June Book Haul ’18

This is arguably the best book haul that I have had to date!  I cut back a lot on my book buying last month which saved my wallet a bunch of money, but made me able to preorder a lot of books that come out this fall/winter.  All but three books that I got in subscription boxes were books that I got in trade.

1) A Thousand Perfect Notes by: C.G. Drews

I’ve been following Drews’ blog for a couple of years now and absolutely love her content.  When I found out that she was going to be getting a book published I knew that I had to get it!  But with my book buying ban I knew it was going to be a little bit until I could actually get a copy for myself, until I opened my Illumicrate box and saw this glorious book inside! This edition has beautiful red stained pages which makes it that much better!

2) Light Years by: Kass Morgan

A couple of years ago, around this time, I read The 100 series by Morgan and absolutely loved it.  I’m a big fan of space which made me excited to find out that she was writing another book set there.  This was the ARC that came with my Illumicrate box, and was such a wonderful surprise to receive.

3) The Lantern’s Ember by: Colleen Houck

I have been a HUGE fan of Colleen Houck ever since the release of Tiger’s Curse.  Since then I have followed her devoutly and loved every single book that she has put out since then.  When I first heard of this book last year, I almost could not contain my joy (I’m currently still freaking out lol) that there was going to be another book by her and this time a standalone!  Everything about this book just screams autumn which is my favorite time of the year!  I cannot wait to curl up with this book in a large, comfy sweater, sip hot chocolate, burn a pumpkin scented candle, and watch the leaves fall outside my window!

4) Escaping From Houdini by: Kerri Maniscalco

Last year I got the opportunity to meet Kerri while at BookCon and get a copy of Hunting Prince Dracula signed by her.  I had known about her books at that time, but had never read them before.  Flash back to now, and I have read and loved both of her books and am ecstatic now that I have a copy of the third book!  I cannot wait to dive into this book and see what she has in store for the characters!  Plus this ARC will complete my collection at least until I can get my hands on the finished copy of this book.

5) From Twinkle, With Love by: Sandhya Menon

I got this book in my Owlcrate box for the month of June.  I don’t know much about this book other than the main character likes filmmaking.  I still have yet to even read When Dimple Met Rishi, but I’m hoping to get to both of those books soon.  And the Owlcrate exclusive cover is just stunning!

6) Broken Things by: Lauren Oliver

I’ve read a couple of other books by Lauren in years past, and I liked them, but I wasn’t in love with them.  But when I heard of the premise of this new book I knew I had to get my hands on a copy if possible!  This mystery/thriller is gonna be such a fun read as summer winds down into fall.  And I’m really hoping that I love this one.

7) Once A King by: Erin Summerill

I still have yet to read any books by Erin Summerill, but I was able to snag this book in a trade.  I don’t really want to read anything about this book until I finish the others that are set in this world.  Good thing is I have until December to read the other books and this one!

8) Wildcard by: Marie Lu

KDLFVLUYEGSDVHO!!!  AAAHHHHH!!!  It’s actually here in my hands right now!  I feel like the luckiest person in the world right now.  I read Warcross last year after just about fighting tooth and nail to get it at BookCon.  The wait for this book was brutal!  I’m at a loss for words now that I have this arc to read and complete my collection of Marie Lu books!

9) Grim Lovelies by: Megan Shepherd

This book I don’t know too much about, but I was able to get it in and amazing trade that I couldn’t pass up.  Not only did I get the book, but I got the whole package from the publisher including pins and a letter from one of the characters!  I think I’m gonna try to go into this book not knowing much about it.

I never expected to get even half of these books!  I was more than prepared to have to wait until their release date to even get my hands on them, but I have so happy and blessed that I have them to read now!  This end of summer and fall is going to be filled with so many amazing books!

What are some books that you got last month?

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May Wrap Up ’18

Man, this is a bit overdue!  I had such a busy June that I almost forgot to get this post up.  I had such an amazing May with all the great books I read and having my birthday.  You bet that I got a bunch of books!  Anyways, back to my wrap up!

1) The Diviners by: Libba Bray 5/5 Stars

I had heard a lot about this book from the bookish community and a bunch of my friends had recommended that I read this book.  With the daunting size of the book and how many review books that I have to read I never thought I would be able to get to this book for a very long while.  Then I found the audiobook through my library, and the rest was history.  This book was superb!  I loved every second of the audiobook and almost started relistening to it when I finished.  Full review to come!

2) Lair of Dreams by: Libba Bray 5/5 Stars

This is the second book in the Diviners trilogy.  I also listened to this one on audiobook.  This series just keeps getting better and better!  I’m frustrated with myself that I waited this long to start this series.  Although I am glad I didn’t really have to wait for the third book like a lot of people did when they read the series as it came out.  I just really hope that the fourth book doesn’t take as long to come out.  Be on the lookout for my review on this book as well!

3) Strange the Dreamer by: Laini Taylor 4/5 Stars

Having just finished the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series the month before I couldn’t help myself but to dive right into this beauty even if it means I have to wait a while for the next book.  I was able to snag the UK special edition of this book, and while my wallet hates me my bookshelf sure doesn’t!  Review to come!

4) The Accidental Bad Girl by: Maxine Kaplan 3/5 Stars

This was a book that I was able to snag at Yallfest last year.  I thought this book was really good for a debut, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea.  I won’t go into too much detail as I have a whole review for y’all to blab about this book.

5) Restore Me by: Tahereh Mafi 5/5 Stars

Its been a hot second since I’ve even touched my copies of the Shatter Me series, but it was fairly easy for me to get back into this world.  This book starts just days after the events of Ignite Me so you really could just reread the last chapter of that book and be caught up to start this book.  I’m hoping to post my review on this book within a week or so.

6) Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by: Becky Albertalli 4/5 Stars

I originally heard about this book way back when it was first published, but for whatever reason I had not had the chance to pick it up until now.  Plus I really wanted to go see the movie, but wanted to read the book first.  I’m not really a big fan of contemporary books, but this one weaseled its way into my heart and made me love it.  Now I really want to read the next book in this series!

I am so happy with all the books that I was able to finish, and I’m ready to see what books the next months bring!

What books did you read way back in May?

 

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Author: Richelle Mead | Published: June 27, 2017 by Razorbill | Series: The Glittering Court #2 | Length: 416 pages | Genre: YA Fantasy | Source: I got this book from the publisher for the blog tour.

In MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom.

A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.

By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.

MIDNIGHT JEWEL is the extraordinary story of a girl with few options who courageously forges a new path, finding love, passion, lifelong friendships, and maybe even a way to freedom

May Book Haul ’18

Sooooo, I may have gone a little overboard again on the whole book buying thing, but it is my birth month so I think it can be justified.  And what an amazing birth month book haul it is!

1) Legendary by: Stephanie Garber

I was not expecting to be able to hold this book in my hands earlier than the release date (which is my birthday by the way).  Anyways, I’m really interested in reading this book.  I read Caraval last year after some of the hype had died down.  I wasn’t overly thrilled with it, so I’m hoping that the sequel is better.

2) Sky In the Deep by: Adrienne Young

Yes, I already have an advance copy of this book, but I got the finished copy of this book in one of my PageHabit boxes.  It’s even annotated by the author!  It was so cool after having read this book to go back and read her thoughts on different scenes and character interactions.

3) The Reader by: Traci Chee

This book also came in my PageHabit box.  I honestly know little to nothing about it even though I’ve been seeing it everywhere.  I’ll definitely read it, but I’m not sure when that will be.

4) I Capture the Castle by: Dodie Smith

This is the third book that I got in my PageHabit box, and again, I know next to nothing about it.

5) Beyond A Darkened Shore by: Jessica Leake

I got this book in my May Owlcrate.  I don’t really know anything about this book, but I really like the cover.

6) The Surface Breaks by: Louise O’Neill

Ever since I was little I have love The Little Mermaid with all my heart.  I could probably recite the whole Disney movie for you, but I don’t think either of us have time for that lol.  When I heard about this book I knew I just had to get it.  I couldn’t pass up this beautiful covered retelling of The Little Mermaid.

7) Dance of Thieves by: Mary E. Pearson

Yes, I have yet to read the Remnant Chronicles, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get this book in a trade.  I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get to the other series before this book comes out, but I’ll definitely try to read this one!

8) Lifel1k3 by: Jay Kristoff

I have read the Illuminae Files co-written by Jay and absolutely loved it!  I have yet to read his Nevernight Chronicles series, but when I heard he had yet another book coming out I couldn’t pass up the chance to get it in a trade.  I really hope this sci-fi book is as good, if not better than his other series.

9) Sleep, Merel, Sleep by: Silke Stein

I received this book from the author to review it for her.  I’m really excited to read another middle grade book as I haven’t read one since last November.  You can count on my review for this book in the next month or so.

10) The Midnight Jewel by: Richelle Mead

I got this book from the publisher as I am taking part in a blog tour featuring this series.  I can let you know more details as the tour gets closer.

11) War Storm by: Victoria Aveyard

I read Red Queen a few years back and really liked it.  I really do dislike reading a series as it comes out because I was able to read the next book, but had forgotten most of what happened in the first book.  So I have not read past the second book, but I still do plan on reading through the whole entire series now that I have the last book.

12) The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by: Leslye Walton

I have wanted a copy of this book for the longest time.  I’ve heard good things about it, but since I heard about it a bit after it had been published, I didn’t know if I could get a hardcover copy of it.  So I patiently waited for it to pop up in one of the book sale groups I’m in on Facebook, and, lo and behold, it popped up, so I got it.

13) Between Silk and Sand by: Marissa Doyle

This is another book that I got from an author for review.  I’m really excited to jump into this story as the premise sounds very gripping.

14) Onyx & Ivory by: Mindee Arnett

I got this book in my May Fairyloot box.  This is one that has stained pages that are only exclusive to Fairyloot.  They really know how to put together an amazing book box!

15) Furyborn by: Claire Legrand

I currently have 3 different ARCs of this book (UK ARC, Fairyloot exclusive ARC, and the US final cover ARC) that I got through giveaways and from the Fairyloot subscription box, obviously lol.  And even with having all these copies already, I really wanted to get the finished copy and support the author so I did.

16) From Twinkle, With Love by: Sandhya Menon

For the first time in about a year or so I won another Goodreads giveaway and was able to get an ARC of this book.  Granted it didn’t come before the book was already released, but it’s still really neat to be able to have an ARC of it.

17) Leah On the Offbeat by: Becky Albertalli

I just finished Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda not too long ago and wanted to continue with the series, so when my boyfriend took me to Barnes & Noble I just had to get it.

18) Emergency Contact by: Mary H.K. Choi

This is another book that I got while at Barnes & Noble.  It looks pretty interesting, and I’m interested to see how the college atmosphere is portrayed.

19) The Dazzling Heights by: Katherine McGee

I read the arc of this book last summer and absolutely loved it!  It wasn’t until recently I realized that I didn’t have a finished copy of this book.  Of course I had to change that lol.

20) Ash Princess by: Laura Sebastian

I loved this book!  After reading the arc I knew I had to have a finished copy to grace my shelves.

21) Undead Girl Gang by: Lily Anderson

I know little to nothing about this book.  I got it from Pagehabit and it’s annotated by the author.

This was such an amazing birth month book haul!  What books did you get in May?

April Wrap Up ’18

HOLY CRAP I read a lot this past month!!  I’m so proud of myself for getting through all of these books.  I have finally beat my nasty reading slump!

1) Not If I Save You First by: Ally Condie 2/5 Stars

I have a lot to say about this book….  I think I’m just gonna leave my thoughts to my review which will be posted within the next few days or so.

2) Days of Blood and Starlight by: Laini Taylor 3/5 Stars

I was able to listen to this audiobook while I was commuting to and from work.  I really was nervous going into this book because I didn’t want it to follow the second book slump.  Surprisingly it didn’t, but it still wasn’t as good as the first book, which is why I’m rating it as such.  The more I read of this series the more I love how different Laini’s writing style is.

3) Sky In the Deep by: Adrienne Young 3.5/5 Stars

This was a book that I got way back at Yallfest, but I wanted to wait to read it closer to the release date.  I had really high hopes for this book, but it kinda fell short.  I will write a review for this book, which I will tag here later, because I have a lot of thoughts on this book.

4) Dreams of Gods and Monsters by : Laini Taylor 4/5 Stars

I finally finished this series!  I always felt so intimidated by how big these books were, but they didn’t seem so bad in audiobook form.  I really enjoyed this series from beginning to end.  I absolutely love Laini’s writing and cannot wait to read more of her books in the future.

5) Bookish Boyfriends by: Tiffany Schmidt 4.5/5 Stars

This book is everything that my inner book nerd wanted!  If I had this book when I was 15 I would have been ecstatic.  You can read my full review here.

6) The Falconer by: Elizabeth May 5/5 Stars

This has to be one of my favorite books hands down.  I saw that it was in my library’s audiobook list so I just had to borrow it to read it again.  If you would like to read my full review on this book you can find it here.

7) 99 Days by: Katie Cotugno 2/5 Stars

This is another book that I was a little disappointed in.  There was some content in this book that really put me on edge and made me really dislike this book.  I really was bummed because I really wanted to like this book.  You can read my full review here

8) Everything, Everything by: Nicola Yoon 4/5 Stars

I’ve been really wanting to see the movie that was based on this book, but I had to read the book first.  This book was a really quick and fun read.  It reminded me a tad of The Fault In Our Stars.  And that ending really got me.

9) Ash Princess by: Laura Sebastian 5/5 Stars

I LOVED this book!!  I was really looking forward to reading this book ever since I was able to get an ARC of this book.  I went into this book a little nervous because I desperately wanted to like this book.  It was so good!  Keep an eye out for my review which will be posted soon.

I still can’t believe I got to this many books last month.  While some of them I didn’t care for, there were still a few that I really loved.

What are some of the books that y’all read in April?

April Book Haul ’18

I know this haul is way overdue, but things have been absolutely crazy these past few weeks, so please bear with me as I give you a onslaute of overdue posts.

Books, books, and more books!  I definitely tried to cut back on my book buying this month as I went a little crazy last month (sorry not sorry).  Without further ado, let’s get into the book haul!

1) Reflection by: Elizabeth Lim

I have loved the story of Mulan since I was a little girl and watched the Disney movie for the first time.  Since then I had been looking for a book version of the Mulan story to no avail.  When I saw that this series was going to include a Mulan retelling, I just had to get it.

2) Brightly Burning by: Alexa Donne

I got this ARC through a trade.  I don’t know much about it other than it is set in space.  I don’t know when I’m going to get to this book, but at least I have it if I ever need to satisfy my sci-fi kick.

3) Chemistry Lessons by: Meredith Goldstein

This is another ARC that I got through a trade.  Again, I don’t know much about it, but I’m hoping to get to it soon.

4) The Fates Divide by: Veronica Roth

Now that I finally have this book I can start the series.  I’ve heard a lot of mixed feelings on this series, and now I have the chance to read it and see what the talk is all about.  I really like to make my own opinions on books, especially when people seem to have mixed feelings on books.

5) The Case For Jamie by: Brittany Cavallaro

If you have been with me for a little while, then you know that I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan.  It has taken everything in me to not read this series until I had the last book in hand.  And know that I finally have it, I can’t wait to dive into this Sherlock reimagining.

6) Siege and Storm by: Leigh Bardugo

To finally complete my collection of the new covers of the Grisha trilogy, I bought this book.  Now I have 3 full sets of this series(paperback, original hardcovers, new cover hardcovers).  #sorrynotsorry

7) 9 Days and 9 Nights by: Katie Cotugno

I got this book through a trade.  I read 99 Days not too long ago and didn’t really care for it.  hopefully this book will be better, but we’ll see about that.

8) Love and Other Carniverous Plants by: Florence Gonsalves

I got this book from the lovely Kelly (@kbarina113 on Twitter).  I’m so excited to be able to dive into this book!

9) Once Upon a Dream by: Liz Braswell

I got this book because soon after getting Reflection, I realized that I did not have this book in the series.  I don’t know why I thought I did have it, but I had to get it to complete the series so far.

10) Ace of Shades by: Amanda Foody

This book came in my April Owlcrate.  I’d been hearing a lot of good things about this book, but I wasn’t quite sure if I was actually going to get it or not.  Well now I have an exclusive edition of it lol.

11) Dread Nation by: Justina Ireland

Back a little while ago, I got an email saying that I won a giveaway for a prize pack from PageHabit.  This is one of the books that came in that box.  I have heard some talk about this book, and it was possibly another one that I wasn’t sure if I was going to actually get or not.  I really like that it is historical fiction, but I’m not really sure about the zombie part.  I feel like zombies have been a tad overdone in recent years, yet I’m interested to see how this book is.  And as a huge bonus, this book is also annotated by the author!  This is the reason why I love PageHabit’s boxes because they come with an annotated copy of a book.

12) The Poet X by: Elizabeth Acevedo

This is the other book that I got in that prize pack.  I don’t know too much about this book, but it is written in prose which I love and it makes for a very fast read.  And, surprise, it’s also annotated by the author!

With summer fast approaching, I know that I’ll have a little bit more time to read, so hopefully I’ll be able to get to quite a few of these books that I just got.

How to Find Time for Reading While Studying

First off, I want to say thank you to the lovely Susan Wallace for creating this guest post. So without further ado here are her tips!

How to read when there is not enough time between academic tasks? The busiest people such as businessmen and politicians love reading. They have to read a lot to find new information and improve their memory. How do they find time to read books?  The statistics show that we read less and less because we find quick answers and information on the Internet. Nowadays, with a click on a mobile phone, we find answers to complicated questions and forget aboutcognitive books on the shelves.

Busy students concentrate on writing papers and delivering them on time. Thus, reading seems like a pleasure that they never have time for. How to find time for reading when your schedule is already completed? In this article, we will discuss various study methods that will help you to study less but more effectively.

Make Time for Reading One Book

There are a lot of custom writing services that make students’ lives easy. With the help of modern technologies, you can buy written papers online saving so much time. You can buy essay papers here and make use of time reading, find interesting stories, improving your grammar and memory.

Usually, those people who do not read often procrastinate it. Students first think of the main tasks like writing papers or getting ready for exams. Afterwards, they go on with their hobbies like sport or meeting with friends. If you are reading this article, you must want to find at least an hour to take a book and read it.

We have prepared some effective reading tips for you:

● Find time available for reading. It would be amazing if you can find at least one hour to read an interesting book every day. Organize your time by creating a schedule. If you do not overdo the daily tasks, you will see that there are a few spare hours that you can use for reading.

● Fill your free time with the desire to read. If you used to watch YouTube or TV in your free time, now try reading. Think how beneficial reading is and take advantage of your free time. Find a book that interests you and start reading it today. Make reading your hobby.

● Do not think of reading as a study process. A lot of students procrastinate reading considering it as another study task. Actually, it is relaxing and joyful. Once you find a book with an exciting plot, you will not want to take your eyes off it.

● Read everywhere. While others check their iPhones, messages, and emails in transport, take your book and read another 2 or 3 pages. All you have to do is to carry your favourite book with you. Once you are in the middle of an exciting story, you will find yourself reading it everywhere. Do not set your mind to read for 30 minutes before you go to bed. Some days you can come home too late or feel tired. Read in the morning while having breakfast, read in transport, or while having a break before academic tasks.

● Read when feeling bored. Usually, people feel bored when they are wasting their time. Reading gives interesting ideas, teaches you about yourself, improves study skillsand provides answers on topics that matter. Try reading when you feel bored the next time. A famous American novelist George R.R. Martin said: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” Imagine how many inspiring characters and spectacular stories you will find by reading.

Read Faster to Enjoy More Books

Learn to read faster and complete books quicker. By reading books faster, you will be able to find and focus on important information without going back and re-reading dozens of pages. Speed reading will help you to get ready for exams in a shorter time.

So how to read faster? Review three techniques that will teach you a speed reading:

● Minimize the duration of reading a line. Do not fix on every word but on the line. Try to make a “snapshot” of the whole line rather than of each word. Practice such reading technique and notice how much faster you can read. Such reading will become your second nature. It is recommended to practice the technique in the morning or daytime. Usually, your eyes get tired in the evening especially if you work on a computer. Take care of your vision.

● Improve speed reading by using easy materials. Business or analytical journals will make the task complicated. Take a book that you have already read to practice the new technique. Time yourself and soon you will see that the number of lines you read per minute will increase.

● Focus on reading. The ability to read fast without remembering what an article is about is pointless. Minimize noise and concentrate on the task. After speed reading, summarize what you have learned. Bring back your mind to the text if you start thinking about food, money, etc. This technique will prepare you for studying for exams without re-reading and losing time.

Hopefully, our tips and recommendations gave you some ideas on how to study effectively spending fewer hours.

March Wrap Up ’18

I’m really sorry this is coming out so last in the month.  Things have been absolutely crazy the past few weeks between work and getting announced as a co-blogger on Cornerfolds!  Anyways let’s get to the books I read last month!

1) Crossed by: Ally Condie 3/5 Stars

This is the second book in the Matched trilogy.  This book for me definitely had the second book slump.  I didn’t really care for it as the book seemed to drag and had all the stereotypical second book aspects.  I wasn’t a big fan and it made me realize why I don’t really read dystopian anymore.

2) Reached by: Ally Condie 3/5 Stars

This book was definitely better than the second one, but I still had its quirks.  I’m glad that I finally finished this series, but in a way I could’ve just left it at the first book and been completely fine with that.

3) The Radical Element edited by: Jessica Spotswood 4/5 Stars

My whole reason for wanting to read this book was because my favorite author, Erin Bowman, had written a short story in it.  But each and every one of these short stories were amazing!  I loved getting to read through the different decades and see how women struggled with many different things at different points in history.  There was one story that confused me a bit until I realized it had a fantasy element where the rest of the stories didn’t.  Other than that, I absolutely loved this book!

4) The Way the Light Bends by: Cordelia Jensen 4/5 Stars

I was asked to read and review this book for Penguin Random House, and I immediately jumped at the chance and I’m really glad I did.  I connected with the main character so much so that it almost hurt.  I struggled a bit in school, but had a lot of art interests that had to be put on the back burner to make way for school.  I also struggled with no one in my immediate family liking the same hobbies that I did just like she did.  I wish my 15-year-old self had gotten to read this book because she would’ve probably thought that someone was directly writing about her life.  And if you love cameras and photography you will love this book.  you can read my full review here.

5) The Diabolic by: S.J. Kincaid 4/5 Stars

I had this book on my shelf for a while now, but I knew I wouldn’t have time to pick it up so I borrowed the audiobook from my library to listen to while I drove to and from work.  It reminded me a lot of The Cruel Prince just set in space which I think is why I ended up liking it so much.  I really cannot wait to get to the second book to see what happens next!

6) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by: Laini Taylor 4/5 Stars

I DID IT!  I finally did it!  I read this book!  It has been on my shelf for the longest time, and I cannot tell you how many times people have told me to read this book.  I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count!  Well now I finally read it!  Laini’s writing is so unique and interesting.  I’m hoping to get my review for this book up sometime in the next week or so.

I had a really great reading month last month!  Honestly I really surprised myself with how many books I read since its been a while since I’ve read that many books in one month.

What books did you get to read in March?

March Book Haul ’18

So I may have gone a little bit crazy this month…  I can’t belive how many books I got.  It did not seem like a lot until I started getting all the books piled up for a picture.  It also didn’t help that I got a bit of money back in my tax return lol.

1-4) Tiger’s Curse Series by: Colleen Houck

This has got to be one of my favorite series ever!  I have a full set of the paperbacks and a full set of the ARCs, but I just couldn’t pass up getting a set of the hardcovers.  I read this series back in highschool just because I liked the look of the cover of the first book.  It was history from then on.  I had always wanted the series in hardcover, but couldn’t find them for less than $30 each so I settled for the paperbacks.  At the beginning of this month I looked on eBay for kicks and found the whole set for $30 and snatched them up!

5) Everlife by: Gena Showalter

This is the third and final book in the Everlife series.  Being my weird self I feel like I can now finally start this series because I have all the books in my possession now.  This is a series that I have been wanting to read for a while now, but I wanted to wait to start it until I at least had the last book in my hands.

6) My Plain Jane by: Cynthia Hand, Jodie Meadows, Brodi Ashton

I was so happy I was able to get this ARC through a trade!  I still have yet to read My Lady Jane, but I have heard that it is a very funny book, and I’m hoping that this book is similar in that way.

7+8) Heart of Iron by: Ashley Poston

I had preordered this book a long time ago.  So long ago that I forgot I had until it showed up on my doorstep.  And then later on in the month I got the same book in my Owlcrate, but with beautiful purple stained pages!!  I’m not sure if I’ll keep my other copy so there may be a giveaway for it popping up here soon.

9) The Bird and the Blade by: Megan Bannen

I really don’t know too much about this ARC.  I got it from the publisher and I think I just may go into it not knowing much if anything about it.  I’m hopefully going to try to squeeze this book in closer to its release date so keep an eye out for my review on it!

10) The Raven King by: Maggie Stiefvater

Yes, yes.  I know I already have a copy of this book but this one is a paperback.  Jk. Yes, it is a paperback, but it contains the 11,000 word Opal story.  That’s 11,000 more words set in the Raven Cycle world!  This book also came signed and with an Opal tarot card.  I may just have to have a reread of the entire series before I read the Opal story.  But honestly I’ll reread this series for no reason at all lol.

11) Blood and Sand by: C.V. Wyk

This book came in my March Illumicrate Box.  I know absolutely nothing about it whatsoever.  It has a pretty cover at least lol.

12) The Smoke Thieves by: Sally Green

I have had my eye on this ARC for a very long time, but just never could get a trade to go through nor was I able to get a copy from the publisher.  I had almost gotten to the point where I figured I would just have to wait to read the book until it came out and then Illumicrate came through!  I got this beautiful exclusive edition with purple stained pages in my March Illumicrate.  I’m so excited that now I can read this book plus the fact that I got such a pretty copy.

13) Restore Me by: Tahereh Mafi

When I heard that Tahereh was writing more books in the Shatter Me series I knew I just had to get them!  I read the series last year and really liked it.  I honestly cannot wait to see where the story goes and what is in store for the characters.

14) The Heart Forger by: Rin Chupeco

I have had The Bone Witch almost since it came out, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.  I got asked if I had read this series and if it was good, and of course I hadn’t so I quick rushed out to buy this book so I could read the series.  This series just sounds so good and I can’t wait to get to it!

15) The Last Star by: Rick Yancey

I’ve been slowly trying to collect this series in hardcover and now I finally have them all.  I’ve heard some very mixed things on this series, but next time I’m in the mood for a sci-fi read I’ll pick up these books and see for myself.

16) Children of Blood and Bone by: Tomi Adeyemi

I desperately wanted to get my hands on an early copy of this book, but I knew that I just wasn’t to the point where I could trade or even request it from the publisher so I had to begrudgingly wait for its release while a lot of people I know got to read it early.  Either way, I’m so happy that I have this book in my hands and can now see what all the hype is about.  Hannah (@aclockworkreader on Youtube) says that this book gives her Avatar: The Last Airbender vibes which makes me want to pick up this book even more!

17) Bungo Stray Dogs Vol. 5 by: Kafka Asagiri

It’s been a long while since I actually bought myself a manga.  This is a series that I have been slowly collecting as the books come out in English.  I watched the anime and absolutely fell in love with the characters and the storyline so I just had to start getting the manga as soon as they came out in English.  So far I’m not sure if all of season 1 has been covered in the manga, but if not it’s getting pretty close.

18) Obsidio by: Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

OMG!!  This series is over!  I have the final book in my hands!  I’m practically crying knowing that it’s ending.  I absolutely fell in love with Illuminae and Gemina and I’m so excited to see where the story goes from there.  I really hope that Jay and Amie write more books together in the future because I don’t know if I could live without more books from these authors.

19) To Kill a Kingdom by: Alexandra Christo

I was so close to getting this book while at Yallfest last year, but the girl ahead of me grabbed the last copy of this book which made me mad, but I was able to get the other book that I had wanted.  Anyways, I’ve heard so many good things about this book that I need to read it!  I’m hoping to pick this book up during the summer.  Maybe I can read it while I’m sitting on the banks of the river I’m going camping near this summer :).

20) Ink, Iron and Glass by: Gwendolyn Clare

This was totally a cover buy.  I was at Barnes & Noble with my boyfriend and picked up this book purely because I thought the cover was pretty.  I know nothing about this book which is my favorite way to go into books.

21) The Last Namsara by: Kristen Ciccarelli

When I saw that Fairyloot had featured this book I got a little upset that it was one of the boxes that I had to miss due to finances and bills (screw being an adult!)  So this month when I got a little extra money I bought this book.  Not only does this book have a drop-dead gorgeous cover, but it’s filled to the brim with dragons and dragon slayers.  What more could a girl ask for?

22) The Final Six by: Alexandra Monir

I got this book in my March Bookish Box.  I don’t know much about this book other than the fact that it is sci-fi.  Again, I’m not sure if I’ll even read the synopsis of this book before I dive right in as I love starting books out like that.

23) Tiger’s Dream by: Colleen Houck

The Tiger’s Curse series was everything to me in high school and now it’s coming to an end.  I started this series back when I really started reading and fell in love with the characters and the Indian mythology and tigers.  The fourth book tore my heart to shreds.  Even as I write this my eyes are tearing up because of how that book ended.  I just knew that there had to be more to the story, that it couldn’t just end there.  When Colleen announced that she was writing this book I was so overjoyed.  I know that more tears will be shed, but I’m so happy that after all these years I will be able to step back into this world even if it is just for a little bit.

24) Bruja Born by: Zoraida Córdova

I got this book through a trade and do not know much about it other than it has witches in it and a spell gone wrong.  I would really like to read the first book in the series before I get to this one.  Hopefully I can get the other book and read both before this one actually comes out.

*Phew*  So many books!  I give you props for sticking around long enough to make it to this point.  I really need to go on a book buying ban and stay on it, but I don’t really see that happening at least in the near future.

Did you get any good books this past month?

The Way the Light Bends Blog Tour **ARC Review** (Spoiler Free)

Author: Cordelia Jensen | Published: March 27, 2018 by Philomel Books | Series: N/A | Length: 390 Pages| Genre: YA Contemporary | Source: I received this book from Philomel Books in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

Virtual twins Linc and Holly were once extremely close. But while artistic, creative Linc is her parents’ daughter biologically, it’s smart, popular Holly, adopted from Ghana as a baby, who exemplifies the family’s high-achieving model of academic success.  Linc is desperate to pursue photography, to find a place of belonging, and for her family to accept her for who she is, despite her surgeon mother’s constant disapproval and her growing distance from Holly. So when she comes up with a plan to use her photography interests and skills to do better in school–via a project based on Seneca Village, a long-gone village in the space that now holds Central Park, where all inhabitants, regardless of race, lived together harmoniously–Linc is excited and determined to prove that her differences are assets, that she has what it takes to make her mother proud. But when a long-buried family secret comes to light, Linc must decide whether her mother’s love is worth obtaining.  A novel in verse that challenges the way we think about family and belonging.

Review:

First off, I want to say a huge thank you to Philomel Books and Penguin Teen for the amazing opportunity to read this book.  I was so ecstatic when I was asked to read and review this book!  I had my eye on this book from the moment I had first heard of it.  Now, after having read the book, I cannot say enough great things about it!  With its lovely free verse this book reminds me a lot of the Ellen Hopkins books that I used to read way back in high school.  The was so much emotion that was conveyed through the free verse that you might not have seen if this book was written in a normal format.  I really connected with the character of Linc as most of my hobbies (reading, photography, horseback riding, etc.) are not shared by my parents and sometimes they just didn’t understand my want to know more and do more in those hobbies.  Although my parents were a bit less harsh than hers and they actually let me pursue the things I loved.  I did struggle a bit in school like Linc, but not as much as she did.  All of the characters seem so realistic in this book!  At first a few seemed “too good”, but you later see that under that facade they have flaws and wants just like everyone else.  Another thing that I absolutely adored were all the photography elements in this book.  Like Linc, I absolutely love photography and it was amazing to see how much photography was implemented into the text.

Overall, I adored this book!  If you are a big fan of Ellen Hopkins, love photography, or love an emotional story about a girl trying to find her place in the world, then this is the book for you!

I gave this book 4.5/5 stars on Goodreads.