June 2016 Wrap-Up

# of Books Read: 10

Girl-of-Ink-and-Stars1.The Girl Of Ink And Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Girl Of Ink And Stars Full Review

Publisher: Chicken House

Release Date: May 5, 2016

Pages: 228

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: A beautifully written debut! This book is filled with mystery, adventure, and an unforgettable world/characters that keep you turning the page!

You Know Me Well June 72.You Know Me Well by David Levithan + Nina LaCour

You Know Me Well ARC Review

Publisher: St.Martins Griffin

Release Date: June 7,2016

Pages: 256 (Hardcover) 250 (ARC)

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

Overall Thoughts: A dual-POV contemporary that has friendship at its core!

Mark+Kate struggle to tell their crushes how they feel about them, fearing their friendship would be put at risk!

But along the way Mark & Kate help each other no matter what and find the strength within themselves to confront their crushes/friends!

Zodiac Starforce Cover3.Zodiac Starforce: By The Power Of Astra by Kevin Panetta + Paulina Ganucheau

Zodiac Starforce Full Review

Publisher: Dark Horse Books

Release Date: March 9,2016

Pages: 136

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: A fast-paced comic with friendship/girl-power ❤ ❤

The art-style is beautiful & the plot itself is pretty easy to follow w/ a diverse cast of characters!

How It Ends4.How It Ends by Catherine Lo

How It Ends Full Review

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Release Date: June 7,2016

Pages: 304

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: A deep and moving story about friendship!

This book was spectacular! I found myself relating to Jessie (being quite shy) & finding it difficult to navigate friendships!

Lo’s novel tells the story of Annie & Jessie and the obstacles/tensions that threaten to destroy their friendship!

Highly recommend !!

Prodigy Graphic Novel Marie Lu5.Prodigy by Marie Lu (Graphic Novel)

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

Pages: 160

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: A condensed but overall enjoyable read of Marie’s 371 page novel of the same name!

This is definitely for those who have read all the Legend books! (more background info/character development)

I will def. be reading the GN of Champion if one is to be released!

the-problem-with-forever-cover6. The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Problem With Forever Full Review

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release Date: May 17,2016

Pages: 480

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

Overall Thoughts: A deep and character-driven contemporary!

Reading from Malory’s POV while at times heart-breaking showed the reader just how strong/independent she had become! There are some aspects that did bother me, the mean girlfriend cliche and at times the pacing was quite slow! But this was a truly unforgettable contemporary!

Lady Killer vol. 17.Lady Killer Vol.1 by Joëlle Jones + Jamie S. Rich

Lady Killer Full Review

Publisher: Dark Horse Books

Release Date: September 15, 2015

Pages: 138

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: A dark thrilling story of a housewife turned assassin! Everything about this comic was perfect! The plot is fast-paced the characters are well developed and the plot twists will leave you wondering what happens next!

The Princess Saves Herself In This One Cover8.The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace

The Princess Saves Herself In This One Full Review

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date: April 23,2016

Pages: 156

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Powerful and moving poems that discuss grief, acceptance, love, independence and so much more! Each poem is raw and evokes such emotion!

A must read!

This Savage Song July 59.This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

ARC Review To Come

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Release Date: July 5, 2016

Pages: 464

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: A dark, but fast-paced story! The 3rd person POV makes it easy to transition from Kate to August! Twists/turns + plot twists that keep you reading till the very end!

Love & Gelato10. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato Full Review

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: May 3,2016

Pages: 390

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

Overall Thoughts: This contemporary took me by surprise! There is so much depth to the characters + reading from Lina’s POV was never dull! Italy is brought to life in this novel and the mystery/friendship that Lina develops is enough to keep you reading!

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How It Ends by Catherine Lo Review

How It EndsHow It Ends by Catherine Lo

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Release Date: June 7,2016

Pages: 304

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.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

My Thoughts: Such an honest and moving story about friendship!

I am at a loss for words! This book was a masterpiece!

I felt so connected to the characters and story!

I laughed, cried…SO MANY EMOTIONS WITH THIS BOOK!! ❤ ❤

This novel broke (shattered more like) my heart and put it back together!

Seeing Annie & Jessie become friends from the very beginning, even with their personal doubts and worries about the school year, was beautiful to read!!

In this novel Jessie suffers from anxiety and felt it was portrayed very realistically!

While I personally don’t have severe anxiety as bad as Jessie’s I truly saw myself while reading! Friendships have never been easy for me and there were moments I had to put the book down because I was crying and just related to her so much while reading the fears she had about making friends!!

Her fears were ones I’m all to familiar with!

I truly haven’t read a book where I could truly see myself in since Fangirl (back in 2013)

Seeing their friendship slowly fade away was heartbreaking!!

Jessie feared losing Annie when she began to sit next to a group of girls who bullied her middle school! From there it gets complicated and slowly tears apart their friendship!

I sympathized w/ both of them, but definitely saw how miscommunication shattered the beautiful friendship they truly needed.

By the end after spending some time apart and some truths coming to light,they begin the process of mending their friendship!

Both Annie&Jessie develop so much throughout this novel & I am so happy they reunite in the end and made up! Because throughout the book it is clear to see they truly cared for each other and wanted to stay best friends!

Without a doubt this book is a must read!

If you are a fan of YA Contemporary that deals with mental health+ other serious topics and the ups and downs of friendships, this book is definitely not one to miss!

 

 

 

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.

Princeless Vol.1/2 by Jeremy Whitley Review

Princless Vol. 1Princeless Book 1: Save Yourself/Book 2: Get Over Yourself 

by Jeremy Whitley, Emily Martin & M.Goodwin

Publisher: Actionlab Entertainment Inc.

Summary: Vol. 1

Adrienne Ashe never wanted to be a princess. She hates fancy dinners, is uncomfortable in lavish dresses, and has never wanted to wait on someone else to save her. However, on the night of her 16th-birthday, her parents, the King and Queen, locked her away in a tower guarded by a dragon to await the rescue of some handsome prince. Now Adrienne has decided to take matters into her own hands! 

Princless Vol.2Summary: Vol.2

A new collection of the adventures of everyone’s favorite runaway princess, the incomparable Adrienne. This time she’s out to rescue her older sister Angelica, the most beautiful princess in the world. It won’t be easy though. Not only does Adrienne have to deal with Angelica’s legions of admirers and their sibling rivalry, but the King has hired a band of ruthless mercenaries to track her down. Can she save Angelica? Does she want to? And how will she deal with these deadly knights who are after her head?

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

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: Friendship, Dragons + Girl Power! What more do you need?

Adrienne was my favorite character the moment she was introduced by questioning the endings/ideas and plot holes of fairy tales!

After being locked away in a tower, Princess Adrienne decides she can not only save herself, but her other sisters who’ve been locked away too! So her quest begins!

It was great to see both her POV and from her kingdom back home!

Along the way she meets Bedelia, a blacksmith, and after helping Adrienne they become friends!  As the story progresses I loved seeing how their back and forth humor/witty personalities not only strengthened their friendship but overall made this a fun read!

Overall I loved how this story put twists on the classic fairy tales and comments on how women are treated and the pressures/ideas that are expected/put onto them!

Along those lines, the prince Devin, definitely puts a twist on the classic prince. Not living up to his father’s expectations, he is seen as unfit to rule and is not even seen as an equal to his own father!

My only minor issue was world-building! I wish there was more background to the world that Adrienne lives in, considering through the art itself I was only given basic knowledge!

Vol.2: Get Over Yourself

My Thoughts: 

Adrienne heads off to save her older sister Angelica who is also locked away!
When Adrienne, Bedelia + a new friend Roderick, a poet, they head to Angelica’s tower while the king back home is setting up a his most trusted group of men to find Adrienne (who he believes is a knight)!

As w/ the previous volume there is discussion about how women are seen and treated, especially when Angelica’s backstory is introduced + how always being viewed b/c of her looks and beauty shaped how her life would become in the tower!

I loved that there was more backstory to the royal family & a lot more world-building!
Angelica is revealed to have been cursed by a witch b/c of her looks & it really influenced how she grew up & how focusing on her looks has skewed her view on what it means to follow+ set your own path and how their is no right/wrong way to do it!

There is also discussion on how we perceive/view others and how judgments of others can skew our idea on who people truly are upon first glance!

A lot can be discussed in regards to the knights b/c with their reward a chance at marrying one of the princesses, we see just how they view women & how they see themselves above them!

There is also an introduction to a character called The Black Knight & I have my theories of who this person is & I can’t wait to read the future volumes to find out!

Even more girl power, Feminism+adventure! Can’t wait to see what vol. 3 brings!

If you’ve read/plan to read Princeless, let me know in the comments below 🙂

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? 🙂