Top 5 Wednesday: Second Book Is The Best

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is top five second books that are the best in the series. We recently did a top five series that got better—and it was a lot to try to not to repeat that because those were definitely the books that came to my mind. So this was a hard one for me. I’m not even sure if some of these are the best book in the series for me, I just think they were a bit better than the first. Let me know some of your top five in the comments!

1. Seige and Storm (The Grisha Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo

This whole series was okay for me, definitely not on my favorites list but I enjoyed Seige and Storm infinitely more than Shadow and Bone. The second book is where thing start to happen, the pacing is picked up, and we get some new characters who liven things up considerably.

2. Lifeblood (Everlife #2) by Gena Showalter

Okay both of these books are really good, and I can’t give a full judgement if this is the best because the series isn’t finished yet,  but similarly this is the book where stuff starts to happen. Ten had chosen her Everlife and is separated from Killian and things are so much more complicated than they first seemed. I under hype this series, I definitely feel like I should talk about it more than I do because it’s super original and a really great read.

3.  Broken Prince (The Royals #2) by Erin Watt

I don’t know if y’all have heard of this series, it’s a sort of posh-boy meets not-posh girl (kind of Cinderella like) story. Except Reed acts like anything other than a prince. The first book is where Reed and Ella finally start to get along (where the first book is all fighting) and other drama starts picking up.

4. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

I know I said I was going to try to avoid repeating myself from my past T5W, but I couldn’t not include these next two books. Catching Fire is the og second book is the best for me, I think this is the best movie as well. I love the new cast of characters being entered into the games and this is where Peeta and Katniss are the strongest and I just love them so.

5. A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) by Sarah J. Maas

I read the first book in this series and thought it was good and really liked it, and then I read ACOMAF and realized how foolish I was. This book just completely blew everything else out of the water for me.

let me know what you think of these books and your top 5 in the comments!

Books Released This Week: August 7-13 2017

Here is an update on some of the releases this week. All of these descriptions are from Goodreads. The Reawakened series isn’t something I had heard of before, but it sounds really cool and unique with some Egyptian mythology. I’ve also seen In Some Other Life Around alot, it looks like it could be a good end-of-summer contemorary read! Let me know what releases you’re interested in this week in the comments!

Reunited (Reawakened #3) by Colleen Houck
Published August 8, 2017 by Delacorte Press

After surviving her otherworldly adventure, Lily wakes up on her nana’s farm having forgotten everything. Her sun prince, her travels to Egypt, and her journey to the Afterlife are all distant memories. But Lily is not the girl she once was. Her body is now part human, part lion, and part fairy. And if that isn’t bad enough, she must now harness this power of three and become Wasret: a goddess destined to defeat the evil god Seth once and for all.

With the help of her old friend Dr. Hassan, Lily departs on her final voyage through the cosmos and across the plains of Egypt. On the journey, she will transform into the being she is destined to become. Reunited is the heart-pounding conclusion to the Reawakened series. It is time for Lily to find her sunset.

Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta
Published August 8, 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology. Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.

Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own. Continue reading

Monday Motivation: Replica 

I had a super relaxing weekend (even though I didn’t get anything I needed to done) and am ready to start the week! This quote is from Lauren Oliver’s Replica, I love it, it feels very Dr. Suess-like to me. Let me know what you guys are up to and what you need to get done this week in the comments!

“Normal is a word invented by boring people to make them feel better about being boring.”

First Lines Friday: August 4

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 kind of using this as a way to keep track of what I want to read next or at least soon. 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:

Persephone stood on the bare mountaintop, her ruffled ivory dress whipping around her legs, her masses of white-blond curls streaming behind her. 

What book is this?

Do y’all know?

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Review: Laura Stampler’s Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies

Title: Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies
Author: Laura Stampler
Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: July 19th, 2016
 Simon Pulse



Confession time, I’ve always wanted to be Carrie Bradshaw. Okay maybe less disastrous in my love life—but in the sense of wanting to take the city by storm and have a kick ass writing career. It’s because of that reason that I fall sucker to stories like these.

Harper has gotten offered a summer dating blogger position at the teen magazine—sure she wasn’t their first choice, and she has essentially zero dating experience, besides a few less than memorable kisses, and she used her best friend’s personal and disastrous story for her submission. No big deal right?

Dating in the big city should be easy, except for mansplainers, free-loaders, a totally not her type dog walker, and possibly her type hipster boy. Add in overly competitive interns, an “aunt” that acts way younger than her age, and an on-deadline magazine and the crazy begins.

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies is the perfect mix of Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada. As someone with big city dreams, reading it felt like having stars in my eyes. The fashion, the fun, the hustle, the bustle, the drama; all of it is New York in a nutshell. Continue reading

Top 5 Wednesday: Book Covers You’d Live In

Top Five Wednesdays started on Goodreads back in 2013. At the beginning of every month Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes posts a topic for each Wednesday and bloggers, vloggers and overall book fans are encouraged to respond with their top five.

This week is top five book covers you’d live in—basically a cover so good looking that you’d like to be transported into it. This sounds like a lot of fun, I know there are some beautiful covers out there. Let me know some of your top five in the comments!


1. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

I think it is pretty self evident why I would pick this cover. I mean not only is it the perfect summer scene, there’s DOGS!

2. Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler

Fashion, the city; this book has both, and that shows on this fun and flirty cover. I feel like if I stepped into this cover, I’d land myself in a little black dress at the same club as Carrie Bradshaw. Sounds perfect!

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Lara Jean is cute, quirky, and totally vintage; I would love to be transported into this cover and have her room as my own. We get a little peek from this shot—as well as the covers to the other books in the series—but I can only imagine her room is adorable (I guess we’ll find out for sure when the movie comes out!).
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Books Released This Week: July 31 – August 6 2017

Here is an update on some of the releases this week. All of these descriptions are from Goodreads. The Into the Dim series looks really cool, I love Scottland and would love to read a book set there (other than Outlander). Let me know what releases you’re interested in this week in the comments!

Blight by Alexandra Duncan
Published August 1, 2017 by Greenwillow Books

Seventeen-year-old Tempest Torres has lived on the AgraStar farm north of Atlanta since she was found outside the gates at the age of five. Now she’s part of the security force guarding the fence and watching for scavengers—people who would rather steal genetically engineered food from the company than work for it. When a group of such rebels accidentally sets off an explosion in the research compound, it releases into the air a blight that kills every living thing in its path—including humans. With blight-resistant seeds in her pocket, Tempest teams up with a scavenger boy named Alder and runs for help. But when they finally arrive at AgraStar headquarters, they discover that there’s an even bigger plot behind the blight—and it’s up to them to stop it from happening again. A fast-paced action-adventure story that is Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake meets Nancy Farmer’s House of the Scorpion.

The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby
Published August 1, 2017 by HarperTeen

When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a car accident that almost took her life, she can’t remember the details about how she got there. She figures the fog is just a symptom of being in a week-long coma, but as time goes on, she realizes she’s lost more than just the last several days of her life—she’s lost her memory of the last four years. Gone is any recollection of starting or graduating high school; the prom; or her steady boyfriend Matt. Trying to figure out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was.

As Liv tries to block out what her family and friends say about who she used to be, the one person she hasn’t heard enough from is Walker, the guy who saved her the night her car was knocked off that bridge into the bay below. Walker is the hardened boy who’s been keeping his distance—and the only person Olivia inexplicably feels herself with. With her feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t remember living. Continue reading