August 2017 Releases to Read

Here’s a roundup of new releases that I haven’t had a chance to dig into yet.  August wasn’t quite as crazy as July, but it did disappear just as quickly!  So many good books, so little time 🙂

Ready to Read-Look for My Review Later:

The Epic Crush of Genie LoEx Libris: Stories of Librarians, Libraries, and LoreSwarm and SteelAn Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors

Books I Plan to Read as Time Allows:

Venturess (Mechanica, #2)Shimmer and Burn (Shimmer and Burn, #1)Call of Fire (Blood of Earth, #2)Beast & Crown (Beast & Crown #1)The Book of EstherThornhill

Did I miss one of your most anticipateds for August?  Let me know in the comments!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Mask of Shadows (Untitled #1)

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: August 29th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire
There are various reviews roaming the internet about this book.  I don’t think any had an issue with representation though, so I decided to give this book a try.  The first chapter was amazing!  Then it took a step back and did character introductions and a bit of world building, but then we were thrown right into the competition.  Non-stop action, revelations, and exploring genderfluid as an accepted form of identification.  While this story may not be new territory (think Hunger Games and Throne of Glass), I enjoyed the author’s writing style and the characters presented.

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Manic Monday: Heathen Vol. 1 by Natasha Alterici

Heathen

Paperback, 115 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by Vault Comics
First off, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I downloaded this title from NetGalley.  The cover art looked intriguing and it kept popping up all over the place.  So I decided to give it a shot.  And I’m very glad that I did because Heathen was a beautifully illustrated tale that weaves together Viking folklore, bisexuality, fighting for your dreams, and many other threads and themes in a way that appears seamless.

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July 2017 Releases to Read

So, I’m convinced that we somehow skipped right over July.  I know I did things during that month, but I don’t understand how it went by so fast.  Same thing seems to be happening with August though as I just realized that I hadn’t done my July post yet and September happens in just under 2 weeks!  Anyway, here are some awesome releases from July that I haven’t had time to read yet!

Ready to Read-Look for my Review Later:

The Crowns of CroswaldHeroine Worship (Heroine Complex, #2)The Reluctant Queen (The Queens of Renthia, #2)Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of VillainyMonstress, Vol. 2: The BloodThe Last Magician

Books I Plan to Read as Time Allows:

The DisappearancesA Fiery Friendship (Ages of Oz #1)The Book KnightsThe Savage Dawn (The Girl at Midnight, #3)Ash and Quill (The Great Library #3)The Library of FatesThe Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga, #2)In 27 DaysThe Apprentice WitchClub Deception

 

Geez that’s a lot of books!!  I guess that July must have happened or all these lovelies wouldn’t be available to read, enjoy and share.  🙂

Have you read any of these?  Did I miss something that you loved?  Let me know!

Book Review: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Daughter of the Burning City

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published July 25th 2017 by Harlequin Teen

I have mixed feelings about this book.  On the one hand, I thought the concepts and characters were really interesting.  On the other, it took me almost three weeks to finish reading.  Not sure if that’s because of pacing in the book or because of real life issues I was dealing with, but I’m disappointed that it took me so long to finish.  As a debut, Daughter did a great job introducing characters and various levels of story threads.  I think it could have used a bit more world building though since this is a planned stand-alone.

Throughout the story, I felt myself questioning why certain things were happening and how Gomorrah fit into the rest of the world.  I also kept forgetting that our main character was only 16, but I always have that issue, and that she has no eyes.  I certainly liked this aspect, but we find out a little more about it while investigating things later in the story, but I’m not sure I quite understand the whole missing organ that still works just fine bit.

I will definitely be recommending this book to friends, family, and random internet folk like my readers here.  I never thought about giving up on the book, and it was definitely different and compelling.  The author is lovely human being, who I met at ALA Annual a couple months ago.  I even won a set of eyeshadow colors from promoting the release (I’ll share more on that in a different post soon!)  There’s a whole lot of awesome going on in this book that readers will for sure enjoy.  I just got a little hung up on miscellaneous stuff.

Have you read it yet?  What were your thoughts?

Summary:

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

Series Sunday: Green Rider series by Kristen Britain

For this installment of Series Sunday, Green Rider by the fabulous Kristen Britain takes center stage.  This is the ONLY author that I’ve followed and continue to enjoy the series even with a 3-5 year gap between volumes.  Yes, you read that correctly!  The fans wait up to 5 years between stories, and it’s due largely to the incredible complexity that is woven into the each book.  Also, there is usually no major cliffhanger, just lots of little threads that span the whole series.

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Book Review: Roar by Cora Carmack #RoarDay

Roar (Stormheart, #1)

Hardcover, 380 pages
Expected publication: June 13th 2017 (TODAY!!) by Tor Teen
Happy book birthday!  When I was selected to participate on the street team for Roar, I was so excited and ecstatic!  This book was already one of my most anticipated of the year, but then I had the opportunity to share it in even cooler ways with even more people 🙂  Which is why my social media has been littered with references and reminders lately.
This book was everything I wanted and more ❤  I love weather-related magic, and the storm magic in Roar fulfilled this need perfectly.  Cora beautifully describes a vast variety of storms, how they form, and how they affect the landscape and people living there.  It was amazing how the magic blended with the world and the characters.   I want to tell you all the things, but I’m worried I’ll spill all the fun and spread too many spoilers, so I’m going to share a few of my favorite quotes.  (Warning: these come from the arc and may have changed in the final version, but I love them all the same!)
She felt as if she had stepped into the pages of one of her books.
People are not recipes to be carefully measured and mixed together. Life is imprecise and messy.
There were a couple of small things that felt off within the narrative.  They aren’t terrible in any way, just something I noticed that felt like sharing.  If you are unfamiliar with Cora Carmack, you should know that she has written mostly romance stories until Roar.  You can definitely tell that she’s more adept at romantic writing instead of fantasy by the emphasis of details throughout the book.
There are multiple POV used, and sometimes it was hard to keep track of which characters knew the other characters’ motivations and who hadn’t put together all the clues yet.  Otherwise, the pacing was pretty good and the characters and magic system were so much fun to read!  I hope you check out all the fun stuff happening on social media this week, and don’t forget to enter the giveaways!!
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Summary:

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.