New Releases: Week of January 30, 2018

Say You'll Remember Me
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: January 30, 2018

When Drix was convicted of a crime--one he didn't commit--he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor's newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor's daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn't may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle's parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix's messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can't imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves--Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence--and each other to finally get what they deserve.

The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood #1)
Author: Melissa Albert
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: January 30, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

Gone Rogue (Wires and Nerve #2)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: January 30, 2018

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.




Other New Releases This Week:
Keeper by Kim Chance (1/30/18) [Flux]
Reign the Earth (The Elementae #1) by A.C. Gaughen (1/30/18) [Bloomsbury]
This Is Not A Love Letter by Kim Purcell (1/30/18) [Disney-Hyperion]
The Upside of Falling Down y Rebekah Crane (1/30/18) [Skyscape]
Purple Hearts (Front Lines #3) by Michael Grant (1/30/18) [Katherine Tegen]
Losing Brave by Bailee Madison & Stefne Miller (1/30/18) [Blink]
The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis (1/30/18) [Balzer + Bray]
American Heart by Laura Moriarty (1/30/18) [Harper Teen]

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Liked But Can't Remember Much About

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Topic:
Books I Really Liked But Can't Remember Much About

1. Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

2. White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black

3. Tilt by Ellen Hopkins - I remember it was about the kids of the characters in Ellen's adult book Triangles, but thats about it.



6. Shade (Shade #1) by Jeri Smith-Ready - So this makes me really embarrassed to say it, but I really forgot most of the story. I know I absolutely loved this book and recommended it to a ton of people but for the life of me I'm drawing a blank to most of the story. 

7. Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin #1) by Jonathan Maberry


9. Hemlock (Hemlock #1) by Kathleen Peacock


New Releases: Week of January 23, 2018

The Last Girl On Earth
Author: Alexandra Blogier
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: January 23, 2018

Raised among them.

Li has a father and a sister who love her. A best friend, Mirabae, to share things with. She goes to school and hangs out at the beach and carefully follows the rules. She has to. Everyone she knows--her family, her teachers, her friends--is an alien. And she is the only human left on Earth.

A secret that could end her life.

The Abdoloreans hijacked the planet sixteen years ago, destroying all human life. Li's human-sympathizer father took her in as a baby and has trained her to pass as one of them. The Abdoloreans appear human. But they don't think with human minds or feel with human hearts. And they have special abilities no human could ever have.

Fit in or die.

When Li meets Ryn, she's swept up in a relationship that could have disastrous consequences. How far will Li go to stay alive? Will she save herself--and in turn, the human race--or will she be the final witness to humanity's destruction?

Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1)
Author: Sarah Glenn March
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: January 23, 2018

Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised--the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa's necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead--and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer's magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?


Other New Releases This Week:
Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann (1/23/18) [Swoon Reads]
Markswoman (Asiana #1) by Rati Mehrotra (1/23/18) [Harper Voyager]

Stacking The Shelves [#84]/Sunday Post [#16]

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!


So a little background. I had read the first book in this series when the author sent it to me for review. I really liked it. So when the second came out she contacted me to review it as well. Well I also started school shortly after that and then moved out of my parents house. So during that time not only did school take over, but I also left the computer (my old desktop) at my parents house when I moved in with James since all my important stuff at the time was transferred to my laptop. The review copy of Daughter of Earth and Sky was lost in that and the email I had with it also disappeared (not sure how that one happened). So when I was scrolling through my libraries eBooks and saw it and more of the series I checked them out immediately so I could finally read them! WOOT!


So sorry I haven't posted much this week. Pretty much everything that went up was scheduled. I finished Warcross, just haven't had time to sit down and write my review yet. Its been a busy week. And it'll still be a bit busy the beginning of this upcoming week. We've been cracking down on the apartment search. We've looked at a number so far, but we've only really liked one. But its on the other side of town. Which is a bit of a bummer. We still have a few more to check out though on Tuesday. And then we'll be making a decision on which one would be the best fit overall. So thats filled up this week. Researching and touring apartments. 

Also, Microsoft forced their most recent update this week. I'm not amused. Yet again, it deleted all the pictures & documents on my laptop except for the ones saved to my Onedrive. Which was only a few things. I seriously despise that I had to buy a laptop with Windows 10. James declined the Windows 10 update back when it first came out for his desktop and guess what. He has absolutely no issues with Windows 8. Meanwhile 10 has been nothing but problem after problem for me. I'm at the point where if I type up something important I now have to do it on his computer so these stupid updates don't delete all my hard work.

Also, Remember! There's still lots of time to sign up for the 2018 Dystopia Reading Challenge! I'd love to have you guys! :)

Review of Warcross by Marie Lu
Review of SINthetic by J.T. Nicholas
Potential post about some ARCs I have to give away

Can't-Wait Wednesday [#8]

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight the books we are eagerly awaiting. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Pacifica
Author: Kristen Simmons
Expected Publication: March 6, 2018

Marin is cosario royalty, a pirate like her father and his father before him. Sailing the ocean to chase adventure is in her blood. But these days no one cares that the island town her people call home is named after her grandfather. They have a new leader, one who promises an end to their hunger – and one who thinks that girls are meant for the kitchen or the brothel. Marin knows she's meant for more than that, and with the sudden influx of weapons on the island, and rumors of a pending deal with the enemy oil nation in her wake, she knows a big score to gain the council's favor is the only way to save her people, and herself.

Ross lives a life of privilege. As the president's son he wants for nothing, but he longs for a life of adventure. On a dare, he convinces his best friend Adam to sneak out to the Docks, the site of local race riots between the poor Shorlings and the upper class. But when Adam is arrested along with the other Shorlings, and not even the president is willing to find him, Ross finds himself taking matters into his own hands. He journeys back into the Docks, ready to make deals with anyone, even a beautiful pirate, if it means Adam's safe return.

When Marin and Ross meet in dangerous Shoreling territory he sees a way to get his friend back and she sees her ticket home. The ransom a president’s son would command could feed her people for years and restore her family’s legacy. But somewhere in the middle of the ocean, Marin must decide if her heart can handle handing over the only person who has ever seen her as more than a pirate.


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Goals For 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Topic: Top Ten Bookish Goals For 2018

1. Go Through My Bookshelves! - So I say this one for multiple reasons. The first being we're moving to a new apartment and it would help if I had less books to pack. Lol. The second being that I know I have some books that quite honestly, I'm probably not going to be reading anytime soon. And I should part with them. I can even take them to a local store and get trade credit for some books I will read. Not a bad deal right? I've already started working on this, and I even found some ARCS from 2012/2013 I'll be giving away to those who want them. :) 

2. Backlisted Books - So I've been incredibly bad with buying and collecting books for the past few years but not reading them. One of the challenges I've signed up for is actually to help with this (Beat The Backlist). I'm really hoping I can cut down on the backlisted books I still have to read so I won't feel so bad about buying new books. 

3. Scheduling Posts - I used to be good about getting weekly posts scheduled about a month ahead of time (like New Releases, Top Ten Tuesday, Can't Wait Wednesday). As of recently though I've got bad about this. However, I did finally sit down before starting this post and schedule all the new release posts for January. I'm hoping if I block out a day at the beginning of each month, I can just sit down and schedule posts so I have more time throughout the rest of the month for review writing and reading!

4. Read More New Adult/Adult Books - So as you guys know, my blog is primarily focused on Young Adult books. Don't panic! I still love my young adult books even though I'm turning 25 this year. But I have been getting more into New Adult and Adult as I get older as well. So I really want to work on putting some more New Adult and Adult books into my lineup as well. 

5. Get More People Signed Up For My Challenge - So for those of you who don't know, I've taken over the Dystopia Reading Challenge this year! I took it over a bit later than most people are used to signing up though. I didn't know Tracy @ Cornerfolds still hadn't found someone to host it until I emailed her on December 31st. So when I found out and offered to take it over it was pretty much January already. Lol. So if any of you have participated before or are interested now, I'd love it if you guys sign up! I've got some fun stuff planned! Here's the link if you wanna read more about it!

6. Chat With More Bloggers - So I used to have a group of bloggers friends I'd always talk to/visit their blogs etc. But most of them stopped blogging now (though we do still talk on Facebook). I'd love to find some new blogs and new blogger friends to follow/chat with! How social the book blogging community is has always been one of my favorite things! 

7. Catch Up On NetGalley Books - Guys, I can't even begin to tell you how far behind I am on them! One of my main goals this year is to catch up on my NetGalley books and get my review ratio up to 80%. If I crack down, I know I can do this! 

8. Read More - So I tend to only read at night, when I'm tired, or getting tired. So I'm obviously not getting in as much quality reading as I could. A big goal I have is to read more during the day while I'm wide awake. Lol. Even if its just a chapter or two extra on top of my normal night reading, I think it would greatly improve upon my finishing books at a better pace. 

9. Go To The Tucson Festival of Books - So for those of you new to my blog. I live in Tucson, AZ. We have the Tucson Festival of Books every March on the University of Arizona campus. So sometimes its hit or miss with the lineups. This year I very much wanna go. In the lineups we have Veronica Roth, Victoria Aveyard, Holly Black, Gloria Chao, Cinda Williams Chima, Melissa Marr, Jessica Spotswood, Kristen Simmons. I very much want to meet a lot of these authors and get stuff signed by them! Maybe even pictures with them as well! This is the first year in about 3 years there has been a great lineup thats made me wanna go. So I'm definitely aiming to go. And seriously, I'd love to catch a panel with Veronica Roth and Victoria Aveyard talking! Can you guys tell I really wanna go??? LOL

10. Read More Books With My Daughter - So this one isn't blogging specific per say. But I definitely wanna read more with my daughter. She loves books just as much as mom and dad and it's such a good way to bond. 

New Releases: Week of January 16, 2018

Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1)
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: January 16, 2018

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.

Iron Gold (Red Rising Saga #4)
Author: Pierce Brown
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: January 16, 2018

They call him father, liberator, warlord, Reaper. But he feels a boy as he falls toward the pale blue planet, his armor red, his army vast, his heart heavy. It is the tenth year of war and the thirty-second of his life.

A decade ago, Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?

And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever: 

A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.

An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.

And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.

Red Rising was the story of the end of one universe, and Iron Goldis the story of the creation of a new one. Witness the beginning of a stunning new saga of tragedy and triumph from masterly New York Times bestselling author Pierce Brown.

Other New Releases This Week:
Zenith (The Androma Saga #1) by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings (1/16/18) [Harlequin Teen]
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed (1/16/18) [Soho Teen]
Poison's Cage (Poison's Kiss #2) by Breeana Shields (1/16/18) [Random House]
Blood and Sand (Untitled #1) by C.V. Wyk (1/16/18) [Tor Teen]
All That Was by Karen Rivers (1/16/18) [Farrar, Straus & Giroux]
You Won't Know I'm Gone (The Black Angel Chronicles #2) by Kristen Orlando (1/16/18) [Swoon Reads]

Bout of Books 21 Wrap Up

Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Wrap Up:
So I didn't get as many books as I wanted read, I only finished 2 when I wanted to finish 3 or 4. But I'm not mad. Lol. I'm happy with the two books I did finish, those being:
  • The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier
  • Warcross by Marie Lu 

I also had a great time doing some of the challenges and twitter chats, though I'll admit, I was still sleeping during the 2nd twitter chat. I really meant to wake up and participate but I was just too tired. Lol. But I really had a lot of fun doing Bout of Books! I'll definitely be back for 22 in May! 

Sunday Post [#15]

The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. Its a weekly post to showcase what books you got, recap the week, and talk about what will be coming up this week on the blog!

No new books this week. 


So I've been participating in Bout of Books this week. I haven't finished as many books as I wanted, but I'm really enjoying the book I'm currently reading as part of it, Warcross by Marie Lu. I did read and review another book though, so not to bad right? 

Off the blog, I've been looking for new apartments for us as we need to move at the end of the month. We've lived in our current complex for 2 1/2 years, and although its nice, its getting too expensive. In AZ the minimum wage keeps going up and with it, rent prices as well. And our current neighborhoods rent prices are skyrocketing. So despite liking living here, we just can't afford it. So we'll be moving back into the city (we live outside of the Tucson City Limits currently, so we'll be moving back within them) since it's a little cheaper. Still on the same side of town though. Its the safer side of Tucson. But its not all bad, one thing we despise living outside the city limits is that we HAVE to have Comcast as our cable/internet provider. They are the only option. And they suck. Moving back in the city limits we can switch back to Cox and that will make us a lot happier! We had Cox before moving here and loved them and never had an issue with them compared to the never ending issues with Comcast. So we're excited to get reliable cable and internet service back (especially the internet). And Cox is cheaper than Comcast. So we'll save some more money there. So its not too bad. Just gotta deal with the moving aspect of it. Lol. 



Review: The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier

The Last Girl On Earth
Author: Alexandra Blogier
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Pages: 256
Format: E-ARC/NetGalley

RAISED AMONG THEM.

Li has a father and a sister who love her. A best friend, Mirabae, to share things with. She goes to school and hangs out at the beach and carefully follows the rules. She has to. Everyone she knows--her family, her teachers, her friends--is an alien. And she is the only human left on Earth.

A SECRET THAT COULD END HER LIFE.

The Abdoloreans hijacked the planet sixteen years ago, destroying all human life. Li's human-sympathizer father took her in as a baby and has trained her to pass as one of them. The Abdoloreans appear human. But they don't think with human minds or feel with human hearts. And they have special abilities no human could ever have.

FIT IN OR DIE. 

When Li meets Ryn, she's swept up in a relationship that could have disastrous consequences. How far will Li go to stay alive? Will she save herself--and in turn, the human race--or will she be the final witness to humanity's destruction?


*I received this book from NetGalley & Delacorte Press in exchange for an honest review*

Review: I'll be honest, I was a little worried going into this book based on its low ratings on Goodreads. I was definitely pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't as bad as it was being made out to be. 

So lets start with the things I loved. I really liked the whole premise of the story. Li being the last human left on Earth, trying to hide and fit in with the alien race, the Abdoloreans, who took over the planet. Throughout the book, Li is worried about doing as well as the Abdoloreans on the assessment while still hiding her secret that she was one of them. With the fact that the Abdoloreans were more intelligent and stronger, and even had some skills Li as a human didn't, it made things quite a challenge for her. She only succeeds as much as she did because of all the training her Abdolorean father had been giving her since she was little. 

Family & Friends. Another thing I loved was how close Li's Abdolorean dad and sister were to her. They did absolutely everything in their power to protect her and help her secret stay hidden. They loved her as if she wasn't any different from them most of the time. But they also knew she was different and helped her to blend in as much as they could. They gave her as much encouragement as possible that she would succeed despite being different. I definitely don't think Li ever would have survived like she did if she didn't have them. Also, her friend Mirabae. She didn't actually know Li was human until Li told her late in the book, but for the most part, she didn't even let that information faze her and her friendship with Li. The only time she let it make a difference in their friendship was when she was unhappy about her own failures and tries to blame it on Li, which she later regrets and apologizes for. Li had a really good friend in Mirabae generally and it showed. It definitely helped her having such a close friend for her fitting in with the Abdoloreans. 

The things I didn't love so much. 

We get some vague information about what happened, but no detail. We learned in a few sentences why the Abdoloreans took over earth and how the humans were killed. It was pretty vague and I feel like it was rushed through to get to the romance part. I honestly feel like if we were given maybe a chapter or two about this, really getting into the background of what caused the current events, it would have really enhanced the overall storytelling and gave much more meaning to Li's survival and why we shouldn't like the Abdoloreans. I also feel like this would have helped me connect to and feel for Li earlier on in the book than I did. 

The romance. It completely overshadowed the Sci-fi/dystopia themes of the book. Li fell hard for Ryn after just looking at him and talking to him for like 5 minutes. After that, she was thinking about him literally all the time. While she's at home, in training, with other friends. It was too much. And then the fact she couldn't focus on anything but him when he was around and that they were just constantly like lovey dovey with each other just really played down the whole tone of the book and Li needing to survive. I wouldn't have minded the romance with Ryn if it wasn't so overdone. He genuinely seemed like a nice guy and really cared for Li. 

The ending. This was mixed. I was happy for Li after what her dad told her, about what he did when he was saving her. But I also saw everything else coming. I saw what happened with Braxton coming since he hated on her so much during the assessments since Li was his main competition, and I saw Li going on the run and Ryn joining her because why not? With the heavy romance it wouldn't have a realistic ending without him. 

If this book wasn't so heavy on the romance, and had more background and information about the people and events, I would have given it more stars. But for the story it did have I give it a solid 3. It was a good story, but definitely needs to be expanded upon. If it ever gets a sequel, which the ending definitely leaves open for, I would give it a shot if it gives some of the background and answers some of those questions we have about everything. 


Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. It was created due to their love of lists. *As of next week, January 16th, Top Ten Tuesday will be moved to That Artsy Reader Girl, as The Broke and The Bookish will be closing their doors for now*

Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!)

1. Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu 

2. Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer

3. Nyxia (Nyxia Triad #1) by Scott Reintgen

4. Replica (Replica #1) by Lauren Oliver

5. Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard


7. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green


9. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi