The Flower Book Tag

Was I tagged in this? No. Do I love flowers and books? Yes. Yes I do.

Hey y’all! I was recently catching up on some of y’alls posts and found this tag in a celebratory post over on wordyandwhimsical as they celebrate SIX years of book blogging. Make sure you run over and leave them some super sweet comments! Let’s get into the tag!

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Roses are traditionally given as an expression of love: what’s your favourite romance in a book?

One of my favorite romances would be the relationship between Alex and Henry in Red, White & Royal Blue. I love everything about this book but the romance is top notch.

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Stargazer Lilies are named for their blooms that face toward the sky: who is your favourite ambitious character?

Citra from Scythe is probably one of my top favorites.

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Peace Lilies are known for being one of the easier houseplants to care for: what is a book you think anyone could love?

I literally just read this but Only Mostly Devastated. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK.

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Chrysanthemums are given on Mother’s Day in Australia: who is your favourite fictional mother?

Molly Weasley and Lily Evans without question!

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Spider Plants are easy to propagate: what is a hyped-up book that you love?

With the Fire on High. When I read this EVERYONE was talking about it!!

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Lily of the Valley is pretty but poisonous: share a book with a beautiful cover that was actually disappointing!

Six Goodbyes We Never Said. Such cute art, such a bad book.

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Orchids are one of the oldest flower types known to man: what’s your favorite classic novel?

Probably Alice in Wonderland just because the character means so much to me.

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Peonies require lots of care: share a bookish friendship that was caring and supportive!

The group friendship in The How & the Why was so touching and special.

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Hyacinths have a sweet, lingering fragrance: what’s the sweetest novel you’ve ever read?

A Wedding in December was so sweet that it felt like rotting my teeth at some points. But I loved it.

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Tulips are bright, popular, and showy: who’s your favorite larger than life character?

I honestly didn’t know what to put for this one for a while and then I thought, Harry Potter is one of those names everyone knows both here and in the series.

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Certain type of Water Lilies are difficult to eradicate: What is a novel that has stood the test of time, and remained your favorite through the years?

Sing You Home makes me want to curl up and drink tea and just relax every time.

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Lavender has many uses, from landscaping and food to cosmetics and essential oils: name a book you love that fits in more than one genre!

Does Conceal Don’t Feel count? It’s a retelling and it’s YA?

Big thanks and congrats again to wordyandwhimsical. I won’t be tagging anyone specific right now but I invite all of you to join!

Only Mostly Devastated || ARC Review

Welcome to my review of my first 5 star book of the year! Honestly I feel like I have been having a hard time finding books that I am actually enjoying which has caused my reading to slow down a lot. So I’m so happy to be able to share a book that I loved.

Thank you Netgalley and all involved for gifting me an E-ARC of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book in any way.

Warning spoilers ahead!

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Author: Sophie Gonzales

Publisher:  Wednesday Books

Published on: March 3rd 2020

Number of Pages: 228

Bought, Borrowed or ARC: ARC from Netgalley

Where can you get it?

Again, I make no money off of these links. These are simply for your convenience.

Amazon: $12.79

Barnes and Noble: $12.79

Books-A-Million: $12.77

Book Depository: $9.82

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SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets CLUELESS in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease

Summer love…gone so fast.

Ollie and Will were meant to be a summer fling—casual, fun, and done. But when Ollie’s aunt’s health takes a turn for the worse and his family decides to stay in North Carolina to take care of her, Ollie lets himself hope this fling can grow to something more. Dreams that are crushed when he sees Will at a school party and finds that the sweet and affectionate (and comfortably queer) guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High.

Will is more than a little shocked to see Ollie the evening of that first day of school. While his summer was spent being very much himself, back at school he’s simply known as one of the varsity basketball guys. Now Will is faced with the biggest challenge of his life: follow his heart and risk his friendships, or stay firmly in the closet and lose what he loves most.

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I’m not going to lie I put off starting only mostly devastated for a long time. I really wanted to read it but I was afraid that I wouldn’t stand up to what I thought it was going to be. I’m so glad that I was wrong about that because Only Mostly Devastated is my first five star book of the year. I loved everything about it from Will and Ollies relationship to Ollie’s friendship with the girls and his relationship with his parents.

I personally have only known a couple of people affected by cancer and it’s never affected me in the way that affected Ollie and his parents but I think it was really great of them to uproot their entire lives to go help with their family. I was rooting for Ollie’s Aunt to get better the whole time but I really appreciate the way that grief was portrayed in this book. When his aunt first dies and Ollie’s mom wants to watch movies and is laughing all the time Ollie is uncomfortable. but sometimes that’s what grief is really like. It’s different for everybody and I’m glad that we got to see that in this book.

When I first started reading I wasn’t sure if I was going to ship the boys together just because it seemed like they had caused each other so much pain that maybe they were better off without each other. The more I got into the book the more I realized that a lot of what they were doing that was hurting each other was to protect themselves. What I was in high school I had a girlfriend and I wanted to come out to our parents and she wasn’t ready. I’m glad now knowing what I know that I didn’t push but I wanted to. Coming out is a big and scary thing and everybody has a different experience so I’m glad that Ollie apologized for outing Will. I also appreciate that Laura stood up for her friend to try to make sure that he wasn’t outed.

There was a lot that I enjoyed about this book and I think that if you like contemporary young adult books, especially those that focus more in the senior to early college range ages you should definitely check out this book.

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Let me know if you end up checking out this book and what you think!

Women’s History Book Tag

Hey! Hi! Hello! I don’t think I have done a book tag or anything like this since the start of the year which is kinda odd because I had planned to set aside tuesdays for them. Anyway!

To go along with the Women’s History Month Readathon, Margaret @ Weird Zeal has created a Women’s History Book Tag! Sam from Hissingpotatoes tagged me to do this tag so thank you Sam!!!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the creator’s blog in your post
  • Answer the questions below using only books written by women
  • Feel free to use the same graphics
  • Tag 8 others to take part in the tag
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Hannah Snell (23 April 1723 – 8 February 1792) was an 18th-century British woman who disguised herself as a man and became a soldier.

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Thanks again to Sam for tagging me and for ALL women for being an inspiration. I’m going to tag a few people but don’t be pressured to do it if you don’t want to!

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Down the TBR || Part 16

This week we are starting out with 520 books on my TBR and I hope to get it down to at least 515. I feel like every time I do this I am barely keeping my TBR down but…. I being able to see what I added in the past.

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Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.

Order on ascending date added.

Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time

Read the synopses of the books

Decide: keep it or should it go?

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Beckett,

If you’re reading this, well, you know the last-letter drill. You made it. I didn’t. Get off the guilt train, because I know if there was any chance you could have saved me, you would have.

I need one thing from you: get out of the army and get to Telluride.

My little sister Ella’s raising the twins alone. She’s too independent and won’t accept help easily, but she has lost our grandmother, our parents, and now me. It’s too much for anyone to endure. It’s not fair.

And here’s the kicker: there’s something else you don’t know that’s tearing her family apart. She’s going to need help.

So if I’m gone, that means I can’t be there for Ella. I can’t help them through this. But you can. So I’m begging you, as my best friend, go take care of my sister, my family.

Please don’t make her go through it alone.

Ryan

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Janelle and Alyssa used to be BFFs — but not anymore. Alyssa became leader of the shallowest girls in school while Janelle got involved in activism with new, true friends.

But, suddenly, Alyssa’s diabetes becomes the talk of the school. It’s turned life-threatening; without a kidney transplant, her chances are not good. Despite reservations, Janelle gets tested and finds that she’s a rare, perfect match with Alyssa for a transplant. But organ donations aren’t very common in her community, and she starts to feel pushback. When feuds and accusations push the girls further apart, Janelle doesn’t know what to do. Will the match bring the girls back together, or drive them apart for good

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We all expect our friendships from childhood to last forever…

Libby and Kit have been best friends ever since the day 11-year-old Kit bounded up to Libby’s bedroom window. They’ve seen each other through first kisses, bad break-ups and everything in-between. It’s almost 20 years since Libby moved to Sydney, but they’ve remained close, despite the distance and the different paths their lives have taken.

So when Libby announces she’s moving back to Melbourne, Kit is overjoyed. They’re best friends – practically family – so it doesn’t matter that she and Libby now have different …well, different everything, actually, or so it seems when they’re finally living in the same city again.

Or does it?

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Beauty and the Beast is the first in a new series of fairy tales for young adult readers. Fans of Disney, fairy tales, and fantasy will love the Faerie Tale Collection by Jenni James. A prince by day and a wolf by night—

Prince Alexander has been turned into a werewolf and has one year to find someone to love the beast and break the spell, or he will be a wolf forever. He has nearly given up achieving the impossible, knowing no girl would ever fall in love with such a monster.

Just when he is about to abdicate the throne to his cousin, he meets Cecelia Hammerstein-Smythe, while a wolf, and begins to hope for the first time in months. Can he balance both worlds as a human and beast, gaining the love and trust of a girl who has every reason to despise him?

Cecelia detests the prince. She only knows Alexander as the arrogant monarch—the tyrant who has made her life miserable—though perhaps he’s changed right before her eyes. He’s not as full of himself as he once was. The prince is gentle now… but then again, so is the beast. 

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Tennessee, 1864. On a late autumn day, near a little town called Franklin, 10,000 men will soon lie dead or dying in a battle that will change many lives for ever. None will be more changed than Carrie McGavock, who finds her home taken over by the Confederate army and turned into a field hospital. Taking charge, she finds the courage to face up to the horrors around her and, in doing so, finds a cause.

Out on the battlefield, a tired young Southern soldier drops his guns and charges forward into Yankee territory, holding only the flag of his company’s colours. He survives and is brought to the hospital. Carrie recognizes something in him – a willingness to die – and decides on that day, in her house, she will not let him.

In the pain-filled days and weeks that follow, both find a form of mutual healing that neither thinks possible.

In this extraordinary debut novel based on a true story, Robert Hicks has written an epic novel of love and heroism set against the madness of the American Civil War. 

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King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.

Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.

Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?

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High school finally behind her, Winnie is all set to attend college in the fall. But first she’s spending her summer days working at her granny’s diner and begins spending her midnights with Dallas—the boy she loves to hate and hates that she likes. Winnie lives in Misty Haven, a small town where secrets are impossible to keep—like when Winnie allegedly snaps on Dr. Skinner, which results in everyone feeling compelled to give her weight loss advice for her own good. Because they care that’s she’s “too fat.”

Winnie dreams of someday inheriting the diner—but it’ll go away if they can’t make money, and fast. Winnie has a solution—win a televised cooking competition and make bank. But Granny doesn’t want her to enter—so Winnie has to find a way around her formidable grandmother. Can she come out on top?

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“I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they’ll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next.”

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.

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Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.

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Hal Orion is an accomplished chef and food truck owner. She loves her life, her longtime sous chef and best friend, and the food she shares with the residents of her beloved city of Buffalo. Her life is exactly how she wants it: no strings, no commitments, and no roots—just great grilled cheese and a whole lot of freedom on the side.

Quinn Banning is an investment banker, and the dividend she seeks is a resurgence of the once great city of Buffalo. Putting together her next business venture, she recognizes Hal’s talent and charm as necessary assets for success—her good looks don’t hurt, either. But Hal’s transient ways are in direct opposition to the stability Quinn craves. Relying on their shared love of Buffalo, Quinn makes her an offer she can’t refuse—a restaurant under her own name, complete creative control, and secure financial backing. It’s every chef’s dream. But Hal utters the one word Quinn can’t stand to hear, “no.”

Will their physical attraction grow cold as they argue over their ideals, or will they find that the most distinctive ingredients often make for the perfect pairing?

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This week I got rid of 5 books, kept 4 and left one undecided. I feel like that’s pretty great. Have you read any of these?

Iphigenia Murphy || Blog Tour

As always, I am super thankful to the FFBC and all who were involved in allowing me to read an ARC of this book and to be a part of the tour. Please click the banner above to see the other stops!

In other news, today my wife and I have been together for four years. We have been through so much together that it feels so much longer but also like I could never get enough time with her. I just had to mention it!

Warning there may be spoilers ahead!!

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Author: Sara Hosey

Pub. Date: March 10th 2020

Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

Genre: YA

Pages: 272 pages

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Kobo | Google Books

Sara Hosey holds a PhD in American literature from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is an associate professor of English and women and gender studies at Nassau Community College. Her book, Home Is Where the Hurt Is: Media Depictions of Wives and Mothers (McFarland, 2019), looks at representations of the domestic in popular culture. Sara grew up in Queens and now lives in Sea Cliff, New York, with her partner and their children. She is working on a second novel.

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Running away from home hasn’t solved Iphigenia Murphy’s problems. In fact, it’s only a matter of time before they’ll catch up with her. Iffy is desperate to find her long-lost mother, and, so far, in spite of the need to forage for food and shelter and fend off an unending number of creeps, living in Queens’ Forest Park has felt safer than living at home. But as the summer days get shorter, it all threatens to fall apart.
A novel that explores the sustaining love of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and the indelible bond of family, Iphigenia Murphy captures the gritty side of 1992 Queens, the most diverse borough in New York City. Just like Iffy, the friends she makes in the park–Angel, a stray dog with the most ridiculous tail; Corinne, a young trans woman who is escaping her own abusive situation; and Anthony, a former foster kid from upstate whose parents are addicts–each seek a place where they feel at home. Whether fate or coincidence has brought them together, within this community of misfits Iffy can finally be herself, but she still has to face the effects of abandonment and abuse–and the possibility that she may be pregnant. During what turns out to be a remarkable journey to find her mother, will Iffy ultimately discover herself?

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It took me a little bit to get into this book but once I did, I was flying through it. I personally have never had to live in a park so I’m not sure how accurate everything is in just moving around but it sometimes felt like it was “too easy” for Iffy. Still, I loved how this book focused on loyalty and found family as well as showing how sometimes abusers can draw their victims back in.

Of course with a book like this, there were parts that were emotionally hard to read but in a good way if that makes any sense. There was never a time with this book that I was bored or wanted to stop reading.

As for the main romantic pairing in the book, I wasn’t against Anthony and Iffy but they also weren’t OTP level of shipping. I was fine with them staying together or breaking up.

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Giveaway!

Prize: Win a hardcover of IPHIGENIA MURPHY by Sara Hosey, a bookmark, a button and a skateboard keychain (US Only)

Starts: 4th March 2020

Ends: 18th March 2020

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Thanks for reading y’all. I know I’ve been a bit back and forth these last few months but I appreciate and love each and every one of you who view and interact with my posts. Happy march!

March TBR

Last month I only read 4 books so I am not trying to put too much pressure on myself but I really need to get it together this month so I am trying for 10 books.

Four are ARCs with two needing to be read within the first WEEK of March because I’m terrible. In honor of Women’s history month, all but one of the books I am reading this month will be by women.

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Blog Tour: March 6th 2020

Publication Date: March 10th 2020

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I’m leaving two blank spaces for any books by women that I find when I go pick up some books from the library.

What are you most looking forward to reading this month? Let me know below!

February wrap up || 2020

Once again I wasn’t able to finish my TBR and feel super disappointed in my reading and my blogging this month.

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Click the photos to be taken to the Goodreads page

This month I only read 4 books.

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ARC from Netgalley.

One sentence review: A little boring, I ended up skimming some of it but I did learn a lot.

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Blog tour ARC from FFBC.

One sentence review: I really liked this at first glance but it had some issues that lowered my end rating.

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ARC from Netgalley.

One sentence review: I was all for this book right up until the ending where I felt let down.

Full review here

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One sentence review: I liked the idea of this book but wasn’t a huge fan of the writing.

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Women’s History Month Readathon ANNOUNCEMENT By Margaret @ Weird Zeal

March 2020 Readathons | 6 readathons to join! By Cat @ Pagesplots

How To Read More: 12 Tips & Tricks by 6 Bloggers By the team @ wordyandwhimsical

Never Judge a Reader By Their Reading Format By Simone @ simoneandherbooks

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This month I have really been into…..

TV/ Movies

Triple D (Diners, Drive ins and Dives): We watch this while eating dinner after work

NCIS: I started a rewatch over the summer and I am finally past where Ziva leaves which has been my hang up spot for YEARS.

Frozen 2: I preordered a copy from the Disney Store and we went to pick it up. We watched it once more before I offered for one of our friends who hasn’t seen it to borrow it.

Great British Baking Show: We often watch this on days off or right before bed.

Love is Blind: Ending up watching all this in two days, I think it has flaws but is interesting.

Music

Frozen the musical: Late to this one but they released a new song I Can’t Lose You and I can’t stop playing it.

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February flew by for us so there isn’t really anything really new here. We’re just both working a lot leading up to seeing Wicked next month. Next month we will have been together for 4 years which is super exciting.

How was your february? Did you and your SO do anything special for Valentines day? Let me know!

Red Hood || Blog Tour

As always, I am super thankful to the FFBC and all who were involved in allowing me to read an ARC of this book and to be a part of the tour. Please click the banner above to see the other stops!

Warning spoilers ahead!!

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Author: Elana K. Arnold

Pub. Date: February 25th 2020

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: YA, Retellings, Fairy Tale

Pages: 368 pages

Find it: Book Depository | Itunes | B&N | Amazon | Goodreads | Kobo | Google books

ELANA K. ARNOLD is the author of critically acclaimed and award-winning young adult novels and children’s books, including the Printz Honor winner Damsel, the National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of, and Global Read Aloud selection A Boy Called Bat and its sequels. Several of her books are Junior Library Guild selections and have appeared on many best book lists, including the Amelia Bloomer Project, a catalog of feminist titles for young readers. Elana teaches in Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program and lives in Southern California with her family and menagerie of pets.

Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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You are alone in the woods, seen only by the unblinking yellow moon. Your hands are empty. You are nearly naked.
And the wolf is angry.
Since her grandmother became her caretaker when she was four years old, Bisou Martel has lived a quiet life in a little house in Seattle. She’s kept mostly to herself. She’s been good. But then comes the night of homecoming, when she finds herself running for her life over roots and between trees, a fury of claws and teeth behind her. A wolf attacks. Bisou fights back. A new moon rises. And with it, questions. About the blood in Bisou’s past and on her hands as she stumbles home. About broken boys and vicious wolves. About girls lost in the woods—frightened, but not alone.
Elana K. Arnold, National Book Award finalist and author of the Printz Honor book Damsel, returns with a dark, engrossing, blood-drenched tale of the familiar threats to female power—and one girl’s journey to regain it.

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On first glance I really enjoyed Red Hood. I loved the idea of a retelling of a story that I hadn’t heard retold many times before. If you would ask me immediately after reading the book what my reading would be it would have been a four and a half or five even. Having powerful females that aren’t afraid of who they are and have defending themselves is such an important thing for women of all ages in their books.then one day I read another review of the book to see if people loved it as much as I did. this person didn’t love as much as I did because they felt that it put all of the power of women as a connection to their periods. Which can be taken as an exclusion of trans women. They also pointed out that we never got to learn why some men are wolves and some men aren’t or even how they change or what was. it also never explains why the main character and the grandma had the power but the her mom didnt. it really made me think about the book in a different way and even though I still enjoy it I wouldn’t give it a five star rating anymore. 

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like this book because I still do I like the friendships the family and how it did talk about domestic abuse and what that can be like for people and how that can end of you are isolated. And also some are the important topic of getting an abortion when your partner doesn’t agree with you. I’m not sure if I should share this here but I personally believe the decision of the person that’s pregnant. You absolutely should talk about it with your partner and you’re the one that’s going to have to struggle with all of the things that come with pregnancy and the recovery. 

At the end of the day and I think I would bring this book at 3 and a half or four Star book. I talked about a lot of important topics I just wish that some of them have been handled a little better.

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Giveaway time!

Prize: Win a copy of RED HOOD By Elana K. Arnold (US ONLY)

Runs February 18th 2020 to March 3rd 2020

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This is the first blog post I’ve been excited about sharing in a while and it felt so good. Let me know if y’all will be checking out this book!

Down the TBR || Part 15

When the year started out, I wanted to do one of these a week but I clearly am having trouble keeping up with that so I will be moving back to once every 2 weeks.

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Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.

Order on ascending date added.

Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time

Read the synopses of the books

Decide: keep it or should it go?

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Zoe and her best friend, Olivia, have always had big plans for the future, none of which included Olivia getting sick. Still, Zoe is determined to put on a brave face and be positive for her friend.

Even when she isn’t sure what to say.

Even when Olivia misses months of school.

Even when Zoe starts falling for Calvin, Olivia’s crush.

The one thing that keeps Zoe moving forward is knowing that Olivia will beat this, and everything will go back to the way it was before. It has to. Because the alternative is too terrifying for her to even imagine. 

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Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early—the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.

But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?

This story—inspired by real events—from debut novelist Aaron Hartzler takes an unflinching look at silence as a form of complicity. It’s a book about the high stakes of speaking up, and the razor thin line between guilt and innocence that so often gets blurred, one hundred and forty characters at a time. 

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Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.

Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort accidentally shot himself while cleaning his revolver. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.

The more Jo uncovers about her father’s death, the more her suspicions grow. There are too many secrets. And they all seem to be buried in plain sight. Then she meets Eddie—a young, brash, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. Only now it might be too late to stop.

The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and the truth is the dirtiest part of all. 

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In this fantastical novel, Disney’s Magic Kingdom suddenly becomes a bit eerie. Finn Whitman and four other teens have been hired as Disney World guides, but with an odd twist: With cutting-edge technology, they have been transformed into hologram projections capable of leading guests around the park. What begins as an exciting theme park job turns into a virtual nightmare as Finn and his pals attempt to thwart an uprising by a menacing group of Disney villains.

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Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious books the prisoners have managed to smuggle past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the secret librarian of Auschwitz, responsible for the safekeeping of the small collection of titles, as well as the ‘living books’ – prisoners of Auschwitz who know certain books so well, they too can be ‘borrowed’ to educate the children in the camp.

But books are extremely dangerous. They make people think. And nowhere are they more dangerous than in Block 31 of Auschwitz, the children’s block, where the slightest transgression can result in execution, no matter how young the transgressor…

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Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because Julian Oliver is Taliah’s father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.

Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father – her grandfather – who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother’s trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes.

With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her ‘father’ and her family. But Julian isn’t the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother’s past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honoring her past and her future.

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Fourteen-year-old Avery Armisted is athletic, rich, and pretty. Sixteen-year-old Kayla Butts is known as “butt-girl” at school. The two girls were friends as little kids, but that’s ancient history now. So it’s a huge surprise when Avery’s father offers to bring Kayla along on a summer trip to Spain. Avery is horrified that her father thinks he can choose her friends—and make her miss soccer camp. Kayla struggles just to imagine leaving the confines of her small town.

But in Spain, the two uncover a secret their families had hidden from both of them their entire lives. Maybe the girls can put aside their differences and work through it together. Or maybe the lies and betrayal will only push them—and their families—farther apart.

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Ellis only has four days of her sophomore year left, and summer is so close that she can almost taste it. But even with vacation just within reach, Ellis isn’t exactly relaxed. Her father has been in a coma for years, the result of a construction accident, and her already-fragile relationship with her mother is strained over whether or not to remove him from life support. Her best friend fails even to notice that anything is wrong and Ellis feels like her world is falling apart. But when all seems bleak, Ellis finds comfort in the most unexpected places.
Life goes on, but in those four fleeting days friends are lost and found, promises are made, and Ellis realizes that nothing will ever quite be the same.

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Best friends Matt and Cole grapple with their changing relationships during the summer after high school in this impactful, evocative story about growing up and moving on from a traumatic past.

Surviving was just the beginning.

Eleven years after a shooting rocked the small town of East Ridge, New Jersey and left eighteen first graders in their classroom dead, survivors and recent high school graduates Matt Simpson and Cole Hewitt are still navigating their guilt and trying to move beyond the shadow of their town’s grief. Will Cole and Matt ever be able to truly leave the ghosts of East Ridge behind? Do they even want to?

As they grapple with changing relationships, falling in love, and growing apart, these two friends must face the question of how to move on—and truly begin living. 

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Victoria Parker knew her dad’s behavior toward her was a little unusual, but she convinced herself everything was fine—until she found herself locked out of the house at 3:00 a.m., surrounded by flashing police lights.

Now, dumped into a crowded, chaotic foster home, Victoria has to tiptoe around her domineering foster mother, get through senior year at a new school, and somehow salvage her college dreams . . . all while keeping her past hidden.

But some secrets won’t stay buried—especially when unwanted memories make Victoria freeze up at random moments and nightmares disrupt her sleep. Even worse, she can’t stop worrying about her stepsister Sarah, left behind with her father. All she wants is to move forward, but how do you focus on the future when the past won’t leave you alone? 

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I feel like I did pretty good this week with getting rid of 4/10 books. Have you read any of these? Which one should I read next month?

The Twin || Book Review

Hey y’all! I’m back with another book review. This book is an upcoming book that I was lucky enough to be gifted an ARC for. Of course, this changes nothing about my opinion of the book and I promise to always be honest with y’all.

There ARE spoilers in this review.

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Author: Natasha Preston

Publisher:  Delacorte Press

Published on: March 3rd 2020

Number of Pages: 336

Bought, Borrowed or ARC: ARC from Netgalley

Where can you get it?

Again, I make no money off of these links. These are simply for your convenience. These prices are accurate as of February 18th 2020 (so most are preorder prices)

Amazon: $8.43

Barnes and Noble: $8.43

Books-A-Million: $8.43

Book Depository: $9.84

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In this twisty psychological thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Cellar, Emmy finds out that her twin sister, Iris, is trying to push her out of her own life–and might be responsible for their mother’s death.

After their parents divorced, 10-year-old twins Ivy and Iris were split up–Emmy lived with Dad, Iris with Mom. Now, after a tragic accident takes their mom’s life, the twins are reunited and Iris moves in with Ivy and their dad. Devastated over Mom’s death, Iris spends the first few weeks in almost total silence–the only person she will speak to is Ivy. Iris feels her life is over and she doesn’t know what to do. Ivy promises her twin that she can share her life now. After all, they’re sisters. Twins.

It’s a promise that Iris takes seriously. And before long, Ivy’s friends, her life at school, and her boyfriend, Tyler, fall under Iris’s spell. Slowly, Ivy realizes she’s being pushed out of her own life. But she’s just being paranoid, right? And Mom’s accident was . . . just an accident. Right? It’s not like she–or Dad–or Tyler–are in any danger. . .

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I requested an ARC of this book because it sounded so creepy and interesting that I had to know what happened. I normally really like books like this because I’m not great at guessing endings so I am always surprised. However this book basically tells you what is going to happen so it takes out any guess work. Even still, I found myself disappointed in the actions of both the “good” and “bad” sister and the expectations I feel that had been laid out for this book.

I did hope that Ivy would come out on top but I could have gotten past that if the ending hadn’t felt so flat compared to the rest of the book.

Also the Goodreads synopsis has one twin having a name that isn’t used in the book so that was pretty confusing for me.

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Thanks for reading guys! Hopefully my next review is more positive and I start having better luck with my books in 2020.

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