The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is a raw, shocking account of a young girl who witnesses a brutal, unprovoked tragedy. Split between two opposing worlds her hands are tied and her voice unheard. Stepping up and speaking up could have devastating consequences, but keeping quiet brings its own set of problems and Starr is stuck in the middle.

I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.

Debut author, Angie Thomas, brings an unflinchingly realistic voice to YA and kicks open a door exposing one of humanity’s greatest failures. The unfair double standards, suspicion, fear and hate of fellow humans, neighbours, summed up in one word: racism.

He also leaves instructions for us – stay inside.

Riding the pages like a rollercoaster, this is a book will shock you, scare you and throw you headfirst into emotions you haven’t experienced before.

We open our eyes, Sekani flinches. I’m used to gunshots, but these are louder, faster.

I became so caught up in the story that I was taken by surprise when the pages ran out. I hope we have more from Angie Thomas in the near future.

We’re the ones who get the short end of the stick, but we’re the ones they fear the most.5 Star

 

Title: The Hate U GiveHate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publication Date: 28 February 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.     — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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In the Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers

In the Hope of Memories

In the Hope of Memories starts without preamble dropping the reader straight into a story where grief and anger swirl and mix with (coincidentally?) hope.

Time won’t stop just because I beg it to, so I might as well spend it tangled up in Hope’s friends, instead of strung up alone with memories of everything I’ve ruined.

Hope (as in the noun and the verb) is the center of the story told via multiple PVO’s. The characters are eclectic, realistic, diverse and their different personalities clash as they race across town to complete  a scavenger hunt.  Of them all, Aiden is the one that I related to the most, although I can’t quite pinpoint why. His courage? His loyalty? His strength? Maybe all three…

His voice quivers like a plucked string on a broken guitar, and I get the feeling it’s the equivalent of me screaming at the top of my lungs. 

Gitty, sad and unexpectedly humorous in the best kind of way and I love that the diversity is natural and never comes across as forced.

. . .  it takes a full four seconds before he manages to get it off. Seconds we don’t have. Seconds that could kill. . .

Art forms a huge part of the story and I would have loved to see the art visually represented in the book.

I don’t really understand exactly what I am looking at, but it’s gorgeous. There’s a Chinese character inked to the front of the card, and it’s made up of a bunch of little ink feathers woven together, The entire thing is blood red, but the boldest splotches are the stars dotted over the feathers.

4 Star

 

 

Title: In the Hope of MemoriesIn the Hope of Memories
Author: Olivia Rivers
Publication Date: 21 March 2016
Publisher: Red Sparrow Press
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Hope Jackson has lived her short life to the fullest, but her four closest friends are dangling on the brink of disaster. Right before dying of a rare heart condition, Hope sets up a scavenger hunt across New York City using her graffiti art. The directions she leaves her friends are simple: Solve the clues hidden in her art, and they’ll solve the problems haunting their lives.

Two days after her heart fails, Hope’s friends are thrown together:
Aiden, her best friend, whose plans to attend college have been scattered by his OCD.
Kali, her foster sister, whose last ties to sanity are as razor-thin as her anorexic waistline.
Erik, her high school crush, whose success as an athlete is based on a lie with no end in sight.
And Sam, her online pen-pal, whose perfect life exploded into chaos in the aftermath of a school bombing.

Together, the four teens take to the streets of New York to complete Hope’s scavenger hunt and fulfill her dying wishes. But in order to unravel the clues hidden in Hope’s graffiti, her friends will need to confront their personal demons head on.  Hope is within reach.    — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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Crushingcinders Blogiversary Giveaway

Blogiversary

Crushingcinders Turns Three 

Crushingcinders was born with my first post The Beginning. Back then I was not sure what I was getting into.

Three years later I have formed amazing friendships with fellow bloggers, readers and writers. I have learnt so much about blogging and social media, and found out how much I still need to learn – coding up next!

Most of all I have amassed an enormous and frighteningly, courageously humongous TBR (To be Read pile), which has been known to threaten me with suffocation if I don’t obey its alarming plead for attention.

5 important things I have learnt from Crushingcinders

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Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher

Lessons in Falling

Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher

Lessons in Falling is about friendships, how they evolve and the dangers of losing yourself to a stronger character. It has a vital message regarding finding yourself and the negative effects of xenophobia, more relevant today than ever before.

I love books based almost entirely on characterisations and was really looking forward to this promising story. While I did enjoy it, I didn’t get the feel of the characters and as a result, the story fell flat. The friendship between Savannah and Cassie was complicated, but despite the strength of her character, I didn’t get a sense of her and this meant her character’s impact was diluted.

The storyline was predictable and without strong characterisation Lessons in Falling didn’t get quite off the ground. Rather hovering around the ‘it’s okay’ line.  The exception (yes there is one character her who really stood out) was Marcos. While I loved the slow, slow burning romance, it was his easy friendships, protectiveness and his reactions to the racial encounters that kept me turning the pages. His spark grew during the story and I would love to hear his POV.

It was no surprise, reading further about the author, that she is a gymnast herself. This came through in her explanations and references on the sport, particularly the self-doubt and fear which can affect the performance.

3 Star

 

Recommended age: 12+

Title: Lessons in FallingLessons in Falling
Author:  Diana Gallagher
Publication Date: 7 February 2017
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
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When Savannah Gregory blows out her knee –and her shot at a gymnastics scholarship – she decides she’s done with the sport forever. Without gymnastics, she has more time for her best friend, Cassie. She’s content to let her fun, impulsive best friend plan a memorable senior year.

That is, until Cassie tries to kill herself.

Savannah wants to understand what happened, but Cassie refuses to talk about it and for the first time, Savannah has to find her own way. The only person she can turn to is Marcos, the boy who saved Cassie’s life. Being with him makes her see who she could be and what she really wants: gymnastics.

But Cassie doesn’t approve of Marcos or of Savannah going back to gymnastics, and the tighter she tries to hold onto Savannah, the farther it pulls them apart. Without Cassie to call the shots, Savannah discovers how capable she is on her own—and that maybe her best friend’s been holding her back all along.   — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

Things I Should Have Known

Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

Ivy’s voice is quieter; I have to strain to hear her response.

Things I Should Have Known is a book that will probably lodge itself under your skin like it did to me. A conventional read? Yes. Original? No. But it is realistic, meaningful, really witty and supportive. The characters complex and feasible.

And there’s something innocent and vulnerable about her that makes me want to protect her. Something almost Ivy-like.

Well written with a substantial message. This is a book that should be in every high school library.

4 Star

Recommended age: 13+

Title: Things I Should Have Known
Author: Claire LaZebnik
Publication Date: 28 March 2017things-i-should-have-known-claire-lazebnik
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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From the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan, from Ivy’s class, seems like the perfect match. It’s unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe’s least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as devoted to Ethan as she is to Ivy.

Uncommonly honest and refreshingly funny, this is a story about sisterhood, autism, and first love. Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan, who form a quirky and lovable circle, will steal readers’ hearts and remind us all that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.     — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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The Elusive 2016 Releases

The Elusive 2016 Releases (Which I totally intend to find)

2016 came and went in a whirlwind and despite reading 147 books there are so many titles that I just didn’t get to, but HAVE TO READ this year. I need more time to read. #bookwormproblem1

Most of these have been on my TBR for ages and I wanted needed them as soon as I saw them on Goodreads. #bookwormproblem2 These are the ones I am going to hunt down and capture.

I know there are far more than the 10 I should have. But don’t panic. Not unless you hear am muffled sound that may or may not be me buried alive by TBR. #bookwormproblem3. Then rush to save me (and bring apple pie).

2016 books

The 2016 books that I actually own (This makes it even sadder that I haven’t read them yet…)

 

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal SutherlandOur Chemical Hearts

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again. – Goodreads.com

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The Thousandth Floor

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118. A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose. – Goodreads.com

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The Lost & Found The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno

Sometimes you have to get lost before you can be found. Setting off from opposite coasts, Frannie and Louis each embark on a road trip to Austin, Texas, looking for answers—and each other. Along the way, each one begins to find important things the other has lost. – Goodreads.com

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With MaliceWith Malice by Eileen Cook

For fans of We Were Liars and The Girl on the Train comes a chilling, addictive psychological thriller about a teenage girl who cannot remember the last six weeks of her life. – Goodreads.com

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You Know Me WellYou Know Me Well by Nina LaCour David Levithan

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other — and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more. – Goodreads.com

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The 2016 books that I still need to get my grabby hands on

 

The Girl from EverywhereThe Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination. But for the first time, she is entering unknown waters… – Goodreads.com

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After the Woods by Kim SavageAfter the Woods by Kim Savage

Would you risk your life to save your best friend?  Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks… – Goodreads.com

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this-is-our-storyThis Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

Five went in. Four came out. No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.  -Goodreads.com

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The Sun is Also a StarThe Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. – Goodreads.com

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sister rosaMy Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

What if the most terrifying person you’d ever met was your ten-year-old sister? A spine-chilling psychological thriller from one of Australia’s finest YA authors.  -Goodreads.com

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Outrun the MoonOutrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. – Goodreads.com

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This Is Where It EndsThis Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival. – Goodreads.com

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Walk the EdgeWalk the Edge by Katie McGarry

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds. – Goodreads.com

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This Adventure EndsThis Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens. – Goodreads.com

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany (Adaptation), Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. – Goodreads.com

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This Savage SongThis Savage Song by Victoria Schwab 

There’s no such thing as safe. Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song – Goodreads.com

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2017 Debuts You Need to TBR

The 2017 Debuts You Need to TBR
(To Be Read)

A previous post flailing about the 2017 books I am excited to read contains some debuts so I won’t be repeating these, but honourable mentions go to the following: (Covers link to Goodreads)

Definitions of Indefinable Things

Caraval

You Don't Know My Name

Wait For Me

Wintersong

When Dimple Met Rishi

One of Us Is Lying

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now for this week’s list of upcoming 2017 debut releases…

 

 What Alice Knew by TA Cotterell

What Alice KnewHow far would you go to keep a secret?

Alice has a perfect life – a great job, happy kids, a wonderful husband. Until he goes missing one night; she receives a suspicious phone call; things don’t quite add up.

Alice needs to know what’s going on. But when she uncovers the truth she faces a brutal choice. And how can she be sure it is the truth?

Sometimes it’s better not to know.  – Goodreads.com

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City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

City of Saints & ThievesIn the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist.

After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller. – Goodreads.com

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Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

Song of the CurrentCaroline Oresteia has always been destined for the river. Her father is a wherryman, as was her grandmother. All Caro needs is for the river god to whisper her name, and her fate is sealed. But at seventeen, Caro may be too late.

So when pirates burn ships and her father is arrested, Caro volunteers to transport a dangerous cargo in exchange for his release. Secretly, Caro hopes that by piloting her own wherry, the river god will finally speak her name.

But when the cargo becomes more than Caro expected, she finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies. With much more than her father’s life at stake, Caro must choose between the future she knows, and the one she never could have imagined. – Goodreads.com

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Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

Almost Missed YouViolet and Finn were “meant to be,” said everyone, always. They ended up together by the hands of fate aligning things just so. Three years into their marriage, they have a wonderful little boy, and as the three of them embark on their first vacation as a family, Violet can’t help thinking that she can’t believe her luck. Life is good.

So no one is more surprised than she when Finn leaves her at the beach—just packs up the hotel room and disappears. And takes their son with him. Violet is suddenly in her own worst nightmare, and faced with the knowledge that the man she’s shared her life with, she never really knew at all.  – Goodreads.com

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 Flight Risk by Jennifer Fenn

 Flight RiskTeenage trailer trash. Airplane thief. Outlaw. Folk-hero. 18-year-old Robert Jackson Kelley is on the run after fleeing a juvenile home and stealing not one, but three airplanes. Inspired by a true story, FLIGHT RISK is a briskly paced, sophisticated YA novel reminiscent of the film “Catch Me If You Can.”

Robert’s exploits make him both a fugitive and a national celebrity. Son of a single mother and jailed father, Robert struggles with severe ADHD, but discovers he can focus in one place: the pilot’s seat. Soon simulated flights don’t offer enough of an escape from his small island community, and Robert finds himself piloting his first stolen aircraft. Told in a collage style using multiple points of view, the myth and the reality of Robert’s flight from the law unfold simultaneously. – Goodreads.com

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Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

Wicked Like a WildfireAll the women in Iris and Malina’s family are born with a gleam—a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. Seventeen-year-old Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, her twin sister Malina interprets moods as music, and their cold, distant mother Jasmina bakes scenery into decadent treats at her confectionery in Old Town Cattaro, Montenegro.

Jasmina forbids Iris and Malina to share their gleams with anyone, and above all, she forbids them to fall in love—being discovered could shatter the quiet lives they’ve built in their tucked-away, seaside town. But Iris and Malina are tired of abiding by their mother’s rules and rebel in secret whenever they can.

Yet when a mysterious, white-haired woman attacks their mother and leaves her hovering between life and death, the sisters unearth an ancient curse that haunts their line—a wicked bargain that masquerades as a blessing, and binds the twins’ fates—and hearts—to a force larger than life. To save each other, they must untangle a thousand years of lies and reveal their own hurtful secrets. But even the deepest sacrifice might not be enough.  – Goodreads.com

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What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard 

What I LostSixteen-year-old Elizabeth has honed a dangerous skill: starving herself.

Even when her parents send her to a treatment center, she can’t stop. Then she begins receiving packages from someone she doesn’t know. Is it a secret admirer, or someone playing a cruel trick?

In the end, Elizabeth determines the identity of the gift-giver—it’s someone totally unexpected, whose intentions are good. And, even more important, she finds a way to play an active role in her recovery. – Goodreads.com

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Sycamore by Bryn Chancellor

SycamoreWhile Bryn Chancellor has published Short Stories, this is her first novel.

Out for a hike one scorching afternoon in Sycamore, Arizona, a newcomer to town stumbles across what appear to be human remains embedded in the wall of a dry desert ravine.

As news of the discovery makes its way around town, Sycamore’s longtime residents fear the bones may belong to Jess Winters, the teenage girl who disappeared suddenly some eighteen years earlier, an unsolved mystery that has soaked into the porous rock of the town and haunted it ever since.

In the days it takes the authorities to make an identification, the residents rekindle stories, rumors, and recollections both painful and poignant as they revisit Jess’s troubled history. In resurrecting the past, the people of Sycamore will find clarity, unexpected possibility, and a way forward for their lives. – Goodreads.com

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 A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl

A Psalm for Lost GirlsTess da Costa is a saint — a hand-to-god, miracle-producing saint. At least that’s what the people in her hometown of New Avon, Massachusetts, seem to believe. And when Tess suddenly and tragically passes away, her small city begins feverishly petitioning the Pope to make Tess’s sainthood official. Tess’s mother is ecstatic over the fervor, while her sister Callie, the one who knew Tess best, is disgusted – overcome with the feeling that her sister is being stolen from her all over again.

The fervor for Tess’s sainthood only grows when Ana Langone, a local girl who’s been missing for six months, is found alive at the foot of one of Tess’s shrines. It’s the final straw for Callie.

With the help of Tess’s secret boyfriend Danny, Callie’s determined to prove that Tess was something far more important than a saint; she was her sister, her best friend and a girl in love with a boy. But Callie’s investigation uncovers much more than she bargained for: a hidden diary, old family secrets, and even the disturbing truth behind Ana’s kidnapping. – Goodreads.com

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 You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

 You're Welcome, Universe When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural. 

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war. – Goodreads.com

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Illuminae Will Be My First Read of the Year

First Read of the Year

Illuminae Will Be My First Read of 2017

Prompted by The Book Journey my first read of the year has been preplanned. I will be reading Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.

This tag is actually good for me as although I own my own paperback copy, bought a couple of months ago on a trip to Singapore, I’ve put off reading it because of the scary, enormous hype surrounding it. #bookwormproblem1

I am so worried it will not live up to expectations and I will be left disappointed. By choosing it to read for this tag I am forcing myself to pick it up and stop its threatening stare from the TBR pile. #bookwormproblem2

I love the cover and orange & red are my favourite colours. I’ve used it a few times in my #bookstagram photos on Instagram.

Watch this space. I’ll let you know what I think.

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

December 2016 Books With Wings

Books With Wings

#BooksWithWings

December 2016 Books With Wings. This December, while traveling home for Christmas, I left three books in random places to become #BooksWithWings. Two were released in Singapore and one in South Africa.

A fellow school librarian recently recommended a handy website Bookcrossing.com which facilitates the tracking of the books. *Great idea for a school library project. Each book is given a unique tracking number which is written in the book, along with instructions on how to record each capture. While my books have yet to been registered as caught, I’m going to optimistically believe that they are being enjoyed by someone, somewhere! It would be fun to follow their journey from reader to reader., but the record keeping is not as important to me as the thought that I may make someone happy.

Although the books I have released so far have been in large international airports, I don’t think anyone should be put off sharing books just because they don’t have to opportunity to travel. Leave a book in your local coffee shop/doctor’s room/hospital/retirement village/supermarket/school/homeless shelter… the list is endless. It’s not important how far the book travels, it still has the opportunity to bring joy to someone else.

Beautiful Broken ThingsBeautiful Broken Things

I was brave. She was reckless. We were trouble

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. – Goodreads.com

Wild release notes
Released in the wild on Wednesday 14 December 2016 at the free internet kiosk in Terminal 2 Transit area, Changi International Airport, Singapore.

 

Holding Up the UniverseHolding up the Universe

When Libby and Jack get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—they are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours. – Goodreads.com

 

Wild release notes
Released in the wild on Wednesday 14 December 2016 next to a water feature in Terminal 3 Transit area, Changi International Airport, Singapore.

 

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking… – Goodreads.com

Wild release notes
Released in the wild on Thursday 15 December 2016 near Gate E3 domestic departure lounge, OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa

Have you ever released or caught a book in the wild? I would love to hear about your experiences.

2017 Books You Need To Pre-Order Now

  • 2017 Books You Need To Pre-Order

The abundance of new books due for release in 2017 is  disturbing because my TBR is already killing me slightly threatening. Does everyone else have the same problem with piles of must-read books?

Kind as I am, I thought we’d play dare with these To-Be-Read book stacks. So here is a list of the do-not-miss 2017 books. Of course, because you are always obedient just before Christmas while Santa creepily stalks is watching, you are going to pre-order them today to ensure they are available to read on release day. Unless you are ordering real books that have to be shipped. But then you still win because yay! book post is the best.

 

Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

Definitions of Indefinable Things My 5 Star Review 
Definitions of Indefinable Things is one of those rare books where I totally lost myself in the feels. It is brilliant… read more

This heartbreaking, humourous novel is about three teens whose lives intersect in ways they never expected. Reggie Mason is all too familiar with “the Three Stages of Depression.” She believes she’s unlocked the secret to keeping herself safe: Nobody can hurt you if you never let them in. – Goodreads.com

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

CaravalCaraval has encountered a huge following already. The hype proclaiming great things. I hope that I won’t  be disappointed.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game. – Goodreads.com

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Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

Everything You Want Me to BeI love thrillers and this looks like it’s going to be very good. And scary.

Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer to her death. – Goodreads.com

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange The DreamerIf I haven’t force-fed you Laini Taylor’s  Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy you are exceptionally unlucky. Go to jail immediately and do not pass go. My desperate attempt to share the books that grace the top of my all-time favourites has reached you. Come back when you’ve flailed sufficiently.

It is no wonder Strange the Dreamer is on my list, and I have been waiting ever so impatiently for its release! Although to be honest I can’t make head or tail of the abstract! What does it mean? But anyway it’s Laini Taylor and I trust her. I think.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. – Goodreads.com

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

WintersongGoblins? I’m in. And OMG! Have you seen the cover! There was never any doubt that this belongs on my bookshelf.

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell. – Goodreads.com

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Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

Lost GirlsApparently I am a sucker for thrillers.

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life. – Goodreads.com

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Wait for Me by Caroline Leech

Wait For MeTotally fascinated by World War II, I tend to gravitate to these books and then spend the time alternating between horror and tears. I don’t remember ever reading one set in Scotland (the land of my ancestors) so here goes. I’m all in.

It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country? – Goodreads.com

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You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

You Don't Know My NameSpies. Weapons. Mortal combat. All good.

Fighter, Faker, Student, Spy. Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan. – Goodreads.com

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying A thriller. Again. Need I say more?

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.- Goodreads.com

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met RishiAfter all the scary, bloody mess of the thrillers you’ll need a dab of humour. You are very welcome.

 A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married. Goodreads.com

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