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Waiting on Wednesday: October

10.05.2016
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!

To recap: In September, I selected The Book Jumper by By Your Side by Kaisie WestIt Started With Goodbye by Christina June, and Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher for my WoW! 

Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda
Expected Publication: June 27th, 2017 by Feiwel and Friends

Tuck Durante is a shipraider, combing space for Earth artifacts from a war that ended 500 years ago. When his parents' ship crashes in the dead zone and the crew goes missing, Tuck hires a ragtag rescue team.

Meanwhile, curator Lana Gray is fighting to keep the US PANAMJohn Muir—and the remnants of its crew—alive. Their space capsule housing Yosemite National Park was hijacked. The hijacking turned ninety-five percent of her crew into nightmarish creatures called mourners who flay, dismember, or decapitate with nothing more than sharp-pitched shrieks.

Now, despite their differences, Lana, Tuck, and their crews must work together to save the John Muir. In space, nobody can hear you scream...but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you'll hear.
Okay, first of all, that cover gives me definite Halloween vibes so I'm kind of sad this is going to be published in June. But also: SPACE. SPACE PIRATES, BASICALLY. SPACE PIRATES FIGHTING SCARY MONSTERS AND FALLING IN LOVE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. (But also ohmygod I'm going to need to have my life together by June 2017) 

Lucky in Love by Kaisie West
Expected Publication: July 25th, 2017 by Scholastic
Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment -- She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.
 
Is this real life? Are we really getting two Kasie West books within four months? IS THIS A DREAM??

Witchtown by Cory Putnam Oakes
Expected Publication: July 18th, 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 

When sixteen-year-old Macie O’Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown—the most famous and mysterious witch-only haven in the world—they have one goal in mind: to rob it for all it’s worth.

But that plan derails when Macie and Aubra start to dig deeper into Witchtown’s history and uncover that there is more to the quirky haven than meets the eye.
Exploring the haven by herself, Macie finds that secrets are worth more than money in Witchtown.
Secrets have their own power.
 
YET ANOTHER MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR AN OCTOBER PUB DATE BUT WHATEVER. Witches, my friends. WITCHES. I love it. I want it. Immediately. 

The Freemason's Daughter by Shelley Sackier 
Expected Publication: April 11th, 2017 by HarperCollins
The Outlander series for the YA audience—a debut, full of romance and intrigue, set in early eighteenth-century Scotland.

Saying good-bye to Scotland is the hardest thing that Jenna MacDuff has had to do—until she meets Lord Pembroke. Jenna’s small clan has risked their lives traveling the countryside as masons, secretly drumming up support and arms for the exiled King James Stuart to retake the British throne. But their next job brings them into enemy territory: England.

Jenna’s father repeatedly warns her to trust no one, but when the Duke of Keswick hires the clan to build a garrison on his estate, it seems she cannot hide her capable mind from the duke’s inquisitive son, Lord Alex Pembroke—nor mask her growing attraction to him. But there’s a covert plan behind the building of the garrison, and soon Jenna must struggle not only to keep her newfound friendship with Alex from her father, but also to keep her father’s treason from Alex. 

Will Jenna decide to keep her family’s mutinous secrets and assist her clan’s cause, or protect the life of the young noble she’s falling for? 

In Shelley Sackier’s lush, vivid historical debut, someone will pay a deadly price no matter which choice Jenna makes.
Okay, don't eat me, but I haven't actually watched Outlander. I watched two episodes my freshmen year of college but then exam week hit and I just never went back, and now I'm too afraid to go back because IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE'S SO MUCH ANGST. But this sounds really intriguing and I'm excited to read it! 

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

There's No Shame in Happy Endings

10.03.2016

Some of you who follow me on Twitter might know that I'm really into happy books right now. Heartwarming books where no one dies, where every page isn't full of angst, where the chances of me crying are slim. (But not zero, because I can cry at pretty much anything if I'm in a mood.) This typically means contemporaries. And not contemporaries about super serious topics.

And these books? They typically have happy endings. AND I LOVE THAT.

I hate when a series ends super open-ended. I hate when characters die and IT DOESN'T EVEN SERVE A PURPOSE. At least one that I can see. And I get it - everything in life doesn't get wrapped up in a neat and pretty bow. An unarmed man waiting for his child gets shot and just no longer exists. That's reality.

But I don't read books for reality, is the thing. Sure, I get annoyed when certain things aren't realistic, even in fantasy - the author has to write in a convincing matter. And I do like certain things to be open-ended. If the main character's mom or dad left her when she was little, I don't except them to be a family again by the end of the book. I don't think every detail needs closure. But most of them? Yes. That's what I like. I can see the other side, I get it. I just don't feel that way. If it's too open-ended, I just feel like there was no point, like I've wasted my time.

But more importantly: character death. 

10.05.2016

Waiting on Wednesday: October

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!

To recap: In September, I selected The Book Jumper by By Your Side by Kaisie WestIt Started With Goodbye by Christina June, and Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher for my WoW! 

Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda
Expected Publication: June 27th, 2017 by Feiwel and Friends

Tuck Durante is a shipraider, combing space for Earth artifacts from a war that ended 500 years ago. When his parents' ship crashes in the dead zone and the crew goes missing, Tuck hires a ragtag rescue team.

Meanwhile, curator Lana Gray is fighting to keep the US PANAMJohn Muir—and the remnants of its crew—alive. Their space capsule housing Yosemite National Park was hijacked. The hijacking turned ninety-five percent of her crew into nightmarish creatures called mourners who flay, dismember, or decapitate with nothing more than sharp-pitched shrieks.

Now, despite their differences, Lana, Tuck, and their crews must work together to save the John Muir. In space, nobody can hear you scream...but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you'll hear.
Okay, first of all, that cover gives me definite Halloween vibes so I'm kind of sad this is going to be published in June. But also: SPACE. SPACE PIRATES, BASICALLY. SPACE PIRATES FIGHTING SCARY MONSTERS AND FALLING IN LOVE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. (But also ohmygod I'm going to need to have my life together by June 2017) 

Lucky in Love by Kaisie West
Expected Publication: July 25th, 2017 by Scholastic
Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment -- She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.
 
Is this real life? Are we really getting two Kasie West books within four months? IS THIS A DREAM??

Witchtown by Cory Putnam Oakes
Expected Publication: July 18th, 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 

When sixteen-year-old Macie O’Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown—the most famous and mysterious witch-only haven in the world—they have one goal in mind: to rob it for all it’s worth.

But that plan derails when Macie and Aubra start to dig deeper into Witchtown’s history and uncover that there is more to the quirky haven than meets the eye.
Exploring the haven by herself, Macie finds that secrets are worth more than money in Witchtown.
Secrets have their own power.
 
YET ANOTHER MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR AN OCTOBER PUB DATE BUT WHATEVER. Witches, my friends. WITCHES. I love it. I want it. Immediately. 

The Freemason's Daughter by Shelley Sackier 
Expected Publication: April 11th, 2017 by HarperCollins
The Outlander series for the YA audience—a debut, full of romance and intrigue, set in early eighteenth-century Scotland.

Saying good-bye to Scotland is the hardest thing that Jenna MacDuff has had to do—until she meets Lord Pembroke. Jenna’s small clan has risked their lives traveling the countryside as masons, secretly drumming up support and arms for the exiled King James Stuart to retake the British throne. But their next job brings them into enemy territory: England.

Jenna’s father repeatedly warns her to trust no one, but when the Duke of Keswick hires the clan to build a garrison on his estate, it seems she cannot hide her capable mind from the duke’s inquisitive son, Lord Alex Pembroke—nor mask her growing attraction to him. But there’s a covert plan behind the building of the garrison, and soon Jenna must struggle not only to keep her newfound friendship with Alex from her father, but also to keep her father’s treason from Alex. 

Will Jenna decide to keep her family’s mutinous secrets and assist her clan’s cause, or protect the life of the young noble she’s falling for? 

In Shelley Sackier’s lush, vivid historical debut, someone will pay a deadly price no matter which choice Jenna makes.
Okay, don't eat me, but I haven't actually watched Outlander. I watched two episodes my freshmen year of college but then exam week hit and I just never went back, and now I'm too afraid to go back because IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE'S SO MUCH ANGST. But this sounds really intriguing and I'm excited to read it! 

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

10.03.2016

There's No Shame in Happy Endings


Some of you who follow me on Twitter might know that I'm really into happy books right now. Heartwarming books where no one dies, where every page isn't full of angst, where the chances of me crying are slim. (But not zero, because I can cry at pretty much anything if I'm in a mood.) This typically means contemporaries. And not contemporaries about super serious topics.

And these books? They typically have happy endings. AND I LOVE THAT.

I hate when a series ends super open-ended. I hate when characters die and IT DOESN'T EVEN SERVE A PURPOSE. At least one that I can see. And I get it - everything in life doesn't get wrapped up in a neat and pretty bow. An unarmed man waiting for his child gets shot and just no longer exists. That's reality.

But I don't read books for reality, is the thing. Sure, I get annoyed when certain things aren't realistic, even in fantasy - the author has to write in a convincing matter. And I do like certain things to be open-ended. If the main character's mom or dad left her when she was little, I don't except them to be a family again by the end of the book. I don't think every detail needs closure. But most of them? Yes. That's what I like. I can see the other side, I get it. I just don't feel that way. If it's too open-ended, I just feel like there was no point, like I've wasted my time.

But more importantly: character death.