Top Ten Tuesday

Hey guys! It’s Liv. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish, and this week it is the Top Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds. Here we go.

10. Carrie Bradshaw from The Carrie Diaries and Sex In The City. Carrie is an up and coming hopeful writer in the series, and consequently, loves to red.

9. Charlie Kelmeckis from The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. Charlie likes to read, which is pretty much how he becomes friends with his writing teacher.

8. Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters from The Fault In Our Stars. Hazel and Gus start talking about books when they first meet, and a huge point in the book is when they go to meet the writer of Hazel’s favorite book that she got Gus to read, An Imperial Affliction.

7. Anna Oliphant from Anna And The French Kiss. Anna loves movies, and she loves to write. She has her own blog where she writes reviews for movies.

6. Matilda Wormwood from Matilda. Matilda reads a lot, she often will read to escape her horrible life, so, she logs a ton of hours reading books.

5. Cather Avery from Fangirl. fangirl is practically built on Cath’s love for her favorite book series featuring the one and only Simon Snow, she connects to people using her love of books and fangirling.

4. Meggie Folchart from the Inkworld Series. Meggie believed when she was a child, that if she put books under her pillow she would dream about them, she didn’t want to miss a single second of reading time.

3. Sam Roth From The Wolves Of Mercy Falls Series. Sam works in a bookstore during the summer when he’s human, and when he’s not there, he is reading poetry to Grace.

2. Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices Series. Tessa lived in the age of the classics, before they were classics. She loves reading these books, and she will often discuss them with Will.

1. Chloe Saunders from The Darkest Powers Series and The Darkness Rising Trilogy. Chloe wants to become a screenwriter/director when she grows up, so she really works on her craft, reading and writing screenplays in her free time, whenever she has it.

This list was a little bit tricky. No one immediately came to mind, but I powered through and thought really hard. I hope you guys liked this list and I’ll see you back here soon! Have a great rest of your day, goodbye!

Endgame: The Calling Review.

I have another book review for you today, and hold on to your seats, because this one is a thrill ride.

Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules t20510241o live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.

This is Endgame.

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12 original lines of humanity. Each had to have a Player prepared at all times. They have trained generation after generation after generation. In weapons, languages, history, tactics, disguise assassination. Together the players are everything: strong, kind, ruthless, loyal, smart, stupid, ugly, lustful, mean, fickle, beautiful, calculating, lazy, exuberant, weak. They are good and evil. Like you. Like all.

This is Endgame.

When the game starts, the players will have to find three keys. The keys are somewhere on earth. The only rule of their Endgame is that there are no rules. Whoever finds the keys first wins the game. Endgame: The Calling is about the hunt for the first key. And just as it tells the story of the hunt for a hidden key, written into the book is a puzzle. It invites readers to play their own Endgame and to try to solve the puzzle. Whoever does will open a case filled with gold. Alongside the puzzle will be a revolutionary mobile game built by Google’s Niantic Labs that will allow you to play a real-world version of Endgame where you can join one of the lines and do battle with people around you.

Will exuberance beat strength? Stupidity top kindness? Laziness thwart beauty? Will the winner be good or evil? There is only one way to find out.

Play.
Survive.
Solve.
People of Earth.
Endgame has begun.

I finished this book on Monday, I have been chugging through it for a while now; not because it was bad, in fact, I thought that it was really good. I have only three words to describe this book. Those would be interesting, strange, and simple. I have never, ever read a book quite like this one. They never appealed to me at all, but I saw this one in an unboxing video by Sasha Alsberg(ABookUtopia), and, I just knew that I had to read it. For some reason, this strange book peaked my interest, and I don’t regret a single second of it.

“Hate me if you must, but know that I will never hate you.”

The writing style of this book can only be described as one word: simple. It’s not the deepest book I’ve ever read, it’s about a shallow as a tide pool. The only emotions we see from any of characters are Sarah and Christopher. The vanilla writing style, however, absolutely did not stop this book from being killer, literally. It was action packed for the entirety of the novel, all 461 pages of it; which is really hard to do with such a large novel. I was gripped from page 1 all the way to the very last words. The short chapters and simplicity made the book easy to read and to follow what was happening within the plot. Though i normally don’t like 3rd person point-of-view, as it often doesn’t allow for me to envision myself in the story and become close to the characters, it was absolutely essential for this story to work. The 3rd person point-of-view and simple, short style of writing were crucial to the flow of the book. The story is told from 14 different points-of-view including the 12 players: Marcus Loxias Megalos, Chiyoko Takeda, Sarah Alopay, Alice Ulapala, Aisling Kopp, Baitsakhan, Jago Tlaloc, An Liu, Shari Chopra, Kala Mozami, Maccabee Adlai, Hilal ibn Isa al-Salt, Sarah’s boyfriend: Christopher Vanderkamp, and one God/Alien/Sky Person/Mystical Being: Kepler 22b. This would have been absolute chaos had it not possessed these characteristics.

Overall

I give this book a 4 out of five stars. I loved the simplistic layout and the original plotline. I also love the fact that there is a real puzzle, in the real world with a real prize of gold if you win. I loved the pictures and the hidden messages in the book as well. All the different elements of this book just came together beautifully and made absolute storytelling magic. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series, and I cannot wait.

Top Ten Tuesday

Hey, It’s Liv! I have yet another Top Ten Tuesday for you guys, since it is Tuesday, after all. As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish, this week it is the Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession. This was a little tricky, because I have been on a huge book buying ban, and the last time I bought books, that I can remember, I only bought 5. Here we go.

10. Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mylnowski.

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9. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.

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8. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

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7. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare.

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6. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger.

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5. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

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4. The Heir by Kiera Cass.

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3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

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2. Endgame: The Calling by Nils Johnson-Shelton and James Frey.

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1. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch.

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Alright, I hope you enjoyed this and I’ll see you back here later! Have a great rest of your day! Goodbye!

The Book Of Luke Review

Jenny O’Connell gives us a sweet coming of age novel about the hardships of figuring out love, friendships, right and wrong, and most importantly, yourself.

Emily Abbott has always been considered the Girl Most Likely to Be Nice — but lately being nice hasn’t done her any good. Her parents have decided to The Book Of Luke By Jenny O'Connell Review On The 802 Book Review.move the family from Chicago back to their hometown of Boston in the middle of Emily’s senior year. Only Emily’s first real boyfriend, Sean, is in Chicago, and so is her shot at class valedictorian and early admission to the Ivy League. What’s a nice girl to do?

Then Sean dumps Emily on moving day and her father announces he’s staying behind in Chicago “to tie up loose ends,” and Emily decides that what a nice girl needs to do is to stop being nice.

She reconnects with her best friends in Boston, Josie and Lucy, only to discover that they too have been on the receiving end of some glaring Guy Don’ts. So when the girls have to come up with something to put in the senior class time capsule, they know exactly what to do. They’ll create a not-so-nice reference guide for future generations of guys — an instruction book that teaches them the right way to treat girls.

But when her friends draft Emily to test out their tips on Luke Preston — the hottest, most popular guy in school, who just broke up with Josie by email — Emily soon finds that Luke is the trickiest of test subjects . . . and that even a nice girl like Emily has a few things to learn about love.

“Hiding how you really feel and trying to make everyone happy doesn’t make you nice, it just makes you a liar.”

For Miss Manners Emily Abbott, conning a boy was something that she would never even consider doing… that is, until she meets her BFF Josie’s ex-boyfriend, Luke Preston. Luke Preston is is the epitome of crushworthy, if only his personality matched his looks. He broke up with Josie in an e-mail. Emily’s best friends Josie and Lucy take this opportunity to teach Luke a lesson with their Senior class time capsule. They create, non other than, The Book Of Luke. This is a book full of tips and tricks to corralling even the most devilish, wicked high school boys like Luke.

Emily has always been a wet blanket, having been raised by the country’s top etiquette columnist, Patricia Abbott. Her Senior year of highschool, she decides to change this huge part of herself, it’s ridiculous. She wants to stop being nice, and for once, just do something because it’s what she wants, not what’s polite. Her friends think that trying to change Luke with the guide that they have created is the perfect opportunity. I think that a lot of people feel this way, and that Emily is pretty relatable. She is in a fight with her father for the majority of the book, which makes her feel even more like someone I know. I don’t usually like books where the characters are relatable but I liked this one.

My favorite character was Luke. I liked him because he epitomized the classic high school boy, but what I thought was really nice, was how he and Emily were together. He completely disarmed her, and it felt really endearing. I want a real life Luke. He really pulled Emily out of her shell, he tried to do nice things for her, but he wasn’t extravagant at all, he was very average, in that respect, which, I think, it was made him pretty great. You could tell that he cared about her though, and she felt more comfortable with him, than with her own best friends. He got her to tell her about everything that was bothering him at home, and it just felt very honest and cute.

This book was pretty fun to read. I give it a four out of five stars. Despite the books majority taking place during winter, it is perfect for summer. It has a lighthearted feel, while also having a message about just telling the truth. I also thought that it was a little funny that the time capsule they were preparing for, it would have been for the graduating class of 2016

The Heir Review.

Keira Cass’s newest installment in her Selection series will keep you turning the pages until you get to the very end.
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Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.

Can you even believe that she’s continuing the series? I was so excited that I actually pre-ordered this book on Amazon!

I did not even know that this book was coming out until I did research for the March 31st Top Ten Tuesday, and I was pretty excited. This book begins roughly about 20 years after Maxon and America get married. Their eldest child, Eadlyn is eighteen. There is some unrest in the nation of Illéa, so Maxon and America decide that their needs to be another Selection to give the country something to look forward to and focus on. Eadlyn is not so pleased with this idea, she doesn’t even really want to get married at all.

“You can be brave and still be feminine. You can lead and still love flowers. Most importantly, you can be queen and still be a bride.”

Eadlyn’s unwillingness to become attached to anyone is very frustrating in a book about someone finding a husband. I, personally, did not like Eadlyn very much, I found her to be quite bratty and acting like a child pretty much all the time. I definitely don’t think that she could ever be Queen because of how she acted during the whole ordeal.

Something that I did like very much were the male roles. They were very well written. The Selected boys were fabulous, and my favorites.They made the book for me, and I think for a lot of people. Some of the boys were very sweet, and they really frustrated Eadlyn, which I kind of enjoyed. They brought a new challenge, hilarity, and a sweetness that was just missing before they came. I also like the other members of the royal family, Maxon, America, Ahren, Kaden, and Osten.

I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I give it a three because I did not enjoy the main character, Eadlyn, which is pretty important. I will, however, read the rest of the series, because I really like the story line, and the rest of the characters, and I am looking forward to seeing how this all plays out and who she ends up picking!

An Ember In The Ashes Review.

Masks, trial, and a forbidden love, all woven together into Sabaa Tahir’s debut novel.

I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TELL EVERY SLAVE.

THE RESISTANCE HAS TRIED TO PENETRATE THIS SCHOOL COUNTLESS TIMES. I HAVE DISCOVERED IT EVERY TIME.An Ember In The Ashes

IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE RESISTANCE, IF YOU CONTACT THEM, IF YOU THINK OF CONTACTING THEM, I WILL KNOW

AND I WILL DESTROY YOU.

Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Okay, I was never really interested in this book when I first heard about it. I thought, “Yeah, maybe I’ll read it”. I never really took an interest until I heard about it on Booktube. I think it was Sasha who said that it was really good, and I tend to trust the opinions of my favorite Booktubers. I also heard that there was a movie in the works for this book, and at the time it hadn’t even been released yet, so I thought, “Wow, this book must be really good if it already has a movie deal and it hasn’t even been released yet”. So, a few days after I heard about it, I pre-ordered it. Let’s get on with this review, shall we?

“Fear is only your enemy if you allow it to be.”

What I really liked about this book was the dual POV. It features the point of view of Laia, a Scholar girl willing to risk it all to save her brother, and Elias, A Tribal boy who’s the best mask the academy has ever seen. I think that the dual POV really helped me to learn about both of the characters, and it kept the story very fluent, and it kept it from becoming boring. What I also didn’t like about each of the characters experiencing different things at the same tie was that there were only about six or seven scenes that they were even in the same room. I would’ve liked to have seen more interaction between Elias and Laia. I love when there is at least a little it of romance but this book really didn’t have any, it was very minimal, which I didn’t like very much.

I really liked the writing style. Some people would complain about the prevalent lack of detail, but I think that Sabaa Tahir’s writing was not flowery, which I like. It was action packed, yet descriptive, and I think she got the right amount of prose, without it becoming poetry. I liked the use of symbolism in this book, especially the Masks. The Masks represented the death of their old life, and the birth of their new ones as the physical masks melded into their skin, obscuring their faces. I thought that that was a really nice, touch, very interesting and new. What I didn’t like was the ending, though. It left so many unanswered questions.

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.”

Overall

I give this book five stars, despite the ending, that felt unresolved and resolved at the same time, which was a little weird. I definitely think that this standalone could be turned into a series, and I certainly hope it does, so that my questions can be answered. I would really like to read more from Sabaa Tahir, as this book was nothing short of excellent. If I give it five stars, but was not satisfied with the ending, you know that it had to be good. This book is definitely one of my new favorites, and I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone who like fantasy or dystopian YA, due to the minimal romance inside the book. I also really liked how each character had their own agendas that often conflicted with one another’s which made things very interesting. If you haven’t picked up this book yet, I recommend that you do immediately, as it was absolutely fantastic, practically sensational. Go pick up this bad boy ASAP! I hope you enjoyed this and that I’ll see you back here soon! Have a great day!

The Shadowhunters: Casting, Clary!

Hey Guys! It’s Liv.

I have been waiting for this release ever since I found out that there was even going o be a T.V. show. I’m of course talking about the casting of the one, the only, Miss Clary Fray.

This, is our new Clary.

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This is Katherine McNamara. She started her career when she was thirteen, and she was in the Broadway play, A Little Night Music, she played Fredrika Armfeldt. I cannot even get over how happy I am about this. I loved her in Happyland, her character Harper was pretty great. I think that she’s a great actor. She’s also a dead ringer for Clary. Clary is described as delicate, fair skinned, and a red head. Does that remind you of anyone mentioned in this post? I’m so happy that she has been cast, I think that she’ll be a fantastic Clary!

Someone who I always just kind of pictured as Clary was Sasha from ABookUtopia. I love Sasha’s channel, and her videos are some of my favorites on Booktube, and, trust me, I watch a lot of Booktube. She looks like her, right? Well, I certainly think so. She’s also known for being Lily Collins’ Doppelganger. They look so dang similar, it’s pretty hard to differentiate who’s who in the picture on the right. You should definitely check out Sasha’s channel, her videos are so great, and so hilarious, I die laughing sometimes.

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Thanks for stopping by! I can’t wait to find out the rest of the cast. See you soon!

The Shadowhunters: Casting Simon And Isabelle!

Hey Guys! It’s Liv. Something exciting happened today! Today, not one, but two new cast members were announced for The Shadowhunters T.V. Show! How great is that? Simon and Isabelle are casted, and, I think that these to actors are pretty spot on for Simon and Isabelle.

This, is Simon Lewis…

Alberto Rosende As Simon LewisGorgeous, right? Alberto Rosende is set to play Simon Lewis! Rosende is a pretty new face, he was in a short called The Swing Of Things and he played a Swing Dancer, and he has been in one episode of Blue Bloods. I think that he’ll do great, I don’t think he would’ve even been considered for the part if he wasn’t good.

Meet our new Isabelle Lightwood…

Emeraude Toubia As Isabelle Lightwood

Stunning, right? Emeraude Toubia is set to play Isabelle Lightwood! Toubia is also a pretty new face, she has been in one episode of 11-11 En Mi Cuadra Nada Cuadra, Cosita Linda, and Voltea Pa’Que Te Enamores. I think that she’ll do fantastic, and she’s pretty close to what I had pictured for Isabelle. I don’t think that she would have been given the part if she couldn’t handle it.

I trust the casting directors, because they want this to be a success just as much as we, the fans, do. Possibly even more. I think fresh faces are just what this show needs. I am super excited to find out the other cast members! Who would you like to see cast? Are you as excited for this show as I am? Don’t forget to check back here for news, updates and reviews! See you back here soon!

 

May Book Releases!

Hey! April is almost over, so sad It’s my birth month, my parents anniversary is also today, April is just such a good month. Here’s a look at just a few new releases for May!

The Heir by Keira Cass

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now The Heir (The Selection, #4)the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

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She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was sThe Fill-In Boyfriendupposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker

“Not to be Chosen would yield a cruel fate of my own making.”

Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale The Choosingknows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—would end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.

But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. The whispers contradict everything she’s been told; yet they resonate deep within.

Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, but she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road, #1)neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

This Is Not A Love Story by Keren David

Kitty dreams of a beautiful life, but that’s impossible in suburban London where her family is haunted by her father’s unexpected death. So when This is Not a Love Storyher mum suggests moving to Amsterdam to try a new life, Kitty doesn’t take much persuading. Will this be her opportunity to make her life picture perfect?

In Amsterdam she meets moody, unpredictable Ethan, and clever, troubled Theo. Two enigmatic boys, who each harbour their own secrets. In a beautiful city and far from home, Kitty finds herself falling in love for the first time.

But will love be everything she expected? And will anyone’s heart survive?

A School For Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin

It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a A School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House, #1)School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts…

Love, Fortunes, And Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

Love is real in the town of Grimbaud, and Fallon Dupree has dreamed oLove Fortunes and Other Disastersf attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.

Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate—even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.

Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?

The Cage by Megan Shepherd

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she The Cage (The Cage, #1)finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

Until The Beginning by Amy Plum

When Juneau’s clan disappeared, she lost so much more than her friends and family. She soon discovered 22445886everything she thought she knew about her life was a lie. Her people’s gifts were actually secret abilities that others wanted, desperately enough to kidnap an entire village.

Juneau and her new companion Miles’s cross-country journey to find her clan has led them to a game preserve in New Mexico. Now Juneau’s people are finally within reach, and she will stop at nothing to save them. But she has a target on her back too, because unbeknownst to her she is the key to unlocking everything. To rescue her people – and herself – Juneau must discover what she, and her abilities, are truly capable of.

Velvet by Temple West

First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don’t fall in love.

After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring Velvetdesigner Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.

Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?

Tracked by Jenny Martin

On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-yTrackedear-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn’t stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her charming new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It’s up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and Crimson Boundin training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, hTiny Pretty Thingsave seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance by Danielle Young-Ullman

Lola Carlyle is lonely, out of sorts, and in for a boring summer. So when her best friend,Sydney, calls to rave 23014828about her stay at a posh Malibu rehab and reveals that the love of Lola’s life, Wade Miller, is being admitted, she knows what she has to do.Never mind that her worst addiction is decaf cappuccino; Lola is going to rehab.

Lola arrives at Sunrise Rehab intent solely on finding Wade, saving him from himself, and—naturally—making him fall in love with her…only to discover she’s actually expected to be an addict. And get treatment. And talk about her issues with her parents, and with herself. Plus she has insane roommates, and an irritatingly attractive mentor, Adam, who’s determined to thwart her at every turn.

Oh, and Sydney? She’s gone.

Turns out, once her pride, her defenses, and her best friend are stripped away, Lola realizes she’s actually got a lot to overcome…if she can open her heart long enough to let it happen.

Undertow by Michael Buckley

Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnes22749788ses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s only hope of survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.

Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga, a blend of District 9 and The Outsiders.

Center Ice by Cate Cameron

The hometown hockey hero won’t know what hit him…
Center Ice
Karen Webber is in small-town hell. After her mother’s death, she moved to Corrigan Falls to live with strangers—her dad and his perfect, shiny new family—and there doesn’t seem to be room for a city girl with a chip on her shoulder. The only person who makes her feel like a real human being is Tyler MacDonald.

But Karen isn’t interested in starting something with a player. And that’s all she keeps hearing about Tyler.

Corrigan Falls is a hockey town, and Tyler’s the star player. But the viselike pressure from his father and his agent are sending him dangerously close to the edge. All people see is hockey—except Karen. Now they’ve managed to find something in each other that they both desperately need. And for the first time, Tyler is playing for keeps…

They’re some super awesome books coming out this May, don’t forget to check back for book news, reviews, and more! I hope to see you soon!

Top Ten Tuesday

Hey, It’s Liv, and it’s Tuesday.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish, and this week it is the Top Ten Books that I’ve recently added to my To-Be-Read List. This was a little difficult at first, but once I got going it was super easy. This is my first Top Ten Tuesday, so I hope you guys like it. Enjoy!

10. The Fill In Boyfriend by Kasie West

When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was The Fill In Boyfriendsupposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.

9. Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell Liars, Inc.forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called “Captivating to the very end,” Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

8. Alienated by Melissa Landers

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is goinAlienatedg to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she  loves, but for the future of her planet.

7.   The Summer Of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. The Summer Of Chasing MermaidsNamed for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .

6. Fire And Flood by Victoria Scott

Time is slipping away….

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are drivFire And Flooding her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

5. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’99 Daysm serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

4. Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living Red Queenunder the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

3. The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. The Winners Curse

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

2. I Am Her Revenge by Meredith Moore

She can be anyone you want her to be.
Vivian was raised with one purpose in life: to exact revenge on behalf of her mother. Manipulative and cruel, Mother has deprived Vivian not only of a I Am Her Revenge childhood, but of an original identity. With an endless arsenal of enticing personalities at her disposal, Vivian is a veritable weapon of deception.

And she can destroy anyone.
When it’s time to strike, she enrolls in a boarding school on the English moors, where she will zero in on her target: sweet and innocent Ben, the son of the man who broke Mother’s heart twenty years ago.

Anyone… except for the woman who created her.
With every secret she uncovers, Vivian comes one step closer to learning who she really is. But the more she learns about herself, the more dangerous this cat and mouse game becomes. Because Mother will stop at nothing to make sure the truth dies with her.

1. The Heir by Keira CassThe Heir

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.

Oh, My God. Did anyone else love The Selection Trilogy as much as I did? That series was amazing. I completely flew through those books. I read each one in one day, pretty much the day each one came out. They’re definitely one of my favorites, if you haven’t read these yet, definitely do! They were so fun to read, and I am so excited about this one.