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Anticipated Spring Releases 2017

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With spring comes a lot of new releases that make me super excited! I thought it’d be nice to introduce a new feature (because I do this about once a month on my blog at this point) in which I talk about my most anticipated releases for the season!

I actually made a large two-part post for all the 2017 releases, but I ended up deleting both of those posts because I deleted the photos in my gallery, and apparently when you do that, it deletes all the photos on said posts (why did no one tell me this). I was too lazy to redo the entire thing again, so I thought I’d just copy the information, delete both the posts, and recycle them for a much shorter, more organized post. And here it is!

If you want to learn more about the book, just click the title, and it’ll lead you to the Goodreads page! I have a mix of YA and Adult, and I’m pretty sure I have a book for every genre, so, that’s awesome!

(Now I’ll shut up and start talking about the books.)

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MARCH

The Bone Witch

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(Mar 7)

I haven’t read Chupeco’s other novels, but this one sounds really good. I haven’t read much fantasy in a VERY long time, so I really need to hop back on board. And, again, cover love!

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The Roanoke Girls

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(Mar 7)

This book wasn’t even on my radar until I joined Netgalley and read the description and was immediately lured in. This author actually wrote YA dystopian books (which, obviously, are sitting unread on my TBR), so it’ll be interesting to see her tackle a totally new genre. Also, I’ve heard this is dark, and it’s about a twisted family, and that makes me so excited.

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Bleed Through

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(Mar 14)

So, this guy has schizophrenia, and his meds give him the magical ability to see murders that happened in the past. I’m so excited for this, especially since I’m getting used to thrillers with a little PNR twist.

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Hunted

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(Mar 14)

I read her co-written book These Broken Stars (and Amie Kaufman, Queen of Sci-fi, was said co-writer) and loved it, so this should be 100% marvelous. Also, I see that it has fantastic reviews on Goodreads from people I trusted, so, I WANT IT!

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Nemesis

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(Mar 21)

More weird sci-fi books, please.

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Hellworld

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(Mar 21)

I’ve become a huge fan of YA horror ever since my spooky reads of October, so I’m ready to devour some more!

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Goodbye Paradise

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(Mar 21)

This is a M/M novel dealing with cults written by Sarina Bowen. NOTHING CAN GO WRONG AND I NEED IT NOW.

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The Cutaway

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(Mar 21)

First off, WHY ARE THERE 3480280 BOOKS RELEASING ON THE SAME DAYS? Second, this puts politics and psychological thrillers together. UM, THOSE ARE MY TWO FAVORITE THINGS??? (Let’s ignore the fact that they called it a perfect mash-up of Gone Girl, Luckiest Girl Alive, and Big Little Lies – we all know it’s going to be like none of those books).

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Vigilante

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(Mar 28)

How could I have read this summary and not immediately added it to my wishlist? I haven’t read McGinnis’ The Female of the Species, but I’ve heard fantastic things about it, and this one sounds similar, so excitement!

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Strange the Dreamer

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(Mar 28)

I’ve been wanting this one since last year, when it was originally supposed to release, and I just want it right now! It sounds so brilliant, and I loved the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, so I’m guessing I’ll love this one as well!

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APRIL

Ragdoll

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(Apr 4)

I heard this was a super dark thriller, and I absolutely love dark thrillers, and this one sounds so amazing! I can’t wait to get this one in my hands!

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Given to the Sea

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(Apr 11)

I read the description and I barely understand it, but it sounds interesting? Does that even make sense?

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The Upside of Unrequited

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(Apr 11)

It’s Becky Albertalli. That’s literally all I need to know.

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The Girl From Yesterday

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(Apr 17)

This just sounds like an awesome thriller; please give it to me now. Also, this was again compared to Liane Moriarty, Gillian Flynn, and Jessica Knoll. I see what you’re doing, publishers.

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Meg and Linus

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(Apr 18)

Cute, gay contemporary is my weakness!

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MAY

ACOWAR

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(May 2)

Well, duh.

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Dreamfall

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(May 2)

It’s a sci-fi horror that sounds like Inception. I will sell my soul for this book.

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The Scattering

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(May 2)

This is actually a sequel to The Outliers! I haven’t yet read that book, but I’m a huge fan of Reconstructing Amelia, so it’ll be interesting reading her YA thrillers.

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Into the Water

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(May 2)

OMG A NEW PAULA HAWKINS! I read The Girl on the Train earlier this year, and though I thought it was just okay (I gave it three stars, I think), I’m really excited to see if this one will live up to the hype of her first novel! The cover is gorgeous, and this one sounds so different from her previous novel, so I’m excited to get it.

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The One Memory of Flora Banks

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(May 2)

I’ve been pining for this since I heard about it and thought it had come out way back in January (apparently, that was the U.K. release date ugh) and I read a sample in Buzz Books, and just gimme it noooow.

(Also, May 2 is now declared to be “We Are Trying to Make Mikaela Broke” Day).

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What Alice Knew

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(May 4)

Missing husbands and suspicious phone calls; what not to love? Also, more jealousy at the UK for already having this!

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The Lines We Cross

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(May 9)

This is another book that I’m pretty sure is already out in other countries under the name Where Michael Met Mina, and it’s finally coming to the US! At a time where immigration is such a hot-button topic, this sounds like such a good read, especially since we get to see two sides!

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The Love Interest

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(May 16)

Yes, this is a book about making fun of YA tropes. Yes, the two guys pining for the girl in the love triangle are going to fall in love. Yes, I want this right now.

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Lord of Shadows

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(May 23)

Obvious excitement is obvious. I mean, the cover is ugly, but I really want to know how this strange love shape is going to turn out? Also, this is 704 pages. WHY?

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One of Us Is Lying

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(May 30)

No mistaking, this is definitely a thriller twist on The Breakfast Club. It sounds amazing, and I want it, of course. Give me all the 2017 YA thriller/mystery/horror! Also, I’ve never watched The Breakfast Club (#shame).

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House of Furies

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(May 30)

I own Roux’s Asylum trilogy, but haven’t yet read it, but, again, YA horror. Hopefully, I’ll read it before this releases!

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And those are my most anticipated releases for the spring! Can I have them all? Can they come just a little bit earlier? Can authors just send free books to me?

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Have I listed any of your most anticipated releases? Have I missed any on your list? Have I added more to your list (if so, I apologize for making you broke)?

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[REVIEW] Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Series: Caraval #1

Rating: 4 STARS

Description:

It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

My Thoughts:

“It took seven years to get the letter right.”

Yes, I did it! I finally read it! After months and months of seeing other people receiving ARCs and fangirling and falling in love with this book and talking endless praises and putting it on their “Best Books of 2016/2017” lists, I finally got the pleasure of reading this book. And, boy, was it just as amazing as everyone said it would be. 

First off, the world-building. I absolutely adored it. I know there’s been comparisons drawn between this debut and The Night Circus, but I will say that the ways the two deal with circuses are vastly different, but equally amazing. While The Night Circus has more of a magical circus that captivates all, Caraval deals with more of a darker type of circus, one that can easily trick you and play with your mind. I loved how the world unfolded, especially concerning the Isle of Trisda, since you’re constantly doubting yourself and wondering if this is real or if it’s not, or if this person is actually here or if this person is actually betraying her, etc. It’s so brilliant, and I’m a huge fan of books where I’m constantly going, “What in the WORLD is going on?” and keeps me on my toes.

The flow of this book was perfect. I found it extremely addicting and I didn’t think there was one dull moment. There were twists and turns that made me gasp and kept me focused solely on the story and what was going to happen next, especially near the end where I just couldn’t stop reading. This book was so entertaining. The plot really helped the pacing move along, because the summary, thank God, doesn’t reveal too much, so you’re really going in slightly blind, which is what makes it so good. There’ll be so many things that you just won’t see coming. 

And the characters! I loved Scarlett so much! She’s very different from the “badass leading lady” type that’s dominating a lot of YA, which isn’t a bad thing (I absolutely love some of those ladies) and she’s basically just a normal girl, stumbling through this twisty, magical world, trying to get her sister back. She’s one of those easily relatable protagonists that you’ll want to cheer for. And, of course, Julian, my newest book boyfriend. He’s just so sweet and kind and handsome and he cares about Scarlett so much, it’s absolutely adorable. Even though their relationship takes place over the course of five days, I still found it pretty realistic. Their romance didn’t feel forced or cheesy to me, and, in my opinion,  I didn’t think it was insta-love since there wasn’t really a defining moment where they were outpouring their love for each other and it was met with trepidation, but it’s all up to interpretation, I guess.

Overall, I highly recommend this book, and I’m sure literally everyone else has, so if you haven’t read it already, you definitely must. Like, right now. Right now.

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Feel free to chat about this book with me in the comments! Just make sure to mark your review as spoiler-y if you’re going to talk spoilers though!