Waiting on Wednesday #50: The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell


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

This week I am waiting on:


The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell
August 7th, 2018, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
YA Fantasy
Pre-order: Book Depository Amazon
From a New York Times bestselling author, a fresh, female-centered take on “Robin Hood” in which a young noblewoman, like the legendary hero, becomes an outlaw fighting for social justice. Perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Sarah J. Maas.

When sixteen-year-old Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, Sylvie feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. Her dearest friend asks her to run away to the woods with him, and soon a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen. Perfect for fans of fairy tale retellings or anyone who loves a strong female lead, this gorgeously written take on the Robin Hood tale goes beyond the original's focus on economic justice to explore love, gender, the healing power of nature, and what it means to be a family.
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FEMALE ROBIN HOOD. How can this book not be cool? I have come to realize that I haven't read many books about Robin Hood and now I need to! This book also has a lovely cover, imagine how it'll look in print! ♥
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

Cover Reveal: Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf!


Hey everyone! I'm so excited to be participating in the cover reveal of BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf! This is a YA Fantasy book releasing on June 5th, 2018 from Entangled Teen! Here's a small note about it:
In a new series Publishers Weekly has listed as “one of the most anticipated YA's of 2018”, we're excited to share the cover for Bring Me Their Hearts! NYT bestselling author Sara Wolf delivers a fast-paced, gritty fantasy sure to thrill fans of Holly Black, Sabba Tahir, and Sarah J. Maas.


Exciting, right?! So without further ado....


I give you...


THE COVER:


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Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf
Release date: June 5th, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Summary:
Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unaging 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 Zera’s 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.

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WHOA! Isn't that cover fantastic?!?! AND THAT SYNOPSIS. I need a copy of this book STAT, it sounds amazing and definitely right up my alley. ♥♥♥♥ 

Don't forget to add it to your TBRs people because this book will rock!!!!
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About Sara Wolf
Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.

Waiting on Wednesday #49: The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross


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

This week I am waiting on:


The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross
February 6th 2018, Harper Teen
YA Fantasy
Pre-order: Book Depository Amazon
When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?
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First of all, I LOVE this cover? It's so so so stunning! And the blurb sings to my soul! Reminds me of the anime, Noragami, somehow.... Anyway, I love books where royalty is involved so sign me up for this one! Only a few weeks to go :D
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

The Week's Entrée #185

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

So my sister & I have been watching a few animes lately and we are having a lot of fun! We rarely watch them, but now we are more kind of in love ♥. So far, we have seen Noragami, Noragami Aragoto (YATO MY LOVE), Tanaka-Kun is Always Listless (hilariously relaxing, always fall asleep with it and I LOVE it), and we are now watching Blue Exorcist. Also, we have a thing for black haired guys LOL. 

Anywho, we are alsoo hosting a giveaway on Instagram courtesy of the lovely Isabel Bandeira! We are giving away a signed copy of Dramatically Ever After and it's open INTL. Click the image below :D




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




So last week we received our first ever Unicorn Crate and it came with the complete Queen of Hearts trilogy by Colleen Oakes! Plus other awesome goodies! ♥ Check our Instagram post for more details, although I'm thinking of writing an unboxing post soon. ;)


The pretties up close! ♥ Super excited to start reading this trilogy, it sounds amazing!!!
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To Read This Week:

 

Super excited that this week I'll finally get to read American Panda by Gloria Chao! So many of my favorite people say it's an EXCELLENT read so I have high hopes! Sounds super cute and perfect for this time of year. ♥
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And that's it for this edition of The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

Book Review: Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Title: Batman: Nightwalker
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Random House for Young Readers
Published:  January 2nd, 2018
Page Count:  272 pages
Format:  Paperback
Source: Publisher


Summary:
Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city's elites are being executed as their mansions' security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he's forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city's most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
.This review can also be found on YA Books Central.

I am in love! The DC Icon series is turning me into a fan of superheroes, and Marie Lu's take on Batman is all kinds of exciting. Batman: Nightwalker is a fantastic follow-up to Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and this time we step into young Bruce Wayne's life as he navigates the dangerous streets (and more) of Gotham City before becoming the enigmatic Dark Knight.

What I Liked:

Truth be told, I'm not a Batman expert. I've watched a few movies growing up and some episodes of the animated series, but I don't remember much about them except enough to recognize Bruce, Alfred, the Batmobile, and the Joker. However, as a newbie to Bruce Wayne's world, I can tell you that I enjoyed this book far more than I anticipated. 

Teen Bruce Wayne is the type of superhero character I love reading about in YA fictional worlds--with good morals, smart, and a sense of justice. It also doesn't hurt that he's mysterious and his need to save the day seems to always get him into dangerous situations, which leads to entertaining action. His thoughts would always circle back to his parents and the legacy they left behind after being murdered, and my heart would ache for his pain and loneliness, as well for his eagerness to make Gotham City a safer place. Poor Bruce. Such a sweet young soul!

Thanks to this book I finally begin to understand why Bruce Wayne grows up into such a dark superhero. My interest for this character was thin before, and watching a few films sporadically is definitely not enough to dig into his story. However, now I feel ready to start picking up the pieces and read/watch more about him. I want to know more!

My lack of knowledge doesn't allow me to compare Batman: Nightwalker's world to all the comic books/movies versions or say how accurately it's portrayed, but what I can say is that Marie Lu never fails to deliver when it comes to world-building. Marie Lu has the ability to build strong skyscrapers out of nothing and make our very air tangible, so anything she writes I can easily picture it in my mind, and with this book it was no exception. I felt myself in Gotham City, walking alongside Bruce Wayne or entering the prison and feeling the tension of the place. To trace its walls and imagine peering into Madeleine Wallace's cell.

Madeleine. Wallace.

This is a character I was surprised to fall in love with. While Bruce is ordered to community service and serves in Gotham City's most dangerous prison, he somehow gets entangled with her for her connection with the Nightwalkers. Madeleine initially gave me the creeps, but by the end of the book everything about her made sense and my appreciation for her grew tenfold. She's definitely brilliant, but one I'd stay far away from if I can help it.


What Left Me Wanting More:

While I highly enjoyed the storyline and the main characters, I was hoping for Alfred and other secondary characters to have a bigger role in this book. I get that the Dark Knight works solo (at least initially as far as I know) but it would have been nice to have read more of these characters, including Bruce's two best friends, Dianne and Harvey. I liked their company and was not satisfied with their few appearances.

Final Verdict:

I could go on and on, but I'll end up by saying that Batman: Nightwalker is an entertaining, action-packed novel with the right dark elements that make up for a great superhero story! It's a must add to your TBR!

Book Review: Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins

Title: Until we Meet Again
Author: Renee Collins
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Historical
Published: October 1st 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Page count: 336 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Gift


Book Summary:
Will the stars align for Cassandra and Lawrence in Renee Collins' sweeping contemporary romance with a dash of 1920's glamour.

Country clubs and garden parties. The last thing Cassandra wants is to spend the summer before her senior year marooned in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. Cass craves drama and adventure, which is hard when she just feels stuck.

But when a dreamy stranger shows up on her family's private beach, claiming that it is his property-and that the year is 1925-Cass is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making. As she searches for answers in the present, Cass discovers a truth that thrusts Lawrence's life into jeopardy. It won't matter which century he is from if he won't live to see tomorrow.

Desperate to save the boy who's come to mean everything to her, Cassandra must find a way to change history...or risk losing Lawrence forever.
*The Chef's Review*
    Actual rating: 4/5 stars
Aaah! I am in tears right now. I am literally in tears as I am writing this post. I just finished reading Until We Meet Again and I am so sad that it is over. It is that kind of book that left me with a bittersweet ending and even though it started with cliches and I had a couple of eye-rolls I ended up loving it and regretting my early judgment. It was amazing! Great story development!

What I Liked:


Lawrence. He is the main character's love interest. I adore him! I should probably talk about the story before I get to him, but I wanted to put him first. Ha!

Story. What a surprising story.  It starts with Cassandra, the main character of this book that goes to a summer vacation with her mother, stepfather and little brother, to a beautiful vintage house in Massachusetts's North Shore. She lacks motivation and feels like her life has become dull. Her mother is constantly pushing her to socialize into high society which she has never belonged to until recently that her mom married a wealthy guy. Cassandra feels rebellious until one night while having a stroll on her house's private beach, she finds a guy (it's Lawrence!) walking on her beach. She is immediately astounded with Lawrence and his interesting manners. They later realize that they are both living in different times, but it doesn't stop them from having a perfect relationship until they come to notice certain issues that makes their story complicated. And so this book develops into a mesmerizing story that I very much love.

Let's go back to Lawrence. He is a beautifully written character. This book is basically dedicated to him. He is a guy who lives in 1925 in exactly the same house that Cassandra is staying for her summer vacation. Lawrence is smart, thoughtful, kind, a gentleman, a poetry writer and a simply nice guy. There has been quite some time since I hadn't like a character this much. He is my very favorite in this book.

What Didn't Do It For Me:

Even though I ended up loving the book, there were some things that bothered me in the story. The first, was Cassandra's attitude and choices. I think that she was a bit too full of herself and dramatic even though the situation didn't call for it. She later changes, so I guess I can attribute that to character growth. However I did find her a bit annoying at the beginning.

The other thing that I didn't agree upon was the main character's mother. I felt like she was pushing her into unnecessarily situations and people that Cassandra didn't feel any connection with. I think she could have avoided a lot of discomfort towards Cassandra if she could have taken the time to spend some time with her and listen to her.

Final Verdict:


Until We Meet Again is a beautiful story. I laughed and cried and smiled throughout the whole book. I highly recommend it to all romance, mystery, historical lovers out there.

Happy reading! -- The Chef 

The Week's Entrée #184

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

Gosh, things have been crazy on my end that I haven't had much time to read for pleasure! However, I have been doing some beta reading for an author and also for Entangled Teen so I can't really complain! :) However, I do dream of snuggling up with a good book and then falling asleep on top of it LOL. That's seriously my dream.



But sister and I did spend most of yesterday's morning in PJs so that was awesome. Love hanging with PJs on!

In other news, I'm finally writing posts on YA Books Central! Still learning the ropes but I'm excited to now author my special feature "Bookstagrammer of the Month" where I feature a favorite bookstagrammer every third Wednesday of the Month. Look out for it this week!!!
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New books!
{For review}
From authors, publishers, Netgalley/Edelweiss, etc.



Thanks to the publishers for the access to My Plain Jane by the Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows, and Red Rising: Sons of Ares by Pierce Brown! Terribly excited to read these! ♥
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To Read This Week:

 

I didn't get to read As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti since I've been a bit busy the last few days BUT I WILL READ IT THIS WEEK, I PROMISE. I reaaaally want to read it, it sounds amazing!
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And that's it for this edition of The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)

Book Review: Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Title: Nice Try, Jane Sinner
Author: Lianne Oelke
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published:  January 9th, 2018
Page Count:  432 pages
Format:  Hardcover
Source: Publisher


Summary:
The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out.

Jane tackles her housing problem by signing up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show that is basically Big Brother, but for Elbow River Students. Living away from home, the chance to win a car (used, but whatever), and a campus full of people who don't know what she did in high school… what more could she want? Okay, maybe a family that understands why she’d rather turn to Freud than Jesus to make sense of her life, but she'll settle for fifteen minutes in the proverbial spotlight.

As House of Orange grows from a low-budget web series to a local TV show with fans and shoddy T-shirts, Jane finally has the chance to let her cynical, competitive nature thrive. She'll use her growing fan base, and whatever Intro to Psychology can teach her, to prove to the world—or at least viewers of substandard TV—that she has what it takes to win.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars
.This review can also be found on YA Books Central.

HILARIOUS. Nice Try, Jane Sinner is hands down one of the funniest YA books I've ever read. Just imagine a YA version of the Big Brother reality TV show, but on a smaller scale and more of a chaotic mess. It is told through Jane Sinner's journal entries (which didn't feel like reading a journal at all) as she navigates the dingy halls and cameras of the House of Orange!

What I Liked:

I'm not usually a fan of books told in diary format (they are usually more miss than hit for me) but author Lianne Oelke did an explendid job with Jane Sinner's written thoughts! It truly felt as if we were there with Jane Sinner, going through all the horrific (but laugh-out-loud) events that take place inside the HOO.

This House of Orange reality TV show project run by community college students is the craziest thing to exist and most of the time I didn't know whether to feel amused, disgusted, stressed, or plain old shocked by the audacity of every contestant. Jane Sinner, a High School senior recently expelled, signs up to live with five other community college students for a chance to win a USED car, and they have to withstand survival-type games, free-for-all Friday fridge days, passive-agressive dish washing notes, and so on.

The purpose of the House of Orange show is certainly ridiculous, but all of the characters are in it for a reason, making the very idea of having to spend weeks with strangers well worth the effort. They even have voting ceremonies and kick out the least popular contestant until the last one is left standing! So. Many. Fun. Times.

Wow, I feel like gushing and even now I'm chuckling as I go through pages of this precious book. It is good for the heart as it lifts it with its unusual yet lovable characters and humorous happenings, but it's also a heartfelt story of a girl trying to move on from an almost catastrophic decision and wanting to, somehow, rebuild her life back up again. Even of it's at the House of Orange. 

Final Verdict:

You haven't laughed for real if you have yet to meet Jane Sinner (existential angst at its purest form) and experienced the House of Orange. Read it, choke on laughter, and then join the rest of us Sinners and Hamburglars by yelling Nugz! Nugz! Nugz!

Waiting on Wednesday #48: The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan


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

This week I am waiting on:


The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
March 20th 2018, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
YA Contemporary (Magical Realism)
Pre-order: Book Depository Amazon
Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.
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Doesn't this book sound heartbreakingly beautiful?! It feels that it's the type that leaves you staring to the fall for a few seconds, trying to process all of it, but then sending you crumbling to bed. I'm not much of a fan of devastating stories since the feels are tough to cope with, but this one looks like a devastating beautiful story and so worth the tears!
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What are you waiting on this week? :)

The Week's Entrée #183

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

Wow, first week of the year went flying by! Next thing we know, we'll be once again getting near fall and stressing about our Goodreads challenge. BUT NO SIR. We are not letting that happen! I actually did end up reading the TWO books I had assigned myself to read last week and I feel super happy about it. Also, they were GREAT reads so that itself is something to celebrate (the books were Everless by Sara Holland and Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu). Now off to stress about writing the reviews!

How many many do you write per week? I am attempting to write two per week now and I hope to catch up with all the ones I have neglected to write in 2017. Wish me luck!


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


Thanks to Entangled Teen for the access to Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted! Doesn't this zombie infested Downton Abbey inspired book look awesome?!?!? :D

{Won/Purchased}


The lovely Sarah Glenn Marsh hosted a giveaway a few months ago for a copy of Reign of the Fallen and I won it!!! She also sent me a set of her GORGEOUS character cards and a few bookmarks and I'm in love. ♥ I also snatched a copy of The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee on Amazon and I cannot wait to read it! :D
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To Read This Week:

I'm currently reading Reign of the Fallen since I'll be co-hosting a Twitter chat this Friday! Come join us using #MTMC18 at 8pm EST! I'll also be reading As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti! Bright covers this week, yay!!! :D♥
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And that's it for this edition of The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading? :)