What’s new this month

P1090402Before I get to a couple of books that caught my eye this August, I actually have a bit of news: we moved to Colorado last week!

David and I have been married for 6 years, and we are living in a new state for the first time! We left St. Louis for Denver and traded our Midwestern lives for the mountains. We’ve been craving some adventures for quite some time, and we finally jumped at the chance to live where many people only vacation. Camping, hiking, biking, skiing, rafting – we are going to do it all and more!

This is also perfect timing because August is the driest month for book releases. I dug up a couple that sounded interesting but honestly – we’re all waiting for September, right?


Without further ado:

Awake8/4 – Awake – by Natasha Preston

Cults are a popular topic in YA this year, and the cover art for this one grabbed me. The blurb is a bit confusing – I don’t think memories before age 5 are common for anybody – but the idea of a child from a cult growing up in another family and then contending with the wishes of the biological parents intrigues me. I’m also interested to see what role the “new guy” has to play in all this, because it implies her cult’s demise was public knowledge, unless maybe he left it as well. Lots of possibilities here! Typically it’s about the escape from the cult itself. So the premise is there, but we’ll see if the writing holds up. I’m trying to keep from reading reviews and having it spoiled.

More info here: Goodreads and Amazon


Court of Fives8/18 – Court of Fives – by Kate Elliott

This has a classic fantasy royal court drama setup but the title and cover art grabbed me and it doesn’t sound half-bad. A girl competing for glory and developing a taboo relationship can tug my heartstrings if it’s done well, and this one is getting a lot of positive buzz as a breath of fresh air. Jes is another YA heroine desperate to save her family, and it sounds like she’ll have the guts and wit to do it on her own. I want to see how the fantasy tropes are turned upside down!

More info here: Goodreads and Amazon

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What’s new this month

Here are a few books I’m looking forward to this July:

Ink and Bone7/7 – Ink and Bone – by Rachel Caine

The mythic Alexandrian Library is always something that piques my interest. In this case it houses the antagonists, the elite who control knowledge and ban the private ownership of books. I love the tangled emotion put into the blurb, about the Library’s value vs the ability to find knowledge and own it yourself. It’s not black and white and I think there’s potential here for a lot of fascinating conflicts and commentary. This sounds like something different and worth checking out.

More info here: Goodreads and Amazon


Silver in the Blood7/7 – Silver in the Blood – by Jessica Day George

This falls into the somewhat typical YA fantasy/paranormal genre, but there are a few key things that put this on my list. First of all, that cover art! Love. It. Second, by going to Romania I’m hoping this becomes a mashup of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter universe and Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy. Eastern European influences combined with magic and a central female friendship? Girls discovering their powers together? Yes.

More info here: Goodreads and Amazon


Go Set a Watchman7/14 – Go Set a Watchman – by Harper Lee

It’s safe to say this novel is unprecedented! There is some controversy about releasing this volume, but since it is coming out whether I agree with the decision or not, I feel compelled to read what she spent so much time working on. To Kill a Mockingbird is such an important novel, and I’m sure having this companion piece will be valuable, too. It follows many of the same characters twenty years after the events in her first novel, and I’m intrigued to see how Scout’s mindset has changed and how she feels about those memories.

More info here: Goodreads and Amazon


Pretending to be Erica7/21 – Pretending to Be Erica – by Michelle Painchaud – Debut novel

This novel’s premise gripped me immediately – I couldn’t believe it was a debut at first. A girl pretending to be a missing heiress years later to pull off a heist? It’s bold and unique, and I can’t wait to read it! I’m curious to see if the writing lives up to the plot, but I’m hoping this turns out to be one of the more memorable books this summer.

More info here: Goodreads and Amazon

What’s new this month

These are some books I’m excited about this June. Here’s a little bit about each of them:

To Hold the Bridge6/9 – To Hold the Bridge – by Garth Nix

We are finally returning (however briefly) to the Old Kingdom and I couldn’t be more excited! The Abhorsen trilogy is some of my favorite YA fantasy, and I’m looking forward to this collection of 18 short stories. It will cover a lot in addition to expanding the Old Kingdom collection, and I always like seeing one of my favorite authors delve into shorter formats. Nix’s world-building and characterization are awesome, and although I was a little disappointed in Clariel, I’m hoping these stories have the same verve as his earlier work.

More info here: Goodreads and Amazon


The Stars Never Rise6/9 – The Stars Never Rise – by Rachel Vincent

I like reading about siblings, so this story of a ramped up Hunger Games/Forest of Hands and Teeth relationship caught my eye. I’m apprehensive about the writing style since the presumed love interest’s “deep green eyes” are mentioned in the blurb, but I’m hoping my cringe-reaction is unnecessary. I’m always suckered in by the inclusion of a Dark Secret in the blurb – it drives me crazy until I find out what that is, even if I decide to skim the story for it. I’m terrible sometimes. Not entirely sure if this story/world will have enough series potential to sustain my interest but we’ll see.

More info here: Goodreads and Amazon


Sacred Lies Minnow Bly6/9 – The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly – by Stephanie Oakes – Debut novel

Cults seem to be the thing for 2015, but this one sounds more intriguing than most of the premises I’ve seen so far. It’s darker and more brutal, combined with an old German fairy tale, “The Girl with No Hands.” This promises tight pacing and the kind of subtle, sharp character development I like, so I’m hoping it delivers! The comparisons and blurbs I’ve seen so far are very promising, in particular the Goodreads reviews of the ARCs. I have a feeling her missing hands won’t be the most shocking element of this story.

More info here: Goodreads and Amazon

What’s new this month

These are some books I’m excited about this May. Here’s a little bit about each of them:

ACOTAR5/5 – A Court of Thorns and Roses – by Sarah J. Maas

She pitched this as a re-imagined Beauty and the Beast/East of the Sun, West of the Moon/Tam Lin and I was sold immediately. I’m expecting all things Maas at an even more polished level: a badass heroine, conflicted men/fairies, magic, betrayal, destiny and more! Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale, and I’m excited to see what she does with it. This is set to be a high fantasy trilogy, releasing simultaneously with her Throne of Glass series.

More info here: Goodreads and Amazon


Wrath and the Dawn5/12 – The Wrath and the Dawn – by Renee Ahdieh

The Thousand and One Nights is one of my favorite myths and I’m always intrigued by a retelling of the woman who won the brutal king’s heart with stories. Little is made of Scheherazade falling in love with the king, but in this version Shazi struggles with the knowledge that she might come to love the man responsible for so many girls’ deaths, including some of her friends. This already has a sequel slated for 2016.

More info here: Goodreads and Amazon


PS I still love you5/26 – P.S. I Still Love You – by Jenny Han

I admit, I didn’t think much of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, but I partly feel this is due to bad marketing. This is listed as YA but it felt very middle-grade to me in terms of character and plot (see my review here). Now that I have some idea of what to expect, I am curious to see how the dualogy ends and I think it will make a good poolside read this summer. The one redeeming quality it has (aside from the cover art) is a non-white protagonist, but this aspect is barely touched on in the first book so I’m not sure if it will be more prevalent in this one.

More info here: Goodreads and Amazon

What’s new this month

These are the books I’m excited about this April. In no particular order, here’s a little bit about each of them:

Becoming Jinn4/21 – Becoming Jinn – by Lori Goldstein – debut novel

I’ve kicked around the idea of writing about jinn/genies myself, so the concept alone was enough to grab me here. Taking an ancient aspect of story-telling and pulling it into modern day can be hit-or-miss for me, so we’ll see how that goes. It’s a debut novel so I expect a few kinks, but if the characters leap off the page I will invest in this series for sure! A sequel is already slated for 2016.

More info here: Goodreads and Amazon


Rook4/28 – Rook – by Sharon Cameron

The cover art and ending line of the blurb sold this to me. Mystery and intrigue between two characters supposedly in a trusting relationship? The opportunities for entertainment and twists are endless! I’m hoping for a lot of good dialogue and awkward situations here – and hopefully the mystery is paced well. It’ll be a bummer if it drags or gets revealed too early, I’ve had that happen too often.

++++++++++++++++.More info here: Goodreads and Amazon


The Girl at Midnight

4/28 – The Girl at Midnight – by Melissa Grey – debut novel

I’m desperately hoping this is perfect blend of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Shadow and Bone, and Aladdin. Maybe a dash of mythology too, given that the main character is Echo. Goodreads has it tagged a series, so there may be a cliff-hanger ending. Everyone has their own view of New York City, so I’m interested to see how this one will add to that.

More info here: Goodreads and Amazon

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