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Recent Mini NetGalley Haul

Happy Thursday, Bookworms!

What are you reading this weekend?

It’s an anxiety-filled and tiring week but I hope things turn around soon. The plan this weekend is to finish reading Set Fire to the Gods, so I can post my review on Tuesday, its publication day.

Today though I wanted to share titles that have been happily added to my summer reading list. I recently was approved for three upcoming anticipated releases from NetGalley.

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Looking For A Cowboy by Donna Grant
Oct 27, 2020 / St. Martin’s Press
Adult Contemporary Romance

A beautiful stranger has come to Clearview, asking questions that are nobody’s business. Cooper Owens also wasn’t born yesterday. He knows that this out-of-towner is hiding a dark secret of her own. Much as he knows he should head in the other direction, he can’t make himself turn away. . .

P.I. Marlee Frampton always wanted to lead a nice quiet life, working as a cop in her local police department. But that dream came to an end when her sister was murdered—and her baby kidnapped. Now Marlee’s come to Texas to investigate the Harpers, who may be linked to shady adoption agencies. Cooper can’t believe that his friends could be involved in anything so sinister…and soon he makes it his mission to help Marlee discover the truth—and keep her safe in his arms.

This is book 5 of the Heart of Texas series. Donna Grant is such talented writer and craft romance really well. I loved reading the last book, A Cowboy Like You, so am beyond happy that I was approved for this one. It sounds like a cowboy mystery romance, an odd combination but very appealing.

 

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A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation by Momochi, Misaki, Sando (Volume 1)
August 11, 2020 / Diamond Book Distributors / Tokyopop
Manga

When Lizel mysteriously finds himself in a city that bears odd similarities to his own but clearly isn’t, he quickly comes to terms with the unlikely truth: this is an entirely different world. Even so, laid-back Lizel isn’t the type to panic.

He immediately sets out to learn more about this strange place, and to help him do so, hires a seasoned adventurer named Gil as his tour guide and protector. Until he’s able to find a way home, Lizel figures this is a perfect opportunity to explore a new way of life adventuring as part of a guild.

After all, he’s sure he’ll go home eventually… might as well enjoy the otherworldly vacation for now!

I requested this title because I loved the cover and the story seemed interesting. I read volume 1 yesterday ago and liked it. My review will be posted on Sunday, August 2.

 

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The Princess Knight by G. A. Aiken
November 24, 2020 / Kensington Books
Fantasy

LONG LIVE THE QUEEN
 
Gemma Smythe dedicated her life to the glory of battle. With her fellow War Monks, she worshipped the war gods, rained destruction on her enemies, and raised the dead when the fancy took her. Until her sister Keeley became the prophesied Blacksmith Queen, and Gemma broke faith with her order to journey to the Amichai Mountain and fight by Keeley’s side.

The Amichai warriors are an unruly, never-to-be-tamed lot, especially their leader-in-waiting, Quinn. But when the War Monks declare support for Gemma’s ruthless younger sister Beatrix, the immaturity of her key ally is the least of Gemma’s problems. She has to get to the grand masters, dispel their grudge against her, and persuade them to fight for Keeley and justice. If her conviction can’t sway them, perhaps Quinn’s irritating, irreverent, clearly unhinged, ferocity will win the day . . .

The Blacksmith Queen (book 1) was my favorite read of 2019. I absolutely loved it! The Princess Knight is one of my top anticipated 2020 releases. As soon as I saw it on NetGalley I had to request it and I am beyond thankful to be approved for an advanced copy. Also, this cover is divine!

 

That’s all I have for now! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my post. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Be kind.

Stay safe.

Wear a mask.

Social distance.

Wash your hands.


AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!

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More Book Covers I’d Want As Wall Art

Happy Monday, Bookworms!

What book covers would you want as wall art for your home?

I love making these types of posts and admiring lovely book covers. This time I made to sure to choose ones I haven’t picked before and that are new books I’ve added and/or read this year.

Here are beautiful book covers to start your Monday off with a smile:

 

*REVIEWS LINKS*

Ashlords | The Beautiful | Dark Skies | Feather | The Queen’s Rising

The Queen’s Resistance | Stolen Songbird

 

 

As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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NetGalley Mini Haul

Happy Saturday, Bookworms!

Do you have any ARCs you’re looking forward to reading?

I was recently approved for three anticipated reads: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (currently reading), Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan, and Smash It! by Francina Simone. Thank you to the publishers for these e-ARCs to read and review! I’m happy to add all these books to my summer reading list.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
YA Contemporary Fantasy
September 15, 2020
Margaret K. McElderry Books

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.

She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

 

Smash It! by Francina Simone
Own Voices / YA Contemporary
September 22, 2020
Inkyard Press

Olivia “Liv” James is done with letting her insecurities get the best of her. So she does what any self-respecting hot mess of a girl who wants to SMASH junior year does…

After Liv shows up to a Halloween party in khaki shorts—why, God, why?—she decides to set aside her wack AF ways. She makes a list—a F*ck-It list.

1. Be bold—do the thing that scares me.

2. Learn to take a compliment.

3. Stand out instead of back.

She kicks it off by trying out for the school musical, saying yes to a date and making new friends. Life is great when you stop punking yourself! However, with change comes a lot of missteps, and being bold means following her heart. So what happens when Liv’s heart is interested in three different guys—and two of them are her best friends? What is she supposed to do when she gets dumped by a guy she’s not even dating? How does one Smash It! after the humiliation of being friend-zoned?

In Liv’s own words, “F*ck it. What’s the worst that can happen?”

A lot, apparently.

#SMASHIT

 

Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan
Adult Contemporary Romance
St. Martin’s Griffin
January 5, 2020

What happens when your love life becomes the talk of the town?

As birthdays go, this year’s for radio producer Everly Dean hit rock-bottom.

Worse than the “tonsillectomy birthday.” Worse than the birthday her parents decided to split (the first time). But catching your boyfriend cheating on you with his assistant?

Even clichés sting.

But this is Everly’s year! She won’t let her anxiety hold her back. She’ll pitch her podcast idea to her boss.

There’s just one problem.

Her boss, Chris, is very cute. (Of course). Also, he’s extremely distant (which means he hates her, right? Or is that the anxiety talking)?

And, Stacey the DJ didn’t mute the mic during Everly’s rant about Simon the Snake (syn: Cheating Ex).

That’s three problems.

Suddenly, people are lining up to date her, Bachelorette-style, fans are voting (Reminder: never leave house again), and her interest in Chris might be a two-way street. It’s a lot for a woman who could gold medal in people-avoidance. She’s going to have to fake it ‘till she makes it to get through all of this.

Perhaps she’ll make a list: The Ten Rules for Faking It.

Because sometimes making the rules can find you happiness when you least expect it.

 

 

 

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Legendborn – https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/188297

Smash It! – https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/180231

Ten Rules For Faking It – https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/194500


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COVER REVEAL!!! | Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen

Friday just keeps getting better!

I am so happy to be apart of the cover reveal for Gilded Serpent by Danielle L. Jensen, book 3 of the incredible Dark Shores series. The art is by Billelis and the cover design is by Lesley Worrell!

Check out the cover below!

Art by Billelis / Cover design by Lesley Worrell

A dark beauty, isn’t it? I love it. It fits the wicked world the Dark Shore books are set in.

STOP | DISCLAIMER – I’ve also included the synopsis in this post which contains SPOILERS for SHORES/SKIES. Do NOT read if you haven’t read the first two books.

I promise you you won’t want to miss out on those incredible stories. Jensen is a fantastic writer and storyteller whose books will keep you on the edge of your seat – so good!

 

If you have read both books, prepare to feel the feels:

ABOUT | Gilded Serpent

THEIR BATTLES ENDED IN VICTORY

Lydia returns to Mudaire to enter training at the healing temple. But instead of fighting to save lives, she’s convinced she is doing more harm than good. She delves into the history of the gods only to discover a truth that will change her life forever.

His birthright as commander of the Royal Army is finally in his grasp, but Killian feels anything but victorious. Burdened by his past, he embraces the darker side of his mark—and in doing so, risks starting a war.

BUT THE WAR HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN

Having defeated the tyrant Urcon, Marcus struggles to form a lasting alliance with the Arinoquians. But he is plagued by the knowledge that there is a traitor among his friends, and it could cost him everything that he’s fought for.

Torn between her growing allegiance to the Thirty-Seventh legion and her need to liberate her people, Teriana finds herself mired in a web of secrets. She embarks upon a path that will either save everyone she loves—or put them all in their graves.

Gilded Serpent is set to be published April 27, 2021.

 

Looking for a sneak peek? Tor Teen’s got you covered!
Chapter 1 | Excerpt

 

Want to learn more about this series?
Check out my reviews for Dark Shores (book 1/link) and Dark Skies (book 2/link).

 

 

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Summer 2020 Anticipated Book Releases

JUNE

  • 30Flame by Donna Grant (ARC)

 

JULY

  • 7SUPER TUESDAY

    • The Damned by Renée Ahdieh

    • Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

    • One To Watch by Kate Strayman-London

    • Snow White with the Read Hair (Volume 8)

    • An Incurable Case of Love (Volume 4)

    • Entangled Secret by Pat Esden (ARC)

  • 14The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

  • 21Double the Tuesday

    • Fire Mage by Catherine Jones Payne

    • 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon

 

AUGUST

  • 4Set Fire To The Gods by Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons

  • 11Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

  • 18Black Butler (Volume 29)

  • 25Inferno by Donna Grant

 

SEPTEMBER

  • 1Triple-play Tuesday

    • Snow White with the Red Hair (Volume 9)

    • Forget Me Nat by Maria Scrivan

    • The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

  • 8Happy Narwhalidays by Ben Clanton

  • 15 – Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (ARC)

  • 22 – Smash It! by Fancina Simone (ARC)


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Cover Love: Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

Has anyone read Damsel? If so, what did you think?

I am in love with the cover of Damsel by Elana K. Arnold.

This was for sure a half cover buy half premise buy. I may bump this book up on my tbr. I’m super interested in the story and plus it mentions dragons! and as some of you may know I love dragons. They’re my favorite magical creature next to unicorns.

📚ABOUT | DAMSEL📚

The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.

When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.

However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her.

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My 5-Star Reads of 2020: A Look Back

Happy Sunday, Bookworms!

What are some of your 5-star reads that you particularly enjoyed this year?

Blogging has gone fairly well for me this year. It’s been a good reading year and I’ve discovered and/or read some epic stories.

I’ve currently read 80 out of 125 books this year. 24 of those books I gave 5 stars to, which isn’t too bad considering the majority read have been 4 stars.

The books I’ve rated 5 stars exceed my expectations and have created wonderful, soul-crushing, long-lasting memories. I loved each one and recommend them all!

Here are my 5-star read of 2020 so far (with review links):

Heartsong by TJ Klune

Feather by Olivia Wildenstein

Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith

An Incurable Case of Love (Volumes 1 & 2)

Llama Destroys the World by Jonathan Stutzman, Illustrated by Heather Fox

Fire Dancer by Catherine Jones Payne

Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman

Black Butler (Volume 28)

Kamisama Kiss (Volumes 11 & 17)

Nat Enough by Maria Scrivan

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

Coronavirus: A Book For Kids

The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen

Breath Like Water by Anna Jarzab

Ashlords by Scott Reintgen

Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell

Becoming Brianna by Terri Libenson

The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross

By A Thread by Lucy Score (review TBA)

As Always, Happy Reading!

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My Most Anticipated Spring 2020 Book Releases

APRIL

  • 7 – It Sounded Better In My Head by Nina Kenwood

  • 14 – This Is My Brain On Love by I. W. Gregorio

  • 21 – Rick by Alex Gino

  • 28 – Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

MAY

  • 5SUPER TUESDAY!!!

    • Becoming Briana by Terri Libenson

    • Dark Skies by Danielle L. Jensen (ARC)

    • Forged In Fire & Stars by Andrea Robertson

    • The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

    • Call It Magic by Janet Chapman

    • Snow White with the Red Hair (Volume 7) by Sorata Akiduki

    • Turtle Boy by M. Evan Wolkenstein

  • 12Alpha Erased by Aileen Erin

  • 19 – Breath Like Water by Anna Jarzab (ARC)

JUNE

  • 2 – The Damned by Renée Ahdieh


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Hyping About Winter Themed Book Releases In The Spring

Happy Narwhalidays! by Ben Clanton
Series: Narwhal and Jelly #5
Pub Date: September 8, 2020 by Tundra Books


I know what you’re probably thinking. Spring just started so why am I posting a book about a winter holiday. Simple: I love narwhals and this adorably informational book series so much that I was beyond ecstatic when the news of another book was going to be publish.

Here are some links to my reviews for all the previous books in the Narwhal and Jelly series:

 

ABOUT THE BOOK: Narwhal and Jelly spread some holiday cheer (and warm waffle pudding)!

It’s the festive season in the world wide waters, and Narwhal is looking forward to cozying up with a good book, singing and partying with his pod pals and enjoying some warm waffle pudding. But most of all he’s excited about the arrival of the Merry Mermicorn! According to Narwhal, she’s part mermaid, part unicorn and completely mer-aculous! Jelly is of course skeptical about the existence of the “Mira-Miny-What-A Corn” . . . even when he receives a mysterious present. It must be from Narwhal. Now Jelly has to get the perfect gift, but finding a present for someone as unique as Narwhal is no easy feat, even when you have six tentacles. How will Jelly ever come up with a whaley great gift for a best pal who spreads cheer all through the year?

 

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Thinking Happy Thoughts & About Books

Happy Friday, Bookworms!

I’m staying positive and thinking happy thoughts, which is almost always about books. I can’t remember the last time I did a Book of the Day post. I like to spotlight books that I love and have fond memories of. THE WARRIOR HEIR by Cinda Williams Chima is such a book.

Why? It’s an incredible YA Fantasy story. There are magical people and magical tournaments and for sure a slow burn romance.

This story was the first school summer reading book I actually like and opened my eyes to more amazing fantasy books. I might have to do a reread of this book.

Sending you all some happy, positive vibes! Have a great, weekend!

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK: An epic battle between good and evil…

Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great – until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.

Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game – a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.

As if his bizarre heritage isn’t enough, Jack finds out that he’s not just another member of Weirlind – he’s one of the last of the warriors – at a time when both houses are scouting for a player.