Top Ten Tuesday // Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!

This week’s topic is books on my current TBR that I predict will be 5 star reads! This is a difficult topic because I currently have 457 books on my TBR. I try to cut it down sometimes, but there’s just so many books I’d like to get to eventually! I am also a little bit of a harsh reviewer sometimes, so although I think I’ll enjoy a book, I’m not 100% sure it’s a 5 star read. Keep reading to see which one’s I do think have potential to be 5 star reads! Continue reading

Monthly Wrap-Up // January ’20

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Well, the first month of 2020 is officially over. I had a really hard month physically, but I’ve been trying to keep my mind busy. You’ll see a lot of new shows and books (and other types of media) I’ve consumed this month. Keep reading to see what I’ve been up to in January! Continue reading

ARC Review: Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller

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AUTHOR: Linsey Miller

PUBLICATION DATE: February 4th, 2020

GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBTQ+

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Murder, Gore, Medical Neglect, Abuse, and Violence.

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Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.

Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.

Emilie and Annette swap lives—Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician’s assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives.

But when their nation instigates a frivolous war, Emilie and Annette must work together to help the rebellion end a war that is based on lies. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday // Book Cover Freebie

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!

This week’s topic is book cover freebie. This can mean kind(s) of covers you want to talk about: prettiest, most unique, most misleading, weirdest, most memorable, creepiest, ugliest, etc. I didn’t really know what type of cover to do, so I just went basic and chose some of my favorite covers. Continue reading for my favorite covers! Continue reading

Book Review: Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

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AUTHOR: Suzanne Young

PUBLICATION DATE: March 19th, 2019

GENRE: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Physical Abuse, Mental Abuse 

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The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from “Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior Design.” The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance. Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears.

As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly capable of. Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday // The Ten Most Recent Additions to My Bookshelf

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!

This week’s topic is the ten (5 in my case) most recent additions to my bookshelf! I don’t buy many books at all. I usually read ARCS or I borrow from the library. The books I do buy are either bought second hand or they’re books I REALLY look forward to and pre-order. Continue reading to see what the newest additions are! Continue reading

ARC Review: Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry

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AUTHOR: Katie McGarry

PUBLICATION DATE: January 14th, 2020

GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Cancer, Substance Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Child Neglect

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Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother’s ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it’s something more…

Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica.

A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose–can they conquer their demons together? Continue reading

ARC Review: Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

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AUTHOR: Diane Chamberlain

PUBLICATION DATE: January 14th 2020

GENRE: Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Women’s Lit

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Rape, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, Alcohol Abuse

152991932849243491North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher’s life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women’s Correctional Center. Her dream of a career in art is put on hold—until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to leave prison, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets.

North Carolina, 1940: Anna Dale, an artist from New Jersey, wins a national contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina. Alone in the world and desperate for work, she accepts. But what she doesn’t expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep, where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors, and where the price of being different might just end in murder.

What happened to Anna Dale? Are the clues hidden in the decrepit mural? Can Morgan overcome her own demons to discover what exists beneath the layers of lies? Continue reading