Waiting on Wednesday: The Sun is Also a Star

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine which spotlights exciting up and coming releases.

My pick for this week:

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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Release date: 3rd November 2016

Synopsis:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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Why am I excited?

I absolutely loved Nicola Yoon’s first book, Everything, Everything – it was one of my favorite books of 2015, and I was overjoyed when I found out she was writing another! The Sun is Also a Star sounds like another great book and I can’t wait to read it!

What releases are you waiting on?

Waiting on Wednesday: Caraval

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine which spotlights exciting up and coming releases.

My pick for this week:

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Release date: 26th January 2017 (UK)/ 31st January 2017 (US)

Synopsis:

Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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Why am I excited?

This book just sounds so intriguing and mysterious and I think I need this in my life. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things from bloggers who have been lucky enough to read an ARC and I can’t wait to read this!

What releases are you waiting on?

Blog Tour & Review: Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies

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Hey guys! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the utterly amazing Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies. I’m so excited to be included on this tour, and for you all to read the book when it comes out on the 19th!

Check out my review, and make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post! 😀

About Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies:

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies

Title: LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES
Author: Laura Stampler
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Description:

The Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City in a wickedly funny debut novel about a girl who lands a dream internship at a magazine in New York City. If only she hadn’t lied about being a dating expert on her resume . .

Harper Anderson has always thought she should have been born somewhere more glamorous than her sleepy Northern California suburb. After all, how many water polo matches and lame parties in Bobby McKittrick’s backyard can one girl take?

Already resigned to working at a Skinny B’s Juice Press for the summer, Harper is shocked when the ultra-prestigious teen magazine, Shift, calls to say they want her to be their teen dating blogger for the summer. All she needs to do is get her butt to New York in two days.

There’s just one teeny, tiny problem: Apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn’t have a whole lot of dating experience. So when Shift’s application asked for an “edgy” personal essay, Harper might have misappropriated her best friend’s experiences for her own. But she can just learn on the job…right? Will the house of lies Harper has built around her dream job collapse all around her, or will she be able to fake it until she makes it in the big city?

Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Indiebound | Simon & Schuster | Goodreads

My review:

Thank you to Rockstar Book Tours and Simon and Schuster for sending an ARC of Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies my way!

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies was such a fun, cute read with a hilarious plot line infused with the perfect amount of drama, romance and friendship that is sure to keep you hooked. It is the perfect book for the summer!

I loved Harper, especially towards the beginning of the book, when she’s thrown into this new world, completely unprepared. She was so relatable and awkward as she tried to navigate life in New York and writing a dating blog for which she has no experience.She soon realises that she needs to get out and find a date to write about. Cue some hilarious attempts at talking to boys in bookshops and quite a few embarrassing mishaps, and you there you have something to write about. But McKayla, Harper’s boss, wants more edgier stories, something juicy, out there. You can imagine how this goes. And although some of her actions were questionable at times, Harper’s fun, smart, sarcastic and witty nature continued to amuse throughout the novel, and she was such a great character to read about.

There were so many more amazing characters in this book – Kristina, Ben, Gigi, Aunt Vee, Princess the pug – who were all so different and quirky in their own ways and were all so much fun. I loved that there was quite a bit of focus on friendships in this book, and their importance, instead of just focusing on the romance.

I really felt like Harper developed as a character quite a bit throughout the novel. She learns a lot, and realises that she doesn’t need to change herself for people to like her, and that she should be true to herself and her writing.

Stampler’s writing style in this book was fun, engaging, and completely addicting. I felt compelled to keep reading, to find out what happens next. And I was not disappointed!

There are also a lot of dogs in this book – so, you know, that’s also a great reason to read it.

Rating: ★★★★☆

About Laura Stampler:

Laura Stampler

Laura Stampler is a Californian turned New Yorker. After graduating from Stanford University, she became a journalist, interning—and then worked on staff—at various newspapers and magazines. Laura has written about everything from dating to social media stars to social justice issues at Time magazine, Business Insider, Huffington Post, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. When she isn’t writing, she’s probably looking at pug gifs on the Internet.

Find her: Twitter | Tumblr| Instagram | Goodreads

Giveaway:

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

* A hardcover copy of LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES to TWO (2) winners – US only

Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway is US only. Giveaway ends July 26th at 11:59 PM Pacific. Book will be ordered from Amazon. Prizing courtesy of Rockstar Book Tours.

Click HERE to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

The Tour Schedule:

Make sure you check out the rest of the stops for the blog tour!

July 11th – Fictional Fox – Review
July 11th – Curling Up With A Good Book – Author Interview
July 12th – Fiktshun – Review
July 12th – The Anatomy of a Bookworm – Review
July 13th – The Phantom Paragrapher – Review
July 13th – Whatever You Can Still Betray – Guest Post
July 14th – Creatyvebooks – Review
July 14th – Latte Nights Reviews – Review
July 15th – Here’s to Happy Endings – Review
July 15th – Books & Beauti – Guest Post

Click HERE to see the full schedule!

 

Review: Paper Butterflies

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Author: Lisa Heathfield
Pages: 320
Published by: Electric Monkey
Release date: 30th June 2016
Source: NetGalley
Synopsis:
June’s life at home with her stepmother and stepsister is a dark one – and a secret one. She is trapped like a butterfly in a net.

But then June meets Blister, a boy in the woods. In him she recognises the tiniest glimmer of hope that perhaps she can find a way to fly far, far away from her home and be free. Because every creature in this world deserves their freedom . . . But at what price?

Purchase from: Amazon UK | Book Depository | Waterstones 

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Firstly, thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of Paper Butterflies to review via NetGalley!

Review:’

Paper Butterflies was absolutely heart wrenching, gripping, and will shatter your heart many times. But it’s also injected with a hope in places that promises to mend your heart a little every time it breaks.

The chapters in this book flip between before and after, leading up to an event which changes everything for June. The build up to this event – and what came after – was entirely riveting and emotional. The main character, June is forced to endure awful abuse, both mental and physical, at home and at school, which was so, so difficult to read. Her stepmother, Kathleen, and stepsister, Megan, were horrible to her.They constantly prod her with insults to make her feel self conscious about herself. Honestly, they made me so angry and hurt on behalf of June. And it was so frustrating that no one – not June’s dad, nor her teachers – seemed to notice. We, the reader, could see what was happening, knew how scared June was, how she couldn’t speak up due to fear. But no one else could see, because it was hidden so well.

What amazed me, though, was how resilient June was. I loved seeing her develop as a character from the scared girl who was almost fooled into believing what Kathleen and the bullies said about her, to a young woman who was so courageous and determined to not let Kathleen or the bullies win, despite the deep fear that kept her from speaking out. She endured so much and I just wanted her to be safe and happy!

There are little bursts of hope and light for June in her time spent with Blister. I loved Blister, and his positivity, support and loyalty- his friendship with June was the sweetest thing. They were so great. And I loved the relationship June had with Blister’s family, the Wicks’ – they were all amazing, they took her in and made her feel welcome and accepted. I hardly ever cry happy tears from a book, but seeing how happy and carefree June was with Blister and his family had me beaming – and I admit, a few tears did fall. (It might have been more than a few.)

Heathfield has a beautiful writing style, one that pulls you in between the pages and doesn’t let go, and told June’s story in a way that was honest and heartfelt. I couldn’t stop reading – I had to know if June would be okay. I had to know how the story ended.

Paper Butterflies is book that is guaranteed to break your heart. But it has a lot of important messages that, somehow, make it a little better. I cried sad, heartbroken tears, I cried happy and relieved tears, and I could talk about this book all day – just read it.

Rating: ★★★★★

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Heartless

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine which spotlights exciting up and coming releases.

My pick for this week:

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Release date: 8th November 2016

Synopsis:

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — 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 yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she 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.

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Why am I excited?

I’ve been seeing this book everywhere, and I know LOTS of people are excited for it, but I never really looked into it until recently and oh my glob, I regret this and I must preorder asap. It sounds amazing – I lovelovelove retellings and an exploration of one of our favourite villain’s past just seems great.

What releases are you waiting on?