Waiting on Wednesday: The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

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The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

Summary:

There’s death all around us.

We just don’t pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.

I usually am very particular about angels and paranormal romance in my reading, but Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly series completely won me over. Her ability to tell a story that I am really picky about and win me over so quickly has put her newest book The Last Time We Say Goodbye immediately on my to-read list. This soon to be released novel has nothing to do with her previous series and looks to be more contemporary rather than paranormal.

This sounds terribly depressing, and based on a few of the reviews people have already written it sounds like Hand delivers that grief. Plus, what the heck is that text message referenced in the summary? Basically? I can’t wait!

The Last Time We Say Goodbye comes out February 10, 2015. Add it to your tbr shelf on Goodreads!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Sweetheart by Angelina Mirabella

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Today I would like to share this beauty that is coming out SOON(ish):

The Sweetheart by Angelina Mirabella

Summary:

A debut, coming-of-age novel in which a teenage girl from Philadelphia leaves her old life behind to become The Sweetheart, one of America’s most infamous female wrestlers.

It’s 1953 and seventeen-year-old Leonie Putzkammer is cartoonishly tall and curvaceous, destined to spend the rest of her life waiting tables and living with her widowed father, Franz, in their Philadelphia row house. Until the day legendary wrestling promoter Salvatore Costantini walks into the local diner and offers her the chance of a lifetime.

Leonie sets off for Florida to train at Joe Pospisil’s School for Lady Grappling. There, she transforms into Gorgeous Gwen Davies, tag-team partner of legendary Screaming Mimi Hollander, and begins a romance with the soon-to-be Junior Heavyweight Champion Spider McGee. But when life as Gorgeous Gwen leaves her wanting, she orchestrates a move that will catapult her from heel to hero: she becomes The Sweetheart, a choice that attracts the fans she desires but complicates all of her relationships with Franz, Joe, Spider, Mimi (who becomes her fiercest competitor), and even with herself.

Angelina Mirabella’s surprising, affecting, and morally complex novel describes how a single decision can ripple through the lives of everyone around us. How Leonie sizes up the competition, how she triumphs, how she fails, and how she manages, somehow, to endure, holds promise: if she can, maybe we can, too. The Sweetheart showcases Mirabella’s breathtaking talent; it is daring, innovative, and powerful storytelling.

Okay seriously, did you read that summary? To compensate for its length I am going to just share phrases of why the heck I want to read this right NOW:

Female wrestling.
Female wrestling during 1953.
Awesome sounding girl character.
A whole bunch of butt kicking.
That cover.
Coming-of-age story.
Seems like it will have a lot of meat to it regarding gender and body image.
This quote from Kirkus reviews:

“The novel is bursting with colorful characters who are far more complex than the heels and faces they portray in the theater of professional wrestling. A powerful tale of a person’s capacity for reinvention, without the fakery.”

So, yes. I am definitely, definitely, eagerly awaiting this gem! It is coming out JANUARY 4. 2014!

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Waiting on Wednesday : #scandal

I went on a look to see what is coming out this summer rampage recently and as a result I have a whole list of books I am eagerly waiting to read. Thankfully, a bunch of them have already come out! (I can’t believe it’s already April!)

The following one doesn’t come out until June, but I am ready to read it right…. now!

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Summary:

Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation. 

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love…


This word screams DRAMA. Which is funny, because I have been in such an anti-drama mood in books, but I really really really want to see how Ockler integrates the social media in with the story. I also love the element of trying to figure out the Facebook hacker and I am excited to learn more about Lucy. Just from the summary she seems awesome and ready to stand up for herself.

#scandal comes out June 17th

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Waiting on Wednesday : To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

I am in such a reading rut right now, where I am not quite sure exactly what I am in the mood to read for. Okay. That’s not true. I know exactly what I want to read, but it’s not out yet! That is why I am eagerly awaiting for this new Jenny Han book to come out:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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Summary: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

I find the premise to be interesting, but the main reason why I am excited about this book? Jenny Han. If you haven’t picked up The Summer I Turned Pretty book and the other books in the trilogy, please do so now. Han has a beautiful way of capturing life with its ups and downs. Plus, I can’t wait to see how Lara Jean is going to deal with this mortifying turn of events. While I obviously haven’t read this novel yet, I am pretty sure it is going to be a good mix of drama and introspection.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before comes out April 15, 2014.

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Oh by the way!

YOU CAN WIN A FREE ARC! I am hosting a giveaway for Sarah Mylnowski’s new book (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). Check out my entry HERE for details on how to enter!

Waiting on… Friday? : HANNAH HART WROTE A BOOK.

Pardon my absence… I have been hibernating! Unfortunately, my hibernating has not included a whole bunch of book reading. I’ve been having trouble getting into things.

BUT. Something happened this week that made me too excited to stop hibernating and SHARE.

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And it looks so. freaking. good.

LOOK AT THIS COVER:

It is coming out August 12, 2014. You can PREORDER IT or ADD IT TO YOUR TO-READ shelf on Goodreads. If you forget to now, don’t worry because I will be mentioning this to you again. And again.

Why am I so excited about this one?

If you aren’t familiar with Hannah Hart she runs a Youtube channel at youtube.com/harto in which she has a weekly show called My Drunk Kitchen. In that show she drinks and cooks and muses about life. She also runs another YouTube channel youtube.com/yourharto in which she posts more things. She is inspiring, hilarious, smart, uplifting, and just a genuinely awesome person. She has a very interesting and fascinating perspective of life and the world, and I cannot wait to read her thoughts and see what recipes she ends up choosing to put in the cookbook!

AND since most of my readers are book people, you know what else she does book-related other than writes them?! She reads them too! She hosts a monthly walking book club that you can partake in. Right now they are reading Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres, so you can read along and post a video of your  response to the book.

Anyway. Stop reading this and go watch her videos. I apologize for my bossiness. Sort of.

Waiting on Wednesday (2) : Don’t Even Think About It!

Good day!

I have been struggling to choose which book I wanted to share that I am SO EXCITED will be released soon. There are SO MANY great books coming out within the next couple months, it is hard to choose one to talk about this week! I finally ended up choosing….

Don’t Even Talk About It by Sarah Mlynowski

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Honestly, the main reason why I chose this one? Two words. MIND READING.

Need I say anything more?

I probably should.

Here is the summary from Barnes and Noble’s website:

We weren’t always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn’t expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we’ve kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what’s coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.

So stop obsessing about your ex. We’re always listening.

I have questions after reading this summary that I need to know the answer to asap.

1. Obviously at first it is going to seem like it’s the coolest thing ever and then terrible things are going to happen. What terrible things will happen?!

2. How will Mylnowski do the mind reading with so many people? Will it be like the Buffy episode where Buffy doesn’t have much control? Or will it be like Benway’s book Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June (my review of that) where if I recall correctly the girl with the madd mind reading skillz has some control over her power?

3. WHAT ARE THEIR CLASSMATES THINKING ABOUT?

4. How will the girls react to their classmates’ thoughts?

5. Do the girls keep their mind reading abilities at the end of this?

6. Are they the only people with the ability to mind read?

This seems like it has a lot of potential to be super funny, plus it got a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly! I feel like Mylnowski is superb at allowing you to live vicariously through people doing things that you want to do, but you don’t want to deal with consequences. She definitely gives her readers a fun time. I’m sorry that sounds weird, but it’s true!

Good news: We have less than a month to wait for this one! Don’t Even Think About It is coming out March 11, 2014.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Dangerous by Shannon Hale

Dear person reading this blog,

Have you ever read a book by Shannon Hale? If not– why not? If you have– GUESS WHAT. SHE IS COMING OUT WITH A NEW ONE. If you have not- GUESS WHAT THERE IS A NEW BOOK THAT IS COMING OUT THAT YOU ARE MOST LIKELY GOING TO LOVE.

For what I think is my first ever Waiting on Wednesday post, I would like to share…

Dangerous by Shannon Hale

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Coming out March 4th, 2014 (that is like less than two months!!!)

Summary:

How far would you go to save the world?

When Maisie Danger Brown nabbed a spot at a NASA-like summer boot camp, she never expected to uncover a conspiracy that would change her life forever.

And she definitely didn’t plan to fall in love.

But now there’s no going back—Maisie’s the only thing standing between the Earth and annihilation. She must become the hero the world needs. The only problem is: how does a regular girl from Salt Lake City do that, exactly? It’s not as though there’s a handbook for this sort of thing. It’s up to Maisie to come up with a plan—and find the courage to carry it out—before she loses her heart . . . and her life.

Reasons why I am excited: 

1. It is a science fiction book. I am so curious to read a science fiction book written by Shannon Hale. She writes fantasy novels and fairy tale retellings and realistic fiction and mystery fiction sooooo well that I can not wait to see her enter the world of science fiction.

2. Ummmm… 2 words. Space camp.

3. Look at that name. I love that name. Maisie DANGER Brown. HER MIDDLE NAME IS DANGER.

4. I am so interested in how Maisie is going to end up becoming a hero. After I read Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant I was obsessed with trying to figure out how Triss became this hero person. How did that happen? How does that happen in real life? I don’t know if Hale is going to address that in this novel, but I am excited to read a novel that at least talks about trying to become a hero when you don’t really feel like one.

5. This deals with COURAGE. I have been obsessed with courage and bravery a lot lately, which makes me want to read this even more.

6. Somehow within this super small summary I became really interested in who Maisie Danger Brown is. I am getting that jittery/excited/anxious feeling right now just thinking about it. I want to know her. Like really really really bad. My interest is peaked at maximum.

To sum it all up? I am definitely excited to pick this up.

Activities for you to do:

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