April 2017 Wrap Up

April was a great reading month for me, I read 11 books and there was lots of diversity in the books I read. I listened to two audiobooks, reread 2 books and read some non-fiction, poetry, contemporary and fantasy! So here’s what I read this month in April…

Project You: More Than 50 Ways to Calm Down, de-stress and Feel Great by Aubre Andrus

My review

Find your balance. Make a protein-packed smoothie to energize for a busy day. Center yourself after a stressful week by taking five minutes to write in your journal. Strengthen your body and calm your mind with simple yoga poses and breathing techniques. Craft a vision board to help you achieve your goals. Create a time budget to organize your schedule. Develop an evening routine that will help you wind down before sleep. Award-winning author Aubre Andrus shares more than 50 do-right-now projects that will help you beat stress, smile big, and discover a calmer, more blissful you.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

Whiskey Words and a Shovel III by R. H Sin

My Review

Bestselling poet r.h. Sin completes the trilogy withWhiskey Words & a Shovel III!His raw voice delivers gritty, impassioned truths on matters of loving, living, and leaving in this final book in the series.
r.h. Sin s final volume in the Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel series expands on the passion and vigor of his first two installments. His stanzas inspire strength through the raw, emotional energy and the vulnerability of his poems. Relationships, love, pain, and fortitude are powerfully rendered in his poetry, and his message of perseverance in the face of emotional turmoil cuts to the heart of modern-day life. At roughly 300 pages, this culminating volume will be his lengthiest yet.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren

My review

Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman

My review

Then
Ingrid traveled all over Europe with her opera star mother, Margot-Sophia. Life was beautiful and bright, and every day soared with music.
Now
Ingrid is on a summertime wilderness survival trek for at-risk teens: addicts, runaways, and her. She’s fighting to survive crushing humiliations, physical challenges that push her to her limits, and mind games that threaten to break her.
Then
When the curtain fell on Margot-Sophia’s singing career, they buried the past and settled into a small, painfully normal life. But Ingrid longed to let the music soar again. She wanted it so much that, for a while, nothing else mattered.
Now
Ingrid is never going to make it through this summer if she can’t figure out why she’s here, what happened to Margot-Sophia, and why the music really stopped.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant

My Review

The more I touch someone, the more I can see and understand, and the more I think I can help. But that’s my mistake. I can’t help. You can’t fix people like you can solve a math problem.

Math genius. Freak of nature. Loner.

Eva Walker has literally one friend—if you don’t count her quadruplet three-year-old-siblings—and it’s not even because she’s a math nerd. No, Eva is a loner out of necessity, because everyone and everything around her is an emotional minefield. All she has to do is touch someone, or their shirt, or their cell phone, and she can read all their secrets, their insecurities, their fears.

Sure, Eva’s “gift” comes in handy when she’s tutoring math and she can learn where people are struggling just by touching their calculators. For the most part, though, it’s safer to keep her hands to herself. Until she meets six-foot-three, cute-without-trying Zenn Bennett, who makes that nearly impossible.

Zenn’s jacket gives Eva such a dark and violent vision that you’d think not touching him would be easy. But sometimes you have to take a risk…

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

My Review

New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall…

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook

My Review

In Alicia Cook’s second poetic effort, designed in the style of an old mixtape, she sets her thoughts to a nostalgic tune. There is no Table of Contents. Instead, there is a “Track List,” making it easy to refer to them to your friends with a, “Hey did you read track seven?!” There are no chapters. Instead, the book is divided into two parts, or as one would say in the 90’s, two “sides.” Side A holds poetry that touches on all aspects of the human condition like life, death, love, moving on, evolving, growing up, hometowns, family dynamic, life after trauma, and make-ups and breakups. Side B holds the “remixes” of these poems, in the form of blackout poetry, also known as “found poetry.” Side B gives the material a fresh twist by creating new poetry out of Side A. There is also a very special surprise at the end of each track.

Alicia decided to self publish this effort after leaving her publishing house. She views this book as her “independence” and official separation from that venture. She also drew the front and back cover herself.

Alicia is a contributing writer for many blogs and news outlets, including the Huffington Post and multiple Gannett Publications. She writes regularly on drug addiction and how it directly affects families. Because of this, she has chosen to donate 100% of royalties to the Willow Tree Center in New Jersey.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

My Review

This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, this touches on the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: Why are we here?

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey’s search for his new life’s meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8 year old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey’s journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh out loud funny, this book is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Saraj J. Maas (Reread)

My Review

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Reread)

My Review

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

My Review

All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber review

I read Caraval back when it was released but I never ended up posting my review on my blog, so here it is!

27883214.jpgCaraval by Stephanie Garber
Published by Flatiron Books on January 31st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Pages: 407
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Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

Review:

Caraval is eerily enchanting and wonderfully whimsical, this book swept me up with its enticing magic and fancifulness!

As soon as we arrived on the magical island I was instantly entranced by the detailed descriptions of the place. Stephanie has an unbelievable way with words, as she whisks you up and places you in the heart of the story. I could distinctly visualise the mythical island and feel the magic in the air. The in-depth descriptions is what really brought Caraval and the story to life.

Caraval focuses strongly on sisterly love and Stephanie really emphasised the incredible importance of this unbreakable bond. It was wonderful seeing Scarlet’s undying love for her sister, it was something so special and precious to witness.

The narrative of this story is fabulously unique and kept me on the edge of my seat with the various twists and turns. The ending is something I never would’ve been able to pick out from the beginning, which I love!

Overall, this book wrapped me up in its world of magic and it was a spellbinding ride. I also highly recommend the audiobook for Caraval, it is equally enchanting. I cannot wait to see what else Stephanie writes!

“His steady gaze was even softer than his voice. It reached out to the broken parts of her like a caress. The type of touch that moves through damaged flesh, past fractured bones and into a person’s wounded soul.”

★★★★1/2

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The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.


“When she kisses him, his lips are warm. He moves them against hers, and she almost pulls away. She will never be lost in him the way she is in Pietyr. There is no point even in hoping. She will have many more moments like this when she is queen. Passionless moments spent silently screaming until she can return to Pietyr.”

Synopsis:

THREE SISTERS. ONE THRONE. A FIGHT TO THE DEATH.”Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting.” Kirkus”… a superb start to what promises to be a new exciting young adult fantasy book series.” The Book BagIn every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomach ache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of beasts.But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has t
o fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose… it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.The last queen standing gets the crown.

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How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake review

I was kindly sent an e-arc of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Synopsis:

All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.


Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

Review:

How to Make a Wish is a seemingly sweet summery read with diverse characters along with undertones of darker themes.

This book really shines with its diversity in that the main character is bisexual (ownvoices) and there is also a biracial LGBTQ+ main character. I found the representation in this book to be fantastic, I love how the other characters didn’t even blink an eye when they discovered two of the characters to be LGBTQ+, it was perceived as nothing but normal, and there didn’t seem to be any homophobic main characters, which is fantastic! This book also discusses being biracial and the hardships that may be present, but it explains how these can be overcome. There was also a prevelant unhealthy mother and daughter relationship, where the usual roles are switched. The mother is quite unstable and reckless while the daughter has to alway keep an eye out for her mother, this is explored more in depth throughout the novel. Along with this, majority of the characters only have one parent (or none), as I have lived the majority of my life with one prevelant parent, I found this to be very relatable.

With all these important topics and themes being discussed in this book you would think that it’s a very dark intense read, but I actually found it to be quite the opposite. It had a light summery feel to it, similar to other YA Summer contemporaries, just with undertones of intense topics. The romance was very sweet and adorable, which added to the fluffy feeling. This book is a short quick read, a book that you could easily read in one sitting!

Quotes:

Quotes have been pulled from arc and are subject to change

“Such a loaded word – live. It could simply mean existing. Heart pumping blood, lungs taking in air. Or it could mean settling for something. Being a part of what’s around you. Investing.”

“You’d think having a white dad and a black mom means I have three legs and feathers. I’m biracial, not some rarely spotted species from some barely populated island.”

“Here’s the thing about wishes: They’re always changing on you. They’re either dying out or they’re realized, and then they’re not wishes anymore. They’re only truly alive in their anticipation.”

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Want to Read More from

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. Topics are set for every week so to join in on the fun just check out the memes goodreads group. This week’s topic is the top authors you want to read more from.

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah. J Maas is one of my all time favourite authors, but saying that I still have yet to read the Throne of Glass trilogy *gasp*. I know, it’s shameful, but I know i’m going to get to it soon. They hype surrounding that series is incredible, i’m planning on binge reading it then fangirling with my fellow book lovers. Sarah J. Maas is one of my all time favourite authors because of her acclaimed A Court of Thorns and Roses series. The third instalment, a Court of Wings and Ruin, is being released in a weeks time. I’ve already preordered it and once I receive it i’m going to hide in my room and stay there until I finish it, this isn’t an exaggeration people.

Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare is another one of my all time favourite authors, I read the Infernal Devices last year and absolutely loved it! I also read City of Bones a couple years ago but never got around to finishing the series as I was swamped with school. I own the entire Mortal Instruments series, along with The Shadow Hunters Codex and Lady Midnight. I’ve even preordered Lord of Shadows?? Don’t ask why, i’m equally as confused as you are. Anyway, I know i’m going to end up reading all Cassie’s works, including the ones I don’t currently own (The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadow hunter Academy), and I know i’m going to love them!

Rainbow Rowell

Once again, one of my top favourite authors, yet I still haven’t finished reading all her published works. See a pattern here? Rainbow became my favourite YA contemporary author after reading Eleanor and Park and couple years back, I distinctly remember physically throwing the book across the room after reading the ending (the ending was so cruel *cries*) Then reading Fangirl, Attachments and her short story Midnights which is included in the anthology My True Love Gave to Me last year (I also read Kindred Spirits but sadly didn’t enjoy it as much). I own her adult book Landline, and I also want to read Carry On. Someday it will happen, and when that day comes I know my heart will be obliterated by the classic Rainbow cliff hanger ending.

Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is a fairly new to me author, the first book I read from her was November 9. I read it in one sitting one afternoon on holiday, I absolutely devoured it and I LOVED it! At the beginning of this year I read It Ends With Us which I also read in a day, I didn’t enjoy it as much as November 9 but it was still fantastic! I know Colleen Hoover has many published works, none of which I own but someday hope to. Colleen writes amazing new adult books that I can just devour in one sitting, and I can’t wait to read all her other works!

David Levithan

Funnily enough, I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green a couple years ago but didn’t think much of it, I wasn’t particularly a fan. But I discovered my love for his writing when I read Dash and Lily’s book of Dares, the Twelve Days of Dash and Lily and his short story in Let It Snow around Christmastime last year. They were the perfect reads for that season, I just flew through his books! I adore his quirky witty writing style, and unique characters. I also own Everyday by David Levithan but have yet to read it, he also has numerous published works that I can’t wait to read including The Lover’s Dictionary, Two Boys Kissing, Boy Meets Boy and How They Met and Other Stories.

 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas review

Synopsis:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Review:

I read A Court of Mist and Fury for the first time in May last year, and it absolutely obliterated my heart. I reread it again this month, and it once again destroyed me without fail. My love for A Court of Mist and Fury is infinite, and it will forever remain a special place in my heart. THIS is why I read, it’s books like this that spur my hunger and love for reading.

I consistently find it difficult to write reviews on my all time favourite books, my mind is always a jumble of thoughts and emotions racing a thousand miles an hour. And it seems that no amount or string of words will ever express my insurmountable love for this book. So bear with me as I attempt to write a review that isn’t an utter incoherent mess.

A Court of Mist and Fury contains all the elements to complete the perfect fantasy novel. It intertwines fantastic world building with a complex magic system, defiant characters, a slow burn romance, witty banter and just the right amount of action. All bound ceremoniously with Sarah’s sensational writing.

This book is on a whole new level compared to A Court Of Thorns And Roses. The world is fully fleshed out, and we get to truly understand how magic is wielded as well as all the rules that are present in Prythian that the fae abide by. Everything little thing in this world felt solid and substantial, it all just made complete sense and was understandable to me.

What really brought the story to life was the utterly amazing characters, Sarah creates an incredible cast of characters, each and everyone so perfect and loveable in their own way. Each one of them hold a special place in my heart. I love how majority of the characters are so strong and defiant, which are two of my favourite traits that I always look out for in characters when reading a book. And do I even have to mention Rhys ❤️❤️❤️ let’s be honest, he’s one of the real reasons why this book is so outstanding!

Contrasted to A Court Of Thorns And Roses, this book had a very slow burn romance. The tension was almost palpable, and was keeping me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The witty banter between the two are absolutely hilarious! And all the sexy times WOW 😉

A Court of Mist and Fury has just the right amount of action to keep you constantly intrigued, and with the various plot twists and reveals I was SCREAMING throughout it.

I honestly don’t know what else to say, yet this review doesn’t do the book justice in the slightest. The only way for you to fully comprehend my love for this book is to fully experience it for yourself. I urge everyone to read this book ASAP, please just do yourself a favour. If you’re reading this post, STOP and pick up A Court of Thorns And Roses RIGHT NOW. Then come back and fangirl with me when you’re done, okay? Okay. If you have read A Court Of Thorns And Roses and somehow disliked it please at least give ACOMAF a chance, it’s 1000 times better, and a lot of people agree.

I’m about to burst right now knowing that the third instalment in this series, A Court of Wings and Ruin comes out in a weeks time. So far yet so close, I know for a fact that ACOWAR is going to be my favourite read of this year!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mailbox Monday

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Mailbox Monday is a meme created by Marcia of To Be Continued, check out the blog

Last week I only acquired one ebook, that’s a new record for me! But I did purchase a few hardcover books, they just haven’t arrived in the mail yet, you can keep an eye out for those in next weeks Mailbox Monday!

eBooks:

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.

Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobbles—Found, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September.

Bone china cup and saucer—Found, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October.

Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects—the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind—and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life’s mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.

Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthony’s lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbor’s quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthony’s last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners.

Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something precious—a tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made.

As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunice’s redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest?

Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs Queen Takes the Train, and The Silver Linings Playbook.

 

 

Standalone Sunday

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @ bookslayerReads 

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive.

On Thursday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, iscover106249-medium.png Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the bad boy, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the jock, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investi­gators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Thursday, he died. But on Friday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they just the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

This week I chose a book I have yet to read but am highly anticipating. The premise of this book is so intriguing and i’ve seen multiple good reviews already!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas review

Synopsis:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Review:

I first read A Court of Thorns and Roses last year in may right before reading A Court of Mist and Fury. The first time I read it I REALLY liked it, I loved Tamlin and the whole world, it was a 4 star read. This time, after rereading it, I LOVED it! It was way better the second time around, it was a whole new experience.

If you have yet to read this book, I URGE you to, stop reading this post and pick it up. No seriously, this series is by far one of my favourites, and I am absolutely overwhelmed by the emotions it brings me, so bear with me as this review will probably be a jumbled mess. But here we go…

I love everything about A Court Of Thorns and Roses, it’s hard to pick out at any flaws. The writing is utterly beautiful the characters just perfect, the banter hilarious and the romance oh so sexy! When I first read this book it took me a bit to get into it, but the second time around I had no trouble falling straight into the story and the magical world! This time I picked up on a few little things that I didn’t notice the first time, and when Rhys showed up I was overwhelmed with joy! Everything was enhanced this time around, I even found myself falling for Tamlin all over again, despite now being team Rhys. That’s how good Sarah J. Maas’ writing is, I just couldn’t help myself! The writing was so whimsical I could feel the magic in the air, and the lush descriptions were incredibly beautiful I found myself sighing with joy. All throughout this book I found myself laughing out loud, smiling and crying, it was a wonderful journey to take again, as I fell in love with the book more the second time around.

My review doesn’t give this book justice, you just need to go ahead and read it and experience the absolute pleasure yourself. And even if you somehow don’t enjoy this book PLEASE give the second book a chance as it blows the first book out of the water!

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The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.


“What do you want with me? You said you’d tell me here. So tell me.”

Rhys leaned back in his chair, folding powerful arms that even the fine clothes couldn’t hide. “For this week? I want you to lean how to read.”

Synopsis:

The # 1 New York Times bestselling sequel to Sarah J. Maas’ spellbinding A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.