Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday:
The Map From Here to There
by Emery Lord
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Publication Date: January 7th 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
ISBN: 9781681199382

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Acclaimed author Emery Lord crafts a gorgeous story of friendship and identity, daring to ask: What happens after happily ever after?

It's senior year, and Paige Hancock is finally living her best life. She has a fun summer job, great friends, and a super charming boyfriend who totally gets her. But senior year also means big decisions. Weighing "the rest of her life," Paige feels her anxiety begin to pervade every decision she makes. Everything is exactly how she always wanted it to be--how can she leave it all behind next year? In her head, she knows there is so much more to experience after high school. But in her heart, is it so terrible to want everything to stay the same forever?

Emery Lord's award-winning storytelling shines with lovable characters and heartfelt exploration of life's most important questions. (Goodreads)

Anyone else super excited for this new book by Emery Lord?? I am SOOOOO excited to read it! I am huge fan of Emery's books, and I absolutely can't wait to check out this newest book.
Tweet Cute
by Emma Lord
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Publication Date: January 21st 2020
Publisher: Wednesday Books
ISBN: 9781250237323

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A fresh, irresistible rom-com from debut author Emma Lord about the chances we take, the paths life can lead us on, and how love can be found in the opposite place you expected.

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected. (Goodreads)

This new book by EMMA LORD, not to be mistaken as Emery Lord, sounds like it's going to be a super cute read! I love cute reads at the moment, so I'm very excited to check this one out!

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Those are my WOW picks for this week!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Monday, November 25, 2019

My Thoughts: Not The Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher
Not the Girl You Marry
by Andie J. Christopher
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Publication Date: November 12th 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781984802682
Genre: Adult Fiction | Romance | Contemporary
Source: Netgalley Review Copy

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How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days gets a millennial makeover in this romantic comedy by USA Today bestselling author Andie J. Christopher.

Jack Nolan is a gentleman, a journalist, and unlucky in love. His viral success has pigeon-holed him as the how-to guy for a buzzy, internet media company instead of covering hard-hitting politics. Fed up with his fluffy articles and the app-based dating scene as well, he strikes a deal with his boss to write a final piece de resistance: How to Lose a Girl. Easier said than done when the girl he meets is Hannah Mayfield, and he's not sure he wants her to dump him.

Hannah is an extremely successful event planner who's focused on climbing the career ladder. Her firm is one of the most prestigious in the city, and she's determined to secure her next promotion. But Hannah has a bit of an image problem. She needs to show her boss that she has range, including planning dreaded, romantic weddings. Enter Jack. He’s the perfect man to date for a couple weeks to prove to her boss that she’s not scared of feelings.

Before Jack and Hannah know it, their fake relationship starts to feel all too real—and neither of them can stand to lose each other. (Goodreads)

If you know me at all then you know I am a sucker for a good rom-com novel, and once I discovered Not The Girl You Marry, I knew I would have to check it out!

Not the Girl You Marry was described as How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days with a millennial makeover, and I was super curious to get the authors version of the story. I watched the movie a few years back, and while I didn’t love it too much, I still appreciated the storyline, and I was curious to see how this book would compare. While I had a few issues with the book, I found it to be a fun, steamy read!

Here’s what I liked about the book:

First, it has some pretty great characters. I loved Hannah. She was smart and witty, yet sometimes a bit shy and modest. I loved her snarky attitude and how fearless she seemed. Her roommate, Sasha, was pretty awesome as well. Can we all have a friend like Sasha??

I also liked the storyline for the book, but I didn’t LOVE it. Without spoiling anything, I’ll say that both of the main characters were lying throughout the book for their jobs, which is fine and is a storyline that I have read over and over again. Unfortunately I didn’t love most of Jack’s storyline…

Which leads to what I didn’t like about the book:

So, I really, really wanted to like Jack. There were some times in the book where he seemed likable, but then he would do something completely stupid in order to try to 'lose' Hannah for his job. Call me old fashioned, but some of the things Jack did were really awful, and I had a hard time separating the ‘job’ Jack from the ‘real’ Jack. Maybe it’s because I’m hard to forgive, but he really pissed me off with the way he treated her, even if it was for work, and I had a hard time looking past that by the end of the book.

(That being said I did love his family!)

Overall; While I did have a few issues with Jack’s behavior in the story, I did still find this to be a fun read, and I definitely plan to check out Andie’s next book, Not That Kind of Guy, which is about Jack’s sister, Bridget, and set to release in April 2020! (I can’t wait! I loved Bridget!) If you’re looking for a steamy rom-com, do check this out!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday: One of Us is Next & Children of Virtue and Vengeance
One of Us is Next
(One of Us is Lying #2)
by Karen M. McManus
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Publication Date: January 7th 2020
Publisher: Delacorte Press for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780525707967

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The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling thriller everyone is talking about, One of Us Is Lying! There's a new mystery to solve at Bayview High, and there's a whole new set of rules.

Come on, Bayview, you know you've missed this.

A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one's been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts.

Until now.

This time it's not an app, though—it's a game.

Truth or Dare.

Phoebe's the first target. If you choose not to play, it's a truth. And hers is dark.

Then comes Maeve and she should know better—always choose the dare.

But by the time Knox is about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, it's that they can't count on the police for help. Or protection.

Simon's gone, but someone's determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, there's a whole new set of rules. (Goodreads)

You guys! Not only are we getting a TV show for One of Us is Lying...
we are ALSO getting a Sequel!!

I, for one, am SUPER excited about this book.
I loved the first one, and I can't wait to see what's in store for us next.
Children of Virtue and Vengeance
(Legacy of Orïsha #2)
by Tomi Adeyemi
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Publication Date: December 3rd 2019
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN: 9781250170996

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After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the stunning sequel to Tomi Adeyemi's New York Times bestselling debut Children of Blood and Bone, the first title in her Legacy of Orïsha trilogy. (Goodreads)

This is another sequel that I'm SUPER excited for!
I read Children of Blood and Bone last year,
and really enjoyed it. I am excited to see what happens next in this sequel!
(Also, that cover is gorgeous!)

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Those are my WOW picks for this week! What are you waiting on?!

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

Saturday, November 9, 2019

10 Movies I'll Be Watching This Fall!

Happy Saturday, Bookworms!!

Do you like watching movies in the fall??

Now that Halloween is over and I've gotten all the Halloween themed movies out of my system, it's time to focus on what little bit of fall we have left! I love watching movies in the fall, maybe even more than I love to watch movies any other time of year. (Except October.) *Grin*

Here are a few of the movies I'm planning to watch this month!
This is my most favorite movie ever, and I usually watch it any time of year, but I LOVE the fall scenes in this movie! Who can resist a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils??

I only just watched this movie for the first time a few years ago, but I really liked it, and I'm totally going to watch it again this year! (And again for New Years!)

This is another of my most favorite movies, and I usually start watching it around Thanksgivings to get me in the mood for Christmas!

The Lake House
This is not really a fall movie either, but it has some pretty amazing fall scenery!

Addams Family Values
Though I watch this around Halloween-time, I also end up watching it around Thanksgiving as well! Who can resist Pugsley dressed as a turkey!

Harry Potter
The Harry Potter movies have some pretty great fall scenes in them as well!!

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
This is another movie that I have only seen a few times, but I'm definitely going to watch it again this year! I love Steve Martin and John Candy!

We usually end up watching this movie every Thanksgiving, mostly because my husband thinks it's hilarious. :)

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving & Garfield's Thanksgiving

And I had to throw in a few favorites from my childhood as well!

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Those are a few favorites that I'm excited to watch this month!
Are there any fall movies that you love to watch this time of year??

Friday, November 8, 2019

My Thoughts: The How & The Why by Cynthia Hand
The How & the Why
by Cynthia Hand
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Publication Date: November 5th 2019
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9780062693167
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Edelweiss Review Copy | Finished Copy from Publisher

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A poignant exploration of family and the ties that bind, perfect for fans of Far From the Tree, from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand.

Today Melly had us writing letters to our babies…

Cassandra McMurtrey has the best parents a girl could ask for. They’ve given Cass a life she wouldn’t trade for the world. She has everything she needs—except maybe the one thing she wants. Like, to know who she is. Where she came from. Questions her adoptive parents can’t answer, no matter how much they love her.

But eighteen years ago, someone wrote Cass a series of letters. And they may just hold the answers Cass has been searching for.

Alternating between Cass’s search for answers and letters from the pregnant teen who gave her up for adoption, this voice-driven narrative is the perfect read for fans of Nina LaCour and Jandy Nelson. (Goodreads)

I am always on the lookout for a new book by Cynthia Hand, so of course I had to add The How & the Why to my TBR as soon as I discovered it!

I knew just from reading the synopsis of this book that it was going to be an emotional read, but I really didn’t know quite how emotional it would make me. Going on this journey with Cass throughout the book -- from turning 18 and trying to find out who her birth mom is, while also trying to spend as much time as she can with her adoptive mom who is very ill, and trying to find the college that fits her – it was quite a roller coaster ride of emotions. I felt like I was experiencing everything right along with Cass, and what a ride it was. The storyline for this book was really great, and yes, very emotional.

And not only does this book have an interesting storyline, it also has some pretty great characters as well. Cass has a great support system around her, including her awesome parents, (the ones who adopted her, and raised her with so much love), and her best friend, Nyla, who also happens to be adopted, but has a completely different story. We also get to see a bit of the birth moms story told in letters that she wrote to Cass before she was even born. Reading some of those letters were my most favorite part of the book, and I enjoyed getting to know more about this woman right along with Cass. She was definitely fascinating!

Overall; As you can probably tell from my thoughts above, I really, really enjoyed The How & the Why! Cynthia Hand always manages to WOW me with her books, and I am always happy after I finish one of her reads. (They are all great!) I will definitely be keeping my eye out for the next awesome read that Cynthia has coming our way, which I do believe will be the third book in the My Lady Janie’s series, and after that, the first book in the Mary series, My Contrary Mary! I can’t wait for all of these!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday: A Heart so Fierce and Broken & Infinity Son
A Heart So Fierce and Broken
(Cursebreakers #2)
by Brigid Kemmerer
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Publication Date: January 7th, 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
ISBN: 9781681195117

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In the sequel to New York Times bestselling A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer returns to the world of Emberfall in a lush fantasy where friends become foes and love blooms in the darkest of places.

Find the heir, win the crown.
The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.

Win the crown, save the kingdom.
Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen--until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war. (Goodreads)

Sooo, I was a little late to the party when it came to reading *A Curse So Dark and Lonely* by Brigid Kemmerer, but I am SO thrilled that I finally read the book a few months ago. I do not plan to be late to the party with *A Heart So Fierce and Broken*! I actually have an arc of it already, and have been slowly working my way through it. (SO good, you guys!) I can't wait for my finished copy to arrive!
Infinity Son
(Infinity Cycle #1)
by Adam Silvera
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Publication Date: January14th, 2020
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062457820

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Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.

Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed. (Goodreads)

Confession Time: The only book that I have read by Adam Silvera so far is What If It's Us, which he co-wrote with Becky Albertalli. Though, I do have quite a few of his books on my tbr, and I have no idea WHY I haven't read them yet! *doh!* This new book sounds pretty awesome though, and since I was able to snag a review copy from Edelweiss, I'm excited to hopefully start it soon!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Give Off Autumn Vibes

November 5: Books That Give Off Autumn Vibes

Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!! For today's Top Ten Tuesday I'm sharing a couple of books that give me autumn vibes, either by the cover or by the story!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
This series always makes me think of autumn!

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
This story is literally set in November! And that cover, so gorgeous!

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
I've not read this book, but it definitely has some pretty fall colors on the cover!

Riders by Veronica Rossi
Another book that I haven't read yet, but it has fall colors as well!

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
I always think of this cover first when I think of fall covers!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This book always makes me think of fall. It's the perfect fall read!

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
Does this cover scream fall, or what?!

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
I have not read this book yet, but the cover definitely has a fall feel to it!

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
I am actually trying to read this book this fall, because it definitely feels like a fall read!

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
I don't know if this is set in fall at all, but the cover is one of my favorites!

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Those are just a few books that make me think of fall!
What books made your list this week??

Monday, November 4, 2019

My Thoughts: The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
The Bromance Book Club
(Bromance Book Club #1)
by Lyssa Kay Adams
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Publication Date: November 5th 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781984806093
Genre: Adult Fiction | Contemporary | Rom-Com
Source: Netgalley Review Copy / Purchased

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The first rule of book club:
You don't talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott's marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him. 

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it'll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife. (Goodreads)

If you know me any at all then you probably know that I’m a sucker for a good rom-com, and I’m always on the lookout for new ones. The moment that I discovered The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams, I knew I would have to check out the book. I am SO glad that I did!!

The Bromance Book Club is exactly what I am looking for in contemporary romance novels. With the world being the way that it is right now, I am just looking for a little escape from the madness, and that’s exactly what I got from this book. The storyline is super cute, but also touches on so many things that are relevant at the moment. I love the idea of guys having a book club and reading romance novels, discussing how to better treat their women. (Can this be a real thing, please?!) I definitely need more books like this in my life, asap! (And yes, I will be over here anxiously awaiting the sequel for this book.)

Another thing that I loved about this book were the characters. There are SO many characters! The story is told from alternate viewpoints between the main character, Gavin, and his wife, Thea. (I love books that do this, as we get to see all the sides to the story!) Both of these characters were interesting, and both had SO much character growth over the course of the story. Watching their relationship change and grow was definitely interesting. There are also some really great secondary characters in the story as well. I LOVE all the guys that are in the book club. Seriously, SO much love for these men! Are they perfect? No. But they are trying to be better, and that’s awesome. Also, I love how supportive they were for each other. Seriously, this needs to be a thing!

Overall; I really, really enjoyed The Bromance Book Club, so much more than I expected to! This book has a great storyline, lots of cute characters, and lots of steamy romance as well. It’s basically everything I look for in a rom-com, I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on the sequel, Undercover Bromance, which is currently set to release March 10th, 2020! Pick up a copy of The Bromance Book Club in stores this week, and I hope you love it as much as I did!

Friday, November 1, 2019

My November '19 TBR!

Happy First Day of November, Bookworms!!

Can you believe that it's November already?! I can't believe this year is almost over. It's definitely gone by too quickly.

This month I have yet another super full TBR, and I'm super excited to get started on it! Last month I did Blogtober on my blog, and had so much fun getting caught up on reviews and blogging again, that I decided to keep it up for the rest of the year! I have just a few review books left for November and December, so I am planning to spend the rest of the next two months catching up on more of the books I'm currently behind on. I'm so excited!

Ahem, moving on... Here is my November TBR!!
(I hope I can read them all!)

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
(I started a tradition a few years ago to read this book ever fall, and I'm so excited to get started on it! This is my third year!)

The Bronze Key by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
(Super excited to move along with this series.)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
(Continuing with my re-read of this series!)

Looking for Alaska by John Green
(Because I really want to watch the adaptation on Hulu.)

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
(Because this sounds SO cute!)

Well Met by Jen Deluca
(I've been trying to read this one for a while now. It's sounds cute too!)

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
(I really want to read this book, but I hear it's a pretty dark read, so I'd have to get in the right frame of mind to read it. We shall see!)

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
(Super excited for this one!)

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
(THis has been on my TBR for too long! I am excited to read it, and it's sequel!)

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
(Re-reading this one so I can finally read the sequel!)

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
(Super curious about this one!)

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I also have a few new releases on my list that I'm excited for, including:

Supernova by Marissa Meyer
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher

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That's most of my TBR for November, and I'm super excited to get started on it, and all the other books I'm currently behind on. :)

What books are you planning to read in November??