Update and why I’ve been MIA

I honestly don’t even know where and how to start this post because so much has happened over the past few months so I’m just going to dig right in by showing you ūüôā

The picture is my own, but I bought the calendar from FrankandBunnylove on Etsy (follow this link to see her great shop!)

I am currently 17 weeks pregnant! My husband and I had been trying for almost a year, and with previous fertility issues we are over the moon excited for our newest little one. 

This pregnancy has been hard though y’all (actual picture of me below).¬†

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But seriously, My first pregnancy was pretty “easy” as far as pregnancies go; the birth story where I almost died is another story, but the pregnancy itself was smooth until the last few weeks. My second pregnancy was a little more complicated than the first, but I had no morning sickness and definitely had that coveted “pregnancy glow”. ¬†

This pregnancy has been another story altogether. I have been considered “high risk” from the beginning because of health issues caused by my first two pregnancies, which we expected. I did not expect the crippling “morning sickness” (in quotes because if you have ever experienced this, it is most definitely more of “all day – 24/7 perpetual state of nausea and vomiting sickness“). ¬†By the time I was 14 weeks I had lost about 20 pounds because I can’t keep anything down, but I have been sitting at that weight for the last few weeks so I am hoping the losing weight portion of it is over. The nausea/vomiting several times a day is still present, but I’m holding out hope that it will go away soon (apparently denial and delusions of grandeur are also symptoms of this pregnancy¬†ūüėā).

On top of the sickness (or because of it) I have developed headaches that make it almost impossible to concentrate, especially on screens, books, etc. This has obviously impacted my ability to read and review for my blog, but honestly, the exhaustion has been a huge reason why I have been on a hiatus for so long. Another contributing factor for me not posting is because of my depression. I have been pretty open on my blog¬† (see here and here) about my depression in the past and would like to continue to do so. I have recently lost a lot of joy in the things I love to do so much: reading, blogging, interacting with fellow bloggers, and bookstagramming. I think the combination of not being on meds right now, being unable to eat anything of significance, not being able to go to the gym (because of my nausea – lets just say the dead-lift floor at my gym will always remind me of the smell of vomit and sweat¬†Image result for sick emoji), and pregnancy hormones are taking their toll on me. Honestly, I have been trying to post this for a while now, but just couldn’t find the motivation.¬†

If you’re still with me – thank you! I am trying to find joy in the things I used to so I decided my first step is to begin blogging again. My goal at this point is to post at least once a week. Because the headaches are still impacting my ability to read much, they may be weekly memes and such for now.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for following my blog. 

Scythe of Darkness by Dawn Husted

Title: Scythe of Darkness
Author: Dawn Husted
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook, ARC provided by author
Description
(Source: Amazon):

 

For Mia Hieskety, surviving high school meant focusing on exams and avoiding stupid parties. After breaking up with the only boyfriend she ever had, dating was off the agenda. That is, until Thanatos came along. Inexplicably drawn to Thanatos, she’s determined to find out who he is and why he insists on wearing gloves to school. Something is off about him. And it’s as if she can feel him when he’s near. Without warning, she’s thrust into a sinister world and discovers a truth that she never expected. When a supernatural connection puts Mia’s life at risk, she doesn’t know who to trust‚ÄĒespecially Thanatos. But what if she’s in love with him?”


Okay, so first I need to apologize to the Author. The author so generously provided me with this book as an ARC, but with my recent health problems I have gotten so far behind all my posts and reviews. I’ve actually read about 12 books and haven’t written a single review in the last month about them because I’ve been feeling so sick. I do not see this changing for at least another month, so please bear with me if you follow my blog. I may have a little announcement in the next few weeks ūüėČ .¬†

Review:

Alright, onto the book. Scythe of Darkness is about Mia, a teenage girl who was abducted (and escaped) when she was a little girl. Mia is a relatively normal girl, despite her traumatic past. Mia runs into (literally) a boy named Thanatos with whom she shares an immediate and intense connection with. As you can probably tell from that last sentence, this is an insta-love story. It’s well done, but if you’re not into that you should know now. ūüôā Shortly after meeting Thanatos Mia’s world is turned upside down. Thanatos and his family are not what they seem and Mia discovers that she has been the center of a sinister play for power for years.¬†

The book itself was well written and kept a pace that moved quickly, but not rushed. I really enjoyed the writing style and the development of Mia and Thanatos. I’m hoping for even more character development from Mia’s character in the next book, because that ending left room for a lot of growth from Mia!

Rating:

    

Final Thoughts:

That. Ending.¬†ūüėĪūüėĪūüėĪūüėĪūüėĪ


Top Ten Tuesday (10)

‚ÄúTop Ten Tuesday‚ÄĚ is hosted by¬†The Broke and the Bookish.
Every week they pick a topic for us to do a top 10 list for and this week’s topic is…

Last week I did a post for summer releases I was most excited for. I was going to include some from my summer list, but TBH there are so many books I’m excited for that I didn’t even need to ūüôā¬†These will be in order of release date. I will include the descriptions of only books that are either standalones or the first in a series, as to avoid spoilers. Click on the title or the cover for a link to Amazon.¬†

‚ÄúChanda Reads Books‚ÄĚ is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. This is at no cost to the readers of this blog.


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Title: Godsgrave: Book 2 of the Nevernight Chronicle
Author: Jay Kristoff
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Steampunk

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)


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Title: Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Author: Melissa Bashardoust
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Retellings (Snow White)

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by [Bashardoust, Melissa]

At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone‚ÄĒhas never beat at all, in fact, but she‚Äôd always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king‚Äôs heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she‚Äôll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen‚Äôs image, at her father‚Äôs order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do‚ÄĒand who to be‚ÄĒto win back the only mother she‚Äôs ever known‚Ķor else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything‚ÄĒunless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.”


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Title: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: Fantasy

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass) by [Maas, Sarah J.]

SO impatiently waiting for this one. I can’t wait to see the cover!


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Title: Before She Ignites
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles) by [Meadows, Jodi]

Mira has always been a symbol of hope for the Fallen Isles, perfect and beautiful‚ÄĒor at least that‚Äôs how she‚Äôs forced to appear. But when she uncovers a dangerous secret, Mira is betrayed by those closest to her and sentenced to the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles.¬†

Except Mira is over being a pawn. As she fights to survive and guards the secret she‚Äôd die to protect, Mira must find her inner fire, sparks of romance, and the scorching truth about her own endangered magic‚ÄĒbefore her very world collapses.

And that‚Äôs all before she ignites.”


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Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Warcross by [Lu, Marie]

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn‚Äôt just a game‚ÄĒit‚Äôs a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships‚ÄĒonly to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she‚Äôs going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game‚Äôs creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year‚Äôs tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika‚Äôs whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she‚Äôs only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.”


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Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Illustrator: Sara Kipin
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Genre: YA Retellings, Fantasy

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by [Bardugo, Leigh]

Enter the Grishaverse…

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange‚ÄĒto a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales and six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.”


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Title: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress) 
Author: Julie C. Dao
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy, Retellings (The Evil Queen)

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress) by [Dao, Julie C.]

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.

Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high? Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.”


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Title: All the Crooked Saints
Author:  Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

All the Crooked Saints by [Stiefvater, Maggie]

Here is a thing everyone wants:
A miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.”


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Title: Beasts Made of Night
Author: Tochi Onyebuchi
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy

Beasts Made of Night by [Onyebuchi, Tochi]

In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts ‚Ästlethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he‚Äôs suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves ‚Äď and his own life. ¬†


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Title: Renegades
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Genre: YA, Sci-fi, Superheroes

Renegades by [Meyer, Marissa]

Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice. 

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies‚ÄĒhumans with extraordinary abilities‚ÄĒwho emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice‚ÄĒand in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.”


What are you most excited for?

Thanks for reading! ūüôā

The Friday 56 (6)

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

This week I chose 56% of  of When Planets Fall by Abby J. Reed. I also used this book for my First Lines Friday post (click here).

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I could almost taste the power. And it tasted delicious.‚ÄĚ


When Planets Fall (Stars Fall Circle Book 1) by [Reed, Abby J.]On a planet where the only difference between three tribes is their blood color, war is on the horizon. Breaker, an amputee, wants peace for his family and home. Malani, a kidnapped POW, wants to return home. Luka wants justice for his home. All three teens come together when Breaker is given seven days to fix a wrecked enemy starship or their home, and peace, is forfeit.


When Planets Fall is part of the Kindle Unlimited program, which I highly recommend if you’re not a member. It’s only $10 a month and soooo worth it! There are even a lot of books with audio included! Click below for more details about the Kindle Unlimited program, if you’re interested.


First Lines Friday (13)

First Lines Fridays is hosted by Wandering Words.

Here are the rules (as outlined by Wandering Words):

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don‚Äôt give anything else about the book away just yet ‚Äď you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally‚Ķ reveal the book

This week’s book is for a blog tour I am participating through Xpresso Book Tours next week.

I’m using this book for my Friday 56 as well, so if you’re interested check it out here.


Test…test…testing for real. Let’s see if you work now, baby.

I released my pinky from the transmit button and pushed Circuit, my metal prosthetic leg, against the table.‚ÄĚ


Scroll down for more info about the book.

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When Planets Fall (Stars Fall Circle Book 1) by [Reed, Abby J.]On a planet where the only difference between three tribes is their blood color, war is on the horizon. Breaker, an amputee, wants peace for his family and home. Malani, a kidnapped POW, wants to return home. Luka wants justice for his home. All three teens come together when Breaker is given seven days to fix a wrecked enemy starship or their home, and peace, is forfeit.


When Planets Fall is part of the Kindle Unlimited program, which I highly recommend if you’re not a member. It’s only $10 a month and soooo worth it! There are even a lot of books with audio included! Click below for more details about the Kindle Unlimited program, if you’re interested.


Waiting on Wednesday (1)

Waiting on Wednesday is a feature hosted by Breaking the Spine

a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating

I’ve just started to participate in this feature because there are a few books I’ve been anticipating that I want to highlight. For this first week I am featuring The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell (author of Unhooked).

Y’all, look at this cover.¬†ūüėćūüėćūüėć

Title: The Last Magician
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Release Date: July 18, 2017

The Last Magician by [Maxwell, Lisa]

In¬†modern¬†day¬†New¬†York,¬†magic¬†is¬†all¬†but¬†extinct.¬†The¬†remaining few¬†who¬†have¬†an¬†affinity¬†for¬†magic‚ÄĒthe¬†Mageus‚ÄĒlive in the shadows,¬†hiding¬†who¬†they¬†are.¬†Any¬†Mageus¬†who¬†enters Manhattan¬†becomes¬†trapped¬†by¬†the¬†Brink,¬†a¬†dark¬†energy¬†barrier that¬†confines¬†them¬†to¬†the¬†island.¬†Crossing¬†it¬†means¬†losing¬†their¬†power‚ÄĒand¬†often¬†their¬†lives.

Esta¬†is¬†a¬†talented¬†thief,¬†and¬†she’s¬†been¬†raised¬†to¬†steal¬†magical artifacts¬†from¬†the¬†sinister¬†Order¬†that¬†created¬†the¬†Brink.¬†With¬†her¬†innateability¬†to¬†manipulate¬†time,¬†Esta¬†can¬†pilfer¬†from¬†the¬†past,¬†collecting these¬†artifacts¬†before¬†the¬†Order¬†even¬†realizes¬†she‚Äôs

there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job:

traveling¬†back¬†to¬†1901¬†to¬†steal¬†an¬†ancient¬†book¬†containing¬†the secrets¬†of¬†the¬†Order‚ÄĒand¬†the¬†Brink‚ÄĒbefore the Magician can¬†destroy¬†it¬†and¬†doom¬†the¬†Mageus¬†to¬†a¬†hopeless¬†future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself.

And¬†for¬†Esta¬†to¬†save¬†her¬†future,¬†she¬†may¬†have¬†to¬†betray everyone¬†in¬†the¬†past”


The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Title: The Star-Touched Queen
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Description
(Source: Amazon):

The Star-Touched Queen by [Chokshi, Roshani]Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…
But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.
A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.


Review:

First of all, can we just appreciate this cover?¬†ūüėćūüėćūüėćūüėćūüėć

The Star-Touched Queen is about a girl who is cursed with a horoscope of death and destruction. This makes her a social outcast and expendable within her kingdom. The story starts out pretty quickly with not an overabundance of¬†world building, which is helpful if you are like me and don’t want to wait 3-5 chapters to get hooked on the book. I think one of the reasons the book begins so well is because of the protagonist Maya. She struck me as immediately likable, as she is strong, independent, an quick-witted. She makes some pretty stupid decisions in the book, but they aren’t out of character and I think readers can empathize with her logic during these decisive moments.¬†

Although the story starts out interesting, I found most of the first half of the book went pretty slow for me, but the last half definitely made up for it. The last half was more action based and starts to wind in the plot of the next book. The action scenes were well done and the climax didn’t seem rushed, which is a huge pet peeve of mine. ¬†

I find that I’m torn on¬†Chokshi’s descriptive style throughout the book. Some of the metaphors used just didn’t really make a lot of sense, but there were other times that I found myself completely enthralled with the tale¬†Chokshi was spinning. Obviously this is subjective to who is reading, but overall her writing was beautiful.¬†

There were two reasons this book was only 3/5 stars for me. The first was what I had already mentioned about the book moving slowly in the first half. The second is the connection between Maya and Amar. I didn’t feel the passion or love between them and would have liked to have seen their relationship grow through more interactions in the book, rather than just a few kisses here or there.¬†

Rating:

    

Final Thoughts:
‚Äď I have the next book A Crown of Wishes on NetGalley so I will be moving onto that book next. Although I gave this book 3 stars (which is still NOT a bad review) I am excited to move onto the next because I love the character the story will be surrounding.¬†


Top 5 Wednesday (13)

This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….


I’ve got a a couple “summer-y” ARCs that I’m dying to get into. I like to read romance over the summer as well!

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Watch me Disappear from Janelle Brown is a new Thriller set to be released this summer! I was really excited to get an ARC for this and will be reading / reviewing closer to the release date in July.

Who you want people to be makes you blind to who they really are.

It‚Äôs been a year since Billie Flanagan‚ÄĒa Berkeley mom with an enviable life‚ÄĒwent on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found, just a shattered cellphone and a solitary hiking boot. Her husband and teenage daughter have been coping with Billie‚Äôs death the best they can: Jonathan drinks as he works on a loving memoir about his marriage; Olive grows remote, from both her father and her friends at the all-girls school she attends.

But then Olive starts having strange visions of her mother, still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he understood about his wife. Who was the woman he knew as Billie Flanagan?

Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth‚ÄĒabout Billie, but also about themselves, learning, in the process, about all the ways that love can distort what we choose to see. Janelle Brown‚Äôs insights into the dynamics of intimate relationships will make you question the stories you tell yourself about the people you love, while her nervy storytelling will keep you guessing until the very last page.”


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Be True to Me is another ARC I was lucky enough to receive. It’s released in June so another perfect beginning of summer read!

It’s the summer of 1976 on Fire Island, where sunbathing, lobster bakes, and the Bicentennial celebration reign.

Jean, a sometimes cruel, often insecure, and always envious rich girl, is accustomed to living in her glamorous older sister‚Äôs shadow. So when Gil Burke, a handsome newcomer with uncertain ties to one of the most powerful families in the exclusive enclave of Sunken Haven, notices Jean‚ÄĒnot her sister‚ÄĒJean is smitten.

Then Fritz, a girl from outside the gilded gates who humiliated Jean in the Island’s tennis championship last year, meets Gil. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and she quickly falls Gil herself. Soon the girls are competing for much more than a tennis trophy, with higher stakes than either of them can imagine.

Through the alternating perspectives of Jean and Fritz, Adele Griffin captures the angst of feeling like you don‚Äôt belong and the urgency of first love with vivid language and perceptive wit.”


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The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter is the latest installment of the Lords of the Underworld Series. It is another June release. I’ve listened to the audio of the other 14 books so I’ll likely be getting the audio to this one as well.¬†

Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn’t allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption.¬†

Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with a single unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him‚ÄĒuntil Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile‚Ķand seduce her into his bed.¬†

As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they’ve forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever‚Ķ”


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Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. I just bought this book because I read the little sample on Amazon and was bawling by the time I got to the end of the sample. I’m not usually one to read books like this, but the stories hit me hard.¬†

This bestselling book from the author of Wild¬†collects the best of The Rumpus’s Dear Sugar advice columns plus never-before-published pieces. Rich with humor, insight, compassion‚ÄĒand absolute honesty‚ÄĒthis book¬†is a balm for everything life throws our way.

Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can‚Äôt pay the bills‚ÄĒand it can be great: you‚Äôve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar‚ÄĒthe once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild‚ÄĒis the person thousands turn to for advice.”


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By the end of the summer I will be rereading Empire of Storms in preparation for Chaol’s novel, Tower of Dawn!


That’s it! What’s on your Summer Reading list?

April Wrap-up

Hey look! It’s May 14th and I’m FINALLY getting around to my monthly wrap up. See what had happened was….no good excuse, lol. I’ve just been caught up with life. Being a “baseball mom” is killling me.¬†

Overall for April¬†I¬†read 9¬†books, bought 7 physical books, received 2 Arcs, and bought 5 audio books. I actually started utilizing¬†my library in April so I’ve only bought what really interests me, books I want to reread, or books not available at my library.

I don’t include eBooks on here because I buy an obscene amount of those and I’m not ever in a mood for a self-induced guilt trip. So we are just going to pretend they didn’t happen. That’s how Adulting works right? Just ignore the things you don’t want to think about? ūüėČ



Bookish Stuff




Physical Book Haul:

  1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff РReview here
  2. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  3. Given to the Sea by MindyMcGinnis – I got this in my April Fairy Loot
  4. Living with the Living Dead by Greg Garrett – I received this as an ARC from Oxford University Press!
  5. Watch me Disappear by Janelle Brown – I received this as an ARC from Random House! I AM SO EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK.
  6. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  7. The Book of Life¬†by Deborah Harkness – so I bought both of these used from Amazon, and the bookstore sent me a hardcover instead of paperback. Normally this would be okay, but it doesn’t match the first two books now ūüôĀ
  8. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – Review here
  9. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – Review here

Bookish Items:

I got the bag, the bookmark, the pin, the magnet, the ACOMAF coffee mug, and the notebook all from my FairyLoot box this month! If you haven’t subscribed to their box I highly recommend it! I got this adorable Chip coffee mug from the Disney Store, and 6 new Funkos! Links for those below:


Audio Book haul:

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  1. From Burning Ashes by Stacey Marie Brown
  2. Dirty Sexy Saint by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde
  3. Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown
  4. The Silent Waters by Brittany C. Cherry
  5. Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Books Read and Reviewed:

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Review Links:

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  1. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (YA, Sci-Fi ) 4/5 stars
  2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (YA, Sci-Fi ) 5/5 stars
  3. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh (YA, Fantasy, Retellings) 4/5 stars
  4. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab (YA, Fantasy) 4/5 stars
  5. The Glitch by Ramona Finn (YA, Sci-fi) 4/5 stars

Books Read and Not Reviewed:

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These books were read but not reviewed either because the book either doesn‚Äôt fit the scope of this blog, or I haven‚Äôt gotten to it yet. I‚Äôve added stars next to the titles to show if I recommend it or not though ūüôā

  1. Across the Divide by Stacey Marie Brown (NA, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy) 5/5 stars
  2. Alex by Sawyer Bennett (Contemporary Romance) 3/5 stars
  3. Garrett by Sawyer Bennett (Contemporary Romance) 3/5 stars
  4. From Burning Ashes by Stacey Marie Brown (NA, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy) 5/5 stars
  5. The Silent Waters by Brittany C. Cherry – DNF this book. I might come back to it, but it was very cliche up to about 25%, which is where I put it down.

I had intended to do this post as a mini wrap up, but it appears that was not meant to be. So thanks for sticking it out and reading my two week late wrap up¬†ūüėā

First Lines Friday (11)

First Lines Fridays is hosted by Wandering Words.

Here are the rules (as outlined by Wandering Words):

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don‚Äôt give anything else about the book away just yet ‚Äď you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally‚Ķ reveal the book

I couldn’t decide which “first line” I wanted to include because there is a prologue, but I love the first line from chapter one as well. So I’m including both ūüôā¬†


PROLOGUE

A secret is a strange thing.‚ÄĚ


CHAPTER ONE

Theoretically, Blue Sargent was probably going to kill one of these boys.”


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Since this is a sequel I won’t add the description due o potential spoilers. If you want more info just click on the photo and it will take you to Amazon.

If you want to read my review for the first book in the series click here.