Christmas Book Haul 2018

Everyone in my family (and all of my friends) knows that I love to read, and so finding a couple books under the Christmas tree is a pretty sure thing! I am so excited to dive into these books (in fact, I’ve already read Sea Witch by Sarah Henning and I quite enjoyed it)!

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Below, you’ll find a breakdown of the books I received from friends and family as gifts, including links to their listings on Indigo!

  1. Ever the Brave by Erin Summerhill (Release Date: December 5, 2017)
  2. Educated by Tara Westover (Release Date: February 20, 2018)
  3. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (Release Date: July 31, 2018)
  4. Mirage by Somaiya Daud (Release Date: August 28, 2018)
  5. The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell (Release Date: October 5, 2018)
  6. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (Release Date: November 6, 2018)
  7. Fire & Heist by Sara Beth Durst (Release Date: December 4, 2018)
  8. The Storm Crow (ARC) by Kalyn Josephson (Release Date: July 9, 2019)

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake returns with the highly anticipated third book in the Three Dark Crowns series! Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake was released on September 4, 2018, following up Three Dark Crowns (September 20, 2016) and One Dark Throne (September 19, 2017). This third installment promises intrigue, betrayal, and blood – though this is not unexpected from this series!

Queen Katharine has waited her entire life to wear the crown. But now that she finally has it, the murmurs of dissent grow louder by the day. There’s also the alarming issue of whether or not her sisters are actually dead—or if they’re waiting in the wings to usurp the throne. Mirabella and Arsinoe are alive, but in hiding on the mainland and dealing with a nightmare of their own: being visited repeatedly by a specter they think might be the fabled Blue Queen. Though she says nothing, her rotting, bony finger pointing out to sea is clear enough: return to Fennbirn.  Jules, too, is in a strange place—in disguise. And her only confidants, a war-gifted girl named Emilia and her oracle friend Mathilde, are urging her to take on a role she can’t imagine filling: a legion-cursed queen who will lead a rebel army to Katharine’s doorstep. This is an uprising that the mysterious Blue Queen may have more to do with than anyone could have guessed—or expected.

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We Told Six Lies (ARC) by Victoria Scott

Set to release in North America on February 5, 2019, We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott is a taut, fast-paced thriller perfect for fans of e.lockhart We Were Liars, April Henry, Megan Miranda, or young adult fans of Gillian Flynn.

DISCLAIMER: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

Remember how many lies we told, Molly? It’s enough to make my head spin. You were wild when I met you, and I was mad for you. But then something happened. And now you’re gone. But don’t worry. I’ll find you. I just need to sift through the story of us to get to where you might be. I’ve got places to look, and a list of names. The police have a list of names, too. See now? There’s another lie. There is only one person they’re really looking at, Molly. And that’s yours truly.

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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Released on November 20, 2018 in North America, Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott is a story that fans on the YA Contemporary genre – and fans of YA in general – won’t want to miss. In this moving story that’s perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, two teens fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within five feet of each other without risking their lives. And what’s more? Five Feet Apart is soon to be a major motion picture starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson in March 2019 (Movie trailer: https://youtu.be/5cJ7MT1RTqs)!

Disclaimer: I received a finished copy of Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.

Can you love someone you can never touch? Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions. The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals. Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment. What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

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SERIES REVIEW: Throne of Glass (Books 4 – 6)

In the interest of easily accessing the reviews I’ve written for the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, I have decided to combine them into 2 larger review – books 1-3 (review is now available here) and books 4-6. The Assassin’s Blade  and Tower of Dawn will remain independent, as they are not directly part of the Throne of Glass timeline.

This second half of the series review will feature Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and Kingdom of AshOverall, I feel that Maas really found her stride in the second half of the series. With world-building (mostly) out of the way, and a plethora of well-developed characters and plot points to choose from, Maas was able to focus on weaving an intricate plot that, at times, left me reeling in awe and wonder.

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December TBR + Christmas Wishlist

Hey Bookworms! For those of you who have been following my reading journey on my Bookstagram, you’ll know that I have a relatively successful reading month in November – in fact, I managed to read 7 books, despite a wildly busy month at work! I totally did not anticipate this level of reading success in November, but I am so happy that I found so much time to read this month, despite everything else going on in my life!

SO, WHAT WILL I BE READING THIS MONTH?

With Christmas just around the corner, I have decided to put myself on a “Book Buying Ban” until the New Year, which means my monthly TBR will be limited to the four books currently in my To Be Read Box, and one audiobook!

  1. Hunting Prince Dracula (Audiobook) by Kerri Maniscalco (Release Date: September 19, 2017)
  2. Heart of Thorns (ARC) by Bree Barton (Release Date: July 31, 2018)
  3. Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller (Release Date: August 29, 2018)
  4. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake (Release Date: September 4, 2018)
  5. Enchantee (ARC) by Gita Trelease (Release Date: February 5, 2019)

That being said, I do have quite the Christmas Wishlist, which is lined with new releases! For anyone looking for gift ideas of their own (and for my own reference in the future), I thought I would share my Christmas Wishlist here as well!

  1. Ever the Brave by Erin Summerhill (Release Date: December 5, 2017)
  2. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (Release Date: July 31, 2018)
  3. Mirage by Somaiya Daud (Release Date: August 28, 2018)
  4. The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell (Release Date: October 5, 2018)
  5. Empress of all Seasons by Emiko Jean (Release Date: November 6, 2018)
  6. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (Release Date: November 6, 2018)
  7. Once a King by Erin Summerhill (Release Date: December 4, 2018)
  8. Evermore by Sara Holland (Release Date: December 31, 2018)

WHAT BOOKS ARE ON YOUR WISHLIST? LET ME KNOW!