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ARC Review: This Is Not The Jess Show by Anna Carey

Hi. Elli from October 2020 here 🙂 I read my digital ARC of this book a fair few months in advance and so this review is getting written and then scheduled for whenever this book is due to come out. Happy New Year I suppose!!

Publication Date: January 5th 2021


Like many teens, sometimes it feels as though everything in Jess Flynn’s life has been engineered for maximum drama–from her performance at the school talent show, to the reappearance of her childhood best friend and perennial crush Jeremy, to her friends trying to set her up with one of the hottest guys in school. It’s almost as if everything might finally be going her way…until one day a tiny black phone with an apple logo on its screen falls out of her best friend’s backpack and lands at Jess’s feet.

The problem is, it’s 1998, and the first iPhone isn’t due out for another nine years. Read More.


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My most anticipated releases of 2021 // January, February & March

Helloooo, welcome to my blog 🙂

It’s that time of year again where I share my most anticipated releases for the coming year. Once again I’m going to be sharing this list every three months starting off with January, February and March.

In past years I’ve talked about every single book that’s grabbed my attention even just slightly, this time around I’m going to try and narrow that to books I actually foresee myself reading. I want to have read most of these by December so I think the less books I talk about the better.


January

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

I’ve seen this be pegged as “Percy Jackson meets the Hunger Games” but I became even more interested in reading this after I read a chapter sampler.

The premise of this book is that every couple of years the Agon begins; the Greek Gods become mortal and hunted. Whoever kills them gains their powers and immortality, at least for the next seven years.

I haven’t read anything else from Bracken since The Darkest minds so I’m interested in reading this one.

Release Date: January 6th


The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe

Apparently this is being adapted into a film starring Millie Bobby Brown, I didn’t know this before adding it to my TBR. I was actually interested in this because of the cover. It’s super simple but I really like the design.

This book is about a con artist who is trying to live a normal life but she’s having a really bad day. Her ex walks in on her and her girlfriend and then, to make matters worse, she’s kidnapped during a bank heist.

LGBT+ characters anda bank heist. I’m ready for this.

Release Date: January 26th


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New Years Resolution Reading Challenge TBR

Hi 😊

I have been stuck in a book slump recently. It might actually be an all out life slump that’s just bleeding into my reading life I’m not sure, I don’t really have the energy to analyse my emotions but I think I’m slowly starting to see the other side of it.

Recently I was tagged by Laura @ The Corner of Laura to participate in the reading challenge she has created. I wasn’t going to make a TBR for this I was just going to wing it and see what I’d read by the end of the challenge but I randomly checked it out the other day and found that creating a TBR actually helped motivate me to read and so in hopes of pushing through this slump, here is my TBR.


Rules:

  • Link back to the original creator (The Corner of Laura) and link back to this page.
  • Thank whoever tagged you and link back to their post
  • Tag 5 or more other people.
  • Read books that fit the description. I’ve put some recommendations in the original post to help you pick but you can read anything that fits the brief.
  • The deadline for the challenge is six weeks after you were originally tagged (which, statistically, is the point when 80% of people give up their New Year’s Resolutions) e.g. if you were tagged in the original tag, the deadline is 12th February.
  • Post a wrap-up when you’re done to show how you got on.

Exercise More // Read a 500+ page book.

I have two options for this prompt. The one I’m most likely to read is The Romeo Catchers by Alys Arden. This is the second book in The Casquette Girls series which I started at the end of last year and really enjoyed.

This series is full of vampires and witches. It’s got that old “classic” YA paranormal feel to it and besides from the characters I loved the New Orleans setting. The reason I’m choosing it for this prompt was because it’s 604 pages long.

My other option which I doubt I’ll read is Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I really want to make at least some progress with this series in 2021.

Bonus Challenge: Read a book more than 800 pages or longer Yeah, I don’t think I’m going to achieve this one to the point where I’m not even gonna try.


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Blog Tour: Roman & Jewel by Dana L. Davis

*ARC provided by the publishers through Turn The Page Tours in exchange for an honest review*

Publication Date: January 5th 2021

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Jerzie Jhames will do anything to land the lead role in Broadway’s hottest new show, Roman and Jewel, a Romeo and Juliet inspired hip-hopera featuring a diverse cast and modern twists on the play. But her hopes are crushed when she learns mega-star Cinny won the lead…and Jerzie is her understudy.

Falling for male lead Zeppelin Reid is a terrible idea–especially once Jerzie learnsCinny wants him for herself. Star-crossed love always ends badly. But when a video of Jerzie and Zepp practicing goes viral and the entire world weighs in on who should play Jewel, Jerzie learns that while the price of fame is high, friendship, family, and love are priceless


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Some series I want to read and maybe finish this year. *fingers crossed*

Howdy people. This is my fourth time trying to write this post. I’m close to giving up. Words are not cooperating with my brain right now. Let’s crack on.😊

Today I’m going to start off the first of a few TBR posts for the year, this one is centred around series I want to read this year. I’ve got five series I’ve already started but want to continue on with, and then five that I want to start and maybe even finish.


Series I want to finish:

The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden is a four book paranormal series set in New Orleans after a giant flood, I’m guessing Hurricane Katrina.

I remember the first time I heard about this on a Booktube video and promptly added it to my Goodreads TBR and Amazon Wishlist. A million years later and I finally picked this up and ended up loving it.

The paranomral elements with the witches and the vampires made me feel the same as when I was 13 and watched every season of The Vampire Diaries in one summer and I’m looking forward to continue on and experience more of that classic YA paranormal.


Is anybody else terrified for Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell? Just me? Cool. 2020 was the year of me finally crossing Carry On, a cult classic in the YA genre I think it’s fair to say, and it took no time for me to read the second book, love it even more then the first, and start counting down the days to the finale.

I’m excited to see how characters and relationships grow and develop in this third book more then anything else. Certain people *cough* Simon and Baz *cough* still have a lot to work through and I’m excited but also nervous to see that pan out.

Also I really want to learn more about Shepard. For example: what’s his last name?


To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Hann is a series that should be pretty easy to finish this year considering the fact that I only have one book left to read, that of course being Always and Forever, Lara Jean.

I read the second book last year in preparation for the second movie which I never even ended up watching. I think as soon as the third and final movie is announced, that’s when I’ll probably get a move on and read the finale.

This series is cute enough and I’m excited to read more about Kitty so I am looking forward to finishing up with this very popular series.


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December Wrap Up!

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There’s a bunch of stuff I should be doing right now: reading, sleeping, writing my personal statement for university. Instead I’m watching old episodes of Graham Norton and I’m going to talk about all the books I read last month.

December was a great reading month for me, unexpectedly. For me December means two things: Christmas (yay) and also end of term exams (boo) so for both of those reasons I definitely was not expecting to read 10 books, and decent books too!


In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren ⭐⭐⭐.75 – This book was a book of firsts: first book I read in December, first book by Christina Lauren and the first Christmas book I ever read and I had a great time. Previous to the week I picked this up I had heard next to nothing about this book until suddenly it was everywhere and I decided to give it a try.

I read this entire thing in just a couple of hours which is even more impressive when I point out I spent most of the night studying for a big history exam I had the next day. This book ended up being just what I needed to de-stress and chill out. It was cute, funny and sexy and the time travel/groundhog day elements were a lot of fun to read about. I will 100% read more from this author duo.


Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario ⭐⭐⭐ – I really love this over but that’s besides the point. This book is novel in verse all about grief and the different way two sisters deal with their grief over the loss of their mother. I enjoyed this and read it one day but it’s not something that’s going to stick with me although I gotta give it props because the more novels in verse I read, the less intimidated I am by them.

Together, Apart by Various Authors ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 – This made the honourable mentions of my 2020 favourites and for a good reason. It’s insane and hilarious to me that this is a thing that exists but it was actually the best anthology collection I’ve ever read. Yes I’ve only read 3, including this one, but it’s still top of the list. This is essentially a bunch of impossibly cute romances and meet cutes set during the pandemic. I read this whole thing while feeling very anxious one night and it really cheered me up.

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston ⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Another Christmas book! One I’ve wanted to read since it’s release. This book is all about a girl who is dumped over Christmas so her very large extended family take it upon themselves to set her up on various blind dates. I loved the family dynamics in this book and how crazy but entertaining each of the blind dates were. I think this will end up being one I try and read every Christmas season.


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My Favourite Books of 2020!!!

Hi, howdy, hello and happy Saturday. I rarely post anything on the weekend so this is kind of weird but the procrastination struck again and so this is coming a little bit late.

I spent my last day of 2020 driving into the city to get my dad a Covid test and then spent the day drinking. If that doesn’t sum up the year, I don’t know what will. I also widdled the 108 books I read, down to a few of my favourites and a couple of honourable mentions.

So today I’m going to be doing my favourite post of the year not only because I get to use my favourite gif ever that I use every year, but also because it’s time to talk about my favourite books of the year!!


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Happy New Year! // 2020 Year in Review

Well. 2020 sure was a year to remember wasn’t it. Whether or not we’d want to remember it is a completely different story because it really was a dumpster fire of a year.

I’m not going to pretend like everything is going to magically be better in 2021. We’re still in the midst of a pandemic and we’re still fighting for change and in so many way but I do have hope that this new year will be moderately better.

Today I’m going to be taking a look back on my 2020 both in terms of reading and life in general!


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Books I Finally Read This Year!

Howdy people, welcome to my blog!

I would like a big pat on the back, a round of applause, maybe even a gold medal because I read eight books that have been on my shelf for what feels like forever!

There are actually two books that came out last year but they’re here on this list because I feel like I’ve talked about wanting to read them a whole lot and I’m proud for actually getting around to them.


The Renegades Trilogy by Marissa Meyer.

Not only did I finally get around to reading Renegades, a book that has been sat on my shelf since the year of it’s release, but I went and read the entire trilogy!

I had a lot of fun with the series. It was like reading a classic comic book and had some great characters. Adrian and Nova have my entire heart, I can’t decide which of them I love more.

I do feel kind of iffy about the ending. Things went from 100 to wrapped up nice and neatly real quick and I was like “ughh” but yes. Loved this!


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Not What I Expected … // 2020 Surprises & Disappointments

Hi, hey.

My dad is currently cooking us a very belated Christmas dinner. It smells so good and I’m so hungry but we’re a few hours out from eating yet so I need a distraction. Today’s distraction comes in the form of talking about the books that were most surprising and also most disappointing to me this year.


Disappointments

We’re starting off with the negatives first because why not? These books aren’t necessarily bad books but the sight of them definitely does still sting because I had expectations that were not met and sometimes that’s worse then a “bad” book.

The Secrete History by Donna Tart.

2020 was meant to be my year of reading and loving Dark Academia. That plan came to a screeching halt when I read and ended up low-key despising The Secrete History, one of the most popular of it’s genre.

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