Summer TBR

Rather than splitting my TBR up over the four months I have off from college, I just want to list out a broad amount of books to read in May, June, July and August! I’m going to start with about 10 books to read but hopefully I’ll be able to get through more 🙂

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
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This is one of my most anticipated books of 2018 and I cannot wait to start it (it’s next on my list once I finish my current read!). I pre-ordered this from Barnes & Noble because I was so excited about it, but obviously haven’t had time to read it during the school semester. This is definitely my top favorite YA science fiction series I have ever read and I so recommend it to everyone! Even if you aren’t a huge sci-fi fan, this series is amazing and so well-crafted. Seriously, give the Illuminae files a go- it’s all released now so you can even binge it!

You’re the One That I Want & Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher
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I really love Giovanna’s cozy writing style. I know her books may be a little too cheesy and simple for some people’s taste but I love going into a book knowing it will be fun and calm and everything will end up okay. Especially in between reading intense fantasy or historical fiction type novels like I have been reading lately! Gi’s books are the perfect palette cleanser, like a feel-good tv show. I love it!
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Let’s Talk About… Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller [ARC Review]

Synopsis from Goodreads


I Needed to Win.
They Needed to Die.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.


My Rating: 4 stars
Goodreads Rating: 3.57 stars

Release Date: 29 August 2017

It took me a while to get around to reading this title, but the concept and cover intrigued me so I finally gave it a go! I received an electronic ARC of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My general sense of how to explain this book is that it’s a crossover between the Hunger Games and Throne of Glass. Sallot is in a competition to become one of the Queen’s most trusted assassins, and everyone else either has to die or be disqualified for there to be a winner.

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Let’s Talk About… The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard [ARC Review]

Synopsis from Goodreads


In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn’t officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months—a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders.

The girls spend their evenings socializing and flirting with soldiers, scientists, and workmen at dances and movies, bowling alleys and canteens. June longs to know more about their top-secret assignment and begins an affair with Sam Cantor, the young Jewish physicist from New York who oversees the lab where she works and understands the end goal only too well, while her beautiful roommate Cici is on her own mission: to find a wealthy husband and escape her sharecropper roots. Across town, African-American construction worker Joe Brewer knows nothing of the government’s plans, only that his new job pays enough to make it worth leaving his family behind, at least for now. But a breach in security will intertwine his fate with June’s search for answers.

When the bombing of Hiroshima brings the truth about Oak Ridge into devastating focus, June must confront her ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and war itself.


My Rating: 3 stars
Goodreads Rating: 3.56 stars

Release Date: 6 February 2018

I received an e-ARC of this novel from Edelwiess, this in no way affects my opinions about The Atomic City Girls. I enjoyed the historical fiction aspect of this book but my rating mostly reflects some disappointment with the characters and how each story line wasn’t quite fleshed out the way I wanted them to be. I disliked a few elements of this novel, but I’ll preface the rest of the review by saying that I liked the overall story and message that Beard conveyed.

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Let’s Talk About… Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh [ARC Review]

I received access to an electronic ARC of Reign of the Fallen through Edelweiss. The cover and synopsis intrigued me and I think this is one of the best and well developed new fantasy worlds I have read in a while! I loved reading Odessa’s story and I have so many thoughts about this book so read on if you want to hear them! I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Reign of the Fallen if you haven’t already (I mean look at the cover alone, it’s beautiful), it’s in stores now!

Synopsis from Goodreads


Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?


Release Date: 23 January 2018

My Rating: 4 stars
Goodreads Rating: 3.86 stars

**Warning: Spoilers Below**
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Let’s Talk About… As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti [ARC Review]

I’m currently typing this on my phone because I really wanted to get a review up for this week, and on Saturday, my computer got some sort of virus and I had to take it somewhere to get fixed. Therefore, I am computer-less for the next unknown amount of time and will be using only my phone and iPad to do stuff for school… any-who, lets get into the review shall we?

Synopsis from Goodreads


What if you could ask for anything- and get it? In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true. Some people wish for money, some people wish for love but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream? Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness… maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself.


My rating: 4 stars

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