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Stacking the Shelves – 6/27/20

Happy Saturday, Bookworms!

Hello, everyone! I hope you are having a great weekend and that your current reads are going well.

I’ve added more books to my TBR within the last week or so, which means I’m doing another Stacking the Shelves.

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. You share all the wonderful new books you’ve added to your shelves (physical, ebooks, galleys, library, audio).

I’ve found some really interesting reads but today I’ll just share highlights from these new additions. At least half I discovered through bookstagram. Included are brief descriptions you usually see before the actual synopsis. Without further ado, let’s get started!

Something to Say by Lisa Moore Ramee (middle grade) [July 14, 2020]

“…unforgettable story about finding your voice—and finding your people…”

 

Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone (middle grade) [July 7, 2020]

“In this debut middle-grade girl-power friendship story, an eighth grader starts a podcast to protest the unfair dress code enforcement at her middle school and sparks a rebellion.”

 

The Lending Library by Aliza Fogelson (adult contemporary) [July 1, 2020]

“A heartwarming debut novel about a daydreamer who gives her town, and herself, an amazing gift: a lending library in her sunroom.”

Knight of the Ice by Yayoi Ogawa, Vol. 1 (manga/rom-com/sports)

“Kokoro is the talk of the figure-skating world, winning trophies and hearts. But little do they know… he’s actually a huge nerd!”

 

Prince Freya by Keiko Ishihara, Vol. 1 (manga/YA fantasy)

“To save her kingdom, a simple village girl must live a royal lie.”

 

Perfect World by Rei Aruga, Vol. 1 (manga/josei/romance)

“The moving, provocative manga about the struggles and triumphs in love of a woman and a man who uses a wheelchair comes to print!”

 

A Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School by Mai Tanaka, Vol. 1 (manga/paranormal/comedy)

“Haruaki Abe is the kind of guy who wouldn’t say boo to a goose. But when he starts his teaching career at a high school full of creatures that go bump in the night, he soon discovers that his students have no such qualms, and they’ll have him screaming “eeeeeeek”!”

 

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Stacking The Shelves – 6/13/20

Happy Saturday, Bookworms!

What books have you recently added to your bookshelves?

This is my first time doing a Stacking the Shelves meme. It’s a weekly haul meme hosted  by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. It is about sharing enthusiasm for the new books added to our shelves – be it physical, ebooks, galleys or borrowed from the library.

I’m constantly adding books to my tbr so I probably won’t do this meme often. But here are recent adds that have caught my eye:

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One To Watch by Kate Stayman-London

[July 7, 2020] This books reminds me of The Bachelor/Bachelorette but better. I have no idea what to expect but I’m super interested in reading this book.

Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger who has amazing friends, a devoted family, legions of Insta followers–and a massively broken heart. Like the rest of America, Bea indulges in her weekly obsession: the hit reality show Main Squeeze. The fantasy dates! The kiss-off rejections! The surprising amount of guys named Chad! But Bea is sick and tired of the lack of body diversity on the show. Since when is being a size zero a prerequisite for getting engaged on television?

Just when Bea has sworn off dating altogether, she gets an intriguing call: Main Squeeze wants her to be its next star, surrounded by men vying for her affections. Bea agrees, on one condition–under no circumstances will she actually fall in love. She’s in this to supercharge her career, subvert harmful anti-fat beauty standards, inspire women across America, and get a free hot air balloon ride. That’s it.

But when the cameras start rolling, Bea realizes things are more complicated than she anticipated. She’s in a whirlwind of sumptuous couture, Internet culture wars, sexy suitors, and an opportunity (or two, or five) to find messy, real-life love in the midst of a made-for-TV fairy tale. In this joyful, razor-sharp debut, Bea has to decide whether it might just be worth trusting these men–and herself–for a chance to live happily ever after.

 

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Something To Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

My first F/F romance, which I need to read more of. I like the idea of the book and I’m curious to see how to two women’s relationship pans out amid all the Hollywood gossip.

A showrunner and her assistant give the world something to talk about when they accidentally fuel a ridiculous rumor in this debut romance.

Hollywood powerhouse Jo is photographed making her assistant Emma laugh on the red carpet, and just like that, the tabloids declare them a couple. The so-called scandal couldn’t come at a worse time—threatening Emma’s promotion and Jo’s new movie.

As the gossip spreads, it starts to affect all areas of their lives. Paparazzi are following them outside the office, coworkers are treating them differently, and a “source” is feeding information to the media. But their only comment is “no comment”.

With the launch of Jo’s film project fast approaching, the two women begin to spend even more time together, getting along famously. Emma seems to have a sixth sense for knowing what Jo needs. And Jo, known for being aloof and outwardly cold, opens up to Emma in a way neither of them expects. They begin to realize the rumor might not be so off base after all…but is acting on the spark between them worth fanning the gossip flames?

 

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Kingdom of Ashes by Elena May

I’m not the biggest fan of dystopian books but this did sound interesting and there are vampires. Reminds me of Seraph of the End, a manga/anime that I enjoyed watching. So this one’s a maybe read but I’ll keep on my tbr.

Myra never witnessed the Nightfall. She has only heard stories from the eldest among them; tales of the Old World and of the scientists who invented the WeatherWizard – a technological innovation that controls the weather. Unfortunately, the device also gave an ambitious vampire prince the means to cover the world in impenetrable clouds, allowing his armies to crawl out of their caves and conquer all.

Vampires rule over the New World, breeding humans for food. After fifty years of guerrilla warfare, the Resistance is fading, its supplies dwindling. They must rally and succeed—and soon—or all hope of restoring human civilization will be lost.

When Myra goes on a desperate mission to help the Resistance, she ends up a captive in the vampires’ palace. With time running out, she must find a way to stop Prince Vladimir, and every wrong step leads to the death of innocents. Her battle abilities prove useless, but Myra discovers she has another skill that can give her an edge over her captors. Now, Myra must defeat the vampire leader at a power game he has been playing for almost two millennia.

 

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Burn by Patrick Ness

It’s a YA fantasy book with a hint of romance and dragons (which you know I love). I’ve never read a book by Patrick Ness. This book sounds too good to pass up AND it’s a standalone fantasy novel, which I’ve been looking for more of.

On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron gas station for the dragon he’d hired to help on the farm…

Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town of Frome, Washington, are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to.

The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye, though. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul, but who is seemingly intent on keeping her safe.

Because the dragon knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm with a prophecy on his mind. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents in hot pursuit—and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself.

 

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I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee

[June 16, 2020] I don’t know much about K-Pop, but I like that the MC is fighting against fat shaming and discrimination. It’s what drew me to adding this book to my tbr. Self-love and body positivity is still an important, relative issue today. Also, the title makes me think of the Backstreet Boys (lol!).

Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her.

She’ll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she’ll do it better than anyone else.

When Skye nails her audition, she’s immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn’t count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho.

But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition—without losing herself.

 

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The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton

The title caught my attention, specifically the world “medieval.” What’s interesting about this story is that it tackles gender discrimination in the workplace – in this case a medieval-theme restaurant.

Working as a wench ― i.e. waitress ― at a cheesy medieval-themed restaurant in the Chicago suburbs, Kit Sweetly dreams of being a knight like her brother. She has the moves, is capable on a horse, and desperately needs the raise that comes with knighthood, so she can help her mom pay the mortgage and hold a spot at her dream college.

Company policy allows only guys to be knights. So when Kit takes her brother’s place and reveals her identity at the end of the show, she rockets into internet fame and a whole lot of trouble with the management. But the Girl Knight won’t go down without a fight. As other wenches join her quest, a protest forms. In a joust before Castle executives, they’ll prove that gender restrictions should stay medieval―if they don’t get fired first.

 

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10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon

[July 21, 2020] So with this one I actually haven’t read the previous books, but this one sounds interesting. Maybe one day I’ll go back and read the other books.

Pinky Kumar wears the social justice warrior badge with pride. From raccoon hospitals to persecuted rock stars, no cause is too esoteric for her to champion. But a teeny-tiny part of her also really enjoys making her conservative, buttoned-up corporate lawyer parents cringe.

Samir Jha might have a few . . . quirks remaining from the time he had to take care of his sick mother, like the endless lists he makes in his planner and the way he schedules every minute of every day, but those are good things. They make life predictable and steady.

Pinky loves lazy summers at her parents’ Cape Cod lake house, but after listening to them harangue her about the poor decisions (aka boyfriends) she’s made, she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy, Samir—who is a total Harvard-bound Mama’s boy—to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer. As they bicker their way through lighthouses and butterfly habitats, sparks fly, and they both realize this will be a summer they’ll never forget.

 

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Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

[June 23, 2020] I actually saw this one on NetGalley and I loved the premise, so just had to request it (still pending). I didn’t know this was a series until I searched it on Goodreads. I have the first book, The Wedding Date, on my tbr, so I’ll try to read that before this one.

A chance meeting with a handsome stranger turns into a whirlwind affair that gets everyone talking.

Dating is the last thing on Olivia Monroe’s mind when she moves to LA to start her own law firm. But when she meets a gorgeous man at a hotel bar and they spend the entire night flirting, she discovers too late that he is none other than hotshot junior senator Max Powell. Olivia has zero interest in dating a politician, but when a cake arrives at her office with the cutest message, she can’t resist–it is chocolate cake, after all.

Olivia is surprised to find that Max is sweet, funny, and noble–not just some privileged white politician she assumed him to be. Because of Max’s high-profile job, they start seeing each other secretly, which leads to clandestine dates and silly disguises. But when they finally go public, the intense media scrutiny means people are now digging up her rocky past and criticizing her job, even her suitability as a trophy girlfriend. Olivia knows what she has with Max is something special, but is it strong enough to survive the heat of the spotlight?

 

What books have you recently added to your TBR? Do you see any titles above that you’ve read or want to read? Let me know in the comments below!

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Bookstagram Book Finds!

Happy Saturday, Bookworms!

I hope you all have been well and your current reads amazing. It’s Day 25 of Stay Home-Save Lives for me and things are all good here.

Today, I’m listing the most recent books I’ve added to my TBR thanks to Bookstagram. I’ve discovered some really neat goodies and must-reads. All are by authors I’ve never read from except for one, Fangirl. Some are even outside my usual reads. But I’m happy to have all of these new possibilities to explore!

 

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Daughters of Nri by Reni K. Amayo

Defy by Sara B. Larson

Fae Curse by Eve A. Hunt

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Frankly In Love by David Yoon

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

House of Earth And Blood by Sarah J. Maas

My Brother’s Name Is Jessica by Alex Light

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes

Storm And Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning

The Shadow Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance by Madeline J. Reynolds

The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

Throw Like A Girl by Sarah Henning

What Stars Are Made Of by Sarah Allen

 

What do you think of my list? Have you read any of these titles? See a favorite book or one that completely surprised you?


 

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New Book Finds – 2/13/20

Good day, everyone!

I recently found more great-sounding books to add to my tbr – thanks especially to Bookstagram! I love this list because it has such cool titles on it that I think will become my next favorite reads such as, Infinity Son, Damsel, The Queen’s Assassin, Malice, and The Unspoken Name.

If you’ve read any of these books or a looking forward to certain titles, let me know in the comments below.

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

Malice by Pintip Dunn

The Unpsoken Name by A. K. Larkwood (The Serpent Gates #1)

Diamond City by Francesca Flores (Diamond City #1)

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima (Shattered Realms #1)

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera (Infinity Cycle #1)

Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco (A Hundred Names For Magic #1)

A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane (A Gathering of Dragons #1)

Starry Night by Isabel GIllies

Seasons of the Storm by Ellie Cosimano (Seasons of the Storm #1)

The Sunny Adventure by Ira Alice

The Dark Awakening by D. L. Blade (The Chosen Coven #1)

Wardens Eternity by Courtney Allison Moulton

The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz (Queen’s Secret #1)


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New Book Finds – 9/29/19

Hello, everyone!

I found even more books to add to my tbr that sound like really good reads! What books have you recently added to your TBR that you are looking forward to reading?

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death by Caitlin Doughty
Genre: Nonfiction

“Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. What would happen to an astronaut’s body if it were pushed out of a space shuttle? Do people poop when they die? Can Grandma have a Viking funeral?

In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, Doughty blends her mortician’s knowledge of the body and the intriguing history behind common misconceptions about corpses to offer factual, hilarious, and candid answers to thirty-five distinctive questions posed by her youngest fans. In her inimitable voice, Doughty details lore and science of what happens to, and inside, our bodies after we die. Why do corpses groan? What causes bodies to turn colors during decomposition? And why do hair and nails appear longer after death? Readers will learn the best soil for mummifying your body, whether you can preserve your best friend’s skull as a keepsake, and what happens when you die on a plane. Beautifully illustrated by Dianné Ruz, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? shows us that death is science and art, and only by asking questions can we begin to embrace it.”

 

A Ferry of Bones & Gold by Hailey Turner (Soulbound #1)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, MM Romance, Paranormal Romance

“When the gods come calling, you don’t get to say no. 

Patrick Collins is three years into a career as a special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency when the gods come calling to collect a soul debt he owes them. An immortal has gone missing in New York City and bodies are showing up in the wake of demon-led ritual killings that Patrick recognizes all too easily from his nightmares. 

Unable to walk away, Patrick finds himself once again facing off against mercenary magic users belonging to the Dominion Sect. Standing his ground alone has never been a winning option in Patrick’s experience, but it’s been years since he’s had a partner he could trust. 

Looking for allies in all the wrong places, Patrick discovers the Dominion Sect’s next target is the same werewolf the Fates themselves have thrown into his path. Patrick has been inexplicably attracted to the man from their first meeting, but desire has no place in war. That doesn’t stop Patrick from wanting what he shouldn’t have. Jonothon de Vere is gorgeous, dangerous, and nothing but trouble—to the case, to the fight against every hell, and ultimately, to Patrick’s heart and soul. 

In the end, all debts must be paid, and Patrick can only do what he does best—cheat death.”

 

Their Ranch Reunion by Mindy Obenhaus (Rocky Mountain Heroes #1)
Genre: Romance

“The Rancher Next Door

Single mom Carly Wagner is surprised to learn she’ll have to share ownership of the home she’s inherited with her first love–and first heartbreak–Andrew Stephens. The man who fled their tiny Western town is back and standing in the way of her dreams to expand her B and B. Now a successful businessman, Andrew has eight weeks to buy Carly out. But Carly’s too stubborn to persuade–and too beautiful to ignore. When fire ravages her inn and she and her daughter move in to their shared property, Andrew’s in over his head. Time is running out and Andrew must decide: leave and chase another deal…or stay and chase Carly’s heart.”

 

The Doctor’s Family Reunion by Mindy Obenhaus
Genre: Romance

“His Instant Family  

Family means everything to Dr. Trent Lockridge. Growing up without a father, he always yearned for a family of his own. One long-ago  summer in Ouray, Colorado, he thought  he might build a future with beautiful  Blakely Daniels. But when he abruptly fled town, he broke her heart and left behind more than memories. Years later, Trent is shocked—and overjoyed—to learn he’s a father. He’d like to earn back Blakely’s love and trust— but it won’t be easy. And the clock is ticking. He’s got only a few weeks to prove that, this time, he’s here to stay…forever.”

 

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (The Kiss Quotient#1)
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…”


Goodreads Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43785830-will-my-cat-eat-my-eyeballs

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41793518-a-ferry-of-bones-gold

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34128193-their-ranch-reunion

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17570310-the-doctor-s-family-reunion

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36199084-the-kiss-quotient


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New Book Finds – 9/15/19

I’ve found a lot of really interesting books over the past couple of weeks that make me excited to pick up more books and read! Today I thought I’d share that list and my thoughts on each book. If you’ve read any of these books or plan to read any of them, I’d love to hear your thoughts about them.

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Bonded To The Bear by Fay Walsh

We fear the unknown, but what if the unknown is where we were meant to be?

Roan, the Bear Alpha of the Fairview clan, doesn’t need a woman. He has just put himself together, after the death of his mate and he is focused on his clan’s needs. With the help of his beta he is taking care of the younglings, while with the help of his brother, he is keeping a good relationship with the neighboring clans. That is, until this curvy woman arrives to town. A strange feeling, an electricity surges through him every time he is around her. This can only mean one thing…

Harmony is hoping that a fresh start in Fairview will do them good, both to her and her sister. At least, for the few months she intends them to stay. A promise to her mother binds her to always run, in order to stay safe. However, when this sexy stranger comes to aid them when her car is broken, she can’t control herself. Maybe it’s time for her to settle down…

Soon the two of them will find out that they have more reasons to be apart than they thought. There will be nothing left but their love to prove that they are mates. Forever and Always…

I’m always on the hunt for a good paranormal shifter romance. Wolf-shifters are my favorite but you can’t discount bear shifters. One of the MC’s name is Roan which is an amazing name, so bonus points there. Although I’ve read books before with the same kind of premise, this one feels to be going in a different direction that just sounds very appealing.

 

Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin (Nov 19, 2019)

Winnie Friedman has been waiting for the world to catch on to what she already knows: she’s hilarious.

It might be a long wait, though. After bombing a stand-up set at her own bat mitzvah, Winnie has kept her jokes to herself. Well, to herself and her dad, a former comedian and her inspiration.

Then, on the second day of tenth grade, the funniest guy in school actually laughs at a comment she makes in the lunch line and asks her to join the improv troupe. Maybe he’s even . . . flirting?

Just when Winnie’s ready to say yes to comedy again, her father reveals that he’s been diagnosed with ALS. That is . . . not funny. Her dad’s still making jokes, though, which feels like a good thing. And Winnie’s prepared to be his straight man if that’s what he wants. But is it what he needs?

Caught up in a spiral of epically bad dates, bad news, and bad performances, Winnie’s struggling to see the humor in it all. But finding a way to laugh is exactly what will see her through.

This book I’m really hoping I get approved on NetGalley for. The premise and the fact that this will have to do with comedy made me instantly want to read this book. I’m always up for a good laugh.

 

Puppy Love by Lucy Gilmore (Forever Home, book 1)

Sophie Vasquez runs Puppy Promise, a service puppy training organization. Sophie’s always been treated as the frail baby of the family—a thing she hates but doesn’t know how to change. Until, that is, she meets her newest client.

Harrison Parks is a wildfire firefighter who isn’t allowed back in the field unless he finds a service dog. Reluctantly, he agrees, never expecting to be assigned a skittish Pomeranian and the equally skittish woman who’s supposed to wrangle them both into order. As it turns out, they all have something to prove…and more than enough room in their hearts for a little puppy love.

Puppies, service dogs, and romance…enough said.

 

Relic by Bronwyn Eley

In the city of Edriast, there is no deadlier duty than to serve as the Shadow.

As the personal servant of the powerful Lord Rennard, the Shadow’s life is all but forfeit. Rennard possesses one of five rare and dangerous Relics – a jewel that protects his bloodline, but slowly poisons everyone else in its proximity. When the current Shadow succumbs to its magic, nineteen-year-old blacksmith Kaylan is summoned to take his place.

It’s an appointment that will kill her.

As the time Kaylan has left ebbs away, hope begins to fade… That is, until she discovers a plot to destroy all five bloodlines in possession of the Relics.

A rebel force plans to put an end to Rennard’s rule and Kaylan suddenly finds herself embroiled in a cause that might just be worth fighting for. But no cause is without its costs…

As her life hangs in the balance and rebellion bears down on Edriast, Kaylan must decide where her loyalties lie – and how she’ll leave her mark on the world.

A female blacksmith defying fate and uncovering heinous plots along with rebel groups. You know it’ll be an action-packed series and I am so down for that.

 

Stormrise by Jillian Boehme (Sept 24, 2019)

If Rain weren’t a girl, she would be respected as a Neshu combat master. Instead, her gender dooms her to a colorless future. When an army of nomads invades her kingdom, and a draft forces every household to send one man to fight, Rain takes her chance to seize the life she wants.

Knowing she’ll be killed if she’s discovered, Rain purchases powder made from dragon magic that enables her to disguise herself as a boy. Then she hurries to the war camps, where she excels in her training—and wrestles with the voice that has taken shape inside her head. The voice of a dragon she never truly believed existed.

As war looms and Rain is enlisted into an elite, secret unit tasked with rescuing the High King, she begins to realize this dragon tincture may hold the key to her kingdom’s victory. For the dragons that once guarded her land have slumbered for centuries . . . and someone must awaken them to fight once more.

This is my kind of book. The MC is rebelling against gender norms/roles and is taking her future into her own hands. Also, this has to do with one of my favorite magical creatures, dragons. The story reminds me a lot of one of Tamora Pierce’s strong female MCs but placed in a Mulan-esque story. That definitely generated a lot f appeal for me.

 

Strands of Truth by Colleen Coble

Harper Taylor is used to being alone. Her mother passed away in a car accident when she was an infant, she never knew who her father was, and now even the widowed grandmother who raised her is gone. She’s done just fine investing her marine biology degree and her energy into her pen shell business.

The last thing she expects is for the DNA test she took to reveal a likely half-sister. And when she and Annabelle meet, there are striking similarities in their stories. Is it just coincidence that both their mothers died tragically without revealing Harper and Annabelle’s father’s name?

When Harper’s business partner has a stroke, his son Ridge steps in to help. Before long, he’s spending more time with her than the business would dictate . . . and Harper finds she doesn’t mind in the least.

When yet another tragedy strikes close to home, though, Harper and Ridge realize that the secrets of the past can’t stay there. They’ll have to unravel Harper’s past before they can secure their future.

This book is far outside my usual genre reads. I don’t normally read mysteries or thriller but the plot sounded too good to pass up. And who doesn’t love a story about sisters?

 

The Deep by Rivers Solomon, with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes (Nov 5, 2019)

Yetu holds the memories for her people—water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners—who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one—the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.

Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities—and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.

Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past—and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they’ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity—and own who they really are.

This sounded like a new, powerful take on one of the darkest moments in history. On slaves ships, sometimes jumped ship to their deaths rather than become slaves. When I learned about that in school I always found it so brave but sad. The way the authors re-imagine this aspect of slavery moved me. I really want to read it. Also, Daveed Diggs/Thomas Jefferson co-wrote it and, as a Hamilton fan, I am so down with that.

 

The House In The Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (March 17, 2020)

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.

An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.

I’m a huge TJ Klune fan and have been loving and reading his books all year. The premise sounds so so good. I have high hopes for this book.

 

The Never Titling World by Rin Chupeco (Oct 15, 2019)

Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun.

While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal.

But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.

First, the cover is absolutely gorgeous. It gives me so many feels and life! I would definitely consider this book a cover buy. Another story of sisters – this time twin goddesses – that I’m eager to read.


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New Book Finds via Bookstagram

I’ve been discovering many cool new books to read lately and I love it! This list has books that sounded interesting that I found specially on Bookstagram. Thank you, again, book community!

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Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

ABOUT: This is the story of two sisters, who happen to be princesses. Theirs is a world in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren’s capital city. A world transformed by a power based on an essence known as breath. Using magic is arduous as breath can only be collected one unit at a time.

 

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The Sword and the Dagger
by Robert Cochran

ABOUT: When empires clash,
a Princess, a Knight, and an Assassin
embark on the quest of a lifetime

During the time of the Crusades, an unlikely trio—a Christian princess, her affianced prince, and a Muslim assassin—embarks on a quest to the court of the most fearsome warrior the world has ever known, Genghis Khan.

A rousing tale of adventure and romance about three young people who must grapple with fundamental issues of loyalty, friendship, faith, honor, and courage against the backdrop of conflicts that still resonate today.

 

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Tiger Queen by Ann Sullivan

ABOUT: In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an ancient law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, winning also means fulfilling a promise to her late mother that she would protect her people, who are struggling through windstorms and drought. The situation is worsened by the gang of Desert Boys that frequently raids the city wells, forcing the king to ration what little water is left. The punishment for stealing water is a choice between two doors: behind one lies freedom, and behind the other is a tiger.

But when Kateri’s final opponent is announced, she knows she cannot win. In desperation, she turns to the desert and the one person she never thought she’d side with. What Kateri discovers twists her world—and her heart—upside down. Her future is now behind two doors—only she’s not sure which holds the key to keeping her kingdom and which releases the tiger.

 

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Salt For Air by M.C. Frank

ABOUT: Seventeen-year-old Ellie dreams of mermen. She writes fanfiction about them and spends time in underwater kingdoms in her imagination, trying to escape the sad reality: she is an orphan. And not only that, but she’s bullied every day at school -she’s a nerd, she hates sports, she loves books and she used to be overweight. What’s not to bully?

One day, the bullies go too far. They try to drown her, but at the last minute an otherworldly creature shows up in the water. He keeps her breathing and tells her to live: “How will you be able to save anyone if you can’t even save yourself?”

She thinks it was a dream, but the emerald-eyed merman boy who rescued her appears in her school the next day. Is he really the exiled prince of an ancient kingdom that’s on the brink of utter destruction? And is he asking her to save him? Or is something far more sinister and deadly lurking in the water that surrounds her little Greek town?

When myth and reality collide, can love save their lives?


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You never know what you’ll discover reading others’ blog post. There’s a lot of wonderful content shared within the book blogging community and on bookstagram. For me, one such perk is finding new books to read that you may not have discovered on your own (or were on the fence about).

Here are 11 new books I’ve added to my TBR thanks to the wonderful people of the book blogging community and bookstigram:

 

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
(The Shadow Game, book 1)

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Aurora Rising by Annie Kaufman
(The Aurora Cycle, book 1)

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Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau-Preto
(Crown of Feathers, book 1)

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Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

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Everless by Sara Holland
(Everless, book 1)

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Furyborn by Claire Legrand
(Empirium, book 1)

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Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
(The Band, book 1)

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
(Seafire, book 1)

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Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

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Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
(Something Dark and Holy, book 1)

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The Unteachables by Gordon Korman

Pub Date: January 8, 2019

Initial Interest: I first saw this book in a catalog for a Scholastic book fair. I recognized the author as I have one of his books on my TBR list. This book sounded really interesting with a The Breakfast Club vibe to it. I’m very curious about what will happen.

ADD to TBR?: Yes, definitely.

 

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Catwad by Jim Benton

Pub Date: March 26, 2019

Initial Interest: Saw it in a Scholastic book fair catalog and watched a trailer video for it. It sounded really funny and the art looked cool. I love the title and cover art. I’ve been really into graphic novels lately so this fits the kind of book I’m looking for. Plus, it’s about best friend cats.

ADD to TBR?: Yes

 

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Guardians of the Taiga by StacyPlays (Wild Rescuers, book 1)

Pub Date: June 5. 2018

Initial Interest: Read about this book in a Scholastic book fair catalog. I saw wolves on the cover so of course I had to read the description. The MC is raised by wolves and they all act to save the lives of all animals. It seems to have a lot of promise to being a good story.

ADD to TBR?: Yes, yes

 

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Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

Pub Date: February 26, 2019

Initial Interest: The cover attracted me first: blues, browns and greens abound with a sharp battleaxe wedges into what looks like a rocky hill. I’m also interested in reading this coming-of-age warrior woman story.

ADD to TBR?: Yes

 

 

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Forever Wolf by Maria Vale (The Legend of All Wolves, book 3)

Pub Date: March 26, 2019

Initial Interest: I have a peculiar interest with this book. I love when characters/animals have two different colored eyes. I’m not sure if I’ll end up liking it but may want to try it. It seems like there will be much tension and action and romance.

ADD to TBR?: Yes, for now

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New Book Finds For 2019 (PREVIEW)

I did a bit of book hunting recently to prepare for the 2019 reading season and I found four that I really liked. I’ll probably post a full 2019 TBR list in sometime in December. For now, here’s a preview of what I’ll be reading next year:

 

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Squint by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown
Published: October 2, 2018 by Shadow Mountain

Summary (via Goodreads): My name is Flint, but everyone in middle school calls me Squint because I’m losing my vision. I used to play football, but not anymore. I haven’t had a friend in a long time. Thankfully, real friends can see the real you, even when you can’t clearly see.

Flint loves to draw. In fact, he’s furiously trying to finish his comic book so he can be the youngest winner of the “Find a Comic Star” contest. He’s also rushing to finish because he has keratoconus—an eye disease that could eventually make him blind.

McKell is the new girl at school and immediately hangs with the popular kids. Except McKell’s not a fan of the way her friends treat this boy named Squint. He seems nice and really talented. He draws awesome pictures of superheroes. McKell wants to get to know him, but is it worth the risk? What if her friends catch her hanging with the kid who squints all the time?

McKell has a hidden talent of her own but doesn’t share it for fear of being judged. Her terminally ill brother, Danny, challenges McKell to share her love of poetry and songwriting. Flint seems like someone she could trust. Someone who would never laugh at her. Someone who is as good and brave as the superhero in Flint’s comic book named Squint.

Squint is the inspiring story of two new friends dealing with their own challenges, who learn to trust each other, believe in themselves, and begin to truly see what matters most.

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Have Sword, Will Travel by Garth Nix and Sean Williams
Published: October 31, 2017 by Scholastic Press

Summary (via Goodreads): It is strange enough that Odo and Eleanor have stumbled upon a sword in a dried-up river outside their village. It is even stranger that Odo is able to remove it from where it’s buried. And it’s REMARKABLY strange when the sword starts to talk.

Odo and Eleanor have unearthed Biter, a famous fighter from earlier times. By finding Biter, Odo instantly becomes a knight – a role he is exquisitely unsuited for. Eleanor, however, would make a PERFECT knight – but she’s not the one with the sword.

Finding Biter is only the start – boy, girl, and sword must soon go on a quest to save their kingdom from threats in both human and dragon form, in this new fantasy triumph from Garth Nix and Sean Williams.

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Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Published: September 11, 2018 by Simon Pulse

Summary (via Goodreads): Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn’t have the answers to everything. What to eat, where to go, whom to love. But there is one thing she is absolutely sure of—she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.

Then Lea dies in a car accident, and her mother sends her away to live with her aunt in Hawaii while she deals with her own grief. Now thousands of miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, being abandoned by her mother, and the absence of music in her life. With the help of the “boys next door”—a teenage surfer named Kai, who smiles too much and doesn’t take anything seriously, and an eighty-year-old named George Watanabe, who succumbed to his own grief years ago—Rumi attempts to find her way back to her music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish.

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A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
Published: October 2, 2018 by Ballantine Books

Summary (via Goodreads): The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

Jodi Picoult—one of the most fearless writers of our time—tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.


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