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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.
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?
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You ever have one of those moments where things just work out wonderfully? They don’t happen terribly often for me, but I recently had one of those moments with The Beckoning Shadow. But first, let me tell you about this awesome sounding book…Read More
This ARC was provided to me by the publisher at my request. The following review reflects my unbiased opinion of the story and is no way influenced. Thank you to the publisher, Knopf Books for Young Readers.
FYI: This review is spoiler free.
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Synopsis: The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…
A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunk mates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering
And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from inter-dimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.
They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.
Rating: Kaufman and Kristoff have once again struck me deep in my Sci-Fi loving soul with their new high stakes space adventure featuring found families and healthy doses of snark.
Aurora Rising is the newest YA Sci-Fi offering from my favorite killers of feelings, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. They have once again created an in depth SF world, given us a group of misfits to love, and then put them through many ghastly situations. It’s the kinda of emotional trauma we’ve come to know and love from these two.
While each character is unique, all were well fleshed out with the exception of Zila, which is a damn crime. The few, very brief POV chapters she had were perfection, but I wanted more of her straight-forward observations of the wild situations Squad 312 found themselves in. I almost feel like the authors didn’t know how to flesh her out and just left her characterization to be built through the other character’s POVs. I am certainly hoping for more Zila in the next book. That being said, all the other characters had their own voices and each were extremely lovable in their own right. Squad 312 will easily shoot their way into your heart.
The plot was well paced, and the slower bits were filled with intriguing back story or world building, so they never felt boring. I got some Firefly vibes, which I loved, but this story is entirely it’s own. If Kaufman and Kristoff know one thing, it’s how to write a gripping, hilarious, mysterious, and emotional space adventure.
Did I mention it has super hot space elves?
If you haven’t pre-ordered this book already, I highly urge you to do so. Don’t let your squad down. Pre-order links can be found at the publisher’s website.
I don’t even know what to put in this preamble. I just want this book so darn bad.
Beyond the Black Door
Author: A. M. Strickland
Release Date: October 29, 2019
Synopsis: Everyone has a soul. Some are beautiful gardens, others are frightening dungeons. Soulwalkers―like Kamai and her mother―can journey into other people’s souls while they sleep.
But no matter where Kamai visits, she sees the black door. It follows her into every soul, and her mother has told her to never, ever open it.
When Kamai touches the door, it is warm and beating, like it has a pulse. When she puts her ear to it, she hears her own name whispered from the other side. And when tragedy strikes, Kamai does the unthinkable: she opens the door.
A.M. Strickland’s imaginative dark fantasy features court intrigue and romance, a main character coming to terms with her asexuality, and twists and turns as a seductive mystery unfolds that endangers not just Kamai’s own soul, but the entire kingdom …
This is one of those times when I am thankful for twitter because I stumbled upon this book randomly in my feed. And I damn near lost my mind. I loved Strickland’s book Shadow Call (which she wrote with Michael Miller. GO READ IT! It is criminally underrated!) and I was beyond stoked to see that she had a new book coming out.
The whole concept of this book sounds so intriguing. Soulwalkers, ominous black doors, COURT INTRIGUE, and a seductive mystery? All under the banner of dark fantasy? SIGN ME THE HECK UP!
October 29th can’t get here soon enough! Pre-order links can be found at the publisher’s website.