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Well this was a week from hell. The day job was awful this past week so reading motivation (and really just all around general motivation) went down so much. Writing this has totally taken it out of me and I am ready to fall asleep… So I do apologise for any typing errors as I have proofread exactly none of this.
We are Week 4 of the themed July alphabet challenge. This week we’re looking at letters P-Q-R-S-T and as with last week, I thought I’d continue celebrating some new releases publishing this year as well as books I’ve already read.
The letter P
The Poppy War – R.F Kuang
It is almost August which means it is almost The Dragon Republic release date, which is the sequel to The Poppy War, and I am so so so so so so so so so so excited. The Poppy War is one of the best fantasies I’ve ever read. It’s one of the only grimdark books I’ve read with a female lead, who is INCREDIBLE. There is such a range of amazing characters, the story and action is so brilliant and the magic system is amazing!
Planetfall – Emma Newman
I have a full review of this book scheduled for this week! This was an amazing read, with such a realistic and strong portrayal of mental illness. If it hadn’t been for the ending, this would’ve been one of my favourite books of the year – but it is still definitely worth a read!
Practically Ever After – Isabel Bandeira
Publishing in November, Practically Ever After is an f/f, YA novel following Grace as she enters her last few months of high school. Grace has perfectly calculated how to succeed at everything, but now life is fighting back and her perfect calculations are a mess. The blurb sounds quite similar to You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman which I loved so I have high hopes!
The letter Q
The Quiet at the End of the World – Lauren James
So Q was definitely the hardest letter this week – I can only think of one I’ve read, and NONE that are publishing this year. The Quiet at the End of the World is a really great, happy science-fiction novel. I kind of wanted it to be less hopeful and happy because I am an absolute sucker for a novel that hurts me, but the mystery and quiet air of ease in this book is really lovely.
The letter R
Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston
This is a book so many people are talking about – and it is totally worth it! This is such a happy, fun and fiercely queer novel about what happens if the First Son of the United States falls in love with the Prince of England. It is laugh-out-loud hilarious and oh so fun!
The Raven Tower – Ann Leckie
This is Ann Leckie’s first foray into fantasy after a very successful sci-fi series. I really enjoyed it – it’s definitely not for everyone. The Raven Tower uses second person, which I know is quite divisive as a POV, but I thought it was used very well and was so effective. Based loosely on Hamlet, the story is told in two parts: a kingdom who’s King is missing (presumed dead), and millions of years in the past, and following a rock, an ancient god who watches the world develop. It sounds a bit odd, but it’s really great!
The Resurrectionist of Caligo – Wendy Trimboli and Alicia Zaloga
Bodysnatchers, princess, Victorian style setting, blood magic, science, fantasy noir? YES YES and YES.
The Letter S
Okay so S is a big category this week because I couldn’t narrow down all the amazing books publishing this year that begin with S. They all sound SO good!
Shatter the Sky – Rebecca Kim Wells
Shatter the Sky technically releases at the end of July but I was lucky enough to get a NetGalley review copy and hence I am counting it as my read book this week. This book contains dragons (both fierce and adorable), bisexual heroine and a mission to take down an evil regime – and it’s so good! You can read my full review of this title here!
Salvation Day – Kali Wallace
“A lethal virus is awoken on an abandoned spaceship in this incredibly fast-paced, claustrophobic thriller.” I don’t think I can describe it better than the Goodreads blurb! This sounds so tense and scary – any form of media about viruses really sparks some innate fear and captivation in me so I am very excited about this one!
The Stars and the Blackness Between Them – Junauda Petrus
This is one of my most anticipated books of the entire year! YA love story – super diverse, sapphic, POC, religion, illness, this just sounds like a book that is going to break my heart and I cannot wait.
Salvaged – Madeleine Roux
Okay so this is another kind of virusy-like sci fi. This time, it’s an alien parasite infection. Rosalyn is a space janitor, cleaning up space missions that have gone wrong. She’s sent to the Brigantine, a research vessel which has ‘gone dark’, and all crew are assumed dead. Except they aren’t. They are very much alive, except not quite human anymore…
Serpent & Dove – Shelby Mahurin
Witches and church war! Accidental marriage between a witch and a priest! Not meaning to fall in love! Enemies to lovers! I am a fan of ALL OF THIS.
Slay – Brittney Morris
Okay diverse gaming YA book with murder and a completely epic teen developer fighting against online racist trolls?! Yes this does sound like a perfect book.
The letter T
The Travelling Cat Chronices – Hiro Arikawa
This is such a sweet and loving little book – told from the story of a cat and their hooman, as the cat tries to understand why his hooman no longer wants him. It is so heartbreaking but lovely and so perfect for any cat lovers out there.
The Book of M – Peng Shepherd
Okay so I realise I’ve been using ‘the’ for every other letter and am now using it for the letter T as well. But this book is too good not to mention it! People start losing their shadows, but it turns out that’s where memories are stored. As people start forgetting who they are, they begin gaining something else though….magic to make the impossible possible.
Tarnished are the Stars – Rosiee Thor
Illegal medical technology, queer, science-fantasy, assassins, a deadly epidemic, mysteries, this sounds incredibly awesome!
There Will Come a Darkness – Katy Rose Pool
I won’t lie, the title alone sold me on this book before I even read the blurb. Prophets and prophecies and 5 people who could save the world, or destroy it. SIGN ME UP.
Wow that was a lot of books. This last week has been impossible to get through and this took so much effort to write but I am done and I love all these books and I hope you do too! Let me know if you’ve read any of these or if there’s any you’re looking forward to as well.
Rach + Draco