Kmuse’s Book Reviews (July 5th, 2024)

Need something to read this July while you are relaxing at the beach, the lake, or just in your air-conditioned house? Check out these recommendations and find out if your next 5-star read is among them!

Hey all! It has been a while, mostly due to the fact I am working WAY too much. I have had the time to read between waiting on tables, but putting my thoughts into blog posts after my shifts has escaped me. But now I have an unexpected day off, so I decided to share some of my latest favorite reads.

Voyage of the Damned by Frances White

I was unsure what to expect when I started this book. Is it going to be a mystery? A political thriller? A queer romance? Well, turns out it was all three. The world-building felt fresh and unique with a well-developed magic system. Also, the number of characters introduced right away was daunting, so it took a few chapters to realize who was who. But the work was worth it as the story evolved, since there were so many great twists and turns. The mystery was top-notch, and Dee (our protagonist) quickly grew on me. I found the story so satisfying that I might invest in a physical copy soon. I give this book 5/5 stars.

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An Inheritance of Magic by Benedict Jacka

I loved Jacka’s Alex Verus books and was excited to give his new urban fantasy series a go. And I love it! An Inheritance of Magic mixes real-life problems such as low-paying jobs and tedious bills with magical abilities and birth secrets, and I am all in for the drama. If you want your next read to be the TV series Succession but with magic, then you will want to read this book ASAP.

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The Rom-Commers by Katherine Center

Katherine Center is quickly becoming one of my favorite Women Fiction/Romantic Comedy writers. Her books always have fun characters, quirky romances, and all-around happy vibes. The Rom-Commers is no different. I enjoyed the themes of fangirling and Hollywood/movie tropes, all while teaching a standoffish male the rules of romcoms. It was so much fun. The Rom-Commers is the perfect fluffy romance to read while relaxing in the sun this summer.

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The Daidoji Shin Mysteries by Josh Reynolds

I started this series by reading an ARC of the 5th book, A Bitter Taste, which will be released next month. Since I can’t share my thoughts on that book just yet, I thought it would be worth recommending the series as a whole. The story follows Daidoji Shin, the wastrel son of the Crane family, who is sent as a trade envoy to get him out of the way. While wasting away from boredom in his new home, he discovers a talent for solving murders.

This is the perfect series for those readers who want your murder mysteries to be extremely well-written and with an Asian setting. This is the perfect time to start the series so you can enjoy The Bitter Taste on August 6th.

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Let me know what book you are starting this month in the comments! As always, be sure to check back for more drama and book reviews.

Til the next read,


Dramas With a Side of Kimchi

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