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Waiting on Wednesday #81: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi February 22, 2017

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Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine. It showcases upcoming releases we’re anticipating!

My pick of the week is:

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A Crown of Wishes (The Star Touched Queen #2)

By: Roshani Chokshi

Coming: 28 March 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Summary:

Fans of Roshani Chokshi’s spell-binding bestseller The Star-Touched Queen are in for a treat with EW’s exclusive cover reveal and excerpt from the upcoming sequel A Crown of Wishes. The new novel follows Gauri, the younger sister of the titular Star-Touched Queen, on her harrowing quest for freedom.

When Gauri, the princess of Bharata, is captured by her kingdom’s rivals, she can only find help in Vikram, the cunning prince of an enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with royal life, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. They set aside their differences and team up to compete in the Tournament of Wishes, wherein the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

 

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Contemporary Beach Reading Recommendations June 30, 2016

I’ve always made it clear that I’m not that big of a contemporary fan. However, these are some great reads I highly recommend. I came up with my own selections after reading Jamie’s post. I also have featured non-fiction adult and non-contemporary young adult posts. Keep an eye out for my post with adult recommendations next week!

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  1. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. Mary recommended this to me when Bloomsbury was looking to share this fantastic debut. Knowing I’m not a contemporary fan, she knows when there are books that I’ll enjoy. She hit a home run with this one! Emery is now on my auto-buy list. Review here.

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2. When We Collided by Emery Lord. I’m telling you, Emery is a fantastic author. Her books completely wrap you up and you don’t want to stop until you’re done reading.

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3. The Start of You and Me by Emery Lord. I will shamelessly plug Emery’s books forever! Review here.

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4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Super quick and funny read! Review here.

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5. Rites of Passage by Joy N Hensley. Have you ever turned down a dare? What’s the most extreme dare you’ve ever done? Review here.

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6. 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen. Cute and funny debut! Review here.

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7. Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols. I love Middle Tennesse. It holds such a special place in my heart! Review here.

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8. Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols. Oh, marching band. I miss you like WHOA. Review here.

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9. Love Story by Jennifer Echols. Creative writing and horses = BLISS! Review here.

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10. Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. Sheer brilliance! Review here.

All of these are light and quick reads. There are some heavy moments in them, but they’re all great beach reads!

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday #92: Favourite 2016 Releases June 21, 2016

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Each week, the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is:

Top Ten (More like six so far) Favourite 2016 Releases

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  1. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh. Sequel to The Wrath and the Dawn.

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2. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. Standalone fantasy!

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3. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski. Finale of The Winner’s Curse trilogy.

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4. When We Collided by Emery Lord. Contemporary standalone.

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5. The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows. Finale of The Orphan Queen duology.

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6. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir. Finale of An Ember in the Ashes duology. Currently reading or recently finished.

I haven’t read them yet, but I know I will enjoy these 2016 releases!

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7. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. Sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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8. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows. I’m SO excited about this one! I know it’s gonna be great!

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9. The Last Star by Rick Yancey. The final book in The 5th Wave trilogy. I adored The 5th Wave, and I can’t wait to read the other two books! I think this will be what I take to the beach this year!

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10. A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab. Sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic. I’ve heard through the grapevine that this ends on an EPIC cliffhanger, so I’m currently waiting until A Conjuring of Light comes out to read books two and three at the same time! I HATE cliffhangers!

What have been your favourite 2016 reads so far this year? What are you looking forward to for the rest of the year?

 

*Review* Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell November 4, 2013

Rating:  5 stars
Pub date: 10 September 2013
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Format:hardcover, via library
Status: Standalone

Summary:

In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

My thoughts:

Oh, hello summer before and my freshman year of college at MTSU. Nice to see you again! Fangirl was such a spectacular read! I related so much with Cath. It wasn’t a perfect look back, but it was eerily close at times!

The summer I graduated from high school. the final Harry Potter book came out. I felt like it was the final door slamming on my childhood. Harry Potter helped me through my parents’ divorce much like Simon helped Cath and Wren through their mom leaving. I threw myself into the books reading them over and over that summer. I’ll admit it. I wrote and read a ton of fan fiction, too. A freaking ton. I never had a following like Cath, but I totally had my favourite authors I followed like no other!

My freshman year was a mix between Cath and Wren. My first semester was very much like Cath – obsessed with classes and fan fiction with a bit of Wren partying thrown in. The drinking myself into oblivion DID NOT happen. The going to parties with my friends happened. Sorry, Wren, but I was much smarter than that! I did have fun with my friends while I was out though!

Oh, sweet Levi. He was so adorable! I wanted things to spark between him and Cath from the get go. He’s such a great friend! Completely adorable when Cath reads The Outsiders to him. I thought I would melt while I was reading that part! *swoons*

Nick was such a sleazeball. I didn’t like him. At all. Yuck. Taking advantage of self conscious smart girls is a huge no-no. Taking advantage of ANYONE is a no-no. I would love to see more of his story JUST to see him get his full comeuppance!

Wren felt like a typical away from home for the first time party girl. Rainbow did a great job doing the character layout. I’ve had friends who were varying degrees of Wren and Cath.

I loved the girls’ dad. He reminds me a bit of my mom. She can be a bit scatterbrained too. No trips to the psych ward though.

Fangirl is definitely a new favourite that I plan to purchase and reread often! If you’re going into college, in college, or looking for a good contemporary read, PLEASE pick this one up! You won’t regret it!

 

 
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