Monthly Recaps

2014: June Recap

Catch up with the latest posts from Mermaid Vision Books with this handy guide to the month!

Forget about March coming in like a lion and out like a lamb–June was unexpectedly busier than I could have anticipated. I got to see The Fault in Our Stars with Meg for some mini-best friend time, and the only thing we could really say to each other afterwards was “Why did we do this to ourselves?!” (Check out my review of the film over at Women Write About Comics!) I also started learning hiragana, and it’s been easier than I thought it would be. (Probably due to 19 months of reading Japanese captions on Arashi shows/concerts/movies. XD)

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Some awesome new books also found their way to my doorstep this month. Nina LaCour’s newest book has been on my wishlist since I read and loved The Disenchantments back in 2012. The conclusion to the Grisha Trilogy, Ruin and Rising, was exciting enough for me to stop everything and read it. Amazing friend and fellow U_M Girl Jen Ellision published her book Threats of Sky and Sea last month, and I was lucky enough to get a personalized copy (and I’m in the acknowledgments!).

Speaking of U_M Girls, I’m also four posts into a new series hosted on WWAC: Moonie Musings! I’ve been rereading the entire Sailor Moon manga, and writing about the experience. And yes, I’m crazy excited for Sailor Moon Crystal.

This is also going to be my last post until August as I’m going on hiatus for a month! There may still be posts popping up now and then, but I’m aiming to relax and enjoy a bit of downtime before I leave for a real vacation. Hope your summer’s turning out well, readers!

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The Distance Between Us | Shitsuren (Heartbroken) Chocolatier #5 | Shitsuren (Heartbroken) Chocolatier #6 | Shitsuren (Heartbroken) Chocolatier #7 | Itazura na Kiss (Mischievous Kiss) #1
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry | The Museum of Intangible Things | Threats of Sky and Sea | A Little Something Different | The Book of Unknown Americans
Itazura na Kiss (Mischievous Kiss) #2 | Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Trilogy #3) | Everything Leads to You | Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (Shopaholic #2) | Shopaholic Ties the Knot (Shopaholic #3)
Shopaholic & Sister (Shopaholic #4) | Shopaholic & Baby (Shopaholic #5) | Mini-Shopaholic (Shopaholic #6) | The End or Something Like That | The Kiss of Deception

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june 2014 reviews

Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu: “Life by Committee is a polarizing novel, but one in which teens may find more to learn from than older readers.”

Snow in May by Kseniya Melnik: “Just reading one story is impossible in this collection from Kseniya Melnik–Snow in May will draw you closer, like the first flakes in October draw us to the window to wonder.”

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly: “There are few surprises and plot twists, and even the ones that are meant to be game-changers are predictable. At the end of the day, the mermaids in Deep Blue weren’t captivating enough to hook me into the series.”

Fan Art by Sarah Tregay: “It may start off as a cute romance, but Fan Art doesn’t manage to find its footing among the easy stereotypes with which it surrounds itself.”

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo: “Ruin and Rising is the perfect title for this phoenix of a novel, a true expression of the chaos and strength that lives in each of its characters.”

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The Premise: Aspiring nun Go Mi-nyeo has enough problems without her twin brother joining a boy band and getting plastic surgery. When complications arise, her brother’s manager begs Mi-nyeo to pose as Go Mi-nam, and Mi-nyeo agrees only because the subsequent fame would give them a chance to find their real mother. But hey, it’s not like the three other guys in the band would mind that she’s a girl…right?

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