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April TBR | 2021

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Dear reader,

April really snuck up on me!! I can’t believe march is over!!!

I have a mentally big tbr, but I’m only gonna talk about a couple of the ones I hope to get to in april!


“Siege and Storm” & ” Ruin and Rising” by Leigh Bardugo

I read Shadow and Bone in march and really loved it!

I kept putting off the series, but with the show coming out this month it finally pushed me to start this series!!

I hope to complete these two before the netflix show comes out, but I’m not entirely sure thats going to happen! πŸ˜‚


“The Lucky Ones” by Liz Lawson

I haven’t really seen anybody talking about this one, but this sounds super sad and I don’t know why, but I’m in the mood to cry to a book 😭

Synopsis:

How do you put yourself back together when it seems like you’ve lost it all?

May is a survivor. But she doesn’t feel like one. She feels angry. And lost. And alone. Eleven months after the school shooting that killed her twin brother, May still doesn’t know why she was the only one to walk out of the band room that day. No one gets what she went through–no one saw and heard what she did. No one can possibly understand how it feels to be her.

Zach lost his old life when his mother decided to defend the shooter. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends bailed, and now he spends his time hanging out with his little sister…and the one faithful friend who stuck around. His best friend is needy and demanding, but he won’t let Zach disappear into himself. Which is how Zach ends up at band practice that night. The same night May goes with her best friend to audition for a new band.

Which is how May meets Zach. And how Zach meets May. And how both might figure out that surviving could be an option after all.

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“The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller

Like I said, for some reason I’m really in the mood to cry and the only thing I’ve heard about this book is that it made everyone sob, so I’m ready for the tears!

Synopsis:

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.


Now onto some arcs I need to read and review, so keep an eye out for those this month!


“She Drives Me Crazy” by Kelly Quindlen

I read this authors book Late to the Party last year and fell in love with the story!

I’m very grateful I get the chance to read this early and share my thoughts with you all!

Publication date: April 20th

Synopsis:

High school nemeses fall in love in this queer YA rom com perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Casey McQuisten.

After losing spectacularly to her ex-girlfriend in their first game since their break up, Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with the worst possible person: her nemesis, the incredibly beautiful and incredibly mean Irene Abraham. Things only get worse when their nosey, do-gooder moms get involved and the girls are forced to carpool together until Irene’s car gets out of the shop.

Their bumpy start only gets bumpier the more time they spend together. But when an opportunity presents itself for Scottie to get back at her toxic ex (and climb her school’s social ladder at the same time), she bribes Irene into playing along. Hijinks, heartbreak, and gay fake-dating scheme for the ages. From author Kelly Quindlen comes a new laugh-out-loud romp through the ups and downs of teen romance.

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“Slingshot” by Mercedes Helnwein

Publication date: April 27th

Synopsis:

An exciting debut contemporary young adult novel perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Mary H. K. Choi

Grace Welles had resigned herself to the particular loneliness of being fifteen and stuck at a third-tier boarding school in the swamps of Florida, when she accidentally saves the new kid in her class from being beat up. With a single aim of a slingshot, the monotonous mathematics of her life are obliterated forever…because now there is this boy she never asked for. Wade Scholfield.

With Wade, Grace discovers a new way to exist. School rules are optional, life is bizarrely perfect, and conversations about wormholes can lead to make-out sessions that disrupt any logical stream of thoughts.

So why does Grace crush Wade’s heart into a million tiny pieces? And what are her options when she finally realizes that 1. The universe doesn’t revolve around her, and 2. Wade has been hiding a dark secret. Is Grace the only person unhinged enough to save him?

Acidly funny and compulsively readable, Mercedes Helnwein’s debut novel Slingshot is a story about two people finding each other and then screwing it all up. See also: soulmate, friendship, stupidity, sex, bad poetry, and all the indignities of being in love for the first time. 


“The Summer of Broken Rules” by K.L. Walther

Publication date: May 4th

Synopsis:

Meredith Fox has been going to Martha’s Vineyard for the summer as long as she can remember. But this summer is the first one back since the death of Meredith’s sister. It will all be overwhelming, but even more since since the entire extended family will be together for her cousin’s big wedding.

Unfortunately, Meredith’s longtime boyfriend unexpectedly dumped her two weeks before the wedding, leaving her dateless. Luckily, she has the perfect distraction. Her family has a tradition of playing the ultimate game of Assassin every summer, and this year it will take place during the week of wedding festivities.

But her target just happens to be a very cute groomsman. She’s determined to not let herself get distracted, not let herself be lost in another doomed relationship. But as the week progresses, she can’t help falling for him, which may cost her not only the game, but also her heart.

Perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Katie Cotugno, this is a story of loss, romance, and the time it takes to become who you really want to be. 

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What are you planning to read in april? or Have you read any of these? Let me know which ones you loved!!

Yours truly,

Rachel

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#5OnMyTBR | 2021 Releases

Dear reader,

#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 RenΓ©e 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..? FiancΓ©es..? 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 β€œironborn” 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 Courtsβ€”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:
β€’ Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes―for a fee.
β€’ Uses her power for good. Most of the time.
β€’ Really cannot stand Alexander Brougham.
β€’ Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke…who is in love with someone else.
β€’ 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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August TBR | 2019

This is a little late, but better late than never!

This month I have so many most anticipated and new releases that I’m super excited to finally get to!

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert

There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Mind Games by Shana Silver

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Snow Falling by Jane Gloriana Villanueva (Caridad PiΓ±eiro)

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Saga: Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Saga: Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Paper Girls: Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson, and Jared K. Fletcher

Paper Girls: Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson, and Jared K. Fletcher

So…. yeah, this is probably the most books I’ve ever had on my monthly tbr, and it’s very ambitious for me, but i’m really hoping I can get to all of them! 🀞

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My Sister Picks my June TBR!

She wanted to make it a little more exciting so she asked me 7 questions and picked 1!

☼ 1) Largest Contemporary?

“On the Come up” by Angie Thomas

Page Count: 447

I cant believe i still haven’t read this since this was one of my most anticipated books of 2019.

☼ 2) Smallest Fantasy?

“The Paper Magician” by Charlie N. Holmberg

Page Count: 222

☼ 3) Most exciting series?

“Asylum” by Madeleine Roux

Page Count: 317

☼ 4) Oldest Publication?

“Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen

Page Count: 375

One of my reading resolutions this year was to read more classics and I have been failing.

☼ 5) Lowest rated on Goodreads?

“Side Effects May Vary” by Julie Murphy

Page Count: 336

This book has been on my TBR for such a long time! I don’t know why, but I always put it off

☼ 6) First book in Alphabetical order?

“Aurora Rising” by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Page Count: 470

☼ 7) Smallest blue book?

“The Rest of Us Just Live Here” by Patrick Ness

Page Count: 336

And as a little surprise she got me “The Sun Is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon B&N exclusive collectors edition and picked this to be the final book on my tbr!

Let me know what is on your June TBR!

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May 2019 TBR

I have a pretty ambitious tbr for this month considering i’ll be out of town for 8 days, but I’m really hoping I get quite a bit of reading done. οΏ½οΏ½

Physical Books

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire I Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince I Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Illuminae

Turtles All the Way Down

The Center of the Universe

Username: Regenerated

E-Books/Audiobooks

Looking for Alaska I Of Rioters & Royals I What She Doesn’t Know