Hello fellow boozie readers!
I can officially say that I’m in my 30s… happy birthday to me!! We also went to ALA, which is like BookCon but so much more chill. As of this posting, I’m probably still there, since it ends today at 2pm. Anywho, I’ve been in more of a Netflix mood, not a reading mood, but here you go.
What Sam finished this week:
- The Wicked King by Holly Black: Welp, coulda called that one. Jude is still so dumb. But I enjoyed listening to this.
What Sam’s reading now:
- Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao: Literally just started it, btu this is the follow up to Forest of a Thousand Lanterns reviewed here.
- The Simoquin Prophecies by Samit Basu: Book club book. Reserving all comment until bookclub is over.
This is a judgement free zone (if you like to ignore the fact that reviews are pretty much pure judgment, in this case I mean no one is gonna judge me). Lots of romance novels again. Plus I had a fun thing happen this weekend where I was too dizzy to function because vertigo is a bitch. Unfortunately I’m a dummy and used that time to sleep instead of read. So, you’re welcome Sam, there aren’t too many covers to find.
- The Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean: This is one of the ARC’s I got from bookcon. Sarah MacLean is a delight to follow on twitter and writes some really fun heroines. I know Linz didn’t have much luck with the last book, but I am enjoying this one. Hattie has a plan for her year and isn’t gong to let anything get in her way. ‘Beast,’ a moniker that’s labeled as ridiculous in the book, is going to get in her way. All she wants is to take over her father’s shipping business. He has unfinished drama that I’m going to be honest, I don’t super care about at the moment…. 🙂
- After the Crown by K.B. Wagers: I read the first book in this series earlier this year and as the triology is already complete wanted to keep up with it. Hail, who is now empress, is still dealing with the fallout of the attempted coup etc and the case of characters from the previous book is there to help her deal. This is kind of like Firefly meets Star Wars.
- Luck of the Draw by Kate Clayborn: This was exactly what I thought it would be. The drama was exactly what I thought it would be. Ultimately I still super enjoyed this book as the character growth from hate to friendly to love seemed to make sense. The story happened over weeks and didn’t start at immediate love (I’m kind of sick of “I’ve known this person for five minutes and already I would die for them” story lines). So yes, it was a solid choice. 3.5/5
- The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan: Yup, another romance novel. The library blessed me. “Free” runs a newspaper for women that is about as feminist as a newspaper in ye olden dayes can be. Edward Clark was left for dead by his aristocratic family and has adopted a fake name and been a conman for the last oh seven years. He’s trying to protect and old friend and decides to use Free to help. Unfortunately his dick of a brother is going to cause lots o problems. Free was a ton of fun and has a wonderful point of view on things, and I really enjoyed the arguments between her and Edward. He’s so cynical but really well meaning beneath everything else. 4/5.
- Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian: I’m not going to bother with a full summary here but this book is fucking wild. Robin, our non-binary hero lives life to the fullest and knows she (I promise this is talked about in the book, I’m not misgendering her) will never get what she truly wants. Because Alistair has a stick up his ass and bumbles his way through anything real because he’s spent too many years trying to ‘fix’ his fathers mistakes. They fall in love and do so much stupid stuff. But honestly this book is a trip. I highly suggest it. 4/5
- I Love You so Mochi by Sarah Kuhn: I do plan on picking this one back up, but now wasn’t the time. It’s part of the reason I read so much romance is I just really didn’t feel like picking this one up again.
- The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala: Man, I adored the world of this book. I could read straight up history textbooks about this world. Unfortunately, I really didn’t care for either of the two main characters. I got about 40% of the way in, and didn’t understand why they felt drawn to each other, didn’t care about the contest. I honestly just wanted to learn more about how the original treaties came to be, about how the matriarchal society functioned, what the change was like. I would have read a book set 10 years before this book was placed. I just didn’t care for it. It wasn’t bad, just not the story I wanted it to be.
ALA was amazing! Picked up so many new releases and ARCs.
What Minda finished:
- Kingsbane by Claire Legrand – The most feels I’ve had from a book in awhile! I still can’t process everything.
What Minda put down:
- Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman – Taken back by the library, but honestly I was only like one page in.
What Minda is reading now:
- The Simoquin Prophecies by Samit Basu – Book club book, enough said.
- Wilder Girls by Rory Power – Just picked this one up from ALA! A school for girls is under quarantine and one of the students is finding answers—mystery and intrigue. Comes out July 9, so hoping to finish before then.
WHY DID WE GO TO ALA WE ARE FASHIONING OURSELVES INTO MONSTERS. I’m officially a book Gollum.
What Linz read:
- Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly: The tiniest of dents has been made in my ARC pile. Minda and I have to have words on this book, because I have some feelings
- The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray: GIRL WHERE DO I START. This was so damn good, you should all read this immediately. I bought a copy. You can borrow it. Just like start it now.
- With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo: If I had known better, I would not have read this and The Care and Feeding in the same week, Jesus Mary and Joseph I cried a lot. Acevedo’s second offering is about a high school senior who is VERY talented at cooking, and struggles to juggle college applications, work, and her toddler daughter. I’m so exhausted that I’m not giving it its due, but this may be one of my favorite books this year. It’s beautiful, balanced, and I’m so glad it exists.
What Linz is reading now:
I’ll be honest, I’ve been trudging away at Jade City, and I think I just picked the wrong time to read it, or maybe it’s just not for me. I’m shelving it tonight and starting…
- Swipe Right for Murder: Derek Milman – We picked this up at BookCon and saw it again at ALA. People have been going crazy for it on social media. From Goodreads: “On the run from the FBI. Targeted by a murderous cult. Labeled a cyber-terrorist by the media. Irritated texts from his best friend. Eye contact with a nice-looking guy on the train. Aidan has a lot to deal with, and he’s not quite sure which takes top priority.”
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
Sam, Melinda, Linz, and Ginny