I’m Back! Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hi! My Friends!! I know I have been gone for a hot minute but life was just too crazy for me to do anything really. And to be really honest I was diagnosed with Anxiety and Depression last year and learning how to cope with that and life was too much for me to handle. I am going to write a whole post on what I have gone through and what has helped me but this post is not about that.

So as you can see by the title I am coming back and doing a tag because tags are fun and makes me happy. I will link everyone down below who created it and who I saw do it, so please go check out their booktube channels and show them some love ❤ .

 

First Question: Best book you read so far in 2017?

So, this is a hard one. I have read 48 books as of today. I have read a mixture of graphic novels, children books, regular books, really everything. But my favorite would have to be Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in fifteen suggestions By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

I have never read a book like this before, which makes me sad because this is such an important book. I picked this up because my brother in law and his wife just had their first baby!! Insert cutest baby picture ever!! I wanted to see if this was something I should get for my sister in law and honestly it changed my life and I am buying everyone I know a copy.

 

Question Two: Best sequel you read so far in 2017?

I haven’t read hardly any sequels and I think all the sequels I read have been graphic novels. So my answer is Saga Vol. 7 By Brian K. Vaughn. I love this series so much and it gets better with every volume!

 

 

 

Question Three: New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

 

This was kinda easy, Always and Forever, Lara Jean By Jenny Han. This is such a cute and lovable series and I am so happy Ms. Han decided to give us a third book. Now I just need to read it!

 

 

 

 

Question Four: Most Anticipated releases for the second half of the year?

I have two answers for this. My first most anticipated release is Haunting the Deep By Adriana Mather, it is schedule to release on October 3, 2017. I loved How to Hang a Witch so much last year and I think I might re-read it soon.

I am also super excited The Girl Who Saved Ghosts By K.C. Tansley, which is due to release on October 17, 2017. The first book, The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts was such a fun paranormal book and I have been waiting so long for another book in this series!

 

Question Five: Biggest disappointment?

 

This was another easy one to answer, Alex and Ada Vol. 3 by Jonathan Luna. I loved volume one and two and was so let down in volume three. I feel like he just rushed it and it was terrible. 😦 😦 😦

 

Question Six: Biggest Surprise?

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch  takes this hands down. I am not a huge contemporary reader but this book made me love this genre. I fell in love with every little piece of this book!  I want to go to Italy right now and live in a graveyard!

Oh no, I forgot to mention this book, Every Heart a Doorway By Seanan McGuire. This book surprised me because it so little and seems so weird but it all works so beautifully together. One of my favorites this year as well.

 

 

Question Seven: Favorite New Author(Debut or new to you)?

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the first person that comes to mind. I will honestly read the back of a cereal box if she wrote it. Such an amazing writer.

 

 

 

Also Seanan McGuire is a new favorite author for me. I just love her writing and how magical everything is .

 

Question Eight: Newest Fictional Crush?

Well the first one that comes to mind is Chaol Westfall from Throne of Glass. I love him so much and if she doesn’t end up with him I will cry.

I also have a small crush on Jack from Every Heart a Doorway. Something about her is very real and it makes me want to be her friend or just get inside her head. I can’t be the only one out there crushing?!?!?

 

Questions Nine: Newest Favorite Character?

Hmmm I think I will go with Liv from Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier. I just finished this book and really loved it. Kerstin’s books are so different and fun. Liv is such a smart mouth girl who had me laughing so much, I also adore who little sister Mia who might be funnier then Liv.

 

Question Ten: Book that made you cry?


I have two for this question. The first one that popped in my head was Applesauce Weather by Helen Frost. This is a middle grade novel I picked up at the library one day and it made me cry like 4 times. I feel like this is why I stay away from middle grade because it always gives me the feels.

This second book made me cry all through the book. It is And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman. This book is very short and it has so much emotions in it and made me smile and cry all the way through. Ughhh just thinking about it makes me tear up.

 

 

Question Eleven: Book that made me happy?

Love & Gelato made me smile the whole time. I just feel happy thinking about it. Contemporary’s just has a way of making your heart smile.

 

Question Twelve: Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year?

I think the prettiest cover I bought so far this year is The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. This cover is so pretty and makes me smile.

 

Question Thirteen: What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I am just going to link my I own TBR shelf from Goodreads. I need to read all these books!

 

Well I hope you liked this tag and I hope you guys are happy I am back! I will try to have a couple posts up a week but no promises ha ha ha.

Where I found this tag at:

Lala over at BooksandLala 

And the creators of this tag is:

Chami over at ReadLikeWildfire

Ely over at Earl Grey Books 

Please go and check out their channels and leave some love and Don’t forget to leave some love for me. Tell me all about the books you are loving so far this year, lets chat in the comments! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: How to Hang a Witch By Adriana Mather

how-to-hang-a-witchSalem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with The Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

 

Title: How to Hang a Witch

Author: Adriana Mather

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Published: July 26th 2016

Cover Rating: 4/5 ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

My Rating: 5/5 ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

My Thoughts:

Have you ever read a book and just wanted it never to end? You probably have but I feel like I don’t read enough books like that. Books that just make me love reading all over again, that makes me want to really tackle my ginormous TBR pile. That is what this book did for me, it really is everything I ever wanted in a book. Now let me tell you about this book that made me love life again.

This book takes place in modern day Salem, Massachusetts; Which everyone should know is where the Salem witch trials happen. Our main character Samantha is a descendant of Cotton Mather, who was a big player in getting the witches hanged. Samantha moves to Salem after her dad mysteriously goes into a coma and now her and her step mother are living in her family home. She doesn’t want to be there and to make things worse the descendants of the witches don’t want her there either.

The one thing you need to know about Sam is she thinks she is cursed. Her whole life anyone who got near her ended up hurt or sick. So she automatically think her dad being in a coma is her fault. She doesn’t realize this “curse” is bigger then she thinks.

I always suck at writing reviews about books I love. I never can find the right words and nothing makes sense when I write. So all I am going to say is please go and pick up this book, you really won’t regret it!

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Most Anticipated Releases of April 2016!

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Hey Guys! Can you believe it is already April?!?!?! This year is going by way too fast. Well since it is April I guess it is time to do my most anticipated releases for this month. I know this is a little late, but I feel like I am late for everything :). 

 

April 1st

 

South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf

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April 5th

 

Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher

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Daughters of Ruin By K.D. Castner

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Tell Me Three Thing By Julie Buxbaum

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The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

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The Tsarina’s Legacy by Jennifer Laam

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April 12th

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

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April 13th

Rat Queens, Vol. 3: Demons by Kurtis J. Wiebe

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April 18th

Broken Fate by Jennifer Derrick

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April 26th

Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun

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The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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So many great books coming out this month. What books are you excited about? Let me know down below! 

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I’m Back and looking for a Co-Blogger!!

Hi Guys! I have been MIA or as I like to say I was on hiatus. Life can be so crazy sometimes and you just need to take a step back and breath, and that’s what I did. I feel refreshed and ready to review and love doing this again. I have notice it is hard for me to do this by myself so I am looking for a Co-blogger to review and have posts on my blog. If you are interested please email me at northernbellebookworm@gmail.com and we can talk! I Should have a couple reviews up in the next couple days. I hope everyone has a great week and Happy Readings!

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Book Tour + Giveaway for The Dirt on Ninth Grave By Darynda Jones

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Synopsis: 

In a small village in New York Charley Davidson is living as Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she’s more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her-even from her new and trusted friends-the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn’t help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she’s lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.


 

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About the Author:

daryndaNYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press, the Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

 


 

 

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Divine Merit By Virginia Cantrell Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

Title: Divine Merit 
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Release Date: January 29, 2016
Series: Divine Series, Book 1 
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
Editor: Hot Tree Editing

Publisher: Hot Tree Publising

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Trained from birth to become the ruler of the Nephilim and their island sanctuary, Amira is the perfect princess, until her birthright and even her fundamental beliefs are ripped away. She’ll discover perfection and training count for nothing when faced with a ruthless enemy determined to possess her and all she holds dear.

As captain of the Royal Guard, Caeden’s priority is to protect the Royal Family. Sometimes that means protecting the naïve princess from her own desires, even if he is tempted to give in. When a betrayer strikes from within, their sanctuary and very existence are threatened. Caeden must overcome the burning pain of helplessness to defeat this enemy and restore Amira to her rightful place. He will not fail his princess again.

Do they have the fortitude and inner strength needed to regain the kingdom and save their people?

 

 

Virginia’s greatest passion has always been fiction, particularly romance. The innocent in her loves the idea of a happily-ever-after, but she has a massive soft spot for the bad boys. If you ask her, she’ll tell you that she’s living her dream— getting paid to read and helping indie authors to create beauty by working as an editor for Hot Tree Editing. She’s inspired by the many amazing indie authors she has met and has (finally) found the courage to follow her other dream by becoming a published author.
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Firsts By Laurie Elizabeth Flynn Review + Book Trailer

firstsSeventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, FIRSTS is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.

 

 

Title: Firsts

Author: Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Published: January 5, 2016

Cover Rating: 4/5 ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

My Rating: 4/5 ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

My Thoughts:

*** I was sent a copy from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.Thank you St. Martin’s Press.***

I always say that I am not a huge contemporary fan but I feel like that is changing more and more. This is a YA contemporary almost pushing the new adult line because of some of the content. I have such mix emotions about this book. I liked the book but the main character annoyed me so much. I didn’t care about who she had sex with but the way she was towards certain people really rubbed me the wrong way. On the other hand I felt bad for her. I mean her mom is a terrible mother, her dad isn’t around and she has no value for herself, which just breaks my heart. When you start to realize why she does the things she does you really start to feel bad for her. I liked some of the other characters especially Zach. Zach is the sweetest guy and I was rooting for them from the beginning. I also liked Faye from the get go, she was feisty and did what she wanted to do.  Also Angela, who is Mercy’s best friend, I really love her and I cried for her. I feel like this book has a lot of good qualities but also will make you yell and want to smack some people. Which for me if a book can bring out that many emotions it has to be at least a 4 star book. 

If you like YA contemporary I think you will like this but be warned that there is a lot of underage sex. I will pick up whatever else Ms. Flynn rights, I love her writing style!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
LLLaurie Elizabeth Flynn went to school for journalism and later worked as a model, a job that took her overseas to Tokyo, Athens, and Paris. She lives in London, Ontario, with her husband and her Chihuahua.

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