Reading Queue is a monthly meme hosted by Books: A True Story and Book Tasty where we can get together and talk about the books we hope to read in the coming month and the books we read last month. So write up your own Reading Queue post and then go check them out!
August was all about reading ARCs and I’m happy to say that I read 7 ARCs and DNF’d 2. I’m sad about the DNFing but I didn’t care much for either book and was wasting time forcing myself to read them. When I’m not interested in a book, it takes me about five times longer to read it than if I’m enjoying it and in the end I usually still don’t like it. So I’m trying to be better about DNFing and spending my reading time reading books I enjoy. I was also able to read 3 non-ARC books. Two for my kid and one for me!
Since August was all about catching up and getting ahead with ARCs, September is going to be about reading books I already own! I have 2 books coming up that have been on my TBR pile for a long time. I also have 3 books that I pre-ordered on my list that are finally coming in this month! I’m so excited for those! And yes, one of those is Queen of Shadows. I also have a few ARCs on my list. But I’m really looking forward to all of the books on my list and really hope I can get to them all!
A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano and Stand-Off by Andrew Smith: I loved A Curious Tale! It’s one of the best middle-grade books I’ve read in a while and I highly recommend it. Stand-Off was a good sequel to Winger and while I’m not entirely sure that it was absolutely necessary, I was more than happy to visit Ryan Dean again.
Everything, Everything by Nichole Yoon and The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland: Everything Everything was as good as everyone is saying! And Wings of Fire is my son’s favorite series and he asked me to read the first one, so I did. And I was actually pretty surprised by it. Another good middle-grade fantasy book that I’d recommend if you’re kids are looking for a new series to read.
Shadows of sherwood by Kekla Magoon and Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In-Between by Jennifer E. Smith: These were both three star books for me. I enjoyed them but didn’t love them.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl: This is by far the best book I read this month. Most definitely put this on your list, pre-order it, put in a request at your library, beg your friends to borrow it, whatever it takes. Read this book. Also, I read James with my fourth grader and he loved it. For me, it wasn’t actually that great. Especially compared to his other books, I just didn’t enjoy it as much.
The Boy Most Likley To by Huntley Fitzpatrick and Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson: This book. It’s hard to follow up a very beloved book years later with a companion novel that’s very different from the first. My expectations were a bit off for this one. I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped. But I still enjoyed it. I did really enjoy Walk and I highly recommend it, especially if you grew up playing The Oregon Trail like I did and enjoyed The Girl of Fire and Thorns.
Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid and Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood: These are the two books I DNF’d. I just wasn’t a huge fan of either main character and felt like these books just weren’t for me.
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas and Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman: These are both books I’ve pre-ordered and can’t wait to read! I’m really hoping I’ll get the chance to this month!
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and Every Breath by Ellie Marney: I’m reading Scarlet as part of the #TLCReadalong. I haven’t read it before and I’m really looking forward to continuing the series! I’m also really excited to start Every Breath and find out why everyone is talking about these books!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson: IT’S FINALLY TIME! Yep, Six of Crows will be happening this month. Also, from my TBR pile, I’ll finally be continuing with the Fire and Thorns series. I really don’t know why it’s taken me so long but reading Walk on Earth a Stranger reminded me how much I really want to finish this series!
Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett and Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski: I’m not actually a big horror fan so I’m slightly nervous about these too but also a little bit excited! I’ll just have to make sure I read them in the middle of the day with all of the lights on!
A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis and Never Never by Brianna Shrum: I’m excited for A Madness so Discreet because I loved McGinnis’ other books and also because she is from Ohio and I heard her talk about how this book was inspired by the asylum in Athens, Ohio where my husband went to school. (In Athens, not the asylum.) So I can’t wait to read it! I pre-ordered Never Never and it looks like it’s going to be here early and I’m so excited because I can’t wait to read it!
What are you excited to read this month?
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on 2015-09-01
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.
Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
QUEEN OF SHADOWS IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited to be a part of the Release Day blitz for this amazing book hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! Of course, I haven’t read it yet. But I did pre-order it and can’t wait to dig in as soon as it shows up!
If you haven’t read these books, or heard about them, check out all the info on the book below. Also, if you actually haven’t heard of this series yet, I’m kind of impressed that you’ve been able to avoid it so long. But you should know that this series is full of great characters and great storylines. I definitely recommend it!
This blitz includes a giveaway for a set of the first 3 books in the series (in paperback format). US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
And after you enter the giveaway, because we know that’s probably why you’re all here, you can read chapters 1-5 of Queen of Shadows HERE right now!!!
Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series, will release worldwide on September 1st, 2015.
A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.
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1 winner will receive the first 3 books (in paperback) in the THRONE OF GLASS Series. US Only.
Ends on September 11th at Midnight EST!
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Most Exciting Book Mail
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch: I’m so excited for this sequel and am so thankful to HarperTeen for sharing it with me!
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin: This is one of my most anticipated books for the rest of this year and I can’t wait to read it! Jaime from Fic Fare sent this and Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between to me and I’m so thankful!
Every Breath by Ellie Marney: I purchased this one because it’s a Sherlock reimagining that so many people are raving about. I can’t be left out! I hope I love it!
It was also like Christmas on Edelweiss last week. I went a little crazy and downloaded all of these winter HarperTeen books!
Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan * The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig * A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro * The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine * Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
Favorite August Reads
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff * Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon * A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
I highly recommend looking into each of these books and putting them on your To Read lists immediately. I loved them all.
Coming Up in September
Holy crap, September?!?! I haven’t even thought about September at all. At least nothing really past Queen of Shadows. But I do have a few tour stops happening here next month that I’m pretty excited about and hopefully a lot of reviews that I’ll be catching up on from August that I just didn’t write or post. I will also have my regular September New Release Giveaway as well as a giveaway for Banned Books Week. So there should be a lot of great stuff coming up!
I hope you guys all had a great August and a great end of summer. We had a great summer here and I still can’t even really believe that it’s over. We’re homeschooling this year which makes our schedule slightly different but so far we’ve loved it and the flexibility it has offered us. Plus, the kids are still participating in one class each at their old school so they still see their friends every day. It’s pretty much the best of both worlds! We still ended up with beginning of the school year colds though, even we couldn’t escape that.
Fall is my favorite season and I’m so excited that it’s just about here! Beautiful colors, great clothes, cooler temperatures, and none of the stupid humidity of summer! I hope you guys are looking forward to September! At least we know a lot of great books are coming our way!
Bounce by Noelle August
I received this book for free from the Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Boomerang #3
Published by HarperCollins on 2015-08-25
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: the Publisher via Edelweiss
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When you have one chance to become a star, you can't let love get in the way . . .
Playing the occasional club gig just isn't cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who's trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. When she accompanies her best friend Beth on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures, Why not? Beth's a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler's newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.
Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she'll land the lead role or that she'll have her socks knocked off by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all like acting.
Reckless musician Grey Blackwood spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs on the set of his CEO brother's newest project, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows that if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that's tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought. Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.
I love this book series and I’m so excited to be a part of this tour! These new adult romances are so much fun and the characters are great. If you’re still looking for some quick romances to read during the last days of summer, definitely look into these!
In Bounce, we get Grey’s and Skyler’s stories. After meeting Grey in Rebound, I can definitely say that I was excited to get to know him more in this one. And Skyler was roommates with Mia, who we met in Boomerang, the first book. One of the best things about series like this is getting to see characters from the previous books that we loved again in the new books. Their lives have continued to move forward and we get to peek in at them. In this one we see Mia as well as Ethan a bit and we also get a little bit more of Adam and Allison. It wasn’t my favorite part of the book, but it definitely made it fun for those of us who have read the series from the start.
As far as characters go in these books, they are fun and realistic and interesting and I love them all! Grey and Skyler are no exception. I loved seeing their individual struggles, the processes they went through to grow up, and what motivated them to work hard. For Grey, I liked getting to know his past and how he ended up where he is and so different from Adam but also so talented and creative. For Skyler, her parents were a big part of who she was and what she was doing. She was so torn between being the parent to them and also still wanting to be their child. Seeing how she dealt with that within herself and with her parents was really emotional. And I think these are things that we all relate to as we’re growing up: how do we fit in with our family and how to we become the adults we’re suppose to with the expectations our families have for us are different from what we want for ourselves. I think this was one of the more serious books of the series but it was also one of my favorites.
And just because this one had some serious emotions doesn’t mean it was any less fun. Skyler and Grey had some serious chemistry and the characters are fun like always. There are some supporting characters who offer more fun than others but I won’t spoil who they are. Overall, it was still fun and everything you’d expect from a Boomerang book. And if I’m being honest, I liked it even more than Rebound. Though Boomerang is still my favorite.
I highly recommend these books if you’re a fan of New Adult romances. They’re fun and flirty but also emotional and full of character growth. It’s fun looking back at the characters we’ve gotten to know in previous books but it’s also not necessary to have read them, since this book focuses on Grey and Skyler and not main characters from the other books. If you want something fun and fast and swoony, definitely check out Bounce and the whole Boomerang series!
About the Authors:
: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? Answer
: Noelle August
, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger
and New York Times
bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi
, the masterminds behind the Boomerang series.
You can visit them at NoelleAugust.com
, and facebook.com/NoelleAugustBooks
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Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted each week by Breaking the Spine
and lets us spotlight a book that we are eagerly waiting to be released. This week I’ve chosen:
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 2015-09-01
Genres: Action & Adventure, Historical, Love & Romance, Westerns, Young Adult
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When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate.
In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.
This wasn’t really on my radar at all until I started seeing some positive reviews coming in from Goodreads friends. I’ve never really read a western novel and I’m also never really been into western movies. But after seeing reviews and reading the summary, I am very intrigued! So intrigued that I pre-ordered it. It comes out the same day as Queen of Shadows so it won’t be the first thing I pick up that day but I’ve definitely carved out a space next month to read it and I’m really looking forward to it!
What are you waiting on this week?