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Standalone Book Recommendations

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Some people are standalone people, and some prefer series. Heck, a lot of people like both. There’s a certain appeal to being able to get a complete story from one book. There’s no desperately waiting for the next installment to come out. You don’t have to commit to thousands of pages just to find out what happens to your favorite characters. Today, I thought I’d share some of my favorite standalone reads.

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Review: Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Before I Let Go

Author: Marieke Nijkamp

Genre: YA Thriller

Publication Date: January 2, 2018

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

*Trigger Warning For: Suicide, Bipolar Disorder*

Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.

Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter…

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December 2017 New Releases

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I know we’re nearly halfway through December, but it’s never too late to share a few new releases that I’m excited for this month. Since I’m a bit late, some of these are already out. But ya know, better late than never, right? There’s not much I can really say other than let’s get to the books!

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Review: Bad Call by Stephen Wallenfels (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Bad Call

Author: Stephen Wallenfels

Genre: YA Survival Thriller

Publication Date: December 19, 2017

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

It was supposed to be epic.

During a late-night poker game, tennis teammates Colin, Ceo, Grahame, and Rhody make a pact to go on a camping trip in Yosemite National Park. And poker vows can’t be broken.

So the first sign that they should ditch the plan is when Rhody backs out. The next is when Ceo replaces him with Ellie, a girl Grahame and Colin have never even heard of. And then there’s the forest fire at their intended campsite.
But instead of bailing, they decide to take the treacherous Snow Creek Falls Trail to the top of Yosemite Valley. From there, the bad decisions really pile up.

A freak storm is threatening snow, their Craigslist tent is a piece of junk, and Grahame is pretty sure there’s a bear on the prowl. On top of that, the guys have some serious baggage (and that’s not including the ridiculously heavy ax that Grahame insisted on packing) and Ellie can’t figure out what their deal is.

And then one of them doesn’t make it back to the tent.
Desperate to survive while piecing together what happened, the remaining hikers must decide who to trust in this riveting, witty, and truly unforgettable psychological thriller that reveals how one small mistake can have chilling consequences.

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Another Playlist Book Tag!

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This post is a little late because I fell asleep in the middle of typing it last night, and I’m just getting time to finish it up. Whoops. Sorry. Anyways, it was an extremely snowy weekend here, so I had a lot of down time. I spent a lot of time on Youtube, and I came across a few different Playlist Book Tags, and I remembered that it was pretty fun when I did my own rendition before so I decided to do another round. Obviously, you’ll be spared from my dancing and singing in this format, but you’ll still get the general gist. For anyone who is unfamiliar with this tag, you basically put your music on shuffle, and then pick a book that you think goes with whatever song comes up. You don’t explain the connection, so it’s left open for interpretation. This started on Booktube, and I’ve heard a few people credited for creating, but most people credit Little Red Reader. Without further ado, let’s get started.

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Black Friday 2017 Book Outlet Haul

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So, I posted about Book Outlet’s Black Friday sale a while back, and my order has finally came in. It’s a big one for me, as everything was 30% off. Because this haul is so big, all I’m going to do is share covers linked to Goodreads. If the amount of pictures is bogging down anyone’s computers/phones, please let me know and I’ll change this post up a bit. Now that I’m done rambling, let’s get to the books!

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Review: Roomies by Christina Lauren (Spoiler Free)

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Title: Roomies

Author: Christina Lauren

Genre: Contemporary Romance (Adult)

Publication Date: December 5, 2017

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

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Playlist: Haven by Mary Lindsey

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Wow, the universe *really* didn’t want this post to go up. This is my fourth (?) time typing this up, but I’m bound and determined to get this post published once and for all. I’m here today with another playlist, and this time it’s for Haven by Mary Lindsey, a book that I reviewed about a month back. This is a playlist I’ve been toying around with for a while, but I want to get it out into the world. Once again, my playlists almost never follow a certain aesthetic, so genre-wise, they’re all over the place. These are some of my favorite posts to do, as I love music just as much as I love reading. If you like this post and want to check out some of the other playlists I’ve published, I’ve shared one for The Becoming of Noah Shaw, The Infernal Devices Series, and the Shatter Me Series. Now, I will say that this playlist might be a wee bit spoilery about very general plot points, so if you don’t want to know anything at all about this book before reading, I’d avoid it. I think I’ve rambled enough, so let’s jump into the music.

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November 2017 Wrap Up

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Somehow, November is already over, so you know what time it is: wrap up time. In November, I read 12 books, with an average rating of 3.83 stars. 12 books in a month is awesome for me, considering how slow I’ve been reading. I’ve been really trying to catch up with my reading goal, and I’m going to have to read even more in December to try and complete it. I’m actually scheduling this a few days ahead of time, so I may read a book or two more before the month is over. If I do, I’ll just add those to my December wrap up. Well, that’s enough babble from me. Let’s get to the books. As always, the cover of the book will either be linked to Goodreads, or my review if I have one.

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Royal Romance Recommendations

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With the news of Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle everywhere, I’m a bit swept up in the romance of it all. Since I’m in that particular mood, I thought I’d share a few “royal romance” type titles. To be totally honest, I’m usually a sucker for this genre subset anyways. I’ll be sharing three titles, one of which is one of my favorite books of all time, and the other two being books I’ve heard good things about. Without further ado, here they are:

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