Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge Update 35 and Wrap Up

Clean Sweep ARC Challenhe
Ok, so I read Wanderlost! Yeah, I made exactly 10 books over my goal, so yeah, I'm happy, but I do still have so many ARC's to read! Hopefully I'll get to them soon! How did you guys do? Happy reading!

My Reading Journey:

Divided by Elsie Chapman
Started On: May 2th
Finished On: May 2th
Pages Read: 309

The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston 
Started On: May 6th
Finished On: May 6th
Pages Read: 240

This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Trohmeyer
Started On: May 6th
Finished On: May 6th
Pages Read: 352

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy 
Started On: May 7th
Finished On: May 7th
Pages Read: 336

The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes 
Started On: May 7th
Finished On: May 7th
Pages Read: 400

Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat
Started On: May 8th
Finished On: May 8th
Pages Read: 382

The Unholy by Heather Graham
Started On: May 13th
Finished On: May 13th, 10:04 PM
Pages Read: 246

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
Started On: May 15th
Finished On: May 15th, 10:00 PM
Pages Read: 448

Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger
Started On: May 15th
Finished On: May 15th, 11:05 PM
Pages Read: 224

Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan
Started On: May 18th
Finished On: May 18th, 10:06 PM
Pages Read: 480

A Reckless Promise by Kasey Michaels 
Started On: May 20th
Finished On: May 20th, 3:24 PM
Pages Read: 384

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins 
Started On: May 20th
Finished On: May 20th, 9:28 PM 
Pastes Read: 384

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
Started On: May 21st
Finished On: May 21st, 9:46 PM
Pages Read: 384

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
Started On: May 22nd
Finished On: May 22nd, 11:27 PM
Pages Read: 288

Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon
Started On: May 23rd
Finished On: May 23rd, 7:14 AM
Pages Read: 384

A Season for Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel
Started On: May 23rd
Finished On: May 23rd, 9:10 PM
Pages Read: 256

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
Started On: May 24th
Finished On: May 24th, 7:14 PM
Pages Read: 416

The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno
Started On: May 24th
Finished On: May 24th, 9:52
Pages Read: 352 

Winning by Lara Deloza
Started On: May 24th
Finished On: May 24th, 11:43 PM
Pages Read: 336

Frannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup
Started On: May 25th
Finished On: May 25th, 6:15 PM
Pages Read: 320

Red Velvet Crush by Christina Meredith
Started On: May 25th
Finished On: May 25th, 8:41 PM
Pages Read: 304

26 Kisses by Anna Michels
Started On: May 25th
Finished On: May 25th, 10:58 PM
Pages Read: 304

Unwanted by Jennifer Estep
Started: May 26th
Finished On: May 26th, 5:50 PM
Pages Read: 100

The Night is Watching by Heather Graham
Started On: May 26th
Finished On: May 26th, 9:55 PM
Pages Read: 400

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 26th
Finished On: May 26th, 11:38 PM
Pages Read: 439

Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 27th
Finished On: May 27th, 2:57 PM
Pages Read: 457

In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 27th
Finished On: May 27th, 9:03 PM
Pages Read: 480

Anything for You by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 27th
Finished On: May 27th, 11:48 PM
Pages Read: 410

What the Dead Want by Norah Olsen
Started On: May 28th, 
Finished On: May 28th, 7:57 PM
Pages Read: 304

And I Darken by Kiersten White
Started On: May 28th
Finished On: May 28th, 11:04 PM
Pages Read: 496

Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas 
Started On: May 29th
Finished On: May 29th, 10:39 PM
Pages Read: 416

Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton
Started On: May 30th
Finished On: May 30th, 7:26 PM
Pages Read: 368

Out of My Mind by Laura Sabel
Started On: May 30th
Finished On: May 30th, 11:13 PM
Pages Read: 432

True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan
Started On: May 31st
Finished On: May 31st, 9:59 PM
Pages Read: 336

Wanderlost by Jen Malone 
Started On: May 31st
Finished On: May 31st, 11:46 PM
Pages Read: 352

Books Read: 35
Pages Read: 13884

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge Update 34

Clean Sweep ARC Challenhe
Ok, so I read True Letters From a Fictional Life and yeah, now to read Wanderlost!

My Reading Journey:

Divided by Elsie Chapman
Started On: May 2th
Finished On: May 2th
Pages Read: 309

The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston 
Started On: May 6th
Finished On: May 6th
Pages Read: 240

This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Trohmeyer
Started On: May 6th
Finished On: May 6th
Pages Read: 352

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy 
Started On: May 7th
Finished On: May 7th
Pages Read: 336

The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes 
Started On: May 7th
Finished On: May 7th
Pages Read: 400

Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat
Started On: May 8th
Finished On: May 8th
Pages Read: 382

The Unholy by Heather Graham
Started On: May 13th
Finished On: May 13th, 10:04 PM
Pages Read: 246

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
Started On: May 15th
Finished On: May 15th, 10:00 PM
Pages Read: 448

Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger
Started On: May 15th
Finished On: May 15th, 11:05 PM
Pages Read: 224

Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan
Started On: May 18th
Finished On: May 18th, 10:06 PM
Pages Read: 480

A Reckless Promise by Kasey Michaels 
Started On: May 20th
Finished On: May 20th, 3:24 PM
Pages Read: 384

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins 
Started On: May 20th
Finished On: May 20th, 9:28 PM 
Pastes Read: 384

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
Started On: May 21st
Finished On: May 21st, 9:46 PM
Pages Read: 384

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
Started On: May 22nd
Finished On: May 22nd, 11:27 PM
Pages Read: 288

Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon
Started On: May 23rd
Finished On: May 23rd, 7:14 AM
Pages Read: 384

A Season for Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel
Started On: May 23rd
Finished On: May 23rd, 9:10 PM
Pages Read: 256

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
Started On: May 24th
Finished On: May 24th, 7:14 PM
Pages Read: 416

The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno
Started On: May 24th
Finished On: May 24th, 9:52
Pages Read: 352 

Winning by Lara Deloza
Started On: May 24th
Finished On: May 24th, 11:43 PM
Pages Read: 336

Frannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup
Started On: May 25th
Finished On: May 25th, 6:15 PM
Pages Read: 320

Red Velvet Crush by Christina Meredith
Started On: May 25th
Finished On: May 25th, 8:41 PM
Pages Read: 304

26 Kisses by Anna Michels
Started On: May 25th
Finished On: May 25th, 10:58 PM
Pages Read: 304

Unwanted by Jennifer Estep
Started: May 26th
Finished On: May 26th, 5:50 PM
Pages Read: 100

The Night is Watching by Heather Graham
Started On: May 26th
Finished On: May 26th, 9:55 PM
Pages Read: 400

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 26th
Finished On: May 26th, 11:38 PM
Pages Read: 439

Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 27th
Finished On: May 27th, 2:57 PM
Pages Read: 457

In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 27th
Finished On: May 27th, 9:03 PM
Pages Read: 480

Anything for You by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 27th
Finished On: May 27th, 11:48 PM
Pages Read: 410

What the Dead Want by Norah Olsen
Started On: May 28th, 
Finished On: May 28th, 7:57 PM
Pages Read: 304

And I Darken by Kiersten White
Started On: May 28th
Finished On: May 28th, 11:04 PM
Pages Read: 496

Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas 
Started On: May 29th
Finished On: May 29th, 10:39 PM
Pages Read: 416

Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton
Started On: May 30th
Finished On: May 30th, 7:26 PM
Pages Read: 368

Out of My Mind by Laura Sabel
Started On: May 30th
Finished On: May 30th, 11:13 PM
Pages Read: 432

True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan
Started On: May 31st
Finished On: May 31st, 9:59 PM
Pages Read: 336

Wanderlost by Jen Malone 
Started On: May 31st
Pages Read: 0 of 352

Books Read: 34
Pages Read: 13532

Teaser Tuesday #268, May 31st

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teaser comes from Tue Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan, page 100.

"No, I don't like Sean Gates. He cheats. All I meant was that I recognize that he's a good-looking kid."

Monday, May 30, 2016

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge Update 33

Clean Sweep ARC Challenhe
Ok, so I read Out of My Mind, and yeah, now to read Three Dark Crowns!

My Reading Journey:

Divided by Elsie Chapman
Started On: May 2th
Finished On: May 2th
Pages Read: 309

The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston 
Started On: May 6th
Finished On: May 6th
Pages Read: 240

This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Trohmeyer
Started On: May 6th
Finished On: May 6th
Pages Read: 352

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy 
Started On: May 7th
Finished On: May 7th
Pages Read: 336

The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes 
Started On: May 7th
Finished On: May 7th
Pages Read: 400

Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat
Started On: May 8th
Finished On: May 8th
Pages Read: 382

The Unholy by Heather Graham
Started On: May 13th
Finished On: May 13th, 10:04 PM
Pages Read: 246

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
Started On: May 15th
Finished On: May 15th, 10:00 PM
Pages Read: 448

Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger
Started On: May 15th
Finished On: May 15th, 11:05 PM
Pages Read: 224

Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan
Started On: May 18th
Finished On: May 18th, 10:06 PM
Pages Read: 480

A Reckless Promise by Kasey Michaels 
Started On: May 20th
Finished On: May 20th, 3:24 PM
Pages Read: 384

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins 
Started On: May 20th
Finished On: May 20th, 9:28 PM 
Pastes Read: 384

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
Started On: May 21st
Finished On: May 21st, 9:46 PM
Pages Read: 384

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
Started On: May 22nd
Finished On: May 22nd, 11:27 PM
Pages Read: 288

Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon
Started On: May 23rd
Finished On: May 23rd, 7:14 AM
Pages Read: 384

A Season for Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel
Started On: May 23rd
Finished On: May 23rd, 9:10 PM
Pages Read: 256

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
Started On: May 24th
Finished On: May 24th, 7:14 PM
Pages Read: 416

The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno
Started On: May 24th
Finished On: May 24th, 9:52
Pages Read: 352 

Winning by Lara Deloza
Started On: May 24th
Finished On: May 24th, 11:43 PM
Pages Read: 336

Frannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup
Started On: May 25th
Finished On: May 25th, 6:15 PM
Pages Read: 320

Red Velvet Crush by Christina Meredith
Started On: May 25th
Finished On: May 25th, 8:41 PM
Pages Read: 304

26 Kisses by Anna Michels
Started On: May 25th
Finished On: May 25th, 10:58 PM
Pages Read: 304

Unwanted by Jennifer Estep
Started: May 26th
Finished On: May 26th, 5:50 PM
Pages Read: 100

The Night is Watching by Heather Graham
Started On: May 26th
Finished On: May 26th, 9:55 PM
Pages Read: 400

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 26th
Finished On: May 26th, 11:38 PM
Pages Read: 439

Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 27th
Finished On: May 27th, 2:57 PM
Pages Read: 457

In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 27th
Finished On: May 27th, 9:03 PM
Pages Read: 480

Anything for You by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 27th
Finished On: May 27th, 11:48 PM
Pages Read: 410

What the Dead Want by Norah Olsen
Started On: May 28th, 
Finished On: May 28th, 7:57 PM
Pages Read: 304

And I Darken by Kiersten White
Started On: May 28th
Finished On: May 28th, 11:04 PM
Pages Read: 496

Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas 
Started On: May 29th
Finished On: May 29th, 10:39 PM
Pages Read: 416

Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton
Started On: May 30th
Finished On: May 30th, 7:26 PM
Pages Read: 368

Out of My Mind by Laura Sabel
Started On: May 30th
Finished On: May 30th, 11:13 PM
Pages Read: 432

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Started On: May 31st
Pages Read: 0 of 416

Books Read: 33
Pages Read: 13206
Reading Next: Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge Update 32

Clean Sweep ARC Challenhe
Ok, so I read Diplomatic Immunity, and yeah, now to read Out of My Mind!

My Reading Journey:

Divided by Elsie Chapman
Started On: May 2th
Finished On: May 2th
Pages Read: 309

The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston 
Started On: May 6th
Finished On: May 6th
Pages Read: 240

This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Trohmeyer
Started On: May 6th
Finished On: May 6th
Pages Read: 352

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy 
Started On: May 7th
Finished On: May 7th
Pages Read: 336

The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes 
Started On: May 7th
Finished On: May 7th
Pages Read: 400

Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat
Started On: May 8th
Finished On: May 8th
Pages Read: 382

The Unholy by Heather Graham
Started On: May 13th
Finished On: May 13th, 10:04 PM
Pages Read: 246

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
Started On: May 15th
Finished On: May 15th, 10:00 PM
Pages Read: 448

Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger
Started On: May 15th
Finished On: May 15th, 11:05 PM
Pages Read: 224

Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan
Started On: May 18th
Finished On: May 18th, 10:06 PM
Pages Read: 480

A Reckless Promise by Kasey Michaels 
Started On: May 20th
Finished On: May 20th, 3:24 PM
Pages Read: 384

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins 
Started On: May 20th
Finished On: May 20th, 9:28 PM 
Pastes Read: 384

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
Started On: May 21st
Finished On: May 21st, 9:46 PM
Pages Read: 384

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
Started On: May 22nd
Finished On: May 22nd, 11:27 PM
Pages Read: 288

Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon
Started On: May 23rd
Finished On: May 23rd, 7:14 AM
Pages Read: 384

A Season for Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel
Started On: May 23rd
Finished On: May 23rd, 9:10 PM
Pages Read: 256

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
Started On: May 24th
Finished On: May 24th, 7:14 PM
Pages Read: 416

The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno
Started On: May 24th
Finished On: May 24th, 9:52
Pages Read: 352 

Winning by Lara Deloza
Started On: May 24th
Finished On: May 24th, 11:43 PM
Pages Read: 336

Frannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup
Started On: May 25th
Finished On: May 25th, 6:15 PM
Pages Read: 320

Red Velvet Crush by Christina Meredith
Started On: May 25th
Finished On: May 25th, 8:41 PM
Pages Read: 304

26 Kisses by Anna Michels
Started On: May 25th
Finished On: May 25th, 10:58 PM
Pages Read: 304

Unwanted by Jennifer Estep
Started: May 26th
Finished On: May 26th, 5:50 PM
Pages Read: 100

The Night is Watching by Heather Graham
Started On: May 26th
Finished On: May 26th, 9:55 PM
Pages Read: 400

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 26th
Finished On: May 26th, 11:38 PM
Pages Read: 439

Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 27th
Finished On: May 27th, 2:57 PM
Pages Read: 457

In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 27th
Finished On: May 27th, 9:03 PM
Pages Read: 480

Anything for You by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 27th
Finished On: May 27th, 11:48 PM
Pages Read: 410

What the Dead Want by Norah Olsen
Started On: May 28th, 
Finished On: May 28th, 7:57 PM
Pages Read: 304

And I Darken by Kiersten White
Started On: May 28th
Finished On: May 28th, 11:04 PM
Pages Read: 496

Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas 
Started On: May 29th
Finished On: May 29th, 10:39 PM
Pages Read: 416

Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton
Started On: May 30th
Finished On: May 30th, 7:26 PM
Pages Read: 368

Out of My Mind by Laura Sabel
Started On: May 30th
Pages Read: 0 of 432

Books Read: 32
Pages Read: 11774
Reading Next: Three Dark Crowns

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #260, May 30th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #259
Teaser Tuesday #267
WWW Wednesday #267
WOW #264
Will the Time Come #259
Third Sentence Thursday #249
Random Reads #235
First Lines Friday #254
The Reward Challenge Update #245
Follow Friday #237
How Well I Stuck to It #89
Wrote that Review Update #94
Show the Books Showcase #12

Week 22 Reviews:
Ivory and Bone
Playlist for the Dead
Take Back the Skies
A Season of Fireflies
The Diabolic
The Lost & Found
Winning
Frannie and Tru
Red Velvet Crush
26 Kisses
Unwanted
The Night is Watching
The Perfect Match
Waiting on You
In Your Dreams
Anything for You

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge:
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Random:
We Have the Cover of Arcana Chronicles #4!!!!

OK, so I got 58 posts in 7 days, so yeah, it was a pretty great week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read And I Darken, The Cat King of Havana, Diplomatic Immunity, Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit, Girl Mans Up, Rose & Thorn, and Three Dark Crowns

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken.
Rick Gutierrez is . . . the Cat King of Havana! A cat-video tycoon turned salsa-dancer extraordinaire, he’ll take Cuba by storm, romance the girl of his dreams, and ignite a lolcat revolution!

At least that’s the plan.

It all starts when his girlfriend dumps Rick on his sixteenth birthday for uploading cat videos from his bedroom when he should be out experiencing the real world. Known as “That Cat Guy” at school, Rick isn’t cool and he knows it. He realizes it’s time for a change.

Rick decides joining a salsa class is the answer . . . because of a girl, of course. Ana Cabrera is smart, friendly, and smooth on the dance floor. Rick might be half-Cuban, but he dances like a drunk hippo. Desperate to impress Ana, he invites her to spend the summer in Havana. The official reason: learning to dance. The hidden agenda: romance under the palm trees.

Except Cuba isn’t all sun, salsa, and music. There’s a darker side to the island. As Rick and Ana meet his family and investigate the reason why his mother left Cuba decades ago, they learn that politics isn’t just something that happens to other people. And when they find romance, it’s got sharp edges.
Anna and the French Kiss meets The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks in a romantic and hilarious new novel from Brodi Ashton, the author of the Everneath trilogy.

Raucous parties, privileged attitudes, underage drinking, and diplomatic immunity . . . it’s all part of student life on Embassy Row.

Piper Baird has always dreamed of becoming a journalist. So when she scores a scholarship to exclusive Chiswick Academy in Washington, DC, she knows it’s her big opportunity. Chiswick offers the most competitive prize for teen journalists—the Bennington scholarship—which would ensure her acceptance to one of the best schools in the country.

Piper isn’t at Chiswick for two days before she witnesses the extreme privilege of the young and wealthy elite who attend her school—and realizes that access to these untouchable students just might give her the edge she’ll need to blow the lid off life at the school in a scathing and unforgettable exposé worthy of the Bennington.

The key to the whole story lies with Rafael Amador, the son of the Spanish Ambassador—and the boy at the center of the most explosive secrets and scandals on Embassy Row. Rafael is big trouble—and when he drops into her bedroom window one night, asking for help, it’s Piper’s big chance to get the full scoop. Except Piper discovers that despite his dark streak, Rafael is smart, kind, funny, and gorgeous—and she might have real feelings for him. How can she break the story of a lifetime if it will destroy the boy she just might love?
Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, but when her popular radio evangelist father remarries and decides to move all three of them from Atlanta to the more conservative Rome, Georgia, he asks Jo to do the impossible: to lie low for the rest of her senior year. And Jo reluctantly agrees.

Although it is (mostly) much easier for Jo to fit in as a straight girl, things get complicated when she meets Mary Carlson, the oh-so-tempting sister of her new friend at school. But Jo couldn’t possibly think of breaking her promise to her dad. Even if she’s starting to fall for the girl. Even if there’s a chance Mary Carlson might be interested in her, too. Right?
All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will show her loyalty. But respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words. Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships, and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth--that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she’ll have to man up.
This beauty isn’t sleeping! Sarah Prineas’s darkly imaginative retelling breaks down the classic story of Sleeping Beauty in a big, bold way. Brimming with action and romance, beautiful Rose must escape the curse that will force the kingdom to fall into a century-long slumber and fights for the freedom to find her own happily ever after.

After the spell protecting her is destroyed, Rose seeks safety in the world outside the valley she had called home. She’s been kept hidden all her life to delay the three curses she was born with, curses that will have drastic consequences if they take effect. Accompanied by the handsome and mysterious Griff and Quirk, his witty and warmhearted partner, Rose tries to escape from the ties that bind her to this forced fairy tale. But will the path they take lead them to freedom, or will it bring them straight into the prescribed story they are trying to avoid?

Set in the world of Prineas’s Ash & Bramble fifty years later, Rose & Thorn is a powerful retelling of Sleeping Beauty. If you like your fairy tales dark, your heroines daring, and your suitors dashing, this is the book for you.
Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge Update 31

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Ok, so I read Rose & Thorn, and yeah, now to read Diplomatic Immunity!

My Reading Journey:

Divided by Elsie Chapman
Started On: May 2th
Finished On: May 2th
Pages Read: 309

The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston 
Started On: May 6th
Finished On: May 6th
Pages Read: 240

This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Trohmeyer
Started On: May 6th
Finished On: May 6th
Pages Read: 352

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy 
Started On: May 7th
Finished On: May 7th
Pages Read: 336

The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes 
Started On: May 7th
Finished On: May 7th
Pages Read: 400

Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat
Started On: May 8th
Finished On: May 8th
Pages Read: 382

The Unholy by Heather Graham
Started On: May 13th
Finished On: May 13th, 10:04 PM
Pages Read: 246

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
Started On: May 15th
Finished On: May 15th, 10:00 PM
Pages Read: 448

Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger
Started On: May 15th
Finished On: May 15th, 11:05 PM
Pages Read: 224

Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan
Started On: May 18th
Finished On: May 18th, 10:06 PM
Pages Read: 480

A Reckless Promise by Kasey Michaels 
Started On: May 20th
Finished On: May 20th, 3:24 PM
Pages Read: 384

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins 
Started On: May 20th
Finished On: May 20th, 9:28 PM 
Pastes Read: 384

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh
Started On: May 21st
Finished On: May 21st, 9:46 PM
Pages Read: 384

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff
Started On: May 22nd
Finished On: May 22nd, 11:27 PM
Pages Read: 288

Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon
Started On: May 23rd
Finished On: May 23rd, 7:14 AM
Pages Read: 384

A Season for Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel
Started On: May 23rd
Finished On: May 23rd, 9:10 PM
Pages Read: 256

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
Started On: May 24th
Finished On: May 24th, 7:14 PM
Pages Read: 416

The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno
Started On: May 24th
Finished On: May 24th, 9:52
Pages Read: 352 

Winning by Lara Deloza
Started On: May 24th
Finished On: May 24th, 11:43 PM
Pages Read: 336

Frannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup
Started On: May 25th
Finished On: May 25th, 6:15 PM
Pages Read: 320

Red Velvet Crush by Christina Meredith
Started On: May 25th
Finished On: May 25th, 8:41 PM
Pages Read: 304

26 Kisses by Anna Michels
Started On: May 25th
Finished On: May 25th, 10:58 PM
Pages Read: 304

Unwanted by Jennifer Estep
Started: May 26th
Finished On: May 26th, 5:50 PM
Pages Read: 100

The Night is Watching by Heather Graham
Started On: May 26th
Finished On: May 26th, 9:55 PM
Pages Read: 400

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 26th
Finished On: May 26th, 11:38 PM
Pages Read: 439

Waiting on You by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 27th
Finished On: May 27th, 2:57 PM
Pages Read: 457

In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 27th
Finished On: May 27th, 9:03 PM
Pages Read: 480

Anything for You by Kristan Higgins
Started On: May 27th
Finished On: May 27th, 11:48 PM
Pages Read: 410

What the Dead Want by Norah Olsen
Started On: May 28th, 
Finished On: May 28th, 7:57 PM
Pages Read: 304

And I Darken by Kiersten White
Started On: May 28th
Finished On: May 28th, 11:04 PM
Pages Read: 496

Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas 
Started On: May 29th
Finished On: May 29th, 10:39 PM
Pages Read: 416

Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton
Started On: May 30th
Pages Read: 0 of 368

Books Read: 31
Pages Read: 11406
Reading Next: Three Dark Crowns

Show the Books Showcase #12, May 29th

There are a ton of books out there! So here's a chance to organize some books and show them off in various ways!

So this week's theme is Synopsis' That Hooked Me!

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Publisher: St. Martin`s Griffin
Published: March 26th, 2013
From Goodreads:
There are some things you can’t leave behind…

A broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

What's Interesting: Only living in a broken down camper hidden in a forest! Being taken from that home and into society! Founding out that her mom abducted her!

Moonpenny Island by Tricia Springstubb
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Published: February 10th, 2015
From Goodreads:
From Tricia Springstubb, author of What Happened on Fox Street and Mo Wren, Lost and Found, comes a deeply affecting and memorable story about a young girl’s coming of age on her small island home.

Moonpenny is a tiny island in a great lake. When the summer people leave and the ferries stop running, just the tried-and-true islanders are left behind. Flor and her best, her perfect friend, Sylvie, are the only eleven-year-olds for miles and miles—and Flor couldn’t be happier.

But come the end of summer, unthinkable things begin to happen. Sylvie is suddenly, mysteriously whisked away to school on the mainland. Flor’s mother leaves to take care of Flor’s sick grandmother and doesn’t come back. Her big sister has a secret, and Flor fears it’s a dangerous one.

Meanwhile, a geologist and his peculiar daughter arrive to excavate prehistoric trilobites, one of the first creatures to develop sight. Soon Flor is helping them. As her own ability to see her life on this little lump of limestone evolves, she faces truths about those she loves—and about herself—she never imagined. 

Tricia Springstubb tells a warm and deeply affecting story about what it means to see, and why the biggest feat of all may be seeing through someone else’s eyes.

What's Interesting: Growing up on a small island with a great beach and a close friend! Having that friend leave and her mom leave, and her sister having secrets! A new girl coming to town and some geological things!

A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: April 15th, 2014
From Goodreads:
After saving themselves and their fellow students from a life pitched against one another, Sophie and Agatha are back home again, living happily ever after. But life isn't exactly a fairytale. When Agatha secretly wishes she'd chosen a different happy ending with Prince Tedros, the gates to the School for Good and Evil open once again. But Good and Evil are no longer enemies and Princes and Princesses may not be what they seem, as new bonds form and old ones shatter.

What's Interesting: Saving themselves from having to fight each other! Good and Evil, Princes and Princesses and roles and the school opening up again!



Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
Publisher: HarperCollins for Children's Books
Published: February 10th 2015
From Goodreads:
The city of Bryre suffers under the magic of an evil wizard. Because of his curse, girls sicken and disappear without a trace, and Bryre’s inhabitants live in fear. No one is allowed outside after dark.

Yet night is the only time that Kymera can enter this dangerous city, for she must not be seen by humans. Her father says they would not understand her wings, the bolts in her neck, or her spiky tail—they would kill her. They would not understand that she was created for a purpose: to rescue the girls of Bryre.

Despite her caution, a boy named Ren sees Kym and begins to leave a perfect red rose for her every evening. As they become friends, Kym learns that Ren knows about the missing girls, the wizard, and the evil magic that haunts Bryre. 

And what he knows will change Kym’s life. 

Reminiscent of Frankenstein and the tales of the Brothers Grimm, this debut novel by MarcyKate Connolly stands out as a compelling, original story that has the feel of a classic.

What's Interesting: A city under a curse with sickening and disappearing girls! Being created to rescue the girls of the town, but that she wouldn't be understood because of her wings, bolts and spiky tail!

Clariel by Garth Nix
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: October 14th, 2014
From Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Clariel is not adjusting well to her new life in the city of Belisaere, the capital of the Old Kingdom. She misses roaming freely within the forests of Estwael, and she feels trapped within the stone city walls. And in Belisaere she is forced to follow the plans, plots and demands of everyone, from her parents to her maid, to the sinister Guildmaster Kilp. Clariel can see her freedom slipping away. It seems too that the city itself is descending into chaos, as the ancient rules binding Abhorsen, King and Clayr appear to be disintegrating.

With the discovery of a dangerous Free Magic creature loose in the city, Clariel is given the chance both to prove her worth and make her escape. But events spin rapidly out of control. Clariel finds herself more trapped than ever, until help comes from an unlikely source. But the help comes at a terrible cost. Clariel must question the motivations and secret hearts of everyone around her - and it is herself she must question most of all.

What's Interesting: Feeling trapped within the city walls! Having to deal with the politics of the citizens! Finding out that there's a Free Magic creature free in the city!

Forbidden to Love by D.A. Wills
Publisher: Debbie Wills
Published: March 28th, 2013
From Goodreads:
The Gods Made Me. They Own Me. They Rule Me.

Well, they like to think they do.

Almost a year ago I was rejected and banished by Eros the God of Love. Now I've been forced by Eros to live a life of slavery in the mortal world completely forbidden to love anyone but him - unless I want pain, heartbreak and torture to feature heavily in my future.

My hatred for Eros is almost as strong as my desire to escape this life of loneliness, which is looking very unlikely. Until I see him, the auraless mortal, who steals my breath and burns my heart. Now I have to find a way to be with him even if that means losing everything I have and starting a war to end all worlds. Lucky for me this guy's willing to kill to give me a life.

I may be forbidden to love but I'm determined to live.

What's Interesting: Being owned and ruled by the gods! Live a life of slavery in the mortal world! Falling in love even though it means losing everything and starting a war!

Glimpse by Steven Whibley
Publisher: Steven Whilbey Books
Published: April 11th, 2013
From Goodreads:
"Save them, Dean. Save them all...."

Dean Curse avoids attention the way his best friend Colin avoids common sense. Which is why he isn’t happy about being Abbotsford’s latest local hero – having saved the life of a stranger, he is now front page news. Dean’s reason for avoiding the limelight? Ever since his heroic act, he’s been having terrifying visions of people dying and they’re freaking him out so badly his psychologist father just might have him committed. Dean wants nothing more than to lay low and let life get back to normal.

​But when Dean’s visions start to come true, and people really start dying, he has to race against the clock – literally – to figure out what’s happening. Is this power of premonition a curse? Or is Dean gifted with the ability to save people from horrible fates? The answer will be the difference between life and death.​

What's Interesting: Saving a stranger's life and then becoming a hero, even if you want to avoid society! Seeing visions of people dying, and then they start coming true! How to fight fate!

Wild Song by Jane Eagland
Publisher: Stoke Books
Published: July 1st, 2012
From Goodreads:
Living in a creaking castle on a remote, windswept island off Scotland, Anna has never known anyone other than her father, his assistant and their two servants. She is kept away from books, pictures and other children by her father, a mathematical genius, who is slowly losing his mind. Then one wild stormy day a boy washes up on the shore, a boy who will change her whole world and make her question everything she has ever believed in. With her eyes opened to life outside of the island Anna soon realises that someone close to her is determined to destroy what is left of her father’s fragile sanity. Determined to protect him Anna faces her fears and, with the help of her new-found friend, breaks free from her isolation.

This atmospheric short story inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest will hook readers from the first rain-drenched paragraph. The wild storms and the isolation of the island are images of Anna’s passions and her pains, much as The Tempest uses an island as a literal image of banishment, and a magical storm as the manifestation of a magician’s anger and desire for revenge.

What's Interesting: Short story inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest! Living isolated on Scotland and then having a boy wash up on the shore! And that making her question everything!

The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes
Publisher: Penguin Group Viking
Published: April 9th, 2013
From Goodreads:
As the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world—at thirty-three, she has her job as a private investigator that has proven less than fruitful and after losing her flat, she’s moved back in with Mammy Walsh. Her hunky new boyfriend, Artie, and his three adorable children are a great distraction, but his beautiful ex-wife lives a little too close for comfort. 

Meanwhile, Helen runs into her ex-boyfriend Jay Parker and reluctantly signs on to help him locate Wayne Diffney, the recently disappeared fourth member of Ireland’s biggest mid-nineties boy band, Laddz. Of the five Laddz, the Talented One has long gone on to better things, but the Cute One, the Gay One, and the Other One are all busily shunning carbs and rehearsing their reunion tour, and it’s Helen’s job to track down Wayne, the Wacky One. Wayne hasn’t left a trace, and Helen throws herself into the search wholeheartedly, leaving no stone unturned while watching her own life slowly fall apart, one unpaid bill at a time.

What's Interesting: Finding your place in the world! Running into your ex-boyfriend and having to look for a missing 90's boy band member! Having her life fall apart!

The Dark Army by Joseph Delaney
Published: September 20th, 2016
From Goodreads:
The second book in a new trilogy from Joseph Delaney, the author of the internationally best-selling Last Apprentice series. 

Tom Ward is now spook of the county, and with his apprentice, Jenny, he continues the fight against boggarts, witches, and terrifying new creatures of the dark. Together with the witch assassin, Grimalkin, Tom and Jenny lead an army into battle against a dangerous enemy—but it all goes catastrophically wrong. The situation seems hopeless until Alice—Tom’s lost love and a powerful witch—appears. But Alice had turned to the dark: can Tom trust her now? 

Joseph Delaney’s deliciously scary imagination continues Tom’s saga, introducing new readers to the struggle against the encroaching dark and taking longtime fans back to familiar settings, where they will find old friends—and old enemies.

Perfect for every reader who loves thrills, chills, action, and adventure—no prior knowledge of the Last Apprentice series is necessary! 

What's Interesting: Fighting against the creatures of the dark, ones that are new and more terrifying! Working with an assassin but things going wrong! Alice coming back but having turned to the dark!

And next week's theme is going to be  Alphabet in the Title's First Word! Since I ran out of things, I'm going to make this a cycle, and start back at the beginning again, but taking away what was first because it conflicts with a later one!

Wrote that Review Update #94, May 29th

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!
If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for Ivory and Bone, Playlist for the Dead, Take Back the Skies, A Season of Fireflies, The Diabolic, The Lost & Found, Winning, Frannie and Tru, Red Velvet Crush, 26 Kisses, Unwanted, The Night is Watching, The Perfect Match, Waiting on You, In Your Dreams, Anything for You, so I have 13 of 13 reviews written!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #89, May 29th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 24:
The Almost King by Lucy Saxon, Because I Love You by Tori Rigby, Double Play by Kelley Amrstrong, The Gifted Dead by Jenna Black, The Night is Alive by Heather Graham, The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: 2. Check.

NetGalley: 1. Check.

Edelweiss: #. Check.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: 2. Check.

So this is a more balanced week, though it still doesn't pass everything, I still can't wait to read it! What about you guys? Happy reading!