February 2020 To Be Read Pile Challenge
Host: Charles Reads
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Progress: 5/5 (100%)
1 February, 2020 — 29 February, 2020
There so many AMAZING books on my to be read pile (Goodreads LINK), plus there are more books being added so often. So for this month, I am going to try something different. I am going to pick five books I want to accomplish reading this month and see how it goes. I am making this a personal challenge for me.
Check out the books I read last month, to see what I accomplished
So below are the five books I have selected. Let me know in the comments what you guys think.
The Witch City Detective Agency: The Demon of Essex County by Allison Whenman
Published by Lulu.com on December 11, 2018
""The Mage and Creature Ordinances of 2010 state, in layman's terms, that any non-human entity that is found will be removed from human civilization until they have proven beyond a reasonable doubt that they will not harm any of the human species nor will they procreate without first registering the intent to have an offspring."" Kaityln Valinski is missing. Kaitlyn Valinski is also fae and the police are only putting in the bare minimum to find her. Bleeding heart private detective Ben Cole takes on her case when her older sister begs for help despite the stigma. But between suspicious memory gaps, uncooperative witnesses, the reappearance of Ben's first love, and Kaitlyn's ghost haunting his office it seems as though something much worse than her running away is going on and Ben's going to need everything he has in him to solve the mystery.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
Published by Bloomsbury YA on February 4, 2020
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As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.
Amidst the chaos, Cal meets sensitive and mysterious Leon, another “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels—fast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.
Expertly capturing the thrill of first love and the self-doubt all teens feel, debut author Phil Stamper is a new talent to watch.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Published by Putnam Adult on December 25, 2014
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Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
Royals by Rachel Hawkins
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 1, 2018
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Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.
While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.
Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch by Serena Valentino
Series: Villains #3
Published by Disney Press on July 26, 2016
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The third novel in Serena Valentino's (Fairest of All, Beast Within) "VILLAINS" trilogy, featuring the story of the Little Mermaid from the perspective of the sea witch Ursula.