Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Waiting On Wednesday: Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for! Here's mine for the week.


Title: Wild Blue Wonder
AuthorCarlie Sorosiak
Release Date: June 26, 2018

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35429999-wild-blue-wonder

There are two monsters in this story. One of them is me.

Ask anyone in Winship, Maine, and they’ll tell you the summer camp Quinn’s family owns is a magical place. Paper wishes hang from the ceiling. Blueberries grow in the dead of winter. According to local legend, a sea monster even lurks off the coast. Mostly, there’s just a feeling that something extraordinary could happen there.

Like Quinn falling in love with her best friend, Dylan.

After the accident, the magic drained from Quinn’s life. Now Dylan is gone, the camp is a lonely place, and Quinn knows it’s her fault.

But the new boy in town, Alexander, doesn’t see her as the monster she believes herself to be. As Quinn lets herself open up again, she begins to understand the truth about love, loss, and monsters—real and imagined. (taken from goodreads.com)


Why I Need It: 

I read Birds Fly Back last summer and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I'm definitely going to give Sorosiak's next novel a shot. Plus, I seriously love the cover's design, and we all know I'm addicted to judging books by their covers.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for! Here's mine for the week.


Title: Grace and Fury
AuthorTracy Banghart
Release Date: July 24, 2018

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32605766-grace-and-fury

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything. (taken from goodreads.com)


Why I Need It: 

Not sure I'm in love with this cover, but the synopsis definitely caught my attention. What can I say? I'm a sucker for sister tales.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Review: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green


Title: Turtles All the Way Down
Author: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Format: Hardback

Page Count: 288

Rating: 

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship. (taken from goodreads.com)


"Your now is not your forever."  

I know, I know, I deserve to be shamed for how long it took me to pick up this book. As a long-time John Green fan, it's deplorable that it took me like eight months to finally delve into Turtles All the Day Down. BUT I finally did, and I have things to say.

This book is an incredibly interesting, deep look into the mind of someone struggling with mental illness. It's powerful, touching, and most of all, extremely intelligent and well-written. I want to thrust this book into the hands of anyone and everyone who claims that mental illness is fabricated or easily dealt with.

Aza Homles has battled a severe form of OCD and anxiety for most of her life. Much of it manifests as a phobia of microscopic organisms and diseases. Throughout the tale, she describes how her trains of thought get completely derailed and how her illness impacts every aspect of her life, from relationships to her physical wellbeing.

However, to label this book as one big analysis of mental illness would be to severely downplay some of its best features. It's also a wonderful story of friendship, empowerment, and growth. Obviously, John Green is known for his beloved coming-of-age stories, and this one is no different. I laughed at the dialogue, nodded at the philosophical bits, and highlighted my favorite lines.

Now, the one thing that held me back from giving this book fives stars was the romance. No, I wasn't looking for anything hot and heavy, but I do feel that the relationship Aza enters could have been developed more. I was left with questions and felt that their intimacy was a bit lacking.

Overall, a big thumbs up to this newest John Green novel. It's a powerful one, and I've definitely spent the last few hours considering its insightful, thought-provoking messages. Definitely give it a chance if you're a fan of Green's works. 



It's nice to be back in John Green's world! 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

Waiting On Wednesday was created by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly post for you to share what upcoming books you can't wait for! Here's mine for the week.


Title: These Rebel Waves
AuthorSara Raasch
Release Date: August 7, 2018

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29422091-these-rebel-waves

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are... and what they are willing to become for peace. (taken from goodreads.com)


Why I Need It: 
I have been waiting for this one for AGES. I grew up binge-watching the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and now I'm ready to see pirates on the page. Plus, I enjoyed Sara Raasch's other novels, so I'm hoping she'll bring her A-game with this newest release. August can't come soon enough!