Recent Reads: 12-18 August 2018


Bout of Books 23 starts in less than 6 hours!!!

Which means this next week is going to be jam-packed with a TON of anticipated reads! Especially if it is anything like this last week which included SIX books!



Sunday (12th August)

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas


throne of glass“After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.”


Published: 7 August 2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 404

This is the second book completed in my Throne of Thoughts Read-a-thon! Join in on reading the current Throne of Glass releases in time for the release of the epic finale on October 23rd!

This upcoming week we finish Crown of Midnight and continue onto Heir of Fire this Wednesday!


Tuesday (14th August)

The Final Lesson (The Final Lesson #1) by Shakyra Dunn


the final lesson“Trust none but yourself.”

Leilana Erovina’s got a bid for power as she takes the final test to become one of her realm’s Warlords. As such, she sets out to travel the lands of Adrylis and log magical totems from respectful folk with only one hitch—no ancestral help. The quest is a pilgrimage to learn the basics of human nature. Some would call concepts like gentleness and passion fables of the heart.

In another perspective, war brews in the kingdom of Linmus, throwing Adrylis into chaos. Prince Remiel Vesarus finds himself in exile, vengeance on his mind for those who tore his life asunder. His attendant Solus Brenner at his side, they plan on restoring their kingdom against all odds.

Fate has drawn these two parties together. Conjoined at the hip, the traveler, prince and right-hand will learn the old saying of magic: “It always comes with a price.”


Published: 2 June 2018

Publisher: Shakyra Dunn

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / Romance

Pages: 390

This book was a DNF about 75 pages into it.

*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book through YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own and are not influenced in any way.*

Wednesday (15th August)

Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black


girl at the graveValentine has spent years trying to outrun her mother’s legacy. But small towns have long memories, and when a new string of murders occurs, all signs point to the daughter of a murderer.

Only one person believes Valentine is innocent—Rowan Blackshaw, the son of the man her mother killed all those years ago. Valentine vows to find the real killer, but when she finally uncovers the horrifying truth, she must choose to face her own dark secrets, even if it means losing Rowan in the end.


Published: 7 August 2018

Publisher: Tor Teen

Genre: Young Adult Historical Mystery

Pages: 336

Check out all of my thoughts HERE!

*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own and are not influenced in any way.*

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas *Currently Reading*


crown of midnight“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.


Published: 27 August 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 418

This book is also a part of the Throne of Thoughts Read-a-thon!

Thursday (16th August)

In Between by M.A. Fernandez


in betweenRachel has always wanted one thing, true love. She has dreamed about her perfect wedding since she was little and it seems she will finally get it with her fiancé Ethan. However when Rachel meets Tom, an elegant, smart conceited lawyer, everything she believes and feels is called into question. This is a captivating story about the power of distance, lack of time spent between couples, and confusion that put Rachel In Between the two men. Caught in the web of the consequences of their decisions, life’s twists and turns, and the effects of karma on each of the characters. This book will make you question the reason why we do things, and will push you to side with characters as you live through their choices. In Between emphasizes the importance of bonds, true love and the power of forgiveness, and how these can turn the worst of situations into valuable life lessons of love and hope.


Published: 9 October 2017

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

Genre: New Adult Romance

Pages: 242

Check out all of my thoughts HERE!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han


to all theWhat if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.


Published: 20 March 2015

Publisher: Penerbit Spring

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Pages: 355

Favorite Book of the Week: Throne of Glass

With this reading kick I’ve had for the last few days, I think it’s going to be a breeze in EXCEEDING my reading goals for the Bout of Books Read-a-thon! I highly recommend that if you’re a huge fan of these reading update posts AND if you love to read even more, you should join in on this week’s fun! It’s a whole week dedicated to any style of reading!!

Since I will be updating my reading daily, there won’t be a ‘Recent Reads’ post next Sunday. So be on the look out for those posts instead!

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Until next time..

Happy Reading,


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