Hey guys! I haven’t done a Book Haul post in so long. I have to say I ended up getting a lot more books in July than I expected to. So I decided it would be fun to share them with you. I bought a couple of them, some I won from giveaways, a couple I got just to write a review about them, and two from Nocturnal Reader’s Box. So I have to say July ended up being a good month for me. So let’s hear about all the books I got. Continue reading “July Book Haul”
Hey guys! I’m sorry I have been a bit inactive this past week. Work has been keeping me super busy and worn out but I actually ended up doing something fun and book related yesterday so I decided I needed to share. I went to Thrillerfest Teen Panel at Books of Wonder. Honestly such a fun experience. Let me tell you more about it before I talk about my experience.
Books of Wonder is proud host the ThrillerFest Teen Panel. Meet ELLE COSIMANO The Suffering Tree, New York Times bestselling author or All the Missing Girls, MEGAN MIRANDA for The Safest Lies, ASHLEY ELSTON for This is Our Story and KARA THOMAS for Little Monsters.
Get ready for an evening of psychological drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Starting at 6pm join us in welcoming these FOUR talented authors of great new thrillers. The authors will read from their latest novels, answer questions from the audience, and sign copies of all of their novels. Ages 12 and up. Thursday, July 13th. 6-8pm.
So I have to say going into this I only read two of these authors. I read The Darkest Corners By Kara Thomas and I read All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda. So I didn’t know too much about the other authors. I was interested in reading This is Our Story By Ashley Elston. I also was hoping they would be selling Little Monsters by Kara Thomas but no such luck. Thankfully I ended up reserving a signed copy for when it comes out.
So anyway I ended up getting to the event almost close to 7. I get out of work at 6pm so it sucks cause I get to miss the talking part of the panel. Thankfully when I got there the authors were taking questions so I got to listen to some of that for a little bit. I wish I could have heard the talking part but still q&as are also very fun. I did get to hear about all the upcoming projects they have coming up and I have to say I am super excited for each of them.
So surprisingly this was a pretty small event. Not a lot of people ended up showing up which is such a shame but I also liked that because it ended up being a smaller event and more intimate. When my friend and I were waiting to get our book signed by the authors whose books we bought we got a chance to talk to the other authors who didn’t have anyone talking them. We ended up going over to Elle Cosimano about her book cover. She was telling us about how the illustrator did such an amazing job with the cover and I agree. It is such a beautiful design. She mentioned how each little detail has to deal with the story. She kept telling us about all these different things and I was super into it that I decided to go and purchase the book. Mind you I ended up buying The Darkest Corners and This is Our Story. I decided that since I would probably buy it in the future I might as well just buy it now and have it signed. So I did that.
I also ended up talking with Ashley Elston whose book I was really excited to pick up. The more I would hear her talk about the book the more I was sold and extremely happy that I decided to pick up the book. It had everything I loved. It’s a thriller. It’s also told from different perspectives. One of those perspectives is told from the shooter who you won’t find out is until the end. She also said the shooting happens right at the beginning so it sounds like I will be hooked from the start. I honestly can’t wait to jump into this.
Lastly I went over to Kara Thomas. I was so excited to go tell her how much I loved her book The Darkest Corners and that right after I read it I found out she had a new book coming out soon I was ecstatic. My friend told her how I got her to buy her book so she was super happy about that. I honestly can’t wait for Little Monsters to come out in less than two weeks. I read a little bit of it and I really enjoyed it. I honestly can’t wait to get my hands on the full book.
Overall I thought this was such a fun experience. All the authors were so sweet and welcoming. Since it was such a small group of people you could take your time and talk to them without being rushed. You could tell they were super appreciative of everyone who came out and supported them. I am so glad I went. It ended up being a fun time and a fun experience. It did end up hurting my wallet a little but I’m so happy with my purchases. I can’t wait to dive into these books. I’m seriously ready to drop my current reads for these.
I hope you guys ended up enjoying my experience about The Thillerfest Teen Panel. It was such a fun time and hopefully found some new favorite authors. Have you guys read anything from these authors? I would love to hear your thoughts on any of these books.
Hey guys!! It’s time once again for another Top Ten Tuesday which is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This will be their last Top Ten Tuesday until August 15th. I’m excited to do this because I’ve read 59 books so far. This should be fun!
I just want to know these are in no order. These are just some books that have stood out to me that I really liked. There are a couple more that I really did like but I wanted to keep it at 10.
Reason: This was a book I bought a while ago when it was on sale in the iBooks store. I finally decided I was going to read it. I have to say I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It ended up being a very enjoyable read.
Reason: I loved this book so much. It was such a fun summer read. I didn’t end up reading it in the summer time but just everything about I really enjoyed. I was so upset I ended up taking so long to finally read this one. Hands down my favorite Sarah Dessen book.
Reason: I think part of me enjoying this book so much was because I read it in parts each day. I would have to wait for the next day to find out just a little bit more. It made the experience even more suspenseful because I was dying to know what was going to happen. I really ended up enjoying this one.
Reason: This is a book I was really looking forward to reading and did not disappoint. It shocked me and left me completely surprised by the ending. I could not get over it. I have to say this book was worth the wait.
Reason: This is a book I got from netgalley probably last year. I had sat on it for a while and this year finally decided to read it. I was so upset I waited so long for it. It was such a shocking read. I honestly didn’t see anything coming. I looked up the author right after and saw she was coming out with a new book this year. You know I can’t wait for that to come out.
Reason: This ended up being another really good thriller that I was not expecting. It was another book I had gotten from Netgalley but didn’t end up reading. I was so disappointed I waited so long because this was so good. It had me feeling on the edge at times and I really enjoyed that it messed with me a little. Not too many books do that to me so it was interesting to that a book could actually do that to me. I really need to read other books from this author.
Reason: This was a book I didn’t know too much about. I ended up really enjoying it a lot. It was a nice coming of age story. I have to say I was jealous of this characters life but I also felt I related to her in some ways. It ended up being a really fun read for me. I can’t wait to see what this author comes up with next.
Reason: Okay so if you’re really shocked this is here you really don’t know me at all lol. I am a huge Breaking Bad fan which means I am a huge supporter of Bryan Cranston. The moment I head he was writing a book I knew I needed that book. I did end up getting carried away and bought a signed copy but worth it. He ends up telling it all and I enjoyed that. He wasn’t afraid to hold back. I would highly recommend this if you’re a fan.
Reason: This book right here. Wow I was pretty shocked by everything in this book. It was so surprising and I gotta admit a bit graphic but I enjoyed that. I know a lot of people said it ended up being too graphic for them but I actually ended up enjoying it. It made the story shocking and a lot more intense. I can’t wait to read more from Karin.
Reason: This is such an underrated comic. I found out about this from my boyfriend and it just so happened volume 1 and 2 were on Netgalley to read right away. The artwork ended up being incredible. Hands down the biggest draw. Don’t get me wrong the story was a lot of fun and I couldn’t wait to continue it but the artwork was so well done. I can’t wait for the next volume.
Hey guys!!! It’s time again for another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Most Anticipated Books for the Second Half of 2017. I am so excited to see what everyone is looking forward to for the rest of the year.
Release Date: July 11th 2017
Synopsis: Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.
Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.
That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.
Release Date: July 25 2017
Synopsis: On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister…
The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”
The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).
Release Date: July 25th
Synopsis: 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.
Release Date: June 6th 2017
Synopsis: Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.
Release Date: July 18th
Synopsis: Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.
Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.
When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
Release Date: August 15th 2017
Synopsis: Why would you run scared from a happy home?
You’re waiting for your beloved husband to get home from work. You’re making dinner, looking forward to hearing about his day.
That’s the last thing you remember.
You wake up in hospital, with no idea how you got there. They tell you that you were in an accident; you lost control of your car whilst driving in a dangerous part of town.
The police suspect you were up to no good. But your husband refuses to believe it. Your best friend isn’t so sure. And even you don’t know what to believe . . .
Release Date: July 25th 2017
Synopsis: Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. Alice, once a singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Alice s prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact.
The goal of The Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact. And most of its rules make sense. Always answer the phone when your spouse calls. Exchange thoughtful gifts monthly. Plan a trip together once per quarter. . . .
Never mention The Pact to anyone.
Alice and Jake are initially seduced by the glamorous parties, the sense of community, their widening social circle of like-minded couples.
And then one of them breaks the rules.
The young lovers are about to discover that for adherents to The Pact, membership, like marriage, is for life. And The Pact will go to any lengths to enforce that rule.
For Jake and Alice, the marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.
Release Date: November 7th 2017
Synopsis: Dana Fields’s father never knew his parents. When Dana secretly does a DNA test for her dad, hoping to find him some distant relatives for his birthday, her entire world implodes. Instead of a few third cousins, Dana discovers a half brother her age whose very existence means her parents’ happy marriage is a lie.
Dana’s desire to know her half brother, Brandon, and the extent of her dad’s deception, clashes with her wish not to destroy her family. When she sees the opportunity to get to know Brandon through his cousin, the intense yet kind Chase, she takes it. But the more she finds out about Brandon, her father’s past and the irresistible guy who’ll never forgive her if he discovers the truth, the more she sees the inevitable fallout from her own lies. With her family crumbling around her, Dana must own up to her actions and find a way to heal the breach—for everyone—before they’re torn apart for good.
Release Date: September 26th 2017
Synopsis: One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.
Release Date: September 19th 2017
Synopsis: In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.
These are just a few of the books I am looking forward to being released later this year. Are you excited for any of these releases? What books are you most excited for? I would love to hear what you guys are looking forward to. I love finding out about new books!
Hey guys!! So I’m super excited to share my March Wrap-up with you guys. March ended up being a really good month for me. I ended up reading a lot of really good books. I also discovered some new authors that I really enjoyed. I hope that April turns out to be just as good of a month. Continue reading “March Wrap-up”