May Wrap-Up & June TBR

I did really well this month! I had originally put 15 books on my May TBR and I read 12 books total. A few weren't on my original TBR and some I've had to put off until June because I couldn't get them this month, but I still think I did awesome with reading this month!

What I Read In April (Reviews Linked):



Review: An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember In The Ashes (An Ember In The Ashes #1)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Pages: 446
Format: Paperback/Own

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.


New Releases: Week of May 29, 2018

Legendary (Caraval #2) 
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: May 29, 2018

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister's. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval...the games have only just begun.

Review: Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Legendary (Caraval #2)
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Pages: 416
Format: NetGalley/For Review

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister's. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval...the games have only just begun.


Stacking The Shelves #101/Sunday Post #33

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!


I found this at my used bookstore and figured since I have Carve The Mark on my shelves, why not pick up the sequel so I can just read them both at once. 

Not book related, but we also found the Fallout Collectors Edition of Monopoly at the bookstore too (they sell more than just books). For those of you who don't know, the Fallout games are seriously my favorite video games. Thanks to the fiance for getting me into them. Lol. We were both pretty excited to find that while browsing! 

Cover Reveal: Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury

Last of Her Name
Author: Jessica Khoury
Expected Publication Date: February 26, 2019


Cover Reveal: Ransacker by Emmy Laybourne

Ransacker (Berserker #2) 
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Expected Publication Date: January 29, 2019


Review: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad #1)
Author: Scott Reintgen
Publisher: Crown BYR
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Pages: 377
Format: Hardcover/Own

With millions of dollars at stake, walking away isn’t an option.

Emmett Atwater agrees to leave Earth behind when Babel Communications offers him a fortune. The catch? He has to launch into deep space to get it. One of ten selected recruits, Emmett boards the company’s spaceship and sets course for a planet that Babel has kept hidden from the rest of the world.

Before long, Emmett discovers that all of Babel’s recruits have at least one thing in common: they’re broken. Broken enough that Babel can remold them however it pleases.

Every training session is a ruthless competition where friendships are tested and enemies are made. Each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—where they will mine nyxia, a substance that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. Secrets about the volatile substance they’re hoping to mine, about the reclusive humanoids already living on Eden, and about the true intentions for the recruits.

Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.


Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Topic: 
Unique, Just Plainly Awesome Character Names!

Ok guys. I've been dying to do a character names post so I was super excited seeing this TTT coming up!

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New Releases: Week of May 22, 2018

Furyborn (The Empirium Trilogy #1)
Author: Claire Legrand
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 22, 2018

Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other.

From Twinkle, With Love
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 22, 2018

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

Cover Reveal: Undying by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Undying (Unearthed #2)
Authors: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Expected Publication Date: January 8, 2019


Bout of Books 22 Wrap-Up Post

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

So my goal was to read 5 books and I got incredibly close to it, 4 1/2 books. I'm happy with this outcome! I'll finish the 5 book I was reading sometime Monday so not a big deal.

If you'd like to check out my updates, they are here:

Review: The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum

The Art of French Kissing
Author: Brianna R. Shrum
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Pages: 256
Format: NetGalley/For Review

Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom's warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge ingredient in her basket: Reid Yamada.

After Reid, her cute but unbearably cocky opponent, goes out of his way to screw her over on day one, Carter vows revenge, and soon they're involved in a full-fledged culinary war. Just as the tension between them reaches its boiling point, Carter and Reid are forced to work together if they want to win, and Carter begins to wonder if Reid's constant presence in her brain is about more than rivalry. And if maybe her desire to smack his mouth doesn't necessarily cancel out her desire to kiss it.


Stacking The Shelves #100/Sunday Post #32

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!



June Read-Along: The Young Elites Trilogy by Marie Lu

Hi everybody! So since there was a fair amount of interest for more Read-Alongs I'm working on doing some every month. Since I had some interest in The Young Elites being a read-along book. I decided to pick it. But I also found it doesn't have chapter numbers. And that all the books are under 400 pages. So I thought lets just read the whole series! Why not right? I know most of us read books under 400 pages really fast, so I feel like this would give the read-along a better pace than just reading The Young Elites alone.

I also picked this because all the books are out in paperback. So they aren't as expensive to buy now and plus since they've all been out for a bit, most libraries should have them to borrow as well. So I thought this would be a good overall pick. Plus I'm sure some of us *cough* me included *cough* have had these sitting on their TBR's for a while now so lets knock some more books of our TBR's! That's my aim with these read-alongs after all!

Cover Reveal: Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

Archenemies (Renegades #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Expected Publication Date: November 6, 2018


Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval (Caraval #1)
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Pages: 407
Format: Hardcover/Own

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.


Cover Reveal: Imprison the Sky by A.C. Gaughen

Imprison The Sky (The Elementae #2) 
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Expected Publication Date: January 22, 2019


Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Pages: 444
Format: Hardcover/Own

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.


Bout of Books 22 Update Post

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

My Bout of Books Reading Goals:
Finish At Least 5 of these!

New Releases: Week of May 15, 2018

War Storm (Red Queen #4) 
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: May 15, 2018

VICTORY COMES AT A PRICE.

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything—and everyone—in his path.

War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

Girl Made of Stars
Author: Ashley Herring Blake
Publisher: HMH BYR
Publication Date: May 15, 2018

For readers of Girl in Pieces and The Way I Used to Be comes an emotionally gripping story about facing hard truths in the aftermath of sexual assault.

Mara and Owen are as close as twins can get, so when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn't know what to think. Can her brother really be guilty of such a violent act? Torn between her family and her sense of right and wrong, Mara feels lost, and it doesn’t help that things are strained with her ex-girlfriend, Charlie. As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie come together in the aftermath of this terrible crime, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits into her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.

Cover Reveal: Wildcard by Marie Lu

Wildcard (Warcross #2) 
Author: Marie Lu
Expected Publication Date: September 18, 2018


To Read The First Chapter, Check Out The EW Post!

Review: Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

Restore Me (Shatter Me #4)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover/Own

Juliette Ferrars thought she'd won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she's still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she's got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?


Stacking The Shelves #99/Sunday Post #31

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!


Guys! I'm so excited! I've been looking for these books for a while now and finally found copies at the used bookstore!!! And both in hardcover too! I'm so so excited to finally have these!