Upcoming Releases: September 2022

Hi everyone! It’s officially time for another upcoming releases post. I always really enjoy writing these, it’s so much fun sharing what I’m looking forward to. This month looks like an amazing one for new releases, two of my most anticipated releases of the year are releasing this month so I’m super excited for that! There’s a lot of mysteries releasing this month just in time for spooky season, but there’s a couple of other genres here too! Now let’s get onto them.

Please note that these dates are correct as of the time of writing and refer to UK hardcover publication only, as that’s what I’ll be reading.

Nothing More To Tell by Karen McManus

Release Date: 1st September

Genre: Mystery, thriller

Initial Thoughts: Over the years, McManus has become something of an auto-buy author for me – and I’m really excited to read her next book! I’m so excited to read Brynn discover the truth about who murdered her favourite teacher.

The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Release Date: 1st September

Genre: Mystery, thriller

Initial Thoughts: After reading The Inheritance Games and The Hawthorne Legacy I can’t wait to see what happens in this! I’m so excited to see how Barnes wraps up the series – I have really high hopes. I’m expecting lots of twists and drama and hopefully some action, and I’m hoping I won’t be disappointed!

Monsters Born And Made by Tanvi Berwah

Release Date: 6th September

Genre: Fantasy, dystopian

Initial Thoughts: I don’t read much fantasy but this has really got me hooked! The Glory Race sounds so suspenseful and I really hope Koral’s successful – her family really needs the victory. It sounds like such an action packed read and that’s exactly what I’m looking for.

I’m The Girl by Courtney Summers

Release Date: 13th September

Genre: Thriller, mystery

Initial Thoughts: I loved Sadie, so when I saw Summers had a new release I knew I had to get my hands on it! I’m so excited to see Georgia and Nora team up and I really hope they can get justice for Ashley. I love that class and privilege are big themes on this too!

The Weight Of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson

Release Date: 15th September

Genre: Horror, thriller

Initial Thoughts: This sounds like the perfect Halloween read! I don’t currently read much horror but I’m looking to change that, and I think this could be the place to start. I’m really curious about exactly happens on prom night. I love that racism is explored so prominently in this too!

The Girl In The Castle by James Patterson and Emily Raymond

Release Date: 15th September

Genre: Mystery, fantasy

Initial Thoughts: I’ve heard so many great things about James Patterson but somehow haven’t read anything by them yet! I always find books with time travel really interesting and I’m excited to see the mystery incorporated with it in this one. I’m already rooting for Hannah!

The Killing Code by Ellie Marney

Release Date: 20th September

Genre: Historical fiction, mystery

Initial Thoughts: I always find books set during World War Two really interesting, and I love this mystery set during it! The girls in this all sound like such strong characters and I’m really excited for them to take down the mysterious man behind the murders. I hope they succeed!

My Second Impression of You by Michelle I. Mason

Release Date: 20th September

Genre: Contemporary, romance

Initial Thoughts: This sounds like a really cute read! If you’re a regular reader you’ll know I can never resist a good contemporary, and this sounds like it could very well be one. I love the idea of reliving your best day and I’m really excited to see how the MC’s perspective changes! I think this has a really great message and I’m so here for it.

Which book are you most excited for? Are there on your radar I haven’t included? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Ceri

Monthly Wrap Up: August 2022

Hi everyone! It’s time for another monthly wrap up. This month’s been pretty busy for me, I’ve been balancing spending time with loved ones with my blog and time for myself. Still, I’ve had a really amazing month – I’ve been on holiday with my family, had some really lovely days with my boyfriend and been to some fun parties with my friends, all the while hitting new milestones on my blog! I’m really excited to see what else the future holds.

This month was actually a really great reading month for me, which I’m very surprised by! I didn’t think I’d fit in much reading what with everything else but I managed to read seven books, which I’m really proud of – it’s actually my best reading month this year so far! I started this month strong with some cute contemporaries but you’ll soon see that I ended up adding in some more variety later on, with three additional genres!

See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Rating: ✯✯✯✯✯

Thoughts: This was the perfect start to my August reading! I really enjoyed this, I went into it with really high expectations (largely due to how much I loved Today Tonight Tomorrow) but it lived up to them! I found the time travel aspect really interesting and I loved reading the connection between Barrett and Miles blossom. The character development was also amazing and I really appreciated the focus on family in this too. I’d definitely recommend picking it up!

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: ✯✯✯✯

Thoughts: Historical fiction is not a genre I would usually reach for, but I’ve heard so many great things about this and felt like trying something a little new! I really enjoyed this, I thought the characters in this were really amazing, they really made the book, and I loved the focus on family too. I also really liked the dual timeline in the first part, which certainly kept me reading! This is such a great summer read that I’d really recommend.

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

Rating: ✯✯✯✯

Thoughts: This was such a cute read! I thought Linh and Bao were both really interesting characters and I loved how creative they both were. The setting also really stood out to me – I thought having the two competing Vietnamese restaurants as the backdrop to the story was really cool, and I appreciated how big a role family and friends played in this. If you love loveable characters, sweet romances and anything food, I’d definitely recommend this!

The Girl’s Guide To Summer by Sarah Mlynowski

Rating: ✯✯✯

Thoughts: If you’re looking for a fun, quick read this summer then this could very well be it! I really liked this, it was really easy reading (I read it in a day) and I loved reading about two best friends backpacking across Europe – getting to see a little bit of each place was so much fun! I also found the romance the main character had was super cute. With that being said, I have to say this one didn’t have much depth to it (admittedly there were anxiety and acrophobia storylines but I don’t think either was given the attention it deserved or properly executed) and the friendship itself was quite toxic. Still, if you’re just looking to be whisked away this summer I think you’d enjoy this!

The Trial by Laura Bates

Rating: ✯✯

Thoughts: I decided to take a break from my contemporaries with this and honestly… I ended up regretting it. The main redeeming quality was the important discussions surrounding sexism, although I also liked the pace, tension and action. Other than that, though, this was a big miss for me. I didn’t think enough thought went into developing any of the characters and honestly, it was just a little too unbelievable in places. I also thought the reveal wasn’t nearly dramatic enough, and that the ending was just too open ended for my tastes – I would have really appreciated an epilogue. With all that being said, I’d recommend saving yourself the time and not picking this one up – there are so many amazing thrillers out there worth the read and for me, this wasn’t one of them.

Tag, You’re Dead by Kathryn Foxfield

Rating: ✯✯✯✯

Thoughts: After reading It’s Behind You last year and loving it, I went into this with really high expectations – and I’m pleased that it met most of them! I really enjoyed this, I thought the characters were all really interesting (even if I didn’t like all of them) and there was some great character development. I really enjoyed the mystery behind Rose’s ghost and the action and pace too, particularly in the second half of the book. With that being said, I did correctly guess both the murderer and the person behind Rose’s game, so this did lack the element of surprise for me. Still, I’d really recommend this!

Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Rating: ✯✯✯✯✯

Thoughts: I’ve been meaning to read this for what feels like forever, and I’m so glad that I finally did! I didn’t think it could top the Shadow And Bone trilogy set in the same universe but I was pleasantly surprised. I loved this book so much, I thought the world-building was absolutely phenomenal and the characters were all so amazing. I thought the pace was also just right and I loved the action! What really sealed this as a five star read, though, was the author’s incredible writing style – they’re so talented! I genuinely can’t recommend this book enough.

Have you read any of these? What books did you read during August? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Ceri

Six Of Crows Book Review

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Rating: ✯✯✯✯✯

Six Of Crows follows notorious criminal, Kaz Brekker, after he is offered a chance to break into the Ice Court (a huge military stronghold) and retrieve a hostage with incredibly valuable knowledge which will change Grisha magic forever. If he succeeds, he’ll have riches beyond his dreams – but he can’t do it alone. He soon puts together a crew of five other outcasts to complete this impossible heist – but will they succeed?

I really (and I mean really) enjoyed Six Of Crows! After reading the Shadow And Bone series, which is set in the same universe, last year I went into this with really high expectations – but it was even better than I imagined! If you’re on booktok/bookstagram you’ll also know this is incredibly popular, but that’s for good reason. I’m usually really wary going into hyped books but this ended up being one of my favourite reads of the year! I was reading it every spare moment I had.

It’s hard to know where to start with this review, but I’m going to start with what I think is the most important part of any fantasy – world-building. If you’re a regular reader you probably know that I don’t read much fantasy, which is mainly because world-building can be really hit or miss. I’m really pleased to say that it was amazing in Six Of Crows – it didn’t take long for me to get swept up in the magic of the Grishaverse and refamiliarise myself with the universe. Something I really appreciated were the maps in the opening pages, which helped me visualise it a lot better, and of course the order of the Grisha. I think details like these can make a world of difference!

I also really loved the characters. They all had such distinct, different personalities but I wound up falling in love with every single one of them. I loved all of their different strengths and weaknesses – they were all incredibly well developed – and how they rounded each other out. It feels nearly impossible to pick a favourite character, but I did really like both Nina and Jesper in particular. I can’t wait to see more of the characters when I get the chance to read Crooked Kingdom!

Of course, the friendship between the characters was also really lovely to read. For the most part, the group got on pretty well, and I loved how much they all looked out for each other and came together – particularly towards the end! Six Of Crows definitely gave off some major found family vibes, that’s for sure. I think my favourite would either have to be Inej and Jesper’s bond (they reminded me a lot of a brother and sister) or Inej’s and Nina’s.

The romantic relationships were also really amazing! I was shipping so many different characters together and urging them to get together throughout. There was definitely a lot of chemistry between both Inej and Kaz and Wylan and Jesper, and I loved reading the development of Nina and Matthias’ too. I’m a sucker for a second chance romance so the latter really stood out to me for that reason – I was waiting for the moment they’d finally get together!

The pacing was also really well done. I know a few reviewers have complained about the slower pace at the beginning but honestly I’d have to disagree – I thought there was still a fair bit going on and I enjoyed getting to know more of the Grishaverse first. I will say that the pacing does pick up an awful lot after those initial couple of parts – it was really fast-paced and the plot kept on moving forwards, which was great to see!

Of course, this quick-pace made for lots of action! Around two thirds of the book took place over the span of a single day, which obviously meant a lot was going on. I really enjoyed alternating between the different characters’ chapters to find out what they were all up to, and I also really enjoyed the high stakes and risk of whether they would succeed. It made for some really tense scenes!

I also really liked the twists! I was surprised with how many different twists Six Of Crows actually throws, especially being a fantasy. I will admit that I saw one or two coming but for the most part Bardugo did a really great job of shocking me. The ending in particular took me by surprise, and I’m dying to read Crooked Kingdom to discover what happens next!

It would be a crime to finish this review without acknowledging Bardugo’s writing style! I thought her writing style was so beautiful and she had the perfect amount of detail without overwhelming the reader. I also loved the way she wrote her dialogue – the dialogue exchanged between the crew was all so incredibly witty and well done! I’d love to write dialogue like that one day.

Overall, I would recommend Six Of Crows to anyone looking for an epic fantasy series with excellent world-building and loveable characters. I’d also recommend it to anyone who’s just generally stuck on what to read next, as that was the position I was in and I ended up really loving this!

Have you read Six Of Crows yet? Will you be adding it to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed this review!

Ceri