The Romantics

“True Love. The real kind doesn’t make you selfish and shortsighted. Real love makes you better than you ever knew you could be.”

Title: The Romantics

Author: Leah Konen

Series: Standalone

Publication: November 1st 2016 by Amulet Books

Pages: 336

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

Perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Rainbow Rowell, The Romantics will charm readers of all ages. Gael Brennan is about to have his heart broken when his first big relationship crumbles on the heels of his parents’ painful separation. Love intervenes with the intention of setting things right—but she doesn’t anticipate the intrusion of her dreaded nemesis: the Rebound. Love’s plans for Gael are sidetracked by Cara, Gael’s hot-sauce-wielding “dream girl.” The more Love meddles, the further Gael drifts from the one girl who can help him mend his heart. Soon Love starts breaking all her own rules—and in order to set Gael’s fate back on course, she has to make some tough decisions about what it means to truly care.

A Listical of Thoughts:

  • It’s told from the point of view of love. How awesome is that?
  • If you don’t relate to one character, you will find something in one of the others. It’s sort of universal.
  • The writing is brilliant, silly, and fun
  • The whole idea of love controlling everything is both frustrating and freeing. It was really fascinating to see Love push characters into doing certain things that normally would have driven me nuts, but now make complete sense.
  • The story is just adorable. Simple as that.
  • Super light-hearted, witty, and easy to relate to.
  • It will completely change your views on certain tropes and things in YA contemporary romances.
  • So ridiculously unique. It’s intoxicating.
  • Die hard romantics are going to die of all the feels.
  • Basically, The Romantics is everything we love about Romantic Comedies intensified.

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Gilt Hollow

“I know you cared for him once, but drowning people will only drag you down with them. You may not realize it until you’re ten feet under and suffocating, and then it’s too late.”

Title: Gilt Hollow

Author: Lorie Langdon

Series: Standalone

Publication: September 27th 2016 by Blink

Pages: 304

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.

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OwlCrate: September 2016

I’m so excited! In case you can’t tell by now, OwlCrate boxes are amazing and I love getting them in the mail. They’re glorious, and wonderful, and creative, and full of goodies that make your fangirl heart squeal. I know I haven’t posted one of these for a while now, and for that I’m sorry – it just kind of got away from me for a bit. But now it’s coming back in full force, so, without further ado….

In case you don’t know what the glorious OwlCrate is, it’s just like Fandom of the Month only.. better? I don’t know, I love them both. OwlCrate gives you a new release in the Young Adult world and a bunch of bookish stuff centered around a specific theme. It’s a subscription box that is worth every little penny – count on that. (You guys can sign up here)

The theme for September was amazing. I mean, the theme (and everything about these boxes) is always amazing. September is darkness. Ohhhhhhhooo! Can’t you just feel the anticipation rising?

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It’s just so dark and gloomy and wonderful. This stuff is deadly.

The first item I pulled out was a giant bath bomb that claims it can tell your fortune. Sadly, I do not have a bathtub in my dorm room, so my fortune is going to have to wait no matter how badly I want to use it right now.

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Next up out of the wondrous box of goodies was this awesome candle!

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It’s fantastic. Not only is it Throne of Glass related (which, come on, literal icing on the cake here), it also smells divine. I wish I could use it right now, but I’m not allowed to have candles in my dorm room (shhh), so it’s kind of a non-lightable secret.

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But damn straight do I want to rattle the stars!

The next item was something I wasn’t expecting. Not in the slightest. The September box included the first volume, or episode, of a serial publication called Remade. While I haven’t started it yet, it sounds really interesting – so I can’t wait to crack it open.

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Up next there was this cute little Passport looking thingy, which – surprisingly – ended up being a little coloring book/ book preview for the new P.C Cast novel Moon Chosen! I flailed a bit. (That’s a lie. I flailed a lot)

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We were then gifted a cute little pouch with a quote from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which is coming out in theaters in a few days.

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Though I’ve never read the series (I know, shame on me), I do love the quote on the back and I plan to use it regularly.

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Then we have one of my personal favorite items of the box: A Six of Crows bookmark with two of my favorite quotes! *incomprehensible fangirl screeching ensues*

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The artwork is so beautiful and delicate. I cannot wait to get this gorgeous thing between the pages of my next read. I’ll never let this out of my sight.

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Last but not least, the included book for this month. Which, if I am to be completely honest, I also screamed and freaked out over because I was so damn happy. This month the box included Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake, which I am practically salivating over as I type this.

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Summary from Goodreads:

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.


I am off to go bask in the glory of this box. I can’t wait to dive into all of the fantastic goodies!

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Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released.

This week’s Waiting On Wednesday is Crooked Kingdom by the amazing Leigh Bardugo!

Publication: September 27th 2016 by Henry Holt and Co

Summary from Goodreads:

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.


I am completely obsessed with Six Of Crows, like… it’s kind of ridiculous. I have been eagerly counting down the days until I can get my greedy little hands on this gorgeous baby and now it’s so close I can practically taste it. Or maybe it’s just Nina’s waffles cloying my senses. Regardless, Six Of Crows is so fangirl worthy that not even years of squealing can do it justice. Seriously.


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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at Books and A Beat

This week’s Teaser Tuesday is for When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore!

“Moon had become his name to this town because of her. Because of her, this town had christened him. Without her, he had been nameless. He had not been Samir or Sam. He had been no one. They knew his name no more than they knew who this girl had been before she was water.”

“But there was everything else. The idea of being called Miss or Ms. or, worse, Mrs. The thought of being grouped in when someone called out girls or ladies. The endless, echoing use of she and her, miss and ma’am. Yes, they were words. They were all just words. But each of them was wrong, and they stuck to him. Each one was a golden fire ant, and they were biting his arms and his neck and his bound flat chest, leaving him bleeding and burning.”

” People here argued about what the moon smelled like. Some said it was a crisp scent, like pressed linen or new paper. Others said no, it was sweet and alive, like night blossoming jasmine on the first warm night of spring. Others wore it was new and silvery, like just washed spoons, still warm from a sink full of hot water and lemon soap. But to her, it was Sam. The metal and paper of his moons, the rosewater from his mother’s kitchen, the sharp trace of paint and turpentine she only ever picked up when she was this close to him. “


Summary from Goodreads:

When the Moon Was Ours follows two characters through a story that has multicultural elements and magical realism, but also has central LGBT themes—a transgender boy, the best friend he’s falling in love with, and both of them deciding how they want to define themselves.

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.

But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.


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The Lovely Reckless

“If you put the clutch to the floor and shift into first gear as soon as you feel that nudge, you won’t stall and you won’t crash. You’ll fly.” 

Before Noah died, I never took risks. I was afraid of disappointing someone or screwing up the Plan. Now I’ve disappointed everyone. There’s no Plan and no Noah, and I’m still afraid. Just once, I wish I knew what it felt like to fly.

Title: The Lovely Reckless

Author: Kami Garcia

Series: Standalone

Publication: October 4th 2016 by Imprint

Pages: 384

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?


My Thoughts:

Oh my goodness gracious I am in love. I went into The Lovely Reckless with a great deal of skepticism because I am one of those who did not enjoy Beautiful Creatures at all – and I mean, zilch, nada, zip. But, as I started losing myself page after page after page, I realized something: The Lovely Reckless is the most deliciously dangerous contemporary novel I have ever had the pleasure of holding in my hands. Enough said.

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Burning Glass

“I believe we decide our own fate. No one has the right to dictate who we are or what we become.”

Title: Burning Glass

Author: Kathryn Purdie

Series: Burning Glass # 1

Publication: March 1st 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books

Pages: 512

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

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