Happy Book Birthday To… (#36)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.

When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon

Series: N/A

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 320

Synopsis: A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

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Dark Breaks the Dawn

Dark Breaks the Dawn

Author: Sara B. Larson

Series: Untitled Duology #1

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 320

Synopsis: On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.

But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn into the throne much sooner than she expected.

In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.

In the first book of a remarkable duology, Sara B. Larson sets the stage for her reimagining of Swan Lake — a lush romance packed with betrayal, intrigue, magic, and adventure.

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Royal Bastards

Royal Bastards2

Author: Andrew Shvarts

Series: N/A

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 352

Synopsis: Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.

At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.

Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.

Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.

The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey . . .

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Are any of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one(s) are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!


Book Traveling Thursdays #12


Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme hosted by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. Each week there is a different theme and you must pick a book that goes along with that theme. Once you have a book in mind, your post will be centered around the different covers of that particular book. Firstly, you should explain why you think the book you picked goes with the theme. Then you will show the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover. For more information, check out the Goodreads group.

Since this week is a freebie, I decided to look back at the previous themes and pick one I didn’t already do. The one I went with was from February 26th of this year and it says to “choose a book that deserves more love.” I ended up picking Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor. Now, this book wasn’t absolutely perfect but I ended up really, really enjoying it! It deals with time travel and it had characters that I really grew to love.

Original Cover / My Country’s Cover

Into the Dim (Original)

Favorite Cover

Into the Dim (ARC)

This is definitely my favorite cover of this book! It was the cover on the original ARC (which I have) and according to Goodreads, it’s also the Kindle cover. I like this cover A LOT better than the hardcover edition!

Least Favorite Cover

Into the Dim (Original)

Yep, this is the original hardcover edition. I just really don’t like this cover at all! I especially dislike the color scheme and typography.

What’s one book you think deserves more love? Let me know down in the comments!


Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Want To Read This Summer

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which you give ten answers to the topic for the week. To find a list of upcoming topics, go here. This week’s topic is a “summer reads freebie” so I decided to share with you all some books I want to read this summer! Instead of doing one list consisting of ten books, I’ve decided to do two lists with ten books each! The first list contains new releases (published in 2017) and the second list contains older books (published before 2017). The following lists are in no particular order. Click the book cover to be taken to the book’s Goodreads page!

2017 Releases I Want to Read This Summer:

1. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Once and For All

2. The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

The Color Project

3. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

4. The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

The Dark Prophecy

5. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist

6. Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

Tash Hearts Tolstoy

7. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Daughter of the Burning City

8. The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

The Gauntlet

9. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Defy the Stars

10. Hunted by Meagan Spooner


Older Releases I Want to Read This Summer:

1. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song

2. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness

3. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire

4. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

The Girl from Everywhere

5. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen

6. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands

7. Timekeeper by Tara Sim


8. A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray

A Million Worlds with You

9. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard


10. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

Have you read any of these books? Are any of them on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments!


Happy Book Birthday To… (#35)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.

Flame in the Mist

Flame in the Mist

Author: Renée Ahdieh

Series: Flame in the Mist #1

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

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

Pages: 368

Synopsis: The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

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The Love Interest

The Love Interest

Author: Cale Dietrich

Series: N/A

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 384

Synopsis: There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

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The Names They Gave Us

The Names They Gave Us

Author: Emery Lord

Series: N/A

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 400

Synopsis: Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?

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Are any of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one(s) are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!


Friday Finds #37

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Shown below are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads in the last couple months!



Not Pictured (No Covers):

What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!


April Wrap Up

April Wrap Up 2017

Hi everyone! I can’t believe that it’s already May! Just like I said in my last wrap up, it feels like this year is really flying by! Unfortunately, I didn’t end up reading as much as I wanted to in April. I don’t know what happened! I only ended up finishing 4 books and a total of 1,756 pages (which includes the pages I read of the book I DNF’d).

Books Read in April


The first book I read, The Dark Days Pact, is the sequel to The Dark Days Club which I read in March. While I wasn’t crazy about the first book in the series, I still was interested enough in the story to want to continue on. When my hold of The Dark Days Pact came in at the library, I brought it home and I believe I started reading it either that day or the next day. Overall, I enjoyed The Dark Days Pact a lot more than The Dark Days Club! It drew me in immediately and kept me entertained pretty much the whole way through. While I’m still not 100% thrilled about some of the characters, I do like them a lot more than I did in the first book. I can’t wait to see how this series wraps up!

After going almost two weeks without finishing a book, I finally found a book that I was interested in reading – Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. “Interested” is a bit of an understatement considering I flew through this almost 500 page book in about 7 hours! As you can probably tell by my rating and how quickly I read it, I really enjoyed Radio Silence! For more of my thoughts, check out my review (linked above)!


After DNF’ing a book (see below), I decided to pick up a book I had bought pretty recently – Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. While I wasn’t completely blown away by this book, I still enjoyed it overall and I’m definitely planning to read the next book in the series when it comes out!

The last book I ended up finishing in April was actually a reread for me. I first read The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine in January of 2016 and I really enjoyed it! This time around, I enjoyed it just as much! The reason why I decided to reread it was because its sequel/companion novel, The Cursed Queen, has been on my bookshelf for a couple months now and I’ve wanted to read it but I first needed a refresher on the first book. If you want to read more of my thoughts about this book, check out my original review from last year!

Book I DNF’d in April

First & Then

I only read 76 pages of this book before deciding to DNF it. I don’t know if it was just me, but I thought this book was very boring. Maybe I’ll try picking it back up sometime in the future but I’m not in a big hurry to do so!

Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in 5 reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share my progress with you all. That being said, my monthly wrap ups will all include updates on my progress. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge


My Goal: Read 75 books

Completed in April: 4 books

Completed in 2017: 20 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge


My Goal: Read 25 backlist books

Completed in April: 1 book

Completed in 2017: 7 books

3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge


My Goal: Read 25 fantasy books

Completed in April: 3 books

Completed in 2017: 14 books

4. Library Love Challenge


My Goal: Read 12 library books

Completed in April: 2 books

Completed in 2017: 8 books

5. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge


My Goal: Read a book for each letter of the alphabet (The words “The” and “A” can be skipped; the first word after that will be counted)

Completed in April: 1 letter

Completed in 2017: 13 letters

Was April a good reading month for you? How many books were you able to complete? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!

Happy Book Birthday To… (#34)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.

The Dark Prophecy

The Dark Prophecy

Author: Rick Riordan

Series: The Trials of Apollo #2

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology

Pages: 432

Synopsis: Zeus has punished his son Apollo—god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more—by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo do anything about them without his powers?

After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships—with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .

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Author: Amy Plum

Series: Dreamfall #1

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 288

Synopsis: Cata Cordova suffers from such debilitating insomnia that she agreed to take part in an experimental new procedure. She thought things couldn’t get any worse…but she was terribly wrong.

Soon after the experiment begins, there’s a malfunction with the lab equipment, and Cata and six other teen patients are plunged into a shared dreamworld with no memory of how they got there. Even worse, they come to the chilling realization that they are trapped in a place where their worst nightmares have come to life. Hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, Cata and the others will be forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.

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Girl Out of Water

Girl Out of Water

Author: Laura Silverman

Series: N/A

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 320

Synopsis: Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.

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Cold Summer

Cold Summer

Author: Gwen Cole

Series: N/A

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Time Travel

Pages: 256

Synopsis: Today, he’s a high school dropout with no future. Tomorrow, he’s a soldier in World War II.

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.

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Are any of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one(s) are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!