Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #255: Crooked Kingdom

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Crooked Kingdom
By: Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: September 27, 2016

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world. (Goodreads)

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything
By: Morgan Matson
Released: May 3, 2016
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase the Book: Amazon

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks) But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing - if everything's planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that? (Goodreads)

I loved The Unexpected Everything! It was a great summer book about falling in love, friendship, and family. 

The Unexpected Everything is the story of Andie who has her summer all planned out, but then when the scandal involving her politician father happens, all of her plans fall through. Now she's scrambling to figure out how to spend her summer.

Andie was a well developed character. She's mostly grown up on her own while her politician father has been busy and she's had to be mindful of her public image the entire time. Now she'll be spending her summer working a very unexpected job. I liked Andie a lot and she was a realistic teen. She isn't perfect and has her flaws.     

One of my favorite aspects of this book was the relationship between Andie and her father and how it developed. They have this strained relationship and don't really know each other that well. Her father has spent so much of his time away from home and now he'll be around for the whole summer. It's a big adjustment for the both of them.

Another one of my favorite aspects of this book was the friendship that Andie shared with Bri, Toby, and Palmer. Their friendship was so realistic. They share all of these inside jokes and have these fun little adventures together. It comes across clearly how much they love and watch out for each other.

Then there was Clark, who I absolutely adored. He's new in town and has a really interesting backstory. I honestly really loved getting to know him better. I also loved the way the relationship between Andie and Clark developed because it felt realistic.

The plot was filled with drama and some fun lighter moments as well. One of my absolute favorite scenes in this book was definitely the scavenger hunt. It made me laugh out loud and made me feel nostalgic too. While it did take me a few chapters to really get into the story, once I did, it was difficult to put this book down for long. I also loved jumping back into the setting of Stanwich and seeing some of the characters from Since You've Been Gone again as well.

Overall I loved The Unexpected Everything! If you're looking for a contemporary book to bring along with you to the beach this summer, then I highly recommend picking this one up.   

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