Happy Book Birthday To… (#40)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Daughter of the Burning City

Daughter of the Burning City

Author: Amanda Foody

Series: N/A

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 384

Synopsis: 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.

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Happy Book Birthday to Amanda Foody and her debut novel! Is this book on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments!

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Booktube-A-Thon 2017 TBR

Booktube-A-Thon 2017 TBR

Hi everyone! I’ve decided last minute to join in on Booktube-A-Thon! Booktube-A-Thon is a week-long readathon hosted by Ariel Bissett on Youtube that starts tomorrow, June 24th, and ends Sunday, June 30th. The main goal of the readathon is to read as much as you can, but you can also participate in the reading challenges, video challenges, photo challenges, and reading sprints. For more information, check out the Booktube-A-Thon Youtube channel!

My TBR:

I want to try to complete most, if not all, of the 7 reading challenges for this round of Booktube-A-Thon so I’m basing my TBR around those challenges. Note: click on the book covers to be taken to that book’s Goodreads page.

1. Read a book with a person on the cover

The Dark Prophecy

I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I read the first book, The Hidden Oracle, last year. I’m so excited to see what happens next! But first I have to reread the first book because I can hardly remember anything that happened (see #3 on this list).

2. Read a hyped book

Once and For All

I don’t think this book is super hyped by the book community, but I personally hyped it up big time! Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite contemporary authors and I’ve been reading her books since I was around the age of 12. I’m so excited to read her newest novel!

3. Finish a book in one day

The Hidden Oracle

As I mentioned above, I’m going to be rereading this book before reading The Dark Prophecy. Hopefully I’m able to finish this in one day! I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to due to the fact that Rick Riordan’s books are so fun and entertaining that they’re such fast reads. Also, the book isn’t that long.

4. Read about a character that is very different from you

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I’ve checked Dreamland Burning out from the library a couple times now and still haven’t been able to read it before its due date comes around. I hope to read it during this readathon because it sounds really interesting and it will definitely complete this challenge!

5. Finish a book completely outdoors

The Sandcastle Empire

I’m totally going to cheat on this challenge because I really don’t like the outdoors. Plus, it’s way too hot and humid where I live to sit outside and read an entire book. So what I’m going to do is finish up the last few pages outside so I don’t die of heat stroke or get eaten alive by bugs!

6. Read a book you bought because of the cover

Jackaby

99.9% of the reason why I bought this book was because of its gorgeous cover. I only have a vague idea of what the actual story is about but it’s not too long of a book so it’s perfect for a readathon!

7. Read seven books

I probably won’t finish all the books listed above by the time this readathon is over (if I do, I’ll be really shocked) so I decided to not pick out a 7th book ahead of time. If – by some miracle – I finish those books, I’ll decide then what to pick up next.


Are you participating in Booktube-A-Thon? If yes, are you taking part in any of the challenges (reading, video, or photo)? Let me know down in the comments and feel free to leave a link to your TBR post as well!

Review: Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor

Sparks of Light

Sparks of Light

Series: Into the Dim #2

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Time Travel, Historical

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Pages: 435 (ARC)

Synopsis: For the first time in her life, Hope Walton has friends . . . and a (maybe) boyfriend. She’s a Viator, a member of a long line of time-traveling ancestors. When the Viators learn of a plan to steal a dangerous device from the inventor Nikola Tesla, only a race into the past can save the natural timeline from utter destruction. Navigating the glitterati of The Gilded Age in 1895 New York City, Hope and her crew will discover that high society can be as deadly as it is beautiful.

In this sequel to the dazzling time-travel romance Into the Dim, sacrifice takes on a whole new meaning as Hope and Bran struggle to determine where—or when—they truly belong.

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TWs for Sparks of Light: animal cruelty, talk of sexual assault, violence, racism

Wow, this sequel was a big step down from the first book. When I first read Into the Dim last year, I really enjoyed it and gave it 4 stars. After rereading it earlier this month, I didn’t enjoy it quite as much so I lowered the rating down to 3.5 stars. It’s a miracle that I actually finished Sparks of Light! There were many times where I wanted to just give up and DNF it, but I was still curious so I continued on.

The book for the most part was very boring. I thought that things would pick up once they traveled back in time, but even then it took a little for me to get interested. However, the whole part where Hope was trapped in a place (won’t say where because of spoilers) was extremely disturbing to me (and not in a good way). I don’t know why it bothered me so much, but I was SO glad when it was over. When I wasn’t bored or disturbed, I was confused. At times, I had no clue what was going on or who a person was. The flashbacks randomly thrown in didn’t help matters either.

The only reason why this book is getting a 2 star rating instead of a 1 star rating from me is because I was actually interested at some points and I do like some of the characters. Other than that, I really didn’t like this book! It sounds like there’s going to be at least one more book in this series (I don’t see it on Goodreads yet though) but I’m not sure if I’m going to continue on. While I’m a bit curious to see what happens next, I’m not sure it will be worth my time.

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2 out of 5 stars

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hi everyone! As you can tell by the title, today I’m doing the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag! This tag was originally created by ReadLikeWildfire and elyjayne on Youtube. I’ve been wanting to do this tag on my blog for awhile now but I discovered it too late in 2015 to do it and I forgot to do it in 2016. Even though I wasn’t tagged by anyone, I’m still doing it! Book titles link to Goodreads. Enjoy!


1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017

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Since it’s totally impossible for me to pick only one, I went with the three 5 star books I’ve read so far this year: Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand, A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. They’re all my favorites for different reasons but I loved them all so, so much!!

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017

The Hammer of Thor

I could also say A Conjuring of Light for this one, but as I’m trying not to repeat answers, I’ll have to go with The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan. I really liked the first book in the series, but this sequel was even better! I’m so excited to see what happens next in the third book!!

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Even though I could answer with lots of different books, I decided to go with The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. I’ve heard SO many good things about this book and I’m dying to read it!

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

27 Hours

Again, I could name a ton of books for this question but I managed to pick just one: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright. I’m beyond excited to read this book!!

5. Biggest disappointment

You're Welcome, Universe

My biggest disappoint so far this year was definitely You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner. The book sounded so good and I was hearing a lot of good things about it, but unfortunately I really didn’t like it. The main character was so rude and selfish for a majority of the novel that it really made the book unbearable. The only things I liked were the Deaf rep and the ASL aspects. Other than that, I really disliked this book. I ended up giving it a rating of 1.5 stars.

6. Biggest surprise

The Dark Days Pact

My biggest surprise so far this year was The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman. I had given the first book in the series, The Dark Days Club, a 3 star rating, but I ended up liking the sequel a lot more than I thought I would! The plot was so interesting and exciting that it immediately drew me in! I ended up giving it a 4 star rating, which was a big improvement from the first book.

7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

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My favorite new author of the first half of 2017 is most definitely debut author Angie Thomas who wrote The Hate U Give. As I previously mentioned, The Hate U Give was one of my favorite books so far this year. Because of that, I definitely had to give some love to Angie Thomas who wrote a spectacular book that I never wanted to end! I’ll most definitely be reading anything Angie writes in the future!!

8. Newest fictional crush

I’m not quite sure I have a new fictional crush! If I had to pick someone though, I would say Paul from Tash Hearts Tolstoy. He’s so kind and such a great friend. I would definitely like to have someone like him in my life!

9. Newest favorite character

I’m definitely going to have to go with Alex from The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan. Alex was a great addition to the crew and I’m so excited to see more of Alex in the next book!

10. Book that made you cry

We Are Okay

I don’t really cry while reading books but We Are Okay by Nina LaCour definitely made me tear up. It was a heart-wrenching story about grief that I really enjoyed!

11. Book that made you happy

Tash Hearts Tolstoy

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee is a book that made me so, so happy! Mostly because the main character was asexual just like I am and it was so amazing seeing my sexual orientation represented in a book! I also really enjoyed pretty much everything else about this book, especially the characters. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year

Umm.. I don’t think I’ve seen any this year! I saw Beauty and the Beast though. Does that count?

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year

Sadly, I’ve only written 3 full length reviews so far this year. So if I have to pick a favorite, I’ll have to go with my review of Radio Silence by Alice Oseman! If you’re interested in reading it, check it out here.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received so far this year

Once and For All

I’m definitely going to have to go with Once and for All by Sarah Dessen for this one! I love the colors on the cover itself and I love how the cover beneath the dust jacket is purple and the end papers are bright pink! It’s so beautiful!

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Umm… TOO MANY! In order to meet my Goodreads goal, I’m going to have to finish 41 more books. There are so many books I want to read before the year is over – I could probably write a whole blog post about it! Hmm, maybe I will…


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Have you done this tag this year? If yes, please link me to your post below! I would love to see what your answers were for the questions! 

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Friday Finds #39

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Shown below are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads in the last few weeks!


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What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

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June Wrap Up

June Wrap Up 2017

Welcome to July, everyone! Like I say in every monthly wrap up, I can’t believe another month has ended! This year is really flying by. Well, while I didn’t have a terrible reading month, I didn’t have a spectacular one either. I ended up finishing 5 books and a total of 1,813 pages. The reason why I didn’t get a lot of reading done was because I’ve been feeling quite crappy – both physically and mentally. Hopefully I’ll start to feel better soon so I can get back to reading!


Books Read in June

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I kicked off June by reading The Love Interest and unfortunately, as you can tell by my rating, I wasn’t a big fan. This book had SUCH a cool concept, but I just don’t think it was executed well. I did like some aspects of it, which is why I gave it 2 stars, but I was definitely glad when it was over.

The next book I picked up was Timekeeper by Tara Sim, which I had been wanting to read for months! This book was super interesting! The concept was so unique and I really enjoyed the characters as well. I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance, but I’m hoping I’ll enjoy the couple more in the next book. If you’re looking for a historical fantasy with a unique premise, definitely check out Timekeeper!

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The next book I read, The Fill-In Boyfriend, was very enjoyable! Last month I read By Your Side by the same author, Kasie West, and I really liked it. The Fill-In Boyfriend wasn’t quite as good as By Your Side, but I still had fun reading it! Since I enjoyed it, I wanted to read another Kasie West book so I started P.S. I Like You. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the other two books. I didn’t really care for the main character, Lily, and I didn’t like how she treated Cade for the majority of the book. I’ll still definitely read more Kasie West books in the future though because they’re such good fluff reads for the most part!

The final book I read in June, Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, was definitely my favorite book of the month! I had been highly anticipating this book for so long and I’m so glad I loved it as much as I did! I’m hoping to have a full review of this book up soon so I won’t share too many of my thoughts now. I just have to share one more thing: this book featured an asexual main character and it felt so, so good to see my sexual orientation represented in a book!!


Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in 5 reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share my progress with you all. That being said, my monthly wrap ups will all include updates on my progress. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 75 books

Completed in June: 5 books

Completed in 2017: 33 books

 

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 backlist books

Completed in June: 3 books

Completed in 2017: 12 books

 

 

3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 fantasy books

Completed in June: 1 book

Completed in 2017: 19 books

 

4. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 12 library books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in June: 4 books

Completed in 2017: 15 books

 

 

5. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read a book for each letter of the alphabet (The words “The” and “A” can be skipped; the first word after that will be counted)

Completed in June: 3 letters

Completed in 2017: 18 letters


Was June a good reading month for you? How many books were you able to complete? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!

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First Half of 2017 Book Haul

First Half of 2017 Book Haul

Hi everyone! As you can probably tell by the title, today I’m going to share with you all the books I accumulated throughout the first half of the year! Since I don’t always get a lot of books each month, I didn’t want to do a separate book haul post every month. Instead, I’m continuing to format my book hauls like this (check out my posts from last year: First Half of 2016 Book Haul and Second Half of 2016 Book Haul). I’ve organized the post by separating the books by the month I got them in and where I got them from. Each book title links to the book’s Goodreads page. Without further ado, here are all the books I’ve accumulated between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017. Enjoy!


January

Traded for on Twitter

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Received as a Gift

Blood For Blood

Books in January: 4

February

Target

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  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Thanks Mom!)

Amazon

Some Kind of Happiness

Barnes & Noble

A Conjuring of Light

Traded for on Twitter

The Cursed Queen

Books in February: 4

March

Book Outlet

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Traded for on Twitter

The Winner's Kiss

Barnes & Noble

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Books in March: 14

April

Bought on Twitter

The Heroes of Olympus series

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Library Book Sale

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Books in April: 10

May

Traded For / Bought on Twitter

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Book Outlet

Vicious V.E. Schwab

Received as a Gift

Defy the Stars

 Books in May: 5

June

Barnes & Noble

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Traded For / Bought on Twitter:

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Books in June: 5

Total Books Accumulated So Far in 2017: 42


How many books (approximate or exact) have you accumulated so far this year? Where do you usually get your books? Let me know down in the comments!

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#39)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Author: Mackenzi Lee

Series: N/A

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy

Pages: 528

Synopsis: An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

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Happy Book Birthday to Mackenzi Lee and her newest novel! Is this book on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!

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Friday Finds #38

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Shown below are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads in the last few weeks!


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What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#38)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Bad Romance

Bad Romance

Author: Heather Demetrios

Series: N/A

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 368

Synopsis: Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

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Author: Cindy Pon

Series: N/A

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 336

Synopsis: From critically acclaimed author Cindy Pon comes an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller, set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, about a group of teens who risk everything to save their city.

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?

Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Book Depository


Are either of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

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