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Goodreads TBR #2

This is a series where every other month I share 5-10 books I’ve recently added to my *to read* shelf on Goodreads!

As always, if you’d like more information about any of these books, I have linked all of their Goodreads pages.

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed. 

This book follows Annaleigh who’s had four sisters die, each death more tragic than the last. There are whispers that her family is cursed by the gods. After seeing disturbing ghostly visions, Annaleigh believes the deaths weren’t an accident. She goes on a mission to uncover truth.

This book sounds super creepy & I am 100% here for it. It’s release date is August 6!

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

Y’all vampires are making a comeback! Yes, that’s right…VAMPIRES!

I’m pretty sure (although I could be wrong) I’ve heard Jay say that his vampires are vicious! So definitely no sparkling here. Honestly, someone just give me this book already. September 2020 is way too long of a wait!

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

I’m not so patiently waiting for my audiobook hold to come through for this book! I am ready to see what all the hype is about.

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

When Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, and Naomi, a science genius from California, are two of the twenty-four teens drafted into the International Space Training Camp, their lives are forever altered. After erratic climate change has made Earth a dangerous place to live, the fate of the population rests on the shoulders of the final six who will be scouting a new planet. Intense training.

The Final Six is definitely giving me Skyward & The Raging Ones vibes, which I love. SciFi isn’t usually my thing, but lately it’s all I’ve wanted to read! Can’t wait to dive into this story.

Fear of Missing Out by Kate McGovern

When Astrid learns that her cancer has returned, she hears about a radical technology called cryopreservation that may allow her to have her body frozen until a future time when–and if–a cure is available. With her boyfriend, Mohit, and her best friend, Chloe, Astrid goes on a road trip in search of that possibility.

That synopsis intrigues me so much. It seems like such an impossible decision. I haven’t heard anyone talk about this book though. If you’ve read it, let me know your thoughts!

That’s all for this month. Next round will be in July.

What have you added to your *To Read* shelf lately??

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May TBR

I have a pretty small TBR this month. I’m for sure reading these three, but as far as the rest of the month goes…I’m just going to play things by ear!

Finale by Stephanie Garber

The wait is almost over! This is the last book in the Caraval trilogy & I am SO ready for it!!

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I’ve heard AMAZING things about this book! My original plan was to read it in June, but I just can’t wait that long.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I am no where near prepared for what this book has in store!

What will you be reading in May??

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WWW Wednesday

Hello everyone!

Today Is WWW Wednesday! This is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s pretty simple, all you have to do is answer the three questions.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Well this wasn’t on my April TBR but I just felt the urge to pick it up. This is my first time reading anything by Brandon Sanderson & as of right now, it won’t be my last. I am loving Skyward. It’s fun & fast paced which I definitely needed right now.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Last week was a bit of a mess when it came to my reading. I started but then quickly put down three books. None of them really caught or held my attention. I had no idea what to pick up so I decided to just reread a favorite. The Kiss Quotient was already on my TBR, but not until later this month. I’m so happy I bumped it up though. This book is so sweet & steamy! I loved seeing these characters again.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

It’s finally happening! I’m beyond excited to start this book. I’m trying to not have high expectations, but it’s really hard when EVERYONE loves Evelyn Hugo!


That’s it! What are you currently reading??

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Review | Gemina

This is the second book in a trilogy, please be aware that there may be spoilers!!

Title: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Random House

Pages: 659

My rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Review:

I’ve tried to write this review so many times, but I literally didn’t have the words to say how amazing this book was. I had pretty high hopes for Gemina and let me just say, I was NOT disappointed!  

Like I said in my Illuminae review, I HIGHLY recommend the audiobook! It is truly incredible. The full cast & sound effects lets you experience this story in such a unique way. I’ve listened to so many audiobooks and I’ve loved a lot of them, but The Illuminae Files takes the top spot. I will 100% listen to them over & over in the future!

Yes, I also have to mention the format again. The story is told through journal entries, messages, interviews, etc. It’s crazy cool. I particularly loved the artwork that was included this time. I believe it was done by Marie Lu and it was beautiful!

In Gemina we follow a whole new group of characters. I’ll be honest, I was a bit nervous about this. Kady & Ezra were the absolute best so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about new people. Turns out I had no reason to be worried at all!

Hanna: She is the daughter of Heimdall’s captain. In the beginning she kind of acts like a precious flower, but you just wait! She will surprise you. She is a badass & a force to be reckoned with!                                                                                                                                

Nik: He’s the bad boy with a big heart. He gets through tough situations with humor, which is something I definitely related to. We get a backstory for him & oh boy, will it break your heart!

Ella: She is the hacker of the group and Nik’s cousin. She is snarky & a bit of a jokester. Ella is paralyzed, but does she let that hold her back?? Absolutely freaking not! I love her so much it hurts. Huge thank you to Amie & Jay for the amazing disability representation!

Just like Illuminae, Gemina was fast paced, action packed and so thrilling. Every page left me wanting more. I read half of this book in one day, which is something I never do. I’m a slow reader so it usually takes me a few days to finish a book, but not with Gemina. I couldn’t put it down. I was so invested.

I was in constant fear for these characters. There so many threats put against hem. They had a BeiTech team trying to kill them, alien things trying to kill them and they had a wormhole problem that was trying to kill everybody. The stakes were high & it was so intense. I’m sure my blood pressure was through the roof.

The twists & turns…oh my gosh they were so good! I feel like I was being pranked through some of the book. There were things that I thought were real but then the authors were like….HAHA no just kidding! That made for an emotional roller coaster.

I do want to mention that Gemina definitely dives deeper into science things. Luckily, the authors describe things in a way that’s very easy to understand. I never felt confused…which is saying something because I was never good at science in school.

I’m so looking forward to Obsidio. I can’t wait to see how this trilogy wraps up. I mean, I really don’t want it to be over, but I can only assume it’s going to go out with a bang! 

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March Book Haul

Hi everyone!

I have a rather small book haul to share with you all today. I purchased three books last month and my bank account is pretty happy about that!

Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
This is the second book in The Illuminae Files. I already read this and absolutely loved it! Review is coming soon.

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
This was the book pick for Owlcrate’s March box. This is a murder mystery set in a fantasy world. Two people go on a mission to discover who killed the four queens. It sounds super interesting!

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Over on my bookstagram I asked what my next read should be and this won…by a lot. I started it, got 100 pages in, then put it down. I was super confused. I am going to pick it back up later this year via audiobook. I hoping that helps me.

And that’s it! Short & sweet.

What books did you haul last month? 

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March Wrap Up

Another month, another wrap up!

Last month was a little chaotic for me, but I did manage to read six books & I’m pretty happy about that!

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Rating: ★★★★★
This book was so fun & super cute! I love Zorie & Lennon. They are my new favorites! I’m not the type who loves being out in nature, but I really enjoyed the hiking adventure the two go on. This was my first time reading a book from Jenn Bennett & it definitely won’t be my last!

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Rating: ★★
You can read my mashup trilogy review here

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
Rating: ★★★★.5
I LOVED the overall message & the humor was 10/10 amazing! The only reason I didn’t give a full 5 stars was because of the romance. I didn’t feel like the chemistry was really there. I’m definitely looking forward to Katie Henry’s next book that comes out later this year!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Rating: ★★★★★
I am so not surprised this was a 5 star read for me! I mean, it’s about one of my favorite superheroes & it’s written by my favorite author! What I really loved about this book was that it shows the power of female friendship. Diana, Alia and Nim were a fierce trio and I love them!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Rating: ★★★★★
This was a reread. I love love LOVE this book. It’s so magical & mysterious. You have no idea what is real or who you can trust. Stephanie Garber’s writing is so beautiful. You can visualize the world of Caraval as you read! I can’t wait to reread Legendary in April!

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
Rating: ★★★★
This was a reread. I forgot just how insane the ending of this book was. I’m so interested to see what all happens in Defy Me! I have so many questions.

Have you read any of these books? What was your favorite read in March?

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April TBR

Super short intro because I’m just SO EXCITED about my TBR this month!

If you want to know more about these books, I have linked their Goodreads page!

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This is the second book in The Illuminae Files. The first book blew me away & I have no doubt Gemina will do the same!

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Rereading to prepare for the third book in the trilogy, Finale!

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

It’s one of my most anticipated releases of the year! The first line of the synopsis is “A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.” That is so intriguing to me!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

It’s finally time! I’ve been putting off reading this for way too long. The praise for this book is incredible & I’m very excited to start it.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Rereading before the companion novel, The Bride Testcomes out in May.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Another book I’ve heard amazing things about. This is kind of a fantasy spin off of Rainbow Rowell’s contemporary book Fangirl.

What will you be reading this month??