It’s been a while since I’ve done a Book Haul post, but June brought so many great reads that I couldn’t resist writing about them. Below is a list of the various novels I received, bought and borrowed last month.
- Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh: In exchange for participating in a survey, I received a copy of this prehistoric retelling of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice from Epic Reads Insiders.
- Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor: Sadly, this Nigerian fantasy just wasn’t for me. That said, I’m still grateful to have been granted a chance to read it through Penguin’s First to Read program.
- Counting Wolves by Michael F. Stewart: This novel, described as “the Breakfast Club meets Grimm’s fairy tales,” is set in a psych ward and sounds darkly intriguing. I can’t wait for my stop on the book’s blog tour through Xpresso Book Tours in August.
- Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller: I’m very excited about this Netgalley ARC, which features thieves, assassins, and courtly intrigue.
- Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare: Though I wasn’t enamored of Lady Midnight, the first book in the Dark Artifices series, this sequel was a vast improvement. This has a lot to do with the characters of Mark, Kieran, and Kit, who more than made up for my lack of interest in the rest of the book’s cast.
- Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser: This book ended up being a bit of a letdown. It’s touted as a swashbuckling, river-pirate adventure, but I confess I was bored throughout most of the book.
- When We Collided by Emery Lord: I started out loving this story’s quirky characters, but by the end I was furious with one of the protagonists and dead set against the romance.
- Here Without You by Mia Kerick: This book is the sequel to Us Three, which I bought back in May and, surprisingly, adored. I say “surprisingly” because a) it’s a male/male/male menage romance, which I don’t usually read, and b) I wasn’t a fan of the first book I read by Kerick, In A Gilded Cage (read my review here).
- Chance Assassin by Nicole Castle: THIS. BOOK. It’s crazy, messed up, and so, so bizarre, but I really did enjoy it. It’s not for the faint of heart, with lots of sex, violence, and crime, but boy, is it entertaining.