What’s Coming in 2020 – A Book List

Hey there, book addicts!

Every month I enjoy doing a book list. Not only does it give me more books to add to my TBR but it gives you some as well! Plus, I get the awesome opportunity to hear from you if you’ve read them!

It’s the beginning of a new year so I’m doing a list on books coming out this year. In particular, I’m focusing on Young Adult because that’s my jam. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy other genres because I do. It’s just that YA is my favorite. So here are the YA books being released this year that I’m really looking forward to!

 

The Twin

Author: Natasha Preston

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Emmy and Iris were split up after their parents’ divorce—Emmy with her dad and Iris with their mom. Years pass and their mom is lost in a tragic accident so Iris now comes to live with Emmy and their dad. Emmy quickly finds out that her twin sister, Iris, is trying to push her out of her own life—and might be responsible for their mother’s death.

 

All the Stars and Teeth

Author: Adalyn Grace

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Fans of Caraval and Throne of Glass, get hooked on the story of a girl that fights to prove her worthiness of being heir to the throne of Visidia only to be forced to flee after it goes wrong. With the help of unexpected allies, she is determined to conquer the destructive magic on the rise and take her place as heir to the throne.

 

Hood

Author: Jenny Elder Moke

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A twist on Robin Hood, the daughter of the vigilante will have to seek out her father while avoiding the bounty hunter and right-hand man to the king, Wolf. She’s thrust into a life of thieves and mercenaries so different from the quiet one of the convent she’s always known. Getting the adventure of a lifetime, she’ll get to know the father she’s never known.

 

Spellhacker

Author: M.K. England

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When magic becomes a commodity after a deadly plague, Diz takes advantage in an illegal siphoning gig. When it turns up a powerful strain of magic, she and her friends make a discovery that could save the world.

 

The Serpent’s Curse

Author: Lisa Maxwell

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The epic conclusion of The Last Magician, Esta and Hart race through time and across the country to steal the remaining elemental stone to stop the Order and save the future, but what will that mean for them in the end, two people that are separated by time.

 

The Mall

Author: Megan McCafferty

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It’s 1991. Scrunchies, mixtapes, and 90210 are, like, totally fresh. Cassie Worthy is spending he summer before college working at the Parkway Center Mall. Though she plans to have an amazing summer and then go to college with her boyfriend, best-laid plans don’t always work out. A complete tribute to the era of when malls were at the height of their game, friendship, love and discoveries in the most unexpected places.

 

Wonderland

Author: Juno Dawson

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Discovering an invitation to “Wonderland”, the most epic party of parties—three days of hedonistic excess to which only the elite are welcome, Alice hopes to find her missing friend, Bunny. Without her medication, which she desperately needs, Alice hopes to avoid Paisley Hart, who is determined to uncover her secrets no matter what, and find her best friend.

 

Sanctuary Highway

Author: Ellen Hopkins

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The United States government, now called the Confederation has redefined what it means to be “American”. Two teens are on the run when they fall outside the parameters of the Confederation. Their survival means relying on strangers and not everyone is trustworthy. One wrong whisper is the difference between freedom and imprisonment, life and death.

 

The Dark In-Between

Author: Elizabeth Hrib

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After dying and then coming back, Casey is haunted by the drowning of her best friend. Feeling like she’s going mad, especially after seeing a boy fall from the sky, she meets Red. The boy that fell. He’s an angel fallen to earth to regain his wings and he’ll help Casey to walk the path of Limbo: the place between life and death so that she won’t lose Liddy to something worse than death.

 

The Unleashed

Author: Danielle Vega

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Sequel to The Haunted, Hendricks and her friends are still trying to return to normal after the Steele house, but the hauntings of Drearfield are not even close to over. Prom is coming up and Hendricks is trying to focus on that, but she can’t stop thinking about Eddie and thinking he may still be out there somewhere. Together with her friends, she tries to summon his spirit and gets more than she bargained for. Things start happening again. Lights flickering in the school library. Mysterious girls roaming the halls. Hendricks discovers they might not have summoned Eddie at all but something more dangerous than anything they’ve ever seen.

 

I’m so excited about these releases and I can’t wait to get my hands on them. Some are a part of a couple series that I’ve unbelievably enjoyed. Others just have me smitten and excited to read. What books are you looking forward to this year?

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Going Nuclear (The X-Files: Ground Zero – A Book Review)

The X-Files: Ground Zero
Author: Kevin Anderson
Published: 1995

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Rated N for nuclear-charred corpses and never-ending quips of the wry variety.

 

Our greatest nightmares are about to unfold. (p. 158)

FBI agents, Mulder and Scully are called in after a renowned nuclear weapons researcher is found dead, charred to a radioactive cinder. This definitely falls under strange and unexplained, especially when two more victims pop up and are completely unrelated to the researcher.

The case only gets stranger as the agents delve deeper into the nuclear project that the researcher had been working on, “Black Anvil”, and discover that the past could be what’s come after these victims and Mulder and Scully will have to work fast to get to the bottom of this case before more people turn up dead or worse, the world.

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Scully visits a part of her past while Mulder believes this is the vacation of a lifetime. All in all, a typical case for the duo. With the knowledge of unexpected casualties during a past nuclear bomb test, conspiracies are tossed into the air, a ghost ship and a super-powered human being only a couple. This is a classic X-Files installment, giving me those chills and thrills only The X-Files can give.

Getting this flashback of such a phenomenal show that still remains relevant today is fantastic. Smart and enticing and curious, it was a great read. Typically, I’m not into nuclear conspiracy but this was interesting. I also can’t get enough of Mulder’s quips and puns. I can hear his dry humor just as perfectly as I can here Scully’s cynical observations. Perfectly on point.

The scenery moved around quite a bit from dry desert to the middle of a hurricane, keeping me guessing. It definitely kept the story alive, making this book come off as a true episode of the show.

The true question: Did I enjoy this? Yes…and no. Again, Nuclear conspiracy. Not my typical read. Sometimes the story felt like it was filled with too much filler. The connection points felt far and few between the moments that didn’t always keep me invested.

 

Overall

A great read for fans of the show, but there was a downside of not being able to keep me interested. I still love Mulder and Scully, but in truth, I’m not sure they transfer to the page and should just remain on my TV or laptop screen.

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Hurricane by Florence + The Machine.

 

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My Book-ish New Year’s Resolution for 2020

Hey there, bookish humans!

I don’t know about you, but I love setting a book version of a New Year’s Resolution. It really lights a fire under my reading butt. It also encourages me to read more. In the past, I’ve done one that’s introduced me to twenty-five new authors and just last year (if you’ve been keeping up) I read five new series and I’m still working on a couple that I’m in the middle of. this year I’m doing something a little different. This is the year of the re-read. That’s right. I’m going to reread some books on my shelf. To be specific, I’m rereading three series. “Only three?” You say. “That’s so little!”

Nope. Two of these series have ten+ books in their collection. The last has five. I chose these ones specifically because I haven’t reviewed them on my blog and I also unbelievably love these stories. Don’t worry, The Arcana Chronicles aren’t on the list. LOL. With how much I already gush about the series as it is and the fact that the reviews are ridiculously long, you don’t need to hear how highly I recommend them all over again. Here are the series that I’ll be tackling this year!

The Morganville Vampires
Author: Rachel Caine
Book Count: 15 + a book of short stories
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Travel Bookworm

 

The Royals
Author: Erin Watt
Book Count: 5
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A Series of Unfortunate Events
Author: Lemony Snicket
Book Count: 13
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I’m very excited to revisit these books. It’s great to go back because sometimes you rediscover why you enjoyed them and some bits you didn’t catch the first time. So, be on the lookout for some reviews! And definitely consider them for your TBR list if you haven’t.

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – Jan. 6, 2020

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Hello, bookworms!

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year and other wonderful and celebratory holidays with your loved ones. With the new year, I have some new music playlists! I like to listen to music when I read. It amplifies the story, gives it a soundtrack. Now, this isn’t just for reading. Feel free to use it toward a workout or for karaoke on the way to work. Whatever you want. I created this playlist for you. Heck, maybe there are a few songs you’ve never heard and find you like them. Or, maybe you come across a few you haven’t heard in a while.

Anyway, here you go! Have a great week! 

1. All or Nothing – Theory of a Deadman

2. Shadow of the Day – Linkin Park

3. Fallout – Marianas Trench

4. Wish You Were Here – Incubus

5. Runaways – The Killers

6. Human – The Pretenders

7. Complicated – Avril Lavigne

8. Meant to Live – Switchfoot

9. Savin’ Me – Nickelback

10. Sister Christian – Night RRanger

11. Untitled – Simple Plan

12. Hail to the Victor – Thirty Seconds to Mars

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Speedy Quote Sunday

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Hello, bookworms galore! 

I know! I KNOW! You don’t have to tell me. I said I would get Speedy Quote Sunday back up and running months ago. Since it is the new year I am officially getting back on track with it, posting every other Sunday! Woohoo!

With Speedy Quote Sundays I like to pick a few quotes from books that really touched me and reached out to me in some way and share them. Sometimes an author really strikes you with their words. So, here are a couple of quotes that I really like.

 

“Those who know what it’s like in the dark will do anything to stay in the light.” (King’s Cage, Victoria Aveyard)

“Desperation and fear could make anyone do nearly anything, and sometimes a single sacrifice was necessary to save many.” (The Last Magician, Lisa Maxwell)

 

Both of these books really dug into me deeply. There were major emotions, especially those that include sobbing and desperation during dark times. Both books are amazing and I definitely recommend them.

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Midnight Tease

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Happy 2020, bookworms!

I hope you’ve all had a great New Year! This is the first Midnight Tease of the year! For those of you new to my little book blog, the Midnight Tease is where I tell you all about what’s coming up on my TBR for the month as well as what I’m currently reading and reviewing. Pretty simple.

And, if you’re up at this late hour, reading this, then you’re a night owl just like me. Grab a midnight snack—personally, I love tortilla chips and queso—and take look at what’s coming up for the month.

 

Coming Soon…

Coming Soon

 

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance
Author: Tomi Adeyemi

 

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Widow’s Web
Author: Jennifer Estep

 

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Morganville Vampires: Glass Houses & The Dead Girls Dance
Author: Rachel Caine

 

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Newspaper Blackout
Author: Austin Kleon

 

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The Host
Author: Stephanie Meyer

 

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The Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower #6)
Author: Stephen King

Up For Review…

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The X-Files: Ground Zero
Author: Kevin Anderson

 

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A Touch of Death
Author: Rebecca Crunden

 

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Legendary
Author: Stephanie Garber

My Bookish New Year’s Resolution is coming soon so keep a lookout for it!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Sundown Rundown – December 2019

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Hey, book lovers!

Holy shite! It’s the end of 2019. This is the last Sundown Rundown of the year! I don’t know about anybody else, but this year has been hard. There’s been a lot of change and I have no qualms with change. When it happens, I have no control over the outcome, just over how I handle it and what I do with it, and that has been tricky. I’m by no means perfect, but I am always working on myself. So, the year has been filled with job changes and a new vehicle and bringing new people into my life as well as leaving a few behind that weren’t good for me.

Am I ready for 2020? No clue. It’s quite a mystery and only hours away. I tend to not make any serious life resolutions. I know what I want and I shot for my goals. However, I love my Book New Year’s Resolution. Those are fun and I’ll be having that for later on in January.

Anyhow, here are the final books of the year that I’ve read this month. If you’ve missed the reviews then here’s your chance to catch up!

 

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The Blood of Olympus

Author: Rick Riordan

 

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Abandon

Author: Meg Cabot

 

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Zombie: Baby

Author: Darren Shan

 

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Zombie: Gladiator

Author: Darren Shan

 

Okay, so not very many. The holidays were busy! But! I have many plans and exciting reads coming, one of which is a request from an author from Ireland! I’m very excited. I hope all of you have had a great reading year of new and exciting books and reached outside your typical genre wall. I will see you all in the new year!!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Thoughts? A book you loved more than others this year? I know I loved Good Omens, A Discovery of Witches, Wicked, and Stargazing at Noon the most! Hell, check out my Top Ten if you haven’t yet. LOL.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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