Hello readers! There are fewer books on this list this month, but it’s probably a good thing given how many last month added to my backlog. Let’s take a look!
Six Crimson Cranes (Six Crimson Cranes #1) – Elizabeth Lim
Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.
Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.
Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.
Reign (Stormheart #3) – Cora Carmack
FIRST SHE ROARED. THEN SHE RAGED. NOW IT’S TIME FOR HER REIGN.
Aurora Pavan wanted to change her world.
She wanted to protect her people, not because they paid taxes, but because they deserved to live without fear. She wanted Pavan to be a home that welcomed everyone–remnants, stormhunters, and witches included.
For the first time in her life, she did not dread the duty into which she was born. She wanted it.
Then she met him. The Stormlord–the man who wielded the same magic as she, but with the intent to destroy rather than save. The Aurora Pavan who came home from that confrontation was not the same girl that had braved the wildlands and joined a rebellion. She was no longer the girl who was ready to change the world, ready to rule.
But she’s the queen now all the same. And her kingdom needs her. If only she can keep the new darkness inside her at bay.
The series that USA Today called “bright, electric, and imaginative” continues: Aurora Pavan rises to take her throne in this third installment of the Stormheart series by New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack.
I have my fingers crossed that this book is actually coming out this month, because according to Goodreads it is, but I can’t find anywhere to pre-order it and the release date has already been pushed back multiple times.
Gods and Monsters (Serpent and Dove #3) – Shelby Mahurin
Evil always seeks a foothold. We must not give it one.
After a heartbreaking loss, Lou, Reid, Beau, and Coco are bent on vengeance more than ever before—and none more so than Lou.
But this is no longer the Lou they thought they knew. No longer the Lou that captured a chasseur’s heart. A darkness has settled over her, and this time it will take more than love to drive it out.
Are any of these books on your July TBR? Let me know in the comments below!