Rebecca Yarros Reveals ONYX STORM Cover and More Book News!

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Emily has a PhD in English from the University of Southern Mississippi, MS, and she has an MFA in Creative Writing from GCSU in Milledgeville, GA, home of Flannery O’Connor. She spends her free time reading, watching horror movies and musicals, cuddling cats, Instagramming pictures of cats, and blogging/podcasting about books with the ladies over at #BookSquadGoals ( She can be reached at

It’s been a fabulous reading week for me, even though the heat is about to destroy me. Summer…those of you who are into this weather, what the heck is wrong with you? I am counting down the days until fall. In the meantime, let’s talk books.

Book Deals and Reveals

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Rebecca Yarros has revealed the cover of Onyx Storm, the third novel in the bestselling romantasy series, The Empyrean. Onyx Storm hits shelves on January 21, 2025.

Here’s an excerpt from Holly Brickley’s upcoming debut novel, Deep Cuts. It’s out on March 4, 2025.

Frozen star Josh Gad has written a memoir! In Gad We Trust: A Tell–Some will be published by Gallery Books in January 2025.

Book Riot Recommends

Hi, welcome to everyone’s favorite segment of Book Radar called Book Riot Recommends. This is where I’ll talk to you about all the books I’m reading, the books I’m loving, and the books I can’t wait to read and love in the near future. I think you’re going to love them too!

Can’t Wait for This One!

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Model Home by Rivers Solomon (MCD, October 1)

I feel like I talk up Rivers Solomon’s Sorrowland constantly. I absolutely loved this genre-bending body horror novel, and now they’re back with a fresh new take on a haunted house novel with October’s Model Home. I am absolutely ecstatic and can’t wait to get this book in my hands. If you haven’t read Rivers Solomon yet, you’re in for a treat. And if you have, you already know.

Back when the Maxwell family moved into a gated community outside of Dallas, Texas, they were the only Black family in the neighborhood. Their white neighbors seemed welcoming enough, but immediately upon moving in, strange things began happening all around the Maxwell’s house. Still, no matter how troubling things became, the Maxwells refused to leave their home. After all, they belonged there just as much as anyone else.

Now, years later, the three Maxwell children are adults, and they do their best to stay far, far away from the traumas of their past: meaning they avoid their old neighborhood. Still, their parents never left the family home, and when the siblings get word that their parents have died, Ezri, Eve, and Emanuelle are forced to return to Dallas and to the home that has always terrified them.

Of course, it’s a haunted house story, so as soon as the siblings arrive, they realize something is off with the way their parents died. This was no natural death. Something terrible (perhaps something supernatural?) happened to their parents, and now Ezri, Eve, and Emanuelle will have to confront their past to get to the truth of their parents’ untimely demise.

Words of Literary Wisdom

“They say a person’s memory generally activates at around four or five. Some remember before that, but apparently those are made-up memories. When you were little, you could eat very hot food. Look at this photo, you were always dragging around a yellow blanket. People listen to stories like that and make up memories. When the comments are specific enough, the imagination can produce false memories. Like fearlessly biting down on a spoon hot from the pot, or the texture of a yellow blanket that has long been lost. But I don’t know if it’s right to call them false. Memories are subjective, after all. The reason we’re able to recall vivid details after hearing a brief comment or seeing a single picture must be because a very similar memory is living somewhere inside our brains. How can we call such things fake?”

— A Magical Girl Retires by Park Seolyeon

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

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You know Remy loves to hang out with me while I’m writing these newsletters for you. And here he is today, looking directly at you! Saying hello! Hi Remy! <3

And that’s all I have for you today, friends. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I look forward to chatting again on Monday!


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