This month I have decided to catch up on some of the books that I have been sent to review. These aren’t all the books that I have been sent to review, but these are a fair few, I will pick up the rest next month. I some times get behind reviewing books because I have a massive problem with buying more and more books, even though my TBR pile is already out of control. With me focusing on reading mostly review copies this month, it should free some space in my TBR pile, and mean I am catching up with all my reviews.
The books I plan on reading in September-
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away? Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J. Their only communication is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love. But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean? Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone.
I have heard so many amazing reviews about this book already and its not even released yet. I have never read anything by Lauren James before, but I am excited to be starting this book very soon.
Darkness Visible by Nicholas Tucker
Pullman’s award-winning trilogy His Dark Materials has been appreciated by readers of all ages. It is now set to welcome new fans as it is adapted for television by the BBC in 2018, and the first part of his new trilogy, The Book of Dust, at last sees publication. Nicholas Tucker, a leading authority on children’s literature, writes about the man he knows as a friend. Unpacking and examining Pullman’s life and the sources he drew on for his masterpiece, he explores the world of science, theology, imagination and adventure that Pullman has created. Including a personal interview with Pullman himself, Darkness Visible offers a unique exploration of the author’s work – and its controversies.
The warrior in the Mist by Ruth Eastham
Who are the phantom girls? What do they want with Aidan? Aidan’s village is under siege. A fracking company has moved on to the land. Once drilling is complete, the paddocks looked after by Aidan’s family will be gone, along with his home and the horse he loves. Aidan and his best friends Emmi and Jon have one last hope. Legend has it that the warrior queen Boudicca is buried close by. If only they can find the tomb… prove this is the site of her last great battle against Roman invaders. As the mists of time separating ancient history from present day swirl and fade, Aidan must face a deadly enemy. He must fight to uncover the truth of the ghostly sisters, before it is too late.
I was sent this book a couple of months ago and recently I have been dying to read it because it sounds really interesting. Also the book is very short compared with the other books in my TBR, which is always a good thing when you re looking for a quick read.
Rattle by Fiona Cummins
He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum. Now the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready to feed his obsession, and he is on the hunt. Jakey Frith and Clara Foyle have something in common. They have what he needs. What begins is a terrifying cat-and-mouse game between the sinister collector, Jakey’s father and Etta Fitzroy, a troubled detective investigating a spate of abductions.
This is another book that I have seen all over the book community recently, and I am so happy the publisher sent me a copy to review. I don’t get round to reading many thriller/horror books like this one, so I am excited to give it a read this month.
Never Say Die by Anthony Horowitz
Alex Rider is back in this brand new, explosive mission in the number one bestselling series. In this adrenaline-fueled, action-packed adventure, Alex Rider is trying to get his life back on track after the traumatic events of his last mission. But even Alex can’t fight the past … especially when it holds a deadly secret.
I grew up reading the Alex Rider books, so when it was announced that there was going to be another book in the series, I couldn’t quite believe it because I thought it ended a few years back. Now having this one to read I know its going to bring back all my childhood memories, and possibly make me want to re-read the entire series all over again.
The Owl at the Window by Carl Gorham
Shock is just one of many emotions explored in award-winning TV comedy writer Carl Gorham’s account of his bereavement which is by turns deeply moving and darkly humorous. Part love story, part widower’s diary, part tales of single parenting, it tells of his wife’s cancer, her premature death and his attempts to rebuild his life afterwards with his six -year old daughter. Realised in a series of vivid snapshots, it takes the reader on an extraordinary journey from Oxford to Australia, from Norfolk to Hong Kong through fear, despair, pain and anger to hope, laughter and renewal.
Again this is another book I would not normally pick up because its non fiction, but the reviews and the description caught my attention, and I thought I would give it a read. This will probably make me a little emotional while reading because of the themes raised in the book.
American War by Omar El Akkad
Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, that unmanned drones fill the sky. And when her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she quickly begins to be shaped by her particular time and place until, finally, through the influence of a mysterious functionary, she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. Telling her story is her nephew, Benjamin Chestnut, born during war – part of the Miraculous Generation – now an old man confronting the dark secret of his past, his family’s role in the conflict and, in particular, that of his aunt, a woman who saved his life while destroying untold others.
This I think will be very different from what I normally read, but the description for the book peaked my interest, and I couldn’t say no when asked to review this. It has already got some really great reviews, so I have high hopes for this book.
Trapped in Silver by Emily Sowden
To seventeen-year-old Ava, wild woodcats, hungry stragglers, and simple-minded townsfolk are the evils she’s grown accustomed to. But when Ethan, an unusual man with eyes of smoke and fire opal, enters her world she quickly understands that there are worse things out there than drunken men and carnivorous forest creatures. She’s a specialised liar and a hell of a fighter, but against a group of animalistic men called Berserkers she struggles to survive the encounter as the desperate swing of a dagger is all it takes to change her life for good. Half-dead and hunted by the Berserker’s leader when he forms a monstrous obsession with her, Ava escapes his pursuit in an unfamiliar land full of impossible creatures, unlikely allies, and the man she doesn’t know whether to kiss or kill. But after dreadful news of her missing brother surfaces, Ava becomes more involved in the centuries-long war and begins to unravel the reasons behind her relentless nightmares, discovering truths long-buried in a violent history of love, loss and betrayal.
I have already read this once this year, but this the September book for the read along OftomesPublishing is running. I don’t mind re-reading this because I loved it the first time and I am sure I will enjoy reading this a second time also.
IT by Stephen King
To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It is the children who see – and feel – what makes the small town of Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reaches up, seizing, tearing, killing. Time passes and the children grow up, move away and forget. Until they are called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.
I am carrying on with reading this book from last month. I am over half way through it now, and I am really enjoying it. It is just a little daunting to look at how many pages I still have left to read. Hopefully I will get this book finished by the end of the month.
What do you plan on reading in August?