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.

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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.

 

New Releases: October, 2017

This will be a straightforward post. Just the books, which I’ve limited to ten, as usual. The covers are linked to the Goodreads pages and if there’s a book you specifically want me to review, leave a comment.

Let’s get started!

 

28006120The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan – Oct 3

This is the third and final book of the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series. The wait is almost over. Lets hope I can survive these last few days.
The first book, The Sword of Summer, follows Magnus Chase, a boy who finds out that the Norse Gods are real and that his father is one of them, making him a demigod. But his real journey starts when he… dies.

 

33375622Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado – Oct 3

This is a collection of short stories in which Machado bends genres to shape startling narratives that map the realities of womens’ lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.
Stories like: A wife refusing her husband’s entreaties to remove the green ribbon from around her neck, a woman recounting her sexual encounters as a plague slowly consumes humanity, and more…

 

33280872Without Merit by Colleen Hoover – Oct 3

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and idealism spark new life into her—until she discovers that he’s unavailable. Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth.

 

35504431Turtles All the Way Down by John Green – Oct 10

I’ve put it off long enough, I need to develop an opinion on John Green as an author. And I’ve elected this book to help me out.
It’s about Aza, who is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective who’s pursuing the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

 

30025336All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater – Oct 10

The Soria family all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings; Daniel, a Saint who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station.
They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro, Colarado are never quite what you expect.

 

13612968The Silver Mask by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare – Oct 10

This is the 4th book of the (five book) Magisterium series.

The first book follows Callum Hunt who, despite his best efforts to fail, somehow manages to get into the Magisterium, a magic school and a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

 

33958230Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao – Oct 10

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But is the price of the throne too high? Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

 

32854499Most of All You by Mia Sheridan – Oct 17

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior. Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there’s an undeniable goodness about him. Crystal and Gabriel never imagined they would find a love like this, and now they have a choice: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.

 

24974996Dear Martin by Nic Stone – Oct 17

Justyce McAllister, after being wrongfully arrested and then released without apology, is struggling to cope. He starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure. Then comes the day Justyce and his best friend, Manny, have an altercation with a white, off-duty cop. Words fly. Shots are fired. In the media fallout, most people would kill to know what really happened. Justyce is dying to forget.

 

33514352Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely – Oct 23

Lauren Blakely is an author you mustn’t judge by the shirtless-dude covers of her books. She’s really good.
Patrick is ready to settle down. But the woman he wants to settle down with lives across the country. Neither is willing to move so Patrick has to resist her for the week that she’s in town. It obviously doesn’t work and then she hires his adventure tour company and Patrick will need an iron will to stick to his own “Don’t screw your customers” rule.

 

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