Sleepless in Manhattan

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Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

Publisher: HQN Books

Published: May 31, 2016

Rating: 4-stars

Summary: Cool, calm and competent, events planner Paige Walker loves a challenge. After a childhood spent in and out of hospitals, she’s now determined to prove herself—and where better to take the world by storm than in the exhilarating bustle of Manhattan? But when Paige is let go from the job she loves, she must face her biggest challenge of all—going it alone. 

Except launching her own events company is nothing compared to hiding her outrageous crush on Jake Romano—her brother’s best friend, New York’s most in-demand date, and the only man to break her heart. When Jake offers Paige’s fledgling company a big chance, their still-sizzling chemistry starts giving her sleepless nights. But can she convince the man who trusts no one to take a chance on forever?

This was a really cute novel!

I never read a book by Sarah Morgan but I bought a pile of them when I bought this book so I could try them out and I loved this one so I am excited to read future books by her. They’re really cute romance novels, and while they might seem typical, they really aren’t.

At least to me they aren’t.

But I liked Paige and her character. She and her friends were such friendship goals. They supported each other and had each other’s back. They followed Paige in her dream, and Paige was supportive of theirs, and tailored her new job to include her friends and what they love to do.

But Paige being herself is someone I want to be. I strive to be as organized as Paige is in this novel. I am so disorganized it’s depressing.

But I did like Paige and her determination was something I admired in her. She was very determined to get her small business running, and to get herself clients and do her best to really be what each client needed.

Also I know I say this a lot but I love focusing on familial relationships and her relationship with her brother was adorable. She was stifled by his overprotectiveness, and I liked that while she hated it I felt that she appreciated having a brother who cared about her.

And Jake Romero….oh my gosh! I adored him! He must be protected at all costs! I liked seeing how he was stand-offish and looking into his mind and seeing how his complicated and sad past affected him still in the present time of the story. His relationship with his neighbor turned mother figure was so sweet, he treats her so well and admires her for all she’s done for him. It’s one of those things where you see how he is as a person and lover by the way he treats his mother. And he definitely treats her well!

Overall this book was really cute and I loved the romance and everything in it! I hope to continue this series soon though since I have the other books in it! I’ll let you know if I do in the future!

Thanks for checking this out! Let me know your thoughts on the series and if you’ve liked the book as I would love to know!

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Currently Reading

Hello! I’m here with another post to talk about the books I am currently reading and what I want to read this weekend!

Finished Books:

I loved this book! I was very very interested in this book! The magic system was super cool and I liked the characters and everything! Plus I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel! Can’t wait to start the next book!

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This book broke me! Oh my gosh!  I died! My friend told me to continue so I ended up binging it on audiobook! So good!!! I love it! Starting Clockwork Princess asap! After I finish my current audiobook!

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Currently Reading:

And I am currently reading Lost Crow Conspiracy! I started it today and I’m maybe like 50 pages in right now. I want to get like 100 pages in tonight but that prolly won’t happen. Awkward.

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I started this today and I’m maybe an hour into the book. It’s only 9 hours or so long so I may be able to finish this in a day! I’m excited! I haven’t read Legend so I hope I don’t need to in order to understand this!

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Books I Want to Read:

I also want to read Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz. This looks like it’ll be a light easy read so hopefully Sunday I can start it and finish it Monday! And then start Love and War in time for my blog tour!

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I also want to get started on Clockwork Princess audiobook! And I know I won’t be finishing this up this weekend but I want to at least get it started this weekend! I’m so scared with how this will turn out because I am told that it will kill me so badly…so let’s see how this goes!

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And that is what I plan on reading the rest of the weekend! It’s ambitious but I hope to get most of it done! Wish me luck!

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Flick the Wick Unboxing: A Maas Love Story

So I found Flick the Wick and found out they were doing a Sarah J Maas box with stuff from both ACOTAR and TOG and me being the SJM trash I am I had to buy it and I loved this box!

It came with a bunch of really great items inspired by Sarah’s series.

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This artwork is beautiful!

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And here are the two prints that were included in the box. The first is by Monolimeart and I’ll leave her instagram page here for you to check her out because her work is amazing! Link here: Monolimeart

And the next artist is by morgana0anagrom on tumblr. I’ll leave her link as well here! Her work is stunning and I think you should give her a follow and a look! They’re amazing! Link: Morgana0Anagrom

 

So this next designer designed both this beautiful pin and also the bookmark! It’s dreamyandco on Etsy! I love their work and I always get excited when I see that their items are included in boxes! I’ll leave the link here for you here so check here for their page!

Link: Dreamyandco
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Isn’t this bookmark stunning?! It’s double sided!

And we also got this pillowcase by EvieSeo included as well and I’m happy it was! I love this quote and love that it was there. I can’t wait to add it to my collection of Evie’s pillowcases! I’ll leave her society6 page for you to check out. I know I rave about her a lot but she is amazing!! Like so amazing!

Link: EvieSeo

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So Flick the Wick included this heading tea based on Chaol and Yrene! I’m really excited to try it out! I mean I want to keep it locked up and displayed but I also really want to try it out so I’ll try it out anyways hehehehe.

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And my heart broke when I got this beautiful roller perfume bottle. It is just amazing and smells so good! I have it with me in my make up bag because I want to smell like this at all times. And the feels killed me because Sam….the baby Sam….ahhhh!

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Isn’t this so beautiful?! The loves of my life in candle form is stunning! The label is really pretty! And it smells great! I hope there is a larger sized option because I want to buy that one and burn it and save this little one for display because it’s so cute. *Cries* my loves.

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And then we have these amazing couple candles because feels! I adore this so much! And of course these are going on display! They smell good and I want to burn them all but also they’re precious and need to be shown to the world.

Obvs my favorite is Rowaelin because I’m trash for them.

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Here is the spoiler card for you to check out!

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And that was my unboxing of this amazing box! I love it so much!!! I will definitely be buying bookish candles from them in the future because they have really amazing options!

I mean moms mad at me for buying more but I can’t help myself. Don’t judge me…

But let me know your thoughts as I would love to know what you think! What company do you like buying candles from??

Weekly Reads TBR

Hello! I’m here with my Weekly Reading TBR for you all! I have quite the ambitious TBR since I am going to be off of school for spring break. I have a homework or two to do during the week and that’s about it plus work. But I don’t have class so I am planning on binge reading as much as I can during this week break from classes!

So here is the list of physical books I have on my TBR to read:

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves. I have the first book checked out from my library, and I am almost done with it so I plan on getting this done today and tomorrow and jump right into the sequel as well.

Summary: In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

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I also have the sequel I plan on reading this week, which I have an ARC of so once I finish Blood Rose Rebellion I’ll be jumping right into this book! I won’t leave the summary for this book so save you from spoilers!

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I also have a copy of Alex and Eliza that I plan on reading this week as well, because I have the ARC of the sequel that I received from Penguin for review for a future blog tour post!

I’m excited to read this one because it’s based on Alexander Hamilton and I love the musical Hamilton so I can’t wait to check it out!

Summary: 1777. Albany, New York.

As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.

Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

Also no idea why I have a picture of the audiobook but whatever….

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And here is the sequel for Alex and Eliza! Love and War by Melissa de la Cruz! I’m excited for this one as well because of course Alexander Hamilton! Stay tuned for my blog tour post I’ll be posting in the future!

Summary: 1780. Albany, New York.

As the war for American Independence carries on, two newlyweds are settling into their new adventure: marriage. But the honeymoon’s over, and Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler are learning firsthand just how tricky wedded life can be. Alex is still General George Washington’s right-hand man and his attention these days is nothing if not divided–much like the colonies’ interests as the end of the Revolution draws near. Alex & Eliza’s relationship is tested further by lingering jealousies and family drama.

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Here is my list of audiobooks I hope to get to this week:

The first is Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare! I am currently binging the series and I am having so much fun! It’s so good and I’m getting obsessed! I forgot how addicting this series could be! I plan on listening to the audiobook and I plan to keep doing that all week and maybe catching up on the series!

Won’t post the summary to save from spoilers!

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I also plan on starting the Young Elites audiobook by Marie Lu. I have never read Legend though so I’m wondering if I have to read that first before reading this…let me know! I have no idea!

Summary: I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

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I also want to read Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare but I am not planning on finishing this book this week. I am planning on starting this book and finishing it next week. Since it’s such a massive book I will be taking a bit to read it. But this is what I plan on ending my week with! I’m obsessed!

No summary again because spoilers!

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And that is my massive TBR for this week! I am so excited! I am so excited to be reading these and I can’t wait to see what I think of them all! Stay tuned for my upcoming reviews! I can’t wait for you to read them!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments and if you’ve read them, and what your planned TBR is this week!

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Glass Sword

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Publisher:

Published:

Rating: 5-star-rating-clipart-1

Summary: If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

So it’s been a while since I read Red Queen and I thought that book was okay. Not super life changing or anything. So I kind of went into this book with a hope that this one would be better and it so was!

It was honestly just amazing!!

I know people think that this series reminds them of many different ones and such and that’s why they don’t like it. I honestly didn’t get that vibe! This felt unique to me, and I felt genuine shock and surprise during events in this novel!

A lot of books suffer from second book syndrome and end up not being as good as the first novel, and that so wasn’t the case with this one.

You got to see into the mind of the Scarlet Guard, you saw Mare try to find herself in this harsh world and you saw her step up and become someone who was wrestling with herself and her mind. She did good things, and she did bad things. She was a very complex character for me and I thought it was awesome reading about her struggling to stay good and do what was morally best even when that might not have been the best route; and she took risks and struggled with the guilt she had. That was how I knew she was a good person deep down. She felt despair and guilt, and fought for it to not take her over.

I honestly felt her pain and it killed me having to read it and not be able to help and comfort her.

I think one thing I appreciated in this novel was that Mare was able to set up barriers in her relationship with Killorn, and while he didn’t like it, in the end he respected it. He never pushed her to feel differently for him, never tried to push them. He stayed away out of hurt and such, but he never attempted to make her change her mind. And their friendship thrived in the end.

Cal is frustrating in a way. He holds too hard to his need to save the silvers but also side with the Scarlet Guard. I liked reading that battle he had; but I wish we had gotten to see it through his eyes; because I feel I would have felt differently had we gotten that insight. But maybe that was the point?? He’s still cute though even though he has issues choosing sides. Still a cutie with a cute relationship with Mare.

Maven is insane!!! Oh my gosh! I was shocked at what he was doing, and how he felt about Mare still after everything they had been through. But oh my gosh he is crazy! I mean we technically barely saw him, but somehow he was present in the book! His mother though I hate just as much as I hate Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. And I hate her so so much! With a fiery passion! But his mother was just horrible! Hated her from the get go.

Cameron was also an interesting character we got introduced to in this book. She was fierce and angry, and on a mission. I do agree that she has a reason to be angry with Mare, but at times she got very vicious and wouldn’t open her eyes to what was going on around her. I like her enough, but sadly in this book she’s not my favorite. Mainly because her anger would get the best of her and she would lash out and such. I just felt that she could have controlled herself better and she would have understood why Mare does what she does. It doesn’t excuse Mare not giving her a chance to choose for herself what she wanted to do, but at the same time she also needs to see the other side of things.

Anyways overall this book was just a fantastic continuation of this series and I really think its interesting how far this book progressed, and how the action was written down. There was a lot of action going on, and I think it helped this book flow so much better; it felt fast paced, and the stakes were raised and I was constantly on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next! If you didn’t like the first book I definitely suggest giving the second book a try because you won’t be able to put it down!

I finished King’s Cage as well and I can’t wait for War Storm! I need to know how it all ends! 2 more months!!

Let me know your thoughts on this book! I know many people were on the fence on the series and I would like to see who liked it and didn’t like it! What do you think of this book compared with the first??

 

 

Throne of Glass- One Time Box

Hello! I’m here with an unboxing of the One Time Throne of Glass box from The Bookish Box! I currently subscribe to their boxes, but currently I am only getting their shirts monthly rather than the whole box. But they do One Time Boxes and I was lucky enough to be able to purchase the Thorne of Glass box. I purchased a while back the ACOTAR box and loved it so I’m happy to be able to have both!

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So an item I’m really happy to receive is another Book Beau! I have quite a few of these and I honestly use them all…so I can always use more for my collection! I love this color and the design is cute! Plus the quote is from my favorite out of the series because Heir of Fire broke me…

Definitely check Book Beau out though! Shop link here: Book Beau

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I’m really happy about this tumbler, because I had to throw all my others away since I used them so much. I’m trying not to use this one that much because I want to keep it for as long as I can but I do want to use it every once in a while. It’s so pretty!

It was created by Bookworm Boutique and I’ll leave their shop link for you here: Bookworm Boutique

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So I think this is the item I am most excited for! It’s an enamel pin from Ink and Wonder and I love it so much! I love their items and I shop from them often so I was over the moon when this item was included! I also got a pin from their most recent box and it was ACOTAR themed (the pin/not the box).

I’m so happy to add this to my collection! It looks beautiful on my pin board!

Shop link: Ink and Wonder

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So the next item is this really great candle that’s based on the character Manon! It was created by Whiskey Diamond Co off Etsy. It smells so good and while I like to keep my candles from my favorite fandoms unused I really want to burn this since it smells fantastic!

Shop link: Whiskey Diamond Co

We also have this Eilde print by Gabrielle Bujdoso and I love her art work and gah it’s so beautiful! I got distracted while typing this because I went to look for her site page to link so you can check her out and I was distracted for almost an hour because her work is so amazing.

CHECK HER OUT PLS…She’s amazing!

Link: DeviantArt Page

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Lastly is the shirt they always include! And it’s beautiful! I love it and I’ve worn it a few times already and I can’t even. One of my favorite quotes by Sarah! It’s amazing!!!!! Love their shirts! It was created by the Bookish Shop!

Shop link here: The Bookish Shop

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Spoiler card for you to check out!

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And that is my unboxing for you all! Hope you enjoyed it and let me know your thoughts as I would love to know!

Night Diary Blog Tour

The Night Diary

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

Publisher: Dial

Published: March 6th 2018

Rating:

Summary: It’s 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders.

Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn’t know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore. When Papa decides it’s too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home. The journey is long, difficult, and dangerous, and after losing her mother as a baby, Nisha can’t imagine losing her homeland, too. But even if her country has been ripped apart, Nisha still believes in the possibility of putting herself back together.

Wow. This was a very good book. And so sad and powerful. It amazed me how invested I was in the lives of these characters and their struggles and what they were going through. I never have been through something like they have but this gave you a very real look into the fear and the trauma that was going on at the time.

I really enjoyed the diary form of this novel. It really seemed to go with what the author was trying to show the reader. It was very effective!

I also enjoyed the characters. I thought Nisha was so cute and sweet. I felt so protective of her during this novel, because she was so young going through such horrible things. And her feelings about not speaking at the end broke my heart. I got so mad when her brother and father would tell her they would be better off not speaking. That broke my heart and it was so powerful after that reading about her feelings of self-worth and that she felt that they were right that she was better off not talking.

But I loved her love for her brother and her family. She might not have been close to her father most of the novel but she did love him and was always wanting him to be safe. Her love for her grandmother was sweet too. She was always mindful of her and wanted her to be safe. But I think it was her love and relationship with her brother that I loved the most in this novel. They were together all the time, and were concerned for each other; and they really knew each other. Amil knew when she was lying and what she was feeling without her even knowing herself.

Also her mother’s brother Rashid Uncle was so nice and I liked seeing them interact, especially since he wasn’t able to talk. It was cute when he talked to Amil and Nisha about their mother, and how he opened up to them. I wish we had no closure on that front because they had to leave and he wasn’t introduced back into the story after that. I wanted to know more about if they got back in contact with him or not. I felt like that part was left unresolved.

But I am glad that storyline with Kizi was solved. That was my favorite character honestly. He was such a big brother to Nisha and Amil, but especially to Nisha. He was important to her and I was glad they got to see each other again. I was so sad when he stayed behind so I was glad he got his chance to see them again.

Overall this book was so powerful and important. I loved it a lot and I thought it was definitely a story that needed to be told. The writing was beautiful, the characters felt real, and the overall feel of the book was just fantastic. A solid novel that I recommend to everybody.

Definitely check it out.

About The Author: Veera Hiranandani earned her MFA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl, which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asian Book Award Finalist. A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute and Writopia Lab.

 

Genesis Blog Tour

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Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Published: March 21st 2017

Rating: 5-star-rating-clipart-1

Summary: He killed me. He killed me not. He killed me.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

Wow!

Let me say that I was not expecting to love this book so much! And I did! It was fantastic! I loved it so much! It was something I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy as much as I did!

It had such a high level of mystery without being a mystery! Here you were trying to figure out why Min is being killed every two years on her birthday, and also trying to figure out what is going on! It was just fantastic!

I was hooked from page one and could not put it down and I felt that everything was revealed at a good pace! It wasn’t all revealed at once, it kept you wanting to find out more and you didn’t want to stop reading because you were so interested in finding out what was going on.

I loved Min as a character. I sometimes find characters in books similar to this a bit annoying, but she wasn’t. She was a really great character and I liked her need to find out what is going on in her life and town. She’s curious, and smart, and has a attitude and ability to care for people and others that were maybe not the kindest people to her.

Noah was a sweetheart and I adored him and felt so protective of him because of his anxiety and inability to really stick up for himself. I liked how he and Min were around each other during the hard times.

Tack was a handful. Oh my gosh he never knew when to keep his mouth shut. I thought it was funny how Min seemed to mother him a lot and would try to keep him in line.

That scene with Ethan and what he did to Tack killed me. Mainly it was Min’s reaction to what happened to him that made it hard for me; not in a bad way. I actually got a bit emotional when it happened. Because you could really see that Min cared for him, no matter how much he was a pain in the butt; she did care about him a lot. I enjoyed their friendship a lot, I feel like it was solid throughout the storyline and that was something I really felt helped Min during the struggles.

But this was such a fun ride!

There are so many things that happened that it’s hard to say without spoiling anything but oh man the secrets that were revealed towards the middle and the end were jaw dropping! They were insane! I couldn’t even believe what was happening and I was shocked!

This is probably one of my favorite books this year so far! It was amazing! So fast paced, action packed, intense, and full of awesome writing and awesome characters!

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Genesis by Brendan Reichs

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Published: March 6th 2018

Rating: 4-stars

Summary: Noah Livingston knows he is destined to survive.

The 64 members of Fire Lake’s sophomore class are trapped in a place where morals have no meaning, and zero rules apply. But Noah’s deaths have trained him–hardened him–to lead the strongest into the future . . . whatever that may be. And at any cost.

Min Wilder knows that survival alone isn’t enough.

Trapped in a violent world where brute force passes for leadership, it’s tempting to lay back and let everyone else fight it out. But Min’s instincts rebel against allowing others to decide who lives and who dies. She’s ready to fight for what she believes in. And against whomever might stand in her way.

This was such an amazing sequel to Nemesis! I didn’t love it as much as the first, because I felt the the first had so much secrets going on and you were in a rush trying to find out what was going on and how everything mixed together.

In this book a lot of the secrets were revealed, and the students were trying to survive against everyone fighting.

But there was still a mystery surrounding a new development in the program and I felt so on edge seeing the developments play out and what Min and Tack, and Noah were handling it.

It was so weird seeing Noah become so unraveled in this book. I actually liked seeing it because it added so much complexity to his character. He tackled killing people head on and wow it was intense because he was so intense this time.

Tack was scary in this one actually. He pulled a Noah and was all about killing everyone and wow that scared me a bit.

BUT THE END WITH HIM. THAT SCENE. OH MY GOSH.

HIM AND MIN WERE BFFS AND HE DID WHAT HE DID FOR HER AND I CRY.

I’m a mess.

But wow glad things were settled but damn that was intense.

Sarah I hated, but I also liked that she was so cunning and smart. She was all about the coding and such and was able to do everything the males in the class weren’t able to do; and Ethan was a nuisance. I hated him in book one and I still hated him in this book. He’s a jerk and a horrible person. But not as horrible as Toby. Damn that guy was horrible.

I cannot wait to read the third book because oh man it ended on a slight cliffhanger and I really want to find out what happens!

And while there wasn’t a pressing need to find secrets out there were still secrets revealed that made my jaw drop. Like literally! I was at work and read most of the secrets part during my lunch break and I was freaking out! Legit!

I never expected what was revealed to be revealed and man that turned me around!

Overall I really enjoyed the two books in this series so far, and I felt that the stakes were raised so much higher in the second book, even though the first book was full of secrets and mysteries and such! This one raised the takes for the people involved and it was interesting to read and see the characters evolve as they were. Highly HIGHLY recommend this series to everyone! It was amazing and if you love high action books you will love the series!

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Q&A with Brendan Reichs

 

Who has been the biggest inspiration for your writing??

Well OF COURSE I have to say my mother and distinguished co-author, Kathy Reichs, because I’m not crazy or a jerk. But seriously, working together on my first series, Virals, really helped me hone who I wanted to be as a writer and discover what things I wanted to write about. I’m eternally grateful for her editorial help. I’ve come a long way since then, but that was my first job and it will always have a special place in my heart. 

  • Are you a power writer and just sit and write all day long or do you go and come back to your writing randomly during the day?

I need uninterrupted blocks of about four hours at a time to get original drafting done. I believe in the importance of deep concentration, so I can’t nibble around the edges of a writing session. I want that period blocked off with no distractions. Oddly, I can revise in shorter bursts, because I’m only living within the individual sentences and paragraphs, and not creating whole scenes. 

  • Bouncing off that question: do you write what comes to you or do you have a detailed outline of what you want to write?

I always have a detailed outline of every chapter in the book before I begin. I need to know where I’m going, while I’m writing, or I tend to waste time and wander too far afield. That’s not to say the story won’t change while it’s in progress—it certainly will, and many, many times—but I need a framework in place. I always know the ending of a story before I write the beginning. 

  • What’s the easiest and the hardest thing about writing and being an author? 

Setting a writing schedule and sticking to it is the answer to both questions. As a full time writer, I’m usually blessed with the ability to arrange my days most any way I want, which is wonderful in terms of being able to write when you’re in your sweet spots, but it’s also seductively easy to put things off and create problems down the road. Writers have to treat their work as a real job, with office hours, because there’s so much fluff outside of creating a book that comes with the gig. That can be difficult. But at least I rarely have to get up early! 

  • What drew you do this genre of writing? Did you always see yourself getting into the genre?

I didn’t know what I wanted to write at first, and I’m honestly a little surprised this is what I ended up doing. But I love my colleagues and fans in young adult, and feel like it’s my home. I like writing stories about young people experiencing things for the first time, and I think that’s all that defines “young adult.” I certainly plan to try other things. I have a middle-grade series launching in October called The Darkdeep, which I’m co-authoring with the great Ally Condie and really excited about. So I look forward to exploring many genres. 

  • Did you always want to be a writer? If not what drove you into this career path?

I started out as a lawyer. I do not recommend it.

  • When you were younger was there a book that really spoke to you, and showed you the power of words? 

My favorite book growing up was The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams. In 1990, I was an uncool, unsure twelve-year-old. I wasn’t a social outcast or anything dramatic, but I was far from what anyone would call popular. During that summer I read this book, and it changed things for me somehow. The story is about a boy named Simon, near my age at the time, who gets caught up in a rivalry between two princes and must face an evil that threatens his entire world. The book blew me away me with its size and scale. I’ve been a hooked reader ever since.

  • What’s the weirdest thing you’ve had to research while writing?

How to dissolve a body efficiently so that it’s completely gone. (Answer: quicklime, but be sure to buy it with cash, a state away and separate from everything else, and have a real need for it already established, like a garden project. Then you should be good.)

  • Do you think any aspect of your childhood has influenced your book? 

Isolation. As a kid I felt psychologically distanced from my peers a lot growing up, and I think Noah in Nemesis and Genesis feels the same. I relate to him a lot, and his struggles to act normal even though he essentially is normal. He’s hyper self-aware, like me, and that’s not always—or even mostly—good.  

  • What’s something you would like to tell your younger self if you had the chance?

The things that aren’t cool right now are the things that become incredibly cool later in life. Stick to your guns. (And don’t shave your head, you look ridiculous like that.)

  • Do you have any tips for people who might be interested in pursuing writing as a career?

Write write write. Practice gets you closer to perfect. Writing is more skill than art. Anyone can do it well if they apply themselves, but the ones that succeed do so because they never give up and run through brick walls of rejection to get there. Stay hungry. 

  • How has it been writing a sequel? Is it harder than writing the first book or easier? 

Genesis was easier to write than Nemesis because it’s actually more closely related to my original inspiration. I thought of this book idea while watching Highlander—a terrible ‘80s action movie—and began plotting it out, but I quickly realized it was two books instead of one. Nemesis was everything crazy that had to come before Genesis, the core my original inspiration. I loved writing both books and hope my fans enjoy this next chapter. 

  • Bouncing off that idea, did you find that you had a clear path the sequel was going, and found you had diverted from it at all? 

It was a very clear path. These books go together. There will be a third Project Nemesis book as well, but these two are essentially bookends in my mind, although each can be enjoyed separately. 

  • How do you think Noah and Min differ in Genesis than in Nemesis? 

In Nemesis, Noah is barely holding it together in the face of awful things that have happened to him throughout his life. He follows Min’s lead because he trusts her instincts more than his own. But something happens to change him, and Noah begins Genesis in a much darker emotional place. He thinks he must act in a certain savage manner to satisfy the Program. His struggle to be something that he’s not is central to the book. Min, meanwhile, stays grounded in her moralistic beliefs, but has to reconcile them to an environment where they might not apply. Their emotional arcs are twisty and complicated, and deepen the themes of the book. What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be alive? I think Genesis is my best and most collocated book to date, and I really hope fans of the series agree!

 

And that is my Genesis blog tour post! Let me know your thoughts on this series and if you’ve read it! I would love to know!

Weekly Reads TBR

Hey all! I’m here with my super ambitious TBR for this week. I know I probably won’t be finishing all of these books but I want to get most of them done this week! I don’t really have much going on in terms of homework but I have stuff going on eventually so I might try to get some stuff done.

Anyways I plan on getting quite a few books done! There is a list of books I plan on tackling this week!

There’s a small theme where I have a couple books that are books that I have sequels I need to read.

The first book I plan on reading/finishing is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I have about an hour left on the audiobooks I will be done with it today for sure! And then I’ll be starting another, but wow this book is just amazing and I love it so much! I can see why the people of the world love it as much as they do!

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Summary: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

I also need to finish it up The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani. I started it and I got through about 45 pages before I fell asleep last night. That’s also my goal for today as well. After all my errands I plan on coming home to read this book!

It’s very good and I can’t wait to finish it.

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And this is the first audiobook I plan on listening to this week after The Hate U Give is done. I plan on continuing the Mortal Instruments series alongside the Infernal Devices so I’m very excited to continue on! Ive heard not so good things about the audiobook so let’s hope that I like it!

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And I also want to get to the audiobook of Clockwork Prince and I’ll be starting it right after I finish City of Fallen Angels because I’m loving this series since I’ve never read these books before so I’m binge reading them like crazy! And I’m loving them! I’m not leaving a summary for this one and City of Fallen Angels incase people haven’t read them before so I don’t spoil anything!

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And I also want to read this book: The Novice by Taran Matharu. I have heard really good things about this book and so I plan on reading it this week but I think it’s going to be a book that I sort of put off till I am finished with the books I really am making a priority this week. But I really want to read it so I checked it out from my library to give it a go!

Summary: When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.

As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.

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This is the first book that is the first book in a series where I have a sequel that I need to read for review. I have Winter Glass, so I want to read Spindle Fire which I have heard many good things about so I am super excited to check this one out!

Summary: A kingdom burns. A princess sleeps. This is no fairy tale.

It all started with the burning of the spindles.

No.

It all started with a curse…

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood—and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape…or the reason for her to stay.

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And the last book that I plan on reading this week is Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz. I got the sequel Love and War for review from the publisher so I want to make this one a priority as well to get it read and reviewed early so it’s prepared and such. I love Hamilton so I am so excited to read this book! I cannot wait to start it!

Summary: Their romance shaped a nation. The rest was history.

1777. Albany, New York.

As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.

Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

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And that is my crazy ambitious TBR for you. I mean I really think I can do it. I’m almost done with The Night Diary so I’ll be finishing it tomorrow. But I am also planning on reading City of Fallen Angels asap so I think I can do most of this at least. But my goal is to get most of it done.

Wish me luck!

I need it!

Let me know what books you want to read this week because I would love to know!

Weekly Wrap Up

So I surprisingly got a decent amount of reading done! I’m very proud of myself! This year I’ve been relying heavily on audiobooks to get me through my bookshelves. I have been wanting to finally get through the books on my shelves and I’m really happy with my progress so far! I’m buying less books, and reading more books I either received for review or from my shelves.

It’s hard for me to read physical books mainly because I’ve been so busy doing homework or driving to work or class, or working so I hope eventually during my breaks I’ll be able to read physical books again when I don’t have to worry much about school work.

Anyways here are the books that I finished this week!

I started City of Glass and listened to this and finished it in a day. It was amazing! So great! Out of the three Mortal Instruments books I’ve read so far, this is my favorite! Can’t wait to read more!

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After talking to one of my friends, she mentioned that I needed to start Clockwork Angel before continuing with the Mortal Instruments series. So I started it and read it in a day. And wow….so so so amazing.

I’m definitely Team Jem, but I do appreciate Will and what he brings to the table. But he’s a jerk.

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I also finished Genesis by Brendan Reichs. I won’t go into much detail since my blog tour post will be posting this coming week. But it was amazing! Such a great continuation to this series. Gets better with each novel released!

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And I also finished Flesh and Blood. This was another really good book and I definitely want to read more in this book series. I’m excited to read the next book that’s coming out this year! Makes me also want to read the In Death series again. I may pick those back up again!

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And I haven’t started this book yet but it is in my goals this week to start and finish it! It’s a pretty small book so I’m making this book my priority this week! It sounds like it’s going to be beautiful!

And I also haven’t finished the Hate U Give audiobook! I have like 4 hours left so I plan on finishing that either today on the way to and from work or tomorrow. It’s amazing!! Wow! I’m loving it! Highly recommend you check this out!

(Sorry the format has changed for the last two books, was having issues putting the wording between them! Lawddd!)

And that is my wrap up for this week! Let me know down below what books you finished this week as I would love to know!!