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New Year, New Look!

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The Talking Bookworm has a new look.

As this site enters its third year, I decided it was time for The Talking (Blogging) Bookworm to have a new look! What do you guys think? Is it okay on your eyes? I love the simple look, but I did want some color on it, hence the pinkish tones throughout. Please let me know what you guys think. Thank you to every single one of you for following me and reading my reviews. You guys are awesome!

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Friday Reads

Hello fellow readers! Veronica here emerging from the black hole of being computer-less for the last couple of weeks. I hope every single one of you is having a wonderful Friday. (If this post is formatted funky, I do apologize. I’m writing and editing this post on my iPhone.)

I’ve seen booktubers do #FridayReads and I’ve heard it started out on Twitter, don’t know which is true, but here I am today sharing with you what I am currently reading at the moment.

In Time (Darkest Minds #1.5) by Alexandra Bracken

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Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

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I’ve had to gather tons of courage to read these two books. I’m still wary because of the feels I will start feeling soon.

What are you planning on reading this fine Friday? Any feel inducing books like I am?

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ARC Book Review: The Edge of You by Theresa DaLayne

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First of all I want to thank Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books/Bloomsbury Spark for providing me with an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. You guys are the best!

Goodreads Summary:

He left home to escape. She made a new life out of guilt. Neither one expected to find love—but not even the Arctic can cool this steamy romance.

Maya knows she’s doing the right thing by moving to Alaska with her parents, but that doesn’t mean she has to be happy about it. Forced to give up a scholarship to a prestigious art school, she relocates to a Podunk town with one college the size of her high school cafeteria, all to help hold her family together after the death of her little sister. But a fresh start can only do so much.

Jake doesn’t like handouts and he certainly doesn’t need any distractions. Working on a salmon boat in Kodiak, Alaska is the only way to pay for his mother’s surgery back in the lower forty-eight. Juggling college courses and constant worry about his mother’s health, Jake couldn’t imagine anything else fitting into his life. That is, until he meets Maya, the sexy Californian artist who tints his world in technicolor.

But when Maya’s family starts to crumble and Jake’s mom takes a turn for the worse, will they drag each other down, or can they find what they were missing all along?

In this new adult romance, Theresa DaLayne paints a swoon-worthy story about life under the midnight sun, following your heart, and learning to live on the edge.

Review:

As I’m sitting here thinking how to start this review there are only two words that come to mind… chocolate cakeThe Edge of You is a delicious guilty pleasure you cannot get enough of, just like a slice of triple chocolate cake. All this cake talk makes me want some.

Alright, Let’s get serious here.

really like both Maya’s and Jake’s character. At times Maya might have seem whiny and a little… over the top, but honestly once you see the burden she’s caring and what’s going on at home, you change your mind about her. I did! Jake is also going through some tough stuff. I felt like he was more mature in the way he handled things than Maya did, but he did have to grow up from a young age so there is that.

The beginning of Jake and Maya’s relationship and how it continued throughout the book felt very natural to me. I felt like I was reading a true story, something that could happen in real life. It also made me want to visit Alaska and that’s not something I would normally say. Trust me on that. I like the cold, but I’m not in love with it.

I do wish we could have seen more of Maya’s family before the tragedy and her best friend. Her best friend is a riot and I really wished she would have had a few more scenes in that book. She kinda brought some life and a bit of comedic relief to the story.

Overall, I advise you to read it. It’s the perfect read for a cold rainy day. (Don’t forget to eat some cake while you’re eating it!)

The Edge of You is now available for purchase in the United States.

Rating: 4/5

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Stacking the Shelves (1)

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It’s basically where I get to share with you the books I got in the past week but If you would like to more about this meme, please click here.

This past week (10/13-10/19) I’ve:

Bought:

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I bought both at a used bookstore at the closest mall to me. I ended up paying $5 for both books. Not bad when both are in Like New conditions.

Borrowed:

I borrowed three books from Kayla yesterday and they are:

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Received from NetGalley:

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I am very excited to have been approved for Crash Into You. I loved Pushing The Limits and hopefully, I will love this one as well.

So this is my haul! What books did you recently get?

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ARC HAUL #1

I was recently approved for several ARC’s on NetGalley and Edelwiness. I was so excited to see that I was approved for all of these books that I almost did a happy dance.

These are the ARC’s I received:

(Click on the image to go to its Goodreads page!)

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Lot’s of good books!

I will be tackling Waterfell this week and I’ll post up a review of it soon!

Happy Reading,

Veronica