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: 20 (Dang move)
Average Rating: 3.30
Books Purchased: 27
Books Received For Review: 19 (Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4)
Books Pre-ordered for Next Month: 3 (CROOKED KINGDOM, AS I DESCENDED, A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING)
Books Reviewed: 25
VICARIOUSAuthor: Paula Stokes
Series: Vicarious #1
Source: Purchased from Chapters
Publication Date: August 16, 2016
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.
BOY ROBOTAuthor: Simon Curtis
Series: Untitled #1
Source: ARC via Publisher
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: October 25, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars
Seventeen-year-old Isaak discovers the truth about his origin and the underground forces that must come together to fight against a secret government organization formed to eradicate those like him in this high-octane science fiction debut.
There once was a boy who was made, not created.
In a single night, Isaak’s life changed forever.
His adoptive parents were killed, a mysterious girl saved him from a team of soldiers, and he learned of his own dark and destructive origin.
An origin he doesn’t want to believe, but one he cannot deny.
Isaak is a Robot: a government-made synthetic human, produced as a weapon and now hunted, marked for termination.
He and the Robots can only find asylum with the Underground—a secret network of Robots and humans working together to ensure a coexistent future.
To be protected by the Underground, Isaak will have to make it there first. But with a deadly military force tasked to find him at any cost, his odds are less than favorable.
Now Isaak must decide whether to hold on to his humanity and face possible death…or to embrace his true nature in order to survive, at the risk of becoming the weapon he was made to be.
In his debut, recording artist Simon Curtis has written a fast-paced, high-stakes novel that explores humanity, the ultimate power of empathy, and the greatest battle of all: love vs. fear.
THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOMAuthor: Elise Kova
Series: The Loom Saga #1
Source: eARC via Author
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Her vengeance. His vision.
Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.
Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.
When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.
He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.
STALKING JACK THE RIPPERAuthor: Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Untitled Trilogy #1
Source: ARC via Publisher
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.
SAINT ANYTHINGAuthor: Sarah Dessen
Source: Purchased from Costco
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Rating: 4/5 stars
Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?
Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.
The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.
THE YOUNG ELITESAuthor: Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites #1
Source: From Mariam
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 7th 2014
Rating: 4/5 stars
I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.
- RADLEIGH UNIVERSITY by Dahlia Adler: 4*
- THE GILDED CAGE by Lucinda Gray: 2*
- THE ISLAND by S. Usher Evans: 2*
- FALLING KINGDOMS by Morgan Rhodes: 3.5*
- THE FIXER by Jennifer Lynne Barnes: 4*
- A MORTAL SONG by Megan Crewe: 4*
- DEFENDING TAYLOR by Miranda Kenneally: 4*
- THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT by Melissa Grey: 0.5*
- LEVIATHAN WAKES by James S.A. Corey: 4*
- NIGHT SPEED by Chris Howard: 3.5*
- DAYBREAK RISING by C.K. Oliver: 3*
- Last 10 DNF Reviews
- LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida Cordova: 2*
- THE HAWKWEED PROPHECY by Irena Brignull: 2.5*
- THE BAD DECISIONS PLAYLIST by Michael Rubens: Excerpt
- GIRL IN PIECES by Kathleen Glasgow: Guest Post
- FOURTH WORLD by Lyssa Chiavari: Guest Post
This month I moved! I'm currently in my new apartment and getting ready to go back to school (and to be honest, I'm nervous as hell!). I am in the process of finding my favourite take out places and breakfast nooks as well as the Starbucks I will be spending all my time in to study. Thank you to everyone for being so patient as I go through this transition! I also don't have internet at the time of posting this so I have been in and out of posting new things because of it.
Next month I will be reading...
AS I DESCENDEDAuthor: Robin Talley
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them.
Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.
Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word.
But what Delilah doesn’t know is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to make their dreams come true. And the first step is unseating Delilah for the Kingsley Prize. The full scholarship, awarded to Maria, will lock in her attendance at Stanford―and four more years in a shared dorm room with Lily.
Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to ensure their victory—including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school.
But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line.
From acclaimed author Robin Talley comes a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption, where fair is foul, and foul is fair.