Thoughts|| Before I Let Go.

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Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp
2 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Description: Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return. Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, 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. With every hour, her suspicion grows. 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…


I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release date was January 2nd, 2018.

I was really excited about Before I Let Go, because I really loved Marieke’s book “This Is Where It Ends“. Honestly, I’m not entirely sure what to make of Before I Let Go. It was interesting at first, but then it started to get really weird and kind of not making too much sense. I couldn’t really figure out where Nijkamp was going with the story and I don’t know if that was a good thing or not. I guess for me it wasn’t. I wanted some kind of idea, but I had no clue. A lot of people will love that about this book and I usually do, but I was more frustrated than anything. I just wanted to know what the heck was going on and I felt like it took ages to get there.

It’s hard to really talk about without giving out spoilers. A plus about this book was that the chapters were really short, so it was really easy to read through it pretty quickly. Another weird thing about this story was the way that it was told. It was mostly in the main character’s point of view, but then randomly there will be a narrator telling the store. It was just thrown in randomly and it was in a weird format where it was kind of like a play script when the narrator was talking. It’s hard to explain, but it was weird to me. So I started to wonder if everything that was happening was real or not.

Overall, Before I Let Go was okay. I can see why a lot of people would like it, because of the mystery aspect of it and it did keep you guessing. It just wasn’t for me though and I was getting a little bit of We Were Liars vibes from it and I honestly did not like We Were Liars at all. This book might be for you though, so definitely check it out if it sounds interesting to you.

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WWW Wednesday #50.

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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 have actually been reading quite a bit this month, which has been exciting considering the last couple months I haven’t read as much as I would have liked. I am hoping I can finish all (it’s more than one ughhh) of my currently reading books down below by the end of the month. Here is what I’ve been reading the last week/week and a half.

Currently Reading:

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Mayfly by Jeff Sweat
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
Circe by Madeline Miller

I am currently reading three books, ughhh. I don’t usually do this as I’ve said before. Although, Mayfly is currently on hold for right now. I do like the book, but I am not in the mood for a dystopia book right now. I don’t want to force myself to read it and end up not liking it because of that. Emergency Contact was one of my most anticipated books of the year, so I decided to finally start it. Circe, I got an e-book copy from my library, so that is why I am starting it now so I can read it before it gets returned. I read Emergency Contact at home and I read Circe when I am out and about, so I don’t have to take my book around with me. Emergency Contact has a white and pastel pink cover, so I don’t want to risk it getting dirty, lol. The book sleeves I have only fit paperback books and I am not about to drop $25-30 on a bigger book sleeve that I probably won’t use often, to be honest. 😛 I’m not that far into any of these three books, but what I have read so far I like.


Recently Finished:

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Inferno by Juli Kagawa
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp

I’ve actually read a ton of books since I last did one of these WWW posts. These are the last three that I read (or listened to). INFERNO!!! It’s the final book in the Talon Saga and I am so sad that it’s over. Inferno was AMAZING. So many feels. The Talon Saga forever has a piece of my heart. Okay, so I’ve said this before, but I have a love/hate with John Green books. Most of the time I usually don’t like them or think they are just “okay”. I absolutely loved everything about Turtles All the Way Down and I was honestly SHOCKED! I listened to the audiobook. I went into it thinking “I already know I am not going to like this”, but I loved it. I connected with the MC on so many levels. Before I let Go…WTF did I read? It was weird. It was strange….and I just didn’t get it. It wasn’t for me. I’ll have a full review at some point this week.


Reading Next:

I’m not entirely sure what I am going to read next, because I feel like I already have a ton of books that I am currently trying to read, so by time next week rolls around there is a good chance I’ll still be reading those. I will try to get back into Mayfly and hopefully have it finished by the end of the month or the beginning of June. I also have a ton of other ARCs and review books that I need to read. I think I may do a post about all the books I need to read for review.

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;
Thoughts|| Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over.
New Camera.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Thoughts|| Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over.

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Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff
4 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: A bad storm, two canceled flights, stuck in an airport with a hot stranger and the guy who broke her heart… what could go wrong? After Sari caught her boyfriend Zev cheating on her, their romantic Florida vacation was ruined. She can’t get back to NYC soon enough. Unfortunately, mother nature may have different plans. A huge storm is brewing in the Northeast, and flights all over the country are getting canceled—including Sari’s. She winds up stuck at the airport for hours. With Zev! When another stranded passenger (a hot NYU guy) suggests a connecting flight to Boston, Sari jumps at the chance. But when her mom freaks out about her traveling alone, she has no choice—she has to include Zev, and somehow survive being trapped with the guy who broke her heart! 


I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Release date: Today, May 15th.

Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over was such a fun book. It was really fast paced, which I loved. I flew through it in just a few days. It had me laughing out loud quite a bit. I always love when a book has me cracking up.

I really enjoyed all the characters in the book as well. Sari was a lot of fun and was willing to do anything to make it back to New York City, which lead to some pretty crazy and funny events. Zev, you wanted to dislike him so bad because Sari was hurt from catching him with his ex-girlfriend…but there’s just something about him. It was way too hard not to like him. Fitz and Dylan were great! They added another fun element to the story. Sari’s best friend Trina was also another great character as well. She was a trooper, that’s for sure. Sari was heartbroken after things happened with Zev, so Trina did whatever she could to help her out and be there for her even a thousand of miles away.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book so much. It was quick, it was fun, and it had it’s cute and disastrous moments too. I would recommended this book, especially if you’re looking for an easy to read, cute and funny contemporary.

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Top Ten Tuesday|| Favorite Color Book Covers.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

Books With My Favorite Color On the Cover (or In the Title).


Hey!

The topic for today is books with my favorite color on the cover (or in the title). This is a fun topic this week! My favorite color is PINK. I pretty much love all shades of pink. These ten books are books that I have not read yet, but really want to read. Some of them I own and some of them I don’t own yet.

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Dreamology by Lucy Keating
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan
The Falling Between Us by Ash Parsons
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

I am hoping to read The Falling Between Us and Emergency Contact this month. And of course I would love to read all of these books at some point this year. I’ve owned Dreamology and The Wrong Side of Right for awhile now.

What’s your favorite color? Have you read any of the books on my list? Feel free to link me to your posts, so I can check them out!

In case you missed it;
Photo A Day|| May 1-6.
Wrap Up|| April.
Top Ten Tuesday|| Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early.

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Wrap Up|| April.

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Hey!

April gone already? What is happening to this year?! As far as life happenings, not much happened in April. It was a pretty chill month. I am happy that I managed to read five books and listened to one audiobook in April though. I honestly felt like I wasn’t going to be able to read that many with school (last Sunday I literally did ten straight hours of school work, ahh) and Netflix/Hulu taking over my life for awhile in April. Oh and the Harry Potter mobile game. I’ve been playing that almost non-stop. I’m in my second year at Hogwarts now. 😛

Onto the wrap up! Here are the books that I read and listened to 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 if I did a review for them.

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

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Huntress by Julie Hall 4 out of 5 stars – Review.
I really enjoyed though Huntress and thought it was really good. It has demons, angels, and demon hunters. Supernatural vibes! It was pretty fun to read. There were a few weird things about it, like all the religious vibes I got. Mostly some conversations between God (yes, God and Satan make appearances too) and the MC. A little too weird and preachy. Aside from that, I really liked and can’t wait to continue with the series. Feel free to check out my review for more.

Member of the Family by Dianne Lake – 5 out of 5 stars.
I love all things Charles Manson. I’ve always been interested in him and what went down with his family. Member of the Family is written by one of the girls that was a part of the family. It was such a great book.

Hot Mess by Emily Belden – 4 out of 5 stars – Review.
I really liked Hot Mess. It was fun and a little crazy/intense at times. It did slow down a little bit toward the second half of the book, but eventually picked up at the end. I was looking at other reviews of this book and it was actually the opposite for others that read it. They felt the second half was better. So it could have just been me. I still enjoyed it though and so much talk about FOOD! I was hungry about 90% of the time while reading this. Feel free to check out my review for more.

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore – 4 out of 5 stars.
The Radium Girls was a really good book, but it was also heartbreaking and horrifying as well. There were times where I was a little bored of it, but overall I really liked it. It’s about the girls that worked in the radium factories back in the twenties. I am glad I read this book. I still think about it today.

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris – 4 out of 5 stars.
Holy crap! Behind Closed Doors was crazy. I flew through this book in pretty much a single day. I couldn’t put it down. I can’t really mention much about this book, because this is a type of book that it’s hard not to spoil it. I wanted more from the ending, but overall it was so good.


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

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Invictus by Ryan Graudin – 3 out of 5 stars – Review. 

While I did enjoy Invictus, it was hard for me to get into it. The beginning was pretty boring to me. I didn’t really connect with the characters as much as I had hoped I would. There were some interesting things that happened and some fun moments though. The second half was definitely a lot better than the first half. Feel free to check out my review for more.


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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Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff
Orphan Number Eight by Kim van Alkemade

I am currently reading both Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over and Orphan Number Eight. I’m reading the first one for review, which I will have posted during the release week, which is this month. I’m really enjoying it. I have been wanting to read Orphan Number Eight for the longest time now and I finally am. So far it’s been pretty sad though!

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

In case you missed it;
Top Ten Tuesday|| Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early.
Book Haul|| April.
Random|| Quick Update.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Top Ten Tuesday|| Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

Books I’d Slay a Lion to Get Early.


Hey!

Honestly, this post was a lot harder to do than I originally thought it would be. I guess there isn’t a ton of books that I am willing to slay a lion for. 😛 I decided to go with five books that are not released yet and then five books that are already released that I really want to get my hands on. I’ve been trying really hard not to buy a ton of books, so there are quite a few out there now that I still haven’t gotten.

Five Not Released:

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The Wicked King by Holly Black
And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli/Adam Silvera
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Five Already Released:

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Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

What are some books that you would slay or lion for? Do we have any similar one? Let me know and feel free to link me to your post if you have one!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| April.
Random|| Quick Update.

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Book Haul|| April.

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Hey!

I can’t believe that it’s already time to share my April book haul! And……OMG I actually took pictures of my books for once! I think it helped that a few of them I had already taken pictures of previously as I got them. Others I just took a quick picture for blogging purposes, lol. I also didn’t get a ton of books this month like I did last month, so it was a lot easier (and quicker) to get pictures of them. My haul is smaller than some of my past hauls and honestly, I’m okay with that. I have so many books owned that I haven’t read yet….so adding a ton of books on that already ridiculous pile (realistically it’s more like a mountain) wouldn’t do me very good, haha.

You can check out all the books I own over here. I updated my lists last week. There’s also links on that page to my Kindle books and my physical books. Anyway, here are the books that I got this month.

Physical Books I Bought:

Eightysixed by Emily Belden
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

Eightysixed, I loved this book so much but only ever owned the Kindle e-book. I was able to buy a personalized signed copy from the author, which was exciting! Of course I had to get Leah on the Offbeat, because I love the Simonverse so much. I can’t wait to read it. I seen Greek Heroes at Five Below for $5, so I couldn’t pass it up. There are so many cool illustrations in it and I can’t wait to read the stories.

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Circe by Madeline Miller
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

I decided to sign up for Book of the Month Club again, because I really wanted Circe and they had a coupon if you signed up you can get another book for free. I could have gotten Circe somewhere else, but since they had the free book promo code, I decided to get it through them. I recently seen that they had The Astonishing Color of After in a past box. I’ve been wanting that one for awhile now, so I got that as my free book. I kind of regret getting Circe through BOTM though, because I seen the regular cover is shiny/has shiny foil look to it and I really want that one!! I might buy it anyway and do a giveaway for my BOTM version.


Books from Publishers & Authors:

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Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey
All Summer Long by Hope Larson
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

I was sent a copy of Our Dark Stars for review, which I am pretty excited to read. It sounds really good and the cover is gorgeous. I also got a package I wasn’t expecting from Macmillan/First Second Books with a couple graphic novels in it. Be Prepared and All Summer Long. I plan to read read them really soon and perfect with summer coming up. Lots of summer vibes from those two. I have a couple other graphic novels that I want to read ASAP too, so I may do a month of graphic novels really soon.

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#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil (Netgalley)

I like books about social media and I also like thriller/mysteries.  #MurderTrending sounded really good and like something I’ll enjoy, so I requested it on Netgalley. I actually forgot that I requested it though, so it was cool when I got the approval email.


E-Books:

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Warfare by Julie Hall
Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon

I have a physical copy of Warfare, but since it was only $2.99 I decided to get the e-book too since sometimes it’s easier for me to read e-books more these days. During downtime I am able to easily pull out my Kindle or Kindle app on my phone. I don’t always like taking my physical books out, because I hate when they get messed up or when I forget them at work which has happened quite a few times! I was stoked to see Tyler Johnson Was Here on sale for $2.99, because I’ve been seeing it floating around in the blogosphere and social media a lot and it sounds good. I’ve been waiting to catch Ramona Blue on sale and finally it happened. It was on sale for $1.99, super excited to read it. I technically own a physical copy of Olivia Twist that I got for my birthday last month, but when I seen that it was on sale for $0.99, I decided to get the e-book too.

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The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen
A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa
The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan
Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin
The Great Passage by Shion Miura

I got these five e-books for free during World Book Day on Amazon. They all sounded really great. I also couldn’t pass up free! I’m trying to branch out to more non-YA books too. I LOVE YA so much, but I also want to try to read other books as well.

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I also got this Cruel Prince inspired candle from The Melting Library. I don’t have a ton of bookish candles, because I don’t really use candles. I had to have this one though. Not going to lie, I’m not a fan of the scent. 😦 At least it’ll look pretty on my bookshelf.

And that is my April book haul! Not a huge haul, but I am extremely stoked about this haul. Definitely one of my favorites this year. Feel free to link me to your book haul posts if you have one! I would love to check it out. 🙂 Let me know if you’ve read any of the books that I got this month too! In the next day or two I’ll have my April wrap up posted.

In case you missed it;
Random|| Quick Update.
Thoughts|| Hot Mess.
Book Tag|| 20 Questions.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack