Friday, September 2

Monthly Anticipation - September 2016

A new feature! Yes, Monthly Anticipation is the brand new feature that's going to replace the Release Calendar at The Regal Critiques. We came to a mutual decision to do away with the latter since it was soon getting weary- there were just too many releases, and we hated missing out on featuring every amazing book that's seeing the light of the day. Believe us, at the rate of all these books getting published it was just all too easy to lose track of what book was coming out when, and not including ALL the books kind of beats the purpose of a release calendar, doesn't it? And so we came up with this brilliant idea where we spotlight only the books we are most excited about. This could be anywhere between five to ten books, but this way things are easier, for you and definitely for us (you can think of this as a kind of replacement for the Waiting on Wednesdays posts which we ultimately ended up discontinuing too!). Without further ado, let us introduce you to these wonderful books we are looking forward to this month!

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.  
But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her. 
So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for. 
Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever. While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.
Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu

When Caroline's little brother is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of Ethan, a teenager who has been living with the kidnapper since he was a young child himself. In the aftermath, Caroline can't help but wonder what Ethan knows about everything that happened to her brother, who is not readjusting well to life at home. And although Ethan is desperate for a friend, he can't see Caroline without experiencing a resurgence of traumatic memories. But after the media circus surrounding the kidnappings departs from their small Texas town, both Caroline and Ethan find that they need a friend--and their best option just might be each other.

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.
In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.
But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair. . . .
Inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful and Sarah Porter’s years of experience teaching creative writing to New York City students. 
Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

Five books. 
Just five books we are really excited about this month, but each one sounds amazing in it's own way, don't you agree?
 Tell us what you think of our picks for September, 
and do let us know if we should be looking out for any other amazing new releases! 


  1. Three Dark Crowns and Stalking Jack the Ripper look right up my alley! I knew about the former but the latter is new to me. It's definitely going on my wishlist though!

    Charlotte @ Bookmarks and Blogging

    1. They sure look super-good! Hope you'll end up loving them as much you'd like to. :D

  2. Stalking Jack the Ripper has been EVERYWHERE on Twitter it seems. I think I might have to give it a go just to see what all the hype is about haha!

    1. I feel like that's a good sing, bc I don't think it's been marketed THAT much & yet ppl talk about it a lot. :D

  3. OMG! I'm excited for the same 5 books as you! 😂😂

  4. I am so excited for Three Dark Crowns - it sounds like just my kind of book! I've seen Stalking Jack the Ripper around but didn't look at it because, with that cover, I suspected it was a historical romance and didn't look at it. Now I'm thinking it sounds good. And Vassa in the Night sounds like a really interesting take on retellings. I'm definitely going to have to give it a look. (Also, ladies, like the new feature a lot!)

    1. All these sound really, really good! Stalking Jack the Ripper is my most awaited from the ones you mentioned for sure, though. I've been more and more into historical fiction lately. Hope you'll enjoy all these novels, Amy! Thank you! <333

  5. I'm really looking forward to Afterward. I already have it on hold at my library and I should get the first copy as soon as it comes in. Hope it's as good as it sounds!

    Tanya @

    1. That's the novel I'm the most excited for this month, because Jennifer Mathieu is one of my auto-buy author, even if she only has two novels published. :D


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