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?

SIGN. ME. UP.

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.

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Waiting on Wednesday #1: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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

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Title: When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon

Publication Date: May 30, 2017

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Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

I can’t even begin to coherently explain how excited I am to have this book in my hands. I saw everyone talking about it on Twitter and decided to check it out on Goodreads. The minute I read the synopsis I was hooked and knew I needed to have this in my possession yesterday. The fact that I still have to wait another 3 months is excruciating. It sounds like the perfect mix of cute and funny romance, which is right up my alley.

Is this on your TBR as well? Have any suggestions of something similar to tide me over until then? Let me know in the comments below!

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February Wrap Up

February was a decent month in reading. I read 3 books and 3 novellas and loved everything I read with the exception of one book, so that’s not too bad. I can live with that.

Hope your February’s were great and that March brings more great reads!

Books Read

The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey
This book was great. I’m officially a fan of R.S. Grey and I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh
I loved loved loved this. Everything about it was so beautiful and every time I glance at it on my desk, I want to re-read it.

The Moth & the Flame by Renée Ahdieh (novella)

The Crown & the Arrow by Renée Ahdieh (novella)

The Mirror & the Maze by Renée Ahdieh (novella)

It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
Wasn’t a huge fan of this book. You can check out my review (linked just below) to see why.

Blog Posts

January Wrap Up

Review: It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

Currently Reading

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
I’m not entirely sure if I love this book so far, but I’m definitely intrigued.

The Allure of Dean Harper by R.S. Grey
I’m about 20% through this and I’m positive this book is going to be nothing but a whole lot of sexual tension and I am all for it.

Review: It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han

6584188Title: It’s Not Summer Without You
Author: Jenny Han
Series: Summer #2
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 27, 2010
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Source: Purchased

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Rating: 2 stars

Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?

It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.

But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started–at Cousins Beach.

Review:

“He kissed like he was drowning and I was air.”

Remember that time I said The Summer I Turned Pretty was one of the better contemporaries I had read in my short time reading contemporaries? It’s Not Summer Without You doesn’t exactly fall into that category. At all. I finished it three days ago and I’m still kind of frustrated thinking about it. I was never sure if ‘second book syndrome’ was truly a thing, but after reading this I think it might be.

Belly. Oh, Belly. I know this girl is sixteen going on seventeen but oh, Belly. There are so many instances where I wanted to transport myself into the book and say, “ok you cannot be that selfish. It is not possible.” No joke, her only characteristic is selfishness. She made every single thing in this book about herself as if there weren’t some incredibly sad and depressing life event that had occurred two months before the timeline of the book began. I am fully aware that everyone deals with grief in their own ways – because yes, Belly lost someone important to her as well – but there are some lines that just cannot be crossed. At one point she cursed out Conrad at his own mother’s funeral and later, stole a necklace that she assumed belonged to her. She’s also the worst best friend. Taylor may not be friend of the year, but she deserves better than being stuck dealing with Belly.

Conrad and Jeremiah are still wonderful. It was good seeing the different ways in which they dealt with their grief because they seemed to stay true to the characters that we had come to know in The Summer I Turned Pretty. At first it was nice how we were given chapters with Jeremiah’s point of view in order to get into his head a little bit until you see that the majority of them were, “screw Conrad, he doesn’t deserve her” because I’m sitting here ready to yell to the heavens that she doesn’t deserve either of them. They’re both still great and deserve all the nice and beautiful things in the world that aren’t Belly and I’ll be sitting here waiting impatiently for them to come to that realization (even though hello this trilogy is about Belly so obviously that’s never going to happen).

The plot was alright I guess. It didn’t seem as genuine as The Summer I Turned Pretty. It was lacking and didn’t do anything special for me. The ending had me rolling my eyes going “oh great, please just go out there and spread your selfishness to hurt people even more why don’t you” because the ending of this book doesn’t match up with what everyone knows is going to be the ending of the last book.

“That’s when I finally got it. I finally understood. It wasn’t the thought that counted. It was the actual execution that mattered, the showing up for somebody.”

One of the saving graces of this book was the writing. Of all the things that I didn’t like about this book, at least the writing was decent. I’ve said before that Jenny Han is a great writer. Everything she says is clear and concise and leaves no unnecessary questions in the air. You know what’s happening, you know what each character is thinking and I think that served the novel well because contemporaries aren’t exactly the kind of book where you want to be spending its length questioning the little, unclear things.

I hadn’t read that many books in between The Summer I Turned Pretty and It’s Not Summer Without You so it was easy to go into the second one knowing exactly what had happened the summer before and understand what was happening in the current summer. However if you had read these one per year as they came out, I don’t think it would be so easy to pick it back up without being a little confused. It seems like this trilogy is one that should be read one after the other, but I’ll come to a solid conclusion once I get into the third one (which might take me a while to be honest because wow I need a moment before reading about Belly’s dramatic life again).

The book took place over six days (although that sixth day was pretty much one chapter so it was move like five days). The pacing was decent enough but I feel like a lot happened in those six days. Every time I arrived on a chapter and the date was mentioned I kind of thought, “wait, all of that happened in one day?” but I think the flashbacks might have led to that confusion. There were flashbacks again, but it wasn’t overkill like in The Summer I Turned Pretty so I appreciated that. This time the flashbacks felt vital to the plot and the pacing of the novel and again wove in well with what was occurring in the lives of the characters.

To be honest, if you read the first one and want to continue, don’t. I know saying that is hypocritical because I’m going to read the last one, but I’ve already put myself through this one (and bought the last one on BookOutlet last year) so I may as well find out who she ends up with. But if all you’ve read was the first one and were satisfied with it, stop there. You’ll be living in a much more enjoyable world.

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January Wrap Up

Alright well that’s it for the first month of the year, which also means that I am officially another year older (oh boy). This month was mediocre in terms of reading. I read 3 books, and am currently reading 2. It was also a little sub-par in terms of blog posts. But for me January was more of my planning month for getting this little old blog of mine back in order. I have a decent bit of reviews and other posts prepped and ready that I cannot wait to let out into the world.

Hope your January was wonderful and that your 2017 is off to a decent start!

Books Read

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
If I could make every single human being in the world read this, I would. Everyone needs to experience this magical story. It is F L A W L E S S.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
I have an inkling this review might take a while because I can’t seem to decide whether or not I liked this despite finishing it 2 weeks ago.

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
If you follow me on Twitter or are friends with me on Goodreads, then you know I kind of enjoyed this but also kind of wanted to throw Caymen off a cliff. So that review is going to be interesting when it’s posted.

Blog Posts

2017 Reading Goals

Most Anticipated Releases of 2017 (January-June)

Currently Reading

The Rose & The Dagger by Reneé Ahdieh
Currently 1/5 of the way through this and OH MY GOODNESS IT IS WONDERFUL SO FAR. I can’t believe this is only a duology because I can’t imagine my life without another one of these. I’m dreading the moment I finish it.

The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey
Currently 70% through this. If you are in dire need of an amazing new adult book (because lord knows, there are plenty of stinkers out there) then here you go.