Waiting on Wednesday: Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins

Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things

From Goodreads:

In this charming debut about first love and second chances, a young girl gets caught between the boy next door and a playboy. Perfect for fans of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Mansfield, Massachusetts is the last place seventeen-year-old Edie Price wants to spend her final summer before college. It’s the home of wealthy suburbanites and prima donnas like Edie’s cousins, who are determined to distract her from her mother’s death with cute boys and Cinderella-style makeovers. Edie has her own plans, and they don’t include a prince charming.

But as Edie dives into schoolwork and applying for college scholarships, she finds herself drawn to two Mansfield boys who start vying for her attention. First there’s Sebastian, Edie’s childhood friend and first love. He’s sweet and smart and . . . already has a girlfriend. Then there’s Henry, the local bad boy and all-around player. He’s totally off limits, even if his kisses are chemically addictive.

Both boys are trouble. Edie can’t help but get caught between them. Someone’s heart is going to break. Now she just has to make sure it isn’t hers.

Is this on your TBR? Let me know!

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ARC Review: A Heart So Fierce and Broken

A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers, #2)

**I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review**

My honest reaction to this book is this: I LOVED IT. I devoured this book and was hungry for more. I adored the story from Grey and Lia Mara’s POV as I felt it added a depth and complexity to the overall story.

This book picked up exactly where the first book finished. Being taken back to the world of Enmberfall included nothing short of twisted games, lies, betrayal, secrets, and so much more felt. It was familiar and welcoming… but it also had claws so one couldn’t get too comfortable. Nothing was ever as it seemed. Grey’s journey was one of heart break and beauty. There were reveals around every corner, most I never saw coming. I felt more for him on a deeper level I didn’t know I could have for a character. When Lia Mara came into the story, I didn’t like her at first but she soon grew on me. Together, she and Grey were a ship for the ages.

The biggest thing I liked about this second book was the intense character development. This was a character driven story and I was here for it. All of the characters were very well flushed out, wonderfully complex, deeply flawed, and oh so realistic. It made me want the final book in the series that much more because I simply have to know how this ends. I’m salivating at the thought.

Can you tell I’m struggling to express my love for this book without giving anything away? I already know you want to read it … I’m here to let you know that you won’t be disappointed. Kemmer is a master at her craft and it shows. All of her books are outstanding and this is no exception. This book also does not suffer from Second Book Syndrome so buckle up because you are in for one heck of a ride.

ARC Review: When the Stars Lead to You

When the Stars Lead to You

**I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I’m a proud LBYRPartner**

First things first… this cover is gorgeous. Holy smokes it is a stunning piece of art! I instantly fell in love and knew I had to read the story regardless of what it was about. That leads me to the second thing, this story was heart breaking, breath taking, and full of hope. It was not an easy story by any means but I felt it was absolutely necessary. A story like this needed to be in the world because people need to know that living with depression is more than just feeling sad.

I tore through this book with an absolute fury. I needed to know what happened, how it all played out. While it was a quick read, I stress again that it was not an easy read. The author did not shy away from giving the gruesome truth that comes from living with depression. How mental health was portrayed in this story was masterfully done. It was handled with the elegant and grace it deserved without making it seem like it was added simply for shock factor. It felt real and believable.

The characters were deeply flawed, passionate, complex, and therefore realistic. I felt as if I could have been friends with them in real life. At times I wish I had been friends with them so I could give them a hug. The heartache Devon had to endure while trying to be with Ashton was nothing short of captivating. To be that young again and love so fiercely… it was brilliantly written and expressed throughout this entire story.

I am not going to give a lot away or spoil much because I urge you to pick up a copy of this when it releases. It is one book that should not be overlooked.

Waiting on Wednesday: Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orïsha, #2)

From Goodreads:

After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.

Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari’s right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy’s wrath.

With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the stunning sequel to Tomi Adeyemi’s New York Times bestselling debut Children of Blood and Bone, the first title in her Legacy of Orïsha trilogy.

Is this on your TBR? Let me know!

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Song of Crimson Flower Blog Tour: Dream Cast

Blog Tour Schedule

Week One

November 4 – Velarisreads – Review + Creative Instagram Picture

November 5 – A Gingerly Review – Dream Cast

November 6 – Love.books.and.coffee – Creative Instagram Picture

November 7 – Lovely Loveday – Review

Week Two

November 11 – Old.enough.for.fairytales – Creative Instagram Picture

November 12 – Confessions of a YA Reader – Author Q&A

November 13 – Library Ladies – Review

November 14 – The Paige-Turner – Creative Instagram Picture + Tumblr post

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Book Description

 Will love break the spell? After cruelly rejecting Bao, the poor physician’s apprentice who loves her, Lan, a wealthy nobleman’s daughter, regrets her actions. So when she finds Bao’s prized flute floating in his boat near her house, she takes it into her care, not knowing that his soul has been trapped inside it by an evil witch, who cursed Bao, telling him that only love will set him free. Though Bao now despises her, Lan vows to make amends and help break the spell.

     Together, the two travel across the continent, finding themselves in the presence of greatness in the forms of the Great Forest’s Empress Jade and Commander Wei. They journey with Wei, getting tangled in the webs of war, blood magic, and romance along the way. Will Lan and Bao begin to break the spell that’s been placed upon them? Or will they be doomed to live out their lives with black magic running through their veins?

     In this fantastical tale of darkness and love, some magical bonds are stronger than blood.

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Dream Cast

Lan

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Bao

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Empress Jade

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Commander Wei (a girl can dream, right?)

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Author Bio

Julie Dao (www.juliedao.com) is a proud Vietnamese American who was born in Upstate New York. She studied medicine in college, but came to realize blood and needles were her kryptonite. By day, she worked in science news and research; by night, she wrote books about heroines unafraid to fight for their dreams, which inspired her to follow her passion of becoming a published author. She is the author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix. Julie lives in New England. Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes.

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Pre-Order Link

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/552429/song-of-the-crimson-flower-by-julie-c-dao/

ARC Review: Winterwood

Winterwood

**I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.**

Nora had often been described as odd. She was fine with that term because it meant people would leave her alone. They would steer clear of her, her mother, and her grandmother (before she passed). Nora knew who she was and was rather confident with her destiny… if it could be called that. She certainly new her family history … which was magic. She was also aware of the other name the kids often called her… witch. That, of course, was true. She was part of a long line of Walkers, all of which could do some special form of magic. Nora just did not know what her specialty was yet. What she did know was that she, and the school closest to her, were trapped due to a horrible snow storm. The school was populated with troubled boys who were sent there for adjustment. Nora was not afraid of them but they were scared of her.

Things in Nora’s life were turned on their head when a two boys disappeared right before the snow storm – one was found dead and the other was missing. Nora happened to find the missing boy and did everything she could to get him back to the school. See, Nora has a knack for finding missing things… but only the things Winterwood wished her to find. This boy was destined to come into Nora’s life. She had no idea just how much of an impact that missing boy would become in her life.

There was one word I kept repeating over and over while reading this story: haunting. Ernshaw writes beautifully haunting stories. Winterwood was no exception. The story seemed effortless and it flowed like this was meant to be written. I’m struggling to find the right words to describe how enchanting this entire story was. I was captivated from the first page.

I adored Nora’s character. I enjoyed reading her insecurities, her dreams, her fears, all of it. She grew as a character and it was delightful to witness. She had a clear character arc that I was wonderfully defined. Oliver (the boy) was just as guarded, for reasons I will not go into detail about here -read the book! He fit into the story perfectly and I should have guessed his secrets earlier but I was far too swept away to think that far ahead.

There was one small thing that did stand out to me: repetition. Throughout the entire story, both Nora and Oliver kept repeating over and over and over again how much they should not trust the other person for x,y, and z reasons. Their internal voices were working overtime saying the same thing time and time again. I found myself skipping those paragraphs because they added nothing new to the story.

Bottom line: this was a spell-binding story (no pun intended) that I implore everyone to pick up when it releases. Now that we are in Fall, it is the perfect time of year to read this haunting story.

THE LOVE PLAYBOOK BY SUZE WINEGARDNER Blog Tour: Guest Post

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Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48289138-the-love-playbook

Purchase Links:
Amazon | Amazon Australia | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | B&N | iBooks | Kobo 

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The Love Playbook by Suze Winegardner

Publication Date: November 4, 2019

Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush

When Avery Stone learns her dad will be fired if his high school team doesn’t make the playoffs, she has to get her head out of her day planner and do something—anything—to help him win. Even if it means secretly coaching the team’s newest player, who seems to have more game than skill.

Lucas Black just transferred to Hillside with a fake name and a big secret. The MVP of every team he’d played on since he was seven—not to mention the MVP of every post-game party—he can’t understand why since arriving at Hillside, he’s been unable to catch a single. Freaking. Ball.

Until…Avery. Amazing, kind, generous, and crazy-freaking-hot Avery.

As Lucas goes from zero back to hero and Avery struggles with just what Lucas means to her, she inadvertently sets them on a collision course with Lucas’s secret…a secret that could take down not only Lucas but her father too.

DISCLAIMER: This Entangled Teen Crush contains a football player hotter than the Texas sun, hotel cuddles, and a steamy makeout session in the rain.

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Guest Post:

Cover Love (Why you love the cover)
The cover to The Love Playbook was designed by Juliana Cabrera, and I think she did a great job. When you hear “you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover”, I want to yell “BUT I WANT YOU TO!”

I think a good cover should pretty much show the reader what they’re getting inside. And this one really does… it’s all football, and closeness, and intensity. The only thing I think the cover doesn’t show is the humor running throughout the book, but how was Juliana going to show that? Plonking a red nose on one of the characters?! Bottom line is that this cover pretty much shows what readers will get inside. So feel free to JUDGE MY BOOK BY JULIANA’S COVER! I love it!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Suze Winegardner is a British YA writer, currently living overseas with her military husband, and lovely Lab. She loves Buffy, Fray Bentos pies, Archer, cheese, and the serial comma. Wait – Cadbury Flakes too. And naps. Wait, what was the question? Anyway, she thinks her life is chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny…and if you get that reference, she already considers you kin.

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Link to Tour Schedule:

November 4, 2019-Rockin’ Book Reviews-Review

November 4, 2019-Storme Reads-Spotlight

November 4, 2019-What Is That Book About-Excerpt stop

November 4, 2019-Sophie Reads YA-Review

November 4, 2019-A Gingerly Review-Guest Post

November 5, 2019-Paulette’s Papers-Spotlight

November 5, 2019-Wishful Endings-Guest Post

November 5, 2019-bookblogarama-Interview

November 5, 2019-BookHounds YA-Guest Post

November 5, 2019-ACME Teen Books – Kids & YA Too!-Review

November 5, 2019-Bookhoarder’s Book Talks-Review

November 6, 2019-Read Your Writes Book Reviews-Guest Post

November 6, 2019-Cuzinlogic-Excerpt stop

November 6, 2019-More Books Than Livros-Review

November 6, 2019-Chapters through life-Review

November 6, 2019-NerdNarration-Review

November 6, 2019-Gata Leitora-Excerpt stop

November 6, 2019-Becky on Books-Spotlight

November 7, 2019-OMGReads-Excerpt stop

November 7, 2019-Haddie’s Haven-Review

November 7, 2019-Book Briefs-Review

November 7, 2019-Christina Philippou-Review

November 7, 2019-Chapter by Chapter-Interview

November 7, 2019-Sincerely Karen Jo-Excerpt

November 8, 2019-A Bookish Escape-Review

November 8, 2019-Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored-Spotlight

November 8, 2019-Living in a Bookworld-Excerpt stop

November 8, 2019-A Crave For Books-Review

November 8, 2019-Maiden of the Pages-Interview

November 8, 2019-Reading Between Reality-Review