Waiting On Wednesday I #7

Unscripted Joss Byrd August 23Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly post originally created by the book bloggers over at

BreakingTheSpines to spotlight upcoming releases!

This week I will be spotlighting…

Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Publisher: Roaring Brook

Release Date: August 23, 2016

Summary: Hollywood critics agree. Joss Byrd is “fiercely emotional,” a young actress with “complete conviction,” and a “powerhouse.”

Joss Byrd is America’s most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss’s life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother’s expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.

Ever since I read Everything Leads To You by Nina Lacour & Something Real by Heather Demetrios I’ve loved YA books centering around Hollywood/movies/acting etc.

From the summary alone, this book sounds like its up my alley!

+ this sounds like a great summer contemporary!

I will definitely be reading this when August comes!

Will You Be Reading Unscripted Joss Byrd? 🙂

 

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch Review

Love & GelatoLove & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: May 3,2016

Pages: 390

Summary: Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept from Lina for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

My Thoughts: A perfect summer contemporary with so much heart, adventure & mystery that keeps you turning the page

Going into this novel, essentially blind, w/ only a basic idea of the premise (Italy, Lina meets Ren, Summer) I was very happy I read this!

What surprised me was the relationship between Ren/Lina!

It may seem that Ren& Lina spend a lot of time together, but actually Lina spends more time w/ her own thoughts + her mothers journal for most of the story, which I loved!

Because not only did I come to love Lina’s narrative, but it was also fun being in her POV to uncover the mystery of who her mother was!

As for plot, I loved how it intertwined Lina’s mothers past w the present story through a journal!
Not only does Lina uncover more about her mother than she ever knew, but she comes to know more about who her biological father was & how her mother’s past led to Lina to where she is now!

I’ve never been to Italy & have ALWAYS wanted to go, but from the writing-style/ descriptions I truly felt I was there!

The characters all felt so real and I truly felt I was there w/ Lina on her adventure!!

I loved Ren& Lina’s friendship! + I loved the scene when they first met ❤ ❤ While it was obvious there would be a relationship, it progressed very slowly and really took time to develop!

As for setting, when she first gets to Italy I could picture everything in my mind! (The gelato, buildings, food, sights, etc.) The author does a wonderful job at capturing the atmosphere of Italy!

When I came to learn who Lina’s father was, I was surprised! But it was great to see Lina/Ren discover it & track him down! I was heartbroken for Lina when he was shown to be such an awful person!

But it was wonderful to see even though Howard, who is revealed to be the long-time crush of Lina’s Mother, he tried his best from when he is first introduced to make Lina feel at home/welcome!

By the end, Lina comes to learn all the secrets her mother kept, but comes to understand why & slowly but surely she can move on!

I loved how Ren/Lina came together in the end after their short falling out! (She mentions staying in Italy, so maybe there could be potential for a sequel?? If so I would love to read more from Lina’s POV about her adventures in Italy!!) ❤ ❤

Overall this book, while it had its heartbreaking moments, Lina as a narrator made this story such a treat!
Reading from her POV was not only hilarious at times but also heartwarming and it was wonderful to join her on her adventures in Italy!

A deep contemporary with wonderful characters & just enough mystery and romance to put a smile on your face!

If you’ve read Love&Gelato, let me know your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

 

 

June 2016 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

Here are the June Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

You Know Me Well June 7
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin June 7

1.You Know Me Well by David Levithan + Nina Lacour

ARC Review To Come (Currently Reading)

Summary: Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other — and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

American Girls June 7
Publisher: Flatiron Books June 7

2.American Girls by Alison Umminger

Summary: She was looking for a place to land.
Anna is a fifteen-year-old girl slouching toward adulthood, and she’s had it with her life at home. So Anna “borrows” her stepmom’s credit card an runs away to Los Angeles, where her half-sister takes her in. But LA isn’t quite the glamorous escape Anna had imagined.

As Anna spends her days on TV and movie sets, she engrosses herself in a project researching the murderous Manson girls—and although the violence in her own life isn’t the kind that leaves physical scars, she begins to notice the parallels between herself and the lost girls of LA, and of America, past and present.

In Anna’s singular voice, we glimpse not only a picture of life on the B-list in LA, but also a clear-eyed reflection on being young, vulnerable, lost, and female in America—in short, on the B-list of life. Alison Umminger writes about girls, sex, violence, and which people society deems worthy of caring about, which ones it doesn’t, in a way not often seen in YA fiction.

 

 

How It Ends
Publisher: HMH BYR June 7

3.How It Ends by Catherine Lo

Summary: There are two sides to every story.

It’s friends-at-first-sight for Jessie and Annie, proving the old adage that opposites attract. Shy, anxious Jessie would give anything to have Annie’s beauty and confidence. And Annie thinks Jessie has the perfect life, with her close-knit family and killer grades. They’re BFFs…until suddenly they’re not.

Told through alternating points of view, How It Ends is a wildly fast but deeply moving read about a friendship in crisis. Set against a tumultuous sophomore year of bullying, boys and backstabbing, the novel shows what can happen when friends choose assumptions and fear over each other.

Never Ever June 21
Publisher: Viking BYR June 21

4.Never Ever by Sara Saedi

Summary: When Wylie encounters Phinn—confident, mature, and devastatingly handsome—at a party the night before her brother goes to juvie, she can’t believe how fast she falls for him. And that’s before he shows her how to fly.

Soon Wylie and her brothers find themselves whisked away to a mysterious tropical island off the coast of New York City where nobody ages beyond seventeen and life is a constant party. Wylie’s in heaven: now her brother won’t go to jail and she can escape her over-scheduled life with all its woes and responsibilities—permanently.

But the deeper Wylie falls for Phinn, the more she begins to discover has been kept from her and her brothers. Somebody on the island has been lying to her, but the truth can’t stay hidden forever.

Mirror In The Sky June 21
Publisher: Razorbill June 21

5.Mirror In The Sky by Aditi Khorana

Summary: For Tara Krishnan, navigating Brierly, the academically rigorous prep school she attends on scholarship, feels overwhelming and impossible. Her junior year begins in the wake of a startling discovery: A message from an alternate Earth, light years away, is intercepted by NASA. This means that on another planet, there is another version of Tara, a Tara who could be living better, burning brighter, because of tiny differences in her choices.

The world lights up with the knowledge of Terra Nova, the mirror planet, and Tara’s life on Earth begins to change. At first, small shifts happen, like attention from Nick Osterman, the most popular guy at Brierly, and her mother playing hooky from work to watch the news all day. But eventually those small shifts swell, the discovery of Terra Nova like a black hole, bending all the light around it.

As a new era of scientific history dawns and Tara’s life at Brierly continues its orbit, only one thing is clear: Nothing on Earth–or for Tara–will ever be the same again.

May 2016 Wrap-Up

#Of Books Read: 8

When We Collided1.When We Collided by Emery Lord

When We Collided Full Review

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Release Date: April 5, 2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: A lovely YA-Contemporary which brings up discussion on mental health & makes family a major part of the story. Jonah & Vivi’s relationship as it progresses, helps them both when they reach difficulties and come to grow because of it! My only issue was that at points I found it difficult to connect w/ Vivi!

tumblr_nw7oktjhbp1qdlytco1_r1_5402.The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (The Crowns Game #1)

The Crowns Game Full ARC Review

Publisher: Balzer+Bray

Release Date: May 17,2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: A magical debut!! Through the writing style you really come to understand the world! The characters were all developed wonderfully & the ending definitely left me wanting the sequel!

Giant Days Vol.13.Giant Days Volume 1 by John Allison Review

Giant Days Vol. 1 Full Review

Publisher: Boom! Box

Release Date: December 1, 2015

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Loved this comic so much! ❤ It tells the story of 3 girls who become quick friends in their first few weeks of college & all the crazy adventures they go on!

9781608868049_084824.Giant Days Volume 2 by John Allison Review

Giant Days Vol. 2 Full Review

Publisher: Boom! Box

Release Date: April 12, 2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: This volume definitely focused more on the girl’s academics and relationships! While I did enjoy the more serious route, I still felt I needed to see more of the adventures these girls went on + the differing art-style 1/2 way through didn’t make this feel the same as Volume 1!

The Unexpected Everything5.The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything Full Review

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

Release Date: May 3,2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: This YA-Contemporary centers around Andie & what happens when her summer doesn’t go as planned! If your looking for a summer read w/ friendship/family I highly recommend this! My only issue was the length & at points the story’s pacing was quite slow!

Princless Vol. 16/7. Princless Volumes 1 & 2 by Jeremy Whitley

Princless Volume 1 & 2 Full Review

Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment INC.

Release Date: Vol.1-April 1,2014 (Encore Edition)

Vol.2-June 26,2013

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Overall Thoughts: A great comic series centering around princess Adrienne who decides not only to save herself but her other sisters while  making friends along the way! There’s girl power, friendship & adventure! Highly recommend it!

CS0BSVEXIAAAwDn8.The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #4)

Full Review To Come

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: April 26,2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Still debating between 4/4.5, but after thinking about I may leave it 4! A wonderful conclusion to a unique and captivating series! There was so much character development & the plot kept me turning the page! There were a few questions I still wanted answered by the end, but overall it was a satisfying conclusion!

Additional Post From This Month:

May 2016 Releases

What Books Did You Read This Month? 🙂

May 2016 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

Here Are The May Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

May 17 Some Kind Of Happiness
Publisher: S&S Books For Young Readers May 17

1.Some Kind Of Happiness by Claire Legrand

Summary: THINGS FINLEY HART DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT

• Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)
• Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.
• Never having met said grandparents.
• Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.)

Finley’s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that exists in the pages of her notebook. Until she discovers the endless woods behind her grandparents’ house and realizes the Everwood is real–and holds more mysteries than she’d ever imagined, including a family of pirates that she isn’t allowed to talk to, trees covered in ash, and a strange old wizard living in a house made of bones.

With the help of her cousins, Finley sets out on a mission to save the dying Everwood and uncover its secrets. But as the mysteries pile up and the frightening sadness inside her grows, Finley realizes that if she wants to save the Everwood, she’ll first have to save herself.

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Publisher: Balzer+Bray May 17

2. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Summary: Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

May 24 The Last Star
Publisher: GP Putnams Sons BYR May 24

3. The Last Star by Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave #3)

Summary: ‘Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough’ The New York Times

We’re here, then we’re gone, and that was true before they came. That’s always been true. The Others didn’t invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won’t end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning, on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.

 

 

May 31 Frannie And Tru
Publisher: HarperTeen May 31

4. Frannie & Tru by Karen Hattrup

Summary: When Frannie Little eavesdrops on her parents fighting she discovers that her cousin Truman is gay, and his parents are so upset they are sending him to live with her family for the summer. At least, that’s what she thinks the story is. . . When he arrives, shy Frannie befriends this older boy, who is everything that she’s not–rich, confident, cynical, sophisticated. Together, they embark on a magical summer marked by slowly unraveling secrets.

 

 

 

May 31 Wanderlost
Publisher: HarperTeen May 31

5.Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Summary: Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.

Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.

But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.

What May Releases Are You Looking Forward To? 🙂

April 2016 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read: 5

Kindred Spirits1.Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Kindred Spirits Full Review

Publisher: Macmillans Kids UK

Release Date: February 25, 2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Regardless of the length of this story, Rainbow Rowell creates characters that feel so real! Rainbow,similar to Fangirl, expands on the idea of cultures/fandoms!

Delilah Dirk2. Delilah Dirk And The Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Delilah Dirk Full Review

Publisher: First Second

Release Date: August 27, 2013

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star

Overall Thoughts: A fun, adventure-filled graphic novel! The characters were both entertaining and complex! Highly recommend if you love graphic novels/comics!

Water's Wrath Cover3.Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova (Air Awakens #4)

Water’s Wrath Full ARC Review

Publisher: Silver Wing Press

Release Date: April 26,2016

Pages: 350

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star

Overall Thoughts: Another great addition to the Air Awakens Series! I personally found this book a little slower than the previous ones, but there is so much that happens in this book & really builds up to the final book!

Truest4. Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers

Truest Full Review

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (EpicReads)

Release Date: September 1,2015

Pages: 378

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: I loved this book so much!! ❤ There is a lot of great characters/character development! Many issues are discussed in this novel such as family, friendship, religion, mental illness and the writing style is absolutely wonderful! Highly Recommend! ❤

The Star-Touched Queen5. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen Full Review

Publisher: St.Martin’s Griffin

Release Date: April 26, 2016

Pages: 352

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Persephone meets Indian Mythology in this YA debut! The writing goes hand-in-hand with the complex world-building and characters in this this story! Maya goes through a journey not only to better understand her world, but herself as well! Highly Recommend!

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What Books Did You Read This Month? 🙂

April 2016 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

Here Are The April Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

When We Collided.jpg
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens April 5

1.When We Collided by Emery Lord

*Currently Reading*

SummaryMeet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.

Vivi and Jonah couldn’t be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi’s zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there’s something important Vivi hasn’t told him.

 

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Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers April 12

2. A Fierce And Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

A Fierce & Subtle Poison Spoiler-Free ARC Review

Summary: Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl–Isabel, the one the señoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.

Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.

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Publisher: HarperTeen April 12

3. Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Summary: For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

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Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books For Young Readers April 12

4. Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin

Summary: When eleven-year-old Thyme Owens’ little brother, Val, is accepted into a new cancer drug trial, it’s just the second chance that he needs. But it also means the Owens family has to move to New York, thousands of miles away from Thyme’s best friend and everything she knows and loves. The island of Manhattan doesn’t exactly inspire new beginnings, but Thyme tries to embrace the change for what it is: temporary.

After Val’s treatment shows real promise and Mr. Owens accepts a full-time position in the city, Thyme has to face the frightening possibility that the move to New York is permanent. Thyme loves her brother, and knows the trial could save his life—she’d give anything for him to be well—but she still wants to go home, although the guilt of not wanting to stay is agonizing. She finds herself even more mixed up when her heart feels the tug of new friends, a first crush, and even a crotchety neighbor and his sweet whistling bird. All Thyme can do is count the minutes, the hours, and days, and hope time can bring both a miracle for Val and a way back home.

The Passion Of Dolssa
Publisher: Viking Books For YR April 12

5. The Passion Of Dolssa by Julie Berry

Summary: I must write this account, and when I have finished, I will burn it.

Buried deep within the archives of a convent in medieval France is an untold story of love, loss, and wonder and the two girls at the heart of it all.

Dolssa is an upper-crust city girl with a secret lover and an uncanny gift. Branded a heretic, she’s on the run from the friar who condemned her mother to death by fire, and wants Dolssa executed, too.

Botille is a matchmaker and a tavern-keeper, struggling to keep herself and her sisters on the right side of the law in their seaside town of Bajas.

When their lives collide by a dark riverside, Botille rescues a dying Dolssa and conceals her in the tavern, where an unlikely friendship blooms. Aided by her sisters and Symo, her surly but loyal neighbor, Botille nurses Dolssa back to health and hides her from her pursuers. But all of Botille’s tricks, tales, and cleverness can’t protect them forever, and when the full wrath of the Church bears down upon Bajas, Dolssa’s passion and Botille’s good intentions could destroy the entire village.

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Publisher: St.Martins Griffin April 26

6.The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell Review

Kindred Spirits.jpgKindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Macmillans Kids UK

Release Date: February 25, 2016

Pages: 96

Summary: ‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’
‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’
‘Maybe.’

If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts:

Being one of my all-time favorite authors, I will literally buy/read ANYTHING Rainbow Rowell writes! ❤ ❤

Honestly the only movie I’ve seen in its entirety is The Force Awakens, but I also have general knowledge of Star Wars. With that, I’m glad I was able to understand most of the references!

Over the length of 4-days, Rowell tells the story of Elena who is a huge fan of Star Wars and camps-out for the premiere of TFA, while befriending people in line. (Troy & Gabe)

In true Rainbow Rowell fashion, her writing style creates complex characters and a plot that feel so real!

+ she is a master at expressing fandom culture/fandoms!! ❤ 

While this is a short-story, it was great to see character development! (Gabe getting to know Elena as he story progressed)

I only had basic knowledge of the plot of this sort story, so I wouldn’t get spoiled, so I did not expect Elena’s camp out to be the opposite of what she expected!

But that is honestly what made the story so much more enjoyable!

With that, we learn more about her father and how he contributed to her love of Star Wars + how his absence has made her love for Star Wars much more stronger!

As I’m sure many other readers of Kindred Spirits will agree w/ is:

I wish this story was longer!!

With any Rainbow Rowell story, she always ends it when we want more!!

I did take away a star b/c:

I wish Elena talked more w/ Gabe!

They only started talking more toward the end of story a little while before they got into the movie + once they’re actually in the theater!

By the end, when Gabe+Elena fall asleep during the movie, Gabe offers her a ticket so they can watch it again!

Its obvious there is a friendship/relationship developing between the 2 & it sucks the story ended where it did!

Overall this was a lovely short story from Rainbow Rowell +

I really wouldn’t mind reading a full length novel on these characters!!

If you’ve read Kindred Spirits, let me know your thoughts in the comments below! 🙂

 

 

 

 

March 2016 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read:  6

The Crown And The Arrow1. The Crown And The Arrow by Renee Ahdieh (TWATD  #0.5)

The Crown & The Arrow Full Review

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books For Young Readers

Release Date: March 1, 2016

Pages: 9

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts:  It was a quick read, but I really enjoyed reading from Khalid’s perspective! Can’t wait for The Rose & The Dagger!

97800623807532. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (TGFE #1)

The Girl From Everywhere Full Review

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Release Date: February 16, 2016

Pages: 464

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: This was a lovely debut! Not only was the concept of traveling in this book so interesting, but this novel also has such a wonderful cast of characters! I will definitely be reading the sequel.

The Forbidden Wish3.The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

The Forbidden Wish Full Review

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Pages: 352

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: This retelling of Aladdin was so unique! Every element of this story from characters to world building made this book a blast to read! Highly recommend ❤

A Gathering Of Shadows4. A Gathering Of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering Of Shadows Full Review

Publisher: Tor Books

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Pages: 512

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star

Overall Thoughts: A spectacular sequel! While more character-driven, AGOS still dives deeper into the world and politics weaving them together perfectly with the plot!

Thanks For The Trouble5. Thanks For The Trouble by Tommy Wallach

Thanks For The Trouble Full Review

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Pages: 352

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: This contemporary has such an engaging plot, is very thought-provoking & has such a memorable cast of characters. If your looking for a new YA Contemporary to read I highly recommend this one! ❤

204432356.The Winners Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (Winners Trilogy #3)

The Winners Kiss Full Review

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Release Date: March 29, 2016

Pages: 496

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Writing style, characters, etc.came together perfectly to bring a spectacular end to The Winners Trilogy!

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March 2016 Releases

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Waiting On Wednesday I #6

How It Ends.jpgWaiting On Wednesday is a weekly post originally created by the book bloggers over at

BreakingTheSpines to spotlight upcoming releases!

This week I will be spotlighting…

How It Ends by Catherine Lo

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Release Date: June 7,2016

Summary: There are two sides to every story.

It’s friends-at-first-sight for Jessie and Annie, proving the old adage that opposites attract. Shy, anxious Jessie would give anything to have Annie’s beauty and confidence. And Annie thinks Jessie has the perfect life, with her close-knit family and killer grades. They’re BFFs…until suddenly they’re not.

Told through alternating points of view, How It Ends is a wildly fast but deeply moving read about a friendship in crisis. Set against a tumultuous sophomore year of bullying, boys and backstabbing, the novel shows what can happen when friends choose assumptions and fear over each other.

From reading the summary I really related with Jessie, being shy + anxious!

The summary really hit home for me because, even now I can find it quite challenging to make friends and I completely understand how difficult navigating friendships can be when you are shy/introverted!

 

This book will definitely be on the top of my June TBR!

Can’t wait to read it!

Are You Planning To Read How It Ends? 🙂