Morgan Matson – The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected EverythingThe Unexpected Everything

Author: Morgan Matson
Publishing date: 5 May 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s
Pages: 528
Status: completed

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby — pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.

So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all — working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

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I’ve heard a lot about this book through BookTube and one day while browsing at Book Depository, just added it to my list and bought it. I didn’t expected it to be that large – 528 pages for a contemporary book is a bit much, right? And as always, it took me some months to get into it. This time, it was because of Valintine’s Day – I wanted to read some romantic book. I thought that it will take me lots of time to read it, considering the fact that it’s English and it’s a large book, but surprisingly it took me just 3 days.

The story is interesting, for sure. But it’s kind of a book, that I’m not planning to re-read. It’s about a girl, which have always under her control, but everything changes quite too fast and there isn’t even a spot from her plan for the summer. And here comes the trouble.

Andie is not my very favorite character. I doubt lots of her decisions, she was annoying at times and I wanted just to get into the book and stop her. But she was also cute, even thought. I tried to understand. On the other hand, I didn’t liked her friends as well. They are all teens, I know, but some of their conversations and things they do was… “no comment”. I liked Palmer the most, because she was the normal one.

Clark is actually my most favorite character from the book. I liked that Morgan Matson wrote a book, including main character being a writer. It was exciting to see what kind of a life a writer can have. But he was also kind, understanding and sweet clumsy. Can I have him, please? xD

I also liked the writing. This is the first book that I read by Morgan Matson and I do plan buying some of her other books. It’s funny how I was able to go through such big book for 3 days only. It was interesting to read that chats and emojis used in the conversations.

Overall, it’s a nice book, preferably read during the summer. I like it, because it’s easy-going. Give it a try!

Rating: 4 stars

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Most Anticipated April Releases

Here I am with my most anticipated releases for April 2017!

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Alex, ApproximatelyAlex, Approximately

Author: Jenn Bennett
Series: no
Publishing date: 4 April 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 400

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex… Approximately.

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Girl in the Blue Coat

Author: Monica Hesse
Series: no
Publishing date: 4 April 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320

Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion.

On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman’s frantic plea to find a person-a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.

Beautifully written, intricately plotted, and meticulously researched, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary, gripping novel from a bright new voice.

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The Upside of UnrequitedThe Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli
Series: no
Publishing date: 11 April 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 352

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness — except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

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Given to the Sea

Author: Mindy McGinnis
Series: no
Publishing date: 11 April 2017
Publisher: Putnam’s Childrens
Pages: 352

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

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Spindle Fire

Author: Lexa Hillyer
Series: Spindle Fire #1
Publishing date: 11 April 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 351

It all started with the burning of the spindles.
No.
It all started with a curse…

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood – and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape… or the reason for her to stay.

Spindle Fire is the first book in a lush fantasy duology set in the dwindling, deliciously corrupt world of the fae and featuring two truly unforgettable heroines.

Read in March

March officially has ended, so I’m here to write my monthly read books. This month I was able to read only 5 books, but you know… sometimes you must go to work, mostly 5 days in a week. xD

I’m glad I finished Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. It surely is one of my favorite series so far. ^^

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bloodlines 4-6

As I wrote, I finished reading the Bloodline series. I’m in love. This is my second favorite series after Vampire Academy and Richelle Mead is officially my most favorite author. This woman is a genious. I’ll soon post all the books from both series and will write my 5-stars reviews for them. I promise! ^^

Lover RevealedI also managed to finish “Lover Revealed” by J.R. Ward. I love Black Dagger Brotherhood series and I know I read the books slowly, but I take them from the city library. I hope one day I’ll be able to buy them all, but currently I can’t.

“Lover revealed” was full of surprises and twists I didn’t expected, but it’s really breath-taking book. And the scenes between Butch and Marissa – oh my… xD

I finished it for 8 days – I know it’s long, but workdays are more than the free days unfortunately.

 

Forever Too Far“Forever Too Far” is the 3rd book from Rosemary Beach series. As I’m a fan of Abbi Glines, I managed to buy her books. I finished it for a few hours – it was just too interesting.

I really hope that Bulgarian published will continue releasing the books from this series or at least the 4th book as well.

I’m going to write reviews for this one book and the book before it as I skipped it due to site’s maintenance. With both books my list with books awaiting reviews is really big. I think it will took me a some more time to write all reviews, which are the average number of 30 ~ 40…

With this said, I can start organize the books for April. I already finished one and I’m reading 2 books at the moment. One of them is very boring, but I’ll do my best to read it.

Courtney Cole – Initium

Initium
Initium
Author: Courtney Cole
Series: The Nocte Trilogy #2.5
Publishing date: 23 September 2015
Publisher: Lakehouse Press, Inc.
Status: to-read

I never knew what the consequences would be.
I say that like it’s a defense, an excuse.
It’s not. It’s simply the truth.
I never knew what he would become to me.
Through everything, he’s become everything.
My rock, my air, my love.
My everything.
And then….
Things changed.
Because it was wrong.
Because sometimes, our sons must pay for the sins of their fathers.
Or their mothers.
I’m afraid that I’m lost,
that I’m damned.
After you read this, you’ll probably agree.
Really, it doesn’t matter.
All that matters is that I save him.
Because he shouldn’t pay for my sin.
Judge me if you like.
But keep reading.
This is our beginning.
This is where the darkness truly starts.

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Jayne Ann Krentz – Secret Sisters

Secret Sisters
Secret Sisters
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Publishing date: 8 December 2015
Publisher: Berkley
Status: to-read

Madeline and Daphne were once as close as sisters — until a secret tore them apart. Now it might take them to their graves.

They knew his name, the man who tried to brutally attack twelve-year-old Madeline in her grandmother’s hotel. They thought they knew his fate. He wouldn’t be bothering them anymore… ever. Still their lives would never be the same.

Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother’s mysterious death. And at the old, abandoned hotel — a place she never wanted to see again — a dying man’s last words convey a warning: the secrets she and Daphne believed buried forever have been discovered.

Now, after almost two decades, Madeline and Daphne will be reunited in friendship and in fear. Unable to trust the local police, Madeline summons Jack Rayner, the hotel chain’s new security expert. Despite the secrets and mysteries that surround him, Jack is the only one she trusts… and wants.

Jack is no good at relationships but he does possess a specific skill set that includes a profoundly intimate understanding of warped and dangerous minds. With the assistance of Jack’s brother, Abe, a high-tech magician, the four of them will form an uneasy alliance against a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth…

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Becca Fitzpatrick – Dangerous Lies

Dangerous Lies
Dangerous Lies
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publishing date: 10 November 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Status: to-read

A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime — but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Stella Gordon is not her real name. Thunder Basin, Nebraska, is not her real home. This is not her real life.

After witnessing a lethal crime, Stella Gordon is sent to the middle of nowhere for her own safety before she testifies against the man she saw kill her mother’s drug dealer.

But Stella was about to start her senior year with the boyfriend she loves. How can she be pulled away from the only life she knows and expected to start a new one in Nebraska? Stella chafes at her protection and is rude to everyone she meets. She’s not planning on staying long, so why be friendly? Then she meets Chet Falconer and it becomes harder to keep her guard up, even as her guilt about having to lie to him grows.

As Stella starts to feel safer, the real threat to her life increases — because her enemies are actually closer than she thinks…

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Colleen Hoover – November 9

November 9
November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publishing date: 10 November 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Status: to-read

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

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