Friday Finds #5

Friday Finds is a meme that features the books you 'found' and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list.
Whether you found them online, in a bookstore, in the library - or wherever! 
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Guys, I have been CRAZY busy. With four play rehearsals a week, a profound inspection week at work and an unexpected invitation for an exclusive Muse show, I have barely had time to read these last two weeks. I'm showing withdrawal symptoms, promise. But there's a silver lining drifting in sight. Just a couple more days and things should go back to normal. I need some peace. These are the books I recently added. I'm especially excited about An Ember In The Ashes and Everything, Everything!

Review: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

Never Fade Alexandra Bracken The Darkest Minds
Never Fade Alexandra Bracken cover The Darkest Minds

Title: Never Fade 
Author: Alexandra Bracken 
Series: The Darkest Minds #2 
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, YA 
Publication date: October 15, 2013 
Rating: ★★★★★ 

Synopsis: Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster. When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her. As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

Review: Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

Before We Were Strangers Renee Carlino

Title: Before We Were Strangers 
Author: Renee Carlino 
Series: Stand-alone 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, NA 
Publication date: August 18, 2015 
Rating: ★★★ 

Synopsis: To the Green-eyed Lovebird: We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House. You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more. We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other. Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding… I didn’t see you again until a month ago. It was a Wednesday. You were rocking back on your heels, balancing on that thick yellow line that runs along the subway platform, waiting for the F train. I didn’t know it was you until it was too late, and then you were gone. Again. You said my name; I saw it on your lips. I tried to will the train to stop, just so I could say hello. After seeing you, all of the youthful feelings and memories came flooding back to me, and now I’ve spent the better part of a month wondering what your life is like. I might be totally out of my mind, but would you like to get a drink with me and catch up on the last decade and a half? M

Upcoming Releases: September 2015

Upcoming Releases September 2015
September and October are probably the months with the most anticipated releases this year. Queen of Shadows, obviously, but I’m also rather excited about The Fate of Ten and Six Of Crows. Every month I just keep adding books and books and books. Not sure how I will ever get around to reading them all, but I guess I’ll just have to figure it out.

Review: Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Queen Of Shadows Sarah J Maas

Title: Queen Of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas 
Series: Queen Of Shadows #4 
Genre:  Fantasy, YA 
Publication date: September 1, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★ 

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . . She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.


September 1st Haul

Many reasons not to look forward to the first of september. Getting back to school the main one. I'm a teacher and I love my job, but I guess I like vacation even more. Especially when it's coming to an end.. However, I had been looking forward to september 1st. For an entirely different reason. Yes, yes, yes. Books. It always comes down to books. While I was at school, getting to know my new students, a package was delivered that I had been waiting for a long, long time. And at 1 am this morning (0:00 GMT) I got an e-mail saying my 'preordered book' was now available. I may not have been ready for school just yet, but hell, I am ready for this. SO BLOODY EXCITED. I bought myself a back-to-school care package to turn this day into a wonderful one.

I usually include my hauls in my wrap ups, but honestly. I can't help sharing this one with you already.




I really couldn't resist these Jane Austen editions. I had all of them already, BUT LOOK HOW PRETTY THESE ARE. Oh, and I'm a total fan obviously. I love her writing and stories so, so much. Read them all multiple times. And  the other books? well.. I did mention Queen of Shadows would release today and I had only been dying to read that book for months. And I had pre-ordered the paperback edition of Heir Of Fire with The Fate Of Ten (both released today) months ago. NO REGRETS. And now I'm totally shutting up, because I HAVE READING TO DO. 



Release Day: Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

IT IS FINALLY HERE. I feel like I have been waiting ages for this book, but the day has finally come. I am so excited. A little bummed that there won't be a paperback version of this particular edition anytime soon, but I ordered the e-book to satisfy me for the time being. DID I MENTION I AM SO EXCITED? If you haven't read Throne Of Glass I encourage you to do it as soon as possible. You won't regret it, promise.



Title: Queen Of Shadows
Series: Throne Of Glass #4
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages 656 pages

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire - for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past...

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena's epic journer has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across this globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena's story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Add this book on goodreads.


Today is also the release date of the paperback edition of HEIR OF FIRE. Check that one out as well, it deserves another celebration!

Title: Heir Of Fire
Series: Throne Of Glass #3
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages 562 pages

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