August is the month when I tend to read most, mainly because it’s (supposed to be) vacation time. This year, though… meh! Vacation is a far away dream and time’s pretty scarce, but I still try to make time for my books. Sadly, some of them are destined to catch some more dust while I keep on piling new material!

Here are 3 August Releases The Book Voucher Looks Forward To:

The Ninja’s Daughter: A Hiro Hattori Novel
by Susan Spann

Release Date: August 2nd, 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction

Autumn, 1565: When an actor’s daughter is murdered on the banks of Kyoto’s Kamo River, master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo are the victim’s only hope for justice.

As political tensions rise in the wake of the shogun’s recent death, and rival warlords threaten war, the Kyoto police forbid an investigation of the killing, to keep the peace–but Hiro has a personal connection to the girl, and must avenge her. The secret investigation leads Hiro and Father Mateo deep into the exclusive world of Kyoto’s theater guilds, where they quickly learn that nothing, and no one, is as it seems. With only a mysterious golden coin to guide them, the investigators uncover a forbidden love affair, a missing mask, and a dangerous link to corruption within the Kyoto police department that leaves Hiro and Father Mateo running for their lives.

There couldn’t be a creepier cover for someone who loathes with every fiber of her being dolls and clowns. They are just creepy as shit and the one plastered on The Ninja’s Daughter is by no means an exception. But I can overlook that when Historical Fiction and Japan are involved.

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko

by Scott Stambach

Release Date: August 9th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

A hilarious, heartwrenching, and powerful debut novel about a disabled boy who finds love and hope in a Russian hospital.

Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a life-long resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. Born severely deformed, yet mentally keen with a frighteningly sharp wit, strong intellect, and a voracious appetite for books, Ivan is forced to interact with the world through the vivid prism of his mind. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan. That is until the seventeen-year-old Polina arrives at the hospital. At first, Ivan resents Polina. She steals his books. She challenges his routine. The nurses like her. But eventually, he is drawn to her and the two forge a romance that is tenuous and beautiful and everything they never dared dream of. And now Ivan wants something, whereas before he survived by being utterly detached from things and people: Ivan wants Polina to live.

Hilarious and full of heart, The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko is a story about finding hope within the most desperate of circumstances, and it is one that readers won’t soon forget.

Sometimes I just need something to wrench my heart straight out of my chest and The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko promises to do that, while still keeping hope alive. And that’s something I can’t do without.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill

Release Date: August 9th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Children’s Fiction

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule–but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.

I love fantasy and I don’t really care if this is aimed at children. My child-within is still very much alive and kicking and it found this blurb particularly interesting.