Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Tour + Review and Giveaway: Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin


31702803Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin

Lady Jane Moore has a secret. A secret that must be kept buried. For if anyone discovered the truth, her life at Stranje House would crumble. And with Napoleon Bonaparte’s invasion of England underway, everyone at Stranje House is already in danger. Mortal danger.

Jane knows it. She may not be like Tess, who has the advantage of prophetic dreams. Nor is she like Sera, who notices every detail no matter how miniscule and draws conclusions based on the smallest thread of evidence. She doesn’t possess Maya’s ability to soothe the tempers around her with a few well-spoken words. Neither is she a brilliant scientist like Georgie. According to Miss Stranje, Lady Jane Moore is a mastermind.

Nonsense!

Jane doesn’t consider herself a mastermind. Quite the contrary, she believes herself to be an ordinary young lady. It’s just that she has a rather excessive bent toward the practical. She tends to grasp the facts of a situation quickly, and by so doing, she’s able to devise and implement a sensible course of action. But that’s all there is to it. Well, there is the fact that she also organizes the players in her plans with quiet efficiency. So much so, that occasionally Lady Jane’s friends tease her for being a bit managing.

Do they expect her to sit back and do nothing when trouble is brewing? Not likely. Not when the people she cares about are at risk. Call it being a mastermind if you must, it is a trait that comes in rather handy in a world full of spies, sabotage, and double-dealing. Especially now that Lady Jane and Sera have rooted out the truth: There is a traitor at Stranje House.

Someone is sneaking information to Lady Daneska and Ghost, Napoleon’s spies. Jane is determined to find out who it is before the bonds of friendship at Stranje House are ripped apart by suspicions. Her desperate hunt for the traitor ensnares Robert Fulton’s nephew, Alexander Sinclair, a brash American inventor, in an ambush that puts his life in danger. Sinclair may well be the most maddening man in all of Christendom, a wicked-tongued rascal with boorish manners, but for some reason, Lady Jane cannot bear the thought of the golden-haired genius being harmed.

Is Jane enough of a mastermind to save Alexander, her friends at Stranje House, and possibly England itself?



Praise for the Stranje House Series


"A Completely Original―and totally engrossing―world, full of smart girls, handsome boys, and sinister mysteries...Sign me up." ―Meg CabotNew York Times Best Selling Author of The Princess Diaries

REVIEW:

4 stars

This was such an amazing book, just as every book in the series was. The thing that I love so much about this book is that each book is a different character's perspective. I loved Jane's perspective a lot, and I loved seeing her relationships with previous book characters.

I loved that this series is set against historical background, but has that added touch of fantasy. I'm really into historical fiction, and love when authors can take something and make it more.

The book is set at a nice pace, with moments that are slow and moments that are fast. It's full of action, intrigue, and a little bit of romance. It's everything that you could want in a book that fits into two amazing genres.

I would definitely recommend this book and the series to anyone who loves YA fantasy that is set in a historical time period. I fell in love with the world and the characters, and this book (like the other two) had me hooked from the beginning.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin loves adventure in books and in real life. She taught rock climbing in the Rockies, survival camped in the desert, was stalked by a mountain lion, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, enjoyed way too many classes in college, fell in love at least a dozen times, and married her very own hero. They’ve raised four free-spirited adventurous children.

Awarded 2016 Spirit of Texas, A School for Unusual Girls , is her first historical romance for Young Adults. It is a Junior Library Guild selection. Publisher’s Lunch listed it in their 2015 Young Adult BookBuzz. Kansas State NEA Reading Circle gave it a starred review in their 2016 “Best of the Best” for High Schools. Scholastic licensed it for book fairs, and New York Times Book Review called it “enticing from the first sentence.”

Kathleen is also an avid reader and adores the wit and humor of Oscar Wilde, P.G. Wodehouse, and Jane Austen. Her eclectic reading interests range from Frank Herbert to Meg Cabot, and on to the delightfully imaginative tales of Diana Wynne Jones.


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Waiting on Wednesday: Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
Expected Publication: July 18th by Simon Pulse
YA Fantasy

Stop the Magician.

Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.


Why I Am Waiting:
I have been for some time now, wanting to read a Lisa Maxwell book, but none caught my attention as much as The Last Magician. This book mixes magic, history, and time travel together - three aspects that I think would all mash very well together to create an interesting story. I also feel that the cast of characters in this story will be wonderful to get to know - and let's face it, a thief who time travels sounds amazing.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tour + Favorite Reads, Giveaway, and Review: Night Magic by Jenna Black


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Jenna Black returns to the quarantined city of Philadelphia, where an unsuspecting seventeen-year-old has unknowingly unleashed a dark power that transforms the city into a monstrous hellscape in Night Magic.

Philadelphia is locked in the grip of an evil magic that transforms its streets into a nightmare landscape the minute the sun sets each night. While most of the city hunkers down and hopes to survive the long winter nights, Becket Walker is roaming the darkened streets having the time of her life.

Once, the guilt of having inadvertently let the night magic into the city―and of having killed her onetime best friend―had threatened to destroy her. But now she’s been Nightstruck, and all her grief and guilt and terror have been swept away―along with her conscience. So what if she’s lost her friends, her family, and her home? And so what if her hot new boyfriend is super-controlling and downright malevolent?

Mesmerized by the power and freedom of not having to care about anyone but herself, Becket is sinking ever deeper into the night magic’s grasp. But those who love her refuse to give up on her―even if she’s given up on them. If they can’t find a way to help Becket break the night magic’s hold, the entire city might soon find itself shrouded in perpetual night. But the last thing Becket wants is to be “rescued” from her brand new life, and she will fight tooth and claw to stay exactly where she is.




Praise for NIGHT MAGIC 


“Suspenseful and savage―Jenna Black does horror right!”―Kimberly Derting, author of the Body Finder series



"Effectively blending grisly horror, teenage dilemmas, and a touch of romance, Black has built a genuinely scary city where the night literally has teeth.”―Publishers Weekly


Favorite Reads Ever
 The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
Archangel by Sharon Shinn
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Watership Down by Richard Adams
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Wolves of Wiloughby Chase by Joan Aiken
Poison Study by Maria Synder
White Cat  by Holly Black
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Review
4 stars

Night Magic is the sequel to Nightstruck by Jenna Black, and continues from where the first book left off. You get to see a different side of who Becket is because she has been Nightstruck, and I just think it adds more to who she is as a character.

I love the darker aspects of the story and the world that Jenna Black has built in this series. I also love that this book is exciting and entertaining, and was hard for me to put down once I had picked it up. There is also your more known YA elements if you love to have some familiarity in a book.

Overall, I loved this book. It was as great as the first book in the series, and I cannot wait to see where Jenna Black takes this story in the next book.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Jenna Black is your typical writer. Which means she's an "experience junkie." She got her BA in physical anthropology and French from Duke University.

Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. Then, during her senior year at Duke, she did some actual research in the field and made this shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating.

Concluding that this discovery was her life's work in the field of primatology, she then moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation. Among her other experiences . . .

Ballroom dancing.
Traveling all seven continents. Yes, even Antarctica.
Becoming a Life Master in Bridge.
Singing in a barbershop chorus.

Read the true story of Jenna's first trip out of the country by herself at the age of 16: Jenna's Zaire Adventure. And remember, insanity is a good thing for a writer.

She's also a proud member of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, and would love for her readers to support her fellow authors!

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Tour + Review: Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn


Girl on the Verge
Pintip Dunn
Published by: Kensington
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
From the author of The Darkest Lie comes a compelling, provocative story for fans of I Was Here and Vanishing Girls, about a high school senior straddling two worlds, unsure how she fits in either—and the journey of self-discovery that leads her to surprising truths.
In her small Kansas town, at her predominantly white school, Kanchana doesn’t look like anyone else. But at home, her Thai grandmother chides her for being too westernized. Only through the clothing Kan designs in secret can she find a way to fuse both cultures into something distinctly her own.
When her mother agrees to provide a home for a teenage girl named Shelly, Kan sees a chance to prove herself useful. Making Shelly feel comfortable is easy at first—her new friend is eager to please, embraces the family’s Thai traditions, and clearly looks up to Kan. Perhaps too much. Shelly seems to want everything Kanchana has, even the blond, blue-eyed boy she has a crush on. As Kan’s growing discomfort compels her to investigate Shelly’s past, she’s shocked to find how much it intersects with her own—and just how far Shelly will go to belong…

REVIEW:
4 stars

Girl on the Verge was an interesting read. It surprised me because I really thought the main focus was going to be solely on Kan, and there is a focus on her, but there is such a huge focus on Shelly. I really enjoyed reading the story, it was full of action, suspense, and even a little romance.

The story was a little predictable. It was still a really great and enjoyable book, but the suspense was lacking a little for me, because it just wasn't always a surprise for me. There were some that I wasn't 100% positive about, but there were also things that I was pretty positive about.

All in all, I was very impressed with my first book by Pintip Dunn, and I cannot wait to read more by her. I would definitely recommend this book because it was such a great, and for me, a very quick read.

Author Bio:
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL.
Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include THE DARKEST LIE, REMEMBER YESTERDAY, and the novella BEFORE TOMORROW.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com 

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Beautiful Book Covers Tag

Beautiful book covers TAG


I saw this over at Spines and Covers. I think this tag is interesting because the tag focuses on what the book looks like, and it sounds fun! If you want to do it, consider yourself tagged!

1. CHOOSE 5 OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOKS IN YOUR COLLECTION.
I am going to go with Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia, Live Through This by Mindi Scott, Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber, and Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper (5 stars), Lovely Reckless (4 stars), and Darker Still (5 stars). You can find my reviews for Stalking Jack the Ripper here and Lovely Reckless here.

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2. CHOOSE A BEAUTIFUL BOOK THAT FEATURES YOUR MOST FAVORITE COLOR.
This was kind of hard. My favorite color is teal, and there aren't a lot of books that I know of with this color. So I chose three books that I felt fit this question for different reasons. Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson - I think the cover is gorgeous and I love how the wording is. I gave Name of the Star 3 stars in case you are wondering about my thoughts on the book. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray - I feel like I am the only person out there who loved when the cover for the first book was switched. I just think the new cover is very simple, but intriguing. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken might be a stretch to call teal, but it's in that range of color that I love - I just love the cover, I love the design of what's in the bottle to the ship upside down underneath the bottle.


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3. CHOOSE A BEAUTIFUL BOOK THAT FEATURES YOUR LEAST FAVORITE COLOR.

This was also hard for me, because I don't pick up a lot of orange books because I'm usually not interested because of the color of the cover. It just doesn't draw my attention, but there is one book that did. And it's really not a shock if you know me. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It's very simple, but I think it is absolutely gorgeous.

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4. CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE COVER OF A CLASSIC.

I picked a series/companions instead of just a book because I think they are all absolutely gorgeous and they are matching. Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien, and Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien. I own the Lord of the Rings series with these covers, and the 2nd and 3rd books with the movie tie-in covers.

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5. CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE COVER OF A CHILDREN’S BOOK.

This is my favorite cover of a Children's Book. I love the color, and just think it looks absolutely beautiful. It's Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi.

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6. DO YOU OFTEN BUY BOOKS BASED SOLELY ON A BEAUTIFUL COVER?
I don't know if I would say I buy books based solely on a beautiful cover, but I have in the past. One book that I know of for sure, that I have not read yet and know absolutely nothing about is Shades of Darkness by A.R. Kahler. I have mentioned this book a few time in regards to similar questions, just because it's one I absolutely know I bought solely on the cover.

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7. OUT OF EVERY BOOK THAT YOU OWN, WHICH BOOK BEST EXEMPLIFIES YOUR IDEA OF A BEAUTIFUL BOOK.
I think that out of all of my books that Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout is the book that I think best exemplifies my idea of a beautiful book.

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What are your favorite beautiful covers?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Review: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

33644022Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

If you want something done right . . .

When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there's only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who's going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it's down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?








Pages: 320
Format: Hardback
Published By: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: YA - Fantasy, Romance

Cover Review:
I have mixed emotions about the cover. I like it, but I don't love it. I think it's very original and unique, but I think there's something missing that would have made amazing.

Rating:
✮✮✮

Review:
The book, Daughter of the Pirate King, was as thrilling as I had anticipated when I read the blurb on the cover from Anna Banks. Although I was anticipating reading this book so much, I was also slightly wary because it was comparing Alosa to a Lady Captain Jack Sparrow, and Pirates of the Caribbean is a favorite movie series of mine. But the wariness was for nought because this book was absolutely exciting and adventurous.



This book was initially hard for me to get into - it took a few chapters but I pushed through because I really wanted to read this book. I am so glad I did. This book was full of well-written characters that you love and love to hate at times. It was funny, with Kearan and Enwen, who are a constant source of amusement, but at the same time so endearing. I really liked getting to know Alosa through this story. She was feisty, stubborn, and determined - qualities that I like in female characters. I also loved the relationship between her and Riden. They are perfect for each other, but at the same time, there developing feelings (not love) were not a huge focus of the story. I would to see it develop more in the next novel though.

I loved the world building and the concept of sirens in this story. Yes, sirens are dark and scary creatures in this novel but I love how Tricia Levenseller also added that additional touch with her the concept of sirens. I cannot wait to continue with this series and get to see how Alosa and Riden grow within the next book.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Reivew: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.












Pages: 326
Format: Hardback
Published By: Jimmy Patterson
Genre: YA - Historical, Mystery

Cover Review:
I absolutely love the cover of Stalking Jack the Ripper. I love that the cover is an overlapping image of the Whitechapel district and Audrey Rose. I think it sums up how dark the story is, and really gives you an insight into what Audrey is like throughout the story.

Rating:
✮✮✮

Review:
Stalking Jack the Ripper was an exciting read which had me hooked right from the beginning. Jack the Ripper retellings are some of my favorite stories, and this one did not disappoint at all. The pacing of the story was great, the characters were very well-written, and the plot was exciting.

I found Audrey Rose to be very relatable. She was very similar in personality: stubborn, driven, and curious. She doesn't let anything hold her back from what she is passionate about. I also like her challenging the view that women are weak and incapable of handling what men can handle. I loved Thomas. He did annoy and frustrate me at times but I still loved him. I loved the relationship that developed between Audrey Rose and Thomas, and I was glad that it was an insta-love romance, although the chemistry was there from the beginning. I loved Audrey Rose’s eccentric uncle, and I thought he was a nice addition to the story.

I liked the story that Karri developed. I was going back and forth the entire story of who I thought Jack the Ripper was and why. My final guess was accurate although my reasoning was wrong. Interestingly, I feel that the author gave a few clues to why throughout the story. All in all, I thought this was a great read. I cannot wait to read the continue this series with Hunting Prince Dracula.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tour + Review, Playlist, and Giveaway: Posted by John David Anderson


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Posted by John David Anderson

From John David Anderson, author of the acclaimed Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, comes a humorous, poignant, and original contemporary story about bullying, broken friendships, and the failures of communication between kids.

In middle school, words aren’t just words. They can be weapons. They can be gifts. The right words can win you friends or make you enemies. They can come back to haunt you. Sometimes they can change things forever.

When cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School, Frost and his friends Deedee, Wolf, and Bench come up with a new way to communicate: leaving sticky notes for each other all around the school. It catches on, and soon all the kids in school are leaving notes—though for every kind and friendly one, there is a cutting and cruel one as well.

In the middle of this, a new girl named Rose arrives at school and sits at Frost’s lunch table. Rose is not like anyone else at Branton Middle School, and it’s clear that the close circle of friends Frost has made for himself won’t easily hold another. As the sticky-note war escalates, and the pressure to choose sides mounts, Frost soon realizes that after this year, nothing will ever be the same.




Praise for POSTED


Kids, and the rest of the world, need more books like this one —Kirkus Reviews


Playlist


“Mean” by Taylor Swift. The first couple of lines say it all.
“Hate On Me” by Jill Scott. Consider it Rose’s anthem.
The theme to A Game of Thrones by Ramin Djawadi. This one’s for Deedee. I imagine it playing in the background for game night.
“Anthem” by Good Charlotte. To follow the crowd or not, that is the question.
“Requiem in D-minor” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I actually listened to this while revising.
“Bicycle Race” by Queen. Needed one biking-related song. Though Jaws is my thing and I happen to love Star Wars.
“Don’t Speak” by No Doubt. Works on so many levels?
“Ain’t No Man” by The Avett Brothers. I got only love to share.
“Born This Way” by Lady Gaga. Could be a theme song for the book combined with…

“Best of You” by Foo Fighters. Grohl’s angry growl might be a good call to action.

Review
4 stars

One of the things that I loved the most about this book is how real and relatable it is to Middle School. This book was an emotional roller coaster, from laughing to crying, this book has you going through all emotions. I think this book would be a great book to read for anyone who is in Middle School.

The characters are very well-developed and the story is very well-written. It's a very relatable story because this is what many young students face in their Middle Schools. Anderson has also written a very original story that you can't help but enjoy as you read.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone because I think it's a very important book to read because of what struggles you see throughout the story and because of what this book can do for readers.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John David Anderson is the author of SidekickedMinionStandard Hero Behavior,The DungeoneersMs. Bixby's Last Day and Insert Coin to Continue. He lives with his patient wife and brilliant twins in Indianapolis, Indiana, right next to a State park and a Walmart. He does not wear ties but will wear sandals in the snow. He enjoys hiking, reading, chocolate, spending time with his family, playing the piano, chocolate, putting off the dishes, watching movies, and chocolate. Those aren't his real teeth. Seriously. The middle four on top? Lost 'em in a car accident. It's all right, though, the plastic ones look nice and he can still eat corn on the cob.

There are lots of ways to contact him. Telepathy, for example. Carrier pigeon. Alien distress beacon. Sky writing. Failing those, you can always e-mail him here. Be sure to tell him how his book has revolutionized your life, or, barring that, how you used it to smash a bug or something.



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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Contemporary Reads

I don't read many contemporaries during the year, and so this year, I want to try to read more throughout the summer. Summer is usually the only time I really have a desire to read contemporaries. I read some here and there throughout the year, but summer I'm usually in a constant mood for contemporaries. These books are in order of how I want to read them, but depending on when I am able to get the book might change the order in which I actually do end up reading them.

Let me know some of the books that you want to read during the summer or some of the contemporary books that you want to read.

#1: By Your Side by Kasie West

30256248Kasie West is one of my all-time favorite contemporary authors. I have only read your contemporary books, and I have absolutely loved every single one of them. I am currently reading this one right now - already getting started on my Summer Contemporary Reads.

By Your Side is basically about a girl and a boy who get locked in a library together over a weekend, and so far I think it's really adorable and such a cute read.

I also love Kasie West's covers for all of her books, and this one is just as cute as the rest.









#2: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

18692431If you haven't heard of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon yet that would be a major shocker. The movie adaptation recently came to theaters, and I am hoping to have read it before I either go to the theater to watch it or watch it when it comes out on DVD.

This seems like a real heart-wrenching tale about a young girl who can't leave her house, and it feels like it's going to have it's moments where I am bawling my eyes out. So tissues must be kept handy just in case.

I have, so far, only heard positive reviews about this book, and so I cannot wait to read it myself.

This will be my first book that I read by Nicola Yoon, although I do also want to read The Sun is Also a Star.





#3: Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

28101540I have already also started reading Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall, but I didn't get very far into it so I was able to put it on hold until I finish the first two books on my top ten list. I really don't know much about this book, I chose not to read the synopsis and to just start it, and since I am only a chapter in, I don't really know much.

What I do know about this book is that it focuses on a mental health concern, and next week's top ten list will once more feature this book on the list.

Since this is Lousie Gornall's debut book, obviously I have not read another book by her.








#4: Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan

11409124I really enjoyed reading Sarah Crossan's book, One, and so I really want to try another one of her books. I have high expectations for Weight of Water, and hope that those expectations are held up when I read the book.

The Weight of Water is a coming of age story about immigrants set in England that is told in verse. It is not like any other book that I have attempted to read before and so I am excited about the originality of the story.












#5: Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

25812109This will be my first book that I read by Mindy McGinnis, and I don't really have much idea of what it is about. Female of the Species is a mystery contemporary read about a girl, Alex, who's sister was murdered, another girl, Peekay, and a guy, Jack, who someone played a role in the discovery of  Alex's sister's body.

I haven't really heard much about the book, so I don't really know what to expect when I finally get around to reading it.













#6: After the Fall by Kate Hart

22847526After the Fall is Kate Hart's debut book, which I am planning to read for the 2017 Debut Author Challenge. It's about a girl who deals with some serious problems and the rumors that come along with them, and her relationships with two brothers. One relationship is a friendship and the other is a secret relationship.

This is another book that I know absolutely nothing about, and since this is Kate Hart's debut book, I have no idea what to expect from her writing.












#7: Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot

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I am not going into details about what this book is about, but it is about serious mental health concerns. Personally, I have received mixed reviews regarding this book, and I want to read it myself to see how I feel about it, but because it is a serious topic, I will be including to links regarding a negative review and a positive review about the book.

TRIGGER WARNING: SELF-HARM, DEPRESSION, EATING DISORDER





#8: Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

26240663Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate is about seven students who I believe represent the seven deadly sins, but I have only seen this book and heard a little about it, and personally decided I didn't want to really know what the book was about before I picked it up to read.

This will be the first book I read by Riley Redgate since it's her debut novel. I think it would interesting to see how this story plays out.












#9: Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

26721568This is another book that I really don't know much about. At this point, I will read any YA book that Jennifer L. Armentrout writes without even reading to find out what it's about because she is one of my favorite authors.

This is a YA contemporary romance. I haven't yet read any of her contemporary romances yet, and I cannot wait to read it.

I also absolutely love the cover, and the color scheme that makes up the cover.











AND FINALLY...

#10: It Started with Goodbye by Christina June

27830287It Started with Goodbye is a contemporary Cinderella story. I'm typically not a fan of contemporary fairytale retellings, but I do want to read this book and give it a chance because it sounds really interesting. This also happens to be another debut book that I am reading for the challenge.