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Celebratory Book Haul

Hey guys!

So a couple days ago I had a dentist appointment and I was supposed to go in a get a crown on one of my teeth. I hate getting the numbing shot but I knew I had to get one anyways. Then after I had gotten the shot I found out I could just get a filling for it instead since it wasn’t as bad as they thought.

So to reward myself for getting the shot, then not needing the crown I got myself some books.

PS: my jaw is still sore from it since I was dumb and didn’t really let my jaw rest properly.

Anyways here are the books I got myself!

First is Now I Rise! I got the hardcover to go with my ARC I got from YALLWEST. I’ve already read this but it’s one of my favorite series ever! So I’m happy to add this to my collection! It’s the second book in the Conquerer’s Saga by Kiersten White! Review for that is here: Author of the Month/Review

I also got the Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead, which is the second book in the Glittering Court series…I think it’s called that. I haven’t read the first book yet so I really want to read that then dive into this one. I’ve heard mixed thoughts about the first one so I hope I enjoy it.

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Next I got Reign of Serpents by Eleanor Herman. This is the third book in her Alexander the Great series! I have the arcs of the first two, and I have a copy of the first book, so I really want to dive in and read it especially since now I have the third book so I can binge it! I’ve heard good things about it so I can’t wait to read it!

I also got Roar by Cora Carmack! I heard a lot of good things about this book so I cannot wait again to read this one! It’s a YA fantasy novel that’s the first in a series! I’ve read the first book in her Losing It series and I loved it so on top of reading Roar, I want to finish that series as well as her Rusk University novels! I’ll keep you updated on that!

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I also got Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris which is a crime thriller novel I think. I just finished The Fourth Monkey by Jd Barker and loved it so I hope I also enjoy this one as well! I haven’t heard much about it so I can’t wait to see what I think.

Lastly I just got this book of Robert Frost poems in this BEAUTIFUL edition! I fell in love and just decided to buy it, since it was on clearance and was like 6$! They have one for Henry David Thoreau and I might go back and get that one too to add to my collection! I don’t normally read poetry but I really do love his work!

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Anyways those are the books I got so let me know in the comments what books you got recently and which ones you’re hoping to read most!

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The Fourth Monkey

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The Fourth Monkey by J. D. Barker

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: June 27, 2017

Rating: 4/5/5

Summary (off Goodreads): For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive. 

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller.

Thank you to HMH for sending me a copy to review!

I finished this book and I could not put it down when I was reading! I hated that I couldn’t read it through because I had work and other obligations taking over. I really love reading crime novels and thriller novels and this book was definitely worth all the praise it’s been getting!

It starts out following Sam Porter, who is a detective on this case following the Four Monkey Killer.

The 4MK guy takes his name after the Do No Evil monkey which follows the three monkeys saying Speak No Evil, See No Evil, and Hear No Evil. And he really takes the Do No Evil and uses that to find his victims. He leaves pieces of body parts, then the body for police to find. He also leaves his journal for Sam Porter to read and it goes into the mind of the killer and shows a lot of his background which I will get into in a bit!

I really thought this killer was so unique, interesting, complex, and so much more! He was very twisted and while you read about his murders, you see his method and how he selects his victims-basically people he thought were bad, but he didn’t punish them the typical way which was super interesting to read about! Plus his journal is so intense, and wow! It really showed a different side of the killer, but also was so strange and twisted! He’s very creepy, especially as a child with the kid of parents like his….his parents were so weird. But reading about his parents really makes me understand how he turned out like he did.

But I loved Sam Porter! Him and Nash were my favorite characters in the story! I liked that they had a good friendship, which I wish we could have really seen more of in this book but I do love those characters very much!

Also Clair was so funny and I enjoyed reading her POV.

So the plot was so intense and I was on the edge of my seat during most of it trying to figure out the mystery and was taken along on this insane journey! Like wow! So many twists and turns and my jaw dropped so many times because you would think one thing about the killer and what was going on, and then suddenly things change and what you thought you knew isn’t true anymore! It happened quite a few times and so many things were revealed and I was just so shocked! Also reading about the killer’s past was shocking too, not just with the crime they were trying to solve.

I could not even predict how this book would end and I was so shocked at how it did end! Like wow I was not expecting that! I hope there’s more books coming up because I really want to read them because that ending!

GIVE IT TO ME!

Overall this was such a great book! I loved the plot, the suspense, the characters, and just the book overall! Highly recommend for those who love to read thriller/crime novels! This book is definitely something you should check out!

 

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Author of the Month/Review

Hello! Welcome to another Author of the Month post!

For those that are new to my blog-first of all WELCOME! And second of all, Author of the Month is where I choose and Author and feature a post about them; normally it’s with a review attached and some links to their website and places to buy their books.

So the Author of the Month for the month of June is Kiersten White! She is the author of many books, my favorite being And I Darken and Now I Rise.

I have a review for And I Darken, the first book in the Conquerer’s Saga. I just finished Now I Rise last night at like almost midnight and I honestly think this series is one of my all time favorites! It just blew me away!

I’ll leave my review for And I Darken here: Review: And I Darken

I also did a review on her book The Chaos of Stars which I will leave linked here: Review: Chaos of Stars

I’ll leave her website and places to follow her down below as well.

So as I mentioned above, I just finished Now I Rise, and I was blown away with how amazing it was! I was so hooked on it!

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Rating: 5/5

Summary off Goodreads: Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

Can we just….

A moment of silence for my feels and heart…

Okay so wow! I loved everything about this book! I wasn’t expecting to get so hooked to it because literally after I finished reading it I sat there for like 10 minutes in bed just staring into space because everything was just so overwhelming.

I think it mainly has to do with the fact that Lada is so vicious, cruel, strong, and badass AF. Lada is such a flawed and ruthless character, and I really think that makes her stand out to me. I haven’t really read a book with a main character anything like Lada. Her relationship with her companions and her best friend Bogdan was fun and so complex. She really tested some of them during this journey to get her country back.

Also she had my favorite scene and line from this entire book:

”’Silviu?’ Lada asked. ‘I am here to negotiate your support’ Lada drew her crossbow and shot him in the chest. One of Toma’s men shouted in surprise.

Lada turned her horse. ‘That went well. We have the full support of this estate now.’”

Radu was also an interesting character. I really liked him and in the first book and that affection grew for him in this book. His love for his friend Mehmed was so sweet and loyal.

It hurts my heart that Radu has so much love to give to people who never really give it back to him in return.

But I liked his development in the series so far, his someone distance love for his sister, and his willingness to do whatever it took to help Mehmed and also help a friend. His internal conflict was also interesting to read about, because he really did go through a lot of it during the story, and he really wondered if he made the right choice.

I honestly cannot wait to see where his character ends up as the story goes on, as well as with Lada. I really want to see where she ends up.

If you’re interested in following Kiersten I’ll leave the link to her website here: Website

Her twitter here: Kiersten’s Twitter

And her Goodreads page here: Goodreads

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If you want to buy her books I’ll leave a link here for Barnes and Nobles to get Now I Rise: Now I Rise on BN and Amazon: Now I Rise on Amazon

Let me know down below if you’ve read any of her books and your thoughts; as well as recommendations similar to her books as I would love to know and check them out!

Thanks for joining me on this month’s Author of the Month!

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One Dance with a Duke 

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One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Published: May 25, 2010

Rating: 4/5

Summary: A handsome and reclusive horse breeder, Spencer Dumarque, the fourth Duke of Morland, is a member of the exclusive Stud Club, an organization so select it has only ten members—yet membership is attainable to anyone with luck. And Spencer has plenty of it, along with an obsession with a prize horse, a dark secret, and, now, a reputation as the dashing “Duke of Midnight.” Each evening he selects one lady for a breathtaking midnight waltz. But none of the women catch his interest, and nobody ever bests the duke—until Lady Amelia d’Orsay tries her luck.

In a moment of desperation, the unconventional beauty claims the duke’s dance and unwittingly steals his heart. When Amelia demands that Spencer forgive her scapegrace brother’s debts, she never imagines that her game of wits and words will lead to breathless passion and a steamy proposal. Still, Spencer is a man of mystery, perhaps connected to the shocking murder of the Stud Club’s founder. Will Amelia lose her heart in this reckless wager or win everlasting love?

So this is my first Tessa Dare novel that I read and wow I loved it! I have a couple of her novels but I got this on my kindle recently that I just decided to read it! She’s amazing with her writing and her characters and the romance was so cute!

I really enjoyed reading about Amelia! She was so kind and sweet to everyone, and had such an urge to take care of everyone even if they didn’t deserve it from her. She was so capable as well, and I liked that about her as well! She was also so smart, resourceful and stubborn and that made her such a great character in my opinion! She was just downright adorable and cute and I loved her relationship with Spencer!

They were so so cute and I loved how Amelia really got under Spencer’s skin and really opened up his heart and broke down his walls. They had such fun banter with each other  at times and I loved how though they might have been wary of each other, they really grew to love each other.

It was also great to see Spencer grow, and it was fun seeing how he gained my adoration before he really even deserved it. He goes from being harsh and rude and always getting his way no matter who he steps on, to really opening up and seeing how things he worked hard to get didn’t really matter compared to other things, like his wife.

This really got interesting when Amelia’s brother stirs up trouble and she is given the choice of her brother and her husband. It was such a tidal wave of emotions and it’s so great when Amelia really finally understands where her hubs is coming from in concerning her brother, as well as other revelations. I mean while I love her adoration for her family and her brother, he was a jerk. But I liked seeing where he was coming from and things that may have been bothering him. But her devotion to her family was just great and I love reading about sibling’s who really do adore their family.

But the ending parts were very reveling and interesting because things took a different turn that I wasn’t really expecting.

Overall I love Tessa’s writing, her characters were fun, and the romances were so cute. I loved it and I really can’t wait to read her other books in the future both in this trilogy and out of it! If you’re a fan of romance novels I highly recommend reading this book!

Let me know if you’ve read the other books in this series and your thoughts as well as other romance books I should checkout in the future!

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Illumicrate Unboxing-May

 

Hey everyone! I’m here to do my Illumicrate unboxing!

For those that don’t know, Illumicrate is a quarterly box with usually two books, and a few bookish items. I’ll leave the link for the shop here: Illumicrate Website

First up is this amazing print and door hanger created for the box by TJ Lubrano. Aren’t these the cutest you’ve ever seen! I kind of want to frame the print…

Up next is this map bookmark which I think is just the cutest thing ever! I love these type of bookmarks and I think they’re so creative! Plus maps are so fun to look at! I get sucked in trying to find random places! This was created by Penguin Co.

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I also got this poster for Windfall by Jennifer E Smith with the UK cover on it. I honestly havent heard much on this book besides people wanting to read it so I really want to check it out and see how I like the book. I seem to enjoy her writing so I am willing to give it a shot. 

Next I got this Gender Games button. I honestly don’t know anything about it besides what’s on the holder. I do like the colors though! Let me know if you’ve heard anything about it! 
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I also got this set of really pretty prints with quotes on them, here’s the top one for you to gaze at!

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Next up is my favorite item from the box! It’s a Feyre mug with art by Merwild! I love it so much since it’s covered with my favorite character! Heart eyes for days!

And this Swish and Flick keychain designed by Nutmeg and Arlo was included and while I’m not too crazy about Harry Potter I really think it’s cute! I love the color! Blue’s my favorite color so I think the contrast is stunning.

So the last item is the candle from Flickerink. It’s Mermaid Lagoon and it smells heavenly! Definitely going to be burning this in my room later on! Candles are my weakness so I have plenty to last me awhile!

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So the main book for this box is Truth or Dare by Non Pratt. Heres the summary for you since I really haven’t heard much about this book:

A powerful and moving novel about bravery from the Guardian’s “writer to watch” Non Pratt, perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell, John Green and Holly Bourne. How far is too far when it comes to the people you love? Claire Casey hates being the centre of attention. But if it means getting Sef Malik to notice her, it’s a risk she’s happy to take. Sef is prepared to do anything to help his recently disabled brother. But this means putting Claire’s love – and life – on the line. Because when you’re willing to risk everything, what is there left to lose?

It sounds really interesting so once I read it I’ll post my review for you! I haven’t read anything by Non Pratt yet so I really hope I enjoy it! Have you read anything by Non? Have you enjoyed it? Let me know!

So I’m really excited because they added an ARC of The Waking Land by Callie Bates.

It’s been fourteen years, since King Antoine took Elanna hostage. Fourteen years since her father’s rebellion failed. Fourteen years spent being raised by the man who condemned her people to misery. A man she’s come to love as a father.

Now 20, Elanna is about to be taken prisoner once again… but this time by her father’s mysterious righthand man.

Her father wants to reignite his rebellion, this time using Elanna as figurehead. He will tell his followers she is the legendary Wildegarde reborn, a sorceress who could make the very earth tremble.

But what no one knows is that magic really does flow through Elanna’s veins. Now she must decide which side she’s on, and whether she’ll use her powers for mercy… or revenge.

This cover is so pretty and I cannot wait to see what the finished cover looks like, because I’m definitely buying the UK edition. It sounds really interesting so again once I finish reading it I’ll be posting my review!

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And there’s the May box for you all! Here’s the packing list for you to take a look at! Let me know your thoughts below and I’ll see you guys next time!

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Heartborn 

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Heartborn by Terry Maggert

Published: September 1st, 2016

Rating: 3/5

*Thank you netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review*

 

Her guardian angel was pushed.

Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where violence and deceit are just around every corner.

His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival.

Until Keiron arrives.

In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.

I had some issues with this book. I liked it, I liked the angel aspect of the book; especially since the only angel book series I read was Angelfall. But I really think this story was just a bit of a let down. Some things didn’t make sense either. But I’ll get to all of those in a bit.

It started out pretty good, you got to see Keiron and Livvy’s relationship develop and I was all there for that.

You also got a glimpse into his family’s troubles in their home area.

But to be honest, I really didn’t care much for reading about his family and their issues. They were dragged on for so long that I really just got bored during their chapters. Every single move was basically described for you and it was just really unnecessary to me. I cared about what happened to them and I did enjoy some of the action that went on but it felt too long winded.

And there were issues with Livvy and Keiron too. It was just really insta-lovey and I didn’t get much time to connect to the characters before everything went down. I just didn’t buy into their relationship no matter how much I wanted to.

And I really wanted to because at some points it was a really sweet romance.

Some things didn’t make sense really because when things went down with Livvy and her future, she woke up not knowing anything and was trying to find out what happened; then suddenly she knew a bunch of stuff she had been trying to find out what she was trying to uncover.

And then suddenly everyone knew her secret and was in on it all and she was the only one out of the loop.

I think I’m just sad with this book overall because it had such good potential and it just fell flat. I was hoping to read a really cute angel romance with fantasy aspects, but sadly that really wasn’t what happened.

Also it was kind of predictable with the conflict with Keiron, I figured what happened with him would happen; and while I had an idea, it really still made me sad.

But now this book has me interested in reading angel books, so if you have recommendations on fantasy books having to do with angels let me know in the comments because I would love to read them!

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The Hundredth Queen 

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The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

Publisher: Skyscape

Published: June 1st, 2017

Rating: 5/5

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

*Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review*

Let me just say, this book is now one of my favorite books this year! I was just blown away by the book! I read 15% of it the first night and devoured the rest in one day! I loved it so much and wow I could not believe how amazing it was!

I think my favorite part of the book really was the magic system.

Elemental magic has always been my favorite, so when I read that people have fire powers, along with wind, water, and earth powers, I was all in! I loved reading about her hidden powers, and I hope we get more of the other types of powers in this story since we really didn’t focus much on them.

I also thought that the plot was so complex and amazing. The writing really drew you in and you just got sucked into this world of politics, magic, and love.

Speaking of love, I loved Kalinda so much. She was just an amazing character, with a fierce love for her best friend, and a need to help those she maybe shouldn’t. Like even when the other courtesans wanted to fight her for her spot, she prayed over them if they were slain.

But her sisterhood with Jaya was beautiful to watch; she literally would do anything for her, and did all she could to help her. I wish we had gotten more of their relationship in the book because it was beautiful to read about.

I really just want to say that Deven was a sweetheart and I adore that man so much. He was just so cute and sweet, and his protective streak with Kalinda was so adorable to see.  Love this so much!

While I do think the relationship was maybe a touch insta-lovely I was so there for it and was pushing for it from page one.

I honestly cannot wait for book two to come out because I really just need to devour it so badly.

I mean that ending and last 20% of the book was so crazy, eye-opening, and fast paced! It was so action packed that I was flying through the pages and there were so many twists and turns my mouth dropped!

I mean really!

SO. INTENSE.

Such wow.

 

 

Anyways, if you havent yet, I highly suggest you pick the book up and read it! You really won’t regret and it’ll suck you and won’t let you go! Highly highly recommend this book!

 

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! I would really love to hear from you!