WWW Wednesday

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Hosted by Taking On A World Of Words

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 

I am currently reading The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer.

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I recently finished Geekerella by Ashley Poston.

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The next book I’ll be reading is History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.

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Leave me the link to yours in the comments or just let me know your answers.

I forgot to do the Goodreads Monday.

Sorry I’m a day late.  I just got this book from Entangled Teen, so I’m going to pick this one.

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From Goodreads:

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.

Black Bird of the Gallows will be released September 5, 2017 by Entangled Teen.

Add it to your goodreads here.

July FairyLoot unboxing and other fun things that came in the mail today.

Back from my weekend away and found some exciting things in my mail today!

I received my first ever FairyLoot box.  The theme for July was Tricksters.  I figured out the book awhile back and was really looking forward to receiving it.

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Exclusive Sherlock Enamel Tin Mug designed by Fictiontea Designs.

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Exclusive Loki Lotion by Geeky Clean.

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Hogwarts Playing Cards (love these)

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Exclusive FairyLoot Fortune Telling Kitchen Glove

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Exclusive Harley Quinn Print by Miss Phi

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Terrible Truths Watercolour Bookmark by Lexy Olivia

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July’s book is Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody.

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It also came with a signed bookplate, author letter, and a little info page.

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The second package I received today was from author K.C. Tansley. I will have to take another picture later because I missed the handwritten notes, bookmarks, and stickers that were inside the books.  I received two books.  The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts and an ARC of The Girl Who Saved Ghosts.  I can’t wait to read them both and get my reviews up here (hopefully with the next couple weeks). She sent a nice thank you card, bracelet, pen, and lighted keychain. This is definitely one of the best packages I’ve received and I can’t thank her enough.

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My last package today was an order from Books of Wonder in New York.  I ordered two signed books from them and was waiting on the pre-ordered book to release and get signed.  I didn’t realize it would be personalized, so I need to remember for future purchases to add a note with the name I go by vs my full name.  But I’m super excited to have both of these books.  Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh and Little Monsters by Kara Thomas.

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What a great welcome home!  I’m working on my Make Me Read It bookathon right now.  I should finish Geekerella today.  I’ll also be continuing with my ARC August reads and will have some updates soon.  

Review of digital ARC Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

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Summary from Goodreads:

I Needed to Win.
They Needed to Die.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed Mask of Shadows.  I’m pretty sure this is the first book I’ve read with a gender fluid character and I felt that it really added to the story.  Sal watched everyone he/she knew die and has wanted revenge ever since.  Sal decides to try out to be Opal, a member of the queen’s “The Left Hand”.  They are the queen’s assassins and the other Opal died while on an assignment.  Sal was living life as a thief up until then, not able to read or write, but very skilled.  While on their last heist, Sal meets a lady whom they feel something different for.   Sal even let her keep a piece of jewelry. Sal found the paper about the Left Hand auditions, kills someone for the entry, and leaves.

While trying out for The Left Hand, Sal is competing against 22 others.  Sal is 23 (fitting since it’s my favorite number).  The audition includes learning different skills, both physical and mental.  I really liked the poison lessons.  Sal goes in for a lesson to learn how to read and write and finds Elise, the same girl he stole from.  They flirt and she remembered who Sal was right away.

“I was Sallot Leon-one of the last children of Nacea, orphan and street fighter, highway thiefand Twenty Three.”

I loved Sal, but I really found myself loving Maud, the maid.  She was funny and a great side character.  Elise was bold and smart, always a good combo.  I also really enjoyed the rest of The Left Hand.

I won’t ruin anything for anyone who hasn’t read this yet.  Sal competes.  There is a lot of death, some backstabbing, a little romance, and revenge.

I gave this book 4 stars.  It was a little confusing with all the names and places, but the story was fast paced with a lot of action.

I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley for review. Mask of Shadows will be released August 29th 2017 by Sourcesbooks Fire.

Anyone else excited for this book?

I know everyone is talking about Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo.  I’m super excited for that one and just got my tickets for her book signing.

But I’m also really excited for Marie Lu’s Batman.

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Summary from Goodreads:

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

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Release date is January 2nd 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers.

 

July Wrap Up

I read 9 books in July and ended up enjoying all of them.  I didn’t keep track of all the books I purchased, so I’ll try to do a book haul for August at the end of the month.

I also just started this blog a couple weeks ago.  Thank you to all who have started following it already.  I didn’t expect to have so many followers for a couple months.

Now to what I read.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  I loved this book and gave it 5 stars.

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  I loved this one even more than Illuminae. Another 5 star book.

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.  This was a cute read and I gave it 4 stars.

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Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine.  Loved the twists in this one and gave it 5 stars.

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The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain.  This was an arc and I gave it 5 stars.  My review is here.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  One of my favorite books this year.  5 stars.  My review can be found here.

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Invictus by Ryan Graudin.  This was an arc and I gave it 4 stars.  My review can be found here.

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson.  I gave this one 4 stars and my review is here.

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Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker.  This was an arc and I gave it 4 stars.  My review can be found here.

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I also got to go to one book signing in July.  It was at Anderson’s in Naperville, IL for Angie Thomas and Becky Albertalli.  You can see pictures here.

I don’t really make a TBR for a month.  I usually prefer to choose my books based on my mood.  But I will be reading some ARCs in August and the books that are chosen by you for the Make Me Read It Readathon next week.

Tagged “This-Is-My-Truth-Now”

I’m not 100% sure what I’m doing here, but I was tagged by Claire@bookscoffeeandrepeat.  Original tag by this is my truth now. Hopefully I got everything right.

RULES:

  • Create your own new post and call it “Tag: This-Is-My-Truth-Now” and be sure to include in your tags the words — without quotes — “ThisIsMyTruthNow Tag”
  • Be sure to mention the person who tagged you and maybe tell everyone something interesting about the person who tagged you.
  • Include a link to the original post (https://thisismytruthnow.com/2017/05/31/tag-this-is-my-truth-now/) mentioning the creator of this tag (James @ This is My Truth) so we can see how many people choose to play along.
  • Choose 12 bloggers to tag and include a link to their latest post, so others can check them out and meet new people.
  • Answer all 12 questions in The Challenge Questions section, but replace the 12th question with your own new one around telling the truth or revealing something interesting about yourself — you can leave the existing if you can’t think of something. (comment your answers to my question below before you change and post)
  • Make sure to add your own DARE to your tagged guests at the bottom of the post!
  • If you haven’t been tagged, but you want to play along, you can totally jump on in and post responses to the tag on your blog.
  • Include these rules when you copy/paste to your own post.

TRUTH: Answer the challenge questions as truthful as possible!

OR

DARE:  If you choose not to accept the tag, you have to follow through on whatever dare the person who tags you chooses.

 

My dare to you is to read the book that has been on your tbr list the longest.

 

QUESTION 1: You’re on your way to a birthday dinner that your friends have thrown for you. When you arrive, your favorite author is having dinner by himself or herself and asks you to sit with them, before you even see your friends or they see you. You have two choices: (1) You can sit with the author but can’t tell your friends that you’ve abandoned them for three hours, or (2) Meet your friends and lose the only chance you’ll ever have to talk with the author. Pick one or the other — no exceptions or communication to your friends to tell them about the author — and explain why.

That’s a tough one for me.  I would hate to abandon my friends, but my closest friends would totally get it and would forgive me.  I’m terrible at making decisions and I’m not really sure what I would do.  I’m not super social, so I would probably stay with my friends instead of being super awkward and embarrassing myself.

QUESTION 2: You’ve got an opportunity to spend a few hours alone “in your bedroom” with a character from any book you’ve previously read. The character tells you that (s)he would like to lock the door and spend some alone time with you. What book and character is it, and do you decide to enter the room and lock the door, or tell them you aren’t interested?

My recent book crush was Porter from Alex, Approximately.  So if I wasn’t married and was quite a bit younger, I would love to hang with him.   For friendship with a girl, I would pick Molly from The Upside of Unrequited.  But it would be creepy for her to want to lock the door so we could be alone.

QUESTION 3: If you could turn any male character from one of your favorite books into a female character (or change a female into a male) in the book or book series, which one and why?

Willowdeen from Dumplin.  I just think it would be a funny reversal to read about a boy entering a beauty pageant to piss off his mom.

QUESTION 4: What blogger currently on your follower’s list (meaning they follow you too) do you admire the most and why?

No real favorites yet.  I’m still really new to this, but I’ve found a lot of great bloggers already.

QUESTION 5: If you could change any one decision your favorite book character made, what would it be and why?

Since I just finished Tiger Lily, I would say Pan.  I would want them together even though it changes everything.

QUESTION 6: If you could pick 1 character from a book and 1 character from a TV show you watch (that is NOT based on a book) to be in a relationship together, who would you choose, and why?

I don’t watch a ton of TV shows, so I’m not really sure on this one.  I do love Jess from New Girl, but I’m not sure who I would put her with.  If I think of something, I’ll come back and edit this.

QUESTION 7: It’s your last day on Earth. As you are about to cross that final finish line, a mysterious shadow appears, giving you a choice: (1) You can go move forward to whatever comes next for you [based on your own spiritual or religious beliefs], or (2) you can become a character in a book series and exist permanently doing whatever that author chooses to do with you in the book. Which do you choose, and if it’s option 2, reveal the book and author.

Probably move forward to whatever comes next.  I wouldn’t want to live my life dictated by someone else, even a super cool author.

QUESTION 8: If you could steal a pet from someone in any book you’ve read, but had to replace it with a friend’s pet (meaning they wouldn’t ever see their pet again), would you do it?  If so, explain the who and why.

Probably not.  I’m too nice and wouldn’t want to upset anyone.

QUESTION 9: If you could turn someone from your real life into a character from a book, who from your life, who in the book and why?

I probably can’t answer that unless it was someone with a small role in my life.

QUESTION 10Post a picture of the cover of a book you read in 2000 and the book you are currently reading now. (Note: if you weren’t alive in 2000, pick the first book you ever read and tell everyone what year it was from).

Does anyone remember what they read in 2000?  I most likely read the most recent Ann Rule book though.

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Just finished Emma In The Night.

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QUESTION 11: Your favorite character (under 18) needs a place to stay for 3 months and asks you if (s)he could stay in your spare room (yes, you have one for the sake of this question). Who is it and what is the reason (s)he needs to stay with you?

Even though I know they need to fight, I would probably say Katherine and August from This Savage Song.  I would want to keep them safe.

QUESTION 12:  What is your favorite genre and why?

I’m a huge YA reader.  Yes, I’m grown, but there is just something about YA that draws me in.  I also love the diversity I see that I usually don’t find in as many adult books.  For adult books, I like fantasy and thrillers/suspense/crime.  Anything that gets my attention quickly and makes me think.

 

Since I’m still new to blogging, I don’t really know anyone well enough to tag them.  But please consider yourself tagged if you want to do this one.  Please just let me know (tag me or comment with the link) so I can read your answers, too.

 

 

I’m joining #ARCAUGUST

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I just saw this post from YA and Wine hosted by Read Sleep Repeat and thought I would join as soon as my #MakeMeRead readathon is over.

As always here are the rules:

  • Any Advanced Reading Copy counts as part of this reading challenge; your backlist books count
  • No blog necessary to participate, but you’ll need to include some form of social media as part of your sign up
  • Use the #ARCAugust on social media to check-in

I will have to add to this list as I get some more arcs approved (hopefully this week).

The first one I plan to read is a digital copy of The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan.

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I am waiting on approval for some books and once they are approved, I’ll edit this and add them here.  If I don’t get approved for new ones, I’ll add a couple older arcs that I haven’t gotten around to yet.

7/31 Update:  Just got approved for Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller, so I’m adding that to my list.

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8/3  Got this one approved from Negalley today, so adding it to my list.

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8/8  Got a few more arcs, so I’m adding them here.

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8/8  Another book to add.

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My most anticipated August releases.

There are quite a few books coming out in August that I’m looking forward to, including one of my most anticipated books of 2017. These are my top ones.

Blight by Alexandra Duncan.  Release date August 1, 2017.

Seventeen-year-old Tempest Torres has lived on the AgraStar farm north of Atlanta since she was found outside the gates at the age of five. Now she’s part of the security force guarding the fence and watching for scavengers—people who would rather steal genetically engineered food from the company than work for it. When a group of such rebels accidentally sets off an explosion in the research compound, it releases into the air a blight that kills every living thing in its path—including humans. With blight-resistant seeds in her pocket, Tempest teams up with a scavenger boy named Alder and runs for help. But when they finally arrive at AgraStar headquarters, they discover that there’s an even bigger plot behind the blight—and it’s up to them to stop it from happening again. A fast-paced action-adventure story that is Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake meets Nancy Farmer’s House of the Scorpion.

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The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones.  Release date August 8, 2017.

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

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The Bakersville Dozen by Kristina McBride.  Release date August 8, 2017.

Back in September, the town of Bakersville, Ohio made national news when a video went viral featuring thirteen of the high school’s elite in compromising positions. Now it’s May, and every month since the “Bakersville Dozen” made their infamous appearance on the national stage, one girl has gone missing. Officials are no closer to identifying the criminal.

Bailey “Like a Virgin” Holzman is getting really fed up with the scrutiny. She just wants to enjoy the rest of her senior year and have an epic summer before heading off to college. So when she discovers a note in her locker on the last day of school inviting her on a scavenger hunt, she thinks it’s just a sweet surprise from her boyfriend trying to cheer her up.

But following the clue leads her, instead, to the first official casualty. And another sinister envelope. The killer is close, and it could be anyone. Even the people Bailey’s always trusted most—her best friend, her perfect boyfriend, or the boy-next-door she’s always pined for.

With the clock ticking, she faces a terrifying choice: play the game by the killer’s rules—follow the clues, tell no one, and no cops—for a chance to save the rest of the missing girls, or risk becoming the next grisly victim.

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A Map For Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor.  Release date August 15, 2017.

We sat at the edge of the ocean—my sister Henri and I—inches apart but not touching at all. We’d been so sure someone would find us by now.

Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them.

I’d trusted Henri more than I’d trusted myself. Wherever she told me to go, I’d follow.

Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart.

For the first time, I was afraid we’d die on this shore.

To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this—or anything. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?

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Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popvic.  Release date August 15, 2017.

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

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Dress Codes For Small Towns by Courtney C Stevens.  Release date August 22, 2017.

As the tomboy daughter of the town’s preacher, Billie McCaffrey has always struggled with fitting the mold of what everyone says she should be. She’d rather wear sweats, build furniture, and get into trouble with her solid group of friends: Woods, Mash, Davey, Fifty, and Janie Lee.

But when Janie Lee confesses to Billie that she’s in love with Woods, Billie’s filled with a nagging sadness as she realizes that she is also in love with Woods…and maybe with Janie Lee, too.

Always considered “one of the guys,” Billie doesn’t want anyone slapping a label on her sexuality before she can understand it herself. So she keeps her conflicting feelings to herself, for fear of ruining the group dynamic. Except it’s not just about keeping the peace, it’s about understanding love on her terms—this thing that has always been defined as a boy and a girl falling in love and living happily ever after. For Billie—a box-defying dynamo—it’s not that simple.

Readers will be drawn to Billie as she comes to terms with the gray areas of love, gender, and friendship, in this John Hughes-esque exploration of sexual fluidity.

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Wonder Woman:  Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.  Release date August 29, 2017.

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

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The Dazzling Heights by Katherine McGee.  Release date August 29, 2017.

New York City, 2118. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible – if you want it enough.

Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a beacon of futuristic glamour and high-tech luxury… and to millions of people living scandalous, secretive lives.

Leda is haunted by nightmares of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’s afraid the truth will get out – which is why she hires Watt, her very own hacker, to keep an eye on all of the witnesses for her. But what happens when their business relationship turns personal?

When Rylin receives a scholarship to an elite upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being here also means seeing the boy she loves: the one whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

Avery is grappling with the reality of her forbidden romance – is there anywhere in the world that’s safe for them to be together?

And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who’s arrived in New York with a devious goal in mind – and too many secrets to count.

Here in the Tower, no one is safe – because someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, you’re always only one step away from a devastating fall….

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What are your most anticipated releases for August (any genre)?  Comment below and let me know.  I’m always looking for more recommendations.

 

 

WWW Wednesday July 26, 2017

Decided to try this one out from Sam at Taking on a World of Words .

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The three W’s are:  What are you currently reading?  What did you just finish reading? What are you reading next?

I am currently reading Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. 

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This is the story of Tiger Lily and Peter Pan that starts off before Wendy ends up in Neverland.  I’m almost halfway through and Wendy hasn’t arrived yet.  So far there is a friendship growing between Tiger Lily and Peter Pan, but it’s starting to hint at more.

The last book I finished was Invictus by Ryan Graudin.

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Invictus is a time travel book about a boy named Far and his crew on the Invictus.  Far works for a shady guy to go back in time and steal items that wouldn’t be missed.  When on the Titanic, he runs into another time travel thief, Eliot, who has a huge surprise for Far about his past and the future of the world.  Full review of Invictus.

I’m honestly not sure what I’m reading next.  I rarely pick ahead of time unless I have an ARC waiting to be read and reviewed.  I’m currently waiting on a few to be approved, so I won’t pick my next read until I finish Tiger Lily.  I also like to wait and see what my mood is at the time.  

Did you do WWW Wednesday?  If so, post your link in the comments so I can see your answers, too. If you’ve read any of these books, share your thoughts (no spoilers please) below.