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Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine. WoW is a place to share an upcoming release you’re highly anticipating. To join in, link up and view others’ picks, you can go here. 🙂
My Selection:
Vicious (Pretty Little Liars #16) by Sara ShepardVicious_Cover
Release Date: December 2nd, 2014
Published By: Harper Teen
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Romance, Contemporary
PurchaseAmazon / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository
For the sake of myself and any others that haven’t read this series but may want to, I’m omitting the usual summary I would put here. I decided to first skim it and yeah…I should have known better. I’m so spoiler prone and I’m just smacking myself right now. 😦 I can’t believe I actually looked at the summary, gah. Anyway! 🙂 How gorgeous is that cover? It’s so pretty! I really love it.
~Why I’m Excited~
I was first hooked on the show Pretty Little Liars just a few summers ago when it was on Netflix and about to start it’s fourth season. I quickly caught up in two or three weeks of binge watching. I was addicted.
I only began reading the books a year ago and I’ve still only finished Flawless (the second book). The last book, Vicious, is the sixteenth book in the series and also the final book. I feel some series finale regret.
Unlike others, I never read the books when they first came out, I didn’t even watch the show when it first came out. I sort of feel like I missed out on the experience of it all. With that said, Vicious is my Waiting on Wednesday post this week. I hope to finish the entire series this next year.
If you’ve read this series, let me know what you think and what your pick is this week. 🙂

Waiting on Wednesday (#11)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. WoW is a post to share the books you’re anxiously anticipating on. I have two selections this week. It’s a Kasie West longing week apparently. 🙂

My first selection:

The_Fill_In_Boyfriend_CoverThe Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Release Date: May 5th, 2015

Published By: HarperTeen

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Purchase: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository

Goodreads Summary:

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

~Why I Can’t Wait~

I. Love. That. Cover. It’s just about perfect!

I’ve never read a Kasie West book, but I’ve heard both of her Young Adult Contemporary Romances (The Distance Between Us and On The Fence) are really good. She’s somewhat of a queen at writing YA Romance. The Fill-In Boyfriend reminds me a bit of To All The Boys I Loved Before (#1) by Jenny Han, another YA Contemporary romance in which the main character, Lara ends up in a fake relationship only to end up confused about where she stands.

Normally, I’m not into love triangles or fake relationships, but seeing as this is Kasie West, I’m so excited.


~My Second Selection~

The Sun, The Moon, and the Truth by Kasie West

Release Date: Spring 2016

Published By: Egmont

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Purchase: N/A

Goodreads Summary:

In The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth, a post from a fake celebrity social media account sets a single-minded swimmer on a hunt to find out the person’s true identity.

 ~Why I Can’t Wait~

There isn’t a whole lot known about this novel aside from the summary, release year and the title.

I think I might love the summary of this a bit. It involves social mystery, a swimmer and a sort of mystery. I like seeing social media take more of a focus in Young Adult novels since so many people use and rely on social media. I hope there will be a small focus on the swimming aspect of the main character too.

Let me just say, I adore the title. It just sounds really pretty. I’m interested in knowing what the cover will look like. I read on Publisher’s Weekly that there will be a sequel to this book which means…three Kasie West books in the next couple of years!


Waiting on Wednesday (#10)

Waiting On WednesdayHey guys. It’s Waiting on Wednesday, a meme created and hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. Every Wednesday, you can share that one special book yet to be released that you’re waiting to have. If you would like to join in and link up, you can go here.
I didn’t think I would actually be posting WoW this week, as I hadn’t heard of anything I was interested in being released this week. I discovered my pick earlier this week though, on Monday. Although it doesn’t come out until next year, I couldn’t resist posting it.  I’ve been anxiously awaiting until today to share it with you all! Here it is!
A Court of Thorn and RosesA Court of Thorn and Roses (#1) by Sarah J. Mass
Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Published By: Bloomsbury Children’s
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytale, Romance
Pre-Order/Purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book Deposiory
Goodreads Summary:
When 19-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it … or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever
Why I Can’t Wait:
Isn’t it the most amazing cover you’ve ever seen? It’s so gorgeous. I don’t know what I love more, the title, the cover, or this beautiful, dangerous world of Fae with an ancient, wicked shadow idea. It just sounds so freaking amazing! Doesn’t it? It DOES.
I believe it’s a sort of Beauty and The Beast retelling. If you don’t know, Beauty and The Beast is my favorite Disney movie, I just love it so much. The only hint of that I see of the actual fairytale though is the beast like creature which is actually a faerie. There’s also Fevre who has to stop the shadow though or “doom Tamlin–and his world–forever”. It sounds so dramatic! Nevermind, on second thought, this totally sounds like a Beauty and The Beast high fantasy, super dramatic, awesome retelling. I can’t wait.
It’s by Sarah J. Mass who I’ve heard amazing things about. I just love this premise. I’ve never read a story involving faeries, unless you count Thumbelina and one or two others. 🙂 But this is a full length book! This book sounds so awesome, I’m going to have to pre-order it. If YOU want to pre-order it, there are three links above where you can do so.
That’s it for this week. What are you anxiously waiting on this Wednesday? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

Waiting On Wednesday (#8) (9/17/14)

Waiting On WednesdayWaiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. where on Wednesdays, book blogger share what book they’re eagerly waiting on. To say I’m eagerly waiting on this book is a complete understatement.
However, this week I am waiting on the Young Adult novel Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke. I had heard of this book before but only rediscovered this book again on Erin’s (The Hardcover Lover) blog where she reviewed it. Then I fell in love. Again.
Damsel_DistressedDamsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke
Release Date: October 14th 2014
Published BySpencer Hill Contemporary
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pre-Order: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository
Goodreads Summary:
Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters’ story. Those girls don’t get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longing

Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.

When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.

While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.

And maybe even find herself a happily ever after.

Enhance the experience with the companion soundtrack, Imogen Unlocked, by the author’s band, Wedding Day Rain.

Why I Can’t Wait
I’m excited for this book and can’t wait for a variety of reasons. One, the girl is a size other than thin so it’s like, yes please because that’s not seen too much in YA fiction. Though it’s becoming a little more common with Eleanor & Park and The Duff: The Designated Ugly Fat Friend being out.
The second reason I’m so excited for this book is because it’s a Cinderella reverse telling. Rather than the main character, Imogen be the pretty one, she is not. Necessarily, anyway. That role belongs to her stepsister, Ella Cinder.
Let’s just take a minute to let that name sink in.
Ella. Cinder.
I know it’s not a big deal, but that just seems so clever to me, even though it’s not really. I don’t know, maybe I’m just enthused easily. Who knows?
The third reason I’m ecstatic is because Imogen has been in therapy, which I know, “that’s not exactly a great thing Amber”. I just like that she has issues. Of course one could argue that a lot of the “issues” in Young Adult novels are dealing with mental illnesses and therapy and the like, we’re not going to right now.
Okay, my final reason (sort 0f) that I am completely over the moon in love with this book is the fact that Imogen likes musicals. By like, I mean she actually performs in them. She sings and she does great according to the summery. I love that. There needs to be more Young Adult novels where the main characters go around singing show tunes. Okay, that’s probably not what Imogen does, but you catch my drift. Yes?
Great.
I’m also in love with the fact that she journals which is going to definitely cause some problems. Now this sounds a little cliche, which I don’t tend to like, but my enthuasim is too great at this point to really care.
Also, if I needed more of a reason to be excited for this book, it’s because of the cover. Look at it!
JUST LOOK.
Okay, sorry, I’m a bit too far gone at this point. Anything I say or do cannot be held against me, included but not limited to pre-ordering this book.
This cover would have been perfect for last week’s “Wondrous Covers Wednesday” on my blog. Oh well. I just love the cover so much.
So. Much.
I just want to encourage everyone to check this book out when it comes out next month.
I remembered one more thing. Oh my gosh, there is this quote that is in the book which is

“When are we gonna get a fat princess? How about a princess with bad acne and crappy posture and the mouth of a sailor? Probably never. Every. Single. One. Is the same. Totally hot. Totally predicable.”

Oh my gosh guys. This quote reminds me of this other quote/lyric in this amazing musical called Bare: A Pop Opera, the original, not the remake, which I will be speaking of for this week’s “Musical Monday”. Yes, that was a plug on my own blog. Back to my point. The song is called Plain Jane Fatass, yes, I know, what a title. It’s a good song. It’s an amazing musical. It’s sung by a girl named Nadia who suffers from low self esteem issues. Anyway, the quote is

“But why can’t the fat girl play Juliet? It’s the plumpest of roles so then why not pick me?”

Yes, you see the amazing connection between Damsel, Distressed and Bare? Musical, musical, heavyset, heavyset, yes.
Now, the character that sings the song above isn’t a super main character, but she is one.
If that isn’t enough of a connection between the characters, I’ll have you know that Damsel Distressed is a Cinderella re-telling and Bare is basically a musical version of Romeo and Juliet, which the characters are doing a musical for. So we have play+musical in both, Damsel Distressed and Bare. Basically. 🙂 That’s the most amazing thing. The Bare characters do a musical version of Romeo and Juliet inside of the musical That makes sense? Right? Anyway, specifically this quote reminds me of Damsel Distressed, which is sung in “A Quiet Night At Home“.

“What a tale of star cross lovers, life is lived on other stages…”

I am just so excited for this book. Beyond excited. I’m going to countdown the days until it comes out. Okay, enough fangirling over this unreleased book. 🙂
Edit: No, I’m not. I just discovered there is a SOUNDTRACK to the book! Oh my goodness. You can listen to samples here on Itunes. I’m beyond excited now. I am just…oh my…I can’t wait.

Waiting On Wednesday #7 (9/10/14)

Waiting On WednesdayHey everyone. It’s another Waiting On Wednesday post. Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. where on Wednesdays, book blogger share what book they’re eagerly waiting on. I have two books I can’t wait to read.

EvidenceMy first selection: 
Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
Published By: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Paranormal, Science Fiction
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository
 
Goodreads Summary:
When high school junior Tommy Smythe goes missing, everyone has a theory about what happened to him. Tommy was adopted, so maybe he ran away to find his birth parents. He was an odd kid, often deeply involved in his own thoughts about particle physics, so maybe he just got distracted and wandered off. He was last seen at a pull-out off the highway, so maybe someone drove up and snatched him. Or maybe he slipped into a parallel universe. Tommy believes that everything is possible, and that until something can be proven false, it is possibly true. So as long as Tommy’s whereabouts are undetermined, he could literally be anywhere.

Told in a series of first-person narratives from people who knew Tommy and third-person chapters about people who find the things Tommy left behind—his red motorbike, his driving goggles, pages from his notebook—Particles explores themes of loneliness, connectedness, and the role we play in creating our own realities.

 
Why I Can’t Wait:
I’m excited for Evidence of Things Not Seen for a variety of reasons. I’m interested in the mystery of Tommy, where exactly he is and how he got there. I think it’s interesting that Tommy believes that without proof, anything is possible, including his being in a parallel universe. 
 
I love first person narratives and third person chapters. The intertwining sounds like it could really impact the story. I love stories with a variety of point of views because it seems wide spread. The themes of loneliness, connectedness and our own realities are all something that I can relate to and find fascinating.
 

perfectionistsMy second choice is:
The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Published By: HarperCollins
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository
 
Goodreads Summary:
From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Pretty Little Liars comes a thrilling new novel about five perfect girls who are framed for a murder they didn’t commit. 

In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke…until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them. 

From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

 
Why I Can’t Wait:
I’ve read exactly one book by Sara Shepard, the first Pretty Little Liars book. It’s not hard or complicated reading, it’s easy to breeze through and it’s not very challenging. With that said, so far I really enjoy Sara Shepard’s books and this series sounders like it would be great for me to read.
 
It’s similar to Pretty Little Liars in that it involves five girls who are brought together by one thing, in this case, someone they all hate. I think it’s interesting how they plan a hypothetical murder because although people may not like someone, they generally don’t go and plan to hypothetically kill them because of it. This books makes me curious about who actually killed Nolan.

Those are my picks, what are yours? 🙂

Waiting On Wednesday (#6) (9/3/14)

Waiting On WednesdayHey guys. It’s Wednesday so it’s time for Waiting On Wednesday. This meme is brought to you by Jill at Breaking The Spine. WoW is for sharing books you’re heavily anticipating on reading.
I have two selections this week. 🙂

All those broken angelsAll Those Broken Bones by Peter Adam Salomon
Release Date: September 8th, 2014
Published: Flux
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Paranormal 
Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository
Goodreads Summary:
Comforted by a shadow. Haunted by the truth.

Richard Anderson was the last person to see his friend Melanie alive. She vanished when they were six and while the police never found Melanie, a part of her remained—a living shadow that is now Richard’s closest friend.

For ten years, Richard has never questioned the shadow that keeps him company . . . until a new girl moves to town, claiming to be Melanie. Desperate to prove the girl is a fake, the shadow leads Richard to the place where her killer buried her bones. But Richard finds skeletons from several different children . . . and evidence suggesting that perhaps the shadow isn’t who she says she is.

Why I Can’t Wait:
This book sounds creepy! I’ll have to be sure to read it with the lights on, during the day, with a house full of people. Haha. It reminds me of a Fear Street book by R.L. Stine. The one with the guy whose girlfriend gets killed when they’re sledding or something? Then a year later he meets a girl and, yeah, that’s all I’m saying about that.

Get even
Get Even (Don’t Get Mad #1) by Gretchen McNeil
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
Published by Balzar & Bray
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Book Depository
Goodreads Summary:
The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process. 

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.

Why I Can’t Wait:
The Breakfast Club + Pretty Little Liars? Why that’s all I needed to hear. 
This sounds fascinating. I’m intruiged with this “club” “Don’t Get Mad”. I wonder what kind of revenge they do exactly. Okay, someone ends up dead, I can only wonder who and how and why. And what person is behind this exactly? I hope this book is well done otherwise…there’s a chance I could be disappointed. 

Those are my choices, what are yours? Let me know. 🙂
 

Waiting On Wednesday (#4)

Hey guys! It’s Waiting On Wednesday…being posted a little after Wednesday. 🙂 This meme is created and hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. Waiting on Wednesday is a me to showcase a book (or books) that you can’t wait to (but are) read.

Waiting On Wednesday

I have two selections this week as usual. Both of them are just books I’ve recently discovered will be coming out. 

 

RumbleRumble by Ellen Hopkins
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Published by Simon & Schuster
Genres: Young Adult
Amazon / Barnes and Noble / The Book Depository
Goodreads Summary:
Eighteen-year-old Matthew Turner doesn’t believe in much. Not in family—his is a shambles, after his brother’s suicide. Not in so-called friends who turn their backs when the going gets rough. Certainly not in some omnipotent master of heaven and earth, no matter what his girlfriend, Hayden, thinks. In fact, he’s sick of arguing with her about faith. Matt is a devout atheist, unafraid of some Judgment Day designed by decidedly human power brokers to keep the masses in check. He works hard, plays hard, and plans on checking out the same way. But a horrific accident—one of his own making—plunges Matt into a dark, silent place where the only thing he can hear is a rumble, and eventually, a voice. And what it says will call everything Matt has ever disbelieved into question.

 

Why I Can’t Wait:
I’ve never completed a whole Ellen Hopkins book, though I’ve wanted to, so this could be a first. I love how Ellen Hopkins writes about real teen issues in a way that doesn’t look down on their problems. I like the poetry free verse style that she uses a lot. I’m interested in seeing how Hopkins writes Matthew’s character and if there will be a positive or negative view of Christianity since I am a Christian. I’m also excited to read this because it sounds like Matthew will be going through a journey due to the accident. 

 

Style: "Porcelain vivid"Damaged by Amy Reed
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Published by: Simon Pulse
Genres: Young Adult
Amazon / Barnes and Noble / The Book Depository
Goodreads Summary:
Part ghost story, part epic roadtrip, and part reluctant love story, DAMAGED offers readers another piercing, poignant story full of emotional truth from author Amy Reed.
After Kinsey’s best friend Camille dies in a car accident during which Kinsey was driving, Kinsey shuts down, deciding that numbness is far better than mourning. All she wants during the last few weeks of high school is to be left alone, but Camille’s mysterious boyfriend, Hunter–who was also in the car that night–has different ideas.

 

Despite all of Kinsey’s efforts, she can’t outrun Camille, who begins haunting her dreams. Sleep deprived and on the verge of losing it, Kinsey runs away with Hunter to San Francisco. As they drive across the country, trying to escape both the ghost of Camille and their own deep fears, Kinsey questions all she once believed about her friendship with Camille. Hunter, meanwhile, falls into a spiral of alcoholism, anger, and self-loathing. Ultimately, Kinsey and Hunter must come to terms with what they’ve lost and accept that they can’t outrun pain

 

Why I Can’t Wait:
As with Ellen Hopkins, I’ve never read a book by Amy Reed, although I’ve read parts of Crazy. She’s been on my TBR list of authors I need to read books by. when I heard about Damaged coming out I was so excited. I’m in a roadtrip kind of mood, so Damaged sounds fantastic to me. I like that it’s also part ghost story along with what seems to be some eventual romance. I’m excited to see Hunter’s journey through alcoholism as well as Kinsey dealing with Camille’s death. 

 

If you can’t tell by now, I really like Young Adult novels where the characters end up going through hard times, how it affects them and whether or not things get better for them. I have a little while to go before Hopkins release though, unfortunately. I am really really excited to read these two books as soon as possible.

 

Those are my selections, what are yours? 🙂

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