Emily Suvada – This Mortal Coil

“Protecting others is a universal instinct, and it can be overwhelming when it kicks in. We’re all born with it, which means that it’s coded somewhere in our DNA. Our conscious thoughts and memories are built up throughout our lives, but instincts are different. Instincts are genetic. And that makes them susceptible to coding.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Simon Pulse

  • Published On: November 7 2017

  • Pages: 464

Synopsis: Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?

Review: I had to pick this book up because 1- THAT BOOK COVER IS STUNNING & 2- the synopsis made the book seem super interesting. I really enjoyed the book & imagining all that happens like it was actually happening was just woah. What if someday some of the things that are written about in the book, becomes a reality? (Maybe not to such an extent tho). I really liked it, I can’t wait to know what happens ahead!

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

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It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover

Not going to do the usual reviewing because ya’ll already know how much I love Colleen & I absolutely laaaaaaaav It Ends With Us! This has to be such a random post but honestly, after I finished re-reading it this time I felt like I really wanted to write a post about it & share how I felt with you guys ❤️. Those of you who have not yet read it, honestly what more obvious sign do you need me to hold for you to read it?? 😂. ✨

I’m not one to highlight quotes in my books but honestly, you need to take messages from the book with you & I just wanted to be able to flip through the book maybe 4-5 years later & when I re-read it & come across those highlighted lines, I want them to stay with me forever. On my (I think) 4th re-read, I still felt the emotional feels & heartbreak & moments when I needed a couple minutes before reading on. I. Could. Not. Put it down!

Ryle felt like a dream come true & as the plot unfolded I prayed things wouldn’t turn out the way they did but ofcourse life happens. Shit happens. More than the book itself I felt the most heartbroken when I read the story behind the book. I loved it. It makes the book even more special. It makes the book way more meaningful. ✨

I’m not going to add spoilers because tbvh even if I do you won’t be prepared 😭💔. I felt the bookmark holds true to this book too 😄. Colleen, I love you. I love the books that you write & especially the ones with such a strong message & story in them 😭❤️. ✨

❗️ALSO COLLEEN CAN YOU SEE HOW MUCH I LOVE YOUUU?????? *hellooooooooooo* ✨

❗️One book that you can never get over is? Majority of Colleen’s books & Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough!

Sally Thorne – The Hating Game

“Love and hate are visceral. Your stomach twists at the thought of that person. The heart in your chest beats heavy and bright, nearly visible through your flesh and clothes. Your appetite and sleep are shredded. Every interaction spikes your blood with a dangerous kind of adrenaline, and you’re on the brink of fight or flight. Your body is barely under your control. You’re consumed, and it scares you.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: William Morrow

  • Published On: August 9 2016

  • Pages: 387

Synopsis: Nemesis (n.)

1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;

2) A person’s undoing;

3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

Review: I started reading this book at 7:30 am & I’m done with it at 1:57pm. I did have to force myself to put it down & go get a few things done which imma be honest, was so hard because I didn’t want to. I was ranting about how much I’m loving the book to one of my bestfriends & I’ve got her to pick it up as her next read too! I just had to pick it up after seeing so many people rave about it but it was @i_reads (Warda) who was the one who had me saying “that’s it, all other books put aside. This is my next read.” So THANKS GIRL! ❤️. I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! Dying at the sarcasm & the banter between the two. So cute, funny & a cheesy romantic. We’ve all pretty much read all the cliché endings that come with these books but lets be honest, guilty pleasures.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎

J. Saman – Beautiful Potential

“History doesn’t always repeat itself, Finn. Sometimes it’s like a lightning strike. I know there’s a lot more you haven’t told me, but I won’t be another storm for you to weather. I’m the sunshine you feel when it’s all done.”

Book Details:

  • Expected Publication: February 6 2018

  • Pages: 368

Synopsis: Gia

I met Doctor Finnegan Banner on what was supposed to be one of the best days of my life. It turned out to be one of the worst. One year later, he saved my life.

And now I can’t get him out of my head. Constantly running into him at work only makes that worse.

He’s my perpetual savior. The most beautiful man I’ve ever seen.

He’s also the biggest jerk I’ve ever met.

But that doesn’t seem to stop me from wanting what he refuses to give.

Finn

The moment I laid eyes on Gia Bianchi, I knew my life was never going to be the same. That she was capable of healing every miserable, messed up piece of me.

She left me on the sidewalk only to walk back into my life one year later.

And now? Now she’s everywhere. All over my Emergency Department. Drinking in my bar. Ingrained in my every thought.

But love is cruel. Trust is an illusion. And I will not give in to either ever again.

Even though I’m crazy about her.

Review: It is currently 3:09 am, I have to be up in 4 hours for university. I started reading this book 2.5 hours ago & I just finished it. This book switches between the POVs of Finn & Gia & between chapters told in Finn’s POV from years ago. This book was a lot like Until It Fades by K. A. Tucker in terms of how I feel about it. Shed a few (okay maybe more than a few) tears, had my heart broken but also laughed at the sarcasm, laughed at the dirty jokes 😂❤️. I really love this book & I’m glad I got to read this book thanks to Nada (aka earlybookishbirds – follow her if you don’t!!). It really hit me that life can really be a piece of shit at times & whatever someone is going through can be compared to what someone else is going through. It brought the pain of loss through, the changes this harsh world might bring into this world & I genuinely loved it. I couldn’t put it down & when I tried, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Thankyou so much for giving me the chance to read this ARC & I hope you’ll get your hands on this book as soooooooon as it’s released this February 6th 2018!

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎

Blake Crouch – Dark Matter

“We all live day to day completely oblivious to the fact that we’re a part of a much larger and stranger reality than we can possibly imagine.”

Book Details:

  • Published On: July 26 2016
  • Publisher: Crown
  • Pages: 342

Synopsis: “Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

Review: When I first read @nadirasworld’s book review & she mentioned the Quantum theory was the core of the book, my very first thought was oh man, I suck at science & am I going to be able to understand what’s happening? But it was pretty easy to understand as the book was pretty simple to read through. The book definitely reminded me of The Flash because of parts of it (Spoiler maybe?). The book blew my mind, I really enjoyed it & I do recommend reading it! It was gripping & I stayed up late because I just had to know what the hell was going on.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

Christina Lauren – Dating You / Hating You

“You look like you’re cycling through a lot of things right now.”

“Like what?”
“Like whether you should kiss me or punch me.”
“It’s a daily struggle.” 

Book Details:

  • Published On: June 6 2017
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Pages: 350

Synopsis: All’s fair in love and work. The first standalone romance by New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) is a sexy, compulsively readable romantic comedy that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love.

Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.

But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it?

Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you will get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, raucous, and hilarious romance style at its finest.

Review: The book switches between the POVs of Carter & Evie. I really liked the book, it was cute, hilarious & filled with “mentally murdering” a certain charcter. The book showed sexism in the workplace & some revelations about said certain character. Overall, I do recommend reading the book! 

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

August Wrap Up! 

Hello everyone! Eid Mubarak! Wishing you & your family a very joyous eid! Today’s going to get quite busy because of the entireeeee fam getting together to celebrate.

❗️What’re your plans for today?

This month, I managed to read 19 books (9 ARCs & 1 DNF)! Books mentioned below with an * before their name have reviews up on my blog so if you click on the title of the book, it’ll take you to the review, if you’re interested!

*1- My Sister’s Bones – Nuala Ellwood: 💎💎💎💎

*2- The Life We Almost Had – Laura Miller: 💎💎💎💎💎

3-  The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena: 💎💎💎💎

*4- A Beautiful, Terrible Thing – Jen Waite: 💎💎💎💎💎

*5- If I Die Tonight – A. L. Gaylin:💎💎💎.5

6- The Ice Beneath Her – Camilla Grebe: 💎💎💎💎

7- The Accident – S. D. Monaghan: 💎💎💎💎

*8- The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson: 💎💎💎💎

9- The Perfect Girl – Gillian Macmillan: 💎💎💎

*10- Thicker Than Water – Oyinkan Braithwaite:💎💎💎.5

*11- Are You Sleeping – Kathleen Barber:💎💎💎💎

*12- Fragile Lives – Professor Stephan Westaby: 💎💎💎💎

13- Follow Your Heart – Tasha Nathan: 💎💎💎💎💎

14- Dating You / Hating You – Christina Laura: 💎💎💎💎

15- Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Charlotte Butterfield: 💎💎.5

16- Backstrap – Johnnie Dun: 💎💎💎

17- The Year of Saying Yes – Hannah Doyle: 💎💎💎💎💎

18- The Expatriates – Janice Y K Lee: 💎💎💎.5

19- Dark Matter – Blake Crouch: 💎💎💎💎