JUNE ROUNDUP (aka the reading slump month)


June was a pretty disappointing reading month for me. I was only able to read TWO books: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard && Golden Son by Pierce Brown. I tried reading Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige and Mosquitoland by David Arnold but ended up holding them off. It took me a week each to finally give up! Ugh.


REVIEW | The Masterpiecers

Series: Masterful #1
 Olivia Wildenstein
 young adult, contemporary, mystery, romance
 April 15, 2016
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

Nineteen-year-old Ivy Redd’s talent with a needle and thread has earned her a spot on a coveted reality TV art competition set in New York’s Metropolitan Museum. The prize: a significant amount of money and instant acceptance into the Masterpiecers, the school that ensures new artists fame and fortune. Her talent has also thrust her and her twin sister, Aster, into the spotlight.  
Not that Aster needed help with becoming a media favorite. She managed that on her own by running over a wanted mobster. She told the police it was self-defense, because she couldn’t tell them the truth—the truth would make her sister look bad. 
Locked in an Indiana jail to await her trial, Aster watches Ivy on the small TV hanging in the dayroom. It’s the highlight of her day, until she finds out what her sister truly thinks of her. Then, observing her sister becomes a punishment far crueler than imprisonment.

JUNE BOOK HAUL (aka the successful book buying ban haul)

only book i got. won not bought!
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi



I didn't brought out a single cent for a book this month. Can you believe that? Well believe it because it did happen. The only physical book I got this month is The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. It's now on my tbr shelf. If you want me to read this book for the read-a-thon this July, vote here. I'm excited for this book I keep on setting it aside though. Anyway, the following ebooks below were bought using my remaining GCs, received from a giveaway, and author newsletter subscriptions :)

READATHON | Make Me Read It Readathon

hosted by The Innocent Smiley && Tea & Titles

So I saw this readathon just yesterday and got interested. It's hosted by Val @ The Innocent Smiley and Ely @ Tea & Titles.  Basically it's a readathon that allows you guys to pick the books for me. I know I'm a bit of a moody reader and at times, I want to kind of force myself to finally read a book that's been siting in my bookshelf or ereader. This is my chance. Here's more information about the readathon:

{ Make Me Read It Readathon }
Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you've borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I'd pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten. 
Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read. 
When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there's a tie, then it's your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.

REVIEW | Gifted

Series: The Hayven #1
 J.A. George
 young adult, contemporary, fantasy, romance
 April 13, 2016 (first published May 10, 2015)
Purchase: Amazon

There is no chosen one in this story. 
Avery Gray was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and happened to make a decision that altered her future forever. It happens to us every day.
Avery is a size twelve university student with a penchant for dry humour, and she's as normal as they come. One rainy afternoon, Avery had to make a choice: go through the alleyway or around it. Two possible options. One would have had her future continue on as planned., the other would ensure that her future never remained the same again. She unknowingly went with the latter. 
Change can be good. It can bring new opportunities, new friends and a life you never thought possible. Change can be bad. It can bring you people determined to burn your city to the ground. 
It all depends on the decisions you make.

BLOG TOUR | Unplugged

full tour schedule can be found at: The Fantastic Flying Book Club
Series: The Wired #1
 Donna Freitas
 young adult, science fiction, dystopia
Published: June 21, 2016
Publisher: Harper Children's
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | iTunesKobo

The first book in a provocative new series from acclaimed author Donna Freitas—Feed for a new generation. 
Humanity is split into the App World and the Real World—an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy and a dying physical world for the poor. Years ago, Skylar Cruz’s family sent her to the App World for a chance at a better life. 
Now Skye is a nobody, a virtual sixteen-year-old girl without any glamorous effects or expensive downloads to make her stand out in the App World. Yet none of that matters to Skye. All she wants is a chance to unplug and see her mother and sister again. 
But when the borders between worlds suddenly close, Skye loses that chance. Desperate to reach her family, Skye risks everything to get back to the physical world. Once she arrives, however, she discovers a much larger, darker reality than the one she remembers. 
In the tradition of M. T. Anderson’s Feed and Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies, Unplugged kicks off a thrilling and timely sci-fi series for teens from an award-winning writer.
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