❄️ Hi, guys! I hope you’re having a wonderful day filled with the best readings & obviously, I hope you all had a beautiful past month! ❤️ Today I’ve returned with one of my favorite posts to share with you my Wrap Up of the month, where I tell you all about what I’ve read during the month of June, plus: What I’m going to read in the month of July!. 🥰 I come from a very difficult month in personal terms, there have been significant changes in my life and I’m trying to get back to my center and to “normality” so to speak, so… no doubt, I’ve been super distracted and away from my reading. This month I have no excuses, I’ve read very little, but still I’m proud of myself and I’ll not be too hard on myself either because I know that sometimes life gets in the way and there are other things that you have to take care of, right? I wanted to share this with you, maybe at some point I would like to talk more in depth since my blog is a reflection of me, it’s always important for me to be honest and open, but always of course, respecting my time, so when I feel ready we’ll talk more about my life and what’s happening right now, for now I ask you to send me a lot of that beautiful energy that you always give me and everything will be fine, you know I’m very positive and that will not change. 🥺 🥺 🥺
I wanted to start from the beginning telling you where I am, so you know and then leave it behind to continue, as always, with the best energy and all the enthusiasm that I always want to transmit with my blog.✨
I want to tell you that, on the other hand, this month has been great for me in terms of posts, I think I’ve done my best and I’ve managed to upload more posts despite being busy, so YAY FOR ME! 🥳 I think next month I hope it will also be very good in terms of posts and content since I’ll have a little more free time to dedicate to my beloved space in the world. 😍
In terms of reading, despite having a beautiful TBR planned all dedicated to Pride Month, I haven’t gotten to finish even one of those books (sad for ever), but I did get to read my two ARCs which is a good thing. I OBVIOUSLY want to read those books still, so I’ll plan something special soon to read them, maybe a 24hs reading or a personal readathon, like a challenge, it would be fun, I’ll be telling you more about it in the future. 😊 So yeah, I’ve read 2 books, both, as I mentioned before, ARCs, and both Really Good, I really enjoyed them a lot, but besides telling you a little bit about them today, I also want to share with you that I’m in the middle of reading one book and I’m loving it! I hope I can finish it this month, so I can share my review, I really can’t wait. 👏🏻
Despite being in the middle of an interesting and unexpected Reading Slump (lol) I’m not going to let it beat me and I’ll be going into a fun challenge I’ve set for myself this month, I plan to not only read, of course, but I want to try to read a little variety within the following categories: Two Re-Reads, Two New Releases & Two 5-Star Predictions! 🙌🏻
I’m super excited to share this month with you and see how I’m doing in terms of reading, I’ll be putting 6 books on my TBR this month within the above categories and the challenge is to try to read each one of them. I‘ve proposed this to myself as I feel that in the previous months I’ve been neglecting my TBR, so I would like to refocus and also I think it’s a fun way to overcome my Reading Slump. So wish me luck, I think I will need it! 😄
I don’t want to make this introduction any longer than it already is, I’m dying to share with you everything I’ll be reading as well as both ARCs I’ve read and my current reading. Thank you, thank you, thank you SO MUCH for the love, support and understanding of every day ❤️, you’re wonderful and don’t let anyone make you believe otherwise. I love YOU and without further ado, let’s begin! ❄️
💀 ARCs of The Month 🔍
❄️ A Lair of Bones (Curse of the Cyren Queen #1) by Helen Scheuerer | This is a supremely unique book that accompanies us to explore the lives of some very unique beings, The Cyrens, living in one of the darkest and best developed worlds I’ve read in a long time. The characters are very solid, but above all, I highlight the main character who begins as a kind of “villain” or morally gray character and then grows to become a warrior overcoming many stigmas to achieve a place within a society that condemned her for her father’s actions. A story that plays a lot with revenge and redemption with a bloody tournament and a lot of action! I highly recommend you check out this book because besides being super entertaining to read it, will be a series and I feel it will only get better. Plus, the author is brilliant and has a style worth exploring. Great story, can’t wait to share the next books with you once they’re released.
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❄️ Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone | There’s not much I can reveal about the book since I think the fun will come as you read it and you’ll find new clues in every detail, that’s always entertaining, it feels like a twisted and dark treasure hunt, with some much exploration in childhood traumas. Even so, it ends up being in its entirety, a good book that I would recommend if you want to try a different type of mystery thriller, as it incorporates elements of fantasy, but still follows the line of an intense adult mystery full of secrets. The characters are rich and so is the atmosphere of the reading. It can be a bit confusing while you read it because there are chapters that focus on the childhood of the girls of magical forms including pirates and witches and many fantastical things without explanation, but in the end, everything makes better sense so I hope you decide to give it a try since it has the potential to be a very unique book of its kind.
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Currently Reading 🌙
❄️ Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas | I’m definitely enjoying this book, even so, I’m debating whether to continue with it this month or leave it for later and maybe start it again. It’s a great book, but right in the middle of reading it I started to feel super slumpy and even though I tried to continue it I couldn’t get completely hooked, so maybe for now I’ll leave it there for a couple of days at least and maybe I’ll be able to finish it this month. I really want to be able to give 100% of myself to this story because I’m sure I’m liking it, but in the end, I didn’t manage to give it my full attention and I don’t think that’s fair, so I’ll think about it…. Of course, either way, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on it once I finish it, which if it doesn’t happen this month will probably happen in August. But I will, I’m sure!
🌹 Two 5-Star Predictions 🌿
❄️ Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore | The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know.
The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.
But when two local boys become drawn into the game, the swans’ spell intertwines with the strange and unpredictable magic lacing the woods, and all four of their fates depend on facing truths that could either save or destroy them. Blanca & Roja is the captivating story of sisters, friendship, love, hatred, and the price we pay to protect our hearts.
❄️ White Fox by Sara Faring | After their world-famous actor mother disappeared under mysterious circumstances, Manon and Thaïs left their remote Mediterranean island home—sent away by their pharma-tech tycoon father. Opposites in every way, the sisters drifted apart in their grief. Yet their mother’s unfinished story still haunts them both, and they can’t put to rest the possibility that she is still alive. Lured home a decade later, Manon and Thaïs discover their mother’s legendary last work, long thought lost: White Fox, a screenplay filled with enigmatic metaphors. The clues in this dark fairytale draw them deep into the island’s surreal society, into the twisted secrets hidden by their glittering family, to reveal the truth about their mother—and themselves.
🌊 Two New Releases 🍂
❄️ The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He | One of the most twisty, surprising, engaging page-turner YAs you’ll read this year—We Were Liars meets Black Mirror, with a dash of Studio Ghibli.
Cee has been trapped on an abandoned island for three years without any recollection of how she arrived, or memories from her life prior. All she knows is that somewhere out there, beyond the horizon, she has a sister named Kay, and it’s up to Cee to cross the ocean and find her.
In a world apart, 16-year-old STEM prodigy Kasey Mizuhara lives in an eco-city built for people who protected the planet―and now need protecting from it. With natural disasters on the rise due to climate change, eco-cities provide clean air, water, and shelter. Their residents, in exchange, must spend at least a third of their time in stasis pods, conducting business virtually whenever possible to reduce their environmental footprint. While Kasey, an introvert and loner, doesn’t mind the lifestyle, her sister Celia hated it. Popular and lovable, Celia much preferred the outside world. But no one could have predicted that Celia would take a boat out to sea, never to return.
Now it’s been three months since Celia’s disappearance, and Kasey has given up hope. Logic says that her sister must be dead. But nevertheless, she decides to retrace Celia’s last steps. Where they’ll lead her, she does not know. Her sister was full of secrets. But Kasey has a secret of her own.
❄️ The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin | Practical Magic meets Twister in this debut contemporary fantasy standalone about heartbreaking power, the terror of our collapsing atmosphere, and the ways we unknowingly change our fate.
For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season.
In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It’s wild and volatile, and the price of her magic―losing the ones she loves―is too high, despite the need to control the increasingly dangerous weather.
In Winter, the world is on the precipice of disaster. Fires burn, storms rage, and Clara accepts that she’s the only one who can make a difference.
In Spring, she falls for Sang, the witch training her. As her magic grows, so do her feelings, until she’s terrified Sang will be the next one she loses.
In Summer, Clara must choose between her power and her happiness, her duty and the people she loves…before she loses Sang, her magic, and thrusts the world into chaos.
🗡 Two Re-Reads 🗡
❄️ An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir | Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
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❄️ A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir | Set in a rich, high-fantasy world inspired by ancient Rome, Sabaa Tahir’s AN EMBER IN THE ASHES told the story of Laia, a slave fighting for her family, and Elias, a young soldier fighting for his freedom.
Now, in A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT, Elias and Laia are running for their lives.
After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.
Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.
But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.
Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.
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