The Curated Bookshelf: July’s Theme

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Welcome to this month's Curated Bookshelf! Since we're well into summer (though California got there back in April/May depending on the week), I decided to highlight Sun Drenched Books this month. Born and raised in Southern California, summer days defined my childhood. We skipped from winter and rain into warm temperatures, fires, and sunshine. The … Continue reading The Curated Bookshelf: July’s Theme

Book Highlight: Malice by Heather Walter

Title: Malice (Malice #1) Author: Heather Walter Publisher: Del Rey Publication Date: April 13, 2021 Genre: Fantasy Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who, in an act of vengeance, cursed a line of princesses to die. A curse that could only be broken by true love’s kiss. You’ve heard this before, haven’t … Continue reading Book Highlight: Malice by Heather Walter

Book Highlight: The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

Title: The Jasmine Throne Author: Tasha Suri Publisher: Orbit Publication Date: June 8, 2021 Genre: Fantasy Exiled by her despotic brother, princess Malini spends her days dreaming of vengeance while imprisoned in the Hirana: an ancient cliffside temple that was once the revered source of the magical deathless waters but is now little more than a … Continue reading Book Highlight: The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

Book Highlight: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

Title: The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire #1) Author: Andrea Stweart Publisher: Orbit Publication Date: September 8, 2020 Genre: Fantasy The emperor's reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the … Continue reading Book Highlight: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

Book Highlight: The City of Dusk by Tara Sim

Title: The City of Dusk (The Dark Gods #1) Author: Tara Sim Publisher: Orbit Publication Date: March 22, 2022 Genre: Fantasy This dark epic fantasy follows the heirs of four noble houses—each gifted with a divine power—as they form a tenuous alliance to keep their kingdom from descending into a realm-shattering war.The Four Realms—Life, Death, … Continue reading Book Highlight: The City of Dusk by Tara Sim

Book Highlight: Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

Title: Honey Girl Author: Morgan Rogers Publisher: Park Row Books Publication Date: February 23, 2021 Genre: Women's Fiction, Romance When becoming an adult means learning to love yourself first.With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She’s a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified … Continue reading Book Highlight: Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

Book Highlight: The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley

Title: The Kingdoms Author: Natasha Pulley Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Publication Date: May 25, 2021 Genre: Historical Fantasy For fans of The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and David Mitchell, a genre bending, time twisting alternative history that asks whether it's worth changing the past to save the future, even if it costs you everyone you've ever loved.Joe … Continue reading Book Highlight: The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley

Book Highlight: Neruda on the Park by Cleyvis Natera

Title: Neruda on the Park Author: Cleyvis Natera Publisher: Ballantine Books Publication Date: May 24, 2022 Genre: Fiction, Multicultural The Guerreros have lived in Nothar Park, a predominantly Dominican part of New York City, for twenty years. When demolition begins on a neighboring tenement, Eusebia, an elder of the community, takes matters into her own … Continue reading Book Highlight: Neruda on the Park by Cleyvis Natera

Book Highlight: Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper

Title: Payback's a Witch (The Witches of Thistle Grove #1) Author: Lana Harper Publisher: Berkley Publication Date: October 5, 2021 Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, LGBTQ Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The L Word in this fresh, sizzling New York Times bestselling rom-com by Lana Harper.Emmy Harlow is a witch but not a very powerful one—in part because she hasn't been home … Continue reading Book Highlight: Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper

Book Highlight: Merry Arlan: Breaking The Curse by Will Soulsby-McCreath

Title: Merry Arlan: Breaking The Curse (Guardian Cadet Series #1) Author: Will Soulsby-McCreath Publisher: Nopoodles Everything Books Publication Date: October 26, 2021 Genre: Fantasy Merry Arlan: Breaking The Curse is part one of the Guardian Cadet Series, an exciting fantasy with action adventure, heapings of magic, and a delightful slow burn, heart-warming romance.Merry wants to … Continue reading Book Highlight: Merry Arlan: Breaking The Curse by Will Soulsby-McCreath