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Anticipated Book Releases (September and October 2019)

I think this is my longest list yet for anticipated book reads! Seriously, there are so many good books coming out in September and October, and I am so excited to get my hands on them!


September

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Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin – September 3rd
I love, love the sound of this book, and I’m such a sucker for witches.

We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund – September 3rd
I don’t normally read books like this, but this one is really calling to me.

The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young – September 3rd
I never read this authors first book, Sky in the Deep, but I heard really good things about it. This book sounds lovely!

A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth – September 10th
This one sounds so interesting, and I’m really looking forward to it.

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Seeker by Kim Chance – September 10th
I read the first book Keeper, so I can’t wait to see how this duology ends!

The Nanny by Gilly MacMillan – September 10th
You know I love thrillers, and this one is no exception! It sounds so creepy.

What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr – September 17th
This one sounds so unique and I love it! I can’t wait!

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave – September 19th
This one sounds unique, and I love stories with sisters.

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring – September 24th
I’ve really been in the mood to read something creepy, and I have a feeling this one will sate that craving I have!

October

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – October 1st
I’ve read almost all of Leigh Bardugo’s works so far, so I’m really excited to see what she has in store for this new book, especially since it’s not YA. It doesn’t quite sound like my cup of tea, but I’ll still be picking it up.

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky – October 1st
I cannot wait for this one! Like I said, I’m really wanting a creepy read, and this one sounds perfect for that.

The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen – October 1st
Another creepy, haunting book. What can I say?

One Night Gone by Tara Lakowski – October 1st
I love, love the sound of this one!

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Shadow Frost by Coco Ma – October 1st
I love Princess and court intrigue, so this one is right up my alley.

The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy – October 1st
I love the premise of using memories as currency, and I think this one has a ton of promise!

The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher – October 1st
Another creepy book that I am in the mood for. October can’t come fast enough!

Maternal Instinct by Rebecca Bowyer – October 7th
This one sounds so, so unique, and I’m really interested to read it.

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I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson – October 8th
Another thriller! I can’t help myself.

It Ends With You by S.K. Wright – October 8th
I’m a sucker for any novel that tells me I’m going to second-guess myself, and I’m really interested to see if that will be the case with this one.

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi – October 15th
I am wanting to get back into reading more sci-fi, and this one sounds perfect for doing just that.

Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon – October 29th
I love the sound of this one! It sounds so unique.

Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland – October 29th
I’m not sure what to expect with this one, but I’m excited for the ride.


Are you putting any of these books on your TBR list? Let me know!

XOXO – Devon

Book Unhaul #1

After several years, I’ve finally done my first book “unhaul”. This isn’t a traditional unhaul, where I’ve donated these books or given them to family and friends. I’m actually keeping most of them in case I ever want to reread them or use them as a reference for anything. However, these books are leaving the bookshelf to be hidden somewhere out of view.

There’s currently three bookshelves in our apartment. One is in the bedroom, where I keep most of my books. The second is also in the bedroom, but we use that one for comic books and other knickknacks. The third one is the living room, and we keep our boxset books and other special book series on the shelves in there. But this third bookshelf also has a lower cabinet beneath it, where I can hide anything unsightly I don’t want to see anymore. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, all of these books are being “unhauled” from the good bookshelf to the bad one.

Please remember, if these are any of your personal favorite books, then that’s okay! We all have different opinions and tastes, and what doesn’t work for me, might work for you!


Books I May Reread in the Future

Keeper by Kim Chance
The Other Child by Lucy Atkins
Lies You Never Told Me by Jennifer Donaldson
Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown

Books I Liked, But Not Enough

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
The Third Twin by Ken Follet
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Books I’ll Probably Never Reread

The Bargaining by Carly Anne West
The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mathers
Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mathers
Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline
My Sweet Audrina/Whitefern by V.C. Andrews

Books I Just Didn’t Care For

The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han
Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy
Eve the Awakening by Jenna Moreci
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
The Window by Amelia Brunskill

Books I Really Didn’t Like

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
The Alpha Drive by Kristen Martin
Shadow Crown by Kristen Martin
A Line in the Dark by Malinda Cho
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry
The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green
Chain Letter by Christopher Pike
They All Fall Down by Roxanne St. Claire
People Like Us by Dana Mele

Books I DNF’ed

Cradle and All by James Patterson
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Enter the Dark House/Return to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Books I Gave Away

The Cabin by Natasha Preston
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
The Bones of You by Debbie Howells

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I decided to give away the last three books for a few reasons. The Cabin by Natasha Preston was a complete disaster for me, so I knew with 100% certainty that I had no interest in hanging onto it. The Bones of You I read several years ago during a vacation, and while I remember thinking it was okay, it just wasn’t memorable enough for me to want to hold onto it. The same thing goes for Pretty Girls. I decided to put these into the Little Free Library in our town, so I hope someone can appreciate and find more enjoyment in them than I did.

 


What books did you unhaul recently? Let me know in the comments!

XOXO – Devon

Birthday Book Haul

With my birthday come and gone, I’m sure you can imagine there’s something I asked for: books!

Lots and lots of books. With so many new titles releasing, I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on them! Luckily, my friends and family were gracious enough to buy me several books or give me gift cards to buy the books myself! So, I thought I’d share with you all the books I’ve received for my birthday!

(Books in no particular order!)

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I also have to give a huge thank you and shout out to my friend and CP, Tauri Cox, for gifting me Kingdom of Exiles, You Are a Badass, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo!

Are there any books here that you’ve read? Or any you want me to read first and give my review? Let me know in the comments!

XOXO – Devon

Anticipated Book Releases (July & August 2019)

In doing research into figuring out the releases in July and August, I realized that there are way too many good books coming out. I absolutely love the premise of all of these, and cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!


JULY

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power – July 9th
This story sounds so unique and interesting, and I am so excited to read this one!

Before I Disappear by Danielle Stinson – July 23rd
This one sounds amazing. An entire town disappearing? How will the characters get out of their predicament?

Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson – July 30th
I love a book all about deception and dark secrets.

Someone We Know by Shari Lapena – July 30th
I’ve read all of Shari Lapena’s other works, and her fourth one sounds just as good as her other ones!

AUGUST

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Here There are Monsters by Amelinda Berube – August 1st
I am all for a book about a monster. I’m so in the mood for a good horror story right now, and I cannot wait for this book.

The Birthday Girl by Melissa De La Cruz – August 6th
More dark secrets? Yes please.

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig – August 6th
I’ve never seen a retelling of “Twelve Dancing Princesses” but just that retelling alone makes me excited for this book.

The Retreat by Sherri Smith – August 13th
More secrets. I love thrillers that are set in some fancy “getaway” location.

The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon – August 20th
I wasn’t sure how I felt about this one at first, but after some thought, I think the premise is so interesting and unique.

Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford – August 27th
This book has everything I love: twins, arranged marriage, a love triangle, court intrigue. I am so excited for this one!


What books are on your TBR list? Let me know!

-XOXO Devon

Anticipated Book Releases (May & June 2019)

A lot of books get released every month. I admit, I shouldn’t be buying anymore. I have way too many books on my TBR shelves that are waiting to be read, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a few anticipated reads!


May

Step Sister by Jennifer Donnelly – May 14th

I love a good fairytale retelling – or one that follows Cinderella’s evil stepsister. I can’t wait for this book!

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June 

The Beholder by Anna Bright – June 4th

I love a good story where the protagonist has suitors, and has to find her “perfect match”. I’m so excited for this book!

Emmie and the Tudor King by Natalie Murray – June (?) 

A time travel story about a girl trying to win the heart of a King and unravel court secrets? This one sounds so unique!

I’ll Never Tell by Abigail Haas – June 4th

A beach-side murder mystery? This one is right up my alley.

The Good Sister by Gillian McAllister – June 11th

A thriller all about the bond between sisters and how their lives change when the unthinkable happens? I’m so intrigued!

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Man of the Year by Caroline Louis Walker – June 11th 

I love the sound of this one. It sounds so unique and compelling, and I love everything about the blurb!

I Looked Away by Jane Corry – June 21st 

The blurb alone has so much mystery behind it, that I can’t wait to dive into this book.

Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym Martineau – June 25th 

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, so I can’t wait to get my hands on it, and the cover is gorgeous!

The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter – June 25th, 2019

An evil queen retelling? Yes please.

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What new book releases are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments!

XOXO – Devon

The Worst Books I Read in 2018

Okay, “worst” might be a strong word here. While these definitely are not the worst books ever written, these were books that I simply just didn’t like for one reason or another. Everyone has a different taste for what they like, so here’s a few books that I just didn’t enjoy in 2018.


#1: A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo

As much as I love YA Thrillers, I frequently seem to be disappointed by them. A Line in the Dark had a promising premise, but the execution failed. While the writing was fine, the mystery itself was rather boring. But the biggest reason I didn’t like this was the POV switch.

The book is separated in two parts. The first follows the main character, Jess, through first person POV. But halfway through the novel, in part two, the book suddenly switches to third person POV. While it still follows Jess’s story, you can tell the other author made an attempt to conceal information from the reader by doing this switch. Unfortunately, it didn’t add to the story, and only made the twist that much more obvious.

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#2: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I really wanted to love this book, I did. The premise is amazing, and I fell in love with this story during chapter one. But something switched after chapter one – and the story suddenly had tons of issues. First, I didn’t feel like it delivered on the promise of the premise. Much of the story was quite boring, and beyond that, the characters were shallow, uninteresting, and their motivations didn’t make any sense.

Overall, between the characters, lack of world-building or magic system, Three Dark Crowns fell really flat for me in 2018, and I’m still really disappointed by it.

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#3: The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

When I read the blurb for The Smoke Thieves, I had a feeling I wouldn’t like it. But I was determined to not let a book blurb deter me from reading a book that might’ve been really wonderful. Unfortunately for me, The Smoke Thieves just wasn’t that.

I had quite a few issues with the writing style of this book. On top of that, out of five POV characters, I only really found one interesting. The other four were a little bland or too immature for my taste, and I found myself frequently bored reading their chapters. I do feel like the book started to redeem itself in the end, but by then I wasn’t invested in the story enough for the ending to worth it for me.

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While these are my “worst” books of 2018, just because I didn’t like them, doesn’t mean you won’t! I took a chance on these three books, and while I was disappointed, I certainly don’t regret reading them.

-XOXO Devon

The Best Books I Read in 2018

Last year, I read around 40 books and was so proud of myself. I made it a goal to read a book a week – which I didn’t quite hit considering the size of some of the books – but nonetheless, I read a lot. But out of those books, I have those that I loved and those that I didn’t.

Of course, my favorite books of 2018 might not be yours, and that’s okay! But I’ve found it really takes a lot to make me keep thinking of a book once I’ve put it down, and really want to reread it again. So here’s some books that do just that!


#1: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Yep, this one makes my list again. I just love this book. You can click here to read more on my thoughts about why I love this book so dang much. I plan on rereading it this month so I can refresh my memory before reading the sequel!
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#2: The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

This is another repeat that makes my list! I seriously loved the writing and the story of this book. It was so compelling, and I loved every minute of it.
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#3: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

This was actually my first Holly Black novel I ever picked up, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book! It isn’t my favorite book of all time, but Black’s writing and descriptions are gorgeous, and her world is intricate and fascinating. I plan on rereading this before reading The Wicked King!
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#5: Hate List by Jennifer Brown

I don’t normally read books like this, but something about the initial blurb really gripped me. A story about the aftermath of a schooling shooting, that takes place between the past and present, I really was sucked into this novel. I connected so much with the main character, Valerie, and couldn’t help but feel and understand her pain. This is a must read for me!
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#6: The Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

I loved every book in the ACOTAR series, but it took me a little while to warm up to the story and characters of Throne of Glass. I think Maas has a nice writing style, and her characters, romance, and plotlines are so interesting. Both of these series are displayed front and center on my bookshelf!

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While these may not be your personal favorites, they were definitely mine for 2018!

XOXO – Devon