Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is Character’s I’d name a pet after. I personally love this weeks prompt, because it’s something I actually did. When I adopted my dog, I named him after Mark Watney from The Martian. I had plenty of backup options though – some of which are on this list.

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Susan Collins
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Susan Collins

I had mixed feelings when news broke that The Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, would be about President Snow from the original trilogy. On one hand, exploring a villain’s story sounded fascinating, but I was also hoping the book would focus on Haymitch and the Hunger Games he won.

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capital, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

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Blog Tour: Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffet

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Hello! Welcome to my stop on the Those Who Prey blog tour hosted by Turn The Page Tours! I hope you enjoy my review and enjoy the book as much as I did! Be sure to snag a copy here: https://bookshop.org/a/11727/9781534450967

My review

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Those Who Prey – I had never read a book about cults before and have never been a big fan of organized religion. However, the idea of a book about a girl whose loneliness leads her to fall for the alure of a cult (or a church as it’s disguised) was enough to make me sign up for this blog tour, and I’m so, so grateful that I did.

Sadie meets The Girls in this riveting debut psychological thriller about a lonely college freshman seduced into joining a cult—and her desperate attempt to escape before it’s too late.

College life isn’t what Emily expected.

She expected to spend freshman year strolling through the ivy-covered campus with new friends, finally feeling like she belonged. Instead, she walks the campus alone, still not having found her place or her people so far away from home.

But then the Kingdom finds her.

The Kingdom, an exclusive on-campus group, offers everything Emily expected of college and more: acceptance, friends, a potential boyfriend, and a chance to spend the summer in Italy on a mission trip. But the trip is not what she thought it would be. Emily and the others are stripped of their passports and money. They’re cut off from their families back home. The Kingdom’s practices become increasingly manipulative and dangerous.

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The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez

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The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez book coverAfter the ending of last year’s The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez it was pretty much a forgone conclusion that I would be reading the companion book, The Happy Ever After Playlist. I was a little worried about the tone the book would have, given the blindside ending in the first book, but even after all that, I knew that I had to read this book to make sure Sloan finally got her happy ending.

Two years after losing her fiancé, Sloan Monroe still can’t seem to get her life back on track. But one trouble-making pup with a “take me home” look in his eyes is about to change everything. With her new pet by her side, Sloan finally starts to feel more like herself. Then, after weeks of unanswered texts, Tucker’s owner reaches out. He’s a musician on tour in Australia. And bottom line: He wants Tucker back.

Well, Sloan’s not about to give up her dog without a fight. But what if this Jason guy really loves Tucker? As their flirty texts turn into long calls, Sloan can’t deny a connection. Jason is hot and nice and funny. There’s no telling what could happen when they meet in person. The question is: With his music career on the rise, how long will Jason really stick around? And is it possible for Sloan to survive another heartbreak?

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