Reading Update

Hey guys! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted so I thought I would do an update post for you today.  I’ve been reading some great stuff lately so I’ve been pretty excited about that.  Lately I have been trrying to get caught up on review copies so I can fully dive in to my Outlander series re-read.

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So as you may have seen in my last post, I recently read and reviewed Little Monsters by Kara Thomas.  It was so good!! I preordered it before I was even halfway through because I was hooked.

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After that I read and enjoyed Into The Water by Paula Hawkins.  It was a good mystery and I had fun making theories and seeing which ones were right.  The last chapter totally threw me for a loop!

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Next up, I started my review copy of The Heirs by Susan Riegler but it was really not my thing so I ended up DNFing it.  It just felt like a dull family history of a wealthy New York family and I just didn’t feel connected in any way to the story or characters.

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I then started another review copy I received called The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech.  I’m a fan of country music so I really liked reading this one.  I love the two main characters and totally shipped them hard.  I just finished it last night before bed and it almost made me cry a few times.

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Thursday night I got super excited that Tarryn Fisher’s latest novel, Atheists Who Kneel and Pray, was published!  I snatched that one up instantly and started it on Friday.  It was so good that I ended up staying up super late on Saturday night to finish it.

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Last week I received a review copy of Sleep Like A Baby (book 10 of the Aurora Teagarden mysteries series) by Charlaine Harris.  I read the entire series (books 1-9) last year and was super excited when the publisher approached me about reading book 10.  I started reading that one this morning on my commute in to work.

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Next up I have two more review copies and then I should be free and clear to start my Outlander series re-read.  I was so excited when Invictus by Ryan Graudin was available as read now on NetGalley for the first 500 people.  I’m looking forward to starting that one next.  Then I will be reading Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang.

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With my Outlander series re-read, I’m really hoping I will be able to read through Voyager (book 3) before season 3 starts in September.  Yesterday I saw the new cover of the TV tie-in and it’s my new favorite new image of Jamie and Claire so I had to preorder a copy from Diana Gabaldon’s local bookshop down in AZ.  The new tie-in edition releases August 15th.

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I’m also planning on joining in on the Plenty of Hobb readalong that starts August 1st.  I’ve never read any books by Robin Hobb but have heard so many great things about them so I’m excited to join in.  If you’re interested in joining, click the above link to check out the readalong schedule.  The readalong follows The Realm of the Elderlings as shown above, one book per month.  So starting with Assassin’s Apprentice on August 1st.  I’m going to do my best to keep up with this readalong but I’m not going to push myself too hard.


So that’s what I’ve been reading lately!

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

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Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Delacorte Press

336 Pages

Goodreads Summary: For fans of Pretty Little LiarsLittle Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls.

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

Review: I read and thoroughly enjoyed The Darkest Corners last year so I knew I wanted to read this one no matter what.  And wow!  I was completely blown away by this one!    Little Monsters completely hooked me right from the start.  I did not want to put this book down at all so I read it over the course of two days.  The first chapter reminded me a little bit of my group of friends in high school. There is an abandoned farm outside of our small town that we liked to go drive by and dare people to walk up to at night.  One night we did this, things definitely did not go well and we never went back again.  And the book takes place in Wisconsin, my neighboring state, so it was very easy to connect with the midwestern vibes.  So needless to say I connected with Kacey almost instantly.  I totally felt for her having such a rough background before she moved in with the father she never knew and his family.  Her new family dynamic and new friends made it look as though things were looking up for her.  I loved her relationship with her siblings (both step and half) and even with her step-mom.  But when things with her best friends start to go a little iffy, things go south quickly.  There were so many incredible twists and turns to this story and I did not see any of them coming.  Just when I thought I had things figured out… BOOM! That is my absolute favorite part about mysteries and thrillers!  I have to say that this is one of the best thrillers I have ever read! Even before finishing eARC copy, I preordered the book because I just have to be able to read this one again with a finished copy.  So if you’re looking for a fantastic psychological thriller to give you all the thrills and chills, I highly recommend you check out Little Monsters!  You will not be disappointed.

I received an eARC from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review.

5 Stars

**While you wait for the publication date check out this unpublished short story that takes place before the events in Little Monsters!  Sure to give you chills!**

WWW Wednesday – June 28, 2017

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?


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Currently ReadingFor the past week I have been savoring Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff.  Easily my most anticipated novel of the year, I didn’t want to rush through it.  I’m almost finished with it now and I don’t want it to end.  If you didn’t already have The Nevernight Chronicles on your radar, get it there now and start reading Nevernight so you’re ready for Godsgrave when it publishes in September.  I am also part way into No Plain Rebel by M.C. Frank, the sequel to No Ordinary Star.  I love the two main characters in this story and am really looking forward to where this book goes.

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Up NextUp next I have two review copies that I will be reading.  I am excited for both!  First off will be The Heirs by Susan Rieger.  It sounds like a really interesting family drama novel.  After that I will be reading The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech.  It’s been a little while since I’ve read a contemporary romance.  This one reminds me of Nicholas Sparks mixed with the movie Country Strong.


What have you been reading lately?

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2017

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far.

I have read some pretty great books so far this year!  A few have really stuck with me and have been added to my all-time favorites list.  Here are the top ten books that I have read this year!

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  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – I mean, obviously this one is going to be on this list.  I fell so hard for this book!  I loved everything about it and can’t wait to read the sequel next year.
  • Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff – Okay so technically I haven’t even finished this one yet but I’m almost done with it and it is AWESOME! I can’t wait to get my finished copies when it publishes later this year.
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – This book was worth all the hype and more! Masterful writing and so full of suspense.
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – I finally started this trilogy this year since the final book was releasing.  Such awesome world building and super cool magic system.  The second and third books were completely amazing as well so all around fantastic trilogy.
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – I really don’t know why I waited so long to read this book.  I was almost immediately hooked on this story and characters.  I’ve read the first three books this year and am dying for the rest of the series to be published.

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  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – I got a review copy of this book and ended up loving it way more than I thought I would.  It was such a beautifully written retelling.
  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner – This book wrecked me.  Jeff Zentner is officially on my list of favorite authors after writing my favorite book of 2016 (The Serpent King) and this one.  I can’t wait to see what he brings to the table next.
  • F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher – This was my first book by Tarryn Fisher and I am so glad I picked it up because I fell in love with this book.  I loved the characters, story, and Harry Potter references.
  • Renegade Red by Lauren Bird Horowitz – This sequel to Shattered Blue was so much more intense!  So much action, twists and turns… And that cliffhanger!  I can’t wait to see how this trilogy wraps up in book 3.
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – This book was so intense it had me on the edge of my seat nearly 100% of the time AND my Fitbit registered my reading time as active minutes because it had my heart pounding.  I’m sad this portion of the series is over.  I need more Rhysand!

What are some of your top reads this year so far?

Reading Update

Hey everyone!  Just thought I would pop in for a quick reading update.  I haven’t had a lot of spare time for reading lately so I’m pretty behind on my 20 Books of Summer TBR.  So I’ve decided that any book I read during the challenge timeline will count towards my 20 books.  I have some ARCs I need to read this summer and we are in the process of boxing things up and getting our house ready to sell.  So lots going on this summer.  So even though I’ve only read 4 books from my TBR, I’ve read 6 books total.

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I recently finished reading No Ordinary Stars by M.C. Frank and it was really great!  It’s a scifi dystopian world taking place on the cusp of the year 2525.  Check out my review here in case you missed it!  I also finished Dark Matter by Blake Crouch and the hype did not let me down at all.  That was an incredible book!  I posted my review yesterday which you can check out here.

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Last night I started my ARC of Godsgrave, which is the sequel to Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.  If you’ve been following me since last year, you’ll know how much I loved Nevernight.  I am so stoked to get to read Godsgrave early.  We’re taking a mini getaway this weekend to go up north and spend the weekend with my parents at their condo on Lake Superior so I’m hoping I’ll have plenty of reading time.

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In other news, I joined Litsy yesterday!!  I am having a lot of fun with it.  Feel free to follow me there and I will follow back!

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How is your summer of reading going?