May 2019 Wrap-Up and June TBR

Hello, everyone! Happy June 2019 because apparently I’m still stuck in 2018. If you read the new looking forward post I posted it as 2018 on the blog and twitter. I need some caffeine or a nap. Though I’m trying to stay awake to watch Taylor Swift perform at Wango Tango via Livestream. She’s not on till 1 15 am where I live. Anyway, on to the books I read in May. I read five books, three of which were graphic novels. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump. I’m hoping I’ll read more in June.

Here’s what I read in May!

Stranger Things: The Other Side (Graphic Novel Volume 1)

Sisters of Blood and Spirit (The Sisters of Blood and Spirit, #1)

The Perfect Girlfriend

My Boyfriend Bites (My Boyfriend Is a Monster, #3)

Wrapped Up in You (My Boyfriend Is a Monster, #6)

Everything I read this month was kind of meh besides Sisters of Blood and Spirit. I’m hoping it’s because of the reading slump.

Here are the books I’m planning on reading this month!

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)

Ayesha at Last

The Chosen (Contender, #1)

Screen Queens

 

All Eyes on Us

Rereads

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

What are you reading this month? I would love to know! I love getting book recommendations just ask my tbr list.

Looking Forward June 2019

Hello, everyone! Happy June! Even though I’m not sure how it is already June. I say this every month but I’m always puzzled by time. Anyway, the weather here has been hot and humid. Though I am happy summer is finally here, I’m not overly fond of the humidity. I am, however, looking forward to watermelon and ice cream. Below are the things I’m looking forward to in June!

Music

Wango Tango Live Stream is June the 1st at 8, freeform on June 7th at 8

Jonas Brothers Happiness Begins June 7th

TV

The Inbetween on NBC

I’m curious about this. It’s about a woman who communicates with the dead and helps police solve crimes. It sounds like something I’ll love. I watch a lot of true crime, law and order svu, criminal minds, etc.

America’s Got Talent

Songland

Books

The Rest of the Story

Goodreads

Virtually Yours

Goodreads

All Eyes on Us

Goodreads

Sorcery of Thorns

Goodreads

The Chosen (Contender #1)

Goodreads

Wild and Crooked

Goodreads

The Haunted

Goodreads

When We Were Lost

Goodreads

The Confusion of Laurel Graham

Goodreads

The Beholder (The Beholder, #1)

Goodreads

Screen Queens

Goodreads

Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon

Goodreads

Teeth in the Mist

Goodreads

Soul of the Sword

Goodreads

Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love

Goodreads

The Art of Breaking Things

Goodreads

Wicked Fox (Gumiho, #1)

Goodreads

The Evil Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil, #1)

Goodreads

What are you looking forward to this month?

April 2019 Wrap Up and May TBR

Hello, everyone! I’m so sorry for lack of posts but I have been feeling awful lately and fell behind. I’ll try to get back on schedule. I did have a good reading month in April. I enjoyed every book I read and didn’t DNF or rate below three stars. I read seven books in April.

Smoke and Key

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This was one of my favorite reads of the month! I can’t wait to read book 2! Check out my review here.

The Haunting of Elmwood Manor (Pekin Dewlap Mystery, #1)

Goodreads

I really enjoyed this mystery!

My Review

Tudor Rose

Goodreads

My Review

Last Girl Lied To

My Review

Goodreads

Reflection (Twisted Tales, #4)

This was another favorite!

Goodreads

My Review

My Name is Victoria

Goodreads

My Review

Saving Meghan

Goodreads

My Review

May TBR

Ayesha at Last

The Guest Book

Dragon Pearl

The Familiars

I hope everyone May is off to a good start! Haunt you later!

Forgiven are the Starry-Eyed Book Blitz

Forgiven Are the Starry-Eyed
Christine Doré Miller
Published by: Evernight Teen
Publication date: April 26th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Naïve sixteen-year-old Andrea Cavanaugh is elated when Josh, a charismatic, bright-eyed piano prodigy, becomes her first boyfriend. But the closer she gets to him, the more she realizes that he is not the boy she first fell for. In its poignancy and emotional darkness, Forgiven Are the Starry-Eyed takes you deep into the delicate and devastating web of shame that spirals from the depths of dating violence when dreamy teenage love turns dark. Andrea must find not only an escape, but a belief that she is even worthy of freedom.

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My eyelids closed as if they were being drawn down by sluggish, unhurried weights. When I forced them open after several seemingly endless moments, nothing had changed. I could still make out a blurry image of Josh standing nearby, Mr. Thompson’s hands clenched firmly on Josh’s shoulders from behind. There was a crowd, I think, and muffled voices. The steel school locker felt cold against my back and I recognized the familiar feeling that lately seemed to just dwell and ache in my bones. Fear, I think it was, mixed with just enough madness to keep the blood racing through my veins … fast. Too fast.

“Why did you do that, Andrea?” Josh shouted in my direction.

My eyes fell closed again. I don’t remember what else he said. I just remember the feeling of each overly pronounced syllable piercing the air while he said it. I stared through the darkness that danced behind my heavy eyelids. What had I done?

I tried to pry open my hazy eyes to examine the faces of the expanding crowd as they stood, mouths agape. I only recognized a few. There were hardcover music books sprawled open on the tile floor at my feet. Confused, I looked to Josh, but the heavy silence of the room deafened any words he may have been saying. I gripped the ends of my soft, thin hair between my slender fingers and waited. Each thought sunk deeper than the last.

There was a poster taped sloppily against the locker behind me. I turned my head to face it and focused. The ends were curled up and there were ripples in the masking tape adorned to the edges. “Oakwood High School Invitational—TONIGHT” it read in handwritten purple block letters. There was a pixelated saxophone image pasted underneath the words, “Brought to you by Mr. Thompson and the Oakwood High Jazz Band.” I brought my hand up to trace the edges. The poster board felt crisp and thick under my fingertips. I could smell the aftermath of the permanent marker. The loud reverberating voice behind me got softer until it resembled a deep echo I could easily ignore. I started to pick at the tape from the bottom left corner of the poster until I felt the sticky residue ball up underneath my fingernail.

Suddenly the life reentered my body in one abrupt breath when I felt a strong tug on my arm. I turned and saw Ethan Marks. Everyone else was gone. Had it been minutes this time? Hours?

“Andrea! Come on,” he barked at me, interlacing my arm, tucking it quickly under his. He jerked me to a standing position and pulled me down the hall, speeding up his gate as I stumbled to catch up.

“Where’s Josh?” I asked worriedly, but he didn’t answer. We were silent as we walked through the empty hallway. I lifted my gaze, trying to catch Ethan’s eye, trying to read his thoughts. His light blue eyes, usually sparkling with laughter, were steely and somber as he charged forward, dragging me with him, away from the wreckage I’d caused.

He stopped short and took a deep breath. His eyes were unyielding and dismal as they studied me, and slowly his frustration melted into a deep sadness.

“What happened, Andrea? What was that back there?”

“I don’t know…” My voice began breaking. My thoughts were muddled beyond recognition and I couldn’t form the right words, or any words, to explain.

Ethan wrapped himself around me in a gentle, firm embrace. It felt kind. And warm. And wonderfully different. My muscles unclenched for the first time in months, and I didn’t know I was crying until I tasted the salt as it stained my face. I buried my head into Ethan’s chest as he tightened his hold on me. I wanted him to say something, to tell me everything would be all right, but we both knew better. So we just stood there, Ethan supporting me as I clasped the back of his cotton t-shirt between my fingers.

After a few minutes, I fully returned to my body as my breathing calmed. I steadied my stance and took a step backward, shakily holding Ethan’s forearms as I regained my balance. Wiping smudged mascara from my pale face, I met Ethan’s eyes and quickly looked down, fixating on a crack in the tile below me.

“Hey,” he started, “Andrea … it’s…”

“I’m okay. Ethan, I’m sorry. I’m sorry you had to … I’m sorry I … ugh your shirt.” I motioned to the tear stains on his light green tee that crept from his chest to his shoulder.

“Oh God, don’t worry about that. Andie, I just…”

“It’s fine.” I wiped my face and took a deep breath. “Thanks,” I said, squeezing Ethan’s hand and looking in his eyes sincerely, so he knew I meant it. “I should go. But thanks.” I shook my head and turned around to walk back into the havoc and face what I had done. I felt Ethan staring at me as I left. He was just another person whose life would’ve been better if he hadn’t met me. I swallowed, took a breath, and kept walking.

It was over for now, that latest incident, and there was no way to tell when there would be another one … but there would definitely be another one. I was too broken for it to be any other way.

 

Author Bio:

Christine lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and their two children. She works full-time as a senior marketing manager for a large media company and holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University where she studied marketing. Growing up in the chilly midwest, she developed a deep passion for dramatic writing and alternative music at an early age, which still peaks through in her adult-corporate-mom life today. Forgiven Are the Starry-Eyed is Christine’s debut novel.

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Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer Arc Review

Saving Meghan

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This was an interesting thriller. This book makes you question every character and their motives. There was tons of suspense and plenty of twists and turns. The writing kept me intrigued trying to figure out if  I could trust any of the characters. None of the characters were likable. So if you don’t like unlikeable characters than you might want to skip this. However, if you are looking for a good thrill then I  suggest you pick this up!

I received an arc for my honest opinion and all opinions are my own.

Reflection(Twisted Tales #4) Book Review

Reflection (Twisted Tales, #4)

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Mulan is one of my favorite Disney movies and I love to read retellings so I’ve been excited to read this book! I thought this was a unique and epic retelling of Mulan! I love that the author took stuff from the movie but also made it different. I really loved the writing! The underworld and the mythology were just so interesting. I really loved the characters! I loved the character growth we get to see in this book. I really enjoyed this retelling of Mulan!

Sweet Poisons by Natalie Bennett Cover Reveal

Sweet Poisons
Natalie Bennett
(Pretty Lies, Ugly Truths Duets, #1)
Publication date: Spring 2019
Genres: New Adult, Romance

A dark and sordid New Adult duet coming spring 2019.

Rhett Sullivan.

Mysterious boy painted in shades of red.

Nova Markov

Eccentric girl dripping in sunshine.

He was the type mother’s warned their little girls about—a cocky, rich asshole with a pretty smile, unapologetically insane and wild.

I was the type guys like him usually ignored—a free spirit who hid my crazy beneath an odd good girl facade, and the art hanging on my studio walls.

We were opposites in every way but one, and we collided like two runaway trains that never had a chance of stopping.

What blossomed between us, our ‘relationship’, was maniacal.

We got stuck in a cycle of madness.

Rhett Sullivan became a bittersweet poison I couldn’t get enough of.

In the end, that’s what destroyed me.

Because in the end?

Our love was nothing but a lie.

I said I was done slapping warning labels on my book babies this year, but since I have never written full on NA yet, I’m going to give a tiny one now. This will be the only label this duet will have. If you are not a fan of twisted stories that deal with dark themes, rich assholes, and lots of filthy sex, this will not appeal to you. This couple is not unicorns and rainbows and neither is their story.

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Author Bio:

Natalie Bennett is your average socially awkward author that turns her spontaneous head ramblings into stories.

She has a penchant for writing about villainous immoral men, crazed anti-heroines, and tends to deviate away from traditional HEA’s.

She likes chocolate, Netflix, and Prickly Pear Margaritas.

When she isn’t writing she’s hanging out with her husband and their three (adorable) spawns.

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