Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #30

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! This week I will be participating in Waiting on Wednesday. WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Every week we showcase upcoming releases that we are excited about. Tressa @ Wishful Endings has recently taken lead in this meme, considering Jill hasn't been posting on for a while. Learn more here!

This week I chose Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger!

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

BOOK REVIEW | Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Author: Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #3
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: I bought the Target special edition at my local Target!
Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

Monday, May 29, 2017

Mangas I've Read + Give Me Recommendations!! (PLS)

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! I'm Genni, and today we are talking about manga. I've always wanted to talk about manga more on my blog, but I just haven't because I have a dilemma: I can't find manga that I am really interested in! So, I figured all of you could (hopefully) help me out! Give me some recommendations if you have them. Down below are the manga I've read and finished, and what I though about them so you'll get a feel for what I like. At the end I'll mention some manga that I never got around to finishing. I wouldn't be opposed to finishing them, they just don't grab my attention as much as I want them to!

Cat Street by Yoko Kamio
This was good, but it wasn't stand otu. I read it, I liked it, and I quickly moved on. Unlike some others in this list, Cat Street didn't really leave me with a lasting impact. every now and again it'll randomly pop in my head, but I didn't LOVE it.

Marmalade Boy
Marmalade Boy is one of my favorite mangas of all time. That's not saying much because I haven't read a ton (as you can see) but I just love this with all my heart. I don't know which one  I like more, Fruits Basket or Marmalade Boy. Both of them are my loves. :D

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #29

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! This week I will be participating in Waiting on Wednesday. WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Every week we showcase upcoming releases that we are excited about. Tressa @ Wishful Endings has recently taken lead in this meme, considering Jill hasn't been posting on for a while. Learn more here!

This week I chose The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana!

A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn't enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

Why I'm Waiting

Guys...this cover is stunning! To be completely honest with you, this the cover is what drew me in. The synopsis is a bit confusing, but that is what I normally find with fantasy books. Here's hoping that my confusion lessens when I read the book!

Are you looking forward to Library of Fates? Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post. :)

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read! 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

TTT: Books That Scream Summer

Hey everyone and welcome back! I'm Genni, and today I am participating in Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today's topic is a summer freebie, so I am going to be doing the top ten books that scream summer.

When I think of books that scream summer, I always think contemporaries. Not just contemporaries, but those that are fun and not too dark! So here are my top ten recommendations for summery contemporaries!

Also, sorry this is coming up a day late! Let's just say that there was a project I was doing for school and it took me way longer than I anticipated. I started at 4pm, ended at 4am. UGH. I decided to prioritize sleep over blogging.

10) Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
Seven Days of You follows Sophia's last week in Japan before she moves to the states. Japan has become Sophia's home, and this book focuses on moving on and trying to deal with change. Someone from Sophia's past comes back the last week as well, and the book is chock full of drama. This book takes place in summer and it super fast paced, which is why it's the perfect book to read this summer!

9) Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
If I could only recommend one book, it would be this one! This is my favorite book of the year so far; I absolutely love it! Alex, Approximately is based off of You've Got Mail, and is about Bailey "Mink" Rydell. She moves to California to live with her dad, and she hopes to find the boy that she has been IM'ing that also lives there. She doesn't tell him though, and crazy, funny, and moving antics ensue. I just can't stop raving about this book to anyone who asks me about it. it!!!

8) The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
I (think?) talk about about this book a lot on my blog! When I read the Replacement Crush last year, my expectations were blew out of the water, and this book seriously needs more love! Vivian, the main character, essentially tries to plan out her relationships with a list of safe crushes. But there's this annoyingly hot boy that works at the bookstore Vivian also works at...Need I say more? Who doesn't love a good hate to love angsty relationship? I know I do!

7) The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Morgan Matson is known for her summery books! I could put probably any of her books on here, and people would agree. The Unexpected Everything is my favorite of Matson's books, which is why I picked this one out of what she has out right now. Let's just say friendships, dogs, awkwardly cute romance, and a father/daughter relationship are all huge themes in the book that made me love it.

6) One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank
Much like The Replacement Crush, One Paris Summer needs some more love! I read the book mid-May last year and it made me so ready and excited for summer. Sophie Brooks goes to Paris for the summer to hang out with her now estranged dad and his new family. There is obviously  animosity because of the situation. The family tensions were done so well and I love how Denise Grover Swank accurately described family and how convoluted it can become. The only thing I didn't love was the romance, but I know that I am the black sheep when it comes to this!

5) To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Do I need to talk about why you should read this book? If you haven't already. I'm sure that you know what this book is about, because it is pretty popular in the YA world. If you don't To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a book that follows Lara Jean, a sophomore (or junior??) in the first book and the repercussions that follow after the love letters she kept in a hat box are mysteriously sent. This series spawned one of my favorite young adult couples, and I love Lara's voice. The first book was definitely my least favorite, but the second and third were just spectacular!

4) Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
I know that Hoover has faced some controversy recently, but I will not hold back with my love for Maybe Someday. Maybe Someday is a book that was literally made for me. It's perfect for the summer because it flies by and is chock-full of drama. If you want to read a Hoover book but don't know which one to start with, I would suggest this one. I personally think it is her best work though, so don't get your expectations too high when you move on to another book by hers!

185301353) Royally Lost by Angie Stanton
Royally Lost is one of those books that doesn't have much substance but it super fun to read. There have been times I have just opened this book on my Nook and started to read random passages. It isn't the most memorable or unique plot (a girl goes on a trip to Europe and falls in love with a prince who just wants to live his life) but it is a book that always leaves me happy and content at the end. Royally Lost is a super cutesy romance that warms my heart. And hey, it takes place in summer!

2) Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
I haven't read Meant to Be in two or three years now, so I'm just not going to synopsize this. From what I remember, this book is a hate to love romance (my kryptonite) and takes place over the summer. Need I say more for why this is a perfect summer read. In fact, I might just pick this up again..

1) Marmalade Boy by Wataru Yoshizumi
So this last one is a manga series! Marmalade Boy is one of my favorite mangas of all time. I've only read about 7 or so mangas (I'm working on it!) but this always stands out. Whenever I just want to read manga but can't find a good series to delve into, I just reread this. There are 8 volumes, so you can get through the series fairly quickly too. Marmalade Boy is essentially a shojo romance between Miki and Yuu, who become step siblings. However, this is totally readable for all you guys out there!

So those are just ten of some great contemporary reads for this summer! What are some that you recommend. Also, sorry to all you fantasy lovers!! I'm a big fantasy reader too, but when I think summer, I immediatley think contemporary!

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW | Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Title: Ruby Red
Author: Kerstin Gier
Series: Edelstein-Trilogie #1
Publisher: MacMillan Audio
Publication Date: November 2, 2011
Source: I got the audiobook via Overdrive
Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

An unabridged recording (8 hours, 50 minutes).

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #28

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! This week I will be participating in Waiting on Wednesday. WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Every week we showcase upcoming releases that we are excited about. Tressa @ Wishful Endings has recently taken lead in this meme, considering Jill hasn't been posting on for a while. Learn more here!

This week I chose Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener!

Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on Earth in order to escape an arranged marriage.

Kidnapped by the princess’s head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.

No pressure or anything.

Factor in Trystan, the princess’s terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets, and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head.

Get lost Amid Stars and Darkness, in this YA sci-fi romance from debut author Chani Lynn Feener.

Why I'm Waiting

This just sounds absolutely amazing to me. Not only is the cover beautiful, but the plot really captures my attention. I love a good sci-fi adventure, so this is right up my alley. Plus, it seems like there's some forbidden romance thing going on, and I can't say no to that. 

Are you looking forward to Amid Stars and Darkness? Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post. :)

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read! 

Monday, May 15, 2017

BOOK REVIEW | Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 567
Publication Date: September 5, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: I got this from my local library!
Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.


A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings! No. 6

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! Today I am participating in Friday 56 and Book Beginnings. They are hosted by Freda's Voice and Rose City Reader, respectively. 

The rules are simple for both. For the Friday 56, we turn to page 56 or 56% in our e-reader and highlight a passage of any book! Book Beginnings is where you feature the first sentence (or so) of a book and give your thoughts and impressions.

Also, I am pretty much the absolute worst for consistently posting with these weekly memes! It has been quite a while since I've done one and I am hoping that this will be a regular meme on this blog. :)

Friday 56
This quote comes from page 56 of City of Heavenly Fire! I know what this is referring to, but I know it probably makes no sense to people who aren't familiar with the Shadowhunter world! There was a quote later on in the page, but it was definitely a spoiler for anyone who hasn't read the five books prior! Nevertheless, I am about to start reading City of Heavenly Fire. I just have to finish Forever and Always, Lara Jean by Jenny Han first. 

Book Beginnings

Talking  about Forever and Always, Lara Jean, I used the first sentence of the book! Forever and Always is the last (?) book in Jenny Han's Lara Jean trilogy. The question mark is there because To All the Boys I've Loved Before, the first book, was supposed to be a standalone. Then it got a sequel, P.S. I Still Love You, and that was supposed to be the conclusion. Now we have this final book, which is my current read! I am currently loving it; I am able to connect with Lara Jean so much more than the other books this time around as Forever and Always follows Lara in her senior year. She has made so much growth since the first book and I just love the book and the atmosphere it provides and I could go on and on. 

So, those are my Friday 56 and Book Beginning quotes! Have you read or are planning to read these two?

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #27

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! This week I will be participating in Waiting on Wednesday. WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Every week we showcase upcoming releases that we are excited about. Tressa @ Wishful Endings has recently taken lead in this meme, considering Jill hasn't been posting on for a while. Learn more here!

This week I chose Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock.
Jenny met Chance for the very first time when she was assigned as his partner in their Junior Communications class. But one clever lie to rescue a doomed assignment later, and the whole school was suddenly convinced that Little-Miss-Really-Likes-Having-A's and the most scandalous heartbreaker in school have been best friends forever.

It’s amazing how quickly a lie can grow—especially when you really, really want it to be the truth. With Jenny, Chance can live the normal life he’s always kind of wanted. And with Chance, Jenny can have the exciting teen experiences that television has always promised her. And through it all, they hold on to the fact that they are 'just friends.' But that might be the biggest lie of all.

Why I'm Waiting

These past couple days I've been in such a contemporary mood, and I totally think it is the more summery weather. This synopsis just sounds so cute and sounds like the perfect summer read. Good thing it is coming out this August 1st! I'm ready to read some good old fashioned teenage angst. :)

Are you looking forward to Just Friends? Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post. :)

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read! 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

BOOK REVIEW | World After by Susan Ee

Title: World After
Author: Susan Ee
Pages: 314
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Skyscape
Source: I checked this out from my local library!
In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what's left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn's sister, Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels' secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can't rejoin the angels, can't take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

Friday, May 5, 2017

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW | Death Sworn by Leah Cypess

Title: Death Sworn
Series: Death Sworn Duology
Author: Leah Cypess
Reader: Cris Dukeheart
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: I checked the audiobook out from my online local library.
When a young sorceress is exiled to teach magic to a clan of assassins, she will find that secrets can be even deadlier than swords. From the critically acclaimed Leah Cypess comes a dangerous and eerie fantasy about murder, shocking discoveries, and fiery star-crossed romance that readers of Cinda Williams Chima and Robin LaFevers won't be able to put down. Ileni is losing her magic. And that means she's losing everything: her position as the rising star of her people, her purpose in life, and even the young man she loves. Sent to the assassins' cave, hidden deep within the mountains, she expects no one will ever hear from her again. The last two sorcerers sent died within weeks of each other. Accidents, or something more sinister? As Ileni navigates the dangers--both natural and human--of the caves, she'll discover secrets that have been kept for decades. And she'll find an ally in Sorin, the deadly young man who could be the assassins' next leader. With Sorin determined to protect her, sparks--magical and romantic--will fly. But will even he understand the choice she must make in the end?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #26

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! This week I will be participating in Waiting on Wednesday. WoW is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Every week we showcase upcoming releases that we are excited about. Tressa @ Wishful Endings has recently taken lead in this meme, considering Jill hasn't been posting on for a while. Learn more here!

This week I chose Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet.
Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Readers will experience Nina LaCour's beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard's glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon's imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno's story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick's charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.
 Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Goodreads

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge!

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog!! Today I'll be talking about an ARC Challenge I made the decision to participate in today. I have a pretty big ARC pile that I've amassed over the past year or so, and I want to make a dent! This challenge seems perfect for doing just that. 

Here are the rules and other tidbits of info :
  • Link up here at the Caffinated Book Reviewer
  • ARCs must be read in the month of May
  • ARCs can be in any format!
  • Post a start up post
  • You don't have to review the book, but just have a link to goodreads showing the dates read and a two sentence review. 
  • To do this, friend Kimberly on goodreads here
  • Twitter party using #cleansweeparc on May 18th at 7:30 PM (EST)
  • Post your results!
I also want to give a shoutout to czai over at The Blacksheep Reader! I always seem to find and learn about readathons from them, and that is where I learned about this one! Thanks czai. :)  

Without further ado, here is my TBR for the Clean Sweep Arc Challenge!

1) Weregirl by C.D. Bell
I cannot remember the last time I have read a book about werewolves. In fact, I don't think I have ever read a book solely focused on werewolves since Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver series. This might not be the "best thing ever" but I am ready to have some fun and read about some werewolves.

2) Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl
Royce Rolls seems like a blast! The book follows Bentley Royce, one (fifth?) of her family's reality tv show, which is the equivalent of Keeping up with the Kardashians. Bentley is ready to live her life, but decides to save the reality show she despises in order to keep her family together. This is described as a "laugh out loud funny romp" and it better deliver!

3) The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
I think this is the ARC I am by far looking forward to the most! Everyone seems to love this book, including blogger friends and real life friends. I need to read this book ASAP, as I'm sure I will love it. Let's hope this sci fi doesn't disappoint!  

4) Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland
Hello, Sunshine is about Becca after she is rejected from every college she applied to. Looking for a fresh start, she goes to LA in order to pursue an acting career. I'm not completely invested in reading this, but I'm a intrigued. Now that I've actually committed to a college, I don't think that the book will hit too close to home for me.
5) Two Summers by Aimee Friedman
With summer fast approaching (yay!) I am in the perfect mood for this book. From what I remember, this book follows a girl whose summer is told in two different perspectives. Basically there are two ways this girl's summer could have gone, and we follow both of them. One is in France and the other one is at her home.

So five books is actually pretty big for me when it comes to TBRs, because I rarely stick to them. I'm a massive mood reader, but I am determined to read these! I'm planning on reading five different books other than these in May; I hope I get to all of them!

Are you participating in the challenge? What ARCs do you still have on your TBR?

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Good luck to everyone participating!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!