Sunday 23 July 2017

Sunday Post 23rd July 2017

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer, it's a chance to post a recap on the past week, show the books we have received and share what we plan for the coming week. Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and the aim is to show our newest books and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops or downloaded on to their e-reader. As always you can click on any of the pictures to be taken to the Goodreads page for that book if you're interested in finding out more about it or click the title to go to the review.

Last Week on the Blog:

  • Monday Highlights #15
  • Wednesday Catch-Up
  • Favourite Books of 2017 (So Far)
  • Friday Reads: Final Girls by Riley Sager
  • #24in48 TBR

Books We Got This Week:

The Pleasures of Passion (Sinful Suitors, #4)Wicked GrindKiss My Boots (Coming Home, #2)Wrecked
The Pleasures of Passion by Sabrina Jeffries: I'm a big fan of Jeffries' romances and this is her new one which was released this month. Many thanks to Headline for sending me a review copy!
Wicked Grind by J.K. Jenner: Another review book from Headline (actually all four of these are so I stop repeating myself). I don't know much about this book but it sounds fun and sexy.
Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan: This looks romantic and perfect for either Summer or Autumn!
Wrecked by J.B. Salsbury: Again this just sounds incredible! I'm feeling a very romance-y mood coming on soon so these will be perfect.
The Freedom Broker (Thea Paris #1)Final GirlsThe Alice NetworkWe Have Always Lived in the Castle
The Freedom Broker by K.J. Howe: Thank you to Headline again for this one! If a romance mood is right around the corner - thrillers are firmly where my head is at right now and this sounds exciting and action packed and I'm excited!
Final Girls by Riley Sager: I love the cover of this one and the story was also a great one! I did kind of see the ending coming but in that best possible "YES I wanted this to happen" kind of way!
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn: Kate Quinn is one of my all time favourite historical fiction authors and she has written in a variety of eras and been amazing at all of them so I'm very excited for this!
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson: I've been recommended this a few times lately and it's a super short read so I am hoping I get to read it soon!
The PowerShiny Broken Pieces (Tiny Pretty Things, #2)First We Were IVCaloric (The Bound Ones, #1)
The Power by Naomi Alderman: I've been wanting to read this ever since it was released and somehow just never picked it up! But is sounds so thought provoking and epic!
Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton: The sequel to Tiny Pretty Things (which I have yet to read) hoping to read them back to back now!
First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy: Secret societies fascinate me and this also involves REVENGE. This book basically sounds like Clare-Kryptonite and I cannot wait!
Caloric by Tricia Barr: Received via Netgalley, this involves a girl with a dark secret and a dungeon and a secret society so I am already so ready for this. It will be released in October!

Reading Update:

The Himalayan SummerDoonFinal GirlsSee What I Have Done
The Himalayan Summer by Louise Brown: 4 stars, Even better than her first book! The characters weren't hugely likable but they were super compelling and the setting was very unique. 
Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon: 4.5 stars, This was just everything I was hoping it would be. I'm a big fan of musicals so my hopes were sky high (this is based on Brigadoon which if you haven't watched you should!) and I loved that it really set its own unique spin on things. The two main characters were incredible and I loved their friendship. I was less involved in the romance if I'm honest but I was on board by the end and I can't wait to continue the series!
Final Girls by Riley Sager: 4 stars, As I mentioned above this was a really good read! I'm not sure its the "best book of 2017" or the best thriller I've ever read but I was hooked from beginning to end and loved the main character even with all her many flaws!
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt: 3.5 stars, Anything Lizzie Borden will always hook me. I greatly enjoyed this and loved the different perspectives we got. My favourite Lizzie Borden fiction is The Lizzie Borden Chronicles TV show though. Although to be fair it is my favourite show of all time so the competition is pretty fierce.
The One Memory of Flora BanksGirlhoodAfter the FireLetters to the Lost
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr: 4 stars, This book has received some fairly mixed reviews so I was a little nervous going in. But it made me very emotional. I did hate Drake. Like full on hate him. Which is fine because you can hate him and still be on board with the plot. I loved the relationship between Flora and her brother and wish there had been more of it. And I really feel like Emily Barr did an excellent job of portraying the struggle of someone who is simultaneously ten years old and seventeen and all the vulnerabilities and yearning for independence that come with that.
Girlhood by Cat Clarke: 4 stars, I really liked this one as well. This is a very girl-dominated book and I loved the friendships, ups and downs, and the support and hurt that friends can cause each other. As a thriller this wasn't hugely "thrilling" but as a character-driven story with some very tense moments it excelled.
After the Fire by Will Hill: 5 stars, Honestly so surprised by this book! I was intrigued when it was added to the Zoella Book Club picks because I hadn't seen it around much before but I think I may be a little fanatical about it now. I kind of just loved every page and already want to re-read it. It's a very unique book. 
Letters to the Lost by Bridget Kemmerer: 4 stars, My favourite thing about this book was that the romance never felt like the sole focus. It was there, and it was cute and angsty and all the things you want from a YA romance but there was a lot of focus on families and friendship and handling grief and guilt as well.
MoxieThe First Days (As the World Dies, #1)
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu: 5 stars, Just OMG so amazing! This isn't properly released until September but if you live in the UK you can find a copy at WHSmith and I STRONGLY advise you to! Definitely one of my favourite books of the year (possibly of ever).
The First Days by Rhiannon Frater: 3 stars, Kind of amusing and I liked the goriness of the zombie fighting and the main friendship but found that outside of the main four (Katie, Jenni, Jason who is Jenni's step-son and of course Jack the dog) I wasn't hugely interested in anyone else. Which made them a bit expendable to me. So it's fun but not emotionally that affecting. 

Next Week on the Blog:

  • Monday Highlights #16
  • 24 in 48 Wrap Up
  • Wednesday Catch-Up
  • August Releases
  • Friday Reads
  • Fairy Loot Unboxing

You can also find us on Goodreads (Ann and Clare), Facebook and Instagram to keep up with what we are reading. 


  1. Wow, that's quite the haul! I hope you enjoy all the new books. - Katie

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  2. Wow! That's a lot of interesting books you got there, especially Final Girls! I hope you enjoy them all!

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  3. Now that's some haul. I have The Alice Network and Look What I have Done on my summer list. I see a few more I'll be adding. Happy reading!

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  4. Final Girls does seem to be getting good buzz, and I'm in a thriller mood so I may have to get that one. And I think I'll be adding First We Were IV too, the secret societies thing always gets me too.

    Have a great week!

  5. Great looking books! I am very curious about After the Fire. Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  6. I also added The Alice Network to my shelves. I think it will be the one that I will read next! Happy reading!

    Danica @ Shelves of Spines
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  7. Wow you got tons of new ones! I wouldn't even know where to start! This is the second time I've seen Harper Sloan's name mentioned this weekend. The other blogger really enjoyed the book of Sloan's, so that's a good sign. I hope you enjoy all of your new books, ladies!

    Have a fabulous week. =)

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