Christmas TBR

There's hardly anything I love more than Christmas holidays. Because it's the one time in the year I just ditch everything and take the time to do absolutely nothing. Lazy days, cold weather and a christmas tree. It's the perfect environment for reading and watching tv shows. Since I spent the first couple of days catching up on tv shows, I thought it better to put together a small reading list for the coming ten days. Reading five books is probably a bit ambitious, but better aim high, right? I usually re-read Harry Potter over Christmas, but this year I've decided to catch up on my ever-growing tbr a little.

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books Read In 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every other week I will post a list of ten favorites in a certain book-related category.

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10, 9, 8, 7 ...... HAPPY NE  I'm going to stop myself right there. It's not 2017 just yet, but the time has come to look back on everything 2016 has brought me. The releases, the books recommended to me, being part of the book community...  I don't know what to say. I'm lost for words. There were so many feels, so many characters I fell desperately in love with, so much magic and yes pain, but the good kind. It's been a good one! Reading-wise at least. Putting together a top ten was not easy. I read a little more than 50 books, a lot less than last year, but it still feels like almost every single book is worth mentioning. Choosing ten was honestly challenging. Perhaps you recognise the struggle. If so, tell me all about it!

Upcoming Releases: December 2016

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... Can I still post upcoming releases on the 19th of the month? Ah well, I better can because this is how it is. I got a tiny bit behind schedule. To be perfectly honest, I'm not very impressed by the new releases this december. There is of course the new Falling Kingdoms book and the sequel to A Thousand Nights, but since I still haven't read the first books in those series I can't exactly go crazy about their sequels. I haven't added a single book to my TBR (I never add books of series where the first one is already on my list), not a single one! Is it me? Are you feeling the same? This all just seems... meh. Time to catch up on that very long tbr from previous months!

Review: Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

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Title: Twisted Palace 
Author: Erin Watt 
Series: The Royals #3 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, NA 
Publication date: October 17, 2016 
Rating: ★★★ 

These Royals will ruin you… From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most. Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome. Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation. No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all. They may be right. With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.

Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

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Title: Broken Prince 
Author: Erin Watt 
Series: Broken Prince #2 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, NA 
Publication date: July 25, 2016 
Rating: ★★★ 

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life. What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him. Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other. She might be right.   Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

November Wrap Up

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It's december, probably my favourite month of the year. YESTERDAY, WE PUT OUT THE CHRISTMAS TREE! There is nothing that screams 'HOLIDAYS' more and I just love to decorate. Which I couldn't do this year, because I got hit by the worst flu ever. I've been in bed since saturday, it is HELL. And I've got a headache so bad it hurts to think about books, let alone read them. After this post I'll probably crash down on the sofa and enjoy the beauty of the tree for a couple more hours.

Review: Paper Princess by Erin Watt

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Title: Paper Princess 
Author: Erin Watt 
Series: The Royals #1 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, NA 
Publication date: April 4, 2016 
Rating: ★★★★ 

These Royals will ruin you… Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from. Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals. He might be right. Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.


Review: The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi




Title: The Night We Said Yes 
Author: Lauren Gibaldi 
Series: The Night We Said Yes #1 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA 
Publication date: June 16, 2015 
Rating: ★★★ 

Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life. But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan. And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of. Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future.

Review: The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

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Title: The Midnight Star 
Author: Marie Lu 
Series: The Young Elites #3 
Genre: Fantasy, YA 
Publication date: October 11, 2016 
Rating: ★★★½ 

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen. Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved. Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Upcoming Releases: November 2016

New month, new upcoming releases. I have a list of 13 anticipated books coming up. Stephenie Meyer rose from the dead, we can finally get rid of Claudia Gray (Sorry, just kidding. Perhaps you actually liked the Firebird series) and Cassandra Clare and J. Lynn both present their book of the month. Which of these books made it onto your TBR?

How To Survive NaNoWriMo '16

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Yesterday, while people were dressing up as witches, vampires and zombies for Halloween, I spent the evening grabbing pens, sharpies and notebooks together in an attempt at making sense of the demons in my head. Nerves, plot holes, bunnies, character descriptions, flashes of scenes that beg for attention, random dialogue lines... They are the worst kind of demons. They are the ones you need to conquer if you ever want to call yourself a winner.

NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. The program that convinces hundreds of thousands of lunatics all over the world that it is possible to write a novel in a month. The challenge is to write 50 000 words in 30 days. Piece of cake, right? No, honestly. It's one of my favourite things in the world. Mental breakdowns, crying, word counts that will eat you alive, constant self-doubt, back aches, CHOCOLATE you can't eat because it is not okay to eat chocolate all day, the irresistible temptation of procrastination, the guilt after procrastinating, rebellious characters and sweet, SWEET, SWEET VICTORY!  It's doable. I've done it. Three times. SEE, PROOF. If I can do it, basically anyone who is capable of voicing thoughts can do it. 

For four years now, november 1st has been marked with a large red circle on my calendar. Months in advance I would see this date creeping nearer. November can not come and go unnoticed. Not for me. I spent the last week taking care of tons of stuff I won't have the time for this month. That means watching every tv episode currently available, finishing the book I'm reading, cleaning my room, getting those long-overdue work assignments done, writing another chapter on my hp fanfic and most importantly breathe.

NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing MonthYes, sometimes I need to remind myself to breathe. I'm always excited for NaNoWriMo to start, but this year I was incredibly nervous. Anxious even. Why? I couldn't tell you if my life depended on it. I'm not more or less prepared than I was in previous editions. I had a 'WHAT AM I THINKING, I AM SHIT AT WRITING' episode, but then again I have those every other week. Still, as the countdown to midnight began and I opened a blank document, I got the feeling that somehow this year will be different. I can't shake it. But maybe it's a good thing (let me go with this for a minute), maybe it's my mind telling me that this year it's going to create a true masterpiece! I CAN TOTALLY DO THIS.   I'm so dead.

SO, LET'S MEET MY NOVEL! *squeal* It's not a new project. It's part three of the novel I started two years ago and that's growing a lot longer than I originally intended. But this year I'm hell-bent on finishing it! LOOK AT ME BEING ALL CONFIDENT, I SHOULD ENJOY THIS WHILE IT LASTS. 

What does it take to keep yourself from being owned? What is worth sacrificing to keep control over your own body? The answer is everything. Nothing is worth more. That’s what Sam keeps reminding herself of when she wakes up in one of Donald Dixon’s high-tech breeding facilities. Except she has tempted fate for far too long and now she is here, about to be forced into a program she’d sworn never to participate in. But no price is too high to keep the others alive. She will not sell their safety. The government places her inside a new community where they want her to adapt to her new life and despite her better judgement she gets sucked into the routine. But when the inevitable happens, when she gets to the point of no return, all she wants to do is throw herself off the nearest tower. She might still do it. Maybe these circumstances ask for drastic measures.

You know, the one thing no one ever tells you is that the hardest damn part of writing a novel is writing the synopsis. I always end up staring ages at that box of blank space on the NaNo website. 



COMMIT, WRITE EVERY DAY
We can all joke about how NaNoWriMo takes over your life, gives you mental breakdowns and will turn you into a cave person. But there is truth in it. You can't do NaNo halfheartedly. You have to go all in. Don't make the decision to participate lightly. You have to be willing to spend hours upon hours behind your computer, to temporarily forsake your social life, to smash your head against your keyboard in frustration, to both wake and go to sleep with your characters and to see plot twists at every turn you make. There are so many things you like doing that you won't be able to do this month. Only when you are willing to sacrifice certain parts of your life will you be able to pull this off. Write every day. A book is build word by word by word. There is no such thing as 'writers block', not for amateurs like us. There is only discipline and determination. Inspiration will come when you write, when you're actively exploring. When you skip a day, it will be twice as hard the day after. Create a routine, develop a 'flow' and who knows, maybe one day your novel will make it into a bookstore.

PLAN, OR AT LEAST PLANTS
One of the things you read most when researching NaNoWriMo is that it's okay to dive in blind. To not have a plot or characters ready. To pants. I don't believe in it. Sure, a lot of these people will reach their 50k word goal by the end of november. But writing words is easy. I could write 50k words in one day if I put my mind to it. The challenge is in creating a story within those 50 000 words. Preferably one that makes sense. You cannot create a story with a logical build just like that. It needs thought and consideration. So think about what you are working towards and who/what you'll need to reach it. There is no need to plan everything out in minute detail, but you at least need a bit of an outline. Trust me, there will still be plenty of opportunity to go with your gut.

DON'T READ BACK, UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY
It's tempting, I know it is. Whenever you're losing your flow, the urge to go back and see what you've written so far grows stronger. Don't do it. Resist. Ignore your inner editor. One month, then you can be besties again. Trust me, it's better this way. Here's why. Reading back is tricky. Sometimes you will be amazed at what you've written. You'll feel proud and ready to take on the world. More often you'll look in disgust at the words on your sheet. Is this supposed to be a novel? A toddler would do a better job at writing a book. What was I thinking? Ugh, I suck. Why did I ever think I was talented enough to pull this off? I'm never going to achieve anything. Was this metaphor supposed to be clever? Jeez, instant bestseller - I might as well quit. I promise, these last thoughts will be the ones that stick. I went down this road. Self-doubt is the demon of every decent writer and while you're giving yourself hell, the motivation to go on sinks deep. So don't do it. Edit your first draft when you've completed it. When you know that even though there are terrible parts, there are also very good ones.

OVER-ACHIEVE A LITTLE
No one likes know-it-alls. No one likes people who are always trying too hard. But over-achieving in nano is actually a good thing. Try getting ahead of your required word count. Creating a bit of a buffer will spare you a lot of stress. If you can only stay a small 3000 words ahead, your nano experience will become entirely different. There is nothing wrong with writing just 1667 words every day, but there will come a day when you can't make it. When life interferes and there is no way of completing your daily goal. Imagine having a little extra to fall back on when that happens. It certainly beats the alternative. Being behind on your word count is a terrible feeling that comes with a lot of stress the next day when you have to make up for it.


ENJOY
NaNoWriMo will be hard and it will be very demanding, but try to enjoy the experience. You're writing a book! Maybe not a good one yet, but you are putting your thoughts on paper and creating stories. And at the end of the month you will feel proud of what you've achieved in only four weeks time. It is such a wonderful feeling to be able to say: "I did it. I wrote a f-ing book."

October Wrap Up

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Can you believe another month has passed? Just like that Christmas is closer by than summer. Yikes. When did that happen? Somewhere in between reading Maybe Someday and The Midnight Star, I suppose. October wasn't the greatest reading month for me. I spend way too much time on watching tv shows. Fall season, who can blame me? I've finished only three books, but I am close to finishing the last part of the Young Elites series by Marie Lu. It isn't entirely living up to my expectations so far. It was bound to happen at some point, it just wasn't realistic for all of my favourite series to keep blowing me away.

My favourite read this month has to be Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino. It was a book I didn't expect anything from that ended up staying with me. You should really give this one a chance. Maybe Someday on the other hand wasn't exactly my cup of tea. Contrary to everyone else on this planet I didn't like main character Ridge and so the book and I didn't really get along. I also FINALLY finished The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller. YAY, victory! It took me ages to get through the book, I kept picking other stories first. I think I started reading it in may? Yep, it was that bad. The situation, not the book. Because in the end I liked the book a lot. My hesitation to keep reading it had more to do with me than with Achilles. Now I only need to finish The Midnight Star.  Have you read any of these? 


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october 2016 wrap upMy book buying ban is going... well, judge for yourself. Most of these books were pre-orders and the others I gifted myself for my birthday. Perhaps my ban is going to survive after all. (I really can't buy anything in november... :/ ) The picture doesn't include the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which believe me is worth crying over. So pretty!

I'm really excited to start reading The Illuminae Files. I've heard a lot of great things about it and I can't wait to fall in love with this series myself. Holding Up The Universe receives mixed critics, but I thought Jennifer Niven's first book was brilliant, so I hope she won't disappoint me with her second one. Fingers crossed!

Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Title: Crooked Kingdom 
Author: Leigh Bardugo 
Series: Six Of Crows #2 
Genre: Fantasy, YA 
Publication date: September 27, 2016 
Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ 

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

Review: Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino

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Title: Swear On This Life  
Author: Renee Carlino 
Series: Stand-alone 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, NA 
Publication date: August 9, 2016 
Rating: ★★★★★ 

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer. Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio. That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending. The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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Title: Maybe Someday  
Author: Colleen Hoover 
Series: Maybe #1 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, NA 
Publication date: March 18, 2014 
Rating: ★★★ 

Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she's a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope…. Maybe someday…


Thruths are written, never said.

This book has been recommended to me time and time again so when I finally picked it up, I was really excited. As usual, I dove in without a clue as to what the story would be about. I guessed it would involve romance. *rolls eyes a million times* But hey, exactly what I needed yesterday evening when I began reading Maybe Someday.

Anyway, I started it and rushed through the first couple of chapters. The writing is very simple, but engaging and down-to-earth in a compelling way. It gets you into the story very fast. The pages suck you in and don’t let go. It makes the book a very fast read with often a very relatable train of thought and some nice every-day-life metaphors.

How ever, I've learned that the heart can't be told when and who and how it should love. The heart does whatever the hell it wants to do. The only thing we can control is whether we give our lives and our minds the chance to catch up to our hearts.

The book starts out with Sydney finding out her boyfriend of two years is cheating on her with her best friend/roommate and likely has been at it for a while. This leaves her devastated, heartbroken and without a place to stay. In her desperation, she turns to Ridge, a guy she met not so very long ago. He helps her out of her precarious situation and offers her a room in his shared apartment. While she has been talking to Ridge for a while through text messages it comes as a complete shock to her when Ridge turns out to have a hearing disability. He has been born deaf and therefore only communicates through text messages and sign language. It intrigues Sydney, because she knew hem as a very talented musician. A very talented musician stuck with writer’s block who needs her help to write lyrics to his songs. Something she gladly offers in return for his hospitality and friendship. Before long however, there seems to be more than friendship in the air, even though Ridge is in a serious relationship… 

Hurts to see you everyday
Cupid shuts his eyes and shot me twice
Smell your perfume on my bed
Thoughts of you invade my head
Truths are written, never said
And if I can't be yours now
I'll wait here on this ground
Till you come, till you take me away
Maybe someday

I liked Sydney Blake and she deserved a lot better than what she got. She was kind, caring and more selfless than she should have been. But even as she tries to fight her own nature for the sake of others, she stayed remarkably true to herself. I wished she’d tried harder to stand her ground. She was a strong person who deserved to make her own destiny.

My feelings towards Ridge Lawson where conflicted at best. There were times I definitely liked him and he is an interesting character. The fact that he’s deaf gave the story a special dimension. Especially since it was the ‘hot, sexy’ love interest who had the disability this time around. Ridge was sweet, thoughtful honest, funny and loyal unlike any other. BUT (and that’s a pretty big but) the way he acted at times made my skin crawl. Yes, he was really honest to Sydney - but at the same time he was completely dishonest with Maggie. He’s loyal to Maggie, but not loyal enough to Sydney. He was jealous and very possessive of Sydney even if he didn’t have any right to be. He sometimes treated Sydney real shitty and while he made up for it later, it doesn’t change the fact that he did what he did. But most of all I couldn’t stand the way he kept dragging both Maggie and Sydney along. He was incredibly selfish. He fell for Sydney while he was in a relationship with someone else. It happens. But it’s the way you deal with it that defines what kind of person you are. And Ridge did not do it well. He kept telling himself that he wasn’t acting on his feelings for Sydney, but that he didn’t have sex with Sydney doesn’t mean he didn’t betray Maggie all the same. The way he and Sydney talked, shared things, were brutally honest with each other, kept expressing their love for each other.. Except for the physical part they were every bit a couple. It was not a healthy thing and they both knew it. I can’t help but feel he was playing her. He should have just made a decision instead of indulging himself and trying to get the best of both worlds. Especially since he never planned on leaving Maggie anyway.

I didn’t object to the cheating part per se. Hell, I’ve written stories myself that are infinitely worse - it’s just the way that Ridged dealt with it that I didn’t like. Sydney was more mature and more honest about it in my opinion. At least she felt genuinely guilty. He didn’t seem like a very healthy guy to be in a relationship with.

For her I bend, for you I break.

Which brings me to my next issue. The ending is hopelessly romantic, to the point where it even gets insufferably cheesy. Granted, I’m not big for ‘grand love declarations’ in general, but I never felt like Ridge really chose being with Sydney. To me it felt more like a combination of circumstances that worked out pretty well for him than a choice. I’m not doubting he loved her. It’s just.. you know. He mentioned like a million times that he was never going to leave Maggie.

I missed background. A lot. Sydney has a cheating boyfriend and a backstabbing best friend, but apart from a couple of terrible parents mentioned there is absolutely no one else in her life. She is not socially awkward, she hasn’t just moved… Why isn’t there anyone? Friends? Class mates? Also, she seems to be doing a master in college that has to do with music, but while she and Ridge talk music all the time - it never comes up. Doesn't she learn anything there? She was also never in school. In fact, she hardly ever left Ridge’s apartment at all since she first moved in there. I’m also really skeptical about everything Hoover did with the hearing impairment. Some things seemed very unrealistic, but I don’t actually know a lot about that disability so I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt on that one.

What I did like very much was the music aspect! The song writing that made for intense, emotional bonding, lovely lyrics and the beginning of the attraction between Sydney and Ridge. And their attraction was something to swoon over. I liked them together. Everything about that was done the right wayThe scenes where they were making music together were the most honest and the best parts of the book! I mean, it’s not as if I was completely opposed to Ridge. There were times when he made my heart beat a little faster. I’m not like, completely made out of stone or anything. 

We try so hard to hide everything we're really feeling from those who probably need to know our true feelings the most.

So yeah, I don’t really know how to rate this book. There were parts I really loved and others I kept rolling my eyes at. I didn’t love it, I didn’t exactly hate it. Mostly I feel regret. Because there is tons of potential and I feel like it could have been a lot better than it was.

Upcoming Releases: October 2016


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Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets 

Author: J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay
Series: Harry Potter #2
Genre: Fantasy, Illustrated, YA, Children
Release date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Arther A. Levine Books
Pages: 272 pages

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike. And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone -- or something -- starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects... Harry Potter himself?

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Holding Up The Universe 

Author: Jennifer Niven
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Release date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers
Pages: 400 pages

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone. Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because somet

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Replica 

Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Replica #1
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Release date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 544 pages

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. 'A sickly child', her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father's connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she's always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father's name seems inextricably linked to it. Amidst the frenzy outside the institute's walls, Lyra - or number 24 as she is known as at Haven - and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven's purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever...

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When The Moon Was Ours 

Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Magical Realism, GLBT, YA
Release date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Dunne
Pages: 288 pages

When the Moon Was Ours follows two characters through a story that has multicultural elements and magical realism, but also has central LGBT themes—a transgender boy, the best friend he’s falling in love with, and both of them deciding how they want to define themselves. To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.

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Aerie 

Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Series: Magonia #2
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Release date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 320 pages

Where is home when you were born in the stars? Aza Ray is back on earth. Her boyfriend Jason is overjoyed. Her family is healed. She’s living a normal life, or as normal as it can be if you’ve spent the past year dying, waking up on a sky ship, and discovering that your song can change the world. As in, not normal. Part of Aza still yearns for the clouds, no matter how much she loves the people on the ground. When Jason’s paranoia over Aza’s safety causes him to make a terrible mistake, Aza finds herself a fugitive in Magonia, tasked with opposing her radical, bloodthirsty, recently-escaped mother, Zal Quel, and her singing partner Dai. She must travel to the edge of the world in search of a legendary weapon, The Flock, in a journey through fire and identity that will transform her forever. In this stunning sequel to the critically acclaimed Magonia, one girl must make an impossible choice between two families, two homes—and two versions of herself.

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Last Seen Leaving 

Author: Caleb Roehrig
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, YA
Release date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 336 pages

Flynn's girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own? Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can't answer, and her friends are telling stories that don't add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January's boyfriend, he must know something. But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January's disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

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Nemesis 

Author: Anna Banks
Series: Nemesis #1
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Release date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 368 pages

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude. Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined. Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

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The Hammer Of Thor 

Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Magnus Chase And The Gods Of Asgard #2
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Childrens
Release date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 480 pages

Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon--the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki--and the price he wants is very high.

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The Midnight Star 

Author: Marie Lu
Series: The Young Elites #3
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Release date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Books For Young Readers
Pages: 316 pages

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen. Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved. Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger. Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina's story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.

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What Light 

Author: Jay Asher
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Release date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 256 pages

Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other. By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

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Gemina 

Author: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #2
Genre: Science Fiction, YA
Release date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 608 pages

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed. The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault. Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion. When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands. But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope. Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

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Fear the Drowning Deep 

Author: Sarah Glenn Marsh
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Paranormal, YA
Release date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Pages: 304 pages

Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man. Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process. Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.
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