“Glitter” by Aprilynne Pike

★★★★☆ New release Tuesday!

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Glitter has a tough premise and setting to describe, but I’m going to give it a go. In the future, there is an entire palace full of people who live like they are in Victorian Versailles. They wear corsets and fancy clothes every day, all day. Yet it’s also futuristic — there are robot maids, the people communicate through specialized contact lenses, and more. So it’s a futuristic sci fi historical fiction novel. The blurb for this book labels it as Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette. I’d say that’s pretty accurate. (Also, *swoon* that cover though!)

With all that being said, let’s get into it. The main character, Danica, is set to marry the ruthless king of Sonoman-Versailles. He’s done some pretty horrendous things (read: a murder and subsequent coverup), and she’d rather escape and leave her family and friends behind than marry him. So Danica finds a way to sneak a new drug called “Glitter” (seemed like an upper/hallucinogen-type drug) into the palace and sells it to make money to fund her escape.

Despite this book being a complete conundrum to describe, it’s un-put-down-able. I flew through it. It’s got a super interesting premise, love triangles, bad guys you hate, bad guys you love, awesome technology, a queen-to-be drug dealer, twists galore, and so much more.

This is the first book in the series, and I honestly would place the sequel on my to-be-released highly anticipated reads list.

Take one hit of Glitter — I promise you’ll be hooked and begging for more.

Purchase the book here.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

“And the Trees Crept In” by Dawn Kurtagich

★★★★☆ New release Tuesday!

28449150Disclaimer: This is a HORROR book. I typically don’t watch horror movies or read horror books because I get too scared, so I’m not sure what prompted me to request this from the publisher.

That being said: And the Trees Crept In is extremely creepy and unsettling. When Silla and Nori escape their abusive father, the only place they’d think of going is their Aunt Cath’s house, a large estate called La Baume. The house is old, run-down, and creaky, but it’s all they have. Aunt Cath is so sweet to the girls, nurturing them and loving them like they’ve never experienced. But one day, Cath loses it when Nori gets too close to the surrounding woods. She won’t stop pacing the floor in the attic and keeps talking about someone named “The Creeper Man”. And then one day, Silla notices the trees. They’re creeping closer, day by horror-filled day.

If that doesn’t creep you out right there, I don’t know what will. This is an absolute mind-f*** of a book (pardon the language), written in such a way that it makes the reader feel like they are losing their mind right along with Silla. I had to only read this in the daylight, when others were around me, and it still had my heart thumping and my eyes darting to the dark corners of my house.

And the Trees Crept In was a very intense read and perplexing story, but definitely don’t read it if you’re faint of heart like me. That’s a compliment, by the way — it was perfectly creepy, unsettling, poop-your-pants and run to your mom scary.

Purchase the book here.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

“The Graces” by Laure Eve

thegraces★★★★☆ Out on Tuesday (9/6)! There are two gorgeous covers for this book, so I’m including both in this post! The red cover is the US cover and the purple cover is in the UK!

“Everyone said they were witches. I desperately wanted to believe it. I’d only been at this school a couple of months, but I saw how it was. They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake, stares following their backs and their hair.”

cg1litjxeaitrihRiver recently moved to a new city and a new school, and just like the rest of the town, she quickly becomes obsessed with the Grace family. They’re rumored to be powerful witches and to gain their friendship is rumored to be near impossible.

But River becomes friends with Summer Grace, and she has a huge crush on her older brother, Fenrin (along with every other girl on the planet). She quickly becomes a feature in their house, hanging out with Summer, Fenrin, and Thalia, and their close family friend Wolf. They do different spells and incantations together and call themselves witches. But then something goes extremely wrong. And no one remembers what happened.

This is the story of magic (or not?), friendship, popularity, mystery, and danger. Some reviewers are comparing this to Twilight, but I would argue that that is just the first few chapters that you could draw serious comparisons. I think this is a great story, compelling and fascinating. It definitely put a spell on me.

Purchase the book here. (Out 9/6/16)

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

August Wrap-Up!

So last month, I thought I’d outdone myself by reading 20 books. In August, I read 22 books!

That’s 1 book for every 1.4 days. I’m currently standing at 113 books read in 2016. (That’s a full 33 books over my goal!)

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  1. Labyrinth Lost  by Zoraida Córdova
  2. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (Review)
  4. The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach (Review)
  5. 100 Days by Nicole McInnes (Review)*
  6. The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner (Review)*
  7. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer*
  8. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  9. The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay*
  10. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee (Review)
  11. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (Review)
  12. The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer*
  13. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
  14. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  15. The Graces by Laure Eve* (Review)
  16. Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty*
  17. And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich*
  18. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie*
  19. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin*
  20. Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow (Review)
  21. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel* (Review)

*Audiobook or eARC, not pictured
(Plus 1 book proofread for my work, not pictured and not within my blog’s scope of genre)

Some of these books have yet to be reviewed on my blog, but I will add the links as I add the reviews! September is going to rock! So many good books are coming out!

Have you read any of these books? Which ones are you looking forward to reading?

“Girl in Pieces” by Kathleen Glasgow

★★★★☆ New release Tuesday!

24879132Girl in Pieces is arguably one of the most important books I’ve read this year. It explores the issue of self-harm (cutting in particular) and depression.

Charlie Davis wakes up in a rehab center. Last thing she remembers is in the Seed House, Frank trying to get her to give herself to strange men in exchange for a place to stay. Then she’s cutting herself, deeper than normal, trying to end it all. But she didn’t succeed, and now she has to put her life (what little she had) back together.

This book was profoundly sad and heartbreaking, but hopeful too. As a 25-year-old, I’m not too old to remember what Charlie was going through. I remember how vividly awful life could seem at moments, how unsure and insecure I was about myself. I never self-harmed or cut, but I can relate to the thoughts Charlie had. Sometimes life is really tough, especially when you’re young and it seems like the end of the world every time something goes wrong.

Girl in Pieces has a great message for anyone who feels that way. Just keep trying, keep doing better, and reach out for help if you need it. There’s always a reason to live and you should never give up.

Purchase the book here.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

“A Torch Against the Night” by Sabaa Tahir

★★★★★ New release Tuesday!

A Torch Against the Night is the highly anticipated sequel to An Ember in the Ashes (which I reviewed here), which I absolutely adored! And boy oh boy did I love this sequel!

a-torch-against-the-night-tahirElias and Laia have escaped Blackcliff Academy and the clutches of and the Commandant, but they are still in ever-increasing danger. They are wanted fugitives trying to travel to Kauf prison to rescue Laia’s brother, and their road is not an easy one! They encounter many old friends, and make lots of new friends and enemies (of course).

Another exciting thing about this book is that we get a third perspective thrown in the mix: Helene. Newly named the Blood Shrike, it is Helene’s duty to track down Laia and Elias and execute them publicly. She is torn between her friendship with Elias and her duty to Marcus (now Emperor) and the Empire.

I read this in one (very long) sitting. If you go into Torch expecting what you got in Ember, you’ll be disappointed. There’s little Blackcliff, no “competition” — it’s just very different. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing!

I think Sabaa Tahir has succeeded in writing a different, but intriguing (and heartbreaking and exciting) sequel. There are so many twists, so many deceptions, and I just loved it to death! My emotions were in shambles when I reached the last page, and now we all have to wait until 2018 to get the next book! *cries*

Purchase the book here.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

“The Thousandth Floor” by Katharine McGee

★★★★☆ Out tomorrow!

24921954The Thousandth Floor takes futuristic YA to another level. In the tower, the higher you live, the richer you are, the better clothes and school you have. The story follows many different characters, bouncing from person to person each chapter. Rylin, a lower-floor girl who is really struggling, just like Watt, a hacker extraordinaire, who is hired by Leda, the popular girl fresh from rehab, who is friends with Eris, whose life is ripped apart, who is also good friends with Avery, who is bored with her perfect life and lives on the thousandth floor with Atlas, her mysterious adopted brother.

This world is so fun to be thrown into. All the highlier kids have contacts that effectively act as phones, using them to text and look things up and take pictures with. The kids take all sorts of fancy drugs that do weird things, like one that connects the “high” of all in the same room, and another that is specially made for whatever problems you’re having (depression, grief, insomnia, etc. all rolled into one pill). There is just so much cool stuff built into this world that I really can’t wait to read the second book in the series! It definitely helps that this book ends on a massive cliffhanger.

The Thousandth Floor is a towering novel filled with gossip, scandal, love triangles, fancy technology, and *dun dun dun* a death. This is a must-read for anyone who likes Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. You don’t want to miss this stunning debut novel from Katharine McGee.

Preorder the book here. (Releases August 30th!)

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.