Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (#31) - The F- It List by Julie Halphen


 Waiting on Wednesday is Hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

 The F- It List
Goodreads Summary:
Alex and Becca have always been best friends. But when Becca does something nearly unforgivable at Alex’s dad’s funeral, Alex cuts ties with her and focuses on her grieving family. 

Time passes, and Alex finally decides to forgive Becca. Then she’s hit with another shocker: Becca has cancer. It also turns out Becca has a bucket list, one she doesn’t know she’ll be able to finish now. That’s where Alex comes in, along with a mysterious and guarded boy who just may help Alex check a few items off her own bucket list.

Julie Halpern writes about illness, loss, love, and friendship with candor and compassion. Here is an unforgettable book about living fully, living authentically, and just . . . living.

Why I'm Waiting For It: I'll have to admit, I kinda love sad YA books, I have no idea why but they either turn out amazing or a let down. The F- It List sounds really intriguing and the cover is interesting. Crossing my fingers this one is amazing!

The F- It List hits shelves March 31, 2015!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Fresh Off The Press (#39) - Feb 23 - March 1

 Welcome to Fresh Off The Press! It’s where I'll showcase all the great books hitting shelves in a week. These are all YA titles and hope you get to pick them up soon! These books are releasing from (Feb 23 - March 1)

The Sin Eater's DaughterUnleashed: Uninvited Series #2Unchanged

The Third TwinKalahariBiggie

The CipherDisappear HomeStone in the Sky

DreamfireFeral Pride


Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar ChildrenHomecomingDay 21

Your Beautiful Heart: 31 Reflections on Love, Faith, Friendship, and Becoming a Girl Who ShinesUnforgottenTsarina

Who Needs Magic?

  Those are all the books releasing this week! Be sure to pick some up!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Currently Obsessing Over: TV Show & Iced Tea!

This is probably the first time I'm not doing a review, meme, or other bookish related post! This week I'm currently obsessing over: TV Shows and Iced Tea.

TV Shows:
Right now, I'm currently watching SO many shows, its almost too much to count. But at the moment, I love Scandal and How To Get Away with Murder


I'm absolutely obsessed with Scandal! Currently, it's on the fourth season, and honestly it is one of the best! Kerry Washington's acting is purely amazing, and all the action and suspense left from last week's episode is still shocking me! If you guys haven't started Scandal, please start now, you will NOT regret it!

You guys probably heard about How To Get Away with Murder right?? I am so obsessed with this one! Shonda Rhimes is also writing the script and of course we know it will be great because Scandal was die-hard amazing! HTGAWM has everything for a perfect TV Show: Suspense, action, mystery and who doesn't love Viola Davis? Pick this one up!

Iced Tea:
Hands down, I am one of the biggest Iced Tea drinks out there. One of the drinks I only get at Starbucks is a Venti Iced Green Tea and I have always been getting one every time I go. Currently, I'm try to do a couple homemade iced tea with all sorts of flavors. 

Yesterday, I made a Iced Black Tea with Orange and it turned out to be mind-blowingly amazing! I never knew how homemade drinks could be this great! 


  What are you guys currently obsessing over this week? Comment below and tell me, I'd love to read them!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (#70) - The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond

Waiting on Wednesday is Hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine
 The Tightrope Walkers
Goodreads Summary:
International award winner David Almond draws on memories of his early years in Tyneside, England, for a moving coming-of-age novel, masterfully told.
A gentle visionary coming of age in the shadow of the shipyards of northern England, Dominic Hall is torn between extremes. On the one hand, he craves the freedom he feels when he steals away with the eccentric girl artist next door, Holly Stroud—his first and abiding love—to balance above the earth on a makeshift tightrope. With Holly, Dom dreams of a life different in every way from his shipbuilder dad’s, a life fashioned of words and images and story. On the other hand, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to the brutal charms of Vincent McAlinden, a complex bully who awakens something wild and reckless and killing in Dom. In a raw and beautifully crafted bildungsroman, David Almond reveals the rich inner world of a boy teetering on the edge of manhood, a boy so curious and open to impulse that we fear for him and question his balance—and ultimately exult in his triumphs.

 Why I'm Waiting For It: Hands down, I'm in love with the cover! I'm digging the color palette and I love the two people dancing on the rope. It may be simple, but definitely catching!

The whole plot of the book sounds great. I enjoy reading contemporaries and The Tightrope Walkers sounds intriguing and well-written. And its one of the first contemporaries that is written from a guys' perspective! It's very rare and I think would help connect guys readers to the book. 

Very excited to pick this one up!

The Tightrope Walkers will be hitting shelves on March 24, 2015!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Moving & Good: Let's Get Lost - Adi Alsaid

Let's Get LostLet's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Date Released: July 29, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Pages: 352 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Rating: (3.5 Stars out of 5 Stars)
Series: Standalone!

Goodreads Synopsis: Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

From Goodreads

Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid was the type of book you want to read in the car or like on a road trip to get the feel of it. I enjoyed reading Let's Get Lost and I definitely could relate to the characters and the whole story. It was moving and eye-opening and a book everyone should pick up!

One thing that struck out to me was how the book was divided into 5 parts. The main character, Leila is one her way to see the Northern Lights. Along the way, she manages to get into other peoples' lives. First she meets Hudson, a young man searching for romance. Then she meets Bree, who is always off doing crazy things to seize the day. Third, she meets Elliot, a young man that what about to have the best night of his life. Then lastly, Sonia, a girl who lost the feelings to love. Alsaid weaved such a moving book, I enjoyed reading about each character's story and how Leila helped them. Each character had their own story to tell and I think any reader could relate to anyone.

I disliked how at times the book moved Incredibly slow. Like honestly, some points were just plain boring and I was expecting it to be a bit faster. Especially in Sonia's story. While some stories were well-written, Sonia's was especially bland and boring. I definitely loved reading Elliot and Hudson, they were very authentic and relatable - the two things I look for in a book.
Overall, Let's Get Lost was a well-written, good contemporary novel, but safe. It's the kind you would pick up if you need to get out of a reading rut or if your about to hit a long drive to someplace. Be sure to check it out :)
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Fresh Off The Press (#38) - Feb 16 - Feb 22

 Welcome to Fresh Off The Press! It’s where I'll showcase all the great books hitting shelves in a week. These are all YA titles and hope you get to pick them up soon! These books are releasing from (Feb 16 - Feb 22)

Insurgent Movie Tie-in EditionThe Bargaining


Rise of the Fallen: Wars of the Realm, Book 2Some Fine DayPerfect Lies (Mind Games Series #2)

Since You've Been Gone

Those are the amazing books releasing this week! Hope you guys pick some up, and the Insurgent Movie-Tie in book looks amazing! Are you guys pumped up for the movie?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Blog Tour: (Review) The Tragic Age - Stephan Metcalfe

The Tragic Age: A NovelThe Tragic Age by Stephan Metcalfe 
Date Released: March 3, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Pages: 320 pages
Format: ARC
Source: For Review
Rating: 3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars
Series: Standalone!

Goodreads Synopsis: This is the story of Billy Kinsey, heir to a lottery fortune, part genius, part philosopher and social critic, full time insomniac and closeted rock drummer. Billy has decided that the best way to deal with an absurd world is to stay away from it. Do not volunteer. Do not join in. Billy will be the first to tell you it doesn’t always work— not when your twin sister, Dorie, has died, not when your unhappy parents are at war with one another, not when frazzled soccer moms in two ton SUVs are more dangerous than atom bombs, and not when your guidance counselor keeps asking why you haven’t applied to college. Billy’s life changes when two people enter his life. Twom Twomey is a charismatic renegade who believes that truly living means going a little outlaw. Twom and Billy become one another’s mutual benefactor and friend. At the same time, Billy is reintroduced to Gretchen Quinn, an old and adored friend of Dorie’s. It is Gretchen who suggests to Billy that the world can be transformed by creative acts of the soul. With Twom, Billy visits the dark side. And with Gretchen, Billy experiences possibilities.Billy knows that one path is leading him toward disaster and the other toward happiness. The problem is—Billy doesn’t trust happiness. It's the age he's at.  The tragic age. 

Stephen Metcalfe's brilliant, debut coming-of-age novel, The Tragic Age, will teach you to learn to love, trust and truly be alive in an absurd world.

From Goodreads

The Tragic Life by Stephan Metcalfe was a great, hilarious novel that really opened my eyes. Metcalfe crafted a well written, thoughtful novel on teenage angst that any reader could relate to. I loved reading and reviewing it :) 

In The Tragic Life, we meet Bill Kinley and I loved reading about his story and the way he described things about life. His life changes when 2 people enter his life: Twom Towney and Gretchen Quinn. Ever since the death of his sister, Dorie. It ultimately fuels his angst towards himself, the world and others. And it was an aspect that teen readers would relate to. 

Twom, brings out Bill's dark past and things that's best to leave in the past. But being with Gretchen, he is able to be himself.  I really liked the scenes Metcalfe wrote with Bill and Gretchen and all the mayhem they did. Metcalfe gave Bill a voice and it was great reading it. 

Ultimately, The Tragic Age is a must read for teens, especially those who can relate to teenage angst. The book was easy to read and I'm glad I pick this one up :) 

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