Review: If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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if there's no tomorrow jennifer l armentrout

Title: If There's No Tomorrow 
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: Stand-alone 
Genre: Contemporary, YA 
Publication date: September 5, 2017 
Rating: ★★★½ 

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications, and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances. Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened. For what she let happen. With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when she and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Title: Illuminae  
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff  
Series: The Illuminae Files #1  
Genre: Science Fiction, YA  
Publication date: October 20, 2015 
Rating: ★★★★★ 

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Title: The Cruel Prince  
Author: Holly Black  
Series: The Folk Of The Air #1  
Genre: Fantasy, YA  
Publication date: January 2, 2018 
Rating: ★★★★½ 

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences. In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Title: Shatter Me  
Author: Tahereh Mafi  
Series: Shatter Me #1  
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, YA  
Publication date: November 15, 2011 
Rating: ★★½ 

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now. Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Someone picked up the sun and pinned it to the sky again, but every day it hangs a little lower than the day before. It's like a negligent parent who only knows one half of who you are. It never sees how its absence changes people. How different we are in the dark.

To new beginnings.

Hi everyone,

It's been a while. It's been a long while, actually. 

If you're still reading this after those months of silence, know that I am incredibly grateful. I did not expect you to, but it makes me really happy anyway. These last couple of months have not been easy. I've been under a lot of pressure and if there's one thing I can say about myself, it's that I do not handle stress well. Not real stress anyway. It slowly eats away at me. I hide it and I allow it to shut me down, to lock me in place and to make me ditch responsibilities. I'm fully aware of the problems this causes. I still can't seem to help myself.

Stress is something subjective. Perhaps other people in my position would have been perfectly fine. I, however, decided to drown my own thoughts, hoping they'd go away without me having to acknowledge them. I'm acknowledging them now because things only got worse.

Everything started back in September when my grandmother died. It was not unexpected and I was honestly relieved that she no longer had to suffer, but the inevitability of it all still haunts my mind.  Up until then I'd had the luxury of not having lost many people that were close to me. I'm not hardened yet, although none of this would every be truly bearable.

On top of that there were/are work-related issues. I had a hard time adjusting to my new position. I still haven't completely reconciled myself with it. It's a harsh thing having to switch the job you love (and have been doing for three years) for something not nearly as fulfilling just because you're still young and can't possibly compete in the seniority game. I do not hate what I'm doing now, but I do not love it either. Some days are better than others, but the mornings where I have to force myself out of bed outnumber the others.

And then there is the house-issue. For those of you who don't know: I'm building a house (okay fine a real estate firm is) on my own. Me. Twenty-five-year-old-unexperienced-blue-me is building a house. It's absolutely wonderful. I'm hopefully moving out of my parents' house in a couple of weeks time and it the most thrilling thing in the world. But however great it was to see my near-future place built brick by brick, it has been one of the hardest endeavors yet. When I close my eyes at night all I see are forms I barely understand but need to file and impossible bills. In between the excitement there is also a considerate amount of worry and fear that I've ignored for far too long. I remind myself daily that it will all be worth it in the end. But it's time I finally stop pretending that this hasn't also been incredibly hard on me.

For a while I couldn't bring myself to read anymore. Which added to more stress because I was failing my reading challenge. It seems so insignificant but I haven't read less than fifty books a year for over a decade and it actually made me feel bad. With everything already going on in my head, taking a temporarily break from blogging was necessary. Instead I took some longterm, highly appreciated me-time. Which I almost ruined by doing NaNoWriMo despite my better judgement but luckily that worked out in the end. I really committed myself to bullet journalling for one, and it has proven to be a wonderful instrument for self-care and better organisation. Things are improving. The weight on my shoulders is lifting. Brick by brick.

I'm back now. Or at least I'm actively trying to be. I'm excited and ready for a new beginning. New house, new books, new me. I can do this. So happy New Year everyone! I wish you all the most wonderful year. May it be full of magical new memories and infinite laughter. I'll be seeing you around.



Upcoming Releases: September 2017

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I feel so honoured presenting you the september young adult releases. So many of my deeply beloved authors are publishing this month. Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Adam Silvera, Jay Kristoff, Jennifer L. Armentrout and even Stephanie Perkins. The only one truly missing is John Green but since he's publishing next month I won't even go there. I MEAN LOOK AT THEM. They're stunning, aren't they? All I want to do is cuddle these precious babies. I've heard mixed reviews about all of them, but I'm giving each and every single one a fair chance to impress me. I want to be impressed. It's been so long since I got blown away by a book. This is an excellent month to get back on track. I need to finish my reread of Empire Of Storms, but then I'm all set to dive in. Head first.

Upcoming Releases: August 2017

August dear friends, august. Summer is halfway gone. Or there's still a month to go glass half full, half empty blab. If all is well I'm enjoying the heavenly weather, nature and food baguettes of France at the moment. As always I packed tons of books, but the ones below will have to wait until I return to the reality of a very glum Belgium. Got to say, August has some serious cover porn going on. Luckily there are interesting blurbs as well, because I basically clicked the add buttons based on cover alone. I should really stop doing that but hey what else is new. Most of these books are by authors I don't know very well, which is both exciting and terrifying. An awesome premise doesn't always make for a good book. But since I'm on vacation and the sun is HOPEFULLY, fingers crossed shining, I'm going to be an optimist about this. (Bastille tunes) And we can count on Leigh Bardugo never to disappoint, right? RIGHT? God, she better not. The Wonder Woman movie hyped me up even more so gimme, gimme, gimme! I'm also excited for Renee Carlino's new book. I discovered her last year and I have no regrets.

What are you guys up to this summer? Read anything exciting?

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Author: Amy A. Bartol
Series: Secondborn #1
Genre: Dystopia, NA
Release date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: 47North
Pages: 321 pages

On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go. Televised since her early childhood, Roselle’s privileged upbringing has earned her the resentment of her secondborn peers. Now her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor to the state. But Roselle finds an ally—and more—in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave. As the consequences of her actions ripple throughout the Fates Republic, can Roselle create a destiny of her own? Or will her Fate override everything she fights for—even love?

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Shimmer And Burn 

Author: Mary Taranta
Series: Shimmer And Burn #1
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Release date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 352 pages

To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology. Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne. Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own. With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.

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Little & Lion 

Author: Brandy Colbert
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Contemporary, Lgbt, YA
Release date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown
Pages: 336 pages

When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support. But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new...the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself--or worse.

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This Is Not The End 

Author: Chandler Baker
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Release date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 384 pages

On one cloudless, radiant summer afternoon, Lake Devereaux lost everything. The car crash claimed the lives of her best friend and boyfriend, the people who had become her family after her own fell apart. But she doesn’t have to lose them both. The development of resurrection technology has changed the world. Under the new laws regulating the process, each person gets one resurrection to be used or forfeited on their eighteenth birthday. Mere weeks away from turning eighteen, Lake faces an impossible choice. Envisioning life without one of the people she loves most is shattering enough, but Lake carries an additional burden: years ago, under family pressure, Lake secretly—and illegally—promised her resurrection to someone who isn’t even dead yet. The search for answers about her future draws Lake more deeply into the secrets of her past until she begins to question everything about those closest to her. Betrayals and hurts both new and old threaten to eclipse the memories she once cherished. Then Lake meets a boy unlike anyone she’s encountered before, who unflinchingly embraces the darkest parts of her life . . . and who believes that all resurrections are wrong. Which path is the right one? And how can Lake start to heal when she can't move on?

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Wish You Were Here 

Author: Renee Carlino
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, NA
Release date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 320 pages

Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, floating from interest to interest, job to job, and guy to guy, searching for a spark but never quite finding it. All she knows is that she won’t discover it working as a waitress at a pies-and-fries joint in Los Angeles or living with her fun but aimless best friend in a tiny apartment in the Arts District. Then Charlotte collides with Adam, a gorgeous and soulful painter who seems just as lost as she feels. Their instant connection turns into a midnight drink… and a whirlwind night of champagne, Chinese food, and the kind of conversation that only happens in romantic comedies. But the next morning, Adam gives Charlotte the cold shoulder, leaving her confused and hurt—and wondering if the few odd moments between them the night before were red flags in disguise. Months later, Charlotte hasn’t been able to shake Adam, so she decides to find out what happened the morning after their magical night together. This fateful decision rewrites their wild love story, but what Charlotte doesn’t know yet is that the ending has already been written.

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A Map For Wrecked Girls 

Author: Jessica Taylor
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Release date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Dial Books
Pages: 368 pages

Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them. Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart. To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this—or anything. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?

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Wicked Like A Wildfire 

Author: Lana Popović
Series: Hibiscus Daughter #1
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Release date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 416 pages

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

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Tiger's Watch 

Author: Julia Ember
Series: Ashes Of Gold #1
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Release date: August 22, 2017
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Pages: 173 pages

Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander. Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian. When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn't question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.

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The Ratled Bones 

Author: S.M. Parker
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, YA
Release date: August 22, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 304 pages

Unearthing years of buried secrets, Rilla Brae is haunted by ghostly visions tied to the tainted history of a mysterious island in this haunting novel from the author of The Girl Who Fell. Maine-bred, independent Rilla Brae is no stranger to the deep. She knows the rhythms of hard work and harder seas. But when she experiences the sudden death of her father, the veil between the living and the dead blurs and she begins to be haunted by a girl on a nearby, uninhabited island. The girl floats a song over the waves, and it is as beautiful as it is terrifying. Familiar and distant. Then Rilla meets Sam, a University of Southern Maine archeology student tasked with excavating the very island where the ghostly girl has appeared. Sam sifts the earth looking for the cultural remains of an island people who were forcibly evicted by the state nearly a hundred years ago. Sam tells Rilla the island has a history no locals talk about—if they know about it at all—due to the shame the events brought to the working waterfront community. All Rilla knows for sure is that the island has always been there—an eerie presence anchored in the stormy sea. Now Sam’s work and the ghostly girl’s song lure Rilla to the island’s shores. As Rilla helps Sam to unearth the island’s many secrets, Rilla’s visions grow—until the two discover a tragedy kept silent for years. And it’s a tragedy that has everything to do with Rilla’s past.

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer 

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: DC Icons #1
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, YA
Release date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Random House Books For Young Readers
Pages: 384 pages

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world. Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

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The Dazzling Heights 

Author: Katharine McGee
Series: The Thousand Floor #2
Genre: Dystopia, YA
Release date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 432 pages

Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a beacon of futuristic glamour and high-tech luxury… and to millions of people living scandalous, secretive lives. Leda is haunted by nightmares of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’s afraid the truth will get out – which is why she hires Watt, her very own hacker, to keep an eye on all of the witnesses for her. But what happens when their business relationship turns personal? When Rylin receives a scholarship to an elite upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being here also means seeing the boy she loves: the one whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return. Avery is grappling with the reality of her forbidden romance – is there anywhere in the world that’s safe for them to be together? And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who’s arrived in New York with a devious goal in mind – and too many secrets to count. Here in the Tower, no one is safe – because someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, you’re always only one step away from a devastating fall….

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Mask Of Shadows 

Author: Linsey Miller
Series: TBA, #1
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Release date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 384 pages

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home. When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge. But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

Review: Always And Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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Title: Always And Forever, Lara Jean  
Author: Jenny Han  
Series: To All The Boys I've Loved Before #3  
Genre: Contemporary, YA  
Publication date: May 2, 2017 
Rating: ★★½ 

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding. But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind. When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

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