Recent Reads: 1-7 July 2018

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This last week has been a fun one with a spur-of-the-moment trip up to Wisconsin!

Even though the week was jam packed full of go-karting, theater performances, and a haunted trolley tour, I still was able to sneak in a little time to read.

Here are the two books I was able to take a peek at over the last seven days:

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Tuesday (3rd July):

Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

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kiss of the royalIn the war against the Forces of Darkness, the Royals are losing. Princess Ivy is determined to end this centuries-long conflict once and for all, so her new battle partner must succeed where the others failed. Prince Zach’s unparalleled skill with a sword, enhanced by Ivy’s magic Kiss, should make them an unstoppable pair—but try convincing Zach of that.

Prince Zach has spent his life preparing for battle, but he would rather be branded a heretic than use his lips as nothing more than a way to transfer magic. A kiss is a symbol of love, and love is the most powerful weapon they have—but try convincing Ivy of that.

With the fate of their world on the line, the battlefield has become a testing ground, and only one of them can be right. Falling for each other wasn’t part of the plan—but try convincing their hearts of that.”


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Published: 3 July 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Romance

Pages: 400

How I Read It: eARC from Publisher

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*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way


Saturday (7th July):

Aaru (The Aaru Cycle Book 1) by David Meredith *Currently Reading*

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aaru“…Death and the stillness of death are the only things certain and common to all in this future…”
-Friedrich Nietzsche

Rose is dying. Her body is wasted and skeletal. She is too sick and weak to move. Every day is an agony and her only hope is that death will find her swiftly before the pain grows too great to bear.

She is sixteen years old.

Rose has made peace with her fate, but her younger sister, Koren, certainly has not. Though all hope appears lost Koren convinces Rose to make one final attempt at saving her life after a mysterious man in a white lab coat approaches their family about an unorthodox and experimental procedure. A copy of Rose’s radiant mind is uploaded to a massive super computer called Aaru – a virtual paradise where the great and the righteous might live forever in an arcadian world free from pain, illness, and death. Elysian Industries is set to begin offering the service to those who can afford it and hires Koren to be their spokes-model.

Within a matter of weeks, the sisters’ faces are nationally ubiquitous, but they soon discover that neither celebrity nor immortality is as utopian as they think. Not everyone is pleased with the idea of life everlasting for sale.
What unfolds is a whirlwind of controversy, sabotage, obsession, and danger. Rose and Koren must struggle to find meaning in their chaotic new lives and at the same time hold true to each other as Aaru challenges all they ever knew about life, love, and death and everything they thought they really believed.”


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Published: 9 July 2017

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Young Adult Science-Fiction

Pages: 296

How I Read It: eBook from Author


*Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way


Want to know what I thought of each book?? Stick around to discover the Reviews coming soon!

Stay tuned next Sunday for more of my weekly reading adventures! Find out if I was able to finish, or even exceed, my very generous TBR pile!!

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Happy Reading,

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