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Wishlist Wednesday (#14)

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Because I needed a post in my life that kept me up to date on all things BOOKS!  and it seemed like Wishlist Wednesday was dead, I decided to make my own.

Welcome to Weekly Wishlist!

I’m all about breaking bending the rules to my will, so I’m switching it up!  I’m going to pair books that are already in the wild…with books soon to be released. Click the covers to be taken to the Amazon page.

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The Last Thing You Said

Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.

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Why I want it:

LOOK!  AT THAT COVER?!?!?!  It’s undeniably gorgeous.  And while the blurb is short and sweet, I feel like this is going to be one of those books that really makes me stop and think…and we all know how much I adore those sorts of reads!  So, definitely keeping an eye out for this one in the future!

It Started With Goodbye

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, Christina June’s IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE shows us that sometimes going after what you want means breaking the rules.

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Why I want it:

So, first off, this is a play on Cinderella, which…well, if you know anything about me, you’ll know immediately my reasons.  Also, again, this sounds like the type of read that will challenge my way of thinking and push me a bit out of my comfort zone, which we all know I need more of in my life.  And just…that title?  The title alone is enough intrigue for me to want to pick this up.

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The Year We Fell Apart

Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.

Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.

While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.

As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.

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Why I want it:

I’ve heard super awesome things about this book, which basically means I’m DOOMED because I pick up all the books that I hear great things about (or at least, all the ones I’m actually interested in.  I don’t just pick up random books, usually).  See, this?  This is why my “want to read” list is humongous.

Shade Chaser (City of Crows, #2)

A wizard, a werewolf, and a watchmaker walk into a bar…and don’t come out alive.

Two months after the infamous Etruscan incident, it’s back to normal for DSI—as normal as life can be when you hunt monsters on a salary. The rest of Nick Riker’s elite team has finally returned from France. Cooper Lee has healed from his nightmare trip to the Eververse. The remnants of the battles with Charun and Tuchulcha have been swept under the rug. And the exploding boathouse in Holden Park has (almost) been rebuilt.

All is calm in Aurora, Michigan.

Until a grisly triple murder in one of the city’s most popular bars destroys the delicate balance between three powerful forces. A high-ranking werewolf, a seasoned wizard, and a former mayor turned watchmaker wind up in body bags, and their deaths pit the ICM, DSI, and Aurora’s largest wolf pack against each other in a blame game of epic proportions. And as the accusations spiral out of control, threatening a supernatural war on Aurora’s streets, it’s up to Riker’s team to keep the peace before blood stains the sidewalks.

Meanwhile, Cal is struggling to overcome the consequences of his trip to the Etruscan Underworld. Haunted by visions of the future in the form of disorienting déjà vu, he’s terrified he’ll fail his team at crucial moments. But with the threat of violent riots hanging in the air, Cal has no choice but to power through and pray for the best.

Because one misstep on this case could mean the downfall of the city he loves.

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Why I want it:

I read–and enjoyed!–the first novel in this series from an author I’m rather fond of, and cannot WAIT to pick up book two!  I mean seriously, when you find a reader who doesn’t particularly LIKE books with cop main characters…actively seeking out a series that has just that?  You know it’s good.

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Have a book YOU’D like to recommend to me?!  AWESOME!  Either shoot me a comment down below, or send me a recommendation on Goodreads RIGHT HERE!

What do you guys think–have you read any of these…or WANT to?  What did you think of them, if so?  Let me know your thoughts and as always…

Until next time, happy book-ing!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday (#48)

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HOSTED BY: The Broke and The Bookish
DESCRIPTION:  Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Find their latest post here!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my lovely, loyal book penguins!  I hope this year brings you all the epical awesome you could ever possibly want–remember, YOU make your life what it is.  So go out there and make it awesome, because I said so! (and because if you do, there’s bound to be a mound of pebbles and tuna awaiting you)

So, since it’s the new year and new years are meant to be all about “remaking” yourself….this penguin decided to do a sort of bookish resolutions post to start 2017 off right.  Except I don’t like resolutions, necessarily…so…let’s just call this my

Top 6 Bookish Desires

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I will ACTIVELY participate!

because I have this naughty habit of signing up for ALL THE CHALLENGES….but never actually actively participating in them.  This year, I hope to change that.  I want to do the blog hopping, the friend-making, the book raving and the plot ranting.  I want to DO the thing, and do it correctly.  So I’m going to do my best to do just that.

I will lower my “want to read” number…at least a little.

And by lower, I mean…until the next time I go on a book adding binge, when it will inevitably go back up.  Because who am I kidding?  I’ll ALWAYS be adding books.  What I really mean is, I will try to read MORE of the books I already own.  Hopefully that works.

I will catch up on my read-to-review pile.

Because honestly, we ALL know I’m going to be adding more to it very very soon.  So…hopefully, by the end of this month, I’ll at least be caught up with the read-to-review books I already have sitting around.  Hopefully.  Keep your fingers crossed for me?

I will blog hop MOAR.

I started doing more of this in the last few months of last year, and really had fun doing it.  So I WILL, theoretically, keep this up and blog hop even more in the coming future.  Because FUN!

I will post as much as I can.

And by this, I mean consistently as well.  I have a ton of fun putting posts together, and have been trying to work on prescheduling as much as possible the last few months–admittedly, this has helped IMMENSELY.  So I will continue trying to schedule posts ahead of time, which leaves me free to add in any other posts that come up along the way.  It’s a good system.  I recommend it.

I will keep working with authors/publishers.

Because I might sometimes feel a little bit over my head with blog posts and review reads, but I LOVE working with all of you guys, and will continue doing my best to do exactly that.  Seriously, working with authors and publishers–and all of you lovely penguins, too!–has brought some of the greatest joy to my life so far, so…it’s only right that I keep that going, right?!  I think so!

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What are some of YOUR bookish desires or resolutions for the new year?  How about non-bookish ones?

Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments, or link me to your own Top Ten Tuesday!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Need/Want to Read (January 2017)

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January 2017

Because how ELSE are you guys going to keep track of me and keep me on track, unless I give you a sort of “to do” list for the month?!

(Okay, okay, FINE–I admit it, my beak’s become a little bit full and I might need this reminder to keep MYSELF in check.  Don’t sue me, okay?!  I’m only a penguin after all!)

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Lost Girls

Capturing The Captain (American Pirate Romances Book 1)

Swords & Stilettos (Enlighten Series, Book One)

Worth The Risk (Infinity Series, #1)

Chameleon Assassin

Living in the Shallows (UK Crush #1)

Frost (Midnight Ice Book One)

Grimm Woods

I’m not even going to TRY to come up with books I WANT to read, because….DUHDUHDUUUUUUH, I’m moving (AGAIN!  Into a bigger place because YAY more space!)!  But if you guys see any books above you want to buddy with me, PLEASE feel free to let me know–I love buddy reads, they help hold me accountable and keep me on track.  So…let’s do it?!

What books are YOU hoping to read in January?! Let me know, or link me to your TBRs below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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November Snow: This Battle for Equality is Cold

 

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November Snow (Bad Bloods, #2)

When Daniel and Serena unite, their accidental relationship becomes the catalyst for a twelve-year war to continue. Exposing the twisted past of a corrupt city, Daniel, Serena, and everyone they know will come together to fight. But Serena has another battle.

After a political rumor threatens their lives, Serena must leave her family and join the political front against her will. To survive apart, Daniel has to separate his love from his hatred and join forces with his worst memory to secure Vendona’s war. But very few of them will survive to see the last day. Bad blood or human, a city will burn, snow will fall, and all will be united by catastrophic secrets and irrevocable tragedy.

Bad Bloods #2
Dystopian/Fantasy/Science Fiction
275 Pages
Clean Teen Publishing
Publication Date: September 19th, 2016
Get a copy here!

See my review for November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) HERE!

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Quick Reasons: strong characters; fast-paced, heart-stopping action; the ending resolution seemed very quick; lots of societal and moral lessons; I found myself racing through the pages; suspenseful, thought-provoking, and heart-wrenching; I’m only sad so many characters were lost


Huge thanks to Shannon A. Thompson and Clean Teen Publishing for sending me a copy of this title free in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

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I finished this sequel last night and just… Oh, my penguins, guys. I think if my heart continues cracking, I will be starting the new year with a bunch of pieces and shards. These characters leaped off the page in book one….but stole my heart away in this second half. Every character is individualized, unique, and given their own quirks and voices. Shannon A. Thompson put a lot of time and effort into making this cast of personalities–and their reactions to the world around them–wholly realistic and believable.

 

The plot is fast-paced and full of action. We start off right in the thick of things, and aren’t allowed to relax until the very end. Shannon A. Thompson knows how to write a heart-stopping scene–and she proves it, with several of the most intense action scenes I’ve read in recent months. I found myself holding my breath, clenching my fists, and hoping for things to just work out for the characters–even though I knew at least a few of them would be inevitably lost.

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I was a bit surprised at how quickly the resolution came, though. It seemed like a very large portion of this series was spent focusing on fighting back, taking a stand, and showing the world how wrong it was. For things to just magically, within a couple of pages, be “better” seemed a bit unbelievable for me as a reader. Sure, most of the people were probably hoping for just this resolution…but the resolution seemed TOO quick, TOO easy, for a book that was full of so much division and struggle.

 

Overall, this was a fast-paced, heart-wrenching, climactic read! The characters are realistic and believable in their actions/reactions, the plot is quick and full of action, and the ending is just a little bit on the “unbelievable” end for me personally. I definitely recommend this to lovers of dystopian fiction, strong characters, and a world filled with chaos and divisive thinking. I was swept right into the middle of this world–you should dive in, too!