Wrap Up | May 2019 + the unintended hiatus

Wrap Up | May 2019 + the unintended hiatus

Hey friends!

Some of you may (or may not) have noticed that I’ve been absent for pretty much the entirety of May. I had planned to take a little step back from blogging anyway as this summer is going to be really busy for me on my Master’s degree, but then I managed to catch/develop gastroenteritis – a nasty contagious stomach bug – which completely knocked me out for almost 2 weeks. Then I had to return to work, start planning my long summer of uni work, and celebrate my partner’s birthday on Sunday. Before I knew it, I found myself at the end of May? I feel like I blinked and missed it.

A couple of weeks ago, I tweeted about my concerns around being able to manage book blogging alongside starting my PhD in September (not to mention squeezing it in amongst all my Master’s work this summer) and I’m still not sure what the outcome of my ponderings will be. It’s definitely something I’m planning on writing a discussion post about so that I can talk about it more in-depth and speak to other book bloggers who manage their blog alongside busy lives. What I do know though, from having my unintended break this month, is that I feel a lot less happy when I’m not blogging and I felt so isolated from my book blog friends. Writing this post is already beginning to lift my low mood but I’m also anxious about how much work I have to do. Anyway, that’s not a decision to be made right now – instead, I want to share with you all what I did manage to get up to during Moody May ❤

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ARC Review: Aurora Rising | It’s Time for a New Space-Adventure

ARC Review: Aurora Rising | It’s Time for a New Space-Adventure

TITLE: Aurora Rising
AUTHOR: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
SERIES: The Aurora Cycle
RELEASED: May 2019; Oneworld Publications
GENRE: YA Science Fiction
FORMAT: Paperback

KEY INFO: space-adventure, military science fiction, squad goals, multiple POVs
REPRESENTATION: 
bisexual male (Finian) , women of color (Auri is half-Chinese and Zila is black), physically disabled (Finian) and neurodivergent (Zila)

Content Notices

death, war, body horror, being knocked unconscious multiple times, unresolved guilt/tension around a one-night stand, ableism

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ARC Review: The Luminous Dead | A Sci-Fi Thriller That Never Quite Reaches Its Potential

ARC Review: The Luminous Dead | A Sci-Fi Thriller That Never Quite Reaches Its Potential

TITLE: The Luminous Dead
AUTHOR: Caitlin Starling
SERIES: N/A
RELEASED: April 2019; Harper Voyager
GENRE: Sci-Fi/Horror
FORMAT: eBook

KEY INFO: cave expedition, psychological thriller, romance, unreliable narrator
REPRESENTATION: 
f/f (main/side)

Content Notices

claustrophobia, caves, absence of light, hallucinations, dead bodies, drugs & forced drug use, descriptions of bodily functions & fluids

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Blog Tour: Summer Bird Blue | Playlist

Blog Tour: Summer Bird Blue | Playlist

I live for the music

Synopsis: Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying. What to eat, where to go, who to love. But one thing she is sure of she wants to spend her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.

Then Lea dies in a car accident, and Rumi is sent to live with her aunt in Hawaii. Now, miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, feeling abandoned by her mother, and the aching absence of music.

With the help of the “boys next door” teenage surfer Kai, who doesn’t take anything too seriously, and old George Watanabe, who succumbed to grief years ago Rumi seeks her way back to music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish. With unflinching honesty, Summer Bird Blue explores big truths about insurmountable grief, unconditional love, and how to forgive even when it feels impossible.

2018 was the year when Akemi Dawn Bowman broke my heart and pieced it back together again with her debut novel Starfish. Since then, I’ve taken every opportunity possible to share my love for Akemi and her powerfully captivating writing. Akemi has a way of writing which has a wonderfully rich depth to it which she skillfully balances with moments of lightness and joy. It’s the type of writing that reaches right down into my soul, opens up all of my emotions, then embraces me in a warm hug that lets me know that everything will be okay again.

When Akemi’s second novel, Summer Bird Blue, was coming up for its UK release I reached out to the publishers, Ink Road, to ask if there would be any chance of getting my hands on a review copy. I had been desperate to read Summer Bird Blue since it was first announced and watched in envy as my US book blogger friends got to read it ahead of us here in the UK. Thankfully, Ink Road was kind enough to not only send me a review copy but also invited me to be part of this fantastic blog tour.

Throughout the book there were countless moments where Rumi’s story evoked strong memories and associations with particular songs for me and I couldn’t resist playing those songs whilst I read. As music is such a huge part of Rumi’s life and has such an visceral presence within the story I decided to create a Summer Bird Blue playlist to share with you all for my blog tour stop. Whilst I know that Akemi didn’t have a specific playlist in mind when she wrote Summer Bird Blue, I hope that this playlist does Rumi’s story justice and captures part of the achingly complex emotional journey that we go on with her as she battles with anger, grief, love, forgiveness and hope. The playlist has been ordered to map this journey and the entire playlist can be listened to on Spotify.


About the Author


Akemi Dawn Bowman is the award-winning author of Starfish, Summer Bird Blue,Harley in the Sky (March 2020), The Infinity Courts series (Spring 2021), and Generation Misfits (Winter 2021). She’s a proud Ravenclaw and Star Wars enthusiast who served in the US Navy for five years and has a BA in social sciences from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She currently lives in Scotland with her husband, two children, and their Pekingese mix.

 

A huge thank you to Ink Road for providing me with a review copy of Summer Bird Blue and for arranging this blog tour. Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour for reviews, excerpts and other fun content.

Summer Bird Blue is now available to order
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ARC Review: Wicked Saints | The Wicked and the Divine

ARC Review: Wicked Saints | The Wicked and the Divine

TITLE: Wicked Saints
AUTHOR: Emily A. Duncan
SERIES: Something Dark and Holy
RELEASED: April 2019; Wednesday Books
GENRE: NA Fantasy
FORMAT: eBook

KEY INFO: Russian & Polish inspired, magic, gods, holy war, romance, morally grey characters
REPRESENTATION:
bisexual male (main), lesbian (side)

Content Notices

blood, self-harm, torture, war, alcohol dependency, death, abduction, violence

 

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