Event Recap: Raincoast Books Fall 2021 TBR Preview

And the last of my book event recaps (at least for now)!

Thanks to Raincoast Books for the invite! It’s always a blast to attend, even virtually! Plus, they always provide us with a handout of all the books so it’s easy to follow along with the presentations (psst other publishers, take note!).

Graphic for Raincoast Books event. Text reads "Welcome to... the TBR Preview Fall 2021 Raincoast Books with guest author Adrienne Young." Background illustration shows a desk with a computer and lamp shining down, two stacks of books, and a framed photo of the author.

I actually completely forgot about this one and missed the day but luckily there was a recording so I could still catch up. Here are my most anticipated releases!

Upcoming Releases

Book cover for Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed. Illustration of a Brown girl's face. Her eyes are closed and she has bright pink lipstick. Her face is surrounded by pink, red, and white flowers.

Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora edited by Saraciea J. Fennell
Genre: YA Non-Fiction | Essay Collection
Publication date: September 14, 2021

Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed is a ground-breaking anthology that will spark dialogue and inspire hope.” – publisher’s promo

Very excited to see a non-fiction pick on Raincoast’s list! This collection of essays and poetry brings together both established authors (love to see Elizabeth Acevedo and Mark Oshiro on the list, two of my faves!) as well as newcomers, each offering their perspective on being part of the Latinx diaspora.

I love anthologies, especially for the opportunity to find new-to-me authors, so I’m looking forward to discovering new voices and reading some beautiful prose.

Book cover for A Dark and Starless Forest by Sarah Hollowell. Illustration of a large teenage girl with long black hair standing in a dark forest and holding a pink flower.

A Dark and Starless Forest by Sarah Hollowell
Genre: YA Fantasy | Contemporary
Publication date: September 14, 2021

“When her siblings start to go missing, a girl must confront the dark thing that lives in the forest–and the growing darkness in herself” – publisher’s promo

It was not pitched as anything of the sort but I get Snow White vibes from this one, especially the cover, just with siblings instead of dwarves.

And I love a sibling story! I don’t often go for horror-esque stories but I’m so drawn in by Derry and her fight to find her siblings so I’ll embrace the scares. Add to that some magic as well as LGBTQ+ and fat representation, especially with that beautiful cover, and I can’t wait to see Derry in action.

Book cover for The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera. An orange and blue illustration of a girl's head who has a braid crown. The right side is orange and made up and the left side is blue and shows the underlying muscles.

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
Genre: Middle Grade Sci-Fi
Publication date: September 14. 2021

“a brilliant journey through the stars, to the very heart of what makes us human” – publisher’s promo

My favourite read of 2020 (Each of Us a Desert) was about cuentistas so I’m immediately intrigued by this title. And such a stunning cover!

The Last Cuentista is one of Raincoast Books’ middle grade offerings that follows Petra, a young girl, who is among those who have been chosen to journey to a new planet after Earth has been destroyed. However Petra awakes on the planet to discover that everyone’s memories have been erased except hers, so she alone can keep their stories alive.

Thrilled to see how the author handles the futuristic take on this tale and I’m always up for a middle grade read.

Book cover for Some Faraway Place by Lauren Shippen. Illustration of a teenager standing on a pond covered with lilypads. Their back is turned to the reader.

Some Faraway Place by Lauren Shippen
Genre: YA Fantasy | Contemporary
Publication date: September 28, 2021

Some Faraway Place, the third Bright Sessions novel from creator Lauren Shippen, features Rose, who has her humdrum life flipped upside down when she starts to travel into dreams.” – publisher’s promo

I don’t want to look too much into this one’s plot because it’s the 3rd in a series. But I’m mostly excited because I read the first one, The Infinite Noise, two years ago and had no idea it was part of a series! So now I can’t wait to seek out the 2nd book before this one comes out.

The whole series came out of a podcast about supernatural teens, pitched as X-men if the characters went to therapy. I’d still love to listen to the podcast, plus Raincoast also shared that it’s been optioned for a movie! Lots to catch up on with this one.

Book cover for Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood. Illustration of a Black teenage girl with her hair in a long braid. Her head is visible against a blue patterned background.

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy | Retelling
Publication date: November 9, 2021

Within These Wicked Walls is an Ethiopian-inspired gothic, fantasy retelling of Jane Eyre, featuring a Black heroine, an intricate magic system, and a haunted castle.” – publisher’s promo

I’ve been so excited for this retelling since first hearing about it, though I hadn’t known any of the details. Jane Eyre is one of my favourite classics and I can’t wait for the extra creepy vibes that Blackwood’s version will bring, with an exorcist instead of a governess.

Jane Eyre with added fantasy elements sounds excellent and I’m excited for the promised “swoony romance”, especially with these changes as it doesn’t feel like the same power imbalance as the original.

Book cover for A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin. Illustration of a teenage girl with her hair up in a ponytail and holding a cup of tea. There are watercolour-like colourful illustrations of fish and flowers surrounding her.

A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin
YA Fantasy
Publication date: March 22, 2022

“Judy I. Lin’s sweeping debut about a young tea-maker who takes part in a cutthroat magical tea brewing competition that could be the key to saving her sister’s life.” – publisher’s promo

Okay, you had me at magical tea brewing competition. Also that cover! I can quite honestly say this about all the covers here but this one truly made my jaw drop.

As one of the publishing team said, “I know you thought, ‘magic tea, what more do I need’, but this book has it all. Inspired by Chinese history and mythology, in addition to the magic tea, there are Chinese monsters, swords, and assassins!

This one’s actually a 2022 release but I’m so glad they shared it early! I usually shy away from series but I’m absolutely making an exception here. So looking forward to Lin’s debut!

Thanks again to Raincoast Books for the invite! There are so many books I’m excited to read!

Which of these titles are you most excited for?

Cover images from Goodreads.

2 thoughts on “Event Recap: Raincoast Books Fall 2021 TBR Preview

  1. I hadn’t heard of any of these books before, so thank you for introducing them to me! The covers are all absolutely stunning to me as well. Some faraway place and the last cuentista intrigue me the most. Especially the latter as I love sci-fi but haven’t read much middle grade sci-fi books!

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