Recent Reads: 8-14 July 2018

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I don’t know about any of you readers, but this summer has been flying by for me!

For this week, I was able to complete one book and begin another. Check out which ones they were:img_1328


Sunday (8th July)

Aaru (The Aaru Cycle #1) by David Meredith

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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

Check out all my thoughts HERE!


*Disclaimer: I received this book by the Author in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my opinion only*


Thursday (12th July)

Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen *Currently Reading*

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beastFilled with magic and fierce emotion, Lisa Jensen’s multilayered novel will make you question all you think you know about beauty, beastliness, and happily ever after.

They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Christian Henri LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. But when the chevalier’s cruelty is revealed, Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish, with a spell that transforms Jean-Loup into monstrous-looking Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside. But Beast is nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never patiently tend his roses; Jean-Loup would never attempt poetry; Jean-Loup would never express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie. Gradually, Lucie realizes that Beast is an entirely different creature from the handsome chevalier, with a heart more human than Jean-Loup’s ever was. Lucie dares to hope that noble Beast has permanently replaced the cruel Jean-Loup — until an innocent beauty arrives at Beast’s château with the power to break the spell.


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Published: 10 July 2018

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Re-Telling

Pages: 352


*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own and are not influenced in any way.*


For this next week, I am taking reading as my top priority, so expect A LOT of adventures in the next update!

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Stay tuned next Sunday for more of my weekly reading adventures! I have a ton of books that I am excited to get to!!

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Until next time..

Happy Reading,

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