Top Ten Tuesday | OTPs and Bromances

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a Valentine’s Day freebie, and I’ve chosen to do ‘Top Ten OTPs and Bromances’.


OTPs

Cath & Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

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Adrian & Sydney from Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

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Alec & Magnus from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

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Ron & Hermione from Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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Hazel & Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Jem & Tessa from The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

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Eleanor & Park from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Bromances

Celaena & Rowan from Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

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Dorian & Chaol from Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

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Jace & Alec from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

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Top Ten Tuesday | 2015 Releases I Didn’t Get To

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t’


Six of CrowsSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I really, really want to read this, but I want to read the Grisha trilogy first so I have that knowledge of the universe.

Blurb:
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens AgendaSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This has been high on my TBR for quite some time now. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon!

Blurb:
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

An Ember in the AshesAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

This book sounds really exciting, and I’ve heard only good things, so hopefully it lives up to the hype!

Blurb:
Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Everything, EverythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I’m really looking forward to reading this unique-sounding contemporary book.

Blurb:
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

My Heart and Other Black HolesMy Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Another really interesting contemporary that, while serious, sounds like a great book.

Blurb:
Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.

Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

A Darker Shade final for IreneA Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I love parallel universes, and I’ve been dying to read this book since I heard about it!

Blurb:
Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.

All The Bright PlacesAll the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book, so it must be good!

Blurb:
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

Red QueenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This book is another one that’s been on my TBR for ages, so I hope to get to it soon.

Blurb:
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

The Wrath and the DawnThe Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I’m really intrigued by this retelling. It sounds great, so hopefully it is!

Blurb:
One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

IlluminaeIlluminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I’m pretty excited to read this book because of the unique formatting, with the emails, documents, interviews, and such.

Blurb:
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.


So that’s some 2015 releases that I wish I had gotten around to earlier. Hopefully I’ll get around to reading all the books that are the first in a series before the next one comes out this year!

What are some 2015 releases that you didn’t get around to? Feel free to leave a link to your TTT in the comments, and I’ll try to take a look!

 

Top Ten Tuesday | Bookish Wishlist

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year’

I’m going to break up my list with books I’ve read, and ones I’m yet to read.


Read…

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

I’m sure it’s no secret that I’ve fallen in love with this series over the past few months. I borrowed them from the library to read them, but I need my own copies so I can re-read them over and over again >.<Throne of Glass series

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This is one of my favourite contemporary books, and I’ve been dying to re-read it for the last couple of months, so I’d love to see this under the tree!Fangirl

Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman

This such a great series that I’d love to own. A collection of short stories was just published, so what a perfect time to re-read the whole series.Unwind Dystology

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

As soon as I had finished reading this book, I immediately wanted to read it again (and I would have had it not been nearly due back at the library). When I get my hands on my own copy of Aristotle and Dante, I will be dropping whatever else I’m reading to re-read this book.Aristotle and Dante


To Read…

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I’ve heard only great things about this book, and I’m almost positive that I’ll love it, so this is definitely a book I’d love to see under the tree!All the Light We Cannot See

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I’m sure all of you have heard of this book (and most have probably read it, too), so I don’t need to tell you about all the praise for it. I haven’t seen a negative review for this book yet, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.Six of Crows

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I love Maas’s writing style, so I really want to read this book before the second one in the series is released. What better way to do that than to get a copy of it for Christmas!ACOTAR

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This is another book that’s had a lot of buzz over the past few months. It sounds like a great contemporary, so I’m sure it’ll become one of my favourites.Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Another extremely popular story! I really want to read this book before the movie comes out later next year, so I would be stoked to get it for Christmas.A Monster Calls

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I feel like one of the last people on the plant (of YA book readers…) to read this book! I promise I’ll get around to it soon! (If it was under the tree this year, I’d get around to it a lot sooner;) )Cinder


So that’s my TTT for the week! Though I don’t think I’ll be getting any of these books for Christmas… I’d love to see what books are on your Christmas wishlist, so feel free to leave links to your TTT’s in the comments 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday | Favourite 2015 Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015.’


Throne of Glass seriesThrone of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

I’m kind of cheating with this one, but these four books were just so incredible that I had to include all of them! Check out my reviews: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows.


Aristotle and DanteAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

This book was just so moving and lyrical, and so gorgeous to read. You can find my review here, where I attempt to articulate my feelings!


PoisonPoison by Lan Chan

This was my first NetGalley book and, boy, did I hit the jackpot! This was such an exciting story, and I can’t wait for the sequel. I’d definitely recommend it! Check out my review here.


The Casquette GirlsThe Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

This was another NetGalley book that I adored. The writing in this book is so amazing and immersive, that it was hard not to fall in love. It’s a really exciting story, so another one to check out! You can find my review here.


FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I loved this book! It was such a fun contemporary story, and the characters and relationships were great. I love how Rowell does romance, so this was definitely one of my favourite reads.


Thirteen Reasons WhyThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I thought this was a really unique book. The way the story was told was really interesting, and there was a quick pace that kept me gripped. I found it really powerful and moving.


More Happy Than NotMore Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

This book was not what I expected. I thought it would just be a cute contemporary, and while it was at some points, there were a lot of darker moments, as well as some major plot twists that I did not see coming. Check out my review here.


The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This story was so magical and beautiful! I really want to buy it so I can read it again! I really loved the amazing world that was created in this book, and the characters were all so beautiful.


It's Kind of a Funny StoryIt’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

I loved that this wasn’t a sad story about depression. It was hopeful and exciting, and I loved the casual writing style. I really want to read more of Vizzini’s books. You can find my mini review here.


Made You UpMade You Up by Francesca Zappia

This was a really great book that’s narrated by a girl with schizophrenia. I loved the way the main character dealt with her illness and lived her life despite it. You can find me review here.


So those are my favourite reads of the year. Are any of these books on your list? I’d love to see your TTT’s, so feel free to leave a link in the comments!

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday | 2015 New-To-Me Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten New-To-Me Favourite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015.’


Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas – Throne of Glass series, A Court of Thorns and Roses

While I haven’t yet read ACOTAR, I am very much in love with ToG. I absolutely adore Maas’s writing style, so I’m really looking forward to reading more of her books.


Rainbow RowellRainbow Rowell – Fangirl, Eleanor & Park, Carry On

I love how Rowell does romance. All these books had such wonderfully written romances, with really great relationship dynamics. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the fantasy book Carry On, I still love Rowell’s writing.


Lan ChanLan Chan – Poison

Poison is Chan’s debut novel, and the first in the Wind Dancer series. I got a copy of it through NetGalley (it was actually the first book I was approved for!), and I fell in love with it. Chan’s writing is amazing, and the story was incredibly captivating. You can find my review of it here, and I’d definitely recommend you check it out!


Benjamin ASBenjamin Alire Sáenz – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, He Forgot To Say Goodbye

I absolutely adored Sáenz’s writing style when I read Aristotle and Dante, so I can’t wait to read more of his books. You can check out my review of it here.


Ned VizziniNed Vizzini – It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Teen Angst? Naaah…

I read It’s Kind of a Funny Story a few months ago, and I loved it. I thought it was a really moving and incredibly hopeful story. May this wonderful man rest in peace.


Naomi NovikNaomi Novik – Temeraire series, Uprooted

I only read the first two and half Temeraire books before all the politics became too much. I did love the writing style, the world building, and all the amazing dragons, though. I might pick these books up again sometime in the future, but in the mean time, I’m looking forward to reading Uprooted.


Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, at her home in Cambridge, MA

Lois Lowry – The Giver Quartet, Number the Stars

I absolutely adore Lowry’s soft and gentle writing style. It’s always so beautiful to read. The stories that I have read are very moving, so I would really like to read more of her novels in the future.


Alys ArdenAlys Arden – The Casquette Girls

I found this book through NetGalley, and it’s definitely one of my favourite books of the year. Arden has a way of describing New Orleans that paints such a vivid picture. The second book in the series, The Romeo Catchers, is expected Fall 2016, so I’m definitely looking forward to that.


While not quite ten authors, these are the ones that were my favourites. I’d love to see who your favourite new-to-me authors are, so feel free to leave a link to your TTT in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday | 2016 Debuts

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels We’re Looking Forward To.’


This Is Where It EndsThis Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Published: January 5th, 2016

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.


FirstsFirsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Published: January 5th, 2016

Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process.


The Crown's GameThe Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Published: May 17th, 2016

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.


JerkbaitJerkbait by Mia Siegert

Published: May 3rd, 2016

Even though they’re identical, Tristan isn’t close to his twin Robbie at all—until Robbie tries to kill himself. Forced to share a room to prevent Robbie from hurting himself, Tristan starts seeing his twin as not an NHL prospect, but a struggling gay teen who is terrified about coming out in the professional sports world. Trapped together in their claustrophobic room, Robbie suggests they run away with “Jimmy2416,” a guy Robbie has talked to online for months but never met. Tristan must decide whether to tell his parents about Robbie’s plan, losing his twin’s trust forever, or go on a journey that will put their lives and innocence in jeopardy.


BlackheartsBlackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Published: February 9th, 2016

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.


Into the DimInto the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

Published: March 1st, 2016

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.


Assassin's HeartAssassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Published: February 2nd, 2016

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.


The Abyss Surrounds UsThe Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

Published: February 8th, 2016

For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.

There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.

But Cas has fought pirates her entire life. And she’s not about to stop.


Burning GlassBurning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

Published: March 1st, 2016

Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.


Enter Title HereEnter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia

Published: August 2nd, 2016

Reshma is a college counselor’s dream. She’s the top-ranked senior at her ultra-competitive Silicon Valley high school, with a spotless academic record and a long roster of extracurriculars. But there are plenty of perfect students in the country, and if Reshma wants to get into Stanford, and into med school after that, she needs the hook to beat them all.

What’s a habitual over-achiever to do? Land herself a literary agent, of course. Which is exactly what Reshma does after agent Linda Montrose spots an article she wrote for Huffington Post. Linda wants to represent Reshma, and, with her new agent’s help scoring a book deal, Reshma knows she’ll finally have the key to Stanford.

But she’s convinced no one would want to read a novel about a study machine like her. To make herself a more relatable protagonist, she must start doing all the regular American girl stuff she normally ignores. For starters, she has to make a friend, then get a boyfriend. And she’s already planned the perfect ending: after struggling for three hundred pages with her own perfectionism, Reshma will learn that meaningful relationships can be more important than success—a character arc librarians and critics alike will enjoy.

Of course, even with a mastermind like Reshma in charge, things can’t always go as planned. And when the valedictorian spot begins to slip from her grasp, she’ll have to decide just how far she’ll go for that satisfying ending. (Note: It’s pretty far.)


So that’s some 2016 debuts I’m looking forward to. What new authors are excited for?

Top Ten Tuesday | Quotes I Loved

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So.’


  1. “What made the difference between choosing to die and deciding to live? Was it the weight of sadness that buckled them over and dragged them away from all sane, rational thoughts with an anchor of hopelessness so intense they just gave up fighting?”

    – Paint My Body Red by Heidi R. Kling

  2. “No matter how much pepper you eat, it won’t undo the ludicrous amount of salt you ate before it.”

    – Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

  3. “Take pride in your pain; you are stronger than those who have none”

    – Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

  4. “People say teenagers think they’re immortal, and I agree with that. But I think there’s a difference between thinking you’re immortal and knowing you can survive. Thinking you’re immortal leads to arrogance, thinking you deserve the best. Surviving means having the worst thrown at you and being able to continue on despite that. It means striving for what you want most, even when it seems our of your reach, even when everything is working against you.”

    – Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

  5. “Things to do today: 1) Breathe in. 2) Breathe out.”

    – It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

  6. “Dead kids are put on pedestals, but mentally ill kids get hidden under the rug.”

    – Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

  7. “The world needs more boundary pushers, not more boundary creators.”

    – The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden

  8. “And they are beginning to realize that the world they live in is a place where the right thing is often hard, sometimes dangerous, and frequently unpopular.”

    – Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

  9. “No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.”

    – Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

  10. “You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.”

    Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson


So those are some quotes that I really liked from books I’ve recently read. What are some of your favourite book quotes?

Top Ten Tuesday | Book to Movie Adaptations

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme has a choice, and I’ve decided to go with ‘Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To.’

I haven’t participated in TTT since the first time I did it back in September. As there are some great topics coming up, I’m going to try to do it a bit more regularly.

The following are in no particular order…
The book cover links to Goodreads, the title links to IMDb


MockingjayMockingjay – Part II by Suzanne Collins

These movies have been great so far, and I’m really looking forward to how they conclude the movie series. I did feel like Part I was mostly just building up to this movie, so hopefully it lives up to it.

US Release Date: November 20th, 2015


Fantastic BeastsFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Man, I’m so hyped for this movie, it’s not even funny. Have you guys seen the recently released pictures, and the movie synopsis? It’s sad that it’s still a year away, but hopefully that’ll go quickly!

US Release Date: November 18th, 2016


Looking for AlaskaLooking For Alaska by John Green

This was the first John Green book I read, and I’ve since re-read it, so I’m really excited to see what they come up with for the movie. I heard awhile ago that they’d pushed the filming start date back because they wanted to spend more time to get the casting perfect, which can only be a good sign.

Release Date: 2016


The Death CureThe Death Cure by James Dashner

I really enjoyed the first two Maze Runner movies, even if The Scorch Trials varied wildly from the book. The director of that film, Wes Ball, is returning to direct TDC, so hopefully it’ll be good. Sadly, though, we have to wait over a year for it.

US Release Date: February 17th, 2017


AllegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth

I’m a little sceptical about this book being broken into two movies (with the second part being called Ascendant). Insurgent was a strange movie, and I have mixed feelings about it, so I’m not sure how these two movies will turn out.

Allegiant US Release Date: March 18th, 2016
Ascendant US Release Date: March 24th, 2017


Let It SnowLet It Snow by Lauren Myracle, John Green, and Maureen Johnson

I read this book around Christmas time last year (in one day, too!), and I loved it. I only just found out there are plans to make it into a movie. I’m not sure how they’ll do it, because the book is a collection of three short stories that only come together a bit at the end. Regardless, I think it’ll make a really cute film.

US Release Date: December 9th, 2016


The 5th WaveThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I heard a lot about this book earlier in the year. I only discovered the upcoming movie when looking up adaptations for this post. I wasn’t 100% sold on the book when I was hearing about it before, but now I might have to check it out before the movie is released!

US Release Date: January 15th, 2016


Miss Peregrine'sMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I’ve had this book on my TBR for a little while now, and I’ll hopefully get around to reading it soon. This was another case of only just finding out about a movie adaptation. It’s directed by Tim Burton, so it must be good, right?

US Release Date: December 25th, 2016


The BFGThe BFG by Roald Dahl

I loved this book as a kid, so it’ll be interesting to see a live action movie of it. I can’t wait to see what Spielberg does with it.

US Release Date: July 1st, 2016


FallenFallen by Lauren Kate

I read this book (and two of the sequels, I think…?) 4-5 years ago. I can’t remember much about the story, but I think I enjoyed it… Regardless, I hope it makes a good movie.

US Release Date: 2016


So those are some book-to-movie adaptations I’m looking forward to. How many of these have you read? What other movie adaptations are you excited about?