A (Slightly Late) Book Haul

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I just realized that I never hauled the last few books I acquired in the last few weeks. I do have a few more sitting in my Amazon cart, but bills have put those on hold for a bit. If you follow me on Twitter, you might have already seen these, but I know many of you don’t, so let’s talk about my recent purchases!



Waiting on Wednesday – Salt & Venom

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It’s time for another Waiting on Wednesday. Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This week, my pick is Salt & Venom by Amy McNulty.

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An emboldened merman. The daring girl who agreed to be his champion. The upcoming battle that threatens to change everything they believe in.

Ivy Sheppard never wanted the ability to turn into a mermaid—though her wicked ice powers are nothing to sneeze at. Now her step-sister is her enemy, the fairy she once trusted may not be the ally she hoped for, and her new boyfriend wants her to transfer schools to avoid the vampires taking over Union High. Between dodging parents’ concerns, pretending she can stand to even look at the step-sister who sided with the bloodsuckers, and still aiming to end it all without violence, Ivy is in over her head. Unfortunately, these ancient enemies are itching to get the conflict started and Ivy may have no choice but to become the warrior the merfolk need her to be.

The second book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series starts the war between fangs and fins in earnest as the merfolk plan their assault to bring down the unnatural undead vampires once and for all.

Yet Another Playlist Book Tag!

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I realized it’s been a while since I’ve done a playlist book tag, and I absolutely love doing them. You know what that means? It’s time for a new one. I’m going to be using Spotify for this one, instead of the music on my actual music app. Instead of shuffling my saved songs, I’m going to go off of my “Mixed Bag” playlist, which has about 200 songs.

For those of you who don’t know what a playlist book tag is, it’s a fun activity where you shuffle your music and pick out a book that goes with the song that comes up. You can’t skip songs unless you’re totally stumped. It started on Booktube, and has grown and ended up on blogs too. I’ll probably do about ten songs in total. As a last note, I won’t be sharing any explanation as to why I chose the book I did. In some cases, an explanation would be pretty spoiler-y, and I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone. I’ll leave it up to your interpretation. 😉

PS: I’m much too socially awkward to tag anyone, so if you want to do this, consider yourself tagged!


Monster Monday – Aliens

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It’s time for the second installment of Monster Monday! This week, we’re talking about aliens. Whether they’re invading, coexisting peacefully, or simply visiting, I’ve read some awesome stories about them. Like last week, these won’t be very spooky. I figured I’d work my way up to spooky by Halloween. Anyways, without further ado, here’s some alien book recommendations!


Review: I Do Not Trust You by Laura J Burns and Melinda Metz (Spoiler Free)

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Title: I Do Not Trust You

Author(s): Laura J Burns and Melinda Metz

Genre: YA Adventure/Fantasy

Publication Date: September 11, 2018

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

Memphis “M” Engle is stubborn to a fault, graced with an almost absurd knowledge of long lost languages and cultures, and a heck of an opponent in a fight. In short: she’s awesome.

Ashwin Sood is a little too posh for her tastes, a member of an ancient cult (which she’s pretty sure counts for more than one strike against him), and has just informed Memphis that her father who she thought was dead isn’t and needs her help.

From the catacombs of Paris to lost temples in the sacred forests, together they crisscross the globe, searching for the pieces of the one thing that might save her father. But the closer they come to saving him—and the more they fall for one another—the closer they get to destroying the world.


Review: Afterimage by Naomi Hughes (Spoiler Free)


Title: Afterimage

Author: Naomi Hughes

Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Thriller

Publication Date: September 18, 2018

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A horrific explosion levels part of the city and Camryn Kingfisher is the sole survivor.

Amidst controversy, conspiracy theories, and threats from government officials, Camryn longs for the truth. But the only person who she can turn to is a transparent boy in a lab coat named Quint. Unsure whether he’s a hallucination or a ghost, Camryn has no choice but to trust him as they become embroiled in a plot that is bigger than either of them realize.

In a race where the fabric of time and space is at stake, they must figure out who caused the explosion before the culprit comes back to finish Camryn―and her city―off for good.


Waiting on Wednesday – The Wicked King

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It’s time for another Waiting on Wednesday. Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This week, my pick is The Wicked King by Holly Black.

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You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

Review: Love for Two Lifetimes by Martina Boone (Spoiler Free)


Title: Love for Two Lifetimes

Author: Martina Boone

Genre: YA Romance

Publication Date: September 25, 2018

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Two generations, two great loves, one devastating lie . . .

Clearing out after her mother’s tragic death, Izzy finds twenty years of unsent love letters that leave her questioning who she is and what her mother sacrificed to become a world-class pianist. Following a trail of clues to Halford Hall in England, Izzy steps into a world of royalty in search of her father and meets a young aristocrat who’s as troubled as he is fascinating. Recognizing the brokenness in each other, the two become inseparable—only to discover too late that they may be brother and sister.

Thrown together on a journey of discovery that spans two lifetimes and takes them from a grand estate in the Cotswolds to a hospital bedside in India and ultimately to the Taj Mahal, Malcolm and Izzy try not to fall in love. But some things are impossible.

And some sacrifices are inevitable.


Monster Monday – Zombies

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I know that a lot of you are starting to pull together your spooky TBRs, or maybe you’ve even started reading some pulse pounding Fall reads. Personally, Halloween is already on my mind. I was struck with an idea over the weekend that I love, and I’m so excited to share it with you guys. From now until the week of Halloween, every Monday will be “Monster Monday” where I give you book recommendations featuring different monsters, whether they’re man or beast. These recommendations won’t necessarily always be horror, but I figure not everyone likes horror to begin with. We’re kicking off Week 1 of Monster Monday with zombies. From the Civil War to Alice in Wonderland inspired tales, I’ve got a few books (or series!) featuring zombies that are sure to satisfy your hunger (for brains).


September 2018 New Releases

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It’s the beginning of a new month, so it’s time to talk about new releases. The first batch of these will already be out by the time this post goes up, so you can pick some of them up immediately! As always, if I forgot something you’re super excited for, be sure to tell me in the comments. I fully admit to drafting this post at 1 AM, so I’m 100% bound to forget something. Let’s jump right in.