Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #256 - By Your Side by Kasie West
By Your Side
by Kasie West
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Publication Date: January 31st 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062455864

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In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side? (Goodreads)

I just recently finished listening to TWO of Kasie's audiobooks,
(reviews for both on the blog!)
and now I am even more excited to read By Your Side!!

If you don't already know, I'm a HUGE fan of contemporary novels,
and all of the books I've read by Kasie so far have been great.
I can't wait to read By Your Side,
as well as Lucky in Love, which comes out next summer!!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

My Thoughts: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West (Audiobook Review)
P.S. I Like You
by Kasie West
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Publication Date: July 26th 2016
Publisher:  Point
Pages: 330
ISBN: 9780545850971
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Library

Audiobook ISBN: 9781520014890
Publisher: Ideal on Dreamscape Audio

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Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out… (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

When I first discovered P.S. I Like You by Kasie West, I knew it would be a book that I wanted to read. All the books I've read by West so far have been great, and I knew this one would not disappoint as well. And, it didn't! P.S. I Like You is probably my most favorite read by West so far!

The main character in the story, Lily, is adorable. I love her love for music, and could definitely relate to her through that. Actually, I could actually relate to her in so many ways. She was great. I love her family as well. They are huge and wild and totally loving. She has the type of family that I LOVE to read about in stories. I guess because it reminds me so much of my little family.

I adore the storyline for the book. I had read a review before I started the story that said it reminded the reader of the movie You've Got Mail, which just so happens to be my most favorite movie ever, so I couldn't wait to read the book to see this for myself. And it did totally remind me of the movie! An anonymous penpal, who is easy to talk to, easy to relate to, and trying to figure out who it is. Ah, I totally fell in love with this story.

P.S. I Like You is the second audiobook that I've listened to by Kasie West in the past week, so yeah, you can totally say I'm hooked. I really enjoyed the narrator for the book, Shannon McManus, who also narrated The Fill-In Boyfriend. She did a great job with the different voices, and held my attention throughout the story. Excellent job!

Overall; I can't seem to say enough about how much I loved this book. SO good, and I'm definitely going to have to get a print version to add to my shelf soon. If you're a fan of fun contemporaries, definitely check out P.S. I Like You, and ALL the books by Kasie West!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

My Thoughts: Nemesis by Anna Banks
by Anna Banks
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Publication Date: October 4th 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781250070173
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Review Copy / Own

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The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

My Thoughts...

I am a huge fan of Anna Banks, so I was SUPER excited to read her newest release, Nemesis! When I first saw the stunning cover for this book, I knew I'd have to have it in my collection, and once I read the summary, I couldn't wait to get started on the book. It definitely did not disappoint!

Nemesis is told in alternating chapters between Princess Sepora and King Tarik. I LOVED this, as I always feel you get so much more information this way, and I love seeing two sides to the story. I found both Sepora and Tarik to be completely fascinating characters, and I enjoyed watching the relationship grow between the two as the story went along. They were both really awesome, well written characters, and there are a lot of really interesting secondary characters in the story as well!

The really enjoyed the storyline for the book as well. I don't read fantasy books often enough, and this one was really fascinating. To be honest with you, it took me a little while to get into a groove when I first started reading this book. There were a lot of unique names of people and things in the story, and I was constantly stopping myself try to make sure I was reading and pronouncing the words right. But once I got used to them, it wasn't a problem anymore, and I was able to become completely engrossed in the story. The ending of the book leaves me dying to get my hands on the sequel, and it's going to be a long wait until the next book is released. Sigh.

I knew this book was going to be a series, but I just recently found out that it's a duology, and not a trilogy. That's interesting, and I can't wait to add the second book to my collection!

Overall; I really enjoyed reading Nemesis! The great characters and unique storyline came together to form quite a fantastic read. I'll be anxiously awaiting the sequel when it's released in 2017!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #255 - Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
Once and For All
by Sarah Dessen
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Publication Date: June 6th 2017
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780425290330

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As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

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)

A new book from Sarah Dessen!!
Can we all give a huge squeal of delight??
Sarah is an auto-buy author for me,
so I had the book pre-ordered before I even read the description.
This book sounds great, as all of her books do.
I can't wait to add it to my collection!!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: All About Books Recommended to Me

October 11:  All About Books Recommended to Me
(From fellow friends, bloggers, reviews etc.)

My TBR schedule is usually made up of review books,
and I rarely seem to have time to read other books.
Here's a list of books I've read due to recommendations,
or because of reviews I've read or things I've heard about the book!

1. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson - This book was recommended to me by a really awesome publicist, and I loved it so much!! Just the beginning to one of my most favorite series ever. :)

2. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare - This book was recommended to me by a friend waaaaaay back when. It was one of the first books I read that got me into reading YA books, and I'm SO glad I read it!

3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling - Unfortunately, I didn't read these books when they first came out. (I SOOOOO wish I would have.) And I honestly never really thought about them until I entered the book blogging world. When I discovered everyone's love for the books, I knew I just HAD to read them. I'm still working on reading/finishing the series, but I love all that I've read so far!

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Another series that I picked up right when I started blogging because of recommendations by others. Mockingjay was just fixing to release when I discovered this series, and I read so many reviews that this was a series I MUST READ.So glad I did. Awesome series.

5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - When it was my turn to pick a book for my book club read one month, my dear friend Kathy suggested I pick Me Before You. I had seen a lot about the book, but hadn't read it yet, and I'm SO glad she suggested it to me. It's definitely a fave of mine.

6. The Martian by Andy Weir - I really wasn't sure about this book, it's not really the kind I read, but I was at first interested because of the movie, then I started seeing all the things that people were saying about it, and I HAD to read it. I really enjoyed the book, and it kind of drives me crazy that I still don't have a copy of my own!

7. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - I read this book late last year, right when the details of the movie started coming out, and everyone was talking about it online. I still need to see the movie, and I'm hoping that I can get to that this week!

8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - Another book recommended to me by my lovely friend Kathy! I read the book before the movie came out, and I wasn't sure what to expect when I started it, but oh my, what a wild ride!

9. Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson - Yes, another Kathy recommendation! I had never read a Morgan Matson book before, then Kathy sent me a review copy of this book, and I FELL IN LOVE. Now Morgan is one of my most favorite authors. I love her books!

10. The Fault in our Stars by John Green - This book was recommended to me by fellow bookworm Petra, who also sent me a copy of the book to read as well! I hadn't heard of John Green before that time, but this book definitely made me a fan!

Those are just a few of my favorite books that have been recommended to me in the past. I have SO many more I still need to read. SOON!

What's books made your list this week?
Recommend your faves to me!

Monday, October 10, 2016

My Thoughts: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia
The Lovely Reckless
by Kami Garcia
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Publication Date: October 4th 2016
Publisher: Imprint
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781250079190
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Review Copy / Own

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I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart? (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I was super excited to read something new by Kami Garcia, as the last book I read by her was Beautiful Creatures, and that was a few years ago. The Lovely Reckless sounded right up my alley, and I couldn't wait to get started on it!

The main character in the story, Frankie, suffers from PTSD after seeing the horrific death of her boyfriend. After making a reckless mistake one night, she's sent to live with her undercover cop dad, leaving her life of privilege behind. At her new school, she meets Marco, the sexy, tattooed street racer who she can't seem to stop thinking about, and who will change her world in ways she never expected.

I really liked both Frankie and Marco. They both had issues, but they both seemed to really help each other. Both made the other feel safe in a way that either one has ever experienced. The romance between the two was a little ... intense. Don't get me wrong, I loved the tension building up to it, but then it started feeling a bit insta-lovely, and I had to roll my eyes a little. haha! I still enjoyed it, however, and Frankie and Marco were super cute together.

The storyline for the book was very engaging, and I was hooked just a few chapters in. I started reading the book late one night, thinking that I would just read a few pages before bed, and before I knew it, I was 8 chapters in. I finished the remainder of the book the next day, as I couldn't seem to put it down. The ending was a little predictable, but that didn't stop me from flying through the pages and completely losing track of time because I was so engrossed in the story. The book reminds me very much of one of my favorite books by Katie McGarry, a book that I absolutely adore. I love books about fast cars and racing, and, of course, guys with tattoos. *wink*

I was a little bummed to discover that The Lovely Reckless is a standalone novel, as I was hoping it would be a series! There are SO many characters in the story that I'd love to read more about. Like Cruz, for instance. I would love to see her have her own story, so Kami, if you decide to write that story, I will gladly throw all my money your way!

Overall; I really enjoyed The Lovely Reckless! It was an engrossing and quick read. I wish I had more books like this in my collection! I'm super excited for my finished copy to arrive, so that I can stare at it on my shelf every day. :) Check it out sometime!

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