#24in48 Read-a-thon – Update #1 – Opening Survey

Where in the world are you reading from this weekend?

Australia!

Have you done the 24in48 Read-a-thon before?

This is my first time Participating in this read-a-thon

Where did you hear about the read-a-thon, if it is your first?

I honestly don’t know, I think I googled read-a-thons, which I usually do at the beginning of every month, to see what read-a-thon are happening and I came across this one. I don’t even really remember, I just somehow found it on the internet.

What book are you most excited about reading this weekend?

I don’t know if there is a book that I’m most excited to read over any others. I’m just really excited to read a bunch of books, I’m excited for all of the books on my TBR. Although I am super excited to read the Tales of Zestiria Manga.

Tell us something about yourself.

Second to reading, I love Sewing!

Remind us where to find you online this weekend.

Mostly I’ll be on twitter (here) and on this blog.

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BookTube-A-Thon TBR

So this is the first year that I’m participating in BookTube-a-thon, and I am so excited. If you haven’t heard of BookTube-a-thon, it’s a week-long read-a-thon hosted by Ariel Bissett over on YouTube.  You can check out the information for this read-a-thon here, but this year it’s happening from July 24-30. There are 7 challenges to fulfil and it seems like a lot of fun!

There are reading challenges, photo and video challenges, people reading different books but still interacting, lots of people reading the same book, and playing games and making videos just to have fun with reading.

There are seven challenges that go along with the overall goal of reading as much as you can during the week, so I’m basing my TBR around these challenges. Although I want to add more and more books to my TBR pile, I don’t know if I can read all seven of them. I’m still going to try though!

I’ve just spent more than an hour looking through my books and decide which one to pick for each challenge. I wasn’t planning on participating in this read-a-thon, to be honest, I completely forgot about it.

Also, you can follow the Booktube-A-Thon challenge on Youtube, Twitter and Instagram for daily challenges with multiple well-known booktubers. I’ll be doing a wrap-up sharing my thoughts on the books I read and my progress.

Having a whole week or so dedicated to just fulfilling goals of reading is like a dream. And there’s something really exciting about getting involved in the community and just reading as a group.

Each Challenge I’ve chosen more than one book, just so I can have more options, Since I’m a mood reader. So now onto the TBR.

There are 7 reading challenges:

  1. Read a book with a person on the cover
  2. Read a hyped book
  3. Finish a book in one day
  4. Read about a character that is very different from you
  5. Finish a book completely outdoors
  6. Read a book you bought because of the cover
  7. Read seven books

Challenge #1: Read a Book with a Person on the Cover


Challenge #2: Read a Hyped Book


Challenge #3: Finish a Book in a Day


Challenge #4: Read about a Character that is Very Different from you


Challenge #5: Finish a Book Completely Outdoors


Challenge #6: Read a book you bought because of the Cover


Challenge #7: Read Seven Books

I already have a lot of options, as I don’t want to limit myself to a specific TBR. So for this challenge I’ll probably read one of the Books mentioned above, Depending on what books I decide to read for the other Challenges.


So, that’s my ambitious TBR! If you’re joining this read-a-thon, I wish you good luck and happy reading!

Are you participating in this read-a-thon? If so, let me know what your TBR is! And if you’ve ready any of these books, what did you think of them?

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Decluttering Books 159-184 | Down the TBR Hole #12

This meme is hosted by Lia @ LostInAStory. The aim is to declutter your Goodreads To Be Read shelf. You sort the books on this list on date added (ascending) and do a weekly post discussing a few of them. Read the synopsis and decide whether or not you want to keep them.

Anyway, it works like this: Go to your goodreads to-read shelf, Order on ascending date added, Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books, Read the synopses of the books, Decide: keep it or should it go?

Number of books on my TBR shelf: 1707

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Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow

Night Shift (Jill Kismet, #1)Jill Kismet. Dealer in Dark Things. Spiritual Exterminator. Demon Slayer. Not everyone can take on the things that go bump in the night. Not everyone tries. But Jill Kismet is not just anyone. She’s a Hunter, trained by the best – and in over her head.

Welcome to the night shift…

I don’t think this one is strong enough to keep my interest. The plot seems moderately interesting, but the reviews are a bit all over the place and I’ve got to let some things go.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Shiloh by Helena Sorensen

Shiloh

In a world of perpetual darkness, a boy is born who wields remarkable power over fire. Amos is no more than seven when he kills a Shadow Wolf and becomes a legend in Shiloh. He would be destined for great things were it not for the stories his father tells about a world beyond the Shadow and a time before the Shadow. Only madmen hold to such tales, and in Shiloh, they have always come to bad ends.

Amos is fearless. He walks with easy confidence, certain that the Shadow cannot touch him. Even his family is in awe of him. His father marvels at his skill with the bow, his mother thanks the gods that he has all the courage she lacks, and his sister, Phebe, worships him for saving her from an attack of the Shadow Cats.

On a trip to the village of Emmerich, Amos rescues the Magistrate’s son, Simeon, from the village bullies. Simeon, fair-skinned and pale-eyed like other Dreamers in Shiloh’s history, becomes Amos’s constant companion and dearest friend. Simeon becomes a part of Amos’s family, listening to fireside stories told in a way he’s never heard them before and learning to wield a bow and arrow.

The year the boys turn twelve, they are itching to prove themselves. An impetuous plan to steal a beautiful lantern goes miserably awry, and the lantern’s owner prophecies that Amos will be devoured by the Shadow. For the first time, a seed of fear is planted in Amos’s mind, and when his father is killed by a Shadow Wolf on the last day of the Great Hunt, the fear takes hold. If so great and brave a man as his father could fall to the Shadow, what hope has he?

I love this cover. But after reading the synopsis again, I don’t think this is something I would be interested in reading. After reading a few reviews, I’m not entirely sure I’d enjoy this one.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1)

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

I don’t need to read the synopsis to know that I still want to read this book. Knowing that this one was claimed as a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, one of my favourite fairy tales of all time, my expectations are pretty high. But let me know in the comments if you’ve read this. Is It Worth Reading?

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 5

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After the End by Amy Plum

After the End (After the End, #1)

She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They’ve survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she’s trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

At some point this sounded interesting, but not anymore. I don’t have the same motivation to keep it on my TBR.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Defy by Sara B. Larson

Defy (Defy, #1)

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

I was planning to read this last year, but I’m not that motivated to read it anymore, nothing in the synopsis really grabs my attention.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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All that Glows by Ryan Graudin 

All That Glows (All That Glows, #1)

Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn’t any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test.

When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London’s magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard’s life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love.

I don’t think this book would be right for me.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Death Sworn by Leah Cypess

Death Sworn (Death Sworn, #1)

When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.

I love the cover and the premise seems unique.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 3

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Half Bad by Sally Green

Half Bad (Half-Life Trilogy, #1)

Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.

Re-reading the synopsis the premise still seems pretty interesting to me.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 8

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Love Letters to the Dead by Eva Dellaira

Love Letters to the Dead

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.

Before I read the synopsis I was like, what is this, why did I want to read this book. But now I kind of want to read it. I’m not sure.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 2

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Fates by Lanie Bross

Fates (Fates, #1)

Perfect for fans of Jennifer Armentrout, Julie Kagawa, Rachel Vincent, and Sarah J. Maas, and for girls who love all things pretty, romantic and inspirational.

One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.

She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people’s fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.

But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she is falling all over again–this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die. In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?

I don’t remember when I put this one on my TBR, but I think it’s been there a while. The synopsis sounds somewhat interesting but after skimming reviews, it seems to be pretty average overall so I may as well take it off my list when there are so any other great books out there.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

Faking Normal (Faking Normal, #1)

Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in “the Kool-Aid Kid,” who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.

The summary for this sounds kind of meh to me right now and I don’t feel any need to actually pick this book up any time soon.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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A Shard of Ice by Alivia Anders

A Shard of Ice (Black Symphony, #1)

THEIR SOULS, REAWAKENED.

When 13-year-old Lilix Morgan is found alive and floating on a bed of ice at sea, everyone counts it a miracle. Kidnapped nearly four weeks earlier, she remembers nothing of her mysterious abduction. When she tries to remember what happened, she hears only a melody – a faint and delicate set of notes, strung together in a tune she doesn’t understand.

THEIR POWER, UNMATCHED.

A year later and desperate to put the lingering nightmares of her past behind her, Lilix crosses the country to enroll at Baelmorte Academy, aiming to become the violinist she once dreamt of. Things seem to be finally going well, and Lilix settles into a routine of sheet music and inspiration among new friends.

Then the dreams start.

The melody and night terrors she thought she’d left behind return with a vengeance, threatening to ruin her fragile version of normalcy. Then an unlikely ally tells her that she isn’t alone. That there are others just like her, fighting to hide their own shocking truths from coming to light. That they know who she is, and what she’s been through. Now, accompanied by four other girls, Lilix discovers her nightmares are larger than a single trauma; they’re a window to a hidden part of her soul, a place of immense power with a destiny that cannot be ignored.

THEIR BATTLE, IS ONLY BEGINNING.

With this knowledge comes a new and frightening reality. For Lilix has been reawakened to stop an age-old enemy, one thought to have been destroyed centuries ago. Trapped by her destiny, Lilix is torn between what feels right and what she remembers. Her memories tell her of a star-crossed love waiting to be reunited, of friendships and trust broken in the past. But can she save that love when reality brings her an enemy, and an evil that will be the undoing of them all if they don’t destroy it?

This has a very interesting premise. But reading the synopsis now I’m not sold.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Earth by Shauna Granger

Earth (Elemental, #1)

Shayna and her two best friends have the abilities to manipulate and control the four elements, earth, air, water and fire. While learning to hone their growing powers, they discover a new and malicious presence in their sleepy beach town. Someone is performing blood magic and threatens to expose their small magical community. So far only small animals have been slaughtered, but then the nightmares start.

Shayna suffers nightmares of being chased and sacrificed only to wake up bloodied and bruised. She thinks her magical blood is the ultimate target for the final blood rite. When an innocent girl, Tracy, is kidnapped Shayna knows it’s only a ploy to draw her out; she can’t let someone die because of her.

This sounds good but not good enough to make me want to read it, so I’m going to remove this one!

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Crossed by Ally Condie

Crossed (Matched, #2)

The Society chooses everything.

The books you read.
The music you listen to.
The person you love.

Yet for Cassia the rules have changed. Ky has been taken and she will sacrifice everything to find him.

And when Cassia discovers Ky has escaped to the wild frontiers beyond the Society there is hope.

But on the edge of society nothing is as it seems…

A rebellion is rising.

And a tangled web of lies and double-crosses could destroy everything.

I read the first book about three years ago and I didn’t really enjoy it that much. So, I’m not interested in continuing the series.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Alienated by Melissa Lander

Alienated (Alienated, #1)

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

I’m not sure I’ll ever read this. It’s about aliens, which I’m not interested in reading about. This sounds so stupid now I read it back and totally not something I’d be interested in reading.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Sekret by Lindsay Smith

Sekret (Sekret, #1)

An empty mind is a safe mind.

Yulia knows she must hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive in Communist Russia. But if she sometimes manipulates the black market traders by reading their thoughts when she touches their skin, so what? Anything to help her survive.

Russia’s powerful spy agency, the KGB, is recruiting young people with mind-reading capabilities for their psychic espionage program. Their mission: protect the Soviet space program from American CIA spies. Why shouldn’t the KGB use any means necessary to make the young psychic cooperate? Anything to beat the American capitalist scum to the moon.

Yulia is a survivor. She won’t be controlled by the KGB, who want to harness her abilities for the State with no regard for her own hopes and dreams. She won’t let handsome Sergei plan her life as a member of elite Soviet society, or allow brooding Valentin to consume her with his dangerous mind and even more dangerous ideas. And she certainly won’t become the next victim of the powerful American spy who can scrub a brain raw—and seems to be targeting Yulia.

I put this one on my TBR mostly for the cover I think. But I reread the synopsis and While it does sound interesting, I don’t think I’ll be reading this for awhile. Maybe one day but for now, I’m going to remove it.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Made of Stars

When eighteen-year-old Hunter Jackson and his half sister, Ashlin, return to their dad’s for the first winter in years, they expect everything to be just like the warmer months they’d spent there as kids. And it is—at first. But Chance, the charismatic and adventurous boy who made their summers epic, is harboring deep secrets. Secrets that are quickly spiraling into something else entirely.

The reason they’ve never met Chance’s parents or seen his home is becoming clearer. And what the siblings used to think of as Chance’s quirks—the outrageous stories, his clinginess, his dangerous impulsiveness—are now warning signs that something is seriously off.

Then Chance’s mom turns up with a bullet to the head, and all eyes shift to Chance and his dad. Hunter and Ashlin know Chance is innocent…they just have to prove it. But how can they protect the boy they both love when they can’t trust a word Chance says?

Honestly, I don’t remember putting this one on my TBR. But I re-read the synopsis and the premise seems pretty interesting to me. So I’ll definitely be reading this one soon.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 10

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Hushed by Kelley York

Hushed

 

He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her.

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.

Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

This has a very interesting premise but I don’t think this book would be right for me. I may still read it one day, but for now I’m removing it.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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What We Hide by Martha Jocelyn

What We Hide

Americans Jenny and her brother, Tom, are off to England: Tom to university, to dodge the Vietnam draft, Jenny to be the new girl at a boarding school, Illington Hall. This is Jenny’s chance to finally stand out, so accidentally, on purpose, she tells a lie. But in the small world of Ill Hall, everyone has something to hide. Jenny pretends she has a boyfriend. Robbie and Luke both pretend they don’t. Brenda won’t tell what happened with the school doctor. Nico wants to hide his mother’s memoir. Percy keeps his famous dad a secret. Oona lies to everyone. Penelope lies only to herself.

Deftly told from multiple points of view in various narrative styles, including letters and movie screenplays, What We Hide is provocative, honest, often funny, and always intriguing.

While this sounds like it could be alright, the reviews on this aren’t great and my aim is to declutter.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Mistwalker by Saundra Mitchell

Mistwalker

When Willa Dixon’s brother dies on the family lobster boat, her father forbids Willa from stepping foot on the deck again. With her family suffering, she’ll do anything to help out—even visiting the Grey Man.

Everyone in her small Maine town knows of this legendary spirit who haunts the lighthouse, controlling the fog and the fate of any vessel within his reach. But what Willa finds in the lighthouse isn’t a spirit at all, but a young man trapped inside until he collects one thousand souls.

Desperate to escape his cursed existence, Grey tries to seduce Willa to take his place. With her life on land in shambles, will she sacrifice herself?

The synopsis of this one sounds quite interesting. Maybe one day, but for now…

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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The Daylight Gate

GOOD FRIDAY, 1612. Pendle Hill, Lancashire.

A mysterious gathering of thirteen people is interrupted by local magistrate, Roger Nowell. Is this a witches’ Sabbat?

Two notorious Lancashire witches are already in Lancaster Castle waiting trial. Why is the beautiful and wealthy Alice Nutter defending them? And why is she among the group of thirteen on Pendle Hill?

Elsewhere, a starved, abused child lurks. And a Jesuit priest and former Gunpowder plotter, recently returned from France, is widely rumoured to be heading for Lancashire. But who will offer him sanctuary? And how quickly can he be caught?

This is the reign of James I, a Protestant King with an obsession: to rid his realm of twin evils, witchcraft and Catholicism, at any price…

When I read the synopsis again I was like “Did I ever even read this synopsis?”. I’m not interested in it right now. It doesn’t sound like anything I’d like very much.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Dragon’s Oath by P.C. & Kristin Cast

Dragon's Oath (House of Night Novellas, #1)

The first in an enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Dragon’s Oath tells the story behind the House of Night’s formidable fencing instructor – the love that will transform him, and the promise that will haunt him

In early 19th century England, long before he’s a professor at the Tulsa House of Night, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome yet talented human teen who thinks he can get away with anything… until his father, a wealthy nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon-prowed ship to America, he chooses the Dragon – and a brand new fate.

Becoming a Fledgling may be exciting, but it opens a door to a dangerous world…In 1830’s St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, Dragon Lankford becomes a Sword Master, and soon realizes there are both frightening challenges and beautiful perks. Like Anastasia, the captivating young Professor of Spells and Rituals at the Tower Grove House of Night, who really should have nothing to do with a fledgling…

But when a dark power threatens, Dragon is caught in its focus. Though his uncanny fighting skills make him a powerful fledgling, is he strong enough to ward off evil, while protecting Anastasia as well? Will his choices save her—or destroy them all? 

I’ve the first two books in this series and the fourth Novella. I didn’t really enjoy them that much. I was going to finish reading this series but now I’ve completely lost interest in it. So I will be removing it.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Lenobia’s Vow by P.C. & Kristin Cast

Lenobia's Vow (House of Night Novellas, #2)

The second in the enthralling new mini-series of novellas from the #1 bestselling authors of the House of Night, Lenobia’s Vow tells the gripping story behind the House of Night’s enigmatic riding instructor – and one of Zoey’s closest allies against evil

The House of Night is an international publishing sensation; with almost 12 million books in print, and an incredible 120 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, the series has taken the world by storm. Now, the excitement continues as the Cast mother-daughter duo shares the back stories of a few of the House of Night’s most important – and mysterious – characters. The second of the House of Night Novellas brings us Lenobia, the strong, beautiful horseback riding instructor, who guides Zoey through some of her darkest hours, and has a dark secret buried in her own past…

In a small southern town at the turn of the century, young Lenobia is developing into a beautiful young woman with ideas of her own. But when she is Marked as a fledgling vampyre, her world turns upside down, and she is drawn to the musical streets of New Orleans. There, she learns of the city’s dark underbelly, ruled by powerful black magic. As Lenobia experiences her first love – and loss – and discovers a passion for horses to sustain her, she must come face-to-face with Darkness itself. And she may not escape without scars.

Same as Above!

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Neferet’s Curse by P.C. & Kristin Cast

Neferet's Curse (House of Night Novellas, #3)

The White City, 1893: In turn-of-the-century Chicago, with the World’s Fair bringing bustle and excitement to her home city, sixteen-year-old Emily Wheiler should be reveling in her youthful beauty and the excitement around her. But her whole life changed when her mother died, leaving her to be the Lady of Wheiler House. Her father, a powerful bank president, is at the center of an important social hub for the booming young city, and he needs Emily to do everything her mother would have – to be a good hostess and make sure the mansion runs smoothly.

As Emily uneasily tries to replace her mother, she also longs for more… for love and a life of her own. When a handsome young man notices her at one of her father’s parties, it seems that her hopes may finally be coming true. Until her father forbids her to see him – or any other man – and starts revealing a darkly violent side that even he can’t understand.

At last, afraid for her life and with nowhere to turn, Emily is Marked by a vampyre and brought to the Chicago House of Night, where she begins a magickal new life that should allow the wounds from her past to heal. But as she gains strength, and a powerful new name, she carries a dark need to wreak vengeance on the man she trusted most.

From victim to High Priestess, beautiful young woman to powerful seductress, Neferet’s journey begins in NEFERET’S CURSE…from authors P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.

Same as Above!

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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As Dead as It Gets by Katie Alender

As Dead As It Gets (Bad Girls Don't Die, #3)

It’s been three months since Alexis helplessly witnessed Lydia Small’s violent death, and all she wants is for her life to return to normal.

But normal people don’t see decaying bodies haunting photographs. Normal people don’t have to deal with regular intrusions from Lydia’s angry ghost, sometimes escalating to terrifying attacks.

At first, it seems that Lydia wants revenge on Alexis alone. But a girl from school disappears one night, and Alexis spots one of Lydia’s signature yellow roses lying on the girl’s dresser the next day. Soon, it becomes clear that several of Alexis’s friends are in danger, and that she’s the only person who can save them. But as she tries to intervene, Alexis realizes that her enemy is a much more powerful ghost than she’s ever faced before… and that its fate is tied to hers in ways she couldn’t possibly imagine.

Not even in her worst nightmares.

This is the third book of this Series, I’ve read first & Second books and Enjoyed them. So I’ll continue this series.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 8

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I have removed 19\25 books from my TBR this week. Wow! I did really well this month. I am extremely happy with the results. If you enjoyed this & would like to see what else is on my Goodreads TBR, stick around for more.

RUNNING TOTAL OF BOOKS REMOVED: 89

Have you read any of these books? If you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to hear your opinions about them. How do you feel about my choices? Do you think I’ve Made the right decisions? Let me know in the Comments.

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The Sunday Post #24 | Big News + Giveaway – 9/07/2017

The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news – A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Last Week I opened my own Etsy Shop, where I will be selling Book Accessories, such as bookmarks. I’ve been planning to open an Etsy Shop for awhile now. I’m really excited to share this with all of you. At the moment I’ve got three listings but there will be more to come.

So If you are interested in purchasing one of these Magnetic bookmarks, you can purchase them now from my Etsy Shop. click on the picture above to Purchase one of these bookmarks. Or you can also check out the other Listings HERE.

Currently Reading:

What I Plan to read next:

What I’m Watching:

I started re-watching Gilmore Girls.

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Song of the Week:

Last Week on the Blog:

June Wrap Up, Haul & July TBR 
ARC Review: Countless by Karen Gregory 
Top Ten Tuesday #7: Best Books I’ve Read In 2017 So Far 
200 Followers Q&A + The Unique Blogger Award 
Decluttering Books 134-159 | Down the TBR hole #11

 Coming Soon:

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag
The Liebster Award

Upcoming Reviews:

New on my Shelf:

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Giveaway:

Last week I received the books above, but there’s a Double. So I will be Hosting my First Giveaway. This giveaway is open in Australia Only, due to cost. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to a notification email with their address. Click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter – the giveaway is open till tomorrow. The winner will win a copy of Terror’s Cradle | Tell them What’s-her-name Called | Catnapped (3in1). If your name is chosen, I’ll email you ASAP about mailing the book to you. I’m going to be hosting some giveaways in the next few months which will books being shipped to some lucky readers so, if you’re not already, follow me on my Blog to make sure you don’t miss out! Also If you could follow my Follow before entering that would be great.

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Terror’s Cradle by Duncan Kyle

On a routine and, frankly, boring assignment in Las Vegas, British journalist John Sellars finds himself threatened, chased and shot at. The message is clear: he is being run out of town – but why? Has it anything to do with his girlfriend, and fellow journalist, Alsa who has just gone missing in Gothenberg in Sweden after her own assignment in Russia? Has she unwittingly been used to smuggle a highly sensitive piece of film to the West? Sellars follows the clues left by Alsa, which lead him to remote Lerwick at the time of the famous Up-Helly-Aa fire festival and a frantic climax over sea and on the sheer cliffs of the Shetland Islands where he finds both the CIA and the KGB waiting for him in force.

Tell her What’s-her-name Called by Mildred Davis

A series of increasingly unaccidental deaths, accompanied by the cryptic message, “Tell them what’s-her-name called,” leads Finley, a university student, to investigate.

Catnapped by The Gordons

Bogie, a young hoodlum, and his “Auntie,” who took him and reared him for a career in crime, kidnap D. C., the Randall’s 20 pound black cat, and terrorize the Randall family until they agree to cash

Around the Blogosphere:

Raising my Book Confesses Dreading Starting Books 
Clues and Reviews Discusses Dealing with time 
Pretty Purple Polka Dots talks Bookish Must Have Traits 
The Night is Dark and Full of Books announces Searching Saturday meme changes 
Lu Reads discusses 15 Excuses for Book Buying 
The Well Thumbed Reader Chats about Blogging Schedule 
The Little Contemporary discusses Buying Second-hand Books

Update on my TBR:

TBR at the start of April 2017: 1800
Books bought/received for review/gifts: 6
Books read last week: 0
Books I’m currently reading: 3
TBR Books culled last week: 16
TBR now stands at: 1708

Did you get any good book last week? What are you reading, Listening to and watching? What have you been up to this past week? Do you have anything planned for this coming week? Have you read any of these books? Are they on your TBR? Let me know in the comments. Also, leave a link to your own posts, I’d love to check it out.

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Decluttering Books 134-159 | Down the TBR hole #11

This meme is hosted by Lia @ LostInAStory. The aim is to declutter your Goodreads To Be Read shelf. You sort the books on this list on date added (ascending) and do a weekly post discussing a few of them. Read the synopsis and decide whether or not you want to keep them.

Anyway, it works like this: Go to your goodreads to-read shelf, Order on ascending date added, Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books, Read the synopses of the books, Decide: keep it or should it go?

Number of books on my TBR shelf: 1742

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sTORI Telling by Tori Spelling

sTORI Telling

This title sees Tori set the record straight on her personal life and lets readers experience the truly unique life she’s led – with its undeniable childhood privileges, tabloid misperceptions, career successes, and personal regrets. This is Tori’s opportunity to define herself on her own terms.

I’m not much of a memoir reader, but I do want to read this book. Although I probably wont get around to reading this for awhile.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Uncharted TerriTORI by Tori Spelling

Uncharted TerriTORI

Welcome to Los Angeles, birthplace and residence of Tori Spelling.

It’s not every Hollywood starlet whose name greets you on a Virgin Airways flight into la-la land. But Tori Spelling has come to accept that her life is a spectacle. Her name is her brand, and business is booming. Too bad when your job is to be yourself, you can’t exactly take a break.

Tori finally has everything she thought she wanted—a loving family and a successful career—but trying to live a normal life in Hollywood is a little weird. With the irresistible wit, attitude, and humor that fans have come to love, the New York Times bestselling author of sTORI telling and Mommywood is back with more hilarious, heartwarming, and candid stories of juggling work, marriage, motherhood, and reality television cameras.

Tori comes clean about doing her time on jury duty, stalking herself on Twitter, discovering her former 90210 castmates’ “I Hate Tori” club, contracting swine flu, and contacting Farrah Fawcett from the dead. Like many mothers, she struggles to find balance (Stars, they’re just like us!)—only most women don’t have to battle it out with paparazzi at the grocery store. She talks openly about the darker side of life in the spotlight: media scrutiny over her weight and her marriage to Dean McDermott, her controversial relationship with Dean’s ex-wife, and her unfolding reconciliation with her mother.

Having it all isn’t always easy—especially when you’re a perfectionist—but with the help of her unconventional family and friends, an underwear-clad spiritual cleansing or two, and faith in herself, she’s learning to find her happy ending. Because when you’re Tori Spelling, every day brings uncharted terriTORI.

Just when you thought sTORI time was over, the beloved Hollywood starlet has so much more to say.

Same as above

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Spelling It Like It Is by Tori Spelling

Spelling It Like It Is

Tori Spelling is the first to admit that the reality behind her popular television show, Tori & Dean, isn’t always real. Not even Star Magazine could invent the true chaos that happens behind the scenes. Luckily, Tori is famously honest and self-deprecatingly funny when it comes to her personal life. She’s always Spelling It Like It Is.

Life is never boring at Tori’s house, but since her New York Times bestselling memoirs sTORI Telling, Mommywood, and Uncharted terriTORI, things have been especially unpredictable: Finding out she was pregnant with her third baby after nearly vomiting live on the Home Shopping Network; trying to hide her fourth pregnancy so soon after giving birth (as her stylist said, who would be that crazy?); being rescued from a paparazzo by a mom lynch mob; stalking her celebrity neighbor; and allowing cameras to film every personal detail of her life from the most challenging time in her marriage to the only time in six years when she really felt as though those cameras invaded her privacy.

Tori shares these stories and many more with the usual humor, candor, and down-to-earth charm that her fans love. She also writes openly about her biggest challenges: the terrifying health problems surrounding her high-risk pregnancy with youngest son Finn, her guilt over missing baby Hattie’s early months because she was in the hospital on bed rest, her struggles (and failures) to live within her means after growing up in opulence, discovering how much she has in common with her late mega-producer father, Aaron Spelling, and falling in love with Dean all over again (hint: it didn’t happen at their vow renewal ceremony).

After years of intimately revealing her everyday antics onscreen, Tori’s life is still full of surprises. Slowing down long enough to enjoy them? Now that’s another sTORI

Same as Above

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Jason Priestley: A Memoir by Jason Priestley

Jason Priestley: A Memoir

The hit Fox show Beverly Hills, 90210 became a cultural touchstone of the 1990s and propelled its young cast to mega-stardom, including Jason Priestley, who played honorable Midwestern transplant Brandon Walsh. Yet despite more than twenty years in and out of the limelight, Priestley has carefully maintained his privacy. In this compelling memoir, the actor, director, and race-car aficionado invites us into his private world for the first time.

With humor, sincerity, and charm, Priestley offers little-known details about his life and stories of his nine years in America’s most famous zip code. He talks candidly about celebrity, marriage, fatherhood, and his passion for car racing. He does not shy away from the devastating lows—his brief jail sentence for drunk driving and the crash at the Kentucky Speedway that nearly took his life. Priestley shares his innermost thoughts about life as a ’90s icon, and goes beyond the Brandon Walsh squeaky-clean image, revealing the tumultuous events that have shaped him, and where he finds his greatest happiness today

Same as Above

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Happy Days by Olly Murs

Happy Days

Olly Murs invites you behind the scenes in his illustrated autobiography filled with hundreds of brand new and exclusive photos.

‘My life has been a non-stop roller-coaster of extreme emotions, crazy days, unexpected highs and yet my life hasn’t been without its low points too. I’ve tried to imagine myself sitting down with you explaining what I was thinking and feeling during those times. I hope this book will give you a behind-the-scenes view of my journey into a place where I finally found what had been missing in my life for all those years: music.’

Endearingly written with disarming honesty and filled with exclusive new and unseen photographs on and offstage, Happy Days takes you closer to Olly than you’ve ever been before.

This is also a Memoir, but I don’t think that I’m interested in reading this.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Compound by S.A. Bodeen

 

Eli and his family have lived in the underground Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone, and they’ve become accustomed to their new life. Accustomed, but not happy.

For Eli, no amount of luxury can stifle the dull routine of living in the same place, with only his two sisters, his father and mother, doing the same thing day after day after day.

As problems with their carefully planned existence threaten to destroy their sanctuary—and their sanity—Eli can’t help but wonder if he’d rather take his chances outside.

Eli’s father built the Compound to keep them safe. But are they safe—or sorry?

When I first put this on my to-read shelf, I was so interested in this and wanted to read it so badly. But I never got around to it and now it is no longer high up on my priority list. I don’t read very many Dystopian’s and I am just no longer interested in reading this.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Balefire by Cate Tiernan

Balefire (Balefire, #1-4)

The whole Balefire series by Cate Tiernan is now in one edition.

After seventeen-year-old Thais Allard loses her widowed father in a tragic car accident, she is forced to leave the only home she’s ever known to live with a total stranger in New Orleans. New Orleans greets Thais with many secrets and mysteries, but none as unbelievable as the moment she comes face to face with the impossible — an identical twin, Clio.

Thais soon learns that she and the twin she never knew come from a family of witches, that she possesses astonishing powers, and that she, along with Clio, has a key role in Balefire, the coven she was born into.

Fiery Clio is less than thrilled to have to share the spotlight, but the twins must learn to combine their powers in order to complete a rite that will transform their lives and the coven forever. 

This is the whole series. This one has been on my TBR for ages and although I haven’t gotten around to it, it still seems like it would be a great read. I just don’t think I’m interested enough to pick it up.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Perfection by J.L. Spelbring

Perfection (Perfection, #1)

 

The personification of Aryan purity, Ellyssa’s spent her whole life under her creator’s strict training and guidance; her purpose is to eradicate inferior beings. She was genetically engineered to be the perfect soldier: strong, intelligent, unemotional, and telepathic.

Only Ellyssa isn’t perfect. Ellyssa feels emotions–a fact she’s spent her life concealing. Until she encounters the epitome of inferiority: a dark-haired boy raised among renegades hiding since the Nazis won the war a century ago. He speaks to her telepathically, pushing thoughts into her mind, despite the impossibility of such a substandard person having psychic abilities.
But he does. 

His unspoken words and visions of a place she’s never visited make Ellyssa question her creator. Confused and afraid her secret will be discovered, Ellyssa runs away, embarking on a journey where she discovers there is more to her than perfection. 

This is Dystopian, which I am not that interested I’m reading anymore.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

Related imageA Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time Being

In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying, but before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in a ways she can scarcely imagine.

Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.

Full of Ozeki’s signature humour and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.

I can’t wait to read this book. I just haven’t had the chance to go pick it up. So I definitely want to read this, I’ve been wanting to read this for ages now!

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 9

Related imageLife As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

This is the first book in the Last Survivors series. This is also dystopian, but I’m still interested in this one.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 2

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Proxy (Proxy, #1)

Knox was born into one of the City’s wealthiest families. A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want—the latest tech, the coolest clothes, and a Proxy to take all his punishments. When Knox breaks a vase, Syd is beaten. When Knox plays a practical joke, Syd is forced to haul rocks. And when Knox crashes a car, killing one of his friends, Syd is branded and sentenced to death.

Syd is a Proxy. His life is not his own.

Then again, neither is Knox’s. Knox and Syd have more in common than either would guess. So when Knox and Syd realize that the only way to beat the system is to save each other, they flee. Yet Knox’s father is no ordinary Patron, and Syd is no ordinary Proxy. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test both boys’ resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay. Some debts, it turns out, cannot be repaid.

When I first started watching BookTube this series kept coming up in people’s mentions. The concept still intrigues me, so I would still like to give this a try.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 4

Related imageHero by Perry Moore

Hero

The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father’s pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he’s been asked to join the League – the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. But the most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he’s gay.

But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch; and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide; but they will have to learn to trust one another when they uncover a deadly conspiracy within the League.

To survive, Thom will face challenges he never imagined. To find happiness, he’ll have to come to terms with his father’s past and discover the kind of hero he really wants to be.

The synopsis is still interesting enough. I haven’t heard much about this book, but the reviews are pretty decent.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 5

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Huntress by Malinda Lo

 

Nature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn’t shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people’s survival hangs in the balance.

To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls’ destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever.

The exciting adventure prequel to Malinda Lo’s highly acclaimed novel Ash is overflowing with lush Chinese influences and details inspired by the I Ching, and is filled with action and romance.

I really want to read this, but seeing as this is the prequel the Ash, I think I should read that first. I’ve heard that you don’t need to read Ash first, but reading it first laid out more Groundwork for Huntress. So I will be removing this for now.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Coda (Coda, #1)

 

Ever since he was a young boy, music has coursed through the veins of eighteen-year-old Anthem—the Corp has certainly seen to that. By encoding music with addictive and mind-altering elements, the Corp holds control over all citizens, particularly conduits like Anthem, whose life energy feeds the main power in the Grid.

Anthem finds hope and comfort in the twin siblings he cares for, even as he watches the life drain slowly and painfully from his father. Escape is found in his underground rock band, where music sounds free, clear, and unencoded deep in an abandoned basement. But when a band member dies suspiciously from a tracking overdose, Anthem knows that his time has suddenly become limited. Revolution all but sings in the air, and Anthem cannot help but answer the call with the chords of choice and free will. But will the girl he loves help or hinder him?

I haven’t heard a lot about this book but what I have I’ve liked. I’m quite intrigued by the concept. So I am still planning on reading this.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 6

Related imageSuicide Watch by Kelley York

Suicide Watch

18-year-old Vincent Hazelwood has spent his entire life being shuffled from one foster home to the next. His grades sucked. Making friends? Out of the question thanks to his nervous breakdowns and unpredictable moods. Still, Vince thought when Maggie Atkins took him in, he might’ve finally found a place to get his life—and his issues—in order.

But then Maggie keels over from a heart attack. Vince is homeless, alone, and the inheritance money isn’t going to last long. A year ago, Vince watched a girl leap to her death off a bridge, and now he’s starting to think she had the right idea.

Vince stumbles across a website forum geared toward people considering suicide. There, he meets others with the same debate regarding the pros and cons of death: Casper, battling cancer, would rather off herself than slowly waste away. And there’s quiet, withdrawn Adam, who suspects if he died, his mom wouldn’t even notice.

As they gravitate toward each other, Vince searches for a reason to live while coping without Maggie’s guidance, coming to terms with Casper’s imminent death, and falling in love with a boy who doesn’t plan on sticking around.

This book sounds rather good, but I don’t know anyone who’s read it, and I’m on the fence about whether to keep it. But I do find the concept of this book really interesting.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 4

Related imageThe Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The Testing (The Testing, #1)

 

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one and the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honoured to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

I was really indecisive about this one, but I think I’m gonna have to let it go simply because I don’t want to read it as much as other books.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

Related imageWhat’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)

I should not exist. But I do.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

I love the whole Concept of two souls in one body.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 7

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What's Left of Me (What's Left of Me, #1)

Life works in mysterious ways.

Four years ago I became known as the girl with cancer.

I refuse to cry.

And I refuse to give in.

A relationship with a man is the last thing I’m looking for right now, but one night with Parker changes everything. He is persistent, and he knows what he wants.

Me.

He doesn’t treat me like I’m fragile.

But he doesn’t know, and I’m not ready to tell him.

What if it changes everything?
Tragedy found me when I was seventeen.

Love found me when I was twenty-one.

My name is Aundrea McCall, and this is my journey.

I don’t even like Romance, so I don’t know why I added this.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

Related imageThe Bone Key by Sarah Monette

The Bone Key: The Necromantic Mysteries of Kyle Murchison Booth

The dead and the monstrous will not leave Kyle Murchison Booth alone, for an unwilling foray into necromancy has made him sensitive to–and attractive to–the creatures who roam the darkness of his once-safe world. Ghosts, ghouls, incubi: all have one thing in common. They know Booth for one of their own . . .

I don’t actually remember adding this one, but I doesn’t sound that interesting. I haven’t heard anything about this book, and the Synopsis doesn’t tell me much either. So I think I will remove it.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Spellbound (Spellbound, #1)

What’s a girl to do when meeting The One means she’s cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn’t been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Connor, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she’s irresistibly drawn to— Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can’t stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma’s been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives— visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

This book sounds rather good, but I don’t know anyone who’s read it, and I’m on the fence about whether to keep it. Since I don’t really have a reason to keep it, I think I’ll remove it.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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The Fallen Star (Fallen Star, #1)

For eighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she’s around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at school, she can feel electricity that makes her skin buzz. Not to mention the monsters that haunt her nightmares have crossed over into real-life. But with Alex seeming to hate her and secrets popping up everywhere, Gemma’s life is turning into a chaotic mess. Things that shouldn’t be real suddenly seem to exist. And as her world falls apart, figuring out the secrets of her past becomes a matter of life and death.

Another book that I haven’t heard anything about and I’m not interested in reading, So I’m removing it. The Synopsis just doesn’t make me want to read it.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale, #1)

Magic and malice abound in the land of Faerie. A dark twist on faeries. For Shade, a chance meeting with a powerful Teleen faery warrior who wields electrical currents and blue fires along his skin, has her joining him on a treacherous mission for the good Seelie Faerie Court across the land of Faerie. Paperback includes the prequel: Evangeline. Books in this series: Prequel: Evangeline, Book 1: Ever Shade, Book 2: Ever Fire, Book 3: Ever Winter, Book 3.5: The Cursed, Book 4: Ever Wrath, Book 5: History of Fire, Book 6: Ever Dead, Book 7: Legends of Fire, Book 8: Guardians of Fir

I enjoy reading books about faeries, but this one doesn’t sound interesting at all.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: REMOVE

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Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

 

Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She’s about to find out she’s also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen’s sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren’t so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn’t exactly what she had in mind . . .

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.

Lament is the debut novel of acclaimed young adult author Maggie Stiefvater, the Author behind The Raven Cycle series. Lament is the first book of the ‘Books of Fairie’ and it was published in 2008. I will definitely read this since I loved The Raven Cycle Series.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 5

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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1)

When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn’t so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature. 

I have obviously been wanting to read this book for AGES. I have been a lifelong fan of Wizard of Oz, and as a child I regularly watched the movie every time it was on TV, Although I still haven’t read Baum’s Oz Books.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 8

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The Light Between Oceans

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully written novel seduces us into accommodating Isabel’s decision to keep this “gift from God.” And we are swept into a story about extraordinarily compelling characters seeking to find their North Star in a world where there is no right answer, where justice for one person is another’s tragic loss.

The Light Between Oceans is exquisite and unforgettable, a deeply moving novel.

The Light Between Oceans has been waiting on my TBR list for quite some time and I’m still interested in reading it.

Do I own it? No

Verdict: KEEP

Priority Level (1-10, 10 meaning Top Priority)? 3

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I have removed 15\25 books from my TBR this week. I am extremely happy with the results this week. I am feeling good about this! I have a very long way to go, but I am confident that I can do it! If you enjoyed this & would like to see what else is on my Goodreads TBR, stick around for more.

RUNNING TOTAL OF BOOKS REMOVED: 70

Have you read any of these books? If you’ve read any of these books, I’d love to hear your opinions about them. How do you feel about my choices? Do you think I’ve Made the right decisions? Let me know in the Comments.

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200 Followers Q&A + The Unique Blogger Award

Awhile ago I reached 200 Followers and I meant to do a Q&A, but I forgot! So again thank you to every one of you for following my blog. Because I only received one question, I have decided to also do The unique Blogger Award, which I was nominated for ages ago. I hope you enjoy reading all my answers.

Kayla @ kdrewkthebookworm: Share your favourite meme or gif!

I actually don’t really use memes or Gifs, Well I hardly use gifs, but here are some of the ones I like that I’ve seen around:

So what is your favourite gif or meme to use to either respond to posts or are just plain good?


I was nominated for The Unique Blogger Award ages go, So thank you to Leanne @ The Neverending Story! Go check out her blog.

The rules:

  1. Share the link to the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions they gave you.
  3. Nominate 8-13 other bloggers and pay it forward.
  4. Ask them three questions.

If everything supernatural truly existed, what creature would you be? Or would you be human?

I’d probably just be Human. Although It would be cool to be a Hellhound or Banshee, but I’m pretty happy being a human.

Who is your favourite author and why?

I have many favourite authors, but since this question asks for one favourite author, I’d go ahead and say, Cassandra Clare. I’ve read The Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices trilogy and The Dark Artifices Trilogy, as well as The Magisterium Series, that she co-wrote with Holly Black. It was The Mortal Instruments series that got me interested in reading again back in 2013, it was also the first YA book that I read all the way through.

If you had all the money in the world, what would you do with it?

Buy books? Well, I probably would do that, but I’ll save some so I can buy a house just for my books, so than I’ll have enough room for all my books and many more books that I’ll buy.

Nominations:

Lu @ Lu Reads 
Becca @ Book Review Becca 

The book-filled Day 
Twin Tales 
Megan @ Book Slayer Reads 
Kayla @ KDrewtheBookworm 
Susan @ Susan Loves Books 
Bookidote 
Tiana @ The Book Raven
 Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads 
Sam @ River Moose Books 
Ali @ I Wuv Books 
My Bookish Life

I’m sorry if someone already nominated you. If you’ve already been nominated, or don’t want to do The Unique Blogger Award, please feel free to ignore my nomination.

Here are my Questions:

  1. Has any book ever influenced you greatly?
  2. Would you want to be an Author or are you content to just be a reader?
  3. Where is your favourite place to read?
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Top Ten Tuesday #7: Best Books I’ve Read In 2017 So Far

This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week bloggers share a list of books for the prompt given. I’ve decided to do last weeks prompt Today Instead as I didn’t do it Last Tuesday. This was too fun of a list to miss out on. So the suggested topic is last week was:

Top Ten Series Best Books I’ve Read In 2017 So Far

Unfortunately I’ve not read as many books as I would have liked to by this point in the year. Honestly, I’m a bit disappointed with my reading this year. Very few books have impressed me, but I’m hoping that my end-of-year best books list looks completely different from this one.

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An Author’s Odyssey by Chris Colfer

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This is the Fifth book in The Land of Stories series. These books are amazing. I absolutely love the series and the way of writing is funny and imaginative. I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous books in this series. So of course I was looking forward to reading this book and I’m really excited for the Next Book’s Release.

My Review of An Author’s Odyssey

 

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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This is the Second book in The Dark Artifices Series. These books seriously just keep getting better and better. The writing has improved so much and the characters here are my absolute favourites. I really do love every single character in this series. I had a lot of fun with this book and just wish we didn’t have to wait so long for the next one! I also just realized I never actually did a review of this, so you should keep an eye out for that soon too!

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Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

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This novel is the Aussies doing what they do best – underdog characters, prejudice, struggle, hatred, hopelessness, fatalism and hope. But in the end being able to show how the seemingly randomness of life actually means something, makes sense, is worth it all.

It’s beautifully written. It’s hilarious, heart-warming, nostalgic and heart-breaking. If you are to pick up one more Aussie book this year, let it be this one.

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Inyoni Rocks by Carmen-Shea Hepburn

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This is the Second book in the Amanzimtoti series, set in South Africa. Now, this is a heavy book, as consistent with Carmen’s style. It deals with the darker sides of humanity. The uglier things. It doesn’t cast a spotlight on the triumph of the hero. It instead highlights the struggles behind the curtains.

My Review of Inyoni Rocks

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Traffick by Ellen Hopkins

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A powerful and confronting follow-up to Tricks, which deals with the aftermath of the characters’ experiences with sex trafficking, abuse, gambling and addiction.

 

 

 

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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This book takes up from the end of the first book. The search of the Welsh king continues. But in this book, the focus is more on Ronan and his dreams….

The whole concept of the dream and what all happens in this book with regards to it was really interesting and this part of the story kept me completely hooked.

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Flush by Virginia Woolf

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“Flush” is a dog of good breeding and this is part of the enchantment of his story, that you can imagine he might just be a particularly introspective canine. In this speculative biography of Elizabeth Barrett-Browning’s cocker spaniel, Woolf entertainingly explores Victorian life from a dog’s point of view.

Though this book may be slight, the writing is stunningly good: it’s lyrical, humorous, and full of the kind of insights and observations readers of Woolf would expect. I enjoyed the book and recommend it for historical fiction lovers.

My Review of Flush

 

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The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

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I think this is as strong of an addition to Hopkins’s bibliography as any of her works and I enjoyed the experience.

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The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket

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This is the ninth book in A Series of Unfortunate Events. Similarly to book eight, this wasn’t the most memorable in the series but I absolutely loved the intensity of the ending! I thought the kids starting to question and doubt themselves and their actions was really interesting too! This was a slightly drearier book in tone than the others, but it worked in connection to the Baudelaire’s reclining and undoubtedly exhausting situation!

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Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

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Some people have said this was their favourite – this is actually my least favourite of the first four, but we get more in-depth glimpses into favourite characters, new characters introduced that are amazing, and an excellent adventure into the wild and complex wizarding world that is Harry Potter.

Have you read any of these books? What are your favourite books of the year so far? Do you have a number one favourite book yet.

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ARC Review: Countless by Karen Gregory

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Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Published by: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: May 4th 2017
Format: E-Book
Pages: 384
Rating: 4
Date Read: 26/06/17
Links: Goodreads | Booktopia | Book Depossitory

When Hedda discovers she is pregnant, she doesn’t believe she could ever look after a baby. The numbers just don’t add up. She is young, and still in the grip of an eating disorder that controls every aspect of how she goes about her daily life. She’s even given her eating disorder a name – Nia. But as the days tick by, Hedda comes to a decision: she and Nia will call a truce, just until the baby is born. 17 weeks, 119 days, 357 meals. She can do it, if she takes it one day at a time …

Heartbreaking and hopeful by turns, Karen Gregory’s debut novel is a story of love, heartache and human resilience. And how the things that matter most can’t be counted. Perfect for fans of Lisa Williamson, Non Pratt and Sarah Crossan.  

I received a copy of Countless from Bloomsbury Publishing for review Consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

Warning: This book and review both talk about eating disorder, please do not read on if this may trigger you in any way.

This is a contemporary YA with a difference. There is little romance. There is no magic cure for the problems that arise. The protagonist is no special little snowflake. This is a very real and raw portrayal of a very real issue. It battles mental health, family dynamics, social stigmas and self-image in one poignant story. Nothing is romanticised or sugar-coated.

Countless is a heart-breaking story about a very troubled seventeen-year-old Hedda who has been in and out of hospital most of her life for anorexia and now finds herself pregnant. It’s not a pleasant story but it is an important one that doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of mental illness and teen pregnancy.

“So this is the deal I’m making: Nia and I call a truce. When the baby is safely here and I’ve found it some proper parents, then Nia can have me back. All I have to do is eat for seventeen weeks and then everything will be like it was before.”  

Hedda struggles with the decision of what to do with the baby once it arrives, and in fact most of the book was about what happened to Hedda after she had the baby, and the financial struggles as well as her struggles with her eating disorder. Pressure is put on her to eat meals & she comes to a compromise with Nia (her name for her Eating Disorder), that will allow her to eat for her baby’s sake until she gives birth.

The cover includes the phrase “Love means holding tight. Love means letting go.” And ultimately, that is what Hedda must do. Love for others matters, but so does self-love. And if we aren’t capable of that, how much can we really do for others anyways?

“Most of the time, what I’m sure of is that people will let you down so it’s best to give them a push in that direction sooner rather than later. People are pretty predictable.”

This gave a really honest insight into being anorexic and how hard it is to fight your own demons. The way in which Nia was always there looking over Hedda’s shoulder, ready to pounce and spit out spiteful names at her was something that really got me because it was such a powerful way to show the world just how life consuming having an eating disorder is.

This book is beautifully written and deals with such a raw and complex subject matter in a really authentic and meaningful way. This book is a very difficult read and I imagine that for someone with personal experience it may be difficult.

It took me quite a while to read this book. Not because it was bad – far from it. It was just a very hard read but was about a subject that is very important to read and learn about. This book was just an immense rollercoaster.

I really did like the character of Hedda though. She knew what had to be done and even though she was slightly stubborn at first, she had amazing character development and recognised that she had a support system around her that would help her with anything. 

The book really shows the horrible way eating disorders can work – you know it’s causing problems, and you try to pull yourself out of it, but it’s your normal, it’s your control, and there’s a comfort in that, even if it’s not healthy. Anorexia is Hedda’s normal, something she’s dealt with most of her life, and even though it’s damaged her relationship with her family, her body, and her education, it’s something that’s always been there with her.

Although I found this book overwhelmingly sad, there is hope – I won’t go into too much detail but the ending does give a glimmer of hope, which is much needed after the heart wrenching events of the novel.

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June Wrap Up, Haul & July TBR

June Wrap Up

What I Read in May:

Flush by Virginia Woolf
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
An Author’s Odyssey by Chris Colfer
Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf
Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
Countless by Karen Gregory
The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Reviews Finished this Month:

James & the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl 
The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer 
Flush by Virginia Woolf 

The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer 
A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer 
Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer 
An Author’s Odyssey by Chris Colfer 
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Tags & Memes Done This Month:

Top Ten Tuesday #5: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second half of 2017 
TBR Jar Wednesday – June 2017 – Lets Vote – #TBRJW 
May Wrap Up, Haul & June TBR 
Decluttering Books 77-97 | Down the TBR Hole #8 
Decluttering Books 98-122 | Down the TBR Hole #9 
TBR Jar Wednesday – June 2017 – Review: An Author’s Odyssey by Chris Colfer #TBRJW 
TBR Jar Wednesday – June 2017 – An Author’s Odyssey by Chris Colfer Favourite Lines #TBRJW 
Decluttering Books 123-133 | Down the TBR Hole #10 
Top Ten Tuesday #6: Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start but Haven’t 
Monthly Recommendations | June 2017 | Retellings/Re-imaginings

Other Posts & Pages done this month:

2017 Reading Challenges 
My Etsy Shop

How was your reading and blogging month this May? What were your best or worst reads? What are you currently reading? What books are you excited for this coming month, June? Let me know in the comments!

June Haul:

It’s time to show you what I bought/received during the month of June. I acquired a total of 10 books! I may have had a tiny splurge in book buying this month. And none of it was the books that I planned on getting. But isn’t that how book buying tends to be?

Books I Bought:

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ARC’s

1-5. Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan 
6. I’ll give you the Sun
by Jandy Nelson 
7. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson 
 8. Haunted
by Alexandra Adornetto 
9. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle 
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Kitty Hawk & the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

July TBR:

Read-a-thons:

Fairy-a-thon

Hosted over at Fairy-a-thon, this is a Month-long read-a-thon that runs from July 1st-30th and is Fairy-tale themed.

These are the Challenges:

High Summer Read-a-thon

Hosted by Michelle over at Seasons of Reading, this week-long read-a-thon runs from July 17th-30th. During the last weekend of the Read-a-thon, There will be a 48 hour Christmas in July Read-a-thon. I’m aiming for 3 books during this week:

Duodecathon

This is Hosted on Goodreads HERE from July 19th-25th. This event is usually at the end of every month! There are reading challenges to complete during the read-a-thons. You pick one challenge every Duodecathon to complete out of the list of 12 challenges, so by the end you will have completed all the challenges.

This is my first time Participating in this read-a-thon, so I’m doing the 1,200 pages challenge, except within that I plan to read a graphic novel, and Start OR finish a series.

24in48 Read-a-thon

Hosted by , and runs from July 22nd-23rd. Participants read for 24 hours out of that 48-hour period.

Biannual bibliothon

I’m looking forward to this. As a book blogger, not a BookTuber, the video challenges are exciting but not so much for me, but the reading challenges are up and I wanted to make a TBR. This will be my first time Participating in this read-a-thon. The will Run from July 23rd-29th

Reading Challenges:

– Group Book Challenge
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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Read from the host’s favourite genre
Kassie – Magical Realism
Caz – Historical Fiction
Brittni – High/Epic Fantasy
Emma – Diverse Books
Kelly – Dystopian/SciFi
Red – Paranormal
Momo – Urban fantasy

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– Read a book that has been or still is banned

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– Throwback challenge – Graphic Novel

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– LGBTQIA+ (@daily_booknerd)

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June was a Pretty good Month. What books did you finish this month? What are you planning on reading in March, I would love to know. If you have your own Haul/Wrap-Up/TBR post, leave them down below as well.

Click on the links to go to the goodreads pages to find out more about the books and authors.

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Monthly Recommendations | June 2017 | Retellings/Re-imaginings

Monthly recommendations is a Goodreads group hosted by Kayla Rayne and Trina @Between Chapters. If your interested in Participating in this, check out the Goodreads Group. In June we are focusing on Retellings. You could also go with re-imaginings, as this topic is not exclusive to books that are a direct remake of the original. Feel free to throw in any book that follows along to a classic story, fairy tale or mythology that you love.

So here are my Favourite retellings. I really enjoy all of these books so I hope you add them to your TBRs! I Haven’t read many retellings but the ones I have are some of my favourite books.

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The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you know I am a huge fan of The Land of Stories. Children will absolutely love this book – in fact, they might want to live in it! – but that doesn’t mean that it is only suitable for children. If you enjoy imaginative and fantastical stories full of magic, humour and adventure then you will probably adore The Land Of Stories! It really is a wonderful story for anyone who has ever loved fairy tales. I’m really looking forward to the Conclusion book next Month, World’s Collide.

My Review of The Wishing Spell

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Tales from the Kingdoms by Sarah Pinborough

The first is a retelling of Snow White, the second is a retelling of Cinderella and the third is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I loved all of these books. There is enough of the original stories to be recognisable, but Sarah Pinborough has cleverly embellished and twisted them. Taking its cue from the Brothers Grimm, these are dark and sexy and brutal, but certainly not the one that most of us might remember. The locations are well described and atmosphere is used well, and characterisation is well done.

The only problem that I had with these books is that it does not seem to know which audience it is written for. A first approximation guess would be that its written for young adults/teenagers given that the language and sentence structure used is fairly basic, the character development two dimensional, but then you get a sex scene. We are not talking anything explicit, but it’s certainly the kind of scene that the parents of a 13 year old might object to.

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The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Cycle series is such an interesting mix of magic and folklore and mystery and thriller. I guess you could say there’s an element of magic to the story, but it never feels like outright magic? There are ley lines, energy readings, tarot cards and psychics, trees that speak Latin, and people who pull items from dreams, but it’s all woven into a very realistic rural Virginia setting in a way that feels totally normal.

Gansey and his friends, Adam, Ronan and Noah, are all searching for something paranormal and Blue might be the one to help them find it. They are all out to find the remains of a long dead Welsh king, one who can grant them wishes and bring them power.

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Fruits Basket Manga by Natsuki Takaya

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This was a really cute series and very creative. I loved following the story of this incredibly large and extremely dysfunctional family. I became completely immersed in all of the different story lines and each featured family member or friend’s unique issue.

The series tells the story of Tohru,  an orphan girl who, after meeting the Sohma Family, learns that twelve members of the Sohma family are possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac and are cursed to turn into their animal forms when they are weak, stressed, or when they are embraced by anyone of the opposite sex that is not possessed by a zodiacal spirit.

If you’re looking for a heart-warming, sometimes hilarious, other times heartbreaking manga series, try Fruits Basket. Once you get over the premise, if you think it sounds silly, you’ll love it.

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Pandora Hearts Manga by Jun Mochizuki

The series ended with twenty-four volumes having been originally released in Japan. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with this series. I started reading every little moment that I had. I have never seen a more twisted take on Alice in Wonderland. And the beauty of it is that Jun Mochizuki does this without taking away the sense of wonder and innocence involved in discovering a world that isn’t what you thought it was. The Abyss is terrifying, but it’s also, in a way, beautiful. Just to clarify, This is not a re-telling of Alice in Wonderland or a variation on it. The plot uses elements from Alice in Wonderland to tell a completely original story.

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Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

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This is a retelling of Hansel and Gretel. I loved this book so much. I still need to read Pearce’s other retellings. But I’m looking forward to more of these.

A YA novel that’s a retelling of Hansel and Gretel in a contemporary Southern Gothic setting. The characters are interesting and well-developed, and the plot is intriguing. Parts of the story are more than a little creepy. A quick read that’s recommended. I still need to read Pearce’s other retellings. But I’m looking forward to it.

Jackson Pearce takes the very bottom layer of your everyday fairy tale – Hansel & Gretel, in this case – and applies many beautifully crafted layers of her own, complete with intrigue, mystery, a few supernatural twists, a splash of romance and a modern setting – creating a wonderful, brilliant, captivating and utterly marvellous novel which I would recommend to all fantasy and fairy tale retelling fans.

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The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)I absolutely love this Series! This book pulled me in immediately and captivated me through the end. Nevernever (Fairyland, to us Mundanes) offers so much potential as a setting. The Nevernever is a domain of unreality. This is Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

I was struck by Julie Kagawa’s immense imagination and creativity in The Iron King. She successfully creates a dynamic magical realm that I can visually immerse myself in. I cannot wait to read the next books in the series!

I would recommend this to those who enjoy the kind of unreality of A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Alice in Wonderland.

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Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)This is a Retelling of The Wizard of Oz. That was so much fun! The idea sounded a bit silly to me at first, but the story is in no way simplistic.

Each character in Dorothy Must Die is re-imagined to fit in with the horror theme. The cast of villains were all scary in their own right; Dorothy is this evil, attention seeking and power hungry villain who doesn’t bat an eyelid at brutalising people and revelling in it.

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Current Unread Retellings on my TBR

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 Mirror Mirror Geekerella

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I hope to get around to a few of these soon. And that’s all for this list! Have you read any of these retellings? What recommendations have I missed off that you also enjoy? Which on my TBR list should I get to first? If you have any other retellings to recommend, leave them in the comments.

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