Book Haul|| August.

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Hey!

Somehow I ended up buying a lot of books this month, which has been a little strange for me this year. I’ve been trying to be very careful with how much money I spend on books and how many books I buy over the last couple years. I think it’s been steady at maybe 1-3 books that I buy a month this year, but somehow I ended up with EIGHT books this month! Deals…I can’t pass up good deals on books. 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 my physical books. I finally updated all lists earlier this month, but these below won’t be included until the next update. All book titles below are linked to Goodreads.

Books I Bought:

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Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

I’ve been wanting  Patron Saints of Nothing and Hot Dog Girl for awhile now and seen them super cheap on Amazon this month, so I decided to get copies of those. I needed Thunderhead, because I read Scythe this month and wanted the sequel ASAP! I can’t wait to read it. Hopefully I’ll be picking it up soon.

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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

I want to own all of Alice Oseman’s books, so I got Radio Silence this month. I think I am only missing one book of hers that I’ll eventually get. I told myself not until I read Solitaire and Radio Silence first, lol. I’ve liked most of Rainbow’s books that I’ve read, so I had Pumpkinheads on pre-order and I’m looking forward to reading it. It will be a good addition to my Halloweenie TBR in October too. I read an ARC on Netgalley of Spin the Dawn and liked it so much. I seen it was only $8 on Amazon, so I decided to get a copy and now I can go pre-order that sequel! 😛

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

I got A Court of Wings and Ruin solely because it was only $1.99 at this outlet store I went to. I really didn’t like the sequel in the series (I think I gave it two stars, I’m still angry about it) so I have no idea if/when I’ll pick it up but for some reason I didn’t want to pass up $1.99. I love wasting money, clearly. *rolling eyes at myself* I also got Once Upon A River at that same outlet store for $3.99 and I’ve been wanting to read it, so at least that was a win.


E-Books:

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Friday Finds #83.

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


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It’s been awhile since I’ve done this type of post. I am going to just jump right into it. I have five books that I recently added to my Goodreads shelf to share with you today. I’ve included the book descriptions below and linked them to Goodreads as well, in case you want to add them to your TBR. 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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Reverie by Ryan La Sala

Goodreads Description: Ryan La Sala’s debut fantasy is an #OwnVoices story following Kane Montgomery, a gay teenager piecing his life back together after an attack robs him of his memories. As Kane searches for who he was, he uncovers a war for the creative rights to reality itself, each battle played out in an imagined world turned real: a reverie. Reveries are worlds born from a person’s private fantasies, and once they manifest they can only be unraveled by bringing their conflicts to resolution. Reveries have rules and plots, magic and monsters, and one wrong step could twist the entire thing into a lethal, labyrinthine nightmare. Unraveling them is dangerous work, but it’s what Kane and The Others do. Or did, until one of The Others purged Kane of his memories. But now Kane is back, and solving the mystery of his betrayal is the only way to unite his team and defeat reality’s latest threat: Poesy, a sorceress bent on harvesting the reveries for their pure, imaginative power. But what use might a drag queen sorceress have with a menagerie of stolen reveries? And should Kane, a boy with no love for a team that betrayed him, fight to stop her, or defect to aid her?


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Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Goodreads Description: Then, “Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old in a typical New England suburb getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating turn of events that would forever change her life. Now, it’s been three months since “Jane” escaped captivity and returned home. Three months of being that girl who was kidnapped, the girl who was held by a “monster.” Three months of writing down everything she remembered from those seven months locked up in that stark white room. But, what if everything you thought you knew―everything you thought you experienced―turned out to be a lie?


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Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

Goodreads Description: When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide. Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one…


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Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin

Goodreads Description: Winnie Friedman has been waiting for the world to catch on to what she already knows: she’s hilarious. It might be a long wait, though. After bombing a stand-up set at her own bat mitzvah, Winnie has kept her jokes to herself. Well, to herself and her dad, a former comedian and her inspiration. Then, on the second day of tenth grade, the funniest guy in school actually laughs at a comment she makes in the lunch line and asks her to join the improv troupe. Maybe he’s even . . . flirting? Just when Winnie’s ready to say yes to comedy again, her father reveals that he’s been diagnosed with ALS. That is . . . not funny. Her dad’s still making jokes, though, which feels like a good thing. And Winnie’s prepared to be his straight man if that’s what he wants. But is it what he needs? Caught up in a spiral of epically bad dates, bad news, and bad performances, Winnie’s struggling to see the humor in it all. But finding a way to laugh is exactly what will see her through.


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Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry

Goodreads Description: Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother’s ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it’s something more…Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica. A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose–can they conquer their demons together?

 

All of these books sound so amazing and I am dying to get my hands on 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 recently.

In case you missed it;
Mini Review||How to Hack a Heartbreak.

I hope you have a great day!

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Mini Review||How to Hack a Heartbreak.

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How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway
3 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: By day, Mel Strickland is an underemployed helpdesk tech at a startup incubator, Hatch, where she helps entitled brogrammers—”Hatchlings”—who can’t even fix their own laptops, but are apparently the next wave of startup geniuses. And by night, she goes on bad dates with misbehaving dudes she’s matched with on the ubiquitous dating app, Fluttr. But after one dick pic too many, Mel has had it. Using her brilliant coding skills, she designs an app of her own, one that allows users to log harrassers and abusers in online dating space. It’s called JerkAlert, and it goes viral overnight. Mel is suddenly in way over her head. Worse still, her almost-boyfriend, the dreamy Alex Hernandez—the only non-douchey guy at Hatch—has no idea she’s the brains behind the app. Soon, Mel is faced with a terrible choice: one that could destroy her career, love life, and friendships, or change her life forever.


I received an ARC of How to Hack a Heartbreak from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was released July 30th.

I had a lot of fun reading How to Hack a Heartbreak. It is so relatable to so many people when it comes to the online dating world. I personally have never experienced any of the crazy and creepy things that involve the online dating scene, but I’ve read stories and it’s pretty messed up. I felt that How to Hack a Heartbreak did a great job at showing that throughout the story.

I mostly liked Melanie and her group of friends. I think a lot of people can really relate to them on some level. Throughout the story Melanie (and her friends) had to deal with a lot of creepy dudes and Melanie with her co-workers. She was the only woman working among males and the majority of them were just horrible and gross to her. I did like the romance in the book, but a few things bugged me. I think that was due to some of Melanie’s actions though. She started to become a little too negative for my liking. I won’t say a whole lot, because spoilers.

Overall, I enjoyed How to Hack a Heartbreak. It’s a quick read and so relateable. I am looking forward to checking out more books from Kristin.

In case you missed it;
Wrap Up|| July.
Review|| Spin the Dawn.
Book Haul|| July.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Wrap Up|| July.

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Hey!

I had a pretty great reading month in July. It was A LOT better than I had last month, that’s for sure. I was stuck in the house most of the month due to rain almost 24/7 in July, so I had nothing else to really do. I think I only read three books last month? This month I was able to read six books and listen to two audiobooks. Here are the books that I read and listened to in July. 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 July.

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Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa – 5 out of 5 stars – Review
I loved Soul of the Sword and I was really happy with everything that happened. It’s a lot darker than the first book (Shadow of the Fox). The twist at the end was amazing. I’m impatiently waiting for that third book, UGHH. Feel free to check out my review for more.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power – 3 out of 5 stars – Review
I was hoping to really love the Wilder Girls, because it has so much hype and just sounded like a really great story. I sadly did not love it as much as everyone else did. While at times it was hard to put down and had the creep factor, it just didn’t blow me away and it felt like it ended unresolved. I didn’t see anything about a sequel, so the ending just felt unfinished. Feel free to check out my review for more.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – 4 out of 5 stars
The Silent Patient was a really great story. I wasn’t a huge fan of the characters, but the story itself was really great. It definitely left me shocked and surprised.

Heartstopper Volume 2 – Alice Oseman – 5 out of 5 stars
AHHHHHH, my heart. I loved Heartstopper Volume 2 so much. I love Nick and Charlie and I am dying for more. I flew through it in a single day and couldn’t stop smiling.

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim – 4 out of 5 stars – Review
I had so much fun reading Spin the Dawn. I loved the magic and the adventure. There’s two parts to the story and both parts were so great. There’s a competition and then a journey. It’s said to be like Mulan & Project Runaway, which is great comparisons. I can’t wait for the sequel. Feel free to check out my review for more.

love, and you by Gretchen Gomez – 3 out of 5 stars.
I’ve had love, and you for a while now and I am glad that I finally read it. I liked the poems that Gretchen wrote in love, and you. They were heartbreaking and uplifting. I did have a hard time personally connecting to them, which is why my star rating is only a three. The poems themselves though were really great and I would recommend reading.


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

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – 5 out of 5 stars.
I LOVE With the Fire on High. I listened to the audiobook and it was so great. I am glad I chose to go this route when picking up the book. I loved the story and the characters. I loved the family aspect of it and all the FOOOOD. 😛 This book was everything, honestly. I highly recommend it.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – 2 out of 5 stars.
I sadly did not love Leah on the Offbeat as much as I hoped I would. I honestly didn’t like Leah that much. She was a lot of the time whiny, annoying, and mean, which is sad because I liked her in Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Maybe that’s because this book is all Leah, you get more of her than you do in Simon Vs. She made it hard to want to continue the book at times. It was nice catching up with all the other characters from Simon vs. though.


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

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Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
How to Hack a Heartbreak by Kristin Rockaway (reading next)

I’ve been wanting to read this for awhile now, so I finally decided to pickup my copy. I’m only a few chapters into it so far, but I am excited to read it. I also didn’t get a chance to finish one of my July ARCs this months, so I will be reading that one next (How to Hack a Heartbreak), so I can get it reviewed as soon as possible before moving onto my August ARCs.

What books did you read in July? 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|| July.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Review|| Spin the Dawn.

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Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
4 out of 5 stars

“Seize the wind. Don’t become the kite that never flies.”

Goodreads Description: Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job. Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise. And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.


I received an ARC of Spin the Dawn from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was released on July 9th.

When I seen that Spin the Dawn was a mix between Project Runaway and Mulan, I knew I needed to read it as soon as possible! I had so much fun reading Spin the Dawn. There are basically two different parts to this story, which I really liked. You have the competition and then the journey that Maia goes on to get the materials to make the dresses. I really enjoyed both parts of the story, but felt like the actual second part was overall the best. Maia gets to go on a crazy adventure and see different parts of the world that she never has before. There are quite a few obstacles along the way, but it made the story interesting and on the edge of my seat at times. I really enjoyed the world building and the descriptions of the different places that Maia had to travel; it made it really easy to envision them.

I loved Maia’s character so much. At the start she seemed a bit unsure of things, but continued to grow throughout the story as she experienced and learned more of the world. I really liked how much she loves her family and what she’s willing to go through for them. Edan was a fun character and I liked the relationship development between him and Maia. It did seem odd and a bit insta-love at times though. There are some characters that I hope we learn more about in the sequel, like the Emperor and Lady Sarnai. Even more about Edan would be great as well. I feel like not enough was written about them or what they went through in the past leading up to the events in this book. I think a lot of the focus was on Maia and her development, so I am hoping the sequel tells more about other key characters in the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed Spin the Dawn. I loved the magic, the adventure, and I had a lot of fun reading it. The ending was perfect and has left me wanting more!

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| July.
Review|| Wilder Girls.
Friday Finds #82.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

 

 

Book Haul|| July.

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Hey!

It’s been about a week and a half since I last updated. I’m still in a weird head space and even more so this month. I think it has to do with how crappy the weather has been. It’s been raining every single day this month, so our plans usually get cancelled which always sucks. I’ve been pretty much stuck in the house almost 24/7 for a month. It hasn’t been good on me mentally…at least I don’t think it has. I’m just so “blah” about everything these days, which has kind of hurts me with blogging and stuff. I was able to go do things this past weekend when the hubby’s parents visited for the weekend, so that was nice. 🙂

Anyway, I am rambling! I’m posting my July book haul today. It’s a week early for posting my haul, but I don’t think I will be getting anymore books this month. I don’t have any on order or plans to buy any others this month, so why not post now?

Books I Bought:

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Destroy All Monsters by Sam J. Miller
Heartstopper: Volume Two by Alice Oseman

When I came across Destroy All Monsters, I really loved the sound of it and it said “and Patrick Ness”…so I basically had to get it. I love Patrick Ness, so if Destroy All Monsters is similar to his books I had to check it out. I had to on pre-order and it was finally released earlier this month. Heartstopper Vol 2 was released this month as well and I had to have it. I loved the first book and I REALLY loved volume two. I read it in a single day. I am dying for the next volume.


Books from Publishers:

A Dream So Dark (sequel) by L.L. McKinney
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher (Netgalley)

I am really stoked that I was sent a copy of A Dream So Dark. I didn’t get the chance to read my ARC of the first book (A Blade So Black), so I am planning to read them both in September and doing a review for both. I love an Alice in Wonderland retelling. I am also so happy that I was sent an ARC of The Revolution of Birdie Randolph, because it sounds so amazing and I am really looking forward to reading that one in August and getting my review up. I’ve read a couple Tarryn Fisher books and enjoyed them. I also own quite a few others of hers that I need to read. I was happy to see that I was approved for her new book The Wives on Netgalley, because it sounds so good. Maybe it’ll also give me the push to finally read her other books that I own.


E-Books:

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Ravensong (sequel) by TJ Klune
The Outcast Hours by Mahvesh Murad & other authors

I was really stoked to see Foolish Hearts go on sale, so I had to pick that one up. Ravensong is the sequel to Wolfsong. I’ve seen a lot of good things about Wolfsong and since I already owned the first book in e-book, I decided to just get the sequel as well since it was on sale. I hope to read the series soon. I’m not a huge anthology fan, but I’ve seen mixed reviews about The Outcast Hours and wanted to check it out for myself since it was on sale for only 99 cents. I think I may save it for an October read.

What new books did you get in July? Have you read any of the ones that I got? Feel free to link me to your haul post, so I can check it out!

I’ll catch up with all of your posts and comments soon. Maybe I’ll do some blog hopping today and tomorrow to catch up with you guys. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Review|| Wilder Girls.
Friday Finds #82.
Review|| Soul of the Sword {sequel}.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblack