I usually don’t attempt to read books around the time of their release date. The main reason for that is that I much prefer paperback editions to hardbacks. They are much easier to carry around and don’t have exasperating, slippery dust jackets. But I also don’t tend to read brand new releases, because I don’t feel the need to rush, unless I have been waiting for a particular book for a long time. That can happen, for example, with the next instalment in a book series. In Portugal, books are usually only released in paperback, nonetheless I hardly ever buy them at the time of their release.
However, some of the books that were released this year really caught my attention and, thus, I want to read them sooner rather than later. Soon will have to be next year, though, seeing that I probably won’t have the time to read them until December, as I still have quite a few books left to read for the ‘EU still 28’ project. Also, some of these books will be released in paperback at the beginning of next year, and I feel that I can wait until then and own the edition I fancy the most.
The five books I have in mind are:
The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin
I have to admit that this book first caught my attention because of its gorgeous cover in purple and golden tones, although it was the blurb that convinced me to read it. The story takes place in London in 1831. Hester White desires to have a better life. A fortuitous encounter with the aristocratic Brock family provides her with an opportunity to achieve that, but her past won’t make it easy.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
I have read various reviews about this novel and almost all of them left me eager to buy it. I’m utterly intrigued by the secret behind this peculiar murder story. Evelyn Hardcastle is assassinated but won’t die only once. If Aiden doesn’t solve the mystery behind her murder, the day will continue to repeat itself.
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
I love a good historical novel and The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock has received a lot of praise. It all starts when one of Jonah Hancock’s captains sells his ship in exchange for what appears to be a mermaid. Everyone wants to see this marvel with their own eyes. So, Hancock gains access to high society. At a party, he meets Angelica Neal and their lives change forever.
The Pisces by Melissa Broder
I have the feeling that I will either love or hate this book. There will be no middle ground. It focuses on Lucy, a PhD student who falls in love with a merman. After watching The Shape of Water, everything featuring a merman just immediately catches my attention. From what I’ve heard The Pisces is not as “fairytalish”. Nevertheless, I’m eager to read it.
The Parentations by Kate Mayfield
I believe that this book delves into the dangers of immortality through the story of three sisters in both the eighteenth century and 2015. I’m equally excited and curious to read this novel, which seems to mix historical fiction and magical realism.
Have you read any of these books? Tell me in the comments!