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Book Review: Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan

Publication Date: April 21st 2020


Jubilee has it all together. She’s an elite cellist, and when she’s not working in her stepmom’s indie comic shop, she’s prepping for the biggest audition of her life.

Ridley is barely holding it together. His parents own the biggest comic-store chain in the country, and Ridley can’t stop disappointing them—that is, when they’re even paying attention.

They meet one fateful night at a comic convention prom, and the two can’t help falling for each other. Too bad their parents are at each other’s throats every chance they get, making a relationship between them nearly impossible…unless they manage to keep it a secret.

Then again, the feud between their families may be the least of their problems. As Ridley’s anxiety spirals, Jubilee tries to help but finds her focus torn between her fast-approaching audition and their intensifying relationship. What if love can’t conquer all? What if each of them needs more than the other can give?


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Erm, how did my ARC shelf get like this again??

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I literally said this just the other day but I’m saying it again: late night scrolling on Netgalley is dangerous!! One minute you’re on track to a decent approval rating, the next thing you know your shelf is full of books you didn’t think you’d be accepted for and don’t even really want to read.

Which is why I’ve been avoiding Netgalley after dark like the plague so I can’t even use that excuse for why I have 7 new ARCs on my shelf to read.



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Progress Update: My 2021 reading year so far!

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I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve sat down and wrote an actual blog post and it really hasn’t. I took like a week off, besides from some reviews, it’s just that me being conscious of time passing has become a thing of the past, as it always does during the summer when I don’t have a schedule.

Today I’m going to be a taking a look back at how my reading year is going so far. I am very happy with how things are panning out but I thought it would be good to look back in a bit more detail.


How many books have I read?

My goal for the year was 40 books. I felt like that was a decent amount for me to strive for without putting too much pressure on myself, especially cause I’ve had to concentrate on graduating school and all that.

I am very happy to report that I completed this goal before we were even halfway through the year and, as of writing this, I’ve finished 57 books! I’m simultaneously very happy about this and also very surprised, but I’m not gonna complain, I’m just gonna keep my fingers crossed that I can keep this momentum going.


Have I been reading …

… my anticipated releases?

Ermmmmmmm, that’s gonna have to be a no 😭😭😭 So out of the 17 “anticipated releases” for the first half of 2021 that I’ve talked about on my blog … I’ve read 3. Those were:

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Book Review: These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Publication Date: November 17th 2020 


The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.


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Blog Tour: The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison

*ARC provided through TBR and Beyond Tours*

Publication Date:  July 13th 2021

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They were supposed to ignore each other and respect that fine line between them…

Guillermo Lozano is getting a fresh start. New town, new school, and no more reckless behavior. He’s done his time, and now he needs to right his wrongs. But when his work at the local community center throws him into the path of the one girl who is off-limits, friendship sparks…and maybe more.

Regan London needs a fresh perspective. The pressure to stay in her “perfect” relationship and be the good girl all the time has worn her down. But when the walls start to cave in and she finds unexpected understanding from the boy her parents warned about, she can’t ignore her feelings anymore.

The disapproval is instant. Being together might just get Guillermo sent away. But when it comes to the heart, sometimes you have to break the rules and be a little bit reckless…

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🎞Everything I’ve Been Watching Recently … #3🎞

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I have some time to kill. I’m going to the fair tonight with some friends and I am so hyped for it, especially since it was cancelled last year. The only problem is that I’m not meeting my friends till 11pm.

Obviously you don’t get the full fair experience unless it’s dark and also, I couldn’t think of anything worse then being stuck in a metal contraption in the middle of the day in 37*C weather. That sounds like actual torture. So we’re going in the middle of the night.

Since I have a fair few hours to go, I figured I’d take this time to talk about some of the stuff I’ve been watching recently.


Unpregnant

This movie has the potential of becoming one of my favourites. I foresee myself re-watching this a lot in the future! Unpregnant is a book to movie adaptation for the book of the same name. I haven’t read the book, and don’t me but I don’t plan too. I got enough enjoyment from watching the film.

It was simultaneously really funny and entertaining while also touching on important matter in regards to abortion and bodily autonomy.


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My most anticipated releases of 2021 // July, August & September.

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It’s that time of year again where I say “here are some new releases that I really wanna read asap” even though we all know the likelihood of me reading these books any time soon is very slim. It’s a game we play a couple of times a year, we all know the drill by now, it’s cool.

I’m kind of strapped for time today. What with breakfast to cure my mums hangover this morning, a couple of drinks with friends this afternoon and then me organising a Shrek movie marathon with my friend later tonight, it’s a good job I only have 6 books to talk about.

I say “only” six books as if that’s not more then I read in a month but I digress. Here are the up and coming releases I would really like to get to as soon as possible (in theory).

January, February & March // April, May & June.


July

The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison

For some reason it was the title that first grabbed my attention for this book and I’m not sure why but I’m glad it did. I actually was accepted to be part of the blog-tour for this book so out of all these books, I will actually be reading this soon.

This is a YA contemporary romance between a guy who breaks every rule he can, and a “good girl”. I don’t know much more then this but I feel like you can’t really go wrong with this trope and I think I’m going to really enjoy it. I guess we’ll see when it comes tome reviewing it.

Release Date: July 13th 2021


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Busy month with lot’s of books // June Wrap Up

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It’s too hot. It’s been too hot for a couple of weeks now and I am melting 🥵. You’d think after 8 summers I’d be used to it but nope. I forget just how bad it get’s every year.

Anyways, to distract me from the heat, today I am going to be talking about the books I read in June.

June was a weird month for me. I had a lot going on: my drivers test, an exam that was literally going to decide my future, and then just a lot of everyday boring life stuff I had to help with. All that being said though, I’m really happy with the 11 books I read!

Of course, it was Pride Month so I tried my best to get to a wide range of LGBTQ+ books. Normally at this point in the year I’m super busy with end of year exams so I don’t get to participate as much as I’d like so I’m glad I had that chance this year.



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ARC Review: If This Get’s Out by Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley*

Publication Date: December 7th 2021


Eighteen-year-olds Ruben Montez and Zach Knight are two members of the boy-band Saturday, one of the biggest acts in America. Along with their bandmates, Angel Phan and Jon Braxton, the four are teen heartbreakers in front of the cameras and best friends backstage. But privately, cracks are starting to form: their once-easy rapport is straining under the pressures of fame, and Ruben confides in Zach that he’s feeling smothered by management’s pressure to stay in the closet.

On a whirlwind tour through Europe, with both an unrelenting schedule and minimal supervision, Ruben and Zach come to rely on each other more and more, and their already close friendship evolves into a romance. But when they decide they’re ready to tell their fans and live freely, Zach and Ruben start to truly realize that they will never have the support of their management. How can they hold tight to each other when the whole world seems to want to come between them?


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☀Books I need to read this summer☀

Hey and howdy, happy Friday!!

Welp. I wore shorts to work for the first time this week and the temperature has been reaching highs of 37*C which can mean only one thing … It’s Summer Time baby!!

I’m officially done with school now so really my only responsibilities are working on the weekend. This leaves a whole lot of time for reading which I plan on capitalising 100%.

Today I bring to you six books, plus a series which I’m hoping to read this summer. I do have a hand written list which is a smidge (a lot) longer, but these are the main ones I’m hoping to get to!


Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

I haven’t even skimmed over the first page and I only have a bare understanding of the plot but I’m getting really good vibes from this book.

Opposite of Always is a YA contemporary novel with a twist as it follows two teenagers in love, but when one of them dies the other is somehow transported back in time to before the death. How the time travel happens, how one of them dies, I have no clue, but I’m really excited to find out!

As well as the good vibes, I am getting feeling that I’ll be bawling my eyes out at some point.


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