Monday, February 4, 2019

My Thoughts: Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West
Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss
by Kasie West
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Publication Date: February 5th 2019
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780062675798
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Free Copy from Publisher

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Lacey Barnes has dreamt of being in a movie for as long as she can remember. However, while her dream did include working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood, it didn’t involve having to finish up her senior year of high school at the same time she was getting her big break. Although that is nothing compared to Donavan, the straight-laced student her father hires to tutor her, who is a full-on nightmare.

As Lacey struggles to juggle her burgeoning career, some on-set sabotage, and an off-screen romance with the unlikeliest of leading men, she quickly learns that sometimes the best stories happen when you go off script. (Goodreads)

I’m always super excited when an author I like has a new book coming out, and whenever Kasie West has a new book coming out, I get super excited! Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss sounded super cute, and I absolutely couldn’t wait to get started on it. Having finally read the book, I can tell you that I really enjoyed it, though it’s not my most favorite book by Kasie.

Let’s start this off by talking about the characters. Lacey, the main character, is an up-and-coming actress that just got her first big break in a zombie movie. It was really interesting to read the story from Lacey’s point of view, especially the parts on the movie set. I enjoyed watching the relationships between her and her co-stars grow as the story went along, and the relationship between her and her tutor, Donovan, was super cute, even if it did take me a bit to warm up to it. Also, her dad is pretty great as well.

The storyline for this book was a lot of fun. The movie that I mentioned above in which Lacey will star in actually sounded like it would be interesting to watch, and I kind of love that it was based off a book as well. There is also a bit of mystery included in the book, as someone on the set has set out to sabotage Lacey, (not a spoiler, it’s in the synopsis!), and it was constantly trying to figure out what it was. Having that included definitely kept things interesting!

Overall; though Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss is not my most favorite book by Kasie West, it was definitely a super cute read, and just the cute read that I needed at the moment. I think fans of Kasie’s books, and of contemporary stories in general, which definitely enjoy this new release!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Weekly Wrap Up & Book Haul • Week 5

Happy Sunday, Bookworms!!

Welcome to my weekly Weekly Wrap Up & Book Haul post!

Here I'll be sharing what books I read over the past week,
and what books I bought, borrowed, and received for review as well.

Check back every Sunday for new updates!

This past week was another really great week for books! So many new books were released into the world, and I'm thrilled to have added so many of them to my collection. Here are the books I purchased this week:

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
(Already devoured, I need the next book ASAP.)

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
(Reading this now!)

• • •

And since I started reading Courting Darkness this week, I decided to pick this up as well!

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

• • •

And I received a few different books in the mail from publishers as well!

The Beast's Heart by Leife Shallcross
Fumbled by Alexa Martin
*Provided by Berkley Romance*

• • •

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
*Provided by Simon Teen*

Enchantee by Gita Trelease
*Provided by Flatiron Books*

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
*Provided by TorTeen and BigHoncho Media

• • •

And a few books from Netgalley and Edelweiss as well!

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

• • •

I also managed to finish three books as well this week, which is not as much as I had hoped, but is definitely better than nothing!

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
99 Perfect Mine by Sally Thorne
Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West

I really enjoyed these books so much, and I'm hoping to have my thoughts for King of Scars and Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss up on the blog this week!!

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

Friday, February 1, 2019

My February '19 TBR!!

Happy First day of February, Bookworms!!

It's a brand new month! Have you picked out what books you want to read this month?
I have quite a few that I am hoping to tackle, and I'm really hoping that this month
is a much better reading month for me than last month was.

My TBR this month is a made up of a few new releases,
a few re-reads, a few new-to-me books, and a few review books.
I'm hoping I can keep up!

Here's what I am hoping to read in February!
(In addition to the books from my Jan TBR that I didn't read.)

New Releases:
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
The Wicked King by Holly Black

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
(Courtesy Harper Collins)
(I can't wait to read these new releases!)

New-To-Me Reads:
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Rogue by Julie Kagawa
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
(So excited to finally read these!)

The Selection by Kiera Cass
(I've read the first book in this series, but never finished the rest.)

Review Books:
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers
(Super curious about both of these!)

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I also have a few e-ARC's to check out as well:

The Blood Spell by C.J. Redwine
The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason
The Huntress by Katie Quinn
California Girls by Susan Mallery

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And a few pre-orders too:

Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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So many books, so little time. :)
I am super excited to read as many of these as I can this month!

Now, what's on your February TBR??

Thursday, January 31, 2019

February Bookstagram Challenge!! #AlltheBooksFeb19

Are you looking for a fun Book Challenge to participate in for February??
If so, head over to Instagram and join Lori (loriimagination) and I 
for our February Book Challenge, #AlltheBooksFeb19!!

Why should you join along?

1. It's a lot of fun!

2. You get to see awesome book photos ALL DAY LONG!!

3. It's great way to discover new books, and meet new people!

4. Did I mention that you get to see photos of books all day?
(It's seriously the best!)

Sound like fun? It is! Head over to Instagram and check it out!!


My January 2019 Wrap Up & Book Haul!

Happy Last day of January, Bookworms!!

Can you believe January is over already??
It seems like it just started yesterday!

Did you get a lot of reading done this month??
I did not get as much as I had hoped done,
but I did add a lot of new books to my collection,
so there's that! :)

Here's my January Wrap Up & Book Haul:

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
China Rich Girlfriend & Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Only a Breathe Apart by Katie McGarry
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
Slayer by Kiersten White
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Undying by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
The Wicked King by Holly Black

Haul from Publishers:

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Ayesha At Last by Azma Jalaluddin
(Courtesy of Berkley Romance)

As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner
The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick
(Courtesy Berkley Publishing)

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
(Courtesy Simon & Schuster)

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
(Courtesy Harper Collins)

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
(Courtesy of TorTeen & Big Honcho Media)

Enchantee by Gita Trelease
(Courtesy of Flatiron Books)

(Books Read in January)
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black *
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West
Slayer by Kiersten White
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Talon by Julie Kagawa
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen *

*Not Pictured*
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

* = Re-Reads

So, it was a pretty great month for new books,
but not such a great month for reading books.

Here's hoping that I have a better month in February!!

How was your month??

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

My Thoughts: Four Three Two One by Courtney Stevens

Four Three Two One
by Courtney Stevens
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Publication Date: November 13th 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780062398543
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Edelweiss Review Copy

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In this contemporary YA novel, a girl reunites with the three other survivors of a bus bombing that killed nineteen people, and together they face the secrets, struggles, and emotional warfare that each has been enduring.

Golden “Go” Jennings wasn’t supposed to be on Bus 21 the day it blew up in New York City. Neither was her boyfriend, Chandler. But they were. And so was Rudy, a cute stranger whom Go shared a connection with the night before. And Caroline, a girl whose silence ended up costing nineteen people their lives.

Though it’s been a year since the bombing, Go isn’t any closer to getting over what happened. Since Chan shuts down every time Go brings that day up, she decides to reach out to Rudy. Just like that, the two fall right back into their easy, deep connection. Facing the past head-on with Rudy has opened up a small window of healing Go never thought was possible. So she makes an impulsive decision: Round up the rest of the survivors and head to New York City. There they will board an art installation made of the charred remnants of Bus 21.

But things are never easy when it comes to rehashing the past. Uniting the four stirs up conflicting feelings of anger and forgiveness and shows them that, although they all survived, they may still need saving. (Goodreads)

I was super curious to read Four Three Two One by Courtney C. Stevens, not only because the story sounded really interesting, but also because I have wanted to read something by Courtney for the longest, and this sounded like a great place to start! This book was definitely an interest read.

I want to start this by saying that the storyline for this book was definitely intriguing. It’s about a group of kids that survived a bus bombing that killed 19 people. Not only do we get the story about the tragic, horrific event, but we also get the story that happened before, and after as well. Reading this story as it alternated back and forth around the bombing were hard to read at times, but were also inspiring in how these kids learned to cope afterward.

The characters in this book were all so interesting. They have all been through so much, and seeing how each one coped with what happened was both heartbreaking and inspiring. I don’t think I could have handled it anywhere close to how these kids did. But I loved watching the relationships between them grow as they meet again after the bombing, and how they learned to cope together with what happened.

Overall; Four Three Two One is the very first book that I have read so far by Courtney C. Stevens, but it definitely will not be my last! I am super curious now to dive into some of her other books, and I do believe The Lies About The Truth will be the next book I read by her, hopefully soon!

Waiting on Wednesday: Courting Darkness and Lady Smoke
Courting Darkness
(Courting Darkness Duology #1)
by Robin LaFevers
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Publication Date: February 5th 2019
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780544991194

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Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…

Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent—provided Sybella can find them.

Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she struggles to remember who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. Her only solace is a hidden prisoner who appears all but forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands—even if it means ignoring the long awaited orders from the convent.

As Sybella and Gen’s paths draw ever closer, the fate of everything they hold sacred rests on a knife’s edge. Will they find each other in time, or will their worlds collide, destroying everything they care about? (Goodreads)

Sooooo, does this book sound pretty amazing, or what??
I have never read a book by Robin LeFevers before,
(even though I have a LOT of them on my TBR), 
but this sounds like a great place to start. I can't wait to read this!
Lady Smoke
(Ash Princess #2)
by Laura Sebastian
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Publication Date: February 5th 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9781524767105

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The sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that was "made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir" ( Bustle ), Lady Smoke is an epic new fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.

The Kaiser murdered Theodosia's mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo's country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess--a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years. That era has ended. The Kaiser thought his prisoner weak and defenseless. He didn't realize that a sharp mind is the deadliest weapon.

Theo no longer wears a crown of ashes. She has taken back her rightful title, and a hostage--Prinz Soren. But her people remain enslaved under the Kaiser's rule, and now she is thousands of miles away from them and her throne.

To get them back, she will need an army. Only, securing an army means she must trust her aunt, the dreaded pirate Dragonsbane. And according to Dragonsbane, an army can only be produced if Theo takes a husband. Something an Astrean Queen has never done.

Theo knows that freedom comes at a price, but she is determined to find a way to save her country without losing herself.

"A darkly enchanting page-turner you won't be able to put down." --Bustle on Ash Princess, Book 1 in the Ash Princess series. (Goodreads)

Confession: I have not yet read Ash Princess,
(despite having a copy sitting on my bookshelf for the longest),
but I am really looking forward to reading BOTH it and Lady Smoke together!!

Those are my WOW picks for this week, what are yours??

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

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