Kindle Unlimited – YA Edition

In May I did a blog post talking about the worth of Kindle Unlimited. I shared 7 books I came across that I thought might be of interest to the readers of this blog. I said then and I say it now, Kindle Unlimited (KU) is worth it for me. At only $9.99 a month I like the ability to be able to just download a random book that I may end up hating. Or being able to find that hidden gem that isn’t traditionally published. Just at the end of July I came across a random book that I liked the title so I read it. Ended up not being a gem, but it was a fun read and got me closer to my reading goal.

Over the last few weeks I have done some more digging (I went through like 300 pages of KU books in the YA category) and I made a list. There are currently 50 books on it, all books that I have either read, know of the author, recognize the cover, or want to read at some point. Some of these titles include:

You can find the full list HERE.

I am going to try my best to keep it up to date and remove books that are no longer KU or to add books. Feel free to share anything you think need to be added by emailing me or DMing me on Twitter.

Currently the only Kindle Unlimited “deal” is the 30 days free trial that Amazon offers. If you can hold out I can pretty much guarantee around the holidays there will be more deals. Last year on Groupon I got 60 free days. But I said it in May and I will say it again, I’m a fan of KU and I have been using it for almost a year now.

Besides YA books, what other Kindle Unlimited posts would you like? Romance? Based on the title? Based on a cover? Tell me in the comments!

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On My Radar – Books You Should Be Reading (17)

Back in early July I got an idea in my head. I was in the process of finishing Broken Things by Lauren Oliver, a book I definitely think everyone should read when it is out, and it got me thinking of all the great books that so many of you love and think others should check out. So I took  to Twitter and asked for some help.

Ten awesome people reached out to me with books they think you should be reading, so hold on for a long post:

Tonya 

Mary

Danielle

Wendy

Sue

Brianna

Jennifer

Ginger

Melissa

*Melissa has added a content warning for this one

Georgette

So there you have it, a variety of books that some follower think you should be reading. If you want to know more about the book, click on the cover. FYI, a few of them are $1.99 as of me typing up this post.

Do you have any books you think people should be reading? DM or email me. I’ll be doing another one of these in the future.

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Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge – August Link-Up

HAPPY August, you Fancy Readers!

I truly am going to miss summer when it is gone. We are in August now and I’m shocked how quickly the year went, but we are here so that means it is a new month in the Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge. If you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge,you can so so HERE. If you don’t sign-up, your entries will not count toward the giveaway and I have to disqualify you. Basically…SIGN-UP!

Monthly Link-Up and Giveaway Details:

  • Your thoughts on each book you read must be posted somewhere, like your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, YouTube, Tumblr, etc., in order for it to count towards this challenge. Ratings on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc. will also work.
  • Monthly link-up posts will go live the around the first day of each month so you can add your links throughout the month as your posts go up. Each linky will remain open five days into each new month to allow you some time to get all your posts linked up!
  • In order for us to tell what you’re linking to on the monthly linky, the format for the links you enter need to be as follows:
    • UPDATE POST @ your name/blog name.
    • REVIEW: [BOOK TITLE] @ your name/blog name.
    • MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • Each month we’ll choose a lucky winner from that month’s linky to win a Contemporary Romance novel of their choice (up to US$10).
  • Each link you enter in that month’s linky will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • Challenge and Giveaways are open internationally. (As long as The Book Depository ships to your country, you are eligible for a prize.)

Monthly Topics:

  • Each monthly link-up post will include a Contemporary Romance topic for you to participate in if you’d like.
  • Monthly Topic posts can go up anytime in the specified month. Link them up as follows: MONTHLY TOPIC @ your name/blog name.
  • These posts will also earn you an entry in the monthly giveaway as long as you link back to them.

This month’s topic:

Today starts #ARCAugust (hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat). I am planning to read some contemporary ARCs for this challenge. So this month’s topic…Contemporary/Romance books you plan to read in August.

    

  1. Far From the Tree – Robin Benway
  2. These Things I’ve Done – Rebecca Phillips
  3. Girl Out of Water – Laura Silverman
  4. Fight of Flight – Samantha Young
  5. 500 Words or Less – Juleah Del Rosario
  6. Goodbye Days – Jess Zentner

Are you doing ARC August? What books do you think you will read this month for the challenge?

If you have any questions, please email me (accessoriesbooksclothes@gmail.com) . Also, make sure you follow me on Twitter (@andiabcs) for challenge updates and reminders! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContRom2018 to follow everyone’s challenge updates on Twitter!

 

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The Book Outlet (2)

In May I did a post highlighting some books I took notice of when browsing the Book Outlet’s website. I polled my Twitter followers and according the the results people wanted another one. So here I am, back with more books I found currently at the Book Outlet. Please keep in mind prices and available stock are subject to change.

Books I’ve Loved

1) Scarlet – A. C. Gaughen ($3.19)
2) When We Collided – Emery Lord ($3.19)
3) The Lies About Truth – Courtney Stevens ($3.19)
4) Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls – Lynn Weingarten ($2.19 Scratched/Dented)
5) Emmy & Oliver – Robin Benway ($3.19)
6) Vanishing Girls – Lauren Oliver  ($3.19)

Series I Need to Finish

1) The Taking – Kimberly Derting ($4.29)
2) Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raach ($3.19)

Books I Need to Read

1) This Adventure Ends – Emma Mills ($3.19)
2) Girl Against the Universe – Paula Stokes ($3.19)
3) Foolish Hearts – Emma Mils ($5.89)

And there you have it, some of my recent finds on the Book Outlet.

Have you read any of these? Are any of these in your cart? Do you like these posts? Tell me in the comments!

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New to You (14): Kim Reviews What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton

Welcome to New to You!

This idea came along last year when I was supporting Lauren Miller’s newest book All Things New and I asked Kelsey to read and review Parallel, a book I have read more than once. I didn’t really get it going until December when I offered people the chance to sign up to read and review a book that has been a favorite of mine that they have never read. I got a great response and I’m happy to tell you (minus January) you will see a New to You post twice a month.

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Next up for New to You is Kim from Kimberlyfaye Reads. Kim is mainly a romance/new adult book reader, but every now and then she reads a young adult book to the mix. When Kim signed up I had trouble deciding which book I wanted to give to her because I had a feeling she would love all three she expressed interest in. But after thinking on it I knew What Happens Next would be the right book for her. Let’s see what she had to say about it.

New to You (14): Kim Reviews What Happens Next by Colleen ClaytonWhat Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
Published by Poppy (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
on October 9, 2012
Amazon, Goodreads

How can you talk about something you can’t remember?

Before the ski trip, sixteen-year-old Cassidy “Sid” Murphy was a cheerleader (at the bottom of the pyramid, but still...), a straight-A student, and a member of a solid trio of best friends. When she ends up on a ski lift next to handsome local college boy, Dax Windsor, she’s thrilled; but Dax takes everything from Sid—including a lock of her perfect red curls—and she can’t remember any of it.

Back home and unable to relate to her old friends, Sid drops her college prep classes and takes up residence in the A/V room with only Corey “The Living Stoner” Livingston for company. But as she gets to know Corey (slacker, baker, total dreamboat), Sid finds someone who truly makes her happy. Now, if she can just shake the nightmares and those few extra pounds, everything will be perfect... or so she thinks.

Witty and poignant, Colleen Clayton’s stunning debut is a story about moving on after the unthinkable happens.

 

What Happens Next has been on my TBR for ages. I was drawn to it when it was first released, but somehow never got around to reading it. When Andi picked it for me to read for her New to You feature, I was thrilled I finally had a real excuse to force me to read it. Now that I did? I’m really grateful she selected this one for me. She anticipated I would love it and she was right. 

All that said, it’s difficult to put my thoughts about What Happens Next into words. If you’ve read it, you understand where I’m coming from on this one. If you’ve not, but want to, you’ll understand once you read it. My heart absolutely ached for Sid. She went through something no one should go through, and to say it changed her in a very real way would be a massive understatement. 

I’ve not read many books that deal with sexual assault or rape, so I don’t have much to compare What Happens Next to. But, I think it was handled very well here. Or as well as this subject matter can be anyhow. Because of the nature of Sid’s assault — she was drugged — we as readers are not forced to live vicariously through it with her. Thank goodness. Instead, we pick up the story afterwards as the fogginess clears and she begins to realize what she’d been through. That was real and raw enough for me and it broke my heart just a little. (Ok, a lot.) 

The rest of the book is Sid trying to find her new normal and, to be honest, making some pretty poor choices along the way. There were times I was incredibly angry with her, but mostly I was just concerned for her. I wanted her to TELL SOMEONE, but instead she focused her energies elsewhere. Exercising more? Probably not a bad way to cope. Doing it obsessively, at the expense of sleep and general health, not so much. Same with the eating disorder. Sid was struggling and no one really saw the extent of it at first because she was doing a very good job of hiding it. Of hiding herself, really. She lost so much to “Dax,” her rapist. I desperately wanted to see her get back at least part of it. 

The cast of characters in this book are something special. Of course, you know how I feel about Sid. I also adored her friends, Kristen and Paige, though I did spend several chapters side-eyeing them for their reaction to the fallout from the ski trip. But then, it’s not like they had the whole story… so I’d probably have felt similarly if in their shoes. The other star of the show here was Corey, the “stoner” Sid befriends after pushing nearly everyone else in her life away. I loved how they connected and got to know each other. The pace at which things moved from friends to more just worked, too. And, bonus, there was no focus on Sid needing Corey to become whole again. 

What Happens Next was a beautifully-written, moving book. It was raw and real and left me with a whole boatload of emotions I wasn’t sure what to do with. It’s not an easy read, but it’s an important one. I hope more people like me, who might’ve been on the fence about it, will make the time to read it.

Favorite Quotes:

My peace, my virginity, my friends, cheerleading, and now my pride: he’d taken it all. 

“It’s like this light coming out of you. I could be in a crowd of thousands and know right where to find you.”

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Thanks Kim for signing up for New to You! What Happens Next is one of the most underrated books in YA if you ask me so I’m happy I was able to give it a new fan.

My What Happens Next. And of Colleen’s latest, a self-published book about a girl with diabetes and a mother that is a hoarder, Doll Hearts.

Have you read What Happens Next or is this your first time hearing about it?

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