March Recap

March, March, March. Oh, March.

You were okay. I can’t complain. Closing up March, we have six weeks left in the Spring 2018 Semester, including Finals.

My fiance and I paid our last months rent in Amarillo on March 31st for the month of April. April brings with it a major move and May brings the start of a new chapter.

To say the least, there is a lot happening in the background over here at Beyond the Stars. I’ve got personal reviews scheduled out through June but my calendar is pretty bare as far as author requested reviews/blog tours for April and May to account for the move.

Down below is everything I read last month, along with a link to Goodreads for each book!

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Taunting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles, #2)

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Fighting Destiny (The Fae Chronicles, #1)

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Misadventures with My Roommate (Misadventures, #10)

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Misadventures of a Rookie(Misadventures, #11)

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When All the Girls Have Gone (Cutler, Sutter & Salinas #1)

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I Was Anastasia

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Resisting Roots

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Nailed Down (Nailed Down, #1)

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Wet (Honor Bound Book 5)

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It

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Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed With Time

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February Recap

February.

Talk about a crazy month!

We are half way through Spring ’18 semester. We are almost to Spring Break. One week left and we get a break. Some of us, like me, are registering for our FINAL SEMESTERS in college. Wow. As soon as I talk to my advisor and get approval, I’ll be submitting an application to graduate in December as well. WHAT. And I am already considering going back and getting ANOTHER Bachelor’s degree almost immediately. Call me crazy.

So far, I have read twenty-seven books towards my goal of forty. I low balled myself due to going back to school but maybe I shouldn’t have. As of this morning, I have reviews scheduled out through May 11, 2018. I post twice a week so that is TWENTY-TWO reviews that I have scheduled in advance.

Today, I am trying so hard to finish It by Stephen King. I read 25%, then I listened to 25% on audiobook. Now I am back to reading it again and, obviously, I am halfway done.

I am also trying to catch up on my NetGalley requests. I had never been approved before and went and found a bunch of books to request… and got approved for all of them. As of right now I have six out of nineteen left to read, with eleven sitting waiting to be accepted or denied so that number could change. Also, my TBR shelf at home has not been touched since I put in all of these NetGalley requests. I have about five books I received as gifts from my aunt calling my name and the other fifty-ish are waiting to be picked up too.

Now that I have woken you up and talked your head off (if you’re still reading, thank you) let’s dive in to my recap for this month!

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Review Recap

The Movie Star’s Red Hot Holiday Fling: A Novella  by Christine Glover

Secret Santa Baby by Robin Covington

A Cinderella Christmas Carol (Suddenly Cinderella #1.5)  by Hope Tarr

The Assassin and the Princess (Throne of Glass #1.1)  by Sarah J. Maas

The Alpha Alternative: JZB Sex Scene (Fever #1.5)  by Karen Marie Moning

Reign the Earth (The Elementae #1)  by A.C. Gaughen

Switch  by Megan Hart

Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie #1)  by Amanda Hocking

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Go Bravely: Becoming the Woman You Were Created to Be by Emily Wilson Hussem

Wintersong (Wintersong #1)

No Prince Charming (Secrets of Stone #1) by Angel Payne and Victoria Blue

Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

These Violent Delights by Victoria Namkung

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

Take You Medicine by Hannah Carmack

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

A Storm if Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by George R.R. Martin

Wild (Honor Bound #4) by Angel Payne

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3) by Ransom Riggs

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Tales of the Peculiar (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #0.5) by Ransom Riggs

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood


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January Recap

Good Afternoon Friends!

You may have noticed it’s been a little ghost town-ish around here the last month. I’ve scheduled two review posts for each week but that has pretty much been it. The blog has been dead because I have been dead. Figuratively, of course. We are three weeks into the Fall 2018 semester and I could not be more ready to be done.

I bought some books and I received some books… but my notebook has been missing out on some serious love so I cannot even begin to tell you all everything. This is going to be a short little “What I Read” post for that reason.

I miss you all! Do not worry, the reviews will keep coming! But everything else will be kind of radio silent (is that the term I am looking for?) probably until the semester starts wrapping up.

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What I Read:

(Per usual, the books will be linked to the reviews but I am so far ahead that they will not be liked for a while.)

Switch by Megan Hart

Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie #1) by Amanda Hocking

The Assassin and the Princess (Throne of Glass #) by Sarah J. Maas

The Alpha Alternative: JZB Sex Scene (Fever #1.5) by Karen Marie Moning

Reign the Earth (The Elementae #1) by A.C. Gaughen

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic by British Library

The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa

The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood #1) by Melissa Albert

First They Killed My Father:A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung

Saved (Honor Bound #1) by Angel Payne

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December Recap

This month has kind of been like unscheduled down time for me. I read a lot and I bought a lot of books (thanks Amazon). When I say a lot, I mean A LOT. It’s been a crazy month behind the scenes, y’all.

You may have noticed that I’ve been sort of MIA. Like I said, unscheduled down time. I just needed a little breather. Don’t worry, I have ten scheduled posts ready to go up and three drafts I’m still working on. That’s all I’ve done today is write for y’all.

Really the only fun thing I did this month was go to a painting class. I painted this awesome fleur-de-lis that, of course, I didn’t take a picture of. I put it on my wall last night in my living room above my couch, so you could say I’m pretty proud of myself.

On December 20, both of my younger brothers played in the State Championship for high school football – Six Man 1A D2, and won. The youngest was voted best Tight End in his region by the coaches. I’m pretty sure they won state last year too, but they were at a different school. That doesn’t make it any less awesome though. Not to brag y’all, but they’re kind of a big deal. I’m the loser of the family but I’ll wear it with pride.

P.S. I usually link my review blogs to the book titles so y’all can check out what I thought of them, but guess what, I haven’t posted the reviews yet as I’m typing this. I’ll be posting them starting 12/22 through 1/22. Keep an eye out (or go to my Goodreads where they’re already posted) if you see something that stands out to you and you want to know what I thought!

P.S.S. I’m also not going to post pictures of the covers, I’ll link the ones I purchased to Goodreads. There’s a lot so I don’t want to overwhelm y’all. I’d rather just give you an easy list to look over than throw some images into the mix to make it go one forever.

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What I Read This Month:

Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning

Bloodfever (Fever #2) by Karen Marie Moning

Faefever (Fever #3) by Karen Marie Moning

Dreamfever (Fever #4) by Karen Marie Moning

Shadowfever (Fever #5) by Karen Marie Moning

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5) by Marissa Meyer

And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1) by Kiersten White

Takeover (Takeover Duet #0.5) by Chelle Bliss

His to Take (Out of Uniform #3.5) by Katee Robert

White-Hot Holiday (Real Men #2.5) by Coleen Kwan

The Movie Star’s Red Hot Holiday Fling (Sweetbriar Springs #1) by Christine Glover

Secret Santa Baby by Robin Covington

A Cinderella Christmas Carol (Suddenly Cinderella #1.5) by Hope C. Tarr

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What I Bought/Received This Month:

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Mass

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Mass

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Mass

Assassins Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5) by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3) by Deborah Harkness

His to Take (Out of Uniform #3.5) by Katee Robert

Takeover (Takeover Duet #0.5) by Chelle Bliss

White-Hot Holiday (Real Men #2.5) by Coleen Kwan

A Cinderella Christmas Carol (Suddenly Cinderella #1.5) by Hope C. Tarr

Secret Santa Baby by Robin Covington

Possession (Song and Shadow #1) by Annie Oldham

The Twelve Days of Seduction by Eva Devon

Throttle Me (Men of Inked #1) by Chelle Bliss

The Movie Star’s Red Hot Holiday Fling (Sweetbriar Springs #1) by Christine Glover

Akeldama by R.D. Meyer

Scribes (The Scribe Cycle #1) by James Wolanyk

 

(Don’t judge me for these Christmas romances, they were free.)

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It’s been a great month and I’m looking forward to January and the new year!

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November Recap

November was kind of an AWESOME month. I got to go home and see my family for a weekend. I got to see Chris Stapleton in concert in OKC. I didn’t get fired from my job. It’s been great.

I DNF’d my first book this month guys. I’m not really sure how to handle it. It was a book that was sent to me by an author to review. But since I didn’t finish it, I’m not going to review it because I don’t think that’s fair to the author.

You also may have noticed that we changed our name here. This blog used to be called Tiffany Reads (A LOT). We’re now called Beyond the Stars (obviously.)


What I Read This Month:

Alpha’s Prize: A Werewolf Romance (Bad Boy Alphas #3) by Renee Rose

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Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore

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Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz

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The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse #’s 0.5, 2.5, 2.6) by Leigh Bardugo

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Misadventures of a Virgin (Misadventures #14) by Meredith Wild

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Misadventures of a City Girl (Misadventures #2) by Meredith Wild

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City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

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What I Bought/Recieved This Month:

Misadventures of a Virgin by Meredith Wild

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Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss

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Flamecaster (Shattered Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

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Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)

Zodiac (Zodiac #1) by Romina Russell

Zodiac (Zodiac, #1)

House of Spies (Gabriel Allon #17) by Daniel Silva

House of Spies (Gabriel Allon #17)


I’ve already got a few books that I HAVE to read in December as well:

It’s been a great month and I’m so looking forward to December!


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October Recap

Well, it’s finally November. I don’t know about y’all but October went by slower than (insert really great analogy here because I don’t have one.) I quit entering giveaways and asking for ARCs because I have too many books to read. I’m not knocking any of them out because I keep adding more (surprise, surprise.)

I kind of got in a slump this month after reading so many great novels last month. I had plans to finish It before Halloween (that didn’t happen) and I was going to finish A Storm of Swords (also didn’t happen.) You may be asking yourself, “What did Tiffany do this month?” Honey, I’m asking myself the same thing.

The only thing that could get me out of my slump was A Court of Thorns and Roses, and now I’m in a MAAS INDUCED READING SLUMP. SOS. SEND HELP PLEASE.

Also, I feel like I need to step up my bookstagram/book picture game. I rarely take pictures because and when I do they’re awful. So, tell me some of your secrets. How do y’all make them look so good? Because mine look like my dog took them.


What I read this month:

A Dog’s Purpose (A Dog’s Purpose #1) by W. Bruce Cameron

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Aaru (The Aaru Cycle #1)  by David Meredith

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Debutante (Davenport House #0.5)  by Marie Silk

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A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

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What I bought/received this month:

Aaru (The Aaru Cycle #1) by David Meredith (Which I obviously already read because it was so good.) (Author Review)

The Flawed Ones – A Story of Mental Illness, Addiction and Love by Jay Chirino (Author Review)

Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales

Alpha’s Prize (Bad Boy Alpha’s #3) by Renee Rose (Netgalley Review)


If you’ve read my recaps before, you know I changed it up this month. If there’s anything else you’d like to see here please let me know!


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September Recap

Good morning y’all! We’re moving on with our next Monthly Recap! I’ll just be posting the books that I read and finished last month, along with their summaries for y’all to look at. I’ll link my personal review to the title and if y’all think you may be interested in the book, my review blogs have the links to purchase them through Barnes and Noble and/or Amazon.

Hope y’all enjoy and let’s get started!


The Enchantress {The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel #6} by Michael Scott

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 The two that are one must become the one that is all. One to save the world, one to destroy it.
   Sophie and Josh Newman traveled ten thousand years into the past to Danu Talis when they followed Dr. John Dee and Virginia Dare. And it’s on this legendary island that the battle for the world begins and ends.
   Scathach, Prometheus, Palamedes, Shakespeare, Saint-Germain, and Joan of Arc are also on the island. And no one is sure what—or who—the twins will be fighting for.
  Today the battle for Danu Talis will be won or lost.
  But will the twins of legend stand together?
  Or will they stand apart—one to save the world and one to destroy it.


Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J Maas

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Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.


The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

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The Exorcist is a 1971 novel by American writer William Peter Blatty. The book details the demonic possession of twelve-year-old Regan MacNeil, the daughter of a famous actress, and the two priests who attempt to exorcise the demon.


From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

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Seventeen-year-old Emma was the only one who hadn’t given up on her boyfriend, Lucas. Everyone else—his family, his friends, his doctors—was convinced that any moment could be his last. So when Lucas miraculously returns from the brink of death, Emma thinks her prayers have been answered.

As the surprised town rejoices, Emma begins to question whether Lucas is the same boy she’s always known. When she finds an unidentifiable object on his family’s farm—and government agents come to claim it—she begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems. Emma’s out-of-this-world discovery may be the key to setting things right, but only if she and Lucas can evade the agents who are after what they have. With all her hopes and dreams on the line, Emma sets out to save the boy she loves. And with a little help from a distant star, she might just have a chance at making those dreams come true.


Hardwired (Hacker #1) by Meredith Wild

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Determined to overcome a difficult past, Erica Hathaway learns early on how to make it on her own. Days after her college graduation she finds herself face to face with a panel of investors who will make or break her fledgling startup. The only thing she didn’t prepare for was going weak in the knees over an arrogant and gorgeous investor who’s seemingly determined to derail her presentation. 

Billionaire and rumored hacker Blake Landon has already made his fortune in software, and he’s used to getting what he wants with very little resistance. Captivated by Erica’s drive and unassuming beauty, he’s wanted nothing more since she stepped into his boardroom. Determined to win her over, he breaks down her defenses and fights for her trust, even if that means sacrificing a level of control he’s grown accustomed to.

But when Blake uncovers a dark secret from Erica’s past, he threatens not just her trust, but the life she’s fought so hard to create.


Hardpressed (Hacker #2) by Meredith Wild

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In HARDPRESSED, the highly anticipated second book of the Hacker Series that began with Hardwired, Blake and Erica face threats that put both their love and their lives on the line. 

Despite Blake Landon’s controlling ways, the young and wealthy hacker finally won the trust of the woman he loves. Internet entrepreneur Erica Hathaway broke down the walls that kept her from opening her heart and her business to Blake. 

Ready to start this new chapter in her life, Erica is determined not to let anything come between them, even if that means giving Blake back some of the control he craves in and out of the bedroom. 

But when demons from her past threaten their future, Erica makes a decision that could change their lives forever.


Hardline (Hacker #3) by Meredith Wild

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Software mogul Blake Landon has met his match in headstrong Erica Hathaway. While his controlling nature and her independent spirit continue to battle, Blake has no intention of letting her out of his life again.

Erica has given Blake her trust and her love, determined that they will conquer any challenges together. But when he demands more and tests the boundaries of her commitment, she is forced to face the dark desires he’s kept hidden.

As their bonds grow tighter, their enemies close in. With Erica’s start-up in danger, Blake’s frustration grows as he tries to protect her from those who would ruin her only to get to him. Can their relationship survive when Blake’s enemies cross the line and threaten more than her livelihood?


Hard Limit (Hacker #4) by Meredith Wild

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Blake Landon is a man who has everything-wealth, good looks, and the love of Erica Hathaway. The power couple has been through hell and back, and when life has torn them apart, somehow they have always found their way back to each other, more in love and stronger than ever. 

Erica has never been more ready to say I do. On the verge of making the ultimate commitment, she uncovers an unsettling chapter of Blake’s history. As she makes peace with her own past and the family who left her behind, she presses Blake to tear down the last walls between them. Determined to know the man he once was, she opens a door to a world beyond her wildest imagination-a world that has her questioning the limits of her own desires. 

As danger lurks and dark secrets come to light, will the past destroy their promise of forever?


Hard Love (Hacker #5) by Meredith Wild

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Days after their wedding, Blake and Erica Landon embark on their honeymoon-a journey that deepens their bond and promises to fade the scars of their past. 

Just when their troubles seem safely behind them, scandal surrounding would-be Governor Daniel Fitzgerald’s election threatens their newfound peace. Back home, Blake finds himself at the center of the controversy, haunted by the transgressions of his hacker past that he has no wish to relive. 

With Blake’s freedom at stake and their future in peril, Erica will stop at nothing to clear his name. But when Blake defies the authorities and refuses to seek the truth, their world gradually begins to crumble. Will he let his past win? Or can Erica convince him that their life together is worth fighting for-now more than ever…


September Book Haul

Welcome back to my Monthly Book Haul blog! Here I’ll be filling y’all in on the books that I purchase/receive each month. Now, I have a lot of books on my TBR shelf so I can’t promise that I will post to this blog each month. If I win any books on Goodreads, they also won’t be on this list because my Goodreads Giveaways will have their own monthly blog.

If my hauls keep going at this rate, I may have to make this a semi-annual blog post because y’all, this is sad. I mean, last month there was only one book on this blog soooo progress, right?

Happy Reading!


Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass Series #6) by Sarah J Maas

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Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Obviously, I had to buy Tower of Dawn. If you’ve never read a Sarah J. Maas book, hunnnyyy you’re missing out. The Throne of Glass series is literally one of the best series’ I have ever read. Rhysand is bae, sorry Chaol, so I didn’t know what to expect going into this one. Everyone hates Chaol. EVERYONE. But this is a must read if you want to have a clue as to what’s going on when #7 comes out. THIS IS NOT A BOOK YOU SKIP OVER. That’s all.


Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

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It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more — though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was — lovely and amazing and deeply flawed — can she begin to discover her own path in this stunning debut from Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead.

My Fiancé and I had our engagement party this month and my future sister-in-law brought me this book to read. I haven’t had much time to look into it but she read me the synopsis and it sounded like a really fun read! Can’t wait to check it out!


August Recap

Good afternoon y’all! It’s time for our very first Monthly Recap. Basically, I’ll just be posting the books that I read and finished last month, along with their summaries for y’all to look at. I’ll link my personal review to the title and if y’all think you may be interested in the book, my review blogs have the links to purchase them through Barnes and Noble and/or Amazon.

Hope y’all enjoy and let’s get started!


The Warlock {The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel #5} by Michael Scott

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The twins of prophecy have been divided–the end has begun.
 
The end is finally near. Josh Newman has chosen a side, and he will not stand with his sister, Slophie, or the Alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel. He will fight alongside Dee and the mysterious Virginia Dare.

Unless Sophie can find her twin before the battle begins, all is lost—forever.


Made For You by Melissa Marr

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Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital to discover she possesses a strange new skill—the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from her hit-and-run accident, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep their friends—and each other—from falling into the hands of a killer.


Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) by GRRM

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Time is out of joint. The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders–Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who held sway over an age of enforced peace are dead…victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky—a comet the color of blood and flame—six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard’s son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King’s Landing. Robert’s two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers.

A Clash of Kings transports us into a magnificent, forgotten land of revelry and revenge, wizardry and warfare. It is a tale in which maidens cavort with madmen, brother plots against brother, and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside.

Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory may be measured in blood. And the spoils of victory may just go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel…and the coldest hearts. For when rulers clash, all of the land feels the tremors.


Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

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On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.


Siege and Storm (Grisha Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo

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Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.


Ruin and Rising (Grisha Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo

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Soldier. Summoner. Saint. The nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

The Darkling rules from his shadow throne while a weakened Alina Starkov recovers from their battle under the dubious protection of the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Now her hopes lie with the magic of a long-vanished ancient creature and the chance that an outlaw prince still survives.

As her allies and enemies race toward war, only Alina stands between her country and a rising tide of darkness that could destroy the world. To win this fight, she must seize a legend’s power—but claiming the firebird may be her ruin.


August Book Haul

Welcome to our first Monthly Book Haul! Here I’ll be filling y’all in on the books that I purchase/receive each month. Now, I have a lot of books on my TBR shelf so I can’t promise that I will post to this blog each month. If I win any books on Goodreads, they also won’t be on this list because my Goodreads Giveaways will have their own monthly blog, if I win any that is.

This months blog is MINUSCULE. I had Tower of Dawn on here until I remembered that it came out in September, so I literally only have ONE book on here this month. Like I said above, I have a lot of books on my TBR shelf y’all so this blog may not have any beef for a while. Stick with me though.

Let’s see the poor, lonely addition to my bookshelf this last month.


The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Sex, Marriage, and Redemption by Matt Chandler

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The Song of Solomon offers strikingly candid—and timeless—insights on romance, dating, marriage, and sex. We need it. Because emotions rise and fall with a single glance, touch, kiss, or word. And we are inundated with songs, movies, and advice that contradicts God’s design for love and intimacy.

Matt Chandler helps navigate these issues for both singles and marrieds by revealing the process Solomon himself followed: Attraction, Courtship, Marriage … even Arguing. The Mingling of Souls will forever change how you view and approach love.

I got engaged on August 2, 2017 and this book was actually a gift from my future mother-in-law. I haven’t had the chance to look at it yet so I haven’t formed an opinion/have any insight on it, but I’m a super grateful for the gift!