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Summer Book Wrap-Up

I’ve never done a “wrap-up” post before, mostly because I never seem to have time plus I’m usually in the middle of a book and I feel like I’m lying if I put it on the list. So I decided to do a summer wrap-up instead.

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I’ve read 30 books since June 1st. That’s about 2-3 books every week. Now I’m actually a little surprised about that since I feel like there were some weeks I was able to read closer to 4. But summer is my busiest time of the year so 2-3 books each week makes sense.

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Name: War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard
Date Published: May 15, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Science Fiction, Dystopia
My Overall Rating: ★★★

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

39109661Name: The Similars (The Similars #1) by Rebecca Hanover
Date Published:
 Expected January 1, 2019
Genre: YA and Science Fiction
My Overall Rating: ★★★★ 1/2

When six clones join Emmaline’s prestigious boarding school, she must confront the heartbreak of seeing her dead best friend’s face each day in class.

36546857Name: The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck
Date Published: Expected September 11, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Romance
My Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.

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Name: Black Dawn (Black Dawn #1) by Mallory McCartney
Date Published: February 14, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance, Magic
My Overall Rating: ★★★

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

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Name: Bloom by Nikki Rae
Date Published: February 28, 2018
Genre: Dark, Erotica, BDSM
My Overall Rating: ★★★★ 1/2

Unwilling to accept the expectations of being Owned, Fawn goes from golden girl to maid, content to live in the shadows of the Order as long as she isn’t Owned again.
It’s been ten years since she disgraced her former Owner’s name, and now the brooding Frenchman Elliot Lyon wants her. Master Lyon is kind, smart, and unlike any man she’s met. She doesn’t want to admit it to herself, but Fawn is drawn to him despite constantly planning her next escape.

40581796 Name: Wilt (The Order Series #2) by Nikki Rae
Date Published: June 30, 2018
Genre: Dark, Erotica, BDSM
My Overall Rating: ★★★★★

When she was sold to Master Elliot Lyon of House Chimera, Fawn could have never imagined he was the same person as Elliot, the man beneath a well placed mask. A victim. Just like her. She would have never thought he was grooming her for the Wolf she’d already escaped once. That he planned to deliver her to the beast’s jaws in exchange for his wife. Master Jäger will stop at nothing to have her—even if that means using others as collateral. With more than just their lives on the line, Fawn must become someone else, and Master Lyon distances himself further from Elliot as her transfer looms.

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Name: Watching You by Shannon Greenland
Date Published: Expected July 9, 2018
Genre: YA, Suspense, Mystery, Contemporary, Romance
Goodreads Rating: 3.8/5 Stars

Viola’s always been that girl from that family, so a scholarship to a prestigious private school in Florida was supposed to be her ticket out of poverty and into a brand-new life. But Viola’s secrets have followed her. Her relationship with the intelligent and gorgeous Riel should have been the salvation she needed—he understands her troubled past better than anyone. But then weird things start to happen.

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Name: Her Last Breath by Charlie Gallagher
Date Published: July 24, 2018
Genre: Thriller, Murder Mystery
My Overall Rating: ★★★★ 1/2

Henry Roberts is a serial killer. He has a type — young, blonde, attractive women. He is three years into a life sentence. Two of his victims were never found. Now, Henry Roberts is dying. He wants to make a deal. Move him to a secure unit by the sea and he will tell the police where the other victims’ remains are.

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Name: The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman
Date Published: July 31, 2018
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
My Overall Rating: ★★★★★

When Elise meets Mati, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Mati is new to town too, visiting the U.S. with his family. Over the course of the summer, their relationship begins to blossom, and what starts out as a friendship becomes so much more. But as Elise and Mati grow closer, her family becomes more and more uncomfortable with their relationship, and their concerns all center on one fact—Mati is Afghan.

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Name: Spinner by Michael J. Bowler
Date Published: July 25, 2015
Genre: YA, Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Fantasy
My Overall Rating: ★★★★

Fifteen-year-old Alex is a “spinner.” His friends are “dummies.” Two clandestine groups of humans want his power. And an ancient evil is stalking him. If people weren’t being murdered, Alex might laugh at how his life turned into a horror movie overnight.

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Name: Brave Enough by Kati Gardner
Date Published: Expected August 21, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, YA
My Overall Rating: ★★★★ ½

Teenager Cason Martin is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory. She never really had a choice of whether she learned to dance or not. Her mother, the conservatory’s artistic director, has made all the decisions in Cason’s life. But that’s about to change. Cason has been hiding an injury, and it’s much worse than anyone imagines.

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Name: Consumed (Firefighters #1) by J.R. Ward
Date Published: Expected October 1, 2018
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Adult, Thriller
My Overall Rating: ★★★★

By her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer. Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.

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Name: The Gathering (The Uprising #1) by Bernadette Giacomazzo
Date Published: March 31, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopian
My Overall Rating: ★★★★

In The Gathering, Jamie Ryan has defected from the Cabal and has joined his former brothers-in-arms — Basile Perrinault and Kanoa Shinomura — to form a collective known as The Uprising. When an explosion leads to him crossing paths with Evanora Cunningham — a product of Jamie’s past — he discovers that The Uprising is bigger, and more important, than he thought.

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Name: Her Claim (Legally Bound #2) by Rebecca Grace Allen
Date Published: April 23, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Adult Fiction, Erotica
My Overall Rating: ★★★★★

She’s no princess. He’s no prince. Then again, they never wanted a fairy tale.

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Name: The Unexpected Inlander by Kellyn Thompson
Date Published: June 6, 2016
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Romance
My Overall Rating: ★★★★

Agent Christopher Rockford has been the best assassin in the agency for eight years, and he loves his job. He loves his solitary lifestyle. He loves eliminating criminals. He loves his comfortable life as a member of society’s wealthy coastal upper class. But in pursuit of a target, he meets Jenna, a mysterious civilian who belongs to society’s lowest and most shunned group. 

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Name: Evading the Dark (The Cross Chronicles #1) by E.M. Rinaldi
Date Published: April 11, 2016
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 4.4/5 Stars

Orphaned and left to be raised by the Academy, she spends her days training to become a Guardian, but that dream is looking dimmer with every day that passes.Unlike the wand-waving heroines in all her favorite books, Witches in her world don’t cast spells, they are born wielding the power of nature: water, fire, earth, or air; powers Casey never developed. She’ll be lucky if they even allow her to take her final exams.

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Name: Hiding Till Dawn (The Cross Chronicles #2) by E.M. Rinaldi
Date Published: March 26, 2017
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 4.54/5 Stars

Destiny is unrelenting. It will come for you, and when it does there is no escaping it; something Casey knows firsthand. On the run from the dean and his ever loyal Imperial Guardians; Casey, Cedric, and Falon must put their trust in the most unlikely of allies. Their search for help will lead them across the country, into enemy territories and mystical kingdoms alike.

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Name: Era of Undying by Emilie Knight
Date Published: January 19, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 4.41/5 Stars

Pen chose to revert back to her nomadic life after the death of her family. Life was always safer that way, away from people. Now she’s been caught and odd occurrences have been happening in Ichorisis. People are surviving horrible injuries and illnesses that they shouldn’t be. Now that Pen is under custody of one of the several kings she’s been sent to fix the problem. Whether she wants to or not.

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Name: The Black Witch (The Black Witch Chronicles #1) by Laurie Forest
Date Published: May 2, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Magic, Paranormal
Goodreads Rating: 3.86/5 Stars

As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to hate and fear.

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Name: The Iron Flower (The Black Witch Chronicles #2) by Laurie Forest
Date Published: Expected September 18, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Goodreads Rating: 4.31/5 Stars

Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas Grey, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.

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Name: The Pageant (Vampire Royals #1) by Leigh Walker
Date Published: March 27, 2018
Genre: Paranormal, YA, Romance, Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 4.0/5 Stars

The winner of The Pageant gets a marriage proposal from Dallas Black, otherwise known as The Dark Prince. Dallas is the son of King Black, who won the last world war and now governs the new settlements. The Royal Family is mysterious. Rumor has it they don’t sleep. Rumor has it they eschew the sun.
Rumor has it they’re immortal.
When Gwyn is thrust into The Pageant, she fights to survive the competitive nature of the other contestants.
But even if wins…can she survive a vampire fiancé?

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Name: The Gala (Vampire Royals #2) by Leigh Walker
Date Published: March 30, 2018
Genre: Paranormal, YA, Romance, Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 4.2/5 Stars

The Pageant is almost over, and Gwyneth West knows she can win—except the prince is a vampire, and some of the other contestants are turning out to be quite beastly. What do you do when the person you love…might want to eat you alive? Struggling to hold onto her position in the palace, Gwyn knows her vampire prince could slip through her fingers in an instant. 

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Name: The Finale (Vampire Royals #3) by Leigh Walker
Date Published: May 24, 2018
Genre: Paranormal, YA, Romance, Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 4.27/5 Stars

Gwyneth West’s a finalist in The Pageant, the dating competition that’s gripping the settlements. Down to the final week, the dashing Prince Dallas Black will choose one young woman as his fiancé. 
One small issue: Gwyneth’s a human and the prince is a vampire. What’s worse? Gwyneth’s family are sworn rebels, out to take back the settlements and overthrow the crown.

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Name: Nocturne (Fourth Talisman #1) by Kat Ross
Date Published: October 15, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 4.27/5 Stars

Nocturne, a wilderness of eternal night.

Solis, a wasteland of endless day.

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Name: Magic Harvest (Fairy Trafficking #1) by Mary Karlik
Date Published: Expected September 18, 2018
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Fairies
Goodreads Rating: 4.0/5 Stars

Layla has never belonged to the fairy realm – at least, half of her hasn’t. She’s never known anyone with human blood, not even her father. When she was three, the dragon Fauth attacked the fairy festival, murdering her fae mum & stepfather. Frankly, some fairies think she should’ve been eaten too.

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Name: Shadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa
Date Published: Expected October 2, 2018
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 4.26/5 Stars

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

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Name: The Gilded King (Sovereign #1) by Josie Jaffrey
Date Published: June 25, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Goodreads Rating: 4.27/5 Stars

In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well. Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.

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Name: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake
Date Published: September 20, 2016
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 3.87/5 Stars

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

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Name: Bye Baby Bunting
Date Published: June 25, 2012
Genre: Thriller
Goodreads Rating: 4.15/5 Stars

An unwanted pregnancy. A kidnapping. Escape…. University student Jemma Howell’s life has turned upside down…

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Name: Awakened (The Power Trilogy #1) by Dot Caffrey
Date Published: Expected August 31, 2018
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 4.67/5 Stars

Power and Prophecy! 
Seventeen-year-old Regnaryn grew up in an idyllic land among mythical beings. She believes that she is the last surviving human. Her world begins to shatter when Evil invades her dreams, demanding that she relinquish unknown powers foretold by her long-deceased mother.

It was a lot of reading and I read some pretty fantastic books. I still have 15 book reviews I have to get out (Yes I know I’m a little behind. All that reading is getting in the way of the reviews). But there you have it. All 30 books from this summer.

Do any of them look interesting to you? Any books you can suggest I read this Fall/Winter? Let me know!

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