Book Releases I’m Anticipating in August 2019

I‘ve been ignoring my blog. I feel like I owe you guys some explanation and here it goes… Sometimes I can’t find the time to write and schedule posts, sometimes I’m too tired to but I’ve been posting daily on my Instagram. I’m not yet thinking about taking a permanent blog hiatus but I’ll definitely let you guys know if I do. I want to thank YOU so much for following me, liking and commenting on my posts! It means so much to me when I see people genuinely liking my content and makes me want to deliver more.

..And deliver I shall! For today, I’m bringing you my list of highly anticipated books of August. I have got thrillers, debut fantasies, romances and one YA recommendation for you! I will compile my list of literary fiction releases soon and will post it separately.

Book Releases I'm Anticipating in August 2019

First up are some fantasy releases I’m highly anticipating and I’ve already devoured one of the four! Can you guess what is the lucky book?

The Dragon Republic

The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang
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“The searing follow-up to 2018’s most celebrated fantasy debut – THE POPPY WAR.”

In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, shaman and warrior Rin is on the run: haunted by the atrocity she committed to end the war, addicted to opium, and hiding from the murderous commands of her vengeful god, the fiery Phoenix. Her only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Empress who sold out Nikan to their enemies.
With no other options, Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who has a plan to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new Republic. Rin throws herself into his war. After all, making war is all she knows how to do.
But the Empress is a more powerful foe than she appears, and the Dragon Warlord’s motivations are not as democratic as they seem. The more Rin learns, the more she fears her love for Nikan will drive her away from every ally and lead her to rely more and more on the Phoenix’s deadly power. Because there is nothing she won’t sacrifice for her country and her vengeance.

Beasts of the Frozen Sun

Beasts of the Frozen Sun(Frozen Sun Saga #1)by Jill Criswell

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Burn brightly. Love fiercely. For all else is dust.


Every child of Glasnith learns the last words of Aillira, the god-gifted mortal whose doomed love affair sparked a war of gods and men, and Lira of clan Stone knows the story better than most. As a descendant of Aillira and god-gifted in her own right, she has the power to read people’s souls, to see someone’s true essence with only a touch of her hand.
When a golden-haired warrior washes up on the shores of her homeland–one of the fearful marauders from the land of the Frozen Sun–Lira helps the wounded man instead of turning him in. After reading his soul, she realizes Reyker is different than his brethren who attack the coasts of Glasnith. He confides in her that he’s been cursed with what his people call battle-madness, forced to fight for the warlord known as the Dragon, a powerful tyrant determined to reignite the ancient war that Aillira started.
As Lira and Reyker form a bond forbidden by both their clans, the wrath of the Dragon falls upon them and all of Glasnith, and Lira finds herself facing the same tragic fate as her ancestor. The battle for Lira’s life, for Reyker’s soul, and for their peoples’ freedom has only just begun.

The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon

The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon

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“From ​the New York Times bestselling author comes a breathtaking fantasy of a cursed kingdom, warring clans, and unexpected salvation.”

Bayr of Saylok, bastard son of a powerful and jealous chieftain, is haunted by the curse once leveled by his dying mother. Bartered, abandoned, and rarely loved, she plagued the land with her words: From this day forward, there will be no daughters in Saylok.
Raised among the Keepers at Temple Hill, Bayr is gifted with inhuman strength. But he’s also blessed with an all-too-human heart that beats with one purpose: to protect Alba, the first girl child born in nearly two decades and the salvation for a country at risk.
Now the fate of Saylok lies with Alba and Bayr, whose bond grows deeper with every whisper of coming chaos. Charged with battling the enemies of their people, both within and without, Bayr is fueled further by the love of a girl who has defied the scourge of Saylok.
What Bayr and Alba don’t know is that they each threaten the king, a greedy man who built his throne on lies, murder, and betrayal. There is only one way to defend their land from the corruption that has overtaken it. By breaking the curse, they could defeat the king…but they could also destroy themselves.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.
Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?
When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.

Now, let’s talk about my highly anticipated romance releases of this month…

Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her career—and the occasional hookup. The cynical dating app creator controls her love life with a few key rules:
– Nude pics are by invitation only
– If someone stands you up, block them with extreme prejudice
– Protect your heart
Only there aren’t any rules to govern her attraction to her newest match, former pro-football player Samson Lima. The sexy and seemingly sweet hunk woos her one magical night… and disappears.
Rhi thought she’d buried her hurt over Samson ghosting her, until he suddenly surfaces months later, still big, still beautiful—and in league with a business rival. He says he won’t fumble their second chance, but she’s wary. A temporary physical partnership is one thing, but a merger of hearts? Surely that’s too high a risk…

Mariana Zapata

The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata

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Some things are easily forgiven. Other things… not so much.

Lenny DeMaio made herself a promise: she was done.
Done thinking about him.
Done worrying about him.
Done reaching out to a man who clearly didn’t want to be found.

Too bad no one gave Jonah Collins the memo.

Ehh..I know it’s not much of a list but I’m also anticipating Brazen and the Beast by Sarah Maclean and The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare!! This list should also include The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon, which I’ve included in my Fantasy list.

This will be the last “category” and it will be a mashup of thrillers and Young Adult

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee (Young Adult, historical)

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By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady’s maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, “Dear Miss Sweetie.” When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society’s ills, but she’s not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender.

While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta’s most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light.

Gifted musician Clemency Thompson is playing for tourists on the streets of southern France when she receives an urgent text message. Her childhood friend, Lucy, is demanding her immediate return to London.

It’s happening, says the message. The baby is back.
Libby Jones was only six months old when she became an orphan. Now twenty-five, she’s astounded to learn of an inheritance that will change her life. A gorgeous, dilapidated townhouse in one of London’s poshest neighborhoods has been held in a trust for her all these years. Now it’s hers.

As Libby investigates the story of her birth parents and the dark legacy of her new home, Clemency and Lucy are headed her way to uncover, and possibly protect, secrets of their own. What really happened in that rambling Chelsea mansion when they were children? And are they still at risk?

Thank you for reading this far! If you have read any of the books on my list or are anticipating any, then let me know!

Blog Tour | Review: The Whisper Man by Alex North


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If you leave a door half-open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken…

Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to the sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a fresh start.
But Featherbank has a dark past. Fifteen years ago a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys. Until he was finally caught, the killer was known as ‘The Whisper Man’.
Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they try to settle in to their new home. Except that now another boy has gone missing. And then Jake begins acting strangely.

He says he hears a whispering at his window…


Should You read The Whisper Man by Alex North?

If you leave a door half-open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken.

If you’re lonely, sad and blue, the Whisper Man will come for you.

I want to thank the publisher for including me in this blog tour. I’m the fourth stop in this tour and I’ll leave the tour banner for you down below so that you can check out the rest of the stops. I’m also including some trigger warnings; should someone need it.

CW: struggling alcoholic, child abduction

The Whisper Man by Alex North is a brilliantly written thriller that’ll demand your attention until you finish reading it. Is it worth your time, though? Let’s find out.

The book starts with an unnamed father confessing a lie to his son Jake. He says that he lied when he said that there was no such thing as monsters. In the upcoming chapters, we’ll see exactly who those monsters are and how they hide in plain sight waiting for the moment to whisper in your child’s ears.

The story is divided into five parts and in part one, we come to learn of a boy called Neil Spencer who is being stalked by someone and later, kidnapped. That’ll be the last we see of the boy. Then, we get a glimpse of DI Pete Willis who’s searching for Neil and remembers an old child abduction case. The quote, “The first forty-eight hours following a disapperance are the most crucial.” appears twice in this book, which heightens the feeling of emergency.

Next, we meet the Jake and his father, Tom Kennedy and this is way before he wrote the aforementioned words to his son. Tom is a widower, who’s trying his best to care for his son Jake while coming to terms with his life without his beloved wife. Tom is a writer and hasn’t written a book in a long time but despite of the state of his finances, he knows that Jake and he need a fresh start. It turns out their fresh start comes with more surprises than they can handle.

On one hand, you have two DI’s- DI Pete and DI Amanda- trying to search for the abducted boy Neil. Pete is called to help in on the investigation because their Chief thinks it might have something to do with a case years ago…when The Whisper Man abducted and killed four children before Pete caught him. Pete, however never caught his “accomplise”, if there was anyone..or is there a copycat now? There’s no time to waste as the killer already has Neil and may soon have yet another child.

DI Pete Willis suffers from alcoholism and you could feel his emotions as if they were leaping off of the pages. The author does sugarcoat anything and I loved the openness of the characters especially someone who’s described as fit and lean for his age struggling with depression, alcoholism and probably PTSD as well. It shows us that if someone looks good on the outside, it doesn’t neccessarily mean that they’re feeling good on the inside. This realness to characters continue with Tom and his son Jake and as well as DI Amanda and the killer. In Tom’s case, you can feel his frustration with Jake and his struggle with playing with or even taking care of Jake. I loved the pace of the story; it took me a day and a half to finish but I loved the anticipation. There’re quite a number of shady characters and you keep wondering if this was the killer or that one. I didn’t expect the killer at all and theme that time was of the essence basically amped up the thrill of finding The New Whisper Man.

Overall, I highly recommend this book if you love reading thrillers that are carefully plotted and has an amazing cast of characters. This’ll make a perfect rainy day read, in my opinion. The gloomy weather is a perfect setting to this dark and creepy novel.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

VERDICT: 


Author: Connect with Author Alex North here.

  • Publisher: Penguin Michael Joseph
  • Publication Date: 13th June , 2019
  • Paperback(ARC): 389 Pages
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What do you think? Will you read The Whisper Man? If you have read it already, then let me know if you liked it or not. Did you know that this book is going to be adapted into a movie soon? Do you like reading or watching thrillers? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

A creepy but modern retelling of the Grimms’ Fairytales | Blog Tour Review: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

A creepy but modern retelling of the Grimms' Fairytales | Blog Tour Review: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

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Everyone says Lauren Tranter is exhausted, that she needs rest. And they’re right; with newborn twins, Morgan and Riley, she’s never been more tired in her life. But she knows what she saw: that night, in her hospital room, a woman tried to take her babies and replace them with her own…creatures. Yet when the police arrived, they saw no one. Everyone, from her doctor to her husband, thinks she’s imagining things.

A month passes. And one bright summer morning, the babies disappear from Lauren’s side in a park. But when they’re found, something is different about them. The infants look like Morgan and Riley―to everyone else. But to Lauren, something is off. As everyone around her celebrates their return, Lauren begins to scream, These are not my babies.

Determined to bring her true infant sons home, Lauren will risk the unthinkable. But if she’s wrong about what she saw…she’ll be making the biggest mistake of her life.

Should You read Little Darlings by Melanie Golding ?

She had to play the game, even before she knew what the rules were.

It takes a lot to creep me out but Little Darlings did that and did that early in the book. Little Darlings is Melanie Golding’s debut novel and I’m so excited to be a part of this blog tour. Don’t forget to check out the other stops in the tour.

The story starts off with our protagonist Lauren Tranter, who is giving birth to her twins. She is exhausted- rightly so – but her husband has to go to work and therefore, has to leave her alone in the hospital. Lauren looks over to the opposite of her bed and sees another set of twins but upon inquiring from a nurse, she is shocked to hear that hers is the only set of twins to be born until now. The next time she’s alone, she encounters a strange woman with twins and Lauren thinks her a homeless person and tries to help her but she shouldn’t have.

Besides Lauren, there’s yet another character whose POV we read and it is DC Harper’s. DC Harper is drawn to Lauren’s story when she hears a 999 call(emergency contact no.) from Lauren who’s asking for help as someone is trying to kidnap her babies. Although this emergency has been ticked off as a Mental Health problem, Harper’s instincts tell her otherwise.

Look at someone every day for long enough and you stop seeing what everyone else sees. You start to see what no one else sees, what is kept hidden from most people.

After a hospital visit to Lauren, Harper has to let this case go as she has no evidence but she soon gets a call from Lauren who saw the strange lady from the hospital again! Outside her house! Is Lauren just paranoid ? Or, is the threat real? Why does Lauren’s husband look so worried? To uncover all these secrets and more, you need to read Little Darlings.

The story of Little Darlings is said to be a modern retelling(of sorts) of the Grimms’ Fairytales. It’s an incredible blend of fantasy, thriller and horror. It urges you to question your beliefs…are the stories about fairies or changelings all just farce or are they real? At first, I had assumed that Lauren is suffering from psychiatric disorders which were common post-partum but it somehow turned out to be much more ..more twists and turns..more creepiness. I didn’t have any trouble with the pace, or the plot but I hated Lauren’s husband. It may remind you a bit of Gine Girl’s Amy and her husband.

Overall, I recommend this book if  you love reading Neil Gaiman and psychological thrillers mixed with some elements of horror(and fantasy).

Thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

VERDICT: 

Author: Connect with Author Melanie Golding here.

  • Publisher: HQ Stories
  • Publication Date: 2nd May , 2019
  • Hardcover: 384 Pages
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Will you read Little Darlings ? If you have read it, then let me know if you liked it or not. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

A creepy but modern retelling of the Grimms' Fairytales | Blog Tour Review: Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Newcomer by Keigo Higashino is a brilliant book if you’re new to Japanese mystery/​thriller genre

Newcomer by keigo Higashino review

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Synopsis: Detective Kyochiro Kaga of the Tokyo Police Department has just been transferred to a new precinct in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Newly arrived, but with a great deal of experience, Kaga is promptly assigned to the team investigating the murder of a woman. But the more he investigates, the greater number of potential suspects emerges. It isn’t long before it seems nearly all the people living and working in the business district of Nihonbashi have a motive for murder. To prevent the murderer from eluding justice, Kaga must unravel all the secrets surrounding a complicated life. Buried somewhere in the woman’s past, in her family history, and the last few days of her life is the clue that will lead to the murderer.


REVIEW | WHY SHOULD YOU READ NEWCOMER ?

The only translated novel I’ve read this year -before Newcomer– was The Flowers over the Inferno by Illaria Tuti. You should check it out, btw. It is superbly written .

Newcomer is a translate Japanese murder mystery set in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. It is the 8th book in the Detective Kaga series but you need not read the first seven books in order to read Newcomer.

The protagonist is Sergeant Kyoichiro Kaga, who has been newly transferred to a new precinct and is assigned to investigate the murder of a divorced woman. Since the woman has ties to the Nihonbashi business district, Kaga has to investigate everyone working in the neighborhood and maybe even their relatives. During the investigation, Kaga finds that everyone – from The Girl at the Rice Cracker Shop to A Detective of Nihonbashi- all have secrets, some of which may be a motive to commit murder.

I had some difficulties with the format -especially keeping track of all the characters and their stories but it didn’t take long to find my footing and to immerse myself deep into the story.

Kyoichiri Kaga just became one of my favourite fictional detectives. We didn’t get a deep insight into how he is a person but as a detective, he is brilliant. He is clever, has incredible observation and communication skills. It’s a bit difficult to put him in a neat little box, a little difficult to familiarise with him but he is a likeable and brilliantly created character.

Overall, this is a mystery novel to cozy up with on weekends and to add it your reading list if you want to read more translated and/or Japanese fiction. I enjoyed this book immensely and it was in a travel-friendly sized which I loved. I would definitely watch out for more of Keigo Higashino’s books.

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars

Author: Connect with Author Keigo Higashino here .

  • Publisher(Translated in English): Hachette India
  • Publication Date: 10 Jan 2019
  • Paperback: 416 Pages

Have you read Newcomer by Keigo Higashino? Did you like it? Love it? Hate it? Let me know all your thoughts about it?

Also,I’m happy to note that this is also my second review for the Year of The Asian Challenge 2019! If you’ve read any translated fiction ,then let me know your recommendations in the comments below .

Book Review ​: The Winters by Lisa Gabriele

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Synopsis:  An addictively suspenseful new novel set in the glamorous world of the New York Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried and consequences that cannot be escaped.

After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter – a wealthy senator and recent widower – and a life of luxury she’s never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. 

As the soon-to-be second Mrs. Winter grows more in love with Max, and more afraid of Dani, she is drawn deeper into the family’s dark secrets – the kind of secrets that could kill her, too.

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