I had a lot of fun writing this post. Some of the books had thoroughly entertaining synopses and I’m actually more excited about this batch of books than I’ve been for quite a few of them. I would earnestly encourage each of you to check out at least one of these books to see if they might be for you.

the brink of darknessI skimmed the synopsis for this book because I wanted to avoid spoilers. You see, I haven’t read the first book in this series and as The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles is currently on my TBR, it makes sense that The Brink of Darkness would be as well. There’s something about a bounty hunter called X and that’s about as much as I know about this sequel thus far. I imagine that if any of you have read the first one and it was a well-written novel that you’ll be interested in reading the sequel. For me, it’s more about determining whether or not I like the first one before I decide if I’m actually going to read this book. But, for now, it’s going to sit on my TBR just like the first in the series until I find the time to get to it.

smoke and ironSmoke and Iron by Rachel Caine is yet another book that I skimmed the synopsis for due to the fact that it is a sequel for a book currently on my TBR. In fact, Smoke and Iron is actually the fourth book in The Great Library series, but I’m sure from that alone you can determine why I would want to read it. I mean, honestly, what book lover in their right mind wouldn’t want to read a book about a great library? Let alone a whole series! I’m not one hundred percent sure what the fourth book is about or what it entails barring saving the library–I do believe it is a fantasy series–but I am definitely really looking forward to the moment in the future when I will finally find out.the loneliest girl in the universe

I one hundred percent do not know how to feel about The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James. I have a feeling that this book will likely break my heart. To start with, the girl is literally all alone in a spaceship as she searches for a suitable replacement for Earth for humanity to survive, her parents have died tragically, and suddenly her only human contact is via e-mail with a boy who has also been sent out into space for the same purpose? And then there’s something about things not really being what they seem and it potentially being better to be alone and so I’m just expecting a lot of misery in this novel. And while I would typically not want to read a book like this, it involves space and the synopsis has me hooked, so here I am adding it to my TBR.

kiss of the royalKiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga sounds damn hilarious and I cannot wait to read it. I don’t know if hilarity was the author’s intention here, but just one look at that synopsis and I was giggling so much. Apparently, in this world where they are at war, kissing someone is a transfer of magic. And so the princess, in order to save her kingdom, feels that this is a necessary move. The Prince, however, sees kissing only as something to do with someone you love and is therefore rather averse to the idea. And I’m probably butchering that summary a bit so I’d recommend checking out the book on Goodreads before making up your mind about it, but I know I’m going to read this one. And hopefully giggle all the way through.

playing her secret crushPlaying Her Secret Crush by Casey Griffin sounds like a wonderful mess. And, though many of these books aren’t always my style and I usually end up regretting reading them–I’m honestly not sure why at this point–I’m really looking forward to reading this one. I’m a pretty big sucker for love stories like this one where the boy asks the girl to help him find a girlfriend and then falls in love with her instead. And with the added twist of his feelings being repressed due to the fact that his brother, now passed away, once had feelings for the girl in question I find myself just more inclined to want to read it. Which, in retrospect is kind of funny because I honestly don’t know how much that aspect of the novel is going to add or change to the story. It’s simply yet another reason to hold a couple back among the millions and billions that have been thought up over the years. And we all know how this story is going to turn out, I think. Then again, perhaps it will surprise us? Probably not, though.

And that’s the end of the first post for July! What are your thoughts on these books? Are there any you’d add to your TBR? Or do you hate them all and feel like you’ll avoid each one? Let me know in the comments!

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