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Waiting on Wednesday (5/17/2017)

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…


onceandforall

Title:  Once and for All

Author: Sarah Dessen

Expected Publication:  June 6th 2017

Publisher:  Viking Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

Sarah Dessen is probably one of my guilty pleasures. Normally, I read a lot of fantasy and probably a little sci-fi, but sometimes I like to pick up a good fiction book. I have read probably about 90% of Dessen’s books and I loved every single one of them. I also like how she brings previous characters into the books through cameos. Sort of like Stan Lee in all the Marvel movies. Needless to say, I am super excited for this book to come out and I will most definitely be reading it as soon as it hits shelves next month!

What are you waiting for this week?

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Goodreads Monday (5/15/2017)

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:

13reasonswhy

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher

Published: October 18th 2007 by Razorbill

Goodreads Summary:

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

I finished the Netflix show a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed it! I just happened to be going through my Goodreads to-read section and noticed that it was in there since 2015! After watching the show, I am definitely interested to see how similar the two are and what liberties the show took. I have a friend reading it now, so hopefully I can borrow it from him sometime soon!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday (5/10/2017)

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…


thecrownsfate

Title:  The Crown’s Fate (The Crown’s Game #2)

Author: Evelyn Skye

Expected Publication:  May 16th 2017

Publisher:  Balzer + Bray

Goodreads Summary:

Perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone and Red Queen, The Crown’s Fate is the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Crown’s Game, an atmospheric historical fantasy set in Imperial Russia.

Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.

For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.

With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.

I read the first book in this series a few months ago, and remember not being very impressed with it. Until the end, when it left on a major cliffhanger, and now I am dying to know what happens next for Vika and Nikolai.

What are you waiting for this week?

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Goodreads Monday (5/8/2017)

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:

athousandnights

Title: A Thousand Nights (A Thousand Nights #1)

Author: E.K. Johnston

Published: October 6th 2015 by Disney Hyperion

Goodreads Summary:

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

I met E.K. Johnston last October at the Texas Teen Book Festival in Austin, and I am a little upset with myself that I didn’t get this book then! My friend is a little obsessed with her (mainly because she wrote a book for the Star Wars universe, and it’s his favorite), but he has nothing but good things to say about Johnston as an author. He has actually read this book and I believe its sequel and enjoyed it a lot. Now I’ll have a little more time to read, and hopefully I’ll be able to get this one off of my TBR shelf!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

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April Monthly Wrap-Up

I can’t believe it is already 6 days into May, and I am just now doing my wrap-up for April! Where has the time gone? Oh, I know to school. This past month has been nothing but presentations and deadlines, and I am so glad that on Tuesday it will finally be all over (for this semester at least, one more to go). April has been a great and terrible month for me. I was able to read a few more books than in March, I kept up with my blog a little bit more, and we found out that we are having a baby girl in September! So even with all my deadlines and presentations, April was still a win for me =).

This past month I read:

  1. Vassa in the Night by  Sarah Porter 4 out of 5 stars
  2. Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer 3 out of 5 stars
  3. The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey 4 out of 5 stars
  4. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller 2 out of 5 stars
  5. The Scarlet Thread by D.S. Murphy 3 out of 5 stars (review coming soon)

Even though I read 5 books this month, I am still 12 books behind on my Goodreads Challenge =(. Hopefully, this summer I will be able to catch up and get ahead before the baby comes.

Normally, I would give myself a TBR list, but maybe I’ll just make my goal to read 5 or more books. With finals over on Tuesday, hopefully this will be a realistic challenge!

How was your reading/blogging last month? Hopefully, yours was better than mine! =p With my new found freedom, what are some books I should look into?