Review: “The Bitter Kingdom” by Rae Carson

If you’re craving an immersive fantasy, I suggest you pick up the first book in this series, The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I listened to this trilogy via audiobook, and it was an enjoyable read. I admit I was hesitant to read Rae Carson again, as I had previously read her Gold Seer Trilogy. Though I enjoyed that trilogy, it wasn’t enough to endear me to read Carson’s earlier works. However, with some motivation from various online friends, I took the plunge.

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ARC Review: “Wildcard” by Marie Lu

Oh man, where do I even begin? How can I write a review for a favorite series by one of my favorite authors? It’s a little bittersweet to be honest.

A huge shoutout to the person who shall remain nameless for trading this ARC with me. I’m eternally grateful, especially since I was able to get it (and a finished copy) signed when I saw Marie a few weeks ago as part of her book tour.

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ARC Review: “Ignite the Stars” by Maura Milan

Guys! This book! 😍 The synopsis immediately grabbed my attention; the cover reveal (Asian model!) made me yearn for this book! So when I saw it on NetGalley, I ignored my looming (physical) TBR and requested the book! It was such a pleasant surprise to know I’d been approved.

Thank you, Albert Whitman & Company, for giving me a free, digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

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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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