Can’t Wait Wednesday 08/05/2020

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Hello bookish lovelies! Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and is based on Waiting on Wednesday that was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.   It was created to show off a book that you are excited to read that hasn’t been released yet.

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

 

Title: Muse

Author: Brittany Cavallaro

Release Date:  February 2, 2021

Published By: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)

Pages: 352 pages

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SYNOPSIS:

American Royals meets The Winner’s Curse in the first book of a new YA duology from New York Times bestselling author Brittany Cavallaro, set in an alternate history American monarchy where a girl grapples for control of her own life in the middle of a looming war.

The year is 1893, and war is brewing in the First American Kingdom. But Claire Emerson has a bigger problem. While her father prepares to reveal the mighty weapon he’s created to showcase the might of their province, St. Cloud, in the World’s Fair, Claire is crafting a plan to escape.

Claire’s father is a sought-after inventor, but he believes his genius is a gift, granted to him by his daughter’s touch. He’s kept Claire under his control for years. As St. Cloud prepares for war, Claire plans to claim her life for herself, even as her best friend, Beatrix, tries to convince her to stay and help with the growing resistance movement that wants to see a woman on the throne. At any cost.

When her father’s weapon fails to fire on the fair’s opening day, Claire is taken captive by Governor Remy Duchamp, St. Cloud’s young, untried ruler. Remy believes that Claire’s touch bestows graces he’s never had, and with his governing power weakening and many political rivals planning his demise, Claire might be his only and best ally. But the last thing that Claire has ever wanted is to be someone else’s muse. Still, affections can change as quickly as the winds of war. And Claire has a choice to make: Will she quietly remake her world from the shadows—or bring it down in flames?

 

 

 

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Blog Tour: A Wicked Magic – Review + Giveaway

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Hello Bookish lovelies! And welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Wicked Magic! This is the first book tour hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours!  I’m sitting in the box of shame this Tuesday, because I wrote the date down wrong for this blog tour on my list of blog tours. I was supposed to post this yesterday but I wrote down 8/4 instead of 8/3.  If you are interested in the other stops on the tour you can check them out here.

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ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Title:  A Wicked Magic 

Author:  Sasha Laurens 

Release Date: July 28, 2020

Published By: Razorbill  (Penguin)

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 368 pages

Find it: Goodreads, AmazonB&NBook DepositoryChapters/IndigoWaterstones

 

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Synopsis:

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The Craft when modern witches must save teens stolen by an ancient demon in this YA fantasy-thriller debut.

Dan and Liss are witches. The Black Book granted them that power. Harnessing that power feels good, especially when everything in their lives makes them feel powerless.

During a spell gone wrong, Liss’s boyfriend is snatched away by an evil entity and presumed dead. Dan and Liss’s friendship dies that night, too. How can they practice magic after the darkness that they conjured?

Months later, Liss discovers that her boyfriend is alive, trapped underground in the grips of an ancient force. She must save him, and she needs Dan and the power of The Black Book to do so. Dan is quickly sucked back into Liss’s orbit and pushes away her best friend, Alexa. But Alexa has some big secrets she’s hiding and her own unique magical disaster to deal with.

When another teenager disappears, the girls know it’s no coincidence. What greedy magic have they awakened? And what does it want with these teens it has stolen?

Set in the atmospheric wilds of California’s northern coast, Sasha Laurens’s thrilling debut novel is about the complications of friendship, how to take back power, and how to embrace the darkness that lives within us all.

 

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my reviewMy Rating: 3/5 Stars

Content Warnings: Self harm, Depression, OCD tendencies, neglect/abandonment of parent, talk of depression, death of a loved one, suicide, gore, abortion, inappropriate relationships with minors. 

Thank you to the publishers and Edelweiss for a copy of this book!

The premise of this book sounded really good, but it fell kind of flat for me when I read it. Liss and Dan find this witchy black book that turns them into witches and their friendship dissolves after they cast a spell that made Liss’s boyfriend, Johnny, disappear.  They find out however that he hasn’t disappeared after all, he’s being held prisoner by this ancient force or creature. However, they are forced to work together along with Dan’s new friend Alexa.

It took me a minute to get into the story and I never really connected to the characters. The story seems to run itself into circles with no development. The pacing of this book was very off and I did not like the writing style at all. A lot of it was repetitive. I definitely would’ve preferred more of a focus on the magic than the teen drama between the characters. The climax and the villain were to put it simply, not cool. I was expecting more from the end of the story and it was a letdown.

The book had a lot of potential but it just fell short of accomplishing what it set out to do.  It felt like there were some things the author wanted to add to the story but just couldn’t commit to and the story just felt too long. The changing POV’s certainly didnt help this story, especially if there are POV’s that are stronger than the others. Is it okay? Yes. Is it anything to write home about? No.

 

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About the Author

 

SASHA LAURENS grew up in Northern California, where she learned to drive on Highway 1’s switchback turns and got accustomed to the best weather in the world. After studying creative writing and literature at Columbia University, she lived in New York for years and, at various times, in Russia. She currently resides in Michigan, where she is pursuing a PhD in political science.

 

You can find her at: Her WebsiteGoodreadson Twitter, on Instagram

 

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Follow the Tour: 

 

July 28th
TBR and Beyond – Welcome post
Your Words My Ink – Promo Post
Kait Plus Books – Promo post & Character Playlist
Confession of a YA Reader – Review
The Bursting Bookshelf – Review

July 29th
Bri’s Book Nook – Promo Post
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review
Reading On A Star – Interview
Bookishfairytail – Review & Favourite Quotes

July 30th
Baroness of Books – Review
Fangirl Pixie Blog – Promo Post
Young at Heart Reader – Review & Moodboard
Endless Pages – Promo Post

July 31st
WOSFF Women of Science Fiction and Fantasy – Promo Post
Belle’s Archive – Promo Post
Stocked Up On Starbooks – Promo Post

August 1st
Nikkie Reads – Review
Tales Of Dreams And Night – Interview
Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books – Review & Favourite Quotes

August 2nd
The Book Dutchesses – Promo & Favourite Quotes
Dinipanreads – Review & Favourite Quotes
Lit Lemon Books – Review
Rajiv’s Book Reviews – Review

August 3rd
Mel and Her Books – Review
Books and Shadows – Review & Favourite Quotes
Basement Bookcase – Review
One More Chapter – Review

 

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The second half of 2020 – Bookish Musings

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Hello bookish lovelies! Happy August! Time is a funny thing. I can’t believe we’re already to August but at the same time I can’t believe it’s only August. It feels like it was just March but yet we’re only 4 months away from December. Where will we be by then? How will things have changed? Will things be better? Will they be worse? Will Donald Trump be voted out of office? Will we want to celebrate Christmas? Will the world have exploded by then? Honestly at this point, who knows.

I’ve been really hard on myself for the past like 7-10 months about my reading habits and just generally down on myself. I’ve had a lot of stuff thrown my way over the past few years and it can just be really overwhelming at times. Dealing without a lot of grief, and a lot of loss lately and I was never taught how to handle those types of things. Actually I was never really taught how to handle anything. Expression wasn’t allowed when I was growing up so I find myself pretty stunted in a lot of ways. I was taught that reading and writing were stupid and wouldn’t get me anywhere in life.  In fact, theres no identifying information on my blog, twitter, instagram, etc, so in case someone who used to know me or a family member stumbled upon them they wouldn’t know it was me. I’m so used to doing things in secret, in the quiet spaces of life so no one can mock you or make fun of you for it or nag and berate you for it until you stop.

I’ve gotten involved with people I shouldn’t have and lost potential friendships that I now miss. I’ve made a lot of missteps over the past 10 months or so and am really trying to just make my peace with it, let it go, and move on. 2019 was one of the worst years of my life in recent memory and so far 2020 hasn’t been great either, albeit for different reasons. I’ve been really nervous about Covid’s impact and its effects and my financial security. I’ve been furloughed since the middle of March and I did just receive an extension of my unemployment benefits for another 13 weeks but I do miss my job and coworkers. Another thing I have been dealing with is feeling super rejected lately as I do have pretty severe C-PTSD and the hyperarousal, and the sadness, and the negativity sometimes can be a lot, and to just have so many people that call themselves my friend who are unwilling to be supportive and sit with me on my cloudy days is so hurtful. I understand we all have our boundaries and that people have their limits but for me to help my friends with their bad days only to have them not wish to talk about anything negative even a little bit when it comes to me is really shitty. 

Despite everything that has happened I have found myself wanting to read more, blog more, review more, and restart my booktube channel. I just want those old feelings of escape that reading and writing used to give me when I was younger. I just surpassed 900 followers on Instagram so I was pretty excited about that. 🙂 And the followers on my other social media platforms are slowly and steadily rising as well.  One of the biggest things that has held me back is thinking that my reviews aren’t thorough enough or good enough. Several times over the past months I’ve tried to read and review more and it just doesn’t happen. Every time I decide “this is it, Im gonna do it” I just don’t and I never could quite figure it out why until the past couple of weeks.

I recently saw a string of tweets kind of condemning reviewers who don’t do “critical” reviews as untrustworthy and that they don’t trust “emotional” reviews and people who rate too many books five stars. I’ve always been an emotional, feely, gushy, word vomit on the page reviewer and to see so many people mock those reviews can really hit you in the feels. I guess I’ve never felt like my reviews were good enough or critical enough, or “professional” looking enough for people to care or want to hear my thoughts. So many people separate their reviews into different sections like “writing,” “plot,” “characters,” “themes,” and just dissect the crap out of books and I don’t wanna do that. Now I’m not saying they’re wrong for doing so, I just don’t want to do my reviews that way. And I shouldn’t be shamed for that or made to feel like a bad reader/reviewer. I read for pleasure. I want to enjoy the story and I don’t want to take reading too seriously. It puts a lot of pressure on and can end up ruining reading for a lot of people. I don’t agree that speaking out against critical reviews is “anti-intellectualism.”

Personally I find it a tad hypocritical that critical reviewers claim they are being shamed by other people for not consuming media the same way they do but yet this is exactly what they are doing by shaming other people for their “emotional reviews” because they are not consuming media in the same way critical reviewers do. Im not writing these reviews for English class, I’m writing them for me just to share my thoughts on if I liked the book or not. Im not trying to influence people to read a book or not, which is I guess the exact opposite of what being an “influencer” is but its not my intention to be an influencer. I just wanna be active in the community and chat with other readers, and if other people dig my reviews, resonate with my words thats great. Im happy you dig my content but not everything has to have a specific purpose. I just want to feel good about what I read and what I write without psyching myself out so I’m gonna go full steam ahead with my reading and my reviewing. And if you dig messy, sloppy, emotional, feely reviews, I hope you dig mine and I hope you will share your touchy feeling “omg I loved it” reviews with me as well.  Two heartsTwo heartsTwo hearts

 

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WWW Wednesday 07/22/2020

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Hello bookish lovelies! Happy July! Hard to believe its already July, but at the same time its kind of like “It’s only July!” WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you’re supposed to let your readers know what you’re currently reading, what you recently finished, and what you think you’ll read next.

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What are you currently reading?

Boyfriend MaterialA Song Below Water

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What did you recently finish reading?

You Should See Me in a Crown

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What do you think you’ll read next?

Whatever catches my attention next probably, I’m such a mood reader its hard to just pick a book and read it.

 

 

 

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IT’S MONDAY, WHAT ARE YOU READING? 07/20/2020

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Hello bookish lovelies! Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! 🙂

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CURRENT READ(S):

Boyfriend Material

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: Boyfriend Material

Author: Alexis Hall

Release Date: July 8th, 2020

Published By: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Pages: 368 pages

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SYNOPSIS: 

Wanted:
One (fake) boyfriend
Practically perfect in every way

Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he’s never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.

To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship…and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He’s a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he’s never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened.

But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that’s when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don’t ever want to let them go.

 

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A Song Below Water

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: A Song Below Water

Author: Bethany C Morrow

Release Date: June 2nd, 2020

Published By: Tor Teen

Pages: 368 pages

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SYNOPSIS: 

Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon, a city with only a handful of black folk and even fewer of those with magical powers. At least she has her bestie Effie by her side as they tackle high school drama, family secrets, and unrequited crushes.

But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation; the girls’ favorite Internet fashion icon reveals she’s also a siren, and the news rips through their community. Tensions escalate when Effie starts being haunted by demons from her past, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice during a police stop. No secret seems safe anymore—soon Portland won’t be either.

 

 

 

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WWW Wednesday 07/15/2020

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Hello bookish lovelies! Happy July! Hard to believe its already July, but at the same time its kind of like “It’s only July!” WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you’re supposed to let your readers know what you’re currently reading, what you recently finished, and what you think you’ll read next.

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What are you currently reading?

Boyfriend Material

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What did you recently finish reading?

 

You Should See Me in a Crown

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What do you think you’ll read next?

Whatever catches my attention next probably, I’m such a mood reader its hard to just pick a book and read it.

 

 

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Goodreads Monday 07/13/2020

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HELLO BOOKISH LOVELIES! GOODREADS MONDAY IS HOSTED BY LAUREN’S PAGE TURNERS.  ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SHOW OFF A BOOK FROM YOUR TBR THAT YOU’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO READING. 

 

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Author:  Taylor Jenkins Reid

 Release Date:June 13th, 2017

Published By: Atria Books

Pages:  391 pages

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SYNOPSIS:

 

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life.

When she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

 

 

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 07/13/2020

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Hello bookish lovelies! Happy July! I hope you all had a great weekend! 🙂

 

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CURRENT READ(S):

 

Boyfriend Material

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: Boyfriend Material

Author: Alexis Hall

Release Date: July 8th, 2020

Published By: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Pages: 368 pages

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SYNOPSIS: 

Wanted:
One (fake) boyfriend
Practically perfect in every way

Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he’s never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.

To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship…and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He’s a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he’s never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened.

But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that’s when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don’t ever want to let them go.

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WWW Wednesday 07/8/2020

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Hello bookish lovelies! Happy July! Hard to believe its already July, but at the same time its kind of like “It’s only July!” WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, you’re supposed to let your readers know what you’re currently reading, what you recently finished, and what you think you’ll read next.

 

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What are you currently reading?

 

Boyfriend Material

I’m about 50% of the way through Boyfriend Material, newly released yesterday, its really cute and fun.

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What did you recently finish reading?

I haven’t finished anything in the past week. The reading is pretty slow going.

 

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What do you think you’ll read next?

Whatever catches my attention next probably, I’m such a mood reader its hard to just pick a book and read it.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 07/0 6/2020

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Hello bookish lovelies! Happy July! I hope you all had a great weekend! 🙂  I’ve decided to put down The Casquette Girls for now and have picked up something else.

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CURRENT READ(S):

Boyfriend Material

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: Boyfriend Material

Author: Alexis Hall

Release Date: July 8th, 2020

Published By: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Pages: 368 pages

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SYNOPSIS: 

Wanted:
One (fake) boyfriend
Practically perfect in every way

Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he’s never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.

To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship…and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He’s a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he’s never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened.

But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that’s when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don’t ever want to let them go.

 

 

 

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