Perhaps it’s odd that I can still have a wrap-up without blogging all that much, but hey, any chance I get to ramble, right? 😂
Despite my lacklustre month of blogging, I’ve actually been reading quite a bit recently! It’s not to the amount I was reading before, but it’s enough that I feel satisfied — at least I’m interested and engaged in what I’m reading and my slump, at least on that front, is somewhat over. 😉
- Book Looks: Now I Rise – Kiersten White | Teal is my new favourite colour tbh.
- ARC/Book Review: Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh | ★★☆☆☆ | Slow and choppy and unfortunately not my thing. 🙈
- Top Ten Young Adult Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start | Aka all those times I got left behind by the hype train and lived to tell the tale. 🚂
- ARC/Book Review: Waste of Space – Gina Damico | ★★☆☆☆ | An extremely unique book with a funky cast of characters that left me feeling bewildered. Reminds me of UnREAL, the TV series. 🤔
Most Anticipated Reads
They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.
Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.
I skipped Silvera’s sophomore novel but I did get my hands on this one pretty quick! I’ve started it and I’m loving how it’s going — it hasn’t gotten to ~feels~ territory just yet, but I’m growing pretty attached to the story.
Now I Rise – Kiersten White
Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path.
Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.
What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help.
As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won… and souls will be lost.
Aka the sequel to one of my favourite books last year. BRING IT ON. 🙌
Want – Cindy Pon
Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.
With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.
Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is or destroying his own heart?
I enjoyed Pon’s debut novel, Serpentine, and I’ve only heard good things about this one! Besides, the premise is futuristic and I love that kind of thing. 😍
I know I’ve been absolutely, absolutely terrible at being active in the community and god knows I’ve missed tons of things around here, so let’s catch up! 💖
- What book are you reading and how are you liking it?
- What was your favourite post in June, whether it’s yours or another blogger’s?
- How’s your July going so far?
Have a wonderful, wonderful month ahead, loves. 🤗