Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl. I have SO MANY, so this list might be rather long... I'm looking through Goodreads for the authors, so they'll simply be alphabetical.

1. Jennifer L. Armentrout

2. Victoria Aveyard

3. Ally Carter

4. Cassandra Clare

5. Susan Dennard

6. Wendy Higgins

7. Michelle Hodkin

8. Sophie Jordan

9. Sarah J. Maas

10. Tahereh Mafi

11. Katie McGarry

12. Marissa Meyer

13. Gena Showalter

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (174)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm excited for Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan and Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan!

Tiger Queen is a retelling of the short story "The Lady, or the Tiger?". I remember reading it back in middle school, and it's a really compelling topic. The story is a metaphor for an unsolvable problem. Basically, this kingdom has a justice system where the accused can pick between two doors. One door has a lady behind it that the accused marries if chosen. The second door has a tiger that will eat the accused. The princess of the land has figured out what is behind each door, and indicates to her lover, the accused, which one to pick. The question is, does she point him at the door to the woman, who he will marry and thus she will lose him but he's alive, or does she point him at the tiger, so no other woman can have him. Tiger Queen takes both the actual aspect of the two doors, as well as the metaphorical aspect. For the main character Kateri, she has to choose between the door that leads to freedom and the one that leads to death.


In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an old law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena against twelve suitors to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, losing is not an option because in order to fulfil her promise to her late mother, she must win to keep her crown and lead her people. The situation outside the palace is uneasy. The harsh desert is unforgiving, water is scarce, and Kateri’s people are thirsty. To make matters worse, the gang of thieving Desert Boys, the same group that killed Kateri’s mother and her new baby, frequently raids the city wells and steals water, forcing the king to ration what little water is left. The punishment for stealing water is the choice between two doors. Behind one door lies freedom and behind the other is a tiger.

The people of Achra are growing restless and distrustful of the monarchy, and when Kateri’s final opponent is announced, she knows she cannot win. In her desperation, Kateri turns to the desert and the one person she never thought she’d side with. Her future now, too, is behind two doors—only she’s not sure which holds the key to keeping her kingdom and which will release the tiger.

Release: September 10, 2019

I am so freaking excited for Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan!!!! I feel that abortion isn't written about very often in YA compared to how often it occurs in real life. In Unpregnant, the main character Veronica gets pregnant after her boyfriend sabotages the condoms he's using. Her luck continues to go downhill with the fact that the closest place to get an abortion is over 900 miles away. Veronica is ashamed to ask friends or family for help and instead asks her ex-best friend. Their road trip is filled with surprises, and ultimately truths are revealed. This looks to be a great story that deals with a tough topic. It combines road trip adventures, best friend stories, and the realities of teenage pregnancy. The bright pink cover also hints that it might be a lightish take on the topic, which will be interesting to see. Basically, I can't wait to read this book and I hope everyone else is too!


Seventeen-year-old Veronica Clarke never thought she’d want to fail a test – until she finds herself holding a thick piece of plastic and staring at two solid pink lines. How her boyfriend managed to get her pregnant, even with the most consistent use of condoms, is a mystery–but with a college-bound future now disappearing before her eyes, Veronica considers a decision she never imagined she’d have to make: an abortion.

Except the closest place to legally get one is nine hundred miles away in New Mexico–and Veronica doesn’t have a car. Desperate, she turns to the only person who won’t judge her: Bailey Butler, Jefferson High’s own little black cloud of anger and snark–and Veronica’s ex-best friend.

The plan is straightforward: a thirty-hour drive to the clinic and back. What could go wrong? Not much, apart from stolen cars, a crazed ex-boyfriend, truck stop strippers with pro-life agendas, ferret kidnapping, and aliens. Plus, the pain of a broken friendship that can’t be outrun, even when speeding down a highway. Soon, Veronica must risk everything to repair the hurt she’s caused. Under the starlit skies of the Southwest, Veronica and Bailey discover the road to adulthood isn’t easy–but it’s better with a friend by your side.

Release: September 10, 2019

What books are you excited for this week?

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Top Ten Characters I Wish Were Still Alive (Spoilers) (Obviously)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl.

Read below at your own risk of spoilers.

1. Matt from Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

2. Max from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

3. Caleb from the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4. Jade from Abandon by Meg Cabot

5. Daniel from Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard (still upset about this one)

6. Luka from Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

7. Anna's mom (Patty) and Marna from the Sweet series by Wendy Higgins

8. Sam from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - I know things couldn't have turned out how they did if he lived, but he was so sweet

9. Kat from the White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter

10. Noah from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (173)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I am excited for The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett and There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool!

The Lady Rogue is a historical fantasy. Reading the description makes me think of Stalking Jack the Ripper, And I Darken, and The Infernal Devices. While some historical books simply take place in a previous time, I love it when books include actual historical figures or events. In this case, the book has references to Vlad the Impaler. I'm also intrigued by the cover. On first glance it's so-so, but close up the detail of the border and the metallic dragon are amazing. At first the description makes me think that the book's gonna be on the darker side (closer to And I Darken), but apparently the book does a good job mixing levity with dark gothic to make a really fun book. I can't wait to read it!


The Last Magician meets A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in this thrilling tale filled with magic and set in the mysterious Carpathian Mountains where a girl must hunt down Vlad the Impaler’s cursed ring in order to save her father.

Some legends never die…

Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.

Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.

Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it.

Release: September 3, 2019

At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to read There Will Come a Darkness or not. But I've seen a handful of glowing reviews online and in general people have been excited for the book, so I took a second look. The book looks similar to Wicked Saints, which I absolutely loved, so I'm definitely intrigued now. I love stories dealing with prophecies and 'chosen ones', so this is right up my alley. The cover also has a cool lighthouse that's on fire, which makes me wonder if/how it plays into the story.


he Age of Darkness approaches.
Five lives stand in its way.
Who will stop it... or unleash it?

For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared.

All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. As chaos takes hold, five souls are set on a collision course:

A prince exiled from his kingdom.
A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand.
A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart.
A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone.
And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.

One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer?

Release: September 3, 2019

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Top Ten Childhood Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl. I read a lot of these books in elementary and middle school!

1. The Missing Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix

2. The 39 Clues by Various

3. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

4. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

5. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

6. The Royal Diaries by Various (Anastasia and Cleopatra were my favorite, but I read some others too)

7. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

8. The Tale of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler

9. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

10. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
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