Thursday, March 23, 2017

My Thoughts: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
Traitor to the Throne
(Rebel of the Sands #2)
by Alywn Hamilton
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Publication Date: March 7th 2017
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages: 513
ISBN: 9780451477859
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Review Copy

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Rebel by chance. Traitor by choice.

Gunslinger Amani al'Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about Djinn and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I'm not sure I can begin to tell you how excited I was to finally start reading Traitor to the Throne. Seriously, I was SUPER excited! I read Rebel of the Sands last year, and really enjoyed the story. I had the pleasure to read the book again last month before starting Traitor to the Throne, and I loved it even more the second time around. I couldn't wait to see what was in store for us in this sequel, and Traitor to the Throne definitely did NOT disappoint.

One of the things I absolutely loved about this series are the characters. There are SO many characters to love in this series, including the main character, Amani, who is quite the rebel badass. (Pardon my french.) I love everything about this girl. She's fierce and fearless, with a heart much bigger than you'd expect. I love that she can hold her own when she needs to. She's totally become one of my most favorite YA heroines.

And there's not just Amani, this series is FILLED with characters that you'll love. Some you will not be so sure of at first, and some you will love from the beginning. Jin is another favorite of mine. Though we don't see a lot of him in this sequel, the parts where he is in the story definitely makes up for that. There's also Shazad, Ahmed, and all the characters that we know and love in the first book, and a few new interesting characters as well. And, there are quite a few characters that you're going to really hate as well. 

This book took me a lot longer than I expected to finish. I'd like to say that my subconscious was keeping me from finishing it, because it just didn't want the story to end, but in reality, I've just been really busy. However, when I wasn't reading the book, I found myself constantly thinking about it. The twists and turns throughout the story definitely kept me hooked, and the characters and setting really make the story so interesting. I finally found a moment to sit down and dedicate my time to the last half of the book, and it nearly broke me. That ending. Ugh, I was in tears. I need the next book now, please!

Overall; If you've not yet started reading this series, I implore you to do so. Traitor to the Throne was an excellent sequel to Rebel of the Sands, and I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on book 3, which is currently untitled, but is expected to be published in 2018. I need this book NOW! *grin*

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #296 - The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
The Afterlife of Holly Chase
by Cynthia Hand
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Publication Date: November 7th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062318503

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On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she'd become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn't.

And then she died.

Now she's stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge--as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly's afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . . (Goodreads)

What?? That summary!! WHAT IS ABOUT TO CHANGE for Holly??
Gah, I'm dying to know.
This story sounds awesome! I can't wait to check it out!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Week in Review • Week 11

Geez, can you believe we are already 11 weeks into this new year?
The time is definitely flying by!!

This week was a good week. I finished quite a few books, and watched a movie as well.
Go me!

This week I read two physical books, one being Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse, which was super cute, and also The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares, which I'll have a review up on the blog soon!

I listened to quite a few audiobooks as well, including The Harder You Fall by Gena Showalter, which I really enjoyed, and can't wait for the next few books in the series to come out.

I also listened to Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, to refresh my brain before the series comes out on Netflix later this month. I'm really excited to watch it.

And I finished the audiobooks for  Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief  and Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. This is my second time reading these books, and I'm really enjoying them!

Six books this week. Not too bad!

I only watched one movie this week, but I was super stoked to finally watch Casablanca with my book club girls! This was my very first time watching the movie, and I'm kicking myself for not having watched it sooner. I LOVE THIS MOVIE! And I really can't wait to watch it again. Hopefully soon!

My kids are officially out of school for Spring Break. I imagine I'm not going to get a lot accomplished this week with them home, but I'm hoping to at least get in a little bit of reading time. We will see!! We did start Spring Cleaning today, and I LOVE what we've done so far. Out with the old!

That's about all for me this week, sooo....

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #295 - Top Ten by Katie Cotugno
Top Ten
by Katie Cotugno
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Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062418302
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From Katie Cotugno, New York Times bestselling author of 99 Days, How to Love, and Fireworks, comes Top Ten—the top ten best moments in the best friendship—turned potential romance—between a couple who should have nothing in common.

Ryan McCullough and Gabby Hart are the unlikeliest of friends. Introverted, anxious Gabby would rather do literally anything than go to a party. Ryan is a star hockey player who can get any girl he wants—and does, frequently. But against all odds, they became not only friends, but each other’s favorite person. Now, as they face high school graduation, they can’t help but take a moment to reminisce and, in their signature tradition, make a top ten list—counting down the top ten moments of their friendship:

10. Where to begin? Maybe the night we met.
9. Then there was our awkward phase.
8. When you were in love with me but never told me…
7. Those five months we stopped talking were the hardest of my life.
6. Through terrible fights…
5. And emotional makeups.
4. You were there for me when I got my heart broken.
3. …but at times, you were also the one breaking it.
2. Above all, you helped me make sense of the world.
1. Now, as we head off to college—how am I possibly going to live without you? (Goodreads)

A new book from Katie Cotugno? Yes, please!
I think the main character has already won me over, just by reading the summary.
Introverted and anxious, that sounds just like me,
and I'm sure we will get along just fine. Haha!
Super excited to have this one my TBR!
**"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 14, 2017

My Thoughts: Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
Seven Days of You
by Cecilia Vinesse
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Publication Date: March 7th 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780316391115
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Review Copy

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Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.

Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye? (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

To be honest, the first thing that drew me to Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse was the gorgeous cover. How can you resist a cover that is that stunning and bright? And then I was drawn in even more by the summary for the book. As if I haven't mentioned this a lot lately, I'm going to say it again: I adore contemporary novels, and I seem to be reading a lot of them lately. (And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that!) Seven Days of You was definitely a great contemporary read!

There are a lot of characters in this story that you're really going to love, including the main character, Sophia, who is full of awesomeness, and has a pretty amazing mom and sister as well. Then there's Jamie, the boy Sophie had a crush on for years, who moved away but is back in Tokyo the very same week she's leaving to move to the States. WHAT?! (Yeah, you totally want to read this book now, right?) I loved so many of these characters. They were perfection. Sigh.

As I mentioned above, I can't resist a good contemporary novel. They are my favorites, and totally give me all the feels. The storyline for Seven Days of You was sweet, and completely addictive. I was hooked as I turned the pages. AND, I also absolutely loved the setting in this book. The author did an amazing job of describing Tokyo, I could totally see it so clearly in my mind, and it sounds amazing. I have to admit, I haven't read very many books set in Japan, but it totally sounds like a place I would love to visit in the future.

Overall; Cecilia Vinesse definitely has a hit on her hands with Seven Days of You! I, for one, really enjoyed the story, and I'm super excited to read more by Cecilia in the future! (Hopefully sooner than later. *wink*) Check the book out today!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring TBR

March 14: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Can I start this post by telling you that my Spring TBR is pretty insane?
I seriously have more books to read than I know what to do with. *blush*
A few of books listed below I have review copies of,
and a the rest are preorders that I hope I can read when they're released.
But, of course, I am trying my best to read them all!
Here are just a few books on my Spring TBR that I'm SUPER excited about!

(In order of release date)

1. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett - I've had this You've Got Mail inspired book on my TBR for too long now. I can't wait to finally read it!

2. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray - A NEW SERIES BY CLAUDIA GRAY, you guys!! I know I'm not the only one excited for this!

3. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli - I really enjoyed Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda when I read it last year, I just can't wait to dive into this new book!

4. Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz - A Hamilton inspired story. YES, please!

5. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han - Be honest, we are ALL waiting for this book to release already. *Grin*

6. Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith - I love Jennifer's books! I absolutely can't wait to get started on this!

7. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh - A MULAN story! Yes, yes, yes!! SOOO excited to read this.

8. The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord - A new contemporary from one of my most favorite YA authors!! I'm starting this one soon!

9. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen - Ah, my heart! A new Sarah Dessen novel, and I cannot wait to finally read this story. I know it will be awesome, as all Sarah's books are!

10. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab - This Savage Song was the first book I've ever read by Victoria, and it totally left me wanting more. So excited to read this!

There you have it, friends! Just a few of the books I'm super excited to read this Spring.
Tell me, what books are on your Spring TBR?
Leave a link below so I can check out your list as well!
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