May 11 and May 18, 2021 Book Releases and Reviews

May’s a big month for book releases. This year it’s turned into a big month for socialization as well. Now that we and most of our friends and family are fully vaccinated, we’re all trying to cram a year’s worth of socialization into the next few months. We didn’t have time to get last week’s list put together, but we’re back today with two weeks worth of book reviews with May 11 and May 18 book releases.

Black Star by Eric Glover and Arielle Jovellanos


A sci-fi comic about a ruthless scientist searching for a plant with miraculous potential after crash landing on a dangerous alien planet. The steps she took to survive go far beyond morally gray, but she believes it will all be worth it if she can find the plant and create the cure. But one of her crewmates survived the crash, too–and she wants revenge. A fun read with lots of sci-fi survivalist adventure.

First Art Kit by Boo Paterson


I thought this book was a really cute concept, and I liked how all the papercrafts tied in with each thought patterns they went a long with. A lot of the discussions on what causes different mental health problems seemed over-simplified, but this book was more about using the projects as a kind of art therapy rather than explaining why you might be feeling a certain way.

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren


This is such a wonderfully sweet romance. Jess is not looking for romance and certainly not with the stand-offish man who gets coffee at the same coffee shop she frequents every single morning. But it turns out he’s River Peña, the scientist behind a DNA based dating app, and she takes a DNA test on whim, intertwining their future together. I loved how Jess and River’s romance slowly built throughout the course of the book.

Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall


What could be sweeter than a romance that takes place during a baking competition? Single mom, Rosaline’s life needs a story arc every bit as much as a reality show baking competition does. She looking for some prize money & a push in a new direction, but finds far more.

The first chapter made me nervous that this would be a book where all the conflict rose out of unnecessary miscommunication, but it’s absolutely not. The relationships both romantic and otherwise grow so beautifully throughout the novel. It’s a wonderful read.

Some of the other May 11 and May 18 book releases we’re excited to check out are: Son of Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Black Water Sister by Zen Cho, Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler, A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark, Villainous by Stonie Williams, Jef Sadzinski, Giovanna T Orozco, and Chris Fernandez, People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry and The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green