Hi guys! Welcome to another edition of the mutiny.
What’s the mutiny you ask? Well, I have always said that I wasn’t going to become a review blog and yet, I’ve had this itch in the back of my head… so here we are. I’m waging a mutiny against myself and I’m going to do some mini reviews + feature upcoming reads I’m excited about.
For this specific edition, I’m going to share some of my favorite reads from June, so settle in!
This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron — 5★ — I loved Briseis. She’s smart and powerful and is trying to navigate being a teenager with a sort of magic. Her moms are the legit best and I could have done with a million more scenes of them. The setting and the plants are described so vividly, it’s like I was there. There’s a gentle build up of mystery while the story unfolds and it’s absolutely maddening and delicious at the same time. I loved second guessing what was happening and sweet sparkling pandas, that ending… I would have happily read 100 more pages of this story and can’t wait for the next book because I definitely need more of these characters.
Pumpkin by Julie Murphy — 5★ — I don’t remember a lot about the previous two books, but I knew I was all in when I saw the cover. I love love loved Waylon. He’s tender hearted and loyal and still figuring things out. Clem was the perfect twin to complement him and their family was amazing. I especially loved Grammy and her neighbors. Tucker was so earnest and sweet. Really, it’s an all awesome group of characters here. I enjoyed the build up to prom and getting time with everyone while still doing the end-of-high-school things. I would have like a bit more at the end of the book, but the story told was fantastic.
Small Town Pretender by Brighton Walsh –5★ — I’ve been waiting for Nat and Asher’s book since they first graced the page and I have to say: it was worth the wait. I’ve always loved these two. She’s stubborn and independent. He’s charming and loyal. Together they have an amazing friendship and history. I love love loved reading their back and forth mixture of “wtf is this chemistry” to “omfg I’m in love”. Of course it was awesome seeing all of the previous sisters and gran. And while there was the thread of story that pertained to the custody battle, this story was firmly about Nat and Asher and feeeeeeeeeelings. I was here for all of it.
The Devil and the Heiress by Harper St. George — 5★ — After reading the set up for this one in the previous book, there was no way I was going to miss this story. I love love loved Violet and Christian. She’s sassy and knows what she wants from life. He’s brooding and really a marshmallow. Together they have instant chemistry and a shy unfurling of a relationship. I truly loved reading them learn about each other. The carriage ride was quickly switched for a different setting and that part of the story was delightful. The angsty part did last longer than I expected, but I loved the reunion. If anything, I wanted more from the ending. I loved this one more than the previous book and I hope we see more of these two in the next one.
Bombshell by Sarah MacLean — 5★ — Well, I can’t share my full review now, but know that I loved Sesily and Caleb and definitely need to go back to read the other series with Sesily’s sisters because this family is everything.
The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang — 5★ — It’s too early for a full review on this one too, but it was tender and painful and filled with so much heart that it even made my robot emotions flex a bit. I’ve loved Quan since he first hit the page and his story was well with the wait.
It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey — a Schitt’s Creek inspired story with a grumpy hero? I’m here for it.
All These Warriors by Amy Tintera — a new (to me) duology from Amy with monsters? Yes. Yes. Yes.
Curses by Lish McBride — a gender bent Beauty and the Beast retelling? I didn’t need anything but Lish’s name on the gorgeous cover.
The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix — a horror book about The Final Girl? I need it.
Devil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas — any new book from Lisa? A million times yes.
What about you? Have you read any of these books or do you want to?