Saturday, December 31, 2016

Most Anticipated Books of 2017


 
10. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue 
By: Mackenzi Lee
Release Date: June 20, 2017
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 An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way. Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy. Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.


 9. The Last of August 
By: Brittany Cavallaro
Release Date: February 14, 2017
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In the second brilliant, action-packed book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Jamie and Charlotte are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families. Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers. So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.
 

8. Once and for All  
By: Sarah Dessen
Release Date: June 6, 2017
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Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants.



7. Blacksouls  
By: Nicole Castroman
Release Date: April 11, 2017
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Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard. Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships. Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands. Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.
 

6. Bad Romance  
By: Heather Demetrios
Release Date: June 13, 2017
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Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone. Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape. Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again. 


5. The Hate U Give 

By: Angie Thomas
Release Date: February 28, 2017
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Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice.




 
4. Lucky in Love  
By: Kasie West
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Goodreads

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.

3. Lord of Shadows  
By: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Goodreads

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? And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

 
2. Throne of Glass #6 
By: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: September 5, 2017
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1. A Court of Wings and Ruin 
By: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 2, 2017
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Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.  In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

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What books are you looking forward to reading in 2017?


Friday, December 30, 2016

Best Books of 2016

Best Books of 2016:


10.  A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro


“Truth be told, I liked that blurriness. That line where reality and fiction jutted up against each other.”
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9. Heartless by Marissa Meyer



“But hoping," he said, "is how the impossible can be possible after all.”

 
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8. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken


“It's our choices that matter in the end. Not wishes, not words, not promises.” 

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7. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman


 “You take far too many chances," she murmured.
"And you don't take nearly enough. I propose to change that.”


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6. When We Collided by Emery Lord

“That's the thing they never tell you about love stories: just because one ends, that doesn't mean it failed. A cherry pie isn't a failure just because you eat it all. It's perfect for what it is, and then it's gone. And exchanging the truest parts of yourself--all the things you are--with someone? What a slice of life. One I'll carry with me into every single someday.” 

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5. What Light by Jay Asher


“I don't know how to fully enjoy any of these moments without wondering if it's the last.” 


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4. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis



“But boys will be boys, our favorite phrase that excuses so many things, while the only thing we have for the opposite gender is women, said with disdain and punctuated with an eye roll.”

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3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare


“There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.”

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2. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas


“The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers.” 

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1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas 




"To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”

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What were some of your favorite books from 2016? 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #290: Grit


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


Grit
By: Gillian French
Release Date: May 16, 2017

His presence beside me is like heat, like weight, something I’ve carried around on my back too long. It’s summer in rural Maine; when seventeen-year-old Darcy Prentiss isn’t raking berries with her sister, Mags, and cousin, Nell, during the day, she’s drinking and swimming with the boys in the quarry by night. She knows how to have a good time, just like anyone else, but when you’ve been designated the town slut, every move you make seems to further solidify your “trashy girl” reputation. But the fun is what’s been keeping Darcy’s mind off the things she can’t forget: a disturbing secret she shares with Nell, the mysterious disappearance of her ex–best friend, and that hazy Fourth of July party that ended with Darcy drunk, on her back, wondering how she let it get this far. Then someone in town anonymously nominates Darcy to be in the running for Bay Festival Princess—a cruel, almost laughable gesture that can only be the work of someone with a score to settle. Everything Darcy has been trying to keep down comes bubbling to the surface in ways she wasn’t prepared to handle . . . and isn’t sure if she can. Gorgeously written and powerfully raw, this novel from debut author Gillian French will appeal to readers of Laurie Halse Anderson and Gayle Forman. (Goodreads)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #289: Lucky in Love


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


Lucky in Love
By: Kasie West
Release Date: July 25, 2017

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.  (Goodreads)  
 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #288: Flame in the Mist


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


Flame in the Mist
By: Renée Ahdieh
Release Date: May 2, 2017

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace. Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known. (Goodreads)
 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #287: Once and for All


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


Once and for All 
By: Sarah Dessen
Release Date: June 6, 2017

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants. Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself. (Goodreads) 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

November Wrap Up

November Wrap Up:


 Books I Reviewed:

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Waiting on Wednesday #286: Dress Codes for Small Towns


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


Dress Codes for Small Towns
By: Courtney C. Stevens
Release Date: August 29, 2017

The year I was seventeen, I had five best friends…and I was in love with all of them for different reasons. Billie McCaffrey is always starting things. Like couches constructed of newspapers and two-by-fours. Like costumes made of aluminum cans and Starburst wrappers. Like trouble. This year, however, trouble comes looking for her. Her best friends, a group she calls the Hexagon, have always been schemers. They scheme for kicks and giggles. What happens when you microwave a sock? They scheme to change their small town of Otters Holt, Kentucky, for the better. Why not campaign to save the annual Harvest Festival we love so much? They scheme because they need to scheme. How can we get the most unlikely candidate elected to the town’s highest honor? But when they start scheming about love, things go sideways. In Otters Holt, love has been defined only one way—girl and boy fall in love, get married, and buy a Buick, and there’s sex in there somewhere. For Billie—a box-defying dynamo—it’s not that simple. Can the Hexagon, her parents, and the town she calls home handle the real Billie McCaffrey? (Goodreads) 
 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #285: The Hate U Give


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


The Hate U Give
By: Angie Thomas
Release Date: February 28, 2017

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions. Sixteen-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. (Goodreads)
 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Blog Tour Review: Fire in You by J. Lynn




Fire in You (Wait for You #6)
By: J. Lynn
Released: November 28, 2016
Source: E-ARC from Inkslinger PR
Purchase the Book: B&N - iBooks - Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living. She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what. Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the past sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about. (Goodreads)

I really enjoyed Fire in You a lot! It's no secret that I'm a huge Jennifer L. Armentrout fan, so of course I was excited to read her next new book. I'm especially a fan of this Wait for Me series though and this book was definitely another great addition.

Fire in You is the story of Jillian and Brock. Jillian was in love with Brock for years as they grew up together. However, the night he broke her heart, was also the same night a stranger with a gun changed her life. It's been six years since Jillian has spoken to Brock and she is surprised when he shows up back in her life again.

Jillian was a well developed character. I really liked her story a lot and watching her grow. I loved that she decided that it was time to change and start living more for herself. Making those changes and putting herself out there wasn't always easy for her, but I admired the way she didn't give up. There was even one specific scene in the end that made me want to stand up and cheer for her. I also loved the relationship that Jillian shared with her family. It was clear how much her large family loved each other and the pride that Jillian took in working at her father's martial arts academy. 

Brock was a well developed character too. I really enjoyed how the relationship between Brock and Jillian developed as well. They share a complicated past and cared very deeply for each other. However, they also carried the burden of what happened to Jillian that night six years ago. I really liked getting to know Brock better though and how he came to be such an important part of Jillian's life when they were both young. It was clear how much he loved and respected her family as well.

I also loved seeing many familiar characters from the previous books in this series again. It's always fun to see what is happening in their lives and catch up with them in a sense. Armentrout has truly done a great job with connecting all of these characters to each other.

The plot was paced well and like with most of Armentrout's books, I couldn't put this one down. There was a good balance of drama and romance. I especially liked that the romance in this book took the time to develop because it made it that much more realistic. I also loved that there was some humor in this story as well. The love/hate relationship between Jillian and her cat Rhage was especially funny. 

Overall, I really enjoyed Fire in You a lot! I definitely recommend picking this one up if you're a fan of this series already, a fan of any of Armentrout's books, or even just a fan of contemporary romance books.       

 
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