Recent Reads: 16-22 September 2018


Happy Fall Y’all!!

It’s finally here. The chilly mornings and the smell of Pumpkin Spice from my cute, pumpkin coffee mug. *sniffs air profusely* Ah, bliss.

Even though the next few days will be in the 70s, I will soon be able to bust out my sweaters and cozy slippers for some much-needed reading time. And BONUS, I may be hosting a read-a-thon later this week!? Check out the details below!

But this last week was packed full with 3 awesome YA books and a 4th one that I have just picked up yesterday.

Without further delay, here are the four books that I finished the summer with:



Tuesday (18th September)

Out of Sight by Matthew S. Cox


OOSMost Citizens hold Outcasts in dim regard, but Sima never expected they’d throw her off the planet.

In 2411, overpopulation has spread a plaque of filthy, congested city to the corners of the Earth. Government has raised corruption to an art form, and no one hears the cries of those left to die in the dark passageways of civilization. Following the End of Nations, people cling to the only division left: social status.

Since running away from home four years ago, she’s managed to stay a step ahead of death―or worse. At sixteen, she’s getting too old to survive from begging, despite her best effort to pretend she’s younger. Worse, the sidewalks teem with little kids edging in on her turf, monopolizing Citizens’ charity with their wide, pleading eyes and genuine innocence.

A chance meeting with suspiciously nice cops leaves her more confused than ever. Between deadly gangs, unforgiving security forces, and a terrifying madam eager to exploit a girl her age, merely getting older is the biggest threat to her life. With no good choice to make, she risks the least of three evils.

Sima thought her life on Earth had been dangerous…

She hasn’t seen anything yet.


Published: 13 August 2018

Publisher: Division Zero Press

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Pages: 338


You can check out all my thoughts from the Official Blog Tour!

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

Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva


happierChanging how you think is possible. I wasn’t always so sure that was true until I experienced it myself, but I know now we don’t have to just accept unhappiness. Not always anyway. This book is my collection of tips and suggestions that have helped me achieve happier thinking. It’s sort of a gym for my mind. I’d love to tell you it was easier than the real gym but well… it’s not really. It takes time, effort, and practice but it’s absolutely well worth the rewards.


Published: 31 December 2017

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Nonfiction

Pages: 42

Click HERE for all of my thoughts!

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own and are not influenced in any way.*

Wednesday (19th September)

Mer-Charmer (World of Aluvia #2) by Amy Bearce


perf6.000x9.000.inddFourteen-year-old Phoebe Quinn is surrounded by magic, but she can’t muster any of her own. Her sister is a fairy keeper. Her best friends are merfolk. And all she does is dishes and housework.

When Phoebe finds out a terrible sea creature is awakening that preys upon the peace-loving merfolk, she becomes determined to help them, even though it means going with Tristan and Mina to their home deep in the sea.

Beneath the waves, Phoebe learns she’s more like her sister than she realized. The merfolk are drawn to her, and she can sense the magic of the sea all around her. Magic is finally at her fingertips, but that’s precisely why the stirring dark power under the waters decides it wants her most of all.

Now she must not only help the peaceful merfolk escape this ancient enemy, she must master her out-of-control powers. If she fails, she will die and darkness will rise and enslave the merfolk once more. But embracing her full power could cost her the very people she loves the most.


Published: 9 May 2016

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 219

Click HERE for all of my thoughts!

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

Saturday (22nd September)

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas


empire of storms.jpgThe long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.


Published: 6 September 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 693


This is the sixth book in my Throne of Thoughts Read-a-thon! We are currently reading Tower of Dawn, and don’t forget to check out my mini reading updates through my Instagram stories!

Since I am behind with reading Empire of Storms and I have my final (yay), major nursing boards this Wednesday, I won’t be beginning Tower of Dawn until later this week.

BUT, since my reading will be moderately on hold for the next 48 hours, I will be hosting a Pop Up Read-a-thon to celebrate my reading freedom this Thursday! I hope to get ALOT of pages read, and I am super excited to finish this amazing series! So stay tuned through my Instagram and Twitter for more details!


Favorite Book of the Week: Happier Thinking

# of Pages Read: 602

Total # of Books Read: 3.5

For this next week, I hope to finish six full books along with 528 pages into Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas.

Let’s see if I can do it!!

What books did you read this week??

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Until next time..

Happy Reading,


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