Monday, March 27, 2017

Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord


The Start of Me and You by Emery LordThe Start of Me and You
by Emery Lord
March 1, 2016
376 pages


Goodreads Summary:
Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for a year, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Review Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly #3) by Susan Dennard


*Review contains spoilers and spoilers from the previous books in the trilogy.
 
Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard
Strange and Ever After
(Something Strange and Deadly #3)
by Susan Dennard
July 22, 2014
392 pages


Goodreads Summary:
In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus...all before it’s too late.

With supernatural forces, epic romance, and a mysterious Egyptian city, Eleanor and her team are set for an adventure they will never forget.

It has been a tumultuous time for Eleanor Fitt since life as she knew it in Philadelphia came abruptly to an end. Although the Spirit-Hunters Joseph, Jie, and Daniel have helped her survive, Eleanor has lost just about everything.

And now, Jie is missing taken by the evil necromancer Marcus. Eleanor is determined not only to get her back but to finally end this nightmare. To do so, she must navigate the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt amid the rising Dead, her unresolved feelings for Daniel, and her volatile relationships with Joseph and Oliver, her demon. And it won't be easy. Because Allison, her friend from Philadelphia, has tagged along, becoming strangely entangled in Eleanor's mission.

It will take all of Eleanor's powers of black magic, and all of Daniel's and Joseph's trust, to succeed. But there will be a price.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WoW #141: The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick


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The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda QuickThe Girl Who Knew Too Much
by Amanda Quick
May 9, 2017
352 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Amanda Quick, the bestselling author of ’Til Death Do Us Part, transports readers to 1930s California, where glamour and seduction spawn a multitude of sins…

When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It’s where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool…

The dead woman had a red-hot secret about up-and-coming leading man Nick Tremayne, a scoop that Irene couldn’t resist—especially since she’s just a rookie at a third-rate gossip rag. But now Irene’s investigation into the drowning threatens to tear down the wall of illusion that is so deftly built around the famous actor, and there are powerful men willing to do anything to protect their investment.

Seeking the truth, Irene finds herself drawn to a master of deception. Oliver Ward was once a world-famous magician—until he was mysteriously injured during his last performance. Now the owner of the Burning Cove Hotel, he can’t let scandal threaten his livelihood, even if it means trusting Irene, a woman who seems to have appeared in Los Angeles out of nowhere four months ago…

With Oliver’s help, Irene soon learns that the glamorous paradise of Burning Cove hides dark and dangerous secrets. And that the past—always just out of sight—could drag them both under…

 
I read her 'Til Death Do Us Part last year and really enjoyed it- can't wait to see what she's got next!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2) by Susan Dennard


*Review contains spoilers from the previous books in the trilogy.
 
A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard
A Darkness Strange and Lovely
(Something Strange and Deadly #2)
by Susan Dennard
July 23, 2013
408 pages


Goodreads Summary:
Perfect for fans of Libba Bray's The Diviners and Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices series, this spellbinding sequel to Something Strange and Deadly delivers a mix of supernatural forces and intense romance, set against the enchanting backdrop of nineteenth-century Paris.

With her brother dead and her mother insane, Eleanor Fitt is alone. Even the Spirit-Hunters—Joseph, Jie, and the handsome Daniel—have fled to Paris. So when Eleanor hears the vicious barking of hounds and sees haunting yellow eyes, she fears that the Dead, and the necromancer Marcus, are after her.

To escape, Eleanor boards a steamer bound for France. There she meets Oliver, a young man who claims to have known her brother. But Oliver harbors a dangerous secret involving necromancy and black magic that entices Eleanor beyond words. If she can resist him, she'll be fine. But when she arrives in Paris, she finds that the Dead have taken over, and there's a whole new evil lurking. And she is forced to make a deadly decision that will go against everything the Spirit-Hunters stand for.

In Paris, there's a price for this darkness strange and lovely, and it may have Eleanor paying with her life.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #137


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I'm actually on vacation right now so no physical books but here are a few ebooks I received for review in the past little while :)
 
Love Hate and Other Lies We Told by Deirdre Riordan HallUndeclared by Julianna Keyes
 Cashmere by Temple WestGuardian of Secrets by Brenda DrakeGarden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) by Susan Dennard


Something Strange and Deadly by Susan DennardSomething Strange and Deadly
(Something Strange and Deadly #1)
by Susan Dennard
July 24, 2012
388 pages


Goodreads Summary:
There's something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she's just read in the newspaper:

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she'll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Blog Tour - Top 10 Favourite Book Covers & Giveaway: These Ruthless Deeds (These Vicious Masks #2) by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

 
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These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
These Ruthless Deeds
(These Vicious Masks #2)
by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
March 14, 2017
320 pages

Goodreads Summary:
England, 1883. Still recovering from the loss of her beloved sister, Evelyn is determined to use her powers to save other gifted people from those who would harm them. But when her rescue of a young telekinetic girl goes terribly wrong, Evelyn finds herself indebted to a secret society devoted to recruiting and protecting people like Evelyn and her friends.

As she follows the Society’s orders, healing the sick and embarking on perilous recruitment missions, Evelyn sees her problems disappear. Her reputation is repaired, her friends are provided for, and her parents are newly wealthy. She reunites with the dashing Mr. Kent and recovers the reclusive Mr. Braddock (who has much less to brood over now that the Society can help him to control his dangerous power). But Evelyn can’t help fearing the Society is more sinister than it appears...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WoW #140: The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord


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The Names They Gave Us by Emery LordThe Names They Gave Us
by Emery Lord
May 16, 2017
400 pages


Goodreads Summary:
Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?
 
It's Emery Lord so of course I need it!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Review: The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3) by Samantha Shannon


*Review contains spoilers from the previous book in the series.

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
The Song Rising
(The Bone Season #3)
by Samantha Shannon
March 7, 2017
384 pages


Goodreads Summary:
The hotly anticipated third book in the bestselling Bone Season series – a ground-breaking, dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination.

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London's criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…

Sunday, March 12, 2017

It's Vacation Time!


Hi guys! I'm off on vacation for the next two weeks so I won't be very active on the blog. I do still have reviews scheduled though! I read a ton of backlist titles recently so I'll be sharing my reviews on those while I'm away. I hope you guys still stop by and give them so love! I'll also still be reading comments, I just might be slow to reply :) Thanks in advance for sticking around!! *big hugs* <3 <3

See you all when I get back!!

Pickles wants to see you around!Ripple hopes you'll still visit~
 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #136


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When there's a book sale you buy books~ I've heard great things about these three titles so I can't wait to dive in.
 
Pickles with Under Rose-Tainted Skies, A Shadow Bright and Burning and The Collector
 
I also received my preorder of the limited signed edition of The Song Rising and it is gorgeous! <3

Pickles with The Song Rising.
 
I won a copy of the new The Bone Season paperback from Sarah K @thebooktraveler on twitter. Thank you so much- I really want to read that prequel novella! Then Peguin/Random House Canada sent me a review copy of Geekerella and I'm so over the moon excited for it! Last but not least I love Julianna Keyes's stories so I bought Going the Distance~
 
Ripple with The Bone Season, Geekerella and Going the Distance.

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WoW #139: Internet Famous by Danika Stone


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Internet Famous by Danika StoneInternet Famous
by Danika Stone
June 6, 2017
320 pages

Goodreads Summary:
High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.
 
An internet romance on the comments section of a blog? I want to read that!

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, March 6, 2017

Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde


Queens of Geek by Jen WildeQueens of Geek
by Jen Wilde
March 14, 2017
288 pages


Goodreads Summary:
When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #135


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There was a little bit of a mix up with the publisher and they sent me Everyday Magic by mistake. I actually do want to read this one so thank you Merit Press :)
 
Ripple with Everyday Magic.
 
 I won a copy of Vigilante from Goodreads! Thank you Harlequin Teen for sending it to me!
 
Pickles with Vigilante.
 
What did you add to your shelves this week?

Friday, March 3, 2017

Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover


Confess by Colleen HooverConfess
by Colleen Hoover
March 10, 2015
306 pages


Goodreads Summary:
Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

WoW #138: The Best Kind of Magic (Amber Sand #1) by Crystal Cestari


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The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal CestariThe Best Kind of Magic
(Amber Sand #1)
by Crystal Cestari
May 16, 2017
336 pages

Goodreads Summary:
Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber's pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone's soul mate.

Amber works at her mother's magic shop--Windy City Magic--in downtown Chicago, and she's confident she's seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one--her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor's son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father's missing girlfriend, she's distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can't see her own match, she can see his--and it's not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn't her match?

The Best Kind of Magic is set in urban Chicago and will appeal to readers who long for magic in the real world. With a sharp-witted and sassy heroine, a quirky cast of mystical beings, and a heady dose of adventure, this novel will have you laughing out loud and questioning your belief in happy endings.

 
I love that cover and can't wait to read this book!

What are you guys waiting on this week?
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