It’s been six months since I started blogging. Seriously, at least. But it’s only recently that I’ve felt like I’m no longer standing at the side-lines as a newbie blogger. #RamadanReadathon may have been 50% stress, but it was also 100% success. I’m still feeling quite overwhelmed by all the support, so in case I haven’t said it enough already, thank you! I’ll be posting the bare minimum on my blog this month whilst I work on giving it a much-needed makeover but, mostly, it’s because I also need to take a little break.
All in all, it’s been a wicked month, which is more of a reference to my attending of the Wicked Young Writer Awards ceremony as opposed to the general election results, Grenfell Tower, Finsbury Park… need I go on? I managed to read six books in total for the readathon, half of which were acquired during the month and therefore not on my original TBR, as well as an ARC of If Birds Fly Back. Plans for July? No plans! I’m attempting CampNaNoWriMo again – hopefully I’ll actually get past the starting line this time around, never mind reaching the finish.
For some reason, I’m finding it really difficult to think of books in the latter half on this year that I’m really looking forward to. Although, this is most definitely a good thing because I still have anticipated books from the beginning of the year that I haven’t yet picked up. Soon, she says. Meanwhile, the narrator: she lies.
BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME: 13 TALES OF VILLAINY EDITED BY AMERIIE
July 13th 2017
In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.
These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like Medusa, Sherlock Holmes, and Jack and the Beanstalk provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!
THE LIBRARY OF FATES BY ADITI KHORANA
July 18th 2017
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.
The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.
Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?