Blog Tour: Escaping Houdini

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Escaping Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalo
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Release date: September 18, 2018
Genre: YA – Historical Fiction, Mystery

Synopsis: Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

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greathoudiniescaperoombackground1Hello, book #3, I am so glad you are finally here!! There are many other small attributes that are appealing about this book right off the bat. Take, for instance the characters and their banter. Thomas and Audrey play off each other so well…or maybe its just Thomas. Second, the setting was so neat. Set on a ship! In my mind I wanted it to be the Titanic, of course, but hey, we can’t always get what we want. Kerri still did a great job. And third, probably the most complex murderer of the series so far. This time around, the murderer is killing his victims and staging them like playing and tarot cards. Fascinating!

And of course, no review would be complete without mentioning….Mephistopheles! He and his mysterious Midnight Carnival crew bewilder audiences, but also inspire suspense. I do wish we would have seen more of Houdini himself. I mean, the man is in the title! Too much to ask apparently.

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14584166Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

Check out more reviews from the Fantastic Book Blog Tour Here!

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Hands down, favorite book of 2018. So glad I picked it up…I highly recommend it!!

40603053_252614982058477_5801272868566204416_nSo the biggest question surrounding this book–and I know that I am not the only person asking this, because friends in the bookish community have asked me this, and I have seen this discussion multiple times–is: is it worth the hype? My opinion, of course, is ABSOLUTELY! But of course, everyone really must choose for themselves. All hype aside, though, this book grabbed me from the start and had me spellbound all the way through. I loved all of the characters, I loved the magic system, I loved the writing, I loved….EVERYTHING!!! And yes, I almost let hype stop me from reading this but I’m so glad I didn’t! This book is SO worth reading. Plus, Tomi Adeyemi is everything. I love following her on social media. Her soul is in this book, you can just tell. Its just so beautiful. So beautiful.

In case you don’t know much about the book yet, here is a link to the Goodreads summary. I highly, highly, highly recommend you get on reading this one. My mom even read this one and enjoyed it. Hey, Jimmy Fallon recommends it! Ha! So give it a shot (or another shot?) and enjoy!

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Tag Tuesday: Reader Problems Tag

Hi everyone! I am sorry I’ve gone pretty quiet on here! There has been so much activity in my real life. We have sent out all of our wedding invitations and have gone into heavy duty decoration-making mode so things have started getting really busy! But I’m still reading as much as possible and now things will hopefully die down a little bit. In regards to this tag, it was originally created by About to Read.

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next? I’m a mood reader and an impulse reader. Also, based on the release date of ARCs that I need to read for NetGalley or blog tours.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed? I’ve gotten better about embracing the concept of “Life is too short to read books that you don’t enjoy.”

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how? The end of the year is always crunch time it seems! I read shorter cozy mysteries and romances. And its really not a burden because I love holiday books!

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope? Cry and whine and buy them anyway and pray that someday they will match!! I hate non-matching covers!

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings? There have to be people out there who also don’t like the book. I will find them!

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal? I will cry. If its cry-worthy, the dam will break and the tears will flow. Probably not as ugly as if I am at home, but it will happen.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!? If I truly loved the first book, I will re-read. If a book was just ok and I am about to jump into a sequel then I will probably browse Goodreads and/or my past blog posts and reviews for thoughts.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask? Give recommendations on places to buy the book at a good price or find ebook bargains.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump? Keep trying until I find one that hooks my attention. I have this so frequently, I WILL find one eventually.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy? As much as I want to BUY ALL THE BOOKS, I try to limit it to only buying 1-2 at a time, 3 at the most. Plus sometimes I pre-order books that I really want so there are those also.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them? I am ashamed to say that usually I get really excited about a book release, go out and buy the book, and then they sit for a long time. I have to finish whatever I’m currently reading, and then I have to wait to be “in the mood” for it.

If you’ve followed my blog, you know how I roll with my tags. If you’re reading this and you’re interested in doing this tag, consider yourself TAGGED!! Just answer these questions on your own blog and link back to my blog and you’re good to go! Hope you’re having a great week!

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BLOG TOUR: These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

52b-2bcover2bwith2btaglineHappy release day to Sara Raasch and her epic new book, These Rebel Waves!! We also know Sara from the Snow Like Ashes trilogy, so here is the start of a new fantasy series about a soldier, a prince, and a raider.

Now, I want to start off right now and address this pirate debate going on. Devereux (or “Vex” as he is known) is the character in question. The synopsis refers to him as a pirate. Thus far in book one, we really don’t see him pirating. We see him ashore, in more of a “raiding” state. In the very beginning, it says he needs to take time to think and form his plan. A guy is allowed to do that right? Ms. Raash can have a master plan up her sleeve and have some pirating saved for later, right?? (I don’t know this for sure, granted, but I can guess!) The very title has nothing to do with pirates…it does say rebel and the book does have a rebellious/outlaw feel going on. So really, while there aren’t really high seas adventures and swashbuckling battles in this book, there is much plot to be read. No gay pirates and rounds of rum or whatever, but I was fine. I didn’t have all of those expectations, I just read many, many, MANY reviews of bookworms who apparently did. Sorry, friends. You set yourself up.

So what did this book have, if not pirates? Well, a trio of very different characters living in a corrupt society in a Jamaican-esque setting of Game of Thrones with a Herbology class from Harry Potter. Our main characters are Vex (previously mentioned off-duty pirate/raider), Adeluna (this daughter of two former revolutionaries turned politicians, we call her Lu), and Benat (Ben for short, the crown prince). Together these three set out to find magic, a missing diplomat, and peace for their country. Along the way, they discover new love, their sexuality, and much about their past.

I admit that it took me a while to get into this book. I was super confused in the beginning because the nicknames were all unfitting to me and I couldn’t keep track of the POV switches. It really took me a while to figure things character-wise and it got a bit frustrating. That being said, though, once I figured things out, everything really fit like a glove. Also, for a fantasy series, I felt that I did expect a bit more adventure and action. There was just so much political and religious drama it took a lot of patience and thought and determination to get through. But overall I thought it was worth it. There was a plot twist and WHOA. Talk about keeping readers on our toes! Loved it!

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Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, the first in a trilogy, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.

Book Soundtrack: “I’ll Fly Away” by Flatfoot 56

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Tag Tuesday: Harry Potter Book Tag

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY!! Did you know that today, July 31st, is Harry Potter’s birthday? Yep! Its almost sad that I know that, but I do. Our little hero was born on this day in 1980. So in honor of that, of course I must do a tag in his honor!

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Favourite book – Growing up my favorite book was Prisoner of Azkaban. I still really like that book but now that I’m older I think Deathly Hallows is my favorite. I think it has more depth to it, which I appreciate more.

Favourite movie – Half Blood Prince for sure! Although I enjoy watching Goblet of Fire much more than I used to.

Least favourite book – Chamber of Secrets I think. Probably my least favorite movie as well. Which is a shame because I love Kenneth Branagh!!

37da4a94ad2dfe0a275634a5ed212b8eParts of the books/movies that made you cry – Oh come on! Dobby. The raising of the wands for Dumbledore. Those are the biggest moments.

If you could hook up with any Harry Potter character who would it be? Either of the Weasely twins. 😉

Favourite character – Prof. McGonagall, Molly Weasley, Sirius, Dumbledore

What would your Patronus be? A dog.

Which of the Deathly Hallows would you choose? Wand.

What House would you be in? Ravenclaw.

If you could meet any member of the cast who would it be? Alan Rickman.

lhp1_featuredHave you played any of the video games? Lego Harry Potter for the WIN!!

If you were on the Quiddich team which position would you play? Spectator.

Were you happy with the ending? Yes, minus the “Fifteen years later” part. I hate when authors do that. I just don’t need that in a book….

How much does Harry Potter mean to you? I have many memories associated with the books, the movies, merchandise, and hopefully someday the theme parks. I plan on making more with future children and other family members. I don’t see HP fading from my life anytime soon. ❤

So if you’re reading this and you’re a fan of HP and want to wish him a happy birthday too, or just want to have a bit of fun with this tag, then consider yourself tagged! 😉

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Between Frost and Fury by Chani Lynn Feener

357958931Hello, book lovers! Happy hump day! This post was supposed to be up this morning but apparently I don’t know the difference between AM and PM when posting blogs anymore–my bad!! Anywho, without further ado, I have an amazing review to share with you today….Between Frost and Fury begins right where Amid Stars and Darkness left off (kind of like this review, right? heh heh!). Ruckus is on the phone with Delaney when her tone of voice changes ever so slightly and he’s trying not to panic–what can possibly be wrong? There’s no way anyone suspects….unless they do. And then this whirlwind of a book picks up.

There are so many things that I absolutely love about book number two of this trilogy! First off, we actually get a little bit of Trystan’s perspective in this book. It isn’t completely from his perspective because the book isn’t first person, but it does follow him as a character in a few chapters! I don’t recall ever doing that with Ruckus in book one. So that’s pretty cool. Secondly, the writing is far better in this book! I griped a bit about it being slightly juvenile in book 1. Well, Chani must have found a new editor or something because the difference is night and day! I loved it! And third, the thickening of the plot is so intense that I am so incredibly invested now, I am recommending this book to everyone now!!!

So hopefully, you as a follower of my blog are interested by now as well. If so, you can win a copy of the book sponsored by Xpresso Book Tours! This is a US/CAN giveaway and is open until July 26th.

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If you are independent and you don’t need no giveaways and just want to check the book out for yourself, you can do so on any of these fine platforms:

Amazon  |  B&N  |  iBooks  |  Kobo  |  Goodreads

Also check out the author while you’re at it. Chani is a really neat lady who has also written some other books and likes to do other cool things like go to aquariums, binge TV shows (me too!!), and draw.

All right my friends, that’s all I have for today. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week and get lots of reading done!

Book soundtrack: The Pretender by Foo Fighters

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Tag Tuesday: The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

Hi everyone! June is officially over so we are MORE than halfway through the year. Yikes! I figured this week, I’ll take a look at what I’ve read so far this year and put the good, the bad, and the ugly into a tag. I’ve read 34 books so far this year and Goodreads tells me I’m “one book behind” on my goal of 75 books. Without further ado, here goes!:

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.

a_semi-definitive_list_of_worst_nightmares_krystal_sutherland_fall_2017_ya_booksSo far this year I have marked 7 out of 35 books as 5 stars but the one that I am choosing as “the best” is A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares. Why? It was the biggest surprise and I think that its the most impactful and the most creative. This book had humor and heart and depth! I mentioned when I reviewed it a few months ago that I dislike the cover and I still feel that it in no way does the book justice. If you like contemporaries and/or magical realism and don’t shy away from trigger warnings of suicide or depression, then absolutely read this book. SO. WORTH. IT.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.

Short Stories From Hogwarts of Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists. I only have a short list to choose from and I wasn’t in love with the Grisha sequels so when all else fails, default to the PotterVerse! This was actually my favorite of the short library collections. I found this one witty and interesting, moreso than either of the other two books.

344992213. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

To Kill a Kingdom is getting so much buzz and I have had this book for months now! Why have I still not read it?! I always tell myself I want to be ready for the Goodreads awards and I’m going to binge read when the nominees come out but there are just way too many. I have to start NOW and I just know that this will be on there.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein. I am desparate for this release!! I have heard its good and its right up my alley. I cannot wait for this release!!

5. Biggest disappointment.

A Wrinkle in Time: Graphic Novel. Maybe its been too long since I read the book, or maybe the graphic novel was just too cheesy for me. Whatever the matter, I had been looking forward to reading this and ended up very disappointed. I don’t have a ton of experience with graphic novels, but I have enjoyed those I have read….with the exception of this one.

289456656. Biggest surprise.

Zero Repeat Forever. I’m choosing this not just because I am surprised that I enjoyed a sci-fi book (its not my typical go-to genre), but I was surprised by the ending. Hello cliffhanger!! I was so drawn into the characters of this book and I can’t wait for the second book to release!!

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Ashley Poston – Geekerella. I received an ARC of Geekerella before the paperback was released and I absolutely LOVED the book. Honestly I was a little skeptical but it all ended up great! Now I’m considering buying my own hard copy because I loved it so much! Ashley Poston is definitely an author I will read again.

8. Newest fictional crush.

Levi from Fangirl. Pretty much enough said. The guy can make me a latte anytime! 😉

9. Newest favourite character.

The Darkling! Seriously…all the merch, all the books, all the angsty talk….#teamDarkling

2511100410. Book that made you cry.

November 9. I have fallen in love with Colleen Hoover this year and November 9 is probably my favorite CoHo book at this point. I can’t wait for her next book to release! All Your Perfects is the title and it releases on July 17th. Almost here!

11. Book that made you happy.

Catching Fire. Book #2 of The Hunger Games is my favorite and I have been craving a re-read for a while. I was so happy to finally pick it up and I absolutely loved my time listening to the audiobook for the first time.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

Annihilation – way better than the book. The movie is SO trippy! It was everything I expected but didn’t get from the book!

3364552713. Favourite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favourite video you have done so far in this year)

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter. I feel like I got to reference some fun works, use some great quotes, and find some fun pictures to put into my review. Plus I enjoyed the book itself so that made writing the review all the better.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Sky in the Deep. I thought this book was beautiful both inside and out. I like that it was unique and strong.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I want to read Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom, The Darkest Minds, and I want to pick up the Red Queen series again, now that its finished (I hate cliffhangers with unreleased books).

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So there you have it, folks! If you are reading this and you have not yet done this tag, consider yourself officially tagged and go do it! Its a good one! Oh, and just a reminder, my giveaway is still open for The Last Time I Lied. If you live in the U.S. or Canada and want to read this amazing summer thriller by Riley Sager, visit my last post and give me your best shot and two truths and a lie and I’ll enter you to win a free copy of the book. Giveaway goes until 7/19/18. Goodluck!

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The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager – Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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I was so excited to read this book and it did not disappoint! Anything with ‘camp’ and ‘thiller’ in the synopsis and I am 110% IN! I know some people think camp + suspense and associate it with hockey masks and serial killers but that’s NOT what this is about. Its about finding truths for better or for worse. Its about sanity versus insanity. Its about trust and reliability, or lack thereof.

“TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE, LADIES. I’LL START.”

The Last Time I Lied is the second book from author Riley Sager, the first being last years’ The Final Girls, which was an international bestseller.  I have not read this one yet, but after reading The Last Time I Lied, I will be reading The Final Girls soon, especially because a film version is being developed by Universal Pictures! I have no idea about the timeline on this, but I am a nut about reading books-to-films or vice versa so I am all over this!

“SO MUCH WATER. SO MUCH LAND. SO MANY PLACES TO DISAPPEAR.”

The book in question is about Emma Davis. Told in two timelines, past and present, Emma is an artist who is haunted by memories of her time at Camp Nightengale when her three bunkmates went missing years ago. When the camp’s director shows up at her art show and offers her a job teaching painting for a summer at Camp Nightengale, Emma doesn’t exactly jump at the opportunity, but rather has to be persuaded by her best friend. Once at the camp, nothing goes quite as she expects it to. Slowly, Emma begins casually searching for clues of her past. She doesn’t really expect to find much….until she does. Eventually it seems that the past is looking for Emma and she finds herself in a whole mess of trouble. During these current investigations, there are imposing flashbacks to Emma’s time at camp as a teenager, and we see that even back then, it was difficult to tell who to trust and who to rely on because, as it turns out, even Emma herself was not fully truthful.

“LIKE MOST OLD STRUCTURES, THERE’S A HEAVINESS TO THE LODGE, A SOMBERNESS. I THINK OF ALL THE YEARS IT’S WITNESSED. ALL THOSE SEASONS AND STORMS AND SECRETS…”

Overall, this book was a thrilling ride. It reads like a movie and I can absolutely see it being made into one at some point! It turns out that this book was inspired by the classic novel and film “Picnic at Hanging Rock.” I recently saw the Amazon Prime has made a series from this so I think we all know what I will be watching and reading soon! Aside from that, I loved the characters in this book, I loved the pacing, and the writing was fantastic! I am a pretty tough critic when it comes to this genre in particular but I loved this book. I definitely recommend this book!

Book-related links:
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*Giveaway*

Want to win a copy of this awesome book? Do you live in the U.S. or Canada? Well here’s the scoop. Every book on the FFBC tour is giving away a copy, so you have 20 chances to win. Check out the other blog stops and enter their giveaways, and here is how to enter mine:

  1. Make sure you are following my blog. If you prefer a method of contact OTHER than via blog, leave a contact email or preferred social media contact.
  2. Leave a comment and give me your version of two truths and a lie.

And that’s it! Winners will be chosen and notified before July 20th. Please note that you may only win ONE copy of the book, even if you enter on multiple blogs. If you win from more than on FFBC blog, we request that you pass the book on to a different winner.

Soundtrack: “Seven Devils” by Florence + the Machine

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Happy Independence Day! + WWW

Hello everyone! I would be remiss if I didn’t wish you all a safe and happy 4th of July, aka Independence Day! I hope your grills are ready to go and your fireworks are safe and sparkly. I am planning on blogging, reading, and partaking in a little bit of wine tasting. Thank you, founding fathers, for our freedom. Cheers!

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Moving along to WWW Wednesday, meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now revived by Samm at Taking on a World of Words. Feel free to let me know what your WWW answers are in the comments, or blog for yourself and leave me your link. I love to know what everyone is up to!

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What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

W1 – I am currently reading The Last Time I Lied, which is a thriller/mystery that was just published yesterday. I am almost finished with it and so far it has be chilled to the bone (and I am pretty picky when it comes to thrillers, so that’s saying a lot!). I am also listening to the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This is my first time listening to a Harry Potter audiobook and I don’t know why its taken me so long to do this! The narrator is spectacular!! If you love Harry Potter and are wanting to re-read the series, give the audiobooks a try. You won’t regret it.

W2 – I recently finished reading Amid Stars and Darkness–a YA sci-fi. I recently mentioned that I have been craving sci-fi lately and it has held true in this book as well. I will be writing up a review for this book soon but just as a teaser, the main character (Delaney) was a champ when it came to impersonating royalty on another planet. The love interest body guard (Ruckus) was extremely sweet, flirtatious, and somewhat predictable, which is why I am rooting for the underdog, badboy prince from the opposite alien race. No real hints at love have surfaced yet, but the book leaves off on a killer cliffhanger and we’ll just see where book 2 takes us!

W3 – Next up I will be reading Between Frost and Fury, which is the second book in the Xenith Trilogy (the follow-up book to Amid Stars and Darkness mentioned above). This book publishes on July 24th but I have my copy because of a book tour so stay tuned for my review!

So that’s that my friends! Again, enjoy your holiday and I’m looking forward to hearing about your reads!

Current Soundtrack: “The Room Where It Happens” – Hamilton Soundtrack

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June Wrap-up + July TBR

Hi everyone! How did your reading go this month? I had a bit of a slow month due to starting a full-time job, but I still managed to get 4 books finished. Here’s the specs:

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

17788401Finished: June 10th

Format: Audiobook – 337 pages

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People Like Us by Dana Mele

36338707 Finished: June 23

Format: ebook – 384 pages

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Reviewed? Not yet – check back!

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

Finished: June 26

Format: Audiobook – 391 pages

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Reviewed: No

Amid Stars and Darkness (The Xenith Trilogy #1) by Chani Lynn Feener

 Finished: June 30

Format: PDF – 368 pages

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Reviewed: Not yet – coming soon

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So now let’s talk July. Which books are you choosing to read this month? I have two book tours coming up, and I’m participating in a Harry Potter challenge, so this is what my TBR is forecasting:

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

36626748This is a thriller/mystery about a woman who is haunted by three summer camp bunkmates who went missing several years ago. Their disappearance was never solved, and years later, the woman is asked to return to the camp as a teacher, and she can tell not everything is as it should be.
I have already started reading this and so far the writing is fantastic. I was drawn to this book because I am a long-time summer camp attendee and anytime I find books dealing with camps, I am IN! Add some mystery and suspense and I am a happy girl. I am reading this one with the Fantastic Flying Book Club and I’m thrilled to share my review on July 5th.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

28137887As I mentioned, I am participating in a Harry Potter challenge where reading (or re-reading) the Harry Potter series is an option. I decided to pick up the audiobook for the first time because I have heard great things about the narrator. Well, he is definitely living up to the hype! I already know that I like the Harry Potter series, so I am thrilled to be coming at it from a new direction.

Between Frost and Fury by Chani Lynn Feener

35795893This is the second book in The Xenith Trilogy, the first of which I read in June. Book 1 left off on a cliffhanger and I am eager to jump into Book 2. I was a little skeptical of Book 1 when I first started it, but as I continued on, I was drawn in farther and farther to the alien world. I couldn’t help but enjoy the flirting between the human girl and her alien guard, but above all I am eager to find out what will happen between the main character and the prince of the opposing kingdom. He is a sort of broody villain, but yet, there is love there. So I’m anxious to get into the next book, which is releasing on July 24th, but I am reading early with XPresso Book Tours!

Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi

34728667And last but certainly not least, this month I am planning on finishing this masterpiece. I’m just over halfway through and all of the hype and acclaim that this book is getting is well worth it. From the very beginning I was drawn in to the world of Orïsha. Children of Blood and Bone alternates between three perspectives and every character is fascinating. Rumors of a movie being made are already circulating and I can see why! If you haven’t picked this one up yet, I highly recommend it!

And that’s it for now, my friends. I hope that you have had a wonderful June, and that your July is full of fresh reads!!

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