Waiting on Wednesday [10]

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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.

 

P.S. I Like You

Title: P.S. I Like You
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Point
Publication date: July 26, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?

While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she’s flustered — and kind of feels like she’s falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer — but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?

From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.


Why I Chose This Book:

I just read my first Kasie West book recently, and I liked it. I can’t wait to read the rest of her published books, and I can’t wait for this one to come out. The cover looks adorable! I’ve always liked people on the covers for books, usually gravitating towards those covers for some reason.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Waiting on Wednesday [9]

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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.

 

The Girl Who Fell

Title: The Girl Who Fell
Author: Shannon M. Parker
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse
Publication date: March 1, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): His obsession.
Her fall.

In this dark kissing book, high school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense relationship—by the new boy in school.

Zephyr is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College.

But love has a way of changing things.

Enter the new boy in school: the hockey team’s starting goaltender, Alec. He’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesn’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she can’t control, something she doesn’t want to control.

Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, and…terrifying?

But love shouldn’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldn’t make you feel guilty—or worse, ashamed.

So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows it’s time to take back control of her life.

If she waits any longer, it may be too late.


Why I Chose This Book:

When the description starts with “His obsession. Her fall.”, it really packs a punch of twisty goodness. I can’t wait to read this book and find out if it’s as good as it sounds. And I love the simple cover with the lipstick print.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

ARC Review: When the Stars Align by Jeanette Grey

When the Stars Align

Title: When the Stars Align
Author: Jeanette Grey
Publisher: Forever Yours
Publication date: September 1, 2015
Pages: 384
Source: Netgalley
Summary (via Goodreads): Their passion burned hotter than the stars . . .

 

For Josephine “Jo” Kramer, nothing has ever been easy. When she earns a summer internship in Puerto Rico, working at one of the world’s preeminent scientific facilities, she’ll let nothing distract her. Not her own insecurities, not the arrogant scientists, and definitely not her tall, chiseled research partner, Adam.

 

For Adam McCay, physics is simple-it’s women who are complicated. Especially brilliant, beautiful ones like Jo. From the moment they meet, he can feel the heat smoldering deep beneath her icy exterior. And Adam knows just what it will take to make Jo melt . . .

 

Under the endless stars of a tropical sky, Jo and Adam indulge their every desire. But as their internship comes to an end, their perfect island paradise is threatened. Was their time together a summer fling? Or is their passion hot enough to last the long winter nights?

 

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This was my first time reading anything by this author. I really liked this book and ended up giving it 5 out of 5 stars. I’m so glad Netgalley approved my request for this eARC in exchange for a honest review.

 

One of the best things about the book was the setting. I loved that it was set in a foreign locale i.e. beautiful Puerto Rico. We got to see a little of it throughout the book, and it made me want to visit. I haven’t read a ton of New Adult books, but I loved that this one wasn’t set in college. It was something different, which is always a good thing.

 

Jo is a hard-working, closed off from the world character, but I didn’t have a hard time liking her. I think she’s still likable because we learn why she is the way she is; you can’t really blame her for pushing people away after what she’s gone through. She works so hard to be the best, and I think that’s admirable. She’s closed off because of her past, but really she’s just another young woman who has been hurt but really hopes for someone to connect with, someone to love her.

 

Even though the students are there to work, they still let loose and have some fun. Some of my favorite scenes are when they’re on field trips, or just hanging out at their houses in the evenings. We don’t get a whole lot of time with the secondary characters, but what we do get is pretty awesome. I really like Carol a lot, and Heather too. I don’t think I really disliked anyone except maybe someone’s father (if you’ve read the book, you know who I’m talking about).

 

Adam is amazing. I loved his character and added him to my book boyfriend list on Goodreads. He’s sweet, gorgeous, and smart. The list of his good qualities could go on and on, but I’ll leave it at three so I don’t gush too much. Jo and Adam seem like such opposites, so maybe that’s why the initial attraction is so intense. It’s cliché, but opposites do attract. I felt myself falling for Adam as I read, wishing he was actually real. Grey did a great job with the interactions between all the characters, especially between Jo and Adam.

 

I’m usually not a huge fan of dual POV, but Grey was really good at showing both sides of the story, at doing both a male and female perspective on a budding romance that might fizzle out at the end of the summer.

 

There were some great lines. A couple of my favorites were: “So many of her assumptions about him had been wrong, but he still gave off such a vanilla vibe.” and “And for a moment–one incredible moment–her chest cracked open, and she felt like she was just like those stars.”

 

Final note: This was an amazing book. If you’re interested in reading something that’s New Adult, or finding a fantastic book in general to add to your TBR list, I’d recommend adding this one. I’ll definitely be checking out Grey’s other books.

5 stars

Stacking the Shelves [8]

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 haven’t requested many Netgalley books lately, but I got approved for a lot that I had approvals pending for, so I have a lot more to read now. I also bought a handful of books.

 

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

 

Bought:

Wish You Were Italian Inconceivable Every Last Word Just One Day Branded The End Game The Piano Man Project For Life The Opportunist Wrecking Ball Just One Lie

 

Netgalley:

Kissing Her Crazy I Wish Cover Wishing for You Surviving Ice How Forever Feels Dead Ringer Act Like It Fractured Immortal Girls Who Travel Hanover House Stepping Stones Time's Edge When Destinies Collide Worlds of Ink and Shadow You Can't Fall in Love With You Ex (Can You) Crystallum

 

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

Waiting on Wednesday [8]

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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.

 

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

Title: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
Author: Jenn Bennett
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: November 3, 2015
Summary (via Goodreads): Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?


Why I Chose This Book:

I’m going to be reviewing this book as part of Sunday Street Team, and I can’t wait to read it. It sounds a little creepy, but I think it’ll still be awesome. And it’s gotten great reviews so far, so that makes me happy.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Authors I Want to Read That I Haven’t Read Before

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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 a freebie, so I chose Ten Authors I Want to Read That I Haven’t Read Before. There are so many authors I haven’t read anything by yet, but here’s a list of 10 that I thought of off the top of my head. The books pictured are the ones I’m planning to read first.

 

Shadow and Bone  The Fill-In Boyfriend  Something Strange & Deadly  Shiver  Alanna: The First Adventure

1. Leigh Bardugo – I’m really anxious for Six of Crows, but to pass the time, I figured I’d read the Shadow and Bone series by this author first.

2. Kasie West  There’s a group of us reading The Fill-In Boyfriend this month, and I still need to start it. It’ll be my first book by this author.

3. Susan Dennard – I hadn’t heard of Susan before all the hype about Truthwitch (which I desperately want to read), but I saw this series by her that grabbed my attention. I’m not a huge zombie fan, but I’ve heard it’s good, so I’ll give it a try.

4. Maggie Stiefvater – I keep getting the first book of this series from the library but haven’t read it yet. I bought a Kindle copy, so maybe I’ll finally take the time to sit down and read.

5. Tamora Pierce – I’ve been told she’s an amazing author and that I NEED TO READ HER! So I think I’ll start with this book unless someone has a better suggestion.

 

Anna and the French Kiss  Behind the Scenes  Everybody Sees the Ants  The Vincent Boys  Delirium

6. Stephanie PerkinsI’ve been wanting to read this series for a bit now, so hopefully I’ll get to read it soon.

7. Dahlia Adler – The description sounds good and I’ve seen her recommending a ton of awesome reads, so I’m hoping her books are equally awesome.

8. A.S. King – Someone recommended that I read this book/author, so I’ve added her to my list.

9. Abbi Glines – I’ve seen a lot of people reading her books lately, so I added her to my list. And I liked the cover of this book, so I chose to read it first.

10. Lauren Oliver This series has been on my list to read for some time, and I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Hopefully soon.

 

Did you have any of the same authors you haven’t read yet? If you’ve read them, any suggestions other than the books pictured for ones I should read?

Stacking the Shelves [7]

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 haven’t been requesting as many books on Netgalley lately since I have a lot I still need to read. But I bought a few of books, and even won one this week!

 

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

 

Bought:

        Side Effects May Vary Carry On The Girl of Fire and Thorns Flirting with Scandal Midnight Thief

 

Netgalley:

Divided More than Music His New Jam Time's Divide

 

Won:

Cut Both Ways

 

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

Waiting on Wednesday [7]

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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.

 

Carry On

Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication date: October 6, 2015
Summary (via Goodreads): Rainbow Rowell continues to break boundaries with Carry On, an epic fantasy following the triumphs and heartaches of Simon and Baz from her beloved bestseller Fangirl.

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.


Why I Chose This Book:

Okay so I read Fangirl last month and I adored it. The Simon Snow fanfiction parts were amazing just like the rest of the book. So when I found out that this book was going to be focused on Simon’s story, I couldn’t wait to read it. Thankfully I don’t have a super long wait, but I still want to read the book already. Come on October!!

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

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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 Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish. There are so many series I haven’t finished and/or even started. The list could be a lot longer than ten, honestly.

 

Incarnate  Delirium  City of Bones  Under the Never Sky  Anna and the French Kiss

1. Newsoul series by Jodi Meadows – I loved her The Orphan Queen book, so I bought the Newsoul series as soon as I could, but I haven’t had the time to read them yet.

2. Delirium series by Lauren Oliver  I’ve been wanting to read these books for awhile now, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I recently bought the first book, so I’m hoping to start the series sometime soon.

3. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – I’ve seen the movie, and I’ve been dying to read the books ever since because books are always better than the movies. But I just haven’t gotten around to reading them yet.

4. Under the Never Sky series by Veronica Rossi – Another series I’ve been dying to read, especially after all the praise I’ve heard about these books.

5. Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins – I’ve heard great things about the series, and I recently got Anna and the French Kiss from the library so I could start the series.

 

Shiver  Shadow and Bone  Shatter Me  Vampire Academy  The Magician's Nephew

6. The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater – I’ve heard amazing things about this author, and I keep getting the first book from the library, but not reading it. I finally bought the ebook, so now I have no excuse to not read it.

7. The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo – I hadn’t heard of this author before Six of Crows was publicized and given away as an ARC. When I saw she had a finished series, I decided I wanted to read it and reserved the first book from the library right away.

8. Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi – Another one of the finished series that’s been on my list for quite some time. I love the covers of these books!

9. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead – I watched the movie, and it made me want to read the books even more. I’m sure the books are way better, so I can’t wait to dive into this series.

10. The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis  I really enjoyed the movies, and the first book I read (The Magician’s Nephew) didn’t really impress me. I’m hoping the other books are better, but I’m honestly not in a huge rush to complete the series.

 

A few other finished series I haven’t started but want to read: Uglies, The Soul Seekers, Trylle, Kanin Chronicles, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Maze Runner, etc.

 

I didn’t realize I had so many finished series that I needed to read still. Did you have any series you haven’t finished that were the same as mine?

Stacking the Shelves [6]

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 haven’t been requesting as many books on Netgalley lately since I have a lot I still need to read. But I bought a TON of books, and quite a few of them were Pitch Wars mentor books (I did a separate section for those).

 

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

 

Bought:

        Cinder Shiver Steering the Stars Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000034_00012] Gone Girl Dark PlacesThe Fault in Our Stars Looking for Alaska Paper Towns An Abundance of Katherines In This Moment Love Letters to the Dead Sweet Evil Vengeance Road Queen of Shadows Everything, Everything Cover 17 First Kisses Modern Monsters The Beginning of After Only a Kiss

 

Bought (Pitch Wars Mentor Books):

 The Year We Fell Apart No Place to Fall How We Fall Caged in Winter Tessa Ever After First Blush What Remains Naked Sweet Unrest The Secrets We Keep Duplicity Chameleon Another Little Piece A Dark Grave Dragons are People, Too More Than Exes Just Breathe The Sowing The Best Laid Plans Chasing Crazy

 

Borrowed:

        Scarlet Anna and the French Kiss The Ice Twins

 

Netgalley:

        Castle of Sighs Did I mention I love you Poison

 

Won:

         Soundless In The Eyes of Madness Awake The Cellar

 

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