Another week has rolled around, which means another set of wonderful books are launching tomorrow! (And hey – does anyone know why books tend to be published on Tuesdays??? What’s up with that?) This week there’s only three releases I’m looking forward to, but they all sound like there’s going to be awesome!The Babysitters Coven (The Babysitters Coven, #1) by Kate Williams
Published by Delacorte Press on 17th September 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Adventures in Babysitting
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
in this funny, action-packed novel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil.
Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it's kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she's good at it.
And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let's just say she owes some people a new tree.
Enter Cassandra Heaven. She's Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria food. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme's babysitters club?
The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra's mother left her: "Find the babysitters. Love, Mom."
Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they're about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.
From Cate Tiernan’s Sweep/Wicca series to Amy Garvey’s Cold Kiss and Laura Eve’s Graces, teen witches – done right – are absolutely my jam. The Babysitter’s Coven sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun – the title and cover alone would have convinced me to give it a go, even if the blurb didn’t sound like a good read too!Saving Fable by Scott Reintgen
on 17th September 2019
Side characters can be heroes too in this charming and fast-paced adventure that is The Land of Stories meets The Phantom Tollbooth!
Indira has been a character-in-waiting her entire life. So she can't believe her luck when she's finally chosen to travel to Fable and study at the renowned Protagonist Preparatory, a school known for producing the best heroes.
But Indira's dreams of achieving hero status don't exactly go as planned. A failed audition lands her in the school's side-character track, and her best efforts to prove advisors--famous characters like Alice from Wonderland and Professor Darcy--wrong are constantly sabotaged. Indira is starting to feel like an evil antagonist might be to blame.
As the danger spreads, Indira discovers all of Fable is under siege. With her friends Maxi and Phoenix by her side, she pieces together clues that will reveal who is behind the dark magic threatening them all. But the more Indira uncovers, the more doubt she feels about her place in this world of stories. After all, can a side character really save the day?
Ever since reading (and loving) Stephanie Burgis’ Dragon With a Chocolate Heart, I’ve been making tentative but hopeful forays into Middle-Grade fiction. Fable looks like a book written to tick all my boxes, and one I can pass onto my little sisters when I’m done. I can’t wait to give it a go!The Tea Dragon Festival by Katie O'Neill
Representation: Non-binary, mlm or M/M, PoC, Sign language
on 17th September 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Queer Protagonists
Rinn has grown up with the Tea Dragons that inhabit their village, but stumbling across a real dragon turns out to be a different matter entirely! Aedhan is a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village but fell asleep in the forest eighty years ago. With the aid of Rinn’s adventuring uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel, they investigate the mystery of his enchanted sleep, but Rinn’s real challenge is to help Aedhan come to terms with feeling that he cannot get back the time he has lost.
A second graphic novel set in the same world (and with some of the same characters) as O’Neill’s The Tea Dragon Society, TTDF looks like it’ll be just as beautiful, sweet, and diverse as the first book. I adored Society without reservation, and still covet a Tea Dragon of my own! But a second book set in this gorgeous world will do very well as a substitute. I hope it’s the first of many sequels!
That’s it from me! Any other releases people are excited for this week?