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Jun 14, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Zero Repeat Forever (The Nahx Invasions #1) by Gabrielle Prendergast



 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

 What I'm waiting for...

 


He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…

Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…


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Hi there, bookish friends!
I’m back from a mini hiatus. Turns out I finally cancelled my internet subscription (the one I complained about all the time for years!). It’s been hard, because I don’t have internet at home anymore, but I’m looking for a better subscription available in my zone.
Anyway, today I’m looking forward to reading Zero Repeat Forever. I haven’t read much about this book, but it was on my Goodreads recs, and it sounds really interesting, so we’ll see. 


Jun 6, 2017

What's New? A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland


 


Hey! What's New? Well, for me, I'm in love with a cover once again. Yes, again. And I love the long title of this book. This is exactly my kind of read, so I'm dying to get my hands on it. A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares sounds fun and awesome.
Check it out!

Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers 


 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

From the author of Our Chemical Hearts comes the hilarious, reality-bending tale of two outsiders facing their greatest fears about life and love one debilitating phobia at a time.

Ever since Esther Solar's grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther's father is agoraphobic and hasn't left the basement in six years, her twin brother can t be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck.

The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them.

Esther doesn't know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares.

Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she d been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them: in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn't counted on: love.
 
 

May 31, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo


 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

 What I'm waiting for...

 


The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.


***** 


Why am I waiting on this book? I have never read a superheroe book, but I love Wonder Woman and Leigh is a great author. So, I want to give it a chance, maybe I'll enjoy more books like this.

What about you?

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May 30, 2017

What's New? A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen



 
Look  at this book! It sounds really cute. A bit sad and heartbreaking, but sweet, too. I haven't read anything by this author, but I really want to read this one.
Check it out!

Expected publication: January 9th 2018 by Amulet Books

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

The moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it’s . . . something at first sight. He knows she’s special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of “friend” gets messier, too.

Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn’t always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it’s this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.

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May 27, 2017

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy


Ramona Blue 
by Julie Murphy
 Source: ARC provided for review.
Summary:
Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever.
Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever.
The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.


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Ramona Blue is one of the sweetest contemporary books I’ve ever read.
This one of those books that left me speechless, because it was really complex and deep and you know, I, (a Spanish speaker) don’t have enough words sometimes.

Ramona Blue is a beautiful book about sexuality, family, friendship, poverty and love for swimming.
I’ve been writing and re-writing my thoughts on this book, but I always end up just saying how much I loved it.
This book got close to my heart because Ramona’s family is so much like mine, and many of Ramona’s financial problems felt like mine, too. I understood her and I felt deeply sorry for her. And at the same time I admired her. Because these were her decisions and she was happy with her family. I loved how positive was their relationship even though there were some things wrong.

And then there’s the friendship. I adored Ramona’s friends and how loyal and honest they were.
Maybe this is why I loved Ramona’s relationship with Freddie, because they started as friends until their friendship evolved and became something more. It was so well done that I was rooting for them!

And just like I loved every character, I loved Julie’s writing. It was fast paced and addictive and beautiful, she made an “apparently” ugly town look beautiful and breathtaking.
I haven’t read Dumplin’ but I read Side Effects May Vary, and I didn’t exactly love that book, so if you’re unsure about reading this book, you really should give it a chance. It’s worth it. 

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May 26, 2017

Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski


Some Books Ago is a shout out to all those books published some years ago. I don't want you to forget them!


This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. Seriously, if you're looking for a fun read, one that takes you back in time to your high school days. This is that book!
I know the synopsis mentions a love triangle (and I have love triangles), but this was a funny one.
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) is a fresh read, and sadly, the only book I've read from this author.


It was published on June 7th 2011 by HarperTeen


 


Summary:

2 girls + 3 guys + 1 house - parents = 10 things April and her friends did that they (definitely, maybe, probably) shouldn't have.

If given the opportunity, what sixteen-year-old wouldn't jump at the chance to move in with a friend and live parent-free? Although maybe "opportunity" isn't the right word, since April had to tell her dad a tiny little untruth to make it happen (see #1: "Lied to Our Parents"). But she and her housemate Vi are totally responsible and able to take care of themselves. How they ended up "Skipping School" (#3), "Throwing a Crazy Party" (#8), "Buying a Hot Tub" (#4), and, um, "Harboring a Fugitive" (#7) at all is kind of a mystery to them.

In this hilarious and bittersweet tale, Sarah Mlynowski mines the heart and mind of a girl on her own for the first time. To get through the year, April will have to juggle a love triangle, learn to do her own laundry, and accept that her carefully constructed world just might be falling apart . . . one thing-she-shouldn't-have-done at a time.

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May 25, 2017

Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1) by Amy Plum


Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1)
by Amy Plum
Soure: eARC provided for review.
Summary:
Cata Cordova suffers from such debilitating insomnia that she agreed to take part in an experimental new procedure. She thought things couldn’t get any worse...but she was terribly wrong.
Soon after the experiment begins, there’s a malfunction with the lab equipment, and Cata and six other teen patients are plunged into a shared dreamworld with no memory of how they got there. Even worse, they come to the chilling realization that they are trapped in a place where their worst nightmares have come to life. Hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, Cata and the others will be forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.


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When I first knew about Dreamfall I was a little unsure if I wanted to read it because I don't read too many thrillers or horror books. But I'm a huge fan of Amy Plum and it looked really interesting.
Dreamfall is the story of seven insomniac teens trapped in a shared dreamworld filled with nightmares. The book starts with these teens trying an experiment to cure their insomnia. When something goes wrong, they end up comatose, or so it seems to the doctors leading the experiments. 

One of the most original things about this book is that we learn every character backstory through their nightmares. There's also a POV from a  pre-med student outside the Dreamfall (this is how they call the dream world) where there's more info about them and what’s happening while they’re dreaming. 
I have to say that I almost DNFd this book. The first half was really slow and a little boring, and maybe because I still didn't know well the characters, I didn't care much about them. 

But luckily I don't like to DNF books, so I kept going and I'm so glad I did because the second half is where everything gets better! 
The nightmares in Dreamfall aren't the kind of nightmares that keep me awake, but they were vividly described and the mood was so creepy and dark. And since the nightmares are personal and belong to each one of the characters, it made them even more gut wrenching to read. 
I'm so glad to say that, even though sometimes it felt like there was going to be a love triangle, there's no romance in this book. I still hope Cata and Fergus end up together though.
There are some twists and turns I wasn't expecting and all of that lead to an incredibly ending. I seriously can't wait for the second book. 

Overall, Dreamfall is great and suspenseful read. If you can pass those slow chapters, I'm sure you will enjoy it!

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