Best Books of Summer 2019!

Summer is officially coming to a close! Summer doesn’t really mean the same thing to me anymore since finishing school, but it was still quite a good reading season for me! I would say that in general, my favorite books this summer ended up being cute debuts with a little bit of magic.

Summer is officially coming to a close! Summer doesn’t really mean the same thing to me anymore since finishing school, but it was still quite a good reading season for me! I would say that in general, my favorite books this summer ended up being cute debuts with a little bit of magic.

A SKY PAINTED GOLD BY LAURA WOOD

I haven’t posted my review for this one yet, but spoiler, I LOVED it! It was gentle and soft, and the atmosphere was so captivating. I saw a lot of myself in the main character. This kind of historical fiction, where it isn’t set specifically in a certain historical event, is what I like from the genre.

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE BY CASEY MCQUISTON

This new adult romance took the internet by storm this year and I could not agree more with the hype! It was cute and diverse and left me feeling hopeful about what could happen in the future.

HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS BY ERIN. A CRAIG

I definitely think this book is more fitting for fall or winter, since it is spooky and dark, but it was so fun! I was so scared but I could not put it down. It is definitely creepier than your typical YA fantasy.

WICKED FOX BY KAT CHO

Another super fun YA fantasy debut! I truly felt like I was reading a KDrama while making my way through this one and I loved every second! The relationships between friends and parents are really what stands out to me.

SORCERY OF THORNS BY MARGARET ROGERSON

What could be bad about magical books, demons, and sorcerers? Nothing, that’s why I loved this book! It was fun, magical, and cute, and I couldn’t put it down.

HEARTSTOPPER BY ALICE OSEMAN

This romantic graphic novel is probably one of the cutest things I’ve ever read! The main characters are so soft and their relationship is so good.

THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY & AQUICORN COVE BY KATIE O’NEILL

I think these graphic novels are intended more for a younger audience, but I really loved them! The art style is absolutely the cutest and the stories are soft, but still important and full of diversity.

What were the best books you read this summer?

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Synopsis: Elisabeth has grown up and lived her whole life in the Great Library of Summershall, one of six libraries that houses magical books, but when someone is out to sabotage each library, she must try to find the culprit in order to save the kingdom.

Fantasy, 456 pages, published June 4th, 2019

Synopsis: Elisabeth has grown up and lived her whole life in the Great Library of Summershall, one of six libraries that houses magical books, but when someone is out to sabotage each library, she must try to find the culprit in order to save the kingdom.

Non-Spoiler Review:

I absolutely loved An Enchantment of Ravens, which I read earlier this year (review here), so I was really excited for Margaret’s next book, and it did not disappoint! I think she has such a talent for creating a magical and whimsical atmosphere. Sorcery of Thorns is different than An Enchantment of Ravens, but they have a similar atmospheric setting.

I thought the magical elements of this book were really cool! There was plain old sorcery, but there were also demons and grimoires, magical books of spells. The demons were really cool, as was the Otherworld that they originate from and the deals they could make with humans. The grimoires were all unique and honestly kind of creepy at times.

This book definitely felt more plot driven as opposed to character driven. I liked Elisabeth, but there was nothing that really felt unique about her. Although there isn’t much focus on Elisabeth as a character, there was a fair amount about her different relationships, as well as the relationships around her. I loved her and Nathaniel together, as well as both of their relationships with Silas.

I thought the plot was interesting and exciting. It definitely moved along at a fast pace, but it didn’t feel rushed at all. I think Margaret’s writing style would be well suited for a series because I do feel like there were more things I wanted to know about the world.

Overall, I thought this book was fun, exciting, magical, and just a little dark! I had a great time reading it! I am definitely looking forward to anything Margaret Rogerson writes in the future!

Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2019!

I feel like the vast majority of 2019 releases I was hyped for were from January, February, and May, but there are still a few big releases this year that I can not wait for! There are definitely other books I’m keeping my eye on, but these are the ones that can’t come fast enough.

I feel like the vast majority of 2019 releases I was hyped for were from January, February, and May, but there are still a few big releases this year that I can not wait for! There are definitely other books I’m keeping my eye on, but these are the ones that can’t come fast enough.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (June 4th)

I know this isn’t in the second half of the year, but I’m still very excited! I really loved An Enchantment of Ravens, and the synopsis for this book sounds so interesting! I know it is about some sort of magical library, and honestly, that had me sold. My biggest complaint about AEOR was that it could have been longer, and this book is going to be over 400 pages, so I am excited to see what Margaret can do with that!

Dark Age (Red Rising #5) by Pierce Brown (July 30th)

This is the book I have the most mixed feelings about. I really enjoyed reading the original Red Rising trilogy, but Iron Gold was a miss for me. I was still really invested in the original characters, but I thought the story and format was boring and all the feelings I had gathered for Darrow just went down the drain. I am hoping that Dark Age can be better, especially since Pierce has spent extra time working to make it great.

The World of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (October 1st)

I am still not quite sure exactly what this book is going to be, but since it has to with Throne of Glass, I’m here for it. It sounds like it could either match the rest of the series and just have a lot of black and white illustrations, or it could be in color on glossy pages. Either way, I want it. Charlie Bowater is doing the art for a lot of it (if not all) and I adore her work. She also did two of the covers above (Sorcery of Thorns and Starsight)! I am a little skeptical that it will actually be released in October though. It keeps getting pushed back and there is still very little information about it.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (October 1st)

I am so excited to see Leigh Bardugo step out of the Grishaverse! While I loved Six of Crows and The Language of Thorns, I didn’t care for The Shadow and Bone trilogy or King of Scars. This new book is going to be adult rather than young adult and urban fantasy rather than high fantasy. It definitely sounds like it will be dark and all the early reviews I’ve seen are very positive.

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh (October 8th)

I’ve never actually finished a series by Renee Ahdieh, but I am SO excited for this book! It is about vampires and I am absolutely ready for vampires to be a trend again. It seems kind of dark, but in the most appealing way. I really enjoyed The Wrath and the Dawn when I read it and I thought Flame in the Mist was pretty good, but I just couldn’t get myself to finish or pick up the sequels to those books. Hopefully, I won’t have that issue with this book.

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of Air #3) by Holly Black (November 19th)

I didn’t think this book was going to be on this list! It was originally going to be released in January, but it got moved way forward! I really love this series, and with the cliffhanger that the second book ended on, I need the last one ASAP! I love faeries and Holly just is so good at writing them and immersing the reader in the world of the fae. I really have no idea how this series will end, but I am so ready for this book.

Starsight (Skyward #2) by Brandon Sanderson (November 26th)

Skyward is possibly my favorite sci-fi book, so I am ready for the next one! It was the first Brandon Sanderson book I read, and I obviously liked it enough to try out his other books as well. I think he just plans out stories so well and as a reader, I really appreciate that. After seeing what he could do with the Mistborn triology, I am really excited to see what he can do with a four book series.