February Releases!

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Hello friends! Here are some exciting books that are expected to be released in February of 2019! Enjoy 🙂


darkwestDark of the West by Joanna Hathaway\\

He was raised in revolution. She was raised in a palace. Can their love stop a war? Code Name Verity meets The Winner’s Cursein Joanna Hathaway’s Dark of the West, a breathtaking YA fantasy debut.

Aurelia Isendare is a princess of a small kingdom in the North, raised in privilege but shielded from politics as her brother prepares to step up to the throne. Halfway around the world, Athan Dakar, the youngest son of a ruthless general, is a fighter pilot longing for a life away from the front lines. When Athan’s mother is shot and killed, his father is convinced it’s the work of his old rival, the Queen of Etania—Aurelia’s mother. Determined to avenge his wife’s murder, he devises a plot to overthrow the Queen, a plot which sends Athan undercover to Etania to gain intel from her children.

Athan’s mission becomes complicated when he finds himself falling for the girl he’s been tasked with spying upon. Aurelia feels the same attraction, all the while desperately seeking to stop the war threatening to break between the Southern territory and the old Northern kingdoms that control it—a war in which Athan’s father is determined to play a role. As diplomatic ties manage to just barely hold, the two teens struggle to remain loyal to their families and each other as they learn that war is not as black and white as they’ve been raised to believe

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The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons\\

Welcome to Vale Hall, the school for aspiring con artists.

When Brynn Hilder is recruited to Vale, it seems like the elite academy is her chance to start over, away from her mom’s loser boyfriend and her rundown neighborhood. But she soon learns that Vale chooses students not so much for their scholastic talent as for their extracurricular activities, such as her time spent conning rich North Shore kids out of their extravagant allowances.

At first, Brynn jumps at the chance to help the school in its mission to rid the city of corrupt officials–because what could be better than giving entitled jerks what they deserve? But that’s before she meets her mark–a senator’s son–and before she discovers the school’s headmaster has secrets he’ll stop at nothing to protect. As the lines between right and wrong blur, Brynn begins to realize she’s in way over head.

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crownCrown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto\\

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

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kingdomcoldKingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle\\

Attempted murder, that’s how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte’s engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.

When her kingdom’s attacked, Charlotte’s parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom’s future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart?

One must fall.

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thegreatendThe Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee\\

Slater, Kansas is a small town where not much seems to happen.

Stella dreams of being a space engineer. After Stella’s mom dies by suicide and her brother runs off to Red Sun, the local hippie commune, Stella is forced to bring her dreams down to Earth to care for her sister Jill.

Galliard has only ever known life inside Red Sun. There, people accept his tics, his Tourette’s. But when he’s denied Red Sun’s resident artist role he believed he was destined for, he starts to imagine a life beyond the gates of the compound…

The day Stella and Galliard meet, there is something in the air in their small town. Literally. So begins weeks of pink lightning, blood red rain, unexplained storms… And a countdown clock appears mysteriously above the town hall. With time ticking down to some great, unknowable end they’ll each have to make a choice.

If this is really the end of the world, who do they want to be when they face it?

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rayneRayne & Deliah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

A contemporary novel about two best friends who must make tough decisions about their futures–and the TV show they host–in their senior year of high school.

Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six.

But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV. And Lawson, one of the show’s guest performers, a talented MMA fighter with weaknesses for pancakes, fantasy novels, and Josie, is making her tough decision even harder.

Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad, who abandoned the family years ago. If Midnite Matinee becomes a hit, maybe he’ll see it and want to be a part of her life again. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too.

As the tug-of-war between growing up and growing apart tests the bonds of their friendship, Josie and Delia start to realize that an uncertain future can be both monstrous…and momentous.

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warriorofthewildWarrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

How do you kill a god?

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

 


What book are you most excited for? I’m really looking forward to Warrior of the Wild because it sounds like there maybe some Greek Mythology in it and I’m excited for Crown of Feathers. That cover though *insert heart eye emoji here*

Down the TBR Hole #3

 

 

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Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?laurelsfloweers_0008_vectorsmartobject

White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)People who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands? This is illegal? The main character killed his best friend? This book sounds amazing! I’ve also heard great things about it from a friend so I’m really interested in reading it (even if I do hate the covers…. )

VERDICT: keep

 

 

House of LeavesI’ll be completely honest, I have no freaking idea what this book is about. I just remember my high school English teacher talking about it and how unique the story was. I was to read it simply to check out but every time I see it at the bookstore I’m like meh… I think this is one that I’ll just have to eventally get from the library

VERDICT:go

 

More Than ThisI’m not quite sure what this is about. It sounds like it’s about a boy that dies then comes back to life but he doesn’t know how or why? I’m pretty sure the only I added this to my TBR was because of all the hype surrounding it when it first came out. To be honest, I don’t really have much interest in reading it anymore.

 

VERDICT: go

 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Again, I can’t say what this book is about. I just think there is possibly angels or people with feathers involved with maybe some magic? Honestly, no idea. I just remember wanting to read it for like the last 5 years… I finally bought it so I guess it’s safe to say I can take off my TBR… at least on goodreads, tehe

 

VERDICT: go

 

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)A book about kings and princesses and magic and prophecies? Sign me up. I’ve had this on my TBR since 2013; however, it still sounds amazing every single time I read the synopsis. I really need to get around to buying it to be honest. I think I’m going to still keep this one my to read list!

 

VERDICT: keep

Quiz: Sort Your Dog into a Hogwarts House

I saw this quiz via Flaviathebibliophile and knew I needed to do because I’m in love with dogs and Harry Potter! AKbookworm‘s friend created this quiz!

(I have two dogs I’m going to do. Macey and Noddle. Macey’s answers will be Green and Noodle’s answers will be in Blue. If both dogs share the same answer it’ll be in Pink.)

Let the sorting begin!

1.You take your dog to the a brand new dog park. They:
a.Bravely bounce into the park, introducing themselves to all the dogs.

b.Stick right by your side, annoyed if another dog tries to approach you.
c.Are mostly interested in the agility toys (hoops, jumps) set up.
d.Quickly introduce themselves to the other humans present, figuring out how to get pets/scratches from each.

2.You place a treat under one of three upside-down cups. They:
a.Wait for you to reveal where the treat is.

b.Sniff until they’ve found the right cup, and push it over to receive the treat.
c.Immediately go to the correct cup and treat, no sniffing required.
d.Knock over all three cups to find the treat.

3.A visitor comes over for the first time. Your dog:
a.Runs happily up to the person, wagging their tail.

b.Sticks by your side until you indicate that the visitor is okay.
c.Does something new and unexpected each time you have a new visitor.
d.Doesn’t let the person in until they have been thoroughly sniffed and approved of.

4.It’s time for a treat! Your dog prefers:
a.Pretty much anything you give them. They’re always up for something new!

b.A simple puzzle toy, like a Kong filled with peanut butter
c.A complex puzzle toy, where they have to solve a puzzle to get a treat dispensed (like a shuffle board or flip board)
d.A chew, such as a bull stick or beef knuckle

5.Does your dog have any nervous habits?
a.Nope, they’re always confident.

b.They yawn.
c.They hide.
d.They stick out their tongue or lick their nose.

6.Does your dog bark a lot?
a.Only if approached by an unfamiliar dog or person.

b.All the time.
c.Only if you ask them to “speak”.
d.Yes, but only at a low volume.

7.You take your dog to an obedience class. They:
a.Grow bored after a while and start exploring the area.

b.Keep trying until they get every command perfectly.
c.Pick the commands up quicker than all the other dogs in the class.
d.Figure out how to get to the treats without following a command.

8.Would your dog make a good service dog?
a.Maybe. They’re generally kind to everyone, but also love adventures.

b.Absolutely! My dog would do anything for me.
c.Sure – they’re a quick learner.
d.Nope, there’s no way they wouldn’t get into trouble.

9.You take your dog hiking. They:
a.Run ahead to scout out the trail.

b.Never get tired and stick by your side the whole time.
c.Want to sniff everything.
d.Stay close, but as the leader of your “pack”.

10.You give your dog a new toy. They:
a.Destroy it.

b.Are obsessed with it and play with it for hours.
c.Quickly grow bored with it.
d.Would rather play with the packaging.
 

Results:

Macey: Gryffindor and Noodle: Gryffindor.

I think it’s funny Macey is Gryffindor because she’s so skittish these days. I’m actually surprised neither one of them are Hufflepuff because they seem like the Hufflepuff type 🙂

Mostly As: Gryffindor – your dog is courageous, brave, and chivalrous.
Mostly Bs: Hufflepuff – your dog is a hard worker, is patient, just, and loyal.
Mostly Cs: Ravenclaw – your dog is intelligent, creative, a quick learner, and witty.
Mostly Ds: Slytherin – your dog is ambitious, cunning, resourceful, and a good leader.

(House descriptions from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogwarts.)

Book Review: Made You Up


17661416Series: Standalone
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Mental Illness, Young Adult
Pages: 428
Source: Gift, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬

 Synopsis: 

Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.

 Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

Favorite Quote

“The rest of the year, I wondered if the point of Christmas was just spending money and getting fat and opening gifts. Indulging.
But when Christmas finally comes, and that warm, tingly, mints-and-sweaters-and-fireplace-fires feeling gathers in the bottom of your stomach, and you’re lying on the floor with all the lights off but the ones on the Christmas tree, and listening to the silence of the snow falling outside, you see the point. For that one instance in time, everything is good in the world. It doesn’t matter if everything isn’t actually good. It’s the one time of the year when pretending is enough.” 

Thoughts

One thing I’m struggling about this book is it really a good representation of Schizophrenia? I have no idea because I’ve never dealt with it nor know anyone that is. However, I will say that I think it’s awesome that the author wrote a book about it. The world is filled with all kinds of different people. We all have our struggles. We all have a history. We all have stories that deserve to be told.

I struggled a little bit on what to rate this book. There was some mystery to it that I enjoyed. I liked the characters, but I also didn’t see myself connecting with any of them. I enjoyed the writing, but I didn’t think anything really fun and interested happened in the story.

At first I was a little put off by our main character, Alex. I thought she was kind of mean. She had a problem with name calling people and that bothered me. Eventually she started to grow on me. I also really enjoyed Miles. Miles is such a complex character and he made my heart smile. There were also fun side characters that I wish we could have gotten to know more of.

Over, I thought it was a neat story. It kept me engaged. It was also hard to put the book down. I think the things that bugged me most about this book were some of the events that took place and the ending. I thought the ending was perfect but then it kept going. I didn’t like that.

 

Popular Authors I’ve Tried To Get Into but I Just Can’t >_<

Meh Authors

I think we all have at least one author that we’ve tried to get into but literally just can’t no matter how much we try. I have 5. Some of these authors, I’ve read a book and enjoyed it but I can’t get into any of their other stories…

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V.E Schwab: Oh man. V.E Schwab is huge, huge. I read The Archived and was less than impressed. I mean… it was a unique idea but the writing for me was just… bland. I couldn’t connect with any of the charaters. I had to force myself to finish the story.
Sarah Dessen: I read one book by Sarah and enjoyed it for the most part. But I can’t really get into any of her stories. Again, I find the writing and characters to be bland and boring. I haven’t read any of her newer stories though… maybe I should try…
Lauren Oliver: I really enjoyed Delirium. However, I couldn’t get into any of her author books. It book me maybe 3 months to read Before I Fall because the writing was just.. meh. Noticing a pattern? haha. I want to like her books but I just… can’t. *heavy sigh*
Maggie Stiefvater: I DNFed Shiver after like… 13 pages because I couldn’t do it. It was brutal. The only reason I pushed through The Raven Boys because so many people told me it would get better. I thought it was an okay read. I’m not going out of my way to read the rest of the books though.
Cassandra Clare: I read the first 3 books of City of Bones and after that, it became overdone. I’m now sick and tired of seeing the books. I tried reading the 4th book, but again, I got bored. I’m tired of the only thing being written by Cassandra is stuff related to Shadowhunters.

Do you have any authors you’ve tried to like but just can’t?