Emma's August Wrap Up - I Didn't Even Know I Was in a Slump

Hiya bookish people!

I have to admit something. I have been in a reading slump, but the worst part? I didn’t even know it. I had been reading, sure, but I didn’t realise just how hard I was finding it to read for the fun of it, and read as much as I used to, until I was reading that much again! Really, I shouldn’t be reading this much since I am going into preliminary exams, I am behind on so many different assessments, and I am studying for about three internal exams and two externals.

Anyway, let me get on with this wrap up!


Add 'Queen of Air and Darkness' to Goodreads
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Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in The Dark Artifices trilogy.
What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

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Add 'Ever Alice' to Goodreads
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Alice’s stories of Wonderland did more than raise a few eyebrows—it landed her in an asylum. Now at 15 years of age, she’s willing to do anything to leave, which includes agreeing to an experimental procedure. When Alice decides at the last minute not to go through with it, she escapes with the White Rabbit to Wonderland and trades one mad house for another: the court of the Queen of Hearts. Only this time, she is under orders to take out the Queen. When love, scandal, and intrigue begin to muddle her mission, Alice finds herself on the wrong side of the chopping block.

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Add 'Starfish' to Goodreads
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A half-Japanese teen grapples with social anxiety and her narcissist mother in the wake of a crushing rejection from art school in this debut novel.

Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin.

But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.

From debut author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes a luminous, heartbreaking story of identity, family, and the beauty that emerges when we embrace our true selves.

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Add 'Five Feet Apart' to Goodreads
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Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart.

No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

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Everyone knows what happens in the end. A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss. But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends. One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.


I haven’t bought a single book this month! Am I proud of myself, or disappointed? I’m not too sure.


    • I have so many darn assessments! In Media Studies, I have handed in my music video (like 20 minutes before the deadline) and we launched straight into our studies for our next assessment, which is an external exam. In Chemistry, I am low-key struggling. We get our workbooks soon, and I am hoping that it helps me, because we have been studying for this external for almost three weeks and I don’t understand any of it?!? Graphics (DVC) I have to hand in my completed wooden model by Friday (I wrote this post last Thursday, so the dates might not be relevant but oh well) but it is Thursday and I am totally not coping. I am going to be in catch-ups for both of my class breaks, and try get it done tomorrow. I bought the pieces I need today, but I do have to finish my digital map so I can cut out my wood on the laser cutter at school. And me, being a try hard, has a functioning folding deck?? Why?? Am I?? Like this?? In English, well, I need to hand in my spoken-word audio, like, two days ago? Ashleigh, my teacher, is super nice though and gave me an extension to tomorrow, so I need to record that tonight and try to get it to four minutes long! Gah! Math, well, let’s not talk about that, unless anyone wants to digitally tutor me in statistics?
    • Friends have been goodish? My friend, Dia, she has been sick for a while, so what is up with that? Tash was gone today and Bean Stalk last week, plus Beth was gone all of last week too? Can people stop getting sick? Apart from that, everything is going well!
    • I am still watching How to Get Away With Murder with my dad, and we just got to Season 5. I have been watching the Big Bang Theory, the last of The Originals. I watched the first two How to Train Your Dragon movies (I cried so many) with Beth and her mum on her birthday, plus I saw a Dog’s Journey at the cinema with my mum! Also, keep a look out for updates on Beth’s mum, since I am trying to convince her to let me promote a book she is trying to write.
    • No holidays :(


How has your August been?


  1. You'll probably cry even harder at the third HTTYD film!

  2. I LOVE romances where they can't touch omg I've had Five Feet Apart on my TBR forEVER now but I still haven't read it?? Well I'm going to put it on hold as soon as I can ughhh!


    1. Please do, Beck!
      I really enjoyed it!

      Do you have a website? The profile hasn't linked back anywhere :)

  3. I've been told before that it's easier to read books when you have less time as it motivates you more to do it; maybe that's part of the reason? I honestly don't know if it's true though. I'm going to read your Queen Of Air And Darkness review once I finally get around to reading the actual book as I want to go into it knowing as little as possible (I already inadvertently came across a spoiler whilst looking at another Cassandra Clare book).

    I really hope you manage to catch up with everything that you have to get done. Deadlines can be a nightmare. I did an Interior Design course and literally stayed up to 5am finishing it all. In my defense it was a three hour class where we seemed to do nothing with a ton of coursework that I then had to do at home /:

    I need to watch How To Get Away With Murder. I love Big Bang Theory - what do you think of it? What was A Dog's Journey like? I've seen the first one, plus another of the movies based on books by the author and loved them both so I'm quite interested in it.

    1. Yeah, maybe that's it, but I so don't have the actual time to be reading rn, but oh well XD
      That's probably for the best, I try not to put spoilers in my reviews but part of the plot can sometimes be a spoiler without me realising it.

      Ugh deadlines suck. Can I just drop out?

      I'm really enjoying it, but it certainly isn't a show to binge as you wanna be able to think about the episodes.I'm loving Big Bang, Sheldon is hilarious! A Dog's Journey was so good! I cried but I really enjoyed how the story continued.

    2. I think sometimes that makes you want to do it more though. Plus when you're instead stuck doing something that you don't want to it's so much easier to do something that you do instead.
      I haven't noticed any with yours before, I'm just trying to be extra careful as it's one of most anticipated reads still on my TBR.

      Aww I hope things calm down a bit for you soon.

      Oh well I look forward to seeing that it's like (: yes I agree, he never fails to make me laugh. Aww yes I know I cried a bit at, at least one of those movies. I do enjoy them though and I'm glad it was good.

    3. True!
      Yes, I try to be super careful but I know that sometimes it is super hard not to spoil something accidentally.

      Me too! Holidays couldn't come faster!

  4. aaah HTTYD is lovely and one of favourite movies and it's amazing and i miss it and ahhh ok i'm not doing ok xD
    i hope everything is better at school now! i hand most of my essays in the last minute possible too, once we even handed a group project twenty minutes after the deadline, it was a mess. what are you studying? :)
    you read queen of air and darkness! i'm so behind on the shadowhunter books omg i've only read until lady midnight!!

    - marta

    1. I know me neither! I wanna watch the next one but I'm so scared of how I will react lol
      I'm in High School atm and studying Chemistry/English/Math/Media/Graphic Design!


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