New Releases: June, 2018

First of all, sorry about the absence of reviews for the past ten days. I’ve been in a slump of sorts (of the I-don’t-want-to-do-anything variety) and am currently in the middle of an N.R. Walker binge. Because reading her books is pretty much the only thing I feel like doing. Like, I don’t even wanna binge-watch White Collar! That never happens. I’m hoping that, by the beginning of next month, I’ll have my head on straight.

For now, let’s focus on the new releases June has to offer. This time books covers are linked to the Amazon page while book names are linked to Goodreads pages.

 

36439321The Speed of Sound by Eric Bernt – June 1st

Harmony House is a think tank where high-functioning autistic savants harness their unique abilities for the benefit of society. Eddie Parks’s contribution is nothing less than extraordinary: an “echo box” that can re-create never-recorded sounds. All Eddie wants is to hear his late mother’s voice. But what he’s created is inadvertently posing a threat to national security and as ruthless competing enemies close in, Eddie Parks will have to run to save his invention from the world, and the world from it.

 

36199084The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – June 5th

Stella Lane is a math genius whose job has earned her more money than she knows what to do with, but way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs practice. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel and theirs no-nonsense partnership starts to make a strange kind of sense.

 

37955375Every Exquisite Thing by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson – June 12th

The third novella from the Ghosts of the Shadow Market.
Anna Lightwood, eldest child of Gabriel and Cecily, is mad, bad and dangerously dapper. Every rake has an origin story, though: now under Brother Zachariah’s eye we see Anna’s doomed love story unfold.

 

30809786A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir – June 12th

This is the third book in the Ember Quartet.
The first book follows Elias, an unwilling soldier, and Laia, a girl willing to do anything to save her brother, even become a spy for the rebels of the Martial Empire. Elias and Laia’s destinies are intertwined and their choices may change the fate of the Empire.

 

36358268The Mermaid by Christina Henry – June 19th

Once, a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home was trapped in a fisherman net. He couldn’t bear to keep her but his eyes caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The two lived happily for many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.
The Mermaid, softened by her first experience, agreed to play a mermaid for P.T. Barnum’s museum. She believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he’s determined to hold on to his mermaid.

 

36301030Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L. Armentrout – June 26th

This is the second book in the de Vincent series. Each tells the story of one of three de Vincent brothers. This time, it’s Gabriel.
Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki Bresson. He’d wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. He broke her heart. Now she’s back and things have changed. Gabe sees the smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman she’s become… one who’s being stalked from the shadows. Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe—and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again.

 

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And… that’s the end of the list. Only six, I know. But when you consider the fact that each book in these lists goes on my ever-elongating TBR list, six is a lot. Especially since I seem to suck at reading these books. But that’s kinda okay because I’ve decided that TBRs are to ensure you always have a book to read. Completing them is optional.

What are some of next month’s releases you’re most interested in? And is there any specific book from this list you want me to review? Because that might motivate me to read it sooner and I shall be ever grateful.

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New Releases: May, 2018

Ah… the time comes again for my least favourite post of the month. Well, not really. I do like these posts because a) I’m making a list, of course I like it, and b) I get to add more books to my ever-growing TBR notepads (there are three of them). On the other hand, these posts take longer than normal reviews, I always feel like I’m messing them up, and is it always this hot in April. Seriously, I’m melting over here.

But anyway, onto not-whining. I have six upcoming releases to share (GR pages linked to cover as always) starting with Apollo! There will be no spoilers in the post.

 

28006096The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan – May 1st

This is the third installment in the five book series, The Trials of Apollo, and I’ve heard that things are about to get serious (but still remain hilarious).
The series follows the Greek god Apollo’s road back to godliness after Zeus turns him human as punishment. It’s set in the Percy Jackson universe.

 

35997816The Royals by Rachel Hawkins – May 1st

Rachel Hawkins is one of my fun-time authors and fun is what I’m expecting from this book.
It’s a YA Contemporary Romance following sixteen-year-old Daisy Winters, whose sister is nearly engaged to the crown prince of Scotland, prompting the appointment of dashing young Miles to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal.

 

37955374Cast Long Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan- May 8th

This is the second short story in the Ghosts of the Shadow Market series. All stories follow the adventures of Brother Zachariah through the Shadow Market over the years.
This time Matthew Fairchild, looking for excitement and artistry, gets more than he bargained for at the Shadow Market, where he commits the greatest sin of his life—something he can never tell his parabatai, or any of the honorable Shadowhunters around him.

 

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Artificial Condition by Martha Wells – May 8th

Second novella in The Murderbot Diaries. It’s a series of science-fiction novellas following the self-christened “Murderbot”, an AI/cyborg owned by a company that loans out droids to team of people, often for the purpose of assistance during planetary expeditions. Muderbot is the most wonderful of protagonist, given that he’s anti-social, socially awkward, pessimistic as hell, and genuinely does not give a fuck about anyone.

 

32333026Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch – May 8th

Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s wedding. When she discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, she’s able to finally escape her mind and her brother, Ian, both of whom are criticizing her about the one horrible thing she did. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

 

36142487Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro – May 22nd

Six years ago, Moss Jefferies’ father was murdered by a police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media’s vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks. Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves treated like criminals by their own school and decide to organize and push back against the administration. When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss can either give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

 

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I’m aware that this list is missing some of the “biggest” releases of the month (hell, the year) but that’s just how it’s been in 2018. The (young) bookish community seems to insist of being obsessed with books and series that I dislike or don’t care too much for. It’s driving me nuts, actually. But there’s nothing to be done and I don’t know how to end this post so… the end?

New Releases: April, 2018

I’m late with the post but it’s still March and none of these books have come out yet, so not too late. And since I still suck at small talk, let’s jump right in. There are seven April releases I’m anticipating, I’ve given a short description of each and the GR pages is linked to the covers.

 

35297469Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett – April 3rd

Best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern-day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets. But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Now they have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety.

 

36408043Son of the Dawn by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan – April 10th

The first of eight stories that follow the adventures of Brother Zachariah through the Shadow Market.
Ten-year-old Jace Wayland is coming to the New York institute. Alec and Isabelle aren’t too sure they want a new brother, and their parents are occupied with the dark news that Raphael Santiago, second-in-command of the New York vampire clan, has brought from the Shadow Market.

 

35820633The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth – April 10th

The sequel to Carve the Mark and the concluding novel of the duology.

This is a science-fiction and Fantasy series set in an alternate universe, on a planet that’s home to two warring races. Cyra and Akos are stuck between the animosity and trapped by those who hold them captive but with each other’s help, they may be able to secure their freedom.

 

35959740Circe by Madeline Miller – April 10th

Circe, the daughter of Helios, possess the power of witchcraft. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, unwittingly drawing the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

 

35140574The Diminished by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson – April 10th

In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, yet some face the world alone. A rare few are singleborn and given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. While the ones who have lost their twin and survived are considered diminished. Bo is a singleborn and Vi, diminished. They have very different futures, but a long-held secret and the fate of the empire are destined to bring them together.

 

31180248Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – April 24th

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. She’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends. So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture and she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

 

38240456The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci – April 24th

Tobias Kaya doesn’t care about The Savior, that She’s the Ruler of the realm or that She purified the land. But when competing for Her hand proves to be his last chance to save his family, he finds himself thrown into the Sovereign’s Tournament with nineteen other men, each fighting—and killing—for the chance to rule at Her side. And when his circumstances seem especially dire, he stumbles into an unexpected romance, one that opens him up to unimaginable dangers and darkness.

 

New Releases: March, 2018

I’ve got no small-talk like shit today, so let’s just jump right in, shall we? Covers linked to the GR page, as usual.

 

34728667Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – March 6

The first book of a YA Fantasy novel set in a land which was rife with magic until it, one night, it disappeared. Under the rule of a ruthless king, the protagonist’s people were targeted and killed. She has the ability to bring magic back, but she has to outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is set on eradicating magic for good, and learn to control her own powers.

 

34499221To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – March 6

A standalone YA fantasy novel (I thought those were a myth!) about a war between humans and sirens. A siren princess is turned into a human as punishment and must deliver the heart of the prince to the Sea Queen to earn her place back.
A human prince rescues a woman from the ocean, who promises him the way to eliminate the sirenkind for good.

 

35297394The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw – March 6

Another YA standalone fantasy (we are on fire!) set in a cursed town called where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Now each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three girls so that they may seek their revenge. Penny Talbot had accepted the fate of the town until a new boy arrives, unaware of the danger. Mistrust spreads through the town and only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

 

34275231Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney – March 13

You get (part of) the GR synopsis straight up for this one:
My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.
Yup, a woman in a coma who can hear everyone around her, but they don’t know that. She doesn’t remember what happened but suspects her husband had something to do with it. And she’s gonna figure shit out.

 

35791514Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely – March 20

A woman is attracted to a man. But said man is her translator for her new job in Paris and being professional is important. For Richard, this is his last assignment before he takes off for his big adventure. But he can’t resist his attraction to the woman he’s working with. And even though he doesn’t want to let her go, his wanderlust is calling, and his need to fulfill a promise he made long ago. What could possibly go wrong with falling in love in Paris? Nothing…unless one of you is leaving.

 

35533431The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Vermont, 1950. Idlewild Hall is a place for the girls whom no one wants. There are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, until one of them disappears…
Vermont, 2014. Journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events of her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. Fiona always felt there was something suspicious about the case. When she discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored, she decides to write a story about it. What follows are shocking revelations and things that were meant to stay hidden.

 

New Releases: February, 2018

As I said in my January releases post, I had to leave out a few of the books and transfer them to this one. All the book come out on the 30th Jan so they’re still anticipated reads. I’m gonna start with them and them jump to the actual February releases. As always, covers linked to the GR pages.

 

35133826Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry – Jan 30

This is a YA, Contemporary Romance which follows Drix, a guy looking for a second chance after being convicted for a crime he didn’t commit; and Elle, the daughter of a governor looking to follow her own path. When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate …and so are their problems. But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

 

36061072A Crack in Everything by L.H. Cosway – Jan 30

This is part one of the Cracks Duet. Both books follow the same two characters and the second one come out on Feb 6 (a week later). We have Evelyn, a city girl with humble dreams. And Dylan, who showed her how our world is a contradiction of beauty and ugliness. He built an empire from what they learnt together. But before that there was love and happiness, tragedy and epic heartbreak…

 

35068738Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Jan 30

Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now she works for the de Vincent brothers, who share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Her job is to care for their sister for their sister. Lucient de Vincent, seeing her compassion, can’t help but fall for her. But de Vincents have secrets that he’d rather not share with Julia. Not that he’ll have much choice, with someone trying to use her to come after him.

 

23197837The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – Feb 6

This book wins the ‘Most Hyped Book of February’ award. It’s a YA fantasy set in a world where people are born gray and the only way for them to be beautiful is with the help of Belles with their transformative abilities. Camellia wants to be the chosen Belle of the Queen of Orleans. But in the palace, she finds things not as glamorous as it’s rumoured and finds out that a Belle’s power me be far greater than all have been lead to believe.

 

36989216The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon – Feb 13

There once were three best friends. One boy and two girls. One girl lied about her love for him for the sake of the other. She was the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother, the glue. She was there for the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs, the biggest moments and the smallest parts. And she was there when it all came crashing down. This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy.

 

35495083Sightwitch by Susan Dennard – Feb 13

This is a companion novella (with illustrations), set before Truthwitch. But I’m not sure if you can read it before Truthwitch, since it’s supposed to set up Bloodwitch, the third book of the series.
It tells the story of Ryber Fortiza, as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is. It’s the story of their friendship which might grow into something more.

 

37940505Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward – Fen 19

This is also a story of three best friends. Two guys and one girl. They both loved her but made a pact that she was off-limits. But then one of them broke the pact, then broke her heart.
Now the heartbroken girl is staying in our guy’s spare room. Then he accidentally finds out that she’s looking into an escort company. She’s chosen Gentleman Nine. But when she goes to meet him, she finds our protagonist instead, who has an offer for her.

 

36682619Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levensteller – Feb 27

The sequel to Daughter of the Pirate King and the last book of the duology. The story of the series is that we have a girl who is the daughter of the king of the pirates and she wants to prove herself to him. She pretends to be a captive on an enemy ship for a mission. But the captain’s clever second in command seems to be intent on figuring out her trick and thwarting her plans.

New Releases: January, 2018

First and foremost, Merry Christmas! And Happy Hanukkah. And if there’s something else you celebrate on this day, then Happy… that, I guess. Even a birthday.

The year is almost over, less than a week left, and I’m very glad. And what better way to show that than by discussing some of the (hopefully) awesome book that are coming out in the first month of the next year. And there are a lot of them. It exceeded my ‘five-ten books’ limit. Which is why I’m not including the books that come out on January 30th. I’ll include those in next month’s post, which is usually up before the 30th anyway.

Onto the books! As usual, covers linked to the GR page.

 

26032825The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – Jan 2nd

This book seems to be everywhere. And since I’ve always felt that Holly Black was underrated, the excitement makes me very happy.
The setting of the novel is in Faerie, Black’s specialty. Jude lost her parents and was taken to faerie, along with her sisters, at the age of seven. Ten years later, all she wants is to fit in. For that, she must defy the youngest prince of the Court and face the consequences. Which may include her having to save Faerie itself.

 

30339479You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon – Jan 2nd

Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. A test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease, worsens the sisters’ already fractured bond when one twin tests negative for Huntington’s while the other tests positive. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?

 

29749090Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu – Jan 2nd

It’s a YA novel about Batman written by Marie Lu. I don’t need to know anything else. But if you do…
The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne, who is turning eighteen and is about to inherit his family’s fortune, is next on their list. Doing community service at Arkham prison, Bruce meets Madeleine, who knows about the Nighwalkers Bruce wants to stop. She’s his only hope, but she’s also a killer with her own agenda.

 

33503607Meet Cute – Jan 2nd

This is a collect of short stories, by fourteen different authors. Each story is about two people meeting for the first time. It sounds like the cutest thing ever and I’m really looking forward to it. The authors are:  Jennifer L. Armentrout, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn Davies, Nina LaCour, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee , Kass Morgan, Meredith Russo, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi, Julie Murphy.

 

36839603Everless by Sara Holland – Jan 2nd

Lotta mixed reviews with this one. I’ve heard it’s quite dark and depressing. This is a YA fantasy set in a world in which time is currency —extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. Everless is an estate which belongs the Gerlings, one of the aristocratic families that extend their own lifespans but doom others. Jules and her father used to be servants at Everless until forced to flee. Now, Jules’s father is dying and she must return in order to save him, facing lots danger in the process.

 

33555224Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman – Jan 9th

The sequel to one of my favourite books of 2017, Scythe, which is set in a world where natural death no longer exists. But people still need to die and for that purpose, there are scythes, who choose and execute people. The two protagonists are selected as apprentices, but only one will get the job.
I freaking loved Scythe and I can’t wait for this one to come out.

 

25446297Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – Jan 9th

For once, humans are the ones invading an alien planet. Which is a lot more believable because humans are nosy as fuck. Though technically, the planet Gaia’s population is extinct and the “invasion” is to get technology which could solve a lot of earth’s problems. The two main characters smuggle themselves onto a ship heading for Gaia for two very different purposes but end up having to work together to survive.

 

29589074Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson – Jan 16th

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont. Shortly after it was opened, the founder’s wife and daughter were kidnapped. Only a mocking riddle was left by the kidnapper going by the pseudonym Truly Devious. The case was never solved. When Stevie begins her first year at the school, she has a plan to solve the cold case. Only… Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy.

Wrap Up: November, 2017

I don’t usually do these wrap-ups, as you may have noticed from not seeing any wrap-up posts in months. It’s for two reasons. One, I’m lazy; and two, I read a lot of books every month and writing a short review for each one is a major pain in the ass. I find thinking of what to write in the tweet annoying, 15 summaries at once? No thanks.

But in the month of November, I read a grand total of six novels and two novellas. That shouldn’t be much of a hassle. So without further ado, let’s get started.

P.S. Covers linked to Goodreads page and book title to the full review.
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13612968The Silver Mask by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black – 4 Stars

The fourth book of the Magisterium series that follows Callum Hunt’s journey through the Magisterium, a magic school; one that he never wanted to go to in the first place.
This was a fairly good installment. I like it better than the previous and I think it got things on track for the finale in the next novel, but it was rushed and I think both the authors can do better.

 

8419428A Lot Like Love by Julie James – 4 Stars

A standalone romance (but also part of a series) featuring a woman who is roped into helping the FBI on a case to help her brother, and an FBI agent who gets on her nerves.
A really fun novel that has two characters who have very different personalities and lifestyles but bring something new to the table for each other. A sweet and easy read.

 

11235783About That Night by Julie James – 4.5 Stars

A second chance romance of sorts. Also part of the FBI/US Attorney series and a standalone, about a guy who’s recently gotten out of prison for hacking into Twitter, and an Attorney.
This is my favourite by Julie James so far. I love both the characters and the dynamic between them. I loved the story and had a blast with the novel. A cute, funny and lighthearted read.

 

8507379Her Private Avenger by Elle Kennedy – 3 Stars

A romantic suspense and a second-chance romance with Morgan trying to find a killer and a Adam making sure that Morgan herself doesn’t get killed; working together despite their past.
This was an okay read. I liked some things but Morgan wasn’t one of them. I also though the relationship could’ve used some trust exercises.

 

22423795Nights With Him by Lauren Blakely – 3 Stars

The CEO of a sex-toy company has a one night stand and his lady friend later turns out to be his new therapist. But while her status as his shrink doesn’t last, they still try to help each other. With Sex …Which was the problem. Way too much sex. The plot got a little lost in there somewhere. But other than that, things were good. I also really like the female protagonist.

 

10345927A Million Suns by Beth Revis – 4.25 Stars

A YA science-fiction series that starts a spaceship that’s travelling to a new planet, featuring the residents of the ship and a girl who comes out of cryo when someone tries to kill her.
This book was better than the previous book, more put-together. A lot of new revelations and lots of character development. Great plot and pace. But I’m still unsure about the romance.

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The two novellas I mentioned are One Night With Her and Heat of the Night. The former I didn’t write a review for because it was basically a teaser for Nights With Him. The latter I reviewed as part of compilation here. It was a good novella.

And that was how my month went. Very little reading and most of it romance. The second half of 2017 has been a curse for my reading and I’m so fucking glad it’s almost over.

 

New Releases: December, 2017

The last ‘New Releases’ post of the year and I can’t believe how fast the year has gone by. Though 2017 has been so crappy, I’m glad it’s almost over. Before that happens though, these new (potentially awesome) books will coming out. As usual, covers linked to the GR pages.

 

35451741The Good Samaritan by John Marrs – Dec 1

A mystery about a woman who works on a suicide hotline but, instead of helping people, she wants them to kill themselves. She’s had a difficult life and she takes it out on others.
Ryan’s pregnant wife commits suicide, hand in hand with another man. He wants to know why and Laura will do anything to make sure he never finds out.

 

35233721The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites – Dec 1 

A book about a Jewish family divided by World War II and an inheritance, an engraved music box made by a Jewish silversmith, with the power to bring them back together.
This is supposed to be a hopeful novel about war. And I can’t help but be intrigued by that.

 

34466910Roomies by Christina Lauren – Dec 5

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker repays him by getting him an audition with a big-time music direction. The tryout goes better than expected but Calvin’s visa has expired. So naturally, Holland offers to marry him. And at some point in their marriage of convenience, their love stops being pretend. They just don’t know it yet.

 

36535656Man Hands by Sarin Bowen and Tanya Eby – Dec 11

Brynn is reeling from a divorce. Her friends want her to “get back out there” but she’s not interested …until her ex shows up with his new arm candy. The result is Tom, a stranger, having the hottest experience of his adult life. Then Brynn disappears on him, leaving nothing but a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them. And he’s set on finding her.

 

36398892The V Card by Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente – Dec 13

CJ is a 25 year old business women, and she’s still a virgin. She wants to change that little detail and she’s got just the man for the job — her brother’s business partner and best friend, Graham.
The agreement is seven days for Graham to teach her all he knows about the bedroom. Cue feeling, love, etc.

 

33413929The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle – Dec 26

Lily Michaels-Ryan ditches her ADHD meds and lands in detention with Abelard, who has Asperger’s. She’s intrigued by him. When Abelard posts a quote from The Letters of Abelard and Heloise online, their mutual affinity for ancient love letters connects them. The two fall for each other. Hard. But is it enough to bridge their differences in person?

 

35068742Love, Life and the List by Kasie West – Dec 26

This is a young-adult contemporary, romance featuring Abby Turner. She has an unrequited crush on her best friend, she can’t manage her mother’s growing anxiety issues, and she’s been told her art “has no heart”. When she gets another opportunity to show her paintings, she makes a list of things to do in a month that will give her work that depth it seemingly lacks.

 

…And that’s a wrap! I know the list is somewhat romance-heavy but I’ve been in a mood lately. If there’s any books, specifically, from this list that you want me to review, leave a comment. Also, which book are you anticipating for December?

New Releases: November, 2017

I only have six books for you today. November seems to be choking on thrillers and historical fiction, and they didn’t sound that interesting to me. Maybe I haven’t really been in the mood to try out new stuff. I like my comfort zone. Maybe in couple of months, I’ll add some variety. For now, this is what we’ve got.

As usual, GR page linked to the cover. Other than the first book, all others come out on 14th.

 

28421168Renegades by Marissa Meyer – Nov 7th

The Renegades are humans with extraordinary abilities who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace. They remain a symbol of hope and courage for all…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.

 

34928122Artemis by Andy Weir – Nov 14th

Andy Weir has a new novel, one that many people will undoubtably compare to The Martian. I mean, I loved The Martian too but this is a new book and Imma try to take it as that.
It’s set on Artemis, a city on the moon that’s only good to the rich. Jazz is not rich but when she sees the opportunity for a perfect crime with a lucrative reward, she can’t resist …and ends up in a whole lot of trouble.

 
36390029Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh – Nov 14th

Turns out, Nalini Singh writes contemporaries too. Colour me intrigued.
Sailor Bishop has only one goal, to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading kisses in the parking lot is not good for either of their plans. But work needs to be done and they can’t avoid each other. So they can either play it safe or take the risk and hope it’s worth it.

 

32718027The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

I know… another book with the word ‘city’ in the title. But it sounds really cool (djinn!) so we can let that pass.
This is a historical fantasy about a con artist. Nahri doesn’t believe in magic, until she accidentally summons a mysterious djinn warrior to her side who tells her of the legendary city of brass–a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. It’s a world that she enters, with dangerous consequences.

 

33574161Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang – Nov 14th

The reason I found this book interesting is because of the format. It tells the story of a boy with extraordinary (magical) abilities. Weylyn changes people’s lives but never stays for long. The book is told from the perspectives of the people who knew him, loved him, and even a few who thought he was just plain weird. And there’s one story that Weylyn wishes he could change: his own.  But first he has to muster up the courage to knock on the door of the woman he can’t leave behind, the one he loves.

 

6742311Insurrection by Sherrilyn Kenyon – Nov 14th

At first, the synopsis sounded like nothing new. There are aliens (the Drabs) who want the planet so they release a virus and most people die, except for the ones under twenty. Where things become interesting is that the humans who are left evolved because of the virus, developing abilities, and they are fucking pissed. They’ve decided that earth is their planet and they will put up one hell of a fight. And it’s that attitude that’s gotten me really excited.

 

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So yeah, even though there are fewer books this time, they all sound really good. And I know I don’t usually get to the books right away, so if there’s one in particular, of the ones listed above, that you’d like me to review, just leave a comment.

Readathon Wrap up!

I mentioned in my previous review that I’m participating in a readathon. The Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, to be specific. First time participant and I was really excited. Here are the books that I read:

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I also had Game of Thrones (which I’m currently in the middle of), Little Women (also currently reading) and the audiobook for Of Mice and Men, in case I got stuck.

I finished Are We There Yet? within the first six hours of the readathon. Then I immediately started Something About You, which took a little longer than I expected (about 7 hours) and I also needed a little sleep so by the time I was done, there were only five and half hours left and the plan was to get at least halfway through Velvet. That didn’t happen. I slacked big time. Only got a 99 pages done.

Still, if you count 254 pages of Are We There Yet?, 307 (or 336, depending on your edition) pages of Something About You, and 99 pages of Velvet, that makes 660, which I think is pretty great.

Honesty, this readathon has been quite a success. I should set one for myself at least once a month. You never know how much you can get done in a day until you’ve really tried being productive. Unfortunately, a readathon I set for myself is something I doubt I’ll take seriously. So I guess I’ll just wait for the next official one to come ’round. This was a lot of fun. I’ll post the reviews of the books I’ve read within (I’m hoping) the next couple of days.