NetGalley Reads #4

This series is where I share some of the eARCs I have lined up for the next few months! I am incredibly grateful to NetGalley & the publishers for providing me with these books!

Much Ado About You by Samantha Young

Release Date: February 3, 2021

Publisher: Berkley

Synopsis:

The cozy comforts of an English village bookstore open up a world of new possibilities for Evie Starling in this charming new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young.

At thirty-three-years old Evangeline Starling’s life in Chicago is missing that special something. And when she’s passed over for promotion at work, Evie realizes she needs to make a change. Some time away to regain perspective might be just the thing. In a burst of impulsivity, she plans a holiday in a quaint English village. The holiday package comes with a temporary position at Much Ado About Books, the bookstore located beneath her rental apartment. There’s no better dream vacation for the bookish Evie, a life-long Shakespeare lover.

Not only is Evie swept up in running the delightful store as soon as she arrives, she’s drawn into the lives, loves and drama of the friendly villagers. Including Roane Robson, the charismatic and sexy farmer who tempts Evie every day with his friendly flirtations. Evie is determined to keep him at bay because a holiday romance can only end in heartbreak, right? But Evie can’t deny their connection and longs to trust in her handsome farmer that their whirlwind romance could turn in to the forever kind of love.

Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher

Release Date: February 16, 2021

Publisher:Wednesday Books

Synopsis:

Sparks fly between two teens as they grapple with grief, love, and the future in this unforgettable debut novel sure to entice fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer E. Smith

Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.

In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.

When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along.

The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis

Release Date: February 23, 2021

Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Synopsis:

Welcome to Amontillado, Ohio, where your last name is worth more than money, and secrets can be kept… for a price.

Tress Montor knows that her family used to mean something—until she didn’t have a family anymore. When her parents disappeared seven years ago while driving her best friend home, Tress lost everything. She might still be a Montor, but the entire town shuns her now that she lives with her drunken, one-eyed grandfather at what locals refer to as the “White Trash Zoo,” – a wild animal attraction featuring a zebra, a chimpanzee, and a panther, among other things. 

Felicity Turnado has it all – looks, money, and a secret that she’s kept hidden. She knows that one misstep could send her tumbling from the top of the social ladder, and she’s worked hard to make everyone forget that she was with the Montors the night they disappeared. Felicity has buried what she knows so deeply that she can’t even remember what it is… only that she can’t look at Tress without having a panic attack.

But she’ll have to.

Tress has a plan. A Halloween costume party at an abandoned house provides the ideal situation for Tress to pry the truth from Felicity – brick by brick – as she slowly seals her former best friend into a coal chute. With a drunken party above them, and a loose panther on the prowl, Tress will have her answers – or settle for revenge.

Phoenix Flame (Havenfall #2) by Sara Holland

ReleaseDate: March 11, 2021

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Synopsis:

❗️THIS IS A SEQUEL!! READ SYNOPSIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!❗️

After saving the inn at Havenfall from the wicked Silver Prince, Maddie thought all her problems were over. The Silver Prince has been banished, her uncle the beloved Innkeeper is slowly recovering from a mysterious coma, and there are still a few weeks of summer left to spend with her handsome more-than-just-a-friend Brekken.

But danger still looms and Maddie soon realises there’s more work to be done to protect Havenfall, the safe haven between worlds that her family has run for centuries. Maddie must embark on a dangerous mission: to venture into the icy Realm of Fiordenkill and put an end to the black market trading of souls that threatens the balance of the Realms.

As Maddie tries to accomplish these seemingly impossible tasks, she stumbles upon family secrets that could change everything. What if saving everyone means destroying the only home she’s ever known?

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September TBR

Apparently this month is going to be contemporary September & honestly, not mad about it at all!

Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy
This is the first middle grade book from this author & I’m beyond ready to jump into the story.

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
You’ve seen this on my TBR countless times, I know. I’m going to read it this month though. Promise!

Dear Martin by Nic Stone
I have heard INCREDIBLE things about this book!

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
One of my most anticipated releases for 2020!

 ➸ Beach Read by Emily Henry
I’ve heard a lot of buzz about this book lately. Fingers crossed I like it as much as everyone else!

Bear Town by Fredrik Backman
I have no idea what to really expect from this book. I have a feeling it is going to rip my heart in two.

The How & the Why by Cynthia Hand
I’m reading this for a new book club I am in! My friend Lacey started We’re All Booked & this is our first pick! 

What do you plan to read in September??

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Find My Next Read Scavenger Hunt

My reading has been a mess lately. All the books I keep picking up are ones that I am apparently not in the mood for. I don’t know what is happening!

I figured I would do this tag and hopefully it will help me! Maybe since I’m not technically picking the book, I’ll want to read it??

I first saw this tag from booksandlala, but it was created by Peter Likes Books.

Grab your favorite book. Go to the acknowlegemdents, and the first name you see, find a book by an author with the same name.

My favorite book is Six of Crows! The first name I saw in the acknowledgements was Sarah. A book by an author with the same name is Havenfall.

Pick something on that cover and find another book with that thing in the title.

On Havenfall I see a moon and that automatically made me think of Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie.

Go to page 50, line 5. Pick a word from that line and find a title with that word in it.

Page 50, Line 5 says “Are you still talking?” Jules skips fast down the deer trail. I decided to pick the word *you* and the book I found was I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Find a 5 star read with the same colors on the cover.

I’ll Give You the Sun has tons of colors so I just went with one. A green 5 star read was Well Met by Jen DeLuca!

Find a book with the same number of pages.

Well Met has 328! I had to go to Goodreads to help me and turns out I don’t own any books with that exact number. So I’m going to cheat a little and go with 329 pages and that book is Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry.

Flip open to any page. The first name you see, find a book by an author with who shares that name.

First name I saw was Lucy which led me to picking The Guest List by Lucy Foley.

Find another title with the same number of letters.

The Guest List has 12 letters and so does Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young.

Find a book with a similar cover.

The girl turning her head and looking makes me think of My Lady Jane

Flip to a random page. Point at a word and find that word in a book title on your TBR shelf

I pointed to the word *it* and found Call It What You Want on my TBR shelf.

Read!

Looks Like I am going to be reading Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer next!

I’m actually really happy with how this turned out! I LOVE Brigid Kemmerer’s writing so fingers crossed this helps me get out of this weird mood!

What is the next book you plan to read??

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3rd Quarter Anticipated Releases | 2020

Hi friends! These are eight July-September release that I am SO excited for!

As always, if you want to know more about any of these, their Goodreads pages will be linked.

Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy
Release date: July 7
A book about a plus size superhero?? Written by one of my favorite authors?? SIGN ME UP!!

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power
Release date: July 7
This is a YA thriller from the author of Wilder Girls. I was lucky enough to read an ARC and I LOVED it. I can’t wait to have a finished copy on my shelves. Read my full review here.

Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters
Release date: July 14
I just recently came across this book by watching Lacey’s anticipated reads video. It follows a girl who can call ghosts from the grave by playing a fiddle. It sounds SUPER eerie.

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
Release date: August 4
I am BEYOND ready to get my hands on this book. I haven’t decided if I am going to physically read it or listen to the audio, but either way…I am so excited for a new Twilight book!!!

Fable by Adrienne Young
Release date: September 1
Can we just talk about how stunning this cover is?? I really enjoy Adrienne Young’s writing so I have high hopes for her first book in a new duology!

Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall
Release date: September 15
I’ve have my eye on this book for a while! It sounds super emotional which is my favorite type of YA contemporary! It follows Corinne who is in love with Maggie, but she isn’t ready for everyone to know that she is bisexual. When Maggie suddenly dies, Corinne is heartbroken and alone. The only person who she can turn to and who will understand her grief is Maggie’s ex…

Vampires Never Get Old
Release date: September 22
I’m here for ALL the vampires…thank you!

Well Played by Jen DeLuca
Release date September 22
The companion/sequel to Well Met which I absolutely adored.


What new releases are you excited for??

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July TBR

Hi friends! I’m super excited for what I’m reading this month. There’s a couple rereads, ARCs, and TBR jar picks!

Goodreads pages will be linked.

REREADS

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I have been meaning to catch up with this series for two years now and it is finally happening!

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Finishing out my reread of this nostalgic series. What a time it has been!

ARCs

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Y’all, I am still in shock that I was approved for this title. I have never been more excited and grateful. I am actually 70% into this right now and OMG!!!! It’s FANTASTIC!!! Release date is October 6th.

Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

This is the third book in the Once Upon a Con series. I had this on my TBR last month, but I failed to get around to it. This title releases on August 4th!

TBR JAR

I have a TON of books on my shelves that I need to read and I thought doing a TBR jar would be a fun way to get to them. I am going to draw out two books each month and I have to read one (or both if I am super interested).

This month I drew…

The King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle
I don’t really know much about this book besides the fact that it’s an adult romance with a plus size main character. I mean, I’m sold just on that alone!

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
This pick is actually perfect! I was really hoping to read Graceling this summer anyway so yay!!

And there’s so much more I WANT to read this month but nothing is set in stone!

What do you plan to read in July??

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NetGalley Reads #3

This series is where I share some of the eARCs I have lined up for the next few months!

Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston (Once Upon a Con #3)

Release date: August 4, 2020

Publisher: Quirk Books

Synopsis:

In the third book in Ashley Poston’s Once Upon a Con series, Beauty and the Beast is retold in the beloved Starfield universe.

Rosie Thorne is feeling stuck—on her college application essays, in her small town, and on that mysterious General Sond cosplayer she met at ExcelsiCon. Most of all, she’s stuck in her grief over her mother’s death. Her only solace was her late mother’s library of rare Starfield novels, but even that disappeared when they sold it to pay off hospital bills.

On the other hand, Vance Reigns has been Hollywood royalty for as long as he can remember—with all the privilege and scrutiny that entails. When a tabloid scandal catches up to him, he’s forced to hide out somewhere the paparazzi would never expect to find him: Small Town USA. At least there’s a library in the house. Too bad he doesn’t read.

When Rosie and Vance’s paths collide and a rare book is accidentally destroyed, Rosie finds herself working to repay the debt. And while most Starfield superfans would jump at the chance to work in close proximity to the Vance Reigns, Rosie has discovered something about Vance: he’s a jerk, and she can’t stand him. The feeling is mutual.

But as Vance and Rosie begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off—and they may just find that there’s more risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts.

These Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin

Release date: September 8, 2020

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Synopsis:

Anyone can ask the Red Court for a favor…but every request comes at a cost. And once the deed is done, you’re forever in their debt.

Whenever something scandalous happens at Heller High, the Red Court is the name on everyone’s lips. Its members–the most elite female students in the school–deal out social ruin and favors in equal measure, their true identities a secret known only to their ruthless leader: the Queen of Hearts.

Sixteen-year-old Ember Williams has seen firsthand the damage the Red Court can do. Two years ago, they caused the accident that left her older sister paralyzed. Now, Ember is determined to hold them accountable…by taking the Red Court down from the inside.

But crossing enemy lines will mean crossing moral boundaries, too–ones Ember may never be able to come back from. She always knew taking on the Red Court would come at a price, but will the cost of revenge be more than she’s willing to sacrifice?

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Release date: October 6, 2020

Publisher: Tor Books

Synopsis:

A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.

But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Release date: October 6, 2020

Publisher: Gallery Books

Synopsis:

In a Holidaze, the quintessential holiday romantic novel by theNew York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners, asks what happens when wishes come true…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.

Wench by Maxine Kaplan

Release date: January 19, 2021

Publisher: Amulet Books

Synopsis:

A funny, fiercely feminist YA epic fantasy—following the adventures of a tavern wench

Tanya has worked at her tavern since she was able to see over the bar. She broke up her first fight at 11. By the time she was a teenager she knew everything about the place, and she could run it with her eyes closed. She’d never let anyone—whether it be a drunkard or a captain of the queen’s guard—take advantage of her. But when her guardian dies, she might lose it all: the bar, her home, her purpose in life. So she heads out on a quest to petition the queen to keep the tavern in her name—dodging unscrupulous guards, a band of thieves, and a powerful, enchanted feather that seems drawn to her. Fast-paced, magical, and unapologetically feminist, Wench is epic fantasy like you’ve never seen it before.

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June TBR

I have a PACKED TBR this month. I broke it down into groups to help explain!

Goodreads pages will be linked.

REREADS

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This is one of my all time favorite books and it’s one that I reread every year!

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

I am rereading the Twilight Saga in preparation for Midnight Sun. I am also rewatching the movie and doing commentary over on my Instagram! I’m having a lot of fun!

ARCs

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

This is a YA horror that releases on July 7! I really enjoyed this author’s debut, Wilder Girls, so I am super excited to dive into this story.

Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

This is the third book in the Once Upon a Con series. I seriously CANNOT believe I was approved for this title. I absolutely loved the first two books so I have high hopes for this one.

🌈 LGBTQ+ READS 🌈

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

My wonderful friend Lacey gifted me this book last year and I have been putting off reading it until now!

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

I have heard fantastic things about this author’s books. I am hoping I love this and it will make me want to read their backlist titles.

All Out: The No Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages

A queer anthology that I have been DYING to read. I don’t want to get my hopes up too high, but I reallllly want to love this book!

TBR JAR

I have a TON of books on my shelves that I need to read and I thought doing a TBR jar would be a fun way to get to them. I am going to draw out two books each month and I have to read one (or both if I am super interested).

This month I drew…

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
I am actually really happy with this pick! This author has another book coming out soon and I want to read her debut first.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I have seen mixed reviews of this book, but I am still intrigued by the premise.

What are you planning to read in June??

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April Book Haul

Here all all the books I acquired last month!

From here on out I am going to be adding my ebook purchases to my hauls! I never share those books with you all and I’m not sure why I don’t, but I’m going to start now!

PHYSICAL COPIES

The Guest List by Lucy Foley
My April Book of the Month pick!

Fractured Tide by Leslie Lutz
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a finished copy.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
I don’t really know much about this book besides it follows a couple who get away with murder. This is a thriller but I think I’ve heard it’s on the funnier side. Fingers crossed I enjoy it!

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
Huge THANK YOU to Lacey (you should definitely go subscribe to her Booktube channel!) for gifting me this book! I have heard the BEST things about it and I’m dying to pick it up soon!

Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
Another gift from Lacey! I swear, I don’t deserve her. 😊 I have been rereading the first two books in this series so I can continue to the third one.

Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie
I got my first ever Fairyloot box!! This was the book pick for March. You can’t tell from the picture, but it has BEAUTIFUL green sprayed edges! This book was one of my most anticipated releases and I have been waiting to pick it up until my box arrived.

EBOOKS

The King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle
I do not know a single thing about this book besides it has a fat main character and that’s a huge YES!

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
I can’t lie, this was a cover buy!

The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
This is a dystopian that takes place in Manhattan. The city has been replaced by a tower where the higher floor, the richer you are. I’ve heard that if you like Pretty Little Liars & Gossip Girl then you will enjoy this. Seems super intriguing to me.

What books did you haul in April?? Have you read any of the ones above??

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May TBR

Last month I had a strict TBR, but this month I am going to mood read! I have a few books that I need to read, but after that I have zero plans! 😃

Goodreads pages will be linked.

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

I am rereading this so I can continue on with the rest of the series!

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

This is an eARC that I need to get to! It’s release date is July 7.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

If you’ve been following my blog for a while then this book may come as a surprise to you! Last year I had a goal to read ALL the Shadowhunter books but I called it quits after three books. I even put in a post that I DNF’d this series. For some reason though, I have really wanted to get back into the world. Hopefully this goes well.

What are you planning to read in May??

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2nd Quarter Anticipated Releases | 2020

These are ten April-June releases that I am SO excited for!

As always, if you want to know more about any of these, their Goodreads pages will be linked.

The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson
Release date: April 7
This is a gut wrenching contemporary that follows the aftermath of a school shooting. I have already read this and you can read my full review here.

What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter
Release date: April 7
This book involves anonymous friendships and a character who has a book blog. I’m sold!

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass
Release date: May 5
I really loved The Selection series so I’m really excited for a new royal book from this author!

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
Release date: May 12
This is about a girl who is cursed by being poisonous to the touch. It sounds very fairytale like but I do believe there are also demons in the story so that should be interesting!

The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton
Release date: May 5
I recently found out about this book and it’s now very high on my list. Kit works as a wench at a medieval themed resarsunt. She really wants to be a knight, but company policy says that only guys can. Kit goes on a quest to prove that girls can be knights too. How amazing does that sound??

Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston
Release date: June 16
This is the third installment in the Once Upon a Con seres. If you couldn’t tell by the title, this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I have absolutely LOVED this series. I am a true blue nerd and these books just make my heart happy. Also, I adore the cover!

The Mall by Megan McCafferty
Release Date: June 9
Set in 1991, this book follows a girl who works at….you guessed it, a mall! I have tried so many times to get an ARC of this, but I have zero luck. It seems like this is going to be a really fun read!

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
Release date: June 2
This is without a doubt my most anticipated release! It involves missing magicians and the circus. It’s kind of giving me Caraval vibes which I LOVE! Beyond excited to pick this up. 

My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows
Release date: June 2
This is the last book in The Lady Janies series. These books are historical fiction wth a fantastical twist and they are so much fun. I am not very foamiliar with Calamity Jane but I still can’t wait o see what the authors have come up with this time around!

What books are you looking forward to in the next three months??

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