Saturday, May 27, 2023

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Well, after having to skip last month's anticipated releases post due to simply not having enough time (sorry!), I'm happy to be back sharing some exciting new books coming out next month! This year has just been packed full of amazing books and I'm really looking forward to a lot of these. So far, I've only had a chance to read Maeve Fly and The First Bright Thing, and they were both amazing, so I have high hopes for the rest. I'm hoping to get through my ARCs of Gods of the Wyrdwood, Maddalena and the Dark, The Antiquity Affair, and Night Will Find You before their respective publication dates in June, but we'll see if that works out for me, haha. Let's take a look at (some of) June's releases!

Gods of the Wyrdwood by RJ Barker  || June 27th -- Amazon

Maeve Fly by C.J. Leede  || June 6th -- Amazon

Everything the Darkness Eats by Eric Larocca  || June 20th -- Amazon

The First Bright Thing by J.R. Dawson  || June 13th -- Amazon

The Grimoire of Grave Fates edited by Hanna Alkaf, Margaret Owen  || June 6th -- Amazon

Wolfpack by Amelia Brunskill  || June 13th -- Amazon

The Antiquity Affair by lee Kelly, Jennifer Thorne  || June 6th -- Amazon

The Only One Left by Riley Sager  || June 20th -- Amazon

Killingly by Katharine Beutner  || June 6th -- Amazon

The Surviving Sky by Kritika H. Rao  || June 13th -- Amazon

Night Will Find You by Julia Hearberlin  || June 20th -- Amazon

Shanghai Immortal by A.Y. Chao  || June th -- Amazon

The Edge of Sleep by Jake Emanuel  || June 20th -- Amazon

Lady Tan's Circle of Women by Lisa See  || June 6th -- Amazon

Speak of the Devil by Rose Wilding  || June 13th -- Amazon

Maddalena and the Dark by Julia Fine  || June 13th -- Amazon

The Library of Broken World by Alaya Dawn Johnson  || June 6th -- Amazon

Night's Edge by Liz  || June 20th -- Amazon

The Spectacular by Fiona Davis  || June 13th -- Amazon

The Last Lifeboat by Hazel Gaynor  || June 13th -- Amazon

My Murder by Katie Williams  || June 6th -- Amazon

The Faint of Heart by Kerilynn Wilson  || June 13th -- Amazon |

You Won't Believe Me by Cyn Balog  || June 27th -- Amazon |

The Warning by Kristy Acevedo  || June 6th -- Amazon

The Wind Knows My Name by Isabel Allende  || June 6th -- Amazon

Hotel Laguna by Nicola Harrison  || June 20th -- Amazon

The Beach at Summerly by Beatriz Williams  || June 27th -- Amazon

What are your anticipated June releases?

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The Friday Face-Off: Current Read #7

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 Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.  You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:
Current Read #7

For this week's Friday Face-Off, I've chosen to feature a book that I just finished yesterday, Island of the Lost by Joan Druett! I love reading about real life survival stories and was excited to finally read this one... and unfortunately it ended up being one of my least favorite of all the ones I've read. 🤣 But that's okay! Let's still take a look at all of the different cover editions that exist for it. 

2007 US Hardcover | 2016 Audiobook

2019 US Paperback | 2007 UK 

My choice(s):
I love the classic feel of the original US hardcover edition, though I also like the dark and slightly more ominous feeling that the 2019 paperback evokes. The original one reminds me of the title scene of some older documentary or movie–does anyone else get that vibe or just me??

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Maddalena and the Dark by Julia Fine & The Faint of Heart by Kerilynn Wilson


 Can't-Wait is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released! This meme is based off of Jill @ Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday meme.

This week's upcoming book spotlights are: 

Maddalena and the Dark by Julia Fine
Publication: June 13th, 2023
Flatiron Books
Hardcover. 304 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"A novel set in 18th-century Venice at a prestigious music school, about two girls drawn together by a dangerous wager

Venice, 1717. Fifteen-year-old Luisa has only wanted one thing: to be the best at violin. As a student at the Ospedale della Pietà, she hopes to join the highest ranks of its illustrious girls’ orchestra and become a protégé of the great Antonio Vivaldi. Luisa is good at violin, but she is not the best. She has peers, but she does not have friends. Until Maddalena.

After a scandal threatens her noble family’s reputation, Maddalena is sent to the Pietà to preserve her marriage prospects. When she meets Luisa, Maddalena feels the stirrings of a friendship unlike anything she has known. But Maddalena has a secret: she has hatched a dangerous plot to rescue her future her own way. When she invites Luisa into her plans, promising to make her dreams come true, Luisa doesn’t hesitate. But every wager has its price, and as the girls are drawn into the decadent world outside the Pietà’s walls, they must decide what it is they truly want—and what they will do to pay for it.

I've been holding onto an ARC of this for months now and I can't wait to start reading it! I love a dark like this and can't wait to see how it goes.

The Faint of Heart by Kerilynn Wilson
Publication: June 13th, 2023
Greenwillow Books
Hardcover. 304 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
Not that long ago, the Scientist discovered that all sadness, anxiety, and anger disappeared when you removed your heart. And that's all it took. Soon enough, the hospital had lines out the door—even though the procedure numbed the good feelings, too.

Everyone did it. Everyone except high school student June. But now the pressure, loneliness, and heartache are mounting, and it’s becoming harder and harder to be the only one with a heart.

One day, June comes across an abandoned heart in a jar. The heart in the jar intrigues her, it baffles her, and it brings her hope. But the heart also brings her Max, a classmate with a secret of his own.

And it may rip June’s own heart in two.

Part speculative fiction and part cautionary tale, The Faint of Heart is a moving and ethereal debut that questions morality and the feelings that seem too big to contain.

I've been sorely lacking in the graphic novel genre lately and this seems like it'll be a really thought-provoking read. 

What books are you looking forward to?

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

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Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
Hardcover. 304 pages.

About Camp Zero:

"In the far north of Canada sits Camp Zero, an American building project hiding many secrets.

Desperate to help her climate-displaced Korean immigrant mother, Rose agrees to travel to Camp Zero and spy on its architect in exchange for housing. She arrives at the same time as another newcomer, a college professor named Grant who is determined to flee his wealthy family’s dark legacy. Gradually, they realize that there is more to the architect than previously thought, and a disturbing mystery lurks beneath the surface of the camp. At the same time, rumors abound of an elite group of women soldiers living and working at a nearby Cold War-era climate research station. What are they doing there? And who is leading them?

An electrifying page-turner where nothing is as it seems, Camp Zero cleverly explores how the intersection of gender, class, and migration will impact who and what will survive in a warming world."

Camp Zero takes place in a near-future world in which climate change has altered the state of the world forced the displacement of many populations of people and required them to find new ways to survive in this harsh new climate. Many people move north to areas that are cold due to the extreme heating of other parts of the earth, and there now exists a new city known as the Floating City which acts as a protective hub for the wealthy and those who are lucky enough to work there. Fortunately for our protagonist Rose, she attains a job in the Floating City and after working there for a while is given the opportunity to become a spy in the far north of Canada at a remote site known as Camp Zero. Camp Zero is a mysterious building project where Rose joins a group of women known as "Blossoms" act as escorts to many of the important men involved in the project. Rose is instructed to spy on Myer, the man behind the project with big visions for the future, and in return she will receive guaranteed housing for herself and her struggling mother in the Floating City.

women as they survive and try to decide whether or not to desert the station, what they want their futures to be, etc. it's unclear at first how this group of women intertwines with the rest of the story, but it's fascinating to watch them learn how to survive and really come into themselves. Lastly, we also follow a young man named Grant who is fresh out of a prestigious college known as Walden college and takes a position in the north at Camp Zero as a tutor in English. he is doing this as an attempt to get out from under his wealthy father's influence, and i appreciated that he was really wanting to work hard for himself and do something new.

Our main protagonist is introduced to us as Rose, though we soon learn that that is not her real name, and rather one she is given at her new job as a Blossom. Her name is something very personal to her, and she does not share it with just anyone. Rose is an intelligent, quiet, and astute woman who is willing to whatever she needs to in order to create a better life both for herself and especially for her mother. She feels a deep desire and obligation to take care of her mother who immigrated from Korea to make a better life for her and her daughter. Since Rose is our main POV, we spend the most amount of time with her and I really enjoyed seeing her progress throughout the story and are slowly given glimpses into her life before becoming a Blossom, from her childhood to her time working in the Floating City until now. This really helped to develop her character and give readers a better understanding of who she is, what her motivations are, and just how much strength and determination she has. She is someone who follows what she wants while working within the confines of the situations she is placed in, and will occasionally work outside of it when necessary.

We also follow a couple other POVs, one of which features a mysterious group known as White Alice. We follow the POV of one unnamed woman who seems to speak for the entire group and relay their happenings as a group of women stationed out in the remote north. We follow these women as they survive on their own, try to decide whether or not to desert the station, and attempt to figure out what their futures could look like as more and more obstacles pop up. It's unclear for a good portion of the book just how this plotline featuring White Alice will intertwine with the rest of the story, but things are eventually unveiled and I really appreciated just how the author brought everything together. 

The second POV we follow is that of a young man named Grant who is fresh out of the prestigious Walden college and is now on his way to take a position at Camp Zero as an English instructor. He doesn't realize exactly who he'll be teaching until he gets there, and that surprise is only the start of many more revelations he will make while in the north. Grant wants nothing more than to be out from under his wealthy father's influence, and I appreciated watching him attempt to work hard for himself to do something new. 

I loved the concept of the worldbuiling in Camp Zero, but I found the execution a little lackluster at times. The dystopia-like setting in a cold, remote region was captivating, but unfortunately there really wasn't all that much outside of that, and that setting itself wasn't overly developed, either. I liked learning about how the world had evolved since the more drastic fallouts of climate change were occurring, but I do wish there had been just a bit more world-building and background given about it. I feel like we were only given snippets and basics about the world, and not quite enough to totally satisfy my curiosity about this world. It was a little underwhelming compared to what I expected from the description of the book, but at the same time the novel itself has a scarcer style to it, so it did somewhat fit, if that makes any sense, even if I didn't love it.

This story has a fairly consistent slow pace to it that fit well with the general setting and characters. As much as this story does have a plot to follow and plenty of events to keep things moving, it's also a bit of a character study in seeing how all of these different characters adapt to this world they find themselves in and manage to survive in their own ways. There were a few moments that felt slightly too slow pacing-wise, and some sections could've either been shortened or had more details and plot points added to them to keeps things a bit more engaging, but overall I felt it was fairly consistent with pacing. 

Camp Zero has a fairly bleak overall atmosphere that keeps this book from feeling too hopeful or positive overall, which could bother some people, but that I think worked well for the story. The ending will also be a little hit or miss for different readers, I think, due it not providing answers to everything that people might want answered and leaving quite a bit unsaid, but if you don't mind that type of ending then it might just be as satisfying for you as it was for me. 

Overall, I've given Camp Zero four stars! Despite the slightly lacking worldbuilding, I found myself intrigued by Rose's story, the world after major climate changes, and seeing how all these different characters existed in this world. Recommended for anyone who loves the sound of a remote setting and a careful look at characters. 

*I received a copy of Camp Zero courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Buy the book: Amazon |

Friday, May 19, 2023

The Friday Face-Off: Current Read #6

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 Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.  You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:
Current Read #6

For this week's Friday Face-Off, I've chosen to feature Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling! I'm almost done reading this book at the time of making this book and so far I've been really enjoying it. This was an April ARC, so I'm a little behind, but better late than never, right? I was excited to see that this book had a small variety of cover editions to explore, so let's take a look!

2023 US Hardcover | 2023 Canada | 2023 French

2023 US Kindle (?) | 2023 UK

My choice(s):
I actually think all of these are really great covers! The Canadian one reminds me a lot of the cover for Station Eleven, which definitely gives off a specific vibe. I think the UK cover is really cool and I love the colors included. I think both US editions and the French edition fit the story the best, but honestly I don't think you can go wrong with any of these covers! Which cover(s) do you like best?

Thursday, May 18, 2023

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Wildblood by Lauren Blackwood
Wednesday Books
Publication Date: February 7th, 2023
Hardcover. 336 pages.

About Wildblood:

"Eighteen-year-old Victoria is a Wildblood. Kidnapped at the age of six and manipulated by the Exotic Lands Touring Company, she’s worked as a tour guide ever since with a team of fellow Wildbloods who take turns using their magic to protect travelers in a Jamaican jungle teeming with ghostly monsters.

When the boss denies Victoria an earned promotion to team leader in favor of Dean, her backstabbing ex, she’s determined to prove herself. Her magic may be the most powerful on the team, but she’s not the image the boss wants to send their new client, Thorn, a renowned goldminer determined to reach an untouched gold supply deep in the jungle.

Thorn is everything Victoria isn't - confident, impossibly kind, and so handsome he leaves her speechless. And when he entrusts the mission to her, kindness turns to mutual respect, turns to affection, turns to love. But the jungle is treacherous, and between hypnotic river spirits, soul-devouring women that shed their skin like snakes, and her ex out for revenge, Victoria has to decide - is promotion at a corrupt company really what she wants?

Wildblood is an emotional and story set in an imaginative and captivating world. There are some content warnings for sexual assault, violence, and more, so do be cautious when diving into this one if you are sensitive to any of those topics. I had a lot of mixed feelings about this book and although I wanted to love it a lot more than I did, I still really enjoyed exploring this unique jungle setting filled with magic a bit of chaos.

What I liked: The setting of Wildblood in the Jamaican jungle is what initially drew me to this book, and I loved that the author's love and respect for this setting is so clearly reflected in her writing. I liked seeing the Victoria's connection with the jungle and getting to appreciate it's beauty, and I also loved the darker elements of the jungle-this would be the perfect alternate setting for anyone who loves a creepy forest. I also felt that Wildblood handled some incredibly difficult and intense topics in some really thoughtful ways. Our main character has to deal with a lot of personal traumas-both in the past and ongoing-throughout this story and it felt very realistic and difficult watching her navigate these issues. I appreciated the author's sensitivity in tackling these issues, along with other difficult traumas that other characters are struggling with as well.

What I didn't like: Despite the complexity of Victoria's characterization, I was disappointed that a number of others were a bit more one-dimensional and felt more like cardboard cut outs. For instance, a younger boy that Victoria cares for and is such a huge part of her life is barely around and it felt like he was mostly sleeping (??) the entire story and wasn't really around. There was also a huge dose of insta-love between Victoria and another character that did not work for me at all and left me feeling genuinely confused at times. And despite the intriguing and beautiful jungle setting, we really didn't get to explore nearly as much of it as we could have, and everything that we do learn about felt underdeveloped. We got maybe a small scene or a line or two about some of the things in the jungle that happen, and that would be it-it really left me wanting more. I also felt that the magic system was severely underdeveloped and so poorly explained that I'm still not entirely sure how it precisely works, which was frustrating. These are all things that left me feeling a little underwhelmed with this story and wishing for more. Blackwood has a beautiful prose style and has potential to be an amazing storyteller, I wish her abilities had been utilized in better ways in this story.

Overall, this is a strong three stars from me! If you're looking for a book in a unique setting with some strong emotional elements, then I'd say this one is worth it to check out and see for yourself how you like it. 

*I received a copy of Wildblood courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Buy the book: Amazon |

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Maeve Fly by C.J. Leede & Wolfpack by Amelia Brunskill


 Can't-Wait is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released! This meme is based off of Jill @ Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday meme.

This week's upcoming book spotlights are: 

Maeve Fly by C.J. Leede
Publication: June 6th, 2023
Tor Nightfire
Hardcover. 288 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"By day, Maeve Fly works at the happiest place in the world as every child’s favorite ice princess.

By the neon night glow of the Sunset Strip, Maeve haunts the dive bars with a drink in one hand and a book in the other, imitating her misanthropic literary heroes.

But when Gideon Green - her best friend’s brother - moves to town, he awakens something dangerous within her, and the world she knows suddenly shifts beneath her feet.

Untethered, Maeve ditches her discontented act and tries on a new persona. A bolder, bloodier one, inspired by the pages of American Psycho. Step aside Patrick Bateman, it’s Maeve’s turn with the knife..

I don't know what to expect from this book at all, but it sounds like a wild ride and I am here for it!

Wolfpack by Amelia Brunskill
Publication: June 13th, 2023
Little, Brown Books
Hardcover. 272 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
Nine girls bound together
in beautiful, virtuous Havenwood,
a refuge from an unsafe world.

Then there are eight,
one of them gone —
departed with no warning.
Did this member of their pack
stray willingly,
or did something more sinister occur?

The girls seek answers
not knowing if they should be angry
or frightened
or perhaps,
they should be both

I'm not sure if this entire book is written in verse or not (does anyone know?), but either way I think this sounds like a really compelling premise and should make for a dark and incredible story. I am so intrigued by this cover, too!

What books are you looking forward to?
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