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Goodreads Monday 5/14/2018

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title:  Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) 

Author:  Amie Kaufman (Goodreads Author)Jay Kristoff (Goodreads Author)

Published: March 13th 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

Hey everyone it’s been awhile!! I celebrated my very first Mother’s Day yesterday, and the highlight of my day was dedicating my baby at church in the morning and then picking out paint for her room. Man how my life has changed in such a short amount of time! How did you celebrate Mother’s Day yesterday?

Over the weekend, my hubbie got me Obsidio as part of my MD present and I couldn’t have been happier! (Okay, so I might have picked it up and put it in the cart for him, but hey he still got it for me! That’s what counts, right?!) I still need to finish book 2, and I am only a quarter of the way through!! Now that I have this book, I imagine I will finish quickly so that I can start this one!

What is on your TBR list this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday (4/19/2018)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  White Rabbit

Author: Caleb Roehrig (Goodreads Author

Expected Publication: April 24th 2018

Publisher: Feiwel Friends

Goodreads Summary:

Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian—the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to “talk.” Things couldn’t get much worse, right?

But then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. And then he and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife, beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox Whitney.

April swears she didn’t kill Fox—but Rufus knows her too well to believe she’s telling him the whole truth. April has something he needs, though, and her price is his help. Now, with no one to trust but the boy he wants to hate yet can’t stop loving, Rufus has one night to prove his sister’s innocence…or die trying.

I read Roehrig’s first book Last Seen Leaving and really loved his writing style. I really enjoyed all of the plot twists that he wove into his story, mainly because I didn’t see them coming and these days that’s a little rare to find. His second book sounds like it will be on par with plot twists and excellent writing so I will definitely be picking this book up next week!

What are you waiting for this week?

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Goodreads Monday (4/9/2018)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title:  The Sun is Also a Star 

Author: Nicola Yoon (Goodreads Author)

Published: November 1st 2016 by Delacorte Press

Goodreads Summary:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

This book has been on my TBR shelf since November 2016!! I recently watched Everything Everything and it almost makes me want to not read the book, but I know that books are 10 times better than the movies 9 out of 10 times. I’m hoping that I will like The Sun is Also a Star more than Everything Everything, but I’ve only really heard mix reviews about this author in general. You either love her or dislike her. Which category are you?

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Waiting on Wednesday (4/4/2018)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark #2)

Author: Veronica Roth (Goodreads Author)

Expected Publication: April 10th 2018

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Goodreads Summary:

In the second book of the Carve the Mark duology, globally bestselling Divergent author Veronica Roth reveals how Cyra and Akos fulfill their fates. The Fates Divide is a richly imagined tale of hope and resilience told in four stunning perspectives.

Fate brought them together. Now it will divide them.

The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.

Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.

As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.

I just found out that this series is a duology (I don’t know how I went all year after the first book was released not knowing this!) So that means I can buy both books and just binge read them both and not have to suffer from book hangover!

What are you waiting for this week?

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Goodreads Monday (4/2/2018)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title:  Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)

Author: Victoria Schwab (Goodreads Author)

Published: June 13th 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Goodreads Summary:

THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

THE WAR HAS BEGUN.

THE MONSTERS ARE WINNING.

Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

Happy day after Easter! I hope yours was spent having fun with family whether you celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ or not! We went to church and saw so many cute babies (so I didn’t have to worry if mine started talking during the service, I could just blame another one lol). We then gave baby S her very first Easter basket full of goodies, and she enjoyed playing with the plastic eggs filled with nothing more than her new toys. Oh well, what can you do. Our night ended with the hubs grilling, so overall we had a pretty good day.

This week I chose Our Dark Duet because it has been sitting on my shelf since last summer! I need to finish this duology ASAP, even if that is so that I can only clear off some space on my ever growing TBR shelf.

What did you do yesterday? What is on your TBR shelf this week?

Here’s a pic of one of my pups celebrating Easter =)

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Book Blogger Hop: Week of 3/30-4/5


Book Blogger Hop

This weekly hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, featuring a question about books each week. The purpose is to bring bookish bloggers together, basically. To participate, write a post about the question for that week and add your link.

This weeks question: 30th – April 5th –How many book clubs do you belong to? If you do belong to an in-person book club, do you have meetings in the day or evening? Do you meet at someone’s house or meet at a local restaurant or coffee house?  (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

I actually don’t belong to any bookclubs. Personally, I am a little too busy to be able to join any right now, but I would love to join one when I am out of school. Currently, two friends and I are reading Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman and then we have plans to discuss it once everyone is done. We “started” this about a week after the Grammys? (I think that was the award show) and have I started the book yet? That would be a no, but I did buy it with the intention of starting it soon! It’s okay though because they are listening to the audiobook, so I think I will have time to finish before both of them do. Hopefully. If you can call this a book club, then I guess technically I am in one but we have yet to meet.

What about you? Are you in any book clubs?

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Waiting on Wednesday (3/28/2018)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)

Author: Amanda Foody (Goodreads Author)

Expected Publication: April 10th 2018

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Goodreads Summary:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

I love going on Goodreads and looking for new books and new to me authors! I probably would have never heard of this book if I didn’t have to scroll the new release section. This book sounds really interesting and kind of gives me A Heart of Dread vibe, but without the fantasy element.

What are you waiting for this week? How do you find out about new releases if you don’t use Goodreads?

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Avengers Book Tag

With the release of Infinity War next month, I thought it was appropriate to do an Avengers Book Tag!

Like most of the tags that I do, I found this one on ThriceRead, so check out her post here! She found this tag over on Danielle’s blog, Life of a Literary Nerd, check out her post here!


Iron Man

FAVORITE FIRST BOOK

Let’s go with Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23395680-illuminae

Captain America

BOOK THAT TAKES PLACE IN A DIFFERENT TIME PERIOD

Let’s go with a book set during the 15th century? I think.

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Thor

A BOOK CHARACTER YOU LIKED MORE AFTER THEY WERE CASTED

Hmm this is a hard one…Let’s go with Will from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Let me also just say that I very strongly disliked this book!

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QUICKSILVER AND SCARLET WITCH

A BOOK WITH A SIBLING DUO

Since book two is about to come out in the next couple of months, lets go with Caraval by Stephanie Garber. The sibling duo in this book was great, and I can’t wait to see how their story continues in Legendary

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27883214-caraval?ac=1&from_search=true

Loki

A VILLAIN THAT YOU LOVE AND YOU CAN’T HELP BUT BE ATTRACTED TO

The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy!

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I didn’t feel like getting a cover from one of the books in the series, so how about a picture of when I met Leigh Bardugo?


ANTMAN

A BOOK I’VE BEEN MEANING TO READ

I’ve had Renegades on my TBR shelf since Black Friday, and I still haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet!

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THE HULK

A BOOK YOU CAN’T TALK ABOUT WITHOUT GETTING ANGRY

The Lady of Sherwood was a fairly recent read (within the last 6 months, I mean) and I just can’t get over the fact what a disappointment this book was. I had very high hopes for it since I’ve never read a gender switch of Robin Hood. Guess I’ll just keep searching

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BLACK WIDOW

A SIDE CHARACTER THAT YOU WISHED HAD THEIR OWN BOOK

I would love a book about Inej from the Six of Crows duology!

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Goodreads Monday (3/26/2018)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title:  Pride and Joe (Runaways vol 1)

Author: Brian K. VaughanAdrian Alphona (Artist)

Published: December 6th 2006 by Marvel

Goodreads Summary:

Meet Alex, Karolina, Gert, Chase, Molly and Nico – a group of teens whose lives are about to take an unexpected turn…

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In honor of us finally getting Hulu (thanks Sprint), I can finally watch Runaways or you know The Handmaid’s Tale that everyone has been raving about since last summer. My friend bought me this book for my birthday two months ago, and now that I can watch the show this book is jumping to the top of my TBR pile. Right behind Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones (thanks NetGalley) and Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman (thanks to my new book club).

So far with my newfound streaming service, my hubbie and I have been binge watching Kitchen Nightmares. What are some Hulu originals that we need to check out?

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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Meet Cute: Some People are Destined to Meet Book Review

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Jennifer L. Armentrout (Goodreads Author)Sona Charaipotra(Goodreads Author)Dhonielle ClaytonKatie CotugnoJocelyn Davies(Goodreads Author)Nina LaCour (Goodreads Author)Emery Lord (Goodreads Author)Katharine McGee , Kass Morgan (Goodreads Author)Meredith Russo (Goodreads Author)Sara Shepard (Goodreads Author)Nicola Yoon(Goodreads Author)Ibi Zoboi (Goodreads Author)Julie Murphy (Goodreads Author)

Published: January 2nd 2018 by HMH Book for Young Readers

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.

I read this book back in January, and I am just now getting around to writing the review of it. Woops. This was my first anthology in a long time, and it took me awhile to get used to the short story format. Once I did though, I really enjoyed most of these stories. Below I will break down my thoughts on each story without giving much away and my rating for each one.

Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno ★★★

As the very first story of this anthology, I thought that it was alright. The MC was kind of the stereotypical queen bee, at least that was what she seemed like at the beginning. We get more of her backstory, or the reason why she puts up a front and then I felt for her and understood what she was doing. Although, I don’t know technically if how she and the guy meeting is considered cute, and plus she already knew him from school.

Print Shop by Nina LaCour ★★★★

I thought this one was very cute. The MC starts working at a print shop, and she thinks she will get to learn how to make all these fabulous prints but they just want her to help with the social media aspect. She spends the entire day helping a disgruntled customer (mainly via twitter) and when they finally meet it was super cute.

Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi ★★★

I don’t really remember much about this one, except that the MC’s best friend is pushing her to go to a dance and then she finally decides to go. She spends most of the time looking for a dress at this one store, and then finally decides to go to this African American shop that customizes clothing to their clients specific needs. The meeting in this story was super brief and I thought it was okay.

Click by Katharine McGee ★★★★

This is about a program that sets you up with your perfect match. The main character goes on a date with this guy who she matched with, and accidentally leaves her phone in the taxi. So they spent the whole date looking for her phone and getting to know each other. This story was cute, but not very memorable in my opinion.

The Intern by Sara Shepard ★★★

This story is about a girl who is forced to intern at her dads company. Since her mom died, she has been very angry towards everyone and standoffish. Since no one wanted to deal with her they make her “babysit” a celebrity who wants to tour the city. Their tour kind of had a date like feel, and out of everyone who tried to talk to her, he was the only one who made her talk. This story was alright, but not very rememberable in my opinion.

Somewhere That’s Green by Meredith Russo ★★★★★

This story has two different points of view. Nix the transgender who just got permission to use the girls bathroom at school, and Lexie the girl who is petitioning to have Nix’s access removed. They are both in the school play and Nix doesn’t hold back any of her feelings while Lexie tries very hard to stay in the shadows. One night at a party Nix finally confronts Lexie as to why she is getting her bathroom privileges revoked when Lexie doesn’t even know her. The characters in this story was very well written and you understood both sides of the story. The way things were resolved was great and it wasn’t something I expected to happen.

The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton ★★★★★

This story is set on an island where all the citizens believes in soul mates, and that the fates tells you when and who your soul mate is by these magic bands that appear. The main character spends the story wondering if soul mates is even a true thing or even worth it. Then she saves a guy from the ocean and they go on this journey down different paths that could happen in the future. I thought this story was right on the money with being cute. It had just the right amount of fantasy elements thrown in for me to really enjoy it.

Oomph by Emery Lord ★★★★

This story is about two girls stuck at the airport and how they pass the time. Their banter and flirting was super cute and seemed like the most natural thing in the world. Makes me wish my meeting of my SO was just as effortless.

The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★★

Ah, I really loved this one! This story is the start to my ideal YA contemporary book. If the author wrote a full length version, I would buy it immediately and then try to find a book signing close to me. A volunteer at a library spends her time reshelving books and calling people who have books that are overdue. One person she has been calling for awhile now to remind him to return the dictionary he borrowed. The outcome of this story is exactly what every book nerd wished would happen to her.

The Unlikely Likelihood Falling In Love by Jocelyn Davie ★★★★★

This story was super cute! A girl in AP Stats has to an end of the year project. While on the train on the way to school she happens to look up and see this guy, so she devises a project on whether or not it was love at first sight. I loved this story for how innocent it was and I was totally invested in whether her project worked or not!

259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan ★★★★

This story was a little bit unexpected. The main character in this one is trying to run away from his problems by trying to get selected to be a participant to colonize Mars. He and this girl are stuck in a room or 24 hours to have their personalities evaluated for compatibility. The way this story ended was a bit sad, but empowering at the same time.

Something Real by Julie Murphy ★★★★★

This one has a Bacheloresque feel to it. Two girls are competing to win a date with a musician that everyone loves. Just like every reality show, they are pitted against each other. As they start to learn more about each other, they start to feel bad about competing against each other. Of course the musician is a jerk, so the girls don’t think twice about leaving. Their personalities in this and back stories were really well thought out and I wanted them both to win a date with the celebrity!

Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick ★★

I don’t really remember much about this one, other than the fact that it was super weird and not romantic whatsoever.

The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon ★★★★★

They picked a great story to end this anthology. I loved everything about it! After a recent break up, a guy goes through the system to try to get a do over so that he can figure out how it went wrong. This story opens up at the last department, and he has to tell his whole story over again to this girl who gets to determine if he gets a do over or not. After telling his story and getting to know the girl, the guy has to figure out if it will be worth it or not. If Nicola Yoon decides to write a full length version of this story, I would pick it up in a heartbeat!!


So out of a possible 70 stars, I gave this book 57 stars. Which is about 81% or a solid 4 stars in total.