Wretched Waterpark by Kiersten White

Twelve-year-old twins Theodora and Alexander and their older sister Wilhelmina Sinister-Winterbottom don’t know how they ended up with their Aunt Saffronia for an entire summer. She’s not exactly well equipped to handle children. The twins are determined to make it a good vacation, though, so when Aunt Saffronia suggests a waterpark, they hastily agree.
But Fathoms of Fun is not your typical waterpark. Instead of cabanas, guests rent mausoleums. The waterslides are gray tongues extending from horrible gargoyle faces. The few people they encounter are very, very odd. And the owner disappeared under bizarre circumstances, lost to the Cold, Unknowable Sea—the wave pool.
When Wil goes missing, rule following, cautious Alexander and competitive, brave Theo will have to work together to solve the mystery of Fathoms of Fun. But are they out of their depth?

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Wretched Waterpark follows two siblings as they are weirdly dropped off by their parents at an aunt’s house. They’ve never met this aunt before and they spend the whole week at the local Waterpark. But it’s not like any Waterpark they’ve been to before. Something weird is going on and they just might be nose enough to figure it out.
I liked the siblings as the main characters. I love a good sibling story and this one definitely covered that aspect. I think the relationship between the siblings is what really made this book shine.
The setting was pretty good too. This weird-ass Waterpark was full of slides and such, but the restaurant served fancy food, and there didn’t seem to be many other guests. I think White did a great job making it obvious that something was wrong at the park.
Overall, I had a good time reading this one. I liked that the siblings could depend on one another. But they were also distinct, and I enjoyed getting to know them all.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m certainly in the middle of a few things. But I’m in the middle of a chaotic road trip so I haven’t been reading anything for the last week.

Antonia- I’m currently reading All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I think the last thing I finished was The Book Of Gothel by Mary McMyne.

Antonia- I most recently finished Network Effect by Martha Wells.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- I really don’t know.

Antonia- Next I’ll read The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory.

Here’s another weekly reading update! Share your answers in the comments below!

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Hilarious Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Hilarious Book Titles. I had trouble coming up with anything for this one so I’m tweaking it a little and doing Books That Made Me Laugh Out Loud.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers

What books make you actually laugh out loud?

Amanda’s Beach Read Recommendations

Hi, lovelies! Summertime means going to the beach and reading on the beach is my favorite thing. I have a few books on my tbr that I’m saving for beach days this summer. I thought I’d share some books I’ve enjoyed on the beach in past summers.

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers
“With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that. This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father’s plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn’t feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her father’s expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows. When reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she’s been running from all along—the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.”

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey
“Piper Bellinger is fashionable, influential, and her reputation as a wild child means the paparazzi are constantly on her heels. When too much champagne and an out-of-control rooftop party lands Piper in the slammer, her stepfather decides enough is enough. So he cuts her off, and sends Piper and her sister to learn some responsibility running their late father’s dive bar… in Washington. Piper hasn’t even been in Westport for five minutes when she meets big, bearded sea captain Brendan, who thinks she won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills. So what if Piper can’t do math, and the idea of sleeping in a shabby apartment with bunk beds gives her hives. How bad could it really be? She’s determined to show her stepfather—and the hot, grumpy local—that she’s more than a pretty face. Except it’s a small town and everywhere she turns, she bumps into Brendan. The fun-loving socialite and the gruff fisherman are polar opposites, but there’s an undeniable attraction simmering between them. Piper doesn’t want any distractions, especially feelings for a man who sails off into the sunset for weeks at a time. Yet as she reconnects with her past and begins to feel at home in Westport, Piper starts to wonder if the cold, glamorous life she knew is what she truly wants. LA is calling her name, but Brendan—and this town full of memories—may have already caught her heart.”

Fresh by Margot Wood
“Some students enter their freshman year of college knowing exactly what they want to do with their lives. Elliot McHugh is not one of those people. But picking a major is the last thing on Elliot’s mind when she’s too busy experiencing all that college has to offer—from dancing all night at off-campus parties, to testing her RA Rose’s patience, to making new friends, to having the best sex one can have on a twin-sized dorm room bed. But she may not be ready for the fallout when reality hits. When the sex she’s having isn’t that great. When finals creep up and smack her right in the face. Or when her roommate’s boyfriend turns out to be the biggest a-hole. Elliot may make epic mistakes, but if she’s honest with herself (and with you, dear reader), she may just find the person she wants to be. And maybe even fall in love in the process . . . Well, maybe.”

Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle
“Maybell Parish has always been a dreamer and a hopeless romantic. But living in her own world has long been preferable to dealing with the disappointments of real life. So when Maybell inherits a charming house in the Smokies from her Great-Aunt Violet, she seizes the opportunity to make a fresh start. Yet when she arrives, it seems her troubles have only just begun. Not only is the house falling apart around her, but she isn’t the only inheritor: she has to share everything with Wesley Koehler, the groundskeeper who’s as grouchy as he is gorgeous—and it turns out he has very different vision for the property’s future. Convincing the taciturn Wesley to stop avoiding her and compromise is a task more formidable than the other dying wishes Great-Aunt Violet left behind. But when Maybell uncovers something unexpectedly sweet beneath Wesley’s scowls, and as the two slowly begin to let their guard down, they might learn that sometimes the smallest steps outside one’s comfort zone can lead to the greatest rewards.”

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
“Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom. When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse? Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs. Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?”

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
“When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is inadvertently shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding Meddy, her Ma, and aunties are working at an island resort on the California coastline. It’s the biggest job yet for the family wedding business—”Don’t leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!“—and nothing, not even an unsavory corpse, will get in the way of her auntie’s perfect buttercream flowers.But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy’s great college love—and biggest heartbreak—makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend?”

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
“For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures. But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train. Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. Jane with her rough edges and swoopy hair and soft smile, showing up in a leather jacket to save August’s day when she needed it most. August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon, she discovers there’s one big problem: Jane doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker. She’s literally displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help her. Maybe it’s time to start believing in some things, after all. Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop is a magical, sexy, big-hearted romance where the impossible becomes possible as August does everything in her power to save the girl lost in time.”

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
“Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together. Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since. Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees. Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?”

Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler
“Lara’s had eyes for exactly one person throughout her three years of high school: Chase Harding. He’s tall, strong, sweet, a football star, and frankly, stupid hot. Oh, and he’s talking to her now. On purpose and everything. Maybe…flirting, even? No, wait, he’s definitely flirting, which is pretty much the sum of everything Lara’s wanted out of life. Except she’s haunted by a memory. A memory of a confusing, romantic, strangely perfect summer spent with a girl named Jasmine. A memory that becomes a confusing, disorienting present when Jasmine herself walks through the front doors of the school to see Lara and Chase chatting it up in front of the lockers. Lara has everything she ever wanted: a tight-knit group of friends, a job that borders on cool, and Chase, the boy of her literal dreams. But if she’s finally got the guy, why can’t she stop thinking about the girl?”

Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
“The first rule of book club: You don’t talk about book club. Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.
Welcome to the Bromance Book Club. Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.”

The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochran
“Dev Deshpande has always believed in fairy tales. So it’s no wonder then that he’s spent his career crafting them on the long-running reality dating show Ever After. As the most successful producer in the franchise’s history, Dev always scripts the perfect love story for his contestants, even as his own love life crashes and burns. But then the show casts disgraced tech wunderkind Charlie Winshaw as its star. Charlie is far from the romantic Prince Charming Ever After expects. He doesn’t believe in true love, and only agreed to the show as a last-ditch effort to rehabilitate his image. In front of the cameras, he’s a stiff, anxious mess with no idea how to date twenty women on national television. Behind the scenes, he’s cold, awkward, and emotionally closed-off. As Dev fights to get Charlie to connect with the contestants on a whirlwind, worldwide tour, they begin to open up to each other, and Charlie realizes he has better chemistry with Dev than with any of his female co-stars. But even reality TV has a script, and in order to find to happily ever after, they’ll have to reconsider whose love story gets told.”

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
“Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger who has amazing friends, a devoted family, legions of Insta followers–and a massively broken heart. Like the rest of America, Bea indulges in her weekly obsession: the hit reality show Main Squeeze. The fantasy dates! The kiss-off rejections! The surprising amount of guys named Chad! But Bea is sick and tired of the lack of body diversity on the show. Since when is being a size zero a prerequisite for getting engaged on television? Just when Bea has sworn off dating altogether, she gets an intriguing call: Main Squeeze wants her to be its next star, surrounded by men vying for her affections. Bea agrees, on one condition–under no circumstances will she actually fall in love. She’s in this to supercharge her career, subvert harmful anti-fat beauty standards, inspire women across America, and get a free hot air balloon ride. That’s it. But when the cameras start rolling, Bea realizes things are more complicated than she anticipated. She’s in a whirlwind of sumptuous couture, Internet culture wars, sexy suitors, and an opportunity (or two, or five) to find messy, real-life love in the midst of a made-for-TV fairy tale.”

Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai
“One minute, Katrina King’s enjoying an innocent conversation with a hot guy at a coffee shop; the next, a stranger has live-tweeted the entire episode with a romantic meet-cute spin and #CafeBae is the new hashtag-du-jour. The problem? Katrina craves a low-profile life, and going viral threatens the peaceful world she’s painstakingly built. Besides, #CafeBae isn’t the man she’s hungry for…With the internet on the hunt for the identity of #CuteCafeGirl, Jas Singh, bodyguard, friend, and possessor of the most beautiful eyebrows Katrina’s ever seen, comes to the rescue and whisks her away to his family’s home. Alone in a remote setting with the object of her affections? It’s a recipe for romance. But after a long dating dry spell, Katrina isn’t sure she can trust her instincts when it comes to love—even if Jas’ every look says he wants to be more than just her bodyguard…”

Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker
“Life is a mixed bag for Piper Calloway. On the one hand, she’s a twenty-nine-year-old VP at her dad’s multibillion-dollar real estate development firm, and living the high single life with her two best friends in a swanky downtown penthouse. On the other hand, she’s considered a pair of sexy legs in a male-dominated world and constantly has to prove her worth. Plus, she’s stuck seeing her narcissistic ex-fiancé—a fellow VP—on the other side of her glass office wall every day. Things get exponentially more complicated for Piper when she runs into Kyle Miller—the handsome new security guard at Calloway Group Industries, and coincidentally the first love of her life. The guy she hasn’t seen or heard from since they were summer camp counsellors together. The guy from the wrong side of the tracks. The guy who apparently doesn’t even remember her name.Piper may be a high-powered businesswoman now, but she soon realizes that her schoolgirl crush is not only alive but stronger than ever, and crippling her concentration. What’s more, despite Kyle’s distant attitude, she’s convinced their reunion isn’t at all coincidental, and that his feelings for her still run deep. And she’s determined to make him admit to them, no matter the consequences.”

Save the Date by Morgan Matson
“Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect. The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster. There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge. There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo. Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractedly cute. Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.”

These are some books that I’ve personally read on the beach or that I think are fun and light-hearted enough to be a beach read. What kinds of books do you like to read on the beach?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

When Sparks Fly

Running the Spark House, a hotel/event space that has been in her family for years, has been Avery Spark’s lifelong dream. After years of working hard and making personal sacrifices, Avery and her two younger sisters have turned the Spark House into the premier destination in Colorado Springs. Avery is living her best life—she works with her sisters and loves every minute of it, she has a great group of friends, and she lives in a fantastic condo with her best friend Declan. She might not have any love in her life, but she’s happy.
But everything comes to a screeching halt when Avery is in a car accident, leaving her immobile for weeks. After nearly losing Avery, Declan insists that he will be the one to take care of her while she recovers. However, as Declan becomes Avery’s caretaker, lines begin to blur.
Avery and Declan have been best friends since college and always had an attraction to one another, but when she ended up dating his best friend, Sam, they successfully stamped down any feelings they may have ever had for one another. Now, as Declan and Avery spend more time together, they each begin to wonder what would’ve happened if she’d dated him instead of Sam. What starts as a friend helping out another friend turns into foreplay and, before they realize it, they recognize how deeply they care for one another. But when things get serious their past threatens to destroy everything they have built.

When Sparks Fly follows Avery and Declan in alternating chapters. I liked that we got to see points of view from both of the love interests instead of just from Avery’s point of view. Avery gets into a car accident when Declan proves to be unreliable and Avery has to drive herself. She ends up with a few serious injuries. Declan is filled with guilt, feeling like all of this was his fault. So, he talks to his job about working from home, sets up their apartment, and becomes Avery’s at-home nurse.
These two are best friends. They’ve been best friends since college. They’re roommates. I love the friends-to-lovers trope, so I was very excited to follow them as things moved from platonic to romantic. I liked the romance. It was fun and silly and Avery and Declan’s friendship remained strong. I really liked the friends-to-lovers aspect of the story. I think Hunting did a great job making it believable.
Overall, I really had a great time reading this one. I loved the romance. I didn’t love the third act break up, but it was believable and true to the characters, I think. Outside of that, there were some great sibling moments between Avery and her sisters. I’m excited to read more about the sisters in the next books.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May.

Antonia- I’m currently reading All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I finished The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne.

Antonia- I most recently read Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- I have no clue what I’m going to read next.

Antonia- I’m not sure but plan to keep working through my physical TBR.

Here’s our update, share yours in the comments!

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books Settings I’d Visit

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is ten book settings, whether real or fictional, I’d love to visit.

The Evolution of Claire by Tess Sharpe
I’m obsessed with Jurassic Park. I want to visit so badly, but specifically, during the time of Claire’s internship when the park’s mostly under control and not yet reached Jurassic World antics.

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Seattle is on my USA to visit list.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
I want to visit the mysterious, time-traveling train.

The Weeping Tide by Amanda Foody
I’d love to visit any of the places in this series, but I love the sea, so obviously, I’d prefer to visit there.

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
The! Wilderwood!

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
Yes, please, I would like to visit the library in Hell.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
I would very much like to get tea from Sibling Dex at their tea cart.

Fable by Adrienne Young
A ride aboard the Marigold? All my pirate fantasy dreams would come true.

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
Can Antonia and I somehow get the House of Wind for a few nights as an Air B&B or something?

The Iron Fey by Julia Kagawa
I could have put any number of books here for this bookish setting, but this is the one that popped into my head first. Who doesn’t want to visit the Fey at some point in their lives?

What books did you pick for this prompt this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Book Settings I Want to Visit

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books Set In a Place I’d Love to Visit (real places or fictional).

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I would love to go to the University and just live in the archives.

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas – I’m not sure I’d want to live in Crescent City because I’m not a city person in general but it sounds so cool.

A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers – All of the places in this one just seem so peaceful.

Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan – I want to live on the Nautilus so bad.

Artemis by Andy Weir – The. Actual. Moon.

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan – Camp Half-Blood!

The Awakening by Nora Roberts – I would love to go to both Ireland and Talamh.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – I know Fjerda is kind of terrible but I would love to see the Ice Court.

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan – Egypt would be amazing to visit.

The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory – This elven city sounds like the absolute perfect place to live.

What bookish places do you want to go?

Amanda’s August TBR Jar Picks

Hello, lovelies! I’m probably over reaching with even making a tbr for this month (for anyone new here, I’m moving this month!) but I’m going for it anyway. This is what I’ve come up with.

Hyped Book
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons
I’ve wanted to read this series forever. I own the first four boooks. I tried to start this via audio and had no idea what was going on. Then I tried the ebook, but there’s footnotes and I need to read books with footnotes physically.

New Release
Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
This is the last book I got from the subscription my mother-in-law gifted me for Christmas. It’s not something I’d usually pick up, which is why I picked it. I want to try new books now that I’m moving away from YA books a bit.

Science Fiction
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
I’ve wanted to reread this series pretty much since I finished it the first time. It’s on my tbr for my road trip audiobooks.

The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberley & Austin Seigemund-Broka
I’ve been ‘picking this one up next’ for the last like four books. I really want to read it though, so here it is on my tbr.

Most Recent Purchase
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
I recently found a hardcover (the one with the cool design under the dustjacket) ono Pango Books. So, I have been thinking about listening to the audiobooks for this series again while on my road trip.

And I’ll share my NetGalley books being published this month, but I want to say that I’m giving myself permission to read whatever catches my attention this month. I will have enough stress without worrying about reading stressing me out.

The Hookup Plan by Farrah Rochon
Ben and Beatriz by Katalina Gamarra
Please Join Us by Catherine McKenzie
Three Kisses, One Midnight by Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, & Evelyn Skye
Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

What are you reading this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s July 2022 Wrap Up

Hey, lovelies! The end to another month means it’s time for another reading wrap up. Let’s talk about what books I read this month.

Physical Books
The Evolution of Claire by Tess Sharpe – 4 stars
Off the Grid by Tess Sharpe – 4 stars
The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal – 4 stars
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers – 5 stars
The Man Ban by Nicola Marsh – 3.75 stars
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – 4 stars

None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney – 4 stars
Gallant by V.E. Schwab – 3 stars

The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams – 4 stars
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 3.75 stars
Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur – 3 stars
Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur – 3.5 stars
Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li – 3 stars
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel – 4 stars
The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas – 4 stars
The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James – 3.75 stars

What did you read this month?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

The Weeping Tide by Amanda Foody

Barclay and his friends must save an island city from the Legendary Beast of the Sea in this second book in the Wilderlore series.
Something is wrong at the Sea. The weeping tide, a carnivorous algae bloom, is eating up all the fish. Beasts are terrorizing the nearby Elsewheres. And Lochmordra, the Legendary Beast, is rising at random and swallowing ships whole.
Barclay’s teacher, the famous Guardian Keeper Runa Rasgar, has been summoned to investigate, and as her apprentice, Barclay gets to join too. But Runa’s nemesis has also been called to the Sea, and he’s brought apprentices of his own. When the not-so friendly competition between them grows fierce, it’s Barclay—the only one from the Elsewheres—who can’t seem to keep up.
The key to stopping Lochmordra lies in his mythical home, but as the flood of the weeping tide encroaches, time is running out to find it. If the rival groups can’t cast aside old grudges and learn to work together, soon the Sea will be destroyed completely. And all the while Barclay must ask himself: is there truly a place for him in the Wilderlands?

The Weeping Tide is the next installment in the Wilderlore series. I really loved the first book and I’m happy to say that I loved this one just as much.
We follow Barclay as he and his fellow students travel to the Sea. There is something weird going on and Guardian Keepers begin to gather in order to work together to figure out what’s going on with the islands. We get to meet other apprentices. I really enjoyed this one. Barclay is dealing with some serious imposter syndrome, but he deals with it well. He works hard and keeps practicing.
What I loved most about this book was the world. Foody has created an amazing and interesting world here and I love being in it. The creatures and magic are fascinating and feel unique. I can’t wait to explore more of this world in future books.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m physically reading Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. I’m listening to The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas and I’m reading the ebook for Gallant by V.E. Schwab.

Antonia- I just started All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney which I could not put down.

Antonia- I most recently finished Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- Next, I have The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James on deck.

Antonia- Next I think I’ll start The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi.

What are your answers for this week?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Seasonal TBR Still on my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Books From My Past Seasonal TBR Posts I STILL Haven’t Read (Submitted by Dedra @ A Book Wanderer).

Set Fire to the Gods by Kristen Simmons and Sara Rauschenberg

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

Gilded by Marissa Meyer

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Pahua and the Soul Stealer by Lori M. Lee

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace

The Empire of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

What books are still hanging around your TBR?

Amanda’s Traveling Library: Special Editions

Hello, lovelies! As the impending move gets closer I’ve started to think about what kind of things I don’t want to be packed and shipped by the movers. I have some books that are irreplaceable, either for sentimental reasons or because it’s a special edition. I have some other things, like photo albums and the kid’s baby books, paperwork, and such, that I need to ensure stay with me. I thought you all might like to see which books I love enough to drive across the country myself.

Signed Books

The Arc of a Scythe trilogy by Neal Shusterman
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Special Editions

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow (Illumicrate Edition)
Seven Devils by Laura Lam & Elizabeth May (Illumicrate Edition)
This is How You Lose the Time War by Max Gladstone & Amal El-Mohtar (Illumicrate Edition)
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (Illumicrate Edition)

Hard to Find/Replace Books

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas (original covers)
The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake (original paperback edition)

Sentimental Books

Looking for Alaska by John Green (paperback, tv edition cover, 10th-anniversary edition, & collectors edition)

These are the books I fit into one single box to take in the car with me while I drive to our new home state. There were certainly others that I wanted to bring, but ultimately could be replaced if something happens with the movers. I’ve always had good experiences with all of the moving companies we’ve used in the past, but I’ve also heard some horror stories from other mmilitary families. We’re just going to hope and expect the best and we will see what happens.

Do you have special editions or books that are irreplaceable to you?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Seasonal Fears by Seanan McGuire

Melanie has a destiny, though it isn’t the one everyone assumes it to be. She’s delicate; she’s fragile; she’s dying. Now, truly, is the winter of her soul.
Harry doesn’t want to believe in destiny, because that means accepting the loss of the one person who gives his life meaning, who brings summer to his world.
So, when a new road is laid out in front of them—a road that will lead through untold dangers toward a possible lifetime together—walking down it seems to be the only option.
But others are following behind, with violence in their hearts.
It looks like Destiny has a plan for them, after all….

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Seasonal Fears is the sequel to Middlegame (which I read and loved last year). It’s set in the same world but follows new characters. We get to know Melanie and Harry. Melanie was created by alchemist parents. Her mother died while giving birth, along with Melanie’s twin sister. Harry is a local boy, one that Melanie has loved from childhood, and Harry loves Melanie just as much. But when the ruling Winter and Summer die, Mel and Harry are in for a big surprise.
I had a total blast reading this book. I feel like this one was a bit simpler than the first book only because the differences between the seasonal magic and whatever Roger and Dodger are, are many. Also, because of certain plot reasons, Harry just really struggles to understand what the hell is going on, so things are explained several times in a few different ways.
I really liked following Melanie and Harry. They were a really sweet young couple and their love was wholesome until it wasn’t. Their relationship progressed with the changes going on around them. They were both more mature than the other kids their age because Melanie was likely to die soon, so the pair knows how to deal with heavy things. But learning magic is real, and the lengths they need to go to in order to survive and stay together will take things down a darker path.
Overall, I loved this book. I loved the surprises and twists. I loved the world of alchemy. I loved the characters. I highly recommend both this and Middlegame.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.