Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

There are so many good books coming out this summer and fall! Here are the ones I'm most excited for and will hopefully get a chance to read!

1. midnight at the electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson (Pub. 6/13)
Adri, who lives in 2065 and has been handpicked to live on Mars after Earth has been all but destroyed by climate change; Catherine, who lived on the same farm in 1934 when the midwest was ravaged by the Dust Bowl as her sister slowly suffocating from dust pneumonia; and Lenore, who lives in 1919 post-WWI England and must come to terms with her brother's death and her own future. While their stories spans thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful.

2. What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum (Pub. 7/11) 
When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find.

3. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody (Pub. 7/25)
Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show. But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

4. Genuine Fraud by e. lockhart (Pub. 9/5)
Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

 5. Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco  (9/19)
Audrey Rose Wadsworth flees London and its memories. With the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine. But now bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Vlad the Impaler (aka Dracula). Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

 Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones (Pub. 9/19)
The year is 1818, the city is London, and 16-year-old Annis Whitworth has just learned that her father is dead and all his money is missing. And so, of course, she decides to become a spy.

 The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (Pub. 9/26)
Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.

 Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore (Pub. 10/3)
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

 That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston (Pub. 10/3)
Set in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and the United States never rose, Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage but before she does her duty, she'll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire's greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (Pub. 10/10)
Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars. At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: To Read or Not to Read

I'm a little behind on my Top Ten Tuesdays but really wanted to do this one! It's a combo of two of The Broke and the Bookish's topics: 5 things that make me instantly want to read a book and 5 that make me want to leave it on the shelf. What makes you want to pick a book up? What makes you put it back? I'd love to know! 

5 things that will instantly make me want to read a book

 1. A Pretty Cover

2. A Murder Mystery

3. Spies

 4. Forbidden Romance

 5. Witches

5 things that will instantly make me NOT want to read

1. Ugly Covers - Sorry, not sorry

2. Sportsball 
If your life is surrounded by nothing but sports, then we probably don't have much in common...

3. Dog books - Nope, too sad. 

4. Dense descriptions
You lost me when you were describing the lavish green  hilltop covered with dandelions and fed on by the townspeople's cattle...

5. High fantasy
Pretty much the same as #4. Don't get me wrong I love some fantasy, but if you spend too much time attempting to explain to me a newly created world and I can't manage to image it, then I'm not going to get very far. It can be beautifully descriptive and still be believable, no need to oversell it. 

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