31 July 2020

Monthly Wrap-Up. July

Goodbye July. Thank you for all the good things you brought. 😊 I'm happy to say that July did not fly by and I ended up asking myself "is it August yet?". My country has fewer restrictions regarding the pandemic, but I still spend most of my days at home, bothering my cats and writing essays/abstracts, so time goes by slowly. Of course, I was expecting a more productive in July, but the temperatures were so high that I was barely functional for two weeks. I'm not ready for another heatwave.

28 July 2020

TTT. 14 Upcoming YA Standalone Books I Can't Wait to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

Welcome to my first Top Ten Tuesday of the year! Gosh, I can't remember the last time I joined this meme. 🤔 Today's topic was left to our imagination (it's freebie week!) and after some thinking, I decided to talk about upcoming standalone books that I can't wait to read. As far as I know, all the books I mention are standalone novels, but you never know. A sequel might be announced after the release or a companion novel might be in the works. But for now, they are just standalone books.

23 July 2020

ARC Review // Mayhem

Title: Mayhem
Author: Estelle Laure
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Published: 14th July 2020
Pages: 304

A YA feminist mash up inspired by The Lost Boys and The Craft.

It's 1987 and unfortunately it's not all Madonna and cherry lip balm. Mayhem Brayburn has always known there was something off about her and her mother, Roxy. Maybe it has to do with Roxy's constant physical pain, or maybe with Mayhem's own irresistible pull to water. Either way, she knows they aren't like everyone else. But when May's stepfather finally goes too far, Roxy and Mayhem flee to Santa Maria, California, the coastal beach town that holds the answers to all of Mayhem's questions about who her mother is, her estranged family, and the mysteries of her own self. There she meets the kids who live with her aunt, and it opens the door to the magic that runs through the female lineage in her family, the very magic Mayhem is next in line to inherit and which will change her life for good. But when she gets wrapped up in the search for the man who has been kidnapping girls from the beach, her life takes another dangerous turn and she is forced to face the price of vigilante justice and to ask herself whether revenge is worth the cost.

From the acclaimed author of This Raging Light and But Then I Came Back, Estelle Laure offers a riveting and complex story with magical elements about a family of women contending with what appears to be an irreversible destiny, taking control and saying when enough is enough.

19 July 2020

Sunday Post. Can This Heatwave Be Over?

Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.

How are my fellow bookworms doing? 😊 I would like to say this has been a good week for me, but I spent it feeling like I'm melting and I have barely slept. How can someone study/work/blog under a heatwave?! Where I live, is not prepared for these high temperatures (my house is like a greenhouse during the summer). Needless to say, I have spent the days complaining about the hot weather, drinking gallons of water, and trying to read a few pages here and there.

13 July 2020

ARC Review // Incendiary

Title: Incendiary
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton 
Published: 28th April 2020
Pages: 464

An epic tale of revenge and redemption in a world where a memory thief must fight against terrifying monarchs bent on the destruction of her people.

When the royal family of Puerto Leones sets out to destroy magic through a grand and terrible inquisition, spy and memory-thief Renata seeks to kill the prince, leader of the King's Justice, who plans to use a terrible new weapon to wipe out the magic of the Moria...

For fans who enjoyed the ferocity of Ember in the Ashes, INCENDIARY explores the double-edged sword of memory and the triumph of hope and love in the midst of fear and oppression.

7 July 2020

Book Tag. Mid-Year Freaking Out Book Tag

Is it okay to do the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag in July? Since I haven't been reading much, I decided to wait until the end of June to gush about all the books I read so far. I just wanted to have one or two more books to answer the questions with. I still don't know who created this awesome tag (once again, if you know, please share with me so that I can give them the deserved credit). That said, get ready for a great deal of fangirling, cute gifts and the occasional cat or two.

5 July 2020

Sunday Post. Birthday Week! 🥳

Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews.

Good morning book lovers. How are you doing? 😊 So, this is the last Sunday Post before my birthday on Tuesday. I want to write that time flew by, but it didn't. I mean, staying at home due to the pandemic made sure that the days are longer than usual. I feel my last birthday was a thousand years ago! Also, this will be my first birthday without Faúlha (last year was my first birthday without Luna), so I'm not overly excited. Especially because I got Faúlha for my birthday. He was my most beloved birthday gift and I miss him dearly. 💗