Friday Feature: May Releases & Cover Love

I usually list the month’s most anticipated releases on the previous monthly wrap-up post, but there were so many this month that I figured it warranted its own post. And for an added bonus, just check out the covers. I love them all.

A Court of Thorns and Roses ~ Sarah J. Maas

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A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

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The Far End of Happy ~ Kathryn Craft

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Twelve tense hours, three women, and the suicide standoff that turns one family’s little piece of heaven into a scene from hell

After enduring years of a struggling marriage, Ronnie Farnham has decided to divorce her husband and is beginning to hope for a happy future–until the morning Jeff is supposed to move out, when he locks himself in their barn with a rifle.

When a massive police presence arrives to control the 12-hour stand off, the women in Jeff’s life are pushed to their breaking points.

Based on the author’s harrowing personal story, The Far End of Happy is a powerful novel about the way one man’s spiral towards life’s violent conclusion tests the resolve, love, and hope of the women he will leave behind.

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The Heir ~ Kiera Cass

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Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

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The Violet Hour ~ Andrea L. Wells

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Still shocked over her mother’s mysterious death, California socialite Logan Keller is handed a one-way ticket to her long lost roots in Wyoming where love, deceit and danger await. Though she could forget everything staring into Luke Callahan’s eyes, Logan is quickly thrust into a fight for survival. Taking fate into her own hands, she begins unraveling the dangerous deceptions that abound at every turn. Her father is keeping secrets and Luke is keeping more. But Logan is keeping the biggest secret of them all.

The Violet Hour is a page-turning captivating twist of young romance and the paranormal.
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5 to 1 ~ Holly Bodger

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In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife.

Sudasa, though, doesn’t want to be a wife, and Kiran, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. As the tests advance, Sudasa and Kiran thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing.

This beautiful, unique novel is told from alternating points of view-Sudasa’s in verse and Kiran’s in prose-allowing readers to experience both characters’ pain and their brave struggle for hope.

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Made You Up ~ Francesca Zappia

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Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook, and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.

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Hold Me Like a Breath ~ Tiffany Schmidt

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Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.

Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can’t protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.

And in her family’s line of work no one can be safe forever.

All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks.

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Penny Heart ~ Martine Bailey

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A historical novel of suspense, seasoned with recipes and remedies, THE PENNY HEART draws on age-old themes of cooking, trickery and revenge.

The North of England 1787. Sentenced to death for a simple confidence trick, Mary Jebb escapes the gallows … but her reprieve is harsh: seven years in the unforgiving penal colony of Botany Bay. Yet Mary is determined not to be forgotten, sending two pennies, engraved with a promise, to the two men who sealed her fate.
Timid artist Grace Moore jumps at the opportunity to marry handsome gentleman Michael Croxon – happy if only to get away from her drunken father.

But when Grace takes on a new cook, the two penny heart love tokens reveal she is tied to a world she didn’t know existed … A world of deceit, double-crossing, revenge and murder.

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The Cage (The Cage #1) ~ Megan Shepherd

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The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman’s Daughter trilogy.

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

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Do you have any of these lined up, or a favourite May cover?

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August Finds

This is a monthly post where I share some of the books that I’ve found through fellow bloggers that I HAD to add to my wishlist immediately. I’m hoping I’ll look back on these posts and remember to buy/request the books (wishful thinking!).

Click on the links to go to the original posts.

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Found on: Books, Bones & Buffy
Why: Tammy gave it a rave review, but it was her description that sold me on it the most: ‘An edge-of-your-seat survival story, a brilliant and sarcastic main character, lots of twists and turns, and a fascinating look at our country’s potential for space travel.’

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Found on: Hit or Miss Books
Why: This one just sounds so interesting and I love the cover

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Found on: Tor/Forge Blog
Why: ‘A swashbuckling adventure for young adults by talented author and illustrator, Ben Tripp. This thrilling tale of dark magic and true love is the perfect story for fans of William Goldman’s The Princess Bride.’ A big YES to all of that.

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Found on: Luna’s Little Library
Why: Everything about this speaks to me, but mostly I was blown away by the cover. It makes me long for Christmas

Recent Finds

This is a monthly post where I share some of the books that I’ve found through fellow bloggers that I HAD to add to my wishlist immediately. I’m hoping I’ll look back on these posts and remember to buy/request the books (wishful thinking!).

It’s been a couple of months since I posted one of these because I’ve been trying to decrease not increase my TBR pile. However, I had to make a note of the following books because I WANNNNNNNNT so bad!

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Found on: Fourth Street Review
Why: All of it. The title, the cover, and the best opening line! (Expect strong language if you click on the link!)

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Found on: Books, Bones & Buffy
Why: I was sold on the cover and this description: “Terrifying, horrific, gruesome, unputdownable.”

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Found on: Shelf Love
Why: This sounds like a Welsh Alice Hoffman; real issues doused in magic.

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Found on: Book Rock Betty
Why: Medieval hotness of course!

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Found on: Stephanie’s Book Reviews
Why: Sherlock meets Doctor Who on the streets of London. Yes please.

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Found on: The Obsessive Bookseller
Why: I need something to fill The Selection void in my life! And oh so pretty.

March Finds

This is a monthly post where I share some of the books that I’ve found through fellow bloggers that I HAD to add to my wishlist immediately. I’m hoping I’ll look back on these posts and remember to buy/request the books (wishful thinking!).

I’m still working on reducing my TBR pile, not increasing it, but these are the books I found in March that reeeealllly want to buy!

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Found on: Tempest Books
Why: There’s a prince called Tristan (swoon), plus the Cover!

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Found on: Exploring All Genres
Why: I can see boobs and Buffy…nuff said.

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Found on: MegaMad 4 Books
Why: I haven’t read any of Melissa’s books yet but I’ve seen some of The Witches of East End TV show and liked what I saw. This Vampire series of hers sounds good!

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Found on: Required Reading
Why: This book set in the 60s and 70s about Intersex/gender identity looks amazing. I can’t believe I’ve never seen it before.

February Finds!

This is a monthly post where I share some of the books that I’ve found through fellow bloggers that I HAD to add to my wishlist immediately. I’m hoping I’ll look back on these posts and remember to buy/request the books (wishful thinking!).

My TBR Pile is out of control so I was a very good girl in February; I only made a note of two books that I want to buy:

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Found on: Just a Normal Girl in London
Why: Fairy Tales; The Cover!

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Found on: Cleopatra Loves Books
Why: I say all the time that I should read more Thrillers or Crime novels because I enjoy them so much when I do, but I get side-tracked by other genres. I really love the look of this one!

December & January finds

This is a monthly post where I share some of the books that I’ve found through fellow bloggers that I just HAD to add to my wishlist immediately. I’m hoping I’ll look back on these posts and remember to buy/request the books (wishful thinking!). I totally forgot to do a December post so I’ve just chosen my top three from Dec & Jan.

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Found on: Chrissi Reads
Why: Crime + Snow White = Winner. Plus the cover, obvs!

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Found on: Wingedcreature Reads
Why: Err Romeo & Juliet, The Prince of Denmark, Immortality and Norse Mythology. Woah. Yes.

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Found on: A Case of Books
Why: I love Marcus Sedgwick…and well just look how badass it is!

November Finds

This is a monthly post where I share some of the books that I’ve found through fellow bloggers that I just HAD to add to my wishlist immediately. I’m hoping I’ll look back on these posts and remember to buy/request the books (wishful thinking!).

Here are my top Finds from November and where I spotted them. Click on the links to go to the original posts.

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Found on: The Book Musings
Why: That Cover! I actually saw this in the book shop the other day it looked so stunning…but I was there to buy OTHER people books and I somehow managed to resist.

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Found on: Storytime With Buffy
Why: I love everything about it…the cover, the title, the synopsis. It just looks epic!

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Found on: Reading Renee
Why: It was the cover that got me initially, and then the first line of the synopsis had the following words: Kingdoms; Castles; Princes; Fair Maidens, followed by ‘but make no mistake−this is no fairytale’. Job Done.

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Found on: Little Book Star
Why: I love everything Peter Pan, and this take on the character of Tiger Lily falling in love with Peter before Wendy came along sounds right up my alley.

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Found on: Book Hostage
Why: Yes, mainly because oh look CASTLE… and also because of:

All Jessica O’Connell asked for was a little adventure, something to spice up her dreary life. Instead, her best friend Howard accidentally teleports her into a magical realm with their only link being a moonstone pendant that belonged to her mother. She’s rescued from a cliff by a bona fide prince, attacked by a giant bird, makes friends with a squire and a real live bard, and vanquishes an army of illusions.

Then things started to get interesting . . .

Thanks Guys!

October Finds

This is a monthly post where I share some of the books that I’ve found through fellow bloggers that I just HAD to add to my wishlist immediately. I’m hoping I’ll look back on these posts and remember to buy/request the books (wishful thinking!).

Here are my top Finds from October and where I spotted them. Click on the links to go to the original posts.

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Found on: Turn the Page Reviews
Why: I saw this when I was on my Horror October kick. I like an uncomfortable Captive story and this one sounds pretty twisted and terrifying

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Found on: Review Books and More
Why: I am all over some festive reads this year. So excited for Christmas

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Found on: Reading Renee
Why: A kick-boxing, stunt double romance…yes please!

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Found on: Quinn’s Book Nook
Why: After LOVING The Coldest Girl in Coldtown I need more Holly Black action. And this sounds amazing.

Thanks Guys!

September Finds

This is a monthly post where I share some of the books that I’ve found through fellow bloggers that I just HAD to add to my wishlist immediately. I’m hoping I’ll look back on these posts and remember to buy/request the books.

Here are my Finds from September and where I spotted them.

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Found on: The Talking Bookworm
Why: I’m intrigued by the cover and I really want to start reading more series.

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Found on: Penny Dreadful Books
Why: I love the idea of a story based around the Pandora’s Box myth and the folktale of Bluebeard which I had to look up after reading Andrea’s great post.

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Found on: Bookshelf Fantasies
Why: I LOVED McKinley’s Sunshine and I wasn’t aware she’d returned to that world until I saw this TTT post.

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Found on: Bitches n’ Prose
Why: Err…Christmas. Obvs.

Thanks Guys!

August Finds

I wanted to start sharing some of the books that I’ve found through fellow bloggers that I just HAD to add to my wishlist immediately.

In my short time as a book blogger I’ve been introduced to so many new books that would have passed me by and my book wishlist and to-be-read pile is getting a bit ridiculous now, so thanks for that everyone 😛 If nothing else, I’m hoping that this monthly post will remind me what books I got really excited about and why.

So better late than never, here are my favourite Finds from August and where I spotted them.

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Found on: Chrissi Reads
Why: I loved Into the Darkest Corner by Haynes so I’m looking forward to this.

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Found on: Lost Inside the Covers
Why: Alice in Wonderland with Zombies. Nuff said. Plus look at that cover!!

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Found on: Book Nerds Anonymous
Why: Vampires & another cover swoon!

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Found on: Wrapped Up in Books
Why: The cover looks magical, like Christmas.

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Found on: Daisy Chain Book Reviews
Why: It sounds like YA royalty!

Thanks Guys!