August Wrap-Up // New favorite book, and a month full of bookish discussions!

Hey Guys!

Welcome back to a Monthly Wrap-Up! We have officially reached the end of summer. I’m sad to see it go but excited to see what will come next! I hope everyone had a fantastic August!

In August, I read three books in total. A little less than usual, but I’m glad that I read more than one book. All of them were above three stars which I was happy about!

Let’s get started!

Books I read in August

Ace of Spades:

This has become one of my all-time favorite books. Everything was perfect, and if you haven’t read this book, please do!

Our two main characters, Devon and Chiamaka, are some of the most relatable characters. You want to help them from being the hateful actions by Aces. 

The mystery behind Aces is so compelling, and you won’t be able to stop reading. It was intricately twisted, and once everything is revealed, you’ll be shocked in a state of horror. (5 Stars)

Before We Were Blue:

I had signed up for a book tour for this book through TBR and Beyond Tours, not expecting to get it. I had signed up for tours with TBR and Beyond Tours before but had never gotten one. Until now. If you don’t get picked for a tour when you sign up, don’t get discouraged! You’ll get one!

Overall, I enjoyed this book. Schwartz did a brilliant job portraying eating disorders and didn’t try to add any glamorization. We follow Rowan and Shoshana on their healing journey and the struggles they encounter along the way.

This book also features a reality tv subplot which was an original idea, and I liked how the author was not afraid to shy away from showing the harsh realities of fame. This book also has asexual representation, which is great since many YA books don’t! (3.5 Stars)

The Bones of Ruin:

I was on a book tour for Turn the Pages Tour, which I had an amazing time on!

I enjoyed the main character, Iris, and the challenges she had to face throughout the story. I found her to be a mary sue character, but otherwise, I liked the mystery she had to discover who she truly is.

This book also had major squad goals vibes, and I loved reading the bickering between all of them. It had me laughing so much and supporting them all the time.

There was a type of love triangle in this book. What I mean by type is…there was a love square. I only found one of the love interests that would work out and thought all the other love interests were unnecessary. (3 Stars)

Best Blogger Posts in August // News in August

Best Blogger Posts!

News in August

Congrats to you all!

Updates!

I have officially gained over 100 followers on my blog! Thank you to all who decided to give me a chance and stick around for my content! I’m excited to see what the future will take us!

To celebrate, I will be hosting a Q&A session where you can ask me whatever questions you want! If you would like to participate by submitting a question, fill out this form!

Top Posts in August…

Thank you for checking out this post! I hope you all have a wonderful September!

See you next time!

July Wrap-Up // Only one month of summer left!

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to a Monthly Wrap-Up! Another month has gone by so fast! We only have one more month of summer left! I hope all of you had an amazing July!

In July, I read four books in total!

All of them are above three stars except one. Looks at Heart of the Impaler.

This means I read two fewer books than last month, but I’m still happy that I at least read some books.

Let’s get started!

Books I read in July

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: This has now become one of my all-time favorite books. I loved all the characters, and Evelyn was such a great morally grey character. The way this book handles women in the entrainment industry and showing how they are treated was done beautifully. The ending was so shocking, and I was not expecting it to go that route. The romance in this book was good at showing that not all relationships are as perfect as they seem. (5 Stars)

Iron Widow: Another fabulous book! This is Xiran Jay Zhao’s debut book, and let me tell you, they knocked it out of the park! Worldbuilding has to be one of my favorite aspects of this book. It was unlike anything I have seen before. Transformer mechs powered by Qi energy, transformer-type aliens, and fighting back against oppressive patriarchy. It also has a polyamorous relationship, rare in YA, and a strong, powerful main character. (4 Stars)

Also, Xiran Jay Zhao has a youtube channel with great content, so I would recommend you check that out as well!

Namesake: So this book I did not review on my blog. Since this is the sequel to Fable, I decided that I’m just going to review this book on Goodreads since I never talked about the first book on here. I’ll do a mini-review right here. Honestly, I found this book to be pretty mediocre. I still enjoyed our main character, Fable, and loved her character development in this book. I wish that we got more from the side characters. Many of them still felt flat. I hated the romance in this book. I have never really liked the love interest, West. (3 Stars)

Heart of the Impaler: Before this book, I had never given a book one star. But this book broke that record. I hated this book from beginning to end. From flat characters to poor world-building, to skipping over action scenes and slow pacing. There was nothing redeemable about this book.(1 Star)

Best Blogger Posts // News in June

Welcome all these new bloggers to the book blogsphere!

Best Blogger posts!

Updates

If you didn’t know already, I will be doing my first book tour! I will be on tour with Turn the Pages Tours, and will be on tour for the book: The Bones of Ruin!

My post will be up on September 4th so stay tune for that!

I am also so close to 100 followers, and it would mean the world to me if you followed me if you aren’t already!

Top Posts in July…

Thank you for checking out this post! I hope you all have a wonderful August!

See you next time!

June 2021 Wrap-Up // A Good Reading Month, No Bad Books!

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to another monthly wrap-up! Another month has gone by so fast! I can’t believe that it’s been a little more than three months when I first started my blog! I hope everyone had an amazing June!

In June, I read a total of 6 books! Also, all of them were above three stars which I would say is fantastic! No bad books here! Much better than last month to say the least! I’m going to be going through some of my favorite books I read this month!

Let’s get started!

Books I read in June…

Spin the Dawn: I enjoyed this book for the most part! The first half was very enjoyable, and I loved the tailor competition! The second half of the book was disappointing and just fell flat for me. Instead of focusing on the main story, the plot took a backseat, and the romance became the main plot. (3.5 Stars)

Blood Like Magic: This has to be one of my favorite books of the year! I loved how the world was a combination of science fiction aspects like genetic manipulation and more fantastical elements like witches and magic! The characters were great, and I loved having Voya as the main character of this book! Also, the representation was fantastic, and I loved seeing it! The pacing was slow at the beginning, but it picked up the further along I read. (4 Stars)

Cemetery Boys: Julian was the best thing about this book. This book was so cute but also very emotional! I loved Yads and Julian as a couple, and they went great together! The plot wasn’t executed well, and many parts felt underdeveloped. Also, some elements felt very predictable, for example, it was easy to predict the main villain. I also loved learning about the Latinx culture and the Brujos. (3.75 Stars)

The Henna Wars: This book was so cute, and if you haven’t read it, please check it out! The Bengali representation and I loved getting to learn more about the cultures. Flavia and Nishat were so cute together! I also liked how this book dealt with serious topics within our society like racism and homophobia. YA books must tackle these subjects to educate young people and help to make a change. (4 Stars)

You Should See Me in a Crown: This was another cute sapphic romance that I fell in love with. I loved how the main plot was centered around a prom queen competition and how much this particular high school cares about it. But this isn’t just a cute romance; it also covers racism and homophobia and what it’s like to live in a small town that isn’t as accepting. Also, the references in this book were too funny. ( 3 Stars)

City of Shattered Light: I typically don’t read sci-fi books, but I loved this book! The worldbuilding was one of my favorite aspects of this book and is written flawlessly. The world-building is seamlessly woven into the story. The two main characters, Asa and Riven were great, and I loved that they were the leads! There was a love triangle, but that didn’t bother me that much, and I liked it! I do wish the side characters were developed more. (4 Stars)

Best Blogger Posts in June…

Updates:

If you didn’t already know, I am doing weekly discussions posts on my blog! If you would like me to talk about a topic, you can fill out the form below!

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Another announcement is that I will be on a short hiatus from July 6th to July 12th! I will be busy during that time, so I will not be posting at all. But after that time, I’ll be back to posting!

Top Posts for June…

Thank you for checking out this post! I hope you all have a wonderful July!

See you next time!

May 2021 Wrap-Up // Got busy, didn’t read that much

Hey Guys!!

Welcome back to another Monthly Wrap Up!! I can’t believe that May is already over and we are in June. Time flies so fast! I hope you all had a wonderful May!

So I only read one book in May. I know right, shocking! Usually, I read way more than that, but May was a busy month for me. This is why I haven’t had as many posts this month and haven’t read that many books! But in June I will do much better because all my upcoming events will start to die down

Now let me stop rambling and Let’s Get Into it!

Books I read in May…

Synopsis from Goodreads

Meet the Wild Ones: girls who have been hurt, abandoned, and betrayed all their lives. It all began with Paheli, who was once betrayed by her mother and sold to a man in exchange for a favor. When Paheli escapes, she runs headlong into a boy with stars in his eyes. This boy, as battered as she is, tosses Paheli a box of stars before disappearing.

With the stars, Paheli gains access to the Between, a place of pure magic and mystery. Now, Paheli collects girls like herself and these Wild Ones use their magic to travel the world, helping the hopeless and saving others from the fates they suffered.

Then Paheli and the Wild Ones learn that the boy who gave them the stars, Taraana, is in danger. He’s on the run from powerful forces within the world of magic. But if Taraana is no longer safe and free, neither are the Wild Ones. And that…is a fate the Wild Ones refuse to accept. Ever again.

This was the one book I read in May, and I ended up not liking it at all. There were many issues with this book like the writing, worldbuilding, characters, and pacing. I wanted to love this book but ended up finding it boring and lackluster. I had high hopes for this book, but the book never reached its fullest potential. There were lots of wasted potentials that I feel could have been used to elevate the story.

Check out my review here: The Wild Ones // Arc Review – Inking & Thinking (wordpress.com)

Best Blogger Posts for May…

I thought I would share some of my favorite posts that were created by my fellow bloggers! Go check them out if you haven’t already!

Updates:

If you haven’t seen it already, I have created a review policy section on my blog! If you want me to review a book, go check out the review policy tab and fill out the form! I have not gotten any takers yet, but hopefully, I will soon!

Check the page out here: Review Policy – Inking & Thinking (wordpress.com)

Posts I did in May…

Thank you for checking out this post! I hope you all have a wonderful June!

See you next time!

April 2021 Wrap-up

Hey guys!

I hope all of you had a great April! This month I read four books! I have been super busy this month, so I didn’t get to read as much as I usually do. Three out of the four books I enjoyed, and so I’m going to talk about them today! I will also be talking about some blog posts by some of my fellow bloggers that I loved. Synopsis are from Goodreads!

Best Books I read in April…

  1. You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes. Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his things, and tries everything to forget him and the tragic way he died. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces back memories. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.

And Sam picks up the phone.

In a miraculous turn of events, Julie’s been given a second chance at goodbye. The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam’s voice makes her fall for him all over again, and with each call it becomes harder to let him go. However, keeping her otherworldly calls with Sam a secret isn’t easy, especially when Julie witnesses the suffering Sam’s family is going through. Unable to stand by the sidelines and watch their shared loved ones in pain, Julie is torn between spilling the truth about her calls with Sam and risking their connection and losing him forever. 

I got this ARC provided by NetGallery big thanks to them! This was such a great story that tackles big themes of Grief, Sadness, and Death. It’s a book about moving on and not living in the past. It’s a book about how those who die are still here and there for you. I would recommend this to anyone, who isn’t afraid to get in their emotions.

Check out my review here: You’ve Reached Sam Review – Inking & Thinking (wordpress.com)

2. The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris

Sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus is trying his best. He tries to be the best employee he can be at the local ice cream shop; the best boyfriend he can be to his amazing girlfriend, Talia; the best protector he can be over his little brother, Isaiah. But as much as Alex tries, he often comes up short.

It’s hard to for him to be present when every time he touches an object or person, Alex sees into its future. When he touches a scoop, he has a vision of him using it to scoop ice cream. When he touches his car, he sees it years from now, totaled and underwater. When he touches Talia, he sees them at the precipice of breaking up, and that terrifies him. Alex feels these visions are a curse, distracting him, making him anxious and unable to live an ordinary life.

And when Alex touches a photo that gives him a vision of his brother’s imminent death, everything changes. With Alex now in a race against time, death, and circumstances, he and Isaiah must grapple with their past, their future, and what it means to be a young Black man in America in the present.

I enjoyed reading this book so much, and I love how this book focused on how society expects African American Men to be. It was nice to see this book break down typical stereotypes and talk about problems that are affecting our society. The relationship between Alex and Isaiah was such a great relationship, and I loved seeing it develop throughout the book.

Check out my review here: The Cost of Knowing Review – Inking & Thinking (wordpress.com)

3. The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe

Nora O’Malley’s been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother’s protégé. But when mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape.

For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems:

#1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they’re all friends, Wes didn’t know about her and Iris.

#2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It’s a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because:

#3: Right after they enter bank, two guys start robbing it.

The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora’s something else entirely. They have no idea who they’re really holding hostage…

This was another great book and maybe one of my favorites I read this month! From the lovable characters, action-packed scenes, the secrets, and tackling issues that happen in our society, it made this book stand out from all the books I usually read! Nora was such an intriguing character to follow, and her backstory is so mysterious but full of sadness. I would recommend this book if you like high tension and action-packed books that tackle real-life issues present in our world.

Check out my review here: The Girls I’ve Been Review – Inking & Thinking (wordpress.com)

Best Blogger Posts for April…

I thought I would share some of my favorite posts that were created by my fellow bloggers! Go check them out if you haven’t already!

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! See you next time!

March 2021 Wrap-up // first ever wrap up

Hey Guys!

I hope you all had a wonderful March! Today, I’m going to go through some of the best books that I read in March! In total, I read seven books this month, some good ones and some not-so-good ones. I did quite a few buddy reads and was able to get through some books that had been on my TBR for awhile!

Concrete Rose (The Hate U Give #0) by Angie Thomas

Concrete Rose is a prequel to The Hate U Give. Starring Maverick Carter, who is Starr Carter’s Father. It focuses on his life growing up in Garden Heights and what it is like to be a black young man in society. Before becoming a father, he is the son of a former gang legend and works to support his family by being in the King Lords. But when Maverick finds out he is going to be a father; he must decide on whether to continue the same path as his father or be something better for his child. 

This book was so amazing, and I would recommend it to everyone. It shines a light on issues in our society, especially what black men in our society face. It shows that it takes a lot to change your ways, and how important it is to set a good example for generations to come.

Read my review of Concrete Rose Here: inkingandthinking.wordpress.com/2021/03/07/example-post-2/

2. Skyhunter (Skyhunter #1) by Marie Lu

Skyhunter is the first installment in the Skyhunter series by Marie Lu. This book follows Talin, whose voice and home have been robbed by the Federation. The Federation has conquered dozens of countries, leaving Mara as the only free nation left. The strikers, Mara’s elite fighting force, fight to keep them out of their country. Talin, a striker, know what it is like to be forced from her home and lose everything. But one day, a prisoner from the front is brought to Mara, Talin realizes there may be more to him. Is he their enemy or their best weapon against the Federation? 

This book was top-notch. From the characters, worldbuilding, plot, and storytelling, this book captured my attention and never let go. I would go check this book out even if you aren’t big on fantasy because it deals with heavy subjects, such as racism and discrimination, that are present in our society.

Read my review of Skyhunter here: inkingandthinking.wordpress.com/2021/03/12/skyhunter-review/

3. Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield

Hurricane Summer is Bromfield’s debut novel. Tilla has spent her whole life trying to earn her father’s love. But that’s hard when her father returns to his home in Jamaica. When she finds out that she will be spending the summer in Jamaica, she dreads to see her father but is excited to see what makes Jamaica so great. In a turn of events, Tilla is faced with confronting a storm brewing in her life as she learns the dark secrets of the island. 

This book utterly destroyed me. It’s a coming-of-age story and focuses on hard-hitting topics that many girls experience in society today. It’s a story about love, forgiveness, and facing the harsh reality of the world. It’s an important book that I think everyone should read and it gives a voice to young girls all over the world.

Check out my review of Hurricane Summer Here: inkingandthinking.wordpress.com/2021/03/16/hurricane-summer-review/

4. Letters to the Lost (Letters to the Lost #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

Letters to the Lost is the first installment of the Letters to the Lost duology. Juliet, one of our main characters is coping with the death of her mother by writing letters. Declan, our other main character, works at a cemetery for community service after he crashed his car into a building while drunk. One day, when Declan is working he finds a letter which is Juliet’s letter and writes “Me too.” The rest becomes history after that.

Honestly, this is such a beautiful book. It deals not just with romance but also grief, anger, and sadness. It’s a story that will make you look at life a little differently and be grateful for what you have with your loved ones. It’s a story written with a passion that will make you feel for these characters.

Check out my review of Letters to the Lost Here: inkingandthinking.wordpress.com/2021/03/28/letters-to-the-lost-review/

Thanks for checking out my post! I hope it gave you some new books to check out!

See you next time!