Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler (e-ARC)

Title: Cool for the Summer

Author: Dahlia Adler

Number of Pages: 272

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Language: English

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Lara’s had eyes for exactly one person throughout her three years of high school: Chase Harding. He’s tall, strong, sweet, a football star, and frankly, stupid hot. Oh, and he’s talking to her now. On purpose and everything. Maybe…flirting, even? No, wait, he’s definitely flirting, which is pretty much the sum of everything Lara’s wanted out of life.

Except she’s haunted by a memory. A memory of a confusing, romantic, strangely perfect summer spent with a girl named Jasmine. A memory that becomes a confusing, disorienting present when Jasmine herself walks through the front doors of the school to see Lara and Chase chatting it up in front of the lockers.

Lara has everything she ever wanted: a tight-knit group of friends, a job that borders on cool, and Chase, the boy of her literal dreams. But if she’s finally got the guy, why can’t she stop thinking about the girl?

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March Wrap Up

What’s Going On?

March was … a weird month, I think it’s safe to say that. I don’t remember much of what happened, and the first days of the month seem like they happened YEARS ago. My birthday was on the 4th, and despite the current circumstances, I had lots of fun. I’m incredibly grateful to everyone, both in my real and online lives, who took some time out of their days to wish me a happy birthday, and I certainly have the best friends in the world!! Besides that, though, I only remember spending my days this month between visits to the dentist (wisdom tooths are a real pain), an Excel course (that drove me insane because I had a hard time understanding it), and also classes. I must admit I’m not particularly excited about my studies right now, I enjoy learning but my classes are not really what I expected they would be. Perhaps as a consequence, in the past few days, I’ve been feeling lazy and unmotivated about everything, really, not only about school work, but even about things I love doing, such as reading and creating content. This week I seem to be doing better, thankfully, which I can see reflected in last Wednesday’s video, where I seem more excited to talk, and I do hope I don’t get back into the previous state. To try and get happy again, I also started my re-watch of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power – while I’ve only re-watched the first season so far, I am, of course, loving it 💕

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Book Series I Wanna Catch Up With In 2021

Hi, friends!! I hope you’re having a lovely Wednesday so far 🤍

In today’s video, I shared with you a list of book trilogies or series I wanna catch up with, or even finish, this year. I have this HUGE issue of starting new series without having finished previous ones – since I don’t usually get the whole collection of books at once, or, you know, they’re not released yet. Here, I only included books that have already been released, even if only this year, because if I include ALL the new releases I’m excited to get to, I wouldn’t get out of here today 😂😂

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Dragon Tamer by Ophelia Silk

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Title: Dragon Tamer

Author: Ophelia Silk

No. of Pages: 249

Language: English

 

 

 

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Katla, idiot of idiots, last warrior of Lundr, should know better than to release a dragon.

Sacrificing humans to keep the dragons away may be less bloody than war, but it’s repulsive and cowardly. Real warriors fight their enemies head on. And that’s exactly what Katla intends to do.

Her plans go south when, instead of preventing the sacrifice, she frees a sleeping dragon and is kidnapped to his frozen castle. Between his speed and bestial form, escape would be hard enough. But the dragon is compassionate, too—and nothing slays a lonely warrior faster than a kindhearted grouch.

Soon, Katla is trapped between raging factions of her own heart. Stopping the sacrifices will recommence an age-old war, one she and her peace-loving dragon would wage from opposing sides. Now that they have tamed each other, could they truly go back to being enemies?

Icy curses, blood magic, and sassy banter collide as a heroic fool finds herself falling for a grumpy dragon shifter in this comedic, heartwarming, and adventurous romance.

Trigger warnings: blood, blood loss, character death.

Heat level: Romantic yearning, with one semi-explicit sex scene

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contemporary recommendations to welcome spring 🌷

Hi, friends! I hope you’re all well! 💕

This week, on my booktube channel, I’m also bringing you a list of four contemporary books that I believe would be great to read around this time of the year. While I’m mostly a mood reader, I always somehow associate Spring with contemporary books 😅

This list is quite short, though, because I’m still not fully recovered from my wisdom tooth removal, but I hope you enjoy it!! 

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Chain of Iron Illumicrate Unboxing

Hi, friends! Happy Monday! 💕

I’m starting this week with an EXTRA video on my Booktube channel, where I opened my Illumicrate package with you. I was so excited to get my hands on my edition of Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare, that I couldn’t even wait a few days to film this, in order to recover from a wisdom tooth removal (I was in PAIN even to smile for the thumbnail picture 😭). But even though I look like a mess, this beauty of a book more than makes up for it!!

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My thoughts on paperbacks vs e-books & Kobo Libra H2O Review

Hi, everyone!! I hope you’re having a great week so far! 🥰

This week on the channel, I’m sharing with you my thoughts on the pros and cons of reading both in physical books and e-books. While physical books (mainly paperbacks) are still my favourite, e-books have been such a big life-changer for me, especially this year so far! My last purchase of 2020 was my e-reader, a Kobo Libra H2O, and I also thought it’d be a great idea to share my feedback on it with you. I hope you enjoy it! 😄

Watch it here! ⤵⤵

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The Women’s History Book Tag

Hi, friends! I hope you had a great week! What are your plans for the weekend? 🥰

Today I’m bringing you The Women’s History Book Tag, that has been sitting on my Notion blog page for almost an entire year 😱 I was tagged by Belle @ Belle Can Read, and I’ve been saving it for this exact time! So I’m really sorry I’m late, but thank you so much for tagging me, Belle 💕

Rules

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post.
  • Link to the creator’s blog in your post
  • Answer the questions below using only books written by women
  • Feel free to use the same graphics
  • Tag 8 others to take part in the tag

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what i’ve been doing when i don’t feel like reading

Content Warning: In this post, I do approach COVID-19 in Portugal and its recent effects. If that’s something you’d prefer not to read about, I completely understand. If you’d still like to get a general idea of the post, you can read the subtitles, as they’re simply what I’ve been able to do lately, whenever I don’t feel like reading.

Hi, friends! I hope you’ve been taking care of yourselves! 🥰 Today I’m here to talk a little bit about how I’m handling quarantine, and what I’ve been doing when I don’t feel like reading. While there are certainly different rules and restrictions depending where you live, I can only let you know about Portugal. We went under lockdown for the first time in March of 2020, and, back then, I really didn’t know what to do, as many other people. I had just gotten back from my semester abroad, I had just started my last semester of my bachelor’s and internship, and, suddenly, I was sent home, I had online classes and I was doing my internship job from home, too. I had a lot on my plate to focus on, and so, I didn’t really dedicate myself to all of these activities people were showing off on social media, such as working out or baking.

In October, I started my master’s degree, and it was a mixed schedule: I’d only have on-campus classes every two weeks, and the others were online. Recently, though, the number of covid-deaths in Portugal went really high, and, rightly so, we’re under our second lockdown. It’s been a little over a month since the announcement, and I’m just starting now my semester (this is my second week of classes), and I’m also not working part-time anymore, which means I’ve had a little bit of time on my hands. I do like to keep busy but also, I’ve been feeling bored a lot, and sometimes, sadly, reading doesn’t really help. Here’s what I’ve been doing to fight those moments:

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