June Wrap-Up & July TBR

Another good month of reading for me! I read 13 books! I read 7 of the 12 I had on my June TBR. So I feel good that I read at least half of my June TBR. I've also finally got ahead on my Goodreads goal! :D

What I Read In June (Reviews Linked):
So I finally read the ACOTAR series. I had it sitting on my shelf for a while and finally decided to pick it up. And now I'm obsessed! Seriously. One of my new favorite series! I also know ACOFAS was pretty hit or miss with a lot of people. Mostly because it lacks a plot. But I loved it! With all the action that goes on in the first three books, I actually enjoyed the fact ACOFAS had no plot or much action. It was nice to just spend time with the characters and see Feysands storyline get wrapped up. I loved it! I'm not sure how I feel about Nesta being the main character in the next half of the series yet, but I trust Sarah J. Maas has something good plotted out for us. 

Stacking The Shelves #106/Sunday Post #38

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!


The Young Elites Read-Along: Final Update & Wrap-Up

The read-along for The Young Elites Trilogy by Marie Lu is hosted here @ Hope, Faith & Books!

The Schedule:

  • June 1st-10th: The Young Elites
  • June 11th-20th: The Rose Society
  • June 21st-30th: The Midnight Star

Other Links:

I finished The Midnight Star on the 27th. I feel torn honestly. While the book definitely wasn't bad, I feel like it wasn't the best ending in my opinion. I loved that it had a much faster pace and didn't drag things out. I just feel like the end took something away from the trilogy as a whole. 

*Spoilers for The Midnight Star ahead*

Review: The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3)
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Pages: 316
Format: Hardcover/Own

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained.

When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.


*Spoilers if you haven't read the first two books, or the ending to this*

Review: King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard

King's Cage (Red Queen #3) 
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Pages: 507
Format: Hardcover/Own

When the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.


New Releases: Week of June 26, 2018

My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2)
Authors: Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: June 26, 2018

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

The Emerald Sea (The Glittering Court #3)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: June 26, 2018

The dazzling conclusion to #1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead's The Glittering Court series.

Meet Tamsin, the Glittering Court's hard-angled emerald. Her outsized aspirations make her a fierce competitor, rising to the top of the ranks. But when the ship she boards for the New World is tragically lost at sea, she is quite literally thrown off-course.



Other New Releases This Week:
Fugitive Six (Lorien Legacies Reborn #2) by Pittacus Lore (6/26/18) [Harper Collins]
Court Of Shadows (House of Furies #2) by Madeleine Roux (6/26/18) [Harper Teen]
The Orphan's Wish (Hagenheim #8) by Melanie Dickerson (6/26/18) [Thomas Nelson]
One Small Thing by Erin Watt (6/26/18) [Harlequin Teen]
The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young (6/26/18) [Harlequin Teen]
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman (6/26/18) [Greenwillow Books]
Dawn of Legends (Blood of Gods and Royals #4) by Eleanor Herman (6/26/18) [Harlequin Teen]
Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak (6/26/18) [Harper Teen]
99 Lies (100 Hours #2) by Rachel Vincent (6/26/18) [Katherine Tegen]
The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson Redd (6/26/18) [Random House]
Now You See Her by Lisa Leighton & Laura Stropki (6/26/18) [Katherine Tegen]
Moonlight Seduction (de Vincent #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (6/26/18) [Avon]

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Don't Plan To Finish

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:
Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish (Submitted by A Book and a Cup)

1. The Gone Series by Michael Grant - So I don't have anything against this series. I actually read Gone and thoroughly enjoyed it. I gave it 5 stars back when I read it. The problem is that over the years I've progressively lost interest in this series. I even had the next two books on my shelves to read but I ended up just getting rid of them because they sat there for 3 years unread. So nothing bad about this series. I just don't have an interest in reading it anymore. 


2. The House of Night Series by P.C. & Kristin Cast - I loved this series back in high school. It was one of my favorites! But as the series kept going on, the books started going downhill. I think I forced myself through book 8 before I just couldn't read anymore. I tried picking up book 9 and I couldn't keep myself interested in it for the life of me. And I tried multiple times to get into it because I didn't want to quit the series so close to the end. But I just couldn't. Books 7 and 8 were really dull for me and it just made me lose all interest. This series was just dragged out over too many books honestly.

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf BYR
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Pages: 602
Format: Hardcover/Own

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.


Stacking The Shelves #105/Sunday Post #37

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!


So I know a lot of people love Victoria Schwab! I've yet to read a Victoria Schwab book. So I've been on the lookout for some when I've been at my used bookstore. I finally found one! Which happened to be the one I was hoping I'd find! I'm really excited to finally read a Victoria Schwab book and see why everyone seems to like her books! 

July Read-Along: Unknown Trilogy by Wendy Higgins

My second series Read-Along of the year is the Unknown Trilogy by Wendy Higgins!

Ok guys, this was one of my absolute favorite books/series I read last year. I think the books in this series are fairly easy reads! It is fantastic and I wanna share my love of this book and series with as many as I can! I hope you'll join me in reading The Unknown Trilogy!

The Schedule:

  • July 1st-11th: Unknown
  • July 12th-21st: Unrest
  • July 22nd-31st: Undone

Review: Mayfly by Jeff Sweat

Mayfly
Author: Jeff Sweat
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Pages: 356
Format: Galley/NetGalley

Jemma has spent her life scavenging tools and supplies for her tribe in the their small enclave outside what used to be a big city. Now she’s a teen, and old enough to become a Mama. Making babies is how her people survive—in Jemma’s world, life ends at age seventeen.

Survival has eclipsed love ever since the Parents died of a mysterious plague. But Jemma’s connection to a boy named Apple is stronger than her duty as a Mama. Forced to leave, Jemma and Apple are joined in exile by a mysterious boy who claims to know what is causing them to die. The world is crumbling around them, and their time is running out. Is this truly the End?


The Young Elites Read-Along: Update #2

The read-along for The Young Elites Trilogy by Marie Lu is hosted here @ Hope, Faith & Books!

The Schedule:

  • June 1st-10th: The Young Elites
  • June 11th-20th: The Rose Society
  • June 21st-30th: The Midnight Star

Other Links:
I finished The Rose Society on the 20th. I was slacking a bit. I definitely could have finished it earlier but was just slacking and getting distracted by other stuff. But I got it finished and I really enjoyed it! I definitely loved that it picked up the pace a little more than The Young Elites and still let us discover new stuff while not skimping on the action. 

Review: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2)
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Pages: 398
Format: Hardcover/Own

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?


*Spoilers if you haven't read the first book, if you have, carry on!*

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR

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: 
Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach (This can also serve as your summer TBR)

So I'm just going to go with the Summer TBR overall. It contains advanced copies, books I need to read before others in the series come out later in the year and just series I need to start reading. 

My Summer TBR:

New Releases: Week of June 19, 2018

Chemistry Lessons
Author: Meredith Goldstein
Publisher: HMH BYR
Publication Date: June 19, 2018

From advice columnist Meredith Goldstein, a dazzling, romantic, and emotionally resonant YA debut about a teen science whiz in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who tries to crack the chemical equation for lasting love and instead wreaks havoc on herself and the boys in her life.

For seventeen-year-old Maya, the equation for happiness is simple: a dream internship at MIT + two new science nerd friends + a perfect boyfriend = one amazing summer. Then Whit dumps her out of the blue. Maya is miserable until she discovers that her scientist mother, before she died, was conducting research on manipulating pheromones to enhance human attraction. If Maya can finish her mother’s work, maybe she can get Whit back. But when her experiment creates chaos in her love life, she realizes that maybe love and loss can’t be understood using the scientific method. Can she learn to trust the unmeasurables of love and attraction instead?

Review: A Reaper At The Gates by Sabaa Tahir

A Reaper At The Gates (An Ember In The Ashes #3) 
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover/Own

Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister's life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she'd have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias's devotion–even at the cost of his humanity.


2018 Reading Challenges Updates

So its officially halfway through the year. I wanted update everyone on my challenge progress. Some challenges I've been rocking and others I'm really behind on. LOL.

So lets start off with the challenge I'm hosting!
So I had set my goal for the 2018 Dystopia Reading Challenge as Leader, or to read 16+ dystopian books. I figure since I'm hosting it, why not try to set a great example right? Well, this is one I've already hit my goal on. I hit 16 books in May! Clearly I'm not just going to stop reading dystopian now, but they will just be more surpassing my goal. 

Books Read:

Overall Progress: 16/16 Books Completed! Goal Met!

Stacking The Shelves #104/Sunday Post #36

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!


So I finally got my hands on a copy of King's Cage. After having to wait weeks for it to either be available from the library or Barnes & Noble to finally get more in, Barnes & Noble finally got more in. Lol. And of course I picked up A Reaper At The Gates! I even went out of my way on vacation to pick it up! I started both while on vacation!

2018 Dystopia Reading Challenge: 2nd Quarter Update

Happy June! Can you believe we are already halfway through the year?? I hope we're all having some success with our reading goals!! If the challenge is new to you and you wanna sign up, please check out the Sign-Up Post! Your more than welcome to talk about any dystopian books you've read this year even if your just joining up! :) Feel free to link-up your update post or let me know in the comments how your doing! :)

So these are all the books I've read since the first update! If you'd like to see the previous books read for the challenge, please visit my first quarter update!


Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Pages: 229
Format: Hardcover/Own

Hope warms the coldest night.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.


*Review contains a few spoilers*

Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

Warcross (Warcross #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Pages: 353
Format: Hardcover/Own

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life.

The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.


New Releases: Week of June 12, 2018

A Reaper At The Gates (An Ember In The Ashes #3)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: June 12, 2018

Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister's life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she'd have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias's devotion–even at the cost of his humanity.

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Pages: 699
Format: Hardcover/Own

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


*Review has spoilers, some rambling and a little bit of ranting as well*