WWW Wednesday #59.

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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?

*All books linked to Goodreads below.


Hey!

I’ve actually been doing really well with reading this week. I’ve read a couple books myself and also listened to a couple of audiobooks since my post last week. I’m trying to read as much as I can before the end of the month, because I really want to try to read all the books on my “unofficial” April TBR. It’s REALLY ambitious and I have five books left on the list, plus two more that are bonus if I actually finish the five. CROSSING FINGERS! Anyway, here are the books that I’ve been reading and hope to read next.

Currently Reading:

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Cherry by Nico Walker (Library)
There There by Tommy Orange (Audiobook)

I am currently reading Cherry, which so far it’s okay. I’m only about 15% into it, so not a lot has happened yet. I’m not bored with it though, so that’s good at least. Hopefully it picks up even more soon. I’m listening to the audiobook There There, which I may be able to have finished today depending on if I continue to listen to it straight through work. I’m a little bit halfway through it. So far it’s okay, but it’s not blowing me away or anything. Maybe that will change in the second half.


Recently Finished:

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Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser (Netgalley)
The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir (Library)
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James (Audiobook)

I recently finished Summer of ’69, which was such an amazing book. I loved it. I’ll link my review at the end of this post. I also finished The Book of Essie. I really loved The Book of Essie. I also listened to These Broken Girls, which I thought was good. It didn’t blow me away, but it was still a good read and was interesting.


Reading Next:

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Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering (Library)
We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett (Physical ARC)

This week my “reading next” list looks almost the same as last week. I strayed a little bit from the list this week by reading The Book of Essie instead of Cherry, Tell Me Lies, or We Rule the Night first. OOPS. I included two of those back to my “reading next” list and I also added Girls with Sharp Sticks as well, because I think I will be reading that one right after Cherry. I was sent a finished copy last week from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and since the book is already released, I want to read it ASAP so I can get my review up.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

In case you  missed it;
Review|| Summer of ’69.
Friday Finds #78.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Review|| Summer of ’69.

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Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser
5 out of 5 stars.

“But what if sometimes there is no one to blame, because no one is at fault? Sometimes things happen that will never truly be resolved or settled, and the best you can do is just get on with it and make your own peace.”

Goodreads Description: Drawing from his teenage years, Todd Strasser’s novel revisits a tumultuous era and takes readers on a psychedelically tinged trip of a lifetime. With his girlfriend, Robin, away in Canada, eighteen-year-old Lucas Baker’s only plans for the summer are to mellow out with his friends, smoke weed, drop a tab or two, and head out in his microbus for a three-day happening called the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. But life veers dramatically off track when he suddenly finds himself in danger of being drafted and sent to fight in Vietnam. If that isn’t heavy enough, there’s also the free-loving (and undeniably alluring) Tinsley, who seems determined to test Lucas’s resolve to stay faithful to Robin; a frighteningly bad trip at a Led Zeppelin concert; a run-in with an angry motorcycle gang; parents who appear headed for a divorce; and a friend on the front lines in ‘Nam who’s in mortal danger of not making it back. As the pressures grow, it’s not long before Lucas finds himself knocked so far down, it’s starting to look like up to him. When tuning in, turning on, and dropping out is no longer enough, what else is there? 


I received an ARC of Summer of ’69 from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It will be released tomorrow (April 9th).

I have always been interested in the 60s and I am especially a fan of the music from that era. One of the reasons I requested this book was because one of my favorite songs is Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams, haha. That song was of course written in the 80s, but it was about a life in the 60s. That time period just seemed so fun from things I’ve read, listened to, and watched. But there were also a lot of heartbreak and bad things happening in the world throughout that time too, which brings me to this book.

Summer of ’69 was without a doubt a fun ride, but it was also a lot deeper than I thought it was going to be. The war in Vietnam was happening and you risked being drafted if you didn’t get into college or have another way out. Throughout the story Lucas had  a lot of fun with his friends, they used a lot of drugs, and basically just had a really good time. There were a lot of mishaps, but it was an adventure whether it was really happening or they were tripping on acid. Aside from that though, Lucas was dealing with a lot between his home life, his girlfriend Robin, and whether he was going to be able to get out of being drafted into the Army. His friends had their own issues and troubles as well.

Overall, I really loved the story. I love this era of time, so this book was right up my alley. I was sucked in from the very first page. It was a mix of happy and sad moments; good and bad moments. It was fun, but also heartbreaking. It left me shocked, in tears, and with goosebumps at times. There were also times where I was laughing out loud. So many great characters and friendships as well. I loved all the hippie vibes. I also loved learning more about that time period, the events happening, and the war. It was a wild ride and full of emotions.

This book was way more than what I originally thought it was going to be, but I am so glad that it was. The author wrote this story based on events in his life during this time, which I thought was really cool. So this is essentially his summer/life with some things/places/times changed up a bit. I would definitely recommend picking this one up.

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In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #78.
WWW Wednesday #58.
Wrap Up|| March.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Friday Finds #78.

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These are books that I have added to my Goodreads TBR shelves. I don’t own them (YET), but they are books that I really want to read one day!


Hey!

This week I finally got a library card at one of the library branches in my new city this! Most libraries I have been to and that I’ve gotten library cards at in the past usually have just one standard design, which sometimes can be a little boring. 😛 BUT this library had a bunch of different options to choose from…so which one did I go with? (If you follow me on Instagram you probably know already, haha.)

I had to go with the unicorn one! It was calling to me, haha. Plus my favorite color is pink, so I was really drawn to it. I love that you can pick from a bunch of different ones. I thought that was really neat. My second choice was  dragon. The librarian said that the unicorn was very popular. Look at that library sign! I love the stack of books on the side. I browsed the library hoping to find something. Sadly I didn’t, BUT I did add a bunch of books to my Goodreads TBR, because that’s just what you do when you love books so much. You want to read everything. I’ve included the book descriptions below and linked them to Goodreads. 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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As Many Nows as I Can Get by Shan Youngdahl

Goodreads Description: In one impulsive moment the summer before they leave for college, overachievers Scarlett and David plunge into an irresistible swirl of romance, particle physics, and questionable decisions. Told in non-linear, vivid first-person chapters, As Many Nows As I Can Get is the story of a grounded girl who’s pulled into a lightning-strike romance with an electric-charged boy, and the enormity of the aftermath. Cerebral, accessible, bold, and unconventionally romantic, this is a powerful debut about grief, guilt, and reconciling who you think you need to be with the person you’ve been all along.


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Girl Gone Viral by Arvin Ahmadi

Goodreads Description: For seventeen-year-old Opal Hopper, code is magic. She builds entire worlds from scratch: Mars craters, shimmering lakes, any virtual experience her heart desires. But she can’t code her dad back into her life. When he disappeared after her tenth birthday, leaving only a cryptic note, Opal tried desperately to find him. And when he never turned up, she enrolled at a boarding school for technical prodigies and tried to forget. Until now. Because WAVE, the world’s biggest virtual reality platform, has announced a contest where the winner gets to meet its billionaire founder. The same billionaire who worked closely with Opal’s dad. The one she always believed might know where he went. The one who maybe even murdered him. What begins as a small data hack to win the contest spirals out of control when Opal goes viral, digging her deeper into a hole of lies, hacks, and manipulation. How far will Opal go for the answers–or is it the attention–she’s wanted for years?


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Inspection by Josh Malerman

Goodreads Description: J is a student at a school deep in a forest far away from the rest of the world. J is one of only twenty-six students, all of whom think of the school’s enigmatic founder as their father. J’s peers are the only family he has ever had. The students are being trained to be prodigies of art, science, and athletics, and their life at the school is all they know—and all they are allowed to know. But J suspects that there is something out there, beyond the pines, that the founder does not want him to see, and he’s beginning to ask questions. What is the real purpose of this place? Why can the students never leave? And what secrets is their father hiding from them? Meanwhile, on the other side of the forest, in a school very much like J’s, a girl named K is asking the same questions. J has never seen a girl, and K has never seen a boy. As K and J work to investigate the secrets of their two strange schools, they come to discover something even more mysterious: each other.


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Deposing Nathan by Zack Smedley

Goodreads Description: For sixteen years, Nate was the perfect son—the product of a no-nonsense upbringing and deep spiritual faith. Then he met Cam, who pushed him to break rules, dream, and accept himself. Conflicted, Nate began to push back. With each push, the boys became more entangled in each others’ worlds…but they also spiraled closer to their breaking points. And now all of it has fallen apart after a fistfight-turned-near-fatal-incident—one that’s left Nate with a stab wound and Cam in jail. Now Nate is being ordered to give a statement, under oath, that will send his best friend to prison. The problem is, the real story of what happened between them isn’t as simple as anyone thinks. With all eyes on him, Nate must make his confessions about what led up to that night with Cam…and in doing so, risk tearing both of their lives apart.


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Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg

Goodreads Description: Small-town Wisconsin high school senior Allison Smith loves her life the way it is-spending quality time with her widowed father and her tight-knit circle of friends, including best friend Marian and maybe-more-than-friends Neil. Sure she is stressed out about college applications . . . who wouldn’t be? In a few short months, everything’s going to change, big time. But when Ally files her applications, they send up a red flag . . . because she’s not Allison Smith. And Ally’s-make that Amanda’s-ordinary life is suddenly blown apart. Was everything before a lie? Who will she be after? And what will she do as now comes crashing down around her? An exciting new direction for acclaimed author Elizabeth Eulberg, Past Perfect Life is a tense and tender read about secrets and lies, reality and identity, and the ways we put ourselves back together when everything is broken.

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.

I will hoping have a picture update coming soon. I have a ton of pictures that I took at a nature park to share, so I am stoked about that. You may have seen a lot of them if you follow me on Instagram though. 😛 I am so happy that it’s Friday. I’ve been sick all week (again), so I just want to lay in bed all weekend and binge watch something on Netflix.

In case you missed it;
WWW Wednesday #58.
Wrap Up|| March.
Book Haul|| March.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

WWW Wednesday #58.

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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?

*All books linked to Goodreads below.


Hey!

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve last done this type of post. I usually just do them in the beginning of the month since my wrap up post usually follows at the end. Anyway, I don’t really have a whole lot to say, so I am just going to get right into the books that I have been reading and what I hope to read next.

Currently Reading:

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Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser (Netgalley)
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

I am currently reading Summer of ’69 and listening to the audiobook of The Broken Girls. So far I am pretty into Summer of ’69. I love all the hippie vibes and everything. It is kind of a slow start though, so I am hoping it picks up more soon. I am almost finished with The Broken Girls. I’ll probably have it finished today. I only have a couple hours left on the audiobook. It’s an interesting story, but I do find myself getting pretty bored at times. I do like it though and can’t wait to see how it ends.


Recently Finished:

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Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman

I have been impatiently waiting for my copy of Heartstopper to come in from Book Depository and it finally did the other day. I read it that day, because I couldn’t resist. It’s a graphic novel, so it was a quick read. It was such a great story too. I loved it. I also found out at the end of the story that it’s about characters from another one of Alice Oseman’s books (Solitaire), so I plan to read that one ASAP! I also really can’t wait for volume two of Heartstopper. It gets released later this year. I am just including what I recently finished this month (April) since I just did my wrap up post. You can check out some of my other recently finished books in my March wrap up linked at the end of this post.


Reading Next:

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Cherry by Nico Walker (Library)
Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering (Library)
We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett (Physical ARC)

I honestly have no idea what I am going to read next. I always say I am going to read one thing and end up reading something else. I’ve been a really big mood reader this year. I have three options that I am really leaning toward because 1. they are library books that I need to read before they get returned or 2. they are ARCs that I really need to read and get reviewed ASAP. It could be any of these books that I read next, but I am leaning heavily on Cherry, because I read the first 10 or so pages and I was really into it. I had to stop myself though, because 1. it was like 3:30am when I couldn’t fall back to sleep and I needed to try to sleep and 2. I need to finish my current read first, haha. I also need to read Tell Me Lies soonish before it gets returned to the library. We Rule the Night was just released yesterday, so I want to read that one soon too because I need to get a review up for it. So many books to read!!

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| March.

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Hey!

March seemed to drag on forever. I was also pretty busy in March with work and family visiting. I also previously mentioned that I got hooked on Pen15 (on Hulu) and Schitt’s Creek (on Netflix), so that took up a lot of my time too and I got sick. I still managed to get some reading in! I’ll get to that in a second though. First, I wanted to mention that we ended March by going to Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure. So we got to go back to Harry Potter World! 😀 Here are a few pictures that I took.

We went on a few rides at Islands of Adventure and ate lunch at the Three Broomsticks. Of course we had to get butterbeer too. We weren’t planning on going to Universal Studios, we were just going to stick to Islands of Adventure. But once we got down to the train station and the wait to get on the Hogwarts Express wasn’t long, we decided to just go and I’m glad we did. We wanted to stay for the Mardi Gras parade and didn’t realize it was at Universal and not Islands of Adventure. At Universal we went on a ton of rides, ate Tacos at the Simpsons’ themed food truck (they were so good), and of course we walked around Diagon Alley. Watched a Beedle the Bard storytelling and bought some Fizzing Whizzbees. It was a really fun time. We just got annual passes and now we can go whenever we want for the next 18 months! 😀 Anyway, onto the books that I read in March!

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

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Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner – 5 out of 5 stars – Review
I loved Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Mantinee so so much! It was everything I hoped it would be. So many feels! I also had so much fun reading it. I loved the friendship aspect of it and I loved all the horror film talk. Feel Free to check out my review for more.

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel – 5 out of 5 stars.
The Test….HOLY CRAP! This book was insane! It was intense! And I honestly can’t even put my thoughts into words. I loved it so much and gave it five stars!! It’s a pretty short story, but it’s so damn good that you don’t even notice how short it is. You’re sucked right into it from the start, it’s crazy. Black Mirror vibes.

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman – 3 out of 5 stars.
You Asked for Perfect didn’t blow me away like I had hoped it would. It was still a good read and I actually flew through it. It was really easy to read and the characters were really likable. I didn’t relate to it too much and I think that’s why it didn’t blow me away. I can see why so many people really love it though and I would definitely recommend checking it out.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 5 out of 5 stars.
The feels. Holy crap, the feels. I loved everything about Daisy Jones & the Six. It kind of reads like a documentary/interview, which was really cool and made it so easy to read. It also made it so hard to want to put it down. I flew through it in two days. It gave me “Almost Famous” vibes, which I love because that’s one of my favorite movies of all-time. Also, SO MUCH ROCK ‘N’ roll and I was living for every moment of it.

Jackaby by William Ritter – 4 out of 5 stars.
I am so glad that I finally picked up Jackaby (for my Alphabet Challenge). It was so much fun to read. The character Jackaby gives off a Sherlock vibe, which I love. He was such a great character. The story itself was really great. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel soon!


Audiobooks:
These are the books that I listened to the audio versions throughout the month of March.

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – 3 out of 5 stars.
I was so stoked for The Priory of the Orange Tree, because I love Samantha Shannon’s book series The Bone Season so much. I tried reading Priory myself, but I found my mind wandering a lot and now really remembering what I read. So I decided to get the audiobook and still had the same problem. It’s a huge book. It’s very detailed. Lots of characters. Lots of going back and forth between them. Most of the time I had no idea what was going on in the story. It wasn’t until the end where some of it started to come together and was enjoyable. I liked it, but it seemed to just be too much for me I guess. Honestly, it’s a week later and have no idea what any of the characters names are. I have no idea what the story is even about anymore or how it ended. UGH.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena – 3 out of 5 stars.
I’ve been wanting to read The Couple Next Door for some time now and decided to check it out from my library since the audiobook was available. It was pretty good and I liked it. It did get a little boring during some parts though. Overall, it was a decent read. Some things surprised me, others didn’t.


Currently Reading Books:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of March, but didn’t get a chance to finish them yet.

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Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser

I am currently reading my Netgalley ARC of Summer of ’69 right now. It’s going to be releasing next week, so I want to try to get my review up as soon as possible. So far it’s pretty interesting. I’m only about 20% into it right now. I have a few other ARCs that I am hoping to read this month as well.

What did you read in March? What do you hope to read in April? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts!

I’ll catch up on all of your blog posts soon and reply to comments soon. Hopefully if today isn’t too busy with work, I’ll be able to do that. If not, then definitely sometime in the next few days. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| March.
Friday Finds #77.
Random|| Picture Update.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Book Haul|| March.

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Hey!

I know I’ve been a little quiet around the blog the last week or two. I’ve been pretty busy with work and I’ve had family coming to visit quite a bit this month. I also got addicted to the shows Schitt’s Creek (on Netflix) and Pen15 (on Hulu), so I have been binge watching every season. I finished them all in just a week and a half. Schitt’s Creek is seriously everything. I am dying for Netflix to add season five. And now, I am sick, UGHH. Hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of things soon. With being busy and sick, I’ve been in kind of a blogging slump. I do have my March book haul to share with you today though, so that’s exciting! 🙂 

Books I Bought:
*from bookstores, amazon, etc.*

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman
Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
Tales of King Arthur & The Knights of the Round Table by Thomas Malory
All Things Bright and Strange by James Markert

I seen You Asked For Perfect around a lot, so I wanted to check it out and decided to order on Amazon. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. I pre-ordered Heroine last year I think. It’s one of my highly anticipated releases of the year. I picked up the King Arthur stories at Books-A-Million as a birthday gift to myself. We went to this outlet store that sells a ton of different things and they happened to sell books! So I picked up All Things Bright and Strange from there, because it sounded really interesting and it was only $1.99!


Books from Publishers:

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If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann
Wilder Girls by Rory Power (Netgalley)

I was sent a copy of If It Makes You Happy from Swoon Reads, which I am stoked to read. It sounds really good, so I am looking forward to it. I was also approved for Wilder Girls on Netgalley and I am so stoked!


E-Books:

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Hope Nation by Various Authors
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan

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An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
The Map by William Ritter (Jackaby novella)

Quite a few books that I’ve been really wanting went on sale this month, so I picked up those. I can’t wait to read all of these. Hopefully it doesn’t take me forever to get around to them. LOL 😛

What books did you get in March? Have you read any of the books that I got? Feel free to link me to your book haul posts.

As I mentioned before, hopefully I can get back into the swing of things on the blog ASAP as well as reading. I read a good amount this month (wrap up coming soon), but I feel like I could have read more if I didn’t get kind of slumpish and wasn’t so busy. I need to catch up on so much!! *looks at ARC pile* I just hope I’m not sick forever. I’ve been taking cold medicine and Zicam regularly. It says every 3-4 hours, so as soon as that final hour ends, I am taking more. LOL. I’ll catch up with you guys ASAP! ❤

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #77.
Random|| Picture Update.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Friday Finds #77.

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These are books that I have added to my Goodreads TBR shelves. I don’t own them (YET), but they are books that I really want to read one day!


Hey!

I have six books to share with you this week that all sound like they are going to be pretty awesome reads and I am so stoked for! The covers for all of these books are so amazing as well as how they sound. 😛 I’ve included the book descriptions below and linked them to Goodreads. You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!


warriorofthewildWarrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

Goodreads Description: How do you kill a god? As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

 

 


destroyallmonstersDestroy All Monsters by Sam J. Miller

Goodreads Description: Solomon and Ash both experienced a traumatic event when they were twelve. Ash lost all memory of that event when she fell from Solomon’s treehouse. Since then, Solomon has retreated further and further into a world he seems to have created in his own mind. One that insulates him from reality, but crawls with foes and monsters . . . in both animal and human form. As Solomon slips further into the place he calls Darkside, Ash realizes her only chance to free her best friend from his pain is to recall exactly what happened that day in his backyard and face the truth—together.


girlswithsharpsticks Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

Goodreads Description: The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from “Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior Design.” The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance. Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears. As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly capable of. Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.


iwishyouallthebestI Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

Goodreads Description: When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school. But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.


thecandleandtheflameThe Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

Goodreads Description: Azad’s debut YA fantasy is set in a city along the Silk Road that is a refuge for those of all faiths, where a young woman is threatened by the war between two clans of powerful djinn. Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population — except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar.  But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her. Oud in hand, Fatima is drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah and his sister, the affairs of Zulfikar and the djinn, and the dangers of a magical battlefield.


gravemaidensGravemaidens by Kelly Coon

Goodreads Description: The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land’s greatest honor…and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave. In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame. When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her. But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence. Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself. 

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I have family coming to visit this weekend, which I am super stoked about! I haven’t seen my mom, older sister, niece, nephew, and aunt since I moved up here a month ago. It’ll be nice spending time with them. This is really the first time I am actually living away from them. All my life we have been living together or really close to each other, so this is my first time living apart from them. I’m used to seeing them every single day, so it’s weird and crazy that I don’t get to do that now. I am really happy they are visiting this weekend.

My younger sister and I made a cake last night as a surprise for when our family gets here today. We were actually surprised that it came out looking like a decent cake, haha. 😛 Hopefully none of them read my blog. If you do, please act surprised haha. It’s a vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. We used Cadbury mini eggs (my favorite!) (they are on top of the cake), Ghirardelli chocolate eggs & bunnies (little chocolates on the side), and the big bunny on top is from Lindt.

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I hope you have a great day and weekend!

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