MONTHLY WRAP UP – SEPTEMBER 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

FURIA by Yamile Saied Méndez — see Micky’s review here (!)
HEARTSONG by TJ Klune — see Hollis’ review here
BROTHERSONG by TJ Klune — see Hollis’ review here

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ star reads

CHARLOTTE by Helen Moffett — see Micky’s review here
A DEADLY EDUCATION by Naomi Novik — see Micky & Hollis’ reviews here
TOOLS OF ENGAGEMENT by Tessa Bailey — see Hollis’ review here (!)
PUNCHING THE AIR by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam — see Micky’s review here
COMMON GOAL by Rachel Reid — see Hollis’ review here
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SKY by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner — see Hollis’ review here
RED ROOSTER by Lauren Gilley — see Hollis’ review here
WOLFSONG by TJ Klune — see Hollis’ review here
RAVENSONG by TJ Klune — see Hollis’ review here
THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden — see Micky’s review here
SERPENT & DOVE by Shelby Mahurin — see Micky’s review here
FABLE by Adrienne Young — see Micky’s review here
THE SILVERED SERPENTS by Roshani Chokshi — see Hollis’ review here
WHO I WAS WITH HER by Nita Tyndall — see Micky’s review here
A ROGUE OF ONE’S OWN by Evie Dunmore — see Micky’s review here
THE OBELISK GATE by N. K. Jemisin — see Hollis’ review here
THE STONE SKY by N. K. Jemisin — see Hollis’ review here
THE RETURN by Nicholas Sparks — see Micky’s review here
NOTES FROM SMALL PLANETS by Nate Crowley — see Micky’s review here

☆ ☆ ☆ star reads

ALL SCOT AND BOTHERED by Kerrigan Byrne — see Hollis’ and Micky’s review here
TOOLS OF ENGAGEMENT by Tessa Bailey — see Micky’s review here (!)
FURIA by Yamile Saied Méndez — see Hollis’ review here (!)
BLOODY ROSE by Nicholas Eames — see Hollis’ review here
WELL PLAYED by Jen DeLuca — see Hollis’ review here
YOU HAD ME AT HOLA by Alexis Daria — see Hollis’ review here

☆ ☆ star reads

BLOOD & HONEY by Shelby Mahurin — see Micky’s review here
BREATHLESS by Jennifer Niven — see Micky’s review here

star reads

u n r a t e d

DNF

BEYOND THE SEA by LH Cosway – Micky’s brief GR thoughts here


additional reads not reviewed for blog : two
DONT YOU FORGET ABOUT ME –see Micky’s GR review here
total reads by Micky : fifteen
favourite read of the month : FURIA
least favourite read of the month : BREATHLESS
most read genre : YA contemporary

total reviews by Hollis : seventeen
favourite read of the month : HEARTSONG by TJ Klune
least favourite read of the month : YOU HAD ME AT HOLA by Alexis Daria
most read genre : paranormal/fantasy

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – SEPTEMBER 29, 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 second in her Devil You Know series, ALL SCOT AND BOTHERED by Kerrigan Byrne most of us only need to see the name Byrne for us to say yes and please.

DEAR JUSTYCE by Nic Stone follows on from the brilliant DEAR MARTIN; Quan who we met in that book is incarcerated and begins to write to Justyce this time. This is highly anticipated for Micky!

A hugely anticipated title worthy of the buzz is A DEADLY EDUCATION by Naomi Novik which features prophecies, dark sorceresses, and more.

THE TOWER OF NERO by Rick Riordan is the fifth book, the finale, in the Trials of Apollo series, set within the main Percy Jackson world, which we honestly hope Riordan never stops writing about. This is likely to have all sorts of action and likely some feels, too.

We’re expecting to be all up in our emotions with ALL THIS TIME by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott. After their FIVE FEET APART, we know to brace. This story follows a young couple after traumatic brain injury…grab your tissues.

BREATHLESS by Jennifer Niven brings another coming of age YA story where the protagonist’s parents go through a break-up, changing everything for this young woman. It sounds very relatable!

THE RETURN by Nicholas Sparks is the story of an army surgeon recouperating from injuries at his family’s cabin and local life has some pull in lots of ways.


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

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – SEPTEMBER 22, 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.


TOOLS OF ENGAGEMENT by Tessa Bailey is the final (?) in her Hot and Hammered series and this is the match-up many have been waiting for since book one! This opposites attract/age gap/single parent romance is out September 22, 2020.

If you were won over by WELL MET, the romance set against a Renaissance faire, we’re sure you’re excited to pick up WELL PLAYED by Jen DeLuca. Kilts, wenches, comedy, and that cheerful yellow cover? We needs it. And now, we can have its!

EARLY DEPARTURES by Justin A. Reynolds has such an uniquely strange concept that we’re loathe to spoil it for those that hate spoilers (hi, over here, us too!) but this speculative YA tackles “loss, grief, friendship, and love to form a wholly unique homage to the bonds that bring people together for life—and beyond.”

MISS METEOR by Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemore is a lovely, heartfelt, and heartwarming story about friendship, about accepting who you are even in the face of judgment and ridicule, about taking risks, about friendship blossoming into more..? You need this book. We’ll have a review very soon!


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

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – SEPTEMBER 15, 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 ROOMMATE by Rosie Danan is a title that has been getting a lot of buzz for a long time and it’s finally here! We here at the blog didn’t know it was anything more than an opposites attract romance but.. a wholesome pornstar love story? Yeah, hi. Give.

GROWN by Tiffany D. Jackson “exposes the underbelly of a tough conversation, providing a searing examination of misogynoir, rape culture, and the vulnerability of young black girls. Groundbreaking, heart-wrenching, and essential reading for all in the #MeToo era.

WHO I WAS WITH HER by Nita Tyndall has themes of suicide and grief. Corinne finds her grief even more difficult to navigate because no-one knew she was in a relationship with Maggie. This lgbtqia+ read sounds difficult to read but worth the commitment.

TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS by Christopher Paolini has been quoted as saying this is a sci-fi series in one book. Micky is half way through it right now and is living the dream reading this. It might be thicc but like most thicc things, it’s a beauty!


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

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – SEPTEMBER 8, 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 OTHER SIDE OF THE SKY by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is the start of a brand YA new series by this beloved duo (and beloved authors on their own right!) that blends fantasy and sci-fi and mystery and romance. Check out our review here.


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

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY – SEPTEMBER 1, 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.


A ROGUE OF ONE’S OWN by Evie Dunmore is the follow up to last year’s BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE, part of the A League of Extraordinary Women series, which was a huge favourite for us. Check out our reviews for book one here.

NONE SHALL SLEEP by Ellie Marney is pitched as “The Silence of the Lambs meets Sadie in this riveting psychological thriller about two teenagers teaming up with the FBI to track down juvenile serial killers.”

AS THE SHADOW RISES by Katy Rose Pool is also a sequel, this one to THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS which we greatly enjoyed! Our review for book one is here.

THE LOST BOOK OF THE WHITE by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu is yet another sequel which follows this duo’s release of THE RED SCROLLS OF MAGIC, a sorta spinoff from The Mortal Instruments series which actually takes place alongside the main series.

Yet another sequel out today is A DANCE WITH FATE by Juliet Marillier. This is a historical fantasy series that features warrior bards. How cool, right?

PUNCHING THE AIR by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam is a YA contemporary delving into wrongful incarceration from an personal experience. This story is told in verse with a poweful voice that will blow you away.

BLOOD & HONEY by Shelby Mahurin is a highly anticipated release for so many of our book buddies and the second instalment picks up after that almighty end to book one.

FABLE by Adrienne Young poses with that stunning cover and is the start of a new fantasy duology. A daughter of a poweful trader is abandoned on an island of danger and has to fight to survive.

Have you ever wondered what happened after Charlotte from Pride & Prejudice married Mr Collins? CHARLOTTE by Helen Moffett takes that story and rolls with it in rather an unexpected way.


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