Hi everyone! I can’t believe that it’s already Wednesday; my small break has flown by thanks to me having to get a butt load of stuff done for nursing school (which starts on Monday). I’m so excited to finally start taking my career focused classes, since I’m still pretty fresh out of high school and have been taking pretty basic classes for the past five years (high school with one year of college).
I just want to go ahead and thank y’all for being so supportive if me during this busy (and exciting and nerve racking) time in my life. I would have never thought last year that I would have so many people reading my bookish content, and I will forever be grateful for all of y’all taking a few moments of your day to read my post! Even though I will probably be super busy, please tag me in any bookish tags in the upcoming months, so I can have some something to post in between my reviews and take a few moments for myself to do something other than read a textbook and make notecards!
This tag is hosted by hosted by Taking on the World of Words where you answer the following questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you want to read next?
Syrian Brides by Anna Halabi
“This delightful collection of short stories offers insight into the lives of Syrian women, both the married and the brides-to-be. It reveals the warmth and humor as well as the oppression in the Syrian society. The stories make the reader laugh while addressing serious issues such as domestic violence. Um Hussam can’t find a suitable bride for her son, testing each candidate’s sight, hearing and reading skills, occasionally cobbing a feel. Jamila’s husband Hassan can’t forget his deceased wife, until she makes sure he never mentions her again. Rami can’t help but wonder whether his new bride is a natural beauty or a talented surgeon’s masterpiece. Khadija’s maid stabs her in the back while Rana’s husband Muafak can’t find the right excuse to avoid a fight.”
I’m about a third of the way down with this book, and it’s so insightful into the Syrian culture and how the women over there are treated.
As She Fades by Abbi Glines
“On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend Crawford are in a terrible car accident that leaves Crawford in a coma. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college, for a bright future full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken.
Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale’s brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can’t deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she’s not immune to Slate’s charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship.
Then, Crawford wakes up . . . with no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale opts to leave for college and move on with her life. Except now, she’s in Slate’s territory, and their story is about to take a very strange turn.”
I started this book a couple of nights ago and I AM HOOKED. I’m only 52 pages in, but I’m already crushing on Slate!
Below by Alexandria Wick
“In the heart of the frigid North, there lives a demon known as the Face Stealer. Eyes, nose, mouth—nothing and no one is safe. Once he returns to his lair, or wherever it is he dwells, no one ever sees those faces again.
When tragedy strikes, Apaay embarks on a perilous journey to find her sister’s face—yet becomes trapped in a labyrinth ruled by a sinister girl named Yuki. The girl offers Apaay a deal: find her sister’s face hidden within the labyrinth, and she will be set free. But the labyrinth, and those who inhabit it, is not as it seems. Especially Numiak: darkly beautiful, powerful, whose motives are not yet clear.
With time slipping, Apaay is determined to escape the deadly labyrinth with her sister’s face in hand. But in Yuki’s harsh world, Apaay will need all her strength to survive.
Yuki only plays the games she wins.”
Control Freakz by Michael Evans
“Trillions of dollars were lost in the Great Crash.
Thousands of lives were ended with Protocol 00.
And Natalie’s life might be the next…
The past haunts her, the future scares her, and the present is out to kill her.
Natalie had always known her dad’s disappearance was connected to something much more sinister inside Area 51, but she never guessed that finding answers would require her to sacrifice everything. After the Great Crash and the election of President Ash, Natalie’s dad disappears and her grandpa soon after ends his own life. But these tragic events shrouded in mystery pale in comparison to the horrors that ensue with the onslaught of Protocol 00.
After Protocol 00 is enacted, Natalie’s entire family is taken by the Protection Services Agency, along with the families of her two best friends, Hunter and Ethan. With nothing to lose and the threat of government hitmen kidnapping them at any moment, the three must battle to survive in a horrid, post-apocalyptic world run by President Ash and his invasive government. Risking ruthless leaders, attempted mind control, and her very existence on the planet, Natalie, along with Hunter and Ethan, will stop at nothing in their quest to learn the secrets that destroyed their lives. But there are unrivaled powers working against them, and with impending doom looming at any moment, there is no one to trust and nowhere to hide. In a life devoid of hope, happiness, and safety, Natalie must battle both the darkness lurking inside and out of her in order to save the world from the secrets the government is hiding in Area 51, but it might already be too late.”
Yep, I decided to pick this book back up. I had to put this book down for some time because I wan’t feeling during the time I was reading it. Hopefully I can finish it soon and get a review up!
Night Visions by Elena Gray
“The God of War is calling…
Samantha Cade knows a war is brewing. If her prophetic dreams are any indication, it will come at a cost—innocent lives. Though she tries her best to avoid the coming conflict, fate has other ideas. To survive the future, she must accept the one thing that shattered her.
The return of her lost love is more than Sam can handle. Vanishing from her life three years ago, she’s not ready to open her heart to him again. The only problem is, Ian’s her best asset when the God of War comes looking for a fight.
As Sam races against the clock to avoid losing her life, she faces a devastating choice: lean on the man she once loved and save the world or risk breaking her heart forever.”
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
“Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.
Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court enchanter, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.
And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.”
I’m hoping that I can get a review up for this book either later tonight or tomorrow!
Phoenix by Autumn Reed and Julia Clarke
“All Haley Jones wants for her eighteenth birthday is answers. Thanks to an overprotective dad and a secluded existence in the Sierra Nevada wilderness, Haley has never experienced a typical life. Her dad claims there’s a good reason for their isolation, but he refuses to tell her why, delaying her questions with the promise of answers when she turns eighteen. That day has finally arrived, but the explanation raises more questions than answers. And when Haley wishes for the chance to explore the world, she finds that the old adage rings true—be careful what you wish for.”
Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer
“In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.
Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital. But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.
The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.”
Happy reading until next time,