The Upside of Unrequited | Waiting on Wednesday [#50]

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!


The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 11th 2017

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The Upside of UnrequitedSeventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

Why I’m Waiting

I fell in love with Albertalli’s first book so much so that will give any book she puts out now a chance. Although this sounds nothing like her first one, I am still excited to read it!

P.S. Becky Albertalli is the author of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.


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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | REVIEW

reviewsStrange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on March 28th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 544
Format: ARC

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Strange the DreamerThe dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

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4 Stars

** Received an ARC from Hachette Book Group Canada for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

First Line:

On the second Sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.


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COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟     PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟      WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟     ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor is a fantastical world where gods have come to rule over the people. Centuries of oppression and heinous actions led to the slaughter of the gods, but some of the godspawn remain. Now it is up to our hero, Lazlo, to figure out a way to get rid of the last what they left behind.

My Likes

Fantastical World Building

It’s been a long time since I was so enamored by a fantasy. Strange the Dreamer was so beautifully built that I was in awe. From the mesmerizing descriptions to the extensive history of Weep, Taylor manages to capture her world in the imaginations of her readers.

Like the title of the book, I felt like I was dreaming while I was reading it. It was so magical how she was able to capture the beauty of ones wildest fantasies and put it into words.

I quite enjoyed the city of Weep. It’s been stuck in the shadows of the citadel for so long that it’s been wiped out of all the memories of the world by those gods. I can’t wait to find out what else is in store for us readers.

Complex Plot

The plot of Strange the Dreamer was so complex that I did have trouble following it at first. But once things started to become clearer, I couldn’t help but be swept up into the mysteries of the Weep. This book is equal bits humorous, sorrowful, joyful, and magical.

Taylor did a fantastic job putting this all together on page. Everything about it felt so real in my mind. Even when I was trying to poke holes in the plot at some points, Taylor was ten steps ahead and addressed everything I thought didn’t add up. I was quite surprised at that!

 

Beautiful Writing / Characterizations

Strange the Dreamer wouldn’t have been as magical and real as it was if it wasn’t for the exceptional writing. There is such a fantastical element to Taylor’s writing that keeps the reader in awe from start to finish. The way she puts sentences and paragraphs together just shows she is a master at her craft.

Everything that she wrote served a purpose. It wasn’t just beautiful and lyrical; it meant something. Taylor created characters that we can all identify with, even if we don’t have the blue skin to match. Lazlo and Sarai were both very much human in every aspect. They just wanted to live and to love like everyone else. I found their scenes together to be remarkably beautiful.

 

My Dislikes

Rough Start

I found it significantly hard to get into for the first section of Strange the Dreamer. I was confused at parts, and bored at others. I wish it was a little more streamlined from beginning to end. I wasn’t sure how I was going to get through it at first, but luckily things began to pick up once they made it to Weep.

I understand Taylor was just trying to set up her story, but it got lost on me.


I highly recommend this one if you like fantastical worlds, gods with powers, and intricate plots. Let me know what you guys thought of Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Author 150Hi there! I’m a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My ‘Dreamdark’ books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries — not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It’s creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing.

Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | March 20 – March 26

Weekly Cover RevealsHey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of March 20 – March 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

That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers

October 3rd 2017

That Inevitable Victorian ThingSet in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and the United States never rose, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a surprising, delightful, and thought-provoking novel of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.

Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her mother before her, but before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire’s greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria.

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (The Nevernight Chronicles #2)

Published by Thomas Dunne Books

September 5th 2017

GodsgraveAssassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

The Castaways by Jessika Fleck

Published by Entangled TEEN

April 3rd 2017

The CastawaysThe Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous.

Renowned for its infamous corn maze…and the kids who go missing in it.

When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing.

Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.

Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home.

CONTEMPORARY

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

Published by Simon Pulse

October 10th 2017

The Nowhere GirlsWho are the Nowhere Girls?

They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.

Us Kids Know by J.J. Strong

Published by Razorbill

October 24th 2017

Us Kids KnowWe all knew about Cullen Hickson.

Siblings Brielle and Ray O’Dell are lost. Anxious. Restless. Bullied at his Catholic school for being small and timid, Ray wants to be someone people respect or, even better, someone people fear. Meanwhile, Brielle—whose “popular” status feels tenuous at best—knows that something is off about her friendship with the shiny, happy, sophisticated blond girls on her field hockey team. They don’t really understand Bri, and if Bri is being totally honest, she doesn’t really understand them either.

When storied delinquent Cullen Hickson enters the orbit of the O’Dell siblings, though, everything changes. Brielle and Ray find an alluring, addictive outlet in Cullen, who opens their eyes to a world they didn’t know existed. For Ray, that means experiencing the singular thrill of small-time crime—from breaking and entering to grand theft auto—while Brielle quickly dives into an all-consuming romance with the enigmatic upperclassman.

But as Brielle and Ray find themselves more and more entwined with Cullen’s antics, the once-thrilling experiences begin to feel increasingly dangerous, culminating in a life-changing event that shakes the teens to their core.

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Published by Swoon Reads

January 23rd 2018

Let's Talk About LoveAlice is secretly asexual, and that’s the least important thing about her.

She’s a college student, has a great job, amazing friends, and is fine being single—nope, that’s a lie. Alice wants rom com-grade romance: feels, cuddling, kissing, and swoons galore—as long as it doesn’t lead to having sex.

After her last relationship ends with soul-crushing parting words from her ex, Alice swears off relationships for good. Stick a fork in her, she’s done. Everyone Alice tries to date is so sure love and sex have to go together, and there doesn’t seem to be any way to convince them otherwise.

But when Alice experiences instant attraction for the first time with her coworker Takumi, she doesn’t know what to do. If Alice tells him the truth, it can only end in heartache. But there’s something about Takumi that makes him worth the risk…

All the Forever Things by Jolene Perry

Published by Albert Whitman & Company

April 1st 2017

30201517Nothing is forever. Gabe knows that more than most girls. After all, she lives in a funeral home (it’s the family business), and she gets that everything in the world dies eventually – people, rumors, fashion trends, the nickname “Graveyard Gabe.” But her best friend, Bree, has been a constant in her life; it’s always been the two of them together. Until Bree starts seeing a guy who stands for everything Gabe thought they were against. How could Bree change her mind and go for someone like Bryce Johnson?

Now Gabe doesn’t know who her friend is anymore. And the only person who seems to have time for her is Hartman, the new guy, who is somehow not weirded out by the funeral home stuff (well, a little). Still, Gabe doesn’t want to lose her mind over a guy the way Bree has, so she holds back.

But a very strange prom night (driving the family hearse instead of a limo) will change what Gabe knows about friendship, love, life, and everything that comes after – forever and otherwise.

COVER REVEALS WITHOUT SYNOPSIS

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Inevitable and Only by Lisa Rosinsky


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 Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See | REVIEW

reviewsThe Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Published by Scribner on March 21st 2017
Genres: Fiction, Historical
Pages: 384
Format: ARC

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird LaneLi-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives.

In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city.

After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.

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4 Stars

** Received an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

First Line:

“No coincidence, no story,” my a-ma recites, and that seems to settle everything, as it usually does, after First Brother finishes telling us about the dream he had last night.


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COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟     PLOT 🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟      ATMOSPHERE 🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟     FEELS 🌟🌟🌟🌟


The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See is a historical fiction about the love of a mother/daughter, adoption, cultural customs, and most importantly tea! This one was a bit out of my element and typical reading genre, but I thought I would give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised!

My Likes

Cultural Diversity

What I found the most eye opening about The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane was everything we get to learn about the Akha people of the Yunnan village. The majority of the villagers make a living from harvesting tea leaves. These are a people that are heavily ruled by superstitions and strict customs. So when Li-yan, our main protagonist has a baby out of wedlock, she must stay hidden and eventually give the baby up for a adoption or risk banishment.

See does a great job with the research it must have taken to put this all together. Weaving two very different stories about culture and diversity is a great feat!

Beautiful Writing

There was an immensely lyrical prose to the writing of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. It has beautiful descriptions and the writing of it was quite immersive. Everything about the way See wrote this book seemed quite authentic and created a unique cultural tone that you don’t find very often when reading.

From beginning to end the prose was able to keep me engaged and wanting to know more about the culture and customs of the Akha people!

Tea Talk!

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is heavily influenced by tea. Not just any tea though, but Pu’re’ tea. I found it immensely fascinating to learn so much about tea that I didn’t know before reading this book. We get to learn about the growing of tea leaves in the Yunnan village, as well as tea customs and traditions such as serving the tea and the economical effects it has on the Akha  people.

See must have done a great deal of research on this subject and it truly reflects in the way she incorporated it into the story!

My Dislikes

Lagging Pace

Towards the middle of the story things started to drag a bit at a snails pace. There were areas of the story that I began to skim because I felt they didn’t add anything major to the overall story line.

Other than that I thoroughly enjoyed The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane!


I highly recommend this one if you want to broaden your reading horizons with more culture and diversity you wouldn’t normally get from the young adult genre. Let me know what you guys thought of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Lisa SeeLisa See was born in Paris but grew up in Los Angeles. She lived with her mother, but spent a lot of time with her father’s family in Chinatown. Her first book, On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book. The book traces the journey of Lisa’s great-grandfather, Fong See, who overcame obstacles at every step to become the 100-year-old godfather of Los Angeles’s Chinatown and the patriarch of a sprawling family.

Blacklist | Waiting on Wednesday [#49]

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!


Blacklist

Author: Alyson Noel
Series: Beautiful Idols #2
Genre: YA, Mystery
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: April 4th 2017

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BlacklistLayla Harrison has finally found herself in the middle of a celebrity story worth reporting. Aster Amirpour’s name is in every tabloid—even if it isn’t the good kind of publicity she hoped for. Tommy Phillips is inches away from getting the girl of his dreams, which may be harder than scoring a VIP ticket to an Unrivaled nightclub.

But Layla, Aster and Tommy never imagined it would be because they’re entangled in the disappearance of Madison Brooks—a story that’s blinded the world like a starlet blinded by the flash of a paparazzi camera.
Now, Layla is receiving mysterious messages from an anonymous source, Aster’s looming murder trial is so huge even her parents’ lawyer can’t save her, Tommy is retracing his steps as the last person Madison saw alive, and Layla’s ex Mateo finds himself lured into the fold.

You can dig up dirt about celebrities that the tabloids miss if you search long enough. But when Layla, Aster, and Tommy team up with an unsuspecting insider to unearth the truth, they’ll find that some secrets are best kept in the grave.

Why I’m Waiting

I love me some trashy Hollywood/celebrity/reality tv-esque books. Unrivaled, the first book hooked me with all the drama last year and I can’t wait to see the mystery further unravel for me!

P.S. Alyson Noel is the author of The Immortals and The Soul Seekers series.


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Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | March 13 – March 19

Weekly Cover RevealsHey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of March 13 – March 19. 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

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Published by Simon Pulse

November 7th 2017

This Mortal CoilCatarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash though firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?

The Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst (The Queens of Renthia #2)

Published by Harper Voyager

July 4th 2017

The Reluctant QueenEverything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . .
And those spirits want to kill you.
It’s the first lesson that every Renthian learns.

Not long ago, Daleina used her strength and skill to survive those spirits and assume the royal throne. Since then, the new queen has kept the peace and protected the humans of her land. But now for all her power, she is hiding a terrible secret: she is dying. And if she leaves the world before a new heir is ready, the spirits that inhabit her beloved realm will run wild, destroying her cities and slaughtering her people.

Naelin is one such person, and she couldn’t be further removed from the Queen—and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Her world is her two children, her husband, and the remote village tucked deep in the forest that is her home, and that’s all she needs. But when Ven, the Queens champion, passes through the village, Naelin’s ambitious husband proudly tells him of his wife’s ability to control spirits—magic that Naelin fervently denies. She knows that if the truth of her abilities is known, it will bring only death and separation from those she loves.

But Ven has a single task: to find the best possible candidate to protect the people of Aratay. He did it once when he discovered Daleina, and he’s certain he’s done it again. Yet for all his appeals to duty, Naelin is a mother, and she knows her duty is to her children first and foremost. Only as the Queen’s power begins to wane and the spirits become emboldened—even as ominous rumors trickle down from the north—does she realize that the best way to keep her son and daughter safe is to risk everything.

All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry

Published by Algonquin Young Readers

October 10th 2017

All the Wind in the WorldSarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt work in the vast maguey fields that span the bone-dry Southwest, a thirsty, infinite land that is both seductive and fearsome. In this rough, transient landscape, Sarah Jac and James have fallen in love. They’re tough and brave, and they have big dreams. Soon they will save up enough money to go east. But until then, they keep their heads down, their muscles tensed, and above all, their love secret.

When a horrible accident forces Sarah Jac and James to start over on a new, possibly cursed ranch called the Real Marvelous, the delicate balance they’ve found begins to give way. And James and Sarah Jac will have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love.

Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by J.M. Sullivan

Published by Pen Name Publishing

May 16th 2017

Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles“Behind her, an unnatural howl ripped through the air. Alice’s chest tightened and she had to fight to breathe. It was too late. The momerath were coming.”

Ever since the outbreak of the Plague, life hasn’t been easy, and for seventeen-year-old Alice Carroll, it just got worse. Her sister, Dinah, has contracted the ‘un-deadly’ Momerath Virus and without a cure, will soon be worse than dead. She’ll be momerath.

Alice must leave the safety of the Sector and venture into Momerath Territory to find the antidote – if it exists. Chasing a rumor about a mysterious doctor with the cure, Alice falls down the rabbit hole into Wanderland, where ravenous momerath aren’t the only danger lurking.

CONTEMPORARY

Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

Published by Simon Pulse

August 29th 2017

Love & LuckAddie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni

Published by Dial Books

September 26th 2017

Things I'm seeing Without YouSeventeen-year-old Tess Fowler has just dropped out of high school. She can barely function after learning of Jonah’s death. Jonah, the boy she’d traded banter with over texts and heartfelt e-mails.

Jonah, the first boy she’d told she loved and the first boy to say it back.

Jonah, the boy whose suicide she never saw coming.

Tess continues to write to Jonah, as a way of processing her grief and confusion. But for now she finds solace in perhaps the unlikeliest of ways: by helping her father with his new alternative funeral business, where his biggest client is . . . a prized racehorse?

As Tess’s involvement in her father’s business grows, both find comfort in the clients they serve and in each other. But love, loss, and life are so much more complicated than Tess ever thought. Especially after she receives a message that turns her life upside down.

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Published by Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

June 13th 2017

Saints and MisfitsHow much can you tell about a person just by looking at them?

Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box.

And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.

While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then?

One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton

Published by Hot Key Books

May 4th 2017

One Italian SummerIt’s been a year since Milly, Elyse and Leonie’s dad died, and a year since their last trip to Rome. Summer’s here again, and once again they are heading with their mum to Italy – but what’s it going to be like going without Dad? Rome still holds its familiar charms – the sun is still as warm, the gelato as delicious, the people as welcoming. But nothing is quite as it once was …

With grief still raw for all of them, Milly is facing the additional awfulness of having to see Luke again – gorgeous, gorgeous Luke, who she had a fling with last year, and who she made a total fool of herself with – or so she thinks. What’s going to happen this time? What’s more, things between Milly, her sisters and their mum are rocky – Leonie is being tempestuous and unpredictable, Elyse is caught up with her new boyfriend, and Milly feels like she just doesn’t know how she fits in any more.

Over one Italian summer, can Milly find a way back to the life she once had?

MYSTERY / THRILLER

The Bakersville Dozen by Kristina McBride

Published by Sky Pony Press

July 4th 2017

The Bakersville DozenYou have four days to locate five treasured trophies. Break the rules and you all die. Happy hunting!

Back in September, the town of Bakersville, Ohio made national news when a video went viral featuring thirteen of the high school’s elite in compromising positions. Now it’s May, and every month since the “Bakersville Dozen” made their infamous appearance on the national stage, one girl has gone missing. Officials are no closer to identifying the criminal.

Bailey “Like a Virgin” Holzman is getting really fed up with the scrutiny. She just wants to enjoy the rest of her senior year and have an epic summer before heading off to college. So when she discovers a note in her locker on the last day of school inviting her on a scavenger hunt, she thinks it’s just a sweet surprise from her boyfriend trying to cheer her up.

But following the clue leads her, instead, to the first official casualty. And another sinister envelope. The killer is close, and it could be anyone. Even the people Bailey’s always trusted most—her best friend, her perfect boyfriend, or the boy-next-door she’s always pined for.

With the clock ticking, she faces a terrifying choice: play the game by the killer’s rules—follow the clues, tell no one, and no cops—for a chance to save the rest of the missing girls, or risk becoming the next grisly victim.

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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag #2

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Hey guys!

I’ve done this tag on my old blog 2 years ago and I thought that since the time has passed,and my opinions have changed I could do another one.

I was not tagged by anyone to do this. I just thought it would be fun to revisit it!


 1. A popular book or series you didn’t like.

I read the first book and it passed. Then the second book came and it flopped so hard I will not be continuing with the series.

2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.

The Cruelty

It’s not so much that people don’t like this book, it’s that they didn’t like the author. In his first interview after he sold his book he decided to trash the genre that he is writing. Not a good move. But it was a good book!

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn people for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.

HP and the Deathly Hollows

You all know who should have ended up with who…

4. A popular genre that you hardly reach for.

Contemporary

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.

Sorry Chaol fans. He just missed his mark on this one!

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

Victoria Aveyard

As I said above. The first book was decent. Then the author messed up with the second book and so on… girl bye.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.

The chosen one trope is getting pretty annoying if I’m going to be honest. Why can’t someone be average or normal and still be able to save the day?

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean

I can’t even remember what the names of the first two books are… HA.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

Riverdale

Does Riverdale count? It’s not that I don’t like the comics this show originated from… it’s just I love the direction the show is taking!


Well there you have it! My unpopular opinions. Sorry if you disagree, but that’s just me. If any of you want to do the tag, by all means. I would love to hear your unpopular opinions too!

I TAG YOU

Emma | Olivia | Flo | Maria | Lois | Deanna

AND EVERYONE ELSE!

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