August 2018 releases I need to get my hands on!

A new month brings new releases that are screaming my name! Inspired by a two-part series I did last year where I highlighted the books of the first and second halves of 2017, this year I’m doing it a little differently. Instead of breaking it down by genre, I’m focusing on each month’s releases I need in my life.

Curious about previous books I featured?
sci-fi/fantasy part 1 | sci-fi/fantasy part 2
contemporary part 1 | contemporary part 2
historical fiction part 1 | historical fiction part 2
mystery/suspense part 1 | mystery/suspense part 2

May releases I need to get my hands on!
June releases I need to get my hands on!

Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black | August 7
First mentioned back in November, Girl at the Grave is a novel I’ve been looking forward to for nearly a year! This historical YA follows Valentine, a girl trying to outrun her mother’s infamous legacy. It’s only natural for fingers to point Valentine’s way once a new string of murders shake their small town. The one person who believes Valentine’s innocent? The son of the man her mother murdered.

I’m SO here for murder. Especially historical murder!

With You Always by Rena Olsen | August 7
Cheating already! I received a finished copy of this one a few weeks ago, though I had NO idea it was even a thing! I really enjoyed Rena’s debut, The Girl Before, and am delighted she has a new one for me to devour!

Julia feels lost after a painful break-up until Bryce seemingly swoops into her life out of nowhere. Handsome and charming, he encourages Julia to live her best life and keeps her grounded with his rock-solid faith. Julia views this new relationship as her picture-perfect ending…but as the months go by, she begins to realize her happily ever after is turning into a nightmare.

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker | August 7
Another I already own, but AAAAHHHH NEW K.A. TUCKER!! Honestly, I’ll read anything this woman writes ♥!

The Alaskan wilderness, a ruggedly handsome pilot, a daughter reconnecting with her father. Yes, yes, and yes.

Rules of the Ruff by Heidi Lang | August 14
Aaand another I have. (Even though I’m not featuring too many releases this month, I’m so lucky that I managed to score so many of the ones I wanted to read!) Jessie should be looking forward to a summer spent at her aunt and uncle’s house. Unfortunately, her cousin has an awful new best friend, which leaves Jessie out in the cold. She takes it upon herself to make the most of her summer, however, and convinces the grouchy neighborhood dog walker to take her on as an apprentice. When a rival dog walker begins stealing their clients, Jessie isn’t going to go down without a fight.

Oddly enough this summer I have two dog walker reads, the other an adult novel. If dog walking is the newest trend in books, sign me up!

Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul | August 21
Dual era ✔
Real historical figures ✔
Scandal and the monarchy ✔ and ✔

If there was ever a book for me, seriously. Another Woman’s Husband bounces between 1911 and 1997 as a 15-year-old befriends a carefree spitfire of a girl named Wallis Warfield and when the death of a princess shook the world. I’ll admit, I’m VERY intrigued by the Wallis Simpson story – though I’m equally looking forward to the Diana one. What’s interesting is that neither woman narrates, both sides are told through the eyes of another. The blurb also mentions “the revelation of a long-forgotten link” and you know I am already hooked!

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick | August 21
I first became aware of Nicola Cornick after a GoodReads Recommends post (based on my favorite read of 2016). I ended up receiving an early copy of House of Shadows and loved it even more than I expected, so it was a no-brainer when I heard she was coming out with a new one: I needed this book in my life. The powers that be smiled down on this little blogger and I received an early copy of The Phantom Tree, aaahhhh!!

While browsing antique shops, Alison comes across a painting of Anne Boleyn, though she knows the true subject is Mary Seymour. How? Because she was there at Wolf Hall with Mary…five centuries earlier in 1557. UM YES!

Vox by Christina Dalcher | August 21
Vox is already one of THE books of the summer and I have a copy all set for me to dive right into! On average, people speak around 16,000 words a day. In Vox, women have been almost totally silenced: now only permitted a vocabulary of a mere 100 words. With the language goes their ability to hold jobs, soon girls are no longer taught to read and write. Dr. Jean McClellan refuses to accept this new America and makes the ultimate decision for herself, her daughter, for every woman silenced: she will reclaim her voice.

In Another Time by Caroline Leech | August 28
1942, the Scottish Highlands. Maisie is doing her part in the war effort as a lumberjill with the Women’s Timber Corps. With her job comes her first taste of independence and blossoming friendships…including one with John. The more Maisie tries to get closer, however, the more John pulls away until a terrible accident one day, leading to John revealing the truth about his past and the pain he’s been carrying ever since.

I mean, what could be better than a swoony WWII Scottish romance? Exactly.

5 thoughts on “August 2018 releases I need to get my hands on!

  1. […] • One plus to being home alone is I’ve gotten a decent amount of reading done! Four books down this week with hopefully a fifth finished by tonight. …unfortunately, it seems this week has been more about quantity than quality. Only one was a 3-star read (Tessa Dare’s novella Lord Dashwood Missed Out), the other three – sadly all ARCs! – were disappointing 2-star reads: Rena Olsen’s With You Always, Heidi Lang’s Rules of the Ruff, and Christina Dalcher’s Vox). So much for my excitement over August releases! […]

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