September Book Recommendations

Welcome to the Book Recommendations club! I've gathered some fantastic reads for September from some great authors, who I'm sure wouldn't mind you checking out their book pages!

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Enter the Grishaverse with book one of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by number one New York Times-bestselling author, Leigh Bardugo. Perfect for fans of Laini Taylor and Sarah J. Maas.


Now with a stunning new cover and exclusive bonus material: The Demon in the Wood (a Darkling prequel story) and a Q&A with Leigh Bardugo.


Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold - a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.


Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country's magical military elite - and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.


As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.


Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.


Click here to view Shadow and Bone on Amazon.


Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

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.



Click here to view Where Dreams Descend on Amazon.


The Binding by Bridget Collins

LOSE YOURSELF IN THE BREAKOUT SENSATION OF THE YEAR

SHORTLISTED FOR WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019


Emmett Farmer is a binder’s apprentice. His job is to hand-craft beautiful books and, within each, to capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory.


If you have something you want to forget, or a secret to hide, he can bind it – and you will never have to remember the pain it caused.


In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and secrets – are meticulously stored and recorded.


Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of the volumes has his name on it.


Click here to view The Binding on Amazon.


A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

The New York Times No.1 bestselling YA crime thriller that everyone is talking about!

THE WINNER OF THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS' CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WATERSTONES CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE 2020


'A fiendishly-plotted mystery that kept me guessing until the very end.' - Laura Purcell, bestselling author of The Silent Companions

A debut YA crime thriller as addictive as Serial as compelling as Riverdale and as page-turning as One of Us Is Lying

The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.


But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the crime, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn't so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth . . . ?


Perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying, Gone Girl, We Were Liars and Riverdale


Click here to view A Good Girl's Guide to Murder on Amazon.


Normal People by Sally Rooney

THE BBC ADAPTATION OF NORMAL PEOPLE IS NOW AVAILABLE ON BBC IPLAYER AND BBC 1


OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD

THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES AND TOP FIVE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

WINNER OF THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2018

WINNER OF THE AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS NOVEL OF THE YEAR

WINNER OF NOVEL OF THE YEAR AND BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS

WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS INTERNATIONAL AUTHOR OF THE YEAR

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018

LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019


Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in the west of Ireland, but the similarities end there. In school, Connell is popular and well-liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation - awkward but electrifying - something life-changing begins.


Normal People is a story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find they can't.


Click here to view Normal People on Amazon.


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

For years, rumours of the 'Marsh Girl' have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.


'[It] will reach a huge audience though the writer's old-fashioned talents for compelling character, plotting and landscape description' The Guardian


'For sheer escapism pick up Where The Crawdads Sing . . . there is writing that takes your breath away' The Times


'All is not as it seems in this heart-breaking coming-of-age bestseller' The i newspaper


Click here to view Where the Crawdads Sing on Amazon.


Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

"A brilliant debut, full of everything I love: a sparkling and fully realized heroine, an intricate and deadly system of magic, and a searing romance that kept me reading long into the night. Serpent & Dove is an absolute gem of a book." —Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Court of Thorns and Roses series


Bound as one, to love, honor, or burn. Book one of a stunning fantasy duology, this tale of witchcraft and forbidden love is perfect for fans of Kendare Blake and Sara Holland.


Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.


As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.


Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.


Set in a world of powerful women, dark magic, and off-the-charts romance, book one of this stunning fantasy trilogy will leave readers burning for more.


Click here to view Serpent & Dove on Amazon.


Women Don't Owe You Pretty by Florence Given

'THE BEAUTY MYTH' FOR THE INSTAGRAM GENERATION



'Rallying, radical and pitched perfectly for her generation.' - Evening Standard


Women Don't Owe You Pretty istheultimate book for anyone who wants to challenge the out-dated narratives supplied to us by the patriarchy.


Through Florence's story you will learn how to protect your energy, discover that you are the love of your own life, and realise that today is a wonderful day to dump them.


Florence Given is here to remind you that you owe men nothing, least of all pretty.


WARNING: CONTAINS EXPLICIT CONTENT (AND A LOAD OF UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS).


Click here to view Women Don't Owe You Pretty on Amazon.


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019. Winner of the silver INKY for best international YA book.


Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.


And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.


One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong.


But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan . . .


Dramatic and thrilling fantasy blends seamlessly with enthralling storytelling to create a fully realised and seductive world, brimful of magic and romance.


Click here to view The Cruel Prince on Amazon.


The Assassin's Daughter by Shana Vernon

I've been hiding from the Guild since I was born.


If they knew about my magic, they would kill me in a heartbeat.


I should be avoiding them, but instead, I enter the Guild as a regular human recruit.


Why?


Papa went missing after a mission, and I need answers.


I realize I might have bitten off more than I can chew when my new instructor is the guy I kissed a few months before.


It doesn't seem like Cade recognizes me without my disguise, but if he does and blows the whistle, I'm as good as dead and so is Papa.


Click here to view The Assassin's Daughter on Amazon.



Embracing the Dragon by K.L. Bone

Can a human heart withstand the flames of a dragon’s soul?


For centuries, the dragons of Kalleen have ruled the skies. Blessed by the goddess of fire, those born of her power are destined to exist within two worlds, while fully belonging to neither.


As the youngest daughter of the dragon queen, Amelia has always been torn between her humanity and winged form. In meeting Stephen, she found a blossoming love that gave her hope of finding balance.


A dream destroyed when her sister, and future queen, sets her sights upon the same man.


Forced from her lover’s side, Amelia embraces a self-imposed exile, taking refuge in the northern mountains. In this new life of solitude, she banishes painful memories by retreating to her dragon form, sheltering the wounded girl within.


Yet it is an isolation that cannot last, as the new dragon queen’s cruelty bears down upon the kingdom, allowing an ancient enemy to rise. Drawn from her banishment by the pleas of friends, Amelia must choose. Will she embrace the destructive beast within? Or draw upon the frail humanity that lingers dimly in her soul, in a desperate attempt to help her people, and mend a broken heart?


Click here to view Embracing the Dragon on Amazon.


So there you have it. There's my September Book Recommendations! If you'd like your book to be featured, all you have to do is keep an eye on my Twitter and Facebook.


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