I always take June off from review requests so I can catch up on my TBR. July tends to be a big month for releases, so I like to have those reviews done before the month hits. I have a lot of great books I’m planning to read this month, so let’s get down to it!
Where Dreams Descend, Janella Angeles
So, I’m still not over reading The Night Circus last year, and when I saw this one, I jumped at the chance to request it because it sounds like it has the same kind of special magic. I started this yesterday and I’m hooked! Here’s the blurb:
In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.
As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.
The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost
The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told
The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide
Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.
Available for preorder on Amazon for $9.99, it releases August 25th.
The Suicide House, Charlie Donlea
I didn’t know this was a book 2 in a series when I requested it, but it seems the only thing that runs the same as book 1, is one of the main characters, Rory. I started this one yesterday and I got hooked on the format. Rory is a great character and I love the way her mind works.
Inside the walls of Indiana’s elite Westmont Preparatory High School, expectations run high and rules are strictly enforced. But in the woods beyond the manicured campus and playing fields sits an abandoned boarding house that is infamous among Westmont’s students as a late-night hangout. Here, only one rule applies: don’t let your candle go out—unless you want the Man in the Mirror to find you. . . .
One year ago, two students were killed there in a grisly slaughter. The case has since become the focus of a hit podcast, The Suicide House. Though a teacher was convicted of the murders, mysteries and questions remain. The most urgent among them is why so many students who survived that horrific night have returned to the boarding house—to kill themselves.
Rory, an expert in reconstructing cold cases, is working on The Suicide House podcast with Lane, recreating the night of the killings in order to find answers that have eluded the school, the town, and the police. But the more they learn about the troubled students, the chillingly stoic culprit, and a dangerous game gone tragically wrong, the more convinced they become that something sinister is still happening. Inside Westmont Prep, the game hasn’t ended. It thrives on secrecy and silence. And for its players, there may be no way to win—or to survive. . . .
Sounds great, right? Available for preorder on Amazon for $12.99, it releases July 28th.
The Forest of Stars, Heather Kassner
A 12-year-old girl and a Carnival, noticing a theme to my reading preferences this month?
Left all alone after her mother passes away, twelve-year-old Louisa LaRoche watches the sky for her father. Long ago, a powerful gust of wind swept through town, stealing him away on the wings of his untamed magic—the same magic that stirs within Louisa. As if she is made of hollow bones and too much air, her feet never quite touch the ground.
But for all her sky gazing, Louisa finds her fortune on the leaf-strewn street when she spots a gleaming black-and-gold invitation—a ticket to the Carnival Beneath the Stars. If her father fits in nowhere else, maybe she’ll find him there, dazzling crowds alongside the other strange and wonderful feats. Only, soon after she arrives, a tightrope act ends disastrously—and suspiciously. As fate tugs Louisa closer to the stars, she must decide if she’s willing to slip into the injured performer’s role, despite the darkness plucking at the carnival’s magical threads.
In The Forest of Stars, Heather Kassner weaves a spectacle of wondrous magic, unexpected friendship, and dark secrets.
Available for preorder on Amazon for $9.99, it releases August 4th.
Displaced, David Korson
I don’t read time travel too often, but the blurb of this one drew me right in. I’m excited to start reading it.
Bea Cooper, a sixteen-year-old disc golf prodigy, has a lot to prove both on the course and off. But her real challenge begins when she inherits a bizarre device with unanticipated power. Finding herself unexpectedly transported to another place and time, she must rely on a stranger—a strong but aloof man named Durango—to help her get home. One question, however, lingers: Can she really trust a man whose motives seem to be self-centered at best? Making matters worse, unbeknownst to Bea there is an evil adversary that not only knows who she is, but also wants to stop her from ever returning to her own time. It will take everything in her power for Bea to find a way back home.
With the perfect balance of intrigue, suspense, humor and romance, Displaced is a time-travel adventure that you are sure to fall in love with!
Available on Amazon for 99 cents, it’s enrolled in KU.
The Night Swim, Megan Goldin
I love a really well-done thriller and this one looks really promising. Especially because I’ve lived in small towns, and everyone knows the business of everyone else.
Ever since her true-crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall has become a household name—and the last hope for people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help.
The new season of Rachel’s podcast has brought her to a small town being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. A local golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season 3 a success, Rachel throws herself into her investigation—but the mysterious letters keep coming. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister twenty-five years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insist she was murdered—and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody in town wants to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases—and a revelation that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.
Electrifying and propulsive, The Night Swim asks: What is the price of a reputation? Can a small town ever right the wrongs of its past? And what really happened to Jenny?
Available for preorder on Amazon for $14.99, it releases August 4th.
Bad Parts, Brandon McNulty
When this review requests came in, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. It sounds perfectly creepy and I’m crazy excited to start it.
When rock guitarist Ash Hudson suffers a career-ending hand injury, she seeks out the only thing that can heal it–her hometown’s darkest secret.
For decades the residents of Hollow Hills, Pennsylvania, have offered their diseased and injured body parts to a creek demon named Snare. In return, Snare rewards its Traders with healthy replacement parts. There’s only one catch: if Traders leave town, their new parts vanish forever.
Ash wants a new hand, but living in Hollow Hills isn’t an option. Not when her band is one gig away from hitting the big time. Desperate, she bargains with Snare, promising to help the demon complete its organ collection in exchange for both a new hand and the freedom for everyone to leave town.
As her band’s show rapidly approaches, Ash teams up with her estranged father in a last-ditch effort to recruit new Traders. But not everyone trusts Snare’s offer, and Ash soon learns how far her neighbors will go to protect their precious parts.
With her family in danger and her band waiting, Ash must find a way to help Snare. But even if she succeeds, there’s no telling what Snare plans to do with everyone’s bad parts.
Available on Amazon for $4.99, it’s enrolled in KU.
Time After Time, Sara Crawford
The cover alone is what had me request this one. Remember how gloriously awkward it was when Jennifer Garner went back to 13, in 13 going on 30? Exactly! That is what had me requesting this.
Megan Gallagher has only ever seen her mother as neurotic and overworked.
When a Whitney Houston song at the 80s dance sends Megan back to 1987, she discovers her teenage mom dressed in all black and sneaking liquor in the bathroom. After preventing her mom’s drunk car accident, Megan realizes she has one month to get her teenage parents to stop partying, and learn enough about her family’s secret to get back home. Too bad the much cuter teenage version of her history teacher is such a distraction. With time running out and her future at stake, Megan must learn that, when it comes to family, you can’t always get what you want, but you might just get what you need.
Available for preorder on Amazon for $6.99, it releases August 18th.
I think that will do it for this post because it’s getting long. I have quite a few more books due in August, but I’m hoping they get their own post in a few weeks. There are some fantastic authors in this lineup and I have a feeling this is going to be a great reading month.
What is on your TBR?