ARC, blog tour, contemporary, dystopian, fantasy, ya

🌞 May TBR 🌞

Okay, I went REALLY ambitious with this months TBR! I am participating in Words & Whimsy Reading Challenge again, along with Bookemon! I just learned about Bookemon Readathon and I am so excited. I love Pokemon and reading, so putting them together is heaven for me!

First let’s start off with Words & Whimsy. Our theme is space – Broken Worlds! Here’s our criteria, Instagram challenge, and mini game!

Now, let’s get into this TBR.

Now for Bookemon! The bookemon I choose as my sidekick is Paperchu! Since he is electric, I get 100 combat points for every hour I read electronically. Since I read exclusively on kindle, I thought he was perfect for me!

All of my books can fit somewhere into the bookemon criteria, but there are a few I have added to complete additional challenges.

So as you can see, I have 16 books on my TBR. That’s a lot for me, but I’m hoping to get through as many as I can!

What’s on your TBR for May? Do we share any books? Are you participating in Bookemon or Words & Whimsy Reading Challenge? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, book meme, book tag, dystopian, fantasy, ya

#5OnMyTBR

I’m so excited to be taking part in this meme! I originally saw this over at KBBookReviews and it was created by Local Bee Hunter’s Nook!

This is a post where you show 5 books on your TBR! It happens every Monday. This week’s prompt is Hype From the Past!

Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

So, I’ve never read an Anne Rice book. Shame, I know! After reading Crave by Tracy Wolff, I need more vampires!

Release date: April 12, 1976

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

This was a series that I missed back in the day. I have heard such good things about it recently. I need to move it up the list!

Release date: March 10, 2009

No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz

I actually had copies of this book back in the day but never read them! The covers always intrigued me, so I still want to give them a try!

Release date: May 29, 2012

Everless by Sara Holland

This is another one I keep hearing good things about! This came out during my reading break, so I need to see what the hype is about!

Release date: December 4, 2018

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

I cannot wait for the prequel to my favorite series! The Hunger Games is what got me back into reading and ignited by love for YA. I am very impatiently waiting!

Release date: May 19, 2020

There you have it! My top 5 Hype from the Past books! What are yours? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

ARC, dystopian, Five Star Book, LGBT, review, Sci-Fi, ya

🪒 Girls With Razor Hearts ARC Review 🪒

🪒 Title: Girls With Sharp Sticks
🪒 Author: Suzanne Young
🪒 Publisher: Simon & Schuster
🪒 Publish Date: March 17, 2020
🪒 Book Form: E-ARC
🪒 Pages: 400
🪒 Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian
🪒 Dates Read: Apr 4 – Apr 5
🪒 Rating: 🪒🪒🪒🪒🪒

Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s time to fight back in this second novel in a thrilling, subversive near future series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young about a girls-only private high school that is far more than it appears to be.

Make me a girl with a razor heart…

It’s been weeks since Mena and the other girls of Innovations Academy escaped their elite boarding school. Although traumatized by the violence and experimentations that occurred there, Mena quickly discovers that the outside world can be just as unwelcoming and cruel. With no one else to turn to, the girls only have each other—and the revenge-fueled desire to shut down the corporation that imprisoned them.

The girls enroll in Stoneridge Prep, a private school with suspect connections to Innovations, to identify the son of an investor and take down the corporation from the inside. But with pressure from Leandra, who revealed herself to be a double-agent, and Winston Weeks, an academy investor gone rogue, Mena wonders if she and her friends are simply trading one form of control for another. Not to mention the woman who is quite literally invading Mena’s thoughts—a woman with extreme ideas that both frighten and intrigue Mena.

And as the girls fight for freedom from their past—and freedom for the girls still at Innovations—they must also face new questions about their existence…and what it means to be girls with razor hearts.

– Goodreads

I adored jumping back into the world where Innovations Academy is real. Guess what? It’s still just as scary as before.

Mena and the rest of the girls are trying to figure out how to stop the corporation – without knowing who is actually on their side. The book is over and honestly, I still don’t know who is good and evil.

The girl friendship and love was still very forefront in this book. I don’t think this series would work any other way. The girls disagree, yes, but they have a friendship and bond that cannot and will not be broken. While reading this novel, I kept envisioning me and my friends. I think it is so important, especially in times like these, for girls to see other girls loving, lifting each other up, and fighting back.

Another huge theme in this book was misogyny. Mena and Sydney enroll in a prep school where they think one of the investors has a child. The boys at this school are disgusting. Always touching without permission. Getting in personal space. They should be GLAD they are doing this. They never face any repercussions. It’s horrible and unfortunately true. It was great to see how the girls fought back against this type of behavior. The book also shows that there ARE good guys out there – and encourages them not to stand idly by.

Again in Girls With Razor Hearts, there were secrets, twists and turns. The story moved at a great pace and kept me guessing. I was so enthralled by the journey of these girls. I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up late reading and finished it in under 24 hours! That is a feat for me!

I definitely recommend the sequel to Girls With Sharp Sticks. If you haven’t picked that one up, I urge you to do so! You won’t be disappointed!

Have you read Girls with Razor Hearts? How did it stack up to Girls With Sharp Sticks? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, contemporary, dystopian, fantasy, Romance

Down the TBR Part 12!

Another week of trimming the TBR! This meme is hosted by Zezee with Books. Here’s the rules:

The rules for Down the TBR Hole:
  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

So, today we are starting at 1940. I just added the 7 arcs I got approved for this week. Oops. On first glance, there are definitely some I might consider keeping. There’s actually some fantasy and maybe some YA in here!

Three Fates by Nora Roberts

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: Three people try to find a stolen statue. Eh.
  • Keep or Delete: Delete

Captivated and Entranced by Nora Roberts

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: Two love stories. One about a screenplay writer and a witch. The second about a detective and a PI. Ok I’m into it.
  • Keep or Delete: Keep.

Three Brides, No Groom by Debbie Macomber

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: Chick lit about three women at their 15-year reunion.
  • Keep or Delete: Delete

The Fair Folk by Marvin Kaye

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: Book of short stories about Fey. I like it.
  • Keep or Delete: Keep!

The Passage by Justin Cronin

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: Government experiments. Kidnapped kids. I don’t think it’s for me.
  • Keep or Delete: Delete

A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: My husband was excited to see this on the list. One of the few books he’s read and he loved it. About rogues and assassins.
  • Keep or Delete: Keep. I’ll give it a chance even though it’s epic fantasy, which usually isn’t my deal.

A Dance of Blades by David Dalglish

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: Book 2 of A Dance of Cloaks. I’ll leave it in case I like the first.
  • Keep or Delete: Keep

The High Druid of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: I mean, this sounds good. High fantasy kind of scares me – it’s usually too involved and too many people to keep up with. But I’ll give this one a try.
  • Keep or Delete: Keep

Madman by Tracy Groot

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: The synopsis confuses me, so I’m going to say this is a no go.
  • Keep or Delete: Delete

The Thin Executioner by Darren Shan

  • Date Added: June 27, 2015
  • Thoughts: The MC takes a slave to sacrifice to the fire god to then get inhuman powers. I am going to pass.
  • Keep or Delete: Delete

We are ending at 1935. I kept 5 and deleted 5, so not too terribly bad. I actually deleted the YA, which surprised me. I also kept more of the high fantasy than I thought I would. They just sound SO GOOD.

What do you think? Did I make any wrong decisions? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

ARC, dystopian, Five Star Book, ya

The Grace Year ARC Review

  • Title: The Grace Year
  • Author: Kim Liggett
  • Publisher: Wednesday Books
  • Publish Date: October 8, 2019
  • Book Form: E-ARC
  • Pages: 416
  • Genre: YA, Sci-FI, Dystopian
  • Dates Read: Nov 23 – Nov 27
  • Rating: ★★★★★

Thank you to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

A speculative thriller in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Power. Optioned by Universal and Elizabeth Banks to be a major motion picture!

SURVIVE THE YEAR.

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between. 

– Goodreads

Oh man. This book. Top 5 reads of 2019 for sure. It blew me away with all the emotions and feels and I just loved it. I have recommended it to everyone.

The Grace Year was a beautiful, tragic and desperate tale of female empowerment and fighting back when you know the way you are living is wrong.

Each year when girls turn 16, they are released in the wild to let out their ‘magic’. They only have each other and have to find a way to live this long, long year. The girls’ magic makes men do terrible things – or so they say. Not all the girls will make it home alive, and those that do are forever changed.

This is a story about sticking together, building women up, and the knowledge that female friendships are the strongest bonds. The girls went through a lot during their Grace Year. They were tricked, manipulated, turned against one another. No one expected them to turn toward each other. Bit by bit they try to change the way of life and make it better for their future girls.

There was romance involved, but it was really the backdrop. The story had twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. The ending had twist after twist after twist. It was wrapped up in a beautifully tragic way.

There is no happy ending here, however, there is hope that there might one day be.

I recommend every girl and woman read this. It really rings true in times like these.

Until next time…

adult, ARC, contemporary, cozy mystery, dystopian, Memoir, ya

July Wrapup!

July was a bit of a slow month for me. I was on vacation the first week and got a lot read. Then back to work and my baby and I got sick, and well, it all just stopped. But here’s what I read, loved, and hated!

Thanks, giphy!

Sweet Dreams Bake Shop by J.A. Whiting

Review here.

Cute cozy mystery. Three stars. Just isn’t my favorite genre.

Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener

Review here.

Great start to this space trilogy! It was one of my recommendations for the upcoming Book Battle!

Ice Cream Murder by Leighann Dobbs

Review here.

Another cutsey cozy mystery. A lot of our Book Battle criteria were food themed, so a lot of cozy mysteries this month.

Double Stuffed by Farrah Paige

My least favorite book this month. I didn’t review it. The plot had promise – baker forced to go on a reality baking competition and falls in love with producers. But the language – like meat stick. I just couldn’t.

Between Frost and Fury by Chani Lynn Feener

Great second installment to the Xenith trilogy! I was so glad I already had book 3 – that cliffhanger!

Within Ash and Stardust by Chani Lynn Feener

My first blog tour! See it here!

The reason I binged this whole trilogy this month. I absolutely loved it! Review on the blog tour post.

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Review here.

Such a twisty mystery! I LOVED it! Can’t wait to read more from Mr. Sager.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Review here.

Probably my favorite book I read this month. I want to live in this universe! Ugh this was just such an adorable novel!

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Review here.

This just didn’t live up to the hype for me. If the book was completely podcasts and interviews I think I would have liked it better.

Karamo by Karamo Brown

I love getting to read all the Fab 5’s memoirs! He gave great advice on emotional growth and how to handle problems. My favorite chapter was about the Queer Eye casting process!

Contagion by Teri Terry

Review to come!

I just finished this book today and I loved it! I was graciously provided an ARC. It was a page turner and I want to read book two!

Be sure to check out my August TBR! It’s a doozy!

Until next time…

dystopian, Four Star Book, Romance, Sci-Fi, ya

The Program Review

  • Title: The Program
  • Author: Suzanne Young
  • Book Form: Audiobook
  • Pages: 405
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Romance
  • Rating: ★★★★


Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

Goodreads

I am ashamed to say how long this series has been on my bookshelf. The whole series. Years. It’s been years.

What prompted me to finally read it was our author chat with Suzanne Young!

This novel takes place in the maybe-not-so-distant future. The government has developed a program to “fix” teens with depression to try to curb the suicide rate. By fixing them, they basically erase their memories.

Sloane has been affected by suicide. First, her brother. Then her friend attempted, but was taken by The Program. It all spirals downhill from there.

I really enjoyed the story. It kept me captivated from the first chapter. I was on the edge of my seat to see if or when The Program would come for Sloane and her boyfriend, James.

The characters Sloane meets throughout the novel are highly interesting. I wanted to learn all of their backstories and how The Program affected them.

I can’t think of what I didn’t like about this book. I’m waiting for my scribd account to renew so I can listen to book two – The Treatment!

Until next time…