Thursday, April 26, 2018

My Thoughts: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

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Siege and Storm
(The Grishaverse #2)
by Leigh Bardugo
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Publication Date: June 4th 2013
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Pages: 435
ISBN: 9780805094602
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Own

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Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. (Goodreads)


I have been trying to actually finish The GrishaVerse trilogy for the LONGEST, and for some reason, I just haven’t been able to read these books as quickly as I had hoped! I originally read the first book, Shadow and Bone, a few years ago, and then I re-read it last year in anticipation of finally reading the rest of the books. Unfortunately that didn’t happen the way that I wanted to it. Part of my reading goal for this year is to read, or finish reading, all of the series that I hadn’t yet read, or finished. The Grishaverse trilogy was near the top of my list, and I’m thrilled to finally be reading it!

Siege and Storm picks up not long after where Shadow and Bone leaves off. I’ll admit that I was a little confused when I first started reading the book, because even though I just re-read the first book late last year, I’ve read a LOT of fantasy books since then, and I admittedly got my stories a little confused. BUT, the more I read of the book, the more the story started coming back in my mind, and it only took a few pages for it all to come flooding back. I didn’t know which direction the story would take in this sequel, but I was definitely ready for the ride, and that is absolutely what I got with Siege and Storm.

One of the things that I have enjoyed most so far in this series has been the character growth, and not only for Alina, but for Mal and all the other characters in the story as well! I also LOVE all the new character additions to the story as well, including Nikolai Lantsov, and Tamar and Toyla, who are all new favorites of mine. They are all seriously so great. Though I have to admit that I’m really worried about Alina and Mal, and I’m super curious to read the next book to see what’s in store for them. Also, more Nikolai in the next book would be fantastic, please and thank you.

Overall; I really, really enjoyed reading Siege and Storm! Having finally read this sequel, I can definitely see why people love this series so much. I’m also pretty thrilled that I can start Ruin and Rising right away, though I know I’m going to be SO sad when this series comes to an end. If you’ve not yet checked out these books, I definitely recommend them, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have so far.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

My Thoughts: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Leah on the Offbeat
(Creekwood #2)
by Becky Albertalli
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Publication Date: April 24th 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780062643803
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Own

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Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended. (Goodreads)


Leah on the Offbeat was one of my MOST anticipated reads for 2018, and I'm so beyond thrilled to have finally read this book! I am a huge fan of Becky Albertalli's books, and I absolutely couldn't wait to read Leah's story. I loved this book. It was so much more than what I expected, and I can't wait to read it again, and again, and again!

A few weeks ago I decided to re-read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, not only to refresh my brain before the movie was released, but also to refresh before starting Leah's story. I am SO glad I made the decision to do this, because not only did it give me the refresher that I needed, but it also made me completely fall in love the story again! (It also made me want to re-read The Upside of Unrequited again, which I did, and which was another great decision!) So when I started reading Leah on the Offbeat, it felt like falling right back into the story, and I loved that so much.

I'm going to try to write my thoughts for this book without giving anything away, but if you absolutely want no spoilers, then you should probably come back and read this AFTER you read the book. Just in case!

Leah on the Offbeat picks up about a year after where Simon VS leaves off. All of our favorite characters that we love from Simon are back in this story, enjoying their last year of high school, and getting ready to move on to college. I LOVED seeing all of these characters again, and discovering what they had been up to over the past year. It felt a John Hughes movie in book format, and I freaking love their stories so much. The storyline felt familiar, yet completely different, and I love that it kept me guessing. Seriously, I flew through this book in just a few hours time, and by the last chapter, I didn't want it to end. But, all good things come to an end, and this book had the perfect ending.

As I mentioned above, all of the characters we know and love from Simon's story are back once again in this book, but it is Leah who really stands out this time. (Of course she does, it's her story.) I liked Leah from the beginning, but getting to know more about her and her story was awesome. I found myself relating to her in SO many ways, and I just totally *get* her. Being able to connect to a character like that doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's the best.

Though I ordered a finished copy of this book, I was super impatient for it to actually arrive on release date, and I opted to start the audiobook the moment I woke up the morning of the release day. Lucky for me, Playster had me covered, and had the audiobook available the same day as well. If you have the opportunity to check out this book on audio, I highly recommend it! It's narrated by the lovely Shannon Purser, who does an AMAZING job with Leah's voice, and story, and I don't think there could be a better narrator for this book. ALL of Becky's books on audio are great, so if you ever want a good book to listen to, do check them out!

Overall; If you didn't notice by this super gushy review, I *really* loved Leah on the Offbeat! This was a great addition to an already wonderful set of books, and I'm beyond thrilled that I had the opportunity to read it. These are books that you will definitely want to read again and again, and I promise you'll never get tired of them. I know I can't wait to read them again. If you haven't yet check out any of Becky's books, I highly recommend you do so! And I hope you love them all just as much as I do.

Waiting on Wednesday #315 - My Plain Jane & The Emerald Sea

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My Plain Jane
(The Lady Janies #2)
by Cynthia Hand
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Publication Date: June 26th 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062652775

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You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights. (Goodreads)

Is anyone else super excited for My Plain Jane to release??
I've had an e-arc of it for a little bit now, and I'm dying to start it.
Of course, I really want to read My Lady Jane first,
and I have it on my TBR for next month.
I can't wait to read both of these!


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The Emerald Sea
(The Glittering Court #3)
by Richelle Mead
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Publication Date: June 26th 2018
Publisher: Razorbill
ISBN: 9780698406018

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The dazzling conclusion to #1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead's The Glittering Court series.

Meet Tamsin, the Glittering Court's hard-angled emerald. Her outsized aspirations make her a fierce competitor, rising to the top of the ranks. But when the ship she boards for the New World is tragically lost at sea, she is quite literally thrown off-course. (Goodreads)

Ah, The Emerald Sea! Another book I can't wait to read!
This book is Tamsin's story, and I have been SO curious to read it!
I can't wait to finally do so soon!

Those are my WOW picks for this week,
What books made your pick today??
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

My Thoughts: The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner

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The Husband Hour
by Jamie Brenner
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Publication Date: April 24th 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780316394901
Genre: Adult Fiction | Contemporary | Romance
Source: Netgalley

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When a young widow's reclusive life in a charming beach town is interrupted by a surprise visitor, she is forced to reckon with dark secrets about her family, her late husband, and the past she tried to leave behind.

Lauren Adelman and her high school sweetheart, Rory Kincaid, are a golden couple. They marry just out of college as Rory, a star hockey player, earns a spot in the NHL. Their future could not look brighter when Rory shocks everyone-Lauren most of all-by enlisting in the U.S. Army. When Rory dies in combat, Lauren is left devastated, alone, and under unbearable public scrutiny.

Seeking peace and solitude, Lauren retreats to her family's old beach house on the Jersey Shore. But this summer she's forced to share the house with her overbearing mother and competitive sister. Worse, a stranger making a documentary about Rory tracks her down and persuades her to give him just an hour of her time.

One hour with filmmaker Matt Brio turns into a summer of revelations, surprises, and upheaval. As the days grow shorter and her grief changes shape, Lauren begins to understand the past-and to welcome the future. (Goodreads)


The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner was definitely one of my most anticipated reads for April, and I'm so excited to have finally read it. I read Jamie's previous book, The Forever Summer, last year, and really enjoyed the story. So, of course, I was really looking forward to reading this new book by her as well!

The story is about a young widow named Lauren, who lost her high school sweetheart/star hockey player husband after he enlisted in the Army and died in combat overseas. I found myself relating to Lauren over and over again as the story went along, and I imagine I would react much the same way she did if I were ever in her shoes. You can definitely feel her pain, and I couldn't help but grieve with her as the story went along. I have to say, I kind of love Lauren's family. They are so far from perfect, but that strong family bond is still there, which is something that I also loved in Jamie's previous book as well. And then there is Matt, the filmmaker that turns Lauren's world upside down. I did not expect to like Matt as much as I did, but he definitely grew on me over time. So many well written characters in this story.

The storyline for The Husband Hour was a bit sadder than that of the previous book I read, but was still engrossing nonetheless. (Again, I can't even imagine being in Lauren's shoes, though I'd probably react much the same way she had if that ever happened to me.) I liked that the story is told in both previous and past tense, and by different narrators as well. (I love books that have multiple narrators!) This story has quite a few twists and turns along the way, a few that I probably should have seen coming, but didn't, and that definitely kept things interesting. I also really loved the setting for the book. Books set at the beach have recently become favorites of mine, and I'm glad that winter is coming to an end so that I can add these books back into my TBR.

Overall; I think Jamie Brenner has another hit on her hands with The Husband Hour! The book has great characters, an engrossing storyline, and a wonderful setting. I really enjoyed it, and I will most definitely be keeping my eye out for more new books by Jamie in the future!

Monday, April 23, 2018

My Thoughts: The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

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The Hidden Oracle
(The Trials of Apollo #1)
by Rick Riordan
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Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 376
ISBN: 9781484732748
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Mythology
Source: Own

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How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favour.

But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go... an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood. (Goodreads)


Moving on with my Rick Riordan series readathon, I have officially, (finally), made it to The Hidden Oracle, which is the first book in The Trials of Apollo series!! I can’t believe I have made it this far, and am almost officially caught up on ALL of Rick’s books, but here I am! And I’m so thrilled to finally start this series. I do believe that I’ve been the most curious about this series out of all of them, and I’m thrilled to have finally started it.

So, in case you didn’t read the summary for the book, this one is about the god Apollo, who is cast down from Olympus after angering his father, Zeus. I should also mention that he’s no longer a four thousand year old god, but has instead taken on the form of a powerless teenage boy, acne and all, who must learn how to survive the modern world until he can return to his father’s good graces. Sounds interesting, right? It IS.I didn’t really know what to expect when I started this series, and I have to admit that I was really curious. I’ve really enjoyed all of Rick’s previous series, and I was anxious to see how this one would compare. I shouldn’t have been anxious at all, because Rick’s books never disappoint.

Like the previous series, there are a lot of characters to like in this book. There are a few new interesting characters, like Meg, who we are introduced to early in the book, and who works with Apollo on his quest. There are also a LOT of characters in the story that we’ve met before in previous books, a lot from Camp Half-Blood, including, yes, you guessed it… PERCY JACKSON!! For some reason I never expected to see him past the Heroes of Olympus series, but he keeps showing up, and I AM TOTALLY OK WITH THIS. *grin*. I also have to say I really, really like Apollo. Yes, at the beginning of the book he is totally a spoiled god, but his character definitely grows as the story goes along, and by the end of the book, he is so very different. Omg, he made me laugh SO many times throughout the book, and I’m super curious to see what’s in store for him during the rest of the series. I love Apollo!

Overall; The Hidden Oracle was a great start to what I know will be another great series by Rick Riordan! I have The Dark Prophecy on my TBR for next month, and will hopefully be reading The Burning Maze in May, and I’m really looking forward to reading them both now. (And that will make me officially caught up on all of Rick’s books. GO ME!) If you like Rick’s books, but have not yet picked up this series, I highly recommend it! And I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

My Week in Review • Week 16



Happy Sunday, Bookworms!!

Welcome to my weekly Week in Review post!

Here I share all the things I've been up to during the past week.
Check back every Sunday for new updates!

Now, here's what I've been up to this week!

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This week I finished two re-reads, the first being 99 Days by Katie Cotugno, which I re-read so I could start the sequel, 9 Days and 9 Nights, which releases next month. I also re-read Caraval by Stephanie Garber, as a refresher before starting Legendary, which also releases in May!


I also finished up my last review book for the month, The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner, which I really enjoyed! I read Jamie's previous book, The Forever Summer, last year, and really enjoyed it, so I was really looking forward to reading this one as well. My thoughts for it will be up on the blog this week!

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This week I actually watched quite a few movies! The first was Casablanca, which The Teen and I found on TCM the other night, and sat and watched the whole thing together! This is only the first time I've seen the movie, but it is quickly becoming a fave.


Seriously, guys....That look. It gets me EVERY time!!

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I also *finally* started my Marvel Movie Marathon this week, and managed to re-watch four movies so far. I still have ALL of the rest of them to watch again this coming week, but I think I can actually pull it off in time to see Infinity War once it releases. :)



Wow, can you believe we only have 8 days left in April?! This year is going by so quickly!

Things have been pretty insane here lately, with the kids and doctors appointments and banquets and new school visits, and it all never seems to end. (But I know it will soon enough, so I'm trying not to complain.) We only have a few more weeks of school, and then it's officially SUMMERTIME, and I can't wait!!

As I mentioned above, I'm hoping to finish up the rest of the Marvel movies this coming week. I'm really enjoying going back and re-watching all of these movies! This is something that I really need to do more often, but instead with movies I *haven't* seen before. I have a plan for next month... at the moment I'm calling it my *Movie a Day in May Challenge*, and I'm really going to try to watch a movie every day during the month. (I may try to document this challenge as well, I just have to figure out how.) Fingers crossed that I can pull it off! There are SO many movies I want to watch!

Anyways, that's about all for this week! If you made it this far, you are awesome!

Have a great new week!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #314 - Always Never Yours & The Way You Make Me Feel

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Always Never Yours
by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
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Publication Date: May 22nd 2018
Publisher: Speak
ISBN: 9780451479846

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Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are, and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.

But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. No–a disaster. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script.

Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to play the lead in her own love story? (Goodreads)

Guuuuuuys! Does this book sound so cute, or what?
and I LOOOOOVE the cover as well.
I am super excited to check this book out. :)


The Way You Make Me Feel
by Maurene Goo
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Publication Date: May 8th 2018
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN: 9780374304096

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From the author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, a laugh-out-loud story of love, new friendships, and one unique food truck.

Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn't so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?

With Maurene Goo's signature warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look. (Goodreads)

The summary for this book won me over with Summer and Food Truck!
I love the cover for this book as well, and it also sounds like a super cute read!
I can't wait to check it out this May!!


There you have it, Bookworms! My awesome WOW picks for this now.
Now I'm wondering... What books are YOU excited for this week??
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

My Thoughts: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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Crown of Midnight
(Throne of Glass #2)
by Sarah J. Maas
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Publication Date: August 27th 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 418
ISBN: 9781619630628
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Own

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"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for. (Goodreads)


After having *finally* read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas last month, I absolutely couldn’t wait to get started on Crown of Midnight. If you read my post about Throne of Glass, you’ll know that I’m currently working my way through this series one book per month, in hopes of being completely caught up by the time the newest book, Kingdom of Ash, is released in October. Since I’ve been meaning to read this series for a while now anyways, it seemed like a good time to get started on the series, and I’m really enjoying it so far!

Crown of Midnight picks up not long after where Throne of Glass leaves off. The storyline for this book was just as addictive as the previous book, though it did seem a little slower at times. Well, right up until the last half of the book, where things got a little crazy! One thing that I really like about this series, is that while some things are a little predictable, it *still* manages to keep me guessing at times. I love that! I have absolutely no idea what to expect from the next book in the series, but I’m super excited to have it on my TBR for next month!

I don’t remember if I mentioned this in review of the last book, but I really, really like the characters in this book. I love Celaena for her fierceness and her snarky attitude. I love Chaol and Dorian as well, but if you asked me to pick between the two, I don’t think that I could. And after the ending for this book, I have no idea what is in store next for these characters.

Overall; Crown of Midnight was a really interesting sequel to Throne of Glass, and now having read it, I’m really excited now to move along to the next book in the series, Heir of Fire! I’m so glad that I own these books already, and that I can read them back to back, instead of having to wait a year or more for the next book to release. Here’s hoping that I can be completely caught up by the time the newest book is released in October.
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Monday, April 16, 2018

My Thoughts: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

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Love and Other Words
by Christina Lauren
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Publication Date: April 10th 2018
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781501190537
Genre: Adult Contemporary | Romance
Source: Edelweiss

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Love, loss, friendship, and the betrayals of the past all collide in this first fiction novel from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Autoboyography, Dating You / Hating You).

The story of the heart can never be unwritten.

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.

But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother...only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.

Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love. (Goodreads)


While I’ve not yet read ALL of the books out my Christina Lauren, I have read and enjoyed quite a few of their books so far, and I’m always interested in finding something new by these ladies. It’s been too long since I read their last book, Roomies, so I couldn’t wait to get started on Love and Other Words. This book was so good you guys! I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to read it!

I really enjoyed the storyline for this book. It was super cute, though at some parts a little heartbreaking at times as well. I love that the story is told alternately through the past and present, and the coming-of-age parts of the story were really relatable. (We’ve all been there, right?!) I think storylines like the one for this book are some of my most favorites, and because of that, I completely devoured this book in very little time. *grin*

I loved almost all of the characters in this story. Macy was extremely relatable to me, and I love her love for books. I also love the relationship she had with her father. It was so sweet. I also though Elliot was super sweet as well, and he also has a pretty awesome family. I loved watching the relationship grow between them over the course of the book, both in the past and in the present, and I totally didn’t want their story to end!

Though I had a review copy of this book, I optioned to read along with the audiobook, and that was seriously the best decision ever. I’ve listened to a few books narrated by Erin Mallon so far, and I really enjoy having her read these stories to me. I’m looking forward to listening to more audiobooks read by her soon!

Overall; Christina Lauren definitely has another hit on their hands with Love and Other Words, and this one is definitely one of my faves by them so far. I still need to read a few of their other newest books, Dating You/Hating You and Autoboyography are on the top of my list, and reading Love and Other Words has made me super excited to get started on those as soon as possible. I can’t wait! If you’re a fan of contemporary romance, or just a fan of Christina Lauren in general, do check out Love and Other Words! I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

My Week in Review • Week 15



Happy Sunday, and Welcome to my weekly Week in Review post!

Here I share all the things I've been up to during the past week.
Check back every Sunday for new updates!

Now, here's what I've been up to this week!

http://www.thereaderbee.com/2018/04/my-thoughts-room-on-rue-amelie-by-kristin-harmel.html

This week I read two review books, the first being The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Hammel, and the second being Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren. Both books were SO good, and you can click the title links or the photos above to see my thoughts for the books!

http://www.thereaderbee.com/2018/04/my-thoughts-kings-cage-by-victoria-aveyard.html https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17167166-crown-of-midnight

I also finally read King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard, which makes me officially caught up on the Red Queen series, and I'm SO ready to read War Storm when it is released!

I'm also moving along with my Throne of Glass series read, and I'm thrilled to mark Crown of Midnight off my list as well! I can't wait to move on to the next book in the series next month.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14061955-siege-and-storm https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14061957-ruin-and-rising

And, last but not least, I officially finished the Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising this week, which means I've read ALL the books in the Grishaverse series, and WHY DID IT HAVE TO END??

And, why did I wait so long to finish this series? I'm totally kicking myself. It's so good! At least I still have Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom to read, so there's that. *grin*
I'll have my thoughts for both of these books up on the blog sometime this week!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6644200/

I only managed to watch one movie this week, but holy cow you guys... A Quiet Place was SO GOOD. I'm not at all a fan of scary movies, and I actually almost talked myself out of seeing this one, but I'm so glad I watched it. I can definitely see what all the hype is about. John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe did an AMAZING job on this. See it!

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Happy Sunday, Bookworms!! I hope that you all had a great week last week, and an awesome weekend as well. I'm so not ready for mine to be over, but I do plan to enjoy the last few hours of it. :)

This week has been a busy one, and while I've somehow managed to keep up with my TBR, I'm pretty far behind on everything else. *grin* Next week I'll definitely be playing the catch up game! And hopefully it will be a quiet week as well.

That's about all for me to report this week, so...
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