Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…

Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

 

Grace and Fury

Grace and Fury

 

 

Sadie

Sadie

 

 

The Cheerleaders

The Cheerleaders

 

 

I Am Still Alive

I Am Still Alive

 

 

The Loneliest Girl In The Universe

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe

 

 

Save The Date

Save the Date

 

 

Undead Girl Gang

Undead Girl Gang

 

 

Geekerella

Geekerella

 

 

LifeL1k3

Lifel1k3 (Lifelike, #1)

 

Tell Me No Lies

Tell Me No Lies (Follow Me Back #2)

 

 

These are some recent reads that brought me out of a reading slump. I would recommend them to anyone!

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Books Left Unread #136

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

 

This just looks and sounds amazing but you know the drill — it just sits on my shelf staring at me. 😦

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Rockstar Book Tours: Grace and Fury – ARC Review and Giveaway

GRACE AND FURY

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About the Book:
Grace and Fury2Title: GRACE AND FURY
Author: Tracy Banghart
Pub. Date: July 31, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 320
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

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Review:

I thought I was ready for this but I wasn’t. I started and completed this book in a matter of hours. If you are looking for a story about self discovery, the power of sibling bonds, and knowing when to follow your heart – then this is the book for you.

Serina and Nomi are sisters that were raised very differently, but their bond is as strong as ever. Serina was raised to be a Grace, while Nomi was raised to be her handmaiden. Things happen (I won’t tell you what!) and everything is turned on its head. Serina is banished to an island for outlaws, thieves, murders, and those that have done illegal things. She must learn to survive in this new and brutal environment. Nothing is promised and nothing is easy. Nomi becomes one of the three Graces for the young prince and she could be picked as the primary Grace. That is a life Nomi does not want. She does not want to be forced into a marriage or arrangement where she is to serve the prince in every way possible.

Forced into lives that neither one of them wanted, they must learn to trust their instincts and find the inner strength they didn’t know they had. Nomi wants nothing more than to find her sister and save her from whatever  horrors are on that island. Serina discovers she is a lot tougher than her upbringing.

This story was one heck of a wild ride! Along with complex and flawed characters, this was full of lies, betrayals, deception, dark secrets, and more. I promise that once you start this story, you won’t want to put it down. It felt like The Selection meets The Hunger Games, in a way. It’s hard to say exactly what mash of stories this could be but know this – it is one of a kind and once it takes a hold of you – it will not let go.

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About Tracy:
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Tracy Banghart grew up in rural Maryland and spent her summers on a remote island in northern Ontario. All of that isolation and lovely scenery gave her the time to read voraciously and the inspiration to write her own stories. Always a bit of a nomad, Tracy now travels the world Army-wife style with her husband, son, cat, and sweet pupper Scrabble. She wrote Grace and Fury while living in Hawaii.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of GRACE AND FURY, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/23/2018- Tea Party Princess– Review

7/24/2018- Paperback Princess– Review

7/25/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader– Review

7/26/2018- Book Dragon Lair– Review

7/27/2018- laura’s bookish corner– Review

 

Week Two:

7/30/2018- The Desert Bibliophile– Review

7/31/2018- Do You Dog-ear?– Review

8/1/2018- Synopses By Sarge– Review

8/2/2018- CoffeeCocktailsandBooks Blog– Review

8/3/2018- Kat’s Books– Review

 

Week Three:

8/6/2018- Feed Your Fiction Addiction– Review

8/7/2018- Portrait of a Book– Review

8/8/2018- To Be Read– Review

8/9/2018- Brooke- Reports– Review

8/10/2018- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

 

Week Four:

8/13/2018- A Court of Coffee and Books– Review

8/14/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

8/15/2018- The Young Folks- Review

8/16/2018- Book-Keeping– Review

8/17/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

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ARC Review: The Cheerleaders

The Cheerleaders

 

 

It is no secret that I’m a massive fan of Kara Thomas. I love her twisted mind and her ability to write a thriller. Her latest novel was chilling and had me white-knuckling the book until the very last page.

Short recap: Monica lost her sister five years ago, along with the other Cheerleaders in her small town. Two were murdered, two died in a mysterious accident, and one committed suicide. Since then, no one knows  who killed these girls and no progress has been made in the investigations. Things in Monica’s life have started to unravel and she finds herself digging into what happened to her sister because something hasn’t seemed right. What Monica discovers and what she goes through will change her life forever.

I had a lot of mixed feelings about Monica’s character but I did like most of her. She was a smart, dedicated, loyal daughter and friend until the anniversary of her sister’s suicide. She starts to realize that maybe her friends aren’t there for the right reasons. Maybe they are either pulling away from her or just aren’t nice people. Either way, it pushed Monica to search for answers she so desperately wanted. Along the way she discovered more than she ever imagined… secrets that hoped to stay hidden.

The way the story was presented really was masterfully done. It was told from both Monica’s current day self and her Jennifer’s (her sister) past POV. It was complex, well thought out, masterfully developed. The two stories work together to give the reader the entire picture of what happened to both sisters. It turns out they are going through very similar things that makes them more alike than they could ever imagine.

There is one tiny thing that story of bothered me a bit… The story starts off with Monica having relations with a boy, which we discover later is an older man, a 27-year old man who becomes a teacher at her school. It is implied but never outright said that she had an abortion. She never tells anyone but her mom. The girl talked and referenced being in pain, cramping, and feeling awful. One has to put it together that that is what she was referring to. I point this out because later in the story Monica was made to feel that the sexual encounter she had was her fault. She self-blamed a lot and that bothered me. I was hoping Thomas would have taken the opportunity to talk about how assault like that was not her fault and she shouldn’t have beaten herself up the way she did.

Everything else about this story had me on the edge of my seat. The ending.. WHOA. Thomas is known for her plot twists that nobody seems coming and she did not disappoint. She delivered and I am still shook. If you have no already added this to your want to read list, please do. I cannot wait to read whatever Thomas publishes next. She will always be an auto-buy author for me. (Note that I tried so hard to give a great review for this story but keeping a lot of details out was tough. I just want to hook you and make you want to read it!)

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

 

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

 

 

From Goodreads:

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything–except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable–and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth’s survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

 

This sounds AMAZING.

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Unleashed Book Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway

About the Book:

Title: UNLEASHED

Author: Bella Jacobs

Pub. Date: August 17, 2018

Publisher: Bella Jacobs Books

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 298

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Amazon UK

One woman on the run. Four dangerously sexy bodyguards. And a war brewing that will change the shifter world forever…

I’m living on borrowed time, fighting for survival against a deadly new virus that has no cure and a cult doing its best to brainwash me. But when a mysterious note shows up on my windowsill one night, its chilling message–Run, Wren–launches me out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Within hours, everything I thought I knew about my life, my family, and my origins is obliterated, and I’m racking up enemies at an alarming rate. Between the cult I’ve just escaped, a violent shifter faction out for my blood, and an ancient evil who eats “chosen ones” like me for breakfast, my last hope is to join forces with four dangerous-looking Giveawaymen who claim they were sent to guard my life.

Luke, a werewolf with a rap sheet. Creedence, a lynx shifter who never met a mark he couldn’t con. Kite, a bear kin with a mean right hook and heart of gold. And Dust, my childhood best friend and dude voted least likely to be a secret shape-shifting griffin.

But are these men really what they seem?

Or are my alpha guardians hiding a secret agenda of their own?

I’m not sure, but one thing is for certain—choosing the right allies will mean the difference between life and death. For me, and everyone I love.

UNLEASHED is book one in the Dark Moon Shifter’s series. It is a true reverse harem featuring one woman and her four mates.

Excerpt:

Kite lifts one big hand, gently smoothing my hair behind my ear, securing it against the breeze. “It’s okay. You do the best you can. That’s all any of us can do.”

“I just wish I had more energy,” I say, the words out before I can stop them. I never talk about my condition with Kite. I don’t want to remind him that I’m not the shiniest apple in the barrel. Fair to him or not, I want him to pick me.

At least for a little while.

His jaw tightens and something that looks a lot like rage flickers across his features before the expression is gone, but it still leaves me speechless. I’m so shocked by that glimpse of something other than the gentleness I’ve always seen in Kite that I flinch as he cups my face in his hands and says, “Things can change and they will change, Wren. I promise you. As long as there’s breath in my body, you’re not going to die. You’ve just got to be ready when the time comes.”

I tip my head back, bringing my lips terrifying, thrillingly close to Kite’s as my eyes go wide. I swallow hard, thoughts swarming in a mixture of confusion and longing. “What are you talking about? Ready for what?”

His brow furrows as he searches my face with an intensity that makes my stomach flip. “I’ve already said things I shouldn’t. Just promise me you’ll keep that beautiful mind of yours open, okay?”

“Kite, I don’t—”

“Do you trust me, Wren?” he asks, using my given name for a second time in just a few minutes, making me realize how rarely he uses it and how rarely I’ve seen him with this kind of fire in his eyes.

“I…” I hold his gaze, but no matter how deep I look, I only see concern. Caring. Maybe something even stronger than caring. Maybe something close to the way I feel when I’m in his arms and the world suddenly makes more sense than it did before.

I exhale, heart slowing as I say, “Yes, I do. I trust you.”

His shoulders sag with a relief that makes me feel like I’ve done something much more important than answer a question. “Good. Keep trusting me, Bird Girl, and I’m going to show you a whole new world. A world where you can be the powerhouse you are on the inside.”

The backs of my eyes begin to sting, but I’m smiling when I say, “There’s no cure, Kite. I might never go back into remission, let alone get better.”

He pauses, seeming to debate something silently before he whispers, “But then again, you might.” Before I can assure him that hope is a lost cause in this case, he leans down and presses his lips to mine and I’m the thing that’s lost.

My eyes slide closed as my heart lights up, each warm, sweet brush of his lips against mine making my body fill with magic. Electricity floods my nerve endings and my pulse races so fast I know I would fall over if Kite let me go.

But he doesn’t let me go, he wraps me up in his strong arms, hugging me close as he lifts me off my feet, bringing our lips onto a level playing field as he takes charge of holding us both steady. With a soft sob of gratitude for this kiss, this miracle, this moment of feeling like the luckiest girl in Seattle, I wrap my arms around his neck and kiss him with everything in me, not caring if I use up all the energy I’ll need to get home

About Bella:

Bella Jacobs loves pulse-pounding action, fantasy, and supernaturally high stakes, mixed with swoon-worthy romance and unforgettable heroes. She’s been a full time writer for over a decade and hit the USA Today Bestseller list multiple times in contemporary romance under her other pen name. She writes as Bella for her trips to the dark side and can’t wait to take you on her next adventure. xo!

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.

1 winner will win a signed paperback of UNLEASHED, US Only.

1 winner will receive a Moon Charm (photo below), US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

8/13/2018- ParajunkeeExcerpt

8/13/2018- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt

8/14/2018- Storybook on WheelsReview

8/14/2018- A Gingerly ReviewExcerpt

8/15/2018- Tales of the Ravenous ReaderExcerpt

8/15/2018- Finding Magic In BooksReview

8/16/2018- Books a Plenty Book ReviewsReview

8/16/2018- BookHoundsInterview

8/17/2018- Book BriefsReview

8/17/2018- Shortie SaysExcerpt

Week Two:

8/20/2018- Brandi’s Book ReviewsReview

8/20/2018- amkinda busy readingReview

8/21/2018- Smada’s Book SmackReview

8/21/2018- Reese’s Reviews: My Addiction to FictionReview

8/22/2018- Don’t Judge, ReadReview

8/22/2018- Cindy’s Love of BooksReview

8/23/2018- Treestand Book Reviews Review

8/23/2018- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview

8/24/2018- Two Book PushersReview

8/24/2018- Mrs B’s BooksReview

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Blogs/Bookish Websites

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…

Favorite Book Blogs/Bookish Websites

 

Goodreads

The Curly Hair Bibliophile

The Bookish Chick

Books and Munches

Rec-It Rachel

Read Write Love 28

Ellie’s Reviews

 

This is not a full list of all of the blogs I follow, but they are the ones I really enjoy. Please check them out!

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