* Disclaimer – this post should have been up yesterday, but I was so far from the right headspace to write it, that I decided to just step away. Sometimes no matter how hard you try, certain things can take a pretty great, confident feeling day, and turn them to shit in the matter of an hour. I’m feeling better now, and said that I would post Wednesday’s post Thursday, so here you go!
* Sorry if this is feels like the original post – What Books I’m Bringing to the Beach! I didn’t think ahead how both of these would read and look with only being a little over a week apart.
I think I overpacked on books. I do this every year – bring too many and end up not reading all of them. I read the majority, but ultimately, I just ran out of time. More than once I was told I was being unsociable, which meant I had to put the book down and actually hang out with family. It’s okay though. While it’s nice to be able to lay out on the beach in the sun with a good book, it’s also fun to go sit in the surf drinking slushies with way too much alcohol in them.
I enjoyed almost every book I read. There were only two I didn’t read, but one of them was going to be a reread. I’m kind of upset about one of them, and totally try reading it again. If I don’t already have a review up for a book (I’ll link the ones I do have them for) then a review will be up closer to the release date (for ARCs) and for the other books, hopefully a review will be up soon. I’m kind of back logged on them at the moment.
With that being said, let’s jump into the books I read and some brief thoughts on them.
Imposters – Scott Westerfeld – 3.5/5
I enjoyed this, but not as much as I thought I would. I’m in the camp of never having read Extras and I have a feeling that this book would have made a little more sense. I’m excited to read the one when it comes out next year. * sobbing * I liked Rafi and Frey and I felt like Frey and Col’s relationship was a little rushed.
I also feel like along with reading Extras this book is best read soon after having read the original series, when the story is still fresh in your mind. I struggled just a little bit to remember certain aspect, and was more than a little bummed when Tally was only mentioned, and never showed up. Ugh, I think I’m finally going to have to read Extras – hopefully it doesn’t ruin the first three books for me.
Frey and Rafi are inseparable . . . but very few people have ever seen them together. This is because Frey is Rafi’s double, raised in the shadow’s of their rich father’s fortress. While Rafi has been taught to charm, Frey has been taught to kill. Frey only exists to protect her sister. There is no other part of her life. Frey has never been out in the world on her own – until her father sends her in Rafi’s place to act as collateral for a dangerous deal. Everyone thinks she’s her sister – but Col, the son of a rival leader, is starting to get close enough to tell the difference. As the stakes grow higher and higher, Frey must decide whether she can trust him – or anyone in her life.
Wicked Saints – Emily A. Duncan
This was the first book I read on vacation because I was tired of waiting to read it. IT WAS SO GOOD AND I’D DYING KNOWING THAT IT WILL BE TWO YEARS BEFORE I GET TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. So yeah.
Emily A. Duncan created a wonderfully dark world, that has you captivated from the first page. It starts off hot and never slows down. The characters are engaging and don’t give away their secrets too quickly and leave you with wanting to shake them violently and then pull them into a comforting hug. I already know that I’m going to be rereading this closer to its actual release date, and then I’ll probably read the finished copy. I’m not lying when I say that I’m dying inside.
* whispers * Psst if you need someone to read book 2 early, I’m available.
Something dark and holy…
More Than We Can Tell – Brigid Kemmerer
I hate that this isn’t one I got to reread while on vacation but let me tell you. This book got passed around and people read and loved it. I’m happy people fell in love with Rev’s story as it’s one of my favorites. I will reread this soon, since surprisingly I’ve only read it once, and I can’t wait to fall in love with it all over again.
Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay…until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.
Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.
When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.
*I own multiple versions and covers of MTWCT and the one pictured is the UK Paperback which I ordered off of Book Depository, and it’s the version I took to the beach.
The Natural History of Us – Rachel Harris
THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD. I had no idea it existed before March, and now that I’ve read it, I cannot wait for book 3, which hopefully won’t be a long wait! I loved Justin and Peyton, and the way the story was told had me dying to know what broke them up. I thought Justin was sweet in the ways he worked to convince Peyton to come back to him, and I find it really hard to fault him for his actions as a freshman in High School. Did he react badly. Hell yes. Was it surprising. Nope, he was a child.
This book just felt so real and honest and I loved it.
One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who’s forever owned his heart.
Justin Carter has a secret. He’s not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy…and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she’d ever forgive him.
Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she’s done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she’ll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first.
For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate’s given him a shot at redemption, he’s determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton…well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.
Kiss Collector – Wendy Higgins
Ugh. This is the one that I DNF’d. I’m totally going to give it another try, because I’ve loved everything else Wendy Higgins has written, but this one fell really short. It didn’t grab me in the beginning, and I hope when I do pick this one up again I end up loving it, but I decided that I wasn’t going to spend my vacation reading a book I couldn’t get into. I put it at the bottom of my pile and told myself that if I finished everything else I brought with me, I’d go back to this one.
When seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe gets cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved, then watches her parents’ marriage crumble, she decides to forget about relationships and turn the tables on the boys of the world. It’s time to take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, and bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it’s time to collect.
Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral she can’t seem to break free of. As family, academic, friend, and guy drama come to a head, Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst, and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race…or at least some of them.
Invisible Ghosts – Robyn Schneider
It made me cry again. Not as hard and the initial read, but there were tears, and my family made fun of me – in a light way – no hard feelings. Once again, I fell in love with Robyn’s writing, her characters – I love Rose and Jamie so much. I will forever read any contemporaries Robyn writes and invisible Ghosts is definitely my favorite book of hers.
Rose Asher believes in ghosts. She should, since she has one for a best friend: Logan, her annoying, Netflix-addicted brother, who is forever stuck at fifteen. But Rose is growing up, and when an old friend moves back to Laguna Canyon and appears in her drama class, things get complicated.
Jamie Aldridge is charming, confident, and a painful reminder of the life Rose has been missing out on since her brother’s death. She watches as Jamie easily rejoins their former friends–a group of magnificently silly theater nerds–while avoiding her so intensely that it must be deliberate.
Yet when the two of them unexpectedly cross paths, Rose learns that Jamie has a secret of his own, one that changes everything. Rose finds herself drawn back into her old life–and to Jamie. But she quickly starts to suspect that he isn’t telling her the whole truth.
All Rose knows is that it’s becoming harder to choose between the boy who makes her feel alive and the brother she isn’t ready to lose.
Broken Prince – Erin Watt
WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL WAS THE ENDING FOR THIS BOOK. I didn’t bring book 3 with me on vacation so I was left dying. I inhaled this book the same way I did the first one, and I know I’ll do the same thing with book 3. Are they the best books ever – no – but shit, they keep you hooked and they’re books you sit down to read, and don’t get up until you’ve finished it. These are binge books most definitely.
BUT THE ENDING THOUGH. I’m still not over it, and probably won’t be until I read book 3.
From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.
THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU…
Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.
What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.
Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.
SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT.
Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.
Questions! Feel free to comment your answers below!
Should I finally suck it up and read Extras? Have you read it? Are you in the camp that it ruins the first three books?
Out of all of these books, have you read any of them? Do you have a favorite? Which of the ARCs are you most excited for?