Sunday 4 October 2015

Weekly Highlights: the 'October TBR' edition

Weekly Highlights is a feature borrowed from Faye of A Daydreamer's Thoughts, where I get to highlight my posts of the week, show you my new books and talk about bookish things!

It is October, the month of proper autumnal weather, Halloween and most importantly: my birthday! Other than that, I think it'll be a month of working and snuggling under a blanket reading. Although at the moment, it's still pretty warm and it's throwing me off!

On The Blog
Review of Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (4 stars)
Review of Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas (5 stars)
Review of Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson (4 stars)
Review of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (5 stars)

Currently Reading
Between Two Thorns by Emma Newton - I'm working through my kindle back catalogue and was feeling like something magical in the run up to Halloween. 

On My Bookshelf
Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between by Jennifer E Smith
One night. A life-changing decision. And a list...

Of course Clare made a list. She creates lists for everything. That's just how she is. But tonight is Clare and Aidan's last night before college and this list will decide their future, together or apart.

It takes them on a rollercoaster ride through their past - from the first hello in science class to the first conversation at a pizza joint, their first kiss at the beach and their first dance in a darkened gymnasium - all the way up to tonight.

A night of laughs, fresh hurts, last-minute kisses and an inevitable goodbye. But will it be goodbye forever or goodbye for now?

I was finally approved for Jennifer E Smith's new book! Thank you Headline and Netgalley!

Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame
When sixteen-year-old Eden Munro agrees to spend the summer with her estranged father in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California, she has no idea what she’s letting herself in for. Eden's parents are divorced and have gone their separate ways, and now her father has a brand new family. For Eden, this means she's about to meet three new step-brothers. The eldest of the three is Tyler Bruce, a troubled teenager with a short temper and a huge ego. Complete polar opposites, Eden quickly finds herself thrust into a world full of new experiences as Tyler's group of friends take her under their wing. But the one thing she just can't understand is Tyler, and the more she presses to figure out the truth about him, the more she finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn't – her step-brother.

Throw in Tyler's clingy girlfriend and a guy who has his eyes set on Eden, and there's secrets, lies and a whole lot of drama. But how can Eden keep her feelings under control? And can she ever work out the truth about Tyler?

After hearing so much good stuff about this, I found another edition going on Netgalley and snatched it up! Can't wait to read it!

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Lady Kestrel's engagement to Valoria's crown prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust ...

While Arin fights to keep his country's freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth.

Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner's trilogy.

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. 

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more. In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

And these two are from work/ the library. I'm beginning to feel like it's a bad thing I work in the library but oh well! Really looking forward to both of them.

October TBR
Apart from the new books above, which I definitely will be reading asap, I'm currently working through my old ebooks. You know the one's that have been sat there for a year or two - yeah, I'm finally reading them! Then, halfway through the month, it's my birthday and I am planning on receiving/spending money on lots of books!

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