Wrap Up

Summer 2018 Reading Wrap Up

Hello Everyone. So I think I might have finally kicked my slump, but I don’t want to jinx it just yet. But I am going to be trying harder to read and find things that I want to read that should keep me out of the slump. But I figured I’d update you all on what I read over the three summer months, even though it wasn’t that much. So let’s go ahead and get in to the books!

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Rating: ★★★★✩

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

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Nimona by Noelle Stevens
Rating: ★★★★✩

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

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Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau
Rating: ★★★★✩

A congressman’s daughter who has to be perfect. A star quarterback with a secret. A guy who’s tired of being ignored. A clarinet player who’s done trying to fit in. An orphaned rebel who wants to teach someone a lesson. A guy who wants people to see him, not his religion.

They couldn’t be more different, but before the morning’s over, they’ll all be trapped in a school that’s been rocked by a bombing. When they hear that someone inside is the bomber, they’ll also be looking to one another for answers.

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Love & Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen
Rating: ★★★✩✩

A twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet—and perhaps change their minds about love—on a train ride to Upstate New York in the middle of a snowstorm

One train ride. Two strangers.

Noah is a hopeless romantic. He’s heading back home for one last chance with his first love, whom he broke up with when he went off to college.

Ammy doesn’t believe in true love—her parents being prime examples. She’s escaping from a mom who can’t take care of her to a dad who may not even want her. That is, until one winter night when Noah and Ammy find themselves in the same Amtrak car heading to Upstate New York.

After a train-wreck first encounter between the two of them, the Amtrak train suddenly breaks down due to a snowstorm. Desperate to make it to their destinations, Noah and Ammy have no other option but to travel together. What starts off as a minor detour turns into the whirlwind journey of a lifetime, and over the course of the night they fall in love. But come morning their adventure takes an unexpected turn for the worst. Can one night can really change how they feel about love…and the course of their lives forever?

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More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
Rating: ★★★★★

Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay…until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.

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Rating: ★★★✩

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Timesbestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Rating: ★★★★✩

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

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Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni
Rating: ★★★★★

Seventeen-year-old Tess Fowler has just dropped out of high school. She can barely function after learning of Jonah’s death. Jonah, the boy she’d traded banter with over texts and heartfelt e-mails.

Jonah, the first boy she’d told she loved and the first boy to say it back.

Jonah, the boy whose suicide she never saw coming.

Tess continues to write to Jonah, as a way of processing her grief and confusion. But for now she finds solace in perhaps the unlikeliest of ways: by helping her father with his new alternative funeral business, where his biggest client is . . . a prized racehorse?

As Tess’s involvement in her father’s business grows, both find comfort in the clients they serve and in each other. But love, loss, and life are so much more complicated than Tess ever thought. Especially after she receives a message that turns her life upside down.

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Jonesy Volume 3
Rating: ★★★★✩

Jonesy has the power to make people fall in love! Anyone. With anything.There’s only one catch–it doesn’t work on herself!
She doesn’t sling arrows, only attitude! The adventures of Jonesy, the teenage cupid with a penchant for plaid, continue here. Stuff still rules, High School still sucks, and getting anyone to fall in love with her is still impossible! Written by Sam Humphries (Guardians of the Galaxy, Green Lanterns) and illustrated by rising star Caitlin Rose Boyle.

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Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
Rating: ★★✩✩✩

Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart.

When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it’s mutual: It’s as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn’t call.

Sarah’s friends tell her to forget about him, but she can’t. She knows something’s happened–there must be an explanation.

Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she’s right. There is a reason for Eddie’s disappearance, and it’s the one thing they didn’t share with each other: the truth.

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Rating: ★★★★★

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

 

 

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What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Man, this weekend flew by. I got to do more reading this weekend than I thought I would be able to though, so I’m pretty happy. As you saw yesterday, I have a full week of reading ahead of me, but I figure I might as well update you anywho!

What did I read last?

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I really like getting to see Megan and Owen as they were friends and see how they challenged each other to realize things about themselves. But holy hell is Megan so beyond childish. She abbreviates everything she does when she texts, flirts with any boy with legs that’s a jock, and basically throws tantrums with her Dad over things she really should know to discuss since she’s a senior in freaking high school. Overall I did enjoy the play aspect and like I said, Owen, so that made up for a lot of things that were frustrating. If you can look past some minor things and want something kind of fluffy with some real world problems, I’d recommend this one for you.

What am I currently reading?

36127456I started this one before I went to bed last night and made it about 5 chapters in. So far it’s got a decent start, and I know I pretty much love anything Kasie West since she’s an autobuy author for me. This is about a girl named Kate who lives on a lake and helps her parents run a marina. It’s the beginning of a new school year where she has to go to the next town over to go to school. There she’s been talked in to taking a podcast class by her best friend Alana. Apparently she’s going to be the host and going to start giving advice to other students as they call in to the show but I haven’t gotten to that part yet. I honestly can probably finish it today to be honest, since I found Hoopla has the audiobook already so I checked it out to listen on my drive back to my place from my parents this afternoon.

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This one I also started yesterday, and I’ll read it story by story, because that’s just kind of how I work through anthologies. I’ve only finished the first one, and I have to say so far I’m pretty happy that this is just a library book because I first of all don’t like love triangles as it is, they annoy me, as well as being kind of bored during the entire first story. I’m starting to think that I just may not be a person made for anthologies, because I just sometimes don’t get anything from them. But then other times I do get stuff from the stories, so I don’t know. I guess I just need to keep trying until I really figure out what I should read genre wise when it comes to anthologies.

What do I plan to read next?

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So, this isn’t even on my TBR for this week. But I’m 98% sure my library book is over due and I need to get it back to the library this weekend to not make my library even more angry at me. I do originally have an ARC of this on my kindle but I’m still iffy about ARCs on there because sometimes the formatting comes across really weird and makes it hard to read. So since this one is out and I have the library version I am going to work on reading this one, and hopefully quickly so I can work on reading more of my Cramathon TBR this week. This has a lot of gaming background and is the main point of view of a girl that does programming for the games, so it’s right up my alley!

What are you guys reading? Let me know below and I hope to see you tomorrow!

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Cramathon TBR

Hello guys, so today I have finally found another readathon to join for the month of June. This one is hosted by Ali @ Hardback Hoarder, Dylan @ DylanTheReader5, Jay @ The Awkward Bookworm, and Julia @ Julia Sapphire. It takes place from TODAY June 10th until June 17th and the goal is to cram as many books in to this one week of reading as possible. So I am so about that. There are also challenges, so let me show you my TBR!

1. A predicted 5 star book
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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

2. A book out of your comfort zone
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Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

3. A book that has been on your TBR a long time
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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

4. A book that is LGBTQ+
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Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter To The World by Ashley Herring Blake

5. Something that is not a standard novel
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Three Sides of A Heart edited by Natalie C. Parker

6.  Has fav color on cover
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Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

7. Read 7 books
For now I’m going to leave this spot blank, because I know I’m going to end up reading something not on my TBR and that way I can end up fitting it in the end.

Let me know if you guys are participating, I’ve already started reading today and I’d love to see what you all have in mind. I’ll update you all at the end of the week with what I’ve read for this readathon!

Stacking The Shelves

Stacking The Shelves {28}

Hello bookish friends! Another weekend is upon us. I’m doing as much reading as possible this weekend while I’m back home again celebrating my birthday just a little early since I have to work during the week when my actual birthday is. I know you’re all probably expecting some giant haul this week, BUT, I only received two subscription boxes this week which means I only got 2 books! Sorry for any disappointment, but I actually am pretty excited to have these books!

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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

I may try and squeeze this in this weekend but of course that will throw off my TBR, but hey it’s me, that always happens. Let me know if you’ve read any of these or plan to! I’ll see you all soon.

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June TBR

Hey Everyone! So this month I think things are going to be a little different. I of course have a super ambitious TBR but I’ve done some things to spice it up since I don’t have a readathon to participate in this month. So I’ve decided to set a goal of 16 books. 5 books that I own, 5 books from the library, 5 arcs, and the lowest rated book on my TBR. Of course I had to jump on the bandwagon with that last one. I am super excited about all of these books so let’s jump in to it!

Books I Own

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Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett
Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
Listen To Your Heart by Kasie West

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison

Library Loans

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Picture Us In The Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert
But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure
Ink, Iron, & Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

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As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti
More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

Arcs

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Lifelik3 by Jay Kristoff
Giant Days by Non Pratt
The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

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From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Worst Rated on my TBR

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Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn

Of course, we all know how I stick to TBRs but I have so many library books and arcs to get to that I think I might start implementing this for awhile until I catch up. Let me know what you plan to read or if you’ve read any of these books before. I’d love to hear from you!

What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What are you reading?

Hello Hello Hello! Sorry for being missing this weekend, but I spent some much needed time at my parents house this past weekend and had some family time. But of course I can’t go without reading so I have some awesome updates for you all. I’ll have my TBR for June up soon for you too but for now, let’s talk about what I’m reading/

What did you read last?

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I literally finished this book on June 1st, one day too late to count it towards the challenge I had it for in Read-A-Thin. But I am glad that I finally read it since it’s one of my Owlcrate books that I’ve had for awhile that I hadn’t read yet. There has been so much hype around this book and I guess I can understand why. I really didn’t know what was going on though for about 15-20% of this book, but it was still pretty interesting in itself. I didn’t see the ending coming, and I didn’t expect things to happen that did happen, but it was a super interesting story and I did enjoy reading it. Though, I’m not too sure how Melissa Albert is planning to get another book from this, because it’s a pretty solid ending.

What are you currently reading?

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Since I had such a heart wrenchingly good read with This Is Where is Ends about a school shooting, why not read a book about a school bombing? These are all such tear jerkers, but I am liking them and getting to see this perspective of things. In this book we’re following, I want to say 6, different characters. In the beginning I was having some trouble keeping them all apart, but I think I have them all separated now and I’m really interested to see where this goes. They’re all trapped in this school just before the school year starts when bombs start going off in the school. Then they find out that one of the people in the school could possibly be the bomber. I have an idea, but I don’t know just yet who it could be, so I’m interested to see how this all wraps up.

What do you plan on reading next?

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This is going to be one of the books on my June TBR this month so you get a bit of a sneak peek. I’ve been so excited for this book since I was hearing the hype around Booktube for it, and I have started just a few pages of it. This month I tried to stick with a lot of Contemporary books even though they definitely not all are, but this book should be right up my alley. Everyone that Megan has ever been in a relationship has ended up falling in love, with someone else. So during her Senior year of high school while trying to add some padding to her college application, she’s cast as Juliet in the school play where she starts to notice a new boy, Owen, and of course things go from there!

So that is my current reading status on everything. I have a SUPER ambitious TBR this month, but it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t. I’ll have that up soon, let me know how your reading is going in the comments. I’ll see you all soon!
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Wrap Up

May ’18 Wrap Up

What a month! I ended up participating in a total of three Readathons when I was only planning on participating in one. So of course I also didn’t really stick to any of my TBRs this month for those. But you know, that happens. I still was able to get a lot of things read this month, 24 to be exact, and I am pretty happy about that! So let’s get in to the books!

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Dating Disasters of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager
Rating: ★★★✩✩

Emma Nash may be down, but after months of wallowing, stalking her ex online and avoiding showering—because, really, who’s going to care?—Emma’s ready to own her newly single status, get out with her friends and chronicle her dating adventures on her private blog.

But life online doesn’t always run smoothly. Stumbling upon her mother’s Tinder dating profile, getting catfished and accidentally telling the entire world why her ex-boyfriend Leon’s not worth any girl’s…um…time… Okay, those were disasters.

But surely nothing else can go wrong?

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Royals by Rachel Hawkins
Rating: ★★★★✩

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

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Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London
Rating: ★★★★✩

Everybody’s talking about the hot new app reviewing New York’s most eligible bachelors. But why focus on prince charming when you can read the latest dirt on the lowest-ranked “Bad Bachelors”—NYC’s most notorious bad boys.

If one more person mentions Bad Bachelors to Reed McMahon, someone’s gonna get hurt. A PR whiz, Reed is known as an ‘image fixer’ but his womanizing ways have caught up with him. What he needs is a PR miracle of his own.

When Reed strolls into Darcy Greer’s workplace offering to help save the struggling library, she isn’t buying it. The prickly Brooklynite knows Reed is exactly the kind of guy she should avoid. But the library does need his help. But as she reluctantly works with Reed, she realizes there’s more to a man than his reputation. Maybe, just maybe Bad Bachelor #1 is THE one for her.

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This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter
Rating: ★★★★★

A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living took more courage than dying?

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The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
Rating: ★★✩✩✩

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO TO TRUST WHEN YOU CAN’T EVEN TRUST YOURSELF?

I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE.
Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can’t remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.
Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t, and the next day she remembers it. It’s the first time she’s remembered anything since she was ten.
But the boy is gone. She thinks he’s moved to the Arctic.
Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust?

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Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West
Rating: ★★★★★

Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.

Which is where the list comes in.

Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

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Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
Rating: ★★★★★

Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. There’s not much excitement in their small town of Cross Creek, so Mila and Riley make their own fun, devoting most of their time to Riley’s favorite activity: amateur witchcraft.

So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone’s explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.

Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer…before the killer strikes again.

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Betrayed by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Rating: ★★★★✩

Zoey, High Priestess in training, has managed to settle in at the House of Night and come to terms with the vast powers the Vampyre Goddess Nyx has given her. Just as she finally feels she belongs, the unthinkable happens: human teenagers are being killed, and all evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves

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Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Rating: ★★★✩✩

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym, Truly Devious. It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

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Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
Rating: ★★★★★

For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.

Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.

When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

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Airports, Exes, And Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff
Rating: ★★★★★

A bad storm, two canceled flights, stuck in an airport with a hot stranger and the guy who broke her heart… what could go wrong?

After Sari caught her boyfriend Zev cheating on her, their romantic Florida vacation was ruined. She can’t get back to NYC soon enough. Unfortunately, mother nature may have different plans. A huge storm is brewing in the Northeast, and flights all over the country are getting canceled—including Sari’s. She winds up stuck at the airport for hours. With Zev!

When another stranded passenger (a hot NYU guy) suggests a connecting flight to Boston, Sari jumps at the chance. But when her mom freaks out about her traveling alone, she has no choice—she has to include Zev, and somehow survive being trapped with the guy who broke her heart!

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Rating: ★★★★★

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

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Overwatch: Train Hopper by Robert Brooks
Rating: ★★★★✩

Justice aint gonna dispense itself. It’s high noon as McCree takes center stage in Train Hopper, the first in a series of free digital comic shorts that further illuminate the characters and world of Overwatch. Train Hopper follows a day in the life of gunslinging outlaw Jesse McCree, the former Blackwatch operative who metes out his own brand of vigilante justice. In Train Hopper, McCree hitches a ride on a hypertrain to Houston in the hopes of skipping town and laying low for a while. But soon after the engine starts, he realizes his trip is going to be anything but low profile.

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Black Canary by Brenden Fletcher
Rating: ★★★★✩

Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the last place Dinah saw herself is on stage…but she’s quickly learning she’d die to protect the gang of misfits she’s fallen into. And she just might have to—for some reason, the newly rechristened band Black Canary seems to be a magnet for trouble…and Dinah’s not gonna believe it when she finds out the reason why!

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Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Rating: ★★★★✩

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

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The Walking Dead Vol 1 Days Gone By
Rating: ★★★★★

How many hours are in a day when you don’t spend half of them watching television?

When is the last time any of us REALLY worked to get something we wanted?

How long has it been since any of us really NEEDED something that we WANTED?

The world we knew is gone.

The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility.

An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living.

In a matter of months society has crumbled.
no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV.

In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living.

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Rating: ★★★★★

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent

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Ms. Marvel No Normal
Rating: ★★★✩✩

Marvel Comics presents the new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation!

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey!

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Beneath The Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
Rating: ★★★★★

Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the “real” world.

Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic

 

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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Rating: ★★★★✩

A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he?

As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually used his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator?

Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.

And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.

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Now A Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy
Rating: ★★★★★

Unlike the rest of the world, Iris doesn’t care about the famous high-fantasy Elementia books written by M. E. Thorne. So it’s just a little annoying that M. E. Thorne is her grandmother—and that Iris has to deal with the trilogy’s crazy fans.

When Iris gets dropped in Ireland for the movie adaptation, she sees her opportunity: if she can shut down production, the Elementia craze won’t grow any bigger, and she can finally have a normal life. Not even the rascally-cute actor Eamon O’Brien can get in her way.

But the crew’s passion is contagious, and as Iris begins to find herself in the very world she has avoided her whole life, she realizes that this movie might just be amazing…

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Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Rating: ★★★★★

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

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The Marriage Pact by Tia Siren
Rating: ★★✩✩✩

Eleven years ago, I made a pact with my best friend:
If we were still single at 35, we’d get married and have a baby!

Brad was funny, cocky and insanely s*xy.
Hanging out on the beach on Coney was always a blast.
His body was ripped and tanned, and I yearned to have his lips on mine, to be his, to be more than friends.
But I could only dream.
Because he was my secret love.
And I was just his goofy buddy.

On our last night together before he moved to L.A., something was different.
We’d had too much to drink.
The heat between us too intense to ignore.
It was my dream come true and I was so in love.
I gave him my V-card.
And he left me with his promise: a marriage pact.

He couldn’t have been serious, right?
I don’t know why I’m still thinking about it.
It was so many years ago and we haven’t spoken since.

But you know what’s really got my stomach in a knot?

Today’s my 35th birthday – and I’ve got a missed call… from Brad. 

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Daddy’s Home by Zoe Blake
Rating: ★★✩✩✩

A dark romance from USA Today Bestselling author, Zoe Blake.

No one escapes their past.
Two years ago she ran, but now he has found her.
He will make her pay for her past mistakes.
Trapped alone in a cabin with him, there is no hope for rescue or redemption.
He wants information and refuses to believe she doesn’t have the answers he seeks.
He’s willing to do anything…anything…to break her.
And he will get what he wants.

 

So that’s everything I read this month, I’m not sure if anything counted for my PopSugar so I’m honestly not gonna check. But hopefully next month I’ll get some of those books worked on!
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Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

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27272506Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

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Thank you so much to Penguin for partnering with me to create this awesome Mood Board and supplying me a copy of The Glittering Court to inspire my design. I’m having a great time reading this book and think if you like historical fiction with a hint of contemporary theme you should definitely check out this series!