Monthly Wrap-up | July 2017

 

Weekly Wrap-ups

Weekly Wrap-up | July.02.2017

Weekly Wrap-up | July.09.2017

Weekly Wrap-up | July.16.2017


 Monthly Overview

This month I finished reading 4 books


I read 1 books that were 2017 new releases

 

 

 

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab


I completed 1 series

 

Monsters of Verity series by Victoria Schwab


I re-read 1 book

 

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer


I read 0 ARC

 

 


My favorite read this month was …

 

 

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab


Monthly Book Haul

This month I purchased 16 new e-books

 

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Half a King (Shattered Sea #1) by Joe Abercrombie

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Foxhole Court (All for the Game #1) by Nora Sakavic

The Raven King (All for the Game #2) by Nora Sakavic

The King’s Men (All for the Game #3) by Nora Sakavic

The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1) by Melissa Grey

The Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight #2) by Melissa Grey

The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2) by Erika Johansen

Cage of Deceit (Reign of Secrets #1) by Jennifer Anne Davis

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Victoria Rossi

A Song of Ice and Fire (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin

The Bear and the Nightingale (The Bear and the Nightingale #1) by Katherine Arden

Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1) by Diana Peterfreund

 

This month I purchased 21 new hardcover books

This month I purchased 3 new paperback books

 

 


August Outlook

July will be a Kindle Unlimited month for me so expect a lot of KU reads.

I will also be participating in a Throne of Glass series buddy read (continuing with Heir of Fire) with two of my favorite people and bloggers in the world Chelsea @ The Suspense is Thrilling Me (Check out her blog and most recent post!) and Solomon @ The Bookish King (check out his blog and most recent post!).

The Falling Kingdoms Fantasy League will be kicking off again with Gathering Darkness the first week of July.

I’ll be in Florida visiting family and enjoying the beach for the first week of this month, so I may be a little sporadic with my posting and with my reading but I will try to stay on track!

As always, I wish everyone a happy and enjoyable month!


How many books did you read this month? What was your favorite read? What are you looking forward to in the upcoming month?

I would love to hear about your month as well! Comment below!

Most Anticipated Book Releases of July 2017


Wandfasted (The Black Witch Chronicles # 0.5) by Laurie Forest| July 1, 2017

Ok so I normally wouldn’t add a novella to my list of highly anticipated releases … I don’t know, maybe I would … but I really enjoyed the world of The Black Witch and cannot wait to have a bit more of this world to read about!

(Goodreads synopsis possible series spoilers):

“When they painted “Heretics” on our barn and set fire to it, I thought that was the worst it could get.

Until they sent the dragons.

But they didn’t count on us having dragons of our own. And they certainly didn’t count on Her. Our Great Mage. The Bringer of Fire. The Storm of Death. The Crow Sorceress. Our Deliverance.

The Black Witch.


The Savage Dawn (The Girl at Midnight #3) by Melissa Grey| July 11, 2017

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, although I do feel like a re-read is in order soon to freshen my memory before picking up this final installment to the series.

(Goodreads synopsis):

“The sides have been chosen and the battle lines drawn.

Echo awakened the Firebird. Now she is the only one with the power to face the darkness she unwittingly unleashed . . . right into the waiting hands of Tanith, the new Dragon Prince. Tanith has one goal in mind: destroy her enemies, raze their lands, and reign supreme in a new era where the Drakharin are almighty and the Avicen are nothing but a memory.

The war that has been brewing for centuries is finally imminent. But the scales are tipped. Echo might hold the power to face the darkness within the Dragon Prince, but she has far to go to master its overwhelming force. And now she’s plagued by uncertainty. With Caius no longer by her side, she doesn’t know if she can do it alone. Is she strong enough to save her home and the people she loves?

Whether Echo is ready to face this evil is not the question. The war has begun, and there is no looking back. There are only two outcomes possible: triumph or death.


What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum | July 11, 2017

The search for more cutsie contemporaries that I will love … aka the needle in the haystack … continues. This one sounds adorable and my cover-whore heart is just swooning over this cover ❤

(Goodreads synopsis):

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her.

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?”


Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Various Authors| July 11, 2017

I’m not usually into anthologies and short stories … but WHO DOESN’T LOVE A GOOD VILLAIN?!

(Goodreads synopsis, see Goodreads page for list of authors):

Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!.”



Amid Stars and Darkness (The Xenith Trilogy #1) by Chani Lynn Feener | July 18, 2017

A case of intergalactic mistaken identity! This sounds so good okay!

(Goodreads synopsis):

Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on Earth in order to escape an arranged marriage.

Kidnapped by the princess’s head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.

No pressure or anything.

Factor in Trystan, the princess’s terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets, and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head.

Get lost Amid Stars and Darkness, in this YA sci-fi romance from debut author Chani Lynn Feener..”


The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell | July 18, 2017

One of my most anticipated releases for the second half of 2017.

(Goodreads synopsis):

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.”


The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana| July 18, 2017

(Goodreads synopsis):

“No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?


The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz| July 25, 2017

(Goodreads synopsis):

Mercedes Moreno is an artist. At least, she thinks she could be, even though she hasn’t been able to paint anything worthwhile since her award-winning piece Food Poisoning #1 last year.

Her lack of inspiration might be because her abuela is lying comatose in faraway Puerto Rico after suffering a stroke. Or the fact that Mercedes is in love with her best friend, Victoria, but is too afraid to admit her true feelings.

Despite Mercedes’s creative block, art starts to show up in unexpected ways. A piano appears on her front lawn one morning, and a mysterious new neighbor invites Mercedes to paint with her at the Red Mangrove Estate.

At the Estate, Mercedes can create in ways she never has before. She can share her deepest secrets and feel safe. But Mercedes can’t take anything out of the Estate, including her new-found clarity. As her life continues to crumble around her, the Estate offers more solace than she could hope for. But Mercedes can’t live both lives forever, and ultimately she must choose between this perfect world of art and truth and a much messier reality.”


Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody| July 25, 2017

What?! Is that a YA fantasy STANDALONE I see?! “Traveling carnival of debauchery”!? Yes please 🙂

(Goodreads synopsis):

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.”


Little Monsters by Kara Thomas | July 25, 2017

(Goodreads synopsis):

“Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.”


What July releases are you most anticipating? Comment below!

Monthly Wrap-up | June 2017

 

Weekly Wrap-ups

Weekly Wrap-up | June.25.2017

Weekly Wrap-up | June.17.2017

Weekly Wrap-up | June.10.2017

Weekly Wrap-up | June.02.2017


 Monthly Overview

This month I finished reading 12 books


I read 6 books that were 2017 new releases

 

Roar (Stormhearts #1) by Cora Carmack

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

The Black Witch (Black Witch Chronicles #1) by Laurie Forest

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Nenon

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

 


I completed 1 series

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas


I re-read 1 book

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab


I read 1 ARC

Hearts are like balloons by Candace Robinson

Hearts are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson


My favorite read this month was …

Roar by Cora Carmack

 

Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack


Monthly Book Haul

This month I purchased 4 new e-books

A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

Furies of Cauldron (Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher

The Last Kingdom (The Savon Stories #1) by Bernard Cornwell

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault (Glass Vault #1) by Candace Robinson

This month I purchased two new hardcover books

Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


July Outlook

July will be a Kindle Unlimited month for me so expect a lot of KU reads.

I will also be participating in a Throne of Glass series buddy read (continuing with Heir of Fire) with two of my favorite people and bloggers in the world Chelsea @ The Suspense is Thrilling Me (Check out her blog and most recent post!) and Solomon @ The Bookish King (check out his blog and most recent post!).

The Falling Kingdoms Fantasy League will be kicking off again with Gathering Darkness the first week of July.

I’ll be in Florida visiting family and enjoying the beach for the first week of this month, so I may be a little sporadic with my posting and with my reading but I will try to stay on track!

As always, I wish everyone a happy and enjoyable month!


How many books did you read this month? What was your favorite read? What are you looking forward to in the upcoming month?

I would love to hear about your month as well! Comment below!

Weekly Wrap-up | June.17.2017

Weekly Wrap-up has moved to Sunday … because poor Sunday has been a bit neglected by me.

Weekly posts

Book Review | Gemina

Audiobook Monday | June.12.2017

Mid Year Book Freak-out | Book Tag

Book Review | A Court of Thorns and Roses

Top 10 Tuesday | Top 10 Favorite Fathers in Fiction

Book Review | The Notebook

Burn, Rewrite, Reread | Book Tag

Seven Deadly Sins | Book Tag

Book Review | Everything, Everything

First Lines Friday | Victor readjusted the shovel on his shoulder …

Book Review | When Dimple Met Rishi

Saturday Morning Cartoons | Vol. 1


Currently reading

The Copper Promise by Jen WilliamsThe Copper Promise (The Copper Cat #1) by Jen Williams

I continued reading The Copper Promise with a fellow GR friend and reviewer (Follow her Instagram @haileesbooksandstuff). I am enjoying this book but I have been reading through it in tiny bits at a time. But still a lot of snark, a lot of brutal stuff, and definite Indiana Jones vibes … AND DRAGONS! So basically ALL GREAT THINGS! I am very much looking forward to reading more of this story over the following week.


Hearts are like balloons by Candace RobinsonHearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson

I was provided a copy of this book by author Candace Robinson and so far so good. This book starts out with a very personal and heart wrenching story of loss that had me literally tearing up. I am already connected to the MC in this book and look forward to the romance (I SEE THE SHIP! I SEE IT!). I am really looking forward to reading the rest of this story over the next couple of days. AND LOOK AT THAT ADORIBLE COVER ❤


 

Finished Reading

Roar by Cora CarmackRoar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack

I HYPED THE FUCK OUT OF THIS BOOK! Like seriously I hyped it so hard you have no idea! If you follow me on Goodreads … then you already know! This book is so good! SO GOOD! My thoughts are all the hell over the place right now so I’m sorry for the epic fangirling. I was literally up all night last night reading this book! As in … I have not been to sleep yet and it is now 8:30am so I guess I won’t be sleeping. WORTH IT! This world is amazing, the magic system is epic, the shipping is SO FREAKING GREAT! I CRIED AND LAUGHED AND SO MUCH TENSION! Omg this is the least comprehensive paragraph even created! I have no chill right now. Oops.

This book was super refreshing for me after a sea of fantasy disappointments this year. So nice to be surprised with a new release finally! I LOVE THIS BOOK … omg I have been fangirling so hard you have no idea! askljfijeflQWTQ# UQ$EJejfiojf! 5/5 stars!!!!


Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle RowenRebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle Rowen

This week the Falling Kingdoms Fantasy League finished reading this book. We are going to take two weeks off before starting Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3). I have not yet rated this book but somewhere in the 2.5? 2? Department?


The Black Witch by Laurie ForestThe Black Witch (The Black Witch #1) by Laurie Forest

One of my Most Anticipated Book Releases of May 2017. I was finally able to really sit down and finish The Black Witch this week and I really enjoyed it! Like it was so good! This book has a slow build plot and a character driven plot, but these happen to be things that I like. It takes a while for anything substantial to happen, but there are definitely more subtle things building throughout as you read. This story is extremely well written and really well developed! Intricate world building, intricate political structure, intricate character relationships, and really heavy and important topics … all in a story of friendship and college and shippy goodness. There has been a lot of recent controversy over this book, and from my own experience and research, this controversy has been completely misrepresented and unwarranted. I will be working on my extremely long and detailed review of this book this week … so be prepared! I gave this book 4.5/5 stars … maybe even 5/5.


When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya MenonWhen Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

One of my Most Anticipated Book Releases of May 2017, this book is full of cute interactions and cultural discussions which I did enjoy, but overall I ended up not loving this book. It wasn’t terrible, but the plot fell super flat for me. And … I had some rants. You can read my review for a more in-depth account of my likes and dislikes. I gave this book 2/5 stars.

 

 


everything everything by nicola yoonEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I listened to this book as an audiobook this week while doing things around the house. The narrators I thought did a really good job, but at the end of the day … I simply did not connect to this story in a positive way. I had a lot of issues with the plot and I just didn’t care about the characters at all. You can read my review for a more in-depth look at my likes and dislikes. I ended up giving this book 2/5 stars.


Weekly Outlook

This next week I will be finishing up a few things on my Currently Reading list and adding a whole lot of new reads to the list!

I also look forward to posting so many new reviews! I will be adding my bookish bestie to the blog as a guest reviewer soon which should be great! She reads more contemporary books while I tend to sway more toward the fantasy genre. I think this will be an awesome new partnership and allow me to get more reviews up on the blog in both genres. We also have a new idea for a fun conversation style buddy read review feature.

As always, I wish everyone a happy and enjoyable week!


What books are you currently reading? What books did you recently finish reading? What do you have planned for the upcoming week?

I would love to hear about your week as well! Comment below!

Mid Year Book Freak-out | Book Tag

I was mentioned over on A Court of Books and Love (check it out!) on this book tag and it seriously looks like a lot of fun! So I’m joining in 🙂

This is normally where I would mention the creator of the tag, but I have researched and researched to no avail. It seems the original creator’s  identity has been lost to the internet so whoever you are … I’m sorry!


Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017

A Conjuring of Light by V E Schwab A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V. E. Schwab

THIS BOOK OWNS MY SOUL!

Oh. My. God. This book was so beautiful and intricate and action packed! I laughed, I cried, I felt ALL THE FEELS! This book was one of my top 5 most anticipated book releases of 2017 and WOW!

My actual post read comment was:

“What turns a book into a knife that carves out a piece of your heart and then becomes a part of you? Because … this book is now a part of my soul!”

This whole series was a major surprise for me but quickly became an obsession. I felt like it got better and better and BETTER with every book. Obviously I gave this book 5/5 stars ❤

If you have not given this series a chance and you like magical worlds and intricate plots and characters … I encourage you to give Shades of Magic a try! NOW! GO!

Continue reading

Weekly Wrap-up | June.10.2017

Weekly Wrap-up has moved to Saturday … because I have a lot of awesome Friday things planed from here on out. Poor Saturday was getting overlooked.

Weekly posts

Book Review | A Court of Wings and Ruin “Rant-view”

Audiobook Monday | June.5.2017

Top 10 Tuesday | 10 YA Fantasy Books That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List

Book Review | Carve the Mark

Book Review | Crown of Midnight

First Lines Friday | Outside the rain splattered window of the taxi …

Book Review | Illuminae


Currently reading

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle RowenRebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle Rowen

Continuing this book and series with the (really awesome) Falling Kingdoms Fantasy League group. This week we covered chapters 21 – 25. Looking forward to more fun predictions and discussions over the course of the next few weeks!


The Black Witch by Laurie ForestThe Black Witch (The Black Witch #1) by Laurie Forest

One of my Most Anticipated Book Releases of May 2017. I was able to get just past the halfway point of The Black Witch this week and I am really enjoying it. This story is well written and developing nicely! I am really excited to finish up this book this week. There has been a lot of recent controversy over this book, and so far from my own experience and research, this controversy has been completely misrepresented and unwarranted. Laurie has been


The Copper Promise by Jen WilliamsThe Copper Promise (The Copper Cat #1) by Jen Williams

I continued reading The Copper Promise with a fellow GR friend and reviewer (Follow her Instagram @haileesbooksandstuff). I am enjoying this book but I have been reading through it in tiny bits at a time. But still a lot of snark, a lot of brutal stuff, and definite Indiana Jones vibes … AND DRAGONS! So basically ALL GREAT THINGS! I am very much looking forward to reading more of this story over the following week.


 

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya MenonWhen Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

One of my Most Anticipated Book Releases of May 2017, this book is full of cute interactions and cultural discussions. I was able to get to the halfway point just last night and so far it is a solid cute contemporary read. This book is not pure fluff though. It goes over a few societal issues along the way and I think very tastefully done. The writing is good and the characters are enjoyable. I have had a few issues with this book so unfortunately I don’t foresee it being a solid 5 star rating from me … but most people have loved this book through and though and I can see why.

 


Finished Reading

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Oh boy … this book was top 5 most anticipated books of 2017 and what a disappointment! Which means the year of disappointment continues! So far only 2 of my top 5 has paid off … and this book was not one of them!

I’m not going to waste a lot of time complaining here because you can read my A Court of Wings and Ruin “Rant-view” if you need to see all the ways this book let me down!

Anyway … I rated this 2/5 stars and cried big raging tears because this book was an utter catastrophe of anticipation and hype!


 

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon thomasLong May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

This book was a decent read but it in no way rocked my world. It had serious potential but it was just a little bit flat and anticlimactic. This book was … beige. I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it. It was a decent read with little passion from me one way or the other. Probably best for a rainy day or a camping/beach read where you need a book that doesn’t require an intense amount of concentration. Still enjoyable though. I rated this book a middle of the road 3/5 stars.


 

The Magicians by Lev GrossmanThe Magicians (The Magicians #1) by Lev Grossman

This week I listened to this book as and audiobook and really did enjoy it. The narrator was well chosen for this one and it added to the experience in a positive way. I was expecting a story with a ton of magic and maybe even a Hogwart’s type cast with a Narnia twist. Which essentially is what I got … only more. This is not your childhood Hogwarts … and it not your childhood Narnia. This was actually a raw accounting of life, college, friendship, mistakes, and struggle. What do you do when you get everything your heart desired … and it becomes a curse? What do you do when your dream world becomes a reality … and it still doesn’t make you happy? I have not yet written a review for this book nor have I been able to figure out how I will rate it. This is the type of book that gets you thinking more and more … finding the deeper tones … the deeper meanings the further from it you get. I believe I will be somewhere around a 3.5/5 stars for this read.


ARC Approvals

Hearts are like balloons by Candace RobinsonHearts Are Like Balloons by Candace Robinson

Paperback, 228 pages

Expected publication: June 30th 2017

I was given a copy of this book by author Candace Robinson and I couldn’t be more excited about adding this book to my currently reading shelf. I am hoping to get this one started with my full attention this upcoming Monday!

(Goodreads synopsis):

May Falkner’s past two years have been a rough road. When her father suddenly passes away, May needs to find a job to help out her mom and regain some control over her life. Working at the bookstore helps her heal, laugh, and hope again. It also leads her to cross paths with Nico Evitts, who begins as just a co-worker, but becomes so much more

When it all becomes perfect, because there is no perfect, life steps in to prove once again that it all can crash down harder than before. This is a story about finding yourself, love, and the things in life that are still here.

Hearts are like balloons. Sometimes they inflate… Sometimes they deflate…”


The Tiger's Daughter by K Arsenault RiveraThe Tiger’s Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency #1) by K. Arsenault Rivera

Paperback, 512 pages

Expected publication: October 3rd 2017

When this approval came through from Netgalley I was shocked! Literally shocked. Because I was honestly crazy excited to receive an ARC of one of my most anticipated reads of the year! I really and truly cannot want to dive into this one once I clear my currently reading list!

I mean … Tribal warrior lesbians? I’m. Here. For. It!

(Goodreads synopsis):

Even gods can be slain….

The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach―but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.

Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O-Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.”


Weekly Outlook

This next week I will be finishing up a few things on my Currently Reading list and adding a whole lot of new reads to the list!

My phone recently broke so I have not been posting to Instagram because of it. But this issue should be remedied sometime this week when I will be flooding the Insta-feed!

I also look forward to posting so many new reviews! I’m feeling super productive right now and hopefully it hold up!

As always, I wish everyone a happy and enjoyable week!


What books are you currently reading? What books did you recently finish reading? What do you have planned for the upcoming week?

I would love to hear about your week as well! Comment below!

Weekly Wrap-up | June.02.2017

 

Weekly posts

Top 10 Tuesday | May.30.2017

Most Anticipated Book Releases of June 2017

This is My Truth Now | Book Tag

Book Review | By Your Side

Book Review | Then and Always

First Lines Friday | June.02.2017


Currently reading

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle RowenRebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle Rowen

Continuing this book and series with the (really awesome) Falling Kingdoms Fantasy League group. This week we covered chapters 16 – 20. Looking forward to more fun predictions and discussions over the course of the next few weeks!


The Black Witch by Laurie ForestThe Black Witch (The Black Witch #1) by Laurie Forest

I was able to get a few more chapters read in The Black Witch this week. This story is well written and developing nicely! I am really excited to focus more on this book this week. There has been a lot of recent controversy over this book, and so far from my own experience and research, this controversy has been completely misrepresented and unwarranted.


The Copper Promise by Jen WilliamsThe Copper Promise (The Copper Cat #1) by Jen Williams

I continued reading The Copper Promise with a fellow GR friend and reviewer (Follow her Instagram @haileesbooksandstuff). I was really only able to get maybe 2 more chapter through this because Lord of Shadows monopolized my reading time this week. But still a lot of snark, a lot of brutal stuff, and I’m getting major Indiana Jones vibes … so basically ALL GREAT THINGS! I am very much looking forward to reading more of this story over the following week.


Finished Reading

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra ClareLord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

NO BIG DEAL … ONLY MY MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2017 and honestly absolutely worth the hype – although me and Cassandra Clare need to have words about that ending!

One thing I know I am going to get when reading A CC book is dynamic easy to love characters, awesome action scenes, and heart wrenching moments! Boy did this book deliver … especially on the “heart-wrenching” bit. From the very beginning, this book was one of the most beautifully painful reads of the year and I loved it! I mean the first 8 words on the inner cover just about killed me …

“Would you trade your soulmate for your soul?”

I mean crap! tears already! This book was a part of my soul from the very beginning! Here are a few of my Goodreads updates on this book so you can see what I mean:

2.36% “I’ve already teared up 3 times … this is not a good sign.”

 8.75% “I have already experienced every emotion there is and I’m only on chapter 4!”

 16.53% “OMG MY HEART”

27.78% “The tension in my chest … the one that feels like my heart is being ripped from it … has not relaxed at all since I started this book!

31.94% “Im going to need to lay on the floor for a week and contemplate the meaning of life after this book NO LIE”

64.58% “I think that makes 10 times I have shed tears reading this book ….keep in mind I am an emotional wreck so it’s not that surprising.”

Yep … you get the idea! Total emotional destruction and 100% worth the pain! I am a little irked that this book ended on a MAJOR CLIFFHANGER and Clare will not be releasing the conclusion of this story until 2019 … but it will most likely take me that long to pick up the broken pieces of my soul and put them back together just in time to be destroyed again I’m sure.

I have not yet gotten around to writing a review for this book – I feel like the books that are closest to my soul are the hardest ones to write about – but it is an overwhelming 5/5 stars!


Weekly Outlook

I feel like over the past month my weeks have been crazy unproductive! I usually read so many more books than I have of late. I feel like week after week I’m just posting the same post here because I have made no progress. Ugh sorry.

This next week I will be finishing up a few things on my Currently Reading list and hopefully getting some more reviews written and posted!

I’m heading to the lake for a family camping trip this weekend! I would like to think I will have tons of time to relax and read … but unfortunately it never seems to work out that way. Maybe this time?

As always, I wish everyone a happy and enjoyable week!

This is My Truth Now | Book Tag

I have been tagged by James @ This is My Truth – blogger and creator of this super fun tag – to participate is his awesome Truth-or-Dare themed book tag!

Rules

  • Create your own new post and call it “Tag: This-Is-My-Truth-Now” and be sure to include in your tags the words — without quotes — “ThisIsMyTruthNow Tag”
  • Be sure to mention the person who tagged you and maybe tell everyone something interesting about the person who tagged you.
  • Include a link to the original post (https://thisismytruthnow.com/2017/05/31/tag-this-is-my-truth-now/) mentioning the creator of this tag (James @ This is My Truth) so we can see how many people choose to play along.
  • Choose 12 bloggers to tag and include a link to their latest post, so others can check them out and meet new people.
  • Answer all 12 questions in The Challenge Questions section, but replace the 12th question with your own new one around telling the truth or revealing something interesting about yourself — you can leave the existing if you can’t think of something. (comment your answers to my question below before you change and post)
  • Make sure to add your own DARE to your tagged guests at the bottom of the post!
  • If you haven’t been tagged, but you want to play along, you can totally jump on in and post responses to the tag on your blog.
  • Include these rules when you copy/paste to your own post.

TRUTH: Answer the challenge questions as truthful as possible!

OR

DARE: If you choose not to accept the tag, you have to follow through on whatever dare the person who tags you chooses

The DARE given to me is to re-read [within the next 30 days] the book that has the lowest rating of all the books you’ve read in the last five (5) years.

Nope! No way I’m suffering through that!

So here is my TRUTH:

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Weekly Wrap-up | May.26.2017

 

Weekly posts

I WAS LITERALLY THE WORST BLOGGER IN THE WORLD THIS WEEK!

Whoops?


Currently reading

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle RowenRebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle Rowen

Continuing this book and series with the (really awesome) Falling Kingdoms Fantasy League group. This week we covered chapters 11 – 15. Not so much enjoying this book, but loving the group discussions! Looking forward to more fun predictions and discussions over the course of the next few weeks!


 

The Black Witch by Laurie ForestThe Black Witch (The Black Witch #1) by Laurie Forest

I was able to get a few more chapters read in The Black Witch this week. This story is well written and developing nicely! I am really excited to focus more on this book this week. There has been a lot of recent controversy over this book, and so far from my own experience and research, this controversy has been completely misrepresented and unwarranted.


The Copper Promise by Jen WilliamsThe Copper Promise (The Copper Cat #1) by Jen Williams

I continued reading The Copper Promise with a fellow GR friend and reviewer (Follow her Instagram @haileesbooksandstuff). I was really only able to get maybe 2 more chapter through this because Lord of Shadows monopolized my reading time this week. But still a lot of snark, a lot of brutal stuff, and I’m getting major Indiana Jones vibes … so basically ALL GREAT THINGS! I am very much looking forward to reading more of this story over the following week.


Lord of Shadows by Cassandra ClareLord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

NO BIG DEAL … ONLY MY MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2017 WAS RELEASED THIS WEEK! (ok I lied, it’s totally a big deal!).

I honestly feel like the most blessed human on the earth right now to have this book in hand … and I’m already almost finished reading it. From the very beginning, it has been one of the most beautifully painful reads of the year and I love it! From the first line of the inner cover blurb, I knew this was going to be a heart shattering read.

“Would you trade your soulmate for your soul?”

I mean crap! tears already! This book is a part of my soul from the very beginning! Here are a few of my Goodreads updates on this book so you can see what I mean:

2.36% “I’ve already teared up 3 times … this is not a good sign.”

 8.75% “I have already experienced ever emotion there is and I’m only on chapter 4!”

 16.53% “OMG MY HEART”

27.78% “The tension in my chest … the one that feels like my heart is being ripped from it … has not relaxed at all since I started this book!

31.94% “Im going to need to lay on the floor for a week and contemplate the meaning of life after this book NO LIE”

64.58% “I think that makes 10 times I have shed tears reading this book ….
keep in mind I am an emotional wreck so it’s not that surprising.”

Yep … you get the idea! Total emotional destruction and 100% worth the pain! Unfortunately I am heading out for family vacation (where I will be shoved into a 1 bedroom mountain condo with 5 people in total) … so I don’t foresee being able to finish the last 200 pages until Monday (boo).


Finished Reading

This week was monopolized by Lord of Shadows in all honesty. But I was able to get an audio read in this week.

Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa DareAny Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove #4) by Tessa Dare

Another fantastic read in Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series. Regency romance is not a genre that I had given a chance until recently and I have enjoyed each and every book in this series so far! This particular book was perhaps the worst as far as inta-love I have read by Dare … but I honestly didn’t care because everything else was on point! Beautiful heartfelt story and sexy moments. I have not yet written a review for this book, but I gave it 4/5 stars.

 


 

Weekly Outlook

This next week I will be finishing up with my Currently Reading list and hopefully starting The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle. Also I will be designating a lot of time to writing and posting reviews!

Heading to the mountains for a quick family vacation this weekend … then it’s read read read for the rest of the week!

As always, I wish everyone a happy and enjoyable week!

 

Weekly Wrap-up | May.19.2017

 

Weekly posts

Book Review | The Dagger in the Desk

Book Review | A Lady by Midnight

Book Review | King’s Cage


Currently reading

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle RowenRebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes, Michelle Rowen

Continuing this book and series with the (really awesome) Falling Kingdoms Fantasy League group. This week we covered chapters 6 – 10. So far I am enjoying this book a lot more than book one. Looking forward to more fun predictions and discussions over the course of the next few weeks!


 

The Great Hunt by Robert JordanThe Great Hunt (The Wheel of Time #2) by Robert Jordan

Continuing this series with book two. This week I was able to finally read past the 70% mark! Unfortunately I have to return it to the library today, and I will not be able to get it back in my hands for several more weeks to finish


Long May She Reign by Rhiannon thomasLong May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

This week I started Long May She Reign and was immediately captivated. The writing is decent and the story is good. I am around the 50% mark on this book right now and, while still enjoying it, I have reached a slight lull. I’m hoping to finish this one up in the next day or two!


The Black Witch by Laurie ForestThe Black Witch (The Black Witch #1) by Laurie Forest

This week I started The Black Witch with a few fellow reviewers and bloggers ( Bentley @ Book Bastion and Solomon @ The Bookish King, check them out!). I have not been able to delve very far into this book yet, but so far I am really enjoying it! There has been a lot of recent controversy over this book, and so far from my own experience and research, this controversy has been completely misrepresented and unwarranted.


The Copper Promise by Jen WilliamsThe Copper Promise (The Copper Cat #1) by Jen Williams

I started reading The Copper Promise with a fellow GR friend and reviewer (Follow her Instagram @haileesbooksandstuff). Again, I have not gotten very far into this book, but so far there is a lot of snark, a lot of brutal stuff, and I’m getting major Indiana Jones vibes … so basically ALL GREAT THINGS! I am very much looking forward to reading more of this story over the following week.


Finished Reading

This week has been a busy week for STARTING books … not so much for finishing them.

Then and Always by Dani AtkinsThen and Always by Dani Atkins

I was able to audiobook this book in a little less than 4 hours time. It is a really touching and emotional love story that I was very happy to experience. A quick easy read and the perfect contemporary to break up the massive amount of fantasy reads I currently have running. This book got a 3.5/5 stars rating from me. Read the full review here.

 

 


NetGalley Approval

The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly RingleThe Goblins of Bellwater

This week I received my first NetGalley ARC approval and for a book I have been extremely excited about reading because 1) Goblins and 2) THAT COVER IS GORGEOUS!

(Excerpt from Goodreads Synopsis): A contemporary romance inspired by Christina Rossetti’s eerie, sensual poem, “Goblin Market.”

Four neighbors encounter sinister enchantments and a magical path to love in a small, modern-day Puget Sound town, where a fae realm hides in the woods and waters…


Weekly Outlook

This next week I will be continuing with my Currently Reading list and hopefully starting Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones and The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle. Also looking forward to catching up a little on TOO many of my reviews left unwritten.

My daughter will be finishing up her last few days of school this week, so I am hoping to get the family out on some outdoor adventures. We are ready for summer!

As always, I wish everyone a happy and enjoyable week!