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Book Review- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1)Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I decided to reread this series before I tackle Hero at the Fall. I was in a reading slump when I read Rebel of the Sands AND Traitor to the Throne so I needed to renew my excitement for this series before it ends.
Amani dreams of leaving her deadbeat town and when she encounters Jin, she gets the opportunity to do so. But on their way out of the town, the two of them keep getting caught up in trouble, adventures and encountering mystical creatures (none of which I have EVER seen before). The only way I can describe this novel without spoiling anything is to say that it is totally unique. It was surprising and unpredictable and I loved every second of it. Since I read this so long ago and was in such an awful book slump , I also couldn’t remember lots of details about this book. Rereading was a great way to get back into this world and I can’t wait to binge-read the rest of this series. If you haven’t read this yet, now is the perfect time to binge the series.

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Fiction Friday: Book Review- The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)The Selection by Kiera Cass
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In an unusual dystopian world, society is distracted by it’s troubles by the Selection, which is a combination of The Hunger Games and the Bachelor. America doesn’t want to be Selected- she is already in love with someone else- but she realises that it is what is best for her family. When America finally meets Prince Maxon, the two of them begin a tentative friendship. Maxon knows that America is not interested in him but he finds her honesty refreshing.
This was the first audiobook I ever listened to and I found it just okay. The story was cliche and pretty easy to predict. However I did find this book pretty fun (and then I came home and read spoilers for the rest of the series and ruined any chances of me finishing the rest of the books). This was a great light read and it took me out of my reading slump. Definitely read this book if you’re looking for something fun and cheerful.

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Fiction Friday: #ASeriesAMonth2018 

first heard about #ASeriesAMonth2018 on Instagram. Immediately I thought “Omg what a great idea! I have to be part of this!”

#ASeriesAMonth2018 would also be a great way to trim my TBR bookshelf since all I can see on it are series (does no one write stand alones anymore?)
Honestly I’m really skeptical that I’m going to be able to finish these books but I’d love to try it out. Here are the series I’ve chosen for #ASeriesAMonth2018:

  1. Guardians of Summerfield by Melissa Delport
  2. The Legacy trilogy by Melissa Delport
  3. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
  4. Star-Crossed by Josephine Angelini
  5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
  6. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  7. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  8. Blue Bloods by Melissa De la Cruz
  9. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  10. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  11. Vamps by Nancy A. Collins
  12. Evermore by Alyson Noël

Book Review: Alterations by Stephanie Scott

AlterationsAlterations by Stephanie Scott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a digital copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Amelia is a quiet and reserved girl who has been in love with her mother’s employer’s son, Ethan for as long as she can remember. When her grandmother signs her up for a prestigious fashion internship in NYC, Amelia is reluctant to go. She doesn’t want to be away from home and she certainly doesn’t want to be away from Ethan. After all, this summer was going to be her chance to show him that they belonged together. However once Amelia gets to New York, she discovers a totally new world as well as a totally new side to herself. Returning back to Miami as a changed and more confident version of herself, Amelia catches the eye of Ethan while working with his brother, Liam.
This was a pretty long read but I enjoyed it immensely. I loved how focused and career-orientated Amelia was. She reminded me of myself back in high school and I really enjoyed seeing that. I loved watching Ethan go from a flat character who was just hot, rich and popular to an actual fleshed-out person. This was a fun, light-hearted read that I definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys YA.

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Book Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

Final GirlsFinal Girls by Riley Sager
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And oh, what a read this has been. It has been about a month since I finished this book and I am still not over it.
Quincy, Lisa and Sam have been dubbed “Final Girls” by the press. Each of the girls were the only remaining survivor of three different massacres. It’s been a decade since Quincy and her friends were attacked at a cabin in the wood and she has put the past behind her. She has a great life, a great career and an amazing boyfriend. Her life is pretty perfect… Until she finds out that Lisa has killed herself. Lisa was a motivational speaker and possibly the most upbeat of the Final Girls. Her death leads to Sam showing up to meet Quincy in person. As the remaining Final Girls bond, two things quickly become clear- 1) Quincy is not as okay as she thought she was and 2) Sam can’t be trusted. Quincy may be done with her past but her past is certainly not done with her.
This novel had me glued to my seat. The plot was compelling and the writing was great. I also enjoyed the many plot twists. This novel was unexpected but so enjoyable. I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future. If you enjoy mystery novels and thrillers, you will love this book.

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September TBR

My September TBR is pretty small since I still have a few older books that I want to finish. There have been such amazing releases recently that my older books keep getting pushed back. Here are the books that I want to read for September:

 

1)Law Of Tall Girls by Joanne Macgregor: I’m currently reading this and IT IS SO GOOD! It took me a while to get into this book since it just reminded me of my awkward teen years and I couldn’t help but cringe at all the memories this book brought back.

2) The Final Girls by Riley Sager: This is a murder mystery about three girls who are the sole survivors of three different massacres. Dubbed “The Final Girls” by the press, there is someone who is targeting these girls. It’s been a while since I read a murder mystery (maybe forever?) so I can’t wait to read this.

3) The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor: This is the sequel to “The Unlucky Bride” and follows Emma, the headstrong bookworm from the first book. I loved Emma’s character and I am so glad that she gets her own story.

 

Books From Past TBRs:

  1. The Divine Heart by Danielle R Mani
  2. The Internet Made Me Do it by Jennifer Ammoscato
  3. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

What’s on your September TBR? Have you read any of these books? What did you think? I’d love to know below.

Fiction Friday: My Most Anticipated September Book Releases

For some reason, September has incredible book releases. I love when all of my anticipated reads release close to one another (I’m less likely to forget a book) however I run a high risk of spending all my money and/or not reading any of the books because I can’t pick a book to read. Here are some of my most anticipated September reads:

2017 september reads

 

1) One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake( Three Dark Crowns #2):

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

Release Date: 19 September 2017

 

2) Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #6):

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Release Date: 5 September 2017

 

3) Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin (Hope Island #3):

Growing up on Hope Island, Eden Lancaster always believed that if you wished hard enough for something, dreams really could come true. But Eden’s greatest wish is also her biggest secret: she has been completely in love with her childhood friend, the charming and attractive Dougie Harrison, for as long as she can remember. And he has no idea.

When Dougie leaves his successful life in New York to return home to Hope Island for good, Eden can’t escape her feelings. Her heart is full of hope that her romantic dreams are finally, at long last, going to come true…

This Christmas could change everything. But can a lifelong friendship really turn into the perfect romance? And will Eden get the happily ever after she’s always wished for?

Release Date: 22 September

 

4) Tarnished City (Dark Gifts #2) by Vic James:

In a modern Britain where magic users control wealth, politics—and you—an uprising has been crushed. In its aftermath, two families will determine the country’s fate. The ruthless Jardines make a play for ultimate power. And the Hadleys, once an ordinary family, must find the extraordinary strength to fight back.

Abi Hadley is a fugitive. Her brother Luke, a prisoner. Both will discover that in the darkest places, the human spirit shines brightest.

While amid his family’s intrigues, Silyen Jardine dreams of lost powers from an earlier age. As blood runs in the streets of London, they will all discover whether love and courage can ever be stronger than tyranny.

How do you choose when you can’t save everyone…?

 

Release Date: 5 September 2017

 

What book are you most excited for in September? I’d love to know below.

Fiction Friday: My Seven Favourite Contemporary Romance Authors

I don’t always read contemporary romance but when I do, I go for authors that I’ve already read before. Here are seven of my favourite contemporary romance authors.

 

My 7 Favourite Contemporary Romance Authors

 

  1. Nora Roberts- I feel like most of the world is obsessed with Nora Roberts and rightfully so. Her characters are real and her writing feels soothing. I’ve yet to find a Nora Roberts book that I didn’t enjoy.
  2. Lisa Kleypas- Like Nora Roberts, reading Lisa Kleypas books soothes me. I think it’s because I’ve read them all so often that rereading them feels like coming home to an old friend.
  3. Rachel Morgan- Rachel Morgan writes contemporary YA romance as Richelle Morgan. Her Trouble series is one of my all-time favourite YA contemporary books. It still breaks my heart that the series is over. The books were SOO good.
  4. Jennifer Gracen- Another automatic go-to author is Jennifer Gracen. Her characters usually have some sort of darkness or issue holding them back but it just makes me love them more.
  5. Holly Martin- Holly Martin’s books are light and lovely and they make me want to curl up in bed with a snack and read read read. LOVE THEM!
  6. Joanne Macgregor- I haven’t read that many YA contemporary romances by Joanne Macgregor (just Scarred which I really enjoyed!) but I love her writing and how real her characters are. She’s recently released a contemporary retelling of The Little Mermaid called Hushed.
  7. Kody Keplinger- I loved loved LOVED The Duff book and the movie. I haven’t read anything else by Kody Keplinger but it’s fine. I trust her writing. Also, I kinda threw myself at her books when I found them on sale at the bookstore (there was only one copy of each left and I didn’t want anyone else to get them).

What are some of your favourite contemporary books and authors? What authors do you buy even if you don’t know much about their books? I’d love to know below.

Five Popular Series I Haven’t Read Yet

When you’re a bookworm, it’s difficult to keep up with all the great books out there. I spent a large portion of my teen years unable to access books because a) they were expensive and b) my parents had no time to take me to the library. Also, I automatically hated any series that was popular but had no vampires. Like why did they even exist? Here are a few popular series I still haven’t read:

 

5 Popular Series I Haven't Read Yet

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia: This one upsets me because I really loved the movies. At 21, I still haven’t read any of the books.
  2. Percy Jackson’s Series: I don’t even know what this series is called *throws self on floor and cries hysterically* These movies were also pretty good.
  3. The Infernal Devices: I stopped reading The Mortal Instruments after the way book 3 ended beautifully and this meant that I never read any of the spin-offs. However I do own The Infernal Devices in eBook format and I have a signed copy of Lady Midnight. I also have an untouched and unread copy of The Shadowhunter Chronicles. Just call me The Book Hoarder.
  4. Bloodlines: I own several of the books in this series but I haven’t read it. I’m scared it’s not going to be as good as Vampire Academy and so I just don’t want to read it. But I have it. Just in case I want to read it.
  5. House of Night: I did not like this series and will not read it. I know it isn’t as popular now and it was when it first came out but omg I hate it. I tried reading the first book and the experience just felt painful.

What popular books or series haven’t you read yet? Have you read any of the series I mentioned? What did you think of it? Let me know below.

My Most Anticipated Reads for 2017

Happy New Year everyone! I’m so thrilled that 2017 is finally here because there’s so many great books coming out! Here are a few of my most anticipated reads for 2017:

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1) The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
2) One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
3) Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
4) A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
5) Now I Rise by Kiersten White
6) Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
7) Because You Love to Hate Me by Various Authors
8) Caraval by Stephanie Garber
9) Firstborn by Tosca Lee

 

What books are you most looking forward to reading in 2017?

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