Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

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The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2)

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy
by Mackenzi Lee

To Be Published: October 2, 2018
by Katherine Tegen Books

Felicity Montague is through with pretending she prefers society parties to books about bone setting—or that she’s not smarter than most people she knows, or that she cares about anything more than her dream of becoming a doctor.

A year after an accidentally whirlwind tour of Europe, which she spent evading highwaymen and pirates with her brother Monty, Felicity has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of Callum Doyle, a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh; and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

But then a small window of hope opens. Doctor Alexander Platt, an eccentric physician that Felicity idolizes, is looking for research assistants, and Felicity is sure that someone as forward thinking as her hero would be willing to take her on. However, Platt is in Germany, preparing to wed Felicity’s estranged childhood friend Johanna. Not only is Felicity reluctant to opening old wounds, she also has no money to make the trip.

Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid. In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that will lead her from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

[summary from Goodreads]

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The first book in this series was so entertaining that I pre-ordered this book halfway through reading the first. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy is a feminist book about the power of female friendship, and I cannot wait to see Felicity take on these new adventures.

 

Pre-ordering REALLY helps authors by creating demand for their work and increasing their first week sales. I really encourage you to pre-order if this sounds like something you want to read! To be perfectly honest, while I absolutely love supporting indie bookstores, I usually pre-order from Amazon because they guarantee that you will get the lowest price the book hits between the date you pre-order and the release date. Plus, they don’t charge you until the item ships, making it super easy to support the author without spending a bunch of money upfront!

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: What If It’s Us

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What If It's Us

What If It’s Us
by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

To Be Published: October 9, 2018
by HarperTeen

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated. Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited. But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third? What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough? What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play? But what if it is?

[summary from Goodreads]

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I have yet to read a book by either of these authors that I didn’t love, so when I heard that they had teamed up to write what was sure to be a heartbreaking novel full of characters with depth and emotion? Instant pre-order!

 

Pre-ordering REALLY helps authors by creating demand for their work and increasing their first week sales. I really encourage you to pre-order if this sounds like something you want to read! To be perfectly honest, while I absolutely love supporting indie bookstores, I usually pre-order from Amazon because they guarantee that you will get the lowest price the book hits between the date you pre-order and the release date. Plus, they don’t charge you until the item ships, making it super easy to support the author without spending a bunch of money upfront!

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Lists

Popular YA Books I Haven’t Read

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
Throne of Glass (series) by Sarah J. Maas

Although I am, admittedly, SO late to the game on this one, I think I actually will start the series this year. I’ve spent the past 26 years of my life reading strictly contemporary and romance, completing blowing off fantasy because I thought it was something I wouldn’t like.

This year, that all changed. When I read The Cruel Prince earlier this summer, I got on a fantasy kick that I haven’t been able to get off! I’m currently reading the final book of this author’s other series (A Court of Thorns and Roses) and am really enjoying it. Once I heard that the fae and magic do become a part of the ToG series as well, I was basically sold! The final book comes out this fall and it will be nice to be part of the hype and excitement for the book if I can get through the first 6 books by October 23rd.

 

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles is one of YA’s most popular series, but it’s one that has just never interested me. I remember seeing the first book in stores many years ago (before I was a blogger or part of the book community) and thought the cover was really weird. I still think that, and it’s a problem I can’t get over TBH.

I’m just not into cyborgs/robots/futuristic stuff.

This is one that I will not be changing my mind about, even if SO many people swear I’m missing out on something.

 

 

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This is another series that is just BELOVED by so many people, and I have yet to get around to trying it out. I think the main reasons I haven’t read this series have to do with first impressions.

The cover doesn’t look like something that would normally float my boat, and I’m usually pretty averse to books that are primarily about boys. I have learned recently that the main character is a girl, so that sways my favor.

Contemporary, realistic settings with magic make some of my favorite books, so I do really want to give this series a try!

 

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I actually did have some interest in this book closer to when it was originally released, but it has just faded over time and at this point I know I’m not going to read it.

The synopsis DOES sound interesting and originally there was a ton of hype surrounding it, but just not enough for me to buy it, I guess? I’ve also heard that the remainder of the series went seriously downhill and I’m not about to sign up for a series knowing I will only like the first book. This one will be a pass for me.

 

 

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I am actually VERY interested in the premise of this book, but didn’t hear about it until somewhat recently (like the past year or so), despite how popular it is!

I bought this book for my Kindle several months ago when I saw it on sale, so I know I will read it at some point. This is just one of those books where I’m definitely interested BUT there are also so many other books that I’m MORE interested in, that I just haven’t gotten here yet.

One day, Shatter Me, one day…

 

 

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Although I’m currently reading and very much enjoying the Shadow & Bone series, which takes place within the same Grisha world, I just have zero interest in this duology.

The cover is weird, the title doesn’t make any sense, and I’m just not into a heist book with a bunch of different POVs (one of my pet peeves in books). I know this book is basically considered a masterpiece and is universally loved, but I just don’t think it’s for me.

 

 

 

Jellicoe Road
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

SO many people whose opinions I trust rank this as a 5-star, must read, all-time favorite book. I have owned it for a few years but, like I said with Shatter Me, I just keep prioritizing more exciting books ahead of it.

Melina Marchetta was a writer for one of my all-time favorite TV series (Dance Academy! If you haven’t watched it, it is on Netflix and THE BEST THING EVER) so I do have an affinity for her work. I feel like this is a book I actually NEED to read and I hope I can get to it soon.

 

 

Some of these books I definitely plan to read, others I have completely written off as not for me. If you have read anything on this list and have strong opinions either way, I would love to hear them!

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: The Wicked King

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The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)

The Wicked King by Holly Black
To Be Published: January 8, 2019
by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world. [summary from Goodreads]

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Not to be dramatic or anything, but I need this book like air. THE CRUEL PRINCE has been my favorite book of 2018 and one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. I’ve pre-ordered both the standard edition and the B&N exclusive edition already to add to my collection. Call me obsessed, I’m okay with it. Just give me more of this fantastically written world. If you haven’t read THE CRUEL PRINCE yet, what are you waiting for?

Faerie books are usually not something I would be interested in, but the world is explained here in a way that made sense to me. I was able to effortlessly fall into the story and get swept away in the political intrigue, the magic, and especially the “I hate you but I maybe kinda secretly love you” thing that’s totally going on with Jude and Cardan.

 

Pre-ordering REALLY helps authors by creating demand for their work and increasing their first week sales. I really encourage you to pre-order if this sounds like something you want to read! To be perfectly honest, while I absolutely love supporting indie bookstores, I usually pre-order from Amazon because they guarantee that you will get the lowest price the book hits between the date you pre-order and the release date. Plus, they don’t charge you until the item ships, making it super easy to support the author without spending a bunch of money upfront!

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Sawkill Girls

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Sawkill Girls

Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand
To Be Published: October 2, 2018
by Katherine Tegen Books

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.

Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now. [summary from Goodreads]

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After reading Furyborn earlier this year, I fell in love with Claire LeGrand’s storytelling. Furyborn was the first fantasy I finished since reading Graceling in 2012, so LOVING a fantasy novel as much as I loved Furyborn is a pretty big deal for me. Two Claire LeGrand books in one year is SUCH a treat.

Although her first novel of the year was high fantasy, Sawkill Girls is a contemporary thriller — one of my favorite (and underappreciated) genres! I’m really looking forward to seeing how LeGrand weaves together the tales of three girls who live on Sawkill Island, an island where girls have been going missing for years, their bodies never to be found. This sounds like the perfect atmospheric fall read, and it comes out just a few weeks before Halloween.

 

Pre-ordering REALLY helps authors by creating demand for their work and increasing their first week sales. I really encourage you to pre-order if this sounds like something you want to read! To be perfectly honest, while I absolutely love supporting indie bookstores, I usually pre-order from Amazon because they guarantee that you will get the lowest price the book hits between the date you pre-order and the release date. Plus, they don’t charge you until the item ships, making it super easy to support the author without spending a bunch of money upfront!

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Review

Not So Nice Guy by R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey’s newest romantic comedy, NOT SO NICE GUY, is available TODAY! Get your hands on it now!

About NOT SO NICE GUY

“Oh my god. Who is that?”

I get asked this question a lot.

“Oh him?” I reply. “That’s just Ian.”

Just Ian is the biggest understatement of the century. Just the Mona Lisa. Just the Taj Mahal. Just Ian, with his boring ol’ washboard abs and dime-a-dozen dimpled smile.

Just Ian is…just my best friend.

We’re extremely close, stuck so deep inside a Jim-and-Pam-style friendzone everyone at work assumes we’re a couple—that is until one day, word spreads through the teacher’s lounge that he’s single. Fair game. Suddenly, it’s open season on Ian.

He should be reveling in all the newfound attention, but to our mutual surprise, the only attention he seems to want is mine.

He’s turning our formerly innocent nightly chats into X-rated phone calls. Our playful banter sports a new, dangerous edge.

I want to assume he’s playing a prank on me, just pushing my buttons like always—but when Ian lifts me onto the desk in my classroom and slides his hands up my skirt, he doesn’t leave a lot of room for confusion.

I’m a little scared of things going south, of losing my best friend because I can’t keep my hands to myself. So, I’m just going to back away and not return this earth-shattering kiss—oh who am I kidding?!

Goodbye Ian, ol’ buddy, ol’ pal!

Helloooo mister not so nice guy.

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About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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If We Were at Happy Hour

If We Were at Happy Hour…

One of my favorite bloggers, Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner, has a great feature called “If We Were Having Coffee” that gives you more insight into the life “behind the blogger”. I always love reading her posts and thought I would give it a try!

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So cozy up with your favorite beverage, and let’s pretend we’re having a real coffee date and get to know each other a little better! I’ve got a rum and coke because I just got home from work…so maybe this post should be more like ‘if we were at happy hour’?! That sounds great. Give me all the chips and queso, please.

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If we were at happy hour… I would tell you that I’m currently reading THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE. I put this one off for a long time because it seemed kinda like something I would like but then again maybe not? I’m about 25% done right now and so far I’m loving it so much that I’ve already pre-ordered the next book in the series.

I’m also kicking myself a little for not trying the book sooner because the author, Mackenzi Lee, was at an event I went to last fall so I could have gotten the book signed.  I would ask you about what you’re currently reading and how it’s going.

If we were at happy hour… I would tell you that I’ve been really struggling over the past month. My dog, Ruby, passed away on May 9th due to cancer and I just miss her SO much. She was the sweetest dog I have ever met. Everyone who met her fell instantly in love with her. She was just the best dog in the world and I wish I could have had more time with her. I try to think of the happy memories and take comfort in knowing that she loved me just as much as I loved her. She was my best friend. I would ask you how you deal with grief and stress, and ask if you have any pointers for me.

If we were at happy hour… I would tell you that I have never felt so busy and stressed as I have these past few months. I work full time as a property manager and decided to go back to school full time as well. I’m really enjoying my classes and am excited to complete my Bachelor’s Degree, but it is HARD. Plus, I started my own business at the beginning of the year and am doing part time work as a travel agent. Plus dealing with the loss of my dog has just left me feeling all kinds of stressed out.

Despite being a little overwhelmed with everything, I am really happy with everything I’m doing. I hope one day I will be able to work full time as a travel agent, but it will probably take quite a while until I get there. I would ask what exciting things you have going on in your life. 

If we were at happy hour… I would tell you about my upcoming travels! I’m super passionate about traveling and am so excited for the next few months because they are basically packed with travel.

In August, my husband and I will be staying at a resort in Aruba for a few days. We have nothing really planned for the trip and will be able to just relax at the beach/pool all day….nothing sounds better, honestly. In September, I’m taking a really crazy trip by myself to the Amazon Rainforest and Quito, Ecuador. The rainforest portion is guided and with a group of course, but it still seems a little nuts that I’m actually going to see the Amazon. And hopefully a sloth!

We’re going up to Wisconsin in November to see my husband’s family for Thanksgiving. We’re bringing our miniature poodle, Haylee, along and I can’t wait to see what she thinks of the snow! Finally, we’re heading back to Belize for Christmas! If you read my last Happy Hour post, I was talking about how I was excited to go there for our honeymoon last fall. We LOVED the island and the resort we stayed at so much that we are going back for another week and I CAN’T WAIT. I would ask you if you have any trips coming up! 

So, let’s chat! You can answer any of the questions above or ask your own or just talk about anything you want! I really do want to get to know you better, so just pretend that we’re sitting at the bar with a big margarita and some yummy appetizers! Cheers!