Recent Reads: 28 October – 3 November 2018

I’m finally moved!

All of my books are put away which means today is the day that I get to relax and recharge for my new job starting tomorrow. And of course, it’s not a lazy, rainy day without a book to finish it off!

This last week, I wasn’t able to read as much as I had hoped, but I still call it a success since I was able to squeeze a little in.

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Sunday (28th October)

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs *currently reading* *Audiobook*

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hollowThis second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerising) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.


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Published: 14 January 2014

Publisher: Alliance Entertainment

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 428


Monday (29th September)

First Full Moon by Michelle Alstead

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FFMMore secrets. More lies. I’m going to die.

She wanted a car for her sixteenth birthday, not magical powers… Candy McGregor is a teenager living in Sequim Falls, a small East Coast town, where the McGregors own just about everything. While her grandmother grooms her to run the family business—a pharmaceutical empire—Candy dreams of a life where she’s known as more than just a last name. When the monthly family dinner turns into a horror show, Candy discovers the McGregors aren’t so much blessed as they are cursed. At midnight on her sixteenth birthday, Candy inherits both the ability to do magic and the destiny to become a wolf on the next full moon. There is hope of a life that doesn’t require being chained up once a month. If Candy can undo the original spell that created the curse, she can rid the world of werewolves and remain a witch. But there’s one really big problem. Not everyone hates being a wolf. With the next full moon looming, Candy must take on forces that will do anything to stop her. Will she break the curse or surrender to life as a monster?”


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Published: 28 August 2018

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 281

Click HERE for my book review!


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*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book through Rockstar Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All of my posts contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way*


Tuesday (22nd October)

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes *currently reading*

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falling kingdomsIn the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….


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Published: 11 December 2012

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 412


Monday (22nd October)

Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey

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CarolsA lady’s maid and a valet become entangled in a yuletide counterfeiting scheme in this romantic Christmas YA adventure.

1817. The happy chaos of the Yuletide season has descended upon the country estate of Shackleford Park in full force, but lady’s maid Kate Darby barely has the time to notice. Between her household duties, caring for her ailing mother, and saving up money to someday own a dress shop, her hands are quite full. Matt Harlow is also rather busy. He’s performing double-duty, acting as valet for both of the Steeple brothers, two of the estate’s holiday guests.

Falling in love would be a disaster for either of them. But staving off their feelings for each other becomes the least of their problems when a devious counterfeiting scheme reaches the gates of Shackleford Park, and Kate and Matt are unwittingly swept up in the intrigue. Full of sweetness, charm, and holiday shenanigans, Carols and Chaos is perfect for fans of Jane Austen and Downton Abbey.


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Published: 9 October 2018

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Genre: Young Adult Historical / Romance

Pages: 336


Favorite Book of the Week: Falling Kingdoms

# of Pages Read: 749

Total # of Books Read: 2 Finished & 2 Started


Some posts you may have missed this week:


For this next week, I hope to get back into my reading zone and finish at least FOUR stories!

What books did you read this week?? Did you find a captivating and terrifying story that you want to share? Let me know in the comments!

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Until next time..

Happy Reading,

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Recent Reads: 21-27 October 2018

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This past week has been a blast for books!

Not only did I get to participate in the Kingdom of Ash World Tour, but I was also able to read some really good books! Continue reading

Binge Reads: October 2018

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For this month’s binge-worthy series, you may have heard of it all over the Bookish Community for years now, but I think we can all mostly agree that it is a classic YA series that has recently been revamped with more books!

I remember reading the first book as soon as it came out back in 2011 and absolutely loving it! Unfortunately, I only made it to Book 2 before moving on to the constant struggle of consuming more recent releases.

But this will soon change as I plan on diving back into the series this month and binge-read up to the most recent release which actually hit shelves this month!

Have you guess what series it could be? Hint: it’s quite peculiar and was even made into a REALLY GOOD movie adaptation.. (which BTW, they need to get back on that horse for a sequel, just saying) Continue reading

TBR Wednesdays: A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #4) by Ransom Riggs

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A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs is the long-awaited, surprise continuation to the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series hitting shelves next week! Continue reading

2018 YA Fall Book Covers

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Did y’all know that Fall begins next week?!

Even though it’s back into the sweltering 80s where I’m at, my heart is already in the spirit of the chilly season. AND, it helps to see these 2018 releases all over the book community. Continue reading

Most Anticipated Sequels of 2018: Part 2

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There have been some great YA books that have released so far in 2018! BUT wait until you see these 15!!

From authors such as Sarah J. Maas, Ransom Riggs, and Cassandra Clare, you will find some of the most highly anticipated reads of the year! Continue reading

Tales of the Peculiar (Miss Peregrine’s Children #0.5) by Ransom Riggs

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Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs brings more short stories from the Peculiar World!

If you are looking for super quick YA short stories following the most peculiar tales, this book is your next read! Continue reading