October Spooky Reads

Hey all! So since Halloween is coming up and I thought I would post a TBR of spooky books I want to read during the last two weeks of October!

First I want to read is the How to Hang a Witch series by Adriana Mathep. I have an ARC of the second book and since I’ve never read the first I figured I would read both of them and fulfill the spooky factor! I’ll leave the summary of the first one below!

Summary: Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

Next I want to read The Breathless by Tara Goedjen. I got the ARC at YallWest and since it comes out this month I figured I would pick it up and read it now for Halloween!

Summary: No one knows what really happened on the beach where Roxanne Cole’s body was found, but her boyfriend, Cage, took off that night and hasn’t been seen since. Until now. One year—almost to the day—from Ro’s death, when he knocks on the door of Blue Gate Manor and asks where she is.

Cage has no memory of the past twelve months. According to him, Ro was alive only the day before. Ro’s sister Mae wouldn’t believe him, except that something’s not right. Nothing’s been right in the house since Ro died.

And then Mae finds the little green book. The one hidden in Ro’s room. It’s filled with secrets—dangerous secrets—about her family, and about Ro. And if what it says is true, then maybe, just maybe, Ro isn’t lost forever.

And maybe there are secrets better left to the dead.

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Up next is a newer release and it’s Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero. It’s basically a retelling of Scooby Doo! Which is my all time favorite cartoon show ever! I had stuffed animals of him, and my first dog was named Scooby Doo even though he was a daschund. So I’m super excited to get into this book and I really hope that I like it!

Summary: 1990. The teen detectives once known as the Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in the Zoinx River Valley in Oregon) are all grown up and haven’t seen each other since their fateful, final case in 1977. Andy, the tomboy, is twenty-five and on the run, wanted in at least two states. Kerri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartending in New York, working on a serious drinking problem. At least she’s got Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the team. Nate, the horror nerd, has spent the last thirteen years in and out of mental health institutions, and currently resides in an asylum in Arhkam, Massachusetts. The only friend he still sees is Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star. The problem is, Peter’s been dead for years.

The time has come to uncover the source of their nightmares and return to where it all began in 1977. This time, it better not be a man in a mask. The real monsters are waiting.

With raucous humor and brilliantly orchestrated mayhem, Edgar Cantero’s Meddling Kids taps into our shared nostalgia for the books and cartoons we grew up with, and delivers an exuberant, eclectic, and highly entertaining celebration of horror, life, friendship, and many-tentacled, interdimensional demon spawn.

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Lastly I want to read The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson! I haven’t read a book by her yet but I heard really good things about her work! So I hope it lives up to my expectations as mean as that sounds!

Summary: Four seekers have arrived at the rambling old pile known as Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of psychic phenomena; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Luke, the adventurous future inheritor of the estate; and Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman with a dark past. As they begin to cope with chilling, even horrifying occurrences beyond their control or understanding, they cannot possibly know what lies ahead. For Hill House is gathering its powers – and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

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Are there any books you plan on reading for Halloween?? Let me know in the comments your Horror rec’s as well as your Halloween plans as I would love to know!

 

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Weekend Reads TBR

Hey everyone! It’s time for another Weekend Reads TBR! I have three books I plan to get to this weekend, and one book I want to hopefully get to if I have time to read it. If not it’ll go to my Weekly Reads TBR

The first book I want to read it Alone by Cyn Balog! I’ve never read a book by her but it sounds really interesting so I plan on getting to it! I actually never see any of her books around, but I requested this book off Netgalley so I’m happy to check it out!

Summary: When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate—which means they’re not going back to the city…or Seda’s friends and school. 

As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her.

Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion—and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…

The next book is The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz. I have heard really good things about this book and it sounds really interesting! I love this cover too! I also got this off Netgalley so I decided to try and check it out!

Summary: When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late. 

Next is Seize Today by Pintup Dunn. This is the third book in the companion series. I hope this one is good because I wasn’t a big fan of the first two books. I’m part of the blog tour for this book so check back for a review and post about this book soon!

Summary: Seventeen-year-old precognitive Olivia Dresden is an optimist. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can literally see the path to goodness in each person—if only he or she would make the right decision. No one is more conflicted than her mother, Chairwoman Dresden, and Olivia is fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be. 

But when the Chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, a boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia is forced to reevaluate her notions of love and faith. With Ryder’s help, Olivia must come to terms with who her mother is in the present—and stop her before she destroys the world.

The book I hope to get to if I finish these books first is Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman. I read the first book recently, my review is here: Vengeance Road.

I liked the first book, and I think this is a companion novel to Vengeance Road so I hope I like it. To be honest I sometimes don’t always like companion novels because I get too attached to the first characters.

Summary: When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece’s path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.

This is my TBR for this weekend! What do you hope to read this weekend???

Own Books October Readathon

Hey everyone! I decided to do another month long readathon like I did in September (which I’m doing really horrible at…). This one will be called Own Books October.

The gist of this will be to encourage you to read books that you have owned for over a year. Maybe even push that to two years! I have a bunch of books that I have owned for years and never read, and I think it’s finally time to get to them! Going along with this, I think I’ll be focusing this readathon on standalones. You can choose to do only standalones or only series, or even mix it up and read both!

So here’s my potential TBR:

The first book I want to read is My Life Next Door by Becca Fitzpatrick. I’ve owned this for about a year and a half or so, so I really need to get to this book! I’ll leave the summary below!

Summary: The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

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The second book I want to read is The Distance Between Us by Kasie West. I’ve never read a book by her but I have a few. This is the one I have owned the longest so I’ll be diving into this one soon hopefully!

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

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Thirdly I want to read Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. I’m super nervous to read this mainly because I know it’ll crush me so much since it’s been said to be very very said. I’m scared but I’m ready to finally read it.

Summary: Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.

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Fourthly, I want to read The House by Christina Lauren. I’ve had this for maybe two years already and haven’t gotten to it yet, but I really want to change that and read it! I love their New Adult romances but I haven’t delved into their YA yet so I figured this month I would change that!

Summary: Gavin tells Delilah he’s hers—completely—but whatever lives inside that house with him disagrees.

After seven years tucked away at an East coast boarding school, Delilah Blue returns to her small Kansas hometown to find that not much has changed. Her parents are still uptight and disinterested, her bedroom is exactly the way she left it, and the outcast Gavin Timothy still looks like he’s crawled out of one of her dark, twisted drawings.

Delilah is instantly smitten.

Gavin has always lived in the strange house: an odd building isolated in a stand of trees where the town gives in to mild wilderness. The house is an irresistible lure for Delilah, but the tall fence surrounding it exists for good reason, and Gavin urges Delilah to be careful. Whatever lives with him there isn’t human, and isn’t afraid of hurting her to keep her away.

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Lastly is another Christian Lauren book and that is Sublime by Christina Lauren! Again I’ve had this for maybe two years already and still haven’t read them so I need to fix that and just dive into this book!

Summary: When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.

Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…

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And those are the Top 5 that I want to get to for this readathon this month that I’m trying to do! Let me know in the comments if you would like to join me and what books you want to try to read for it as I would love to know!

 

 

Weekly Reads

Hey ya’ll! So I thought I would get back into the groove of Weekly TBRs again to kind of organize myself and what I want to read.

I really want to make this week my week where I try and get through some of the many Netgalley ARCs I’ve received. So I’ll really be pushing to read those books!

First book I want to try to get to this week is The Fire Queen by Emily R King. I really loved the first book and I got approved for the sequel on Netgalley so I of course want to get to this one and dive into this world again.

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Up next is Zero Repeat Forever by G S Prendergast. I again have wanted to read this but somehow never got around to reading it. So this week that is my plan!

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Next is A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge. I have no idea what this one is about but it looked good so I requested it!

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Lastly if I finish those three I want to finish When I Cast Your Shadow. I started this book but for some reason I just never continued on! So I hope I get the chance to finish it this week if I’m lucky. If not it’ll be part of my next TBR.

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I really haven’t done my Series September books but I’ve been so focused on reading other books I just haven’t gotten around to them. But hopefully that will change the last week or so…hopefully. I don’t know. Im so horrible hahaha!

Let me know your reading plans for the week and I’ll see you all in my next post!

 

Weekend Reads

Hey everyone! I haven’t don’t a Weekend Reads post in a while but I figured I would try and get that back up again! I have two books I really want to push to finish this weekend so let’s see how I do!

So the first book I really want to complete this weekend is One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake. I finished the first book Monday and have been busy with school so I haven’t gotten much reading of the second one but I do hope to finish it this weekend. I’m about 100 pages in so maybe today or tomorrow morning I’ll be able to finish it.

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The next book I want to read is Wild Beauty by Anne-Marie McLemore. I got an ARC through a trade so I want to read it before it’s released next month. I love love love this cover and Ive heard a lot of good things about this book so I’m excited to check it out!

Summary: For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

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Let me know in the comments what books you plan on reading this weekend as I would love to know!

Series September

Hey everyone! I decided to do something fun for the next couple months and kind of have a theme for what I want to read! I don’t really know if someone else has started this or done this before but I’m doing a thing called Series September where I try and reads books to finish off a few series that I’ve started and haven’t finished.

The only rule for this for me is that I want this month to focus on finishing series rather than starting. That’s for another month!

If you want to follow along and do this as well I would love for you to join me!

I mentioned some of the books below in a previous post which I’ll link here for you to check out: Series I Really Want to Finish this Year; but these are the books that I hope to read for Series September:

  1. Frost like Night by Sara Raasch This is to finish up the Snow like Ashes series that I started and haven’t finished! It’s one of those things where it’s like I want to read it but I’m so invested that I’m scared how it’s going to turn out! I do love this series though and I’m excited to see where the ending takes us! img_0023
  2. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. Another one of those books where I’m so scared to end it but I really want to at the same time. I’m planning on listening this book on audible because I love the audiobook and I feel like since I’ve listened to the first three on audiobook I should do the same for the last one! img_0018
  3. Thunder Road series by Katie McGarry. I’ve read the first one and really loved it so I really want to try to finish the series! It’s a YA featuring motorcycle gangs which I love! The first book was really good so I hope to get to the last two books during this readathon!

 

4. Captive Prince trilogy by C S Pacat. I’ve read the first book in this series, as seems to be the norm for me, and so I hope I get to binge the last two! I’ve been wanting to but for some reason I just never picked them up. I don’t know why….but I need to fix that!

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5. So the next books on my list aren’t all part of the same series, but they are books I want to finish if I want to complete their specific series. They are the the Christina Lauren books! I’ve read most of their books but I somehow got behind on these and I hope this month will give me a chance to catch up because they have a new book coming up in a few weeks! I’ll leave the summary of their next book and the cover below!

I’m still torn about reading their standalones this month so I might save some of them for next month, since they’re not a series or apart of a series but maybe I’ll read them and count them anyways.

Beautiful Series: I only have three of these left before I finish the series! Im super excited and hope I love them as much as I have the previous ones. I will be honest, my favorite couple is Bennett and Chloe so I hope they’re really present in these last few books.

Wild Seasons: I just have one left in this series to read and I hope to get to it as well!

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Autoboyography: Fangirl meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this funny and poignant coming-of-age novel from New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren about two boys who fall in love in a writing class—one from a progressive family and the other from a conservative religious community.

Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.

It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

6. So this series is a maybe series that I may get to this month but not 100% sure I will yet. I figured I would include it anyways though. I really want to finish the Study series by Maria V Snyder. I loved the first two but I just never got around to picking up the rest of the series. The only issue is that I don’t remember much since I read it over a year ago I believe, so I might have to reread them….Might not read this series this month but we shall see! I’ll update you all at the end of the month of that.

I don’t know what else I’ll be reading this month but I know I have some ARCs to read and reviews to post for them so I’ll also be reading them along with these books I have on this post.

Let me know if you plan on joining me and what series you plan to read and finish this month down in the comments as I would love to know! I’ll see you all in my next post!

 

 

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Hey everyone! The 7in7 Readathon starts this week! 

The dates are: August 14th-August 20th

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

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

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

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

#ARCAugust

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Release date: August 8th 2017

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

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

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

Release date: August 29th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Release date: September 5th, 2017

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

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

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

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

Release date: September 12th, 2017

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

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

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

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

Until a human kills her…

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

Shelter in place.

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

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

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

Release Date: August 29th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2. Release Date: September 13th, 2017

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

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

 

 

 

2017 Booktubeathon

Hello!

The Booktubeathon is slowly coming upon us and I never participated in it but I decided to try and do it this year! I love readathons because they really help me get through books quickly and some of the challenges are so fun!

It currently is July 24th- July 30th

So for those that don’t know the Booktubeathon is where book tube comes together and reads books and makes videos! I don’t do the video part since I don’t have a YouTube channel so I just do the challenges focussed on reading! I’ll leave the challenges down below!

Challenges:
1/ Read a book with a person on the cover.
2/ Read a hyped book.
3/ Finish a book in one day.
4/ Read about a character that is very different from you.
5/ Finish a book completely outdoors.
6/ Read a book you bought because of the cover.
7/ Read seven books.

So I don’t know if I can get to all of the challenges and I might try and combine so my TBR might change but here is my tentative TBR for this readathon.

Challenge 1: Read a book with a person on the cover. 

I want to read Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren! I have read almost all of Christina Lauren’s books, and I always enjoy them so much so since this is their newest release I figured I’d get it read since I’m so excited for it!

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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.

Challenge 2: Read a hyped book

I think for this challenge I’m going to be reading Winterson by S. Jae Jones! I have two different copies of this book and I’ve heard so many good things about it so I hope I can get to it since I’ve been interested in reading it since it came out!

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Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

Challenge 3: finish a book in one day

So it might be hard for me to do this but I think I’ll be picking a nice cute romance novel to get through in a day since I fly through those so fast since they’re super addicting! I think I’ll be diving into the Hacker series with Hardwired by Meredith Wild! I was super excited when I found out this was a book series with the same characters rather than companion novels. I don’t really mind companion novels but I really love when books are following the same characters! I’ll get more into that when I get my review of this book posted!

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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.

Challenge 4: Read about a character that is different from you.

So I’ll be reading the first book in the Castles Ever After series by Tessa Dare! It’s titled Romancing the Duke! THis character is different from me because she is the daughter of a famous author who has never been kissed. Because my mother is a nurse and my dad is a retired marine and I have been kissed before….but yes! I really want to read her books so I did my best to make sure I could read this and make it count to a challenge!

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As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities.

And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one.

Ugly duckling turned swan?
Abducted by handsome highwayman?
Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?

No, no, and… Heh.

Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who’s never even been kissed?

This one

Challenge 5: Read a book completely outdoors.

So it’s super hot outside in California right now so I don’t really want to sit outside and read for like 6 hours so I’ll be reading Alex + Ada Vol. 2! It’s a graphic novel about a guy and an android! I read the first book and loved it so I got the second one and I still haven’t read it so I figured I would during this readathon!

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Challenge 6: Read a book you bought because of the cover.

So for this challenge I’ll be reading Chasing Spring by R. S. Grey! I haven’t read a book by her yet but I bought this book recently because the cover is just stunning! I just think it’s gorgeous and I’ve heard it’s really good so of course I had to get it! I’ll update you all on my thoughts!

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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. 

Challenge 7: Read 7 books 

I’m not going to be picking a book to read for this one because I really just want to read whatever I’m in the mood for at that time to finish up this challenge!

And that is my TBR for this readathon! Make sure to check out twitter and see what’s going on! Just type in booktubeathon2017 and you’ll be able to see everything people are reading and other things going on for the booktubeathon! Let me know in the comments if you plan on joining this readathon and what you want to read for it!

 

 

Series I Really Want to Start Before 2018

Hey everyone! So I recently just posted about book series I want to finish this year, and now I want to talk about the book series I really want to start and maybe finish before 2018. I mainly just want to start these series this year and hopefully finish next year!

Let’s get started!

So the first series I want to start is the Last Kingdom series by Bernard Cornwell. I have the UK covers for the first and second book (The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman). I want to also start the TV show on Netflix.

I’ve heard it’s really good, and Sasha over at ABookUtopia on YT and Instagram loves the Netflix series and her Insta-stories about them are interesting!

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I also want to read The Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson which is a series about a modern day Jack the Ripper. I’ve heard good things about it and I just really want to dive in and check it out! Plus I love these colors on the cover.

I think it’s a series following the same character but again since I haven’t read them yet I really don’t know…

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Next series is a pretty big series page wise, but it only has three books out so far. It’s the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. Both the main books (Name of the Wind and Wise Man’s Fear) are around 1,000 pages each. But I do really want to read this book because it sounds so interesting and Reagan from Peruse Project really loves this series and talks about it a lot so I really want to check it out for myself.

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A big one I want to read is the Six of Crows Duology and the Grisha Trilogy. I am so shocked that I haven’t read this book yet but I really want to read them and find out about all the hype and the characters! I see people talking about them all the time so I will keep you all updated on my thoughts once I start them!

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Another series is the Blackthorne and Grim series! Look at these covers! They’re stunning! It’s a fantasy series I really haven’t heard much about them but I have heard some booktubers talk about it and how they love it so I really hope that I love it!

And lastly another big series is the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy by V. E. Schwab! I know I know! I haven’t read it yet but everyone I’ve seen read it loves it! I have these UK covers and they’re so pretty!

Again I’ll be leaving my thoughts once I finish this series and once I start it as well! I’ve heard nothing but great things for this author so I hope that once I finish these books I’ll really get into her novels!

Let me know down below what book series you want to read or start before the year’s out as I would love to know as well as any recommendations you have for me!