Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin

“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.

The Year We Fell Apart

This week, I picked:
The Year We Fell Apart
By Emily Martin
Publication Date: January 26, 2016

From Goodreads:

In the tradition of Sarah Dessen, this powerful debut novel is a compelling portrait of a young girl coping with her mother’s cancer as she figures out how to learn from—and fix—her past.

Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.

Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.

While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.

As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.

Why I picked it:

This book sounds like a mix between Sarah Dessen, and John Green... And even though I have a feeling that I am going to need a box of tissues handy when I read this one, I also think it will be pretty amazing. If you'd like to read this book when it comes out, click here to put your name on the Hold List.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Monday Meme: If You Liked: THE 5TH WAVE

In The 5th Wave, we experience an alien invasion. One like (almost) no other. In wake of the upcoming movie adaptation, many people have devoured the first two books and are eagerly awaiting the conclusion of the trilogy. While you wait, here are a few similarly themed novels to keep you busy.

The Darkest Minds- Alexandra Bracken: I'm in the midst of this book (the first of a trilogy) myself, and I'm really looking forward to this one. This trilogy features a mid-apocalyptic world where the enemies are not aliens, but children who have survived a devastating disease. Their minds have changed, and that makes them dangerous. To learn more, click here. 


Arclight: Josin McQuein: The Arclight is the wall of light that protects the inhabitants from the Fade. It's their last defense. But when hidden secrets and truths come to light, there won't be anything left to save them from themselves. Click here to request a copy and learn more about the book.

Monument 14- Emmy Laybourne: With disasters escalating outside, a small group of citizens barricade themselves inside a chain superstore, counting on it to survive. The world as they know it is falling apart, and they have to make decisions that could break them in this short, action packed first book in a series. Click here to check it out.

As always, visit www.goodreads,com for more recommendations!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday: Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan

“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.

Sword and Verse (Sword and Verse, #1)
This week, I picked:
Sword and Verse
By Kathy MacMillan
Publication Date: January 19, 2016

From Goodreads:

Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.

Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.

Why I picked it:

Well, other than a gorgeous cover, I picked this book because it sounds similar to Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore, and I absolutely adore her books and the kick-butt characters she creates. If you want to read this and see how things turn out for Raisa, click here to put your name on the Hold List

Monday, January 11, 2016

Monday Meme: If You Liked: THE LIGHTNING THIEF

The Percy Jackson saga has hit worldwide readership. Without a doubt, it's well-written, hilarious, exciting, and good for any age of reader. But what if you've read them all? What if you've devoured all of Rick Riordan's series?

Heroes of Olympus series and Magnus Chase series- Rick Riordan: These are the Roman and Norse continuations of the mythological theme Riordan has set up for himself. I know for sure that the Heroes of Olympus also features extended cameos from the favorites of Camp Half-Blood. If you'd like the try them out, here's the link for book 1 of the Heroes of Olympus and here's Magnus Chase.

Peter and the Starcatchers series- Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson: This adaptation of the Peter Pan legend is long, creepy, and beautifully written. A series that reveals the secrets of Peter Pan, Peter and the Starcatcherss is the beginning of a fast-paced adventure that will leave you eager for more. Click here to get a copy from the library.

There are really 3 separate series there, and many books in those series, so I'm going to leave it at that. For more recommendations, check out and type in the name of your favorite novel or author.