August Reading List

We are still deep in the middle of house renovations and I’ve somehow gotten used to living in chaos.

Currently we are working on the floors in my library and I’m so flipping excited, I can’t handle it.

Of course, it is the most difficult room in the house. We had to pry each piece of wood up off of the floor (they were glued down), then we have to scrape the glue off of the floors and level them before we can lay down the new flooring.

But I keep telling myself it’s going to be glorious once it is done.

In a couple months I’ll be posting a video showing the progress of the library and how I’m organizing the bookshelves in that room. I can’t wait to share it with you!

In the meantime, I thought I’d share my VERY loose reading list for August.

As always, I always list books I’d like to read for the upcoming month, but it’s more of a guideline than a hard-and-fast rule.

Whenever I finish a book, I like to look back on my reading list for inspiration, but I’m an extremely moody reader, so it really just depends on how I feel at the time.

 

August 2019 TBR

Never Have I Ever by Lauren Blakely

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An enemies to lovers standalone romance with all the feels!

What happens when two frenemies can’t stop pushing each other’s buttons? Find out in this tender, sexy and laugh-out-loud standalone romance from #1 NYT Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely!

Never have I ever been so infuriated by a man I wanted to kiss.

They say opposites attract, but I beg to differ. Combust is more like it. Because every single time I talk to Zach Nolan, I see red.

The too-good-looking, too-smart, too-effortlessly charming single dad who works down the hall from me has turned getting under my skin into a sport. Call it the battle of wits between the wedding planner and the divorce attorney.

Trouble is, when we’re forced into closer quarters planning an engagement party for our best friends, I start to see his other sides.

And I fear I’m falling for the enemy.

***

I’m not out to make friends. My goals are simple — fight till the end for my clients, and my family.

The last thing I need is a vibrant, outgoing, snarky, and surprisingly big-hearted wedding planner to spend my precious free time with…except, watching Piper bond with my daughter just might break down the cinder block walls I’ve built around my heart these last few years.

Second chances don’t come around for guys like me…or do they?

This is on audio as part of the romance package and it is narrated by Jason Clarke, who is my most recent male romance narrator love.

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi

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They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

I’m finally (hopefully) going to get to this one! There was so much hype around this book and it was a Goodreads Choice Award Winner.

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade final for Irene

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

Another book that has been on my TBR forever!

The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata

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Some things are easily forgiven. Other things… not so much.

Lenny DeMaio made herself a promise: she was done.
Done thinking about him.
Done worrying about him.
Done reaching out to a man who clearly didn’t want to be found.

Too bad no one gave Jonah Collins the memo.

This is wishful thinking – I don’t know when this will be released, but I’m hoping it will be released in August!

Amour Amour (Aerial Ethereal #1) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

Love is a circus

“Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.”

The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”

When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future—acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world.

Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.

This sexy and exhilarating New Adult Romance can best be described as Cirque du Soleil meets the steamy, athletic romance of Center Stage.

*standalone & no love triangles—recommended for readers 18+ for mature content*

I actually just started this one and I’m absolutely loving it so far!

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy..

I have actually been trying to read this book for a month now, but just haven’t found the time to sit down and read the physical copy. I’m going to make it a point to make time and read it this month!

Sinner (Priest #2) by Sierra Simone

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Sinner
Author: Sierra Simone
Series: Priest #2
Format: Physical book purchased from the Author at Shameless Book Con

Synopsis:
I’m not a good man, and I’ve never pretended to be. I don’t believe in goodness or God or any happy ending that isn’t paid for in advance.
What do I believe in? Money. Sex. Macallan 18.
They have words for men like me—playboy. Womanizer. Skirt chaser.
My brother used to be a priest, and he only has one word for me.

Sinner.

***Sinner is a standalone companion to Priest about Father Bell’s brother Sean. You do not have to read Priest or Midnight Mass to read Sinner***

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Review

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from Sinner after having read Priest.

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Stealing Hearts by Seven Steps (St. Mary’s Academy #4) {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Stealing Hearts
Author: Seven Steps
Series: St. Mary’s Academy #4

Synopsis:
A RICH GIRL WITH RULES. A POOR BOY WITH A CRUSH. AND A BLANK CHECK THAT WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVER.

Sixteen-year-old Alex Wells has been in and out of foster homes since he was five years old. Without much money and with no parents, he’s used his smarts to secure an academic scholarship at the prestigious St. Mary’s Academy. When beautiful and down to earth Cassia Johnstone walks into his math class, Alex knows she’s the one for him.

Alex dreams of Cassia being his date for junior prom. There are only two problems. First, unlike him, she’s filthy rich. And second, she’s into someone else.

But, when a mysterious bag of money falls into Alex’s lap, he comes up with the mother of all plans. One filled with romance, intrigue, and just a little bit of danger.

Can Alex capture Cassia’s attention and convince her to be his date for junior prom, or will his big plan blow up in his face and devastate everyone around him?

Full of unexpected twists and shocking revelations, this is the fourth book in Seven Steps’ compelling St. Mary’s Academy series.

St. Mary’s Academy is a young adult contemporary romance series that brings classic fairytale characters to life in a modern day, high school setting. It’s filled with angsty heroines, hot heroes, and drama galore.

Be prepared. You’ve never seen fairytales quite like this.

Book 0 – The Beginning of Forever
Book 1 – The Boyfriend Agreement
Book 2 – Chasing Mermaids
Book 3 – The Golden Boy
Book 4 – Stealing Hearts
Book 5 – The Secret Lives of Princesses

GOODREADS

 

Review

Short Review
Yet again, another cute story!

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Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Paper Princess
Author: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
Synopsis:
From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

 

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Review

This book is just as hard for me to rate as it was to read.

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Rebels, Love Letters, and the Secret Crush by Seven Steps (St. Mary’s Academy #7) {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

3-stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Title: Rebels, Love Letters, and the Secret Crush
Author: Seven Steps
Series: St. Mary’s Academy #7

Synopsis:
HAVING A SECRET ADMIRER IS AWESOME… UNTIL YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH THEM.

After two years of receiving love letters from a secret admirer, Wendy Darling is finally ready to meet the man who’s won her heart.

There’s just one problem. She has no idea who he is. Her only clue is a small signature with two letters: PS.

But Wendy will not be deterred. With the help of her friends, she goes on a school-wide search to find the man who’s proclaimed his love for her in a hundred different ways.

Who is the mysterious PS? How will she find him? And, what will she do when she does?

Rebels, Love Letters, and The Secret Crush is a funny, emotional, secret admirer romance inspired by Peter Pan.

Grab your copy of this unforgettable young adult contemporary romance today.

St. Mary’s Academy is a young adult contemporary romance series that brings classic fairytale characters to life in a modern day, high school setting. It’s filled with angsty heroines, hot heroes, and drama galore.

Be prepared. You’ve never read fairytales quite like this.

Book 1 – The Boyfriend Agreement
Book 2 – Chasing Mermaids
Book 3 – The Golden Boy
Book 4 – Stealing Hearts
Book 5 – The Secret Lives of Princesses
Book 6 – The Trouble With Kissing Frogs (coming January 2019)
Book 7 – Rebels, Love Letters, and The Secret Crush

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Review

Short Review
This short story was but and I wanted more!

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Never Never (Never Never #1-3) by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Never Never
Author: Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
Series: Never Never #1-3
Format: Audiobooks purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.

Complete strangers since this morning.

He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

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Review

I had no idea what to expect from this series!

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Finale by Stephanie Garber (Caraval #3) {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Finale
Author: Stephanie Garber
Series: Caraval #3

Synopsis:
It’s been two months since the Fates were freed from a deck of cards, two months since Legend claimed the throne for his own, and two months since Tella discovered the boy she fell in love with doesn’t really exist.

With lives, empires, and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must decide if she’s going to trust Legend or a former enemy. After uncovering a secret that upends her life, Scarlett will need to do the impossible. And Legend has a choice to make that will forever change and define him.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun. There are no spectators this time—only those who will win, and those who will lose everything.

Welcome, welcome to Finale. All games must come to an end…

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Review

Short Review
Warning: This book will kill you…in the very best way possible!

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Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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Review

This book was such a fun read.

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The Golden Boy by Seven Steps (St. Mary’s Academy #3) {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: The Golden Boy
Author: Seven Steps
Series: St. Mary’s Academy #3

Synopsis:
I fell in love by accident.

I barely knew Julius Samson.
He was the king of the school. I was the queen of the nerds.
We were star-crossed from the beginning.
Still, he held my hand.
Took me in.
Made me feel safe.
He became my sanctuary.
I never wanted to leave his side.
If I could’ve stayed forever, I would have.
But we could never be.
Because my future depended on ruining his.

Inspired by Megera (Meg) from the story of Hercules, The Golden Boy is a poignant, emotional, young adult contemporary romance about a teen girl’s hard choices, loss, and love.

St. Mary’s Academy is a young adult contemporary romance series that brings classic fairytale characters to life in a modern day, high school setting. It’s filled with angsty heroines, hot heroes, and drama galore. St. Mary’s Academy Shorts are shorter stories from within the St. Mary’s Academy universe.

GOODREADS

 

Review

Short Review
Short yes, but sweet? TOTALLY!

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Chasing Mermaids by Seven Steps (St. Mary’s Academy #2) {Review by Kayla}

Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader

4-stars
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Title: Chasing Mermaids
Author: Seven Steps
Series: St. Mary’s Academy #2

Synopsis:
A hot ex-boyfriend. A determined swim star. And a battle of wills that will make you laugh, cry and cheer.

Ariel Swimworthy thought her life was perfect. She was the new captain of her school’s swim team, she had a new best friend, and even a shiny new crush to dream about.

And then her father pulled her off the team to join a boring business academy.

Now, the only way to swim again is to accept the help of her ex-boyfriend, Eric Shipman. Eric shredded Ariel’s heart when he lied to her, and she’s determined not to get back with him. But its hard to be around someone who knows your deepest, darkest secrets. Even harder when that someone will do anything to win you back.

When sparks start flying, and old flames start igniting, what will Ariel do? Follow her dream or protect her heart at all cost? Its a battle of wills and hearts are on the line in this young adult contemporary romance. Buy it now.

**Can be read as a standalone novel**

Book 1 – The Boyfriend Agreement (Bella)
Book 2 – Chasing Mermaids (Ariel)
Book 3 – The Secret Lives Of Princesses (Jasmine)
Book 4 – The Art Of Kissing Frogs (Sophia Tiana)

GOODREADS

 

Review

Short Review
Loving these re-tellings!

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