Bookish Box Unboxing-July

 

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

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

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

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

Link: The Soap Librarian

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

Link: Bad Girl Good Tea

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

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

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

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

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

What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

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

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

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

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

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

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Here’s the spoiler card as well for you!

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

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

Thriftbooks Haul Part 2

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

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

Anyways lets get to the books!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And a cold-blooded killer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summary: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not…

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

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

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

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

Maybe I should have.

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

Nothing is as good as it seems.

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

It was his darkside.

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

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

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

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

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

I’ll never find another man like him.

Ever!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Another Small Barnes and Nobles Haul

So I went to Barnes and Nobles after an appointment and I just….got a couple books. As you do at Barnes and Nobles and have no self control! Hope you’re not tired of seeing these!

Anyways I got The Alchemist of Loom by Elise Kova! I’ve been wanting to read this book since Reagan and Sasha talked about it on their channels on Youtube! The cover looks so cool and I hope it’s as good as I’ve been hearing!

Summary: Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom

I also got Ravage by Tillie Cole! I got the bind up for the first two in the series called Savage Souls I believe so I’ll be reading that soon and diving into this one. Her books sound so deep and angsty so I can’t wait to try them out! Hope they’re as amazing as I’ve heard!

I also got Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren! They are one of my all time favorite romance authors and so every book they publish I have to buy it! I’ve heard really great things about this book so I know I’ll enjoy it when I read it this week for the Booktubeathon! I’ll be sure to post a review when I read it!

Summary: Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.

But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it?

Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you will get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, raucous, and hilarious romance style at its finest.

So if you don’t know, I love reading new adult and adult romances! It’s one of my favorite genres ever. But I sometimes get tired of reading companion series and I always want to look for romance series that follow the same main characters during the entire story.

Which is why the Crossfire series by Sylvia Day is probably my all time favorite romance series! So I was super excited to find out that The Hacker series follows the same characters throughout the entire series! So I decided to pick up the first two books and I hope that I get the chance to just binge read it! I honestly haven’t heard that much about it but I really hope I enjoy it.

Summary: Determined to overcome a difficult past, Erica Hathaway learns early on how to make it on her own. Days after her college graduation she finds herself face to face with a panel of investors who will make or break her fledgling startup. The only thing she didn’t prepare for was going weak in the knees over an arrogant and gorgeous investor who’s seemingly determined to derail her presentation. 

Billionaire and rumored hacker Blake Landon has already made his fortune in software, and he’s used to getting what he wants with very little resistance. Captivated by Erica’s drive and unassuming beauty, he’s wanted nothing more since she stepped into his boardroom. Determined to win her over, he breaks down her defenses and fights for her trust, even if that means sacrificing a level of control he’s grown accustomed to.

But when Blake uncovers a dark secret from Erica’s past, he threatens not just her trust, but the life she’s fought so hard to create.

So let me know in the comments what you’ve gotten recently and stay tuned for other books I have in my second thriftbooks haul that is coming up soon as well as some reviews and other posts!

Thriftbook Haul

Yes…I have another haul…I couldn’t help myself! And I have another haul since I got a 5 dollar coupon with this order so I used it on that order. I really told myself I wasn’t going to buy many books but again I just couldn’t help it.

So I’ll just get on with the books!

So I got sweet ache since recently I got a few of the books in the series so I really wanted to get this to complete the series! Summary will be off Goodreads as usual but I can’t wait to dive into this because it sounds so good!

Summary: Hawkin Play, the bad boy rock star with a good guy heart, has lived a lifetime of cleaning up after his twin brother’s mistakes. Hunter’s most recent screw-up could land Hawke in jail and risk the band’s future. Hawke agrees to guest lecture at a local college to stay in the judge’s good graces—and a bet with his bandmate to seduce his sexy teaching assistant is icing on the cake.

Quinlan Westin is harder to bed than Hawke imagined. She knows his type and is determined to avoid the rocker at all costs—even if their attraction runs deeper than simple lust.

Just as Hawke might finally be winning over the girl, his brother has other plans. When Hunter realizes his twin finally has a weakness, he’ll stop at nothing to take advantage…

Up next is Fall with Me by Jennifer L Armentrout! I have read a bunch of her books and I’ve loved them so I really want to read her new adult books! I have a couple books from this series so I think once I get all of them I’ll binge read it! I think its all the same series so I won’t be posting the summary incase it spoils anything!

I also got The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory! I’ve been wanting to read her Tudor series or I think it’s called The Cousin’s War series and this is the first book in that series so rather than reading them out of order I decided to read them in order and hope I like it!

Summary: Jacquetta, daughter of the Count of Luxembourg and kinswoman to half the royalty of Europe, was married to the great Englishman John, Duke of Bedford, uncle to Henry VI. Widowed at the age of 19, she took the extraordinary risk of marrying a gentleman of her household for love, and then carved out a new life for herself.

I also got Addicted by Elle Kennedy which is the second book in the outlaws series! I have  the first book but I feel like I’ll really like this series so I got the second book so I could maybe binge the series if I really like it!

I also got Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton! I have Wallbanger by her and I order another book in this series by her as well so I hope I can get them all and binge it! I’ve heard good things about her book so I can’t wait to dive in and see if I like it like everyone else does! I won’t be leaving the summary because I’m not sure it follows different characters or not.

I also got Forever by Maggie Stiefvater in the UK cover and I’m so happy Thriftbooks and this so I could match the other two! I love these covers so much more than the US covers so I’m happy to have them on my shelves! I’ve never read this series but I’ve read her Raven Cycle series and love them so I hope I feel that way about these!

I got Dictatorship of the Dress by Jessica Topper which I heard about on Goodreads and thought it sounded so good and super cute! I cannot wait to dive into it and I hope I get the chance to soon!

Summary: As the dress-bearer for her mother’s wedding, comic book artist Laney Hudson has a lot more baggage than the bulky garment bag she’s lugging from New York to Hawaii. Laney is determined to prove she’s capable of doing something right, but running chores for her mom’s fairytale nuptials is proving to be a painfully constant reminder of her own lost love.

So when she’s mistaken for the bride and bumped up to first class, Laney figures some stress-free luxury is worth a harmless white lie. Until the flight crew thinks that the man sitting next to her is Laney’s groom, and her little fib turns into a hot mess.

The last thing Noah Ridgewood needs is some dress-obsessed diva landing in his first-class row. En route to his Vegas bachelor party, the straight-laced software designer knows his cold feet have nothing to do with the winter weather.

When a severe storm leaves them grounded in Chicago and they find themselves booked into the last available honeymoon suite, Laney and her in-flight neighbor have little choice but to get better acquainted. Now, as her bridal mission hangs in the balance, perhaps the thing Laney gets right is a second chance at love. 

Up next is the first in a series about hit men! It’s Last Hit by Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick! I’ve never read a book about a hit man so I really hope I like it and that it lives up to what I’ve heard about this series!

Summary: Nikolai 

I have been a contract killer since I was a boy. For years I savored the fear caused by my name, the trembling at the sight of my tattoos. The stars on my knees, the marks on my fingers, the dagger in my neck, all bespoke of danger. If you saw my eyes, it was the last vision you’d have. I have ever been the hunter, never the prey. With her, I am the mark and I am ready to lie down and let her capture me. Opening my small scarred heart to her brings out my enemies. I will carry out one last hit, but if they hurt her, I will bring the world down around their ears.

Daisy 

I’ve been sheltered from the outside world all my life. Home-schooled and farm-raised, I’m so naive that my best friend calls me Pollyanna. I like to believe the best in people. Nikolai is part of this new life, and he’s terrifying to me. Not because his eyes are cold or my friend warns me away from him, but because he’s the only man that has ever seen the real me beneath the awkwardness. With him, my heart is at risk… and also, my life.

Lastly for this haul is Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott which is a book I heard from someone on Booktube and it sounded interesting since it’s a romance or something between a teacher and a student. I have mixed feelings about relationships like that but I can’t help but want to read about it!

Summary: Charlie, a senior, isn’t looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom.

But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he’s the only one who gets her.

She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush.

And that is my recent Thriftbooks haul! I have others coming in the mail from another Thriftbooks order so stay tuned for that post as well!

What books did you recently get? Let me know in the comments because I would love to know!

Yet Another Book Haul

So I think I need to accept that I have a spending problem. I really do. I have so so many books and no space for any of them. And I just gave away a bunch recently took. Gah!

I can’t help it honestly but at the same time I should be able to control myself.

Anyways!

I went to book off and got two things there, one for myself and one for a friend. I’ll just show you what I got for me!

I got Nora Roberts’ book Bay of Sighs which is the second book in her Guardians trilogy. I love her books that she writes under her name JD Robb so I really want to read her romance books under her Nora Roberts name. I’ve heard really good things so I can’t wait to start this trilogy since I now have all three of them!

I also got the first two books in the Grisha Trilogy in the new paperback covers! I have never read any of her GrishaVerse books and I was looking to get these in hardcovers but I actually really like these covers better than the original! Still looking for the third book and then once I get it back I’ll be able to binge it then get right into the Six of Crows duology. I’ll leave the summary for the first book below:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

I also got the first two books in Jaci Burton’s Hope series! I have a couple of her novels and I sadly haven’t read any of them yet! I hope I can get to this book soon because I’ve heard good things about her books! Summary for the first will be down below.

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

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

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

Lastly I got three books in the Driven series by K. Bromberg. It’s a pretty long series and can be read independently of each other so I got the newer books that are out in stores. I couldn’t find one of them so I ordered it in the mail! I’ll leave the summaries for the different ones below as well. I’ve heard good things about this author as well so I hope I enjoy it as well. I do plan on reading the beginning ones sometime soon but I that might be after I finish these ones.

Slow Burn: One Night. That’s all it was supposed to be.

Reeling from the sudden loss of her sister, Haddie Montgomery has sworn off relationships. All she wanted from Beckett Daniels was a sexy distraction to help her escape her pain for just a little while….There weren’t supposed to be any strings attached—so why can’t she shake the memory of that unforgettable night from her thoughts? Or the taste of his kiss from her lips?

No matter how hard Haddie tries to forget about him, Becks relentlessly tries to prove that she should start living for today. But she is determined to avoid romantic commitment, and she can always use her ex-boyfriend’s reappearance to help snuff out the slow burn within her that Becks has sparked….

Or will fate force her to realize that this kind of connection doesn’t come along very often and a chance at love is worth the risk?

Hard Beat: Foreign war correspondent Tanner Thomas is addicted to living on the edge. Needing the adrenaline rush of his job to help him cope with a personal loss, he throws himself back into the game, concentrating all his energy on getting the next big story. 

But when he meets his new photojournalist, Beaux Croslyn, he can’t help but feel like he’s losing his focus—and maybe risking more…

With secrets she won’t address, Beaux is far from your ordinary woman. Determined to keep her distance, she’s willing to pull Tanner in closer and hide behind the sparks flying between them. But as Beaux’s past begins to put their relationship—and their lives—at risk, Tanner’s determination to find the truth puts them both in jeopardy. 

He’s ready to chase her to the ends of the earth to find out if what they had was real, or if the danger surrounding them was just an exquisite heat fated to burn out…

Down Shift: Behind the wheel, racing champion Zander Donavan is at the top of his game. But after too much excess in his personal life, he’s forced to step away. He needs to accomplish something all on his own—outside of his famous father’s shadow.  
 
Getty Caster is running away from the abuse that clouds her past. She thinks she’s found the perfect escape—until she discovers a stranger in the beachside cottage she’d been promised. He’s undeniably sexy, but she’s there to heal. Alone.
 
Before long though, fighting with each other turns into fighting their attraction. And giving into desire sets off a chain reaction that has their pasts colliding. With an unexpected love on the line, can they overcome the fallout to build a future?

And that is all that I got these first couple of weeks in July! Let me know in the comments some books you recently got this month as I would love to know!

Small Barnes and Nobles Haul

Hey everyone! I’m just here with a small book haul with books I got from BN.com since they had some coupons going on! I’m horrible at not spending my money on books but I just can’t help it. Plus these books I’ve really wanted to read!

But there was one book that was sent to me for review by HMH so thank you to them! I’ll explain which one it is in a bit!

Here we go!

So the first books I got were Checkmate This is War and Checkmate This is Love by Kennedy Fox! I have heard so many good things about this series and I honestly cannot wait to dive in! I really want to read these soon so hopefully I get to them this month! Since Checkmate This is Love is the second book in that duet I’ll only leave the summary for the first one. They’re like a duet series, there’s two red books, two purple books, and two blue books and they’re focused on different couples I think.

Summary off Goodreads: Travis King is the worst kind of asshole.
He taunts me for being a good girl and mocks my high standards. 
He’s cruel, crass, and has enough confidence to last two lifetimes. 
And I hate him.

It wouldn’t matter so much if he were avoidable. 

But considering he’s my older brother’s best friend and roommate, I see him more than I’d ever want to.

His sculpted abs and gorgeous eyes are a waste on such an egotistical man, which makes me hate him even more.

Even though I’ve had a crush on him since I was ten, the feelings weren’t mutual and he’s always made that very clear.

He’s always loved getting under my skin and one night against my better judgment, I let him in my bed. 

I’ve succumbed to his manwhore ways, but that doesn’t change a thing.

Because the King is about to get played at his own game—and lose.

Checkmate.

Next is Chasing Springs by R. S. Grey! I love love love this cover and again I’ve heard so many good things about her work and I have two other books by her but again I haven’t read any of them yet so I really need to this month! I’ll leave the summary down below as well!

Summary off Goodreads: I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.

I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.

To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’; out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.

I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.

The last book in this small haul was the book sent to me by HMH for review! It sounds so good and I really plan on reading this book this week and stay tuned for my review coming soon! It comes out August 1st I believe! Thank you HMH for sending me this copy!

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

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

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

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

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

They have no idea what the Dark Net really contains.

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

And there’s my small book haul! Keep an eye out for some future posts since I’m getting some books in the mail from Thriftbooks!

Let me know what books you got recently as I would love to know!

Owlcrate Unboxing-June 

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Hey everyone! So I have another Owlcrate unboxing for you all! This is for the June box which is Make it Out Alive! I honestly didn’t know what book they could possibly use for this theme so it was a definite surprise when I received the book I did. As usual links will be included and the spoiler card will be at the bottom!img_0441

So here’s the card design for this box and it’s so cute and fun! I love it! Here’s a link for Owlcrate incase and of you are interested in subscribing! Link: Owlcrate

Here is the first item! It’s a magnet with a quote from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, which is one of my all time favorite novels ever! The design is by Little Inklings Design on Etsy! Link to shop here: Little Inklings Design

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The next item is a double sided bookmark by Hey Atlas with some quotes by Sarah J Maas from ACOWAR. Sarah J Maas is as you guys know, one of my favorite authors so I love anything with her quotes and characters on it! Link to shop is here: Hey Atlas

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Next is this Divergent themed bath bomb from Fizzy Fairy Apothecary! Each bomb contains a charm that when you use the bath bomb you get to see which faction you’re in! I’m not a huge fan of the Divergent series but I did love the first book so I can’t wait to use the bomb during bath time to see which faction I’m in! Link to shop here: Fizzy Fairy Apothecary

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Next up is a zombie sleep mask from Archie McPhee which is so funny and adorable! I do think I might take this next time I go on a flight and want to sleep! Link for shop here: Archie McPhee

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Next is a patch with the red apple that a certain character discovers in the book The Giver! I haven’t read The Giver (I know right!?) but I hope I get the chance sometime soon. Here’s the link for the shop that made the patch, Laserbrain Patch Co.: Laserbrain Patch Co

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I was so happy to see that Owlcrate included a copy of Jennifer Wilson’s book New World Rising! I have been wanting to read this book and I can’t wait to dive into it now that I have a physical copy of it!

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Summary: Since witnessing her parents’ murders at the age of eleven, Phoenix’s only purpose in life has been to uphold her mother’s dying words- to be strong and survive. But surviving outside of The Walls- outside of The Sanctuary- is more like a drawn-out death sentence. A cruel and ruthless city, Tartarus is run by the Tribes whose motto is simple, “Join or die.” 

Refusing to join and determined to live, Phoenix fights to survive in this savage world. But who can she trust, when no one can be trusted? Not even herself.

It just sounds so fun! Cant wait to read it!

And here is the book for this box! It’s The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson! Owlcrate included an exclusive Owlcrate cover and stickers and the usual letter from the author! I cannot wait to get into this book! I haven’t heard much honestly about this book but I really do hope it’s good!

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Summary: Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected. 

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.

And lastly here is the button with the theme design on it as well as the spoiler card!

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And that is all for this June Owlcrate unboxing! Let me know your thoughts in the comments and I’ll see you all in my next post!

Thrift Store Haul

Hi everyone! So I went to some used books stores and thrift stores and found some books I really wanted so I figured I share with you all what I got! 

So I first got Claimed by Elle Kennedy and Midnight Rescue also by Elle Kennedy! Sorry if you can’t see the title for the second book. Claimed is I think the first book in the Outlaws series and Midnight Rescue is the first book in her Killer Instincts series! I’ll leave the Goodreads summaries for them! 

Claimed: After a devastating war decimated most of the world, Hudson Lane has only known the oppressive life under her own father’s tyranny. She finally escapes, branding herself an outlaw and hunted by the Enforcers. Her best chance at survival is Connor Mackenzie, an aggressively sensual fugitive who opens her eyes to the wicked possibilities of a world without rules.

As the leader of a band of outlaw fighters, Connor can’t resist the beautiful stranger who asks for his protection. Despite his reservations, he agrees to introduce her to a whole new way of life. But when Connor discovers Hudson’s connection to the enemies of liberty, he wonders how far he can trust the woman who has abandoned all inhibitions to challenge every forbidden desire. 

Midnight Rescue: Abby Sinclair had a desperate childhood until she was rescued and adopted by a retired army ranger who molded her into a master of self-defense. Now, she’s a cunning and fearless assassin thrust into assignment after dangerous assignment, using everything she has-nerve, resilience, strength, sex-to come out on top. Her only rule: trust no one.

Abby’s latest assignment is in Columbia: go undercover and snuff out a dangerous arms dealer active in the underground sex trade. But when Abby purposely blows her cover in a last-ditch attempt to free the helpless victims, deadly mercenary Kane Woodland is recruited as back-up. His mission: get Abby out of that hell hole.

The last thing Kane expects is to feel a primal attraction for Abby. But when she convinces him to join her on her perilous mission, their newfound passion could put the lives of their whole team at risk.

Next is Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare! This is the second book I think in the Castles Ever After series! Since it’s the second I won’t really say anything about the summary incase it gives anything away! 

But of course it’s one of my many romance novels!

Up next is a Jillian Hunter booked The Love Affair of an English Lord. This is the second book in the Boscastle series. I also have the first book in this series but I’ll get to that soon! 

Next is The Secret but Julie Garwood. It’s the first book in The Highland’s Lairds. 

Yes. Another romance books. I’m not even sorry!

Summary: Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud, as purposeful as she was loyal. The dear Scottish friend of her childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another, private reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land…Iain Maitland, Laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

In a spirited clash of wills and customs, Judith revelled in the melting bliss of Iain’s searching kisses, his passionate caresses. Perplexed by her sprightly defiance, bemused by her tender nature, Iain felt his soul growing into the light and warmth of her love. Surely nothing would wrench her from the affection and trust of Iain and his clan…not even the truth about her father, a devastating secret that could shatter the boldest alliance, and the most glorious of loves.

It sounds so good!

Next there’s Rouge by Rachel Vincent! This is the second book in the Shifter series, which I have a couple of the books but not all of them yet. 

Going back to the Boscastle series we have The Seduction of an English Scoundrel by Jillian Hunter! 

Summary: It would have been the wedding of the year–had the groom, Sir Nigel Boscastle, bothered to put in an appearance. To the shock of her distinguished guests, the respectable Lady Jane Welsham is left humiliated at the altar. Yet truth be told, although outwardly ruined she is elated to have escaped marriage to a man she does not love.

Enter Grayson Boscastle, the irresistible Marquess of Sedgecroft (and cousin to Nigel). Grayson’s duty is clear: salvage the young lady’s pride and reestablish the family’s good name, while repairing his own tarnished reputation as one of London’s most notorious scoundrels. Their whirlwind affair is the talk of the ton. Yet nothing is as it seems between the bewitching Lady Jane, who knows that her wedding was cleverly sabotaged, and her charming rogue, as they are drawn into an amusing game of seduction and secrets.

 Next is Cold Magic by Kate Elliott! I honestly bought it because the cover looked interesting so I really hope I like it! Plus when I checked out the back later on it sounded good. I’ll update you all when I read it. 

Summary: The Wild Hunt is stirring – and the dragons are finally waking from their long sleep…

Cat Barahal was the only survivor of the flood that took her parents. Raised by her extended family, she and her cousin, Bee, are unaware of the dangers that threaten them both. Though they are in beginning of the Industrial Age, magic – and the power of the Cold Mages – still hold sway.

Now, betrayed by her family and forced to marry a powerful Cold Mage, Cat will be drawn into a labyrinth of politics. There she will learn the full ruthlessness of the rule of the Cold Mages. What do the Cold Mages want from her? And who will help Cat in her struggle against them

So the last three books in this small haul is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas which everyone is talking about! I’ve been meaning to read it for the longest time and I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book and it is inspired by the BLM movement. 

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.
Up next is a book I’ve been wanting to read for quite a while now! It’s Hood by Stephen Lawhead. I honestly haven’t heard much about it but the cover looks amazing and the summary sounded so good that I’ve been on the hunt and haven’t found it until this trip! 

Summary: Robin Hood

The Legend Begins Anew

For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting.

Steeped in Celtic mythology and the political intrigue of medieval Britain, Stephen R. Lawhead’s latest work conjures up an ancient past and holds a mirror to contemporary realities. Prepare yourself for an epic tale that dares to shatter everything you thought you knew about Robin Hood.
And last on this list is another I’ve been looking at reading and it’s Red Hill by Jamie McGuire. It’s a horror zombie books with like romance I believe! I haven’t read any books by this author but I’ve heard a lot about her. I will definitely update you all on my thoughts. 

Summary: When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you? 

What books have you gotten recently? Based on these books do you guys have rec’s for me to check out?? I’d love to know! 

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!

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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