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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (35)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It's to spotlight upcoming releases I can't wait to get my hands on!

                                                     This week's WoW pick is...
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off. 

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

Release Date: June 16th, 2015

Okay, so the premise doesn't sound entirely original or new... BUT the reviews of it have been amazing so far, and it is the talented Tamara Ireland Stone we are talking about here, so my hopes are high. While I do like my Contemporary novels a bit darker and edgier to compensate for the fact that they are so grounded in reality, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a high-school coming of age story every once in a while – if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

What are you waiting on? :) 

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Review: The Selection (The Selection, #1) by Kiera Cass

Release Date: April 24th, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre/s: Dystopian, Romance
Rating: YA 15+
Pages: 336

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. B

ut for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. 

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

My beef with this book is not the flat characterization, the static plot, or even the uninspired and lacking world-building. What let me down the most is that this book could have been so much more. It had the potential to explore and delve into issues so pertinent in today's culture and society, which, had it made use of that premise, it would have transported the piece to a whole new dimension and effectively separated it from the sea of common, repetitive dystopian novels inundating the genre.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (34)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It's to spotlight upcoming releases I can't wait to get my hands on!

                                                     This week's WoW pick is...
Joyride by Anna Banks

A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks. 

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber's mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects. 

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. 

When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.

Release Date: June 2nd, 2015 

 Aside from the fact that this is by the beloved and talented Anna Banks, also known as the Queen of Undersea romances, the premise of this sounds so, so cute and emotional, and very feel-good. While there is the timeworn cliché of 'popular guy falls for shy girl against all odds', clichés are popular for a reason, and if done right this could be amazing. We're all counting on you, Banks! 

So, what are you waiting on this fine Wednesday? :)

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Series Review: Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella

Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Genre/s: YA Comedy, Romance
Rating: 16+
Books In Series: 

So, I've never really done a post like this on the blog before, but I thought it would be the perfect way to express my thoughts on the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella, in kind of a cumulative review of the whole series, as I've just finished the seventh and last book.

Let me start with Rebecca Bloomwood, the main character of the series. Although she could be slightly annoying, over the span of the series I've grown to love her and her quirky ways! She's helped me through a number of problems and stressful situations over the past few years, and I think that even though she is admittedly a lot different from me and frankly, anyone else I know, there's something about her that makes her just so relatable and likable and friendly! Yes, she is unreasonable and impulsive at times, but those few shortcomings make her even more relatable, in my opinion.

I still remember when I read the first book of the series. Within a few pages, I was undeniably captivated! I simply could not stop reading it! I just had to know what would happen to Becky next, and her silly, goofy adventures. It was honestly one of the lightest, easiest books I have ever read, truly light and soft and yet at the same time so well-written with an undeniable sense of character and such strong personality, too, making it a joy to read. No matter what I'm going through in my life – the stresses and pressures of exams and schoolwork, etc., I can always turn to Becky and her fantastical life and it never fails to lighten up my mood.

Even though these books are extremely cute and 'fluffy' (almost offensively so at times), I will never stop loving the immense joy and laughter they bring to my life, so for that, I say: thank you, Becky Bloomwood!

Monday, 23 March 2015

Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: August 27th, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Rating: YA 16+
Genre/s: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 418

"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
If you had told me that a sequel could so far outdo its predecessor I probably would have laughed. In your face, and loudly. But after reading Crown of Midnight I now know that with a truly talented author like Maas, anything is possible. Crown of Midnight was ten times better than I ever could have imagined and while I did really like the first one, by the wyrd this was just in a whole new ball park! 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (33)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It's to spotlight upcoming releases I can't wait to get my hands on!

                                                     This week's WoW pick is...
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore. 

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. 

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever. 

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Release Date: March 18th, 2015

Combined with the fact that this is written by Sarah J. Maas, whose fiction books I absolutely LOVE as well as that this is loosely based on the Beauty and the Beast tale (one of my favorites of all-time), this just may be my most highly anticipated book of the year so far. Also I am a huge fan of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin so this kind of seems tailored for me. As you can tell, I'm getting just slightly carried away so I'm going to stop before my expectations get even higher and more blown up. And that's me for the week! 

What are you waiting on? :)

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