Waiting on Wednesday [33]

 

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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.

 

When We Collided

Title: When We Collided
Author: Emery Lord
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication date: April 5, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.

Vivi and Jonah couldn’t be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi’s zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there’s something important Vivi hasn’t told him.


Why I Chose This Book:

Emery is an auto-buy author for me. I loved her two books so far, especially The Start of Me and You. That’s one of my favorite books that I’ve read. I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book ever since I found out about it. The description sounds amazing, and I love the simplistic cover. It’s gotten rave reviews and pretty much all 5 stars so far, so can it be next Tuesday already? I want to read this NOW!

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Of My Most Recent 5 Star 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’s topic is Ten Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads. Here are some of my most recent 5 star reads. If they’re part of a series, I’m only showing one book so I can share the love and use the 9 other spots for other books. These are listed in chronological order, from newest to oldest reads.

 

Shadow and Bone  My Life Next Door  Winter  The wrath & the dawn  Queen of Shadows

1. Shadow and Bone  I recently read this entire trilogy (in like 4 days!!!) for my A Series A Month reading challenge, and I think the first book is my favorite. I absolutely love the Darkling’s character.

2. My Life Next Door  This was my first book by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I listened to the audiobook, and I loved it overall. Jase is an addition to my book boyfriend list. I can’t wait to read the rest of her books.

3. Winter  This series is amazing. I’m so glad I finally made time to read the last book. It was a bit long, but overall a spectacular end to The Lunar Chronicles.

4. The Wrath and The Dawn  This book was another great read. People are either in the love it, or don’t like it, camp it seems though. I can’t wait for the second book to come out soon, so I can see what happens next.

5. Queen of Shadows – I finally caught up with this series, reading books 2-4 last month for A Series A Month. I love reading about these characters. I have a hard time deciding which book boyfriend I want the most. I think I’ll just alternate them.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  Me Before You  Symptoms of Being Human  Since You've Been Gone  I'll Give You the Sun

6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Harry Potter = life. This is my least favorite book for some reasons, but J.K. Rowling’s writing is phenomenal. All the HP books are 5 star reads in my opinion.

7. Me Before You – I loved this book. I decided to read it before the movie came out, and it definitely got to me, an emotional rollercoaster with a sad overtone. But sad books can be amazing if they give you all the feels.

8. Symptoms of Being Human – I really enjoyed this book. I had a lot of love for the cast of characters, and the fact that the author wasn’t afraid to focus on some tough issues.

9. Since You’ve Been Gone – I loved this book. I think Morgan Matson is going to be a new favorite auto-buy author of mine. The characters were amazing, and I loved every minute of immersing myself in this book.

10. I’ll Give You the Sun – Such an outstanding, unique book. I highly recommend this one. It made me cry, and I just loved the beautiful writing. I thought it was really unique to show both of the twins’ POVs, and for each POV to be set during a different time i.e. early and later years.

 

Some of my all-time favorite 5 star reads: The Start of Me and You, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Fangirl, Anna and the French Kiss trilogy, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before duology, and The Anatomical Shape of a Heart.

 

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

March SST: Liars and Losers Like Us by Ami Allen-Vath Review + Giveaway

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Welcome to the Sunday Street Team! I received an eARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. I liked it a lot. I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 


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Author: Ami Allen-Vath
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication date:
March 22, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Keep calm and make it to prom night—without a legit panic attack.

 

For seventeen-year-old Bree Hughes, it’s easier said than done when gossip, grief, and the opportunity to fail at love are practically high-fiving her in the hallways of Belmont High.

 

When Bree’s crush, Sean Mills, gives her his phone number, she can’t even leave a voicemail without sounding like a freak. Then she’s asked to be on Prom Court because Maisey Morgan, the school outcast nominated as a joke, declined. She apologizes to Maisey, but it’s too late. After years of torment and an ugly secret shared with their class’s cruel Pageant Queen, Maisey commits suicide. Bree is left with a lot of regret…and a revealing letter with a final request.

 

With Sean by her side, Bree navigates through her guilt, her parents’ divorce, and all the Prom Court drama. But when a cheating-love-triangle secret hits the fan after a night of sex, drinks, and video games, she’s left with new information about Sean and the class Pageant Queen. Bree must now speak up or stay silent. If she lets fear be her guide, she’ll lose her first love, and head to prom to avenge the death of the school outcast—as a party of one.

 


 

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Another fantastic Sunday Street Team read. I received a copy from Edelweiss to review, and ended up giving this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 

So the characters…Bree was a pretty good main character overall. I wasn’t sure about Sean, but he was okay. I’m not sure he’s a book boyfriend though. The relationship Bree had with her mom seemed realistic for the most part, except some lack of parental concern. But I liked that it was overall pretty positive. Jane’s a character I loved to hate, but I liked that she had sides to her personality that were slowly revealed the more you kept reading.

 

I liked the fact that the main character, Bree, was diverse. That got major pluses in my book. But it took a while to find that out, and it was kind of just thrown in there haphazardly. Overall, I liked the book a lot. I just didn’t love it wholeheartedly, but I’d definitely recommend it if someone wants a (mostly) cute contemporary read.

 

I was surprised by some things that didn’t happen in the book, because I had a feeling that something bad besides Maisey’s suicide was going to happen, while reading most of the book. But I did guess why Maisey did what she did. The ending felt a little rushed to me, but it covered the necessities, and didn’t really leave me demanding more. The author’s note was amazing, and emotional. I love that more authors are focusing on tough issues, because these things need to be discussed.

 

Final note: Overall, a pretty good book. I’d recommend it to contemporary fans, or anyone that likes books that focus on tough topics.

 

3.5 stars

 


 

about the author

 

Ami Allen-Vath is a YA author living and writing along the shores of New Jersey. She loves great and terrible TV, ice cream, books, and vacations. Ami loathes cilantro, live birds, and when guys do cartoon impressions. Liars and Losers Like Us is her first novel.

 


 

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Stacking the Shelves [19]

 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.

 

It”s been a light week for books overall. I bought a few Kindle ebooks, got a handful of audiobooks/ebooks from the library, and got approved for a few Netgalley eARCs. And finally, I won an eARC via a giveaway.

 

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

 

Bought:

The wrath & the dawn Pushing the Limits The Knife of Never Letting Go

 

Netgalley:

Ink and Bone The May Queen Murders Suffer Love

 

Borrowed:

Uprooted The Sky Is Everywhere The Here and Now Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe This Ordinary Life Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass The Rest of Us Just Live Here

 

Won:

Edge of Chaos

 

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

Waiting on Wednesday [32]

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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.

 

Walk the Edge

Title: Walk the Edge
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Publication date: March 29, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.


Why I Chose This Book:

I still need to read book one in this series. I’ve heard good things about both books, so I’m excited to read them finally! I absolutely love the covers of these books. They’re really unique. I’m really curious what the compromising picture is of, and what happens with Breanna and Razor. 😉

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

ARC Review: The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

The Way I Used to Be

Title: The Way I Used to Be
Author: Amber Smith
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: March 22, 2016
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
Summary (via Goodreads): Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

 

What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

 

Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year.

 

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This was a really good book that focused on a very emotional topic i.e. rape. There were parts that my heart felt like it was breaking while I was reading. Based on other’s reactions, I expected to cry a bit more. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this book to everyone. Thank you Edelweiss for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review. I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

This book was my choice for last week’s Waiting on Wednesday. It’s been on my radar for a while, so I’m glad I finally got around to reading it. The book was close to being 5 stars, but there were a few things that I questioned/didn’t particularly love. One thing I kept wondering about was why Eden was only 14 in her sophomore year of high school, and only 17 when she was in her senior year. Did she skip a year? Another thing I didn’t particularly love was how far Eden had “fallen” in a sense. But I could still understand why she did to a certain extent.

 

The summary and amazing cover is what made me first want to read the book. I thought it was interesting to cram all four years of high school into one book. Some years felt a little light compared to others, but overall it seemed like Amber did a great job spreading Eden’s life out through the years. Throughout reading, I felt bad for Eden and what she went through.

 

Another thing that disappointed me a little was that I wanted to see the a-hole responsible for the bad things sentenced and punished; just a mention of it would have given me satisfaction. I’m just glad that Amber wasn’t afraid to go to some dark places with the book, since rape is such a terrible issue our society faces. Eden made a lot of bad choices because of what happened to her, because she buried the horrible truth inside.

 

There wasn’t really romance in the book, because of what Eden endured. But I did like Josh’s character; he was one of the high points in the book for me. I mean besides Eden finally getting a bit of closure, and when she stood up for herself. Overall, the ending was good. I mostly made observations on Goodreads, but I did write down this line: “All these maybes swimming around my head make me think that “maybe” could just be another word for hope.”

 

Final note: A great book, that I highly recommend, if you’re not afraid of a slightly darker theme. I’m so glad I had a chance to read this one.

 4.5 stars

Stacking the Shelves [18]

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.

 

It’s been a few weeks since I did a post, so I’ll show my weekly hauls since then. I bought some books from Amazon and BookOutlet. I got a handful of physical books, and audiobooks from the library. I got approved for quite a few Netgalley eARCs. And finally, I won a book through a Goodreads giveaway, and two books from Penguin Teen.

 

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

 

Bought:

Dreamology Empire of Storms The Crown's Game The Rose & the Dagger P.S. I Like You All the Rage The Conspiracy of Us The Weight of Feathers The Winner's Curse Tonight the Streets Are Ours What I Thought Was True Servant of the Crown Earth's End A History of Glitter and Blood Paranormalcy The Crown and the Arrow Talon Cursed One of the Guys Find Me Until We Meet Again The Year We Fell Down Thrill Me

 

Netgalley:

One Paris Summer Kasey Screws Up The World Undecided Sleepless in Manhattan Paper Hearts, Volume 1 Some Writing Advice All the Feels Enter Title Here The Natural History of Us Every Exquisite Thing

 

Borrowed:

Bookishly Ever After Rebel of the Sands The Serpent King My Life Next Door Before I FallCity of Bones

 

Won:

Dream On Exit, Pursued by a Bear Map of Fates

 

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

Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

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Title: Winter
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: November 10, 2015
Pages: 824
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.


Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.


Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

 

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I really enjoyed the final book to this series (besides the novella bind up Stars Above, which I still have to read). I started reading this book last year, but life got in the way. I finally read it all the way through earlier this month in 4 days. This is my second favorite book, after Cress. I gave Winter 5 out of 5 stars.

 

For the most part, it’s the same cast again, except when everyone gets to Luna. Then there’s a new cast of characters, although most aren’t prominent; they’re mostly background characters, there for a purpose. I loved seeing all the different sections, told from different POVs. I’m not usually in favor of multiple POVs, but Marissa does a great job of showing each character’s unique thoughts/actions/personalities. The book was super long, maybe a little too long, but it was very enjoyable.

 

I really love all the pairings, but Cress and Thorne are my all-time favorite couple. Each pairing has their moments, their pros, though. I want all the male main characters to be my book boyfriends. I can trade them out daily, or weekly! And of course, all the female characters are fantastic. I’d love to be friends with all these BAMFs.

 

Each book in the series is a fairy tale retelling, and this book is loosely based on the Snow White fairy tale. There are definitely some elements throughout. Winter has always been the “fairest” on Luna, much to Levana’s irritation. There’s the fact that she likes apple candies, and then something else I don’t really want to give away.

 

I only wrote down one line while I was reading: “It’s not proper for seventeen-year-old princesses to be alone with young men who have questionable intentions.” The only other updates I made were my impressions (What the f*ck!?!?!?, Ugh! I have Levana., and Yay!!! This makes me so happy.) a few times, otherwise I was too absorbed to do much besides update my page position.

 

Final note: A great final book to an amazing series! I’m so glad I got around to reading these books finally. Check out the series if you haven’t already. I’d highly recommend it.

5 stars