7 ARCs approved today through Edelweiss+

I requested these all at different times.  Before this, I had one approved (which I reviewed) and one declined.  I just received an e-mail with 7 approvals.  Harper must like me today.  I had to share it with others who would appreciate it, too.

 

I already have my next few books planned, but it looks like I’ll be busy reading these soon.  Thank you Edelweiss and Harper!

Review of digital arc We All Fall Down by Natalie D. Richards

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Summary from Goodreads:

Theo’s always been impulsive. But telling Paige how he feels? He’s obsessed over that decision. And it’s time. Tonight. At the party on the riverbank, under the old walking bridge, site of so many tales of love and death.

Paige has had a crush on Theo since they first met, but she knows her feelings are one-sided. She’s trying to move on, to flirt. A party at the river is just what she needs. Except a fight breaks out, and when Paige tries to intervene–Theo’s fist lands in her face.

All Theo and Paige want to do is forget that fateful night. But strange events keep drawing them back to the bridge. Someone, something is determined to make them remember…and pay for what they each did.

My thoughts:

We All Fall down was pretty hard to put down at times.  It was a strange story, but I just kept wanting to read.  The story is told by two people, Paige and Theo.  Both of them are pretty flawed and the book deals with a lot of mental health issues.  Paige had been in love with her best friend, Theo, for awhile, but he never seemed interested.  One night, they are heading to a party and Theo decides to tell Paige he loves her.  But Paige is at the party to see another boy.  Theo gets drunk, starts to fight with the boy, and hits Paige instead.  Paige loses teeth and has a small fracture in her jaw.

Time goes by and neither of them speak.  Paige goes to a summer program for science and Theo works with his uncle.  They are both right by the haunted bridge from that night.  Theo has to work on it and starts hearing voices.  That night keeps replaying over and over.  Paige starts receiving items she lost that night.  They run into each other and everything gets intense.

Paige is struggling with paranoia, anxiety, and sleepwalking.  She’s struggling to keep it together.  Theo meets a young kid, Gabriel, who starts studying to find out the history of the bridge and its ghosts.

Paige and Theo both still love each other, but they have to decide if their relationship can be healed and if it’s worth fighting for.

“We brought out the worst in each other before.  Enabled all the wrong behaviors.”

They need to relive that night and see if they can move past it.  Both need help that the meds they are on aren’t fixing.

“When are we ever ready to let go?  The past feels safe.  Sometimes you have to push past safe to get to healthy.”

I really enjoyed this book.  There were parts that annoyed me a bit, but overall, it was really good.  I gave this 4 stars.

We All Fall Down will be released October 3rd 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire.  I received a digital copy for review from Edelweiss+.

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.

ARC Review of Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Invictus was the first book I’ve read by Ryan Graudin and I’m really glad I gave it a try. The book was a little slow for me at times, but overall, it was really interesting. I absolutely loved the time travel parts.

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Invictus takes place hundreds of years in the future.  Faraway (Far) McCarthy is training to be a time traveler.  During his testing, there are always issues with his date of birth. Far’s mom gave birth to him on a ship while they were in void between time.  She did the one thing she wasn’t supposed to do during time travel, interacted with someone from the past.  Not only did she speak to a gladiator in 95 AD, she got pregnant by him.  During Far’s final exam, he is spotted by Marie Antionette in the Sim.  She winks at him and Far is positive his Sim was hacked, but he fails.

Far receives a message to meet someone about his future.  He goes and ends up signing on to go into the past to steal things no one will miss.  Far not only wants to time travel, but he’s hoping to go on missions to find his missing mom.  He chooses the ship’s name, Invictus, and his crew.  His cousin Imogen was my favorite character in this book.  She is the ship’s historian and is very colorful and happy.  She also has a pet on the ship, a red panda. Far’s friend Gram is the engineer and his girlfriend Priya is the medic.

The Invictus crew goes back in time for heists and all go well until they get to the Titanic. Things are weird with the numbers and they land four hours later than they have planned.  While looking for a book, Far spies another time traveler from the future who steals the book before him.  Eliot ends up on the Invictus and says she wants to work with the crew.  However, Eliot is there for reasons Far and his crew will have a hard time understanding. They must find a way to make things right because Far should have never been born. 

I haven’t really read books on time travel before.  Historical fiction and science fiction are genres I’m pretty with.  I don’t read them often.  But this book ended up being better than I expected.  I enjoyed the writing and details and will definitely be picking up another book from the author in the near future.  I loved the future slang.  The swear words were hashing great. 

I received a digital arc from Netgalley for review.  It did not influence me in any way. Invictus will be released September 26, 2017.