Wow, wow, wow, is it that time already? It’s almost June which means the year is half way over. Holy smokes! When did that happen? In terms of new book releases, I feel like the summer is a bit of a slow month. Of course, that isn’t a bad thing but for me, summer is this languorous time of the year where everything sort of just stops…and maybe we breathe for a bit. It’s nice. 🙂 It’ll also be my first time in nearly four years that I haven’t had a summer vacation from work (since I got a new job and all last October).
‘Waiting on’ Wednesday (WoW) is a book blog meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s really easy to participate: all you have to do is feature upcoming books you’re excited about–it doesn’t necessarily have to release the next month. But for my own sanity, I try to feature books month-by-month.
Hello, how can I not be excited for this smol, cinnamon roll of a character known as Jem Carstairs? And now we’re getting an entire set of short stories from his POV? Someone hold me! *swoons* I know I’ve said that I don’t really care for short stories or anthologies I have amazingly high hopes for this one.
This Time Will Be Different has a beautiful yet simple cover and sounds like a coming-of-age contemporary filled with romance and humor I’m totally going to love.
Both of these books are set to release on June 4.
Last week I discovered Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon via Twitter, which the author herself, Mary Fan, describes as a steampunk fantasy. Oh man, am I so here for this one! I can’t believe I didn’t know about it until a few days ago!! It’ll release on June 11.
How can I not express my utter excitement for Wicked Fox by Kat Cho? I picked up an ARC when I was at NTTBF this year, and I’ve just one more book to finish before I plan on starting it. I am pumped. Let’s take a look at the synopsis because trust me, if you love K-dramas, you’re gonna need this book:
Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.
But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.
Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.
With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.
Wicked Fox comes out on June 25.
Okay, now let me throw you for a loop. I’ve been trying to branch out of my usual YA. Besides gravitating toward some small amount of adult fantasy, I also have been leaning toward adult romance. So here are a few I’m excited about…
Ayesha at Last is pitched as a modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice. I was sold instantly. It releases on June 4!
Waiting for Tom Hanks is a rom-com about a rom-com obsessed young woman and how her dating life is limited to what she sees in these types of movies. I love rom-cons so… Yeah. I’m here for that. 🙂 It releases on June 11.
I actually have an eARC of Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune which I just started yesterday. I can already tell I should read this book with a full stomach because the food descriptions are making my mouth water! Here’s a synopsis:
At the news of her mother’s death, Natalie Tan returns home. The two women hadn’t spoken since Natalie left in anger seven years ago, when her mother refused to support her chosen career as a chef. Natalie is shocked to discover the vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco’s Chinatown that she remembers from her childhood is fading, with businesses failing and families moving out. She’s even more surprised to learn she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant.
The neighborhood seer reads the restaurant’s fortune in the leaves: Natalie must cook three recipes from her grandmother’s cookbook to aid her struggling neighbors before the restaurant will succeed. Unfortunately, Natalie has no desire to help them try to turn things around–she resents the local shopkeepers for leaving her alone to take care of her agoraphobic mother when she was growing up. But with the support of a surprising new friend and a budding romance, Natalie starts to realize that maybe her neighbors really have been there for her all along.
Aaaaaahhhhhh, my body is so ready for all of these books! What books are you excited about?