3.3K Giveaway Alert! Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

Hello booksharks! I’m hosting my first (and quite ambitious) giveaway on Instagram!

** Canada & USA only **

To Enter: follow me @princesspaperback

To show my appreciation for all the Bookstagram love, I’ve partnered with Raincoast Books and will be giving away 1 free ARC of Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo set to release on Oct 8, 2019.

The Challenge

RULES:

This contest will be running for 5 days starting: Mon, Sept 9, 2019.

ENDS: Sun, Sept 15, 2019 12am EST. Winner will be notified via DM

✔ Must have a bookstagram (Instagram) account & must be following me. Please don’t follow to unfollow. I keep tabs.

✔ Check out my stories for daily prompts.

✔ use #gigisnightmarechallenge as well as the daily hashtags I have created so I can see all your awesome posts.

✔ Most importantly.. HAVE FUN & BE CREATIVE!

Must be 18 yrs or older. I’ll be posting each day for fun as well!! 🥂 Good luck 🖤💜

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Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff #OverhypedBooks

Genre: YA, Sci-Fi

Rating: DNF ⭐⭐

I was given fair warning by The Book Prescription about this book. But I’ve been on a sci-fi kick and LOVED Illuminae. So I wanted to give this one a try. To be fair, the premise sounded like it would be up my alley and I DID walk into it without any expectations.

Kudos to you @thebookprescription for seeing it through till the end, cause quite frankly, I got tired of hearing about Tyler’s dimples, killer smile, how hot he was and his scar on his right eyebrow. I lasted 6 chapters and could have sworn the story was titled Captain Hotness & his dimples. Seriously. There was not one chapter that didn’t mention them. Or his good looks. Or his tousled hair.

This could have been a great story, cause it was moving quite nicely with Auri and I liked the multiple POV’s. But it was those stupid dimples that got to me.

They were annoying..like Steve Urkle level of annoying!

Still wanna read this one? Then I highly suggest the library.

Have you read it? What did you think?

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

Thriller Thursday: The Luminous Dead by Caitlyn Starling

Genre: Horror, Psychological Thrillet, Sci-Fi

Rating: DNF @chapter 7

I have no clue how this raved about book made it on the top horror books to read for 2019! Did I miss something? Cause there was nothing scary or creepy about it. At least not for me, and I scare easily! I’m afraid of the dark for crying out loud!!

Gyre is in a cave with dead bodies and a tunneler lurking.

Ya, I know, sounds like some Aliens or Predators kinda shit. Interesting! But it wasn’t. It was mostly banter between Gyre and Em, with a crap load of repetitive thoughts and conversations. Oh! And let’s not forget the cave that felt so Earth like, I forgot it was supposed to be on another planet!

Ugh..What a disappointment.

The best parts? The premise and the fact that the story starts off in the dark cave. That’s it.

Sorry, but this SO didn’t work for me.

When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheck—enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her mother—meant she’d get a skilled surface team, monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane.

Instead, she got Em.

Em sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre’s body with drugs or withholding critical information to “ensure the smooth operation” of her expedition. Em knows all about Gyre’s falsified credentials, and has no qualms using them as a leash—and a lash. And Em has secrets, too . . .

As Gyre descends, little inconsistencies—missing supplies, unexpected changes in the route, and, worst of all, shifts in Em’s motivations—drive her out of her depths. Lost and disoriented, Gyre finds her sense of control giving way to paranoia and anger. On her own in this mysterious, deadly place, surrounded by darkness and the unknown, Gyre must overcome more than just the dangerous terrain and the Tunneler which calls underground its home if she wants to make it out alive—she must confront the ghosts in her own head.

But how come she can’t shake the feeling she’s being followed?

September TBR #BOTM

Holy crapola! Can you believe it’s already September?!!

Honestly, I’m so ready for fall weather. I’m not really a hot weather kinda gal, even though I was born in July! Ironic isn’t it? Is it weird that I enjoy the beach when it’s cool out?

Anyway..

What book are you excited to read this month? Are you a summer or fall type?

I’m in a sci-fi, post-apocalyptic kinda mood, which isn’t my usual thing where books are concerned. But I’ve been warming up to it so we shall see how it goes!

Here’s what I’ve got on my list this month:

Library Borrows

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Contagion by Erin Bowman

Ebooks

The Last by Hanna Jameson

ARC’S

The Girl The Sea Gave Back by AdriAnne Young – cont’d from Aug

Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

Netgalley

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Have you read any of these?

August Wrap Up #monthlywrapup

How many books did you end up reading this month?

I only read 5 out of 9! 😬

What do you do with the books you didn’t get to? Abandon them? Or save them for the next month?

I think it depends on the book and my mood. But if it’s an ARC, then I’ll continue with it and read it the following month.

Here’s how I did for August:

Netgalley

Thirteen by Steve Cavangh ⭐⭐⭐

The Whisper Man by Alex North ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Library Borrows

The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley –DNF

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager ⭐⭐⭐⭐

YA

Frankly In Love by David Yoon ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young- currently reading

Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo- unread

Middle Grade

The Great Brain Robbery (The Train To Impossible Places #2) by P.G Bell- unread

The Vanderbeekers To The Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser- unread

Thriller Thursday: Top 5 Creepy Books I Wanna Read #ThrillerThursday #HalloweenReads

If you can’t already tell, I’m a total thriller junkie! It’s my fave go-to genre.

Since Halloween is just around the corner, I thought I’d get a head start by listing the top 5 spooky reads on my radar:

1) Rules For Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

2) The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

3) Growing Things And Other Stories by Paul Tremblay

4) The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

5) Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Are any of these on your list? What’s on your Halloween TBR??

Frankly In Love by David Yoon @penguinteen @penguinteenca @davidyoon

**Thanks so much to Penguin Teen for my ARC**

Genre: YA

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“A girl who can make you laugh is worth laughing with forever.”

This was such a cute and fun rom com.

Seriously. The story of my life! Except the fake dating, which was genius. Being Chinese, I connected with Frank on so many levels.

I loved the exploration of cultural differences and stereotypes. It was done in a very respectful manner.

The Characters

There was a diverse cast of characters which was very well-written.

Frank was easy to love. He’s nerdy, funny and witty. You really feel for him with some of the challenges he experiences. It was fun watching him fall in love for the first time.

I really enjoyed the dynamic between Q and Frank. Q was exactly the kind of BFF you’d want!

If you were a fan of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, I think you’ll enjoy this one too!

Is this one on your TBR? Have you read it? What did you think?

High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.

Add it on Goodreads

The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan

** Thank you Netgalley & Forge Books for my eARC. **

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Crime Fiction

Rating: DNF ⭐⭐

I am going to be a VERY unpopular opinion with this one.

I’m all for courtroom drama, but this…was just drama. It felt like I was reading a daytime soap. The storytelling was slow and repetitive. Hello Y&R!

I could have skipped from chapter 1 to chapter 5 and it would still be the same thing: the mention of Jack being a lawyer who hates losing, his hatred for Martha Gardiner and Rachel the law student, who also happens to be Gardiner’s intern.

I also found it juvenile at times. Rachel was like a melodramatic teenager trapped in a 36 year old’s body.

The premise is what hooked me, and I liked the alternating timelines, but I just didn’t have the patience for this one. Sorry..

Have you read this one?

Law student Rachel North will tell you, without hesitation, what she knows to be true. She’s smart, she’s a hard worker, she does the right thing, she’s successfully married to a faithful and devoted husband, a lion of Boston’s defense bar, and her internship with the Boston DA’s office is her ticket to a successful future.

Problem is–she’s wrong.

And in this cat and mouse game–the battle for justice becomes a battle for survival.

The Whisper Man by Alex North #Netgalley @CeladonBooks @NetGalley @writer_north

**Thank you Netgalley & Celadon Books for my eARC.**

Genre: Thriller

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

“He stepped silently out from the bushes behind the boy, and then whispered his name.”

This was like Sixth Sense meets Stephen King. All the hype around this book is completely legit. It definitely has the makings of a great horror flick.

This book had such an incredible creep factor! From the description of the scary looking house, to Jake’s drawing of the little girl. It was all so eerie.

“He had captured the odd look of the place well. The curved, childlike lines stretched the house into a strange shape, elongating the windows, and making it look more like a face than ever. The front door appeared to be moaning.”

“And beside him, he’d drawn another person in his bedroom. A little girl, her black hair splayed almost angrily out to one side. Her dress was colored in with patches of blue, leaving the rest white. Little scrapes of red on one of her knees. A corkscrew smile on her face.”

I made the mistake of reading this at night, which was kind of a bad idea! I let my mind run loose and had managed to creep myself out enough, that I couldn’t sleep!!

“If you leave a door half open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken.

If you play outside alone, soon you won’t be going home.

If your window’s left unlatched, you’ll hear him tapping at the glass.

If you’re lonely, sad, and blue, the Whisper Man will come for you.”

The Characters

I don’t think there was one character I didn’t like!

Detective Willis is a recovering alcoholic, Tom is a grieving widower and Jake has an imaginary friend.

The Whisper Man was like the boogeyman: terrifying and incredibly well-written.

The story & connecting the dots..

Both Detective Willis and Tom have personal issues they are dealing with, which made for a slower read at times, but it was never boring.

Even though I had figured out the whodunit part halfway through, there were a few twists and elements of surprise that were unexpected.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one and think it makes a great one to add to your Halloween list of reads.

Have you read it? Is it on your TBR??

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.

But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.

Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.

And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…

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