Wrap Up: November, 2017

I don’t usually do these wrap-ups, as you may have noticed from not seeing any wrap-up posts in months. It’s for two reasons. One, I’m lazy; and two, I read a lot of books every month and writing a short review for each one is a major pain in the ass. I find thinking of what to write in the tweet annoying, 15 summaries at once? No thanks.

But in the month of November, I read a grand total of six novels and two novellas. That shouldn’t be much of a hassle. So without further ado, let’s get started.

P.S. Covers linked to Goodreads page and book title to the full review.
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13612968The Silver Mask by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black – 4 Stars

The fourth book of the Magisterium series that follows Callum Hunt’s journey through the Magisterium, a magic school; one that he never wanted to go to in the first place.
This was a fairly good installment. I like it better than the previous and I think it got things on track for the finale in the next novel, but it was rushed and I think both the authors can do better.

 

8419428A Lot Like Love by Julie James – 4 Stars

A standalone romance (but also part of a series) featuring a woman who is roped into helping the FBI on a case to help her brother, and an FBI agent who gets on her nerves.
A really fun novel that has two characters who have very different personalities and lifestyles but bring something new to the table for each other. A sweet and easy read.

 

11235783About That Night by Julie James – 4.5 Stars

A second chance romance of sorts. Also part of the FBI/US Attorney series and a standalone, about a guy who’s recently gotten out of prison for hacking into Twitter, and an Attorney.
This is my favourite by Julie James so far. I love both the characters and the dynamic between them. I loved the story and had a blast with the novel. A cute, funny and lighthearted read.

 

8507379Her Private Avenger by Elle Kennedy – 3 Stars

A romantic suspense and a second-chance romance with Morgan trying to find a killer and a Adam making sure that Morgan herself doesn’t get killed; working together despite their past.
This was an okay read. I liked some things but Morgan wasn’t one of them. I also though the relationship could’ve used some trust exercises.

 

22423795Nights With Him by Lauren Blakely – 3 Stars

The CEO of a sex-toy company has a one night stand and his lady friend later turns out to be his new therapist. But while her status as his shrink doesn’t last, they still try to help each other. With Sex …Which was the problem. Way too much sex. The plot got a little lost in there somewhere. But other than that, things were good. I also really like the female protagonist.

 

10345927A Million Suns by Beth Revis – 4.25 Stars

A YA science-fiction series that starts a spaceship that’s travelling to a new planet, featuring the residents of the ship and a girl who comes out of cryo when someone tries to kill her.
This book was better than the previous book, more put-together. A lot of new revelations and lots of character development. Great plot and pace. But I’m still unsure about the romance.

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The two novellas I mentioned are One Night With Her and Heat of the Night. The former I didn’t write a review for because it was basically a teaser for Nights With Him. The latter I reviewed as part of compilation here. It was a good novella.

And that was how my month went. Very little reading and most of it romance. The second half of 2017 has been a curse for my reading and I’m so fucking glad it’s almost over.

 

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New Releases: December, 2017

The last ‘New Releases’ post of the year and I can’t believe how fast the year has gone by. Though 2017 has been so crappy, I’m glad it’s almost over. Before that happens though, these new (potentially awesome) books will coming out. As usual, covers linked to the GR pages.

 

35451741The Good Samaritan by John Marrs – Dec 1

A mystery about a woman who works on a suicide hotline but, instead of helping people, she wants them to kill themselves. She’s had a difficult life and she takes it out on others.
Ryan’s pregnant wife commits suicide, hand in hand with another man. He wants to know why and Laura will do anything to make sure he never finds out.

 

35233721The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites – Dec 1 

A book about a Jewish family divided by World War II and an inheritance, an engraved music box made by a Jewish silversmith, with the power to bring them back together.
This is supposed to be a hopeful novel about war. And I can’t help but be intrigued by that.

 

34466910Roomies by Christina Lauren – Dec 5

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker repays him by getting him an audition with a big-time music direction. The tryout goes better than expected but Calvin’s visa has expired. So naturally, Holland offers to marry him. And at some point in their marriage of convenience, their love stops being pretend. They just don’t know it yet.

 

36535656Man Hands by Sarin Bowen and Tanya Eby – Dec 11

Brynn is reeling from a divorce. Her friends want her to “get back out there” but she’s not interested …until her ex shows up with his new arm candy. The result is Tom, a stranger, having the hottest experience of his adult life. Then Brynn disappears on him, leaving nothing but a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them. And he’s set on finding her.

 

36398892The V Card by Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente – Dec 13

CJ is a 25 year old business women, and she’s still a virgin. She wants to change that little detail and she’s got just the man for the job — her brother’s business partner and best friend, Graham.
The agreement is seven days for Graham to teach her all he knows about the bedroom. Cue feeling, love, etc.

 

33413929The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle – Dec 26

Lily Michaels-Ryan ditches her ADHD meds and lands in detention with Abelard, who has Asperger’s. She’s intrigued by him. When Abelard posts a quote from The Letters of Abelard and Heloise online, their mutual affinity for ancient love letters connects them. The two fall for each other. Hard. But is it enough to bridge their differences in person?

 

35068742Love, Life and the List by Kasie West – Dec 26

This is a young-adult contemporary, romance featuring Abby Turner. She has an unrequited crush on her best friend, she can’t manage her mother’s growing anxiety issues, and she’s been told her art “has no heart”. When she gets another opportunity to show her paintings, she makes a list of things to do in a month that will give her work that depth it seemingly lacks.

 

…And that’s a wrap! I know the list is somewhat romance-heavy but I’ve been in a mood lately. If there’s any books, specifically, from this list that you want me to review, leave a comment. Also, which book are you anticipating for December?

New Releases: November, 2017

I only have six books for you today. November seems to be choking on thrillers and historical fiction, and they didn’t sound that interesting to me. Maybe I haven’t really been in the mood to try out new stuff. I like my comfort zone. Maybe in couple of months, I’ll add some variety. For now, this is what we’ve got.

As usual, GR page linked to the cover. Other than the first book, all others come out on 14th.

 

28421168Renegades by Marissa Meyer – Nov 7th

The Renegades are humans with extraordinary abilities who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace. They remain a symbol of hope and courage for all…except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

 

34928122Artemis by Andy Weir – Nov 14th

Andy Weir has a new novel, one that many people will undoubtably compare to The Martian. I mean, I loved The Martian too but this is a new book and Imma try to take it as that.
It’s set on Artemis, a city on the moon that’s only good to the rich. Jazz is not rich but when she sees the opportunity for a perfect crime with a lucrative reward, she can’t resist …and ends up in a whole lot of trouble.

 
36390029Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh – Nov 14th

Turns out, Nalini Singh writes contemporaries too. Colour me intrigued.
Sailor Bishop has only one goal, to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading kisses in the parking lot is not good for either of their plans. But work needs to be done and they can’t avoid each other. So they can either play it safe or take the risk and hope it’s worth it.

 

32718027The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

I know… another book with the word ‘city’ in the title. But it sounds really cool (djinn!) so we can let that pass.
This is a historical fantasy about a con artist. Nahri doesn’t believe in magic, until she accidentally summons a mysterious djinn warrior to her side who tells her of the legendary city of brass–a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. It’s a world that she enters, with dangerous consequences.

 

33574161Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang – Nov 14th

The reason I found this book interesting is because of the format. It tells the story of a boy with extraordinary (magical) abilities. Weylyn changes people’s lives but never stays for long. The book is told from the perspectives of the people who knew him, loved him, and even a few who thought he was just plain weird. And there’s one story that Weylyn wishes he could change: his own.  But first he has to muster up the courage to knock on the door of the woman he can’t leave behind, the one he loves.

 

6742311Insurrection by Sherrilyn Kenyon – Nov 14th

At first, the synopsis sounded like nothing new. There are aliens (the Drabs) who want the planet so they release a virus and most people die, except for the ones under twenty. Where things become interesting is that the humans who are left evolved because of the virus, developing abilities, and they are fucking pissed. They’ve decided that earth is their planet and they will put up one hell of a fight. And it’s that attitude that’s gotten me really excited.

 

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So yeah, even though there are fewer books this time, they all sound really good. And I know I don’t usually get to the books right away, so if there’s one in particular, of the ones listed above, that you’d like me to review, just leave a comment.

Readathon Wrap up!

I mentioned in my previous review that I’m participating in a readathon. The Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, to be specific. First time participant and I was really excited. Here are the books that I read:

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I also had Game of Thrones (which I’m currently in the middle of), Little Women (also currently reading) and the audiobook for Of Mice and Men, in case I got stuck.

I finished Are We There Yet? within the first six hours of the readathon. Then I immediately started Something About You, which took a little longer than I expected (about 7 hours) and I also needed a little sleep so by the time I was done, there were only five and half hours left and the plan was to get at least halfway through Velvet. That didn’t happen. I slacked big time. Only got a 99 pages done.

Still, if you count 254 pages of Are We There Yet?, 307 (or 336, depending on your edition) pages of Something About You, and 99 pages of Velvet, that makes 660, which I think is pretty great.

Honesty, this readathon has been quite a success. I should set one for myself at least once a month. You never know how much you can get done in a day until you’ve really tried being productive. Unfortunately, a readathon I set for myself is something I doubt I’ll take seriously. So I guess I’ll just wait for the next official one to come ’round. This was a lot of fun. I’ll post the reviews of the books I’ve read within (I’m hoping) the next couple of days.

 

New Releases: October, 2017

This will be a straightforward post. Just the books, which I’ve limited to ten, as usual. The covers are linked to the Goodreads pages and if there’s a book you specifically want me to review, leave a comment.

Let’s get started!

 

28006120The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan – Oct 3

This is the third and final book of the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series. The wait is almost over. Lets hope I can survive these last few days.
The first book, The Sword of Summer, follows Magnus Chase, a boy who finds out that the Norse Gods are real and that his father is one of them, making him a demigod. But his real journey starts when he… dies.

 

33375622Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado – Oct 3

This is a collection of short stories in which Machado bends genres to shape startling narratives that map the realities of womens’ lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.
Stories like: A wife refusing her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck, a woman recounting her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity, and more…

 

33280872Without Merit by Colleen Hoover – Oct 3

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and idealism spark new life into her—until she discovers that he’s unavailable. Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth.

 

35504431Turtles All the Way Down by John Green – Oct 10

I’ve put it off long enough, I need to develop an opinion on John Green as an author. And I’ve elected this book to help me out.
It’s about Aza, who is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective who’s pursuing the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

 

30025336All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater – Oct 10

The Soria family all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings; Daniel, a Saint who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station.
They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro, Colarado are never quite what you expect.

 

13612968The Silver Mask by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare – Oct 10

This is the 4th book of the (five book) Magisterium series.

The first book follows Callum Hunt who, despite his best efforts to fail, somehow manages to get into the Magisterium, a magic school and a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

 

33958230Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao – Oct 10

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But is the price of the throne too high? Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

 

32854499Most of All You by Mia Sheridan – Oct 17

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior. Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness about him. Crystal and Gabriel never imagined they would find a love like this, and now they have a choice: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.

 

24974996Dear Martin by Nic Stone – Oct 17

Justyce McAllister, after being wrongfully arrested and then released without apology, is struggling to cope. He starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure. Then comes the day Justyce and his best friend, Manny, have an altercation with a white, off-duty cop. Words fly. Shots are fired. In the media fallout, most people would kill to know what really happened. Justyce is dying to forget.

 

33514352Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely – Oct 23

Lauren Blakely is an author you mustn’t judge by the shirtless-dude covers of her books. She’s really good.
Patrick is ready to settle down. But the woman he wants to settle down with lives across the country. Neither is willing to move so Patrick has to resist her for the week that she’s in town. It obviously doesn’t work and then she hires his adventure tour company and Patrick will need an iron will to stick to his own “Don’t screw your customers” rule.

 

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New Releases: September, 2017

I know I’m late with the post this month but September hasn’t started yet (not everywhere, at least) so I’m not too late. Which is good because September is probably my favourite month of this year, especially after the clusterfuck that has been August. Part of what makes September awesome is that the sun might finally stop trying to roast people alive, but mostly it’s because there so many amazing books coming out, and I can’t wait.

So let’s jump right in, shall we?

 

33515066Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely – Sept 1

There’s a football player. An auction for a date. And a sister of a best friend who becomes the saving grace by buying him. Then there’s a fake relationship, for the media of course, which slowly becomes less and less fake.
This is written from a male perspective, and by Lauren Blakely. So I’m pumped.

 

33385229They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – Sept 5

In an alternate reality, people are warned of their death a day prior. Mateo and Rufus get the call, and they meet up through a helpful app called Last Friend, to live a lifetime in a single day.
On one hand, I’m terrified (I don’t deal well with good characters dying), but on the other, it sounds so cool that I have to read it. The fact that Adam Silvera wrote it is just a plus.

 

33785202The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken – Sept 5

Middle-grade, urban fantasy.
Prosper has a demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And the demon isn’t the forgiving type.

 

29385546Warcross by Marie Lu – Sept 12

Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe. Emika Chen, a teenage hacker, needing to make some quick cash, hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally become an overnight sensation. Emika is shocked when she gets a call from the game’s creator with an offer to become a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament.

 

32991569Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore – Sept 19

Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia who turned her life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago and Jane is now alone. She is then swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family’s island mansion called Tu Reviens, which will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life.

 

34076952The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo – Sept 26

This is a collection of short stories inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, all set in the Grishaverse. Three of the stories were previously published online, I think, but the other three are brand new. There are full-page illustrations by Sara Kipin. I recommend reading the Grisha Trilogy first though, before you delve into this one.

 

34466922Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King – Sept 26

In the near future, something happens and all women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened or disturbed, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain?

 

30969741An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – Sept 26

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist and highly prized by her clients, the fair folk, who cannot create art without crumbling to dust. But then she paints Rook, the autumn prince, with mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life. Rook spirits her away to the autumn lands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt, the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook must depend on one another for survival.

 

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As you can see, all of these books sound amazing—I had to be selective this time. And since I don’t have any specific books planned, I’m actually going to read some of them next month (shocker, I know). I’m really excited. If there’s a specific one from this list that you want me to review, comment below.

Also, which September books are you excited to read?

New Releases: August, 2017

Second New Releases post in a row! Yes! In the recent months, I’ve been terrible with all things non-review-y. But I’m trying to get at least the new releases done. I’ve linked the GR page to the covers. Let’s get started.

 

25876985Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock – 1st

Jenny meets Chance for the very first time when she is assigned as his partner in their Junior Oral Communications class. But after they rescue a doomed assignment with one clever lie, the whole school is suddenly convinced the two of them have been best friends forever. Then the lies start to build and through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are “just friends”. But that might be the biggest lie of all.

 

32972153Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol – 1st

The second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier during the bloodiest rebellion in history. Then her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor to the state. But Roselle finds an ally—and more—in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave. Can Roselle create her own destiny?

 

32333246Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta – 8th

When her sister is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly binds herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne. Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North. And as Bryn blackmails Faris into doing her bidding, Faris finds herself falling for North and developing schemes of her own.

 

26309792The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones – 8th 

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And soon Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

 

32051720Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović – 15th

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Their mother has forbidden them sharing their magic with anyone, and above all, from falling in love. But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them, and the wicked curse that haunts their family line.

 

22892448The Color Project by Sierra Abrams – 18th

Bernice Aurora Wescott doesn’t want anyone to know her name. Until she meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project. When news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project is no longer enough. For Bee to hold on, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

 

29749085Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo – 29th

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal. Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer.

 

13612968The Silver Mask by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare – 29th

This is the 4th book of the (five book) Magisterium series.

The first book follows Callum Hunt who, despite his best efforts to fail, somehow manages to get into the Magisterium, a magic school and a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

 

…And that’s it for this post. I likely won’t be getting to any of these book until September, thanks to my already-planned month. But I’ve read quite a few 2017 releases (January-June) and I’ll be doing a post about my favourites within the next couple of weeks. That’s good, right. These lists are not for nothing,

What are some August books that’s you’re anticipating? Leave a comment and maybe I’ll check them out.