Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

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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 Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016. A lot of these are the same as my list from last week, since I wanted Santa to give me a lot of pre-orders for books that haven’t been published yet, or my Waiting on Wednesday picks.

 

Truthwitch  The Mirror King  Remembrance  When We Collided  The Love That Split the World

1. Truthwitch  I’m excited to get my hands on the full novel after I read an excerpt from Netgalley. I’ve heard it really lives up to all the hype, so I’m super excited!

2. The Mirror King – Absolutely loved The Orphan Queen, so I want this book ASAP. I need to find out what happens next.

3. Remembrance – I absolutely loved the Mediator series by Meg Cabot, so I’m really excited to re-read the series and get a new book to read about Suze.

4. When We Collided – I loved Emery’s first two books, especially The Start of Me and You, so I can’t wait to read this one!

5. The Love That Split the World – I’ve heard great things so far about this book, so I can’t wait to see how good it really is for myself.

The Crown  Burning Glass  Bookishly Ever After  Underwater  Firsts

6. The Crown – I’m not a huge fan of Eadlyn, but I’m dying to find out who she picks and what happens after the last book left off.

7. Burning Glass – This novel has gotten rave reviews so far, so I’m excited to finally be able to read it.

8. Bookishly Ever After – The summary sounds fantastic, and I’ve heard great things so far from fellow bloggers, so I can’t wait to read this book!

9. Underwater – I’ve heard amazing things, so I can’t wait until it’s published. Then I can finally crack open it’s spine and devour it’s contents.

10. Firsts – This book seems a little controversial from it’s summary, but I can’t wait to read it.

 

What are you most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016? Any of the same ones I picked?

Waiting on Wednesday [21]

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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.

 

Arrows

Title: Arrows
Author: Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication date: January 26, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): A modern cupid story set in present-day Wisconsin combining the fantastical elements of Greek mythology with the contemporary drama of MTV’s Teen Mom.

People don’t understand love. If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can’t stay angry with him . . . and can’t stop loving him. But there’s a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she’s been shot with a love arrow.

Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma and Danny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma’s life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind.

A clueless Karma doesn’t know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn’s fault . . . but he’s going to get a chance to make things right. He’s here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return?

This fast-paced debut novel explores the internal & external conflicts of a girl who finds herself inexplicably drawn to a boy who seemingly doesn’t reciprocate her  feelings, touching on the issues of love, sex and responsibility, with a heroine struggling to control her destiny–perfect for fans of Katie McGarry’s novels and MTV’s 16 and Pregnant.


Why I Chose This Book:

First off, the book is set in Wisconsin. State pride. Second, the summary sounds really unique and interesting. I haven’t read any of Katie McGarry’s novels yet, but I’ve heard they’re amazing. So if this story combines a writing style similar to hers, Greek mythology, and contemporary romantic drama, sign me up to read this book ASAP!

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree 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 Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year. Technically some of these aren’t “books” yet, but Santa has some strings to pull, so I think he could at least get me the ARC until they’re published! Without further ado, here they are:

 

The Start of Me and You  Truthwitch  The Mirror King  To All the Boys I've Loved Before  P.S. I Still Love You

1. The Start of Me and You – I absolutely loved this book, and I can’t wait to own a copy. I should probably just order it already. Paige is my soul sister, and Max is one of my favorite book boyfriends.

2. Truthwitch  I got to read an excerpt of this book and I’m so excited to get my hands on the full novel. I’m a newer fan to fantasy, which can be pretty amazing!

3. The Mirror King – Loved The Orphan Queen, so I want to read this book ASAP. I need to find out what happens next…*

4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – I listened to this book on CD in the car when I was road tripping to visit my family. I was laughing and smiling and swooning like a crazy person. It’ll definitely be a re-read once I purchase a copy.

5. P.S. I Still Love You – I had to get the second book from the library as soon as I got home from my road trip. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next in Lara Jean’s life. Such a great duology.

All the Bright Places  Remembrance  The Crown  Burning Glass  When We Collided

6. All the Bright Places – I haven’t read this book yet, but I’ve heard fantastic things. And it’s a 2015 Goodreads Choice Winner, so that’s usually a good indicator that the book is amazing!

7. Remembrance – I absolutely loved the Mediator series by Meg Cabot, so I’m really excited that she’s going to have a new book coming out next year.*

8. The Crown – Not a huge fan of Eadlyn, but I’m dying to find out who she picks and what happens after the last book left off.*

9. Burning Glass – This novel has gotten rave reviews so far, so I’m excited to finally be able to read it.*

10. When We Collided – Closing out the list with another Emery Lord book. I loved her first two (especially The Start of Me and You), so I can’t wait to read this book!*

 

*I pre-ordered a copy in case Santa doesn’t come through for me! 😉

 

What ten books would you want Santa to bring you? Any of the same ones I picked?

Waiting on Wednesday [20]

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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.

 

Shallow Graves

Title: Shallow Graves
Author: Kali Wallace
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication date: January 26, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): For fans of Holly Black and Nova Ren Suma, a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters—human and otherwise—lurk at the fringes.

When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.

Tense, complex, and wholly engaging, Shallow Graves is a stunning first novel from Kali Wallace.


Why I Chose This Book:

Okay, this book sounds kind of creepy, but in a good way. It’s kind of different from anything I’ve read, so I’m interested in seeing how it turns out. Only two of my Goodreads friends have rated this book so far, and their opinions were very different. One gave it 5 stars, and one gave it 2 stars. I’m not sure what to expect. The cover is kind of understated, but looks pretty cool.

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015

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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 Best Books I Read In 2015. It was hard to narrow the list down, and it’s mostly the same list as last week’s topic. But here they are:

 

The Start of Me and You  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda  Fangirl  Cinder  To All the Boys I've Loved Before

1. The Start of Me and You – I absolutely loved this book. Read it if you haven’t already. Paige is my soul sister, and Max is probably one of my favorite book boyfriends.

2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda  I lost count how many times I squealed, fangirled, and couldn’t stop smiling over this book. The mystery of who Blue was is one of the best parts of the stories. And the ending is fantastic. I’ll be re-reading this book over and over again!

3. Fangirl – Cath, Levi, and the fanfiction aspect of the story were fantastic. Cath is also my soul sister. I felt such a kinship with this book, and would highly recommend it.

4. The Lunar Chronicles series – This is kind of cheating, but I’m just going to say the whole Lunar Chronicles series. I just read the books this year, and I’ve loved them. I’m not done with Winter yet, but overall the series is fantastic as a whole. I love all the pairings, and while the writing is a bit predictable, it’s still amazing.

5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – I listened to this book on CD in the car when I was road tripping to visit my family. I was laughing and smiling and swooning in the car. People probably thought I was crazy. Oh well. I can’t wait to re-read the duology many times.

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart  Everything, Everything Cover  Throne of Glass  The Nightingale  The Boyfriend List

6. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart – This book was pretty much perfection. It was a little gross at moments, but it’s worth it in the end. After I finished the eARC for Sunday Street Team, I bought a copy so I could re-read it over and over again.

7. Everything, Everything – Fantastic! I absolutely loved Olly; he was so adorable. The book was really diverse, which is always a good thing. Towards the end, there was a pretty twisty part that kind of blew my mind. Totally didn’t see it coming, and I’m a pretty good guesser of what’s going to happen in books.

8. Throne of Glass – I haven’t gotten around to reading the rest of the books, but I absolutely loved this first book in the series. I’m planning on finishing the ToG series next year for the Series a Month challenge I’m going to be signing up for.

9. The Nightingale – This book is not YA, but it’s soooo good. It’s set during WWII. It’s only my third book I’ve read by Kristin Hannah, but once again, she made me bawl like a baby. I’d highly recommend it.

10. The Boyfriend List – I was told I needed to read The Boyfriend List books after I read We Were Liars. The Boyfriend List book was funny, a bit sassy, and Ruby Oliver was neurotic, but so relateable. I’ll definitely be re-reading the entire series.

 

What are you top ten best books you read in 2015? Any of the same ones I picked?

December SST: The Year of Lightning by Ryan Dalton Review + Giveaway

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Welcome to the Sunday Street Team! I received a PDF ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. The book is kind of a cross between MG and YA, leaning more towards MG in my opinion, if it wasn’t for the ages of the main characters. Overall, I enjoyed the book, and gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

The Year of LightningTitle: The Year of Lightning
Author: Ryan Dalton
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Publication date:
January 12, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): When 15-year-old twins Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert moved to a new town, they never imagined that the old house across the street could bring them so much trouble. A secret machine has reawakened inside, with the power to pierce time itself.

 

Meanwhile, lightning storms are breaking out all over town. They’re getting worse every week, and seem to enjoy striking kids who just want to pass science class and mind their own business. When Malcolm and Valentine discover a connection between the house and the storms, their situation goes from mysterious to crazy stupid dangerous. Someone is controlling the great machine, and their purpose is nearly complete.

 

In a race against time, the twins must uncover the chilling plan, the mastermind behind it, and the force that’s driving the deadly storms. They’ll hunt a powerful enemy that threatens their town’s existence, and the only clues are written in the sky.

 


 

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This book sounded interesting from the summary, so I was happy to receive a PDF copy in exchange for a honest review. It was a little slow at first, and I think some of it could have been cut/explained quicker, so the book wasn’t so long. Overall, it was a fun, interesting read. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

Adventure type books like this one remind me of my Harry Potter love, at least a teensy bit. I think that’s why I decided to read this book, even though I’m not normally a huge adventure, sci-fi type person. I do like some fantasy books, but my major love is contemporary romance. Like I said, it was a little slow, but most of the characters I liked, and the book was pretty action packed at the end (and twisty!), so that made up for the slow parts.

 

Malcom and Valentine were pretty good main characters in my opinion. I had a little bit of a hard time relating to them at first, but by the end, I really liked them. I wasn’t a huge fan of their friends either, except John. Winter was okay, and I kind of liked Fred, but when he spoke, I kept thinking of Jamie Kennedy’s character in Malibu’s Most Wanted. I liked the older generation of people: Oma Grace, Walter, and Clive.

 

The beginning of the story is building up to the last 100 or so pages, where the action is fast and furious. I thought the book had a nice, cliffhanger-ish ending. It should definitely make readers want the next book ASAP. I want to find out what happens next with the gang, and see who is going to join in on the fun in the next book.

 

I felt like some of the issues with the twins could have been discussed a bit more. They were pretty much just swept under the rug, or ignored. A little less of the “chilling plan” and more on the twins personal lives would have been a nice touch. Maybe the book would have been 4.5, or 5, stars then. But regardless, I’d still recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and/or sci-fi books.

 

There are no book boyfriends for me in this book. A couple of the guys were okay, but there wasn’t really any romance going on throughout the book, at least not to the extent that I like to see. I didn’t really keep track of any lines while I was reading, except for this one: “Ten pounds of crazy in a one-pound box?” That one made me laugh a little bit.

 

Final note: It was a good book overall. Not a 5 star read for me, but 4 stars is still really good. I can’t wait to see what happens with everyone in the next book.

 

4 stars

 


 

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Ryan Dalton is author of the young adult Time Shift Trilogy. His debut novel THE YEAR OF LIGHTNING will be released on January 12, 2016. Ryan splits his time between writing books during the day, fighting crime at night, and hanging out in his awesome underground lair. Please do not tell anyone he’s Batman. It’s a secret.

 


 

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Bookish Bingo: Fall 2015 Bingo Wrap-Up Post

Bookish Bingo is hosted over at Pretty Deadly Reviews. I’ve been terrible at keeping track of the books I’ve read for Fall Bingo (i.e. I just did it today). I got three bingos, which isn’t bad. I need to keep better track next time. My goal is to get all the bingos on the board! I almost had four bingos, and I was close to a couple others.

 

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So here are the books I read:

LGBTQIA: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Sparkly Cover: When the Stars Align

Mental Illness: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

A Book You Borrowed: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Over 400 Pages: Hello?

Science Fiction: Cress

Water on the Cover: We Were Liars

Orange Cover: Lola and the Boy Next Door (partially)

New to You Author: Emery Lord

On Your Shelf for Over a Year: Keeping the Moon

Set in Another Country: Anna and the French Kiss

Lol-Worthy: The Boyfriend List

Animal on the Cover: Forget Tomorrow

New Adult: Frosh: First Blush

Set in a High School: The Fill-In Boyfriend

Sept, Oct, Nov Release: Never Never

Black Cover: Paint My Body Red

 

I’ll be doing the Holiday/Winter 2015 Bookish Bingo as well. Look out for that wrap-up post in a few months. I’ll try to keep better track this next time!

Waiting on Wednesday [19]

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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.

 

Bookishly Ever After

Title: Bookishly Ever After
Author: Isabel Bandeira
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Publication date: January 12, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?


Why I Chose This Book:

First off, the title sounds fantastic. Bookishly Ever After? Yes please! Secondly, I’ve heard great things about this book. And the summary sounds pretty cute. I’m so excited for January 12th. I think I’ll have to pre-order this one!

 

What upcoming releases are you most excited about?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

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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 New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015. I couldn’t settle on just 10, so I decided to go with 15. So here they are, in no particular order:

 

The Start of Me and You  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda  Anna and the French Kiss  Cinder  Fangirl

1. Emery Lord – The first book I read by Emery Lord was her sophomore novel, The Start of Me and You. I absolutely loved it. Paige is my soul sister, and I wish she was real so that we could be best friends. And Max. Well Max is probably one of my favorite book boyfriends. I also read Emery’s debut novel Open Road Summer. I liked it, but not as much. Reagan was a little harder for me to relate too.

2. Becky Albertalli  I absolutely adore this book. I lost count how many times I squealed, fangirled, and couldn’t stop smiling. The mystery of who Blue was is one of the best parts of the stories. And the ending is fantastic. I’ll be re-reading this book over and over again! I can’t wait for Becky’s sophomore novel.

3. Stephanie Perkins – I read the Anna and the French Kiss books for the first time this year. I’ve definitely been missing out. They were all so good. I loved all the boys, Josh the least. I liked Lola the least when it came to the girls, but they were all fantastic in their own way. Whenever I want a swoony, YA contemporary romance, I’ll definitely re-read these!

4. Marissa Meyer – I’ve been wanting to read the Cinder series for a while, but never got around to it. I finally took the plunge this year with the #TLCReadAlong on Twitter. THE BOOKS ARE SOOOO GOOD! I love all the pairings, and the writing is a bit predictable, but still amazing. The only book that I haven’t read yet is Winter, which I’m hoping to read this weekend.

5. Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl was the first, and only book so far, that I’ve read of Rainbow’s. And it was absolutely fantastic. I loved Cath, Levi, and the fanfiction aspect of the story. Cath is also my soul sister, and I wish she were real too. I can’t wait to read Carry On, Eleanor & Park, and anything else she’s written/will write.

The Boyfriend List  To All the Boys I've Loved Before  The Anatomical Shape of a Heart  Everything, Everything Cover  The Fill-In Boyfriend

6. E. Lockhart – I read We Were Liars first, then I was told I needed to read The Boyfriend List books. They’re both so good in their own way. We Were Liars took a little while to warm up to, but by the end, I loved it. The Boyfriend List books were funny, a bit sassy, and Ruby Oliver was neurotic, but so relateable. I can’t wait to read my next E. Lockhart book.

7. Jenny Han – The To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before duology was great. I listened to the first book on CD in the car when I was road tripping to visit my family. I was laughing and smiling and swooning in the car. People probably thought I was crazy. Oh well. I immediately had to get the second book from the library so I could finish Lara Jean’s story. The books are a bit predictable, but so fantastic. I can’t wait to re-read them.

8. Jenn Bennett – Jenn’s debut YA was pretty much perfection. I’ve never read any of her other books, but I might need to check them out. I was given an eARC copy to read for Sunday Street Team, and I fell in love with the story. It can be a little gross at moments, but it’s worth it in the end. I bought a copy so I could re-read it over and over again.

9. Nicola Yoon – Everything, Everything was Nicola’s debut, and it was fantastic. I absolutely loved Olly; he was so adorable. The book was really diverse, which is always a good thing. Towards the end, there was a pretty twisty part that kind of blew my mind. Totally didn’t see it coming. There are a lot of illustrations, charts, etc. scattered throughout. It’s always nice to see something visual in a book.

10. Kasie West – The Fill-In Boyfriend is the only book I’ve read by Kasie West so far. It was pretty good, but I heard it wasn’t her best. I’ll definitely be reading her other contemporary romance books, and her duology sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal books. I’m super excited for her next contemporary book, P.S. I Like You.

Throne of Glass  If I Stay  The Fault in Our Stars  Hello  Paint My Body Red

11. Sarah J. Maas – I really enjoyed reading the novellas and Throne of Glass. I just haven’t gotten around to reading the rest of that series, or A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’m planning on finishing the ToG series next year for the Series a Month challenge I’m going to be signing up for.

12. Gayle Forman – I’ve only read the If I Stay books by Gayle, and only after I watched the If I Stay movie. I wasn’t in love with the first book really, but I LOVED Where She Went. I hope they make that book into a movie. I’ve heard I Was Here was pretty good, so I’ll probably make that my next book I read of hers. Although I want to read them all eventually.

13. John Green – I’ll admit I’m behind on the John Green bandwagon. I just read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green this year, after watching the movie. I can’t wait to read the rest of his books soon. I’ll probably do Looking for Alaska as my next read.

14. Liza Wiemer – Hello? was a fantastic book, and so unique. The different styles that the book was written in was really cool. Angie and Brenda were two of my favorite characters, probably because I could relate to them, at least a little bit. I’d highly recommend this book. It sold out on Amazon on its release date, and I had to wait weeks for my copy to arrive.

15. Heidi R. Kling – Paint My Body Red was another great book. [Another] Paige that was a strong main character. I didn’t really relate to her, but her journey throughout the book was interesting to read. The book was split between ‘Then’ and ‘Now’. I really looked forward to the ‘Then’ parts, so I could find out how she got to the ‘Now’ part of her story. Jake was an adorable cowboy, even if cowboys aren’t really my thing. The story focuses on a powerful subject, and I’d highly recommend it.

 

What are you top ten new-to-me favorite authors that you read for the first time in 2015? Any of the same ones I picked? Any other authors you think I should start reading?