Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books I’ve Read

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This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read

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From the very beginning, this book stunned me. The first chapter made my mouth drop as my brain contemplated, “what the hell just happened?” You guys, this book is intense and a constant page-turner.

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I don’t want to spoil Bone Gap, but the main character is very unique when it comes to “seeing” people, which makes the whole story so heartbreaking and wonderful.

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Sommer’s Truest is so painful and stunning! There is one particular character that shines brighter than the others, and it is her view and take on life that makes this story so riveting.

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The Winner’s Trilogy is one of my favorite series. I love how Marie Rutkoski is able to intermingle so many genres (fantasy, romance, historical), and make the world and characters so unique and heart-crushing. 

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The Accident Season put me through an emotional roller coaster–there is no other book out there like it. Prepare yourself to be inflicted with a family that faces emotional turmoil, broken spirits, and fragile hearts.

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I have never read a book that made me appreciate my sense of smell more than The Secret of a Heart Note. This diverse book will fiddle with your heart and yearn to be an aromateur.

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 I love how interactive this story is formatted. The book is uniquely told through images, log entries, background files, and more. I really enjoyed how fun and fast-paced it was.

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You guys, Emily Henry is a word sorcerer and a magician of creating the most elaborate stories. A Million Junes is my favorite book of 2017. From the writing to the world building to the quirky characters, I AM UTTERLY IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK and how different it is to any story I have ever read. 

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Before Wintersong, I had never read a retelling of one of my favorite Victorian poems. Wintersong sucked me in from the very beginning, and its unique take on Christina Rossetti’s cautionary poem “Goblin Market” and mixing it with a retelling of Labyrinth definitely won me over. 

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You guys, I don’t know how to fully describe the epic-ness of Station Eleven, so I stole this quote from my review that I wrote on it: “Station Eleven is an intricate and well-written novel that consists of a non-linear storyline, unraveling plot twists, huge character development, and a post-apocalyptic wasteland concerned with humanity, humility, and survival.” This book requires all of your attention, and trust me, every single page will have ALL of your attention.

What are your favorite unique books? What made them stand out?

Book Blitz: Dating the It Guy by Krysten Lindsay Hager

Title: Dating the It Guy
Author: Krysten Lindsay Hager
Publication date: March 21st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Emme is a sophomore in high school who starts dating, Brendon Agretti, the popular senior who happens to be a senator’s son and well-known for his good looks. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon’s world and it doesn’t help that his picture perfect ex, Lauren, seems determined to get back into his life, along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti. Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend cheated on her and her whole world is off kilter with her family issues. Life suddenly seems easier keeping Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses. Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you’re dating the it guy.

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EXCERPT:

“By the way, did you hear Lauren got into Senator Agretti’s old school?”

“Seriously? I wonder if she applied there because Brendon did,” I said.

Margaux snorted. “Duh, of course. Seriously, she might as well just pee on him to mark her territory.”

“Margaux, shut up,” Kylie said.

“Whatever. Anyway, the important thing is if Brendon knew she was applying there,” Margaux said. “Em, do you think he knew?”

I hoped Lauren was just trying to follow Brendon, but what if they had planned this whole thing while they were dating? What if he convinced her to apply there so they could go to college together, wear matching American flag sweaters with big scarves while drinking hot chocolate, and jump into leaf piles just like a preppy clothing catalog. At least now I didn’t have to worry about them reciting poetry to one another in South Bend, but still, what if they had made plans to go to school together?

“Don’t worry about it,” Kylie said. “She was probably trying to follow him—like she always does. She’s so pathetic.”

Kylie was trying to make me feel better, but Lauren was far from pathetic. After all, she was pretty much the “Most Likely to Succeed” poster girl. While she was out overachieving and saving the world without messing up her perfect, bouncy hair, I was trying to get through each day. I tried to push away the image of Lauren and Brendon holding hands and drinking hot chocolate under a stadium blanket.

 

Author Bio:

Besides mining her teen years and humiliating moments for her novels, Krysten is also a book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. Krysten writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, and Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2). Her debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book. Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times and on Living Dayton.

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If It’s Not a Rant, It’s a Rave: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

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Title: Traitor to the Throne
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Publication date: March 7, 2017
Publisher:  Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, 
Format: Signed Hardcover, purchased

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about Djinn and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

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My Rants and Raves of Traitor to the Throne

I loved Rebel in the Sands, so I was so happy to dive back into this world. One of my favorite things about Traitor to the Throne is that it quickly picked up where we left off in the previous book. I was so afraid that I would forget the characters and the whole plot, but this was not the case. Alywn Hamilton writes with such great description and drops great hints of the backstory, so I was happily engulfed and surrounded in Amani’s world, thoughts, and motives all over again. 

What I loved most about Traitor to the Throne is that even though I am in love with the old band of characters, I also started fangirling over the introduction of new characters. As I was reading the book, I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out who the “traitor” might be, but you guys, there were a lot of revealing twists and turns that I honestly did not see coming. I love how action packed the story is, which honestly allowed the story to quickly flow. I could not put the book down. 

Additionally, Amani continues to be one of my favorite heroines to root for in young adult literature. I love how independent and quick thinking she is. Her motives and actions are always selfless, which usually puts her…uhhh…in not so good situations. And in Traitor to the Throne, she once again proves that she is fierce and badass. 

The only rant I have about Traitor to the Throne is that I wish there were more scenes between Amani and Jin. I love the chemistry and dynamics between these two characters. Their relationship makes my heart ache, in a good way though, and I think they are dynamite on the page. Although the plot rarely portrayed these two on the same page, I was always yearning for them when they were separated and overly excited when they were in a scene together. 

As a second book to the series, Traitor to the Throne did not disappoint. I am definitely excited for Book 3, because OHMYGOD what is going to happen next?

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NOTE:  I was not provided a copy of this book by the author or the publisher in an exchange for a review. I bought this book with my own funds and reviewed it at my own discretion.  All statements and opinions in this review are mine.

Treat Yo Shelf: March 2017 Monthly Recap

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March 2017: Monthly Recap

Welcome to my monthly recap post, in which I fangirl over the books I read this month, bookish items I acquired, book events I attended, bookish news, and/or subscription boxes I received in the month of March.

What did I read in March?

What books did I blog about in March?

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What books did I buy in March? 

(This does not include Kindle purchases)

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Frogkisser!
 
by Garth Nix

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
Traitor to the Throne by Alwyen Hamiton
The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelance
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Not pictured: 
German version of Caraval and
Polish version of Caraval by Stephanie Garber

What books did I receive from Publishers/Authors to review?

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March’s FairyLoot Box

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March’s Uppercase Box

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March’s Books on Dragonwings Box

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March’s #OTSPSecretSister Package

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March Favorites

March was my birthday month, so I received a lot of goodies. I also won a lot of giveaways from publishers.

Birthday Gifts

My brother got me two versions of Caraval: the Tesco Special Edition and the Goldsboro Special Edition!

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Birthday gifts from my good friend Chelsea.

GIVEAWAY WINS

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Goodreads win from SimonTeen

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A Goodreads win from Berkley Publishing.

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Twitter win from @PaperlanternLit

How did you treat your shelves in March? What books did you buy? What books did you read and would highly recommend?

W…W…W…Wednesday: 04/05/2017

W…W…W…Wednesday

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W…W…W…Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and includes Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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I reread this book over the weekend and loved it even more this second time around. This book is so hopeful, inspiring, funny, and so swoony.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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This is the next read for a book club that I am in. I will probably give it a go soon (I hope).

How does your week of reading look?

Release Day Blitz: ZENN DIAGRAM by Wendy Brant

 
I am so excited that ZENN DIAGRAM by Wendy Brant is available now and that I get to share the news!
 
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Wendy Brant, be sure to check out all the details below.
 
This blitz also includes a giveaway for 3 finished copies of the book courtesy of Kids Can Press and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:
Title: ZENN DIAGRAM
Author: Wendy Brant
Pub. Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Pages: 328
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Eva Walker is a seventeen-year-old math genius. And if that doesn’t do wonders for her popularity, there’s another thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person or anything that belongs to them — from clothes to textbooks to cell phones — she sees a vision of their emotions. She can read a person’s fears and anxieties, their secrets and loves … and what they have yet to learn about calculus. This is helpful for her work as a math tutor, but it means she can never get close to people. Eva avoids touching anyone and everyone. People think it’s because she’s a clean freak — with the emphasis on freak — but it’s all she can do to protect herself from other people’s issues.
 
Then one day a new student walks into Eva’s life. His jacket gives off so much emotional trauma that she falls to the floor. Eva is instantly drawn to Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist who also has a troubled home life, and her feelings only grow when she realizes that she can touch Zenn’s skin without having visions. But when she discovers the history that links them, the truth threatens to tear the two apart.

Excerpt:
 
While he waits for his coffee, I snuggle deeper into the couch, hoping he won’t notice me. The only thing worse than filling out college applications the night of the homecoming dance is your crush seeing you fill out college applications the night of the homecoming dance. I guess it should make me feel better that he’s not at the dance, either, but it doesn’t. When guys don’t go to homecoming it seems like a conscious choice. When girls don’t go, it just seems like they didn’t get asked.
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“Tall black drip!” the barista calls out, like she’s calling out his name and not the drink. Zenn is tall and dark, but there is nothing drippy about him. He is most definitely non-drippy, whatever that means. He takes his coffee and I think I am home free until he steps away from the counter. Crap. He sees me. I am equal parts mortified and thrilled. He raises his cup in a silent greeting and comes a few steps closer. He opens the lid and I try not to stare at his mouth as he blows on his coffee to cool it.
“Hey, Zenn.” My voice sounds goofy in my own ears. Too loud in this
small, cozy space.
He takes a tentative sip from his cup. Straight black coffee, no cream,
no sugar, no chocolate syrup. What a badass.
“No homecoming for you either?” he asks.
I close my laptop and press my hands against the warm surface. I shrug.
“I’m not much of a dancer.”
Zenn nods in agreement. “Yeah. Me neither.”
He comes even closer and sits down on the arm of the sofa across from me.
His knees are spread wide, his forearms resting on his inner thighs, his
hypnotizing hands holding his coffee in the triangle between his legs. He looks
so comfortable, so at ease in his own skin. How does one get that way? You
wouldn’t think it would be hard – I mean, we’re born in our skin. It should be
pretty comfortable by the time you hit seventeen, eighteen. But for me … not so
much.
 
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from Zenn Diagram © 2017 Wendy Brant, with permission from Kids Can Press.
 
 
 

About Wendy: 


So my name alone should give you a clue that I graduated from high school when bangs were big and clothes were baggy. I went to Northwestern University and majored in journalism even though I had no desire to be a journalist. I’ve been married to a great guy for a whole drinking-aged person’s life. I’ve got two amazing and yet very different (and very tall) teenage kids. I like crappy food, pinning inspirational quotes on Pinterest, have a tendency to start paragraphs with “anyway”, and I wish I were funnier. I would love to be one of those really, REALLY funny bloggers (like Insane in the Mom-Brain) that makes you pee yourself a little bit. I am only moderately funny. I admit that. It’s one of my great sadnesses in life.


I started writing fiction when I was 10, but tried to be practical with the whole journalism thing. Didn’t take. Shortly after college, the fiction-writing desire reared its non-practical head and I’ve been writing ever since.

Anyway, I’m probably just like you. We’d probably be friends if we met in real life. (Well, let’s be honest. It’s likely that only my friends are actually reading this blog, so we probably ARE friends in real life.) But whether we are friends in real life, or just virtual friends through cyberspace, I hope you will enjoy your time here.

Check out my debut YA novel, ZENN DIAGRAM (KCP Loft 4/4/17), available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Target!

 

 Giveaway Details:


3 winners will receive a hardcover of ZENN DIAGRAM, US Only.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Fandom Freebie

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This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Favorite Bookish-Fandom Stores

  1. Frostbeard

  2. NovellyYours

  3. BookBeau

  4. Out of Print Clothing

  5. Storybook Cosmetics

  6. The Melting Library

  7. Icey Designs

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    Other Fandom Site recommendations

  8. Espionage Cosmetics (Fandom nailwraps, makeup, etc.)
  9. Society6   (Fandom pillows, blankets, mugs, etc.)
  10. HappyHello! (Magnetic bookmarks)