When Shadows Fall by Sita Brahmachari

I know that I have been a way for a little while, but today I am back letting you know all about the amazing When Shadows Fall by Sita Brahmachari! When Shadows Fall focuses on Kai, Orla, Zak and Om throughout their teenage years up until A-Level results day. Covering loss, grief, friendship and community, When Shadows Fall is a book that I urge everyone to pick up. Here is the synopsis so you get a complete sense of what an amazing book this is.

Kai, Orla and Zak grew up together, their days spent on the patch of wilderness in between their homes, a small green space in a sprawling grey city. Music, laughter and friendship bind them together and they have big plans for their future – until Kai’s family suffers a huge loss.
Trying to cope with his own grief, as well as watching it tear his family apart, Kai is drawn into a new and more dangerous crowd, until his dreams for the future are a distant memory. Excluded from school and retreating from his loved ones, it seems as though his path is set, his story foretold. Orla, Zak and new classmate Om are determined to help him find his way back. But are they too late? 

As part of the launch of When Shadows Fall I was invited to an interview with Sita and her editor Mattie Whitehead within which Sita answered questions about her writing journey and what led her to write When Shadows Fall, which was extremely interesting to learn especially as When Shadows Fall has been 20 years in the making.

Also as part of the event I got to ask some questions about family and identity within young adult books, and here are all her brilliant answers.

How important do you think that it is that a Young Adults can see themselves in the books that they read?

“My ears have been tuned to what diversity means in all its glory and what people bring not as a negative, obviously people including myself and my family have experienced racism but not just as that. What I think what a lot of young people get from my work and when I meet them is that if you do speak English as a second language you do have a cultural history, … and that makes you uniquely able to bring that in storytelling and that is valuable.”

How influential do you think the people around us are on our identities, do you think identity is something that can be influenced?

“The thing about identity is so fluid and that’s another reason why I love working with teenagers and writing for teenagers … I think we try on things, in music we listen to different kinds of music, we try on different things, we like certain foods and we go towards them.” 

I really hope that my post today has inspired you to pick up When Shadows Fall by Sita Brahmachari, and please do go and check out all of the amazing people as part of the blog tour. I also want to give a special thank you to Nina Douglas for arranging this tour and letting me be a part of it.

October/November/December Anticipated Releases

I can’t believe that we have reached the point in the year where I am doing my final anticipated releases of the year. There are quite a few books that I am still excited for, but not as many as normal, as by this point my TBR list is off of the chart. I have really enjoyed doing this series of post across the year, so I think I am going to continue it into 2022.

So here you have it, my anticipated releases for the rest of the year!

The Goddess of Nothing at All by Cat Rector
Release Date: 1st October


Perhaps you know the myths.
Furious, benevolent Gods.
A tree that binds nine realms.
A hammer stronger than any weapon.
And someday, the end of everything.
But few have heard of me.
Looking back, it’s easy to know what choices I might have made differently. At least it feels that way. I might have given up on my title. Told my father he was useless, king of Gods or no, and left Asgard. Made a life somewhere else.
Maybe I would never have let Loki cross my path. Never have fallen in love.
But there’s no going back.
We were happy once.
And the price for that happiness was the end of everything.

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson
Release Date: 5th October

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The dead of Loraille do not rest.
Artemisia is training to be a Gray Sister, a nun who cleanses the bodies of the deceased so that their souls can pass on; otherwise, they will rise as spirits with a ravenous hunger for the living. She would rather deal with the dead than the living, who trade whispers about her scarred hands and troubled past.
When her convent is attacked by possessed soldiers, Artemisia defends it by awakening an ancient spirit bound to a saint’s relic. It is a revenant, a malevolent being that threatens to possess her the moment she drops her guard. Wielding its extraordinary power almost consumes her—but death has come to Loraille, and only a vespertine, a priestess trained to wield a high relic, has any chance of stopping it. With all knowledge of vespertines lost to time, Artemisia turns to the last remaining expert for help: the revenant itself.
As she unravels a sinister mystery of saints, secrets, and dark magic, her bond with the revenant grows. And when a hidden evil begins to surface, she discovers that facing this enemy might require her to betray everything she has been taught to believe—if the revenant doesn’t betray her first.

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
Release Date: 5th October


Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother’s love–and she’s on the hook for one hell of a debt. Vanja, the adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune, was Princess Gisele’s dutiful servant up until a year ago. That was when Vanja’s otherworldly mothers demanded a terrible price for their care, and Vanja decided to steal her future back… by stealing Gisele’s life for herself.
The real Gisele is left a penniless nobody while Vanja uses an enchanted string of pearls to take her place. Now, Vanja leads a lonely but lucrative double life as princess and jewel thief, charming nobility while emptying their coffers to fund her great escape. Then, one heist away from freedom, Vanja crosses the wrong god and is cursed to an untimely end: turning into jewels, stone by stone, for her greed.
Vanja has just two weeks to figure out how to break her curse and make her getaway. And with a feral guardian half-god, Gisele’s sinister fiancé, and an overeager junior detective on Vanja’s tail, she’ll have to pull the biggest grift yet to save her own life.

Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross
Release Date: 2nd November

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A curse plagues the realm of Azenor—during each new moon, magic flows from the nearby mountain and brings nightmares to life. Only magicians, who serve as territory wardens, stand between people and their worst dreams.
Clementine Madigan is ready to take over as the warden of her small town, but when two magicians challenge her, she is unwittingly drawn into a century-old conflict. She seeks revenge, but as she secretly gets closer to Phelan, one of the handsome young magicians, secrets begin to rise. Clementine must unite with her rival to fight the realm’s curse, which seems to be haunting her every turn.

Jade Fire Gold by June CL Tan
Release Date: 4th November

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Her destiny. His revenge.
In an empire on the brink of war . . .
Ahn is no one, with no past and no family.
Altan is a lost heir, his future stolen away as a child.
When they meet, Altan sees in Ahn a path to reclaiming the throne. Ahn sees a way to finally unlock her past and understand her lethal magical abilities.
But they may have to pay a far deadlier price than either could have imagined.

You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao
Release Date: 9th November


Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes.
Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his things, and tries everything to forget him and the tragic way he died. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces back memories. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.
And Sam picks up the phone.
In a miraculous turn of events, Julie’s been given a second chance at goodbye. The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam’s voice makes her fall for him all over again, and with each call it becomes harder to let him go. However, keeping her otherworldly calls with Sam a secret isn’t easy, especially when Julie witnesses the suffering Sam’s family is going through. Unable to stand by the sidelines and watch their shared loved ones in pain, Julie is torn between spilling the truth about her calls with Sam and risking their connection and losing him forever.

If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich
Release Date: 7th December


Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining under the pressures of fame, and Ruben confides in Zach that he’s feeling smothered by management’s pressure to stay in the closet.
On a whirlwind tour through Europe, with both an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, Ruben and Zach come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance. But when they decide they’re ready to tell their fans and live freely, Zach and Ruben start to truly realize that they will never have the support of their management. How can they hold tight to each other when the whole world seems to want to come between them?

The Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinaka
Release Date: 7th December


It’s Karnawał season in the snow-cloaked Kingdom of Lechija, and from now until midnight when the church bells ring an end to Devil’s Tuesday time will be marked with wintry balls and glittery disguises, cavalcades of nightly torch-lit “kuligi” sleigh-parties.
Unbeknownst to the oblivious merrymakers, two monsters join the fun, descending upon the royal city of Warszów in the guise of two innocent girls. Newfound friends and polar opposites, Zosia and Marynka seem destined to have a friendship that’s stronger even than magic. But that’s put to the test when they realize they both have their sights set on Lechija’s pure-hearted prince. A pure heart contains immeasurable power and Marynka plans to bring the prince’s back to her grandmother in order to prove herself. While Zosia is determined to take his heart and its power for her own.
When neither will sacrifice their ambitions for the other, the festivities spiral into a wild contest with both girls vying to keep the hapless prince out of the other’s wicked grasp. But this isn’t some remote forest village, where a hint of stray magic might go unnoticed, Warszów is the icy capital of a kingdom that enjoys watching monsters burn, and if Zosia and Marynka’s innocent disguises continue to slip, their escalating rivalry might cost them not just the love they might have for each other, but both their lives.

The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling
Release Date: 7th December


Elise Beaumont is cursed. With every touch, she experiences exactly how her loved ones will die. And after her brother’s death—a death she predicted but was unable to prevent—Elise is desperate to get rid of her terrible gift, no matter the cost.
Claire Montgomery also has a unique relationship with death, mostly because she’s already dead. Technically, anyway. Claire is a vampire, and she’s been assigned by the Veil to help Elise master her rare Death Oracle powers.
At first, Elise is reluctant to work with a vampire, but when she predicts a teacher’s imminent murder, she’s determined to stop the violent death, even if it means sacrificing her own future to secure Claire’s help.
The trouble is, Claire and Elise aren’t the only paranormals in town—a killer is stalking the streets, and Claire can’t seem to shake the pull she feels toward Elise, a romance that could upend the Veil’s mission. But as Elise and Claire grow closer, Elise begins to wonder—can she really trust someone tasked with securing her loyalty? Someone who could so easily kill her? Someone who might hold the key to unraveling her brother’s mysterious death?

There you have it, nine books that I am anticipating in the next three months. Are any of these on your anticipated releases list? What other ones do you have? Let me know in the comments below!

Mid Year Freak Out Tag 2021

Hey everyone I hope you are doing well! I thought for today I would do the Mid Year Freak Out Tag, I missed out on doing the tag last year because I hadn’t created my blog yet. I have had a good reading year so far, and am on track with my goals, so I have quite a few books to talk about! I have tried to pick a different book for all of the prompts so I can attempt to talk about as many books as possible!

Carry On Reading

The Aesthete Blogger Award

I have been nominated for this award a couple of times, and I am so thankful to everyone who has nominated me. Thank you so much to you all for welcoming me into the community, and making me feel so happy. I love creating the content that I make and reading all of yours, you are all so amazing. Thank you especially to Asmita (who is also the creator of this incredible award), Alicia from Colorful Bibliophile and Wren from wings and fables for nominating me.

Carry On Reading

April/May/June Anticipated New Releases

I thought for todays post I would compile a list of new releases that I am extremely looking forward to in the next couple of months. This list is mainly so I don’t end up forgetting any books that I am excited about. I am going to be going off of the UK release dates as this is when I will be able to get my hands of them. If you have any recommendations that you think I will love, please do drop them in the comments as I am always on the hunt for more books.

Carry On Reading