I’ll be MIA for a little while.

Hi!

I know I haven’t updated in almost a week. I’ve been in this horrible reading slump, so I haven’t been updating or doing reviews because of that. NOW we have this hurricane coming (I’m in Florida in case you weren’t aware), so I will probably be away from blogging a little bit longer. Need to prepare for this hurricane (hurricane Irma) and figure out what we are doing. It’s so hard when you have three cats and a dog! We definitely have to go somewhere though, because we are only a mile from the beach and we can’t stay here.

Anyway, just wanted to give a quick update and let you know that I’ll probably be gone for a little while longer from the blogosphere. LOTS to do and figure out with very little time to do it, ughhh.

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

I hope you have a great day! Be back soon!

ashleyblack

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Recap|| August.

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Hi!

August has been one of my not so good months as far as reading goes. I’ve been majorly slumping and it SUUUUCKS. Both for reading and blog (and even bookstagram). 😦 I hope that I can pull out of this for September, because I have so many books that I need (and want) to read. I also have quite a few ARCs to still reading, but didn’t get a chance to really dive into them this month due to this annoying reading slump!

Now onto my recap of what I read in August. 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 August.

The Border by Steve Schafer – 5 out of 5 stars – Review.
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. Feel free to check out my review for more.

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler – 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Twenty Boy Summer was a book that I’ve owned for awhile now, so I decided to finally read it. Plus it’s summer and I was looking for a fun summer read. It was a quick read and just what I needed. I really enjoyed it.

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones – 4.5 out of 5 stars – Review.
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. Feel free to check out my review for more.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee – 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.
I loved gentleman’s guide from the very first page and then halfway way into the book it went downhill for me for quite awhile. I started to get so bored, sadly. I really liked Monty and Percy’s friendship/relationship a lot. I also liked Felicity too. I think Monty would have been pretty useless without her and Percy. He was hilarious though and I like the person he became in the end. I’m pretty happy with the ending. I overall enjoyed the book, but I wasn’t blown away by it. It had it’s good moments though.


Currently Reading Books:
These are the books that I started to read in the month of August, but didn’t get a chance to finish them yet.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

When I get in a reading slump, I start a million books hoping that one will get me out of my slump. It hasn’t worked yet, but these are my top priorities for reading in September along with a few other ARCs. I’ve gotten pretty far (well not really that far; only about 28%) into The Hate U Give, which is a lot further than I have in the others so far. So maybe it’ll get me out of this slump and I can happily read and enjoy these other two books.

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

I hope to do a picture update ASAP! It’s been so long since I’ve last done one of those and I have been taking a lot of pictures and posting them to my personal Instagram account and my photography account.

You can check out my Instagram accounts here:
Instagram: heyyitsashley – personal Instagram account
Photography IG: stillpixels_ – photography Instagram account (underscore after pixels)
Bookstagram: foreverbookish_ – book Instagram account (underscore after bookish)

In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| August.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

 

Book Haul|| August.

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Hi!

I’m doing my book haul post a few days early, because I don’t plan to get anymore books in August. Only really three days left of the month anyway. How crazy is it that already there is only three days left this month. This month flew by! My book haul this month is actually pretty small. As far as physical books go, I only bought two of them myself and the other two were sent to me. And then of course I bought some e-books. Here are the books that I got this month.

Physical Books:

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Love, & You by Gretchen Gomez
Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange

When The Serpent King is on sale for $3 you buy it even if you already have a copy. I am LIVING for the paperback cover though, so I’m happy I got it. I bought Love, & You by Gretchen who blogs over at chicnerdrads and I am super stoked to read her book. I’m trying to get into more poetry again. I miss it. I won a signed copy of Rebel Bully Geek Pariah on Goodreads, which is exciting. I didn’t take any pictures of The Serpent King paperback or Rebel Bully yet, so those are the covers from Goodreads.


WWW Wednesday #43.

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions. 🙂

The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

*Goodreads linked below.


Hi!

I haven’t done a WWW post in awhile. I’ve been slacking with blogging altogether this year, to be honest. It’s a weird year so far, but I’m still trying to stay somewhat active and also figure out a bunch of other things happening in my life right now too. There’s actually A LOT going on and the next year is going to be probably a really tough year, but the outcome should be great in the end. I honestly haven’t even been reading a whole lot either. 😦 Anyway, here is what I’ve been reading lately. I’m still trying to read all my ARCs, which somehow I ended up with a ton. YIKES! I’ve also been trying to squeeze in some non-ARCs as well in between.

Currently Reading:

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

I’ve been seeing so many things about Gentleman’s Guide and how amazing it is. I read half of it and I agree with everyone. The second half of the book though has been kind of boring, to be honest. I’m a little disappointed because I was LOVING the first half so much and I don’t know what happened. I’m about 70% into the book though and I’m on the fence. A Semi-Definitive List is one of the ARCs on my list to read. I read a couple chapters, but haven’t been able to really read it much since I started Gentleman’s Guide. Hopefully I’ll get to more of it this week once I finish Gentleman’s Guide.


Recently Finished:

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The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

The Hearts We Sold was another ARC that I was reading, but now it out in the world. I really loved it and I highly recommend it. It was such a fun and creepy read. I’ll have my review linked down below at the end of the post. Twenty Boy Summer was a book that I’ve owned for awhile now, so I decided to finally read it. Plus it’s summer and I was looking for a fun summer read. It was a quick read and just what I needed. I really enjoyed it.


Reading Next:

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Invictus by Ryan Graudin
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Two other ARCs that I received from publishers to read. I am really stoked for Invictus and Mask of Shadows. They both sound AMAZING and they both have pretty epic book covers. I can’t wait to dive into them. I need to start reading faster, haha. Life is weird right now though, but I do plan to read these ASAP.

I do have a couple other books checked out from the library, but I may return them and check them out at a later date, so I can get back into reading all of these ARCs! I honestly don’t know how I ended up with so many haha. I still have a few more, but they have later release dates.

What are you currently reading? Recently finished? Reading next? Have you read any of these books? Let me know and link me to your posts if you have one!

Sorry again for being a MIA. It might be that way for awhile, but I’ll still pop in from time to time, because I do love blogging and all of you guys! Just so many other things going on in my life right now too. You can follow me on Instagram though. I post a lot over there.

Instagram: heyyitsashley –
personal Instagram account
Bookstagram: foreverbookish_ –
book Instagram account (underscore after bookish)
Photography IG: stillpixels_ –
photography Instagram account (underscore after pixels)

In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #70.
Thoughts|| The Hearts We Sold.
Thoughts|| The Border.

I hope you have a great day.

ashleybluegray

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!

ashleyblue

 

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!

ashleyred

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