Spotlight #1 | App for Writers

Hi everyone! I was contacted about the Character Notes Planner app, a character profile planner and note keeper for writers to record story notes, and they asked me to divulge their work here on the blog.

This app was designed to help writers and authors organise ideas and notes, specifically for planning custom character development. It’s a place to write notes on the fly when inspiration hits, and squeeze in micro-writing space and character planning drafts when out and about. 

I thought it would be helpful to some people – I know there are a lot of writers out there who maybe struggle with this, so I hope this helps!

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Developed by Twenty-Nine Comms, here are some of its features:

  • It features a writing prompt list of detail for creating character story and helps consistency with writing for fiction novels, novella, plays, games – and anyone who wants to plan character background detail in a beautiful format.
  • Enter details and characteristics for all your characters, upload photos, add avatars and add links for each character card. Edit and save at any time.
  • Export single, multiple-selected or all character cards and export to PDF or email without leaving the app.

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Here is what Anna Bowden, the director, has to say about why she built the app:

“I’ve always loved writing tools, stationery, notebooks and being organised. What I didn’t love was rifling through thousands of pages and words trying to find the reference to one of my characters and which arm was broken. Over months and months of writing I was making decisions about multiple characters that I couldn’t keep track of for continuity.”

“An author once told me she ‘carried her characters around’ until their story revealed itself, as part of her creative process. This stuck with me and I often found myself frantically jotting down character notes on my mobile phone on the way to work. Now, I have my app and they can come along in my pocket for whenever inspiration hits.”

The character notes planner app is now available on the Play store, for 1.99$! For now, it’s only available for Androids, but they hope that will change soon 🙌🏼

If you’d like to contact the creators, here’s their press contact: characternotes.app@gmail.com.


Have you tried any apps to help you with writing? Any suggestions for the struggling writers out there?

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

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2018 Domestic Thrillers I’m Excited About

Last night I was scrolling through Goodreads and came across a blog post that really caught my eye. It was about ‘The Unputdownable Domestic Suspense Thrillers of 2018‘, so you can probably guess that I was very excited about it 😝 I’ve already read one of the books on the list and it’s actually one of my favorite reads so far, so that’s pretty great 😉

Since I got excited, I thought I’d share with you which of the books I’m most excited about, so here’s my list:

34275231Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

This one was in my shopping cart not long ago, but then the price went up and I didn’t like the edition that was available, so I ended up not getting it. That definitely doesn’t take any of my excitement though, because look at this synopsis:

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me: 
1. I’m in a coma. 
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 
3. Sometimes I lie. 

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?

How intriguing is that!!?? I can’t wait to get my hands on this one 😍 Oh, also Zuky and Abby gave it 5 stars, so that makes me even more interested 😋

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell 35297426

This one was reviewed by a fellow Portuguese booktuber a while ago, and the first thing she said was that the synopsis says too much.

What we need to know is that this is about someone who went missing 10 years ago, and 10 years later there’s some sort of news about this case. It’s mostly told from the perspective of the missing girl’s mom, but there’s also the POV of the girl herself.

So this is, once again, something I’m very very intrigued by, and I definitely want to read it sometime.

36448554Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

I recently requested this one on NetGalley but I still don’t know whether it’ll be accepted. I currently own Behind Closed Doors by the same author but have yet to read it.

All I hear is praise for B.A. Paris, so every time a new book of his comes out I get pumped without ever having read any of the previous ones 😅 Am I a typical book lover, or what? 😄

I remember seeing that Abby gave it a low rating, but the synopsis had me very curious, so I might still give it a go.

Finn and Layla are young, in love, and on vacation. They’re driving along the highway when Finn decides to stop at a service station to use the restroom. He hops out of the car, locks the doors behind him, and goes inside. When he returns Layla is gone—never to be seen again. That is the story Finn told to the police. But it is not the whole story.

Ten years later Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister, Ellen. Their shared grief over what happened to Layla drew them close and now they intend to remain together. Still, there’s something about Ellen that Finn has never fully understood. His heart wants to believe that she is the one for him…even though a sixth sense tells him not to trust her.

Then, not long before he and Ellen are to be married, Finn gets a phone call. Someone from his past has seen Layla—hiding in plain sight. There are other odd occurrences: Long-lost items from Layla’s past that keep turning up around Finn and Ellen’s house. Emails from strangers who seem to know too much. Secret messages, clues, warnings. If Layla is alive—and on Finn’s trail—what does she want? And how much does she know?

I Know My Name by C.J. Cooke 35099667

So, from what I got from all I read about this book, it features a main character that has amnesia and literally washes up on a shore in Greece or something like that.

I don’t think I’ve ever even read a book involving amnesia, but the idea of it makes me want to read every book with a premise of the sort. I think that kind of plot already makes for a rather gripping and anxious read, which I absolutely love when it comes to thrillers.

…But what if that’s the only thing you can remember?

Komméno Island, Greece: I don’t know where I am, who I am. Help me.

A woman is washed up on a remote Greek island with no recollection of who she is or how she got there.

Potter’s Lane, Twickenham, London: Eloïse Shelley is officially missing.

Lochlan’s wife has vanished into thin air, leaving their toddler and twelve-week-old baby alone. Her money, car and passport are all in the house, with no signs of foul play. Every clue the police turn up means someone has told a lie…

Does a husband ever truly know his wife? Or a wife know her husband? Why is Eloïse missing? Why did she forget?

36476218She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell

This one I got from NetGalley not too long ago, the title really captured my attention and I immediately requested it once I realized it was still available.

I looove this trope of women who realize they don’t really know their husband that well, and that he’s been keeping all these secrets. I eat it up like a feast 👌🏼

I’ll probably read it this summer, maybe by the pool when I go on vacation ⛱

When twin sisters Rose and Bel Enright enroll in The Odell School, a prestigious New Hampshire boarding school, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. But the sisters could not be more different. The school brings out a rivalry between them that few ever knew existed. And the school itself has a dark underbelly: of privileged kids running unchecked and uninhibited; of rituals and traditions that are more sinister than they seem; of wealth and entitlement that can only lead to disaster.

For Sarah Donovan, wife of an ambitious teacher who is determined to rise through the ranks, Odell also seems like the best thing that could happen to their small family. But how well does she really know her husband? What lengths will he go to to achieve his goals? And when one dark night ends in murder, who is guilty, who knows the truth, and who has been in on it all along? SHE WAS THE QUIET ONE. Because murderers are almost never who you expect.

Our House by Louise Candlish 35924499

I saw this one for the first time on Abby’s blog and I was drawn to it because of the cover. I really like the colors and just everything about it.

Then, she posted a 4.5-star review and I reaaaally wanted to read it 😄 So apparently this is a story in which someone gets home and there’s literally a family moving into her house?? And then everything starts falling apart and her husband disappears and I am SO intrigued. I am definitely putting this one on my birthday wishlist 😋

On a bright January morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they’ve just bought in Trinity Avenue. 
Nothing strange about that. Except it is your house. And you didn’t sell it. 

When Fiona Lawson comes home to find strangers moving into her house, she’s sure there’s been a mistake. She and her estranged husband, Bram, have a modern co-parenting arrangement: bird’s nest custody, where each parent spends a few nights a week with their two sons at the prized family home to maintain stability for their children. But the system built to protect their family ends up putting them in terrible jeopardy. In a domino effect of crimes and misdemeanors, the nest comes tumbling down.

Now Bram has disappeared and so have Fiona’s children. As events spiral well beyond her control, Fiona will discover just how many lies her husband was weaving and how little they truly knew each other. But Bram’s not the only one with things to hide, and some secrets are best kept to oneself, safe as houses.

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

35376281I’ve been hearing about this author’s books for AGES now, but I still haven’t read any of them. I’ve started I Let You Go, but only read a couple pages because it was exam period. Maybe I’ll pick it back up soon 🙌🏼

There has been so much hype surrounding this one that it’s impossible to miss it, so I went ahead and read the synopsis one day – and I was sold, so I bought it last week 🎊 Here’s what immediately made me want to get it so bad:

The police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They’re both wrong.

WHAT!?!?! I need this in my hands NOW, I can’t freaking wait 😍

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware 36237273

Once again, I own other books by the author but still haven’t read them. However, I think I might read the latest one first, just because I’m so curious.

So from what I’ve heard, this is about someone who receives a letter about an inheritance, but it wasn’t actually addressed to her – just someone with the same name. However, she could use a bit of money, so she decides to go after this inheritance that doesn’t belong to her. Just this bit of information already makes me want to pick it up, and I will do so very soon. I’ve already pre-ordered the edition you see on the right, so it should be here in July 👌🏼

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the centre of it.


So this is my top 8 of 2018 domestic thriller releases that I really want to read and that I’m excited about. Now it’s 1AM so I really need to go to bed and stop looking at books 😅 Hope you enjoyed this little post! 💕

Have you read any of these? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!!

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

June 2018 TBR

So June is here, which means we’re nearing the middle of the year already. I can’t even believe it’s already June??? Every month I’m incredibly surprised that another month has gone by, it’s like it goes by so fast I don’t even notice it until it’s over 😧

I was able to read six books in May while I was studying for all of my tests, so I plan to read waaaaay more in June. I have tests up until the 14th, but after that, I’m absolutely free until September 🎊 So that leaves me with about 16 days in June to read whatever I want. I’m also very bummed that Goodreads keeps reminding me of how I’m 13 books behind schedule 😠 Because of this, I’ve built up an insanely big pile of books that I’m going to try and get to this month 📚

I’m telling you, it’s huge, so let’s jump right in! 👇🏼

805f3-aeneidvirgilThe Aeneid by Virgil

This is a required read for my Roman Culture class (the test is today 😬). Since I’ve already read it before, I just need to re-read the relevant chapters for the class, which means it’ll be a quick read.

 

 

This Does Not Leave This House by Julie Coons Image result for this does not leave this house cover

This book was sent to me by the author and I’ve been wanting to pick it up ever since it got here. It’s about the author’s journey through abuse and abusive relationships, and it’s a very short read, so it’s definitely one of the first books I’ll pick up 😊

 

 

Image result for erin bowman vengeance road coverVengeance Road by Erin Bowman

You might have seen this in this week’s IMWAYR post since it’s my current read. I started it a couple of weeks ago and have been slowly getting through it whenever I can or feel like it.

I’ve heard great things, and I’m enjoying it so far, so I’m looking forward to finishing it! 🙌🏼

 

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne Image result for around the world in 80 days book cover

This is the book we picked for May and June in a Portuguese book club called ‘Clube dos Clássicos Vivos‘. I wanted to get to it in May but I never got to it, so I’m determined to read it on time for the discussion! 💪🏼

 

 

Image result for lies tm logan book coverLies by T.M. Logan

I got this as an ARC from NetGalley and it was on my May TBR. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to get to it, so I’m transferring it to my June TBR.

Maybe this time I’ll finally read it? It’s a thriller, so I’m 99% sure I’m going to enjoy it 😁

 

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson Image result for the girl with a clock for a heart cover

As you may have noticed, I absolutely love Peter Swanson’s books. He has four out and I’ve read two of them. I’ll be buddy-reading this one with a friend of mine so I am veeeeery excited about it 😍

Oh, and today I bought his newest one, so I’ll probably read that one next month! 😁

 

Image result for three dark crowns coverThree Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I started this book a few months ago, but never picked it up again. I have a feeling I’m going to like this, so I need to get back to it already!

I buy books when they come out, start reading them and then I put them down and never resume my reading. It’s a terrible habit, really 😅

 

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas Image result for heir of fire cover

You already know Sarah J. Maas is my absolute favorite YA author, so it’s ridiculous that I haven’t read everything she’s ever written. I own about everything she’s ever written, but I still have like 5 unread books on my shelves 😒

I started this one a while ago, I think when I finished Crown of Midnight, so this is definitely a priority this month. I also plan to binge-read the whole Throne of Glass series in the summer, so I’m looking forward to that 💕

Image result for hollywood keegan allen coverHollywood by Keegan Allen

This was a book I received from St. Martin’s a couple weeks ago. It’s a beautiful photography book, so it’s a rather quick read, although it does have some text in it, such as lyrics or poems.

I’m excited for it, but I’ve yet to figure out how to review it here on the blog. If you have any suggestions of how I should format the review, please leave them in the comments below! 😋

 

The last books on my TBR are all by Portuguese authors and they’re not translated, so I’m just going to mention them 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • Serpentina by Mário Zambujal
  • Ponto de Retorno by Gabriela Simões
  • O Luto de Elias Gro by João Tordo
  • Ensina-me a Voar Sobre os Telhados by João Tordo

As you can probably tell, I’ve chosen a few tiny or quick reads, as well as some books I’ve already started. That’s just my way of finishing as many books as I can 😝

I’m really hoping to finish all of these since I will have more free time. Please pray for my TBR! 😅

What are you going to read in June? Let me know in the comments!!

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

Favorite Books I Read | Winter ’18

Sooo I know this is kind of late, but I still wanted to share it with you. Today I’m talking about the favorite books I read this past Winter – which was full of great reads!

Most of these were 5-star reads, but there are also a couple of 4-stars. All of them were read during the months of December-March. Let’s get started!

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

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You’re probably tired of me talking about Tahereh Mafi’s books, but I can’t stop! 😁

This one is the fourth book in her Shatter Me series and, to my surprise, I actually thought it was better than the previous books – and that’s saying a lot!

I thought the character development was very well-done, and the plot was rather intriguing and addictive, so I read it in no time!

I have a full review of it, so if you want you can read it here.

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

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This is one of the best thrillers I have ever read, by far. It follows two women who are connected by one man: one is his ex-wife and the other one is his fiancée.

The plot itself makes it seem like a normal book – a dramatic romance, even. However, there are great, intriguing elements and plot twists that I would have never seen coming, which made this an amazing and surprising read.

I’ve also just learned that this will be coming out in Portugal this month, and I am SO EXCITED about it!!!! Now the people who watch my Youtube channel will finally be able to read this book that I won’t shut up about 😂

I’ve also reviewed this one – you can read the post here.

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

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Another amazing thriller, this one with It and Stranger Things vibes. Don’t get me wrong: there are no monsters or sci-fi elements in this one. What reminded me of those two was the fact that we follow a group of kids in the 80’s that get themselves into trouble.

Then, we see them as adults, and how they turned out to be after the traumatic events that took place. It’s a great mystery with a cold and creepy atmosphere, and with a deliciously dark revelation.

Read my full review here.

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Her Every fear by Peter Swanson

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I had heard wonders about Peter Swanson’s books, so when I had the opportunity to buddy-read this one with a booktube friend, I had to take it. Needless to say, I was not disappointed!!

Her Every Fear follows Kate, who temporarily trades houses with her cousin. When she gets to his house in Boston, she finds out that there has been a murder next door to her. Throughout the book, we read from different perspectives as we try to figure out what happened to Audrey, the girl that was killed.

A rather suspenseful read, full of messed-up characters who do messed-up things. I read it pretty quickly, and I would’ve read it even more quickly if I wasn’t trying to keep the same pace as my friend!

Full review here!

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars

O Diário Oculto de Nora Rute by Mário Zambujal

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The first book by a Portuguese book that I fully read – and boy was I off to a good start!!

Unfortunately, this one hasn’t been translated into English, but I still wanted to mention it. It’s written in a diary format, so it’s a very short and quick read.

It’s the story of Nora Rute, a girl in her early 20’s, and her life through the different events that took place in 1969 Portugal.

Although I wasn’t alive back then, I saw a lot of the things my grandparents told me about their younger years pictured in this book. That was definitely something that made me enjoy it even more, and I now hold it near and dear to my heart because it reminds me of my grandparents, whom I love very much 💕

★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

aca95806-61b9-4748-a36b-5e4e09a1c114Last, but not least, we have an amazing psychological thriller. This has one of the most intriguing premises I’ve ever read:

Annie has had to start a new life – brand new family, brand new home, brand new self. Why? Because her mother is a serial killer, and she turned her in. Now, she has to hide so that the press doesn’t harass her since she’s the daughter of a monster – and the only one who can testify against her.

Isn’t that an amazing plot? I loved this book! Dark, gripping and full of messed up characters – emotionally messed up, and some of them even mentally ill. What more could I ask for in a thriller?

The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is that I felt there was something missing. I can’t put my finger on it, but it wasn’t at the same level as some of the other books I mentioned in this post so it wouldn’t be fair to give it the same rating. However, if Ali Land can give us a debut like this, I can’t wait for what she’ll do next!! 😊

Click here for my full review.

★★★★☆ 4/5 stars


So those are my favorite books I read during the past season. I hope you enjoy this post – I’m already looking forward to my Spring favorites! 🌿

What are your Winter favorites? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post♡

5 Star Predictions: New Thriller Releases Edition

I absolutely love to write these posts, so I’ve sort of turned this into a series. This time, I’ll be focusing on new thriller releases, since I’ve been obsessed with the genre and it’s all I want to read. I’ve also just ordered a bunch of thriller books that I’ll be sharing with you very soon – there goes my book-buying ban 😅

Click the book cover to be taken to its Goodreads page and add it to your shelves

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.

When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.

Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.

This kind of reminds me of that Liane Moriarty book that I haven’t read but everyone loves… you know the one! A bunch of moms with dark secrets and lies + an abduction + an investigation = a book I will most likely devour.

Look for Me by Lisa Gardner

Image result for Look for Me by Lisa Gardner coverIn #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner’s latest twisty thrill ride, Detective D. D. Warren and “Find Her”‘s Flora Dane return in a race against the clock to either save a young girl’s life . . . or bring her to justice.

The home of a family of five is now a crime scene: four of them savagely murdered, one—a sixteen-year-old girl—missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D. D. Warren is on the case—but so is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane.

Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, whether as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me.

Look for Me reminded me of the book I’m currently reading, The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler, because in both of them there are families that are murdered, but there’s someone who survives. And since I’m loving my current read, I’m certain I will love this one too!

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

Image result for The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn coverAnna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

This book has been EVERYWHERE. It also recently came out here in Portugal, so everyone’s been reading it and raving about it. I love the idea of reading from the perspective of someone who, like me, is kind of a hermit. Even better if they, instead of living their own life, live the lives of people they spy on. This seems like one of those books that, once you start reading, you won’t want to stop, so I’m very excited to get to it!

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Image result for Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney coverMy name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me: 
1. I’m in a coma. 
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore. 
3. Sometimes I lie. 

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it’s the truth?

Unreliable narrator? Family drama? Secrets? Sign me up!! This is basically a compilation of things I love in books, so I’m very excited to get to it sometime – it sounds so damn intriguing!

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Image result for Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh coverThe police say it was suicide.
Anna says it was murder.
They’re both wrong.

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.

Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie…

The first three lines had me sold. If it wasn’t suicide or murder, WHAT WAS IT!? I need to have this book in my hands asap 😄

Lies by T. M. Logan

Image result for lies tm logan coverWHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS BASED ON LIES?
When Joe Lynch stumbles across his wife driving into a hotel car park while she’s supposed to be at work, he’s intrigued enough to follow her in.

And when he witnesses her in an angry altercation with family friend Ben, he knows he ought to intervene.

But just as the confrontation between the two men turns violent, and Ben is knocked unconscious, Joe’s young son has an asthma attack – and Joe must flee in order to help him.

When he returns, desperate to make sure Ben is OK, Joe is horrified to find that Ben has disappeared.
And that’s when Joe receives the first message…

This one I saw on Zuky’s Netgalley Picks of the Week and I was instantly drawn to it. Since I work with St. Martin’s Press, I requested an ARC and they very kindly sent it to me, so thank you! One of my favorite things in books is when characters lie, so this one seems to be right up my alley 👌🏼

11 Missed Calls by Elisabeth Carpenter

Image result for 11 missed calls elisabeth coverHere are two things I know about my mother:

1. She had dark hair, like mine. 
2. She wasn’t very happy at the end.

Anna has always believed that her mother, Debbie, died 30 years ago on the night she disappeared.

But when her father gets a strange note, she realises that she’s never been told the full story of what happened that night on the cliff.

Confused and upset, Anna turns to her husband Jack – but when she finds a love letter from another woman in his wallet, she realises there’s no-one left to help her, least of all her family.

And then a body is found…

This one was also in Zuky’s post, and I liked the cover so I thought I’d read the synopsis… and boy was I intrigued! Again, family drama and abductions are what I live for 🤷🏻‍♀️


So those are some of the new thrillers on my TBR that I think I’ll give 5 stars to. I plan on coming back to this list and seeing whether I got my guesses right or not, that seems fun!

What are your five-star predictions? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

5 Star Predictions: New YA Releases Edition

You might remember a post I made just a few months ago all about 5-star predictions. It’s a post in which you pick a few books that you think will be 5-star reads for you. Well, I enjoyed it so much that I thought I would kind of turn it into a series here on the blog. This time, I’m focusing on Young Adult fiction books that have been or will be published this year, and that I’m really looking forward to!

Without further ado, let’s get right into it…

tbz2meqRestore Me by Tahereh Mafi

“Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?”

Meet Cute by Various Authors

“Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first 

sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors. 

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants. 

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.”

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1)

“The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that lov

e, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.”

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The World of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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“Everyone knows the story of the assassin queen. But now, fans of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series will be immersed in her journey like never before. From Adarlan’s dark past to Terrasen’s bright future, this comprehensive guide will bring the people, creatures, settings, magic, gods, and world of Aelin’s epic journey to life in stunning illustrations and descriptive portrayals. Complete with an expansive vocabulary and timeline of events, this is the must-have official companion to the Throne of Glass series.”

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

“Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.”

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

“Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.”

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences. In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.”


So those are some of this year’s Young Adult releases I think will get 5 stars, and maybe even become favorites of mine, who knows?

What are your five-star predictions? Let me know in the comments!

Do you like these posts? Should I keep making more of them? Please leave feedback in the comments section, it really helps!! Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this post, I really enjoy making these!

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

March 2018 TBR

If you’ve seen my February wrap-up, you know I did not read much last month at all. Since March is longer and relatively light in terms of school work, my plan is to make up for the lack of reading up until now.

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According to Goodreads, I am 7 books behind schedule, so I set my March TBR to 5 books, but I’ll hopefully be able to read more! Here they are:

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #3)

heir-of-fire-3“Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land

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“How far does the apple really fall from the tree?

Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school.

But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother’s trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.

When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother’s daughter.

The Aeneid by Virgil

“The Aeneid is an epic poem written by Virgil in the 1st century BC.
Its hero is Aeneas, a Trojan who travels from Troy to Italy to eventually found Rome. Some argue that the Aeneid is Virgil’s answer to Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad, combining two genres of the day–travel and war–into one poem. Take that, Homer. No civilization is without a bit of revisionist history: so it was that Virgil picked up the story of Aeneas, which was already floating around at the time, and forged an epic founding myth for Rome. And the Aeneid fit the bill, as it linked Rome with the legends of ancient Troy, glorified stodgy Roman values, and legitimized its emperors as descendants of the heroes and gods of the past. George Washington probably didn’t chop down a cherry tree, but it’s a fun legend to tell the kids.”

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #4)

tbz2meq“Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?”

 

Strange Medicine by Mike Russell

“We recommend the following prescription: Strange Medicine – weird and wonderful stories for all that ails you. Strange Medicine is a fantastic collection of extraordinary tales of transformation by UK weird-fiction author Mike Russell. If you love the strange, surreal and unusual or if you are just looking for something different, Strange Medicine is for you.”

 

 


I’m really hoping to finish all of these since I won’t have any tests or assignments until April ♡ Just gotta get rid of this slump!! 😅


What are you going to read in March? Let me know in the comments!!

Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡