March 2017 Book Haul

Hey guys!

I didn’t get many books in the month of March, but here is the list! All of these are from iBooks. 

ARCs

  • “Arousal” by Simone Sowood
  • “Summoner Rising” by Melanie McFarlane
  • “Exposed” by Alexa Ross and Holly Rayner
  • “Billionaire Passions” by Hazel Keys

REGULAR BOOKS

  • “Keeper” by Ingrid Seymour
  • “Silver and Bold” by Amber Burns
  • “Ghost of Halloween’s Past” by Ingrid Seymour
  • “My Kinda Bull” by Lilly Christine

January 2017 Book Haul

Hi guys!!

So…….there are WAYYYYY too many books that I got last month to even begin doing synopsis’s. I am just got to list off every book I got. I will be doing reviews for every book I got this month, so overviews will be with those books. Here we go!!

These are the series that I got the first book on iBooks for free and then bought the rest of the book off of iBooks:

  • Evernight series by Claudia Gray
  1. Evernight
  2. Stargazer
  3. Hourglass
  4. Afterlife
  • Fated series by Hazel Kelly (first book is on iBooks, the rest is on Kindle)
  1. Falling For My Best Friend
  2. Charming My Best Friend
  3. Seducing My Best Friend
  4. Fighting For My Best Friend
  5. Keeping My Best Friend

These are the books I got for free on iBooks:

  • 50 Best One-Liner Jokes by Mike Francis
  • 50 Best Jokes Ever by Jane Parks
  • Teacher’s Pet by Avery Phillips
  • Because Of Him by Jessica Roe
  • Turned by Morgan Rice
  • The Academy by C.L. Stone
  • Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson
  • Into The Darkness by Nora Ash
  • Before You Seduce Me by E.J. Adams
  • All I Want Is You by E.L. Todd
  • Vampire Addiction by Eva Pohler
  • Dirty Sexy Furry by Eliza Gayle
  • Elementals by Michelle Madow
  • Before Beauty by Brittany Fichter
  • A Smile Like Hers by Brittany Fichter
  • Ever’s Dream by Brittany Fichter
  • The Goose Girl by Brittany Fichter
  • Bull Rider’s Baby by Naomi Niles
  • Hidden In Darkness by Nora Ash
  • His Secret Love by Suzanne Brahm
  • His Five Night Stand by Emma Thorne
  • Captured by Jordan Marie
  • Bad Boy Billionaire (the complete series) by Claire Adams
  • Protect My Vampire King’s Baby by Sarah Adams
  • Books by Peter Styles
  1. Learning to Trust
  2. Learning to Trust 2
  3. Eternal Love 1
  4. Eternal Love 2
  5. Poses 1
  6. Poses 2
  7. A Retreat to Remember
  8. A Retreat to Remember 2
  9. Wedding Date 1+2
  10. Summer Lovin Blues 1
  11. Summer Lovin Blues 2
  12. Learning His Lesson 1+2
  13. Bonus Chapter Collection
  14. Starter Library
  • Billionaire’s Flight by Alexa Davis
  • Cooking For A Billionaire by Anna Collins
  • To Kill For by A.J. Carella
  • Blood Sport by A.J. Carella
  • True Deceit by A.J. Carella
  • Bedroom Secrets by Suzanne Brahm
  • His Cowboy Heart by Emma Thorne
  • Billionaire Obsession by Anna Collins

These are the books I got for free off of Amazon for Kindle:

  • Beautiful Demons (box set) by Sarra Cannon
  • Craving by Stephanie Summers
  • Abandoned by Elisa Dane
  • Temptation by Ivy Smoak
  • The Shadow Prince by Stacey O’Neale
  • Tapping The Billionaire by Max Monroe
  • Searching For Moore by Julie Richman
  • Kahayatle by Elle Casey
  • My Viking Vampire by Krystal Shannon
  • Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy
  • Betrayal by Aleatha Romig
  • Good Intentions by Brenda K. Davies
  • Hidden Sins by Karice Bolton
  • First World by Jaymin Eve
  • Consequences by Aleatha Romig

I got the Chronicles of Narnia books from my best friend’s Mom. I am not going to do the synopsis of those books because I’m pretty sure everyone knows those books.

**I bought one book from the dollar store.**

A Tale of Two Besties by Sophia Rossi: Harper and Lily have been best friends since forever. Not even the threat of different high schools could throw this BFF-ship off-course, even though Lily begs her parents not to send her to the “dreaded Pathways,” an experimental school for creative types, while effortlessly popular Harper attends Beverly High with the rest of their class. But in a city where fitting in means standing out and there’s nothing more uncool than being cool, it’s the naturally charismatic Harper – with her blond hair and perfect bone structure – who finds herself fighting the tide of American Apparel-ed teens who rule the school. Meanwhile, its the perpetually “gawkward” Lily – who accessorizes ever ensemble with a pair of tattered fairy wings – who finds herself flying alongside the queen bees of Pathways. Can BFF-ship survive the tidal wave of high school drama, or does growing up mean leaving some friends behind?

December 2016 Book Haul

Hi everybody!

I know I will not be buy anymore books for a while. Here are all the books I bought in the month of December.

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo: Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean – the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread – Les Misérables ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them to the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose. Within his dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect and the emotions: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjen by Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thenardier, and the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds. Les Misérabes gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his criticism of the French political and judicial systems, but the portrait that resulted is larger than life, epic in scope – an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses even as it touches the heart.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover: Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily had built with Ryle is threatened.

Shine by Newsboys: “Be the change you want to see.” In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven. -Matthew 5:16

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen: She’s used to counting on no one and answering to nobody. But all of that changes when her mother vanishes and Ruby is sent to live with her elder sister, Cora. Now Ruby’s got her own room in a fabulous new house, she’s going to private school, and – for the first time – feeling as if she has a future. Plus, there’s the adorable and sweet boy next door, Nate. Everything should be perfect. So why is Ruby so wary? And why is Nate keeping her at a distance? Ruby soon comes to realize that sometimes, in order to save yourself, you’ve got to reach out to someone else.

90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper and Cecil Murphy: On the way home from a conference, Don Piper’s car was crushed by a semi that crossed into his lane. Medical personnel said he died instantly. While his body lay lifeless inside the ruins of his car, Piper experienced the glories of heaven, awed by its beauty and music. Ninety minutes after the wreck, while a minister prayed for him, Piper miraculously returned to life on earth with only the memory of inexpressible heavenly bliss. His faith in God was severely tested as he faced an uncertain and grueling recovery. Now he shares his life-changing story with you. 90 Minutes in Heaven offers a glimpse into a very real dimension of God’s reality. It encourages those recovering from serious injuries and those dealing with the loss of a loved one. The experience dramatically changed Piper’s life, and it will change yours too. 

The Girlfriend Curse by Valerie Frankel: It’s uncanny! Within six months of breaking up with her, Peg Silver’s ex-lovers always meet and marry the women of their dreams. Even worse than being the eternal bridesmaid, she’s the last girlfriend, the one who awakens in a guy the knowledge of what he’s always wanted in a relationship…and it’s never with Peg. Obviously, a major lifestyle change is seriously called for, which is why the distraught interior landscape designer says good-bye to Manhattan and late-night lattes with pal Nina, and hello to a farmhouse on ten acres in tiny, backwater Manshire, Vermont, hoping to meet the ultimate, all-organic country man (without too much facial hair) to keep her warm in those frosty New England winters. Instead, Peg finds herself at Inward Bound – a proactive adult-education retreat for the hapless and hopelessly lovelorn – to try to lift her dreaded “Girlfriend curse”. A steamy (and expressly forbidden) dalliance with gorgeous woman-eater Ray probably isn’t going to help cure her. But some romantic insight could arise from her attraction to Linus, Inward Bound’s sexy, scruffy, smart, and still-single founder. Perhaps there is a secret to be unearthed in the crunchy Green Mountains, one that will magically transform Peg Silver from the Perpetual Also Ran to the Big Winner in love.

Through The Eyes Of A Lion by Levi Lusko: Her parents called her Lenya Lion because of her ferocious personality and hair that had been wild and mane-like since birth. But they never expected that, five days before Christmas, their five-year-old daughter would suddenly go to heaven after an asthma attack. How do you walk out of the ER without your daughter? More a manifesto for high-octane living than a manual for grieving, Through the Eyes of a Lion will help you turn your journey into a “roar story” by guiding you to: look past what you can see with the naked eye, survive Saturday – the space between promise and fulfillment, let God turn your pain into a microphone, and cue the eagle and run toward the roar. Whether you’re currently facing adversity or want to prepare yourself for inevitable hardship, it’s time to look at the adventure of your life through Jesus’ eyes – the eyes of a Lion. 

Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs: This Book is approved for consumption by those seeking pleasure, escape, amusement, enlightenment, or general distraction. This book is not approved to treat disorders such as eBay addiction or incessant blind dating. In studies, some people reported inappropriate, convulsive laughter, a tingling sensation in the limbs, and sudden gasping. Fewer than 1 percent reported narcolepsy. Doll collectors may experience special sensitivity, as may discourteous drivers, candy-company brand managers, and nicotine-gum users. This book has been shown to be especially helpful to those with parents, grandparents, life partners, and incontinent dogs. People with dry, cracked skin have responded well to this book, as have people with certain heart conditions. Do not operate heavy machinery while reading this book, until you know what effects it may have on you. This text is contraindicated in those suffering from certain psychiatric disorders, including – but not limited to – readers afflicted with anhedonia, which is the inability to experience pleasure. Ask your doctor about Possible Side Effects.

Hannah Montana: Rock the Waves by Suzanne Harper: It’s summer vacation, and Miley Stewart is seriously stoked about three months with no homework, cafeteria food, or early morning alarms. Even better: Miley’s crush of the moment, Aussie surfer Talen Wright, will be riding the waves in the Breakpoint Surf Series – a major surfing competition being held in her hometown of Malibu. When Hannah Montana is asked to perform at the Surf Series’ closing ceremonies, the stage seems perfectly set for fun in the sun…Then Miley learns that all her time onstage as Hannah Montana had caused some setbacks at school. Instead of hanging out on the beach, she’ll be making up work in the classroom for two whole weeks! In a surprise twist of fate, Talen and Miley end up in the same summer school class – but so does his ex-girlfriend, who isn’t quite ready to let Talen go. As the summer heats up, so does the drama! Will Miley find a way to hang ten with Talen – or have a major wipeout?

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult: Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day’s breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother’s death. When Josef Weber, an elder man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that there can’t, and they become companions. Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret – one that nobody else in town would ever suspect – and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. With her own identitysuddenly  challenged, and the integrity of the closest friend she’s ever had clouded, Sage behinds to question the assumptions and expectations she’s made about her life and her family. When does a moral choice become a moral imperative? And where does one draw the line between punishment and justice, forgiveness and mercy?

Zodiac by Romina Russell: In a galaxy where your sign determines which planet you call home, Rho, the young Guardian of Cancer, must find a way to unite the divided Houses of the Zodiac before an ancient evil destroys them all. But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe divided by difference? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Fallen by Lauren Kate: There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and Aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at Sword & Cross boarding school in Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are screwups, and security cameras watch every move. Except Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But Luce can’t ignore the feeling that she’s being pulled to him, drawn like a moth to a flame. She must find out what Daniel is so desperate to hide…even if it kills her.

Torment by Lauren Kate: Hell on Earth. That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel. It took them an eternity to find one another, but now Daniel has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts – immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. The more Luce learns at Shoreline, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something – something dangerous. What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t really true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

Slammed by Colleen Hoover: Following the unexpected death of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and her younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope. One young Man brings change to all of this. After moving across the country, Layken meets her attractive twenty-one-year-old neighbor who has an intriguing passion for slams. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope. Not long after a heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together and the forces that tear them apart.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer: She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decide she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target in her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires makes her situation even more dangerous. Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood for survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of. 

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick: When Nora and Patch are forced together as lab partners, Nora would rather fall to her death than put up with his elusive answers to her questions, his teasing, and his infuriatingly handsome face and hypnotizing eyes. It seems Patch was put on earth just to drive her crazy. But before long, Nora’s defenses start to break down as her curiousity about Patch heats up. Why does he always seem to be wherever she is and know exactly what she’s thinking? How does he know what to say to both attract and repulse her? And what is up with those V-shaped scars on his chiseled back? As their connection grows stronger, Nora’s own life becomes increasingly fragile. Nora needs to decide: Is Patch the one who wants to do her harm or the one who will keep her safe? Has she fallen for one of the fallen?

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick: With summer starting and Patch – her extremely protective, extremely hot guardian angel – by her side, things seemed perfect for Nora Grey. Unfortunately, she has to take a summer school class, and Patch has suddenly grown distant and developed an irritating interest in Nora’s archenemy, Marcie Millar. If she hadn’t been so frustrated by Patch, Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who moved back to town. His attitude alone is enough to drive her away, but Nora is mysteriously drawn to him and the secrets he seems to have about her past. On top of all that, Nora is suddenly haunted by images of her murdered father, and questions whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate for answers, Nora risks everything despite warnings from everyone she knows that some things are better left buried.

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick: After waking up in a cemetery with no memory of the last few months, let alone the last five minutes, Nora Grey discovers that she has been missing for weeks. As she struggles to put the pieces together and resume her daily life – hanging with her best friend, Vee; going to school; and avoiding her mother’s creepy new boyfriend – she gets the feeling that everyone knows more about her disappearance than she does. When she meets a mysterious stranger whom she is simultaneously drawn to and afraid of, the pieces of the puzzle start to come together. As he begins to shed light on the events that led to her memory loss, Nora discovers that not only is she about to embark on the fight of her life, wedged between ancient enemies she can barely comprehend, she’s also falling in love. But even with all these strange new occurrences happening around her, she can’t help feeling she has done this all before.

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick: Nora and Patch were ready to put the past behind them after they defeated the Black Hand. But in the Black Hand’s absence, Nora has unwittingly become the head of the Nephilim and must lead them to destroy the fallen angels – and the only person she has ever loved. Patch attempts to find out everything he can as Nora struggles to convince the Nephilim that their fight with the fallen angels is a mistake. But soon she finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated, and even Patch may not be able to help her find her way back. Will their love grow even stronger or will the differences that first drew them together finally be their undoing?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling: The year is 1926 in the city of New York…A time and place where the actions of a handful of people…and creatures…will determine the fate of the many. Magizoologist Newt Scamander, newly arrived in town, intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when Newt’s magical case is misplaced and some of his fantastic beasts escape into the city, it spells trouble for everyone…

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling: The Tales of Beedle the Bard contains five richly diverse fairy tales, each with its own magical character, that will variously bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril. Essential and enjoyable reading for Muggles and wizards alike, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a uniquely magical volume. With illuminating notes by Albus Dumbledore.

Quidditch Through The Ages by J.K. Rowling: If you have ever asked yourself where the Golden Snitch came from, how the Bludgers came into existence or why the Wigtown Wanderers have pictures of meat cleavers on their robes, you need Quidditch Through the Ages. This invaluable volume is consulted by young Quidditch fans on an almost daily basis.

The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles edited by William Irwin and Gregory Bassham: J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular Harry Potter books may appear to be simple  children’s tales on the surface, but like Hogwarts, they conceal many hidden chambers, trapdoors, and perplexing secrets. Drawing on all seven books in the Harry Potter series, The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy offers a powerful brew of insights about good and evil, love, death, power, sacrifice, and hope. Is it true, as Dumbledore says, that our choices reveal far more about us than our abilities do? Is there an afterlife, and what might it be like? Here’s a Pensieve for your thoughts. So take a healthy slug of Baruffio’s Brain Elixir and join Brassham’s Army of talented Philosophers in exploring the mind-stretching deeper questions of the Potter books and films.

Vampire Academy: 10th Anniversary Edition by Richelle Mead: Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi, the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and Vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them. After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where Vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be prepare for a life fraught with danger. Rose and Lissa must navigate their treacherous world and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever. But soon Rose finds herself gripped by the temptation of forbidden love, leaving Lissa exposed to Strigoi attack. Now she must choose between the best friend she lives for and the man she can’t live without…Richelle Mead celebrates ten years of Vampire Academy with an exclusive, never-before-seen collection of stories that sheds new light on the world and its players: The Turn and the Flame takes a deeper look into the dark stain on the Ozera dynasty…From the Journal of Vasilisa Dragomir unearth’s the princess’s private thoughts from a transformative period of her life…The Meeting gives us a glimpse of Rose Hathaway through Dimitri’s eyes…Hello, My Name Is Rose Hathaway tracks the shenanigans that ensue when Rose and Dimitri become unlikely teammates in a high-stakes scavenger hunt.

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I got this last book as a Christmas present from my sister! It’s about the Salem Witch Trials and anybody who knows me knows that I LOVED reading “The Crusible” by Author Miller back in high school.

The Witches by Stacy Schiff: The panic began in 1692, over a raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister’s niece began to writhe and roar. It spread quickly – as neighbors accused neighbors, husbands accused wives, parents and children one another. It ended less than a year later, but not before nineteen men and women had been hanged.

November 2016 Book Haul

Hi, guys!

I am one weak, weak human being. I should not be trusted in any store that sells books when I have a credit card. Walmart has sales on books all the time and I kill my bank account every time I go.

The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle: My father’s voice still rings in my ears. Can you believe Zeus blamed me for the gods’ battle with Gaea? Just because the earth goddess duped one of my progeny – Octavian – into the Greek and Roman demigods into a civil war that nearly destroyed human civilization. I ask you, how was that my fault? Now I’m cast out of Olympus in the form of a sixteen-year-old mortal boy, acne and all! Sadly, I’ve been punished this way before. I know I will face many trials and hardships. I can only hope that if I suffer through them and prove myself worthy, Father will forgive me and allow me to become a god again. But this time my situation seems much more dangerous. One of my ancient adversaries knows I am here and is having me followed. The Oracle of Delphi remains dark, unable to issue prophecies. Most embarrassing of all, I am bound to serve a demigod street urchin who defends herself by throwing rotten fruit. Zeus could not possibly expect me to fix the Oracle problem by myself. Not in my present weak condition. It’s time for me to drop in on Camp Half-Blood, where I might find some talented fodder…er, I mean heroes to help. No doubt they will welcome to as a celebrity! They will bring me holy offerings like peeled grapes, Oreos, and – oh, gods – perhaps even bacon! Mmm. Yes. If I survive this, I really must write an ode to the power of bacon…

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer: Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and truant officers. One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down – his Uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost of thousands years. The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place. Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus’s memory. But he doesn’t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents…Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor: It’s been six weeks since Magnus and his friends returned from defeating Fenris Wolf and the fire giants. Magnus had adjusted to life at the Hotel Valhalla – as much as a once-homeless and previously alive kid can. As a son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus doesn’t exactly fit in with the rest of Odin’s chosen warriors, but he has a few good peeps among his hallmates on floor nineteen, and he’s been dutifully training for Ragnarok along with everyone else. His days have settled into a new kind of normal. But Magnus should have known there’s no such thing as normal in the Nine Worlds. His friends Hearthstone and Blitzen have disappeared. A new hallmate is creating chaos. According to a very nervous goat, a certain object belonging to Thor is still missing, and the thunder god’s enemies will stop at nothing to gain control of it. Time to summon Jack, the Sword of Summer, and take action. Too bad the only action Jack seems to be interested in is dates with other magical weapons…

October 2016 Book Haul

Hi everyone!

I know that I said I wouldn’t buy anymore books, but I just couldn’t resist!

I went on a little shopping spree with my boyfriend and we went to Books-A-Million. Here’s what I got:

“Beautiful Bitch” by Christina Lauren: Just when Chloe’s career starts to take off, Bennett wishes it would slow down long enough to spend a wild night alone with his intern-cum-girlfriend. Preferably one in which he can show her he’s still the boss. After her continued refusals to take time off with him, Bennett can finally no longer take no for an answer. And so the couple find themselves with two plane tickets, one French villa, and a surprising conversation that, predictably, leaves them wrestling under the covers.

“Beautiful Stranger” by Christina Lauren: Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon’s moved to New York City and is looking for excitement and passion without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night’s fun. But the manner – and speed – with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup and into her Beautiful Stranger. The whole city knows that Max Stella loves women, not that he’s ever found one he particularly wants to keep around. Despite pulling in plenty with his Wall Street bad boy charm, it’s not until Sara – and the wild photos she lets him take of her – that he starts wondering if there’s someone for him outside of the bedroom. Hooking up in places where anybody could catch them, the only thing scarier for Sara than getting caught in public is having Max get too close in private.

“Beautiful Bombshell” by Christina Lauren: When Bennett’s friends steal him away from Chloe for a weekend of shenanigans and strippers in Vegas, their first stop doesn’t exactly go as planned. Their scheme for a guys’ weekend completely derailed, Bennett and Max take every chance they get to rendezvous secretly with the women they love. But when the persistently single Will Sumner catches on, the pair realizes they need to team up with him instead of butting heads if they’re to escape for more sexy Vegas hookups.

“Beautiful Player” by Christina Lauren: When Hanna Bergstrom received a lecture from her overprotective brother and neglecting her social life and burying herself in grad school, she’s determined to tackle his implied assignment: get out, make friends, start dating. And who better to turn her into the sultry siren every man wants than her brother’s gorgeous best friend, Will Sumner, venture capitalist and unapologetic playboy? Will takes risks for a living, but he’s skeptical about this challenge of Hanna’s…until the wild night his innocently seductive pupil tempts him into bed – and teaches him a thing or two about being a woman he can’t forget. Now that Hanna’s discovered the power of her own sex appeal, it’s up to Will to prove he’s the only man she’ll ever need.

“Beautiful Beginning” by Christina Lauren: Wedding bells can’t chime soon enough for Chloe Mills and Bennett Ryan. Chloe, exasperated and stressed by all the last-minute to-dos, is on the verge of saying “I do” to eloping. For his part, Bennett’s so worried about being distracted by Chloe’s body that he makes a no-sex-until-the-wedding-night rule that only seems to be making things worse by continually backfiring on him. As their crazy families descend for the big day – only a few of them actually trying to be helpful – the fiery lovers are about to test whether the couple that argues together can keep it together long enough to exchange rings, and not just heated words.

“Beautiful Secret” by Christina Lauren: When Ruby Miller’s boss announces he’s sending her on an extended business trip to New York City, she’s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she’s professionally up to the task. The part that’s throwing her is where she’ll be spending a month, up close and personal, working alongside – and staying in a hotel with – Niall Stella, her firm’s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, Ruby is certain Niall barely knows she’s alive…until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice. Not one for letting loose and breaking rules, recently divorced Niall would describe himself as hopeless when it comes to women. But even he knows outgoing California-girl Ruby is a breath of fresh air. Once she makes it her mission to help the sexy Brit loosen his tie, there’s no turning back. Thousands of miles from London, it’s easy for the lovers to play pretend. But when the trip is over, will the relationship they’ve built up fall down?

“A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal but Tamlin – one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As Feyre dwells in his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it…or doom Tamlin – and his world – forever.

“A Court of Mist and Fury” by Sarah J. Maas: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court – but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people. Not has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigated its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms – and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future – and the future of a world torn apart.

“The Midnight Star” by Marie Lu: Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest, her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her had begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she’s gained. When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest – though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

“The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater: Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them – until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, and he’s a rich student at Aglionby, a local private school. Blue has a policy about staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce souls whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little. For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

“The Kissing Booth” by Beth Reekles: Meet Rochelle Evans. Known as Elle to most everyone. She’s pretty, she’s popular, and she’s never been kissed. Meet Noah Flynn. Known as Flynn to most everyone. He’s gorgeous, he’s badass, and he’s a total player. When Ella and her best friend, Lee, deicide to run a kissing booth at their school’s Spring Carnival, Elle ends up locking lips with Noah, and her life is turned upside down. But this romance seems far from a fairytale. Is Elle headed for heartbreak, or will she get her happily-ever-after?

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I went to Walmart with my boyfriend and a friend of ours and I just couldn’t resist going to the book section. I got the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series box set by Rick Riordan and I also got the “Heros of Olympus” series box set by Rick Riordan. I am not going to do a synopsis for each book because they are popular books and I’m pretty sure everyone has, at least, heard of them.

September 2016 Book Haul

Hey guys!

So, I only bought one book this month and it was via gift card, so technically I didn’t spend any money. This book was:

“City of Dreaming Books” by Walter Moers: Optimus Yarnspinner has inherited from his godfather an unpublished manuscript by an unknown writer. He sets off to track down the mysterious author, who disappeared into Bookholm – the so-called City of Dreaming Books. Yarnspinner falls under the spell of this book-obsessed metropolis, where an avid reader and budding author can find any number of charming attractions – priceless signed first editions, salivating literary agents, and for-hire critics. But as he pursues the trail of the mission author, the darker side of Bookholm begins to unveil itself – cold-blooded book hunters, fearsome cyclopean booklings, sharp-toothed animotomes, and, of course, the Shadow King, whose howls rise from deep beaneath the city at night. Will Yarnspinner survive his quest into this world where reading is a genuine adventure?

I didn’t have a chance to read this book before I had to give it back to my sister’s school, so I decided to get it in ebook format for myself.

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I also received an ARC copy of a book in exchange for an honest review:

“Hung” by Simone Sowood: Is a man worth losing everything I’ve ever worked for? Lawson Heywood is a cocky, dirty-talking prick with enough money to buy a small country. And a man who’s used to getting any woman he wants. I drew him a picture. He was so impressed, he cornered me and kissed me. My first real kiss. With his tattoos, broad shoulders and panty-dropping brown eyes, I thought I’d melt into his arms forever. Except I can’t get involved with him. It would make me a sell out and ruin my art career once and for all. Lawson keeps threatening to make me his, but that’s never going to happen. No matter how much my body craves him.

Until next time,

Stephanie

August 2016 Book Haul (Biggest Book Haul I’ve Ever Done!)

Hey everybody!

I kind of went on a little book-buying spree. *OOPS* I promised myself I would not buy anymore books for myself until sometime in 2017. I’m going to give the synopsis of each book and you guys can decide if it would be interesting to read or not. 🙂

“The Fill-In Boyfriend” by Kasie West: When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. This task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend – two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley. The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor, and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party – three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her newfound relationship.

“Th1rteen R3asons Why” by Jay Asher: Clay Jensen doesn’t want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her. Then Hannah’s voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes – and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death. All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his small town……and what he discovers changes his life forever.

“Backlash” by Sarah Darer Littman: Lara just got told off on Facebook. She thought that Christian liked her, that he was finally going to ask her to his school’s homecoming dance. They’ve been talking online for weeks, so what’s with the sudden change? And where does he get off saying horrible things on her wall? Even worse – are they true? It’s been a long time since Lara’s felt this bad, this depressed, this ugly. She’s worked really hard to become pretty and happy – and make new friends after what happened in middle school. Bree used to be best friends with overweight, depressed Lara, but constantly listening to Lara’s issues got to be too much. Secretly, Bree’s glad that Christian called Lara out. Lara’s not nearly as amazing as people think. But no one realized just how far Christian’s harsh comments would push Lara. Not even Bree. As online life collides with real life, things spiral out of control, and not just for Lara. Because when the truth starts to come together, the backlash is even more devastating than anyone could have ever imagined.

“None Of The Above” by I.W. Gregorio: When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him. But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned – something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.” Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she comes to terms with her new self?

“A Totally Awkward Love Story” by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison: The summer before college, Hannah swears she’s finally going to find The One. And for five perfect minutes, Hannah does find him, in the master bathroom at a house party, of all places. He’s cute, makes her laugh like crazy, and agrees that air kisses are for snobs. She just wishes shed caught him his name, because Toilet Boy Cinderella really lacks sex appeal. For Sam, the summer is off to a bad start: he bombed his French final and he’s got zero girl prospects. But for five minutes, his luck changed. Five minutes with some strange and hilarious girl in a fancy purple restroom, and Sam is head over heels. Of course, he doesn’t know her name. With his luck, he’ll never see her again, and he’ll remain a girlfriendless, moony-eyed virgin. Forever. Another chance meeting brings them together, only to have a misunderstanding drive them apart…and then the cycle starts all over again. Madcap mishaps, raunchy hilarity, and deep romance follow these two wherever they go. For two people so clearly destined for each other, they sure have a hell of a lot of trouble getting together. Maybe their love is based on an Austen novel after all.

“Never Always Sometimes” by Adi Alsaid: Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they’d never, ever do in high school. Most of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never dye your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he’s broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It’s either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. So when Julia impetuously suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they’ve actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.

I also got my own editions of “Ugly Love” by Colleen Hoover and “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins.

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I, once again, went to my sister’s college and I borrowed a single book from the library.

“The City of Dreaming Books” by Walter Moers: Optimus Yarnspinner has inherited from his godfather an unpublished manuscript by an unknown writer. He sets off to track down the mysterious author, who disappeared into Bookholm – the so-called City of Dreaming Books. Yarnspinner falls under the spell of this book-obsessed metropolis, where an avid reader and budding author can find any number of charming attractions – priceless signed first editions, salivating literary agents, and for-hire critics. But as he pursues the trail of the mission author, the darker side of Bookholm begins to unveil itself – cold-blooded book hunters, fearsome cyclopean booklings, sharp-toothed animotomes, and, of course, the Shadow King, whose howls rise from deep beaneath the city at night. Will Yarnspinner survive his quest into this world where reading is a genuine adventure?

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For my niece’s birthday, her mother, grandmother, and I took her to the National Aquarium and then to a mall across the Key Bridge (if you’re not from Maryland, that means it’s in another county). We have 2 local malls (one a ten minute walk from my house and the other is about a thirty minute drive from my house) and neither of them have Dave & Busters and the Lego Store (what she wanted to go to for her birthday). We stopped in Books-a-Million while we were there.

The books I got from the aquarium are:

“Octopus!: The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea” by Katherine Harmon Courage: Katherine Harmon Courage – a veteran journalist and contributing editor for Scientific American – dives into the amazing underwater world of the octopus. She reports on her global travels, inviting us to experience the scientific discoveries and cultural ties that connect us to the octopus. Octopus! reveals that the oldest known octopus lived before the first dinosaurs; that two thirds of an octopus’s brain capacity is spread through its arms – meaning each one literally has a mind of its own; and that it can change colors within milliseconds to camouflage itself, even though it appears to be colorblind. Courage deftly interweaves personal narrative and interviews with leading octopus experts. The result is an entertaining and scientifically grounded exploration of the octopus and its astonishingly complex world.

“Haunted Maryland: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Old Line State” by Ed Okonowics: Maryland’s past is long and haunted, filled with stories of strange creatures, spectral presences, and mysterious events. This book collects many of those stories by region, including…The bleeding stone of White House Farm; The vengeful ghost of Bigg Lizz; Chessie, the Chesapeake sea monster; America’s most haunted light house; and The mysterious “Toaster” who visits the grave of Edgar Allan Poe.

The books I got from Books-A-Million are:

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts 1 and 2” by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne: It was always difficult being Harry Potter, and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald: The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when, The New York Times remarked, “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted take of America in the 1920s that resonates with a power of myth. A novel of lyrical beauty yet brutal realism, of magic, romance, and mysticism, The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.

“The Forbidden Game” by L.J. Smith: When Jenny buys a game for her boyfriend, Tom, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the guy behind the counter. There is something mysteriously alluring about Julian’s pale eyes and bleached-blond hair. And when he places the Game into her hands, she knows their connection is something deeper. But as Jenny and her six friends begin to play the Game at Tom’s birthday celebration, a night of friends and fun quickly turns into a night of terror and obsessive love. Because the Game isn’t just a game – it’s the seven friends’ new reality, where Julian reigns as the Prince of the Shadows. One by one the friends must confront their phobias to win the Game. To lose the Game is to lose their lives. And that is only the beginning…

“Everland” by Wendy Spinale: London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of the deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding he deadly Marauders – the German army led by the cutthroat Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer. Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook is on the hunt for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the surviving children. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until one day when they grab Joanna. Gwen will stop at nothing to get her sister back, but as she sets out, she crosses paths with a daredevil named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it might cost Gwen more than she bargained for. And are Gwen, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart the ruthless Captain Hook?

“Love Sick” by Jake Coburn: Ted’s drunk-driving accident has ruined his life. It cost him his basketball scholarship, ended his plans for college, and forced him into AA. But just when Ted has resigned himself to his new life, Michael appears. The wealthy father of a bulimic Manhattan rich girl has a tempting proposition. He has agreed to pay for Ted’s college tuition. Quite a generous offer, but there’s one catch: Ted has to secretly keep tabs on his benefactor’s daughter, Erica. A seemingly simple task, with only one minor problem: Ted never expected to fall in love.

“With Malice” by Eileen Cook: Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital bed, leg in a cast, stitches on her face, and a big blank canvas where the last six weeks should be. She discovers she was involved in a fatal car accident while on a school trip in Italy. A trip she doesn’t even remember taking. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that include a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident. As the accident makes national headlines, Jill finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. It doesn’t help that the media is portraying her as a sociopath who killed her bubbly best friend, Simone, in a jealous rage. With the evidence mounting against her, there’s only one thing Jill knows for sure: She would never hurt Simone. But what really happened? Questioning who she can trust and what she’s capable of, Jill desperately tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life. With Malice is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that yanks you into a world where nothing is what it seems and where everyone is a suspect. You won’t believe how it ends.

“It’s All Your Fault” by Paul Rudnick: My name is Caitlin and up until forty-eight hours ago I had never: Tasted alcohol, kissed a boy, sang in public at the top of my lungs, kidnapped anyone or – WHAT? STOLEN A CONVERTIBLE? Now I’m in jail and I have no idea what I’m going to tell: The police, my parents, the mayor, all of those camera crews and everyone on Twitter. I have just noticed that: My nose is pierced and I have – WAIT? IS THAT A TATTOO? I blame one person for this entire insane weekend: My famous cousin. Who is also my former best friend. Who I have HATED for the last four years. Who I miss like crazy. NO I DON’T!!!! IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT HELLER HARRIGAN!!!!

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My birthday was this month and I got two books! They were:

“The Bane Chronicles” by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson: It’s not easy being Magnus Bane. As a warlock, he’s often called upon to fix the problems of others. His life has been long, and his loves have been many. And Magnus has a way of making sure he’s at the right place at the right – or perhaps wrong – time. The French Revolution, Prohibition, the great blackout of New York City, the first great battle between Valentine and the New York Institute…Magnus was there, and usually in the middle of it. But smuggling Marie Antoinette out of France is nothing compared to loving a vampire like Camille Belcourt – or having a first date with Alec Lightwood. Though Magnus’s tale is far from over, these stories shed a little light on his often inscrutable character. What happens when an immortal warlock goes mad? Are all Herondales as problematic as Will? (Answer: yes.) What exactly happened at the Hotel Dumort? How did Raphael Santiago become a vampire? What do you buy for your Shadowhunter boyfriend when you’re not really dating? And why was Magnus banned from Peru? Magnus will never be able to tell all of his tales. No one would believe him. But here are eleven stories that fill in some of the blanks – stories he probably wishes had never gotten out.

“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson: Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of iniquity and corruption.

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I went back to Books-A-Million a few days after my birthday and bought a few more books. They are:

“Beautiful Bastard” by Christina Lauren: Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate – and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard. Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative – completely infuriating – creature he now has to see very day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chole’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules – or outright smash them – if it means he can have her. All over the office. As their appetites for each other increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win.

“Nineteen Minutes” by Jodi Picoult: Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens – until the day it’s complacency is shattered by an act of violence. Josie Cormier, the daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state’s best witness, but she can’t remember what happened before her very own eyes – or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show – destroying the closest of friendships and families. Nineteen Minutes asks what it means to be different in our society, who has the right to judge someone else, and whether anyone is ever really who they seem to be.

“The One” by Kiera Cass: When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

“Hopeless” by Colleen Hoover: Sky, a senior in high school, meets Dean Holder, a guy with a promiscuous reputation that rivals her own. From their very first encounter, he terrifies and captivates her. Something about him sparks memories of her deeply troubled past, a time she’s tried so hard to bury. Though Sky is determined to stay far away from him, his unwavering pursuit and enigmatic smile break down her defenses and the intensity of the bond between them grows. But the mysterious Holder has been keeping secrets of his own, and once they are revealed, Sky is changed forever and her ability to trust may be a casualty of the truth. Only by courageously facing the stark revelations can Sky and Holder hope to heal their emotional scars and find a way to live and love without boundaries.

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I, stupidly, went on another book spree at Barnes & Noble and bought 7 more books (2 of them were for my sister, so I only bought 5 for myself). They are:

“The Sister Pact” by Stacie Ramey: Allie is devastated when her older sister commits suicide – and it’s not just because she misses her. Allie feels betrayed. The two made a pact that they’d always be together, in life and in death, but Leah broke her promise and Allie needs to know why. Her parents hover. Her friends try to support her. And Nick, sweet Nick, keeps calling and flirting. Their sympathy only intensifies her grief. But the more she clings to Leah, the more secrets surface. Allie’s not sure which is more distressing: discovering the truth behind her sister’s death or facing her new reality without her.

“The Unexpected Everything” by Morgan Matson: Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politcian’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks). But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house as her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing – if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

“Nerve” by Jeanne Ryan: Vee is used to being behind the scenes, working as a stagehand at her school’s theater program. But after years of walking in her best friend Sydney’s shadow – she decides it’s high time to break out of her shell and do something radical. That’s when Vee makes up her mind to attempt a harmless dare for the popular online game show of dares, NERVE. But one challenge only leads to another, and the prizes are simply too enticing to resist. So after she’s partnered with gorgeous Ian, who’s not afraid to go for the grand prize, Vee is determined to stay in the game. When the competition suddenly turns deadly, will she risk their lives for the chance of a lifetime, or will she lose NERVE?

“The Marked Girl” by Lindsey Klingele: CEDRIC: In my homeland of Caelum, I was the crown prince and a trained warrior. But after an evil traitor invaded the castle walls, my friends and I leaped through a mystical portal and ended up…here. This hell dimension, I’m told, is called “Los Angeles,” a place where I am no one; a place where beasts run on four wheels. Now our only hope is to somehow find the fabled scrolls that will reopen the portal to send us home. LIV: The closest I ever came to a portal was in the movies, whether expertly rendered with CGI on the silver screen or crappily rendered with my limited special effects capabilities during my summer film program. But everything’s changed now that I’ve met Cedric. Not only do I need to teach him the lay of the LA-land (Tip #1: no swords on the city bus), I should also help him get home. Even f I don’t exactly want him to go….

“The Year I Turned Sixteen” by Diane Schwemm: Rose dreams of becoming a singer, but when her obligations as the oldest sister start to hold her back, she faces an impossible decision. Sick of being the “good” sister, Daisy is drawn to a boy with a more dangerous edge and pulls away from the people who care about her most. Laurel must deal with the loss of someone close, but a new love in the wake of tragedy might be just what she needs. With her sisters all figuring out their futures, Lily feels lost, and for the first time she must figure out who she is all on her own. With more than cupcakes and candles on their minds, each of the Walker sisters is in for a sweet sixteen that will change everything.