Monday, May 2, 2016

Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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The Unexpected Everything
by Morgan Matson
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Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 528
ISBN: 9781481404549
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: For Review | Own

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Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing - if everything's planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?
(Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

The Unexpected Everything was one of my most anticipated reads for 2016. I fell in love with Morgan Matson's writing after reading Since You've Been Gone, and of course her Broken Hearts & Revenge series, written under her pen name, Katie Finn. Let me share a little of what I loved about The Unexpected Everything, without giving too much away, of course, because you're definitely going to want to check this out for yourself.

There is so much that I really loved about this book, including the characters. Andie, the main character, was great. She had everything planned out for her life, and at such a young age, that's pretty impressive. And when everything she had planned for the summer suddenly changes, and after the initial panic wears off, she goes with the flow and totally gets things done. She has an amazing friendship with her three best friends, Palmer, Bri and Tobey. It's one of those friendships that all girls want when they are growing up, but rarely ever get. I loved the friendship these girls had so much.

There are guys in the book as well, and they are all pretty great. I'm not going to go into detail about them, because I want you to meet them yourself. Let's just say you're totally going to love them, as I know I did. And one in particular is definitely going to make you swoon. AND, I'm going to put Andie's dad in the guy category as well, as he totally grew on me as the story went along, and I kind of love him for it.

The storyline for the book is one I've read time and time again, but Matson puts such a wonderful spin on it, that you can't help but be completely captivated by the story. Seriously, this book is pretty massive at 528 pages, and I read the bulk of it in just a day's time. I couldn't put it down. It was just an all around fun read, even when it had some serious moments in it as well. I do believe this book has earned a spot on my favorites list!

Overall; Morgan Matson has won me over yet again with The Unexpected Everything!! I loved everything from the wonderful characters, to the fun storyline. This book will make a great summer read, or an anytime read actually!! Definitely add this to your to-be-read list. You won't want to miss it!


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Sunday, May 1, 2016

My May 2016 TBR & Most Anticipated Releases!!


Hello, Bookworms!!

May has finally arrived, and with it comes a MASSIVE TBR list.
Seriously, it seems like ALL the books are being released this month!!
And, of course, I want to read them ALL!!
And I plan to read as many as I possibly can.

And yes, some of the books listed above were on my TBR for April,
but unfortunately I didn't a chance to read them yet.
Hopefully I can this month though!

Pictured above are just a few books that are on my TBR for this month!!


My May TBR includes:

Dream On by Kerstin Gier
The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Book Club Read!!)

Ruined by Amy Tintera
Traitor Angels by


Here are some more exciting May releases:

The Crown by Kiera Cass
The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye
The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight
Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia
The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen
The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine
The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott

Seriously, SO many books coming out in May!!
And I want to read them ALL!!
Or as many as I possibly can. ;)

What books are you most excited for in May??



Saturday, April 30, 2016

April 2016 Wrap Up & Book Haul


*April Book Haul*

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Movie Tie-In Version)
When We Collided by Emery Lord
Soldier by Julie Kagawa
The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdeih


*April Wrap Up*

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
When We Collided by Emery Lord
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Lynn Meadows
The Mirror King by Jodi Lynn Meadows
Nightstruck by Jenna Black
No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Night Speed by Chris Howard
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi


Even though I was crazy busy this month, I still managed to read 12 books!
(I sometimes work better under pressure, apparently. Ha!)
I fell in love with a LOT of books this month,
and I am excited to get started on my May TBR next!!

How many books did you read in April??



Friday, April 29, 2016

Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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The Star-Touched Queen
by Roshani Chokshi
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Publication Date: April 26th 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781250085474
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Retelling
Source: Netgalley

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Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you're only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire...

But Akaran has its own secrets -- thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.

A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-Touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

To be honest, I hadn't planned on reading The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi right away. I had it on my to-read list, and planned to get to it when I got caught up on my reading. Then I started seeing all the positive reviews for the book, and I knew I would have to check it out sooner rather than later. I'm really glad I did!

I really liked the characters in the novel. The main character, Maya, has not had the easiest life. Although she is a princess, she is one who is cursed, or so people let her believe. I found her to be very strong willed, and very much determined to find where she belongs in the world. There were a lot of great secondary characters in the novel as well, including Amar, who was completely mysterious and I wanted to know more and more about him as the story went along.

The storyline for the book was very unique and quite captivating as well. I've read quite a few novels lately that have been retellings of folklores, and I find myself enjoying them so very much. This book was full of twists and turns that definitely kept me guessing throughout, and with this being a standalone novel, the ending wrapped up perfectly.

Overall; I really enjoyed everything about The Star-Touched Queen, from the great characters, the captivating storyline, and even the gorgeous cover. I'm putting Roshani Chokshi on my list of authors to keep an eye out for, as I'm definitely interested in reading more of her work in the future!



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Blog Tour: Night Speed by Chris Howard


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Night Speed
by Chris Howard
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Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 416
ISBN: 
9780062415349
Genre: Young Adult | Sci-Fi
Source: For Review


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Only those young enough can survive the pulse-pounding rush of tetra, a dangerous and addictive new drug that fuels a nine-minute burst of superhuman strength and speed. Alana West has been trained to use the drug so she can pursue the young criminals who abuse its power—criminals like the breakneck who nearly killed her kid brother.

On tetra, Alana is unstoppable. The rush makes her an explosive blur as she surges through New York City, battling to bring down breaknecks before they leave more people dead or injured in their wake. But with the clock ticking down to her eighteenth birthday, Alana will soon be too old for the rush...when just one more dose will prove deadly.

Supported only by her strong and steady handler, Tucker, Alana goes undercover, infiltrating an elite gang of breaknecks to stop the supply of their drug. But when Alana gets trapped on the wrong side of the law, she learns the breaknecks are not quite what they seem—especially Ethan, the artistic boy whose bottomless brown eyes seem to see the truth inside her. With her own dependency on tetra increasing, Alana must decide where her loyalties lie before the rush ends. Forever. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

When I was first approached to be a part of the blog tour for Night Speed by Chris Howard, my curiosity was instantly piqued. The book sounded as addictive as the drug used in the book, and I couldn't wait to read the story.

Tetra is a dangerous and addictive new drug that can give its user a nine minute burst of strength, as well as speed. Alana West has been trained to use the drug safely, to help stop the criminals who abuse it. Alana loves the rush that comes with using the drug, and also the fact that she's helping to stop the breaknecks who hurt and destroy when they use. With her 18th birthday right around the corner, Alana knows she will soon be too old to use, and when she finds herself on the other side of the law, she discovers that things in her world are not at all what they seem.

It was really interesting to read this story from Alana's eyes. While she tried to justify her using the drug as helping to catch the criminals, and to keep her family and others safe, she was completely addicted, constantly looking for the next fix to give her the rush that she craved so much. To be honest, it was sometimes painful to read, as it felt really realistic. I love how much she loved her family, however. Especially her relationship with her brother. It was super sweet.

The storyline for the book was also really interesting, and a little bit predictive. (I guessed early on about something that I figured would happen, and it did!) However, there was enough action and suspense throughout the novel that completely kept me turning the pages. I basically read this 400+ page novel in just one days time. I was super curious to see how it was all going to come to an end.

Overall; If you're a fan of action and suspense filled sci-fi novels, you should definitely consider adding Night Speed to your to-be-read list. It was a quick, thrilling read that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout! I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more of Howard's novels in the future.

Happy Reading!!

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Chris Howard was born and raised in England, and it was there he first began writing stories and songs. He now lives in Denver, Colorado, where he and his wife enjoy mountains, music, and mugs of good coffee. Chris is also the author of the Rootless trilogy. Connect with him online at www.ChrisHowardBooks.com.




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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Review: The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

The Rose and the Dagger
(The Wrath and the Dawn #2)
by Renee Ahdieh
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Publication Date: April 26th 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780399171628
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Retelling
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The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."
I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I started reading The Rose and the Dagger just moments after finishing The Wrath and the Dawn. I enjoyed the previous book so much, I was super curious to see how The Rose and the Dagger would compare. Once I started reading this book, I was completely captivated, and, if possible, I think I love it even more than the first book!

Shahrzad is quickly becoming one of my most favorite heroines. I love that she's so determined and willing to do whatever she needs to do to save the ones that she loves, even when putting herself in danger to accomplish it. Her relationship with Khalid is perfection, and I loved all the swoon-worthy moments between the two. They are definitely one of my favorites couples of all time.

There are so many secondary characters in this series that I love, a few that we met in the first book, and some we meet for the first time in the sequel. They are all so well written, you can't help but love them, except for the ones that you'll love to hate, and there are more than a few of them as the story goes along.

The storyline for the book picks up right where the previous book leaves off. I dove right into the pages, dying to know what was going to happen next, especially after that ending in The Wrath and the Dawn. I do believe this book was an even wilder ride than the first book, as it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. There are quite a few twists and turns throughout the story as well, and I love that it kept me guessing. And, the book seriously has the most perfect ending. Everything came together wonderfully, and I was left completely satisfied after I closed the last page. I love it when that happens.

Overall; I adored this series so very much, and implore you to check them both The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger! This series was full of adventure and romance, and it will keep you completely captivated as you turn the pages. I know it did for me, and Renee Ahdieh is definitely now on my list of authors to watch to keep an eye out for. I can't wait to read more by her in the future!!

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