Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released.

This week, I picked:
P.S. I Like You
By Kasie West
Publication Date: July 26, 2016

From Goodreads:

What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?

While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she's flustered -- and kind of feels like she's falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer -- but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?

From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.

Why I picked it:

1. It's Kasie West, and I adore her books. All of them.
2. The summary of the book sounds absolutely amazing.
3. The cover is super adorable. I know, I know, don't judge a book by its cover.

If you'd like to read this book, click here to put your name on the hold list

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: Recreated by Colleen Houck

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released.

This week, I picked:
By Colleen Houck
Publication Date: August 2, 2016

From Goodreads:

From Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Curse, comes Recreated, the second book in the epic Egyptian-inspired Reawakened series, in which a seventeen-year-old must literally go to hell to save the love of her life.

Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity.

Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering.

For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes.

Why I picked it:

1. The first book was so shimmery and pretty in person, and I'm wondering if this one is going to be the same way. {hopefully it is, because I'm not so wild about the color choice, though I do love the eye... Very Yu-Gi-Oh-ish}
2. Also, the last book kept me up way past my bedtime, because I could not put it down... Yes, it was that good. And the ending about killed me, so I'm curious to see where this one goes.

If you want to put your name on the hold list for this book, click here to be redirected to the library's Website

Monday, July 4, 2016

Monday Meme: Cinderella

Everyone loves a fairy tale, and one of the most popular is Cinderella. But we've all read Cinder by now and we know it's awesome (if you haven't, leave this post immediately to request it) so what else is there for the fairy tale insatiable? Try these.

Ash & Bramble: Sarah Prineas: "No one has ever broken free of the Godmother’s terrible stone prison until a girl named Pin attempts a breathless, daring escape. But she discovers that what seems to be freedom is a prison of another kind, one that entangles her in a story that leads to a prince, a kiss, and a clock striking midnight. To unravel herself from this new life, Pin must choose between a prince and another—the one who helped her before and who would give his life for her. Torn, the only thing for her to do is trade in the glass slipper for a sword and find her own destiny." Personally, I thought this one was a little bit out there, but it stayed true to the original and I think most people will like it. Click here to put in a request.

The Stepsister's Tale: Tracy Barrett: "When her stepfather suddenly dies, leaving nothing but debts and a bereaved daughter behind, it seems to Jane that her family is destined for eternal unhappiness. But a mysterious boy from the woods and an invitation to a royal ball are certain to change her fate...". Nothing is as it seems in this retelling from the evil stepsister's point of view. Click here to check it out.

The Captive Maiden: Melanie Dickerson: "When Gisela meets the duke's son, Valten--the boy she has daydreamed about for years--and learns he is throwing a ball, she vows to attend, even if it's only for a taste of a life she'll never have. To her surprise, she catches Valten's eye. Though he is rough around the edges, Gisela finds Valten has completely captured her heart. But other forces are bent on keeping the two from falling further in love, putting Gisela in more danger than she ever imagined." I loooooooveeeee this book. I think it's awesome. Light, quick to read, and original enough to be unpredictable. Click here to grab a copy.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: Signs Of You by Emily France

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, and it gives you a chance to spotlight a book that you are eagerly waiting to be released.

This week, I picked:
Signs Of You
ByEmily France
Publication Date: July 19, 2016

From Goodreads:

Since sixteen-year-old Riley Strout lost her mother two years ago, her saving grace has been her quirky little family in the grief support group she joined as a freshman. Jay, Kate, and Noah understand her pain; each lost a loved one, and they’ve stuck together in spite of their differences, united by tragedies only they understand.

When Riley thinks she spots her mother shopping in a grocery store, she fears she is suffering some sort of post-traumatic stress. Then Jay and Kate report similar experiences. Only Noah hasn’t had some kind of vision, which is perhaps why he’s become so skeptical and distant.

When Noah disappears, Riley fears she’s lost another loved one. As they frantically search for him, she, Kate, and Jay are drawn into the mystery surrounding a relic that belonged to Jay’s dead father and contains clues about the afterlife. Riley finds herself wrestling with her feelings for both Noah and Jay—which have become clear only in Noah’s absence. If Riley is to help those she loves, and herself, she must set things right with the one she’s lost.

Why I picked it:

1. This isn't normally the type of book I go for, but it sounds like it's going to be amazing... Plus with all of the high star ratings it already has, gives me hope that it will be as amazing as it sounds.

If you'd like to read this book, click here to put your name on the hold list

Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday Meme: A Special Spy Series

Today, I would like to focus in on one author, on one series that I absolutely love to death. My love for it is being rekindled right now, because I miss the level of excellence this series brought to my literary life. Every book was amazing- even though I never finished the last one because I couldn't bear to have it end.

This series is the Gallagher Girls series.


Ally Carter, in Gallagher Girls, has created a fun, mystery-filled world of diverse characters, twisting alliances, huge surprises, and more. I loved this series when book 1 came out ten years ago, in 2006. I was 10. I listened to them on audio with my mom, and she loved them. Since then, I've done continuous rereads as each progressive book came out, and I'm getting ready to do another one, because they're appealing to every age, and because they feel like home. So if you haven't read them yet, and you want a fun, fast read about spies, you should go grab them, and then tell me about them! I work at the South Branch ;D Here's the link.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday Meme: For the Dragon Lovers

Dragons are cool. And in stories, they add an element of danger or even personality that can really get people interested. Here are three great dragon books (besides Eragon) that will satisfy your desire for more of these scaly beasts.

1. The Story of Owen- E.K. Johnston: The story of a modern day dragon slayer, as told by his friend, a classmate who agreed to tell his story. It's how one teen, a dragon-slaying prodigy, could protect his entire town from the dangers of dragons. Or could he?  Click here to check it out.

2. Talon- Julie Kagawa: Okay, so this one is about dragon shapshifters, but it's still cool. This is the first in a 5-book saga that is still in progress (book 3 was just released) but you can get in on it now! Click here to reserve a copy.

3. Seraphina- Rachel Hartman: In this novel, it's the dragons that turn into humans to lend their brilliant logic and mathematical skills to humankind. A royal assassination casts doubt on the dragon kind, and a young musical prodigy has to help find the truth while hiding her own secrets. Click here to get it!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday Meme: SEQUELS!

We all know that sequels to books are dangerous creatures. They can go a thousand different ways, and oftentimes they don't beat out their predecessors. But here are three sequels I think went above and beyond.

Fire (Graceling 2)- Kristen Cashore: This companion novel soared for me. It had luscious characters, intense world-building, and a beautiful, twisting plot that I adored. Graceling was amazing, too, but Fire really hit it out of the park. Click here to put a hold on it.

Pretties (Uglies 2)- Scott Westerfeld: A lot of people loved Uglies. I didn't. I had no interest in continuing with the series, but way back when it was so hugely popular my friends convinced me to continue. Pretties is the only book in the series that I own. I love the Pretty world, the characters, the flavor of the writing, and really, it was the only one (apart from Extras, which is a different story) that I really enjoyed. Click here to check it out.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy (Gallagher Girls 2)- Ally Carter: I talk about this book a lot. It's one of my go-to recommendations for someone looking for a light mystery with a little bit of fun. I liked it better than the first book, mostly because of the appearance of a certain character I won't name for fear of spoilers. But if you're interested, click here.