Monthly Recap: July 2016

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Hope your July was as eventful as mine! My birthday was this month, I visited a few colleges, and worked on my summer assignments. Nonetheless, I still got to read quite a few books!

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Blow Us Haul Away

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I feel like I’m going to make every book haul title I write for the next three months Hamilton-related. Make me stop.

Hi everyone! Welcome to another haul! The last time I wrote a book haul (titled A Winter’s B(Haul); that’s funny, right) was one or two months ago, and throughout that period of time, I acquired quite a few reads. 23 to be exact.

From publishers:

Thank you everyone who’s sent me things these past few weeks; all the heart eyes!


I received a few books from Penguin this month, all finished copies. I’m most excited for REBEL OF THE SANDS because of that GORGEOUS cover! Thank you, Penguin!


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Review: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites #2
Genre: YA Fantasy, Dystopia, Romance, Magic
Publication: October 13th 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Length: 395 pages
Format: ebook

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?

Bestselling author Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites.

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Playlist for Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee | Blog Tour + Giveaway

Hi everyone! I’m super excited to be part of the blog tour for GEMINI! I adore making and listening to playlists, so I’m thrilled to present one created by the author, Sonya, as part of one of the main characters. And hugs to Hannah @ Irish Banana for organizing the tour!

Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee
Series: n/a
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication: July 26th 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Length: 336 pages

In a powerful and daring debut novel, Sonya Mukherjee shares the story of sisters Clara and Hailey, conjoined twins who are learning what it means to be truly extraordinary.

Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins Clara and Hailey have lived in the same small town their entire lives—no one stares at them anymore. But there are cracks in their quiet existence, and they’re slowly becoming more apparent. Clara and Hailey are at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys. As high school graduation approaches, each twin must untangle her dreams from her sister’s, and figure out what it means to be her own person.

Told in alternating perspectives, this unconventional coming-of-age tale shows how dreams can break your heart—but the love between sisters can mend it.

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ARC Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #1
Genre: YA/NA High Fantasy
Published August 9th 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books
Format: ARC
Length: 448 pages

The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, explicit language, and violence.

Note: All quotations in the advance reader’s copy is subject to change in the finished copy.

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