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Merry Christmas- Top Ten books of this year

Hello my readers have a good Christmas. Sorry for being less active for a few weeks. I been very sick since Thanksgiving and trying my best to get reviews together. Thanks for following me. Now onto some fun.

Top Ten Favorite books for 2018:

1. Furyborn by Claire Legrand

2. The Continent by Keira Drake

3. Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

4. Undead Girls Gang by Lily Anderson

5. Any Second by Kevin Emerson

6. Sawkill Girls by Clair Legrand

7. Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

8. #murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil

9. Sadie by Courtney Summers

10. Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie Mcgarry

That’s my top favorite reads for for 2018. Did read some awesome 2019 reads also. Working some reviews. Here are some fun pictures for the hoildays.

My crazy try of making an Christmas tree on my new book cases.

Took fun pictures of my current reads for Instagram. If you like to see more pictures follow my ig @jenneh_penneh.

Here Bella enjoying the new bookcases

Happy Holidays and Reading!!!!

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Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Book Summary:
From the show’s creators comes the groundbreaking novel inspired by the Broadway smash hit Dear Evan Hansen.
Dear Evan Hansen,
Today’s going to be an amazing day and here’s why…
When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family’s grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.
Suddenly, Evan isn’t invisible anymore–even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy’s parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he’s doing can’t be right, but if he’s helping people, how wrong can it be?
No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He’s confident. He’s a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.
A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.

My Review:

Dear Evan Hansen, Today is going to be an amazing day and here’s why….

This book was such an awesome read. I had to listen to the soundtrack while reading it. For those who may not know, this book is base off a musical. The story was so good and have fallen in love with some of the main characters.

Evan Hansen, I felt so sorry for him in the book. He deals with so much anxiety and loneliness in the beginning of it. When doing an assignment to his therapist, things get out of hand. Soon he build this lie when a classmate passed away, then he becomes popular. You see the guilt eatting him up over this one lie. How far will Evan go before the truth comes out?

There is also Connor who seems to be on drugs and a big loner. His family tries hard to help but in the end he takes his life. You get to read Connor story in the afterlife throughout the book. Will his spirit be able to move on?

So I found out the musical is very different than the book. They added a couple new storylines. It perfect for those who have yet seen the musical and wanted to.

*Warning: May contain some sensitive issues for some readers*

The Musical:

I was lucky this Christmas to have seen the musical. It was so good and eye opening on anxiety and feeling alone. The music was so addictive and fun to sing along with. I was so happy to experience seeing it before reading the book. Here some pictures.

Happy Reading!!

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WWW Wednesday

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The three Ws:

What I’m currently reading?

What I finish reading?

What I plan to read next?

Finish Reading:

I did love Dear Evan Hansen. I lucked out and saw the musical a couple weeks ago. Working on my review post for it now.

Currently Reading:

In the middle of Wicked King. I’m so loving every minute of it.

Reading Next:

I’m so looking forward to reading Slayer next.

Might be hosting more arc giveaways this month. Have been so busy and have not been reading a lot.

Happy Reading!!

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{Arc Review} Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson

Book Summary:
I haven’t left my house in over a year. My doctor says it’s social anxiety, but I know the only things that are safe are made of paper. My room is paper. My world is paper. Everything outside is fire. All it would take is one spark for me to burst into flames. So I stay inside. Where nothing can touch me.
Then my mom hires a tutor. Jackson. This boy I had a crush on before the world became too terrifying to live in. Jackson’s life is the complete opposite of mine, and I can tell he’s got secrets of his own. But he makes me feel things. Makes me want to try again. Makes me want to be brave. I can almost taste the outside world. But so many things could go wrong, and all it takes is one spark for everything I love to disappear…

My Review:

I was so intrigued by this book. I enjoyed the story it told and the characters in it. It deals with mental health issues and homelessness.

I did like Zoe in the book. I can relate to her anxiety issues. I love how in the book she is very creative with paper art. She tries her best to make everyone happy. A chance meeting with Jackson, as he starts helping her tutor. Will he be able to turn things around for Zoe?

I do love Jackson in the book also. He is very caring person. Even when he has his own problems, he only cares about Zoe. Jackson is close off in the book and refuse to get help for himself. When he starts to tutor Zoe, he opens up a a bit on his life. Will Zoe be able to help him?

Paper Girl deal with issues of panic attacks.

If you into with books about mental health than you might liked this read. It came out recently today. I did love the cover of this book also. It fits the theme of the book.

Happy Reading!!

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{Arc Review & Giveaway} Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst

Book Summary:
In Sky Hawkins’s family, leading your first heist is a major milestone–even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you’re a wyvern–a human capable of turning into a dragon.
Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family’s wealth and rank in their community.
With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist, and get her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then she uncovers a dark truth about were-dragon society–a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.

My Review:

I thought the book was such a magical read with dragons and unicorns. I did love the idea of magical creatures living with the humans and I also enjoyed the main characters storyline.

I highly enjoyed Sky in this book. Her dragon family had been outcasted because of something her mom did and now she’s the only one who wants to reunite with her. She’s ready to do her first heist as a dragon and follow in her mothers footsteps. What secrets will she discover? Who can she trust to help her out?

Sky is head strong and willing to keep her family together.

This book is full of family secrets and dragons in hiding. It’s a fun adventure for all ages. Looking for a new fantasy read then this book will be for you.

It comes out December 4th, 2019.

One lucky reader will get a chance to win a arc of the book.

Goodluck and Happy Reading!

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WWW Wednesday

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The three Ws:

What I’m currently reading?

What I finish reading?

What I plan to read next?

Finish Reading:

Took a while to finish this book. I did enjoy the story and how it ends. Just dragged out the story so much and very huge. Been so busy to read and do reviews.

Currently Reading:

I’m in the middle of the Lux Series. Waiting for consequences in the mail while I finish the beginnings one. I’m really enjoying this series.

Reading Next:

Looking forward to another Beauty and beast retelling. This book comes out next year. Seeing the author alone with Jennifer L Armentrout next Monday.

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{Arc Review} That Night by Amy Giles

Book Summary:
One night in March, a terrible tragedy shakes the Queens neighborhood where Jessica Nolan and Lucas Rossi live.
The year since the shooting has played out differently for Jess and Lucas, both of whom were affected by that night in eerily similar, and deeply personal, ways. Lucas has taken up boxing and lives under the ever-watchful eye of his overprotective parents, while trying to put good into the world through random acts of kindness — to pay back a debt he feels he owes the universe for taking the wrong brother.
Jess struggles to take care of her depressed mother, with the help of her elderly next-door neighbor, and tries to make ends meet. Without her best friend, who’s across the country at a special post-trauma boarding school, and her brother, who died that night, Jess feels totally alone in the world.
When Jess and Lucas’s paths cross at their shared after-school job, they start to become friends… and then more.
Their community — and their families — were irrevocably changed by a senseless act of violence. But as Jess and Lucas fall in love, they’ll learn to help each other heal and move forward — together.

My Review:

That night was unforgettable. A tragic event that leads two people picking up the pieces. It may been years since that night had happen, but things never was the same for Jess and Lucas. Both dealing with it differently.

The book was such a sad read. I like reading how much Jess and Lucas lives change over the years. I like how the story switches the point of views to the characters, so we get a feel on what they been through.

Jess been kinda a loner after that night took her brother away. She struggles to keep it together for her mother. Never let her guard or let anyone in. That is until Lucas comes in picture. By chance they meet as working buddies. With both still grieving about that night, will they be able to get through it together?

The book is may be sensitive to other readers. It’s about an shooting that took place and people trying to coop with the pain and loss. I thought it was lacking a bit the book. I would have liked to see an flashback about what happen that night. You can connect with the characters on how they feeling. It’s an overall good read, if you into drama type books. Recently hit the shelves.

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What The Woods Keep by Katya De Becerra

Book Summary:
What the Woods Keep is the stunning debut of Katya de Becerra, who combines mystery, science fiction, and dark fantasy in a twisty story that will keep you mesmerized right up to the final page.
On her eighteenth birthday, Hayden inherits her childhood home—on the condition that she uncover its dark secrets.
Hayden tried to put the past behind her, and it worked. She’s getting ready for college, living in a Brooklyn apartment, and hanging out with her best friend and roommate Del. But now it’s all catching up with her: her mother’s mysterious disappearance a decade before, her father’s outlandish theories about a lost supernatural race, and Hayden’s own dark dreams of strange symbols and rituals in the Colorado woods where she grew up.
As soon as Hayden arrives at her hometown, her friend Del in tow, it begins: Neighbors whisper secrets about Hayden’s mother; the boy next door is now all grown-up in a very distracting way; and Hayden feels the trees calling to her. And among them, deep in the woods, Hayden will discover something incredible—something that threatens reality.

My Review:

I did enjoyed this book. It starts out pretty strong the story. Then towards the end, it was out of this world. The storyline I liked and the characters in it.

Hayden, trying to put the past behind her. I like how brave she is for returning home. After everything that happen with her mom, can she find the answers to her past?

Del, I liked her also in the book. She and Hayden have a cool bond as friends. Del will have her back no matter what happens. Will she still be there for her once Hayden discover the secrets to her past?

The book pace was quick and there tons of secrets going on in Hayden’s hometown. There some twist and turn. For people you like mysteries, dark secrets and a good fall read. You guys might enjoy this read. If you unsure about this book, then try it at the library.

You ready to enter the woods???

Happy Reading!!

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{Blog Tour & Giveaway} Words We Don’t Say by K.J Reilly

WORDS WE DON’T SAY Digital Assets
About the Book:
Title: WORDS WE DON’T SAY
WORDS WE DON’T SAY
Author: K.J. Reilly
K.J. Reilly
Pub. Date: October 2, 2018
October 2, 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 288
288
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Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD
Joel Higgins has 901 unsent text messages saved on his phone.
Ever since the thing that happened, there are certain people he hasn’t been able to talk to in person. Sure, he shows up at school, does his mandatory volunteer hours at the soup kitchen, and spends pretty much every moment thinking about Eli, the most amazing girl in the world. But that doesn’t mean he’s keeping it together, or even that he has any friends.
So instead of hanging out with people in real life, he drafts text messages. But he never presses send.
As dismal as sophomore year was for Joel, he doesn’t see how junior year will be any better. For starters, Eli doesn’t know how he feels about her, his best friend Andy’s gone, and he basically bombed the SATs. But as Joel spends more time at the soup kitchen with Eli and Benj, the new kid whose mouth seems to be unconnected to his brain, he forms bonds with the people they serve there-including a veteran they call Rooster-and begins to understand that the world is bigger than his own pain.

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book. Was really happy to belong to blog tour for it. This story was good and enjoy the characters on it.

I did like Joel in the book. He has struggles making friends and with school life. His only enjoyment is working in the soup kitchen with a girl he has crash on. It was nice seeing him grow throughout the book. He comes off shy and keeps to himself at most time.

Will Joel ever come out of his shell?

This book was a quick read. A very nice coming age story for Joel. If you looking for a new read or find out is Joel will be alright. Then this book might be for you.

Happy Reading!!!

About K.J.:

I am the author of the (contemporary social issue) Young Adult book, Words We Don’t Say (Disney Hyperion Oct 2, 2018).

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/8/2018- BookHounds YAExcerpt

10/9/2018- Utopia State of MindReview

10/10/2018- Here’s to Happy EndingsReview

10/11/2018- AbellafairytaleReview

10/12/2018- Do You Dog-ear?Review

Week Two:

10/15/2018- YA Books CentralExcerpt

10/16/2018- The Pages In-BetweenReview

10/17/2018- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt

10/18/2018- Book-KeepingReview

10/19/2018- Beware Of The ReaderReview

Week Three:

10/22/2018- Rainy Day ReviewsExcerpt

10/23/2018- Moonlight RendezvousReview

10/24/2018- The Cover ContessaReview

10/25/2018- Jena Brown WritesReview

10/26/2018- A Fictional BookwormReview

Week Four:

10/29/2018- PopTheButterfly ReadsReview

10/30/2018- Cindy’s Love of BooksReview

10/31/2018- The Desert BibliophileReview

11/1/2018- Trendy Simple LifeReview

11/2/2018- Patriotic BookaholicReview

Week Five:

11/5/2018- Coffee, Books and CakesReview

11/6/2018- Savings in SecondsReview

11/7/2018- Novel NoviceExcerpt

11/8/2018- For the Love of KidLitSpotlight

11/9/2018- Two points of interestReview

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Owner & Publicist
Rockstar Book Tours & Publicity
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WWW Wednesday ~ Arcs Edition

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The three Ws:

What I’m currently reading?

What I finish reading?

What I plan to read next?

Finish Reading:

Sawkill Girl was amazing. Still working on my review for it. Bella been sick and I been busy lately to blog and read.

Currently Reading:

I’m really liking this book so far. It funny and cute. I’m on a blog for it so watch out for that next week.

Reading Next:

Another arc reading I am doing. It might gonna be a sad read. So on blog tour with this book also.

What fall reads you guys looking forward to?