‘When The Moon Was Ours’ spoiler-free review!

Hello lovelies! I recently read When The Moon Was Ours, which was the Dragons and Tea Book Club pick for April. Anna-Marie McLemore is an author who I’ve wanted to try for a while, as I had a feeling I would love her magical realism stories. Let’s see what I thought of this, her debut novel!

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synopsis

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.


my thoughtsThis book is purple prose at its most flowery. Don’t get me wrong, I love that style of writing; all that lyrical, metaphorical stuff gives me the biggest heart eyes. But this was really laid on thick and I was worried it would be too much even for me. I did love it though and found that it made for an amazing sensory reading experience. The imagery, the sights and smells – McLemore’s details were exquisite.

This is definitely a character-focused book. The plot is totally secondary to the exploration of these individuals. I loved Aracely’s character and I thought Sam was an absolute darling. His is some of the best trans rep I’ve ever read. It was clear, even before I read the author’s note, that this is a subject McLemore is passionate about. And wow, was that author’s note a thing of beauty. So much heart right there.

I did find that I had to concentrate quite hard while reading this book; it wasn’t an effortless read. The imagery was beautiful but I did find it hard to wrap my head around some of it. I also thought that some sentences were a little bit clunky and awkward to read; the phrasings would take me a couple of tries to get right in my head. It meant things didn’t flow as I would have liked.

But overall, this was a stunning book and I’m glad to have finally begun my Anna-Marie McLemore journey. Thanks to Melanie and Amy for hosting the readalong!

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Have you read this one? Or any of McLemore’s other books? What did you think? Let me know in the comments! xsignature (2)

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Music Monday: Robin Hood Movie Themes!

Hey everyone! I’m treating you to two pieces in one today! The first is the main theme from the 1976 film Robin and Marian, starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn. The soundtrack was composed by John Barry (who also composed the theme to Raise the Titanic which I played a few weeks ago).

The second piece is more well-known. Taken from another movie adaptation of Robin Hood, this time in 1991, Everything I Do (I Do It For You) was written by Bryan Adams and spent 16 consecutive weeks at number one in the UK singles chart. It is one of the best-selling singles of all time.

If I’d been on the ball, I would have played the Game of Thrones theme this week since it’s all anyone is talking about! But I didn’t think of it soon enough haha. If that’s something you’d like to hear, let me know in the comments!

My ‘Pick Me Up’ Playlist! Tag

Hey guys! So I’ve got a bit of backlog of tags that I’m trying to start working through. Some of them (like this one) I can’t even remember who tagged me so I do apologise and please let me know if it was you! I’m going to try and do a tag every Sunday for the foreseeable future, so that I stop putting them off!

I love this idea of sharing my ‘pick me up’ playlist, songs that make me smile or put me in a good mood. As you all know already, music is a huge part of my life and I firmly believe that it can influence our mood in a big way.

Here are some songs that never fail to make me feel happy!


Queen – Breakthru

You didn’t think I’d make a playlist post and not include Queen, did you? I thought I might as well get them out of the way first 😉 I could have picked the obvious Bohemian Rhapsody which also never fails to make me smile but I wanted to highlight a lesser-known song. I love the punchy baseline in this one and the cheery chorus with its 80s summer vibes. Plus, how can you not smile at Freddie gyrating around on top of a train?!


Pentatonix – Sing

I love Pentatonix and their amazing acapella sound. This song is one of my favourites. It’s so catchy and impossible not to join in with. I also have very happy memories of driving along the west coast of Scotland in the sunshine, blasting this.


Simon & Garfunkel – Cecilia

I used to have this song on cassette tape (I know!!) It’s one of the first songs I ever loved.


Cosmo Sheldrake – Come Along

I first heard this song on a tv advert and for some reason, I just really enjoy it? Every time I hear it, I feel like a child again and just want to bop along.


George Ezra – Budapest

Honestly, I could have picked any of George Ezra’s songs as I just love his whole vibe. But I decided to go with the first one I ever heard and still love to this day.


The Greatest Showman Cast – The Greatest Show

There’s a reason the soundtrack for this movie has been played to death on the radio stations: it’s so damn catchy! I love it.


Meghan Trainor – No Excuses

This song came out during a period of really lovely weather and I remember being in the garden at work one day and everyone dancing and singing. It’s a happy memory and I like being reminded of it whenever I hear this song.


Paolo Nutini – Pencil Full of Lead

I defy anyone not to dance to this song.


Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

This is just another one of those inherently happy songs, right? It’s sweet and catchy, and I’m yet to meet a person who doesn’t like it.


Melanie – Brand New Key

I discovered this song when I was at sixth form and became mildly obsessed with it. It just makes me grin like an idiot.


Noah & the Whale – 5 Years Time

The whistling, the ukulele, the harmonies – it’s just great.


Bellamy Brothers – Let Your Love Flow

An oldie but a goodie.


Jonas Blue ft. Jack & Jack – Rise

Another catchy pop song that gives me all the summer feelings. I love that flute!


Ike & Tina Tuner – Proud Mary

I am in no way condoning Ike Turner’s actions so please don’t see this that way. This is purely a shoutout to Tina. But I can’t be the only person who just has to get up on the dancefloor when this song kicks into gear? My shoulders take on a life of their own!


Rusted Root – Send Me On Your Way

Ending on this absolute classic because you’d have to be a soulless bean to not enjoy this one. Granted, I can’t make out half of what he’s saying. But what a tune.


Well, that’s my ‘pick me up’ playlist! I think I was probably supposed to stop at 10 songs but I kept thinking of more that I had to include! Hopefully this shows how eclectic my tastes in music are 🙂 Do you like any of these songs? x

‘The Binding’ spoiler-free review!

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful April so far 🙂 I’ve got another review for you today, for a book I recently loved! I’m excited to share it with you.

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synopsis

Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder—a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice among their small community but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, Seredith informs her new apprentice, and he is a binder born. Under the old woman’s watchful eye, Emmett learns to hand-craft the elegant leather-bound volumes. Within each one they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, a binder can help. If there’s something you need to erase, they can assist. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed and the past is locked away. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, rows upon rows of books are meticulously stored.

But while Seredith is an artisan, there are others of their kind, avaricious and amoral tradesman who use their talents for dark ends—and just as Emmett begins to settle into his new circumstances, he makes an astonishing discovery: one of the books has his name on it. Soon, everything he thought he understood about his life will be dramatically rewritten.


my thoughtsThis is a book of my heart. I bought this because it hit a lot of my buzzwords but I honestly didn’t expect to love it quite so much. I instantly connected with the beautiful prose; seriously, the descriptive writing was so gorgeous!

I was completely enthralled from start to finish, feeling immersed in the story every time I picked it up. It was all a little bit dark and a lot mysterious, and I was living for it.

The characters are so fully realised that I could picture them all so vividly. It honestly felt like I was reading about real people. I will admit that the change in perspective in part three did throw me a little but I soon got myself used to it.

Collins did a great job of revealing just enough information to tantalise the reader and keep them hooked in. I was desperate to find out more, just as Emmett was, and it felt wonderful to follow along on his journey.

If you’re a fan of books like Rebecca, The Shadow of the Wind or The Thirteenth Tale, I would definitely recommend you pick this one up!

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And now I’m going to leave you with this quote which really spoke to me:

May your darkness be quiet and the light come sooner than you need” – how lovely is that?!

Happy reading lovely people! x

Music Monday: Nuvole Bianche

Hey everyone! I hope you’ve had a peaceful start to the week – and if you haven’t, fear not because I’m about to chill you right out! 😉

I got a lot of requests for this piece so I really hope that some of you will enjoy it.

Meaning ‘white clouds’, this song was composed by Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi and has been featured in the 2010 film Insidious and This is England ’86. It can be found on the 2004 album Una Mattina.

Einaudi has been hailed as a modern-day Mozart but I’ll leave that to you to decide. I hope you enjoy this one.

 

 

’55’ spoiler-free review!

Hello everyone! Today is my stop on the blog tour for 55, a debut thriller published by Simon and Schuster.

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synopsis

Wilbrook in Western Australia is a sleepy, remote town that sits on the edge of miles and miles of unexplored wilderness. It is home to Police Sergeant Chandler Jenkins, who is proud to run the town’s small police station, a place used to dealing with domestic disputes and noise complaints.

All that changes on a scorching day when an injured man stumbles into Chandler’s station. He’s covered in dried blood. His name is Gabriel. He tells Chandler what he remembers.

He was drugged and driven to a cabin in the mountains and tied up in iron chains. The man who took him was called Heath. Heath told Gabriel he was going to be number 55. His 55th victim.

Heath is a serial killer.

As a manhunt is launched, a man who says he is Heath walks into the same station. He tells Chandler he was taken by a man named Gabriel. Gabriel told Heath he was going to be victim 55.

Gabriel is the serial killer.

Two suspects. Two identical stories. Which one is the truth?


my thoughtsThis is a really good debut thriller! The book starts off at a break-neck pace and continues to hurtle through the next 400 pages. The concept of two men walking into a police station and claiming that the other is a serial killer immediately caught my attention and held it until the very end. There were a couple of moments that felt a little repetitive but I suppose that’s unavoidable in a story with this concept.

I liked the Australian setting, having not read many books set there. The author really captured the stifling heat of the Australian wilderness; I felt transported.

I appreciated that the protagonist, Sgt Chandler Jenkins, seemed different to the police officers we so often read about. It would have been very easy for the author to fall into the trap of writing the usual stereotype. It was nice to instead read about a single father trying to do right by his kids and hold down a career.

I will say that there’s no big reveal like you might expect from a thriller. Instead, we learn things slowly and are led to question everything we are reading. I personally didn’t find it too hard to make connections between certain clues but maybe that’s because I always try too hard to work things out!

Overall, 55 was gripping, fast-paced and easy to read, with a shocking ending. Thanks to Anne Cater and Simon Schuster for the opportunity to read it!

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Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour! x

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What makes me want to pick up a book?

Hello all! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt was ‘things that make me pick up a book’ and while I missed the day itself, I really liked the topic and wanted to share my answers. So I hope you won’t mind me jumping on board a little late!

Here are some things that make me highly likely to pick up a book!


Circus settings

Set a book in a circus and I am already halfway sold on it. They are just such magical settings, brimming with atmosphere and sensory details.

 

Anxiety Rep

As an anxiety sufferer myself, I’m always interested in books that portray this mental illness. It’s always nice to see my own life experiences represented and to feel like I’m not alone in my struggles.

 

Fairytales

There’s a reason why the book market is so saturated with fairytale retellings – because readers like me can’t get enough of them! I just love seeing the classic tales reimagined, particularly if they have a slightly darker twist to them.

 

WWII

I quite enjoy all historical fiction but I tend to be even more interested when they are set during the second World War. Maybe it’s a morbid fascination but I just find that they always have the emotional pull I’m looking for.

 

Witches

There’s a part of me that’s always secretly wanted to be a witch. Maybe that’s why I love reading about them so much?

 

Magical Realism

Magical realism is one of my favourite genres; I just adore those settings that almost feel like the real world but that have that extra little spark of something.

 

Roadtrips

My aforementioned anxiety often prevents me from travelling so I love living vicariously and reading about characters going on epic roadtrips!

 

Books about Books

Is there any book lover that doesn’t enjoy reading about one of the things they’re most passionate about in this world? Books about books are just so satisfying to me and remind me why I adore reading so much.

 

Sibling relationships

Maybe it’s because I’m an only child but I love reading about the bond between siblings. It always feels so special.

 

Old/Atmospheric Houses

This one stems back to my Gothic literature class in sixth form. I developed a love for those atmospheric houses and to this day, if a blurb mentions an old house setting I’m immediately interested.


So those are some of my buzzwords when it comes to picking up a book to read! Do we have any in common? x

‘Dry’ spoiler-free review!

Hey everyone! I’m having a weird burst of energy so let’s run with it, shall we?!

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synopsisEveryone’s going to remember where they were when the taps ran dry.

The drought—or the tap-out, as everyone calls it – has been going on for a while. Life has become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t take long showers, don’t panic. But now there is no water left at all.

Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation and violence. When her parents go missing, she and her younger brother must team up with an unlikely group in search of water. Each of them will need to make impossible choices to survive.


my thoughtsYou guys, this was so stressful. I found it impossible to put this book down because I just absolutely had to know what would happen next. The tension was REAL.

I mean, I can’t say the characters were the most likeable. And their decisions were highly questionable at times. I was shouting at the pages in frustration at one point! I suppose I should say well done to the Shustermans for giving me anxiety. But even though I didn’t always like them, I still wanted to see them succeed. That’s some pretty good writing, right there.

I was gripped right from the outset of the book and found the plot to be hugely compelling. It was scarily plausible! I enjoyed the multiple perspectives and I appreciated the inclusion of little snippets from the likes of news stories, etc. There were also some lovely meaningful quotes to take away.

Dry was a book club pick and it was excellent to discuss with a group. I would definitely recommend it!

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Have you read anything by Neal Shusterman? I loved this one and Scythe/Thunderhead! x

Music Monday: Raise the Titanic

Hey everyone! I nearly didn’t post a Music Monday today because the song this week is not well known AT ALL. But it was making me anxious to think of skipping a week so here it is for you after all!

I recorded this one for my Nana as it’s one of her favourite pieces of music and it was a little treat for her since yesterday was Mothers’ Day here in the UK.

Raise the Titanic is a movie from 1980 that is honestly terrible but John Barry created a gorgeous soundtrack for it ❤ This is my interpretation of the main theme!

 

April 2019 Anticipated Releases!

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Well, another month has come and gone; I honestly don’t know where time is going! But anyway. Let’s take a look at some of the books coming out in April!

As always, covers and synopses are from Goodreads. UK release dates are correct as far as I know at the time of posting this.


You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

Release date: April 1st

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Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

Why I’m interested: I have been hearing SO much buzz about this book! I feel like I’m going to truly relate to it and I’m really excited to read it after all the positive reviews I’ve seen from bloggers I trust!


Lovely War – Julie Berry

Release date: April 1st

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It’s 1917, and World War I is at its zenith when Hazel and James first catch sight of each other at a London party. She’s a shy and talented pianist; he’s a newly minted soldier with dreams of becoming an architect. When they fall in love, it’s immediate and deep–and cut short when James is shipped off to the killing fields.

Aubrey Edwards is also headed toward the trenches. A gifted musician who’s played Carnegie Hall, he’s a member of the 15th New York Infantry, an all-African-American regiment being sent to Europe to help end the Great War. Love is the last thing on his mind. But that’s before he meets Colette Fournier, a Belgian chanteuse who’s already survived unspeakable tragedy at the hands of the Germans.

Thirty years after these four lovers’ fates collide, the Greek goddess Aphrodite tells their stories to her husband, Hephaestus, and her lover, Ares, in a luxe Manhattan hotel room at the height of World War II. She seeks to answer the age-old question: Why are Love and War eternally drawn to one another? But her quest for a conclusion that will satisfy her jealous husband uncovers a multi-threaded tale of prejudice, trauma, and music and reveals that War is no match for the power of Love.

Why I’m interested: This sounds like such an original historical fiction! Greek gods sitting in a hotel room, telling stories? I am in!


The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

Release date: April 1st

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Ryann Bird dreams of traveling across the stars. But a career in space isn’t an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the wrong side of town. So Ryann becomes her circumstances and settles for acting out and skipping school to hang out with her delinquent friends.

One day she meets Alexandria: a furious loner who spurns Ryann’s offer of friendship. After a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm, the two misfits are brought together despite themselves—and Ryann learns her secret: Alexandria’s mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system.

Every night without fail, Alexandria waits to catch radio signals from her mother. And its up to Ryann to lift her onto the roof day after day until the silence between them grows into friendship, and eventually something more . . .

In K. Ancrum’s signature poetic style, this slow-burn romance will have you savoring every page.

Why I’m interested: I read K. Ancrum’s The Wicker King in January and fell in love with her writing. And this book is based on a character with my name?! No author ever names their characters Alexandria! Obviously, I’m interested.


When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry

Release date: April 1st

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Almost everyone in the small town of Splendor, Ohio, was affected when the local steel mill exploded. If you weren’t a casualty of the accident yourself, chances are a loved one was. That’s the case for seventeen-year-old Franny, who, five years after the explosion, still has to stand by and do nothing as her brother lies in a coma.

In the wake of the tragedy, Franny found solace in a group of friends whose experiences mirrored her own. The group calls themselves The Ordinary, and they spend their free time investigating local ghost stories and legends, filming their exploits for their small following of YouTube fans. It’s silly, it’s fun, and it keeps them from dwelling on the sadness that surrounds them.

Until one evening, when the strange and dangerous thing they film isn’t fiction–it’s a bright light, something massive hurdling toward them from the sky. And when it crashes and the teens go to investigate…everything changes.

Why I’m interested: I’ve already seen some positive reviews for this one. It sounds very unique!


Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter

Release date: April 1st

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Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries ― until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them.

First seduced and then entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies’ otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price ― and they must risk everything in order to reclaim their freedom.

Why I’m interested: I enjoyed Sarah Porter’s first book, Vassa in the Night, despite a lot of readers finding it too weird. Initial reviews for this one have been quite mixed too but I’d be prepared to give it a chance.


Other Words For Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

Release date: April 2nd

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The house at the end of the lane burned down, and Rita Frost and her teenage ward, Bevan, were never seen again. The townspeople never learned what happened. Only Mae and her brother Rossa know the truth; they spent two summers with Rita and Bevan, two of the strangest summers of their lives… Because nothing in that house was as it seemed: a cat who was more than a cat, and a dark power called Sweet James that lurked behind the wallpaper, enthralling Bevan with whispers of neon magic and escape. And in the summer heat, Mae became equally as enthralled with Bevan. Desperately in the grips of first love, she’d give the other girl anything. A dangerous offer when all that Sweet James desired was a taste of new flesh…

Why I’m interested: This sounds right up my street! I love magical realism. I’ve already been lucky enough to receive a gifted copy of this one from Titan Books and it is so stunning in real life! I can’t wait to read it.


Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver

Release date: April 4th

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In Edwardian Suffolk , a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens: a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets. Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother, ruled by her repressive father.

When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened.

Maud’s battle has begun. She must survive a world haunted by witchcraft, the age-old legends of her beloved fen – and the even more nightmarish demons of her father’s past.

Spanning five centuries, Wakenhyrst is a darkly gothic thriller about murderous obsession and one girl’s longing to fly free.

Why I’m interested: I’m still to read a Michelle Paver book but they always hit a lot of my buzzwords! I love the sound of this one with its creepy house setting and Gothic motifs.


Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

Release date: April 4th

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London, 1863. Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, is taking on her toughest case yet. Reeling from her last job and with her reputation in tatters, a remarkable puzzle has come her way. Christabel Berwick has been kidnapped. But Christabel is no ordinary child. She is not supposed to exist.

As Bridie fights to recover the stolen child she enters a world of fanatical anatomists, crooked surgeons and mercenary showmen. Anomalies are in fashion, curiosities are the thing, and fortunes are won and lost in the name of entertainment. The public love a spectacle and Christabel may well prove the most remarkable spectacle London has ever seen.

Things in Jars is an enchanting Victorian detective novel that explores what it is to be human in inhumane times.

Why I’m interested: I love a good Victorian detective story and this one sounds like it could be quite charming.


Music and Malice in Hurricane Town by Alex Bell

Release date: April 4th

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Jude Lomax scrapes a living playing the trumpet on the neon streets of Baton Noir. Then she is invited to play at the funeral of the infamous cajou queen, Ivory Monette. Passing through the cemetery gates, Jude finds herself possessed by the murdered queen’s spirit. And Ivory won’t rest until she’s found the person responsible for her death.

If Jude wants to be rid of the vengeful spirit, she must take a journey deep into the dangerous underbelly of the city, from the swampy depths of the Black Bayou to the velvet opulence of the vampires’ secret jazz clubs. But as Jude untangles Ivory’s web of secrets, she is confronted with a few dark truths from her own past…

Why I’m interested: I enjoyed Alex Bell’s book Frozen Charlotte and this one also sounds intriguing. Let’s face it, anything music-related is going to catch my attention. But add in the New Orleans setting and I’d definitely like to see where this one goes!


The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Release date: April 16th
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After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities—before the Gray devours them all.

Why I’m interested: This one caught my eye early this year and I was lucky enough to be invited onto the Instagram tour by Titan Books! So I’ve received an early copy of this and can’t wait to read it! Also, I’m loving the neon pink thing that these last two covers have going on .


Summer of a Thousand Pies by Margaret Dilloway

Release date: April 16th

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When twelve-year-old Cady Bennett is sent to live with the aunt she didn’t even know she had in the quaint mountain town of Julian, she doesn’t know what to expect. Cady isn’t used to stability, or even living inside, after growing up homeless in San Diego with her dad.

Now she’s staying in her mother’s old room, exploring the countryside filled with apple orchards and pie shops, making friends, and working in Aunt Shell’s own pie shop—and soon, Cady starts to feel like she belongs. Then she finds out that Aunt Shell’s pie shop is failing. Saving the business and protecting the first place she’s ever really felt safe will take everything she’s learned and the help of all her new friends. But are there some things even the perfect pie just can’t fix?

Summer of a Thousand Pies is a sweet and satisfying treat of a novel full of friendship, family, and, of course, pie.

Why I’m interested: This sounds like an adorable middle grade! It’s blurbed as being perfect for fans of The Thing About Jellyfish, which I read last year and really liked. Plus PIE.


The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia

Release date: April 16th

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From the day old Nana Reja found a baby abandoned under a bridge, the life of a small Mexican village forever changed. Disfigured and covered in a blanket of bees, little Simonopio is for some locals the stuff of superstition, a child kissed by the devil. But he is welcomed by landowners Francisco and Beatriz Morales, who adopt him and care for him as if he were their own. As he grows up, Simonopio becomes a cause for wonder to the Morales family, because when the uncannily gifted child closes his eyes, he can see what no one else can—visions of all that’s yet to come, both beautiful and dangerous. Followed by his protective swarm of bees and living to deliver his adoptive family from threats—both human and those of nature—Simonopio’s purpose in Linares will, in time, be divined.

Set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution and the devastating influenza of 1918, The Murmur of Bees captures both the fate of a country in flux and the destiny of one family that has put their love, faith, and future in the unbelievable.

Why I’m interested: I’m really intrigued by this one. It sounds like the mix of historical fiction and magical realism that I live for. Plus I’d love to read more translated fiction.


A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher

Release date: April 23rd

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When a beloved family dog is stolen, her owner sets out on a life-changing journey through the ruins of our world to bring her back in this fiercely compelling tale of survival, courage, and hope. Perfect for readers of Station Eleven and The Girl With All the Gifts.

My name’s Griz. My childhood wasn’t like yours. I’ve never had friends, and in my whole life I’ve not met enough people to play a game of football.

My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.

Then the thief came.

There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you.

Because if we aren’t loyal to the things we love, what’s the point?

Why I’m interested: I’m already invested in this and I’ve only read the blurb. I’m quite a fan of dystopian/end-of-the-world stories but I need them to have an original twist to them. This one sounds like it fits the bill.


So those are some books coming out this month that have caught my eye! Any that you’re interested in? It seems like the start of the month is going to be quite intense since a lot of these books release today!!