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August 2020 New Book Release

Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

What August book releases are you most excited for?

There’s a pretty great lineup of amazing sounding book being published. This summer has been packed to the brim with them.

Today I’m spotlight my most anticipated August book releases that I think you may also be interested in reading.

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AUGUST 4

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds
Young Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction

Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons
Young Adult Fantasy

 

AUGUST 11

A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation by Momochi, Misaki, Sando
Manga, Graphic Novel, Fantasy

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar
Young Adult Fantasy

 

AUGUST 18

Black Butler by Yana Toboso (Volume 29)
Manga, Graphic Novel, Dark Fantasy

Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner
Young Adult Contemporary

 

AUGUST 25

The Blood King by Abigail Owens
Paranormal Romance

Inferno by Donna Grant
Paranormal Romance

Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest
Young Adult Contemporary Romance


Be kind.

Stay safe.

Wear a mask.

Social distance.

Wash your hands.


AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!

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Recent Mini NetGalley Haul

Happy Thursday, Bookworms!

What are you reading this weekend?

It’s an anxiety-filled and tiring week but I hope things turn around soon. The plan this weekend is to finish reading Set Fire to the Gods, so I can post my review on Tuesday, its publication day.

Today though I wanted to share titles that have been happily added to my summer reading list. I recently was approved for three upcoming anticipated releases from NetGalley.

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Looking For A Cowboy by Donna Grant
Oct 27, 2020 / St. Martin’s Press
Adult Contemporary Romance

A beautiful stranger has come to Clearview, asking questions that are nobody’s business. Cooper Owens also wasn’t born yesterday. He knows that this out-of-towner is hiding a dark secret of her own. Much as he knows he should head in the other direction, he can’t make himself turn away. . .

P.I. Marlee Frampton always wanted to lead a nice quiet life, working as a cop in her local police department. But that dream came to an end when her sister was murdered—and her baby kidnapped. Now Marlee’s come to Texas to investigate the Harpers, who may be linked to shady adoption agencies. Cooper can’t believe that his friends could be involved in anything so sinister…and soon he makes it his mission to help Marlee discover the truth—and keep her safe in his arms.

This is book 5 of the Heart of Texas series. Donna Grant is such talented writer and craft romance really well. I loved reading the last book, A Cowboy Like You, so am beyond happy that I was approved for this one. It sounds like a cowboy mystery romance, an odd combination but very appealing.

 

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A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation by Momochi, Misaki, Sando (Volume 1)
August 11, 2020 / Diamond Book Distributors / Tokyopop
Manga

When Lizel mysteriously finds himself in a city that bears odd similarities to his own but clearly isn’t, he quickly comes to terms with the unlikely truth: this is an entirely different world. Even so, laid-back Lizel isn’t the type to panic.

He immediately sets out to learn more about this strange place, and to help him do so, hires a seasoned adventurer named Gil as his tour guide and protector. Until he’s able to find a way home, Lizel figures this is a perfect opportunity to explore a new way of life adventuring as part of a guild.

After all, he’s sure he’ll go home eventually… might as well enjoy the otherworldly vacation for now!

I requested this title because I loved the cover and the story seemed interesting. I read volume 1 yesterday ago and liked it. My review will be posted on Sunday, August 2.

 

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The Princess Knight by G. A. Aiken
November 24, 2020 / Kensington Books
Fantasy

LONG LIVE THE QUEEN
 
Gemma Smythe dedicated her life to the glory of battle. With her fellow War Monks, she worshipped the war gods, rained destruction on her enemies, and raised the dead when the fancy took her. Until her sister Keeley became the prophesied Blacksmith Queen, and Gemma broke faith with her order to journey to the Amichai Mountain and fight by Keeley’s side.

The Amichai warriors are an unruly, never-to-be-tamed lot, especially their leader-in-waiting, Quinn. But when the War Monks declare support for Gemma’s ruthless younger sister Beatrix, the immaturity of her key ally is the least of Gemma’s problems. She has to get to the grand masters, dispel their grudge against her, and persuade them to fight for Keeley and justice. If her conviction can’t sway them, perhaps Quinn’s irritating, irreverent, clearly unhinged, ferocity will win the day . . .

The Blacksmith Queen (book 1) was my favorite read of 2019. I absolutely loved it! The Princess Knight is one of my top anticipated 2020 releases. As soon as I saw it on NetGalley I had to request it and I am beyond thankful to be approved for an advanced copy. Also, this cover is divine!

 

That’s all I have for now! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my post. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Be kind.

Stay safe.

Wear a mask.

Social distance.

Wash your hands.


AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!

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Today Is Gonna A Be A Good Day (Because Books)

Happy Monday, Bookworms!

Did you have a good weekend?

My weekend was alright and I did get a lot of reading done. I’m really enjoying reading Rick by Alex Gino and have been learning so much more about gender identity. I have just a couple of hours of reading left and then tomorrow I’ll be able to (at last) start Red, White & Royal Blue and volumes 1 & 2 of Kiss Him, Not Me.

I finished Haikyu!! volume 3 and now I really really want to start collecting the volumes even though before I said I didn’t because there’s so many. Haikyu!! is just too good a story to not want to read more. So maybe I’ll add a volume or two to my next book haul.

Have a great day, everyone!

 

🔴🔴🔴Stay safe. Wear a mask. Social distance. Wash your hands.🔴🔴🔴

 

As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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#currentlyreading | Rick by Alex Gino

Rick by Alex Gino

Pub Date: April 21, 2020

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ABOUT: Rick’s never questioned much. He’s gone along with his best friend Jeff even when Jeff’s acted like a bully and a jerk. He’s let his father joke with him about which hot girls he might want to date even though that kind of talk always makes him uncomfortable. And he hasn’t given his own identity much thought, because everyone else around him seemed to have figured it out.

But now Rick’s gotten to middle school, and new doors are opening. One of them leads to the school’s Rainbow Spectrum club, where kids of many genders and identities congregate, including Melissa, the girl who sits in front of Rick in class and seems to have her life together. Rick wants his own life to be that … understood. Even if it means breaking some old friendships and making some new ones.

As they did in their groundbreaking novel George, in Rick, award-winning author Alex Gino explores what it means to search for your own place in the world … and all the steps you and the people around you need to take in order to get where you need to be.


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Library Haul #2 – 7/15/20

Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

I returned my last haul on Monday and picked up some gems I didn’t think I’d get to read so soon! Maybe later this week I’ll get to start them or earlier as I’m almost done Boyfriend Material (see many feels!). The beautiful books I checked out are:

  • Rick by Alex Gino
  • Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate (vol. 1-3)
  • Kiss Him, Not Me by Junko (vol. 1-2)

I’ve been looking forward to reading RICK all year, so of course I bumped it up the tbr list. I adored George and I anticipate another excellent read by Gino.

I absolutely positively love HAIKYU!! It’s one of my all-time favorite anime shows. Haikyu!! is so funny and heart-warming and action-packed with tons of lovable characters. The story follows a high school volleyball team, Karasuno, and their journey to the top. I could endlessly rewatch the anime over and over again! I’m beyond thrilled to have this small glimpse into the manga.

KISS HIM, NOT ME is an adorkable rom-com anime. My local library only has a few random volumes and I was going to wait until I could buy the manga. But I figured it’d be ok to read the first two.

AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!

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Username Bookstack Challenge

Hey there, Bookworms!

Over the weekend I dared to attempt a bookstack challenge by a fellow bookstagrammer, @riahwamby‘s, called #readyourusername challenge and succeeded for the most part. You make a bookstack with books whose titles begin with each letter of your Instagram username.

This was difficult as my username is really long. But the hardest part was finding three books that start with the letter “O.” I only owned two books, so the last one* is missing. I did however insert a book that I’d already read.

My Insta-Username Stack: @thebookshelfcorner

[T]ouch of Power
[H]unted
[E]ndure

[B]loodhound
[O]live’s Ocean
[O]f Shadow Born
[K]night of the Silver Circle
[S]now Like Ashes
[H]alt’s Peril
[E]ntice
[L]ost Queen, The
[F]lame of Sevenwaters

[C]hosen
[O]nce and For All*
[R]ed Queen
[N]at Enough
[E]rak’s Ransom
[R]oyal Ranger, The

I enjoyed this challenge and got a very lovely picture of these books. My favorites from this stack (which I’d also recommend) are Bloodhound, Snow Like Ashes, Flame of Sevenwaters, Once and For All, Erak’s Ransom, and The Royal Ranger. I hope everyone has a great week!

Happy Reading!!!


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More Book Covers I’d Want As Wall Art

Happy Monday, Bookworms!

What book covers would you want as wall art for your home?

I love making these types of posts and admiring lovely book covers. This time I made to sure to choose ones I haven’t picked before and that are new books I’ve added and/or read this year.

Here are beautiful book covers to start your Monday off with a smile:

 

*REVIEWS LINKS*

Ashlords | The Beautiful | Dark Skies | Feather | The Queen’s Rising

The Queen’s Resistance | Stolen Songbird

 

 

As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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First Library Haul Since Quarantine!!!

Happy Thursday, Bookworms!!!

Last week my local library was able to partially reopen (which I only learned about a few days ago, haha!). Card holders can now return/drop off books in this bin they have. The library can also do curbside pick ups.

I immediately put on hold all the volumes I had left to read of Kamisama Kiss (Vol. 19-25), which I was nearly done before lock down. I won’t be going to the library often like before but this is still good news.

I honestly thought it would be many more months until the library go open. Covid cases and deaths continue to rise all over the country, as I stated in my June wrap-up. It’s devastating. In my opinion, another lock down is imminent. So I’m going to check out and read as much manga as I can (I have plenty of physical books and ebooks at home still) while this window of normalcy is still open.

🔴Stay safe. Wear a mask. Social distance. Wash your hands.🔴

 

 

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NetGalley Mini Haul

Happy Saturday, Bookworms!

Do you have any ARCs you’re looking forward to reading?

I was recently approved for three anticipated reads: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (currently reading), Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan, and Smash It! by Francina Simone. Thank you to the publishers for these e-ARCs to read and review! I’m happy to add all these books to my summer reading list.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
YA Contemporary Fantasy
September 15, 2020
Margaret K. McElderry Books

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.

She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

 

Smash It! by Francina Simone
Own Voices / YA Contemporary
September 22, 2020
Inkyard Press

Olivia “Liv” James is done with letting her insecurities get the best of her. So she does what any self-respecting hot mess of a girl who wants to SMASH junior year does…

After Liv shows up to a Halloween party in khaki shorts—why, God, why?—she decides to set aside her wack AF ways. She makes a list—a F*ck-It list.

1. Be bold—do the thing that scares me.

2. Learn to take a compliment.

3. Stand out instead of back.

She kicks it off by trying out for the school musical, saying yes to a date and making new friends. Life is great when you stop punking yourself! However, with change comes a lot of missteps, and being bold means following her heart. So what happens when Liv’s heart is interested in three different guys—and two of them are her best friends? What is she supposed to do when she gets dumped by a guy she’s not even dating? How does one Smash It! after the humiliation of being friend-zoned?

In Liv’s own words, “F*ck it. What’s the worst that can happen?”

A lot, apparently.

#SMASHIT

 

Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan
Adult Contemporary Romance
St. Martin’s Griffin
January 5, 2020

What happens when your love life becomes the talk of the town?

As birthdays go, this year’s for radio producer Everly Dean hit rock-bottom.

Worse than the “tonsillectomy birthday.” Worse than the birthday her parents decided to split (the first time). But catching your boyfriend cheating on you with his assistant?

Even clichés sting.

But this is Everly’s year! She won’t let her anxiety hold her back. She’ll pitch her podcast idea to her boss.

There’s just one problem.

Her boss, Chris, is very cute. (Of course). Also, he’s extremely distant (which means he hates her, right? Or is that the anxiety talking)?

And, Stacey the DJ didn’t mute the mic during Everly’s rant about Simon the Snake (syn: Cheating Ex).

That’s three problems.

Suddenly, people are lining up to date her, Bachelorette-style, fans are voting (Reminder: never leave house again), and her interest in Chris might be a two-way street. It’s a lot for a woman who could gold medal in people-avoidance. She’s going to have to fake it ‘till she makes it to get through all of this.

Perhaps she’ll make a list: The Ten Rules for Faking It.

Because sometimes making the rules can find you happiness when you least expect it.

 

 

 

Images via NetGalley

Legendborn – https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/188297

Smash It! – https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/180231

Ten Rules For Faking It – https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/194500


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COVER REVEAL!!! | Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen

Friday just keeps getting better!

I am so happy to be apart of the cover reveal for Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen, book 3 of the incredible Dark Shores series. The art is by Billelis and the cover design is by Lesley Worrell!

Check out the cover below!

Art by Billelis / Cover design by Lesley Worrell

A dark beauty, isn’t it? I love it. It fits the wicked world the Dark Shore books are set in.

STOP | DISCLAIMER – I’ve also included the synopsis in this post which contains SPOILERS for SHORES/SKIES. Do NOT read if you haven’t read the first two books.

I promise you you won’t want to miss out on those incredible stories. Jensen is a fantastic writer and storyteller whose books will keep you on the edge of your seat – so good!

 

If you have read both books, prepare to feel the feels:

ABOUT | Gilded Serpent

THEIR BATTLES ENDED IN VICTORY

Lydia returns to Mudaire to enter training at the healing temple. But instead of fighting to save lives, she’s convinced she is doing more harm than good. She delves into the history of the gods only to discover a truth that will change her life forever.

His birthright as commander of the Royal Army is finally in his grasp, but Killian feels anything but victorious. Burdened by his past, he embraces the darker side of his mark—and in doing so, risks starting a war.

BUT THE WAR HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN

Having defeated the tyrant Urcon, Marcus struggles to form a lasting alliance with the Arinoquians. But he is plagued by the knowledge that there is a traitor among his friends, and it could cost him everything that he’s fought for.

Torn between her growing allegiance to the Thirty-Seventh legion and her need to liberate her people, Teriana finds herself mired in a web of secrets. She embarks upon a path that will either save everyone she loves—or put them all in their graves.

Gilded Serpent is set to be published April 27, 2021.

 

Looking for a sneak peek? Tor Teen’s got you covered!
Chapter 1 | Excerpt

 

Want to learn more about this series?
Check out my reviews for Dark Shores (book 1/link) and Dark Skies (book 2/link).

 

 

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