Hello everyone, and welcome to The Bookworm Files inaugural New Releases post!  Every Tuesday, your one and only spooky gal, Alexa (that’s me!), will be bringing you the best of the week’s new book releases—or at least the ones that we’re most excited about.  These books will be some of our most eagerly anticipated, whether they’re middle grade, YA, or adult, and while we probably won’t stray too far from our fantasy/science fiction/horror roots, you may see a contemporary pop up on occasion. We hope you enjoy this new feature of the blog, and that it tempts you to grow your TBR pile (it’s ok, you can totally blame us, we don’t mind).

We picked a great week for the maiden voyage New Releases post, as today welcomes two of my most anticipated release of the year, as well as a previously unavailable reissue from a science fiction and fantasy legend.


Margaret Owen

A future chieftain
Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.
A fugitive prince
When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.
A too-cunning bodyguard
Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?

First up is a debut by author Margaret Owen that has been getting a crazy amount of hype over the last few months and, so far anyway, seems to be delivering.  The book has been receiving a host of overwhelmingly four and five star reviews, and boasts an impressive 4.28 rating on Goodreads.  Our lovely Tiffany received an early review copy and gave it an impressive four stars.  The sequel is already slated to have a July 2020 release date, which means fans won’t have to wait too long for more creepy teeth magic goodness.  Did I forget to mention that there is a magical system involving teeth?  Oh yeah, I’m totally excited for this one.


Pierce Brown

For a decade Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt color-coded Society. Now, outlawed by the very Republic he founded, he wages a rogue war on Mercury in hopes that he can still salvage the dream of Eo. But as he leaves death and destruction in his wake, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will another legend rise to take his place?

Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile, has returned to the Core. Determined to bring peace back to mankind at the edge of his sword, he must overcome or unite the treacherous Gold families of the Core and face down Darrow over the skies of war-torn Mercury.

But theirs are not the only fates hanging in the balance.

On Luna, Mustang, Sovereign of the Republic, campaigns to unite the Republic behind her husband. Beset by political and criminal enemies, can she outwit her opponents in time to save him?

Once a Red refugee, young Lyria now stands accused of treason, and her only hope is a desperate escape with unlikely new allies.

Abducted by a new threat to the Republic, Pax and Electra, the children of Darrow and Sevro, must trust in Ephraim, a thief, for their salvation—and Ephraim must look to them for his chance at redemption.

As alliances shift, break, and re-form—and power is seized, lost, and reclaimed—every player is at risk in a game of conquest that could turn the Rising into a new Dark Age.

Next, we have the long awaited and hungrily anticipated Red Rising Saga #5, Dark Age.  After being pushed back twice, fans (myself included) are ready to chew their own gorydamn arms off to get their hands on this book. Early reviews have been great, and th book is so far showing a near perfect 4.44 rating on Goodreads.  Every book in the Red Rising saga thus far has topped the previous one, so here’s hoping Mr. Brown delivers on the glorious bloodbath everyone is hankering to read.



toynbee convector
Ray Bradbury

The world’s only time traveler finally reveals his secret. An old man’s memory of World War I conjures ghostly parachutists. An Egyptian mummy turns up in an Illinois cornfield. A lonely Martian prepares to face his doom.

From the iconic author of Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Martian Chronicles, and The Illustrated Man, The Toynbee Convector is a true cause for celebration. The twenty-two classic tales in this special Ray Bradbury collection begin in the familiar rooms and landscapes of our lives, in common thoughts and memories, and then take off into the farthest reaches of the imagination. “The fiction creates the truth in this lovely exercise in utopian dreaming” (Publishers Weekly)—stunning stories that could only come from the brilliant mind of Ray Bradbury.

Finally, we come to one of the most celebrated writers of all time, Ray Bradbury.  While much of the attention Bradbury receives is for his early work, and rightfully so, it’s about time that his later works get a chance in the spotlight.  The Toynbee Convector, a collection of 22 latter-era stories, should do just that. Originally published in 1988, it has been long since unavailable.  Bradbury was truly a groundbreaking author, and much of the books we here at the blog love wouldn’t have been possible without him paving the way.  I sincerely hope those who aren’t familiar with his work take this delightful opportunity to became acquainted with it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this first installment of New Releases!  See anything that looks good?  What will you be picking up this week?  Let me know in the comments, as well as anything you think that would make this new feature better and more user friendly, and be sure to come back next week when we will look at even more books that will tempt you into a trip to the bookstore!

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