Hello dear readers. Can you believe it’s August already?
With a new month comes some terrifying new life changes. I’m moving from South Africa to Sweden in less than two weeks time to do my masters in the field of politics/international relations (Specifically, it’s called Ethnic and Migration Studies). So, I am xanax’d up to the gills (legal prescriptions, I promise!) because apparently my subconscious doesn’t handle change very well. Two words: stress vomiting. We’ll leave it at that.
Anyway, I can’t decide if this change means I’ll have more time to blog (i.e. not working a 9-5 anymore and being too tired to review when I get home) or if my poor eyes will get so sick of all the academic reading that I won’t feel like picking up another book again. We shall see.
The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) – NK Jemisin
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME.
The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.
Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.
For Nassun, her mother’s mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.
A breathtakingly original and refreshing blend of science fiction and fantasy. You can check out my reviews for book 1, The Fifth Season, and book 2, The Obelisk Gate, to get a better idea of what the series is about.
When I Am Through With You – Stephanie Kuehn
“This isn’t meant to be a confession. Not in any spiritual sense of the word. Yes, I’m in jail at the moment. I imagine I’ll be here for a long time, considering. But I’m not writing this down for absolution and I’m not seeking forgiveness, not even from myself. Because I’m not sorry for what I did to Rose. I’m just not. Not for any of it.”
Ben Gibson is many things, but he’s not sorry and he’s not a liar. He will tell you exactly about what happened on what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains. About who lived and who died. About who killed and who had the best of intentions. But he’s going to tell you in his own time. Because after what happened on that mountain, time is the one thing he has plenty of.
Stephanie Kuehn manages to fuck with my mind every single time, pardon my french. I am waiting in breathless anticipation to see what twisty machinations she has up her sleeve this time. Truly one of the strongest YA mystery/thriller writers out there.
Spellbook of the Lost and Found – Moïra Fowley-Doyle
One stormy Irish summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hairclips and jewelry, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something much bigger, something she won’t talk about, and Olive thinks her best friend is slipping away.
Then seductive diary pages written by a girl named Laurel begin to appear all over town. And Olive meets three mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel, and her twin brother, Rowan, secretly squatting in an abandoned housing estate. The trio are wild and alluring, but they seem lost too—and like Rose, they’re holding tight to painful secrets.
When they discover the spellbook, it changes everything. Damp, tattered and ancient, it’s full of hand-inked charms to conjure back things that have been lost. And it just might be their chance to find what they each need to set everything back to rights.
Unless it’s leading them toward things that were never meant to be found…
I adored the author’s beautifully-written debut. Her style seems to be a combination of magical realism and mystery, combined with genuine moments of friendship and family.
Others on my list:
- Young Jane Young – Gabrielle Zevin
- The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne
- In Other Lands – Sarah Rees Brennan
- Blight – Alexandra Duncan
- Forest Dark – Nicole Krauss
- Wicked Like a Wildfire – Lana Popović
What books are you most looking forward to this month? Let me know!