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ARC Review: Belladonna by Adalyn Grace

Publication Date: August 23rd

Orphaned as a baby, nineteen-year-old Signa has been raised by a string of guardians, each more interested in her wealth than her well-being – and each has met an untimely end. Her remaining relatives are the elusive Hawthornes, an eccentric family living at Thorn Grove, an estate both glittering and gloomy.

Its patriarch mourns his late wife through wild parties, while his son grapples for control of the family’s waning reputation and his daughter suffers from a mysterious illness. But when their mother’s restless spirit appears claiming she was poisoned, Signa realizes that the family she depends on could be in grave danger, and enlists the help of a surly stable boy to hunt down the killer.

Signa’s best chance of uncovering the murderer, though, is an alliance with Death himself, a fascinating, dangerous shadow who has never been far from her side. Though he’s made her life a living hell, Death shows Signa that their growing connection may be more powerful – and more irresistible – than she ever dared imagine.


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The best ARCs I’ve ever been accepted for!

Do I have a lot of books to read? Yes. Am I literally currently-reading (and enjoying) three books right now? Also yes. Do I plan on spending my night tucked up in bed reading fanfics? You bet ya.

To do that though I need a fully charged phone so I’m killing some time by talking about ARCS.

I still think it’s absolutely insane that I get to read certain books in advance of their publication. I’ve been accepted for some of my most anticipated releases ever and still I get giddy every time I get the confirmation email.

Today I though I’d talk about the best ARCs I’ve ever been accepted for. These are going to be split into two categories: the books I was anticipating anyways, and the books I loved that took me by surprise!


Most Anticipated!

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

I got accepted for an ARC of this book on my first day of university. Despite it being the first day of a big new chapter of my life, being accepted for an early copy of this book was the best thing that happened to me that week.


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ARC Review: Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley*

Publication Date: May 3rd 2022

Monique lives a perfect life – a preacher’s daughter and the girlfriend of the town’s golden boy. But it’s not that simple. She’s torn between her parents who want the pure virginal daughter, and her boyfriend, Dom, who wants to explore the more intimate side of their relationship.

Tired of waiting, her boyfriend breaks up with her, spurring Monique to discover she has a medical condition that makes her far from perfect and she concocts a plan to fix her body and win him back.

With the help of her frenemy, Sasha, the overly zealous church girl Monique’s mum pushes her to hang out with, and Reggie, the town’s not-so-good boy, Monique must go on trips to unknown and uncomfortable places to find the treatment that will help her. But in doing so, she must face some home truths: maybe she shouldn’t be fixing her body to please a boy, maybe Sasha is the friend she needed all along and maybe Reggie isn’t so bad at all.


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2022 in Reviews

Hello 😊 Another year, another round of reviews. Let’s see if me starting an English Literature degree improves my book reviewing at all (I highly doubt it)!

ARC’s

Adult Romance❤‍🔥

All the Others

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I’m being overly ambitious // March TBR

Howdy and happy March!!

I’m in a good mood today. I didn’t leave my bed til after mid-day and now I’m just sat chilling with a face mask and no pants. This is how a weekend is meant to be experienced.

I’m in an extra good mood because I’m about to talk about the books I want to read in March and I’m excited about them all.

Saying that though … there’s 7 books on this TBR. There’s no way I’m going to be able to read that many books this month. I’ve got two assignments due this month that I haven’t even begun to start, I’m gonna need to re-read a book for that and then I’m at work and just life in general. But. Right now, I’m gonna pretend I have none of that going on, because I really would like to get to all of these!



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ARC Review: A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley*

Publication Date: February 22nd 2022 (UK version)

Felicity Morrow is back at Dalloway School.

Perched in the Catskill mountains, the centuries-old, ivy-covered campus was home until the tragic death of her girlfriend. Now, after a year away, she’s returned to graduate. She even has her old room in Godwin House, the exclusive dormitory rumored to be haunted by the spirits of five Dalloway students—girls some say were witches. The Dalloway Five all died mysteriously, one after another, right on Godwin grounds.

Witchcraft is woven into Dalloway’s history. The school doesn’t talk about it, but the students do. In secret rooms and shadowy corners, girls convene. And before her girlfriend died, Felicity was drawn to the dark. She’s determined to leave that behind her now; all Felicity wants is to focus on her senior thesis and graduate. But it’s hard when Dalloway’s occult history is everywhere. And when the new girl won’t let her forget.

It’s Ellis Haley’s first year at Dalloway, and she’s already amassed a loyal following. A prodigy novelist at seventeen, Ellis is a so-called “method writer.” She’s eccentric and brilliant, and Felicity can’t shake the pull she feels to her. So when Ellis asks Felicity for help researching the Dalloway Five for her second book, Felicity can’t say no. Given her history with the arcane, Felicity is the perfect resource.

And when history begins to repeat itself, Felicity will have to face the darkness in Dalloway–and in herself.


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Time to read all the romance!! // February TBR

Round of applause guys, we made it through the first month of 2022 👏👏 and now onto the second …

February is of course the month of Love™ despite there only being one designated day for it. Obviously I’m going to be milking this holiday for all it’s worth when it comes to content, starting with the books I plan to read this month.

I got off to a really good start in January and I’m already ahead of my reading goal. I’d like to keep up with that momentum but I’m not gonna put too much pressure on myself because I start back at Uni this month and am hoping to go visit my aunt and Godson.



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ARC Review: Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley*

Publication Date: February 1st 2022

Mackenzie “Mac” Cabot is a people pleaser. Her demanding parents. Her prep school friends. Her long-time boyfriend. It’s exhausting, really, always following the rules. Unlike most twenty-year-olds, all she really wants to do is focus on growing her internet business, but first she must get a college degree at her parents’ insistence. That means moving to the beachside town of Avalon Bay, a community made up of locals and the wealthy students of Garnet College.

Mac’s had plenty of practice suppressing her wilder impulses, but when she meets local bad boy Cooper Hartley, that ability is suddenly tested. Cooper is rough around the edges. Raw. Candid. A threat to her ordered existence. Their friendship soon becomes the realest thing in her life.

Despite his disdain for the trust-fund kids he sees coming and going from his town, Cooper soon realizes Mac isn’t just another rich clone and falls for her. Hard. But as Mac finally starts feeling accepted by Cooper and his friends, the secret he’s been keeping from her threatens the only place she’s ever felt at home. 


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Me: no more buying books. Also me: BOOK HAUL TIME!! 🥳

Guess who’s back (with a book haul). Back again!

I know I said I wasn’t buying any more books until I read a decent amount of my already owned TBR and that’s still true! Besides from one minor slip up, which I’ve already forgiven myself for, these were all purchased, requested or gifted to me before Christmas.


*I didn’t realise quite how many ARCs I’d requested until I got accepted for them all in the same short span of time 😬*

Good Girl Complex by Elle Kennedy

I got the email that I was approved for an ARC of Good Girl Complex this morning and I freaked. I’ve wanted to read this since I saw it last it.

And even before that I was in desperate need for more books by Elle Kennedy.

I read Off Campus last year, the entire series in almost on week. It was addictive and I’m hoping this book has that same quality,

I don’t know much about this book besides there being a bad-boy/good-girl dynamic. I’m thinking of reading it in my 3 weeks off uni!


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Please bear witness to my TBR and hold me accountable 😊

Hello and welcome to my blog 👋

My TBR has gotten a bit out of hand recently. I stand by the fact that buying books and actually reading those books are two completely separate hobbies.

The two contributing factors to my ever growing TBR are me being busy with school and now uni, and also my new found love of e-books, especially during the sales. These two things do not go hand in hand, hence my current problem.

Today I’m gonna share my current TBR as it stands now and then the plan is to cross them off this list one by one as I read them throughout the year. At least, that’s the plan in theory. I really do want to read all of these so fingers crossed (🤞) I get my shit sorted and actually read these!


ARCs

  • A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
  • All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman
  • Little Thieves by Margaret Owens
  • The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglas
  • The Monarchs by Danielle Paige & Kass Morgan
  • Monstrous Design by Kat Dunn
  • Josh & Gemma Make a Baby by Sarah Ready
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J Klune
  • Under the Whispering Door by T.J Klune
  • City of Shattered Light by Claire Winn
  • Along for the Ride by Rachel Meinke
  • Flash Fire by T.J Klune

E-Books

  • Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given
  • The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
  • Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales
  • Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud
  • XOXO by Axie Cho
  • Hani and Ishi’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar
  • The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
  • Afterlove by Tanya Byrne
  • Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan
  • Rent a Boyfriend by Glore Chao
  • Snowflake by Nia Forrester
  • Geekerella Ashley Poston
  • The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
  • The Afterlife of the Party by Marlene Perez
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
  • Beyond the Black Door by A.M Strickland
  • Paperweight by Meg Haston
  • What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
  • Jade City by Fonda Lee
  • The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake
  • Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe
  • Ace of Spades by Faridah Abíké-Iyímídé
  • Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
  • Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
  • With Malice by Eileen Cook
  • Not Here to Be Liked by Michelle Quach
  • I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre
  • Sheets by Brenna Thummler
  • Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Wraith by Mere Joyce
  • The Ravens by Danielle Paige and Kas Morgan
  • Cute Mutants by SJ Whitby
  • Running With Lions by Julian Winters
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
  • All Out Anthology
  • The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin
  • Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

Physical Books

  • Loveless by Alice Oseman
  • You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus
  • House of Hollows by Krystal Sutherland
  • Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
  • Anna K by Jenny Lee
  • In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • In Deep Waters by F.T Lukens
  • Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
  • Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
  • The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnes
  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  • Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • S.T.A.G.S by M.A Bennett

So that is my current TBR in it’s entirety. I’m really gonna try and keep myself under control this year and not go overboard with buying new books. I mean sure I’ll still buy new books, but just not as many, my main focus this year is to really read most of these.

Please keep your fingers crossed for me. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, feel free to yell at me if you notice I’m straying from this plan. The whole point of sharing this is to name and shame myself. Also because there’s something so satisfying about crossing things of lists. I’m hoping that in and of itself is a motivator.

Elli xx