October 2023 New Releases


Release Date Not Known
The Scarlet Alchemist by Kylie Lee Baker (Inkyard Press)

Claire Stetzer at Inkyard Press has acquired, in an exclusive submission, The Scarlet Alchemist by Kylie Lee Baker (The Keeper of Night), a dark YA fantasy duology set in an alternate Tang Dynasty China, where alchemy has led to income inequality as the rich eat gold to achieve eternal youth, and a poor biracial girl with the ability to raise the dead gets caught up in the dangerous political games of the royal family. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Mary C. Moore at Kimberley Cameron & Associates brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.

In the Ring by Sierra Isley

Rose Berman is losing her mind. At least, that’s what everyone at school seems to think.

Plagued by panic attacks that started after her mother's untimely death, Rose is the target of frequent teasing and rumors. But when the star quarterback takes it too far, the school’s tattooed, cigarette-smoking bad boy — Elliott King — steps in.

Rose can’t help but think of Elliott—maybe if she could punch like him, she’d feel safer... stronger. As their worlds intertwine, Rose and Elliott are forced to face their most daunting opponent outside the Ring: their growing feelings for each other.

Surrounded by violence and destruction, Rose’s anxiety begins to spiral. Will her newfound physical strength keep her grounded in reality, or is she doomed to suffer the same fate as her mother?

Wrath Becomes Her by Aden Polydoros (Inkyard Press) - previously titled A Monstrous Vengeance.
Stephanie Cohen at Inkyard Press has bought world English and audio rights to A Monstrous Vengeance and an untitled second YA book by Sydney Taylor Award-winning author Aden Polydoros, a horror novel set in 1943 Lithuania, in the vein of Inglorious Basterds meets Frankenstein, following Vera, a golem torn between fulfilling her creator's vengeful mission against the Nazis and collaborators who murdered his daughter, the very girl Vera was modeled after, and protecting the humans she's come to call her friends. Publication is set for fall 2023; Thao Le at Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency did the deal.

Up in Flames by Hailey Alcaraz (Viking) - moved from Spring 2023.
Jenny Bak at Viking has acquired, at auction, Up in Flames, a contemporary retelling of Gone with the Wind by debut author Hailey Alcaraz. Pitched in the vein of diverse retellings like Anna K, the privileged and irrepressible Ruby Ortega vies to win the heart of her best friend while fighting to save her family's home and the local Latinx community from the California wildfires, all while avoiding the help of a young, annoyingly attractive entrepreneur. Publication is set for spring 2023; Amy Stapp at Wolfson Literary brokered the two-book deal for world English rights.

Sinner's Isle by Angela Montoya (Joy Revolution)
Bria Ragin, David and Nicola Yoon at Joy Revolution have acquired debut author Angela Montoya's Sinner's Isle, a dual-POV Latinx YA fantasy romance, bought at auction in a two-book deal and pitched as Pirates of the Caribbean meets Serpent & Dove. In the story, a powerful witch being held captive on a remote island will do anything to escape it before the Offering—a week-long fiesta for the wealthy to consort with Majestics like her—including blackmailing an infamous, charming pirate who washes up on shore. Publication is slated for fall 2023; Larissa Melo Pienkowski at Jill Grinberg Literary Management did the deal for world English rights.

The Forest Demands Its Due by Kosoko Jackson (Quill Tree Books) - release month not yet announced on Goodreads.
Karen Chaplin at Quill Tree has bought world English rights to Kosoko Jackson's The Forest Demands Its Due. When the murder of his classmate at an elite boarding school seems to be forgotten overnight, Douglas must confront centuries of secrets in the school's past and a vengeful creature in the forest surrounding the campus, in this dark paranormal YA thriller pitched as Witch Haven meets A Lesson in Vengeance. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret brokered the deal.

October 1st
The Spells We Cast by Jason June (Disney Hyperion)
Rachel Stark at Disney Hyperion has signed Jason June (Jay's Gay Agenda) to write The Spells We Cast—a YA contemporary fantasy in which two boys, pitted against each other in a contest to keep their magic, discover the sparks that fly between them—for the Melissa de la Cruz Studio imprint. Brent Taylor at Triada US represented the author in a two-book deal, for publication starting in summer 2023.

Hex and Havoc by Nilah Magruder and Sonia Liao (Harpercollins) - YA graphic novel.
Stephanie Guerdan at HarperCollins has bought world rights to the queer YA fantasy duology Hex and Havoc, written by Nilah Magruder (Reel Love; M.F.K.), illustrated by Sonia Liao (Thief in the Trees; The Marie Curie Society). The books follow two girls in a caste-based magical society as they fall in love and spark a revolution. Publication is planned for summer 2023 and 2024; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary represented the author, and the illustrator represented herself. Magruder is now represented by Patrice Caldwell at New Leaf Literary.

October 3rd

Monstrous by Jessica Lewis (Delacorte) - moved from fall 2022, previously titled Monster.
Forced to spend her summer in her aunt's strange small town, a teen girl discovers dark secrets hidden in the woods. From the author of Bad Witch Burning comes another pulse-pounding novel perfect for fans of Supernatural and Lovecraft Country.

Don't go outside past dark. Come straight home after church. And above all—never, ever, go into Red Wood.

These are the rules Latavia’s aunt tells her as soon as she arrives in Sanctum, Alabama for the summer. Weird, but Latavia isn’t here to solve any scary small town mysteries; she’s here for six weeks and six weeks only, and then she’s off to college and won’t look back. Still, Sanctum has its perks—mainly, the cute girl who works at the local ice cream shop.

But Latavia can’t ignore how strange her aunt’s tiny town is. The residents are suspicious of her and at times hostile, and it’s clear she’s some kind of outsider. That’s proven when Latavia is dragged out of her house in the dead of night, into the forbidden Red Wood, and presented as a human sacrifice to an ancient monster.

Latavia won’t be eaten without a fight. She’ll do whatever she has to do to survive—even if that includes making a deal with the monster, endangering her crush and family, and even risk turning into a monster herself.

Silence and Shadow by Erin Beaty (FSG)
The sequel to Erin Beaty’s buzzworthy YA medieval fantasy-thriller Blood and Moonlight, Silence and Shadow is full of swoony romance, dangerous magick, and murder. Perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Mary E. Pearson.

After catching a killer and barely escaping with their lives, Cat and Simon arrive in the sprawling city of Londunium disguised as husband and wife to avoid suspicion. Cat looks to hone her mysterious new powers at the local Selenae university with Simon by her side, but their new home may not be the fresh start they were hoping for . . .

Because once the university learns of Cat’s "marriage" to an outsider, she is brought before the penthaemon, a council of the five most powerful Selenae, who want to erase Simon’s memories to protect their community’s secrets. Now Cat must choose between learning more about the heritage that was stolen from her, or staying with the boy she loves.

A choice that is complicated even more when a string of mutilated bodies turns up in the woods outside the city, and Simon is recruited to profile the killer. Soon Cat is pulled back into a world of magick, mayhem, and murder—one that threatens to swallow her, and everyone she loves, whole.

Hockey Girl Loves Drama Boy by Faith Erin Hicks (First Second)
New York Times bestseller Faith Erin Hicks is back with a young adult graphic novel romance about a hotheaded hockey player who asks for temper management lessons from the cool, calm boy in drama club.

It should have been a night of triumph for Alix’s hockey team. But her mean teammate Lindsay decided to start up with her usual rude comments and today Alix, who usually tries to control her anger, let it finally run free. Alix lashes out and before she knows it, her coach is dragging her off Lindsay, and the invitation to the Canada National Women’s U18 Team’s summer camp is on the line.

She needs to learn how to control this anger, and she is sure Erza, the popular and poised theater kid from her grade is the answer. So she asks for his help. But as they hang out and start get closer, Alix learns that there is more to Erza than the cool front he puts on. And that maybe this friendship could become something more....

October 10th
Ghost Roast by Shawnee Gibbs and Shawnelle Gibbs (HMH) - originally dated April 2021, some editions dated May 2022 but publisher confirms this date.
An exciting paranormal adventure that blends lost histories, first crushes, and the impossible task of fitting in with the cool kids when your dad is a ghost hunter. Perfect for fans of THE OKAY WITCH and ANYA'S GHOST.

The Night Hunt by Alexandra Christo (Feiwel and Friends)
Holly West at Feiwel and Friends has bought North American rights to The Night Hunt by Alexandra Christo (Princess of Souls). In this YA fantasy romance, a heroine who feeds on fear and a boy without a past combine forces to hunt down the Gods who destroyed both their worlds. Publication is scheduled for fall 2023; Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong negotiated the deal.

October 17th
At the End of the World by
Nadia Mikail (Feiwel and Friends)

When the world is ending, what matters most to you?

Seventeen-year-old Aisha hasn't seen her sister June for two years. She has no idea where she is, but that hasn't stopped her from thinking about her every day and hoping she's okay.

But now that a calamity is about to end the world in nine months' time, she and her mother decide that it's time to track her down and mend the hurts of the past. They don't have any time to spare - if they don't resolve their issues now, they never will.

Along with Aisha's boyfriend Walter and his parents (and a stray cat named Fleabag), the group embarks on a roadtrip through Malaysia in a wildly decorated campervan to put the past to rest, to come to terms with the present, and to hope for the future, even with the world about to end.

Unholy Terrors by Lyndall Clipstone (
Feiwel and Friends)

Everline Blackthorn has devoted her life to the wardens — necromantic warriors who guard against unholy monsters known as the vespertine. Everline is desperate to prove herself, but unlike other wardens, she is unable to wield magic.

When a series of strange omens occur, Everline disobeys orders sneaks out from the enclave to investigate, desperate for answers about her birth—and her mother’s death.

On the dangerous moorland, Everline uncovers a startling truth in the form of Ravel Severin: a rogue vespertine who reveals the monsters have secrets of their own. Everline knows she is sworn to kill Ravel, but when she realises the answers to her past lie at the heart of the Thousandfold—the vespertine enclave protected by powerful magic—she makes the dangerous choice to ask for his help instead.

Ravel promises to get her the answers she needs, but he demands a price. Vespertine magic requires blood, and if Everline wants Ravel to act as her guide, she will have to allow him to feed from her.

It’s a sin for a warden to feed a vespertine— let alone love one— and when their mutual dislike turns to attraction, Everline is torn between her vows and her heart. As she and Ravel travel further across the moorland, Everline realizes the question isn’t whether she will survive the journey, but if she will return unchanged...

October 24th
Sound the Gong by Joan He (Roaring Brook Press)
From New York Times and Indie bestselling author Joan He, come the dazzling and sweeping conclusion to The Kingdom of Three duology, Sound the Gong, the breathtaking sequel to the critically-acclaimed Strike the Zither.

All her life, Zephyr has tried to rise above her humble origins as a no-name orphan. Now she is a god in a warrior’s body, and never has she felt more powerless. Her lordess Xin Ren holds the Westlands, but her position is tenuous. In the north, the empress remains under Miasma’s thumb. In the south, the alliance with Cicada is in pieces.

Fate also seems to have a different winner in mind for the three kingdoms, but Zephyr has no intentions of respecting it. She will pay any price to see Ren succeed—and she will make her enemies pay, especially one dark-haired, dark-eyed Crow. What she’ll do when she finds out the truth—that he worked for the South all along…

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