Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

I purchased this book from Amazon to #buddyread with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. This is the second part of The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I enjoyed the action in this one way better than the first. The story continues and the characters grow. Karou has learned more about the strengths she has and begins to rebuild her chimera army side by side with The Wolf until she learns the truth of what the Wolf is doing and then she pulls her inner rebel and begins to work her own plot to save the chimera. While all of that is happening on Earth, Akiva is in Astrae planning the downfall of throne of angels. The demons and the angels are both planning downfalls that can only lead to a war in a place neither have dreamed. Can’t wait to dive into part 3 soon with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley

I received this book in my fresh fiction box in July. All opinions are my own. After opening the box filled with books I couldn’t resist picking this one up! A cold case murder mystery right in the middle of Elvis week. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley. Rachel Sloan is a homicide detective for Memphis PD. At the end of her shift an Elvis impersonator shows up and asks to speak with her, he believes he has information on a murder 17 years ago that may be linked to her mother’s death. Only the next day Rachel is informed the Elvis impersonator is murdered. One investigation leads to links to three other murders and a near death experience for Rachel and her father. Just when things couldn’t get more complicated with her ex boyfriend now boss everything begins to unravel Rachel it all gets very complicated and quickly Rachel finds herself the next target of the murderer. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

The Collector by K. R. Alexander

Thank you to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The Collector by K. R. Alexander. OMG!!!!!!!!! There aren’t enough stars in the scoring system to do this one justice!!!!!!!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 This middle school read was the creepiest, edge of your seat page turner I have read in years! Not scary, CREEPY. This book releases August 28, 2018 my advice is preorder it NOW! Josie leaves her home in Chicago after her mom loses her job and her Grandma has Alzheimer’s so the only sensible thing was for them all to live together. Josie and her sister Anna had three rules 1. Never leave the windows open after dark. 2. Never, Ever go by the house in the woods and 3. No dolls in the house. Seems simple enough. But in the country with no internet, no cable, and no neighbors life gets boring and rules are made to be broken. Children begin to go missing, Josie’s grandma is acting stranger than before and now her nightmares involve more than just herself and those woods. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Princess Pulverizer: Grilled Cheeses and Dragons

Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. Princess Pulverizer: Grilled Cheeses and Dragons by Nancy Krulik. This chapter book has cute illustrations and simple to read vocabulary. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Princess Serena doesn’t want to go to princess school to learn tea parties and dancing, she wants to go to Knight School to rescue damsels in distress and slay dragons. Her father refuses until the princess convinces him to strike a deal with her. Eight good deeds must be preformed and then he will let her go to Knight School. So she’s off but good deeds are not easy, she gets yelled at and forced to run and then trapped by an Ogre. Then the Ogre traps a knight and a dragon with smelly breath and things just get really complicated, but she has the Queen’s jewels she rescued for good deed #1. Now she must find a way out (with the dragon’s help) she is able to move on to find more good deeds to do and win her way to Knight School. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes

Thanks to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. πŸ™ƒ Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes. As second grade ends Beatrice is given an award for her unusual way of getting things done and she plots how to begin third grade with a secret mission and her best friend Lenny. Only when third grade begins, she has a strict teacher with strict rules and her best friend didn’t wear her ninja costume and now the whole mission is in jeopardy. This top secret plan just went topsy turvy over a new friend and a pink sweater. Quick to think at recess Beatrice jumps to the trees, but in a fall she learns the day might not end well. After compromising some thoughts in her head she comes up with a Plan B and sets it into motion, learning that sometimes compromise is the best way to go and still be able to be you. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A cute chapter book recommended for middle grade readers with hand drawn illustrations. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

June Wrap Up

I am wrapping up June with 24 books read! I am glad to say Thank you summer for giving me my groove back! I struggled for a few months thinking I could get over 20…..maybe it’s the hot weather or more time or the kids are home, I can’t tell you but whatever it is, I will take it! Yay! My list includes Everless by Sara Holland, Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall, The Way of Beauty by Camille Di Maio, Mom Set Free by Jeannie Cunnion, Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman, The Fates Divided by Veronica Roth, No Ordinary Sue by Hoang Chi Truong, Its Always The Husband by Michele Campbell, The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo, The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, Still Alice by Lisa Genova, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Liani Taylor, Illuminae, Gemina, and Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, The 3 Everyday Rules of Magic by Amanda Rawson Hill, Boying Up by Mayim Bialik, Lights Camera Cook and The Heat Is On by Charise Mericle Harper, Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe, A Million Junes by Emily Henry, That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones and Legendary by Stephanie Garber. Thank you to all the book clubs I read with: @halflostbutterflyreadalong @saltwaterreads @blackheartreads @purewowbookclub @bookofthemonth @uppercasebookbox @25infive Modern Mrs. Darcy (@annebogel)and all the #buddyreads I pair up with @mycornerforbooksand and @kaylasteirwalt and to @kidlitexchange to make this one awesome month of reading! You can find all of my reviews on Instagram @borensbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

I purchased this signed copy of Legendary from Kepler’s books the moment I could preorder it. As soon as we both had them, my bestie, @mycornerforbooksand and I jumped into a #buddyread. All opinions are my own. ♠️ Legendary by Stephanie Garber. I was amazed at the game in Caraval, the sisters, the drama, the way they held on for one another and I was so excited when I knew Legendary was coming soon. Another chance to play, another chance to get swept away. Little did I know you would have to not only cheat death but rearrange fates this time around. It wasn’t just Tella’s fate or Scarlet’s fate this time, it was the fate of the world. A deck of cards can only reveal the future you choose to believe in unless of course, Legend is involved. Then the only game you are playing are the one he chooses to let you play. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I will definitely reread the two of these again. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

I purchased this book from Target to read. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. I wanted to love this one, I had heard so many great things about it, but I felt it was a little predictable and a lot of clichΓ¨. I hated Celestial from the moment the story began. She was evil and I could feel it right away. Raised in Louisiana making a big move after college to Atlanta, getting married ready to start a family, Little Roy was making his parents proud and going places until he is accused and convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. What will happen to everything he has worked so hard for? How can he salvage anything he had while behind bars? A man struggling to hold on learns life changes and somethings are only salvageable with fresh eyes. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

@kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger. 3 years after a mass school shooting 6 survivors are still trying to pick up the pieces of a heart wrenching day. Six, well five, because in a small town hate is too much when people want to believe things happened one way when in reality, that isn’t how it happened at all. The struggles that each one of these survivors feel, the anxiety, the panic, and the strain of knowing becomes very real. Looking back through media and police reports one survivor realizes none of what was said is the truth. Setting in motion to tell the truth now, she realizes maybe the world just needed a story to hold onto. A lie set in motion to create a martyr, because the real world needs a reason, not the truth. Or do they? Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

Sinking by Sarah Armstrong-Garner

Over on Instagram I teamed up with @indie_blog_hop to help promote this book, because just look at it! MERMAIDS!!!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!!!

Synopsis:

Jocelyn washes up on the shore of eighteenth century Ireland, alone, naked, and missing all of her memories. Taken in by a lonely old woman full of plots and schemes for the lovely enigmatic creature, Jocelyn knows one thing. She longs for the sea with every ounce of her being. Yet it tried to kill her.

Aidan Boyd loves two things. His ship and the sea. When Jocelyn is thrust upon his vessel in the midst of his superstitious crew, he finds himself intoxicated by her–willing to give up everything for her.

But something holds Jocelyn back. The whisper of another’s love. The embrace of water. Does she belong to this world? Or could Jocelyn possibly be from the sea?

So seriously, mermaids and 18th century Ireland, I must know more. Grabbing my copy on Amazon today!