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Dear reader,

I’ve been in a slump since the beginning of this year, so this wrap up is a little smaller than usual for me!!

“Requiem” by Lauren Oliver

★★★

Like I said in my review I was kind of disappointed in this one

If you’d like to hear in depth thoughts I posted a full spoiler free review of this! Click here.


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“A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow” by Laura Taylor Namey

★★★★

This was so cute! I picked this one up hoping a cute contemporary would get me out of my slump! While it didn’t manage to do that I loved reading this!!


“Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli

★★★★★

I decided I wanted to pick up an old favorite of mine!

I had so much fun revisiting these characters!!


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“One by One” by Ruth Ware

★★★★

I picked this one up because last year I read “The Turn of the Key” by this author and fell in love with that story!

I had pretty high expectations for this and it did not disappoint!! I had no idea how this was gonna end and I was on the edge of my seat!


“Tiny Pretty Things” by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

★★★★

I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while now and the show recently came out on netflix, so that’s really what pushed to start it!

I loved reading this! The drama was so extra, but is was very entertaining 😂 I can’t wait to read the sequel (hopefully) soon!


Stats

Books Read: 5

Pages Read Total: 1,789

Average pages per day: 58


What are some books you read in january?

Yours truly,

Rachel

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#5OnMyTBR | White Cover

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#5OnMyTBR is a series hosted by Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. You can learn more information about it here

I’m not gonna lie this prompt was kind of hard for me! I couldn’t think of any books that have a white cover, so I had to search my shelves!! It took me a little bit to find all of these, but never the less here they all are!!


“Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard

This one is a super popular YA series and the hype has kind of scared me from starting it!

Synopsis:

This is a world divided by blood—red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance—Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

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“Wicked Saints” by Emily A. Duncan

I’ve heard so many good things about this one! Really hoping to get to it soon!

Synopsis:

An instant New York Times bestseller!

“Prepare for a snow-frosted, blood-drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare.” -Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves and The Star-Touched Queen

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.


“Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys

I don’t read a whole bunch of historical fiction, but this one sounds AMAZING!

Synopsis:

It’s 1941 and fifteen-year-old artist Lina Vilkas is on Stalin’s extermination list. Deported to a prison camp in Siberia, Lina fights for her life, fearless, risking everything to save her family. It’s a long and harrowing journey and it is only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?


“Warcross” by Marie Lu

Once again, I’ve heard so many good things about this one!! I can’t wait to get to it soon!

Synopsis:

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.

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“The Beauty of the Moment” by Tanaz Bhathena

I haven’t heard too much about this, but from what I have heard it’s really good!!

Synopsis:

Susan is the new girl—she’s sharp and driven, and strives to meet her parents’ expectations of excellence. Malcolm is the bad boy—he started raising hell at age fifteen, after his mom died of cancer, and has had a reputation ever since.

Susan’s parents are on the verge of divorce. Malcolm’s dad is a known adulterer.

Susan hasn’t told anyone, but she wants to be an artist. Malcolm doesn’t know what he wants—until he meets her.

Love is messy and families are messier, but in spite of their burdens, Susan and Malcolm fall for each other. The ways they drift apart and come back together are testaments to family, culture, and being true to who you are.


What are some books with white covers on your TBR?

Yours truly,

Rachel


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“Requiem” by Lauren Oliver | Review

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Dear reader,

my first read of 2021 was a little bit of a disappointment..

Mini Review

With this story I just couldn’t get into it. With this book in particular I was so incredibly bored and nothing was keeping me interested at all. I didn’t care about the characters at all, and I’m definitely a character driven reader.

I started this series back in early 2020. It was one of those older classic YA series that I kept hearing people talk about how much they loved it, so I decided to check it out! The first two in the series I enjoyed, but this one just didn’t do it for me.

Overall I’m not too mad I read it, but it didn’t really impact me much nor do I think it will be something I think about often. This was one of those series I wish I loved, because of how many good things I’ve heard about it!

Yours truly,

Rachel

3 stars

Title: Requiem
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Sci-fi/Dystopian
Age Range: Young Adult
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Synopsis: (Spoilers for Delirium Series)

The third and final book in Lauren Oliver’s powerful New York Times bestselling trilogy about forbidden love, revolution, and the power to choose. Now with a brand-new cover and an exclusive-to-this-book sneak peek at her next novel for teens: the ambitious, wholly original masterwork Replica.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven. Pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels.

As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.


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WWW Wednesday | January 13th, 2021

Dear reader,

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and brought back by Taking on a World of Words.

So, i’ve been in a little slump since right before the new year happened and it carried over!! I’ve only read 2 books so far (which is still a good number, don’t get me wrong!) it’s just not the typical number for me personally!

Currently Reading:


“You Have a Match” by Emma Lord

I’m only about 50 pages into this one, but i’m really interested in where the story is going!


“Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas

This one was one that I just kept hearing about and kept putting off because of the hype!

I also seen half and half on if people liked it or not, so I kind of just stayed away for a while, but curiosity got the best of me!!

I’m not very far into it yet, so I guess we will see how I like it!


“One by One” by Ruth Ware

I’m loving this one! I’m about 100 pages in, but I’m really invested in this story so far!!

I’ve only read “The Turn of the Key” by Ruth Ware and that one became one of my all time favorite thrillers, so I had to check out more from her!!


Recently Finished:

“A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow” by Laura Taylor Namey

I really don’t have many thoughts on this one!

It was a really fluffy and cute travel rom-com! Overall I enjoyed it, I just don’t have many thoughts!


“Requiem” by Lauren Oliver

I didn’t really like this book 😔 I just feel like this whole series was a bit of a let down and just wasn’t for me!

I might have a review up for this soon!


Reading Next:

“Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while now and with the tv show coming out soon, now is the time!!

Although I am a mood reader so we’ll see when the time comes if I’m in the mood!


What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
Have you read any of these books? If yes, what did you think?

Let me know in the comments!

Yours truly,

Rachel


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#5OnMyTBR | Graphic Novels

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#5OnMyTBR is a series hosted by Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. You can learn more information about it here


I’m one of those people who love picking up graphic novels, so when I saw this prompt I was so excited!! There’s so many I could pick off of my long TBR

Sorry this is a little late! 😅


“Heartstopper: Volume 4” by Alice Oseman

This one isn’t out yet, but I thought I would include it in this list because I CAN’T WAIT to get back into this series!!

Synopsis:

Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. The bestselling LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between: this is the fourth volume of HEARTSTOPPER, for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne and Love, Simon.

Charlie didn’t think Nick could ever like him back, but now they’re officially boyfriends. Charlie’s beginning to feel ready to say those three little words: I love you.

Nick’s been feeling the same, but he’s got a lot on his mind – not least coming out to his dad, and the fact that Charlie might have an eating disorder.

As summer turns to autumn and a new school year begins, Charlie and Nick are about to learn a lot about what love means.

Heartstopper is about love, friendship, loyalty and mental illness. It encompasses all the small stories of Nick and Charlie’s lives that together make up something larger, which speaks to all of us.

This is the fourth volume of Heartstopper, which has now been optioned for television by See-Saw Films.


“Are You Listening?” by Tillie Walden

I’ve read a couple of books by Tillie Walden and I LOVE her art style and her concepts so much!!

Synopsis:

Bea is on the run. And then, she runs into Lou.

This chance encounter sends them on a journey through West Texas, where strange things follow them wherever they go. The landscape morphs into an unsettling world, a mysterious cat joins them, and they are haunted by a group of threatening men. To stay safe, Bea and Lou must trust each other as they are driven to confront buried truths. The two women share their stories of loss and heartbreak—and a startling revelation about sexual assault—culminating in an exquisite example of human connection.


“Fence, Vol. 4: Rivals” by C.S. Pacat Illustrated by Johanna the Mad

I’ve been reading this series for a while now and I’m so eager to pick up the next volume!!

Synopsis:

The team at King’s Row must face the school that defeated them in the fencing state championships last year, but first Nicholas and Seiji must learn to work together as a team…and maybe something more!

FOILED AGAIN?

Just as Nicholas, Seiji and the fencing team at the prodigious Kings Row private school seem to be coming together, a deadly rival from their past stands in their way once more. MacRobertson is the school that knocked Kings Row out of the State Championships last year – but unless Nicholas and Seiji can learn to work together as a team, their school is doomed once again! And maybe those two can learn to be something more than teammates too… 


“Spill Zone” by Scott Westerfeld Illustraded by Alex Puvilland

I don’t really hear people talking about this one too much anymore, but this one sounds super interesting

Synopsis:

Nobody’s ever really explained the Spill. Was it an angelic visitation? A nanotech accident? A porthole opening from another world? Whatever it was, no one’s allowed in the Spill Zone these days except government scientists and hazmat teams. But a few intrepid explorers know how to sneak through the patrols and steer clear of the dangers inside the Zone. Addison Merrick is one such explorer, dedicated to finding out what happened that night and to unraveling the events that took her parents and left her little sister mute and disconnected from the world.


“Tomie” by Junji Ito

I’m not sure if this technically fits this list as it is a manga, but I’ve been meaning to try out manga (specifically Junji Ito) for quite some time!!

Synopsis:

Tomie Kawakami is a femme fatale with long black hair and a beauty mark just under her left eye. She can seduce nearly any man, and drive them to murder as well, even though the victim is often Tomie herself. While one lover seeks to keep her for himself, another grows terrified of the immortal succubus. But soon they realize that no matter how many times they kill her, the world will never be free of Tomie.


That’s all for today!! Do you read graphic novels? If so, what are some on your TBR?

Yours truly,

Rachel


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#5OnMyTBR | 2021 Releases

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#5OnMyTBR is a series hosted by Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. You can learn more information about it here


I feel like there are so many amazing sounding books coming out in 2021, so I’m not sure how I’m going to narrow this down!! I have a whole shelf on goodreads with all of the unreleased books I’m interested in, if you’re curious you can find it here.


“Concrete Rose” by Angie Thomas

Expected Publication:  January 12th 2021 by Balzer + Bray

Synopsis:

International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.

If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can’t just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.


“Cast in Firelight” by Dana Swift

Expected publication: January 19th 2021 by Delacorte Press

Synopsis:

The first book in an epic, heart-pounding fantasy duology about two royal heirs betrothed to be married, but whose loyalties are torn, and a ruthless enemy who threatens their world, perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Hafsah Faizal, and Renée Ahdieh.

Adraa is the royal heir of Belwar, a talented witch on the cusp of taking her royal ceremony test, and a girl who just wants to prove her worth to her people.

Jatin is the royal heir to Naupure, a competitive wizard who’s mastered all nine colors of magic, and a boy anxious to return home for the first time since he was a child.

Together, their arranged marriage will unite two of Wickery’s most powerful kingdoms. But after years of rivalry from afar, Adraa and Jatin only agree on one thing: their reunion will be anything but sweet.

Only, destiny has other plans and with the criminal underbelly of Belwar suddenly making a move for control, their paths cross…and neither realizes who the other is, adopting separate secret identities instead.

Between dodging deathly spells and keeping their true selves hidden, the pair must learn to put their trust in the other if either is to uncover the real threat. Now Wickery’s fate is in the hands of rivals..? Fiancées..? Partners..? Whatever they are, it’s complicated and bound for greatness or destruction


“One Last Stop” by Casey McQuiston

Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Piatkus

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue comes a new romantic comedy that puts a queer spin on Kate & Leopold.

A 23-year-old realises her subway crush is displaced from 1970’s Brooklyn, and she must do everything in her power to help her – and try not to fall in love with the girl lost in time – before it’s too late . . .


“A Dark and Hollow Star” by Ashley Shuttleworth

Expected publication: February 23rd 2021 by Simon Pulse

Synopsis:

The Cruel Prince meets City of Bones in this thrilling urban fantasy set in the magical underworld of Toronto that follows a queer cast of characters racing to stop a serial killer whose crimes could expose the hidden world of faeries to humans.

Choose your player.

The “ironborn” half-fae outcast of her royal fae family.
A tempestuous Fury, exiled to earth from the Immortal Realm and hellbent on revenge.
A dutiful fae prince, determined to earn his place on the throne.
The prince’s brooding guardian, burdened with a terrible secret.

For centuries, the Eight Courts of Folk have lived among us, concealed by magic and bound by law to do no harm to humans. This arrangement has long kept peace in the Courts—until a series of gruesome and ritualistic murders rocks the city of Toronto and threatens to expose faeries to the human world.

Four queer teens, each who hold a key piece of the truth behind these murders, must form a tenuous alliance in their effort to track down the mysterious killer behind these crimes. If they fail, they risk the destruction of the faerie and human worlds alike. If that’s not bad enough, there’s a war brewing between the Mortal and Immortal Realms, and one of these teens is destined to tip the scales. The only question is: which way?

Wish them luck. They’re going to need it.


“Perfect on Paper” by Sophie Gonzales

Expected publication: March 9th 2021 by Wednesday Books

Synopsis:

“Perfectly wonderful.” ―Becky Albertalli, New York Times–bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

In Sophie Gonzales’ Perfect on Paper, Leah on the Offbeat meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: a bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her classmates is hired by the hot guy to help him get his ex back

Her advice, spot on. Her love life, way off.

Darcy Phillips:
• Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes―for a fee.
• Uses her power for good. Most of the time.
• Really cannot stand Alexander Brougham.
• Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke…who is in love with someone else.
• Does not appreciate being blackmailed.

However, when Brougham catches her in the act of collecting letters from locker 89―out of which she’s been running her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service―that’s exactly what happens. In exchange for keeping her secret, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to become his personal dating coach―at a generous hourly rate, at least. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.

Darcy has a good reason to keep her identity secret. If word gets out that she’s behind the locker, some things she’s not proud of will come to light, and there’s a good chance Brooke will never speak to her again.

Okay, so all she has to do is help an entitled, bratty, (annoyingly hot) guy win over a girl who’s already fallen for him once? What could go wrong?


It was so hard narrowing this list down and there are so many other books I’m super excited about, but here are the top five I could think of right now! I’m always adding new books that I’m interested in so this list is forever changin!

Yours truly,

Rachel


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The New Year’s Book Tag | 2021

Dear reader,

Happy New Year!!! Let’s all hope that 2021 will turn out better than 2020 did!

Anyways I saw this tag floating around and thought it would be fun to do!! This tag was created by the amazing booktuber Bookables, (so full credit to her!) if you haven’t checked her out you definitely should!!

Without further ado, heres the tag!


How many books are you planning to read in 2021?

Every year I always try to read 100 books and I have yet to fail that goal since I set it, so I hope to read 100+ again this year! 🤞

Name 5 books that you didn’t get to this year but want to make a priority in 2021.

There are so many I planned on reading and just didn’t get to, but I think the ones that stick out the most are probably: Six of Crows, A Court of Thorns & Roses, On The Come Up, Leah on the Offbeat, and Children of Blood & Bone.

What genre do you want to read more of?

I read a wide variety of genres already, however I would love to read more horror! I typically only read a handful every year, but I always end up loving the ones I pick up!!

What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?

Oh my gosh there’s so many!! Red Queen is one I’ve had for probably two years and I still haven’t gotten to it! 😳

One word that your hoping 2021 will be.

After the year we’ve all had, I just hope 2021 will be peaceful!

Tag a friend!

I will be tagging anyone who wants to participate in this tag!


Yours truly,

Rachel

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“It Sounded Better in My Head” by Nina Kenwood | Review

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4 Stars

Synopsis

When her parents announce their impending divorce, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting, or at least mildly upset. Then Zach and Lucy, her two best friends, hook up, leaving her feeling slightly miffed and decidedly awkward. She’d always imagined she would end up with Zach one day-in the version of her life that played out like a TV show, with just the right amount of banter, pining, and meaningful looks. Now everything has changed, and nothing is quite making sense. Until an unexpected romance comes along and shakes things up even further.

I don’t have very many thoughts on this book, but I did really like the main character Natalie. I thought she was well fleshed out and was a pretty relatable teenager. I just didn’t really see a connection between Natalie and her love interest.

Overall it was cute. I had a pretty enjoyable time and i’m not mad I read it.


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Book Outlet Haul | October 2019

So one of my favorite places to get affordable books is “Book Outlet”! They recently had a sale and I couldn’t help getting some new books for my collection.

P.S. I Still Love You” | “Always and Forever, Lara Jean”

The Chaos of Standing Still” | “Goodbye Days”

The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You” | ” Words in The Deep Blue”

Beasts Made of Night” | “Dare Mighty Things”

Fragments of The Lost” | ” Moxie”

The First Time She Drowned” | “Stay Sweet”

Never Ever” | “What Light”

Fireworks” | “Questions I Want to Ask You”

The Love That Split The World” | “Riverkeep”

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