If you saw my July wrap up yesterday, you’ll know that we’ve got quite a busy August planned as it’s the UK school summer holidays. I’m committed to reviews this month and I’ll definitely have to reach those but I’m not sure how much else I’ll get done, so this is just a rough guide to what I’ll be reading this month!
Warcross by Marie Lu
Probably the only non review book on this list. I’m part of the Booket List group on facebook and this is one of their book club read this month. This has given me the perfect opportunity to read Warcross and join in with some chat about it as we go along. I’ve not had a reading buddy for a couple of months and I miss it, so looking forward to this!
The Retreat by Sherri Smith
Not my usual genre as it’s in a contemporary setting but I’m pretty drawn to it. It’s a last man (or woman in this case) standing scenario which reminds me of the “cabin in the woods” style movies that were high up on my viewing list about 10 years ago, I’m hoping it’s more suspense than any horror element though, but the blurb sounds amazing and I’m grateful to Titan Books for sending me a finished review copy.
A weekend that will change them forever…if they survive.
Katie Manning was a beloved child star until her mid-teens when her manager attacked and permanently scarred her face, effectively ending her career and sending her on a path of all-too-familiar post-Hollywood self-destruction.
Now twenty-seven, Katie wants a better answer to those clickbait “Where Are They Now?” articles that float around online. An answer she hopes to find when her brother’s too-good-to-be-true fiance invites her to a wellness retreat upstate. Together with Katie’s two best friends–one struggling with crippling debt and family obligations, one running away from a failed job and relationship–Katie will try to find the inner peace promised at the tranquil retreat. But finding oneself just might drudge up more memories than Katie is prepared to deal with.
Each woman has come to the retreat for different reasons. Each has her secrets to hide. And at the end of this weekend, only one will be left standing.
The Withered King (Tempest Blades) by Ricardo Victoria
Full disclosure, I have already started reading this and I’m enjoying it so far, it’s quite sciency and I need to have a quiet area to really take it in, but it’s great so far, a bit more urban fantasy than I was expecting and the cover doesn’t really do it any favours but I’m hoping that this will be quite the gem!
Fionn is the wielder of a legendary Tempest Blade, and he is blessed – or cursed – by the Gift. Though his days as a warrior are long over, his past leaves him full of guilt and regret. Life, however, has other plans for him, when he agrees to help a friend locate a missing person.
Gaby and Alex never expected to become heroes… until they met Fionn. As an ancient evil arises and consumes the land, Fionn must help them to master their own Gifts and Tempest Blades.
Together the three of them, and their friends, will chart a course aboard the flying ship Figaro to save the planet. Will Fionn’s past be an anchor, or will he overcome the one failure from his former life before time runs out?
In a world where magic and science intermingle, anything is possible.
Including second chances
By the Feet of Men by Grant Price
Going back to my post apocalyptic roots for this one, I think I’ve had a big enough break from the genre now to accept them for reviews again, I know very little about it and sometimes that’s for the best – fingers crossed!
The world’s population has been decimated by the Change, a chain reaction of events triggered by global warming. In Europe, governments have fallen, cities have crumbled and the wheels of production have ground to a halt. The Alps region, containing most of the continent’s remaining fresh water, has become a closed state with heavily fortified borders. Survivors cling on by trading through the Runners, truck drivers who deliver cargo and take a percentage. Amid the ruins of central Germany, two Runners, Cassady and Ghazi, are called on to deliver medical supplies to a research base deep in the Italian desert, where scientists claim to be building a machine that could reverse the effects of the Change. Joining the pair are a ragtag collection of drivers, all of whom have something to prove. Standing in their way are starving nomads, crumbling cities, hostile weather and a rogue state hell-bent on the convoy’s destruction. And there’s another problem: Cassady is close to losing his nerve.
Fortuna Sworn by K.J. Sutton
It’s always lovely when an author contacts you to review because they’ve enjoyed reading past reviews on the blog. With a dose of high fantasy combined with magical realism, this one sounds fantastic and I desperately want to read it first, but I can’t as other books are due for release earlier!
Fortuna Sworn is the last of her kind.
Her brother disappeared two years ago, leaving her with no family or species to speak of. She hides among humans, spending her days working at a bar and her nights searching for him. The bleak pattern goes on and on… until she catches the eye of a powerful faerie.
He makes no attempt to hide that he desires Fortuna. And in exchange for her, he offers something irresistible. So Fortuna reluctantly leaves her safe existence behind to step back into a world of creatures and power.
It soon becomes clear that she may not have bargained with her heart, but her very life.
Turning Darkness into Light by Marie Brennan
You had me at Dragons! Another finished review copy courtesy of Titan Books, it came with a lovely little next of chocolate “dragon eggs” – I do love dragons 🙂
As the renowned granddaughter of Isabella Camherst (Lady Trent, of the riveting and daring Draconic adventure memoirs) Audrey Camherst has always known she, too, would want to make her scholarly mark upon a chosen field of study.
When Lord Gleinheigh recruits Audrey to decipher a series of ancient tablets holding the secrets of the ancient Draconean civilization, she has no idea that her research will plunge her into an intricate conspiracy, one meant to incite rebellion and invoke war. Alongside dearest childhood friend and fellow archeologist Kudshayn, must find proof of the conspiracy before it’s too late.
As always, please let me know if you want to read along with any of these as I do love a buddy read!