Upcoming Releases: August 2017

August dear friends, august. Summer is halfway gone. Or there's still a month to go glass half full, half empty blab. If all is well I'm enjoying the heavenly weather, nature and food baguettes of France at the moment. As always I packed tons of books, but the ones below will have to wait until I return to the reality of a very glum Belgium. Got to say, August has some serious cover porn going on. Luckily there are interesting blurbs as well, because I basically clicked the add buttons based on cover alone. I should really stop doing that but hey what else is new. Most of these books are by authors I don't know very well, which is both exciting and terrifying. An awesome premise doesn't always make for a good book. But since I'm on vacation and the sun is HOPEFULLY, fingers crossed shining, I'm going to be an optimist about this. (Bastille tunes) And we can count on Leigh Bardugo never to disappoint, right? RIGHT? God, she better not. The Wonder Woman movie hyped me up even more so gimme, gimme, gimme! I'm also excited for Renee Carlino's new book. I discovered her last year and I have no regrets.

What are you guys up to this summer? Read anything exciting?

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Secondborn 

Author: Amy A. Bartol
Series: Secondborn #1
Genre: Dystopia, NA
Release date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: 47North
Pages: 321 pages

On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go. Televised since her early childhood, Roselle’s privileged upbringing has earned her the resentment of her secondborn peers. Now her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor to the state. But Roselle finds an ally—and more—in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave. As the consequences of her actions ripple throughout the Fates Republic, can Roselle create a destiny of her own? Or will her Fate override everything she fights for—even love?

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Shimmer And Burn 

Author: Mary Taranta
Series: Shimmer And Burn #1
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Release date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 352 pages

To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology. Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne. Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own. With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.

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Little & Lion 

Author: Brandy Colbert
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Contemporary, Lgbt, YA
Release date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown
Pages: 336 pages

When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support. But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new...the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself--or worse.

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This Is Not The End 

Author: Chandler Baker
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Release date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 384 pages

On one cloudless, radiant summer afternoon, Lake Devereaux lost everything. The car crash claimed the lives of her best friend and boyfriend, the people who had become her family after her own fell apart. But she doesn’t have to lose them both. The development of resurrection technology has changed the world. Under the new laws regulating the process, each person gets one resurrection to be used or forfeited on their eighteenth birthday. Mere weeks away from turning eighteen, Lake faces an impossible choice. Envisioning life without one of the people she loves most is shattering enough, but Lake carries an additional burden: years ago, under family pressure, Lake secretly—and illegally—promised her resurrection to someone who isn’t even dead yet. The search for answers about her future draws Lake more deeply into the secrets of her past until she begins to question everything about those closest to her. Betrayals and hurts both new and old threaten to eclipse the memories she once cherished. Then Lake meets a boy unlike anyone she’s encountered before, who unflinchingly embraces the darkest parts of her life . . . and who believes that all resurrections are wrong. Which path is the right one? And how can Lake start to heal when she can't move on?

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Wish You Were Here 

Author: Renee Carlino
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, NA
Release date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 320 pages

Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, floating from interest to interest, job to job, and guy to guy, searching for a spark but never quite finding it. All she knows is that she won’t discover it working as a waitress at a pies-and-fries joint in Los Angeles or living with her fun but aimless best friend in a tiny apartment in the Arts District. Then Charlotte collides with Adam, a gorgeous and soulful painter who seems just as lost as she feels. Their instant connection turns into a midnight drink… and a whirlwind night of champagne, Chinese food, and the kind of conversation that only happens in romantic comedies. But the next morning, Adam gives Charlotte the cold shoulder, leaving her confused and hurt—and wondering if the few odd moments between them the night before were red flags in disguise. Months later, Charlotte hasn’t been able to shake Adam, so she decides to find out what happened the morning after their magical night together. This fateful decision rewrites their wild love story, but what Charlotte doesn’t know yet is that the ending has already been written.

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A Map For Wrecked Girls 

Author: Jessica Taylor
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Release date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Dial Books
Pages: 368 pages

Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them. Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart. To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this—or anything. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?

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Wicked Like A Wildfire 

Author: Lana Popović
Series: Hibiscus Daughter #1
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Release date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 416 pages

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

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Tiger's Watch 

Author: Julia Ember
Series: Ashes Of Gold #1
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Release date: August 22, 2017
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Pages: 173 pages

Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander. Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian. When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn't question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.

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The Ratled Bones 

Author: S.M. Parker
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, YA
Release date: August 22, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 304 pages

Unearthing years of buried secrets, Rilla Brae is haunted by ghostly visions tied to the tainted history of a mysterious island in this haunting novel from the author of The Girl Who Fell. Maine-bred, independent Rilla Brae is no stranger to the deep. She knows the rhythms of hard work and harder seas. But when she experiences the sudden death of her father, the veil between the living and the dead blurs and she begins to be haunted by a girl on a nearby, uninhabited island. The girl floats a song over the waves, and it is as beautiful as it is terrifying. Familiar and distant. Then Rilla meets Sam, a University of Southern Maine archeology student tasked with excavating the very island where the ghostly girl has appeared. Sam sifts the earth looking for the cultural remains of an island people who were forcibly evicted by the state nearly a hundred years ago. Sam tells Rilla the island has a history no locals talk about—if they know about it at all—due to the shame the events brought to the working waterfront community. All Rilla knows for sure is that the island has always been there—an eerie presence anchored in the stormy sea. Now Sam’s work and the ghostly girl’s song lure Rilla to the island’s shores. As Rilla helps Sam to unearth the island’s many secrets, Rilla’s visions grow—until the two discover a tragedy kept silent for years. And it’s a tragedy that has everything to do with Rilla’s past.

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer 

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: DC Icons #1
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, YA
Release date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Random House Books For Young Readers
Pages: 384 pages

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world. Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

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The Dazzling Heights 

Author: Katharine McGee
Series: The Thousand Floor #2
Genre: Dystopia, YA
Release date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 432 pages

Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a beacon of futuristic glamour and high-tech luxury… and to millions of people living scandalous, secretive lives. Leda is haunted by nightmares of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’s afraid the truth will get out – which is why she hires Watt, her very own hacker, to keep an eye on all of the witnesses for her. But what happens when their business relationship turns personal? When Rylin receives a scholarship to an elite upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being here also means seeing the boy she loves: the one whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return. Avery is grappling with the reality of her forbidden romance – is there anywhere in the world that’s safe for them to be together? And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who’s arrived in New York with a devious goal in mind – and too many secrets to count. Here in the Tower, no one is safe – because someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, you’re always only one step away from a devastating fall….

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Mask Of Shadows 

Author: Linsey Miller
Series: TBA, #1
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Release date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 384 pages

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home. When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge. But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.


Review: Always And Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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Title: Always And Forever, Lara Jean  
Author: Jenny Han  
Series: To All The Boys I've Loved Before #3  
Genre: Contemporary, YA  
Publication date: May 2, 2017 
Rating: ★★½ 

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding. But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind. When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

Review: Words On Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton (arc)

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Title: Words On Bathroom Walls  
Author: Julia Walton  
Series: Stand-alone  
Genre: Contemporary, Mental Health, YA  
Publication date: July 4, 2017 
Rating: ★★★★ 

<< ARC received through NetGalley >>

Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can't. Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.

Real is subjective. There are a lot of things that aren’t actually real to everyone. Pain, for example. It’s only real to the one experiencing it. Everyone else has to take your word for it. 

Upcoming Releases: July 2017

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July has arrived, which means it's the perfect time to make work of that huge tbr-pile in the futile hope it will finally shrink a little. Of course we all know that it won't. Because for every book we read, we will at least add two new ones. Here are a couple of candidates! Unsurprisingly there are some swoon-worthy summer romances, but there is also a fair share of mystery and fantasy. I was surprised to find the second book in the Loom Saga here already! I thought I'd have a bit more time to read the first book. Also definitely excited for Because You Love To Hate Me. I'm really curious to see what this collaboration between some of my favourite authors and a couple of booktubers will bring us. Should be interesting at the very least!

Summer tbr - 2017

Last year I discovered that making a tbr for the summer works very well for me. I didn't entirely complete my list that time, but I never strayed too far and I finally got around to reading books that had been on my radar since... I'd say kindergarten but let's not get too dramatic. In all honesty, it made me read more books than I otherwise would have. I like challenges, can't easily walk away from them. When I truly commit to something, I usually stick with it until the end. One look at all the crappy tv shows I've been watching lately is enough to know I'm right. I'm hoping for a repeat succes. I'm also doing Camp NaNo this year, so my time will be a bit limited but I'm hoping to be successful at both. 

Here's my list! Which books are on yours?

June Wrap Up

I can keep this fairly short. June was disastrous. My personal life was a stressful, anxious mess. Which led to me crawling under a rock and just generally avoiding life. (Terrible idea, would not recommend. Comes back to bite you in the ***). So instead of doing anything productive (or reading), I just started bingeing Grey's Anatomy and didn't get off the couch for a while. Seriously, that series is addicting. Makes you put things in perspective too. Suddenly your problems don't seem all that life-threatening anymore. 

So as I said, I didn't read at all. I got through about three chapters of Always And Forever, Lara Jean and then gave up. Now that things are getting back on track and work (thank god) is over for a full two months, I'm spending every free minute trying to catch up with every single responsibility I avoided before. Once I'm back on track and the stress leaves my system, I'm going to get back to reading. I've missed it. My summer tbr should be up one of these days and I'm determined to read as many books as possible in the coming eight weeks. I'm back to being optimistic!

I sincerely hope your June experience was better. What did you read? Anything you'd recommend? 



Upcoming Releases: June 2017

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My upcoming releases post doesn't really cover that many 'upcoming' books this month. It's more like a past releases post. June hasn't really been great for me, so for all sorts of reasons this is coming a little late. Still the books deserve to be talked about. So here we are! I'm most excited for Our Dark Duet, even if technically I haven't read This Savage Song yet. I am so in love with Victoria Schwab's Shades Of Magic series that this can't be anything but good. This summer I'm reading it! She said confidently.

May Wrap Up

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May. How I had been waiting for it to come and how fast it flew past. It should not come as a surprise that ACOWAR was the first book I picked up. I may have mentioned my impatience for its release once or twice try a million in the past year. It was... I don't know. Both the best and worst book of the year, I guess. I haven't gotten around to writing my review. I'm too conflicted. I still don't have full clarity on how I feel about it. There were things I hated, there were things I loved. AJERGHJERG, I'm so frustrated. Luckily there's one thing I'm still a hundred percent positive about: RHYS. More, so much more, on that later. 
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