03 August 2016

Looking Forward // August

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Looking Forward is a regular feature on the blog where I let you know which books I’m looking forward to in the month. They are all books I’m looking forward to being released and want to know if you’re excited about them too.
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Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: 1st August 2016
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Genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Release Date: 2nd August 2016
Kingmaker. Soothsayer. Warrior. Mage. Kingdoms would rise and fall for her . . . if she is ever found


In the icy North, where magic is might, an all-powerful elite ruthlessly guided by a glacial Queen have grown to dominate the world. Now rebellion is stirring in the rough, magic-poor South, where for the first time in memory a warlord has succeeded in uniting the tribal nations.

Stuck in the middle is Cat - circus performer and soothsayer - safely hidden behind heavy make-up, bright colours and the harmless illusion of the circus. Until someone suspects she's more than she seems . . .

Captured by the Southern warlord Griffin, Cat's careful camouflage is wearing thin. For how long can - or should - she conceal the true extent of her power? Faced with dragons, homicidal mages, rival Gods and the traitorous longings of her own heart, she must decide: is it time to claim her destiny and fight?
Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

Why Am I Excited?

I’m not completely sure where I first heard about this book but it sounds so interesting. I know it could end up being a total cliché which will leave me wanting to pull my hair out but I’ve got my fingers crossed that it’ll be good. I think I’m just always on the hunt for good fantasy romance so I will try anything I can find.

Why Am I Excited?

Colleen Hoover is an artist who I always an author whose books I buy instantly regardless of what it’s about and whether or not I’ve liked the last book she’s done. Now, I’ve not actually read November 9 yet, but it’s my TBR pile and I fully intend to buy this book as well. I just love Colleen Hoover, she does fantastic angsty NA books.
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Genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Release Date: 9th August 2016
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Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release Date: 11th August 2016
When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?
Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

Why Am I Excited?

I may be a couple of books behind on my Renee Carlino reading, but those which I have read I adored. Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here were both fantastic books I thoroughly enjoyed. They are also angsty NA books but where Colleen Hoover’s can be too much for some I feel like Carlino writes books that will appeal to more people if they gave them a chance. Also, I really like the covers for her books.

Why Am I Excited?

I’ve heard various things about this book. both good and bad. I am slightly nervous about it but as soon as I heard mention of footnotes I was shouting sign me up because I love silly little things like that in a book. I know some haven’t liked that aspect of the book but I just don’t care. *grabby hands*
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Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: 15th August 2016
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A Scot in the Dark – Sarah MacLean
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: 30th August 2016
A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower - intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as - haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts - they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.
Lonesome Lily Turned Scandalous Siren


Miss Lillian Hargrove has lived much of her life alone in a gilded cage, longing for love and companionship. When an artist offers her pretty promises and begs her to pose for a scandalous portrait, Lily doesn't hesitate...until the lying libertine leaves her in disgrace. With the painting now public, Lily has no choice but to turn to the one man who might save her from ruin.

Highland Devil turned Halfhearted Duke


The Duke of Warnick loathes all things English, none more so than the aristocracy. It does not matter that the imposing Scotsman has inherited one of the most venerable dukedoms in Britain—he wants nothing to do with it, especially when he discovers that the unwanted title comes with a troublesome ward, one who is far too old and far too beautiful to be his problem.

Tartan Comes to Town

Warnick arrives in London with a single goal: get the chit married and see her become someone else's problem, then return to a normal, quiet life in Scotland. It's the perfect plan, until Lily declares she'll only marry for love...and the Scot finds that there is one thing in England he likes far too much...

Why Am I Excited?

I have never read an A.G. Howard book so I cannot attest to the writing or anything, but doesn’t this book sound interesting. I think I want to read it so much simply because I’m intrigued! I don’t know what to expect so I want to read it and find out. What more reason do I need to want to read something?

Why Am I Excited?

I have just completed my Sarah MacLean collection so I have all the US paperbacks (because the UK copies are ugly and I rationalised that the physical copy was barely more expensive than buying the Kindle edition) and so I obviously need to get my hands on a copy of this.

Sarah MacLean and Tessa Dare are the two authors who I will always read in historical romance. They are the authors who kept me reading in that genre, I could very easily have been turned off. As such, they are auto buy authors so they is a book I must own.
My list isn’t that interesting this month, there are plenty of books I want to read but these are the ones I am seriously excited for. It turns out I am seriously excited for some romance reads, go figure. I suppose that is fitting summer reading for me (or any season reading, really).

Which books are you most excited to get reading this month? Have I missed any essential reading off of my list or do you have a recommendation for me? Tell me all below.

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