Thursday, August 15, 2019

My Thoughts: The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guilllory
The Wedding Party
(The Wedding Date #3)
by Jasmine Guillory
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Publication Date: July 16th 2019
Publisher: Berkley Books
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781984802194
Genre: Adult Fiction | Contemporary | Romance
Source: Netgalley Review Copy | Own

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Maddie and Theo have two things in common:

1. Alexa is their best friend

2. They hate each other

After an “Oops, we made a mistake” kiss, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won’t fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn’t looking.

But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don’t fall in love. (Goodreads)

Over the past few months I have been working my way through The Wedding Date series by Jasmine Guillory, and I have officially made it to The Wedding Party, which just released this July. Cute contemporaries are my thing at the moment, and I’ve really enjoyed working my way through this series. I was super curious for this last book in the series, and I’m thrilled to have finally read it as well!

As I mentioned above, I am all about cute contemporary reads at the moment. They are some of the only things that get me through all the bad things going on right now, and I appreciate that escape so much, even if it is only for a little while. This series is definitely a lot of fun, even though it does have some serious moments, and they are just the read that I needed at the moment.

I have to say that Theo and Maddie were super cute together. I really enjoy the enemies-to-lovers trope, though it didn’t really feel like they were much of enemies at all as the story went along. Regardless, I enjoyed reading their story, just as much as I enjoyed the previous books in this series. I also really enjoyed the storyline for the book as well, and I enjoyed seeing the characters from the previous books as well! This all made for a very cute read, which was just what I needed at the moment.

I also want to add that while I own print versions of all the books in the series, I opted to listen to them on audiobook instead, and it was really a great decision. Janina Edwards did a great job narrating the stories, and I really enjoyed having her read them to me!

Overall; The Wedding Party was a super cute ending to The Wedding Date series! I really enjoyed following Maddie and Theo over the course of the book, and I think it was a nice conclusion to this really fun series. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by Jasmine Guillory in the future, and I’m so glad that I checked this series out as well!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday: Tunnel of Bones & The Girl the Sea Gave Back
Tunnel of Bones
(Cassidy Blake #2)
by Victoria Schwab
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Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Publisher: Scholastic Press
ISBN: 9781338111040

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Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.

She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass's parents are filming their TV show about the world's most haunted cities. Sure, it's fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there's true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.

When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter -- and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.

And if Cass fails, the force she's unleashed could haunt the city forever. (Goodreads)

Have you checked out this middle grade series by Victoria Schwab?? I read the first book, City of Ghosts, last year, and really enjoyed it! I am very much looking forward to reading the sequel when it is released!

The Girl the Sea Gave Back
by Adrienne Young
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Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books
ISBN: 9781250168481

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The new gut-wrenching epic from the New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep.

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again—a home. (Goodreads)

Does this story sound awesome, or what?? I have had Adrienne's Sky in the Deep on my TBR for the LONGEST, and now I'm adding this to my list to read ASAP as well! I am really looking forward to checking it out!

That's all for me this week... What about you??
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

My Thoughts: Avenged by Amy Tintera
(Ruined #2)
by Amy Tintera
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Publication Date: May 2nd 2017
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 412
ISBN: 9780062396631
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Edelweiss Review Copy / Own

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A war that will fuel her. A bond that will destroy her.

Emelina Flores has come home to Ruina. After rescuing her sister, Olivia, from imprisonment in rival kingdom Lera, Em and Olivia together vow to rebuild Ruina to its former glory.

But just because Em and Olivia are out of Lera doesn’t mean they are safe. Their actions over the past year have had consequences, and they are now targets of retaliation. Olivia will destroy everyone who acts against Ruina. Em isn’t as sure.

Ever since Em posed as Prince Casimir’s betrothed in Lera, she’s started to see another side to this war. Lera may have destroyed the Ruined for decades, but Em knows that Cas is different. And now that he’s taken the throne, Em believes a truce is within reach. But Olivia suspects that Em’s romantic feelings for Cas are just coloring her judgement.

Em is determined to bring peace to her home. But when winning the war could mean betraying her family, she faces an impossible choice between loyalty and love. Em must stay one step ahead of her enemies—and her blood—before she’s the next victim in this battle for sovereignty. (Goodreads)

Avenged is the second book in the Ruined series by Amy Tintera, and was also high on my list of books to catch up on this summer. I recently re-read Ruined to refresh my brain before starting this sequel, and I’m thrilled to finally move ahead in the story. I was super curious to see what was going to happen next in the story, and now that I’ve finished the book, I’m even more excited to start the third book, Allied, soon!

Avenged picks up right where Ruined leaves off, and after that massive cliffhanger in Ruined, I was dying to know what was going to happen next. Without giving much away, I will say that this story kept me on my toes, and definitely kept me turning the pages. The storyline was super interesting, and I enjoyed the world-building as well.

Along with a great story, we also get some really awesome characters in this book as well! Not only do we get to see a lot of the characters from the first book in this sequel, but we also get to meet a few new interesting characters as well. (Olivia, for one, was definitely interesting, and a bit terrifying as well.) I am very much enjoying watching these characters grow over the course of the book, but Emelina is the one I am enjoying the most. She’s such a great character, and I hope great things happen for her in the future.

Overall; Avenged was an interesting follow up to Ruined, and now I can’t wait to get my hands on Allied! I am so glad that I decided to read this series this summer, as I am very much enjoying it, and I can’t wait to see how the series is going to end with the last book. I hope to start it soon!

Monday, August 12, 2019

My Thoughts: Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
Vow of Thieves
(Dance of Thieves #2)
by Mary E. Pearson
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Publication Date: August 6th 2019
Publisher: Henry Holt
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9781250162656
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
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Kazi and Jase have survived, stronger and more in love than ever. Their new life now lies before them―the Ballengers will be outlaws no longer, Tor's Watch will be a kingdom, and the two of them will meet all challenges side by side, together at last.

But an ominous warning mars their journey back, and in their rush to return to Tor's Watch, just outside the fortress walls, they are violently attacked and torn apart―and each is thrust into their own new hell.

Unsure whether the other is alive or dead, Kazi and Jase must keep their wits among their greatest enemies and unlikeliest allies. And all the while, Death watches and waits. (Goodreads)

Vow of Thieves, the second and final book in the Dance of Thieves duology by Mary E. Pearson, was my most anticipated read for 2019, and I absolutely could not wait to devour it. This book was everything I didn’t know that I needed, and was an excellent way to wrap up this wonderful series. It is also my first 5 star read for this year! And while I’m thrilled to tell you how much I loved the book, I’m also going to tell you how much I will miss it. I hate to say goodbye!

If you don’t already know, I’m a huge fan of Mary’s The Remnant Chronicles series, and since the Dance of Thieves series is a spin-off of that, of course it is a favorite as well. I have loved everything about this whole series, from the wonderful characters, to the amazing world-building. I didn’t know what to expect from this finally book in the series, but was definitely on board for the adventure it provided.

I have to tell you, (not for the first time), that one of my most favorite things about this spin-off series are the characters. The book is filled with SO many characters that you will absolutely love, (and more than a few you will down-right hate), and there’s even a few that you thought you hated, but end up loving instead, and they are all so great. I am so going to miss these characters, especially Kazi, (and her fantastically close little family), who I love just as much as I did Lia from the original series, as well as Jace, (and his wonderful, huge family). Together they are awesome, and I love them both. But seriously, so many great characters in this series.

I also love the world-building for this book, it is so beautifully described that I can picture everything perfectly in my mind. The storyline for this spin-off series is highly addictive and completely fascinating. I wanted to fly through the pages of this book as quickly as I could, but unfortunately life got in the way and I had to read it slowly, but that actually worked out ok because instead of devouring the book, I had the chance to savor it, which is awesome as well. I totally did not want the book to end, and I’m so sad that I have to say goodbye to these characters and stories. Thank goodness I have each book in multiple formats, as I definitely think I will be starting a new tradition of re-reading the books from start to finish every year from now on, just so I can hang with these characters again!

Overall; Vow of Thieves was a wonderful conclusion to the Dance of Thieves series! And while I loved how everything wrapped up in the end, I absolutely hate saying goodbye to these wonderful characters and their fantastic world. If you’ve not yet picked up any of the books in this series, I highly recommend that you check out The Kiss of Deception, which is the first book in the main series. I hope that if you do check out the books, you love them as much as I do! As for me, I am very much looking forward to reading these again soon, and I am super excited to be starting Mary’s Jenna Fox Chronicles soon as well!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

My August '19 TBR!

Happy First Day of August, Bookworms!!

I seriously can't believe that it's August already. For us in the South, August means even hotter temperatures and back to school, and while I'm not very excited for either of those, I AM excited about being one month closer to Fall, which happens to be my most favorite time of year.

I have BIG reading plans for this month, and since the kiddos are heading back to school, and my review pile is super short, I'm hoping to get in a massive amount of reading, and hopefully put a dent in my TBR.

Here's just a few of the books I'm hoping to tackle this month!
Books I'm Reading:

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalo
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins
Allied by Amy Tintera
DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan
Where'd You Go Burnadette by Maria Semple

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Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Most Anticipated for August:

Vow of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

I'm almost finished with this book, and it's definitely my favorite of the year so far.
SO worth the wait!
(Though I totally don't want to see this duology end.)

•   •   •That's my TBR for August!
(Or most of it, anyways.)

What are you planning to read in August??

August Bookstagram Challenge!! #AlltheBooksAug19

Happy August, Bookworms!!

Are you looking for a fun Bookstagram Challenge for August??
Lori (loriimagination) and I are hosting another fun Bookstagram Challenge for August,
#AlltheBooksAug19, and we would absolutely love for you to join us!

Why should you join along?

1. It's a lot of fun!

2. You get to see awesome book photos ALL DAY LONG!!

3. It's great way to discover new books, and meet new people!

4. Did I mention that you get to see photos of books all day?
(It's seriously the best!)

Sound like fun? It is! Head over to Instagram and check it out!!


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

July '19 Wrap Up & Book Haul

Happy Last day of July, Bookworms!!

Can you believe that July is almost over? This month, like all months, has gone by too quickly. I'm not sure I'm reading for August, even though that does mean we are that much closer to Fall, and I'm ALL for that. :)

July was a pretty good reading month for me! Check out what I read this month, and the books I added to my collection, below!

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause

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Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
How to Hack a Heartbreak byKristin Rockaway
The Map From Here to There by Emery Lord
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare (and other authors)
Avenged by Amy Tintera
The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
LifeL1K3 by Jay Kristoff
The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery
Maybe This Time by Kasie West
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

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So many great books for July! Here's hoping August will be just as good!

How was your reading month in July??

Thursday, July 25, 2019

My Thoughts: Ruined by Amy Tintera
(Ruined #1)
by Amy Tintera
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Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 355
ISBN: 9780062396600
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Edelweiss Review Copy / Own

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A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her.

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake. (Goodreads)

I originally read Ruined by Amy Tintera back in 2016, but for some reason I never reviewed the book or continued the series, even though I totally meant to do so. I’ve recently been on a mission to read, (and/or finish), all of the book series that I am behind on, and the Ruined series was high on my list to read this year. I definitely enjoyed reading this book again, and I’m super excited to continue with the rest of the series!

As I mentioned above, I read Ruined way back in 2016 when it was first released, and remember really loving the story when I read it. That being said, having read the book so long ago, and having read hundreds of books since then, I didn’t remember much about the storyline. I was more than happy to start the series over from the beginning, and I’m thrilled that once I started reading the book again, everything that I had forgotten from the first time I read it came flooding back. (Don’t you love it when that happens?!)

There are a lot of things that I really like about this book. It has a great group of characters, including Emelina, the main character, who is an awesome heroine, and also Prince Casimir, who is adorable in a sheltered, naïve kind of way. It was interesting to watch their relationship grow over the course of the book. And while they were definitely my favorites in the book, there are also some pretty awesome secondary characters as well.

Another thing that I liked from the book was the storyline. It’s a fantasy that includes kingdoms and special powers and kings and queens, and it all wraps up into quite an addictive story. I’m super excited to finally get the second (and third) book in my hands so I can continue the storyline and see what’s going to happen next. (And I’m definitely kicking myself for not having continued this series sooner!)

Overall; Ruined is the first book in what should prove to be an awesome series by Amy Tintera! I wish I had read/finished this series sooner, but I’m excited to finally be reading it now, and better late than never, right? If you enjoy a good fantasy, definitely look into this series!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

My Thoughts: The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye
The Crown's Fate
(The Crown's Game #2)
by Evelyn Skye
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Publication Date: May 16th 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 417
ISBN: 9780062422613
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Edelweiss Review Copy \ Own

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Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.

For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.

With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves. (Goodreads)

The Crown’s Fate is the second and final book in the The Crown’s Game duology by Evelyn Skye, and after having read the first book, The Crown’s Game, twice, I couldn’t wait to see what happened next and how this series was going to end. It was such a great read!

The Crown’s Fate picks up right after The Crown’s Game leaves off. After that pretty massive cliffhanger in the first book, I had no idea what to expect from this sequel. But what an interesting sequel it was!

One of the things I liked the most from this series was how magical the story was, and how lyrical the writing was. As I mentioned in my review for The Crown’s Game, this series very much reminds me of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which is one of my most favorite magical reads. This story has a similar feel, so if you like that book, you should definitely check out this series. I also found the Russian history and setting for the book as well. The setting was SO well described over the course of both books, and I could picture it perfectly in my mind.

Another thing that I really loved about this series were the characters. Vika was definitely my favorite, and I enjoyed watching her character grow over the course of the book. She’s such a great magician! I also love Pasha and Nikolai as well, though it seemed like the two switched places sometime between the first book and the second. I didn’t care for the evil versions of these characters at all, but I loved it when they were, you know, normal. :)

Overall; The Crown’s Fate was a really nice follow-up to The Crown’s Game, and I think it really wrapped up this duology quite nicely. I’m sad that the series had to come to an end, but I’m thrilled that I can read the books again, and I’m definitely going to try to do that soon. I will also definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by Evelyn in the future!

Waiting on Wednesday: Five Dark Fates and Serpent & Dove
Five Dark Fates
(Three Dark Crowns #4)
by Kendare Blake
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Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Publisher: Harper Teen
ISBN: 9780062686176

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After the battle with Katharine, the rebellion lies in tatters. Jules’s legion curse has been unbound, leaving her out of her mind and unfit to rule. Arsinoe must find a cure, even as the responsibility of stopping the ravaging mist rests heavy on her shoulders, and her shoulders alone. Mirabella has disappeared.

Queen Katharine’s rule over Fennbirn remains intact—for now. But her attack on the rebellion exacted a high price: her beloved Pietyr. Without him, who can she rely upon when Mirabella arrives, seemingly under a banner of truce? As oldest and youngest circle each other, and Katharine begins to yearn for the closeness that Mirabella and Arsinoe share, the dead queens hiss caution—Mirabella is not to be trusted.

In this conclusion to the Three Dark Crowns series, three dark sisters will rise to fight as the secrets of Fennbirn’s history are laid bare. Allegiances will shift. Bonds will be tested, and some broken forever.

The fate of the island lies in the hands of its queens. (Goodreads)

Hands up if you're super excited to get your hands on this book!
I am so curious to see how this series is going to end,
even though I also totally don't want it to end AT ALL!
Serpent & Dove
(Serpent & Dove #1)
by Shelby Mahurin
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Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
Publisher: Harper Teen
ISBN: 9780062878021

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Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou's, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

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

And love makes fools of us all. (Goodreads)

Does this book sound awesome, or what??
And the cover is super gorgeous as well.
I can't wait to check it out!!

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