Book Review: Amelia Unabridged

Title: Amelia Unabridged

Author: Ashley Schumacher

Pub. Date: February 16, 2021

Pages: 304

Pub: Wednesday Books

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.

In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.

When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along. Continue reading “Book Review: Amelia Unabridged”

Book Review: An Heir Comes to Rise (An Heir Comes to Rise #1)

Title: An Heir Comes to Rise

Author: C.C. Peñaranda

Pub. Date: February 25, 2021

Pages: 400

Pub: Lumarias Press

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


In the impoverished outer town of a kingdom where fae outrank humans, Faythe, an orphan with a talent for swordplay, knows the importance of keeping her head down around the fae patrol. She and best friend Jakon long for a better life, and her desire to swing her sword in combat may bring the purpose and coin she’s yearned for.

A DREAM…
When she draws the attention of royal guard Nik, she soon learns that her mortal nature isn’t the only reason to remain out of sight. Nik is a Nightwalker, a silent assassin of the mind with the power to enter others’ dreams, and whether she trusts him or not, he’s about to awaken abilities in Faythe that shouldn’t exist in a human. Nightmarish abilities. Deadly abilities. Abilities that will teach Faythe blood really does run thicker than water…and if she doesn’t trust in higher powers soon, blood will run indeed.

AN HEIR…
For this is no battle Faythe can fight with steel. Within the city walls, suspicions are arising, and here in the outer town she has deeper bonds to protect. It seems everyone will die with a dark secret to tell, but what if one unlikely human girl was born harboring the darkest secret of all…?

In a clash of steel, a mortal body may fall. But in a clash of dreams, a powerful heir may rise.
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ARCs I Need to Read

This is going to be a short and sweet accountability post.

I’ve been knocking out past due eARCs left and right because I’m behind, but this is going to act as my “you really need to read these books”.

I’m probably going to pause with the backlist and read the few February eARCs that I have so I’m ahead on those. I don’t want to fall behind any more than I already currently am. I will say that it’s so incredibly satisfying to see that little orange checkmark next to the read titles. I feel like I’ve actually accomplished something.

I’m also going to use this post as a reminder, to not over request on NetGalley, because you end up with a shit ton of books and no time to read them.

So, with that being said, here’s the list of eARCs I have read and still need to read. Continue reading “ARCs I Need to Read”

NetGalley & Edelweiss Update – Jan’21

I’ve been knocking books off my NetGalley lists – I got a little (or a lot) behind in the fall, so I’ve made it a priority to get some of these past due ARCs read. But, of course, I continue to request and continue to be denied more often than I’m approved. Which is a bummer.

I’m sitting at an 86% so I don’t quite understand why I legit got way too many denials last week. Almost every day I got an email, or I saw on my account that I’d been declined for a book, and honestly, it doesn’t feel great.

Do I need more books to read?

No, not really since I’m behind on some of the ones I do have.

Do I want more books?
Yes, because omfg there are so many 2021 rom-coms I’m looking forward to and I just want to read them.

Did I also just go on an Edelweiss Requesting spree, even though I know nothing will come of it?

Yes.

And with that being said, let’s take a look at what’s going on in my accounts. Continue reading “NetGalley & Edelweiss Update – Jan’21”

Book Review: Rebel (Starlatten #2)

Title: Rebel

Author: Darby Cupid

Pub. Date: December 11, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


A fighter with a desperate soul, a queen with a broken heart and a planet torn apart by lies.

An orbit has passed since Crystal’s family were assassinated, stranding her on Earth.

Now, as queen of a war torn planet, struggling to keep the capital from rebel rule, Crystal discovers the reason behind the attack is far more sinister than she could ever have imagined.

Crystal’s memory of her perfect family is shattered as she’s forced to right her ancestors’ wrongs, but putting your planet first isn’t as easy as it seems when your heart is on the line.
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NetGalley October’20 Update

Yesterday was a day and I came home from work, took two shots of tequila, walked Codigo and then promptly fell asleep for an hour.

Suffice to say, my planned post for today wasn’t going to happen, but I did promise you all a NetGalley/ARC Update, so here it is. Somehow I keep getting approved for ARCs, even though I’m barely reading them right now. I feel terrible about it, but between work, Codigo, life and finding the energy, ARCs are falling by the wayside…unless I have a blog tour commitment or something. I’m really hoping that changes soon, because reading is a de-stressor for me, and not being able to read is driving me out of my mind.

I don’t really count audiobooks, just because I miss reading physical books. Don’t get me wrong, I love audiobooks, but listening for at least 6.5 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week – I very quickly burn myself out and then I’m not reading anything.

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Book Review: Catalyst (Pandemonium #2)

Title: Catalyst

Author: Willow Anderson

Pub. Date: September 1, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


With Pandemonium’s chaos fractured, Lace and the rightful Ringmaster set out to find the silver card, which can make it whole again. After nothing but dead-end clues, the magic splinters more than ever, and the show begins to die—that is, until a woman arrives with a shred of hope claiming she knows where the card is.

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Book Review: Fable (Fable #1)

Title: Fable

Author: Adrienne Young

Pub. Date: September 1, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

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Book Review: Ignite the Sun

ignite the sunTitle: Ignite the Sun

Author: Hanna Howard

Pub. Date: August 18, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


Once upon a time, there was something called the sun… In a kingdom ruled by an evil witch, the sun is just part of a legend about light-filled days of old. Luckily for everybody in the kingdom, Siria Nightingale is headed to the heart of the darkness to try and restore the light–or she will lose everything trying.

Sixteen year-old Siria Nightingale has never seen the sun. The light is dangerous, according to Queen Iyzabel, an evil witch who has shrouded the kingdom in shadow.

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Book Review: The Journey Home

the journey homeTitle: The Journey Home

Author: Becky Bird

Pub. Date: February 18, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Revisiting your past can sometimes be deadly…

A wayward orphan uncovers his parents’ killers with the town geek and his former BFF, unaware that unraveling the town’s best-kept secret could end up revealing an even bigger one that will change his life forever.

Sentenced to four months in Fiddlers Creek for his latest crime spree, bad boy Lincoln Laing is not happy to return to the small town he grew up in. The reason for his departure three years ago? His parents’ suicides.

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