Bookish Box Unboxing-July

 

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Hey guys I’m here with my July Bookish Box Unboxing! I have been so behind on posting my unboxings but I hope to have this posted before the next box comes in!

As usual I’ll be leaving the links to the shops with the pictures.

But here is the link for the Bookish Box website if you’re interested in getting one for yourselves! Link: Bookish Box

So the first item in the box is the Bubble Bath & Shower Gel from the Soap Librarian and I posted their card from the back of their bottle they sent in the box. They also make bath salts and I really think I’ll be buying some because they look so pretty! If you go on their etsy page they have some so you can see for yourself.

Link: The Soap Librarian

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The box also came with tea and a tea strainer. I don’t normally drink tea but I do like the sound of this one so I may give it a try! Plus the tea strainer is interesting, and I thought it was really cool they made both the strainer and the tea related to Harry Potter.

Link: Bad Girl Good Tea

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They also included this Ouija magnet which I don’t really know when or where I’ll be using this but the design is really pretty!

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They also included this print from A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab. I have never read her series yet but I want to eventually so hopefully these prints will mean more to me once I read the series!

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With my box I got a shirt included and the shirt came with a quote from Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I love this design, and the steampunk pattern on it. The quote is really nice too! It’s a sweet quote: “Life is a book and there are a thousand pages in have not read yet”- Cassandra Clare.

I have plenty of their shirts that I recently bought and they’re so comfortable!

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This box this month came with The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy. I have an ARC of this book and I’m still reading it. I ended up getting it on audiobook as well so when I have a chance I can just listen to it on audiobook. But the idea of the book sounds really good:

What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream–vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible–and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up. 

I’ll post my review once I’m finished with my book which hopefully will be soon!

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Here’s the spoiler card as well for you!

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And there’s my post about my Bookish Box. I’ll try and post my other posts sometime soon! Sorry for my radio silence! Work has been pretty busy so I hope since school is starting soon that I have more time to post on my blog!

Let me know in the comments your thoughts and I’ll see you in the next post!

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Hey everyone! The 7in7 Readathon starts this week! 

The dates are: August 14th-August 20th

The goal is to read 7 books in 7 days! I highly doubt that will happen for me but I want to try anyways! 

I want to make it relate to my ARC August TBR so I plan to maybe read some arcs and also some books in a series where I have the ARC of the next book. Like Three Sark Crowns in prep for One Dark Throne which I have an ARC of! 

My this change easily so I’ll give you a wrap up once it’s over with! 

Let me know in the comments your thoughts and what you plan on reading for the Readathon! 

Author of the Month

Hey everyone! Welcome to another Author of the Month post! I’m so sorry I haven’t been around lately! I mentioned reasons why in my previous post and finally had a moment to post tonight! 

But for those that are new to my blog, Author of the Month is where I feature and Author and post some info and maybe a review if I haven’t done one already about a book of theirs I read. 

So for this Author of the Month I chose Janet B Taylor! Her newest book Sparks of Light just released on the 1st and I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of it and I binge read both books one after the other and I’m officially obsessed. I loved her series so much! 

So her books Into the Dim and Sparks of Light are part of a trilogy or series I believe. Not sure which yet but I’m hoping for more books! I’ll leave the summary for the first book below: 

Into the Dim

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. 

Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.

My review for Into the Dim is here: Into the Dim Review


And here is the cover for th second book! And my review for it is here: Sparks of Light Review

I highly suggest checking out this book because this series is one of my favorites ever! I love it so much! So much history and action, and I just think it’s so amazing! 

If you’re a fan of Outlander I really think you’ll like this, but if you’re a fan of history as well, again you’ll love this! It’s perfect for many different interests!

Plus the romance is so cute. 

I’m living for it!

I’ll leave links for Janet’s pages below so you can follow her and be aware of future books by her! 

Website: Website

Twitter: Janet’s Twitter

Let me know in the comments below your thoughts and if you’ve read this series before as I would love to know! 

Random Update

Hey guys! I haven’t updated in a few days but I hope to do so soon. I’ve been behind in my reading mainly because I’ve been working a lot so I’m tired easily. And also I’ve been spending time with friends and doing stuff with my mom and dad since I go back to school in two weeks. Don’t worry though! I plan to post more blog posts soon I have some planned I need to type and some reviews I need to post! 

So keep an eye out but I haven’t read much yet but I plan to finish some books this week and this month! 

Hope you’re all enjoying your summer! 

Rise: How a House Built a Family

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Rise: How a House Built a Family by Cara Brookins

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Published: January 24th 2017

Rating: 4/5

Summary: After escaping an abusive marriage, Cara Brookins had four children to provide for and no one to turn to but herself. In desperate need of a home but without the means to buy one, she did something incredible.

Equipped only with YouTube instructional videos, a small bank loan, a mile-wide stubborn streak, Cara built her own house from the foundation up with a work crew made up of her four children.

It would be the hardest thing she had ever done. With no experience nailing together anything bigger than a bookshelf, she and her kids poured concrete, framed the walls and laid bricks for their two story, five bedroom house. She had convinced herself that if they could build a house, they could rebuild their broken family.

This must-read memoir traces one family’s rise from battered victims to stronger, better versions of themselves, all through one extraordinary do-it-yourself project.

Wow. This book was just very inspirational! I was in awe of Cara and her determination to build her family a home after getting out of an abusive situation. And I think what was really awe-inspiring for me was that she really didn’t show any anger towards her past marriages in this book. I really do respect her for that. It shows her strength and it definitely was inspiring.

It was also sad to read this because you think about her and how she and her family struggled, but you also think about the many men and women around the world that aren’t able to escape a situation like this. Cara truly is a survivor and she really showed her strength and resilience to survive.

I normally don’t read memoirs, especially ones that deal with heavy topics, but I really did gain something from reading this book and I honestly think lots of people should read this. The writing flowed well, the timing goes back and forth between the present when she is building her home, and also back to her situations with her former husbands.

I never really have much to say with autobiographies, because I tend to approach these differently than I would with a fantasy or paranormal book. But I really do recommend this book if you’re interested in reading autobios, as well as just feeling inspired by a woman her courage and resilience!

I really did enjoy this book and reading about her journey to building her home. I know it’ll stick with me for a while.

Let me know in the comments your thoughts about this book and if you’ve read it as I would love to know!

 

The Dark Net

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The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy

Publisher: Hougton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: August 1st, 2017

Rating: 4.25/5

*Thank you to HMH for sending me this early copy to read and review for my blog! *

Summary: The Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret far reaches of the Web, some use it to manage Bitcoins, pirate movies and music, or traffic in drugs and stolen goods. And now an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. This force is threatening to spread virally into the real world unless it can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew:

Twelve-year-old Hannah — who has been fitted with the Mirage, a high-tech visual prosthetic to combat her blindness– wonders why she sees shadows surrounding some people.

Lela, a technophobic journalist, has stumbled upon a story nobody wants her to uncover.

Mike Juniper, a one-time child evangelist who suffers from personal and literal demons, has an arsenal of weapons stored in the basement of the homeless shelter he runs.

And Derek, a hacker with a cause, believes himself a soldier of the Internet, part of a cyber army akin to Anonymous.

They have no idea what the Dark Net really contains.

Set in present-day Portland, The Dark Net is a cracked-mirror version of the digital nightmare we already live in, a timely and wildly imaginative techno-thriller about the evil that lurks in real and virtual spaces, and the power of a united few to fight back.

Basically people need to help the world by defeating a virus that will spread and take over the world and the people.

This is my first book by Benjamin Percy and I really did enjoy it and I thought it was so well written and constructed! The plot idea for this book was unique to me and it was what really got me into reading it and diving it. The synopsis really doesn’t go along with the book throughout much of the book but that left me wondering what would happen and I think that’s what made the book so much more interesting to me.

His characters were so different and unique and interesting and I think they really made the story so fascinating as well! They had a lot of depth and were very well rounded people even though the book was so short and didn’t leave much room for growth for them. I do think they were pretty well developed for the length given.

I definitely think this book was interesting that he didn’t add any romance even though there was an obvious couple in the story, and I think that was a little bit weird for me since I’m such a romance lover! But I did enjoy it all the same even without romance.

This novel was fast paced though, and was a mix of genres like sci-fi, thriller, and mystery. Those are genres I always enjoy reading so I was definitely a fan! It reminded me of a zombie book in a way with the idea of a virus infecting people in the world.

But Lela, a main character and a journalist, has a niece Hannah, who is fitted with a eye piece that will help her see, and as she starts getting infected and sees a shadow, her mother saves her. Which leads to Lela uncovering that the shadows and the newest story she has uncovered are related. It all builds up to Zero Day which is when Portland will be  attacked.

I really don’t want to say much more about the plot because the whole adventure in reading this book is best left unknown and discovered for yourself. I mean, that’s what made the story for me and why I enjoyed this book while reading it. And there were some moments where I was really on edge!

Overall I highly recommend this book to others who really are looking for a good thriller/mystery novel. It’s very technology based and the writing is very direct which I though was great, as well as the descriptions of places and characters. It didn’t drag on about people and settings, and I think in this type of story that really worked in it’s favor.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and your thoughts as I would love to hear about them!

#ARCAugust

Hey guys! So August is basically already upon us and for the month of August I will be participating in the month-long event called ARC August!

This event is hosted by Octavia, Shelly, and Angie over at Read.Sleep.Repeat! I’ll leave their blog info here: Read.Sleep.Repeat and it’s a challenge where you try to read as many ARCs as you can so you can get ahead for your blog reviews and catch up on books you’re behind on! It’s going to be so much fun! I can’t wait for it to start tomorrow, and it takes place during the whole month of August.

I’m so behind on my ARCs and I have plenty that are going out in the next two months so I’ll have plenty to keep me busy.

My TBR is pretty ambitious since some of these books are sequels to books I haven’t read yet so I have to read those as well as the sequel. I don’t think I have that many but if I do I’ll have to read those as well!

So here are the books I’m hoping to get to:

First book I want to get to is Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta. This book YA Fantasy and I’ll be leaving the summary down below. This cover is just so stunning and wow I love it so so much! Hope I enjoy the book as much as the cover.

Summary: To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.

Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.

Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.

With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.

Release date: August 8th 2017

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I also want to get to the book All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. This book is something that I really think is relevant and important. I’ll leave the summary down below but from what I gathered from the summary, I feel this book will be amazing and I’m excited to see where this book goes. I really hope it will be!

Summary: Speth Jime is anxious to deliver her Last Day speech and celebrate her transition into adulthood. The moment she turns fifteen, Speth must pay for every word she speaks (“Sorry” is a flat ten dollars and a legal admission of guilt), for every nod ($0.99/sec), for every scream ($0.99/sec) and even every gesture of affection. She’s been raised to know the consequences of falling into debt, and can’t begin to imagine the pain of having her eyes shocked for speaking words that she’s unable to afford.

But when Speth’s friend Beecher commits suicide rather than work off his family’s crippling debt, she can’t express her shock and dismay without breaking her Last Day contract and sending her family into Collection. Backed into a corner, Speth finds a loophole: rather than read her speechrather than say anything at allshe closes her mouth and vows never to speak again. Speth’s unexpected defiance of tradition sparks a media frenzy, inspiring others to follow in her footsteps, and threatens to destroy her, her family and the entire city around them.

Release date: August 29th, 2017

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Up next on my TBR is Hunting Prince Dracula, and also along the lines with that is Stalking Jack the Ripper. I haven’t read it yet so I need to read Stalking Jack the Ripper then dive into Hunting Prince Dracula. Jack the Ripper and Dracula are two characters I really enjoy reading and learning about so when this series came out I knew I needed to read it! I hope I love them like so many people already have! I’ll post the covers for both books below, as well as the Stalking Jack the Ripper summary.

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world. 

Release date (Hunting Prince Dracula): September 19th, 2017

And I’ll also be reading Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust which I’ve heard is a feminist Snow White retelling and I’m so down for that! I’m just so down to read this and I honestly have heard much about it which is weird but I will be diving into it soon I hope! The cover is stunning though let’s be honest!

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

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

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

Release date: September 5th, 2017

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So I also really want to get to some of my eARCs off Netgalley so I’ll be listing a few that I’ll be working hard to get to.

First up is When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter. I haven’t read her other book Vassa in the Night which is a fairy tale retelling, and I think this book is a paranormal series I believe. It sounds super good and creepy; and I can’t wait to try out her writing and see what I think!

Summary: After her troubled older brother, Dashiell, dies of an overdose, sixteen-year-old Ruby is overcome by grief and longing. What she doesn’t know is that Dashiell’s ghost is using her nightly dreams of him as a way to possess her body and to persuade her twin brother, Everett, to submit to possession as well.

Dashiell tells Everett that he’s returned from the Land of the Dead to tie up loose ends, but he’s actually on the run from forces crueler and more powerful than anything the Bohnacker twins have ever imagined….

Release date: September 12th, 2017

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I also really want and need to read Zero Repeat Forever by G. S. Prendergast which I believe is a fantasy novel?? Maybe Sci-fi. I’ve heard it’s like the 5th Wave, but I wouldn’t know since I haven’t read The 5th Wave so….But the cover looks so cool and I really want to get to this book this coming month and see how I enjoy it!

Summary: He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…

Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…

Release Date: August 29th, 2017

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I know the next couple of books coming up are pretty ambitious to include them in this TBR but I will try my hardest to get to them! I’m being overly ambitious but I don’t care!

  1. Amber Sky by Claire Warner and this came out in June so I’m behind on this but I still want to read this anyways.
    1. Summary: Beneath the Amber Sky, the nobility control the food, education, and the mysterious C.O.I.L.S of Copper and Brass. To Tay, struggling to keep her siblings alive, the ideas of rebellion and freedom are distant and unreachable.

      But when her father is arrested, she begs Darius James, the son of the Overseer, to save his life. Darius agrees, but his help costs her a favour, one he can call in at any time.

      Darius’ favour will bring her to the Palace, and the perfect position to help the growing rebellion. But the court has games beyond anything she has seen before, and Darius’ secrets will add to the danger.

      Tay is now able to make a difference, to join the rebellion, find the C.O.I.L.S and discover the secrets of the Amber Sky. All she has to do is survive. 

    2. Release Date: June 23rd, 2017
  2. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller. I got a physical arc but also an eARC off Netgalley so I really need to get on this badly because I’ve heard really good things about it!
    1. Summary: Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home. 

      When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge. 

      But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

    2. Release date: August 29th 2017
  3. House of Chaos by Sarai Henderson is the last book I want to try and get into. I got this off Netgalley and it was honestly a cover request. The cover drew me in and I decided to request it and see if I would get it. So I hope to get to this as well but I’m not holding my breath for that…
    1. Summary: Sixteen years ago, Tabri showed up in the mountains an orphaned child with the magic of the Chaotics running through her veins. She survived the bitter winter, the wrath of a yeti, and mutinied on the flying pirate ship Stallings, but then the Madnesi came.

      Nell’s Furyon bloodline and elemental magic make her the perfect warrior. Perfect to revenge her sister’s death at the hand of a Madnesi Lord, to defend the Chaotic until her magic fully emerges and to defeat the masses of rotting undead who threaten the survival of the Wilders. If only there was more time in the day.

      The Earth Stone has given the two companions a path to safety, but Tabri’s magic is on the fritz and Nell has completely lost her mind with grief. Can they hold it together long enough to allow Chaos to shine a light in the darkness, or will the Madnesi destroy all magic in the world along with the prophecy?

    2. Release Date: September 13th, 2017

And that is my ARC August TBR! Keep checking Twitter and the hashtag and see what everyone else is doing and how they’re doing! Wish me luck this month and keep an eye on my wrap-up I’ll be posting for this read-a-thon.

Let me know if you plan on participating and I’ll see you in my next post!

 

 

 

Author of the Month/Paintbrush Review

Hey everyone it’s time for my Author of the Month post for my blog! I recently read Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin and I loved it so so much that I felt Hannah definitely was my author of the month!

This novel was her debut novel and I am so blown away and I honestly cannot wait for whatever else Hannah offers us in the book world! I’ll leave links to her website and Instagram here:

Website: Hannah Bucchin Website

Instagram: Hannah Bucchin Instagram

I honestly just suggest giving her book Paintbrush a try because you’ll definitely fall in love with it! I’m leaving my review for you all down below!

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Paintbrush by Hannah Bucchin

Publisher: Blaze Publishing LLC

Published: July 11, 2017

Rating: 5/5

Summary: Mitchell Morrison and Josie Sedgwick have spent their whole lives at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village, a commune full of colorful characters tucked in the mountains of North Carolina, and they aren’t particularly close–at least, not anymore. Josie wishes she could spend all of her time at Paintbrush planting tomatoes, hiking the trails, or throwing giant communal birthday parties, while Mitchell can’t wait to escape the bizarre spiritual sharing and noisy community dinners. Luckily for both of them, high school graduation is just around the corner.

But when Mitchell’s mother makes a scandalous announcement that rocks the close-knit Paintbrush community, and Josie’s younger sister starts to make some dangerously bad decisions, the two find themselves leaning on each other for support – and looking at each other in a whole new light. Their childhood friendship blossoms in to something more as they deal with their insane families, but as graduation approaches, so does life in the real world, forcing Josie and Mitchell to figure out what, exactly, their relationship is – and if it can survive their very different plans for the future. 

So as mentioned above I love this book. It’s so good and you can really relate to the characters. It’s a dual perspective novel told from Mitchell and Josie’s perspectives. You follow them as their senior year draws to a close and they both are dealing with personal things and personal decisions involving college and their life going forward.

Josie is fine staying at home with her family, and as the story goes on she starts to question her decision on why she really wants to stay there and what she wants to do with her life as a high school graduate.

Mitchell just wants to leave home and go out in the world as soon as his diploma hits his hand.

As he and Josie start to get closer to graduation, things start to develop between them and we watch their relationship grow and they try to figure out how their going to continue this relationship when they have different things in mind for their futures.

Their relationship was something I really enjoyed reading about because it just seemed so real between them and they had realistic problems and it’s something many couples who read this can relate to. I think I relate to Josie the most (and not just because I’m a girl and so is she); mainly because she and I had similar fears once the end of high school came upon us. We were both unsure what we wanted to do and it scared us to even think about leaving home and what is in store for us.

Bucchin really did write such a relatable story and wrote such great characters who had flaws, doubts, and had such a beautiful friendship. I loved reading about their relationship both as friends and as a couple.

Paintbrush, the town in the novel, is such a fun place too! I liked reading about the community they lived in, and we got such a good glimpse into their lives.

Also Michell’s friendship with his best friend Cord is so cute and fun! Cord is one of my all time favorite characters I’ve read this year! He was so supportive of Mitchell’s relationship, was there for him during the hardest part of his life when his mom dropped a bomb on him and his father. He was just a nice, supportive best friend and it’s something you really don’t read much about. They were so different, but they really clicked!

Overall I loved this book, it was just a fantastic debut novel from an author who I will definitely be keeping an eye on in the future! Highly recommend this book and I hope you will give it a try!

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on this novel and if you’ve read it as I would love to know!

 

 

Thriftbooks Haul Part 2

So hopefully this book haul is the last for a few weeks since I’m trying to control my spending and get my savings back up since I just got back from Comic Con on Sunday so I need to get my savings account back up since it took a huge hit for paying for the hotel.

I highly doubt I’ll hold back for a few weeks but I’m trying to be optimistic here!

Anyways lets get to the books!

The first I got is Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L Armentrout which is a thriller she wrote and I’ve heard really good things about it so I figured I would get it on thrift books and check it out! I love books about mystery and secrets! It sounds really good!

Summary: Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all – popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the truth about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory – someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive? 

I also got Forever with You by the same author and this is part of her Wait for You series so I won’t be leaving the summary for this book but I hope to get to this series soon since I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series! I want to finish this series before the year is over so let’s hope I get to it soon!

I also got Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery in this beautiful edition! It’s so pretty and I was so happy I saw this on Thriftbooks! I have never read Anne of Green Gables before but I know it’s a childhood classic for many people and so I decided to one day pick it up and reading it! I don’t think I need to leave a summary but I will anyways incase some of you aren’t familiar with this story.

Summary: Everyone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.

I actually didn’t get this next book from Thriftbooks but I got it at the Amazon bookstore a few towns over but I figured I would include it in this haul. It’s The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski. Wow what a name!

I think this is a video game book or something I’m honestly not sure but I saw someone recommending the series on their instagram and it really interested me so I found the first book at the Amazon bookstore and just decided to check it out! I guess I’ll let you know what I think about it later on!

Summary: Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin. 

And a cold-blooded killer.

His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world. 

But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good. . . and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth. 

The international hit that inspired the video game: The Witcher.

I then got Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati which has been pitched to me as a book similar to Outlander. It’s another big series that takes place in America I believe. I’ll leave the summary below but I heard April mention that she was recommended it and I decided to just pick it up since it was so cheap on Thriftbooks.

The summary makes it sound so good so I decided to dive into it soon! I think it’s a bit older but I’ll still leave a review about it.

It’s actually kind of out of my comfort zone so I hope it allows me to push out of my boundaries and try new books!

Summary: Weaving a tapestry of fact and fiction, Sara Donati’s epic novel sweeps us into another time and place…and into the heart of a forbidden affair between an unconventional Englishwoman and an American frontiersman.

It is December of 1792. Elizabeth Middleton leaves her comfortable English estate to join her family in a remote New York mountain village. It is a place unlike any she has ever experienced. And she meets a man unlike any she has ever encountered – a white man dressed like a Native American, Nathanial Booner, known to the Mohawk people as Between-Two-Lives. Determined to provide schooling for all the children of the village, she soons finds herself locked in conflict with the local slave owners as well as her own family.
Interweaving the fate of the Mohawk Nation with the destiny of two lovers, Sara Donati’s compelling novel creates a complex, profound, passionate portrait of an emerging America. 

I also got Toxic by Kim Karr which I heard from Jessica on Booktube but the funny thing is that I don’t really remember what it’s about anymore…my memory is really bad so I forget to check the summary all the time. I think it’s about a girl trying to save her family business. Something like that! I’ve never read a book by her so lets hope I end up enjoying the book!

Summary: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not…

New York Times bestselling author Kim Karr turns up the heat in a smoking hot, emotionally compelling new novel that takes you into the world of Manhattan’s elite.

In Toxic, Jeremy McQueen, a sexy, intense, sometimes brooding entrepreneur goes after what he wants—the woman he left behind years ago. Phoebe St. Claire, a put together, in control socialite-turned-CEO has been drifting through life searching for something she thought she’d never find again—the right man to share her future.

Our passion was boundless. Our lust untamed. And our desire endless. He was the only man who ever made me feel alive. Then, I betrayed him.

When he reappeared, I didn’t question it. Trust rarely survives the wrecking ball, so when he let me in back in—I didn’t hesitate.

Maybe I should have.

What began as a bid to save my family business, turned into a second chance at love. It felt so romantic. Working together, side by side, with the man I loved. My dream come true.

Nothing is as good as it seems.

We had our issues, but then again, every couple does. It wasn’t jealousy, or our too-hot sex life that I should have been worried about.

It was his darkside.

I never saw the end coming, until it slammed me in the face. The question is—did he? 

Was revenge his plan all along?
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Sometimes you have to wonder if your life is too good to be true.
Is it real or just an illusion?
Does the man lying beside you really love you like he says he does?
If the answer is yes, you’re meant to live happily ever after.
If the answer is no, you’re living my life, and nothing will ever be the same.

What you do about it—that’s up to you.

Me, I’m in too deep and there’s no getting out.

I’ll take whatever I can get for as long as I can because I know when it’s over…

I’ll never find another man like him.

Ever!

I finally got the first book in the Mastered series by Lorelei James. I have like the third and fourth so now I just need to get the second book! I loved her Need You series and I can’t wait for the fourth book to come out, but I also really want to read this series! I will eventually pick up her Cowboy series which sounds super good! She’s definitely becoming a auto buy author for romance for me! Highly recommend her series!

Summary: Former small-town girl Amery Hardwick is living her dream as a graphic designer in Denver, Colorado. She’s focused on building her business, which leaves little time for dating—not that she needs a romantic entanglement to fulfill her. When her friend signs up for a self-defense class as part of her recovery after an attack, Amery joins her for support. That’s where she meets him.

Ronin Black, owner of the dojo, is so drawn to Amery that he takes over her training—in public and in private. The enigmatic Ronin pushes Amery’s boundaries from the start, and with each new tryst, Amery becomes addicted to the pleasure and to him. But when Amery senses Ronin is hiding something, she questions her total trust in him, despite the undeniable thrill of his possession…. 

Last book for this haul is All Lined Up by Cora Carmack! I have her other book in this series, which is the Rusk University series. I believe this is the first, and now I have the first two so I can start reading this series. I have her Losing It series so I need to finish that series as well. I’ve read the first book and loved it so I can’t wait to get into the other books!

Summary: Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel. 

And that is my newest thrift books haul! I hope you enjoyed it and let me know in the comments if you’ve read these books and your thoughts and what you hope to get this month as I would love to know!

 

Hope Flames

Hope Flames

Hope Flames by Jaci Burton

Publisher: Berkley

Published: Janurary 7th, 2017

Rating: 4/5

Summary: Thirty-two and finally setting up her veterinary practice in the town she once called home, Emma Burnett is on her own and loving it. Independent and driven, she’s not letting any man get in the way of her dreams. Not again.

That’s fine with Luke McCormack. Divorced and hardly lacking in female company when he needs it, he’s devoted to the only faithful companion in his life–his police dog. Still, there’s something about Emma he can’t shake.

When a series of local break-ins leaves Emma vulnerable, she seeks help from the first man to spark her desire in years. And now they’re giving each other something they thought they’d lost forever…hope

So this is my first Jaci Burton book that I’ve read and I really enjoyed it! It was a small town romance which I really enjoyed since I don’t always read them. As mentioned above it’s a romance between Luke and Emma and it was just adorable and so worth the read!

You’re introduced to Emma who is a vet and she has a dark past she refuses to talk about at first, and Luke who is a cop who would rather have one night stands rather than a long term relationship because of his past. When they meet, their chemistry is very much present and it causes them both to question their commitment to avoid relationships.

They both start spending time with each other and start learning about each other and soon start to open up about their pasts to each other.

I really enjoyed these two characters. Emma was really sweet and kind. She was just a genuinely good person and usually tried to do what she could to help others, especially with her patients. She ended up being a favorite character of mine both in this genre, but also this story, and I liked reading her perspective.

Luke was also a really good guy and a decent person. He may have preferred one night stands to relationships, but he never had nasty thoughts or was nasty to other women he knew in town. That really made him unique to me and stand out as a good character, He never pressured Emma for anything, and never made her feel like she was pressured to do anything she didn’t want to do.

Overall this book was a great start to a romance series I plan on continuing in the future! If you love small town romances I high recommend this series for you, and if you love a cute romance novel, this is also a really good romance for you.

Plus it has dogs which I love so much!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this series or this author/book and your thoughts as I would love to know!