Monday, 1 June 2015

Books I'm Squeeing About in June

May was an expensive month for books... However that is no deterrent for the awesome books that are hitting our shelves in the next few weeks! There's a great mix of books being released over the course of June and it is shaping up to be just as awesome and expensive as May! So let's dig in to what I will be squeeing about in June!

2nd - The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg

Throughout her studies, Ceony Twill has harbored a secret, one she’s kept from even her mentor, Emery Thane. She’s discovered how to practice forms of magic other than her own—an ability long thought impossible.
While all seems set for Ceony to complete her apprenticeship and pass her upcoming final magician’s exam, life quickly becomes complicated. To avoid favoritism, Emery sends her to another paper magician for testing, a Folder who despises Emery and cares even less for his apprentice. To make matters worse, a murderous criminal from Ceony’s past escapes imprisonment. Now she must track the power-hungry convict across England before he can take his revenge. With her life and loved ones hanging in the balance, Ceony must face a criminal who wields the one magic that she does not, and it may prove more powerful than all her skills combined.

The first two books in this trilogy have been delightful to read. Not without their problems they've still created a fascinating world and a compelling story and I can't wait to see how the final installment brings the adventures to a close.
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

4th June - The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
Some moments can change your life for ever. Have you ever wondered, what if...?A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment, their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their life.Eva and Jim are nineteen and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. And then there is David, Eva's then-lover, an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply. The Versions of Us follows the three different courses their lives could take following this first meeting. Lives filled with love, betrayal, ambition but through it all is a deep connection that endures whatever fate might throw at them.The Versions of Us explores the idea that there are moments when our lives might have turned out differently, the tiny factors or decisions that could determine our fate, and the precarious nature of the foundations upon which we build our lives. It is also a story about the nature of love and how it grows, changes and evolves as we go through the vagaries of life.
This one popped up through recommendations on twitter and once I'd read that blurb I was incredibly intrigued. I just love the premise for this one and I'm fascinated to read it.You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

4th - Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Meet Audrey: an ordinary teenage girl with not so ordinary problems.Aside from her completely crazy and chaotic family, she suffers from an anxiety disorder which makes talking to her brother's hot new best friend a bit of a challenge.But Audrey has a plan to help her face her fears and take on the world again. First stop: Starbucks.
I'm a big fan of Sophie Kinsella's adult books so when I stumbled across the blurb for her very first young adult book I was more than a little curious.
This book is fantastic. Kinsella writes with a wit and sharpness that will have you laughing out loud, and offers one of the best depictions of social anxiety that I have ever come across in fiction.

You can pre-order this book on Amazon here
And read my review here!

4th - An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

What if you were the spark that could ignite a revolution?For years Laia has lived in fear. Fear of the Empire, fear of the Martials, fear of truly living at all. Born as a Scholar, she’s never had much of a choice.For Elias it’s the opposite. He has seen too much on his path to becoming a Mask, one of the Empire’s elite soldiers. With the Masks’ help the Empire has conquered a continent and enslaved thousands, all in the name of power.When Laia’s brother is taken she must force herself to help the Resistance, the only people who have a chance of saving him. She must spy on the Commandant, ruthless overseer of Blackcliff Academy. Blackcliff is the training ground for Masks and the very place that Elias is planning to escape. If he succeeds, he will be named deserter. If found, the punishment will be death.But once Laia and Elias meet, they will find that their destinies are intertwined and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.In the ashes of a broken world one person can make a difference. One voice in the dark can be heard. The price of freedom is always high and this time that price might demand everything, even life itself.
America may have had this book since the end of April, but it is only just coming to our shelves in the UK. However the buzz for this one has been incredible and I've heard nothing but good things about it which meant I jumped at the chance to read it ahead of time. The prose is gorgeous, the story engaging and engrossing and I was completely swept up in this brutal and beautiful story.
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here
Watch the #FantasyIRL video for Bookish Brits here, and read my review here!

4th - Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
When he's sent to Latham House, a boarding school for sick teens, Lane thinks his life may as well be over.
But when he meets Sadie and her friends - a group of eccentric troublemakers - he realises that maybe getting sick is just the beginning. That illness doesn't have to define you, and that falling in love is its own cure.
Extraordinary Means is a darkly funny story about true friendships, ill-fated love and the rare miracle of second chances.

This book is gorgeous. Full of hope and thoughts and lessons about living life to the full, fans of John Green will love this. This novel really pulled me in and made me think. A quietly lovely snapshot into life with a debilitating illness that persuades you to consider how you're living your own life and seizing every day.
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here
And read my review here

18th - The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie’s sin has put her in serious trouble.To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can’t survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

Fans of Rachel Vincent's other books, particularly her other YA series Soul Screamers should be excited for this start to a new series, and with good reason. It features all of Vincent's trademarks - dark and terrifying stories, brilliant characters, romance that is different from anything you might expect and a fast paced plot. I tore through this one and am still reeling. Brilliant and brutal, I loved it.

You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

So those are the books that I cannot wait to get my hands on this month, it's going to be an excellent month for books. Are there any that you think I've missed? Or have I brought a new book to your attention that you can't wait to read? Let me know in the comments below!

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