Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Court of Fives

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week on WoW is Court of Fives by Kate Elliot. I've never read anything from the author, but I found this book a few weeks ago on a fellow blogger WoW post and I liked the summary a lot. Also, the book has received really good reviews. The book will be released on August 18th.  

"In this imaginative escape into an enthralling new world, World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott begins a new trilogy with her debut young adult novel, weaving an epic story of a girl struggling to do what she loves in a society suffocated by rules of class and privilege.

Jessamy's life is a balance between acting like an upper class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But at night she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multi-level athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom's best competitors. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between a girl of mixed race and a Patron boy causes heads to turn. When a scheming lord tears Jes's family apart, she'll have to test Kal's loyalty and risk the vengeance of a powerful clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.
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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

TTT. My Ten Favorite Top Ten Topics

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Happy 5th anniversary Top Ten Tuesday!
I haven't been part of this meme for very long, so, I'll only choose five of my favorite topics of Top Ten Tuesday. 

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List - I've learned to plan my readings, so that my TBR list doesn't get too long (well, longer than it already is). Also, there is nothing better than sharing what we will be reading with other book-lovers and having conversations about it. 

Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books - The quotes we like, tell a little bit of who we are. I enjoyed letting you know how dysfunctional I'm. 

Top Ten All Time Favorite Authors - This was a really difficult list. I've more than ten favorite writers. How am I supposed to choose ten? I mean, the other authors I left out of the list, may get mad at me.

Top Ten Books I'd Love To See As Movies/Tv Shows - It was good dreaming about books I'd like to see on a television screen. 

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015 - Can these books just be released? I'm dying to put my hands on them.  Tower of Thorns, The Immortal Heights, These Shallow Graves... The waiting is so painful!

Which topics were your favorites? :)

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Rebel Mechanics

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week on WoW is Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson. One thing you don't know yet about me is that I really enjoy history. And, not only is this book about alternative U.S. history but it has spies and magic. The book will be released on July 14th.


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"A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing.

It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children's young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret."

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Waiting on Wednesday - Faking Perfect

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week on WoW is Faking Perfect by Rebecca Philips. I've been trying to read more contemporary romances and Faking Perfect seems a such cute one. The book will be released on June 30th.


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"When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High's resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:

1. Avoid her at school.
2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.

Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler suddenly breaking the rules, Ben asking her out, and her dad back in the picture, how long will she be able to go on faking perfect?
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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Review 3. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Title: Finding Audrey
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: June 9th 2015
Pages: 288

"This is a laugh-out-loud romance from the bestselling author of the Shopaholic series. Meet Audrey: an ordinary teenage girl with not so ordinary problems. Aside from her completely crazy and chaotic family, she suffers from an anxiety disorder which makes talking to her brother's hot new best friend a bit of a challenge. But Audrey has a plan to help her face her fears and take on the world again. First stop: Starbucks."

Review:

Dear Sophie Kinsella, you did it again. Your novels are simply amazing. Only you could write a story about such a serious matter and yet fill it with funny and sweet moments. Not all stories about social anxiety and depression need to be filled with only dark moments.

Audrey's journey was so truthful, so real. Many people can relate with her journey. I'm in my twenties and I could relate with Audrey. I mean, I know how social anxiety can be a huge barrier - I understand how it's to have a lizard brain. It makes you feel a freak. I'm afraid of going to certain places or facing certain people. And when I'm pushed to do it, my heart starts beating very fast and I feel like running away.

I loved how Audrey's family always stood by her side. It was kind of a dysfunction family, but the good kind of dysfunctional family. It's the kind of dysfunctional family that you'd like to be part of. It was clear they loved each other very much - even with all the overreacting and screaming. Anne, Audrey's mother, is the kind of mother every teenager would find a nightmare. I mean, I loved how she was always so concerned about her kids but she overreacted too much... Daily Mail doesn't give trustworthy information! Oh, and must love Frank and his sly remarks. He was too damn funny. As Audrey said, he should really be a lawyer. Who uses Harry Potter to explain that "bloody" isn't a bad word?

Also, Linus was such a cutie. The way he started building a relationship with Audrey was too damn adorable (excuse y language)! I liked how he helped Audrey to deal with some of her fears by challenging her to talk with strangers.

But, even though I loved the story, I confess I had a slightly issue with something: no matter how dysfunctional Audrey's family was, I don't think her parents would so easily accept that their 14 year-old daughter had a boyfriend. Perhaps I'm old-fashioned. But I think if Audrey was a year or two older, I wouldn't have even thought about it. Yep, I'm old-fashioned.

Sophie Kinsella's writing is always captivating. She is the only author who can make me laugh. I enjoy how she always makes cultural references (TV shows, books, places...). It makes her novels seem so much more real. I simply love everything she writes.

I recommend Finding Audrey not only to YAs, but also to everyone who suffers/suffered from social anxiety; to everyone who deals with someone who suffers/suffered from social anxiety.

I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

TTT. Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Tower of Thorns, Juliet Marillier - This is decidedly my most anticipated release. I already ordered my copy. It's the second book of the series Blackthorn & Grimm. I loved Dreamer's Pool! If you like fantasy and fairy-tale retellings, you should take a look at it.

The Immortal Heights, Sherry Thomas - I don't think I'm read for the conclusion of the Elemental Trilogy. I only had the opportunity to read The Burning Sky and The Perilous Sea a few months ago - so many books and so little time - and I loved the second more than I loved the first. If I love the third more than I loved the second, I'll need to find a new scale of love.

Mechanica, Besty Cornwell - Can this book not disappoint me? I've been waiting for its release for so long... A fairy-tale retelling and steampunk?! I only want it to be as good as I think it's.

Ash & Bramble, Sarah Prineas - Another Cinderella retelling. How more predictable can I be? But all retellings are different. Seamstress? Shoemaker? The glass slipper doesn't fit?

Spinning Starlight, R.C. Lewis - I never read Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans but for what I've read it's pretty similar to The Six Swans by the Grimm Brothers - I read The Daughter of The Forest which is based on this tale and I enjoyed it a lot. Also, I love the idea of some good interplanetary conspiracy. 


Illuminae, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff - I wanted to request this book on NetGalley, but sadly it isn't available for Europe. The fact that the story is told through emails, medical reports, interviews among other documents really intrigues me. 

These Shallow Graves, Jennifer Donnelly - I loved the kinda-of-morbid cover. It was the cover that called my attention. Then I read the summary and as soon as I read the words "mystery" and "dark secrets", I knew I had to read it.  

Rebel Mechanics, Shanna Swendson - History, magic, spies and it seems a bit of steampunk. Another perfect book for me. It's pretty natural that I've been anticipating its release.

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, Jennifer E. Smith - This book will certainly break my heart. And for that reason I'm anticipating its release. I need a book to break my heart and to ruin the hopeless romantic inside me.   

The Stars Never Rise, Rachel Vincent - My cheating book. After all, the book comes out today. I've been anticipating my soul-consuming demons for some time now.