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Monthly Wrap-Up: August - September

It's September tomorrow and I honestly feel like I was writing August's wrap-up just yesterday. It's crazy. 
August was a strange month. I read a lot, binged Netflix to no end (Arrow and Gossip Girl galore), and started writing my WIP (post about that coming sometime in September). The writing's going slowly-ish, and although I'm struggling not to edit as I go, I'm pretty happy with the progress I making and the practice I'm getting.    
Life's been okay I guess. I forced myself to do a few "out of my comfort zone" experiences, which caused me incredible stress beforehand but paid off in the end. I just hope to be more "social" in September and stop procrastinating when it comes to making some certain life decisions. I'm scared and worried about them, but I'm trying to trust God. He knows best and He'll be with me every step of the way.     

Posts of the month (excluding reviews & weekly round-ups):  Waiting on Wednesd…

Waiting on Wednesday #48: THERE'S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE - by Stephanie Perkins

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by Breaking the Spine and now taken over by Wishful Endings that highlights upcoming book releases we're excited to read. On my blog, I include movies as well.

Publication Date: 26th September 2017. 
Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

This cover is actual perfection. It was basically designed for me, actually, because it has my favourite shades of pink and gives off some deliciously eerie vibes. I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

And the story also sounds PERFECT AND WONDERFULLY SCARY 3

Anyone else excited for There's Someone Inside Your House?

YOU DON'T KNOW MY NAME (The Black Angel Chronicles #1) - by Kristen Orlando

YOU DON'T KNOW MY NAME - Kristen Orlando
Published: 2017 - Swoon Reads.
Genres: Young adult / romance / contemporary / thriller
Pages: 280.
Triggers/Content Advisory:  At the end there's violence and implication of torture.
Format: eBook.
Source: Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan. Now Reagan has to decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she's always wanted? And does she even …

Weekly Round-Up: Watching and writing

Another week gone and it's almost September. HELP.
I can barely remember what happened this week; only that I watched one episode of Supergirl and then stopped it cos I was bored (truth: I needed to start season 2 of Gossip Girl because I was dying of anticipation) and I also started Arrow season 4.  
My WIP writing's going.......well. I'm hand-writing the first draft, so it's tiring, but I love my characters and my world and I'm really getting into it. So far, so good.  

Posts of the week:  Book Review: THE GOOD DAUGHTER Book Review: SEVEN DAYS OF YOU Waiting on Wednesday #47 Book Review: ONE OF US IS LYING The Blog Squad: Part 22 Book Review: SILVER BLOOD

Nothing!!! And I won't be starting another book until September. 

But I did finish these two books this week:

Genni reviews The Wrath and the Dawn
Greg reviews Emma in the Night
Amber Elise reviews Because You Love To Hate Me
Lauren reviews Weave A Murderous Web
Emily reviews When Dimple Met Rishi
Michelle revi…

SILVER BLOOD (Series of Blood #1) - by Emma Hamm

Published: 2016.
Pages: 274.
Genres: Young adult / fantasy / fae / romance
Format: eBook.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Some sensual scenes and fantasy violence.
Source: Thank you so much to the author for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
A PROPHECY TO FULFILL Two hundred years ago, our world changed forever. Two realms combined in an explosion of magic. One morning everything was normal and the next? Every human body was host to another magical creature who had thoughts and a mind of its own. However, with power comes darkness. Someone wants to wipe this earth clean and will stop at nothing to consume it. SHE IS NOT A HERO Or so she thought. Wren had grown up with another voice in her head but had never considered herself magical. She doesn't have the talents other people have. She certainly doesn't have the abilities anyone else has. But she is charming and manages her business quite well. She deals in emotions and makes people ha…

The Blog Squad: Part 22

We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions. 
A MAGICAL WORLD OF WORDS - AmyNikita  BOOKS.BAGS.BURGERS - Uma K  BOOK REVIEWS BY DI - Di Hewlett Do you binge-read series? Or read them as they're released? 

I will do both, it really just depends when I get to a book/series! 
If there are books being released by a favourite author I will read them as they are released because I won’t be able to hold myself back. Then there are the series that I just haven’t managed to get to that I’ll end up binge reading either all of the series or to whatever book has been released.

There are numerous reasons that I might not have gotten to a series - either the hype was too strong and I avoided it for too long, or I just don’t have the time in my reading schedule (beca…

ONE OF US IS LYING - by Karen M. McManus

ONE OF US IS LYING - Karen M. McManus
Published: 2017 - by Penguin.
Genres: Young adult / thriller / contemporary / romance / drama
Pages: 360.
Format: Paperback.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Themes of sex, drug-use, and suicide.
Source: Thank you so much to Penguin Random House SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule. Sports star Cooper only knows what he's doing in the baseball diamond. Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime. Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life. And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won't ever talk about any of them again. He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it's no accident. All of them are suspects. Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you'll go to protect them.

Think GossipGirl meets ThirteenReasonsWhy. And driven by…

Waiting on Wednesday #47: BEFORE SHE IGNITES - by Jodi Meadows

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by Breaking the Spine and now taken over by Wishful Endings that highlights upcoming book releases we're excited to read. On my blog, I include movies as well.

BEFORE SHE IGNITES - by Jodi Meadows

Publication Date: 12th September 2017.

Before Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland. But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station. After Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison i…

SEVEN DAYS OF YOU - by Cecilia Vinesse

SEVEN DAYS OF YOU - Cecilia Vinesse.
Published: 2017 - by Hachette Children's Group.
Genres: Young adult / contemporary / romance /
Pages: 304.
Format: Paperback.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Themes and incidents involving sex, drugs, and alcohol. Severe bad language.
Source: Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything. Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit …

THE GOOD DAUGHTER - by Alexandra Burt

THE GOOD DAUGHTER - Alexandra Burt
Published: 2017 - by Avon.
Genres: Adult / thriller / contemporary fiction
Pages: 528.
Triggers/Content Advisory: There is an gang rape scene with occasional referrals and flashbacks. There's also one vague sex scene, and frequent, disturbing violence and gore.
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed? Dahlia Waller's childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions. In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighb…

Weekly Round-Up: Netflix and reading and writing

PEOPLES! I've changed my blog post font - please tell me what you think? Is it easier to read than the previous one? I need feedback! And while you're at it, I'd really appreciate it if you could tell me what font you use for your blog... I'm looking for the perfect one, and I'd love to know what you find works for you. Thanks :)  And I also changed my blogger header! I'd love to know your thoughts on that too? 
In other news, it's been an average week. I'm still going strong with my WIP, have been reading a fair amount, and been watching a lot of Gossip Girl (I'm officially addicted. It's my new darling). I finished series 1, but I'm going to take a break from it before starting series two and make a start on Supergirl instead. Which I've been dying to see. 

A small warning: there'll be blog posts from me every day for the rest of the month. I have a lot of reviews coming, and am hoping to get a "fun" post in there somewhe…