Monday, January 15, 2018

Book Review | Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

Title: Love, Life, and the List
Author: Kasie West
PublicationDecember 26th 2017 by HarperTeen
Series: First book in a set of three standalones with crossover characters
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Contemporary
Copy: Bought
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Abby Turner’s summer isn’t going the way she’d planned. She has a not-so-secret but definitely unrequited crush on her best friend, Cooper. She hasn’t been able to manage her mother’s growing issues with anxiety. And now she’s been rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart.” So when she gets another opportunity to show her paintings Abby isn’t going to take any chances.
Which is where the list comes in.
Abby gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger’s story (#5) to fall in love (#8). She knows that if she can complete the list she’ll become the kind of artist she’s always dreamed of being. But as the deadline approaches, Abby realizes that getting through the list isn’t as straightforward as it seems… and that maybe—just maybe—she can’t change her art if she isn’t first willing to change herself.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Book Review | Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade

Title: Our Dark Stars
Author: Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade
Publication: January 2nd 2018
Series: Standalone
Pages: 316
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Copy: ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: While she sleeps, the whole universe changes.

Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.

One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.

Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday | Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Book: Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Expected Publication: January 9th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

Why I'm Waiting: Y'ALL.  Okay, we already know how epic Amie and Meagan are.  But together, they are EPIC.  I mean, just look at the Starbound trilogy a.k.a one of my favorite series of all time.  I don't know how these two do it, but they never fail to write kickass characters and an overall crazy, fun story.  So I'm super excited to see what these two do with this new series!  Also, I'm majorly hyped because ALIENS and SPACE!!!  Also, two unlikely friends thrown together on an epic journey?  Sign me up please.  You better believe I'm gonna be hauling my ass to B&N on the 9th to go grab myself a copy, and I can't wait to read the rest of the day away in utter bliss.

*Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.  Be sure to check them out for more information!*

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Stacking the Shelves | Book Outlet Haul

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews!  Be sure to check them out for more information!

So in case you don't stalk Book Outlet on Twitter like I do, there was a big Boxing Day sale this past week, and if you're anything like me, it's literally impossible to resist a good book sale.  As soon as I saw the tweet, I just had to take a peek at the website.  Before I knew it, my cart had six books and I was checking out.  Point being: I have no self control and I need someone to take my debit card away from me any time I even consider shopping online for books.

Anyway, here's my Book Outlet haul from the Boxing Day sale!  Let me know if you've read any of them, or if you also have no self control and bought too many books during the sale...

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Update 12-28-17 | I'm Back!

Hey guys... So.  It's been a minute.  I've kind of disappeared from the book blogging community for the past few months, which is really sad.  I've missed it so much!  I started my first year of college this past August, and it's been crazy trying to adjust.  I moved from California to Colorado, and I didn't know anyone at the school I was going to.  It was a big deal for me because I haven't always done the best socially and I love my family, so it was hard leaving them for a whole other state.  However, even though these past few months have been a huge adjustment, I'm so happy with my decision to move.  Pushing myself way out of my comfort zone brought out a whole other side of me that I didn't even know existed, and I got the chance to make incredible friendships and meet so many amazing people.  The only thing I regret is that it took me away from reading and blogging for a while, so I'm going to try and jump back into the blogging community and start posting again!  Anyway, this is just a little update and a little tidbit of wisdom: if anyone is considering moving away for college and is scared as hell, you can do it!  College is the best place to find people like you; if you want to make friends, you will make them!  Okay, okay, I'm done preaching now.  But seriously, I'm going to try really hard to get back into blogging this new year, and I can't wait to catch up on everyone's blogs and see what I missed!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Book Review | The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

Title: The Last Namsara
Author: Kristen Ciccarelli
PublicationOctober 3rd 2017 by HarperTeen
Series: Iskari #1
Pages: 432
Genre: YA Fantasy
Copy: Bought
Summary: In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be dark—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death bringer. 

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up hearing in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Book Review | If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: If There's No Tomorrow
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
PublicationSeptember 5th 2017 by Harlequin Teen
Series: Standalone
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Contemporary
Copy: Bought
SummaryLena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances. Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. 

Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.  For what she let happen. With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends' entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?