Friday, March 23, 2018

My Thoughts: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

More Than We Can Tell
by Brigid Kemmerer
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Publication Date: March 6th 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781681190143
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Netgalley

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*While this book exists in the same universe as Letters to the Lost, it is a standalone title.*

Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay...until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling. (Goodreads)

More Than We Can Tell is the highly anticipated companion novel to Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer, and I’m so very thrilled to have been able to read this book! I read Letters to the Lost last year, and really, really enjoyed the story, so when I discovered that More Than We Can Tell was a companion novel, I knew I would have to check it out! I am so glad I did! I really enjoyed this book.

Before I get started on this, let me say that while this is a companion novel to Letters to the Lost, you *can* read it as a standalone novel. But, if you have the opportunity to check out Letters to the Lost before starting this book, you should. *wink*

Since More Than We Can Tell is a companion novel, the story is set in the same world as Letters to the Lost, just with different set of main characters. Most of the characters we have already met in the first book, but this story revolves around Rev. (Yes, Declan and Juliet are in the story as well, but it's Rev's story.) I was super curious about Rev when we first met him in Letters to the Lost, and once I discovered that this book was about his story, I knew I would have to check it out. If you’ve read the first book, you will totally understand why. The guy was such a mystery, and I wanted nothing more than to get to know him. Having done so, I can tell you he's definitely a pretty awesome guy.

We're also introduced to a new character in the story as well, Emma Blue, who is a computer-coding wizard, who spends a lot of her free time creating online worlds for people to discover. She's pretty great at it as well. But, like Rev, she is going through a lot in the story, and when their paths cross one dark night, a bond is instantly formed. Though their stories were hard to read at times, they were hard *not* to read as well. The storyline for the book was so engrossing, I could hardly put it down, and when I did put it down, I didn't want to. I'm so glad I read this book.

Overall; if you can't tell by this super gushy review, I really enjoyed reading More Than We Can Tell! The storyline is addictive, and the characters are great. Brigid Kemmerer definitely has another winner on her hands, and I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by her in the future. If you love a good contemporary novel, do check out More Than We Can Tell! (But don't' forget to check out Letters to the Lost as well!)

20 Books I Hope to Read this Spring • 2018 Edition!

Good Morning, Bookworms!!

I'm a few days late, but it's officially time to share a few of the books that have made their way onto my Spring TBR!

For the past few months I have made a few seasonal TBR's, which is basically me picking some books I want to read during that season. In the summer I picked Summer reads, and in the Fall I picked books that made me think of Fall, etc. Today I'm picking books that make me think of Spring, and ones that will also get me excited for Summer as well! (As well as a few books that I've been meaning to read for a while now, and a few review copies that I have as well. :)

I'm also putting a few Royal Reads on this list to get myself hyped for the Royal Wedding!!

Scroll down to see what I'm reading this Spring:

(And check out my Spring TBR of YA Books HERE)

Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews
(Because what better way to kick off Spring than with a Spring Read!)

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
(Because I've been wanting to read this one for a while now!)

The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner
(Because I loved her previous book, The Forever Summer, which I read last summer!)

Sailing Lessons by Hannah McKinnon
(Also because I loved the last book I read of hers, The Summer House!)

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
(Because I haven't read anything by Sophie in FOREVER!)

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
(Another book that I've been wanting to read for a while now!)

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews
(Because this totally makes me think of the beach, and I loved the last book I read by her!)

The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery
(Because I've been meaning to read this series for FOREVER!)

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
(This is just one of the books I'm hoping to read by Elin this year!)

Rainy Day Reads by Jill Shalvis
(Because I plan to read this and Lost and Found Sisters together!)

Providence by Caroline Kepnes
(Because I am SO curious to read something by this author!)

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
(Because I think I'm the only person who hasn't read this book yet!)

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
(Because I have Luckiest Girl Alive to read as well!)

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
(Um, it's Ruth Ware! I can't wait to start this!)

And because I'm planning a Royal Reads Month in March to get hyped up for the Royal Wedding,
here are a few books about princesses and weddings!!

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
(I *really* wanted to read Royal Wedding, because how perfect would that be?
But I somehow haven't read this series yet, so I figured I'd start it now!)

Royals by Rachel Hawkins
(Because how freaking cute does this book sound?!?!)

Paper Princess by Erin Watt
(Because I've been wanting to read this one for a while now,
and it seems like a good time to start it!)

Once Upon a Princess by Rachel Hauck
(Another princess story!)

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
(Because this sounds super cute, and I love books about weddings!)

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
(Because I'm sure EVERYONE will be reading this book this May!!)

There you have it, friends! Just a few books I'm hoping to read this Spring. I don't always do a very good job at keeping up with the books on my list, but I'm definitely having fun trying to, and I'm catching up on a books I've wanted to read as well. Here's hoping I can put a dent in this list!

What books are YOU planning to read this Spring?
Do you have any suggestions that I can add to my list??

Thursday, March 22, 2018

My Thoughts: I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman
I Have Lost My Way
by Gayle Forman
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Publication Date: March 27th 2018
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780425290774
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Review Copy

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A powerful story of empathy and friendship from the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of If I Stay.

Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from everyone he has ever loved, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City with a backpack, a desperate plan, and nothing left to lose. When a fateful accident draws these three strangers together, their secrets start to unravel as they begin to understand that the way out of their own loss might just lie in help­ing the others out of theirs.

An emotionally cathartic story of losing love, finding love, and discovering the person you are meant to be, I Have Lost My Way is best­selling author Gayle Forman at her finest. (Goodreads)

Gayle Forman is an auto-buy author for me. Basically, I will pre-order any of her books without even bothering to read the summary first. I love the books that I’ve read by her in the past, and that makes me want to read EVERYTHING I can find by her. So, when I first discovered I Have Lost My Way, I knew I would have to check it out. I’m so glad I did!!

One of the things I loved most about this book was the characters. Freya, Harun, and Nathaniel’s lives are so completely different from each other, yet when a fateful accident throws them together one morning in the park, they quickly go from being strangers, to being so much more. I loved that these characters had such completely different lives, yet manage to get along and relate to each other so well. Though they only knew each other for a short time, it felt like they had known each other for much longer, and I enjoyed watching the relationship grown over the course of the book.

The storyline for the book was really interesting, and it was basically each character dealing with their problems together. (Did I mention that these three were an awesome team?) And all of this happens over the course of a day, which made this book a really quick read. I was a little surprised at the ending, as I feel like some things were left unanswered, but I wonder if that was so that we could interpret the ending in our own way. *shrug*. Either way, I really enjoyed the story.

Overall; I Have Lost My Way is another hit by Gayle Forman, and I’m so glad I was able to read it this month! Reading the book did remind me, however, that I somehow *still* haven’t read Just One Day and Just One Year, and reading this new book has made me want to read them ASAP! I’m hoping to get to them soon. If you’re a fan of contemporary stories, or more importantly, a fan of Gayle’s, you will definitely want to check out I Have Lost My Way!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Blog Tour: Lost Crow Conspiracy by Rosalyn Eves
Lost Crow Conspiracy
(Blood Rose Rebellion #2)
by Rosalyn Eves
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Publication Date: March 27th 2018
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9781101936078
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Historical Fiction
Source: Review Copy

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Sixteen-year old Anna Arden was once just the magically barren girl from an elite Luminate family. Now she has broken the Binding—and Praetheria, the creatures held captive by the spell, wreak havoc across Europe. Lower-class citizens have access to magic for the first time, while other Luminates lose theirs forever. Austria and Hungary are at odds once more.

Anna Arden did not know breaking the Binding would break the world.

Anna thought the Praetheria were on her side, content and grateful to be free from the Binding. She thought her cousin Matyas's blood sacrifice to the disarm the spell would bring peace, equality, justice. She thought her future looked like a society that would let her love a Romani boy, Gabor.

But with the Monarchy breathing down her neck and the Praetheria intimidating her at every turn, it seems the conspiracies have only just begun.

As threat of war sweeps the region, Anna quickly discovers she can't solve everything on her own. Now there's only one other person who might be able to save the country before war breaks out. The one person Anna was sure she'd never see again. A bandit. A fellow outlaw. A man known as the King of Crows. Matyas. (Goodreads)

Lost Crow Conspiracy is the much anticipated second book in the Blood Rose Rebellion series by Evelyn Skye, and I'm thrilled to finally get my hands on it! I read Blood Rose Rebellion last year and really enjoyed the uniqueness of the story, and I was super curious to see what was going to happen next in this sequel, especially after the ending of the first book.

One of the things that I've enjoyed the most about this series is that there are so many interesting characters, including the main character, Anna. I had found Anna to be a little frustrating during the first book, but did not have that issue this time around. Yes, she's still trying to find herself in this book, but she seemed much more confident in this book. During a time where most women are told to basically be quiet and look pretty, she was anything but. I liked how she stayed strong even when it seemed like everyone in the world had turned against her, and she stood up for what she believed in. I enjoyed reading the story from her point of view. We ALSO get the story from another character's point of view, but I'm not going to say who that person is, as I'm not really sure if it's too much of a spoiler or not, so read the book to see who I'm talking about. I actually loved this person's part storyline SO much!

The storyline for this book is both really unique, as well as really interesting! I haven't read too many books set during this time period or setting, but it's definitely interesting and makes me want to read more.  I'm curious to know if this book is the final book in the series, or if we will get another, (or more), but I haven't found any definite information on that yet. The book definitely leaves off with some things undone, so I'm assuming that there may be a sequel, but I'm not entirely sure. If there will be another, I'm curious to see what happens next.

Overall; Lost Crow Conspiracy was an interesting sequel to Blood Rose Rebellion, and I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to read it! I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for info on if there will be another book in this series or not, as I'm super curious to know if this was the end, or if we will get more.

Waiting on Wednesday #310 - Legendary by Stephanie Garber & Furyborn by Claire Legrand
(Caraval #2)
by Stephanie Garber
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Publication Date: May 29th 2018
Publisher: Flatiron Books
ISBN: 9781250095312

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Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister's. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval...the games have only just begun. (Goodreads)

Are you as excited as I am for this book???
I looooved Caraval when I read it last year, and I can't wait to dive backinto the story.
I've been sitting on a review copy of this for a few weeks now,
and I'm DYING to start it.
But first, I want to re-read Caraval, and I'm hoping to do that soon!
(Empirium, #1)
by Claire Legrand
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Publication Date: May 22nd 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN: 9781492656623

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Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other. (Goodreads)

Furyborn is another book that I can't wait to get started on!
Not only because that book cover is pretty stunning,
but also because the story sounds great!
I'm really looking forward to starting this one soon. :)

Those are my picks this week!
What books are you looking forward to reading??

**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

My Thoughts: Scythe by Neal Shusterman
(Arc of a Scythe #1)
by Neal Shusterman
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Publication Date: November 22nd 2016
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 435
ISBN: 9781442472426
Genre: Young Adult | Sci-fi | Dystopia
Source: From Publisher

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Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. (Goodreads)

I had not originally planned to read Scythe just yet, but when a copy of it arrived on my doorstep along with its sequel, Thunderhead, I was curious enough to dive into it right away, without really knowing what to expect. Of course I had seen the book around before, but I had never really looked into it, so I basically went into the story completely blind. And the story I got completely blew me away!!

I want to start this by saying that I can’t even imagine living in the world which takes place in the book. Yep, no thank you! Sure it is a world world no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery… But first, I can’t imagine living as long as some of the characters in the book do, and second, some of those reapers are pretty darn scary. I wouldn’t want to meet with them on the last day of my life! Regardless, these things definitely made the story unique and interesting. I can’t say that I’ve ever read anything like this book, and I’m actually really curious to continue the story with Thunderhead!

The characters in the story were all really interesting, including the two main characters, Citra and Rowen, who are both chosen to be apprentices to a Scythe. (It is one of the nicer Scythes, at least.) It was interesting to see what these two characters had to endure to become a Scythe over the course of the book, and how they both completely changed as a character as well. I can’t imagine how these two felt going through all that they went through throughout the story, especially Rowen. I don’t think I could have done it. (Correction, I know I would not have been able to do it, so these kids are definitely stronger than I am!) After that ending, I’m super curious to know what’s going to happen next for these two characters.

Overall; I didn’t know what to expect when I started Scythe, but I really enjoyed the well written characters and unique storyline. I’m hoping to get started on Thunderhead, the sequel to the book, as soon as I can, as well as the third book, The Toll, which is currently set to release in 2019. If you want to read something unique, do check out Scythe! And keep checking back soon for my thoughts on Thunderhead as well.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR

March 20: Books On My Spring TBR

Happy Tuesday, Bookworms! And Happy First Day of Spring as well!!

For my Top Ten post today I'm sharing just a few of the books on my Spring TBR that I'm super excited to check out. Scroll down to see what I'll be reading this Spring, and leave a link in the comments to your post as well!

1. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli - This book is probably one of my most anticipated reads for this Spring! I recently re-read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Upside of Unrequited to get read for this book, and I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on it!

2. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett - I read Jenn's last book, Alex Approximately, last year and really enjoyed it, so I'm super excited to start this one this year!

3. Legendary by Stephanie Garber - Legendary is another of my most anticipated reads for this Spring, and I'm dying to start it! I have an e-Arc of the book, but I want to re-read Caraval before I start it, and I'm hoping to do that soon!

4. Furyborn by Claire Legrand - This book sounds really awesome, and I absolutely can't wait to start it! I love that cover as well.

5. War Storm by Victoria Aveyard - I recently re-read Red Queen so that I could finally read the rest of the books in this series, and I'm hoping to actually be caught up by the time War Storm is released this Spring! I'm so excited to finally read all the books in this series.

6. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas - This is yet another series that I'm trying to get caught up on, in hopes of being able to read this new book once it's released. Fingers crossed that I'm able to get caught up!

7. Save the Date by Morgan Matson - This book sounds like the perfect read to get ready for wedding season, and I absolutely can't wait to read it! Plus, it's Morgan Matson, so I know it will be great. :)

8. Puddin' by Julie Murphy - I've really enjoyed all the books I've read by Julie Murphy so far, and I'm so excited to get started on Puddin'! (I'm also hoping to re-read Dumplin' sometime this year as well!)

9. My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton - I really enjoyed My Lady Jane back when I read it, and I can't wait to get started on My Plain Jane! I'm sure it's going to be awesome as well!

10. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir - This is yet another series I am behind on, but I really loved An Ember in the Ashes, and I'm hoping to re-read it and finally start A Torch Against the Night before this one is released!

There you have it, friends. Just a few of the books I'm looking forward to reading this Spring!! Some of these I have review copies of, and I'm looking forward to starting them soon. The rest I have pre-ordered, and I will be impatiently waiting for them to arrive. There are SO many awesome books coming out this Spring, and I can't wait to read them all!!

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