ARC Review: “Sadie” by Courtney Summers

I’m trying to catch up on the ARCs I have backlisted, but life has really gotten in the way of my reading time. Husband and I bought a house and we’re closing this week, which means we’ll be moving throughout the next couple of weeks. I’m definitely not looking forward to the actual move, but I’m very excited to move into my house. I’ll do what I can to schedule blog posts this and next week, but it’s not a guarantee! 😛

A special thank you to Wednesday books for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Pedophilia, detailed descriptions of self-harm-like behavior (just one scene. The narrator herself doesn’t self-harm, but there is a moment where her arm is damaged and she thinks very much like a self-harmer with intense description of all the blood on her arm).

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ARC Review: “Sweet Black Waves” by Kristina Pérez

When I saw that Sweet Black Waves had forbidden romance in it, I was instantly sold. While I’m not super familiar with the Tristan and Isolde tale, I have seen the 2006 film starring James Franco and Sophia Myles. I really enjoyed it when I saw it years ago, so I went into this novel expecting my heart to be broken at some point. And the truth is… It was but in a different way.

I received this ARC through a trade. It is not a final copy.

TRIGGER WARNING: Self-harm

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Review: “The Kiss Quotient” by Helen Hoang

Guys.

How little I knew how much I would enjoy this book! I can’t believe it. I’m not one for reading chick lit or women’s fiction, but I’ve seen this book around often, and its film, TV, and media rights were recently acquired by Pilgrim Media Group. Since I’m so into Young Adult literature and immersed in its world, it’s a rare thing for me to pick up a non-YA book. I’ve made a vow to myself to look outside of my circle, and this was just the perfect book to do so.

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Review: “The Girl of Fire and Thorns” by Rae Carson

My goal is to actually keep with my blog despite the whirlwind of returning to work, but… I don’t think that’s going to happen, unfortunately. However, I’ll try my hardest!

I had a few friends via Instagram tell me to read this book. While I initially liked Carson’s latest series, the books did slowly decrease in star rating with each book I read. My best friend is nearly done with this series and says she enjoys them, so I thought I’d give it a go, too. 🙂

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ARC Review: “The Bird and the Blade” by Megan Bannen

Very rarely do I give any book a 1-star rating. I think I don’t even give 1 stars to books I dislike and DNF. Now this one I finished and still gave a 1 star to, which is really telling for me as a reader. Truthfully, I had high hopes for this book, but everything slowly unraveled to become a book I will not recommend to others.

TRIGGER WARNING: Suicide — This trigger warning is a spoiler for the book. With that being said, please know that from this point forward, my review will not be spoiler-free.

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ARC Review: “Smoke in the Sun” by Renée Ahdieh

I was thrilled to pick up an ARC of this book while at NTTBF back in April. Funny enough, I picked up an ARC of Flame in the Mist just the year before, too. What a coincidence!

Anyway, I reread FitM before diving into its sequel, and I’m really glad I did. I’ve been rereading a lot of books this year due to sequels (*coughReaperattheGatescough*) or finales releasing (*coughWarStormcough*). I’ve quite enjoyed it because I’ve seriously forgotten so much! And since I never did read a finished copy of Flame in the Mist, I really felt like I was going into the book like it were brand new.

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Review: “The Cruel Prince” by Holly Black

As promised in yesterday’s post, I decided to write up a review for The Cruel Prince. It’s one of my most recent reads, and is still (fairly) fresh in my brain. I have a deep hesitancy starting books that are completely hyped and loved by hundreds, if not thousands, of readers. Black is an incredibly popular author, and while I read one of her books 12+ years ago I don’t remember much about it or whether or not I even liked it. So diving into TCP provided similar excitement of reading a debut author.

TRIGGER WARNING: Physical and verbal abuse; suicide (of a non-essential character)

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Goodreads Reading Challenge: Jan – June ’18

Last week in a Top 5 Wednesday post, I talked about some of my top-rated books of the year so far. With the year officially being half-way over, I figured I’d give an update of how my Goodreads reading challenge is going so far.

I started off with the goal to read 90 books, but with the way I was feeling mentally and creatively, coupled with the desire to reread some books since sequels and finales were releasing, I cut my goal down to 80. Goodreads says one thing, but because I have DNFed one book and read a short novella that I don’t really count as a “book,” I’ve actually read 2 less than my current stat of 49.

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ARC Review: “I Really Didn’t Think This Through” by Beth Evans

I’m going to give myself a pat on the back for blogging consecutively for the past few days. 🙂 *pat pat, pat pat* I have a small stack of ARCs that I had planned to read a while… Alas, that didn’t happen. But since I’m on summer break, I hope to catch up.

This book was sent to me by the author. Thank you, Beth! All quotes are taken directly from the ARC and may change in the final copy.

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ARC Review: “The Smoke Thieves” by Sally Green

Pitched as “perfect for Game of Thrones fans”, I went into The Smoke Thieves with relative ease. I’ve never read or watched GoT, but from what I’ve heard there’s a lot of killing…and sex. Maybe some fighting? I don’t know. I hardly hear about that. Oh wait, and there’s DRAGONS.

Anywho, I picked up this ARC from the PenguinTeen booth while at the North Texas Teen Book Festival earlier this year. I had hoped to read it before the release date, but that (obviously) didn’t happen. 😛

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