Book Birthdays – May 22, 2018

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a Book Birthday post, but today there are so many amazing beauties that I’m really excited about! So let’s wish all these pretties the best book release day!!!

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Fury Born (The Empirium Trilogy #1) 

Claire Legrand

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Published by Sourcebooks Fire

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic

Pages: Hardcover 512

THE STUNNINGLY ORIGINAL, MUST-READ FANTASY OF 2018 FOLLOWS TWO FIERCELY INDEPENDENT YOUNG WOMEN, CENTURIES APART, WHO HOLD THE POWER TO SAVE THEIR WORLD…OR DOOM IT.

WHEN ASSASSINS AMBUSH HER BEST FRIEND, THE CROWN PRINCE, RIELLE DARDENNE RISKS EVERYTHING TO SAVE HIM, EXPOSING HER ABILITY TO PERFORM ALL SEVEN KINDS OF ELEMENTAL MAGIC. THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO SHOULD POSSESS THIS EXTRAORDINARY POWER ARE A PAIR OF PROPHESIED QUEENS: A QUEEN OF LIGHT AND SALVATION AND A QUEEN OF BLOOD AND DESTRUCTION. TO PROVE SHE IS THE SUN QUEEN, RIELLE MUST ENDURE SEVEN TRIALS TO TEST HER MAGIC. IF SHE FAILS, SHE WILL BE EXECUTED…UNLESS THE TRIALS KILL HER FIRST.

A THOUSAND YEARS LATER, THE LEGEND OF QUEEN RIELLE IS A MERE FAIRY TALE TO BOUNTY HUNTER ELIANA FERRACORA. WHEN THE UNDYING EMPIRE CONQUERED HER KINGDOM, SHE EMBRACED VIOLENCE TO KEEP HER FAMILY ALIVE. NOW, SHE BELIEVES HERSELF UNTOUCHABLE–UNTIL HER MOTHER VANISHES WITHOUT A TRACE, ALONG WITH COUNTLESS OTHER WOMEN IN THEIR CITY. TO FIND HER, ELIANA JOINS A REBEL CAPTAIN ON A DANGEROUS MISSION AND DISCOVERS THAT THE EVIL AT THE HEART OF THE EMPIRE IS MORE TERRIBLE THAN SHE EVER IMAGINED.

AS RIELLE AND ELIANA FIGHT IN A COSMIC WAR THAT SPANS MILLENNIA, THEIR STORIES INTERSECT, AND THE SHOCKING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THEM ULTIMATELY DETERMINE THE FATE OF THEIR WORLD–AND OF EACH OTHER.

I had planned on reading this way before its release day, but as you know life happens and I just didn’t get to it. I am currently reading it right now and really loving it. The world building is really amazing and I can’t wait to finish it…hopefully by this week.

 

Always Never Yours

Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

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Published by Speak

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: Hardcover 352

MEGAN HARPER IS THE GIRL BEFORE. ALL HER EXES FIND THEIR ONE TRUE LOVE RIGHT AFTER DATING HER. IT’S NOT A CURSE OR ANYTHING, IT’S JUST THE WAY THINGS ARE, AND MEGAN REFUSES TO WASTE TIME FEELING SORRY FOR HERSELF. INSTEAD, SHE FOCUSES ON PURSUING HER NEXT FLING, DIRECTING THEATRE, AND FULFILLING HER DREAM SCHOOL’S ACTING REQUIREMENT IN THE SMALLEST ROLE POSSIBLE.

But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. No–a disaster. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script.

Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to play the lead in her own love story?

Here’s another lovely book I’m really excited about. The concept sounds really cute and fun. I tried to get an ARC of this on Netgalley, but sadly wasn’t approved. Then, I tried to get a physical ARC during Yallwest, but I didn’t make it. Guess I’m just meant to purchase it… which I will hopefully on my next paycheck. Having a puppy is kind of breaking my bank LOL.

From Twinkle, with Love

Sandhya Menon

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Published by Simon Pulse

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: Hardcover 336

ASPIRING FILMMAKER AND WALLFLOWER TWINKLE MEHRA HAS STORIES SHE WANTS TO TELL AND UNIVERSES SHE WANTS TO EXPLORE, IF ONLY THE WORLD WOULD LISTEN. SO WHEN FELLOW FILM GEEK SAHIL ROY APPROACHES HER TO DIRECT A MOVIE FOR THE UPCOMING SUMMER FESTIVAL, TWINKLE IS ALL OVER IT. THE CHANCE TO PUBLICLY SHOWCASE HER VOICE AS A DIRECTOR? DREAM COME TRUE. THE FACT THAT IT GETS HER CLOSER TO HER LONGTIME CRUSH, NEIL ROY—A.K.A. SAHIL’S TWIN BROTHER? DREAM COME TRUE X 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you

I LOVEDDDDD When Dimple Met Rishi so I’m soooo happy this book is finally out. Didn’t get an ARC for this one either, but I’ll definitely be picking it up. I mean look at that cover… it’s the cutest thing ever and the premise sounds super adorable.

Monday’s Not Coming

Tiffany D. Jackson

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Published by Katherine Tegen Books

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery

Pages: Hardcover 448

A gripping, relentless, and timely new novel from critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson, about the complex mystery of one teenage girl’s disappearance and the traumatic effects of the truth.

Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.

As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?

I’ve been reading more mystery and thriller books, so when I received this from Epic Reads, I was really excited. The synopsis sounds good and I can’t wait to get into this hopefully in  a few weeks.

Rebel Heart

Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

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Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance

Pages: Kindle 232

Rush and Gia’s story continues in the gripping conclusion to the New York Times bestseller, Rebel Heir…

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Sleep with your boss. Check.

Blow all your money on a rental you can’t afford. Check.

How to walk away from a man you fall in love with at the end of a summer:

…I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

I started Rehel Heir weeks ago, but then I got really busy and had other blog tours obligations, soooo I had to put it aside for while. I was really enjoying the story and romance, so I can’t wait to go back to it. I think I’m going to start over and binge the duology one weekend.


Which of these new releases are you most excited to read? Do you have any other new books on your TBR? Comment down below.

sincerelykarenjoendsign

Book Birthdays – March 13, 2018

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Wishing these lovelies the Happiest Book Birthdays!!


Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3)

By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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PUBLISHED BY  KNOPF BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, SCIENCE FICTION
PAGES: HARDCOVER 615
Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.


 

Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats #2)

Edited by Jessica Spotwood

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PUBLISHED BY CANDLEWICK PRESS
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, HISTORICAL FICTION, ANTHOLOGIES
PAGES: HARDCOVER 320
To respect yourself, to love yourself—should not have to be a radical decision. And yet it remains as challenging for an American girl to make today as it was in 1927 on the steps of the Supreme Court. It’s a decision that must be faced whether you’re balancing on the tightrope of neurodivergence, finding your way as a second-generation immigrant, or facing down American racism even while loving America. And it’s the only decision when you’ve weighed society’s expectations and found them wanting. In The Radical Element, twelve of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today tell the stories of the girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs—whether that means secretly learning Hebrew in early Savannah, using the family magic to pass as white in 1920s Hollywood, or singing in a feminist punk band in 1980s Boston. And they’re asking you to join them.

The Hook-Up Experiment

by Emma Hart

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GENRE(S): CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE
1.Hate-screw my high school nemesis.
2.Remember to hate him.
3.Prove my brother wrong.
It should be easy.
It isn’t.

As the owner of Pick-A-D*ck, New Orleans’ premier hook-up website, my job is simple. Connect two people for a no-strings, no-expectations hook-up. The plus for my clients is that I’m the one who gets to sift through the d*ck pics—except this time, they’re required.

My problem? My brother, co-owner of Pick-A-D*ck’s sister dating site, doesn’t believe it’s possible to hook up with someone three times and not fall in love.
I disagree. I know it’s possible.

And my disagreement is exactly how I end up reconnected with my high school nemesis, Elliott Sloane. The guy who asked me to junior prom and then stood me up. Who egged my car when I rejected him, and convinced my senior homecoming date to ghost me.

It should be easy to hate-screw him. If only he was still that person, instead of a hot-as-hell single dad, working as a builder to make ends’ meet, fighting for custody of his daughter.

Three hook-ups.
One outcome.
Right?

(The Hook-Up Experiment is book one of the Experiment duet. If you’ve read The Upside to Being Single, this is Peyton’s story.)


In Sight of Stars

by Gae Polisner

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PUBLISHED BY WEDNESDAY BOOKS
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY, MENTAL HEALTH
PAGES: HARDCOVER  288
Seventeen-year-old Klee’s father was the center of his life. He introduced Klee to the great museums of New York City and the important artists on their walls, he told him stories made of myths and magic. Until his death.

Now, forced to live in the suburbs with his mom, Klee can’t help but feel he’s lost all the identifying parts of himself—his beloved father, weekly trips to the MoMA, and the thrumming energy of New York City. That is until he meets wild and free Sarah in art class, with her quick smiles and jokes about his “brooding.” Suddenly it seems as if she’s the only thing that makes him happy. But when an act of betrayal sends him reeling, Klee lands in what is bitingly referred to as the “Ape Can,” a psychiatric hospital for teens in Northollow.

While there, he undergoes intensive therapy and goes back over the pieces of his life to find out what was real, what wasn’t, and whether he can stand on his own feet again. Told in alternating timelines, leading up to the event that gets him committed and working towards getting back out, Gae Polisner’s In Sight of Starsis a gorgeous novel told in minimalist strokes to maximal effect, about what makes us fall apart and how we can put ourselves back together again.


Chaotic Good

by Whitney Gardner

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PUBLISHED BY KNOPF
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY
PAGES: HARDCOVER  256
Cameron’s cosplay–dressing like a fictional character–is finally starting to earn her attention–attention she hopes to use to get into the CalTech costume department for college. But when she wins a major competition, she inadvertently sets off a firestorm of angry comments from male fans.

When Cameron’s family moves the summer before her senior year, she hopes to complete her costume portfolio in peace and quiet away from the abuse. Unfortunately, the only comic shop in town–her main destination for character reference–is staffed by a dudebro owner who challenges every woman who comes into the shop.

At her twin brother’s suggestion, Cameron borrows a set of his clothes and uses her costuming expertise to waltz into the shop as Boy Cameron, where she’s shocked at how easily she’s accepted into the nerd inner sanctum. Soon, Cameron finds herself drafted into a D&D campaign alongside the jerky shop-owner Brody, friendly (almost flirtatiously so) clerk Wyatt, handsome Lincoln, and her bro Cooper, dragged along for good measure.

But as her “secret identity” gets more and more entrenched, Cameron’s portfolio falls by the wayside–and her feelings for Lincoln threaten to make a complicated situation even more precarious.


Twelve Steps to Normal

by Farrah Penn

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PUBLISHED BY JIMMY PATTERSON
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY
PAGES: HARDCOVER  384
James Patterson presents this emotionally resonant novel that shows that while some broken things can’t be put back exactly the way they were, they can be repaired and made even stronger.

Kira’s Twelve Steps To A Normal Life

1. Accept Grams is gone.
2. Learn to forgive Dad.
3. Steal back ex-boyfriend from best friend…

And somewhere between 1 and 12, realize that when your parent’s an alcoholic, there’s no such thing as “normal.”
When Kira’s father enters rehab, she’s forced to leave everything behind–her home, her best friends, her boyfriend…everything she loves. Now her father’s sober (again) and Kira is returning home, determined to get her life back to normal…exactly as it was before she was sent away.

But is that what Kira really wants?


Nothing Left to Burn

by Heather Ezell

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PUBLISHED BY RAZORBILL
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE, MYSTERY
PAGES: HARDCOVER  320
The autumn morning after sixteen-year-old Audrey Harper loses her virginity, she wakes to a loud, persistent knocking at her front door. Waiting for her are two firemen, there to let her know that the moment she’s been dreading has arrived: the enormous wildfire sweeping through Orange County, California, is now dangerously close to her idyllic gated community of Coto de Caza, and it’s time to evacuate.

Over the course of the next twenty-four hours, as Audrey wrestles with the possibility of losing her family home, she also recalls her early, easy summer days with Brooks, the charming, passionate, but troubled volunteer firefighter who enchants Audrey–and who is just as enthralled by her. But as secrets from Brooks’s dark past come to light, Audrey can’t help but wonder if there’s danger in the pull she feels–both toward this boy, and toward the fire burning in the distance.


The Falling Between Us

by Ash Parsons

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PUBLISHED BY PHILOMEL BOOKS
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY
PAGES: HARDCOVER 304
All-consuming fame and fortune prove too much for a teen popstar who suddenly goes missing–Eddie and the Cruisers for the Justin Bieber era.

After 15-year-old Joshua Blackbird posts a performance of an original song on YouTube, he becomes an overnight sensation, catapulting to the dizzying heights of celebrity. Joshua is plucked from his middle-of-nowhere small town to pursue a pop star career complete with million-dollar record deals, international tours with sold-out crowds, and a diehard following who call themselves “Birdies.” But it’s not long before the never-blinking eye of fame begins weighing this bird down–the constant hunger of managers, record execs, paparazzi, even family, all leeching onto him. Then there is the staged romance with a teen pop princess and the unsettling fear brought on by a stalker. Everyone reaching out, determined to grab their piece of stardom, forgetting that an actual person–a kid nonetheless–is on the other side their grasp. It’s all too much.

Until, that is, Joshua Blackbird disappears. Was it a suicide? An accident?

Narrated from the perspective of Joshua’s girlfriend from home, Roxie, The Falling Between Us presents every wannabe teen heartthrob’s dream come true . . . only to realize it is a nightmare.


Time Bomb

by Joelle Charbonneau

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PUBLISHED BY HMH BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY
PAGES: HARDCOVER  352
A congressman’s daughter who has to be perfect. A star quarterback with a secret. A guy who’s tired of being ignored. A clarinet player who’s done trying to fit in. An orphaned rebel who wants to teach someone a lesson. A guy who wants people to see him, not his religion.

They couldn’t be more different, but before the morning’s over, they’ll all be trapped in a school that’s been rocked by a bombing. When they hear that someone inside is the bomber, they’ll also be looking to one another for answers.


Which of these new releases are you most excited to read? Do you have any on your TBR? Comment down below.

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