Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: P.S. I Like You

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which shines a light on eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.  This week, my pick is:

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Publisher: Point
Date: July 26, 2016

"What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?
While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she's flustered -- and kind of feels like she's falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer -- but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?" -- From Goodreads

Summer is the perfect time for light and fun contemporary reads.  This book sounds like it will fit the bill entirely.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

TTT: Favorite Couples Of All Time

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week I'm highlighting my ten favorite couples of all time for our Valentine's Day freebie.  Here we go!

1. Percy and Annabeth from Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
They finally got together, only to be ripped apart.  I hope they stay together *gives Rick Riordan shifty eyes*.

2. Clarke and Bellamy from Kass Morgan's series The 100.
I know I'm mostly referencing the tv show, but they NEED to get together.

3. Kai & Cinder ; Scarlett & Wolf ; Cress & Thorne ; Winter & Jacin from Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles.  
I love this series.  And these characters.  I'm so happy the series ended the way it did.

4. America and Prince Maxon from Kiera Cass's series The Selection.
I loved how America didn't swoon over Maxon.  She eventually fell in love with the man behind the crown.  I was totally gutted when I read the ending of The Heir.  Everything had better work out!

5. Celaena Sardothien/Aelin Galathynius and Rowan Whitethorn from Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass series.
This couple.  They have chemistry up the ying-yang.  

6. Feyre & Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Love these two.  Hot and heavy, oh yeah.
7. Feyre & Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
All of the feels in the second book!

8. Kestrel and Arin from Marie Rutkoski's The Winner's Trilogy.
These two made me sooooo angry.  They really need to work on their communication skills.  

9. Mare & Cal from Victoria Aveyard's The Red Queen series.
Talk about a slow burn with these two.  Literally.

10. Anna & St. Clair from Stephanie Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss.
St. Clair is totally swoon worthy, and if you read the entire series, they just keep getting cuter and cuter!

Do you have any favorite book couples?
Leave a list or link in the comments!

Friday, June 24, 2016

One Night Charmer by Maisey Yates

One Night Charmer by Maisey Yates
Published by HQN Books in April 2016
Copper Ridge #5

"If the devil wore flannel, he'd look like Ace Thompson. He's gruff. Opinionated. Infernally hot. The last person that Sierra West wants to ask for a bartending job—not that she has a choice. Ever since discovering that her "perfect" family is built on a lie, Sierra has been determined to make it on her own. Resisting her new boss should be easy when they're always bickering. Until one night, the squabbling stops…and something far more dangerous takes over.

Ace has a personal policy against messing around with staff—or with spoiled rich girls. But there's a steel backbone beneath Sierra's silver-spoon upbringing. She's tougher than he thought, and so much more tempting. Enough to make him want to break all his rules, even if it means risking his heart." -- From Goodreads

Will you like it?
I really love this series.  The books are very typical romance reads, but Yates manages to put in a little extra spice with her characters.  The ending did bother me a little bit.  The author time jumps about 4 years.  I'm not entirely sure why, because the next book in this series sounds like it takes place very close to the events in this one.

Disclosure: I borrowed a copy from my local library.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Killer in Me

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which shines a light on eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.  This week, my pick is:

The Killer In Me by Margot Harrison
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Date: July 12, 2016

"Hasn't he lived long enough? Why not? I could take him like a thief in the night.

This is how the Thief thinks. He serves death, the vacuum, the unknown. He’s always waiting. Always there.

Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows knows all about the Thief. She’s intimately familiar with his hunting methods: how he stalks and kills at random, how he disposes of his victims’ bodies in an abandoned mine in the deepest, most desolate part of a desert.

Now, for the first time, Nina has the chance to do something about the serial killer that no one else knows exists. With the help of her former best friend, Warren, she tracks the Thief two thousand miles, to his home turf—the deserts of New Mexico.

But the man she meets there seems nothing like the brutal sociopath with whom she’s had a disturbing connection her whole life. To anyone else, Dylan Shadwell is exactly what he appears to be: a young veteran committed to his girlfriend and her young daughter. As Nina spends more time with him, she begins to doubt the truth she once held as certain: Dylan Shadwell is the Thief. She even starts to wonder . . . what if there is no Thief?"  -- From Goodreads

This book sounds so different from the other thrillers that I normally read.  I can't wait to dive in!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

TTT: Favorite 2016 releases so far

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's theme is my favorite 2016 releases so far.  Here we go!

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Anything by Maas gets automatic heart eyes from me.

Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers
I thought the premise for this book was very interesting, and I can't wait to see what happens in the series.

The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin
Thought this book was okay, if not a little cliched.  

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
A classic case of second-book-itis.  It'll be very interesting to see where the series ends.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallard
I love any type of murder/ mystery.  

Looooooove anything by Siobhan Vivian.  This did not disappoint!

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Picked up the audiobook on a whim.  Loved it!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Loved this start of a different series set in the same Shadowhunter world we all know and love.

The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
Anything that involves the English Monarchy, I'm sold.

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Apollo is a hilarious character!

What are your favorites from 2016?
Leave a list or link in the comments!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: An Author's Odyssey

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which shines a light on eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.  This week, my pick is:

The Land of Stories: An Author's Odyssey by Chris Colfer
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Date: July 12, 2016
Land of Stories #5

"In the highly anticipated continuation of the Land of Stories series, Conner learns that the only place to fight the Masked Man's literary army is inside his own short stories!

When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner's imagination, finding allies no one else could have ever dreamed of, the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man's reign of terror. Can the twins finally restore peace in the fairy tale world?" -- From Goodreads

This will be an audiobook for me.  I loved listening to the stories come alive with Colfer narrating his own story.  I will be sad to see this series go, but I hope that Colfer keeps writing!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

TTT: Most Anticipated Releases For Rest of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's theme my most anticipated releases for the rest of 2016.  Here we go!

A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody
Sounds like Groundhog Day!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Anything by Marissa Meyer is an auto-read for sure.

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd by Alan Bradley
Finally another Flavia de Luce mystery!

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
Loving this new series by Riordan!

Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I love me some Naturals.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
The first one was a definite cliffhanger; I need more!

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Anything by SJM is a must-read for sure.

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton
Love anything by Evanovich for a good laugh.

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
This book had so much backlash when the first synopsis was revealed.  I can't wait to read it.

Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich
Another Stephanie Plum book.  YAY!

Is there anything you're really looking forward to for the last half of 2016?
Leave a list or link in the comments.

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney-Hyperion in May 2016
The Trials of Apollo #1

"How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favour.

But Apollo has many enemies - gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood." -- From Goodreads

Will you like it?
Riordan does not disappoint.  Apollo has become mortal, and he must learn to survive.  OMG his sense of humor is on point.  He is sarcastic, and self-involved, and just hilarious.  I really think that this book is one of the best Riordan has penned because of the humor.  I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

Disclosure: I borrowed a copy from my local library.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: The Memory Book

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which shines a light on eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.  This week, my pick is:

The Memory Book by Lara Avery
Publisher: Alloy Entertainment
Date: July 5, 2016

"Sammie was always a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as humanly possible. Nothing will stand in her way--not even a rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly start to steal her memories and then her health. What she needs is a new plan.

So the Memory Book is born: Sammie's notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. It's where she'll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime crush, Stuart--a brilliant young writer who is home for the summer. And where she'll admit how much she's missed her childhood best friend, Cooper, and even take some of the blame for the fight that ended their friendship." -- From Goodreads

Not entirely sure how I heard about this book, but I know the premise sounds very intriguing.  But it definitely sounds like it's not a beach read.  

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer TBR

The following books are my summer TBR.  
I can't wait to move into my new house so I can read out on my deck!

A debut!

A must listen on audiobook.

The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
A young Olivia Pope.  Sign me up!

The Killer in Me by Margot Harrison
Found this via a starred review.  I love thrillers.

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
Anything by Emily Giffin is a must read for me.

The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Another must listen audiobook.  Perfect for a long road trip.

Winning by Lara Deloza
This sounds highly entertaining.

Tough Luck Hero by Maisey Yates 
I love Yates' Copper Ridge series, so I get excited for all new ones!

Last Chance Rebel by Maisey Yates
Another new one!

Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis
Love anything by Jill Shalvis.