OMG. SUMMER IS OVER?! | Allie’s Biggest Book Haul EVER!

Hey, guys! I am very excited to talk to you all about the massive amount of books I have bought/received this month because it’s a lot. Like this is what I get for just not posting a book haul for a while. It is totally, 100% my fault for procrastinating. I am proud of myself because many of these I did not buy myself, but I still have a lot of books to go through. I received around 16 books, which is absolutely insane, even for my standards. But let’s go ahead and get into the books I have accumulated over the past couple of months!

Books I Bought:

The first book I bought was Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

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This is a book that I have read already, and I am sure most of you have heard of at least once due to the hype surrounding the Netflix series. But if you have not, this is a standalone that follows Clay Jensen, a teen boy who wakes up one day with a box of tapes on his doorstep, thirteen tapes exactly. Each tape is a reason as to why a teen girl named Hannah Baker killed herself. It’s a really great book, though I haven’t read it in years. I have seen the television show, and I absolutely loved that (though, I will acknowledge the television show did have some problems). I just did not own a copy of this, surprisingly, and when it was only like three or four dollars at Half-Price Books, I decided to pick it up. I am hoping to reread this soon, so hopefully, I can do that!

The next thing I bought was the box set of The Hunger Games trilogy, which consists of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.

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This is a dystopian series that I have already read, and if you don’t know what this is about, where the hell have you been? This has literally been everywhere. The movie franchise was absolutely fabulous, and I did really enjoy the books when I read them, though I have never reread the series. I have not reread any of the books at all because I actually did not own a copy of them. That is absolutely crazy, right? But the reason I did not own a copy of any of these books was that I read library copies of this before I started collecting books. I read all of these in like seventh grade before there was even a thought of making them into movies (I pride myself on being a Book Hipster with this series). So I haven’t read these in like seven or eight years. I bought these because I didn’t have them (obviously) and because this $40 box set was marked down to $7.97 at Half-Price and only an idiot would pass up a deal like that. Also, I just like these covers so much more than the US covers. Aren’t they gorgeous?

The next book I bought was The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead.

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This is the second book in the Bloodlines series, which is a spin-off of the Vampire Academy series, and I am so excited to finally have a copy of the second book! I read the first book like forever ago, and I have been meaning to pick up the next book, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. But I am just excited to be able to continue on with this series! Bloodlines has forbidden romance, alchemy, vampires, magic, and I just love it so much. I flew through the first book, and I know I will do the same with this one. I just hope I can get to this one soon! And please do not judge this series or the Vampire Academy series by their covers. All of the covers are cheesy and just romance novelesque book covers, but they make up for the horrible covers by being gorgeous on the inside. Highly recommend!

And the final book I bought was Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

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This is a classic that I am sure everyone has heard of, and I honestly had no intention of ever reading this until I saw it in Half-Price Books. It’s not for lack of trying. I have tried to read the original edition in the 1800’s English, but I just could not do it. But I read the back of this and it sounded really interesting (not going to lie, the cover is why I picked it off the shelf…), plus it is has been adapted into modern English (it says modern English, but it’s more like a mix of 1800’s and modern English). The combination of the easy-to-read modern(ish) language and the intriguing story line is why I have decided that I want to try to read it, the entire tome. This is something I am hoping to do before the end of the year, so wish me luck…

Books I Was Gifted:

The first book I was gifted was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling.

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This is a book that my brother got me, and it is one of two Harry Potter books. He went to this bargain variety store in my hometown and turns out that they were giving away free books, and he saw this one and one other book in this series. There was this lady who was looking for the books in this series so before she could see them, he quickly snatched every Harry Potter book he saw and got them for me. This actually means a lot to me because my brother believes as my parents do, that Harry Potter is trash (though, probably not as vehemently as them), and for him to get these for me just means a lot considering how feels about them. But if you can’t already tell, this is the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, and it was one of the books in the series that I do not have, so I am excited to have this (AND ITS HARDBACK, GUYS. ITS A HARDBACK WITH THE DUST JACKET AND EVERYTHING. *fangirls*)

The next book I was gifted was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling.

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This is the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series, and this is actually my second copy of the book. I now have two copies of Deathly Hallows, both without a dust jacket, because that is just my luck. But this copy is actually in better shape than my other copy, so I am still really happy that I have it. I have been trying to get a hold of the rest of the series because I want to reread the entire series as I have yet to do that, so hopefully, I can a hold of books 2, 3, 4, and 6! Fingers crossed…

The next book I was gifted was The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.

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This is a classic that I absolutely love, and I have loved it since I first read it in eighth grade. This is a book that I think everyone should read, and you should go into it blind like I did, so I am not going to tell you anything about the story line. But this is a book that I end up referencing at least once in every book or story that I write, just because I love it so much. There is actually a story behind my brother getting this for me. He actually ordered this book for himself through my Amazon account and somehow our mail carrier screwed it up and did not send it to the correct mailbox. So I contacted Amazon Customer Service about it, and the guy was so nice. He not only called the mailing service to figure out where it was, he also sent my brother a replacement copy at no extra charge. And since the Customer Service guy also talked to the mail carrier about the original copy, we ended up getting two copies of it in the mail. So instead of just sending one back, obviously my brother and I just kept one each since we both just love this book so much. And this is a hardback edition with the original cover, so it just ended up being a fabulous adventure that we had. What started out as a very frustrating and irritating experience turned into a fun-filled adventure with a new book for each of us. That was a good day…

The next book I was gifted was The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

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This is yet another book that I was gifted to by my brother (he is literally like the greatest, guys), and I am sure some of you are scratching your heads because you are well aware of how much I don’t like this series. I think I made it about six chapters into this first book before I gave up. And again, it’s not for lack of trying. I have tried several times to get into this series, but I just am not a fan of it at all. But my brother absolutely loves this series, so I think I am going to try to force myself to read this series someday. But that day is not going to be today. I just have no interest in this series whatsoever, but I will try to read it one of these days because my brother loves it so much. You’re lucky I love you, Andy…

The next book I was gifted was The Death Cure by James Dashner.

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This is the third book in The Maze Runner series, and you guessed it. It was gifted to me by my brother. I literally have no excuse not to read this series now since I have two of the books other than the fact that I hate James Dashner’s writing style, and I really think all of the characters in the books are annoying, but those are not legitimate reasons, right? If nothing else, at least the cover looks cool. And I actually love the movies, so even if I never read this series, I still have a love for those movies. So there’s that…

The next book I was gifted was Soul Harvest: The World Takes Sides by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

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This is yet another book that my brother gifted to me, and it is the fourth book in the Left Behind series. He had no idea what it was, just figured it looked like something I would enjoy, so he got it for me. I did at one time want to read this series, but I haven’t had that kind of desire since they did a reboot of the original book to movie adaptation. I don’t know. I might want to eventually read this. This series is a Christian fiction series that is centered around the rapture and those that are left behind in Tribulation (as in what happens in Revelation). I really liked the movie, so maybe I will gain a desire to read this series again in the future.

The next book I was gifted was The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket.

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This is the seventh book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series, and I was, of course, gifted this to by my brother. We have had many conversations about me wanting to own and read this entire series, so when he saw this and one other book in the series at the bargain variety store, he went ahead and got it for me. This series follows the three Baudelaire children (Klaus, Sunny and Violet) who are experiencing the deaths of their parents and have been shipped off to a few “relatives” houses, the first of which was Count Olaf, a horrible man who wants their family fortune and is willing to do anything to get it. I really have been enjoying this series, and the Netflix series was fantastic, so I am just excited to get more into it!

And the final book I was gifted was The End by Lemony Snicket.

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This is the thirteenth and final book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series, and I was gifted this to by my brother. I am so excited to have another book in this series. Hopefully, by having these two books, it will give me the nudge to continue on with the series since I have only read the first four books. This is a children’s series, and it is so unlike anything else I have ever read, which is why I love it so much. This series is so strange and manages to take the same general story line and make it different with each book, which is just so intriguing. Here’s to hoping I will read the rest of the series very soon!

Books I Received:

The first book I was sent is The Crowns of Crowswald by D. E. Night.

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This is the first book in a new fantasy series, I believe, and I was sent this by the author, D. E. Night, so thank you so much for sending this my way! This book follows Ivy Lovely, a girl who has been hidden behind the wall that separates the mundane world from the magical realm. When she crosses the border, her powers awaken and she ends up going to the Halls of Ivy, a magical school that helps students learn to master their magic and the gems of Croswald. When Ivy’s life and magic are threatened by the Dark Queen, Ivy is forced to unearth her own history to save all of Croswald. Not only does that sound like a kickass story, but the cover is one of the most gorgeous ones I have ever seen. All of this just has me very excited to read this novel, so hopefully, I will get to this soon!

And the last book I received was Egypt’s Sister: A Novel of Cleopatra by Angela Elwell Hunt.

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This is a historical fiction novel that was sent to me by Bethany House Publishers, so thank you for sending this my way! This novel follows Chava, a friend of Urbi who soon becomes Queen Cleopatra. When Chava and Urbi have an argument, Chava finds herself imprisoned and sold into slavery. That is literally all I know about it, and that is all I need to know. This sounds like it is going to be amazing and very interesting, so I am super pumped to read this. I am in love with Egyptian history and historical fiction, so this definitely seems like it is going to be a book that I enjoy, so I hope to get to this in the near future!

And there you have it! That was my August Book Haul. I told you there were a crap ton of books to haul. I received most of these mostly due to my generous brother, so thank you, Andy, for getting me all of these books and thank you to every author and publisher who sent me a book! What is your favorite book that you have read this summer? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for sticking with me and reading all of this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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July / Summer Biannual Bibliothon Wrap Up!

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about the books I read this month because I finally kicked this stupid reading slump that I’ve been suffering from since March. Not only that, but if you remember me talking about being around nine (going on ten) books behind schedule on my Goodreads Reading Goal, then you should know that I actually caught up and am on track, all because of the Summer Biannual Bibliothon. Not only that, but I am ahead of my reading goal, which is crazy! But we will get into that later. I ended up reading ten books, which is absolutely insane for me. But you know what this means? I am officially completely out of my reading slump! Oh, what a glorious feeling this is. All of these books I am about to mention I actually read in the last week and a half of July, so I actually thought I wasn’t going to be posting a wrap up. Wow, that has changed. But let’s go ahead and get into the books that I read in July!

I am going to be separating the books I read outside of the readathon with the ones I read during the readathon. So I am going to start with the ones I read outside of the readathon.

The first book I read this month was Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan.

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This is the fourth book in the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series, and I really enjoyed this. It gave me a snapshot of what The Last Hours series is going to look like. I did start out not liking this book at all, and that is totally because I was listening to the audiobook, and I hated the narrator. But I ended just reading the rest of it using my physical copy, and I absolutely loved it. While I was disgusted and appalled at the blatant prejudice in the Academy and how they were so mean and cruel to anyone who was different (see: James), I ended up loving a lot of the characters in the book, especially James. He is like a little cinnamon roll, and I just loved him. This novella ended up making me super excited for The Last Hours. I did review this, so feel free to check that out, but I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was Ms. Marvel: Meta Morphosis, written by G. Willow Wilson and illustrated by Adrian Alphona.

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Okay, I know that this is a comic book. But if Goodreads counts it, then I am counting it. This actually is not a graphic novel. I read the first single issue of the series, and I really enjoyed it. While it was short (comic book, duh), I ended up really liking some of the characters, and I thought it was really refreshing to see a Muslim Pakistani-American as the main character. The end definitely raised some questions, so I think it’s going to be interesting to see the blowback from the end of the comic. But I am really glad I enjoyed it, and I will be posting a review, but since I did not have a whole ton of things to say about this, it definitely will be in a post with a bunch of mini reviews of other comic books I’ve read (I have just been in the comic book mood). But I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was Sacrificed to the Dragon by Jessie Donovan.

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This may or may not seem familiar to some of you because this was actually a reread for me. I have just been in the mood to reread books I have loved (I heard that is one of the best ways to get out of a reading slump), and I am glad I did because I forgot how much I love this story. This is an adult novel for mature readers, and I still stand by my review from last year. If you are interested in my full thoughts, you can check that out, but keep in mind that was before I started improving on how I did my reviews and before I started writing extensive reviews. It is kind of an old one. But back then, I gave it 5/5 stars, and I still stand by that. I just really love this story, no matter how many times I reread it.

And the last book I read outside of the Summer Biannual Bibliothon was Ready to Were by Robyn Peterman.

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This is another reread for me. It’s a good book with an unfortunate title. But the name of the series still cracks me up because it’s a pun. It’s called Shift Happens. But upon rereading it, I actually have changed my opinion about the story. Originally, in my initial review (another old review, but you can still check it out), I thought that this was complete and utter instalove. I actually have changed my mind about that. These two characters have known each other for years and years, they dated previous to this book and had been dating since she graduated high school, they’re mates, and they still both love each other. They have a history together. This is not instalove. I originally gave this 4.5/ stars, and I still stand behind that. I just really enjoyed this much more than I originally did.

Now let’s get into the books I read for the Biannual Bibliothon, but bear with me. This is going to take a while because I read a lot during the readathon (the most I have ever read in a readathon ever). I did end up reading 1,337 pages over the course of the week, which I am super excited about. But let’s jump right in!

The first book I read during the Biannual Bibliothon was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling.

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This is a book that satisfied two reading challenges, the first being to read a Banned Book and the second being to read a book that has been adapted into a film and then watch the film. This book, I think, was the reason I got out of my reading slump. It just reminded me why I love to read so much. I actually think I enjoyed this story more the second time around than the first time. I know. All of you are probably thinking that that is kind of impossible, but it’s true. I had so much fun reading this book. It just made me laugh so much, and I just loved revisiting this world and these characters. I, of course, still stand by my rating of 5/5 stars, and I haven’t written a review ever for this book (it was pre-blogging), but I am considering writing a review based on my reread experience. If that is something you would like to read, let me know in the comments down below. But again, I really enjoyed it.

The next book I read during the readathon was A Curve of Claw by R. E. Butler.

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This is another reread for me, and I didn’t choose it for any of the challenges, but I read it during the week, so I am counting it. I have reread this book countless times, but I just wrote and posted a review of it, which was exciting. I have always loved this book, and every time I reread it, I pick up on something new. It is an adult novel with explicit sexual scenes, but I just love it. I love the characters, the magic, and the shifters, and so much more. It’s just one of my favorite books ever. I ended up giving this 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was A Flash of Fang by R. E. Butler.

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This is the sequel to A Curve of Claw, and I actually enjoyed this one even more than the first one. This is shorter than its predecessor, but there was more action in this one and more of a concrete plot line. My review of this is up, and obviously, this is a reread for me, but I really enjoyed it, as always. I just love the writing, plot line, characters and just everything. This book is so great. I really need to pick up more books by R. E. Butler…But I ended up giving this 4.5/5 stars.

The next book I read was Saga #1, which was written by Brian K. Vaughan, and it was illustrated by Fiona Staples.

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This is a comic book and not a graphic novel because I read the first single issue. But I absolutely fell in love with this story. This is the first comic book I have ever read, and it is just a really beautiful story. It’s a story of love, badassery, and how much two parents will sacrifice for their child. I just loved this so much. This is what made me fall in love with the comic book world. While I loved the writing (the humor was so on point!), I absolutely loved the artwork. It was just so stunning. And I probably should mention this is an adult comic book with explicit sexual scenes, and with it being a comic book, you see the sexual scenes. Just wanted to warn you in case you decide to pick this one up. But I did review this, so I recommend you check that out. I gave this 5/5 stars.

The next book I read was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

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This book satisfies the challenges in which you read a book that you have not seen or heard of on the booktube/blogosphere. This book was recommended to me by my best friend, Megan because it is one of her favorite books of all time. I am so happy to say I freaking loved this book. I don’t think there are words to describe what this book means to me, but I am pretty sure that this replaces Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell as my favorite book of all time (I know; it’s practically blasphemy!) just because it really touched me, and it really just connected me to the story. I just cannot express the love I have for it. This is a book where I cried more for this book than I have cried in my entire life. And that is the truth. I did write a review where I tried to convey what I thought about this book as concisely as I could, so feel free to check that out. But I just loved this book, and it kind of broke me. But I (as I’m sure you can guess) ended up giving this 5/5 stars. Wow, this book was bloody fantastic…

And the last book I read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon was Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor.

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This book satisfied another reading challenge, which was the Throwback Challenge in which I would need to read a book from an author I have never read before. I am so glad I chose this book because I absolutely loved it. I devoured this story. I just really connected with these characters because this book is really focused on depression (as I have depression), not only because of depression being the sole focus of this novel, but also because it features a character that never had a trigger for their depression, which we like never see in Mental Health fiction, and I never had a trigger. But this book is not just about depression, and it is not a depressing book. It is at some points, yes, but this book was absolutely hilarious. I literally was laughing out loud on the first page, and I didn’t hardly stop laughing throughout the novel. At one point, I was crying on one page and laughing on the next. I just really thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and I am so glad I decided to read it. My review is up, so feel free to check that out. I gave this 5/5 stars.

And there you have it! That was my wrap up for July and for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon. What book of these, if any, is your favorite or that you find intriguing? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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TBR | SUMMER BIANNUAL BIBLIOTHON

Hey, guys! Today I am very excited to, for the first time ever, participate in The Biannual Bibliothon! This is a week-long readathon that happens twice a year, once in winter and once in summer. This is hosted by seven booktubers, who are Emma @ emmmabooksKassie @ MissSassyKassieRed @ Little Red ReaderKelly @ Kelly’s BookSpillBrittni @ Brittni’s Book FindMomo @ The Booktube Girl, and Catriona @ Little Book Owl. This readathon begins on July 23 and ends on July 29. All of the details about the Bibib and the various reading and video challenges is on the official channel, so you definitely should check that out. You don’t have to be a booktuber to participate in this, so there is also a list of Blogger challenges for each day. All of that information is in this post by the lovely Nikki & Amy @ Bursting With Books. But let’s go ahead and get into the books I plan on reading during this readathon!

1.) Read the Group Book.

23308087The Group Book is Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, but I unfortunately will not be participating in this challenge. I don’t have the money to buy the book currently, so I can’t read it along with everyone else participating in the readathon.

2.) Read a book from a host’s favorite genre.

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Emma’s favorite genre is diverse books, so I want to read Simon vs. The Homosapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This book follows a sixteen-year-old boy named Simon who is still in the closet about being gay. He has been emailing this boy in the school who goes by the pen name Blue, and Simon ends up getting blackmailed by the class clown. He has to help him hook up with Simon’s best friend or his secret will be out along with Blue’s privacy. I have heard nothing but fantastic things about this book, and I am super excited to finally get to read it!

3.) Read a Book That Is or Has Been Banned in the Past.

harry-potter-1A banned book that is actually still banned in my household to this day is Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling. It was banned originally because of the magic that is in this series, but my parents ban it because it has sorcerery and they believe all of the spells in the books are real spells. Sounds very ridiculous, but I am choosing the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This is actually a reread for me, and it will be the first time I have ever reread this book. I’m not even going to bother explaining what this book is about because at this point, if you don’t know what it is actually about, you are just a lost cause. Anyway, I am super excited to read this as I haven’t read it since freshman year of high school, which is when I first read it. I am just pumped to revisit this world and these characters, and it is just going to be so much fun rereading this!

4.) Read A Book That You’ve Heard/Seen Somewhere Other than Booktube or the Blogosphere.

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The book I chose for this challenge is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I actually learned about this book from my best friend Megan who absolutely loves this book and has been telling me for years to pick it up, and I am really excited to finally do that! This book is historical fiction, its set in World War II, and it is told from the POV of Death. How could anyone not want to read this? I actually am going to be audiobooking it as I have actually started the audiobook before and just have never finished it. But it is so good from what I have listened to, and I think it is going to be a very powerful read for me.

5.) Book-to-Movie Adaptation: Read a Book That Has Been Adapted Into a Film and Watch the Adaptation.

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6.) Throwback: Read a Book From An Author You’ve Never Read Before.

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For this challenge, I want to read Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor. I have been meaning to read this for weeks, but it has just been sitting on my bookshelf, collecting dust. But this book follows a girl named Reggie who goes to the pharmacy to get her antidepressants and meets a guy named Snake who is there to get his antidepressants as well, and the story just takes off from there. I have been dying to read this, but I have just kind of lost motivation to read, so it has remained unread. This is apparently an amazing book on depression, and I think I will personally relate to these characters and this story a lot, so I am just really excited to read this!

7.) Read a Book With LGBTQIA+ Rep.

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I am also going to be doubling up on this challenge and reading Simon vs. The Homosapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This book features a gay main character, so it fits perfectly with this challenge. I have been meaning to read this story for forever, and the movie is coming out next year, so I just really want to read this before that comes out. Now just seems like the perfect time to do that, so I am really excited to see what all of the buzz is about that is surrounding this book!

And there you have it! Those are all of the books I am hoping to read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon. I actually am participating in this readathon solely for the purpose of getting back into reading. I really need to kick this reading slump. Do you plan on participating in this readathon? If not, what is your favorite book with LGBTQIA+ representation? Sound off in the comments below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

June Wrap Up!

Hey, guys! It is that time again. Time for an extremely overdue monthly wrap up! I am sorry for the brief hiatus I had. I was dealing with some University problems, and I just lost track of the amount of days it had been between the last time I posted and now. I enjoyed most of the books I read in June, and I definitely read more than I expected to. I read three books that month, and that is pretty decent considering I am going through a reading slump right now. And because of that reading slump, I am currently eight books behind schedule on my 2017 Goodreads Reading Goal, which is to read seventy books by the end of the year. Hopefully I can kick this reading slump before the end of the summer, but who knows. Its a toss up right now. But let’s go ahead and get into the books I read in June!

The first book I read in June was Train Wreck by Elise Faber.

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This is a standalone adult contemporary romance novel that I was sent for review by the author, so thank you so much for sending this my way, Elise! This is a book that I absolutely loved and read in one sitting. This novel is one that I think you should go blindly into. That’s what I did, and it surprised me with how much I ended up loving it. Just know it is gripping and very addictive, despite the super cheesy cover. But I did review this, and I ended up giving it 5/5 stars. It was just a really amazing novel, and I highly recommend you check it out!

The next book I read was Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves.

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Yeah, that’s right. I finally finished it, and I am really sad to say the blood, sweat and tears that I went through to force myself to finish the book were not worth it. I ended up being really disappointed by this book, and you could arguably say this only made my reading slump so much worse. But this is the first book in a fantasy trilogy that follows this girl named Anna Arden who lives in a magical society where magic equates your status, and she is born of a family with magic, yet she doesn’t seem to possess any herself. However, she does have this ability to unravel or break spells, and this catches the eye of a few too many people, so her mother sends her away to live with her grandmother in Hungary where she may find herself in the throes of war and rebellion. While that may sound very intriguing, I did not like this book, like at all. I had problems with the writing, the story line (or the lack of a concrete one), the so-called romance in the novel, and the magic system. I just was really disappointed by this one because I thought I was going to like it, and I did not. If you are interested in my full thoughts on this novel, I did review it, but I ended up giving it 3/5 stars.

And the last book I read in June was Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.

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I am so proud of myself, guys. I finally did it. I finally finished off the Shatter Me trilogy! But if you are somehow unaware of what this series is about, it is a dystopian series that follows our main character Juliette whose touch literally will kill you. That is all I can tell you. But I flew through the last half of this novel in one sitting because I was loving every single second of this novel. This is hands down my favorite book of the trilogy, and it was the best one, especially in writing, in my opinion. I think Tahereh’s writing grew a lot with this novel. But I did review this, and it is mostly about me gushing about the novel, but if you want to read my full thoughts on this finale, I definitely recommend checking that review out. I gave this novel 5/5 stars.

And there you have it! Those were all the books I read in June. What books are you most interested in reading before the end of summer? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed this, and I will see you next time!

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June Book Haul

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about the books I bought/received in the month of June! Now I was on a book-buying ban, but you know me. As soon as I get enough cash to buy a book, I immediately run to the bookstore. But I actually only ended up buying two of the seven books, so I didn’t go crazy. I am on another book-buying ban, though…But let’s go ahead and get into the book haul!

The first book I bought this month was Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor.

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This is a standalone contemporary novel that follows two depressed teens who end up meeting while getting prescriptions for their antidepressants. This is a love story, but from what I’ve heard, it is not the sort of novel where love cures you of depression or any other mental illness, which has me really excited to read this. In addition to this, I believe this novel is different from other novels about depression because our main character, Reggie, doesn’t have a trigger. There was no trauma or abuse or anything like that growing up, which mirrors my experience with depression, so I definitely feel that I will connect with the story and the characters a lot, so I am just really excited to get to this one.

The last book I bought was Ninth Grade Slays by Heather Brewe.

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This is the second book in The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series, and I actually don’t have the first book, but this book was marked down to a quarter at a local bargain store, so I just bought it. All I know about the series is it involves some aspect of vampirism. I know a lot of people really enjoy this series, and I’ve been meaning to read it for like ever. So maybe having the second book will give me incentive to buy the first book and start reading this series. But I am really excited to maybe one day in the near future read this.

The first book I received was Train Wreck by Elise Faber.

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This was sent to me for review by the author, so thank you so much for sending this to me! This is a standalone adult contemporary romance novel that I actually have already read and reviewed, and it was absolutely fabulous. I didn’t really know much of anything regarding this novel going into it, and I definitely think that’s the way to go. But this book gave me all of the feels, and I cried several times while reading this. It just was so good, and I am so happy that Elise sent this to me because I loved it. This book was released on May 31 of this year, so I definitely recommend you pick it up!

The next book I received was Fates and Furies by Raye Wagner.

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This was sent to me by the author, so thank you so much, Raye, and I am so freaking excited to read this. This is the fourth and final book in Raye’s fantabulous Sphinx series, and I am so hyped for this novel. You all should know by now how completely obsessed I am with this series, and I am so excited that I get another opportunity to work with Raye Wagner because she is like the sweetest person ever. But this series has greek mythology, kickass characters, amazing plot lines, and just general badassery. This is one of my all time favorite series, and if you haven’t picked this up yet, what are you doing with your life? You have got to read this series! But I am super excited to see how this series wraps up in the final installment! I am sure it will give me all the feels and it will be epic an everything I want, so I am so down for this novel.

The next book I received was The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase.

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This book was sent to my for review by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, so thank you so much for sending this book my way! This book is scheduled to be released on July 25, so definitely keep your eye out for it! From what I can tell, this book follows four very close sisters in 1959 who are spending the summer at Applecote Manor, a place they haven’t returned to in over five years, not since their sister, Audrey, vanished. They begin to discover the dark secrets of the Manor and end up starting to drift apart until one explosive night when they form a powerful bond that is much thicker than blood. This book sounds so interesting! It seems like it will be a bit of a mystery and definitely a thriller, so I am very excited to get to this very soon!

The next book I received was Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas.

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This is a YA contemporary novel that follows a girl named Chloe who is having a pretty terrible time at the moment because everything is going wrong. From crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of one of her not-so-nice coworkers to being caught in a snowstorm that has ruined her hair and the way she looks, resulting in absolutely zero progress with her crush and coworker, Tyson. And to top it all off, she is being accused (along with the other teenage employees) of stealing $10,000. So this follows her dealing with all of this and trying to prove her innocence in stealing the money. I received this from Rachel @ Life of a Female Bibliophile who hosted the Fun In the Sun giveaway, and I won the YA box! So thank you so much, Rachel, for hosting the giveaway and sending this my way!

And the last book I received in the month of June was Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn.

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I really can’t tell you much of anything regarding this novel, to be honest. I’ve never heard of it, the synopsis is really confusing, and from the couple of reviews I read, you will spend the entirety of this novel wondering what the hell is going on. I do know that this is a psychological mystery novel with apparently a very explosive ending, so if one has patience, the ending makes all of the frustration and confusion of the rest of the novel worthwhile. I can tell you that this was the second book I received from the Fun in the Sun giveaway hosted by Rachel @ Life of a Female Bibliophile, and I am apprehensive, but still very excited to get into this!

And there you have it! That was my June Book Haul. What is your favorite psychological thriller that you have read? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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June TBR!

Hey, guys! I am so excited to talked about the books I can hopefully get to before the end of the month. My reading life has not been the best over the past few months, but hopefully I can change that this month before I get too much behind on my reading goal for this year. I honestly just think I need to read really short books, so that is what I am going to be doing. But let’s just go ahead and get into the books I want to read in the month of June!

The first book I plan on reading this month is Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan.

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This is the fourth book in the novella series Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy, and I am really excited to get one step closer to finally finishing it. I have just been dragging my feet with this, and I do have half a mind to see if I can get a hold of the audiobooks for the rest of the series so I won’t have to drag my feet with it, and I can just marathon it. I just want to finish it so I can read Lord of Shadows. But this series follows a character from The Mortal Instruments series, and I can’t tell you who that is because that is a major spoiler for the finale to that series, which is City of Heavenly Fire. But this series is really good, but it takes me 5ever to make my way through it. Hopefully I can push myself to read this!

The next book I hope to read is Train Wreck by Elise Faber.

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This is a standalone contemporary novel that I was sent for review by the author, and I am really excited to read this. This is definitely an adult novel, so it has mature content. It follows the daughter of a famous film producer named Pepper O’Brien who has screwed up a lot in her life, and after her latest disaster, she moves across the country to start over where she meets her former teenage crush who also happens to be the best friend of her older brother. I am all over this story line like white on rice, and I am so freaking excited to see where the story leads, so hopefully I will get to this very soon.

And the last book I plan on reading in the month of June is The Evil We Love by Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman.

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This is the fifth book in the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series, and this one actually seems like it is going to be the most interesting one yet as it involves the rise of the Circle and what made Valentine rise up against the Clave. I am super interested in this one, so hopefully I can get to it. This series does occur after the events of City of Heavenly Fire, but prior to the events of Lady Midnight, and I am hoping that someone will finally answer me to say if I need to read the rest of this series before I read Lord of Shadows because if I don’t have to, I will briefly stop reading this series, and I will marathon Lord of Shadows. But for now, looks like I will just keep reading this series…

And there you have it! That was all of the books I plan on reading in the month of June. What books are you planning on reading? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Most Anticipated Releases | Summer 2017

Hey, guys! I am so excited to talk about the three books I am personally excited for that are coming out this summer. These are just the books I personally am excited for, and there are not that many this summer I am anticipating, but I am anticipating the crap out of all of these books. I just need them in my life. This summer is going to be epic in terms of reading, and I am just so freaking excited to read these! But without further ado, let’s get in the Summer book releases I am most excited for!

The first book I need in my life is, of course, Now I Rise by Kiersten White, and this comes out on June 27.

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This is the second book in The Conqueror’s Saga, with the first book being And I Darken. This story is actually a gender-bent story inspired by Vlad the Impaler, who was the real life inspiration for Dracula by Bram Stoker. This is considered alternative historical fiction, which is a subgenre of fantasy, and I think this series is just so good. We follow an antiheroine who is just not a good person but she is very badass and brutal, and I just loved the first book so much, so I am so excited to get to the very anticipated sequel!

The next book I am anticipating is Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Various Authors, and this comes out on July 11.

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This is an anthology that features many well-known YA authors who reimagined thirteen different fairytales from the villain’s point of view. This is in collaboration with thirteen different influential Booktubers who were all paired with an author to create prompts that the authors used to write these stories. This sounds like it is going to be so interesting and so good, and I am just really excited to read this when it finally comes out!

The last book I am really anticipating in Summer of 2017 is Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, and this comes out on August 29.

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This is a coming-of-age story that tells the story of Wonder Woman, but before she was the famous Wonder Woman. In this novel she is simply Diana, princess of the Amazons. She wants to prove herself to the rest of the legendary Amazon warriors, but she risks exile when she breaks the law. I am so freaking excited for this novel! I honestly wasn’t even a little bit interested in this novel until I watched the Wonder Woman movie (which was fantabulous, and I’m obsessed with it). Now I just want to know everything there is to know about Wonder Woman. I want to read all of the comics, I want to watch the movie over and over, and I want to read this book. It sounds epic and badass, and I just need this in my life like tomorrow.

And there you have it! Those were the books I am most anticipating in Summer 2017. What book are you most looking forward to reading this summer? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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May Reading Wrap Up!

Hey, guys! I am really excited to talk about the books I’ve read this month, even though I only read 2 books. This was a down month for me because I had finals at the beginning of the month, and I have been super busy with just my family and hanging out with friends and just doctor visits, and its been really draining me. I didn’t really have time to read. And because of that, I am like 3 or 4 books behind on my reading goal. But I am satisfied with the amount that I read, and I enjoyed both books that I read, so let’s just jump right into the wrap up!

The first book I read this month was More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.

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This is a book that I actually ended up really enjoying, and it surprised me because I didn’t have any expectations going into it. This book gave me all of the feels, blew my mind, and made me question the meaning of life. These characters were so beautifully flawed and developed, and they just seemed really real. They felt like real people to me, and I absolutely loved that. This book also really screwed with my mind, and just made me really emotional. The writing was beautiful, the characters were really developed, and I just ended up really enjoying this. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel, and I gave it 5/5 stars. My review is also up!

And the last book I read in May was The Whitechapel Fiend by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan.

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This is the third novella in the Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy series, and it is probably my favorite one. We got to revisit so many characters from Cassie’s previous books, and it just gave me all of the feels. It was so interesting because it is retells the serial killer Jack the Ripper and twists it into the Shadow World. It was really cool, and I just loved what they did with it. Overall, the writing was fantastic, the plot was intriguing, and the character development was great. I gave this 4.5/5 stars, and my review is also up.

And there you have it! That was my May reading wrap up! What is your favorite book that you read in May? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Books I Want to Read This Summer

Hey, guys! Today I thought it would be fun to talk about the five books I want to get to most this summer. The majority of the books on this list are contemporaries because that’s what I usually feel like reading in the summer, but there are a couple of fantasy books thrown in as well. I am really excited to read now that I am done with my first year of University, so I am hoping that I will have more time to read. But let’s just go ahead and get into the books I want to read this summer!

The first book I am hoping to get to is Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

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This is a standalone contemporary novel that follows Simon Spiers who is currently in the closet about being gay. When an email gets into the wrong hands, he is at risk of being outed. Being blackmailed by the class clown Martin into being his wingman, if he doesn’t comply, his sexual identity will be revealed, and the privacy of Blue, the pen name for the boy Simon has been emailing, will be compromised as well. This sounds so good, and it has literally been on my TBR for forever, so I am very excited to get to this one this summer!

The next book I want to try to read is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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This is a debut contemporary novel that follows Starr Carter, a black teen girl who lives in a pretty poor, predominantly black neighborhood but goes to school at a private, predominantly white, prep school who witnesses her black, unarmed best friend be murdered by a cop, and she is the only one who knows what happened, so what she does or doesn’t say could not only deeply affect her community, it could really endanger her life. Everyone has been raving about this book. It seems like such a fantastic book about a super serious topic, and I just think it is going to be amazing. I am so excited to hopefully read this one this summer!

The next book I would love to get to is Tales From Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and friends.

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This is a bind up of a series of novellas, and I have to finish this. Like I am really pissed at myself for not having read all of these yet. The reason I want to finish all of these is because I want to read Lord of Shadows so badly, and it just sits on my bookshelf, taunting me because I can’t freaking read it yet. I need to read this first. But I can’t tell you anything about the plot of this series because even saying the main character’s name is a spoiler. But this series occurs after the events of City of Heavenly Fire (hence the spoilers) and before the events of Lady Midnight. I just need to get off my lazy butt and read these already, dammit! Its going to happen. I am vowing that it will happen this summer. Hopefully…

The next book I want to read is The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan.

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This is the second book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, and I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet. I think I am finally going to be in the mood to tackle this baby. I’ve had this since it was released last October, and I still haven’t read it. There really is no reason for it. I know that I am going to love it. I started it and got about fifty pages into it (laughing my ass off the entire time because its freaking hilarious) before I put it down. I think I just got distracted with University coursework. But anyway, this series follows Magnus Chase (obviously) who is an einherji, which is a warrior of Valhalla, tasked with helping to prevent Ragnarok (which is like Doom’s Day). This is based on Norse Mythology, and it is filled with sass, lots of humor, and a kickass story line. I love this series, and I am really hoping I can finally get to this one this summer!

And the last book I want to try to read this summer is Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves.

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And there you have it! Those were all the books that I want to read this summer. What book are you most looking forward to reading this summer? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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A Very Overdue Book Haul!

Hey, guys! I am very excited to finally come at you with a (finally) new book haul. I haven’t come out with one since like February, which is kind of crazy. So I have accumulated some books since then. Some I have been sent by authors and publishers and others I have picked up myself. This is going to be my only post for the week because I am super busy, but hope to get more up next week! But I am really excited to share these nine books with you guys, so let’s go ahead and get into the books I have accumulated over the past couple of months!

The first book I got my hands on was Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi.

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This is the third and final book in the fantastic Shatter Me trilogy, and I am like one of the only people in the world that hasn’t finished off this series. This is a dystopian series that follows our main character Juliette whose touch literally will kill you. I know that I will fly through this book as I do with all of Tahereh’s other books in the series, but I am just kind of terrified of what she will do to my babies. I know that she takes one of the characters from the earlier books and twists him somehow in this novel, and I am kind of not ready to see that. But I am very excited to read this because I love the story and I am in love with Tahereh’s poetic writing style. Its just beautiful. But hopefully I will get to this one soon.

The next book I picked up was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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This is a debut contemporary novel that is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and I have heard nothing but fantastic things about it. I am super excited to read it, but it follows Starr Carter, a black teen girl who lives in a pretty poor, predominantly black neighborhood but goes to school at a private, predominantly white, prep school who witnesses her black, unarmed best friend be murdered by a cop, and she is the only one who knows what happened, so what she does or doesn’t say could not only deeply affect her community, it could really endanger her life. Everyone has been raving about this novel, so I finally decided to pick it up, and I am very excited to get to this!

The next book I bought was A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

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This is the third and final book in Sarah’s fantastic A Court of Thorns and Roses series, and I am absolutely terrified to read this. I just am scared of what is going to go down in this book. It will wreck me; that’s for sure. But this is a high fantasy series that follows a girl named Feyre who is a huntress because she needs to put food on her family’s very poor table and one day she ends up shooting a faerie, thus angering one of the High Fae so much that as payment, she will be forced to live as his prisoner. This is a series of retellings with the first book, ACOTAR, being a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, the second book, ACOMAF, being a retelling of Hades and Persephone, and I am not aware of what retelling this book is portraying. But I am very excited to hopefully get to this one soon!

The next book that I bought was More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.

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This is a book that I bought because I figured it was about damn time I read Adam Silvera’s debut novel that everyone fell in love with. And I kind of can see why everyone was so obssessed with it. I have already started this and am about a hundred pages away from the end, and I am so nervous, but also very excited, to see how everything wraps up. This novel follows sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto who is dealing with the affects of his father’s suicide from a few months earlier and trying to find happiness again. His girlfriend and mother are trying to help him, but when Genevieve leaves for a few weeks, he finds himself spending a lot of time with a guy named Thomas. He begins to grow feelings for Thomas as they spend more and more time together, and since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off those feelings, he turns to the Leteo Institute who have a procedure that can alter and bury memories. He wants to forget he ever had feelings for Thomas or any guy for that matter. This book is so amazing from what I’ve read so far, and it has made me feel all the feels. I am super excited to see where the rest of the story takes me!

The next book I bought was Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

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This is a standalone contemporary novel that I picked up because I have been meaning to pick this up for forever and the movie comes out next year. But this story follows a sixteen-year-old boy named Simon Spiers who is currently in the closet about being gay. When an email gets into the wrong hands, he is at risk of being outed. Being blackmailed by the class clown Martin into being his wingman, if he doesn’t comply, his sexual identity will be revealed, and the privacy of Blue, the pen name for the boy Simon has been emailing, will be compromised as well. This sounds really good, and pretty much everyone has been raving about how fantastic this book is, and I figure now is a good time to give it a shot. I am really excited to read this!

And the last book I bought was Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare.

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This is the second book in The Dark Artifices trilogy, and I am so pumped to read this book. This series takes place in the world of the Shadowhunters Chronicles, and it follows two parabatai, Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn. If you remember them, they were in City of Heavenly Fire, the finale to The Mortal Instuments. Five years have passed since the events of The Mortal Instruments and another body has shown up with the same mysterious symbols that were burned onto the dead bodies of Emma’s parents. She is trying to figure out who really killed them and there may even be some forbidden romance thrown into the mix. The first book was fantastic, and it ended on a cliffhanger, so I have been waiting for over a year for some answers. I am so excited to get to this!

The last few books were sent to me for review by either the author or the publisher, the first of which is Splintered Souls by Raye Wagner.

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This is a standalone novella set in the same world as the Runes series by Ednah Walters, and this follows a Valkyrie named Aricela who has been tasked with earning the trust of fallen athletes and warriors and taking them to Valhalla for the final battle. When her lack thereof in that department catches the attention of the Norns, they say that she has two options: she either collects the souls of those that are destined to die or she will be stripped of her powers and sent to Hel. I have already read this, and I really enjoyed it. I think I gave it 4.5/5 stars. It surprised me with how good it was. I was not expecting much, and it gave me much more. Really enjoyed this!

The next book that the author sent me was Son of War by Raye Wagner.

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This is a companion novella to the Sphinx series by the same author (one of my all time favorite series), and it tells the origin story of a character you meet in that series, Xan who is the son of Ares, thus making him a demigod. This story really tells you what Xan was like prior to meeting Hope (the main character of the Sphinx series) and why he was who he was. I have also already read this, and I gave it 4/5 stars. I talked more about my thoughts on it in my April Wrap Up, but I did really enjoy the insight we received on Xan’s character, and I thought this was a good companion to the Sphinx series.

And the last book I received in the month of May was from Penguin Random House, and they sent me Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves.

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This is the first book in a fantasy trilogy that follows this girl named Anna Arden who lives in a magical society where magic equates your status, and she is born of a family with magic, yet she doesn’t seem to possess any herself. However, she does have this ability to unravel or break spells, and this catches the eye of a few too many people, so her mother sends her away to live with her grandmother in Hungary where she may find herself in the throes of war and rebellion. I have already read this as well, and I really enjoyed it. I gave this 4.5/5 stars, and I am really excited to see where the rest of the story can go with the last two books. It will definitely be interesting!

And there you have it! Those were all of the books I have accumulated over the past couple of months. What is a book you have bought recently? Comment down below! And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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