February Releases to Look Out For

This month has a lot of sequels, and some interesting debuts too:

  1. Feb 7:
    King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard. Third book in dystopian fantasy series Red Queen.
    Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. Debut fantasy about a girl who marries the Goblin King in exchange for her sister’s freedom.
    Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas. Fantasy about an unlikely queen from the author of A Wicked Thing.
    Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza. Sci-fi about a crown princess and the boy falsely accused of her murder.
    Last Stand by Rachel E. Carter. Fourth book in fantasy series The Black Mage.
  2. Feb 14:
    We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. Contemporary about a college girl who must finally face what she left behind.
    The Valiant by Lesley Livingston. Historical fiction about a Celtic princess captured by Romans.
  3. Feb 21:
    A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. Final book in the Shades of Magic trilogy.
    Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage. Two sisters drown themselves and leave behind a letter.
  4. Feb 28:
    Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller. Fantasy about a pirate king’s daughter in search of the ultimate prize.

Which new releases are you looking forward to?

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

 Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass (#5)
Read: January 7th-14th
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Genre: high fantasy
Rating: ☆☆

In short: I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed the ToG books seriously. Well, it’s all coming out now, folks. Empire of Storms is a disappointment.

Spoilers for the previous books in the series, and A Court of Thorns and Roses. Mild spoilers for Empire of Storms itself.

Goodreads: The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

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Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

I know, it’s been… a very long time. But for those of you who don’t already know, I moved into college about three weeks ago, and it was both the most hectic and the most exciting time ever. Things have settled a bit better now, and I’ve tapped into my college’s (wonderful) library system so I can get back to reading and reviewing! If you want me to check out a book because you think it’s wonderful/you want an opinion before you pick it up, feel free to leave me a comment, and I’ll see if I can get my grabby hands on it. Aka if my libraries can help a girl out. I have a bunch of YA picks that I’m waiting in the queue for (ugh) including Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom, which comes out soon! I hope I’ll have some reviews up and ready for you guys soon 🙂


Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

 Sarah Ahiers
Series: Assassin’s Heart (#1)
Read: February 10th-12th
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 2nd, 2016
Genre: high fantasy
Rating: ★☆

In short: Once again, the blurb proves too good to be true. It’s a typical case of heroine who is supposed to be skilled and tough but is actually like…plain bad at what she does.

Goodreads: 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.

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The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson


Author: Morgan Matson
Series: Standalone
Read: May 15th-16th
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016
Genre: contemporary

In short: The Unexpected Everything is just what I expected—funny, heartbreaking, and so, so readable.

GoodreadsAndie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

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June Releases to Look Out For

We’re almost halfway through the year, and the great books just won’t stop. Here are this month’s releases you should be reading!

  1. June 7:
    The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Sequel to suspense/mystery novel The Fixer.
    My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand & Jodi Meadows. Historical fantasy about Lady Jane Grey of England.
    The Leaving by Tara Altebrando. Suspense/thriller about the return of child abduction victims a decade later from the Roomies co-author.
    With Malice by Eileen Cook. Suspense/mystery about a girl accused of murdering her best friend while on holiday.
  2. June 14:
    Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger. A girl notices strange changes in herself.
  3. June 21:
    Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana. Sci-fi where one girl’s life changes with the discovery of an alternate Earth.
    Never Ever by Sara Saedi. Retelling of Peter Pan.
  4. June 28:
    And I Darken by Kiersten White. Historical AU in which Vlad the Impaler is a girl by the Paranormalcy author.
    The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos. Mystery/thriller about a girl who goes looking for her missing father.
    Night Study by Maria V. Snyder. Second book in the Soulfinders series.

Which new releases are you looking forward to?

Summer Days and Summer Nights, ed. Stephanie Perkins

I’m back! Very late, I know, but maybe reviewing twelve stories at once will make up for it?

 Editor: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Standalone
Read: May 21st-24th
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: May 17th, 2016
Genre: romance
Rating: ½

In short: Some of these stories were absolutely wonderful, some less so, much like in Perkins’s previous anthology.

Goodreads: Maybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

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A Very Bad, Very Sad Hiatus Announcement

Hello, followers!

My Internet has been super iffy these past few days, and I have exams coming up. I thought I might as well get my business in gear and go offline for the next month. You won’t be seeing me until after March 20th. I’m well aware that I miss some amazing books’ release dates, but high school waits for no girl. See you on the flipside!


The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Naturals (#1)
Read: January 31st
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: November 5th, 2013
Genre: YA mystery
Rating: ½

In short: as tight and fascinating as Barnes’s plot itself is, the clichéd characters brought this book down for me.

Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases.

Rosamund Hodge’s new novel, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, now has both a cover and an intriguing description! I mean,

This new series, pitched as “Romeo and Juliet meets Sabriel,” re-imagines Shakespeare’s story of feuding families and doomed lovers in a city threatened by necromancers and protected by “the Juliet,” a girl born in every generation with powerful magic.

was great, but this is even better.

When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . .

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire is scheduled to release on September 27th, 2016.