Waiting on Wednesday #65: The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth



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

This week I am waiting on:


The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
October 23rd, 2018, HarperTeen
YA Fantasy
Pre-order: Book Depository Amazon
Five years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell cowered from air strikes in a London bomb shelter. But that night took a turn when the sisters were transported to another realm called the Woodlands. In a forest kingdom populated by creatures out of myth and legend, they found temporary refuge. 

When Ev and Phil finally returned to London, nothing had changed at all—nothing, except themselves. 

Now, Evelyn spends her days sneaking into the woods outside her boarding school, wishing for the Woodlands. Overcome with longing, she is desperate to return no matter what it takes. 

Philippa, on the other hand, is determined to find a place in this world. She shields herself behind a flawless exterior and countless friends, and moves to America to escape the memory of what was. 

But when Evelyn goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair and the painful truths they’ve been running from. As the weeks unfold, Philippa wonders if Ev truly did find a way home, or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under.

Content warnings are available via the author's website: https://www.lauraeweymouth.com/books
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ISN'T THIS THE MOST ELEGANT AND SIMPLY GORGEOUS COVER EVER? 
It is perhaps the thing that drew me in in the first place, but take a look at that blurb! It sounds so great and heartbreaking and full of mystery! I also love sibling-focused stories so yes, I cannot wait for its release. ♥

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What are you waiting on this week? :)

The Week's Entrée #204


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

It's so crazy that we are halfway through June and yet my Goodreads challenge is no way close to where I want it to be *weeps*. I feel like I've been reading A LOT this year, but manuscripts don't count towards my goal and that kind of discourages me. However, most of the ARCs and published works that I have read (and counts toward my goal) have been pretty great reads, so I might do a post about them soon! :D

As for this week, I'll attempt to read  Comic Books to sort of count for all the manuscripts I have read (12!).  It's a great plan, right?!?!

Anywhoo, this week we will be participating in an AWESOME cover reveal over on Instagram so make sure to visit our account @thereaderandthechef!!!  ♥

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


Thank you so much Henry Holt for sending this epic bookmail! It was a copy of Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li plus chopsticks!!! Ahh, I love them! ♥


And also thanks to Mike Veny for the two copies of Transforming Stigma! We are hosting an Indiegram Tour for this book next week and I'm super excited about it! :D
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To Read This Week:


I'm so excited to start my second comic book (ever!). Sleepless Vol 1 by Sarah Vaughn is Fantasy and about a girl who is guarded by a Sleepless Knight, and who suddenly finds herself endangered when someone attempts to kill her in the new king's reign. There's romance and action and it is basically my cup of tea! :D
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And that's it for this edition of The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

Book Review: Where I Live by Brenda Rufener

Title: Where I Live
Author: Brenda Rufener
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published:  February 27th, 2018
Page Count:  352 pages
Format:  ARC
Source: From publisher in exchange of an honest review


Summary:
This evocative debut YA novel tells the story of Linden, a homeless teen secretly living in her high school. Together with her makeshift family of close friends, Linden struggles against the hardships of her past and begins to shape a bright future. Perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven and Nicola Yoon, this is a stirring novel about overcoming all odds. 

LINDEN ROSE HAS RULES FOR SURVIVAL.

1. Prevent the in-class nap.
2. Never carry too many belongings.
3. Avoid looking the part. 

Her rules guarantee no one discovers her secret–that she’s homeless and living in the halls of her small-town high school. Her best friends, Ham and Seung, have formed a makeshift family, and writing for her school’s blog prevents downtime. When you’re homeless, free time sucks. Despite everything Linden’s burdened with, she holds on to hope for a future and a maybe romance with Seung.

But when cool-girl Bea comes to school with a bloody lip, the damage hits too close to home. Linden begins looking at Bea’s life, and soon her investigation prompts people to pay attention. And attention is the last thing Linden needs. 

To put a stop to the violence, Linden must tell the story. Even if it breaks her rules for survival and jeopardizes the secrets she’s worked so hard to keep.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars
Where I Live has won its place in my all-time favorite YA Contemporary books list and I don't think I'll ever stop showering it with praise. From the first page Linden Rose captured my heart and I constantly found myself wanting to hug her and to somehow pluck her out of the pages, away from her harsh reality.

Linden Rose slipped away from authorites the night her mother was murdered and headed straight to a small town where her grandmother lives. However, the grandmother dies in the town's nursing home soon after her arrival and Linden is left officially alone in the world. With a small amount of money left by her mother, she decides to make her new school's halls her home, thus becoming a master at hiding in plain sight.

Linden Rose is one of the most admirable characters I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. She's the kind of character who can stand on her own and whose story I would love to follow endlessly. Despite her living situation and not having a parent figure on her side, she manages to live every day with hope and determination. She works harder than everyone and loves even stronger. And she's the kind of person that would sacrifice everything for her friends.

I adored the way Linden (in her mind) adopts her friends Ham and Seung, and declares them her family. Ham and Seung love her back fiercely, but I don't even think they come to realize how much Linden loves them. Her love for them is what makes her afraid to tell them the truth of her being homeless, and my heart ached for her insecurity.

Oh, but the way she always thought about her mother! We never get to meet Linden's mom since she is already dead from the beginning, but I loved how she is still very much alive in Linden's heart. Her presence is a constant companion to Linden's loneliness and it was sad and amazing at the same time. 

Where I Live also deals with domestic violence so thread carefully if triggered by this. It's not a topic I have much experience with but I believe the author addresses it appropriately along with homelessness.

Final Verdict:

Where I Live is the kind of book that touches your heart, rips it away, yet eventually mends. It's the kind of book that makes you fall in love with the main character from page one and end up hoping that they get to live a happily ever after. Personally, I believe it's YA Contemporary at its best!

The Week's Entrée #203


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

Last week was a great blogging week for me. I finally managed to sit down and write some reviews and that makes me feel so accomplished. I feel that I've been neglecting the blog as I spend more and more time on bookstagram and work, but I am determined to get back in the swing of things! I actually feel that I've become more disciplined in real life (I now wake up at 6 am! Huge accomplishment for me since I'm a natural night owl) and thus, I have more time to manage all my duties. It feels pretty good. :D

How has blogging been for you this year so far? And if you are not a blogger, how are you doing with your reading challenges? :)
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New books!
{For review}
From authors, publishers, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.


Huge thanks to Tor for sending me a copy of Pacifica by Kristen Simmons! It's been on my TBR since the cover was announced and I'm so happy to now own a copy!!! Also many thanks to the awesom Darcy Woods for sending me a Spanish edition of The Summer of Supernovas. Already read this book in English and LOVED, so I'm thrilled to get to read El Verano de las Supernovas. :D
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To Read This Week:


I'm still reading State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury (highly enjoying it!) but will also attempt to read Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim since we are hosting a Storygram book tour next Sunday! This book sounds so lovely  and I'm currently fighting my sister over who gets to read it first. :D
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And that's it for this edition of The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

Cover Reveal: Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel!


Hey everyone! I'm so excited to be participating in the cover reveal of KEEPER OF THE BEES by Meg Kassel! This is a YA Paranormal book releasing on September 4th, 2018 from Entangled Teen! 


 So without further ado....


I give you...


THE COVER:


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Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel
Release date: September 4th, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA Paranormal

Book Summary:
“Beauty and the beast like you’ve never imagined!” —New York Times bestselling author Pintip Dunn

KEEPER OF THE BEES is a tale of two teens who are both beautiful and beastly, and whose pasts are entangled in surprising and heartbreaking ways.
Dresden is cursed. His chest houses a hive of bees that he can’t stop from stinging people with psychosis-inducing venom. His face is a shifting montage of all the people who have died because of those stings. And he has been this way for centuries—since he was eighteen and magic flowed through his homeland, corrupting its people.

He follows harbingers of death, so at least his curse only affects those about to die anyway. But when he arrives in a Midwest town marked for death, he encounters Essie, a seventeen-year-old girl who suffers from debilitating delusions and hallucinations. His bees want to sting her on sight. But Essie doesn’t see a monster when she looks at Dresden.

Essie is fascinated and delighted by his changing features. Risking his own life, he holds back his bees and spares her. What starts out as a simple act of mercy ends up unraveling Dresden’s solitary life and Essie’s tormented one. Their impossible romance might even be powerful enough to unravel a centuries-old curse.


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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST RETELLING!!!!!!!!! 


Yes, I definitely need this book in my life! Doesn't it sound intriguing?!?! This is book 2 in the Black Birds of the Gallows series and a must add to your TBR! ♥
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About Meg Kassel
Meg Kassel is an author of fantasy and speculative books for young adults. A graduate of Parson's School of Design, she’s been creating stories, whether with visuals or words, since childhood. Meg is a New Jersey native who lives in a log house in the Maine woods with her husband and daughter. As a fan of ’80s cartoons, Netflix series, and ancient mythology, she has always been fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. She is the 2016 RWA Golden Heart® winner in YA and a double 2018 RITA® finalist for her debut novel, Black Bird of the Gallows.


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Book Review: How to Be a Supervillain: Born to Be Good by Michael Fry

Title: How to Be a Supervillain: Born to Be Good
Series: 
How to Be a Supervillain #2
Author: Michael Fry
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Published: May 1st, 2018
Page Count:  352 pages
Format:  Hardcover
Source: From the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion


Summary:
A sequel has never been this good...at being bad! In this highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling How to Be a Supervillain, Victor Spoil must save the world from an evil scheme to enslave the superheroes and villains--to his parents' utter disappointment.

Victor Spoil hates the Junior Super Academy. It makes him cranky--and his parents couldn't be prouder, because supervillains aren't meant to be nice. Until Victor confesses he wants to leave and become a librarian. The horror!


But when superheroes and villains--including his parents--start disappearing, only a dedicated do-gooder like Victor can track them down. He discovers that the supers are being captured to square off against aliens in gladiator-like shows. And unlike the scripted fights that the supers usually sign up for, these battles are to the death!


Victor and his fellow super students must join together and harness their super powers to battle this dastardly mega-villain. But to be a hero, Victor finally has to embrace his inner villain. Will he be able to stoop that low?
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
.This review can also be found on YA Books Central.

How to Be a Supervillain: Born to Be Good turned out to be such a fun read! It's about a GOOD supervillain who is tired of living the super life and is considering to become a librarian (despite everyone's protest) but before he even tries, he gets pulled into another super adventure where he and his friends have to save all the kidnapped suppers from an unknown villain!

One of the things I loved the most about this book is the type of superpowers all the supers and villains have. Our main character Victor Spoil is a Tickler (he tickles everyone intensely!), but you can also find every kind of peculiar powers and names such as Dr. Deodorant, Moldy Dave, Smelly Foot, Flame Kicker, Worm Boy, Yeastmaster, and so on!

The illustrations found inside helped a lot to imagine the characters and their fun quest. I often found myself staring far too long into some, taking in all the little details like finding random characters among the supers.

I must confess I did not read the first book in this series, but I truly believe this sequel can be read as a standalone. It provides a swift summary of Victor's previous success of saving the world (and failing at being a super villain) so readers won't feel lost if they decide to pick up this sequel instead of the first (though it would be fun to read back-to-back!).

Final Verdict:

How to Be a Supervillain: Born to Be Good is a fun middle grade super adventure that readers of every age will come to enjoy! I know my younger self would have enjoyed this book so much (as I did now!). It brings back great memories of witty reads full of humor and funny illustrations in the likes of Captain Underpants.

Book Review: Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

Title: Bring Me Their Hearts
Author: Sara Wolf
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: June 5th, 2018
Page Count:  400 pages
Format:  ARC
Source: From the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion


Summary:
Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars

I LOVE THIS BOOK. Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf is the stunning beginning to a wonderfully dangerous YA Fantasy series that certainly came in to steal readers' hearts!

What I Loved:

One of my favorite aspects about Bring Me Their Hearts is how it doesn't take the normal route. I went in expecting to hate the witch who owns Zera's heart from the start, but Nightsinger turns out to be different. The relationship between her and Zera is complicated since the witch actually saves Zera from a terrible death by turning her into a Heartless (meaning her personal soldier), and while Zera is grateful for what she did, her refusal to return Zera's heart is still something hard to accept and puts a strain in their relationship.

Whispers of a second war between Witches and Humans is what drives Nightsinger to strike a deal with Zera. In exchange for the Crown Prince's heart, Zera can take back hers as well as the other two Heartless the Witch owns. And thus the exciting quest begins for Zera as she has to infiltrate the castle as a potential bride for the prince and get close enough to steal his heart!

This is what I loved the most. Zera's mission involves learning noble etiquette and dealing with everyone at court. Thanks to the help of Lady Y'shennria, she manages to squeeze in as much knowledge as she can in a period of 3 days before being introduced to the Prince. It's hard work and so entertaining to read about, although at times painful since Zera would constantly have to battle with the heartless monster that she doesn't want to become.

Gosh, I just feel like gushing about this book! Honestly, I fell in love with Zera who is sassy, badass, and unflinchingly honest. I fell in love with the Prince who is more than what meets the eye. I enjoyed reading about the characters, Lady Y'shennria in particular who is willing to side with those she hates the most in order to stop a war. And most of all, I loved following Zera's quest to take back her heart, even when she finds herself risking more than just her own fate.


Final Verdict:

Bring Me Their Hearts is one of the best books I've read this year so far and one that had me reading well into the night. Cannot recommend it enough because not only does it introduces us to a fantastic yet dangerous new world, but it also gives us a heroine who despite being heartless, has the biggest heart of all. ♥