Jan’20 Book Haul

Um, I hauled 16 books in January.

16.

But I only bought 6?

So, technically I got 10 for free?

And I don’t have room for them? Book hauling problems, amirite?

Anyways, I’m really super excited for all of these, and cannot believe that I have some of these for collection purposes and reading purposes. There are a few of them that I really can’t believe that I was approved for on NetGalley, a handful of others that I got from Brigid, and even a couple I go through trading.

I really need to redo my shelves now, because I have no idea where I’m going to put all these books. Like, no idea at all.


img_6313Marrow Charm (The Gate Cycle #1) – Kristin Jacques

(US Paperback) / GR / Review

The world Above is full of monsters, both wild and cunning, some more human than Azzy was led to believe. Armin is captured and bound for the Auction block of Avergard, a ruthless city of inhuman lords and twisted creatures. To reach him, Azzy must brave the perils of the Above and the chaotic life forms created by the Gate. To reach him, she must find allies and forge new bonds in this broken world.

And Azzy must reach him, before Armin’s new power is used to open the Gate once more.

This was one of my favorite 2019 reads, and I finally bought a paperback copy because I needed it for my shelves. It’s gorgeous and I cannot wait for book 2 to come out. I need to know what happens next. I’ve linked my full review, above, if you’re interested.


dark of the westDark of the West (Glass Alliance #1) – Joanna Hathaway

(ARC) / GR

Athan’s mission becomes complicated when he finds himself falling for the girl he’s been tasked with spying upon. Aurelia feels the same attraction, all the while desperately seeking to stop the war threatening to break between the Southern territory and the old Northern kingdoms that control it—a war in which Athan’s father is determined to play a role. As diplomatic ties manage to just barely hold, the two teens struggle to remain loyal to their families and each other as they learn that war is not as black and white as they’ve been raised to believe.

I’ve been wanting to read this for a while, and when I was able to snag a copy of it during a trade, I jumped. I’m definitely putting this on my next TBR. I’ve waited long enough. It’s finally time to dive into this.


echoes between usEchoes Between Us – Katie McGarry

(Us Hardcover) / GR / Review

Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother’s ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it’s something more…

Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica.

A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose–can they conquer their demons together?

Ugh, I love this book so much. For whatever reason, I really connected with it and just fell in love with the characters. I’ve been waiting impatiently since like, July for a finished copy and now that I finally have it…I die. You should definitely be reading this book if you haven’t already. I’ve linked my full review, above, if you’re interested.


a heart so fierce and brokenA Heart so Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) – Brigid Kemmerer

(US Hardcover) / GR / Review

A Heart so Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) – Brigid Kemmerer

(UK Paperback) / GR

Heart so Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) – Brigid Kemmerer

(FairyLoot Exclusive Edition Hardcover) / GR

Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

 I loved this book as well, and possibly even more than Curse. It doesn’t disappoint and you all should read it and I’m so excited for book 3. Yes, I hauled 3 versions of this book in January, and yes, I definitely needed them all. I have no shame. My bank account hates me though, but it’s fine. I’m supporting a favorite author and a friend. I’ve linked my full review, above, if you’re interested.


CIWYW GermanDas Schicksal weiß schon, was es tut (Call it What You Want) – Brigid Kemmerer

(German Edition Hardcover) / GR / Review

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship…

Are you tired of hearing about Brigid’s books yet? Oh well, I’ll forever be posting about them. Brigid gave me a German copy of CIWYW, as well as a Czech copy of LTTL (listed below). I don’t usually collect foreign editions that I can’t actually read, but both of these editions are so pretty, and Brigid handed them to me, so I just added them to my collection. I’ve linked my full review, above, if you’re interested.


LTTL CzechLetters to the Lost – Brigid Kemmerer

(US Paperback) / GR / Review

Dopisy ztraceným (Letters to the Lost, Letters to the Lost #1) – Brigid Kemmerer

(Czech Edition Hardcover) / GR 

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

Brigid gifted both of these copies to me, after telling her that I was going to buy the US paperback of Letters, and then she told me about this gorgeous edition she had. So now I have both, plus the German CIWYW gracing my shelves. I love Letters, and it’s one of my favorite books, so give me all the copies. I’ve linked my full review, above, if you’re interested.


the how and the wayThe How & The Why – Cynthia Hand

(ARC) / GR

But eighteen years ago, someone wrote Cass a series of letters. And they may just hold the answers Cass has been searching for.

Alternating between Cass’s search for answers and letters from the pregnant teen who gave her up for adoption, this voice-driven narrative is the perfect read for fans of Nina LaCour and Jandy Nelson.

This wasn’t on my radar, and Brigid told me that I should read it, so now I have a copy. It definitely sounds interesting, and I trust her opinion, so I’ll give it a try.


obsidian new coverObsidian (Lux #1) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

(New Cover Paperback) / GR / Review

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Did I need a new copy of this book? Actually, yes. My copy is falling apart and I’m kind of terrified of taking it off my shelve. It’s been well loved and well-read and I love the new covers, so I figured, why the hell not. I was able to trade for it, so it all worked out. I also love these books, so I’m not complaining at all. I’ll just need to make more room on my JLA shelf…which might not be possible at this point. Oops. I’ve linked my full review, above, if you’re interested.


scavnge the Stars OCScavenge the Stars (Scavenge the Stars #1) – Tara Sim

(OwlCrate Exclusive Edition Hardcover) / GR / Review

Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one…

I wasn’t a big fan of this book, but I got the OwlCrate box anyways. I do love the cover, but I didn’t love the book enough to need a finished copy, let alone an exclusive one. It happens. I’ve linked my full review, above, if you’re interested.


sunshieldSunshield – Emily B. Martin

(NetGalley ARC) / GR

Separated by seas of trees and sand, the outlaw, the diplomat, and the prisoner are more connected than anyone realizes. Their personal fates might just tip the balance of power in the Eastern World—if that very power doesn’t destroy them first.

This is one of my Anticipated Reads for 2020 and I was shocked when I got the approval email. I’m super excited to dive into this, but it’s going to have to wait a bit for me to read a bunch of the other stuff I need to. I’m very sad about it. But soon, soon I will get to read and possibly fall in love with this book and I cannot wait of that to happen.


shieldedSheilded (Shielded #1) – KayLynn Flanders

(NetGalley ARC) / GR

Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong–the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.

Ugh, this sounds so good and I literally cannot wait to dive into it. The cover is what initially drew me to it, and then when it popped up on NetGalley I knew I needed to at least try and see if I could get it, and shockingly enough, I did!


Wicked as you wisWicked as You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic #1) – Rin Chupeco 

(NetGalley ARC) / GR

And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated….

Yes, I have a physical copy of this book, and I’m planning on reading it this month, but this was available for ‘Read Now’ on NetGalley and I decided to download it, so I could use the review I was already going to write, to help boost my rating. Also, I can ultimately end up trading my physical copy, or give it away, and still have a copy. Shush, don’t judge me.


the stone of sorrowThe Stone of Sorrow (Runecaster #1) – Brooke Carter

(NetGalley ARC) / GR

With a fallen Valkyrie by her side, and the help of a gorgeous half-elf Runa is not quite sure she can trust, the apprentice must travel to the site of an ancient runecasting competition to try to win back the magical gem. But the journey will not be easy; the three unlikely companions encounter malevolent and supernatural creatures at every turn. Somehow, Runa must summon the courage and strength to face her destiny, a destiny she never wanted. Or die trying.

This was an impulse request. I saw the cover, read the synopsis and decided ‘what the hell’ and clicked request…or maybe it was read now? I can’t remember. So far it appears as though people are enjoying it and it sounds really good. I’m also a sucker for Norse Mythology, so I’ll probably enjoy this regardless.


Okay, phew, finally got to the end. These posts are so much easier to write and finish when I only haul a few books. I’m going to have to go back on a book buying ban, or maybe more specifically book hauling ban, since I didn’t really buy that many in January.

Let me know in the comments, what was your favorite book you hauled in January?

 

 

December Book Haul

Somehow, I managed to get quite a few books in December and only 2 of them were Christmas gifts. Though, three did come in book boxes…the rest were books that had been on my “to-buy” list for a while and with a bit of Christmas money – i.e. Amazon gift cards – I decided to splurge and treat myself.

It’s the holidays, so why the hell not.

Sometimes you just have to buy that book that’s been on your list for forever because to not do so would be a crime…I also just wanted to support the authors. I’m pretty excited for the books I hauled that I actually haven’t read yet, and  a few of them I’m hoping to get to this month, or next…mainly just hopefully soon.

With that being said, let’s jump in and see what I hauled in December!


unrest.jpgUnrest (Unknown #2) – Wendy Higgins

GR

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy’s identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

I legitimately ordered this upon finishing Unknown and I hated the fact that I didn’t already own it. I really want to read this right now, but I have 2 January ARCs I need to read before I’m letting myself pick up anything else.


failed futureFailed Future (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #3) – Elise Kova

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / GR 

The only path for Vi is forward. But she doesn’t yet know if she’s running toward salvation… or a brutal end to everything she loves.

I’ve already read this – was given an eARC of it by Elise and I hadn’t yet bought it. I kept holding out for someone to get it, and Sovereign Sacrfice for me, for Christmas, but that didn’t happen. So, I bought it and SS for myself. They look really nice on my shelf next to all the other books in the Air Awakens world.


sovereign sacrificeSovereign Sacrifice (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #4) – Elise Kova

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / GR

Old loves and new allies tell her to play it safe. But Vi is done with caution. She has a chance to right ancient wrongs and this princess-turned-warrior isn’t turning back.

She’s ready to bring an end to the vortex of death the world is trapped in.

*I’ve already read this – was given an eARC of it by Elise and I hadn’t yet bought it. I kept holding out for someone to get it, and Sovereign Sacrfice for me, for Christmas, but that didn’t happen. So, I bought it and SS for myself. They look really nice on my shelf next to all the other books in the Air Awakens world. Seriously, they look gorgeous.


Acotar.jpgA Court of Thorns and Roses Special Edition – Sarah J. Maas

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When nineteen-year-old Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin-one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.

This edition is stunning. I knew I needed it when they announced it and I kind of forced my brother into getting it for me for Christmas. He did, and I love it. I can’t wait to eventually reread the books, and I’m definitely starting with this edition. I hope the other books in the series are eventually made. I want them all.


Wicked as you wisWicked as You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic #1) – Rin Chupeco

GR

…And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated….

This is honestly a bit low on my list of books to read. It was a bonus in the December FairyLoot box (which I only got to be able to buy another book). It sounds interesting enough and I’m definitely willing to give it a try.


eight will fall.jpgEight Will Fall – Sarah Harian

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In a land where magic is outlawed, eight criminals led by seventeen-year-old Larkin are sent on a mission to kill an ancient evil that plagues their kingdom. Descending into an underground realm full of unspeakable horrors, Larkin and her party must use their forbidden magic to survive what lies in wait, teeth sharp and jaws deadly.

As she fights for her life, Larkin finds a light in Amias, a fellow outlaw with a notorious past. Soon Larkin and Amias realize their fates are entwined. The eight of them were chosen for a reason.

But as the dangers multiply and her band of felons are picked off one by one, Larkin must confront a terrible truth: They were never meant to return.

 This wasn’t on my radar at all, until I started looking at what the December FairyLoot book might be. This sounds really interesting and potentially like something I’d like, but for now, it’s really low on my “read” list. Eventually I’ll get to it.


the guinevere deceptionThe Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) – Kiersten White

⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / GR 

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

I read an ARC of this and it was the December OwlCrate book, so I got it. I enjoyed the book, but also kind of didn’t get the hype. I’m a definitely fan of Arthurian Legend retellings and this wasn’t a disappointing read, I guess I just expected more. Kiersten White is always hit or miss with me.


sisters of shadow and lightSisters of Shadow and Light (Sisters of Shadow and Light #1) – Sara B. Larson

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / GR 

For fifteen years they have lived, trapped in the citadel, with little contact from the outside world…until the day a stranger passes through the hedge, and everything changes.

I loved this book. I’ve been a Sara B. Larson fan since Defy and I honestly didn’t expect to love this book so much, but I did. I flew through it and I’m so anxious for the next one, to find out what happens next. I need to know.


of silver and shadowOf Silver & Shadow – Jennifer Gruenke

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But time is running out for all of them, including the youngest Prince of Erdis, who finds himself pulled into the rebellion. Political tensions have reached a boiling point, and Ren and the rebels must take the throne before war breaks out.

I requested this on Netgalley on a whim, kind of because I loved the cover, and was super surprised when I was approved almost immediately.

 


lanterns in the sky.jpgLanterns in the Sky – P.S. Malcolm

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Everything was normal for Lucy Maisfer until the day a star fell from the sky and knocked her out. Upon waking, she comes face-to-face with Jason Woods, who also happens to be the mysterious new guy in her best friend, Valarie’s, life.

Then the strange dreams begin, and she learns about the Starlight Princess— who must not under any circumstance be reawakened. Driven to uncover the meaning of it, she finds herself caught up in a strange twist of events that eventually lead to bigger danger than she ever anticipated. Before long, Lucy is forced to make a choice between saving the world, or saving her best friend; only to discover that Valarie cannot be saved… that she has an even darker secret, and that her supposed star-crossed romance with Jason might not be so destined after all…

This was another one I requested on a whim. I thought it looked pretty and sounded interesting, so I clicked, and then the email came in that I’d been approved, and my list on Netgalley grew one book longer. I need to stop “whim requesting”. It’s going to wreck my rating.


HP 4 IllustratedHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition – J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter is midway through his training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that’s supposed to take place at Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. But unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards. And in his case, different can be deadly.

Do I really need to explain why I got this edition?


What books did you haul in December?

November Book Haul

My book buying ban kind of, sort of ended. I’m not purchasing books like I used to – so my bank account loves me. The majority of the books I hauled in November where from trades/friends. I really only purchased 2 books…well, 3 if you count the one, I bought to donate. So, while I hauled quite a few books, I didn’t break my bank.

Surprisingly taking a month off from buying books (or however long I put myself on a ban) the urge to buy every single new book has greatly diminished. There are still a few that I really want to own finished copies of, but overall, I’m glad I’ve scaled back on the book acquiring. Though…maybe you can’t tell from November’s haul.

Anyways, let’s jump into it and check out the books I got in November!


seerpent and doveSerpent & Dove – Shelby Mahurin

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / GR

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

This is one of my favorite 2019 reads and I cannot wait for the second book! If you haven’t yet read Serpent & Dove you’re missing out! I have a spoiler free review (linked above) so if you’re interested you can check out all my thoughts there!


the last hope.jpgThe Last Hope (The Raging Ones #2) – Krista & Becca Ritchie

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / TRO Review / Review / GR

As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new. Vulnerable and with no choice, the hunt for the baby sends the trio on a dangerous path to Saltare-1: a water world where their enemies can’t die and survival comes at a high cost.

This was such a good finale too this series. I never anticipated The Raging Ones becoming a favorite book, and the second one did not disappoint in the slightest. If you’re looking for a really good sci-fi duology, you should definitely check these books out. If you’re interested, you can check out my reviews for both books (linked above).


Maybe this timeMaybe This Time – Kasie West

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Told over the course of one year and following Sophie from event to event, this delightful novel from master of romantic comedy Kasie West shows how love can blossom in unexpected places.

I’m always down for a fluffy contemporary romance, and I’m such a huge fan of Kasie’s books. They’re just fun reads that are always enjoyable and always so good! I cannot wait to dive into this one, and maybe finally start catching up on all her recent releases!


ruthless gods.jpgRuthless Gods (Something Dark and Holy #2) – Emily A. Duncan

WS Review / GR

 In her dramatic follow-up to Wicked Saints, the first book in her Something Dark and Holy trilogy, Emily A. Duncan paints a Gothic, icy world where shadows whisper, and no one is who they seem, with a shocking ending that will leave you breathless.

I still cannot believe that I have a physical copy of this ARC. Thanks Sammy! I’m definitely planning on diving into this really soon! With having recently been in a slump and then with NaNo happening, I didn’t want to start it with distractions and disinterest. Now that both of those things are gone and done, I’m super anxious to finally dive in and read more about Emily’s disaster children. It’s been a hot minute since I read Wicked Saints, but regardless, it’s happening! If you’re interested, you can check out my review for Wicked Saints (linked above).


havenfallHavenfall – Sara Holland

Excerpt Review / GR

Sara Holland takes the lush fantasy that captured readers in Everless and Evermore and weaves it into the real world to create a wholly captivating new series where power and peril lurk behind every door.

I can’t believe that I was approved for this book on Netgalley. I read the excerpt that was posted last month and loved it. I was pretty bummed and honestly annoyed when I got to the end of the excerpt and had nothing more to read. If I had – I’d probably would have sat on the couch all day and read the book in one sitting. So, needless to say, I’m super excited to be able to read this early and I cannot wait to jump back into it. I do have a short review posted, so if you’re interested, I’ve linked it above.


the queen of nothingQueen of Nothing (Folk of the Air #3) – Holly Black

TCP Review / TWK Review / GR

 From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy.

 I’m shocked that I haven’t been spoiled for this book yet – but that’s probably only because I’ve muted so many words and phrases pertaining to this series on Twitter. I swear I’m going to get to it soon. Hopefully this week. That’s my plan anyways. I’m excited for it, but not like overwhelmingly so. I enjoy the books a lot, but they’re not favorites…I’m going to go run and hide now, because that might have been a slightly controversial statement. If you’re interested, you can check out my reviews for The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King (linked above).


the wish they were usThey Wish They Were Us – Jessica Goodman

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Gossip Girl meets One of Us Is Lying with a dash of The Secret History in this slick, taut murder mystery set against the backdrop of an exclusive prep school on Long Island.

My friend Sammy grabbed this book for me while she was at Yallfest. I don’t know much/next to nothing about this book, but it sounds interesting. Though, to be honest, it’s pretty low on my list of books to read. It also doesn’t come out until like January, so there really is no rush. I’m kind of a sucker for things inspired by Gossip Girl so I definitely plan on giving it a chance, but probably not until next year.


evermore academyEvermore Academy – Audrey Grey

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Welcome to Evermore Academy where the magic is dark, the immortals are beautiful, and being human SUCKS.

If you love reading about fated mates, enemies-to-lovers, snarky heroines, and everything Fae, then one click today and fall into this magical new series that’s being called Vampire Academy meets The Cruel Prince!

I’ve kind of fallen in love with Audrey Grey’s writing and when I saw this on sale for * I think * .99 cents, I knew I had to grab it. I do want a finished copy, but for now, I’m happy with the eBook. I’m super excited to dive into it and I think I’m going to do that very soon. I already know that I’m going to be reading anything that Audrey publishes from here on out.


So many new and awesome sounding books – now I just need to not fall into another slump, and I need to get reading. I’m so excited for so many of these books and I cannot wait to dive into them. What was your favorite book you hauled in November? What book(s) do you want most for Christmas?

 

 

 

September Book Haul

September is over, which means it’s time for Spooky Season! I tried to not go overboard with the book buying, I’m on a self-imposed ban. Even so, I still managed to obtain quite a few books – some purchased, some traded, and a few eARC’s via NetGalley.

To start off, I’m throwing in a book from August because I forgot to add it to my August Haul Post:


tweet cuteTweet Cute – Emma Lord

(hauled in August)

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I’m part of the blog tour for this book, and I’m really excited to read it!

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.


img_6313Marrow Charm – Kristin Jacques

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / GR

I loved this book so much! You definitely should read it.

‘In his pursuit of the occult, the Third Reich opened the Gate to a realm of magic and brought the world to ruin. The Gate was eventually closed, but They were already in our world and They were hungry.’

-The Lost History, Library of Avergard

Azure ‘Azzy’ Brimvine lives in a world decimated by magic, where humans have retreated underground from the overwhelming dangers of the surface. But Below is no safer than Above.

Magic borne plagues continue to eat away at the remaining human cities, a sickness that doesn’t merely kill, but creates aberrations from the stricken: people twisted by magic into something dark, dangerous, and powerful. It is an existence of fear and constant dread. When Azzy’s brother, Armin, is infected and cast out into the Above, she sets out after him, determined to be there for him no matter what he becomes.

The world Above is full of monsters, both wild and cunning, some more human than Azzy was led to believe. Armin is captured and bound for the Auction block of Avergard, a ruthless city of inhuman lords and twisted creatures. To reach him, Azzy must brave the perils of the Above and the chaotic life forms created by the Gate. To reach him, she must find allies and forge new bonds in this broken world.

And Azzy must reach him, before Armin’s new power is used to open the Gate once more.


capturing the devilCapturing the Devil – Kerri Maniscalco

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / Review / GR

I can’t believe this series is over. No more Cresswell. * sobs *

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders.

Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another.

Will Audrey Rose and Thomas see their last mystery to the end—together and in love—or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?


The lady rogueThe Lady Rogue – Jenn Bennett

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I’m really looking forward to reading this!

Some legends never die…

Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.

Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.

Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it.


american royalsAmerican Royals – Katharine McGee

⭐️⭐️⭐️.75 / Review / GR

Really enjoyed this and I cannot wait for book 2!

What if America had a royal family?

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.


crown of coral and pearlCrown of Coral and Pearl – Mara Rutherford

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / GR

This might actually be one of my favorite reads of the year. It surprised me and I’m dying for the next one!

For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine…

Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that’s ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince—while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land.

Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor’s dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home—a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren’s brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen… and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave.

In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia and Zadie.


There will come a darknessThere Will Come a Darkness – Katy Rose Pool

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 / Review / GR

You NEED to pick this book up if you haven’t already. A definite 2019 favorite.

The Age of Darkness approaches.
Five lives stand in its way.
Who will stop it… or unleash it?

For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared.

All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. As chaos takes hold, five souls are set on a collision course:

A prince exiled from his kingdom.
A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand.
A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart.
A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone.
And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.

One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer? 


QOTD: What was your favorite book you picked up in September?

August Book Haul

This post is going to be on the short side, because today (the day I’m writing this) has been a day. I’m going to preface the Haul section of the post with a tiny little life update. I need to write this because every time I think about it I cry. I know the day is coming, and I hate it.

Today started on a high – a friend’s wedding was this evening! It was beautiful, she was gorgeous, overall, I had a good time. But before I left for the wedding, I thought I was going to lose my dog.

That kind of puts a damper on a good mood. I’ve talked about him before on this blog, but my 80lb black lab has something called Laryngeal Paralysis – basically his throat doesn’t work properly which causes breathing issues. He gets too excited, he can’t breathe, and then he freaks himself because he can’t breathe and it can take meds, a fan, and time to calm him down.

I was on vacation with my parents last week, so my dog was staying with a family member (who he always stays with when we go places) and for whatever reason the drive back seriously stressed out my dog.

By the time my mom got him back to the house, I thought we were going to lose him in the yard. He could barely support his own weight, we had to carry him into the house on a towel. It then took hours for him to even remotely get back to his current normal. I nearly didn’t go to the wedding because I thought my dog was going to die tonight. I’ve never seen him that distressed, and I could not stop crying.

I don’t write this to distress any of you, but as a sort of catharsis of the emotions that continue to threaten to drown me. He’s exhausted now, but breathing normally, eating and drinking. I’m thankful that today wasn’t worse and I’m glad I managed to get through the wedding without breaking down in tears. It was hard leaving my house not knowing what I was going to be coming back to. Thankfully I came back to an exhausted but much better dog.

Anyways, let’s get into this small haul!


39679076House of Salt and Sorrows – Erin A. Craig

2 Copies: Reg. Hardcover + OwlCrate’s Exclusive Cover

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/ Review / GR

Absolutely loved this book! You don’t want to miss it!

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.


41082072Before the Broken Star – Emily R. King

Reg. Hardcover

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Not gonna lie, I mainly bought this due to the absolutely gorgeous naked hardcover under the dust jacket.

Everley Donovan is living on borrowed time. The lone survivor of her family’s unexplained assassination, she was saved by an ingeniously crafted clockwork heart. But the time she was given won’t last forever. Now, every tick-tock reminds her how fragile her existence is and hastens her quest to expose Killian Markham, the navy admiral who shattered her world and left her for dead. But Everley’s hunt for justice will be a long and hard-won voyage.

Her journey takes her to a penal colony on a cursed isle, where she will be married off and charged to build the new world. It is here, and beyond, that hidden realms hide, treasures are unearthed, her family secrets are buried, and young love will test the strength of her makeshift heart. When Everley discovers Markham may not be who he seems, her pursuit for truth is bound to his redemption, her tragic history, and her astonishing destiny.


Chosen Champion (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #2)Chosen Champion – Elise Kova

Paperback

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/ Review / GR

I finally bought myself a finished copy of this book, and I cannot wait to sit it on my shelf next to my other books in the Air Awakens world!

Vi Solaris is on the eve of getting everything she’s ever wanted—her family, her home, her throne—and to save the world she’s going to have to give it all up.

The Empire sees her as their Crown Princess, returning at long last. But Vi only sees visions of fate guiding her to the world’s gruesome end. Across the sea is a man who holds the keys to deciphering her premonitions and thwarting the ancient evil ravaging their world. But to get to him, Vi will have to contend with enemies of the crown, romance she didn’t expect, sorcerer pirates, and a betrayal she never saw coming.

She will learn the hard way that some evils never die… They only bide their time…


43383182. sx318 The Bridge Kingdom – Danielle L. Jensen

Paperback

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I’ve been really interested in this ever since I saw the Audible announcement. I don’t know why I never bought the audiobook, but I’m really excited to dive into this, hopefully int the near future!

What if you fell in love with the one person you’d sworn to destroy? 

Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil – and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara’s homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom.

But as she infiltrates her new home – a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas – and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore.

Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?


Okay, I guess I lied about the shortness, but words just started flowing, I guess. I have two Wrap Up posts coming up this week so stay tuned for those!

July Book Haul!

Where has the summer gone? I can’t believe it’s already time for another haul post – thankfully this one is significantly smaller than June’s. I’m really proud of myself, while I hauled a few books, I actually only bought ONE in July. Meaning, I spent my money only once, in thirty-one days on a book. All the books, besides one, came into my possession either through Books for Trade on Twitter, or through a subscription box and one I acquired as a birthday gift! After buying and acquiring so many books last month, I’m glad I only added 8 to my ever-growing library in July.


44320201. sy475 Call It What You Want – Brigid Kemmerer

UK Paperback

Review / GR / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

This one shouldn’t surprise you. If Brigid has a new book out, I will buy every copy I can. This is more for collection purposes and just supporting a friend!

When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.

Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship…


36039317The Cursed Sea – Lauren DeStefano

Hardcover

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I’m excited to have this book! I read The Glass Spare recently (here’s my review) and loved it and was dying I didn’t have the second one to the duology. My brother and his girlfriend got me this as a birthday present and I cannot wait to dive in!

Wilhemina Heidle, the exiled princess of Northern Arrod, the girl thought dead by her family and friends, must return home. The only way to save Loom, the cursed prince of the Southern Isles, is to revisit the castle and discover the origins of her own curse.

But home is very different from how she left it—Wil’s unstable elder brother is now king, leading a war against the Southern Isles. And the rest of her family must reckon with the truth of what happened to lead to Wil’s exile. With time running out, Wil must navigate the dangerous secrets within her family if she’s going to find the truth and save the boy she loves.

When she’s finally able to reach Pahn, nothing goes as planned, and suddenly Wil and her allies are fighting for their lives, again and again, as the Southern King is out to punish his children for all they’ve done. Traveling across cursed seas and treacherous kingdoms, Wil, Loom—and his ruthless sister Espel—have to work to make peace with their own struggles if they hope to secure the future of their kingdoms.

But when their plans lead them right back to evil marveler Pahn, and to Baren—who is more dangerous than ever—can Wil and her friends outsmart their enemies, this time, for good?


30063453Amid Stars and Darkness & Between Frost and Fury – Chani Lynn Feener

ARC / ARC

GR / GR

These have been on my radar for a while now and was able to snag them in a trade. I’m always interested in new to me sci-fi books as I don’t think there are enough of them. I don’t know when I’ll get to these, but my plan is hopefully before the year is out – at least for the first one!

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.


29346927Rosemarked – Livia Blackburne
ARC

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This is another book that has been on my radar for a while, and like the previous two, when I saw I was able to grab them during a trade, I couldn’t pass it up. I’ve heard good things about this book, so I’m excited that I can finally read it!

 A healer who cannot be healed . . .

When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.

A soldier shattered by war . . .

Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.

Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.


26031262A Whole New World – Liz Braswell

Paperback

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I got this through a trade for two reasons – my friend absolutely loves Aladdin, so I figured she’d like this one, and after having read Part of Your World this year (review here) I’ve been wanting to give the other Twisted Tales a read!

What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie? 

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.


42201395Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson

FairyLoot Exclusive Edition

GR / ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Yes, I have two physical copies of this book, and I downloaded the audiobook. I absolutely loved this book and kind of wish there was more to the story. I want more. I always want more when it comes to her books, and I’m so glad I read this so close to release, as the hype hasn’t died yet!

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

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The King – Jennifer L. Armentrout

1,001 Nights Paperback

GR

This is the second novella follow-up to her Wicked Trilogy and I * think * I read The Prince last year after having finished the final book in the trilogy. And I say * think * because it was a year ago, and I do kind of remember having an intense urge of needing this book. Now it’s in my hands, but I’ll probably wait to read it since, I’m still working my way through Jen’s backlist and the Wicked trilogy is on it. This is also the only book I spent money on in July.

As Caden and Brighton’s attraction grows despite the odds stacked against a happily ever after, they must work together to stop an Ancient fae from releasing the Queen, who wants nothing more than to see Caden become the evil Prince once feared by fae and mortals alike.

 

 

What Books I’m Bringing to the Beach! – 2019 Edition

img_4973If you’re reading this when it goes live, I’m hopefully about half way to Topsail Island, North Carolina for a week of beach, family and BOOKS! If you’re reading this later, there is a very good chance I’ve parked myself in a beach chair, at the edge of the surf and already engrossed in a book.

Last year I did a post showing the books I decided to take with me and it’s no different this year…but you knew that already based on the title of this post. Technically I should be in bed right now, seeing as we’re leaving at like 4:30AM yikes, but these blog posts don’t write themselves and my plan for getting ahead of them and having them scheduled to post did not happen.

Anyways, I’m really excited for my selection of books and somehow since I took this photo, I’ve added two more? Granted one’s an eARC and literally always on my phone, so I’m not really counting it, and there was book in my purse, and I’m just not going to take it out. Eight books might be overreaching and over estimating my abilities on how many books I can read in a single week and still be present for family interaction, but we will see. I’m not going to list the two extra books, that way there’s a little mystery when I do my monthly/beach reads wrap up!

Normally I like to read fluffy YA Contemporaries, or New Adult books while I’m at the beach, but this year I have kind of a mix.

So, let’s get into it!


First up –

36678876. sy475 The Last Hope – Krista & Becca Ritchie

I’m so excited to read this! I loved The Raging Ones when I read an ARC of it last year, so when

I was able to snag a copy of book 2, I knew I would be reading it while at the beach. I can’t wait

to find out how this duology comes to a close, Krista & Becca promised that readers won’t see what’s coming.

Sacrifice all you have to survive.

Imprisoned for weeks on an enemy starcraft, Franny, Court, and Mykal have sat with an unfathomable revelation. But as they fight to stay alive, escaping prison means trusting a young mysterious stranger. He knows everything about their lost histories, and when answers aren’t given freely, the bonded trio are forced to join a mission. One that will determine the fate of humanity.

Legend says, a baby—the first of her species—has the power to cloak and teleport planets. Tasked with retrieving the infant, Court fears the baby is just a myth, and if they fail, they’ll never find the truth about their origins.

As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new. Vulnerable and with no choice, the hunt for the baby sends the trio on a dangerous path to Saltare-1: a water world where their enemies can’t die and survival comes at a high cost.


Second –

Echoes between us .jpgEchoes Between Us – Katy McGarry

I kind of freaked out when I saw that they were handing bound manuscripts out during her signing at ALA and managed to snag one! I loved Only A Breath Apart so I’m hoping that this is another new favorite! I mean, just read the synopsis, and I’m pretty sure this is going to be the first book I dive into!

Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother’s ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it’s something more…

Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica.

A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose–can they conquer their demons together?


And then –

call it what you wantCall It What You Want – Brigid Kemmerer

This is a re-read since I read it back in January of this year and I need a bit of a refresher. It’s also a book I’ve been requested to bring by a few family members. I’ve turned a couple of them into Brigid fans. I’m also taking my copy of A Heart So Fierce and Broken for those same family members and they’re anxiously waiting for it!

 When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care. 

Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship…

This captivating, heartfelt novel asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?


Fourth –

38362765. sy475 Shatter City – Scott Westerfeld

I read Imposters last year while at the beach, so it seemed only fitting that I read the second book to this new trilogy? Series? In the world of the Uglies. This is also going to be read by other family members, and if it goes missing from my bag, I’ll know why.

When the world sees Frey, they think they see her twin sister Rafi. Frey was raised to be Rafi’s double, and now she’s taken on the role . . . without anyone else knowing.

Her goal? To destroy the forces that created her.

But with the world watching and a rebellion rising, Frey is forced into a detour. Suddenly she is stranded on her own in Paz, a city where many of the citizens attempt to regulate their emotions through an interface on their arms. Paz is an easy place to get lost . . . and also an easy place to lose yourself.

As the city comes under a catastrophic attack, Frey must leave the shadows and enter the chaos of warfare – because there is no other way for her to find her missing sister and have her revenge against her murderous father.


Next –

43744300American Royals – Katharine McGee

I’m so excited to dive into this and I’ve heard nothing but good things. I think this is going to be an excellent book to read while sitting on the beach. I think I’m going to be able to get easily lost and just enjoy myself.

 Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown. 
Two girls vying for the prince’s heart.
This is the story of the American royals.

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American. And their country was born of rebellion.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

The duty. The intrigue. The Crown. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded–and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.


And finally –

LovestruckLovestruck – Kate Watson

I’m a sucker for Greek mythology and I bought this a few months ago with the sole intention of reading it while at the beach, and I’m so excited that the time has come! I can’t wait to dive into this and see what this book has in store for me!

Sixteen-year-old cupid-in-training Kali is in an Olympus-sized mountain of trouble. Rule number one in arrow-toting matchmaking: don’t stick yourself. But accidents happen, and Kali instantly falls hard for her indie rock, bass-playing target, Benicio. 

The God of Love is going to kill her. Even if he is her dad.

Being the daughter of Eros isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. For one thing, a girl can get jaded when her parents have the most beautiful and fatalistic love story in history. For another, immortality royally sucks when the Oracle condemns you to eternity in the wrong profession. Do the Gods care that Kali wants to ditch the love stuff and be a muse?

Nope.

To reclaim her heart and her destiny, Kali is left with no choice but to defy the Gods, tempt the Fates, date the mortal love-of-her-life, and hope she doesn’t lose her best friend, Hector, in the process.


QOTD: What kinds of books do you like reading while on vacation?