Wednesday, June 28, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #37: Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.



Title: Lucky in Love
Author:   Kasie West
Publisher: Scholastic

Expected publication: July 25, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance


In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.




What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon

Monday, June 26, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #76: Best Books You've Read In 2017 So Far



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Best Books You've Read In 2017 So Far. 

SHON'S PICK


1. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare 
In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.







2. Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare
Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?




3. Strong Enough by Melanie Harlow and David Romanov
I wasn’t looking for Derek Wolfe.

I wasn’t looking for anybody. All I wanted was to start a new life in America. But when I found myself stranded here with no place to go, he came to my rescue, offering me a place to stay.

He’s smart, successful, and sexy as hell—I can barely sleep knowing he’s right down the hall. And when the chemistry between us explodes one night with fierce, fiery passion, it’s hard to deny there’s something real there. . .

But he does.


 


WENDY'S PICK

 
4. The Diabolic (The Diabolic #1) by S.J. Kincaid  


5. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare


6. City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare

TINA'S PICK

7. A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas


8. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #2)

The story is action packed and chock full of emotions and heart.  Great characters and complex story. I just want to sob when it was over.

9. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This is such a sweet cute book. It's completely a feel good read. It's a little sarcastic but also witty and warm. It's short and to the point.

10. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Such a fun read! It started off reminding me of 13 Reasons Why then slowly the story unravels.  I love how the story revolves around music. It gives a magical essence and very uplifting.

Monday Reviews: Ruined series by Amy Tintera

Ruined series by Amy Tintera
Published by HarperTeen
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Review by: Tina
 
Synopsis
Emelina Flores sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em must infiltrate the royal family and find her captured sister Olivia. In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne.


Review
I heard about Ruined for some time and it came highly recommended by Margot from #epicreads. I was skeptical at first but the story was entertaining and fast paced.

In the kingdom of Ruina, there are two kinds of people: the kind with the elements, the Ruined, and the kind without, the Useless. Em's kingdom is destroyed by Lera and Vallos and her sister is kidnapped. She puts together a solid plan with the backing of the Oslo country, the Warriors. With only one attendant, she kills the Vallos princess and enters Lera as the new bride-to-be. 

The series is unexpectedly fun. I felt Em is great as the brains behind the entire operation and Cas is charming and wanting to please (reminding me of Dorian's personality from the Throne of Glass series).

However, Avenged was a let down. I didn't like the direction it was going and the frustrating fact that Em took a back seat and let her sister rule the Ruined. It started to show a similar feel to The Young Elites series when the leaders lose all control and destruction is inevitable. There was nothing I want more than seeing the magical sister eliminated.

 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Post #11 Week in Review





Happy Sunday, Bookworms!!

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. You can find more info here: Sunday Post Meme.



Can you believe that this is the last week of June? Where has the month gone? I feel like it's gone by so quickly, and I've not accomplished anything (and by anything I mean, I have still not finished Lady Midnight).


Here's what we where up to last week!


*Bookish
We received two ARC via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review.


True Colors (True Love #2) by Anyta Sunday
I gave this book a 2 stars

Not a big fan of how the book started. I did find myself intrigued at the beginning of the book. I was curious as to what happened between our two main characters. After I found out the reason for their fallout I was a little disappointed. I was expecting something more. I start to lose interest after this.







Royal Pain (His Royal Hotness #1) by Tracy Wolff
 

I gave this a book 4 stars.

I might do a full review after the book is release.


Also, we receive a package from Candlewick Press to celebrate the cover redesign of The Books of Pellinor epic fantasy series and the release of the prequel The Bone Queen.


Coming up this week is Top Ten Tuesday, "Waiting On" Wednesday, Thursday Thrills, Friday 56! and books review.

Until next week!


Happy Reading!!!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday 56! June 23, 2017

Happy Friday Everyone! I'm so happy it's the weekend, it means I get to read more! :) Hope you enjoy this Friday 56!

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice. Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any sentence, or few, just don't spoil it. Post it.

"Monty had been tracing my grandmother's path for so long, he was Walking between worlds at random, searching for a hint of the frequency that meant she'd been there. He'd never found one."


Have a safe and fun weekend
Happy Reading

Xo,
Wendy

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #36: Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.



Title: Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy
Author: Ameriie
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Expected publication: July 11, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Short Stories, Anthologies


Leave it to the heroes to save the world--villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains' points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like "Medusa," Sherlock Holmes, and "Jack and the Beanstalk" provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains' acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage--and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Featuring writing from . . .

Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon

BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).




What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon

Monday, June 19, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #75: Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't





Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't.


Shon's Pick

1. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
2. The Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green
3. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
4. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor 
5. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Wendy's Pick