Heyhey, BookNerds! June has been a funny month for me, I have unfortunately been hit with a very stubborn bout of illness that keeps popping back up which has messed with my blogging and reading schedule a little. However, I did manage to read some interesting books! Unfortunately I didn’t manage to fit in a lot of LGBTQ+ reads for Pride Month, though I do have lots of them planned throughout the year!
Speaking of Pride Month, I hope all of my lovely BookNerds had a safe and happy Pride filled with lots of love, acceptance and LGBTQ+ Reads! 🌈. While Pride Month is now over, I hope you all continue to read lots of inclusive books throughout the year and help to provide a platform for these books and authors – it’s so important that we don’t lose these stories and voices after Pride!
So this month I managed to read 6 books, from a range of genres and all of which were enjoyable! So let’s dive in!
- eARCs – 4
- Physical ARCs – 1
- Paperback – 1
What I Read!
- Velvet Was The Night, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – eARC – Based in Mexico, Mexican cast.
- A Master Of Djinn, by P. Djeli Clark – eARC – Set in Egypt, Egyptian main cast, f/f pairing including the mc.
- Mirrorland, by Carole Johnstone – eARC.
- Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones – paperback.
- The Wild Court, by EG Radcliff – eARC – disability rep, m/m rep including mc, poc side characters.
- A Radical Act of Free Magic, by HG Parry – physical ARC- poc mc & side characters.
Mini Book Review: Velvet Was The Night, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – ⭐⭐⭐(3 Stars)- A historical noir full of mystery, tension and danger. Maite, a secretary, and Elvis, a gang member, both follow their own trails to track down a missing woman with a big secret. Moreno-Garcia again displays her talents in writing multiple different genres, with this book perfectly capturing the tone expected of a noir.
Book Review: The Wild Court (The Coming of Aed #3), by EG Radcliff.– ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(5 Stars)- The epic conclusion to the Coming of Aed trilogy, this book takes us to the fae realm and gives us everything we have been waiting for and more! We get a fast-paced, action packed story full of magic, battles and family. Aed has now been King for seven years, but when the veil is open and fae flood through causing destruction, he must embark on a journey to re-establish peace between the fae and human realms. Gorgeous, emotional and thrilling, this finale definitely delivers.
Book Review: For The Wolf (Wilderwood #1), by Hannah Whitten – ⭐⭐⭐⭐(4 Stars) – The first book in a gorgeously dark and magical duology, this combines a reimagined retelling of Red Riding Hood and Beauty and the Beast. Red is the second daughter, and the second daughter is for the wolf. The wolf lives in the Wilderwood, and the Wilderwood is deadly. From sentient trees to intense magic, this book is a dark fairytale experience with beautiful prose.
Series Book & TV ShowReview: The Grisha Trilogy/Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo – ⭐⭐⭐⭐(4 Stars) – A popular trilogy that I’m sure has come to everyone’s attention this year is the Grisha trilogy. With it’s arrival on Netflix, it has dominated the spotlight. Both the book series and the tv show are engaging and entertaining – though not without its flaws. However, I did enjoy Alina’s journey as the Sun summoner, her attempts to destroy the fold and her dynamic with the Darkling.
#BlogTour and Mini Book Review: Mirrorland, by Carole Johnstone – ⭐⭐⭐🌟(3.5 Stars) – Thank you to TheWriteReads for a spot on this tour this month. This was a clever and twisty thriller that had a very intriguing mirror theme running throughout the book. This book will having you questioning what is real, what is imaginary and who is not what they seem.
#UltimateBlogTour and Mini Book Review: Shards Of Earth, by Adrian Tchaikovsky.– ⭐⭐⭐⭐(4 Stars) – Again another TheWriteReads tour that I was very lucky to be a part of (these tours are always the best!). This intense Sci-Fi is full of action, betrayal and suspense. With our ragtag group of scavengers trying to unravel the truth behind the Architects supposed return, they fall into trouble after trouble. Entertaining, engaging and interesting, this space adventure is gripping.
A Radical Act Of Free Magic, by HG Parry. I was very very lucky to receive a physical ARC of this book from Orbit this month. This is the epic conclusion to the Shadow Histories duology and it was brilliant. My review will be up for this very soon! For my review of book 1 – Book Review: A Declaration Of The Rights Of Magicians, by HG Parry
Top Pride Recs!
To mark the end of Pride month here are my top three LGBTQ+ fantasy recs! I of course had to choose the Golden Sapphic Trifecta! I couldn’t help but choose these three books as my top Pride recs because all three of them are truly amazing – no one can deny these three books are leaving their mark online and within the reader community.
Book Review: The Unbroken (Magic Of The Lost #1), by C.L. Clark – ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨(4.75 Stars) – A brilliant African inspired fantasy that deals with colonisation, oppression and personal identity. This book features a main f/f pairing as well as LGBTQ+ side characters. We follow Touraine, a conscript, as she struggles to come to terms with who she really is outside of who she was made to be. With magic, saction and Touraine’s Arms! You do not want to miss out on this one.
Book Review: The Jasmine Throne (Burning Kingdoms #1), by Tasha Suri -⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(5 Stars) – A Gorgeous Indian-inspired fantasy that challenges colonisation and patriarchy features an f/f mc pairing starring two very awesome women. Priya is a maidservant with a deadly secret, and she is undeniably powerful with a soft heart. Malini is an imprisoned princess with a mind sharper than any blade, and she is ready to burn her brothers Kingdom to the ground. If this isn’t enough to convince you to pick up this gorgeous book, then i’ll also tell you we get some horrifyingly beautiful plant magic too!
Book Review: She Who Became The Sun (The Radiant Emperor #1), by Shelley Parker-Chan – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐(5 Stars) – Not yet out but it will soon be available, this amazing Chinese-inspired fantasy stares fate in the face and refuses its path. Zhu has been told she will amount to nothing, but she refuse to become nothing and trickes fate itself into giving her a much more glorious path. Featuring a genderqueer mc paired with a female mc, this book is witty, clever and engaging. We get magic, war, angst and betrayal in this epic story.
Despite my chaotic month, I am very glad I managed to read 6 books overall. Aside from reading I also managed to watch a load of great shows while I was unwell/too unwell to read. Starting with Reply 1988 (which I finally managed to watch and I loved it), The Dragon Prince (which was gorgeous), She Ra (at my brothers request and oh am I glad I did!), Lucifer season 5a and 5b (I do love this devil), and I’m currently finishing Law School (which is excellent btw!) and watching Loki weekly (another absolutely excellent series featuring my favourite chaotic Asgardian God). I also started to try embroidery and cross-stitching – here’s hoping it comes along ok🤞!
How was your month? What was your favourite Pride read? Let me know!