Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday {22}

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Publication Date:
January 9th, 2018

Summary from Goodreads:
When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study... as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Mia and Jules' different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race's secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race...

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday {21}

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

Without Merit
Colleen Hoover
Publication Date:
October 3rd, 2017
                                   Atria Books

Summary from Goodreads:
Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

Top Ten original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. For past topics and future topic schedule, click here.

This week is what top ten books are currently on our Fall TBR.

1. A Posion Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire #2) by Jessica Cluess
First and foremost, happy book birthday to this awesome book. I am so excited to get my hands on this!

2. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
I can not express in words how excited I am to read this book! It sounds like a book that is definitely going to be one of my favourite's this year. Hopefully it lives up to my expectations. 

                        3. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater 
Having read and loved The Raven Cycle series, I knew that this book in particular had to be featured on this list. There is no way that I am not going to read this book before the end of the season. 

                                   4. Chasing Red by Isabelle Ronin
I have previously read Chasing Red on Wattpad, and of course loved it, so when I heard that it was getting published I was so excited. It's on the list because of course I will be re-reading this amazing book. How could I not re-read it, I mean have you seen the cover?

                               5. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
My goal is to read at least the first two books in The Queen of Tearling series, including this one right here and The Invasion of the Tearling (book #2). 

                                      6. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
So I have had this one on my TBR for a while. If were friends on Goodreads or you follow me there, you would have seen me add this onto my TBR multiple times now. I have been trying to find the perfect time to read it and have decided that I can not wait any longer. I must read a Beauty and the best retelling.

                                     7. Nemesis by Brendan Reichs 
This book's summary is literally drool worthy. I am so excited that this is the first book I am attempting to read this Fall. 

                                 8.  Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews
This sounds so unique and awesome. I can not wait to read it. 

                                     9. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
This sounds so amazing! It's definitely on my list for this Fall.


                                  10.  Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
I don't know why but I am immensely intrigued with this book. I don't think that it is solely because it is a Colleen Hoover book but because of the summary in itself. It truly sounds like it's going to be an emotional book read.

What is on your Fall TBR and which book(s) are you most looking forward to reading?
~ Aimie

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review | The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Published by Simon & Schuster on April 4th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance 
Pages: 560
Format: Paperback
Source: Indigo 

Summary from Goodreads: 
Andie must learn to embrace the beauty in chaos in this New York Times bestselling novel about friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans.

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.

So it’s no surprise that Andie has her summer all planned out too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

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Mixed emotions for an excessively long book. 

The Unexpected Everything is centered around Andie, a seventeen-year-old daughter of a congressman, who is currently a dog walker. She may not have, ever, planned on spending her summer chasing dogs but sometimes the most unexpected things are the funnest. 

When Andie's father suffers from a political scandal, her whole life begins to unravel. She had a secured-spot for a pre-med internship but that was when her letter of recommendation wasn't withdrawn. Her carefully constructed summer has crumpled, leaving her behind in the rubble trying to find a job last minute that will look good on her resume. However, the only job left is walking dogs. Andie doesn't expect much from this job or really her summer. Especially when it comes to meeting a cute and charming guy named Clark. 

One of the few things I did enjoy in The Unexpected Everything would have to be how it may seem like a romance book but in reality it is so much more. It is about family, friendships, dealing with loss, growing up, and getting out of your comfort zone. Then there is Clark. Nerdy, adorable, and awkward Clark. I absolutely adored Andie and Clark together. They are awkward together, not knowing how to behave in the other's company and that just makes it so much more cute!  

However, The Unexpected Everything was way too long. I felt that the whole book could have been cut in half and wrapped up beautifully. Instead, slowly my excitement began to dissipate and I began to feel like the book was just dragging along. It was completely unnecessary for it to be this long, all that it did was simply slow and stretch out the book. It was extremely difficult for me not to feel bored and to not give up on this book. 

In the end, I didn't adore this book like I did Amy & Roger's Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer. I think I would have liked The Unexpected Everything more if my expectations weren't as high as they were. Compared to Morgan Matson's other books, The Unexpected Everything simply fell flat. 


About The Author:
Morgan Matson is the New York Times bestselling author of Since You've Been Gone, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, and Second Chance Summer, which was the winner of the California Book Award. She received her MFA in writing for children from New School. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday {20}

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, Hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

The Midnight Dance
Nikki Katz
Publication Date:
October 17th, 2017
                                   Swoon Reads

Summary from Goodreads:
When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

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