Books I Bought in June 2020

Hi guys!

Update – My eye is better! Yay!! I’m also super excited because my birthday is tomorrow! I have a feeling I might get a few books for my birthday so they obviously will go on next months list instead. June’s list is still pretty busy so don’t worry. Let’s get into it!

Physical

Just one this month – The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. I picked this up because I have been loving my mystery’s and this is also historical so what more could you want?

London, April 1812.
On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

E-Book

Rhythm, Chord and Malykhim by Marania Zapata. I really got in the mood for rock romances so I bought this but I don’t actually know if it’s something I like the sound of – we’ll have to see.

Twenty-six-year-old Gaby Barreto might be a lot of things (loyal, sarcastic, one of the guys and a pain in the butt depending on which family member you ask), but dumb isn’t one of them. When her twin brother invites her to go on tour as his band’s merch girl, she isn’t exactly screaming at the top of her lungs with joy. With no job opportunities pounding on her door, an ex-boyfriend she would still like to castrate, and no end in sight to moving out of her parents’ house in Dallas… it would be dumb to say no to the chance of a lifetime. Two bands, three continents, one tour. Spending the next ninety-plus days with three beloved idiots and eight complete strangers shouldn’t be a big deal, right? If only the singer of the headlining band didn’t have tattoos… a great personality… a fantastic body… and if he wasn’t so funny….Let’s be real: Gaby never had a chance against Sacha Malykhin.

Music of the Heart by Katie Ashley. I actually quite enjoyed this. It wasn’t a great read but it also wasn’t bad. It was relatively quick. A solid 3 stars.

For Abby Renard, the plan was supposed to be simple—join her brothers’ band on the last leg of their summer tour and decide if she’s finally ready for the limelight by becoming its fourth member. Of course, she never imagined stumbling onto the wrong tour bus at Rock Nation would accidentally land her in the bed of Jake Slater, the notorious womanizing lead singer of Runaway Train. When he mistakes her for one of his groupie’s, Abby quickly lets him know she sure as hell isn’t in his bed on purpose. Jake Slater never imagined the angel who fell into his bed would resist his charms by promptly kneeing him in the balls. Of course, the fact she seems like a prissy choir girl makes her anything but his type. So he is more than surprised when after betting Abby she wouldn’t last a week on their tour bus, she is more than willing to prove him wrong. But as Jake’s personal life begins to implode around him, he finds an unlikely ally in Abby. He’s never met a woman he can talk to, joke with, or most importantly make music with. As the week comes to a close, neither Abby nor Jake is ready to let go. Can a sweetheart Country songstress and a bad boy of Rock N Roll actually have a future together?

The Rocker who holds me by Terri Anne Browning. I didn’t know this was only 100 pages when I bought this. I read it in about an hour. It was really bad and super creepy. Wouldn’t recommend.

Touring with four rockers is the thing of dreams…At least that is what people tell me. To me those four rockers are my family. They have watched over me from the time I was five years old. Protecting me from my mother and her drunken, drug addict rages. When they made it big they still watched over me. And when my monster of a mother died they took over as my guardians. In the six years since that happened I have watched over the four men that
mean everything to me. I take care of them just as they once took care of me. I handle all the dirty work behind the scenes of a rockers life. It isn’t always pretty. At times it came be damn near disgusting, especially when I have to get rid of their one night stands. Ugh! Taking care of them doesn’t bother me though. I mean it’s not like I’m in love with one of them. That would be crazy. Falling for a rocker is NOT smart. Okay, so I’m not smart. I love my guys, and one of them kind of holds my heart in his big old rocker hand. But I’m dealing. I’ve been able to keep it my little secret for years now.
I’m not, however, dealing with this bug that I seem to have caught. It scares the hell out of me. I hate doctors, but I’m suddenly more worried about finding out what is wrong with me than what the doctor might do to me. When I get my test results back my life will never be the same again…

Gifted

I mentioned in a few books that I went a bit click happy on Netgalley so I got a lot…and I mean A LOT of books from them this month. I will try be more reserved next month.

Snowed In by Navessa Allen. I really liked this. It was super sweet and heart-felt. Plus, super super funny! Really recommend. (Review Here)

Ella Jones knows what to expect from the long, hard winters in the northern reaches of Maine: mostly boredom and monotony, broken up with a bit of skiing or quality time spent with her family.
Which leaves her utterly unprepared for the arrival of Benjamin Kakoa, a professional athlete turned advocate in need of a break from fame and notoriety.
With her world – okay, locally – famous wit and special brand of self-deprecation, Ella goes on a full-blown charm offensive to coax Ben out of his shell. But with a rocky past and an uncertain future, Ben’s walls are tougher to tear down than she could have ever anticipated. And once they fall, Ella and Ben will have to come to terms with the potentially tragic reality of their love. 

Love on the Main Stage by S.A Domingo. This wasn’t my favourite read but it did have some good qualities. (Review Here)

16-year-old songwriter Nova is having the best summer of her life. Helping out with her parents’ food truck, she gets to attend not one, but FIVE different music festivals! Things get even better when she meets cute American boy, Sam, an aspiring musician like her. After sharing a magical evening dancing under the stars, Nova never expects to see Sam again. But to her surprise they keep meeting up at music festivals . . . Nova begins to hope that their romance could become more than just a festival fling. So why is Sam so reluctant to talk about himself? And why does he have access to the VIP backstage area…?

To Be Your Last by Rae Kennedy I really loved this! It reminded me so much of my favourite book of all time – Fall From Grace. It was funny and gripping and amazing. It put me in such a great mood! Highly recommend. (Review Here)

When I decide to run away with a sexy stranger and follow his band on tour all summer, I’m running away from more than home. I’m running away from the lies I’ve been telling my family, away from expectations, away from being perfect Gracie Gallagher. Perfect Gracie would never. But this summer I’m going to be Fun Gracie. Exciting Gracie. Gracie who takes chances and gets a little reckless. But now I’m telling a new kind of lie: Pretending to date a broody, tattooed Rockstar. Except my feelings aren’t fake and as I start to find myself, I risk losing more than just my inhibitions and my virginity. I’m risking my heart.

Speak the Ocean by Rebecca Enzor. I saw the word mermaid and I was sold. What else could you want?

For Mer handler Finn Jarvis, the feral mermaid performers at Oceanica Marine Park are nothing more than ruthless aquatic predators, violent and unpredictable. That doesn’t stop the public from flocking to one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions. To them, the Mer are magical entertainment, too beautiful to be dangerous. They don’t see what happens to the ones who dare swim out of line. Newly caught Erie doesn’t know what the evil landfolk want from her. Alone and voiceless, she watches the other merfolk from the confines of her tank. Broken into submission, they’ve become shells of the once vibrant creatures she knew. But Erie refuses to be subjugated. She’ll get the crowds to see her as something more than simple entertainment—starting with her captor, Finn. While Finn trains Erie in her routine, she secretly teaches herself the air-words he and the other trainers speak. And when the language barrier falls, Finn starts to realize that the gap between human and Mer is smaller than he thought, and maybe it’s not the Mer who are monsters, after all.

Shades of Lovers by Catherine Hancock. I was certainly lured in by the cover for this one. It’s different to my normal reads but it still sounds good.

from the author of the poetry collections ‘how the words come’ and ‘the boys i’ve loved and the end of the world’, comes a heartfelt and authentic collection of poetry and prose on learning to navigate love and all of its delights and sorrows. ‘shades of lovers’ is a story of breaking and healing, of forgiving but not forgetting, of understanding and balance. it is not only something to enjoy, but something to learn from. here are the things i did right, and the many things i did wrong. i give them to you, so that when love comes knocking, you will have a sense of what to do when you open the door.

The Scam List by Kurt Dinan. This is next on my to read list and I cannot wait!! This is so up my street I am beyond excited for this!!!

Meet the best teen con artist team around:
Boone McReedy: high school conman, smooth-talking charmer, and the idiot who just got scammed out of $15,000 of his mom’s money.
Darby West: ass-kicker, straight-shooter, and Boone’s ex-girlfriend. Now, they must team up to save their parents’ business, one con at a time. That is if they don’t kill each other first. Of course, they’re only going to scam people who deserve it. That’s a promise. Would they lie to you? As he did in his award-winning debut, DON’T GET CAUGHT, Kurt Dinan brings laughs, twists, and heart to THE SCAM LISTS’ funny world of teen con artists, exes, and outrageous five-dollar bets.

My Backward Life by Claire Merle. This sounds super interesting and different so I am intrigued.

The last thing Louise Doors remembers is collapsing on her way home from a gig and a boy trying to save her life. Now, six days later, she’s woken up. But she’s not in the hospital, she’s at home, and it seems her life has gone on without her, except everything is messed up. Her best friends hate her, she’s hanging out with a girl she barely knows, and a boy called Dylan wants to meet up to give her a letter. As it turns out, Dylan isn’t just any boy, either, he’s the guy who tried to save her life. Soon Louise will find out exactly what’s been going on in her absence because those missing days are happening again, only in reverse. While each day brings surprising revelations about her family and her friends, Louise draws closer to Dylan, hoping he can help her get her proper life back. But she hadn’t expected to fall in love, nor that these six days might be all she has left. After years of conforming to other people’s expectations, Louise finally has the chance to be true to herself—but only if she can reach out and grab it.

A Game of Wings and Marks by Rebecca Crunden. After she kindly sent me Haze (which I reviewed here) she then kindly sent me one of her other books so I’m excited to get to this one next month.

When Octavia Coal goes to the mountains to clear her head, she doesn’t expect to find an angel in trouble. He tells her his name is Tamiel and he’s one of the Irin – the army of angels tasked with keeping demons from overwhelming humanity. But Tamiel broke a sacred law – he fell in love with a human – and now he’s being hunted by the same angels he once served. With nowhere else to go, Octavia and Tamiel – along with Jack, the human in question, and her brother Caleb – appeal directly to Zev, the Demon of Games. A trickster of unparalleled power, Zev gives nothing for free, and the gift he offers Octavia to keep Tamiel alive comes with a confusing catch: He makes her the Healer of Raphael, archangel and Commander of the Irin. Suddenly a target for both angels and demons, Octavia quickly learns that the only way to survive is to play the game better than they do. The only problem is, she doesn’t know whose game she’s playing …

Altered Helix by Stephanie Hansen. I kindly was gifted a copy of this from YA Bound Book Tours to review. It wasn’t my favourite read ever but I’m still glad I read it because I will never ever ever forget Ethan Swayze 😉 (Review Here)

I didn’t want to take the traditional path. First, I wasn’t ready for college. Second, I was going to live with my best friend, Tiff, and work at the Haunted House. Third, did I mention the hot guy Josh that works there too?
The most exciting thing about Austria’s new job, at a local haunted house, was the fact that the toughest looking people screamed the loudest. But when she meets the boy without a home, Josh, Austria’s life takes intriguing and eventful turns. Up until now, Josh has managed to hang with his Street crowd, but they’re in danger, and so is Austria, the girl Josh recently fell for. The group finds themselves joining forces with previously considered enemies who also now find themselves in danger.
Deeply compassionate and full of twists, Altered Helix captures the struggle of polarized people that must work together for the greater good.

That’s it for today’s post. Have you guys read any of these? As always I want to hear about the books you bought this month. Tell me below cause I always want to know 🙂 Have a great day guys and see you tomorrow…when I will be 20 years old!!

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