Monday, December 30, 2019

Quick Review: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffGemina
(The Illuminae Files #2)
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
October 18, 2016
659 pages

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Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.


Wednesday, December 25, 2019

WoW #284: Kissing Lessons by Sophie Jordan


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Kissing Lessons by Sophie JordanKissing Lessons
by Sophie Jordan
June 2, 2020
288 pages

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A steamy contemporary YA romance by New York Times best-selling author Sophie Jordan about a girl with a bad reputation giving lessons on how to attract guys for some extra cash—only to fall for her client’s golden-boy brother. For fans of Kami Garcia, Katie McGarry, and Netflix’s Sex Education.

Wild, beautiful, and (as rumor has it) experienced, Hayden Vargas doesn’t have time for love or relationships. She’s learned the hard way that the only person you can count on is yourself, and she’s hell-bent on earning enough money to leave her small, judgy Texas town as fast as possible. So when nerdy Emmaline Martin offers to pay Hayden for lessons in seduction, the money is so easy, there must be a catch. Enter the catch: Emmaline’s older brother, popular, all-around nice guy™ Nolan Martin, who doesn’t want his sister’s reputation tarnished by the school’s resident bad girl.

But Hayden should know that looks can be deceiving. Nolan may seem like a golden boy, but like Hayden, he has a few secrets of his own. And the more he meddles in her lessons with Emmaline, the more these polar opposites clash—and the more sparks fly. Turns out Nolan may have some lessons to teach Hayden, but only if she’s willing to learn.

Yesss this is definitely my type of romance read!

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Quick Review: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer


Scarlet by Marissa MeyerScarlet
(The Lunar Chronicles #2)
by Marissa Meyer
February 5, 2013
454 pages

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Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.


Wednesday, December 18, 2019

WoW #283: The Jewel Thief by Jeannie Mobley


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The Jewel Thief by Jeannie MobleyThe Jewel Thief
by Jeannie Mobley
May 26, 2020
384 pages

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A lush, slow-burn romance set in 17th century France, and centered around the broken history of the Hope Diamond-- the high-society intrigue of Richelle Mead's Glittering Court series meets the romance of Melissa de la Cruz's Alex and Eliza.

In the depths of the Bastille, sixteen-year-old Juliet Pitau sits cold and filthy in her cell. Charged with stealing what has come to be known as the Hope Diamond from King Louis XIV, she has one final chance to convince the King that her motives were pure. If she fails, this night may be her last. Recording her confession is Rene, a scribe for the king and the man she loves. But Rene won't even look her way, let alone begin to forgive her for her betrayal of him.

Before Juliet was imprisoned, she was the daughter of the finest gem cutter in all of Paris. The young King Louis XIV hand-selected Jean Pitau to be his crown jeweler, the only man who could make him shine like the sun. When Louis purchases the Tavernier Violet, a large, deep-blue diamond the likes of which the French court has never seen, Jean is tasked with turning it brilliant. But Juliet's father has never cut a diamond quite like this--and shaping it is risky business. While Jean spirals into depression, Juliet takes it upon herself to have the diamond cut for the King. But with every misstep, she brings her family closer to ruin, and closer to probable death at morning's light once Louis casts his sentence.

Sounds pretty, romantic and mysterious.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Quick Review: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer


Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder
(The Lunar Chronicles #1)
by Marissa Meyer
January 3, 2012
390 pages

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Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder's brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it "a matter of national security," but Cinder suspects it's more serious than he's letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder's intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that's been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter's illness, Cinder's stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an "honor" that no one has survived.

But it doesn't take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.


Friday, December 13, 2019

Review: The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black


*This review contains slight spoilers.

The Queen of Nothing by Holly BlackThe Queen of Nothing
(The Folk of the Air #3)
by Holly Black
November 19, 2019
308 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
The finale to the New York Times bestselling Folk of Air trilogy, that started with The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King, from award-winning author Holly Black.

After being pronounced Queen of Faerie and then abruptly exiled by the Wicked King Cardan, Jude finds herself unmoored, the queen of nothing. She spends her time with Vivi and Oak, watches her fair share of reality television, and does the odd job or two, including trying to convince a cannibalistic faerie from hunting her own in the mortal world.

When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking of a favor, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan, who she loves despite his betrayal.

When a dark curse is unveiled, Jude must become the first mortal Queen of Faerie and uncover how to break the curse, or risk upsetting the balance of the whole Faerie world.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

WoW #282: He Must Like You by Danielle Younge-Ullman


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He Must Like You by Danielle Younge-UllmanHe Must Like You
by Danielle Younge-Ullman
July 14, 2020
336 pages

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An authentic, angry, and surprisingly funny and romantic novel about sexual harassment, from award-winning author Danielle Younge-Ullman.

Libby's having a rough senior year. Her older brother absconded with his college money and is bartending on a Greek island. Her dad just told her she's got to pay for college herself, and he's evicting her when she graduates so he can Airbnb her room. A drunken hook-up with her coworker Kyle has left her upset and confused. So when Perry Ackerman, serial harasser and the most handsy customer at The Goat where she waitresses, pushes her over the edge, she can hardly be blamed for dumping a pitcher of sangria on his head. Unfortunately, Perry is a local industry hero, the restaurant's most important customer, and Libby's mom's boss. Now Libby has to navigate the fallout of her outburst, find an apartment, and deal with her increasing rage at the guys who've screwed up her life--and her increasing crush on the one guy who truly gets her. As timely as it is timeless, He Must Like You is a story about consent, rage, and revenge, and the potential we all have to be better people.
This sounds like a book everyone needs to read.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

WoW #281: Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano


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Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano
Seasons of the Storm
by Elle Cosimano
June 23, 2020
480 pages

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One cold, crisp night, Jack Sommers was faced with a choice—live forever according to the ancient, magical rules of Gaia, or die.

Jack chose to live, and in exchange, he became a Winter—an immortal physical embodiment of the season on Earth. Every year, he must hunt the Season who comes before him. Summer kills Spring. Autumn kills Summer. Winter kills Autumn. And Spring kills Winter.

Jack and Fleur, a Winter and a Spring, fall for each other against all odds. To be together, they’ll have to escape the cycle that’s been forcing them apart. But their creator won’t let them go without a fight.

Sounds neat!

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Review: Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance by Jennieke Cohen


Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke CohenDangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance
by Jennieke Cohen
December 3, 2019
448 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Jane Austen in this witty, winking historical romance with a dash of mystery!

Lady Victoria Aston has everything she could want: an older sister happily wed, the future of her family estate secure, and ample opportunity to while her time away in the fields around her home.

But now Vicky must marry—or find herself and her family destitute. Armed only with the wisdom she has gained from her beloved novels by Jane Austen, she enters society’s treacherous season.

Sadly, Miss Austen has little to say about Vicky’s exact circumstances: whether the roguish Mr. Carmichael is indeed a scoundrel, if her former best friend, Tom Sherborne, is out for her dowry or for her heart, or even how to fend off the attentions of the foppish Mr. Silby, he of the unfortunate fashion sensibility.

Most unfortunately of all, Vicky’s books are silent on the topic of the mysterious accidents cropping up around her…ones that could prevent her from surviving until her wedding day.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

WoW #280: Sisters of Sword & Song by Rebecca Ross


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Sisters of Sword & Song by Rebecca RossSisters of Sword & Song
by Rebecca Ross
June 23, 2020
432 pages

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After eight long years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon. While Eva has been tending their family’s olive grove, Halcyon has been serving in the queen’s army, her status ascending within the Common Court.

But when Halcyon suddenly appears a day early in the shadows of their bedroom, drenched and exhausted, Eva knows something is terribly wrong. Halcyon is on the run, hunted by her commander and charged with a terrible crime.

Though Halcyon’s life is spared during her trial, the punishment is heavy—five years working in the quarry, five years imprisoned, and five years serving the house she has wronged. Suspicious of the commander and of Halcyon’s silence on her crime, Eva volunteers to serve his house in Halcyon’s stead. If there’s a way to absolve her sister, she’ll find it there. And as Halcyon begins her own sentence, she quickly learns that there are fates worse than death.

Set in a richly drawn ancient world, acclaimed author Rebecca Ross brilliantly conceives a story filled with danger, magic, and a fierce and unbreakable bond between sisters.

I'm all for sister stories and love that cover!

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Review: Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw


Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
Winterwood
by Shea Ernshaw
November 5, 2019
336 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Be careful of the dark, dark wood…

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago.

For as long as there have been fairy tales, we have been warned to fear what lies within the dark, dark woods and in Winterwood, New York Times bestselling author Shea Ernshaw, shows us why.

From New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep comes a haunting romance perfect for fans of Practical Magic, where dark fairy tales and enchanted folklore collide after a boy, believed to be missing, emerges from the magical woods—and falls in love with the witch determined to unravel his secrets.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

WoW #279: The Damned (The Beautiful #2) by Renée Ahdieh


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The Damned by Renée AhdiehThe Damned
(The Beautiful #2)
by Renée Ahdieh
June 9, 2020
456 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with the second installment of her new sumptuous, sultry and romantic series, The Beautiful.

Following the events of The Beautiful, Sébastien Saint Germain is now cursed and forever changed. The treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood has been broken, and war between the immortals seems imminent. The price of loving Celine was costly. But Celine has also paid a high price for loving Bastien.

Still recovering from injuries sustained during a night she can’t quite remember, her dreams are troubled. And she doesn’t know she has inadvertently set into motion a chain of events that could lead to her demise and unveil a truth about herself she’s not quite ready to learn.

Forces hiding in the shadows have been patiently waiting for this moment for centuries. And just as Bastien and Celine begin to uncover the danger around them, they learn their love could tear them apart.

I read The Beautiful last month and fell hard for the romance so I need this book!

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Quick Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffIlluminae
(The Illuminae Files #1)
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
October 20, 2015
602 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

WoW #278: The Heart Principle (The Kiss Quotient #3) by Helen Hoang


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The Heart Principle (The Kiss Quotient #3) by Helen HoangThe Heart Principle
(The Kiss Quotient #3)
by Helen Hoang
May 5, 2020
320 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
USA Today bestselling author Helen Hoang returns with a witty and sizzling new romance that shows how wrong you can be about someone…and how right they can be for you.

To most people, Quan Diep is nothing but a surly-looking, underachieving playboy. The problem is he’s not any of those things. And now that he’s the CEO of an up-and-coming retail business, he’s suddenly a “catch,” and the rich girls who never used to pay any attention to him are looking at him in a new way—especially Camilla, the girl who brushed him off many years ago.

Anna Sun dislikes Quan Diep almost as much as germy bathroom door handles. Or so she tells herself. She will never admit that she has a secret crush on him, especially because he only has eyes for her charismatic and newly engaged younger sister Camilla. Over the years, Anna has worked hard to overcome her OCD, but she’ll still need to find a way to bury her anxieties and seduce Quan so he doesn’t ruin her sister’s engagement, and with it, a crucial real estate development deal.

Slowly, Anna breaks down Quan’s dangerous and careless exterior while peeling off her own tough, protective shell. But when Quan discovers Anna’s true intentions, he’s forced to confront his own hurtful past and learn to forgive, while Anna must face her greatest challenge: truly opening herself up to love.

Yessss more from Helen Hoang pleaseeeee!

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Review: Sovereign Sacrifice (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #1) by Elise Kova


Sovereign Sacrifice by Elise KovaSovereign Sacrifice
(Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #4)
by Elise Kova
October 15, 2019
326 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Vi was supposed to be the perfect crown princess. Then, she abandoned her throne.

Vi was supposed to save the world as its Champion. Then, the world she loved vanished.

Now, all she knows is that she has deadly magic and brutal cunning and she's ready to settle some scores.

Old loves and new allies tell her to play it safe. But Vi is done with caution. She has a chance to right ancient wrongs and this princess-turned-warrior isn't turning back.

She's ready to bring an end to the vortex of death the world is trapped in.

The magic, romance, and epic adventure continue in book four of Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

WoW #277: The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund


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The Best Laid Plans by Cameron LundThe Best Laid Plans
by Cameron Lund
April 7, 2020
368 pages

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Eighteen-year-old Keely Collins is determined to change her status as the last virgin standing in this sweet, hilarious rom-com for fans of Meg Cabot and Jenny Han.

It seemed like a good plan at first.

When the only other virgin in her group of friends loses it at Keely's own eighteenth birthday party, she knows it's time for drastic measures. If she's going to avoid heading to college without any experience of her own, she needs to find the guy, and fast.

Problem is, she's known all the boys in her small high school forever, and it's kinda hard to be into a guy when you watched him eat crayons in kindergarten. So she can't believe her luck when she meets a ridiculously hot new guy named Dean. Not only does he look like he's fallen out of a classic movie poster, but he drives a motorcycle, flirts with ease, and might actually be into her.

But Dean's already in college, and Keely is convinced he'll drop her if he finds out how inexperienced she is. That's when she talks herself into a new plan: her lifelong best friend, Andrew, would never hurt or betray her, and he's clearly been with enough girls that he can show her the ropes before she goes all the way with Dean.

Of course, the plan only works if Andrew and Keely stay friends--just friends--so things are about to get complicated.

There are many stories with this trope out there but I'm curious to see how this one will be executed.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Review: Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson


Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson
Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters
by Emily Roberson
October 22, 2019
352 pages

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Sixteen-year-old Ariadne’s whole life is curated and shared with the world. Her royal family’s entertainment empire is beloved by the tabloids, all over social media, and the hottest thing on television. The biggest moneymaker? The Labyrinth Contest, a TV extravaganza in which Ariadne leads fourteen teens into a maze to kill a monster. To win means endless glory; to lose means death. In ten seasons, no one has ever won.

When the gorgeous, mysterious Theseus arrives at the competition and asks Ariadne to help him to victory, she doesn’t expect to fall for him. He might be acting interested in her just to boost ratings. Their chemistry is undeniable, though, and she can help him survive. If he wins, the contest would end for good. But if she helps him, she doesn’t just endanger her family’s empire―the monster would have to die. And for Ariadne, his life might be the only one worth saving.

Ariadne’s every move is watched by the public and predestined by the gods, so how can she find a way to forge her own destiny and save the people she loves?


Saturday, November 2, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #261


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And this is the last of my #booksfortrade book! I'm quoted on the back flap of the hardback copies so I decided to get this Faecrate edition as a keepsake~

Faecrate edition of Vortex Visions by Elise Kova

With a baby at home, I'm going to be cutting down on blogging. I thought I could keep posting as usual but it's proven to be difficult. I've got WoW posts scheduled till the end of the year but I'll mainly be sharing reviews from now on. If I can get the occasional StS post in then that's great too. Thank you for continuing to visit my blog!!

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

WoW #276: Finding Mr. Better-Than-You by Shani Petroff


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Finding Mr. Better-Than-You by Shani PetroffFinding Mr. Better-Than-You
by Shani Petroff
January 14, 2020
240 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
Camryn has been dating Marc FOREVER—since freshman year! She dropped out of volleyball to go to all his games, switched her schedule around to be in his favorite class, and has been busting her butt to get into Columbia so they can go to the same college. So when Marc suddenly, and very publically, breaks up with her a week into their senior year so that he can date the new transfer student, she’s absolutely devastated.

But why be sad, when you can get even? Inspired by her favorite movies, Camryn decides that the best revenge is a Senior Year well lived, starring a boy who is ever so much better than her ex. With a little help from her friends, Cam is going to have the Best. Senior. Year. Ever.

Or else!


The synopsis is a little vague but I've read and enjoyed two of this author's previous contemporaries so I'll give this a shot. Plus I think the cover's quite cute~

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Review: The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L. Jensen


The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen
The Bridge Kingdom
(The Bridge Kingdom #1)
by Danielle L. Jensen
August 13, 2019
354 pages

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Goodreads Summary:
What if you fell in love with the one person you'd sworn to destroy?

Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil - and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara's homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom.

But as she infiltrates her new home - a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas - and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore.

Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #260


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I received some more #booksfortrade books :)

If I'm Being Honest and The Bronze Key.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

WoW #275: You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle


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You Deserve Each Other by Sarah HogleYou Deserve Each Other
by Sarah Hogle
April 7, 2020
368 pages

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For fans of The Hating Game, a debut lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy about two unhappily engaged people each trying to force the other to end the relationship--and falling back in love in the process.

Naomi Westfield has an Instagram-perfect life, including the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family every bride dreams of being a part of. They never fight, complain, or disagree. They're preparing for their lavish wedding that's three months away. And they are miserably and utterly sick of each other.

Tired of contorting herself to fit the ridiculous standards demanded by Nicholas's family, Naomi wants out of the relationship. But there's a catch: Whoever calls off the engagement will have to foot the enormous bill for the wedding. When Naomi finds out that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of wills to see who can annoy the other into surrendering through pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.

But now that they have nothing to lose, they're finally being themselves. They're having so much fun getting on each other's nerves that it starts to feel like something else entirely. As Naomi discovers hidden feelings for Nicholas buried under three years of simmering resentment, she wonders if he feels the same way. Suddenly, the countdown to the wedding that may or may not come to pass feels more like a race to mutual destruction--and Naomi doesn't want to be left alone at the finish line.


I love the sound of this second chance romance, very unique.

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Review: 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston


10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
10 Blind Dates
by Ashley Elston
October 1, 2019
336 pages

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Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents' house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That's when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she's started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever... or is it?


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #259


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HBGCanada very kindly sent me a copy of this book for review. I've heard really great things about it!

10 Blind Dates with Pickles!

I received this surprise bookmail from Raincoast Books, thank you! This book is so pretty~ 

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

WoW #274: The Serpent's Curse (The Last Magician #3) by Lisa Maxwell


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The Serpent's Curse by Lisa MaxwellThe Serpent's Curse
(The Last Magician #3)
by Lisa Maxwell
August 18, 2020
912 pages

Goodreads      Indigo

Goodreads Summary:
Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows meets Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger in this spellbinding conclusion the “vivid and compelling” (BCCB), New York Timesbestselling Last Magician series.


Bind the Book.
Stop the Order.
Save the Magic.

Esta is no stranger to high-stakes heists; she is a seasoned thief with no reservations about using her time traveling abilities to give her an edge. But saving Harte—and magic itself—will put her skills to the test. The Book of Mysteriesthreatens to tear through the world and change the shape of magic forever, and only Esta and Harte stand in its way.

They race through time and across the country to steal back the remaining elemental stones needed to bind the book’s power, stop the Order, and save the future of the Mageus.

This book had the quietest cover reveal with it just popping up on GR... But I'm so excited to see how this story finishes!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, October 14, 2019

Review: The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renée Ahdieh


The Beautiful by Renée AhdiehThe Beautiful
(The Beautiful #1)
by Renée Ahdieh
October 8, 2019
448 pages

Goodreads     Indigo

Goodreads Summary:
New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with a sumptuous, sultry and romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight.

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she's forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city's glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group's leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien's guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #258


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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that lets us share what we've added to our shelves.


I made some trades on twitter's #bookstfortrade and added these pretties to my shelves!

All the beautiful finished copies!

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

WoW #273: Palace of Silver (The Nissera Chronicles #3) by Hannah West


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Palace of Silver by Hannah WestPalace of Silver
(The Nissera Chronicles #3)
by Hannah West
April 28, 2020 

Goodreads      Indigo

Goodreads Summary:
Return to the land of Nissera, home to spectacular magic. An uneasy peace reigns now that Valory has vanquished the Moth King and settled into her rightful place as queen of Calgoran. New leaders Glisette and Kadri hope to usher the neighboring kingdoms into an era of healing and prosperity. All should be well.

But there’s a fourth queen in charge: Ambrosine, banished overseas to Perispos. Driven by vanity, she vows to become the most powerful and beautiful ruler in the world, even if it means oppressing the mortal kingdom she is meant to protect. Meanwhile a dangerous uprising led by elicromancer-hating rebels gains momentum. Rot spreads through the Forest of the West Fringe. Valory goes missing. Facing enemies on all sides, Glisette and Kadri must reckon with the role of magic. How far will they go to defend their power—and can they build an uprising of their own?

West intertwines homages to Snow White and Bluebeard with her imaginative magical setting for an exhilarating installment in the acclaimed Nissera Chronicles. Stunning hardcover edition includes a two-page map and family tree.
 
 
I had a feeling there would be another book but wasn't sure. So happy to see it confirmed and with beautiful cover art and a synopsis no less!! I love this world that Hannah West has created <3

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, October 7, 2019

Review: The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett


The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
The Lady Rogue
by Jenn Bennett
September 3, 2019
384 pages

Goodreads     Indigo

Goodreads Summary:
The Last Magician meets A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in this thrilling tale filled with magic and set in the mysterious Carpathian Mountains where a girl must hunt down Vlad the Impaler’s cursed ring in order to save her father.

Some legends never die…

Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.

Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.

Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it.


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