May 2017 Releases

ANTICIPATED RELEASES

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Every month I post the books that I’m most excited about that are going to be released. For May I’m bringing you seven exciting releases. Let’s check them out:


A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Release Date: May 2nd 2017

A Court of Wings and RuinFeyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

The Scattering by Kimberly McCreight

The Outliers #2
Release Date: May 2nd 2017

The ScatteringWylie may have escaped the camp in Maine, but she is far from safe. The best way for her to protect herself is to understand her ability, fast. But after spending a lifetime trying to ignore her own feelings, giving in to her ability to read other peoples’ emotions is as difficult as it is dangerous.

And Wylie isn’t the only one at risk. Ever since they returned home, Jasper has been spiraling, wracked with guilt over what happened to Cassie. After all they’ve been through together, Wylie and Jasper would do anything for each other, but she doesn’t know if their bond is strong enough to overcome demons from the past.

It is amid this uncertainty and fear that Wylie finds herself confronted with a choice. She was willing to do whatever it took to help Cassie, but is she prepared to go to the same extremes to help complete strangers . . . even if they are just like her?

The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty

Traitor’s Trilogy #1
Release Date: May 9th 2017

The Traitor's KissAn obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist #1
Release Date: May 16th 2017

Flame in the MistThe daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Release Date: May 16th 2017

The Love InterestThere is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

The Dark Artifices #2
Release Date: May 23rd 2017

Lord of ShadowsEmma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McMannis

Release Date: May 30th 2017

One of Us is LyingPay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


Let me know if you guys are looking forward to any of these books this month! I really can’t wait to get my hands on them.

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Most Anticipated 2017 Sequels (Jan-June)

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Welcome back to part 3 of my 5 part anticipated releases of 2017 series. I thought it would be fun to put together a couple of most anticipated lists for some amazing 2017 young adult books that I am thoroughly looking forward to. This is only part 3 of a 5 part list.

Part 1: Debuts

Part 2: New Series

Part 3: Sequels

Part 4: Finales

Part 5: Standalones

So stay tuned over the next couple weeks for many new books for you to add to your TBR’s if they aren’t on there already. Let’s move on to the Most Anticipated 2017 Sequels from January to June!


The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine

Release Date: January 3rd, 2017

Ansa has always been a fighter.

As a child, she fought the invaders who murdered her parents and snatched her as a raid prize. She fought for her place next to Thyra, the daughter of the Krigere Chieftain. She fought for her status as a warrior in her tribe: blood and victory are her way of life. But the day her Krigere cross the great lake and threaten the witch queen of the Kupari, everything changes…

The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

Release Date: February 14th, 2017

An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles.

The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop…

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Release Date: January 10th, 2017

Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies…

After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed…

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Release Date: June 13th, 2017

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost…

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Release Date: March 7th, 2017

The sizzling, un-put-downable sequel to the bestselling Rebel of the Sands!

Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne…

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Release Date: June 27th, 2017

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her…

Blacklist by Alyson Noel

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

In the second book of the suspenseful Unrivaled trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noel, Layla, Aster and Tommy have to unearth Hollywood it-girl Madison Brooks’ secrets before one of them takes the fall for her disappearance and murder.

Layla Harrison has finally found herself in the middle of a celebrity story worth reporting. Aster Amirpour’s name is in every tabloid—even if it isn’t the good kind of publicity she hoped for. Tommy Phillips is inches away from getting the girl of his dreams, which may be harder than scoring a VIP ticket to an Unrivaled nightclub…

The Scattering by Kimberly McCreight

Release Date: May 2nd, 2017

Wylie may have escaped the camp in Maine, but she is far from safe. The best way for her to protect herself is to understand her ability, fast. But after spending a lifetime trying to ignore her own feelings, giving in to her ability to read other peoples’ emotions is as difficult as it is dangerous…

Avenged by Amy Tintera

Release Date: January 10th, 2017

Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors…

Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

Alyssa ana’Raisa is the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of Fells, a queendom embroiled in a seemingly endless war. Hardened by too many losses, Lyss is more comfortable striking with a sword than maneuvering at court. After a brush with death, she goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. If her gamble doesn’t pay off, she could lose her queendom before she even ascends to the throne…

Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes

Release Date: January 31st, 2017

Dinah has been exiled from Wonderland. The vicious father she always feared has framed her for the brutal murder of her brother and turned the kingdom against her.

Now hiding in the lush and mysterious Twisted Wood with only her war steed at her side, Dinah is faced with a choice: leave Wonderland forever or stay and fight her father for the throne…

The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye

Release Date: May 16th, 2017

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…


Well there you have it! My most anticipated sequels for the first half of the year. Are you guys looking forward to any of these ones too? Stay tuned for Part 4: Finales coming soon!

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New to Me Authors: 2016 Edition | Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday

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Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 New to Me Authors: 2016 Edition.

I love getting the opportunity each year to read books by new authors or authors I have never read before. Because of this I get to explore new worlds and stories and find my newest favourtie authors! Here are my top 10 now:


Top 10 Ten

Kimberly McCreight

Kimberly McCreightKimberly McCreight is the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, which was nominated for an Edgar, Anthony and Alex award. She attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

Books I Read by Kimberly:

 The Outliers

 

Top 10 Nine

Julie Buxbaum

Julie BuxbaumJulie Buxbaum is the New York Times best selling author of Tell Me Three Things, her young adult debut, and the critically acclaimed novels The Opposite of Love and After You. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Julie’s writing has appeared in various publications, including The New York Times. She is a former lawyer and graduate of Harvard Law School and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young children, and an immortal goldfish.

Books I Read by Julie: 

Tell Me Three Things

 

Top 10 Eight

Sarah Fine

Sarah FineSarah Fine is the author of Of Metal and Wishes, Of Dreams and Rust, and the Guards of the Shadowlands series. She was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast, where she lives with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she’s working as a child psychologist.

Books I Read by Sarah: 

The Impostor Queen

 

Top 10 Seven

Erin Bow

Erin BowTEN THINGS ABOUT ME:

1. I’m a physicist turned poet turned YA novelist.
2. I am world-famous in Canada, which is kind of like being world-famous in real life.
3. I wrote a book about Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan Polar Confederacy: THE SCORPION RULES, Simon & Schuster Fall 2015
4. I wrote a not-at-all-cute book with a talking cat in it: PLAIN KATE (called WOOD ANGEL in the UK), Scholastic Fall 2010
5. I wrote a book about cat’s cradles that can repel spirit zombies: SORROW’S KNOT, Scholastic Fall 2013
6. All these books will make you either cry on the bus or snort milk out your nose. I am dangerous to your dignity and should be stopped.
7. I think Hufflepuff is the best house, Xander was the best Scoobie, Five was the best Doctor, and Spock was the best everything.
8. I am married to another novelist, and we can actually pay our bills.
9. My daughters want to be scientists.
10. My bookshelves will always be full.

Books I Read by Erin: 

 

Top 10 Six

Colleen Oakes

Colleen OakesColleen Oakes is the author of books for both teens and adults, including YA fantasy retellings The Queen of Hearts Saga and The Wendy Darling Saga, and the Elly in Bloom series which is women’s fiction. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling and totally immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She currently at work on another YA fantasy series and a stand-alone YA novel.

Books I Read by Colleen:

Queen of Hearts

 

Top 10 Five

Erin Watt

Erin WattErin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.

 

 

 

Books I Read by Erin:

Paper Princess

 

Top 10 Four

Kate Elliott

Kate ElliottAs a child in rural Oregon, Kate Elliott made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction, often with a romantic edge. It should therefore come as no surprise that she met her future husband in a sword fight.

When he gave up police work to study archaeology, they and their three children fell into an entirely new set of adventures in dusty Mexican ruins and mouthwatering European pastry shops. Eventually her spouse’s work forced them to move to Hawaii, where she took up outrigger canoe paddling.

Also, there is a schnauzer.

Books I Read by Kate:

 

Top 10 Three

Sarah Raughley

Sarah RaughleySarah Raughley grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to be one. She is a huge fangirl of anything from manga to SF/F TV to Japanese Role Playing Games, but she will swear up and down that she was inspired by ~Jane Austin~ at book signings. On top of being a YA Writer, she is currently completing a PhD in English, because the sight of blood makes her queasy (which crossed Medical School off the list).

Books I Read by Sarah:

Fate of Flames

 

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Adam Silvera

Adam SilveraAdam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, marketing assistant at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller, and Adam was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.

Books I Read by Adam:

 

Top 10 One

Simon Curtis

Simon CurtisSimon Curtis was born in Michigan and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was diagnosed with leukemia at age ten and began performing in musical theater and opera that same year. He was the happiest bald, chemotherapy-addled cancer patient ever seen on stage.

At eighteen, he moved to LA. After various roles on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel, Simon left acting to pursue music, releasing his first album, 8bit Heart, as a free download, followed by his second album, RA. Simon continues to write and release music as an independent recording artist, and looks forward to his new chapter as an author. Above all else, he strives to inspire hope in young people.

Books I Read by Simon:

Boy Robot

 


Well there you have it! Top 10 New to Me Authors: 2016 Edition. What are some of your favorite villains?

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Books I Enjoyed with Under 2000 Ratings | Top 10 Tuesday [#37]

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Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday weekly fun on my blog! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This week’s topic is Top 10 Books I Enjoyed with Under 2000 Ratings.

I think this week’s Top 10 is a very important topic. While reading popular books is always fun and enjoyable, there are also really awesome books that deserve to be read that may not be as popular. So I am here today to show you guys some pretty awesome books you might not have given a try! So expand your horizons and go pick up some of these awesome books!


10. The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight (1312 Ratings)

The OutliersIt all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help.

Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.

This time it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice: she has to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.

But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?

9. Lark Rising by Sandra Waugh (1392 Ratings)

Lark RisingLark has foreseen two things—she will fall for a young man with sage green eyes,and he will kill her.

Sixteen-year-old Lark Carew is happiest close to home, tending her garden and gathering herbs for medicines. But when her Sight warns her that monsters called Troths will soon invade her village, Lark is summoned on a journey to seek help from the legendary Riders of Tarnec. Little does she suspect that one of the Riders, Gharain, is the very man who has haunted her visions. Or that the people of Tarnec have called her there for another reason: Lark is the Guardian of Life, the first of four Guardians who must awaken their powers to recover four stolen amulets. Together, the amulets—Life, Death, Dark, and Light—keep the world in Balance. To take back the Life amulet, Lark will have to discover her true inner strength and give in to a love that she swears will be her downfall.

8. Wayward Vol. 1: String Theory by Jim Zub (1442 Ratings)

Wayward Vol. 1Rori Lane is trying to start a new life when she reunites with her mother in Japan, but ancient creatures lurking in the shadows of Tokyo sense something hidden deep within her, threatening everything she holds dear. Can Rori unlock the secrets of her power before it’s too late? Jim Zub (Samurai Jack, Skullkickers), Steve Cummings (Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot), and John Rauch (Invincible) team-up to create an all-new Image supernatural spectacle that combines the camaraderie and emotion of Buffy with the action and mystery of Hellboy. This volume collects the first five issues of the acclaimed comic series, Wayward.

7. Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes (1294 Ratings)

Queen of HeartsAs Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.

When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.

Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath.

6. The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine (1321 Ratings)

The Impostor QueenSixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

Disgraced, Elli flees to the outlands, home of banished criminals—some who would love to see the temple burn with all its priests inside. As she finds her footing in this new world, Elli uncovers devastating new information about the Kupari magic, those who wield it, and the prophecy that foretold her destiny. Torn between her love for her people and her growing loyalty to the banished, Elli struggles to understand the true role she was meant to play. But as war looms, she must choose the right side before the kingdom and its magic are completely destroyed.

5. The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle (1215 Ratings)

The Great American WhateverQuinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before Annabeth was killed in a car accident.

Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out—at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy—a hot one—and falls hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.

4. The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson (1989 Ratings)

The Five Stages of Andrew BrawleyAndrew Brawley was supposed to die that night. His parents did, and so did his sister, but he survived.

Now he lives in the hospital. He serves food in the cafeteria, he hangs out with the nurses, and he sleeps in a forgotten supply closet. Drew blends in to near invisibility, hiding from his past, his guilt, and those who are trying to find him.

Then one night Rusty is wheeled into the ER, burned on half his body by hateful classmates. His agony calls out to Drew like a beacon, pulling them both together through all their pain and grief. In Rusty, Drew sees hope, happiness, and a future for both of them. A future outside the hospital, and away from their pasts.

But Drew knows that life is never that simple. Death roams the hospital, searching for Drew, and now Rusty. Drew lost his family, but he refuses to lose Rusty, too, so he’s determined to make things right. He’s determined to bargain, and to settle his debts once and for all.

But Death is not easily placated, and Drew’s life will have to get worse before there is any chance for things to get better.

3. Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate (739 Ratings)

Seven Ways We LieSeven students. Seven (deadly) sins. One secret.

Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—from Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage, to Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.

When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the seven unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.

2. The Secret Fire by C.J. Daugherty & Carina Rozenfeld (522 Ratings)

The Secret FireFrench teen Sacha Winters can’t die. He can throw himself off a roof, be stabbed, even shot, and he will always survive. Until the day when history and ancient enmities dictate that he must die. Worse still, his death will trigger something awful. Something deadly. And that day is closing in.

Taylor Montclair is a normal English girl, hanging out with her friends and studying for exams, until she starts shorting out the lights with her brain. She’s also the only person on earth who can save Sacha.

There’s only one problem: the two of them have never met. They live hundreds of miles apart and powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

They have eight weeks to find each other.

Will they survive long enough to save the world?

1. Unrivaled by Alyson Noel (471 Ratings)

UnrivaledEveryone wants to be someone.

Layla Harrison wants to leave her beach-bum days for digs behind a reporter’s desk. Aster Amirpour wants to scream at the next casting director who tells her “we need ethnic but not your kind of ethnic.” Tommy Phillips dreams of buying a twelve-string guitar and using it to shred his way back into his famous absentee dad’s life.

But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her bitch a long time ago.

She’s Hollywood’s hottest starlet, and the things she did to become the name on everyone’s lips are merely a stain on the pavement, ground beneath her Louboutin heel.

That is, until Layla, Aster, and Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the glamorous and gritty world of Los Angeles’s nightlife and lured into a high-stakes competition where Madison Brooks is the target. Just as their hopes begin to gleam like stars through the California smog, Madison Brooks goes missing. . . . And all of their hopes are blacked out in the haze of their lies.


Well there you have it! Top 10 Books I Enjoyed with Under 2000 Ratings. Do you have any recommendations for me to read? I’d love to hear them! Let me know!

Until next time,

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June 2016 Wrap Up!

June-Wrap-Up

Hey guys!

Welcome back to another end of the month special. June has been a really good month for me. I managed to get a lot of reading done, had some pretty successful blog posts, and attended quite a few bookish events as well. Earlier in the month I attended a book signing by 3 Canadian authors for their first contemporary books, I also attended my first Read Harder Book Group meeting hosted by Book Riot peeps, and I was one of the lucky bloggers that got invited to Simon & Schuster Canada’s Fall Preview event this last Saturday. I had such a blast, and loved meeting all my fellow bloggers, and new authors as well!

So let’s take a look back at June 2016!


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Citrus Volume 1 by Saburo Uta – June 3rd, 2016

Morning Star by Pierce Brown – June 18th, 2016

Siren’s Song by Mary Weber – June 19th, 2016

Saga Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan – June 19th, 2016 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – June 27th, 2016

Bravest Warriors Volume 2 by Joey Comeau – June 29th, 2016

3 novels + 1 manga + 2 graphic novels = a success!

Other books I’ve started:

The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

Empire of Dust by Eleanor Herman

Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine


Wrap-Up-Reviews

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum – 5/5

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight – 4/5

Morning Glories Volumes 1 & 2  by Nick Spencer – 5/5 & 4/5

Storm Siren by Mary Weber – 5/5

Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber – 4/5

Siren’s Song by Mary Weber – 4/5

(Click the links to read the reviews)


WOW's-and-Whats-NExt

Waiting On Wednesday

And I DarkenJune 1st, 2016

The Merciless IIJune 8th, 2016

The Beauty of DarknessJune 15th, 2016

The Assassin GameJune 22nd, 2016

Three Truths and a LieJune 29th, 2016

What’s Next?

New Trilogy (Winner / Half Bad)June 16th, 2016


Wrap-Up-Tops

Top 10 Tuesday

Fall 2016 ReleasesJune 14th, 2016

Characters That Got on My Nerves – June 28th, 2016

Top 5 Wednesday

Favorite Character NamesJune 8th, 2016


Wrap-Up-Comic-Book-Hauls

Haul #44June 2nd, 2016

Haul #45June 9th, 2016

Haul #46June 16th, 2016

Haul #47June 23rd, 2016

Haul #48June 30th, 2016


Wrap-Up-Awards-+-Achievements

June Awards

N/A

June Achievements

450 Blog Followers – June 2016

19,000 Blog ViewsJune 2016

7500 Blog Visitors – June 2016


Wrap-Up-Tags

Netflix and Books Tag June 11th, 2016

Book Buying Habits Tag – June 25th, 2016


BOOK BINGO

Book Bingo Progress June

Squares I obtained this month:

B

Red Cover – Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber

Over 500 Pages – Morning Star by Pierce Brown

N

Magic – A Court of Mist of Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Free – It’s Free!

G

Starts with S, U, M, M, E, R – Siren’s Song by Mary Weber


And that was June. I had a great month, thank you guys for spending it with me! See you guys in July!

Until next time,

Sig New

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight (The Outliers #1) | REVIEW

The OutliersThe Outliers by Kimberly McCreight (The Outliers #1)
Published by HarperCollins on May 3rd, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository


It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help. Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.

This time it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice but to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.

But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?

🌟🌟🌟🌟

4 Stars

First Line:

Why are the bad things always so much easier to believe?


Review

COVER 🌟🌟🌟                PLOT 🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟            ROMANCE 🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟             THRILL 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


The Good

  • The Outliers was equal parts confusing and thrilling. There was never a portion of the book that didn’t leave you questioning your trust with the characters. “Is she in trouble? Can you trust him? Why is this happening???” At one point during the novel when while they were on the road, I was on the edge of my seat. My senses were heightened and my anxiety going through the roof. Something didn’t feel right. And I loved every second of it!
  • I liked Wylie as a main character. She was equal parts cautious and curious. Where Jasper lacked common sense she made up for it. And vice versa, where Wylie lacked confidence, Jasper was there to take over the situation. They made a great duo on this crazy ride of a story.
  • The writing was a strong point. Although after reading, a couple aspects of the science and foundation were a bit inaccurate (thanks, Jenna) I still rather enjoyed it. If you’re not knowledgeable in the science field this novel and writing will fascinate you.

The Bad

  • I dislike this cover a lot. The UK/AUS cover is 10x better then this one.
  • The plot was a bit dry when their was no action going on. Midpoint when they’ve arrived at their destination I found to be quite bland and uninteresting. I kind of wish the novel could have carried through on a high note. At least the ending made up for the middle portion!
  • I can how there may be a romance blossoming between our main characters Wylie and Jasper in the future. But this book lacked in that department. Mostly because Wylie hates Jasper’s guts and doesn’t want to give him the time of day, and Jasper is moping around for the first portion of the book. But who knows what the next books have in store!

So if you guys are looking for a thrilling YA experience, find the science behind emotions interesting, or like when you can’t trust any of the characters, then this book is just for you!

Let me know what you guys thought of The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3

#TrustYourInstincts

Kimberly McCreightKimberly McCreight is the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, which was nominated for an Edgar, Anthony and Alex award. She attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and at kimberlymccreight.com

 

May 2016 Book Haul!

BOOK-HAUL-NEW

Hey guys!

So it’s been a couple months since my last haul. I believe it was my birthday one in March! Well needless to say I have acquired some books since then that I wanted to share with you guys. Lately I have only been buying the books that are on deals and sales or second hand to cut the costs in half, and so far so good! I’m proud of myself. So let’s get started shall we?


INDIGO

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Published by Bloomsbury Children’s USA

Released May 3rd, 2016

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2

Hardcover

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Published by Dial Books

Released March 22nd, 2016

Series: Standalone

Hardcover

Unrivaled by Alyson Noel

Published by Katherine Tegen Books

Released May 10th, 2016

Series: Beautiful Idols #1

Hardcover

Ruined by Amy Tintera

Published by HarperTeen

Released May 3rd, 2016

Series: Ruined #1

Hardcover

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight

Published by HarperCollins

Released May 3rd, 2016

Series: The Outliers #1

Hardcover

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Published by Viking

Released December 31st, 2012

Series: Me Before You #1

Paperback

The Hidden Oracle

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Published by Disney-Hyperion

Released May 3rd, 2016

Series: The Trials of Apollo #1

Hardcover


BMV Used Books

Shooter by Caroline Pignat

Published by Razorbill

Released May 3rd, 2016

Series: Standalone

Hardcover

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Released March 4th, 2014

Series: The Winner’s Trilogy #1

Hardcover

Half Wild by Sally Green

Published by Viking Juvenile

Released March 24th, 2015

Series: The Half Bad Trilogy #1

Hardcover


AMAZON

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Published by Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Released August 7th, 2012

Series: Throne of Glass #1

Hardcover

Siren’s Song by Mary Weber

Published by HarperCollins

Released March 1st, 2016

Series: The Storm Siren Trilogy #3

Hardcover


That was definitely a big month for me! Did you guys pick up any of these books too? See you next month!

Until next time,

Sig 3

April 2016 TBR!

April-TBR

Hey guys!

After such an exciting month that March was, I am reading to lean back and relax a bit! The only major plans I have, is heading back to Winnipeg, Manitoba to visit my sister and her family in the third week of April. But that won’t halt my reading, which is good! I am also participating in Shelly and Octavia’s ARC April this year. For that reason, my TBR is just filled with the ARC’s I have to read!

So let’s get started.


Tell Me Three Things

Tell Me Three Things

(ARC)

 Julie Buxbaum

Drag Teen

Drag Teen

(ARC)

 Jeffery Self

The Outliers

The Outliers

(ARC)

Kimberly McCreight

Unrivaled

Unrivaled

(ARC)

 Alyson Noel

I’m so excited to get a bunch of reading done this month. I really want to get through this list of books as soon as possible!

Be sure to follow me on twitter to track my progress throughout the month: @BooksatDawn

Until next time,

Sig New