Book Review: The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black

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He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardanโ€™s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflictโ€™s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanityโ€ฆ

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RATING: โ˜…โ˜…
RELEASE DATE: November 19th 2019
PAGE NUMBER: 300 Pages
PUBLISHER: Little, Brown
GENRE: Young Adult, Paranormal
FORMAT READ: Paperback
TROPES: Enemies to lovers
REPRESENTATION: side bisexual character in an f/f romance

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ARC Review: You’re Next by Kylie Schachte

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When a girl with a troubled history of finding dead bodies investigates the murder of her ex, she uncovers a plot to put herself—and everyone she loves—on the list of who’s next.

Flora Calhoun has a reputation for sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong. After stumbling upon a classmate’s body years ago, the trauma of that discovery and the police’s failure to find the killer has haunted her ever since. One night, she gets a midnight text from Ava McQueen, the beautiful girl who had ignited Flora’s heart last summer, then never spoke to her again.

Just in time to witness Ava’s death from a gunshot wound, Flora is set on a path of rage and vengeance for all the dead girls whose killer is never found. Her tunnel-visioned sleuthing leads to valuable clues about a shocking conspiracy involving her school and beyond, but also earns her sinister threats from the murderer. She has a choice—to give up the hunt for answers, or keep digging and risk her loved ones’ lives. Either way, Flora will regret the consequences. Who’s next on the killer’s list?

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RATING: โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
RELEASE DATE: June 23rd 2020
PAGE NUMBER: 480 Pages
PUBLISHER: Jimmy Patterson
GENRE: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
FORMAT READ: ARC Edition
TROPES: N/A
REPRESENTATION: Bisexual MC
TWS: sapphic character dies (in the synopsis, not a spoiler), domestic abuse/violence

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Book Review: In The Unlikely Event by L.J. Shen

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๐‘†๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘š๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘š๐‘’๐‘’๐‘ก ๐‘๐‘’๐‘œ๐‘๐‘™๐‘’ ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘œ ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘ค๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘™๐‘‘, ๐‘ ๐‘œ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘š ๐‘Ž ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘ .

A one-night stand born from vengeance in a foreign land.
An explosive chemistry neither of us could deny.
We signed a contract on the back of a Boarโ€™s Head Pub napkin that said if we ever met again, we would drop everything and be together.
Eight years and thousands of miles later, heโ€™s here.
In New York.
And heโ€™s Americaโ€™s music obsession.
The intangible Irish poet who brings record executives to their knees.
The blizzard in my perfect, unshaken snow globe.
Last time we spoke, he was a beggar with no intention of becoming a king.
But a king he became, and now Iโ€™m his servant.
Iโ€™m not the same broken princess Malachy Doherty put back together with his callused hands.
I have a career I love.
A boyfriend I adore.
An apartment, a roommate, a life.
I changed. He changed, too.
But Mal kept the napkin.
Question is, will I keep my word?

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RATING: โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…
RELEASE DATE: November 19th 2019
PAGE NUMBER: N/A
PUBLISHER: L.J Shen
GENRE: Adult, Romance
FORMAT READ: Kindle Edition
TROPES: Falling in love in a day, second chance romance, love to hate to love
REPRESENTATION: N/A
TWS: cheating, dubious consent & depiction of rape (not between the main couple), car accidents, mentions of miscarriages

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Waiting on Wednesday โ™ก The Falling In Love Montage

โ€œWaiting On Wednesdayโ€ is a weekly meme that first originated atย Breaking the Spineย but has since linked up with โ€œCanโ€™t Wait Wednesdayโ€ atย Wishful Endingsย now that the original creator is unable to host it anymore. Either way, this fun feature is a chance to showcase the upcoming releases that we canโ€™t wait to get our hands on!

This is my first time participating in this, but I thought it would be a fun little post to do! I decided to include one of my most anticipated 2020 releases for the first one, so let’s discuss why I’m excited forย The Falling In Love Montage!

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ARC Review: The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Summary:

Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, andโ€”more than anyone would suspectโ€”has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. Thereโ€™s only one problem: Americaโ€™s favorite couple canโ€™t stand each other.

James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isnโ€™t all he thought itโ€™d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus.

Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bossesโ€™ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing alongโ€”and start playing for keepsโ€”they may have the chance to build something beautiful togetherโ€ฆ

RATING: โ˜…โ˜…
RELEASE DATE: March 24th 2020
PAGE NUMBER: 320 Pages
PUBLISHER: Gallery Books
GENRE: Adult, Romance
FORMAT READ: ARC Edition
TROPES: N/A
REPRESENTATION: MC with focal dystonia, minor lesbian couple

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October 2019 Wrap Up

I had a shitty reading month. A really, really shitty reading month. I can deduce I probably rated more than half of these 3 stars because I was so underwhelmed with basically everything I read this month. I didn’t even rate a single thing 5 stars. In fact, I think I was gravitating more towards movies this month and seemed to only enjoy those.

Because I can’t be bothered doing wrap-ups for films as much as I do for the books, let’s briefly discuss them here. My favourite movie that I watched (for the first time this month) wasย Hustlersย (2019). I literally love everything about it and have seen it approximately eight or nine times now. The soundtrack, comedy, acting, visuals, dancing, story. EVERYTHING is just phenomenal about it. Coming in a close second wasย Ready or Notย (2019). I saw it in a completely empty cinema and it was just a fun experience. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole movie because it leaves you anxious about the fate of the main character the ENTIRE TIME. I also watchedย Zombielandย (2009) for the first time and really enjoyed it, but the sequel wasn’t that exciting. An honourable mention wasย The Babysitterย (2017), which is a fun horror-comedy that doesn’t take itself seriously. It was really enjoyable to watch play out.

Anyway, onto the books!

*I also started an Instagram for book edits if you want to follow me there too!

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Book Review: Baking Me Crazy by Karla Sorensen

Summary:

I’m Levi Buchanan, and until five years ago, I thought the legend of my family’s curse was a load of crazy, Southern nonsense.

No curse can make you fall in love at first sight. No curse can force a true, deep, passionate, all-consuming love that will haunt you all the days of your life.

Then I met Jocelyn Abernathy and I realized how completely wrong I was.

The problem is, Jocelyn guards her feelings like well-armed soldier. She’s the most beautiful, stubborn, infuriating woman I’ve ever met. Every time she talks, I want to kiss the living daylights out of her. But I can’t.

Because when we met, she didn’t need true love. She needed a best friend. And that’s what I’ve been to her… for five years.

But when Jocelyn meets a handsome stranger her first day working at Donner Bakery and she lets him buy her a dill pickle cupcake, I realize with ominous regret that I may have missed my window with my best friend.

If I can’t get her to see past our friendship, my new curse may be to watch the love of my life move on with someone else.

RATING: โ˜…โ˜…
RELEASE DATE: October 8th 2019
PAGE NUMBER: 252 Pages
PUBLISHER: Smartypants Romance
GENRE: New Adult, Romance
FORMAT READ: Kindle Edition
TROPES: Insta-love, best friends to romance
REPRESENTATION: MC with Transverse Myelitis

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