Adding to Your TBR – June 2019
TBR – To Be Read tower/list
A list of eight new June ’19 releases. Happy reading!
I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie
Expected 1 June 2019
I’ll Never Tell promises deeply buried secrets and a disturbing family reunion. #thriller
What happened to Amanda Holmes?
Twenty years ago, she was found bludgeoned in a rowboat at the MacAllister family’s Camp Macaw. No one was ever charged with the crime.
Now, after their parents’ sudden deaths, the MacAllister siblings return to camp to read the will and decide what to do with the prime real estate the camp occupies. Ryan needs to sell. Margaux hasn’t made up her mind. Mary believes in leaving well enough alone. Kate and Liddie—the twins—have opposing views. And Sean Booth, the groundskeeper, just hopes he still has a home when all is said and done.
But it’s more complicated than a simple vote. The will stipulates that until they unravel the mystery of what happened to Amanda, they can’t settle the estate. Anyone of them could have done it, and each one is holding a piece of the puzzle. Will they work together to finally discover the truth, or will their secrets finally tear the family apart? – Goodreads
The Rest of The Story by Sarah Dessen
Expected 4 June 2019
Sarah Dessen’s books are must-reads full of dynamic family relationships, rich characters and feel-good depth. My review of Saint Anything. #Contemporary #YA
Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.
Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.
When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working-class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is divided into two people as well. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.
Then there’s Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family’s history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake—and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well.
For Saylor, it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it’s time to go back home, which side of her will win out? – Goodreads
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Expected 4 June 2019
A new fantasy from the author of An Enchantment of Ravens. #fantasy #YA
All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has
known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries,
Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that
whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform
into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden,
charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.
Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.
As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined. – Goodreads
Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan
Expected 11 June 2019
A Chinese inspired steampunk fantasy. #fantasy #steampunk #YA
When a powerful viceroy arrives with a fleet of mechanical dragons and
stops an attack on Anlei’s village, the villagers see him as a godsend. They
agree to give him their sacred, enchanted River Pearl in exchange for permanent
protection—if he’ll marry one of the village girls to solidify the alliance.
Anlei is appalled when the viceroy selects her as a bride, but with the fate of
her people at stake, she sees no choice but to consent. Anlei’s noble plans are
sent into a tailspin, however, when a young thief steals the River Pearl for
Knowing the viceroy won’t protect her village without the jewel, she takes matters into her own hands. But once she catches the thief, she discovers he needs the pearl just as much as she does. The two embark on an epic quest across the land and into the Courts of Hell, taking Anlei on a journey that reveals more is at stake than she could have ever imagined.
With incredibly vivid world building and fast-paced storytelling, Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon is great for readers who are looking for something fresh in epic fantasy. – Goodreads
The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda
Expected 18 June 2019
I loved Megan Miranda’s All the Missing Girls and The Last House Guest sounds just as good. #thriller
Littleport, Maine, has always felt like two separate towns: an ideal vacation enclave for the wealthy, whose summer homes line the coastline; and a simple harbor community for the year-round residents whose livelihoods rely on service to the visitors.
Typically, fierce friendships never develop between a local and a summer girl—but that’s just what happens with visitor Sadie Loman and Littleport resident Avery Greer. Each summer for almost a decade, the girls are inseparable—until Sadie is found dead. While the police rule the death a suicide, Avery can’t help but feel there are those in the community, including a local detective and Sadie’s brother, Parker, who blame her. Someone knows more than they’re saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name before the facts get twisted against her.
Another thrilling novel from the bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger, Megan Miranda’s The Last House Guest is a smart, twisty read with a strong female protagonist determined to make her own way in the world. -Goodreads
The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad
Expected 25 June 2019
Based on true events this book tells the story of the British National Pigeon Service and their involvement in WWII. #historicalfiction #WWII
It is September 1940—a year into the war—and as German bombs fall on
Britain, fears grow of an impending invasion. Enemy fighter planes blacken the
sky around the Epping Forest home of Susan Shepherd and her grandfather,
Bertie. After losing her parents to influenza as a child, Susan found comfort
in raising homing pigeons with Bertie. All her birds are extraordinary to
Susan—loyal, intelligent, beautiful—but none more so than Duchess. Hatched from
an egg that Susan incubated in a bowl under her grandfather’s desk lamp,
Duchess shares a special bond with Susan and an unusual curiosity about the
Thousands of miles away in Buxton, Maine, a young crop-duster pilot named Ollie Evans has decided to travel to Britain to join the Royal Air Force. His quest brings him to Epping and to the National Pigeon Service, where Susan is involved in a new, covert assignment. Codenamed Source Columba, the mission aims to air-drop hundreds of homing pigeons in German-occupied France. Many will not survive. Those that do make the journey home to England can convey crucial information on German troop movements—and help reclaim the skies from the Luftwaffe.
The friendship between Ollie and Susan deepens as the mission date draws near. When Ollie’s plane is downed behind enemy lines, both know how remote the chances of reunion must be. Yet Duchess’s devotion and her singular sense of duty will become an unexpected lifeline, relaying messages between Susan and Ollie as war rages on—and proving, at last, that hope is never truly lost.
A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson
Expected 25 June 2019
A Nearly Normal Family is a legal thriller and has been translated from Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles #thriller
Eighteen-year-old Stella stands accused of the brutal murder of a man almost fifteen years her senior. She is an ordinary teenager from an upstanding local family. What reason could she have to know a shady businessman, let alone to kill him?
Stella’s father, a pastor, and mother, a criminal defence attorney, find their moral compasses tested as they defend their daughter while struggling to understand why she is a suspect. Told in an unusual three-part structure,
A Nearly Normal Family asks the questions: How well do you know your own children? How far would you go to protect them? – Goodreads
I Looked Away by Jane Corry
Expected 27 June 2019
For reasons unknown, the title of the US edition book has been changed to Child of Mine. I have chosen to feature the UK edition as the author is British and the cover is far more enticing. #thriller
Every Monday, 49-year-old Ellie looks after her
grandson Josh. She loves him more than anything else in the world. The only
thing that can mar her happiness is her husband’s affair. But he swore it was
over, and Ellie has decided to be thankful for what she’s got.
Then one day, while she’s looking after Josh, her husband gets a call from that woman. And for just a moment, Ellie takes her eyes off her grandson. The accident that happens will change her life forever.
Because Ellie is hiding something in her past.
And what looks like an accident could start to look like murder… – Goodreads