Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #314 - Always Never Yours & The Way You Make Me Feel
Always Never Yours
by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
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Publication Date: May 22nd 2018
Publisher: Speak
ISBN: 9780451479846

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Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are, and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.

But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. No–a disaster. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script.

Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to play the lead in her own love story? (Goodreads)

Guuuuuuys! Does this book sound so cute, or what?
and I LOOOOOVE the cover as well.
I am super excited to check this book out. :)

The Way You Make Me Feel
by Maurene Goo
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Publication Date: May 8th 2018
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN: 9780374304096

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From the author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, a laugh-out-loud story of love, new friendships, and one unique food truck.

Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn't so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?

With Maurene Goo's signature warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look. (Goodreads)

The summary for this book won me over with Summer and Food Truck!
I love the cover for this book as well, and it also sounds like a super cute read!
I can't wait to check it out this May!!

There you have it, Bookworms! My awesome WOW picks for this now.
Now I'm wondering... What books are YOU excited for this week??
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

My Thoughts: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight
(Throne of Glass #2)
by Sarah J. Maas
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Publication Date: August 27th 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 418
ISBN: 9781619630628
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Own

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"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for. (Goodreads)

After having *finally* read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas last month, I absolutely couldn’t wait to get started on Crown of Midnight. If you read my post about Throne of Glass, you’ll know that I’m currently working my way through this series one book per month, in hopes of being completely caught up by the time the newest book, Kingdom of Ash, is released in October. Since I’ve been meaning to read this series for a while now anyways, it seemed like a good time to get started on the series, and I’m really enjoying it so far!

Crown of Midnight picks up not long after where Throne of Glass leaves off. The storyline for this book was just as addictive as the previous book, though it did seem a little slower at times. Well, right up until the last half of the book, where things got a little crazy! One thing that I really like about this series, is that while some things are a little predictable, it *still* manages to keep me guessing at times. I love that! I have absolutely no idea what to expect from the next book in the series, but I’m super excited to have it on my TBR for next month!

I don’t remember if I mentioned this in review of the last book, but I really, really like the characters in this book. I love Celaena for her fierceness and her snarky attitude. I love Chaol and Dorian as well, but if you asked me to pick between the two, I don’t think that I could. And after the ending for this book, I have no idea what is in store next for these characters.

Overall; Crown of Midnight was a really interesting sequel to Throne of Glass, and now having read it, I’m really excited now to move along to the next book in the series, Heir of Fire! I’m so glad that I own these books already, and that I can read them back to back, instead of having to wait a year or more for the next book to release. Here’s hoping that I can be completely caught up by the time the newest book is released in October.

Monday, April 16, 2018

My Thoughts: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
Love and Other Words
by Christina Lauren
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Publication Date: April 10th 2018
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781501190537
Genre: Adult Contemporary | Romance
Source: Edelweiss

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Love, loss, friendship, and the betrayals of the past all collide in this first fiction novel from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Autoboyography, Dating You / Hating You).

The story of the heart can never be unwritten.

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.

But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother...only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.

Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love. (Goodreads)

While I’ve not yet read ALL of the books out my Christina Lauren, I have read and enjoyed quite a few of their books so far, and I’m always interested in finding something new by these ladies. It’s been too long since I read their last book, Roomies, so I couldn’t wait to get started on Love and Other Words. This book was so good you guys! I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to read it!

I really enjoyed the storyline for this book. It was super cute, though at some parts a little heartbreaking at times as well. I love that the story is told alternately through the past and present, and the coming-of-age parts of the story were really relatable. (We’ve all been there, right?!) I think storylines like the one for this book are some of my most favorites, and because of that, I completely devoured this book in very little time. *grin*

I loved almost all of the characters in this story. Macy was extremely relatable to me, and I love her love for books. I also love the relationship she had with her father. It was so sweet. I also though Elliot was super sweet as well, and he also has a pretty awesome family. I loved watching the relationship grow between them over the course of the book, both in the past and in the present, and I totally didn’t want their story to end!

Though I had a review copy of this book, I optioned to read along with the audiobook, and that was seriously the best decision ever. I’ve listened to a few books narrated by Erin Mallon so far, and I really enjoy having her read these stories to me. I’m looking forward to listening to more audiobooks read by her soon!

Overall; Christina Lauren definitely has another hit on their hands with Love and Other Words, and this one is definitely one of my faves by them so far. I still need to read a few of their other newest books, Dating You/Hating You and Autoboyography are on the top of my list, and reading Love and Other Words has made me super excited to get started on those as soon as possible. I can’t wait! If you’re a fan of contemporary romance, or just a fan of Christina Lauren in general, do check out Love and Other Words! I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

My Week in Review • Week 15

Happy Sunday, and Welcome to my weekly Week in Review post!

Here I share all the things I've been up to during the past week.
Check back every Sunday for new updates!

Now, here's what I've been up to this week!

This week I read two review books, the first being The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Hammel, and the second being Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren. Both books were SO good, and you can click the title links or the photos above to see my thoughts for the books!

I also finally read King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard, which makes me officially caught up on the Red Queen series, and I'm SO ready to read War Storm when it is released!

I'm also moving along with my Throne of Glass series read, and I'm thrilled to mark Crown of Midnight off my list as well! I can't wait to move on to the next book in the series next month.

And, last but not least, I officially finished the Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising this week, which means I've read ALL the books in the Grishaverse series, and WHY DID IT HAVE TO END??

And, why did I wait so long to finish this series? I'm totally kicking myself. It's so good! At least I still have Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom to read, so there's that. *grin*
I'll have my thoughts for both of these books up on the blog sometime this week!

I only managed to watch one movie this week, but holy cow you guys... A Quiet Place was SO GOOD. I'm not at all a fan of scary movies, and I actually almost talked myself out of seeing this one, but I'm so glad I watched it. I can definitely see what all the hype is about. John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe did an AMAZING job on this. See it!

Happy Sunday, Bookworms!! I hope that you all had a great week last week, and an awesome weekend as well. I'm so not ready for mine to be over, but I do plan to enjoy the last few hours of it. :)

This week has been a busy one, and while I've somehow managed to keep up with my TBR, I'm pretty far behind on everything else. *grin* Next week I'll definitely be playing the catch up game! And hopefully it will be a quiet week as well.

That's about all for me to report this week, so...

Friday, April 13, 2018

My Thoughts: The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel
The Room on Rue Amélie
by Kristin Harmel
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Publication Date: March 27th 2018
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781501171406
Genre: Fiction | Historical Fiction
Source: Edelweiss

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For fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls, this powerful novel of fate, resistance, and family—by the international bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting and When We Meet Again—tells the tale of an American woman, a British RAF pilot, and a young Jewish teenager whose lives intersect in occupied Paris during the tumultuous days of World War II.

When newlywed Ruby Henderson Benoit arrives in Paris in 1939 with her French husband Marcel, she imagines strolling arm in arm along the grand boulevards, awash in the golden afternoon light. But war is looming on the horizon, and as France falls to the Nazis, her marriage begins to splinter, too.

Charlotte Dacher is eleven when the Germans roll into the French capital, their sinister swastika flags snapping in the breeze. After the Jewish restrictions take effect and Jews are ordered to wear the yellow star, Charlotte can’t imagine things getting much worse. But then the mass deportations begin, and her life is ripped forever apart.

Thomas Clarke joins the British Royal Air Force to protect his country, but when his beloved mother dies in a German bombing during the waning days of the Blitz, he wonders if he’s really making a difference. Then he finds himself in Paris, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, and he discovers a new reason to keep fighting—and an unexpected road home.

When fate brings them together, Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas must summon the courage to defy the Nazis—and to open their own broken hearts—as they fight to survive. Rich with historical drama and emotional depth, this is an unforgettable story that will stay with you long after the final page is turned. (Goodreads)

Admittedly, I do not read nearly enough historical fiction books, and that is something I am really trying to work on this year. I have quite a few books set during World War II on my TBR for this year, and The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel was near the top of my list. I was super curious to finally get started on this book, and I enjoyed it SO much more than I expected to.

As I mentioned above, the storyline for this book was set during WWII, and something I have discovered every time I pick up a new book set during this time period, is that you never know what to expect from the story. There are a million stories that could be told, and every book is a new experience. The Room on Rue Amélie is set during occupied Paris, right around the time France was falling to the Nazis. I’m not really sure what I expected from this story, but I totally did not expect it to be about empowerment and resistance, and that’s basically what you get, as well as love, hope and a lot of heartbreak as well. I was completely fascinated by this book, and the end... well, the end nearly did me in.

There are so many characters in this book that I absolutely love, including the three main characters, Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas. Ruby is an American who moved to France after marrying a Frenchman, Charlotte is her teenage Jewish neighbor, and Thomas is a pilot in the British Royal Air Force. The story is told from each characters alternate viewpoint, and I love that the story was written this way. Being able to read the same story from different views is always so interesting to me. All three of these characters have such completely different lives, yet when fate forces their paths to cross, they have work together and do what they have to do to resist, and to survive.

Overall; The Room on Rue Amélie is the first book I’ve read by Kristin Harmel, but it definitely will not be my last! This book was a really emotional read, and it definitely makes me want to read more books set during this time period, which is something that I am hoping to do as soon as possible. I will also definitely be checking out more books by Kristin in the future as well!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #313 - Royals by Rachel Hawkins & From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
(Royals #1)
by Rachel Hawkins
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Publication Date: May 1st 2018
Publisher: Penguin Random House
ISBN: 9781524738235

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Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself. (Goodreads)

GUYS! Does this book sound super cute, or what??
I'm super excited to be starting soon as part of my Royal Reads TBR for May.
I can't wait to get started on it!!
From Twinkle, with Love
by Sandhya Menon
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Publication Date: May 22nd 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN: 9781481495400

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Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you. (Goodreads)

This book sounds like it's going to be a super cute read as well!
I really enjoyed When Dimple Met Rishi when I read it last year,
so I'm super excited to read this new book as well. :)

Those are my WOW picks for this week!
I really can't wait to check them both out!

Now it's your turn...
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

My Thoughts: King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard

King's Cage
(Red Queen #3)
by Victoria Aveyard
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Publication Date: February 7th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 507
ISBN: 9780062310699
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | SciFi
Source: Own

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When the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down. (Goodreads)

I didn't originally plan to start reading King's Cage so soon after finishing Glass Sword, but after that pretty massive cliffhanger ending, I couldn't wait to dive back into the story. I really needed to know what was going to happen next, even though I knew reading this book would make my wait for War Storm that much harder. I started the book anyways, and now I need the next book in my hands ASAP!

I don't want to mention too much about the storyline and spoil anything for anyone who hasn't yet read the book (or the series), but I think I can mention a few things. King's Cage picks up right where Glass Sword leaves off, and since, as I mentioned above, Glass Sword ends with a pretty massive cliffhanger, I was dying to know what was going to happen next for Mare and the rest of the characters in the story. This book is yet another wild ride, full of quite a few twists that I totally didn't see coming, and a few I actually did. It ends with yet another cliffhanger ending, and I'm currently dying once again to know what's going to happen next!

Even though I'm kicking myself for not having read the second and third book in the series sooner, I'm actually glad that I waited, because that has given me the opportunity to read the books back-to-back, which has been really awesome. Having to wait a year or more to get my hands on the next book in the series would have made me crazy. Just having to wait a little over a month for War Storm is totally going to make me crazy, and that's just a few weeks! Gah! Haha!

Overall; King's Cage was an excellent addition to this already fascinating series, and I'm now eagerly anticipating getting my hands on War Storm as soon as it's released next month! And, thank goodness I don't have to wait too long for it to release, as I know that wait would kill me. Here's hoping for great things with War Storm!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

My Week in Review • Week 14

Happy Sunday, and Welcome to my weekly Week in Review post!

Here I share all the things I've been up to during the past week.
Check back every Sunday for new updates!

Now, here's what I've been up to this week!

This first week of April was a pretty great month for reading! I managed to read two review books, the first being Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, and the second being Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett, both of which were really awesome! Click on the book covers above to check out my thoughts for both of these books.

I also *finally* read The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine this week, which made me officially caught up on the Ravenspire series! I will be anxiously anticipating the next book in the series!

I also started The Hidden Oracle, the first book Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan, and I'm SO in love with this series already. I can't wait to get started on the second book in the series!

And lastly I finished Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for my yearly Harry Potter re-read. I love this series so much!

No new movie or TV for this week.

I'm a little late getting this post up this week, but better late than never, right??

Our Spring Break is officially over, and the last few weeks of school are looming ahead of us. Then it will be time for Summer Break. Whoo hoooo! I'm sad to see the kids go back to school this week, but I'm thrilled to have a bit of normalcy in my life again. *grin*

I have another full week ahead of me, and I'm hoping to get in a LOT of reading time! There are SO many books I want to read this month, and I really hope I can get to them all. AND I still need to start my Marvel Movie Marathon as well, so hopefully I can get started on that this week!

That's all for me this week. How was your week?

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