Hey all Friday Lovers,
Hope you are all having a fabulous time this weekend. As for me, it is raining heavily in my region. With Monsoon at its peak… I only need my books and a mug of hot coffee as I sit beside my window, watching the raindrops fall.
Well, I am here with a fresh set of books released this July 2018.
I know… I know. I missed out on this feature for the whole three months. Last ‘First on Friday’ was for March 2018 releases and I have hopped, skipped and jumped straight to July… There is no excuse for my absence, but truth be told, I was just squashed between the roles of being a reader, blogger, daughter, mother, sister, wife, friend and newbie author … Huh! One life so many roles. It never gets boring here 😉
Anyhow, this July, 4 books caught my eye among the many awesome new releases. With 2 fantasy retellings, a mystery thriller and a memoir in my kitty, I am ready to take on this monsoon season 🙂
This time, I went ahead and decided to test a new genre. The book in that genre will be my first to be introduced here:
1) NO ONE TELLS YOU THIS BEFORE by GLYNNIS MACNICOL
As an author of a short memoir myself now (you can know more about my book here), I naturally got attracted to this book. The blurb gives you a promise of really strong content inside. This is one book which I should have in my collection.
This question plagued Glynnis MacNicol on the eve of her 40th birthday. Despite a successful career as a writer and an exciting life in New York City, Glynnis was constantly reminded she had neither of the things the world expected of a woman her age: a partner or a baby. She knew she was supposed to feel bad about this. After all, single women and those without children are often seen as objects of pity, relegated to the sidelines, or indulgent spoiled creatures who think only of themselves.
Glynnis refused to be cast into either of those roles and yet the question remained: What now? There was no good blueprint for how to be a woman alone in the world. She concluded it was time to create one.
Over the course of her fortieth year, which this memoir chronicles, Glynnis embarks on a revealing journey of self-discovery that continually contradicts everything she’d been led to expect. Through the trials of family illness and turmoil, and the thrills of far-flung travel and adventures with men, young and old (and sometimes wearing cowboy hats), she is forced to wrestle with her biggest hopes and fears about love, death, sex, friendship, and loneliness. In doing so, she discovers that holding the power to determine her own fate requires a resilience and courage that no one talks about, and is more rewarding than anyone imagines.
Intimate and timely, No One Tells You This is a fearless reckoning with modern womanhood and an exhilarating adventure that will resonate with anyone determined to live by their own rules.
2) SEA WITCH by SARAH HENNING
A Young Adult which is a Fantasy with a Retelling story having Mermaids. With all my weak spots in its description… need I think of any more reasons to have this book?
Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss. But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends. One feared, one royal, and one already dead.
Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.
A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.
But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.
The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.
3) THE LAST TIME I LIED by RILEY SAGER
This book stood out for me solely because of its blurb. I was immediately drawn into the storyline. A mystery thriller which will surely compel you to finish reading it in one go. Don’t believe me… read the blurb 🙂
Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.
Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.
Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present. And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.
4) SPINNING SILVER by NAOMI NOVIK
This Fantasy Retelling was making quite a ruckus in the ‘BookWorld’ before its release itself. Strong reviews about this book made me curious about it. As I checked out the blurb, I knew that my curiosity could only be killed after reading it.
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.
But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.
So that’s all folks… these are my picks for the month of July.
What about you all? Is there any book among these four which caught your attention? Do you have any other awesome release to share which I should add to my TBR? Do let me know in the comment section below…