28 Sep 2018

September favourites

Books
  • Hear What You Want (Chaos & Consent #1) by Kyra Lennon
Hear What You Want is the first book I ever read by Kyra Lennon and it was just so good! I couldn’t stop reading and when I finished the book, I was so not ready for the ending. I didn’t expect it at all and I just need the sequel! After finishing the book, I immediately bought it on Amazon and now it looks pretty on my shelves! Keep an eye out for my review, it will be up somewhere in October!

  • Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi
I’ve always been a big fan of the Shatter Me series and when I found out that there were going to be 3 more books, I was so excited! Restore Me was such an amazing sequel, but I do have to admit that it took me a bit to get into the story. Probably because it’s been such a long time since I read the first 3 books, but the more I read, the more I got into the story!
  • Wolf Games: Island of Shade (The Vampire Games #5) by Caroline Peckham
Caroline Peckham was such an amazing indie author, and The Vampire Games is such an amazing series. I cannot say this enough, but I cannot get enough of the story and the characters and I’m always sad when I finish her books. Make sure to check out my review!
Drinks
  • Innocent Re [Charge] Super Smoothie
You guys know that I love the Innocent Super Smoothies and this month I tried a new one, the Re [Charge] one and I’m in love. I think it’s one of my favourites and it’s actually the perfect fall drink because it’s orange and yummy!
Make-up & Skincare
  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita
My parents went to Spain in August/September and I asked my mum to visit the Sephora store in Barcelona and to buy this Kat Von D lipstick. I’ve been wanting to try out one of her lipsticks because I heard so many good things about them and wow, what an amazing lipstick! I love the formula, the colour and the light wear. You barely feel it on your lips and it’s such a beautiful matte shade!
  • Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Serum
My sister gave me a lot of skincare products she doesn’t really use anymore and this month I tried the Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Serum and I love it so much. I love the smell, the formula and I love that it’s a dropper instead of a cream. I use this as a moisturiser after my Lush Eau Roma Water and it’s the perfect moisturiser!
  • Lush Mask of Magnaminty
I recently went to Lush again (one of my favourite shops if you haven’t noticed it yet) and I bought the Mask of Magnaminty because a friend of mine recommended it to me and it’s definitely one of my favourite masks. I’ve tried the Catastrophe Cosmetic Face Mask and even though I liked it, I think that the Mask of Magnaminty is way better. I love the texture and the scent and I remember that the Catastrophe Cosmetic Mask had such a weird scent haha.

Movies
  • Alex Strangelove
I stumbled upon this movie and when I read the description, I just had to watch it, and I’m so glad I did. Alex Strangelove is such a beautiful movie and I think that so many people can relate to this movie. I really liked the story and I couldn’t stop smiling at the end of the movie!
TV Shows
  • The Rain
Some of my friends were really excited about this TV show so I finally watched it this month and I finished it in two days, it was that amazing! I really liked the concept of this TV show, it was really original and interesting, and I cannot wait to watch the second season!

27 Sep 2018

I Wrote This For You | Review

Title: I Wrote This For You
Author: Iain S. Thomas
Pages: 202 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release date: 2 October 2018
Rating: ★★★★

Review

This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing and Netgalley!

I Wrote This For You is a poetry collection with beautiful words, photography about love, loss, beginnings and endings. This poetry collection is divided into 4 chapters: Sun, Moon, Stars and Rain.


I let you know that I won’t love you.
But my heart has no conscience.

I Wrote This For You was such a unique poetry collection to me because on every page there was a picture. Not a drawing or an illustration, but a ‘real’ photo accompanied by a poem and I really like this style. It gave this poetry collection something special!

Look at you, like a new tattoo. Because I might not always have you, but I’ll have the feeling of you for the rest of my life.

This poetry collection was the first book I’ve read by Iain S. Thomas and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of his poetry. I loved reading his poems and so many of them were so relatable or just beautiful in general!

You love the way air moves. And now I can no longer breathe.

Favourite poems:
  • The Fur
  • The Shape of It
  • The Moths Don’t Die for Nothing
  • The Wet Hair and Eyes
  • The Important Things Humans Do
  • The Train of Lies
  • The To Not Do List
  • The Needle and Ink
  • The Heart Rides On
  • The Song Across Wires
  • The Shape of Air
  • The First Crack is the Last
  • The Rose is not Always a Rose
  • The World is Too Big
  • The Error of Parallax
  • The Water Flows Uphill
  • The View on the Way Down

26 Sep 2018

October Bullet Journal set up

I’m finally back with a Bullet Journal post. The last Bullet Journal blog post I wrote was my first ever BuJo post in February, oops!

I tried to make a monthly and weekly setup for the first time in September and I really liked it but it wasn’t that special, so I decided to try and make my October set up a bit more special. I decided to go all in with the Halloween theme, and I’m really proud of it. I know, there are still some things that could’ve been better, but keep in mind that I started my Bullet Journal in March, so I’m not an expert yet.

The first page is always a monthly spread together with a text box for all the important things such as tests and homework for November and December because I haven’t made those pages yet. I really think that this spook around October is really cute and I love the orange and black glitter washi tape.


After the monthly spread, I made my Mood Tracker and Habit Tracker. For my Mood Tracker, I made a cauldron and the bubbles will be coloured in, and for my Habit Tracker I just used my regular set up. I’m not really happy with the way I wrote ‘Habits’ but I can’t change it any more so I’m just going to leave it. I also coloured in everything after putting stickers on the pages so that’s why you see this weird line in the cauldron.


When I finish drawing my Mood Tracker and Habit Tracker, I draw my weekly spreads. I wanted something simple and big because I need to write down a lot for college. I also made two little text boxes for the things I need to do and for some things I need to remember. I also try to keep track of all the water I drink every day so that’s the 3rd box.


And the last thing in my October set up is my Wrap up and Favourites. I always make wrap up and favourites blog posts so it was easier to keep track of all the books I read, the movies I watch, the things I like, … in my Bullet Journal because I always bring it along and I don’t really bring along my laptop. These two pages are always really simple and this time I added some stickers to make it a bit cuter!



I hope you guys liked my blog post and let me know if you want me to make more of these!

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25 Sep 2018

Pulse | Review

Title: Pulse
Author: Danielle Koste
Pages: 316 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ★★★★
*4.5/5*

Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Danielle Koste!

Pulse tells the story of Rowan, who’s offered to work on a secret project involving a subject with supernatural abilities. The more she studies the subject, the more she’s fascinated, but is it safe for Rowan to study the subject?

I really liked the concept of this story because it’s about a woman and a monster, that feeds on human blood and has supernatural abilities, and not just your typical vampire story. It was such a nice twist and it made me fall in love with this story.

I was really fascinated with the monster because I wanted to know his story and how he became a monster, a so did Rowan. She was so interested and fascinated that she tried to everything to be able to study this monster. I really liked how Rowan as a character even though she wasn’t always that strong.

Pulse was such an interesting read, and an amazing book written by Danielle Koste. I cannot wait to read more books written by her!

24 Sep 2018

Top 5 favourite book bloggers

Most of you guys (I hope) know that my blog consists of bookish blog posts and that I love connecting with other book bloggers. I even made a book blogger list because I wanted to give the book blogging community some love and now I want to give some more love to some book bloggers I really love!

1. Cora ~ Tea Party Princess
Cora is a book blogger from the UK and she loves reading Young Adult, New Adult and Women’s fiction.

Cora’s social media:
Blog: teapartyprincess.co.uk
Goodreads: goodreads.com/user/show/41…
Instagram: instagram.com/teapartyprincess
Twitter: twitter.com/Corazzz

2. Ashleigh ~ For The Love of Books
Ashleigh is one of my book blogger friends that I got to know because of a blogger group. Ashleigh is a UK blogger and her favourite book genres are horror, romance and historical novels.

Ashleigh’s social media:
Blog: ashleighbekkah.wordpress.com
Goodreads: goodreads.com/user/show/6922…
Instagram: instagram.com/AshleighCanFlyy
Pinterest: pinterest.com/AshleighCanFlyy
Twitter: twitter.com/FTLOBOOKS

3. Sophie ~ Eyes of Owls
Sophie’s another book blogger friend that I know because of a blogger group (the same one as Ash). Sophie’s from Austria and she loves reading Romance, Thrillers and Mystery.

Sophie’s social media:
Blog: eyesofowls.org
Goodreads: goodreads.com/user/show/678…
Instagram: instagram.com/sophiji94
Twitter: twitter.com/sophiemarak

4. Manon ~ Cafe Manon
Manon is a Dutch book blogger from the Netherlands and her favourite book genres are Thriller, Young Adult and Fantasy.

Manon’s social media:
Blog: cafemanon.nl
Instagram: instagram.com/Cafe_Manon/
Pinterest: pinterest.com/luckybirdy
Twitter: twitter.com/cafe_manon

5. Cerys ~ Browsing For Books
Cerys is a book blogger from the UK that I know from a book blogger group. Cerys loves reading Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, Dystopian, Paranormal, Action, Mystery and Crime.

Cerys’ social media:
Blog: browsingforbooks.co.uk
Facebook: facebook.com/browsingforbookss
Goodreads: goodreads.com/user/show/23484859-cerys-weston-browsingforbooks
Instagram: instagram.com/browsingforbooks
Twitter: twitter.com/mcgonagalI

Make sure to check out these lovely book bloggers!❤

21 Sep 2018

Until We're More | Review

Title: Until We’re More
Series: Fighting For Her #2
Author: Cindi Madsen
Pages: 271 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Rating: ★

Review

This book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Entangled: Embrace and Netgalley!

Until We’re More is about Chelsea and Liam who’ve been best friends for such a long time and finally see each other again since Chelsea left for work. They’re both been in love with each other even though the other doesn’t know about it and it doesn’t really help when Chelsea moves in with Liam for her little holiday back in town.

Until We’re More was yet another amazing book by Cindi Madsen. I was reading late at night and then suddenly my iPod’s battery died and I didn’t have my charger with me, so I had to stop reading. That was one of the suckiest moments ever because I didn’t want to stop! If my battery didn’t die, I probably would’ve finished the book the same night as I started reading it.

I really love the characters and the world that Cindi created. It is so cool to read about MMA so I really liked the concept of this book. Chelsea is such a loveable character and I can totally see myself in her, I mean I’m not that daring/assertive and I love reading!

Cindi Madsen did it again and I think she’s becoming one of my favourite New Adult/Romance authors!!!

20 Sep 2018

Underworld | Review

Title: Underworld
Author: Melissa Jennings
Pages: 122 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 10 October 2018
Rating: ★

Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Melissa Jennings!

but what I did learn is that you never know who people really are.
I never wanted to find x, I wanted to find why.
I wanted to know why I was never good enough for people.

Underworld is a poetry collection about mental health, identity and the unspoken. This poetry collection has poems about anxiety, depression, difficult parental relationships, self-harm, dissociation, suicide, …

I end every night
tears tearing me open,
sewing me back together.

Underworld is the first poetry collection I read written by Melissa Jennings and I really liked. The poems were so beautiful and you can definitely tell that Melissa put their heart into this collection. I also really like that they made a content warning page because I’ve never read such a page before and I think it’s really helpful for people who don’t like to read about a certain topic.

I felt like a hostage in my own body,
depression gagging me with tears, 
and anxiety dragging me across my floor

I cannot wait to read more of Melissa’s work and here are my favourite poems:
  • Around We Go
  • How to Find x + y
  • Hear Me
  • We Suck at Goodbyes
  • This House is Not a Home
  • Lethal
  • The Thorns of the Heart
  • I Couldn’t Heart the Train Coming
  • Hades
  • Every Day is Father’s Day Because You Weren’t There
  • Cops and Robbers
  • Different Kinds of Light
  • Do You Still Burn?
  • This Sun Will Never Rise Again
  • A Rare Love Poem From Hell
  • I Will Drive My Own Hearse

18 Sep 2018

Odd Spirits | Review

Title: Odd Spirits
Author: S.T. Gibson
Pages: 71 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Publisher: Eminence Publishing
Rating: ★★★★

Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you S.T. Gibson!

Odd Spirits tells the story of Rhys and Moira, a magician and a witch. They’re just living their lives until strange things are happening and they don’t know why. They’re trying to figure out what’s happening, but that means that an old friend of Rhys has to help, and Moira doesn’t really like that friend…

I really liked the characters because they were so real. Rhys is bisexual and Moira is kind of scared that she isn’t enough for him because she cannot give him everything he likes and I think that this is definitely something couples struggle with. And then Rhys is jealous because Moira gets a lot of attention because she’s really sweet to everyone, and that is also something couples struggle with. I really liked that this was discussed in this novella because these are challenges every couple deals with.

Besides the characters, I really liked the story in general. It was such a quick and nice read, with an enjoyable writing style. Odd Spirits is just easy to read when you’re into something short with some romance and fantasy. I really liked the way this story ended and I also wanted to say that I’m so in love with the cover, it’s so beautiful!

Odd Spirits is definitely the perfect read for fall so make sure to grab a copy and enjoy the story!

17 Sep 2018

Magic Runes | Review

Title: Magic Runes
Series: Magic Runes #1
Author: Devyn Jayse
Pages: 113 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Devyn Jayse!

Magic Runes tells the story of Carmen Rebello, a rune witch who owns a magic store in Barcelona. When Carmen removes a spell from a bewitched woman, the SBI, Supernatural Bureau of Investigation, wants Carmen to become their consultant and want to know how she removed the spell because there are other bewitched women who died from that spell. Besides having to find the one who’s bewitching these women, Carmen is intrigued by a hot SBI agent…

Magic Runes is such an amazing book about supernatural creatures such as witches, gargoyles, shapeshifters, vampires, … I loved Supernatural Slayer, which was the first book I ever read by Devyn Jayse and it’s set in the same world as Magic Runes. I really loved that Devyn Jayse has written two series set in the same world because you get to know so much more about the characters.

I was always interested in reading more about Carmen because she was mentioned in Supernatural Slayer and she sounded so interesting. I fell in love with the character and the way Magic Runes ended was such a plot twist! I didn’t see it coming, I knew something was off, but I didn’t really know what.

I really loved Magic Runes and I cannot wait to read the second book, Magic Rifts, and fall in love with that one too!

14 Sep 2018

Two toned eye look | Tutorial

This is my first ever two toned eye look and I’m really proud of myself. I wanted to create a two toned look for such a long time and I finally did it! I’m also really proud of myself because this is the first time ever that I tried a cut crease. It’s not really a cut crease because I’m still learning, but I really like how it turned out.

I also want to say that I don’t know why but I changed the position of the make-up product and the eye. I don’t know why, but I was doing the last picture and then I noticed that something was different, lol!

1. Prime your eyelids. This is essential because you’re working with bright colours.

2. Use the purple shade in the crease as well as in the outer corner.
3. Repeat step 2 but then with the two yellow shades.
4. Cut out a part of the eyeshadow with concealer.
5. Use a gold/yellow shimmer shade on top of the concealer.
6. Repeat step 5 but then with a purple shimmer shade.
7. Use the yellow shades from step 2 on your lower lash line, and use the purple eyeshadow on the other eye.
8. Apply mascara and lashes.
9. Highlight your cheeks, nose, Cupid’s bow, inner corners, …
10. And the final step: lipstick!

I hope you guys love this look as much as I do!

13 Sep 2018

Wolf Games: Island of Shade | Review

Title: Wolf Games: Island of Shade
Series: The Vampire Games #5
Author: Caroline Peckham
Pages: 231 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 14 September 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Caroline Peckham!

Wolf Games: Island of Shade is the fifth book in The Vampire Games series and continues the story of Jameson and Cass. After the cruise ship broke, Jameson, Cass and Silas are stranded on a dangerous island and are trying to survive, which isn’t easy when Ulvic is hunting them down…

Wolf Games: Island of Shade is yet again an amazing sequel. I keep saying this in all my reviews, but it’s the truth. The story gets better and better and I’m always so excited when I get an early copy! The world that Caroline’s built is so incredible and you have different kinds of creatures as well as so many plot twists!

Wolf Games: Island of Shade has again multiple perspectives which makes this book, and the series in general, so amazing to read because you get to know so much more about the characters. I really liked that we got some flashbacks from Mercy’s past and we got a few glimpses of Varick and Selena again.

The way Wolf Games: Island of Shade ended is so evil, Caroline did an amazing job and I hope she’ll finish book 6, Wolf Games: Severed Fates, very soon because I think we readers are pretty angry and need the next book!

12 Sep 2018

How I'm going to be a better student

I wanted to write this post and set some goals because college starts in one week and I’m kind of excited to go back. I really loved summer this year especially because I’m mentally in a better state than last summer, which I explained in my mental health update, and also because I did so many great things and I even passed the exam I had to redo this summer.

It’s not that I’m a bad student, because if you’d ask my friends they would probably tell you that I’m such an example student and that everyone always asks me what we need to do if they don’t understand something. And that is true, but I still think that there are some things I can do better. It’s probably me being a perfectionist, but hey, that’s who I am, so deal with it!

1. Weekly revision
So the first thing that I’d like to do is revise my subject matter weekly. I tend to procrastinate on revising the subject matter which means that I cannot always follow in class. I don’t have this with a lot of subjects because I’m a fast learner, but I’m not that good in German and if I don’t revise on time, I just don’t understand what the teacher is saying.

I think it’s also something good because then I wouldn’t have to study as much as during the exam period. My therapist says that I have ADD (I believe her even though it’s not diagnosed by a psychiatrist because it’s 50% hereditary and my mum has ADD so) so I have problems with focusing. During the exams, it’s really hard to study for a long period because I’m easily distracted, so I think that weekly revising would be really helpful.

2. Weekly summaries
I like to write summaries of subject matter we’ve seen in class, but I do tend to procrastinate on that as well. I always write them, but most of the time it’s during my breaks and then it doesn’t really feel like a break. If I would write them weekly, I could enjoy my break and be less stressy when the summary isn’t finished yet.

I’m still trying to find a good technique to write them, perhaps specific colours, … so if any of you guys have some tips, feel free to leave a comment!


3. Study schedule
Like I mentioned above, I want to revise weekly and write summaries weekly so to be able to do that I want to make a schedule so I can see when I have time to relax and when I need to study. I think that making a schedule would be better for me so I will not get stressed and anxious all the time because then I can see that I still have enough time to do everything and that I won’t forget something.

I’m thinking of making schedules in my Bullet Journal, so if you have made these types of schedules or know someone, make sure to comment your/their blog url!

4. Quizlet
And the last thing I want to mention in this blog post is Quizlet. A friend of mine always uses Quizlet, which is an app and website that can help you with studying, and I want to use it more often. I used the app to learn formulas or vocabulary and it’s a fun way of studying and it really helped. You get to know your subject matter better and it’s also not that boring which makes studying more pleasant.

Do you have some tips for me?

11 Sep 2018

A Game of Vampires | Review

Title: A Game of Vampires
Series: The Vampire Games #0.5
Author: Caroline Peckham
Pages: 79 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ★★★★

Review

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Caroline Peckham!

A Game of Vampires is a prequel novella in The Vampire Games series and tells the story of Jonah and Evangeline. For Jonah and Evangeline, it was love at first sight but Evangeline is taken by the Helsings to compete in the V Games. When Jonah sees her on the island, he’s determined to save Evangeline, but will he be able to save her?

A Game of Vampires was a really nice prequel novella because you can read a short story set in the world you fell in love with. I really love reading The Vampire Games series so every time Caroline Peckham comes up with a new book set in this world, I cannot wait to read it!

A Game of Vampires was an enjoyable read with new and old characters. I really liked that we got to see a good side of Varick and Mercy, and I also really liked Jonah because he was determined to save Evangeline even though they didn’t know each other for a long time.

A Game of Vampires was a good prequel novella and I cannot wait to read more books set in this world!

10 Sep 2018

Netgalley TBR

I keep requesting books on Netgalley and my TBR is getting bigger and bigger so I decided to share my current Netgalley TBR with you. I thought it was a fun idea to share it because you can discover new books and request some of them!

1. Someday Soon (Not Yet #3) by Laura Ward
One mouthwatering temptation...

All Daisy Goldsmith wants is to get out of her small town, leaving behind the bullies who've taunted her. Attending culinary school in New York has always been her biggest dream---a dream she's not confident enough to pursue. After all, she's nothing but a "fat cow." But when her brother's best friend, the man who's always secretly held her heart, moves back to town after college, everything changes for Daisy.

One scrumptious nibble...

The Goldsmith house has always been Jon Roberts' sanctuary from the crazy of his life. With a broken and dysfunctional family, Jon embraces the Goldsmiths like his own. After getting a real glimpse of the woman Daisy's becoming, Jon is torn between his loyalty to the family and his desire for his best friend's little sister. One delectable bite... As Daisy and Jon spend more time together, they can't resist the attraction between them. Once they've had a taste, nothing can keep them apart--not their dreams, their families, or the difference in their age. Can someday turn into forever or will they bite off more than they can handle?

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2. Limits by Susie Tate
For as long as she can remember Millie has had her limits. Staying within them keeps her isolated, safe; helps her to cope. Why then have they started to feel so stifling? Why is her loneliness starting to rival her fears?

When she watches him she wishes she could be normal; she wishes she could be like the people he interacts with so seamlessly. Pavlos Martakis is her complete and total opposite: physically intimidating, likable, naturally attractive, extremely confident, sexually promiscuous: the most uninhibited, charming, outgoing and free person she has ever encountered in her life. He fascinates Millie; thrills and intimidates her in equal measure.

But, as the culprit behind the invention of her nickname Nuclear Winter, Millie knows that if Pav feels anything for her it is more than likely contempt. Cold, boring, robotic: that is how the rest of the hospital sees her. So she can safely watch him from afar. He would never notice her … would he?

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3. Wild Child by A.S. Green

I have never been to a place so tiny. Little Bear Island could fit in New York's armpit. Still a job is a job and, after surviving Afghanistan, what's twenty-four hours in podunk hell?

Providing private security for a celebrity wedding is nothing new...until I come face-to-face with Natalie O'Brien. The woman who chose someone else and kicked me to the curb six years ago. Time has done nothing to tame her. She's a red-headed beauty with a sharp tongue and nerves of steel who could seriously knock me off my game…

When my assistant bails, Natalie jumps at the chance to get off this tiny island. Now we're stuck criss-crossing the country in my SUV, with her tantalizing scent filling the cab and her smart mouth making me very...uncomfortable. Good thing the job will be over soon. So why does the thought of saying goodbye a second time make my heart stop?

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4. Soft Thorns by Bridgett Devoue

the poetry living within these pages tells stories of love, heartbreak, freedom, oppression, sexual assault, sexism, hope and humanity. our darkest times are where we grow the most, so in this book, i share mine, and together, we learn how to heal.

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5. I Wrote This for You by Iain S. Thomas

I need you to understand something. I wrote this for you. I wrote this for you and only you. Everyone else who reads it, doesn’t get it. They may think they get it, but they don’t. This is the sign you’ve been looking for. You were meant to read these words.

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6. I Worte This for You and Only You by Iain S. Thomas

"I need you to understand something. I wrote this for you. I wrote this for you and only you." The follow-up to the international #1 bestselling collection of prose and photography, this is the third book in the I Wrote This For You series and gathers together the very best entries in the project from 2011 to 2015. Started in 2007, I Wrote This For You is an internationally acclaimed exploration of hauntingly beautiful words, photography and emotion that's unique to each person that reads it.

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7. Love and Other Secrets (The First Kiss Hypothesis #2) by Christina Mandelski

Star lacrosse player Alex “Kov” Koviak has it all. Or so everyone thinks. He’s real good at pretending his life is perfect...until he meets Bailey. The girl challenges him and pushes him and makes him laugh like he’s never laughed before. Their friendship is their little secret, and he’s happy to keep her to himself.

Between school, two jobs, and trying to get into NYU film school, Bailey Banfield has zero time for a social life. But then she meets Alex in her express lane at the grocery store, and their secret friendship becomes the only place she can breathe. She refuses to complicate that with more. No matter how charming Alex can be.

When Bailey decides to film outrageous promposals for her NYU application, she enlists Alex’s help to plan an over-the-top, epic promposal to someone else. Too bad the only prom date Alex wants anywhere near Bailey is him.

For a guy who seems to have it all, he’s about to lose the only thing he’s ever wanted.

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8. Renegade (Black Dawn #0.5) by Mallory McCartney

“The time for Kiero’s reign in prosperity is over.” Six years before the Black Dawn Rebellion, Adair Stratton and Emory Fae are following in their parent’s footsteps and living at The Academy, a home for those who are gifted. The pressure to uphold the future of their parent’s dream falls on them. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. Even if Emory tries to make him see differently. An unexpected group of friends keep him there, but as whispers of unexplained disappearances start reaching from the capital, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.

An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath- for the first time in years, they demand the Fae’s listen to their proposition for a new treaty, holding the news of Nei’s father’s abrupt death over them. Caught in the middle of politics- Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis search for the one thing that matters most- finding out the truth.

In this gripping prequel to Black Dawn, their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made. War ravages through Kiero and is torn apart by acclaimed Kings. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision- to fight or to bow to the darkness within him.

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