Mini Reviews: YA books #2

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Hello, world! I’m back with another edition of the Mini Reviews and, this time, our theme is Young Adult books! YAAAY!

Just remembering that the mini reviews deal is a combination of inspirations from Cait, of The Paper Fury, and from Lindsey, of @thepagemistress, and that I do those with books that: a) were good, but weren’t unforgettable; b) were too short for a complete review; c) I really liked, but the book didn’t change my life.

In this post, you’ll find mini reviews for:

  • Madeleine Roux – The Scarlets (The Asylum #1.5)

  • Madeleine Roux – Catacomb (The Asylum #3)

  • Rainbow Rowell – Kindred Spirits

  • Sarah J. Maas – A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

  • Sara Shepard – The Perfectionists (The Perfectionists #1)

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#DustOffYourBookShelves: The Scarlets, from Madeleine Roux

Hi, there (again!) I bet you thought that I had forgotten that Thursday means #DustOffYourBookshelf day over here!

No, I did not, haha! I was just really lazy busy yesterday to leave all posts scheduled, oops!

Anyway, this is a meme hosted by my dear friend Mandy, from The Reading Diaries. Make sure to check her blog if you haven’t ❤

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Da Rulez:

Dust off your Bookshelf was originally created to share books that have been on my “to read pile” for a long time. Some so long I’ve forgotten that they are there, and have purchased duplicate copies. Each week I will share on my blog as well as Instagram a new title. Some may be newer and some so old I have forgotten they are there. I do have issues with buying books and never reading them. I’m hoping that by share them I will be motivated to read them. Plus it’s always fun to find new books hiding within the bookshelves. Feel free to join in and share on Instagram or your blog. Just let me know so I can check out your choice this week too. Just use #DustOffYourBookshelf

My chosen book

This week, I’ve chosen a book that’s been sitting on my shelf since last June: The Scarlets, from Madeleine Roux.

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Goodreads’ blurb:

When Dan and his friends meet Cal in Sanctum their impression of the privileged New Hampshire College student is less than stellar. But Cal wasn’t always the cold, sarcastic guy he is now. In this digital original story preceding the events of Sanctum, we meet Cal when he is experiencing college like any other kid with a group of close friends and a dad who piles on the pressure. Only, when the pressure starts getting to him and Cal accepts an invitation to meet a selective group of students and alumni known only as the Scarlets, the course of Cal’s life changes forever. And the price of joining the Scarlets might be higher than he can pay.

With plenty of twists, turns, and thrills, The Scarlets is an exhilarating installment in the Asylum series that can stand on its own for new readers or provide a missing piece of the puzzle for series fans.

I haven’t read this one yet because around June I started to use my book jar box to decide my free-willed next reads (as you may already know, I review books for authors, tours and publishers now, haha!). The box-jar hasn’t spit out The Scarlets yet and I keep waiting…

That’s it, haha! I’ll keep waiting for my chance at reading The Scarlets 🙂 Thank you for reading!

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Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Covers, in which I cheat and present all my favorite ones from 2015

Good day to you! Our day starts with Top 10 Tuesday 😀 This meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and as if I wasn’t a rebel before, now I reached a whole new level, haha! Besides choosing to show you guys my 10 favorite covers within my 2015 reads, I also made it 18 covers because it was IMPOSSIBLE to narrow this down, haha!

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Lest’s go:

  1. Venom, from Kristin Middleton

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  1. The Gentleman and The Lamplighter, from Summer Devon

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  1. Sanctum, from Madeleine Roux

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  1. All In With the Duke, from Ava March

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  1. Fellowship of the Ring – I have the complete edition, so it is shiny and beautiful ❤

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  1. Chasing Rainbows, from Linda Oaks

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  1. The Need, from S. L. Hannah

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  1. Shattered Blue, from Lauren Bird Horowitz

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  1. The Heir, from Kiera Cass

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  1. Secrets and High Spirits, from Lou Harper

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EXTRAS

  1. What Lies Within, from James Morris

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  1. The Tutor, from Bonnie Dee

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  1. The Night Clock, from Paul Meloy

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  1. Misunderstood, from Anya Valentino

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  1. Convincing the Secretary, from Ava March

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  1. After Death, from Jacqueline E. Smith

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  1. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, from Anne Rice

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  1. Night World vol. 1, from L. J. Smith

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I’m a cheater, I know lol But how was I supposed to narrow this down to only 10?! So may pretty covers ❤

Thanks for reading, haha!

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February New Books!

Hello, there! Good afternoon to you and sorry for the tardiness of this post today. It took me so much longer to write it than I had expected, ugh!

Anyway, today is that time of the month when I pick my favorite releases according to Goodreads lists and my own researches, haha!

Without further ado, I present you with my February Hot Releases! Dad, if you chose today to catch up with my blog, take some notes ❤

 

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Love and hate and assassins? Count me in 😀 #wishlist

  • The Asylum Novellas: The Scarlets, The Bone Artists, & The Warden (Asylum #1.5, 2.5, 3.5 ), by Madeleine Roux

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I’m madly passionate about The Asylum series since page one of book one. Unfortunately, I haven’t encountered book three to buy and read yet, but I shall not give up! I can’t wait to read the extra stories, they sound awesome! #wishlist

  • The Hunter (Victorian Rebels #2), by Kerrigan Byrne

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And you thought I would drop the historical romances deal, right? Eh, wrong. I may not add then to my to-read list on Goodreads, but I’ll still fuss over them, haha!

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This book sounds mind blowing! I wish I could put my hands on it.

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I love YA books with male main characters! We need more men in YA, haha! Goodreads’ blurb for this one got me hard, so I need to read this now! #wishlist

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Another mind blowing one, but with an extra help: historical book! I love historical adventures ❤

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I started to love ghost stories thanks to The Mediator series and even if it lost its position as the best one of its genre to Cemetery Tours series [link], I still need more!! #wishlist

Why almost all Meg Cabot’s covers are so crappy? For crying out loud, that is ugly.

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My friend Mandy, from The Reading Diaries, introduced me to this book quite accidentally and it does sound cool! Now I want to read it as well ❤ #wishlist

  • Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles 0.5, 0.6, 1.5, 3.1, 3.6), by Marissa Meyer

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I couldn’t leave this book out of my selection. Recently, my friend Jess, from Mud and Stars, made my mind for real on this series and I will try to buy the first book this month to start it 🙂 Thank you, Jess! Besides, I needed to show case this, as the cover is gorgeous.

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I saw this book today at my friend Nicole’s blog, Away in Neverland. She was so excited about it that I had to check the book. And guess what? I fell for it too, haha! Now this needs to hit my local bookstores asap!! #wishlist

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Besides releasing all the novellas in just one book, they also released a new story for the Asylum series today, that’s why this title is also here ❤ #wishlist

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Yes, another historical romance. I love Grace Burrowes, so I would never leave her releases out of my lists ❤

 

 

Day 8

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This book is lucky that I loved its premise, because both the cover and the way that they have written the synopsis just suck. #wishlist

 

 

Day 9

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And you guys though you were free of my obsession over queen Ava March. Poor you. She’ll be re-releasing Convincing Leopold with a brand new hot cover this month and TWO REVIEWS for her books are coming. Brace yourselves, haha!

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I’m really excited to read Red Queen, so it would be stupid to leave this book out of my list 😀 #wishlist

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This book sounds so amazing and mysterious! And it has a catchy title and beautiful cover and that’s why it is featured on this list.

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This month, we seem to have a lot of mind-blowing books. This sounds like a Rapunzel retelling for me and I can’t wait to see if it’s true 😀

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Hello, my name is wanton for historical romances. Add spying and beautiful distrustful males to the mix and you win my heart. #wishlist

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This book sounds the perfect marriage between paranormal and sugared romance. I love both, so naturally I’m pinning for this one. Besides, have you seen this awesomely beautiful cover? #wishlist

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I love almost non-fictional books, specially this kind. Also, the Borgias fascinate me, haha!

 

 

Day 11

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This book had me hooked on the synopsis. Honestly, I good goose bumps reading it, I need more! #wishlist

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I really want to read the first book in this series, as my friend Lindsey thinks I’d love it and she knows me very well, haha! I just had to announce this volume 🙂

 

 

Day 15

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I usually am not a just romance kind of reader, but I loved the mystery behind this couple ❤ #wishlist

 

 

Day 16

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Mind Blowing alert! I love books that have asylums as their theme as you may have realize from my early comments on this list, so I was on my toes to know what the hell is happening on this book! ❤ #wishlist

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I can assure you that I have loved every book that I have ever read from Jordan. So what that they are only three? I already downloaded the first one in the SPECTR series and it is on my TBR shelf just waiting for it’s turn, so it was nice to know it has a brother, haha!

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I love everything based on Sherlock Holmes. Just give it to me. Even if this story passes right before their retirement and may lead me to fangirl tears.

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This book got my full attention on the first lines of the synopsis. Please, just grab me a copy of this jewel, thanks. #wishlist

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As I’m pinning to start this series for a while (no such luck in finding it at my local bookstores, though), I’m really interested in any new releases for it 😀

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Fairy tale retelling alert!! It’s a new adaptation of Snow White and has love born from hate! *–* I need this NOW! #wishlist

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I loved this movie deeply and I love Disney novelizations, haha! #wishlist

 

 

Day 18

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I love Sarah Pinborough, but only have read Tales from the Kingdoms series from her so far. As this book sounds really badass, I’ll try to change that by grabbing this one 😀 #wishlist

 

 

Day 23

After the Woods, by Kim Savage

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Another mind blowing book! I love books that plays with the mind, haha!

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I usually am not really a dystopian reader, but this book hugged me when I saw it on Goodreads. Now I need to hug it back. At my place. #wishlist

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I had never seen a supernatural book with jinnies as main creatures/characters. This retelling of Aladdin made my head spin in excitement, haha! #wishlist

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What did I say about the historical romance deal? lol

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Yes, two in a roll.

 

 

Day 29

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As Ava March’s book is a re-release, I had to chose another book to call favorite of the upcoming of this month’s lot. And I chose you, Honour Bound! I’ve read Gifted Thief [review here!] this past week and I’m too deeply in love. OMG, FEBRUARY 29TH WON’T BE HERE SOON ENOUGH!!!!!! #wishlist

 

So, I tried to be a grown up on this list and epic failed. Go me, haha! All the books marked with #wishlist are on my radar in case a miracle occurs on my local bookstores and I happen to find those releases there 😀 Or if I’m simply planning to buy it sometime in my life, haha! Dad, did you get the message? Over.

Thanks for reading and I’d love to know which releases you’re pinning for this month 😀

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The Bedtime Book Tag!

Hi, there! Good morning and happy Saturday! As I already mentioned, Saturday is mainly book tag day, so here we go!

I was tagged FOREVER AGO by sweet Rosema, from A Reading Writer, and wanted to also apologize, as she tagged me on August and I only saw it months later and am only doing the tag today 😦 Sorry, I promise it won’t happen ever again ❤ But let’s go to the actual thing!*

 

  1. A Book That Kept You Up All Night Reading

Stripped with The Vampire [review here!] and I regret nothing ❤

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  1. A Book That Made You Scared To Sleep

Shielded Past [review here!]. Really, the psychological catch on this book melted my mind. I shivered without realizing while reading…

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  1. A Book That Made You Go To Sleep

The End, last book in A Series of Unfortunate Events. Seriously, I dreaded it 😦

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  1. A Book That Left You Tossing and Turning All Night in Anticipation of its Release

Viscount’s Wager [review here!], from Ava March ❤ [I bet you thought I was going to mention her in the first question, mwahaha mwahaha! Unfortunately, I’ve read Convincing the Secretary during my day light hours…]

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  1. A Book That Has Your Dream Boyfriend

The Vampire Diaries series, in which resides Damon Salvatore 🙂

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  1. A Book That Would Be Your Worst Nightmare to Live In

Percy Jackson’s. Judge me all you want, I wouldn’t bear to live as a demigod without being able to read my precious books (and don’t you go Annabeth on me, everyone knows she’s Hermione from Percy Jackson series, haha!)

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  1. A Book That Reminds You of Night Time

The Tutor [review here!], from Bonnie Dee. The atmosphere of that house made me feel like it was always night 😦

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  1. A Book That Had a Nightmarish Cliffhanger

Sanctum, from Madeleine Roux. Honestly, I didn’t want to believe my eyes when my book was over, haha!

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  1. A Book That You Actually Dreamed About

Wow, I don’t know… I mean, I often dream with Damon, but it’s not about the book or the show, so I really don’t know, haha!

  1. A Book Monster that You Would Not Want to Find Under Your Bed

Any of the monsters featured on the Deltora Quest series. OMG, I always had the chills while reading those books D:

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just look at this friendly fellow.

That’s it! Thanks for reading ❤ Thanks for the tag and sorry again, Rosema! 😀 I had lots of fun doing this! If you are reading this post and likes tags… TAG, you’re it! Hahaha!

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*I preferred to use my last read book for each of those experiences 🙂

September new books!

Hi, there! September is going to be such a full month for us readers! There are a lot of cool books coming out and omg, I want them all, haha! I did a short list with my top most wanted for September, so here we go!

September, 1st

 

. Catacomb (The Asylum Series #3) – Madeleine Roux

IMG_3116I JUST NEED TO READ IT. Sorry for caps locking, but I’ve read Asylum and Sanctum earlier this year (January and March) and I need to see how it is going to end! I tried to get myself a review copy only to read it faster, but I didn’t got it – it happens – so I’ll have to wait the good will of Brazilian bookstores now…

. Vengeance Road – Erin Bowman

23719270I went crazy with this book’s cover. IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL! Moreover, the story sounds amazing, can’t wait to put my hands on it 🙂 You can see here it’s trailer:

. The Duke and His Duchess / The Courtship – Grace Burrowes

25370968So, I’m a big fan of Grace’s works – I admit, I only read three books from her so far, but I’m getting there, haha! Those two stories are being released on paperback for the first time 🙂

. The Rogue You Know (Covent Garden Cubs #2) – Shana Galen

24296177I got really interested on this romance – besides, the cover is beautiful, judge me, haha! I think I’d enjoy it!

. A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell Mystery #1) – Deanna Raybourn

23160039This sounds so good! I never read anything by Raybourn, but this series sounds amazing 🙂

. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) – Sarah J. Maas

18006496I’ve been wanting to read a book by Sarah since December and something always happens and stop me from doing so. Hopefully, next December things will be different. For now, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series is out 🙂

. Queen Song (Red Queen 0.5) – Victoria Aveyard

25005214I already bought my Red Queen copy, but haven’t reached it yet. And this fact doesn’t stop me from wanting to read this prequel! 😀

. The Sisters of Versailles (The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy #1) – Sally Christie

25111020Versailles’ dramas? Count me in!

. Cinderella Six Feet Under (Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery #2) – Maia Chance

23510556I love fairy tales gone bad, really. Just found out about this book and I want to read it 😀

. The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels #1) – Kerrigan Byrne

23723798Another historical romance that I want to read. It’s not my fault if they all sound so nice *blushes*

September, 3rd

 

. The Secret Fire (The Alchemist Chronicles #1) – C.J. Daugherty

22911719This book sounds very interesting. I’m not sure if I will like it, but I want to give it a try!

September, 14th

 

. Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story – Jonathan LaPoma

25586052I entered a giveaway on Goodreads (Idk why since I can’t win a giveaway to save my life) and the book sounds very cool!

September, 15th

. Dangerous Spirits (Spirits #2) – Jordan L. Hawk

25957476I read the first book of this series earlier this year as well and I didn’t know it would have a sequel, it was such a good surprise! ❤ Jordan kindly sent me a review copy and I will start it as soon as I finish Sigmund Shaw! 😀 Thanks again!

. Shattered Blue (The Light Trilogy #1) – Lauren Bird Horowitz

25953603This one I already read thanks to NetGalley (review is here) and OMG, it’s amazing! I can’t wait for the release, everybody should read this book! Think about The Vampire Diaries series with fairies or Fae. PERFECTION! ❤

. The Dead House – Dawn Kurtagich

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September, 22th

. Matthew (Jaded Gentleman #2) – Grace Burrowes

23211964I didn’t start this series yet, but come on, it’s Grace Burrowes. Of course this will rock 😀

. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories The Novel – Tomoko Kanemaki

24396851This will be the novel version to the videogame Kingdom Heats Chain of Memories AND I NEED IT. I love KH games and am reading the mangas, so of course I want the novel as well!

. Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3) – Ransom Riggs

24120519I’ve met this series thanks to the Asylum series and I still haven’t started it – but I will, soon! Today, I almost chose its first book in the bookstore, but it wouldn’t be fair to read it before The Heir… Anyway, the third book in the series is out this month!

September, 29th

. The Shepherd and The Solicitor – Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon

25677846I’m a huge fan of Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon’s partnerships and I can’t wait to see what’s this book about ❤

. Pretty Girls – Karin Slaughter

25574782I saw this on one of my three thousand bookish newsletters and I knew I had to read it. How simple is that? Haha!

. Daughters unto Devils – Amy Lukavics

18748653I just discovered this book on Goodreads and I need to read it. I love terror/horror books like this one!

. A Mad Zombie Party (White Rabbit Chronicles #4) – Gena Showalter

24893241Another series that I want to start. You must be thinking: “omg, where does this girl lives? Didn’t she read the coolest new series out there?” I apologize, I don’t have a good excuse for that, haha! Anyway, the fourth book of the series is out this month.

 

. Madly (Potion #1) – Amy Alward

23309862I saw the review for this book up on a blog and knew I would love this 🙂

That’s what’s up on September for me for now, haha! Thanks for reading! Which books are you excited for??

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June Book Haul!

Hello, everyone! I had to do a post here about my June book haul, as I went a little crazy this month… I bought 15 books, OMG! Hahaha!

Anyway, those are the new kids in town:

. Paris Secrets, from Zoé de las Cases

IMG_4065 A beautiful coloring book that stole my heart ❤ I already did some of the coloring, check it out:

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. The Little Prince, from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

IMG_4074This edition has a beautiful hard cover and features an illustrated biography of the author, it’s awesome ❤

. Deu no New York Times – Larry Rohter

IMG_4073This is a Brazilian journalistic book, gift from my bff @jenny.miers. It’s an analysis of how Brazil is viewed by outsiders, very cool. Thanks again for the gift, by the way 😀

. The Burning Bridge (Ranger’s Apprentice #2) – John Flanagan

IMG_4072I just finished reading The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice #1, review here!) and I fell madly in love with it. I had to get myself the next one, haha!

. The Heir (The Selection series #4) – Kiera Cass

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As a good fan of The Selection, I couldn’t resist to this beautiful hard cover Brazilian edition (even though my whole collection is in English and that I want to read The Heir in English as well xD)

. The Scarlets (The Asylum series #1.5) – Madeleine Roux

IMG_4071I went mad reading Asylum and Sanctum earlier this year and Catacomb, the third book in the series, won’t be out until September, so I have to hold my fire for now with the spin offs, haha!

. Austenland – Shannon Hale

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my baby with one of my favorite necklaces ❤

This book has a funny story. I bought the second volume of the collection by accident (from the series saw the cover and bought it), but I didn’t have read the first and I’m very methodic. So, as soon as I could, I purchased this and started reading it (it was before my book jar-box thing xD). You can see my full review here!

Ps: here’s the next book, that started all of this:

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. Pokémon Official Guide to Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby

IMG_4068I’m still trying to be the greatest Pokémon Master since the 150 first ones, so I felt I needed this to keep going on my mission, haha!

. Grey – E. L. James

IMG_4070This one I have to admit that I’m VERY curious to read. I’ve read Fifty Shades of Gray to do a book report for my college and I hated the main character. I always caught myself wondering what Christian would be thinking to fall for someone so obnoxious. Now, I will find out, haha!

. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty – Anne Rice

IMG_3387I’m a great fan of Anne Rice’s works, but I only learned about this book recently (like two or three years ago, when the whole fairy tale gone bad thing exploded). I LOVE fairy tale gone bad books and I think Rice’s will be a blast, once she is the master of the supernatural world ❤ You can check here more reasons to read it, haha!

. Great Women Writers Box

IMG_3348Another funny story, haha! I love to sign up for newsletters and, while checking one of them, from a local bookstore, I saw this beautiful box set with four books inside for an awesome price. Bought it in the act, haha! We have Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights 😀

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. Emma – Jane Austen

IMG_4075I am full of funny book stories this month, haha! My book jar-box told me that I would be reading Emma after I finished Ranger’s Apprentice #1. The thing was I only had it on a beautiful large and not at all logistic edition of the complete works of Jane Austen. My dad, seeing my distress in the first day reading the book, took me to the bookstore and told me to look for an edition of Emma that I could read, LOL. I love my dad ❤

Ps: this was the other edition:

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That’s it, guys! This was my June book haul, thanks for reading! Which books did you buy this month? 😀

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NEW BOOK ALERT: Catacomb, from Madeleine Roux

If you follow me at my Instagram account (follow me! :D), you may have notice how much I loved the Asylum series, by Madeleine Roux. I’ve read Asylum in less than three days and Sanctum, in four (I was already back to classes and work, LOL). I love those kind of books that create a psychology terror with only a touch of supernatural events.

Anyway, Catacomb is the third book of the Asylum series and it will be out in September, published by HarperTeen (I love these people so much <3).

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already in love with this cover ❤

From the Goodreads’ description:

Sometimes the past is better off buried.

Senior year is finally over. After all they’ve been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, and they’re just not going to think about what will happen when the summer ends. But on their way to visit Jordan’s uncle in New Orleans, the three friends notice that they are apparently being followed… And Dan starts receiving phone messages from someone he didn’t expect to hear from again—someone who died last Halloween.

As the strange occurrences escalate, Dan is forced to accept that everything that has happened to him in the past year may not be a coincidence, but fate—a fate that ties Dan to a group called the Bone Artists, who have a sinister connection with a notorious killer from the past. Now, Dan’s only hope is that he will make it out of his senior trip alive.

In this finale to the New York Times bestselling Asylum series, found photographs help tell the story of three teens who exist on the line between past and present, genius and insanity.

In other words, it can be read as “I need it right now”. If you got interested in the series, you check here the description of Asylum, The Scarlets, Sanctum and The Bone Artists:

Asylum

Sanctum

The Scarlets

The Bone Artists

Do you guys like supernatural/terror books too?? 😀

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