Thoughts|| The Best Kind of Magic.

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The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari
4 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber’s pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone’s soul mate. Amber works at her mother’s magic shop–Windy City Magic–in downtown Chicago, and she’s confident she’s seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one–her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor’s son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father’s missing girlfriend, she’s distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can’t see her own match, she can see his–and it’s not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn’t her match?


I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: May 16th 2017

I was pretty surprised by how much I really enjoyed The Best Kind of Magic. I flew threw it and read it in just a day. There are lots of different magical elements in this book as well as different magical beings; witches, vampires, werewolves, goblins, fairies and more! It was a lot of fun to read and had me laughing out loud quite a bit. Amber was pretty funny with all her sarcastic remarks and jokes. She was such a fun character. Honestly, the entire book had a good cast of characters that fit well with it.

Amber isn’t a witch like her mother, but she has the magical ability to look at someone and know who their match is; who they’ll spend their lives with. She can see everyone’s matches except for her own. That was a really interesting part of the book. She starts falling for Charlie (who I loved!) as she helps him find his father’s missing girlfriend, but she’s seen his match and it’s not her. That was a little frustrating, because I was really hoping it would be her. Even if Charlie isn’t Amber’s match, deep down I’m still rooting for them. Her best friend Amani is a precog, which means she can see visions of the future. I really loved Amani and Amber’s friendship throughout the book.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Best Kind of Magic. There was a bit of an adventure with Amber and Charlie running around Chicago looking for Charlie’s father’s girlfriend and that was fun. I really liked that it also throws fate into the mix and gives you a lot to think about when it comes to it. One thing that I noticed is that at times I forgot that Amber was in high school, because sometimes she would come off as a lot younger than someone in high school. Overall that aspect of it didn’t hurt how much I enjoyed the story though. I still had fun reading it and there are a lot of unanswered questions (and a twist) that I am really looking forward to seeing answered in the sequel.

Do you believe in fate? Do you think our lives are predetermined or do you think our choices are the ones that determine our destiny?

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In case you missed it;
Friday Finds #62.
Thoughts|| One of Us Is Lying.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Friday Finds #62.

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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!

Today I have three books to share with you guys and since it’s not many, I decided to include the Goodreads description in the post as well as my thoughts/first impressions of the books. Onto the books! 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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The Windfall by Diksha Basu

I am really really excited for this one. It sounds like it’s going to be a really fun read. I also have a feeling that I may even get a little teary eyed with this one. I was approved for The Windfall on Netgalley, so I am stoked to read it.

Goodreads Description: For the past thirty years, Mr. and Mrs. Jha’s lives have been defined by cramped spaces, cut corners, gossipy neighbors, and the small dramas of stolen yoga pants and stale marriages. They thought they’d settled comfortably into their golden years, pleased with their son’s acceptance into an American business school. But then Mr. Jha comes into an enormous and unexpected sum of money, and moves his wife from their housing complex in East Delhi to the super-rich side of town, where he becomes eager to fit in as a man of status: skinny ties, hired guards, shoe-polishing machines, and all. The move sets off a chain of events that rock their neighbors, their marriage, and their son, who is struggling to keep a lid on his romantic dilemmas and slipping grades, and brings unintended consequences, ultimately forcing the Jha family to reckon with what really matters.


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Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Povovic

Not going to lie…cover love. It does sound really cool though too. I’m interested in seeing more about Iris and Malina’s gifts. Wicked curses and magic, Wicked Like a Wildfire sounds like a great read to me.

Goodreads Description: All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?


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Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

I don’t read enough mystery/crime books. It’s strange too, because when I’m not reading, you can usually find me sitting in front of the TV watching the Investigation Discovery channel. ID plays TV shows all day and night about crimes and murder. Six Stories is right up my alley and it sounds really good.

Goodreads Description: 1997. Scarclaw Fell. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an Outward Bound center. Verdict? Misadventure. But not everyone is convinced. And the truth of what happened in the beautiful but eerie fell is locked in the memories of the tight-knit group of friends who embarked on that fateful trip, and the flimsy testimony of those living nearby. 2017. Enter elusive investigative journalist Scott King, whose podcast examinations of complicated cases have rivaled the success of Serial, with his concealed identity making him a cult internet figure. In a series of six interviews, King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death. As every interview unveils a new revelation, you’ll be forced to work out for yourself how Tom Jeffries died, and who is telling the truth.

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;
WWW Wednesday #35.
Thoughts|| One of Us Is Lying.

I hope you have a great day and weekend!

ashleyblue

WWW Wednesday #35.

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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!

What happened to April? I feel like it flew by so quickly. I am super stoked about this month though, because we finally leave for our honeymoon at the end of the month! I should probably be getting things ready for that, but I’ve been reading a lot more instead. Oops. 😛 Here’s what I’ve been reading…

Currently Reading:

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Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

I am a little over 100 pages into Nowhere But Here and it’s pretty good so far. My friend Shelbie really loves the series, so I decided to finally read it since I’ve had the e-book for awhile. I’m enjoying it and excited to see where it goes.


Recently Finished:

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

I’m not completely sure how I feel about A Court of Mist and Fury. There were a lot of things I didn’t like and it was kind of boring for awhile. Feyre also REALLY started to get on my nerves and became pretty annoying. I really like Rhysand, though I wasn’t sure how I felt about him in A Court of Thorns and Roses. He started to grow on me in this book. Also, WTF was up with Tamlin? He was like a completely different person. I don’t really know if I like that, because I really liked Tamlin in the first book and this one he wasn’t the same person at all. I don’t really know how to feel about this book and it’s kind of annoying because Feyre did so much in the first book for her love with Tamlin and then it was completely thrown out the window in this book like it didn’t mean anything. I had a hard time even rating this book. I think I’m just confused by the entire thing, to be honest. What was the point of ACOTAR? This one took everything from that book and threw it out the window.

ANYWAY, I rambled so much about ACOMAF, but I also recently finished One of Us Is Lying and loved that book so much. Nothing but good things to say about that one. I couldn’t put it down and I finished it in a day. You can check out my review for it on my blog. I’ll link it down below at the end of this post.


Reading Next:

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Amish Guys Don’t Call by Debby Dodds
Legion by Julie Kagawa

I received Amish Guys Don’t Call from Netgalley for review. It sounds really good and I am also fascinated by the Amish for some reason, lol. I think It’ll be a fun read. I’ll have a review up hopefully next week for this one. LEGION!!! The fourth book in the Talon series, which I love more than words can explain. This series has my heart. It was just released last week and I am STOKED. I can’t wait to dive back into this world; I need my dragons!

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!

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| One of Us Is Lying.
Recap|| April.

I hope you have a great day.

ashleybluegray

Thoughts|| One of Us Is Lying.

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
5 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads Description: Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: May 30th 2017

I was instantly drawn to One of Us Is Lying at first because it gave me Breakfast Club vibes when I read the description; I love that movie. It doesn’t always happen when I read books, but I was sucked in from the first page. There was no way I was putting it down until I finished it and that’s exactly what happened. I read One of Us Is Lying in one day and it was so good! I loved it.

I’m not the biggest fan of books with multiple point of views, but for this book it worked perfectly. I enjoyed reading all of the character’s parts in the book and I was invested in them all. I had no idea what was happening and when I put it together in my head it always ended up being something totally different, so it kept me guessing about who murdered Simon.

Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, and Cooper were all dealing with big things happening in their life and then they were thrown into this police investigation on top of it. As much as I really liked them all, I honestly didn’t know who to believe at times. Red flags everywhere and everything and everyone seemed suspicious in my eyes. Everyone had secrets. That’s what made this book so fun though.

Overall, I am really glad that I requested this book. It was suspenseful and kept me guessing. It was a really fun read and I enjoyed it so much. I couldn’t put it down. It was happy, it was sad, it had me laughing out loud, and it had me yelling “whaaat?!” a million times. It was more than just solving a murder case. There’s so much more to the story and it tackles some of the important issues happening today. It was a really great book. I highly recommend it.

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

I hope you have a great day!

ashleybrown

Recap|| April.

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Hi!

I had a pretty good reading month in April. I was able to finish seven books in April (one being a short story). I was flying through books this month, which was nice! A lot of five star reads as well. I’m going to jump right into my recap of all the books that I read.

Here is what I read in the month of April. 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 April.

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – 5 out of 5 stars.
The Darkest Minds was so amazing and everything I hoped it would be and why the heck did I not read it sooner? It sat on my shelf for a like 2.5 years, oops. I definitely plan to continue the series this year, because I am dying to see what happens next and then ending crushed me.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – 5 out of 5 stars.
I read P.S. I Like You in one day. I started it in the morning and finished it at night. It was so hard to put down. It was so cute and I absolutely loved it. I needed something cute and fun after reading The Darkest Minds. I’ve never read anything by Kasie West until I read this one, but I am definitely a fan now.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – 4 out of 5 stars.
I can mark off an unfinished series on my list of book series I started, but haven’t finished yet.  I really enjoyed Isla and the Happily Ever After. It was another cute and fun read. I was really in a contemporary mood in April. Anna and the French Kiss was my favorite of the series, but Isla is definitely my second. I love that all the characters from the first two books are also in the last book. I like that they are all connected. Every time I read the books in this series it makes me want to travel the world. I need to go to France and Barcelona like ASAP.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – 5 out of 5 stars – REVIEW.
Why did it take me almost two years to read More Happy Than Not? It was perfect and it ripped my heart into a million pieces to the point that I don’t think it’ll ever be okay. So many damn feels! I still think about this book and I don’t think I’ll ever stop. I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t read it yet. It’ll make you laugh and it’ll make you cry, but it’s so damn good and worth it all. It did leave me more happy than not though, even if it did rip my heart into pieces. Feel free to check out my review for more.

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Four Minutes by Barry Lyga – 4 out of 5 stars.
Four Minutes was so freaking good and I hated that it was so short. I wanted to see the aftermath of what happened, but it ended so quickly and I was left wanting more. He should totally make a full novel about this this one! This is a short story written by Barry Lyga (author of the Jasper Dent (I Hunt Killers) series. Each month in 2017 he’s releasing a new story (it can only be purchased within that month and then they are gone) and all the proceeds go to the American Civil Liberties Union. ACLU defend the First Amendment. I think that’s pretty awesome and generous of him.

Bang by Barry Lyga – 3.5 out of 5 stars – REVIEW.
One of my highly anticipated releases of the year. Sadly, I was a bit underwhelmed with Bang. I wanted to love it so badly, but I didn’t.  It was a little boring at times. The chapters are really short though, so I flew through it in about a day and a half. It was a pretty sad book at times, but it did have some happy moments too. Also, there is SO MUCH PIZZA in this book. You guys know I love my pizza. It was still a good read even if I didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would. and I would still recommend reading it. Feel free to check out my review for more.

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus – 5 out of 5 stars.
I finished One of Us Is Lying in one day (yesterday, April 30th). I pretty much did not leave my bed and just read the entire day. I could not put it down. It was so good and I loved it. It had me non-stop guessing. I’ll have a full review of this one on my blog later this week.

What did you read in April? Have you read any of the books that I read? Feel free to link me to your wrap up posts!


May TBR….so far.

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I am currently listening to the A Court of Mist and Fury audiobook and it’s okay so far. I am almost halfway through it. What the heck is up with Tamlin though? UGHHH. I’m also reading Nowhere But Here. I read the first 30 pages this morning and it seems intriguing. After Nowhere But Here I’ll most likely read the other ARC I got from Netgalley; Amish Guys Don’t Call. That’s about all I have for my May TBR so far. I have no idea what else I want to read, to be honest; so we’ll see what happens as the month goes along.

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

I hope you have a great day!

ashleyblack

Book Haul|| April.

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Hi! 🙂

I was pretty good this month with not getting a ton of books! I’m proud of myself, because there are SO MANY BOOKS that I really want to buy. Last month’s haul was pretty insane compared to this one, lol. Here’s my April book haul…

Bang by Barry Lyga
Fireworks by Katie Cotugno (ARC)
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I’ve been dying to get my hands on Bang. It was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I’ll have my review linked at the end of the post. It sadly didn’t live completely up to my expectations and hopes. I also bought The Upside of Unrequited. I’m super stoked to have it, because I loved Simon VS so much. I won an ARC of Fireworks on Goodreads, which is exciting. I’ve enjoyed the other books from Katie Cotugno, so I’m looking forward to reading this one.

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The Onyx Vial by Alexis Lampley

I got this book in my one-time Nerdy Post box. I’ll have my blog post linked down below if you want to see more about Nerdy Post and the boxes that I got this month; in case you missed it. I didn’t have a picture of it by itself, so I’m reusing this one. I can’t wait to dive into it, it sounds really good.


E-Books:

I may have possibly gone a little overboard with the e-book deals this month. I’ve been pretty good about not buying e-books lately, but this month I caved and got nine of them.

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American Girls by Alison Umminger
Dreamology by Lucy Keating
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
Asleep by Krystal Wad

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Four Minutes by Barry Lyga
The Foxhole Court
by Nora Sakavic
The Raven King by Nora Sakavic
The King’s Men by Nora Sakavic


Netgalley eARCs:

I decided to request some books on Netgalley since it’s been awhile since I’ve done that. Here are a couple of the ones that I was approved for so far. I still have some other pending requests as well. I’ll be reading these two in May, so I can get my reviews up before they release.

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Amish Guys Don’t Call by Debby Dodds
(releases June 13th)
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
(releases May 30th)

I read the first chapter of One of Us Is Lying and it’s pretty interesting. Not going to lie though, I’m nervous about all the multiple POVs. So far there is 3 POVs, but I’m thinking there is going to be at least four of them. I’m not a huge fan of books with a lot of POVs, but hopefully this one works for me. It gives off a little bit of a Breakfast Club vibe and I love that movie so much. Amish Guys Don’t Call sounds  pretty good. I am also fascinated by the Amish for some reason, lol. I think it’ll be a fun YA contemporary read.

Have you read any of the books that I got in April? What are some of the books that you got this month? Feel free to link me to your haul posts, so I can check them out!

My April book haul wasn’t too crazy, so that’s good. Next month I’m only expecting to get two books. I have two pre-orders for May, but I don’t think I’ll be getting anything other than those two. BUT you never know. 😛 I’ll have my wrap up post for the month of April posted on Monday.

In case you missed it;
Monthly Subscriptions|| April.
Thoughts|| Bang.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleypurple

Monthly Subscriptions|| April.

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I am back to share with you the subscriptions that I get each month. I don’t always get subscription boxes each month, but this month I got two different Nerdy Post boxes. I’ll jump right into them!

Nerdy Post:

Nerdy Post is a fandom based subscription service that sends out hand lettering art and other goodies (bookmarks, pins, magnets, stickers, notepads, posters, etc.) with quotes from the monthly themed fandom.

Instagram: @nerdy.post
Instagram: @nerdy.store

APRIL THEME: Middle Earth

I am a HUGE Lord of the Rings and the Hobbits fan, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get the April box.

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Washi Tape
Coin
Large print
Small print (the one with Frodo)
Large bookmark
Small bookmark
Sticker
Postcard you can color

Here are a few close ups of some of the items that were in the box. First picture is the washi tape and coin (currency from that world); I am obsessed with washi tape and the coin is pretty cool. Second picture is the large print; I am a little disappointed with the print because she’s done better prints and this one kind of just looks too plain for me compared to past ones she’s done. I love the quote on it though. Third picture is the large bookmark; it’s double sided and that’s both sides. Last picture is the small bookmark; that was double sided as well and I am obsessed with the quotes on it. Overall, I am pretty happy about about this box.


Alexis (creator of Nerdy Post) was having a one-time box this month as well that included a signed copy of her book, so I got that one too. Her book sounds really good, so I am excited to have it. She designed the entire book cover, which is really cool.

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The Onyx Vial by Alexis Lampley
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Small print

All of the things that she designed and created that was included in this box go along with the book. There’s a quote print and a large print. I am obsessed with the large print. I also really like the bookmark. It’s double sided, but I only took a picture of the one side. Oops. Both sides are equally as cool though.

Goodreads Description: Fifteen-year-old Ariana Emory hides a rare and forbidden talent: she creates portals between worlds in the pages of books. These portal books are dangerous. But to Ariana, they are freedom. Her world is one of several ruled by a tyrant king. The books are banned and burned, their creators along with them. She wants nothing more than to keep creating them, so that her fellow countrymen can have means of escape and, if she succeeds, rebellion. Driven by that desire, Ariana disregards the dangers and entangles herself in a rebel society’s plot to regain freedom. Along the way, her fate collides with Hunter Woodworth and Killian Fyrenn, identical twin sons of the king. The king and the rebels are after a deadly weapon, known as the Onyx Vial. The king wants to use it, the rebels want to destroy it. The rebels’ success depends on Ariana partnering with the boys, but they are worlds apart and she is convinced their motives aren’t pure. With the king closing in on the location of the vial, time is running out. Ariana must trust them or uncover their true intentions before it’s too late. The fate of the worlds rest in her hands.


That’s all for this month’s subscriptions. I am currently only subscribed to Nerdy Post actively, but sometimes I skip boxes if I don’t like the theme. Are you subscribed to any bookish (or non-bookish) subscription boxes? 

I’ll have my April book haul posted tomorrow. It’s surprising really small. I did get quite a few ebooks though. I’ll have my April wrap up posted probably on Monday. Hopefully I’ll get another book finished before then.

In case you missed it;
Thoughts|| Bang.
Thoughts|| More Happy Than Not.

I hope you have a great day!

ashleybluegray