These Things I've Done by Rebecca Phillips
Release Date: 1st August 2017
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Dara and Aubrey have been inseparable since they became best friends in sixth grade. However, as they begin their sophomore year of high school, cracks in their friendship begin to form, testing the bond they always thought was unbreakable.
It's been fifteen months since the accident that killed Aubrey, and not a day goes by that Dara isn't racked with guilt over her role in her best friend's death. Dara thought nothing could be worse than confronting the memories of Aubrey that relentlessly haunt her, but she soon realizes it isn't half as difficult as seeing Ethan, Aubrey's brother, every day. Not just because he's a walking reminder of what she did, but because the more her feelings for him change, the more she knows she's betraying her best friend one final time.
I hadn’t read anything by Rebecca Phillips before I read These Things I’ve Done, so I took a chance on an unknown (to me) author and it paid off massively. These Things I’ve Done is a tough subject matter. Dara, the main character, returns to her hometown after having spent a year away. Dara spent the past year away from hometown because she accidentally killed her best friend.
This month I’m participating in #ARCAugust, which is an annual event that is exactly what it sounds like. The idea is to clear your shelves and ereaders of advance readers copies and try your best to get ahead. I’ve not got too many ARCs lying around on my Kindle any more, because I’ve managed to actually show some restraint. Go me! But I do have a list to get through before the end of the year. These are the ones I’ll be trying to read this month.
The Wrath and the Dawn
by Reneé AhdiehSeries: The Wrath and the Dawn #1 Genre: Fantasy Release Date:
12th May 2015 Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers Add it: Goodreads Rating:
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.
Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?
I can’t remember the last time I was this disappointed in a book. I had been looking forward to reading The Wrath and the Dawn before it was even released, and I spent a lot of money on a pretty hardback copy when I was in the US. I was so excited to finally pick it up because I’d heard that it was outstanding, but it was actually pretty shit. I’m so sad.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
I don’t usually read movie tie-ins but this doesn’t really count. I want to read more about Wonder Woman!
A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor
This one is about two sisters, so obviously I have to read it.
The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby
I keep getting told that I need to read Kirby’s books so I might try this one. Maybe. The cover creeps me out a bit though.
Me in July
July was another really busy month for me! You’re going to get so tired of me saying that. I started off the month training for my new position at work, which was absolutely exhausting. I’m impressed that I managed to stick to reading and blogging, to be honest. The training itself is over now, but I’m having to do the job again in August.
Quill and I went to the Star Wars Exhibition at the O2 in London, which was really cool. I was expecting it to go on for longer, as it only took us about an hour to go around the entire thing. The interactive character creator thing was kind of fun, although in the end you didn’t really do much with it. It was like putting together a really simple Sim character and then not being able to read the backstory or see where its life led!
I also went to see The Lion King in the theatre. The costumes were absolutely phenomenal. The songs were good, although I don’t think any of them particularly stood out. I think the costumes and set pieces were the best parts of the show.
I’ve almost completed Cough to 5K. I’m currently running for 22 minutes at a time, which I think is pretty impressive considering I hadn’t done any actual running for about 13 years! I’m slowly working my way up to 30 minutes of straight running, which will hopefully take me to 5K. I should really start measuring the distance as well. We’re still doing bootcamp, although I haven’t done it in a couple of weeks because everything has been stressful and hectic. I’m going back tomorrow though *gasp*
And, obviously, I am back on the blogging thing. It’s been a really fun month, actually. I’ve managed to schedule ahead, find a tonne of new blogs, get Recaptains back up and running… I’m taking it slowly and I’m trying not to overdo it because I have been really busy, but I feel like I’m balancing things well at the moment.