Waiting on Wednesday – Princess of Thorns

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Princess of Thorns
Princess of Thorns

Written by: Stacey Jay
Publisher: Delacorte
Release Date: December 9th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult
Pages: 400
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Game of Thrones meets the Grimm's fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

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I cannot – I repeat: cannot – wait for this book.

On its Edelweiss page, it lists some “key selling points”, which are:

  • Princess Aurora is a strong badass warrior heroine (never without her ironwood staff). She’s the antithesis of what comes to mind of the princess (her mother) in The Sleeping Beauty.
  • Love story and fantasy quest in which heroine and hero join forces against evil and achieve the goal of the quest together. [...] Equality adventure story, with both sexes portrayed as strong and compassionate. Comedic moments and bawdy bantering abounds.
  • Fantasy kingdom — terrific world building populated by fairies, ogres, and other magical creatures.

I mean… yes. Absolutely yes, sign me up, where is my TARDIS? I’d also really encourage you to at least skim some of the early reviews on Goodreads, because holy crap do people have some really good things to say about this one! Princess Aurora sounds kickass and amazing, and I love that she and Niklaas are both cursed – and can we talk about how her curse is probably going to cause some awesome tension between them? And the BANTER mentioned in the selling points?! Yes. I’m sold.

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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ARC Review: MAGNOLIA by Kristi Cook

I received this book for free from Simon & Schuster. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

ARC Review: MAGNOLIA by Kristi Cook
Magnolia

Written by: Kristi Cook
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: August 5th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

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In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.

Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.

But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.

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First off, full disclosure: Before starting this book, I’d jokingly said to Meredith on Twitter, “I’m hoping it’s the kind of book I’ll be up until 2AM reading” – and guess what? I somehow managed to stay up until 2am with this book. I never in a million years thought that would actually be the case. WISHES DO COME TRUE. I haven’t stayed up that late reading a book in years, but I started reading it at 9:30pm and then… 2am happened. Time just didn’t exist while I was reading, and I. Couldn’t. Put. It. Down.

Everything about Magnolia was just… perfect. The whole idea of these polar opposites of Romeo and Juliet – a pair whose family wants them together, but they can’t stand each other – and then they get trapped together during a hurricane?! It’s so full of delicious potential! But there was so much that could’ve gone wrong. So with this review, I want to alleviate any fears you might have that this book might not be awesome in some way. Because it is awesome in EVERY way. It was exactly what I wanted it to be, and so much more.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Compulsion

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Compulsion
Compulsion
The Heirs of Watson Island #1

Written by: Martina Boone
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 28th 2014
Genres: Gothic, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 448
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Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson had been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

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Southern Gothic Paranormal Romance, with feuding families, curses, and magical abilities that manifest as compulsions.

…I really don’t need to know anything about Compulsion other than that. :P Seriously though, I am dying for a book with a great atmospheric setting and a romance I can ship like nobody’s business. This sounds like it will give us both. SO EXCITED to read it!!

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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ARC Review: THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory

I received this book for free from Tor. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

ARC Review: THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory
The House of the Four Winds
One Dozen Daughters #1

Written by: James Mallory, Mercedes Lackey
Publisher: Tor
Release Date: August 5th 2014
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 304
Source: NetGalley
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Mercedes Lackey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Valdemar series and romantic fantasies like Beauty and the Werewolf and The Fairy Godmother. James Mallory and Lackey have collaborated on six novels. Now, these New York Times and USA Today bestselling collaborators bring romance to the fore with The House of Four Winds.

The rulers of tiny, impoverished Swansgaard have twelve daughters and one son. While the prince’s future is assured, his twelve sisters must find their own fortunes.

Disguising herself as Clarence, a sailor, Princess Clarice intends to work her way to the New World. When the crew rebels, Clarice/Clarence, an expert with rapier and dagger, sides with the handsome navigator, Dominick, and kills the cruel captain.

Dominick leads the now-outlawed crew in search of treasure in the secret pirate haven known as The House of Four Winds. They encounter the sorceress Shamal, who claims Dominick for her own—but Clarice has fallen hard for Dominick and won’t give him up without a fight.

Full of swashbuckling adventure, buoyant magic, and irrepressible charm, The House of the Four Winds is a lighthearted fantasy romp by a pair of bestselling writers.

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This book was fun. I’m a huge fan of nautical, pirate-y adventures, and in that aspect, The House of the Four Winds definitely delivers. It’s fast-paced, and chocked full of everything a pirate adventure needs – storms, swordfights, sea monsters… If you’re looking for a book with a seriously awesome “swashbuckling”/sailing-the-high-seas atmosphere, you can’t go wrong with Four Winds.

However, for me, Four Winds fell short in… well, sort of, everything else…? =S I would still recommend it if you’re in the mood for a lighthearted nautical adventure, but maybe also when you’re in the mood to not dissect a book too closely, either…

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ARC Review: DISSONANCE by Erica O’Rourke

I received this book for free from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

ARC Review: DISSONANCE by Erica O’Rourke
Dissonance
Dissonance #1

Written by: Erica O'Rourke
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 22nd 2014
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 496
Source: Edelweiss
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Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed − all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony.

Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane.

But Del’s decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide − a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.

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I’ve been looking forward to this book for more than a year. According to Goodreads, I added it to my TBR on April 9, 2013 – I still remember reading the blurb for the first time and going YES THIS. I NEED THIS. WHY SO FAR AWAY?! Obviously, with books that inspire this sort of excitement, there’s the very real possibility that your excitement will get the better of you, and the book will end up disappointing you. =/ And to be honest, Dissonance… well…

Dissonance TOTALLY LIVED UP TO MY EXPECTATIONS!! Hahahaha, you thought I was going to say it disappointed me, didn’t you?! Okay well, if you follow me on Twitter you know I was flailing about this book as I read it, so maybe you guys knew. And if you follow me on Goodreads you might know… and if you saw my rating, above, you probably know… Okay, maybe I wasn’t as subtle just now as I thought. :P

But seriously, Dissonance was amazing. For three main reasons:
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ARC Review: WILD by Alex Mallory

I received this book for free from HarperTeen. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

ARC Review: WILD by Alex Mallory
Wild

Written by: Alex Mallory
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: July 8th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Retelling, Young Adult
Pages: 448
Source: Edelweiss
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In this action-packed and timely "Tarzan for the digital age," Cade, a teen raised in the wilderness, is brought into modern civilization.

The forest is full of secrets, and no one understands that better than Cade. Foraging, hunting, survivingthat's all he knows. Alone for years, Cade believes he's the sole survivor. At least, until he catches a glimpse of a beautiful stranger...

Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy − he's stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion.

Thrust into society, Cade struggles with the realization that the life he knew was a lie. But he's not the only one. Trying to explain life in a normal town leaves Dara questioning it.

As the media swarm and the police close in, Dara and Cade risk everything to get closer. But will the truth about Cade's past tear them apart?

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Retellings are my weakness. And apparently I need to go into them with a lot more caution, because I’ve been burned the past couple times now, and I think my expectations are just intensifying my disappointment.

Wild is a modern-day retelling of Tarzan, where “Tarzan” (Cade) was raised in a secluded area of Daniel Boone National Forest by his parents, until their deaths some years earlier. Cade ends up stumbling upon Dara and her boyfriend, Josh, camping in the woods; and he’s fascinated by Dara. A disaster happens, Cade is forced to reveal himself, and is then forced to try and integrate into modern society, a world he thought no longer existed and only knows through his parents’ stories.

This is a great setup, and for the first 15% of Wild, I was totally on board. The only thing that sort of made me side-eye the book a bit was that, when Dara was camping, she knew someone was in the woods watching her, and yet she was totally okay with it. But this was a Tarzan retelling, and if Dara was supposed to be Jane, her curiosity-instead-of-wariness was just part of the package. I could live with that.

There was a bunch of other stuff that went wrong later, though, which I just can’t overlook…

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Sin Eater’s Daughter

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – The Sin Eater’s Daughter
The Sin Eater's Daughter

Written by: Melinda Salisbury
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: February 24th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 336
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A startling, seductive, deliciously dark debut that will shatter your definition of YA fantasy.

Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner.

As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she's taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he's able to look past Twylla's executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla's problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies – a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

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Rachel (from Beauty and the Bookshelf) alerted me to this book in her own WoW post a few weeks ago, and Oh. My. God. Yes. I just… I’m gonna give you guys a minute to read that synopsis again because — holy wow does that sound amazing. O_O Girl with goddess-powers used as an executioner. Forbidden romance. But if she touches someone they die?? And what’s up with this queen and her enemies and I just… I have all the questions and I need this book immediately.

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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Top Ten Movies & TV Shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
and features weekly top-ten lists! This week it’s…

Top Ten Favorite Movies & TV Shows

THIS WAS SO HARD. I seriously could’ve listed more than 10 in each category, but I decided to only do 5 of each, with PRETTY GIFS. (I wouldn’t have had time to search for pretty GIFs if I’d done more, lol.) You’re welcome.

Movies:

1. The Dark Knight trilogy

I could watch this trilogy on repeat forever and still only hear two notes in the entire score LOL no seriously the score is genius, as is everything about this trilogy.

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