Top Ten Books I Recently Added to My (Never-ending) TBR Pile

top ten tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.


Oh hey… I’m finally doing a TTT post! Really, this is the first list in a while that I felt like I could provide a solid list of ten (or more) books to share with you. I’m ALWAYS adding books to my TBR pile, and it just so happens I went on an adding binge recently. A lot are books that aren’t even titled yet… In lieu of that situation, I decided to stick with books that are releasing in the not so distant future!

    

1. Lady of Magick by Sylvia Izzo Hunter (sequel to The Midnight Queen)
2. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
3. Emancipated by M.G. Reyes
4. Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
5. Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

    

6. First & Then by Emma Mills
7. Promises I Made by Michelle Zink (sequel to Lies I Told)
8. Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
9. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
10. These Vicious Masks by Kelly Zekas and Tarun Shanker

What books have you added to your TBR recently?

xo

Early Excitement: April 2015

Early Excitement

Look out, because the April books are COMING! Here are the books that are releasing this month that I cannot wait to get my hands on (I say that every time I write a post like this, but it’s true)!

  

99 Days by Katie Cotugno — April 21st, 2015
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey — April 28th, 2015
Rook by Sharon Cameron — April 28th, 2015

I haven’t read Katie Cotugno’s other book, but the synopsis for 99 Days really sounded like something I would enjoy contemporary wise. The Girl at Midnight I added to my TBR before I even read the synopsis. It’s been up on NetGalley a while and I’m STILL really thinking about requesting it but I have more review copies than I have time… Rook also looks AMAZING, and I’ve heard really good things about it so I’m hoping to pick it up sometime this month!

 

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir — April 28th, 2015
The Secrets We Keep by Taisha Leaver — April 28th, 2015

An Ember in the Ashes is another one of those books that has been really hyped up, and apparently has been living up to the hype! I’m always in the mood for a killer fantasy book so… The Secrets We Keep looks like a fantastic mystery/thriller/contemporary book. The closer to summer we get, the more I crave these types of books. Okay, really, I crave these books all year ’round.

BONUS:

Happy Again by Jennifer E. Smith — April 14th, 2015 (eBook)

Ellie O’Neill and Graham Larkin fell hard for each other when a misspelled email address unexpectedly brought them together. Now, over a year has passed since they said goodbye with the promise to stay in touch, and their daily emails have dwindled to nothing. Ellie is a freshman in college and has told herself to move on, and Graham has kept himself busy starring in more movies, as well as a few tabloid columns. But fate brought these two together once before—and it isn’t done with them yet.

In this sequel novella to This Is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith revisits two beloved characters to tell the story of one magical night in Manhattan. When Ellie and Graham come face to face once more, can they get past the months of silence and the hurt feelings to find their happily-ever-after again?

YESSSSSSSSS!!! ❤

What books are you eagerly anticipating this upcoming April?

xo

I’m Still Alive, But I’m Barely Blogging

Well hello, everyone! Long time, no posts…

I wanted to write this post to update all of you on what I’ve been reading lately and what’s been going on life-wise, as well as what will be coming up for the blog in the future.

I’ve been super busy, and haven’t had much time to do anything but school work, and other school related activities like prepare for prom, college searches, etc. Therefore, I haven’t gotten the chance to read nor blog pretty much at all since last weekend.

I am getting back into the reading swing, as I’m currently reading two review books, and a book for school: Portraits of Celina by Sue Whiting, Lies I Told by Michelle Zink, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’m hoping to have reviews of those two review books up on the blog sometime this week.

As for other posts — I don’t plan on writing many non-review posts next week, but my spring break is coming up soon. I’m hoping to get a lot of scheduling (and reading) done during that time. I DO plan on writing my Early Excitement post featuring next months books, though. Those are a blast to write and I love to hear what you guys are anticipating as well. I also hope to catch up on commenting on both this blog and all of yours.

So pretty much expect simply reviews for the next couple of weeks! I don’t like to commit myself to a hiatus because I always end up having time to blog right after I say I won’t be posting for a while. Ironic, I know.

I hope you are all doing well, and feel free to link me to some of your favorite posts in the book blogging world that you’ve seen and want to share! Talk to you all very soon…

xo

Review: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Release Date: March 3rd, 2015
Series: The Winner’s Trilogy, #2 | The Winner’s Curse
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
Genre(s): High Fantasy, Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

my rambles

I don’t know if I’ll be able to write a coherent review for this beautiful, heartbreaking, book, because even after reading this book a few days ago from when I’m writing this review, I still feel like this:

*Yes this book requires gifs in my review. I cannot convey my feelings properly.*

 If you have been following me (whether it be on this blog or on Twitter), you will have probably seen me mention my obsession and love for this series at least once. I most likely made it well known how much I’ve needed this book for months, and I will 100% live up to the fact that I went to MAJOR blogger jealousy when it came to The Winner’s Crime ARCs. My review for the first book somehow didn’t showcase my emotions properly. I actually seemed composed, which was the exact opposite of how I felt after reading not only book two, but book one as well!

The Winner’s Crime surpassed my greatest expectations. Marie Rutkoski has crafted a world, characters, relationships, and story that will keep you entranced.

Everything about the world is so clever and sharp, from the game of Bite and Sting to the political intrigue. In this book we get to explore the world a bit more, travel to other lands, and the world building deepens.

There is also the addition of new characters, along with my beloved Kestrel and Arin. The development of the characters is also amazing. You get to see a new side of Kestrel and Arin, as well as people like Jess, Ronan, and Kestrel’s father.

And THE RELATIONSHIPS. Oh. My. Gosh. I think Marie Rutkoski is trying to break our hearts one thousand times over! The angst! I couldn’t handle it. Kestrel and Arin are my current OTP, and they are well deserved because their storyline in The Winner’s Crime is heightened to a whole new level. I seriously couldn’t contain my emotions or stop reading thanks to the happenings in the book, particularly involving the pair.

Just when you thought things were going to take a turn for the better, Marie Rutkoski throws us a cruel, evil, awful, sad, curveball that brings on the feels once more. And that ending will leave you with your mouth hanging open and then soon you find that you’re crying…

All in all, The Winner’s Crime was everything I hoped it would be. The wait was well worth it, and if you enjoyed The Winner’s Curse, then this book is a must read that will make you fall in love with the story all over again!

xo

Double Review: The DUFF & Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

I originally hadn’t planned on reading The DUFF, having heard mixed things about it. But then I saw the movie trailer and couldn’t stop laughing, and I got sent a copy of Lying Out Loud, its companion, for review, so I jumped on the bandwagon! I’m glad I did because The DUFF was a blast to read!


The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: September 7th, 2010
Series: N/A
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback (Movie Tie-In)
Source: Gifted
Genre(s): Contemporary, Contemporary Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, a biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. But things aren’t so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

my rambles

Well, this book was the bomb. I had never really took the time prior to the buzz of the movie to pick this book up off the shelf and read the description, and boy was I missing out! The DUFF is real, hilarious, and unexpected.

The main character, Bianca, was one of my favorite parts of the book (one of — we’ll get to Wesley later…). Being inside of her mind was about as funny as you could get. Her thoughts as well as her smart remarks make for a narrative that will keep you reading purely for the fun of it. Add Wesley to the mix and BAM everything gets even better. Their chemistry and relationship, especially Bianca’s thoughts about it, were adorable, and yet again hilarious. BANTER! Wesley is a total *selective words* on the outside but when you read on you’ll understand what makes him wonderful. His looks just add to thewonderful-ness…

I loved the overall story, too. Although mainly a lighter read, the book does touch on some more serious topics in a way that felt natural for a book set in a high school.

The one thing that I didn’t like was that it ended kind of abruptly in my opinion. I wanted more of Wesley and Bianca!!! But the ending was about as cute as cute can get, so it’s all okay.

So, overall, The DUFF was a pleasant surprise. I flew through the book, and couldn’t get enough of it! Another book boyfriend to add to the list…


Lying Out Loud

Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Series: companion to The DUFF
Pages:
304
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Genre(s): Contemporary, Contemporary Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Kody Keplinger returns to the world of The DUFF in this brand-new companion novel!

Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend’s house every night because she has nowhere else to go.

Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with — secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.

Ryder’s the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can’t stand — a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.

But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there’s one small catch: he thinks he’s been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she’s the girl he’s really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?

my rambles

Special thanks to Scholastic Press for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review!

Maybe it was because I had just read The DUFF immediately before reading Lying Out Loud, but to me, LOL didn’t live up to my expectations after reading The DUFF. Sure I still liked it, but while The DUFF had amazing characters, I found the ones in LOL to be a bit unexciting.

The story had the same cute and fun vibe, but there was just something missing for me. While I enjoyed the banter between Ryder and Sonny, I didn’t like Amy, which I was really disappointed about. I was hoping for another incredible Rush!

Speaking of the Rush family… Wesley fans will be happy to get more of him! (Quite a bit more than I expected, actually!) I really liked how Keplinger tied the two books together with revisiting a bunch of our favorite characters from The DUFF.

By the end of the book I was totally rooting for Sonny and Ryder, though! But the ending I had a bit of a dilemma with due to it being open-ended. I’m not one that likes stories with endless possibilities. But hey, maybe this means companion novel #3?!

All in all, Lying Out Loud had the same charm as The DUFF, but I don’t think any follow-ups will live up to the original characters and storyline from the world of Hamilton High. It’s still definitely worth the read if you’re looking for another funny and cute read, but not my favorite.

xo