Release Day Reviews-There Are Many And They Are A Delight

Y’all, I have been waiting a long time for this release day! There are SO SO SO many good books out today! I got to read four of them early, and there are a TON of others that I’m still looking forward to getting my hands on!

Since We Last Spoke, by Brenda Rufener         since we last spoke
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: No
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Length: 304 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: 5/5

Mini Review: This quiet, contemplative was heartbreaking. Aggi and Max are so weighed down by their fathers and their fathers’ choices it feels like they can’t ever escape. They can’t be together after what happened to their siblings last December, no matter how strong their feelings for each other still secretly run. It’s tragic, it’s unfair, and it’s another crushing realization that parents are just people who can make terrible mistakes that scar you forever. The book takes place all in one night, and it’s a lot for one night, but some days are like that. It was good to see everyone finally air things out. There’s also an excellent one year jump ahead at the end.

“It turns out blame consumes a hell of a lot of time.”

“His name is beginning to sound foreign. That’s what happens when you’re afraid to speak it. Like goddamn Voldemort.”

 

wicked saints.jpgWicked Saints, by Emily A. Duncan
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: Something Dark and Holy #1
Publisher: Wednesday Books

                                 Release Date: April 2, 2019
Length: 400 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: 5/5

Mini Review: Everyone in the blogosphere has been talking about this one, but it truly is stunning. There is beautiful writing through and through, and it’s super atmospheric, the feeling of cold Russian snow and wind whipping through the pages. There are amazing characters, like Nadya–a naive cleric who grew up in a monastery and can speak to the gods. There’s Serefin, the Prince of Tranovia who is just So. Very. Tired. And then there’s Malachiasz, a monster who’s maybe also just still a boy. Should Nadya trust him? Will she regret it? Does it matter when they have such a hot, slow, slow, slooooooooow burn? I cannot wait to see where the story goes from here.

“Dazzle the monsters, Nadya. You’ve already charmed the worst of the lot, the rest should be easy.”

“Everything she had felt for him was nothing more than ashes at her feet, but still her broken heart lurched at the thought of losing him.”

 

The Devouring Gray, by Christine Lynn Hermanthe devouring gray
Goodreads 
¦ Amazon
Series?: The Devouring Gray #1
Publisher: Titan Books
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Length: 368 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: 5/5

Mini Review: This one is billed as Stranger Things meets the Raven Boys, which I didn’t totally get at first. The squads are totally different in all three, because there’s so much bad blood in this book. But when you compare the Gray to the Upside Down? That makes sense. Ronan and Isaac? Totally. But it doesn’t matter what it’s compared to, because it’s SO GOOD on it’s own! I was in such a DNF slump before this, but by the beginning pages I was hooked. I loved all the characters, but I have an especially soft spot for Isaac.
There is So. Much. LGBTQ. Rep. It is splashed all over the pages without explanation or comment, and it is so cool to see.
I didn’t realize it wasn’t going to wrap up all nicely at the end, so the action keeps right on going through the epilogue to the last few lines to leave you in a cliffhanger until book 2.

P.S. If you’re going to buy this one, and I hope you do, may I recommend that you purchase the UK edition from Book Depository? Not only is it a paperback that’s $10 with free shipping worldwide, but it also has a better cover in my opinion, PLUS PINK SPRAYED EDGES.

“She saw a glimpse of what she might be–who she could’ve been, maybe, if things had gone differently.”

“People could hurt each other without being monsters. And they could love each other without being saints. She would have to learn how to handle that.”

you'd be mine

You’d Be Mine, by Erin Hahn
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: No
Publisher: Wednesday Books

                                    Release Date: April 2, 2019
Length: 304 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: 10/5

 

Mini Review: I already reviewed this one back in October, but I wanted to get it back on your radar because it is So. Damn. Good. If you need further convincing, go back and read my rave review, and then you can check out Twitter, where I sobbed when Erin actually read my review back in the day and liked it and I could not contain myself.

TL;DR-there are too many good books out today, and I’m sorry guys but you need to read all of them. I apologize in advance to your TBR.

 

 

4 thoughts on “Release Day Reviews-There Are Many And They Are A Delight

  1. The Diverse Reader says:

    I love your mini reviews & I see a lot of people keep rating Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan high so I will be on the lookout for that book.

    Liked by 1 person

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