On my Radar: Top TBR Books…and a dream book (2)

In July, I had done a post about 6 books (and 1 dream book) that were on my radar that I planned to read. Truthfully I did pretty well. I’m currently reading the 4th book from that list leaving just 2. Not too bad. Since that seemed to help me narrow down the million books I want to read I figured might as well do it again. Here are the books on my radar (not including the 2 from the last post):

On my Radar: Top TBR Books…and a dream book (2)The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Published: May 17th 2016
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Trixie Watson has two very important goals for senior year: to finally save enough to buy the set of Doctor Who figurines at the local comic books store, and to place third in her class and knock Ben West--and his horrendous new mustache that he spent all summer growing--down to number four.

Trixie will do anything to get her name ranked over Ben's, including give up sleep and comic books--well, maybe not comic books--but definitely sleep. After all, the war of Watson v. West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Browncoats v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. Over a decade later, it's time to declare a champion once and for all.

The war is Trixie's for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben's best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-pullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben's cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie's best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they're on--and they might not pick the same side.

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On my Radar: Top TBR Books…and a dream book (2)Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Published by Feiwel & Friends
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Flynn's girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?

Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can't answer, and her friends are telling stories that don't add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January's boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January's disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

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On my Radar: Top TBR Books…and a dream book (2)Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel and Friends
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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland―the infamous Queen of Hearts―she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

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On my Radar: Top TBR Books…and a dream book (2)Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Kingdoms collide in Sarah J. Maas's epic fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what -- and who -- to sacrifice if she's to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

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On my Radar: Top TBR Books…and a dream book (2)The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic Press
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Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

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On my Radar: Top TBR Books…and a dream book (2)It Started With Goodbye by Christina June
Published by Blink/HarperCollins
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Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she's stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF's gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client).

When Tatum discovers she's not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela/fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE shows us that sometimes going after what you want means breaking the rules.

IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith.

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This is the book I am desperate to show up on Edelweiss.

On my Radar: Top TBR Books…and a dream book (2)The Adjustment (The Program, #3) by Suzanne Young
Published by Simon Pulse
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Tatum Masterson never went through The Program. She never had her memory stripped, never had to fight to remain herself. But when Weston, her longtime boyfriend and love of her life, was taken by handlers, she hoped he’d remember her somehow—that their love would be strong enough.

It wasn’t.

Like all returners, Weston came back a blank canvas. The years he and Tatum spent together were forgotten, as well as the week when he mysteriously disappeared before The Program came for him.

Regardless of his memory loss, Tatum fights to get Weston to remember her. And just as they start to build a new love, they hear about the Adjustment—a new therapy that implants memories from a donor. Despite the risks, Tatum and Weston agree to go through the process. Tatum donates her memories from their time together.

But the problem with memories is that they are all a matter of perspective. So although Weston can now remember dating Tatum, his emotions don’t match the experiences. And this discrepancy is slowly starting to unravel him, worse than anything The Program could have done.

And as the truth of their life together becomes clear, Tatum will have to decide if she loves Weston enough to let him go, or to continue to live the lie they’d build together.

Prepare for your Adjustment.

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Review: Sinner – Maggie Stiefvater

Review: Sinner – Maggie StiefvaterSinner by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #4
Published by Scholastic Press
Published: July 1, 2014
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four-half-stars

found.Cole St. Clair has come to California for one reason: to get Isabel Culpeper back. She fled from his damaged, drained life, and damaged and drained it even more. He doesn't just want her. He needs her.

lost. Isabel is trying to build herself a life in Los Angeles. It's not really working. She can play the game as well as all the other fakes...but what's the point? What is there to win?

sinner.Cole and Isabel share a past that never seemed to have a future. They have the power to save each other and the power to tear each other apart. The only thing for certain is that they cannot let go.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Cole St. Clair, how much I missed you. That was the first thought I had while reading Sinner.

It had been a long time since I was in the world of Cole and Isabel. Stiefvater ended the Wolves of Mercy Falls series in 2011. That’s about 3 almost full years since I was a part of that world so I was nervous going in. I remember what I loved about the first three books was the beautiful writing, but not so much the wolf aspect. But when I heard there was a new book coming out and it was staring Cole and Isabel I swallowed my worry and got my hands on it. Jumping back into this series after 3 years taught me one thing…Cole and Isabel are everything!

Sinner is a very different book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. When we last left off Sam and Grace were headed to college and Isabel was headed to Los Angeles. Sinner kind of picks up where Forever left off. Isabel is in fact in LA and that is exactly where Cole heads when he decides to start his music career back up. With Narkotika over, Cole signs on to a web reality show with an internet sensation, Baby, running the show. Too bad everyone that was ever in contact with Baby has ended up crashing and burning. Clean now Cole refuses to let her make him fall apart because he is after more than just music, he is also there for Isabel. The question that remains is does wounded, closed off, tough girl want him to be there for her?

Have I mentioned yet how much I love Cole St. Clair because I do. He is possibly the most perfect flawed character I have read in any book, or at least in a really long time. There is nothing about him that is typical. He speaks before the thinks, makes bad choices sometimes, can’t sit still, has addictive behavior, and is a wolf, but he is so amazingly perfect. His delivery is so spot on it’s crazy and his connection to Isabel is indescribable. They two of them really just work well together. They have this chemistry that leaps off the page. On the surface they are two totally different people, but when they are together they are unstoppable. Isabel always has the hard exterior shell so she doesn’t get hurt and Cole just expects to get hurt so when combine that you have fireworks.

Honestly though, what I really loved about Sinner was Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. I was fortunate enough to listen to Maggie speak at an event in Boston. It was really my first book event and I never got to meet her but I got to listen to her talk. And what I got from that is that Sinner sounds just like Maggie does! If I had no clue who wrote this book I would 100% know it was her just from that hour long event. She has such a way about easy humor that just translated perfectly to Cole and Isabel’s personalities and that made this reading experience all the more enjoyable.

Sinner was everything I never knew I was missing from the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. It made me smile and miss everything about Cole and Isabel when I was done.( And it also had one of the most romantically weird dates in a book FYI. HA.) I loved being back in this world and seeing it though different eyes and seeing how they coped on their own. It was fun and fantastic and something you must read if you were a fan of the series.

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Second Chance Sunday – Shiver, Linger & Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Second Chance Sunday – Shiver, Linger & Forever by Maggie StiefvaterShiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Published by Scholastic Press
Published: August 1, 2009
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five-stars

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Honestly I’m not really into the vampire/werewolf/supernatural kind of books, but this was suggested to me so I took a leap of faith and read it. Thank god I did! How could I not have fallen in love with this story?!? Between the amazingly creative descriptions that made you feel you were in Mercy Falls and the love story of Grace and Sam I was immediately sold. Stiefvater has created such great characters with such an amazing lanuage it was easy to forget it was a supernatural book. Sam was just so sweet and innocent not wanting to hurt Grace at all. And Grace was witty, charming and strong. She knew what she wanted and really wouldn’t let anyone stop her. Add in Jack, Beck and Isabel(who completely grew on me by the end) and you have a perfect Romeo and Juliette-esq story with a modern twist. Can’t wait to get lost in Stiefvater’s world again. Simply put…amazing!

Second Chance Sunday – Shiver, Linger & Forever by Maggie StiefvaterLinger by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2
Published by Scholastic Press
Published: July 13, 2010
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five-stars

the longing.

Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

the loss.

Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being a human.

the linger.

For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life a constant struggle between two forces--wolf and human--with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?

I must start this review with saying again that for the record I am not a fan of “supernatural” books. I was never into the Twilight books or any of the other million vampire and werewolf books that can be found on any shelf at the bookstore. Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it is a good subject to write. I’m more of the kind of person that likes realistic stories about love, friendship and romance. With that being said I have tried to broaden my horizons and step outside of my comfort zone. I’ve read books I never would have picked up in a million years and in all honesty, thank god I did.

I have never read a book that has such imagery as the imagery that Stiefvater creates in Linger with her words. You feel every single thing these characters are feeling, smell everything they are smelling and see everything they are seeing. The simplest thing as a leave on the ground is transformed into a work of art that should be on a museum wall. It truly is unbelievably refreshing to read an author with so much power that she can transform a “supernatural” book into a love story of beauty.

A definite must read in the unfolding and ever changing love story of Sam and Grace. The growth of Isabel and the addition of Cole(hotter then hot!) are welcome pieces to this story that just left me wanting more. You will not be disappointed if you take a chance on this book. I wasn’t. Can’t wait to read the last and final part of the series.

Second Chance Sunday – Shiver, Linger & Forever by Maggie StiefvaterForever by Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3
Published by Scholastic Press
Published: July 12, 2011
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five-stars

then.When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their love moved from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.

now.That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be killed in one final, spectacular hunt.

forever.Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment--a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.

Wow. How do you put into words the amazingness of The Wolves of Mercy Falls and give it the same justice that Stiefvater has? Truth is, you can’t. The story of Grace, Sam, Isabel and Cole is told in such a way that no review can actually convey what you think and feel about the books as a whole. Each book I found myself falling more and more in love with these characters and that is all thanks to Stiefvater’s amazing way with words. The way she described all the action packed adventure in Forever honestly made me feel like I was living the scenes myself. Every turn of the page made my heart pound faster. She turned what could have been an annoying trilogy about wolves into a masterpiece of art. By the time I finished Forever the story was more about the emotions, feelings and love then about the wolves of Mercy Falls. The trilogy became a love story of the greatest kind and I’m very thankful that I stepped out of my norm and read a truly phenomenal tale. The series as a whole gets 10 stars in my book.

 

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