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August releases

sorry for posting so late today but below are all of the books that i think will be a good read for the month of August:

August  1st
Blurb: A contemporary YA perfect for fans of Courtney Summers and Jessi Kirby, THESE THINGS I’VE DONE is the story of a seventeen-year-old girl who accidentally caused her best friend’s death and, a year later, is still grappling with the consequences.

Dara and Aubrey have been inseparable since they became best friends in sixth grade. However, as they begin their sophomore year of high school, cracks in their friendship begin to form, testing the bond they always thought was unbreakable.

It's been fifteen months since the accident that killed Aubrey, and not a day goes by that Dara isn't racked with guilt over her role in her best friend's death. Dara thought nothing could be worse than confronting the memories of Aubrey that relentlessly haunt her, but she soon realizes it isn't half as difficult as seeing Ethan, Aubrey's b…

Cover Reveal for Anne Malcom

Let me Just say if you have never read any books by Anne Malcom you don't know what you are missing! I am a huge fan of this series. I am so excited that Sam's book is next. So without any more of my ramblings he is is the cover reveal for Broken Shelves:

My thoughts on this cover:
I am in love with this cover! i feel that it fits sam perfectly and sets the tone for the book. i can not wait to read it.
Title: Broken Shelves
Series: Unquiet Mind #3
Author: Anne Malcom
Cover by Simply Defined Art
Release date: TBA


Freshly brewed tea. Earl Grey, loose leaf.
Rain on the windowsills. The smell of library books. Escape into worlds greater than this.
A quiet life. Maybe boring, but boring was never dangerous. Until I saw what I was missing out on. Who I was missing out on. The man who shattered my boring, safe life and lay it to ruin.
The man I’d been in love with since I was a teenager. Who I’d been invisible to since I was a tee…

Not Under the Law by Grace Livingston Hill

“Desperate and on the run, Joyce’s only hope is a man who betrayed her.”

Another one of the many novels my grandparents sent from California in that lovely large box of Grace Livingston Hill books. My mother has been hounding me forever to read this book, and I am so happy I finally did.

This may be one of my favorite grace Livingston hill books I have read this far. It simply made me want to re-evaluate my life and living arrangements. It sent me dreaming of a tiny home life, how it would be to leave and disappear to another state and town-how my life could change just by one decision and making the choice to be true to myself.

This book had it all, love, trial, grave robbers (!!), and of course, like every Grace Livingston Hill book, God.

It was an absolute joy to read this book, it's truly a treasure, and especially so when I can talk about it with my Mom, Grandmother, and Aunt. I absolutely love that these novels have been passed down through generations.

I did not want this b…

A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

This is an ARC I picked up from Bookcon last month and I was so excited to get truly was just as good as I hoped it would be.
I finished this book in a day, it just kept you wanting to read more and on the edge of your seat. These children were stranded on an island after witnessing one of their friends die and then have to deal with the repercussions of being stranded- learning and adapting to survive on a tropical island- as well as their past issues with themselves and each other.
When reading other reviews on Goodreads, I know there are a lot of people who are unsure of the probability of a 17 and 16 year old going out every night to party, but trust me it happens...I was one of those kids. It’s exactly how the author portrays it, it’s dirty, crude, and not at all glamourous. I feel like the party scene outlined and described in the book was necessary, it gave more depth to the entire story and background of Henri and Emma.

This book hit on so many issues teens are having,…

My Interview with Jake Ingrassia

Hi everyone! Today I will be doing something different on my blog. I was lucky enough to get to do a character Interview with someone from the Rockstar series by Anne Mercier. If you have not read any books by this author before you should go check out her books they are amazing. I know that everyone out there is sad that Xander did not come out last week but Anne needs to focus on her health right now. So to cheer everybody up here is an interview with one of the Blush Babies:  Jake Ingrassia!!!! Leah: Thank you for coming out and talking with me today. I am excited to get to know you better just like everyone else must be as well.             Jake: Thank you for having.             L: Congrats on becoming a Blush Baby.  What was it like meeting the band?             J:Meeting Falling Down and Blush was awesome. They're so cool and just regular guys. I                   wasn't expecting them to be so normal. L: How has your life changed since becoming part of the Blush campai…

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
Goodreads Blurb: Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her…

What Janie Saw by Caroline B. Cooney (#4.5 Janie Johnson)

“Discover what still matters to Janie, who was kidnapped as a toddler and reunited with her birth family as a teenager, and who may still be in danger as a young woman.”

In this ebook short story, Janie’s story becomes once again in the media spotlight by help of the Visionary Assassins, a band that Reeve brought into the limelight while in What Janie heard. This song and video unfortunately seen by everyone in the country, more specifically Hannah Javerson.
This short story I’m not too sure of, it was only 32 pages, but showed a somewhat evil side of Hannah. It was a strange leap from the 4th installment of the series when Hannah got the remaining amount of money in her father’s account.
In this story, Hannah is working two jobs to stay afloat and live, but more importantly has it out for Janie. While Janie is trying to decide what she will do for college, where she can go to disappear, and if she can fully love and trust Reeve again.

Royally Matched (royally 2) by Emma Chase

Blurb: Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry Charles Albert Edgar Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to force her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday—and when the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world's most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets…

The Looking Glass Wars By Frank Beddor

The Looking Glass Wars By Frank Beddor
Goodreads Blurb: Alyss of Wonderland?
When Alyss Heart, newly orphaned heir to the Wonderland throne, flees through the Pool of Tears to escape her murderous Aunt Redd, she finds herself lost and alone in Victorian London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carrol, Alyss tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss trusts this author to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere will find her and bring her home. But he gets the story all wrong. He even spells her name incorrectly!

Fortunately, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan knows all too well the awful truth of Alyss' story - and he's searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland, to battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.

The Looking Glass Wars unabashedly challenges our Wonderland assumptions of mad tea parties, grinning Cheshire cats, and a curious little blond girl to reveal an epic battle in the…

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

“In California’s central valley, five women and one man join to discuss Jane Austen’s novels. Over the six months they get together, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens.”

I’ve watched this movie a few times and have absolutely loved it. When I found the book at the local thrift bookstore, I was beyond excited. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to the hype I created for it. 
Even though I’m fully aware that books and movies can have two very different story lines, I was truly hoping that something would just happen in the book so I was would be hooked. Sadly, that moment never came. 
Overall the entire book just seemed bland to me, the characters, story plot, and just about everything else was poorly written. In a few months I may try to read it again...I honestly may have just been in a mood and not the right frame of mind to finish and enjoy the book.
It was truly just hard for me to finish the book, but I felt like I nee…

Like a Memory ( sea breeze meets rosemary beach 1)by Abbi Glines

Blurb: One memory. 
One special summer. 
The one thing Bliss had lost herself in when the fear and sickness were too much, moments never to be damaged by the harsh reality that followed… until now. 

Bliss York didn’t live a normal teenage life. She didn’t go to Friday night football games, walk the halls with her friends every day, go to her prom or even walk to receive her diploma. It had all been taken from her the fall that she was fifteen years old and she was given the diagnosis no one ever wants to hear. 

She had leukemia. 

Seven years after spending a summer with a girl who he knew would always be his first love and the one who got away, Nate Finlay returns to Sea Breeze to help his fiancé open her new boutique clothing store. When the new employee walks in Nate is taken back seven years to the girl he thought he’d love forever. The one who never answered his calls or returned his text. The one who shut him out completely with not even a goodbye and broke his heart. 

They’ve each beco…

The Last of August (Charlotte Homes #2) by Brittany Cavallaro

The Last of August (Charlotte Homes #2) by Brittany Cavallaro
Goodreads Blurb: Watson and Holmes: A match made in disaster.

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter-break reprieve after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But Charlotte isn’t the only Holmes with secrets, and the mood at her family’s Sussex estate is palpably tense. On top of everything else, Holmes and Watson could be becoming more than friends—but still, the darkness in Charlotte’s past is a wall between them.

A distraction arises soon enough, because Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring. The game is afoot once again, and Charlotte is single-minded in her pursuit.

Their first stop? Berlin. Their first contact? August Moriarty (formerly Charlotte’s obsession, currently believed by most to be dead), whose powerful family has been ripping off famous paintings for the last hundred years. …

The Voice on the Radio by Caroline B. Cooney. (#3 in the Janie Johnson series)

“Reeve get his chance to be the voice on the radio. Where tells the most interesting story he knows, Janie.”
The story takes place in the fall and the start of a new school year. Reeve is off to college and Janie is home finishing up her last two years of college. When Reeve finds his calling, being a radio host, and freezes on air...he spills the story and secrets of Janie and her two families.
This book had a lot more meaning than just the boyfriend being greedy and using Janie’s story to become famous. It has a lot about forgiveness and about acceptance of oneself and of others, coming to terms with who you are, and also growing up. In the end, Janie learned to love herself, accept the situation she was in with the two families, and find place for both of them in her life. She also learned to forgive Reeve as well as Hannah for ruining both set of parents lives.
It was honestly a great book. I’m not going to lie, it was a little annoying at times, but if you read through and past t…

Royally Screwed (Royally 1) by Emma Chase

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn't bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn't what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There's a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they've traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven't chopped anyone's head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nic…

Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Goodreads Blurb: High atop Hathorne Hill, near Boston, sits Danvers State Hospital. Built in 1878 and closed in 1992, this abandoned mental institution is rumored to be the birthplace of the lobotomy. On the eve of the hospital's demolition, six teens break in to spend the night and film a movie about their experiences. For Derik, it's an opportunity to win a filmmaking contest and save himself from a future of flipping burgers at his parents' diner. For the others, it's a chance to be on TV, or a night with no parents. But what starts as a dare quickly escalates into a nightmare. Behind the crumbling walls, down every dark passageway, and in each deserted room, they will unravel the mysteries of those who once lived there and the spirits who still might.
My thoughts: This book was recommended to me by my bestie/co-blogger. I have been in love with Laurie Faria Stolarz since the Touch Series so I was really excited to read this. To me t…

The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

“A remarkable novel about secrets, desire, memory, passion, and possibility”

A few times I’ve picked up this book, but I’ve never been able to sit down and finish it. It’s an amazing story, going between the years 1925 and 1955, as well as a few years in between.
Personally, I thought the storyline of Eva was more interesting and captivating more than Grace’s.

It had a few plot twists, there were a few fun surprises along the way, but mainly you knew the biggest one from the start. This book also showed the hidden demons and past lives people hide and hold close to their chests. Throughout the novel it showed personal growth, truly finding oneself, as well as being confident in your own skin. Most of the characters have this inward growth and character development

There are also a lot of darker topics that came from the book and I was surprised, for example finding out Grace’s adopted father's death wasn’t an accident and that Grace was conceived by an act of hate, the darker topics…

For Magnus Chase: Hotel Valhalla, Guide to the Norse Worlds (Magnus Chase 1.5) By Rick Rordan

Blurb: So you've made it to Valhalla. Now what? This "who's who" guide to the gods, goddesses, and other important figures of Norse mythology was commissioned by Helgi, who, after more than a millennium as manager of Hotel Valhalla, became fed up with answering the same questions from newly deceased heroes at check-in. The profiles provide essential stats, interviews, and personal reflections so you can identify the gods and avoid those awkward introductions. Handy facts about other beings round out this go-to tome. You'll never see Ratatosk as a cute little rodent or confuse a dwarf with an elf ever again! My Thoughts: If you have ever read on of Rick's book you would know that that is usually a companion book or a guide book that goes with the series. sometimes there is one or there could be more. I find this super helpful. not only does it help  you learn more about the characters in the book but if you ever forget something it is a great reference. I find i…