Friday, August 3, 2018

Book Dreams | Titles I'm Excited For In August

See All The Stars by Kit Frik - August 14, 2018 McElderry Books

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[YA | Contemporary]

Part love story, part thriller, We Were Liars meets Goodbye Days in this suspenseful, lyrical debut.

It’s hard to find the truth beneath the lies you tell yourself.

THEN They were four—Bex, Jenni, Ellory, Ret. Electric, headstrong young women; Ellory’s whole solar system.

NOW Ellory is alone, her once inseparable group of friends torn apart by secrets, deception, and a shocking incident that changed their lives forever.

THEN Lazy summer days. A party. A beautiful boy. Ellory met Matthias and fell into the beginning of a spectacular, bright love.

NOW Ellory returns to Pine Brook to navigate senior year after a two-month suspension and summer away—no boyfriend, no friends. No going back. Tormented by some and sought out by others, troubled by a mysterious note-writer who won’t let Ellory forget, and consumed by guilt over her not entirely innocent role in everything and everyone she’s lost, Ellory finds that even in the present, the past is everywhere.

The path forward isn’t a straight line. And moving on will mean sorting the truth from the lies—the lies Ellory has been telling herself.

Mirage by Somaiya Daud - August 28, 2018 Flatiron Books

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[YA | Sci-Fi]

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancĂ©, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection...because one wrong move could lead to her death.


Others books releasing in August...

A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean - August 14, 2018 Lake Union Publishing [Goodreads | Buy It][Womens Fiction]
Fling Club by Tara Brown - August 14, 2018 Skyscape [Goodreads | Buy It][New Adult | Romance]
Toil & Trouble by Various Authors - August 28, 2018 Harlequin Teen [Goodreads | Buy It][YA | Paranormal | Anthology]
The Simply Wild by KA Tucker - August 7, 2018 Atria Books [Goodreads | Buy It][Contemporary \ Romance]

What books are you looking forward to in August?

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

7 in 7 Readathon Update

The 7 in 7 Readathon was hosted by & on Twitter/YouTube. The goal is: READ 7 THINGS IN 7 DAYS!!

There were the optional challenges:
1. (As always) read 7 things in 7 days (only finished 4/7)
2. Read something with yellow on it (started a book but didn't finish it in time)
3. Read something outside your comfort zone  (graphic novel)
4. Read something that takes place outside or you can read something while outside (the book from chellenge two would have fulfilled this one too)
5. Read something that starts with your first initial 
6. Read something and then make a meal/drink/something edible that matches the book OR read a book based off your favourite meal/drink
7. Read something that takes place somewhere that resembles your home

What I actually completed:

Read 4/7 plus a few children's books with my toddler.
1. Rebel With A Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring
3. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (Read something outside your comfort zone)
4. Lullabies For Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill

Did you participate? How did you do? Would you do this readathon again?

Monday, July 23, 2018

Jumping Back In with the 7 in 7 Readathon!

Okay, after much thought, I'm going to keep blogging. Just not paying for my domain name any longer... it will expire shortly, so I will need to update a lot of links and the like, but I'm happy to still be around. 

I'll be editing my blog, fixing links and such over the next little while and catching up on writing reviews for the books I have been reading. I'm ahead of schedule for my goal of 60 books for the year.

And to get in gear for continuing on my blogging experience, I've decided to participate in the 7 in 7 Readathon hosted by & on Twitter/YouTube. The goal is: READ 7 THINGS IN 7 DAYS!! And it runs from  July 23rd  (today) - 29th. (I found this readathon via booksandlala on your YouTube channel).

There are some challenges if you want to do them:
1. (As always) read 7 things in 7 days 
2. Read something with yellow on it 
3. Read something outside your comfort zone 
4. Read something that takes place outside or you can read something while outside  
5. Read something that starts with your first initial 
6. Read something and then make a meal/drink/something edible that matches the book OR read a book based off your favourite meal/drink 
7. Read something that takes place somewhere that resembles your home

Mostly, I'm just going to try to read 7 things. This will hopefully be possible since I am on vacation from now until August 6th! I am home with our two year old and we will be traveling up north to visit family for a few days near the end of this readathon (maybe an audiobook or two will happen during this time).

Here is my tentative list of books to choose from:

Rebel with a Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring
Summer Constellations by Alisha Sevigny
Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider
Kiss Me in Paris by Catherine Rider
Through The Woods by Emily Carroll (this will be a reread so I can finally write my thoughts)
Me and Me by Alice Kuipers 
Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill (this is an audiobook I had on hold that just came in)

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
The Lost Causes by Alyssa Embree Schwartz & Jessica Koosed Etting
Sadie by Courtney Summers

Will you be participating? What do you plan to read?

Friday, July 20, 2018

Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper | Review

Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper
Published: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Received: originally received via Netgalley, but finally borrowed audio from library
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang

You don't know what you must give up to become a witch.

Avery Roe wants only to claim her birthright as the witch of Prince Island and to make the charms that have kept the island's sailors safe at sea for generations, but instead she is held prisoner by her mother in a magic-free life of proper manners and respectability.

Avery thinks escape is just a matter of time, but when she has a harrowing nightmare, she can see what it means: She will be killed. She will be murdered. And she's never been wrong before.

Desperate to change her future, Avery finds a surprising ally in Tane—a tattooed harpoon boy with magic of his own, who moves her in ways she never expected. But as time runs out to unlock her magic and save herself, Avery discovers that becoming a witch requires unimaginable sacrifice.

Avery walks the knife's edge between choice and destiny in Kendall Kulper's sweeping debut: the story of one girl's fight to survive the rising storm of first love and family secrets.

When I first heard about it , I nabbed it from NetGalley, but then somehow it got pushed aside for new pretties and so on. But after having read it, I quite enjoyed it, even with it's slow parts.

Avery Roe is born to a family of witches, but she can't become the witch without some sacrifice. She truly wants to become the witch with all her being and just adored living with her grandmother by the sea and learning all about her ancestry. Until the day her mother returned and pulled her away from the only life she knew all in the name of "protecting" her from becoming the Roe Witch. Everything has a price, but Avery just doesn't know what becoming the witch will cost her.

She is so determined to become the witch and take over for her grandmother, that she tries over and over to leave her mother's home and keeps meeting magical block after magical block. Until she meets the tattooed boy, Tane. That's when everything changes.

The story is quite slowly paced for most of the book with a slow and awkward romance. At times this was frustrating because I just wanted to know what would happen, but overall I really enjoyed the fact that the story took a little bit of time to unravel. The romance didn't really seem like it was going to happen at first, they were awkward and did talk too much at first, but once she started trusting Tane and needing his help, I could see how easy it would be to fall in love with him.

I loved the different types magic described in the book and the setting of being on the island and tied to the land, the sea and it's people via this magic. I think I kind of figured out how the witch would get her magic, but I didn't truly see exactly what would need to happen before it got quite close to the time. Oops. 

The writing gave me moments where I could vividly picture the little cabin on the end of the islands, surrounded by rocks with waves crashing. I could picture the whales and whaling boats heading out to sea. I could picture the little village and the people of the island. I adored the setting of this book so much.

Perhaps because I listened to the audiobook in lieu of reading the eARC I still had access to, that it made a difference. I noticed mixed reviews online for this book, but I wonder if hearing the story out loud was more magical than just reading the words from paper?

If you are looking for a book with magic, romance and an island setting - this just might be for you.

About the Author:
Find Kendall Kulper online - Website | Twitter | Goodreads

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