Waiting on Wednesday #8: Flame In The Mist by Renée Ahdieh


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:



Flame In The Mist by Renée Ahdieh
May 2nd, 2017, G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
YA Fantasy
The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known.
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I don't know about you but I'd read ANYTHING written by the super talented Renée Ahdieh. This author basically writes magic in the most wonderful prose and will always remain on my must-buy list. Can't wait to have this beauty in my hands! ♥
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

Alterations by Stephanie Scott Book Blitz + Giveaway!



Hi everyone! Welcome to the book blitz of Alterations by Stephanie Scott! This super cute contemporary romance releases TODAY and I am so excited that everyone can now download it and enjoy the wonderful story inside (did you know it's a retelling of Audrey Hepburn's Sabrina?!?). If you want to check out my full thoughts about it, you can read my review on YA Books Central! But stay here first because in celebration of Alterations release, the author is giving away a $20 Amazon Gift Card! So read on about Alterations and enter the giveaway below. Enjoy! ♥
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Alterations
by Stephanie Scott
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 6th 2016
Bloomsbury Spark

Summary:
If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they'd think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn't know that all the plans she's made for them are just dreams, and that she's the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family. 
When Amelia's abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can't imagine leaving Miami--and Ethan--for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan's awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app.
As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The "new and improved" Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she'd have to make.

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About Stephanie Scott
Hello! I write Young Adult stories about teens who put their passions first. I'm an active member of Romance Writers of America and its online YA chapter YARWA, and I mentor writers in online pitch contests. I love dance fitness and cat memes, and Pinterest is driving me broke. I live outside of Chicago with my tech-of-all-trades husband. You can find me most often online on twitter and Instagram at @StephScottYA. My debut ALTERATIONS about a fashion-obsessed loner who reinvents herself releases 12/6/16 from Bloomsbury Spark, and I'm a contributor to the young adult short story anthology WELCOME HOME out in spring 2017.

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Giveaway:

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The Week's Entrée #127

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

Christmas is just around the corner and I cannot believe I won't be able to complete my Goodreads challenge before the year ends. I mean, I will certainly try to get close to it but even I know I can't read 40 books in little over 3 weeks *weeps*. OH WELL.  Next year for sure!!!

How are you all coming along with your challenges?

On another note, we are hosting a giveaway on Instagram for a book based on our November book haul and it's international. Go enter! :D

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New books!
{Purchased}


I managed to snatch a copy of this book while it was on sale yesterday. The hype for this series is HUGE, ginormous even, so I'm scared to read it. But I will, and I'll try to make it soon.

{Won}


I won a kindle copy of this book last week in a giveaway on Twitter. Super excited to read since I've heard nothing but great things about it.
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To Read This Week:



I'm still not done with Roseblood by A.G. Howard, but as soon as I'm done I am starting on Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill. So excited!!!
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée!  What are you all reading? :)

Book Review: Teach Me to Forget by Erica M. Chapman

Title: Teach Me to Forget
Author: Erica M. Chapman
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Merit Press
Published:  December 2nd, 2016
Page Count:  288 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: From publisher in exchange on an honest opinion.


Summary:
This is the story of Ellery, a girl who learns how to live while waiting for the date she chose to die. 

Ellery's bought the gun, made arrangements for her funeral, and even picked the day. A Wednesday. Everything has fallen into place.

Now all she has to do is die.

When her plans go awry and the gun she was going to kill herself with breaks, she does the one thing she has control over--return it and get a new one. After tormenting the crusty customer service associate by trying to return the gun with the wrong receipt, Ellery gets caught by the security guard who also happens to be someone she knows--the annoyingly perfect Colter Sawyer from her English class.

Colter quickly uncovers what she's hiding and is determined to change her mind. After confessing a closely held secret of his own, he promises not to tell hers. Ellery tries to fight her attraction to him as the shadows of her past cling tight around her, but when she's faced with another tragedy, she must decide whether her love for one boy is more important than a lifetime of pain.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars
Oh, my heart. I just finished reading Teach Me to Forget and I. Can't. Stop. Feeling. All of the emotions. Love. Hate. Anger. Frustration. So much sadness. Ugh. But I loved this book. So darn much.

I have to be honest with you guys and tell you that despite my love for contemporary books, I tend to stray far away from emotional reads. Not that they are not good, but because they tend to affect me so darn much. And I'm always scared to find the next one that would break my heart into a million little pieces. However, books like Teach Me to Forget remind me that I shouldn't be scared. Books like Teach Me to Forget remind me that there are so many stories that we should all learn about. To learn from them and to try to understand, thinking twice before beginning to judge someone because you don't know their whole story.

This book is a tough read because it deals with suicide and self-harm and it doesn't sugar-coat it. The main character, from page one, tells you she wants to die and she indeed tries, but to her dismay, the gun doesn't work. And she considers all possibilities to do so but instead opts again to plan it and live her last few days trying to detach herself from everyone who knows or loves her. But as life would have it, instead of getting more secluded, more people start slipping past her walls and she makes friends. People she thinks she doesn't deserve. And she falls in love. 

I know the above description makes it sound like the same kind of trope--boy comes in, they fall in love and eventually saves her-- but this novel wasn't really like that. Ellery (which is the main character) constantly deals the pain and guilt of a tragedy that happened to her family, and she lives day by day thinking "I have these number of days to live". And you suffer along with her and discover how it is painful to live but also how beautiful it is. Of how unfair sometimes life can be for those that go and those that stay.

Teach Me to Forget is an emotional read, but also very beautiful and ... I liked how it made me smile and laugh and tear up with Ellery. Because this book also introduces some cliché lines but the characters know that they are cliché so it brought the necessary humor to lighten up the somber mood. Like some of the references used about Nicholas Sparks's novels that probably in another book it would have made me roll my eyes, but not in here.  It worked perfectly and actually made me swoon! (The romance in here is so swoony too!)

Final Verdict:

I highly recommend Teach Me to Forget if you are looking for a thought-provoking read and if you can deal with subjects such as suicide, self-harm, and loss. The story is well written and despite being a tough subject,  I am glad that I braved its pages.

Trigger warnings: Suicide & self-harm.

Waiting on Wednesday #7: Romeo & What's Her Name by Shani Petroff


Hi everyone! Welcome to another "Waiting on Wednesday" post (meme hosted by Breaking the Spine!). 

This week I am waiting on:


Romeo & What's Her Name by Shani Petroff
February 7th 2017, Swoon Reads
YA Contemporary
An unprepared understudy is forced to take the stage with her secret crush in this YA romantic comedy of errors.

Understudies never get to perform

. . . which is why being Juliet's understudy in the school's yearly "Evening with Shakespeare" is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it's just:
a) Shakespeare is HARD,
b) Amanda, aka the "real" Juliet, makes her run errands instead of lines, and
c) there's no point because Amanda would never miss the chance to be the star of the show. 

Then, Amanda ends up in the hospital and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?
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CUTENESS OVERLOAD! Ever since my friend Becky from Book Nerd Addict told me about this book, I have been having trouble from keeping it out of my mind. I love fun, fluffy contemporary romances with a dash of second-hand embarrassment and this book promises it all. Eeeep! Give it to me, I needs it. ♥
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

The Week's Entrée #126

Hi everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

Is it me or was last week the longest week ever? And I don't say it like a bad thing this time! I just feel that it was ages ago since I sat down to write last week's post. And then Thanksgiving! And Black Friday (that even I felt despite being in Mexico lol). It was a fun, long week for sure. ♥

Oh, and my sister & I went to see Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them last week too! We really liked the movie and we both agreed that our favorite character is Jacob, the muggle (no-maj? NOPE). He is the character that offered the wonder of discovering a new magical world, and closer to how we all felt when we first discovered it with Harry Potter. But Newt was also a fun character! ;) Aaaaah, and the Niffler!!!


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New books!
{For review}
From publishers, authors, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.


Danielle L. Jensen was sweet enough to give me access to an early draft of The Broken Ones since I recently reread The Malediction Trilogy and it is SO GOOD. I am drowning in feels. If you haven't read The Malediction Trilogy then I seriously implore for you to do it before this one comes out. This series is AMAZING. And it has an amazing book boyfriend (who is MINE) and excellent supporting characters. For me, it is Fantasy at its best!
This prequel novel takes place before the events of Stolen Songbird, the first book in the original trilogy, and it's about one of my favorite secondary characters. This book must be read AFTER reading the Trilogy since it holds certain spoilers for the books. So yeah, make sure you read the Trilogy first!

{For review}


I grabbed this on Amazon when it was free because it looks so cool! Cover buy (free-buy?) for sure!
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To Read This Week:



I will be reading Roseblood by A.G. Howard this week! I have heard great things about this book and I hope I end up loving it. AND SO MUCH COVER LOVE. I definitely need this in print when it comes out!
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée!  What are you all reading? :)

#TheThanksUGive ~ I'm Thankful For My Bookish 2016


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful day with your family, friends, and that you eat lots and lots of pumpkin pie! This year has been a tough one for everyone but there are certainly so many things to be thankful for and we should always try to remember them to keep our hearts strong and positive. Better things will come, you'll see! 

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Today I am participating in The Thanks U Give event hosted by Chasing Fairytales & Stay Bookish that is all about celebrating thanksgiving around the bookish community. I wasn't sure what I would write about for this post at first, but then I decided... why not talk about all the great things that I am thankful for my Bookish 2016? So off we go!

I am thankful for you, my dear friends & readers:

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog whenever I post and for all your kind words. Your comments make me so happy and I wish I could give you all a hug, stuff you with cake and maybe some of your favorite cookies  too (courtesy of my sister of course since I am not that great at baking like her). Special thanks go to Jordan, Lis, Brittany, Jazmen, and Alex. My blog and I love you a lot! ♥

I am thankful for my friends on Twitter:

My days are not complete if I don't get to connect with amazing peeps like my best buddy reader, Jessica, or Sarah K from The Book Traveler, Helena & Becky from Book Nerd Addict, Theresa J. Snyder,  S. Usher Evans, Eileen from BookCatPin, Jasmine from Jasmine Pearl Reads, Erika from The Nocturnal Fey, Sabrina from Library Luv Books, and many more! You seriously rock my world with your awesomeness and I hope we get to meet one day soon!

I am thankful for my friends & followers on Instagram:

My sister & I cannot say thank you enough for all of your support whenever we post a new photo. You guys have helped us grow so much in this wonderful community and we love how much your creativity inspires us. Everyone is so unique and we are happy to interact with every one of you every day. ♥

I am thankful for the best co-writer and partner in crime I could have ever hoped for:

I have been friends with Becky from Book Nerd Addict for some time (think that for 3+ years now?) but I think this year, 2016, is the year when we really became best friends. Your support and cheer is so amazing, I could not have asked for a better friend to write our first book together. You totally deserve all the cookies!

I am thankful for the opportunity to review and work for Kate Tilton and YA Books Central:

First to Kate Tilton (www.katetilton.com) for teaching me all the ropes and guiding me throughout my book blogging journey since the beginning, I will never get tired of saying that you ROCK. And to C.J. Redwine & YA Books Central, for believing that I was worthy of becoming part of the Staff Reviewing team.

I am thankful for my best author friend, Danielle L. Jensen:

Thank you for keeping my days magical and for writing my favorite series. Heck, for making so many of my bookish dreams come true. I truly am your biggest fan and I cannot wait to read more books from you in the future! 

And I am thankful for all the amazing books I read in 2016 & for almost 3 years of blogging:

2016 has been a great reading year for me. I have discovered so many amazing authors and I cannot wait to discover more next year. It is even more amazing to think that on January 6th, this blog will be turning 3 years old! I have no idea where the time went and I am so happy that I decided to click that publish button that day. I feel that I have grown so much after all these years and I am excited about what the future awaits us both. Hopefully many more happy book blogging years! ♥


What are some of the things that you are thankful for this bookish year? :)