Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: The Boy Most Likely To

“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:

The Boy Most Likely To
By Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publication Date: August 18, 2015

From Goodreads:

Surprises abound and sparks ignite in the highly anticipated, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:
- find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
- need a liver transplant
- drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To:
- well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this return to the world of My Life Next Door is a story about failing first, trying again, and having to decide whether to risk it all once more.

Why I picked it:

 It’s been said to be good for fans of Sarah Dessen. And my fellow blogger buttersnaps99  absolutely loves the My Life Next Door {And that is really all the prompting I need.} If you would like to read this book, click here so you can get your name on the hold list

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Meme Spotlight: Beach Reads!

Have you ever found yourself in that situation? It's a beautiful day, but you just want to read? Well, even though summer is coming to a close, you can still take these books to the beach with you. 

We Were Liars- E. Lockhart: Intrigue and danger line the pages of this 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards Winner. In the summary, you're told to lie if anyone asks you how it ends, so this time, I'm not telling you anything more. You'll have to go read it yourself. Here's the link.

The Book Thief- Markus Zusack: Although this isn't a light read, I can attest to the fact that it can be read outside in the sun next to water- I read most of it by a pool the summer it was released. And it's amazing- you won't be able to put it down. A historical novel narrated by Death himself, The Book Thief leaves nothing to be desired. Satisfying, heartrending, and beautiful, it is a must-read. And you can watch the movie adaptation once you're home. Click here for the book, and here for the movie.

The Night Circus- Erin Morganstern: Okay, so it's not YA. But it's light and imaginative, spinning worlds and fantastic places that are totally conducive to daydreaming in the sunshine. It's a great read for any place, really, and not too deep- you won't get dragged sown when you're supposed to be relaxing. Click here to get it for your next trip.

Have fun with your toes in the sand and your nose in a book. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

“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:

Court of Fives
By Kate Elliott
Publication Date: August 18, 2015

 From Goodreads:

In this imaginative escape into an enthralling new world, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott begins a new trilogy with her debut young adult novel, weaving an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege.

Jessamy's life is a balance between acting like an upper class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But at night she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multi-level athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom's best competitors. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between a girl of mixed race and a Patron boy causes heads to turn. When a scheming lord tears Jes's family apart, she'll have to test Kal's loyalty and risk the vengeance of a powerful clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.

Why I picked it:

 It sounds similar to The Hunger Games {which I adore} and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it from people who have read the ARC. If you would like to read this book, click here to get your name on the hold list.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday Spotlight: Graffiti


      Personally, I love graffiti. So when a book incorporates this controversial art form in its plot, I'm on board 100%. I think it brings a certain added edge to the story, a subtle conflict between what's considered 'right.' So here are a couple books that are on the graffiti list. 

The Butterfly Clues- Kate Ellison: Not only is it full of graffiti and danger, it's a murder mystery. I really enjoyed this book when I first read it- there are a lot of complex layers and different things going on that all wrap up into one mystery and two lives. Click here to find it at the library!

Into a Dangerous World- Julie Chibbaro: Not yet released, this novel of a 1984 artist searching for the right way to express herself in her art. Should she go the traditional route, or divert to something new and dangerously beautiful? I've received an Advanced Reviewer copy from a giveaway and only just started, but there's some amazing artwork and so far, I've been really enjoying it. 

Graffiti Moon- Cath Crowley: Told in alternating perspectives, this novel tells the story of a girl searching for an elusive graffiti artist and the boy she doesn't like, but who may be able to find him. In just one night, things can change. Click here to put it on hold.

     So whether you're artistic or not, everyone can appreciate the beauty of graffiti- just don't do anything illegal, friends! And here's a little tidbit about me: this next image is one of my favorite graffiti images ever. 


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday: Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

“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 Betsy Cornwell
Publication Date: August 25, 2015

From Goodreads:

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

Why I picked it:

 I love fairy tale re-tellings {because I’m a huge fan of the Happily Ever After endings}. However, I have yet to find a steampunk story that I absolutely love. So I figure I’d give this one a shot. Would you like to read this Steam Punk version of Cinderella? If so, click here to put your name on the hold list.