June Book Haul

  1. The Unexpected Everything, by Morgan Matson

Andie 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?

2. All the Bright Things, by Jennifer Niven

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.

      3. It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini

Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

4. Love & Gelato, by Jenna Evans Welch

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept from Lina for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

5. When We Collided, Emery Lord

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.
Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.
Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

      6. Unrivaled, Alyson Noel

Layla Harrison wants to leave her beach-bum days for digs behind a reporter’s desk. Aster Amirpour wants to scream at the next casting director who tells her “we need ethnic but not your kind of ethnic.” Tommy Phillips dreams of buying a twelve-string guitar and using it to shred his way back into his famous absentee dad’s life.

But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her bitch a long time ago.

She’s Hollywood’s hottest starlet, and the things she did to become the name on everyone’s lips are merely a stain on the pavement, ground beneath her Louboutin heel.

That is, until Layla, Aster, and Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the glamorous and gritty world of Los Angeles’s nightlife and lured into a high-stakes competition where Madison Brooks is the target. Just as their hopes begin to gleam like stars through the California smog, Madison Brooks goes missing. . . . And all of their hopes are blacked out in the haze of their lies.

      7. The Loose Ends List, Carrie Firestone 

Seventeen-year-old Maddie O’Neill Levine lives a charmed life, and is primed to spend the perfect pre-college summer with her best friends and young-at-heart socialite grandmother (also Maddie’s closest confidante), tying up high school loose ends. Maddie’s plans change the instant Gram announces that she is terminally ill and has booked the family on a secret “death with dignity” cruise ship so that she can leave the world in her own unconventional way – and give the O’Neill clan an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process.

Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her over-the-top family. As they travel the globe, Maddie bonds with other passengers and falls for Enzo, who is processing his own grief. But despite the laughter, headiness of first love, and excitement of glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram. She struggles to find the strength to say good-bye in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, loss, and the power of forgiveness.

Book descriptions courtesy of Goodreads

Top 5 YA Book Boyfriends

I have no idea how I possibly narrowed this list down to just five amazing fictional boys, but I pushed through the pain and finished it. Trust me when I say there are MANY more fantastic book boyfriends I could have had, but these are my absolute top picks in every category (like looks, humor, personality, fighting ability, and sarcasm level).

1. Rhysand, A Court of Thorns and Roses

How can someone not love this amazing, High Lord of the Night Court? Dark, brooding, mysterious, handsome (incredibly), and sarcastically funny. Don’t get me wrong, I love and adore Sarah J Maas and her world building and plot twists. In the end, Rhysand was by far my favorite part of A Court of Thorns and Roses, and especially in A Court of Mist and Fury.

2. Jace Herondale, The Mortal Instruments 

Does this one even need any explaining? He’s blonde, a kick ass fighter, and he plays the piano. I’m not seeing any flaws. Except the change of last names three or four times. But that’s ok if I eventually get to have one of them.

3. Maxon Schreave, The Selection Series

This amazing sweetie? I am in love with Maxon, and love his character development throughout the three Selection books, and the other two following novels. He loves photography, reading, and strawberry tarts. I was loving him by the first two pages of meeting him.

4. Noah Shaw, The Mara Dyer Trilogy

I love him. There’s not much to it. His sarcasm, love, sweetness, bad boy attitude, and protection for his loved ones is just too much to handle. Noah and Mara’s relationship was the best parts of the haunting trilogy for me.

5. Kishan Rajaram, The Tiger’s Curse Series

A lot of readers may not know who this wonderful character is, but he is for sure on my top five list. Kishan is one of the main characters in the Tiger’s Curse series, and I read all of those books in about a week. He is the darker brother, complementing his lighter side, Ren. Those copper eyes and strong arms, YES PLEASE.

 

Now, honestly if I had the option, I wouldn’t date any of these boys. I can’t imagine them without their girls they all fought so hard to love. Their relationships are the most heartbreaking, tear jerking, hilarious, and endearing sections of the novels.

I can still think all of them are cute, though. ❤

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 summer to-reads

  1. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  3. This is What Happy Looks Like By Jennifer Smith
  4. An Abundance of Katherine’s by John Green
  5. All of The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  6. It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  7. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  8. Good Girls by Sara Shepard
  9. All of the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  10. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzapatrick

So these are the books I hope to read by this summer!

What is a book you hope to read this summer?

 

“Empire of Storms” Cover Reveal Reaction

 

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Now that I have sinced calmed down a little bit from my original reaction, I can properly string a few words together to form a functional sentence. My initial reaction was WHAT THE HECK. Why does she not look badass, or amazing, or like a fire breathing bitch queen? This girl looks as though she as no soul, and is in the process of slowly decomposing. It looks nothing like the other four covers, that were screaming with color, and showed the fantasticalness of Sarah J Maas and her writing talent. The series looks beautiful together, and is now going to have this mixed in with this. What color even is that?

Upon further, and closer inspection the front image began to slowly grow on me. VERY SLOWLY. I still despise the color in every way, but I am learning to like the element of fire, mixed with the prominence of the necklace. Ok, and Aelin somewhat looks like a boss queen. Maybe I jumped the gun a tiny bit. It’s a decent cover. This will never be my favorite art in the series, that will remain  “Throne of Glass”. But, I have no doubt that the writing, storyline, and character development within the book will be as good, or even better than its four precursors. The page count on the other hand, makes me incredibly happy. Seven hundred and four pages of Aelin, Rowan, fire powers, magic, Terrasen, war, and plenty of kickass fighting sequences.

Can someone in the fandom please start a countdown for September 6th?

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