Waiting on Wednesday [46]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

A Shadow Bright and Burning

Title: A Shadow Bright and Burning
Author: Jessica Cluess
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date: September 20, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): I am Henrietta Howel.
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.
The prophesied one.
Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

Exhilarating and gripping, Jessica Cluess’s spellbinding fantasy introduces a powerful, unforgettably heroine, and a world filled with magic, romance, and betrayal. Hand to fans of Libba Bray, Sarah J. Maas, and Cassandra Clare.


Why I Chose This Book:

This book sounds amazing. I’ve seen so many people dying (metaphorically, not literally) to get their hands on it. I pre-ordered a copy over two weeks ago, and then I received Netgalley approval last week. I’m so excited to read this book!

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Beach Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week is a freebie week! I decided to do an old topic that I missed, which was beach reads. When I think of beach reads, I think of summery books and/or contemporary romances. Nothing too emotional that’ll make you cry. So here are my recommended beach reads.

 

Since You've Been Gone  Summer of Sloane  Open Road Summer  My Life Next Door  The Fill-In Boyfriend

1. Since You’ve Been Gone  I love this book. It was my first Morgan Matson read, and it’s probably my favorite out of all her books. It’s set in the summer, and Emily, Frank, and the rest of the characters are awesome! I love the to-do list aspect of this book, and all the things Emily had to complete.

2. Summer of Sloane  Such an amazing book! The writing is beautiful, and the scenery is gorgeous. Hawaii in the summertime? YES PLEASE!

3. Open Road Summer – I absolutely love Emery Lord, but this is the only book I think would be appropriate for beach reading. The others are a little more emotional/darker in my opinion, so I’d highly suggest bringing this one to the beach.

4. My Life Next Door – Another adorable contemporary romance! It has some serious moments, but I think the overall book is pretty cute. Be prepared to laugh out loud. George is quite the character.

5. The Fill-In Boyfriend – My first Kasie West read, and probably my favorite, besides The Distance Between Us. The book is pretty fluffy, so I think it would make a really cute beach read if you just want to smile as you soak up the sun.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour  Did I mention I love you  Twenty Boy Summer  Anna and the French Kiss  When the Stars Align

6. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour  Another Morgan Matson book. This one is set in the summertime as well, and features a road trip with a hot guy. I think Roger is pretty adorable, and I love how Amy slowly comes out of her shell the farther away they get from her hometown, and the more they deviate from her mother’s planned agenda.

7. Did I Mention I Love You?  This was pretty good. I really liked Eden and Tyler, once I got to know him. I think this is an under-read/underappreciated book, so I wanted to add this to the list. This is set in the summer, when Eden goes to visit her father and his new family.

8. Twenty Boy Summer – This book is a bit more emotional than some of the others, but not a lot. There’s not a ton of romance in this one; instead it focuses on friendship and moving on from old love.

9. Anna and the French Kiss – I love this trilogy, and I think the first book might be the best summer read of all three. It’s super cute, and the foreign locale (Paris) makes for a nice treat.

10. When the Stars Align – This is the only NA book I listed, but I think it’s definitely worth a beach read. It’s set in Puerto Rico in the summertime, and the characters are fantastic. Adam was amazing, and Jo really grows on you as the story progresses. And that cover is gorgeous!

 

Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

Stacking the Shelves [30]

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

I got two deals on hardcovers from Amazon (there’s a few others: The Winner’s Curse, The Rose & The Dagger, and The Crown’s Game that I already owned that are about $7-8 right now). And once again, I bought a lot of ebooks. I received a Netgalley approval. I went the other day to pick up some held books from the library. I swear my hold always come in around the same time, so I always end up getting a decent size pile of books. Finally, I won an ARC via a Twitter giveaway.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received this past week:

 

Bought:

My Heart and Other Black Holes The wrath & the dawn Forget Tomorrow The Lost Recipe for Happiness The Girl From Everywhere Addicted for Now Ricochet Addicted to You Kiss the Sky Hothouse Flower Thrive Addicted After All Fuel the Fire Long Way Down Some Kind of Perfect Arouse A Study in Charlotte The Sea of Tranquility

 

Netgalley:

A Shadow Bright and Burning

 

Borrowed:

After You Autofocus Gena Finn How It Ends How It Feels to Fly Just Visiting

 

Won:

Been Here All Along

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

Loved That, Read This [1]

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I’ve been giving a lot of books recommendations lately, so I decided to start a new weekly feature. Loved That, Read This is all about recommending books! There’s no set amount on how many books you have to recommend per week, or restrictions on what genres/age categories you can feature. Just have fun with this! If you want to participate, please link back to me in your post, and then link up below via the linky! Okay, with that said, here we go:

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If you loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, then read Tell Me Three Things.

In these books, email is a common form of communication between the main character and the love interest. Half the fun in these books is trying to figure out who the mystery guy is, while experiencing plenty of feels along the way!

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If you loved Dreamland, then read The Girl Who Fell.

Both books focus on a darker subject (abusive relationships). The writing in both of these books was spectacular. If that’s not enough to convince you, then let me inform you of the fact that The Girl Who Fell was chosen as an Amazon ‘best young adult books of 2016 so far’ pick!

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If you loved Speak, then read The Way I Used to Be.

These books also deal with a darker subject, but this time it’s rape. Both books were beautifully written, and make your heart ache for what these characters had to endure. One major difference is each book’s time frame: Speak focuses on one year, while The Way I Used to Be is spread across all four years of high school.

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If you loved Second Chance Summer, then read The F- It List

A couple more emotional books (I’m noticing a pattern in this post). In addition to both main characters experiencing grief/denial over their fathers, I also think they open themselves up to the possibilities of life as the plot progresses. Fair warning, The F- It List is a sex positive book.

 

Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them! Don’t forget to link up below with the URL to your blog post (not your blog), and your name. Then if you have some time, check out some of the other links!

 

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Waiting on Wednesday [45]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

This Savage Song

Title: This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication date: July 5, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.


Why I Chose This Book:

I’ve haven’t read anything by this author yet, but this sounds really interesting. The first thing that caught my eye about this book was the gorgeous cover. Then I read the summary, and got even more excited. I can’t wait to get my copy of this book and see how much I love Victoria’s writing.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Book Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

None of the Above

Title: None of the Above
Author: I.W. Gregorio
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication date: April 7, 2015
Pages: 328
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

 

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

 

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

 

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

 

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

 

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Such a good book. I personally don’t know much about what it means to be intersex, so I loved learning more and reading Kristin’s story. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

 

So I actually bought an ebook copy of this book for a diverse book event several months ago, but I wanted to read a hardcover copy instead of using my Kindle, due to eye strain. I reserved a library copy when I saw this book on the list for #ReadProud. It’s been on my TBR list for way too long, so I had to rectify that situation.

 

Kristin was such a great main character. I learned a lot about what it means to be intersex because of this book, so yay for that! I love being able to open my eyes to new things, to be able to understand things more, to keep my mind open/accepting of everyone. My heart hurt for some of the things Kristin had to endure. People, especially teens, can be so cruel.

 

I’m glad she had a great support system built of family and friends to turn to. I definitely cried during emotional parts in the book. So fair warning, you might cry too. I just know Kristin is going to be okay, especially because her support circle got bigger as the book continued. It really goes to show you that some people are actually good.

 

There was some romance in the beginning of the book, and then some at the very end. I like the romance at the end better. The ending was perfection. I was beyond happy that Kristin was in a better place emotionally, and that things were starting to look up for her all around.

 

I can’t say for certain, but I think Darren will be an addition to my book boyfriend list. He was super sweet, but I feel like I didn’t get to see enough of him. I wanted more! I also really loved his mom. Kristin’s dad was another great character; he’s kind of intense after what happened with Kristin’s mom (no spoilers), but he’s so accepting/supportive after Kristin received her diagnosis. More parents should be like him. In addition to these characters, I loved Gretchen, Jessica, and a few others.

 

I didn’t make many status updates on Goodreads while devouring this book in two days, but here’s a quote I loved: “One day I would find my own place. I couldn’t run there, though, because it didn’t exist yet; I had to build it myself, out of forgiveness, truth, and terrifying gestures of friendship.”

 

Final note: An amazing book! I’m so glad I picked this book for the final #ReadProud weekly challenge. Get yourself a copy of this book ASAP. It’ll open your eyes and your heart.

 

5 stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there’s a new topic for a top ten list.

 

This week’s topic is Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year. I’ve been pretty good about reading 2016 books, mostly due to the debut author reading challenge that I joined. Most of the below list books will be debut books, so yay for that! Also, I ended up choosing 15 books instead of 10. I felt like sharing the new book love!

 

A Court of Mist and Fury  Summer of Sloane  V23 new typeface tagline.indd  Walk the Edge  My Kind of Crazy

1. A Court of Mist and Fury  I LOVED THIS BOOK! Rhys is bae. I think I’ll be re-reading this book many, MANY times.

2. Summer of Sloane  Such an amazing debut! Erin’s writing is perfection, and this book felt so real. Plus the Hawaii scenery was gorgeous. I’d highly recommend this one!

3. Tell Me Three Things – Another great book! It reminded me somewhat of another of my favorite books (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda). This was such a cute read.

4. Walk the Edge – I didn’t like Razor quite as much as Oz, but he was still incredible! There’s danger, swoons, bikers, etc. in this beautiful book. What more could you want?

5. My Kind of Crazy – I really like this book. It was a bit more emotional/darker than some of the others, but SO GOOD!

Symptoms of Being Human  If I Was Your Girl  Firsts  Underwater  The Way I Used to Be

6. Symptoms of Being Human  Another book that I adored. Riley was such a great main character, and I learned a lot about gender fluidity.

7. If I Was Your Girl  Amanda’s story was heartbreaking, but so amazing. I felt so bad for everything she had to endure as a transgender. Totally unacceptable! Definitely worth a read.

8. Firsts – This was a really interesting book. It was raw, and pushed boundaries. I’d recommend it for anyone who likes sex positive YA books.

9. Underwater – I loved that this book focused on mental health, specifically PTSD and agoraphobia. Morgan was such a great main character, and I kept rooting for her to overcome her anxiety.

10. The Way I Used to Be – This book is super emotional, and focuses on a tough subject: rape. It might not be for everyone because it can get kind of dark, but I think it’s definitely worth it.

The Girl Who Fell  The Crown  All the Feels  The Unexpected Everything  9780399175411_OutrunTheMoon_BOM.indd

11. The Girl Who Fell  Another book that focuses on a tough subject: abuse. But I think there need to be books like this that focus on the bad things in life. Maybe they can save someone who is experiencing this in their own relationship. The writing was great!

12. The Crown  This series is a guilty pleasure of mine. I don’t like Eadlyn as much as America, but this was still a good ending to the series. I’m happy with who Eadlyn picked.

13. All the Feels – I love that this book focuses on fandoms, because I’m a huge freak for Harry Potter (and some other fandoms), so I can really relate to Liv.

14. The Unexpected Everything – Not my favorite Morgan Matson book, but Clark was adorable! He’s a great addition to my book boyfriend list! Plus there are dogs. Who doesn’t love dogs? 😉

15. Outrun the Moon – The only historical book on this list, because I haven’t read many lately. This was pretty good, but it’s a bit slow to start. The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and the writing was great too!

 

Have you read any of the books I listed here? If so, what’d you think of them?

Stacking the Shelves [29]

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves. You can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books your borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and eBooks.

 

I forgot to post last week, so here’s my two week Stacking the Shelves post. I bought a lot of cheaper ebooks, and pre-ordered some books from Amazon. I also bought some books from BookOutlet. Finally, I supported #buydiversebooks, where you could win gifts for purchasing diverse books. I ended up buying 8 diverse books total during the two day event. I received several Netgalley approvals. I borrowed some audiobooks and picked up some held books from the library. I also won an ebook and hardcover book via Twitter giveaways.

 

With that said, here are the books I’ve bought, borrowed, and received this past week:

 

Bought:

A Shadow Bright and Burning Caraval Three Dark Crowns Windwitch Our Own Private Universe The Great American Whatever If I Was Your Girl If You Could Be Mine Far From You Under the Lights 9780373211753_BB Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe 37 Things I Love (in No Particular Order) A Darker Shade final for Irene Can't Look Away The Nightingale The Storyteller The Summer of Letting Go Titans Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between The Promise of Stardust Flicker Lies We Tell Ourselves Right of First Refusal Out On Good Behavior Style Never Never Never Never Part Two Never Never Part Three Slammed A Summer to Die The Marriage Bargain Unrivaled Evermore The Mystery of Hollow Places Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets The Illustrated Edition Consequences Exile The Art of Wishing The Fourth Wish The Girl at Midnight The Wrong Side of Right Under a Painted Sky Written in the Stars Zeroes

 

Netgalley:

 Last Seen Leaving The Assassin Game Shining Sea A Song to Take the World Apart

 

Borrowed:

Just One Year Emmy & Oliver Love & Gelato The Loose Ends List Summer Days & Summer Nights Twelve Love Stories Glass Sword Summerlost_BOM.indd

 

Won:

The Long Game Deeper

 

What are you Stacking the Shelves with this week? Any books you can’t wait to read?

Waiting on Wednesday [44]

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly awaiting.

 

There are so many books I’m excited about, so I’ll definitely keep doing Waiting on Wednesday. With that said, here’s my pick that I can’t wait for.

 

How to Keep Rolling After a Fall

Title: How to Keep Rolling After a Fall
Author: Karole Cozzo
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 2, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): After a cyber bullying incident turns her life upside down, a handsome wheelchair rugby player shows a former mean girl that everyone deserves a second chance.

The party was at her house. The photos were posted to her Facebook account. That’s all the evidence anyone needed to condemn Nikki Baylor for a cyberbullying incident that humiliated a classmate and nearly resulted in the girl’s suicide. Now Nikki’s been expelled from her old school, her friends have abandoned her, and even her own parents can’t look her in the eye. With her plans for the future all but destroyed, Nikki resigns herself to being the girl everyone hates – almost as much as she hates herself. But then Nikki meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it’s like when one mistake completely shatters your life. Refusing to judge her because of her past, he shows her that everyone deserves a second chance… and everyone deserves to be loved.


Why I Chose This Book:

This sounds really good. I listed it as one of my most anticipated releases for the second half of 2016 here. It sounds like it’ll be an emotional read that gives you the feels, so yay for that!

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?