Books Released This Week: December 4 – 10 2017

We’re in our first week of December releases! I can’t believe 2017 is almost done. So many amazing books came out this year, and I know just as many (if not more) are scheduled for 2018. This week I think I’m most looking forward to Ever the Brave, the first book in this series was just okay for me, I enjoyed but it was very typical fantasy, until the ending where we got a tease of something. Let me know what your most anticipated release is in the comments!

Ever the Brave (Clash of Kingdoms #2) by Erin Summerill
Published on December 5, 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.
After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost.

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Published on December 5, 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for. Continue reading

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Review: Meagan Spooner’s Hunted

Title: Hunted
Author: Meagan Spooner
Genre: 
Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Retelling
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Pages: 
384
Publisher:
HarperTeen
Rating: 

I’ve said it before, but I absolutely adore retellings—especially a well done retelling. I’ve been excited about Hunted since its release, and I wasn’t disappointed. Meagan Spooner actually already had me at the dedication page, which is absolutely beautiful.

This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and it really is the perfect mix between staying close to the original story that we know and love and having aspects that make it unique, fresh, and compelling. I was sucked into this world of magic, beauty, decay, and desire and just didn’t want to leave. This was a book I stayed up reading way late into the night by the glow of my bedside lamp.

The story starts off set in a sort of medieval (ish?) Russian-inspired small town. It has your sort of regular class system and kind of what you’d expect.

Our Beauty here, Yeva, is quite different than we’re used to though—while still retaining that special spirit and fire. Yeva’s father is a wealthy merchant, although he spent his earlier years as a renowned hunter, brining his youngest daughter along with him and teaching her survival and hunting skills. And really the woods are where Yeva feels most at home—but alas now she’s old enough to be a lady.

Put into a life that involves indulging the Baronessa and awaiting a marriage proposal, Yeva is anything but content. Then everything changes when her father takes a gamble that leaves them bankrupt and cast-out to his old cabin, where they must hunt for their survival. But obsessed and raving-mad about a mythical beast, when their father doesn’t return, Yeva must head out after him. Continue reading

Monday Motivation: Crewel

Hey everyone! I had a bit of a rough weekend, where Sunday just ended up in an exhausted tired washout of a day. So, I’m excited for it to be over but also sad that I didn’t really have too much time to relax and enjoy. Because of that, this quote from Gennifer Albin’s Crewel seems super fitting. Let me know what you need motivation for this week in the comments!

“Take the happiness you can, even if it’s only a little.”

Another Bookish Candle Haul

I went a bit crazy with Etsy and ordering bookish candles in October/November, so I’m back with another haul. I have four here that are all from Amy over @ SpideyScentsCandles. These were actually a super great deal, like super reasonable, and got here in a good amount of time—I wasn’t waiting ages for them to show up like some things on Etsy.

I will admit that when shopping for bookish candles I ususally buy by theme/character and not smell, which definitely happened here. Anyway, the scents I bought were Sassenach, Warner, Laia, and Kahlid. 

I absolutely adore this candle for so many reasons. It’s actually the first and only one I’ve burned and the scent is heavenly—red wine, amber, honeysuckle, and musk. It’s just strong enough that I know I’m burning a candle but not overwheming where I’m gonna get a headache.

I think this also has my favorite label. I love the like actual text box shape, more so than the others, and then the background of herbs and spices just fits the color of the candle and Claire—aka Sassenach from Outlander—so well.

I’ve so wanted a Warner candle, and this one is perfect. The mixture of bergamot, lavendar, sandlewood, and amber gives off a really fresh and clean scent; reminiscent of Warner’s soaps and absolutely delightful. The green color also looks super great on my shelf next to my Shatter Me books. Continue reading

The 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge: Update X

I’ve been doing the New Adult Reading Challenge hosted by Cátia over at The Girl Who Read Too Much since the beginning of the year. I am doing monthly updates in order to keep track of new adult books that I’ve read.

I’ve already earned the top NA Queen badge, so any NA I read for the rest of the year is not like to complete this challenge but just for fun really. I find NA addictive, like it’s so short and easy to read through and once I finish one book I just want to read another like it.  Leave any recs you have in the comments!

1-4. The Seraph Black series by Jane Washington

5-6. My Pack series books 1 & 2 by Lane Whitt

7. Gone for You by Jayne Frost

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The Ones That Got Away Pt. 5

I’ve done a lot of reading but not a lot of reviewing lately so here are the  “ones that got away”— some rapid-fire mini reviews for some of my recent reads.

THE GREAT PURSUIT (EURONA DUOLOGY #2) BY WENDY HIGGINS

Lochlanach has traded the great beast for something far more terrible, a Lashed enemy veiled in beauty, deception, and a vengeance passed down through generations: Rozaria Rocato. And she’s offering the hunter Paxton Seabolt power and acceptance he could never receive in his homeland. Pax must decide how far he’s willing to go under her tutelage, knowing she is the opponent of Princess Aerity Lochson.

 As dire circumstances strike the royal family, matters of the castle are left in Aerity’s hands. It’s time to put aside her fears and grasp the reign, taking actions that have the potential to save or destroy her people.MY THOUGHTS: THIS DUOLOGY IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. BETTER THAN THE FIRST. LOVE, FANTASY, DARK & HAUNTED SETTING. MY RATING:

THE HIDDEN ORACLE BY RICK RIORDAN

How do you punish an immortal? By making him human. After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor. MY THOUGHTS: RICK RIORDAN IS A GOD HIMSELF. HILARIOUS. HEARTFELT. AS GOOD AS THE PERCY JACKSON SERIES. MY RATING:

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First Lines Fridays: December 1

 

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?  I’m using this as a way to keep track of what I want to read next. Follow the rules below:

Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.

Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.

Finally… reveal the book!

So here it is:

We always know before the change comes.

What book is this?

Do y’all know?

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My November Book Haul

Guys I thought I did really good with books this month, but then I rounded up everything for this haul and realized that was a lie—and I have a Book Outlet and Amazon order coming in…oops (but like Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals). Anyway, I doubt I’ll control myself in December either with more sales. Let me know what you hauled this month in the comments!

  1. Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco
  2. Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
  3. Red Queen Collector’s Edition by Victoria Aveyard
  4. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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