Thoughts|| The Hollow Girl.

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The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan
5 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Five boys attacked her. Now they must repay her with their blood and flesh. Bethan is the apprentice to a green healer named Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. Her life is happy and ordered and modest, as required by Roma custom, except for one thing: Silas, the son of the chieftain, has been secretly harassing her. One night, Silas and his friends brutally assault Bethan and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. As empty and hopeless as she feels from the attack, she asks Drina to bring Martyn back from death’s door. “There is always a price for this kind of magic,” Drina warns. The way to save him is gruesome. Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers. She gives the boys who assaulted her a chance to come forward and apologize. And when they don’t, she knows exactly where to collect her ingredients to save Martyn.


I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
It was released earlier this month.

I was looking for some spooky/creepy reads for this month in celebration of Halloween and came across The Hollow Girl on Netgalley. Magic, witches, I’m all for it! I love books about witches. That’s now all this book is about though. There are so many elements to this story and some being very serious and important topics.

Bethan wants revenge on the boys that harmed her and her friend Martyn and in doing so she has to do some pretty intense things. Things that could damage a person’s sanity and change them completely. The story was pretty dark and the journey Bethan had to go on was not an easy one. I was rooting for Bethan all the way. I loved her and she did what she had to do. I felt like she grew throughout the story, especially with the things that she had to do (some pretty gory things!) and the things that were done to her. They will completely change a person.

Overall, I loved this story and I loved Bethan and Martyn. I especially loved Bethan’s relationship with her Gran. There is a strong family bond in this story, which I loved so much. Bethan went on this dark emotional journey, but she also gained so much as well. I honestly wish there was a sequel, because I would really like to see more of what happened after the things in The Hollow Girl. Perfect Halloween read or to read anytime, really. It deals with a lot of important things such as physical abuse (and more). I highly recommend checking this one out!

In case you missed it;
Random|| HUGE picture post (50+).

I hope you have a great day!

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Random|| HUGE picture post (50+).

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HEY!

I haven’t been around much. I haven’t been reading much. I honestly don’t even know what I’ve been doing besides binge watching 7th Heaven again for the 32859783 time, lol. Remember my Halloweenie TBR? Well, let’s just say that hasn’t been going quite as planned since I haven’t been reading much. OOOOPS! Anyway, today I’m just going to share with you a TON of pictures that I’ve taken over the last few months. Sorry if any are repeats, I don’t remember when I last did one of these or when I have included random pictures into my posts. I think there is going to be 50+ pictures and a lot of Halloween themed ones.

I think I’ll start with the Halloween themed ones. Warning: you’re going to see a lot of pumpkin/jack-o-lantern related pictures. Pumpkins are my thing. When I look at decor or anything Halloween related, I tend to gravitate toward the pumpkins/jack-o-lanterns.

Picked up some pumpkins last week. Carving them with my niece and nephew closer to Halloween. I think every year I take a picture with my pumpkin that I buy, lol. I also usually take one with the furbabies too, but I haven’t yet this year.

I’m pretty sure every year I take a picture of my favorite Halloween themed candy too, lol. IT’S SO GOOD! Except you can only eat two before you’re sick to your stomach, lol. I found this little jack-o-lantern air plant, I’m pretty obsessed with it.

Remember when I mentioned how we had that hurricane? Well, the aftermath was nice because I was able to get my nephew to fill up my jack-o-lantern bags with leaves, LOL. I probably would have had ZERO leaves if it wasn’t for the hurricane. I’m pretty sure I posted this other picture, but I like it…so you can see it again. 😛

I HATE spiders, but I like spider rings. My older sister and I put up the some fake spider web in a plant outside of my house. It actually came out pretty decent. The hubby will be taking it down though, because I’m scared real spiders may take up home in it.

More decor. When you live in Florida, you have skeleton lawn flamingos for Halloween. 😛 I’ve been dying for these, so when I found some at Walmart I snatch them up.

Sometimes I’m a unicorn. 😛 I found these awesome skull mason jar cups. I ended up getting two. One in black and one clear. I still haven’t used them yet though. They found a place on my bookshelves instead.

HALLOWEEN LIIIIIGHTS! BOOOOOOO!

I found my Hocus Pocus bracelet today. I am actually really happy that I found it before the month was over. I got it last year in a Hocus Pocus themed box. Currently wearing it as I write this post.

Speaking of bracelets. I have this crazy addiction to Puravida Bracelets right now (I own like 30+ bracelets) and I get their monthly subscription package. I love every month’s pack, but October is so far my favorite. I am currently LIVING for that skull bracelet. I have a thing for skulls as well.

I think that’s all for the Halloweenie pictures! Moving right along to some pictures that are nature/flowers, sunset, furbabies, randoms.

This is my new favorite picture I’ve ever taken so far. It was a struggle to get it, because I was scared the fly was going to fly away. It was also really windy, so that branch was blowing around. Little dude held on though and I was able to get a good shot.

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The hubby and I went to see Four Year Strong this month and they were amazing as always. They played with some other bands that I liked too, especially Seaway. Such a good show.

The furbabies, of course. First picture is Leaf & October. October used to hate Little Leaf and now she loves her. Second picture is ColbyJack & Leaf. ColbyJack isn’t a fan of Leaf, so this was a rare moment for them.

First picture is Dax. He’s always that happy. I always strive to be as happy as my pup. Second picture is my three kitties together. They are never together at one time, so this is the best I could get with them eating LOL.

Sunrise. Sunset.

Peacock feather and it’s so pretty!

I am kind of obsessed with cacti.

Rusty things.

I am obsessed with taking pictures of flowers, so you’re about to see a bunch of pictures of flowers.

Yellow flowers & pink flowers.

Red & pink flowers.

White flowers.

Purple & pink flowers.

Purple flower bush and another sunset.

Palm trees & sunsets.

Fall in Florida. 😛

Converse & leaves.

My friend has a band called Sharp Tongue and they recently put out new music! I found my Bone Season pins and pinned them to my bag. I need more Warden NOW!

Random; S is for Swim. OH HEY, GNOMIE!

Slurpees, cheerios, and books.

I got new glasses! & more Puravida Bracelets.

Feel free to add me on Instagram! You can see all of these and more. You’re also seeing some of these first that I haven’t posted to Instagram yet!
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I hope you have a great day!

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Halloweenie TBR.

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BOOOOOO!

It’s finally October and I LOVE OCTOBER and anything Halloween and Fall and SPOOKY! A little proof; I named one of my cats October, because she makes me think of Halloween with her coloring (mostly black with hints of orange and white). I also named my newest kitten Leaf, because she makes me think of Fall colors/and leaves changing colors. She’s white, orange, and black.  😛

I try to read spooky/Halloween vibe books in the month of October. I don’t always stick to my TBRs though, so this is my “unofficial” Halloweenie TBR. I am being OVER ambitious too, because I need to have a lot of options or there is a higher possibility that I won’t stick to my TBR. I also have other options not listed if I really wasn’t feeling any of these. Without further ado, here are the books on my “unofficial” Halloweenie TBR…

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Final Girls by Riley Sager
Catacomb by Madeleine Roux
The Asylum Novellas by Madeleine Roux
The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan
The Outside by Laura Bickle

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And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz
The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

BOOKS NOT PICTURED:

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

A lot of these were on past Halloweenie TBRs, but I never got around to reading them in 2015 or last year (2016). I think last year I actually only read two books that were on my TBR of nine, LOL. We’ll see how I do this year. There are also a couple books that I already started that I want to also try to finish this month, so I may start with these two first and then move onto my Halloween themed TBR. Those books are:

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Invictus by Ryan Graudin
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Have you read any of the books on my October TBR? What do you plan to read in October? Let me know and feel free to link me to your posts if you have one! 🙂

I don’t want to leave out my other furbabies, so here is my third cat ColbyJack. He’s the oldest of the kitties. And my pup Dax; he’s the oldest of them all.

Random picture of this cute little jack-o-lantern decoration I got. I am obsessed with Halloween decor.
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In case you missed it;
Book Haul|| September.
Recap|| September.

I hope you have a great day!

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Book Haul|| September.

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Happy October! 😀

I was planning to post this before October 1st, but I got distracted with some other things. I also didn’t have time to take a picture of any of the books that I got in September, so I’ll be using the cover pictures from Goodreads. I’m going to just jump right into my book haul for September. I got a decent amount of books, but only bought 4 (not counting ebooks) books myself. All the rest were sent to me by publishers, which is always cool!

Physical Books:

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Release by Patrick Ness
How To Ruin Everything by George Watsky

I had to get Patrick Ness’ new book Release, because I love his writing. Definitely one of my favorite authors and an auto-buy author for me. I’ve been obsessed with George Watsky’s music lately, so I wanted to get a copy of his book How to Ruin Everything. I can’t wait to read them both. Maybe next month. 🙂

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Not pictured, because I didn’t like any of the covers on Goodreads (LOL) and the ones that I got I didn’t see on their list of editions. These were only $1 each at Target. I got them because I figure they would be quick reads for Halloween.


From Publishers:

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Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush

I was sent an ARC of Devils & Thieves from The Novl. I am SO FREAKING STOKED to have my hands on this book. I’m obsessed with books about motorcycle gangs after reading the first books in the Thunder Road series.

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Slay by Matthew Laurence (sequel)
All That Was by Karen Rivers
Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller (sequel)

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The Forgotten Book by Mechthild Glaser
Star Struck by Jenny McLachlan (4th book)
Mary’s Monster by Lita Judge
Claiming My Place by Planaria Price

I was sent all of these ARCs from Fierce Reads, which was exciting! Although a few of them are sequels to other books that I haven’t read yet. it gives me a reason to push them up on my TBR though. 😛 I’m excited about Mary’s Monster. It’s told in free verse and there are a ton of illustrations in the book. I think it’ll also be good for a Halloween read as well. No final book cover for Claiming My Place yet.


E-Books:

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Trading Worlds by Barry Lyga
Cold Summer by Gwen Cole
Children to the Slaughter by A.I. Nasser

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Any Boy but You by Julie Hammerle
Artificial Sweethearts by Julie Hammerle
East of Eden by John Steinbeck

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

I am so excited that it’s October, because it’s one of my favorite months of the year. I love Halloween and Fall stuff. I’m going to attempt a Halloweenie TBR again this year, which I will probably post tomorrow the spooky books I plan to hopefully read this month. Be on the look out for that!

Random picture: here’s my little (not so little anymore) Leaf! She’s grown so big over the last three months. I hate how kittens grow so fast. She’s ready for Halloween. 😛

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In case you  missed it;
Recap|| September.

I hope you have a great day!

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Recap|| September.

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BOO! HI!

I know, I know…I’ve been gone for awhile. We had that hurricane and I’m fine. No damage for me, but I was out of power for like 4-5 days. It was the worst, because I live in Florida and it’s HOT AF! I’m good though! I won’t make any excuses as to why I haven’t updated. I just haven’t been in the mood to blog or read lately. 😦 Maybe that’ll change soon!

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

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – 3 out of 5 stars.
The Hate U Give was a good book, but it didn’t live up to all the hype for me. I had some problems with it, but for the most part it was alright. It’s a really important book though and I think everyone should read it.

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios – 5 out of 5 stars.
I. FREAKING. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. SO. MUCH. HOLY emotional roller coaster. I could not stop reading Bad Romance. I read it in a day. It was so freaking good! This is also a really important book that I think everyone should read.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – 4 out of 5 stars.
I finally read The Upside of Unrequited and it was such a great book. It wasn’t as good as Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, but it was still a great book. I had fun reading it. I loved the characters. Almost non-stop smiling (as I was when I read Simon vs.). ALSO!!!!!….so much talk about Cadbury Mini Eggs, which are my freaking favorite Easter candy EVER!


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

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Invictus by Ryan Graudin
The Art of Starving by Sam J Miller

Currently in the middle of both of these books. I’m enjoying Invictus so far. It’s interesting. The Art of Starving was pretty good at the beginning, but now I’m having trouble with it. I”m pretty bored now, which sucks because it was so good! I still have half the book to read though, so maybe it’ll start getting good again.

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

I may do a September book haul soon. I think I bought one or two books in September. I was also sent a package from Fierce Reads that had SEVEN ARCs in it! HOLY CRAP! I need to figure out what books I bought this month and possibly take some pictures. 🙂

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)

I hope you have a great day!

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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!

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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!

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