Blog Tour – Book Review: You & Me at the End of the World

Title: You & Me at the End of the World

Author: Brianna Bourne

Pub. Date: July 20, 2021

Pages: 368

Pub: Scholastic Press

Genre: YA SF Contemporary

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This is no ordinary apocalypse…

Hannah Ashton wakes up to silence. The entire city around her is empty, except for one other person: Leo Sterling. Leo might be hottest boy ever (and not just because he’s the only one left), but he’s also too charming, too selfish, and too devastating for his own good, let alone Hannah’s.

Stuck with only each other, they explore a world with no parents, no friends, and no school and realize that they can be themselves instead of playing the parts everyone expects of them. Hannah doesn’t have to be just an overachieving, music-box-perfect ballerina, and Leo can be more than a slacker, 80s-glam-metal-obsessed guitarist. Leo is a burst of honesty and fun that draws Hannah out, and Hannah’s got Leo thinking about someone other than himself for the first time.

Together, they search for answers amid crushing isolation, but while their empty world may appear harmless . . . it’s not. Because nothing is quite as it seems, and if Hannah and Leo don’t figure out what’s going on, they might just be torn apart forever. 

This epic will-they-won’t-they relationship is a totally fresh and irreverent YA novel that is as much a love story as it is a story about finding yourself. The book also contains a MAJOR twist that will have readers’ jaws on the floors long after turning the final page.

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June’21 eBook Haul

Clearly, I didn’t pay attention to just how many times I One-Clicked books on Amazon…or pre-ordered them. I honestly can’t remember the last time I hauled this many eBooks in a month. Have a read any of them…well, a few. I mostly blame the Stolen Brides of the Fae series – because one, it’s a handful of books, and two, I went and bought some of the author’s other books. I mean, of course I had to look at their works and figure out if anything else immediately caught my eye…clearly, they did.

But most of these books are by authors I’ve read before – quite a few are new to me, and I’ve definitely found some new favorites. I don’t regret hauling a bunch of eBooks – they take up less space and honestly, are easier to read. I don’t know about you, but it’s a hell of a lot easier and comfortable to curl up with my Kindle over a physical book. With my Kindle I don’t need lights, or my glasses and at the end of the day, that’s preferrable. Also, eBooks just tend to read faster – I don’t know why that is.

But enough of me rambling on.

Let’s take a look at what eBooks I hauled in June – it’s a lot. Continue reading “June’21 eBook Haul”

Book Review: the Art of Breaking Up

Title: the Art of Breaking Up

Author: Elizabeth Stevens

Pub. Date: June 8, 2021

Pages: 400

Pub: Sleeping Dragon Books

Genre: YA/NA Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4.5

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Breaking up is hard to do. Whether you’re breaking up with a bad habit, a life you know, or your first boyfriend. But we all have to do it. It’s just one of the many sucky things about growing up. Some of us do it better than others. I do it badly.

Wade Phillips shattered Lisa McGinty’s heart in Year 10 for no known reason. One minute he was the perfect boy-next-door boyfriend, star goalie on the soccer team, and future head prefect. The next he was like a different person altogether, dumping Lisa and systematically making his way through every girl in our year.

By Year 12, he’d made it through most of them and was on to the year below. He’d miraculously made Head Prefect and was somehow still on the Soccer team, even though he put more effort into partying.

Lisa and I were used to his sarcastic teasing, his shallow taunting, and his insincere flirting. My best friend put on a brave face in front of him, but she still felt the sting. I knew she still loved him. At least, she thought she did. I kept waiting for her to see he wasn’t worth it.

No one knew what happened to Wade and no one got close to him anymore. Not until a life-altering incident throws me unavoidably into his path.

For one single second, I see through the armour he’s built. It takes just one single second for him to see through mine. Something connects us. It turns out, Wade Phillips might be the only one who understands me. It turns out, I might be the only one who understands him.

Wade Phillips might be the guy to teach me the art of breaking up, but will my heart – and Lisa’s – break in the process?
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Most Anticipated 2021 – Quarter 3

I honestly don’t understand how we’re already in July, that the year is half over and we’re roughly 6 months out from Christmas and the New Year.

I can’t believe it’s already time for my Quarter 3 Anticipated Reads List – honestly I nearly forgot to do this post. And I’m like 90% certain I left so many books off of it. So many books have been announced (for this year and next) and if they’re not listed on the GR monthly releases lists – I missed them.

But all the books on this list are ones I’m really looking forward to.

So, instead of rambling on, let’s just jump right into it! Continue reading “Most Anticipated 2021 – Quarter 3”

Book Review: The Kingdom’s Crown (Inheritance of Hunger #3)

Title: The Kingdom’s Crown

Author: Kathryn Moon

Pub. Date: December 29, 2020

Pages: 376

Pub: Kindle Direct Publishing

Genre: RH Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The path to power never did run smooth…

Princess Bryony and her Chosen have been challenged, threatened, and attacked, but it’s news from the capital that lands the hardest blow.

Bryony’s greatest ally is at risk, and if she loses her grandmother’s support she may lose the crown as well. Returning to the capital introduces new enemies and dangers, as well as painful memories. Her grandmother is dying, her sister is feasting on flesh and wasting magic in the shadows, and the Queen is hiding from the ugly truths of Kimmery.

With her patience at its end and her Chosen gathered close, it’s time for Bryony to break the grip the council has on the kingdom, forge new alliances, and learn the depth of her own magic.

The kingdom’s crown will be hers, even if claiming it comes with painful sacrifice.
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July/August/September’21 TBR

I’ve been trying to write this post for days.

But I legit cannot decide on what I want to read for the next 3 months. Usually, I have some kind of idea, a few titles I know I definitely want to hit, but eh.

I’ve been mood reading a lot recently – forgoing anticipated releases for whatever the fuck I’m in the mood for. You don’t even want to know how many books I’ve downloaded on a whim because I was spontaneously in the mood. And then I don’t touch them because the mood passes onto something else.

So, I don’t really want to set a even remotely definitive list. Obviously there are quite a few upcoming releases I’m planning on reading, but if a different mood strikes, I might not get to them.

I do have quite a long list of eARC’s I need to read, so those are really the only definitive books on this list.

Here’s my Master List of NG/EW/eARC’s I need to read:

If it’s not an eARC, I’m probably not going to get to a physical copy of a book. I pretty much subsist on audiobooks these days, and often I get sucked into NA fantasy series and end up bingeing them. I’m trying to find the joy in reading again, and get rid of some of the self-imposed relentless pressure of trying to read popular stuff for review. So, yeah, I’m not setting a TBR of any kind – apart from my eARC list.

Though, there is a small TBR that I do have – but that’s for my “What Books I’m Taking to the Beach” post coming up in a few weeks. I’m going on two beach trips – 1 week at the end of July and 1 week at the end of August – and I have a stack of books I’m 100% planning on reading. I’m really excited for these books, and to just have a week where I don’t have to work. I can just sit and read and unwind. It’s actually quite annoying that I can’t read these books right now – I’ve been dying to read some of them for months, so legit, the next few weeks can pass by quickly, thank you.

I’m really hoping that by not setting any kind of TBR I can find freedom and fun in reading again. For a while, I was starting to feel suffocated by the pressure of having to read new/upcoming releases because that’s what people wanted to see. I was starting to feel resentful and frustrated. I was leaving eARC’s to the last minute and forcing myself to listen to books I wasn’t necessarily in the mood for. When I decided to take a step back from blogging, I decided to stop pressuring myself to read everything. Hence, the mood reading. So far, it’s going really well and I’m just enjoying myself.


Let me know what you’re planning on reading in the upcoming months!

Book Review: The Princess’s Chosen (Inheritance of Hunger #2)

Title: The Princess’s Chosen

Author: Kathryn Moon

Pub. Date: October 6, 2020

Pages: 360

Pub: Kindle Direct Publishing

Genre: RH Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The peace Princess Bryony and her Chosen enjoyed in the north is broken, disturbed by the arrival of her family to the Winter Palace. Camellia is crueler than Bryony ever imagined, and her grandmother’s faith is hard won. Nothing will come easily, not even with her men at her side, their affections growing deeper.

When Bryony’s most reluctant Chosen, Aric – King of Thieves, learns of her Hunger, it all fractures. There is more to the magic of the queen’s line than anyone imagined, and Bryony is losing the grip on her own control.

As the weather turns colder, obstacles rise from every direction, even from within the Winter Palace’s own residents. Bryony must master her magic and her passions in order to protect herself and her Chosen from the enemies that circle closer every day. If she falls, so will Kimmery.
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June’21 Wrap Up

Last month was a pretty good reading month. It was full of some really, truly fantastic reads, some mindless enjoyment, some re-reads and some not so good reads. All in all, I’m not complaining. I gave some books a chance – some were fantastic, others not so much. It happens. I’m not complaining. I’m glad I knocked some books off my TBR – some that I’d been meaning to read for month. I’m kind of glad I let BookTok convince me to dive into a certain series about Blue Aliens – a series a bunch of my male coworkers now know about…I have not known peace LOL

I’m also glad BookTok showed me the Inheritance of Hunger series, because, uh hello new favorite. And I’m judging BookTok over the Zodiac Academy series.

There were a couple of anticipated releases that just missed the mark, and some re-reads that still hold up after years of being out.

Honestly, I read some books that I’d been dying to, I read some that were new to me and I re-discovered what it was like to just read for enjoyment and no stress or pressure to review. I read whatever I wanted – went with whatever mood I was in. I inhaled series and standalones. Read next installments and final books in series.

While they weren’t all five star reads, I loved everything that I read last month and the freedom I felt while reading them. Re-discovering reading for fun lead me to taking a step back from blogging (though not this week lol, oops) and I’ve had more time to just do whatever.

So, let’s jump in and see what I read last month! Continue reading “June’21 Wrap Up”

June’21 Book Haul

So, I kind of went a little crazy with the book buying this month. I didn’t mean to, but when I actually looked at the list across physical, eBook, eARC and Audio – I was pretty wide eyed. I’m doing a whole separate haul post for the eBooks, because there are actually that many. I don’t even want to know how much I spent, I just kept One-Clicking. And I also hauled quite a few Audiobooks that weren’t on my TBR list at all.

An impromptu re-read of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Covenant series with a friend led to those 5 audiobooks, and then another 4 for the Titan spin-off series. I absolutely loved re-reading the Covenant books – it’s still one of my favorite series, and I loved that I didn’t have the pressure of having to read it and review it. I just got to introduce it to a friend and listen to them with her. It was so much fun and honestly so relaxing. I’d kind of forgotten what it was like to read stress free. And then she wanted to dive into the Titan series, and I went with her. I haven’t read the books since their releases, so it’s been fun. I haven’t quite decided if I’m going to review them or not, or just 100% blissfully enjoy them.

And for the most part last month, I was mood reading, and that led to a bunch of audiobook downloads that I now need to read.

I loved what I hauled last month, and I love that I didn’t go crazy with a crap-ton of physical copies – I actually have room on my shelf for them!

So, let’s dive in and see what I hauled last month! Continue reading “June’21 Book Haul”

Blog Tour – Book Review: The Queen Will Betray You (Kingdoms of Sand and Sky #2)

Title: The Queen Will Betray You

Author: Sarah Henning

Pub. Date: July 6, 2021

Pages: 352

Pub: Tor Teen

Genre: YA Fantasy Romance Retellings

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The breathtaking sequel to The Princess Will Save You in the Kingdoms of Sand and Sky duology — a brilliantly-executed YA fantasy homage to The Princess Bride

To stay together forever, Princess Amarande and her stableboy love, Luca, must part: Amarande to reclaim her kingdom from usurpers, and Luca to raise a rebellion and find his destiny. Arrayed against them are all the players in the game of thrones for control over the continent of The Sand and Sky. Facing unspeakable betrayals, enemies hidden in the shadows, and insurmountable odds, their only hope is the power of true love…

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