Release Day Reviews- The One Where July 7th Got Me Out of a Reading Slump

Hiiiiii I continue to be the worst blogger even though we’re in quarantine and in theory I’ve got nothing but time. It’s still been hard to read for some reason, and harder still to write. Much like back in April, July 7th has a huge list of releases, and I got to read a few of them in advance. So I’ve got a few mini-reviews, coming at ya!


the heir affairThe Heir Affair, by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: The Royal We #2
Publisher:  Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: July 7, 2020
Length: 464 pages
Source: ARC
Format: NetGalley
Times Read: Once
Rating: 4/5

Mini Review: The Royal We has been one of my favorite books for several years, so the thought of a sequel was super exciting. It picks up almost immediately where the first book left off, which was a little off-putting to me since it’s been 5 years of real time between them. Had I made the time to reread first though, this might not have been so jarring. 


For at least the first half, I kept thinking about the idea that people don’t actually want sequels, what they want it to read the original for the first time again. And of course that isn’t going to be true for everyone or every book, but it felt true for this one until about 3/4 of the way through, when things really picked up. It’s a long way to read before things get exciting, though, and unlike the first book, I could see where the majority of this was going the whole time. 

I’m definitely in the minority here though, so if you liked the first book, give this one a try. I’m going to see if I like it better on audio. 

“Eleanor doesn’t argue…she simply says things, and lets you decide whether you want to be wrong or not.”

“Heat is wonderful, until it burns you.”



Accidental, by Alex Richards
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: No
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Release Date: July 7, 2020
Length: 368 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: 4/5 

Mini Review: There is so much that is tragic in this book, but it’s a really well-written story about a girl who finds out that what she grew up believing about her family isn’t actually the truth. You will be mad at probably everyone except for one of the MC best friends and her boyfriend, Milo. In the end, though, I really have to wonder if we really have any reason to have been mad at her grandparents at all, or if they were right all along. 

“I wish I could delete the whole world sometimes.”


boyfriend material

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
Goodreads ¦ Amazon
Series?: No
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: July 7, 2020
Length: 432 pages
Source: ARC
Format: Paperback
Times Read: Once
Rating: 5/5

Mini Review:
I LOVED this one. I’ve never heard of the author before so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was funny. It had a little bit of a Red, White & Royal Blue vibe about it, only all British and no royalty. There is so much self-destruction from both Luc and Oliver, and all of their parents (with the exception of Luc’s mom) are real pieces of work. It’s hard to see how scared both guys get at different times, but god if it isn’t the truth. 

“There should really be a word for the feeling you get when you do a thing you don’t particularly want to do to support somebody else but then realise they didn’t actually need you and nobody would have noticed if you’d stayed home in your pyjamas eating Nutella straight from the jar.”

“I honestly can’t understand how you live like this.”
“It’s easy. All I do is I touch something, and whether is sparks joy or not, I just leave it exactly where it is.”

“You’d be amazed what I can doubt.”

There are a LOT more that came out today, but this is going up late as it is so I’m going to assume you guys can find those on your own and leave you here. As always, I hope to pick back up with reviews and other content soon! And I miiiight be dreaming up a little something new with a few friends…but more about that coming up 🙂


One thought on “Release Day Reviews- The One Where July 7th Got Me Out of a Reading Slump

  1. Rebecca @bookishlyrebecca says:

    I saw some hype around Boyfriend Material so I’m happy to see you gave it 5 stars. I was going to buy it but my library has it so I might go that route. Can’t wait to see what other posts you have in store for the future. 🙂


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