Top Five Most Anticipated June Releases

A new month a whole bunch of new books to be released. June is a very exciting month for me in terms of book releases because of the first book on this list. I’m not even joking the sight of it alone makes me want to start squealing! With that being said lets jump into the list! Here are my Top Five Most Anticipated Releases of June 2015!

royal weddingAuthor: Meg Cabot

Publisher: William Morrow & Company

Genre: Contemporary

Expected Release Date: June 2nd 2015

Summary: For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn’t need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.
But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother’s leaked “fake” wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch. Can Mia prove to everyone–especially herself–that she’s not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well? (Via Goodreads)

witch hunterAuthor: Virginia Boecker
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Expected Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Summary: Your greatest enemy isn’t what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate. (Via Goodreads)

judy blumeAuthor: Judy Blume
Publisher: Knoph
Genre: Contemporary/ Historical Fiction
Expected Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Summary: In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Against this backdrop of actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting and everyone dreamed of going somewhere, she paints a vivid portrait of a particular time and place—Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor haircuts, young (and not-so-young) love, explosive friendships, A-bomb hysteria, rumors of Communist threat. And a young journalist who makes his name reporting tragedy. Through it all, one generation reminds another that life goes on. (Via Goodreads)
levellerAuthor: Julia Durango
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Science Fiction
Expected Release Date: June 23rd 2015
Summary: Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real? (Via Goodreads)

invasionAuthor: Erika Johansen
Publisher: Harper
Genre: Fantasy
Expected Release Date: June 9th 2015
Summary: With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out. (Via Goodreads)

And those are the five releases that I am most excited for! Be sure to let me know in the comments below if you’re edited for any of these books or if there are any other June releases that you are eagerly anticipating!
I will se you soon with a new post! Goodbyeee!

Top Five Most Anticipated March Releases

Another month has begun and as always that means more fabulous books are being released that I cannot afford but oh so desperately want. So here are my top five most anticipated March releases!

orphan queenAuthor: Jodi Meadows

Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Genre: Fantasy

Expected Release Date: March 10th 2015

Summary: Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others (Via Goodreads)

winners crimeAuthor: Marie Rutkoski

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

Genre: High Fantasy

Expected Release Date: March 3rd 2015

Summary: Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them. (Via Goodreads)

liars, incAuthor: Paula Stokes

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Contemporary/Mystery

Expected Release Date: March 24th

Summary: Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called “Captivating to the very end,” Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters. (Via Goodreads)

vanishing girlsAuthor: Lauren Oliver

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Contemporary/Mystery

Expected Release Date: March 10th 2015

Summary: Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other. (Via Goodreads)

mosquitolandAuthor: David Arnold

Publisher: Viking Children’s

Genre: Contemporary

Expected Release Date: March 3rd

Summary: “I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.”
After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.
So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.
Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, “Mosquitoland” is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.(Via Goodreads)

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender: Review

ava lavenderAuthor: Leslye Walton

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Magical Realism

Summary: Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo. (Via Goodreads)

Review:

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is definitely one of the strangest and most beautiful books I have read this year. I’ve never closed a book wondering if the main character had wings or not before Ava Lavender yet I wasn’t left disappointed or confused rather I felt immensely satisfied after closing the last page.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender tells the story of Ava Lavender, her mother Viviane and her grandmother Emmiliene and all three women have some unique talent, whether it be being born with wings, super smell or a unique to talent to know when something is going to happen – all three are also terribly unlucky in love. Their stories are intricately  woven together to tell the story of how Ava ended up where she did and how it all led to the night of the Summer Solstice and it is beautifully, stunningly written.

Walton’s prose is absolutely terrific; lyrical and striking and at times it reminded me of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart only, in my opinion, it was much better and much stronger. Just perfect. Her characters are wonderful I loved how she represented each of the Roux/Lavender women and how they were all so strong yet equally broken. The contrast was just lovely and so wonderful to read.

Ava Lavender is a wonderful book. It is sweet and poignant, haunting and hypnotic and it is one of my favourite books of the year. A must read.

5 Stars.

 

 

Defiance: Review

defianceAuthor: C.J. Redwine

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.

When Rachel’s father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city’s brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father’s apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making. (Via Goodreads)

Review:

Defiance is a very fast paced book, from page one you are immediately tossed into the action but it doesn’t detract from the world building of the series. You get a great understanding of all the characters and the world they live in while they are doing something really interesting; you get background on Logan when he’s buying weapons, you learn about the standing of women in the world while Rachel is scaling a wall and you see how evil the Commander is as he runs people down on his horse while battling the Cursed One. It is very fast paced, very dramatic and very action-y while still having some very nice dept to it.

However, the book did slow down for me particularly towards the middle and the end. I don’t know what it was but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as when Rachel and Logan were facing off against the Commander in Baalboden. There was just a bit more political intrigue there and I found that a bit more interesting than walking through the Wasteland – but I did still find the book enjoyable and I did read it very quickly.

The story is told using a dual POV (Rachel and Logan’s) which I don’t usually like as I think some authors have issues making the voices distinctive enough (see Allegiant) but I did really enjoy it here. I loved the back and forth between Rachel and Logan and seeing their different perspectives on how everything works in Baalboden and their interactions. I especially loved the Choosing Ceremony scene when Rachel comes out in the dress and Logan looses his shit. It was amazing!

I also really liked the budding romance between Logan and Rachel. I thought it was really sweet and cute but, once again, towards the end of the book it left me a little cold because of the obvious Love Triangle being set up and I was like “NAAAH” (Voldemort sounds.)

Overall, I did really enjoy this book, the ending did leave me wanting and a little cold but I’m definitely invested enough to pick up the sequel.

4 Stars.

The Winner’s Curse: Review

the winners curseAuthor: Marie Rutkoski

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Summary: Winning what you want may cost you everything you love

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart. (Via Goodreads.)

Review:

The Winner’s Curse was very different to what I expected. When I hear fantasy, I expect magic and dragons and witches but there was none of that in the Winner’s Curse, the focus was far more on political intrigue and it was extremely refreshing and exciting and I loved it.

Kestrel is a terrific protagonist. She is very different from what I am used to seeing in a fantasy type novel – where the girl is always trained physically and usually excels in that field, Kestrel is an average fighter with no particular affinity for it, her real skill lies in her cunning and her mind. She is strategic and smart and manipulative, not just a cog in the machine – she’s the one who tells the machine what to do. She was so wonderful and extremely refreshing to read about and I am very excited to read more about her.

Likewise Arin was fascinating – mostly for his similarities to Kestrel and then the striking differences. It was really interesting to watch them play off each other, each one having a sense of what the other was thinking or that they were hiding something.  It’s a very intriguing relationship but I must admit that I wasn’t too captivated by their romance. I did enjoy it, I thought it was nice and all but it certainly didn’t have me flailing – however I know that by the second book I’m going to be hopelessly in love with them.

Everything about the book was interesting; from the world building to the relationships to the rules of society and it is definitely a book I would recommend to people who like fantasy, or are new to fantasy, and historical fiction however it was not quite a Four Star book for me due to my inability to really invest in Kestrel and Arin’s romantic relationship which is a very important aspect of the book.  So, it’s more of a 3.75.

Still, really enjoyed it and overall would suggest picking it up. A very easy, very interesting read.

3.75 Stars.

 

The Kiss of Deception: Review

kiss of deceptionAuthor: Mary E. Pearson

Publisher: Henry Holt

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love. (Via Goodreads.)

Review:

The Kiss of Deception has been on my radar for awhile and I spent ages trawling through bookshops trying to find only for one very kindly bookseller to finally tell me that it was not yet being sold in Ireland…this is where we give thanks to The Book Depository…Now, back to the review.

The Kiss of Deception is a bit of a contradiction for me, on the one hand I liked it and on the other hand I was bored by it. For me the main draw of this book was that it was broken up into three points of view; Lia’s the runaway princess bride, the assassin sent to kill her and the Prince she left at the alter, and I was really looking forward to trying to figure out who was who but it turned out to not be that difficult. I made my guess when they both appeared and I turned out to be right so with that done, and being pretty confident in my decision, not much really happened for the first 200 pages or so. So, while it was a nice story and nicely written, it was, at times, just a bit dull.

I did enjoy the characters and the relationships that developed between them. I can’t really go into details about Kaden and Rafe without revealing who’s who so I will just say that I liked them and I look forward to seeing more of them. I adored the friendship between Lia and Pauline and the relationships between Lia and her brothers – they were definitely one of my favourite aspects of the book. As for Lia herself I was a bit slow to appreciate her, as I said not much truly happens in the first 200 pages but in the latter 200 pages Lia really shows her true colours. She is a very powerful, savvy young woman and she will, without a doubt, be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming sequels. I was very impressed by her.

It is a contradiction of a book. While at times it was a bit slow and a bit dull I still enjoyed it, for a time it was a nice calm read and then the political intrigue and magic crept back in and we were tossed right back into the danger zone much like Lia was. The books leaves a lot of unanswered questions that I am eager to see answered so I will definitely be picking up the sequel when it comes out. Overall, a very enjoyable book you just have to give it a bit of time.

4 Stars

Waiting on The Stars Never Rise

waiting on wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. My pick is:

the stars never riseAuthor: Rachel Vincent

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: Paranormal/ Fantasy

Expected Release Date: June 9th 2015

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie’s sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can’t survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her. (Via Goodreads.)

Thoughts: Urban Fantasy centred around a young girl protecting her sister from a crazy cult Church…so much yes it hurts. And that cover? Can you say stunning!