Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Sloth Cannot Believe He Met

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is...

Authors Sloth Cannot Believe He Met!

In case you a new visitor to WLABB, I would like to introduce you to Sloth. He is the unofficial mascot of WLABB and he goes places. Unfortunately, he has not gone anywhere recently *sad face*, so he would like to reminisce about some of the great authors he had the pleasure meeting.

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Last year, Sloth went to BEA in Chicago, and had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. He is a superfan of the Illuminae Files series, and was simply ecstatic to get a copy of Gemina after waiting in line for over 2 hours. Bottomline: totally worth the wait.

Nicola Yoon

 Sloth also met Nicola Yoon at BEA 2016. He was absolutely smitten with her, and loved both Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star.

Jennifer Niven

BEA 2016 was a dream come true for Sloth, as he also got to meet Jennifer Niven. Sloth cried a river of tears after reading All the Bright Places, and found Niven's latest book, Holding Up the Universe, to be less sad, but equally as great.

Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera was at BEA 2016 with a line that wrapped around the showroom floor for his History Is All You Left Me signing, but he found the time to meet and greet Sloth. *yeah!*

C.J. Redwine

In 2015, Sloth traveled to Nashville for the Utopia con. He was very excited to hear Redwine talk about The Shadow Queen, and could not wait to read it!

Katie McGarry

Katie McGarry is a FAVORITE of mine and Sloth's. This was a fun meeting, because it was totally random. When Utopia con rolls into Nashville, it takes over the entire hotel. We were in the lobby, eating lunch, and who sits down next to us! Katie McGarry! Sloth tried not to fan-sloth too hard, but he still asked for the picture. McGarry's panel was one of Sloth's favorites, as she gave such an impassioned speech about how books have affected her life, which left him pumped for the Thunder Road books.

Marissa Meyer

Another fabulous author sloth meet back in 2015, was Marissa Meyer. Sloth adored The Lunar Chronicles, and could not stop averring his love for this series.

Karole Cuzzo & Sandy Hall

Sloth swooned over Karole Cuzzo and Sandy Hall at BookIt Con 2016. He was really excited to get his copy of How to Keep Rolling After a Fall autographed!

Mackenzi Lee

Another fabulous author Sloth met at BookIt Con 2016, was Mackenzi Lee. She was so much fun to take pictures with, and nice enough to sign his copy of This Monstrous Thing.

Jodi Meadows

One of Sloth's favorite tables at BookIt Con 2016, was Jodi Meadows' table. She brought so many "friends" and even had a unicorn garden! It was quite a memorable visit.

What authors have you met?
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Monday, March 27, 2017

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. This post is for sharing what I read last week, what I am currently reading, and what I plan to read.

What I Read Last Week

This was a GREAT reading week. I was definitely on a contemporary kick, which probably contributes to the volume of books read, since they tend to be shorter.

I was way more discriminating with my audiobook picks this past week, after DNFing two the prior week. I knew I would like Echo Lake, as I have liked the previous books in this series. Then and Always was an awesome surprise though. It was a random pick from Overdrive, and it was not what I thought it was going to be, but WOW! I really enjoyed it. The ending was so beautifully painful. Atkins did such a masterful job in designing that part. If I talk about his too much, I am start shedding tears.

Most of the contemporaries did that contemporary thing with the open endings, that always leave me wanting. They were all generally enjoyable, but what can I say, I needed more closure. One book that did a magnificent job of that was Coming Up for Air. Kennally has hinted that this may be the last Hundred Oak book, and if it is, she did the fans a solid with that epilogue. I also really enjoyed Anything You Can Do. Grey is an author, who I usually enjoy. I had just finished a super sad book, and this one snapped me right out of my funk. I was surprised at how happy this book made me. It surpassed my expectations, and that is what made it worthy of that extra half star.

What I Am Currently Reading

So far, Bossypants is delivering on the the funny. Tina Fey and I are close in age, and it's uncanny how many of the same musings we share from our youth. I also think her dad and my dad would be BFFs, and I am really enjoying this audiobook.

The Duke of Bannerman Prep is a Great Gatsby re-telling, which piqued my interest. I just started, so not much to say, but so far, so good.

What I Plan to Read

I made a real effort to mix up my picks for this week. I have fantasy, rom-com, contemporary, and mystery on deck. I bought Velva Jean solely because I am such a fan of Jennifer Niven's newer work, and was curious to see how her back catalog was. Fingers crossed I have another great reading week.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Stuffed Animal Saturday: #scandal - Sarah Ockler

Stuffed Animal Saturday is a meme that we post here at We Live and Breathe Books to showcase the book we're currently reading with one of our favorite stuffed animals and discuss our stuffed animal's opinion (well, it's really our opinion, but that's besides the point). We hope you enjoy our quirky feature as much as we enjoy writing it!

This Saturday, Helga and I are reading #scandal by Sarah Ockler .

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation.

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love...

So far:

I just finished my last book right before I went to sleep, so I am only on page one of this book. Therefore, not much to say yet. I will mention why I am reading this book, though. I am a big fan of Ocular's work. So far, I have read three of her books, and they were 4 and 5 star reads for me. Ocular is another contemporary writer, who I can depend upon to deliver the type of story I will like. I was excited to see #scandal was one of the free reads on Riveted, and that pretty much solidified my decision to read this book.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review: Things I Should Have Known - Claire LaZebnik

Things I Should Have Known
Claire LaZebnik
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reading Challenges: #NGEW2017

Things Chloe Knew: Her sister, Ivy, was lonely. Ethan was a perfect match. Ethan's brother, David, was an arrogant jerk.
Things Chloe Should Have Known: Setups are complicated. Ethan could be a perfect boyfriend...but probably not for Ivy. David might be the one person who really gets Chloe.  
I went into this book thinking that it was a romance, but it was so, so much more. This story is told from Chloe's point of view, and she is an attractive, smart, popular girl dating one of the most popular and attractive boys at school. From the outside, you would think Chloe has it all, but her home life is far from perfect. Her stepfather is overbearing, her mother is needy, and her sister autistic. Chloe puts on a good front, but her home life leaves her feeling isolated, as her friends just cannot relate or understand.
"You have a great boyfriend and you do well at school and everyone likes you," she said to me when she was explaining her theory. "You're even blond. So of course your family situation is a little, you know...challenging. That's life keeping things in balance."
Chloe feels obligated to be there for her sister, but yearns to live her own life. From there, an idea is born to find a friend for Ivy. The idea of putting Ivy and Ethan together seems perfect, until Chloe finds out that Ethan's brother is her nemesis, David.
"I don't mind coming along."
"Even if you have to hang out with the most hated member of your class?"
"Don't flatter yourself," I say. "No one cares enough about you to hate you."
I don't know where to start, so I will start with David and Chloe. I loved these two. I found the verbal sparring from the early chapters delicious, and the honest, deep discussion in the later chapters quite touching. These two carried a lot on their shoulders. They both had siblings with autism, who they felt they needed to care for and protect, because their parents were not quite up to the challenge. They found comfort in each other, and gave each other the type of support only those in the same situation could. They both struggled with their own wants and needs, and the needs of their siblings. Finding that balance was difficult, and came at a cost.
"You're a good brother," I say.
"I make up for that by being a horrible human being in every other way."
I absolutely adored LaZenik's writing. It was full of wit, humor, affection, and honesty. There was such an ease to it, and the story just flowed naturally. When reading the afterword, I was not surprised to find out that this book was written by a person who loves someone with autism, as Ivy and Ethan were portrayed honestly and respected in the story. LaZenik show the good, the bad, and the ugly that is out there. How the world can seem to those with autism, how poorly some people react to those with autism, and how wonderful someone on the spectrum can be. I appreciated how she brought me in their world, and thank her for her candor and honesty.
It's like people have a place in their brain for normal, and they have a place in their brain for something obviously wrong, but they can't deal with something a little bit different. 
There is quite a bit of lovely romance going on in this book. I found it all quite adorable, and loved every minute of it. I have feels over and over again. It was fantastic.

 This book sort of had everything I look for in a great YA contemporary: well thought out characters, great dialogue, honest portrayals, and growth. Growth is really important to me, as I always want my characters to have changed for the better, and LaZebnik gave me that.

Overall: A wonderful story of love, compassion, understanding, and acceptance filled with things that put a smile on my face and a pitter-patter in my heart.

**I would like to thank NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group for the advanced copy of this book

Ethan loved movie! 
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Legion - Julie Kagawa

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on Legion by Julie Kagawa.

Julie Kagawa
Series: Talon, #4
Release Date: April 25,  2017
Publisher: Mira Ink
Waited on by: Sam

The legions are about to be unleashed, and no human, rogue dragon or former dragon slayer can stand against the coming horde. Book 4 of 5 in The Talon Saga from New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa.

Dragon hatchling Ember Hill was never prepared to find love at all--dragons do not suffer human emotions--let alone the love of a human and a former dragonslayer, at that. With ex-soldier Garret dying at her feet after sacrificing his freedom and his life to expose the deepest of betrayals, Ember knows only that nothing she was taught by dragon organization Talon is true. About humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she's capable of doing and feeling.

In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against the dragon-slaying Order of St. George and her own twin brother Dante--the heir apparent to all of Talon, and the boy who will soon unleash the greatest threat and terror dragonkind has ever known.

Talon is poised to take over the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the world with the promise of blood and death to those who refuse to yield.

It's no secret, that I am a Kagawa fan. Her Iron Fey series remains one of my favorites, and Talon is on its way to joining that list. 

I loved book 1 and 2. Both were 5-star reads for me. So, when Soldier came out, I was really excited to read, what I thought, was the final book in the series. Lo and behold, there will be 5 books! You can see why I was sort of put off when the book ended in a very rude cliffy. Couple that, with the fact that my ship appeared to be sinking, you can see why I only gave the third book 4.5-stars.

Even after all of that, I still NEED this book. Kagawa often does this. She creates a situation, which breaks your heart a little or leaves you angry, but after reading a bunch of her books, I have grown to trust that this all happened for a good reason. So, I will eagerly await Legion, and keep my fingers crossed that I get those answers I so desperately seek. 

What are you waiting on?
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Monday, March 20, 2017

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. This post is for sharing what I read last week, what I am currently reading, and what I plan to read.

What I Read Last Week

I did very well with my book reading this week. I read ALL the books I planned to read. However, I abandoned two audiobooks. I just could not get into them. They had good reviews, but maybe they just didn't work on audio.

My favorite read this week, was When Dimple Met Rishi. My heart was exploding during this one. If you like fun and adorable contemporary romances with some cultural diversity, you will love this one.

What I Am Currently Reading

Other Breakable Things was sort of a teen version of Me Before You. It was a tragic love story, that left me a snotty mess. Therefore, I needed a fun read to follow it up, and I can count on R.S. Grey to bring the funny.

I am hoping for more success with my audiobook selection this week. Then and Always sounds promising as I am a fan of the books that are name dropped in the synopsis. Fingers crossed!

What I Plan to Read

I have been wanting to read both #scandal and Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies. Rocks was available on Overdrive and #scandal is a Riveted free read. Yeah! All of the books I selected, with the exception of Rocks, is by an author I have read before, thus, I think this will be a great week.

What are you reading?
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

#SignedBookSunday: This Shattered World - Kaufman & Spooner

This Shattered World 
Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound, #2
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

For #SignedBookSunday, I am featuring This Shattered World. This is the second book in a series that I adored. This book was a SciFi Romeo and Juliet, and did an amazing job advancing the story of the colonies and the whispers.

I was lucky enough to meet Megan Spooner at YallFest back in 2015, and was able to get my book signed. I was quite sad last year, because I was unable to attend the event again. To date, I would say this is one of my favorite bookish events. There are so many reasons to love this YallFest!

That time, when Sloth met Meagan Spooner

  • The event is essentially free. YallCrawl and almost all the panels are free of charge. There are a few ticketed events, but the charge is nominal. I paid $7 per ticket. 
  • It's in Charleston, South Carolina. This was my first trip to Charleston, and I have to say, it is a beautiful city. The people were lovely, and I ate some fantastic southern food. 
  • Usually, I am stuck in a convention center, but here, the festival takes over! It was so much fun, walking from place to place for different events, and there are book lovers everywhere! 
  • YallFest is packed with ah-mazing authors every year. There are tons of signing opportunities, and incredible panels. I struggled selecting the events to attend. 
  • The atmosphere was friendly and there was always someone on the line, who wanted to talk about their favorite books with you. 

I hope to attend YallFest again this year, and to someday attend YallWest as well. Fingers crossed!

What was the best bookish event you have attended?
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review: The Last Thing You Said - Sara Biren

The Last Thing You Said 
Sara Biren
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Amulet Books
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reading Challenges: #ContRom2017, #NGEW2017, #DebutAuthorChallenge

The last thing she said --
It's a good day to have a good day." She leans in close to me and whispers, "BRB, Lucy. Promise me."
I knew this books would elicit tears, when a few escaped as I read the author's introductory note.

This is a sad story of what happens when a life is cut short. It's about those who are left behind, and how they are supposed to survive without that person. I lost several friends too soon, and therefore was able to relate to this story. Biren deftly portrayed people in the throes of grief. The primary focus of the story was Ben and Lucy, but she also included Trixie's parents and other family members. I appreciated that Biren did this, because she showed that grief, and how one deals with this grief, is not a one-size-fits-all situation.
Her life was short, but she did - she lived it.
This story really hit home for me on so many levels, as I lost several friends way too soon. It made me reflect on how I dealt with those losses. The coincidence that I finished reading this story on THIS day, which is always a little sad for me as I remember my good friend who I lost in a plane crash, was uncanny. It was many years ago, but I still hold a little piece of him in my heart and a little bit of the pain is still there too. So, yeah, I could relate to this story, and found that the pain and ache permeated this story was so real.
"Tell me a Trixie." I smile. This has become one of our favorite activities, a way I can keep Trixie alive.
The parts where memories of Trixie were shared were among my favorite parts of this book. I swear! Every one of them brought a smile to my face, and made my eyes shiny. These vignettes were so beautifully crafted, and radiated with love for their cherished friend and sister. They were just perfect. The picture of Trixie painted for us, was one of a girl who loved recklessly and lived her life out loud. She brought joy to those who she loved and who loved her back, but she had flaws, and I liked that Biren included those too.
Be really brave. BRB - our code.
The broken relationship between Ben and Lucy was so painful! There were times when I thought my heart just could not take any more. These two were so deep in their hole of anguish, that they were missing out on their best means for survival. It is here that I will thank Biren for giving both Ben and Lucy such wonderful support systems in the form of Guthrie and Hannah. Guthrie was this fabulous strong but silent type, who has this zen-mystical quality. And Hannah! Hannah was loud and showy and sometimes crass, but she was thoughtful, understanding, persistent when necessary, and perceptive. She knew exactly what Lucy needed and when. It was really touching the way she shared in Lucy's pain and wanted to help her remember Trixie, even though she never met her. #FriendshipGoals.

I really loved the way Biren worked the inuksuit into the story. The whole purpose of the inuksuit as a form of communication to say you were here or to tell someone they are on the right path. Ben used these structures as a way to find his way back: back to Lucy and back to himself. It was very poetic and beautiful.
I stack the rocks and they fall and I stack them again until I find balance.

Ben was so careful and methodical about it, so intent on achieving balance where there should be none.
And the ending image featuring the inuksuit just made my heart leap with joy.

Overall: A lovely and poignant story of love and loss which hit me right in the feels, and is leaving me wanting more from Sara Biren.

**I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy of this book

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: How to Keep Rolling After a Fall - Karole Cozzo

How to Keep Rolling 
After a Fall 
Karole Cuzzo
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reading Challenges: #ContRom2017, #DiverseReads2017, Shelf Love

Nikki made a mistake. Nikki stood by and allowed her friends to post photos to her Facebook account with the intention of publicly shaming one of their classmates. Her house. Her party. Her account. Nikki is the sole culprit in the eyes of the school and is expelled. But it's not over. Her father won't look her in the eye, her mother doesn't trust her, and she is an outcast at her new school. All seems hopeless, until she meets Pax, a wheelchair rugby player with a contagious smile and a forgiving heart. This is a second chance Nikki cannot pass up.

I loved Cuzzo's last book, How to Say I Love You Out Loud, and I had great expectations for this book. Once again, Cuzzo delivered a beautiful story laced with some pain, life lessons, and lots of love.

I was reading the reader letter at the end of the book, and found Cuzzo's argument for why she chose to write about the aggressor of a bullying incident versus the victim quite interesting, and I am glad to chose to write about Nikki, because this challenged me as a reader. Thanks to Cuzzo's ability to craft characters, I did grow to care deeply for Nikki, and though I understand that silence is acceptance, I still felt like the situation was unjust. Nikki's excommunication was severe. She paid the price over and over and over again until Pax. Pax believed in second chances, and allowed Nikki to redeem herself. Everyone should be so lucky to have a Pax in their lives.
"'I'm a firm believer in new beginnings. Looking back all the time...It really starts to hurt your neck.' He shrugs carelessly. 'If you don't want to be defined by your past, you shouldn't have to be.'" 
And now for my favorite part of the story - Pax. This guy was the stuff that book boyfriends are made of. He was Nikki's champion, compassionate, patient, understanding, giving, and generally looked on the brighter side. It was a hard fought journey from his post-accident self to where he was in this story, but he was getting to that place of acceptance. He was accepting that his old life was gone, and he was helping Nikki get there too.
"'With all due respect, sir,' Pax begins quietly, maintaining eye contact all the while, 'did you love her because she was flawless, or did you love her because you loved her?'"
And what's a Swoon Reads without the swoon. I am feeling so many emotions trying to describe the joy I felt as the romance between Pax and Nikki blossomed. Pax rolled in as Nikki was receiving another public tongue lashing. He gave her comfort and friendship, but he did not anticipate what evolved from there. This relationship had some bumps, which was probably very realistic. Pax was a paraplegic, and this came with other medical issues, as well as, limitations due to how the rest of the world isn't necessarily accessible. I appreciated that Cuzzo showed us that other side of Pax, and gave us some insight into the affects this had on his relationships. But in the end, they were beautiful together.
"We kiss and we kiss, and every now and again, my legs bob forward, grazing his, or float out behind me, useless and unimportant. Legs don't matter anymore. Pax's arms are enough to keep me afloat."
At the end of this story, Nikki was not the same girl she was "before". She had grown and change, and this metamorphosis was due to Pax. He was able to help her see things differently, and nurtured her and challenged her, as she grew and changed.
"The literal translation of Pax, I learned, is peace."
Once again, Cuzzo delivers an impactful story, that doesn't gloss over the issues. She shows the good, the bad, and the ugly side, but still manages to leave me with a story that leaves my heart bursting with joy.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks topic is...

Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR

Happy Pi Day! I have a TBR, that if written out, would reach from here to the Great Wall. Needless to say, it was a difficult task picking ten for this list. It kind of reads like a list of Waiting on Wednesday posts, and I don't own most of these books. However, I will do everything in my power to try and read these books.

A Court of Wings and Ruin
Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books

This is one of my favorite SFF series. I know, I don't read a lot of SFF, but this one is just incredible, and the ending of ACOMAF! I needed this book like ten seconds after I finished ACOMAF. Therefore, this book has the HIGHEST priority on my Spring TBR.

Eliza and Her Monsters
Francesca Zappia
Publisher: Greenwillow Books

This was one of my WoWs for a myriad of reasons. First and foremost: cover lust (I know, I am shallow). That cover is a thing of beauty, and it is my understanding that there will be more amazing artwork in the book. The story also sounds amazing, and I suspect, this will be a book I could love.

Amy Tintera
Series: Ruined, #2
Publisher: HarperTeen

Tintera won me over with Ruined. I was totally swept away by Tintera's storytelling, and I found myself so invested in the characters. There was magic, battles, action, romance, and just an overall great story. Oh, there was a cliffy too. So, I think it's obvious why I need to this book!

Royal Bastards
Andrew Shvarts
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

True story: This was one the first (and few) digital ARC rejections I received. Nonetheless, I still really want to read this book. This title was one of my TTT: 2017 Debuts I'm Excited For, and I am still excited. All the buzz has been good, and it sounds like it will be a lot of fun. Hoopla gets a lot of Disney titles, so hopefully, it will get this one too, guaranteeing I read it.

Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Delacorte Press

This book was also one of my Wows. Jennifer E. Smith is one of my favorite contemporary authors. Her books always leave me feeling happy, warm, and fuzzy. The biggest reason I want to read this book is because she wrote it. The premise also appears to have the promise of being super cute, though, interestingly enough, another of my warm-fuzzy-authors (Kasie West) has a book coming out with a lottery win involved. I am interested in seeing how each author spins that plot.

Lord of Shadows
Cassandra Clare
Series:The Dark Artifices, #2
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

This one is simple: I just MUST read this book. I was a later reader of the Shadowhunter books, but once I started, I just plowed right through them all. I love this world, and CC gave us such a wonderful cast in this next generation of Shadowhunters in this series. I love the Blackthorns so much, I am still holding out for them adopting me into the family. As part of a series, I obviously want to read this book, because I have to find out what happens next. I was so upset after the ending of Lady Midnight. I know Clare must be inflicting all this heartache on me for a reason, and fingers crossed, I get some answers (and resolution?) in this book.

Once and For All
Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

I want to read this book pretty much for the same reasons that I want to read Windfall. It is written by another of my happy-warm-fuzzy authors. Sarah Dessen books always leave me feeling contented. She writes contemporary YA romances with just the right amount of angst, humor, and drama. I know when I pick up one of her books, it will leave me purring like a cat.

More of Me
Kathryn Evans
Publisher: Amulet Books

This is an SFF book with a very intriguing concept. The MC, Teva, has a genetic anomaly, which produces a clone herself every year. Each year, the "new" Teva takes control of the life, but now, the current Teva wants to keep her life and will battle the new clone for control. Sounds interesting, right? I am also on a big push to read debut authors, because I want to say I was there at the beginning when they blow up. *Grins*

Words in Deep Blue
Cath Crowley
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

This one has been on my radar for a while, and I was ecstatic when I was approved for this ARC. A few awesome things: a book about books, love letters, and second chances. I love books, I love love, and any story with second chances always keep that fire of hope alive in my heart.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

I am sort of nervous about this one. I adore this series, and cannot wait to be back in the swing of things with the Song sisters, but I am terrified that Han is going to sink my ship. She keeps putting Lara Jean and Peter in stormy seas, and he really was my favorite the whole time. Fingers crossed!

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Monday, March 13, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. This post is for sharing what I read last week, what I am currently reading, and what I plan to read.

What I Read Last Week

This was a stupendous reading week. I pretty much read all contemporary romances with the exception of I See You (suspense/thriller), but they were all quite entertaining. My favorite, by far, was Alex, Approximately. It was just the stuff that great YA books are made of. I was happy to finally get to my March Diverse Reading Challenge. The challenge was to read a book where the main character has a disability. I selected How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, because the male MC is a paraplegic, and also because I have had this book since last summer (signed nonetheless). Cuzzo delivered another wonderful story, and is quickly working her way into my shortlist. I was really proud of myself, because I read all but one of the books I had planned on reading. Yeah me!

What I Am Currently Reading

I am currently reading Black Ice, which is the final book in the Stark Springs series, and listening to Get Even. I am struggling a little with Get Even. Maybe it's too angsty for me. Not sure, but I will keep on listening.

What I Plan to Read

I plan to read The Girl with the Red Balloon for my Monthly Motif reading challenge. This month, we were tasked with reading a book set in a different dimension or which involves time traveling. In this book, a girl time travels via a red balloon (surprise!) All kidding aside, it sound interesting, and involves helping people escape from East Berlin to West Germany, which is something my relatives were involved with back in the day.  I am looking forward to Managed, as I am a total fan of Kristen Callihan's books, and I really enjoyed the first book in this rock star series. And yes, I am going to attempt to read When Dimple Met Rishi. Hopefully I get to it this week.

What are you reading?
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