Welcome to another installment of Book Birthday Tuesday! We’ve reached the end of July and with that we have our final releases of the month. The only one I’ve really heard a ton of buzz about is The Merciful Crow, but there are a couple other good ones in the mix this week!
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen – 4/5 Personal Rating (B&N Run)
A future chieftain
Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.
A fugitive prince
When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.
A too-cunning bodyguard
Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?
Read it. Loved it. Want to have Tavin’s babies. You can follow the link above to my review or just take my word for it here and go pick it asap. I love the unique cover that’s going to spice up my bookshelves and the story inside is even better. An action-packed journey that has you on the edge of your seats the whole time and some prickly characters who are forced upon not only each other, but into your heart (cheesy right? so true though).
The Year They Fell by David Kreizman – TBR
Josie, Jack, Archie, Harrison, and Dayana were inseparable as preschoolers. But that was before high school, before parties and football and getting into the right college. Now, as senior year approaches, they’re basically strangers to each other.
Until they’re pulled back together when their parents die in a plane crash. These former friends are suddenly on their own. And they’re the only people who can really understand how that feels.
To survive, the group must face the issues that drove them apart, reveal secrets they’ve kept since childhood, and discover who they’re meant to be. And in the face of public scrutiny, they’ll confront mysteries their parents left behind—betrayals that threaten to break the friendships apart again.
A new family is forged in this heartbreaking, funny, and surprising book from award-winning storyteller David Kreizman. It’s a deeply felt, complex journey into adulthood, exploring issues of grief, sexual assault, racism, and trauma.
How did all their parents manage to end up on the same plane? Was the crash just an accident or was another force at work? What secrets are these once friends keeping from each other? I have too many questions from just reading the synopsis to not read this book. It sounds like on top of all that it’s going to deal with some pretty heavy topics that have been coming into a lot of Teen & YA literature lately that I am all for.
Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud – Possible TBR
Fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She’s excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she’s definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who’s an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming…and undeniably cute. Zora can’t ignore the chemistry between them. When Owen invites Zora to be his date at his big brother’s big royal wedding, Zora is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, along with her family and friends. Everyone is talking about her, in real life and online, and while Owen is used to the scrutiny, Zora’s not sure it’s something she can live with. Can she maintain her sense of self while moving between two very different worlds? And can her feelings for Owen survive and thrive in the midst of the crazy?
I love anything that plays into the Cinderella fantasy I’ve always dreamed up for myself. Who wouldn’t want to find themselves with a Prince sitting next to them in High School Calculus? And he has an English accent? *Swoon* This story has all the makings of being a cute coming of age-discovering yourself tale and it’s a possible TBR for me. It might be a bit too juvenile for me since I’m an old lady now (a whole quarter of a century *cries in corner*) but I might do a buddy read with my sister for this one.
The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill – 1/5 Personal Rating
Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice? Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans in the UK. A book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding.
Utter disappointment. I was so excited for a feminist retelling of The Little Mermaid, but this was not that. It tried and just when things were getting good I hit the Acknowledgements. Also still not sure if this is a re-release or what since I skimmed the old version already on shelves and compared it to the ARC I had received and nothing was different. I wish it had received a huge overhaul, but alas it was not meant to be apparently. Full review can be found in the link above, but I suggest skipping this one unless you just want this beautiful cover for your Bookstagram.