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. 

Review: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus (arc)

One Of Us Is Lying Karen M McManus
One Of Us Is Lying Karen M McManus

Title: One Of Us Is Lying  
Author: Karen M. McManus 
Series: Stand-alone 
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery 
Publication date: May 30, 2017 
Rating: ★★★★ 

<< ARC received through NetGalley >>

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Upcoming Releases: May 2017

upcoming releases may 2017
What is it with May? Seriously, take a look at this list and tell me why all the good ones release in May. Is there a secret pact I don't know off?? Okay, sure, not all the good ones, but sure as hell a whole lot of them! There are so many here I want to read. I for one still can't believe ACOWAR is actually out. Like, I'm holding it in my hands and I still can't. I'm about a hundred pages away from finishing it, I expect my review to be up tomorrow. I've also read a Netgalley-provided arc of Flame In The Mist and I strongly recommend the book to everyone. If you're interested you can read my spoiler-free review here. I'll probably read One Of Us Is Lying next, since I also got an arc-approval. And then? Who knows... There are honestly too many to chose from. Right?

April Wrap Up

wrap up april 2017
Maybe April wasn't the best month when it comes to releases, but I'm happy to say I got a lot more and better reading done this time. I mean, I GOT TO READ A CONJURING OF LIGHT. It was perfect, it was absolutely perfect. I wasn't nearly ready to say goodbye to the squad but this was a good way to do it. Lila, Kell, Rhy & Alucard, I miss you already. Thirteen Reasons Why also (finally) made the cut and I thought it was really intriguing, but as good as it was, it had nothing on the tv show. That one blew my mind. If you havent yet, you should watch it. It's not a fun ride, but it's so important I feel like it should be a mandatory watch to everyone between fifteen and thirty.

Review: Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh (arc)

Renee Ahdieh Flame in The Mist
Renee Ahdieh Flame in The Mist

Title: Flame In The Mist  
Author: Renée Ahdieh  
Series: Flame In The Mist #1  
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, YA  
Publication date: May 16, 2017 
Rating: ★★★★ 

>> Arc received through Netgalley <<

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace. Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known.

Review: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

History Is All You Left Me Adam Silvera

Title: History Is All You Left Me  
Author: Adam Silvera  
Series: Stand-alone 
Genre: Contemporary, Lgbt, YA  
Publication date: January 17, 2017 
Rating: ★★★★ 

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course. To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart. If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life

Review: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Jenn Bennet Alex Aproximately
Jenn Bennet Alex Approximately

Title: Alex, Approximately  
Author: Jenn Bennett 
Series: Stand-alone 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA  
Publication date: April 4, 2017 
Rating: ★★★★½ 

Bailey “Mink” Rydell has met the boy of her dreams. They share a love of films and talk all day – Alex is perfect. Well, apart from the fact that they’ve never actually met… and neither of them knows the other’s real name. When Bailey moves to California to live with her dad, who happens to live in the same town as Alex, she decides to use her sleuthing skills to find him. But tracking someone down based on online conversations alone proves harder than Bailey thought, and with her irritating but charismatic colleague Porter Roth distracting her at every turn, will she ever get to meet the mysterious Alex?

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