June wasn’t a very great month of reading for me. I read a grand total of one book, which was because of exams that happened during the month. But, that definitely didn’t stop me from making progress in other areas this month. I managed to start a Creative Writing course, start my University applications and I’m looking forward to what the future brings this next school year.
The book I read this month was:
Spellslinger by Sebastian Castell
Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is gone.
As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path.
Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi – a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She’s difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen’s only hope…
Since I’m finishing school halfway through this month, it means I’ll be able to dedicate my time to reading. I’m hoping to try and read around ten to fifteen books this month and at the moment, these are the books I’m considering to read! I’m also sticking to my goal of trying to tackle series this month, hence why I’m tackling duologies or series with two books in them. Click on the images to be taken to the book’s Goodreads page.
There have been so many great releases so far this year, and July is no exception to this. I’m so excited for some releases this month so I’ll be sharing my top three anticipated releases for this month! Fun fact, they actually all release on the same day — July 18th!
The Color Project by Sierra Abrams
Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.
Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.
When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.
In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.
Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.
But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.
The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.
The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.
Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?
July is Camp NaNoWriMo and I’m eager to write A Mirror of Smoke. I’ve got half the manuscript outlined and the other half I know what’s going to happen. I think I might leave it and see how I get from middle to end! If I don’t like it, I can always edit it out once I’ve finished it. I have three main goals for this month of writing in July:
1 / Write the manuscript
2 / Sketch a World Map
3 / Read a book on Creative Writing
I’ve been meaning to read ‘Zen in the Art of Writing’ by Ray Bradbury after being recommended to read it by a few people. Also, after seeing one of my favourite booktubers talk about it, I’m excited to read it. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do so this month and improve my perspective on writing. To finish this, I shall share what I feel might be my opening line to A Mirror of Smoke!
The Palace of Adeleh had been empty for six years after the Royal Family fled to escape the drought.
What are you planning to read and write this month? Do you have any anticipated releases for July or the rest of the year?