Welcome to the last Book Birthday Tuesday of August! Seriously though where has this month gone? Actually where has this year gone? I can’t believe how fast this is all flying by. I’m not ready for it to be Halloween or even Christmas yet. This month wraps up my summer reading list (no I did NOT get through it) and brings one of my most anticipated sequels! We also have a debut author release this week and the final Book of the Month YA pick.
Princess or adventurer.
Duty or freedom.
Her Kingdom or the Stormhunter she loves.
If Aurora knows anything, it’s that choices have consequences. To set things right, she joins a growing revolution on the streets of Pavan.
In disguise as the rebel Roar, she puts her knowledge of the palace to use to aid the rebellion. But the Rage season is at its peak and not a day passes without the skies raining down destruction. Yet these storms are different—they churn with darkness, and attack with a will that’s desperate and violent.
This feels like more than rage.
It feels like war.
Roar was one of my favorite novels of 2017. I read it in one sitting because I was so enraptured by this world where people had storm magic or could go hunt storms to gain magic. It’s taken two years for the second book to be released due to the author having some serious health issues. While I liked Rage, I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. Don’t get me wrong I still liked it, but I’m not sure if it’s because I was out of that world for too long or that I didn’t reread Roar before diving into Rage and was a tad confused that I just didn’t love it as much. I highly recommend rereading Roar before grabbing Rage to avoid such issues. The link to my actual review can be found in the title above if you want to get my full thoughts on this sequel.
For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…
Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.
Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen… and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.
In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.
The cover is gorgeous and immediately drew my attention a few months ago and the synopsis made me add it to my TBR list on Goodreads, but I’m sad to say I was disappointed. The village of Varenia was so richly described and the sister relationship was so beautiful and well written that it had my attention from the first chapter. After we leave the village though things take a turn, not just for Nor but for us. I found myself skimming the second half, not at all caring about the princes who had no personalities or character development. The romance was very shallow and insta so I couldn’t get into that either unfortunately. What is did having going for it was how the plot kept surprising me in weird ways. I also think the synopsis gives away too much of the book. It took away some of the surprises that were laid out so nicely in the story, but were wasted because we already knew. I’m cutting off my rant here though and linking my full review in the title. I’m literally holding myself back from typing more right now.
Mind Games by Shana Silver – BOTM YA
Arden sells memories. Whether it’s the becoming homecoming queen or studying for that all important test, Arden can hack into a classmate’s memories and upload the experience for you just as if you’d lived it yourself. Business is great, right up until the day Arden whites out, losing 15 minutes of her life and all her memories of the hot boy across the school yard. The hot boy her friends assure her she’s had a crush on for years.
Arden realizes that her own memories have been hacked, but they haven’t just been stolen and shared… they’ve been deleted. And she’s not the only one, the hot stranger, Sebastian, has lost ALL of his memories. But how can they find someone with the power to make them forget everything they’ve learned?
Before Book of the Month YA I had no idea what this book was. Goodreads doesn’t even have it on their YA August 2019 New Releases list. It went under my radar completely for releases this month until it was announced as a selection for BOTM YA. It’s all any of the affiliates have been able to talk about in our group chat since it was announced LAST month. It was what a number of them selected or added on. I went for Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee and really didn’t take an interest in this title until I researched it for this post. I NEED IT. I love books where memories are missing and people have to piece together just what the heck got them to this moment. There’s a hot boy who has no memories and our MC can’t remember said hot boy. Classic. It’s officially added to my TBR so hopefully I’ll be able to get to it within the next oh I don’t know 6 months or so. (For the BOTM YA version of this book for $10 the link can be found in the title above)