Top Ten Tuesday | 10 Fandoms I'm In

The Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today's top ten are fandoms that I associate myself with. There are so many more, but I the ones I listed below are pretty representative of what I like. I attempted to broaden the scope by including TV show fandoms, music fandoms, and manga/anime fandoms as well. I had a lot of fun with these gifs, so I hope you enjoy them too.

What fandoms are you in? Let me know in the comments!

1. Supernatural

Just one of my favourite TV shows of all time.
I don't even watch that many shows though-- can I still have a favourite?
Whatever.

2. Teen Wolf

I was absolutely addicted to this show when I started it.
I love the concepts, ideas, and the plot.
A fantastic cast tops it off!

3. Harry Potter

This is one of my longest-standing fandoms.
I grew up with this series.
Once a Potterhead, ALWAYS a Potterhead.

That's a Wrap | January to March 2017


I had a good start at the beginning of the year, but I can already feel my schedule filling up from this point on. (Goodreads tells me I'm three books behind already!) Still, at fourteen books this quarter, I think I did pretty well. Without further ado, here are the books I read from January to March.

1. Bitter of Tongue by Cassandra Clare

There are some great moments in here that help to get a better sense of the Shadowhunter universe.


SYNOPSIS
When Simon is kidnapped by the fey, he’s amazed to find a friend in former Shadowhunter Mark Blackthorn. One of ten adventures in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. After Simon is kidnapped by faeries (why is he always kidnapped?), he uncovers rumors of a secret weapon Sebastian left behind for the faerie queen. He must escape the Fey, relying on his only ally, former Shadowhunter and Dark Artifices character Mark Blackthorn.

2. The Fiery Trial by Cassandra Clare

I love that we get to see the parabatai ritual and what it entails.


SYNOPSIS
Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn become parabatai. Simon and Clary both act as their witnesses, so they can see what a parabatai bond forming looks like as they want to become parabatai as soon as Simon graduates — and because Emma asked Clary. The ritual goes unexpectedly ...

3. Born to Endless Night by Cassandra Clare

One word: MALEC. 90% of the reason I watch the Shadowhunters TV show is because of Malec. #sorrynotsorry


SYNOPSIS
Simon, like the rest of the Academy, is stunned when a navy-skinned warlock baby is found on the Academy steps. They hand the child over to guest lecturer Magnus Bane, who has to bring a child home ... temporarily, of course ... to his man!

First Lines Friday [12]

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

I just recently reread this and it was just as touching as when I first read this. For some reason, I have not read many of this author's works since, so I went to BMV and bought a bunch. :'D

Can you guess what the book is?

THE LINES

When I was seventeen, my life changed forever.

I know that there are people who wonder about me when I say this. They look at me strangely as if trying to fathom what could have happened back then, though I seldom bother to explain. Because I've lived here for most of my life, I don't feel that I have to unless it's on my own terms, and that would take more time than most people are willing to give me.

Review | PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han

PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Publication Date: May 26th 2015
Genre(s): Romance
Pages: 337

GOODREADS | AMAZON

★★★★½
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.

She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.
Note: Because this is the second book of a series, there WILL be To All the Boys I've Loved Before spoilers in this review. DO NOT read this review if you have not yet read the first book ... you have been warned.

This review is so long overdue. I read this all the way back in 2016, which seems oh so very far away. But, I just had to write this review because the book so freaking good, and I need to recommend it to EVERYBODY.

First Lines Friday [11]

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
THE LINES
My hand shakes as I brace myself against the brick wall. Rain falls cold and sharp against my skin, from a sky I've never seen before. It's hard to catch my breath, to get any sense of where I am. All I know is that the Firebird worked. It hangs around my neck, still glowing with the heat of the journey.

Top Ten Tuesday | 10 Books On My Spring TBR

 Top Ten Tuesday | 10 Books On My Spring TBR
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and The Bookish.
Springtime always makes me want to read contemporary and romance. I suppose it's the freshness of the air, and the heavy rain outside that makes me want to curl up under covers and read a nice love story. Here are ten books I'm planning to read this spring, composed of mostly--you guessed it-- romance novels.

Book Haul | Almost Spring Book Outlet Buys

Hello friends! The weather here in Canada is fluctuating like crazy, so even though winter's supposed to be on it's way to gone, it doesn't feel like it. But at least I have these books here to keep me company in the warmth of my house! I bought these books from Book Outlet all the way back in January, but haven't had the time to haul them until now.

I picked up a bunch of books I've been wanting to read for a while now, as well as a select few that I've read but wanted for my library. Without further ado, here are the latest additions to my collection.

First Lines Firday [10]

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
This book is a classic I've been reading for my English class. Despite the general dread surrounding the independent novel study unit, I actually like that we are "forced" to read these books, because otherwise, I might never pick them up, depriving myself of these great stories.

THE LINES

The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn.

Book Tour | Bluff by Julie Dill (Excerpt + Giveaway)


Bluff
by Julie Dill
Publication Date:
February 7th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Young Adult

GOODREADS | AMAZON

Seventeen-year-old Chelsea Knowles is surrounded by the privileged. Michael Kors gym bags and designer shoes are part of her daily scene, but the talented cheerleader has a secret: she and her dad can barely pay the bills. Broken by his wife walking out on their family, Chelsea’s father ignores his responsibilities. Between cheer costs, grocery bills, electricity, and other regular financial burdens, it’s no surprise when a cut-off notice arrives in the mail. Chelsea knows it’ll be up to her to keep the lights on.

With the deck stacked against her, Chelsea decides to bet their future on the dubious poker knowledge she learned from her father before he gave up on parenting. Nervous but determined, Chelsea heads to a casino with very little security and wins big. Thrilled by her win, she’s quickly drawn to the casino again and again. She risks it all, especially when the attractive, young pit boss takes an interest in her.

Chelsea’s life, no longer filled with cheerleading, school, and hanging out with her friends, is now consumed by smoky casino floors and the ups and downs of a gambler’s life. True gamblers know when to fold, but Chelsea keeps betting long after her needs are met. The complicated web of lies soon begins to spin out of control, threatening to expose everything. Will someone see through her bluff?
Happy book release to Julie Dill! Bluff is a fun young adult novel that speaks to all the teens that have ever felt they weren't enough. Read the excerpt below for a little sneak peek of the book!

March 2017 Book of Choice Giveaway Hop


It's giveaway time! Due to such a great response from the first giveaway I held in January, I've decided to participate in FLYLēF's monthly Book of Choice Giveaway again!

THE DETAILS

→ One winner will recieve a book of their choice worth $15 CAD from The Book Depository catalog.
→ This giveaway is international so long as The Book Depository ships to you.
→ This giveaway ends March 15th 2017 at 11:59 EST.
→ I will contact the winner the next day, and they will have 48 hours to respond before I choose another winner.
→ Good luck to everyone entering!

THE GIVEAWAY

a Rafflecopter giveaway

MORE CHANCES TO WIN

Check the other giveaways on this hop for even more chances of winning!


Packing the Pen Case | Pilot Juice Pens .38

A while back, I ordered the Pilot Juice Pens in .38 tip size. They are heavily praised in the stationary community as an all-round staple to keep in your case. Being a pen addict myself, I decided to give them a shot. Here is my review on the Pilot Juice Pens.

Inkitt | Win and Get Published (Writing Contest)

If you enjoy writing, you NEED to check out Inkitt, a free book hosting site. It's very similar to Wattpad, except the main goal of this site is to help you build a readership for your novel, and a pathway to getting published!

One of the main reasons this site interests me is that the members of this site are of a rather large range, which means whatever you publish is certain to appeal to somebody. Compared to Wattpad (much love, no hate), where the majority of stories are tailored towards to a younger audience, you'll have much better luck getting your work read on here.

The other reason Inkitt is so great is that it provides a great opportunity for those thinking of publishing their work. The site hosts writing contests all the time, even as often as once a month. In fact, there is an ongoing contest right now (January 31 - March 31)!

Book Tour | Yours and Mine by Christine Duval

Yours and Mine (Freshman Forty 2)
by Christine Duval
Publication Date: February 10th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, New Adult
Pages: 158

GOODREADS | AMAZON
★★
The highly anticipated sequel to Positively Mine ...

Picking up from the dramatic ending of Positively Mine, Yours and Mine continues the Freshman Forty series as we meet Danny Santoro, Laurel’s baby’s father, for the first time.

It’s been almost a year since he last saw her, that sultry morning she walked off the beach before dawn had even cracked the August sky. It seemed from her silence, she was out of his life forever.

But Laurel’s timing couldn’t be worse to tell him he’s a father. The last year hasn’t been easy. Danny’s own father was arrested for a DUI, his mother moved out, and Danny started sleeping with his brother’s old high school, drug-abusing girlfriend.

After Laurel shocks him with the news, she attempts to relinquish Danny of any parental responsibility leading to a heated custody battle. In an unorthodox arrangement, an eccentric judge orders Danny and Laurel to spend alternating weekends with each other for the upcoming school year.

Told from Danny’s point of view, Yours and Mine explores the second chapter of a romance that never got off the ground, the challenges of young parenting, and the hope of rekindled love.
Happy belated release day to Yours and Mine by Christine Duval! As part of the book tour for Yours and Mine, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours, I'll be sharing my review of the book. Don't forget to check out the other stops on this tour here.

Be sure to read to the end of this post to enter in the giveaway!

First Lines Friday [9]

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
I've been wanting to read this book for the longest time, and I'm just finally getting to it because it's the book of the month for my school's book club. I've heard some fantastic things about it so far, so I hope I'll enjoy it!

I'm not actually sure if the lines I chose count, because I skipped a few pages of "explanation" before the first "chapter." (That sentence probably won't make any sense to you if you haven't picked up the book for yourself ...)

That aside, I have to apologize for my lack of consistency for these FFF posts. :( I will try my best to get them up, because they really are fun, but be wary that I might will miss a few here and there. :)

THE LINES

The man billed as Prospero the Enchanter receives a fair amount of correspondence via the theater office, but this this is the first envelope addressed to him that contains a suicide not, and it is also the first to arrive carefully pinned to the coat of a five-year-old girl.

Review | Reaper's Claim by Simone Elise

Reaper's Claim (Satan's Son MC 1)
by Simone Elise
Publication Date: February 15 2017
Genre(s): Romance
Pages: 400

GOODREADS | AMAZON
★★☆☆☆
In my motorcycle club I’ve earned the name ‘Reaper’ and now I have my claim on Abby Harrison.

Reaper:
I didn’t know what love was, but I knew what want was, and I wanted Abby. When I walked out of the club and saw her I was stone cold sober. She was quietly beautiful and unlike any other woman I’d had before. But she was the daughter of the president of Satan’s Sons MC and completely out of my reach.

Abby:
Everyone knew The Reaper and how he got his name, so I never expected him to be my salvation when my sisters drunk boyfriend wanted to lay hands on me. I thought my innocence would be lost in that alley, until he showed up and saved me. I know being with Reaper will lead to trouble, but I don’t know if I have the strength to stay away.

Being together might be dangerous, but outlaws are meant to break the rules.
First and foremost, I'd like to say happy release day to Simone Elise! Her Wattpad story has garnered over 10.8 million reads, and now, Reaper's Claim is being published! While I may not have had the best experience with this book, I know that there are many people this book would appeal to.

Onto my review!

Review | Positively Mine by Christine Duval

Positively Mine (Freshman Forty 1)
by Chirstine Duval
Publication Date: Decemeber 19th 2013
Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 204

GOODREADS | AMAZON
★★½☆☆
It is four weeks into her freshman year of college, and Laurel’s first test was unexpected. Discovering she’s pregnant isn’t exactly what she had planned for her first semester, and while she intends to tell her emotionally-distant father, being away at school makes it all too easy to hide.

An imperfect heroine plagued by bad choices and isolated during what should be the best time of her life, readers are sure to identify with Laurel as she confronts teen pregnancy, in secret.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Positively Mine is about a young girl, barely into adulthood, who finds herself pregnant during her first year of college. Scared out of her wits, she decides to keep her pregnancy a big secret, from everyone, including from her father, and the baby's father.

I wasn't quite sure about how I felt about the book after I finished it, and I'm still not quite sure how I feel about this book now, as I'm writing this. There's a good story here, but it didn't make me feel anything. These kinds of books are supposed to be heartbreaking, and move me to tears, but as I read this book; nothing.

Review | More Than You Know by April Bennett

More Than You Know (Second Chances 2)
by April Bennett
Publication Date: June 29th 2016
Genre(s): Romance
Pages: 337

GOODREADS | AMAZON
★★★½☆
Reeling from a painful divorce, Miranda has returned to her hometown after a fifteen-year absence. When her brother offers her a job with the family company she takes it, not realizing she’ll be working with the man who was once the object of her teen fantasies.

When lifelong bachelor Robert decides to reform his rakish ways, he moves from Chicago to the little town of Alandale. Away from the
bustling pace of city living, he settles into a new work partnership with his best friend.

His new assistant Miranda is a mystery to him, and Robert is a thorn in her side. Chemistry sizzles between them, but they have both been burned once. Will they let past heartaches, fear of disrupting the status quo, and a disapproving older brother ruin their future?
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

More Than You Know is the second book of the Second Chances series, though it can be read as a standalone. I adored this book, and it touched me in all the right places. It follows the stories of two people, Miranda and Robert, both hurt by past loves and prevented from that pain to allow themselves to fall in love again ... until they meet each other. At first they are hesitant, but the more time they spend together, the more they are willing to give love another chance.

Book Blitz | Romeo & What's Her Name by Shani Petroff


Happy release day to Shani Petroff! I haven't read any of her books, but this one looks like something I'd read. Her writing style seems super fun!

Below, you'll find an excerpt of her latest novel, as well as a giveaway (open to US and Canadian residents) for a print copy of the book!

Romeo & What's Her Name by Shani Petroff
Publication date: February 7th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance

GOODREADS | AMAZON

Understudies never get to perform

. . . which is why being Juliet's understudy in the school's yearly "Evening with Shakespeare" is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it's just:

a) Shakespeare is HARD,
b) Amanda, aka the "real" Juliet, makes her run errands instead of lines, and
c) there's no point because Amanda would never miss the chance to be the star of the show.

Then, Amanda ends up in the hospital and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?

THE EXCERPT

I stood there like a lump, waiting for my line. Finally, I turned toward Kayla and repeated, “I said, LOUDER-ETH.”

She fed me the line again. Supercrazy loud this time. “I would not for the world.”

It was so loud, the crowd heard it and started to laugh. Not the snickers from before, but those evil, full belly laughs people get when watching home videos of someone getting kicked in the groin. Wes was going to hate me for putting him through this. This torture needed to end.

“Methinks,” I said, “I could use-eth a book-eth.” Come on, Kayla. Take the hint. “You know-eth. A BOOK-ETH where-est I can recite-eth beauteous words to thee . . . thou . . . whatever. I NEED THE BOOK-ETH.”

As I was shouting that last book-eth, I got my wish. The script came sailing from off stage left and hit me in the back of the head. “Ow,” I unintentionally yelled, to the delight of the crowd. It weighed a ton.

“Sorry,” Kayla whispered. “My bad.”

I didn’t care. I’d get over the pain faster than the embarrassment I was suffering. I was just happy to have the script. At least I was until I realized Kayla hadn’t bookmarked the page I needed. It was the complete works of Shakespeare. There was no way I would find the right page. Not to mention that since the book was with me, Kayla couldn’t even feed me lines anymore. R&J wasn’t a tragedy. My life was.

I was so flunking English.

“Would thou like some help, my sweet Juliet?”

Did Wes just call me sweet? I swung around to face him, but I wasn’t paying attention to where I was stepping and my foot went right off the balcony. Wes lunged forward to catch me, but why would anything go right for me? So instead of Wes stopping me from hitting the floor, I took him down with me.

I was lying on top of Wes Rosenthal. Only, this was not like any of my daydreams. This was mortifying. I rolled off him and jumped up. “Are you okay?” I was visibly shaking.

Wes stood up, too. “Don’t worry-eth, Juliet,” he said without any anger in his voice. He even smiled at me. For a second I thought that meant he didn’t hate me for the craziness I was causing. But then I remembered he was acting. He actually took what he was doing seriously, and right now his part called for him to be in love with Juliet.

Wes said some line I assumed was to get us back on track. But I had no response. I couldn’t take it anymore. The laughter of the audience. The panic coursing through my body. The thought of making Wes suffer more. It needed to end.

So I did the only thing I could think of—something super Elizabethan. I put the back of my and to my forehead, pretended to swoon, and let my whole body fall back to the ground with a loud thump.

“I am so sorry-eth, Romeo.”

“It’s okay.” He sat down on the ground next to me and took my hand. I felt little sparks fly through me.

I shook my head. I couldn’t let him go through this anymore. “No, I know how-eth this play end-eth. I think I shall stab-eth myself now to save-eth us both.”

“Finally,” someone in the audience yelled out.

I picked up an imaginary dagger and began to plunge it into my heart.

“No,” Wes said, stopping me before I committed imaginary suicide. “Our story is not over yet. So let’s just say, ‘Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night ‘til it be morrow.’”

I was pretty sure that was supposed to be my line. But I decided I probably shouldn’t point that out. Then he stood up and walked off the stage.

After a moment, someone finally took mercy on me and brought the stage lights down.

The scene was over. But I knew all too well that my embarrassment was just beginning.

THE GIVEAWAY

a Rafflecopter giveaway

THE AUTHOR


Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She's the author of the “Bedeviled” series, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of the "Destined" series which includes Ash and Ultraviolet. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.

First Lines Friday [8]

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
As I am writing this on a Thursday, I thought it might be appropriate to do a little throwback. :) Let me know in the comments if you knew the title before you saw it!

THE LINES

Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.

Stationery | The First


I have always had a great affinity for stationery and having started my bullet journal last year, I've become even more inclined towards nice pens and other paper goods. Because of this, I'm thinking about starting a stationery segment on my blog, and will continue it depending on the feedback I recieve. I know that many of you enjoy writing just as much as you do reading, so I thought you might appreciate these kinds of posts.

I thought a haul would open this segment nicely, so without further delay, here are some stationery items I've collected over the past few weeks!

Cover Reveal | Under the Peaches by Shana Vanterpool

THE BOOK

Under the Peaches (Teaching Love 1) by Shana Vanterpool
Publication date: February 28th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

ADD TO GOODREADS

Unwanted. A word eighteen-year-old Kaelyn Jefferies knows better than most. Given up at birth, she knows nothing of love. Now she navigates this world blind, worrying only about her present to survive. And sometimes when you’re the only guide you have, you don’t always do what’s best for yourself.

After another confrontation with her bully, Kaelyn flees to her hiding spot to be alone and nurse her wounds. Instead, she finds Julian Ean, the gorgeous twenty-four-year-old calculus teacher the other girls whisper about, nursing a few of his own. Until that moment, Mr. Ean was simply a man she passed in the halls. Afterwards, he is impossible to ignore … to forget.

Mr. Ean only wanted to help Kaelyn. Patch her up and show her she was worth so much more than she was giving herself. He didn’t mean to fall in love with a student. It’s wrong, he knows it, but he can’t help himself around her. Not when her pain feels like his.

Kaelyn didn’t mean to fall in love with a teacher. It’s wrong, she knows it, but after Mr. Ean shows her what a real smile feels like, there’s no going back after that …

Book one in the Teaching Love Series, comes a poignant coming-of-age novel showcasing the beauty of strength and the delicious lure of forbidden love by Shana Vanterpool …

THE AUTHOR

When I walk into a book store I feel at home.

When I smell the pages of a brand new book things make sense.

When I read I am who I always wanted to be. I read to escape and I write so others can as well.

My family, my actress dog Bella, coffee, and a steamy love story are a few of my most precious things.


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First Lines Friday [7]

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
THE LINES
The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.

Of course, Tally thought, you'd have to feed your cat only the salmon-flavored cat food for a whole, to get the pink right, The scudding clouds did look a bit fishy, rippled into scales by a high-altitude wind. As the light faded, deep blue gaps of night peered through like an upside-down ocean, bottomless and cold.

Cover Reveal | Crossroads by Laney McMann

THE BOOK

Crossroads (The CrossWorld Chronicles 1) by Laney McMann
Publication Date: Winter 2017
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

GOODREADS

Hawk Holland is dead—he just doesn’t know it.

At seventeen, Hawk is a professional Motocross rider. Hot, badass, smart—with a drug problem—and a death wish. Winning is what he does best. Being in the spotlight is second nature. But after his best friend dies of an overdose during a televised race, Hawk goes down a road that leads to a similar fate—and that’s just the way he wants it—or so he thought.

Fawn Marchat is a CrossWorlder. Her lineage stems from her greatest of grandmothers, the Goddess Hecate. Fawn has many gifts, including the ability to see into the Afterlife and save souls on the Crossroads of death. But between her over-bearing grandfather insisting she follow the path of her elders in Wiccan Craft and assume her birthright, her uptight private Catholic school, and her mom always on her case about the only positive diversion in her life—Fawn has no desire to save anyone but herself.

When the world of the living collides with the world of the dead, Hawk Holland realizes a choice he made while under the influence set him on the fast-track to the Crossroads, a waylay station for lost souls with a one way ticket to Hell—and Fawn is the only one who might be able to save him.

THE AUTHOR

Young Adult Dark Fantasy Writer, Myths and Legends Believer, Voracious Reader, Music Snob, World Builder, Poet, Quote Junkie.

My thoughts on Writing, Social Media, Reading, Books, Publishing, and Music. Generally.

Author of The Fire Born Novels TIED, TORN & TRUE Author of The Primordial Principles CRYSTALLUM 2015, DAEMONEUM 2016 Author of The CrossWorld Chronicles CROSSROADS (2016) Pub'd by J. Taylor Publishing, Jagged Lane Books, and formerly by Booktrope Editions Publishing.

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Mystery Blogger Tag


Thank you to Fleur @ Frankly Books for nominating me! This the first time I’ve ever done something like this. :) Big thanks to also to Okoto Enigma for creating this tag.

First Lines Friday [6]

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
THE LINES
So in order to understand everything that happened, you have to start from the premise that high school sucks. Do you accept that premise? Of course you do. It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. In fact, high school is where we are first introduced to the basic existential question of life: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad?

Review: In This Life by Christine Brae

In This Life by Christine Brae
Published January 22nd 2016
Genre(s): Romance
Pages: 382 pages
Format: ebook
Source: Netgalley
GOODREADS | AMAZON
★★★½☆
Secrets ruin lives, and lies protect those secrets…

Wanting to escape her life in New York City before starting medical school in the fall, Anna Dillon convinces her best friend Dante to travel with her to Thailand on a medical mission. While volunteering in a coastal village recently ravaged by a tsunami, Anna meets Jude Grayson. They share an instant attraction that leads to a brief, passionate affair. When she has to rush home for a family emergency, he promises to stay in touch.

But Jude never calls, and Anna tries desperately to forget him.

Five years pass, and Anna finally moves on with Dante after giving up hope that Jude will ever return—until they come face to face again in a chance encounter. Reeling, Anna discovers the life-altering secret of why Jude never contacted her—and why they can’t be together. But the passion that ignited between them on an exotic beach years ago never died, making it impossible to stay away from each other.

And Dante? Anna discovers that the friend she grew to love—and trust—has a secret of his own.
In This Life was an interesting read. The story kept me turning pages and the writing is quite beautiful, but there are some points in the story that could use a bit of work.

The novel is about a young woman who encounters a stranger while on a volunteering expedition. Within ten days of spending time with each other, they fall completely head-over-heels in love with each other. But Anna and Jude are ripped apart due to the death of Anna’s mother. She must rush back to see her family, and he needs to go back to his life.

For five long years, Anna can only dream of the day he will show up back in her life again. Until she can’t. Devastated by the loss of two loved ones, Anna finds solstice in her best friend Dante, who she eventually marries. And just as she begins to come to terms with the fact that it just wasn’t meant to be, guess who shows up?

10 Highly Anticipated Debut Novels of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
This week's Top Ten Tuesday post is about author debuts you're excited for in 2017. There seems to be many super interesting books stepping onto the scene. In no particular order, here are my ten!

⟹ The covers link to their respective Goodreads pages for easy adding to your shelf. :)

1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval—Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
I've been seeing this book everywhere, so I'm super hyped about this one. Also, have you read this book's synopsis? I don't think it needs a reason as to why it's on my list. 😁

2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs.

The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer.

Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice.

Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.
This book tackles some important ideas that are extremely prevalent in our world today. I'm very excited to read this book. It has gotten wonderful reviews from what I've seen.

3. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
The Breakfast Club is one of my all-time favourite movies, so this caught my attention right off the bat. I'm hoping to see some interesting characters in this novel.