Karen M. McManus doesn’t disappoint // One of Us Is Next + You’ll Be the Death of Me.

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Back in 2017 Karen M. McManus published her debut novel One of Us is Lying, a YA thriller that took four, stereotypical teenagers stuck in detention together and threw them into the centre of a murder investigation where they’re all suspects.

I remember this book being all over the book-esphere, you genuinely couldn’t escape it and I ended up reading it in March of 2018 and loved it! There was something so addictive about the writing and the mystery, same goes for McManus’ sophomore novel: Two Can Keep a Secret.

After loving her first two books I vowed to keep up with all her future releases … and then didn’t. I’m three behind: One of Us is Next, The Cousins, and You’ll Be the Death of Me.

I’m here to fix that today because I’m reading One of Us is Next and then I’m gonna dive straight into You’ll Be the Death of Me. Exciting! Not gonna be reading and reviewing The Cousins anytime soon because I don’t have a copy but maybe I’ll do another joint review when the next McManus book comes out.

One of Us Is Next

*this is a sequel so possible spoilers for One of Us is Next”

One of Us is Next is actually the sequel to One of Us is Lying. It’s set a year after the events of the first book when the new craze at Bayview High is a twisted game of Truth or Dare: do the Dare or have a Truth revealed to the entire school.

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My Favourite Books of 2021!!

Hello and happy new year everyone!!

For most people 2021 is over. Done with. No looking back. But not for book bloggers. For us, January of any new year is a month full of looking back on the previous year. I genuinely love this time of the year, just for all the bookish content.

Today I’m going to be starting on a positive foot and looking back on my favourite books of 2021!!

the yearly tradition of using this gif lives on. you don’t understand how happy this photo makes me.

Overall I read 100 books in 2021. I’m pretty happy withe everything I read. With that being said, it was super easy to pick out my favourites. Chances are you’ve heard all about these book already, but I’m excited to talk about none the less. (these are in no particular order btw).

Never Saw You Coming by Erin Hahn

Not only does the tradition of the “positive mental attitude cute dog” gif live on, but so does the tradition of a Erin Hahn book being a favourite of the year.

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I forgot to wrap things up last month // October & November Wrap Up

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I didn’t do a wrap up last month, partly because I forgot and partly because I didn’t read overmuch in October anyways and it would have been pretty boring. Flash forward another month to November and I have much more to talk about so let’s jump in :))

October was a very romance heavy month but it’s what I needed to get through. Reading romance was a nice contrast the to quite boring books I was reading for Uni at the time.

I completed the Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams in October and really enjoyed it. My favourite from this series is either Undercover Bromance or Isn’t it Bromantic? One of my goals for 2021 was to start this month and here I am having completed it. Three cheers!

The next romance book was The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori and this book was spicy and not what I usually read at all. It was a case of “I don’t know why I’m reading this but I’m gonna keep going”.

And the final book I read in October was kind of something for Uni and that was Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith.

We read a bunch of poetry at the start of the semester and the only poet I liked even in the slightest was Dear White America by Danez Smith which prompted me to read the entire collection that specific poem was from. My favourite poem from this collection was Dinosaurs in the Hood. I highly recommend checking out some of Smith’s work.

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Reading The Bromance Bookclub was good for my anxiety :)

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I am happy to announce I have finished one of my many reading and overall life goals that I set myself for 2021: reading the entire Bromance Book Club series by Lyssa Kay Adams!

Let’s not dwell too much on the fact that this is one of the only goals I’ve completed and instead celebrate!!

I saw this series all over the interwebs back when it was first released and had the thought of “I need to read this series” every time any of the books were mentioned. Finally I’ve done that. Reading romance novels has been the perfect thing for me recently as they’ve balanced out how much academic and the fact that I’ve been reading companion romances has been even better.

I can now cross this series off the TBR and talk about my thoughts and feelings with you today :))

The Bromance Book Club

I feel like these books got better with each newer release so this first book is my least favourite of the four. That’s not to say it’s not still really good though! I thought it did a really great job of introducing what this series was going to be all about. If I hadn’t enjoyed this, I probably wouldn’t have carried on.

The first book follows baseball player Gavin who is heading towards divorce. When his friends catch wind of this they let him in on their secrete: they’re part of a secrete romance book club that helps them be better boyfriends and husbands. Gavin is reluctant to say the least but still willing to do anything to save his marriage.

I loved reading about an already established couple, a married couple at that, going through a rocky path, but I just couldn’t connect with their initial conflict, and also the conflict that keeps them apart near the end.

Like I said, this was a good first book to the series evident in the fact that I kept reading!

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☀Top 5 books I read this summer☀

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Yes we’re halfway through September and I’m only just getting around to talking about the best books I read this summer. It’s been busy and time management isn’t one of my strong suits.

Also, I just don’t want summer to be over. Don’t get me wrong I’m looking forward for the temperature to drop and not be sweating buckets 24/7, but I’ve really enjoyed being free of my jeans and having little to no responsibilities.

Over the course of June, July and August I read 31 books and I enjoyed the large majority. That being said, it was pretty easy to pick out my favourite books I read this summer!!

1- If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich

I had little to no expectations when I started reading this. I’d never read anything by Sophie Gonzales and I wasn’t a fan of Cale Dietrich’s debut novel but I’m so glad I was accepted for an ARC.

This book follows two members of a super popular boyband that start dating in secret and have to navigate the change in their relationship as well as dealing with the demands of being so high profile.

I enjoyed everything about this book. Zach and Reubens relationship felt so authentic, as did their friendships with the other two boys in the band who both were well developed, especially considering they’re just side characters.

While Reuben knew he was gay, Zach is only now coming to terms with his bisexuality in this book so that was another detail I enjoyed reading about. They had a bunch of obstacles to overcome like Zach discovering who he was, Reubens insecurities, their management team being arseholes, but they had such good communication.

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Thoughts I had while reading “I See London, I See France” by Sara Mlynowski ✈

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I just finished I See London, I See France by Sara Mlynowski, a book I was meant to read last year and actually did start but ended up abandoning when my school trip to Italy was cancelled. The wounds were too raw.

But I did it, I read it, I really enjoyed and I wanna talk about it … but I’ve got a lot going on at the minute and genuinly couldn’t be bothered to formulate a proper review so instead I collected and documented my main thoughts from my time reading this book, and am going to share them with you today :))

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Reading New Moon as a 19 year old who knows better.

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I want to say last year, but it wasn’t actually last year it was 2019 which is terrifying. Where has time gone? Anyways, back in 2019 I re-read Twilight for science and did a whole post chit-chatting about the experience of re-reading the book that was my entire life as a kid.

The plan back then was to continue on and re-read the rest of the series. It’s now 2021 and I’m only just getting around to the second book so you can see how well that plan turned out.

Yes, today I’m going to start New Moon. All I remember from this sequel is that Jasper tries to devour Bella like I devour a cheese-cake, Edward says “peace out motherfucker I’m off”, Bella becomes a depressed adrenaline junkie and Jacob starts the process of becoming a furry.

I’m pretty sure I read the book back when I was a kid. I had a physical copy of the first book but e-books on my old Kindle for the rest of the series so I remember little to nothing about the book itself.

This time around I’m more prepared. I have tabs and a google doc at the ready and waiting so I’ll be back in hopefully a couple of days, I don’t want to spend too long reading this book, with all my thoughts and feelings 😋😊

Less then 24 hours later …

Ok I’ve finished the book 😂 I was not expecting to read this entire thing in 24 hours. I don’t know how I did this. I don’t know why I did this but here we are. Please enjoy my thoughts and feelings regarding New Moon 🙂

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Blog Tour: The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

*ARC provided through TBR and Beyond*

Publication Date: September 7th 2021

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The Inheritance Games ended with a bombshell, and now heiress Avery Grambs has to pick up the pieces and find the man who might hold the answers to all of her questions – including why Tobias Hawthorne left his entire fortune to Avery, a virtual stranger, rather than to his own daughters or grandsons.

Thanks to a DNA test, Avery knows that she’s not a Hawthorne by blood, but clues pile up hinting at a deeper connection to the family than she had ever imagined. As the mystery grows and the plot thickens, Grayson and Jameson, the enigmatic and magnetic Hawthorne grandsons, continue to pull Avery in different directions. And there are threats lurking around every corner, as adversaries emerge who will stop at nothing to see Avery out of the picture – by any means necessary.

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Best books of the year so far? // August Wrap Up

Hi and howdy, happy Friday!!

The post office keeps hanging up on me so clearly the next logical step is to chase the next postman I see down the street. If I get locked up for violence against Spain’s terrible postal service, just know that it’s been fun fellas ✌

Before I get arrested though, I’m here to talk about the 11 books I read in August. I had a really good reading month, not only in quantity but also quality. Don’t get me wrong, there were a couple of duds, but for the most part I see a lot of these books featuring on my favourites of the year so I’m excited to talk about them today!

The Best of the Best, the Crème de la Crème.

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Book Review: As Many Nows as I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl

Publication Date: August 20th 2019

In one impulsive moment the summer before they leave for college, overachievers Scarlett and David plunge into an irresistible swirl of romance, particle physics, and questionable decisions.

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