June was a fantastic reading month. Mostly because there was lots of down time and that made reading the most appealing thing for me to do. I really enjoyed the books that I read in June, one in particular! And so today I’m sharing said books with you in hopes that you may just find your next favorite book! 🙂
Here they are!
Goodreads Synopsis: Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.
Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.
Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.
With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah takes her talented pen to the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France–a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.
The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.
But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.
Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.
Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…
A sheltered beauty
Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable… the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…
Marrying Mr. Winterborne
16 thoughts on “Your Next Favorite Book: June Reads”
I waited forever to get the glass sword from the library and then once I finally had it checked out I wasn't in the mood/couldn't get into it, and I haven't re-requested it again. I haven't read or watched Room yet and I'd like to do both, I'm just not sure which order to do I guess?
The Nightingale is on my list of books to read, but I will probably wait a few months. I need a break from the WWII books for a while.
Just added \”An Ember in the Ashes\” to my TBR list. I'm totally going to have to agree with you on \”Room.\” I've been trying to read it, but it's not grabbing me the way I'd like, but I know that I'll be obsessed with the movie.
An Ember in the Ashes sounds good! it's on my list. i haven't read any Lisa Kleypas books, which one should i start with?! i loved Room, still haven't seen the movie.. i never see a movie and then read the book and end up liking the book more, if that makes sense. i tend to like whatever i came into first.the nightingale was amazing. absolutely amazing.
I have heard such good things about The Nightingale – definitely adding that to my reading list!
oh, I can't wait to read The Nighingale! I'm currently on a WWII kick and just fnished all the light we cannot see, Unbroken and The Lucky Child. SO GOOD!!
I loved The Nightingale and the quote you picked is fantastic and so true. I liked The Red Queen but for some reason haven't felt an urgent need to read the sequel. Maybe some day. However, An Ember in the Ashes does sound really good to me and I'm adding it to my TBR. I enjoy YA too and like you, I prefer it when it leans more into the adult side.
That sucks that you didn't care for Glass Sword as much as Red Queen! I loved Red Queen so much! And yes to everything you said about The Nightingale! It was such a beautiful book with a great storyline! I had no idea how bad it was for the French under German rule! An Ember In The Ashes sounds like a really good YA novel! You know how much I love YA books!
I read The Nightingale last year and it was in between many other WWII books. I think I have the genre out of my system now!
Yes to everything you said about The Nightingale! Such a beautiful, powerful book.
I've yet to see the movie Room, but I enjoyed the book and definitely want to see it. You make me want to see it even more!The Nightingale, oh, The Nightingale. Soooo good.
I'm really enjoying Historical romance this summer too in the form of the Bridgerton family…love those books. Lisa Kleypas sounds right up my alley too.
I completely agree about The Nightingale showing a less popular perspective of the French occupation. Part of the appeal of the book was the realistic details of regular life and the horrors the women and children faced.
I read Room years ago and absolutely loved it. I did not love her book Frog Music. Don't read that one. I believe I'm the only blogger to not read The Nightingale and have no plans to read it. Since I don't like historical fiction, I can't imagine I'd enjoy this despite all the glowing reviews.
I read Room years ago and really liked it then, but I LOVED the movie. It was so much more emotional for me…they did such a great job adapting it. That line from The Nightingale still gives me goosebumps when I see it.
I really want to read The Room. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I've heard great things about both the movie and the book! I also loved The Nightingale, it was such a perfectly written story!