Wishlist Wednesday #137: A Prom to Remember by Sandy Hall

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and have yet to read.

This week’s book:

35715525Title: A Prom to Remember
Author: Sandy Hall
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads): Seven seniors, seven problems, one senior prom.

Cora: Head of the Prom Committee (and basically every other club in school). Has been dating Perfect Boyfriend Jamie™ for approximately forever, and has NO IDEA how to break up with him….

Paisley: Sarcastic feminist who wants nothing to do with prom. Has somehow managed to nominate her anxiety-ridden best friend for prom king…

Henry: Quiet ballplayer who hates social situations. Invited to prom by the most popular girl in school. SEND HELP!

Otis: Charming, popular, and one half of one of the cutest couples in his class. Doesn’t know how to tell his boyfriend that he’s not quite ready for a post-prom hotel room experience…

Lizzie: A little bit shy, and a lot excited to finally get out of her comfort zone and go to prom. With a boy. Whose name she doesn’t know.

Cameron: Loner with two jobs and zero friends. Is so done with high school and this whole town: the only thing he still wants to do is meet the mysterious girl who’s been leaving him notes…

Jacinta: Unnamed Nerd Girl #3. Determined to become the star of her own life, starting with prom. Now if only she could find a date….

A Prom to Remember, the newest book from Sandy Hall (author of A Little Something Different) is a funny and cinematic look at the biggest dance of every high schooler’s life.

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I have been all about the contemporaries lately and this book just looks like so much fun! I get a serious High School Musical vibe from the synopsis and I can’t wait to see how the story unfolds. Sounds like a prefect read for prom season.

Blog Tour: Flower Moon by Gina Linko

Welcome to my stop along the Flower Moon by Gina Linko blog tour! I am so excited to share this fun middle grade novel that has something for everyone. Before we get to my review, let’s take a look at what the book is all about.

32050239Title: Flower Moon
Author: Gina Linko
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads): Tempest and Tally Jo Trimble are mirror twins—so alike they were almost born the same person—and they’ve been inseparable since birth. But it’s the summer they turn thirteen, and it seems like everyone can tell something is changing between them.

Pa Charlie, whose traveling carnival is the best part of every summer, is watching them closer than ever. Digger, who sneaks poor kids onto the carnival rides for free and smiles faster than anyone, seems to be fixing for a fight. Even Mama is acting different, refusing to travel with the carnival this year even though her own twin, who she hasn’t seen since childhood, will be there.

And Tally and Tempest are the most different of all. There’s a strangeness between them, a thickness to the air, an unseen push and pull, and it’s getting stronger. It starts as a feeling, but soon it’s sputtering and sparking, hurling them backwards, threatening to explode.

When Tally learns that she and Tempest may not be the first twins in their family to be separated by whatever this force is, she realizes she’ll have to find a way to stop it—or she might lose not only her sister, but everyone she loves.

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Flower Moon is one of those books that once you start reading, it is hard to set down. Fans of magical realism will really enjoy this story that combines elements of magic and coming of age. The carnival setting gives the narrative a perfect backdrop, and the science that is used to describe the strangeness happening between the sisters is one that contains wonderful jumping off points for the classroom.

Gina Linko has created a classic bildungsroman in Flower Moon. The story is told from the perspective of Tally Jo who is struggling with not only trying to discover what this strange force is that is physically keeping her apart from her twin, but also figuring out who she is and where she is headed in life. Tally Jo is the perfect main character, as she is head strong, determined, and not afraid to take chances.

If there is one theme that draws me into a book right away, it is the carnival theme. There is something so mysterious and alluring about the carnival life. What kid hasn’t dreamed of a summer filled with rides, treats, and never-ending excitement? This setting adds a touch of intrigue to the already magical story and lures the reader right in.

There are quite a few teachable moments included in the book that make it perfect for classroom connections. The use of magnets and the wonderful descriptions that are given as to how they work provide fantastic ways to integrate this book into a science lesson. Also, the Flower Moon is something that I had not heard of before, and I found this was a very informative and interesting aspect to the book.

Flower Moon is a magical realism novel that is sure to be enjoyed by fans of the genre. It contains a beautiful coming of age story that has a perfect setting and many educational elements. I look forward to seeing the Flower Moon this year now that I have learned all about it!

684067Gina Linko likes to write books for kids and young people, because, in her opinion, they are the absolute best kinds of people.  Gina has two fluffy, fat cats, one of which is an evil genius.  She also has three kids, none of which are fluffy or evil geniuses, although they are quite interesting in their own human-like ways.  Gina lives in a suburb outside Chicago, where she works as a textbook editor and spends her free time reading and then reading some more.  She likes to stay up super late at night. She doesn’t like alarm clocks.  She really likes Hershey nuggets, playing euchre, and watching the Cubbies.

Her children like to call her Lil Gina, even though she’s six-feet tall.

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Wishlist Wednesday #136: The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by  Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and have yet to read.

This week’s book:

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Title: 
The Game Can’t Love You Back
Author: Karole Cozzo
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: May 15, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads): Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school’s baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she’s focused on one thing and one thing only—being the best pitcher she can be.

But when a freak accident forces her high school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren’t used to having a woman on their team. And the new team’s star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can’t afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher—even worse, to a girl.

As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played? Continue reading

2017 End of Year Bookish Survey

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Welcome to the 8th annual End of Year Book Survey hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner! I first participated in this event last year and I found it to be such an eye opener into my reading accomplishments from 2016, that I am super excited to reflect on my 2017 reading this year. It is so interesting to revisit the books that were favourites and those that maybe didn’t quite wow me as much as I had hoped.

2017 READING STATS

13580928Number Of Books You Read: 127
Number of Re-Reads: 1 (Heist Society by Ally Carter)
Genre You Read The Most From: Young Adult Contemporary

BEST IN BOOKS

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

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Warcross by Marie Lu is hands down one of the best books that I have EVER read! I read a lot of books, so that is saying something pretty special here. It is very original and action packed and has the most incredible world building that you can imagine. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly suggest this book.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore is one that I had really high hopes for, but I ended up not finishing it because I found it to be extremely slow paced and overly descriptive.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  12837725

Gone Girl  by Gillian Flynn is one that I read this past fall, as it had been on my TBR forever. I had never been spoiled for this one, which is really surprising. The plot is one that just threw me for a loop. If you love a great thriller, this is one to read!

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

28458598The second that I learned about When Dimple Met Rishi  by Sandhya Menon, I was instantly intrigued. The cover is all sorts of adorable and the story is absolutely as cute as can be. Dimple is one of the sassiest characters that you will come across in YA, and the Indian culture that I learned about in this book has expanded my horizons beyond belief!

 

5. Best series you started in 2017?

Warcross! I am so excited to get back into this amazing world. There are very few details that I have been able to find about the second book in this duology, so I hope that the wait isn’t too long.

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

14137787Stephanie Garber! Caraval was one of the first books that I read in 2017 and the concept just blew me away. I love books that have mystery and complexity to them. Garber’s writing is not only beautiful, it is super descriptive and gives the reader a sense of reality in a fantasy world.

 

 

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue  by Mackenzi Lee is one historical that I absolutely loved. I don’t typically pick up this genre and I am so glad that I made an exception for this one. The story is quite entertaining and just so much fun!

8. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I am a huge Marissa Meyer fan and Renegades is one superhero story that I just loved dearly! I will most likely have to re-read it when the next book in the series comes out in September to refresh my memory a little bit.

9. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

 

 

 

Caraval has got to have the most gorgeous covers from 2017. The UK editions are so incredible and the fact that there were those stunning secret covers that you could also be lucky enough to own makes this my favourite cover of 2017.

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10. Most memorable character of 2017?

Eleanor Oliphant sticks out in my mind the most. Gail Honeyman created such a fantastic character in Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine that the reader really gets into the mind of someone with mental illness. The writing is gorgeous and the emotions that you will feel will be immense if you read this one.

 11. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

I first picked up You Bring the Distant Near  by Mitali Perkins because of its beautiful 33155334cover. Let me tell you, that the beauty on the cover is just the surface. I was not prepared for what the story contains and it is one that will draw you in from start to finish. One of my favourite aspects of this book are the Indian customs and culture that are seamlessly woven into the narrative. The music and the food that play such large roles in this story are absolutely incredible.

12. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is one that I listened to via Audible this summer. It is one that I had been hoping to get to read for years and I am so glad that I finally got the chance to experience what all the hype is about. It is such a fun book to read and is perfect for your summer TBR.

13.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

 

 

 

14. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Becky Albertalli is one of those authors who can always seem to add an element of fun to any storyline. The Upside of Unrequited is a book that has important messages, yet also is relatable and will have you laughing out loud. Another one of my 2017 favourites, for sure!

15. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

My first Jeff Zentner book, Goodbye Days had me sobbing for days. This is a book about grieving and coming to terms with the death of people you love. It is a tough topic and one that Zentner writes in the most beautiful way.

BLOGGING/BOOKISH LIFE

1. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

HCC Frenzy Presents is one of those blogging events that many of us in the Toronto area look forward to each year. The team at HCC Frenzy just know how to throw the best bookish party. Right down to the food and goodie bags, there is so much to get excited about when learning about upcoming titles. This year was exceptional as there were author signings and tons of amazing bloggers to meet!

2.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

fairyI hosted another Summer TBR Wipeout this year and I found the challenge to be really helpful and I was able to read quite a few backlist books. There is something to be said for the encouragement of others, as it was really inspiring to read the other participants’ updates and I loved the constant pats on the back we gave to one another. It is definitely something that I am considering hosting again this summer.

LOOKING AHEAD

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017,  But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

I am really disappointed that I did not get the chance to read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This is one important read that I will definitely be getting to very soon. I have a feeling that I am going to need more than one box of tissues to get through this one.

2. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Beauty That Remains is one that I recently discovered and I am in love with both its cover and synopsis. It sounds like it is going to be a powerful and amazing read for 2018.

3. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

Trying to get back to reading more fantasy is something that I really hope to accomplish this year. I have been focusing on contemporary lately and I would really love to start reading something different.

4. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone?34499229

You Won’t Know I’m Gone by Kristen Orlando is one that I just finished reading. Let me tell you how incredibly fantastic this second book in The Black Angel Chronicles is! First of all, it is better than the first story, which is not usually the case for most series that I read. I absolutely  love the training academy setting of this book, and it is exciting and fast-paced. Give this series a try if you are a fan of the mystery/thriller genre.

Do you have any books/reading goals that you are excited to accomplish in 2018?

ARC Review: Busted by Gina Ciocca

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Title: Busted
Author: Gina Ciocca
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Stars: 3.5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Marisa wasn’t planning to be a snoop for hire—until she accidentally caught her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Now her reputation for sniffing out cheaters has spread all over school, and Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.

But when ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, TJ, Marisa quickly discovers the girl TJ might be falling for is Marisa herself. And worse yet? The feelings are quickly becoming mutual. Now, she’s stuck spying on a “mystery girl” and the spoken-for guy who just might be the love of her life…

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Busted is a super cute novel with a hint of mystery. It is all about a girl who spies on her clients’ boyfriends to catch them cheating. I enjoyed the main characters, but there was not enough action, and the book falls a bit flat.

This book has a very intriguing concept. It tells the story of a girl who works to catch cheating boyfriends in the act. However, Marisa and one of the accused cheaters start to fall for each other, creating a world of drama. I enjoyed the big theme of friendship and girls supporting girls in this one. It is a pretty light read with some super cute moments, and I would definitely recommend it to those looking for a more subtle mystery.

Marisa is a pretty likeable character. What she does is good and helps her friends out, even if it is borderline stalking. She is very compassionate, and I loved how she gives each person she helps a heart pin. The fact that she is willing to help out complete strangers is so caring, even if she had no say in starting up the business. I also enjoyed TJ’s character, since he is also so thoughtful. He makes accessories out of leather, which I’ve never read in a book before. The two make a great pair, and their interactions are so natural.

My main issue with Busted is the pacing. To me, it is very slow paced, and I was expecting more action from a book with a “spy” concept. The book also strays from the original concept, and Marisa trying to find out who is helping others cheat on tests just isn’t as interesting as her busting cheating boyfriends. I feel like all the extra drama is unnecessary, and the story should have stuck to one kind of cheater.

Busted is the story of a girl who helps other girls catch their boyfriends cheating. I enjoyed the slight mystery and the kind main characters. However, the story was too slow paced for me, and I would have appreciated more excitement.

* I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.