Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday(83): Burro Hills & Bruja Born

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..

Jessica's Pick

Title: Bruja Born
Author: Zoraida Cordova
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: June 5th, 2018

Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.
Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister's newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula's bruja healing powers can't fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

Then a bus crash turns Lula's world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn't the only one who's been brought back...

Yes, yes I know I think Melissa chose this book for her W.O.W too! But I loved the first book, so I can't wait for this second book either!! I mean look at that cover!! We know how much I love Beyonce so..the cover has me in my feels!!! Ugh, I can't wait to read this!!

Melissa's Pick
Title: Burro Hills
Author: Julia Lynn Rubin
Publisher:  Diversion Books
Release Date: March 20th 2018

In a town like Burro Hills, you either figure out who you are or die trying.

Seventeen-year-old Jack has lived in the troubled California town his entire life. He hides the truth about his sexuality from everyone, including his best friend Jess and his childhood rival and drug dealing partner, Toby. Keeping your head down, Jack knows, is the best way to survive.

But when Connor, a fearless new arrival, enrolls at school, he sees right through Jack’s façade. Jack finds himself falling for Connor, and the feeling is mutual―but their relationship will set into a motion a series of events with lasting consequences. After a falling out with Jess, Jack is worried to see her growing close to the manipulative Toby. To make matters worse, Jack is becoming increasingly paranoid that Toby will expose his relationship with Connor.

As tensions rise and more secrets come to a head, Jack cuts off ties with Toby. Hungry for revenge, Toby comes after Jack, jeopardizing his budding romance with Connor and the life he’s tried so hard to salvage in Burro Hills.

This book sounds awesome and the cover looks incredible. I can't wait to read it!!!

Let us know what books you're waiting for, in the comments below!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday(48): Books I Could Re-read Forever

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 I could Re-read Forever

Jessica's Picks
  1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyers!! Ummm...I know I know but this was a huge book for me! I own the collector was a gift! Twilight has a special place in my heart. 
  2. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat - I love this book, and I love Oprah's book club. I have about 3 different copies of this book. My goal is to one day read every book from her book club!
  3. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1) by Gregory Maguire- This book hands down is amazing, I encourage everyone to read it. This book made me love Elphaba more, she is obviously just misunderstood..I love the setting, and learning about the other people/villages.
  4. Legend (Legend #1) by Marie Lu - Amazing!! I loved this book, and the series! I want Day to win at all costs, he lost need to read!
  5. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - I love this book! How Janie's grandmother tried to protect her by marrying her off at a young age, which was common back then...This book is about how Janie feels, and what she has to overcome in order to survive. Janie had no one telling her "Thank you", she had to navigate the world her way. Realizing that she has to "create her own rules" in order to survive in a world where Black women are treated as prizes... 

Melissa's Picks
  1. The Realm of Possibility  by David levithan This is a gorgeus book written somewhat in verse!!I've read this book multiple time at least once a year.I highly suggest everyone check out this book.
  2. Tiger Lily ByJodi Lynn Anderson This book gave me all the feels and I plan to get a tattoo based on it
  3. Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero I adore this book for a variety of reason. The main reason though is that  I love the fact that Isabel Quintero wrote a book that I can see resonating with young Hispanic readers.
  4. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland Our Chemical Hearts is fan fucking-tastic!!! It’s filled with references to books, music, films, etc. that will make you smile big.I have yet to reread this book but it will definetly happen.
  5. Any of the Harry Potter book by J.K Rowling I am here for all things Harryy Potter!!!

Let us know some of your favorite books to reread!!!!!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Review: The Dark Choir Series (1-4)

Title: The Curse Merchant(The Dark Choir #1)
Author: J.P. Sloan
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Release Date: October 25th, 2012

Dorian Lake spent years cornering the Baltimore hex-crafting market, using his skills at the hermetic arts to exact karmic justice for those whom the system has failed. He keeps his magic clean and free of soul-corrupting Netherwork, thus avoiding both the karmic blow-back of his practice and the notice of the Presidium, a powerful cabal of practitioners that polices the esoteric arts in America. However, when an unscrupulous Netherworker interferes with both his business and his personal life, Dorian's disarming charisma and hermetic savvy may not be enough to keep his soul out of jeopardy.

His rival, a soul monger named Neil Osterhaus, wouldn't be such a problem were it not for Carmen, Dorian's captivating ex-lover. After two years' absence Carmen arrives at Dorian’s doorstep with a problem: she sold her soul to Osterhaus, and has only two weeks to buy it back. Hoping to win back Carmen's affections, Dorian must find a replacement soul without tainting his own. As Dorian descends into the shadows of Baltimore’s underworld, he must decide how low he is willing to stoop in order to save Carmen from eternal damnation... with the Presidium watching, waiting for him to cross the line.

Title: The Curse Servant (The Dark Choir #2)
Author: J.P. Sloan
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Release Date: February 25th, 2015

The one person standing between Hell… and an innocent girl… is a man without a soul.

A regular life isn’t in the cards for Dorian Lake, but with his charm-crafting business invigorated, and the prospect of a serious relationship within his grasp, life is closer to normal than Dorian could ever expect. In the heat of the Baltimore mayoral campaign, Dorian has managed to balance his arrangements with Deputy Mayor Julian Bright with his search to find his lost soul. Dorian soon learns of a Netherworker, the head of a dangerous West Coast cabal, who might be able to find and return his soul. The price? Just one curse.

Sounds easy… but nothing ever is for Dorian. A dark presence arrives in the city, hell-bent on finding Dorian’s soul first. Innocents are caught in the crossfire, and Dorian finds it harder to keep his commitments to Bright. When the fight gets personal, and the entity hits too close to home, Dorian must rely on those he trusts the least to save the ones he loves. As he tests the limits of his hermetic skills to defeat this new enemy, will Dorian lose his one chance to avoid damnation?

Title: The Curse Mandate (The Dark Choir #3)
Author: J.P. Sloan
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Release Date: December 19th, 2016

War is coming…how much hell will Dorian Lake unleash when the gloves come off?

Saddled with both a new pupil and a bar to run, Dorian has to pick his battles carefully if he is to find his soul. When the Dark Choir bargains with Dorian in exchange for his loyalty, the power they offer may be too valuable to refuse…for a new menace threatens the hermetic order in America.

Members of the Presidium are being outed in the press, and the formidable cabal’s response is swift and brutal. But Dorian has no time to hide from the Presidium’s fury, as the new Deputy Mayor taps him to investigate a string of occult crimes. Dorian soon uncovers an ancient enemy of the Presidium, which threatens to plunge America into a lawless era not seen since the Dark Ages.

To sway Dorian to their cause, the Presidium gives him free rein to practice Netherwork. But even if the man without a soul can survive this conflict, if he can protect his friends and allies, if he can mean the difference between order and chaos… will this mandate save Dorian Lake from the schemes of the Dark Choir?

Title: The Dark Interest (The Dark Choir #4)
Author: J.P. Sloan
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Release Date: August 22nd, 2017

Surrounded by evil on every side, Dorian Lake is about to face his most personal challenge yet…

A wave of dark voudon magic is rolling into Baltimore. With new rivals on every street corner and hidden enemies out for blood, hex peddler Dorian Lake is doing his best to keep his head above water. All he wants is a chance to reclaim his soul, but an unseen adversary is driving the city into chaos around him.

Dorian suspects The Dark Choir, which has both haunted and hunted him for too long, is behind a groundswell of violence in the city. He’s more certain than ever that they are manipulating events to exterminate the human species. Aided by a handful of close allies--a powerful Stregha, a metaphysical scientist, and a coven of Wiccans--Dorian must follow a series of labyrinthine clues to unravel his greatest enemy’s plans before they come to fruition, even if it means facing off with megalomaniacs, nickel-and-dime gangsters, and even City Hall itself.

Dorian goes on the offense, pulling every tool from his magical arsenal to rain down the vengeance he’s believed by so many to wield. Dorian has never embraced his identity as a Curse Merchant, but his life is on the line, and he’s about to become a true believer in his own power. Sometimes you just have to fight fire with fire--or, in this case, darkness with darkness.

When I first requested to read this book, I didn't know that it was a series...Lolz! I loved the cover for The Dark Interest, I think it's a beautiful cover! I know what you're thinking the cover says The Dark Choir Book 4, I did not see that...

I'm not even sure where to start in this book, I went through so many emotions! I wanted Dorian to say"Put some respect on my name!", but this didn't happen until the final book for Dorian to get to this point in his life... I mean the man gives everyone a chance, even if you completely mess him over. Dorian is your average, run of the mill guy who specializes in hexes, and charms. He wakes up from a two year slumber, only to realize that his life, and those he cares about are in a danger. Yes, he was under a memory charm, and had no idea! Yikes! We see a guy who is trying to piece together his life, which happens to be in shambles. Enter Dorian's old flame/lover Carmen who needs his help, and he feels compelled to help her. What I should have noticed is the trend of Dorian, falling for every woman who crosses his path, and needs his help..Did I mention that these women are either the villain or perceived as untrustworthy, evil woman. For instance Carmen has tricked Dorian into getting her out of a particular situation but manipulates him to the ninth degree...Like I'm pretty sure without the dramatic manipulation Dorian would have helped, he seriously cannot help himself... His next love interest Ches is actually a little crazy, she is the reason everything is going to hell but he forgives her, and that's it. But forgives, forgives...I mean Ches almost killed someone very important to him, and BOOM! She's forgiven.. In book #3 Ches, who is the reason everything went BOOM/Love Interest from the previous  is now his mentee.  Why!?!?! Well a very dangerous woman told Dorian if he did not help Ches, she would kill her blah,blah,blah...Honestly at this point I was extremely upset with Dorian...Oh I forgot to mention by helping Ches, umm..she has potential to be great, Dorian can help her..she should have died #sorrynotsorry I can't understand why Ches is alive nor why he feels compelled to help her. Dorian talks about redemption but Ches killed a part of someone close to him, and he's helping her. Not only that but he also decides to help Ches's brother..Honestly Ches's family is doomed but Dorian is trying to be Captain Save Everyone even though I'm living on borrowed time... like Dorian has this horrible version of love, and the love he thinks he deserves is appalling if not scary....Now we have book #4 which is by far my favorite book in the series! Enter the gorgeous woman from the cover, who we are introduced in the other books but we finally get a chance to get to know her. She is one amazing-ly scary witch who protects those she cares about. Dorian finally is in a place where he cares about someone, and she cares too. Their connection isn't forced as it seemed to be in the other books. Dorian has come to terms that he has to years left, he can curse people, and he will. Why because still has no soul, and at this point we are not even sure he wants it back. I really liked The Dark Choir Series,  Dorian, I just want him to be smarter, and selfish..Yes, selfish he deserves it, after all he has been through. I can't wait for book #5!! Sorry it's so long! give The Dark Choir Series a read!!

* I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Curiosity Quills Press. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

Review: The Book of Secrets

Title:The Book of Secrets(The Last Oracle#1)
Author: Melissa McShane
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press 
Release Date: February 20th, 2018

Helena Davies just wants a job that will get her out of her parents’ basement. Abernathy’s Bookstore is disorganized, out of the way, and smells funny, but it pays well and promises to at least be interesting. She has no idea how interesting her life will become. By the end of the first day, Helena has a dead boss in the basement, an unexpected promotion, and the news that she is now a part of an endless war against creatures from another reality.

As Abernathy’s newest custodian, Helena is responsible for its secrets, including the most important one: Abernathy’s isn’t just a bookstore. It’s the world’s only living oracle, producing prophecies to help fight the war against alien invaders bent on draining this world of its magic. Helena’s job is to find books to answer questions put to the oracle by the Wardens, fighters in the Long War. It seems simple enough, but Helena’s new job is anything but.

She has allies: her best friend Viv, from whom she has no secrets; Harry and Harriet Keller, elderly magi skilled at uncovering secrets; and the enigmatic Malcolm Campbell, warrior magus and one of the few who have faith in Helena’s abilities. But not everyone is thrilled that an outsider now has charge of one of the world’s most powerful magical entities. Helena must defend herself against the antagonism of Judy Rasmussen, who’d expected to be the next custodian of Abernathy’s, and her father William, powerful leader of the Wardens and someone with an agenda of his own.

Without training, without any knowledge of the magical world, and facing the hostility of those who’d wanted someone else to be Abernathy’s custodian, Helena must navigate the treacherous waters of her new world and find a place for herself within it. But there’s still a murderer on the loose, someone who intended to control Abernathy’s by killing its custodian—and Helena might be next on his list.
I think the cover is super cute! This cover definitely fits the book! I originally wanted to read this book because it reminded me of the TV show The Librarians and The Warehouse. It's okay if you don't know either show but they are pretty cool, so I could check them out.

 The Book of Secrets is about Helena who is sort of unhappy with the life she is living, and is looking for a better job. Helena interviews for a job at a local bookstore, which could use some help, and the owner offers her the job on the spot. Helena accepts because who wouldn't?? After starting right away, the unexpected happens, the owner is killed , and Helena is left in-charge...We see Helena trying to navigate the bookstore world which is nothing like she expected. Also trying to figure out who would kill Mr. Briggs, and Why? Helena learns from the customers that the bookstore called "Abernathy", is a living oracle, that gives prophecies to the customers. Helena is now a custodian of "Abernathy", also there is a magical war happening, against Light, and Dark but she has to be neutral... Helena has to learn how "Abernathy"  works, and fast. She has to learn to work with "Abernathy",  stay alive, and keep the customers happy. This is fast paced book, Melissa keeps the readers on their feet, constantly on to the next thing. Books with magic!?!?! We need more of this, I really appreciated that Helena had no magically knowledge, the supporting characters were a very nice touch! I loved Helena's immediate family, they were sweet, and supportive! Much like Harry Potter made you want to visit Hogwarts, The Books of Secrets will make you want to visit Abernathy, and ask the oracle anything. Did I mention "Abernathy" is a living oracle, I probably did! You definitely should give this a read!

* I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Curiosity Quills Press. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

Friday, February 23, 2018

Review: Compulsion

Title: Compulsion
Author: Martina Boone
Publisher: Simone Pulse
Release Date: October 28th, 2014

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead–a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of handsome Eight Beaufort, who seems to know what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets.

What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

So I never heard of Compulsion before last week, then I saw that it was offered as a free read on Riveted. I'm so that I had a chance to read this book it was a definite page turner.

Compulsion was a pretty eerie book and I really digged the southern Gothic setting.Honestly though, I never no how to feel though about books set on plantations because when I hear/read the word plantation I think of gorgeous southern homes...that were owned by slave owners.This fact or thought was always at the back of my mind throughout the whole book.

Moving on from my issues with a book center around Gothic plantations and the history of it all.I would like to say that I liked Compulsion and the cast of  disturbed characters.The characters in Compulsion are so fantastically written. I loved that each of them had such a distinct and fully fleshed out voice.Not going to lie though I was more intrigued with the secondary character then the main one.The story is about Barrie,I thought she  was a bit meh at times but slowly she grew on me.Another thing I really liked about Compulsion was all the unspoken family secrets, and the dark curse.

The cover is quite pretty and I think it fits with the book very well.All in all I'd recommend this book to my friends. 2.5/5

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday(82):The Way You Make Me Feel & Monday's Not Coming

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...

Melissa's Pick

Title:  The Way You Make Me Feel
Author: Maurene Goo 
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Release Date: May 8th 2018 

From the author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love, a laugh-out-loud story of love, new friendships, and one unique food truck.

Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn't so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind? 

With Maurene Goo's signature warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.

Maurene Goo is one of my favorite authors. I've recently read I Believe In a Thing Called Love, and thought it was hilarious. My favorite book by Maurene Is Since You Asked and I can't wait to read her newest book.It sound lovely!!!

Jessica's Pick

Title: Monday's Not Coming
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: June 5th, 2018

A gripping, relentless, and timely new novel from critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson, about the complex mystery of one teenage girl’s disappearance and the traumatic effects of the truth.

Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help. 

As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone? 

I am so in love with the cover, and this sounds like a ya mystery!! I need to know where is Monday? Why does no one seem to care that Monday's gone? This will be my first Tiffany D. Jackson book. But I definitely have Allegedly on my TBR 

Let us know what books you're waiting for!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday(48): Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

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 I've Decided I'm No Longer Interested in Reading...

Jessica's Picks
  1. Fault in our Stars by John Green...I actually have never read one of his books. I was going to give this book a chance, and possibly watch this movie but I'm okay...This was going to be the first and last book I read by John Green but recently I have decided I don't want too. I understand that people love his books, but I'm just not someone who even wants to read his books.
  2. Divergent Series by Veronica Roth...I was going to try, and read this series but I decided not too. I do love her most recent book Carve The Mark. I honestly have no interest in this book but I have heard great reviews, I'll trust everyone else's opinion about the book. Maybe watch the movie but ehh who knows.
  3. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher... Nope, nahh  just not going to happen...I have issues with male authors writing about young women/teen girls main characters? It's  similar to how I feel about white authors writing Black/Hispanic/Native American/Indian/Arabic characters, just no. Not to mention there is a very graphic rape situation, and suicide. I'm also not going to watch the series either.
  4. The Continent by Keira Drake..I remember hearing about this book, and being excited because the premise was great...but upon further research I will not read her book or anything by Mrs.Drake. Honestly I think I can forgive ignorance, if it is ignorance. Mrs.Drake wrote a book that by all accounts could have been great if not for the blatant racism, magical POC, and the great white savior...After a crap top of backlash/plans to boycott said book, Mrs.Drake decided to do a revision/rewrite, and push back the release date of The Continent...I should mention that Mrs.Drake did state that she is in fact not racist, had no idea the book was racist either...Rewrite you say? Well, the great white savoir is a distant descendant of one of the tribes, rape scene removed, war paint removed now they have colorful tattoos...Bottom line is no, I will not read this book.
  5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett...I actually tried to read this book, and couldn't get pass chapter 3??..I was so offended  that this white author could write a book in the "voice" of a Black maid in the 1960's...Also Kathryn just happened to use the name of her brother's maid...Like come on, I am so sick of movies/books like this Black authors do not write books like this for a reason. When I think about this book, I ask myself now what would make a nice white woman like Kathryn Stockett write a book like this? Was she sitting in her nice kitchen thinking "you know what? I think it's time, we need a book from a Black maid's POV, about working for white people in the 1960's..." Kathyrn thinks that these characters are admirable..Where? When? While cleaning your toilets or raising your white children or When Kathryn had Aibileen comparing her skin complexion to a cockroach to see whose skin is the Blackest...but I digress..
Melissa's Picks
(Book Series)
  1. House of Night P.C Cast -I started reading this series in high-school and continued to read it past that,for a while I enjoyed it. However I just have no desire to finish this series mainly cause I just lost interest,but also because the series is now on it's 11 book.
  2. Beautiful Creatures Kami Garcia -This is another series that I start but quickly realized I'm ok not finishing the rest of the books.
  3. Of Mice and Men- I was on a classic quick and tried to read Of Mice and Men but sadly I could not get into this book.
  4. Rivals and Retribution (13 to Life #5)by Shannon Delany- I was really into novels about werewolves and I think I stopped reading this series just because i could no longer remember what the past books were about when I picked up the most recent book.
  5. Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith- This was a weird book and after a while I was over it.

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

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