Book Tag Sunday has now officially lasted two weeks straight, which is a record for us. I saw Sara at The Book Cycle had done this tag, and Meg and I are obsessed with anything related to the Seven Deadly Sins, so we thought this would be the perfect fit!
First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
“There are two things you know. One: You were there. Two: You couldn’t have been there.
Holding these two incompatible truths together takes skill at juggling. Of course juggling requires a third ball to keep the rhythm smooth. That third ball is time – which bounces much more wildly than any of us would like to believe.”
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.
This week’s Waiting on Wednesday goes to Warcross by Marie Lu! Obviously, pretty much every book blogger is looking forward to this release. We’re both huge fans of Lu’s past series’, and cannot wait to see what she has in store this time. It’s sure to be just as engrossing as it is heartbreaking, exhilarating as it is empathetic. The concept sounds incredibly complex, but Lu sure has the writing chops to match it! This book could not get here any sooner.
Publication Date: September 12th, 2017
Synopsis: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.
Welcome to Book Tag Sunday! Every Sunday, we’re hoping to do a new book tag for all of you. To kick it off, we’ve decided to do the Goodreads Book Tag, which we found from Life of a Literary Nerd! Goodreads is truly such an invaluable source. It’s an organizational tool, but also helps us get involved in the community by seeing what people are reading and whether they love or hate it. So without further ado, let’s see what’s coming up for us!
I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Review by: Paige
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Publication: October 1st, 2017
Genre: New Adult, Magical Realism, Urban Fantasy
Synopsis: Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out.
Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.
Unaware of what’s happened to Skye, Kit starts dating Livy, trying to keep it casual to protect her from the attention of the goblins. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kit, Skye draws his cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods, dooming Grady and Skye both to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever.
It’s a midwinter night’s enchantment as Livy, the only one untainted by a spell, sets out to save them on a dangerous magical path of her own.
We are without a doubt people who judge books by their covers. We’re all guilty of it to some extent, but believe us, we’re not opposed to picking up books even when they have less-than-alluring cover designs. But it’s time to show some praise for what we each believe are the prettiest covers out there! We can analyze design in relation to books just as well as the books themselves, y’all. Check out each of our top picks, and make sure to tell us what your favorites are!
Review by: Paige
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Synopsis: When fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in the hospital, she knows the lazy summer break she’d imagined won’t be exactly like she anticipated. And once she returns to her grandfather’s estate, a bit banged up but alive, she begins to realize that her injury might not have been an accident. One of her family’s employees is missing, and he disappeared on the very same day she landed in the hospital.
Desperate to figure out what happened, she befriends Euan McEwen, the Scottish Traveller boy who found her when she was injured, and his standoffish sister, Ellen. As Julie grows closer to this family, she experiences some of the prejudices they’ve grown used to firsthand, a stark contrast to her own upbringing, and finds herself exploring thrilling new experiences that have nothing to do with a missing-person investigation.
Her memory of that day returns to her in pieces, and when a body is discovered, her new friends are caught in the crosshairs of long-held biases about Travellers. Julie must get to the bottom of the mystery in order to keep them from being framed for the crime.
In honor of the “Summer of ’17”, and being halfway through July, we’ve compiled a list of 17 Summer Reads that are perfect for the beach! Whether you’ve got your toes in the sand, or are curled up on a stormy night, these books are the perfect summer recipe. Sweet or dark, they’re all engrossing. Believe us, you won’t be leaving the beach until you’re through with this list. As always, make sure to tell us your favorite summer reads!
Review by: Meg
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.
Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.
As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.
Yet not all promises can be kept.
Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.
Review by: Paige
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Synopsis: 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?