Don’t Get Left Behind – Pre-Order Now!

As you may know, there have been numerous disruptions to manufacturing, shipping, storage, and all the logistics that come with a supply chain. This is expected to get worse as we get closer to the holiday season, and books (and bookstores) are predicted to be one of the more affected industries.

We at The Haunted Book Shop don’t want you to get left behind! This post contains all the active pre-order campaigns we currently have going. Some come out as early as next week, others come out later in the year and into 2022. Check out the information below and pre-order today! As always we’re always happy to do special orders and answer any questions – just let us know!


Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune
Release Date: 9/21/21
*The next two pre-orders receive a signed copy

Klune’s latest introduces Walter, a ghost who refuses to cross into the afterlife. Walter faces further problems when he realizes he is falling in love with the ferryman sent to escort him to the great beyond.

Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher
Release Date: 4/26/22

This may not come out until April, but Nettle & Bone is highly anticipated by Kingfisher fans! I don’t think I can say it better than this: “This isn’t a fairy tale where the princess marries the prince. It’s one where she kills him.” Intrigued? You better pre-order!

Young Adult


She Who Rides the Storm by Caitlin Sangster
Release Date: 9/21/21
*Pre-orders receive a signed bookplate while supplies last (5 left)

Four teenagers, each looking for redemption and revenge, attempt to steal a cursed sword rumored to be at the bottom of an ancient shapeshifting king’s tomb. What they find, however, is that some things, including secrets, should stay buried.

Gilded by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: 11/2/21

Bestselling author Marissa Meyer is back with this haunting retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. Serilda developed a talent for spinning tales full of spellbinding and fantastical elements. When one of her stories catches the attention of the evil Erlking and his undead hunters, Serilda find herself in a world full of phantoms, ghouls…and secrets. Can Serilda break the ancient curse? Find out!

Court by Tracy Wolff
Release Date: 11/9/21
*Pre-order the Indie Exclusive Edition (10 copies available)

Tracy Wolff concludes her bestselling Crave series with Court, and this special Indie Exclusive Edition is a must for die-hard fans! It includes special edition Gargoyle Court-themed endpapers, exclusive bonus content from Tracy Wolff that explores the origins of a fan-favorite gargoyle character, AND a bonus scene not found anywhere else!


Steelstriker by Marie Lu
Release Date: 9/28/21
*Pre-order a signed copy (2 available) and a character art print (13 available) while supplies last

Steelstriker is the exciting conclusion to Marie Lu’s Skyhunter duet! The fall of her homeland has unleashed Talin’s worst nightmares. Faced with ever-daunting challenges, Talin must become a Steelstriker to save everything that matters to her, including Mara, her adopted homeland. Book one just came out a few weeks ago, so it won’t take long to catch up with Talin and her quest before embarking on Steelstriker!

Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak by Charlie Jane Anders
Release Date: 4/5/22
*Pre-order a signed copy (10 available)

The sequel to Victories Greater Than Death, this is Book 2 from the Unstoppables series by Charlie Jane Anders! Rachel Townsend might have been the first artist to leave Earth and venture into the galaxy, but now she can’t make art at all. Elza Monteiro wants to be the first human to venture inside the Palace of Scented Tears and compete for the chance to become a princess, but the person she encounters along the way is the last person she wants to see. And Tina Mains is studying at the Royal Space Academy with her friends, but she’s not the badass space hero everyone was expecting. Soon the three find themselves careening towards adventures with extreme consequences.


Here’s to Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
Release Date: 12/28/21
*Pre-order a signed copy (4 available)

A sequel to their previous bestseller What If It’s Us, Becky Albertalli and Adam Sivera reunite readers with Arthur and Ben! Ben may have made it through freshman year of college, but life is still feeling like a slog. Meanwhile, Arthur is back in New York City working as an intern off-off Broadway. When the two meet again, they struggle to shake their shared past. Will the universe give them a do-over? Guess you have to find out!


Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem by Amanda Gorman
Release Date: 9/21/21

With lyrical language accompanied by gorgeous illustrations by Loren Long, this debut picture book by presidential inaugural poet and activist Amanda Gorman will show readers that amazing things can happen when we come together and use our voices and talents.

InvestiGators: Ants in Our P.A.N.T.S. by John Patrick Green
Release Date: 9/28/21
*Pre-order and receive a free gift (10 available)

The latest book in John Patrick Green’s InvestiGators series, Ants in Our P.A.N.T.S. finds Mango and Brash trying to solve their latest mystery! With Brash in a mysterious coma, the technicians at S.U.I.T. have developed RoboBrash – he has hall the crime-fighting know-how as the original Brash, but has a few bugs to work out of his system. Can he team up with Mango to fight the giant ants overtaking the city? We’ll find out soon!

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
Release Date: 10/5/21
*Pre-order and receive a free lenticular bookmark (8 available)

Bestselling author Rick Riordan brings readers on an adventure in Daughter of the Deep, his modern take on Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. When high school freshman Ana and her classmates witness a terrible accident on their way to their big trial at sea, Ana has no idea that they found their way into fighting a war with a rival school that threatens to turn them into fish food. Riordan fans will enjoy this tale full of adventure, intrigue, and a little humor.

The Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling
Release Date: 10/12/21

Jack loves his childhood toy Dur Pig, or DP for short. When DP goes missing at Christmas, Jack teams up with his newest toy (and DP’s replacement) the Christmas Pig and embarks on an incredible journey to find what was lost and save the greatest friend Jack has ever known.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #16: Big Shot by Jeff Kinney
Release Date: 10/26/21

Wimpy Kid fans (and parents of Wimpy Kid fans) heads up! Jeff Kinney is back with Diary of a Wimpy Kid #16: Big Shot! After a disastrous performance at field day, Greg decides it’s time to retire from sports. But when his mom convinces him to try out for basketball, Greg finds himself with a spot on the worst team. Will they even win a game? Will Greg make a shot? You’ll love finding out!


Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen
Release Date: 10/5/21
*Pre-order a signed copy (9 available)

Crossroads is the first book in the highly anticipated A Key to All Mythologies trilogy, Jonathan Franzen’s “magnum opus” that will follow three generations of a Midwestern family from the Vietnam War to the 2020s. Be there from the start and pre-order today!

The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom
Release Date: 11/2/21
*Pre-order a signed copy (4 available)

A group of shipwrecked passengers pull a strange man from the sea who claims to be “the Lord.” The stranger says he can save them all – but only if all the passengers believe. Mitch Albom’s latest explores questions of hope, faith and more. Learn more about the book in this trailer!

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
Release Date: 4/19/22
*Pre-order a signed copy (12 available)

Award-winning author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel Emily St. John Mandel’s latest spans time and space as it explores “art, time, love, and plague.” From Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon 300 years later, see how the story of Edwin and Olive evolves in this compelling story of humanity. The pre-order edition will feature a bonus chapter from the author as well of a set of limited-edition postcards!


Fan Fiction: A Mem-Noir: Inspired by True Events by Brent Spiner
Release Date: 10/5/21
*Pre-order a signed copy (10 available)

Described as a “serio-comic semi-autobigraphical thriller,” former Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Brent Spiner took his on-set experiences and turned them into this “zany…love letter to fandom.” Fans of Star Trek are sure to enjoy cameos from LeVar Burton, Patrick Stewart, and other well-known characters, while non-fans may just enjoy laughing along with Spiner’s adventures.

Historical Fiction

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
Release Date: 10/5/21

Eighteen-year-old Emmett, recently released from a juvenile work farm, has one plan – pick up his little brother Billy from the foreclosed family farm and head to California to start anew. But two friends from the work farm have a different idea that will take Emmett in the opposite direction to New York City. Told from multiple perspectives, readers will enjoy seeing how this adventure unfolds from A Gentleman in Moscow‘s Amor Towles.

The Last Checkmate by Gabriella Saab
Release Date: 10/19/21
*Pre-order a signed copy

If you binged The Queen’s Gambit earlier this year, you will love local author Gabriella Saab’s debut novel! Maria, a young Polish resistance worker imprisoned in Auschwitz during World War II, plays chess matches to spare her life. In doing so, she fights to bring the man who destroyed her family to justice.


The Every by Dave Eggers
Release Date: 10/5/21
*Pre-order a signed copy (10 available)

Dave Eggers’ latest is a “blend [of] satire and terror, while keeping the reader in breathless suspense.” Somehow, Delaney Wells finds herself working for the Every – the combination of the world’s largest search engine/social media site and the largest e-commerce site. And she wants to take it down. But of course, there is more than she bargained for under the surface. This title is available exclusively through independent bookstores and in addition to the signed copies,the book’s independent, nonprofit publisher, McSweeney’s will have multiple dust jacket color schemes available.

Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: 1/4/22
*Pre-order a signed copy (10 available)

The latest from Rachel Hawkins is a “deliciously wicked gothic suspense, set on an isolated Pacific island with a dark history.” When Lux and her boyfriend Nico are hired to sail two women to an island in the South Pacific, it seems like a great escape. But Meroe Island is full of secrets, mystery, and more than Lux bargained for.


Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography by Laurie Woolever
Release Date: 9/28/21

Anthony Bourdain’s longtime assistant and confidante Laurie Woolever conducted nearly 100 interviews with people in Bourdain’s world for this all-encompassing biography. From his kitchen crews, to his television crews, to his daughter and closest friends, readers will get an in-depth look into the world of Anthony Bourdain, through the words and photos of those who knew him best.

The Kindness Workbook: An Interactive Guide for Creating Compassion in Yourself and the World by Robin Raven
Release Date: 12/14/21
*Pre-order a signed copy

Local author Robin Raven created this interactive workbook full of introspective exercises and ways to integrate kindness into your life and how you can share it with others.


An Heiress’s Guide to Deception and Desire by Manda Collins
Release Date: 11/16/21

It’s 1867 in England and Miss Caroline Hargrove, one half of the duo behind England’s most infamous crime column, faces a crisis. Her dear friend has been kidnapped and to solve the mystery, Caro must team up with Lord Valentine Thorn, the man who broke her heart. What will happen as they get closer to finding the culprit? Pre-order so you can be one of the first to find out!


Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman
Release Date: 12/7/21

The highly anticipated debut poetry collection from the inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the United States Amanda Gorman! The collection includes “The Hill We Climb,” the stirring poem Gorman recited this past January at the presidential inauguration, along with poems that showcase her energizing and unforgettable voice

Visit our website for information on these titles and more!

Pre-Order Roundup – Kids

New books come out every week and The Haunted Bookshop wants to highlight some upcoming kids books available for pre-order!

Pete the Cat’s Groovy Imagination by Kimberly & James Dean – out September 7, 2021

The 12th book in the Pete the Cat series, Pete learns he can use his “groovy” imagination (and a cardboard box) to chase the blues away!

The Last Kids on Earth and the Doomsday Race by Max Brallier – out September 14, 2021

In the seventh book of the bestselling series, Jack Sullivan and his gang are headed towards the Tower, a mysterious place where they must finally stop Rezzoch the Ancient, Destructor of Worlds, before he descends upon their dimension. First, though, they are sidetracked by the Mallusk, an enormous centipede monster who carries not only the world’s largest shopping mall on his back – he also carries Mallusk City, where old friends and foes await the gang. Action and adventure will surely abound!

Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna by Alda P. Dobbs – out September 14, 2021

Taking place in 1913 during the Mexican Revolution, 12 year old Petra is dealing with the death of her mother when her papa is dragged away by soldiers. Petra vows to care for her siblings, little sister Amelia and baby brother Luisito, and her abuelita until they can be reunited. As the family flees north, Petra holds onto her “barefoot dreams” – those dreams her abuelita says aren’t meant to go far. But Petra refuses to give up.

Visit our pre-orders page to see more upcoming titles. And to see what all we might have in stock, visit our general website!

Pre-Order Renegades : Born in the USA by August 23

Pre-order Renegades : Born in the USA by Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen from The Haunted Bookshop! This book will be released October 26, 2021 for $50.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  Pre-orders must be received by THIS MONDAY, August 23, to ensure they will arrive by the publication date. We will not be carrying copies for the shelves.

About Renegades : Born in the USA

Two longtime friends share an intimate and urgent conversation about life, music, and their enduring love of America, with all its challenges and contradictions, in this stunningly produced expansion of their groundbreaking Higher Ground podcast, featuring more than 350 photographs, exclusive bonus content, and never-before-seen archival material.

Renegades: Born in the USA is a candid, revealing, and entertaining dialogue between President Barack Obama and legendary musician Bruce Springsteen that explores everything from their origin stories and career-defining moments to our country’s polarized politics and the growing distance between the American Dream and the American reality. Filled with full-color photographs and rare archival material, it is a compelling and beautifully illustrated portrait of two outsiders—one Black and one white—looking for a way to connect their unconventional searches for meaning, identity, and community with the American story itself. It includes:

Original introductions by President Obama and Bruce Springsteen

Exclusive new material from the Renegades podcast recording sessions

Obama’s never-before-seen annotated speeches, including his “Remarks at the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches”

Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics for songs spanning his 50-year career

Rare and exclusive photographs from the authors’ personal archives

Historical photographs and documents that provide rich visual context for their conversations

Pre-Order Court (Indie Exclusive Edition)

We’re excited to be able to have limited copies of the Indie Exclusive edition of COURT by Tracy Wolff, releasing September 28, 2021 for $19.99.

9781649371836.jpgAbout Court (Indie Exclusive Edition)

The independent bookstore Exclusive Edition includes special-edition Gargoyle Court-themed endpapers, plus exclusive bonus content from Tracy Wolff that explores the origin story of a fan-favorite gargoyle character and a bonus scene not found anywhere else!

Court, the stunning conclusion to the instant New York Times bestselling Crave series, is not to be missed!

Summer Reading Recommendations: Teens

This summer’s YA reads are full of activism in taking a stand with voice and voting. Also are atmospheric settings with equally enticing plots to help you get away from the world when it gets to be too much. Whether you and your teen are looking for Activism or an Atmospheric story (or both!) check out some of my favorite new YA books releasing this summer:


A Song Below Water (6/2, ages 13 and up) Legacies meets Nic Stone’s Dear Martin in [Bethany C.] Morrow’s YA fantasy debut: best friends discover their magical identities against today’s challenges facing young black girls. A captivating modern fantasy about black mermaids, friendship, and self-discovery set against the challenges of today’s racism and sexism.

In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers.

Meanwhile, Effie is fighting her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Together, these best friends must navigate through the perils of high school’s junior year.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice at the worst possible moment.

Soon, nothing in Portland, Oregon, seems safe. To save themselves from drowning, it’s only Tavia and Effie’s unbreakable sisterhood that proves to be the strongest magic of all.

Why I liked it: Absolutely cover-love at first sight. What summer reading list is complete without a mermaid tale? It’s a very accessible story about finding your voice. I loved how Morrow wove reality with Black Lives Matter into a fantasy with sirens, gargoyles, pixies, and more. To have sirens unable to use their most powerful asset–their voice–because of societies’ fear reminded me of N.K. Jemison’s Broken Earth trilogy. I adored the friendship and sister-love between Tavia and Effie and the mystery of Effie’s self-discovery kept me turning the pages long after bedtime.

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (6/2, ages 13 and up) By debut Rosanne A. Brown. Perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi, Renée Ahdieh, and Sabaa Tahir.

For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.

When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a heart-pounding course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?

Why I liked it: Combine Aladdin and Jasmine (who must kill each other) with the Hunger Games and mix in West African folklore and you have this gorgeous, fast-paced fantasy. The world-building is fabulous, especially as more of the sultana’s family legend is revealed. Malik is my favorite character because Brown does an amazing job combining his anxiety with his magic, as well as making him an adoring brother to his two sisters. I got to know Karina’s character when she showed off her musical talent in playing her late father’s oud. To me, it was when her true personality shined brightest. This story mixes atmosphere and activism as Malik is an Eshran, from the ‘lesser’ territory of Ziran, and faces much prejudice so he hides his background until he learns to speak up for his people.


The Voting Booth (7/7, ages 12 and up) From Stonewall Award-winning author Brandy Colbert comes an all-in-one-day love story perfect for fans of The Sun is Also A Star.

Marva Sheridan was born ready for this day. She’s always been driven to make a difference in the world, and what better way than to vote in her first election?

Duke Crenshaw is so done with this election. He just wants to get voting over with so he can prepare for his band’s first paying gig tonight.
Only problem? Duke can’t vote.
When Marva sees Duke turned away from their polling place, she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted. She hasn’t spent months doorbelling and registering voters just to see someone denied their right.
And that’s how their whirlwind day begins, rushing from precinct to precinct, cutting school, waiting in endless lines, turned away time and again, trying to do one simple thing: vote. They may have started out as strangers, but as Duke and Marva team up to beat a rigged system (and find Marva’s missing cat), it’s clear that there’s more to their connection than a shared mission for democracy.
Romantic and triumphant, The Voting Booth is proof that you can’t sit around waiting for the world to change… but some things are just meant to be.
Why I liked it: This one is different from all the rest on this list because it’s the only one that isn’t a fantasy. I don’t read much YA contemporary but feel with all the poll and voting issues going on, that it’s important for teens today to see someone their own age who is passionate for democracy. The romance is sweet though my favorite part is all the fun facts sprinkled through the text (Angela doesn’t call us book nerds for nothing ;)). For instance, Marva’s IG famous cat is called Eartha Kitty so we learn how Eartha Kitt, in addition to being a 1950s sex symbol, was also a political activist, something that history seems to gloss over.

Ghost Wood Song (7/14, ages 13 and up ) Sawkill Girls meets Beautiful Creatures in this lush and eerie debut [by Erica Waters], where the boundary between reality and nightmares is as thin as the veil between the living and the dead.

If I could have a fiddle made of Daddy’s bones, I’d play it. I’d learn all the secrets he kept.

Shady Grove inherited her father’s ability to call ghosts from the grave with his fiddle, but she also knows the fiddle’s tunes bring nothing but trouble and darkness. When her brother is accused of murder, though, she can’t let the dead keep their secrets. In order to clear his name, she’s going to have to make those ghosts sing.

Family secrets, past heartache, a gorgeously resonant LGBT love triangle, and long-buried memories make this young adult debut more than just a ghost story—it’s haunting and hopeful and proves the importance of human connection and support in facing everything that haunts us in the dark.

Why I liked it: This pick is all about the atmosphere–it’s as lyrical and haunting as the bluegrass ballads Shady Grove plucks out of her fiddle. Creepy with a gorgeous Southern tone. It was un-put-down-able because I couldn’t tell what would happen next. I was like one of the fiddle’s ghosts–I couldn’t’ not be there. Beautiful imagery and setting.


Lobizona (8/4, ages 12 and up) Bestselling author Romina Garber weaves together Argentine folklore and what it means to be illegal in a timely, intimate, and emotionally powerful narrative.

Some people ARE illegal.

Lobizonas do NOT exist.

Both of these statements are false.

Manuela Azul has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who’s on the run from her father’s Argentine crime-family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida.

Until Manu’s protective bubble is shattered.

Her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, and finally without shackles, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past—a mysterious “Z” emblem—which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world connected to her dead father and his criminal past. A world straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizón, a werewolf. A world where her unusual eyes allow her to belong.

As Manu uncovers her own story and traces her real heritage all the way back to a cursed city in Argentina, she learns it’s not just her U.S. residency that’s illegal. . . . it’s her entire existence.

Why I liked it: Another cover-love that gave me grabby-hands when this copy came into the bookshop. Think Harry Potter meets Argentinian folklore meets the hope/terror of people coming to the U.S. to start a better life. Manu immediately draws the reader into her world. And it’s a tiny one. Like apartment-sized. Because she thinks she’s waiting on papers to become a documented American citizen. The world-building in this book is amazing because it’s familiar yet so new at the same time, especially as Manu discovers more about who she really is. And who her parents are. And that brujas and lobizones and Lunaris aren’t just bedtime stories. It’s another story that beautifully and powerfully combines atmosphere and Latinx activism.

Where Dreams Descend (8/25, ages 14 and up) The startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.

A star showgirl must win a magician’s competition riddled with danger in order to secure her freedom, even as a handsome magician distracts her heart, in this lush, unforgettable debut fantasy.

In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

Why I liked it: The comparison titles drew me in–The Phantom of the Opera meets Moulin Rouge. It reminded me a lot of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval with the illusions and magic and not knowing who you should trust though the main characters’ motivations are very different. That not knowing really upped the tension because I had no idea if Kallia was making the right decisions. 

It’s said to be full of romantic tension, but that’s not what drives the story. Kallia doesn’t make decisions based on a boy, she works to make herself the best show magician she can be so it’s satisfyingly girl-powered. And her friendships and alliances with Aaros, the pick-pocketer turned loyal best friend/assistant and the ladies of the Conquering Circus really made me like Kallia more as it showed a different side of her and made her feel more dimensional as a character.

The world-building threw me for the first chapter or so, but give it time to reveal itself. Kallia doesn’t know much of anything past the walls of Hellfire House and the Master is that silent, secretive type so it was hard for me to connect to the story at first. But the imagery was lovely so I stuck with it and finally connected a couple chapters in.

The odd bird of a city Glorian has loads of mystery so I’m eager to read the next one to find out why all the townspeople have had their memories erased, and how it relates to the Master of Hellfire House and Demarco’s sister’s disappearance. Lots of cards up in the air, waiting to fall 😉

(All summaries are from the publisher.)

What books are you or your teen looking forward to reading over the summer? Is your favorite not on the list? Tell us about it!

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Happy summer reading!