Only the Ocean, Emergency Contact and The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One; The Best New Books I’ve Read in 2019 So Far


I’m head-over-heels for this book & it’s adorable couple 

Only The Ocean by Natasha Carthew

Release date: 1 November 2018

Subjects: Lgbt+ romance 🌈, ship-worthy couples👩‍❤️‍👩, teen motherhood🍼, (literal) ships & stowaways 🚢

Ahh this book… This book left me with that sweet post-book bliss that only the very best story manage to provide. The (queer) (*squeals*) romance, and surprisingly dark character background (not to mention an ending that made me bawl) helped to make this book memorable and unique. I, like many of the other reviewers must admit that I found the writing style to be something of a challenge early into the story. However, I found that once I delved into the book for a significant period at a time, the writing would not only begin to make sense but begin to really contribute to my enjoyment of the novel. 5 stars!


Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi.

Release date: 27th March 2018 (perhaps not a ‘new book’, however, the copy I received on NetGalley was set to be released on January 1 2019…)

Subjects: ship-worthy couples 💑, college 🏫, complex family relationships 👨‍👩‍👧

The blurb may scream ‘angsty millennial characters’ and ‘tropey, cliched plot’ but in reality, the story carries a certain richness, which likely stems from its relatable characters and comfortable setting. It may not be a life-changingly-important-this-book-will-destroy-your-soul kind of read, but with one (Korean-American) main character who has a complex maternal relationship and another who’s recovering from alcoholism (and also has a complicated family setting), the book really doesn’t need to be ‘inspirational’ to be beautifully written and thoroughly engaging. 5 stars!


the mermaid’s voice returns in this one by Amanda Lovelace

Release date: 5th of March

Subjects: Poetry, sexual assault, self harm

get to say
my fault
his fault
making me
afraid to
or go.

This book comes at pivotal point in the history of women’s rights. It’s undeniable importance, as well as my experience with the two previous books in the trilogy made it possibly my most anticipated book for this year. Was it good? Definitely. Was it as good as the other two? Not quite. My feelings towards this book are hard to pinpoint and even harder to explain. The start of the book was the area I had the most trouble with, as I felt that the quality of poems just didn’t quite match up to what I was expecting. Where were the hefty one liners that made you grab your pen to jot them down? Or the intricately shaped poems that you had to reread three times before fully comprehending their message? Despite this, the second two thirds of the book was significantly better, with a number of poems that really spoke to me. While I would have liked more on the theme of mermaids, the guest poems were a new and welcomed addition. 4 stars!

What great new books have you read so far this year? Let’s talk new releases, recent book hauls and everything else below 😊.



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