Review: Wilder Girls

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

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Review: City of Ghosts

They’re here. They’re watching.

Cass can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead.When Cass’s parents start hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh. Here, graveyards, castles and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms.

But when Cass meets a girl who shares her “gift”, she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil—and herself. And she’ll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.


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#BoutofBooks Readathon: TBR

The Bout of Books readathon hosted by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple and it will occur from the 19th and 25th.

I only found about this readathon recently and this is the first time I’m participating. It seems super fun, though there are some challenge prompts online related to this that I’m not going to do. I just want to read.

My TBR:

I’m not quite sure exactly what I’m going to read for this week. I want to read a lot but I don’t really know what my schedule will be like.

The books featured below are my recent buys mixed with my monthly TBR for August and they’re some of the books I really want to read right now, so I guess I’ll just choose from that.

The ones on top of my list are

  • Wilder Girls by Rory Power
  • Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta
  • Dark Secrets by Michael Hjorth, Hans Rosenfeldt

I’m excited about this very vague reading list and I’m looking forward to reading all of these and seeing how my week goes!

Review: Muse of Nightmares

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice–save the woman he loves, or everyone else?–while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

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SeriesTF2019: August Readathon | Wrap Up

Hey there!

I wasn’t very active this past week because I really wanted to focus on reading. Then, life got in the way and I ended up not reading as much as I wanted but I still read a good amount and made progress with this challenge.

I originally intended to read,

  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – 69/371 pages
  • Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater – 321 pages
  • The Shadowhunter’s Codex – 274 pages
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab – 285 pages

Now, let’s see what I actually read!

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ARC Review: Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

Goodreads: They were Hollywood’s hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife. This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn. All the evidence points to Robert’s guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie’s mind.

What if there’s more than one actor in the courtroom? What if the killer isn’t on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?

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Birthday & June Book Haul!

In June, I received a few books as gifts and I bought a few myself, so in total I acquired 11 books! In May I also bought a bunch of books so I really need to slow down for the rest of the year and read what I already own.

I got the first three at my favorite bookstore when I spent a day with my dad.

The Silence of The Girls by Pat BarkerTBR: I still haven’t read this one because I just haven’t been in the mood for something emotionally heavy but I really want to read it in August.

Watership Down by Richard Addams – TBR: This one was on sale and I’ve been really interested in it for some time, partially because it’s a classic and partially because it involves rabbits!

The Cow Book: A Story of Life on an Irish Family Farm by John Connell – READ: I really enjoyed this book. I love cows and farms and I was really curious to read about rural Ireland and farm life there. It was a pleasant, melancholic read and I really enjoyed it.

My birthday was on the 16th and unfortunately I spent it working. About a week later I finally decided for sure which books I was going to get, and here they are!

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab – TBR: I will be buddy reading this book in August with Anna. It’s the only Schwab book I haven’t read yet and the sequel’s coming out in September so I thought why not? Though I’ll admit I was very skeptical about when it was originally published since I wasn’t into middle grade books yet. Now, it just seems exciting!

Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow: My Life as a Country Vet by Dr. Jan Pol – Currently Reading: Yes, it’s another nonfcition book about cows. I love watching Dr.Pol’s show on Nat Geo Wild and when I heard he had a book, I immediately wanted it. So far, it’s meeting my expectations.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power – TBR: I will definitely be reading this one in August. Maybe in just a few days actually, I am incredibly excited about this one. Very High Expectations! (Also, the cover is absolutely gorgeous. A bit creepy, for sure, but also mysterious.)

Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta – TBR: I will probably also read this book in August. For some reason, I thought this was a standalone…

I’ve already read all the following books and I loved them all very much! (*So, technically I bought Storm and Fury in the first week of July, but since it arrived at the same time as the others and since I loved it so much, it’s also emotionally associated with my other birthday books.)

  • The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
  • Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
  • Storm anjd Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout*
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Maragret Rogerson

I’ve already bought 20 books in 2019 (and received I don’t know how many others as gifts) so I’m keeping up with my goal of purchasing less books (than in 2018)!

Have you read any of these books, have you enjoyed them? What’s that one book you really want to buy right now?