The Sunday Review: Well Met by Jen DeLuca

43189874._sy475_Title: Well Met
Author: Jen DeLuca
Page Count: 336 pages – ebook edition
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Publisher: Berkley

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Have you ever been swooned? Well Captain Simon and the Bar Wench Emily are about to swoon your ass off in this romcom! I remember reading the synopsis for this book a month or two ago and seeing the Renaissance Faire aspect of it made it an automatic must-read for me. The thought of working a Ren Faire for a summer is like working a fantasy summer camp to me. Like, how amazing would it be? Dressing up, acting in-character, playing with the patrons…so fun! And then in this book, we layer in this romance and some comedy?! Its so much fun!!

Just to give you an idea…in Well Met, our main character is Emily, who moves to this small town after her older sister is in a car wreck and now needs some help around the house and getting her daughter around for the summer. Well, daughter Caitlin finally old enough and is now volunteering for the town’s summer event which is the Renaissance Faire and in order for her to volunteer, she needs to have an adult work with her. Obviously her mom can’t because of her injury so Emily is recruited to be a part of the fair as well and she is assigned the role of Tavern Wench. From the moment she enters orientation, the guy in charge (Simon) hassles her about everything right down to filling out her form incorrectly. When Simon is in costume though, he is a completely different person. He is handfast to Emma, delivers her red roses, and recites Shakespeare. Is this new swagger all pirate Simon? Or does real Simon swoon for Emily as well?

jerry-zhang-n9eVQoeGDQk-unsplashI read this book so fast, I just could not get enough. Well Met was incredibly charming and filled with many emotions. First of all, I loved the small town setting and just the idea that Emily moved to town to help her sister April and she slowly grew to be accepted and to get to know everyone’s stories. Even April started to open up to the small town atmosphere a little more by the end so that was good too. Second, speaking of stories, I thought the background story of Mitch and the Faire and Simon’s extreme attachment to it was pretty decent. Overall though, I love how Emily really got it and how she and Simon talked it out. I thought their scene at the tree was an amazing scene for a chick lit/contemporary book and the ending was really nice.

The reason I gave this book only 4 stars rather than 5 is because I felt that Emily is a character that just got too critical and nervous and questioned every single thing that Simon said to her. It just got to be too much and felt obsessive to me. “He gave me a rose! Am I important? How do I handle this? What do I do next?” I was always wondering “Haven’t you ever been in a relationship before?” It just dimmed the shine on the story a little bit for me at times. Other than this though, I really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend! (especially the audiobook)

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First Line Friday: Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

“The train rattles as it moves beneath the city. Shadows rush past the windows, little more than streaks of movement, dark on dark. I can feel the ebb and flow of the Veil, the drumbeat of ghosts on every side.”

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39352771._sy475_Title: Tunnel of Bones (Cassidy Blake #2)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Page Count: 304 pages, hardcover
Release Date: 9/3/19
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Paranormal

Not the most exciting of first lines I have ever read, but I had to feature this book this week because this is book #2 in Schwab’s Cassidy Blake series. Book 1, City of Ghosts, was one of my favorite reads of 2018. I loved the setting, the characters and the plot. It checked all of my boxes. So now that this book has been released, I am absolutely ready for it! Thus far, its getting great reviews but the jury is still out so we’ll see. I will post my own review once I get to reading it. Stay tuned!

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Tag Tuesday ~ I should have read that!

Its been a little while since I’ve done a tag, so here is one to see us through the day!

-Rules-

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post…Thanks Regina!
  • Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 10 others to take part
  • ENJOY THE TAG!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read –
Everyone in general always wants me to read the ACOTAR series. Its Sarah J Maas and wingspan that, you know what I mean??

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up –
Oh, so many!! I’ll just go ahead and mention the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy here because I really, really do want to read this one and I own it and I just haven’t gotten to it!

A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet – 
I’m going to call out Red Queen for this one. I started this one a year or maybe even close to two years ago now and I do want to continue on in the series but I just haven’t gotten back to it. I want to though!

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read –
Frankenstein! How have I not read Frankenstein?! I read Dracula in full last year finally, and I have started Frankenstein, but how have I not made it all the way through?!

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read – 
Well, I have already cited Maas…and ADSOM…let’s embarrass myself further and admit that I haven’t read The Illuminae Files either. I swear I really want to! But y’all, there are just so many books and so little time!

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet –
My most recently watched adaptation that I “meant to read before watching” but of course, didn’t get around to…A Discovery of Witches. The show was pretty good! A little Twilight-ey, and a little corny in its own way, but it was decent. I hope the book is better.

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet –
The first one that came to mind was The Priory of the Orange Tree. This book is an absolute tome that I probably would have to drop all other hobbies in order to read and finish before I die. Maybe someday while I’m on maternity leave or something but…someday I would like to attempt reading it. As of right now though, I don’t know if I could fight my way through it. Just being realistic….

And there you have it, folks! The ‘I should have read that tag’! Honestly one of the simplest tags I have done! Its much easier to think of what you should have read rather than remember what you have read. Funny how that works, eh? Anyway, if you like the sound of this tag, please feel free to do it! Please tag me if you to because I would love to read your answers, and tag the original maker of the tag, listed above. Have a great Tuesday!

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Blog Tour: Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer

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Only Ashes Remain (Market of Monsters #2)
by Rebecca Schaeffer
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

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Synopsis:

After escaping her kidnappers and destroying the black market where she was held captive, all Nita wants is to find a way to live her life without looking over her shoulder. But with a video of her ability to self-heal all over the dark web, Nita knows she’s still a prime target on the black market.
There’s only one way to keep herself safe.
Nita must make herself so feared that no one would ever dare come after her again. And the best way to start building her reputation? Take her revenge on Fabricio, the boy who sold Nita to her kidnappers. But killing Fabricio is harder than Nita thought it would be, even with Kovit by her side. Now caught in a game of kill or be killed, Nita will do whatever it takes to win.
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Review:
We left off in book #1 (Not Even Bones–link to my review) on a huge cliffhanger. Our main character Nita is coming face-to-face with the guy who she set free and then turned around and sold her to the black market. Or did he? I’m not convinced. But Nita is. She is reunited with her mother, only to truly see how slimy and irritating she truly is. Nita says no more and sets off on her own. But she reunites with our favorite Zannie–Kovit–soon and, of course, the dark adventures and terrors begin.
I wish I could truly tell you about this book, but I don’t want to spoil anything. You really have to experience it for yourself. I loved that the cast of characters expands in this book, and more than anything, I love seeing more of Kovit in this book! Give me a dark, moody book boyfriend any day! Although. Here’s the catch. This relationship reminded me of the…I don’t know what to call it…Edward and Bella…where she is the only female who is immune to his powers and is therefore more attractive to him. More or less. All of that being said, I don’t care, because I loved their fragility both together and separate. It made for such a dynamic book! There is the violence and the action and the chase…but then there is this questioning and moral greyness, and there is actual time spent to dissect it. Love it!
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The Author:

Rebecca Schaeffer was born and raised in the Canadian prairies. Her itchy feet took her far from home when she turned eighteen, and she hasn’t returned for more than a few months here or there since. You can find her sitting in a cafe on the other side of the world, writing about villains, antiheroes and morally ambiguous characters.
Her debut , Not Even Bones, is about a girl who dissects and sells monsters on the internet. Not Even Bones received a starred review from Booklist, was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Speculative Fiction, as well as the Cybilis awards.
Go find her on Goodreads, Instagram, or Twitter.
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Only Ashes Remain Blog Tour Schedule


August 28th

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

August 29th

NovelKnight – Guest Post
To All The Books I’ve Read Before – Review + Playlist
Bookish Looks – Promotional Post

 

August 30th

Camillea Reads – Review + Favourite Quotes
Flying Paperbacks – Review + Favourite Quotes
Singer of Stories – Review
Kerri The Book Belle – Review

 

August 31st

It Starts at Midnight – Review
Fictitiouswonderland  – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Favourite Quotes

 

September 1st

A Dream Within A Dream – Review
Smada’s Book Smack – Review + Playlist
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post

 

September 2nd

Moonlight Rendezvous  – Review + Favourite Quotes
Never Too Many To Read – Review  + Favourite Quotes
Tracey Drew Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Reading Life – Promotional Post

September 3rd
The Book Bratz – Interview
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlist
The Clever Reader – Review
Devouring Books – Review

Book Soundtrack: Devil Inside Me by Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes
A huge thank you to FFBC, Rebecca, and the publishers for granting me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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The Sunday Review: I’m Not Dying With You Tonight

43352274Title: I’m Not Dying With You Tonight
Author: Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal
Page Count: 249 pages
Release Date: August 6, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

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SYNOPSIS – Lena and Campbell aren’t friends.

Lena has her killer style, her awesome boyfriend, and a plan. She knows she’s going to make it big. Campbell, on the other hand, is just trying to keep her head down and get through the year at her new school.

When both girls attend the Friday-night football game, what neither expects is for everything to descend into sudden mass chaos. Chaos born from violence and hate. Chaos that unexpectedly throws them together.

They aren’t friends. They hardly understand the other’s point of view. But none of that matters when the city is up in flames, and they only have each other to rely on if they’re going to survive the night.

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REVIEW – Campbell moves to a new town for her senior year and is recruited to work the refreshment stand at the Friday night football game when no one else in the class volunteers. She doesn’t really have friends yet and she really doesn’t have help in the stand. She’s the outcast, the quiet one. Meanwhile, Lena is at the game to watch her friend dance in the halftime show and to show off her own hot new outfit and designer bag. Her boyfriend, Black, is older and in the studio laying down new tracks. On the outside, Lena has it all–friends, boyfriend, clothes, bags, even a plan for the future.

But when halftime hits, chaos breaks out. It starts as team rivalry. A fight. Next it erupts into chaos. More and more people get involved. And then there are gunshots. Honestly, from the beginning of the book, I didn’t stop reading. I could clearly picture my own high school games and then the rowdiness of them and even picture the violence and chaos. I could really picture Lena and Campbell on a journey through the rough neighborhoods of a rough city in the dark of night. I know those streets my own parents have told me to never even drive down, let alone walk down, and then Lena and Campbell are faced with that walk in the middle of a protest. No. Way. I’m Not Dying With You Tonight had my blood pressure up and my imagination working.

But that’s also a down side to this book. It was hard, at times, to imagine the night lasting as long as it did, and at a couple points, I did want it to just be over for these poor girls. Just hunker down and hide until morning. The book left much to the imagination regarding exactly why there was so much violence and terror in the city that night. A protest was mentioned but that’s all we get? And at the football game it was all team rivalry? I guess one takeaway is that we really do live in an age of high levels of panic where it is so easy to become a victim and it can be so difficult to escape the crossfire. Campbell and Lena learned that I think that, and that is exactly what this book did a great job of showing in several other ways as well. Thank you to Edelweiss and the publishers for letting me read this shocking and heart-wrenching book. It was quite an eye-opener, and so many people would do well to read it with an open mind.

Soundtrack: Where is the Love? by The Black Eyed Peas

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Bout of Books is Back!

bsziyc0Hi everyone! I have decided that July and August are officially the best months for reading! Pretty much all of the best events happen and its so exciting. Unfortunately I have been bad about posting about all of them and I have been pretty busy so I have been a bit of a from-a-distant participant. However, I am putting up a post about this one! Here comes Bout of Books, and I am jumping in! From August 19th through 25th I will be reading with the BoB readathon. They are doing Twitter chats, daily challenges, giveaways, and more. I have participated in this event once or twice before and it is always a good time. 8/20 is the last day to sign up so if you miss this go-round, you can check out the next date on their Twitter or blog!

Is anyone else participating? Stay tuned for updates!

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The Sunday Review: Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

37570585Title: Not Even Bones
Author: Rebecca Schaeffer
Published: September 4, 2018
Pages: 368 (Hardcover)
Publisher: HMH Books
Young Adult, Paranormal, Horror, Urban Fantasy

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Goodreads Synopsis: Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” Until her mom brings home a live specimen and Nita decides she wants out; dissecting a scared teenage boy is a step too far. But when she decides to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold in his place—because Nita herself isn’t exactly “human.” She has the ability to alter her biology, a talent that is priceless on the black market. Now on the other side of the bars, if she wants to escape, Nita must ask herself if she’s willing to become the worst kind of monster.

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This book has been on my TBR for a while. Why? The description calls it a mix of Dexter and V.E. Schwab’s This Savage Song, which is a pretty epic combination when you think about it. Main character Nita has a fascination with anatomy and takes comfort in dissecting the bodies of supernaturals–like herself–which are then sold as parts on the black market by her mother. She is used to her subjects being cold on her table until one day, her mother brings a live victim to their basement and this is where the story really begins.

fac5f2cd4741e38f6392ea1bb85df8a6Fast forwarding so as to not spoil details in the story, Nita finds herself caged and up for sale on the black market. As she tries to work out who betrayed her location and her secret of being an unnatural, she attempts to escape to safe territory. In this unique world, there are all kinds of different ‘monsters,’ their various parts being of varying uses and values. This, of course, is where a lot of gore comes into play because Nita has to either cut them up, watch them being consumed or extracted or detached, and of course there is violence in the being imprisoned, escape attempts, etc.

The book leaves off on a cliffhanger after Nita comes face-to-face with…well, I can’t tell you that. Just know that this is a book that is incredibly unique and keeps you on your toes the entire time. It is certainly full of blood and guts, monsters, black market mafia, and action. I would say there isn’t a ton of character development as of yet, but book 2 is releasing September 3, 2019 so we will find out soon!

Book Soundtrack: I Come With Knives by IAMX

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July Wrap-Up + August Goals

Hello, bibliophiles! Is it just me, or did August sneak up on us? I was on track and conscious at the beginning of July and then everything just started to blur. I have no idea what happened. Now all of a sudden its almost a week into August! Whaaa?? I must have done some reading though, because I have some things to share! Let me get to it…

– Books Read –

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue … 7/2/19 … ★★★★☆
The Kingdom … 7/7/19 … ★★★★☆
Hotel Dare … 7/9/19 … ★★★☆☆
Great Balls of Fury … 7/10/19 … ★★★★☆
The Silent Patient … 7/13/19 … ★★★★☆
Little Women … 7/16/19 … ★★★★☆
Dry … 7/27/19 … ★★★★☆
On The Come Up … 7/28/19 … ★★★★☆
TOTAL = 8

– Books Hauled –

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Sorcery of Thorns
Spin the Dawn
Hello Girls
Barnes & Noble/Amazon
Wilder Girls
Community Buys/Trades
Shadow of the Fox
The Storm Crow
Digital Buys
Ink and Bone
Six of Crows
Sherwood
TOTAL = 9

So that was my July! I feel pretty good about basically reading and hauling the same number of books. Plus, 8-9 is a good number for me! I have been at about 6 books for the past few months so I’m up a bit! I’d like to keep it here. I’m getting back into writing in my book planner (slowly but surely) and I’m working on the Magical Readathon too! I will have my N.E.W.T. TBR post up really soon….hopefully this weekend!

How many books did you read last month? What did you haul in July?

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

All right, here it is. My rendition of the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! I know we’re past “mid-year” by now, but I have put a lot of (probably too much) thought into this. Better late than never, eh?

THE QUESTIONS:

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1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019.
Hands down, no questions asked, best book I have read so far was Red, White, and Royal Blue. I haven’t been quiet about this one since I read it and I probably won’t shut up about it for a while!
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019.
Outside of graphic novels which I have been reading more or less in sequence together, I have only read two books in series and one was a re-read! Yikes! Maybe that is something I will look into more for the rest of the year. That being said, I really did enjoy the ‘sequel’ I did read…it was the final book in a 4-book series, and that would be The Dire King from Jackaby by William Ritter. I loved this series, and if you haven’t read any of these books, I certainly recommend.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Definitely A Sorcery of Thorns! I am pretty sure I have this one coming in a sub box so I am trying to wait patiently but it is really difficult because everyone is raving about this one!
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
After all the good things that have come out so far this year, its amazing to believe we’re still getting epic releases throughout the rest of the year! What I am most looking forward to is between Children of Virtue and Vengeance and Ninth House.
5. Biggest disappointment.
Unpopular opinion but…The Bear and the Nightingale. That’s what really makes a  disappointment, isn’t it? I had high hopes for this book and it let me down because so many people love this story! I can see why but it wasn’t for me. Maybe it was because I listened to the audiobook? Someday I’ll try the hard copy, or maybe I’ll try book 2 that way…we’ll see.
6. Biggest surprise.
I already mentioned Red, White, & Royal Blue, so for my final answer here I am going to say Slayer for this one. I am not really a Buffy fan, and I thought this book was going to be about Buffy herself but pretty much everything I had expected about this book was wrong and I gave this book 5 stars!
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
For this question I am going to choose Emily A Duncan, who wrote Wicked Saints.loved this book and thought it was so well written! The fantasy structure was so well thought out, I absolutely cannot wait to read book 2!
8. Newest fictional crush.
The boys in Wicked Saints were my latest heart thieves. I didn’t know who to like, who to sympathize with, who to distrust…as I mentioned, Emily wrote them so well, I just fell for them both. I can’t wait for the whole series to come out so I can have more of them!
9. Newest favourite character.
Klaus, aka Number 4, from The Umbrella Academy! I watched the show and read the comic books and of course, I ended up being a sucker for Klaus’ morbid temperament. Leave it to me to want the guy with contacts on the other side.
10. Book that made you cry.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Not much contest there. If you haven’t read this book yet, what are you waiting for? Get to it. It was so good. 5 stars. Pick it up.
11. Book that made you happy.
Again, Red, White & Royal Blue made me laugh out loud countless times! I loved so many things about that book and now I am seeing merch rolling out–t-shirts, buttons, “royal” garb…I want it! It all just makes me so happy!
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
I joined a buy/sell/trade group this year so I really have been adding a LOT of books to my shelves over the past several months! Plus I am a sucker for covers so its so hard to choose. I think one of the most beautiful books I’ve gotten so far this year is Onyx & Ivory (I have always been a sucker for this cover). Also, how can you beat the cover of King of Scars? I mean, come on.
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Speaking of King of Scars, I really need to read the Six of Crows of duology (which I always say but I really, really mean it!!!) in order to earn my way to KoS! I really need to do it before the show starts on Netflix and before more books come out.
14. Favourite Book Community Member
This is probably the real reason it took me a while to finish this…looking up my buds. So the people I always look to for blog formatting, new releases, bookish opinions, really just anything and everything–whether they know it or not–are Destiny @howling libraries, Klo @Reader Voracious, and Austine @Novel Knight.

And that is that. Woo! So if you have not yet done this tag, I recommend taking a few minutes and reflecting on what you have read this year so far. Consider yourself…TAGGED!!

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OTSPSecret Sister – Seeking Sisters for Book Exchange

Hiya everyone!

For the past six months, I have been participating in a book exchange project that I have wanted to be a part of for years….probably since I first discovered the bookish community. The ladies I have met and corresponded with under #OTSPSecretSister have shared joys, fears, anxieties, everyday goings on, and everything in between. The letters and packages that we exchange are just a fun side effect of our community.

becca-tapert-u5e1kqW6E3M-unsplashIf you are interested in being a part of our group, there are just a couple more things to know. First off, we chat mainly on Twitter under the hash tag mentioned above. Second, you do need to know and understand that this is a commitment. If you come on board with us, you’re in the fam for six months. There are different tiers or monetary groups to sign up for, including $0 where you can be a penpal with someone or someones. If you choose to exchange monthly bookish packages with a secret sister then that’s great too but in the end, its about the connections with the group!

So of course this is all a summary, but what you mostly need to know you can find on the Round 11 information and sign up page. There you will find more information as well as a link to an FAQ page. And in the meantime, if you have any other questions feel free to ask me or search up our hash tag on Twitter! Sign-ups are open NOW and will remain open until August 23rd.

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