Sometimes things are going to happen and the only way out is through.
Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Genre: Mental Health, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Clarion Books
Date Published: January 3, 2017
At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.
But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.
Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?
I am happy to say that all of my expectations for Under Rose-Tainted Skies were met. I originally heard about this book on Goodreads, and thought it sounded like a really unique book. After I found it, Under Rose-Tainted Skies stayed on my TBR for a while. Finally, I got the chance to pick it up. And I am so glad I did, because Under Rose-Tainted Skies is phenomenal!
To start, Under Rose-Tainted Skies is Own Voices (meaning the author is writing based on her personal experience)! Books about mental health are hard to find, and Own Voices books about mental health are even harder to find. This book is truly a gem.
Adding onto that, the representation of mental health (or anything) in books in so important. Specifically, accurate mental health representation. I am in no way a professional, but after doing some research on my own, I have found that Under Rose-Tainted Skies is pretty accurate.
I can’t write this review without mentioning Norah and Luke. Something I really loved was that Luke didn’t rescue Norah. I want to let everyone discover the story for themselves, so I am just going to leave it at this: Under Rose-Tainted Skies is a unique and phenomenally executed book. If you are looking for a mental health related book, or just looking for a great read, I highly recommend you check this one out!
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Hi! I signed up to be part of the amazing group that reveals the trailer for Jennifer L. Armentrout's new book, If There's No Tomorrow! So, without further ado, let's get into the reveal!
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Count: 384 pages
Available Formats: Hardcover (U.S./Canada), Ebook, Audiobook
Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year.
She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to
maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena,
the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.
Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.
Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same.
Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never
forgive her for what happened.
For what she let happen.
With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can
she move on when her and her friends' entire existences have been redefined? How can she
move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?
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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Hi! If you couldn't tell, this post is going to be my TBR for the month of September! I will be pretty busy this month so I am not putting too many books on my TBR, but hopefully I will get around to reading these! If you posted a September TBR, be sure to leave the link in the comments so I can check it out!
1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
First up on my TBR is Crooked Kingdom. This is a re-read, so it's not super important that I read CK this month, but I would love to!
2. Protected by Claire Zorn
I received an ARC of this book, so I am definitely going to be reading it this month!
3. Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I've had Wicked on my shelf for a while, so I am looking forward to hopefully reading it this month!
4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Last but not least, Outlander. If you didn't know, this book is super long, but I really want to read it so I am going to try my best to read it this month!
Wow! August went by very fast! I think I had a pretty successful reading month, so I decided to do a wrap-up post to share what I read this month!
1. Tinderella by Zoe Jones
I received Tinderella for free to review. I enjoyed reading it, and although I didn't give it a five star rating, it was a really fun read! Check out my review here!
2. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
This was another book that I received for review. I think that this was my least favorite book of the month. I did like it but I had many problems with it. Check out my review here!
3. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
I really loved this book. I know that there were a lot of mixed reviews about this, but I am definitely on the side of the people who loved it! :)
4. You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
This is another book that I didn't love, but also didn't hate. It was a very entertaining read, but I had a few problems with it.
5. Shadows Souls by L.J. Smith
Shadow Souls is one of the books in The Vampire Diaries series. It is a super long series, but I think this book was much improved from the previous one.
6. Six of Crows by Leigh Barudgo
Six of Crows was definitely one of the best books that I read during the month of August. If you'd like to read more of my thoughts on SoC, check out my review here!
7. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Barudgo
I immediately picked up Crooked Kingdom after SoC becayse I was so infatuated with the story. Thankfully, I loved CK just as much as SoC. Check out my review here!
8. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Barudgo
Oh boy, Shadow and Bone was easily one of the best books I've ever read. I absolutely loved this book!
9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
In addition to Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm was also one of the best books I've ever read. It gave me the opportunity to learn more about Ravka and the Grisha, which I really loved!
10. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising was a crazy and beautiful story and I am so glad I got the opportunity to read and experience it!
11. Re-Read: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I loved SoC so much, I decided to re-read it! I just finish re-reading it and I loved it even more the second time!
The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true.
-Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This is a quote from my current read, Six of Crows. Yesterday, I finished the Shadow and Bone trilogy and wanted to re-read Six of Crows (and Crooked Kingdom). So, I decided why not? I am super excited to notice some new things and references in Six of Crows!
If you have a Teaser Tuesday post, feel free to leave the link in the comments and I will make sure to check it out!
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he'll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done - and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable - if they don't kill each other first.
Guess what day it is? Monday! That means it's time to finally update you on what I am reading! I am seriously reading only one book at the moment. I have taken a break from Midnight so that I can finish the series that I am reading. This series is pretty popular in the book community, so you may have heard of it. I am reading Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo! It is the second book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy. I am absolutely loving it! I am currently almost finished with the book and can't wait to jump into the next one! Keep your eyes peeled for reviews coming soon on both of them!
Let me know in the comments what you are reading this week! Feel free to leave a link to your IMWAYR post and I will make sure to check it out!
I recieved a free advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
There's nothing quite like the aroma of a bloated corpse to get one in the mood for adventure.
Title: Hunting Prince Dracula
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2
Genre: Historical, Mystery
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Date Published: September 19, 2017
In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?
Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine...and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.
But her life's dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school's forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.
Hunting Prince Dracula is one of the best books I have ever read. I loved everything about it. To start, I want to mention that I absolutely adored the inclusion of the dates, places, and pictures in the book. It added a wonderful element to the book that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. I also really loved the subtle references to the previous book (Stalking Jack the Ripper).
Hunting Prince Dracula also included Romanian words and phrases. This added a unique aspect that made the book ten times better. Along with the Romanian words, there were also letter between various characters. That is another aspect that made Hunting Prince Dracula even better.
This book is also extremely descriptive which adds to the suspenseful and mysterious vibe that is going on throughout the book. It also adds to the history in the book. Next, I am going to talk about Audrey Rose and Thomas. I ship them so so much. They make the cutest couple and I am so excited to see how their relationship, as friends or more, progresses. Finally, I want to mention how I never would’ve guessed the killer. When you read this book, you will be shocked when the killer is revealed. Overall, Hunting Prince Dracula was a phenomenal book and I highly recommend it!
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I was nominated to do the Liebster Award by Simone over at Dog Days and Delights. Thank you for nominating me!
-Answer the questions that were left for you
-Nominate your favorite new bloggers (or those with less than 500 followers)
-Write 11 questions for them to answer
-Follow all of the blogs linked (including mine)!
1. How long have you been blogging?
I've been blogging for a year and a month (give or take a few days)! I started Shoshi Reads back in July of 2016! It feels like much longer than that, but I've really only been blogging for a little over a year.
2. What is your favorite book?
My favorite series is the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I can't choose my favorite out of that series, so I am just using the entire series. Some of my other favorite books include Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare and the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo.
3. Do you have children?
Nope. I am only in high school!
4. What is your blog about?
My blog is about books. I post tags, awards, reviews, memes, and more!
5. What makes you laugh out loud?
The last thing that made me laugh was a certain scene in Crooked Kingdom.
6. Do you blog on WordPress, Blogger, or another platform?
As you can probably tell, I blog on Weebly. I am one of the few book bloggers on Weebly, but I like how it works and I don't want to change my blog to another platform (at the moment)!
7. Do you have any blogging goals?
One of my top blogging goals is to reach 100 follows/subscribers.
8. Did you have a favorite childhood toy?
I am actually not sure.
9. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
I have a cat named Shadow. He is gray and super soft.
10. Do you listen to the radio? If so, what's your favorite radio station?
I don't listen to the radio.
11. Do you have a favorite food?
I don't have a favorite food but some foods I like are raspberries, avocado, watermelon, and waffles.
The bloggers I am nominating for this award:
-Alaina @ An Infinite Book World
-Debbie @ My Eclectic Reads
-Anny @ The Mystique Reader
-Ash and Lo @ Windowsill Books
-Megan @ Megxnmarie
-Tracey-J @ Books and Other Pursuits
-Hanna @ Hanna's Book Obsession
-Kathy @ Books and Munches
-Haley @ Fangirl Fury
-Alex @ Coffeeloving Bookoholic
-Emily @ Who Gave The Write
1. When did you start blogging?
2. What are you currently reading?
3. How do you organize your books (by series, rainbow order, etc.)?
4. Do you create TBRs for the month to help you decide what to read? If so, what are some books on your TBR?
5. What is your favorite season and why?
6. What is your favorite drink?
7. Are you doing the Goodreads reading challenge? If so, what is your goal for 2017 and how many books have you read so far?
8. What is your favorite book read in 2017?
9. If you could meet one author who would it be?
10. What device do you blog on?
11. What is your favorite genre?
I would have come for you. And if I couldn't walk, I'd crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we'd fight our way out together- knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that's what we do. We never stop fighting.
Title: Crooked Kingdom
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows, #2
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Date Published: September 20, 2016
When you can't beat the odds, change the game.
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
I honestly don’t know where to begin my review. Crooked Kingdom rendered me speechless. Have you ever had a sequel been so hyped up that it let you down when you read it? Fear not, this was absolutely NOT the case with Crooked Kingdom. Given, it was really hyped up but it lived up to every aspect of the hype.
The first thing that I absolutely have to mention is how much I loved the diversity. Forgive me if I miss some, but in Crooked Kingdom (and Six of Crows), we have multiple people of color, characters with different sexualities, characters with PTSD, a disabled character, and probably more that I am forgetting. It is rare to see diversity in fantasy novels, let alone this much diversity. I can’t properly explain how happy I am that Crooked Kingdom included all of this diversity.
Next, we have the characters. First up, Kaz Brekker. I mean, how can you not love him? I do understand that he is a thief but the development in his character combined with all of the things he has been through makes him tough to hate. We also get to see Kaz start to face some of his fears, which I found to be extremely well executed. Then we have Inej, also known as the Wraith. The things that she is able to do never cease to amaze me. In addition, her character as a whole is just phenomenal. Jesper the sharpshooter is up next. He adds some much needed humor to the book. He also undergoes a big change in character throughout the book, which I really loved! Wylan finally gets more chapters in Crooked Kingdom which really makes the reader understand more of his story. Nina is another character that undergoes a big change in this book. She displays immense strength which is truly admirable given the circumstances. Matthias was such an intriguing character to read about because I started out disliking him and then loving him. Then we have Kuwei. He plays a huge part in Crooked Kingdom and also has some pretty hilarious scenes. Finally we have Pekka Rollins and Van Eck. Honestly, as far as I’m concerned, they are some pretty terrifying villains. In Crooked Kingdom, we also get introduced to some new characters, some of which play a crucial role in the book.
I can’t write this review without talking about Kaz for some time. In this book, he creates insane schemes that I thought were going to fail on multiple occasions. It’s really hard to tell if what’s happening if something that Kaz has planned for, but fear not, he usually has something up his sleeve.
Crooked Kingdom is an insane and thrilling ride from start to finish. It is intense and constantly changing. It is heartbreaking (especially the last several chapters) but it is also beautiful. I can’t put into words how phenomenal this book was. So, I am going to end the review at this: if you don’t read Crooked Kingdom, you are really missing out on an absolutely extraordinary book.
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Hi! Today is Wednesday which means a Top 5 Wednesday goes up on my blog! This week's theme is Books from Before I Joined _______. I decided to do books from before I started my blog. So without further ado, let's get into this post!
1. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I read Obsidian right before I started my blog. As you probably know, Obsidian is what inspired me to start my blog, so I just had to include it on this list!
2. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Sweet Evil is a book that I read right before Obsidian. I discovered Obsidian through Sweet Evil. Sweet Evil is a book that I definitely won't forget even though I read it a while ago.
3. Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Again, I read the first three books of this series before I started my blog. I am running out of good books to include on this list so I figured I might as well include this one.
4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I started this book before I started my blog, but I finished it after. So, I am just going to go with it and use it anyway!
5. The Siren by Kiera Cass
I read this book way before I started my blog, and loved it then. Given, my tastes in books have changed and if I re-read it I probably would find several problems with it. I still included The Siren because I really enjoyed reading it when I did.
by L.J. Smith
Goodreads 2018: 1/100