June TBR: 2018

It’s June and that means it’s time to share a brand new tbr! I have a few roll overs from last month as well as some more Netgalley reads. I’m starting to dwindle down on the Netgalley books and I’m super excited about it. I’ve got 23 books to go till I’m finally back on track!

Currently Reading:

By a Charm and A Curse by Jaime Questell

Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for.

Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss.

I am loving this Netgalley read. It’s fun, magical, and quite a bit unexpected. I’m a bit more then halfway through it and I’m excited to see how it ends!

Once again…

Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

What if there was an app that told you what song to listen to, what coffee to order, who to date, even what to do with your life—an app that could ensure your complete and utter happiness?

What if you never had to fail or make a wrong choice?

What if you never had to fall?

Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision making for the best personal results.

Just like everyone else, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn knows the key to a happy, healthy life is following what Lux recommends. When she’s accepted to the elite boarding school Theden Academy, her future happiness seems all the more assured. But once on campus, something feels wrong beneath the polished surface of her prestigious dream school.

Then she meets North, a handsome townie who doesn’t use Lux, and begins to fall for him and his outsider way of life. Soon, Rory is going against Lux’s recommendations, listening instead to the inner voice that everyone has been taught to ignore — a choice that leads her to uncover a truth neither she nor the world ever saw coming.

So the past few months I have included this book and each month I put it aside to read other things, but I swear I’m going to get through it in June. I’m not too far into it but I hope to at least get through it as much as I possibly can.

Netgalley Reads:

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Award-winning Rachel Hartman’s newest YA is a tour de force and an exquisite fantasy for the #metoo movement.

“Tess of the Road is astonishing and perfect. It’s the most compassionate book I’ve read since George Eliot’s Middlemarch.” — NPR

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons can be whomever they choose. Tess is none of these things. Tess is. . . different. She speaks out of turn, has wild ideas, and can’t seem to keep out of trouble. Then Tess goes too far. What she’s done is so disgraceful, she can’t even allow herself to think of it. Unfortunately, the past cannot be ignored. So Tess’s family decide the only path for her is a nunnery.

But on the day she is to join the nuns, Tess chooses a different path for herself. She cuts her hair, pulls on her boots, and sets out on a journey. She’s not running away, she’s running towards something. What that something is, she doesn’t know. Tess just knows that the open road is a map to somewhere else–a life where she might belong.

Returning to the spellbinding world of the Southlands she created in the award-winning, New York Times bestselling novel Seraphina, Rachel Hartman explores self-reliance and redemption in this wholly original fantasy.

Four starred reviews!

“The world building is gorgeous, the creatures are vivid and Hartman is a masterful storyteller. Pick up this novel, and savor every page.” — Paste Magazine

I’m so excited for this novel! I’ve been anticipating reading this since the moment I got approved and I’m sad to say I was approved for this months ago. I’m just grateful to finally be able to read this!

This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter

A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living took more courage than dying?

This is a highly rated novel that I can’t wait to take on! It sounds heartfelt and beautiful and a great addition to my tbr!

The Beauty that Remains by Ashely Woodfolk

Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.

Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Despite the odds, one band’s music will reunite them and prove that after grief, beauty thrives in the people left behind.

Another heart wrenching novel I am excited to read. It seems contemporary, unique, and delightfully musical.

Thanks for reading! What are you excited to read this month?

-Till next time!

WWW Wednesday

Hello everyone! It’s midweek once more and it’s time to catch up on. What I’ve finished reading, what I’m currently reading, and what I will be reading next. Let me know your answer to these questions in the comments!

What I finished reading last:

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

this is the recipe of life

said my mother

as she held me in her arms as i wept

think of those flowers you plant

in the garden each year

they will teach you

that people too

must wilt

fall

root

rise

in order to bloom

I loved this gem of a poetry book. My favorite poems were the ones dealing with immigration. There were poems that brought tears to my eyes.

Currently reading:

S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennet

Nine students. Three bloodsports. One deadly weekend.

It is the autumn term and Greer MacDonald is struggling to settle into the sixth form at the exclusive St. Aidan the Great boarding school, known to its privileged pupils as S.T.A.G.S. Just when she despairs of making friends Greer receives a mysterious invitation with three words embossed upon on it: huntin’ shootin’ fishin’. When Greer learns that the invitation is to spend the half term weekend at the country manor of Henry de Warlencourt, the most popular and wealthy boy at S.T.A.G.S., she is as surprised as she is flattered.

But when Greer joins the other chosen few at the ancient and sprawling Longcross Hall, she realises that Henry’s parents are not at home; the only adults present are a cohort of eerily compliant servants. The students are at the mercy of their capricious host, and, over the next three days, as the three bloodsports – hunting, shooting and fishing – become increasingly dark and twisted, Greer comes to the horrifying realisation that those being hunted are not wild game, but the very misfits Henry has brought with him from school…

So far this book has put my stomach through a lot of trama. I have no idea what’s about to happen in this book, but boy does it have sick and twisted down pat.

Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

What if there was an app that told you what song to listen to, what coffee to order, who to date, even what to do with your life—an app that could ensure your complete and utter happiness?

What if you never had to fail or make a wrong choice?

What if you never had to fall?

Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision making for the best personal results.

Just like everyone else, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn knows the key to a happy, healthy life is following what Lux recommends. When she’s accepted to the elite boarding school Theden Academy, her future happiness seems all the more assured. But once on campus, something feels wrong beneath the polished surface of her prestigious dream school.

Then she meets North, a handsome townie who doesn’t use Lux, and begins to fall for him and his outsider way of life. Soon, Rory is going against Lux’s recommendations, listening instead to the inner voice that everyone has been taught to ignore — a choice that leads her to uncover a truth neither she nor the world ever saw coming.

I just started reading this book, but even though I don’t think it is meant to be unsettling how much it mirrors life now is insane. I could see something like this happening in the near future. We are all stuck to technology like it is the air we breath already. If technology began to dictate every single aspect of our lives I wouldn’t be surprised.

What I will be reading next:

Layover

Flynn: At first we were almost strangers. But ever since I moved to New York, Amos was the one person I could count on. And together we were there for Poppy. (I mean, what kind of parents leave their kid to be raised by a nanny?) I just didn’t expect to fall for him—and I never expected him to leave us.

Amos: I thought I was the only one who felt it. I told myself it was because we were spending so much time together—taking care of Poppy and all. But that night, I could tell she felt it, too. And I freaked out—you’re not supposed to fall for your stepsister. So I ran away to boarding school. I should have told her why I was leaving, but every time I tried, it felt like a lie.

One missed flight was about to change their lives forever….

This book is miles from every other book on this list. I have no idea what to expect from it, but hopefully I enjoy it!

Thanks so much for reading! Let me know what book your thinking of reading next down in the comments below!

-Till next time!

My Year in Books: 2017

Every year Goodreads keeps track of your reading progress and creates a beautiful display of all the books you’ve read at the End of the year. This is long overdue, but none-the-less here is my 2017 year in books!

Well it seems that I read quite a bit in 2017. Far more then in 2016 that’s for sure and with 22 books read so far this year already I think I’m on my way to making this following year even better!

Thanks for reading! What was one of your favorite reads from 2017?

-Till next time!

Sienna McKnight: A Review

Sienna McKnight by R.K. Syrus

My Rating: 2.5 Stars

Publisher: Yuan Kun Publishing

Publish Date: September 1st, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

In the near future, soldier Sienna McKnight seeks revenge on her terrorist cousin. They both gain extraordinary powers during the series and engage in an epic battle over the fate of humanity and a unique orphan girl.

Sienna McKnight’s odyssey began 23 years ago. She was born a nameless half breed on an overseas military base. With her first breaths she tenaciously clung to life on the edge of the Wandering Desert in a land now called Khorasan.

Adopted by a military family and raised in America, she never forgot her origins. How could she? Her fate is spelled out in a rough pattern of runes cut across her body in a language of unearthly hate.  Her destiny threatens to consume her. Through it all, Sienna must find a way to protect what is most precious.

Opening Sentence: “That sunny morning near her hometown she battled a ravenous beast with the help of a monster, the one that abides in her still.”

Musings:

Sienna McKnight was a novel whose premise was enough to interest me, but a storyline that I just could not connect with. To tell the truth all the way at the end I was still confused about what was going on and the whole thing left me pretty unsatisfied.

I came into this novel expecting a sort of superhero action type story with a strong heroine that I could really connect to, and while the heroine was truly strong I never connected with her and the action while there was a little lack-luster for me. This novel being the first of many in a series, I was hoping that I would really love it so that I could enjoy the next books when they came out, but I didn’t really enjoy this all that much and I felt like there was a lot missing to the story.

Most of all I think that the writing was too jammed with seemingly random sayings and unnecessary words that it was almost impossible for me to see what the actual story was about and what the purpose of any of it was. There were still parts and sections that were really cool to read. These parts appearing making me have bursts of interest in the story, but they were so few and far in between that I just felt so lost while reading.

Sienna McKnight was a book that I really wanted to enjoy, but it didn’t quite make its mark.

Thanks so much for reading! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

-Till next time!

WWW- Wednesday

This is something I haven’t done in a very long while, welcome to WWW- Wednesday! Where I answer three questions. What is the last book I finished reading? What book am I currently reading? and What book do I think I will be reading next?

Last book I finished reading:

The Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman

You may believe the government protects you, but only one girl knows how they use you.

Lauren has a disorder that makes her believe everything her friends tell her—and she believes everyone is her friend. Her innocence puts her at constant risk, so when she gets the opportunity to have an operation to correct her condition, she seizes it. But after the surgery, Lauren is changed. Is she a paranoid lunatic with violent tendencies? Or a clear-eyed observer of the world who does what needs to be done?

Told in journal entries and therapy session transcripts, The Innocence Treatment is a collection of Lauren’s papers, annotated by her sister long after the events of the novel. A compelling YA debut thriller that is part speculative fiction and part shocking tell-all of genetic engineering and government secrets, Lauren’s story is ultimately an electrifying, propulsive, and spine-tingling read.

Read my review here! This book was so compelling and I loved it!

Currently reading:

Mick & Michelle by Nina Rossing

Fifteen-year-old Mick Mullins has a great life: his parents are sweet, his sister is tolerable, and his friendships are solid. But as summer descends on Queens, he prepares to turn his carefree existence upside down by disclosing a secret he has kept long enough. It’s time to work up the courage to reveal that he is not a boy, but a girl—and that her name is Michelle. Having always been the perfect, good boy, Michelle is terrified that the complicated truth will disappoint, hurt, or push away the people closest to her. She can’t continue hiding for much longer, though, because her body is turning into that of a man’s, and she is desperate to stop the development—desperate enough to consider self-medicating with hormones.

Most of all, Michelle fears that Grandpa, who is in a nursing home after a near fatal stroke, won’t survive the shock if he finds out that his favorite grandchild, and the only boy, is a girl. If she kills her beloved Grandpa by leaving Mick behind, she isn’t sure embracing her real identity will be worth the loss.

I am not sure how to feel about this book yet and I am hoping to get a better feel for it by the end, but I’m almost afraid of not rating it properly due to being unsure of the representation.

What I hope to read next:

Sienna McKnight by R.K. Syrus

Her war, her rules.

The heroine no one expected in a sci-fi technothriller you won’t want to put down.

A YEAR AGO Sienna McKnight, fresh out of West Point Military Academy, led her Special Ops team through a frozen hell at the bottom of the world to bring back something they wanted.

TODAY, March 19, she is on her way back to the Gulf of Oman and its hostile shores to challenge her own destiny.

TOMORROW, March 20, Sienna will fall. She will rise again. She will be reborn. She will become the heroine no one expected.

I am very intrigued by this superhero origen story of sorts. I really don’t know what to expect with this one, but I’m excited to see where it goes!

Thanks for reading! Let me know what your currently reading in the comments below! What book out of these three most interests you?

-Till next time!

Beyond The Surface: October Book of the Month

Beyond the Surface is a young adult mental health centered book club created by myself and fellow blogger Indy to help spread awareness and discussion about mental health.

This club which began in August began while first reading My Heart and Other Black Holes and then The Goldfish Boy has been something that has grown to be very close to my heart.

For October, Indy has chosen one of my most anticipated novels of this year, The Art of Starving centered around a boy with an eating disorder.

The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller

“More Happy Than Not meets Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future in this gritty, contemporary YA debut about a bullied gay teen boy with an eating disorder who believes he’s developed super powers via starvation.

Matt hasn’t eaten in days.

His stomach stabs and twists inside, pleading for a meal. But Matt won’t give in. The hunger clears his mind, keeps him sharp—and he needs to be as sharp as possible if he’s going to find out just how Tariq and his band of high school bullies drove his sister, Maya, away.

Matt’s hardworking mom keeps the kitchen crammed with food, but Matt can resist the siren call of casseroles and cookies because he has discovered something: the less he eats the more he seems to have . . . powers. The ability to see things he shouldn’t be able to see. The knack of tuning in to thoughts right out of people’s heads. Maybe even the authority to bend time and space.

So what is lunch, really, compared to the secrets of the universe?

Matt decides to infiltrate Tariq’s life, then use his powers to uncover what happened to Maya. All he needs to do is keep the hunger and longing at bay. No problem. But Matt doesn’t realize there are many kinds of hunger… and he isn’t in control of all of them.

A darkly funny, moving story of body image, addiction, friendship, and love, Sam J. Miller’s debut novel will resonate with any reader who’s ever craved the power that comes with self-acceptance.”

Why I am excited for this book:

  • It is magical realism mixed with mental health creating something extraordinary and I can just feel with my soul that this is going to be a beautiful novel.
  • I read the first chapter on epic reads first 5 and the writing in just that first chapter was impeccable.
  • It is an LGBT read and we all need to read more novels with LGBT representation.
  • The whole premise of this book is fascinating to me and I really want to see how the author handles the eating disorder while mixing in magical elements.
  • That cover is my kind of aesthetically pleasing… I mean just look at how simple yet gorgeous it is!!!

Interested in joining the Beyond the Surface Book Club and being a part of our discussions during the month? Click here to join on Goodreads!

Thanks for reading! I’m so excited to read this book and discuss it with all of you at the end of the month!!!

-Till next time!

Why Reading A Book A Day is Surprisingly Doable… Update

On July 13th, 2017 I posted my most popular post of all time A Book A Day for the Rest of the Year? a post that I never expected to get so much attention that blew up to have more then 200 likes and 100 comments. I was filled with a inner sense of insanity. I never expected to be able to accomplish such a lofty goal and I didn’t not at first. I had given up thinking there was no way and I could never do it, but I came across an article about how much time the average human spends on social media and watching tv in a year and it got me to thinking. If I spent that time reading would I be able to accomplish that goal I had once set for myself?

The thing is, it worked. Since August 30th, 2017 onward I have read a book every single day. I have kept this up for 16 straight days and I couldn’t be happier! At first, it was mostly about getting into a rhythm that worked and setting for myself a plan of action of how I could make reading a book a day sustainable for myself. At first I started out with some books I had already started reading since I always read more then one book at a time and that helped me transition into starting to continuously finish books. Then after those books were finished I got into the habit of reading a few chapters of the next book I wanted to start to make it a little easier to finish for the next day. After that, more and more I started and ended the complete book in the same day and it has become a ritual.

As the days went by and I continued to finish a new book for that day I started to feel like it became surprisingly manageable. I even came up with a game plan for books that are 450pgs and beyond so I could make them manageable. After I finished with the book I dedicated myself to reading for that day I would read a few chapters of the longer book (or really several of the longer books) until I could diminish the size of it enough so I could dedicate a day to reading that book.

However, with all the technicalities and the how’s of reading a book everyday, you may wonder if I was truly absorbing and enjoying what I was reading each day. The answer to this too is surprisingly… yes. I have never been happier with myself and with all the affect the stories I have read have impacted me. During this time I have read more 5 and 4 star reads then I feel like I have all year and I have come to really feel what it was that drew me to reading in the first place. Reading so many amazing books and feeling so happy with how I’ve decided to rededicate my spear time is why I feel like I am going to continue this for as long as I can. I have fallen in love with reading all over again and that is the greatest gift this experience has given me.

Thanks for reading! I will definitely give more updates on this in the future! Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

-Till next time!

The Horror Movie Book Tag

October is coming and so is all the goodness that comes with it, and after watching Get Out for the first time last night, I’m thinking this is the perfect tag for me to participate in right now. Thanks to The Royal Reader and to Olga’s Oddish Obsessions for tagging me way back when.

The Rules

1. Please credit and link, Princess @RoyalReader (or just Royal Reader), as the creator of this tag, and add the rules.

2. You can use the graphics provided in your post, or you’re welcome to make your own!

3. Thank the person(s) who tagged you and let others know of their fabulous blogs.

4. Tag as many people as you want, be it 1 or 20, it’s entirely up to you!

On to the tag!

1. The Zombie Apocalypse: When

A book you would save when civilization ends:

When the zombies come and civilization comes to an end as we know it I like to think I have found a way to salvage more then one book to take along on my journey, but if it were to be only one I’d like to think it was one of the books from the Graceling Trilogy or what ever book I was currently reading at the time. Let’s just hope that the zombie apocalypse never happens.

2. The Vampire:

A book you would stake through the heart (in whatever sense):

If by stake through the heart you mean poof out of existence all the copies of, then I would love it if Hitler’s Mien Kampf was simply proofed out of existence or maybe any of DT’s books, anything a racist human being writes that is full of their racist and horrid ideals should be staked honestly.

3. The Haunted House:

A book that still haunts you:

I think that a book that will always haunt me is actually a duo-logy by Cyndy Etler. She wrote the books The Dead Inside and We Can’t Be Friends about her experience inside of a “treatment facility” for her “addiction”. What she writes in those books will always haunt me because it was all real. Everything she writes actually happened to her and that is truly terrifying.

4. The Psychological Thriller:

A book with a twist you did not see coming:

The only psychological thriller I have read was Sharp Objects and I think I wasn’t expecting anything about that book at all. Everything was written to make you squirm in the best of ways.

5. The Creepy Doll:

A book that seems innocent but isn’t:

The only book that comes to mind for this is The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen. It’s not necessarily that it is not innocent, but more that it is much darker and much more intense of a read then you could tell from the cover. I was very taken aback by this book.

6. The Monster:

A book you could barely tackle/defeat (in whatever sense):

When I first started reading Jane Eyre in high school I was having a very hard time a first, it wasn’t until I started listening to it as an audiobook and reading along with it that I really into the book. It definitely saved the whole reading experience for me.

7. The Comedy-Horror:

A book with mixed genres that worked (or didn’t):

The book that comes to mind for this is The Diviners by Libba Bray which is a paranormal historical fiction that really works great. The Diviners was spot on with the 1920’s setting and then all the paranormal happenings. I loved it!

8. The (Cliched) Teen Horror:

A book you found super cliched/stereotypical:

I like to think that I haven’t read to many cliched stories, but I have, but I’m not going to title any of them here because I love them even if it is wrong to.

9. The Demonic Possession:

A book so gripping you needed an exorcist to escape it:

One of the last books I read was A Messy, Beautiful Life and that book, that book took my breath away. I read it in a single morning and it was absolutely breathtaking I couldn’t stop thinking about it all day long after.

10. The Science Fiction:

A precious book you would permanently sacrifice to aliens for the good of mankind:

I would sacrifice The Giver if only so the aliens may learn some compassion from it. (Plus we could still watch the movie and the movie was fantastic so the story would still live on)

I’m going to tag anyone who feels like doing this tag. Only because this one is so old that I don’t know who has done it or not.

Thank you for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below! Also, what is your favorite horror movie?

-Till next time!

#Makemereadit a-thon TBR


You all voted and the results are in! 

This week I will be reading in the following order: 


So far I have started with Illumnae and I’m really enjoying the surprising humor and the adventure and coolness of it all. 

I’m not so sure how I feel about finally reading Insurgent though since that was one I included that I was most on the edge about reading, but it wouldn’t be the #makemereadit a thon without me following the popular vote. 

I hope I get to read as many of these as I can over the next week! Thank you all for your votes!

Thanks for reading! Are you joining the #makemereadit a thon? What books are you thinking of diving into this week?

-Till next time!

A Book A Day for the Rest of the Year?


This may be one of the best ideas I’ve ever had… or one of the worst ideas I have ever had, but I’m going to try it anyway. 

So here’s the plan, it’s pretty simple. All I have to do is finish a book every single day for the rest of the year. Sounds pretty straightforward right? Well… not with the way I read. I tend to read a bunch of novels at one time. Which makes it so that I finish books sporodically and go at a relatively slow pace. I never read one book all the way through… well most of the time (cough cough Song of the Current cough cough) 

I want to see what would happen if I really dedicated my time differently and read one book as a whole in a day. I’m not sure if this is sustainable or not. I’m not really sure how I’m going to pull this off. I’m probably going to find a way to read more then one book at a time anyway, but I just want to dip my toes in and let my bookworm heart devour some amazing novels! I have a physical tbr of 58 books, but new with new books coming into my life so steadily.. and with Netgalley books catching my heart left and right, I think I’ll be able to sustain this the rest of this year. 

Weather stupid or not, no matter how tired I am, I will get through this. There are too many amazing stories in this world to read and I want to enjoy as many as I can. In a way I just want to see if I am capable of it or not. We shall see. 

Thanks for reading! If you have any tips or suggestions let me know in the comments! I’m honestly really scared now, but I’m inspired so let’s do this! 

-Till next time!