Welcome to my weekly wrap-up! Here is where you can see my books read during the past week, books to be read next week, books I have added to my shelves, any bookish happenings and the like. I have linked to Stacking the Shelves, the Saturday Situation, the Saturday Review of Books, Talk of the Town, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged, The Sunday Salon, Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s Sunday Wrap-Up, It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? and Mailbox Monday. So check out what I’ve been up to this past week.
Books Added This Week
Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy – An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Maybe not kill-all-the-dinosaurs bad, but at least kill-everyone-in-California-and-wipe-out-Japan-with-a-tsunami bad. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been recruited to aid NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. The good news is Yuri knows how to stop the asteroid–his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize if there’s ever another Nobel prize awarded. But the trouble is, even though NASA asked for his help, no one there will listen to him. He’s seventeen, and they’ve been studying physics longer than he’s been alive. Then he meets (pretty, wild, unpredictable) Dovie, who lives like a normal teenager, oblivious to the impending doom. Being with her, on the adventures she plans when he’s not at NASA, Yuri catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world and live a life worth saving.
You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross & Mark Perini – The supportive friend, the reliable daughter, the doting big-sister: Finley is used to being the glue that holds everyone together. But while her sweet demeanor makes her the perfect confidant, her wholesome look isn’t landing her the high paying modeling jobs, which are what Finley needs if she is going to reopen her mother’s dance studio. Enter Eddie. He’s intense and driven, not to mention the life of every party, and he completely charms Finley. The last thing she wants is another commitment to stand in the way of her dreams, but when she’s with Eddie, their chemistry takes over and she can let go of her responsibilities and just be. After all, what’s so wrong about putting herself first once and a while? Except Eddie is hiding a secret. A big secret. And when it surfaces, he and Finley are going to have to choose between their love for each other and everything else…
Never Too Real by Carmen Rita – Cat, Magda, Gabi, and Luz. They’ve helped each other up the ladder with unshakable encouragement–and raw honesty–since forever. But lately, trouble is throwing everything these formidable women thought they knew into doubt. When outspoken Cat’s high-flying T.V. career crashes and burns, she’s got to figure out which dream she wants to keep alive the most–her own, or someone else’s. Gorgeous venture capitalist Magda defied her traditional family to make her own way–in her personal life and her career–but an unexpected crisis could finally shatter her chance to resolve the past. As a therapist, sensitive, supportive Gabi has all the answers. But when her own world falls apart, can she turn her compassion–and her trademark tough love–on herself? And proud, wealthy Luz thought she knew everything about her upper-class family background–until a revelation she never saw coming threatens to be the one legacy she can’t afford. Now all four women will have to face the truths that make them vulnerable and the failings that give them strength to discover who they really are–and what real happiness means.
Paper and Fire (The Great Library Book 2) by Rachel Caine – With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good. Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart. Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London. But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…
Working It by Leah Marie Brown – With her trust fund and coveted job at Christian Dior, Fanny Moreau believes she has it all. But when her best friend finds a fulfilling new career abroad—and a dreamy relationship with a great guy, Fanny’s fabulous life suddenly feels empty. Inspired to find her true purpose, she trades her cushy lifestyle in San Francisco for an adventure in the Alaskan wilderness. Everyone thinks Fanny has gone off the deep end. What’s a girl with a Ph.D in Prada doing teaching in an Inuit village? Even Fanny is wondering, especially when she comes face to face with Calder MacFarlane. The Scottish search and rescue pilot is everything Fanny is not—selfless, heroic, and used to living on the edge. He’s also the man who once loved her best friend. Yet something in Calder’s sexy gaze has her believing that she’s a woman capable of great things—a woman who might just find her own happily-ever-after, in a place where she least expects it…
A Song to Take the World Apart by Zan Romanoff – Hanging out with Chris was supposed to make Lorelei’s life normal. He’s cooler, he’s older, and he’s in a band, which means he can teach her about the music that was forbidden in her house growing up. Her grandmother told her when she was little that she was never allowed to sing, but listening to someone else do it is probably harmless—right? The more she listens, though, the more keenly she can feel her own voice locked up in her throat, and how she longs to use it. And as she starts exploring the power her grandmother never wanted her to discover, influencing Chris and everyone around her, the foundations of Lorelei’s life start to crumble. There’s a reason the women in her family never want to talk about what their voices can do. And a reason Lorelei can’t seem to stop herself from singing anyway.
Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker – LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush. Whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are executing one of their dares. After her father’s arrest, Lexi doesn’t think twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear his name. She enlists her hacker brother and her daredevil friends to plan a clever heist. CHRISTIAN is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The local gang has blackmailed him and his friends into robbing banks, and he is desperate for a way out. When the boss promises that one really big job will be the last he ever has to do, Christian jumps at the chance for freedom. In fact, he’s just met a girl at the bank who might even prove useful. . . . Two heists. One score. The only thing standing in their way is each other.
Just Kill Me by Adam Selzer – Megan Henske isn’t one to heed warnings… When the last letters in her alphabet cereal are D, I, and E, she doesn’t crawl right back into bed. When her online girlfriend won’t text a photo, she just sends more of herself. And when she realizes that Cynthia, her boss at a Chicago ghost tour company, isn’t joking about making stops more haunted by euthanizing people there, she doesn’t quit her job—she may even help. But soon she learns people in the murdermonger industry are being murdered, and doesn’t know who it is doing it. Could it be the head of the rival tour company? Or could it be someone near and dear to Megan? After she realizes she has an uncanny resemblance to a flapper who disappeared in 1922, Megan receives a warning she can’t ignore: the next ghost on the tour might be her…
Wrecked by Maria Padian – Everyone has heard a different version of what happened that night at MacCallum College. Haley was already in bed when her roommate, Jenny, arrived home shell-shocked from the wild Conundrum House party. Richard heard his housemate Jordan brag about the cute freshman he hooked up with. When Jenny formally accuses Jordan of rape, Haley and Richard find themselves pushed onto opposite sides of the school’s investigation. But conflicting interests fueling conflicting versions of the story may make bringing the truth to light nearly impossible–especially when reputations, relationships, and whole futures are riding on the verdict.
The Infinite by Nick Mainieri – Jonah McBee has deep roots in New Orleans, but with hardly any family left, he half-heartedly is planning to enlist in the army after high school. Luz Hidalgo, an undocumented Latina and budding track star, followed her father there after Hurricane Katrina. Both have known loss. Both are struggling to imagine a new future. And when Jonah and Luz fall in love, it is intense, addictive, and real. But everything changes when Luz discovers that she’s pregnant. In a moment of panic, her father sends Luz back to Mexico so her grandmother can help raise the baby. Devastated, Jonah decides to take a road trip with his best friend when he doesn’t hear from her. Little does Jonah know, Luz is fighting for her life. Her trip has been cut short by a shocking act of violence, thrusting her into the endless cycle of bloodshed perpetrated by the cartels. So Luz does what she does best: She runs. And she goes farther and deeper than she ever imagined.
From Amazon (all physical copies)
The Beast by J.R. Ward – Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle within himself… For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect—or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand—or control—the panic and insecurity that plague him… And that terrifies him—as well as distances him from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities—and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world…and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from…
Midnight Bites: Stories of the Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine – By day, Morganville, Texas, is just a typical college town. By night, the vampires emerge and take control…. In a town where it’s not safe to be out after dark, student Claire Danvers and her friends have had their fair share of thrills. But Morganville still has a few secrets left to tell. Now, in this collection, you can venture down the town’s strange streets, revisit all the tales you’ve come to love, and experience six new stories featuring your favorite Morganville residents—both human and vampire…
Ink and Bone (The Great Library Book 1) by Rachel Caine – Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden. Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service. When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices Book 1) by Cassandra Clare – It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses. Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions… Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Anna can’t wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?
Empire of Night (Age of Legends Trilogy Book 2) by Kelley Armstrong – Sisters Moria and Ashyn are the Keeper and Seeker of Edgewood. Or at least they were. Their village is gone. Their friends have betrayed them. And now the emperor has sent them on a mission to rescue the captured children of Edgewood—accompanied by Prince Tyrus and a small band of imperial warriors. But the journey proves more perilous than any of them could have imagined. And with treachery and unrest mounting in the empire, the girls are running out of places to turn.
Forest of Ruin (Age of Legends Trilogy Book 3) by Kelley Armstrong – The empire rests on the edge of a knife, and sisters Ashyn and Moria are the handle and the blade. Desperate to outmaneuver the evil Alvar Kitsune, whose hold on the people grows stronger every day, Emperor Tatsu begs Moria to put aside past grievances and ally with Gavril—at least long enough to make an attempt on Alvar’s life. Meanwhile, reunited with her long-lost grandfather, Ashyn discovers that she is the key to a ritual that could reawaken an ancient dragon and turn the tide of the coming battle in their favor. But with lies and betrayal lurking around every corner, Ashyn and Moria will have to decide once and for all where their allegiances lie. And it may not be where their hearts would lead them. . . .
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead – For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea. After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him. Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else’s property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.
Books Read This Week
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
This Side of Providence by Rachel M. Harper
Father’s Day by Simon Van Booy
Will You Won’t You Want Me? by Nora Zevelansky
Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Beast by J.R. Ward
Books to be Read Next Week
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much by Faith Salie
The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
This Week in Review…
This week was awesome. The response to my blogiversary has been incredible and I want to thank you all so much for participating. It really makes the time and effort I put into 125Pages worth it.
I woke up Thursday morning to a fantastic email from Goodreads, “You’re one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads!”. So I’ve got that going for me.
And in case you somehow missed it, it’s 125Pages’ 1st blogiversary!! Craziness I know! There is a giant post here with all of the details. We will have weekly guest posts, weekly giveaways, surprises and more. Right now I have a guest post from Grace over at Rebel Mommy Book Blog on how she finds picks books to review. You can check it out here. The main giveaway is open now and 1 winner will receive a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card and 2 winners will receive a copy (Kindle or physical) of any book mentioned on my site. It can be a review, a Top Ten Tuesday, a Waiting on Wednesday, in a wrap-up, whatever! If you can find it, you can have it! (Provided it is already published, as I cannot provide ARCs and if physical that Book Depository delivers to your country.) (INT) Enter this one via the Rafflecopter on the main Blogiversary page. Giveaway will be open till May 6, 2016.
I have a ridiculous amount of giveaways going on this week and month. Right now we have –
$10.00 Amazon Gift Card — Ends Apr 15th, 2016
Stuff I Enjoyed This Week…
Feed Your Fiction Addiction – The Series Dilemma
The Book Addicts Guide – Spring Cleaning
This week’s Saturday Soapbox is a on how I love new releases, and characters and authors, and…. Go check out Let’s Celebrate! and let me know what makes you cheer about books, link to your latest discussion posting and enter to win a $10.00 Amazon gift card.
Up Next – April 12, 2016 – Amy Avanzino author of Wake-Up Call and we will be giving away two Kindle copies.
My Weekly Posts
- [3 Apr] The Martian by Andy Weir ★★★★½
- [4 Apr] The United States of Books – The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- [4 Apr] Sunday's on the Phone to Monday by Christine Reilly ★★★★½
- [4 Apr] Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Bookish People You Should Follow
- [5 Apr] The Obsession by Nora Roberts ★★★★
- [5 Apr] Author Tuesday Countdown – Amy Avanzino author of Wake-Up Call
- [5 Apr] The Glittering Court Release Day Blitz
- [5 Apr] Waiting on Wednesday – The Leaving
- [6 Apr] The Dig by John Preston ★★★½
- [7 Apr] The Mothers by Rod Jones ★★★
- [7 Apr] #FF Feature & Follow Time – Get Your Hop On! April 8, 2016
- [7 Apr] Book Blogger Hop – April 8, 2016
- [8 Apr] Tragedy Girl by Christine Hurley Deriso ★★★
- [8 Apr] Guest Post – Grace from Rebel Mommy Book Blog
- [9 Apr] The Beast by J.R. Ward ★★★★½
- [9 Apr] Saturday Soapbox – Let’s Celebrate!
- [9 Apr] Weekly Wrap-Up – April 9, 2016
So how was your bookish week?
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