Monday, July 31, 2017

New Releases|August 1st, 2017


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



"Seventeen-year-old Tempest Torres has lived on the AgraStar farm north of Atlanta since she was found outside the gates at the age of five. Now she’s part of the security force guarding the fence and watching for scavengers—people who would rather steal genetically engineered food from the company than work for it. When a group of such rebels accidentally sets off an explosion in the research compound, it releases into the air a blight that kills every living thing in its path—including humans. With blight-resistant seeds in her pocket, Tempest teams up with a scavenger boy named Alder and runs for help. But when they finally arrive at AgraStar headquarters, they discover that there’s an even bigger plot behind the blight—and it’s up to them to stop it from happening again. A fast-paced action-adventure story that is Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake meets Nancy Farmer’s House of the Scorpion. "



"Gorgeously written and emotionally charged, The Secret History of Us explores the difficult journey of a teenage girl who must piece her life together after losing her memory in a near-fatal accident.

When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a car accident that almost took her life, she can’t remember the details about how she got there. She figures the fog is just a symptom of being in a week-long coma, but as time goes on, she realizes she’s lost more than just the last several days of her life—she’s lost her memory of the last four years. Gone is any recollection of starting or graduating high school; the prom; or her steady boyfriend Matt. Trying to figure out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was. 

As Liv tries to block out what her family and friends say about who she used to be, the one person she hasn’t heard enough from is Walker, the guy who saved her the night her car was knocked off that bridge into the bay below. Walker is the hardened boy who’s been keeping his distance—and the only person Olivia inexplicably feels herself with. With her feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t remember living. "

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

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Stacking the Shelves|July 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.


NetGalley:




Won:



What books did you get this month?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

She, Myself, and I By Emma Young|Review



She, Myself, and I
Published by Amulet Books on September 5th, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Pages: 384
Format: eGalley
Rating: 

Ever since Rosa’s nerve disease rendered her quadriplegic, she’s depended on her handsome, confident older brother to be her rock and her mirror. But when a doctor from Boston chooses her to be a candidate for an experimental brain transplant, she and her family move from London in search of a miracle. Sylvia—a girl from a small town in Massachusetts—is brain dead, and her parents have agreed to donate her body to give Rosa a new life. But when Rosa wakes from surgery, she can’t help but wonder, with increasing obsession, who Sylvia was and what her life was like. Her fascination with her new body and her desire to understand Sylvia prompt a road trip based on self-discovery... and a surprising new romance. But will Rosa be able to solve the dilemma of her identity?

My Thoughts

NetGalley Review
Truly, a one of a kind story of a journey of self-discovery, self-esteem, and self-acceptance.

Rosa takes life to a completely new meaning and reminds readers to live each day as if it were their last. As the first ever recipient of a full body transplant, Rosa discovers what it truly makes her unique despite her new appearance. Psychological and physical problems embower Rosa to keep fighting and to find what she is living for.

I fell in love with the premise of this story. Young brings about questions that are often too complex to receive a straight answer. But the answers really depend on the person. I can’t remember the last book that made me stop and question everything. 

For a young adult book to touch on this topic is rare. Yes, there are many self-discovery books out there for young adults. However, nowadays they mostly revolve around a fantasy background. I don’t read contemporary books very often, but there are a select few that I would read again in a heartbeat. She, Myself, and I is one of those books. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Warcross|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.



Warcross hits the shelves September 12th, 2017.

"From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all."

What are you waiting on? 


Monday, July 24, 2017

New Releases|July 25th, 2017


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



"A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear."

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wicked Like a Wildfire|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.



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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Blog Tour Schedule – Nostalgic Rain
July 10th

A New Look On Books -Promo Post
The Cover Contessa -Promo Post

July 11th

Why I Read -Review
Shh, I am Reading -Promo Post
Loves Great Reads -Promo Post
YA Book Divas -Promo Post
SolaFide Book Club -Promo Post

July 12th

Hooked To Books -Promo Post
CBY Book Club -Promo Post
Booklove -Review

July 13th

Mythical Books -Promo Post
RiverMoose-Reads -Promo Post

July 14th

The Page Unbound -Promo Post
Deal Sharing Aunt -Promo Post
Just Us Book Blog -Promo Post

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.

Joining is easy!

Each month, a 2017 new release will be chosen by you. The book can either be stand-alone or the first of the series ensuring that everyone can participate. You can post your thoughts at any time. The process is then repeated the following month.

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This is a big endeavor. Thank you for all of your continued support on this bookish journey! 



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?