Tropes: Likes and Dislikes

Hey bookies! I am back with a new post and yes I know it has been two weeks since my last one… I’m REEEAAAALLY sorry! 

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I hope you guys can forgive me?

I have a really interesting topic to discuss today! It’s all about popular book tropes! You know which ones I’m talking about so I thought I would write a list talking about some of my favourite and least favourite young adult book tropes! 

Likes:

1. The bad boy is a really great guy trope

This is one that I actually really enjoy reading about. The typical bad boy is quiet, closed off, comes across as cold to everyone around them but to our main character is actually really sweet. I like to think that everyone with this outer persona is secretly that sweet and kind on the inside. Now, I understand that there are two sides to this trope as well. You have those bad boys who open up to the main character and then soon to the rest of the characters as well and he’s kind all around. But then you also have those Damon Salvatore types who are pretty much a **** to everyone except the main character… I can’t really decide which I like better. 

2. Hate to Love Relationship Trope

This one is super common in all young adult genre types and usually runs something like this: 

– Boy meets girl/boy meets girl
– Do not get along 
– Take a (sometimes dangerous) journey together
– Bonds throughout the journey
– Fall in love.

I’ll admit, it is very cliché but I love it! I really enjoy seeing the relationship grow and develop and the little things that end up changing their views of one another. 

Those are the two tropes that I could think of that I really do like however, you will see that there are way more tropes that I don’t like… let’s get started. 

 

Dislikes:

1. The girl doesn’t think she’s pretty trope

This trope is so overused and so ridiculous… why can’t people just admit if they’re good-looking without being conceited? I can maybe understand if self-esteem issues are a major part of their personality/character development but most of the time it isn’t and it takes their main love interest to tell them that they’re beautiful for them to see it… WHY? Why are writers giving male characters that kind of power over the female ones? The fact that they are or are not pretty doesn’t even have to be addressed but most of the time the main character will flat out say that she doesn’t think she’s pretty… (Imagine the eye-rolling emoji here). This will never be a good trope. 

2. Love Triangle trope

We all knew this one would be on this list right? I don’t really get why authors are still writing this. Maybe because it provides drama and social intrigue along with testing the person’s morale and character by having them pick someone? Whatever the reason is, I am not a big fan and rarely (if ever) does the triangle even work. From early on, it becomes quite obvious who the main character will choose so why is that other person even there? (imagine the instrument triangle… you know how one side of the triangle doesn’t connect? Yeah, that’s the character that doesn’t get chosen. He/She might still be important to the MC or story as a whole, but ultimately doesn’t directly connect to the MC). [Here’s a reference picture:] 
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And the love triangles have also become VERY repetitive. Have you noticed that the one chosen is almost always the person they meet/date second? No? Here, let me show you:

Shatter Me: Juliette meets Adam first, she chooses Warner.
Twilight: Bella met Jacob when she was little, she chooses Edward.
City of Bones: Clary is friends with Simon first, she chooses Jace.
The Awakening: Chloe dates Simon first, she chooses Derek.
The Raven Boys: Physically meets Adam and dates him first, she chooses Gansey.
The Hunger Games: Katniss is friends with Gale first, she chooses Peeta. 

Need I go on?

Also, who in real life has ever been a part of a legitimate love triangle? The answer is not many, so then why does it frequent YA literature?? Beats me!! Let’s move on…

3. Insta -Love trope

I don’t even think I need to talk about this one. It’s unnatural, unrealistic, cringe-worthy and overall does nothing for the arc of the characters. Why do we do this? Are we so desperate for romance that we result in instantly loving the first semi-attractive person we meet? I guess so…

4. Tragedy befalls the parents of MC trope

Is it just me or do parents just not exist anymore? This happens especially in fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian worlds where the main character goes through the entirety of the book (sometimes even the series) without any adult guidance. I’m sorry, but if we let 15-18 year old adolescents run amuck without any supervision, the world would be in utter chaos (no offence to anyone in that age group, I was there). The parents/family of the characters are either dead, seriously ill, disappeared or will die eventually in the story. Why do they all need to die? Even in war, I’m sure there were parents or family members of children who DIDN’T die! I guess I understand that it makes it more interesting if the author can stick to writing teenagers running around in the world but having them be dead? That seems like a cop out like they just didn’t feel like writing them in so they opted for them to be dead/missing instead. 

5. “Nerdy girl” makeover trope

You guys are probably very familiar with this trope as it happens all the time in books and movies alike. The nerdy girl goes through some otherworldly, extravagant makeover that apparently changes her entire appearance and makes her “beautiful”. Let me just insert another eye roll right here:

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Why can’t people just embrace themselves!? If you’re nerdy, BE NERDY. Honestly, I hate this trope because it’s telling girls that if you wear glasses, your hair is curly, you don’t wear expensive clothes, or you don’t wear makeup; then that inherently makes you ugly or “less beautiful” or that they’re squandering their potential to be beautiful and that is such ****… Be you, love yourself and don’t let other people bully you into changing. (Preaching is over)  

 

Finally, there are some tropes that I don’t have a strong like or dislike for which include, “the chosen one” trope and the “best friend has a crush on MC” trope. I feel that the chosen one trope is one of those that kind of becomes necessary in YA fiction. That doesn’t mean that they need to be explicitly told that they are the chosen or possess some innate ability that only they can use to “win the war” but they take the responsibility in order to defeat the antagonist. For example, Katniss from The Hunger Games. There isn’t something specifically special about her. She’s just a girl from district 12 but her actions led her to become the face of the rebellion and she took it upon herself to defeat President Snow even though anyone could technically have done it. As for the best friend trope, I can kind of dismiss it because that does happen a lot in real life even though I don’t agree that male-female relationships always have a romantic underlying.  

And that’s it! I hope you guys enjoyed my little rant about some of the tropes that I do and don’t like. I would love to know your thoughts on any of the ones I’ve mentioned and let me know if there are any major ones I missed, I’d love to know! Until next week,

Sincerely,

B ❤

 

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Books to T.V. Adaptations

Hey bookies! I know this post is super late and I’m sorry! But I’m here now and today we are going to talk about some of the books that have been adapted into T.V. shows and what I think of them! 

1. The Mortal Instruments  —->>                  

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The Mortal Instruments is a well-loved series by Cassandra Clare and was recently turned into The CW show Shadowhunters. I definitely prefer the books but the show has its own charm. I think this series is one of those where the fans are super critical about all the little details whereas a tv show needs the ability to take some creative routes and freedom. 

2. The Vampire Diaries  —->>     

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This is one of those shows where I think deviating away from the books was beneficial. I actually prefer the tv show to the book, however, the book series is still interesting. I can also say that it was so successful because unlike the shadowhunters fans, the VD fans were more open to change. 

3. The 100  —->>

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The 100 was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed and was really excited when they announced the tv show. I know that a lot of people really like the show and it has done fairly well, however, I couldn’t separate myself from my love for the book and how everything in the first episode was so different than the book. So, unfortunately, I haven’t continued with it. 

4. A Series of Unfortunate Events  —->>

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This series was one I read when I was younger and loved. they made a movie but it wasn’t anything special and for how much content there it I don’t think it worked. The Netflix tv show released in 2016 did a great job of bringing Lemony Snicket’s story to life, and the second season is coming out really soon! 

5. Temperance Brennan Series  —->>   

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I only read the first book in this series and that was way back in high school but I love the tv series a lot. I have always been really interested in forensics and anthropology and it’s amazing to actually see how Brennan is able to solve a case with just a pile of bones! 

There are SOOO many others I could include in this such as Game of Thrones, Shannara Chronicles, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Dexter, Orange is the New Black, Riverdale, Sherlock, 13 Reasons Why, Outlander, True Blood and so many more. however, I wanted to keep it restricted to the shows in which I have actually read the books they’re based on. 

I would love to know what your favourite book to tv show adaptation is or your least favourite! And let me know if you think I should have continued with The 100.

Talk to you next week! 

Sincerely,

B ❤

Book Playlist

Hey bookies! Hope you’re having an awesome week so far. This week I’ve compiled a little playlist for you. I pulled out ten of my favourite series and found a song that reminded me of that book/series or gives me the same feeling the book did. I tried to keep the music varied in styles and genre so hopefully, there is something for everyone to like.

Let’s get started!

1. Falling Kingdoms Series – Morgan Rhodes 

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🎵 Warriors – Greg Hulme

This song is action-packed and badass, much like the series itself. It always keeps you on your toes with the different tempos and I feel it accurately represents the feeling I got when I read Falling Kingdoms for the first time; you never know if someone is going to die in the next scene.

2. The Infernal Devices Trilogy – Cassandra Clare

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🎵 Shatter Me – Lindsey Sterling & Lzzy Hale

I tried to find a song that had an intense yet soothing kind of sound. I realized that Lindsey Sterling’s style with a classical instrument was perfect for this. Lzzy Hale’s vocals added just the right amount of edginess that reminded me of the Infernal Devices and steampunk type of style.

3. The Lunar Chronicles – Merissa Meyer

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🎵 Kara Remembers – Bear McCreary

This song gives off the perfect amount of danger meets space vibes. It really portrays the life or death situations that Cinder and her friends get themselves into. Originally I was trying to find a Star Wars meets Cinderella song but then a friend made me realize that this song would be perfect! Battlestar Galactica fans approve I’m sure.

4. The Darkest Powers Trilogy – Kelley Armstrong 

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🎵 Find Me – Sigma ft. Birdy

I love this song! When I heard it for the first time I was totally enthralled and it gave me such Kelley Armstrong feels! It is quick paced with lots of emotions. This series is fun and engaging even though it handles rather dark and potentially scary themes, it doesn’t come across that way at all which I love.

5. Geekerella – Ashley Poston 

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🎵 Arms – Christina Perri

This song is super catchy and it’s got this feeling that I can’t really explain other than melancholy? It is definite Geekerella vibes, plus its a love song. It’s both upbeat yet sad at the same time which reminds me of the main character here.

6. Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling 

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🎵 Audiomachine – Fate’s Compass

This song is perfect for Harry Potter! I can imagine hearing it as he’s exploring Hogwarts or running in the Forbidden Forest. it has the little twinkling sounds that are very reminiscent of the movie soundtracks, however, it is also very intense and screams FANTASY.

7. Illuminae Trilogy – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman 

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🎵 Dark Skies – Robert Slump

This song is so intense and it is filled with cool sounds that seem perfect for a space-themed book. the build-up is awesome and suspenseful much like this series. [Spoilers] I can imagine this paying as our favourite characters try to escape from the zombie-like illness that plagues the first book.

8. Six of Crows Duology – Leigh Bardugo 

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🎵 Youth – Daughter

This song reminded me so much of the minds of the heist crew in Six of Crows. It almost felt like the song of their souls. It has so much power but it has a range of tempos that can also represent the range of emotions I felt while reading this series. It especially reminded me of the relationship between Matthias and Nina; the up and down they have yet they’re unwavering loyalty to each other.

9. Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys 

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🎵 Ashes of Eden – Breaking Benjamin

This book broke my heart. I couldn’t believe that people had to suffer through something so terrible, and worse is that most people don’t even know that it happened. When I read this for the first time I was filled with such grief that I couldn’t stop crying. when I first heard this song I was on my way home from and this song came on through my car speakers and suddenly without reason I found myself crying. It reminded me so much of Salt to the Sea that I couldn’t NOT pick this one.

10. The Raven Cycle Quartet – Maggie Stiefvater The-Raven-Cycle-Series.png

🎵 Uninvited – Alanis Morissette

Maggie Stiefvater has a weird atmospheric feeling to all her books that it really hard for me to relate to music, however, I think Morissette’s eerie vibe from this song can fit that feeling I got when I read The Raven Cycle. It’s definitely there.

 

There you have it guys! I hope you enjoyed my little book playlist that I made. I’ll admit that it was quite difficult and all together probably took me 4 hours to do. Until next week!

Sincerely,

B ❤

My Fictional Bucket List

Hey Bookies! Don’t you ever wish you could meet your favourite fictional characters in real life? Not only meet them but actually get to hang out with them!? Well, me too. So today I would like to share my fictional bucket list with you guys; just some activities I wish I could do with some of my favourite characters from YA literature. Let’s get started! >>>>>

(These are not in any particular order)

Create a book club with Hermione Granger, Tessa Gray and Becca Hatcher

 

Wouldn’t these be the best book club ever? I mean I can’t wait to discuss! 

Go to Comic-Con with Simon Lewis and Ella Wittimer 

 

These two together. I’m a big nerd but I don’t think even I could keep up with them! It would be so much fun though! 

Flying around with Jace Herondale (on a vampire motorcycle) and Superman/Clark Kent 

 

Wow… I can’t even imagine how thrilling this would be (insert heart eyes emoji here). Can this be real!?

A Classical Concert with Jem Carstairs 

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The Infernal Devices is my favourite series and Jem Carstairs is my favourite character in the series. Therefore, it is only fitting that on my fictional bucket list, we get to hang out alone… I think that’s fair xD I think a nice classical concert or opera type thing would be right up his style. Maybe we’d even crash it and Jem could perform for ME ❤

 

Pod Racing with R2-D2, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Poe Dameron 

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Although it is pretty obvious that Poe would win… I mean he is the “best damn pilot the resistance has ever seen” but it would still be awesome to fly around on pod racers right!?? 

Study magic with Magnus Bane, Sirius Black and Nina Zenik  

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If I took pointers from these amazing magic users I think I could be the greatest of all time. Don’t you think? 

Hack into some top secret files with Kady Grant and Linh Cinder 

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With Cinder’s robotic enhancements and Kady’s brains, we could probably get ourselves into a lot of trouble! This would be some serious girl power besides, they would have a lot of experience running away from any government officials… right?

 

Doing any of these activities would be awesome! I would love to know if you guys have anything on your fictional bucket list. Even if it’s just going out for coffee with someone, I’d love to know! 

Thanks for reading as always and I’ll be back next Thursday!! 

Sincerely,

B ❤

 

Most Anticipated Releases of Early 2018

Hello everyone! Hope you’re having an awesome week so far! Today, let’s talk about some of the amazing releases you should be excited for in 2018! I’ve separated this list into early (Jan-Jun) and late (July-Dec) otherwise it would be SUPER long! 

I’ve put the list in order of release date so it’s easier for everyone! (Please keep in mind that these are MY most anticipated releases of 2018 and that other people’s opinions may vary). Now, let’s get started! 

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In case you don’t know what some of these books are about, I’ve included a synopsis (from my local bookstore’s website) to help you out.

Wires and Nerves 2.jpg Release Date: January 30th 

The world of the Lunar Chronicles comes alive in this thrilling continuation of Wires and Nerve. Iko-an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder-has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth.
And to show he’s serious, Steele is taking hostages.
Cinder and Kai, Scarlet and Wolf, Cress and Thorne, and Winter and Jacin all feature in this epic new battle. But it is Iko who must face her deepest fears when she uncovers the truth about her own unusual programming. Questions of love, friendship, and mortality take Iko on an emotional journey that will satisfy and delight fans of this bestselling series.

Immortal ReignRelease Date: February 6th 

In the epic conclusion to the Falling Kingdoms series, sworn enemies must become allies as they fight to save Mytica.
Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he’s willing to sacrifice.
Lucia knows there’s something special about her daughter and she’ll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.
Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica’s future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.
Magnus and Cleo’s love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?

Sightwitch.jpgRelease Date: February 13th 

Sightwitch is an illustrated novella set in the Witchlands and told through Ryber’s journal entries and sketches.
Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch…
Before Merik returned from the dead.
Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight.
Years pass and Ryber’s misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight-and though she does not know what might await her inside the mountain.
On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.

heart of iron Release Date: February 27th 

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.
Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.
When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.
What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

Obsidio.jpg Release Date: March 13th

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza–but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys–an old flame from Asha’s past–reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

Timebomb Release Date: March 13th 

A congressman’s daughter who has to be perfect. A star quarterback with a secret. A guy who’s tired of being ignored. A clarinet player who’s done trying to fit in. An orphaned rebel who wants to teach someone a lesson. A guy who wants people to see him, not his religion.
They couldn’t be more different, but before the morning’s over, they’ll all be trapped in a school that’s been rocked by a bombing. When they hear that someone inside is the bomber, they’ll also be looking to one another for answers.
Told from multiple perspectives, Time Bomb will keep readers guessing about who the bomber could be-and what motivated such drastic action.

Royals.jpg Release Date: May 1st

Meet Daisy Winters. She’s an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair; a part-time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her to join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond. 
While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince’s roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown–and the intriguing Miles–might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself. 

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THE WORLD HAS CHANGED.
SCIENTISTS WARNED IT WOULD HAPPEN.
Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and the salvageable land was divided into four quadrants—North, South, East, and West— governed by The Remnant Council.
Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life— with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life-changing. The serum will make her better. To receive the serum, Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.
While on a mission, she is abducted by a rebel group led by Rhett and told that not only does she have a history with him, but her entire past is a lie perpetuated by ISAN to ensure her compliance. Unsure of who to trust, Ava must decide if her strangely familiar and handsome captor is her enemy or her savior—and time is running out.

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Victory comes at a price.
Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart—and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her—Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all . . . starting with the crown on Maven’s head.

But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolish everything—and everyone—in his path.
War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?
In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power . . . for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

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Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are. and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible. But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. No–a disaster. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script. Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to play the lead in her own love story?

Aftermath.jpg Release Date: May 22nd

Three years ago, Skye’s brother Luka died in a mass shooting at the local high school. But there’s no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn’t a victim–he was a shooter. Now, Skye returns to the small town she had fled to start anew. But the scars of the past don’t heal easily. And there’s one person Skye dreads seeing most: Jesse Matin. Her childhood crush and former best friend until the massacre tore them apart. 
Told in alternating points of view, Skye and Jesse wade into the mystery of what took place that fateful day. But someone clearly doesn’t want Skye back in town, and when she and Jesse uncover new evidence that could clear Luka’s name, it becomes obvious that someone wants the past to stay buried. In the aftermath of violence, someone has to pay. Blood for blood.

Release Date: May 29th

On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for trouble–she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she’s on the local gangster’s wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she’s discovered she can somehow destroy machines with the power of her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size because of it. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it. The problem is, Eve has had a worse day–one that lingers in her nightmares and the cybernetic implant where her memories used to be. Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel–called a “Lifelike” because they resemble humans–will bring her world crashing down and make her question whether her entire life is a lie. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic sidekick Cricket in tow, Eve will trek across deserts of glass, battle unkillable bots, and infiltrate towering megacities to save the ones she loves…and learn the truth about the bloody secrets of her past.

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Talking to other people isn’t Kate Bailey’s favourite activity. She’d much rather be out on the lake, soaking up the solitude and sunshine. So when her best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school’s podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. Now she’ll have to answer calls and give advice on the air? Impossible.
But to Kate’s surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend . . . until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

little do we know.jpg Release Date: June 5th 

Next-door neighbours and ex-best friends Hannah and Emory haven’t spoken in months. Not since the fight-the one where they said things they couldn’t take back.
Now, Emory is fine-tuning her UCLA performing arts application and trying to make the most of the months she has left with her boyfriend, Luke before they head off to separate colleges. Meanwhile, Hannah’s strong faith is shaken when her family’s financial problems come to light, and she finds herself turning to unexpected places-and people-for answers to the difficult questions she’s suddenly facing.
No matter how much Hannah and Emory desperately want to bridge the thirty-six steps between their bedroom windows, they can’t. Not anymore.
Until their paths cross unexpectedly when, one night, Hannah finds Luke doubled over in his car outside her house. In the aftermath of the accident, all three struggle to understand what happened in their own ways. But when a devastating secret about Hannah and Emory’s argument ultimately comes to light, they must all re-examine the things they hold true.
In alternating chapters, a skeptic and a believer piece together the story of their complex relationship and the boy caught somewhere in the middle.

The Emerald Sea.jpg Release Date: June 26th 

The Dazzling Conclusion. 
Meet Tamsin, the Glittering Court’s hard-angled emerald. Her outsized aspirations make her a fierce competitor, rising to the top of the ranks. But when the ship she boards for the New World is tragically lost at sea, she is quite literally thrown off-course.

Fawkes Release Date: July 10th 

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.
Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where colour power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.
But what if death finds him first?
Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.
The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.
The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.
No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the colour masks have been put on, there’s no turning back. 

Nadine Brandes has an awesome Bookstagram account! Check it out and give her a follow and support her first novel Fawkes! 

Okay, so technically those are all the books I’m super excited for that release this year BUT I do have two books I wanted to add to my list that I didn’t. These two books are parts of series that I haven’t finished yet and therefore felt like I couldn’t really add it to my most anticipated. The two books are:  

I haven’t read Traitor to the Throne or A Torch Against the Night (the second books in these series respectively) so I didn’t want to add these ones until I catch up! Even though I KNOW I’m going to absolutely love them!  

PHEW.gif That was A LOT of books! I hope you enjoyed my list of my most anticipated releases of early 2018 and I’d love to know yours! Leave a comment and let’s have a discussion! As always, follow me on Goodreads and Instagram to stay connected and I’ll talk to you guys next week!

Sincerely,

B ❤

Anticipated Reads of Fall/Winter 2016

crookedkingdom.jpg Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

The second book in the Six of Crows duology:

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.

Release Date: September 27th 2016

GEMINA.jpg Gemina – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The Second book in the Illuminae series:

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 Illuminaecontinues 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 theHypatia 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.

Release Date: October 18th 2016

TALES.jpg Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare et al.

A compilation of stories following Simon Lewis after the events of The Mortal Instruments:

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. At least Simon’s trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Release Date: November 15th 2016

HEARTLESS.jpg Heartless – Marissa Meyer

A retelling of the Queen of Hearts from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favourite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Release Date: November 8th 2016

million A Million Worlds With You – Claudia Gray

The third book in the Firebird trilogy:

A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

In the epic conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.

Release Date: November 1st 2016

Sorry it’s been a while guys, we have been EXTREMELY busy. Hopefully we will be back; thanks for reading!

Sincerely,

B ❤

New Video! The Coffee Book Tag!

Check out the coffee book tag I just did over on our youtube channel! Don’t mind my super awkwardness..

 

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Sincerely,

B ❤