September: A TBR List

August was a really successful reading month for me, so I’ve got a fairly ambitious tbr for this month.

A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee has witches and a boarding school – which is all I need to know. The book just came out last month but so far all I’ve heard are positive things.

After the Ink Dries by Cassie Gustafson is a contemporary drama released in July this year. The graphic novel follows Erica and Thomas as Erica wakes up half naked with names written in sharpie on her body. Without risking further humiliation, Erica tries to figure out what happened that night. From the summary alone, my heart aches.

I don’t read many graphic novels anymore. But I’m really excited for this one.

What Once Was Mine by Liz Braswell is a Rapunzel retelling releasing in September. I love Rapunzel’s story so I’m going into this without knowing much. And this has to be the read this month that I’m excited for the most!

If you know me, you know I love my Sci-Fi. From Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman to Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Which is why, I’m super excited to dive into Across the Universe by Beth Revis. The thing that’s held me back all these years is the cover changes across the series.

Aside from cover changes, the book has a murder mystery and romance all in a space ship. So, I figured, why not give it a go?

My book club, Read Between the Times has chosen Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard for the month of September.

The YA Fantasy is set in a world divided by red and silver; commoners and the elite. When Mare Barrow, a red, discovers her powers (something exclusive to the silvers), she’s paraded around as a lost Silver Princess. Under this facade, Mare plans with a militant resistant group, fighting to bring down the silver regime.

I’ve avoided this book for so long, and I don’t have a single good reason why. The cover is absolutely gorgeous, the synopsis sounds great. I’m glad this is the book club’s pick, and even gladder that I have the push to pick this up.

Through Netgalley, I’ve received some advanced reader copies for upcoming books. My goal is to read some and put up reviews for their release dates. Here are some releasing in the month of September!

Before We Were Blue by E. J. Schwartz releases on September 14th! So, I’ll be diving into this just as September starts so I can have the review up before the release date. In this young adult-contemporary, we tackle eating disorders and the struggle of recovery.

Slanted and Disenchanted by Lisa Czarina Michaud is a coming-of-age story about Carla and Pete, who start a band together. This releases on September 21 2021, so keep your eyes peeled!

Text Publishing presents Social Queue by Kay Kerr, a young adult romance releasing on the 28th September of 2021.

The book has been pitched as a ‘heart-warming autistic story about deciphering the confusing signals of attraction and navigating a path to love.’

With insightful illustrations, Own Your Period by Chella Quint is a guide to period positivity. I’m all for destigmatising menstruation so I was quick to grab this.

House of Glass Hearts by Leila Siddiqui follows a Pakistani-American teen’s quest to find her missing sibling. This young adult fiction has been shelved as a historical fiction, magical realism and fantasy.

The book releases on September 30th 2021, so if this interests you, grab yourself a copy when it comes out.

What are your planning on reading in September? Have you read any of these?

The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis: A Book Review

The Raven and the Dove is a young adult, fantasy retelling of Tristan and Isolde. It’s been pitched as the perfect novel for the fans of Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir. As a big fan of all three, I whole-heartedly agree.

As the avian kingdoms in the sky (what a concept) prepare for the courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus is ready for her last adventure. She doesn’t expect to save a raven prince from a dragon. Rafe, is the bastard son of the late Raven King, and he would do anything for his half-brother/prince. Including, posing as him in the courtship trials. Unknown to the world above, a war brews in the sea below, ready to threaten everything Lyana and Rafe know and love.

I have to say, I only picked this up because of how gorgeous the cover is. It gave me major Rhysand and Feyre vibes from A Court of Mist and Fury. I had no idea I would end up enjoying this as much as I did.

Princess Lyana was a great protagonist – she was fierce, determined and mischievous. She was so much fun to read about as she flew away on her adventures – albeit some reckless. At times she was a little immature, but that’s where the young adult bit really shines through. On the other hand, Rafe is the epitome of brooding and angst. He felt everything so intensely, that my heart ached for him. All the characters were so well developed, including Cassi and Xander. The story is told from multi point of views and surprisingly, I enjoyed reading this book from all of their perspectives. There was never a chapter that I wanted to skip.

I loved the pacing of this book, it was filled with action but it wasn’t too fast to cause whiplash and neither was it slow enough to bore me. I was super happy with when everything happened. Hence, why I flew through this book and stayed up to finish it. The sleep loss was totally worth it.

The world was really interesting, and not something I’ve seen in young adult before. Kingdoms in the sky were such a lovely idea and it was executed really well. I’m really excited to explore more of this world. Hopefully we get to see more of the other kingdoms in the upcoming books.

I loved the angst and pining between Rafe and Lyana, it was exactly what I wanted to read. The only downside for me, was how quick it was. It felt very insta-lovely and slightly rushed. I would’ve enjoyed the pining and angst a little bit more, if it made sense to why it meant so much to them.

Overall, such a great read and I can’t believe more people aren’t talking about this book. You need to add it to your TBR asap!

August 2021: My ‘To Be Read’ List

I confess: I haven’t been reading much for someone who claims to be an avid reader. So in my mission to make time for reading, I’ve compiled a TBR list to share with you all.

Confessions About Colton by Olivia Harvard is a young adult mystery novel that follows Elliot, who’s best friend Colton, was brutally murdered. After Elliot gets a note from someone claiming to be Colton’s killer, Elliot has to follow the clues to find out the truth behind Colton’s death.

Confessions About Colton is one the books published by Wattpad and its high time I read more from my fellow Wattpad writers. I’m so excited to get into this one. I’m working on ‘Where the Light Ends’ and it has me in a really mysterious reading mood.

You Have A Match by Emma Lord is a young adult contemporary that’s slipped into my TBR. With my contemporaries, I prefer to go into it without knowing too much and I’m doing the same with this one. What I can share is that it’s more family focused than most young adult books we see.

How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao has been pitched as dark academia but think Asian American. And the pitch has me hooked, line, sinker.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is one of the most hyped books that book tube has made me buy. As soon as the book came out, I had my hands on it. And since then, it has sat on my bookshelf, untouched. I even made my sister read it. I can’t share anything about the book with you, because I don’t know. But this time, I’m determined to tick it off my list.

Now that you know what’s on my TBR, what’s on yours? Have you read any of these, what were your thoughts?