Friday Finds #70.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).


Hi!

I have three books to share with you guys this week that all sound like they are going to be pretty awesome reads! I’ve included the book descriptions below as well. You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer

Jeff Zentner was talking about this book on Twitter one day and how good it was, so I had to add it to my TBR. I was also lucky to get approved for it on Netgalley as well. I am STOKED! Release date is November 14th!

Goodreads Description: Born in the backseat of a moving car, Carmel Fishkill was unceremoniously pushed into a world that refuses to offer her security, stability, love. At age thirteen, she begins to fight back. Carmel Fishkill becomes Fishkill Carmel, who deflects her tormenters with a strong left hook and conceals her secrets from teachers and social workers. But Fishkill’s fierce defenses falter when she meets eccentric optimist Duck-Duck Farina, and soon they, along with Duck-Duck’s mother, Molly, form a tentative family, even as Fishkill struggles to understand her place in it. This fragile new beginning is threatened by the reappearance of Fishkill’s unstable mother — and by unfathomable tragedy. Poet Ruth Lehrer’s young adult debut is a stunning, revelatory look at what defines and sustains “family.” And, just as it does for Fishkill, meeting Duck-Duck Farina and her mother will leave readers forever changed.


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Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush

Magic and motorcycle gangs, yessssss! I am all about books that have motorcycle gangs in them ever since reading Nowhere But Here. It also sounds so freaking good! I am crossing my fingers I get an ARC from The Novl for this one. They are giving away 30 copies in their newsletter this month! Release date is October 3rd!

Goodreads Description: Eighteen-year-old Jemmie Carmichael has grown up surrounded by magic in the quiet town of Hawthorne, New York. In her world, magic users are called “kindled,” and Jemmie would count herself among them if only she could cast a simple spell without completely falling apart. It doesn’t help that she was also recently snubbed by Crowe, the dangerous and enigmatic leader of the Black Devils kindled motorcycle gang and the unofficial head of their turf. When the entire kindled community rolls into Hawthorne for an annual festival, a rumour begins spreading that someone is practising forbidden magic. Then people start to go missing. With threats closing in from every side, no one can be trusted. Jemmie and Crowe will have to put aside their tumultuous history to find their loved ones, and the only thing that might save them is the very flaw that keeps Jemmie from fully harnessing her magic. For all her years of feeling useless, Jemmie may just be the most powerful kindled of all.


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How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat

This book sounds like it’s going to be really good. I like that it has social media involved in the story. I don’t know why, but I like reading books that involves social media in some way. By the sounds of it, I think it’ll also have mental health issues in it as well. Overall, it just sounds like it’ll be a really good read. I believe that How to Disappear released this week. I need to get a copy!

Goodreads Description: Vicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight, quietly navigating the halls of her high school undetected except by her best (and only) friend, Jenna. But when Jenna moves away, Vicky’s isolation becomes unbearable. So she decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people’s pictures, posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicurious. Instantly, she begins to get followers, so she adds herself to more photos from all over the world with all types of people. And as Vicurious’s online followers multiply, Vicky realizes she can make a whole life for herself without ever leaving her bedroom. But the more followers she finds online, the clearer it becomes that there are a lot of people out there who feel like her— #alone and #ignored in real life. To help them, and herself, Vicky must find the courage to face her fear of being “seen,” because only then can she stop living vicariously and truly bring the magic of Vicurious to life.

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| The Hearts We Sold.
Thoughts|| The Border.
Friday Finds #69.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

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Thoughts|| The Hearts We Sold.

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The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
4.5 out of 5 stars.

“Most people feel like their lives are out of their control. Like everything could change in a moment, depending on luck or chance. And while that’s probably true, I like to think that I was the one who made the choices that brought me to this moment.”

Goodreads Description: When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined. With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?


I was sent an ARC of The Hearts We Sold from The Novl(Check out their monthly newsletters for chances to win books from them!) It was just released last week.

I am so happy I received an ARC of The Hearts We Sold. I read the description of the book and I knew it was right up my alley. I am a hardcore Supernatural (tv show) fan, so when I seen this book was about making deals with demons, I was ALL over it.

I loved all of the characters in the book, especially Dee, Gremma, and James. I loved James and Dee together. Gremma had me laughing so much. The daemon was super creepy, but I really enjoyed his character a lot. A lot of things in this book were creepy though and that’s what made it fun. Can you imagine living in a world with demons? They’ll grant you anything you want in exchange for a piece of you. Most of the demons want body parts (arms and legs), but the daemon wants more and that’s where the hearts come into play!

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I really liked that there were chapters in the book that let you know about all of the other “heartless” and what they sold their hearts for. It helped to better connect with them as people. Everyone wants different things, good or bad, what are you willing to give in exchange for what you want?

Overall, The Hearts We Sold was such a fun book to read, but it was also heartbreaking which I was honestly not expecting. I thought that this book was really original and not something that I’ve read before. There were definitely some “WHAAAAT???!!!!” moments as I was reading this book.  The plot twist was very unexpected, but was so good. I liked that there were little bits of romance in the book, but it wasn’t overpowering. Perfect creep factor too. I loved this book and I would highly recommend it.

“Some secrets you keep all tangled up in yourself, so tight that that to pull them out is physically painful.”

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| The Border.

I hope you have a great day!

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Thoughts|| The Border.

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The Border by Steve Schafer
5 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: One moment changed their lives forever. A band plays, glasses clink, and four teens sneak into the Mexican desert, the hum of celebration receding behind them. Crack. Crack. Crack. Not fireworks―gunshots. The music stops. And Pato, Arbo, Marcos, and Gladys are powerless as the lives they once knew are taken from them. Then they are seen by the gunmen. They run. Except they have nowhere to go. The narcos responsible for their families’ murders have put out a reward for the teens’ capture. Staying in Mexico is certain death, but attempting to cross the border through an unforgiving desert may be as deadly as the secrets they are trying to escape…


I was emailed by the publisher and sent an ARC of The Border on Netgalley. Release Date: September 5th 2017.

Just by reading the description of The Border, I knew it was going to be an emotional roller coaster type read and it was. SO MANY FEELS. I laughed, I mostly cried. It was such a sad and emotional story. It’s also a story about survival and boy did Pato, Arbo, Marcos, and Gladys fight to survive. I grew to love every single character; even Marcos and at times it was so hard to. The things that they had to see and live through, no kid should ever have to. They lost everything and in the end they only had each other and they needed each other more than anything. They fought hard and I was rooting for them all the way to the end.

I’m glad I was given the opportunity to read this book, because it’s so important. Things that have happened in this book are things that have been going on in Mexico for decades. This isn’t something new and it’s still happening today. The Border may be a work of fiction, but some of the places and things happening are not. There are thousands of people that lose their lives in the Mexican desert just trying to get out of an already crappy life in Mexico. They’re willing to risk everything (even their life) for the chance and hope for something better for themselves and their families.

Overall, The Border was a very emotional read. At times it was pretty scary and some of the events that happen are horrific. There were some good moments as well even through all the bad. Hands down, one of my favorite books of the year so far. This book, this story, these characters were EVERYTHING. I loved this book so much and it’ll be one of those books that I will forever think about, talk about, and recommend.

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In case you  missed it;
Friday Finds #69.
Thoughts|| Little & Lion.
Recap|| July.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Friday Finds #69.

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).


Hi!

I have four books to share with you guys this week that all sound like they are going to be pretty awesome reads! I’ve included the book descriptions below as well. You can see more of my TBR over on my Goodreads account over here and feel free to add me as a friend!

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Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

Goodreads Description: Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn’t help that things have been strained with her ex-girlfriend, Charlie. As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie navigate this new terrain, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits in her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.


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Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

Goodreads Description: It’s been sixty-five painful days since the death of Juniper’s big sister, Camilla. On her first day back at school, bracing herself for the stares and whispers, Juniper borrows Camie’s handbag for luck – and discovers an unsent break-up letter inside. It’s mysteriously addressed to ‘You’ and dated July 4th – the day of Camie’s accident. Desperate to learn the identity of Camie’s secret love, Juniper starts to investigate. But then she loses something herself. A card from her daily ritual, The Happiness Index: little notecards on which she rates the day. The Index has been holding Juniper together since Camie’s death – but without this card, there’s a hole. And this particular card contains Juniper’s own secret: a memory that she can’t let anyone else find out.


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Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

Goodreads Description: 3:47 a.m. That’s when they come for Wren Clemmens. She’s hustled out of her house and into a waiting car, then a plane, and then taken on a forced march into the desert. This is what happens to kids who’ve gone so far off the rails, their parents don’t know what to do with them anymore. This is wilderness therapy camp. Eight weeks of survivalist camping in the desert. Eight weeks to turn your life around. Yeah, right. The Wren who arrives in the Utah desert is angry and bitter, and blaming everyone but herself. But angry can’t put up a tent. And bitter won’t start a fire. Wren’s going to have to admit she needs help if she’s going to survive.


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Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

Goodreads Description: A contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment. Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs. And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.

Have you added any new books to your TBR? Feel free to link me to your posts if you have one or leave a comment letting me know what new books you added to your TBR. 🙂

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| Little & Lion.
Recap|| July.
Book Haul|| July.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblue

 

Thoughts|| Little & Lion.

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Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
3 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support. But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.


I was sent an ARC of Little & Lion from The Novl(Check out their monthly newsletters for chances to win books from them!) Release Date: August 8th 2017.

First I have to point out that the book cover for Little & Lion is pretty freaking amazing! I really liked how diverse Little & Lion was. There’s bisexuality, mental illness, biracial characters, and so many other things that make this book diverse. I loved that it centered around Suzette and Lionel’s sibling relationship. That was a big thing I enjoyed about this book and there was so much love between them, but I would have liked more. I felt like there was a lot missing and it would have been nice to get more backstory and flashbacks.

While I did enjoy Suzette and Lionel as characters, it was hard to completely connect with them and same with some of the other relationships/characters in the book. I did enjoy the book a lot and it was easy to read. I liked Colbert’s writing style a lot, but I just felt like character development was lacking for me and it was hard for me to get super excited about them and to go through all the emotions with them. I also felt like some things were left unresolved or that I wanted more of. For example; Suzette and Iris. I won’t say anything more than that though, because I don’t want to give spoilers.

Overall, I really liked Little & Lion. For the most part I enjoyed the characters, but would have liked to have more. I think the book probably should have been a little longer to better develop the characters and relationships. When I got to the end I was actually surprised it was the end. I was expecting an epilogue of some sort, because I really wanted more and to see what happened with Suzette and Lionel and the aftermath of what happened when they went on with their lives. It kind of just ended and I was like “wait, that’s it?”. It just randomly ended with so many things unresolved. It was still a good story and it did leave me wanting more, so that’s a plus. I would still recommend checking out this book, especially if you’re looking for a really diverse book. This one has so many different aspects of diversity in it.

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| July.
Recap|| July.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyorange

Recap|| July.

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Hi!

July is gone already? The months are just flying by this month. It was a good month for me in my real life and with reading. I was in a bit of a slump, but I was able to read five books, which is nice. ALSO! I reached over 900 followers in July, which is totally awesome! Thank you guys so much for following me and liking my posts. 🙂

Now onto my recap of what I read in July. You can find a full list of these books and the other books I read this year over here. All will be linked to Goodreads below and I will also link to individual blog posts for them if I did a review.

Physically Read Books:
These are the books that I read by myself (not audiobooks) throughout the month of July.

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History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – 3.5 out of 5 stars.
I really enjoyed History Is All You Left Me. It was so sad and heartbreaking, but still so good! There were a few times throughout that I was bored, but I was also battling a reading slump while trying to finish this book before it returned to my library so maybe that played a role. Overall though I really liked this story and the characters. The friendship between Griffin, Theo, and Wade was perfect.

Mirror Me by Tara St. Pierre – Review – 4 out of 5 stars.
I really enjoyed Mirror Me. It was fun, it was creepy, and it kept me guessing. Great characters and friendships. There were times that it was so hard to put down, because I just wanted to know what was happening to Hannah. Feel free to check out my review for more.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – 3 out of 5 stars.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here…WTF DID I READ? I loved the characters. I loved the friendships. The story was really freaking weird though. I’m not entirely sure what to make of it, to be honest. Such a strange book.

When It’s Real by Erin Watt – 5 out of 5 stars.
I flew through When It’s Real in two days. I loved to book so freaking much! It was such a fun book and it had me laughing out loud throughout the entire thing. I loved Oakley and Vaughn. I might have a review for this one coming.

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert – 3 out of 5 stars.
I have some mixed feelings about Little & Lion. While it was a good story and had so much diversity in it, I wasn’t completely sold on it. I liked the characters, but also I didn’t connect with them as much as I would have liked. I felt like there was something missing and I wanted more. I still liked it though. Full review to come soon.

What did you read in July? Have you read any of the books that in July? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts, so I can check them out!

August is looking like an almost all ARC month for me. I have quite a few ARCs that I’ve been sent that are releasing in August/September, so I have to start on those ASAP! The plus side, that means a lot more reviews coming. I’ve been slacking on them this year with other books I’ve read that haven’t been ARCs, so hopefully I’ll get back into doing more reviews for other/non-ARC books.

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| July.
Monthly Subscriptions.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleybluegray

Book Haul|| July.

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Hi!

I can’t believe this is the last day of July! This month flew by pretty quickly. I am back today to share my July book haul with you. First off though….

Happy Birthday, Harry & J.K. Rowling!

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I took this picture for my bookstagram account on their birthday last year, but it’s too cute not to share again this year. Now onto the books that I got this month!

Physical Books:

The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I’ve been so stoked about The Art of Starving and When Dimple Met Rishi, so I couldn’t help but to finally get them this month. I also got a cute Dimple bookmark and signed bookplate.

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Final Girls by Riley Sager
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
Illustrated Three-Line Novels by Felix Feneon

The Love Interest and Final Girls was in my Book of the Month Club box and I am super stoked about them both. I went to the dollar store the other day with my mom and sister and came across Lucky Us (which I’ve been really wanting to read) and Illustrated Three-Line Novels. $1 each, so couldn’t beat that!


ARCs:

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

I received some ARCs from publishers this month, which is always exciting. I was really stoked about all of these books. I actually already read Little & Lion this month, so I should hopefully have my review up in the next few days. I can’t wait to dive into A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares and Mask of Shadows. I think I will be reading those in August.

eARCS:

Mirror Me by Tara St. Pierre
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
The Border by Steve Schafer

I also got a few eARCs from Netgalley and authors. I was so excited when I was able to get a copy of Invictus. I can’t wait to read that one. I read Mirror Me this month and you can check out my review over here. I also plan to read The Border in August and I am pretty excited about it.


E-Books:

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott
Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
By Your Side by Kasie West

Last but not least, I was able to get some great e-book deals this month as well! I am looking forward to reading every single one of these. I’ve been trying to be  a little more pickier with which e-books I get since I tend to go a little crazy when there’s good deals. Super stoked about these six.

What new books did you get in July? Have you read any of the ones that I got this month? Feel free to link me to your haul posts!

I should hopefully have my July wrap up posted in the next day or two and like I mentioned before my review for Little & Lion up soon as well. I actually need to go work on my review for it now.

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds# 68.
Monthly Subscriptions.

I hope you have a great day!

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