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?

Do you have any NetGalley ARCs that you need to read??

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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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NetGalley Reads #2

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

Admission by Julie Buxbaum

Release date: May 5, 2020

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Synopsis:

It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer. She’s headed off to the college of her dreams. She’s going to prom with the boy she’s had a crush on since middle school. Her best friend always has her back, and her mom, a B-list Hollywood celebrity, may finally be on her way to the B+ list. It’s good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer–at least, it was, until the FBI came knocking on her front door, guns at the ready, and her future went up in smoke. Now her mother is under arrest in a massive college admissions bribery scandal. Chloe, too, might be facing charges, and even time behind bars. The public is furious, the press is rabid, and the US attorney is out for blood.

As she loses everything she’s long taken for granted, Chloe must reckon not only with the truth of what happened, but also with the examination of her own guilt. Why did her parents think the only way for her to succeed was to cheat for her? What did she know, and when did she know it? And perhaps most importantly, what does it mean to be complicit?

Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

Release date: May 26, 2020

Publisher: Berkley

Synopsis:

Hollywood powerhouse Jo is photographed making her assistant Emma laugh on the red carpet, and just like that, the tabloids declare them a couple. The so-called scandal couldn’t come at a worse time—threatening Emma’s promotion and Jo’s new movie.

As the gossip spreads, it starts to affect all areas of their lives. Paparazzi are following them outside the office, coworkers are treating them differently, and a “source” is feeding information to the media. But their only comment is “no comment”.

With the launch of Jo’s film project fast approaching, the two women begin to spend even more time together, getting along famously. Emma seems to have a sixth sense for knowing what Jo needs. And Jo, known for being aloof and outwardly cold, opens up to Emma in a way neither of them expects. They begin to realize the rumor might not be so off base after all…but is acting on the spark between them worth fanning the gossip flames? 

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Release date: July 7, 2020

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Synopsis:

Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.

But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.

Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?

The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

Release date: July 7, 2020

Publisher: Dial Press

Synopsis:

Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger who has amazing friends, a devoted family, legions of Insta followers–and a massively broken heart. Like the rest of America, Bea indulges in her weekly obsession: the hit reality show Main Squeeze. The fantasy dates! The kiss-off rejections! The surprising amount of guys named Chad! But Bea is sick and tired of the lack of body diversity on the show. Since when is being a size zero a prerequisite for getting engaged on television?

Just when Bea has sworn off dating altogether, she gets an intriguing call: Main Squeeze wants her to be its next star, surrounded by men vying for her affections. Bea agrees, on one condition–under no circumstances will she actually fall in love. She’s in this to supercharge her career, subvert harmful anti-fat beauty standards, inspire women across America, and get a free hot air balloon ride. That’s it.

But when the cameras start rolling, Bea realizes things are more complicated than she anticipated. She’s in a whirlwind of sumptuous couture, Internet culture wars, sexy suitors, and an opportunity (or two, or five) to find messy, real-life love in the midst of a made-for-TV fairy tale. In this joyful, razor-sharp debut, Bea has to decide whether it might just be worth trusting these men–and herself–for a chance to live happily ever after.

What are some NetGalley ARCs that you need to read??

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All of My Unread Books | 2020

This is an updated list of all the books on my physical TBR! Let me know which ones I should read ASAP. 🖤

  1. Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy
  2. Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
  3. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
  4. The Fever King by Victoria Lee
  5. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  6. Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez
  7. Wilder Girls by Rory Power
  8. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
  9. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  10. Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
  11. Girls With Sharp Objects by Suzanne Young
  12. Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shisterman
  13. Fear of Missing Out bu Kate McGovern
  14. I’ll Give You the Sun bu Jandy Nelson
  15. Anna K by Jenny Lee
  16. Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa
  17. A Torch Against the Night bu Sabaa Tahir
  18. Timekeeper by Tara Sim
  19. LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff
  20. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  21. All Out edited by Saundra Mitchell
  22. The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross
  23. Contagion by Erin Bowman
  24. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
  25. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
  26. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  27. The Flatshare bu Beth O’Leary
  28. This Splintered Silence by Kayla Olson
  29. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
  30. Criers War by Nina Varela
  31. More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
  32. Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
  33. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  34. Daughter of the Burning City bu Amanda Foody
  35. Rosenarked bu Livia Blackburne
  36. Scavenge the Stars bu Tara Sim
  37. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
  38. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  39. Not Guilty bu Kayla Cutsinger
  40. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  41. Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McClemore
  42. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
  43. Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer
  44. The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody
  45. Hunting Prince Dracula bu Kerri Maniscalco
  46. Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
  47. Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  48. Rogue Princess by B.R. Meyers
  49. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

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February Book Haul

I don’t really have anything to say besides…I don’t know what happened! 😳📚

Going forward, I am on a book buying ban, kind of. We will see how long it will last!

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace (x2)
The Owlcrate & the regular editions!

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
Second book in the Diviner series. 

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez
Can we all agree that this cover is stunning?!

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McClemore
Your girl won a Goodreads giveaway… hallelujah!!

Anna K by Jenny Lee
My February BOTM pick.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
I added this on to my February BOTM. I have heard so many great things about Riley Sager books so I am excited to read this!

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I consider this to be an OG YA fantasy. Let’s hope I love it!

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanan
I’m starting to dip my toes into adult thrillers & this one was recommended to me.

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
I have never read anything by this author but the topic of this book is so interesting to me. 

Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus
Thank you to Macmillan for sending me a finished copy in exchange for a review. 

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
One of my goals for this year is to read all of this author’s backlist.

11/22/63 by Stephen King
One day last month I randomly decided to finally buy & read a Stephen King book. This one was the first that sounded really interesting to me. I’m hoping to get to it very soon. 

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
I love this cover so much. It’s so simple but pretty. This author has a new book coming out in May and I really want to read this one before then. 

Hunting Price Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
I’m rereading the first two books so I can carry on with the series.

Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer
Again, one of my goals this year is to read all of this authors backlist!

The Chaos of Standing Still bu Jessica Brody 
I have been wanting to read this for well over a year. It sounds super emotional and I can’t wait to pick it up.

Well Met bu Jen DeLuca
I listened to this during contemporaryathon and I absolutely loved it! I had to get a physical copy.

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
Apparently I stocked up on Brigid Kemmerer books this month.

The Fever King by Victoria Lee
I picked this up to read as part of my Friends Pick My March TBR.

What books did you haul last month?? Have you read any of these??

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January Book Haul

Hi everyone!

I started off 2020 with a pretty great book haul! 📚

Goodreads/reviews will be linked.

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
This was my January BOTM pick. It is completely out of my reading comfort zone, but I am excited to branch out a little bit. You will definitely see this on a TBR very soon!

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
The second book in the Cursebreakers series. I still haven’t written my review for this. I will get to it sometime…hopefully. Just know that I absolutely loved it.

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
Fifth book in the Wayward Children series. 

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
I got this from a trade and I am going to be honest, I haven’t read Carry On yet. Oops!

The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
If you remember last year, The Bone Houses was included in an Owlcrate box. Well they changed the background color to white and I was not a big fan of it. Since I had a little bit of gift card money left over from Christmas I decided to go ahead and get the original cover!

Lux Beginnings: Obsidian & Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I participated in a holiday book swap and this is what I received. I believe this is about aliens so that’s fun!

All Out edited by Saundra Mitchell
Another book I got from a trade. Super excited to get to this one during the summer!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I have been wanting the pink edition for SO long. Super happy to finally have it.

Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim
Book pick for Owlcrate’s January box!

What books did you acquire last month? Have you read any of these?

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ARC Review | Havenfall

Title: Havenfall

Author: Sara Holland

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

Release date: March 3, 2020

My rating: ★★★★

Synopsis via Goodreads:

A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it–at any cost.

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds–each with their own magic–together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe . . . 

Review:

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

I had such a great time reading this book. It was just so enjoyable. I was deeply invested in the plot, characters and worlds that I never wanted it to end.

The idea of Havenfall is so interesting to me. A neutral meeting place for different realms. How cool is that!? We only got a small glimpse into Fiordenkill, Byrn and Solaria though. I’m really hoping that we get to learn a whole lot more about each realm in the next book. Fingers crossed that the characters can somehow visit each place. That would be amazing!

I really liked the main character Maddie. She has a heartbreaking past that is still very fresh in her mind. She deals with some grief, anger and survivors guilt. Havenfall is the one place that she feels like she belongs. It’s a place where she can get away from everything in her normal life. It’s so obvious how much she loves the inn. She goes above and beyond in order to protect it and all it’s people.

As far as romance goes, there is very little in this book. I mean it is there, but Maddie has so many things going on so thinking about a relationship isn’t her first priority. I can definitely see a love triangle in the works though. I am not the biggest fan of those, but in this case I don’t think I would mind it. I really like both of the love interests as of right now.

Like I said above, I had a blast reading this. It was definitely a page turner. I had to know what was going to happen. Havenfall had a few different mysteries going on. I did figure out a couple pretty early on, but the other reveals blew my mind. So yes, this was full of twists & turns and I enjoyed every second of it.

 I love the way the story ended. It left me wanting more and now I am so eager for the sequel! There are a ton of questions that I desperately need answers to. I don’t know how I am going to survive the wait!

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ICYMI: January 2020 Posts

January TBR

Did I Reach My 2019 Goals

2020 Gals

Colorful Covers | Blue

NetGalley Reads #1

End of Year Survey |2019

Least Favorite Books of 2019

Favorite Books of 2019

ARC Review | Lucky Caller

1st Quarter Anticipated Releases

ARC Review | What Kind of Girl

Favorite Book Covers of 2019

ARC Review | Belle Révolte

ARC Review | All the Stars and Teeth

Backlist Books I Want to Read in 2020

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Favorite Book Covers of 2019

Hi everyone!

Last year was FULL of beautiful covers. This list could honestly be a mile long, but somehow I’ve managed to narrow it down to my top ten favorites. I have read most of these books, but not all. Goodreads pages will be linked!

What were your favorite covers of 2019??

10) King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

9) Nocturna by Maya Motsyne

8) The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

7) Finale by Stephanie Garber

6) Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

5) Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy

4) Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

3) Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

2) A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

1) The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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