My Top 5 2017 Releases

Screenshot (40)Hey guys! Yet another year is coming to an end. Can you believe it? It feels like 2017 has flown by (not that I’m complaining). 2018 will hopefully be a great year, and I can’t wait to see what it has in store.

Anyway, with the end of the year fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to talk about my favorite 2017 releases.

There were So Many Good Books this year, but I’m going to showcase my top five, and hopefully convince you guys to read some of these amazing books.

My Top 5 2017 Releases:

5. Little Monsters by Kara Tomas32320750

Most likely to: twist your mind into knots

Little Monsters was such a surprise. I’m not usually one for dark, twisty mysteries, but this one swept me away. I was guessing the whole time.

The character development and plot was amazing. It was so complex and intriguing!

Read my full review here.

4. The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski27258139

Most likely to: make you scared of the forest

The Wood was so dark and gorgeous. I fell in love with the characters so quickly.

This one also had some surprises, and the ending left me wanting more.

Chelsea: if you are reading this, will there be a follow up? Please?

Read my full review here.

3. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett30313265

Most likely to: make you swoon

I love a good mistaken-identity book, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint.

This book was swoony and adorable without being too fluffy. There were definitely grittier moments, which is perfect for people like me who normally don’t love contemporary YA romance books.

Read my full review here.

2. A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck30040068

Most likely to: Reck your heart (haha see what I did there?)

THE TEARS!!!! THE HEARTBREAK!!!!

This book completely blew me out of the water. Whatever I was expecting, it certainly wasn’t that.

But MY GOSH, what a book.

Read my full review here.

1. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer30038855

Most likely to: take a second look at the bad boy

Yet another mistaken-identity book makes it onto my list. Why? BECUASE THEY ARE SO GOOD AND THIS ONE IS AMAZING AND OH MY GOSH AHHHHHHHHHHH

I need to stop. BUT I CAN’T AHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Alright I’m really done this ti- AHHHHHHHHHHH

Read my full review here.

What were your favorite new releases in 2017? Have you read any of these?

Let me know in the comments below!

 

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July Wrap Up: Where did the summer go?!? How did I read 25 books?!?

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HOW IS JULY OVER ALREADY?!?!?!?!?! IT WAS LITERALLY MAY YESTERDAY. WHAT THE WHAT?

No but seriously I’m having a crisis here. Where did July go?

I haven’t done a wrap up in forever. Probably because last time I checked it was still May 2nd and no where near the end of a month… much less the end of the summer! AHHHHH

Breathe Emma, breathe.

I’m just now realizing the sheer number of books I have read this month.

I’ve kind of been in a reading binge, which has been wonderful. BUT THAT MEANS I’VE BEEN POSTING SO MANY REVIEWS!!

There are also a bunch of books that I read that I haven’t posted reviews for yet… so I’m gonna split this up into two sections:

Books I have Reviewed This Month:

 

Links to the Reviews:

5 ‘s:  The Anatomical Shape of a Heart //  King’s Cage //  A Midsummer’s Nightmare
4 ‘s:  The Hidden Oracle //  Glass Sword //  How To Hang A Witch //  Just Friends //  Cress //  The Wood //  Traveler
3 ‘s: Illuminae // Winter // Caraval
2 ‘s:  The Book Jumper // #famous //  Romeo and/or Juliet
1 ‘s:  As I Wake

Books I have Read this Month but Haven’t Posted Reviews for Yet:

The Infinity of You & Me and Scrappy Little Nobody were actually both DNFs, so I’m going to be publishing a post on DNFs pretty soon.

The Throne of Glass series is amazing so far, and I’m going through them like nobody’s business. I’m planning a series review rather than individual reviews, because why not?

I am going to be a part of the “A Short History of the Girl Next Door” blog tour in September, so my review for that will be in the blog tour post.

And the other two reviews are drafted, I just haven’t had a chance to post them yet!

Woah… I have read 25 books this month?! I’m in awe of myself. I might need to go get ice cream to celebrate.

Any excuse for ice cream, am I right?!

So, along with reading a record amount of books, here are some of the posts and tags I have published this month:

The Dreaded Book Slump: Why they happen and how to beat them

Why did I write this post? I was so obviously not in a book slump. Maybe I just wanted more people to join my book binge? Idk…

Author Q&A with Peyton Garver

It’s been a while since I posted an author Q&A, but I’m so glad I got to interview Peyton! She is so nice, and her book, Sublime Karma, sounds amazing!! (I have a copy of it sitting on my TBR pile, so I’ll write a review of it eventually!)

Discussion: WHAT’S WITH ALL THE GREEN EYES IN YA? Have all other eye colors been banned?

In which I talk about the over abundance of green eyes. Seriously, I know like 3 people with green eyes. Something is wrong here.

Comparing US and Foreign Edition Covers

Because book covers are beautiful, and I love looking at foreign edition covers!

The Book Titles Tag

Welcome to the title of my life. Read at your own risk. Featuring: Food: A Love Story

You are probably wondering right now if I have a life offline. That’s a good question. I’m not really sure anymore. Here is what I have done this month:

  • Binge watched The Night Shift (in which Jill Flint plays Jordan, a female doctor)
  • Binge watched (this is an ongoing binge) Royal Pains (in which Jill Flint plays Jill, who runs the hospital) (totally coincidence by the way..  I had no idea she was in either show)
  • Wrote 40,000 words for Camp Nano (a project that will probably never see the light of day)
  • Became a volunteer librarian at my local library
  • Stayed over at a friends house because I haven’t seen her in forever (it was a blast!)
  • Got a head cold from my younger brother when he (and my two other brothers and dad) visited me (seriously dude, cough into your arm)
  • Had three (yes 3!!!) picnics while my family visited.
  • Mowed the lawn, twice
  • Went to target to buy dorm essentials for the school year (which is coming wayyy to fast)
  • Chopped my hair off (waist length to shoulder length) and got bangs.

When did I sleep? What’s my secret?

HAHAHAHA good question. I don’t sleep. As I said in my Book Titles Tag, I am the Queen of Shadows.

AKA I am never asleep. It’s becoming a problem.

BUT IN OTHER NEWS I AM ALMOST AT 500 BLOG FOLLOWERS!!!!!

HOLY COW GUYS, YOU ARE AMAZING AND I HAVE SO MUCH LOVE FOR ALL OF YOU!!!

Also, I’ll be running a giveaway when I do hit 500. I’m thinking either a book of the winner’s choosing (from book depository) or maybe an ARC? Let me know in the comments what you would want to win!!

And finally, to wrap up this wrap up, here are some of my favorite posts from other bloggers this month!

The “Never Have I Ever” vlog from Paper Fury and her sister!

I love Paper Fury! Her blog is amazing and 100% goals. Also this vlog was hilarious and I was laughing the whole time!

Ten Weird Habits of Mine from Bionic Book Worm

These habits are so relatable!!

Books that aren’t set in/inspired by The Western World from My Bookish Dream

This post showcases some amazing books (like The Forbidden Wish ) that are set away from the Western World.

The Dreamy Book Covers Tag from Reactionary Tales

Because I think we all know by now how much I love a pretty book cover!

August is on the horizon.

I’m not a big planner (which I why I don’t do monthly TBRs), but I do have some pretty exciting plans for this month.

  • I have a friend from school coming to stay with me for a week (probably, she hasn’t gotten her tickets quite yet)
  • My best friend and I are going on a road trip together!!!!!
  • I have an ARC of Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco to read (and I can’t wait to start it)
  • I have some AMAZING blog posts lined up for you guys (or at least I think they are amazing… hopefully you’ll agree)
  • and of course I’m going to be doing a lot of blog surfing, so I can see all of your amazing posts!

And that’s my July Wrap up! What have you guys been up to this month?

Thanks for reading!!

Book Review- The Wood

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The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski
Expected publication by Feiwel & Friends on August 1, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 320
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After her father goes missing in the woods that they protect, Winter tries to seek the truth in what happened, why the wood is changing, and what it all has to do with the arrival of a mysterious stranger in this thrilling YA debut.

When Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of the wood, it falls to her to patrol the time portals and protect the travelers who slip through them. Winter can’t help but think there’s more to her dad’s disappearance than she’s being told.

She soon finds a young man traveling in the wood named Henry who knows more than he should. He believes if they can work together to find his missing parents, they could discover the truth about Winter’s dad.

The wood is poisoned, changing into something sinister—torturing travelers lost in it. Winter must put her trust in Henry in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost.

Bobulski’s eerie debut is filled with friendship, family, and the responsibilities we choose and those we do not.

I didn’t really know a lot about The Wood before reading it, and while it wasn’t quite what I was expecting, I really enjoyed it.

Winter’s dad is gone, and she is now tasked as the Guardian of her section of The Wood. The Wood is a place with portals to lots of different times and places, and sometimes people stumble through these passages. When that happens, Winter needs to find them and make sure they return from where they came from.

I loved Winter. She is strong and smart and definitely knows how to hold her own. She does what she thinks is right, even if it means breaking the rules.

The other characters were great, too. Henry was adorable and determined. Winter’s Mother was fighting her own inner battle while watching her daughter enter the place that took her husband away from her. Uncle Joe was…. well… no spoilers, right?! All of the characters were dimensional and interesting, and each one added something important to the book.

The plot of this book was enticing, and it drew me in immediately. There was deception and mystery. There were relationships formed and relationships broken.

Although the story wasn’t quite as dark and eerie as expected, it definitely did have some spooky elements in it. The wood is creepy and crawly, and I would not want to be caught in there after dark. I also loved the magical elements in the book, and the idea of the Wood connecting all the different places and times.

I felt like this book could have used an epilogue, or another chapter to kind of close everything out. After reading the last line, I felt myself asking “Was that really it?” and turning the page back and forth a few times just to be sure. That being said, the ending I got was still a great one.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a not-to-spooky book with magic, time travel, and mystery. Wow, that was weirdly specific. Okay, let me try this again: I would recommend this book to anyone who loves slightly-spooky YA, mystery, and/or finding new and exciting worlds to explore.

I am going to give The Wood four out of five hearts!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

* An ARC of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own

Most Anticipated Debuts of 2017 part 2

The first half of 2017 has flown by! So many amazing books have been released so far this year, and there are so many more to come! Although there are WAY more than 10 books I am waiting to come out this fall, I decided to limit my post to 10, just like I did in the beginning of the year. However, unlike the first half of this post, I am going to talk about both debut and previously published authors. And, just so you know, my list is in no particular order. I’m just so excited for books!

If you missed the first half of this post (books that came out in the first half of 2017) be sure to check it out here!

My Most Anticipated Books of 2017 (pt. 2)

  1. 33784373Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (September 19)

    Seeing as I just finished Stalking Jack the Ripper (read my review here) and LOVED it, I am so excited for the sequel: Hunting Prince Dracula! If this is anything like the first book, it’s going to be spooky and dark and beautiful and full of swoons that might actually kill me. If you haven’t gotten to Stalking Jack the Ripper yet, you don’t know what you are missing out on!

  2. 34219875Expelled by James Patterson and Emily Raymond (October 23)

    Will Foster and three other kids get expelled from school because of a picture. Now Will has to find out who took the photo and why he was targeted.
    This book sounds like a great mystery, and promises danger, suspense, and romance. What more could I want!?

  3. 27258139The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski (August 1)

    Winter’s father goes missing in the dark and poisonous woods, and she sets out to find him. She meets Henry in the woods, who seems to know more than he should.
    The Wood is Chelsea Bobulski’s thrilling debut, and I could not be more excited to read it! It promises to be an eerie and enrapturing read.

  4. 30046340The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin (August 29)

    Danielle has it all figured out… until her life starts to fall apart. She didn’t get into the college her “psychic” mom predicted, and nothing else is going according to plan. Now she needs to figure out how to stop her life from crashing, and get it back on track.
    This book promises to be cute and quirky, and it is Maggie Ann Martin’s debut novel. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this!

  5. 29923707One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (September 19)

    It’s no secret that Kendare Blake is one of my all-time favorite authors. So, it should be no surprise that I AM SO EXCITED FOR ONE DARK THRONE!!!
    I fell in love with Katherine, Arsinoe, and Mirabella in Three Dark Crowns (read my review here) and I am dying to find out what is going to happen to them next!

  6. 25876985Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock (August 1)

    Okay guys, this book sounds so adorable! It’s a “classic spin on the smart-girl-and-bad-boy set up” but Jenny and Chance’s romance is based on one very big lie: they both think they are “Just Friends.”
    I can seriously already feel the swoons. My heart may or my not survive this book.
    I am so ready for Tiffany Pitcock’s debut novel!

  7. 29359948A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor (August 15)

    Two sisters who used to be inseparable now are wrecked. Then they get stranded on a beach with Alex, a boy who has his own secrets. Can the sisters find their way back to each other or will they never be able to fix the tear between them?
    This book sounds like it is going to be emotionally charged, and I can’t wait to dive into the pages!

  8. 33414246When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter (September 12)

    When Ruby’s brother dies she is devastated. So devastated that she calls him back from the grave, unaware of the consequences. Ruby’s brother begins to possess her as she sleeps, intent on persuading her twin brother to submit to possession as well.
    This story sounds so creepy and scary and altogether amazing. I am so excited to read When I Cast your Shadow!

  9. 30040068A Short History of The Girl Next Door by Jared Reck (September 26)

    So I actually got an ARC of this book thanks to Jared Reck and his amazing publicists, and it is AMAZING so far. I seriously can not stop laughing.
    I am so excited for this book to come out because then EVERYBODY can read it and love it as much as I am loving it so far!

  10. 32320750Little Monsters by Kara Thomas (July 25)

    Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls, and at first it is great. Then, her friends start getting distant, and she can’t help but feel that she intentionally wasn’t invited to the biggest party of the year. So maybe Broken Falls isn’t so welcoming after all.
    This psychological thriller promises to be amazing, and I can’t wait to read it!


Obviously there are SO MANY MORE BOOKS being published in the second half of 2017 that I am excited for, but if I included them all this post might not ever end (seeing as I find another upcoming book to be excited for almost every day!).

What upcoming books are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!