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New Releases I’m Excited For! – August

It is that time of the month again where I share some new books that are on the horizon. There are a few books coming out in August that I'm excited about. I wanted to share some of them with you. Here are the new book releases I'm excited for in August!

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This Place is Still Beautiful – XiXi Tian

Despite having had near-identical upbringings, sisters Annalie and Margaret agree on only one thing: that they have nothing in common. Nineteen-year-old Margaret is driven, ambitious, and keenly aware of social justice issues. She couldn't wait to leave their oppressive small-town home and take flight in New York. Meanwhile sweet, popular, seventeen-year-old Annalie couldn't think of anything worse - she loves their town, and feels safe coasting along in its confines. That is, until she arrives home one day to find a gut-punching racial slur painted on their garage door.

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Ellie Pillai is Brown – Christine Pillainayagam

My name is Ellie. Ellie Pillai . . . And I suppose I am a little bit weird, but then, aren't we all, just a little bit? Most days, Ellie Pillai is somewhere between invisible, and not very cool - and usually she's okay with that. But suddenly, Ellie feels different. Maybe it's the new boy at school who makes her brain explode into rainbows every time she sees him (and also happens to be going out with her best friend), or maybe it's her new drama teacher, the one who seems to have noticed she exists.

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Why is Nobody Laughing? – Yasmin Rahman

Will the real Ibrahim Malik please stand up? Ibrahim and Dexter have been best friends forever. While Dexter is always cool and confident, Ibrahim...well, Ibrahim's dealing with a lot. Hiding his passion for comedy from his family, dealing with the pressure of being the oldest child in an immigrant family, and now he's started having episodes he soon realises are panic attacks.

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Her Dark Wings – Melinda Salisbury

The great love of Corey’s life has always been her best friend, Bree: closer than sisters, their bond is unbreakable. Or so Corey believes, until Bree betrays her, and Corey’s world is shattered. Corey finds herself heartbroken, furious and alone... Only to discover that the Underworld – and Hades, Lord of the Dead – is closer than she thinks...

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We All Have Our Secrets – Jane Corry

Emily made a mistake, a mistake midwifes can't afford to make. Escaping to her dad's home in Devon to regroup and check in on him – his dementia has been worsening, and her guilt along with it – she is surprised when a beautiful stranger answers the door. Francoise is her dad's new carer, but Emily's father seems to have deteriorated under her care. Emily doesn't trust Francoise – but she doesn't trust herself either. Each has a secret. And one of them will kill to keep it . . .

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What I Read in June!

Throughout June I have read a total of 15 books! I had an amazing 16 days away in Lanzarote this month which mean I got to read a lot more books than I normally would do. I do feel like I'm in a little bit of a reading slump now but still it has been an incredible reading month. So, I am back with another what I’ve read this month post. Here is a bunch of mini reviews for the books I read in June!

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If You Still Recognise Me – Cynthia So

Elsie has a crush on Ada, the only person in the world who truly understands her. Unfortunately, they’ve never met in real life and Ada lives an ocean away. But Elsie has decided it’s now or never to tell Ada how she feels. That is, until her long-lost best friend Joan walks back into her life. In a summer of repairing broken connections and building surprising new ones, Elsie realises that she isn’t nearly as alone as she thought. But now she has a choice to make…

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Tokyo Dreaming – Emiko Jean

When Japanese-American Izumi Tanaka learned her father was the Crown Prince of Japan, she became a princess overnight. Now, she’s overcome conniving cousins, salacious press, and an imperial scandal to finally find a place she belongs. She has a perfect bodyguard turned boyfriend. Her stinky dog, Tamagotchi, is living with her in Tokyo. Her parents have even rekindled their college romance and are engaged. A royal wedding is on the horizon! Izumi’s life is a Tokyo dream come true. Only...