Tuesday, September 18, 2018

My Thoughts: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
(Montague Siblings #1)
by Mackenzi Lee
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Publication Date: June 27th 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 513
ISBN: 9780062382801
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Genre: Young Adult | Historical | LGBT | Romance
Source: Own

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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. (Goodreads)

I originally read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee back when it was first set to release, and for some reason forgot to review the book for my blog. With the book’s sequel, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy coming out soon, (October!), I thought it would the perfect time to re-read the book to refresh my brain before starting the sequel. I have to say, I think I enjoyed this book even more the second time than I did the first time I read it!

Let’s first talk about the characters in the book. The main character in the story is Henry “Monty” Montague, who was born a gentleman, but is a rogue by nature. If I had to describe Henry in one word, the first word that comes to mind is ‘rascal’. Reading the story from his point of view was interesting, to say the least, and I found myself laughing out loud and rolling my eyes at all the things he, his best friend, Percy, and his sister, Felicity, go through throughout the book. You couldn’t help but love them all, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for them in the next book.

The storyline for this book was definitely fast-paced, and full of action. Just when I thought Monty and his crew couldn’t get into any more trouble, they did, and I literally flew through the pages to see what was going to happen to them next. I also really enjoyed the setting for the book. The idea of traveling Europe is awesome, and I really enjoyed the descriptions of it throughout the book.

I also want to add that I opted to listen to the audiobook for my second read of this book, and it was absolutely fantastic! I had to stop just a few chapters into the book to look up the narrator, because he was doing such a wonderful job with the story, and I wanted to know who was reading the story. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that this book is narrated by Christian Coulson, who happens to be the actor who played Tom Riddle in the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movie.  Seriously, he did an excellent job narrating this story, and if you have the opportunity to check the book out in audiobook format, I highly recommend you do so!

Overall; The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue has it all... An awesome, diverse cast, a fast-paced and addictive storyline, and a main character who lands himself into more trouble than you’d think would be possible. This was a very enjoyable read, and I can’t wait to get started on the second book, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, which is all about Felicity and her dreams of becoming a doctor. I’m super excited to get started on it! If you’re looking for a fun series, do check out the Montague Siblings series by Mackenzi Lee!!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Fall 2018 TBR

September 18: Books On My Fall 2018 TBR

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38191862-the-reckoning-of-noah-shaw?from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33784373-hunting-prince-dracula?ac=1&from_search=true

1. The Reckoning of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin - This is probably one of my most anticipated reads for this fall, and I can't wait to finally read it! I have a copy sitting on my Kindle, and I plan to dive into it ASAP!!

2. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco - This book was on my Fall TBR last year, and I didn't get a chance to read it! It will make a great Halloween Read. I plan to read it AND Escaping from Houdini this fall!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35425827-archenemies?from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26856502-vengeful?from_search=true

3. Archenemies by Marissa Meyer - Ahhh! I have this AND Renegades on my TBR for this fall, and I can't wait to finally get started on this story!!

4. Vengeful by V.E. Schwab - I finally read Vicious this past summer, and really enjoyed the book! I can't wait to dive into Vengeful!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33590260-kingdom-of-ash?from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36260157-what-if-it-s-us?from_search=true

5. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas - Believe it or not, but I am only ONE book away from being caught up on this series, and I can't wait to read this book as soon as it's released!!

6. What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera - A new book by Becky Albertalli will ALWAYS be on my TBR! This will be my first read from Adam, but I am excited to finally read something by him!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35430702-the-lady-s-guide-to-petticoats-and-piracy?from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38463343-9-from-the-nine-worlds?ac=1&from_search=true

7. The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee - I just finished my re-read of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, and I am SOOOO looking forward to starting this now! I can't wait to read Felicity's story!

8. 9 From the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan - I am currently having MAJOR Rick Riordan withdrawls after finally finishing ALL of his books earlier this year, and I can't wait to dive back into this world!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36672988-shadow-of-the-fox?from_search=true https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36538785-queen-of-air-and-darkness

9. Shadow of the Fox - A new book by Julie Kagawa!! It's been SO long since I've read one of her books, even though I own the whole Talon series but haven't yet read it. This new book sounds awesome, and I can't wait to check it out!

10. Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare - Um, who ISN'T going to be reading this book this fall?!?! I am fixing to start my re-reads of Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows, and I'm so excited to re-read the books before this new one is released. I hope it's great!!

That's just a few of the books on my Fall TBR!!
(Check back on Saturday to see a few more!)

I am super excited to read ALL of these, and I hope they are all great!!

Now I want to know what's on YOUR Fall TBR!!
Leave a link in the comments so I can see what you're reading this fall!

Monday, September 17, 2018

My Thoughts: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
by Stuart Turton
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Publication Date: September 18th 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Pages: 512
ISBN: 9781492657965
Genre: Adult Fiction | Mystery | Thriller
Source: Netgalley

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How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?

At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed—again. She's been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden's only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle's murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend—but nothing and no one is quite what they seem.

Deeply atmospheric and ingeniously plotted, The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a highly original debut that will appeal to fans of Kate Atkinson and Agatha Christie.

I totally admit that the first thing that drew me to The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was that bold, captivating book cover, as well as the intriguing book title. I was instantly curious! One of my goals for this year was to step out of the box and try reading new stuff, and I’m all about mystery novels at the moment, so this book sounded right up my alley. It was definitely worth the read!!

Imagine having seven days to solve a murder that has already happened, and each day you wake up in a new host’s body, where you have to figure out what exactly happened from each person’s perspective. It’s a vicious reoccurring cycle of events, and the only way you can finally get free is to solve the murder by the end of the last day, or the cycle starts over again. That, dear bookworms, is the mysterious, addictive story you get with The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

Let me start by saying that I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like this before. The story was completely engrossing, and kept me guessing as I flew through the pages. It actually took me a while to catch on to the fact that there were different hosts in the story, but once I figured it out, I found it to be completely fascinating! Seeing the same story happen from so many different viewpoints, and for each person to be so completely different from one another, well... it was interesting! Also, the setting for the book was perfection, and fit the storyline perfectly. The storyline was full of twists and turns that totally kept me guessing as I flew through the pages. I didn’t know what to expect by the end of the book, but everything came together rather nicely, which made for a really great read!!

Overall; The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was just the thing I needed to read at the moment, and I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to read it! I will most definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by Stuart Turton in the future, as I would absolutely love to read more of his work as well. If you like a mysterious read that keeps you guessing, do check out The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle!!

My Week in Review • Week 37

Happy Sunday Monday, Bookworms!!

Welcome to my weekly Week in Review post!

Here I share all the things I've been up to during the past week.
Check back every Sunday for new updates!

Now, here's what I've been up to this week!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36220335-for-a-muse-of-fire https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13206760-scarlet

This week I read two awesome books, the first was For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig, and the second was Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, which I FINALLY got around to reading! I really enjoyed both of these, and hope to have my thoughts up for them soon!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35247769-always-and-forever-lara-jean https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29283884-the-gentleman-s-guide-to-vice-and-virtue https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17675462-the-raven-boys

I also knocked three re-reads off my TBR this week, the first with finishing up my re-read of Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. I also re-read The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, and officially started my re-read of The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater! I really enjoyed re-reading all of these books again.


I also managed to watch one movie this week as well! Book Club was super cute. :)


Can you believe that we are halfway through September ALREADY?? This month is flying by a lot faster than I expected to, and I still have so much to do! I did manage to finally finish all of my September review books, so that's a good thing, and now I'm ready to tackle my October review books, which I have a LOT of. :) I can't wait to read them all!!

That's all I have to report for this week, so...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

My Thoughts: Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton

Heart of Thorns
(Heart of Thorns #1)
by Bree Barton
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Publication Date: July 31st
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 438
ISBN: 9780062447685
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Review Copy/Finished Copy

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In the ancient river kingdom, touch is a battlefield, bodies the instruments of war. Seventeen-year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood.

Not women. Demons. The same demons who killed her mother without a single scratch.

But when Mia's father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic—the very magic she has sworn to destroy. (Goodreads)

Like always, the first thing that drew me to Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton was its absolutely gorgeous cover. (If you know me at all, you know I seriously can’t resist a book with a pretty cover!) And not only that, but the summary for the book sounded really interesting as well, so of course I was super excited to read this book, and I worked it onto my TBR to read as soon as I possibly could.

To be honest, despite reading the summary, I didn’t really know what to expect when I started reading this book. Having now read it, there are some things I did like, and some things I didn’t. I do like that this book was all about girl power, which was awesome, and I really enjoyed the diversity throughout the story as well. The storyline was one that has been done over and over again, yet also felt pretty unique as well. There were some really interesting characters throughout the story as well, including quite a few that I really wanted to know more about.

The storyline for the book was a little confusing, as I thought that it was going to go in one direction, and it then it seemed to get a little off track as the story went along. It also felt a little rushed as well, including when the main character discovers and comes to terms with the fact that she is a Gwyrach, the one thing she hates the most in the world and wants to kill at all costs. I don’t know why, but I had a hard time buying it, and I felt much the same way about the relationship with the love interest in the story as well. I’m not sure why I couldn’t connect with these things, so I may have to try reading the book again. *shrug*

I also want to add that there’s an interesting twist at the very end of the book, one that will leave you absolutely hanging, and because of that, I do believe that I am curious enough to check out the next book just to see what’s going to happen next.

Overall; while it may seem like I didn’t love this book, I did find Heart of Thorns to be an interesting read, and I’m most definitely going to check out the next book in the series to see what’s going to happen next. Do check out this book for yourself to see what you think!

Waiting on Wednesday #330 - What If It's Us & Broken Things

What If It's Us
by Becky Albertalli
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& Adam Silvera
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Publication Date: October 19th 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062795243

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Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is? (Goodreads)

You guys!! Do this book sound SO cute, or what??
I love everything I've read so far by Becky Albertalli,
and I've wanted to read something by Adam Silvera for the longest,
ans I can't wait to dive into this!!

Broken Things
by Lauren Oliver
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Publication Date: October 2nd 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062224132

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It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods.

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it.

On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous. (Goodreads)

Does this new mystery novel by Lauren Oliver sound interesting or what?
I love that it's releasing in October, as it will make a great read for Halloween!!
I can't wait to check it out.

**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

My Thoughts: The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Karen White & Lauren Willig

The Glass Ocean
by Beatriz Williams (Website | Twitter | Instagram)
Lauren Willig  (Website | Twitter | Instagram)
& Karen White (Website | Twitter | Instagram)

Publication Date: September 4th 2018
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780062642479
Genre: Adult Fiction | Historical
Source: Edelweiss Review Copy

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From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century—two deep in the past, one in the present—to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.

May 2013
Her finances are in dire straits and bestselling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother and opens an old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather, who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history. Sarah embarks on an ambitious journey to England to enlist the help of John Langford, a recently disgraced Member of Parliament whose family archives might contain the only key to the long-ago catastrophe. . . .

April 1915
Southern belle Caroline Telfair Hochstetter’s marriage is in crisis. Her formerly attentive industrialist husband, Gilbert, has become remote, pre-occupied with business . . . and something else that she can’t quite put a finger on. She’s hoping a trip to London in Lusitania’s lavish first-class accommodations will help them reconnect—but she can’t ignore the spark she feels for her old friend, Robert Langford, who turns out to be on the same voyage. Feeling restless and longing for a different existence, Caroline is determined to stop being a bystander, and take charge of her own life. . . .

Tessa Fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. Or at least, that’s her story. Tessa has never left the United States and her English accent is a hasty fake. She’s really Tennessee Schaff, the daughter of a roving con man, and she can steal and forge just about anything. But she’s had enough. Her partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they’ll finally leave the game behind. Tess desperately wants to believe that, but Tess has the uneasy feeling there’s something about this job that isn’t as it seems. . . .

As the Lusitania steams toward its fate, three women work against time to unravel a plot that will change the course of their own lives . . . and history itself. (Goodreads)

The moment I discovered The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Karen White and Lauren Wellig, I knew I wanted to read this book, not only because it sounded really interesting, but also because I have wanted to read something by two of the authors from this book for the longest, and I was pretty excited to discover that they had written a book together. So, of course I added this to my TBR right away, and I’m SO glad I did! I really enjoyed this book!

The Glass Ocean is the story of three women, one from the present, Sarah, who is a bestselling author struggling to find her next big story, and two from the past, Caroline and Tessa, who were passengers aboard the RMS Lusitania, a British ocean liner that was sunk in 1915 by a German U-boat. When Sarah discovers a secret about one of her ancestors who was aboard the RMS Lusitania, she sets off to London to discover the truth of what happened, and what she discovers could forever change history as she knows it.

Tessa and Caroline are from two completely different backgrounds, but find their worlds intertwining on board the RMS Lusitania. I absolutely loved reading their stories, especially because they had completely different lives and backgrounds, yet their world is thrown together during one tragic event, in which they have to depend on each other to survive. Plus reading about the RMS Lusitania was so interesting, and I wish there had been more descriptions. I am absolutely fascinated with anything to do with this time period, and I find myself wanting to read more and more books on it. Sarah’s story in the modern day was interesting as well, and I think the London setting went with her story perfectly. (As did John Langford. *wink)

I love that the story was told in alternating chapters between each of the characters, and I would find myself drawn in more and more as the story went along. It’s hard to say which parts I enjoyed more, the parts in the past, or the parts in the present. I think I was equally fascinated by both, though there were some parts in the past story that was definitely hard to read, especially what happened with the ship at the end. I had not heard much about this historical event, so of course I had to look it up as soon as I finished the book, and it was a really heartbreaking event.

Overall; The Glass Ocean was so much more than I expected, and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book. I am so looking forward to reading more by all of these authors, including The Forgotten Room, this these authors also wrote together, and I can’t wait to check it out, and all their other books as well!!

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gem Books

September 11: Hidden Gems (which books haven’t been talked about as much or haven’t been marketed as strongly that you think deserve some recognition?)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16429619-the-kiss-of-deception https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17564519-walk-on-earth-a-stranger

1. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson - Ok, this is actually a pretty popular series, but it happens to be on my most favorite series, and I really feel like not enough people have read it! It's definitely a gem to me!

2. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson - Seriously, this series is so good, and I don't feel that it is talked about as much as it SHOULD be! If you haven't yet read it, you should!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17234658-a-thousand-pieces-of-you https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26074185-ruined

3. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray - This is yet another series that I absolutely love, but feel that it doesn't get the attention it deserves! I love this series!

4. Ruined by Amy Tintera - I've only read the first book in this series so far, but I was super impressed by it, and I have no idea why this series isn't talked about more. I can't wait to read the next two books in the series!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33643994-daughter-of-the-pirate-king https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32320661-everless

5. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricial Levenseller - There aren't nearly enough pirate books in my life, but of the ones I have read, this series is one of my most favorites, and it definitely is a gem as well!

6. Everless by Sara Holland - This book is the beginning of what I feel will be a really awesome series, but I feel like not enough people have read it yet! It's so good, and I can't wait to get my hands on the second book!!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13638125-vicious https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32612470-rebel-of-the-sands

7. Vicious by V.E. Schwab - Of all of Schwab's books, I feel like this one is probably talked about the least. I didn't read it until earlier this year, but I really enjoyed it! I can't wait to get my hands on it's sequel soon!

8. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton - You guys, I love this series so much, and I don't see it talked about very often! I love how unique the story is, and I love ALL the great characters in the series. If you haven't read it, please do so!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30037877-wait-for-me https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35380161-the-summer-i-turned-pretty

9. Wait for Me by Caroline Leech - Caroline is a relatively new author, but she has two really awesome books out, and they are the best hidden gems ever! If you're a fan of historical fiction, you should totally check these out.

10. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han - I am really surprised at how many people have not yet read this series by Jenny Han! I read them way back when, and then re-read them this summer, and really enjoyed them all over again. Jenny Han books are the best!!

Those are just a few books that I think are hidden gems!!
What about you?? Leave your link in the comments so I can check out your
Top Ten list this week!!

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