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Sunday, 29 July 2018

Things have been a bit hectic lately (especially since Afterimage’s release date is coming up so quickly!), but I’ve been working hard to keep squeezing in time for pleasure reading. And I’m so glad I did! I had the chance to read some amazing books in the last three months:

Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan. This was a fun sci-fi with a great antiheroine and a super fun enemies to lovers romance (those are 100% my kryptonite!). I nabbed an ARC of this, but I highly suggest you buy it when it comes out in September!

My Plain Jane by Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, and Cynthia Hand. This was such a sweet, fun and funny read. I loved My Lady Jane, the first book from this team, and this new story–a re-telling of Jane Eyre–didn’t disappoint.

Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga. Lindsey was actually my mentee in Pitch Wars a few years back (with a book that she wrote before this one), and I am definitely going to relentlessly brag about how fabulous she and this book are to anyone who will listen. Kiss of the Royal has such an intriguing concept: a fantasy world where girls of the Royal line have Kisses that grant battle magic to Princes, allowing them to defeat the evil that plagues their land…or so they think. I highly recommend giving it a read!

My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma. I don’t usually read a lot of contemporary, but this book was so sweet and fun that I couldn’t resist it (even though it didn’t have any dragons or aliens). I loved the concept, and the heroine was hilarious. I mean, just read the opening paragraphs (in which she’s digging a grave for her ex’s movies, which she stole) and see if YOU can resist this book!

Warcross by Marie Lu. I just finished reading this today and it’s one of my new favorites. Marie Lu is a fabulous writer and this book is no exception. I particularly loved that this book featured a girl hacker, and also the world building was just. so. good. I can’t wait to read the sequel (which shares a release day with my debut!).

Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt. This is an oldie but goodie. I randomly remembered it last month and read it again for the first time in like a decade, and it stood up to rereading beautifully. In this fairytale-esque story, Keturah gets lost in the woods and meets Death–who she charms with a tale, refusing to tell the end until he grants her a favor.

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