Hiya bookish people!

How has your October been? I have got my wrap up here for you, and along with feedback from my comments in a tag, I have also got a little update for y’all!

  • On Halloween, I went to James’ with Eli and Natasha as a really bad pirate and we binged the Halloween Heist episodes of B99
  • I told Beth to try her pick up lines on me and she sucks at it. So much. (But she also got her restricted and I am super proud!)
  • Aditi and I read After. I struggled through After We Collided. It was trash, and so are we.
  • I’m technically out of school for the year? It’s weird. I am on study leave and have three exams to go to in the next couple of weeks. I have made a study guide. I am that student now. Fun times.

Wrap Up

Goal: 5 books, The Starless Sea, The Wicked Deep, Sea Witch Rising, Sorcery of Thorns.

Achieved: Shadow Frost, After, After We Collided, Red White and Royal Blue, Coral.

Total: So I did read five books, just not the five that I had originally wanted to read. I would say that is still pretty good!

Shadow Frost by Coco Ma

🌷 ARC Review : Shadow Frost by Coco Ma 🌷

SYNOPSIS//

IN THE KINGDOM OF AXARIA, a darkness rises.

Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes.
Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal Realm.

Many soldiers from the royal guard are sent out to hunt it down.
Not one has ever returned.

When Asterin Faelenhart, Princess of Axaria and heir to the throne, discovers that she may hold the key to defeating the mysterious demon terrorizing her kingdom, she vows not to rest until the beast is slain. With the help of her friends and the powers she wields — though has yet to fully understand — Asterin sets out to complete a single task. The task that countless, trained soldiers have failed.

To kill it.

But as they hunt for the demon, they unearth a plot to assassinate the Princess herself instead. Asterin and her companions begin to wonder how much of their lives have been lies, especially when they realize that the center of the web of deceit might very well be themselves. With no one else to turn to, they are forced to decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect the only world they have ever known.
That is, of course… if the demon doesn’t get to them first.

After by Anna Todd

SYNOPSIS//

There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER … Life will never be the same.

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way. But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?
Unless…could this be love?

After We Collided by Anna Todd

SYNOPSIS//

Tessa has everything to lose. Hardin has nothing to lose… except her.

After a tumultuous beginning to their relationship, Tessa and Hardin were on the path to making things work. Tessa knew Hardin could be cruel, but when a bombshell revelation is dropped about the origins of their relationship—and Hardin’s mysterious past—Tessa is beside herself.

Hardin will always be… Hardin. But is he really the deep, thoughtful guy Tessa fell madly in love with despite his angry exterior—or has he been a stranger all along? She wishes she could walk away. It’s just not that easy. Not with the memory of passionate nights spent in his arms. His electric touch. His hungry kisses. Still, Tessa’s not sure she can endure one more broken promise. She put so much on hold for Hardin—school, friends, her mom, a relationship with a guy who really loved her, and now possibly even a promising new career. She needs to move forward with her life.

Hardin knows he made a mistake, possibly the biggest one of his life. He’s not going down without a fight. But can he change? Will he change for love?

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston

SYNOPSIS//

What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?

Coral by Sara Ella

SYNOPSIS//

There is more than one way to drown.

Coral has always been different, standing out from her mermaid sisters in a society where blending in is key. Worse yet, she fears she has been afflicted with the dreaded Disease, said to be carried by humans—emotions. Can she face the darkness long enough to surface in the light?

Above the sea, Brooke has nothing left to give. Depression and anxiety have left her feeling isolated. Forgotten. The only thing she can rely on is the numbness she finds within the cool and comforting ocean waves. If only she weren’t stuck at Fathoms—a new group therapy home that promises a second chance at life. But what’s the point of living if her soul is destined to bleed?

Merrick may be San Francisco’s golden boy, but he wants nothing more than to escape his controlling father. When his younger sister’s suicide attempt sends Merrick to his breaking point, escape becomes the only option. If he can find their mom, everything will be made right again—right?

When their worlds collide, all three will do whatever it takes to survive, and Coral might even catch a prince in the process. But what—and who—must they leave behind for life to finally begin?

TBR

Okay so I actually will read Sorcery of Thorns this month! And One of Us is Lying since the Penguin Turning Pages NZ group is doing a read along. Apart from them, I am not doing any more in case I overwhelm myself.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

SYNOPSIS//

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

One of Us is Lying

SYNOPSIS//

Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

23 thoughts on “

  1. Yay welcome to WordPress ❤️❤️ and that’s great that you managed to meet your reading goal (: I still need to read Sorcery Of Thorns and I pre-ordered it so… I’m hopeless. Anyway I hope you have a fantastic month and that you’re sleeping better now. I also hope the study break helps you relax a bit (:

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    1. Thank you, Charlotte! It’s super fun to finally be here ❤️❤️ Not gonna lie, it was a bit dramatic today, realising that a post I scheduled for yesterday wasn’t up. But it’s working now!

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      1. Aww that’s frustrating. Do you have the time set up for where you are? I think you can change it although I still need to do mine although I think mine posts at the right time anyway. I hope you enjoy WordPress ❤️

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      2. Yes, I just had my pages done weirdly. I had a blank page without my blog feed on it as my home… I forgot to actually insert the blog feed!

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      3. Haha yeah, I messed up my pages a bit when I first set WP up. Ugh, I am annoyed that I have to self learn a new type of code, but at the same time it is fun!

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  2. aaa, you joined wordpress *cheers* lemme know if you need help w/anything 🙂
    i reallyyyy need to read “red, white, & royal blue”– everyone’s been talking about it! to be fair, i’m that one person who does stuff ten years after it just released *softly sobs* ooh, “one of us is lying” sounds pretty interesting and it kinda reminds me of “pretty little liars”. have you seen it? if not, it’s on netflix!

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  3. WELCOME TO WORDPRESSSSSS 😂 And omg I love the wrap-up style! I couldn’t even finish After We Collided – it’s not worth my time either 😂. Hey, how did you like RW&RB? Was it amazing or meh? I read One of Us is Lying and it was pretty gripping! You might like it! Also, we sent you a lot of messages through hangouts that you might want to check 😂

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    1. THANK YOU!!!! YOU WERE SO AMAZING HELPING ME SET THIS UP – YOU ARE A QUEEN!
      Ugh, I don’t know if I am going to be able to read anymore, I swear all my brain cells are dead. No, they died, brought themselves back to life, and died again.
      YES I DID IT WAS AMAZING!!!
      Oh no! Sorry! I will check them right this very minute!

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      1. OMG NO YOU’RE THE QUEEN 😍
        GOD sameeeee 😂 it’s really freaking brain-deteriorating! Omg ikr??
        YES YES YES WILL YOU REVIEW IT?
        Yay! I saw your replies 🖒🏽

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      2. I probably won’t review it, but I have a friend who might be doing a guest post and might review it for me! She really loved it too, so either way it will be a positive one ❤️

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  4. Yay I love your new site!! ❤❤ and welcome to wordpress 😊
    Binge watching the Halloween episodes of B99 sounds like a great time!! I really want Hitchcock and Scully to win one year and surprise everyone 😂😂
    Good luck with all your studying and exams but yay for being out of school!! *party*
    Yay to reading Red, White and Royal Blue. That was a great read and I will forever love the turkey scene!! 😂
    I hope you enjoy Sorcery of Thorns, the cover is incredible!! 😍
    I hope you have a great month!! 💛 (I may have used the word yay too much in this comment 😂)

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    1. Thank you so much Sophie!
      I am really enjoying WordPress this far, I am still figuring out a few design elements though 🙂
      YES Halloween was so much fun! I straightened my friends hair, and it was super curly. He looked ridiculous!
      Ugh Exams are horrible, but thank you!
      The turkey scene was amazing!!
      Thank you! And no, I don’t think you did ❤

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      1. I’m glad you are enjoying it!! 🙂 Yes I’m still figuring stuff out as well to be honest!!
        Haha having straight hair when someone normally has curly really does change the face!!
        It truly was amazing!!
        Haha yay thank you!! 🙂

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  5. I actually really liked one of us is lying (but maybe that’s because I read it at the beginning of my bookish career (yes, I’m calling it that)) so I hope you enjoy it! 💕

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    1. Thank you El! I am currently reading it and I love it so much. I have a thought on who might have done it, but since it is still so early in the book, I hope to be proven wrong 🙂

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