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Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. This allows bloggers, like me, to feature upcoming book releases that we are ecstatic about.

If you’re familiar with the weekly meme Waiting on Wednesday, this one is similar to that. I have joined W.O.W. before but it seems like it isn’t being hosted anymore so I’ve decided to continue on with Can’t-Wait Wednesday!

For this week, I’m featuring The Darkest Legacy. I cannot explain how ecstatic I am about this one. The Darkest Minds series is one of my favorites and with the movie adaptation coming and the release of this, the fourth book in the series, I feel like I’m being blessed by the heavens. Unlike the first three books in the series, this one will be in the perspective of Zu instead of Ruby’s. And can we talk about that gorgeous cover? The 31st of July can’t come any sooner for me and I’m just bubbling with excitement right now, I hope I don’t explode before I get to read this.


37688046Book Title: The Darkest Legacy
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #4
Publication Date: July 31st 2018
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult

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Five years after the destruction of the so-called rehabilitation camps that imprisoned her and countless other Psi kids, seventeen-year-old Suzume “Zu” Kimura has assumed the role of spokesperson for the interim government, fighting for the rights of Psi kids against a growing tide of misinformation and prejudice. But when she is accused of committing a horrifying act, she is forced to go on the run once more in order to stay alive.

Determined to clear her name, Zu finds herself in an uncomfortable alliance with Roman and Priyanka, two mysterious Psi who could either help her prove her innocence or betray her before she gets the chance. But as they travel in search of safety and answers, and Zu grows closer to the people she knows she shouldn’t trust, they uncover even darker things roiling beneath the veneer of the country’s recovery. With her future-and the future of all Psi-on the line, Zu must use her powerful voice to fight back against forces that seek to drive the Psi into the shadows and save the friends who were once her protectors.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a harrowing story of resilience, resistance, and reckoning that will thrill loyal fans and new readers alike.


Are you waiting on this too? Let’s chat in the comments! Also, don’t forget to leave a link to your own Can’t-Wait Wednesday post because I would love to check it out. 😀

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Can’t Wait Wednesday: #Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. This allows bloggers, like me, to feature upcoming book releases that we are ecstatic about.

If you’re familiar with the weekly meme Waiting on Wednesday, this is similar to that. I have joined W.O.W. before but it seems like it isn’t being hosted anymore so I’ve decided to continue on with Can’t-Wait Wednesday! This is my first post for this meme, here goes.

When I  read the synopsis of the book I was instantly sold. I am such a sucker for mystery. I can’t wait for this to come out!

34521785Book Title: #Murdertrending
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Series: N/A (Standalone)
Publication Date: August 7th 2018
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult

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WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 8/18 citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.

When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she’s about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn’t commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman’s cast of executioners kill them off one by one?

What do you think about this book? What are the books that you can’t wait for? Leave a comment below and let’s chat! And also, don’t forget to leave a link to your own Can’t-Wait Wednesday post, if you have one. I’ll make sure to check it out.

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Book Review: A Study In Shifters by Majanka Verstraete

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Author: Majanka Verstraete
Series: The Adventures of Marisol Holmes #1
Publication Date: June 26th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Young Adult
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Seventeen-year-old Marisol Holmes may be the great-great-great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes, but it’s hard to live up to the family name when only one mistake can spell your downfall. After trusting the wrong guy in a case gone totally wrong, Marisol convinces the Conclave, an underground organization of detectives solving supernatural cases, to give her a last chance to prove her worth, and maybe even heal her broken heart.

After all, as a half-blood jaguar shifter, Marisol is uniquely qualified to solve this murder—and every scrap of evidence points toward the culprit being a fellow jaguar shifter. But is one of her own people involved, or is this all a ploy to kick Marisol’s mother off the shifter throne?

Then Marisol discovers her best friend, Roan, is missing, and maybe the killer’s next target. The stakes just got higher than political intrigue. Just when things couldn’t get worse, Marisol’s ex-boyfriend-turned-nemesis, Mannix, starts leaving sinister clues for her. Marisol fears this case might be far more personal than she could’ve imagined.

It’s time for Marisol to prove her worth, or her people could fall into chaos while her best friend loses his life.


I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review.

MY THOUGHTS

If you know me, you know that I’m a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. So when I came across this on Netgalley, I did not hesitate to request. I knew that I would like this but I didn’t expect to have enjoyed this as much as I did.

I love the mystery with a paranormal twist. I think it’s quite unique to incorporate paranormal elements to a descendant of Holmes. The mystery element in the book is great; tested my brain and really made me think. When I thought I got it all figured out, BAM, a plot twist would appear. The plot twist at the end especially was absolutely amazing and took me completely by surprise.

The main character, Marisol Holmes, is fairly easy to like. She is a half-blood, half human and half jaguar shifter. Despite being a Holmes, Marisol was often affected by her strong emotions, thus committing mistakes. But no one’s perfect, right? I also liked how Marisol has a Sherlock Mode, where she abandons all emotions to focus on facts for solving cases. Aside from that, Marisol also has her inner jaguar and she kind of grew on me.

However, I sometimes get the feeling that I’m reading the second book in a series where I haven’t read the first one. I had to check Goodreads just to make sure that this is indeed the first book. I think that the book could have done with maybe a bit more background of what happened in the Big Betrayal, not just a quick explanation about it. I would also like a bit more about Roan. 😉

I really enjoyed reading A Study In Shifters because the author did a great job in combining mystery and paranormal, and creating a great main character. I’m really looking forward to the next in this series!

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Book Review: Because I Love You by Tori Rigby

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Book Title: Because I Love You
Author: Tori Rigby
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Blaze Publishing, LLC
Publication Date:
May 17th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Age Range: 13+ years old
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant.

Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.

Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she’s forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go.


I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours and Blaze Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

MY THOUGHTS

I haven’t read anything from the perspective of a pregnant woman, much less a pregnant 16-year old, so this is quite new to me. Plus, I normally read light and fluffy books when it comes to this genre because I’m too much of a crybaby for heavy topics I like it. But disregarding how foreign this seemed like, I still liked the concept and have been looking forward to this book since before it was published. So you can imagine my excitement when my request got approved.

First of all, let me tell you how fast I read this book. I read it in less than a day. While most of you wouldn’t be impressed by that, well, I definitely am. I forgot to add it to my currently-reading on Goodreads because I don’t want—I can’t put it down!

The only reason that prompted me to take off one star from this awesome book is there’s a lot of problems thrown into just this one book. The main character Andrea Hamilton, which I will call Andie from this point onward, was basically thrown into a pit full of problems.

Speaking of Andie, she is a very likable character—along with Neil, Jill and Andie’s mom. I must say that there was a bunch of whining from her in this book, which is totally understandable considering her situation. If I got pregnant at 16, I’d lose my mind! Anyway, I admire Andie’s strength for not giving up when she so easily could have.

Now, Neil Donaghue. I wish I had my own Neil. His reputation isn’t exactly the best but I fell in love with him so quickly. He is very charming, loving, but also very sarcastic. I love his sense of humor. Sigh… another boy in my list of fictional-characters crushes.

Jill is the perfect best friend. She is the type of friend anyone would want! Together with Neil and Andie’s mother, they supported Andie’s sometimes-wavering strength.

There is a slight Christian theme in the book but it didn’t go overboard/preachy.

I applaud the author for creating such a fantastic book. First, because the character development in this book is superb. And her writing was so stunning that I can feel the love, from Andie’s friends and family, radiating off the pages. There is a beautiful and touching theme in the book that I will let you find out for yourself.

Would I recommend it?

Yes, I highly suggest you read this book. Because I Love You is a marvelous and inspirational read. Although I wouldn’t recommend reading this in public because I bawled like a child looking for her mommy—well, not really but I was quite a mess. I am looking forward to reading Tori Rigby’s other works.

All book cover photos and summaries are taken from Goodreads.

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Waiting On Wednesday: Change Places with Me by Lois Metzger

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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This week’s book:

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Book Title: Change Places with Me
Author: Lois Metzger
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date:
 June 14th 2016
Genres: Mystery, Fiction, YA
Age Range: 14+ years old

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Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood with her stepmother and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was just a little different than it was before. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. Her hair and her clothes all feel brand-new. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates before. There is no more sadness in her life; she is bursting with happiness.

But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because, until very recently, Rose was an entirely different person—a person who is still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.


Yet another mystery book featured in my W.O.W. post. The summary sounds fantastic, right?

What are you waiting on this week? Leave a comment or send me a link to you own post. Thanks for stopping by!

All book cover photos and summaries are taken from Goodreads.