My 2016 Most Anticipated Books, Part 1

Hi, everyone! It’s been a long time, but I haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth…yet.  Life is going well, but it is time to start thing about the future! The 2016 reading future!  So without further ado: my anticipated reads for 2016.

The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright

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You know I am gaga for anything with princes in contemporary fiction. Look at my review of The Royal We if you need a reminder. This book is right up my ally. From Amazon: “Going all the way to England for college–to Oxford, no less–for college would be exciting enough. But no sooner does Evie set foot on English soil than she falls for a boy who turns out to be a real prince–in fact, second in line to the throne of England. Edmund is wonderful, even though loving him can be a royal pain, from the demands of his family to the stuck-up aristocrat who thinks she should be the one to win Edmund’s heart. All that is swept aside, however, when the riddle of Evie’s past surfaces, and the new couple becomes obsessed with figuring out who the real Evie is, with the growing suspicion that the truth will be a shocker.”

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

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This book can go one of two ways: really great or really bad. I am curious how the author will handle such a sensitive subject. From Amazon:

“10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.”

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

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Assassins! Need I say more? From Amazon:

“Seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana is a trained assassin. She was born into one of the nine clipper Families in the kingdom of Lovero who lawfully take lives for a price. As a member of the highest-ranking clan, loyalty to Family is valued above all, but that doesn’t stop Lea from getting into a secret relationship with Val Da Via, a boy from a rival clan. Despite her better judgment, Lea has fallen in love with him; but she’s confident she can anticipate any threat a mile away.

Then she awakens one night to a house full of smoke. Although she narrowly escapes, she isn’t able to save her Family as their home is consumed by flames. With horror, she realizes that Val and his Family are the only ones who could be responsible. Devastated over his betrayal and the loss of her clan, there’s just one thing on her mind: making the Da Vias pay. The heart of this assassin craves revenge.”

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

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AHHHHHHH!!! You know how I feel. You KNOW how I feel! This is my one of my most highly anticipated books. From Amazon:

“War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people-and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.

But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?”

The Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

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The first book was beautiful. I am ready to revisit this word. It was complex and compelling. From Amazon: “In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.”

There are many others, but that would make for a giant post. Just know that 2016 is going to be awesome!

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Model Misfit Review

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Title: Model Misfit (Geek Girl)

Author: Holly Smale

Publisher: HarperTEEN (HarperCollins)

Flap:

“You can make a geek a model, but you can’t make her chic. More hilarity and high fashion await in the second book in the internationally bestselling Geek Girl series!

Harriet Manners is a model—but she feels even less popular and more awkward than she did when she was just a geek. So a summer modeling job in Japan sounds like the perfect vacation, even if she has to bring along her crazy grandma Bunty, and even if she might run into Nick, her gorgeous supermodel ex-boyfriend. No one is going to ruin Harriet’s fabulous Tokyo adventure—unless she accidentally ruins it herself. . . .”

This book is so cute! I love Harriet and her awkward geekiness. She is the new Mia! (And if you know who that is off her first name alone, internet high five!) This whole series reminds me of Girl Meets World meets The Princess Diaries.

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The only thing I’m not 100% on board with is the love interest. I want more variety! I love a good love triangle and Harriet is posed to have her geeky moment.

As you know, I would have acquired this series and I would love to work with this author on another project.

The Wrath & The Dawn Review

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Title: The Wrath & The Dawn

Author: Renée Ahdieh

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House

Flap:

“Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.”

If you were like me, then you saw people raving about this book everywhere. I mean EVERYWHERE. I couldn’t escape it.

In all truth, I read this some time ago; I am just getting around to reviewing it. And I can say the hype is true: this book was amazing.

It is a little slow in the beginning and the multiple perspectives are not my thing, but the author did a great job developing her characters and their relationships. There was drama, action, romance; this book hit every note perfectly.

Would I have acquired this? HELL, YES. This book is a work of beauty. Between the actual story, writing, and packaging, believe anything good anyone has to tell you about this book. You got me?

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