September TBR

It’s hard to believe that it’s already September, but I’m so excited to read the books I’ve picked for this month’s TBR. (I’ve already begun reading one. I just couldn’t wait!) Each of these books has a magical story — as well as a stunning cover — and they all feel like perfect almost-fall reads. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‚

Here are the books I’m planning to read this month…

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
I was thrilled to receive an uncorrected proof of this book, because I knew I would love it. Dark fairy tales, family secrets, a secluded estate, a strange, hidden world… It’s dynamic and heart-wrenching and terrifying. I can’t put it down! ❀
Here’s a synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away — by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began — and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic
This was a cover buy that quickly turned into an I-can’t-wait-to-read-this-story buy. I love magical mysteries, and this one sounds like a wicked, wild ride. (As the title might suggest. πŸ˜‰) Who can resist a book about powerful sisters, an ancient curse, and finding truth in a life that isn’t what it seems?
Here’s a synopsis:

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family are born with a gleam — a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. Seventeen-year-old Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscopic visions into glasswork; her twin sister, Malina, interprets moods as music; and their cold, distant mother, Jasmina, bakes scenery into decadent treats at her confectionery in Old Town Cattaro, Montenegro.

Jasmina forbids Iris and Malina to share their gleams with anyone, and above all, she forbids them to fall in love — being discovered could shatter the quiet lives they’ve built in their tucked-away seaside town. But Iris and Malina are tired of abiding by their mother’s rules and rebel in secret whenever they can.

Yet when a mysterious white-haired woman attacks their mother and leaves her hovering between life and death, the sisters unearth an ancient curse that haunts their line — a wicked bargain that masquerades as a blessing and binds the twins’ fates — and hearts — to a force larger than life. To save each other, they must untangle a thousand years of lies and reveal their own hurtful secrets. But even the deepest sacrifice might not be enough.

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
While this story might sound familiar, it has some intriguing twists — including a love story between two fiery princesses. (No pun intended. πŸ˜„) It sounds like there will be lots of political intrigue, mystery, and secret magic that might become not-so-secret. And it helps that everyone I’ve talked to about it has loved it!
Here’s a synopsis:

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile kingdoms.

But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire — a dangerous gift for the future queen of a land where magic is forbidden.

Now Denna has to learn the ways of her new kingdom while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation — and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine, sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, they discover there is more to one another than they thought — and soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms — and each other.

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
One of the most anticipated reads of this fall, this book sounds fantastic. A talented painter is whisked away by a fairy prince and forced to overcome magical obstacles, all while falling for the one person she shouldn’t. Another book that I’ve heard incredible things about, I’m eager to get my hands on this one. ❀
Here’s a synopsis:

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron — Rook, the autumn prince — she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes — a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love — and that love violates the fair folk’s ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

I’m keeping this month’s TBR at four books. But since I’m nearly finished with The Hazel Wood, I might finish all of these sooner than I think! πŸ˜… So, here are a couple of books I might read if that happens:

What’s on your September TBR? Comment below and let’s chat!

August TBR

Can you believe that it’s already August? Less than two months until the first day of fall! πŸ˜ƒπŸ‚ I can’t wait for cozy sweaters and hot chocolate. But until then, I’m spending the last few weeks of summer reading some much-loved YA contemporaries. I generally read more fantasy/sci-fi than anything else. But I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about each of these books, and I’m excited to take a gigantic leap outside of my reading comfort zone! ❀

Here are the books I’m planning to read this month…

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I know, I know… I’m suuuuper late to the (emergency dance) party.Β πŸ˜… But I’m finally reading this, and let me tell you, guys. This book totally lives up to the hype. It’s hard to pick just one book that I’m most excited to read this month… but this might just be it!
Here’s a synopsis:

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let it go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I’ve seen this book — and the two other books in this series, P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean — all over bookstagram. (And if you’ve seen the covers, you’ll know they’re gorgeous.) This sounds like the perfect summer love story, and I can’t wait to get to know Lara Jean!
Here’s a synopsis:

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved — five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
This book was included in the April Head Over Heels box from OwlCrate, and multiple friends have recommended it (along with Albertalli’s first book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda). Just from reading the back of the book, I’m already positive that I’ll love Molly, and the story sounds fun and refreshingly real.
Here’s a synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness — except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This is another book I’ve seen many, many times on bookstagram, and people have promised me that it’s a wonderful read. I’m a sucker for love stories — especially ones that take place in far-off, romantic cities like Paris — so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this! (And probably jump right into the two other books in this trilogy, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After.)
Here’s a synopsis:

Anna can’t wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris — until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
This wasn’t initially on my August TBR, but I’ve had the ebook on hold since May, and it finally became available this morning! 😁 I’ve heard tons of good things about this book, and the story sounds adorable. Plus, another great cover!
Here’s a synopsis:

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers… right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him — wherein he’ll have to woo her — he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? And what’s on your August TBR? Let me know! πŸ™‚