Good morning bookworms!
Look, I’ll be honest. I don’t even know HOW we are at the end of May already. There’s clearly some faulty timer or something else gone wrong with 2020, you know, as well as all the other stuff that’s gone wrong with this year…
Anyway, separate from my big monthly wrap up that’s coming sometime next week, I’d just like to announce that I read TWO books on the May TBR – and that’s pretty good for me!! ? It’s basically a victory, so let’s see if I can do it again for June!!
I still have some review books to read, so let’s start with them!!
Burn – Patrick Ness
I did request this book from Walker Books to review – back in January or February this year, which was a while ago. So, I honestly can’t remember that much about it any more, except that it’s a blend of urban fantasy and historical fiction, and it has dragons. And because I am absolutely ridiculous when it comes to reading blurbs before I read the book, that’s probably all I’m going to know about it until I actually dive into this.
However, it came out at the start of May, and while I didn’t receive it before publication, I do need to read it very soon!!
The Dark Tide – Alicia Jasinska
Rollover from May TBR: This one is another review book sent to me by Penguin Random House (who I also love – I’ve been reading so many cute queer YA contemporaries from them lately!) that comes out on 2 June.
This one is a dark YA fantasy with queer characters, from a debut Aussie author, and I am here for it!! There’s a cursed village and an evil queen and sacrificial lambs!! I haven’t been reading a lot of fantasy lately, but I think this one will get me out of my slump.
Ice Wolves – Amie Kaufman
So, I started this in a buddy read a couple of months ago, and then we both got distracted by shiny new (Holly Black) books…
ok, so maybe it was more than a couple of months ago…
But anyway! Ice Wolves is the first book in a middle grade fantasy trilogy from Amie Kaufman. The story starts with twins who are basically street urchins (think a much younger, more agile, slightly more optimistic Kaz Brekker who happened to have a twin sister), and are then separated by magical circumstances. I did read about a third of this book the first time around, but will be going back to the start for a full read for June.
Scorch Dragons – Amie Kaufman
You’ll never guess – but this is the sequel to Ice Wolves! Yep, Scorch Dragons is book number two in the Elementals trilogy by Amie Kaufman.
I don’t really have much to say about this one, because I haven’t read the synopsis in case there are spoilers!!
But yeah… still middle grade, still fantasy, likely still elemental magic!!
Battle Born – Amie Kaufman
So, it might have become apparent, but I received a review copy of Battle Born from HarperCollins this month. Battle Born is the third book in the Elementals trilogy by Amie Kaufman, and is coming out on 2 June 2020.
That’s pretty much all I know about it!! Keep your fingers crossed that this becomes my new favourite middle grade series, because I need something to fill the gap while we all wait for Hollowpox to come out (now in November)!!
A Question of Holmes – Brittany Cavallaro
YESSSSSSS!! My copy of the fourth and final book in the Charlotte Holmes series is finally here and I. AM. HERE. FOR. IT. Back in 2019 I read the first three books in this series that was originally only going to be a trilogy, and then I had to wait for the fourth book to come out in the matching paperback and I feel like it’s been an age.
This series is a retelling of the famous Sherlock Holmes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and is based on the premise that Sherlock had a child who then had a family, and so on down the generations to Charlotte Holmes, who embodies every good and bad trait her great-grandfather did. As her best friend, Jamie Watson, also inherited a lot of traits from his great-grandfather, Dr James Watson.
This might sound a bit kitsch, but it’s so much fun!!
The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary
Five fantasy and a mystery is going to be a heavy reading month, so I need some contemporary / romances on here to break it up. PLUS, I absolutely adored The Switch during May, so I am keen to check out O’Leary’s debut which has just as many rave reviews.
The Flatshare is an adult contemporary / romance story where the entire premise is basically “and there was only one bed”, which, let’s be honest, is 100% one of my favourite tropes.
If I’m Being Honest – Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
This is the second book by Wibberley and Siegemund-Broka, and with their third book coming…? already out…? I feel like it’s well past time that I actually get stuck into this one.
Weirdly enough, I know next to nothing about this book. It’s a YA contemporary. It likely has a romance element. Lots of people like it. I really enjoyed their first book, Always Never Yours. If I like this, I’ll buy the third one too.
Again, I doubt very much that I will read all of these, but it’s a nice list and a good guide if I get stuck!! ?
What books are you reading in June?