What I’m Currently Reading and Watching: Part VI

This week has been so stressful for me. I feel like so much is going on and there’s not enough time to get it all done, so it’s just swirling around me endlessly.

Also, I’m packing, so that’s fun. So to keep things light and to ease some of the stress, today I’m sharing what I’m currently reading and watching!


READING

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I’m about 40% of the way through Sky Breaker and I’m starting Spells Trouble today, so I’m hoping I can read them quickly! Sky Breaker isn’t living up to what I wanted. I remember liking Night Spinner, the first book, but this one jumped right back in so I was very confused. And the main character went from being this strong warrior to a passive character in the first book and has now turned into a paranoid control freak. She’s kind of irritating me and I’m not enjoying this book at all. Hopefully Spells Trouble is better.


WATCHING

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I watched a few episodes of Shadow and Bone, but I want to be able to sit down and binge it, so I’m waiting until I move and things calm down. In the meantime, I have been steadily getting through Modern Family and I’m now on Season 6, almost to Season 7. This is kind of my comfort show – I tend to watch it when I’m feeling stressed and just want to distract myself from life, so I’ve been watching it a lot recently.

Besides that I also watch YouTube when I’m bored or listen to podcasts. Especially if I’m in a reading slump or not enjoying the book I’m currently reading.


What are you currently reading and watching? Any recommendations for what I should read or watch next?

Review + 5 Reasons to Read: The Ones We’re Meant to Find

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Dystopian has been making a comeback and this book is no exception. This breathtaking book about two sisters desperate to find each other as the world is ending is honestly a masterpiece. I’m so thankful TBR and Beyond Tours chose me to participate in this tour because I cannot stop thinking about this book and I’m so excited to share this story with you! Be sure to follow along with the tour and check out the schedule to see all of the amazing posts!

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Apr ’21 Wrap Up

I can’t believe we’re a third of the way through the year. Time is flying by so quickly and this month was no exception. Looking back at what I read, I was not only shocked at how much I read, but the fact that I was forgetting the books I read this month. Time is moving so slow and so fast at the same time, I can’t keep up. Anyways, here’s what I read for April and if you want to see what I plan to read in May, check out my TBR here!

I also linked all of the reviews that are posted for these books, so if you want to read my thoughts, check out the reviews below!


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Tell Me My Name by Amy Reed

Genre: YA Thriller

Rating: 1 // 5 stars (DNF @ 42%)

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A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 4.5 // 5 stars

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In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 4 // 5 stars

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These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 4.5 // 5 stars

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The Stolen Kingdom by Jillian Boehme

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 4 // 5 stars

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When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Genre: YA Contemporary

Rating: 4 // 5 stars

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Our Last Echoes by Kate Alice Marshall

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy

Rating: 5 // 5 stars

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Slingshot by Mercedes Helnwein

Genre: YA Contemporary

Rating: 1 // 5 stars (DNF @ 24%)

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What’s Not to Love by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Genre: YA Romance

Rating: 5 // 5 stars

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Counting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan

Genre: YA Romance

Rating: 4 // 5 stars

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The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

Genre: YA Dystopian Thriller

Rating: 5 // 5 stars

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I can’t believe I read 11 books last month! It felt like I had read nothing, but looking back, I actually got through a lot more. I basically finished my TBR last month which was surprising and awesome at the same time. I need to keep up this momentum into May!

What was your favorite book you read in April? It’s so hard to pick, but I think it would have to be a three way tie between Our Last Echoes, What’s Not to Love, and The Ones We’re Meant to Find. And These Feathered Flames is a very close second!

May ’21 TBR

Another month, another TBR! May seems to be the moving month for me and while I want to get ahead of my TBR, I need to be realistic. So this month, while I’m setting a goal to read certain books, I’m also anticipating I might read nothing. So here are some books I want to read this month and I’m going to try to get through all of them! Wish me luck.

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ARC Review: What’s Not to Love

Ah high school. It’s so bizarre to think I graduated six years ago. I haven’t walked the halls or gone to classes and yet this book pulled me right back in and I loved it. With this enemies to lovers story, two rivals do everything in their power to outdo the other leading to an intensely passionate relationship that I am IN LOVE WITH.

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WWW Wednesday (4/28/21)

It’s the middle of the week and time for another round of WWW Wednesday! I didn’t get much reading done this weekend since I spent the majority of it packing my bookshelves and selling the stuff that I didn’t want to come with me. But, I managed to finish some books at least and start new ones!

WWW Wednesday’s is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and all it involves is answering three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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ARC Review: Our Last Echoes

I am a big thriller fan, but I’ve never been someone who could get into horror. While this isn’t Stephen King esque, it is pretty gruesome and intense and there were several moments that I had to take a break to calm my heart rate down. But this book was so fantastic that I could get past all of the horror elements because I had to know what was going on. The mystery of this world, of Sophia’s experience, and the disappearances on this island captivated me and I absolutely loved it!

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Blog Tour: In Deeper Waters

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I am so excited to be able to share my review for In Deeper Waters, hosted by Turn the Page Tours! I was immediately drawn into this book by the cover and the description completely won me over. You’ll definitely want to check out the giveaway for a copy of this book, it’s a must have!

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ARC Review: When We Were Infinite

Before I start with my review, I want to mention that this book has several trigger warnings. While this review is spoiler free, there might be mentions of certain themes that might be triggering. Please proceed with caution and stay safe.

TW: anxiety, panic attacks, racism, suicide attempt, suicide of side character, child abuse

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WWW Wednesday (4/21/21)

Back again with another WWW Wednesday! I’m really liking these posts and it’s a lot of fun (and a little less mental work every week). Not much has happened this week, so not much of an update, although I did change my plan for what I need to read next.

WWW Wednesday’s is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and all it involves is answering three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Blog Tour: These Feathered Flames

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I am so excited to be able to participate in this tour today! I received an e-ARC from Inkyard Press through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and so when I saw this tour was open, I knew I had to sign up. This book was so amazing and good, I’m so glad I can help promote it!

Be sure to check out the other tour posts this week and see all the amazing reviews and Instagram posts. You can find the tour schedule here.

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WWW Wednesday #3

Happy Wednesday everybody! I have gotten a little bit of reading done, mostly for upcoming blog tours I am participating in, so you’ll see those reviews in the next few weeks. But besides that, everything is pretty calm right now. We bought a new couch and giving our old couch to my parents-in-law. I started packing and I get to go through all my shelves and create piles to keep, sell, and donate, which is gonna be so much fun. I’m really not looking forward to it.

WWW Wednesday’s is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and all it involves is answering three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Review: A Dark and Hollow Star

I managed to get an ARC of this book right before release on NetGalley, but it wasn’t until I purchased a physical copy at B&N that I got motivated to read it. See, I knew I was going to love this book (and obviously I was right) so it made sense to just buy a copy and I’m so glad I did. I loved this book so much and I can’t wait for the sequel!

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Adult Fiction Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

I talk a lot about young adult books, which I absolutely love, but I also read adult fiction too and I feel like I don’t give that section of books enough love.

So today, I’m going to highlight adult fiction books I love. Now, I am pretty new to the adult fiction world, so some of these may be well-known favorites. If you have any recommendations for books I should read next based on these, please let me know! I’m always looking for more recommendations!

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“Underrated” YA Books You Should Read

Every reader knows a book or series that they absolutely love but no one else has heard of. With the recent events and new information coming forward about certain YA authors, I feel like it is a good time to highlight some authors that I love and highly recommend you should read! While there is a lot of discourse and conversation going on right now that you should look into, let’s take a chance to instead highlight books and authors that I feel are underrated or underappreciated!

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WWW Wednesday #2

Happy Wednesday everybody! This weekend was so much fun as I got to see my family and enjoy breaking the fast to end Passover, so I was pretty busy cooking and cleaning with not much reading time. Still, I managed to get some reading done so here is another WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday’s is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and all it involves is answering three simple questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth
Published: February 23, 2021
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 512
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Choose your player.

The “ironborn” half-fae outcast of her royal fae family.
A tempestuous Fury, exiled to earth from the Immortal Realm and hellbent on revenge.
A dutiful fae prince, determined to earn his place on the throne.
The prince’s brooding guardian, burdened with a terrible secret…


WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Tell Me My Name by Amy Reed
Published: March 9, 2021
Publisher: Dial Books
Genre: YA Thriller
Pages: 336
Rating: star-1star-1 (DNF @ 42%)
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On wealthy Commodore Island, Fern is watching and waiting–for summer, for college, for her childhood best friend to decide he loves her. Then Ivy Avila lands on the island like a falling star. When Ivy shines on her, Fern feels seen. When they’re together, Fern has purpose. She glimpses the secrets Ivy hides behind her fame, her fortune, the lavish parties she throws at her great glass house, and understands that Ivy hurts in ways Fern can’t fathom. And soon, it’s clear Ivy wants someone Fern can help her get. But as the two pull closer, Fern’s cozy life on Commodore unravels: drought descends, fires burn, and a reckless night spins out of control. Everything Fern thought she understood–about her home, herself, the boy she loved, about Ivy Avila–twists and bends into something new. And Fern won’t emerge the same person she was…


WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy
Release Date: April 20, 2021
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 496
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A queer retelling of “The Firebird,” a Russian folktale

When twin heirs are born in Tourin, their fates are decided at a young age. While Izaveta remained at court to learn the skills she’d need as the future queen, Asya was taken away to train with her aunt, the mysterious Firebird, who ensured magic remained balanced in the realm.

But before Asya’s training is completed, the ancient power blooms inside her, which can mean only one thing: the queen is dead, and a new ruler must be crowned…


I’m technically reading two books right now, A Dark and Hollow Star and I’m also reading When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert right now. I’m hoping to finish both of these by the weekend, so I can get started on some blog tour books that I need to read before the end of the month! I’m also doing some non-fiction reading too, so I feel like I have even less time to read and review books right now.

Mar ’21 Wrap Up

It’s April 1st and while I’m not big into pranks and stuff, I really did play myself with reading this month. I was on track to finish all the books I wanted to read for this month, but life did not want me to finish reading them. Oh well, here’s what I read for March and if you want to see what I plan to read in April, check out my TBR here!

I also linked all of the reviews that are posted for these books, so if you want to read my thoughts, check out the reviews below!

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Apr ’21 TBR

Every time I think I’m going to finish my TBR and have time to read extra books, it doesn’t happen. In March, I was halfway through the month and was doing so well, then our offer was accepted on a house and I had zero time and motivation to read.

So for April, even though there are so many books I want to put down on my TBR, I’m sticking with nine. Three are for blog tours, five are all NetGalley books I need to read and review, and one is a TBR book my friends are dying for me to read. If I have extra time available, I am absolutely reading other books as well, but for now I’m going to be realistic. Most likely I’ll be busy with packing and moving and unpacking, so it’s better to keep my expectations low.

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ARC Review: The Theft of Sunlight

I finally finished this book! It has been so hard trying to find time to read these past few weeks. If you weren’t aware, my fiance and I are currently in the process of buying a house! And at the same time, I’m also unfortunately dealing with some medical issues and too many doctors appointments. Oh and this week is the week of Passover.

I’m a little busy. So trying to read has been pretty difficult. But, I finally found time to finish this amazing book and I’m so desperate for more!

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Count to 10 Book Tag

I apologize for the late post. Closing on a house, plus health stuff going on, plus life has left me unable to read, unable to focus, and unable to sit down and write anything. So today, I’m doing a tag. This took me so long to do just cause I cannot seem to focus, but it was still a lot of fun! I saw this post over on Alexa’s blog, Writing the Universe, and totally stole it. Be sure to check out her post to see her responses!

Originally on Alyce’s YouTube channel, this tag looks like so much fun! I haven’t done a book tag in a while and this one looked like a challenge, so I’m excited!

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WWW Wednesday

This is my first time participating in WWW Wednesday but I thought it was fitting for the week I’ve had! I haven’t finished reading anything this whole week and a half due to stress and other things, like buying a house. So here’s a small update.

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Addressing the Blogging Controversy

I don’t like posting rants on my blog. It makes me feel icky and like I’m complaining, which I guess I technically am, but that’s besides the point.

I’m making an exception for this though.Today, I want to talk about the newest blogging controversy and the disrespect bloggers experience in the book industry.

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Books I can’t stop thinking about

Have you ever read a book and even after you put it down, you can’t stop thinking about it? I have read so many good books recently – like all 5 star reads – and I can’t stop thinking about these books! Some are just so well written, others are mind-blowing plots, and some just hit my soul and changed me.

Here are some books that I can’t stop thinking about!

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NetGalley Update (Mar ’21)

I have been working my butt off to get through the NetGalley books I have and get my score up above 80%. When I started I was at 70% and stayed there for months as more and more books were approved. I recently (finally) hit 80% on my account and have worked to get below 20 books for so long.

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ARC Review: Havenfall

And here we go again – another ALA 2019 book that I had sitting on my shelf for forever before I finally picked it up… Today, I am reviewing Havenfall by Sara Holland, an ARC that I managed to snag and just haven’t had the time to pick up. I finally decided to read it because I also had an ARC of Phoenix Flame sitting on my kindle that I had to read – so I read both!

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Mar ’21 Mid-Month Update

I feel like this year is just flying by. We’re already almost three months into the year, we’ve hit the 1 year mark since the pandemic began (for my state), and it’s already the middle of March! Time is absolutely flying. So to slow things down a little, here’s a mid-month update on what I read, what I’m reading, and what I want to read for the rest of March!

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Blog Tour + Favorite Quotes: Sing Me Forgotten

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Today, I am reviewing one of my most highly anticipated reads of 2021 – Sing Me Forgotten by Jessica S. Olson! This is a genderbent Phantom of the Opera retelling with magic and I was so excited to be a part of this tour! Thank you again to Turn the Page Tours for allowing me to participate in the Sing Me Forgotten blog tour! I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to share my favorite quotes and 5 reasons to read this book. Be sure to check out the tour schedule for more amazing content!

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Blog Tour + Giveaway: Sweet & Bitter Magic

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I could not believe I am able to participate in this blog tour for Sweet & Bitter Magic. This is one of my most anticipated reads and WOW did it live up to that expectation! I am not joking when I say that I’m obsessed with this book and I need a series continuation of at least 10 more please.

Thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours for allowing me to participate and review this book! Be sure to check out my post on Instagram as well as the giveaway being hosted! More information at the end of my post. And be sure to check out the tour schedule on TBR & Beyond’s website for more reviews and other amazing posts!

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B&N Book Haul

On Saturday I went to B&N because I had a $250 VISA gift card I won from work and I went wild! I bought 10 books and still had money left over on the gift card. I haven’t done a large book haul in a while and all of the books I bought are ones I have been dying to read.

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Review: The Gilded Ones

This book has been on my radar for a while, especially since my blog tour company, Book Terminal Tours, did a blog tour for this book! Seeing everyone’s amazing reviews and gorgeous posts got me so hyped for this book and while I have some qualms with it, this book definitely lives up to its hype.

I received an ARC of The Gilded Ones from Delacorte Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is an honest, spoiler free review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Blog Tour (Promo Post): Covet

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It’s finally here – Covet has been released! I loved Crave, was obsessed with Crush, and I am so excited for Covet

I was supposed to read and review this book and include my favorite quotes, but unfortunately my copy of Covet hasn’t arrived, so I will be doing a spotlight post for this tour and uploading my review later on. So I apologize for the lack of review here, but I hope you enjoy this spotlight post!

Thank you to Turn the Page tours and Entangled Teen for having me participate on this tour! Be sure to check out the full schedule here and check out my Instagram post here!

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Blog Tour: The Castle School (For Troubled Girls) Review + Interview

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I’m so excited to be able to participate in the blog tour for The Castle School: For Troubled Girls by Alyssa Sheinmel! I was so happy I got to read this book early because I absolutely loved it. Be sure to check out the other posts on this tour, schedule link here. Thanks again to TBR Beyond Tours for allowing me to participate.

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ARC Review: Amelia Unabridged

I have been reading a lot of books about grief recently. A person I was friends with in high school passed away from cancer a few weeks ago. We weren’t close, but I knew her. Spent time with her. Watched her journey from diagnosis to the end, and it broke me to hear she had passed. In fact, three people from my school have passed from cancer. Two people I knew and was friends with.

Reading these books about grief have helped me understand my own. My sadness, my grief, my frustration. This book took me on Amelia’s journey to accept the loss of her best friend and I will tell you, I sobbed.

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Mar ‘21 TBR

It feels so weird to post my TBR for next month on the 26th, but since there’s only two more days of February, I think it has to go up early. 

I’m so proud of how much I read last month, I almost got caught up on my ARC TBR (which is the first time I can say this in months) so not much is being carried over into March thankfully. Here’s what I plan to read in March 2021. 

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DNF Review: City of the Uncommon Thief

I really don’t like having to put down a book before I finish it. It’s just a sad feeling, but I could not push through this book. Maybe one day I’ll come back to revisit this story and see if I can understand what’s going on, but as of right now, I had to stop at 25%.

I was given an e-ARC of City of the Uncommon Thief from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has not impacted my review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

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ARC Review: Down Comes the Night

I was lucky enough to win a physical ARC of Down Comes the Night from Allison in one of her giveaways (which I’m still screaming about!) and received a digital ARC from Wednesday Books through NetGalley. This is one of my most anticipated reads for 2021 and I absolutely loved it. If you’re a fan of enemies-to-lovers, only one bed trope, and some strange, but awesome magic – then keep reading!

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Review: A Court of Silver Flames

I finally was able to read my copy of ACOSF and I loved it. I connected with Nesta’s journey a lot and found ways to help myself heal through her story, so if you’re not a fan of SJM and were planning on coming to my blog to harass me for reading this book, please don’t. I know SJM is a polarized author, I know not everyone supports her, but her books have really helped me face my own trauma and mental health and I appreciate her writing about those experiences. 

Please remember to be kind and that everyone has their own story to tell. Thank you. 

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Review: Crush

I read Crave several months ago and fell in love with it. After that ending, I was so curious to see where this series was heading and how we were going to have any more books! I was lucky enough to be accepted to participate in a blog tour for Covet and knew I had to overcome my fear and read Crush.

And oh my gosh – you need to read this book.

If you haven’t read my review of Crave, you can check it out here. This review may contain spoilers for the first book, so be warned!

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Goodreads Books I Recently Added to My Shelf

I love looking through books on Goodreads to add to my Want To Read shelf – especially since I’ll occasionally go through it and just put books in my cart from there to buy. And with so many books being published and announced each week, it’s so hard to remember which ones I was interested in.

So here are some books I recently added to my Goodreads shelf!

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Review: Shadow City

Thank you so much to Wednesday Books for sending me a finished copy for review! I was lucky enough to receive a manuscript of Diamond City back in 2019 and fell in love with this series. This may contain spoilers to the first book, Diamond City, but will not contain spoilers from Shadow City.

Many thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy and without further ado, here are my thoughts!

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Valentine’s Day Books You Need To Read!

Valentine’s Day is Sunday and while this year is going to be very different, I think self care is always needed. So I made a list of recently published YA romance/contemporary books you need to read for Valentine’s Day! Whether you have plans with someone or not, these books are a great way to love yourself and enjoy some quality me time. Let me know if you’ve read any of these and feel free to leave suggestions for other great romance books!

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Blog Tour: Hot British Boyfriend

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I am very excited to be doing another tour with TBR & Beyond Tours! Today, I am reviewing Hot British Boyfriend by Kristy Boyce including top 5 reasons why you should read this book! Be sure to head over to my Instagram to see my post over there as well, and be sure to check out the schedule for this tour! There’s also a giveaway for a finished copy of Hot British Boyfriend at the end of this post, so be sure to check it out if you’re interested!

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Books I Refuse to Read

Have you ever picked up a book and thought “Yeah I’m never reading this”? Or a friend has tried to push you to read a book that you know you won’t like? Or heard about issues with an author or book and thought, “Good thing I found out so I can never read their stuff again”?

Well, same. And here’s that list of books I refuse to read!

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Jan ’21 Wrap Up

January was a great first month of the year. I got to read some amazing books for blog tours, as a buddy read with my friend, and just new books I loved in general!

Along with great reading goals, I’ve also been working on personal goals and have felt so good this past month. Even with all the chaos my family has experienced, things are starting to turn around for the better.

So, clearly, I’m in a good mood so here are some of the books I read this month!

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February ’21 Releases I’m DYING to Read!

It’s almost February (which is unreal to me because I still feel like it’s March 2020) so it’s time to show off the February releases I’m DYING to read!

There are so many books coming out in February, so I had to choose the ones I’m DYING for – so if you don’t see your most anticipated read, it’s probably on my list! But feel free to let me know which book you’re most excited for!

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Blog Tour: Wench

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I am so excited that I am able to participate in the book tour for Wench by Maxine Kaplan! Thanks to TBR & Beyond Tours for allowing me to participate and thank you to Amulet Books for providing me with an e-ARC of the book for review. This has not impacted my review and all thoughts and feelings are my own.

Be sure to check out the tour schedule to see all of the other amazing posts for this tour! And stay tuned to find out more information about the giveaway TBR & Beyond Tours is hosting!

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Welcome Post: The Poetry of Secrets

Welcome everyone! Book Terminal Tours is very excited to be kicking off our tour of The Poetry of Secrets by Cambria Gordon! We are featuring some amazing bloggers on this tour, so be sure to follow along with the schedule this week!

I’ve attached the list of bloggers, but please be sure to check back at the official tour schedule for links every day!

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ARC Review: The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry

I was really excited to read this book and I was so happy to receive an ARC through NetGalley! But, after reading the story, I had some issues with it that unfortunately made me have to lower my rating.

I received an eARC of The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner from NetGalley and Ace in exchange for an honest review. This has not impact my thoughts or feelings towards this book and all opinions are my own.

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Blog Tour: Unchosen

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I am so excited to be able to participate in the blog tour for Unchosen by Katharyn Blair! This was a highly anticipated book for me and it did not disappoint. Thank you to Turn the Page Tours for allowing me to participate and to Katherine Tegen Books for sending me a finished copy for review!

Be sure to check out the tour schedule to see all of the blogs for this tour, as well as the giveaway they’re hosting! And check out my Instagram for the exclusive photo I took for this tour!

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What I’m Currently Reading and Watching: Part V

Life has been awful for me recently. My brother in law got into a car accident and totaled his car. He’s pretty beat up from it too and has been to the hospital twice. My aunt has COVID and I’m freaking out. My fiance, his family, and I had a COVID scare last week too. Meanwhile, we’re house hunting which is emotionally exhausting and my poor heart can’t take it anymore.

It’s been a doozy.

So I’m keeping it light here with what I’m currently reading and watching!

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Top 5 Favorite Fantasy Books of 2020

2020 was a year from hell and I did a lot of escaping by reading. I have found some all new fantasy favorites of mine that I have been non-stop recommending to friends and anyone who will listen! This past year was also really hard for writers, especially debut authors, so here are some fantasy books published in 2020 that I absolutely loved!

If you’ve read any of these, let me know what you thought about them!

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ARC Review: You Have A Match

January is my catch up month, which means I’m reading a bunch of January, February, and overdue ARCs to try and play, well, catch up! We have another NetGalley ARC review today for You Have a Match by Emma Lord, which was so freaking good!

I requested a copy through NetGalley from Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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NetGalley Update: January 2021

It’s been a while since I’ve done a NetGalley update and since I’m working on getting through all of these reviews, I thought it would be good motivation to show how behind I am and maybe I’ll kick myself into action!

Most of these books I did request, though some are for blog tours and others were offered by the publisher or through a giveaway.

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ARC Review: Lore

I absolutely love Alex Bracken’s books, so when I saw she was writing a Greek mythology inspired standalone, I knew I needed to read this immediately. I was lucky enough to receive an e-ARC from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has not impacted my thoughts and all thoughts are entirely my own. This is a spoiler free review.

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Review: Woven in Moonlight

I have always been interested in reading this book, ever since it came in a Fairyloot box last year. When I received an e-ARC of Written in Starlight, I knew I needed to get moving and read this book and I finally did! It was my final read of 2020 and I ended up loving it! But based off the ending, I’m curious how there’s going to be a sequel. While I have some ideas I’m excited to see what we have in store for us next. As for now, here are my thoughts on Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez!

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ARC Review: The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss

This was a book we did a tour for at the end of December/beginning of January, and it was too cute not to read! This was my first read of 2021 and it was a great way to start off the year. 

I received an ARC from Amulet Books through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This has not impacted my rating or my thoughts on this book. 

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Welcome Post: Every Single Lie

Welcome everyone! Book Terminal Tours is very excited to be kicking off our tour of Every Single Lie by Rachel Vincent! We are featuring some amazing bloggers on this tour, so be sure to follow along with the schedule this week!

I’ve attached the list of bloggers, but please be sure to check back at the official tour schedule for links every day!

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Dec ’20 Book Haul

December is a great month for me. It’s my birthday month, there’s Hanukkah, and Christmas and I usually walk away with a lot of wonderful presents for the year, including some new books! This month is going to be lots of books because of those events, so obviously this is not normal. Without further ado, here are the books I received/bought in the month of December!

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Blog Tour: Review + 15 Thoughts I Had While Reading Glimpsed

I am so excited to be able to participate in another book tour for TBR & Beyond Tours – this time for a new contemporary fantasy, Glimpsed by G.F. Miller! Thank you again TBR & Beyond Tours for allowing me to participate – I absolutely adored this book and I can’t wait to share my review and 15 thoughts I had while reading Glimpsed

Be sure to check out the schedule for other amazing posts! The tour starts today, January 5th and goes through January 11th!

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ARC Review: Super Fake Love Song

I was lucky enough to receive this ARC from Penguin Teen and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This has not impacted my opinion of this book – all thoughts are my own. 

Thanks again Penguin for allowing me to review this title early (even though I was a little late in getting it out). I was so excited to read this new book from David Yoon and it did not disappoint!

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Review: A Sky Beyond the Storm

The final book in the An Ember in the Ashes series, A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir has officially crushed my soul. Did I expect to be upset once the series ended? Yes. Did it still hit me hard? Absolutely. I cried like a little baby once the story was over and I’m just so glad I was able to follow along this journey. Here is my spoiler free review!

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Festive Christmas Book Tag

It’s Christmas today, and while I’m Jewish, I also have lots of friends and some family who celebrate Christmas, so what better way to help celebrate than with a Festive Christmas Book Tag!? I found this tag on Jenniely‘s blog, but it was originally posted by GirlReading on YouTube. I love the Holiday’s and December in general, not only because it’s my birthday month, but because it just feels like such a joyful, thankful time.

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Mini Review: How the Prince of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories

It’s Christmas Eve Eve, I’ve been drinking, and I don’t have anything planned for today, so it’s a great day to do a mini review! Today, I am reviewing  How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black. This is a short story collection told from the perspective of Cardan from The Cruel Prince. If you have not read the trilogy yet, this short story collection will spoil you for the series, so please be warned.

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The Holiday Drinks Book Tag

It’s Christmas Eve Eve, so what better way to get in some holiday cheer than with a book tag! It was so hard to decide between the two recent tags I saw on Alexa @ Writing the Universe, but I decided to settle on this one! This tag is originally from Waves of Pages – so be sure to check out the original post and Alexa’s post for their answers! And if you decide to do this book tag, be sure to tag me so I can see what your responses are too!

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ARC Review: Rebel Sisters

I finally finished it! I started reading this book on December 6th and finished it on December 21st. TWO WEEKS. It took me two weeks to finish this book because A Vow So Bold and Deadly put me in a reading slump! Ugh!

Anyways! Yes, I finally finished Rebel Sisters by Tochi Onyebuchi. If you haven’t read War Girls yet, I highly suggest checking out my spoiler free review of that book. This review may contain spoilers for the first book though it will be a spoiler free review. I received an ARC from Razorbill through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has not impacted my review and all opinions are my own.

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Five Books I Bought Solely Based on their Covers

I’m back again with another collab with Alexa @ Writing the Universe! Today, we are going over five books we bought solely based on their covers and rating whether we would buy them or not. I know, I know, you shouldn’t judge a book based on its cover, but if you saw what books we’re talking about today, you would understand these are a necessity. I am a total sucker for a gorgeous book cover and if a book is pretty and fits in a genre I like to read, I will buy it. So today, here are some books I bought solely based on their covers, and Alexa’s opinion on whether she would do the same!

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Mini Review: The Princess and the Pawn

Today, I’m doing a mini review for The Princess and the Pawn (The Raven and the Dove #0.5) by Kaitlyn Davis. This is a prequel novella for The Raven and the Dove, which if you haven’t read, you absolutely need to! I will link my review here for that book. You can definitely read the prequel before reading the first book, as it’s intended, although it’s not necessary to read the first book.

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ARC Review: Soulswift

Today I am reviewing Soulswift by Megan Bannen. No joke, this book is a perfect combination of Serpent & Dove and Wicked Saints in terms of some tropes and the overall vibes. Forced marriage between two enemies? Check. Religious differences impacting the fate of the world? Check. Creepy, disturbing monsters hunting main characters in the woods? Check again!

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ARC Review: A Vow So Bold and Deadly

This is such a hard review for me to write. I loved A Curse So Dark and Lonely and when I received an ARC of A Vow So Bold and Deadly in the mail, I damn near fainted. Now, the series is over and I just – I’m dead. This review might be a mix of coherent thoughts and babble, but bear with me! Just know that this book is amazing and I loved every second of it!

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Welcome Post: A Universe of Wishes

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Welcome everyone! Book Terminal Tours is very excited to be kicking off our tour of A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology edited by Dhonielle Clayton! We are featuring some amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers on this tour, so be sure to follow along with the schedule this week!

I’ve attached the list of bloggers and Instagrammers, but please be sure to check back at the official tour schedule for links every day!

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Blog Tour Review + Interview: The Ballad of Ami Miles

I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for The Ballad of Ami Miles by Kristy Dallas Alley, hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours! Thanks again for letting me participate, and thank you to Swoon Reads for sending me an ARC of this book for review! Be sure to check out the other posts this week and follow along with the tour schedule!

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Blog Tour + Favorite Quotes: The Bitterwine Oath

Today I am so excited to be able to participate in the book tour for The Bitterwine Oath by Hannah West. Thank you to TBR & Beyond Tours and Holiday House for letting me participate in this tour! You can follow along with the tour schedule here

I received an advance copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has not impacted my review and all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Books I’m Buying for Black Friday

Barnes & Noble has a Black Friday sale every year and has special signed books they put on sale! I usually wake up early and go with my friend Emma so we can buy the books once the stores opens. Last year they changed it to an entire weekend event (probably to avoid morning crowd) and that means it’s a little more relaxed. I’m still probably going to call and ask to put books on hold if possible and make my way there tomorrow! Or on my birthday.

Here are some books I’m planning on buying for the Black Friday sale!

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Underrated Books You Should Read Now

There are so many amazing books in the world and a few of them are not getting the recognition they deserve. I feel like some books are over recommended over sometimes even overhyped, while other titles are pushed to the sidelines.

So, here are some books I think are underrated and if you haven’t read them, you should read them now! All current reviews will be linked too if you want to check them out!

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ARC Review: The Camelot Betrayal

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White from Delcorte Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Camelot Betrayal is the second book in Camelot Rising trilogy, the first book being The Guinevere Deception. If you have not read The Guinevere Deception, I would recommend you head over to my spoiler free review of that book instead.

This review may include spoilers to The Guinevere Deception, but will not include spoilers for The Camelot Betrayal. This is a spoiler free review.

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Books Amazon Made Me Buy

I own a kindle so sometimes I like to browse through the free or $0.99 books to see what there is. And it’s usually a lot. I’m also subscribed to the BookBub email, so I get alerts on kindle deals every day – which makes it even harder to resist books when they show up for free in my email. 

Here are some of the more recent books Amazon made me buy!

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Welcome Post: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling Tour

Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

Welcome everyone! Book Terminal Tours is very excited to be kicking off our tour of The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim! We are featuring some amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers on this tour, so be sure to follow along with the schedule this week!

I’ve attached the list of bloggers and Instagrammers, but please be sure to check back at the official tour schedule for links every day!


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Title
The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

ISBN
1338656112 (ISBN13: 9781338656114)

Edition Language
English

Setting
Sydney, New South Wales (Australia)

Synopsis

An authentic novel about growing up in a migrant Asian family with a mother who is suffering from a debilitating mental illness.

Anna Chiu has her hands full. When she’s not looking after her brother and sister or helping out at her father’s restaurant, she’s taking care of her mother, whose debilitating mental illness keeps her in bed most days. Her father’s new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though she knows that things aren’t right at home, she’s starting to feel like she could be a normal teen.

But when her mother finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse. And as her mother’s condition worsens, Anna and her family question everything they understand about themselves and each other.

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling is a heart-wrenching, true-to-life exploration through the often neglected crevices of culture, mental illness, and family. Its strong themes are balanced by a beautiful romance making it a feel-good, yet important read.


Tour Schedule

Bloggers 

11/10 –

We Write at Dawn – Welcome Post

11/11-

Polly’s Books and Tales – Review

Marshmallow Pudding – Review/Favorite Quotes

11/12 –

The Skipped Prolouge – Favorite Quotes

Evidently Bookish – Review

11/13 –

Utopia State of Mind – Review/ Favorite Quotes

Alpheaus Remarks – Review

11/14 –

Between the Lines Book Reviews – Review

Bookshelf Life – Review / Favorite Quotes

11/15 –

Endless Chapters – Review

Her Book Thoughts – Review/ Playlist

11/16 –

Empty Kingdom – Favorite Quotes


Bookstagrammers

11/10 –

@tours_terminal – Welcome Post

11/11 – 

@sparksinwords – Bookstagram

@mixed_matched_socks – Bookstagram

11/12 – 

@mindofabookdragon – Bookstagram /Interview

@elena.luo – Bookstagram

11/13 – 

@lauren.bodiford – Review/Bookstagram

11/14 – 

@lyrical.reads – Review/Bookstagram

11/15 – 

@sirenareader – Review/Bookstagram

11/16 – 

@reading_with_nicole – Review/Bookstagram

@thatbookishteacher – Review/Bookstagram


If you want to share the excitement, be sure to tag us on Twitter (@ToursTerminal) or on Instagram (@tours.terminal) and use #GoodDumplingTour so we can see your posts! 

Blog Tour + Interview: Those Who Prey

I am so excited to be able to participate in the blog tour for Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett! Thank you Turn The Page Tours and Simon & Schuster for letting me participate! Be sure to check out the tour schedule and the other tour hosts! And they do currently have a giveaway for a copy of this book, so be sure to check that out if you’re interested!

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Exploring My Kindle TBR

Every so often I go on my kindle and cry at how many free books i’ve downloaded, whether through NetGalley or Amazon sales, that I haven’t read! Plus all the ones that I did pay for and also haven’t read.

Someone needs to take my credit card away from me because I clearly have no self control. I guess the only thing I can do is expose myself as the addict I am – so let’s explore my kindle TBR!

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