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Hoarders [9]: Second Half of April Book Haul

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 The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone| The Roommate by Rosie Danan | Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston | Second First Impression by Sally Thorne | Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino | In Deeper Waters by FT Lukens | She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quidlen | Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez | Beautiful Things by Hunter Biden | From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout | The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch |  The Rose Code by Kate Quinn  Hello, friends.  I hope April brought you a ton of good reads. I, on the other hand, completely ignored my planned TBR and went rogue. Lol. I think I read two from my TBR, so it's going to be a repeat TBR in May. This is why setting a schedule doesn't work. Sigh. Anyway, I'll talk more about that on my April rewind.  For now, this post is about the last few books I picked up in the month of April. I've read a few of these already, so that's a yay! However, I have not reviewed any of them. I've tried my hardest not

Book Review: Sorry For Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley

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  Sorry For Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley Harper Teen | February 11th, 2020 Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ From Goodreads: As the youngest of eight, painfully average Pup Flanagan is used to flying under the radar. He’s barely passing his classes. He lets his longtime crush walk all over him. And he’s in no hurry to decide on a college path. The only person who ever made him think he could be more was his older brother Patrick. But that was before Patrick died suddenly, leaving Pup with a family who won’t talk about it and acquaintances who just keep saying, “sorry for your loss.” When Pup excels at a photography assignment he thought he’d bomb, things start to come into focus. His dream girl shows her true colors. An unexpected friend exposes Pup to a whole new world, right under his nose. And the photograph that was supposed to show Pup a way out of his grief ultimately reveals someone else who is still stuck in their own. Someone with a secret regret Pup never could have imagined. At times, this boo

Book Review: Stormbreaker, Alex Rider #1 by Anthony Horowitz

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  Stormbreaker, Alex Rider #1 by Anthony Horowitz Published by Speak | April 12th, 2004 Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ From Goodreads: They told him his uncle died in an accident. He wasn't wearing his seatbelt, they said. But when fourteen-year-old Alex finds his uncle's windshield riddled with bullet holes, he knows it was no accident. What he doesn't know yet is that his uncle was killed while on a top-secret mission. But he is about to, and once he does, there is no turning back. Finding himself in the middle of terrorists, Alex must outsmart the people who want him dead. The government has given him the technology, but only he can provide the courage. Should he fail, every child in England will be murdered in cold blood. This is an oldie. It's not even in my shelves but I saw it on Libby and decided to give it a listen. It was a short book, and since I listen at 2x the speed, it was even shorter. As well, there's a British tv series for Alex Rider that I've started and wante

Book Review: I Am Legend and Other Stories by Richard Matheson

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  I Am Legend and Other Stories by Richard Matheson Orb Books | Published September 15th, 1997 Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ From Goodreads: Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth...but he is not alone. Every other man, woman, and child on Earth has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for dawn. How long can one man survive in a world of vampires? I am legend -- Buried talents -- The near departed -- Prey -- Witch war -- Dance of the dead -- Dress of white silk -- Mad house -- The funeral -- From shadowed places -- Person to person. I've always wanted to read this book just because I wanted to know what the differences are between the book and the movie. It was very interesting to be sure. In here, we find Robert Neville as the lone survival of humanity that perished due to vampirism. We see him descend slowly

Book Review: Right As Raine by Lucy Lennox

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  Right As Raine, Aster Valley #1 by Lucy Lennox Publication Date: February 2nd, 2021 Independently Published Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars From Goodreads: Tiller: As the first openly gay professional football player, I can’t afford to make any mistakes, on or off the field. And the absolute biggest mistake I could make right now would be to fall for Mikey Vining, my best friend, employee and, more importantly, Coach’s baby boy. I might fantasize about Mikey at night-—every night—but actually touching him would be a serious personal foul. And falling for him? That’s completely out of bounds. Mikey: I’ve learned my lesson about falling for one of my dad’s players. They’re a bunch of spoiled jocks with more muscles than brains. I’ve spent years learning to keep my eyes, and my hands, to myself. But resisting the temptation becomes nearly impossible when Tiller Raine and I end up together in a small cabin in a remote Colorado town. Suddenly, there’s not much to do but look at each other. And t

Books From the Backlog [2]: Pulp Fiction Series

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  Joyland by Stephen King Publication Date: June 4th, 2013 Hard Case Crime

Waiting For [3]: In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

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  Not me featuring another queer fiction that I'm helplessly wanting to get my hands on. Lol. I mean, that cover screams pirates and historical romance vibes without the heaving bosoms and flowing locks. Anyway. I CAN'T. WAIT.  From Goodreads: In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens | Publication Date: April 20th, 2021 A young prince must rely on a mysterious stranger to save him when he is kidnapped during his coming-of-age tour in this swoony adventure that is  The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue  meets  Pirates of the Caribbean. Prince Tal has long awaited his coming-of-age tour. After spending most of his life cloistered behind palace walls as he learns to keep his forbidden magic secret, he can finally see his family’s kingdom for the first time. His first taste of adventure comes just two days into the journey, when their crew discovers a mysterious prisoner on a burning derelict vessel. Tasked with watching over the prisoner, Tal is surprised to feel an intense connection w

Book Review: The Shadows by Alex North

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  The Shadows by Alex North Publication Date: July 7th, 2020 Celadon Books Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars From Goodreads: You knew a teenager like Charlie Crabtree. A dark imagination, a sinister smile--always on the outside of the group. Some part of you suspected he might be capable of doing something awful. Twenty-five years ago, Crabtree did just that, committing a murder so shocking that it’s attracted that strange kind of infamy that only exists on the darkest corners of the internet--and inspired more than one copycat. Paul Adams remembers the case all too well: Crabtree--and his victim--were Paul’s friends. Paul has slowly put his life back together. But now his mother, old and senile, has taken a turn for the worse. Though every inch of him resists, it is time to come home. It's not long before things start to go wrong. Reading the news, Paul learns another copycat has struck. His mother is distressed, insistent that there's something in the house. And someone is following h

Hoarders [8]: Mid April Book Haul

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  The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi | Birdie by Tracey Lindberg | The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex  | Last Call by Elon Green | The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins | Junk Boy by Tony Abbott | Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett | Tender is the Flesh by Augstina Bazterrica | Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar | Inferno by Catherine Cho | Can't Take That Away by Stephen Salvatore | The Best of Me by David Sedaris  Good Monday to you all!  Well, I hope you're having a good Monday anyway. It's such a pain in the butt when you draft a post then lose it for whatever reason. Sigh. Especially if that was particularly long because it was a reading update of sorts. Now, I can't recreate it even if my life depends on it. I probably complained a lot so you're not missing much.  Last week, I managed to write a couple of posts or so but still felt like I barely accomplished anything. I did however, read/listened to a bunch of books -- 8 to be exact. I know. I can hardly belie

Book Review: Conventionally Yours by Anabeth Albert

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 I am such a sucker for geeks and nerds. In this book, we have a couple of boys who are way into RPG. If you're not familiar with the terminology, it stands for Role Playing Games, ala Dungeons and Dragons. I couldn't explain it any further if I tried. So we have a couple of arch nemesis who play for the same team but for some reason couldn't stand each other. Well, the tension between them is about to reach a new high because they'll have to travel cross-country confined in a car.  Conrad may look like he's got it all, but behind the upbeat attitude is a boy who is struggling in every facets of his life. He's about to become homeless; his job is reducing employees, and he has no prospects in life except for a possible spot at a highly competitive Odyssey gaming tournament. In the other corner is Alden Roth, perfection personified on the outside but a mess of personal issues on the inside. He also wants to win the tournament if only to find a sense of direction

On Audio: Series Starters from Audible

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  Last week, I decided to download some audio books on sale from Audible. They were running a series starter sale that I thought I should take advantage of. So I thought, I'd share what I've downloaded. They ranged from $3.95 - $7.95 in Canadian funds.  Artificial Condition by Martha Wells & Rogue Protocol I read the first book to this series, and am curious enough to keep going. These two were only $3.95 each, so why not? Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco was a part of a series that has garnered popularity in the last couple of years. I was surprised to find Escaping Houdini in my bookshelves. I can't even remember ever getting that book. Lol.  Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter. I've wanted to read her work for a while now, so when I saw that it's fairly cheap, I pounced at the chance.  Neverseen by Shannon Messenger is book 4 of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series. If you're interested, the first four books are available for $5.95 each. So happy

Book Review: Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman

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  The sad thing about this book is the lack of attention it has received since its release. Because, man. What a waste. This was a beautiful YA book about growing up and growing pains, fame and loss of fame, grief, love, family, second chances, and getting lost before you can find yourself. I found this book on Book Outlet, but I believe I've had it on my to-buy shelf for a while. It's an unassuming novel that deceptively packs an emotional wallop.  At its core, it's a story about a teen who was sent to a reform camp of sort. Three weeks in the wilderness, alone with the nature, and in her thoughts. It's Ingrid's chance to prove to her mom that she can be trusted to be on her own when she eventually goes overseas for an exclusive musical theatre course. The story switches from before and after: before her mom lost her voice and after. She was once a world renown opera singer with the world at her feet. But when she pushed herself beyond her means, the result was irr

Hoarders [7]: March Left Overs

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  When I was setting up my reading journal for March, I had a spot for new books acquired for the month. I had allotted 17 spaces for the books. While there are only 14 books in the picture, these are not the only ones I bought. I think it was hilarious and ambitious of me to think I can hold myself in check. Lol. What the hell was I thinking? Well, in April, I'm going to make sure I write down all the books I get for the month. This way, I can have a clearer idea of how fast I can read them as I buy them. Aside from The Law of Intertia and Hamnet, the books were all from Book Outlet Canada. And as you can tell, I have a few books by Attica Locke. I have not read a book by her. I was told that Bluebird, Bluebird is a quintessential Locke book so I'm going to start with that then work my way through her backlist. I was also urged to read a Jeffrey Archer book by my friend from Sweden, and since The Sins of the Father was the only one I could find, I thought I might as well pick 

Book Review: Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

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 I hardly indulge in Middle Grade books, but I've been curious about this series because I follow a couple on BookTubers who swear by it. This series features elves, magic, dwarves, ogres, unicorns, and every little things that make a fantasy novel, a fantasy. But of course in a level that a newb like me could easily digest. Y'all know I don't do fantasy novels all that often, but I must admit that I'm slowly dipping my feet in shallow waters.  In here, we're introduced to 12-year old Sophie who struggles day in and day out with the incessant murmurings she hears in her head. You see, she's a human but also a telepath. But she doesn't understand why she's able to hear thoughts from every conceivable human within radius. One day, on a field trip, she meets a boy who would explain why she has this ability. It turns out, she's a dwarf. She belongs in a world unlike anything she could ever dream of. Fitz, the boy she met, also explained to her that life