May Wrap-Up and June Releases [2016]

Hey, everyone! We’re back after a bit of a slow blogging month for the second-half of May, and also a bit of a slow reading month for me (Sarena). Let’s see what we posted on our blog!

[ARC Review] The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

#IReadYA Week Wrap-Up

How to Hook a Reader [Editing 101]

Big-Picture vs. Small-Picture Edits [Editing 101]

Drafting: Let’s Discuss! [Editing 101]

Catching Errors [Editing 101]

The Layering Technique [Editing 101]

[ARC Review] The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Introducing The Writing Duo Critique Services!

The World of The Hunger Games Auction

Our Critique Services Are Live!

Guest Post with JA George, Author of GIFTED!

What We Did

We actually did post quite a bit this month, thanks to our Editing 101 series, and this month we also launched something super special: our CRITIQUE SERVICES! We’ve already edited some great pages and we hope you might reach out to us if you’re working on a YA or MG manuscript!

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We also attended the Raincoast Books event earlier in the month. Raincoast is a book distributor in Vancouver, BC that distributes books across Canada! We met up with some other cool bloggers to discuss their fall releases!

Here are the ARCs we got from the event:22909234

We Are Still Tornadoes



What We Read This Month

Sarena read 3 books:

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (4*)

The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan (4*)

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (5*)

She also read 200 pages of The Crown by Kiera Cass!

Favourite read of the month: The Rose and the Dagger

Sasha read 7 books:

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (5*)

Goosebumps Horrorland #10 by RL Stine (3.5*)

Goosebumps Horrorland #11 by RL Stine (4.5*)

Goosebumps Horrorland #12 by RL Stine (5*)

Goosebumps Most Wanted: Here Comes the Shaggedy by RL Stine (4*)

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (4.5*)

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (4*)

She also read about half of The Girl from Everywhere!

Favourite read of the month: The Raven King

Now, it’s time for the June releases we are most excited for!

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (June 7, 2016)


Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh (June 7, 2016)


The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele (June 7, 2016)


With Malice by Eileen Cook (June 7, 2016)


Zenith (The Androma Saga, #1) by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings (June 21, 2016)


And I Darken by Kiersten White (June 28, 2016)

And I Darken

The Darkest Magic (ABOSAT #2) by Morgan Rhodes (June 28, 2016)


And that’s it for our wrap-up! We hope you all had a great month; looking forward to June! We’d love to hear your fave read of May in the comments below 🙂





2 thoughts on “May Wrap-Up and June Releases [2016]

    • The Writing Duo says:

      They were both pretty enjoyable and similar, but different. We felt like Passenger had a bit of a denser, more detailed writing style, and TGFE was simpler in that aspect. All in all, enjoyable reads for the most part. Glad to see they’re on your TBR! I (Sasha) am inching my way through TGFE at the moment. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by! ❤

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