April 2017 TBR

April is an exciting month for me, I’m travelling to both Singapore and Hong Kong! There’s also easter, various friends birthdays and lots of events that I have planned. Hopefully I can get a fair amount of reading done despite the busy month, we’ll just have to wait and see!

Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman

Wild meets The Breakfast Club in this story of a girl who must survive an extreme wilderness experience to prove to her mother that she has the strength to pursue her dreams.25752154.jpg

Then
Ingrid traveled all over Europe with her opera star mother, Margot-Sophia. Life was beautiful and bright, and every day soared with music.

Now 
Ingrid is on a summertime wilderness survival trek for at-risk teens: addicts, runaways, and her. She’s fighting to survive crushing humiliations, physical challenges that push her to her limits, and mind games that threaten to break her.

Then
When the curtain fell on Margot-Sophia’s singing career, they buried the past and settled into a small, painfully normal life. But Ingrid longed to let the music soar again. She wanted it so much that, for a while, nothing else mattered.

Now
Ingrid is never going to make it through this summer if she can’t figure out why she’s here . . . and why the music really stopped.

 

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Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.

Zenn Diagram by Wendy Grant

Eva Walker is a seventeen-year-old math genius. And if that doesn’t do wonders for her popularity, there’s 31423684.jpganother thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person or anything that belongs to them — from clothes to textbooks to cell phones — she sees a vision of their emotions. She can read a person’s fears and anxieties, their secrets and loves … and what they have yet to learn about calculus. This is helpful for her work as a math tutor, but it means she can never get close to people. Eva avoids touching anyone and everyone. People think it’s because she’s a clean freak — with the emphasis on freak — but it’s all she can do to protect herself from other people’s issues.

Then one day a new student walks into Eva’s life. His jacket gives off so much emotional trauma that she falls to the floor. Eva is instantly drawn to Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist who also has a troubled home life, and her feelings only grow when she realizes that she can touch Zenn’s skin without having visions. But when she discovers the history that links them, the truth threatens to tear the two apart.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

When kingdom come, there will be one.
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In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

Project You: More Than 50 Ways to Calm Down, de-Stress, and Feel Great by Aubre Andrus and Karen Bluth

34145338.jpgFind your balance. Make a protein-packed smoothie to energize for a busy day. Center yourself after a stressful week by taking five minutes to write in your journal. Strengthen your body and calm your mind with simple yoga poses and breathing techniques. Craft a vision board to help you achieve your goals. Create a time budget to organize your schedule. Develop an evening routine that will help you wind down before sleep. Award-winning author Aubre Andrus shares more than 50 do-right-now projects that will help you beat stress, smile big, and discover a calmer, more blissful you.

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A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

A Court Of Mist and Furyby Sarah, J Maas

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now ha17927395.jpgs the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cos30201136.jpgplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

How To Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

 

All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same26626118.jpg bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

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March 2017 Wrap Up

March was a great reading month for me, I completed 10 books. I was in a bit of a contemporary kick so I ended up reading 6 contemporaries. So here are all the books I read this March:

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with h28686840.jpger heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

★★1/2

Born Wicked by Jessica Sportswood

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: the11715276.jpgy’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word… especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

★★★★1/2

A Thousand Pieces Of You by Claudia Gray

Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing17234658.jpg invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

★★★★1/2

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.
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I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

★★★

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

8492825.jpgNow living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future – and each other.

Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

★★★

 

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows18798983.jpg vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

★★★★1/2

Things I Should Have Known by Claire laZebnik

Check out my review here

30971706.jpgFrom the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan, from Ivy’s class, seems like the perfect match. It’s unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe’s least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as devoted to Ethan as she is to Ivy.

Uncommonly honest and refreshingly funny, this is a story about sisterhood, autism, and first love. Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan, who form a quirky and lovable circle, will steal readers’ hearts and remind us all that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.

★★1/2

 

Definitions Of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

Read my review here

26221374.jpgThis heartbreaking, humorous novel is about three teens whose lives intersect in ways they never expected.

Reggie Mason is all too familiar with “the Three Stages of Depression.” She believes she’s unlocked the secret to keeping herself safe: Nobody can hurt you if you never let them in.

Reggie encounters an unexpected challenge to her misanthropy: a Twizzler-chomping, indie film-
making narcissist named Snake. Snake’s presence, while reassuring, is not exactly stable—especially since his ex-girlfriend is seven months pregnant. As Reggie falls for Snake, she must decide whether it’s time to rewrite the rules that have defined her.

★★★★

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Read my review here

The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan.23308084.jpg She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

★★★★

The Hereafter by Jessica Bucher

Nin has no recollection of her death. The things she does remember, like her cruel boyfriend, troubled father, and absent mother, she’d like to forget. Dylan doesn’t need to remember his death to know that he deserved it. Who needs memories when you have the scars? Sparks ignite when the two, very different, strangers meet. Together they spend one endless summer exploring their new world. Suddenly, their after-lives hold more possibility and promise than their tragic teenage lives ever did. But no dream lasts forever, and all too soon, harmful memories from their pasts emerge and threaten to tear them apart. Given the chance to change their fates, Nin and Dylan must decide– life or love. Weaving through past and present and alternating perspectives, The Hereafter is an emotional journey about young love and second chances.

★★★

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh review

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Read my review for the first book in the duology, The Wrath and the Dawn here

Synopsis:

The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

After reading this, my heart feels so full. The ending broke my heart in two then mended it back together in the span of three chapters!

23308084.jpgUnfortunately I will say that I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the Wrath and the Dawn, mostly because the romance wasn’t as prevalent in this book. However, I still found it incredibly enjoyable, and the parts where there was romance I absolutely loved! This book had a lot more action than the last, which made it an exciting and quick read.

Like the first book, I found Renee’
s writing to be incredibly enchanting and enthralling, her detailed descriptions never fail me. And of course I adore how strong willed and powerful Shazi is, she is definitely my favourite character throughout the duology. I can’t say much without spoiling the second book, but if you love palace and desert settings with secrets, curses romance and a hint of magic I highly recommend these books!

“But if you ask me, the best way to go about flying is to cut the strings tying you down… cut the strings, Shazi. Fly.”

“The Darker the sky, the brighter the stars.”

When we are faced with our darkest fears, inaction is for the weak or the hopeless. There is always something to be said or done. Though words alone are mere scratchings on a page. The power behind them lies with a person.”

“Love gave life to the lifeless. It was the greatest of all living powers.”

★★★★

Waiting On Wednesday

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestsellinACOWAR_US.jpgg A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre 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.

Why i’m waiting

I really shouldn’t have to explain this, because my love for ACOTAR and ACOMAF is insane! A Court Of Wings And Ruin is my most anticipated release for the entire year! If you haven’t started reading this series yet, what are you doing? Stop reading this post and pick up A Court Of Thorns and Roses RIGHT NOW!

Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor review

definitions-of-indefinable-things-facebook-banner.pngTitle: Definitions of Indefinable Things

Author: Whitney Taylor

Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers

Release date: April 4th 2017

Genres: Young adult, contemporary, romance

Thank you to NetGalley and HMH Books For Young Readers for sending me an e-arc of this book to review

This heartbreaking, humorous novel is about three teens whose lives intersect in ways they 26221374.jpgnever expected. 

Reggie Mason is all too familiar with “the Three Stages of Depression.” She believes she’s unlocked the secret to keeping herself safe: Nobody can hurt you if you never let them in.

Reggie encounters an unexpected challenge to her misanthropy: a Twizzler-chomping, indie film-making narcissist named Snake. Snake’s presence, while reassuring, is not exactly stable—especially since his ex-girlfriend is seven months pregnant. As Reggie falls for Snake, she must decide whether it’s time to rewrite the rules that have defined her.

 

I first knew I wanted to read Definitions Of Indefinable after reading a chapter sampler, I was drawn to the expressive writing and the snarky characters. This unique books deals with a variety of important topics including mental illness, teenage pregnancy, family and loss. It’s a unique read in that the characters are so cynical and sardonic yet they tease each other with witty remarks and mockery which just makes it oh so enjoyable.

I found the writing to really be something special, with the overly descriptive paragraphs and humorous narration. It compliments the story perfectly, adding a bit of zest in moments of downright despair. Likewise, there are an abundance of relatable and heartfelt quotes scattered throughout the book, I found myself stopping at almost every page to note down a meaningful quote.

Now this review is about to get personal…

When I first started reading Definitions of Indefinable things I thought ‘wow this girl has a bleak outlook on life’, and this wasn’t too appealing to me. But then I remembered, that’s what depression does to you. It eats at your soul and leaves this hatred of a person that really isn’t you at all. I guess the reason this was my first impression of Reggie, was because I used to be just like her, back when I was depressed. I dislike remembering those days, days of sadness and despair. But inevitably this book conjured up memories of all the things I used to be. I found Definitions of Indefinable things a great representation of depression and mental illness.

Halfway through the book there was this quote that really stuck out at me because I swear it’s something I’ve said before. Reggie explained that “Someone told me once that caring was just a way to survive. He said that you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. So you might as well do. But, I don’t agree. I think you’re just damned if you do. Nothing good can come from caring too much. It’s painful when it’s justified and it’s painful when it’s not”. This is something remember telling myself years ago when I finally learnt that caring too much can lead to heartache, and even now, some days I’m still afraid that if I care too much I’ll get hurt. It’s still something I’m working on, but thankfully, my depression now is far behind me.

Reggie also explained “That was my trigger. Absence. Realising it’s inevitability.” Reading those words were immensely relatable. My situation was very similar to that of Reggie’s. After being incredibly hurt by the inevitability of absence I separated myself from everyone and sank into a deep depression.

Overall this was a great read that is very unique and relatable, I highly recommend!

Quotes: *quotes have been pulled from arc and are subject to change*

“Sometimes it felt like it was my mind that was the cruel one. Like it was true what people say about you being your own worst enemy. That, or I was just plain crazy.”

“Fear is the greatest betrayal we commit against ourselves.”

“It’s trees, water, grass, and sky. I could get it on the Discovery Channel.” “Yeah. But experiences are better than the replications, aren’t they?” “Our experiences are just replications of other people’s experiences.”

“We don’t always feel pain for a reason. Sometimes we hurt because it’s better than nothing. We hurt to feel alive.”

“You what I think? I think we’re too young and imperfect and unpredictable to decide who should be with whom and who is the proverbial ‘one’ and what draws us together apart from the simple bias of human obligation to the concept of love. So I don’t care if you’re with Carla, or convincing yourself you’re without her, or pining after wants you can’t obtain because the bias of love falls short on you. You want what you want, but there are some things that never change.”

★★★★

 

 

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Things I Should Have known by Claire Lazebnik

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From the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl on a quest to find love for her autistic sister Ivy.  Ethan, from Ivy’s class, seems like the perfect match. It’s unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe’s least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as devoted to Ethan as she is to Ivy. Uncommonly honest and refreshingly funny, this is a story about sisterhood, autism, and first love. Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan, who form a quirky and lovable circle, will steal readers’ hearts and remind us all that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.

 

Definitions Of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

26221374This heartbreaking, humorous novel is about three teens whose lives intersect in ways they never expected.

Reggie Mason is all too familiar with “the Three Stages of Depression.” She believes she’s unlocked the secret to keeping herself safe: Nobody can hurt you if you never let them in.

Reggie encounters an unexpected challenge to her misanthropy: a Twizzler-chomping, indie film-making narcissist named Snake. Snake’s presence, while reassuring, is not exactly stable—especially since his ex-girlfriend is seven months pregnant. As Reggie falls for Snake, she must decide whether it’s time to rewrite the rules that have defined her.

 

 

Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant

31423684Eva Walker is a seventeen-year-old math genius. And if that doesn’t do wonders for her popularity, there’s another thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person or anything that belongs to them — from clothes to textbooks to cell phones — she sees a vision of their emotions. She can read a person’s fears and anxieties, their secrets and loves … and what they have yet to learn about calculus. This is helpful for her work as a math tutor, but it means she can never get close to people. Eva avoids touching anyone and everyone. People think it’s because she’s a clean freak — with the emphasis on freak — but it’s all she can do to protect herself from other people’s issues.

Then one day a new student walks into Eva’s life. His jacket gives off so much emotional trauma that she falls to the floor. Eva is instantly drawn to Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist who also has a troubled home life, and her feelings only grow when she realizes that she can touch Zenn’s skin without having visions. But when she discovers the history that links them, the truth threatens to tear the two apart.

 

Project You: More Than 50 Ways to Calm Down, de-Stress, and Feel Great by Aubre Andrus and Karen Bluth

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Find your balance. Make a protein-packed smoothie to energize for a busy day. Center yourself after a stressful week by taking five minutes to write in your journal. Strengthen your body and calm your mind with simple yoga poses and breathing techniques. Craft a vision board to help you achieve your goals. Create a time budget to organize your schedule. Develop an evening routine that will help you wind down before sleep. Award-winning author Aubre Andrus shares more than 50 do-right-now projects that will help you beat stress, smile big, and discover a calmer, more blissful you.

The Hereafter by Jessica Bucher

Nin has no r29767648ecollection of her death.
The things she does remember, like her cruel boyfriend, troubled father, and absent mother, she’d like to forget.
Dylan doesn’t need to remember his death to know that he deserved it. Who needs memories when you have the scars?
Sparks ignite when the two, very different, strangers meet. Together they spend one endless summer exploring their new world. Suddenly, their after-lives hold more possibility and promise than their tragic teenage lives ever did.
But no dream lasts forever, and all too soon, harmful memories from their pasts emerge and threaten to tear them apart. Given the chance to change their fates, Nin and Dylan must decide– life or love.
Weaving through past and present and alternating perspectives, The Hereafter is an emotional journey about young love and second chances.

eBooks:

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

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30142139.jpgHe killed me. He killed me not. He killed me.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

WIntersong by S. Jae Jones

24763621.jpgDark, romantic, and unforgettable, Wintersong is an enchanting coming-of-age story for fans of Labyrinth and The Beauty and the Beast.

The last night of the year. Now the days of winter begin and the Goblin King rides abroad, searching for his bride…

All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind, her spirit, and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesl can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

But when her own sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds—and the mysterious man who rules it—she soon faces an impossible decision. And with time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

Rich with music and magic, S. Jae-Jones’s Wintersong will sweep you away into a world you won’t soon forget.

“Wintersong is a maze of beauty and darkness, of music and magic and glittering things, all tied together with exquisite writing. This is a world you will want to stay lost in.” —Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“This was Labyrinth by way of Angela Carter. Deliciously romantic, with a nuanced Goblin King and a strong heroine, this story was rife with fairy tales, music, and enchantment.” —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik review

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Title: Things I Should Have Known

Author: Claire LaZebnik

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group

Genres: Young adult, contemporary, romance

 

Disclaimer: I was provided an e-arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, all opinions and feelings remain my own.

 

Synopsis:

From the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan, from Ivy’s class, seems like the perfect match. It’s unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe’s least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as devoted to Ethan as she is to Ivy.

Uncommonly honest and refreshingly funny, this is a story about sisterhood, autism, and first love. Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan, who form a quirky and lovable circle, will steal readers’ hearts and remind us all that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.

 

Review:

The Things I should Have Known was a unique and refreshing read reflecting important topics and likeable characters to create an enjoyable read.

First off, let me just say this this is a “read in one sitting” book, the writing is easy to follow along with,the chapters are short and quick and the storyline is in constant motion, resulting in me finishing this book in one afternoon. Also did mention that I adore the cover, so simple yet wonderful!

This book deals with a multitude of important and relevant topics in an uncomplicated and understandable fashion. Some of the issues covered include autism, LGBTQ+, family dynamics, sibling relationships, feminism and mental health. As I have never read a book with autistic characters, nor being familiar with autism myself, I found this book to be informative and enlightening. I loved how when negative portrayals of autism are instantly challenged and the representation seemed to be depicted well.

I enjoyed the main character Chloe, she was confident, had great social skills, but most of all, she had undying love and care for her sister Ivy. It was uplifting seeing Chloe’s efforts in helping Ivy live her life to her fullest. Many times, Chloe put Ivy before herself, and the same can be said about Daniel and his brother Ethan. These strong sibling bonds brought something special to this book.

As much as I adored the characters love for their siblings, I still felt that they were still somewhat undeveloped. I didn’t get to see the characters much as separate people as they were so focused on their siblings. They were either caring for their siblings, talking or thinking about them. It would’ve been nice to see them more as individuals, but as this book is so short and and covers so many topics, this is understandable. Also seeing David act differently depending on the situation and the people he was surrounded with was a bit strange, it seemed like he was two completely different people! It was hard to understand these drastic changes, and I wasn’t a big fan.

Romance played a part in this novel and I will say while I enjoyed some, others felt unnecessary and forced at times. There were a couple of twists in the novel, some of which I predicted and some of which came to a huge surprise! Although the writing didn’t overcomplicated things, I found it to be too simple at times. I wish there were some more descriptive sentences and powerful quotes that could’ve made more of an impact.

Overall, Things I should Of Known was a quick, enjoyable and unique read that reflected important issues in a good manner. However, I did wish I got more from it, I found it to be flat at times and I didn’t find this book incredibly memorable or moving.

★★1/2

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh review

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Let me just start off with telling you that The Wrath and The Dawn does live up to the hype! I had high expectations for this book and I was not disappointed!

Synopsis: 

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

Review:

So I just finished reading The Wrath and the Dawn a few minutes ago and wow, this book is astounding! There are so many concepts contained within this book that I adore, and seeing them all woven together in this intricate story was amazing.

First off, I have to talk about the characters, both so headstrong and powerful, Shazi and Khalid really jumped off the pages. I always love books with an immensely strong female character that knows what she wants and works hard for it. Shazi is the perfect depiction of this, she is largely outspoken, incredibly confident and a force to be reckoned with. She lets no one stand in her way of her goals and she is strong minded with an equally strong will. Khalid on the other hand really grew on me as the story progressed, as we are slowly shown the hidden personality behind his brutality and his facade of a fearsome king. The female friendship between Shazi and Despina was a fiery dynamic, that ultimately benefited them both which I loved.

Shari and Khalid together is a raging storm one minute and tranquility the next, then it’s all followed by heated romance. Shazi and Khalid has this constant push and pull with each other, particularly in the first half of the novel, when they are complete enemies. The constant banter and witty remarks between the two was utterly entertaining, and the angsty romance was completely swoon worthy! The enemies to lovers trope was executed extremely well, Renee made it believable and it didn’t feel forced in anyway.

I’m a sucker for palace settings, I admire the regality of it all. The exquisite descriptions Renee writes, transports you into the heart of the beautiful palace. Renee’s writing is is so detailed yet uncomplicated, it created this intricate world that you find yourself seamlessly falling into. At times, I even had tears in my eyes because the writing was so beautiful and the characters so heartwarming.

The numerous curses and hidden secrets contained within this book, really made it suspenseful and intriguing, pushing me to continue reading. This is also why the end portion of the book was my favourite, as one after another all the secrets were revealed. The cliff hanger ending definitely made me want to immediately pick up the next book!

Although the second half of the book was fantastic, I will say that the first few chapters were good but there was nothing special about them. I also found my mind drifting away during the perspectives outside the palace as they weren’t incredibly interesting. I think while reading these chapters I just wanted to get back to Shazi and Khalid! Similar to these chapters the “attempted love triangle” felt unnecessary, although it didn’t detract much from the overall story.

Quotes:

“No individual can reach the height of their potential without the love of others. We are not meant to be alone. The more a person pushes others away, the clearer it becomes that they are in need of love the most”

“”What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.””

“How does one begin to apologise for robbing the world of light? Words seem strangely insufficient in such a case, and yet I fall to their uselessness in my own inadequacy.”

“There was honesty in your hatred. Fearlessness in your pain. In your honesty, I saw a reflection of myself. Or rather, the man I longed to be.”

★★★★1/2

 

 

The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace review

Disclaimer: I was kindly sent an e-arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, feelings and opinions remain my own.

Synopsis:

“Ah, life- the thing that happens to us while we’re off somewhere else blowing on dandelions & wishing ourselves into the pages of our favorite fairy tales.”

A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

Review:

This is one of my first true experiences of poetry and after finishing this masterpiece I am yearning for more. This poetry was incredibly relatable, inspiring and heart breaking. It dealt with serious topics and wove them into poems that were both elaborate yet transparent in its portrayal. These poems will pull at your heartstrings and leave tears in your eyes.

★★★★

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton review

Disclaimer: I was sent this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts, feelings and opinions remain my own

Synopsis:

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Review:
The beginning of this book started like a shot out of a gun. It instantly captured my attention with its strong characters and harsh Western setting. I adored the characters and loved the romance even more! Amani was such a badass strong female character who didn’t let anyone tell her what to do, which I found amazing! The novel was so fast paced it was difficult to put the book down at times! Really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait for Traitor to the Throne.

★★★1/2