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June TBR

Hello! It is the last day of May and I figured since Goodreads is having issues with Books I Read in May I figured I would do my June TBR first and hopefully when I start working on my May Wrap Up Goodreads will be fixed!

So June is another month where I plan on trying to get ahead on my ARCs. As May and April wasn’t my best months of getting ahead I figured I would try again this month and hopefully do better!

So here are the audiobooks that I plan on reading in June!

Let’s hope that I get to all of these!

And then here are the ARCs that I want to read! Physical copies first!

And ebooks I want to read!

And those are all the books I plan on reading this June! It’s a lot but since I don’t have school until July I plan on binging all the books that I can! I really want to get most of these done and reviews written!

And then July I’m making it a romance month and I cannot wait!

Overall that is my TBR which is massive but I think I can get most of them done! I’m excited!

What are you planning on reading in June??

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Legendary

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publishes: May 29, 2018

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Summary: A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun.

So I have loved Caraval since it’s came out and this book was prolly one of my Top 5 Most Anticipated Books all year and it definitely lived up to the hype! I loved it so much!! I binged it last night because I was so scared to read it and then I pushed myself to read it and couldn’t put it down!

if you love stories about enchanted carnivals and just a fun wild ride you should read this book series! It’s definitely worth checking out!!

Stephanie just creates characters you root for, and get attached to, and you can’t help but be amazed by the amazing adventure they’re going on trying to solve this event. You see them face choices they and you normally wouldn’t and you pull for them to really pick a good decision.

I just loved reading about Scarlett in Caraval and I equally loved her continuation in Legendary. But most of all I loved Tella and her story and that we saw more into her character than what was given to us in Caraval. I loved that we got to see her motivations and why she does certain things, and how she’s this really brave and cunning character, but she’s also flawed and those flaws build her into this amazing character. I feel like a good amount of people can relate to Tella and her need to maybe see why her mother left, and the whole story behind it. She’s determined to discover that and it drives her to be this motivated character. She’s just so smart and it’s great to see her mind at work!

And oh my gosh Dante!! I loved his wit and his cunning mind and man he blew it out of the water in this book! A lot of my favorite scenes involved him! He really challenged Tella and I liked their chemistry and interactions!

And Scarlett and Julian oh my gosh I wish we saw more of them but at the same time I understood it wasn’t their story anymore in this book. I can’t wait to see how things go with them in the next book! With the way it ended I’m freaking out!

And Jacks…he was another interesting character. One I didn’t think I’d enjoy with the way his attitude portrayed him. But he was a really fun and interesting character who had much to bring to this table. I enjoyed seeing him in action in this novel and thought he added something different to this story!

Overall this novel was fun and fast paced! Trust me when I say you ain’t gonna want to put this book down! I didn’t! It just sucked me in and held me prisoner. I just get so entranced with this magical world of Caraval and how it makes you look at things again because things aren’t always what they seem to be and it’s fun seeing that being brought to life in this novel! I really do highly recommend this novel! Stephanie Garber ups it up in this book and I cannot wait to see what else she brings to life in the future! She’s an author you must have on your TBR pile, and the author to watch!

Highly recommend checking Caraval and then Legendary out!

You won’t be disappointed!

Let me know if you’ve read this book or this series and your thoughts! I’d really love to know!!

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Weekly Reads TBR and Wrap Up

So I only got one book read this week sadly but it was a nice relaxing week! I got Labyrinth Lost audiobook and I’m interested to see what happens in Bruja Born which I’ll be starting this week!

And here is what I want to read this week or I’m currently reading!

I have like 50 pages left of Legendary by Stephanie Garber so I’ll be finishing this today! I am loving it and I’m dying! It’s so good!!!

And I also started the audiobook of The Rose Society and wow! It’s really good so far!! I’m excited to continue!

And here is what else I wanna read this week and hopefully finish!

I wanna start and finish Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova! I enjoyed Labyrinth Lost well enough so I’m interested to see what this brings to the table!

I also want to listen to the audiobook of Linger since I read Shiver and I’m trying to get better at reading a series and binging them if they’re finished! I wanna get better at finishing a series!

And I want to read the Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen and I’m really excited to check this out! I haven’t heard much about it so let’s hope that I enjoy this one!

And that’s my TBR I hope to get to this week! Let’s hope that I do a good job reading hehehe!

Let me know down below what you’re reading this week as I would love to know!

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Currently Reading

So this post is late and I’m sorry about that oops but here’s what I’m currently reading. I haven’t read much because I’ve been like catching up on sleep and relaxing since I’ve been stressed with work and school for months this semester! It’s been great!

But I’m almost done with Labyrinth Lost and I’ve had a few months where I’ve gotten annoyed but I think now it’s getting better. I have like 8 chapters left so here’s hoping I finish it tonight in the way home from work!

And I had started Legendary and stopped because I was nervous since I’ve loved Caraval and I was worried at how things would turn out but I picked it back up and got like 100 pages I’m so I’m loving it and hoping to finish it tomorrow as well! At the latest Monday!

And also reading Hot Asset and I wanna finish this as well during the day tomorrow! Wish me luck! I have work so I don’t know if that’ll happen!

And that is my small tbr for the rest of the weekend because I was super late with this post! Sorry!! I promise this coming week will be better! School was just really stressful and I was trying to get some rest and relaxation!

Let me know your thoughts and what you’re reading the rest of the weekend as I would love to know!

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The Young Elites

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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

Published: October 7th, 2014

Rating: 5-star-rating-clipart-1

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.

I loved Adelina. She’s a very dark, angry character but I think her story is really interesting and so different! She seems like a girl who is supposed to be this good person who is with this society to get help. But this is not how this goes for her. She is a very dark person and has such anger in her that makes it hard for her to control herself and her journey is so interesting in this book!

I really was shocked at what happened, and the way things unraveled in this story with her and her sister and the Society. I mean that ending was insane! And her actions afterwards were just woah!

It’s been a bit since I read this but I am still shocked! I haven’t read a novel like this before and I was just kind of shocked that Marie Lu ended this first book the way she did and I was so engrossed I didn’t want the novel to end! I think the epilogue was fantastic! And that is how you end a novel and bridge it over to the next book! This is how you do it! Marie is just a master! Dyinggg! I couldn’t listen to anything after that for the rest of the day because I was so shocked!

I think that the plot was so complex and intense! The story starts off hooking you right away and I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what is going to happen to Adelina and I was just taken on this wild ride as Adelina is taken in by the Dagger Society and you meet Enzo and Raffaele.

Raffaele is the leader of the society and Raffaele is also part of the society, and for some reason Raffaele is against Adelina joining them. I loved seeing Enzo’s power! It was really cool!

Raffaele it think is interesting because of his job working in a brothel, and he had a lot of stuff to say. I enjoyed seeing him and Adelina and their connection and how that ended up in the end. It was insane! I expected but also didn’t expect that ending with him and Adelina. Seeing how things turned out with Enzo and Teren, that didn’t surprise me with what Raffaele did; but I didn’t expect Adelina’s reaction to be that way and I liked that I was shocked and such!

I felt bad for Adelina though, because she was tortured mentally by her father for surviving this disease and being scared in a way; and then while training the different members of the society are mean to her while she’s training; and Teren bothers her for secrets. I just felt so bad and people were cruel to her and it definitely helped her anger to grow. But I love that she is supposed to be the main good character, but ends up being this antihero but you can’t help but root for her.

I think one of my favorite parts is this:

“Through the whirlwind, I hear my father’s harsh whisper.
I know who you really are. Who will ever want you, Adelina?
My fury heightens. Everyone. They will cower at my feet, and I will make them bleed.
Marie Lu, The Young Elites

LIKE WOW! Blows me away!!

But I do like the romance, even though it’s not very prominent in this novel, I like that there was an aspect of it in there!

I also hate her father, he’s a cruel bastard! And I feel bad that her sister, Violetta, while she loves Adelina, she is so happy and under her father’s thumb that she doesn’t do much. It’s just sad because her father really cares for Violetta, and she doesn’t seem to do much to help Adelina because she feels that her father loves her and she shouldn’t go against him. I hated that she saw how horrible her father was to her, and didn’t really do anything. I mean she did but you don’t see that until later on, which was unexpected to me at least! I was shocked!

Anyways I have gone on enough about this but definitely check it out! I really think you’ll enjoy it and it’s so good and I cannot wait to continue with the series, which I am going to be doing this week hopefully! I cannot handle my excitement! I will update you all on that once I start it!

Let me know your thoughts as I would love to know and if you’ve read this series!

 

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Turtles All The Way Down

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Published: October 10th, 2017

Rating: 5-star-rating-clipart-1

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

Damn this book..I have never read a book and felt as seen as this made me feel, except with The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. But this one really made me feel heard and seen.

I honestly have been miss with John Green. I didn’t want to read his other books, they just didn’t seem like my thing. But I read The Fault in Our Stars and thought it was just okay, nothing super amazing. So I was kind of hesitant to pick this up, but I heard the good comments and felt the need to pick it up. I listened to the audiobook in about a day and I was blown away.

Aza has OCD and anxiety and I could relate a lot to the circle her thoughts go in sometimes. She has this issue with a cut on her finger and she picks at it almost and has to always clean it and get a new bandaid on it and such. She can’t get water on it or anything, or else she gets into this obsessive circle of thought where she needs to clean it. I can understand what she goes through in a way.

I have a condition in my head where if I feel like my hands are dirty I need to wash them. I am constantly needing to wash my hands for some reason or another, and I cannot do anything or focus until they are washed. It goes in a circle where I try to convince myself I’m fine, or that I just washed them and don’t need to clean them again, until it goes in a circle and I end up caving in.

Just reading Aza and her struggles and her thoughts, and it was just amazing for me to read about.

I thought it was great that in a way, Aza wasn’t cured, and she still actively sought therapy for her issue. Therapy wasn’t seen as this horrible place, she was actively engaging in it.

I just really appreciated John Green and his ability to tell this story that has touched not just me, but so many other people. He just created this character and story that many people can feel related to, and showed how living with these illnesses is. Many people can relate to Aza for her anxiety issues, and I know I related to her with her OCD issues and I know I wasn’t the only one. Can’t thank him enough for helping many people feel heard.

Overall one of my all time favorite novels and I cannot recommend this book enough.

Let me know below if you’ve read this book, and your thoughts as I would love to know! Did this book affect you like it did me?

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Weekly Reads TBR and Wrap-Up

Hello everyone! Here is what I read last week and what I plan on reading this week! I had a kind of slow weekend so I didn’t get much reading done at all. But here is what I read last week. And what I plan on getting done this week!

So I DNF’ed Uprooted sadly and I mentioned this before about how I was disappointed, but I’ll go more into it during my review which should be up soon! I was sadly disappointed by this.

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And I listened to this really scary audiobook And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich! I could not listen to this at night honestly! I would get really scared! But this book wasn’t too bad but wasn’t mind blowing. I think the audiobook made it much better. But it was a really good audiobook and highly recommend it! It’s very creepy, and really brings this book to life! I enjoyed reading this book so much more having this cool experience!

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And Legend by Marie Lu was another audiobook I finished this week! I have the second audiobook on my wishlist on Libby since there’s a bit of a waiting list so once it’s checked out to me I’ll be able to listen to it! I wanted to read this series for a while, so I’m really glad that I can get it started!

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I also finally started this series! It was really awesome and in a way kind of predictable. I predicted the secret of one of the girls, and I wish the author was a bit more discreet about somethings because I know it’s supposed to be a surprise, I think, but at the same time I found out the secrets before they were revealed. But I liked the way the romance seemed to go.

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And here is what I am planning on reading!

I am currently listening to The Heir on audiobook and I am finishing it up as we speak and so that’ll be my first book done this week. I am actually really enjoying this book but there are some small complaints that will come out I my review but this cover is stunning! I love it! I also forgot how much I love this series!

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And Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova is another book that I plan on reading this week. I have the arc of the second book on my kindle so I hope to read this and get to read the second book!

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I also checked out the second book The Rose Society of The Young Elites trilogy and I am enjoying this book series so much and I cannot wait to see what happens! It really is addicting and I want to find out what people do next!

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Another audiobook is Linger by Maggie Stiefvater and again this is another series I finally started and hope to continue! I really need to finish series that I start and have wanted to read for a while! I have a few that I just will start and haven’t really gotten done with yet so my goal is to listen or read them and this is one of them that I plan on starting and powering through!

That prolly didn’t make any sense but meh ahahaha!

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And this is another book I have to read and I plan on reading it for a solo reading party Wednesday so I hope to get it done then or get most of it done! I am like 50 pages in and it’s really interesting so far! I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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And I also want to finish Hot Asset! I have gotten like 20% of the way through so I plan on reading more of this week! It’s kind of funny so I hope it continues along that line!

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And lastly is one of my most anticipated books this year! I am like 15% so I plan on finishing this as well!

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And this is a huge TBR but I hope that I get the chance to read since I’m not in classes and only have to worry about work! Wish me luck!!

Let me know in the comments what you are reading as I would love to know!