Throw Back Read: Start of me and you!!

I really am excited to dive into this read. I got the sequel at BEA and really need to read the first book first!

Summary!!

It’s been a year since it happened–when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, 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?

Author Information!!

EMERY LORD is the author of Open Road SummerThe Start of Me and You, and When We Collided, which was a Schneider Family Book Award Winner, a YALSA-ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, and a YALSA-ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book. She lives with her husband in Ohio, where they are owned by two rescue dogs.
http://www.emerylord.com
@emerylord

Book Information!!

  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (March 31, 2015)
  • Publication Date: March 31, 2015

Let me if this book is on your TBR!!

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Throw Back TBR: Love a la Mode

So here is older read, that I got from a recent singing from Stephanie Kate Strohm!!

This sounds like the prefect summer read!!

Summary!!

Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. . . . Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent’s school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Life in Paris, however, isn’t all cream puffs and crepes. Faced with a challenging curriculum and a nightmare professor, Rosie begins to doubt her dishes. Henry Yi grew up in his dad’s restaurant in Chicago, and his lifelong love affair with food landed him a coveted spot in Chef Laurent’s school. He quickly connects with Rosie, but academic pressure from home and his jealousy over Rosie’s growing friendship with gorgeous bad-boy baker Bodie Tal makes Henry lash out and push his dream girl away. Desperate to prove themselves, Rosie and Henry cook like never before while sparks fly between them. But as they reach their breaking points, they wonder whether they have what it takes to become real chefs. Perfect for lovers of Chopped Teen Tournament and Kids Baking Championship, as well as anyone who dreams of a romantic trip to France, Love à la Mode follows Rosie and Henry as they fall in love with food, with Paris, and ultimately, with each other.

Author Information!!

Stephanie Kate Strohm is also the author of Prince in Disguise; The Date to Save; It’s Not Me, It’s YouThe Taming of the Drew; Confederates Don’t Wear Couture; and Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink. She works as an actress and teacher in Chicago. You can find her online at http://www.stephaniekatestrohm.com and on Twitter and Instagram @stephkatestrohm.

Book Information!!!

  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion (November 27, 2018)
  • Publication Date: November 27, 2018
  • Sold by: Disney Book Group

Let me know if you have read this your non-spoiler books in the comments or if it is on your TBR!!

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Throw Back Read!! How to Disappear!!

So I have been trying to tackle more older reads on my shelves and adding them to my TBR! So this is another book I am adding to my TBR cart and Hope to read it soon!!!

Book Cover!!

Book Summary!

Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything…until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price. As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.

Author Information!!!

Ann Stampler was the mild mannered author of literary picture books when she broke out, tore off her tasteful string of pearls, and started writing edgy, contemporary young adult novels set in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and writer’s-helper rescue dog – without whose compelling distraction she would have no doubt penned dozens of novels by now.

Book Information!!!

  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481443933
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (June 14, 2016)
  • Publication Date: June 14, 2016

Throw Back Purchase TBR: Ace of Shades:

I am super behind on Owl crate books in previous boxes and her is one book I hope to tackle soon!

Book Cover

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Summary!!!!!!

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted. Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.  Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…And she’ll need to play.

Author Information:

Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. Currently, she works as a tax accountant in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her many siblings and many books. ACE OF SHADES is the first novel of THE SHADOW GAME SERIES, releasing April 2018. Her debut, DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY, released in July 2017.

Book Information: 

  • Series: The Shadow Game Series (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen; Original edition (April 10, 2018)

ThrowBack Arc Tbr: Phantom Wheel!!!!

So every year I go to several bookish conventions including BEA, Book con and NYCC and I often get many arcs and book early or for free. I am super lucky to be able to get these arcs. But due to my new job and Just time, I have quite a backlog of books that I still need to read!

Here is one off the reads. I am super excited to read!

Cover!!!

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Summary!!

The digital apocalypse has arrived and the future is here in this addictive technological thriller full of twists and turns. Perfect for fans of Nerve!

Being recruited by the CIA to join a top-secret intelligence program should be the opportunity of a lifetime. For Issa, it’s a shot at creating a new and better life for herself and her siblings. For clever con artist Harper, it’s a chance to bury the secrets of her troubled past and make sure that those secrets stayburied. But for Owen–honor student, star quarterback, and computer-hacking genius–it sounds like a trap. He’s right.  Owen discovers that instead of auditioning for the CIA, they’ve all been tricked by a multibillion-dollar tech company into creating the ultimate computer virus. It’s called Phantom Wheel, and it’s capable of hacking anyone on Earth, anywhere, at any time. And thanks to six teenagers, it’s virtually unstoppable.  Horrified by what they’ve done, the hackers must team up to stop the virus before the world descends into chaos. But working together is easier said than done, especially as the lines start to blur between teammate, friend, and more than friend. Because how do you learn to trust someone when you’ve spent your entire life exploiting that same trust in others?

Book Information

  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 16, 2018)
  • Publication Date: October 16, 2018
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group

If this book is on your TBR, tell me in the comments or if you have read it already.. tell me your non-spoiler books in the comments!

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Several Ya Contemporaries that I still need to read!

In honor of Valentine day! I am going to share some of the YA contemporaries that are still on my TBR and one that I hope to get to soon!

  1. Say you will remember me!

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When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while. Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life. But sometimes love can breach all barriers.Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.

2. First and then by Emma Mills:

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Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive jock, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them–first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.With wit, heart, and humor to spare, First & Then is a contemporary novel about falling in love–with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

3.  American Panda by Gloria Chao

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At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies. With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth–that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels? From debut author Gloria Chao comes a hilarious, heartfelt tale of how, unlike the panda, life isn’t always so black and white.

4. Once and for all by Sarah Dessen

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Is it really better to have loved and lost?  Louna’s summer job is to help brides plan their perfect day, even though she stopped believing in happily-ever-after when her first love ended tragically.  But charming girl-magnet Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged now that he’s met the one he really  wants.  Maybe Louna’s second chance is standing right in front of her. Sarah Dessen’s many fans will adore this latest novel, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story with humor, romance, and an ending that is so much more than happily-ever-after.

5. On the fence by Kassie West

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She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door.With three older brothers, Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, has always been more comfortable calling the shots on a basketball court than flirting with the opposite sex. So when her police officer dad demands she get a summer job to pay for the latest in a long line of speeding tickets, she’s more than a little surprised to find herself working at a chichi boutique and going out with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with her neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden, sitting back-to-back against the fence that separates them. Braden may know her better than anyone. But there’s a secret Charlie’s keeping that even he hasn’t figured out—she’s fallen for him. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.On the Fence is a sweet and satisfying read about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect it.

Tell me in the comments what are some YA contemporaries that are on your TBR!

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Re-read Series!! Cinder series!!

So I am starting a new series on blog, series that I would like to attempt to read in 2019! These are series that I have read all the books of but never got a chance to re-read.

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Cinder was one of the first fairy tale retellings that I ever read. I really enjoyed this series and remembered thinking I am going to love scarlet so much but towards the end of the series i felt more connected to characters like winter and cress. I am curious to see if my thoughts and feelings remind the same on my re-read.

I also thought that levenna was a evil villain that I did not want to have any sympathy for. This reminded the same even after reading fairest.

I thought the world building and the mix between science fiction and fairy tale was very strong.

I hope to re-listen to several of these books during this year!

Let me know your thoughts on this series in the comments!

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What I am reading monday!!!

So i am feeling much better about my reading this week and hope to tackle many books!

What I finished reading!

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This was such a prefect halloween read! I really enjoyed this retelling so much. I really loved all the POV characters. It had some pacing issues! But i really loved this book!

What I am currently reading!

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I am is excited to dive into this thriller from one of my favorite authors!! I can’t wait to read more!

What I am reading next!

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This is one of my shorter reads of the month and i former owl crate book and I hope I love it!

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I am super excited to read this book next!

Let me know what you are reading today!

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Ruin and Rising: Non-Spolier Review!!!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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Published by Henry Holt and Co  First edition on June 17, 2014

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages:  369

Format: Paperback

Source: Personally Bought

2018 challenge: Beat the backlist challenge

Buy on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Enter the Grishaverse with Book Three of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy by the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. The nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

The Darkling rules from his shadow throne while a weakened Alina Starkov recovers from their battle under the dubious protection of the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Now her hopes lie with the magic of a long-vanished ancient creature and the chance that an outlaw prince still survives.

As her allies and enemies race toward war, only Alina stands between her country and a rising tide of darkness that could destroy the world. To win this fight, she must seize a legend’s power—but claiming the firebird may be her ruin.

My Thoughts:

I thought that this was prob one of the best book in the series. I keep on loving this world and really think the world was expanded so much in this novel. I found the relationship between Mal and Alina to be the best part of this novel. I really loved how this book focused on the a smaller cast of characters. It was a such a fast pace read. I was really hooked. I like how this book really focused on the hero myth and it did such unique things with the troupe. I thought Nick was the best part of this novel and really can’t wait to read the sequel series to this series.

 

Throw Back TBR!! The Last Magician!!

So I had the pleasure of getting this book signed last year at Boston teen book festival!! I am super excited to finally getting around to read it!

Cover!!

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Summary!!

A girl travels back in time to find a mysterious book that could save her future in Lisa Maxwell’s “splendid series opener” (Kirkus Reviews).

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.

Authors Information!!

Lisa Maxwell is the New York Times Best-selling Author of THE LAST MAGICIAN.The book is being translated into seven languages and has been sold in nine territories. Her other books include the award-winning UNHOOKED, as well as SWEET UNREST, and GATHERING DEEP. She has a PhD in English and currently is a professor at a community college outside of D.C. She has a soft spot for loud music and fast cars, so when she’s not teaching or writing, you can probably find her catching a live band or going on adventures with her husband and two boys in the Challenger she named Viola.