31.7.16

Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2016!

Another month has come and gone so let's see what my reading month has been like! Below you will see what my stats were, my favourite releases, and my anticipated TBR for next month!

Reading Stats:

Total Books Read: 44 (OH MY GOD. I THOUGHT I HAD A SLOW MONTH)
Average Rating: 3/5 stars
Books Purchased: 21
Books Received For Review: 37 (Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5)
Books Pre-ordered for Next Month: 3 (VICARIOUS, THE TELLING, THE RAT PRINCE)
Books Reviewed: 11

CRYSTAL CROWNED

Author: Elise Kova
Series: Air Awakens #5
Source: eARC via Publisher
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars
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Summary:
Long live Solaris.

One bloodthirsty ruler has been overthrown by another, casting the shadow of death over the Solaris Empire. Vhalla Yarl stands upon the stage of fate, prepared to do battle one final time. Fragile alliances will be tested and new bonds will be formed as the world is reshaped. She fights as the champion of peace, but when the night is darkest will she be able to pay the price of a new dawn?

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THREE DARK CROWNS

Author: Kendare Blake
Series: Untitled #1
Source: ARC via BBTC
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary:
Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will devour her latest novel, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose...it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

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LIFE AFTER JULIET

Author: Shannon Lee Alexander
Series: Companion to LOVE AND OTHER UNKNOWN VARIABLES
Source: eARC via Publisher
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Rating: 5/5 stars

Summary:
Becca Hanson was never able to make sense of the real world. When her best friend Charlotte died, she gave up on it altogether. Fortunately, Becca can count on her books to escape—to other times, other places, other people...

Until she meets Max Herrera. He’s experienced loss, too, and his gorgeous, dark eyes see Becca the way no one else in school can.

As it turns out, kissing is a lot better in real life than on a page. But love and life are a lot more complicated in the real world...and happy endings aren't always guaranteed.

The companion novel to Love and Other Unknown Variables is an exploration of loss and regret, of kissing and love, and most importantly, a celebration of hope and discovering a life worth living again

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ALL THE RAGE

Author: Courtney Summers
Source: Purchased from BookOutlet
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: April 14, 2015
Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary:
The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear. 

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?

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DAY 21

Author:Kass Morgan
Series: The 100 #2
Source: Won in a giveaway
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary:
No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.
 
It's been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They're the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries...or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.


In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan's The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can -- together.

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DEFENDING TAYLOR

Author: Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks
Source: Purchased from Chapters
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary:
There are no mistakes in love.

Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor's always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that's what is expected of a senator's daughter. But one impulsive decision-one lie to cover for her boyfriend-and Taylor's kicked out of private school. Everything she's worked so hard for is gone, and now she's starting over at Hundred Oaks High.

Soccer has always been Taylor's escape from the pressures of school and family, but it's hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she's going through is her older brother's best friend, Ezra. Taylor's had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it's hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh start?

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This month I officially put in my two weeks notice to quit my job to go back to school! I worked a lot to try and save up some money for said education and I also started packing up my belongings (aka my books). I worked a bit on my tan, not that you would notice, and I spent some time with my friends since I'll be leaving them shortly :(
Next month I will be reading...

VICARIOUS

Author: Paula Stokes
Series: Vicarious #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: August 16, 2016

Summary:
Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together, the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States.

Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities at the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you, for a price.

When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter won’t rest until she finds her sister’s killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the neural recordings her sister made, Winter isn’t sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she’ll have to untangle what’s real from what only seems real, risking her life in the process.

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How did your reading month go? Have you read any of these books?

3 comments:

  1. Oh my...44 books?!? Fantastic job Jamie!
    Miranda's Book Blog

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  2. holy cats! 44 books?! that's crazy but also awesome haha! Wish I had your reading skills lol Also I definitely want to read all the books on your top 5 reads list! They all sounds sooo good haha. Thanks for sharing :)

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  3. Love how you set up this recap post! And 44 books! My poor 31 is jealous! Hahaha. Average rating 3/5, so it looks like you've had a decent reading month. Best of luck with school!

    Carrie @ Paper Bindings

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