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My Most Anticipated Book Releases for April, May and June 2021

There is too many book releases that I’m most excited for and I haven’t even read all of my most anticipated releases from Jan, Feb and March yet but I’m still very excited to get to the books listed below so here are my most anticipated book releases for April, May and June.

April:

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The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman
The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Malice by Heather Walter
Witches Steeped In Gold by Ciannon Smart
Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard

May:

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Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Girl With Stars In Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod

June:

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Monstrous Design (Battalion of the Dead #2) by Kat Dunn
Darling by K. Ancrum
This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

What books are you anticipating to be released in April, May and June?

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March Wrap Up 2021

What I Read In March:

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Reclaimed (Shadow Beast Shifters #2) by Jaymin Eve – 5 STARS

I loved Reclaimed, I loved the chemistry and banter between Shadow and Mera and I loved that this book focused on the shadow realm instead of on Mera’s pack. I really enjoyed reading about Mera in this book and loved how open her personality is, I can’t wait for the next book.

Guard Your Heart by Sue Divin – 3 STARS – {I was sent a proof copy of this book by the publisher}

Guard Your Heart is set in modern day Northern Ireland and is a YA contemporary that focuses on the political history of Northern Ireland and shows the effects of it on two teenagers from opposite sides who start up a friendship with each other. I liked the first half of Guard Your Heart but I felt the second half was a bit rushed and had some drama that wasn’t really needed in the story.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune – 5 STARS

The House in the Cerulean Sea was just as wonderful as all the hype said it was. I loved this book, I loved how it gradually built up this beautiful story that not only had interesting characters but also amazing themes and messages to it. I loved the writing and think it’s a great story for all ages.

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The Lost Book of the White (The Eldest Curses #2) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu – 3 STARS

I’ve been a bit disappointed with this series so far. I love the overall Shadowhunter world and I love Magnus and Alec but this book and the first book in the series felt boring to me. They don’t really feel like a full story, more like short stories and they don’t feel that important to the overall Shadowhunter chronicles. Saying that, I still love the characters and their interactions so that’s why I’ve given it a 3 star.

Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran – 2 STARS

I was intrigued by this book in the beginning but I gradually grew a bit bored of it and felt like nothing really happened in it. I don’t think this is a bad book, I just didn’t connect with it.

Blog Posts I Did In March:

The Anticipated Releases Book Tag 2021

Easter Readathon TBR 2021

Rejected (Shadow Beast Shifters #1) by Jaymin Eve Book Review

Reclaimed (Shadow Beast Shifters #2) by Jaymin Eve Book Review

Shades of Allegiance (Anomaly #3) by Sandy Williams Book Review

Venandi by K.C. Luck Book Review

Books On My Spring TBR 2021

New Beginnings

Interesting and Unique Fictional Jobs

February Wrap Up 2021

My March Bookstagram Pictures (KylasLibrary):

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What books did you read in March? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?

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Book Review: Reclaimed (Shadow Beast Shifters #2) by Jaymin Eve

reclaimedBook: Reclaimed
Series: Shadow Beast Shifters #2
Author: Jaymin Eve
Genre: Adult/New adult, fantasy paranormal romance

They all made a terrible mistake. One they will pay for.

For the past ten years I’ve been a victim. A victim to my pack. A victim to my true mate, who rejected me in the most brutal of ways. And a victim to Shadow Beast, who used me for his own gains.

Or did he?

The beast of mystery never reveals his whole hand, but one thing is for sure… in my time with him, I’ve changed. Now I will no longer walk the path dictated by the powerful men in my life. Never again will I let my strength be taken from me.

I must evolve or die.

And we all know, with a choice like that, there’s really only one answer.

My Rating: 5 STARS

My Review:

Reclaimed starts off right where Rejected ended and I really liked that. At the end of Rejected Mera gets very angry as she finds out about Dannie and with her anger comes some very interesting new powers. I loved that for almost all of this book Mera’s pack was not in it. In Rejected I disliked the parts of the story that involved the wolf pack and I was glad that this book had very minimal (almost none) scenes with the wolf pack. Most of Reclaimed is focused on Mera and Shadow exploring the shadow realm and finding out more about what happened and why Shadow was not allowed in.

The relationship between Shadow and Mera was very intriguing to read. I loved how they push each other’s buttons and their dynamic is so captivating to read, I loved the banter between them. In the first book I thought Mera was an okay character but I grew to love her as this book went on. She has a very open personality and I love how she just says what she thinks. She did this in the first book too but it wasn’t until reading this book where I fully appreciated her character and personality. It’s interesting that she’s so open and Shadow so closed off.

The plot was also very intriguing and I liked the focus on the shadow realm and the mystery behind it. I loved Mera finding out more about who she is and the powers she has. There were also some really interesting twists in the story too.

Overall I loved Reclaimed and the relationship and romance between Shadow and Mera is my favourite thing about the series, their chemistry and connection with each other mixed with the banter between them makes them one of my new favourite fantasy romance couples. I also really enjoyed the plot and I’m glad it didn’t focus on the wolf pack and I can’t wait to read the next.

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Books On My Spring 2021 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is: Books On My Spring 2021 TBR. I’ve only listed a few books because I don’t like being too overwhelmed by my tbrs but I’m very excited for all of them!

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A Court of Silver Flames (ACOTAR #4) by Sarah J. Maas
Born in Fire by K.F. Breene
Forever Ends on Friday by Justin A. Reynolds
Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2) by Cassandra Clare
Reborn (Shadow Beast Shifters #3) by Jaymin Eve

What books are on your spring tbr?

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Book Review: Rejected (Shadow Beast Shifters #1) by Jaymin Eve

rejectedBook: Rejected
Series: Shadow Beast Shifters #1
Author: Jaymin Eve
Genre: Adult/New adult, fantasy paranormal romance

My father made a terrible mistake. One I’m left paying for.

As a wolf shifter growing up in a strong pack, I should be living my best life. But after my father tried to kill the alpha, I’m labeled an outcast, traitor, less than dirt.

When I can’t take pack life any longer, I run, but apparently they don’t like losing their punching bag. Torin, the alpha’s son, drags me back before my first shift… a shift that will reveal my true mate.

I never could have predicted who mine would be, but the moment my wolf looks upon him, I’m filled with hope for a brighter future.

After all, no one ever rejects their true mate, right?
Wrong. Very wrong.

When the wolves attack, my soul screams for vengeance, and somehow I touch the shadow world. Somehow I bring him to our lands.

The Shadow Beast. Our shifter god. The devil himself.

Turns out being rejected by my mate was only the beginning.

My Rating: 4 STARS

My Review:

I enjoyed reading this book but I did think about putting it down in the first 20 to 30 percent simply because I didn’t really know what to expect from the story. The pack is completely irredeemable in my eyes because of the way they treated Mera through the years but I was worried that the author would try to redeem them and that that would be the point of the story especially since we get hints at the beginning that Mera’s mate could be one of the pack members who treated her bad.

I was wary about all of that so I was glad when the story took a turn around a third of the way in and the Shadow Beast was introduced. This is where I really began to enjoy the story because I loved the interactions between Shadow and Mera. I didn’t like the way Shadow treats Mera when they first meet either but I feel like there is definitely a deeper connection there that is explored more as they get to know each other.

Mera is an okay character, I did feel sorry for her after everything she went through with her pack and I’m looking forward to future books where I know she’ll grow and have more confidence to kick some ass.

I liked the overall plot and I’m definitely more interested in the different worlds and the library/lair of the Shadow Beast and the plot of what went wrong with the shadow realm and the characters on that side of the story especially Shadow and his five friends as well as Angel. I don’t like reading the scenes with Mera’s pack and the plotline of that.

Overall I enjoyed this book a lot even though I disliked the beginning and all the scenes involving Mera’s pack. I was a lot more interested in the story when the Shadow Beast appeared and I enjoyed reading about Mera and Shadows interactions with each other.

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The Anticipated Releases Book Tag 2021

I’ve seen the Anticipated Releases Book Tag about and I thought it’d be fun to do. The original creator is Ellyn (Allonsythornraxx), now onto the questions!

QUESTIONS:

1) Your Most Anticipated Release Of The Year

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Crescent City #2 by Sarah J Maas would most likely be my most anticipated book but I’m not sure if that release date is definite so I’ll pick Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

2) A Book You’re Not Anticipating

I don’t really have a book in mind for this question.

3) Most Underhyped Anticipated Release

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Descendants of the First (The Return of the Earth Mother #2) by Reni K. Amayo
A Lair of Bones (Curse of the Cyren Queen #1) by Helen Scheuerer

4) A Book You’ve Been Waiting On Forever!

Strange Fate (Night World #10) by L.J. Smith
Hunted by Jessie Mihalik

5) A Book You’re Anticipating Out Of Your Comfort Zone

I don’t really have a book out of my comfort zone that I’m anticipating.

6) Your Top 3 “Can’t Wait” Books Of The Year

Besides the ones I’ve already mentioned above, my top 3 ‘can’t wait’ books of the year are:

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The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Redemptor (Raybearer #2) by Jordan Ifueko
This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

7) The Top 5 Most Anticipated Backlist Books On Your TBR

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

What books are you most anticipating? Are you excited for any of these books I’ve mentioned?