T-MINUS 48 HOURS UNTIL BOOKENDING SUMMER 2019 BEGINS!
As you can probably see I am really stoked for this upcoming event! If you don’t know what BESummer 2019 is–its a quarterly event created and ran by myself and Clo @ Book Dragons where we aspire to bring the book blogging community closer together! This event we have some amazing hosts lined up for you with some stellar 10/10 would recommend prompts for you to play with! if you haven’t yet go check out the Announcement post on Clo’s blog to get all the details, the prompts, and learn where to go to sign up!
Also, if you have signed up don’t forget to check out and bookmark our blog hopping master list! This will be your one stop shop for all the bookending summer participants, you’ll be able to check out everyone who is participating’s blog and our new feature where you can link your #BESummer19 posts next to your name for easy blog hopping!
Now with that out of the way, let’s talk about why you clicked on this post! BOOKS! Kind of like my most anticipated movie releases for July, this coming month is a tad bit chill in the publishing department (at least for me) which is epic for both my review obligations and my book buying ban–So far so good on that front by the way!
Immunity by Erin Bowman (July 2)
Survivors of a deadly planetary outbreak take on a new, sinister adversary in the white-knuckle sequel to Contagion, which New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman called “gripping, thrilling and terrifying in equal measures.”
They thought their nightmare was over, but Thea, Coen, and Nova’s rescue was only the beginning. After being imprisoned on a ship they thought was their ticket to safety, it’s clear that the threat they left behind isn’t as distant as they’d hoped—and this time the entire galaxy is at risk.
Now that threat is about to be unleashed as an act of political warfare. To prevent an interstellar catastrophe, the survivors must harness the evil they faced on the planet Achlys and learn to wield the only weapon they have left: themselves.
The first installment in Erin Bowman’s duology earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called the plot “intricate and action-packed,” and fans of Jonathan Maberry, Rick Yancey, and Madeline Roux will relish in Bowman’s tense, high-stakes conclusion to the events of Contagion.
Have I read the first book yet? No. But my lovely wonder twin Kaleena @ Reader Voracious’ love and hype for this new installment is infectious so I am really pumped to be able to binge this duology with this release!
We Walked The Sky by Lisa Fiedler (July 2)
A stunning, multigenerational story about two teenagers: Victoria, who joins the circus in 1965, and her granddaughter, Callie, who leaves the circus fifty years later. Perfect for fans of This is Us.
In 1965 seventeen-year-old Victoria, having just escaped an unstable home, flees to the ultimate place for dreamers and runaways—the circus. Specifically, the VanDrexel Family Circus where, among the lion tamers, roustabouts, and trapeze artists, Victoria hopes to start a better life.
Fifty years later, Victoria’s sixteen-year-old granddaughter Callie is thriving. A gifted and focused tightrope walker with dreams of being a VanDrexel high wire legend just like her grandmother, Callie can’t imagine herself anywhere but the circus. But when Callie’s mother accepts her dream job at an animal sanctuary in Florida just months after Victoria’s death, Callie is forced to leave her lifelong home behind.
Feeling unmoored and out of her element, Callie pores over memorabilia from her family’s days on the road, including a box that belonged to Victoria when she was Callie’s age. In the box, Callie finds notes that Victoria wrote to herself with tips and tricks for navigating her new world. Inspired by this piece of her grandmother’s life, Callie decides to use Victoria’s circus prowess to navigate the uncharted waters of public high school.
Across generations, Victoria and Callie embrace the challenges of starting over, letting go, and finding new families in unexpected places.
I am not one for historical fiction or period pieces, but the synposis on this bad boy grabbed me, and I am so interested to see just how much these two women’s lives are intertwined. Plus this gives me some serious The Greatest Showman vibes.
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson (July 9)
Eragon meets And I Darken in this thrilling new fantasy debut that follows a fallen princess as she ignites a rebellion to bring back the magical, elemental crows that were taken from her people
In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, elemental crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.
That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister, Caliza, is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of everything she has lost.
But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, the sisters devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and win back what was taken from them.
I swear 2019 is the year of the crow and the snake because book covers be featuring these magnificent creatures and pulling me in! The idea of crows holding the elemental power of life and what life is life after they are destroyed leaves me at the edge of my seat wanting to know more! So needless to say ya girl is pumped for this bad boy!
The Phantom Forest by Liz Kerin (July 16)
For fans of Children of Blood and Bone and The Hazel Wood, THE PHANTOM FOREST takes readers on thrilling journey through a unique vision of the Underworld and a post-apocalyptic Earth, both of which were forever changed by a stunning discovery in our past.
Every tree in the sacred Forest of Laida houses a soul. And each of those souls will return to the mortal world for many future lives. But not all of them deserve to.
Seycia’s father told her this story as a child—a story of the most holy place in the Underworld, the Forest of Laida, where all souls go to rest before embarking on a new life. But Seycia’s father is dead now, and his killer has put a target on her back.
After she is chosen for her village’s human sacrifice ritual, Seycia is transported to the Underworld and must join forces with Haben, the demon to whom she was sacrificed. Together, they journey to the forest in the Underworld where all souls grow in a quest to destroy the tree of the man who killed her.
I was lucky enough to receive a ARC of this novel a few weeks ago, and to tell you I was captivated by the prose and writing style Kerin dishes out to us would be an utter understatement, I’m about 50% through this little nugget of gold and I honestly can’t get enough of it. GO GET YOU A COPY HONEY!
These Revel Waves by Sara Raasch (July 23)
The first book in a thrilling new fantasy duology—full of deadly magic, double crosses, and a dangerous quest in a new world—from Sara Raasch, the New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series.
Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian diplomat vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something dangerous is at work.
Devereux is a pirate. As one of the stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he scavenges the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.
Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.
As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.
I think it is safe to say July is slowly becoming fantasy month for dear ol’ me. The synopsis grabbed me just as much as the cover halted my steps and had me sprinting backwards to get to know more about this gem. Forbidden magic? Pirates? Female badass soldiers? Sign me the duck 🦆 up!
Operation Bailey Wedding by Piper Rayne (July 23)
No one could have guessed a marriage could sprout from a one-night stand, but Holly Radcliffe and Austin Bailey appear to be written in the stars. From the backseat of Austin’s Jeep to the altar they come. The town of Lake Starlight along with the Bailey’s are prepping for the event of the year, but as usual things never go smoothly with these nine siblings and let’s not forget Grandma Dori!
This is a novella in the Bailey series!
I am OBSESSED with everything and anything Piper Rayne creates–especially when it has to do with the Bailey family! When they announced this novella I honestly did the Chandler Bing dance in the middle of my office (yes I literally did–bossman caught me at the tail end). I am in love with these characters and they feel like they are apart of my own family, so I am excited to see what wild adventure my love birds have as two of them get hitched!
What books are you excited for in July? Let me know!