February 2017 Wrap Up!

February Wrap Up

Hey guys!

Is it just me or was the shortest month of the year the one that seemed to go by the slowest? It was probably just me, who am I kidding. Not a lot of things went down this month. I got to attend the HarperCollins HCCFrenzy Spring Preview this past weekend which was one. It’s always nice to here a publishing company talk about the books that they’re publishing. Plus I walked away with 6 new ARC’s too! But anyways..

Let’s take a look at what I got down to this month on the book blogging side of my life!


Wrap Up Books I've Read

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom – February 2nd, 2017

Batman Vol. 1: I Am Gotham by Tom King – February 4th, 2017

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak – February 4th, 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – February 10th, 2017

What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan – February 20th, 2017

Jughead Vol. 1 by Chip Zdarsky – February 22nd, 2017

The Fire By Night by Teresa Messineo – February 25th, 2017

Batman Vol. 1.5: Night of the Monster Men – February 26th, 2017

Nightwing Vol. 1: Better Than Batman – February 26th, 2017

Driven by M.B. Mulhall – February 27th, 2017

A total of 6 novels + 4 graphic novels!

Other books I’ve started:


Wrap Up Reviews

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – 5/5

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak – 4/5

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom – 4/5

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine – 4/5

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis – 3/5

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – 5/5

(Click the links to read the reviews)

Reviews Coming in March:


Wrap Up Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

Goodbye Days – February 1st, 2017

The Bone Witch – February 8th, 2017

Shadow Run – February 15th, 2017

A Crown of Wishes – February 22nd, 2017


Wrap Up Top 10

Top 10 Tuesday

Fantasy Romances (Valentines Day Edition) – February 14th, 2017

I Loved Them More Than Expected – February 21st, 2017


Wrap Up Awards

February Awards

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February Achievements

800 Twitter Followers  February 2017

34,500 Blog Views – February 2017

14,000 Blog Visitors  February 2017


Wrap Up Book Tags

Lunar New Year Book Tag – February 5th, 2017

The Alphabet Book Tag – February 18th, 2017


Wrap Up Discussions at Dawn

Why I Quit NetGalley & EdelweissFebruary 4th, 2017

Bookish Pet Peeves – February 25th, 2017


Wrap Up Cover Reveal

January 30 to Febraury 5thBIG REVEAL: Siege of Shadows

February 6th to 12thBIG REVEAL: They Both Die At the End

February 13th to 19th – BIG REVEAL: One Dark Throne

February 20th to 26th


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40 Books / 40 Reviews

January:

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

REVIEW: I See You

February:

What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan

Jughead Vol. 1 by Chip Zdrasky

REVIEW: The Sidekicks

Total: 4 Books / 2 Reviews


And that was February. Phew. That was a big month and I am glad I could get a lot of reading done! See you guys in March!

Until next time,

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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | February 20 – February 26

Weekly Cover RevealsHey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of February 20 – February 26. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

This was a big week for reveals. Hope ya’ll enjoy.

FANTASY / SCI-FI

Odd and True by Cat Winters

Published by Amulet Books

September 12th 2017

Odd & TrueTrudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

CONTEMPORARY

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR

October 3rd 2017

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst NightmaresEver since Esther Solar’s grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther’s father is agoraphobic and hasn’t left the basement in six years, her twin brother can t be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck.

The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them.

Esther doesn’t know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares.

Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she d been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them: in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn’t counted on: love.

Elektra’s Adventures in Tragedy by Douglas Rees

Published by Running Press Kids

2017

Elektra's Adventures in TragedySixteen-year-old Elektra Kamenides is well on her way to becoming a proper southern belle in the small Mississippi college town she calls home. That is, until her mother decides to uproot her and her kid sister Thalia and start over in California. They leave behind Elektra’s father—a professor and leading expert on Greek mythology, and Elektra can’t understand why. For her, life is tragedy, and all signs point to her family being cursed.

Their journey ends in Guadalupe Slough, a community of old Chicano families and oddball drifters sandwiched between San José and the southern shores of San Francisco Bay. The houseboat that her mother has bought, sight unseen, is really just an ancient trailer parked on a barge and sunk into a mudflat.

What would Odysseus do? Elektra asks herself. Determined to get back to Mississippi at all costs, she’ll beg, cheat, and steal to get there. But things are not always what they seem, and home is wherever you decide to make it.

Girlhood by Cat Clarke

Published by ??

May 4th 2017

GirlhoodHarper has tried to forget the past and fit in at expensive boarding school Brodick Academy. But she can’t escape guilt of her twin sister’s Izzy’s death, and her own part in it.

But new girl Kirsty seems to understand Harper. She has lost a sister too. Harper finally feels secure. She finally feels…loved. As if she can grow beyond the person she was when Izzy died.

Then Kirsty’s behaviour becomes more erratic. Why is her life a perfect mirror of Harper’s? And why is she so obsessed with Harper’s dead sister?

A darkly compulsive story about love, death, and growing up under the shadow of grief.

Here, There, Everywhere by Julia Durango

Published by HarperTeen

December 19th 2017

Here, There, EverywhereZeus would rather be anywhere than here—Buffalo Falls—the tiny town his family moved to at the end of the school year. Having left all his friends back in Chicago and with nothing to look forward to except helping out at his mother’s café and biking around town with his weird little brother, Zeus is pretty sure this is destined to be the worst summer of his life.

But then he meets Rose—funny, beautiful, smart, and an incredible musician.

Zeus can hardly believe that someone like her exists, let alone seems interested in being with him. However, while Zeus is counting down the minutes until he can see her next, Rose is counting down the days until she finds out whether she will be able to leave their small town to pursue her dreams. As the afternoons spent going on local adventures pass into nights discussing their deepest hopes, Zeus knows that he doesn’t have long to convince Rose that what they have is more than a summer fling…if only he’s brave enough to seize the chance.

Vanilla by Billy Merrell

Published by Push

October 10th 2017

VanillaA bold, groundbreaking novel about coming out, coming into your own, and coming apart.

Hunter and Van become boyfriends before they’re even teenagers, and stay a couple even when adolescence intervenes. But in high school, conflict arises — mostly because Hunter is much more comfortable with the sex part of sexual identity. As the two boys start to realize that loving someone doesn’t guarantee they will always be with you, they find out more about their own identities — with Hunter striking out on his own while Van begins to understand his own asexuality.

In poems that are romantic and poems that are heartbreaking, Vanilla explores all the flavors of the spectrum — and how romance and love aren’t always the same thing.

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas

Published by Macmillan Children’s Books

April 6th 2017

The State of GraceSometimes I feel like everyone else was handed a copy of the rules for life and mine got lost.

Grace has Asperger’s and her own way of looking at the world. She’s got a horse and a best friend who understand her, and that’s pretty much all she needs. But when Grace kisses Gabe and things start to change at home, the world doesn’t make much sense to her any more.

Suddenly everything threatens to fall apart, and it’s up to Grace to fix it on her own.

Whip-smart, hilarious and unapologetically honest, The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas is a heart-warming story of one girl trying to work out where she fits in, and whether she even wants to.

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson

Published by Entangled: Teen

June 6th 2017

Why I Loathe Sterling LanePer her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking back, framing her for his own infractions. Worst of all, he’s charmed the administration into thinking he’s harmless, and only Harper sees him for the troublemaker he absolutely is.

As she breaks rule after precious rule in her battle of wits against Sterling and tension between them hits a boiling point, she’s horrified to discover that perhaps the two of them aren’t so different. And maybe she doesn’t entirely hate him after all. Teaming up with Sterling to save her brother might be the only way to keep from breaking the most important rule—protecting Cole.

MYSTERY

Shadow Girl by Liana Liu

Published by HarperTeen

December 19th 2017

Shadow GirlThe house on Arrow Island is full of mystery.

Yet when Mei arrives, she can’t help feeling relieved. She’s happy to spend the summer in an actual mansion tutoring a rich man’s daughter if it means a break from her normal life—her needy mother, her delinquent brother, their tiny apartment in the city. And Ella Morison seems like an easy charge, sweet and well behaved.

What Mei doesn’t know is that something is very wrong in the Morison household.

Though she tries to focus on her duties, Mei becomes increasingly distracted by the family’s problems and her own complicated feelings for Ella’s brother, Henry. But most disturbing of all are the unexplained noises she hears at night—the howling and thumping and cries.

Mei is a sensible girl. She isn’t superstitious; she doesn’t believe in ghosts. Yet she can’t shake her fear that there is danger lurking in the shadows of this beautiful house, a darkness that could destroy the family inside and out…and Mei along with them.

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Are you looking forward to any of these books? Let me know in the comments below! Stay tuned for next weeks cover reveals!

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | REVIEW

reviewsThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 28th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 464
Format: ARC

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

The Hate U GiveSixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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5 Stars

** Received an ARC from HCC Frenzy for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

First Line:

I shouldn’t have come to this party.


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CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟      ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟     FEELS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is a contemporary YA about a girl who is witness to her best friend getting shot by the police. It’s been a while since I read such a phenominal contemporary. This book is quite relevant to the social injustice and rascism that is still occuring in America and all around the world. This book is about hope, it is about finding your voice and speaking up for right purpose.

My Likes

The Message

I can’t say enough how important the message from The Hate U Give is. Yes, an unarmed black teenage boy gets shot by a police officer, and yes, the police officer does not get charged with this murder. All of these things happen way too often in America, but it is not all that T.H.U.G is about.

Thomas writes a very real story, with real human emotions and characters that make you want to stand up and fight. This book is about hope. Hope for a better world in which minority groups are not targeted with violence. This book is about finding your voice. Finding your voice to stand up and fight for injustice. To stand up and vocalize what is wrong with the world we live in. The Hate U Give inspires you as a reader to do these things. It inspires you to a better human being. To empathize, to protest, and to stand up against corruption.

Starr

The Hate U Give would not be without the main protagonist, Starr. She is everything that is right about this book. She witnesses her best friend getting killed by a police officer and it frightens her. Throughout the The Hate U Give, Starr grows and is able to find her voice for activism through the actions of her family, friends, and community.

Thomas was able to capture and give life to Starr. I have never read such an real and raw character like this before. We see her go through the emotions, the silence, and the internal struggle of wanting to fight for what’s right, but at the cost of potentially endangering others and yourself. I can’t begin to experience what is like to be Starr because I don’t face the issues she does on a daily basis, but through the words Thomas has written I can learn and understand a piece of my world that often goes without being spoken about.

Hope for a Better World

Change does not occur overnight. Change takes time, and a lot of hard work to accomplish. The Hate U Give is apart of that change. Reading this book it has given me hope that we can fight for a better world. A world with where everyone can feel like they belong. Where all minorities are treated as they should be, like a human being.

And I hope that everyone who reads the words that Thomas has written here feels the same. I hope that The Hate U Give helps give a voice to someone who would have stood on the sidelines, and now wants to stand up for themselves and their communities. That is what is important. That is what the world needs, hope.

My Dislikes

Absolutely Nothing

The Hate U Give is a story that needed to be told. It is a story that needs to be read and passed along to as many people as possible. The Hate U Give is an important piece of hope that many people need in times of darkness. Thomas did a fantastic job writing this story and I hope you guys will give it a read!


I highly recommend this one for absolutely everyone to read. Let me know what you guys thought of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Angie ThomasAngie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Meyers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her debut novel, The Hate U Give, was acquired by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins in a 13-house auction and will be published in spring 2017.

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis | REVIEW

reviewsThe Sidekicks by Will Kostakis
Published by Penguin Australia on February 29th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

The SidekicksThe Swimmer.

The Rebel.

The Nerd.

All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac’s gone, what does that make them?

Will Kostakis, award-winning author of The First Third, perfectly depicts the pain and pleasure of this teenage world, piecing together three points of view with intricate splendour.

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3 Stars

First Line:

“Oh, we’re not actually friends.”


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The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis is a contemporary YA about a group of boys who only had one thing in common, a friendship with Isaac. After Isaac’s death they each try to grieve in their own ways on their own. But what they don’t realize is that they need each other to fill in the blanks of their friendship to properly move on from this tragedy.

My Likes

Complex Characters

The Sidekicks follows the Swimmer, Ryan, the Rebel, Harley, and the nerd, Miles. Each one of them has a very different personality and story to be told. I was mostly intrigued by Ryan and Miles. With Ryan I was able to connect on an emotional level. I went through a lot of what happens to him when I was in high school. High school can be a very scary place, but even more so when a secret comes out before you’re ready for it to.

For Miles I was able to connect with him on personality level. Although I may look and dress like someone who is outgoing and happy go lucky, I am quiet and very to myself at times. For this reason I was drawn into Miles’ character because we get to see him break out of his introverted shell and see him open up to new friends and possibilities.

Emotional

Although we don’t get to know Isaac much, we get to live him through his friends in The Sidekick. He was able to connect and touch each one of them even though they are all vastly different from each other. That just shows the type of character Isaac was.

One of my favorite parts of the story is Miles’ section of the book. Kostakis does a fantastic job at making this section quite emotional. Through the ups and downs Miles seems to be the most affected by the death of his friend. He closes himself off from the world and we get to see him begin to rebuild a life with Isaac no longer around.

Fun Writing

I found the writing of The Sidekicks to be entertaining and fun for me. As this is a Australian YA novel there were words and phrases that really sparked my interest. This led me to doing a little research to learn what they mean! I liked how different but similar the lives of teenagers in Australia is compared to North American teens.

Kostakis was able to create three very different characters with separate personalities. There was never once where their inner dialogues confused me. They were all distinct and easy to distinguish between the three. A+ job!

My Dislikes

Not Very Exciting

For the story as a whole, The Sidekicks wasn’t that exciting. Although I was able to get through it, there were times that I lost interest in what was happening on the page. There was quite a bit of overlap because we get each character’s account of what happens during the days and weeks after Isaac’s death. This resulted in me not liking how repetitive it was getting.


If you’re a huge contemporary lover, then this is a story for you. But if you’re a casual contemporary reader such as myself, then I would pass on this one! Let me know what you guys thought of The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Will KostakisPersonally, Will Kostakis is ready to catch a ball two seconds after it’s hit him in the face. Professionally, he’s thankful he’s chosen a career that requires little (if any) coordination. After dabbling in celebrity journalism and reality TV, he now writes for young adults.

His first novel, Loathing Lola, was released when he was just nineteen, and his second, The First Third, won the 2014 Gold Inky Award. It was also shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year and Australian Prime Minister’s Literary awards.

The Sidekicks is his third novel for young adults.

As a high school student, Will won Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year for a collection of short stories.

Bookish Pet Peeves | Discussions at Dawn

Discussion at Dawn

Hey guys!

Welcome to Discussions at Dawn. This is where I will talk about hot button issues, book related topics, and other things I find interesting.


My Bookish Pet Peeves

If you are as addicted to reading as I am, then there is probably a few things that people do while you read, or while they read that bothers you. I am about to list 4 major ones, but just know that I have more. These are the ones that bother me the most and the ones that I endure on a daily basis. Let me know if we share any of the same pet peeves!

Doggy Earing the Pages

This is mostly to those that don’t cherish the pristine condition of the books they own or read. I see it all the time on my commutes into work on the train. Why people??? There is this little invention called a book mark! You can get them pretty much anywhere you bought your book. Heck, use a piece of paper, or bus transfer for fracking sake. Just stop doggy earing the damn books!

P.S. If you do this to your books, then so be it. You do you girl. Just know it makes my skin crawl. HAHA

P.P.S If I find out you’re a doggy earer, then best believe you should never ask to borrow a book from me. K bye.

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The Need to Talk to Me

So I go on my break at work, pop in my earbuds, turn on my music, open my book, and start eating/reading. Where does it say “Time to Talk to Jesse”?? No freaking where. So why is it that every time I try to do this every co-worker feels the need to talk to me? I will never understand this. Leave me be. I clearly do not want to talk.

This scenario also counts for train commutes, coffee shops, at home, on an airplane etc. If you see me listening to my music and reading a book, just walk away… or at least send me a text message and I will glad get back to you later.

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Bent Corners

You’re getting ready for the day and grab your current read and pop it into your bag. When you finally get on the train that takes you to work and you take the book out of your bag and down in the bottom right corner, you now have a bent page. My heart breaks every time this happens to one of my babies.

Thankfully I solved this problem when I got a Book Beau and a Book Biff. Honestly guys, these have been life savers for me when it comes to no more bent corners. Go check out the links!

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Reading Hardcovers

As much as I love Hardcovers and they are the majority of the books I own, I hate reading them. I find them awkward to hold, tilt, lay down, and are just so damn heavy to lug around. Like seriously, the GIF below is me every time I try to read a hardcover. I’m in the white shirt and the book is the pink pants.

Am I the only one that finds it awkward to read a hardcover? I will never stop buying them though. They make my shelves look stunning!

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What are some of your Bookish Pet Peeves? These are only a select few of the ones that bother me the most, but I have more. Do you share a bookish pet peeve with me? Let me know down below!

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February 2017 Book Haul

Book Haul

Hey guys!

Here are all the books I got in February and then some! There is quite a few to get through. I’m super excited about this month’s haul.

So let’s get started shall we?


INDIGO

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Frostblood by Elly Blake

The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson

 


Book Outlet

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Asunder by Jodi Meadows

Infinite by Jodi Meadows

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Endlessly by Kiersten White

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Mind Games by Kiersten White

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White

Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger

The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Game by Barry Lyga

Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

Wandering Star by Romina Russell

Jughead Vol. 1 by Chip Zdarsky


ARCs

Windwitch by Susan Dennard (Indigo)

The Beast is An Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale (Simon & Schuster Canada)

Bang by Barry Lyga (Hachette Book Group Canada)

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Hachette Book Group Canada)

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (Sourcebooks Fire)

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda (Simon & Schuster Canada)


That was definitely a big month for me! Did you guys pick up any of these books too? See you next month!

Until next time,

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A Crown of Wishes | Waiting on Wednesday [#45]

Waiting on Wednesday

Hey guys!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!


A Crown of Wishes

Author: Roshani Chokshi
Series: The Star-Touched Queen #2
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: March 28th 2017

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A Crown of WishesGauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

Why I’m Waiting

LOOK at that freaking cover guys. If that alone doesn’t want to make you read this book, then Chokshi’s writing will. I can’t wait to dive into The Star-Touched Queen world!

P.S. Roshani Chokshi is the author of The Star-Touched Queen.


What has you guys waiting this week? Let me know down below!

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