Category: Books

April Book Haul

I normally save all my book-ish stuff for Fiction Friday (unless I’m too impatient or it’s too good to not share immediately). This is one of those times.

April Book Haul

April brings with it a large variety of books from a large variety of sources. I’m calling this post a haul instead of TBR because I’m so behind on campus work I don’t even know if I can make it to read these books. Anyway, here they are:

1) Someone Like You by Jennifer Gracen- I love Jennifer Grace’s work. This is a beautiful romance set in New York. I’ve already read it and I can’t wait for you guys to see my review.

2) The Wild Herald by Ron C Nieto- I won this ARC in a Facebook party. Honestly I don’t know much about it such I’ve only read the first book and this is the third but I really can’t wait to see how it all ends!

3) Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin- Holly Martin writes light-hearted romance books that are impossible NOT to love. I especially like this series with it’s colourful town and it’s cheerful characters.

4) The List by Siobhan Vivian- I’ve been waiting for this book forever. Every year some mean anonymous person posts a list of the prettiest and the ugliest girl in each grade. This book details how the list changes all of these girl’s lives and not for the better.

What are you looking forward to reading in April? Have you read any of these books?

FREE!!! TBR PRINTABLE

Recently I’ve been forgetting which books I’m supposed to be reading. I don’t know if it’s old age or college stress. To help both you and me, I designed the printable below to keep track of your reading list.

TBR List

 

Fiction Friday: Book Review- Scarred by Joanne Macgregor

ScarredScarred by Joanne Macgregor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sloane Munster (or Monster as some not-very-kind people call her) runs into Luke when she starts at a new school. Sloane was involved in a horrific accident that left her scarred and as soon as Luke sees her, he is repulsed by her new look. Or so it seems.
Unknown to Sloane, Luke has his own reasons for the animosity he feels towards her. Fate keeps dragging them together both in and out of school.
This is a story about Luke and Sloane’s pasts, their feelings for one another as well as the multitude of bullying that takes place at their school.
I loved how real this novel was. Several times I had to put the book down because the mean people here- be it a teacher, a parent or other teens- reminded me a little too much of people I’ve encountered in my own life. This book is excellently written and draws the reader in easily. I’m actually sad to see this book end. I’d love to read more about Sloane and Luke.

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Book Review: Gracie’s Song by Michelle Schlicher

Gracie's SongGracie’s Song by Michelle Schlicher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Gracie left home ten years ago for no apparent reason. Now she’s back for her mother’s funeral and her friends and family long to know the reason behind her absence. This book is told in flashbacks of Gracie’s life before leaving home and her life now that she has returned.
This is a wonderfully heartwarming read and I was in tears by the end. Gracie’s story is emotional and I love that she had a genuine reason for leaving home (I hate books where characters run away for no concrete reason or an overdone reason).
Fans of contemporary romance will love this book and I wholeheartedly recommended it to anyone who enjoys romance fiction. This book is beautiful!

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March Book Haul

I recently cashed in my Readers Warehouse vouchers for these books.
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I’ve read (and loved) almost all of them so I was really grateful to have my own print copies. I haven’t read Just Jealous but I’m really looking forward to starting it.

I also recently won a Scarred swag bag with a signed copy of Joanne Macgregor’s Scarred and other fun stuff (full post about that later).

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Cathedral of Cliffdale ( Guardians of Summerfield #1 ) by Melissa Delport

The Cathedral of Cliffdale (Guardians of Summerfeld, #1)The Cathedral of Cliffdale by Melissa Delport
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. At first it was confusing since there’s so many characters and so many supernatural creatures. Once I really got into the book though it was great. There’s several group of people- the guardians, the Vampires, the gypsies and the humans- but they’re all after one thing. Summerfield.
Quinn has abandoned her duty as a Guardian to take care of her niece and nephew. However her father and fellow Guardians demand that she returns to Summerfield. To ensure her co-operation they take the children. Quinn is left to either return to her job as a Guardian (and risk having her niece and nephew live a life without her) or to find something more precious that will help free the kids.
The world-building here is excellent. Summerfield has a rich history with lots of stories and myths behind it. I especially enjoyed how there were so many creatures in Summerfield including dragons and faeries. I can’t wait to read more.
Fans of fantasy will devour this book!

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Book Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles)

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles)

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like the rest of the Lunar Chronicles series, this book was impossible to put down until it was finished. We get to see backstories of all of our favorite characters. This stories are great since they show what makes the characters the people they are in the series. I especially enjoyed the retelling of The Little Mermaid (The Little Android). We also get to see the gang reunite for a wedding. Fans of the series will love this collection of stories!

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Fiction Friday- Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #4)

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Winter by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this both difficult to follow as well as emotionally painful since the characters were separated so often. At times I wasn’t sure if I should worry for the main characters or about Levana’s evil plans. I especially liked the character of Winter. A beautiful person with scars is an unusual way of describing someone but for Winter it just seems to fit. Winter is a funny, likable character and her mental state makes her more adorable.In this book, everyone is on Luna for what they plan to be their last battle. The truth about Queen Levana and Princess Selene will be revealed to the people of Luna who Cinder wants to help her fight back against Levana

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My Mid-Semester Break Reading List

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So many books, so little time. Here are the reads I’m eager to devour now that I’m on break.

1) Insurgent by Veronica Roth- I loved reading Divergent and would have completed the series if I hadn’t read a major spoiler. I’m sure some of you guys know exactly what I’m talking about. Nonetheless I’d love to be able to finally finish the series or even just the second book.

2) Gracie’s Song by Michelle Schlicher- I just got a review copy of this and I really can’t wait to read it! It looks like such an amazing story.

3) Welcome to the Real World by Lauren Berger- I’ve had this book on my TBR for a really long time now and what better time to read it than my senior year of college.

4) Slammed by Colleen Hoover- I read Slammed last year and instantly fell in love with the characters as well as Colleen Hoover’s writing. I’d love to reread it.

5) The Harry Potter Series- okay so I’ve already started on this. Harry Potter calmed me down when I was stressed last year and I’m hoping that a reread this year will have the same effect.

What’s on your TBR list?

Fiction Friday- Book Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #3)

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Cress by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If it wasn’t for the front cover I would have no idea that this was a retelling of Rapunzel. I may be incorrect but I think that rapunzel was a type of watercress in the original tale. Again, I’m not sure which is why I wasn’t certain if this really was a retelling.Anyway, Cress is a shell whose parents left her to die. Instead she has been saved by the Queen (*cough*evil*cough*) and is now a skilled hacker. Cinder and her gang plan on rescuing Cress but things don’t go as planned.I loved that this book stayed pretty true to the original tale and yet it was such an unpredictable story.

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