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Jul 25, 2017

What's New? This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter


 


I haven't read anything by this author because, and even though this book sounds like the kind of sad book I love, I'm not sure if I'll end up reading it. Anyway, it sounds really good.
Check it out!

Expected publication: February 27th 2018 by Wednesday Books 

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living, took more courage than dying?

This Heart of Mine is a haunting, poignant tale about living and dying, surviving grief, guilt, and heartache, while discovering love and hope in the midst of sadness.
 
 
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Jul 18, 2017

What's New? Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake


 

I always love long book titles, so this one caught my attention for it. Like I use to say, I'm not too much into fantasy, but some books look and sound really amazing, and I wouldn't want to miss the chance to read them. And this is one of them! 
Are you ready to add it to your TBR!?


Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by HarperTeen

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.

The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn, but the entire world.

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle the two might have a chance to save their world.

With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love…even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.
 
 
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Jul 14, 2017

Mini Reviews: Long May She Reign & Hunted



Long May She Reign
by Rhiannon Thomas
Source: eARC provided for review.
My Rating: 3 stars
Summary:
Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.
Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.
Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.
As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown

 ***

I read this book some time ago, and I had to change my rating from 4 stars to 3, because in all honestly I didn't remember much about it. All that I remember is what I wrote in the mini reviews I keep in my bullet journal.
So, here's that:

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas is a book with such a cool premise with many likable characters. I loved Freya and how she handled the situation of becoming a queen when she wasn't supposed to.
The plot was really good, I loved the mystery about the murdered and what really happened at the banquet. I knew from the beginning that I couldn't trust anyone but Freya (AND her best friend AND her cat), so I loved when I couldn't guess who the killer was.
Although the characters and the worldbuilding were good, my biggest problem with Long May She Reing is that sometimes it felt too slow and a little boring. Like those the times Freya stayed in her laboratory, it was really easy to skip some pages and I didn't miss anything important.

This book had so much potential, and I wish there were more action packed escenes to make pages fly, but sadly that didn't happen.
Anyway, for a standalone fantasy, it was really good and there's a chance you will love it more than I did.



*****


Hunted
by Meagan Spooner
Source: eARC provided for review.
My Rating: 4 stars
Summary:
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. 
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. 
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?


****

This is my second favorite Beauty and the Beast re-telling! Don't ask me about my very favorite one, because right now I CAN'T remember! 

I absolutely loved all the characters in this book, from fearless and strong Yeva, to the messy and chaotic Beast. I loved how they were written, their character development and the slow hate-to-love shift between them. 
One of my fave "changes" about this book is how lovely was the relationship between Yeva and her sisters (and their father). In most of the re-telling I've read, the sisters are mean and cruel to her, but in this book, Yeva's family was lovely and united. 
I'd like to say that I loved everything about this book because I did, but for a long time, Meagan made me think Beast did "the inforgivable" and I hated him for a long time.I ended up loving him, but it took some time, so I feel like my time hating him was wasted? 

Overall, I loved this book. Loved the plot, the setting, the characters, the magic and the creatures. This book did not disappoint at all. It's a must read! 



Jul 12, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart


 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

 What I'm waiting for...

 


The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.
 
 
*****
 
I've read this book is told in reverse and the few books like this I've read, I've love them! And of course, I loved We Were Liars, so please give me this book now!
 
 
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Jul 11, 2017

What's New? Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre


 


Hey there! I hope you're having a great day. Well, I probably already know about this book, but I just saw it, and OMG! It sounds so badass! Plus these authors have some amazing books (I haven't read any, don't hate me!!). I'm really, REALLY looking forward to reading this one.

Expected publication:  February 13th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

Zara Cole has been in and out of New Detroit’s rehab facilities for treatment of her antisocial disorder. There’s no adjusting Zara’s attitude, though. A painful past has made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in the Zone instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan–a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned to along with fellow Honor Beatriz, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time, along with a devotion she’s never experienced before. Yet nothing—not her Honors training or her street smarts—could have prepared her for the dark, dangerous truths that lurk behind the glitter of starlight.

Honor Among Thieves is the first book in a daring new sci-fi series by bestselling authors Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre.


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Jul 10, 2017

This is How it Happened by Paula Stokes


This is How it Happened
Source: ARC provided for review. Thank you!
My Rating: 3.5 - 4 stars
Summary:
When Genevieve Grace wakes up from a coma, she can’t remember the car crash that injured her and killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTube star who had just released his first album. Genevieve knows she was there, and that there was another driver, a man named Brad Freeman, who everyone assumes is guilty. But as she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread—that maybe she had something to do with what happened.
As the internet rages against Brad Freeman, condemning him in a brutal trial by social media, Genevieve escapes to her father’s house, where she can hide from reporters and spend the summer volunteering in beautiful Zion National Park. But she quickly realizes that she can’t run away from the accident, or the terrible aftermath of it all.
Incredibly thought-provoking and beautifully told, Paula Stokes’s story will compel readers to examine the consequences of making mistakes in a world where the internet is always watching…and judging.  


****

I love Paula Stokes’ books, she’s such a great storyteller and her stories are awesome. Maybe that’s why there’s a war in my head because of this book.

I’m going to start with: What I liked.
This Is How It Happened was a fast-paced and thought provoking read. I was shocked with how realistic and emotional it was. The main plot twist was revealed early in the book, which was surprising, until I realized that wasn’t the point of this book. This book was about choices the consequences of what we do or hide.
Paula Stokes has the ability to make you feel like pages fly. I read this book and two days, and that’s really fast for me, but that’s because I was dying to read the end.
I really liked the characters, too, especially the parents. I loved how Genevieve’s parents, mom or dad, were always present in the book and how not everything happened behind their backs.
And I adored the mention of American Ninja Warrior! I’m a huge fan of the show and this is the first time I ever read about it in a YA book.


Now. What I did not like.
This will be weird, because I give it a high rating, but I feel like there are more things I didn’t like than things I actually liked.
For starters, I didn’t like Genevieve. I understand her, and I felt bad for her, but I felt like everything was just too easy for her. She did many cowardly things throughout the book and even though I knew why and I -again- understood her; I simply couldn’t feel sorry for her. I couldn’t connect with her at all, and that was even before I read the plot twist.
I’m not going to lie here. I read the last chapter and I STILL felt bitter that nothing more happened to her. And no, I’m not one of those people who write cruel things online and I don’t judge other when I don’t know their stories. I just didn’t like Genevieve.

I also disliked the romance.
That’s might be because the two books I read before this one didn’t have much romance, but I felt like this book didn’t need it. I felt like this boy presence (please forgive me, I already forgot his name) was just convenient.

I didn’t like the ending, either. This is mostly because, like I said, I didn’t like Genevieve and how good everything turner out for her… 


Would I recommend this book?
Yes, even when there were things I didn’t like, this book has such an important message about a really important topic and we all should be aware of it. 


****highlight for SPOILER**** Even if drowsy driving isn’t a crime where Genevieve lives, it’s still a crime in my country and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read horrible stories or known some people who died or ended up terrible injured after a crash provoked by drowsy driving, so it really and personally bothered me that Genevieve didn’t face any legal consequence after they knew she caused the accident and then kept it for herself, especially because of what Bradley Freeman went through. I found it really unfair.


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Jul 6, 2017

Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally


Coming Up for Air (Hundred Oaks)
Source: eARC provided for review. Thank you!
My Rating: 5 stars
Summary:
Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.
All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic try out, so she feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to lose to win? 



Oh my, this book made me want to read all the books in The Hundred Oaks series. I feel like I cheated a little because I only read Stealing Parker (I loved it!) and this book would be probably more emotional if I’d read Catching Jordan. 

Anyway, this is the best friends-to-lovers book I’ve read. The shift in the relationship between Maggie and Levi was really smooth and I loved them to pieces.
But my favorite thing about this book was definitely all the knowledge I learned about swimming. I can’t swim and that breaks my heart but that’s my favorite sport to watch in the Olympics and after seeing how much heart these characters poured trying to accomplish their dreams, it made me like the sport even more!
I loved the group of friends, and how they always made time to see each other. I loved their conversations, the humor, and their personalities. 

I can’t think of a single thing I didn’t like about this book.
Miranda Kenneally’s writing is fast-paced and I loved the settings and the cast of characters she created.
This is definitely one of my fave “light reads”
If you’re looking for something cute, fun and even sexy, you will love this book. I highly recommend it! 


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