Fighting Fate Cover Reveal, Excerpt, & Giveaway

Today is the cover reveal for Shaila Patel’s new book, and second installment of the Joining of Soul’s Series,  Fighting Fates! I was excited when Shaila posted on Twitter looking for bloggers who’d love to participate in her cover reveal! The cover of this YA Fantasy is gorgeous!

About Soulmated

Soulmated.jpgEighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.

Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.

When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.

Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?


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About Fighting Fate

FightingFate CoverEmpath Liam Whelan is determined to protect Laxshmi “Lucky” Kapadia, the girl he loves, at all costs–even if it means breaking her heart to keep her alive. Stopping the joining cold means Liam’s life is in danger from the Soul Seekers and the ruthless Minister Gagliardi who now has designs on Lucky. Liam has no choice but to find the strength to fight his desires, fight the joining, and fight fate.

After the unthinkable happened, Lucky’s “hallucinations” have been working double-time. Heartbroken and plagued by doubts, she meets a man who gives her a mind-blowing explanation for her predicament. Her apparent savior provides her with an escape from her hell: run away with him or return to her drab existence and watch Liam move on with her heart in his hands. All Lucky ever craved was to be in control of her own fate, but when her only choices fight against her heart, can she find the strength to battle for what she wants?


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Under the cover of her porch, I returned her bag to her. We moved apart. With the connection broken, she let out a shuddering sob. The pain of separating from her hit me square in the chest. I wanted to hold and comfort her, but I was already making a dog’s dinner of this just by being here. This would set her back—set us both back.

She turned away from me. Her hand shot up to her mouth, and her shoulders shook. I instinctively stepped forward, but all I could do was curl my fingers into my palms to keep from touching her.

“I miss you so much, Liam,” she said, the words choked out between hoarse cries. “I’m sorry. I know I’m not supposed to be weak.” She slapped away her tears and turned to face me. A bolt of lightning cracked nearby. I couldn’t stay. The tingling was pulling us together like it was some sort of magnetic current.

“You’re not weak. I miss you too, Lucky.”

Her eyes grew cold in an instant. The fury of the sandstorm I sensed from her made me gasp, and I stumbled back. “Jaysus, Lucky.” We were crossing interpretations again. I was reading her emotions as air metaphors instead.

She barreled toward me, her hands balled up, apparently unaware of the effect her anger had on me. “You have no right to miss me. You left me!” She beat her fists against my chest, and I had to grab her by the wrists to stop her.

“Are you thinkin’ this has been easy for me?”

She wriggled free from my grip. “Whose fault is that?” she yelled above a roll of thunder. I didn’t want her to see the pain on my face, so I turned away, holding myself up on the white, wooden railing. The whirlpool of her anguish surrounded me, making my head ache.

I took a deep breath and lowered my voice. “Lucky, I broke my promises to you. For that, I’m truly sorry. But I had little enough choice. None of that changes my feelings for you.”

“I’m not The One, so it’s time to move on. Is that it? Regardless of how you feel? Of how I feel?” Her voice cracked. “You’re a coward.”

I heard her fumbling for her keys. She’d be inside soon, and I’d rather be fighting with her on the porch than be without her.

“So where next, hmm?” she asked. “North Dakota? Vermont? Ooo, I know. You should go to India. You could play this game for the rest of your life!”

I turned to face her. Her sarcasm was brutal, but I deserved all that and more.

She tried to unlock her door, but the keys slipped from her grip. She stooped to pick them up, but her fingers were shaking so badly, she dropped them again.

“Dammit!” She crouched a second time and sucked back another sob.

I swept down and set my hands over hers to steady them. Taking the keys, I unlocked the door, followed her inside, and bundled her in a blanket from off the sofa. Lucky didn’t protest. We stood there, dripping water on her mum’s carpet, staring into each other’s eyes. Grabbing fistfuls of the covering around her neck, I gently rocked her, tugging her closer, fighting the craving to kiss her. My breaths came out fast and shallow, and only clinging to the material with both hands kept me from sneaking a touch of her soft skin. If I didn’t leave now, I’d stay because I didn’t have an ounce of the strength she had. Maybe I was the coward she’d accused me of being.


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About Shaila Patel

Shaila_Patel_As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever-after, Shaila Patel’s younger self would finish reading her copy of Cinderella and chuck it across the room because it didn’t mention what happened next. Now she writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues. A member of the Romance Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, she’s a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night. SOULMATED, her debut novel and the first book in the Joining of Souls Series, was the winner of the 2015 Chanticleer Book Reviews Paranormal Awards for Young Adult. Book 2, FIGHTING FATE releases April 2018. She loves craft beer, tea, and reading in cozy window seats—but she’ll read anywhere. You might find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light or gushing about her favorite books online.

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Have you read Soulmated yet? If so, what did you think? Do you love this new cover?


ARC Review: The Rogue Queen

Happy Book Birthday to The Rogue Queen AND Happy Birthday to Emily R. King! I find it so fitting that Emily gets to celebrate her birthday the same day as the fantastic book she wrote. If you haven’t read this series yet you definitely need to! It’s action packed from beginning to end making it one of the most intense YA Fantasy’s I’ve ever read. The characters are so dynamic and getting to know these Sister Warriors has been a wild ride this past year! Make sure to add it to your TBR piles!!

About The Rogue Queen

Rogue QueenDespite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.

That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.

In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.

To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.


My Review

5 Stars

I categorize this book as a YA Badass Female Lead Action Fantasy because that is what it is! It is intense from beginning to end and each installment picks up right where the last one ended. I’m so excited we get a fourth book in this series and that we don’t have to wait long for the next one! Also, these covers…I mean (Heart Eye Emoji’s)

This book starts you off getting to see another part of the world, the Southern Isles, where Kalinda and Ashwin are determined to start making allies to fight the demon Rajah Tarek. It won’t be the last of the new territory we will see and we’ll get to revisit some territory’s we haven’t seen since The Hundredth Queen.

Kalinda is weak, and getting weaker, due to the ice within her heart put there by the demon after he was released from the void. King describes Kalinda’s inner battle between fire and ice so well that you can feel her soul fire’s struggle. She’s forced to keep her ordeal a secret in order to maintain the respect of her people as their Rani, and to make sure those closest to her try not to keep her from her duty to fullfill her role, plus there is no way she’s staying out of the fight. Her need to control everything that seems to be crumbling around her makes the story even more intense. She is faced with so many hard choices and her feelings confuse not only herself but those around her.

Deven sets off on a separate journey in this book as the second POV which makes this story even more dynamic. He sets out to find his brother Brac with Natesa, Yatin, and a young Galer. The journey is not easy and Deven is faced with the struggle he has taking his friends along with him. If it were his choice he’d leave them all behind to keep them safe but their loyalty to him is shown multiple times throughout their trek across the desert on their search. He also struggles with his decision to leave Kalinda but knows she has to make some hard choices, one of which may lead to her choosing Ashwin over him.

This book will take you on a roller coaster ride and you’ll be left wondering what else this crew can handle!

Have you read The Hundredth Queen and The Fire Queen yet?

eARC Review: Shoot the Moon

Happy book birthday to Kate Watson’s Shoot the Moon! I can’t wait for the rest of the world to have a chance to read this fun book. You can definitely place your bets on this YA Contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park because it’s definitely a winner!

Thank you to Netgalley for approving my request for an eARC of this high stakes retelling!

About Shoot the Moon

shoot the moon.jpgDespite what his brother—and sponsor—thinks, nineteen year-old Tate Bertram isn’t an addict. He has the 30-day chip to prove it. But when his father learns Tate’s been running an illegal card room out of a friend’s dorm to pay off old gambling debts, Tate is cut off. With his family no longer talking to him, his aunt Nora offers him a chance to intern for her political campaign. Juggling school with the intense internship, Tate finds himself buying scratch-off lottery tickets to take the edge off.

Tate is surprised to find the beautiful and calculating Alex Wolf—his first crush and the girl who taught him how to gamble—volunteering with Nora’s campaign, too. Soon, Tate is more drawn to Alex than ever. Her mind games stick in his head, but her vulnerable, softer side gets into his heart. But as tensions rise along the campaign trail, Tate is forced to question whether he’s really addiction-free, after all.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS meets ROUNDERS in this high stakes tale of the cost of winning and the price of redemption.


My Review

5 Stars

This YA Contemporary picks up a few months after Seeking Mansfield  but this time you’re getting Tate’s POV. You remember Tate, Ollie’s big brother, who ended up in the hospital due to his gambling addiction.

Tate is not the most likable character and at times I struggled with his personality. I had to keep reminding myself that addicts are often so used to lying that they’ve become accustomed to doing what people expect them to do out shear habit. Tate is exactly like this. I struggled because he was just so cold on the inside but over the course of the book, seeing his struggle with his gambling addiction, it made more sense. Of course he’s cold, his addiction is what drives him, and it’s also what keeps the wedge between him and his family. Watson did a wonderful job of portraying this struggle and by the end of this book you’ll be rooting for him!

Can I just tell you that the end of this book with its twists and turns and secrets revealed was so well done that you never would’ve seen what happened next. It becomes almost like a thriller and the connections made in the end are shocking. I really enjoyed the corruption aspects of this book and by the end you’re not sure who to trust.

I’ve never read Mansfield Park but from what I’ve heard from others this retelling is spot on with it’s portrayal of the main character. I’ll have to add this classic to my TBR list so that I can make all the fun connections those who’ve read it have been able to make!

Have you read Seeking Mansfield yet? If so, what did you think? Have you added this to your TBR piles yet? 

Spotlight: Reign of the Fallen

So excited for this YA Fantasy, Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh! I love participating in book tours and was excited to sign up for this one! I will definitely get around to reading this at some point this year because I’ve heard so many amazing things about it! Is it on your 2018 TBR?

A big Thank You to Brittany @bookbrambles for hosting this ARC tour! If you haven’t checked out her blog than make sure to head over there!

About Reign of the Fallen

Reign-of-the-Fallen-Cover-FINALWithout the dead, she’d be no one.

Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

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About the Author

View More: Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.

When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys watercolor painting, ghost hunting, and pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to tabletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.

Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued greyhounds, three birds, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallenduology, and several picture books.

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American Panda Review & Giveaway

I’ve made a goal of reading more YA Contemporaries and this book did not disappoint! I loved every minute of this adorable book. It has so many important themes like overcoming cultural differences and navigating through the transition from living at home to living on your own. I couldn’t put it down!

Thank You to Fantastic Flying Book Club for picking me to participate in the American Panda Blog Tour! If you haven’t checked out their blog yet, you are missing out!

About American Panda

Cover.pngBy Gloria Chao
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 6th 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate.
At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.
With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth–that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.
But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?


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5 Stars

“I became this sheltered, awkward turtle destined to be an outcast no matter where I went…”

This book was so much fun to read. The themes throughout the book were portrayed in the most realistic way, you feel like you’re actually living it. Gloria Chao did a fantastic job in her writing when it came to describing just how Mei was feeling in each situation she was thrown into. There were times when I felt Mei’s frustration, longing, and even embarrassment at times. There’s even one instance in the book where I felt so much emotion I had to put it down for a few minutes.

Mei is this awkward teen who skips a grade and ends up in MIT at the age of 17, is afraid of germs, and tends to get up and leave without explanation to get out of embarrassing situations. I loved her awkward witty personality and Chao did an amazing job at showing Mei’s insecurities along the way. Mei’s inner struggle to please her parents while trying to come to terms with who she is can be seen clearly in Chao’s writing.

Oh Darren. He is so sweet and understanding you can’t help but fall in love with him. He does his best to show Mei that life isn’t based on plans, that sometimes you just have to live in the moment, and that there is nothing wrong with standing up for yourself and what you want. His support of Mei is #relationshipgoals for sure!

The family dynamics in this book are so fascinating. I don’t know much about Chinese American culture but reading this will definitely open your eyes to the strict family dynamics you only hear about. Mama Lu is definitely a character and aunt Yilong is so intense you will find yourself staring at the pages like…”she’s crazy”. Each character is unique and adds so much to the different cultural aspects that you are completely captivated as the story continues along.

I can’t wait to see what other books Gloria Chao releases in the future because this book is definitely top of the list of books I’ll be recommending!


About the Author:

Gloria Chao is an MIT grad turned dentist turned writer. AMERICAN PANDA is her debut novel, coming out February 6, 2018 from Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster.
Gloria currently lives in Chicago with her ever-supportive husband, for whom she became a nine-hole golfer (sometimes seven). She is always up for cooperative board games, Dance Dance Revolution, or soup dumplings. She was also once a black belt in kung-fu and a competitive dancer, but that side of her was drilled and suctioned out.
Visit her tea-and-book-filled world at and find her on Twitter @gloriacchao.

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Marissa Meyer Event Moderation ReCap

I was so excited when my book bestie Krysti over at YA and Wine asked if I would moderate Marissa Meyer’s Wires and Nerve: Volume Two release event hosted by our lovely indie shop The King’s English! The last time Marissa was here was when she released Heartless so I knew it’d be a good time! She was so much fun to moderate for and to hear all her speak about her writing journey doing a graphic novel was really neat! I hope she’ll be back again!

Now on to the Discussion!!

(Disclaimer) Let’s just say we’ve been hosting our book club for two years now and we still have trouble remembering who’s turn it is to ask the next question so this time we made sure to highlight our speaking parts! It was a SUCCESS!!

Question 1.  You have, of course, previously written several bestselling YA novels. Can you tell us about your writing process for these graphic novels and how it was different from when you’ve written your other books?

Answer. The writing process was much slower because you’re looking at things frame by frame and trying to envision not only the dialogue but what image will be in that particular space so it was definitely a whole new experience.

Question 2.  The illustrations in these books are so much fun. Being huge fans of your Lunar Chronicle series, it was really fun for us to see those characters brought to life. What was your reaction the first time you saw them?

Answer.  Amazed. They were even better than I could’ve imagines. There is definitely no way I could’ve done what the illustrators did for these two books. They really brought the images to life!

Question 3. So of all the illustrated characters in WIRES AND NERVE, which one most closely matches what you envisioned while you were writing the Lunar Chronicles?

Answer. Wolf was spot on. He was definitely the character that most resembled my vision for him.

Question 4. Do you plan on doing any more graphic novels in the future?

Answer.  Yes, possibly picture books as well while my girls are still young enough.

Question 5. Okay, we’re going to have you put on your Sorting Hat for just a minute…literally. (Have her put on the hat) We’re going to have you sort some of your characters into their Hogwarts houses. Which would you sort Cinder into? Scarlet? Cress? Winter? Levana? What’s your house?


She even sorted her two adorable twin girls who came up in stage to hang out for a bit!!

Question 6. I think it’s safe to say that you have a lot of fans in this audience tonight, but your number one fan is also here. She’s in our book club, and her name is Jenessa, and she wanted us to ask what inspired the futuristic/sci-fi world of the Lunar Chronicles.

Answer. Shows like Star Wars and Firefly were the most influential in wanting to write Sci-Fi.

Question 7. The Lunar Chronicles books are, of course, inspired by classic fairy tales, and Heartless is inspired by Alice in Wonderland. What is your favorite fairy tale, and if you haven’t written a retelling of it, would you?

Answer. Bluebeard or Rumpelstiltskin would be really fun to write. I tend to gravitate toward the darker aspects of fairy tales and never understood some things like why Rumpelstiltskin wants a baby. So it would be fun to write something around one of those books.

Question 8. Where did you get your inspiration for Cinder, like what made you think of doing her character as a Cyborg?

Answer. I had a dream about Cinderella one night but instead of her shoe falling off it was her foot and that sparked the ideas that “What if Cinderella was actually a Cyborg” which then got me thinking about what that world would look like, and what the society would look like.

Last but not least our amazing book min crew was there to support us and Marissa Meyer!! We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for their support! We’ve truly made some amazing friends!!

Have you read The Lunar Chronicles? Which book was your favorite? Who is your favorite character? Have you read Wires and Nerve yet? What other graphic novels have you read? 

Wonder Woman Book Tag

Gah! I love Wonder Woman! I came across this book tag  on my sweet friend Mandy’s blog Book Princess Reviews! If you haven’t checked out her blog before you definitely need to!

Wonder Woman: Your favorite badass female book character…

Kalinda from The Hundredth Queen is so freaking badass! I mean, she had to beat out 100 other women to become queen! These covers are also stunning!

Fantasy Island: A book setting you want to escape to…

Gah! I’d live in Cirque des Rêves with it’s ever changing setting, getting to travel around, and the chance to live with a family of unique characters. I loved this book so much!

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London: A hyped book that let you down…

A Court of Wings and RuinandTower of Dawnwere on my most anticipated for 2017 and unfortunately I was disappointed in both of them. I love SJMaas and was so excited for the continuations of Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses. I will definitely read her next installments but will make sure I go in with a lot less expectation.

Steve Trevor: A book that has a beautiful cover and a great story (i.e. good personality)…

I love the cover of Caraval and am so excited for Legendary! This was one of my favorite 2017 reads and of course book two is on my 2018 most anticipated list! Not only are the US covers beautiful but so are the UK editions! Stephanie Garber tweeted her love for the Legendary UK editions and it’s killing me having to wait to see them! Hopefully we’ll get it soon!


Lasso of Truth: A book you hated…

I rarely “hate” books and I wouldn’t say that I hated these two but they weren’t my favorite. I only finished All the Wind in the World because it was a review for a blog tour, and I didn’t finish As You Wish at all. They just weren’t my cup of tea.

Wonder Woman’s Shield: A book so sad that you need a shield…

We Are Okay is a beautiful book about dealing with grief in different ways, and in different circumstances. You definitely need to be prepared for the feels when reading this YA Contemporary!

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Ares: a villain that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate them…

Valko from the Burning Glass series is one of the most dynamic villains I’ve been introduced to. He’s so calculating, charismatic, and not so empathetic but it doesn’t make you hate him. He’s probably my favorite of the two male characters found in this fantastic book series!

The Amazons: A book that you wish had more/better LGBT+ representation…

There have been some great books out there that do an amazing job at LGBT representation. My favorite is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue! Mackenzi Lee did a wonderful job in developing Percy and Monte’s relationship. I don’t think she could’ve done better. I just want more adventures with Percy and Monte!


Justice League: What superhero book friends do you tag…

Lily @LairofBooks

Flavia @flaviathebibliophile

Kristin @KristinKravesBooks

Regina @BookishInBed

Mandi @twistedreader

TTT: So many books, so little time…

OMG you guys! I haven’t posted a Top Ten Tuesday since September! I think it’s about time I get back to blogging more now that I’m all caught up on life! 🙂 This week we are featuring books we meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to and plan to in 2018!

This is the last week Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme, will be hosted by the fabulous The Broke and Bookish. Starting January 16th it will be hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. Click on the link to see what the upcoming Top Ten Tuesday topics will be!

The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

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Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievfvater

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“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

Library of Fates.jpgNo 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 palace is soon under siege, 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. 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?

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Leonard.jpgToday is Leonard Peacock’s birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather’s P-38 pistol.

But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart-obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate, Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school’s class on the Holocaust. Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.

In this riveting look at a day in the life of a disturbed teenage boy, acclaimed author Matthew Quick unflinchingly examines the impossible choices that must be made—and the light in us all that never goes out.

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Hunted.jpgBeauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

Defy by Sara B. Larson

Defy.jpgAlexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

Vicious by V.E. Schwab


Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson

duke.jpgWords are weapons. Facts can be manipulated. And nothing is absolute—especially right and wrong.

Tanner McKay is at Bannerman Prep for only one reason: the elite school recruited him after he brought his public school’s debate team to victory last year. Bannerman wants a championship win. Debate is Tanner’s life—his ticket out of his poor-as-dirt life and family drama, straight to a scholarship to Stanford and the start of a new, better future.

But when he’s paired with the Duke, his plans for an easy ride seem as if they’ve hit the rails. The Duke is the quintessential playboy, beloved by everyone for his laissez-faire attitude, crazy parties, and seemingly effortless favors.

And a total no-show when it comes to putting in the work to win.

But as Tanner gets sucked into the Duke’s flashy world, the thrill of the high life and the adrenaline of existing on the edge becomes addictive. A small favor here and there seems like nothing in exchange for getting everything he ever dreamed of.

But the Duke’s castle is built on shady, shaky secrets, and the walls are about to topple down.

A contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby, Katie Nelson’s taut debut is perfect for fans of John Green’s Looking for Alaska, Kate Brian’s Private series, and anyone who’s encountered the cut-throat world of competitive high school.

Frostblood by Elly Blake

Frostblood.jpgSeventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating – yet irresistible – Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her – and from the icy young man she has come to love.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

sun.jpg“We were all heading for each other on a collision course, no matter what. Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.” 

At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them.

Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor.

The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

What are some books you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get a chance to? Do you plan on reading them in 2018?

2017 Wrap-Up


Oh my goodness you guys! 2017 was an epic year for me. I started this blog, hit 100 books putting me 40 books over my goal of 60 for the year, met some incredible authors, got to know some of our fantastic local authors on more than just a reader’s level, got engaged, finished two terms of university classes, and got a new job.

Our Bookclub also grew so much and we’ve made so many amazing friends!

Bring on 2018 and the many wonderful things it has in store for me!

Highlighted 2017 Events with the Best Bookclub Members anyone could ask for!!

Check out my Goodreads Year in Books

What are some of your most anticipated books for 2018? Did you reach your Goodreads goal? What is your 2018 reading goal?

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