Waiting on Wednesday [53]

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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: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication date: September 12, 2017
Summary (via Goodreads): For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.


Why I Chose This Book:

What I’ve already read from Marie Lu, I’ve really liked. And I’ve heard amazing things about this book from people who got ARCs, so that only increased my interest. I was a gamer in my teens, and I occasionally play nowadays. So gaming books are always a fun escape from reality. I can’t wait for this one to be released next week.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’ve Put Down

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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 Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving or Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through or Ten Books I’ve Most Recently Put Down. I went with Ten Books I’ve Put Down.

 

        

1. Mechanica  This book had like 30+ pages of flashbacks and descriptions, so I put it down after 10%. I was really disappointed because I’d been looking forward to this one.

2. Awake  I pretty much didn’t like anything within the first 10%, which is when I stopped reading. The characters weren’t entertaining (they were either roll-my-eyes unbelievable or creepy), and there was so much telling happening.

3. Hunter – Lots of info dumping, and I was getting beyond confused while reading this. I might have kept reading if I’d connected with the main character, but I just couldn’t continue past 10%.

4. Dream Things True – The summary, and the fact that this is a diverse book, made me excited to read it. The romance felt off in this one, and some of the characters annoyed me. So I quit reading after 12%.

5. Goodbye Stranger – The audiobook wasn’t holding my interest, and the voice felt pretty childish for a middle grade character. I stopped listening after 10%.

        

6. Signs Point to Yes  Early into this book, I wasn’t really sure about if I’d continue. I kept going until I got to 31% when I gave up. The dialogue was off, and there honestly wasn’t much happening.

7. Crash – I only made it to 2% for this one. When the main character talked to a dog about romance advice, I couldn’t anymore. Also some of the phrases and words used were driving me nuts.

8. Dead Ringer – 11% is how far I made it into this one. The writing wasn’t holding my interest due to the dialogue feeling unnatural, and too many descriptions.

9. Jersey Angel  The narrator wasn’t that great, but I might have listened longer than 13% if I’d liked the story more. It was kind of weird/crass, and there was way too much backstory/descriptions.

10. Alex As Well – I probably would have read the entire book if the mom hadn’t annoyed the crap out of me. She was beyond terrible! I made it to 36% for this one before I put it down.

 

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

Waiting on Wednesday [52]

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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: Speak Easy, Speak Love
Author: McKelle George
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication date: September 19, 2017
Summary (via Goodreads): Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer.

Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother, John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.

Hilariously clever and utterly charming, McKelle George’s debut novel is full of intrigue and 1920s charm. For fans of Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, and Anna Godbersen.


Why I Chose This Book:

The cover is what first drew me to this book. Then I read the summary, and loved it…especially the for fans of Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins part. I haven’t read a ton of Shakespeare retellings, so sign me up to broaden my horizons. I’m thinking of pre-ordering this book, even though I should be on a book buying ban, because I adore the swag.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Hidden Gem Books in Contemporary Genre

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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 Hidden Gem Books in X Genre, so I picked Contemporary. The below books all have less than 500 reviews on Goodreads.

 

       

1. Summer of Sloane  This is one of my favorite books. The writing is amazing, and it’s got less than 300 reviews. It’s set in Hawaii, and it’s got one of my many book boyfriends (Finn).

2. Tone Deaf  It’s a little dark, but so good. Another one with under 300 reviews. The main character is deaf, so there’s some diverse representation here. I’d highly recommend this one.

3. Shuffle, Repeat – Less than 500 reviews for this super cute book. The beginning is a little slow, but this book is definitely worth checking out.

4. Up to This Pointe- It’s got 300 reviews exactly, and could use a lot more. There’s two “timelines” in this one, and it takes a little time to get used to…but the story is great. I liked Harper and Owen a lot.

5. Suffer Love – The chemistry between the main characters is amazing. I can’t believe this one has less than 400 reviews. The cover is beautiful, and I can’t wait to read more of Ashley’s writing.

       

6. The Girl Who Fell  Not going to lie. This one is pretty dark, but it’s really good and powerful. Less than 300 reviews, so get reading this one people.

7. In Real Life – It’s got a cute cover, and storyline. With the internet friendship part, it’ll resonate with people nowadays. Just over 400 reviews, so this is another one to add to your TBRs.

8. Underwater – Just over 400 reviews for this one. I didn’t have a book boyfriend for this book, but it was still a good read. I think it’ll interest people with PTSD/anxiety. Being able to see a character you can relate to is always nice.

9. Hello?  This book has multiple POVs, and it’s unique. I love that it’s set in Wisconsin, and Liza is so nice. Make sure to review this one since it has just over 200 reviews.

10. Just Visiting – Less than 200 reviews for this one. I really enjoyed Dahlia’s writing, and I need to get to reading her other books.

 

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

Waiting on Wednesday [51]

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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: Before She Ignites
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication date: September 12, 2017
Summary (via Goodreads): Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

After

Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse


Why I Chose This Book:

I’ve loved everything by Jodi Meadows that I’ve read so far, so when I found out she was coming out with a new book, I knew I had to have it. The cover is GORGEOUS, and the summary makes me wish it was September 12th already. This book sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to read it.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Friendship 101 Books

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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 Back To School Freebie, so I chose Ten Friendship 101 Books.

 

        

1. Harry Potter series  The Sorcerer’s Stone shows the start of The Golden Trio (Harry, Hermione, and Ron), which is a great friendship. I absolutely love Hermione’s character.

2. Off-Campus series  I’ve only read books 1 and 2, but I really enjoyed them. The camaraderie with the four main guys, and the rest of the hockey team, is outstanding. These books are fire!

3. In Real Life – I really like recommending this book, because it’s super relevant nowadays with all the internet friendships.

4. Anna and the French Kiss – The group of friends Anna meets at the boarding school in Paris are great. Especially Étienne. Le sigh.

5. Saint Anything – I love how Sydney pretty much befriends the entire Chatham family in this book. I absolutely loved Mac and Layla.

        

6. Boomerang  Both sets of friends in this book (Mia and Ethan’s) were pretty amazing. I especially loved how her friends came to her rescue more than a few times.

7. The Start of Me and You – I’m always praising this book, because I love it so much. The group of girl friends in this book is a great example of how friendship should work.

8. We Were Liars – The Liars is a group of four friends. Their relationship is kind of twisted/destructive, but I’m recommending this book anyways. Because it blew my mind. It’s so good.

9. The Lunar Chronicle series  The Lunar Chronicles contains a couple of my favorite friendships (Cinder and Iko, Winter and Jacin, etc.), but it also contains one of my favorite ships. Cress and Throne.

10. Hundred Oaks series – Catching Jordan isn’t my favorite book in the series, but the dynamic between Jordan and Sam Henry (plus the rest of the football team) is a great example of true friendship. I’d highly recommend this series to anyone who likes sports romances. I devoured them all this year.

 

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

Waiting on Wednesday [50]

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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: Mask of Shadows
Author: Linsey Miller
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication date: August 29, 2017
Summary (via Goodreads): Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal Leon steals a poster announcing open auditions for the Left Hand, a powerful collection of the Queen’s personal assassins named for the rings she wears — Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, and Opal — their world changes. They know it’s a chance for a new life.

Except the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. But Sal must survive to put their real reason for auditioning into play: revenge.


Why I Chose This Book:

This one sounds really interesting. I haven’t really read assassin books besides Throne of Glass, so it’ll be interesting to see another author’s writing. I got an eARC from Netgalley, and then was asked to audition for The Queen’s Left Hand. So that’s been a fun weekly activity to help promote Linsey’s book. I’m planning on reading this one really soon for #TheReadingQuest challenge as my book with a weapon on its cover.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Recommendations for Ravenclaws

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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 Book Recommendations for ______________. I went with Ravenclaws for my blank, so here we go:

 

        

1. Fangirl  I think other Ravenclaws will feel a kinship with Cath like I did. She’s smart, writes fanfiction, is a fangirl (obviously), etc. Just talking about this book makes me want to re-read it.

2. The Start of Me and You  There was a high level of nerdy stuff in this book (Quiz Bowl, nerdy banter, list making, etc.), so yay for that! Plus there were references to Harry Potter, and the Gilmore Girls…two of my favorite things.

3. We Were Liars – Like 98% of the time, I can guess the “twist” that’ll happen in the book before it happens. But this book actually surprised me. I never saw the twist coming, and it blew my mind. I’d highly recommend this one.

4. The Hating Game – One of my all-time favorite books. I love the back-and-forth banter between Lucy and Josh. It’s super entertaining, like read this book ASAP people entertaining.

5. Summer of Sloane – The writing is so beautiful in this book, and I think Ravenclaws will enjoy it immensely. It’s definitely a book that you could read in one sitting.

        

6. Legend  This book makes you think about society nowadays, and what the future could look like. As you’re reading, you’re trying to unravel what’s all happening/what will happen. June is a prodigy, so I think that might resonate with some Ravenclaws as well.

7. The Lunar Chronicle series  The females in the series are really smart, and pretty bad-ass. My favorite is Cress, but honestly they’re all great. I’d highly recommend these futuristic books, if you haven’t read them already.

8. I’ll Give You the Sun  The writing is absolutely amazing. Both Jude and Noah are creative, and intelligent…two traits highly prized among Ravenclaws.

9. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart – Both Bex and Jack are creative. It’s a little gorier than my usual reads (what with the cadavers), but I really loved it.

10. P.S. I Like You – There’s song writing, guitar playing, anonymous note exchanges, swoony romance, etc. What’s not to love in this very creativity-driven book?

 

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

Deals & Steals [4]

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Here’s a list of ebooks I found on sale on Amazon. They’re listed from lowest to highest price downwards. Prices subject to change based on publisher sales/whims. So if you want these ebooks at the shown price, you better get them quick!

 

    

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg – $0.99

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova – $1.25

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow – $1.99

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty – $1.99

The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer – $1.99

     

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen – $1.99

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen – $1.99

The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone – $1.99

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye – $1.99

And I Darken by Kiersten White – $1.99

    

It Started with Goodbye by Christina June – $1.99

Half-Blood by by Jennifer L. Armentrout – $1.99

With Malice by Eileen Cook – $1.99

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh – $1.99

Gena/Finn by by Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson  – $1.99

     

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – $1.99

Every Day by David Levithan – $1.99

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen – $1.99

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers – $1.99

Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman – $1.99

    

The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi – $1.99

Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake – $2.99

Delirium by Lauren Oliver – $2.99

Far From You by Tess Sharpe – $2.99

All the Feels by Danika Stone – $2.99

    

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – $2.99

Defiance by C.J. Redwine – $2.99

Any Boy but You by Julie Hammerle – $2.99

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill – $2.99

The Novice by Taran Matharu – $2.99

 

Have you read any of these books before? Are you planning on buying any I’ve listed here?