Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wicked Like a Wildfire|Waiting on Wednesday


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Wicked Like a Wildfire hits the shelves August 15th, 2017.

"All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. 

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?"

What are you waiting on? 


Monday, July 17, 2017

New Releases|July 18th, 2017


Here's a look at a few books releasing this week that I am most excited for!



"No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn't enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?"


"Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past."


"Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn't want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee's summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy"

What books are you most looking forward to reading this week? 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nostalgic Rain: Galaxies Away By A.S. Altabtabai|Blog Tour & Review




Nostalgic Rain: Galaxies Away (Nostalgic Rain, #1)
Published on July 1st, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 324
Format: ePub
Rating: 

What seventeen-year-old Leland finds in the abandoned basement of his house is something he will never forget.

Leland lost his father when he was seven. Since then, he has successfully adapted to the awful life of being a student, the man of the house, and a father figure to his two younger siblings. All of that changes when he and his best friends stumble upon a secret in his deserted basement, and fall into another dimension with three moons, foggy woods, and an ancient castle-Oremanta.

Learning who he really is, how he came to this remote planet, and the shocking, ugly mystery of Oremanta aren't as bad as the quest he finds himself obligated to complete-killing someone he never thought he'd meet in Oremanta to save everyone.

About the Author


Medical student, writer & travel passionate.












My Thoughts

I received Nostalgic Rain for free in exchange for an honest review. This in no way, shape, or form affects my opinions of the book or my review.

Stop. Start. The overall pace of the book was slow. Given, there are numerous action scenes; however, they are brief and it might be another twenty-thirty more pages before it starts back up again. It was near the middle of the book when I began to fall away from the story. I had no ambition to want to continue reading. But I persevered. I won’t say that it was a complete waste of time trying to finish. I will say that it was a challenge. 

The character development was lacking in many different ways. There was little backstory regarding Leland and his friends. Often, they acted or said something out of character. I wish we could’ve gotten to know each of them a little bit more.

Death. Death. And more death. One this is for sure, don’t grow too attached to some of the characters. You may find yourself regretting it numerous times throughout the book.

The plot. Yes, there are many plot holes. But that is expected in science fiction. That’s why it’s called fiction. However, some of the situations (traveling to another planet, mostly) were kind of far-fetched, even for science fiction.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Satellite|Waiting on Wednesday


A HUGE thanks to Jill at Breaking the Spine for hosting an incredible meme. It is fantastic that everyone can communicate and enjoy these posts by creating their own and sharing others.



Satellite hits the shelves October 3rd, 2017.

"A teenage boy born in space makes his first trip to Earth.

He’s going to a place he’s never been before: home.

Moon 2 is a space station that orbits approximately 250 miles above Earth. It travels 17,500 miles an hour, making one full orbit every ninety minutes. It’s also the only home that fifteen-year-old Leo and two other teens have ever known.

Born and raised on Moon 2, Leo and the twins, Orion and Libra, are finally old enough and strong enough to endure the dangerous trip to Earth. They’ve been “parented” by teams of astronauts since birth and have run countless drills to ready themselves for every conceivable difficulty they might face on the flight.

But has anything really prepared them for life on terra firma? Because while the planet may be home to billions of people, living there is more treacherous than Leo and his friends could ever have imagined, and their very survival will mean defying impossible odds."

What are you waiting on? 


Monday, July 10, 2017

New Releases|July 11th, 2017


Here's a look at a few books releasing this week that I am most excited for!



"It s a heavy-metal battle royale when Maxwell head of the Vanguard organization with the evil powers of the Dragon Zodiac sends an army of robots against Steven Lee, the teenaged Tiger, and his team. Using their new and mysterious powers of the ancient Zodiac, Steven and his teammates must work together like never before to defeat the robotic invaders!"









What books are you most looking forward to reading this week? 

Friday, July 7, 2017

July 2017|Infinite's Book Club

July's book is...

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy



What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home--and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together--scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream--vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible--and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Royal Replicas By Michael Pierce|Book Tour & Review



Royal Replicas 
Published by ParousiaSix Press on July 11th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 420
Format: ePub
Rating: 

"Princess Amelia is dead... and one of you will replace her."

Seventeen-year-old Victoria Sandalwood has served the Duke and Duchess all her life. Over the years, she’s learned to make due with what she has and endure her surrogate father’s awful punishments. She dreams of escape, but never expected it to come in the form of a message from the Queen of Westeria.

Victoria learns that she’s the Queen’s daughter, the younger sister to Princess Amelia, and it’s time to come home and claim her birthright. When she arrives, she discovers she’s not the only one who received the royal message.

Victoria must compete with six other girls to earn the affection of both the Queen and a princely suitor… and to replace the secretly deceased Princess Amelia. If she fails to win the crown, Victoria may just have to fight for her life…

Royal Replicas is the first book in a YA dystopian series. If you enjoy courtly intrigue, heart-pounding adventure, and sweet romance, then you’ll love this captivating story. Perfect for fans of Kiera Cass, Bella Forrest, and Veronica Roth.

About the Author

Michael Pierce is the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy Lorne Family Vault series. He writes fast-paced, character-driven books filled with adventure, mystery, thrills, and a pinch humor and romance to spice things up. The thread that ties all of his books together is the possibility of belief: what you believe becomes your reality.

Michael currently lives in Southern California with his wife, daughter, and two blood-thirsty chiweenies. When he’s not at the computer, he enjoys spending quality time with family, practicing yoga, playing guitar behind closed doors, and listening to as many audiobooks as possible.




My Thoughts

Warning: Some graphic content!

I received Royal Replicas for free in exchange for an honest review. This in no way, shape, or form affects my opinions of the book or my review.

Royal Replicas follows Victoria Sandalwood, a servant to the Duke and Duchess of the 24th Ward, as she embarks on her newest journey. Discovering she is the daughter of the Queen of Westeria and spinning image of Princess Amelia, Victoria must fight for her birthright. But Victoria isn’t alone. Competing with six other carbon copies of the princess, Victoria’s life just got a little bit more complicated. 

The setting of the story initially was what drew me in. A futuristic fairytale based in the year 2064 seems outlandish, but anything is possible in books. Despite the futuristic element of the story, there are many instances where you feel as if you’re back in the middle ages. 

Pierce’s writing seems to take you back in time, yet the story is actually set in the future. 

I’m not the biggest fan of love triangles; however, I must admit, I was torn between Kale and Prince Byrone. At first, it was Prince Byrone because Kale had a mysterious aura about him. But now, I’m still not so sure. 

A story of self-discovery, Royal Replicas does not disappoint. For fans of fantasy, romance, and mystery, Royal Replicas is sure to please. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Dire King|Waiting on Wednesday


A HUGE thanks to Jill at Breaking the Spine for hosting an incredible meme. It is fantastic that everyone can communicate and enjoy these posts by creating their own and sharing others.



The Dire King hits the shelves August 22nd, 2017.

"The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times best-selling series the Chicago Tribune called “Sherlock Holmes crossed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer” sends the eccentric detective and his indispensible assistant into the heart of a war between magical worlds.

The fate of the world is in the hands of detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby and his intrepid assistant, Abigail Rook. An evil king is turning ancient tensions into modern strife, using a blend of magic and technology to push Earth and the Otherworld into a mortal competition. Jackaby and Abigail are caught in the middle as they continue to solve the daily mysteries of New Fiddleham, New England — like who’s created the rend between the worlds, how to close it, and why zombies are appearing around. At the same time, the romance between Abigail and the shape-shifting police detective Charlie Cane deepens, and Jackaby’s resistance to his feelings for 926 Augur Lane’s ghostly lady, Jenny, begins to give way. Before the four can think about their own futures, they will have to defeat an evil that wants to destroy the future altogether.

The epic conclusion to the New York Times best-selling Jackaby series features sly humor and a quirky cast of unforgettable characters as they face off against their most dangerous, bone-chilling foe ever."

What are you waiting on? 


Monday, July 3, 2017

New Releases|July 4th, 2017


Here's a look at a few books releasing this week that I am most excited for!



"What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home--and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together--scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream--vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible--and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind. 

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up."

What books are you most looking forward to reading this week? 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Carve the Mark By Veronica Roth|Review



Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1)
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 17th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 468
Format: ARC
Rating: 

In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra's world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth's stunning portrayal of the power of friendship — and love — in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.

My Thoughts

I’d heard many unflattering things about this book even before it was released. I obtained an ARC at a local bookstore that is often sent advanced copies. I understand why this book had not already been snatched up.

In all honest, I don’t really know why I picked this book. The big name author? The controversy? Or the pretty cover? Either way, it should’ve stayed where it crawled out of. 

I was not the biggest fan of Roth’s Divergent series. In fact, I hated it. So trying out this book was very difficult. But nevertheless, I journeyed on. 

First Impressions: S L O W

Is there even a story worth my time in here? (Spoiler alert! There wasn’t)

After the first couple of fast-paced pages, I honestly believe I could tolerate some aspects of the book. Unfortunately, I spoke too soon. Once the action has passed, you fall into a thorny patch of fluff and end up in a sloppy information dump. I understand wanting to establish some context and background information, but did we honestly need the history lesson that really had no purpose? 

I will always forget that is book did, in fact, take place in space. Seriously? With the lack of sufficient or in this case, good, world building, the story could have taken place practically anywhere! Space. Seriously? 
Just like the world building, character development was also lacking. I did not get attached to either one of the characters. But then again, this is a Roth novel we’re talking about. Her characters are more bent on action than personalities. 

Overall, very displeased. If it were at all possible, I’d give this book 0 stars.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wild Beauty|Waiting on Wednesday


A HUGE thanks to Jill at Breaking the Spine for hosting an incredible meme. It is fantastic that everyone can communicate and enjoy these posts by creating their own and sharing others.



Wild Beauty hits the shelves October 3rd, 2017.

"Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family. "

What are you waiting on? 


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Best Books I've Read In 2017 So Far|Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish! I love their amazing ideas and seeing how many people participate each week!

Today's Top Ten Five is:





"Save Haley. Find Peregrine. Kill Feodor.

Joshlyn Weaver has a list, and she’s going to check off every item or die trying. She needs to save Haley from the Death universe, hunt down her scheming grandfather, and force Feodor to return the souls he stole. Will would help her—if she’d let him. But since healing the broken bonds between them isn’t on her list, he’ll have to prepare to meet Peregrine on his own, and his investigation leads him to the dream-walker community’s strangest corners. When the Veil separating the Dream from the World begins breaking down, Josh and Will have to come together to stop Peregrine from destroying the balance between the three universes—and they’ll need Feodor’s help, which always comes with a price. With the three universes collapsing into one another, Josh must decide who she is and who she can trust in time to save the World, herself, and everyone she loves."





"This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.












"From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.
Fourteen-year-old Violet has been called many things: a bad blood, a survivor, an immortal…now she has a new name—citizen. But adjusting to a lawful life is not easy, especially when she must live under the rule of the same officers who justified the killings of her flock only eight months earlier.
Segregation of bad bloods and humans is still in effect, and rebellious Violet steps into a school where she is not allowed. When the police get involved, things deteriorate quickly, sparking a new revolution at the wall separating the Highlands from the outskirts.
That's when Caleb steps in. He might appear to be an average sixteen-year-old bad blood, but he has secrets, and Violet is determined to figure them out. Caleb knows who's attacking the wall and why, but his true identity remains a mystery—and how he relates to Violet could shake the threatened city to its very core.
Together or not, a storm will form, a rally will start, and shocking truths will be revealed."






"Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas's life. "



"Six years ago, Grey Malteer was attacked by creatures he thought couldn't possibly exist. They repeated a word, calling him a name he'd never heard before...Venator. Since then, his life has been a hellhole of secrecy-hiding old pain alongside strange new abilities.

Rune Jenkins has an itch, as she calls it, but it's more than that. It's an anger that builds up like the inside of a boiler whenever she's around anything remotely supernatural. The pressure is growing steadily worse and she can't understand why. All she knows is-her control is slipping.

By order of an unknown council Grey and Rune are pulled through a portal in the St. Louis arch, landing them in an alternate dimension where creatures of myth and legend exist. A realm that calls them, Venators.

Made up of centuries old fae, vampires, werewolves, elves and succubi the council's corrupt nature becomes obvious as they seek to wield the newly returned Venators as weapons. Wedged in an impossible position, Grey and Rune must decide their fate-do they go against the council's wishes and help the innocents of this unforgiving land, or face the possibility of execution by the council."

What books made your Top Ten?

Best Books I've Read In 2017 So Far|Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish! I love their amazing ideas and seeing how many people participate each week!

Today's Top Ten Four is:




"Save Haley. Find Peregrine. Kill Feodor.

Joshlyn Weaver has a list, and she’s going to check off every item or die trying. She needs to save Haley from the Death universe, hunt down her scheming grandfather, and force Feodor to return the souls he stole. Will would help her—if she’d let him. But since healing the broken bonds between them isn’t on her list, he’ll have to prepare to meet Peregrine on his own, and his investigation leads him to the dream-walker community’s strangest corners. When the Veil separating the Dream from the World begins breaking down, Josh and Will have to come together to stop Peregrine from destroying the balance between the three universes—and they’ll need Feodor’s help, which always comes with a price. With the three universes collapsing into one another, Josh must decide who she is and who she can trust in time to save the World, herself, and everyone she loves."




"Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages."




"Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas's life."



"Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless."

What books made your Top Ten?

Monday, June 26, 2017

New Releases|June 27th, 2017


Here's a look at a few books releasing this week that I am most excited for!



"An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love."

What books are you most looking forward to reading this week? 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Stacking the Shelves|June 2017 Book Haul

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly or monthly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you can share your recent book purchases, giveaway wins, and books received from publishers.



Review Copies:






What books did you get this month?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates By Wes Moore|Review


The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
Published by Spiegel & Grau on January 1st, 2010
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
Rating: 
The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.

Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.

My Thoughts

I don't have much to say about this book. As noted by the author himself, we were not left with a clear explanation as to why their lives are very different. But that is life. Even if you have the same name and live just a few streets down from each other, that doesn't mean the outcomes will be the exact same. Choices were made. End of story. I don't know why so many people have rated this book low because they weren't given an answer at the end. There is no way of knowing the outcome for either gentleman. 
Regarding the writing, I thought it was good. Though there were instances where it deviated from the main point of the chapter. I often found myself skimming over those parts.
Overall, this book was okay. It wasn't groundbreaking or inspirational. It just kind of fell flat to me.