Friday, May 27, 2016

The Maze Runner Series Binge Read!! #DashnerDash

Hey Gladers!!

Today begins the #DashnerDash Binge Read!!
Join me and some other great bloggers as we binge read
The Maze Runner Series
from the very beginning, in anticipation of The Fever Code release!!

If you've not yet read these books, you should totally do so!
I read them last year, but didn't review them, so I'm going to reread them again,
review them, AND finally watch the movies!!
If you have already read the books, join me for another read along!!

Check back at the end of the June for my first review of The Maze Runner!
And check back also for a chance to win a SIGNED Copies of the books as we go along!!

All the information you need is below!!

Live Google Hangouts with James Dashner at the End of Each Month

Join new and established James Dashner fans in THE #DASHNERDASH BINGE READ, a rereading of all four titles in the bestselling Maze Runner series, in advance of the September 27 publication of the eagerly anticipated Maze Runner prequel novel, The Fever Code. When discussing the reread on social media, readers are encouraged to use the hashtag #DashnerDash to follow along in the conversation.

Has it been a while since you have entered the Glade, or are you curious to know more about all the Maze Runner series buzz? Now is the time to have your questions answered and discussed as Random House Children’s Books invites Dashner fans worldwide to participate in a discussion of one title in the series each month.

The reread will kick off on May 27 with The Maze Runner—fans can submit questions via the James Dashner Facebook page. Selected questions will then be discussed by the author and his editor, Krista Marino, in a series of live Google Hangouts during the last week of each month. The first Google Hangout with Dashner and Marino will happen the week of June 27. Specific details will be posted on the Facebook page and shared via social media.

Rereads of The Scorch Trials begin on June 27, followed by The Death Cure on July 27, and The Kill Order on August 27. Questions can again be submitted via Facebook, and a book-club-style discussion will occur at the end of each month. The Google Hangout for The Kill Order at the end of August will lead right into the publication of The Fever Code on September 27.

Bloggers are encouraged to take part in the binge read, and those participating will receive a number of signed Dashner books to give away.
What better way to celebrate the start of summer than by revisiting a beloved series and introducing the books to new fans? Look for the first two chapters of The Fever Code, recently revealed in the paperback edition of The Rule of Thoughts, to be discussed in the Maze Runner Google Hangout as well. Titles are available wherever books are sold. The series has sold over 14 million copies in all formats.

JAMES DASHNER is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series—The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order—as well as the bestselling Mortality Doctrine series, which includes The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives. To learn more about James and his books, visit, follow @jamesdashner on Twitter, and find dashnerjames on Instagram.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Review: Dream On by Kerstin Gier
Dream On
(The Silver Trilogy #2)
by Kerstin Gier
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Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781627790796
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: For Review

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Things seem to be going well for Liv Silver: she’s adjusting to her new home in London; she has a burgeoning romance with Henry Harper, one of the cutest boys in school; and the girl who’s been turning her dreams into nightmares, Anabel, is now locked up. But serenity doesn’t last for long.

It seems that Liv’s troubles are far from over—in fact, suddenly they’re piling up. School gossip blogger Secrecy knows all of Liv’s most intimate secrets, Henry might be hiding something from her, and at night Liv senses a dark presence following her through the corridors of the dream world. Does someone have a score to settle with Liv? (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I absolutely couldn't wait to start Dream On by Kerstin Gier, especially after that ending in the first book, Dream a Little Dream. I was excited to see what was going to happen next for Liv and her crew, and what turn the series would take next. Now having read the book, I can't wait to get my hands on the next book when it's released!

All of the characters that we met in Dream a Little Dream are back in this captivating sequel. Liv is just as humorous as ever, and I love the adventures that she gets into during the book. I love the relationship that she has with her sister, Mia. They are such a good team, and together they can cause quite a stir. I love the new family that they've merged into as well; the parents are awesome, and while I'm waiting on Florence to finally come around, Grayson is a really great big brother. And let's not leave out Henry, who I still love as much as I did in the first book. *wink*

As with the first book, the storyline for Dream On is very intriguing. I love the thought of a dream world where you can visit people, even though, as we find out in this book, it's not always a good thing sometimes. I love that this book kept me guessing. The bad guy was not at all who I thought it was going to be, even though I'm kicking myself for not seeing it coming. AND, I'm still guessing as to who 'Secrecy' is! Every time I think I have it figured out, I start second guessing myself. I have absolutely no idea who it is, and that's KILLING me! Haha! Hopefully we will know who that is soon as well.

Overall; Dream On was a fabulous second book to this entertaining series. I am really excited to get my hands on the third book now, and I'll be patiently waiting for the US release date for that as well. I'm also bumping Gier's Precious Stone trilogy up on my TBR list as well!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Review: Dream a little Dream by Kerstin Gier
Dream a Little Dream
(The Silver Trilogy #1)
by Kerstin Gier
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Publication Date: April 14th 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Pages: 322
ISBN: 9781627790277
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Library Book

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Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yes, Liv's dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially the one where she's in a graveyard at night, watching four boys conduct dark magic rituals.

The strangest part is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They're classmates from her new school in London, the school where she's starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But what's really scaring Liv is that the dream boys seem to know things about her in real life, things they couldn't possibly know--unless they actually are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute.... (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

When I first discovered Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier, I knew I would have to read the book. I've had her Precious Stone trilogy on my to-be-read list for quite a while now, but haven't had the chance to read them yet, so I was excited to finally read something by her. I really enjoyed Dream a Little Dream more than I expected to, and now I'm curious to read more by Gier as soon as possible!!

The characters in the book were all interesting, and each in their own unique way. The main character, Liv, was quite hilarious, and made me giggle more than a few times throughout the book. The boys in the story were all interesting as well, but I'd rather you read the book and meet them yourself  than to try to explain them all to you. One in particular will make you swoon. *wink*

The storyline for the book was engrossing, and it felt very similar to Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle series, which I absolutely adore. I love that this book kept me guessing throughout, although I did have one part figured out pretty quickly, and I thank my powers of suspicion for that, but I love not really knowing what was going to happen next in the story. I can't to continue on with this series!

Overall; I found Dream a Little Dream to be a very enjoyable read, and I can't wait to start the second book in the series, Dream On, which was released on May 3rd in the US! I'm super curious to see what adventure is next for Liv and her boys!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #243 - The Last Star by Rick Yancey

The Last Star
(The 5th Wave #3)
by Rick Yancey
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Publication Date: May 24th 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780399162435

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The Last Star is the heart-stopping finale to the bestselling 5th Wave series by award-winning author, Rick Yancey. Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner.

'Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn't turn the pages fast enough' The New York Times

We’re here, then we’re gone, and that was true before they came. That’s always been true. The Others didn’t invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won’t end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning, on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.

Master storyteller Rick Yancey invokes triumph, loss, and unrelenting action as the fate of the planet is decided in the conclusion to this epic series. (Goodreads).

I thought for sure I had used this as a WOW pick before,
but apparently I haven't.
With the book set to release NEXT WEEK (!!!)
I thought this would be the perfect WOW pick for this week!!

I absolutely can't wait to have this book in my hands.
Seriously, I have so many questions.

How is it all going to end??
Are any lost family members found??
What's going to happen to Evan??
Will he, Cassie and Sam stay together forever??
What about Ben and the rest of the group??
WHY did the aliens come to begin with??
Who are they?? What do they want??

SOOOO many questions, and only one more week until I get answers. YAYYYY!!

Have you checked out the extended sampler for The Last Star?
If not, you can do so HERE!!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Review: The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
The Square Root of Summer
by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
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Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781626723733
Genre: Young Adult | Time Travel
Source: For Review

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This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It's a little bit like a black hole. It's a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she's hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn't even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie's past, present, and future are about to collide—and someone's heart is about to be broken. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

In case you didn't already know this, I can't resist a gorgeous cover, and the first thing that drew me to The Square Root of Summer was the completely stunning cover!! Having now read the book,  I can honestly say that it was not at all what I expected, but I did find it to be an interesting read!

The characters in this novel were all really interesting, including the main character, Gottie H. Oppenheimerm, who starts randomly losing pieces of time throughout the novel, and for no apparent reason. Gottie is super smart, but she is grieving over her much loved grandfather, and has pretty much closed in on herself since his passing. She lives with her father and brother, when he's not in college, and her life is pretty quiet. All that changes when Thomas, her best friend who disappeared from her life years before, comes back and completely turns her world around.

The book was set in London, which I totally didn't expect, but I ended up loving because I love London. Not only do you get the English setting for the book, but you get the language as well, and it took me a little while to catch on to some of it. As I mentioned above, the book was not at all what I expected. I didn't know, or maybe I just forgot, that this was a time-travel novel. It honestly didn't really read like one though, until you got to the scientific parts, most of which totally when over my head.

Overall; While The Square Root of Summer was not really what I expected, I definitely found the book to be a really interesting read. I enjoyed the characters, the storyline was really fascinating, and I loved the setting. I'm definitely curious to read more by Hapgood in the future!!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Review: The Season of You & Me by Robin Constantine
The Season of You & Me
by Robin Constantine
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Publication Date: May 10th 2016
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780062438836
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Edelweiss

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Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee.

Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job.

Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.
Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.
Neither of them is expecting to fall in love.

My Thoughts...

I was super excited to get my hands on The Season of You & Me by Robin Constantine, first because it sounded like a perfect summer-time read, and second because I read a few of Robin's books last year, and completely fell in love with them. I'm thrilled to add The Season of You & Me to the list as well, as I really, really enjoyed this book!!

I loved the two main characters in The Season of You & Me, both Cassidy and Bryan were really great characters, and I enjoyed reading the story from their alternate points of view. Cassidy is recovering from a breakup with her boyfriend, and Bryan is adjusting to a tragic effect that changed his life forever. He is the boy who could make her forget what she left behind, and she is the girl who sees him for what he really is, and not just the boy in the wheelchair. Together, they make a wonderful pair, and I really enjoyed their story.

The storyline for the book was super sweet, although it did have some serious moments also, and I did tear up a time or two as well. This book gave me so many emotions. Also, I loved the summer theme to it. I'm definitely ready for summer to be here already after reading this book!

Overall; If you're already a fan of Robin Constantine's books, you're definitely going to love The Season of You & Me. This book gave me all the feels, and it's really a perfect summer read. Check it out, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #242 - A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
A Torch Against the Night
(An Ember in the Ashes #2)
by Sabaa Tahir
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Publication Date: Razorbill
Publisher: August 30th 2016
ISBN: 9781101998878

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A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead. (Goodreads)

Can I just have this book already??
Do I really have to wait until August to read it??
Sigh. LOL!
I loved An Ember in the Ashes,
and I'm SO curious to see what's going to happen next for Laia.
Also, that cover is Gorgeous!!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Monday, May 2, 2016

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

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Andie had it all planned out.

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

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

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

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

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

And where’s the fun in that?

My Thoughts...

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, May 1, 2016

My May 2016 TBR & Most Anticipated Releases!!

Hello, Bookworms!!

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

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

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

My May TBR includes:

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

Ruined by Amy Tintera
Traitor Angels by

Here are some more exciting May releases:

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

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

What books are you most excited for in May??