Swept Off My Feet by Ines Bautista-Yao.
Published: September 19th 2017.
Rating: 4.5 Goodreads • Amazon
Blurb: Why my life sucks by Geri Lazaro
1. My dad left when I was a kid. 2. My mom is in love (insert eye roll). 3. With a guy who is like 10 years younger than her! 4. My friends think he’s hot. (Gross) 5. I love ballet but our dance studio has a leak and we have to dance in this smelly studio that doubles as an aikido dojo. 6. There’s this Dojo guy who thinks the studio belongs to him. 7. Friends think Dojo guy is cute. (Ew.) (Okay, objectively maybe but still, ew.) 8. I’m failing algebra. 9. Need to quit either basketball or ballet. Or both. 10. Dojo guy keeps showing up! (Fine, he does aikido in the same building but whatever.) 11. Dojo guy is asking me to dance with him. And maybe he is as cute as my friends say. 12. I don’t know what to do anymore!
In Real Life by Jessica Love.
Published: March 1st 2016.
Rating: 2/5 Goodreads | Amazon
Blurb: Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another.
There’s just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.
Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she’s supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Las Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.
Hannah’s surprise romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and finds out that Nick has been keeping some major secrets. Hannah knows the real Nick can’t be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour.
Published: May 15th 2014.
Rating: 2.75/5 Goodreads | Amazon
A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world. Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.
Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can showcase books that they are eagerly waiting for. This week I’m waiting on Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo.
Expected publication: August 29th 2017.
384 pages. Goodreads | Pre-Order
Blurb: She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .
Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.
Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.
Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
Are you guys as excited for this as I am?? Oh my God!!!!
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi.
Published April 26th 2016.
Rating: 2.25/5 Goodreads | Pre-Order
Synopsis: Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…
But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.
The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury.
Published: February 23rd 2016.
Rating: 5/5 Goodreads | Amazon
Synopsis: She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…
When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.
But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?
As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.
Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can showcase books that they are eagerly waiting for. This week I’m waiting on The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana.
The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana.
Expected publication: July 18th 2017.
354 pages. Goodreads | Pre-Order
Blurb: 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?
Indian folklore, a troubled kingdom, an inescapable fate, and romance. CAN YOU HEAR ME SCREAMING??? I NEED TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS BOOK!!
Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can showcase books that they are eagerly waiting for. This week I’m waiting on Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1) by Lana Popović.
Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1) by Lana Popović.
Expected publication: August 15th 2017.
416 pages. Goodreads | Pre-Order
Blurb: “Lush. Delicious. Bewildering. And darkly magical. Popovic has created a world that you tumble into from the very first words and wish you could stay in forever.” —Evelyn Skye, author of The Crown’s Game
“Wicked Like a Wildfire was like devouring a succulent fairy fruit—it will rob your time, settle into your dreams, and leave you starving for more.” —Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
Fans of Holly Black and Leigh Bardugo will be bewitched by Lana Popovic’s debut YA fantasy novel about a bargain that binds the fates—and hearts—of twin sisters to a force larger than life.
All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.
But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?
Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first in a two-book series. Readers will be rapt with anticipation for the sequel.
Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can showcase books that they are eagerly waiting for. This week I’m waiting on Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali.
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali.
Expected publication: June 13th 2017.
353 pages. Goodreads | Pre-Order
Blurb: Saints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life…starring a Muslim teen.
How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them?
Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box.
And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.
While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then?
Everything about this book seems so incredible, I cannot wait for it to come out!!!
Keeping the Distance (I Heart Iloilo #1) by Clarisse David.
Published: February 6th 2017.
Rating: 4.5/5 Goodreads | Amazon
Synopsis: No bets. No fake relationships. Just a very real one that has to be kept under wraps.
Seventeen-year-old Melissa wants to dye her hair cotton candy pink and focus on her ukulele instead of Physics. But she can’t. As the daughter of a Catholic school principal, living up to her model student image 24/7 is a must. Something’s about to give under all the pressure. She only hopes it isn’t her.
Getting involved with a troublemaking basketball player is the last possible thing she needs…
Lance is used to getting what he wants. With a pretty face he uses to full advantage and his role as co-captain of the basketball team, the easy way is the only way he’s ever known. Until the day he notices the prim Melissa he’s known forever is actually hot and decides to ask her out. He has no idea he’s about to learn the lesson of a lifetime.
Not getting what he wants might exactly be what he needs…