This Month in Books: July 2015

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July was a bit of a bitch to be honest. I got into a severe blogging and reading slump and came pretty close to throwing in the towel. I love blogging, but I started this when I had a boring office job, and I was able to manage most of my blog admin at work. But now I work in an environment that is really full on and has no internet access anyway, I’m really struggling to keep up.

I feel bad for not reading my favourite blogs, replying to emails and comments, as much as I used to, but it’s just not possible.

However, I had a good think about it and I’m not ready to give up, the pros definitely outweigh the cons and I’m trying to go easy on myself. If I only post twice a week, so what. If it takes me a year to write that review I promised, so what! I officially declare this as a pressure-free zone!

In July, I caught up on a lot of reviews, but got very little reading done…I blame the summer. I’m really looking forward to Autumn and long nights indoors hibernating away. Summer is too busy for my liking. LOL.

Anyway, on to the stats!

July 2015 Stats

Total Posts: 16 (+2 from last month)

Books Read: 4 (- 3)
The Ring of Morgana ~ Donna Hosie
Horns ~ Joe Hill
Kiss Kiss ~ Roald Dahl
Dinner with a Vampire ~ Abigail Gibbs

The Breakdown:
Genres:Β YA (2/4); Horror (1/4); Romance (1/4); Short Stories (1/4)

Formats/Sources:Β Advance Copy (0/4); Digital (1/4); Hardback (0/4); Paperback (3/4); Owned (2/4); Borrowed (2/4)

Most Surprising: The Ring of Morgana
Most Disappointing: Kiss Kiss
Most Exciting: Horns
Most Swoon-worthy: Dinner with a Vampire
Most Beautifully Written: Horns

Reviews: 7 (+2)

  • There is no Dog by Meg Rosoff, 2/5 (View)
  • A Few That Got Away: The Testimony of a Hanged Man/ Kiss Kiss/ Badjelly the Witch – Various (View)
  • The Ring of Morgana by Donna Hoise, 4/5 (View)
  • Horns by Joe Hill, 4/5 (View)

Most Viewed Posts

  1. This Week in Books 22.07.15 (View Post)
  2. TTT: Top Ten Hyped Books (View Post)
  3. TTT: Celebrating Diversity (View Post)

Guest Posts, Promos and Other Highlights

  • Book Promo: The Water Travelers by Daniel Waltz (View Post)
  • An Over-Due Apology (& What’s Coming Up)! (View Post)
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Book Nerds (View Post)

Awards

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August Releases

Here’s my pick of the August releases:

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What are you looking forward to this month?

Book Promo: The Water Travelers by Daniel Waltz

Welcome to another book promo on Lipsyy Lost & Found, where I’m always thrilled to support independent authors and publishers.

The Water Travelers is an epic 7 part YA/Fantasy/Romance series by Daniel Waltz. Book one, Heir of the Unknown was released in 2014 and book two, The Curse of Senapin was released in April.

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The Water Travelers: Heir of the Unknown

Author: Daniel Waltz
Editions: Paperback/Kindle/e-Book
Publication Details: July 14th 2014 by Createspace
Genre(s): Fantasy; Romance; YA

Goodreads // Amazon // Website

Adventure finds those who are brave enough to take the first step.

Aaron never wanted to pursue kingship, but his care for the lives of his people forced him toward it. When his father, The King of Upitar, sends him on a quest to find a girl who was prophesied long ago to destroy their world, Aaron finds himself fighting the option of running away forever or fulfilling his destiny as the Heir of Upitar.

By water traveling, a gift his people have that allows them to go back and forth between their world and Earth through water, Aaron starts this adventure with thousands of thoughts and questions racing around his head.

While on his journey, he inadvertently meets the very girl he’s sent to kill, Madalyne Harper. Without knowing it’s her, an unlikely romance between the sarcastic and daring Madalyne Harper begins to flourish with the rebellious and curious, Prince Aaron Archien. As they grow closer, Aaron begins to learn of secrets within the Harper family regarding water travelers. Wanting to learn more, and wanting an excuse to hang out with Madi, Aaron continues to delay his original mission. As family problems and outside forces press down on them, Aaron and Madi soon find themselves running away together.

Everything between them is great until Aaron learns the girl he has connected so well with is the same girl he’s going to have to kill…

The Water Travelers: The Curse of the Senapin

Sometimes destiny has an unconventional way of bringing people together.

For the past six months, Aaron and Madi have been waiting to receive word from Yerowslii. But, when the King of Upitar is taken captive by Senapin forces, Aaron and Madi must flee their hiding place to rescue him. Although skeptical of it, they are accompanied by a disloyal ally, Ugine.

While on this new world, they are ambushed and taken prisoner by different groups who have been waiting for their arrival. In the midst the chaos, loyalties are tested, truths are challenged, and friends become enemies. Everything hinges on the hope that evil cannot exist without good. All is in question when secrets are revealed, but regardless of affiliation, whether one’s for him or against him, this remains true:

Herrathos is moving.

Publication Details: April 15th 2015 by Createspace

Goodreads // Amazon // Website

Meet the Author

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Dan is a twenty-year-old writer who has always loved telling a story. He started The Water Travelers series his senior year of high school and hopes for it to be with him forever. Along with writing, he loves traveling the world, biking, hanging out with friends and trying new foods. Dan is an avid adventurer who frequently gets lost for fun. To find out more about him check out his social media outlets below.

Links

Twitter: @daniel_waltz
Blog
The Water Travelers Facebook Page

The Word on the Goodreads Street

A very interesting and unique concept for a story. It took an adventure plot line to another level!”

– Casey

“A great fantasy read” – Heather Lawson

“I really enjoyed this book. I loved the whole water traveling aspect!! I really enjoyed envisioning my own version of Upitar!” – Danielle

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