MONTHLY WRAP UP – AUGUST 2020

To close out each month, we’ll be posting a break down of everything we reviewed, beginning with the reads we loved.. and ending with the reads we didn’t. Not only does this compile all our reviews in one handy summary for you to peruse, or catch up on, it also gives us an interesting birds eye view of the month and our reads. And maybe, even, our moods.


☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ star reads

THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX, AND THE HORSE by Charles Mackesy — see Hollis’ review here
BADLY BEHAVED WOMEN by Anne-Marie Crowhurst — see Micky’s review here
CHECK, PLEASE! BOOK ONE : #HOCKEY by Ngozi Ukazu — see Hollis’ review here
BOYFRIEND MATERIAL by Alexis Hall — see Micky’s review here

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ star reads

HARROW THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir — see Hollis’ review here
THE FAITHLESS HAWK by Margaret Owen — see Hollis’ review here
THE SPACE BETWEEN WORLDS by Macaiah Johnson — see Micky’s review here
THE FIRST SISTER by Linden A. Lewis — see Micky’s review here
WHERE DREAMS DESCEND by Janella Angeles — see Hollis’ review here
BLOODBORN PRINCE by Laura Lascarso — see Hollis’ review here
BOOKISH AND THE BEAST by Ashley Poston — see Micky’s review here (!)
THE FIFTH SEASON by N. K. Jemisin — see Hollis’ review here
THE BLACK KIDS by Christina Hammonds Reed — see Micky’s review here
THE TRUEST THING by Samantha Young — see Micky’s review here
NICK AND CHARLIE by Alice Oseman — see Micky’s review here
AND THE STARS WERE BRIGHTLY BURNING by Danielle Jawando — see Hollis’ review here
ALL THE STARS AND TEETH by Adalyn Grace — see Micky’s review here

☆ ☆ ☆ star reads

DROWNED COUNTRY by Emily Tesh — see Hollis’ review here
THE FIXED STARS by Molly Wizenberg — see Micky’s review here
CHALLENGER DEEP by Neal Shusterman — see Micky’s review here

☆ ☆ star reads

BOOKISH AND THE BEAST by Ashley Poston — see Hollis’ rounded up review here (!)
TRADE DEADLINE by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn — see Hollis’ review here
BETTER THAN PEOPLE by Roan Parrish — see Hollis’ review here
STAR DAUGHTER by Shveta Thakrar — see Hollis’ review here
HERE IS THE BEEHIVE by Sarah Crossan — see Micky’s review here

star reads

u n r a t e d

DNF

CODE OF CONDUCT by April White — see Micky’s GR thoughts here


additional reads not reviewed for blog : five
favourite read of the month : BOYFRIEND MATERIAL
least favourite read of the month : HERE IS THE BEEHIVE
most read genre : YA fantasy/contemporary

total reviews by Hollis : thirteen
favourite read of the month : both my five stars for different reasons!
least favourite read of the month : BOOKISH AND THE BEAST
most read genre : YA fantasy

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – AUGUST 25, 2020

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.


EMERALD BLAZE by Ilona Andrews is out today and if you havent started this series yet.. you should. That’s all we’re saying (quiet chanting, one of us.. one of us..).

THE SUGARED GAME by KJ Charles isn’t out until tomorrow, August 26, 2020, but definitely needs to be on your radar so you can one-click in advance or be ready to check it out when it becomes available. This is book two in a historical mystery series with an m/m romance. It’s delightful.

WHERE DREAMS DESCEND by Janella Angeles is a Moulin Rouge and Phantom of the Opera mash-up while also being very much its own thing. This YA fantasy is the first in a duology and we can’t wait for more! Review to come later this week.


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below!

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – AUGUST 18, 2020

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.

THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig was actually released August 13th. This sometimes painful story, told with magical realism was rather special. Check out our review here.

THE FAITHLESS HAWK by Margaret Owen is the fantastic sequel to the equally fantastic YA fantasy debut THE MERCIFUL CROW. Fans of the first will be incredibly satisfied and I hope it encourages other readers to pick up book one and binge.

THE TRUEST THING by Samantha Young brings Hart’s Boardwalk to Emery’s story at last. If you’re a fan, you’ll have been waiting for this one.



Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below!

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – AUGUST 11, 2020

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.

BLOODBORN PRINCE by Laura Lascarso is another that was released end of last week, this one on August 7th. This is the hotly anticipated sequel to THE BOOK OF ORLANDO which kickstarted this paranormal fantasy m/m romance series.

STAR DAUGHTER by Shveta Thakrar is a reimagining/homage to Gaiman’s STARDUST but with Hindu mythology. It’s also a YA fantasy but with a contemporary baseline. Also, have you seen that cover?



Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below!

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – AUGUST 4, 2020

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.

HARROW THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir is here! She’s out! Is it too early to be asking about the final book? Yes? Okay, we shall have to hunt down our stash of chill.

MIDNIGHT SUN by Stephenie Meyer is another we probably need to chill about. Will this be a book you pick up now or later when the hype it over? Are you even excited about this POV swap?

SEVEN DEVILS by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May is the “first book in a feminist space opera duology follow[ing] seven resistance fighters who will free the galaxy from the ruthless Tholosian Empire–or die trying.” We love ourselves some sci-fi but we love ensemble sci-fi even more!

THE BLACK KIDS by Christina Hammonds Reed takes the reader back to 1992 in this contemporary YA. A rich black kid, Ashley and her family are caught up in the Rodney King riots which forces issues Ashley to really figure out who she is.



THE SPACE BETWEEN WORLDS by Macaiah Johnson is a fabulous debut and story about multiverses. Cara’s job is to visit other worlds, but she can only visit ones where she has died.

THE FIRST SISTER by Linden Lewis was another debut in the land of sci-fi and along with that stunning cover, this story of two sides of a war was fast-paced and exciting. This book narrates themes of feminism, equality alongside strong LGBTQIA+ connections and a great non-binary character.

DEAR EMMIE BLUE by Lia Louis is a contemporary fiction/romance that is simply perfect for your summer reading needs. Told back and forth across the English/French channel, Emmie Blue has an amazing story to tell and she will steal your heart. The UK release is August 6th.

EVERY LITTLE PIECE OF MY HEART by Non Pratt is a contemporary YA with all the illness rep we’ve needed in YA. Non Pratt writes diversely as ever and this is a special story and it’s out on August 6th.


Are there any titles out today you’re excited for? Let us know in the comments below!

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