Review of digital arc The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer

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Summary from Goodreads:

Love curses don’t exist. At least that’s what Jonas, master of the meaningless hookup, tells himself when a letter warns him he’s an Eros Guardian cursed to endure a test of true love or forever be alone. His levelheaded longtime friend Cora figures it’s a revenge prank by an ex. The way Jonas stamps each girlfriend with a weeklong use-by date, it serves him right.

But when an impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals potential for more, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to wipe out the Eros Guardian line. And suddenly the curse becomes dangerously real.

Breaking the curse means Jonas’s biggest challenge yet. Failure guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost him his own life…and the loss of his carefully guarded heart to the one girl far too sensible to fall for him.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed The Third Kiss.  It was definitely a sweet romance, but there was so much more to it.  I absolutely loved the curse and demons.  There was way more action than in a typical romance which kept the pace really well throughout the book.  Some of my favorite parts took place in the demons’ home.

I ended up really liking Jonas even though he was so anti love and I tend to be a bit of a romantic.  Cora was the perfect female character for me.  Smart and a badass.  Beth and Leo were also great and I’m hoping we get more from both of them in the next book.  I’m hoping we get more from the professor, too.  I feel like there is more to him than we found out in this book.

I gave The Third Kiss 4 stars on goodreads.

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I’ll be hosting an guest post with Kat Colmer here on Friday.

I received a copy of this book from Kat through Netgalley for review.

The Third Kiss was released August 7, 2017 by Entangled Teen.

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking The Spine.  It features an upcoming release that you’re looking forward to.

My choice this week is one of my most anticipated fall releases. This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis.  I loved The Female of the Species, so this one has been on my radar since I finished that book earlier this year.

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Summary from Goodreads:

Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.

But suddenly there’s a fork in the road, in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble—all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?

Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending another’s: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. As Sasha loses her much-cherished control, her life—and heart—become more entangled with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.

Edgar Award–winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a dark and gripping psychological thriller about a girl at war with herself, and what it really means to be good or bad.

This Darkness Mine will be released October 10th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books.

Add it to your Goodreads here.

WWW Wednesday

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Hosted by Taking On A World Of Words

The Three Ws are:

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

 

I am currently reading The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer.

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I recently finished Geekerella by Ashley Poston.

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The next book I’ll be reading is History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.

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Leave me the link to yours in the comments or just let me know your answers.

I forgot to do the Goodreads Monday.

Sorry I’m a day late.  I just got this book from Entangled Teen, so I’m going to pick this one.

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From Goodreads:

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.

Black Bird of the Gallows will be released September 5, 2017 by Entangled Teen.

Add it to your goodreads here.

July FairyLoot unboxing and other fun things that came in the mail today.

Back from my weekend away and found some exciting things in my mail today!

I received my first ever FairyLoot box.  The theme for July was Tricksters.  I figured out the book awhile back and was really looking forward to receiving it.

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Exclusive Sherlock Enamel Tin Mug designed by Fictiontea Designs.

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Exclusive Loki Lotion by Geeky Clean.

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Hogwarts Playing Cards (love these)

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Exclusive FairyLoot Fortune Telling Kitchen Glove

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Exclusive Harley Quinn Print by Miss Phi

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Terrible Truths Watercolour Bookmark by Lexy Olivia

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July’s book is Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody.

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It also came with a signed bookplate, author letter, and a little info page.

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The second package I received today was from author K.C. Tansley. I will have to take another picture later because I missed the handwritten notes, bookmarks, and stickers that were inside the books.  I received two books.  The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts and an ARC of The Girl Who Saved Ghosts.  I can’t wait to read them both and get my reviews up here (hopefully with the next couple weeks). She sent a nice thank you card, bracelet, pen, and lighted keychain. This is definitely one of the best packages I’ve received and I can’t thank her enough.

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My last package today was an order from Books of Wonder in New York.  I ordered two signed books from them and was waiting on the pre-ordered book to release and get signed.  I didn’t realize it would be personalized, so I need to remember for future purchases to add a note with the name I go by vs my full name.  But I’m super excited to have both of these books.  Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh and Little Monsters by Kara Thomas.

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What a great welcome home!  I’m working on my Make Me Read It bookathon right now.  I should finish Geekerella today.  I’ll also be continuing with my ARC August reads and will have some updates soon.  

Review of digital ARC Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

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Summary from Goodreads:

I Needed to Win.
They Needed to Die.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed Mask of Shadows.  I’m pretty sure this is the first book I’ve read with a gender fluid character and I felt that it really added to the story.  Sal watched everyone he/she knew die and has wanted revenge ever since.  Sal decides to try out to be Opal, a member of the queen’s “The Left Hand”.  They are the queen’s assassins and the other Opal died while on an assignment.  Sal was living life as a thief up until then, not able to read or write, but very skilled.  While on their last heist, Sal meets a lady whom they feel something different for.   Sal even let her keep a piece of jewelry. Sal found the paper about the Left Hand auditions, kills someone for the entry, and leaves.

While trying out for The Left Hand, Sal is competing against 22 others.  Sal is 23 (fitting since it’s my favorite number).  The audition includes learning different skills, both physical and mental.  I really liked the poison lessons.  Sal goes in for a lesson to learn how to read and write and finds Elise, the same girl he stole from.  They flirt and she remembered who Sal was right away.

“I was Sallot Leon-one of the last children of Nacea, orphan and street fighter, highway thiefand Twenty Three.”

I loved Sal, but I really found myself loving Maud, the maid.  She was funny and a great side character.  Elise was bold and smart, always a good combo.  I also really enjoyed the rest of The Left Hand.

I won’t ruin anything for anyone who hasn’t read this yet.  Sal competes.  There is a lot of death, some backstabbing, a little romance, and revenge.

I gave this book 4 stars.  It was a little confusing with all the names and places, but the story was fast paced with a lot of action.

I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley for review. Mask of Shadows will be released August 29th 2017 by Sourcesbooks Fire.

Anyone else excited for this book?

I know everyone is talking about Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo.  I’m super excited for that one and just got my tickets for her book signing.

But I’m also really excited for Marie Lu’s Batman.

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Summary from Goodreads:

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

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Release date is January 2nd 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers.

 

July Wrap Up

I read 9 books in July and ended up enjoying all of them.  I didn’t keep track of all the books I purchased, so I’ll try to do a book haul for August at the end of the month.

I also just started this blog a couple weeks ago.  Thank you to all who have started following it already.  I didn’t expect to have so many followers for a couple months.

Now to what I read.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  I loved this book and gave it 5 stars.

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  I loved this one even more than Illuminae. Another 5 star book.

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.  This was a cute read and I gave it 4 stars.

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Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine.  Loved the twists in this one and gave it 5 stars.

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The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain.  This was an arc and I gave it 5 stars.  My review is here.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  One of my favorite books this year.  5 stars.  My review can be found here.

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Invictus by Ryan Graudin.  This was an arc and I gave it 4 stars.  My review can be found here.

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson.  I gave this one 4 stars and my review is here.

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Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker.  This was an arc and I gave it 4 stars.  My review can be found here.

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I also got to go to one book signing in July.  It was at Anderson’s in Naperville, IL for Angie Thomas and Becky Albertalli.  You can see pictures here.

I don’t really make a TBR for a month.  I usually prefer to choose my books based on my mood.  But I will be reading some ARCs in August and the books that are chosen by you for the Make Me Read It Readathon next week.

Tagged “This-Is-My-Truth-Now”

I’m not 100% sure what I’m doing here, but I was tagged by Claire@bookscoffeeandrepeat.  Original tag by this is my truth now. Hopefully I got everything right.

RULES:

  • Create your own new post and call it “Tag: This-Is-My-Truth-Now” and be sure to include in your tags the words — without quotes — “ThisIsMyTruthNow Tag”
  • Be sure to mention the person who tagged you and maybe tell everyone something interesting about the person who tagged you.
  • Include a link to the original post (https://thisismytruthnow.com/2017/05/31/tag-this-is-my-truth-now/) mentioning the creator of this tag (James @ This is My Truth) so we can see how many people choose to play along.
  • Choose 12 bloggers to tag and include a link to their latest post, so others can check them out and meet new people.
  • Answer all 12 questions in The Challenge Questions section, but replace the 12th question with your own new one around telling the truth or revealing something interesting about yourself — you can leave the existing if you can’t think of something. (comment your answers to my question below before you change and post)
  • Make sure to add your own DARE to your tagged guests at the bottom of the post!
  • If you haven’t been tagged, but you want to play along, you can totally jump on in and post responses to the tag on your blog.
  • Include these rules when you copy/paste to your own post.

TRUTH: Answer the challenge questions as truthful as possible!

OR

DARE:  If you choose not to accept the tag, you have to follow through on whatever dare the person who tags you chooses.

 

My dare to you is to read the book that has been on your tbr list the longest.

 

QUESTION 1: You’re on your way to a birthday dinner that your friends have thrown for you. When you arrive, your favorite author is having dinner by himself or herself and asks you to sit with them, before you even see your friends or they see you. You have two choices: (1) You can sit with the author but can’t tell your friends that you’ve abandoned them for three hours, or (2) Meet your friends and lose the only chance you’ll ever have to talk with the author. Pick one or the other — no exceptions or communication to your friends to tell them about the author — and explain why.

That’s a tough one for me.  I would hate to abandon my friends, but my closest friends would totally get it and would forgive me.  I’m terrible at making decisions and I’m not really sure what I would do.  I’m not super social, so I would probably stay with my friends instead of being super awkward and embarrassing myself.

QUESTION 2: You’ve got an opportunity to spend a few hours alone “in your bedroom” with a character from any book you’ve previously read. The character tells you that (s)he would like to lock the door and spend some alone time with you. What book and character is it, and do you decide to enter the room and lock the door, or tell them you aren’t interested?

My recent book crush was Porter from Alex, Approximately.  So if I wasn’t married and was quite a bit younger, I would love to hang with him.   For friendship with a girl, I would pick Molly from The Upside of Unrequited.  But it would be creepy for her to want to lock the door so we could be alone.

QUESTION 3: If you could turn any male character from one of your favorite books into a female character (or change a female into a male) in the book or book series, which one and why?

Willowdeen from Dumplin.  I just think it would be a funny reversal to read about a boy entering a beauty pageant to piss off his mom.

QUESTION 4: What blogger currently on your follower’s list (meaning they follow you too) do you admire the most and why?

No real favorites yet.  I’m still really new to this, but I’ve found a lot of great bloggers already.

QUESTION 5: If you could change any one decision your favorite book character made, what would it be and why?

Since I just finished Tiger Lily, I would say Pan.  I would want them together even though it changes everything.

QUESTION 6: If you could pick 1 character from a book and 1 character from a TV show you watch (that is NOT based on a book) to be in a relationship together, who would you choose, and why?

I don’t watch a ton of TV shows, so I’m not really sure on this one.  I do love Jess from New Girl, but I’m not sure who I would put her with.  If I think of something, I’ll come back and edit this.

QUESTION 7: It’s your last day on Earth. As you are about to cross that final finish line, a mysterious shadow appears, giving you a choice: (1) You can go move forward to whatever comes next for you [based on your own spiritual or religious beliefs], or (2) you can become a character in a book series and exist permanently doing whatever that author chooses to do with you in the book. Which do you choose, and if it’s option 2, reveal the book and author.

Probably move forward to whatever comes next.  I wouldn’t want to live my life dictated by someone else, even a super cool author.

QUESTION 8: If you could steal a pet from someone in any book you’ve read, but had to replace it with a friend’s pet (meaning they wouldn’t ever see their pet again), would you do it?  If so, explain the who and why.

Probably not.  I’m too nice and wouldn’t want to upset anyone.

QUESTION 9: If you could turn someone from your real life into a character from a book, who from your life, who in the book and why?

I probably can’t answer that unless it was someone with a small role in my life.

QUESTION 10Post a picture of the cover of a book you read in 2000 and the book you are currently reading now. (Note: if you weren’t alive in 2000, pick the first book you ever read and tell everyone what year it was from).

Does anyone remember what they read in 2000?  I most likely read the most recent Ann Rule book though.

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Just finished Emma In The Night.

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QUESTION 11: Your favorite character (under 18) needs a place to stay for 3 months and asks you if (s)he could stay in your spare room (yes, you have one for the sake of this question). Who is it and what is the reason (s)he needs to stay with you?

Even though I know they need to fight, I would probably say Katherine and August from This Savage Song.  I would want to keep them safe.

QUESTION 12:  What is your favorite genre and why?

I’m a huge YA reader.  Yes, I’m grown, but there is just something about YA that draws me in.  I also love the diversity I see that I usually don’t find in as many adult books.  For adult books, I like fantasy and thrillers/suspense/crime.  Anything that gets my attention quickly and makes me think.

 

Since I’m still new to blogging, I don’t really know anyone well enough to tag them.  But please consider yourself tagged if you want to do this one.  Please just let me know (tag me or comment with the link) so I can read your answers, too.

 

 

I’m joining #ARCAUGUST

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I just saw this post from YA and Wine hosted by Read Sleep Repeat and thought I would join as soon as my #MakeMeRead readathon is over.

As always here are the rules:

  • Any Advanced Reading Copy counts as part of this reading challenge; your backlist books count
  • No blog necessary to participate, but you’ll need to include some form of social media as part of your sign up
  • Use the #ARCAugust on social media to check-in

I will have to add to this list as I get some more arcs approved (hopefully this week).

The first one I plan to read is a digital copy of The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan.

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I am waiting on approval for some books and once they are approved, I’ll edit this and add them here.  If I don’t get approved for new ones, I’ll add a couple older arcs that I haven’t gotten around to yet.

7/31 Update:  Just got approved for Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller, so I’m adding that to my list.

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8/3  Got this one approved from Negalley today, so adding it to my list.

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8/8  Got a few more arcs, so I’m adding them here.

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8/8  Another book to add.

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