November 2017 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read: 6

Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh1. Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh

Rebel Seoul Full Review

Publisher: Tu Books ( Imprint of Lee & Low Books)

Release Date: September 14, 2017

Pages: 389

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: This brilliantly plotted YA Sci-Fi/ Dystopia is set in a futuristic Korea and follows Lee Jaewon who is an ex-gang member, who now attends a prestigious military academy. He learns more about his government after an exam gets him assigned to looking after Tera (a super soldier). The writing and plot are so detailed and complex that you get such an immersive view into this sci-fi/dystopian future that Oh delivers with so much heart. This is very much a character and plot-driven story that just builds and builds to the very end! There’s action, politics, intrigue, and robots! 

Gray Wolf Island Tracy Neithercott2. Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott

Gray Wolf Island Full Review

Publisher: Knopf BYR

Release Date: October 10, 2017

Pages: 336

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: When Ruby’s twin passes away, she sets out to fulfill her last wish to find the rumored treasure of Gray Wolf Island. There’s mystery, great character dynamics, and atmospheric writing that really brings the story to life. If your looking for an adventure tale with vivid setting, characters, and a hint of magic, this is definitely the book for you!

The Little Queen by Meia Geddes3. The Little Queen by Meia Geddes

The Little Queen Full Review

Publisher: Poetose Press

Release Date: August 1, 2017

Pages: 110

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: This is an enchanting story that reads very much like a timeless fairy tale as we follow The Little Queen as she sets out a journey across her kingdom, figures out what it means to be a ruler, and makes new friends along the way. For such a short book, I really resonated with the inspiring messages about life, overcoming fears and change! I easily became connected to the characters and the magical world of The Little Queen.

Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman4. Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman (Vengeance Road #2)

Retribution Rails Full Review

Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers

Release Date: November 7, 2017

Pages: 374

My Rating:★★★★☆

Overall Thoughts: Retribution Rails was wonderful conclusion to Vengeance Road! With a new set of characters set 10 years after and told through dual POV, we follow Rose Riders gang member Reece Murphy and aspiring journalist Charlotte Vaugn as the search for the owner of a mysterious gold coin brings them together! I loved the characters so much and this was such a plot-driven story that you really get a full scope of 1880’s Arizona. While there were so many things I loved about this book, the pacing did get pretty slow throughout the middle, felt some characters could have been expanded on a little more and wanted even more development with Reece & Charlotte! But overall this was such a character-driven and action packed addition to Vengeance Road that really stands great on its own!

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O' Neill5.The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’ Neill

The Tea Dragon Society Full Review

Publisher: Oni Press

Release Date: October 18, 2017

Pages: 72

My Rating:★★★★★

Overall Thoughts: This beautifully illustrated graphic novel follows Greta when she saves an injured tea dragon and is given the opportunity to learn more about them. This story is just so heart-warming and adorable! With friendship and the beauty of art and craft such prevalent themes of this story, you really become enchanted by the world of the tea dragons! Its also very diverse with characters of color, glbt relationships hinted at throughout, characters with disabilities and differing body-types! The Tea Dragon Society is whimsical, magical, and enchanting! Such a wonderful read!

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga6. Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

Here We Are Now Full Review

Publisher: Balzer+Bray

Release Date: November 7, 2017

Pages: 304

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: Another deep and character-driven YA Contemporary from Jasmine Warga! This novel is about family and you really sense that throughout the story. Following Tal, she reconnects with her rock-star father when he shows up at her door to explain that his father is passing away and would like her to see him. From there she learns more about what caused her parents to split and the importance of family, music, and new beginnings! You know when you read a book at just the right time? That’s what reading Here We Are Now was like! I loved the writing, characters, and the important themes weaved throughout. If your looking for a moving and intricately woven YA Contemporary, this is definitely one to check out!

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Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman Review

Retribution Rails by Erin BowmanRetribution Rails by Erin Bowman (Vengeance Road #2)

Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers

Release Date: November 7, 2017

Pages: 374

Summary: REDEMPTION IS NEVER FREE
When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece’s path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.

My Rating:★★★★☆ 

My Thoughts: Retribution Rails takes readers back into the world of Vengeance Road! Set 10 years later, we follow an outlaw and an aspiring journalist as the unlikely duo team up to bring down the infamous Rose Riders!

Honestly, I’d never really read westerns until Vengeance Road (back in 2015), but since reading it I found I really enjoyed them and can always expect tons of action and adventure. When I finished Vengeance Road, I’d always felt there was much more to tell from this era of the wild west. With Retribution Rails, I was so happy to be able to return to this world again & with new characters!

Following the POV of Reece Murphy and Charlotte Vaughn, they find themselves crossing paths and joining forces to bring down a dangerous gang, which Reece himself is a part of.

When a train robbery led by the Rose Riders goes wrong, Reece not only crosses paths with aspiring journalist Charlotte, but sees it as the perfect opportunity to escape.

But knowing he’s still tied to the Rose Riders, he follows a hunch that could finally earn him his freedom.

Reece was definitely my favorite character! From the moment he is introduced you can see the guilt and anger he feels as a member of the Rose Riders. Being forced to ride with them ever since they killed his loved ones, he can’t help but also feel obligated towards them, especially the leader Luther (having no one else by his side). However, its clear he wants to regain his life and no longer be known as the “Rose Kid” but Reece. So when he gets a tip on where the infamous cowboy is (the one who gave Reece a gold coin that got him caught up with the Rose Riders in the first place), he wastes no time following the lead & tracking him down!

Charlotte is determined to break her way into the world of journalism with her story on the unveiling of a new railroad. However, with her uncle rumored to be taking over her family’s fortune left behind by her late father, she knows this story will allow her to support herself and her mother, allowing them a way out. She soon finds herself caught up with Reece and the Rose Riders as she sets out for a new story. When she finds herself with no one else but Reece, she is left unsure whether she can trust this “dangerous” member of the Rose Riders who claims he’s ready to be free of the gang once and for all.

What I loved about Retribution Rails so much was how plot-driven the story was and how unique Charlotte & Reece were. I just adored them both so much and really felt they came alive, through their own engaging voice. Written through 1st person POV, we follow them as their paths cross and learn what they are willing to do for their freedom.

~It was also great to see diversity within this novel, with Reece being biracial (half Mexican).

Over the course of Retribution Rails, you really become connected to the characters and I loved the dynamic between Reece & Charlotte! What made their relationship so well done was the development that builds from them not really trusting each other to slowly relying on one another and having that trust gradually form, even well towards the end! I just loved their relationship so much & loved how there was practically no romance, but you could definitely see their connection!

It was great to see cameos from Vengeance Road & have them be such an integral part of the story as it progresses, but overall Retribution Rails really stands on its own!

The writing delivers so much to the characters & plot, you really feel immersed into this era of the wild west. From the setting to the integral development of railroads and strives of journalism, the writing makes these aspects such huge parts of the story which really bring it to life! The main characters, Charlotte & Reece especially, just come alive and you really understand them by the end of this novel.

While the plot was so engaging, I couldn’t help but feel the pacing to be pretty slow towards the middle and found the plot started to drag just a bit! I also felt some side characters could have had more development. Additionally, while the ending really builds to a great conclusion I did find it felt somewhat rushed and just wanted more from Reece & Charlotte <3!

Character-driven and immersive, Retribution Rails is a fantastic addition and conclusion to Vengeance Road!While it does have cameos and builds off some of the events of Vengeance Road, its a unique tale that really stands on its own. The wild west will come alive as you follow Charlotte & Reece on their adventures to bring down the Rose Riders as they also attempt to gain their own freedom! 

Top 10 Books of 2015

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly post originally from The Broke & The Bookish!

Here are my top 10 books of 2015! (In no particular order)

These books ,no matter how long ago I read them in the year, have still stayed w/ me! (all of these got 5 Full Star)

  1. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
  2. Mosquitoland by David Arnold
  3. Air Awakens by Elise Kova (Full Review Here)
  4. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  5. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  6. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  7. Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin (Full Review Here)
  8. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (Full Review Here)
  9. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
  10. Sacred Lies Of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

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September 2015 Wrap Up

# of Books Read: 8

911. Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard (RQ 0.5)

Publisher: HarperTeen– Released September 1, 2015

Pages: 55 (100 for Glass Sword Preview)

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: I love short stories/novellas and Queen Song was no exception. It was great to understand Queen Coriane more b/c in RQ she gets mentioned and we have an idea of who she is, but with the novella we understand her a little more! It was great to see Julian again and understand how Queen Coriane met the King.  After reading this novella I’m even more excited for Glass Sword & the next RQ Novella.

922. The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books– Released August 18, 2015

Pages: 304

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

Summary: Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably accident-prone. Some years it’s bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it’s just a lot of cuts and scrapes. They know what they need to do—stock up on bandages and painkillers, cover sharp table edges with padding, banish knives to locked drawers, switch off electrical items. They buckle up, they batten down.

But this accident season—when Cara; her ex-stepbrother, Sam; and her best friend, Bea, are seventeen—none of that will make a difference.

Because Cara is starting to ask questions. And the answers were never meant to be found.

***Spoilers Ahead***

My Thoughts: This book was very unique! The overall idea of what the Accident Season was very interesting to read about and element of mystery kept me reading. The characters were all unique and from this book, my favorite character was Cara. She is trying to figure out where Elsie has gone and very weird things begin to happen during this Accident Season. When it is revealed who Elsie really is, I was surprised! I did not see that coming! I am very happy with how the ending turned out and that everything was figured out and wrapped up by the end. However, it gets 4.5 b/c I felt the ending was a little rushed. Other than that I absolutely loved this book. It is a perfect Halloween/Fall read. I also recommend this book if you love The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, b/c of the elements paranormal and mystery of The Accident Season.

933. Reawakened by Colleen Houck (Reawakened #1)

Publisher: Delacorte Press– Released August 11, 2015

Pages: 400

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

Summary: When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: I really wanted to like this book but there were some aspects of the book that made me like it a lot less. First is the fact that its basically Colleen’s Tiger’s Curse series all over again but with Egyptian Mythology instead. This book felt like a lot of “been there done that.” What I did like was Amon as a character. He was very interesting to read about. However, I had an issue with Lily as a character, she felt quite “mary-sue” to me and there really wasn’t much to her character. She felt like a cardboard cutout of the typical YA girl who gets thrown into a new world and her character felt quite dull. I really liked the setting and mythology Colleen was able to weave into this story. Sad to say this story just seemed like a repeat of Tiger’s Curse.

lair-of-dreams4. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray ( The Diviners #2)

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers– Released August 25, 2015

Pages: 624

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Full Review for Lair of Dreams

My Thoughts: This was an amazing sequel. The aspect of dreams was very interesting to read about. The overall plot was fantastic and Libba Bray writing really captures the atmosphere of the 1920’s and she is able to write multiple POV’s seamlessly. Ling, our new addition to the story, really shines in this book and was an amazing character to read about. Overall, each and every character grows and it was great to see them team up in the end to save Henry in the dream world. I can’t wait to see what happens in book 3!

95b5. Ms. Marvel Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

Publisher: Marvel– Released: June 23, 2015

Pages: 112

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: Love is in the air in Jersey City as Valentine’s Day arrives! Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the school dance, but Ms. Marvel is! Well sort of — by crashing it in an attempt to capture Asgard’s most annoying trickster! Yup, it’s a special Valentine’s Day story featuring Marvel’s favorite charlatan, Loki! And when a mysterious stranger arrives in Jersey City, Ms. Marvel must deal with…a crush! Because this new kid is really, really cute. What are these feelings, Kamala Khan? Prepare for drama! Intrigue! Romance! Suspense! Punching things! All this and more!

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: Just like the previous volumes, I loved this one too. I loved how in this volume, we focused on Kamala’s family life and how her powers are effecting her even more. It was great to see how strong Bruno and Kamala’s friendship really is. What I honestly wasn’t expecting, was Kamran to be evil! Also it was revealed in the end that another one of Kamala’s family members may also have powers! Cant wait to see where that leads the series!! This graphic novel series is so amazing I cant wait to read the next Volume.

237192706. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers– Released September 1, 2015

Pages: 336

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

***Full Review of Vengeance Road***     ***Vengeance Road Wallpapers***

***Spoilers Ahead***

My Thoughts:  This book was awesome! I was hesitant to read it in the beginning because, I am not usually a fan of Westerns, but with a plot like that, I knew I had to read it. I really loved Kate as the main character. She is strong and independent, something I really admired about her. The setting was so detailed at times, I felt at times I was actually there. What I also liked about this book, was how raw it was. There were moments in this book, that were heartbreaking to me. Erin does a great job at portraying just how dangerous it was during that time, when people are obsessed with gold, to the point where they would kill for it! Overall this book was fantastic. If your looking for a strong female lead, little romance, and great character development, this is definitely the book for you.

967. Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Publisher: Simon Pulse– Released August 25, 2015

Pages: 336

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: Wow! I really loved this book! I was weary at first b/c I don’t usually reach for YA contemporaries that deal with serious issues like this book had. But I really did love it. Maggie, the main character was so complex. She doesn’t talk to anyone anymore b/c of a traumatic event that happened 2 years prior. I really felt for her and was able to understand why she was the way she was. I also really loved West! They both form this connection that really allows them to heal and move on from their tough issues. My only complaint is that, West was rather controlling/possessive at times! Which bothered me! However, Both Maggie and West were able to talk about it and resolve the issue! They were always honest with each other and became each others confidants, which is what they both truly needed. Overall I really loved this book and cant wait for the next one! ❤

978. Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle (Famous In Love #1)

Publisher: Poppy– Released October 21, 2014

Pages: 336

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

Summary: When Paige Townsen gets plucked from high school obscurity to star in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a bustling film set on the shores of Maui, and she is spending quality time with her costar Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life begins to resemble her character’s.
In this exciting tale of romance and drama, both on-and offscreen, Paige must adjust to a crazy new life without the daily support of her friends and family, while figuring out who she is–and who she wants–as the whole world watches.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: Overall I really loved this book. Getting an insight into Hollywood and the movie making process was very interesting. However, I felt that at times the book’s pacing was rather slow and the 2 guys that Paige was introduced to, weren’t given much character development away from the Hollywood drama. But, the ending has me excited to read the next one ❤ !

***Famous In Love Full Review Here***

Vengeance Road Wallpapers

I recently read Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman and loved it ❤

My Full Review Here

After reading it, I really wanted to make some sort of art for it! Then, I decided to make wallpapers based on the book.

If you have not read this book, you really should it is fantastic! Its basically a YA Wild West revenge story.

Here are some wallpapers I made! Feel free to download/save them 🙂

Ipad Wallpaper:

Veangeance Road Erin Bowman Ipad Wallpaper

Iphone 5 Wallpaper:

Veangeance Road Erin Bowman Iphone 5 Wallpaper 

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman Review

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers–Released: September 1, 2015

Pages: 336

23719270Summary: When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: After seeing the summary, I new I had to read this book. After finishing it, I honestly want to go back and read it again! What made this book so great was Kate as a character. She was so strong and independent. In a time where women are not seen as tough, she disguises herself as a boy to find out what happened to her father, her only living relative. Erin’s writing style really captured for me what the Wild West was like. Though I am not usually a fan of this genre, Erin wrote it in such a way, that kept me turning the page. The overall plot was amazing. I for one, love a good story of revenge and this book definitely gave me that. In this book, we are introduced to many characters along the way and with each of them, I felt I knew them.

Back to Kate, she was a unique voice in YA that I usually don’t read about. In the beginning she is full of hate and anger for what happened to her father, but by the end she changes and is able to love again and come to terms with what happened. Other than Kate, my favorite characters by far were the Colton brothers. They join Kate, after she tells them she’d rather go alone. Because they join her on her journey, we learn so much about them and see how complex they are.

What really surprised me though was the ending. I was heartbroken when Will died. For Kate and me as a reader, to be with him for most of the book and have him die?? I was on the verge of tears! True to Western, it was raw and emotional. What I honestly did not see coming, was that Kate’s mom was alive! We are led to believe she is long gone, but once it is revealed that not only was she alive, but she wanted to use her daughter to find more gold. When Kate finally got her revenge, she was satisfied, but after the long journey she had, she felt differently about what her motives led to and how she changed.

By the end, after a few months, Jesse and Kate are reunited! I was so happy they saw each other again. Overall this book was fantastic! One I would definitely read again in the future! If you love YA Historical Fiction, stories of revenge, or even just love a good Western, definitely pick up this book! You will not be disappointed!

New Releases of September I’m looking forward to!

After doing some thinking, I have decided to do a monthly post for new releases instead of a weekly post, to save time for myself and to be able to focus on other blog posts.

Okay, so here are the new books coming out in September I am very excited for:

Queen Song (RQ #0.5) by Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: Sept. 1st– Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 55

QueenSong_EpicReadsSummary: Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.

**The Novella will also contain a sneak peek for Glass Sword (RQ Book 2)**

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Release Date: Sept. 1st– Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 336

23719270Summary: When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly

Release Date: Sept. 1st– Publisher: Entangled Teen

Pages: 320

The-Foxglove-Killings-500x750Summary: Gramps always said that when the crickets were quiet, something bad was coming. And the crickets have been as silent as the dead. It started with the murdered deer in the playground with the unmistakable purple of a foxglove in its mouth. But in the dying boondock town of Emerald Cove, life goes on.

I work at Gramps’s diner, and the cakes―the entitled rich kids who vacation here―make our lives hell. My best friend, Alex Pace, is the one person who gets me. Only Alex has changed. He’s almost like a stranger now. I can’t figure it out…or why I’m having distinctly more-than-friend feelings for him. Ones I shouldn’t be having.

Then one of the cakes disappears.

When she turns up murdered, a foxglove in her mouth, a rumor goes around that Alex was the last person seen with her—and everyone but me believes it. Well, everyone except my worst enemy, Jenika Shaw. When Alex goes missing, it’s up to us to prove his innocence and uncover the true killer. But the truth will shatter everything I’ve ever known about myself — and Alex.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon  (Already Read)

Release Date: Sept. 1st– Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Pages: 320

EverythingEverythingCoverSummary: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

**Previous post on Everything, Everything Movie Option**

The Next Together (The Next Together #1) by Lauren James

Release Date: Sept. 3rd– Publisher: Walker

Pages: 356

23266378Summary: Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell  (Middle Grade)

Release Date: September 9th– Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

Pages: 256

The-Wolf-Wilder-Katherine-Rundell-UKSummary: Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora’s mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Release Date: Sept. 15th– Publisher: Balzer+Bray

Pages: 384

CoverReveals_F15_DumplinSummary: Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

Lock& Mori (Lock & Mori #1) by Heather W. Petty

Release Date: Sept. 15th– Publisher: Simon&Schuster Books for Young Readers

Pages: 256

24885790Summary: In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students, one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James “Mori” Moriarty, meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.

Before they were mortal enemies, they were much more.

FACT: Someone has been murdered in London’s Regent’s Park. The police have no leads.

FACT: Miss James “Mori”Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes should be hitting the books on a school night. Instead, they are out crashing a crime scene.

FACT: Lock has challenged Mori to solve the case before he does. Challenge accepted.

FACT: Despite agreeing to Lock’s one rule–they must share every clue with each other–Mori is keeping secrets.

OBSERVATION: Sometimes you can’t trust the people closest to you with matters of the heart. And after this case, Mori may never trust Lock again.

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

Release Date: Sept. 15th– Publisher: Scholastic Press

Pages: 640

Marvels SelznickSummary: Caldecott Award winner and bookmaking trailblazer Brian Selznick once again plays with the form he invented and takes readers on a voyage!

Two seemingly unrelated stories–one in words, the other in pictures–come together. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle’s puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries.

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1)

Release Date: Sept. 22nd– Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Pages: 432

17564519Summary: Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety?

Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson

Release Date: Sept. 22nd– Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 336

9780062338679Summary: Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dream more than once. Dea has never questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead of the unseen monsters that Dea’s mother is certain are right behind them.

Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town and Dea finally starts to feel normal. As Connor breaks down the walls that she’s had up for so long, he gets closer to learning her secret. For the first time she wonders if that’s so bad. But when Dea breaks the rules, the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate. How can she know what’s real and what’s not?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: Sept. 29th– Publisher: Henry Holt &Co.

Pages: 480

six-crows-leigh-bardugo-coverSummary: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

What September Releases are you looking forward to? 🙂