Happy “where’d all my money go?” new release Tuesday, everyone!
As you know, the most exciting day of the week in this community is the day that follows the one we all dread (Mondays for the nope) and today we’re going to highlight some of the new books chipping away at our bank accounts — but each one is so worth it.
Helen Hoang’s sophomore novel is out today in the US and Canada! Following an autistic male lead and a Vietnamese immigrant, who also happens to be biracial, THE BRIDE TEST is as diverse as it is swoony. Micky will be reviewing this for the UK date soon but you can find Hollis’ four star review here.
HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, the second book in Rachel Hawkins’ Royals series, is an f/f YA contemporary featuring a Texan girl who goes to a Scottish boarding school for a year of high school, only to end up rooming with an actual Scottish princess. Hijinks, tropes, cliches, ensure, but all the best kinds! Hollis four starred this one, too. Review is here.
TOP SECRET by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy marks the duo’s return to m/m for the first time in three years (!). My brain is mostly just a room full of monkeys clapping cymbals because I’m excited and don’t know what to expect because it, go figure, has been kept so top secret. I full intend to be devouring this shortly after it goes live, though.
THINGS WE NEVER SAID by Samantha Young brings a long awaited return to Hart’s Boardwalk and the story of Dahlia and Michael. There’s a friendship and family-centric writing style to this couple’s story in what is a compelling second chance romance with a small side of suspense. Micky gave this four stars and the review is here.
PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND OTHER FLAVORS by Sonali Dev is a Desi context contemporary romance. If you’ve never read Sonali Dev then seriously what are you waiting for? Sonali Dev writes a full cast of characters and they’re all unique. The heroine Trisha is a quirky, socially awkward surgeon and the hero DJ is an elite chef. The story was pretty unusual and I felt no sense of having read this before. Micky’s review is here!
AURORA RISING by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is probably the read most anticipated by both of us and we have cried into our coffee and tea over the lack an ARC. We just wanted this so much, sob! The words space cadet, sociopathic scientist, and tomboy pilot have been thrown around and we are there for this.. and it’s finally here. Micky has spent silly money on a few special editions and Hollis broke the internet trying to order from Goldsboro (yes, it was her fault).
FINALE by Stephanie Garber is out, the final in this popular fantasy trilogy. I haven’t read any of this series centred on the Caravel, a once-a-year performance where the audience gets involved, BUT now they’re all out I fully intend to blitz this series (Hollis probably will, too). I have heard so much good from my fantasy-loving friends that it’s a priority for me this year.
Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below!