Random|| Vacation & Short Hiatus.

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Hi!

I am leaving for my honeymoon/vacation this weekend, so you won’t see any posts and stuff from me for a little over a week. I’m so excited for the trip though! First we’ll be driving to VA/DC area for a few days, which I am beyond excited about. I’ve always wanted to go to DC.

We are also going to BookCon next weekend in NYC, which will hopefully be amazing. Signing tickets went quickly, but luckily a lot of authors I want to see have in-booth signings as well. Adam Silvera, Stephanie Perkins, Nicola Yoon, Renee Ahdieh, Marie Liu. Just a few that I hope to catch their in-booth signings. Sad I didn’t get Leigh Bardugo tickets, but those went SO FAST! I did get tickets for Veronica Roth, Danielle Paige, Morgan Matson, and of course Barry Lyga!

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Barry Lyga is the number one person I’m most excited about. We were going to go on Sunday as well, but we are skipping so we can see more of NYC instead and I’m totally cool with that! I am super stoked about Morgan Matson too. I read her Broken Hearts and Revenge series that she wrote under “Katie Finn”, so I tweeted her asking if Katie Finn would be able to make an appearance (LOL) to sign some books too and she said “for sure”! That’s one of my favorite series. I feel like I’m getting a two for one with her signing, because I can get a book signed by Morgan Matson and Katie Finn. 😛 lol.

I got Veronica Roth and Danielle Paige under the hubby’s badge, but I am hoping they’ll let me go in his place. If not, he’ll be getting books signed for me. Total bummer, because I originally wanted Veronica Roth but at the time getting my tickets there weren’t any. I checked later in the day and there was one available but my spots were used up and he had an opened spot. I was sitting at the computer when tickets went on “sale” and as I was looking through the list of who I wanted, tickets were getting sold out quick. Totally my fault, I should have figured out who I wanted ahead of time. Live and learn for next time.

My May monthly wrap up and book haul will be late this month since I won’t get back home until June 7th. I am officially (minus working from home today) on vacation! We leave Sunday, yay! Today aside from working at home, I have a ton of things to do to get ready for the trip. I totally slacked this week and did nothing, the usual. I’m always a last minute person. I do my best work last minute? 😛

Anyway, that’s all! Just wanted to give you guys an update letting you know that I will be MIA for a little bit. Hopefully I’ll see some of you at BookCon if you’re attending!

Follow me on Instagram to see pictures throughout our trip! HEYYITSASHLEY (two “Y”s). Also, my Bookstagram (book Instagram account): FOREVERBOOKISH_ 

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #38.
Top Ten Tuesday|| Summer Reads Freebie.

I hope you have a great day, weekend, and week next week!

ashleyblue

WWW Wednesday #38.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


HI!

I’ve been feeling kind of reading slumpish. I’ve been trying out a bunch of different books this week, but can’t seem to want to sit and read for long periods of time, so I have been reading a few pages here and there. I have a 15 hour long car ride coming up Sunday though, so maybe I will get a ton of reading in then! 😀 Here are the books that I’ve been reading this week…

Currently Reading:

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The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

I am about 75 pages into the Unlikelies and it’s pretty enjoyable so far. Hopefully I can read some more at some point this week. This week is going to be insanely busy for me with getting everything ready for our honeymoon trip. I am halfway through the audiobook for A Torch Against the Night and honestly I am so bored. SO FREAKING BORED. I haven’t picked it up again in a few days. I really loved An Ember in the Ashes. 😦 Maybe the second half of Torch will be good when I finally get around to picking it up again.


Recently Finished:

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Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

I finished Saga Vol. 1 and it was so so good. It was my first real attempt at a graphic novel and I loved it. It got a little weird sometimes, but it was still great. So many feels. So many! It had me laughing out loud quite a bit as well. I love Marko and Alana. They were hilarious. I am really excited to continue with the series.


Reading Next:

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The Windfall by Diksha Basu
The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

Same deal as it has been for the last few weeks for my reading next. I’m not entirely sure what I want to read next, but here are a few options I have and also the next two volumes of Saga (not pictured). I’m not bringing a ton of physical books with me on my trip, but I have my Kindle loaded up with a TON of books including these three. I’ve had the Windfall in my reading next list for the last few weeks. It’s the last ARC I have on Netgalley and it’s releasing at the end of June so I want to get to that one soon. I am dying to see what happens next in the Bone Season series. I read a couple chapters of The Song Rising and looking forward to reading more. I loved Nowhere But Here SOOO much and I am really looking forward to reading Walk the Edge, so we’ll see happens! What I’m reading next is really up in the air right now, to be honest.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Let me know and link me to your posts if you have one!

In case you missed it;
Top Ten Tuesday|| Summer Reads Freebie.
Friday Finds #64.

I hope you have a great day.

ashleybluegray

Top Ten Tuesday|| Summer Reads Freebie.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Summer Reads Freebie: In preparation for Memorial Day (which is always the unofficial summer kickoff for me), let’s rec some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don’t enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.


Hi!

The topic for today’s TTT post is a freebie. I decided to go with ten books that have the word “SUMMER” in their title that are on my TBR list. I own nine out of the ten books that will be included in my post. I knew I owned a lot of books with “summer” in the title, but I honestly didn’t think it was going to be nine books, lol. 😛

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The Last Best Days of Summer by Valerie Hobbs
How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider
The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel
Cold Summer by Gwen Cole *this is the one I don’t own*

Some of these books I’ve had since 2015 and still haven’t read them, ugh. I’m so behind in unread books. Maybe this year I should make it a goal to read at least five of these books over the summer, lol. They all sound really good and give off a summer vibe…I guess with summer being a key word in them, lol. 😛 A lot of really cool summery book covers as well, which I love.

Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your TTT posts, so I can check them out! 😀

In case you  missed it;
Friday Finds #64.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleypink

Friday Finds #64.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).


Hi!

I am so glad that it’s Friday! I am in desperate need of a nap when I get home from work today. I feel so tired today. Zzz…

Today I have four books to share with you guys that all sound like they are going to be pretty amazing reads! Included down below is the Goodreads description as well as my thoughts/first impressions of the books. You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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Peter Darling by Austin Chant

I love Peter Pan so much and I haven’t read a ton of retellings of Peter Pan. I think the only one I read was Everland (which is a steampunk retelling that I loved), so I am excited to read Peter Darling. Peter Darling sounds like it’s going to be completely different and it sounds so good! It was released back in February, so I really want to get my hands on a copy of it soon.

Goodreads Description: Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is. But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.


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Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

I read Marieke’s other book This Is Where It Ends and I really liked that book a lot. I am looking forward to reading her new book. Before I Let Go sounds like it’s going to be a really heartbreaking read like her other book was. I love the book cover as well! Releasing in January 2018. I am hoping I am approved for this one on Netgalley.

Goodreads Description: Days before Corey is to return home to the snow and ice of Lost Creek, Alaska, to visit her best friend, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger. Corey knows something is wrong. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter…


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Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

I am all about this summer book cover vibe with this one. Alex, Approximately sounds like it’s going to be a really fun read. I am actually debating on if I want to go buy a copy of this book right now or if I should wait. It was released in April, so it’s out in the world and I kind of really want it right now, lol. I think I may hold off until next week to decide though. Maybe the e-book will go on sale before then.

Goodreads Description: Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush. Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter. And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.


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Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry

Last but not least, I added Forget Me Not to my Goodreads TBR and I really want to add it to my bookshelf too, because that book cover is AMAZING! The hardcover is a little over $9 on Amazon right now and it’s so tempting! It also sounds like it’s going to be really good. I never read a book about someone that has Tourette syndrome and I think it’ll be interesting to learn about something that I am not all that familiar with.

Goodreads Description: A girl with Tourette syndrome starts a new school and tries to hide her quirks in this debut middle-grade novel in verse. Calliope June has Tourette syndrome. Sometimes she can’t control the noises that come out of her mouth, or even her body language. When she and her mother move yet again, she tries to hide her TS. But soon the kids in her class realize she’s different. Only her neighbor, who is also the class president, sees her as she truly is—a quirky kid, and a good friend. But is he brave enough to take their friendship public? As Callie navigates school, she must also face her mother’s new relationship and the fact that she might be moving again—just as she’s starting to make friends and finally accept her differences. This story of being true to yourself will speak to a wide audience.

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #37.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblue

WWW Wednesday #37.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


HI!

I mentioned last week that I was taking a little break from reading, which lasted for about 4-5 days. Over the weekend I got back into reading and read one of the ARCs on my list and also so far this week I was able to finish an audiobook as well. 😀 Here are the books that I’ve been reading this week…

Currently Reading:

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Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

I’ve been seeing a lot of good things about Saga, so I decided to give it a chance. This is my first time reading a graphic novel. I’m about halfway through with it and I really like it so far. I decided to order the next two volumes and I’m super stoked to finish this one and continue on with the series.


Recently Finished:

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Legion by Julie Kagawa
Amish Guys Don’t Call by Debby Dodds

Legion!! I have SO much love for this series. Legion was just as amazing as the other books in the Talon Saga. Julie continues to shatter my heart. Julie and this series has all the millions of pieces of my heart. Amish Guys Don’t Call wasn’t exactly what I expected and turned out to be a little weird for me, but it was still a decent read. I’ll link my review of it at the end of this post.


Reading Next:

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The Windfall by Diksha Basu
The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone

My reading next still looks about the same as last week minus two books that are now in my recently finished. Still up in the air for what I’m going to read next. Possibly one of these two ARCs that I have left and both releasing in June. I’m not sure how much time I’ll have for reading over the next few weeks. This week and part of next week I’ll be busy getting things ready for vacation/honeymoon; we leave next weekend! When we actually leave I don’t know how much time I will have between doing things in Washington DC and New York City. I’ll have these ARCs along with me (if I don’t read them before we leave) and the next two volumes of Saga, so we’ll see what happens!

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Let me know and link me to your posts if you have one!

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| Amish Guys Don’t Call.
Friday Finds #63.

I hope you have a great day.

ashleybluegray

Thoughts|| Amish Guys Don’t Call.

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Amish Guys Don’t Call by Debby Dodds
3 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Samantha is already facing scrutiny and anxiety at the start of her junior year, as she’s finally been accepted into the popular girls’ clique called “The Sherpas.” But when she realizes that her new boyfriend Zach was raised Amish, Sam must tackle a whole new set of challenges! Zach has chosen not to end his Rumspringa, instigating a potential shunning from his family. Not only that, but Sam’s new friends can’t miss this opportunity to tease and torment her. Sam has never really come to terms with her parents’ divorce, so when her world crashes down on her in the form of cyberbullying and Zach’s apparent return to the Amish community, she reverts to old, illegal habits. Does Sam even want friends like these? And, will her culture-crossed love with Zach find a way?


I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: June 13th 2017

I’ve always been fascinated by the Amish culture for some reason and it’s always cool learning about other cultures as well. My first impression of Amish Guys Don’t Call was that it was going to be a fun and cute read. It ended up being a pretty weird book, to be honest. It still had it’s fun and cute moments though, don’t get me wrong. I even laughed out loud quite a bit.

Samantha was struggling a lot through this book, she had so many things going on in her life. Her parents divorce, her mother not always home, trying to fit in with the popular girls at school, and she also had a problem with shoplifting. This girl had a lot going on in her life! I felt like she did the best she could though and it helped having Zach in her life. Things with their relationship was a little awkward though, but I guess it was understandable since it was her first relationship and Zach had just left the Amish and was learning how the English (non-Amish) people lived. There were times though that I felt like Sam didn’t always act her age (16-17). I got a younger age vibe from her.

Zach’s dialogue was a bit strange for me. He talked really “proper” like instead of saying “don’t” he would say “do not” or instead of “can’t” he would say “cannot”. It was hard to get used to the way they he talked and worded things. He also threw in some Pennsylvania Dutch at times too since that was the language the Amish talked. That took a bit to get used to, but it was interesting. I wasn’t a huge fan of Samantha’s friends. They were basically the mean girls and they really bugged me. They all had their own things they were dealing with too though.

There were a lot of things going on in this book and there was one scene that was like a “WTF” moment and I had no clue what was happening and I was kind of shocked. It had to do with a haunted house, but I don’t want to go further into it because it could be a spoiler. But it was just so weird and I had no idea what was going on and after reading the authors note at the end of the book, it’s a real thing that happens now and that the author herself experienced. There are a lot of things in this book that the author herself experienced, actually. It’s hard to really point out exactly why I felt a certain way about some things without saying exactly what happened in the book and I hate spoilers. Knowing that a lot of things that happened in the book, happened in real life helped put it in better perspective and took away some of the weirdness that I got from it though.

Overall, I liked the story even if at times it was a bit strange for me. There was just so much happening and sometimes I was like “wait, what?”. Sometimes it felt like too many things happening in such a short amount of time (pages), so it felt a little rushed or things weren’t explained as well and came out of nowhere.  Once I got used to Zach’s dialogue, it was easy to read and I was flying through the book in about a day and a half. It was hard to put down, because I was still really into the story and wanted to see how it ended. I was still rooting for Sam and Zach.

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In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #63.
Thoughts|| The Best Kind of Magic.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyred

Friday Finds #63.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).


Hi!

Today I have three books to share with you guys and since it’s not many, I decided to include the Goodreads description in the post as well as my thoughts/first impressions of the books. Onto the books! You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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Invictus by Ryan Graudin

The book cover for Invictus is is amazing. I’m saying this is my favorite book cover that I have seen so far this year. I might have to go pre-order a copy of this one. It sounds so freaking good too! AHHH! Need it! Releasing in September.

Goodreads Description: Time flies when you’re plundering history. Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.


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The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller

The Art of Starving is compared to More Happy Than Not and I love that book so much! This one sounds like it’s going to be a pretty tough read, but I think it’ll be a good one. I don’t think that I’ve ever read a book about an eating disorder or none that I can remember reading. It sounds really interesting about these super powers that Matt thinks he developed by not eating. I’m really looking forward to getting this book. Releasing in July.

Goodreads Description: More Happy Than Not meets Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future…Matt hasn’t eaten in days. His stomach stabs and twists inside, pleading for a meal. But Matt won’t give in. The hunger clears his mind, keeps him sharp—and he needs to be as sharp as possible if he’s going to find out just how Tariq and his band of high school bullies drove his sister, Maya, away. Matt’s hardworking mom keeps the kitchen crammed with food, but Matt can resist the siren call of casseroles and cookies because he has discovered something: the less he eats the more he seems to have . . . powers. The ability to see things he shouldn’t be able to see. The knack of tuning in to thoughts right out of people’s heads. Maybe even the authority to bend time and space. So what is lunch, really, compared to the secrets of the universe? Matt decides to infiltrate Tariq’s life, then use his powers to uncover what happened to Maya. All he needs to do is keep the hunger and longing at bay. No problem. But Matt doesn’t realize there are many kinds of hunger… and he isn’t in control of all of them.


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The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

The book cover for The Color Project is so pretty and I love the font of the title. I’ve been seeing this book around a lot on Twitter this week and it sounds really good! I definitely need to get my hands on this one. I believe it’s releasing in July.

Goodreads Description: Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project. Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her. When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

So stoked that it’s finally Friday! 😀 I’m so ready for the weekend and a couple days off work. I haven’t been reading at all this week, which has been a nice break. I may try to read one of the ARCs I got this weekend. Over the last few weeks I have started and finished a book every Sunday, so we’ll see if that happens again this Sunday!

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #36.
Thoughts|| The Best Kind of Magic.
Friday Finds #62.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblue

WWW Wednesday #36.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


Hey!

I am so tired this week, but I’m glad it’s Wednesday! That means I just need to get through today and two more days of work until the weekend. 😀 Here’s what I’ve been reading…

Currently Reading:

I am not currently reading anything right now. I’m taking a little break from reading since I’ve been reading so much the last month and a half. I don’t want to get into a full blown reading slump and force it, so I need a bit of a break. I’m also like 30+ episodes behind in all of my favorite TV shows. I may use this reading break to catch up with some of my tv shows and also continue on the second Kingdom Hearts game that I’ve replaying through.


Recently Finished:

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Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari

I loved Nowhere But Here more than words can ever express. I am also so dang jealous that I am not a part of their family. “Reign of Terror! Hoo-ra!” I also cried way too much, but it was also fun and cute too. So many feels though. *insert crying emoji* I’m excited about reading the other two books in the series (my library needs to hurry up and check them out to me!), but a little disappointed that they are about other characters in the book instead of the MCs in Nowhere But Here. I did like them in Nowhere But Here when they made appearances though, so it’ll be cool seeing a more in depth look into who they are. I surprisingly really liked The Best Kind of Magic. There are lots of different magical elements in this book as well as different magical beings; witches, vampires, werewolves, goblins, fairies and more! It was a lot of fun to read and had me laughing out loud quite a bit. I’ll link my full review of it at the end of this post.


Reading Next:

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Amish Guys Don’t Call by Debby Dodds
The Windfall by Diksha Basu
The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
Legion by Julie Kagawa

I’m not sure what book I am going to read next once I’m finished with my little reading break. It will most likely be one of these books. The first three are ARCs that are all releasing in June. I am really excited to read them all. I don’t want to read them while I’m in this little reading slump, because I don’t want to force it and end up not enjoying them as much as I would if I was into reading. I have the Legion (book 4 in the Talon Saga) audiobook and I am super stoked to start it. I may start that later this week or next week. I miss my dragons and this series is everything to me.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Let me know and link me to your posts if you have one!

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| The Best Kind of Magic.
Friday Finds #62.

I hope you have a great day.

ashleybluegray

 

Thoughts|| The Best Kind of Magic.

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The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari
4 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber’s pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone’s soul mate. Amber works at her mother’s magic shop–Windy City Magic–in downtown Chicago, and she’s confident she’s seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one–her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor’s son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father’s missing girlfriend, she’s distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can’t see her own match, she can see his–and it’s not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn’t her match?


I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: May 16th 2017

I was pretty surprised by how much I really enjoyed The Best Kind of Magic. I flew threw it and read it in just a day. There are lots of different magical elements in this book as well as different magical beings; witches, vampires, werewolves, goblins, fairies and more! It was a lot of fun to read and had me laughing out loud quite a bit. Amber was pretty funny with all her sarcastic remarks and jokes. She was such a fun character. Honestly, the entire book had a good cast of characters that fit well with it.

Amber isn’t a witch like her mother, but she has the magical ability to look at someone and know who their match is; who they’ll spend their lives with. She can see everyone’s matches except for her own. That was a really interesting part of the book. She starts falling for Charlie (who I loved!) as she helps him find his father’s missing girlfriend, but she’s seen his match and it’s not her. That was a little frustrating, because I was really hoping it would be her. Even if Charlie isn’t Amber’s match, deep down I’m still rooting for them. Her best friend Amani is a precog, which means she can see visions of the future. I really loved Amani and Amber’s friendship throughout the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Best Kind of Magic. There was a bit of an adventure with Amber and Charlie running around Chicago looking for Charlie’s father’s girlfriend and that was fun. I really liked that it also throws fate into the mix and gives you a lot to think about when it comes to it. One thing that I noticed is that at times I forgot that Amber was in high school, because sometimes she would come off as a lot younger than someone in high school. Overall that aspect of it didn’t hurt how much I enjoyed the story though. I still had fun reading it and there are a lot of unanswered questions (and a twist) that I am really looking forward to seeing answered in the sequel.

Do you believe in fate? Do you think our lives are predetermined or do you think our choices are the ones that determine our destiny?

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In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #62.
Thoughts|| One of Us Is Lying.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Friday Finds #62.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).


Hi!

Today I have three books to share with you guys and since it’s not many, I decided to include the Goodreads description in the post as well as my thoughts/first impressions of the books. Onto the books! You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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The Windfall by Diksha Basu

I am really really excited for this one. It sounds like it’s going to be a really fun read. I also have a feeling that I may even get a little teary eyed with this one. I was approved for The Windfall on Netgalley, so I am stoked to read it.

Goodreads Description: For the past thirty years, Mr. and Mrs. Jha’s lives have been defined by cramped spaces, cut corners, gossipy neighbors, and the small dramas of stolen yoga pants and stale marriages. They thought they’d settled comfortably into their golden years, pleased with their son’s acceptance into an American business school. But then Mr. Jha comes into an enormous and unexpected sum of money, and moves his wife from their housing complex in East Delhi to the super-rich side of town, where he becomes eager to fit in as a man of status: skinny ties, hired guards, shoe-polishing machines, and all. The move sets off a chain of events that rock their neighbors, their marriage, and their son, who is struggling to keep a lid on his romantic dilemmas and slipping grades, and brings unintended consequences, ultimately forcing the Jha family to reckon with what really matters.


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Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Povovic

Not going to lie…cover love. It does sound really cool though too. I’m interested in seeing more about Iris and Malina’s gifts. Wicked curses and magic, Wicked Like a Wildfire sounds like a great read to me.

Goodreads Description: All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?


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Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

I don’t read enough mystery/crime books. It’s strange too, because when I’m not reading, you can usually find me sitting in front of the TV watching the Investigation Discovery channel. ID plays TV shows all day and night about crimes and murder. Six Stories is right up my alley and it sounds really good.

Goodreads Description: 1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an Outward Bound center. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby. 2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivaled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure. In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth.

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #35.
Thoughts|| One of Us Is Lying.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblue

WWW Wednesday #35.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


Hi!

What happened to April? I feel like it flew by so quickly. I am super stoked about this month though, because we finally leave for our honeymoon at the end of the month! I should probably be getting things ready for that, but I’ve been reading a lot more instead. Oops. 😛 Here’s what I’ve been reading…

Currently Reading:

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Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

I am a little over 100 pages into Nowhere But Here and it’s pretty good so far. My friend Shelbie really loves the series, so I decided to finally read it since I’ve had the e-book for awhile. I’m enjoying it and excited to see where it goes.


Recently Finished:

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

I’m not completely sure how I feel about A Court of Mist and Fury. There were a lot of things I didn’t like and it was kind of boring for awhile. Feyre also REALLY started to get on my nerves and became pretty annoying. I really like Rhysand, though I wasn’t sure how I felt about him in A Court of Thorns and Roses. He started to grow on me in this book. Also, WTF was up with Tamlin? He was like a completely different person. I don’t really know if I like that, because I really liked Tamlin in the first book and this one he wasn’t the same person at all. I don’t really know how to feel about this book and it’s kind of annoying because Feyre did so much in the first book for her love with Tamlin and then it was completely thrown out the window in this book like it didn’t mean anything. I had a hard time even rating this book. I think I’m just confused by the entire thing, to be honest. What was the point of ACOTAR? This one took everything from that book and threw it out the window.

ANYWAY, I rambled so much about ACOMAF, but I also recently finished One of Us Is Lying and loved that book so much. Nothing but good things to say about that one. I couldn’t put it down and I finished it in a day. You can check out my review for it on my blog. I’ll link it down below at the end of this post.


Reading Next:

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Amish Guys Don’t Call by Debby Dodds
Legion by Julie Kagawa

I received Amish Guys Don’t Call from Netgalley for review. It sounds really good and I am also fascinated by the Amish for some reason, lol. I think It’ll be a fun read. I’ll have a review up hopefully next week for this one. LEGION!!! The fourth book in the Talon series, which I love more than words can explain. This series has my heart. It was just released last week and I am STOKED. I can’t wait to dive back into this world; I need my dragons!

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Let me know and link me to your posts if you have one!

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| One of Us Is Lying.
Recap|| April.

I hope you have a great day.

ashleybluegray

Thoughts|| One of Us Is Lying.

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
5 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: May 30th 2017

I was instantly drawn to One of Us Is Lying at first because it gave me Breakfast Club vibes when I read the description; I love that movie. It doesn’t always happen when I read books, but I was sucked in from the first page. There was no way I was putting it down until I finished it and that’s exactly what happened. I read One of Us Is Lying in one day and it was so good! I loved it.

I’m not the biggest fan of books with multiple point of views, but for this book it worked perfectly. I enjoyed reading all of the character’s parts in the book and I was invested in them all. I had no idea what was happening and when I put it together in my head it always ended up being something totally different, so it kept me guessing about who murdered Simon.

Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, and Cooper were all dealing with big things happening in their life and then they were thrown into this police investigation on top of it. As much as I really liked them all, I honestly didn’t know who to believe at times. Red flags everywhere and everything and everyone seemed suspicious in my eyes. Everyone had secrets. That’s what made this book so fun though.

Overall, I am really glad that I requested this book. It was suspenseful and kept me guessing. It was a really fun read and I enjoyed it so much. I couldn’t put it down. It was happy, it was sad, it had me laughing out loud, and it had me yelling “whaaat?!” a million times. It was more than just solving a murder case. There’s so much more to the story and it tackles some of the important issues happening today. It was a really great book. I highly recommend it.

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In case you missed it;
Recap|| April.
Book Haul|| April.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleybrown

Recap|| April.

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Hi!

I had a pretty good reading month in April. I was able to finish seven books in April (one being a short story). I was flying through books this month, which was nice! A lot of five star reads as well. I’m going to jump right into my recap of all the books that I read.

Here is what I read in the month of April. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read by myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of April.

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – 5 out of 5 stars.
The Darkest Minds was so amazing and everything I hoped it would be and why the heck did I not read it sooner? It sat on my shelf for a like 2.5 years, oops. I definitely plan to continue the series this year, because I am dying to see what happens next and then ending crushed me.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – 5 out of 5 stars.
I read P.S. I Like You in one day. I started it in the morning and finished it at night. It was so hard to put down. It was so cute and I absolutely loved it. I needed something cute and fun after reading The Darkest Minds. I’ve never read anything by Kasie West until I read this one, but I am definitely a fan now.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – 4 out of 5 stars.
I can mark off an unfinished series on my list of book series I started, but haven’t finished yet.  I really enjoyed Isla and the Happily Ever After. It was another cute and fun read. I was really in a contemporary mood in April. Anna and the French Kiss was my favorite of the series, but Isla is definitely my second. I love that all the characters from the first two books are also in the last book. I like that they are all connected. Every time I read the books in this series it makes me want to travel the world. I need to go to France and Barcelona like ASAP.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – 5 out of 5 stars – REVIEW.
Why did it take me almost two years to read More Happy Than Not? It was perfect and it ripped my heart into a million pieces to the point that I don’t think it’ll ever be okay. So many damn feels! I still think about this book and I don’t think I’ll ever stop. I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t read it yet. It’ll make you laugh and it’ll make you cry, but it’s so damn good and worth it all. It did leave me more happy than not though, even if it did rip my heart into pieces. Feel free to check out my review for more.

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Four Minutes by Barry Lyga – 4 out of 5 stars.
Four Minutes was so freaking good and I hated that it was so short. I wanted to see the aftermath of what happened, but it ended so quickly and I was left wanting more. He should totally make a full novel about this this one! This is a short story written by Barry Lyga (author of the Jasper Dent (I Hunt Killers) series. Each month in 2017 he’s releasing a new story (it can only be purchased within that month and then they are gone) and all the proceeds go to the American Civil Liberties Union. ACLU defend the First Amendment. I think that’s pretty awesome and generous of him.

Bang by Barry Lyga – 3.5 out of 5 stars – REVIEW.
One of my highly anticipated releases of the year. Sadly, I was a bit underwhelmed with Bang. I wanted to love it so badly, but I didn’t.  It was a little boring at times. The chapters are really short though, so I flew through it in about a day and a half. It was a pretty sad book at times, but it did have some happy moments too. Also, there is SO MUCH PIZZA in this book. You guys know I love my pizza. It was still a good read even if I didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would. and I would still recommend reading it. Feel free to check out my review for more.

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus – 5 out of 5 stars.
I finished One of Us Is Lying in one day (yesterday, April 30th). I pretty much did not leave my bed and just read the entire day. I could not put it down. It was so good and I loved it. It had me non-stop guessing. I’ll have a full review of this one on my blog later this week.

What did you read in April? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts!


May TBR….so far.

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I am currently listening to the A Court of Mist and Fury audiobook and it’s okay so far. I am almost halfway through it. What the heck is up with Tamlin though? UGHHH. I’m also reading Nowhere But Here. I read the first 30 pages this morning and it seems intriguing. After Nowhere But Here I’ll most likely read the other ARC I got from Netgalley; Amish Guys Don’t Call. That’s about all I have for my May TBR so far. I have no idea what else I want to read, to be honest; so we’ll see what happens as the month goes along.

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| April.
Monthly Subscriptions|| April.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack