Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #238: The Beautiful Now by: M. Leighton

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.
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"Dane James worked my stepfather’s fields. He was the boy next door. 


From the moment we met, we were star-crossed lovers—always wanting, never having. We loved each other for most of our lives, but right from the beginning Destiny had other plans. She knew we would fall in love. She knew we would fall apart. Over and over again, like the curse of a recurring nightmare. Or the hope of a familiar dream. 

Our past was tumultuous. Our future was bleak. But the one thing we always had was the beautiful now.

Until that was taken from us, too." 

It's M. Leighton.... of course I need this one!

The Beautiful Now will be released on September 26, 2017.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Recent Reads: Reunions and Regrets

Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookout app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of reunions and regrets.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Book Review: If There's No Tomorrow by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: September 5, 2017
from Harlequin Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's
ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends' entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?"

My Thoughts:

It should be no surprise I loved this one because it is JLA and she never lets me down. If There’s No Tomorrow is a heartbreaking read and I had to read it in small bursts because it hurts but it’s also an important read with an important message.

Lena is so relatable and that is what made me love her. She is a genuinely good person who makes a terrible mistake. And I’d bet it’s a mistake many of us have made but we may have gotten lucky. Honestly, I know I have. Lena deals with everything realistically and maturely and I loved her all the more for that. She is just a likable character and that makes reading about everything even harder.

Sebastian is also a great character. He is the kind of boy you hope you find in high school but so rarely do. He and Lena have been best friends since they were kids and I loved the friends to more aspect of the story. I also loved how supportive he was of Lena and that he wouldn’t let her push him away but also didn’t push her. Like I said, he is just a good guy.

If There’s No Tomorrow also fleshes out a good cast of secondary characters. It really rounded out the story. I really loved her sister Lori. Being the oldest sister in my family I just got Lori. Some of the things she said I could see myself saying. She wasn’t the most prominent secondary character, but she really stuck with me. I also really loved Dary and just thought she was a great friend.

If There’s No Tomorrow is one of JLA’s more intense reads and it’s not always an easy read but that also makes it special in some ways. This book hits you in the heart while still delivering the wit and romance JLA is known for. It’s a hard balance to strike, but she struck it well. YA contemporary fans will not be disappointed with this one.

Friday, August 18, 2017

On My Shelf: Sneaking Candy by: Lisa Burstein

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.

This cover is so adorable and the synopsis is super cute! A secret author alter ego is just so fun. This sounds like simply a fun read and one to pick up when I need something light. Of course it has been sitting on my kindle for years now.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Review: Long May She Reign by: Rhiannon Thomas

Release Date: February 21, 2017
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone
about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown."

My Thoughts:

This book surprised me in that I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. The premise here is so cool and the execution is not lacking. I love how this book blended fantasy with science and I LOVED how smart our heroine was.

Freya is a fantastic heroine. She is immediately likable and easy to root for. She is also incredibly smart, like genius smart. Freya is a scientist and that is how she approaches everything in life. She dreams of creating an invention that will enable her to get away from court life. But those dreams go up in smoke when the majority of the court is murdered and twenty-third in line Freya becomes Queen. This is nothing she ever planned for and she isn’t good at playing court life so she approaches this with her analytical mind and I loved that. I don’t think I’ve ever read about a Queen who was so methodical in her approach. And naturally she puts that mind of hers towards finding the murderer.

This book kept me guessing and I didn’t know who the murderer was until right before Freya did. The author did a fantastic job at keeping the reader guessing and questioning everyone’s motives. I won’t even discuss any secondary characters because I don’t want to give anything away. But I will say it has a great secondary cast of characters. Also, I loved Freya’s kitty.

The only tiny complaint is that I wish the romance had a tad bit more closure BUT I also get it. This book isn’t about the romance and it shouldn’t be about the romance. We get a pretty clear picture where things will go, but I just would have liked to seeeeee that. But that’s just the romantic in me.

Long May She Reign was a great read and I loved how it blended fantasy with a murder mystery and science. So far I’ve truly enjoyed everything from this author and I look forward to more.

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