Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Waiting for Wednesday (178) Here Lies Daniel Tate

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:29 PM with 2 comments
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.


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Here Lies Daniel Tate

Author: Cristin Terrill 

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: June 6, 2017

Goodreads:


A young, street-savvy runaway looking for a place to call home realized he might have conned his way into the wrong family in this fast-paced and thrilling novel from award-winning author Cristin Terrill.

It seems too good to be true when Daniel Tate, missing since he was abducted from one of California’s most elite private enclaves at the age of ten, turns up on a snowy street in Vancouver six years later. At first too traumatized to speak, he is eventually able to tell the authorities who he is and is reunited with his overjoyed family. In time, they tell him, he’ll recover the memories he’s missing; all that matters is that they have him back.

It’s perfect. A miracle. Except for one thing:

That boy isn’t Daniel Tate.

But he wants to be. A young con artist who’s been taking on false identities for years, this impostor has stumbled onto the scam of a lifetime. Daniel has everything he’s ever dreamed of—wealth, privilege, the chance to make a fresh start, and most importantly, a family that loves him. Now that he’s finally found a place to belong, he doesn’t question his luck.

Until he realizes that maybe Daniel isn’t missing at all. Maybe someone knows what really happened to the boy he’s pretending to be…and if he can’t uncover the truth—he could be next the next Daniel Tate to disappear.
 


Why I'm Excited: So the whole pretending to be the missing person has been done--a lot--but this one sounds exciting. I've heard nothing but good things about this author and am looking forward to reading her work (I should probably start with her debut...which I've owned for at least two years now. Lol). Regardless, I'll be keeping my eyes open for this one. 

What are you waiting for on this Wednesday? Link me up!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.


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Liberty: The Spy Who (Kind Of) Liked Me

Author: Andrea Porter 

Publisher: HarperTeen 
Release Date: June 6, 2017

Goodreads:


Andrea Portes is back with a fast-paced, super-fun spy novel, told in her signature snarky, voice-driven style.

What is a hero? Paige Nolan knows.

Edward Raynes, the young man who exposed America’s unconstitutional spying techniques, is a hero, even if half the dum-dums in the country think he’s a traitor. Or her parents, journalists who were captured by terrorists while telling stories of the endangered and oppressed. They were heroes, too. Were. . . or are—no one has ever told Paige if they’re still alive, or dead.

Not heroes? Anyone in the government who abandoned her parents, letting them rot somewhere halfway across the world. And certainly not Paige herself, who despite her fluency in five languages and mastery of several obscure martial arts (thanks, Mom!) could do nothing to save them.

Couldn’t, that is, until she’s approached by Madden Carter, an undercover operative who gives her a mission—fly to Russia, find Raynes, and discover what other government secrets he’s stockpiled. In exchange, he’ll reopen the case on her missing parents. She’s given a code name and a cover as a foreign exchange student.

Who is a hero? Not Paige Nolan, but maybe, just maybe, Liberty is.
 


Why I'm Excited: Spies! I don't know why I love them so much--I just do. I haven't read anything by this author, but I love fast-paced, snarky novels so I'll definitely be keeping my eyes out for this one.  

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Weekly Rewind 1.7.17

Friday, January 6, 2017 10:53 PM with 12 comments
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Weekly Rewind
The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.

Throughout my student teaching semester I was using my weekend post as a way to let people know what's going on in my life, so I'v decided to rename my weekend post because this feature is more personal than just what books I've received. The Weekly Rewind will be about what's going on with me and my blog, as well as about the books I've added to my shelves. This post is linked to Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga's Reviews and the Sunday Post over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer



My Life and Blog

Life: Sorry for the radio silence. I was home for 11 days for Winter Break, which immediately put me into super sloth mode. I did some reading, but mostly just laid around watching tv with my husband or playing with my kitty cats. We did end up going to see the newest Star Wars (although not on Christmas Day). I liked it, but have to admit that it started to drag for me. I think it would have greatly benefitted from a tighter editing job with about 20-30 minutes shaved off. I might review it. I haven't decided yet. 

Going back to work on Tuesday was pretty rough. I'm naturally very nocturnal, so when I have any significant amount of time off, I automatically start going to bed later and later (and sleeping in later and later). Having my alarm go off at 6:45 again was rough (and I know that that isn't even as early as a lot of people have to get up). We did have a 2-hour delay this morning, though, which was awesome. Growing up in Wyoming, I always laugh at what VA finds delay worthy. Lol. 

Blog and reading: Nothing this week as far as posting is concerned. I hope to get back into the swing of things in this new year. My goal is to post at least once a week that isn't just a WoW or this weekend post, but I also long ago decided that I will not feel bad about only posting those two memes. This is a hobby that I enjoy, so I won't let it feel like a chore. 

I finished my reread of Little Big Lies over the break and cannot wait to see how HBO does with the limited series starting in Feb. I am currently reading A Darker Shade of Magic. I got as far in as 250 pages last year, but decided to start over because I don't remember it is well as I wanted. Now that the third and final book is almost here, though, I decided now was a great time to pick it back up. I started Eliza and Her Monsters almost immediately after getting it. It's not quite as compelling as I hoped, but it's very early on. I've also found my way back to The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot. Finally, I picked Scythe back up today and am almost done. I hope to finish it this weekend. 

New Books: Just a handful of books this week. So without further ado, I hope you're all having fabulous weekends! 

For Review

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
A girl who anonymously writes a popular online webcomic finds out that the new boy in school is one of her biggest fanfic writers. This has snippets of the webcomic and other things like text messages. I couldn't wait for this book because uniquely formatted books are my favorite. 
The Futures by Anna Pitoniak
I'm trying to get back into reading more adult books. Not that I ever stopped reading them completely, but YA definitely makes up the bulk of my reading. I'm curious about this book that follows college sweethearts to NYC after they graduate from Yale.
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
After the death of his ex-boyfriend, a boy starts to find himself growing closer to his ex's current boyfriend--even as he is struggling with his grief.

What I snagged from the library

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Books:
The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser
I knew I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw this cover. About a girl who can "jump" into a book and interact with the characters and world. 
X-File Origins: Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia and X-File Origins: Devil's Advocate by Jonathan Maberry
I'm excited for these YA books about how Mulder and Scully became Mulder and Scully.
Movies: 
Suicide Squad
Finally! I cannot wait to watch this.
Secret Life of Pets
I'm honestly not that into animated children's movies, but this looks pretty cute. 


Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, etc). I love to see what books people have recently snagged and especially enjoy hearing about my fellow bloggers' weeks. I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Weekly Rewind 12.24.16

Friday, December 23, 2016 11:18 PM with 8 comments
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Weekly Rewind
The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.

Throughout my student teaching semester I was using my weekend post as a way to let people know what's going on in my life, so I'v decided to rename my weekend post because this feature is more personal than just what books I've received. The Weekly Rewind will be about what's going on with me and my blog, as well as about the books I've added to my shelves. This post is linked to Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga's Reviews and the Sunday Post over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer




My Life and Blog

Life: Home for the holidays! I got in on Wednesday night and get to spend the whole next week with my husband and kitty cats. I'm so happy to be in my own home and in my own bed. As I type this up, I'm sitting on the bed in our room while my husband is playing Playstation 2 feet away and one of the cats is napping in the doorway. Happiness. Because it is just the two of us this year, our current plan is to go see the new Star Wars on Christmas day with one of our friends and then maybe grab some Chinese food. 

Blog and reading: A WoW this week. I am currently still in the middle of a couple of rereads: Big Little Lies and now the third book in the Naturals series. I've started a few of my 2017 books, but nothing is really sticking so far. 

New books: I have a few new pretties to share with you this week. So without further ado, I hope you are all having fabulous weekends. For those who celebrate it: Merry Christmas! 

For Review

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A misfit becomes obsessed with the disappearance of a popular girl and gets entangled in her life in order to figure out what happened.
Siren Sisters  by Dana Langer
Despite teaching middle school, I have a hard time reading MG novels. I am looking forward to this one, though, and love that cover. 
The Continent  by Keira Drake 
This book has actually been pushed back due to people calling it out for racism. This wasn't really on the top of my list before, and it's not now, either, but I always try to form my own opinions when it comes to controversial books. 
This is supposed to be full of twists and turns which sounds right up my alley. 
Different Class by Joanne Harris 
A suspenseful tale told in a prep school. I love these types of books. 
Love and First Sight by Josh Sunquist
This sounds like Shallow Hal: A blind boy who has been dating a girl gets his sight and discovers she doesn't fit the traditional sense of beauty. I'm gonna give it a chance, but...
We Were on a Break by Lindsey Kelk
During my early 20s, I almost excuslively read "chick lit" books. This looks fun and charming.

What I snagged from library

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Forever, Again  by Victoria Laurie
This sounds interesting. It follows a modern girl who becomes interested in the story of a girl who was accused of killing her boyfriend years ago.
The Magnificent Seven
I'm not huge into westerns, but, you know, Chris Pratt. 


Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, etc). I love to see what books people have recently snagged and especially enjoy hearing about my fellow bloggers' weeks. I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!


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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesdays (176) Midnight at the Electric

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 9:42 PM with 2 comments
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.


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Midnight at the Electric 

Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publisher: HarperTeen 
Release Date: June 13, 2017

Goodreads:

Kansas, 2065 Adri has been handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before Launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house over a hundred years ago, and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate. While Adri knows she must focus on the mission ahead, she becomes captivated by a life that’s been lost in time…and how it might be inextricably tied to her own. 

Oklahoma, 1934 Amidst the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine longs for the immortality promised by a professor at a traveling show called The Electric. But as her family’s situation becomes more dire -- and the suffocating dust threatens her sister’s life -- Catherine must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most. 

England, 1919 In the recovery following World War One, Lenore tries to come to terms with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier, and plans to sail to America in pursuit of a childhood friend. But even if she makes it that far, will her friend be the person she remembers, and the one who can bring her back to herself? 

While their stories spans thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful.


Why I'm Excited: My students just did an cross-curricular assignment where they looked at the possiblity of having to colonize Mars, so the idea of it has been on my mind (I personally would never want to do it). This sounds really interesting. I love when books connect people who lived decades apart to each other, so I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for this one. 

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Weekly Rewind 12.17.17

Friday, December 16, 2016 10:22 PM with 9 comments
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Weekly Rewind
The new books on my shelves and my week in a nutshell.

Throughout my student teaching semester I was using my weekend post as a way to let people know what's going on in my life, so I'v decided to rename my weekend post because this feature is more personal than just what books I've received. The Weekly Rewind will be about what's going on with me and my blog, as well as about the books I've added to my shelves. This post is linked to Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga's Reviews and the Sunday Post over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

My Life and Blog

Life: I've made it through the last full week before winter break! My school goes through Wednesday, but next week should be a pretty chill one. Because so many students stop coming the last couple of days before break, our department has catch-up time/teacher's choice. I plan on doing my hero's journey unit which my students always love. I'm so ready to be home for a full 10 days. It just sounds like heaven to just be at home with my honey and kitty. Cooking yummy food. Reading as much as I want. I can't wait! Just five more days. 

Blog and reading: I posted a TTT and a WoW this week. I've mostly been rereading lately. I'm rereading Big Little Lies in preparation of the HBO show. I'm so excited for that! I'm also still in my reread of the Natural series (still on book 2). I did start reading Confessions of a High School Disaster on a whim a couple of nights ago (it's a bit earlier than I would like to start since it doesn't come out until March), and got hooked almost immediately. The way to my reading heart is super short chapters, epistolary writing, and a keen sense of humor and this has it all. I've also started The Princess Diarist. 

New books: I have a few pretties to share with you this week. So without further ado, I hope you are all having fantastic weekends! 

For Review

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I love a good diary book, and am loving this one so far. 
Ever the Hunted  by Erin Summerill
I've tried to get into this one, but am really struggling. I just haven't been in the mood for fantasy/kingdoms at all lately. I do love this cover, though. 
This book about a girl who is an aromateur who will lose her power if she falls in love sounds pretty cute. 
Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel
I'm intrigued by highly competitive private schools, so this novel about a woman who works in the admissions department of a NY private school so interesting. 

What I snagged from the library

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The Princess Diarist  by Carrie Fisher
I love Carrie Fisher and am enjoying this so far. 
War Dogs
I already watched this, and really liked it. Jonah Hill, while despicable, was amazing in this film. I also had no idea that this activity happened in the US. Really good. 

Well that's it for me this week. Feel free to leave a link to whatever weekend post you do (Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, etc). I love to see what books people have recently snagged and especially enjoy hearing about my fellow bloggers' weeks. I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (175) If We Were Villains

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7:17 AM with 3 comments
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.


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If We Were Villains

Author: M.L. Rio
Publisher: Flatiron
Release Date: April 11, 2017

Goodreads:

Oliver Marks has just served ten years in jail – for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he's released, he's greeted by the man who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened a decade ago.

As one of seven young actors studying Shakespeare at an elite arts college, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress. But when the casting changes, and the secondary characters usurp the stars, the plays spill dangerously over into life, and one of them is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless. 

Intelligent, thrilling, and richly detailed, If We Were Villains is a captivating story of the enduring power and passion of words.

Why I'm Excited:
I rarely feature adult books on this meme, which is silly since I don't limit myself to just YA. It probably won't surprise you to hear that I'm a huge Shakespeare nerd. I've been waiting for ages for this cover to finally be revealed (it's been on EW for ages, but not GR). From the murder mystery to the arts college to the Shakespeare references, everything about this book sounds amazing to me. I'm definitely keeping my eyes open for this one. 

What are you waiting for on this Wednesday? Link me up!