Sunday Shopping!

Today I stopped by one of my favourite stores – Chapters!

I initially only went in to buy Tomorrow’s Kingdom by Maureen Fergus, which is the third book in The Gypsy King trilogy. The Gypsy King and A Fool’s Errandthe first and second books in the trilogy were both marvelous, and the ending of A Fool’s Errand had me gasping and writhing in anticipation. I did pick up Tomorrow’s Kingdom, but I got a few other books along the way…

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Strange and Ever After – Review

This was me trying not to cry at the end of Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard, trying not to cry when I read the last line and softly closed the book, trying not to cry as I typed the title for this post.

This is what I need right now.

In case you’re wondering what has rendered me a blubbering mess, it’s the wonderful, terrible, lovely, aching conclusion to the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy.

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Books in the Mail!

I recently ordered two books from Chapters online, partly because I needed to have it, partly because of free shipping. No matter the reasoning, I’m so excited they’re finally here! I ordered them on Sunday and they came in yesterday, on Tuesday which means they shipped in less than two business days! Amazing! Here’s my darling new books:

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All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge. 

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The first thing that attracted me to this book was the title: All the Light We Cannot See. A beautiful and evocative title, I had to know what the book was about. Never mind “don’t judge a book by it’s cover…” The cover is what draws in the reader. I knew from the title, that is was a book I would want to read. After reading the description, I was fixed in my determination to buy it. After reading Prisoner of Night and Fog, I really want to get back into WWII fiction, and these two books have some parallels – both books have one party somehow involved in Hitler’s designs. I read the first few lines and I was blown away. From the bit I’ve read so far, this is a book that was thoughtfully and painstakingly thought out and crafted – it’s clear that it’s been in the works for a decade. This is the next book on my reading list.


 

Never Have I Ever: My Life (so far) Without a Date, by Katie Heaney

“I’ve been single for my entire life. Not one boyfriend. Not one short-term dating situation. Not one person with whom I regularly hung out and kissed on the face.”

So begins Katie Heaney’s memoir of her years spent looking for love, but never quite finding it. By age 25, equipped with a college degree, a load of friends, and a happy family life, she still has never had a boyfriend … and she’s barely even been on a second date.

Throughout this laugh-out-loud funny book, you will meet Katie’s loyal group of girlfriends, including flirtatious and outgoing Rylee, the wild child to Katie’s shrinking violet, as well as a whole roster of Katie’s ill-fated crushes. And you will get to know Katie herself — a smart, modern heroine relaying truths about everything from the subtleties of a Facebook message exchange to the fact that “Everybody who works in a coffee shop is at least a little bit hot.”

Funny, relatable, and inspiring, this is a memoir for anyone who has ever struggled to find love, but has also had a lot of fun in the process.

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This is the first memoir I’ve ever bought. I actually bought it for my sister, who will be guest-reviewing the book, but if I didn’t already have so many of my own to read, I would have definitely snuck it from her!

Part of what attracted me to this book in the first place was that it kind of reminds me of The Mindy Project – if you have not seen it, go watch it now, but rest assured you will not be seen for a few days of binge-watching! This book is a change from the types of books I usually read, (example, All the Light We Cannot See) and I’m looking for to a light read and some laugh-out-loud scenes!

Waiting on Wednesday – Sisters’ Fate

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday is Sisters’ Fate by Jessica Spotswood!

Sisters’ Fate is the (for me, long-anticipated) conclusion to the Cahill Witch Chronicles, the first and second of which are Born Wicked and Star Cursed, respectively. Star Cursed was one of my summer reads and I absolutely loved it! Just as good as the first book, Star Cursed had me at the end of my seat and gritting my teeth, cursing characters and falling in love with Finn all over again.

I’m even more excited about the release of Sisters’ Fate now that I got my Jessica Spotswood mail! My very first from an author *blushes.

The end of Star Cursed left me…perplexed, stunned, angry, livid, but above all, desperate to see how it all works out. We know already from the prophecy about the three sisters that the ending will most likely not be entirely happy, but who knows? Our Cahill girls and the bookish Finn just might be able to pull off some magic with the help of some friends!

Sisters’ Fate releases on August 14th! Mark your calendars! To the right of the page, you can see I’m eagerly counting down!

Waiting on Wednesday – The Young Elites

My Waiting on Wednesday this week is The Young Elites by Marie Lu.

If you haven’t already, check out my review of The Young Elites Excerpt to find out why I’m so excited for this book, as well as the link to read the first five chapters yourself!

I loved the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu, so I’m almost positive that this upcoming release is going to be just as good – if not better! The book is releasing on October 7th of this year, which is all too far away for me right now.

Here’s an idea of what the book is about:

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.