May 11, 2021 Book Releases & Reviews

May 11, 2021 Book Releases & Reviews

Review – Daughter of the Pirate King & Daughter of the Siren Queen Tricia Levenseller

Happy Tuesday Book Lovers !

On Sunday, I posted my review for Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King Duology. I have to say, I think I enjoyed Daughter of the Pirate King over Daughter of the Siren Queen. You can click here to see the review. You will notice that I actually gave the series itself a higher rating than the individual books. I felt the series as a whole deserved 4★s.

Alosa is one bad ass Siren Pirate Princess & damn I want to be her friend.

On Sunday, I also finished reading Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – & holy fucking poptarts batman. Loved it. 5★s all day long. My review will be up in a couple of days – make sure you are following me so you don’t miss it.

Doctor Who + Sorcery of Thorns = Lady Cassandra vibes from the Book of Faces : MOISTURIZE ME. Just me? Ok…

@theaphantasiabookworm Instagram poll results

Right now I am reading The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Loving it more then Circe that’s for sure. I ran a poll on my Instagram & it seems most people prefer The Song of Achilles. It was a tight race though. If you missed my Circe review you can see it here.

I am also reading The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes as part of a Goodreads group monthly read challenge thing. So far it is ok – major Knives Out vibes at the moment.

Fantasy & Thriller Releases for May 11, 2021

Last but not least for today, some more book releases ! In my last post, I shared some books being released this month that I was excited about. Of course, I came across more since then, mostly Thrillers/Mystery, even a debut author & all due to be released today, May 11, 2021.

I think that is it friends! – Links below are affiliate links. If you choose to click through & purchase any of these books I will make a small commission at no extra cost to you.

A Master of Djinn – P. Djèlí Clark Synopsis

A Master of Djinn ★ P. Djèlí Clark Dead Djinn Universe #1

A Master of Djinn P.Djeli Clark Book Cover & Synopsis

Cairo, 1912: Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie, especially after preventing the destruction of the universe last summer.

So when someone murders a secret brotherhood dedicated to one of the most famous men in history, al-Jahiz, Agent Fatma is called onto the case. Al-Jahiz transformed the world 50 years ago when he opened up the veil between the magical and mundane realms, before vanishing into the unknown. This murderer claims to be al-Jahiz, returned to condemn the modern age for its social oppressions. His dangerous magical abilities instigate unrest in the streets of Cairo that threaten to spill over onto the global stage.

Alongside her Ministry colleagues and her clever girlfriend Siti, Agent Fatma must unravel the mystery behind this imposter to restore peace to the city – or face the possibility he could be exactly who he seems….

Buy A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark


A Good Mother – Lara Bazelon Synopsis

A Good Mother ★ Lara Bazelon

A Good Mother Lara Bazelon Cover & Synopsis

When a soldier is found stabbed through the heart at a US Army base, there is no doubt that his wife, Luz, is to blame. But was it an act of self-defense? An attempt to save her infant daughter? Or the cold-blooded murder of an innocent man?

Ambitious public defender Abby is determined to win at all costs. As a new mother herself, she wants to keep Luz out of prison and with her daughter. But when the surprises stack up and shocking new evidence emerges, Abby realizes the task proves far more difficult than she suspected and will require a terrible sacrifice.

As the trial hurtles toward an outcome no one expects, Abby, Luz and a captivated jury are forced to answer the question that will decide everything–what does it mean to be a good mother?

Purchase A Good Mother by Lara Bazelon


Hush Little Baby – R.H Herron Synopsis

Hush Little Baby ★ R.H Herron

Hush Little Baby R.H Herron 
Book Cover & Synopsis

Jillian Marsh is a survivor. She escaped her toxic upbringing at the hands of her religious zealot mother as a teenager, and after hitting rock bottom due to alcoholism in her twenties, she not only got sober, she built a successful marriage and medical career, even if she wasn’t able to make amends for all the mistakes she made during her drinking days. But nearly a decade later, things are once again going downhill for Jillian. Her wife, Rochelle, has left her while Jillian is pregnant with Rochelle’s biological child, and she feels constantly unsettled in her now-empty house–items missing from their usual place, burning candles she can’t remember lighting, the screen from her bedroom window removed. Even her mommies-to-be group isn’t the solace it once was. Bree, Camille, Maggie, and Jillian vowed to not only support each other in motherhood but in their sobriety, careers, and maintaining their independence after their babies are born . . . a sisterhood that begins to unravel when the secrets between the women come unwillingly to light.

As things in Jillian’s home begin to escalate, she’s forced to ask herself: Is one of her supposed friends not as trustworthy as she seems? Could Rochelle be gaslighting her in order to claim full custody of their daughter? Or, worst of all–is Jillian turning into her own mother, and imagining all of it in some sort of subconscious sabotage against her unborn child?

When the missing items turn into unambiguous threats, and as the circle of those she can trust continues to dwindle, Jillian knows only one thing for sure: she will do anything to protect her baby.

Purchase Hush Little Baby R.H Herron


The Plot Jean Hanff Korelitz Synopsis

The Plot ★ Jean Hanff Korelitz

The Plot Book Cover & Synopsis by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Jacob Finch Bonner was once a promising young novelist with a respectably published first book. Today, he’s teaching in a third-rate MFA program and struggling to maintain what’s left of his self-respect; he hasn’t written–let alone published–anything decent in years. When Evan Parker, his most arrogant student, announces he doesn’t need Jake’s help because the plot of his book in progress is a sure thing, Jake is prepared to dismiss the boast as typical amateur narcissism. But then . . . he hears the plot.

Jake returns to the downward trajectory of his own career and braces himself for the supernova publication of Evan Parker’s first novel: but it never comes. When he discovers that his former student has died, presumably without ever completing his book, Jake does what any self-respecting writer would do with a story like that–a story that absolutely needs to be told.

In a few short years, all of Evan Parker’s predictions have come true, but Jake is the author enjoying the wave. He is wealthy, famous, praised and read all over the world. But at the height of his glorious new life, an e-mail arrives, the first salvo in a terrifying, anonymous campaign: You are a thief, it says.

As Jake struggles to understand his antagonist and hide the truth from his readers and his publishers, he begins to learn more about his late student, and what he discovers both amazes and terrifies him. Who was Evan Parker, and how did he get the idea for his “sure thing” of a novel? What is the real story behind the plot, and who stole it from whom?


Happy reading everyone !

PS. Let me know if you pick up any of these books !

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