator games. The fights put Madoc in Ash’s path, and she realizes that his powers are the weapon her rebellion needs—but Madoc won’t jeopardize his family, regardless of how intrigued he is by the beautiful warrior.

But when the gods force Madoc’s hand, he and Ash uncover an ancient war that will threaten more than one immortal—it will unravel the world.

I was really excited for this book when I first heard of it. It is inspired by Greek and Roman mythology and history and is filled with gods and elemental magic. There is even a revenge plot! It’s gotten a lot of mediocre reviews, but of course I want to form my own opinions. It’s far too early and there are not enough reviews to make a decision on this book based on reviews alone.

The Morning Flower by Amanda HockingThe Morning Flower by Amanda Hocking

Publication Date: August 4th, 2020

New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking returns to the magical world of the Trylle with The Morning Flower, the second book in the Omte Origins arc.

Nestled along the bluffs of the forested coast lays the secret kingdom of the Omte—a realm filled with wonder… and as many secrets.

When Ulla Tulin took her internship at the Mimirin, the only mystery she thought she’d have to solve was that of her birth parents. After a girl named Eliana gets kidnapped while in her care, Ulla knows she has to find out the truth of who Eliana really is—and the only way to do that means traveling to the Omte capital, the place she suspects her mother is from.

Ulla didn’t expect that when she arrived she would discover the identity of a Skojare man who crossed paths with her mother—a man who could very well be her father. When the head of the Mimirin learns Ulla’s father is connected to the Älvolk, a secret society who believes they were tasked with protecting the First City and the only ones who know its location, he sends Ulla and Pan to Sweden where they find him living among the Älvolk. But all is not what it seems with the Älvolk and their urgent quest to find the Lost Bridge to the First City leaves Ulla feeling uneasy—and possibly in danger.

Yet another sequel on my TBR. This series is a spin off of the Trylle series, which is one of my favorite series and is about trolls! Trolls are super underrated in YA fantasy and I was super glad to see that there was a spin off series of Trylle set in the same world. The Lost City didn’t move very fast, but still captivated me with the writing and it’s characters. It felt a bit like a set up for the series, so I’m hoping for more action and plot movement in this installment!

Check out my review for The Lost City here!

Ten Arrows of Iron by Sam SykesTen Arrows of Iron by Sam Sykes

Publication Date: August 4th, 2020

The second novel in an epic fantasy trilogy that follows an unforgettable outcast mage caught between two warring empires.
Sal the Cacophony-outlaw, outcast, outnumbered-destroys all that she loves. Her lover lost and cities burned in her wake, all she has left is her magical gun and her all-consuming quest for revenge against those who stole her power and took the sky from her.
When the roguish agent of a mysterious patron offers her the chance to participate in a heist to steal an incredible power from the famed airship fleet, the Ten Arrows, she finds a new purpose. But a plot to save the world by bringing down empires swiftly escalates into a conspiracy of magic and vengeance that threatens to burn everything to ash, including herself

I love that one of the perks of being on Orbit’s blogger list is the ability to catch up on a series. I have had Seven Blades in Black on my wish list for quite a long time and Orbit was willing to give me both books in the series for review. I just know based on trusted blogger’s reviews that I will love the first book and want to continue on to the second book. These books are huge, but I’ve heard that they’re fast, funny and has incredible world building with a unique magic system. I am so excited to dive into this series and it will probably take up a decent chunk of time to get through these two huge books, but I have really high hopes!

Cut Off by Adrianne FinlayCut Off by Adrianne Finlay

Publication Date: August 11th, 2020

Warcross meets Lost in this haunting young adult sci-fi thriller in which teens compete to survive in the wilderness for one million dollars on a new virtual reality show. When something goes horribly wrong and the contestants realize no one is coming to save them, they must question their very reality—and how much of the game is really for show.

Each contestant has their own reasons—and their own secrets—for joining the new virtual reality show CUT/OFF that places a group of teenagers alone in the wilderness. It’s a simple premise: whoever lasts the longest without “tapping out” wins a cash prize. Not only that, new software creates a totally unprecedented television experience, allowing viewers to touch, see, and live everything along with the contestants. But what happens when “tapping out” doesn’t work and no one comes to save you? What happens when the whole world seemingly disappears while you’re stranded in the wild? Four teenagers must confront their greatest fears, their deepest secrets, and one another when they discover they are truly cut off from reality. Sci-fi, mystery, and romance converge in this high-stakes, fast-paced read that will leave you guessing to the very last moment.

I picked this book up because I want to fit more sci-fi into my reading life! I absolutely love books with survival themes and this book sounds really fun. The reviews have said it is fast paced and entertaining, so I will probably read this in between the many long fantasy books I am planning to try and fit in this month. I’m obsessed with books about people trapped in the wilderness and am super interested to see that aspect combined with a reality show.

The Faithless Hawk by Margaret OwenThe Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen

Publication Date: August 18th, 2020

Kings become outcasts and lovers become foes in the thrilling sequel to Margaret Owen’s The Merciful Crow.

As the new chieftain of the Crows, Fie knows better than to expect a royal to keep his word. Still she’s hopeful that Prince Jasimir will fulfill his oath to protect her fellow Crows. But then black smoke fills the sky, signaling the death of King Surimir and the beginning of Queen Rhusana’s merciless bid for the throne.

With the witch queen using the deadly plague to unite the nation of Sabor against Crows—and add numbers to her monstrous army—Fie and her band are forced to go into hiding, leaving the country to be ravaged by the plague. However, they’re all running out of time before the Crows starve in exile and Sabor is lost forever.

A desperate Fie calls on old allies to help take Rhusana down from within her own walls. But inside the royal palace, the only difference between a conqueror and a thief is an army. To survive, Fie must unravel not only Rhusana’s plot, but ancient secrets of the Crows—secrets that could save her people, or set the world ablaze.

The Merciful Crow was one of my favorite reads of last summer. I really loved the magic system and the dark vibes were amazing. I loved how it dove into class structure and the found family got my heart. It’s been about a year since I read the first book and I can not wait to continue the series! I will probably reread the last couple chapters of The Merciful Crow before I dive back into the series.

Check out my review of The Merciful Crow here!

The Con Code by Shana SilverThe Con Code by Shana Silver

Publication Date: August 25th, 2020

A teen forger and thief forms a criminal crew from her high school friends (and crush) to perform a series of heists leading to the location of her missing mother in this action-packed contemporary YA novel.

By day, seventeen-year-old Fiona Spangler runs small cons for her ritzy prep-school classmates: getting them out of tests and forging fake hall passes. But by night, Fiona joins her dad on riskier heists: stealing back the clue-filled forgeries her mom scattered across the country before she disappeared. Fiona desperately hopes that her mother will be waiting at the end of the scavenger hunt she left behind.

And they are SO close. Just three more heists remain, but then disaster strikes when Fiona’s dad is captured by the FBI. Desperate to finish the job and save what’s left of her family, Fiona assembles of crew of teen criminals: a master of disguise who can transform into anyone, a talented hacker who only communicates in glares, and a rival con artist with a vendetta against—and possible crush on—Fiona.

All they have to do is perform three nearly impossible heists, solve her mother’s incredibly complex clues, and evade the FBI. Easy, right?

The plot of this book kind of reminds me of Ally Carter’s Heist Society series. I totally love heist plots in books and movies and am quick to snatch these types of books up! This book seems a bit underrated and doesn’t have many early reviews, but looks like a fun and fast read that I can read for pure entertainment purposes. It does sound pretty good and promises a heist plot and lots of hidden clues that the main character’s mom left behind.

The Burning Kingdoms by Sally GreenThe Burning Kingdoms by Sally Green

Publication Date: August 25th, 2020

The heart-pounding conclusion to the daring Smoke Thieves trilogy.

In this conclusion to the epic Smoke Thieves trilogy, the world has erupted into all-out war. King Aloysius is mining powerful demon smoke and using it to fuel an unstoppable army of children. March, now banished for treason, has joined up with this boy army. Forbidden from ever seeing Edyon again, and overwhelmed by his own betrayal, March no longer cares if he lives or dies.

Catherine–now queen of Pitoria–must find a way to defeat the boy army, while also grappling with her own troubles: her secret demon smoke addiction, and unresolved tension with her former lover, Ambrose. Catherine seeks military support from Calidor by reaching out to her illegitimate cousin Edyon, who has been proclaimed heir to the Calidorian throne. But Edyon has almost no power as he’s entangled in the unfamiliar machinations and manipulations of the royal court, finding that being the claimed son of a prince may be no easier than being a bastard.

With Catherine, his love, now married off and moving on, and his brother and sister tortured and executed before him, Ambrose doesn’t know what his role in this world is any more. He leads an expedition into the demon world, hoping to destroy the boy army’s stores of demon smoke. In this underground world, he runs into Tash, whom everyone had believed dead. She has survived in this new world using magical abilities that, prior to now, only demons had.

Aloysius will send his demon smoke-powered boy army to kill them all, if he can. But what nobody knows is that there is more to the smoke than meets the eye…

Wow there are a lot more series and sequels on here than I thought there was! I am so excited for this one! This series has been on my TBR for years now, but I’m glad that I discovered The Smoke Thieves just this year because I didn’t have to wait so long in between books.  I didn’t read the first two books that long ago, so the series is pretty fresh in my mind. I am a super excited to read the last book in the series, but I’m SO not ready for the series to end!

Check out my reviews of The Smoke Thieves and The Demon World!

Where Dreams Descend by Janella AngelesWhere Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Publication Date: August 25th, 2020

In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.

This book has been receiving a ton of hype lately on bookstagram because it was in one of those book boxes (Owlcrate I think..), so lots of people just got a copy. It’s getting a lot of really great reviews which is super exciting because I had my fingers crossed that I was going to really like this one. It’s about a circus and magicians and is just really intriguing. The blurb is super vague, but I am excited regardless!

Want to Read

They Wish they were us by jessica goodmanThey Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman

Publication Date: August 4th, 2020

Gossip Girl meets One of Us Is Lying with a dash of The Secret History in this slick, taut murder mystery set against the backdrop of an exclusive prep school on Long Island.

In Gold Coast, Long Island, everything from the expensive downtown shops to the manicured beaches, to the pressed uniforms of Jill Newman and her friends, looks perfect. But as Jill found out three years ago, nothing is as it seems.

Freshman year Jill’s best friend, the brilliant, dazzling Shaila Arnold, was killed by her boyfriend. After that dark night on the beach, Graham confessed, the case was closed, and Jill tried to move on.

Now, it’s Jill’s senior year and she’s determined to make it her best yet. After all, she’s a senior and a Player–a member of Gold Coast Prep’s exclusive, not-so-secret secret society. Senior Players have the best parties, highest grades and the admiration of the entire school. This is going to be Jill’s year. She’s sure of it.

But when Jill starts getting texts proclaiming Graham’s innocence, her dreams of the perfect senior year start to crumble. If Graham didn’t kill Shaila, who did? Jill is vows to find out, but digging deeper could mean putting her friendships, and her future, in jeopardy

This book has a prep school setting and a murder mystery. That’s honestly all I need to know to want to read this one! I’m trash for these kinds of books and read them when I’m super slumpy or just need some entertainment.

Have Read

Star Daughter by Shveta ThakrarStar Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Publication Date: August 11th, 2020

This gorgeously imagined YA debut blends shades of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust and a breathtaking landscape of Hindu mythology into a radiant contemporary fantasy.

The daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keeping secrets. Pretending to be “normal.” But when an accidental flare of her starfire puts her human father in the hospital, Sheetal needs a full star’s help to heal him. A star like her mother, who returned to the sky long ago.

Sheetal’s quest to save her father will take her to a celestial court of shining wonders and dark shadows, where she must take the stage as her family’s champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of the heavens–and win, or risk never returning to Earth at all.

Brimming with celestial intrigue, this sparkling YA debut is perfect for fans of Roshani Chokshi and Laini Taylor.

This book was so lush and magical! It was the first book that I’ve seen compared to Laini Taylor’s books that actually gave me Laini Taylor vibes. It was wholly unlike anything that I have ever read and incredibly cultural. I do wish that it had a glossary though, because I had to spend some time Googling things so I knew what was going on. This was a beautiful book all about finding yourself and humanity. This was a really impressive debut novel and I will definitely read whatever Shveta Thakrar comes out with next!

Look for my review this week!

Let’s Chat!

What books are you looking forward to this month? Have you read any of the books on my list? Are any of them on you TBR?  What has been your favorite read that comes out in August? Are there any books coming out this month that I shouldn’t miss out on? Make sure to comment below so we can talk about upcoming books we’re excited about!

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  1. I’m so excited for Star Daughter but there are so many on your list that sound great and that I’ve never heard until now! Will definitely keep my eye out for them 😀 Hope you enjoy all of these, Mandy!


    1. It is very lush and magical!! So original and different. I did have to do a bit of googling to get the full vibe though because I’m not familiar with indian culture and Hinduism but I recommend googling what you dont know. I even googled the outfits they described and it really helped me visualize the whole thing so well! It was really different from a lot of books out there! I love the idea of star people. It’s just wild!

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