Waiting on Wednesday: Caraval

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Summary:

“A spellbinding tale of sisterhood, love, and betrayal.”
―Sabaa Tahir, New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

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

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic 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.

Why I’m Excited:

This. Sounds. Awesome.

A mysterious game?

Sisters?

Heartbreak?

Sign. Me. Up.

The hype around Caraval as been HUGE and I think it sounds like it is rightly so.

It releases on January 31, 2017, and I couldn’t be more excited for it to be out in the world.

7 thoughts on A Week of Mondays…

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Summary:

When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true… 

Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!

As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?

From the author 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and The Unremembered trilogy comes a hilarious and heartwarming story about second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances. Because sometimes it takes a whole week of Mondays to figure out what you really want.


 

  1. Don’t we all wish we could get a re-do and make Monday awesome from time to time? OF COURSE this bad day was on a Monday! I love Groundhog Day type stories that give do-overs.
  2. I really liked Ellie…granted, she SHOULD have followed her friend to book club ages ago, but I like her.
  3. The book is drags in spots. The first 3 or so Mondays before she finally catches on seem to be almost identical and got boring in spots. Granted, it wasn’t enough to give up, but it was enough to where I started hoping progress would be made.
  4. The last couple “days” moved fast and are where most of the development is. Those days ended up being my favorites for that reason.
  5. I loved Owen, but…I wish there’d been more to him. I knew what would happen with him from the get go, but I wish there’d been more development and getting to know him.
  6. I kind of found Tristan annoying. Not in a way that hurt the book, but in a way that made me hurt for Ellie because…girl, you could do better than this silly guy.
  7. The book is long. It over 450 pages and was way longer than I thought it needed to be, but it was good over all despite the length. It wasn’t too long that I lost interest, and  do still suggest it, but…it’s LONG. Maybe that’s just me and my short attention span though?

Overall? I liked it and definitely give it a try if you want something fun or if you like Groundhog Day type situations.

A Week of Mondays is out TODAY!

-Melanie

Waiting on Wednesday: You Know Me Well

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Summary:

Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?

Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other — and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

A book told in alternating points of view by Nina LaCour, the award-winning author of Hold Still and The Disenchantments, and David Levithan, the best-selling author of Every Day and co-author of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green), You Know Me Well is a deeply honest story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time.

My Thoughts:

JUNE 7!

I’m so excited for this book. I’m excited anytime there is new David Levithan material.

I had the opportunity to meet David last year and he briefly mentioned this book and I’ve been looking forward to it since then.

Plus, alternating point of views are always fun to me!

Be on the lookout for a review next month!

-Melanie

Waiting on Wednesday: The Square Root of Summer

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Summary:

This is what it means to love someone. This is what it means to grieve someone. It’s a little bit like a black hole. It’s a little bit like infinity.

Gottie H. Oppenheimer is losing time. Literally. When the fabric of the universe around her seaside town begins to fray, she’s hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather Grey died. To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral. To the day her best friend Thomas moved away and left her behind with a scar on her hand and a black hole in her memory.

Although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present, and future are about to collide―and someone’s heart is about to be broken.

With time travel, quantum physics, and sweeping romance, The Square Root of Summer is an exponentially enthralling story about love, loss, and trying to figure it all out, from stunning debut YA voice, Harriet Reuter Hapgood.

Why I’m Excited:

Time travel and a physics prodigy…SIGN ME UP.

I’ve been hearing a lot about his book.

Let’s be real- that’s a cute title and the cover is gorgeous.

Soooo…I looked into it some more.

This sounds so much fun! I’m also glad to have a MC who is a math genius. That’s not something that happens very often, so it’ll be different.

I can’t wait for this book and I hope that I enjoy it as much as I’m thinking that I will.

It releases May 3, so check it out when it is available!

-Melanie

Heartless by Marissa Meyer—Cover Reveal!

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If my love for the Lunar Chronicles isn’t evident enough then let me just remind you- I absolutely adore anything that Marissa Meyer has put out so far.

I was SO excited to learn about her prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Heartless, about the queen of hearts.

Even more exciting? We now have the cover to Heartless thanks to an exclusive reveal at Entertainment Weekly that also includes a short excerpt from the novel.

This is easily one of my most anticipated reads this year and it doesn’t come out until November, so go HERE to check out the cover and excerpt!

-Melanie

*Have a GREAT rest of the week! I’m heading to Wizard World comicon in New Orleans this weekend and will have a wrap up of my time there on Monday!

Waiting on Wednesday: Underwater

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Summary:

Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive—first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself.

But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school.

When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside.

Underwater is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.


My Thoughts:

Okay, this might be cheating a little bit, but I already read this one via an ARC from Netgalley.

THAT SAID, I can’t wait to have a finished copy because it is AMAZING. I’m sometimes iffy on if I want a hard copy or ebook, but I absolutely am going to want this one in some format so that I can do a reread! So…look it up. It comes out on January 12 and will be more than worth your time and money. SO GOOD.

A full review will come closer to release, but…man, I’m so ready for this one to come out!

-Melanie

November book excitement!

NOVEMBER Y’ALL!!!

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First- shout out to one of my favorite movies- Enchanted- for that awesome .gif!

Now! I’ve been waiting for November for several reasons.

The first is just that I’m a school librarian and, hello…THANKSGIVING BREAK! I’m looking forward to going to Nashville for the 4th Thanksgiving break in a row. It’s one of my favorite cities and this time a friend is going, so I get to play tour guide.

But the real excitement? BOOKS.

Do I even need to say what book I’m most excited for? Do I?

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My love for the Lunar Chronicles doesn’t play around. I”M PUMPED. TBH though…I still haven’t pre-ordered it because I can’t figure out what to do. I’m trying to save it to read on vacation because I know I’ll be useless once I start it, but it’s huge- something like 800 pages. Should I go ahead and get the hardcover or just get the ebook for now? I can’t decide.

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I don’t think I need to elaborate either on this one. This and Winter both come out on the 10th, but I’ll be reading this one ASAP on the 10th. I’m just that obsessed with Colleen Hoover’s books. I’m hearing good things about this one, so I have no doubt it will be just as amazing as her other books!

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I think this is about to be my next read. Shout out to Anna Banks for sending me an ARC a couple weeks ago! I love her Poseidon books, so an NA book had me intrigued. A girl goes on a Bachelor type show and is surprised to find that the guy she’s supposed to be fighting for is actually her ex—AWKWARD! This is bound to be fun!

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Out November 10? ALL OF THE THINGS!

No idea why everything is out the same day, but thankfully I’ve already read this one. Look for a review of it this week! It was a blast to revisit the world of Clarissa Darling, but with Clarissa being an adult trying to find her place in the world.  It made me crazily nostalgic for the show and I’m maybe thinking of doing a re-watch soon just because. 🙂

Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

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Summary:

Mirror, mirror, on the wall.
Who is the Fairest of them all?

Pure evil has a name, hides behind a mask of deceit, and uses her “glamour” to gain power. But who is Queen Levana? Long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress in The Lunar Chronicles, Levana lived a very different story–a story that has never been told . . . until now.
New York Times -bestselling author Marissa Meyer reveals the story behind her fascinating villain in Fairest, an unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes a special full-color image of Levana’s castle and an excerpt from Winter, the exciting conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles

My Thoughts:

     I had no idea that I never reviewed Fairest!

So why am I now reviewing a book that came out back in February?

I just re-read Fairest in anticipation for Winter to release in two weeks!

The Lunar Chronicle books always released in the Spring and then Fairest came along and Winter got pushed back to, well, Winter. (okay, yes, I know that November is still Fall.)

Even still- the wait was worth it to have this gem of a novella!

Like most Lunar Chronicles readers, I have HATED Levana. She’s evil and crazy and just…awful. Fairest made me see her in a bit of a different light.

The book shows why she is the way that she is. Granted, this isn’t necessarily like some stories where you find out that she was just misunderstood all this time.

Oh, no. Make no mistake- Levana knows exactly what she’s doing and it is all intentional. However, the reader almost develops some sympathy for Levana thanks to different events—almost….ALMOST!! ….and then you remember all of the crazy things she’s done in response to the things that caused you to have sympathy for her.

So while I wouldn’t say that I really for sorry for Levana, I do feel like the novella made me “get” her to a certain extent. It was definitely a needed addition to the series in order to make sense of her character and actions.

Furthermore, it makes me all that much more excited for Winter! We know more about Winter and Princess Selene’s histories and I’m assuming that will be a large part of Winter now that we know what’s going on. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend reading Winter if you haven’t read Fairest- the information honestly seems to be THAT important!

Now—back to my Winter excitement!

Winter- First two chapters available!

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GUESS WHAT!!!

So earlier today I was checking out Amazon and noticed that the first TWO chapters of Winter are available to download for FREE on Kindle!

Sure, there is still almost a month until Winter releases, but…two chapters! It might actually make the wait harder, but it’s there and you should look into it if you are like me and can’t wait for Winter to come out.

Go HERE to get it!

 ALSO!!!!

Thanks to the AWESOME teen at Macmillan and Fierce Reads, I am running a giveaway on Twitter to win a copy of Cinder. I’m also maybe going to throw in a few other fun things, but they’re in charge of the book…because they’re amazing like that.

So go HERE to follow me and RT the tweet to be entered to win!

I’m SO excited for Winter and want everyone to read the awesome that is the Lunar Chronicles. I just ordered the entire series for my new library and I’m ready for them to get in so that I can convert my students into being as hooked as I am with this series!

Countdown to Carry On!

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First things first….I am SO excited for Carry On to release!

I’m a big fan of Rainbow Rowell and Fangirl is easily my favorite book of hers. I felt like I completely understood the characters in that book as well as the situations. In fact, the entire time I kept thinking, “Man, I wish that I could read Carry On. Simon Snow sounds awesome!” Well, now we can read it! Carry On is releasing on October 6!

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That cover? So simple, but it’s still so eye catching! The summary alone should be enough to hook in a reader who maybe didn’t already read Fangirl to know about the story.

Book Info:

#1 New York Times bestselling author!

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.

Release: October 6

Length: 528 Pages

Publisher: St Martins Griffin

Preorder:

If you preorder the book then there are some perks via the publisher, however…it’s only $8.99 to get on Kindle! That’s a GREAT price AND you can take advantage of the preorder perks! Go HERE to preorder Carry On!

Final Thoughts:

I can’t wait for this book! I was so engrossed in the story during Fangirl, so i’m ready to see why those characters loved the story too! Two more weeks!