My Most Anticipated Releases of the First Half of 2018

Hi everyone! 2018 is going to be an incredible year when it comes to books! There are so many books releasing this year that I’m beyond excited about, and I can’t wait to read them all. But when I was scrolling through my 2018 releases list on Goodreads, I started feeling a little overwhelmed. Okay, a lot overwhelmed. There are SO MANY books releasing that I want to get to, but I’ll never be able to get to them all. Well, maybe I could if I never did anything else besides reading, but I don’t think that’s a very good, or do-able, plan.

That’s when I decided to make a list. Lists always calm me down a little, and I thought it’d be a good way to decide which books I’m the absolute most excited about, and which one’s I won’t be incredibly sad about if I might not be able to get to them. And I thought I’d share that list with you all.

Books that don’t have a cover yet:

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

When I started the list I wanted to limit myself to only 20 books, but that obviously didn’t happen. It’s just way too hard. But having everything in a list does make me feel a little less overwhelmed, and looking at it makes me so incredibly excited. I cannot wait to pick all of these books up.

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Review: #Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid

#Prettyboy Must DieTitle: #Prettyboy Must Die
Author: Kimberly Reid
Genres: YA Contemporary, Thriller
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A CIA prodigy’s cover is blown when he accidentally becomes an internet sensation in #Prettyboy Must Die, inspired by the #Alexfromtarget story.

When Peter Smith’s classmate snaps a picture of him during a late night run at the track, Peter thinks he might be in trouble. When she posts that photo–along with the caption, “See the Pretty Boy Run,”–Peter knows he’s in trouble. But when hostiles drop through the ceiling of his 6th period Chem Class, Peter’s pretty sure his trouble just became a national emergency.

Because he’s not really Peter Smith. He’s Jake Morrow, former foster-kid turned CIA operative. After a massive screw-up on his first mission, he’s on a pity assignment, a dozen hit lists and now, social media, apparently. As #Prettboy, of all freaking things.

His cover’s blown, his school’s under siege, and if he screws up now, #Prettyboy will become #Deadboy faster than you can say, ‘fifteen minutes of fame.’ Trapped in a high school with rabid killers and rabid fans, he’ll need all his training and then some to save his job, his school and, oh yeah, his life.

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Thank you to Tor Teen/MacMillan for sending an ARC of this book my way.

I had really high hopes for this book. Because of the pretty low ratings the book has gotten so far (I believe it has a 3.5 stars average on Goodreads?) I wasn’t expecting the book to be a masterpiece, but the synopsis sounded like a lot of fun, so I thought I was going to enjoy it. And after the disappointment that was The Love Interest, I was really hoping for a good spy novel. Unfortunately, I didn’t really like the book.

The book started off well. We immediately jumped into a bit of action, and we also got to know the main character, Peter, who is the type of character who is incredibly driven and does what he thinks is right, even if other people tell him not to, and even when it might get him into trouble. Which is usually exactly the type of character I like to read about.

The characters where this book’s strongest suit. I loved hem. The main character is incredibly intelligent and resourceful and it’s fun spending a bit of time in his head. He’s also a bit of a ‘typical teen guy’ without being the incredibly cliché teenage guy character, which I really appreciated.

The side characters were great too. We have Katie, the ‘sort of love interest’, who is incredibly badass and definitely doesn’t need your help taking down the bad guys. We also have Bunker, Peter’s friend, who’s the comedic relief. Interestingly enough, he also spend most of his life locked up in a bunker. (Which was interesting, until it was mentioned for the 20th time).

The book’s biggest downside is how incredibly messy it was. The writing felt very much all over the place, and I got very lost and confused at times. I just didn’t know what was going on anymore. And because it felt so messy, the story was nearly impossible to get into, which meant that while there were many thrilling edge-of-your-seat-moments, I never really felt myself reacting to any of it. I didn’t feel the excitement or the anxiety that you’re supposed to feel while reading scenes like that, and that was just incredibly disappointing.

And talking about the thrilling moments, the book started off good (like I mentioned before) but then the action sort of stopped, and the story only picked up again 35% into the book. Which was fine by me, I don’t mind waiting a bit, but once I got to the action-y parts again I just kind of thought “is that it?”.

Honestly, when I had read 75% of the book I just wanted it to end. Nothing really made sense to me anymore, and I kept getting the side characters (besides Peter, Bunker and Katie) mixed up. And when I finished the book, I felt like that gif of the guy trying to do math. I was incredibly confused.

So, overall there were quite a few elements of the book that I liked, but in the end, it left me feeling more confused than anything. The book had a lot of potential and just didn’t live up to it, which really disappointed me. This could’ve been so good.

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Blog Tour: Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2)Title: Batman: Nightwalker
Series: DC Icons #2
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Penguin Random House
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Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

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I was incredibly happy when Penguin Random House approached me to be apart of the Batman: Nightwalker blog tour! I have to admit that I hardly knew anything about Batman when I picked up the book (well, besides from what I knew from the Lego Batman movie. Don’t judge me, okay?), but I was sure I was going to love it anyway, because I adore Marie Lu.

Batman: Nightwalker grabbed my attention from the start. It’s one of those books where you just want to keep reading until you’ve read it all, and not because there are cliffhangers at the end of every single chapter, but because you’re so engrossed in the writing.

Something that I really enjoy about Marie Lu’s writing is the absolutely amazing way she incorporates technology into her books, a thing we’ve all been able to see before in Warcross. The things she comes up with and the way she writes about them are absolutely brilliant, and I think they really take her stories to the next level.

I really enjoyed the characters. Bruce was a very fleshed-out character, and while he made some very questionable decisions that frustrated me to no end (WHY would you even consider getting that close to a dangerous murderer?? I get that she’s mysterious and intruiging but HAVE SOME COMMON SENSE), I couldn’t help but root for him.

And then there’s Madeleine… I honestly didn’t know whether to be incredibly scared of her or in awe with her while reading. She was such an interesting character and just a brilliant anti-hero/villain, and I kind of want to read a book all about her.

I honestly loved all of the side characters. Alfred was the absolute best, and seeing the relationship between him and Bruce and how much they care for each other was absolutely wonderful. And I adored Harvey and Diane as well. I adore a good bookish friendship. (I also kind of want a book all about Diane? And about Harvey? Or maybe I just want Marie Lu to write a lot more books in general. Who knows.)

However, I sadly didn’t love every single thing about Batman: Nightwalker. One of my main complaints about the book is that, after all the built up, the big action scene disappointed me a little. It just felt a little too… small. In those few chapters everything felt a little too predictable (I mean, 90% of the things went exactly as I thought they would), and a little too clean. Or to put it a bit more clearly: I was a little bored. I wanted it to be a messier, a little more high- stakes. I just wanted everything to be MORE.

Another thing that I feel like should be addressed is that this book used the very much overused ‘the only people with deformities/disabilities are the villains’-trope. The main villain is described as having steel lining the sides of his arms, and elbow joints being completely made out off metal. If you want to educate yourself on why this trope is harmful, I encourage you to watch this video made by Jen Campbell.

So, while I didn’t love every single thing about Batman: Nightwalker, I had a lot of fun reading it. Marie Lu is a fantastic writer, she writes absolutely brilliant characters and certainly knows how to write a book that you won’t be able to put down. I’d certainly recommend this book to any Batman fan, or anyone who just likes Marie Lu a lot.

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My Favorite Books of 2017

Hi everyone! 2017 has been an absolutely amazing reading year for me. I’ve read so many books, and so many of those were incredibly good, which made it very hard to decide which one’s I was going to put on my favorites list. But luckily I was able to narrow it down to 11 books!

Here they are, in no particular order:

 

The Reader and The Speaker by Traci Chee – I didn’t have high expectations of these books when I picked up The Reader, but it completely blew me away. And after reading the second book I can definitely say that The Sea of Ink and Gold series is probably my favorite series ever.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde – This book was so incredibly wonderful. It made me so happy, and I could relate to one of the characters so much, which was an incredible experience.
Warcross by Marie Lu – The thing I loved most about Warcross was definitely the world building. I could picture everything so clearly, and I’ve never been able to do that before. I cannot wait for the second book to be published.

Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman – I adored everything about this book, and it might be one of those contemporaries I pick up every single summer. I can’t wait to read whatever Laura Silverman writes in the future.
A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Choksi – The world building was beyond amazing, and I loved the banter between the two main characters. It was magical, I couldn’t stop smiling while reading this.
Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver – I’ve never read a dystopian which made me happy before, but this one certainly did. The thing I loved most about this were the characters, and I still can’t stop thinking about them. They’re wonderful.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust – I’ve never loved a retelling as much as I loved this one. I honestly don’t have words to tell you how much I loved this one. I just, loved it a whole lot.

 

Dear Martin by Nic Stone – This book was tiny, but it packed a punch, and it was incredibly well-written. Nic Stone is definitely an auto-buy author for me.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman – I picked this one up on a whim, and I really didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. I kind of want to reread it already.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds – I’ve never read a novel in this format before (verse) but I loved it. It only took me an hour to read, but it was so powerful and I know it’ll stay with me for a long time.

So, those were my favorite books of 2017. Which were yours? Have you made a blog post about them? If so, please send it my way, because I’d love to see it!

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#SapphicAThon Wrap-Up

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Hi everyone! It’s been about 2 weeks since #SapphicAThon (a readathon focused on f/f books) ended, and because I’m always late with everything I’m only now bringing you my wrap-up.

I posted a TBR for the readathon a couple of days before it started, and I’ve basically completely ignored it. Woops. But I still read a couple of great books, and I really enjoyed myself those 2 weeks.

Goldie Vance vol. 3 by Hope Larson – Goldie Vance is one of my favorite comic series, and I liked this just as much as I expected.
Hi-Fi Fight Club #4 by Carly Usdin – HI-FI FIGHT CLUB IS SO GOOD and (spoiler) the girls finally got together in this issue so that was amazing.
Shattered by Lee Winter – This book was very different from what I expected, but I loved it a lot.
Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta – I got pretty bored halfway through, so I DNF’d it at around 75%.

Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon – I really enjoyed this, but there was quite a bit of anti-ace language which really bothered me.
Cinder Ella by S.T. Lynn – I really, really enjoyed this. And I now kind of want more books with main characters who love to bake, garden, and have an adorable dog.
Lumberjanes #44 by Shannon Watters- I loved how most of the story was focused on Molly, because I love her so much, but I don’t enjoy this series as much as I used to. Which is 100% because of the fact that I’m now up to date, and I can’t binge read it anymore.
Carolyn for Christmas by Lucy Carey – This was a very ‘meh’ read. I kind of liked it while I was reading it, but I immediately forgot everything about it once I finished it.

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2017 Sapphic Releases Masterpost

Hi everyone! It’s definitely not a secret that I love sapphic books, and today’s post is all about them. I’ll be sharing all (or, almost all. Maybe there are one’s we’ve missed or forgotten. If so, please let me know!) of the 2017 sapphic releases with you, so that you can maybe possibly add them to your TBR and read them!

This post is a collaboration with author M. Hollis, thank you so much for your help!

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The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine

The Nobel of Sperath by Siera Maley

The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker

 

The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

Lambs can Always Become Lions by Charlotte Anne Hamilton

Escape to Pirate Island by Niamh Murphy

The Traitor’s Tunnel by C.M. Spivey

 

 

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Winterglass by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Ripped Pages by M. Hollis

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Ardulum: First Don by J.S. fields

Flowers of Luna by Jennifer Linsky

The Power of Mercy by Fiona Zedde

Cheerleaders from Planet X by Lyssa Chiavari

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Double Exposure by Chelsea M. Cameron

Close to Home by Rachel Spangler 

Storm Season by Pene Henson

She Marched by Diana Morland

10 things I Can See from Here by Carrie Mac

 

 

Graphite & Glitter by Shae Connor

The Details in the Design by Shannon M. Harris

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

The Space Between by Meg Grehan

 

 

Falling Hard by Jae

Don’t Tell my Mother by Brigitte Bautista

Her Best Friend’s Sister by Meghan O’Brien

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

It’s not Like it’s a Secret by Misa Sigiura

 

 

Royal Rebel by Jenny Frame

Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman

Unlikely Match by Fiona Riley

Heat Wave by Elyse Springer

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz

 

 

To Be Determined by Mardi Alexander & Laurie Eichler

Coming Out by Jourdyn Kelly

Beauty and the Boss by Ali Vali

Her Hometown Girl by Lorelie Brown

Valerie by Kit Eyre

 

 

The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale

In her Court by Tamsen Parker

Eyes Like Those by Melissa Brayden

Picking the Right Heart by Jade Winters

 

Off Pitch by Brianna Kienitz

Like Water by Rebecca Podos

Who’d Have Thought by G. Benson

Twice in a Lifetime by Clare Lydon

 

 

The Art of Us by K.L. Hughes

One by Brenda Murphy

Set the Stage by Karis Walsh

The Brutal Truth by Lee Winter

 

 

Tailor-Made by Yolanda Wallace

A Night at the Mall by M. Hollis

The Paths We Choose by M. Hollis

No One But You by Catherine Maiorisi

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Troop 18 by Jessica L. Webb

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Between The Lines (Cops and Docs, #3)

 Between the Lines by K.D. Williamson

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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

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Making Love by Aidan Wayne

Huntsmen by Michelle Osgood

Five Moons Rising by Lise MacTague

Bearly a Lady by Cassandra Khaw

Into the Mystic, Volume One 

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Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nichols

Time Will Tell by M. Ulrich

Olympia Knife by Alysia Constantine

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On a Larp by Stefani Deoul

Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo

Those were all of the books on my list! So tell me, have you read any of these? If so, which one was your favorite? And will you be adding any of these to your TBR?

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What I’ve Been Reading and Loving Lately

Hi everyone! I haven’t exactly been reading as much as I usually do, and I’ve been blogging even less. Don’t get me wrong, I still love both of these things, but I’ve been focusing more on other stuff. And every time I’ve read something great and I sat down to review it, I ended up staring at a blank screen for an hour. It’s just too much pressure I think, writing a very formal 400+ word piece on a book, and needing everything to be grammatically correct and structured and everything like that. But I still want to share some of the things I’ve been reading and loving lately, so I thought I’d make a little less formal post sharing my love for all of these things. And I loved writing this.

The first thing I want to talk about is the Violet Hill series by Chelsea M. Cameron. I started Second Kiss because Fadwa from Word Wonders recommended it to me and told me it was incredibly happy and fluffy. And she was completely right. This novella was the cutest thing I’ve read in a while, and it made me smile so much!

I, of course, immediately wanted to read the rest of the series, but I didn’t have the money to buy them all. Then, a pretty happy accident happened. Well, maybe I shouldn’t call it that. It was more of a shitty accident that turned into something kinda positive? Anyway, I was doing my bills and I suddenly saw that Scribd had taken money out of my account. And then I remembered that I had started a 30 day free trial with them to listen to the When Dimple Met Rishi audiobook (which I also loved, btw) but I never canceled it. Which is shitty because, you know, money, but then I found out that they had quite a wide arrangement of (f/f) books that I wanted to read. And it also had the Violet Hill series! So of course, I immediately started Double Exposure, which I loved as well. And I’m currently making my way through the third novella, called Second Chance.

The Violet Hill series is a series that takes place in a bakery and every novella follows another sapphic relationship that’s somehow connected to the bakery. Every single one of these stories is so incredibly cute, heart warming and easy to read, and I would definitely recommend them to anyone!

(Also, in case you’re curious about my f/f Scribd TBR, I’m planning on getting to Style by Chelsea M. Cameron, We Awaken by Calista Lynne, Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon, Roller Girl by Canessa North, Certainly, Possibly, You by Lissa Reed and Shattered by Lee Winter. Please wish me luck, because I’m definitely going to need it if I want to finish all of these without having to renew my subscription for another month. Or can I still use the credits I have once I cancel my subscription? Hmm, I should probably look into that.)

 

Something I’ve also been loving a lot lately are comics, and I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite ones.

Power Up is an incredibly cute one about a few people (and a goldfish) who suddenly get superpowers and they have no idea what to do with them. Also, there’s aliens. Slam! is about badass ladies, female friendships and roller derby. Goldie Vance is about a girl who solves mysteries, and it’s super cute and queer. And finally, my favorite Hi-Fi Fight Club (or, Heavy Vinyl.) This one is about a girl who start working in a record store and then finds out that the other employees fight crime after hours. Also, the MC is queer (and fawns over one of the other girls throughout the comic and it’s the most adorable thing) and the art in this one is absolutely GORGEOUS. Like, ‘I’ve-made-it-my-screensaver’ type of gorgeous.

I also have these three poetry collections on my December TBR pile that I really wanted to talk about! I got all three of them for review, which I’m incredibly grateful for. I’ve already started Afterlife by Melissa Jennings, and I’m really liking it so far. I haven’t finished it yet because it deals with some heavy things and my mental health couldn’t handle it, but I’m certain I will love it when my mind is in a better place. And I have a feeling that this collection is only going to get better and better.

I haven’t started either of the other poetry collections yet, but I know I’m going to love them. I’ve already read the sample version of Soft in the Middle by Shelby Eileen and I adored it so much, and I’m expecting to feel the same way about the whole thing. Also, can we just take a moment to talk about how gorgeous the cover is? Because it’s one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen!

I’m very excited to start poems for the sound of the sky before thunder by Topaz Winters because I’m a huge fan of hers ever since I read Heaven or This, which is her poetry collection all about girls loving girls. It’s gorgeous. I’m subscribed to her newsletter and supported her on Patreon for a while (which I sadly had to end because of my financial situation) and I devour everything she writes. She’s beyond talented, and the way she can use words to create such wonderful and magical things blows my mind.

I think that’s everything I wanted to cover in this post! Now, please tell me something that you’ve read and absolutely fell in love with recently!

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