Waiting on Wednesday [64]

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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.


Title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: January 2, 2018
Summary (via Goodreads): Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Why I Chose This Book:

This one sounds freaking fantastic based on the summary, and I’ve read a couple books by this author, and really enjoyed them. I’m not a huge fantasy reader (I gravitated towards contemporary romance), but I’ve been trying to read more. And this one is definitely one of my most anticipated releases for 2018. I love the cover even though it’s pretty simple, and I’m glad this one will be at least a trilogy, because I think I’m going to get hooked on the story and want more!


What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For



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 Books I’m Thankful For (Happy Thanksgiving week in the USA).



1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling This series is forever on my lists. It’s one of my absolute favorites. I wrote lots of fanfiction, had my first literary crush (Draco Malfoy), and lost myself in these books.

2. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord  Such an amazing book! I connected with Paige’s character a lot, and I adored Max. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

3. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – I devoured this book in one sitting (staying up way too late on a work night to finish). It’s adorable, and I can’t wait to re-read it for many years.

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Cath is me in so many ways, so this book is definitely going to resonate with me. Another book I recommend all the time.

5. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – I LOVE THE DARKLING! And one of my favorite lines is found in this book. Finally look at that gorgeous new cover.


6. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas  RHYSAND FOR LIFE! I enjoyed book one (and haven’t read book three), but book two was so amazing. Some scenes were fire!

7. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – I love this book. I picked it up when I was still in a reading slump, and it was exactly what I needed. The banter was great, and Josh is awesome.

8. Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult – I read this book back when I was 16, and fell in love with Jodi’s writing. I quickly devoured most of her books after that.

9. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – This is such an amazing book. The writing is lyrical, and gorgeous. Side note: I also enjoyed her other book as well.

10. Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer – A series that I started a year or two after Twilight was first published. Maybe some people don’t like the series, but it was an enjoyable read for me. I even went to the midnight showing of Twilight in theaters (which I’ve never done for any other movie)!


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

Ice Cream Sundae Book Tag


This is a tag Jessica from Reading with Jessica, and I came up with together. It was super fun collaborating with her, and bouncing around ideas! Thanks for the awesome graphic Jess! Check out our prompts, and my answers below. And then feel free to do the tag yourself (while giving credit to the two of us, of course). 🙂


Ice Cream Sundae
A book with squad goals.

The Deal by Elle Kennedy – I love these hockey boys, and I can’t wait to finish the series soon. Be prepared for some serious swoons…


Ice Cream
A favorite book that’s first in a series.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – This entire trilogy is super cute, and if you haven’t read it yet, get on it ASAP!


Caramel Sauce
A character who gets into a sticky situation.

Harry Potter (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling) – Without giving anything away to people who haven’t read yet, let’s just say there’s always something happening…usually to Harry.


Chocolate Sauce
A book with rich world building.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Ravka is a magical land, and I could picture myself in it as I read. Plus I’d love to go anywhere that has The Darkling. *swoons*


Whipped Cream
A book that whipped up the feels.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – I loved this book so much! It had witty banter, great characters, and some swoony romance.


A character who has a tough exterior.

Zsadist (Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward) – This is book three in a large series about a group of vampires (Black Dagger Brotherhood) who defend their race. All the brothers have to be tough, but I think Zsadist is the toughest.


A book with multiple POVs.

This is War by Kennedy Fox – Multiple POVs are usually a hit or miss for me. This one was a recent read via audiobook, and I enjoyed the dual POVs.


Cherry on Top
A book with a red hot romance or a fiery character.

Hooking Up by Helen Hunting – This is another recent read of mine. I think it has both a red hot romance, and a fiery character. So yay on both accounts! I thought it was a standalone when I read it, but it’s book two.


I’m tagging anyone that wants to do this!

A Reader’s Worst Nightmare [7]


I started this during October for #blogtober, but I have more reader nightmares, so I’m going to keep sharing until I run out. It’s nice being able to commiserate with fellow readers sometimes. Here’s nightmare number seven:



Some readers, myself included, can be very particular about their books. We don’t want them to be mishandled, and some of us REALLY want them to match. All hardcover, or all paperback, or all the same size book (one can’t be slightly taller/shorter than the rest). And something that can be painful is when publishers switch the cover art direction partway through the series. I mean I understand why they do it sometimes (to promote POC on the cover is a great reason), but sometimes the cover changes just don’t make sense to me. Don’t hate me, but I don’t like the cover for Tower of Dawn (no spoilers because I still haven’t read Empire of Storms). There’s a person on all the covers before that book, and then it’s like a shield on Tower of Dawn. Like what even? It doesn’t match, and I don’t like it.


Tune in next week to see my eighth reader’s worst nightmare. Let me know your thoughts about mismatched series in the comments below.

Stacking the Shelves [43]

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.


Here’s some J.R. Ward books I got from Half Price Books (I’ve only read 1-3, but really enjoyed them), two eARCs from Netgalley, and some things I borrowed from the library.


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











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

First Lines Fridays [1]


First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!



Death. This carriage was taking me straight to my death.

“Rose,” I said, turning to my younger sister. “In your esteemed medical opinion, is it possible to die of ennui?”

















These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.


Would you read this book based on the first lines? Let me know in the comments!

The NetGalley Tag


I was tagged by Danielle from The Introverted Book Nerd. Thanks for the tag! Here we go.


Link back to the tag’s creator: Kourtni at Kourtni Reads.
Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
Tag a few people to do this too!


AUTO-APPROVED: Who’s one author whose books you automatically want to read, regardless of what they are about?

Kind of cheating, but I’m listing two (hey this is great self-control because I could list MANY more): Emery Lord and Morgan Matson.


REQUEST: What makes you want to request a book on NetGalley?

Mostly it’s based on if I’m excited to read the book.


FEEDBACK RATIO: Do you review every book you read? If not, how do you decide what books to review?

I was kind of bad for a while there about reviewing since I was on a blogging hiatus. But I’ve been trying to get back into the habit of reviewing every book again. Although there’s a couple here and there that I still don’t review because I can’t think of enough to say, or it was a short read.


BADGES: If you could create one badge to display on your blog, what would it be for?

Most improved? I went from a blogging hiatus (and not even blogging regularly before that) to blogging like every day. And even scheduling posts a couple weeks ahead for a bit there.


WISH FOR IT: What’s one book that you are absolutely dying to read?

The Cruel Prince is one of them.


2017 NETGALLEY CHALLENGE: What was the last book that you received as an ARC that you reviewed? If you’ve never received an ARC, what’s the last book you reviewed?

The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey. You can read my review here.


I’m tagging whoever wants to do this!

Waiting on Wednesday [63]

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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.


Title: Say You’ll Remember Me
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: January 30, 2018
Summary (via Goodreads): When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.

Why I Chose This Book:

I really enjoyed the first two books of the Thunder Road trilogy by this author (haven’t read #3 yet), and so I’m super excited to read Katie’s upcoming book. This one reminds me a little of The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson and Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally with the daughter to a political figure plot point, but this one definitely sounds unique still. As far as the cover, the colors and typography of the title really stand out to me. I can’t wait for this one to be on my shelves!


What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read



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 Books I Want My Future Children to Read (Or nieces and nephews, Godchildren, etc.). I’m not sure I’ll ever have children, but if I do, these are some of the books I’d want them to read.



1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling This series is one of my childhood (and adulthood) favorites. I will forever love these books, and I want every child and adult to read them.

2. Little Women series by Louisa May Alcott Another one of my favorite books. I related (and still relate) to Jo so much.

3. Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery – Anne is a spunky orphan who inserts herself into people’s lives with her wit and charm. I loved these books as a preteen/teen.

4. Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder – Book one is set in Wisconsin (yay!), and reading about the old days where things were harder made me appreciate my life more. I think the whole series is great.

5. Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary – I know I read a few of the Ramona books, but not all of them. Regardless, Ramona was pretty hilarious.


6. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff This book is super cute. I only read a couple others after this in the series, but this one is forever my favorite.

7. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault – I think this one is a great learning book, but it’s also so colorful and fun that it doesn’t feel like learning.

8. Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer – I really enjoyed the Little Critter books. I don’t remember how many I’ve actually read/owned, but it was a decent amount.

9. The Berenstain Bears series by Stan Berenstain & Jan Berenstain – This series is another one of my childhood favorites. I owned quite a few of these picture books, and even some of the chapter books.

10. Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell – Another childhood classic. I had a nice number of these books as well when I was a kid.


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

ARC Review: You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

Title: You’re Welcome, Universe
Author: Whitney Gardner
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication date: March 7, 2017
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley
Summary (via Goodreads): When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.


Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.


Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.




This one is a little hard for me to rate. I love the message, and the culture, of the book. I just didn’t like the main character as much as I wanted to. Thank you Netgalley for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review. I’m giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars.


I don’t think there’s enough out there focusing on Deaf culture. I haven’t had much exposure to the community, as I only have one Deaf cousin who I haven’t seen in like 20+ years, and I only learned the ASL alphabet (and some other random signs) years ago. But I enjoy reading other people’s experiences, and this book is a sneak peek into a snippet of the Deaf culture.


Overall I enjoyed the story, and definitely the art. I wish I could make something half as beautiful as the illustrations scattered throughout this novel. I just didn’t like Julia, the main character, as much as I should have; she was kind of over-dramatic and some of the things she said/did rubbed me the wrong way. I liked YP quite a bit, and Julia’s parents as well. That’s about it though. Most of the other people were meh or annoying, but that seemed purposeful on the author’s part to sell the ending we got.


I didn’t find a book boyfriend, but I wouldn’t mind a friend like YP. To close this out, I wish I could make art like what was shown in this book. My kind of art is written only. I know this book was highly recommended, so others might enjoy this more than me. It wasn’t bad; it just wasn’t love at first read.