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Most Anticipated 2017 Books (1st Half)

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Top Ten Tuesday is weekly meme that is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

This week’s topic is Top Ten Anticipated Fist Half 2017 Releases

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FANTASY NOVELS

      gilded-cage   the-edge-of-everything   a-conjuring-of-light

#1. Gilded Cage by Vic James   |  #2. The edge of everything by Jeff Giles  |  #3. A Conjuring of light by V.E. Schwab

CONTEMPORARY NOVELS

     the-hate-u-give     history-is-all-you-left-me     a-list-of-cages

#4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas   |   #5. History is all you left me by Adam Silvera   |  #6. A List of Cages by Robin Roe

MYTHOLOGY / RETELLING NOVELS 

                                       poison-kiss    the-bear-the-nightingale

 |   #7. Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields    |     #8. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

PIRATE NOVELS

                                      daughter-of-a-pirate-king     blue-tide         

 |    #9. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller  |   #10. Blue Tide by Jenna-Lynne Duncan

Have you read any of these books? And which ones are on your 2017 TBR already? Let me know down below 😀

 

Current Books · Reviews

Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett – Review

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Blurb

28503699Everyone we’ve Been

Author: Sarah Everett

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
  
Published: October 4th 2016

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Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy.

Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased.

But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?

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adri's review

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This book was crushing. I was speechless for a few minutes after I finished it and then I just started crying. You know one of those books that you don’t expect that just come out of nowhere and leave you a wrecked mess for a week? This was that type of book. 

I loved all the characters, especially Addison and Zach. I just…

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The writing was absolutely beautiful, simple yet brewing with so much emotion. The novel mostly centers around moving past pain, moving forward but it touches upon much more than. Like family. Addison’s family felt so real that I couldn’t help but feel they’re pain. It was one of the most realistic depictions of family I’ve come accross. Also the fact that it was an interracial family was just a big fat bonus for me.

After Addison Sullivan starts seeing a certain boy whom no one else sees, everything about her life just start to fall apart and the author makes you feel every painful bit of confusion and panic she expereinces. The story flows smoothly between alternating views of Addison “before” and “after” as she scrambles to make sense of the boy. I laughed, swooned and got absolutely heartbroken but in the end when all the pieces started falling back together, it made one intricate, realistic picture. The only problem I had with this is the slow pace at the beginning. 

I wish I could say more, but I can’t without spoiling it. You’ll come into this expecting something and you’ll get out of it with something else entirely, in a good way. Also, you will cry.

I won’t be forgetting this book anytime soon and I’ll be pushing everyone to read it because it doesn’t get half the praise it deserves. 

 


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Stalking Jack the ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – Review

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Blurb

stalking Stalking Jack the Ripper

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Format: Hardcover, 326 pages

Published: September 20th 2016

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Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

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My favorite aspects of this book are the characters. They all had distinctive personalities and they were both likable and unlikable, as in they had flaws that made them infuriating. Frankly, that’s how I like my characters; it just makes them more real. The writing wasn’t bad and it captured the mystery aspect of the book very well. It was every bit as creepy and grotesque as I thought it would be. 

Back to our protagonist, Audrey…I loved the fact that she was a badass character with a questionable interest in forensic medicine and a love for dresses. Although, I should say that I felt like she sounded a bit condescending to the other female characters. I didn’t like her that much.

Thomas Cresswell is probably the reason I kept reading; he saved this book for me. His personality was a bit of fresh air, especially in the YA genre which is infested with recycled male characters. He’s smart, arrogant and a bit mysterious. He’s also absolutely infuriating and just, to put it simply, intriguing. 

Unfortunately the romance there fell short for me. I don’t know what it was exactly. I liked the idea of them together and the chemistry wasn’t bad but I didn’t feel invested in their relationship. It’ll probably get better in later books.

The mystery and horror-like aspect was another thing that worked for Stalking Jack the Ripper. The description of the murder scenes and the dead bodies was pretty disturbing (which is a big plus!) and it was actually hard to guess who the culprit was so it kept me on edge, adding to the creepy factor. 

Overall not a bad book, but too slow-paced and a bit bland for my liking. The last few pages get much better but it was hard to get through this book.

 


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14584166Kerri Maniscalco

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats. Stalking Jack the Ripper is her debut novel. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history, and is the first in a new series of gothic thrillers.

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