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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…


 aceofshades

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

Meet Cute: Some People are Destined to Meetmeetcute

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.

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Book Blogger Hop: Week of 3/23-3/29


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: 23rd – 29th – When meeting with friends, do your discussions usually turn to books? (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

This is a really good question. If I know that my friend that I am meeting is a book addict like me, then most definitely our conversation turns into a book discussion! Sometimes, when I am with friends who don’t read as much but they know I do they will sometimes ask what they should read next or ask for input. Normally though they will just message me for a list of books to check out when they are on the hunt for their next read.

What about you? Do you have conversations that turn into book discussions?

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Three Sides of a Heart Book Review

Three Sides of a Heart: stories about love trianglesthreesidesofaheart

Natalie C. Parker (Goodreads Author) (Contributor)Rae CarsonBrandy Colbert (Goodreads Author)Katie CotugnoAlaya Dawn Johnson(Goodreads Author)E.K. Johnston (Goodreads Author)Tessa Gratton(Goodreads Author)Garth Nix (Goodreads Author) , Veronica Roth (Goodreads Author)Sabaa Tahir (Goodreads Author)Brenna Yovanoff (Goodreads Author)Renee Ahdieh (Goodreads Author)Julie Murphy (Goodreads Author)Justina Ireland (Goodreads Author)Lamar Giles (Goodreads Author)Bethany Hagen(Goodreads Author)

Published: December 19th 2017 by HarperCollins

Rating: 3/5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

You may think you know the love triangle, but you’ve never seen love triangles like these.

These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories you don’t want to miss.

This collection, edited by Natalie C. Parker, contains stories written by Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Bethany Hagan, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, EK Johnston, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Natalie C. Parker, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and Brenna Yovanoff.

A teen girl who offers kissing lessons. Zombies in the Civil War South. The girl next door, the boy who loves her, and the girl who loves them both. Vampires at a boarding school. Three teens fighting monsters in an abandoned video rental store. Literally the last three people on the planet.

What do all these stories have in common?

The love triangle.

Overall, I really enjoyed that this anthology had a lot of diversity and LGBTQ characters in many of the stories. My biggest complaint though is that for a anthology about love triangles, in some stories it was very hard to figure out where the love triangle was! The preface did say that some are very out there and will make you think, but I didn’t think they meant every story! There was probably only two to three stories that had a clear love triangle. Below I will break down each story without trying to give much away and give my individual rating for each.

Riddles in Mathematics by Katie Cotugno  ★★★★

This was a very strong first story for this anthology. This one is about a girl who recently came out to her family and friends and is trying to deal with how they all view her now as well as dealing with an unrequited crush. The crush? Her brothers best friend that happens to be a girl.  There didn’t really seem to be a true love triangle in this though.

Dread South by Justina Ireland ★★

This one takes place in an alternate history after the American Civil War with zombies. The African Americans and Native Americans are forced to go to schools to train to kill the zombies, and then they are hired by white people to protect them. Louisa is gifted an African American girl to protect her by the guy she is hoping to be her fiance. It took Louisa the whole story to realize that she was born into privilege and that she didn’t even like the guy.

Omega Ship by Rae Carson 

The only reason why this one was a love triangle, was because there was only three people in the whole story. I thought this story was just meh. The girl in this story is literally the last human girl left and it is up to her and two guys to start repopulating before the human race becomes extinct. I didn’t really like the main character or any of her choices. I understand why she did them, but I also think that she did what she did without fully thinking things through.

La Revancha del Tango by Renee Ahdieh ★★★

A girl graduates from high school and goes to Argentina alone. While there she checks in to a hostile and talks to two guys. You think that would be the love triangle, but you would be wrong. She gets invited to a salsa club, and ends up watching this couple dance. Where is the love triangle?

Cass, An, and Dra by Natalie C. Parker ★★★★

This one is about a girl who has a gifted family. Cass can see possible outcomes and she always chooses the outcome that has her and her girlfriend An together. Then one day she see’s an outcome that if she goes to a party she will meet another girl named Dra and cheat on An with her. So she then spends the whole story avoiding any outcomes that have Dra in them until the very end. This story was interesting and besides the first story, my favorite so far.

Lessons for Beginners by Julie Murphy ★★★

This story is about a girl who is an expert kisser and gives lessons to fellow classmates who are not allowed to disclose her identity. Her most recent client is a couple, and the girl used to be one of her really good friends until they drifted a part. Normally she likes to keep things professional, but then she gets feelings for her client and tries to make her client choose her instead of the boyfriend. This was a decent story, kind of reminded me of Easy A. 

Triangle Solo by Garth Nix ★★

I really don’t understand why the triangle was so disliked by the guys best friend. I know for the main character it was only because his friend didn’t like it so he didn’t like it on principle. I wouldn’t necessarily say that there was a love triangle in this story, more of a debate and competition between two guy friends over a girl. And then said girl only liked one guy to begin with, so there wasn’t really a competition except for the ones that the guys made up.

Vim and Vigor by Veronica Roth ★★★★★

I loved this story! It was nerdy and had all the feels. It seemed as if the main characters biggest problem was which guy to choose for the dance (I think it was homecoming or prom…I don’t remember), but it was so much more than that. This one had a very strong theme of friendship and how it evolves after a something tragic happens. I would be totally okay with this becoming a full length novel!

Work in Progress by E.K. Johnston ★

With this one, I will just say that I was very very confused and did not get it at all. There was about three different stories, each told from three different perspectives but they all sounded like they came from the same person. This was definitely a work in progress, and if that was what the author wanted then she definitely succeeded.

Hurdles by Brandy Colbert  ★★★

This story dealt with a girl who has an over bearing dad wanting her to succeed and qualify for the Olympics. It also doesn’t help that her dad is also her coach and her boyfriends coach at the high school. It seemed as if she was just going with the flow and dealing with things as they come, until her best friends brother gets out of jail and comes back to school. When he comes back in the picture she has to decide who she wants to be with the boyfriend and the Olympic dream or her best friends brother with an unknown future.

The Historian, The Garrison, and the Cantakerous Catwoman by Lamar Giles ★★★★★

This was another story that I really loved! I will definitely be checking out the author to see what else they have written. This one had a true love triangle, and it was all about how far you would go for the one that you love. Plus it had a lot of demons, and demon fighting!

Waiting by Sabaa Tahir ★★★

The only thing I will say about this story is that she chose the wrong guy. I don’t care how long she has known whatshisface, the other guy should have been picked.

Vega by Brenna Yovanoff ★★★

This story was a little bit confusing at first. But by the end I finally realized who the third part of the love triangle was and I liked the story a lot more by then. This one did take me a little bit to get in to, mainly because I didn’t really like the main character. She was already jaded by a young age because her mom kept telling her that nothing good will ever happen unless she does it herself. And to basically not have any trust in men.

A Hundred Thousand Threads by Alaya Dawn Johnson ★★★★

This one reminded me a lot of The Mask of Zorro or something similar. I figured out early on who the third part of the love triangle was way before the guy did, but that didn’t bother me in the slightest. I liked how the rebel treated the almost blind nephew of the mayor, by questioning how he could love someone he just met when he had a steady girlfriend. This story was told from the three different perspectives, in a lluminae format, which I really liked.

Before She Was Bloody by Tessa Gratton ★★★★

The world building in this one was great. The author was able to give us a quick background on how the main characters family became in power, and the impact their god and goddess are in their lives. The main character kind of reminded me of the woman version of Vlad the Impaler (I know there is a book out that is just like that, but I can’t remember the main characters name or book at this moment). In this story she was ruthless, cunning, and understood what was needed to keep her family in power. I am assuming by the title, that she gets a little power hungry and is a take no prisoners kind of person. Which you got to see a little bit of in this story. I liked how the love triangle in this played out at the end.

Unus, Duo, Tres by Bethany Hagen ★★★★★

I was a little worried about this one when I found out that it had vampires in it, but I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out! I loved this one, and the way it ended was perfect for being the very last story in this anthology.


So out of a possible 80 stars, I gave this anthology 52 stars total. Which is 65% so about  ★★★ overall.

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Waiting on Wednesday (3/21/2018)

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…


 toil&trouble

Title:  Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Author:Tess Sharpe (Goodreads Author) (Editor)Jessica Spotswood (Goodreads Author) (Editor)Brandy Colbert (Goodreads Author)Zoraida Córdova(Goodreads Author)Andrea Cremer (Goodreads Author)Kate Hart (Goodreads Author)Emery Lord (Goodreads Author)Elizabeth May (Goodreads Author) ,Anna-Marie McLemore (Goodreads Author)Tehlor Kay Mejia (Goodreads Author)Lindsay Smith (Goodreads Author)Nova Ren SumaRobin Talley(Goodreads Author)Shveta Thakrar (Goodreads Author)Brenna Yovanoff(Goodreads Author) 

Expected Publication: August 28th 2018

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Goodreads Summary:

A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.

Are you a good witch or a bad witch?

Glinda the Good Witch. Elphaba the Wicked Witch. Willow. Sabrina. Gemma Doyle. The Mayfair Witches. Ursula the Sea Witch. Morgan le Fey. The three weird sisters from Macbeth.

History tells us women accused of witchcraft were often outsiders: educated, independent, unmarried, unwilling to fall in line with traditional societal expectations.

Bold. Powerful. Rebellious.

A bruja’s traditional love spell has unexpected results. A witch’s healing hands begin to take life instead of giving it when she ignores her attraction to a fellow witch. In a terrifying future, women are captured by a cabal of men crying witchcraft and the one true witch among them must fight to free them all. In a desolate past, three orphaned sisters prophesize for a murderous king. Somewhere in the present, a teen girl just wants to kiss a boy without causing a hurricane.

From good witches to bad witches, to witches who are a bit of both, this is an anthology of diverse witchy tales from a collection of diverse, feminist authors. The collective strength of women working together—magically or mundanely–has long frightened society, to the point that women’s rights are challenged, legislated against, and denied all over the world. Toil & Trouble delves deep into the truly diverse mythology of witchcraft from many cultures and feminist points of view, to create modern and unique tales of witchery that have yet to be explored.

Continuing on my trend of anthologies, I found this one that’s coming out in August the other day and thought it would be great for this weeks WOW. I just finished a YA anthology (be on the look out for a review soon) and now I just want to read more!

Do you have a favorite YA anthology that I should check out?

What are you waiting for this week?

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The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things Book Review

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirrethequeenofbrightandshinythings

Published: April 7th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…

“I’ve heard if you pretend long enough—or maybe wish hard enough—faking normal becomes real. I’m counting on that. Until then, I’ll carry on.” 

I picked up this as a whim off of my TBR shelf (okay shelves) because I needed something different than my normal genre. I just felt like I needed a break and wanted to branch out and read some contemporary (mainly because they are always typically stand alone books). This book was a fairly quick read, but it did leave something to be desired.

Sage is our main character who lives with her aunt and is always trying to be the perfect girl because if she doesn’t her aunt will send her back to the system. That is basically Sage in a nutshell, oh and that she can’t get mad because bad things happen when she does. This was hinted so many times throughout the book, which was the explanation as to why she leaves sticky notes on peoples lockers to brighten up their day. After this was brought up the first time, I really wanted to know what happened in Sage’s past to make her like this now. After the 5th or 6th time of it being brought up, I really didn’t care anymore and just wanted the book to be over already. Thankfully I didn’t have to wait long after and the book quickly came to an end.

Sage’s love interest in this book was Shane. The hot new guy who is mysterious and moody and not part of the popular crowd. Although Shane is a very typical male character, I liked him a lot. I felt like he was more relatable than Sage or at least more flushed out or maybe it was just because he wasn’t the main character so we didn’t have to know every single thing about him. Just like Sage, Shane comes from a very troubled past and doesn’t like it when people try to give him hand outs or help really. When Sage over steps her boundaries, Shane isn’t afraid to point it out and I liked that a lot. Of course, that created a lot of angst in Sage in a “does he still like me, does he hate me” phase that happened quite a few times.

The overall story wasn’t for me, but Aguirre’s writing style was amazing! I loved it a lot! Even though I was a little bit annoyed with Sage, I still cried and laughed when she did because the writing was that good. Reading other reviews of this book say that Aguirre’s other books are really good, so I will definitely check them out to see if I like them better!

 

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Goodreads Monday (3/19/2018)

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:

everlife

Title:  Everlife (Everlife #3)

Author:Gena Showalter (Goodreads Author)

Published: February 27th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

Goodreads Summary:

STAND TOGETHER OR FALL ALONE.

THE FATE OF THE EVERLIFE HANGS IN THE BALANCE.

At seventeen years old, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood had to make the ultimate choice—where to live after she died. Loyalty to her selected realm has not wavered…until now. She is out of time. Sacrifices must be made, and a terrible price must be paid. But is she too late?

As the Everlife descends into darkness, a single truth becomes clear: Troika and Myriad must unite—or perish. In order to bring sworn enemies together, Ten must enter forbidden territory…and destroy the powerful Prince of Ravens. But there’s only one way inside—bonding with Killian Flynn, a deadly rival who sets her blood aflame.

When nothing goes as planned and betrayal leads to the edge of utter defeat, Ten and Killian will have to rebuild trust from the ashes of their hearts. Victory seems impossible, the odds stacked against them. In the end, how far will they be willing to go for the sake of their realms and the Everlife?

I’ve been following this series since it first came out two years ago. I have the first book on my TBR shelf already and now that this book is out I need to get the 2nd and 3rd. Showalter became one of my favorite authors after I read The White Rabbit Chronicles and I hope that this series lives up to my expectations! I haven’t really heard much about it since the series started, and I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

What is on your TBR shelf this week?