Tuesday, May 21, 2019

My Thoughts: There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

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There's Something About Sweetie
(Dimple & Rishi #2)
by Sandhya Menon
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Publication Date: May 14th 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781534416789
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Netgalley / Review Copy from Publisher

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Ashish Patel didn’t know love could be so…sucky. After he’s dumped by his ex-girlfriend, his mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly, smugly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up.

The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl—under contract. Per subclause 1(a), he’ll be taking his date on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?

Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death.

Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.

Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other? (Goodreads)


There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon is definitely one of the books I was most excited to read this spring, and I was thrilled to finally get started on the book! I read When Dimple Met Rishi back when it was released, and I loved it so much, so I couldn’t wait to get started on this new book!

If you read When Dimple Met Rishi, then you probably remember Rishi’s brother, Ashish! There’s Something About Sweetie is all about Ashish, and a brand new character, Sweetie!

There was really SO much that I loved about this book, and one of the main things were the characters! Sweetie is awesome, and is definitely on the list of my top favorite characters. There is so much that I love about Sweetie, including her confidence with herself throughout the whole book, even when her mom constantly nagged her about her weight. She didn’t let this bother her, and I loved her for that. And Sweetie and Ashish together were perfection! I very much enjoyed watching their relationship grow over the course of the book, which made the storyline for this book super cute. I am all about rom-coms at the moment, and this was just what I needed to read!

Overall; If you loved When Dimple Met Rishi, you most definitely need to check out There’s Something About Sweetie! Both of these books are wonderful, and I absolutely can’t wait to read them again, and again, and AGAIN! (Seriously, I love these stories!) I just realized that I still need to read From Twinkle, With Love, also by Sandhya, and I’m even more excited to read it now. If you haven’t yet checked out these books, I definitely recommend that you do so!

Monday, May 20, 2019

My Thoughts: Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

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Somewhere Only We Know
by Maurene Goo
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Publication Date: May 7th 2019
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Pages: 328
ISBN: 9780374310578
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Netgalley Review Copy

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10 00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she's just performed her hit song "Heartbeat" in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She's about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She's in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.

11 00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She's very cute. He's maybe curious.

12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same. (Goodreads)


Somewhere Only We Know is the very first book that I’ve read by Maurene Goo, (though I’ve had a copy of her book The Way You Make Me Feel sitting on my shelf for the longest time), and I’m super thrilled to have finally read something by her! I saw a lot of hype for this book before I ever started it, and I was definitely curious to read it. I know very little about K-Pop, so I was definitely curious about that, but also the story just sounded really cute. I was excited to get started on it!

There were a lot of things that I really liked about this book, one thing being the interesting characters. Lucky is a K-Pop star who is taking a much needed day to herself her big debut in America, and Jake is working as a tabloid photographer while on a gap year before figuring out college. The story is told through their alternate viewpoints, and it was really fun to experience this adventure through them both.

I also really enjoyed the storyline for this book. It was fun and addictive, but also with a lot of meaningful moments as well. I absolutely LOVED the setting for the book as well! Maurene did a very good job with the descriptions, and I imagine Hong Kong would be an amazing place to visit. (And maybe I can someday!)

Overall; Somewhere Only We Know was a quick, fun read, and I am so glad to have finally read something by Maurene Goo. I am now even more excited to read Maurene’s other books, including The Way You Make Me Feel and I Believe in a Thing Called Love. I hope to read them both, and Maurene’s other books, soon!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Waiting on Wednesdsay: The Wedding Party & Waiting for Tom Hanks

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The Wedding Party
Jasmine Guillory
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Publication Date: July 16th 2019
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9781984802194

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The next charming romance by the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Date.

Maddie and Theo have two things in common:

1. Alexa is their best friend
2. They hate each other

After an "oops, we made a mistake" night together, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa's wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they're comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won't fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn't looking.

But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don't fall in love. (Goodreads)

Confession: I have not yet started this series,
BUT...
I have both The Wedding Date and The Proposal on my TBR to read ASAP, and I should be done with those books just in time for The Wedding Party to release in July! I am SOOOO excited to finally read these books!!




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Waiting For Tom Hanks
by Kerry Winfrey
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Publication Date: June 11th 2019
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9781984804020

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Can a romcom-obssessed romantic finally experience the meet-cute she always dreamed of or will reality never compare to fiction, in this charming debut adult novel from Kerry Winfrey.

Annie is twenty-seven years old, single, and obsessed with romantic comedies (she and her mother watched them religiously, before her mom died). Her dating life is limited by the expectations she’s formed from these movies. She is not as open to new experiences as she might be, because she’s waiting for her Tom Hanks–i.e., a guy she’ll find in the perfect, meet-cute romantic comedy way. When Annie does finally meet her perfect match, it’s not quite in the way she expected, and she’s forced to reckon with the walls she’s built around herself over the years. (Goodreads)

This is yet another book that I'm SUPER excited for! I love Tom Hanks, and this immediately made me think of the movie You've Got Mail, which happens to be my most favorite movie of all time! I am super excited to read this book as well!

Those are my picks for this week...
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

My Thoughts: Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Aurora Rising
(The Aurora Cycle #1)
by Amie Kaufman
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and Jay Kristoff
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Publication Date: May 7th 2019
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 473
ISBN: 9781524720964
Genre: Young Adult | Sci-Fi | Fantasy
Source: Own

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From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They're not the heroes we deserve. They're just the ones we could find. Nobody panic. (Goodreads)


Aurura Rising is the first book in the brand new Aurora Cycle trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and is also one of my most anticipated reads for this spring! I am a huge fan of Amie’s books, and I have quite a few of Jay’s books on my reading list as well, but besides that, I LOVE their Illuminae Files trilogy! (It’s seriously one of my faves!) I was super excited to get started on this new series to see how it would compare, and I’m pretty sure Amie and Jay have a hit on their hands with this brand new book!

There are so many things to like about this book, and I think one of the things I love most are the characters. This book is FULL of interesting characters, but my faves would have to be the 7, (yes SEVEN), main characters. Each character is so different from the others, and all have an interesting story as well, (especially Auri, who I think has the most interesting story), and I can’t wait to read the next books so I can know more about them. They are all so great, and make such a great team!

Another thing that I really love about the book is the setting. Even though the thought of space sometimes gives me major anxiety, I LOVE reading about it! Just like the Illuminae Files, this book is set in space, well into the future. I can't imagine ever living in space as well, but I definitely enjoyed experiencing it through these awesome characters. The storyline for this book was also fantastic, as well as super addictive. I flew through the pages of this book super quick, and I adored everything about it.

Overall; Aurora Rising is the first book in what should prove to be another amazing series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and I absolutely loved every minute of it! I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on the next two books, which are currently untitled and without release dates, but I will most definitely be keeping my eye out for them. And I do believe I will have to do a re-read of The Illumanie Files series while I wait! If you love those books as well, do check out this new series too!

Monday, May 13, 2019

My Thoughts: Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews

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Sunset Beach
by Mary Kay Andrews
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Publication Date: May 7th 2019
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781250126108
Genre: Adult Fiction | Women's Fiction
Source: Netgalley Review Copy

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Pull up a lounge chair and have a cocktail at Sunset Beach – it comes with a twist.

Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he’s remarried – to Drue’s eighth grade frenemy, Wendy, now his office manager. And they’re offering her a job.

It seems like the job from hell, but the offer is sweetened by the news of her inheritance – her grandparents’ beach bungalow in the sleepy town of Sunset Beach, a charming but storm-damaged eyesore now surrounded by waterfront McMansions.

With no other prospects, Drue begrudgingly joins the firm, spending her days screening out the grifters whose phone calls flood the law office. Working with Wendy is no picnic either. But when a suspicious death at an exclusive beach resort nearby exposes possible corruption at her father’s firm, she goes from unwilling cubicle rat to unwitting investigator, and is drawn into a case that may – or may not – involve her father. With an office romance building, a decades-old missing persons case re-opened, and a cottage in rehab, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there’s a storm on the horizon.

Sunset Beach is a compelling ride, full of Mary Kay Andrews' signature wit, heart, and charm. (Goodreads)


Over the past few years I have discovered that summer just isn’t summer without a Mary Kay Andrews book to read, and the book for this summer is Sunset Beach! I added this to my TBR the moment I discovered the book, and I was super excited when I was contacted to review it. I’ve only read a few of Mary’s books so far, but I’ve really enjoyed them all, and I was super curious to see how this one would read. I am so thrilled to say that I really enjoyed it!

A few things I really enjoyed about this book was the setting, which was set, of course, at the beach, (though I do wish there had been more beachy moments), and also the storyline as well! I love that there is a bit of mystery mixed in with Mary’s books, (at least for the ones that I have read so far), and it definitely kept me hooked as I turned the pages. There is an interesting twist at the end of the book that I probably should have seen coming, but didn’t!

I also really enjoyed the characters for the book as well, especially the main character, Drue, who I found myself relating to more than a few times throughout the book. She was great, and would definitely make a great detective with all her super sleuthing skills.

I also want to add that I absolutely love the cover for this book. It makes me want to be at the beach RIGHT NOW!

Overall; Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews was a fun, addictive, and super quick read that was great for kicking of my summer reading list! It would be a great book to read at the beach or by the pool, or even curled up in your favorite chair. I have a couple more of Mary’s books that I’m planning to read this summer, including Summer Rental, Beach Town, and Ladies Night, and I’m even more excited to get started on them now!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday: The Rest of the Story & Call It What You Want

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The Rest of the Story
by Sarah Dessen
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Publication Date: June 4th 2019
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062933621

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Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.

Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.

When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is divided into two people as well. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.

Then there’s Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family’s history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake—and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well.

For Saylor, it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it’s time to go back home, which side of her will win out? (Goodreads)

I am a HUGE Sarah Dessen fan, and I'm ALWAYS on the lookout for something new by her! I've read all of her books, some multiple times, and they never get old. I have been sitting on a review copy of this book for a while now, and it's finally almost time to start it. I CAN'T WAIT!!




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Call It What You Want
by Brigid Kemmerer
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Publication Date: June 25th 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
ISBN: 9781681198095

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When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.

Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship...

This captivating, heartfelt novel asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons? (Goodreads)

Brigid Kemmerer is another author that I really enjoy, and am super excited to read this new book by her as well! A review copy of this book landed on my doorstep a few weeks back, and I'm super excited to get started on it asap.
(And I also need to read A Curse So Dark And Lonely as well!)

That's all for me...
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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

My Thoughts: The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine

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The Last Time I Saw You
by Liv Constantine
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Publication Date: May 7th 2019
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780062868817
Genre: Adult Fiction | Mystery | Thriller
Source: Edelweiss Review Copy

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The internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish follows that success with an addictive novel filled with shocking twists about the aftermath of a brutal high-society murder.

Dr. Kate English has it all. Not only is she the heiress to a large fortune; she has a gorgeous husband and daughter, a high-flying career, and a beautiful home anyone would envy.

But all that changes the night Kate’s mother, Lily, is found dead, brutally murdered in her own home. Heartbroken and distraught, Kate reaches out to her estranged best friend, Blaire Barrington, who rushes to her side for the funeral, where the years of distance between them are forgotten in a moment.

That evening, Kate’s grief turns to horror when she receives an anonymous text: You think you’re sad now, just wait. By the time I’m finished with you, you’ll wish you had been buried today. More than ever, Kate needs her old friend’s help.

Once Blaire decides to take the investigation into her own hands, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems in Baltimore high society. As infidelity, lies, and betrayals come to light, and tensions rise to a boiling point, she begins to alienate Kate’s friends and relatives with her relentless, accusatory questions, as she tries to find Lily’s killer. The murderer could be anyone—friend, neighbor, loved one. But whoever it is, it’s clear that Kate is next on their list. . .

In The Last Time I Saw You, Liv Constantine takes the lightning pace of The Last Mrs. Parrish and raises the stakes, creating an exquisitely tension-filled and absorbing tale of psychological suspense in which innocent lives—and one woman’s sanity—hang in the balance. (Goodreads)


The Last Time I Saw You is the very first book that I’ve read by Liv Constantine, though I have had The Last Mrs. Parrish sitting on my shelf for the longest. I’m beyond thrilled to have finally read something by these two authors, and now I’m even more excited to read more!

To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect when going into this book. I am not a huge reader of murder mystery stories, but I’ve read more and more of the genre lately, and it’s quickly becoming a favorite genre for me!

One of the things that I really liked about this book is that it kept me guessing. A lot of times I can figure out a story pretty early on, but with this one I did not! The book was full of twists and turns, and just when I thought the story was going one way, it took a 180 and went a completely different way. I love that it kept me hooked as I flew through the pages. I read this book very quickly, as I just needed to know what the heck was going on! The last few chapters of the book caught me completely by surprise, and I really enjoyed all the interesting twists along the way!

This book also has an interesting cast of characters, and I totally thought almost all of them were suspects. (I am naturally suspicious of most people, and I trust very few, but that’s not the only reason I thought this.) So many of the characters could have been the bad guy, and none of them were even close to being perfect. I did find myself relating to the main character more than a few times throughout the story, and I probably would have handled the situation the same way she did in the story. Ha!

Overall; The Last Time I Saw You was a fascinating read that was full of interesting characters and kept me guessing the whole story through. I’m definitely even more excited now to check out The Last Mrs. Parrish, and even more books by Liv Constantine in the future. If you do check out this book, I hope it keeps you guessing all along the way as well!

Monday, May 6, 2019

My Thoughts: Finale by Stephanie Garber

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Finale
(Caraval #3)
by Stephanie Garber
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Publication Date: May 7th 2019
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Pages: 496
ISBN: 9781250157669
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Netgalley Review Copy

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Welcome, welcome to Finale, the third and final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Caraval series!

Welcome, welcome to Caraval...all games must come to an end.

It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.

Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancĂ©, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finaly, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win...and those who will lose everything. . . (Goodreads)


Finale, the third and final book in the Caraval series by Stephanie Garber, was high on my list of anticipated reads for this spring, and I couldn’t wait to read this book to see how the story was going to end. Even though I’m not sure I was ready to let go of the series, I am pretty satisfied with the way things wrapped up!

Let me start this by saying that I have been a fan of the Caraval series since the very beginning. I absolutely loved both the storyline and world-building for this series, as well as the really interesting characters. I can only think of one other book that I have read that is similar to this series, and I really enjoyed the originality of the story. It was fascinating, and addictive, and I’m so sad to see it come to an end!

As I mentioned above, Finale is the third and final book in this series, and I was super curious to see how things would work out in the end. The storyline follows much along the lines as the previous books, and picks up right where Legendary leaves off. I was, once again, absolutely fascinated with this story, and I flew through the pages much faster than I expected to. The ending wraps up quite nicely, and in a much different way than I expected. I’m really thrilled that all of my favorite characters got their happily ever after as well, especially Scarlett, who has been a favorite of mine since the beginning.

Overall; All good things must eventually come to an end, and while I’m still not ready to say goodbye to this story and its characters, I’m very much happy with the way things ended in Finale. I can’t wait for my finished copy of this book to arrive so I can gaze at them sitting on my shelves, and I can’t wait to read these books again soon! I will also definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by Stephanie Garber in the future, and I hope we don’t have to wait long for something new by her! If you’ve not yet checked out this series, I highly recommend you do so!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

My Thoughts: Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner

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Drawing Home
by Jamie Brenner
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Publication Date: May 7th 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780316476799
Genre: Adult Fiction | Womens Fiction
Source: *Netgalley Review Copy

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An unexpected inheritance, a promise broken, and four lives changed forever: the newest page-turner from USA Today bestselling author Jamie Brenner.
"Welcome to the gold standard of summertime escapism."-Elin Hilderbrand
Summer has started in idyllic Sag Harbor, and for Emma Mapson that means greeting guests at the front desk of The American Hotel. But when one of the town's most famous residents, artist Henry Wyatt, dies suddenly, Emma learns he has mysteriously left his waterfront home - a self-designed masterpiece filled with his work - to her teenage daughter, Penny.

Back in Manhattan, legendary art patron Bea Winstead's grief at her lifelong friend and former business partner Henry's passing turns to outrage at the news of his shocking bequest. How did these unknown locals get their hands on the estate? Bea, with her devoted assistant Kyle in tow, descends on Sag Harbor determined to reclaim the house and preserve Henry's legacy.

While Emma fights to defend her daughter's inheritance, Bea discovers that Henry left a treasure trove of sketches scattered around town. With Penny's reluctant help, Bea pieces them together to find a story hidden in plain sight: an illustration of their shared history with an unexpected twist that will change all of their lives.

Drawn together in their battle for the house, Emma and Bea are forced to confront the past while facing a future that challenges everything they believe about love, fate, and family. (Goodreads)


Drawing Home is the third book that I've read so far by Jamie Brenner, (the first two being The Forever Summer and The Husband Hour), and I was so excited to read this book! I seem to be starting a yearly tradition of reading Jamie's books every spring or summer, as this is the third year, I've read a book of hers around this time, and I love this new tradition I have started! Also, the book did not disappoint!

One of the things that I love about Jamie's books (that I have read so far), is that they are set at the beach, (and, if I'm thinking correctly, during the summer as well.) I am all about beachy, summer books at the moment, and I want to read as many of them as I can right now as I wait to go on my beach vacation. This book definitely hit the spot with it summer storyline set at the beach, and it makes me want to be there even more! The storyline for this book was really great as well, and I was hooked as flew through the pages to see what would happen next.

This book also has a lot of interesting characters as well. I related so much to Emma as a mom, and also to her daughter, Penny, for her anxiety and OCD. They had such a great relationship, even though Emma was crazy busy most of the time, and Penny, being a teen, rebelled and acted out some times. I've been there, in both of their shoes, so that was definitely relatable. Bea is the character that I really had to warm up to, but she won me over by the end, and I'm so glad that she did. Kyle and Angus were great secondary characters as well!

Overall; I really, really enjoyed Drawing Home, and I am SO glad I had the opportunity to continue my yearly summer reading tradition by reading this book! It's great storyline and interesting characters had me hooked from the beginning, and I flew through the pages a lot quicker than I expected to. Jamie Brenner is definitely becoming an auto-buy author for me, and I absolutely can't wait to read more of her books in the future!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

My May '19 TBR!

Happy First Day of May, Bookworms!!

Can you believe it is May already?? Where did April go??

This month I have a pretty massive TBR that I am going to try to tackle, most of which are new books that are releasing this month that I need to review that I am hoping to get a bit ahead on before we go on vacation at the end of the month.

I also have a few non-review books on my TBR this month that I want to read, most of which are book series that I've been working on that I'll be wrapping up this month. I am also hoping to squeeze in some beach reads as well!

Here's what I'm reading in May:

Books I'm Reading:

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson *
Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson *
Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Defy the Worlds by Claudia Gray
Inferno by Julie Kagawa
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand
Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali



e-Arc's I'm Reading:

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Finale by Stephanie Garber
Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo
Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen
The Plus One by Sophia Money-Coutts
Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne


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That's my TBR for this month! I hope I can tackle all of these books,
and hopefully a few beach reads as well!

Wish me luck!!

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What's on your TBR for this month??

Waiting on Wednesday: Soul of the Sword & Sorcery of Thorns

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41733208-soul-of-the-sword
Soul of the Sword
(Shadow of the Fox #2)
by Julie Kagawa
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Publication Date: June 18th 2019
Publisher: Inkyard Press
ISBN: 9781335184993

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One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.

Now he has broken free.

Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon who will grant one wish to whomever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. But she has a new enemy now. The demon Hakaimono, who for centuries was trapped in a cursed sword, has escaped and possessed the boy she thought would protect her, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan.

Hakaimono has done the unthinkable and joined forces with the Master of Demons in order to break the curse of the sword and set himself free. To overthrow the empire and cover the land in darkness, they need one thing: the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. As the paths of Yumeko and the possessed Tatsumi cross once again, the entire empire will be thrown into chaos. (Goodreads)

Oh! I am super excited to read this book!
Not only because I'm in the middle of reading Julie's Talon series,
(and am loving it!)
but also because I read the first book last year, and it. was. awesome.
I can't wait to see what's going to happen next!!


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42201395-sorcery-of-thorns
Sorcery of Thorns
by Margaret Rogerson
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Publication Date: June 4th 2019
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN: 9781481497619

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All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined. (Goodreads)

Does this book sound interesting, or what??
I am super curious to check it out, and I hope that it's awesome!!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

April Wrap Up & Book Haul

Can you believe that today is the last day of April??
This month has gone by SO quickly,
but I'm pretty thrilled that it was a pretty awesome book month for me!!
(I am SO glad to finally be over the book slump that I've been in since January.)

Here's what I read this month, and the new books I added to my collection as well!
Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
Fumbled by Alexa Martin
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery
Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
Sailing Lessons by Hannah McKinnon
Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews
Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
Defy the Fates by Claudia Gray
If I'm Being Honest by Emily Wibberly &  Austin Siegemund-Broka
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

(New Books from Book Outlet and Thrift Books)

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
Surprise Me & My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
Boardwalk Summer by Meredith Jaeger
Ladies' Night & Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
Nothing More & Nothing Less by Anna Todd
Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis
Year One by Nora Roberts
The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner
The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
Splendor, Envy & Rumors by Anna Godbersen

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
Fire With Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Fumbled & Intercepted by Alexa Martin
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
The Kiss of Deception & The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
The One, The Heir, & The Crown by Kiera Cass
Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi
Soldier & Legion by Julie Kagawa
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu

* * * Ebooks & Audiobooks Not Pictured * **
Drawing Home by Jamie Brenner
One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan
Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

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Whooo! Is that a lot of books, or what??
It feels like it's been too long since I've posted a good wrap up post, 
so I'm glad to finally have something to post.
:)

How was your reading month??

My Thoughts: Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36323794-aru-shah-and-the-song-of-death
Aru Shah and the Song of Death
(Pandava Quartet #2)
by Roshani Chokshi
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Publication Date: April 30th 2019
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781368013840
Genre: Middle Grade | Fantasy | Mythology
Source: Netgalley Review Copy

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Aru is only just getting the hang of this whole Pandava thing when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love's bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn't playing Cupid. Instead, they're turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren't bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn't find the arrow by the next full moon, she'll be kicked out of the Otherworld. For good.

But, for better or worse, she won't be going it alone.

Along with her soul-sister, Mini, Aru will team up with Brynne, an ultra-strong girl who knows more than she lets on, and Aiden, the boy who lives across the street and is also hiding plenty of secrets. Together they'll battle demons, travel through a glittering and dangerous serpent realm, and discover that their enemy isn't at all who they expected. (Goodreads)


Aru Shah and the Song of Death, the second book in the Pandava Quartet series by Roshani Chokshi, was super high on my list of most anticipated reads for 2019. I read Aru Shah and the End of Time, the first book in the series, last year, and enjoyed the story SO much that I couldn't wait to get my hands on this sequel. It definitely did not disappoint!!

One of the things that I love most about this book series is that it reminds me so much of the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. They are fun, addictive reads that you can't help but love. So, it will come as no surprise to you that this book is one of many books brought to you by the Rick Riordan Presents, which is an imprint by Rick Riordan himself, which brings us middle grade books by authors from underrepresented cultures and backgrounds. I have had the pleasure of reading quite a few books from this imprint already, and they are all SO great!

Another thing that I love about this book is that the storyline is all about Hindu mythology, which I admittedly know very little about, but am learning more and more of as I read the books! I love that these stories are engaging and addictive, but also leave me feeling like I've learned something after I close the book. And the more I read these books, the more fascinated I become with the mythology, and it definitely leaves me wanting more! The storyline also has great messages and situations that so many will be able to relate to, and I love that as well.

And I can't finish up this review without saying something about the characters in the book. If you've read my review for the first book, you'll know just how much I adore the characters in the story, including the main characters, Aru and Mini, and especially Boo. And while we get our fill of these characters again, we are also introduced to a lot of new characters in this book, and I guarantee that you're going to love them all as well! (Brynne and Aidan especially!)

Overall; I was once again captivated by the awesomeness that is Aru Shah and her fantastic story. Roshani Chokshi definitely has yet another hit on her hands with Aru Shah and the Song of Death, and I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series, which is currently untitled and without a release day, but which I will most definitely be keeping my eye out for! If you've not yet read this series, I highly recommend it! (Especially if you like books like the Percy Jackson series!)
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