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: Cinder – Marissa Meyer

Review: Cinder – Marissa MeyerCinder by Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Published by Macmillan
Published: January 8th 2013
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four-stars

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

I will be the first to admit that I am shocked by how much I enjoyed this book. When I first started reading it I was convinced that I wouldn’t want to continue the series. It was just too out there for me. Cyborgs and androids and moon people; that’s just a tad too much for me to take. But as I started to read more and more and I started to see the similarities of Meyer’s Cinderella and the original fairy tale version, I got swept away in the creativity of it all. Was it predictable? Absolutely. But even in its predictability, it was a fun journey to take.

Honestly, I don’t really even know how to describe this book because it is very similar to the story of Cinderella. You have the awful step-mother that expects Cinder to do what she wants when she wants it, the step-sisters, one evil and one loving, you have the charming prince, and you have the ball. But Cinder is also a cyborg in this story which brings a whole new level to the story. Instead of Cinderella hiding that she is a servant girl, Cinder hides that she is only half human from the prince. But really that is where the similarities kind of stop. They are there on the surface and especially at parts of the ball, but the story isn’t really focused on all of that. The main part of the story is the state of New Beijing due to a deadly plague brought to earth by the Lunar’s and the Lunar queen herself who is a mix of the Wicked Queen from Snow White and Ursula from The Little Mermaid if you ask me.  And as Cinder gets closer to the Prince and the Lunar Queen starts using her power in questionable ways, Cinder starts to uncover something that just might help save New Beijing and Prince Kai, but collapse her world personally.

I know, I know, it sounds insane and a crazy book for a girl that is obsessed with Anna and the French Kiss to love. But truthfully when you read it and everything is put together it just makes sense. Cinder is likable so that helps greatly in forgetting that is in fact only half human. And her android friend is so quirky and fun you can’t help but love Ilko too. Prince Kai is suave and charming and also little boy like which makes him endearing. And the stepmother is evil as she should be. All the parts are there fixed in with the familiar and the new and it just all clicks and creates a wonderfully imaginative story that will have you clamoring for more.

Like I said it was predictable for me, which had more to do then with the actual story of Cinderella. I saw something coming a mile away, but even in that predictability, the build-up was strong. If I was often surprised by books I would definitely have enjoyed the steps Meyer took to get us there. It was done at just the right speed to get to the outcome. And although I found the ending a tad abrupt, the book really was a great read and I plan to continue on with Scarlett. One book at a time in this challenge and Cinder was a good one to go with.

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