Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes
Release Date: 28th August 2018
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Embry Woods has secrets. Small ones about her past. Bigger ones about her relationship with town hero Luke and her feelings for someone new. But the biggest secret she carries with her is about what happened that night at the Sea Cliff Inn. The fire. The homeless guy. Everyone thinks Embry is a hero, too, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Embry thinks she’ll have to take the secret to her grave, until she receives an anonymous note—someone else knows the truth. Next comes a series of threatening messages, asking Embry to make impossible choices, forcing her to put her loved ones at risk. Someone is playing a high stakes game where no one in Embry’s life is safe. And their last move...is murder.
I always enjoy Paula Stokes’ thrillers, and Hidden Pieces is no exception. Stokes is very talented when it comes to drawing you in and keeping you guessing, especially as she throws little hints into the story every now and then that you may or may not pick up on.
The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips
Release Date: 31st July 2018
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No one looking at Morgan Kemper would think she had a secret-at least not one that she's deeply ashamed of. To everyone she meets, she comes across as sweet, pretty, and put together. But Morgan knows that looks can be deceiving. For over a year, she's shoplifted countless pieces of clothing and makeup. Each time she tells herself it will be the last, and each time it never is.
But when she's caught and sentenced to thirty hours of community service, the image Morgan has carefully constructed starts to crumble. She's determined to complete her punishment without her friends discovering the truth about her sticky fingers, but that's easier said than done...Especially once she meets Eli, the charming, handsome nephew of the owner of the charity shop where Morgan is volunteering. Soon, Morgan is faced with an impossible decision: continue to conceal the truth or admit that she's lied to everyone in her life, including the boy she's falling for.
I’ve decided that I love Rebecca Phillips’ writing and I’ve put her on my auto-buy author list. That’s right, it’s official. I loved the book she released last year, These Things I’ve Done, and as soon as I saw that The Girl You Thought I Was was available to review, I had to nab it. And it definitely didn’t disappoint.
Welcome to my monthly post where I talk about my most anticipated book releases for the upcoming month! There are a couple here that I love the sound of, and others I chose because of their cover.
Since I fell off the blogging bandwagon a couple of years ago, I wasn’t able to keep up with one of my favourite features on my blog. I absolutely love discovering new authors, and I love supporting the YA newbies, so this feature is one of my favourites. I wanted to bring it back this year because I’ve already read some great 2018 debuts, and I hope to read many more! Without further ado, here are the debut authors whose books are out in May.
Furyborn / My So-Called Bollywood Life / Always Never Yours / Brightly Burning / Ship It / The Poppy War / The Lies They Tell / Song of Blood and Stone / Out of the Blue / All of This is True
I’ve gone for a good mixture of genres for June in an attempt to prevent another May-style reading slump. I really need some books to wow me after the mediocre reading month I had in May. I’ve got a bunch of buddy reads coming up, which will hopefully keep me entertained for most of it! Let me know what you’re planning on reading this month!
1. Tracer by Rob Boffard
I’m currently reading this one, and it’s not exactly the most thrilling thriller, but I’m enjoying it. I would have liked a bit more of a connection to the characters. It’s a thriller set on a spaceship called Outer Earth, where there is apparently a mad man on the loose.
2. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
I’m finally getting to this really popular series! I saw the trailer and decided now was the time to pick it up, and my friend Lacey and I decided to buddy read it together. I’m curious, as it was such a popular series a few years ago and there was so much hype surrounding it, but there’s almost no hype for the movie now.
3. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
I’m reading this one with five other people, and I’m hoping to have the best time. If I love it, I’ll also be reading the second book, which I have already bought. I’ve not seen anyone say a bad word about this, so I have really high hopes.
4. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
I think this will be my next audiobook once I’m (finally) done with Uprooted. It’s told in an interview style, so I think that’ll work well on audio.
5. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
I’m hoping to buddy read this one with a friend from work, but we’ll be aiming for 100 pages a week as it’s so long and I’d like to be able to fit other books in as well.