Gilded Cage

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Gilded Cage by Vic James

Publisher: Del Rey Books

Published: February 14th, 2017

Rating: 4-stars

Summary: In modern-day Britain, magic users control everything: wealth, politics, power—and you. If you’re not one of the ultimate one-percenters—the magical elite—you owe them ten years of service. Do those years when you’re old, and you’ll never get through them. Do them young, and you’ll never get over them.

This is the darkly decadent world of Gilded Cage. In its glittering milieu move the all-powerful Jardines and the everyday Hadleys. The families have only one thing in common: Each has three children. But their destinies entwine when one family enters the service of the other. They will all discover whether any magic is more powerful than the human spirit.

Have a quick ten years. . . .

So this book was really interesting. I didn’t really know what to make of it when I first started reading it. But it was really interesting the way this book went about with everything. It was filled with so much conflict and twists and turns I loved it! It kept me on my toes and I couldn’t tell what was happening next and everything was all over the place.

I don’t know if that makes sense.

But basically I would read the book and think that it would go one way and it wouldn’t, it would go a completely different way.

It was like you couldn’t really predict everything because there was always something underneath everything and it would either be revealed or something would happen to turn things a different direction.

I liked that, I like being surprised.

The characters were interesting too. I did have an issue with the slavery parts of the novel. The characters that were the “masters” were really cruel and horrible. I expected it in a way because of the way things were in this story, but I didn’t expect the things they did. It was a bit sad and uncomfortable and such.

There was a lot going on with this society, because like there were two different classes of people that were relevant. The Equals, and the commoners. The Equals have skills and are high class society, while the skill-less people are lower class commoners. And the commoners have to do 10 years of slave-days. And that is actually where the story begins. Luke’s family the Hadley’s are taking their slave days together as a family and the older sister finds that the family The Jardines are looking for hired help in their household and she volunteered her family for that but sadly Luke ends up being taken away to a work camp.

It was kind of obvious that Abi was going to fall for Jenner. I saw it right away and I was kind of like ehhh. It was kind of predictable. And Jenner was the guy who was like “No you can’t fall for me I’m not right for you”. Not sure overall how I feel about this romance. It just didnt feel genuine mainly because Abi was employed by Jenner and also a servant of his family and I’m like are you really in love with him or what? Especially since she was some pretty horrible things at that house.

I thought that it was interesting how Daisy, at 10 years old, was able to bring herself into a position of some influence in the family. She is charged with taking care of Gaver’s illegitimate child, and finds herself really starting to care for Gaver and the baby. I do like that in a way Gaver protected Daisy and listened to her. And seeing as how Gaver was such a hothead and a really mean person, I liked the little insights we got when he would spend time with his daughter. He really did care about his daughter in his own way.

The brother that creeped me out was Silyen. Mainly because he seemed to always be playing some sort of game, and was super sneaky and mysterious. He was just creepy and had a lot going on in this story. I just wasn’t sure about anything with him. He kept me on my toes and had me guessing a lot. I think that while he was a bit creepy and such, he was also the most interesting character to me.

I did enjoy Luke’s part in this story. I wasn’t sure where the direction of his story would go but it was actually really interesting and engaging and I liked reading about it and seeing the world from his eyes. He starts a freaking Rebellion! It was intense! I liked who he came in contact with and what he was able to do with his friends at the camp he went to.

Overall this book this book was really interesting and I will be continuing with the series and cannot wait to see where this goes!

Have you read this book? What did you think if you have? If you haven’t, does this seem like something you would enjoy??

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Weekly TBR and Wrap Up

Hello! I’m so sorry I’ve been behind on posting! I’ve also been slow on my reading! I had a funeral last week, we drove home from Texas after visiting family, and we also got a new puppy yesterday!

Meet Leia!

And yeah I hope this week will be much better at reading!

I read two books last week and I have a few that I want to read this week as well and I’m currently reading two books!

I read and finished A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray! I loved it!! Oh my gosh! I enjoyed this final book in the series so much! It was so great! I loved this and thought it was a great ending to a series! Highly recommend it!

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and then I read Tyler Johnson was here by Jay Coles! IT was amazing!!!! I did wish it had more at the end. I just felt that it ended a bit too fast for my liking and I wanted more from this book but I think it was so powerful and beautiful! And of course I cried during it! It was that good!

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And I am currently reading two books!

I am reading The Traitor’s Ruin by Erin Beaty! I’m actually having a harder time getting into this book than I was with The Traitor’s Kiss for some reason. I hope that I get the chance to further read this book during the week!

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And then I am listening to the audiobook of The Fates Divide and it’s really good! I have about 8 hrs left so around 6 hours on 1.70 speed! I hope to finish it tomorrow on my way to work!

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Here are the books that I am hoping to also get done this week as well!

I want to listen to the audiobook of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah which I have heard so many great things about this book and I am super excited to be able to read it! It’ll be so amazing!

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And another book I want to listen to on audiobook is The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware! I have been wanting to read this for a while and since I got it out from the library app Libby I’m going to make sure I get to it! I’ve heard good things about her work and she seems really great!

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And I have a few books I want to read on my kindle but I’m not being super optimistic that I’ll get it all done since I have Comic Con this week! I’m super excited but these are what I hope to get to this week!

The first is Letting Go of Gravity, which is a book I have had on multiple TBR’s but haven’t gotten to yet. But yeah this week I plan on making it a priority! It sounds fantastic so I’m ready!

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And then I have a blog tour for The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne so I want to get that read and reviewed so it’s ready. But also I am really craving some historical romance novels and I know this will fulfill that for me!

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And lastly I want to read Happily Never After by Emma Robinson! I’m so ready for a romantic comedy and I can’t wait to see how this comes about! I’m very ready to read this!

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Overall that is my very ambitious TBR for this week and the small amount of book I read last week! But yes! Wish me luck!

What are you planning on reading this week??

 

Currently Reading

Hello everyone!

I haven’t been reading much this week but I’ve been with my family as we spend time together to remember my Uncle Benny who recently passed. My parents and I took time off to go to his memorial and burial, so that’s where we’ve been all week.

I am almost done with like two books though!

I’m proud of myself!

Anyway here is what I have read and what I plan on reading the rest of this week!

So I read Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles which was amazing and fantastic! I loved it so much! It was just fantastic! One of the best books I have read this year!

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And then here are the books I am currently reading! I am actually reading a few books so I’ll go through that now.

The first book I am reading is A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray. I decided to start it and I am freaking out! I cannot read this fast enough and I want to keep reading it but I don’t want to be rude to my family! So I might read it later on tonight when they go home!

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And I am still reading The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth which is also really good! I am enjoying it a lot and I also cannot wait to read and find out what happens later on! It’s intense so far!

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And I want to also read Letting Go of Gravity by Meg Leder and I am super excited to read this. I got this for review from Yallwest and I’m interested to read this as well. Stay tuned for my thoughts!

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I’m not too sure what else I can read since I’m driving home this weekend with my parents, but I want to try to get through some more audiobooks but I won’t put them here incase I don’t get anything else done!

What are you currently reading? What did you read so far this week??

 

Brightly Burning

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Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Published: May 1st, 2018

Rating: 3-stars

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.

But the Rochester harbors secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet.

So I was actually a bit let down by this novel…I was expecting to like love it because while I haven’t read Jane Eyre I’m down for a good class retelling in space with romance! And I didn’t really feel that way with this novel. I just didn’t read anything that kept my interested. It almost felt like I had to push myself to read more of it before I would like try to stop what I was doing and just put it down because it wasn’t catching my eye.

And I don’t know why it was. I mean the romance was broody and slow building and it wasn’t bad. But I think because it felt like it took way longer than it probably should have for things to happen I wasn’t interested anymore.

The writing was okay, it didn’t blow me away, but I feel bad because I’m making this book seem like it was this horrible book when it really wasn’t the case. It just wasn’t as good as I was expecting, and I’ve also read books that have captivated me from page one, and this book just didn’t do that for me. It was interesting to see how they twisted the Jane Eyre story, and again while I haven’t read Jane Eyre I know the general storyline. And I did enjoy the turn of this story and I loved how this novel took Jane Eyre and put it in space! I enjoy books set in space and I’m glad that this novel mad it so that the terms and such weren’t super technical that they go over our heads.

The characters were okay. I mean Hugo was the typical brooding guy, and I liked him but I didn’t fall in love with him like I do other guys. I’m not sure what that is. I think because while they would talk about him, he honestly wasn’t present enough for me to really get a feel of him. It went like other novels where the main guy is there a lot and you see them interacting or doing whatever, but Hugo wasn’t. He spent a lot of time away from Stella in the novel so I didn’t feel connected to him.

Stella I did like. She was a mechanic and was headstrong and I really enjoyed that. I also liked that she was a mechanic but also a teacher. She wasn’t one or the other, and was trying to follow her passions. Her passion was teaching and she really went out of her way to try and continue that passion as a governess.

But I do like this trend that is going around, where a girl is secretly in love with one character in the beginning of the novel, and then later on comes to figure out she doesn’t care for him that way and falls for someone else. And I also enjoy that she didn’t hold that against him, she wasn’t looking to make him jealous with her new love interest. Stella and her previous love aren’t bitter towards each other, they’re friendly and that continues on as the story goes on.

Back to Stella, she was interesting and I did enjoy reading her POV and such, but again wasn’t blown away by her and Hugo.

Overall this novel was just average. I mean I enjoyed it as a novel but it wasn’t something I was in love with or super into and such. I don’t think I’d ever reread it but I am happy I read it if that counts for anything?? I mean I recommend if you’re interested in this Jane Eyre retelling in space! For a retelling it was interesting!

Have you read this book yet? What is your favorite retelling of anything??

Bright We Burn

Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

Publisher: Delacorte

Published: July 10, 2018

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Summary: Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it?

Lada’s rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won’t rest until everyone knows that her country’s borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed’s peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince.

But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister’s indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before–including her relationships–can Lada truly build the country she wants.

Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world.

I’m so sad this is over!

I really don’t think that I was ready for this journey with Lada to be over yet! I had so much fun with her and seeing her development on this journey and how she fought so hard to get and keep what was hers. I will admit that she isn’t the best character morality wise but you couldn’t help but feel bad for her. She really had so many flaws but those flaws made her who she was.

I think it was sad seeing her and Radu turn out the way they did. You kind of knew because they’re so different and I honestly didn’t see them really getting close but you couldn’t help but wish for that for them. I think what was most interesting to me as that Radu and Lada did end up so different from each other and it goes to show how people react to different situations and how they try to make the best of everything and how that turns out.

Radu in the first book really embraced his Islam faith once he was introduced to that, and how that seemed to save him and give him strength and peace throughout his life. It’s insane how he embraced that and it gave him strength and that carried him throughout the novels. I did like him better in this story than I have in the previous books. He was a changed man after all he had done in Constantinople and there was no going back for him in Bright We Burn. I feel like I, not explaining this properly but I appreciated that the characters had growth and were different people from the beginning to the end.

But again I liked Radu in this novel, mainly because he had focused on other things rather than Mehmed and was willing to put his love for him aside and saw beyond what he saw in Mehmed previously. He learned that while he believed Mehmed to be this different person, he couldn’t avoid finally seeing that what he had in his mind wasn’t what was in front of him. Also Radu was smart AF. He was smart and sneaky and really could get in the mind of his sister and handle the ways of the court. I admired that about him.

As mentioned I couldn’t help but feel bad for Lada. You could see herself becoming so isolated from people, and it sucked that when she got close to people and started to slightly open herself up she would get hurt again. You could really see that with Nicolae. Her whole storyline with Nicolae was proof of her starting to feel alone. And again with Bogdan. I liked what he gave Lada. She leaned on him a lot because she knew him for so long and she relied on his loyalty. He was loyal to a fault, nothing would change his mind about her and he loved her. He really loved her. But man Lada went through a lot and while she was very cruel, she was in a lot of pain.

I’m sad I won’t get more stories about her. But I loved that this ended with a solid ending, it wasn’t open ended. You got a resolution and I’m very happy with how Kiersten ended this story. I’ll miss it so much! It’s been a wild ride!

And yeah. Loved this series. Highly recommend. You won’t regret it!!

Have you read this series yet? What did you think of it if you have? I’d love to know!

Weekly Reads Wrap Up and TBR

Hello everyone! I am here to talk to you about what I read last week and what I want to read for this week!

I read 3 books last week and I enjoyed all three of them! They were honestly really great! I finished 2 book series and also am working on another series and I am hopefully going to finish another series this coming week! I am on a role!

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But yes let me get to what I read this week!

I read the last book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater! I really enjoyed this series! I did feel like the ending was so open and I didn’t like that I didn’t know the future of the characters. It was just left up to your imagination, which isn’t why I read books. I want to have a solid ending. At least add a future take or something! But I did like that the stakes in this novel were set high and the adrenaline in this book was definitely up!

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I also read Ten Thousand Skies About You by Claudia Gray! This is the second book in the Firebird trilogy and wow were there some hard core reveals! I could not believe how this book ended! I’m freaking out!

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And then I finally finished Bright We Burn by Kiersten White which is the final book in the Conqueror’s Saga! And I loved it! I am so happy with how it ended!

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And the books I started were The Fated Divide by Veronica Roth! I really enjoyed the first book so I am excited to check out the second book! I have the audiobook so I plan to read that during the week!

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and then I started The Fifth to Die by JD Barker. It’s the sequel to The Fourth Monkey and it’s a murder mystery novel! It’s really interesting and I cannot wait to finish this and see what happens!

Review: The Fourth Monkey

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And then I want to finish the ebook of The Traitor’s Ruin which is so far really good! I kinda forgot how much I enjoyed the first one but it’s bringing that all back!

I’ll leave my review for The Traitor’s KISS here for you: The Traitor’s Kiss

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and lastly I want to read A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray and finish up the series! I’m so excited to finish this series’s! The second book ended on a huge cliffhanger and I just need to know what happens next!

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And that is my Wrap Up and TBR for you all! Wish me luck! It’s a bit ambitious!

What are your reading plans for this week? What was your favorite book you’ve read last week??

Simon Vs the Homo Sapien’s Agenda

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Simon vs the Homo Sapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Published: April 7th 2015

Rating: 5-star-rating-clipart-1

Summary: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met. 

So I really loved Simon! I loved this book! I’m shocked I haven’t read this book before I did! I had it for a while so I’m just glad I decided to check it out!

Now I just gotta wait for my friend to read it because once she’s done reading it we said we’re going to watch the movie together! I’m excited!

But damn I loved all the characters, I felt for them and I just adored them like they were my own friends. I forgot after reading Upside how much of an amazing writer Becky Albertalli is. She’s able to make characters so fleshed out and so real to you that you just fall head-first into their stories. I mean with Simon you can’t help but do that.

Simon is the sweetest guy, and he’s so funny and silly, and his friend group is great! They’re so different but so right for each other. It made me wish for that in my high school days. I wasn’t able to go to breakfast with my high school friends, I lived an hour away from my school so once I’d get out I would rush straight home to beat the traffic. We never got the chance to be like “hey let’s go to Denny’s and chill for a few hours and chat!” But I love that this character has that experience in his story and that his friend group was so great!

Simon and Blue’s emails to each other were cool to read. I liked seeing every aspect of their relationship grow. Their friendship was rad, and see that grow into something more was something I loved so much. They put so much of themselves into those emails so it was great seeing that side of them both even though it was from Simon’s POV.

Martin was annoying, and an ass. I didn’t like him but I thought it was brave of Simon to be so willing to forgive him for what he was doing to him. All to get the attention of a girl who didn’t even like him.

But Leah I think I had issues with. She just felt mean. She would get mad over everything and take offense over everything and so she wasn’t someone I cared too much about. I don’t know, something about her rubbed me the wrong way I think.

Blue was a sweetheart and I didn’t expect him to be who he was at all! I thought it was so many other people and I loved that reveal! But I love that they’re so shy and sweet with each other now. It’s the cutest thing to see!

There’s just so much I wish I could articulate about this novel that I loved and I just think it’s something everyone should read. I think a lot of people who don’t feel heard and just don’t see themselves will see themselves in these characters. This book is just something I recommend for everyone to read. Simon has something for everyone! You’ll love it! Trust me!

Have you read Simon before? Have you read any of her other books? What did you think??

Reading Party

Hello! I’m hanging out with Lizzie at my house and we’re having a reading party!

We started out reading and then decided to head to Book Off and I broke my rule of spending money on books but I couldn’t resist! The deals were too good! Look at this!

And I couldn’t resist all the deals I couldn’t! I spent maybe 50$ total on anything!

But now we’re back at my house and have Ghost Adventures on in the background and reading again!

I finished Bright We Burn and now I’m starting Fifth to Die by JD Barker! Can’t wait!

So yeah that’s our day! Hope your day was great!! What did you do today?!

Currently Reading

Hello everyone! I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in a bit! I was busy on Fourth of July, and then yesterday I wasn’t feeling good with a migraine and a bad stomach ache so I was sleeping and trying to feel better.

I hope this week since I have a few days off that I will spend it typing all the reviews I need to do and then also catching up on reading since I have quite a few book I want to read.

But I finished a book and am almost done with another and am currently listening to another. I hope today to finish one and maybe get through another one! Wish me luck! My best friend and I are having a reading party tomorrow maybe so I man excited! I can’t wait to read all day!

The book I finished was Forever by Maggie Stiefvater! Yay! I loved it so much it was so anxiety-filled for me! It was interesting and just so intense! I did think the ending was a bit open-ended. I wanted more from that ending. I just felt like it wasn’t finished. But I might check out the other book Sinner and see where that one goes. It’s from Cole’s POV and seems to mainly focus on Cole and Isabelle which is fine but yeah!

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And I am currently in the middle of Bright We Burn by Kiersten White . I am taking a while with this book and yeah…it’s mainly because I am scared of how this will end and I just read like 20 pages then put it down and then pick it back up. But yeah overall it’s so good and I cannot wait to finish it! It’s going to break me!

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And I am also reading Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray and its good! I love it! It’s really good so far! Cannot wait to see what happens!

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And I hope to start and finish the last book in the trilogy which is A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray!

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And I also want to read and finish The Fifth to Die by J D Barker. I was sent this for review and I need to get a move on!

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and lastly I want to get most of The Traitor’s Ruin read so that will be my last book! It’s good so far but yeah it’s not my priority yet!

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And yeah I was going to read The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King by they are going to be my priority for next week so I can send my friend The Wicked King back since she let me borrow it!

And yeah! That is my reading plans this weekend which are huge but yeah I hope I get the chance to read them all! Let me know your plans this weekend and I cannot wait to read them!

Weekly Reads TBR

So this is a day late but yeah here is my TBR for this week! I am almost done with one book and have quite a few things I want to read! I have big plans this week so yes!

The first book I want to finish reading is the one I am currently reading and it’s Forever by Maggie Stiefvater! I’m doing it! I’m finishing a series! Wow! Go me! I am loving this series and I cannot wait to see what happens since the stakes are higher in this book!

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And then I have plans to listen to the audiobooks of the Firebird trilogy. I want to finish that series as well! I read the first book a couple months ago and I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to dive into the rest of the series! I’m literally chomping at the big to read them! I’ll be listening to both

Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

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and then A Million Worlds With You also by Claudia Gray

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And then I want to read my ARC of The Fifth to Die by JD Parker, which is book 2 of the 4MK Triller series by JD Parker. I read the first book last year and really enjoyed it so I can’t wait to start the second book!

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And then I want to finish The Traitor’s Ruin by Erin Beaty which is book two of The Traitor’s Circle and I also read the first book last year and really enjoyed it so yeah! I plan on reading this this weekend as well!

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I had other plans to read other books but I need to get these books read first to get my reviews up! And then next week I plan on reading some fun books I am really excited to read! I’ll let you know what I will read next week next week!

Anyways, let me know what you want to read this week as I would love to know!