Adele Is Reading | Am I Back?

Hello lovely people! Welcome back to Adele Is Reading. I’ve been gone a long time; probably longer than I anticipated, but who knows at this point… So, am I back?

I’d like to say yes! I’m back! I’m glad to be back within the book blogging community, and I’m so looking forward to reconnecting with friends, and finding new (to me) bloggers (where we can hopefully become friends).

Blogging has always been a refresher after any kind of day that I’ve had. Rain or shine, the bookish community has always been there when I needed it. With that said though, will I be back to blogging full-time?

Going back to blogging full-time is something I don’t think I can honestly do. I can’t even say that I can go back to blogging part-time. However, I can say that I’d like to get back into blogging whenever I can. There might be a few days, or weeks (or more) wherein I don’t have the time to blog–or reply to comments. Just know that I’m doing the best I absolutely can with whatever may be happening in my life during that moment.

Returning to the blogging community is something that I’ve been…quite honestly, questioning myself on. Should I return? What if, what if, what if? I’ve decided to just go, and do it.

I hope to bring back my book reviews full force! Of course, there are some books wherein I don’t have much to say about. Which means that a book review may be as long as a sentence, to maybe a paragraph. I don’t want to bullshit a review when I don’t have anything to say about it. Like, ya, I enjoyed a book but, that’s about it from me… So Mini Book Reviews are definitely going to be a thing from me from now on.

I’d also like to say that I have other types of posts in mind, but really, I have no idea what I could talk about; if anything.

Now, here’s another question….

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HIATUS ? | Adele Is Reading

Hello all! Thank you so much for checking out this post.

I want to just go out and say it, so here it is:

I’m on a blogging / Instagram hiatus.

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting much, and that is 100% because blogging is now usually the last thing that’s on my mind.

When will I be back? 

I’ll be here and there posting my monthly updates, because I genuinely like keeping a somewhat public track record of what I’ve been reading. I also like having it in the format that I do it in because goodreads sometimes doesn’t get it right, and I legit have no idea how to fix that within the goodreads site. Like, I get the days right, but goodreads will put book 3 before book 2 and I’m like “excuuuuse me that is not the order that i read those books in.” >_ >

I’ve also been having a ton of fun reading whenever I can (which admittedly isn’t much these days (save for May, I went hog-wild in May). I’ve been keeping track of my thoughts  from the books I read via my Notes app. I know that when I get back around to reviewing books again, I’ll be sooooo confused on what I’ve said, so forgive me if most of the future book reviews I post will be in a bulleted list format!! >_<;;
(I’m already like, 25+ books in.) yikes

I’m also really enjoying digital journaling on my goodnotes app! I like having the limitless re-arranging possibilities that physical journalling would hinder me from.

 

so, …… thank you. I know you might not stick around, and that’s 100% okay. If you do stick with me though, thank you so much ❤

 

See you in the next one!

Happy Reading!
Adele

May 2020 Wrap Up

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Hello lovelies! Welcome to my May 2020 Wrap Up post.

Hey friends! I know my May 2020 Wrap Up is coming to you super late, (we’re already 2 weeks into JUNE, omg). I just wanted to say that I hope you and yours are doing well. If you’ve lost anyone close to you related to the global pandemic or otherwise, I am so sorry for your loss.

Did you get around to reading anything in May?

I actually partook in the Sea-MAYden-athon held by Leelyn, and Mir this year. It’s the first of the (hopefully) annual Sea-MAYden-athon and I’m quite happy with how I did! The participants could keep track of what they read and omg it was more fun than I expected it to be.

Truth be told, I started out strong (yay) and then I started lagging behind once I put out my first week of tally points. I think next year I’m just going to have to, I don’t know, keep my points to myself until the final days of the readathon.

So while I didn’t keep track of my readings within the readathon, I did keep track of everything I read here within my May 2020 Wrap Up!

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Excerpt: Incendiary, by Zoraida Córdova | Promotional

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Hello lovelies!! Today’s post is going to be a little different from the usual book reviews… Today I’m posting an excerpt from
Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova.

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304254D6-6FBB-426C-8DB7-1006F64B1D8BI am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.

Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.

When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.

But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.

Release Date: April 28th, 2020.

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The Raven and the Dove, by Kaitlyn Davis | ARC Book Review

Hello friends! Welcome back to the ol’ blog. Today I have my advanced readers copy (ARC) book review of

The Raven and the Dove, by Kaitlyn Davis.

A huge Thank You to Netgalley, for allowing me to read The Raven and the Dove in exchange for an honest review.
This in no way has impacted my review. 

Trigger Warning: Blood, Blood mention, Torture, Torture mention.

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EA956199-ED68-4406-8AC3-A9706F0E7351Four fates collide in this avian-inspired, epic fantasy retelling of Tristan and Isolde perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo!

A princess longing to be free…

On the dawn of her courtship trials, Princess Lyana Aethionus knows she should be focused on winning her perfect mate, yet her thoughts wander to the open sky waiting at the edge of her floating kingdom. One final adventure calls. Upon fleeing the palace, the last thing she expects to find is a raven prince locked in a death match with a dragon.

A bastard aching to belong…

Reviled son of a dead king, Rafe would do anything for his beloved half-brother, Prince Lysander Taetanus, including posing as him in the upcoming courtship trials. When a dragon interrupts their secret exchange, he orders his studious sibling to run. After suffering a fatal blow, Rafe is saved by a beautiful dove who possesses forbidden magic, just like him.

Fate brought them together, now destiny will tear them apart…

Unknown to the world above, on the foggy sea ten thousand feet below, a young king fights a forgotten war. He believes Lyana is the queen prophesied to save the world, and with the help of his favored spy, hidden deep in the highest ranks of the dove royal house, he will stop at nothing to have her.

Three shocking betrayals. Two star-crossed lovers. One unforgettable journey. If you like fierce heroines, brooding heroes, forbidden romance, and action-packed magical adventures with twists you’ll never see coming, don’t miss The Raven and the Dove!

Release Date: March 9, 2020.

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The Raven and the Dove has a strong prologue. The prologue didn’t even begin to warn me of the entirety of chaos that makes up The Raven and the Dove. It’s a great way to start the story–if only it wasn’t completely misleading. Continue reading

Dead in the Water, by Hailey Edwards | Book Review

Hello friends! Today I’ve got my book review of

Dead in the Water by Hailey Edwards.

Dead in the Water is the first book in the Gemini series–as well as the first book in Camille’s trilogy.

Trigger Warning: Child Murder mention, Grief, Loss of a sibling mention, Death by Drowning mention.

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B04D5C02-D898-4BD7-A851-D809A8534D91Camille Ellis is the Earthen Conclave’s golden girl. Her peculiar talent solves cases with a touch. She isn’t afraid of getting her hands dirty, but every bright star casts a shadow, and her deepest scars lurk just beneath the skin.

A routine consultation goes sideways when a victim’s brother gets involved in the investigation. Riding the edge of grief, the warg will go to any lengths to avenge his sister’s death. Even if it means ensuring Cam’s cooperation at the jaws of his wolf.

When the killer strikes again, Cam is caught between a warg and a hard place. To save the next victim, she must embrace her past. Even if it means dragging her darkest secrets into the light of day.

This series is a spinoff of the author’s “Black Dog” series.

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I gotta tell you that the synopsis for Dead in the Water just…sank it’s hook into me. I had to read Dead in the Water. Another thing that attracted me to this book was the cover. Holy smokes, when I see it there’s just so many questions I have, you know?

The beginning to this first Gemini book had me…..playing a game of ‘Stop, Go.’ With myself. Honestly the beginning chapters of this book were pretty stale and that had me not wanting to read the rest of the book. So I took a break from reading Dead in the Water. Continue reading

March 2020 New Titles I’m Looking Forward to

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Hello hello, friends! Welcome back to Adele Is Reading.

My “Most Anticipated Books of (Month/Year)” posts are a monthly post where I basically drool over, and talk a little about the books I’m excited to read that are going to be published very soon.

The covers and synopsis’ for these books mentioned will be from NetGalley & GoodReads.

This March, I really only have 9 books that I’m looking forward to.

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Sunday Post #002

Hello hello, my friends!

Here’s my post for this Sunday: the Sunday Post! I’m hoping that I’ll be able to create these Sunday posts bi-weekly. If I did them weekly, I’d probably end up stopping this little meme ’cause I’d get bored of it fast.

These Sunday Posts are also posts where I can just….not edit things and have it plain and simple.

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Blog Tour: The June Boys, by Courtney C. Stevens | THE FFBC ARC Review + Favourite Quotes

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Hello friends! Welcome back to Adele Is Reading! Today I’m posting my book review of

The June Boys, by Court Stevens.

I want to give a quick Thank you, to both The Fantastic Flying Book Club, and the Thomas Nelson (Fiction) publishing group for allowing me to read The June Boys (via Netgalley) in exchange for an honest review (and to share a few of my favourite quotes from the book!).

I also want to thank Court Stevens for writing The June Boys. You’ve riddled me with ugly crying.

Today’s post is actually one of the stops for the June Boys Book Blog Tour. Click here to see the other stops on The June Boys book blog tour! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Trigger Warnings: Blood, kidnappings, death via drowning, gun mention and gun usage.

45BA841B-BEAC-4CF6-94E4-278C0E558C3EThe Gemini Thief could be anyone. Your father, your mother, your best friend’s crazy uncle. Some country music star’s deranged sister. Anyone.

The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, having eluded authorities for nearly a decade and taken at least twelve boys.

Now Thea Delacroix has reason to believe the Gemini Thief took a thirteenth victim: her cousin, Aulus McClaghen.

But the game changes when one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead. Together with her boyfriend Nick and her best friends, Thea is determined to find the Gemini Thief and the remaining boys before it’s too late. Only she’s beginning to wonder something sinister, something repulsive, something unbelievable, and yet, not impossible:

What if her father is the Gemini Thief?

Release Date: March 03, 2020.
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Thriller.

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‘You don’t owe your truths to everyone.’

1/3 of my favourite quotes from The June Boys.

I stumbled upon The June Boys via The Fantastic Flying Bookclub, and I am so glad to have applied to be a part of the The June Boys Blog Tour! Before I had even sat down to read The June Boys I had thought two things: the first being, I have this story down pat (aka, I knew what was going to happen). The second thought I had was, ‘either The June Boys is going to happen the exact way I thought it would, or the plot is going to be wildly different.’ 

Once I sat down to read The June Boys, I wanted to say that I knew who the number one suspect was / or was going to be. Friends, I was so wrong. I was so, so off.  Continue reading