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Challenges that I am participating in.

#ARCApril!

I’m so excited to start ARC April! My internet’s been crap, so it’s been frustrating trying to upload this post on time, but I’m glad to finally get some reviews and blogging done ūüôā I have a lot of e-arcs, so that will be the majority of my pile. The books I’m hoping to get through this month include, but are not limited to:

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Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by Bonnie MacBird

Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

by Bonnie MacBird
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Format: Kindle/ ARC

Published: Oct. 6th 2015 by Collins Crime Club

Genre: Mystery

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“London. A snowy December, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, 34, is languishing and back on cocaine after a disastrous Ripper investigation. Watson can neither comfort nor rouse his friend ‚Äď until a strangely encoded letter arrives from Paris.

Mlle La Victoire, a beautiful French cabaret star writes that her young son has vanished, and she has been attacked in the streets of Montmartre.

Racing to Paris with Watson at his side, Holmes discovers the missing child is only the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem. The most valuable statue since the Winged Victory has been violently stolen in Marseilles, and several children from a silk mill in Lancashire have been found murdered. The clues in all three cases point to a single, untouchable man, an art collector seemingly beyond reach of the law.

Will Holmes recover in time to find the missing boy and stop a rising tide of murders? To do so he must stay one step ahead of a dangerous French rival and the threatening interference of his own brother, Mycroft.

This latest adventure, in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, sends the iconic duo from London to Paris and the icy wilds of Lancashire in a case which tests Watson’s friendship and the fragility and gifts of Sherlock Holmes’ own artistic nature to the limits.” –Goodreads

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Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay

Princess of Thorns

by Stacey Jay
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Format: Kindle/ ARC

Published: Dec. 9th 2014 by Delacorte Press

Genre: Fairytale Retelling/Fantasy, Young Adult

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“Game of Thrones meets the Grimm’s fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora’s throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it’s too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?” –Goodreads

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The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

The Heart Goes Last

by Margaret Atwood
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Format: Kindle/ ARC

Published: Sept. 29th 2015 by Nan A. Talese

Genre: Dystopia/ Sci-fi/ Contemporary

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“Living in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a ‚Äėsocial experiment‚Äô offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month ‚Äď swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But then, unknown to each other, Stan and Charmaine develop passionate obsessions with their ‚ÄėAlternates,‚Äô the couple that occupy their house when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire begin to take over.” –Goodreads

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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa B. Sheinmel

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (#1)

by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa B. Sheinmel
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Format: Kindle/ ARC

Published: Mar. 24th 2015 by Weinstein Books

Genre: Paranormal/Thriller, Young Adult

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“In that place where you’re more asleep than awake any more, I hear something else. A phrase uttered in a child’s voice, no more than a whisper: Night Night.

Something freaky’s going on with Sunshine’s new house . . . there’s the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mum believes her. Sunshine’s always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort . . .

If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can’t help them?

As things become more frightening and dangerous, and the giggles she hears turn to sobs and screams, Sunshine has no choice but to accept what she is, face the test before her and save her mother from a fate worse than death.

The first in a frighteningly good new series based on the popular YouTube sensation The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network, created by Paige McKenzie.” –Goodreads

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ARC August: Week 3

ARC AUGUST: Week 3

Books Read: 

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa B. Sheinmel

(a couple of other non-arc books, sorry ya’ll I tried.)

Total Books & Reviews:

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell | Review

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston | Review

Sweet Madness by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie | Review

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa B. Sheinmel | Review to be typed as soon as I’m finished w/ this post.

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I’ve started on Maragaret Atwood’s newest book, The Heart Goes Last and it’s…. um… interesting? I’m (hopefully) past all the sexual thoughts, fantasies and “torture,”¬†parts, so I’m hoping more of it will make sense, instead of making me want to skip pages. ¬†It’s quite longer than I initally thought. I’m 45% through, and according to my kindle I have 3 hrs. 51 min. left.

After I finish The Heart Goes Last I’m going to start on The Bargaining by Carly Anne West, another EW title that I need to get through ūüôā

 

ARC August: Week 2

ARC AUGUST: Week 2

Books Read: 

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

Total Books & Reviews:

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell | Review

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston | Review

Sweet Madness by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie | Review

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On the upside, my Netgalley percentage has gone up a couple of points, now at 77% ūüôā I haven’t gotten to any of my non-netgalley arcs yet, but after I finish The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, I’m going to start on The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood, which was provided via EW.

On the downside, I was denied the job that I’ve spent two weeks of painful anxiety and interviews on, and I’m completely lost in my life.

A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1) by Liz Braswell

A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1)

by Liz Braswell
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Format: Kindle/ ARC

Published: Sept. 1st 2015 by Disney Hyperion

Genre: Fantasy/ Retelling, Mid-grade & Young Adult

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“Welcome to a new YA¬†series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of¬†Aladdin¬†twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie? ¬†


When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of¬†Aladdin¬†in the same way again.” –Goodreads

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Sweet Madness by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie

Sweet Madness

by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie



Format: Paperback/ ARC

Published: Sept. 18th 2015 by Merit Press

Genre: Historical Fiction/ Thriller, Young Adult

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“Seventeen-year-old Bridget Sullivan is alone in Fall River, a city that sees Irish immigrants as nothing more than a drunken drain on society. To make matters worse, she’s taken employment with the city‚Äôs most peculiar and gossip-laden family‚ÄĒthe Bordens. But Bridget can‚Äôt afford to be picky‚ÄĒthe pay surpasses any other job Bridget could ever secure and she desperately needs the money to buy her little sister, Cara, passage to the states. It doesn‚Äôt hurt that the job location is also close to her beau, Liam. As she enters the disturbing inner workings of the Borden household, Bridget clings to these advantages.

However, what seemed like a straightforward situation soon turns into one that is untenable. Of course Bridget has heard the gossip around town about the Bordens, but what she encounters is far more unsettling. The erratic, paranoid behavior of Mr. Borden, the fearful silence of his wife, and worse still…the nightly whisperings Bridget hears that seem to come from the walls themselves.

The unexpected bright spot of the position is that Lizzie Borden is so friendly. At first, Bridget is surprised at how Lizzie seems to look out for her, how she takes a strong interest in Bridget‚Äôs life. Over time, a friendship grows between them. But when Mr. Borden‚Äôs behavior goes from paranoid to cruel, and the eerie occurrences in the house seem to be building momentum, Bridget makes the tough decision that she must leave the house‚ÄĒeven if it means leaving behind Lizzie, her closest friend, alone with the madness. Something she swore she would not do.

But when Bridget makes a horrifying discovery in the home, all that she thought she knew about the Bordens is called into question…including if Lizzie is dangerous. And the choice she must make about Lizzie’s character could mean Bridget’s life or death.

SWEET MADNESS is a retelling of the infamous Borden murders from the point of view of Lizzie‚Äôs Irish maid, Bridget Sullivan.” –Goodreads

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