🏷 Intimidating TBR Pile Tag 🏷

After every Booktuber did this tag years ago, I am here for my version of it for another Tag Tuesday. I found this tag over on JesseTheReader’s YouTube channel and today I’m going to give it a go.

A book on your TBR pile that you haven’t finishedthe heart of betrayal

For this one I have many answers, but I’m just going to go with The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater and The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson. Both of them sequels of series where I have read the first book, and enjoyed it tremendously, but the size of the books intimidate me. I don’t have that much time to read sadly due to school and I always get very pulled into these series so I have to read these when I have off from school to give them my 100% attention.

A book you just haven’t had the time to read for

Basically every book on my tbr otherwise I wouldn’t have a tbr, but I’m picking the second part of The School for Good and Evil series, A World Without Princes, because I’ve owned this for so long, but I never see myself reaching for it.

A book you haven’t read because it’s a sequel

I have many answers for this, because back in 2015 I would buy the entire series before I had even read the first book, because I was really on that book buying train. So, I’m going with Unravel Me, the second part in the Shatter Me series, World After, the second part in the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy, and A Gathering of Shadows from the Shades of Magic series.

this savage song victoria schwabA book you haven’t read because it’s brand new

I literally bought this book yesterday, because it was cheap online, and that’s This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. I am very excited for this book and everything that it entails, especially since everyone loves it.

A book by an author you read previously but didn’t like

Just One Day by Gayle Forman. Amazingly I did give Gayle Forman another chance after having completely hated If I Stay. That book is horrible, needless to say I hate it a lot. But when the German translation for Just One Day came out, it was really pretty, so I was willing to give her another chance due to the fact that it had been a year since I read If I Stay and I did find the plot of Just One Day intriguing, but I never got around to finishing it. I would still pick it up, but it’s not that high up on my tbr.

A book on your TBR pile that your just not in the mood to read

Literally any dystopian book that I own. I love the idea of dystopian, but I just can’t around to it. The Hunger Games really messed with my ability to pick up any dystopian book, since I really hated The Hunger Games (don’t hate me, and don’t hate me even more when I say I only watched the movies). So I’m going to have to pick Shatter Me and Angelfall.

A book on your TBR pile that you haven’t read because it’s enormous

Definitely Lady Midnight. Because I know, when I read Lady Midnight I will automatically want to read Lord of Shadows and they’re both such big and long books, I honestly cannot deal. And the fact that I have to finish The Shadowhunters Academy before I can start Lady Midnight is such a turn off for me.

A book on your TBR you bought because of the covercarve the mark

Ah yes, I do have the tendency to not judge a book because of it’s cover, but I have the tendency to pick up a book, if it has a pretty cover and an interesting plot, and I don’t have that much money so when I buy a book I have to know everything about it, I have to weigh it out, but with this I am going to have to go with Carve the Mark. I think the idea behind Carve the Mark was well intended, and the edition I have is so beautiful, but there’s so much controversy around the book that I just don’t feel like it’s worth picking up.

A book on your TBR you find very intimidating

Again I’d say Lady Midnight, but I find all of the books on my TBR intimidating. Especially fantasy, since they’re mostly series, so if you like the one book, you’re signing up for the next couple of books in that series, and I always end up liking the next few books obviously, but it’s still hard to get into. For this I’m going to have to pick Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. Only 2 books are out currently, and she’s intending on publishing the 5th and final book in 2021, so I still have time. I love the idea behind Truthwitch, but the fact that it’s high fantasy really intimidates me. With High Fantasy I have to use so much of my brain, and it’s really hard.

So these are my picks for the intimidating TBR tag, since I have a gigantic TBR pile. I want all of you guys to also give this tag a try, and I’ll hopefully post again in two weeks for another Tag Tuesday. 🤗🤗

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

the sun is also a starTitle: The Sun Is Also a Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: November 1st 2016

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Goodreads Summary: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

I can’t believe I let myself forget just how amazing Nicola Yoons books are. I can’t believe I forgot the way that Everything, Everything made me feel and that I severely enjoyed that book. But I enjoyed this book so much more.

The Sun Is Also a Star is primarily about love at first sight. But it’s not a cliche. It’s so much more than that. This book made me feel so much. At first the passages from other peoples points of view were a bit strange to me, mostly because I didn’t understand the meaning behind them, but now I really really really enjoy them.

When reading this book, there wasn’t a single doubt in my mind that is was a five star book. Sometimes, when you read a book, you find yourself in the middle asking yourself ‘is this a 4 star or a 5 star read?’ and then you wait and see if the end is good enough to make you say it’s a 5 star book. With this book, I hardly needed 100 pages for it to tell me that it was amazing. I even read it in German, because there was a sale on this book since it was slightly damaged (but it literally only has a small tear on the dust jacket), and if it hadn’t been for that sale I would have never picked up the book. I’m so glad that I was at my favorite bookstore and decided to wait for the elevator instead of going down the stairs. I’m so glad that the yellow sale stickers on the cover of the books caught my eye. I’m so glad that the elevator took so long to arrive, otherwise I would have never found this book.

This book constantly had me wanting more. It was unputdownable. The only reason I had to put it down was because I had school, and I have obligations. But if it weren’t for school or those pesky obligations, I would have picked this book up and never let it go. Sometimes with books, you find yourself pushing yourself to continue reading. You find yourself saying ‘the beginnings are always like this, it will get better’ it usually does get better, but you always remember that push. I never needed a push. Even when I picked up the book for only one second to see what page I was on so I could update my status on Goodreads, I found myself reading ten pages, because I couldn’t stop.

Natasha and Daniel are the best humans in the world. They’re such opposites, in every single way, but the way they are when they’re together. They make you believe in love. They make you believe that everything works out in the end. Daniels hopeless romantic attitude contrasts Natashas reasonable thinking so much, but that doesn’t matter. They’re made for each other. I love how they’re both described, I love how Nicola Yoon took the time to create such intricate backstories for them, and also for supporting characters.

The end made me cry. It’s not sad. It’s actually kind of happy. It just broke my heart so much that I finished the book. Those last four lines in the book completely broke my heart and filled it at the same time. I will never forget them. I love this book a lot, and I know I say that about a lot of books, but with this book I can’t deny it. I was so happy thinking about the book, today in Subway, while I was there eating with my friends, I told them about the book and how much I love it. How much I loved every scene, how much I loved the writing, how I knew I was going to give it 5 stars and that it would take a while until a book came along that I could even compare to this.

I love this book. God, I love this book so much. I recommend it to everybody. Even to people who think love at first sight is a cliche and this book will be unrealistic, I want them to read it so that it can change their minds. This book is such a roller-coaster. It breaks your heart and then fixes it, just to break it again. I think this book will be the only thing I think about for a while. And boy, I’m going to reference so many things from it for the next few weeks, I’ll be driving people crazy. But I will never drive myself crazy, because I’ll never forget the utter and sheer happiness this book made me feel. 🤗 🤗 😊

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

the dark prophecyTitle: The Dark Prophecy

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Publisher: Penguin Books

Release Date: May 2nd, 2017

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ½

!! Spoiler Warning !!

Goodreads Summary: The second book in the the latest series from Percy Jackson creator Rick Riordan. The god Apollo, stuck in the body of a teenage boy, must undergo the second of his trials to regain his immortality.

It’s been a hot minute since I posted a fantasy book review.

But I am back with a review of The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan. I love Rick Riordans books. They make me so ultimately happy. They feel so nostalgic and I’m so glad that I picked them up. And now we’re getting to the one that I did pick up.

The Dark Prophecy is many things. It has so many things going for it. Rick Riordan writes genuinely funny books. Like some books may have like a joke inserted from time to time. No. Not with Rick Riordan. There are constantly jokes, and they’re always funny. I laughed out loud soooo many times because of this book, and it actually brought happiness into my life.

Now, with some books, at least for me, you kind of get the feeling that the diverseness might be forced. Like sometimes it feels like authors are just randomly including one diverse character so that they can say they don’t exclude minorities or that they are diverse. With Rick Riordan you never get that feeling.

Speaking of characters, let’s take a second to appreciate Apollo. Rick Riordan beautifully creates this sarcastic and snarky character that is Apollo. You never forget the fact that Apollo was a god beforehand, because he really doesn’t let you forget. And his point of view is clearly from a former gods point of view. He comments on mundane activities like they are the stupidest things in the world (mostly because they are) and whenever he does something good he always thought things like “why aren’t people bowing at my feet right now”. Apollo is a fantastic main character, I love being in his brain.

The only thing that really bothered me about this book is how it was seemingly a lot of fighting. They were constantly battling people and constantly just so close to death, and what bothered me the most was that it was only in the span of a few days. So much happened in a few days. And the next book is gonna be like that too. And it felt like there was a lot of back and forth in this book. Not that much happened plot wise. It kind of felt like a filler book to me.

That being said, this book has amazing character development. You can really tell how much Apollo has changed since the first book, and this is only the second one. I mean, Apollo was ready to give up his life, entirely, so that Meg could live. Apollo, a freaking God and quite frankly father to many children, decided Megs life is more important than his and was willing to risk his life for her, for their friendship. It’s amazing how much he changed. I’m insanely excited for the next book.

Plus, side note, LGBTQ+ rep in this book is tip top. Apollo is bisexual, so, of course, Commodus was his past lover, and he noticed handsome men as well as pretty women. And he wasn’t shy about it, he didn’t only speak about the women and sprinkle in some of that man charm, no, he even tried to flirt with a man, and failed, because Jamie has a girlfriend. Then Jo and Emmie left the Hunters, gave up thier immortality, so that they could grow old together and even adopted a daughter. I love everything about this story, I am so ready for the next book. I am trash for basically everything that Rick Riordan creates, and I am insanely okay with that. 🤗🤗

 

 

It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne

img_2630Title: It Only Happens in the Movies

Author: Holly Bourne

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Publisher: Usborne

Release Date: October 1st, 2017

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Goodreads Summary: Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…

The greatest love story ever told doesn’t feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clichés. Oh, and zombies… YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.

Ah yes, I am indeed back with yet another YA contemporary book review, but this one’s different.

I am a very big fan of cliche filled, could inevitably be considered as trash, YA books, and I thought this might be a cliche filled one, which it sort of is, and I loved that, but at the same time it’s not like the others.

You can automatically tell that Holly Bourne is British. This much was also clear when I read her other novel, Am I Normal Yet?, but I forgot it over time. When you’re reading the book, you cannot not tell that it was written by a British author. Which I thought was really nice actually, because most books kind of blend together and there are always only very few authors that can really make their writing shine through, and well Holly Bourne can definitely be remembered for her britishness.

The best part about her writing, aside from the britishness, is how she doesn’t sugarcoat anything. She doesn’t gloss over things. No, she is all up in your face about it. She doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable topics that are hardly even touched upon in YA. And she doesn’t just do it once to be a different author who wants to stand out, no she does it constantly throughout the book, because that’s real life.

A very common thing in YA, in my opinion, is how the parents are hardly mentioned. Or always in a bad light, where they always blame their parents for everything, or they mention them whenever it’s convenient for them. Parents very often just ghost around, and aren’t regarded as a consistent thing in the main characters life, which they actually are. In this book, Audrey’s mom has huge problems with the divorce, and it’s tearing her apart. When other parents go through divorce in books, they usually can’t care less, or immediately bounce back from it, or only regard the person as terrible, but they’re never doing terrible. And also, most of the time, the main characters family is doing okay, but the side characters families are always terrible. In this book, nearly every family is terrible. Which is perfect, because not all families are perfect. There is a lot of struggling with family in this book, and that’s exactly what it’s like in real life.

I can always turn to Holly Bourne for fresh, and real content. Plus the ending, may suck for a book, but in real life it would happen exactly like that. Which is why I want everyone to read Holly Bournes works, they’re so amazing.

 

 

Top Ten Books I Want to Get to in 2018

This is excluding new 2018 releases, since I already have a post on that. These are books that I want to get to that I already own and have been sitting on my shelf for a while.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvaterthe dream thieves

Goodreads Summary: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

I loved The Raven Boys and I can’t stop talking about it and I generally just really want to finish the series this year, because I would love to finally be able to look at fan art.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. SchwabDarkerShadeofMagic

Goodreads Summary: Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

I bought this book with my best friend in German and we’re going to buddy read it, which I am super excited for. I’ve heard nothing but amazings things about this series and if I enjoy it, I will pick up some more of V.E. Schwabs other works.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

It’s time. I seriously need to just pick up this novel. Everyone praises this series as Cassandra Clares best yet, and I own both books in the series, I even have a special edition of Lord of Shadows, but I have yet to read it. I believe in me. 2018 shall finally be the year!

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaleyhighly illogical behavior

Goodreads Summary: Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.

Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But is ambition alone enough to get her in?

Enter Lisa.

Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa steps into his world, along with her charming boyfriend, Clark, and soon the three form an unexpected bond. But, as Lisa learns more about Sol and he and Clark grow closer and closer, the walls they’ve built around themselves start to collapse and their friendships threaten to do the same.

I picked up this book from the library! So, technically, I don’t own it, but as of right now I kind of do, and I’ve been looking forward to this book for a while now, so I hope I’m going to be able to get to it during my semester break.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugoshadow and bone

Goodreads Summary: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shoutout to my best friend for getting me this book for my birthday. I’ve heard great, great things about this series, and I am super excited to jump into a new series, especially since it has a very active fandom and I’ve seen a few glimpses of fan art from this series on instagram, and I’m already living for it.

Renegades by Marissa MeyerRenegades

Goodreads Summary: Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

Yaaaaas, the book that I have been waiting for for so long, but haven’t picked it up yet. I really want to give it my 100% attention because I love Marissa Meyer’s books, and I know I will maybe have to pay more attention, but not in a bad way. So maybe after the semester is over I’ll pick it up.

Turtles all the way down by John Greenturtles all the way down

Goodreads Summary: #1 bestselling author John Green returns with his first new novel since The Fault in Our Stars!

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

I am extremely privileged, not only in general, I am highly aware of the this, but I get to read this book for school. I get to have a reason why I am reading a book and neglecting school work. I was given the chance to read this book for my English class and I immediately took it. Now, my assignment for this book, is writing a book review on it, which I am particularly skilled in, and acting out a scene from the book.

Passenger by Alexandra Brackenpassenger

Goodreads Summary: Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

I preordered this book in 2015 because I was so excited for it. It sounded amazing, Sasha from abookutopia was constantly hyping this, constantly saying it was her favorite book of all time (after Outlander of course). I still haven’t gotten around to it, but I feel like I’ll find the time.

Jackaby by William RitterJackaby.jpg

Goodreads Summary: “Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

I started this book two summers ago, and it was super enjoyable and after watching Sherlock I want to pick this book up again, because Jackaby feels like a Sherlock retelling to me.

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoonthe sun is also a star

Goodreads Summary: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

I bought this book yesterday in hardcover for only 5€ because the dust jacket had a little rip in it. GO ME! I also got it in German and the German hardcover has the exact same photo as the cover of the dust jacket printed onto the book itself, so I can just throw the dust jacket away. But I wont. I want to be reminded of this.

I actually think I’m going to get to at least half of these books. Plus, stay tuned, my review for It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne will be posted on Monday. 🤗🤗

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Kindred SpiritsTitle: Kindred Spirits

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Short Stories

Publisher: Macmillans

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Goodreads Summary: ‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’
‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’
‘Maybe.’

If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels. Kindred Spirits is an engaging short story by Rainbow Rowell, author of the bestselling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On, and is part of a handful of selected short reads specially produced for World Book Day.

It’s been a real hot minute since I’ve posted a review. I am back today for my Kindred Spirits review. Now, I picked this book up to read for the 2017 Cramathon, and I’m so glad that I did. I’m currently writing this review on the day that I finished it, which is December 27th, but I won’t be posting this review until the 8th of January. I have been in a serious reading slump, I hadn’t finished a book since October, but I am so happy that I have vacation and found the time to read.

Kindred Spirits is such a cute book. It’s guaranteed to get you out of a reading slump, it’s under 100 pages and if you pick up the Almost Midnight edition, (next Monday I will be posting my Midnights review), you even get illustrations. It’s a great read, the characters are amazing and it has the usual Rainbow Rowell cuteness to it. They’re waiting in line for the majority of this book, but Rainbow Rowell didn’t gloss over the human needs one might have while camping out for 4 entire days. I love everything about this book.

It’s a short story, it’s fantastic, you can read it within one hour. If you haven’t picked it up yet and you love Rainbow Rowell books, go now and read it, you will not be disappointed. That’s all I have for today, short book, short review, but I really did love this story, it was a great pick me up and I loved understanding the Star Wars references, I’m going out tomorrow (the 28th of December, 2017) to watch the eighth episode I have apparently decided today, because this just made me really want to watch it.  🤗🤗

Waiting on Wednesday: Anticipated 2018 Releases!

Hey everybody! It’s a new year which means new chances, new hopes, and a butt load of new book releases. These are my most anticipated releases for now, but I know, along the way, I will find more books that interest me, and obviously not all of them are announced yet that are coming out in later months, plus there is no trace of debut novels, yet. So I am listing up my most anticipated 2018 releases, from authors that I have already read, and releases that are clear to me.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertallileah on the offbeat

Release Date: April 24th 2018

Goodreads Summary: Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

I am so excited for this book, I love all of Becky Albertallis books, and this gives me the perfect excuse to reread Simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda, just in time for the movie coming out (of the closet). (…. I’ll go home)

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: May 1st, 2018

No Summary, because there are people who haven’t finished the series yet and I don’t want to spoil them, this is a spoiler free blog. Unless I add a warning. I’m just so excited for this novella, it’s even coming out in hardcover, so I can indeed put it onto my shelf and it will not be ignored like all of my other kindle books.

 The Burning Maze (Trials of Apollo #3) by Rick Riordan

Release Date: May 1st, 2018

No summary, again, because spoilers. I can’t even read the summary yet because I am currently reading the second part, and a review will be up soon-ish. I love Rick Riordan’s books, especially the Percy Jackson ones, so I am obviously very excited for this release.

love & luckLove & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

Release Date: May 8th, 2018

Goodreads Summary: Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

Yes, yes, yes. I loved Love & Gelato, I am so ready for Love & Luck. Plus, the male love interest is called Rowan. Sign me up.

Listen to your heart by Kasie Westlisten to your heart kasie west

Release Date: May 29th, 2018

Goodreads Summary: Talking to other people isn’t Kate Bailey’s favorite activity. She’d much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school’s podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she’ll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate’s surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend … until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Kasie West’s adorable story of secrets, love, and friendship is sure to win over hearts everywhere.

I just found out about this release while going on amazon to preorder Save the Date, and I can’t right now, I am so super excited for this. I LOVE KASIE WEST! I am so hyped. SO HYPED.

save the date morgan matsonSave the Date by Morgan Matson

Release Date: June 5th, 2018

Goodreads Summary: Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

Yes, sign me up for Morgan Matson’s contemporaries, 2017 was a very lonely year without one. (Plus, I just preordered this in hopes of getting a signed edition)

Throne of Glass #7

Release Date: September 4th, 2018

Goodreads Summary:  The Final installment to the Throne of Glass series.

I am so scared of this book. There’s nothing I’m more scared of, than this book. I cannot believe it’s actually happening, this is all way too overwhelming and my fragile heart can’t deal with any more Sarah J Maas pain.

Renegades #2 by Marissa Meyer

Release Date: September 2018

There is no summary, not only due to spoilers, but also because there’s no actual title. I am nonetheless excited for this, and now all I have to do is finally read Renegades.

What if it’s us by Becky Albertalli

Release Date: October 2nd, 2018

Goodreads Summary: What If It’s Us opens as Arthur and Ben meet at the post office as Ben is shipping his ex-boyfriend’s things back to him. They subsequently endure the frustration of knowing there was a missed connection, before the universe pushes them back together again in a series of failed “first” dates.

I love Becky Albertallis works, I am super excited to read this book, because if I enjoy it, it will probably be the last kick I need to finally pick up Adam Silveras books.

Queen of Air & Darkness by Cassandra Clarequeen-of-air-and-darkness-cover

Release Date: December 4th, 2018

No summary, ’cause spoilers. Also, can we just talk about the fact that there is already a cover out, and there has been for a while, although the book comes out in nearly a year. Like, there are March releases without covers yet, this is very timely. I’m also upset that the Dark Artificies are actually ending. I mean, I haven’t read a single book, and I keep being excited for releases, and saying that I’m going to pick up the book now, it’s finally my time, and then never picking them up, but I feel more confident this time. Maybe I was just scared of the fact that I would always have to wait, or that I would actually have to finish Shadowhunter Academy, because I just can’t.

These are the books that I am most anticipating for 2018, I have high hopes for 2018, release wise. 🤗🤗