Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Waiting on Wednesday {21}

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 



Title:
Without Merit
Author:
Colleen Hoover
Publication Date:
October 3rd, 2017
Publisher:
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Summary from Goodreads:
Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.


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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

Top Ten original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists. For past topics and future topic schedule, click here.


This week is what top ten books are currently on our Fall TBR.




1. A Posion Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire #2) by Jessica Cluess
First and foremost, happy book birthday to this awesome book. I am so excited to get my hands on this!




2. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
I can not express in words how excited I am to read this book! It sounds like a book that is definitely going to be one of my favourite's this year. Hopefully it lives up to my expectations. 




                        3. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater 
Having read and loved The Raven Cycle series, I knew that this book in particular had to be featured on this list. There is no way that I am not going to read this book before the end of the season. 




                                   4. Chasing Red by Isabelle Ronin
I have previously read Chasing Red on Wattpad, and of course loved it, so when I heard that it was getting published I was so excited. It's on the list because of course I will be re-reading this amazing book. How could I not re-read it, I mean have you seen the cover?




                               5. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
My goal is to read at least the first two books in The Queen of Tearling series, including this one right here and The Invasion of the Tearling (book #2). 




                                      6. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
So I have had this one on my TBR for a while. If were friends on Goodreads or you follow me there, you would have seen me add this onto my TBR multiple times now. I have been trying to find the perfect time to read it and have decided that I can not wait any longer. I must read a Beauty and the best retelling.




                                     7. Nemesis by Brendan Reichs 
This book's summary is literally drool worthy. I am so excited that this is the first book I am attempting to read this Fall. 




                                 8.  Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews
This sounds so unique and awesome. I can not wait to read it. 




                                     9. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
This sounds so amazing! It's definitely on my list for this Fall.


           



                                  10.  Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
I don't know why but I am immensely intrigued with this book. I don't think that it is solely because it is a Colleen Hoover book but because of the summary in itself. It truly sounds like it's going to be an emotional book read.





What is on your Fall TBR and which book(s) are you most looking forward to reading?
~ Aimie

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Review | The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster on April 4th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance 
Pages: 560
Format: Paperback
Source: Indigo 

Summary from Goodreads: 
Andie must learn to embrace the beauty in chaos in this New York Times bestselling novel about friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans.

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.

So it’s no surprise that Andie has her summer all planned out too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

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Mixed emotions for an excessively long book. 

The Unexpected Everything is centered around Andie, a seventeen-year-old daughter of a congressman, who is currently a dog walker. She may not have, ever, planned on spending her summer chasing dogs but sometimes the most unexpected things are the funnest. 

When Andie's father suffers from a political scandal, her whole life begins to unravel. She had a secured-spot for a pre-med internship but that was when her letter of recommendation wasn't withdrawn. Her carefully constructed summer has crumpled, leaving her behind in the rubble trying to find a job last minute that will look good on her resume. However, the only job left is walking dogs. Andie doesn't expect much from this job or really her summer. Especially when it comes to meeting a cute and charming guy named Clark. 

One of the few things I did enjoy in The Unexpected Everything would have to be how it may seem like a romance book but in reality it is so much more. It is about family, friendships, dealing with loss, growing up, and getting out of your comfort zone. Then there is Clark. Nerdy, adorable, and awkward Clark. I absolutely adored Andie and Clark together. They are awkward together, not knowing how to behave in the other's company and that just makes it so much more cute!  

However, The Unexpected Everything was way too long. I felt that the whole book could have been cut in half and wrapped up beautifully. Instead, slowly my excitement began to dissipate and I began to feel like the book was just dragging along. It was completely unnecessary for it to be this long, all that it did was simply slow and stretch out the book. It was extremely difficult for me not to feel bored and to not give up on this book. 

In the end, I didn't adore this book like I did Amy & Roger's Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer. I think I would have liked The Unexpected Everything more if my expectations weren't as high as they were. Compared to Morgan Matson's other books, The Unexpected Everything simply fell flat. 


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About The Author:
Morgan Matson is the New York Times bestselling author of Since You've Been Gone, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, and Second Chance Summer, which was the winner of the California Book Award. She received her MFA in writing for children from New School. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at http://www.morganmatson.com

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Waiting on Wednesday {20}

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 



Title:
The Midnight Dance
Author:
Nikki Katz
Publication Date:
October 17th, 2017
Publisher:
                                   Swoon Reads




Summary from Goodreads:
When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.
 


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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Release Day Blitz | ZERO REPEAT FOREVER by Gabrielle Prendergast




I am so excited that ZERO REPEAT FOREVER by Gabrielle Prendergast is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Gabrielle Prendergast, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed hardcover of the book courtesy of Gabrielle and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


About The Book:

Title: ZERO REPEAT FOREVER
Author: Gabrielle Prendergast
Pub. Date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 496
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…

Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other… 



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About Gabrielle:
Gabrielle is a writer, teacher and designer living in Vancouver, Canada.  You can read about her books here. She is represented by Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.
In 2014 she was the Writer in Residence at Vancouver Public Library. In 2015 she was nominated for the BC Book Prizes and chosen to tour the province to promote BC Books. In 2017 Gabrielle took part in the TD Canada Children’s Book Week Tour. She has also been nominated for the White Pine Awardand the CLA Award.

Gabrielle won the Westchester Award for Audacious. Audacious was included in CBC’s list of 100 YA Books That Make You Proud to be Canadian. A poem from Capricious was chosen for the 2014 Poetry in Transit Program. Pandas on the East Side was chosen as an Ontario Library Association Best Bet for Junior Fiction in 2016. It was also nominated/shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Award, The Red Cedar Award, the Diamond Willow Award and the Myrca Award.






Giveaway Details:

(1) winner will receive a signed finished copy of ZERO REPEAT FOREVER, US Only & Canada.

(3) winners will receive signed postcards and bookmarks ZERO REPEAT FOREVER, US Only & Canada.

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Review | A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas


A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 3rd, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Action
Pages: 699
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses - Book Three
Format: Hardcover - Indigo Exclusive Edition
Source: Indigo 

Summary from Goodreads: 
"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."


From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
 

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Where do I even begin?

A Court of Wings and Ruin begins where A Court of Mist and Fury ended, with Feyre returning back to the Spring Court determined to gather information on Tamlin's alliance with Hypbern and get revenge on everything has has done. However, in order to do so, she must play a vicious and deadly game of power, deceit, and control. One minor slip may not only mean life or death for Feyre but also for her court, her people, and her world. As life around them begins to change and war bears down on every side, Feyre must decide who to trust and must face life altering decisions that will not only affect herself but everyone she holds dear. One thing is certain though, the land will be painted red with blood and the wind will carry the ashes of the dead as the armies struggle for power over one thing that can not only destroy them all but destroy their world as they know it. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses was such an amazing series to read. Everything from the romance, fantasy, action, and adventure, in the series left me feeling breathless and just overall amazed. The world building and creation of such a variety of characters and courts left me in awe. It felt as if I was transported into the ACOTAR world and was there watching as all the characters evolve over the course of the series. Maas did a wonderful job of bringing everything full circle in the end. 

However, I have to be honest, this book was as moving or as profound as book two, A Court of Mist and Fury (which is my favourite of the series). There wasn't much romance or action until the end of the book was drawing near. At times I found it to be rather dull and uninteresting. But I am definitely glad that I continued reading because the second half of the book was absolutely amazing. 

While I am sad to see Feyre and Rhysand's story come to an end, I am definitely excited to read the spin-offs of this series. So many characters were introduced in the ACOTAR series that I can not possibly part with, so I hope at least some of them get to have their story told. I can not wait to know who's story will be told next. 

Overall, this was a delightfully emotional series. I highly recommend you pick this series up if you haven't already. 




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About The Author:
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.


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