Recent Reads: 2-8 December 2018


I read 3 whole books this week!

And of course, I also started one that I have been so excited to get to, and unfortunately, I DNF-ed another, rather popular, book for now.

See which ones they were in this week’s reading update!



Sunday (2nd December)

Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms #4) by Morgan Rhodes


frozen tidesRebels, royals, and monsters wage war over the Mytican throne in the shocking fourth book of the Falling Kingdoms series, from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes.

CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.

MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: The young sorcercess has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.


Published: 15 December 2015

Publisher: Razorbill

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 413


How far are you in this read-a-thon??

I am about to start Crystal Storm (#5) VERY soon, and then quickly move onto Immortal Reign (#6) shortly after. My goal is to finish the series by the end of the week, so make sure you stay tuned in next week’s reading update to see if I did!

So stay tuned through my Instagram and Twitter for more details!


Tuesday (4th December)

Valiant by Merrie Destefano


ValiantThe Valiant was supposed to save us. Instead, it triggered the end of the world.

Earth is in shambles. Everyone, even the poorest among us, invested in the Valiant’s space mining mission in the hopes we’d be saved from ourselves. But the second the ship leaves Earth’s atmosphere, our fate is sealed. The alien invasion begins. They pour into cities around the world through time portals, possessing humans, forcing us to kill one another.

And for whatever reason, my brother is their number one target.

Now the fate of the world lies in the hands of me, a seventeen-year-old girl, but with the help of my best friend, Justin―who’s suddenly starting to feel like more―maybe if we save my brother, we can save us all.


Published: 4 December 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Pages: 304

Click HERE for my book review!

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

Magonia (Magonia #1) by Maria Dahvana Headley


magonia#1 New York Times bestseller Maria Dahvana Headley’s soaring sky fantasy Magonia is now in paperback!

Since she was a baby, Aza Ray Boyle has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—but as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war between Magonia and Earth is coming. In Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?


Published: 28 April 2015

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 309

Click HERE for my book review!

Saturday (8th December)

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera


more happyPart Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, part Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut confronts race, class, and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.

Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy leaves him reeling. He’s slowly remembering what happiness might feel like this summer with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, but it’s his new best friend, Thomas, who really gets Aaron to open up about his past and confront his future.

As Thomas and Aaron get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself that threaten to shatter his newfound contentment. A revolutionary memory-alteration procedure, courtesy of the Leteo Institute, might be the way to straighten himself out. But what if it means forgetting who he truly is?”


Published: 2 June 2015

Publisher: Soho Teen

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary / LGBT

Pages: 293

I ended up DNF-ing this one about 30 pages into it. It wasn’t because I didn’t like the story, it was more due to the fact that I wasn’t in the mood for this kind of emotional, contemporary story. I do plan on picking this one up again in the future, but for now, I didn’t want to force myself to read it.

Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson *Currently Reading*


PaperGirl_1600I haven’t left my house in over a year. My doctor says it’s social anxiety, but I know the only things that are safe are made of paper. My room is paper. My world is paper. Everything outside is fire. All it would take is one spark for me to burst into flames. So I stay inside. Where nothing can touch me.

Then my mom hires a tutor. Jackson. This boy I had a crush on before the world became too terrifying to live in. Jackson’s life is the complete opposite of mine, and I can tell he’s got secrets of his own. But he makes me feel things. Makes me want to try again. Makes me want to be brave. I can almost taste the outside world. But so many things could go wrong, and all it takes is one spark for everything I love to disappear…


Published: 4 December 2018

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary / Mental Health

Pages: 336

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Stay tuned this TUESDAY (Dec 11th) for all my thoughts while I participate in the Official Blog Tour!

Favorite Book of the Week: Frozen Tides

# of Pages Read: 819

Total # of Books Read: 3 with 1 DNF and 1 currently reading

Some posts you may have missed this week:

For this next week, I hope to finish 7 books. With only working the next three days, I feel like this goal is VERY possible.

What will you be working on this week?? Did you read anything interesting?

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Until next time..

Happy Reading,


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