under radar ya september 7th to 13th

Under Radar YA #19

Under Radar YA is a weekly (normally Sunday) feature list of YA books turning one year this week.

How does this work?

📚 The YA books featured have less than 150 reviews on Goodreads and were published one year ago this week.
📚 There are no sequels featured, only standalones and first books in a series.
📚 The book list used for reference is YA Novels of 2018.
📚 I'm not personally recommending any of these books, this is just a feature list.

I hope you enjoy this list and maybe find some of your new favorite books in an unexpected place.

 

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 7th TO 13th 2018

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Freedom Trials
by Meredith Tate
Genre: Sci-fi
GR rating: 3.97 (43 reviews)
Release date: October 9th 2018

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Evelyn Summers is imprisoned for a crime that was wiped from her memory.

In order for Evelyn to be released, she ― along with other “reformed” prisoners ― must pass seven mental, physical, and virtual challenges known as the Freedom Trials. One mistake means execution and, with her history of being a snitch, her fellow inmates will do everything they can to get revenge.

When new prisoner Alex Martinez arrives, armed with secrets about Evelyn’s missing memories, she must make a choice. She can follow the rules to win and walk free, or covertly uncover details of the crime that sent her there. But competing in the trials and dredging up her erased past may cost Evelyn the one thing more valuable than freedom: her life.


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The Liebster Blogger Award

For some reason, I didn't see I was tagged in this Blogger Award! It flew under my radar and I found out about it only when I checked Marta's post out of curiosity. So, thank you, Marta, for tagging me and I'm sorry it took me so long to join in on the fun!

Rules

  • Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.

  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you (in this case, I'll follow Marta and do only 5)

  • Nominate 5 blogs.

  • Notify those blogs of the nomination.

  • Give them 5 questions to answer.

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The Questions

📚 What was your favorite childhood book?

anita book coverI don't know where these books were sold but the "Anita" books were super famous kid's books in Portugal. I think it is originally French, and the main character was called Martine.

My mom started buying me these short books when I was little and I grew up reading them. Every time a new one came out she would get it for me and I ended up owning the first 42 books.

I loved reading them and, sometimes, I would marathon them in one afternoon. Also, I always wanted a dog just like Anita's.

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Book Review | Six of Crows (Spoiler Free)

six of crows book coverTitle: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
Genre: Fantasy / YA
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 465 pages
Rep: LGBT / Mental Health
Spoilers?: Nope.

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
 

👻 🔫 🍩

"When everyone knows you're a monster, you needn't waste time doing every monstrous thing."

This summer was all about reading books that I've desperately wanted to read but were laying on my shelf for ages. Six of Crows was one of them.

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under radar ya september 30th october 6th

Under Radar YA #18

Under Radar YA is a weekly (normally Sunday) feature list of YA books turning one year this week.

How does this work?

📚 The YA books featured have less than 150 reviews on Goodreads and were published one year ago this week.
📚 There are no sequels featured, only standalones and first books in a series.
📚 The book list used for reference is YA Novels of 2018.
📚 I'm not personally recommending any of these books, this is just a feature list.

I hope you enjoy this list and maybe find some of your new favorite books in an unexpected place.

 

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 30th TO OCTOBER 6th 2018

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I, Claudia
by Mary McCoy
Genre: Contemporary
GR rating: 4.11 (107 reviews)
Release date: October 1st 2018

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Disaffected amateur historian Claudia McCarthy never expected to be in charge of Imperial Day Academy, but by accident, design, or scheme, she is pulled into the tumultuous and high-profile world of the Senate and Honor Council. Suddenly, Claudia is wielding power over her fellow students that she never expected to have and isn't sure she wants.

Claudia vows to use her power to help the school. But there are forces aligned against her: shocking scandals, tyrants waiting in the wings, and political dilemmas with no easy answers. As Claudia struggles to be a force for good in the universe, she wrestles with the question: does power inevitably corrupt?


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October’19 TBR | Keeping it simple!

My life went from being chill and enjoying vacations to literally having to take injections for back pain due to stress. This is me, I'm either chill or super stressed, there's no middle ground.

Right now, I'm working 40 hours a week and taking a digital marketing course that occupies another 12 hours a week. I split the remaining time between eating, sleeping, going to the gym, spending time with family and friends, and blogging.

Honestly, I'm exhausted. I was so motivated earlier this month to go self-hosted, improve my social media presence, and do more discussion posts. But now, I think I must postpone all of it until May, when my course ends. My mental and physical health is taking a toll and I must slow down.

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September Wrap-Up | It’s a chaotic life for me!

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Remember when, in the September TBR, I said I would not have a life this month? Yeah, I was right.

After a full month of vacations, which included a lot of days at the beach, I started working full time at my dad's company (nepotism, am I right?). I also started a digital marketing course three times a week (Tuesday & Thursday nights and Saturday all day). Add going to the gym three times a week and trying to create content for the blog. I legit cried last week because I was so tired.

There wasn't a big highlight this month, to be honest. I did a sleepover with my best friend, and we watched half of the extended version of the Lord of The Rings: Two Towers. I also attended Comic-Con Portugal because Millie Bobby Brown was going, but it was a flop. At least I saw some friends.

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under radar ya september 23RD 29TH 2018

Under Radar YA #17

Under Radar YA is a weekly (normally Sunday) feature list of YA books turning one year this week.

How does this work?

đź“š The YA books featured have less than 150 reviews on Goodreads and were published one year ago this week.
📚 There are no sequels featured, only standalones and first books in a series.
📚 The book list used for reference is YA Novels of 2018.
📚 I'm not personally recommending any of these books, this is just a feature list.

I hope you enjoy this list and maybe find some of your new favorite books in an unexpected place.


PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 23rd TO 29th 2018

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What the Flower Says of Death
by Danielle Koste
Genre: Fantasy / Romance
GR rating:
4.50 (21 reviews)
Release date: September 25th 2018

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Violet Holt has already met Death once.

After a failed suicide attempt, she finds herself dumped by her callous mother on the doorstep of her family’s desolate oceanside estate. With only the company of her estranged grandmother, comatose grandfather, and the monsters in her head, at least there was no one to interfere with her plans to try again on her eighteenth birthday.

No one, except maybe Jack: a skeleton of a boy who says he’s there to rake her grandmother’s leaves, yet seems more experienced at stalking than grounds-keeping. She knows he’s keeping a secret behind his gentle smiles and aloofness, but it’s difficult for Violet to be put off by his untimely thin-air appearances when figuring out the mystery of his true identity makes for such a good distraction.

Violet’s trauma is deeper than the wound on her wrist though, and it cannot be simply whisked away in a whirlwind of guessing games and pleasant gestures. She struggles to reconnect with her grandmother, find forgiveness for her mother, and closure with her grandfather’s dire condition, all while battling the strain of it all on her family. Even with a flicker of something hopeful blossoming within herself, Violet knows her birthday plans must be inevitable.

Death wouldn’t be there for her if it wasn’t.


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Book Review | The Surface Breaks (short and not so sweet)

the surface breaks book coverTitle: The Surface Breaks
Author: Louise O'Neill
Genre: YA / Fantasy / Retelling
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320 pages

Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice? Hans Christian Andersen's original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans. A book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding.


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under radar ya september 16TH 22nd 2018

Under Radar YA #16

Under Radar YA is a weekly (normally Sunday) feature list of YA books turning one year this week.

How does this work?

đź“š The YA books featured have less than 150 reviews on Goodreads and were published one year ago this week.
📚 There are no sequels featured, only standalones and first books in a series.
📚 The book list used for reference is YA Novels of 2018.
📚 I'm not personally recommending any of these books, this is just a feature list.

I hope you enjoy this list and maybe find some of your new favorite books in an unexpected place.


PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 16th TO 22nd 2018

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Perfect Harmony
by Emily Albright
Genre: Contemporary / Romance
GR rating:
3.74 (90 reviews)
Release date: September 18th 2018

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Pippa Wyndham is a top cellist―she’d never settle for anything less. Determined to get into the nation’s most prestigious music college, nothing’s going to stand in her way . . . Until her senior year of high school when a new guy from a fancy New York conservatory transfers to her school.

Declan Brogan’s cocky, and he knows how amazing he is at the cello. He has every intention of knocking Pippa out of first chair and showing her who really belongs on top. Forced together when assigned a duet, their personal competition and mutual dislike transform into a teasing friendship.

Torn between her childhood crush and the boy who threatens her dreams, Pippa finds herself at risk of losing her best friend, her future, and the boy who makes her heart melt. Struggling to make things right, Pippa discovers that sometimes the thing you want the most doesn’t always end up being the thing you need.


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Blog Tour & First Chapter Review | Unspoken

unspoken book coverTitle: Unspoken
Author: Celia McMahon
Genre: Fantasy | YA
Publisher: The Parliament House
Format: eBook
Pages: 332 pages
Spoilers? Nope.

Goodreads | Purchase HERE

Princess Isabelle of The New Kingdom has lived her entire life in the confines of her palace. She spends her time hunting for the poverty-stricken Voiceless-people of the Old Kingdom who warred with her kingdom and ultimately lost-and dreaming of a world beyond the walls of her home. As the only remaining child of the king and queen, she is to be married off by her eighteenth birthday.

When Izzy witnesses the use of forbidden magic in the woods outside the palace, she is attacked, and saved by an unknown man. Soon after she discovers her rescuer is a Voiceless servant in the castle named Fray, she befriends him to seek out the magic users who tried to kill her. Fray agrees to help, but not before Isabelle discovers the servant boy harbors a secret the king has tried to bury-that he is a Gwylis, people of the old Kingdom who made a pact with the demons of the underworld for the power to transform into giant ferocious wolves. But to shift into a beast, Fray must be able to speak the words to do so. If he is to thwart the attackers from killing her entire family, Izzy needs to cure the ailment that took away his voice.

But curing Fray holds more danger than she ever thought possible. The lies of her parents and the risk of putting her own life on the line deems as destructive as falling for the servant boy. If Isabelle is to save herself and Fray, she’ll need to face enemy Gwylis, cross paths with usurper kings and princes, and decide what side she is on-human or wolf-or lose her kingdom forever.
 

Reading this book for this blog tour was in my plans, I swear. But I signed up too late, I only had four days to read it, and I'm a busy bee right now. So you're getting a first chapter review only, I'm sorry.

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8 new TV shows to check out this Fall Season

Fall has always been my favorite season. It's hot days that slowly get colder, falling brown leaves and hot tea. But, most importantly, it means most of my favorite TV shows return, like Elite and Anne With an E, as well as new and exciting shows to check out and maybe fall in love with.

This Fall Season it's all about the streaming services going to war and delivering amazing content, and I'm so here for it! These are eight new shows I'll check out in the next few months. separator

Carnival Row

August 30th | Fantasy | Amazon Prime

📺 The sole reason I want to watch Carnival Row is to see how Amazon adapts big fantasy worlds (for Wheel of Time reasons). Because, although I love fantasy, I don't like faes and the premise of a bunch of different mythical creatures living together in a city. Also, I don't like Cara Delevingne that much. But I'll try it!


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Blog Tour & Book Review | A Different Time

a different timeTitle: A Different Time
Author: Michael K. Hill
Genre: Romance / Sci-fi
Format: eBook
Pages: 332 pages
Spoilers? Nope.

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Keith Nolan falls in love with a remarkable young woman from the past, talking to him on a home video she recorded in 1989. To keep their conversation going, he must find more of her tapes—while forces work against them both, and time is running out.
 

🎞 📹 🎞

A Different Time is the type of romance I usually fall in love with. A contemporary romance with a dash of sci-fi and fate that gives meaning to an unpredictable relationship. It reminded me a lot of the movie In Your Eyes (featured in my 20 must-watch romance movies post)!

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under radar ya september 9TH 15TH 2018

Under Radar YA #15

Under Radar YA is a weekly (normally Sunday) feature list of YA books turning one year this week.

How does this work?

đź“š The YA books featured have less than 150 reviews on Goodreads and were published one year ago this week.
📚 There are no sequels featured, only standalones and first books in a series.
📚 The book list used for reference is YA Novels of 2018.
📚 I'm not personally recommending any of these books, this is just a feature list.

I hope you enjoy this list and maybe find some of your new favorite books in an unexpected place.


PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 9th TO 15th 2018

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Freak 'N' Gorgeous
by Sebastian J. Plata
Genre: Contemporary
GR rating: 3.51 (19 reviews)
Release date: September 11th 2018

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In a world not unlike our own, there is a phenomenon called the INEXPLICABLE DEVELOPMENT—a rare occurrence with permanent consequences.

Average-looking, under-the-radar sixteen-year-old Konrad Wolnik's life is turned upside down when, one morning, he wakes up stunningly attractive.

That same day, his classmate, Camilla Hadi, has her own transformation; the lean, pretty athlete is now devastatingly ugly. The teens face the cruel world of high school from very different perspectives. Konrad shoots to the top of the pecking order, Camilla slips into pariah status. But soon the school starts rallying around Camilla, and Konrad’s sudden popularity sours as people blame him for her transformation. And, the truth is, so does she.

All he wants is for everyone to like him. All she wants is to destroy his perfect life.

So what if they could use each other for personal gain?


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Down the TBR Hole #6

Okay, so my TBR list on Goodreads reached 400 books and I think it's time to reduce this madness because, let's be honest, I'll never read 400 books in the next 20 years.

So I'm be joining the Down the TBR Hole meme created by Lost In a Story. I'm going through my TBR, choosing 10 books and deciding if they should stay on my TBR or if they should go. separator the smoke thieves cover The Smoke Thieves
by Sally Green

📚 "A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief." Do you know how many books are out there with a synopsis that sounds exactly like this? It seems like your typical YA fantasy but with a lot of mixed reviews.

❌ LEAVE THE TBR PILE

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