Honestly, this has already become an anticipated event for me each week and I’m super excited for that! For those of you who are just coming along for the journey, you can checkout parts 1 and 2 right here: Part 1 and Part 2
I’m one of those people that feels better when they get rid of “clutter”. Whether that be legitimate things I’ve accumulated in my room or car that I can toss out or sell off, or if it’s pictures or documents sitting on my computer for ages that I no longer need. I just love that feeling of getting rid of useless
So, maybe that’s why I enjoy this so much. Like with everything else in life, book taste changes a bit over time and some of the stuff I never got to years ago isn’t something I’d actually pick up now, so it’s time to weed those out.
And so we go. Part 3.
1. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…
That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.
Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
Okay, confession time. I’ve never read a CoHO book before, but I see them all over Goodreads and Bookstagram. I feel like I owe it to myself and to miss Hoover to at least read the first one that caught my attention years ago.
Staying. I honestly can’t say how much I’ll love it, contemporary and romance usually aren’t my things, but I will give it a shot.
2. Die for Me by Amy Plum
In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.
When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.
Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.
It does sound really interesting and I enjoy the thought behind the revenants.
*sigh* Keeping. Because I feel like I’d probably really enjoy this when I do pick it up. Plus that cover is GORGEOUS.
3. Beautiful Disaster by Jame McGuire
The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.
This one definitely caught my interest and I feel liked I’d enjoy it!
Keeping. My BBF (bookish best friend) Ashley actually mailed me a copy of this book, so I really need to get to it soon, I know she adores it.
4. The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.
Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.
With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.
But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?
It does sound intriguing. A few years back I would have loved to do exactly what she did and leave my life behind, greeting whatever life throws at me with open arms. I’d be interested to see how it plays out for her.
Staying. I think I would probably enjoy this one, may as well branch out a little.
5. My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
She doesn’t see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.
Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next.
I mean… it sounds interesting, but I think I’m done with tropey high school romance/ supernatural books. I’ve had enough for the time being.
Removing. There’s not a very big chance I’d pick this one up to be honest.
7. Switched by Amanda Hocking
When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right.
With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.
This gives me nothing but a super generic story. Kinda disappointing to be honest.
Removing, this book didn’t give me anything that made me want to keep holding onto it to go ahead and give it a chance.
8. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created ‘perfect’ life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.
Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.
Meh. Over the “bad boy” high school thing. I was never much into them to begin with and I’ve never understood the appeal of liking bad boys.
Removing. No need for this to stay on my shelf.
9. Here’s Looking at You by Mhairi McFarlane
In essence it’s an ugly duckling tale. Our heroine Aureliana returns to school after fifteen years for a reunion. School doesn’t hold happy memories for her, as being a roly poly Italian (known as the Italian Galleon), and always armed with a Tupperware full of pungent Mediterranean food, she was bullied incessantly throughout her years there. Now in her 30s, Aureliana wants to put the past behind her once and for all and face up to the bullies who made her life hell. But she is much-changed from the girl she once was – all curves and because I’m worth it hair – and no one recognises her when she arrives. Losing her bottle, she backs out on her plan for revenge and slinks off, hoping never to be reminded of her years at school again. But fate gets in the way, and after the reunion her path keeps crossing with James – major hunk and Aureliana’s major crush back at school. But alas, as a cronie to the bullies, Aureliana to this day believes that his beautiful exterior hides an ugly interior. As they continue to cross paths a love/hate relationship ensues until eventually something shifts, and they both start to discover what the person underneath is really like…
What a long-winded paragraph. Honestly doesn’t sound like it’s something I would enjoy.
Removed. I know myself and that I will never actually read this.
10. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders?
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands. . .
I mean, I know the story line already and it sounds amazing.
Keeping it. I can’t justify getting rid of this one, plus I have a copy sitting on my shelf, so I honestly may as well!
***Total Kept/ Removed: 5/5***
Made some good progress this week, so that’s good! 😀
Pendragon #10 (page 20)
Roar (Page 20)
Aletheia (page 125)