Mind Games: ARC Review

Mind Games is a fast paced, mind bending debut set in a future where all our memories are stored via programs in our brains. Think a YA mashup of Inception and Memento.
Rating: 2.5 Stars

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Book of the Month YA: June Books

FYI: This post contains affiliate links for the Book of the Month YA subscription box. If you sign up for a subcription using any of the links in this post I will make a small commission, at absolutely no cost to you. This commission helps support this blog. All thoughts expressed in this post are not influenced by my affiliate position. I was a fan of the BOTM service before I became an affiliate.


I’m here today to talk to you about the June book picks for the new Book of the Month (BOTM) YA subscription box. First, I wanted to give you some background. I was a BOTM member last year and LOVED the service. The shipping was fast and the prices were amazing considering you got one new release hardback for $14.99/mo and $9.99 for any add on books. The only reason I ended my subscription was because there weren’t any YA options.

Enter the BOTM YA! They are set up in the exact same way as the original BOTM, but it’s all YA book options! Y’all, this is everything I’ve ever wanted! The prices are the same, $14.99/mo for one book and $9.99 for each additional book, and did I mention the free shipping? BECAUSE FREE SHIPPING! And from my previous experience, I can tell you that the shipping is fast! You can also skip a month if the book picks aren’t working for you. Each book is not only hardback, but under the jacket of each book is the BOTM logo and the month and year for the pick. I loved collecting my previous BOTMs and its just a cool little feature for each book.

BOTM YA was kind enough to send me this book, along with some extra goodies, for my Affiliate box!

So, let’s check out the June book picks!

Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I am 99% sure this will be my pick for the month. According to the info on the BOTM YA page, this book is supernatural, has forbidden love, and there are some sexy times. So, basically my perfect book. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Armentrout and this feels like a good time to try her stuff out. You can read the full synopsis on the book’s Goodreads page.





These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling – This would have been my pick if I hadn’t just booked a book tour through the publisher. Not only is this a debut novel, but it is a feminist LGBTQ+ friendly. I have a soft spot in my heart for witchy high school drama and this sounds like it will satisfy that love. You can read the full synopsis on the Goodreads page.






Patron Saints of Nothing by Randay Ribay – This book sounds intense in all the ways that we need books to be right now. An Own Voices novel that explores guilt, grief, and the drug war currently happening in the Phillipenes, Patron Saints of Nothing sounds like a novel that’ll stick with you long after you have finished it. I have seen a lot of good reviews on this one and that synopsis definitely has me intrigued. You can read the full synopsis on the Goodreads page.





This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura – Contemporary novels are not normally my thing, but after reading the synopsis on this one I may need to reconsider that. This book sounds incredibly intriguing: full of social issues and family drama. It’s also set in Northern Calfornia, which is where I am from, and I am always drawn to books in that setting. You can read the full synopsis on the Goodreads page.





The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen – This is from an author that I hear much about from all my contemporary loving book friends. The Rest of the Story sounds like it has the right mix of family drama and young love to keep an angst loving reader like myself very happy. You can read the full synopsis on the Goodreads page.






So, what book or books will you be picking for your June BOTM YA box?

Want Now Wednesday: Kingdom of Souls

Have you ever seen a cover reveal and it literally makes you gasp? Yeah, that’s what happened to me when the cover was recently revealed for this week’s Want Now Wednesday feature.


Kingdom of Souls
Author:
Rena Barron
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Synopsis: Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

The lush world building of Children of Blood and Bone meets the sweeping scale of Strange the Dreamer in this captivating epic YA fantasy debut.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.


Yes, hi, I’ll take five copies. Basically any fantasy book that involves uncovering something worse is catnip to me. Throw in a Demon King and I am sold. The cover and synopsis have already started building a world in my head and I can’t wait for the whole thing.

All I know right now is September 10th can’t get here fast enough. Pre-order links can be found at the publisher’s website.