HUGE BOOK HAUL!!!

As you can probably tell by the title I went shopping and bought a few books. One thing you should know about me is I LOVE SHOPPING FOR BOOKS…ALOT!!!

Disclaimer: I have 9 books that I bought recently. I bought these books with my own money. 


Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Book Description: National Book Award and Golden Kite Award Winner

A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman. Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn.

Even if the Sky Falls by Mia García

Book Description:
One midsummer night. Two strangers. Three rules: No real names. No baggage. No phones. A whirlwind twenty-four-hour romance about discovering what it means to feel alive in the face of one of life’s greatest dangers: love. Who would you be if you had one night to be anyone you want? Volunteering in New Orleans was supposed to be a change, an escape from the total mess Julie left at home and from her brother’s losing battle with PTSD. But building houses surrounded by her super-clingy team leader and her way-too-chipper companions has Julie feeling more trapped than ever. And she’s had enough. In a moment of daring, Julie runs away, straight into the glitter, costumes, and chaos of the Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade—and instantly connects with Miles, an utterly irresistible musician with a captivating smile and a complicated story of his own. And for once, Julie isn’t looking back. Together Julie and Miles decide to forget their problems and live this one night in the here and now. Wandering the night, they dance on roofs, indulge in beignets, share secrets and ghost stories under the stars, and fall in love. But when a Category Two hurricane changes course and heads straight for NOLA, their adventure takes an unexpected turn. And, suddenly, pretending everything is fine is no longer an option.

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Book Description:
Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change. Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. 

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

Book Description:
When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian–the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years. Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Book Description:
A New York Times bestseller

Nights have always been Auden’s time, her chance to escape everything that’s going on around her. Then she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac, and he becomes her nocturnal tour guide. Now, with an endless supply of summer nights between them, almost anything can happen…

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Book Description: 
When she’s modeling, Annabel is the picture of perfection. But her real life is far from perfect. Fortunately, she’s got Owen. He’s intense, music-obsessed, and dedicated to always telling the truth. And most of all, he’s determined to make Annabel happy…

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Book Description:
A New York Times bestseller

Ruby is used to taking care of herself. But now that she’s living with her sister, she’s got her own room, she’s going to a good school, and her future looks bright. Plus there’s the adorable boy next door. Can Ruby learn to open her heart and let him in? 

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Book Description:
A new blockbuster from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen!

Sydney’s handsome, charismatic older brother, Peyton, has always dominated the family, demanding and receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention. And when Peyton’s involvement in a drunk driving episode sends him to jail, Sydney feels increasingly rootless and invisible, worried that her parents are unconcerned about the real victim: the boy Peyton hit and seriously injured. Meanwhile, Sydney becomes friends with the Chathams, a warm, close-knit, eccentric family, and their friendship helps her understand that she is not responsible for Peyton’s mistakes. 

The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen

Book Description: A New York Times bestseller 

Macy’s got her whole summer carefully planned. But her plans didn’t include a job at Wish Catering. And they certainly didn’t include Wes. But Macy soon discovers that the things you expect least are sometimes the things you need most. 


Have you read any of these?Are any of these on your TBR?

    Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Chilling Revelation (Bentwhistle the Dragon #2) by Paul Cude

    Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this book for an honest review.

    Amazon Description: Following his harrowing and near death experience at the talons of the evil dragon Manson in ‘A Threat From The Past’, Peter Bentwhistle, the human shaped dragon and reluctant hero, finds himself on the slow path to recovery. Helped by his dragon friends, Tank and Richie (both in their human forms), he finds solace in his new found friendship with the dragon king. But the three friends are soon unwittingly drawn into a deadly plot, when a straight forward meeting with the monarch sees them helping an injured dragon agent, straight back from his mission in Antarctica with news of a devastating encounter with another ancient race. Blackmail, intrigue, forbidden love interests, a near fatal mantra gone wrong, a highly charged rugby match in which Tank takes a beating, combined with enough laminium ball action to please dragons the world over, stretch the bonds of the dragons’ friendship like never before. New friends and ancient enemies clash as the planet braces itself for one of the most outrageous attacks it has ever seen. Lost secrets and untold lore come to light, while sinister forces attempt to steal much coveted magic. Explosive exploits, interspersed with a chilly backdrop and unexpected danger at every turn, make for an action-packed, electrifying adventure.

    Rating: 3/5

    This is a long book which at times feels like there are two totally separate stories, though they do come together near the end. For me it could be condensed with more emphasis on the action than the description of times and places. I am sure the reader can work it out without the need for the extra narrative. The writing style works with the story, the pace at times is a little slow but the concept of the dragons living and helping the humans is a good one.

    Recommend: Dragons and Fantasy

    Bentwhistle the Dragon in a Threat from the Past (Bentwhistle the Dragon #1) by Paul Cude

    Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this book for a honest review. This will not effect my review.

    Goodreads Summary: Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past is an adventure story children and adults alike will love, about the present day world in which dragons disguised as humans have infiltrated the human race at almost every level, to guide and protect them. Three young dragons in their human guises become caught up in an evil plot to steal a precious commodity, vital to the dragon community. How will the reluctant hero and his friends fare against an enemy of his race from far in the past? Fascinating insights into the dragon world are interspersed throughout the book. Ever wondered how dragons travel below ground at almost the speed of sound? Or how they use magical mantras to transform their giant bodies into convincing human shapes? In an action packed adventure that features both human and dragon sports, you’ll get a dragon-like perspective on human social issues and insight into what to do if you meet a giant spider grinning at you when you’re wearing nothing but your smile!

    A 3 Star

    The blending of human and dragon worlds is perfect and extremely detailed. Peter and his two friends were perfectly well formed and all had distinct personalities of their own. Each of the characters had their own story. The story is good, the world and character building are fantastic. The only downside is that there are few chapters. This means that each one is quite long and I work better with chapters that are shorter and allow me to pick it up, read a couple, and put it down again without having to cut my read short halfway through. That being said, when I did get to sit and read, I really enjoyed joining Peter on his journey.

    I would happily recommend it to my friends that love dragons and fantasy fiction.

    Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman 

    Hi everyone! This week is spring break so I’ll try to get a lot of reading done. In the meantime, here’s another book review. 

    Disclaimer: I received a copy from the authors or an honest review. This will not effect my review. 

    Goodreads summary: A grief-stricken candy-striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother’s death in Viet Nam struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small-town fiefdom but knows the name of her veteran. A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty-year marriage. In its retelling of Odysseus’ journey, Revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only from the families of those who fail to return home but of those who do. 

    Rating: 8/10

    Although I am not a big fan of Historical Fiction, I really enjoyed this book. The concept is wonderful yet heartbreaking. The character development of both Betsy and her family was well done. It was interesting to read about her working as a candy-stripper with veterans from the war and was very well written. The whole story was superb even if I had a hard time getting into the story on the first few chapters. Nevertheless, it didn’t destroy the story. Overall, I thought the plot and story were interesting and well written, the characters were well written and the book kept my attention. 

    Recommend: Historical Fiction Readers

    A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

    I read this book in three hours and I am still extremely emotional

    Goodreads Summary:  The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

    Rating: 11/10

    I started reading this book and couldn’t put it down. It was absolutely heartbreaking. The artwork is BEAUTIFUL. The drawings are super powerful and dark and alongside the text, they give the book a sense of unease. I really loved the beautiful and poetic writing. The writing was gorgeous. However, The monster  had to be my favorite character. He is so intelligent and kind and powerful and beautiful and loving. But there is also Conor. I just wanted to hug him. I just wanted to let him know that I loved him. This was a SAD book. It deals with grief, loss, and anger in ways I’ve never read about before. This is a book that will stay with you long after you’ve read it. 

    Recommend: EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK. 

    BOOK HAUL!!!😍😍😍

    I recently bought five books on amazon and they finally came in today!!!

    Disclaimer: I bought all of these books with my own money. None of them were sent to me. 

    1. A Monster Calls by Patrick NessBook Description: The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

    Review: https://lilbooklovers.wordpress.com/2017/03/16/a-monster-calls-by-patrick-ness/

    2. The Love that Split the World by Emily HenryBook Description: Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves. Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right. That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau. 

    3. Girl in Pieces by Kathleen GlasgowBook Description: Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you. Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge. 

    4. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy Book Description: What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you? When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, who she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her archnemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission. Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she caused irreparable damage to the people around her—and to the one person who matters most?

    5. Milk and Honey by Rupi KaurBook Description: Milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. Milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

    Have you read any of these?Are any of these on your TBR?

    Confessions of a Kleptomaniac by Jessica Sorensen

    Bonjour amoureux! Hope you’re all having a marvelous day. Here is another book review for you. 😘

    Goodreads Summary: Luna::Everyone thinks I’m a good girl, but I have a dark secret. I’m a kleptomaniac. For years, I’ve managed to keep my secret from everyone until I slip up and almost get caught. Fortunately, Grey Sawyer steps in and saves me from getting into trouble. Grey Sawyer is one of the most popular guys in school and hasn’t always been nice to me. While I’m grateful he helped me out, I worry he’ll tell everyone my secret and my good girl reputation will be ruined. 

    Grey::I understand Luna’s situation more than she realizes because I have a secret of my own. One I desperately want to tell her. But with our rocky past, I know I’ll have to get her to trust me first and show her I’m not the guy I used to be.

    Rating: 9/10

    I must admit was really surprised by this book in a very good way. This book had a unique feel to it. I liked the twist that came to light towards the end. I enjoyed this one! Overall, this was a great read. 

    Recommend: YES!

    Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

    Bonjour à tous! Hope you are all having a lovely day. Here’s a review on a book I recently finished. 

    Goodreads Summary: Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week as a junior at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help? In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved? 

    Rating: 7/10

    The beginning of this book was very promising but as I kept reading it started to drag and become repetitive. Everything was stereotypical. The romance was cliche. The plot was predictable and ordinary. This book had so much potential but the stereotypes and predictability ruined the experience. 

    Recommendation: NOT. WORTH. IT. 

    The Cellar (The Cellar #1) by Natasha Preston

    Hello everyone! Hope you’re all having a lovely day. Here’s my book review.

    Goodreads Summary: Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out…

    Rating: 7/10

    This book had so much potential, although at the end I completely lost interest. First of all, the relationship between the main character, Summer, and her boyfriend, Lewis, is completely sappy and unreal. Also, the story ended abruptly. The tension was building, and all of the sudden it was very choppy and pieces were missing. It was all so confusing and such a mess at the end. There was also no real backstory for the other characters. I wish the author would have told us more about Clover and the relationship with his mom which lead to his desire for the perfect family. I would have also liked to known more about Rose and Poppy as well. Again, there was a lot of potential for this story, but it seemed rushed and not very well-thought out by the end. Also, there were several typos, as well as a lot of unanswered questions that could easily have been addressed.

    I would recommend passing on this book.

    Slated (Slated #1) by Teri Terry

    Hello everyone! Hope your having a marvelous day. I just finished this book so here’s my review 😁

    Goodreads Summary: Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost for ever. The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

    Rating: 10/10

    I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up SLATED, other than the fact that the cover and synopsis sucked me right in. But I can say this, It greatly exceeded my expectations: suspense, mind-bending mystery, romance, and just the right amount of science fiction. The mystery…the relationship between Kyla and Ben, the gorgeously descriptive writing, and the awesome ending. The ending has a heart-wrenching, amazingly shocking twist, and that’s another reason I love it.

    Recommend: YOU WANT TO READ THIS BOOK.