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LUCKY ME BY SABA KAPUR - REVIEW, Q&A + GIVEAWAY

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Hello everyone!

I am back this week with another blog tour for the soon to be released debut of Saba Kapur, Lucky Me. and this one is very special because I have the wonderful opportunity to give away a copy of this book to one of you! I'll get into those details a little later.


Before I get to my review, let's do a little Q&A with the author, Saba Kapur!

What inspired you to write Lucky Me? Where were you when the idea came to you? When did you decide to write it?
The idea for Lucky Me actually came to me in the shower! I was in tenth grade, and had been spending a lot of time in the library. High school drama was at its peak, and I found my solace amongst books. I think that’s where most of my urge to write came from. This idea just popped into my head and I typed up a rough first chapter, and decided to continue from there. I never wrote it with the intention of having it published; it was initially just a hobby. The idea for the book developed from various places. I had…

NEW RELEASES - MARCH 29

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Hello everyone!

I am back with another week of new releases, this week there are some great new book coming out! Let's get to it!

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski


This is the long awaited finale of The Winner's Trilogy! I actually had the opportunity to be a part of the blog tour for this book and I cannot wait to see how this trilogy ends!

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

Another sequel, I read the first book Nowhere But Here last year and really enjoyed it! I can't wait for this companion novel!

Dark Energy by Robison Wells

In the past, I haven't had the best luck with Robison Wells, I read his book Blackout and it was bad. But hopefully this one is better!

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

This book looks so fantastic! I've been thinking I need to get into more LGBTA+ novels and this seems like a really amazing story! Plus that COVER!

Escaping Perfect by Emma Harrison

This book is pitched as Gone Girl meets the TV show Nashville, which if you ask me, so…

REBEL OF THE SANDS BY ALWYN HAMILTON - BOOK REVIEW

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Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, this week I am reviewing Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton! Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for sending me an ARC! All opinions are my own.


I knew from the first chapter, I was going to love this book. And, by the 5 star rating I gave it, you can tell that I did!

This book was wonderfully written and so very interesting! I've never read anything set in the Middle East or any of the Arabian, exotic novels that the YA genre has recently cranked out, this was my first. I can guarantee you, however, it will not be my last! This book also combines a Western, sort of cowboys and guns vibe, that I really enjoyed. I've heard some comments that people couldn't get into the book because of this cross-genre story, but I loved it!

This story was full of adventure. There weren't many moments where something wasn't happening and when that did happen, we got beautiful stories and tales of the history.

I also really lov…

THE MELTING LIBRARY - BOOKISH CANDLES

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I am back with a little bit of a different blog post this week, instead of talking about a book, I will be talking about some bookish goodies, more specifically, bookish candles!

Now, if you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me post a few times when I received some candles from The Melting Library and I am so in love with them, I had to share them here on the blog!


A photo posted by ryley | eighteen (@ryleyreads) on Mar 12, 2016 at 3:44pm PST


What I think makes these candles stand out from other bookish candle brands is the attention to detail. The owner, Raquel, creates some absolutely gorgeous labels for the candles and hand-crafts each and every scent for a specific scene within the book.

Raquel was generous enough to send me two candles, both Throne of Glass inspired; Fae Warrior and Fireheart. Fae Warrior smells like deep woods with a hint of sweet, cleanness, and Fireheart is a floral lemon with a subtle ember after note! I can't get over how good and …

HOT PTERODACTYL BOYFRIEND - BLOG TOUR AND BOOK REVIEW

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Hello everyone!

Today I have a very special blog tour and review! I was given the very generous opportunity to be a part of the Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend Blog Tour, with a few of other bloggers! Thank you so much Simon and Schuster for this opportunity!



Make sure you check out the other blog posts for more info on the book, including a Q&A with the author and a giveaway for the finished book!


Well, Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn certainly was a unique book. And I think that is part of the reasoning behind the fairly low average rating on Goodreads. People just aren't used to pterodactyls. Do I think they are going to be the next vampires? No. Did I still enjoy the book? Yes!

It took a little bit for me to come to terms with the pterodactyl. I mean, there's not really too much explanation as to why he came to the school, other than "the board" thought it was a good idea. Ok, but why is a supposed to be extinct pterodactyl running around turning girls nose…

EMOTIONS BY ARNULFO CANTARERO - BOOK REVIEW

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Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, this week I am reviewing Emotions by Arnulfo Cantarero! Thanks so much to the author for sending me his book for review, all opinions are my own.


I really wanted to like this book. And I feel bad saying that I didn't and giving it such a low rating but I wouldn't be helping anyone by not being honest.

I think the main problem with this book was the voice of the narrator. He's an extraterrestrial on earth and I just felt like his voice was too extreme. Like he knew nothing of social norms or anything. I almost felt like like it was the authors own voice, an adult trying to write as a teen. It just didn't work.

The other issue I had with this book was that the storyline. I had no idea what was happening. There was a like Mexican mafia type thing and a kidnapping and then a typical day within the same chapter. I was just very confused as to what the point was. I also found that locations got jumbled. At one point, the fami…

MONDAY REVIEWS - ON A FRIDAY! - SALT TO THE SEA BY RUTA SEPETYS

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I am back with another review, this week I am reviewing Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Thanks so much to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.



Wow. This book blew me away.

I first started it a little hesitant, because I'm not really history buff, and pretty much the most fiction I've read surrounding WWII was The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak and that was more magical realism than historical fiction.

The beginning of this book is a little hard to get into, because there are 4 different perspectives that you follow, and they don't meet up right way. I went into this book blind, so I had no idea what it was going to be about, other than telling a story from WWII that no one knows about.

I feel like I will keep that story under wraps, because I don't really want to spoil anything and I felt like, while on some level I should have expected it, I didn't.

Anyways, once you get…

TBR TUESDAY - MARCH 15

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Hello everyone!

I am back with some more new releases! This week doesn't have a ton, but these few have deep and hard hitting messages! Let's get to the books!

A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

This sounds like a very unique book. I've never heard of anything quite like it before. It doesn't have the greatest reviews on Goodreads, but the average is 3.44/5.00 so who knows? Might be worth a shot if this seems up your alley!

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

I haven't really heard anything about this book, but it sounds really good. I'm just hoping that it works out, and doesn't turn into one of those "it's supposed to be beautiful but isn't really books." I feel like it will be overhyped, but I haven't read it so hopefully it will be worth the hype!

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Lately, I've been really intrigued by books dealing with sexual assault. I've always enjoyed books that deal with mental illness and …

MONDAY REVIEWS - OUR DEMONS, BEST FRIENDS BY DIANA T. SCOTT

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Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing Our Demons, Best Friends by Diana T. Scott. Thanks so much to the author for sending me a copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own!


I absolutely loved this book.

Like read it in 3 hours straight, stayed up way too late to finished it, loved it.
This book was so amazing. It was a great New Adult romance, but with a genuine connection, built on friendship, not just lust. Plus, they are medical residents at a hospital, and it was so wonderfully Grey's Anatomy at some points I loved it so much.

Ava and Sebastian both have their issues, and I really liked how they weren't romanticized too much, but they also weren't too raw. It was the perfect balance of old scars that they had, for the most part, been able to come to terms with. Yes, they have their darker moments, but they aren't held down by them.

I also loved how even though this book was New Adult, it wasn't your typical, …

TBR TUESDAY - MARCH 8

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Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday, helping you add to that never ending pile of books you have to read! I know, the struggle is real!

ANYWAYS, there are some REALLY great releases this week, so let's get to them!

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

This book sounds very intriguing, and I in fact just got an ARC copy of it last week. I look forward to reading it soon, the first of a trilogy, this book seems to have good, albeit mixed, reviews!

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
I've read Higgins' other books, the Sweet Evil trilogy and I really enjoyed it and I cannot wait for this take on the Grimm Brothers tale, The Singing Bone! I'm not really familiar with the story, but from the synopsis, I think I will enjoy it!

A Tyranny of Petticoats by Jessica Spotswood
This anthology of stories from authors including Marie Lu, Marissa Meyer, Beth Revis, and Jessica Spotswood sounds absolutely wonderful! It's supposed to be a bunch of kick-butt female characters…

MONDAY REVIEWS - THE SKELETON TREE BY IAIN LAWRENCE

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I am back again with another Monday Reviews! This week, I am reviewing The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence. Thanks to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book for review! All opinions are my own.

Wow! I was not expecting this book to be what it was.

I knew the basic premise, two kids, shipwrecked in Alaska. What I didn't know was how incredible this book would be.

This book is written so well that I felt like I was right alongside them. I was terrified, creeped out and hopeful all at the same time.

So much more than just a survival story, this book will make you look at life a little differently. Chris's father, who has just passed away was not the man Chris thought he was, and, as it turns out, neither is Frank, the other boy he is stranded with. This book makes you cherish what you have, because you could just as easily be thrown into the middle of nowhere with nothing.

This book was raw, gripping and terrifying. The whole concept of the skelet…

TBR TUESDAY - MARCH 1

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Hello everyone!

I am back with another TBR Tuesday! Get that Goodreads open because you are going to want to remember this week's new releases!!

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy


I got the opportunity to read an ARC of this book back in October of last year, and I absolutely loved it! It's a heartbreaking story with a little bit scarier aspects, with the asylum. But there's graffiti and comic strips throughout and that really adds to the story! My full review is here, you definitely need this book in your life!

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

This sounds like a great take on the classic Sherlock Holmes story! I've read some mixed things on Goodreads as to whether or not this book is "different enough" from other adaptations of Holmes and Watson, but for someone like me, who doesn't keep up with the recreations of this story, I think it sounds very intriguing!

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

I haven't really heard too much about this book, but it …