New Releases

The covers of the books Conditions of a Heart, The Diablo's Curse, and A Tempest of Tea are side by side. A description of each is with each of the images within the blogpost.

I’m interested in all of the new releases this week–especially A Tempest of Tea–since tea is in my cup every day. It’s another to add to our list of books featuring tea. Along with the vampire and tearoom book, we have a contemporary story and another fantasy with demons and curses. It looks like a good week to read.

Illustrated cover for Conditions of a Heart. A teenage girl with long brown hair looks slightly away. She is wearing silver hoop earrings and a cream colored turtleneck. Her ribcage is showing through the sweater, and there are colorful butterflies spilling out of it and flying around her. A teenage boy is turned to look toward her. He has dark brown hair and a black t-shirt on.Conditions of a Heart by Bethany Mangle
Margaret K. McElderry Books 

Brynn Kwan is desperate for her high school persona to be real. That Brynn is head of the yearbook committee, the favorite for prom queen, and definitely not crumbling from a secret disability that’s rapidly wearing her down. If no one knows the truth about her condition, Brynn doesn’t have to worry about the pitying looks or accusations of being a faker that already destroyed her childhood friendships. She’s even willing to let go of her four-year relationship with her first love, Oliver, rather than reveal that a necessary surgery was the reason she ignored his existence for the entire summer.

But after Brynn tries to break up a fight at a pep rally and winds up barred from all her clubs and senior prom, she has nothing left to prop up her illusion of being just like everyone else. During a week-long suspension from school, she realizes that she doesn’t quite recognize the face in the mirror—and it’s not because of her black eye from the fight. With a healthy sister who simply doesn’t understand and a confused ex-boyfriend who won’t just take a hint and go away like a normal human being, Brynn begins to wonder if it’s possible to reinvent her world by being the person she thought no one herself.

Illustrated cover for The Diablo's Curse. Three teenagers are shown from the knees up. The one in the center is the diablo and has swirls of dark smoke that swirls around their feet. There are skulls visible in the smoke, and the smoke curls around one of their forearms. They have aThe Diablo’s Curse by Gabe Cole Novoa
Random House Books for Young Readers

From the author of The Wicked Bargain comes a high-stakes race to defeat a curse designed to kill about a teen demon who wants to be human, a boy cursed to die young, and the murderous island destined to bury them both.

Dami is a demon determined to cancel every deal they’ve ever made in order to tether their soul to earth and become human again. There’s just one person standing in their Silas. An irresistibly (and stubborn) cute boy cursed to die young, except for the deal with Dami that is keeping him alive. If they cancel the deal, Silas is dead. Unless… they can destroy the curse that has plagued Silas’s family for generations. But to do so, Dami and Silas are going to have to work together. That is, if the curse doesn’t kill them first. . . .

Illustrated cover for A Tempest of Tea. The image appears to be done in colored pencil, on a light blue to purple to pink gradient. A teenage girl wears what looks like early 20th century boy's clothing. She has jaw-legnth loosely curled hair, a hat, a high-collared shirt, and a jacket. She is holding what looks like a steaming cup of tea, but on closer inspection, the tea is blood. A city skyline can be seen in the borders of her clothes.A Tempest of Tea (Blood and Tea #1) by Hafsah Faizal
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

On the streets of White Roaring, Arthie Casimir is a criminal mastermind and collector of secrets. Her prestigious tearoom transforms into an illegal bloodhouse by dark, catering to the vampires feared by society. But when her establishment is threatened, Arthie is forced to strike an unlikely deal with an alluring adversary to save it—and she can’t do the job alone.

Calling on some of the city’s most skilled outcasts, Arthie hatches a plan to infiltrate the dark and glittering vampire society known as the Athereum. But not everyone in her ragtag crew is on her side, and as the truth behind the heist unfolds, Arthie finds herself in the midst of a conspiracy that will threaten the world as she knows it.

From the New York Times–bestselling author of We Hunt the Flame comes the first book in a hotly-anticipated fantasy duology teeming with romance, revenge, and an orphan girl willing to do whatever it takes to save her self-made kingdom. Dark, action-packed, and swoonworthy, this is Hafsah Faizal better than ever.