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Top 5 Wednesday - Disappointing Eye Candy

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Top 5 Wednesday! If you want to check it out, you can go to the Goodreads group and read more about it. 

This week's topic is top 5 disappointing eye candy books, or books that look gorgeous but didn't live up to their wonderful covers. I have to say, this was not as hard as I thought it would be! Apparently I'm a bit of a cover buyer, so many of my books are ones that I picked because I liked the cover, and maybe not the synopsis. 

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Storywise, this book just didn't do much for me. I lost interest as things became more and more far fetched and confusing.

That being said, I will probably be reading the sequel because if the cover is as gorgeous as this one, I cannot say no! *sigh*

No Place to Fall by Faye Robin Brown

The cover of this book was just so misleading.

I was expecting an epic road trip. That's not what I got! It wasn't that I hated this book, I didn't. And it deals with some serious is…

Monday Reviews - The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

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Today I am reviewing The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman! Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book to review, all opinons are my own!

Starting this book, I didn't really know what it was about. I knew it was going to be a historical novel, but not much else than that. Overall, I quite enjoyed this book. I don't really have a lot of experience with historical novels, this one being set in the 1800s, but I enjoyed it nonetheless!
The first little bit, not much happens. But the day to day events were interesting enough for me to keep reading. One thing is very clear, the author did her research. There is a whole section in the back of the book with references to real life events that happened at that time, places that they went to really existed. I think for me, that dedication and attention to detail (although who am I trying to kid, I would not be able to verify any of the facts myself) that really brings this book to the next le…

Top 5 Wednesday - Buzz Words

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Top 5 Wednesday! If you want to check it out, you can go to the Goodreads group and read more about it. 

This week's topic is top 5 favourite buzz words, that is books that, when used in the synopsis, pretty much guarantee that I will be buying or reading that book! When I was compiling my list, I pretty much just went through my Goodreads to-read shelf and looked through some syopsis and whatever words jumped out at me, I picked.

Also, after compiling these, apparently I am really into the psychological thrillers and murder mysteries these days, so that is clearly reflected in my words! Don't worry, I guess I'm just in a weird place...

"psychological thriller" - Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger

I think I'm on a mission to find the best psychological thriller! Ever since starting reading them again last year, I cannot get enough!

"sinister" - Beware that Girl by Teresa Tenton

This book sounds great, and sinis…

TBR Tuesday - January 19

Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday! This week, there are quite a few wonderful new releases to pick up, so get that Goodreads TBR list ready!

Up to this Pointe by Jennifer Longo

This book just sounds like such a refreshing story! I think I will be picking it up myself! It's been said to be perfect for fans of John Corey Whaley, Jandy Nelson and Libba Bray. For me, these are some great, original authors, so that, plus the 4.13/5.00 Goodreads rating, makes me have high expectations for this book!

We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

This book seems like a really interesting LGBTQA. I think a lot of times, there aren't many LGBTQA books that aren't just straight contemporaries. It will be interesting to see a lite sci-fi/paranormal story that has a gay main character. I don't know if its just the title, but I'm getting a vaguely A.S. King vibe with some magical realism, so I'm excited!

Shade Me by Jennifer Brown

I love me a good mystery, and this…

Monday Reviews - The Widow by Fiona Barton

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I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing The Widow by Fiona Barton. I received this book for review from Penguin Random House, however all opinions are my own.

I wanted to love this book.

Really, I did.

First off, hats off to the ARC marketing team, this was such a cool ARC. It was sent in a really cool evidence bag, with Skittles!

A photo posted by ryley | eighteen (@ryleyreads) on Dec 11, 2015 at 6:34pm PST

I think my problem is that this book was compared to Gone Girl/The Girl on the Train, so I was expecting a thriller. And this was more of a suspenser. (I totally just made that word up...), but really, there wasn't really any mystery. We knew the crime, we knew the only suspect. It was pretty much just waiting to see if he actually committed the crime.

Anyways, I felt like at times, the story was hard to follow. It was told through 4 main perspectives on two different timelines, past and present. I feel like I wasn't engrossed in the…

Monday Reviews - on a Friday! - Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I am back again with another Monday Reviews - on a Friday! This week, I am reviewing Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff!

Overall, while I liked this book, it just wasn't my favourite. I think my problem with this book was that there was just so much hype surrounding it, that this book was built so high up, my expectations were too high and I was disappointed. I liked it, but I definitely didn't love it.

I enjoyed the layout, documents, recordings, images, I feel like the trend of the novel/graphic novel hybrid is gaining momentum, this was my second book like this in the last couple months, but story wise, it didn't wow me.

There were a couple moments where it was intense and suspenseful, and I didn't see something coming but other than that, it was kinda hard to remember what character was on what ship, what tag name was who, with all the names of things and abbreviations, I just couldn't keep it straight.

In addition to the hype, the other re…

Top 5 Wednesday - Self Published Authors

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Top 5 Wednesday! If you want to check it out, you can go to the Goodreads group and read more about it. 

This week the topic is top 5 self published authors! This is a very different topic for me, because while I read a lot of books, most of them are published by a major publishing house. Not everyone can be represented by a larger company, and in fact, many of my favourite authors started out as self-published. I am also going to be including indie authors/authors with smaller publishers to help spread the word on great, lesser known books and authors!

The Darkest Light by Ashley Earley

Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, this dragon-fantasy story is a wonderful almost-but-not-quite-love-triangle standalone that will leave you wondering how on Earth it was written by a then 18 year old. The main character is very relatable, she is battling depression after the tragic death of her father, and you can't help but feel for her.…

TBR Tuesday - January 12

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I am back with another TBR Tuesday! There are a lot of books out today, so get those TBR lists out, you'll definitely find some you want to add!

Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

I was able to read an ARC, and my review was posted yesterday, you can read more here! I enjoyed this book, but didn't really feel like to much happened. I do think it was well written and an important story to read.

Traveler by Arwen Elys Dayton

I'm not really familiar with the Seeker series, but this second book is apparently perfect for fans of Game of Thrones and Legend! Sounds interesting!

The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth

This book sounds fantastic! Plus that cover! Apparently is a mix of mystery, romance, and fantasy genres and this book sounds like a great magical-realism novel. I may just have to pick this one up myself!

Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker

I was able to read an ARC of this book, and I posted my review last week, you can read it here! I enjoyed this book and lo…

Monday Reviews - Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

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This weeks Monday Reviews is Underwater by Marisa Reichardt. Thanks to Raincoast Books for providing me with an e-ARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

Well this was definitely an interesting book.

The main character Morgan is a shut in after a *tragedy* (you can probably guess, and honestly even though it isn't explicitly stated until later in the book, you can pretty much assume what event is being referred to) at her high school. But when a cute boy moves in next door, she befriends him and tries to push her boundaries and move on from what happened.

This book deals a couple serious issues, such as PTSD, both from the point of an "at home" trauma and trauma from the a soldier in the war, agoraphobia (that is, being too afraid to leave your house), as well as divorce.

I thought it was a good book, but I felt like not a lot happened. Some of this gets a little bit spoilery, so if you want to be totally surprised, maybe skip the rest...


Monday Reviews - On a Friday! - We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

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I am back with another Monday Reviews - On a Friday! Basically, this is when I review the books I read on my own time, not books that were sent for review! This week, I am reviewing We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean!

Recently I picked up this book and it was so fantastic, it made it to my top 15 of 2015 list! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Oh my gosh.

This book was phenomenal! I tore through it like no tomorrow. The writing was beautifully constructed, the story was well planned and the twist was done so well I didn't even get a hint that it was coming!

This book feels like a mix between Its Kind Of A Funny Story and The Dead House. It has everything I love in a book, suspense, an undetectable twist, a mental hospital and mental illness galore! (ok, so that sounds worse than it is... but I do love a good MI novel)

I don't want to say too much about the twist because it's such a great aspect of the story but I will say that the PTSD that Alice an…

Top 5 Wednesday - Favourite Fandoms err... Books to Read in 2016

Hello everyone!

Well, this week, the T5W topic was favourite fandoms, and really, I'm not really a part of any fandoms/I don't really know of any...

So I decided instead to share some of the books I am looking forward to picking up in the coming year. I am keeping this list only of books that I haven't read (haven't gotten an ARC) and that are coming out in 2016, and then at the end of the year, I can see how the books I was looking forward to actually were!

I hope that makes sense... Anyways, to the books!

When I Wake by Elizabeth Norris

I loved her first series, Unraveling and the premise of this book looks really interesting. There's no official date set yet for publication, just 2016, so hopefully this book comes out sooner, rather than later!

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold 

I absolutely LOVED Arnold's debut novel, Mosquitoland and there is some speculation that this book may, possibly be related to that one? The main character of that book talks about bein…

TBR Tuesday - January 5

Hello everyone!

I am back with a list of brand new books for the first TBR Tuesday of the year! There are lots of books here, so pull up your Goodreads and start adding!

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I absolutely loved Alex's The Darkest Mind trilogy and I have very high hopes for this series!

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Every man and their dog seems to be so pumped for this book! I've yet to read her previous novels, the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy but I've heard great things!

Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake

This sounds like a great story about a girl who gets sucked into a world of magic she didn't ask for. Plus, there's libraries...

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

This one sounds interesting, a lot of intrigue and mystery!

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

I received an ARC of this from Raincoast Books, and it was good, but not great. You can see my full thoughts here. It deals with a lot of harder issues many teens deal with these days, but just not my favou…