Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (81): The Beauty That Remains & Mariam Sharma Hits the Road

This lovely picture is borrowed from Thoughts on Tomes, you should check out her page!!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for...

Title: The Beauty That Remains
Author: Ashley Woodfolk
Publisher:  Delacorte Press
Release Date: March 6th, 2018

Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Each of them wonders: How different would my life be if this hadn’t happened? And now that it has . . . what’s next? 

I love the cover!! This book covers diversity, death, and depression. I can't wait to read this book!!

Title:  Mariam Sharma Hits the Road
Author:  Sheba Karim
Publisher: Harperteen
Release Date: June 5th 2018 

The summer after her freshman year in college, Mariam is looking forward to working and hanging out with her best friends: irrepressible and beautiful Ghazala and religious but closeted Umar. But when a scandalous photo of Ghaz appears on a billboard in Times Square, Mariam and Umar come up with a plan to rescue her from her furious parents. And what better escape than New Orleans?

The friends pile into Umar's car and start driving south, making all kinds of pit stops along the way--from a college drag party to a Muslim convention, from alarming encounters at roadside diners to honky-tonks and barbeque joints. 

Along with the adventures, the fun banter, and the gas station junk food, the friends have some hard questions to answer on the road. With her uncle's address in her pocket, Mariam hopes to learn the truth about her father (and to make sure she didn't inherit his talent for disappearing). But as each mile of the road trip brings them closer to their own truths, they know they can rely on each other, and laughter, to get them through.

Roadtrip books are my jam.I can't wait to get my hands on this book!!!

Let us know what books you're waiting for!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Teaser Tuesday(16): All Rights Reserved & The Forbdden Wish

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Ambrosia @ The Purple Booker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR 

"You are a dud to be with," she said, shaking her head, I should have been insulted, but she was right. 
I couldn't give her more than a weak, apologetic smile in return. pg 193

All Rights Reserved (Word$ #1) by
 Gregory Scott Katsoulis

The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish, #1)

"Let's get out of here.There's too much dust.Too much...history."Pg. 137

The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish #1)

by Jessica Khoury

Top Ten Tuesday(47): Love Freebie (Romances, swoons, OTPs, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

 Love Freebie (Romances, swoons, OTPs, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.)

Melissa's Picks
(Love of all types)

  1. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland  I will rave about this book to anyone who will listen to me.This book is on this list not for romantic love but the love between the main character and his friends..
  2. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler  This is less of a love story and more about the aftermath of heartbreak.
  3. Good Oil by Laura Buzo This book is also called Love and Other Perishable Items, it's a pretty awesome coming of age type of love story and I really dig it for the way it ended.
  4. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta This book gave me all the feels.Literally all the dam feels,the book has love of all types. Seriously read this book it is brilliant.
  5. Dreamland Social Clubby Tara Altebrando The cover to this book is flippin gorgeous and it is not just about romantical love but about loving your self.
Jessica's Picks:
(Random ass love)

  1. Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic(Dowser Book#1) by Megahn Ciana Doidge -  Amazon best seller..there are probably 7 books in all because yeah but ehh these books are awesome....I mean LOVE, MAGIC, SHIFTERS, and DEATH but mainly LOVE.. This is my kind of book, like everything I love in books! (I'll put the link above so you can BUY it) 
  2. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon- I should start by saying, I haven't read the book but I watched the movie....AND Yes, the romantic-al parts are beautiful! I encourage everyone to watch this movie but I think it counts as reading if I watched it with subtitles..but any who I love Maddy & Olly this wasn't insta-love but it progressed over time, even if that time was 96 minutes movie time...haha
  3.  Warm Bodies (The Warm Bodies Series) by Issac Marion  - Same warning as above I watched the movie, with subtitles..Yes, I know it totally counts! Romance you say well R did hold Julie captive but then their love blossomed from there...R struggled with his life as a zombie. He started showing signs of being human again after eating Perry Julie's boyfriend brains..I love the sympathetic monster R became...Also note that the movie it COMPLETELY different from the book...#whoops
  4.  The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare- Best romance in the entire series is Alec Lightwood & Magnus Bane!! I love it! I love how Alec was able to change Magnus, just showing him that he loves him! Also shoutout to Magnus for helping Alec deal with his personal issues, and helping him live his own life outside of Jace's shadow....who for the record did not deserve Alec as a friend. I also have not forgiven Alec for slamming Clary against the wall...
  5.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling When Ron and Hermione finally kiss! This was worth waiting six books for even if I feel uncomfortable writing this now...I'm glad it finally happened the build up took so long...I mean Ron doesn't deserve Hermione at all but ehh she's happy I guess.

Saturday, February 10, 2018


Retellings are my jam. Latley and i'm not really sure why but lately I have been thinking about Peter Pan retelling.What I love about the whole Peter Pan thing is that his story has been revamped in a variety of ways.Not going to lie I kinda love when he is depicted as a villain.Enjoy the list!!Plus at the end i'll included one of my fav songs based on Peter Pan kinda...

Title: Forever Neverland
Author:Heather Killough-Walden

It has been five years since Wendy Darling and her brothers returned home after a harrowing ordeal in which they'd "gone missing" for several days and nights. To Wendy, they returned by fairy magic, fresh from the fight with Captain Hook, a little mussed up but none the worse for wear.

But to the rest of the world, Wendy and her brothers were abducted and put through such a traumatic experience, Wendy has subconsciously taken to hiding the truth from her brothers and herself by making up stories. Fairy stories – about a boy named Peter Pan and a world called Neverland.

Life is anything but a fairy story for them now. Wendy is being subjected to unwanted psychiatric therapy, her brothers are bullied at school, and the family is falling apart.

Then, one mist-filled night, a billowing black flag parts the clouds in the sky like the fin of a shark. It bears the stark white symbol of a skull and crossbones upon it.

Wendy has been forced to leave Neverland behind. But it is far from finished with her. In the blink of an eye, her world is once more turned upside down by a pixie in human form, a one-handed captain far more handsome and intriguing than she remembered him to be – and by a little boy… who grew up after all.

Based on that synopsis I feel like Forever Neverland is a grade A page turner.I can't wait to read it at some point.

Title: Unhooked
Author: Lisa Maxwell

For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.

But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.

With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?

Bahh that synopsis had me hooked as soon as I read the words, "flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey."!!

Title: Lost Boy
Author: Christina Henry

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter's idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.

Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.

This sounds like a Peter Pan is the villan story!!!
Title: Never Never
Author: Brianna R. Shrum

James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up. When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child - at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children's dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart.

 Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up. But grow up he does. And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate. This story isn't about Peter Pan; it's about the boy whose life he stole. It's about a man in a world that hates men. It's about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan. Except one.

Stories from Captain hook are always super intriguing!!! This book has been in my TBR pile forever!!!!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday(80): Dread Nation & If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say

This lovely picture is borrowed from Thoughts on Tomes, you should check out her page!!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for...

Title:  Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1)  
Author: Justina Ireland
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 3rd, 2018

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

What's not to love Black People, fighting zombies during the Civil War?? Sign me up! Black people tend to get erased from books that are placed in the Civil War setting or we are made to be the help...Did mention how beautiful the cover is!! 

Title:  If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say

Author: Leila Sales
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: May 5,2018

Before we go any further, I want you to understand this: I am not a good person. 

We all want to be seen. We all want to be heard. But what happens when we’re seen and heard saying or doing the wrong things? What then?

When Winter Halperin—former spelling bee champion, aspiring writer, and daughter of a parenting expert—gets caught saying the wrong thing online, her life explodes. All across the world, people knows what she’s done, and none of them will forgive her. 

With her friends gone, her future plans cut short, and her identity in shambles, Winter is just trying to pick up the pieces without hurting anyone else. She knows she messed up, but does that mean it’s okay for people to send her hate mail and death threats? Does she deserve to lose all that she’s lost? And is “I’m sorry” ever good enough? 

First and foremost a novel about public shaming in the internet age, If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say is also an exploration of the power of words, the cumulative destructiveness of microaggressions, and the pressing need for empathy.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales was a pretty awesome read so I'm curious about how this book will be. Mainly because of the synopsis and how relevant this type of situation is.

Let us know what books you're waiting for!

Top Ten Tuesday(46): Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read...

Jessica's Top Five:

1. The Speaker(Sea of Ink and Gold #2)by Traci Chee- It's entirely my fault that I haven't read this book yet. I did take the first step, and rent it from the library. 
2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas-I know, this should already have happened. In my defense I gifted my copy to someone else, it was a work book exchange. I tried reading T.H.U.G but I got really emotional, and couldn't pick it back up.
3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan- These books have been on my TBR for sometime but I haven't actually tried to read them. I always talk about reading them for sentimental reasons. 
4. The Cuckoo's Calling(Cormoran Strike#1) by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling- I've been reading this book for 3.5 years, I never make it past a certain chapter...By then I have to start over because I can't remember where I stopped. I am notorious for having many dog ear pages in my books..Apparently the other books in this series have come out..
5. All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis- I finally got my hands on this book! This book made it's debut in August 2017, I tried to get the ARC from Netgalley...long story short, I rented this book recently..It is amazing!  

Melissa's Top Five:

1.Dreams of Significant Girls by Cristina GarcĂ­a-This book sounds wonderful but it has been sitting in my TBR pile since 2011, so maybe someday i'll actually read it. 
2. More Happy Than Not- This book has been sitting on my shelf since I received it as an arc and even though I have read his other books. The goal is to read this book by this year.
3.How to Hang a Witch (How to Hang a Witch #1)- This book has been described as the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls,but for some reason i have
4. Burro Hills by Julia Lynn Rubin- I just received this book as an arc and the plan is to start reading it asap.
5.The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars #1) I love Veronica Mars and the fact that there's a book series based on it makes me giddy. One day...

What books are still on your TBR, and you haven't read them yet??

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (79) Tyler Johnson Was Here & How We Roll

This lovely picture is borrowed from Thoughts on Tomes, you should check out her page!!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for...

Title:  Tyler Johnson Was Here
Author: Jay Coles
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Release Date: March 20th, 2018 

When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.

The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it's up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.

Honestly, this cover is beautiful, and I can't wait to get my hands on this book. Why do I want to read this story? Because this is a reality for Black children in America, and it needs to be talked about. 

Title:  How We Roll

Author: Natasha Friend
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Release Date: June 5th, 2018 

Quinn is a teen who loves her family, skateboarding, basketball, and her friends, but after she's diagnosed with a condition called alopecia which causes her to lose all of her hair, her friends abandon her. 

Jake was once a star football player, but because of a freak accident—caused by his brother—he loses both of his legs. Quinn and Jake meet and find the confidence to believe in themselves again, and maybe even love.

I am super jazzed about this book for a variety of reasons;the main reason is that cover.Look at it! It is gorgeous! Also the synopsis sounds wonderful! 

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