Exciting August 2020 Releases

The Last of the Moon Girls by Barbara Davis

Synopsis: Lucy never wanted Moon Girl Farm, so nine years ago she left the land where nine generations of healers have resided, determined to distance herself from it all. But when her grandmother dies Lucy returns to tragedy, two girls have been murdered and there are cruel accusations following her grandmother to the grave. Lucy longs to sell the farm and return to New York but she becomes determined to clear her grandmother’s name, and when she finds a journal left for her to help her reconnect with her healing gifts, she is left with the choice of whether or not to reconnect with her heritage.

Genres: Fiction, Mystery

Publication Date: 1st August 202

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

Synopsis: One afternoon in southeastern Nigeria a mother opens her door to find her son dead on her doorstep. The book then tells the story of his death and the mystery surrounding it by exploring Vivek’s closest bonds with his family and friends, and how at the core of this mystery there is one world-shattering moment of violence performed in freedom.

Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary LGBTQ+

Publication Date: 4th August 2020

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Synopsis: In Los Angeles 1992, Ashley and her friends are living the high life, it’s senior year and the promises of Summer are drawing closer. But one April afternoon four police officers are acquitted of beating Rodney King, a black man, to death and suddenly Ashely is one of the black kids. Ashely tries to keep her normal life as violence engulfs the city, her sister joins riots and her friends spread a damaging rumour about LaShawn Johnson that could potentially ruin his future.

Genres: YA, Hisorical

Publication Date: 4th August 2020

If I Had Two Wings by Randall Kenan

Synopsis: Based in the ficitional territory Tims Creek, North Carolina, an old man sits in a nursing home, an adulterer is beaten up by a parson, a hog haunts a rich man and an elderly woman becomes a miracle worker. A retired plumber decides to go to Manhattan, where he meets Billy Idol. An architect loses his lover to AIDS and then reconnects with someone from the past. And Howard Hughes goes looking for the woman who once cooked him Butter Beans.

Genres: Adult Fiction, Short Stories

Publication Date: 4th August 2020

Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

Synopsis: A deep dive into ‘Twilight’ from Edward’s perspective, as he meets Bella – a human he finds intoxicating, intriguing and maddening. But as we learn more about Edward and his life we come to understand his struggle: how can he let himself fall for Bella when he could be endangering her life?

Genres: YA, Romance, Paranormal Fantasy

Publication Date: 4th August 2020

Set Fire to the Gods by Sarah Raasch and Kirsten Simmons

Synopsis: Ash is the descendant of a long line of Gladiators, but when her mum dies in the arena she vows to avenge her by overthrowing her fire god who has stripped her country of it’s resources. Madoc grew up fighting on the streets for his father, but he has a secret: he doesn’t have the earth god’s powers but rather an elemental power not seen in decades. When her attempted revenge goes astray and Ash starts a war between the fire and earth gods, it throws Madoc into her life ,and together they discover an ancient war that will threaten all immortals and change everything.

Genres: YA, Fantasy

Publication Date: 4th August 2020

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Synopsis: As a daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keeping secrets and pretending to be ‘normal’. But when an accidental flare of her starpower puts her mortal father in Hospital, she needs the help of a full star to heal him – a star like her mother who returned to the sky a long time ago. Sheetal’s quest to save her father takes her to a celestial court full of wonders and shadows, and she takes her place as her family’s champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of the heavens, she wins or she risks never returning to Earth.

Genres: YA, Fantasy

Publication Date: 11th August 2020

Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest

Synopsis: 18 year old Evie Jones is poised to be Hollywood’s next big star until a friend’s betrayal leads to her being blacklisted. But Evie knows how to save her career: a public appearance with America’s most beloved actress Evelyn Conway – her grandmother, but days before the event her grandmother goes missing. With her career on the line Evie enlists the helps of a cute musician, Milo Williams, to help her track down her grandmother and together they travel across New York City in a wild man hunt.

Genres: YA, Romance, Contemporary

Publication Date: 25th August 2020

The Notorius Virtues by Alwyn Hamiton

Synopsis: Nora, aged 16, is the daughter of the most powerful heiress in Walstad, her family controls all the money and magic in the country. But when her mother is found dead in an ally Nora and her cousins are thrown into the Veritaz, a magical competition to decide who becomes the next heir. But Nora’s aunt brings a surprise contestant with her, her illegitimate daughter Lotte, whose suddenly gone from an orphan to being surrounded by family who wants her dead. The two girls search for truths, Nora and a reporter who hates her and her entire family search for her mother’s killer, whilst Lotte desperately searches for the identity of her father whilst dealing with an attraction to Theo, one of of the family’s protectors. But in the end there can only be one winner and one heir.

Genres: YA, Fantasy

Publication Date: 18th August 2020

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