Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (166)


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

You might have noticed I missed last week's post. That's because life has been a little crazy with the end of the semester fast approaching. It's exciting to think that at the end of this week I will have finished my first year of college! There's been a lot of ups and downs, but I'm here to talk to you about books!

This week I am excited for two book: The Beholder by Anna Bright and Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich.

The Beholder seduced me with its cover. It is absolutely gorgeous, and paired with the synopsis, I am super excited. From what I've read about it, the book is sorta like The Selection at sea. The main character Selah has to get married in order to rule her country, and after her initial plan fails, she has to meet eligible bachelors from three other countries. It sounds like the book mixes in a bunch of different fairy tales as well. The description makes clear that there's an evil stepmother like character. I'm excited to see what other stories will show up. The book seems to take place in our world but not quite, and I'm really hoping there will be a map because A) maps are awesome and B) books with a lot of travel can be confusing. With a cover this pretty, I really hope the book is amazing.

Synopsis:

Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.

Release: June 4, 2019

I was intrigued by Teeth in the Mist when I saw the cover. I might have a thing for getting sucked in by book covers. The description 'genre-bending epic horror-fantasy' adds to my interest. I'm not a big horror reader, but it's compared to Kendare Blake and Ransom Riggs, both of whom I really like. It's based on the story of Faust, which I'm not familiar with. I've heard it is on the scarier side as well, so I'll probably need to read it in the middle of the day with all the lights on, but I'm willing to do that if the book is as good as people say. I also like the idea of three young women across multiple centuries fighting an ancient evil man who might still be watching them.

Synopsis:

A genre-bending epic horror-fantasy, inspired by the legend of Faust, that spans generations as an ancient evil is uncovered--perfect for fans of Kendare Blake and Ransom Riggs.

Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil's Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations...

Sixteen-year-old photography enthusiast Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins of Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can remember--so she and her best friend, Poulton, run away from home to explore them. But are they really alone in the house? And who will know if something goes wrong?

In 1851, seventeen-year-old Roan arrives at the Mill House as a ward--one of three, all with something to hide from their new guardian. When Roan learns that she is connected to an ancient secret, she must escape the house before she is trapped forever.

1583. Hermione, a new young bride, accompanies her husband to the wilds of North Wales where he plans to build the largest water mill and mansion in the area. But rumors of unholy rituals lead to a tragic occurrence and she will need all her strength to defeat it.

Three women, centuries apart, drawn together by one Unholy Pact. A pact made by a man who, more than a thousand years later, may still be watching... 

Release: June 11, 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Top Ten Books That Should Be Adapted Into Movies or TV Shows


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

1. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - They did try to make a movie, but it wasn't very good. Personally, I think a TV show would be the way to go with this series.

2. A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan - This would make a great teen action/spy movie!

3. Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter - This would also make a great TV show. There are many shows out there that center around day-to-day life in high school (think Riverdale) only this would be a spy high school!

4. Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard - The Red Queen series would make for a great epic fantasy movie series! With its ties to our world, the show could also explore how the earth came to be the way it is in the series.

5. Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy - This would make a great movie. Adventures in space + LGBTQIA peeps + King Arthur retelling = amazing. Plus, I would love to see the adventures the gang go on. Think similar to Firefly/Serenity and shows like Killjoys.

6. The Selection series by Kiera Cass - This would make a really fun TV show. I almost want it to be done in an over-the-top Bachelor kind of way, and slowly get to the gritty reality.

7. Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg - This would make for a great teen movie. I feel like it would be similar in feeling to To All the Boys I've Loved Before, just on a different subject.

8. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows - A movie adaption would be great if made in the style of The Princess Bride. It would be a great combo of fantasy and humor, with a dash of history breaking mixed in.

9. Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin - A TV series of this trilogy, and maybe even the accompanying Noah Shaw trilogy, would be great. It would start with the reading of Mara's letter, and with an unreliable narrator, it could be super intriguing.

10. All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis - This would work in either a TV or movie format. I loved the book, and it would be really cool if the ads were done in such a way that it looks like a utopia, and then the end product reveals the truth.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Book Blitz: Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee


Welcome to the Release Week Blitz for Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee presented by Entangled Teen! Grab your copy today!

I've actually got an eArc of this waiting for me, and I need to read it!

“Edgy and smart with a sweet and sexy core.” —Rachel Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Eyes on Me

Title: Ask Me Anything
Author: Molly E. Lee
Release: May 7, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Synopsis:
I should’ve kept my mouth shut.

But Wilmont Academy’s been living in the Dark Ages when it comes to sex ed, and someone had to take matters into her own hands. Well, I’m a kick-ass coder, so I created a totally anonymous, totally untraceable blog where teens can come to get real, honest, nothing-is-off-limits sex advice.

And holy hell, the site went viral—and we’re talking way beyond Wilmont—overnight. Who knew this town was so hard up?

Except now the school administration is trying to shut me down, and they’ve forced Dean—my coding crush, aka the hottest guy in school—to try to uncover who I am. If he discovers my secret, I’ll lose him forever. And thousands of teens who need real advice won’t have anyone to turn to.

Ask me anything…except how to make things right.

You Can Find it At:
Goodreads
Amazon

Author Bio:

Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her romance novels, the Grad Night series and the Love on the Edge series. She is a 1001 Dark Nights Discovery Author for 2017. Molly writes Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.

You Can Find Her At:
Website

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Top Ten Characters That Remind Me of Myself


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

1. Cammie from Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter - Nerdy girls for the win!

2. Nomi from Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart - Nomi is a rebel and a reader in a land where that is not allowed. I loved her and her rebellion!

3. Tessa from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare - Tessa loves books and I just love her so much

4. Peyton from Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia - I used to be a soccer player, so Peyton was a fun to read

5. Jane from My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows - Jane is a bookworm and lover of magic, exactly my kind of woman

6. Felicity from The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee - I loved seeing an ace character in a book, and I also identified with Felicity's love of books and science

7. Henry from Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston - Henry is a bit of a disaster, but I love how politically active he is

8. Elle from Geekerella by Ashley Poston - Elle is one of the best done fangirls in YA fiction, and I definitely identify with her

9. Anna from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins - Anna is amazingly kind and supportive of her friends. I like to think we have a similar empathy for others.

10. Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - Cath is another great fangirl and like her I am in my first year of college.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Title: Defy Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release: April 2, 2019
Series: Shatter Me
Pages: 352
Review: 5 Stars

Synopsis:

The gripping fifth installment in the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Shatter Me series. Will Juliette’s broken heart make her vulnerable to the strengthening darkness within her?

Juliette’s short tenure as the supreme commander of North America has been an utter disaster. When the children of the other world leaders show up on her doorstep, she wants nothing more than to turn to Warner for support and guidance. But he shatters her heart when he reveals that he’s been keeping secrets about her family and her identity from her—secrets that change everything.


Juliette is devastated, and the darkness that’s always dwelled within her threatens to consume her. An explosive encounter with unexpected visitors might be enough to push her over the edge.

You Can Find it At:
Books-A-Million
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
IndieBound
Goodreads

First Impressions

You might or might not know that I am a Shatter Me series fanatic. I am seriously obsessed with this series. I've been reading it since Shatter Me came out back in 2011. AKA since I was in middle school. When I heard the series was continuing past the original trilogy, I was ecstatic. I read and loved Restore Me when it came out last year, and with the huge cliffhanger ending, I was practically salivating for Defy Me. The Kenji novella that came out in March just barely held me over until I could get Defy Me. My only complaint is that I wish it was longer.

Spoilers from here on out.

Characters

Juliette my love. Or as we now know her, Ella. Her journey was a tough one in this book. There was a lot of torture, done by people who definitely shouldn't have done that to her. There's also the meeting of her sister, and boy that was a hard scene to read. That said, this book really showed how far Juliette has come since Shatter Me. She is no longer the terrified girl cowering in the corner. She has embraced her abilities and isn't afraid to use them. That self-confidence shows in other ways, such as her relationship with Warner.

Warner! I was so excited to get his POV in this book. He's always been the mysterious villain/love interest, and getting into his head has been awesome. I also loved seeing just how much he loves Juliette. Honestly, their relationship and working back toward each other was one of the best parts of the book.

We also got Kenji's POV in Defy Me, which was fun. Kenji was always my favorite side character, with his hilarious sense of humor. I loved his sense of sass, and his crush on Nouria was adorable. He's also the character most likely to go 'wait a second, is this actually a good idea? I don't want to die today.' His voice of reason combined with his humor make for a great character.

World Building

There are some major things revealed about the Shatter Me world in Defy Me. In Restore Me we get a glimpse at the other world leaders, but that is really shown in this book, since Juliette leaves North America. I don't want to say what the huge revelation is, cause major spoilers, but it changes everything. I can't wait to see what Juliette and the gang do with it in the last book, Imagine Me!

Author Bio:

Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series. She was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband, fellow author Ransom Riggs. She can usually be found over-caffeinated and stuck in a book.

You Can Find Her At:
Website
Instagram
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest
Goodreads
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