Bookish Breakdown

Bookish Breakdown

Hello, readers!

I’m still getting the hang of my book review blog and I’m constantly getting inspired by those book bloggers I follow. One of the posts I wanted to do, now that I’m starting to receive ARCs on a regular basis (!!!) and because I’m reading a little bit more consistently (though, of course, not as often as I’d like), is posting my monthly updates in a series I’m calling my Bookish Breakdownwhere I’ll highlight the books I’ve received or bought over the past month, plus link to any reviews I’ve currently written!

So, let’s get this party started, shall we?

Bookish Breakdown

I’m working with both Orbit and Titan now (and let me just repeat that I’m so incredibly grateful to be doing so). As you can see, my stack of books for this month is nice and hefty:

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I’m not sure what to name my little dragon companion, but she was a great help during this shoot.

Below, here’s the glamour shots of all the covers (some of which aren’t finished yet, since they are ARC copies ((which, HOW COOL IS THAT?))), most of which are at awkward angles, since I was using the top of my bookshelf and I’m only five-five, after all. But still, I hope you enjoy them, plus the little snippets beside on either why I’m excited for them or what I’ve thought.

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The Rig by Roger Levy
Published: May 8th, 2018
ARC Given by: Titan Books

I’m pretty dang excited about this book. One, that cover is positively gorgeous. I can’t stop looking at it. Two, I’m always looking for more books to help broaden my sci-fi reading well, which, currently, is usually filled to the brim with fantasy. Reading this blurb makes me both excited and piques my curiosity. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited to start this one here sooner rather than later.

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A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
Published (in paperback): May 3rd, 2018
ARC Given By: Orbit

Sorta like The Rig, the historical genre is one that I love, but I don’t dabble in very much. So the chance to read this book–one I hadn’t heard much about before this–is one that I’m glad I have. If there is one thing I’ve learned from working with both of these publishers, it’s that I’m very lucky to discover all of these books that, otherwise, I would never have known to actually exist!

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Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan
Published: May 15th, 2018
Obtained by: ARC, through Orbit

Okay, so first off, the fact that Orbit sent me a gorgeous HARDCOVER of this book made me swoon in so many ways. Secondly, I didn’t think I’d actually get approved for this book, so when I did, I was excited. But also…I actually haven’t read any McClellan yet. He’s always been one of those authors who’s books I see on the shelves and I’m like, “Whoa, those look neat, I totally need to read those.” And then I…didn’t. Well, now I own one and have cleaned out my library’s collection of the rest of his works and currently are hording those, too. Now, just making time to read them is the key.

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A Big Ship At the Edge of the Universe by Alex White
Published: June 26th, 2018
Obtained by: ARC, through Orbit

So, here’s another book that I had positively no idea about, before getting Orbit’s email, yet I am positively so, so excited about this one. Two women on a smuggler’s ship, ready to take on the galaxy, with treasure hunting, murder and a Pan Galactic Racing Federation? Um, yes please. Plus, I love the simplicity of that cover.

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Season of Storms by Andrzej Sapkowski
Published: May 22nd, 2018
Obtained By: ARC, through Orbit

This will be the second novel I’ve read by Sapkowski, having read The Last Wish after beating The Witcher III: The Wild Hunt for the first time and then being desperate for more within that world. So full of vibrant lore and rich details, I’m a sucker for anything Witcher related. This latest title, meant to be a standalone within the universe, is one I can definitely get behind (and a lovely depicted of Geralt is actually on the cover, instead of what my mysterious copy shows here).

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The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn by Tyler Whitesides
Published: May 15th, 2018
Obtained By: ARC, through Orbit

I devoured this novel. Another book that, otherwise, wouldn’t have been on my radar, yet I positively, positively, positively loved it. You should just go ahead and read the review here, if you’re interested, so I don’t risk writing another novel explaining all my favorite aspects about it.

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The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith
Published: May 8th, 2018
Obtained By: Author Provided Review Copy

This book is definitely the most out-of-character read for me, as I usually don’t read a ton of YA. But I really respect the author, based on the interactions I’ve had with him on Twitter, and when he put in the call for book reviewers to receive copies of his book, I didn’t hesitate to put my name into that hat. And I’m very grateful for the copy! Leila seems like such an intriguing character (and I’m very intrigued by the environmental aspects of this book) and I’m hoping this book will prove to be a nice change of pace from what I usually read.

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Warlock Holmes: My Grave Ritual by G.S. Denning
Published: May 15th, 2018
Obtained By: Author Provided Personal Copy

I’m in love with this series. I fell in love with it after devouring the first book (I’m pretty sure in one sitting, if memory serves) and I was lucky enough to not only meet the author at a Con after interacting with him on Twitter (read “interacting” as “gushing over his book and freaking out about how good it is”), but connect with his as well. Denning has been kind enough to send me an ARC of each book in the series since and I’m about 1/3 of the way through this one currently. And I’m not disappointed.

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Dawn Among The Stars by Samantha Heuwagen
Published: May 21st, 2018
Obtained by: Author Provided Review Copy

Another book I’m pretty excited about! I connected with the author through a mutual friend/author, R.K. Brainerd, and, after she find out I had a review blog, offered to send me a copy of her book to review! I was pleasantly surprised to get this book in the mail the other day, so I’m excited to read this one, too, and see how it is.

*wipes brow*

I can see why bloggers only do this wrap ups once a month (usually). That took a hot second to put together! But it was also fun to do (especially taking the pictures, as my boyfriend had a lot of fun making fun of me as I whispered to myself, trying to take really great photos and obviously not as artistic as many of the talented bloggers here). Looking back at everything I’ve gotten this month, I’m so excited by the books I’ve received and just wish I had less commitments and more time to read them all. Slowly, but surely, I’ll get through these books. That, if anything, is what summer is for.

See any books that you loved? Any you’re excited to read (or have read and want to talk about)? Hit me up in the comments below!

Read on!

PS: This is just a trial format (as I’m still learning the ins and outs of WordPress, even though I’ve used it for five years), so I’d love to hear what you think of how it’s formatted or have any tips down in the comments below!

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