Book Birthdays – July 31, 2018


Wishing these BEAUTIES the happiest Book Birthdays! 

The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman



Publisher: Swoon Reads

Genre: Young Adult, Romance Contemporary

Hardcover 320 Pages

The last thing Elise wants is to start her senior year in a new town. But after her brother’s death in Afghanistan, she and her mother move from San Francisco to a sleepy coastal village.

When Elise meets Mati, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Mati is new to town too, visiting the U.S. with his family. Over the course of the summer, their relationship begins to blossom, and what starts out as a friendship becomes so much more.

But as Elise and Mati grow closer, her family becomes more and more uncomfortable with their relationship, and their concerns all center on one fact—Mati is Afghan.

Beautifully written, utterly compelling, and ultimately hopeful, THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF US asks—how brave can you be when your relationship is questioned by everyone you love?


A remarkably timeless, touching and achingly beautiful tale about family, friendship, love, acceptance and hope. The Impossibility of Us undeniably captured my heart, completely consumed my thoughts, and had me wiping away my tears… many many tears.readmyreview

Lovely, Dark and Deep by Justina Chen


aboutthebook2Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Hardcover 352 Pages

What would you do if the sun became your enemy?

That’s exactly what happens to Viola Li after she returns from a trip abroad and develops a sudden and extreme case of photosensitivity — an inexplicable allergy to sunlight. Thanks to her crisis-manager parents, she doesn’t just have to wear layers of clothes and a hat the size of a spaceship. She has to stay away from all hint of light. Say goodbye to windows and running outdoors. Even her phone becomes a threat when its screen burns her.

Viola is determined to maintain a normal life, particularly after she meets Josh. He’s a funny, talented Thor look-alike who carries his own mysterious grief. But the intensity of their romance makes her take more and more risks, and when a rebellion against her parents backfires dangerously, she must find her way to a life — and love — as deep and lovely as her dreams.


Sea Witch by Sarah Henning



Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

Hardcover 336 Pages

Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.


Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.


Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton


aboutthebook2Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Hardcover 438 Pages

Inventive and heart-racing, this fiercely feminist teen fantasy trilogy from debut author Bree Barton examines a dark kingdom in which only women can possess magic—and every woman is suspected of having it.

Mia Rose wants only one thing: revenge against the Gwyrach—feared, reviled, and magical women—who killed her mother. After years training under her father’s infamous Hunters, Mia is ready. She will scour the four kingdoms, find her mother’s murderer, and enact the Hunters’ Creed: heart for a heart, life for a life.

But when Mia is thrust into the last role she ever wanted—promised wife to the future king—she plots a daring escape. On her wedding night, Mia discovers something she never imagined: She may be a Huntress, but she’s also a Gwyrach. As the truth comes to light, Mia must untangle the secrets of her own past. Now if she wants to survive, Mia must learn to trust her heart . . . even if it kills her.


Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart



Publisher: Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Hardcover 320 Pages

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace – someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.


The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken

(The Darkest Minds #4)



Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopia

Hardcover 576 Pages

Five years after the destruction of the so-called rehabilitation camps that imprisoned her and countless other Psi kids, seventeen-year-old Suzume “Zu” Kimura has assumed the role of spokesperson for the interim government, fighting for the rights of Psi kids against a growing tide of misinformation and prejudice. But when she is accused of committing a horrifying act, she is forced to go on the run once more in order to stay alive.

Determined to clear her name, Zu finds herself in an uncomfortable alliance with Roman and Priyanka, two mysterious Psi who could either help her prove her innocence or betray her before she gets the chance. But as they travel in search of safety and answers, and Zu grows closer to the people she knows she shouldn’t trust, they uncover even darker things roiling beneath the veneer of the country’s recovery. With her future-and the future of all Psi-on the line, Zu must use her powerful voice to fight back against forces that seek to drive the Psi into the shadows and save the friends who were once her protectors.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a harrowing story of resilience, resistance, and reckoning that will thrill loyal fans and new readers alike.


Have you read any of these? Any other beauties not on my list that I should know? Which one are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Top Ten Tuesday – Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype


Happy Tuesday my lovely readers! Hoping you’re all having a wonderful week so far and reading swoony, entertaining, and fun books. Anyway, it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, which was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and has been moved to That Artsy Reader Girl since January 16, 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday is about Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype. I love reading popular books and have found many of them to be truly awesome and totally lived up to their hype.  I don’t think I’ve read anything yet that I disliked, so without further ado, here are some popular books/series I completely fell in love with.


Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

I was obsessed with Twilight after watching the movie and binged the entire series in a matter of days during my midterms week. It sparked my love for reading and because of that, I’ll always LOVE this series no matter what.


To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Series by Jenny Han

I loved this when it was a duology, and while I have yet to read the final book, I definitely think this series is one of the most adorable and cutest YA contemporary romances I’ve ever read. I related to Lara Jean a lot and all her quirks were just charming! Peter was super swoony and the FEELS were amazing.


Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

I LOVEEEEE ME SOME WARNER TIME! I binged this series and stayed up late at night just to finish them. The FEELS in these books .. so deliciously swoony and spine-tinglingly awesome! I still have to read Restore Me, but I really don’t like waiting for sequels, so I might just wait and binge the entire thing again when all the books are out.


Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

This series is absolute amazing! I actually bought the first book just because I thought it was pretty and the premise sounded really cool. I actually didn’t even read it up until Winter was about to come out. I was on reading hiatus for a year or so focusing on a small business venture, but when that slowed down and I finally decided to start Cinder, I was completely hooked! I ordered the rest of the books ASAP and binged the series.


Midnight Star (The Young Elites Series) by Marie Lu

Marie Lu is one of my favorite authors and I loved her Legend Trilogy. However, The Young Elites series was something different and darker than what I was used to reading. I didn’t think I would like it, but I ended up really loving everything about this series.


When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon


I remember seeing this adorable book on Instagram and everyone raving about it. Lucky for me, Sandhya Menon was at Yallwest and I was able to meet her and grab an ARC of this book. Dimple and Rishi are absolutely the cutest and this book made my top ten favorite reads in 2017.


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


This book is funny, adorable, and swoony. It was a bit slow in the beginning, but I ended up really loving the story. Cather was such a likable character and I totally related with her on so many levels. Her relationship with her twin, Wren, was endearing and I lovedddd Reagan, Cather’s roommate. And Levi and Cather…super stinking cute!


The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks


I loved the movie so much I decided to read the book, and I LOVED IT. It was I think the very first book I finished in one sitting because I just could not stop. I locked myself in my room, went out to get food and water, and cried my eyes out. I’ll forever love Noah and Allie and their love story.


The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Here’s another series where I bought the first book because it was pretty and didn’t get to read it until all the books were released. This happened the same time as Cinder and I believe I read this a month or so after I finished the Lunar Chronicles. Anyway, I’ve mentioned this before, but I love/hate this series. It infuriated me so many times, but then there’s Maxon and all the damn good FEELS. At the end of the day, I have more LOVE for these books because they made me go through so many emotions.

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover


I have never heard of Colleen Hoover and when I downloaded the ebook for free years ago, I wasn’t expecting much. I actually didn’t even get to read it until one day, it was really slow at work and I had nothing else to do. This was one of the ebooks on my iphone and so I decided why not. Well, I’m COMPLETELY AND HOPELESSLY in LOVE with CoHo, this book, and Dean and Sky. When I started to research CoHo, it was then I realized how popular she is.


Did any of my picks make your list? What are some of your favorite popular reads that lived up to the hype? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to leave the link to your posts so I can check it out.

Have a wonderful day!