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?

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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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Happy Book Birthday To… (#37)

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.


Once and for All

Once and For All

Author: Sarah Dessen

Series: N/A

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 400

Synopsis: As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

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Tash Hearts Tolstoy

Tash Hearts Tolstoy

Author: Kathryn Ormsbee

Series: N/A

Publisher: Simon & Shuster

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 367

Synopsis: After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

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Song of the Current

Song of the Current

Author: Sarah Tolcser

Series: Song of the Current #1

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 373

Synopsis: Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

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The Sandcastle Empire

The Sandcastle Empire

Author: Kayla Olson

Series: N/A

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Pages: 464

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

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

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

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

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

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May Wrap Up

May Wrap Up 2017

Welcome to June everyone! It seems like May came and went just as fast as the previous months did. I can’t believe we’re almost half way through the year! This is particularly bad considering I’m currently 3 books behind schedule on my Goodreads goal for the year… oops! Well, I ended up having a really good reading month in May! I managed to read 8 books with a total of 2,767 pages. That’s the most I’ve read in a month so far this year!


Books Read in May

Last 3 reads (145)

Considering the last book I finished in April was The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine, I of course had to kick off May with the companion novel, The Cursed QueenThe Cursed Queen takes place pretty much at the same time as The Impostor Queen and has a different narrator named Ansa. Unfortunately, I didn’t really care for Ansa that much. It seemed like she never really had her own opinion – she kept flip-flopping sides throughout the book. Overall, I didn’t like this book as much as The Impostor Queen but I still enjoyed it. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the story wraps up in The True Queen!

After finishing The Cursed Queen, I wasn’t sure what to read next. Before going to bed, I decided I would pick up We Are Okay from the stack of library books I had checked out and read a few pages. Before I knew it, it was almost 3:00 in the morning and I had read 150 pages! After getting some sleep, I finished the book later that day. Even though it was short, it still packed a punch. The story was very emotional and was also told very beautifully. I really enjoyed it and I’m so glad I decided to randomly pick it up!

Next, I read By Your Side, which my friend had lent me after she read and really enjoyed it. Now, my friend and I usually have different reading tastes (I enjoy fantasy more while she likes to read romance/contemporary) but I ended up really liking this book! There was mental illness rep (anxiety/panic attacks) that I felt was very authentic and well done. I have anxiety myself and I could really relate to the main character’s thought processes and such!

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The next book I read was Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey and as you can tell by my rating, I wasn’t a huge fan. This was mainly because I was extremely bored throughout this book. The whole kidnapping thing that was mentioned in the synopsis was resolved way too quickly (I think the whole thing only lasted like 20 pages) and the characters left a lot to be desired. While I did enjoy some parts of this book, I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend this book to anyone.

Next, I read one of my most anticipated books of the year – The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Just like Becky’s first book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I read this book in less than a day. While I didn’t love this book quite as much as Simon vs., I still really, really enjoyed it! My favorite parts had to be the characters and how diverse they all were! It was really spectacular. I can definitely see myself rereading this book sometime in the future!

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After reading several non-fantasy books, I knew I had to get back to my favorite genre. And what better way to do that than to reread a Rick Riordan book? I decided to reread The Sword of Summer because I wanted to read its sequel, The Hammer of Thor, but I hardly remembered anything from the first book. I really enjoyed rereading The Sword of Summer! I definitely liked it just as much as the first time around!

After rereading The Sword of Summer, I was planning to immediately jump into the next book, but I saw Hotel Valhalla: Guide to the Norse Worlds (a companion book to the series) at the library and I decided to read that first. It was short (less than 150 pages), but I really liked reading it!

Finally, the last book I read this month was The Hammer of Thor. I really wanted to finish this book before the end of the month so I read like crazy on the 31st and ended up finishing it! I read about 75% of the book in only one day. I find that pretty impressive considering the book is about 460 pages long! I really loved The Hammer of Thor!! It was even better than the first book in the series! I especially liked the new character, Alex, and reading about all the wild things the characters had to do save the world (well, worlds). I cannot wait for the next book but I’m going to have to because it doesn’t come out until October!


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 May: 8 books

Completed in 2017: 28 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 backlist books

Completed in May: 2 books

Completed in 2017: 9 books

3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 fantasy books

Completed in May: 4 books

Completed in 2017: 18 books

4. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 12 library books

Completed in May: 3 books

Completed in 2017: 11 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 May: 2 letters

Completed in 2017: 15 letters


Was May 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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Happy Book Birthday To… (#36)

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.


When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon

Series: N/A

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 320

Synopsis: A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

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Dark Breaks the Dawn

Dark Breaks the Dawn

Author: Sara B. Larson

Series: Untitled Duology #1

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 320

Synopsis: On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.

But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn into the throne much sooner than she expected.

In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.

In the first book of a remarkable duology, Sara B. Larson sets the stage for her reimagining of Swan Lake — a lush romance packed with betrayal, intrigue, magic, and adventure.

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Royal Bastards

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Author: Andrew Shvarts

Series: N/A

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 352

Synopsis: Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.

At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.

Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.

Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.

The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey . . .

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

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Book Traveling Thursdays #12

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Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme hosted by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Each week there is a different theme and you must pick a book that goes along with that theme. Once you have a book in mind, your post will be centered around the different covers of that particular book. Firstly, you should explain why you think the book you picked goes with the theme. Then you will show the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover. For more information, check out the Goodreads group.

Since this week is a freebie, I decided to look back at the previous themes and pick one I didn’t already do. The one I went with was from February 26th of this year and it says to “choose a book that deserves more love.” I ended up picking Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor. Now, this book wasn’t absolutely perfect but I ended up really, really enjoying it! It deals with time travel and it had characters that I really grew to love.


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Favorite Cover

Into the Dim (ARC)

This is definitely my favorite cover of this book! It was the cover on the original ARC (which I have) and according to Goodreads, it’s also the Kindle cover. I like this cover A LOT better than the hardcover edition!

Least Favorite Cover

Into the Dim (Original)

Yep, this is the original hardcover edition. I just really don’t like this cover at all! I especially dislike the color scheme and typography.


What’s one book you think deserves more love? Let me know down in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Want To Read This Summer

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which you give ten answers to the topic for the week. To find a list of upcoming topics, go here. This week’s topic is a “summer reads freebie” so I decided to share with you all some books I want to read this summer! Instead of doing one list consisting of ten books, I’ve decided to do two lists with ten books each! The first list contains new releases (published in 2017) and the second list contains older books (published before 2017). The following lists are in no particular order. Click the book cover to be taken to the book’s Goodreads page!


2017 Releases I Want to Read This Summer:

1. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

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2. The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

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

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

4. The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

The Dark Prophecy

5. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist

6. Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

Tash Hearts Tolstoy

7. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Daughter of the Burning City

8. The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

The Gauntlet

9. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Defy the Stars

10. Hunted by Meagan Spooner

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Older Releases I Want to Read This Summer:

1. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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2. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness

3. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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4. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Girl from Everywhere

5. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen

6. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands

7. Timekeeper by Tara Sim

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8. A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray

A Million Worlds with You

9. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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10. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids


Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments!

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#35)

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.


Flame in the Mist

Flame in the Mist

Author: Renée Ahdieh

Series: Flame in the Mist #1

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

Pages: 368

Synopsis: The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

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The Love Interest

The Love Interest

Author: Cale Dietrich

Series: N/A

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 384

Synopsis: There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

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The Names They Gave Us

The Names They Gave Us

Author: Emery Lord

Series: N/A

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 400

Synopsis: Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?

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

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Friday Finds #37

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 couple months!


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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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April Wrap Up

April Wrap Up 2017

Hi everyone! I can’t believe that it’s already May! Just like I said in my last wrap up, it feels like this year is really flying by! Unfortunately, I didn’t end up reading as much as I wanted to in April. I don’t know what happened! I only ended up finishing 4 books and a total of 1,756 pages (which includes the pages I read of the book I DNF’d).


Books Read in April

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The first book I read, The Dark Days Pact, is the sequel to The Dark Days Club which I read in March. While I wasn’t crazy about the first book in the series, I still was interested enough in the story to want to continue on. When my hold of The Dark Days Pact came in at the library, I brought it home and I believe I started reading it either that day or the next day. Overall, I enjoyed The Dark Days Pact a lot more than The Dark Days Club! It drew me in immediately and kept me entertained pretty much the whole way through. While I’m still not 100% thrilled about some of the characters, I do like them a lot more than I did in the first book. I can’t wait to see how this series wraps up!

After going almost two weeks without finishing a book, I finally found a book that I was interested in reading – Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. “Interested” is a bit of an understatement considering I flew through this almost 500 page book in about 7 hours! As you can probably tell by my rating and how quickly I read it, I really enjoyed Radio Silence! For more of my thoughts, check out my review (linked above)!

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After DNF’ing a book (see below), I decided to pick up a book I had bought pretty recently – Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. While I wasn’t completely blown away by this book, I still enjoyed it overall and I’m definitely planning to read the next book in the series when it comes out!

The last book I ended up finishing in April was actually a reread for me. I first read The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine in January of 2016 and I really enjoyed it! This time around, I enjoyed it just as much! The reason why I decided to reread it was because its sequel/companion novel, The Cursed Queen, has been on my bookshelf for a couple months now and I’ve wanted to read it but I first needed a refresher on the first book. If you want to read more of my thoughts about this book, check out my original review from last year!

Book I DNF’d in April

First & Then

I only read 76 pages of this book before deciding to DNF it. I don’t know if it was just me, but I thought this book was very boring. Maybe I’ll try picking it back up sometime in the future but I’m not in a big hurry to do so!


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 April: 4 books

Completed in 2017: 20 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 backlist books

Completed in April: 1 book

Completed in 2017: 7 books

3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 fantasy books

Completed in April: 3 books

Completed in 2017: 14 books

4. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 12 library books

Completed in April: 2 books

Completed in 2017: 8 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 April: 1 letter

Completed in 2017: 13 letters


Was April 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!