What’s on my Scribd? (3)

I’m on a roll listening to audiobooks and prior August, I saved a lot to keep me company and I expand my horizons on mystery/thrillers. I have 12 audiobooks on my list and hopefully I’ll finish them before my subscription ends. Currently I am listening to The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins which is a book club pick of It Thrill-y Hurts hosted by Gerald @ Gerald the Bookworm. You can join the Facebook group for discussions.

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Dark Romances That F*cked Up My Soul

Before I jumped into my post, I want to shoutout my good buddy Ari for pitching this idea (I swear she has more creative mojo than I do. I’m a lazy ass) and we both have similar taste in dark romance novels. Just a reminder to everyone who’s reading this post, all of these books are DARK ROMANCES/ ROMANCE THRILLERS. There are a lot of trigger warnings here such as abuse, kidnapping, sexual harassment/assault, drugs, violence, gore etc. (and other shits I don’t even want to mention). I just want to put it here because I don’t have any intention to hurt anyone or make you uncomfortable.

Self-awareness is a MUST prior reading these kinds of books. Enter at your own risk and all of these are fiction novels. I do not condone any of the things happened here and my morals are completely intact. Without further ado, here are the books / series that screwed my soul. Lmao.

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July Wrapup | Romance, Mystery/Thrillers & Other Books That Stressed Me Out

Hello everyone! It’s already August and I just finished finalizing all the books I’ve read for the readathons I participated such as Mood Reader Bingo hosted by Yna @ The Mood Reader  and Tarot Readathon hosted by Daijah @ Daijah’s Book World, Britany @ Literaly Smitten, Jess @ Books Past Bedtime and Noelle @ Noelle 7 Pages. These two readathons are successful to me because the prompts here encourage me to read variety of books. 

I have read a total of 21 books and majority of them are adult books. I am also proud that I’ve been listening to audiobooks lately and discovered great voice actors. 

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ARC August TBR (2021)

It’s that time of the month where I should knocking down my ARC (Advance Reader’s Copy) and my NetGalley feedback ratio is below 50%. I used to have 80% but life and work got in the way and I wasn’t able to read them. It also didn’t help I am a moody reader so I promised (which I kept breaking in the past years) where I will read at least 5 books before I request one. 

Hopefully I’ll stick to my TBR. Some of these ARCs that I have are already published but I want/need to read them. Here are the ARCs I’m reading for August:

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Book Review | Isn’t It Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams

55502884Pages: 350

My Rating: ★★★★★

Genre:  Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: July 20th 2021

Publisher: Berkley Romance

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With his passion for romance novels, it was only a matter of time before Vlad wrote one.

Elena Konnikova has lived her entire adult life in the shadows. As the daughter of a Russian journalist who mysteriously disappeared, she escaped danger the only way she knew how: She married her childhood friend, Vladimir, and moved to the United States, where he is a professional hockey player in Nashville.

Vlad, aka the Russian, thought he could be content with his marriage of convenience. But it’s become too difficult to continue in a one-sided relationship. He joined the Bromance Book Club to learn how to make his wife love him, but all he’s learned is that he deserves more. He’s ready to create his own sweeping romance—both on and off the page.

The bros are unwilling to let Vlad forgo true love—and this time they’re not operating solo. They join forces with Vlad’s neighbors, a group of meddling widows who call themselves the Loners. But just when things finally look promising, Elena’s past life intrudes and their happily ever after is cast into doubt.

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Audiobook Review | Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

52766407Pages: 364

My Rating: ★★★★

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: July 28th 2020

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Narrated by:  Rebekkah Ross

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The Hating Game meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.

Today, she hates him.

It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.

Tonight, she puts up with him.

When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.

As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.

Tomorrow … maybe she’s already fallen for him.

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ARC Review | Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

54660653Pages: 302

My Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: April 6th 2021

Publisher: G.P. Putnam Son’s

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Can you find real love when you’ve always got your head in the clouds?

Maybell Parish has always been a dreamer and a hopeless romantic. But living in her own world has long been preferable to dealing with the disappointments of real life. So when Maybell inherits a charming house in the Smokies from her Great-Aunt Violet, she seizes the opportunity to make a fresh start.

Yet when she arrives, it seems her troubles have only just begun. Not only is the house falling apart around her, but she isn’t the only inheritor: she has to share everything with Wesley Koehler, the groundskeeper who’s as grouchy as he is gorgeous—and it turns out he has very different vision for the property’s future.

Convincing the taciturn Wesley to stop avoiding her and compromise is a task more formidable than the other dying wishes Great-Aunt Violet left behind. But when Maybell uncovers something unexpectedly sweet beneath Wesley’s scowls, and as the two slowly begin to let their guard down, they might learn that sometimes the smallest steps outside one’s comfort zone can lead to the greatest rewards.

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Audiobook Review | XOXO by Axie Oh

54618808._SY475_Pages: 352

My Rating: ★★★★

Genre:  Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: July 13th 2021

Publisher: HarperTeen

Narrated by: Greta Jung

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Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her careful plans. But in a moment of spontaneity, she allows him to pull her out of her comfort zone for one unforgettable night of adventure…before he disappears without a word.

Three months later, when Jenny and her mother arrive in South Korea to take care of her ailing grandmother, she’s shocked to discover that Jaewoo is a student at the same elite arts academy where she’s enrolled for the semester. And he’s not just any student. He’s a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world—and he’s strictly forbidden from dating.

When a relationship means throwing Jenny’s life off the path she’s spent years mapping out, she’ll have to decide once and for all just how much she’s willing to risk for love.

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What’s on my Scribd? (2)

We have another post of What’s On My Scribd? 🙂 I ended up removing It by Stephen King because I feel like I’ve been listening to it forever. It’s a sign that I’m in zero mood for it and I decided listening to Buns by Alice Clayton and I love it! It’s my favorite in the Hudson Valley trilogy and I swooned. As for The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, that one blew my mind and you can read my review here. You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria is still on my Scribd shelf waiting to be listened.

Here are some new books on my Scribd library:

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ARC Review | Survive the Night by Riley Sager

55664968._SY475_Pages: 324

My Rating: ★★★

Genre: Adult Mystery / Thriller

Publication Date: June 29th 2021

Publisher: Dutton Books

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It’s November 1991. George H. W. Bush is in the White House, Nirvana’s in the tape deck, and movie-obsessed college student Charlie Jordan is in a car with a man who might be a serial killer.

Josh Baxter, the man behind the wheel, is a virtual stranger to Charlie. They met at the campus ride board, each looking to share the long drive home to Ohio. Both have good reasons for wanting to get away. For Charlie, it’s guilt and grief over the murder of her best friend, who became the third victim of the man known as the Campus Killer. For Josh, it’s to help care for his sick father. Or so he says. Like the Hitchcock heroine she’s named after, Charlie has her doubts. There’s something suspicious about Josh, from the holes in his story about his father to how he doesn’t seem to want Charlie to see inside the car’s trunk. As they travel an empty highway in the dead of night, an increasingly worried Charlie begins to think she’s sharing a car with the Campus Killer. Is Josh truly dangerous? Or is Charlie’s suspicion merely a figment of her movie-fueled imagination?

What follows is a game of cat-and-mouse played out on night-shrouded roads and in neon-lit parking lots, during an age when the only call for help can be made on a pay phone and in a place where there’s nowhere to run. In order to win, Charlie must do one thing–survive the night.

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