Do you love browsing the new books section of Barnes and Noble? I often find myself walking through the store and picking up the various new books in their lovely hardcover format.  I rarely indulge in buying one, but oh they do feel great to hold.  Such promise!

If you love reading new books that are hot off the presses, these are a few that I am watching out for. Keep your eyes peeled for these four titles in August and September!

“Blind Date” by Bella Jewel


After the death of her husband, Hartley Watson is ready to start dating once again. As she’s getting back into the playing field, Hartley thinks someone is stalking her. However, everyone around her — even her current boyfriend — isn’t convinced and thinks it just her way of showing grief. Frustrated, Hartley goes to the police for help and she meets detective Ace Jacobson, who believes she’s being stalked by a serial killer. As Hartley and Ace work together they grow closer…  This seems formulaic, but looks fun.


“The Address” by Fiona Davis


This fictional novel is about what’s behind the hidden behind the walls of The Dakota — New York City’s most famous residence. The Dakota was once home to actress Judy Garland, football player Joe Namath, and Beatle John Lennon — of which his memorial is located across the street in Central Park.

Set in 1884, one of The Dakota’s architects, Theodore Camden, meets a woman in London named Sara, and asks her to be the female manager of the residence. Sara follows him to New York in hopes of a new career and the opportunity to get closer with Theodore. Years later, a mystery is discovered by Theodore’s granddaughter, Bailey, as she redesigns one of the apartments in The Dakota.

I love New York City books and using the setting of The Dakota, this book looks like it has history and a mystery – a great combination.

“Even the Darkest Stars” by Heather Fawcett


Inspired by the early climbers of Mt. Everest, Heather Fawcett writes the first of two books in a duology. The first of which will be released in September.

Kamzin was determined to become a royal explorer, who are a group of elite mountain climbers under direction of the Emperor. When River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, hires Kamzin for his expedition, Kamzin is thrilled while her older sister, Lusha is jealous. The expedition proves to be more difficult than what Kamzin expected. With dangerous conditions and dark secrets, Kamzin must unravel the truth of their mission while in competition to the summit with her older sister and a rival explorer.

This is somewhat YA and Fantasy – I love a young heroine in an epic adventure.

“Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2)” by Jay Kristoff


Godsgrave is the second installment to New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight Chronicle. The story continues when assassin Mia is on a journey for revenge against the people who destroyed her family. As her story continues, conspiracies begin to unfold in her Church, and they lead to Consul Scaeva. Angry, she defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for the chance to end Scaeva in the grand games in Godsgrave.

Female gladiator?  So promising.  I don’t love the cover, but I think I can move past that.