Most Anticipated Releases of 2017 (July-December)

Oh goodness. There are waaaaay too many books coming out in the second half of the year that sound incredible. And not in the ‘wow this sounds interesting I’ll buy this if I have the chance’ kind of way, but in the ‘OK I NEED THIS THE DAY IT IS PUT FORTH INTO THE WORLD’ kind of way. If authors are going to keep being this great at writing stories I need, they’re going to have to come up with a way for me to read faster so I can keep up with them (totally kidding of course… blessing the world with their talent is plenty already).

Here’s my list, sorted by release date, of my most anticipated releases for the second half of 2017! If you’ve read any of these already, or are eagerly awaiting any of these books, let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear what you guys think.

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1. The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams | release date: July 11, 2017

2. Wish You Were Here by Renée Carlino | release date: August 15, 2017

3. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart | release date: September 5, 2017

4. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas | release date: September 5, 2017

5. The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy | release date: September 5, 2017

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6. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren | release date: September 12, 2017

7. Warcross by Marie Lu | release date: September 12, 2017

8. Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows | release date: September 12, 2017

9. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake | release date: September 19, 2017

10. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater | release date: October 10, 2017

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

17453983Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Publisher: Speak
Publication Date: December 2, 2010
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Source: Purchased

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Rating: 4.5 stars

Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?


“Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?”

You’ve probably heard this all over the Internet before, but Anna and the French Kiss is truly one the best YA contemporary novels around. It’s a fluffy and light read about a girl sent to boarding school in Paris. Of course, she doesn’t want to suddenly have to go through this change of scenery, but it’s Paris. Come on. There are worse places for your parents to send you off to for school. While in Paris, Anna meets some cool new friends and an international hottie that I’m certain is on everyone’s “favourite book boyfriends” list. He’d definitely be on mine.

We have our main character, Anna, who has been sent to boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school by her romance novelist father (who gives me some serious Nicholas Sparks vibes) and she really doesn’t want to go. She has her mom and her brother, her best friend, and the guy she’s totally head-over-heals for who might have been about to be her boyfriend. She’s your run-of-the-mill not popular, ‘different than the other girls’ kind of girl, but she was still pleasant to read about.

Étienne was flawless. Not literally because he made some questionable decisions by being a bit of a baby for a hot minute, but I liked him anyway. I adored the fact that even though he wasn’t constantly described as being perfect physically, like most romantic interests are made out to be, he was still most girls’ crush. He had such an attractive demeanor and personality. And his dynamic with Anna. Oh my goodness. All those moments that would be heart-racing for them and have them thinking about those few seconds for days truly captured those feelings of falling for someone and having everything they do make your stomach go round in circles like a gymnast doing 800 flips during a floor routine.

“And then there’s the other thing. The thing I’m trying to ignore. The thing I shouldn’t want, the thing I can’t have. And he’s standing in front of me right now. So what do I wish for? Something I’m not sure I want? Something I’m not sure I need? Or someone I know I can’t have? Screw it. Let the fates decide. I wish for the thing that’s best for me.”

The writing of Anna and the French Kiss was such a treat. They way Stephanie Perkins was able to bring these characters to life was great. My absolute favourite part about the book was the setting. Besides Étienne, I mean. The way she described all the scenes and landmarks around the city of love made me feel like I was there. It was so easy to picture everything as it happened and to me that made Anna all the more romantic and enjoyable to read.

The plot was mostly great. Maybe it’s my own personal experience, but I can’t imagine being able to run around Paris by myself at 17. Every once in a while it made me think of the characters as older than a YA age range. Their personalities of course fit the bill of YA so it all balanced out in the end. This isn’t to stay I didn’t still adore the story as a whole though. I really do love this book.

The pacing of the novel was good. I appreciate the fact that it wasn’t insta-love. You knew they were clearly into each other from the start, but it took them some time to get to the finish line. They got a chance to develop their friendship before jumping into the relationship boat and I think as a reader it makes their feelings for each other feel more legitimate. They had time to truly think on their feelings and realize that how they each felt about each other was the real thing.

All in all, Anna and the French Kiss was a wonderful read. It’s one of those books you can get through in an instant and feel so satisfied about it when you’re finished. I highly recommend picking it up, especially to someone who is looking to play around in YA contemporary but not sure where to start. It’s a staple that is very much worth your time.

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature over at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic of conversation is series I’ve been meaning to start but haven’t. There are certainly more than ten series that come to mind right off the top of my head, which is shameful. Ok, maybe not considering there are SO many books out there in the world, but when you see my list, I feel like the comments are going to be along the lines of “ARE YOU JOKING? YOU HAVEN’T READ THAT YET?” No, I haven’t. I’m sorry! I’ll get to them one day considering I own a bunch of these.


1. Alex Cross series by James Patterson


2. Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray


3. Matched trilogy by Allie Condie


4. Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin


5. Healer trilogy by Maria V. Snyder


6. Losing It series by Cora Carmack


7. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han



8. Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab


9. An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir


10. A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Maas

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’m Dying To Meet


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature over at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is in relation to authors we’d love to meet. This list is going to be purely wishful thinking because a) authors very rarely come to Canada and b) when they do, they only go to Toronto and I do not live close enough to Toronto make a day trip out of a signing. Maybe one day BEA will be a possibility for me or the time to go to Toronto for a rare author appearance, but until then here’s my top ten list of authors, in no particular order, that I’m dying to meet (but probably won’t).

P.S.: It should be noted that while I just wrote “in no particular order” about 15 words ago, that was a small lie. While the rest of the list truly is in no particular order, V.E. Schwab and Renée Ahdieh are both tied for number one. I need to thank them in person for the masterpieces that were Vicious and The Wrath & the Dawn duology. I finished The Rose & the Dagger in January and I have a feeling that by the end of the year, it will easily stay as one of my top reads (if not my best read) in 2017.

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V.E. Schwab | Renée Ahdieh | Maggie Stiefvater

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Sarah J. Maas | Roshani Chokshi | Becky Albertalli

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Nicola Yoon | Leigh Bardugo | R.S. Grey | Emily Henry

Waiting on Wednesday #2: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

28145767Title: Strange the Dreamer

Author: Laini Taylor

Publication Date: March 28, 2017

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The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

Six more days until this is released and I am so ready. The moment this was first announced last year, I knew I needed this. Since the release is so close, I’ve been hearing nothing but incredible things which just augments the hype even more.

I mean come on… dreams? Gods? Lost cities? Magic? That cover?


Is this on your TBR as well? Did you get the chance to read an ARC? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! I’d love to hear your opinions on this book.