Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Today my pick is Wilder Girls by Rory Power, out July 9 from Delacorte Press:

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

This is so intriguing! I am really interested in reading this and finding out what’s going on. This doesn’t come out until July, which feels so far away right now (from the depths of this cold, snowy winter).

What are you waiting on this week?

King of Scars

King of ScarsKing of Scars
By Leigh Bardugo
Series: Nikolai #1
Source Purchased
Published by Imprint on January 29, 2019

four-stars

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

I was so excited to read this book. I love Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse books (the Grisha trilogy, and the Six of Crows duology). When I learned that Leigh Bardugo was writing a new duology starring Nikolai, I pre-ordered this as soon as I could!

I was really excited to read this when my copy arrived, but I was also kind of intimidated by its size. This is a big book, and I found that I couldn’t really read it unless I had a lot of time to devote to it. It wasn’t the kind of book that I could pick up and read a few pages of here and there whenever I had a spare few minutes.

I really loved being back in this world (even if I couldn’t quite remember events from earlier books and had to do some Googling to refresh my memory). Leigh Bardguo’s writing is so lovely, and the way she weaves in characters and events from the rest of this series was really impressive.

While much of this story follows Nikolai and Zoya, there was also a separate-but-connected plot centred around Nina, who I loved in the Six of Crows books. But I have to admit, when the story strayed from Nikolai and Zoya, I could feel my interest waning. That disappointed me because I really love Nina and I wanted to love her part of the story as much as I loved the rest of it, but I think I found the Nikolai/Zoya story so much more exciting and interesting that anything that took me away from it distressed me (with the exception of what was happening with View Spoiler »

I loved this book, and the ending has me SO EXCITED for the next book in the duology!

four-stars

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Today my pick is Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist, out May 21 from Greenwillow Books:

With a touch, Lexi can sense how and when someone will die. Some say it’s a gift. But to Lexi it’s a curse—one that keeps her friendless and alone. All that changes when Lexi foresees the violent death of a young woman, Jane, outside a club. But Jane doesn’t go to the afterlife quietly. Her ghost remains behind, determined to hunt down her murderer, and she needs Lexi’s help. In life, Jane was everything Lexi is not—outgoing, happy, popular. But in death, all Jane wants is revenge. Lexi will do anything to help Jane, to make up for the fact that she didn’t—couldn’t—save Jane’s life, and to keep this beautiful ghost of a girl by her side for as long as possible.

I really enjoyed Emma Berquist’s debut, Devils Unto Dust. This sounds like more of a mystery, with a supernatural twist, which is totally my kind of book.

I have an eARC of this one that I’m very excited to read, so I’ll be getting into it shortly!

What are you waiting on this week?

From Twinkle, With Love

From Twinkle, With LoveFrom Twinkle, With Love
By Sandhya Menon
Source Library
Published by Simon Pulse on May 22, 2018

four-stars

An aspiring teen filmmaker finds her voice and falls in love in this delightful romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi.

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy-a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man N begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

This was delightful! I loved the author’s previous book, When Dimple Met Rishi, but I think I liked this one even better.

I loved Twinkle and Sahil. I laughed out loud several times. The romance was sweet, and the subplot about Twinkle’s relationship with her mother was moving.

I also liked that Twinkle’s friendship with Maddie was central to the story, but Maddie’s behaviour (and Hannah) infuriated me at times.

Fun, funny, and sweet – this is a great YA romcom, and I can’t wait to read Sandhya Menon’s next book!

four-stars

Week In Review

February 4 – 10

Happy weekend! This was another week (and weekend) that feels like it’s gone by super fast, but I’m trying to be okay with that because hopefully it means warmer weather will be here (and all of this snow will be gone) soon.

I am still an emotional wreck following this week’s Supernatural episode (episode 300!!). Spoiler alert! I knew they were getting Jeffrey Dean Morgan back for this episode as John Winchester, and I didn’t know the how or why behind his character reappearing (I didn’t want to read any spoilers). So I was basically in tears from the moment he showed up. I loved the way they explained his appearance, I loved his reunion with Sam and Dean and Mary, and I especially loved his conversation with Sam in the library. I have a lot of thoughts about John Winchester as a father and none of them are all that kind, but I feel like the boys (and me as a viewer) got some good closure on him and his relationship with Sam and Dean. When he said he was proud of them, I absolutely lost it. It was such a great episode, more than I could have hoped for. The details, from Zacharia coming back and Cas having old-Cas hair, were excellent. And just when I thought my emotional devastation was over, we got that scene of 2003-John in the Impala, and I was tearing up all over again! As I told my sister, I felt like the 200th episode was a love letter to the fans, but this 300th episode was a love letter to the Winchester family, giving them a meal together, letting John see the men his sons grew up to be, and giving him and Mary a little more time together. End of Supernatural spoilers!

Anyway! I’ve been listening pretty much nonstop to the new Idlewild single, Dream Variations, since it popped up on Friday. I like it – it sounds like an Idlewild song and then changes it up a bit at the end – and I’ve already pre-ordered their new album, which comes out in April. I’m majorly excited (and it’s yet another reason for me to look forward to the end of winter).

I’ve also been listening to a lot of BTS and Kylie Minogue this week! The cold and snow makes me want to listen to pop music, to try and lift my spirits I think.

New books:

I picked up two books from the library:

Barbed Wire Heart, Tess Sharpe; and

The Hunger, Alma Katsu.

Books read:

I finished three books this past week:

Two Can Keep a Secret, Karen McManus;

On the Come Up, Angie Thomas; and

11 Before 12, Lisa Greenwald.

Current reads:

I’m reading two chunky books: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo, and Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers.

Reviews:

I posted my reviews of Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky, and Two Can Keep a Secret.

I also shared a Waiting on Wednesday post about The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston.

Corrie Corner:

(My thoughts on the most recent Coronation Street episodes. Definite spoiler alert!)

Bethany blowing up Nick and David’s sexist hiring scheme was so good!

And I am so into the Shona storyline this week!! Mostly because I haven’t seen a Shona storyline since I started watching, so I’m excited for her to have something more to do than react to whatever David’s up to. And I love that David stood up to Nick and had her back, telling him that he isn’t mad at Shona. But I really hope this Clayton story doesn’t tear them apart. They’re my favourite Corrie couple!

Speaking of Corrie couples, I feel like we got some resolution to the Johnny/Jenny story (or at least I hope so – I’m kind of over it). And as much as I like Gemma, I really like Emma and feel like Gemma totally took advantage of her to get some time with Chesney, which I didn’t like.

Time for coffee and my chunky books! Happy Sunday!

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