The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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Synopsis:

“Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered for they control Beauty, and Beauty is commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born dammed, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it;s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite–the Belle chosen by the Queen to live in the royal place, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented in the land.

But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie–that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orleans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide: save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles, or resuscitate the princess and risk her ow life, and change the ways of her world forever.”

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Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen (ARC review)

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Synopsis:

Getting to Eden brought Emmett and his crewmates one step closer to their promised fortune. But surviving Eden may be the biggest reward of all. Discover book two in the trilogy Marie Lu called, “a high-octance thriller.”

Emmett Atwater thought Babel’s game sounded easy. Get points. Get paid. Go home. But it didn’t take long for him to learn that Babel’s competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one.

Now Emmett and the rest of the Genesis survivors must rally and forge their own path through a new world. Their mission from Babel is simple: extract nyxia, the most valuable material in the universe, and play nice with the indigenous Adamite population.

But Emmett and the others quickly realize they are caught between two powerful forces—Babel and the Adamites—with clashing desires. Will the Genesis team make it out alive before it’s too late?”

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Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (Audiobook review)

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Synopsis:

“IN A MEGA STAKES, HIGH SUSPENSE RACE AGAINST TIME, THREE UNLIKELY AND WINNING HEROES TRY TO STOP A CRAZY KILLER FROM BLOWING UP THOUSANDS.

In the predawn hours, in a distressed American city, hundreds of unemployed men and women line up for the opening of a job fair. They are tired and cold and desperate. Emerging from the fog, invisible until it is too late, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

Months later, an ex-cop named Bill Hodges, still haunted by the unsolved crime, contemplates suicide. When he gets a crazed letter from “the perk,” claiming credit for the murders, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, fearing another even more diabolical attack and hell-bent on preventing it.

Brady Hartsfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of eccentric and mismatched allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.”

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Carbon Run by J.G. Follansbee (ARC review)

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Synopsis:

“What if your father had to run for his life? Carbon Run is an exciting thriller set in a dystopian world ravaged by climate change. Fossil fuels are banned, pirates smuggle oil, and governments erase citizens’ identities. Anne Penn dreamed of saving an endangered species of birds. When a fire destroys the birds’ last home, her beloved father Bill is accused of starting the blaze. Fanatic officer Janine Kilel comes to arrest Anne’s father, but Bill escapes, because in the 22nd century, destroying a species means execution. How will Anne find her father in a Russian city where the difference between good and evil is as murky as the choking smog?”

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The Mortal Instruments Book 6: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

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Synopsis:

“In this dazzling conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmares, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee-even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…”

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The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the best burger in L.A.) by Amy Spalding (ARC review)

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Synopsis:

“Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby has stayed focused on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a prized internship at her favorite local boutique, she’s thrilled to take her first step into her dream career. She doesn’t expect to fall for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Abby knows it’s a big no-no to fall for a colleague. She also knows that Jordi documents her whole life in photographs, while Abby would prefer to stay behind the scenes.

Then again, nothing is going as expected this summer. She’s competing against the girl she’s kissing to win a paid job at the boutique. She’s somehow managed to befriend Jax, a lacrosse-playing bro type who needs help in a project that involves eating burgers across L.A.’s eastside. Suddenly, she doesn’t feel like a sidekick. Is it possible Abby’s finally in her own story?

But when Jordi’s photography puts Abby in the spotlight, it feels like a betrayal, rather than a starring role. Can Abby find a way to reconcile her positive yet private sense of self with the image that other people have of her?

Is this just Abby’s summer of fashion? Or will it truly be The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)?”

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Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kristen Miller

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Synopsis:

“The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.

Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.”

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Tess of the Road by Rachael Hartman (ARC review)

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Synopsis:

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl–a subspecies of dragon–who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one. ”

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February 2018 TBR!

Hey everyone! Today I’m back to tell you guys what I plan on reading in the month of February!

So I know that this is going up a little late. As I explained in my January Wrap Up (you can find that here), I have had a lot of stuff going on in my personal life and just haven’t had the time to post here on the blog as often as I would like.

But with that being said, I think that February will be a pretty good reading month! At the time of writing this blog post, I have already read 3 books! So here is all of the books that I plan on reading throughout the rest of the month!

  • The Mortal Instruments Book 6: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (currently reading)
  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (the Chapter by Chapter book club pick of the month for February (Chapter by Chapter is the book club I started over on Goodreads. If you are interested in joining, here in the link!))
  • Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill
  • Pretty Girls by Karen Slaughter
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 2: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
  • Retrograde by Peter Crawdon (sent to me for review by the author)
  • Focusing Emptiness by Michael P. Staples (sent to me for review by the publisher)
  • Gray by Pete Wentz (my favorite book of all time and a reread!)
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (reread)

As always, I will have full reviews for all of these books (expect for the rereads) up here on the blog when I finish them and I will get as many reviews up on my YouTube channel as well!

Be sure to let me know in the comments what you plan on reading this month! I would love to know!

Happy Reading! 🙂

January 2018 Wrap Up!

Hey everyone! Today I’m FINALLY here to do my January wrap up!

So sorry I’ve been kind of MIA for the past couple of weeks. I decided to take a little bit of a break from blogging just do to some things going on in my personal life. Even though I wasn’t as active as I wanted to be here on the blog, I have been posting new videos every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on my YouTube channel so if you are interested in seeing more of the behind the scenes look at my bookish life (I posted weekly reading vlogs) or any other bookish related things, you can find a link to my channel here.

Anyways with that being said, here are all 12 books I managed to read in the month of January!

  • The Trials of Apollo Book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan: 4.5/5
  • Saga Volume 8 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples: 5/5
  • The Night Market by Jonathan Moore (sent to me for review by the publisher): 4/5
  • I am a Small God by AJ Dalton (sent to me for review by the author): 3/5
  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: 4/5
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: 2.5/5
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (read on audio): 4/5
  • Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft (ARC from NetGalley): 2/5
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire: 4.5/5
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray (read on audio): 4.5/5
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: 4/5
  • Zack by Mons Kallentoft (ARC from NetGalley): 3/5

As always, I have full reviews for all 12 of these books up here on the blog as well as a video review of The Night Market up on my YouTube channel!

Be sure to let me know what you read in the month of January in the comments! I would love to know!