These Rebel Waves Sara Raasch

Released in North America on August 7, 2018, These Rebel Waves is a thrilling new fantasy series – full of deadly magic, double crosses, and a dangerous quest in a new world – from Sara Raasch, the New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series.

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Agrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something dangerous is at work. Devereux is a pirate. As one of the stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he scavenges the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war. Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre. As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

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Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

Released on July 10, 2018, Bright We Burn is the tumultuous, edge-of-your-seat conclusion to the New York Times bestselling And I Darken series by Kiersten White. This has been an epic saga set in the Ottoman Empire that pits sister against brother, lover against lover, and country against country… with high stakes and terrible odds.

Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it? Lada’s rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won’t rest until everyone knows that her country’s borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed’s peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince.  But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister’s indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before–including her relationships–can Lada truly build the country she wants.  Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world.

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Mini Review: A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Released on June 12, 2018, A Reaper at the Gates is the third installment in Sabaa Tahir’s New York Times Bestselling Ember Quartet. Described as “thrilling and hard to put down”, A Reaper at the Gates promises to ensnare readers in the highest-stakes book in the quartet yet.

Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger. Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister’s life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor’s volatility to grow her own power–regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path. Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But in the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight. And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender–even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.

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Mini Review: Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Stormcaster is the third book in the thrilling four-book Shattered Realms series from New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima. Like previous books in this series, Stormcaster features multiple intricately interwoven storylines, which converge in this gripping novel about a brave, coordinated effort to undermine a horrific tyrant.

The empress in the east—the unspeakably cruel ruler whose power grew in Flamecaster and Shadowcaster—tightens her grip in this chilling third installment in the series. Vagabond seafarer Evan Strangward can move the ocean and the wind, but his magical abilities seem paltry in comparison to Empress Celestine’s. As Celestine’s bloodsworn armies grow, Evan travels to the Fells to warn the queendom of her imminent invasion. If he can’t convince the Gray Wolf queen to take a stand, he knows that the Seven Realms will fall. Among the dead will be the one person Evan can’t stand to lose. Meanwhile, the queen’s formidable daughter, Princess Alyssa ana’Raisa, is already a prisoner aboard the empress’s ship. Lyss may be the last remaining hope of bringing down the empress from within her own tightly controlled territory.

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Mini Review: They Both Die at the End (Audio Book) by Adam Silvera

In his newest book, Adam Silvera reminds readers that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

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Mini Review: Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolscer

Released on June 5, 2018, Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolscer picks up shortly after the conclusion of Song of the Current, quickly bringing readers back into Caro and Markos’ adventures. With shipwrecks, lost treasure, old and new enemies, dark magic, and breathtaking romance, Sarah Tolcser weaves another epic story about chasing your fate and charting your own course.

Caro and Markos have settled into a routine: Wake up, eat breakfast, and try to figure out who might attempt to assassinate Markos today . . . so the currents aren’t exactly calm. Markos is in constant danger, and his claim to the throne is shaky without the support of an army. But then a powerful Archon offers Markos the military might he needs in exchange for marrying his daughter. Markos and Caro must decide which is more important: their love for each other or the fate of Akhaia. And Caro will have to decide if her destiny is to sail with the tide, or chart her own course.

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August 2018 Reading List

So here it is – another month of trying to tackle (and overcome) my forever growing To Be Read pile. For every book I finish, it seems like a new one just … appears (I swear, I’ve barely bought any new books this summer!).

SO, WHAT WILL I BE READING THIS MONTH?

Well, after a crazily busy July, I have a lot of catching up to do; I am setting some more reasonable reading goals for myself, and hoping that the few weeks that I do have off in August can be used for some quality reading time! That being said, I am going to be working full-time and taking an online course for most of August, so I’ve definitely got another busy month lined up!

MY AUGUST 2018 READING LIST IS:

  1. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Release Date: February 27, 2018)
  2. Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake (Release Date: April 10, 2018)
  3. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (Release Date: June 12, 2018)
  4. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (Release Date: July 31, 2018)
  5. Catwoman : Soulstealer by Sarah J Maas (Release Date: August 7th, 2018)
  6. Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson (Release Date: August 7th, 2018)
  7. These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (Release Date: August 7th, 2018)
  8. Nightblood by Elly Blake (Release Date: August 21st, 2018)
  9. Mirage by Somaiya Daud (Release Date: August 28, 2018)
  10. Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller (Release Date: August 29, 2018)

Please note that all release dates reflect release dates in North America, as listed by Indigo.

WHAT WILL YOU BE READING THIS MONTH? LET ME KNOW!