Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

aafljPages: 336

Goodreads Rating: 4.39 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: May 2nd 2017

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Summary (Goodreads):

Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

IATHEA.jpgPages: 339

Goodreads Rating: 4.11 / 5 stars

My Rating:  5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: August 4th 2015

Publisher: Speak

Summary (Goodreads):

Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

tmttPages: 328

Goodreads Rating: 4.13 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction

Publication Date: April 5th 2016

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Summary (Goodreads):

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel filled with characters who will come to feel like friends.

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Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

stolenPages: 304

Goodreads Rating: 3.93 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction

Publication Date: May 4th 2009

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd.

Summary (Goodreads):

It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.

This is my story.

A letter from nowhere. 

Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?

The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist – almost.

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Vendetta by Catherine Doyle

vendPages: 352

Goodreads Rating: 4.06 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: February 24th 2015

Publisher: Chicken House Ltd

Summary (Goodreads):

When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.

When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell’s life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys’ dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties – the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.

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A List of Cages by Robin Roe

alocPages: 320

Goodreads Rating: 4.45 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Publication Date: January 10th 2017

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Summary (Goodreads):

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian–the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.

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Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

cdPages: 320

Goodreads Rating: 4.13 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Publisher: Harper Teen

Publication Date: April 21st 2015

Summary [Goodreads]:

Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.

Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.

Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence, to document the journey with images.

Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.

Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.

Caden Bosch is torn.

A captivating and powerful novel that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by one of today’s most admired writers for teens.

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My Most Anticipated Books of 2017

There are only days to go before 2016 ends! Here are some of the books I look forward on 2017. I’ll be categorizing it according to: Young Adult, New Adult / Adult. Note: Some of the books don’t have official covers and publication dates are TBA (To Be Announced). I will be updating this list if there are any changes.

Young Adult:

  • Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios | January 13th | Standalone
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth | January 17th | Series position: 1st
  • Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson | January 24th | Standalone – Debut
  • City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson | January 24th | Standalone -Debut
  • By Your Side by Kasie West |  January 31st| Standalone
  • Long Way Home by Katie McGarry | January 31st | Series position: 3rd
  • King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard | February 7th | Series position: 3rd
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | February 28th| Standalone – Debut
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco | March 7th| Series position: 1st
  • You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner | March 7th | Standalone- Debut
  • A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi |  March 28th | Series position: 2nd
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han | May 2nd | Series position: 3rd
  • Seeker by Veronica Rossi | May 16th | Series position: 2nd
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia | May 30th | Standalone
  • When It’s Real by Erin Watt | May 30th | Standalone
  • Once and for All by Sarah Dessen | June 6th| Standalone
  • Trusting You & Other Lies by Nicole Williams | June 20th | Standalone
  • The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young| June 27th | Standalone
  • What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum | July 11th | Standalone
  • Lucky in Love by Kasie West |  July 25th | Standalone
  • The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby | August 1st  | Standalone
  • After the Game by Abbi Glines | August 22nd  | Series position: 3rd
  • Warcross by Marie Lu | TBA | Series position: 1st
  • Untitled (The Shaw Confessions) by Michelle Hodkin | TBA | Series position: 1st
  • The Book of Ezra by Carolyn Lee Adams | TBA | Standalone
  • Untitled by Stephanie Perkins | TBA

New Adult / Adult:

  • Infini by Kristina & Becca Ritchie | January 2017| Standalone
  • Commander in Chief by Katy Evans | January 5th  | Series position: 2nd
  • Egomaniac by Vi Keeland | January 16th | Standalone
  • Menace by J.M. Darhower | January 16th | Series Position: 1st
  • Next to Never by Penelope Douglas | January 17th | Series position: 4.5
  • Becoming Mrs. Lockwood by K.I. Lynn | January 30th | Standalone
  • Crown of Lies by Pepper Winters | January 31st | Standalone
  • Love in Lingerie by Alessandra Torre | January 31st  | Standalone
  • Royally Matched by Emma Chase | February 21st | Series position: 2nd
  • The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon | February 28th | Series position: 3rd
  • Every Little Thing by Samantha Young | March 7th  | Series Position: 2nd
  • Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker | March 7th | Standalone
  • We Sold Our Souls by K.A. Tucker | March 7th  | Standalone
  • Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige | March 27th | Standalone
  • Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker | May 2nd  | Standalone
  • Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren | June 6th | Standalone
  • Royally Endowed by Emma Chase | June 15th | Series position: 3rd
  • Without Merit by Colleen Hoover  | August 1st | Standalone
  • Children of Vice by J.J. McAvoy | December | Series positon: 1st
  • Autoboyography by Christina Lauren | TBA | Standalone
  • Everything Under the Sun by J.A. Redmerski | TBA | Standalone
  • Spiders in the Grove by J.A. Redmerski | *No date but I’m hoping it’s 2017, this might be a surprise release.*  | Series postion: 7th
  • Hideaway by Penelope Douglas | TBA | Series position: 2nd
  • The Comfort Zone by Sally Thorne | TBA | Standalone
  • The Edge of ? by J.A. Redmerski | TBA | Series position: 3rd
  • SALT by E.K. Blair | TBA | Standalone
  • 9 Crimes by E.K. Blair | TBA | Standalone
  • Secret Lucidity by E.K. Blair | TBA | Standalone
  • Damage Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie | TBA | Series position: 1st
  • Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey | TBA | Standalone

Graphic Novels / Nonfiction:

  • Saga, Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples | March 28th | Series position: 7th
  • Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules by A.J. Mendez Brooks | April 4th

For more books to be released on 2017, you can check out these lists:

What are your most anticipated books of 2017? Feel free to share your thoughts or links (if you have a post) on the comments below. Happy Holidays everyone! 🙂

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My 20 Favorite Books / Series of 2016

It’s time to wrap up with my favorite books or series (I binge) read this year. This is probably the most challenging year to rank my favorite books / series so far because they’re amazing and it overwhelmed me. I will count series as one because I just can’t separate them. Haha! Some authors have multiple entries on this list.  😉

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  • #20 – Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow | An eye opening debut novel about self-harm. The character’s emotions are raw and it feels real. It’s a must read.

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  • #19 – The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre | Deanna Madden is one fascinating anti-heroine. She is a creepy character because of her urge to kill someone and I still find her badass in some ways.. Alessandra Torre is really good at writing suspense/thrillers.

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  • #18 – Ladies Man by Katy Evans | This is such a guilty pleasure read. Tahoe and Gina’s story is so cute. Of course, Katy Evans’s knows how to make her readers swoon over her male leads 😉

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  • #17 – Misconduct by Penelope Douglas | Penelope Douglas is great at writing love stories with angst and steamy romance. Aside from these, it has family drama and issues, modern education, politics etc.. It’s really entertaining and complex.

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  •  #16 – Mr. President by Katy Evans | Damn, this political romance is so sexy and Matthew Hamilton is …. *fan yourself* I just want Commander in Chief. ASAP.

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  • #15 – The Host by Stephenie Meyer | Honestly, Stephenie Meyer should continue writing sequels for The Host. The love triangle here is well done, it’s not annoying and I love the slow burn romance in this book. It has so much potential and I find it better than the Twilight Saga.

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  • #14 – The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand | An emotional story about grief. It’s well-written and my goodness, tears are shed in this book. Cythia Hand’s writing style is really good and I’m looking forward to read more of her books.

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  • #13 – The Suffering by Rin Chupeco | A fantastic horror sequel and conclusion! I swear, it didn’t put me to sleep. It really scared the heck out of me. This is like The Grudge / The Ring book version. Okiku is my favorite ghost.

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  • #12 – Saga Series by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples | I don’t usually read graphic novels but Saga series captivated me. I love the story, characters and artwork. Hazel is my favorite character, she’s so cute and brilliant!

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  • #11 – Sempre Duology by J.M. Darhower | If you want to dive in to Mafia-themed books, I recommend this duology. This is a love story between a slave and a mafia prince. Unlike the other mafia books I’ve read, this is less violent and all the characters played their role in the story. The sequel focuses more on the mafia aspect than romance.

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  • #10 – Monster in His Eyes trilogy by J.M. Darhower | Another entry for J.M. Darhower. She’s so good at writing mafia books (this is my obsession along with sports romance. haha) and Monsters in His Eyes trilogy takes on a darker turn about love, lies, revenge, betrayal and grief.  Ignazio Vitale and Karissa Reed have an awesome chemistry and the romance between them is HOT. Goodbye Ovaries!

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  • #9 – Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven |  One of my favorite book covers this year. Leisa Rayven once again made me swoon with Liam Quinn and Elissa Holt’s story. MY GODDAMN FEELS. I WANT MORE LEISA RAYVEN BOOKS.

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  • #8 – One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters | If there’s another author who writes beautiful and emotional stories, it’s definitely A. Meredith Walters. Last year, one of her books made it to my favorites and it’s no wonder this is a win. One Day Soon is one of the best emotional stories I’ve read this year. I WEPT!

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  • #7 – November 9 by Colleen Hoover | I find the concept in this book unique and I enjoy its plot twist. Also, it was an emotional roller coaster. Ben Kessler ❤ ❤ ❤

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  • #6 – The Score by Elle Kennedy | For the love of Hockey players, Elle Kennedy knows how to do it. Of course Dean Heyward Di Laurentis is included here…and Winston. ;)) HAHAHAHA! PINK WINSTON.

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  • #5 – The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon | This is my first Nicola Yoon book and I love it! The story is heartwarming, cute and compelling. It also tackles about immigrants, racism and culture.

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  • #4 – Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas | This book gave me a bad book hangover. I am speechless on how amazing this book is. The characters are flawed and they did things that will make you hate them. However, both have an amazing character and relationship development. In the end, they learned their mistakes and redeem themselves by doing what’s right. Also, sexual tension = Off-the-Freaking-Charts!

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  • #3 – The Royals trilogy by Erin Watt | This debut trilogy has the craziest cliffhangers EVER. I don’t know how many times I cursed while reading and the plot twists… . Jaw droppers. I almost drop my e-reader. Hands down to Erin Watt a.k.a Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick! I can’t wait for them to write more books.

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  • #2 – It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover | I really enjoyed most of Colleen Hoover’s books because of the romance and the emotions it bring to her readers. However, It Ends With Us is different among her books. It’s not a romance novel but women’s fiction. It’s thought provoking and it tests your decision making as this book lets you step in a difficult situation. Life has no trigger warnings and there are some things you don’t expect. With its realistic ending, it’s a win for me.

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  • #1 – In the Company of Killers series by J.A. Redmerski | Without any doubt, this series reigned supreme for me this year and automatically became my all time favorites. It’s a mafia/assassin themed and romantic suspense series. Each book keeps getting better, the plot twists are intense, unpredictable and mind blowing and the characters are ALL freaking BADASS. It’s action packed, and thrilling. It never failed to put me on the edge of my seat and hold on to dear life. 😉 #AssassinSquadGoals

These are my top reads of 2016. Have you read any of these?  Let me know your top reads this year and if you have a post, feel free to share your links 🙂 Happy Holidays lovely bookworms! 🙂

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Under the Lights by Abbi Glines

utlPages: 320

Goodreads Rating: 3.83 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: August 23rd 2016

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Summary (Goodreads):

In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestseller Until Friday Night—three teens from a small southern town are stuck in a dramatic love triangle.

Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her.

High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know.

Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can.

As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.

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