Music Monday: Six of Crows Playlist

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Welcome to my very first ‘Music Monday’ post, featuring a playlist for Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows! I had a lot of fun putting this together and I hope y’all appreciate my song choices!

 

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 I’ve included songs fitting for each character and for the team as a whole-from ‘You Don’t Own Me’ for our independent bad-ass ladies Inej and Nina, to ‘If the Money’s Good’ and ‘Thief’ for our favorite semi villain Kaz Brekker. Do you think my song choices are fitting?

Six of Crows Playlist: (YouTube playlist link below)

Heathens / Twenty One Pilots

Everybody Wants to Rule the World / Lorde

If the Money’s Good / Former Vandal

Vagabond / MisterWives

Control / Halsey

You Don’t Own Me / Grace Feat. G-Eazy

Thief / Ookay

Glory and Gore / Lorde

Night Vision / Transviolet

Eyes Open / Taylor Swift

It’s Hard to Say I Do When I Don’t / Fall Out Boy

Rocks / Imagine Dragons

Outlines / All Time Low

Team / Lorde

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Hope you enjoy! Are there any songs you would add to the playlist? If so, comment below and let me know!

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2016 Reads that Lived up to the Hype

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. Each week they post a new Top Ten list  that one of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All you need to do is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

If you don’t want to follow the weekly topics, you can come up with your own instead, and it doesn’t have to be a list of ten. It can be top 5, top 15, top 50! Whatever you want.Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. Each week they post a new Top Ten list  that one of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All you need to do is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers. If you don’t want to follow the weekly topics, you can come up with your own instead, and it doesn’t have to be a list of ten. It can be top 5, top 15, top 50! Whatever you want.

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So over the past several months I’ve finally gotten around to reading some of the books that people have been raving about for years, and have been on my TBR list for as long. So I decided to share those that I found to be just as amazing as everyone said they were! In no particular order.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2016 Reads That Lived up to the Hype


1) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Kick-ass lady Assassins+romance+mystery & suspense and a whole lot of creepy? Count me in! I have no idea why I took so long to start this series. Celaena is brutal and fierce and downright terrifying at times. I loved the idea of a contest to become the king’s champion and new assassin. It kept me on the edge of my seat.

Celaena’s past has hardened her into a  ruthless, tough as nails and fiercly independent woman who does things her own way and is not intimidated by much. She doesn’t let people in easily, but those she considers friends, she will not hesitate to protect with her life.

As a notorius assasin whose name is well known, she has to hide her true identity from all except a select few members of the castle staff, or risk being targeted by opponents looking to eliminate her fom the competition.

There was an unexpected scare factor brought on by the mysterious murders of Celaena’s opponents and the investigations she conducts regarding the strange and sinister things happening around the castle. I found myself shivering at the creepiness of particular scenes.

I was intrigued by the supporting characters Dorian, Chaol and Nehemia. Dorian is the crown prince, son to the greedy, bloody-thirsty king whose competition she’s been all but forced into. But Dorian is the complete opposite of his father, and disagrees with his father’s violent and tyrannical methods. Chaol is captain of the guard, assigned to watch over Celaena. His initial lack of trust and respect towards her-he’s understandably wary due to his knowledge of her past-has them butting heads throughout most of the book. Chaol becomes one of my favorite characters, as we eventually get to see many different sides to him and learn more about who he is outside of being the king’s guard. Although the book focuses primarily on Celaena’s pov, we did get plenty of chapters in their perspectives as well. I can see why this series has become so wildly popular!

 

2.) Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Who doesn’t love a good fairy tale retelling? Especially one set in the future, with added sci-fi elements, cyborgs and diverse characters? I always get super excited at the prospect of reading a new twist on an old fairy tale, and this book fulfilled my expectations!

It’s set in China, with a 16-year old half-cyborg named Cinder as our new Cinderella. It has many of the familiar elements found in the original story; a poor orphan girl with a tragic background as our “princess”, an evil step mother and step sister, a ball, and of course, the beginnings of a fairy tale romance between Cinder and the Crown Prince Kai, eighteen year old heir to New Beijing’s throne.

In this case, our heroine is a gifted mechanic. Her reputation as the best mechanic in New Beijing brings prince Kai to her weekly market booth with a request for her to fix his broken android, and although he jokes that it’s simply a “matter of sentimentality” Cinder suspects there’s more to it from the urgency she senses in him.

Although Prince Kai appears to harbor an interest in her, Cinder is convinced that if he knew the truth about her being part android, he would never be able to see past it, so she keeps him at a distance.

When Cinder’s step sister (the non evil one) becomes ill with the plague, her step-mother blames her and volunteers her body to be studied for plague research, and while there, she discovers something unusual about her inner workings. Something that could put her in real danger.

It was a riveting twist on a classic tale, definitely one of the best retellings out there!

 

3.) Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Magic and murder and mayhem oh my! I almost didn’t read this book. I don’t know why. I’ve had an ARC of Falling Kingdoms sitting on my shelf since 2012 and I almost sold it at a garage sale just because I’d never really heard anyone mention it before.

Which is ridiculous, cause I love a lot of obscure books! But suddenly reviews and odes of love to this series started appearing all over my instagram feed. Had this book just suddenly gained a huge following, or had I simply been blind to it all this time? Either way, I decided to give it a try as I noticed more and more of bookish friends fawning over it. And I’m so glad I did!

Falling Kingdoms is told from the POV’s of four main characters-as well as some smaller supporting characters-and takes place in a land where magic has long since been forgotten. These four teenagers lives change drastically as they discover shocking truths and cross each others paths.

Lucia, a young daughter adopted into a royal family at birth, discovers the truth about her past and a supernatural prophecy she’s said to be at the center of. Privileged young princess Cleo sets off on a perilious journey in search of healing magic thought to be long extinct. Jonas, driven by grief, anger and a deep need for vengeance, soon finds himself the leader of a rebellion against the tyrannical king. And Lucia’s older brother Magnus struggles with his forbidden romantic feelings and the increasing pressure from his cold-hearted father to become as ruthless and blood-thirsty as he is.

Be warned: there is a fair number of deaths in this book, and plenty of gore and violence. You may cry or gasp in shock and revulsion. It’s not for the faint hearted. But the characters-although not always likable-are so uniquely interesting and the plot so unpredictable that you won’t be able to put it down even as you are sobbing or wanting to scream in the characters faces. So grateful for the book bloggers who persuaded me to give this one a go!

 

4.) The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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The Darkest Minds is without a doubt my all time favorite YA Dystopian. Each character won my heart, every twist and turn had me on the edge of my seat, and I was drawn into Brackens unique world of a Nation terrified by the frightening and unexplainable supernatural powers developing in teens across the country.

From the beginning our main character Ruby has already endured so much, from the metaphorical loss of her parents to the suffering she endured in the rehabilitation camps’ where ‘freak’ kids like her with dangerous powers are sent and forced to work and obey, or be killed.

The camps are said to be protecting and healing the nation’s kids, but only those living the nightmare know the truth about them. They’re doomed to years of labor and  horrible treatment, and possibly death if they step one foot out of line. The parents, clueless to the reality of these camps and both terrified for their kids and terrifed of their abilities, have no choice but to send them away, unsure if they’ll ever see them again.

The kids are separated by colors that lable the powers they have-red being the most dangerous, followed by orange, yellow, blue and green. As one of the dangerous ones, Ruby knows that she must hide her powers from the leaders of the camp, or risk never making it out alive. When she escapes with the help of a mysterious stranger she’s not sure she can trust, she ditches her, only to be picked up by a van of kids of varying colors, also on the run from the authorities.

Liam is an absolute sweetheart, sometimes selfless to a fault, and from day one was determined to know Ruby and draw her out of her shell. Liam’s friend Chubs, who’s suspicious of Ruby at first, is fiercly loyal and willing do anything to protect his friends. And eventually he begins to slowly warm up to her. Then there’s Zu, a mute eleven year old girl with fingertips that have the power to spark electrical fires, but who has a heart of gold. We meet more lovable characters as the series goes on, each of them vastly different and equally memorable as the last.

And guess what? The Darkest Minds is currently in the process of becoming a movie! 100% confirmed, this fantastic dystopian story will be coming to theaters within a couple of years! I’m excited; are you?!

 

5.) Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 

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What happens when six teenage outcasts band together on a heist to break someone out of a highly guarded prison in exchange for a hefty amount of money? A whole lot of tension, fighting, deception, near-deaths and action packed adventure! I fell in love with Kaz Brekker and his gang of criminals as they joined together on the most dangerous mission of their lives.

There’s Nina, a Heartrender using her healing abilities to survive the slums. A runaway named Wylan has a skill for bomb making-and is being used as leverage in case his father tries to go back on the deal he made with Kaz and his crew. A spy, Inej, known as The Wraith, was kidnapped from her family at 14 and sold to the owner of a pleasure house where she was forced to entertain until Kaz found her and offered her a spot among The Dregs. Matthias is a convict seeking vengeance, and was raised to hate people like Nina-the Grisha. And Jesper, a sharp shooter with a gambling addiction and an ally of Kaz’s, simply can’t walk away from a challenge.

Together, they just may be able to pull it off. If they don’t kill each other first.

 I loved every minute of their high-stakes journey across Ketterdam and The Ice Court, and the banter between the six of them was entertaining & full of snark and wit as they learned to work together and tried to tolerate one another. I came to love them more and more as we were given glimpses of their pasts, and I was on the edge of my seat at every obstacle and surprise they stumbled upon along the way. Definitely worth the read and worthy of the hype!

I actually had the pleasure of meeting Leigh Bardugo last week! Total fangirl moment. Plus she told me she liked my “mermaid hair.”

 

6.) The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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At seventeen, Kestrel lives a lavish, priviliged life in an empire built on slavery and war. But, as a General’s daughter she has only two choices: join the military or get married by the time she turns eighteen. Neither of which she has any desire to do.

As a slave, Arin has no more than the clothes on his back, a musical gift, and his role as member of a rebellion planning to take back the land that was once theirs.

When Kestrel spontaneously purchases Arin at a market auction, these two teens from entirely separate worlds form an unlikely friendship, despite their vastly different backgrounds.

Arin is hardened from a life of poverty and hardship, and finds it difficult to adjust to a life where his “master” treats him more as an equal than as a slave. Upon first impression, he sees Kestrel as no more than a spoiled, selfish rich girl.

Having lost everything to Kestrels people, he harbors a whole lot of anger and hatred towards her and is initially wary of her motives in purchasing him. But eventually, as they bond over a shared love of music, he begins to see that there’s a lot more to her than just being the pampered daughter of a wealthy general.

While navagating a world of extravagant balls, duels, dirty gossip and messy politics, Arin and Kestrel try to fight their growing feelings for one another and play the roles they’re meant to play. Their people are enemies, and to love each other would be a betrayal to both their countries. But they can’t erase the romantic tension between them, and things are bound to end in disaster.

I loved Kestrel, who, while not much of a fighter-due to both lack of ability and lack of desire to engage in physical combat-makes up for her poor battle skills with intelligence and passion for the things and people she cares about. Some may call her cowardly & spineless, but I disagree.

She stood up for Arin despite the consequences, refused to fall into the trap of societal drama and expectations, and was determined to live her own way rather than submitting to her fathers wishes for her. There are more ways to exhibit strength than the physical, and I think that, despite her avoidance of confrontation, she was exceptionally strong in both mind and spirit.

 

7.) Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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I posted a review for Illuminae all the way back in March, so click the link to read all about my love for this uniquely formatted, action packed sci-fi!

 


 

 

 

8.) Uprooted by Naomi Novik 

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Uprooted is the first adult book I’ve willingly read-and I loved every minute of it!

It takes place in a land situated on the edge of a cursed forest. The townspeople rely on the magic of The Dragon, a 100+ year old wizard-still sporting the appearance of a young man-to protect them.

But there is a price. Every ten years, he leaves his castle and pays a visit to the village, where all girls 17 years of age line up so that he may pick up one them to take home to his castle for a decade. No one knows what happens to these girls or what his intention is. They don’t come back after the time is up, instead choosing to move far away, insisting that the Dragon never laid a finger on them.

Everyone knows that Kasia will be chosen this year-she’s the most beautiful, the most talented, the most envied. Her best friend, Agnieska, knows it too. And she’s prepared for it all their lives. But when the Dragon comes, it’s not Kasia he chooses. It’s Agnieska. Full of magic, horror, violence, friendship, and even a dash of unexpected romance, this fantasy was impossible to put down!

The “dragon” aka Sarkan, was a very compelling character. At first impression, he appears to be no more than an angry, bitter, and indimidating asshole of a wizard, but in the span of time that the story takes place-around a year or 2-we see many different sides of him, and discover why it is that he brings these girls to his castle.

Hint: it involves magic.

There were parts of this book that were a whole lot more creepy and terrifying and gory than I had expected, but I’m not complaining because those moments just made the book all the more addictive! There were monsters and journeys through cursed forests and people driven to madness by the infectuous horrors hidden within the woods.
The intense bond of friendship between Kasia and Agnieska fueled much of our main characters actions, as she was willing to do anything to protect her.

This is a classic story of good vs evil, as Sarkan and Agnieska work to protect the villages from the poison of the woods, but it’s also a story of friendship, self growth, adventure and perserverance. I was so sad that it had to end!

 

9.) The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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The second adult novel I read this year, The Bone Season follows the story of nineteen-year-old clairevoyant Paige Mahoney and her life as a dream walker in the year 2059.

In the future, people with supernatural abilities exist. But they are seen as abominations to society, their very existence an act of treason.

Paige works for the criminal underworld of Scion London. It’s her job to retrive information by breaking into peoples minds.

When a desperate act of self defence leads to her being chased down, drugged, and captured, she finds herself imprisoned behind the walls of a hidden city where people like her live under the control of an inhuman species called the Rephaim, and are treated as slaves, forced to use their powers as entertainment or labor in exchange for protection from the zombie like creatures that live in the shadows. While there, she meets and befriends other clairevoyants close to her age and they rely heavily on one another for support and survival.

Paige is chosen as the first human tenant to the Rephaite known as Warden, blood consort to Nashira Sargas, blood sovereign to the Rephaim. As Warden helps Paige learn to harness her powers and expand her abilities, she struggles to trust and understand him. Her natural instinct is to hate him, but as she works with him, she realizes he has secrets and motives she never would have suspected. With very few allies in this strange new world, Paige must determine who is trustworthy if she hopes to have any chance of regaining her freedom.

Paige is an excellently portrayed character-someone with deep emotions, never-ending determination and complete loyalty to her companions. We’re given glimpses of her past-how she initially discovered she was clairevoyant as a child, her relationship with her friend Nick, and the criminal work she performed for her boss, Jaxon, while in Scion.

We don’t know much about Nick straight away, but as we were given more glimpses of him in Paige’s past, I came to love him and hope for a reunion between the two of them. Paige’s new friends Liss and Julian were both likable characters as well, although I would have liked to know more about Julian.

Warden was definitely one of the most complex characters, and one of whom we learned the most about. Paige could be stubborn in her feelings towards him at times, even as she learned more about his past and his intentions.

It’s a beautifully written supernatural dystopian and story of a young girl in a world that fears and despises her, who encounters numerous changes and hardships and losses but still manages to hold onto who she is. I couldn’t recommend it enough!

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So these are some of my favorite popular books and series I finally got around to this year! Have you read any of these? Did they fulfill your expectations? Let me know!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Pride Month!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. Each week they post a new Top Ten list  that one of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All you need to do is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers. If you don’t want to follow the weekly topics, you can come up with your own instead, and it doesn’t have to be a list of ten. It can be top 5, top 15, top 50! Whatever you want.

 

Since June is Pride Month I thought I’d make a ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ of my favorite books containing lgbt romances! Here we go, in no particular order:

Simon was one of my top reads of 2015. It was so freaking cute! I love the kind of romances that begin with two people getting to know each other anonymously through the internet, until they finally meet. And I loved the suspense of trying to guess who was Simon’s mystery quasi boyfriend.

I’ll Give You the Sun was another 2015 favorite, and I loved watching Noah and Brian’s friendship slowly grow into something more as they grew up. They were both such eccentric characters and Jandy Nelson’s writing is beautifully unique.

More Happy Than Not was definitely more on the sad side of things, and it had me crying like a baby, but it has such an important about sexuality and trying to change/forget who you are.

Far From You was the first book I’ve read featuring a bisexual character-something that’s very rare in the book world. It was a heartbreaking, tragic, creepy and suspenseful story surrounding sexuality, drug abuse and love.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post had me wanting to rip my hair out at times. It takes place during the 90’s, featuring gay 17 year old Cameron Post, who has to move in with her extremely religious and homophobic aunt when her parents die suddenly. Her aunt sends Cameron to a Christian “conversion” camp when she discovers that she likes girls, and the way she acted towards her was downright disgusting. It was a very moving story of survival and friendship and I very much enjoyed it.

We are the Ants is another one that had me crying a lot. Henry’s still dealing with the suicide of his boyfriend the year previously, and when he’s abducted by aliens who give him to option to save the planet from destruction simply by pushing a button,  he isn’t so sure that he wants to. Even as he begins to fall for the new boy at school, he struggles with the decision he’s been presented with. With the bullying and homophobia and family dysfunction he deals with on a daily basis, does he really care to save the world?

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I wish I had a longer list, but sadly, there are a lot of lgbt romances I still have not gotten to yet! So here’s a quick ‘Top Ten’ list of the ones on my TBR:

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What your favorite lgbt based books? Tell me in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten authors I’ve never read (but want to!)

 

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. Each week they post a new Top Ten list  that one of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All you need to do is make sure that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers. If you don’t want to follow the weekly topics, you can come up with your own instead, and it doesn’t have to be a list of ten. It can be top 5, top 15, top 50! Whatever you want.

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This weeks topic (of my own choosing) is….Top Ten authors I’ve never read (but want to!)

1.) Ellen Hopkins

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My latest book obession is books written in verse, so I really need to dive into her books! I have one that’s been on my shelf forever and another that I recently checked out, and I can’t wait!

 

2.) Nina Lacour

I recently bought Everything Leads to You on my kindle. It’s about a romance between two girls. I’ve heard great things about it as well as her other books so I’m curious to see if she lives up to the hype!

 

3.) Sarah J Maas

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Yes, I know, this is just despicable. Throne of Glass is another book that’s been on my shelf for years. It’s very high on my TBR list though, so I’ll get to it soon, promise!!

4.) Marissa Meyer

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This is just getting embarrassing. I’m so far behind everyone. Cinder has also been on my shelf for years, but I’m finally start to work my way through that particular shelf of my bookcase, so I’ll read it soon. I’ve heard great things about it and I’m very intrigued by the premise!

 

5.) Marie Lu

 

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I have Legend on my shelf and The Young Elites checked out from my library, both of which I’m highly anticipating picking up.

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So that’s it for now….I’m sure I’m forgetting several authors but these are the ones I’ve been particularily interested in recently. Have you guys read any of these? Did you like them? If you haven’t, do you want to read them?

Waiting on Wednesday

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Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about!

Here are 5 I’m looking forward to!

  1. Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein

          Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

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Goodreads Synopsis:

When Harry Met Sally for YA romance readers. This opposites-attract love story is perfect for fans of Huntley Fitzpatrick, Stephanie Perkins, and Jenny Han.
 
June wants high school to end and real life to begin. Oliver is soaking up senior year’s glory days. They could have coasted through high school, knowing about—but not really knowing—each other.

Except that their moms have arranged for Oliver to drive June to school. Every. Single. Day.

Suddenly these two opposites are fighting about music, life . . . pretty much everything. But love is unpredictable. When promises—and hearts—get broken, Oliver and June must figure out what really matters. And then fight for it.

My Thoughts: If you know me, you know I love a good romance, especially ones that start out as hate and turn into love. There’s never a dull moment.

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2) All in Pieces by Suzanne Young

    Release Date: November 8th, 2016

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Goodreads Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young comes a heartrending new novel about a girl struggling to deal with anger issues while taking care of her younger brother with special needs.

“Anger-management issues.”

That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.

The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.

Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own; a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself, except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.

And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.

My Thoughts: I love anything Suzanne Young writes, so I have no doubt I’ll enjoy this one, plus the premise sounds very intriguing.

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     Release Date: November 15th, 2016

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Goodreads Synopsis:

No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she and Stone investigate—the ageing prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot—she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.

My Thoughts: This one sounds creepy and suspenseful. I love creepy and suspenseful.

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4) The Odds of Lightning by Jocelyn Davies

     Release Date: September 20th, 2016

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Goodreads Synopsis:

A bolt of lightning inspires an incredible journey in this charming, magical realism adventure that takes four teens on an all-night journey through the streets of New York City.

Extraordinary things happen when we least expect them.

Tiny, Lu, Will and Nathaniel used to be best friends. Then life-defining events the summer before high school tore them apart. Now, three years later, they hardly talk anymore. Nathaniel has become obsessed with winning the prestigious science scholarship that his genius older brother once won. Will has risen from anonymity to popular soccer star. Lu grew into a brash, impetuous actress. And shy, poetic Tiny has slowly been fading away.

But fate weaves their lives together again the night before the SATs, during a wild thunderstorm that threatens to shut down New York City. And lightning strikes.

Before they know what’s hit them, the four teens embark on an epic all-night adventure to follow their dreams, fall in and out of love, reconcile the past, and overcome the fears that have been driving them since that one lost summer. And by the time the sun rises, odds are they’ll discover that there’s a fine line between science and magic, and that the mysteries of love and friendship can’t be explained.

My Thoughts: First off, can we talk about how freaking gorgeous that cover is?? Seriously. I love the concept of old friends being brought together again during a thunderstorm, reminiscing and finding each other all over again. And in NYC no less! I love it.

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5) The Creswell Plot by Eliza Wass

     Release Date: June 7th, 2016

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Castella Cresswell and her five siblings—Hannan, Caspar, Mortimer, Delvive, and Jerusalem—know what it’s like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father.

Slowly, Castley and her siblings start to test the boundaries of the laws that bind them. But, at school, they’re still the freaks they’ve always been to the outside world. Marked by their plain clothing. Unexplained bruising. Utter isolation from their classmates. That is, until Castley is forced to partner with the totally irritating, totally normal George Gray, who offers her a glimpse of a life filled with freedom and choice.

Castley’s world rapidly expands beyond the woods she knows so well and the beliefs she once thought were the only truths. There is a future waiting for her if she can escape her father’s grasp, but Castley refuses to leave her siblings behind. Just as she begins to form a plan, her father makes a chilling announcement: the Cresswells will soon return to their home in heaven. With time running out on all of their lives, Castley must expose the depth of her father’s lies. The forest has buried the truth in darkness for far too long. Castley might be their last hope for salvation.

My Thoughts: Very unique sounding plot, and I’m interested to find out more about how God comes into all this, despite not being religious myself. Also, I’ve always loved stories about people who are different than everyone else, trying to fit into the world of judgment that is high school. I love reading about complicated sibling relationships as well.

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Which of these are you looking forward to the most?

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