December wrap-up and January TBR 2016

December was a very slow month for me. Even though I wanted to read more books, I just didn’t have the motivation or even the energy. Since it was the holidays and I was preparing for my vacation, I was pretty busy and never got the chance to read as much as I wanted to.

Either way I at least was able to read three books and since I’m into cozy mystery for now I was able to finish the year with three of them.

I enjoyed all three of them, especially This Pen for Hire. I also really loved Agatha Raisin, since I was able to listen to the radio broadcast of the Quiche of Death and The Vicious Vet. As I mentioned in my goodreads group this is worth a listen. I highly enjoyed listening to the voices of the different characters and also all the background special effects.

JANUARY TBR

I’m actually not going to have a TBR for this month because I’m on vacay. I don’t have any of my books with me so I’m just relying on what’s on my kindle and other books that will come from my overdrive account.

So I’m off for a few weeks, but will sporadically post  when I get WiFi.

Wishing everybody a Happy New Year to all and may you have a prosperous reading year!!!!

This Pen for Hire by Laura Levine

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Author: Laura Levine
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Rating: 3.5/5
Protagonist: Jaine Austen

SynopsisJaine is a pen for hire. She can write everything from a formal resume to a dotting love letter. When nerdy Howard Murdoch asked Jaine for help, she writes him a love letter for a fitness goddess. Unfortunately, she turns up dead and it is up to Jaine to clear Howard’s name.

Review: I’m really glad I got to squeeze in some cozy mystery book before the end of the year.

I heard really great things about this series from many of my GR friends, so I decided to pick it up to check for myself. I’m really glad that I chose this series to read because it was light, fun and an enjoyable read! I admit it was a bit cliched, but that’s acceptable for a cozy. Although it was similar, there were also things that set the series apart.

This is the first from the series, but it left me laughing loud and wanting more. I admit that the mystery is not as impressive as other cozies series, but it was still interesting. If you’re a cozy reader, then the killer of this book would have been obvious. I hated the decision that the author made regarding the villain, but it made sense and made the story intriguing. I was hoping that the outcome would be different, but I was just deluding myself.

The heroine of the story is very likable. She’s funny, smart and made the story interesting. I love the explanation of her name and made her interesting. I would have enjoyed it more if the story is a re-telling of a Jane Austen book, with a twist of mystery, but we can’t have everything.

I’m actually really surprised that this was set in a much bigger place than the normal small town. I’m not saying its a bad thing, it actually added to its charm and it set the series apart from the others.

I’ll keep reading the series and hope it gets better after each book.

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Ending: I hated, hated the villain. I was really hoping that they were going to make Cameron one of the love interest, but either way it was something different.

Hopefully, the rest of the books would have something different for her next book as well.

Top Ten Best YA Reads 2015

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I feel like my post recently has been nothing but TTT and challenges, but don’t worry I will remedy that for the next year!

For this weeks Top Ten Tuesdays we were to list our top ten best reads for 2015. We were allowed to narrow down our topic in sub-genres. I have decided to list my top ten YA reads, since the majority of books I’ve read are YA.

Here is my list:

Not all these books I rated 5 out of 5, this list just means that I highly enjoyed myself reading them and deserve to be on my list.

Comment down below your favorite reads for 2015!

Top Ten New-to-me Favorite Authors

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This TTT is pretty self explanatory. List your top ten authors that you found this year, and love their work!

To be honest, I really don’t think I’ll have ten authors, since I’ve been doing my ‘Finish series I’ve started’ personal challenge.

1. Amie Kaufman
I first read Kaufman’s books this year and I think they were phenomenol. I wasn’t sure if I was going to buy this whole heiress and military relationship, but I’m pretty much sold! I love the two books that I’ve read of her, and I can’t wait to pick her new releases: Their Fractured Light and Illuminae

2. Danielle Paige
I really enjoy her Dorothy Must Die books. She’s not exactly a new favorite, but I will be keeping my eye out on her other books.

Like I said, I mostly read books from series I’ve already started, so not a lot of new authors stood out for me.

I’m planning on reading new series next year, so maybe I’ll try to re-do this post at the end of 2016.

Top 10 2016 Debuts Novels I’m Looking Forward to

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I haven’t done a TTT in such a long time, not that I don’t want to, its just the previous topic didn’t really draw me in. This week, however, was different. I really wanted to make a post about my top ten 2016 Debuts. Unfortunately, since I’m getting older, I feel that I get a lot of days mixed up. I seriously thought I was posting this on a Tuesday, not one day behind. Oops…sorry!

Anyways, for this week we were asked to list our Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels. There are actually a lot of books I’m looking forward to. I’m not really the type to read new authors, but I feel that 2016 is the year for a good hidden gem.

Here is my list:

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These Vicious Masks by Tarum Shanker
Release Date: February 9, 2016

The first time I heard of this book it was through goodreads, seriously I get my best tips from them, when I read the synopsis I was intrigued and really think that its going to be a great read!

Synopsis: England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

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Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse
Release Date: February 9, 2016

I’m usually very skeptical on books like these, where time travel comes into question or even double futures, only because there’s always a loophole. I’m really more intrigue on the writing on this book. I want to know how the author will actually make this book happen.

Synopsis: One year from now, Dylan develops a sixth sense that allows him to glimpse another world.
Ten years from now, Brixney must get more hits on her social media feed or risk being stuck in a debtors’ colony.
Thirty years from now, Epony scrubs her entire online profile from the web and goes “High Concept.”
Sixty years from now, Reef struggles to survive in a city turned virtual gameboard.
And more than a hundred years from now, Quinn uncovers the alarming secret that links them all.
Five people, divided by time, will determine the fate of us all. These are stories of a world bent on destroying itself, and of the alternate world that might be its savior–unless it’s too late.

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After the Woods by Kim Savage
Release Date: February 23, 2016

I always enjoy reading these types of books, its interesting and I’m always intrigued on how the author will write the ending.

Synopsis: Would you risk your life to save your best friend?

Julia did. When a paroled predator attacked Liv in the woods, Julia fought back and got caught. Liv ran, leaving Julia in the woods for a terrifying 48 hours that she remembers only in flashbacks. One year later, Liv seems bent on self-destruction, starving herself, doing drugs, and hooking up with a violent new boyfriend. A dead girl turns up in those same woods, and Julia’s memories resurface alongside clues unearthed by an ambitious reporter that link the girl to Julia’s abductor. As the devastating truth becomes clear, Julia realizes that after the woods was just the beginning.

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Into the Dim by Janet Taylor
Release Date: March 1, 2016

As I said before, I’m not really a fan of time travelling, but I am curious on how they will weave their story. Plus, I love the middle ages, I want to see how Taylor incorporate this fascinating history in her story.

Synopsis: When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing.

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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Release Date: March 1, 2016

This is a Sherlock Homes re-telling, need I say more? No I don’t think so!

Synopsis: The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

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Consider by Kristy Acevedo
Release Date: April 19, 2016

I know I want to decrease my series next year, so starting a new one  won’t really help, but I just can’t help it. This book just seem so mysterious and interesting and I can’t wait to read it!

Synopsis: As if Alexandra Lucas’ anxiety disorder isn’t enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear from the sky, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: heed the warning and step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet they say is on a collision course with earth. How’s that for senior year stress?

The holograms, claiming to be humans from the future, bring the promise of safety. But without the ability to verify their story, Alex is forced to consider what is best for her friends, her family, and herself.

To stay or to go. A decision must be made.

With the deadline of the holograms’ prophecy fast approaching, Alex feels as though she is living on a ticking time bomb, until she discovers it is much, much worse.

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Love, Lies & Spies by Cindy Anstey
Release Date: April 19, 2016

I’m not sure if excited is the right word for this, but I do want to read it. Seems like a Jane Austen type of book. If anything, the cover is beautiful!

Synopsis: Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.

Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.

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Everland by Wendy Spinale
Release Date: April 26, 2016

Peter Pan re-telling. To be honest, Peter Pan is actually my lease favorite fairy-tale growing up. I’m the type of little girl who loves their “Happily Ever After” and I feel that Peter Pan doesn’t really give that vibe. Anyways, when I saw this I was instantly fascinated because of the cover, but as I was reading it, I realized that it was a re-telling. The synopsis is interesting enough that I actually want to give it a go.

Synopsis: Forget the story of Peter Pan you know. Because in Everland, the only way to grow up is to survive.

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German Army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a mysterious boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

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The Cure for the Common Universe by Christian Heidicker
Release Date: June 2016 (No actual date yet)

If this cover doesn’t suck you into reading this book, then I don’t know what to say. This is like bookgasm! It’s so Futurama! I think this book will be one of those cutsie love stories.

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Jaxon is being committed to video game rehab . . .

ten minutes after he met a girl. A living, breathing girl named
Serena, who not only laughed at his jokes but actually kinda sorta
seemed excited when she agreed to go out with him.

Jaxon’s first date. Ever.

In rehab, he can’t blast his way through galaxies to reach her. He
can’t slash through armies to kiss her sweet lips. Instead, he has
just four days to earn one million points by learning real-life
skills. And he’ll do whatever it takes—lie, cheat, steal, even learn
how to cross-stitch—in order to make it to his date.

If all else fails, Jaxon will have to bare his soul to the other teens
in treatment, confront his mother’s absence, and maybe admit that it’s
more than video games that stand in the way of a real connection.

Prepare to be cured.

*Well that’s most of the books I’m looking forward to for the next year. As you can see I only went up to June, maybe I’ll create another one of these for the second half of the year.

Comment down below, what debut books are you looking forward to for 2016?

November Wrap-up and December TBR

ARGH! November was such a bad month for me. I honestly thought I’d get more reading done, unfortunately that didn’t go as planned. As I said before I wanted to read books that are in series I’ve already started since I did want to finish as many series as I can this year. The funny thing is the two actual books I read are not part of my ‘already started series’ or are they books from my November TBR. ack! I was doing so good! Frustration makes me use “!” a lot!

I know we still have a couple of days left for November, but I don’t usually start a book I can’t finish by the end of the month. Since I have no pending books, I won’t be reading over the weekend. Here are the books I’ve read for the month of November:

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I really did enjoy both of them. I was pleasantly surprised with 172 Hours on the Moon, only because it’s as scary as others said it is. Left me awake for a few days, but worth the read!

Book of Ivy is the typical dystopian novel, with romance at the center of it. A lot of political intrigues as well. So those who prefer novels like this will enjoy it.

I know, its such a puny wrap-up, but two books is, at least, better than none.

DECEMBER TBR

I’m not really sure how much reading I’m going to get done this month since I’m going to be getting reading for the holidays and my vacation, but I’ll try to read every opportunity I get.

Here are some of the books I want to read before the year ends.

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I don’t think I’ll be able to achieve my goal of 50 for 2015, but I’m so glad that I at least came close to it.

I’ll be posting the challenges I’ll be participating for next year, so stay tune!

Comment down below on the books you’re planning on reading next month.