Blogtober Day Two: October New Releases

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Hey, lovelies! Today I want to talk about new releases that are coming this October that I’m just screaming for (haha). 2020 has been an incredible year for new releases. I’ve loved so many of the ones I’ve read so far. I have really high hopes for these ones.

October 6th
Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

October 6th
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

October 6th
We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu

October 6th
Closer to Nowhere by Ellen Hopkins

October 6th
The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher

October 6th
Tristan Strong Destroys the World by Kwame Mbalia

October 6th
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

October 6th
A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

October 6th
The Archive of the Forgotten by A.J. Hackwith

October 6th
I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan

October 13th
Come On In by Various Authors

October 13th
Lightbringer by Claire Legrand

October 13th
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

October 13th
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

October 13th
Simmer Down by Sarah Smith

October 20th
Rebel Sisters by Tochi Onyebuchi

October 20th
Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly

October 20th
Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston

October 27th
Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Okay, but why do all of these books come out on the 6th? I’m very excited for all of these. Are there any that I missed and should be looking into? Leave a comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

GoodReads Summary:
Today, she hates him.
It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.
Tonight, she puts up with him.
When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.
As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.
Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him.
Today Tonight TomorrowReview:
Why is it so much harder to talk about books that you really loved compared to books that you didn’t? Well, that’s the struggle I’m having here.
Today Tonight Tomorrow follows Rowan during the last day of her senior year. The story opens with an introduction of her rival, Neil (aka McNightmare). There’s just something about rivals to lovers that is so great. Rowan goes to school for her final day of high school. She’s waiting on the news of whether she has won valedictorian or if Neil has won. Valedictorian is her last competition with Neil. It’s the last thing she can win. When she loses, she realizes there is one more competition for them: Howl. Howl is a game that combines assassin with a scavenger hunt. After she overhears some of her classmates plotting to target her and Neil (and saying some really hurtful shit related to her being Jewish) she decides to get Neil to team up with her and take the win from him at the last minute.
I really loved that this book took place over one day. I am fascinated by Solomon’s ability to write such a heartfelt and wonderful story that was only one day of these characters lives. In the beginning of the story, we really get a feel from Rowan’s perspective how fierce this rivalry is. But as the night goes on, Rowan realizes how little she actually knows about Neil. Over their high school career, Rowan has made a lot of assumptions about Neil without ever really getting to know him. So, they manage to get to know one another better while seeing the sights of Seattle. This includes dinner with Rowan’s family, meeting Neil’s mom, and seeing his room (in which he has a very specific romance novel!!) They share intimate details and I loved seeing them really develop a friendship. Rowan realizes that their rivalry might not be what she thought it was. I just really loved how naturally their friendship grew. The conflicts that got in their way were interesting and I liked that they were relatable issues. Rowan was scared and she let that get in the way. But she made amends and I ship this relationship so hard.
I also enjoyed Rowan’s friends. They were straight shooters that didn’t just let Rowan get away with her crappy behavior. I liked that they let her deal with how her actions were making them feel, while also letting her know that they still love her.
Overall, I just loved this book. Rowan just wanted to succeed, but she also learned from what those around her were telling her and tried to do better. She was imperfect, but did her best to work on the issues her loved once were addressing with her. I also really enjoyed going from thinking of Neil as someone that Rowan needs to completely obliterate to friendship to more. It was so well done and I just loved them. The last thing I want to mention is that both Neil and Rowan are Jewish. This comes up at a few different points in the story and I really enjoyed the moments surrounding those traditions that were included. While it was a really fun story, it also covered more serious topics like Rowan worrying about leaving Seattle and her future. Rowan also fights the good romance fight, constantly standing up for why it’s a valid form of literature (which it obviously is and this shouldn’t even be a debate anymore). I loved all of these things about this book.

Quotes:

“Neil McNair has become my alarm clock, if alarm clocks had
freckles and knew all your insecurities.”

“You wrote a fucking book. Do you know how many people
wish they could do that, or how many people talk about doing it
and never do?”

“Maybe that’s the definition of nostalgia: getting sappy about things that are supposed to be insignificant.”

“The love that I wanted so desperately: this isn’t what I thought it would feel like. It’s made me dizzy and it’s grounded me. It’s made me laugh when nothing is funny. It shimmers and it sparks, but it can be comfortable, too, a sleepy smile and a soft touch and a quiet, steady breath. Of course this boy—my rival, my alarm clock, my unexpected ally—is at the center of it. And somehow, it’s even better than I imagined.”

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Anticipated Releases

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Most anticipated releases for the first half of 2020

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21 January
The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

3 March
Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

28 January
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

3 March
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

7 April
The Serpents Curse by Lisa Maxwell

7 April
Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

30 April
The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

5 May
Lobizona by Romina Garber

14 May
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

19 May
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

These are just some of the new releases I’m anticipating in the first half of 2020. You can find the full list here. What books have you excited for their release? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogmas Day Nineteen: Unread 2019 Releases

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Hellllllo, lovelies! Last week, I did a Blogmas post about the incredible amount of 2019 releases that I did manage to read this year. Previous years, I’ve had more unread than read, so I thought I could talk about the new releases that I bought and still haven’t managed to pick up and read yet. But, I do plan to make them a priority in early 2020. These are only the books that were published in 2019 that I already own, either physically or on eBook. I’m still really excited about all of these books (becasue I recently did an unhaul and these are all books that managed to keep their place on my shelf).

White Stag by Kara Barbieri

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Stain by A.G. Howard

The Matchmakers List by Sonya Lalli

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

The Test by Sylvainn Neuvel

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Lovely War by Julie Berry

Shout by Laurie Halse Andersonn

Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody

Voices by David Elliott

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie

How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox

The Year They Fell by David Kreizman

To be Taught if Fortunate by Becky Chambers

These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

The End and Other Beginnings by Veronica Roth

Poemsia by Lang Leav

The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

Supernova by Marissa Meyer

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The How & The Why by Cynthia Hand

I’m pretty happy with the fact that this my list on unread 2019 releases. That’s not to say I don’t have other backlist books that I haven’t read yet (because I certainly do). But I managed to read more than half of the new releases I bought thhis year and I’m very pleased with that. What 2019 release did you buy this year but haven’t managed to read yet? Comment and let me know!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogmas Day Thirteen: Read 2019 Releases

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For today’s blogmas post I thought it would be interesting to talk about all of the 2019 new releases that I managed to read this year. It’s always a struggle to stay on top of those new books that come out each year so going over which ones we did read seems like a good way to highlight the accomplishment that is reading those new releases, especially since I read way more new releases this year than in previous years.

A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Shienmel
Robbergirl by S.T. Gibson
Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
The Dysasters by P.C. & Kristen Cast
A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh
Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib
King of Fools by Amanda Foody
Again but Better by Christine Riccio
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta
The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco
Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi
Vortex Visions by Elise Kova
Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen
Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savannah Ganucheau
Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
Girls of July by Alex Flinn
Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence
The Wicked King by Holly Black
Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins
Darkwood by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch
Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare & Welsey Chu
All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton
The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Under Currents by Nora Roberts
Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa
How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow
Call it What you Want by Brigid Kemmerer
100 Days of Sunlight by Abby Emmons
Chosen Champion by Elise Kova
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Let’s Call it a Doomsday by Katie Henry
Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
The Liars of Mariposa Island by Jennifer Mathieu
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund
A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro
Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry
Rage by Cora Carmack
These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
American Royals by Katharine McGee
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
The Toll by Neal Shusterman
Finale by Stephanie Garber
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Well Met by Jen DeLuca
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
Jackpot by Nic Stone
Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich

 

These are all of the 2019 releases I’ve managed to read this year! I honestly didn’t think I’d read this many, so I’m rather impressed with myself. What 2019 releases did you read this year? Let me know in the comments!

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Blogtober Day Seven: October Releases

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Hi, lovelies! Let’s talk October book releases! There are so many great books that have come out so far this year. October is no different. Somehow, four of my most anticipated releases of the year are being released this month. Come talk to me about new books!

1 October 2019
Crier’s War by Nina Varela
I know nothing about this book other than the fact that it’s queer and that I’m obsessed with the cover.

1 October 2019
The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake
The cover of this one caught my attention. Then, I saw Chelsea Dolling rave about it and I knew I had to have it on this list.

8 October 2019
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
I am beyond excited to see what Leigh has in store for us with her first adult novel. I already have the Illumicrate special edition preordered. This is definitely one of my most anticipated releases of the year.

8 October 2019
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdeih
I’ve seen so many mixed reviews for this one. But I’m all over that synopsis. I am definitely excited for this one.

8 October 2019
Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo
I adored To Kill a Kingdom so I am highly anticipating enjoying this one as well.

8 October 2019
The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Armentrout is an auto-buy author for me. I have this one preordered and I cannot wait to get into the next installment of this series.

8 October 2019
A Kingdom for a Stage by Heidi Heilig
I was lucky enough to meet this author at the NoVaTeen Festival. She was awesome and I cannot wait to get into this series.

15 October 2019
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
I adored Rin’s Bone Witch series. I expect to really love this one just as much.

15 October 2019
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu
NetGalley had this one as read now for a bit. I loved this. It was sweet and full of action with great representation.

22 October 2019
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
I am lucky enough to have an eARC of this. Which is why it’s on this list. I’ve enjoyed the Christina Lauren books I’ve read so far.

Do we share any books from this list of October’s anticipated releases? Let me know below! Share with me any new releases that I didn’t include, but should have.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Anticipated Releases

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019.

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June 25th, 2019
Call it What you Want by Brigid Kemmerer

September 17th, 2019
The Liars of Mariposa Island by Jennifer Mathieu

October 1st, 2019
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

October 8th, 2019
Sanctuary Highway by Ellen Hopkins

October 8th, 2019
The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

October 15th, 2019
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

November 5th, 2019
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

November 5th, 2019
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

November 5th, 2019
The Toll by Neal Shusterman

November 26th, 2019
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

These are the ten books I’m most excited about in the second half of  2019. BUT! There are so many more that I am anticipating. Check out the full list here! Let me know which books  you’re looking forward to in the comments!

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Anticipated New Releases

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Most anticipated new released for the first half of 2019

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King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Vortex Visions by Elise Kova

The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco

Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

How to Make Friends With the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I could go on and on with this list, but these are just a few. To see all the new releases of 2019 that I’m looking forward to click here. What books are coming out in 2019 that you’re excited for? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day Six – Anticipated New Releases

Happy Blogmas day six! Today we’re here to talk about our most anticipated releases for the upcoming year. There are tons of good sequels that are coming out in 2019.

The Wicked King by Holly Black

Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow Glass by Rin Chupeco

Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

How to Make Friends With the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Finale by Stephanie Garber

Under Currents by Nora Roberts

The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts

Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas

Let us know what new releases you’re looking forward to next year! We’re always looking for new books to add to our lists.

Allegiant – Veronica Roth

Summary:
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered-fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world pass the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature-and of herself-while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Review:
I just finished Allegiant and I’m still wiping the tears off my face. I can’t believe some of the things that happened. I really enjoyed watching these characters grow up and change as their lives changed. I really really liked Allegiant, but I’d have to say that Divergent is still my favorite. But there were so many things I liked about this book. One thing that made it a different experience was that it was told from both Tris’s and Four’s perspective. This was something I really liked because we could see more into Four’s head and know him better. Something else I made note of in the story that I liked was that even though Four and Tris are in a serious relationship, the things that go on between them are always kept appropriate for the younger readers. I thought that was nice. Allegiant was full of action and surprises and suspense. There were so many twists and turns, things I didn’t see coming. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I loved almost every page. I definitely think one of the twists could have been avoided and things written differently. But I’m not Veronica Roth, and she must have written it this way for a reason. Another thing I really liked about Allegiant was that it had so many good quotes. This is definitely going to be a series I read again and highlight next time.
Now, to the characters. Christina plays a bigger part in this book than she did in the two previous. I really enjoyed reading about so much of her. She’s spunky and funny and similar to a couple of my friends actually. She supports Tris so much in this book. The two had their ups and downs and worked through them. Christina becomes Tris’s go to person, after Four of course. Next is Peter. He doesn’t play a huge part in this story. But we still get to see him grow into an even more terrible person. He only does whats best for him. But at the end of the book I kind of seriously admire him. He knows that he’s an awful person, and makes the executive decision to do something about it. He gives himself a chance to start over. and I thought that was deserving of my respect.
I loved Caleb in the first book and hated him in the second. In Allegiant he tried to make things better. He put forth the effort. Not a lot of effort, but it was there. And in the end I forgave him just like Tris did. Caleb did quite a few stupid things, that he eventually came to deeply regret. Things that he was willing to give his life to make up for. At the end of Allegiant, I don’t hate Caleb, but I’m also not his biggest fan.
Four is the love of my life. But not really, because he and Tris are too perfect for each other for anyone to mess with that. In Allegiant, we get to read part of the book from Four’s perspective, which I loved because we got to know how he thinks and way more about him. He does something kind of dumb in the beginning of the book that Tris ends up forgiving him for. Four has a really hard time excepting his flaws and insecurities which is the only thing I don’t like about him. He’s way too hard on himself, mostly for things that he has no control over. Tris makes Four a better person, as well as the other way around. I love the relationship between these two so much. One thing I love is that unlike most other couples they actually talk to each other. They fix their problems. They get to the root of whats going wrong and make it better. And they survive as a couple because of this. They are just perfect for each other.
And now, we talk about Tris. Tris has gone through so much in these three books. She’s dealt with way more than any normal person could handle. She’s so strong. And I loved reading about her growing into a better person. She has a lot of people do many different tests on her. And she’s genuinely interested in learning about herself, which I think is awesome. She tries her best to understand herself as well as others. Tris really becomes the best possible version of herself, she’s very selfless. She puts herself in hard situations in place of people that really don’t deserve it. She knows exactly what she needs to change to become the person she aspires to be which is something not many people can do. “Then I thought of how strong I have become, how secure I feel with the person I am now, and how all along the way he has told me that I am brave, I am respected, I am loved and worth loving.”
I had a really hard time putting this book down once I picked it up. I bought it after dinner last night, read about a third of it before I fell asleep. Then I had to work this morning, and all I talked about all day long was how badly I just wanted to read my book. Allegiant was a thrilling, suspenseful, heartbreaking end to a very well loved trilogy. There were thing’s I never expected to happen and things that made me cry like a baby. As a whole, I really enjoyed reading Allegiant and being part of this story. Although I don’t agree with all of the writing choices made, I think it was a good end to the trilogy and I look forward to whatever else Veronica Roth writes.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.