Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Even When You Lie to Me

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, where we get to showcase upcoming book releases we are eagerly anticipating.
This week I am waiting on...
Even When You Lie to Me
Author: Jessica Alcott
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Fans of John Green's Looking for Alaska as well as Lauren Oliver and Sarah Dessen will embrace this provocative debut novel, an exploration of taboo love set against the backdrop of a suburban high school.

Charlie, a senior, isn't looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom.

But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he's the only one who gets her.

She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush.

In this stunning debut, Jessica Alcott explores relationships-and their boundaries-in a way that is both searingly honest and sympathetic.
COMING JUNE 9th 2015
The first thing that caught my eye about this book is the cover. I love the chalkboard! Then I read the synopsis and it sounded like it could be a really emotional read. I have never actually read a book about a teacher and student romance and I thought I would give it a try. In the blurb they also say it is for fans of Sarah Dessen and well you all know, I love everything Sarah Dessen.
What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Review: A Wicked Thing

A Wicked Thing (A Wicked Thing, #1)
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Pages: 337
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Retelling
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: February 24th 2015
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.
My favorite fairy tale retellings are the ones that put a different spin on the original tale. When I saw that this Sleeping Beauty was going to be taking place after the kiss and Aurora wakes up 100 years later in a world she no longer knows I immediately added this book to my to be read pile. Thankfully, my expectations were met.
The book literally starts right at the kiss, kicking the book off with a bang and throwing you right into the story. I found the whole book thoroughly enjoyable. Sleeping Beauty is actually a fairy tale that I do not know as well and Thomas did a great job reintroducing people like me to the world and the story. Not a lot actually happens plot wise but that does not mean it was boring. You can tell that Thomas is laying the ground work for the rest of the fantasy series, which I bet will pick up in suspense and action in the following books. The story was easy to follow and had great pacing. I flew right through this book in 24 hours.
I was very happy to see that this was a rare fairytale that did not evolve around a romance. There are three boys introduced, the prince she is supposed to marry, a rebel she meets outside of the castle, and a prince from another kingdom who tries to convince her to leave with him. These three boys give you enough to swoon over if you are looking for that but there is only a hint of romance introduced in the beginning of the book. And do not fear, there is no love triangle!
In the authors biography in the back flap it mentions that she blogs about feminism. I found that evident in the book which I really liked and I thought it added something special to the story. Aurora may start off in a world she doesn't know and does not know what to do but she is not a damsel in distress. She makes it very clear that she is her own person and I really enjoyed seeing a princess with a strong personality. This is not a love story or a book about a girl who needs saving, it is a story about a princess standing up and fighting for herself and her kingdom.

A Wicked Thing is a unique and interesting take on Sleeping Beauty with a strong female lead that you can read very fast.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Pages: 320
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 7th 2015
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
I have been trying to write this review for a while because it is so hard to put this book and how I feel about it into words. I've spent a lot of time thinking about what to write in this review because honestly my review will never be able to do this book justice. It is that good. This is a very needed addition to young adult literature.
This book is real. There are not enough books out there in young adult today that are very real. A lot of books about teens are over dramatic, glamorized, and don't honestly document the teen experience. Albertalli is able to document the teen experience perfectly with the topics she writes about and how the story is written. The events happening, the emotions, the dialogue, and the interactions were 100% teen authentic. This led me to feel more of a connection with the book because I could see these characters and these events in the hallways at my own school.
Simon and Blue are one of the most adorable couples I have read about in a while. Even though you don't get to see them together in person till the end of the book you are able to see their relationship through their emails that appear about every other chapter. You were able to read their conversations and see their chemistry build. This is couple you will definitely be rooting for!
The characters were excellent. Albertalli created characters that had all different types of personalities making it more relatable. You also get to see a sub plot of friendship dynamics which I enjoyed. The absolute stand out for this book though was Simon. Simon is probably one of my all time favorite characters. He was a real teenager, falling in love for the first time while trying to figure out his identity. Simon is funny, kind, and you just want to be his best friend. Simon impacted me so much and I can't even begin to imagine what he can do for someone going through the same situation as him.
Simon was the type of character that you get so connected with and invested in that you feel what he feels. The whole story when Simon hurt I hurt, when he had hope I was bursting with hope for him, and when good things happened for him I was giddy as can be and smiling till it hurt. Simon is a character you cannot help root for.
This book is a phenomenal read that young adults have been waiting for. I honestly can't even begin to put into words how special this book is. Trust me when I say you need to pick this up and read it, no matter what. This is a coming of age story you do not want to miss. Albertalli is an author to watch and I cannot wait to see what comes next from her.
Go buy Simon now! You have to!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Pretending to be Erica

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, where we get to showcases upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.
This week I am waiting on...
Pretending to Be Erica
Author: Michelle Painchaud
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary/Thriller
Publisheer: Viking Books
Synopsis via Goodreads:
We Were Liars meets Heist Society in a riveting debut!

Seventeen-year-old Violet’s entire life has revolved around one thing: becoming Erica Silverman, an heiress kidnapped at age five and never seen again. Violet’s father, the best con man in Las Vegas, has a plan, chilling in its very specific precision. Violet shares a blood type with Erica; soon, thanks to surgery and blackmail, she has the same face, body, and DNA. She knows every detail of the Silvermans’ lives, as well as the PTSD she will have to fake around them. And then, when the time is right, she “reappears”—Erica Silverman, brought home by some kind of miracle. But she is also Violet, and she has a job: Stay long enough to steal the Silverman Painting, an Old Master legendary in the Vegas crime world. Walking a razor’s edge, calculating every decision, not sure sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an unforgettable heroine, and Pretending to be Erica is a killer debut.
COMING JULY 21st 2015
I absolutely enjoy reading books about cons/thieves. They describe this as We Were Liars meets Heist Society which makes this sound amazing and intense!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Top Ten Characters I Wish I Could Check in With!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This weeks topic is the top ten characters we would like to check in with after the books have finished. I also added some couples to the list that I wish I could see how they are doing now.
Andi Alpers
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)
Cammie Morgan and Zach Goode
This Lullaby
Remy Starr and Dexter Jones
The Truth About Forever
Macy Queen and Wes Baker
The Beginning of Everything
Ezra Faulkner
Since You've Been Gone
Faking Normal
Alexi Littrell
Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)
Kami Glass and Jared Lynburn
Rites of Passage
Sam McKenna
Reality Boy
Gerald Faust
What characters would you want to be able to check in on now?
Tell me in the comments below!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Most Anticipated April 2015 Young Adult Releases!

I have a feeling April is going to be a great month. Spring is finally coming and so are a lot of books! I have a ton of books coming out each week this month that I am extremely excited for. There are a bunch of sequels coming out that I have been eagerly anticipating, books by favorite authors of mine and some debuts that I am dying to try! This month is my birthday which means that I will actually be getting lots of books and not just day dreaming about them! Below I have listed my top 10 releases of April along with some honorable mentions (I told you there are so many books coming out that month.) Get excited for lots of reading this spring!
Every Last Promise
Kristin Halbrook
Young Adult Contemporary
Harper Teen
April 21st 2015
The Replaced (The Taking #2)
Kimberly Derting
Young Adult Science Fiction
April 28th 2015
Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn, #1)
Lori Goldstein
Young Adult Fantasy
Feiwel & Friends
April 21st 2015
An Ember in the Ashes
Sabaa Tahir
Young Adult Fantasy
April 28th 2015
City Love
Susane Colasanti
Young Adult Contemporary
Katherine Tegen Books
April 21st 2015
Empire of Night (Age of Legends, #2)
Kelley Armstrong
Young Adult Fantasy
April 7th 2015
Sharon Cameron
Young Adult Dystopian
Scholastic Press
April 28th 2015
The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight, #1)
Melissa Grey
Young Adult Fantasy
Delacorte Press
April 28th 2015
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #2)
Anne Blankman
Young Adult Historical Fiction
Balzer + Bray
April 21st 2015
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Becky Albertalli
Young Adult Contemporary
Balzer + Bray
April 7th 2015
Honorable Mentions:
Lies I ToldFinding ParisThe Queen of Bright and Shiny ThingsThe Trials (Project Paper Doll, #3)The Game of Love and DeathFirst There Was Forever

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Spring Cleaning Giveaway!

It is officially spring! Yes, there is still lots of snow on the ground so it may not look like spring. But I can feel the air getting warmer! Each spring my local library does a used book sale. I always use this as a way to push myself to do some spring cleaning on my bookshelves and unhaul some books. I ended up unhauling about 18 books. A majority of them are finished copies but a couple are ARCs that I plan to donate to ARCycling. But before I donate these books to the library I thought I would give you a chance to win some of them!
These are the books that you will be able to choose from!

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