Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday(76) Calling My Name

 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: Calling My Name
Author:  Liara Tamani
Release Date: October 24th 2017
Publisher: Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins

Taja Brown lives with her parents and older brother and younger sister, in Houston, Texas. Taja has always known what the expectations of her conservative and tightly-knit family are—do well in school, go to church every Sunday, no intimacy before marriage. But Taja is trying to keep up with friends as they get their first kisses, first boyfriends, first everythings. And she’s tired of cheering for her athletic younger sister and an older brother who has more freedom just because he’s a boy. Taja dreams of going to college and forging her own relationship with the world and with God, but when she falls in love for the first time, those dreams are suddenly in danger of evaporating.




Title: House of Ash
Author: Hope Cook
Release Date: September 26th 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books/ Abrams

After hearing voices among an eerie copse of trees in the woods, seventeen-year-old Curtis must confront his worst fear: that he has inherited his father’s mental illness. A desperate search for answers leads him to discover Gravenhearst, a labyrinth mansion that burned down in 1894. When he locks eyes with a steely Victorian girl in a forgotten mirror, he’s sure she’s one of the fire’s victims. If he can unravel the mystery, he can save his sanity . . . and possibly the girl who haunts his dreams.

But more than 100 years in the past, the girl in the mirror is fighting her own battles. When her mother disappears and her sinister stepfather reveals his true intentions, Mila and her sister fight to escape Gravenhearst and unravel the house’s secrets—before it devours them both.




So that's what we're waiting on this Wednesday.
 So how about you? Leave a link and let us know. :)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

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 
  • Lists if they like your teasers!


" I marched my heavy feet upstairs. The door creaked open, and there was Jesus standing in the middle of my bedroom. I'm not sure how, but I knew it was him."

Pg 15 Toya Into White Randi Pink

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday(75) Say You'l Remember Me & The Ravenous


 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 Ravenous
Author:Amy Lukavics
Release Date:September 26th 2017
Publiser: Harlequin Teen

From the outside, the Cane family looks like they have it all. A successful military father, a loving mother and five beautiful teenage daughters. But on the inside, life isn't quite so idyllic: the Cane sisters can barely stand each other, their father is always away, and their neglectful mother struggles with addiction and depression.

When their youngest and most beloved sister, Rose, dies in a tragic accident, Mona Cane and her sisters are devastated. And when she is brought back from the dead, they are relieved. But soon they discover that Rose must eat human flesh to survive, and when their mother abandons them, the sisters will find out just how far they'll go to keep their family together.


Title:Say You'l Remember Me
Author: Katie McGarry
Release Date January 30th 2018
 Publisher: Harlequin Teen

When Drix was convicted of a crime--one he didn't commit--he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor's newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor's daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn't may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle's parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix's messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can't imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves--Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence--and each other to finally get what they deserve.

So that's what we're waiting on this Wednesday.
 So how about you? Leave a link and let us know. :)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Teaser Tuesday(10): I Believe In A Thing Called Love

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 
  • Lists if they like your teasers!

 " I Watched Bob Ross videos until my eyes bled,but I still couldn't paint a sycamore tree that didn't look like a piece of broccoli."

Pg 223 Desi I Believe In A Thing Called Love Mauren Goo

Theme Of The Day: Mermaids and Sirens Oh My

 I haven't done a theme of the day in a very long and when I say in a very long time what I mean is I haven't done a theme of the day in years !!! Without planning I have read two books regarding mermaids & sirens almost back to that...so thanks to that coincidence I decided to do a theme of the day.

This posts theme of the day focuses on one of my favorite mythical creatures...the Mermaid!! Enjoy!

Title: Emerge

Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she’s never lived in the ocean. Ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality, war has ravaged the Seven Seas. Now Lia lives in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions and attends high school with humans. 

To protect everyone around her, she must limit her contact with non-Mer. No exceptions. But when the new girl sets her sights on Lia's crush, she will risk exposing her deadly secret to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl. 

The Cover: The cover is absolutely breathe taking.My favorite part is how monochromatic it is and the sparkles around the title.

My Thoughts: Emerge took the whole little mermaid tale and flipped it on its head. I adored this book and the characters ,Lia was a sweetheart and had a lot of tough choices thrown her way. Not going to lie based on the synopsis I wasn't expecting that plot twist.The ending was a tearjerker, I can't wait to read the next book Submerge it comes out September 12th 2017!!!!! 3/5



Title: The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass

Love is a risk worth taking.

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again. 

Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny…and Kahlen doesn’t want to.


Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart

The Cover: Beautiful cover it could almost be a photo. Not going to lie though I can't help but laugh at the fact that Emerge and The Siren have similar cover concepts. Those mermaids sure like hold up their dresses staring long-fully at the seas.
My Thoughts: The Siren was a lovely book to read.I loved the vivid imagery it inspired and all the feels I had while reading. My favorite part of the book was learning about the back stories of Kahlen and all the sirens.Making the Ocean this sentient thing was really cool,since I haven't seen it done all that much.The Oceans idea of love was intense and a bit frightening,and I couldn't help but think of a really toxic relationship.  The ending was heartbreakingly sweet and couldn't have been better. 5/5

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Review: A Psalm for Lost Girls

Title: A Psalm for Lost Girls
Author: Katie Bayerl
 Tess da Costa is a saint — a hand-to-god, miracle-producing saint. At least that's what the people in her hometown of New Avon, Massachusetts, seem to believe. And when Tess suddenly and tragically passes away, her small city begins feverishly petitioning the Pope to make Tess's sainthood official. Tess's mother is ecstatic over the fervor, while her sister Callie, the one who knew Tess best, is disgusted - overcome with the feeling that her sister is being stolen from her all over again.

The fervor for Tess's sainthood only grows when Ana Langone, a local girl who's been missing for six months, is found alive at the foot of one of Tess's shrines. It's the final straw for Callie.

With the help of Tess's secret boyfriend Danny, Callie's determined to prove that Tess was something far more important than a saint; she was her sister, her best friend and a girl in love with a boy. But Callie's investigation uncovers much more than she bargained for: a hidden diary, old family secrets, and even the disturbing truth behind Ana's kidnapping.
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Generally I shy away from books with too many feels, religion, boy problems, romantical themes? Yeah, generally not for me but A Psalm for Lost Girls, definitely took me by surprise. From the moment I picked up the book, I couldn’t put it down. Tess was not your average teenager, she was a girl plagued with visions, and voices. Totally normal...she saves one person and BAM! She’s a new saint in the making, that part makes me cringe. We see a desperate town, and a mother, who need something or someone to believe in, and Tess fits the bill. We only get glimpses of Tess, because the story is told by Callie, Tess’s sister. We hear from Tess in excerpts from her diary, and other people's perceptions of her. I would have loved to hear this story from Tess’s point of view. I did enjoy the book, and can’t wait to read more by Katie Bayerl. 4/5

Review:There Will Be Stars


Title: There Will Be Stars
Author: Billy Coffey 

 No one in Mattingly, VA ever believed Bobby Barnes would live to see old age. Drink would either rot Bobby from the inside out or dull his senses just enough to send his truck off the mountain on one of his nightly rides. Although Bobby believes such an end possible—and even likely—it doesn’t stop him from taking his twin sons Matthew and Mark into the mountains one Saturday night. A sharp curve, blinding headlights, metal on metal, his sons’ screams. Bobby’s final thought as he sinks into blackness is a curious one—There will be stars. Yet it is not death that greets him beyond the veil. Instead, he returns to the day he has just lived and finds he is not alone in this strange new world. Six others are trapped with him. Bobby soon discovers that this supposed place of peace is actually a place of secrets and hidden dangers. Along with three others, he seeks to escape, even as the world around him begins to crumble. The escape will lead some to greater life, others to endless death . . .and Bobby Barnes to understand the deepest nature of love.      
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 For the most part this book was confusing to read, it was definitely organized chaos from beginning to end. Bobby is your typical good’ole boy from the south, who is probably suffering from PTSD but drinks his problems away. Bobby gets in a car crash, and finds himself re-living the day of his death. In this limbo so to speak Bobby finds others, who like him have tragic stories. Everything is not what it seems, Bobby and the others learn they must face there past, if they wish to move on. This was not a light read like I thought, it was very real. I finished this book in one day, I loved the redemption, atonement, love, and reconciliation themes, in this book. At first I didn’t understand why Bobby would accept this truth but as Bobby begins to tell his story we find out why, limbo was easier to believe than his reality. Some of the book was written like, lessons? Some of this book left me in dark, because the themes were very heavy, and not what was expected for a YA book. This lead me to believe that this book is more for an Adult audience. 2.5/5

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