Recent Reads | 27 May – 2 June 2018

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Hello Fellow Booknerds!

It has been a crazy week. But now, it’s time for me to kick my feet up for the next seven days while on my well-deserved vacation!!

Recent Reads has been a post idea listed on my calendar for I don’t even know how many MONTHS. Since I finally have the extra time with a lighter study schedule AND I can capture more of my reading life, I am bringing a new segment to my blog.

I bring to you, my very own weekly reading updates! Every week, I will be recapping ALL of my reading adventures through the eBooks, ARCs, Audiobooks, and Physical reads that I am able to pick up. Since I currently have a back-log of reviews and I have taken a higher reading load, it tends to take me longer to get all of my reviews out into the bookish community.

These posts will be a day-to-day list of what I have been reading along with some current thoughts that I have BEFORE I release the full reviews.

I also hope that this can allow me to stay on track with my reading and be able to share all of the YA books that are out there. Cause let me tell ya, there are ALOT!

So here is what I was able to read this past week before I hopped on the plane to Tennessee! I hope you enjoy!

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Sunday (27th May) – Monday (28th May):

The Coffin Maker (The Coffin #1) by Breeann Allison

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the coffin makerTwenty-three-year-old Jesse Burns lives a tranquil life as the coffin maker in the enthusiastically eerie town of Gregor’s Hollow. Here, the By the Pricking of My Crumbs Bakery sells deep-fried candy corn year round, and manmade mist swirls through the streets every afternoon at three-thirty. As for the graveyard bells that chime at midnight, and the Victorian portrait that materializes in the hotel guest rooms? Well, no one can account for those but they still look impressive in the brochure.

Few in the town are admired more than the trustworthy, if reclusive, coffin maker. Praised for his intricate carvings and flamboyant artistry, Jesse creates his masterpieces in the workshop that belonged to his father, the previous coffin maker who vanished nine years ago.

Jesse’s isolated routine is disturbed when Death appears on his doorstep one October evening. Wearing a sharply pressed suit and a condescending smile, Death demands eight coffins by Halloween. Jesse is horrified to learn that the coffins are intended for Death’s next eight victims—all of them citizens of Gregor’s Hollow. In exchange for the eight coffins, Death will tell Jesse what happened to his father.

Despite striking the bargain and starting work on the coffins, Jesse vows to save the Eight. But investigating a mystery is challenging in Gregor’s Hollow, the third most-famous Halloween tourist town in America. Home to horror enthusiasts and gothic fanatics alike, the town boasts a daily carnival of macabre spectacles, complete with ghostly sound effects in the streets, slasher chase scenes in the alleys, and a John Carpenter Orchestra in the park. Distinguishing staged horror theatrics from genuinely suspicious activity is impossible enough on an average day. But with the holiday approaching, the tourist season has just begun, forcing Jesse to conduct his detective work amidst the increased chaos of Hitchcock festivals, Edgar Allan Poe pageants, and monster movie reenactments.

Together with an alluring and untrustworthy stranger, he seeks the answer he needs to thwart Death’s plan.


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img_0842Published: 1 May 2018

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Genre: Young Adult Mystery / Paranormal

Pages: 331

How I Read It: eArc from Publisher

Click HERE to check out all my thoughts!


Tuesday (29th May) – Thursday (31st May):

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoriada Cordova

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labyrinthNothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…


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Published: 6 September 2016

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Paranormal

Pages: 324

How I Read It: eBook from Library

Click HERE to check out all of my thoughts!


Cinderella, Necromancer (Cinderella, Necromancer #1) by F.M. Boughan

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Cinderella necromanceCinderella, Necromancer is Chime meets Anna Dressed in Blood and was inspired by a real medieval grimoire of necromancy from 15th-century Germany.

Ellison lost her mother at an early age. But since then, her father has found love again. He’s happy and doesn’t quite notice that Ellison does not get along with his new wife or her mean daughters. When Ellison discovers a necromantic tome while traveling the secret passages of her father’s mansion, she wonders if it could be the key to her freedom. Until then, she must master her dark new power, even as her stepmother makes her a servant in her own home. And when her younger brother falls incurably ill, Ellison will do anything to ease his pain, including falling prey to her stepmother and stepsisters’ every whim and fancy.

Stumbling into a chance meeting of Prince William during a secret visit to her mother’s grave feels like a trick of fate when her stepmother refuses to allow Ellison to attend a palace festival. But what if Ellison could see the kind and handsome prince once more? What if she could attend the festival? What if she could have everything she ever wanted and deserved by conjuring spirits to take revenge on her cruel stepmother?

As Ellison’s power grows, she loses control over the evil spirits meant to do her bidding. And as they begin to exert their own power over Ellison, she will have to decide whether it is she or her stepmother who is the true monster.


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Published: 5 September 2017

Publisher: Month9Books

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Re-Tellings

Pages: 324

How I Read It: eBook from Chapter by Chapter Tours

Check Out My Full Review On: 2 June 2018

 


Favorite Book of the Week: Labyrinth Lost

There are a ton of books that I am excited to get to, so stay tuned for next week’s reading update!

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Until next time..

Happy Reading,

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