Some of you may know that last month was the Indie Accords, which is a month-long readathon dedicated to indie authors hosted by my lovely friend, Lana. I thought it would be fun to look over the books I read and do a little spotlight on the new-to-me authors that I picked, so without further ado, let’s get to it.
I’d had a copy of An Heir Comes to Rise sitting on my shelves since last year, so I was so excited to be able to slip this in at the start of July. I did really enjoy this, but it was quite slow-paced and very little happened. However, I definitely think it will be one of those series that gets better as it goes—the story was interesting, as were the characters so I can’t wait to see where it’ll go.
One of my favourite discoveries of the month was The Ties That Bind series. I read books one and two, Broken Bonds and Savage Bonds, pretty much back to back. I was really unsure while reading the first one, but by the end, I was so intrigued that I just had to keep reading. I had a lot of fun reading book two and I’ll definitely be continuing this series later this month.
Another favourite discovery was A.M Kore’s Tenebra City series. This was my first ever monster romance, and I absolutely loved it. I read Quiver & Quill, which is a mothman romance, and Grinch & Guile, which is a Christmas novella about a grinch, and I loved both of them. I ran out of time to get to book two, Sin & Spell, but again I’ll be continuing that in August.
I read Duckett and Dyer: Dicks for Hire towards the start of the month and really enjoyed it. It’s very different from my usual kind of thing—it’s funny, and it’s sci-fi with a private investigator twist. It was a really fun read, but I’m not sure whether I’ll continue the series after all. I was really excited to after finishing book one, but now I’m questioning whether I will continue or not.
I’m sad to say that my first experience with Keri Arthur was not the best. I read Crown of Shadows and loved the start, but things went downhill for me pretty quickly, and I ended up not enjoying it. However, Keri Arthur has so many books that I will give her another try—I haven’t decided which book/series yet, but I’ll read something in the next month or so.
Stacey Marie Brown
Another disappointment! I read Savage Lands and just thought it was okay—it felt very much like everything else I’d read in fantasies that focused around some sort of prison. I really thought I’d end up loving it because I’d started it a few months back and loved the first few chapters, but it just wasn’t for me in the end. I won’t be continuing this series.
And because I didn’t want to end this post off on a sad note, the final author is Larissa Behrendt. I read After Story from her and absolutely loved it. It’s literary fiction so wildly different from everything else I read this month (and in general), but it was fantastic. I’ve been searching for her other books ever since finishing this one but I haven’t found anything in my local bookstores yet.
And that’s it for this post. Have you read any of these? Which new-to-you authors did you discover in July?