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Blog Tour – Off the Record by Camryn Garrett (Promo)

Welcome to my spot on the Off the Record by Camryn Garrett book tour hosted by TBR Beyond Tours.

Off the Record

by Camryn Garrett

Genre: YA Contemporary

Published Date: May 18, 2021

Content Warnings: Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment

Synopsis:

The behind-the-scenes access of Almost Famous meets the searing revelations of #metoo in this story of a teen journalist who uncovers the scandal of the decade.

Ever since seventeen-year-old Josie Wright can remember, writing has been her identity, the thing that grounds her when everything else is a garbage fire. So when she wins a contest to write a celebrity profile for Deep Focus magazine, she’s equal parts excited and scared, but also ready. She’s got this.

Soon Josie is jetting off on a multi-city tour, rubbing elbows with sparkly celebrities, frenetic handlers, stone-faced producers, and eccentric stylists. She even finds herself catching feelings for the subject of her profile, dazzling young newcomer Marius Canet. Josie’s world is expanding so rapidly, she doesn’t know whether she’s flying or falling. But when a young actress lets her in on a terrible secret, the answer is clear: she’s in over her head.

One woman’s account leads to another and another. Josie wants to expose the man responsible, but she’s reluctant to speak up, unsure if this is her story to tell. What if she lets down the women who have entrusted her with their stories? What if this ends her writing career before it even begins? There are so many reasons not to go ahead, but if Josie doesn’t step up, who will?

From the author of Full Disclosure, this is a moving testament to the #MeToo movement, and all the ways women stand up for each other. 

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Camryn Garrett was born and raised in New York. In 2019, she was named one of Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 and a Glamour College Woman of the Year. Her first novel, Full Disclosure, received rave reviews from outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, the Today Show, and The Guardian, which called a “warm, funny and thoughtfully sex-positive, an impressive debut from a writer still in her teens.” Her second novel, Off the Record, will be released May 18, 2021. Camryn is also interested in film and is a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Checkout the rest of the tour and see what everyone else is saying about the book.

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Book Tour – The Edge of Strange Hollow by Gabrielle K. Byrne (Review & Mood Board)

Welcome to my spot on the Book Tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours for The Edge of Strange Hollow by Gabrielle K. Byrne.

Book Information

The Edge of Strange Hollow

by Gabrielle K. Byrne 

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Publishing Date: May 18, 2021

Synopsis:

Welcome to Strange Hollow. Beware the Grimwood.

Poppy Sunshine isn’t like everyone else in Strange Hollow. She’s not afraid of the Grimwood, home to magical creatures like shape-shifters, fairies, witches, and even a three-headed dog. 

Banned from the wood by her parents, Poppy longs to learn everything about it and imagines joining her mother and father as they hunt the forest’s cursed magical objects. So when her only family disappears on a routine expedition, she and her friends must break every rule to save them. But Poppy soon discovers that things in the Grimwood are rarely what they seem… 

And the monsters who took her parents may not be monsters at all. 

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Author Information

Gabrielle Kirouac Byrne lives in the rainy wilds of the Pacific Northwest, where she writes fantasy for kids of all ages. Gabby studied opera in Philadelphia, medieval studies in New York, literature in Scotland, and marine biology in Washington. Stories are the common thread that tie all her interests together. When she’s not writing, you can find her fishing spineless zooplankton out of the Salish sea with her family. In Gabby’s debut MG fantasy, RISE OF THE DRAGON MOON, the princess of a frozen Queendom fights to free her mother from the clutches of treacherous dragons. Gorgeous world building, and lush prose will immerse readers in this coming-of-age adventure in which a fierce girl tackles insurmountable odds with wit, strength, and heart. 

Find Her Here: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Rating:

The book follows a girl name Poppy, whose family is in charge of dealing with monsters and protecting the town from the Grimwoods. Poppy has always wanted to help her parents with protecting the town and fighting the monsters but they wouldn’t let her. Until one day, her parents go missing on one of their adventures and this gives Poppy the chance to prove to her family that she can go into the woods and rescue them on her own.

She ventures into Grimwoods in search of her parents and having an adventure of a lifetime. The book has fairies, witches, magical creatures, and lots of different kind of creatures.

If you are looking for a middle grade book that is spooky, full of adventure, and lots of magic then this book is for you. Gabrielle Byrne did a great job with writing beautiful characters.

If you have or know of a middle graders, this book would be perfect for them to read and have lots of fun with it.

Here is my mood board for the book and what I was picturing when I was reading it.

Checkout the other bloggers who are part of the book tour, find them by clicking the below picture for the tour schedule.

Giveaway US Only

One winner will receive a finished copy of The Edge of Strange Hollow.

The giveaway starts on May 17th and ends on May 24th.

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New Releases, Reviews

Book Review – Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

I wanted to thank Flatiron Books and Claire McLaughlin for contacting me to give me the opportunity to review Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean. I have to admit that I am not a really big reader of contemporary books but lately I have been venturing outside of my normal books genre and getting the email asking me if I would review Tokyo Ever After was surprised and it is a book I was looking at to read when it is published. My review is an honest review and of my owe opinions.

Tokyo Ever After

By Emiko Jean

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publish Date: 18 May 2021

Synopsis:

Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izzy discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity… and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.

In a whirlwind, Izzy travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.

Izzy soon finds herself caught between worlds, and between versions of herself—back home, she was never “American” enough, and in Japan, she must prove she’s “Japanese” enough. Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairytale, happily ever after?

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Emiko Jean is the author of Tokyo Ever After, Empress of all Seasons, and We’ll Never be Apart. When Emiko is not writing, she is reading. Most of her friends are imaginary. Before she became a writer she was an entomologist (fancy name for bug catcher), a candle maker, a florist, and most recently a teacher. She lives in Washington with her husband and children (unruly twins). She loves the rain. 

Author Link: Website | Goodreads | Instagram |

Rating: 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

I don’t usually read these types of books but when I read the summary of the book that I thought I would like it and to go outside of my normal book genres. I thought the writing and plot was really good.

The story follows Izumi who finds out that her dad is an actual Crown Prince in Japan which makes her a Princess. She is taken from her home in America back to Japan to find out what it really means to be royalty.

For me, reading this book help me with getting out of a moody place with it being sweet, silly, self discovery, and finding your first love. It was nice to read something that made me smile and laugh at the same time.

I have to admit that I was not sure about how I would like the book because it isn’t what I usually go for but I am happy that I love it and it will be book I will go back to when I need something help with getting out of a reading slump or bad mood. If you want to read a book that will pick you up and remind you of The Princess Diaries and Crazy Rich Asians then I would recommend you getting Tokyo Ever After.

Blog Tour, Reviews

Blog Tour – The Ascenders by C.L. Gaber (Review)

Welcome to my spot in the blog tour for Ascenders by C.L. Gaber hosted by The Book Terminal. When I read the synopsis of Ascenders, I was really intrigued and interested in the book and wanting to read it. I am glad that I was given the opportunity to be part of the blog tour and able to read it.

Ascenders: High School for The Recently Departed

By C.L. Garber

Publisher: Big Picture Media

Published Date: April 8, 2015

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis:

Walker Callaghan doesn’t know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago…and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences.

Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead.

She doesn’t go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young.

These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. “There are even cheerleaders in death,” Walker observes. It’s not a coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who “used to have this band.” The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie.

Principal King explains the rules — there are none. Why? You can’t die twice.

There is no homework.
No tests.
No SATS.
You’re just there to learn because the human brain isn’t fully formed until you’re 24.

By the way, you can’t get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do …because no one knows how long you’ll stay in this realm or what’s next.

“Losing someone you love would be like dying twice,” Walker says.

* * * * * *
Walker Callaghan has just arrived at the Academy after a tragic car accident. “Is this heaven or is this high school?” she asks.

She finds out her new life is a bit of both as she falls in love with tat-covered, bad boy Daniel Reid who is about to break the only sacred rule of this place. He’s looking for a portal to return back to the living realm.

He needs just one hour to retrieve his younger brother who strangely never arrived at The Academy. Bobby is an Earth Bound Spirit, stuck at a plane crash site that took both of their lives as their rich father piloted his private jet nose-first into a cornfield on Christmas Eve.

Walker loves Daniel and risks it all to go with him.

Have they learned enough to outsmart dangerous forces while transporting a young child with them? Can their love survive the fragmented evil parts of themselves that are now hunting them down as they try to find a way back to the middle?

At the Academy, you learn the lessons of an after-lifetime.

Book Link: Goodreads | Amazon

Author Link: Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram | Facebook | Amazon

Rating: 💜💜💜💜

This was an interesting read, at first I wasn’t sure about it and it was a little slow in the beginning for me but then it pick up.

I could relate to Walker’s not wanting to move during her senior year because when I was growing up as young teen, we moved around a lot but I started a private school during my high school years so that I could avoid moving to a new area and school district. I thought it was interesting that there was a school for high schoolers who has passed away where they still went to school. It is Twilight Zone meets the afterlife with Walker learning to adjust to her new afterlife and trying to figure out what is going on. The school is where anything and everything can happen and it appears to be just like any high school on Earth. There is curiosity and environment where you can study anything you want and not as restrictive as high school. The book has a lot of turns and plot twists that you didn’t about when you start reading it.

I really like Walker, I saw her as great character with her kindness, inquisitive, and full of life. Seeing her going through the new realm and her current reality was very realistic to how young people would handle the situation.

This YA book has everything you expect in the genre with a paranormal twist thrown in and it was very entertaining and made you think about how the afterlife would look like.

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Blog Book Tour (Review & Giveaway) – The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

Welcome to my spot on the book tour for The Obes We’re Meant to Find by Joan He and hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I was excited to be chosen to read this book because it sounded interesting and I love the cover! It is a beautiful cover.

Book Information:

The Ones We’re Meant to Find

by Joan He

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Publishing Date: May 4, 2021

Synopsis:

Content Warning: terminal illness, suicide, violence (including choking), death, death of parent (off page), vomiting, large scale natural disasters and mass casualties, some gore.

One of the most twisty, surprising, engaging page-turner YAs you’ll read this year—We Were Liars with sci-fi scope, Lost with a satisfying resolution.

Cee awoke on an abandoned island three years ago. With no idea of how she was marooned, she only has a rickety house, an old android, and a single memory: she has a sister, and Cee needs to find her.

STEM prodigy Kasey wants escape from the science and home she once trusted. The eco-city—Earth’s last unpolluted place—is meant to be sanctuary for those commited to planetary protection, but it’s populated by people willing to do anything for refuge, even lie. Now, she’ll have to decide if she’s ready to use science to help humanity, even though it failed the people who mattered most.

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About the Author:

Joan He was born and raised in Philadelphia but still will, on occasion, lose her way. At a young age, she received classical instruction in oil painting before discovering that storytelling was her favorite form of expression. She studied Psychology and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Pennsylvania and currently writes from a desk overlooking the Delaware River. Descendant of the Crane is her debut young adult fantasy.

Find her here: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Rating: 💙💙💙💙

This story is told by two POV, Cee and Kasey who are sisters. One sister, Cee is stranded in desert island where she woke up there for the last three years and doesn’t know how she ended up on the island. The other sister Kasey is in a city called “eco city” and is floating city. Cee is trying her best to find her sister and be united with her again.

The last month was not a good reading month and this was third book that read and was able to finished. The story started out slow and a little confusing at first and then when continue to read through the book it really started to speed up the pace. Joan He did a great job at the worldbuilding and going from writing fantasy to sci-fi. This was a very heart wreching and unpredictable story. I am glad that I decided to keep reading it to the end and was surprised how much I enjoy it.

If you love Joan He’s Descendant of the Crane, you would love her new adventure into sci-fi genre and will love this book. I would definitely recommend it.

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Most Anticipated Releases – May 2021

I am looking forward to these book releases in May 2021.

~4 May 2021 ~

Realm Breaker (Realm Breaker #1)

By Victoria Aveyard

Synopsis:

A strange darkness grows in Allward.

Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea.

She soon discovers the truth: She is the last of an ancient lineage—and the last hope to save the world from destruction. But she won’t be alone. Even as darkness falls, she is joined by a band of unlikely companions:

A squire, forced to choose between home and honor.
An immortal, avenging a broken promise.
An assassin, exiled and bloodthirsty.
An ancient sorceress, whose riddles hide an eerie foresight.
A forger with a secret past.
A bounty hunter with a score to settle.

Together they stand against a vicious opponent, invincible and determined to burn all kingdoms to ash, and an army unlike anything the realm has ever witnessed.

Blade of Secrets (Bladesmith #1)

By Tricia Levenseller

Synopsis:

A teenage blacksmith with social anxiety accepts a commission from the wrong person and is forced to go on the run to protect the world from the most powerful magical sword she’s ever made.

Eighteen-year-old Ziva prefers metal to people. She spends her days tucked away in her forge, safe from society and the anxiety it causes her, using her magical gift to craft unique weapons imbued with power.

Then Ziva receives a commission from a powerful warlord, and the result is a sword capable of stealing its victims’ secrets. A sword that can cut far deeper than the length of its blade. A sword with the strength to topple kingdoms. When Ziva learns of the warlord’s intentions to use the weapon to enslave all the world under her rule, she takes her sister and flees.

Joined by a distractingly handsome mercenary and a young scholar with extensive knowledge of the world’s known magics, Ziva and her sister set out on a quest to keep the sword safe until they can find a worthy wielder or a way to destroy it entirely.

The Ones We’re Meant to Find

By Joan He

Synopsis:

One of the most twisty, surprising, engaging page-turner YAs you’ll read this year—We Were Liars meets Black Mirror, with a dash of Studio Ghibli.

Cee awoke on an abandoned island three years ago. With no idea of how she was marooned, she only has a rickety house, an old android, and a single memory: she has a sister, and Cee needs to find her.

STEM prodigy Kasey wants escape from the science and home she once trusted. The eco-city—Earth’s last unpolluted place—is meant to be sanctuary for those committed to planetary protection, but it’s populated by people willing to do anything for refuge, even lie. Now, she’ll have to decide if she’s ready to use science to help humanity, even though it failed the people who mattered most.

Luck of the Titanic

By Stacey Lee

Synopsis:

From the critically acclaimed author of The Downstairs Girl comes the richly imagined story of Valora and Jamie Luck, twin British – Chinese acrobats traveling aboard the Titanic on its ill fated maiden voyage.

Southampton, 1912: Seventeen-year-old British-Chinese Valora Luck has quit her job and smuggled herself aboard the Titanic with two goals in mind: to reunite with her twin brother Jamie–her only family now that both their parents are dead–and to convince a part-owner of the Ringling Brothers Circus to take the twins on as acrobats. Quick-thinking Val talks her way into opulent firstclass accommodations and finds Jamie with a group of fellow Chinese laborers in third class. But in the rigidly stratified world of the luxury liner, Val’s ruse can only last so long, and after two long years apart, it’s unclear if Jamie even wants the life Val proposes. Then, one moonless night in the North Atlantic, the unthinkable happens–the supposedly unsinkable ship is dealt a fatal blow–and Val and her companions suddenly find themselves in a race to survive.

Stacey Lee, master of historical fiction, brings a fresh perspective to an infamous tragedy, loosely inspired by the recently uncovered account of six Titanic survivors of Chinese descent.


~ 11 May 2021 ~

Illusionary (Hollow Crown #2)

By Zoraida Cordova

Synopsis:

Reeling from betrayal at the hands of the Whispers, Renata Convida is a girl on the run. With few options and fewer allies, she’s reluctantly joined forces with none other than Prince Castian, her most infuriating and intriguing enemy. They’re united by lofty goals: find the fabled Knife of Memory, kill the ruthless King Fernando, and bring peace to the nation. Together, Ren and Castian have a chance to save everything, if only they can set aside their complex and intense feelings for each other.

With the king’s forces on their heels at every turn, their quest across Puerto Leones and beyond leaves little room for mistakes. But the greatest danger is within Ren. The Gray, her fortress of stolen memories, has begun to crumble, threatening her grip on reality. She’ll have to control her magics–and her mind–to unlock her power and protect the Moria people once and for all.

For years, she was wielded as weapon. Now it’s her time to fight back.


In the Ravenous Dark

By A.M. Strickland

Synopsis:

A pansexual bloodmage reluctantly teams up with an undead spirit to start a rebellion among the living and the dead.

In Thanopolis, those gifted with magic are assigned undead spirits to guard them—and control them. Ever since Rovan’s father died trying to keep her from this fate, she’s hidden her magic. But when she accidentally reveals her powers, she’s bound to a spirit and thrust into a world of palace intrigue and deception.

Desperate to escape, Rovan finds herself falling for two people she can’t fully trust: Lydea, a beguiling, rebellious princess; and Ivrilos, the handsome spirit with the ability to control Rovan, body and soul.

Together, they uncover a secret that will destroy Thanopolis. To save them all, Rovan will have to start a rebellion in both the mortal world and the underworld, and find a way to trust the princess and spirit battling for her heart—if she doesn’t betray them first.

Mister Impossible (Dreamer Trilogy #2)

By Maggie Stiefvater

Synopsis:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Raven Boys, a mesmerizing story of dreams and desires, death and destiny.

The stakes have never been higher as it seems like either the end of the world or the end of dreamers approaches.

Do the dreamers need the ley lines to save the world . . . or will their actions end up dooming the world? As Ronan, Hennessy, and Bryde try to make dreamers more powerful, the Moderators are closing in, sure that this power will bring about disaster. In the remarkable second book of The Dreamer Trilogy, Maggie Stiefvater pushes her characters to their limits – and shows what happens to them and others when they start to break.

Tokyo Ever After

By Emiko Jean

Synopsis:

Crazy Rich Asians meets The Princess Diaries in this irresistible story about Izumi, a Japanese-American girl who discovers her senior year of high school that she’s really a princess of Japan.

Izumi Tanaka has never really felt like she fit in—it isn’t easy being Japanese American in her small, mostly white, northern California town. Raised by a single mother, it’s always been Izumi—or Izzy, because “It’s easier this way”—and her mom against the world. But then Izzy discovers a clue to her previously unknown father’s identity…and he’s none other than the Crown Prince of Japan. Which means outspoken, irreverent Izzy is literally a princess.

In a whirlwind, Izzy travels to Japan to meet the father she never knew and discover the country she always dreamed of. But being a princess isn’t all ball gowns and tiaras. There are conniving cousins, a hungry press, a scowling but handsome bodyguard who just might be her soulmate, and thousands of years of tradition and customs to learn practically overnight.

Izzy soon finds herself caught between worlds, and between versions of herself—back home, she was never “American” enough, and in Japan, she must prove she’s “Japanese” enough. Will Izumi crumble under the weight of the crown, or will she live out her fairytale, happily ever after?


Spells Trouble (Sisters of Salem #1)

By P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Synopsis:

Double double, twins spell trouble…

Hunter and Mercy Goode are twin witches, direct descendants of the founder of their town of Goodeville. As their ancestors have done before them, it is now time for the twins to learn what it means to be Gatekeepers–the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds, ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and nightmares come to life.

When their mother becomes the first victim in a string of murders, the devastated sisters vow to avenge her death. But it will take more than magic to rein in the ancient mythological monsters who’ve infected their peaceful town.

Now Hunter and Mercy must come together and accept their destiny or risk being separated for good.

The Ivies

By Alexa Donne

Synopsis:

Everyone knows the Ivies: the most coveted universities in the United States. Far more important are the Ivies. The Ivies at Claflin Academy, that is. Five girls with the same mission: to get into the Ivy League by any means necessary. I would know. I’m one of them. We disrupt class ranks, club leaderships, and academic competitions…among other things. We improve our own odds by decreasing the fortunes of others. Because hyper-elite competitive college admissions is serious business. And in some cases, it’s deadly.

Alexa Donne delivers a nail-biting and timely thriller about teens who will stop at nothing to get into the college of their dreams. Too bad no one told them murder isn’t an extracurricular.

Which May releases are you looking forward too?

Can't-Wait Wednesday, New Releases

Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Great Mrs. Elias by Barbara Chase-Riboud

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings based on the meme Waiting on Wednesday by Breaking the Spine. In this weekly post people share a book that they’re excited about being released.

The book was posted in TBR and Beyond Book Club group and I thought the cover and story was something that I would like to read so I had to pre-order it.


The author of the award-winning Sally Hemings now brings to life Hannah Elias, one of the richest black women in America in the early 1900s, in this mesmerizing novel swirling with atmosphere and steeped in history.

The death of her lover at the hands of an old paramour brings the police to Hannah Elias’ glitzy, five-story, twenty-room mansion on Central Park West. It is beginning of an odyssey that moves back and forth in time and reveals the dangerous secrets of mysterious woman, the fortune she built, and her precipitous fall.

Born in Philadelphia in the late 1800s, light-skinned Hannah Elias has done things she’s not proud of to survive. Secretly married to a white man whom she divorces before relocating to New York, the ambitious woman dreams of becoming as rich as robber baron. Passing as a Southern European, she quietly invests her alimony in the stock market, and begins to grow her fortune with the help of white businessmen. As the money pours in, Hannah hides her millions in two merchant banks, spreading it across 129 private accounts. Finally attaining the life she’s always dreamed, she buys a mansion on the Upper West Side and decorates it in Egyptian designs, gold, and fine decor, inspired by her idol, Cleoparta.

But her lover’s murder turns Hannah’s world upside down and threatens to destroy everything she’s built. When the truth of her racial identity is uncovered, thousands of protestors gather in front of her stately home. Hounded by the salacious press, the very private Mrs. Elias finds herself alone, ensnared in a scandalous trial, and accused of stealing her fortunes from whites.

Packed with glamour, suspense, and drama, populated with real-life luminaries from the period, The Great Mrs. Elias brings a fascinating woman and the age she embodied to glorious tragic life.

Publication Date: August 24, 2021

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What upcoming book releases are you looking forward too?

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April 2021 – TBR

April is here!!! Closer to warmer weather even though was a little snow falling yesterday afternoon here in Ohio.

This month I am going to be participating in two reading challenges, TBR and Beyond Book Club Egg Hunt challenge and Reading Rivalry Shadow and Bone theme challenge. Letting my mood guide me to what I will read this month, so far these are the books that I am in the mood to read in April and it might change throughout the month.

TBR Books

🌟 The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna: Group reads for TBR and Beyond Book Club and it is a re-read for me. I really loved this book.

🌟 Poison Priestess by Lana Popovic : Historical Fiction (book will be here on 6 April)

🌟 Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab: Group reads for TBR and Beyond Book Club and middle grade paranormal books.

🌟 Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: YA Fantasy and getting ready for Shadow and Bone Netflix movie this month!

🌟 Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo: YA Fantasy and hoping to get it finished before Netflix of Shadow and Bone comes out this month

🌟 A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: YA Fantasy

🌟 The Midnight Library by Matt Haig: Group reads for TBA and Beyond Book Club and adult fantasy

🌟 The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner: Historical Fiction/Mystery Thriller

🌟 The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss: Going to try to read this month….it was on my TBR in March. YA Historical Fiction/Mystery

🌟 A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Swoon Group Read in TBR and Beyond Book Club – New Adult Fantasy/Romance and second book of From Blood and Ash

🌟 Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley: YA Mystery/Thriller – I have heard great things about this book and really looking forward to reading it

I think my book list is doable this month. I have been cross stitching again and I have been listening to books while I am doing it so finger crossed that I do get all of these done this month.

What are you planning to read for April? Are you planning to do any reading challenges?

Book Hauls, Monthly Wrap Up, Reviews

March 2021 – Wrap Up & Book Haul

Another month is over and a new one begins…I didn’t do to bad in reading for March. I have been a lot of audiobooks because I decided to get back into cross stitching and it is nice to listen to a book while I am stitching.

March 2021 Books Read Wrap Up

I read 5 books this month, compare to February I did better at reading. Below are the books that I read this month.

The Vanished Bride (Bronte Sisters Mystery #1) by Bella Ellis: I started this book at the end of February and finished it in March. It is a historical fiction/mystery where it has the three famous Bronte sisters solving crimes before they became legendary writers. This is the first book in the series and the sisters become involve in case of a missing wife and trying to figure out what happen to her. They also struggle with how women at the time were perceived by society on how they should be at home instead of trying to solving mystery. I enjoyed the book, you could tell the author did a lot of research on the sisters and intertwine a lot of it into the story. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus: This is a YA Mystery, it follows three young adults who are cousins and they are requested to come work at their grandma’s resort who they have never met since their parents were disown before they were born for a reason that they didn’t know why. I enjoyed the book, I thought it was fast paced story and it has a lot of twist and turns that kept you wondering what is going and I wasn’t expecting the twist at the end. This was the first time I read the author books and I am definitely going to read her other books. Rating: 💚💚💚💚

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab: Middle Grade Paranormal series, I read this book for TBR and Beyond Middle Grade Group Read, we are reading each book in the series each month. The story follows Cassidy Blake who after an accident, she can see/feel ghosts and she has a best friend Jacob who is a ghost. Her parents are paranormal investigators who start a new reality tv show about hunting and investigating paranormal activity in famous places over the summer. Their first investigation is in Edinburgh, Scotland, this is where Cassidy finds out more about her gift and how she can use it. I don’t usually read middle grade books, but I pleasantly surprised how much I like this book. It was fast paced and kept you reading to find out what was going to happen to Cassidy and it has a spooky feeling to it that draws in. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Rating: 👻👻👻👻👻

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann: The book is based on the murders of Osage Indian Nation members back in 1920s. I read the book for TBR and Beyond Group Read and this is the only second non-fiction true crime that I have ever read. The book is based on the crimes committed against the Osage people and how the FBI after so many years finally solved the murders. I have really mix feelings about this book, I thought it was good and very informative. The author did his research and spoke to the Osage people to get the facts correct and not just going by the FBI reports. My mix feelings about the story is how hateful and privileged white people were and they didn’t think it was wronged that these crimes were being done against the Osage indigenous people. Unfortunately, crimes against indigenous people are still happening today and until actions are done to keep them safe, it will continue to happen. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Another TBR and Beyond Group Read, this series is being read part of the Swoon group reads in the TBR and Beyond and we started with the first book in series FBAA. I didn’t know what to expect about this book and wasn’t expecting to like it. I was curious about it cause I was seeing a lot of people mentioning about it and I wanted to see what it was all about. I really really liked this book….it has vampires in it (I am a sucker (lol) for anything that has vampires in it). It does have some romance in it which didn’t bother me and didn’t distract from the story. The beginning was slow at first but it did build up throughout the book, the worldbuilding was done really good and the story itself was done nicely. I have to stay my favorite character as of right now is Hawke and I am interested to see what happens in the next two book in the series. We are reading the second one in April. Rating:❤❤❤❤❤

These are all of the books that I read in March…not bad…glad that I was able to read more than I thought I would. Hoping that I can keep the paced going in April.

Book Haul

Here are the books that I got in March.

Hope everyone had a good March in reading! Did you read anything of the books that I read in March? Which books did you read and which one was your favorite for the month? Did you get any books this month?

New Releases

Most Anticipated Releases – April 2021

March is coming to end and we will be seeing (hopefully) nicer weather April is around the corner. Here are some of the books that will be releasing in April that I am looking forward to reading.

~April 6, 2021~

Blessed Monsters (Something Dark and Holy #3)

By Emily A. Duncan

Synopsis:

The startling conclusion to the instant New York Times bestselling Something Dark and Holy trilogy

The girl, the monster, the prince, the queen.

They broke the world.

And some things can never be undone.

In Emily A. Duncan’s Blessed Monsters, they must unite once more to fight the dark chaos they’ve unleashed—but is it already too late?

House of Hollow

By Krystal Sutherland

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters when they were children, something they can’t quite remember but that left each of them with an identical half-moon scar at the base of their throats.

Iris has spent most of her teenage years trying to avoid the weirdness that sticks to her like tar. But when her eldest sister, Grey, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Iris learns just how weird her life can get: horned men start shadowing her, a corpse falls out of her sister’s ceiling, and ugly, impossible memories start to twist their way to the forefront of her mind.

As Iris retraces Grey’s last known footsteps and follows the increasingly bizarre trail of breadcrumbs she left behind, it becomes apparent that the only way to save her sister is to decipher the mystery of what happened to them as children.


~April 8, 2021~

Poison Priestess (Lady Slayers #2)

By Lana Popovic

Synopsis:

Book 2 in the Lady Slayers series, about French murderess and fortune teller Catherine Monvoisin

In 17th-century Paris, 19-year-old Catherine Monvoisin is a well-heeled jeweler’s wife with a peculiar taste for the arcane. She lives a comfortable life, far removed from a childhood of abject destitution—until her kind spendthrift of a husband lands them both in debt. Hell-bent on avoiding a return to poverty, Catherine must rely on her prophetic visions and the grimoire gifted to her by a talented diviner to reinvent herself as a sorceress. With the help of the grifter Marie Bosse, Catherine divines fortunes in the IIle de la Citee—home to sorcerers and scoundrels.

There she encounters the Marquise de Montespan, a stunning noblewoman. When the Marquise becomes Louis XIV’s royal mistress with Catherine’s help, her ascension catapults Catherine to notoriety. Catherine takes easily to her glittering new life as the Sorceress La Voisin, pitting the depraved noblesse against one other to her advantage. The stakes soar ever higher when her path crosses with that of a young magician. A charged rivalry between sorceress and magician leads to Black Masses, tangled deceptions, and grisly murder—and sets Catherine on a collision course that threatens her own life.


~April 13, 2021~

The Mary Shelly Club

By Goldy Moldavsky

Synopsis:

New York Times –bestselling author Goldy Moldavsky delivers a deliciously twisty YA thriller that’s Scream meets Karen McManus about a mysterious club with an obsession for horror.

New girl Rachel Chavez is eager to make a fresh start at Manchester Prep. But as one of the few scholarship kids, Rachel struggles to fit in, and when she gets caught up in a prank gone awry, she ends up with more enemies than friends.

To her surprise, however, the prank attracts the attention of the Mary Shelley Club, a secret club of students with one objective: come up with the scariest prank to orchestrate real fear. But as the pranks escalate, the competition turns cutthroat and takes on a life of its own.

When the tables are turned and someone targets the club itself, Rachel must track down the real-life monster in their midst . . . even if it means finally confronting the dark secrets from her past.


~April 20, 2021~

The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood & Ash #3)

By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis:

rom #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book three in her Blood and Ash series…

She’s been the victim and the survivor…

Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.

The enemy and the warrior…

Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head.

A lover and heartmate…

But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other.

And now she will become Queen…


~April 27, 2021~

The Beautiful Ones

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a sweeping romance with a dash of magic.

They are the Beautiful Ones, Loisail’s most notable socialites, and this spring is Nina’s chance to join their ranks, courtesy of her well-connected cousin and his calculating wife. But the Grand Season has just begun, and already Nina’s debut has gone disastrously awry. She has always struggled to control her telekinesis—neighbors call her the Witch of Oldhouse—and the haphazard manifestations of her powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.

When entertainer Hector Auvray arrives to town, Nina is dazzled. A telekinetic like her, he has traveled the world performing his talents for admiring audiences. He sees Nina not as a witch, but ripe with potential to master her power under his tutelage. With Hector’s help, Nina’s talent blossoms, as does her love for him.

But great romances are for fairytales, and Hector is hiding a truth from Nina — and
himself—that threatens to end their courtship before it truly begins. The Beautiful Ones is a charming tale of love and betrayal, and the struggle between conformity and passion, set in a world where scandal is a razor-sharp weapon.

What are some of the new releases for April are you looking forward? Leave me a comment and I will check them out.

JoAnne