june wrap up + favorites

hello everyone!!! i’m back from my 9-month blogging hiatus. as you may know, i posted a few posts prior to this so i’m back into the blogging spirit! june means that school is finally over and i can finally read and blog as much as i could! i just got my grades back in the mail and i am happy with my grades; however i was low-key pissed when i saw what was my final grade for ap psychology. i wish i can tell you the full story behind this dilemma but that would mean i’ll be going to a full-on rant about it so i’m just going to leave it at that. but school’s over so i shouldn’t get any stress hit over me again.

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arc review – the impossible vastness of us

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the impossible vastness of us by samantha young

release date – june 27th, 2017

genre – ya contemporary romance

publisher / imprint – harlequin teen

preorder here – amazon | barnes and noble | book depository

source – received arc from yallwest

summary (from goodreads) –

india maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. it’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. now she’s living in one of boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancé and his daughter, eloise. thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend finn, india feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

but india’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. eloise and finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. in fact, everyone’s life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. and as india grows closer to finn and befriends eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever…

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book review – to all the boys i’ve loved before

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to all the boys i’ve loved before by jenny han

release date – april 15th, 2014

genre – ya contemporary romance

publisher / imprint – simon and schuster books for young readers

buy book here – amazon | barnes and noble | book depository

source – purchased copy at barnes and noble

summary (from the book) –

lara jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. they aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her, these are ones she’s written. one for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. when she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, lara jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

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arc review – fear the drowning deep

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dear the drowning deep by sarah glenn marsh

release date – october 4th, 2016

genre – ya historical paranormal romance

publisher / imprint – sky pony press

buy book here – amazon | barnes and noble | book depository

source – received e-arc from edelweiss

summary (from goodreads) –

witch’s apprentice bridey corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the isle of man.

soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares bridey’s suspicions about the sea. no one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. the cause of the deep gashes in fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. in exchange for saving his life, fynn teaches bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

now, bridey must work with the isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.

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my august/september 2016 book haul

hey guys! at this time of year, i would go back to school and so are those teen bloggers out there (maybe those who are about to start out and for those who are reading and are freshmens at the moment, don’t slack off, but have fun as well. you’re just almost there to escaping hell…if you’re optimistic enough.). it’s so hard to juggle everything in my personal life when it comes to school (i know i say that often but i really do). what doesn’t stop me is the fact i am still blogging and even buying books or just somehow getting more books.

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more than half of the book i’ve gotten within the months was from #booksfortrade. allison, one of the sweetest book friends i’ve ever met send me a few books she got while she was at sdcc because i mailed her a book that she wanted so much that i gave it to her since she would want it than i do. i’ve got of fire and stars by audrey coulthurst and an ember in the ashes by sabaa tahir, which was the exclusive comic-on edition, though it’s just a letter and an excerpt of the sequel, but i’ve been wanting to read it because i never went through a day without seeing people talk about the book and the sequel as well now that it’s out. thank you, allison for the books and go check out her and her blog. the next book i have is captive prince by cs pacat. i heard somewhat reviews that are both great and bad, but i’ll try to be the judge of that. thanks claire for the book so it can go to a better home! then i have the heir by kiera cass and with malice by eileen cook, in which they need to be in a better home as well from brianna/angelina (thank you, whoever send me them, but it doesn’t because you guys are great, no matter what). this trade wasn’t intentionally what we want to giveaway or trade but since i have a book that she wanted and she had a book that i wanted, we decided to trade it. and so, i got the darkest corners by kara thomas. thank you ali for both the book and the swag! and lastly, but not the least praising, are something in between by melissa de la cruz (thank you, hannah!), asunder by jodi meadows (you as well, brooke), eleanor and park by rainbow rowell (and you too, veronica!), and we are the ants by shaun david hutchinson (brittany, also to you!).

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and the other half of these books were what i got at barnes and noble. i bought empire of storms by sarah j. maas, because it’s better to get it than later since i haven’t start the series even though i have all of her books. and because i read this book for review, which you see here, i bought the finished copy of nevernight by jay kristoff because i want to support my favorite authors and that i love it so much that i need one for a collection (though not in a die-hard way). then i got the queen of blood by sarah beth durst and i wasn’t intended to buy this book because i was supposed to buy three dark crowns but since i seen people with this book, i checked the summary it pulled me that i chose to buy this than three dark crowns, but don’t worry, i’ll have that book at some time…i hope. i also got the perks of being a wallflower by stephen chbosky and yes, i read it already in just 3 days and i loved it. i’ll tell you why and also on the movie once i put up my review of both the movie and the book. i also got to kill a mockingbird by harper lee and the alchemist by paulo coelho. the reason for that is because i seem to feel in the mood to read both adult fiction slash classics slash nonfiction and me reading and buying them sort of feel like i’m exploring through my reading taste.

and the last part was just happened randomly. because i found a good copy at the library before, i decided to look at the section of books for donation and what i stumbled was out of a guess and what the book was was the sacred lies of minnow bly by stephanie oakes because of the spine and when i looked back to see that book, that was it. and so i payed for it, again, because they still considered it as a book and not an arc in which it’s not subjected to buy or sell, and it’s just how it is even though i hate the system they’re doing.

so here is a recap of the books i received in the month of august and september.

books for trade

  • an ember in the ashes by sabaa tahir
  • asunder by jodi meadows
  • captive prince by c.s. pacat
  • eleanor and park by rainbow rowell
  • of fire and stars by audrey coulthurst
  • something in between by melissa de la cruz
  • the darkest corners by kara thomas
  • the heir by kiera cass
  • we are the ants by shaun david hutchinson
  • with malice by eileen cook

purchased

  • empire of storms by sarah j. maas
  • nevernight by jay kristoff
  • the alchemist by paulo coelho
  • the perks of being a wallflower by stephen chbosky
  • the queen of blood by sarah beth durst
  • to kill a mockingbird by harper lee

 

purchased at library

  • the sacred lies of minnow bly by stephanie oakes

 

total: 17 books

so what books have you got recently? i would love to know in the comments and i’ll be back in another haul and/or post so you will know i can blog again even though i have a busy schedule all day.

excerpt + giveaway – girl in pieces

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girl in pieces by kathleen glasgow

release date – august 30th, 2016

genre – ya dark contemporary

publisher / imprint – delacorte press

preorder here – amazon | barnes and noble | book depository

summary (from goodreads) –

charlotte davis is in pieces. at seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. but she’s learned how to forget. the thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. you don’t have to think about your father and the river. your best friend, who is gone forever. or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

every new scar hardens charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. it hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

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arc review – nevernight

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nevernight by jay kristoff

release date – august 9th, 2016

genre – mature ya high fantasy

publisher / imprint – thomas dunne books

preorder here – amazon | barnes and noble | book depository

source – received arc via publisher

summary (from goodreads) –

in a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

daughter of an executed traitor, mia corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

now, mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire republic—the red church. if she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the blades of the lady of blessed murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. but a killer is loose within the church’s halls, the bloody secrets of mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

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