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August TBR: #ARCAugust & the #ReadThemAllThon!

7.31.2016

I wasn't planning on doing either of these because I've been SO AWFUL at actually keeping up with readathons, but I NEED TO DO THIS. I have more ARCs that I need to read in August than I actually thought? Plus it will help to get them out of the way before the semester starts again and I die inside.

Review: Since You've Been Gone

7.28.2016
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Published: May 6th, 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Source: Bought 


It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um...

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait...what?
 
Another backlist title for you today. I'm going to be upfront and say The Unexpected Everything is still my favorite of Morgan Matson's books, and Second Chance Summer comes in second. (THAT WORKS OUT PERFECTLY.) I haven't read Amy & Roger's Epic Detour yet, but I can't imagine I'm going to like it more than The Unexpected Everything

Emily's loss of Sloane really struck a chord with me. She's been in Sloane's shadow ever since they met, which isn't quite my situation, but she's always relied on Sloane to make decisions for them, to decide when and where they go out, and Emily follows because she's more shy, more scared, a little bit of a different kind of person than Sloane. And in that, I really relate to her. And suddenly, Sloane disappears and Emily is left staring at a bleak, friendless summer. (This is basically 100% my summer. My best friend didn't disappear in the middle of the night without a word, but we are definitely no longer friends.) 

Pokemon Go Book Tag

7.19.2016

The Pokemon Go tag was created by Aentee, and the graphics all belong to her! I did skip a few of them that I couldn't think of a book for, so you'll definitely have to go to her for the full tag!

Okay, I'm going to be honest. I don't like Pokemon Go. It hardly ever works for me and when it does, nothing interesting happens. I think it's kind of ridiculous that they keep releasing it to hundreds of thousands of more users when there are still so many bugs, but I'm really happy for the people who are enjoying it and I hope I do eventually too.

BUT. I love Pokemon and the DS games so I HAD TO DO THIS.
Charmander has a special place in my heart, but also MUDKIP. AND FENNEKIN. I know we need evolutions but I get so sad when they evolve because they're literally never as cute as they are when they're tiny babies.

This is a touch question. Do we mean what got me started overall? Because I think that was in kindergarten when I had this one book about ocean creatures that was kind of 3D and the orcas and the dolphins were super sparkly and purple. What got me started in YA? Twilight, honestly. Even if I like to pretend otherwise. 

Let's Talk Candles.

7.13.2016
Because I HAVE AN OBSESSION. I hoard them too hard. Bath & Bodyworks always has sales going on and I've started buying the 3-wick ones a lot and just COLLECTING THEM. I'm like, oh, I'll stock up while they're cheap! But then they go on sale again and IT NEVER ENDS. But, of course, once you get sucked into the Etsy hole there is no going back, and there are so many bookish candles, and I AM DYING.

Okay. So we've got NovellyYours and theleakycandle, of course. I'm constantly looking at the NovellyYours candles and I actually bought two from theleakycandle while they were on sale this month, one Slytherin and one Game of Thrones one because THE NORTH REMEMBERS, DAMMIT. I hope to try the Mother of Dragons one, the Luna Lovegood one, and SO MANY MORE, REALLY. ALL OF THEM. The 4 oz. candles from theleakycandle are $7.50 while the 8 oz. candles are $12.75, and the 8 oz. from NovellyYours are $11. (Also you can get 10% off through the month of July on any HP candles!)


Rhys. *swoons*

Review: Second Chance Summer

7.11.2016
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Published: May 8th, 2012 by Simon and Schuster
Source: Bought
From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak. 

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.
Okay, I have to say it: I like The Unexpected Everything better. I really love the setting of Second Chance Summer (BEACHES. LAKES. SUMMER. YAY.) but I enjoyed the overall content of The Unexpected Everything better, though I might be slightly biased by the dogs. I still haven't read Amy & Roger's Epic Detour or Since You've Been Gone, but I'LL GET THERE EVENTUALLY.

Everyone always talks about how you should buy a box of tissues when you buy this book. And the blurb indicates that, too. But the thing is? I barely cried. Yes, watching Taylor lose her father was painful. Watching him waste away. I can't even imagine what that's like. And the emotion certainly came across. But I am a crier. Look it up in the dictionary and you'll find my picture. I can pretty much cry about anything at any time. Emmy & Oliver, a relatively cute contemporary, made me cry. I sobbed like a baby at the acknowledgements in The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. If it's even remotely sad, I CRY. But I didn't cry until the very end of Second Chance Summer, and even then, there weren't a whole lot of tears.

I just wanted more, I guess. I think the emotion could have come across more, could have moved me more, I guess. Or maybe I am becoming a dark and emotionless zombie? Honestly, I think that's the more likely scenario.

The only other complaint I have is that Henry and Lucy are holding this huge grudge for something that HAPPENED WHEN THEY WERE 12. And it's not like Taylor killed somebody's dog. She left without saying goodbye, sure. But the icy way they treat her for it, five years later? I just found that so ridiculous.

Okay. Moving on.

Moodboards are great because I get to waste an afternoon on Pinterest and call it productive.

Do I Need a Break From Fantasy?

7.07.2016


GASP SHOCK HORROR. But I think I do.


I've always found it really interesting, the way everyone in the community has such different preferences. I've seen a lot of people who just don't enjoy fantasy most of the time. And a lot of people who rarely read contemporary, too. I used to be one of those people. Anna and the French Kiss was the first contemporary I read and loved, and I don't think I started reading more of them until a year or two ago.

I love fantasy! I love mythical creatures and I love magic. I love the different kinds of worlds we get to see, like the jungle or the Night Court or a bunch of different Londons. Fantasy is the bees knees.


Except that I can't get through it anymore. 

Waiting on Wednesday: July!

7.06.2016
Ah, yes. It's that time again. The first Wednesday of the month, where I overload my blog with books that don't come out for forever and basically TORTURE MYSELF. Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
Expected Publication: August 30th, 2016 by HarperCollins

New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.


A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….
Now that this finally has a cover, I can include it! I think this concept sounds SO COOL. And like it could be an awesome movie. 

Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields
Expected Publication: January 10th, 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers

A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves. This commercial YA fantasy is romantic and addictive like a poison kiss and will thrill fans of Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard.

Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya a poison maiden is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.

This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Okay, so, right off the bat where it says commercial fiction I have a feeling this is going to go terribly wrong. It sounds like a very predictable book. DOES THAT MEAN I'M NOT EXCITED? NO. Does that mean I'll bitch about it in a review? Maybe. I'm still excited because there are times I really like this kind of stuff if it's executed well enough. 


Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
Expected Publication: February 21st, 2017 by HarperTeen

Freya was never meant to be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly, and the king and his courtiers are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have survived the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.
I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS COVER WAS RELEASED AND NO ONE TOLD ME. I don't make it a secret that I love things with royalty, so SIGN ME UP, 2017. 


Flashfall by Jenny Moyer
Expected Publication: November 15th, 2016 by Henry Holt

Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.
Also just sounds like SUCH A COOL CONCEPT and also movie. I feel like Macmillan has a pretty stellar lineup for the rest of the year. 

And there you have it! Are you excited about any of these? What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

7.31.2016

August TBR: #ARCAugust & the #ReadThemAllThon!


I wasn't planning on doing either of these because I've been SO AWFUL at actually keeping up with readathons, but I NEED TO DO THIS. I have more ARCs that I need to read in August than I actually thought? Plus it will help to get them out of the way before the semester starts again and I die inside.

7.28.2016

Review: Since You've Been Gone

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Published: May 6th, 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Source: Bought 


It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um...

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait...what?
 
Another backlist title for you today. I'm going to be upfront and say The Unexpected Everything is still my favorite of Morgan Matson's books, and Second Chance Summer comes in second. (THAT WORKS OUT PERFECTLY.) I haven't read Amy & Roger's Epic Detour yet, but I can't imagine I'm going to like it more than The Unexpected Everything

Emily's loss of Sloane really struck a chord with me. She's been in Sloane's shadow ever since they met, which isn't quite my situation, but she's always relied on Sloane to make decisions for them, to decide when and where they go out, and Emily follows because she's more shy, more scared, a little bit of a different kind of person than Sloane. And in that, I really relate to her. And suddenly, Sloane disappears and Emily is left staring at a bleak, friendless summer. (This is basically 100% my summer. My best friend didn't disappear in the middle of the night without a word, but we are definitely no longer friends.) 

7.19.2016

Pokemon Go Book Tag


The Pokemon Go tag was created by Aentee, and the graphics all belong to her! I did skip a few of them that I couldn't think of a book for, so you'll definitely have to go to her for the full tag!

Okay, I'm going to be honest. I don't like Pokemon Go. It hardly ever works for me and when it does, nothing interesting happens. I think it's kind of ridiculous that they keep releasing it to hundreds of thousands of more users when there are still so many bugs, but I'm really happy for the people who are enjoying it and I hope I do eventually too.

BUT. I love Pokemon and the DS games so I HAD TO DO THIS.
Charmander has a special place in my heart, but also MUDKIP. AND FENNEKIN. I know we need evolutions but I get so sad when they evolve because they're literally never as cute as they are when they're tiny babies.

This is a touch question. Do we mean what got me started overall? Because I think that was in kindergarten when I had this one book about ocean creatures that was kind of 3D and the orcas and the dolphins were super sparkly and purple. What got me started in YA? Twilight, honestly. Even if I like to pretend otherwise. 

7.13.2016

Let's Talk Candles.

Because I HAVE AN OBSESSION. I hoard them too hard. Bath & Bodyworks always has sales going on and I've started buying the 3-wick ones a lot and just COLLECTING THEM. I'm like, oh, I'll stock up while they're cheap! But then they go on sale again and IT NEVER ENDS. But, of course, once you get sucked into the Etsy hole there is no going back, and there are so many bookish candles, and I AM DYING.

Okay. So we've got NovellyYours and theleakycandle, of course. I'm constantly looking at the NovellyYours candles and I actually bought two from theleakycandle while they were on sale this month, one Slytherin and one Game of Thrones one because THE NORTH REMEMBERS, DAMMIT. I hope to try the Mother of Dragons one, the Luna Lovegood one, and SO MANY MORE, REALLY. ALL OF THEM. The 4 oz. candles from theleakycandle are $7.50 while the 8 oz. candles are $12.75, and the 8 oz. from NovellyYours are $11. (Also you can get 10% off through the month of July on any HP candles!)


Rhys. *swoons*

7.11.2016

Review: Second Chance Summer

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Published: May 8th, 2012 by Simon and Schuster
Source: Bought
From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak. 

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.
Okay, I have to say it: I like The Unexpected Everything better. I really love the setting of Second Chance Summer (BEACHES. LAKES. SUMMER. YAY.) but I enjoyed the overall content of The Unexpected Everything better, though I might be slightly biased by the dogs. I still haven't read Amy & Roger's Epic Detour or Since You've Been Gone, but I'LL GET THERE EVENTUALLY.

Everyone always talks about how you should buy a box of tissues when you buy this book. And the blurb indicates that, too. But the thing is? I barely cried. Yes, watching Taylor lose her father was painful. Watching him waste away. I can't even imagine what that's like. And the emotion certainly came across. But I am a crier. Look it up in the dictionary and you'll find my picture. I can pretty much cry about anything at any time. Emmy & Oliver, a relatively cute contemporary, made me cry. I sobbed like a baby at the acknowledgements in The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. If it's even remotely sad, I CRY. But I didn't cry until the very end of Second Chance Summer, and even then, there weren't a whole lot of tears.

I just wanted more, I guess. I think the emotion could have come across more, could have moved me more, I guess. Or maybe I am becoming a dark and emotionless zombie? Honestly, I think that's the more likely scenario.

The only other complaint I have is that Henry and Lucy are holding this huge grudge for something that HAPPENED WHEN THEY WERE 12. And it's not like Taylor killed somebody's dog. She left without saying goodbye, sure. But the icy way they treat her for it, five years later? I just found that so ridiculous.

Okay. Moving on.

Moodboards are great because I get to waste an afternoon on Pinterest and call it productive.

7.07.2016

Do I Need a Break From Fantasy?



GASP SHOCK HORROR. But I think I do.


I've always found it really interesting, the way everyone in the community has such different preferences. I've seen a lot of people who just don't enjoy fantasy most of the time. And a lot of people who rarely read contemporary, too. I used to be one of those people. Anna and the French Kiss was the first contemporary I read and loved, and I don't think I started reading more of them until a year or two ago.

I love fantasy! I love mythical creatures and I love magic. I love the different kinds of worlds we get to see, like the jungle or the Night Court or a bunch of different Londons. Fantasy is the bees knees.


Except that I can't get through it anymore. 

7.06.2016

Waiting on Wednesday: July!

Ah, yes. It's that time again. The first Wednesday of the month, where I overload my blog with books that don't come out for forever and basically TORTURE MYSELF. Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine!

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
Expected Publication: August 30th, 2016 by HarperCollins

New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.


A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….
Now that this finally has a cover, I can include it! I think this concept sounds SO COOL. And like it could be an awesome movie. 

Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields
Expected Publication: January 10th, 2017 by Random House Books for Young Readers

A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves. This commercial YA fantasy is romantic and addictive like a poison kiss and will thrill fans of Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard.

Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya a poison maiden is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.

This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Okay, so, right off the bat where it says commercial fiction I have a feeling this is going to go terribly wrong. It sounds like a very predictable book. DOES THAT MEAN I'M NOT EXCITED? NO. Does that mean I'll bitch about it in a review? Maybe. I'm still excited because there are times I really like this kind of stuff if it's executed well enough. 


Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
Expected Publication: February 21st, 2017 by HarperTeen

Freya was never meant to be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly, and the king and his courtiers are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have survived the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.
I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS COVER WAS RELEASED AND NO ONE TOLD ME. I don't make it a secret that I love things with royalty, so SIGN ME UP, 2017. 


Flashfall by Jenny Moyer
Expected Publication: November 15th, 2016 by Henry Holt

Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.
Also just sounds like SUCH A COOL CONCEPT and also movie. I feel like Macmillan has a pretty stellar lineup for the rest of the year. 

And there you have it! Are you excited about any of these? What are you waiting on this Wednesday?