27.8.16

Event Recap: #FrenzyPresents + #GIVEAWAY!

On Sunday, August 21, 2016, I journeyed into Toronto to the HarperCollins Canada offices for #FrenzyPresents! This was a two hour long presentation about HarperCollins Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 titles plus two awesome authors came in to tell us about their books and sign copies for us. I will tell you a bit of what we learned about each book and which ones I'm REALLY excited for. At the bottom, you can win a RED QUEEN prize pack including a pre-order of KING'S CAGE!


Girl Mans Up

Author: M-E Girard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 6, 2016

Summary:
All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will show her loyalty. But respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words. Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships, and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth--that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she’ll have to man up.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28217802-girl-mans-up?ac=1&from_search=true
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Why I'm Excited For It

When M-E Girard talked to us about her novel, it made me very excited for the novel! I was so interested to hear that this is the type of story that she would have wanted to read as a teen. I think when authors write stories they needed as teens, they always translate well. Also, Shelly loved it so that always makes me more excited to read a book.

As I Descended

Author: Robin Talley
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 6, 2016

Summary:
Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them.

Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.

Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word.

But what Delilah doesn’t know is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to make their dreams come true. And the first step is unseating Delilah for the Kingsley Prize. The full scholarship, awarded to Maria, will lock in her attendance at Stanford―and four more years in a shared dorm room with Lily.

Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to ensure their victory—including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school.

But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line.

From acclaimed author Robin Talley comes a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption, where fair is foul, and foul is fair.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28218948-as-i-descended?ac=1&from_search=true
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Why I'm Excited For It

QUEER. MACBETH. RETELLING. Macbeth is my favourite Shakespeare novel and I am SO hyped for this one. It's one of the only September 6th novels I have pre-ordered. If you don't know, there is magic, mayhem, and ghosts in this one. Nothing is as it seems and with Robin Talley, this one promises greatness.

The Thousandth Floor

Author: Katharine McGee
Series: The Thousandth Floor #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: August 30, 2016

Summary:
New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.


A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall…. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24921954-the-thousandth-floor
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Why I'm Excited For It

Not only does this have a Gossip Girl vibe, but I won a copy of it! So I am definitely going to be getting to it soon! Also, did I mention Gossip Girl vibe??? Plus someone falls off a building and that always is something I want to read about.

Leave Me

Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: HarperAvenue
Publication Date: September 6, 2016

Summary:
Displaying her trademark sensitivity, insight and humour, #1 New York Times–bestselling writer Gayle Forman’s stunning debut adult novel shows us that sometimes you have to leave home in order to find it again.

For every woman who has ever fantasized about driving right past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, for every woman who has ever dreamt of boarding a train to a place where no one needs constant attention … meet Maribeth Klein. A harried working mother who’s so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn’t even realize that she’s had a heart attack.

Afterward, surprised to discover that her recuperation seems to be an imposition on those who rely on her, Maribeth does the unthinkable—she packs a bag and leaves. But, as is so often the case, once we get where we’re going we see our lives from a different perspective. Far from the demands of family and career and with the help of liberating new friendships, Maribeth is finally able to own up to the secrets she has been keeping from herself and those she loves.

With big-hearted characters—husbands, wives, friends and lovers—who stumble and trip, grow and forgive, Leave Me is about facing the fears we’re all running from. #1 New York Times–, USA Today– and Wall Street Journal–bestselling author Gayle Forman is a dazzling observer of human nature. She has written an irresistible novel that confronts the ambivalence of modern motherhood head-on and asks, what happens when a grown woman runs away from home?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28513018-leave-me
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Why I'm Excited For It

Gayle Forman always writes wonderful books. We were told that this is one women of all ages should read so I will be purchasing a copy, reading it, and then handing it over to my mother and aunts!

Three Dark Crowns

Author: Kendare Blake
Series: Untitled #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 20, 2016

Summary:
Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.  

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23207027-three-dark-crowns?ac=1&from_search=true
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Why I'm Excited For It

I've already read this one and I LOVED it. This is the start to a wonderful new series from Kendare Blake that has magic, romance, and an intricate balance between triplets. Honestly this is one to watch for. Also, Kat is life.

The Female of the Species

Author: Mindy McGinnis

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: September 20, 2016

Summary:
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25812109-the-female-of-the-species?ac=1&from_search=true
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Why I'm Excited For It

New Mindy McGinnis is always a reason to get excited. Plus the MC gets murderous tendencies so clearly I'm already in love with it. This one is high on my priority list (in fact, I have it pre-ordered!) so definitely check it out.

Frost Like Night

Author: Sara Rassch
Series: Snow Like Ashes #3
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: September 20, 2016

Summary:
Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.

Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28512486-frost-like-night?ac=1&from_search=true
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Why I'm Excited For It

I personally haven't started this series, so I outsourced this blurb to my friend Sarah from The YA Book Traveler. (You will see that this happens again, but different Sarah.) Here's what she had to say about why she's excited for FROST LIKE NIGHT:
I'm honestly reading it because I hope it redeems the suck that was book 2.

The Queen of Blood

Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Series: The Queens of Renthia #1
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: September 20, 2016

Summary:
An idealistic young student and a banished warrior become allies in a battle to save their realm in this first book of a mesmerizing epic fantasy series, filled with political intrigue, violent magic, malevolent spirits, and thrilling adventure

Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . .

But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms.

With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness—a journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land . . . before it’s bathed in blood.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25036395-the-queen-of-blood?ac=1&from_search=true
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Why I'm Excited For It

Pitched as Queen of the Tearling meets The Hunger Games to us, I was immediately enthralled -- I actually went on Goodreads right then to mark it as "to read" because I hadn't previously done so. I am SO excited for this one and it's intricate plot. It should be an excellent addition to the Adult Fantasy canon. 

Every Hidden Thing

Author: Kenneth Oppel
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
Publication Date: September 20, 2016

Summary:
Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in centuries-buried rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the late nineteenth-century world has ever seen. Some legends call it the Black Beauty, with its bones as black as ebony, but to seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt, it’s the “rex,” the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling, temperamental archaeologist father in the history books (and conveniently make his father forget he’s been kicked out of school), if they can just quarry it out.

But Samuel and his father aren’t the only ones after the rex. For Rachel Cartland this find could be her ticket to a different life, one where her loves of science and adventure aren’t just relegated to books and sitting rooms. And if she can’t prove herself on this expedition with her professor father, the only adventures she may have to look forward to are marriage or spinsterhood.

As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. Their flourishing romance is one that will never be allowed. And with both eyeing the same prize, it’s a romance that seems destined for failure. As their attraction deepens, danger looms on the other side of the hills, causing everyone’s secrets to come to light and forcing Samuel and Rachel to make a decision. Can they join forces to find their quarry, and with it a new life together, or will old enmities and prejudices keep them from both the rex and each other?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28374370-every-hidden-thing?ac=1&from_search=true
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Why I'm Excited For It

Romeo and Juliet meets dinosaurs? Sign me up. I took an archaeology course in University and even went on a dig so I'm excited to see how this plays into the story. 

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

Author: Rosamund Hodge
Series: Untitled #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: September 27, 2016

Summary:
When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28448239-bright-smoke-cold-fire?ac=1&from_search=true
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Why I'm Excited For It

Another Romeo and Juliet retelling but with MAGIC. MAGIC!!! Like I don't even know how to explain how excited I am for this one. And THANKFULLY I got an ARC of it while I was there so I don't have to wait much longer to read it. (And then send it to Dani to read it)

Replica

Author: Lauren Oliver
Series: Replica #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Summary:
Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. 'A sickly child', her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father's connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she's always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father's name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute's walls, Lyra - or number 24 as she is known as at Haven - and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven's purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever...

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Why I'm Excited For It

Look I'm not going to lie, I dove into this one almost immediately upon receiving it. Lauren Oliver is one of my favourite authors (PANIC literally changed my life), so there was no way that I wasn't going to start this one. I've finished Gemma's story at this point (and am planning on finishing Lyra's soon) so I will actually have ~thoughts~ on this one if you want to tweet me about it!

Of Fire and Stars

Author: Audrey Coutlhurst
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: November 22, 2016

Summary:
Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25164304-of-fire-and-stars?ac=1&from_search=true
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Why I'm Excited For It

This has my new favourite trope: boy and girl both like a girl but GIRL GETS THE GIRL. Like I need this so much in my life, I can't handle it. Also I hosted a chat with Audrey Coulthurst about the book: you can see the recap here!

Carve The Mark

Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Untitled Duology #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: January 17, 2017

Summary:
Fans of Star Wars and Divergent will revel in internationally bestselling author Veronica Roth’s stunning new science-fiction fantasy series.

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30117284-carve-the-mark?ac=1&from_search=true
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Why I'm Excited For It

I was hesitant about the new V Roth book because I loved the Divergent series and am nervous. But this was sold to me on these keywords: space, star crossed lovers, space. I am so stoked for the new book! Plus we got a chapter sampler and trust me, it seems like it will be a good one.

King's Cage

Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #3
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Summary:
In the third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series, Mare is forced to play a psychological cat-and-mouse game with an old and deadly enemy, where the stakes are not only the future of the Red Rebellion but the sanctity of her own mind.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30227022-king-s-cage
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Why I'm Excited For It

I personally haven't read the Red Queen series, so I outsourced this little blurb about excitement for the next book in this series to Sarah. PS down below you can win some Red Queen swag + a pre-order of King's Cage!
Our main heroine, Mare, has gone through quite a transformation from the compliant girl in Red Queen to a symbol of power in Glass Sword. Of course, such power has its repercussions, and the adrenaline filled ending to Glass Sword has me dying of anticipation for King's Cage. This series holds one of my favourite villains, and that title, King's Cage, gives me the inkling we'll delve in his world, and his psychotic mind. As much as I love a true villain, a part of me hopes for redemption, and an even bigger part of me hopes for a reconciliation with Mare. But this series has taught me one thing: anyone can betray anyone. Whatever fate is in store for these characters, I'm ready for it!

The Valiant

Author: Lesley Livingston
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
Publication Date: February 14, 2017

Summary:
The youngest daughter of a proud Celtic king, Fallon has always lived in the shadow of her older sister Sorcha's legendary reputation as a warrior. But when Fallon was a young child, the armies of Julius Caesar invaded the island of Britain and her beloved older sister was killed in battle.

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister's footsteps and earn her rightful place in her father's royal war band. But she never gets the chance. Instead, Fallon is captured by a band of ruthless brigands who sell her to an exclusive training school for female gladiators—and its most influential patron is none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, Fallon's worst enemy, the man who destroyed her family, might be her only hope of survival.

Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, chilling threats and the dangerous attention of Caesar himself to survive the deadly fights that take place both in and out of the arena—and claim her place in history among the Valiant.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30320008-the-valiant?ac=1&from_search=true
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Why I'm Excited For It

THIS SOUNDS INCREDIBLE. I am so excited to see how Roman history meshes into this one because I took a lot of courses on that in University so I am a huge buff on that. Plus a lot of my blogger friends have blurbs for it, so I know it's going to be excellent. Me and this book will be an excellent match on Valentine's Day 2017.

The End of Our Story

Author: Meg Haston
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 4, 2017

Summary:
Meg Haston's romantic and thrilling new YA novel explores a star-crossed high school relationship in a tale rife with deeply buried secrets and shocking revelations.

Bridge and Wil have been entangled in each other’s lives for years. Under the white-hot Florida sun, they went from kids daring each other to swim past the breakers to teenagers stealing kisses between classes. But when Bridge betrayed Wil during their junior year, she shattered his heart and their relationship along with it.

Then Wil’s family suffers a violent loss, and Bridge rushes back to Wil’s side. As they struggle to heal old wounds and start falling for each other all over again, Bridge and Wil discover just how much has changed in the past year. As the fierce current of tragedy threatens to pull them under, they must learn how to swim on their own—or risk drowning together.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30653844-the-end-of-our-story?ac=1&from_search=true
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Why I'm Excited For It

Star-crossed lovers and high school drama are things I live for tbh. I think this will be a romantic tale about people finding their way back to one another and the ups and downs of life as a teenager. I'm really looking forward to it!

The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 11, 2017

Summary:
“I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. You have to have a crush on the exact right person at the exact right moment. And they have to like you back.”

What does a sixteen-year-old girl have to do to kiss a boy? Molly Peskin-Suso wishes she knew. She’s crushed on twenty-six guys…but has kissed exactly none. Her twin sister Cassie’s advice to “just go for it” and “take a risk” isn’t that helpful. It’s easy for her to say: she’s had flings with lots of girls. She’s fearless and effortlessly svelte, while Molly is introverted and what their grandma calls zaftig.

Then Cassie meets Mina, and for the first time ever, Cassie is falling in love. While Molly is happy for her twin, she can’t help but feel lonelier than ever. But Cassie and Mina are determined to end Molly’s string of unrequited crushes once and for all. They decide to set her up with Mina’s friend Will, who is ridiculously good-looking, flirty, and seems to be into Molly. Perfect, right? But as Molly spends more time with Reid, her cute, nerdy co-worker, her feelings get all kinds of complicated. Now she has to decide whether to follow everyone’s advice…or follow her own heart.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30653853-the-upside-of-unrequited?ac=1&from_search=true
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NEW BECKY ALBERTALLI BOOK. That is all.

Fireworks

Author: Katie Cotugno
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 18, 2017

Summary:
From Katie Cotugno, bestselling author of 99 Days, comes Fireworks—about a girl who is competing with her best friend to become the new pop star of the moment—and all the drama and romance that comes with it—set in Orlando during the late-'90s boy-and-girl-band craze.

It was always meant to be Olivia. She was the talented one, the one who had been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, was the level-headed one, always on the sidelines, cheering her best friend along.

But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing.

It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through.

Set in evocative 1990s Orlando, New York Times bestselling author Katie Cotugno’s Fireworks brings to life the complexity of friendship, the excitement of first love, and the feeling of being on the verge of greatness.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29523625-fireworks?ac=1&from_search=true
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Why I'm Excited For It

We were told this one has an excellent portrayal of female friendships and it seems like it will tackle the idea of when friendship becomes unhealthy and toxic. Plus I live on 90s pop music so I am excited for that as well. Because I won the #FrenzyPresents prize pack, I actually have an ARC of this one so I will be getting to that soon!
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  1. Ah, all these books sound amazzzzzing!! I'm incredibly excited for KING'S CAGE because I recently read RED QUEEN and I loved it! I'm currently reading GLASS SWORD and it's pretty good so far so hopefully, it doesn't disappoint! I'm also really excited for REPLICA just because the format and the two different stories and the different ways to read it seem SO interesting! I looooove this recap; glad you have fun!! :)

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  2. I'm most excited for The Thousandth Floor.

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  3. I'm very excited for King's Cage, as you know ;). But also The Thousandth Floor and Three Dark Crowns. There's been so much buzz lately for The Thousandth Floor and I'm hoping it lives up to the hype. I also love, love, love Lauren Oliver, so Replica is another one I'm excited for. I'm not sure how I feel about the layout, though. I think I'd read it the way you did. Having to switch between both characters each chapter by flipping the book would get annoying, I would think XD.

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  4. I am really looking forward to reading Becky Albertalli's new book. I loved Simon and am curious to see what other stories she has for me.

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  5. I'm honestly so excited for Replica by Lauren Oliver!! Cannot wait until November!!

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  6. I'm really looking forward to Carve The Mark! I've read the chapter sampler and its a little confusing, but I'm very interested in the story as a whole! And King's Cage of course, I literally cannot wait!

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  7. I'm really excited for The Thousandth Floor and Bright Smoke, Cold Fire as well as King's Cage and Carve the Mark! It's too hard to chose! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. Thanks so much J!
    Gah so many pretties, so i'm definitely excited for Kings cage and Three dark crowns and maybe Replica BUT The Queen of blood also looks goood

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  9. Apart for wanting to read King's Cage, I'm most excited to read Leave Me.

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  10. I want to read them all!! But I really need to get my hands on Three Dark Crowns and Kings Cage!
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  11. WOW so many books. THREE DARK CROWNS! THE VALIANT! *SpongeBob voice* I'm ready!I'm ready!I'm ready!

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  12. Super excited for King's Cage and The Valiant, intrigued by Replica.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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