Empire of Storms – Book Review

Empire of Storms

By Sarah J. Maas


Title: Empire of Storms

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Page Count: 693

Publisher: Bloomsbury 





Tensions are high in the world of Erila, as war is brewing on the horizon. Aelin Galathynius has begun forming alliances with the former lords of Terrasen and building her army. She is determined to save not only her people, but the man she loves from the evil Valg queen, Maeve.

As the upcoming war comes closer and closer, Aelin is forced to make some desperate, drastic declension, ultimately deciding the fate of her kingdom. In the end, will her sacrifices be enough to save them all?

My Review:  

           Having been a fan of The Throne of Glass series since the very beginning, I expected nothing less than perfection from Empire of Storms, and Mass pulled through once again with another fantastic installment.

            The already long list of character grown in this addition to the series with some fresh new faces, but Maas doesn’t forget about our favorite, original characters. Everyone from Aelin, to Manon, to Dorian, and beyond further develops, and I’ve found myself falling deeper and deeper in love with this set of characters every day. Manon is now officially my favorite, and I find her story so interesting. I love where Maas has taken her story, and I think it is such a good move on her part to put Dorian and Manon together. Aelin is still as problematic as ever, but I grew to respect her more throughout this novel. I still think her relationship with Rowan is a bit annoying and creepy to be honest, but by the time I read that ending I was sobbing for their sakes. There isn’t much more I can say without spoiling the series for those who have not read the series yet, but just know that everything about the characters gets better as the series goes on.

             At almost 700 pages, Empire of Storms is the longest book in the Throne of Glass series, but it moves faster than the rest and is filled to the brim with action packed drama. The tension is tangible throughout the novel with war a war brewing, and I know that all the minor battles described in this book are going to be nothing compared to the full fleged war we expect to come in the sixth installment, but I still can’t help but be impressed with Maas’ ability to go from a romantic scene to one where Aelin is literally ripping off someones head in the span of a few pages without making it feel broken up and disjointed. The different character POVs throughout the story allowed for us readers to experience stuff beyond Aelin, truly opening up the world. I briefly mentioned the ending earlier, and oh my god–THAT was an ending. It caught me off guard, and I’m so mad at Maas for doing that to me, but so happy with how she’s setting up the next book in the series. 

                In conclusion, I give Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas four out of five stars for being another fantastic installment in one of my favorite series of all time, as well as leaving all of us readers on a cliffhanger, setting up the next installment. I highly recommend the Throne of Glass series to anyone who loves fantasy, and hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

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History is All You Left Me – Book Review

History is All You Left Me

By Adam Silvera



Title: History is All You Left Me

Author: Adam Silvera

Page Count: 320

Publisher: SOHO Teen

Publication Date: January 17th, 2017




When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life (Goodreads Summary).

My Review:  

           Before reading History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, I didn’t understand why people enjoy reading books despite knowing they’re sad, but I leave this novel with a whole new perspective.

History is All You Left Me is such beautifully tragic story…and I’m pretty sure it gave me emotional whiplash; I’d go from crying, to laughing, to crying again in a matter of seconds. Silvera does such a fantastic job in using his characters to further the emotions and the narrative of the story, and although the story is meant to be all of the character’s ‘histories,’ I can feel and hear Silvera’s voice through the pages, leading me to believe this story is more personal than he’s letting on.

The characters themselves are real and raw and unafraid to flaunt their flaws. I found myself loving Griffen, Theo, Wade, and Jackson by the end. The main protagonist, Griffen, took me a while to warm up to due to some rather interesting choices he makes, but I ultimately enjoyed how vulnerable he is, and how the entire story is told through his ‘histories’ of his now deceased first love, Theo, and how he is ‘today.’ Silvera writes him as depressed as well as gives him a few little quirks like slight OCD that really make his character all the more real for the reader. Theo is the kind of character that I still have so many questions about despite the story being over because we only learn about him through others’ experiences, and I can’t tell if I enjoy that or not. He’s described as very geeky and the perfect complement, but I can’t help but feel like there’s something important about him that we still don’t know, I felt Jackson is a very interesting character being Theo’s most recent boyfriend, and think he played a big roll in pushing the story forward. Lastly,  Wade is a complete and utter cinnamon bun. He’s not the most important character, but he’s still necessary to the story, and I love how he is so caring and patient and accepting of the fact that his two best friends are in love with each other. History is truly a character driven story at its core, and  I highly doubt it would have come across as impeccably as it does without such string, well written characters.

What I believe truly sets History is All You Left Me apart from other contemporaries is that it’s such a wonderful representation of the LGBT community and it deals with grief in such a unique and interesting way. It doesn’t play to any stereotypes or feel forced, which helps readers outside of the community understand and develop there own feelings. In terms of grief, most contemporaries like to keep a lighthearted feeling thought a novel, but Silvera is unafraid to dive deep and make the reader hurt. I just found History to be such a unique and delightful change from normal contemporaries, and am glad to have finally read it.

In conclusion, I give History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera four out of five stars for being beautifully written, unafraid to test the boundaries of YA contemporaries, and a wonderful representation of the LGBT community. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a diverse read or anyone who’s looking to have a good, ugly cry.

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer – ARC Review


By Marissa Meyer



Title: Renegades

Author: Marissa Meyer

Page Count: 576

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Pub. Date: November 7th, 2017


Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.


My Review:  

Disclaimer: The publisher provided me with ARC of Renegades through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

            With a vague synopsis that didn’t give me much aside from Sky High (an old Disney channel original movie) vibes, I didn’t know quite what I was in for when I started reading Renegades, but I put my faith in Marissa Meyer’s very capable hands, and I shall never doubt her skills again.

            I can’t say too much about the plot since this is an ARC review and I don’t want to spoil anything, but it was very well written, action packed, and unpredictable. It’s one of those stories that begins in the middle of the action–literally starting in an assassination attempt–and I think it works very well for Renegades because it sets the pace for the rest of the story. The first few chapters read slightly slower than the rest of the book, but from the moment Nova decides that she is going to act as a double agent for the Anarchists by entering the trials to become a Renegade, I found myself sucked in and unable to put it down, constantly being hit with twists and turns as soon as I started to believe I had figured it out. I must say that the plot twist at the end truly shocked me, and I can’t believe I have to wait so long to see what happens next!

            Meyer’s vivid descriptions throughout the novel really help to transport the reader into the world of Renegades and Anarchists. She not only gives a fantastic visual description of Gatlon City including everything from the Renegades’ headquarters, to the Anarchists’ subway tunnels, to every individual street vendor’s cart and product which makes the city come alive in our minds, but also describes the city’s rich history with the Age of Anarchy and the Battle for Gatlon which allows us to truly feel and sense the tension and uneasiness present in the city. The only thing I wish she had included more of was the history of how prodigies came to be because I thought that their powers were one of the coolest aspects in the story, and she could have expanded more on them.

            There is an expansive list of characters in Renegades which is already hard to keep track of, but with many of them being either superheroes or villains, a lot of them have aliases which makes it even more difficult! For the first few chapters I found myself unable to tell who was who or who had what powers, but eventually got the hang of it. I really enjoyed Nova and Adrian, the two main characters, and thought that Meyer did a good job in giving them interesting backstories which connected to their internal drives. Nova is an Anarchist who wants to destroy the renegades because of what they did to her uncle and possesses the power to put anyone she touches to sleep, and Adrian is a Renegade who wants to find the Anarchists responsible for murdering his mother and has the ability to make anything he draws come to life. Of course there is a bit of romance between the two of them, but it isn’t instalove, and I really enjoyed the way Meyer incorporated it into the story as to make it not feel forced. The POV switches between them throughout the story, giving the reader the point of view of both an Anarchist and a Renegade, allowing them to decide which side they believe to be in the wrong. Aside from the main characters I must say I found the rest to be a bit lacking. Some of them had half-decent back stories and character development, as if some were just lost or forgotten along the way. I did enjoy the Anarchist entourage of Ingrid, Lyon, Phobia, and Honey–I just wish there was more of them, and as for the Renegades, I felt that a few of the characters were present only for their powers. Overall, I believe Meyer did a good job with her characters.

                In conclusion, I give Renegades by Marissa Meyer four out of five stars for being a fantastic, action-packed start to a new series, and I highly suggest it to anyone who’s a fan of YA, but especially to fans of D.C., Marvel, and superheroes in general. Also, there’s a pre-order promotion going on, so if you send in proof of your pre-order to the publisher HERE you can get either a Renegade or Anarchist button pack–and you get to pick! 


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Mini Reviews – Volume One

Hey guys! I thought since I don’t always have time to write full length reviews for every book I read and I have some books that I just didn’t write enough notes on for a full length review, that I’d start a series on my blog where I post little mini reviews for books I’ve recently read. Here’s volume one of my mini reviews–I hope you enjoy!

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of each of these books by the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

SynopsisA magically inspiring tale of a man who is reincarnated through many lifetimes so that he can be with his one true love: Death herself.

What if you could live forever—but without your one true love? Reincarnation Blues is the story of a man who has been reincarnated nearly 10,000 times, in search of the secret to immortality so that he can be with his beloved, the incarnation of Death. Neil Gaiman meets Kurt Vonnegut in this darkly whimsical, hilariously profound, and wildly imaginative comedy of the secrets of life and love. Transporting us from ancient India to outer space to Renaissance Italy to the present day, is a journey through time, space, and the human heart.

My ThoughtsJust from reading the summary of Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore, I could tell it was going to be a story unlike any other I’d read before, and it did not disappoint. We, the readers, get to experience all of Milo’s 9,995 lives on his quest for perfections, and the variety of fuck ups that occur along the way. I especially loved how the stories of his lives weren’t told in chronological order and differed in length, although I did find some to drag on longer then others. The book itself has a very unique sense of humor in the writing, and I think Poore does a fantastic job of expressing that humor through Milo and creating a character that every reader can come to love and feel sympathy for. I also thought that the romance between Milo and Death–I mean Suzie–was really unique in the way that they’ve been together for several thousand years, but are only able to be with each other in between Milo’s lives. All in all I give Reincarnation Blues four out of five stars for being fun, quirky, and unique, but also slow at times. I highly recommend Reincarnation Blues to fans of sci-fi and fantasy who are looking for something fresh and new and exciting. (PS: Do you see how gorgeous that cover is?!)

The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin

Synopsis:Danielle effed up. Big time. 

Danielle’s plans for the future were all figured out… until she failed senior English and her single college acceptance was rescinded. Determined to get her life back on track, Danielle enrolls in her hometown community college with a plan: pass English and get back into Ohio State—and her mother’s good graces. Romance isn’t on her radar… until she reconnects with her childhood crush and golden boy next door, Luke. 

Between family drama, first love and finding her own way, Danielle can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed. Thankfully she has her friendship with the snarky and frustratingly attractive Porter, her coworker at the campus bookstore, to push her to experience new things and help keep her afloat.
One thing’s for sure: This time, failure’s not an option.

My Thoughts: Maggie Ann Martin does a fantastic job of including all the the classic YA contemporary romance cliches that we’ve all come to know in love in The Big F, but altering them ever so slightly to give it a completely different feel from most other YA high school romances. The closest thing that I feel I can compare it to is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell because both Daniella and Kath are college freshmen, but thats pretty much where the similarities end. It was such a fun, quick read that I highly enjoyed–I especially loved the theme of failure and how it doesn’t mean the end of the world. The story itself was intriguing, but it was the characters who truly brought the story to life for me. Dani being fresh out of high school instead of 16 or 17 was what really made this story unique for me. The way Martin wrote her was so realistic, and I found myself connecting to her trough out the story. Luke is the classic, adorable boy next door, and I loved him to pieces. I liked how the boy next door cliche wasn’t the main focus of the story, but rather a tool used to push along the main plot. Zoe is one of the greatest best friends a girl can have, and I honestly wish that I could reach through the pages and pull her into my life to help me out during times of crisis. Porter reminds me so much of a lot of my guy friends who constantly like to push my buttons, but are always sweet and charming when they need to be–and I absolutely loved him! Martin did a fantastic job in writing relatable characters who develop well throughout the story, and find a special place in the reader’s heart. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin, and give it four out of five stars. I recommend this book to any high school junior or senior who’s worried about the future, or anyone who wants a fresh take on the classic YA romance.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Synopsis: Moxie girls fight back!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.
Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

My ThoughtsI will admit that going into Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, I didn’t really know what it was going to be about and I didn’t think I would like it, but after finishing it I want to go up to every other girl in my high school and force them to read it so they can feel as empowered as I did directly after finishing it. Moxie is the story of a girl named Vivian who is done with the sexist way of thinking that her town runs on, so she creates a zine after being inspired by her mom’s old things and basically starts a revolution. I absolutely love Vivian, and how realistic she is compared to other main characters of YA contemporaries. She’s passionate and zealous and perfect to lead the feminist uprising at her high school. I liked her love interest, Seth, and I thought that the addition of romance was fun to read, but I don’t believe it was necessary. It neither added nor took away from the plot as a whole. Moxie also rape/sexual assault which I feel like is seen as a taboo subject in YA literature, so I’m glad Mathieu included it. Overall I give Moxie 4.5 out of 5 stars for being full of such great and important messages such as fighting against injustice, girls helping girls, feminism, and so many more. I believe that this is such an important novel that women of all ages, but especially younger girls, should read to feel empowered and like a boss.

So these are all of my mini reviews I have for y’all at the moment. If you have any thoughts on these books or book suggestions please feel free to leave them in the comments–I’d love to talk about books with you!


Roar by Cora Carmack – Book Review


By Cora Carmack


Title: Roar

Author: Cora Carmack

Page Count: 380

Publisher: Tor Teen

Publication Date: June 13th, 2017


In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage. 

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough. 

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.


My Review:  

            I received Roar many months ago in my June Fairyloot, and I was absolutely thrilled! I’ve been looking forward to reading it for a while and was glad to finally have it in my hands. Although it took me a few months to finally start, I went into this novel with high expectations, and Cora Carmack did not disappoint me.

           Carmack’s ability to write so many interesting characters truly impressed me–usually the main characters are interesting while the side characters are lacking, but she didn’t overlook a single characters. The main character, Aurora/Rora/Roar is a spitfire. In the beginning of the book I was worried that she was going to be a useless princess with no backbone who falls in love with the first guy that actually tries to get close to her, but she proved me wrong. The minute she leaves that castle and sets off to become a storm hunter she completely leaves behind ‘Aurora/Rora’ and allows ‘Roar’ completely take over. Locke, Duke, Sly, and the rest of the storm hunters are probably my favorite characters of the entire story. They’ve each got their own strengths/talents, and the way Cormack writes them truly lets them shine. Roar’s first love interest and storm hunter, Locke, is smart, charming, and incredibly kind to Roar when she is in need. Roar’s other love interest, Cassius, is a completely different story. I get Darkling (from the Grisha Trilogy) vibes off of him and I LOVE IT. He, his brother, and his father are completely wicked, and added just the right amount of conflict to allow the story to develop–I can’t wait to see what they do in the second novel, and how they’ll develop as villains with a new threat on the horizon.

           Roar had my full attention from the very beginning due to the vivid details Carmack put into the world building, making the Lands of Caelira come alive. One specific scene that truly jumps out of the pages is the secret market in Pavan; the intricate descriptions of every worn down cart, every glowing lantern, and every sketchy market go-er helped to transport me into the story. I truly admire the way Carmack never skipped out on a single detail of any of the multiple lands, which really helped improve the overall quality of the story. I adored how realistic the world was, even though it was fantasy, and I think that is something that very few authors achieve when writing fantasy. If I was able, I would have loved to have pulled myself into the pages and live in Caelira–when the lands aren’t at war, or course.

            I found the plot to be, surprisingly, very complex and layered. As soon as I got past the first thirty or so pages of the story which I found to be quite boring, the story really opened up and expanded past what I had assumed it to be. Every time I believed I had  figured out the rest of the story, Carmack twisted the plot up once again, leaving it as a mystery. The action scenes had my adrenaline pumping, and I think they really helped to give the book a fast-paced feel even though it’s close to 400 pages. Overall, I think Carmack did a fantastic job in creating a new, unique story that is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The idea of storms being alive and having magical hearts that humans can steal is something truly new and refreshing to the world of YA fantasy.

                In conclusion, I give Roar by Cora Carmack four out of five stars for having a rather slow start, but overall compelling characters and an interesting story line. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a unique YA story full of fun and adventure.

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One True Pairing by Cathy Yardley Book Review



            They couldn’t be more opposite, the Hollywood actor and the hometown girl, but all they need is a little convention magic to become the perfect ship in Cathy Yardley’s One True Pairing.

Jake Reese needs a decoy girlfriend. Fast. The lead actor of the popular TV show, Mystics, is tired of losing his shirt to overeager fans. Literally. Which is why a chance meeting with gothabilly bookworm-slash-barista Hailey Frost seems almost too perfect to be true. Hailey is not impressed with his TV fame and is desperate to save her family’s bookstore. It’s a match made in Hollywood, but as the two pretend to date, fan fiction becomes reality. Can this OTP become canon?

My Review:

            I am a huge sucker for cliche romances as well as a huge sucker for stories involving geek girls, so this book was basically my kryptonite. Cathy Yardley does a fantastic job coming up with relatable characters with interesting story lines, while not leaning on the classic cliches.

            Throughout the entire story, I found myself loving all of the characters. Hailey, the main female protagonist, is a strong heroine that truly needs no man, but manages to snag the heart of one Jake Reese. Now Jake, he’s a sweetheart; he’s just trying to work his hardest to make sure he stays on the show he loves. I thought that Hailey’s sisters and Jake’s cast mates actually added something to the story, and I found their little storylines very interesting–especially Cressida’s. All in all, I found a majority of the characters fun and easy to understand.

            The main premise of the story is these two people fake dating to save a famous guy’s career and a normal girl’s shop. It’s a very cliche plot that has been done before, but nevertheless I found it enjoyable. Of course there was a little bit of insta love in One True Pairing, but that was to be expected, and it didn’t really bother me. I found the entire story engaging apart from this random stalker but that I thought was wildly unnecessary, and just a bit extra. It took away from the rest of the story, and I think the author could’ve found a better way to add in conflict.

            All in all I give One True Pairing by Cathy Yardley four out of five stars for the lovable characters and interesting plot, as well as the random story lines that interject the main plot and take away from the story overall. I suggest this book to anyone looking for a cute, geeky romance who isn’t opposed to instalove. I received an ARC of this book off of Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B071LDSRW2

B&N: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-true-pairing-cathy-yardley/1126399768

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781250170538

Kobo: www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/one-true-pairing

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=LRXhDgAAQBAJ


Author Bio

Cathy Yardley is the author of the Fandom Hearts series, starting with Level Up, and needs to get out more. When not writing, she’s usually lurking on social media, playing Fallout 4, or watching D-list movies and adding to her unnatural mental store of character-actor trivia. She’s a fangirl of Supernatural, Doctor Who, Sherlock, LOTR, and too many others to name. She lives with her family in Seattle. They are considering performing an intervention for her addiction to pop culture.

My Most Anticipated YA Releases of August 2017

Most Anticipated YA Releases of August 2017!

           It feels like this year has flown by! We’re halfway through July, and there’s been a ton of awesome releases this month, and there are a ton of incredible looking books coming out in August as well. I’m going to start a new series this month where I write a post of my featuring most anticipated reads of the upcoming month starting this month, so I hope you enjoy!


Wonder Woman: Warbringer By Leigh Bardugo

Synopsis: She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. 

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.Reason why I’m looking forward to it: I absolutely adore Leigh Bardugo’s writing, so I’d pick up any books she’s involved in. Besides having Leigh Bardugo as the author, the Wonder Woman movie has had me craving more stories involving Diana since I saw it, and the synopsis of Warbringer has me hooked!

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Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman


Synopsis: Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea…

After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn’t himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn’t know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn’t let him kiss her. But she can’t resist, and when they’re caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it’ll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?

Reasons why I’m looking forward to it: I’ve already read and reviewed an ARC of Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman, and I love, love, LOVED it! (here’s the link to my review) I can’t wait for other people to get to read Max and Jill’s story because it was such a fun, cute, contemporary read that I think everyone can enjoy


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Zenith (Book #1 of the Andoma Saga) by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Synopsis: Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situationand at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

Reasons why I’m looking forward to it: SPACE PIRATES!!! Who wouldn’t want to read about Space Pirates!?!? Hahahaha, besides Space Pirates, I’m really looking forward to this novel because I’ve been watching Sasha on her booktube channel, abookutopia, for about three years now, and I really enjoy all of the content she puts out, and I haven’t read a good sci-fi book in a while now, so I’m hoping this is good!


(Edit: apparently the publication of Zenith has been pushed back till January 2018! This is why you should double check things)

If you would like to pre-order Zenith:


The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Synopsis: When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

Reasons why I’m looking forward to it: I can’t really put my finger on why this book captured my attention, but it just does! I don’t think I’ve read a book with a similar plot before, and I’m hooked by the synopsis. It sounds like a fun, romantic, fantasy novel that I’ll be able to get through in one sitting.


If you would like to pre-order The Hearts We Sold:


Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1) by Lana Popović

Synopsis: All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. 

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

Reasons why I’m looking forward to it: Wicked Like a Wildfire just seems like a truly beautiful book–and I’m not just talking about the cover. The synopsis is lovely, and a majority of the reviews I’ve read called Popović’s writing some of the most beautiful writing they’ve ever read.


If you would like to pre-order Wicked Like Wildfire:


The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2) by Katharine McGee

SynopsisNew York City, 2118. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible – if you want it enough.

Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a beacon of futuristic glamour and high-tech luxury… and to millions of people living scandalous, secretive lives.

Leda is haunted by nightmares of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’s afraid the truth will get out – which is why she hires Watt, her very own hacker, to keep an eye on all of the witnesses for her. But what happens when their business relationship turns personal?

When Rylin receives a scholarship to an elite upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being here also means seeing the boy she loves: the one whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

Avery is grappling with the reality of her forbidden romance – is there anywhere in the world that’s safe for them to be together?

And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who’s arrived in New York with a devious goal in mind – and too many secrets to count.

Here in the Tower, no one is safe – because someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, you’re always only one step away from a devastating fall….

Reasons why I’m looking forward to it: I really enjoyed the first book in the series, The Thousandth Floor, and I hope I like this one just as much! Also, I’ve met Katharine twice now (once when she visited my creative writing class at school and once at Teen Book Con), and both times she’s been so nice and fun to talk to which makes me want to have her books even more.

If you would like to pre-order The Dazzling Heights:


That’s it for my most anticipated YA releases of August 2017! I’d love to know which books you’re looking forward to down in the comments! Hope you have a great day!


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