Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2019

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This week’s TTT topic is “Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019”. There are so many intriguing reads coming out in the second half of the year that figuring out my most anticipated releases was harder than I thought it was going to be! Lol, now that I’ve compiled this list, I wish I had all of them in my hands RIGHT NOW and I REALLY wanna preorder them all (my bank account would kill me if I did this tho).

Also, I’m surprised that I came up with a list that not only includes a variety of genres–fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, thrillers (not just my usual YA fantasy)–but almost half of them are adult books?!? Who am I?

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


1. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

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Release Date: July 2nd

I read Sager’s The Last Time I Lied earlier this month and became completely addicted! I read the snippet for this book in the back and now I’m so pumped to pick up more thrillers!

2. Shatter the Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells

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Release Date: July 30th

A YA fantasy about a girl trying to save her girlfriend! And there are DRAGONS! I’m so excited that I have this ARC!
(lowkey wish the cover wasn’t so ‘meh’ tho)

3. Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

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Release Date: September 3rd

I don’t know why, but I’m a total sucker for romances involving pop stars. But the fact that this is technically NA makes me even more excited!

4. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

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Release Date: September 10th

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers.

Literally all that I needed to know before adding this to my TBR.

5. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

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Release Date: October 1st

I mean, it’s Leigh Bardugo, so how can it not be an automatic anticipated release for me? (And preorder, once I get around to it.) And it’s a new adult/adult book set in college? I’m gonna drop everything to read this book when it releases.

Also, lol at all these books involving a “ninth house”.

6. The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

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Release Date: October 8th

I’m so ready for vampires to make a comeback.

7. How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by K. Eason

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Release Date: October 8th

Feminist! Fairytale tropes! In Space!
I’ll take this now, thank you.

8. The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

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Release Date: October 15th

Shout out to Aurora @ Aurora Librialis for informing me about this book! Because a YA fantasy about the daughters of twin goddesses? With sun and night realms? And apparently the author said one of the characters has “bookish chaotic lesbian goddess energy”?!?! So yeah, I really need this book now.

9. The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

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Release Date: November 5th

A KING ARTHUR RETELLING. Ever since I watched the BBC TV show Merlin (oh, 6 years ago!), the word “Arthurian” has been a buzzword for me. And this retelling is focused on Guinevere, where she’s a lot more than she seems?!? I’m so pumped!

10. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

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Release Date: November 19th

I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL THE RELEASE DATE FOR THIS GOT BUMPED UP TO THIS YEAR. There’s no doubt that I will pre-order this book, and (college/homework willing) that I’ll read it immediately after it releases.


Special Mention: The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

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Release Date: July 9th

The only reason I didn’t include this in my top 10 is because I’ve been so excited for it that I cheated and included it in My Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019 list back in January.

But a princess with depression? A betrothal with the enemy prince? And magical, elemental crows?? You see why I had to preorder this book and I haven’t been able to stop screaming about it? Everyday I keep hoping Amazon will screw up and magically send me my copy super early. Alas, no luck so far. 😆


What releases are you most excited for in the second half of 2019? Do we have any that overlap?
Any of you out there snagged ARCs of these and read them already? (If yes, I’m SO jealous!)

If you participated in TTT this week, feel free to link up your post in the comments below–I would love to check them out!

WWW Wednesday: June 12th, 2019

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Look at me, blogging every other day! (It won’t last, fam.) Also, I’ve just started doing work for my internship this summer, so prepare to start seeing a lot of books outside of my usual genres! (If you wanna see what types of books I’m reading for my internship, you can see my TBR here.)

Also, for those of you who don’t know: WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where you answer 3 ‘what’ questions about your reading.


What are you currently reading?

  • The Wonderling by Mira Bartók
    • Reading this MG Fantasy for my internship. Ahhhhhh, it’s so cute and whimsical and omg the protagonist is so pure. It’s surprisingly long for an MG book tho (450 pages!). I’m a little over halfway at the moment.
  • Final Draft by Riley Redgate
    • Reading this for the Dragons & Tea Book Club and I’m adoring it SO much! The protagonist is so relatable and I’m so excited for the friends-to-lovers romance. I can’t wait to continue!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I already mentioned this in my last post, but this was my first Adam Silvera book and I ADORED it, specifically Mateo and Rufus! Death-Cast and knowing one’s end day are such intriguing and perplexing concepts.

Any recommendations on which Silvera book I should pick up next?


What do you think you’ll read next?

  • You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know by Heather Sellers
    • The next book I plan on reading for my internship! It’s a memoir and I’m rather curious to learn about the author’s life with face-blindness.
  • The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
    • And lol, another Goodreads group read! Though this is the one that makes the most sense for me to pick up next, I’m not sure I’m in the mood for it? I might replace this with another non-internship book.

What are you currently reading? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Read any new favorites recently? What are you up to this summer?

If you participated in WWW Wednesday this week, feel free to drop the link in the comments; I would love to check it out!

The 20 Books of Summer Challenge

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One summer.

Three months.

13 weeks.

91 days.

I didn’t discover this challenge till a couple days after the start date, but I just couldn’t not join! The “20 Books of Summer” challenge is hosted by Cathy @ 746 Books and essentially about reading 20 books (or 15 or 10–your choice!) between June 3 to September 3. I was already planning on reading a lot of books this summer before returning to college, so 20 sounds like a good number to aim for!

I want to accomplish a little bit of mood reading this summer, so I don’t have all 20 of my books planned out, but I do have a small TBR that I want to share. I’m participating in an internship for my college that involves a lot of reading, so I thought I’d share those books with you guys (since I literally HAVE TO read them this summer). They’re mainly memoirs, short story collections, or poetry–all things very much outside of my usual fantasy & YA books, so I’m very curious to see what I think of them!

Also, shout out to my new blogger friend, Sammie @ The Writerly Way for informing me about this reading challenge and encouraging me to participate!


Internship TBR:

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Already Read:

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  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
    • My first Silvera book! (Why did it take me so long??) Omg it was so good and I adored Mateo And Rufus so much!

The remaining 10 books I’m going to leave open ended to mood reading, ARCs and some rereading that I want to accomplish. Honestly, I’ll probably post a second Summer TBR for the Top Ten Tuesday on June 25th, so stay tuned for that! (Because let’s be real: I truly can’t help but try to plan out all my reading.)


Are you participating in the 20 Books of Summer challenge or any other challenges this summer? Do you have a Summer TBR set yet?

Let me know down in the comments!

ARC Review: The Living God

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***I received a free e-ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

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The Living God

by Kaytalin Platt

Release Date: May 21st, 2019

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

(I would say New Adult instead of YA though.)

Publisher: Inkshares

 

YIKES, I have not been having the best luck with ARCs this year. With magic, a warrior princess, romance, vessels, and gods, this book has so many of my reading buzzwords! But the actually story? It was a complete disappointment and I’m sad to say that I regret requesting this ARC.

The Living God follows three mages, Saran, Keleir, and Rowe as they try to overthrow their corrupt king, Saran’s father, and prevent the Oruke from taking over Keleir’s body and destroying their world.

First off, the pacing was hella bizarre in this book. The opening chapter is super intriguing and epic, but everything declines afterwards. The story continues into a slow middle where one of the characters stays stationary for the rest of the story (which is out of her control, but I still think she could have been more active). And then WAY TOO MANY things were jam-packed into the ending. My head hurts trying to remember what exactly happened.

Another thing that I struggled with in this book were the heavy subjects. There is a ton of torture, physical and mental abuse, hints of past sexual assaults, and an attempted suicide. But while these things are mentioned a lot, I felt as though the depths of these traumas aren’t properly explored with the characters (especially with the attempted suicide). I wanted to see how these things affected the characters, instead of just being continuously told about them.

And then there was the romance. When the book opens, Saran and Keleir have already secretly been together for a while now. While I liked them together, I lacked an understanding of why they were together. I wish the characters had been fleshed out more to make them memorable. Even a week later, as I sit down to write this review, I struggle to remember them outside of their most basic descriptions: Saran, a rebellious girl who doesn’t want the responsibilities of being a princess; Keleir, a vessel struggling to maintain his humanity; and Rowe, a supportive brother who wants to make amends for the past. And these sound like stereotypical fantasy characters, don’t they? They could literally be characters in almost any high fantasy book. They weren’t special.

And then there’s the worldbuilding. I felt like I caught glimpses of a lot of great elements, but I didn’t understand how they all fit together. I’m assuming everything will be expanded on in the later books, but I still can’t help but wonder if there’s too much going on in this book? Readers never see Saran’s kingdom outside of the castle, and there was three different worlds (Saran’s fantasy world, our world, and what’s essentially a destitute and futuristic, screwed up version of our world) mages could travel between?!? And a lot of the plot revolves around trying to prevent the Oruke (an immortal, evil demon/spirit) from taking over Keleir’s body and becoming The Living God, yet this seemed to only be a problem for Saran’s world? Ultimately, I couldn’t grasp the bigger picture here.

Honestly, I’ve already forgotten a lot about this book, other than that it wasn’t for me. This book had a lot of great ideas, but the execution wasn’t fulfilling. I would also like to address that while it seems like this book is labelled as YA, I’m pretty sure it’s New Adult (I’m like 90% sure the characters are in their young twenties). There are probably readers out there who will enjoy this book, but I can confidently state that I will not be continuing on with this series in the future.

Trigger Warnings: torture, physical and mental abuse, hints of past sexual assaults, attempted suicide, imprisonment, manipulation

Rating: 2 stars

“…so, are you my book?”

“I SO wish, but alas, the book gods are laughing at you once again.”