Top Ten Tuesday, Young Adult

Top Ten Tuesday #12: 10 Most Recent Additions to my TBR

Hello, my lovely readers!! It’s Tuesday and I’m trying to get back on track for my regularly scheduled posting. xD

For those of you who don’t know, TTT started over at The Broke and the Bookish and they handed the torch over to That Artsy Reader Girl ! Check them out and see what That Artsy Reader Girl has in store for the coming weeks!



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1. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi


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2. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


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3. The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King


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4. Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian


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5. Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh


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6. The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare


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7. The Girl in Red by Christina Henry


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8. The Mermaid by Christina Henry


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9. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang


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10. Everless by Sara Holland



See any books that you’ve read or that are on your TBR list?! Boy, I cannot wait to read these books. xD

-Laurenxx

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Book Reviews, Fantasy, Young Adult

Princess of Ash

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Read 1/15/19-1/24/19

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I mean…. What the fuck was that?! GAH. That ending was just absolute chaos and I loved it so much.

Okay. First of all, this book was absolutely amazing. I’m actually quite thankful for the fact that I waited to read this until only a couple weeks before the sequel is due to release, because I would be going completely crazy right now otherwise.

What. A. Book. This was literally one of the most amazing books that I’ve ever read.

I love Theo sooooo freaking much, she’s one of my favorite female MC’s from any fantasy series (aside from maybe Aelin) and I honestly adore her. She’s such a badass and I loved watching her grow into who she was in the end. Her backstory was tragic and I feel so badly for her.

The one thing I don’t really care for is the love triangle. That’s probably because I’m biased though and don’t really even remotely care for Blaise, but I absolutely love Soren. Sooooo.

The world in this book is so freaking messed up and I love that different areas have their own culture and gods and everything else, it makes it so interesting and I cannot wait to see more of the world or see how things are expanded in the next one! It’s so intricate and there’s so much that goes into the world!

There’s so freaking much that happens over the course of the book and I just cannot get over how incredible the whole storyline was.

-Laurenxx

ABC Book Challenge, Young Adult

ABC Book Challenge- B

I know this is supposed to be a Wednesday thing, but I’m a little late this week. Oops.

Basically, you come up with some of your favorites that you’ve read that start with (or include if you want to do it that way) the letter for that week.  So, here we go!



Memorable Reads That Start With “B”:

1. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

2. Black Water (Pendragon #5) by D.J. MacHale

3. The Battle of the Labyrinth (PJO #4) by Rick Riordan

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

5. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver


Books To Read That Start With “B”:

1. The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

2. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

3. The Book Jumper by Mechtild Glaser

4. Beauty of the Beast by Rachel L. Demeter

5. The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

 

Adult Fiction, Book Reviews, Fantasy

Slinger of Guns

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Read: 1/9/19-1/17/19

⭐️⭐️⭐️

Okay, I’m not willing to give this that 4th star just because this one was so slow for the majority of it. I get that it was more of a prequel than anything and sort of set stuff up for the future, but I found myself bored most of the time.

The ending of this book was really really good though and it definitely made me that much keener to finish the rest of the series. I knew that this one wasn’t going to be the best of the series by any means, but I expected a bit more to it.

I love Roland and I think that I’m going to end up loving him more and more with each book. He’s a very complex character and I feel like we’ve barely scratched the surface of who he is or what he’s been through and I’m excited to see what happens.

I do like the whole western take on a fantasy world and I’m excited to see more of it as the series goes on. I do wish that we’d gotten a bit more world building in this one because it wasn’t nearly enough to get a good idea of what the world is really like.

I’m definitely going to read the next book in this series and I’m hoping that I’ll enjoy them more as the series goes.

-Laurenxx

Book Reviews, Contemporary, Young Adult

Country Girl, Shake It For Me

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You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

Read: 1/9/19-1/13/19

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My first review for this book was sorely inadequate. This book was far far better than I had possibly anticipated when I requested it and was granted the copy via NetGalley. So, thank you, NetGalley, for allowing me the chance to read this book.

First off, I’m not usually a contemporary reader. When I do read contemporary, I’m usually fairly selective and don’t tend to venture too far from authors I’m comfortable with, so this was a first for me by this author and I’d never really read something that goes this far into the music industry and I loved it. Maybe it’s because I’m a country music fan and have been since I was little, so I understood the references and everything, but I enjoyed seeing the behind the scenes stuff for that world.

I adore Clay and Annie both for their own reasons. They both had a very troubled past, Annie haunted by the very industry she’s trying to find her place in, and Clay in ways more personal and close to home.

Towards the beginning and a few times throughout I found myself annoyed by Clay’s antics but over the course of the book as Annie got to know him more and as his other sides came out and he grew into who he was by the end, I absolutely loved him.

The chemistry between them was palpable and I definitely enjoyed watching this story, their story, develop and take shape over the fateful summer. I cannot wait for this to release and to see how other people enjoyed this one.

-Laurenxx

Contemporary, dystopian, Fantasy, Informative, Sci-Fi, TBR Tackle Thursday, Young Adult

TBR Tackle Thursday (#20)!

Once again, I know it’s not the right day. My bad. xD

But what a milestone! This is the 20th time I’ve done this!

For those of you who haven’t seen me or someone else do this before, here’s the gist:

  1. Go to that list of yours wherever it’s at.
  2. Go to the OLDEST stuff listed.
  3. Pick a chunk (5,10,15, 25, however many you want to go through) of books.
  4. Read the synopsis, and decide if you’re going to keep it on that list or if it’s one of those books that sounded good at the time.
  5. Post your list and your verdicts!


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1. The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

Synopsis:

Andrew 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.

Verdict:

KEEPING! I think I’d enjoy this one.


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2. Famous Last Words by Katie Alender

Synopsis:

Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender.

Willa is freaking out. It seems like she’s seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It’s almost as if someone—or something—is trying to send her a message.

Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles—a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa’s strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There’s Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there’s Reed, who’s ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There’s also Wyatt, who’s super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer.

All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life.

Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem—and the movies.

Verdict:

This does actually sound interesting. KEEPING for now, I’m interested.


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3. Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Charlotte barely escaped from her abusive parents. Her little brother, Sam, wasn’t as lucky. Now she’s trying to begin the new life she always dreamed of for them, but never thought she’d have to experience alone. She’s hired a techie-genius with a knack for forgery to remove the last ties to her old life. But while she can erase her former identity, she can’t rid herself of the memories. And her troubled history won’t let her ignore the little girl she sees one day in the park. The girl with the bruises and burn marks.

That’s when Charlotte begins to receive the messages. Threatening notes left in her apartment–without a trace of entry. And they’re addressed to Piper, her old name. As the messages grow in frequency, she doesn’t just need to uncover who is leaving them; she needs to stop whoever it is before anyone else she loves ends up dead.

Verdict:

I don’t know if I’m up for this. REMOVING.



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4. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Synopsis:

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

Verdict:

KEEPING! I’ve been dying to read this for a while, actually.


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5. Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Synopsis:

Kricket Hollowell is normally not one to wish upon stars; she believes they’re rarely in her favor. Well versed at dodging caseworkers from Chicago’s foster care system, the past few years on her own have made Kricket an expert at the art of survival and blending in. With her 18th birthday fast approaching, she dreams of the day when she can stop running and find what her heart needs most: a home.

Trey Allairis hates Earth and doubts that anyone from his world can thrive here. What he’s learning of Kricket and her existence away from her true home only confirms his theory. But, when he and Kricket lie together under the stars of Ethar, counting them all may be easier than letting her go.

Kyon Ensin’s secrets number the stars; he knows more about Kricket’s gifts than anyone and plans to possess her because of them. He also knows she’s more valuable than any fire in the night sky. He’ll move the heavens and align them all in order to make her his own.

When everything in their world can be broken, will Kricket rely upon love to save her under different stars?

Verdict:

I’ve actually wanted to read this one for a while, so KEEPING!


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6. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Synopsis:

Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell—the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.

One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana‘Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of freedom in the mountains—riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her…

The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Hans and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.

Verdict:

Well… I own this. And it’s fantasy and sounds interesting! KEEPING.

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7. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Synopsis:

This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.

Verdict:

Ehh. REMOVING.


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8. Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale

Synopsis:

When seventeen-year-old Rosie’s mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington’s Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty-per-cent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when she tells her mum’s best friend, ‘Aunt Sarah’ that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie was not her biological mother after all…

Devastated, Rosie decides to trace her real mother, hitching along on her ex-boyfriend’s GAP year to follow her to Los Angeles. But all does not go to plan, and as Rosie discovers yet more of her family’s deeply-buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonising decision of her own – one which will be the most heart-breaking and far-reaching of all…

Verdict:

Meh. REMOVING.


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9.  Say Her Name by James Dawson

Synopsis:

Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of ‘Bloody Mary’: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear… But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror… five days… but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before… A truly spine-chilling yet witty horror from shortlisted ‘Queen of Teen’ author James Dawson.

Verdict:

Ehh… REMOVING.


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10. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Synopsis:

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

Verdict:

I’m down for this one. KEEPING.



*** TOTAL KEPT/ REMOVED: 6/4 ***

Not too shabby this week! I’m always happy when I remove at least a few.

-Laurenxx

Fantasy, Informative, Paranormal, WWW Wednesday, Young Adult

WWW #3

It’s been AGES since I’ve done this one. But, as I said last week, my goal is to alternate weeks between this and the ABC Book Challenge. So, here we go! :p

For those of you who don’t know what this one is, it started over at Taking on a World of Words and it consists of just a few simple questions:

The 3 W’s:

What are you currently reading?

-What did you recently finish reading?

-What are you planning on reading next?



What I’m reading!

You’d Be Mine is something I got from NetGalley so I’m super stoked and I’ve been meaning to read the Dark Tower series for ages now!


What I’ve finished recently!

Dumplin’ was a 3 1/2 star read for me, review here: “Will” You Please Stop?

Sawkill Girls was a 5 star read for me, review here: Welcome, to Sawkill


What I plan on reading next.

I’m super behind on some series or just have a lot of books that have piled up so a lot of them are releases from the last couple years. :p

-Lauren