Review|| Happy Messy Scary Love.

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Happy Messy Scary Love by Leah Konen
5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: As everyone at her Brooklyn high school announces their summer adventures, Olivia harbors a dirty secret: Her plan is to binge-watch horror movies and chat with her online friend, Elm. Olivia and Elm have never shared personal details, apart from their ages and the fact that Elm’s aunt is a low-budget horror filmmaker. Then Elm pushes Olivia to share her identity and sends her a selfie of his own. Olivia is shocked by how cute he is! In a moment of panic, assuming she and Elm will never meet in real life, she sends a photo of her gorgeous friend Katie. But things are about to get even more complicated when Olivia’s parents send her to the Catskills, and she runs into the one person she never thought she would see.


I received an ARC of Happy Messy Scary Love from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It will be released May 14th.

I love books about social media or people hiding who they really are online; catfishing. It’s so relevant to today, because it is happening all the time. So I knew I would probably end up really liking Happy Messy Scary Love and I did! I ended up loving it. I breezed through it in a day, because it was so hard to put down. It was cute, it was fun, it was addicting!

I loved Olivia and her love for horror movies. Olivia was so relatable. She is under so many different pressures and then throw in the new feelings she has for her online friend Elm and everything gets so complicated. There are tons of horror movie references and name drops, which was awesome. I loved her friendship with Elm and all their fun banter and horror film talk. Lots of laugh out loud moments with them. There were a few emotional moments too. There’s a few things that Olivia is going through as well as her friends.

This is a short but sweet review, but Happy Messy Scary Love was a really great read and I loved it so much. I had a lot of fun reading it and I was sad for it to end. It’ll be releasing next week, so be on the look out for it. It is the perfect summer read.

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I’ll hopefully have some time today or tomorrow to catch up with all of your posts and to reply to comments. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #80.
Wrap Up|| April.
Book Haul|| April.

I hope you have a great day!

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Friday Finds #80.

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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!


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I am going to just jump right into this post and share some of the books that I recently added to my Goodreads TBR shelf. I have included six books in today’s post, because I couldn’t narrow it down to five or less. I added a lot recently, lol. I’ve included the book descriptions below and linked them to Goodreads as well, in case you want to add them to your TBR list. You can see more of my TBR shelves over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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My thoughts: I am DYING to get my hands on Permanent Record, because I loved Emergency Contact so much. I NEED THIS BOOK ASAP! It doesn’t release until September though. AHHH. The wait may kill me.

Goodreads Description: After a year of college, Pablo is working at his local twenty-four-hour deli, selling overpriced snacks to brownstone yuppies. He’s dodging calls from the student loan office and he has no idea what his next move is. Leanna Smart’s life so far has been nothing but success. Age eight: Disney Mouseketeer; Age fifteen: first #1 single on the US pop chart; Age seventeen, *tenth* #1 single; and now, at Age nineteen…life is a queasy blur of private planes, weird hotel rooms, and strangers asking for selfies on the street. When Leanna and Pab randomly meet at 4:00 a.m. in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn, they both know they can’t be together forever. So, they keep things on the down-low and off Instagram for as long as they can. But it takes about three seconds before the world finds out…


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My thoughts: OMG!!!!! Susan Ee finally has a new book coming out. I am DEAD. I loved her series Penryn and the End of Days so much and I have been dying for something new from her. Luckily this one comes out next month (June), so I don’t have to wait too long.

Goodreads Description: An orphan girl. A dark and twisted kingdom. An ongoing shadow war resulting in enslaved fairies. This is the world of Cinder. A world where a girl like her can be sold to be human prey for a ritualistic hunt. But on this night, even the predators might have something to fear. On this night, even a royal prince might find himself trapped by the expectations of the Dark King…and a girl like no other.


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Goodreads Description: The Age of Darkness approaches. Five lives stand in its way. Who will stop it… or unleash it?  For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared. All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. As chaos takes hold, five souls are set on a collision course: A prince exiled from his kingdom. A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand. A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart.  A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone. And a dying girl on the verge of giving up. One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer?


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Goodreads Description: Before, Jessica has always struggled with anger issues, but come sophomore year that all changes when Vivi crashes into her life. As their relationship blossoms, Vivi not only helps Jess deal with her pain, she also encourages her to embrace her talent as an artist. And for the first time, it feels like the future is filled with possibilities. After In the midst of senior year, Jess’s perfect world is erased when Vivi suddenly passes away. Reeling from the devastating loss, Jess pushes everyone away, and throws out her plans to go to art school. Because art is Vivi and Vivi is gone forever. Desperate for an escape, Jess gets consumed in her work-study program, letting all of her dreams die. Until she makes an unexpected new friend who shows her a new way to channel her anger, passion, and creativity. Although Jess may never draw again, if she can find a way to heal and room in her heart, she just might be able to forge a new path for herself without Vivi.


somethinglikegravity Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith

Goodreads Description: Chris and Maia aren’t off to a great start. A near-fatal car accident first brings them together, and their next encounters don’t fare much better. Chris’s good intentions backfire. Maia’s temper gets the best of her. But they’re neighbors, at least for the summer, and despite their best efforts, they just can’t seem to stay away from each other. The path forward isn’t easy. Chris has come out as transgender, but he’s still processing a frightening assault he survived the year before. Maia is grieving the loss of her older sister and trying to find her place in the world without her. Falling in love was the last thing on either of their minds. But would it be so bad if it happened anyway?


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Goodreads Description: Olivia and her twin sister Viola have been dragged around the universe for as long as they can remember. Their parents, both xenobiologists, are always in high demand for their research into obscure alien biology. Just settled on a new colony world, they discover an alien threat unlike anything they’ve ever seen. And suddenly the sisters’ world is ripped apart. On the run from terrifying aliens, Olivia’s knowledge of xenobiology and determination to protect her sister are her only weapons as the colony collapses into chaos. But then a shocking family secret bursts open—one that’s as horrifying to Olivia as the aliens surrounding them. The creatures infiltrate the rich wildlife on this virgin colony world—and quickly start adapting. Olivia’s going to have to adapt, too, if she’s going to survive…

All of these books sound so amazing and I am dying to get my hands on every single one of them. 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.

This has kind of been a rough week for me. I got some not so great news, so I’ve been really down and stressing about things. This year was on track for being the best year yet, but now it’s going to be the most challenging. I need to figure out life again…ugh. I’m glad it’s the weekend though, because I am going to a pirate show dinner thing for my cousin’s birthday and that should be really fun. It’s like a live action show about pirates while you eat. Sounds fun, anyway.

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| April.
Book Haul|| April.
Nature, Dinosaurs, & Other Things.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| April.

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Hey!

I had a pretty decent reading month, but it also didn’t go exactly as I had planned. I’ve had books on hold at the library that were getting checked out to me one after the other. It was starting to overwhelm me and eventually I just returned the majority of them or put them back on hold instead. Books I hoped to read this month, I didn’t get the chance to. I need to take a break from the library (unless it’s for audiobooks). I have so many books of my own I need to focus on as well as some upcoming ARC releases. I did have a lot of 5 star reads this month though, which is cool. I was also able to read two ARCs and get reviews up for them.

Anyway, onto the books that I read in 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 myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of April.

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Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman – 5 out of 5 stars
I loved Heartstopper so much. It was such a cute read and I loved the characters. It’s a graphic novel and it had such great illustrations too. I am impatiently waiting for volume two. I think it comes out in July.

Summer of ’69 by Todd Strasser – 5 out of 5 stars – Review
Summer of ’69 was so amazing. I loved it. I am a sucker for that era of time. It had so many feels. There were good things and bad things, happy moments, and sad moments. It ended up being way more than I thought it would be. Hella hippie vibes too. Feel free to check out my review for more.

The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir – 5 out of 5 stars
I thought The Book of Essie was such a great book. I ended up flying through it and loving it so much. It was pretty intense at times and it was interesting to get a glimpse of what it may be like as a reality TV show star.

Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young – 5 out of 5 stars – Review
I really loved Girls with Sharper Sticks. I loved all the girl power and stating up for yourself. There was so many amazing friendships between the girls. The story was pretty crazy and suspenseful. There were a couple predictable twists, but also so many that weren’t. I also feel like it’s such an important book and has an important message. Feel free to check out my review for more.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus – 4 out of 5 stars
I have been dying to read Two Can Keep a Secret, because I love McManus’s book One of Us Is Lying so much. I thought it was really good, but it wasn’t as amazing as McManus’s other book I read. Some things were predictable and I kind of had an idea of what was happening and how it was going to end. I related to the main character Ellery so much though with her love for True Crime and always trying to figure things out. I am a sucker for true crime and I am constantly thinking of things as Ellery does haha. Maybe that’s why I figured things out before it was revealed? It was still so fun to read and I really liked it a lot.


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

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The Broken Girls by Simone St. James – 3 out of 5 stars
The Broken Girls was really interesting and a good read. It didn’t blow me away, but I still liked it. I don’t really have a ton to say about it, but it’s worth the read.

There There by Tommy Orange – 2 out of 5 stars
I had high hopes going into There There, but honestly…it was mostly boring. There was also so many different characters to keep track of that I eventually lost track of them all and had no idea what was even going on half the time. The ending of the book was when a lot of things went down, but getting there was a drag.

The Vegetarian by Han Kang – 3 out of 5 stars
I decided to give The Vegetarian a chance, because the description of the book was so crazy! I still have no idea what to think or say about it. It was really dark and disturbing, but also so interesting too.

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 5 out of 5 stars.
Daisy Jones & the Six was a reread for me. I loved the book so much when I read it myself last month that I had to give the audiobook a chance. The audiobook was so great, because it has a full cast and they did such an amazing job. I love all the rock ‘n’ roll vibes so much. I highly recommend checking this one out.


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

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Dopesick by Beth Macy
Cherry by Nico Walker
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

I was hoping to finish both Dopesick and Cherry before the end of the month, but that just didn’t happen. Hopefully I will be able to get the chance to finish them this month. I’ve been reading Cherry for what feels like forever. I like what I have read so far, but I was in the mood to read other books. So I’ve been putting it down over and over again. I really want to finish it though, because like I said, I like it so far. It’s was one of those library books that got checked out to me when the timing wasn’t right. Dopesick is so interesting and I’m really into it. It’s about the opioid crisis, which is so sad, so bad, and so real. I’m looking forward to finishing it. I know I’ve said it before, but I’m really into books about this subject for some reason. I am also reading Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson. I hate that I’m in the middle of three books at one time, but realistically I’ve been been putting Dopesick and Cherry on hold for now. I’m spending my free time actually reading Shout.

I’ve realized that I am not doing very great with my Alphabet Challenge so far this year. Out of 26 books, I’ve only read three for the challenge! I need to get ahead on my ARCs, so that I can dedicate a lot more time to those books on my ABC challenge. Like I mentioned earlier in this post, I need to seriously stay away from the library….I’ve been so bad this year with reading everything except what I already own. Because of that none of the books that I read/listened to this month are from my ABC challenge TBR, which is sad! I need to read 3-4 books from that list a month to complete it by the end of the year, ahhh. I don’t know if that’s possible, to be honest. I guess we’ll see what happens though. I’m still crossing my fingers that I can make this happen or at least read more than half of the list if I can’t finish it all! I need to go on a library ban. 😛

What books did you read in April? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to you wrap up post, so I can check it out!

In case you  missed it;
Book Haul|| April.
Nature, Dinosaurs, & Other Things.
It finally happened!!

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Book Haul|| April.

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Hey!

It’s almost the end of April already, how?? Today I am just going to jump right into my April book haul. You can check out a full list of the books that I own over here. There’s links to different pages on my blog that show my e-books and one for my physical books. I finally updated all lists earlier in April. All book titles below are linked to Goodreads.

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

Solitaire by Alice Oseman
Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman
Internment by Samira Ahmed
Jack of Hearts (and other parts) by L.C. Rosen

I’ve been really wanting to read Heartstopper, so I finally decided to order it on Book Depository. I ordered it in March, but it finally got to me earlier in April. I decided to hop on Amazon and order Solitaire, because at the end of Heartstopper the author mentions that the two characters in the book are also in Solitaire, so I had to have it. I am impatiently waiting for volume two. I got a UK version of Solitaire, because I liked that the color of it matched more with Heartstopper. The only downside is the size difference between the two. I couldn’t help buying Internment when I see it was only $8 on Amazon. I’ve been really wanting to read it, so I’m stoked! I decided to order Jack of Hearts, because it sounded so good and something I’d be into and I will hopefully be reading it really soon.


Books from Publishers:

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Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

The publisher reached out to me asking if I wanted to review Girls with Sharp Sticks, because they had seen that I added it to my Goodreads shelf, so I said yes! I was surprised when I received a finished copy. You can check out my review for this book over here. I gave it five stars.


E-Books:

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The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

I have a private wishlist on Amazon of all the books that I want, but are waiting for them to go on sale. I check it every day to see if any go on sale and quite a few of them went on sale this month, which was exciting. I got The Overdue Life of Amy Byler free with Amazon Prime First Reads. I also got The Murmur of Bees for free. I see Geekerella all the time on Amazon when I browse their books/e-books, but I just never decided to buy it. I decided to look it up on Goodreads and there’s a ton of great reviews about it, so I decided to finally buy it since it was only $1.99. I already own a physical copy of Aru Shah, but I couldn’t help buying an e-book version since it was only 99 cents. I seen The Library at Mount Char floating around a little after I started blogging and never got it. The e-book was on sale, so I decided to get it. It’ll be perfect to read about Halloween time later this year.

Random thought: Does anyone else buy a ton of e-books when they are on sale and then never read them? I feel like I do that way too much and my Kindle is full of books that I REALLY want to read, but just never do. I always end up checking out e-books from my library instead, UGHHHHH. I don’t know how much I’ll be able to this year, but maybe next year I will work on trying to get through a lot of my Kindle e-books, especially the older ones!

What books did you get in April? Have you read any of the books that I got? Feel free to link me to your book haul posts, so I can check them out.

I’ll have my April wrap up posted tomorrow or Wednesday. It’s mostly completed, but waiting to finish one of the current books I am reading so I can include it in my wrap up post. I should have it finished today, because I only have like 50 pages left in it.

In case you  missed it;
Nature, Dinosaurs, & Other Things.
It finally happened!!
Friday Finds #79.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Nature, Dinosaurs, & Other Things.

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these posts, so I figured I would do a quick little picture update! 😛 I have a ton more pictures that I could post, but I am running out of storage space on the blog again (ugh). I may have to upgrade again or figure out some other way. Here are some of the things I’ve been doing and pictures I’ve taken over the last few weeks.

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We (sister, hubby, and I) went to Circle B Bar Reserve again, but this time we checked out the lake area and OMG it did not disappoint. I was able to get so many awesome pictures and see so much cool wildlife. There were a ton of different birds and alligators! Luckily we survived and didn’t get eaten by any alligators, haha. The area was huge and we didn’t walk the entire thing, so we may have to check it out again ASAP! Here are some of the pictures that I took there. I took a lot, so I had to really narrow it down for this post.

We even seen some wild boar/pigs, which was pretty awesome! There was like a whole family of them. I couldn’t really get great pictures because I didn’t want to scare them away and my camera wasn’t cooperating with me, but I did get these two pictures. We seen some armadillos too.

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These is one of my favorite pictures that I took at the nature park. It came out so great and I am pretty proud of it, haha. My main focus was the butterfly, so I didn’t even notice there was a bee on the flower next to it. So that was a cool surprise when I was going through my pictures and noticed it.

On April 9th, it was my younger sister’s birthday. She’s only a year younger than I am. Her birthday happened to fall on a Tuesday, so we went Moe’s for her birthday. Taco Tuesday 😛 ! Moe’s is always so good! We also baked her a cake for her birthday. It came out really awesome. I think we are really getting into this cake decorating, haha. Over the weekend of that week we decided to check out Dinosaur World. It was a good time, but not something to do more than one time. Haha. It was interesting though. Here are some pictures of the dinos. I took a bunch, but again, had to narrow it down a lot for this post.

Below are just some random pictures that I’ve taken throughout the last few weeks.

And of course my furbabies. Top two pictures are of my boys and the bottom two pictures are of my girls.

That’s all for this post. I hope you enjoyed seeing all my pictures. You can follow me on Instagram if you want to see more or as I post them. Username: heyyitsashley. I am currently battling a cold, UGH. I knew it was coming, because yesterday I had a stuffy nose, but I woke up today feeling like such crap. Hopefully this doesn’t last long, because my family is coming to visit this weekend and I don’t want to feel bad when they are here. Anyway, I better go start my work day now.

In case you missed it;
It finally happened!!
Friday Finds #79.
Review|| Girls with Sharp Sticks.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

It finally happened!!

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Sooo….if you follow me on social media then you probably know what I’m talking about. If you do not follow me on social media…I finally got new bookshelves!! It has been a year since I’ve seen all my books on a shelf together. I packed my books up a year ago thinking we were moving and it didn’t happen. I got rid of my old bookshelves at that point too, because I knew I wanted new ones and there was no point in moving them with us. When we ended up not moving, I just never unpacked them because I had nowhere for them. We also knew that we would be eventually moving just not at that moment.

As you guys already know, we did finally move. We’ve been at the new house for two months now and this weekend I FINALLY got my new bookshelves. I am so stoked about having them. I spent all Saturday night (8pm-1am) unpacking my books and putting them on my shelves. On Sunday we went back to Ikea and got one more (a corner one) to finish. I spent the rest of the day/afternoon finishing putting all my books and stuff on them. It took me FOREVER because I wanted it just right. So want to see a picture?

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I am REALLY happy with the way that it all turned out. The only thing that will probably change is moving/swapping books around to different spots on the shelves. The majority of them I just put up there to get them off the floor. So they aren’t in any particular order or anything like that besides authors being together and series being together. The far left shelf (with my A W books on top) are all paperbacks & ARCs at the bottom of that shelf. The middle skinny shelf is some Funko Pops, some ARCs for this year, and miscellaneous paperbacks on the bottom two spots. The two bookshelves on the right of that smaller one are hardcover books. The last one has my Harry Potter books up top, a bunch of empty space (I NEED NEW BOOKS NOW :P) Some Funko Pops that I couldn’t fit on the top of my shelves and then the last spot being some miscellaneous books.

Throughout the day on Saturday & Sunday I was updating both of my Instagram accounts (heyyitsashley (personal) & foreverbookish_ (bookstagram) with the process of setting them up. I am so stoked that it’s finally done and I finally have my shelves. It looks really great in the room. I’m guilty of staring at them all day and at random times in the day coming into the room just to “check” on them HAHA. This room is also my office for work, so that’s cool haha. 😛

Anyway, I just wanted to do a little update about my new bookshelves since I am so happy about them. This last week has been pretty hard for me with the reading. I have so many books checked out from the library (UGH – I’m going to try to stay away from the library the next few months) and I’ve been trying to read them ASAP, but I’m now currently in the middle of three of them and I just can’t seem to get myself to read them because I don’t know which one to read first so I try to read them all and get overwhelmed/guilty for not reading others. WTF. It’s annoying, so I’ve just been in a reading slump this week. BUT I did just get the Daisy Jones & the Six audiobook from my library, so I am listening to that now while I work. I loved the book so much, so I had to check out the audiobook too.

I have to start my work day now, but I will hopefully catch up with your posts soon and reply to comments. I hope you had a great Easter or weekend if you don’t celebrate. 😀

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #79.
Review|| Girls with Sharp Sticks.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Friday Finds #79.

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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!


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I am going to just jump right into this post and share some of the books that I recently added to my Goodreads TBR shelf. I have included five books in today’s post. I’ve included the book descriptions below and linked them to Goodreads as well, in case you want to add them to your TBR list. You can see more of my TBR shelves over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

gideonGideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Goodreads Description: Gideon the Ninth is the most fun you’ll ever have with a skeleton. The Emperor needs necromancers. The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman. Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit. Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as necromantic skeletons. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy. Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service. Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die. Of course, some things are better left dead.


TINFOILCROWNS Tinfoil Crowns by Erin Jones

Goodreads Description: Seventeen-year-old internet video star Fit is on a mission to become famous at all costs. She shares her life with her fans through countless videos (always sporting some elaborate tinfoil accessory), and they love her for it. If she goes viral, maybe she can get out of her small casino town and the cramped apartment she shares with her brother and grandpa. But there’s one thing Fit’s fans don’t know about her: when Fit was three-years-old, her mother, suffering from postpartum psychosis, tried to kill her. Now Fit’s mother, River, has been released from prison. Fit is outraged that River is moving in with the family, and it’s not long before Fit’s video followers realize something’s up and uncover her tragic past. But Fit soon realizes that the only thing her audience loves more than tragedy is a heartwarming tale of a family reunion. Is faking a relationship with River the key to all Fit’s dreams coming true?


boyswallowsuniverse Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

Goodreads Description: Eli Bell’s life is complicated. His father is lost, his mother is in jail, and his stepdad is a heroin dealer. The most steadfast adult in Eli’s life is Slim—a notorious felon and national record-holder for successful prison escapes—who watches over Eli and August, his silent genius of an older brother. Exiled far from the rest of the world in Darra, a seedy suburb populated by Polish and Vietnamese refugees, this twelve-year-old boy with an old soul and an adult mind is just trying to follow his heart, learn what it takes to be a good man, and train for a glamorous career in journalism. Life, however, insists on throwing obstacles in Eli’s path—most notably Tytus Broz, Brisbane’s legendary drug dealer. But the real trouble lies ahead. Eli is about to fall in love, face off against truly bad guys, and fight to save his mother from a certain doom—all before starting high school.


wickedfoxWicked Fox by Kat Cho

Goodreads Description: Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt. But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process. Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.  With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.


whiteroseWhite Rose by Kip Wilson

Goodreads Description: A gorgeous and timely novel based on the incredible story of Sophie Scholl, a young German college student who challenged the Nazi regime during World War II as part of The White Rose, a non-violent resistance group. Disillusioned by the propaganda of Nazi Germany, Sophie Scholl, her brother, and his fellow soldiers formed the White Rose, a group that wrote and distributed anonymous letters criticizing the Nazi regime and calling for action from their fellow German citizens. The following year, Sophie and her brother were arrested for treason and interrogated for information about their collaborators. 

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 am hoping to finally get around to that picture update at some point next week. I have a ton of pictures to post and from things I’ve done over the last few weeks. 🙂

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

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

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