Stacking The Shelves

Stacking The Shelves {19}

Alright, it’s no surprise I’ve gone and done it again. My Book Of The Month purchase for this month came in, as well as 3 pre-orders and I made a trip to B&N and watched too many Instagram stories that convinced me to make an amazon purchase. So without boring you let’s get in to the books I got this week!

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza
Everless by Sara Holland

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Batman Nightwalker by Marie Lu
Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker
Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna
Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely

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Top Ten by Katie Cotugno
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Love & Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen
Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

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You by Caroline Kepnes
Busted by Gina Ciooca

So many new books and I hope to pick a lot of them up soon, I’m mid reading slump so I guess we will see how things go. If you’ve read any of these feel free to comment below and let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

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Least Favorite Books of 2017

So I took a little bit of time to think about this, if I wanted to actually do this post or if I just wanted to pretend like I didn’t have books that I didn’t like last year, but we all know we can’t read just perfect books. Sometimes some worm their way in and they just suck. I decided I’m going to just show you the 5 lowest rated books from last year and then maybe rant about it a little, so here we go.

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99 Days by Katie Cotugno

So I had originally rated this book 3 stars and left it at that. Then, months later I took a look at my books and realized this book still infuriated me, so I dropped it down to 2 stars. In this book cheating is a main theme, which I already have a big no-no about anyway. THEN the girl who cheated is constantly being hazed and treated horrible, but when the boy who she cheated with comes back to town everyone just loves and fawns all over him, talk about sexism. THEN the original boyfriend wants the girl to cheat again when she had cheated on him, I just can’t. I could go on longer but this story is just bas bad bad.

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I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin

The only positive thing I can say about this book is the formatting. It is written in mixed media of emails and text messages, but that’s where anything good about this story ends. I had heard it was supposed to be a fun read about two best friends attending colleges across the country and how they keep in touch, but how in the WORLD these two girls are best friends I have no stinking idea. These two girls were beyond toxic to each other and kept blaming the other one for things that were going wrong, and then of course halfway through the momentum just drops. Not a good read at all.

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Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

I still don’t understand what I read in this story. It takes place at the end of the story and moves backwards slowly revealing what happened for our character to get to where she is in the beginning. I know the timeline, I understand that, but I don’t get the motivation behind any of it. This girl is crazy in this book and does some super illegal things and the whole time I’m just like WHY because none of her actions make any sense. I’ve been told that if you repeat this read it makes a bit more sense than the original read, but I don’t think I want to spend my time picking this up and trying to understand it again.

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Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

Talk about a horrible book for depressed people. This book glorifies suicide so much and is just absolute trash. I may even lower my rating after writing this because this is just not a book people should be reading. The main character is stupid and makes terrible decisions. Her best friend commits suicide but she swears she’s been murdered and decides to investigate herself. Then she cozies up to who she thinks was the murderer but then doesn’t think that her friend was murdered after all, but then maybe she was. The whole time she never was really sad, just more set on investigating this SPOILER, fake death. Yeah it’s that much garbage.

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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

This book seriously had so much potential to show off a strong female female friendship in a time of need, and it just fell so flat. I get how so many people love this book because granted the writing is absolutely beautiful, but the story is just so bad. This takes place over 3 days but it’s also shoving a bunch of back story at you the whole time as to where you don’t really know what’s going on or what caused the two girls to not speak to each other for months. Then they’re holed up together over Christmas in the one girls dorm and the tension between the two is horrible until suddenly it isn’t. It’s all just so unbelievable and could’ve been so much better.

Alright, so there are my lowest 5 books from last year. I think I got my ranting out of my system on these books and I hope you understand that if you love any of these books you are beyond entitled to, these are just my opinions on the stories and how I feel after having spent the time to read them. See you all tomorrow!

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What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Good Morning Readers! It’s another beautiful Monday and I hear maybe this week will be warmer in the Midwest than usual. So I have my fingers crossed for that. I’ve been able to get some reading done which is super exciting for me, so let’s just go ahead and get in to the books!

What did I read last?

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So this book is not one that I had on my TBR list for this month, but it is one that I started back in 2017. This bad boy was over 500 pages so needless to say it took me a little time to read it. I really did enjoy this story though and to hopefully stick with my new years resolution I should have a review for you guys soon for it. It’s a fun sci-fi novel but it’s fairly simple to follow and I could picture the things in this book. That’s something I usually have trouble with but the more I’m trying to expand my reading the easier it’s becoming. This did take way too long for me to get to though since I won it at the beginning of last year, but I can finally mark it off my list and add it to my read list!

What am I currently reading?

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So yesterday I started a buddy read with my friend Sydney who, if you like pretty bookstagram accounts, you should really check her out. With this book I’m taking another leap because it’s fantasy but I’m really loving stepping out of my contemporary safety zone and trying new things. This book follows two separate girls who are destined to be enemies from the beginning. It also follows them in the past and in the present. I’m interested to see where it goes, and I guess to see where the reimagining of Snow White fits in with this because I like new takes on old fairytales for sure. This is going to be a fun read and I can’t wait to finish it and talk with Sydney about it.

What do I plan to read next?

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Alright, so I need to start working on the rest of my TBR. I have finished 1/10 books on it so I figured why not pick up the one that scares me the most out of all of them. The Host is a book that I tried to read many many years ago back when I was still riding the Twilight Hype Train and I remember getting so confused and not understanding what was happening. I have the audiobook this time and I’m going to try to tackle this book with a ton of ambition and see what I can do. I’d love to finish it and then maybe watch the movie when I was done to see how the adaptation fares. I am pretty daunted by this book, but hopefully next week it will be on my read shelf and we’ll be talking about some new books.

How is everyone’s new year’s reading going. As always I’d love to hear from you all in the comments, I do read them even if I’m horrible and don’t reply all the time. I’ll see you all with another post tomorrow, Happy Reading!

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Review

Review: Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca

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Publication Date: June 9th, 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre/Subject: Young Adult | Contemporary
Pages: 321
Overall: ★★★★✩

Before:
Kelsey and David became best friends the summer before freshman year and were inseparable ever after. Until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke and everything around her crumbled – including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey’s parents decided to move away, she couldn’t wait to start over and leave the past behind. Except, David wasn’t ready to let her go…

After:
Now it’s senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David’s family relocates to the same town and he shakes up everything. Soon old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey’s second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never let him go. And that maybe she never wants to.

Last Year’s Mistake is the story of Kelsey and David, the start of their friendship and what appears to be the end of said friendship. The book is told from Kelsey’s point of view and has alternating chapters between current day and the beginning of the two’s friendship starting when they first met.

I felt like the current day chapters went by so quickly, one moment they were having Thanksgiving dinner and the next time we were back in current day they were celebrating Valentine’s day! Though that wasn’t something that hindered the story, I would have like to have seen more of current day Kelsey and the relationships she had with people. I think that would have built a better idea of how she reacts to things and maybe how her past is affecting her currently.

Since the “flashback” chapters seemed to take place over less time jumps, I really felt like I could connect with the older Kelsey and David and really started to like their friendship and could see what was going to happen between the two of them, or at least what I thought would happen. There was a lot of things that happened to Kelsey in older chapters, and some of it made sense while I feel like some of it just added additional drama that probably wasn’t necessary to keep us connected with her.

When I think back to the “misunderstanding” that happened, I was kind of confused as to which this was the said misunderstanding. There were multiple times during the flashbacks where I thought “is this the misunderstanding” because it was an event that had changed things drastically, but then things kept going from there and it turns out it wasn’t. When it came time to the actual misunderstanding, it happened, and then all of a sudden it wasn’t really a big deal. Yes she was having problems because of it but because of other things the focus on it wasn’t as much as I thought it would have been.

Warning, there is some cheating in this as well. Not a full blown relationship, but some kissing. So with all the additional stuff I wanted to knock off a star because I’m just not ok with that. I understand that they had prior feelings before it happened, but David shouldn’t have gotten involved with someone and Kelsey still had Ryan.

Speaking of Ryan, I feel like he was a really well developed character even though we didn’t get to see much of him. We heard a lot about how he treated Kelsey and, yes he had some discretions at the end, but as a character I think he was really well written and I still kind of felt for him when he was dealing with things throughout the story.

Overall I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars because of the ease of reading, the fact the story drew me in and made me question what was happening, and also because when I finished I was happy with what I had read. I enjoyed reading this book and enjoyed the ending so if you want a light contemporary with some friend and health drama I would recommend this book to you.

Stacking The Shelves

Stacking The Shelves {18}

So this isn’t very updated, but of course I make tons of Book Outlet purchases, but I think this is my most recent one, other than the one that is currently still in the mail. So I figured I’d show you guys. I also have some pre-orders coming in and may go to Barnes and Noble with gift cards so I’ll share that stuff with you next week. Let me know if you want to see an unhaul post, because I know you see me get a lot of books but I don’t talk about the ones I get rid of, and I’d be more than glad to let you know! Let’s get in to the books!

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Twist by Karen Akins
The Battlemage by Taran Matharu
Roar by Cora Carmack
One Blood Ruby by Melissa Marr

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The Inquisition by Taran Matharu
Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend by Alan Cumyn
The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

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Sweet Temptation by Wendy Higgins
Fat Vampire by Adam Rex
Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

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Teen Angst? Naaah… by Ned Vizzini
We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Made For You by Melissa Marr

I feel like this is probably gonna be the smallest haul you guys are going to see in awhile. Because I know I have some pre-orders coming and I have Book Outlet and I have Book Depository books coming, so next week we shall see how things go!

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library loans

Library Loans {9}

Soooooo I finally returned my first 3 books at my new library and then went a bit overboard. I have read some of these or am working on some, but uhm yeah, don’t judge me. I have a lot of library books to show you today.

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell
The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins
Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
Dreadnought by April Daniels

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Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
Internet Famous by Danika Stone

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Soulless by Gail Carriger
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Empress of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

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Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
A World Without You by Beth Revis

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Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
The Royal We by Heather Cocks
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

So yes, some of these have been read, some of these have gone back, some of these I am in the middle of. I hope to get to most of these and like most of these, but that’s the point of the library. If I don’t like a book then I didn’t waste any money on it and I can remove it from my shelves!

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End of Year Survey

End of Year Book Survey 2017

So since I finished so many books this year I decided that I wanted to participate in this survey this year. It is originally by Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner so if you want to see the original post you can find it there. I’m going to borrow her banners for each section and I know there are tons of questions so I think I might go back to just one post today. Let’s get to the questions!

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Number Of Books You Read: 125
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary

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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

I think I would have to go with Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia because I knew early on that I loved the anxiety rep in it, and then I re-read it in December and I still really enjoyed it. So yes, that’s my best book.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I loved Everything, Everything so much so of course I picked up her other book almost right after reading the first but I so did not enjoy this book. I knew the idea of the book and everything but I just thought the timeline of it all was garbage and didn’t enjoy it.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. I’d heard so many amazing things about that book but when I actually read it it just blew me away. Plus it’s really opening me up to reading more fantasy books which was something I’ve always been too scared to do.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

I don’t think I really pushed people to read it but the fact that people saw that I enjoyed There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins it definitely helped them to want to pick it up more, which I think is awesome because that book does deserve to be read.

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

This is something I need to work on in 2018 and that’s reading more series. So hmmm best series that I started in 2017 let’s go with This Savage Song, I need to read Our Dark Duet. Best Sequel of 2017….Gemina, for sure. I absolutely love that whole series and I cannot wait for the third. Best series ender of 2017, I think I only finished one series so I guess I’d have to say Ignite Me, and I do have to admit that out of the three books in that series that one was the best for me.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

I’m going to base this on the new author that I read the most books from this year, and that would be Kasie West. Her books are just so light hearted and so much fun to read, and I can’t wait to get her newest one this year (which may be mentioned in a previous post)

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

For this I’m going to say An Ember In The Ashes, even though I branched out more this year, this was a book I had put down previously because I enjoyed the characters but it was so hard for me to get in to the story being a fantasy built world, but once I was able to pick it up again I loved it until the very end and cannot wait to get my hands on the second book.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Girl In 6E. Oh my goodness if you haven’t read this yet, it kept me hooked the entire time because I really didn’t know what was going to happen or how it was going to end and ugh it was crazy.

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Illuminae and Gemina of course. I’ll probably do the full cast audiobooks again right when Obsidio comes out so I can be completely caught back up in that world.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

The Unliklies. When you take the jacket off it’s like a shiny cover with a bunch of cute summer items on it and I just think it is so pretty and really need to get my own copy!

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Eliza Mirk….man she’s popping up a lot in this.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Shoot Down The Wendy Bird. I really enjoyed all of the flash fiction in this story and I just thought they were all so well done!

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

I think I’ll go with Genuine Fraud for thought provoking because I still to this day do not understand what the hell I read in that book!

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

Fangirl, because it was literally the only book that I had had prior that I got to finish this year. I bought so many books this year…..

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“Maybe that’s normal. The things you care most about are the ones that leave the biggest holes.” from Eliza and Her Monsters.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Shortest was Milk & Vine and my longest was Gemina!!

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Stalking Jack The Ripper, for sure didn’t see who Jack was going to be in the end

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Cath and Levi, I really fell in love with them in Fangirl this year and I’m so glad I was able to pick that up and actually read through it this year.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Kate and August in This Savage Song, duh?

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

I didn’t read a lot of repeat authors I think, oh gosh. We Were Liars! I read E. Lockhart before so there we go.

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Eliza and Her Monsters haha, I really picked this up because I’d heard so many people talking about it and I hadn’t found it on my own and then I read it and it’s my favorite book of the year!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

Peter K. From To All The Boys, I actually really ended up liking him a lot

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

Geekerella by Ashley Poston of course! I cannot wait for her new book to come out this year either.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Snow Like Ashes. I usually have a really hard time with Fantasy, well I guess I should say that I used to, but after reading this book I was so sucked in to their world and I just thought it was so amazing and loved the magic system in the series as well.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Alex, Approximately. I just loved that story so much and even though I could tell things from the beginning I still wanted to read it and see how everything was going to unfold.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

I know I cried during a hand full of books that I read this year, but the one that sticks out the most to me was Female of The Species. I really liked the main character even though I could see how some people might not, so when the ending happened I was pretty devastated by it honestly.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Slam! Comics I read. I really ended up enjoying them so much and just happened to see it on Hoopla and checked it out and I’m so happy that I did because it was so pretty and so fun to read.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Let’s just go with They Both Die At The End, it’s an Adam Silvera book, enough said.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

I’m going to go with Of Fire and Stars because not only was it a fantasy book but it had bi-rep in it which I haven’t personally seen anywhere before so I thought it was really awesome.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

99 Days, If you haven’t heard me rage about this enough before, I hate this book so much because of the fact the girl gets so much hate for cheating on her boyfriend yet the boy gets no hate, and the fact that it’s just perpetuated throughout the book. I just really can’t stand it.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

My new favorite blog I discovered this year I’m gonna be cheesy and say Amanda & Jessica‘s blogs. Without these two girls I do not know where I would be in the reading world. I’ve made a Booktube because of them, I want to make my Bookstagram better because of them, and we all co-host Read-A-Thin together. Seriously the best thing the Bookish world gave to me this year was these two girls.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

I barely wrote any reviews this past year, which I hope to change this year. But I think my favorite one I wrote was The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, probably because I enjoyed that book so much.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

For this I think I would have to say the Sunshine Blogger award. I wasn’t expecting to be nominated and then I made even more friends through the post and got to really chat about books and things so it was a lot of fun to write.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Best event was hands down Read-A-Thin! Y’all made both rounds so exciting, I feel like I might mention this a lot under this category but I was so proud of it and it was so much fun and I’m so happy with how everyone accepted it.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

I have two. One would be Read-A-Thin. That is our little baby and we had so many people participate in the last one in November and I cannot wait to see how much we grow this year especially because we plan to host I believe 4 this year, next one is in February!! The second would be starting my Youtube channel. I just finally got over the scared feeling of doing it and you all have been super nice on there and receptive and I love it so much.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

My most challenging thing was when I started my new job and had a lot less time so I needed to start working on posts on the weekend and listening more to audiobooks so I could get more books read.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

I think my most popular (views wise) post of the year was my original Read-A-Thin Announcement when Amanda, Jessica, and Myself posted about the read-a-thin and when it was going to happen.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Oh I have no idea, I think all my posts get some attention which that’s all I need, makes me really happy and want to continue to write for everyone.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I think my best discovery was Playster, even though they just upped the dang price to 30 bucks a month for their unlimited Audiobooks, I’ve gotten so big in to audibooks this year that it’s nice to have a place that I can go and listen to any one that I want and not have to buy them individually like other sites.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I totally did! At the beginning of the year I planned to read 25 books, then changed my Goodreads goal to 50 but at the end of the year I ended up reading 125 books. I also participated in a handful of read-a-thons that I would have to say I killed and can’t wait to participate in more this coming year.

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

I think that it’s not a number 1 priority but I do know I need to read it in 2018 and that is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I’ve heard a lot of stuff about it so I need to read it and form some opinions for myself.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

My absolute most anticipated book will be Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Most anticipated debut of 2017, man literally all of my books I am anticipating are not debut novels so let’s go with Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

For this one I am going to go with a book that hasn’t officially been announced to be coming out in 2018 but I really want the second book for the Warcross series because I really want to know what’s going to happen with the characters.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

One thing that I hope to accomplish in my reading life for 2018 would be to read more series. I read a lot of stand alones and don’t read a lot of series so that is a big goal for me. For my Blogging life I really want to work to make sure that I have something for you guys at least 5 times a week, because I’ve been doing horribly so hopefully if I can plan some posts out it’ll make it all easier.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

A 2018 release I’ve already read that I would recommend would be Meet Cute. I was provided a copy from HMH for an honest review, and I absolutely loved that book, it was so stinking cute, exactly as the title says. Plus side is it’s also already out by the time you’re reading this. So you should go check it out!

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Wrap Up

2017 Wrap Up!

So I kind of wanted to do this post mostly for myself, because I want to be able to look back at all the books I read this year. I’m going to just post the pictures, no titles, no links, no ratings. Just every book that I read this year in reading order. So hopefully this will be an extra post and you will all get to see something else today. Yes a couple of these you will see two times, and that’s because I read them twice this year. Also if you want to see this list compiled on Goodreads with the ratings and everything you can find them here. Let’s get in to the books!

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Wrap Up

Top 17 of 2017

So yes, I decided I was going to do this post. I am going to go through the 125 books that I read last year and pick my top 17, and these are going to be in no order, and I will not include comics just because most of the time those are pretty high rated. Also, don’t be surprised that most of these happen to be Contemporary books. I didn’t start branching out too much til the end of the year, but hopefully in 2018 more of my favorite books will not be in one genre. If I have time I will make a youtube video which you will see below if you don’t feel like reading this whole post. Let’s get in to the books!

TOTALLY SHOULD DO A YOUTUBE VIDEO

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

So yes, I put this book at the top of the list even though I said I wasn’t going to do them in order, this I think still was my top book of the year. I ended up reading it twice and I was still in love with it the second time around. I know there were bits of this that were problematic, but it was so easy to relate to not only Eliza but Wallace as well which I think is what made this book so great. I loved seeing someone who thinks just like me even though she’s a lot more creative than I am. I really enjoyed the writing as well and happened to annotate my second read through which really means something if I write in my books.

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Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

I put this together with Eliza because, like I mentioned in that one, the writing in this book was just so phenomenal. I absolutely love the mental health rep in this book. I remember I fell in love with the characters so easily and I just knew things were going to happen to make problems but I wasn’t completely able to guess everything that would happen. I think I really need to pick this one up again to refresh myself on all that happens, but I do know I was pretty happy in the end, she wasn’t fixed by a boy, and it was very realistic feeling to me. Highly recommend it.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Yay we have our first non contemporary book on my list. I ended reading this book two times this year as well, so obviously it was amazing. The audiobook also has a full cast which I felt really brought this story to life. I love Katy and Ezra and their story. This is a multi-media told story so there are emails and chats and video transcriptions. I think it’s pretty crazy what happened and the ending of this one is so quick paced and so crazy it just threw me for a loop the first time and when I put the book down I was just in awe of what I read.

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Of course since I loved the first one so much it’s not surprising that I loved the second one just as much. I also read this book twice this year and listened in audiobook the second time around. Again it’s a full cast and it’s of course a different cast then the first book because this focuses on the Heimdall waypoint where Katy and Ezra are trying to escape to in the first book. This focuses on Hanna and Nik and takes place over the course of just a couple days, most of it is just one day. Heimdall gets taken over and these two teens have to save the station and meet the survivors from book one.

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This book. Oh. My. Gosh. I knew that I had heard this series was absolutely amazing but I did not think that when I read it I would love it as much as I ended up loving it. The world building is beyond amazing. It’s super easy to understand the fantastical aspects of this book and the monsters. The duel perspective makes the whole story just really come together and I am so upset with myself that I have not read the second book yet because I need that in my life. I need to know what happens after the end of the first book, I just need it.

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Yet another mental health book that I fell in love with this year. After the year that I had a lot of these books really spoke to me even though I had no relation to the mental illness the characters had. The reason I think that I love this book so much is because SPOILERS Norah doesn’t magically overcome her mental illness over the course of this book. She also falls in love with a boy and he doesn’t magically fix her either. In the end it’s her realizing what she has to do to try to become better but there’s still a lot of work to do in the end and I really want to pick this back up again soon.

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The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone

Not only did I really like this book, but this book is absolutely gorgeous.  I kind of had an idea of what I was getting in to with this book, but I think the whole story itself isn’t really well described from the synopsis. In this book 5 teens are brought together and they happen to form a friendship where they then try to make their communities better places. I thought it was really cute and really liked the story and what the teens did. I think it’s got a pretty good story to tell to people with an extremely positive influence.

18660447The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

I read so many Kasie West books this year and I really like them all, but apparently according to my ratings this is the only one that I ended up giving 5 stars. It was her second one that I read as well. I know a lot of people don’t seem to like this one as much as some of her other ones and really seem to also have a problem that Gia literally went and picked a random guy to be her date to her dance, but I think that’s pretty brave of her to go to a random guy and make him her boyfriend for the night, and I really liked seeing the relationship develop.

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Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett

This is a modern day retelling of You’ve Got Mail, and let me tell you, it’s such a good retelling. Although I guess I need to be honest and say that I haven’t watched that movie in a long time, but I would watch this if they made it in to a movie instead. If I remember correctly I ended up reading this book all in one day during a road trip and I couldn’t put it down the entire time. I of course very easily could tell how it was going to end, I’m not sure if it’s because it’s easy to tell or if I normally know them or not, but I still enjoyed reading the book and seeing what happened and thought that it was really cute .

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston

I know that I’m not doing these in order but I think this would be up there in the rankings if I did do them in an order. Again this was a book that some people had problems with, but I think Ashley did a good job taking Cinderella and giving it a modern nerdy spin. I also think that I really enjoyed the fact that we got to see two different perspectives during the story as well. Some aspects of the ending are a bit unrealistic but it’s still something that makes the story cute and gives an extra spin to everything.

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Another book with nerd culture! This also was another book with multiple perspectives which was pretty awesome. I would say I had a bit of an issue with this book and it might be controversial but one of the main characters in the book is said to be on the spectrum for autism but every trait that she seemed to have that they said went towards it was something that just seemed like extreme anxiety. Being someone recently diagnosed with high anxiety it was pretty confusing with that but I like that she had that kind of representation at least.

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

This I would have to say for certain is more of an adult novel. Technically I think it’s New Adult and I guess that means sexy times, which is totally what this book is. I was recommended this book through Booktube and man am I happy that I picked it up. I like the tension and I liked the fact that the man in this actually seemed to have feelings! haha sorry about that comment but again recent events, anyway, this book is a fun read and is super easy and quick to read as well if you want something fast and fun to read.

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

I cannot wait to see this movie when it comes out. I am so excited for it! This is another book that I think I really want to pick up and read again, probably even before the movie comes out. I read Upside as well and enjoyed it but I think reading Simon was just so much more fun for me. The diversity and the rep in this was really good. If you haven’t read either of these books PLEASE READ SIMON FIRST. There are spoilers to Simon in Upside and it bothers me so much that people read Upside first and are just like eh whatever, but seriously, read Simon first.

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Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Super excited about this book being on my list. I have read the second one and plan to finish the trilogy soon. I was blown away with the magic system in this book as well as the fact that this book is so full of action. You start off with some action and it goes right in to more, all the while making pretty good use of the story to fill you in on the history and the world building. I probably would say that this book is better than the second but there was a lot of things that had to happen in the second one, and my opinions changed on some people between the two but definitely a fun series.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I think this was one of the first books that I read this year, and I still consider it one of the best books I read for the year as well. Again I am such a big contemporary reader that I just fell in love with this story. I have to admit that no I have not seen the movie yet, but I do own it so that will have to happen soon for me. But Again I know this is a book that people had some problems with but in the end I thought it made the story and I really enjoyed it. I also read another Nicola Yoon book this year, but didn’t enjoy it and definitely didn’t enjoy it as much as I did this book.

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

This was a book that I had tried to read the year before and ended up not really being in the same reading mindset that I was before and ended up putting it down. But when I picked it up this year it was for a read-a-thon and ended up reading it in just one day because it was so cute. I knew a little bit about this story before as well and have a bit of a different feeling towards some of the boys in this book. But I do plan to read the next two in the series and I plan to see the movie so maybe my idea of everything will change. We shall see, but I do know this is a fun light hearted read.

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Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant

This is the only book on this list that I was given the opportunity to read an advanced copy of and just fell in love with the story. To be honest I don’t remember much about it but I do remember that I really liked the story. There was an issue in the book where it might have made the cute relationship that was developing difficult, but it was something so interesting that I hadn’t seen done before and the way that things unfolded were beautifully done and I have to say that I really enjoyed this and might consider buying it now that I’ve looked and decided to make it in to my top books.

So those are my top books of 2017, I will make a post later today that should show all of the books that I read in the year. I won’t go as in depth in that post as I did in this one, but I want to show them off, even though I read 125 books. I’ll see you guys later!

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Most Anticipated · Waiting On Wednesday

Most Anticipated 2018 (Jan-Jun)

Happy Tuesday Everyone! So today I want to talk about some books that are coming out this year and that I am super excited for. So I will put a little synopsis in if these books have one, and I am only going to be showing books through Jun because then things get a little hazy. There are more books that I am super excited for but there hasn’t been an official date set for them so I will mention those at a later date. I’ve also mentioned in the titles if they are a sequel or not, so spoilers if you have not read the prior books will be in the synopsis, please read titles first. Let’s get in to the books!

*January*

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Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined To Meet
January 2nd

Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.

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Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
January 2nd

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

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Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
January 16

American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.

There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.

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Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
January 16

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

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Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
January 16th

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
January 30

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

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The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
February 6th

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

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Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
February 6th

Before, Peyton was a star soccer player with the perfect boyfriend, Reed. Now, she has a torn knee ligament, a scholarship on the line, and a shattered sense of self. No one believes Reed pushed her, causing her injury, and Peyton just wants to leave the trauma behind. Living with her uncle and twin cousins in their small, football-obsessed town seems like a great escape plan.

There, Peyton meets Owen—high school classmate and local MMA fighter. Though Owen is charming and gentle, Peyton is determined to repress her growing attraction. But when her old and new life collide, Peyton must reclaim the truth of her past in order to save her future.

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Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Anne Aguirre
February 13th

Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.

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Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
February 27th

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

*March*

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Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi
March 6th

Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

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Inkmistress (Of Fire & Stars 0.5) by Audrey Coulthurst
March 6th

Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves.

But Asra’s peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina’s village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest—the animal she’ll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina’s family.

Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself.

Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history—and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.

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Obsidio (Illuminae #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
March 13th

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

*April*

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Defy The Worlds (Constelation #2) by Claudia Gray
April 3rd

Noemi Vidal has returned to her planet, Genesis, as an outsider. Ostracized for refusing to sacrifice Abel, the galaxy’s most advanced mechanical man, she dreams of traveling through the stars one more time. And when a deadly plague arrives on Genesis, Noemi gets her chance. As the only soldier to have ever left the planet, it will be up to her to save its people…if only she wasn’t flying right into a trap.

Abel, now fully aware of his soul and captaining his own ship, never thought he’d get to see Noemi again, not when the entire universe stands between them. But when his creator, Burton Mansfield, delivers news of Noemi’s capture, Abel must go to her, no matter the cost.

In a race against time, Abel and Noemi band together to stop Mansfield once and for all. The depraved scientist has engineered a way to achieve immortality, but that technology comes with perils of its own. Abel and Noemi are about to discover a secret that could save Genesis and Earth…or destroy them all.

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Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
April 3rd

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
April 24th

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

*May*

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Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
May 8th

Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding, and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing she did that left her miserable and heartbroken—and threatens her future. But her brother, Ian, isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseparable siblings. Miserable, Addie can’t wait to visit her friend in Italy and leave her brother—and her problems—behind.

So when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s able to finally escape her anxious mind and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairy-tale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

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The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde
May 22nd

As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be
perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.

Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.

Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?

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Legendary  (Caraval #2) by Stephanie Garber
May 29th

This year’s Caraval has concluded. Tella is alive—and safe, to her older sister’s relief. But Tella has secrets she has been keeping from Scarlett. Secrets like what Tella promised in exchange for the sisters’ invitations to Caraval in the first place. Secrets about the person to whom these promises were made. And secrets about Julian, the Caraval player who won Scarlett’s heart.

Afraid of revealing the truth to the person who loves her most, Tella runs away to Valenda, the capital of the Empire, to find the mysterious correspondent whom Tella owes. But in the nights leading up to Elantine’s Day, a cross between a masquerade ball, a jubilee, and Caraval, no one is to be trusted . . .

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Listen To Your Heart by Kasie West
May 29th

Talking to other people isn’t Kate Bailey’s favorite activity. She’d much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school’s podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she’ll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.

But to Kate’s surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend … until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

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Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff
May 29th

On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.

Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for trouble–she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she’s on the local gangster’s wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she’s discovered she can somehow destroy machines with the power of her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size because of it.

If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it. The problem is, Eve has had a worse day–one that lingers in her nightmares and the cybernetic implant where her memories used to be. Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel–called a “Lifelike” because they resemble humans–will bring her world crashing down and make her question whether her entire life is a lie.

With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic sidekick Cricket in tow, Eve will trek across deserts of glass, battle unkillable bots, and infiltrate towering megacities to save the ones she loves… and learn the truth about the bloody secrets of her past.

*June*

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Tell Me No Lies (Follow Me Back #2) by A.V. Geiger
June 5th

After months of living under the radar in Mexico, Tessa and Eric are forced out of hiding when Dorian Cromwell—a pop star who was allegedly murdered by a fan—is found alive. What’s more, when intimate photos of Eric and Tessa appear on the Twitter page of Eric Thorn’s biggest fan account, MET, they realize that their time together will never be private again.

Determined to shut down the elusive MET for good, Eric sets out to investigate. But when his search turns up a dead body, and all signs point to Tessa as suspect #1, Eric’s online nightmare becomes an offline reality.

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A Reaper At The Gates (Ember Quartet #3) by Sabaa Tahir
June 12th

Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion—even at the cost of his humanity.

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My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
June 26th

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

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Your Destination is on the Left by Lauren Spieller
June 26th

Dessa Rhodes is a modern day nomad. Her family travels in an RV, their lives defined by state lines, exit signs, and the small communal caravan they call home. Among them is Cyrus, her best friend and long-time crush, whom she knows she can never be with. When your families are perpetually linked, it’s too dangerous to take a risk on romance.

Instead, Dessa looks to the future. She wants to be a real artist and going to art school is her ticket to success and a new life. There’s just one problem: she hasn’t been accepted…anywhere. Suddenly her future is wide open, and it looks like she’s going to be stuck traveling forever.

Then an unexpected opportunity presents itself: an internship working with a local artist in Santa Fe. Dessa struggles to prove to her boss—and herself—that she belongs there, but just as she finally hits her stride, her family suffers an unexpected blow. Faced with losing everything that she has worked for, Dessa has a difficult decision to make. Will she say goodbye to her nomadic lifestyle and the boy she loves? Or will she choose to never stop moving?

Alright, so apparently there are 25 books just in the first half of the year that I am super excited about. So I’m sorry that this post is so long but I hope it made you as excited about some of these books as me. I hope you’re liking these double posts and I still have a lot of new 2018 things to show you all!

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