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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Readathon · TBR

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!

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday – Booktube Made Me Do It

Hello everyone. One final Wednesday left of the month of backlisted Top 5 and I couldn’t think of a better topic to do. This week I’m going to talk about 5 books that I read purely because of Booktube, and not because I’d heard about them before! Although now a days most of my books are found on Booktube! But let’s go ahead and get in to the books!

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I don’t think I would have ever heard about the Monster of Verity duology had it not been for all the ranting and raving from everyone in the book community. I have to say I could not be happier with having found them and reading them. They were wonderful and I will probably end up reading them again some time.

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I’m not a very big fantasy person, but I have read the first book in the Ember Quartet and I am pretty excited about the third one coming out next month. It was a book that took me a long time to read it but when I was finished I was in love with the story.

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Now with this mostly being a contemporary I would probably have thought about picking it up. Honestly though I’ve heard so much hype around Adam as a writer, and I had tried some of his books before but wasn’t able to get in to them, but I heard such good things about this one that I gave him another chance and ended up loving it.

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This is a book that I had found before BookTube, and I had picked it up and read it but wasn’t able to make it too far before becoming discouraged. But then I heard about it some more on BookTube and I think that’s what hyped it up some more for me to try again and I did end up reading it, I did end up liking it as well!

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Here is one that didn’t really turn out too well. I remember when this book was coming out there was a massive campaign on BookTube and so of course I bought in to it as well. But I just recently got to this book myself and now I’m just confused as to what all the hype could be. I didn’t like the book and really didn’t understand it. So not all BookTube recommended books are worth it.

Review

Review: Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Publication Date: April 24th 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre|Subject: Young Adult|Contemporary
Pages: 343
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.

First, let me say how much I missed these characters and getting to read about their life. Immediately I was so happy to be back with Leah, Simon, Nick, and Abby. The Creekwood world and the cast of familiar faces made getting in to this book so beyond easy. As with Upside, even though this is a companion novel PLEASE read Simon first. If not there are spoilers for days in this book about what happens in Simon.

This book features Leah, one of Simon’s best friends from Simon vs. Getting her own perspective made me actually like Leah a lot more as a person. I could understand some of the decisions she made before and in this book more now that I’ve seen her point of view and been in her narration. To say Leah isn’t relatable would be a giant lie.

Also, Becky Albertalli has done it again when it comes to rep in this book. Not only do we have the gay rep from Simon and Blue, but we’re also now getting Bi rep from Leah and her love interest as well as POC awareness. Seeing Leah take a stand for a racist comment while being white is such an amazing mentality to put in a book. It gives other people an example of what to do when they’re faced with a similar situation. Yes, I said when, because we live in the 21st century in America and racism is high and thriving in our country.

I did end up taking a star off of this book because the flow of the book seemed to be a bit off to me in the beginning. I’m not sure if it was the catching up with all the old characters, since this takes place a year after Simon. Or if it was just that I thought there wasn’t enough stuff actually happening to feel like a full blown story to me.

As I said I really enjoyed seeing everyone again in this book. The new expanded story of these characters was so much fun and I had the greatest time reading it. Now that Leah has her own story, I feel like I need one for Nick. Especially after what happened in this story, we need some follow up questions answered and to see what he decides to do with his life. If you were a fan of Simon, in some sort of way, I would recommend reading Leah On The Offbeat and getting to see more of their story!

What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Hey Everyone! Happy Monday, I hope if you’re getting a three day weekend you’re enjoying your last day off. I’ve been cramming a lot of books in here lately so I have a lot of stuff to talk about. Let’s get in to the books!

What did I read last?

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This was a book that I had checked out from the library on a whim because the title and the cover were really cute to me. Turns out it was a 2018 release and was pretty much brand spanking new. This was sooooooo cute. It follows our main girl Iris is the grand daughter of M E Thorne who wrote the female equivalent of Lord of The Rings, and now Elementia is going to be turned in to a movie. So since her little brother is so in to the stories she acts as babysitter and is flown to Ireland to spend an entire week on set getting to see the movie be created. But while there she has to overcome a lot of things. She also might possibly be meeting her celebrity crush who just so happens to be playing in the movie. I would highly recommend this one!

What am I reading now?

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I’m going to go with this one because this is the last book that I was physically reading, even though I have a whole bunch of stuff started right now. I honestly haven’t gotten that far in to it either so I’m not sure I can even say too much about it at this point. This book has two points of view. Ammy is on her way to her father’s for what is appearing to be his wedding to a much younger woman. Then we’re also following Noah who is on his way to win back his ex-girlfriend. Like I said before I’m not too far in to this but I’ve heard really good things about this book and I would like to hopefully finish it before the end of the month!

What do I plan to read next?

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This is kind of cheating because I’ve also started this one as well but I haven’t gotten to far in to it and honestly with the mood I’ve been in I just want all the light hearted contemporaries. So honestly if you know some good ones let ya girl know. Anyway, this book is pretty cute and I have high hopes for it as well. We follow Megan who every boy she’s ever dated before has ended up falling in love, with someone other than her. So she’s currently looking for a new boyfriend and decides to try out for the school play because she needs the credit to put on her application for college, and she’s cast as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and is cast across from her ex boyfriend who just so happens to be dating her best friend. I cannot wait to see where this goes.

So that’s what I’m reading, sorry I’m so late with the post today but I’m working everything out for the rest of the week and I can’t wait for you guys to see them all. Let me know what you’re reading in the comments!
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