It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 2/3/20

Happy Super Monday!

It’s that great Monday after the Super Bowl and I’m sitting at work wondering why this Monday isn’t a holiday? I think it should be.

This week I’m going to read two arcs that I picked up at ALA in Philadelphia and a book that I won from Flatiron Books.

What are you reading this week?

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The Honey-Don’t List- Christina Lauren

46779178. sy475 Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other.

James McCann, MIT graduate, and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on a book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus.

Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together…

From the “hilariously zany and heartfelt” (Booklist) Christina Lauren comes a romantic comedy that proves if it’s broke, you might as well fix it.

From the New York Times, bestselling author behind the “joyful, warm, touching” (Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author) The Unhoneymooners comes a delightfully charming love story about what happens when two assistants tasked with keeping a rocky relationship from explosion start to feel sparks of their own. 

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Anna K.: A Love Story- Jenny Lee

42119168. sy475 Every happy teenage girl is the same, while every unhappy teenage girl is miserable in her own special way.

Meet Anna K. At seventeen, she is at the top of Manhattan and Greenwich society (even if she prefers the company of her horses and Newfoundland dogs); she has the perfect (if perfectly boring) boyfriend, Alexander W.; and she has always made her Korean-American father proud (even if he can be a little controlling). Meanwhile, Anna’s brother, Steven, and his girlfriend, Lolly, are trying to weather a sexting scandal; Lolly’s little sister, Kimmie, is struggling to recalibrate to normal life after an injury derails her ice dancing career; and Steven’s best friend, Dustin, is madly (and one-sidedly) in love with Kimmie.

As her friends struggle with the pitfalls of ordinary teenage life, Anna always seems to be able to sail gracefully above it all. That is…until the night she meets Alexia “Count” Vronsky at Grand Central. A notorious playboy who has bounced around boarding schools and who lives for his own pleasure, Alexia is everything Anna is not. But he has never been in love until he meets Anna, and maybe she hasn’t, either. As Alexia and Anna are pulled irresistibly together, she has to decide how much of her life she is willing to let go for the chance to be with him. And when a shocking revelation threatens to shatter their relationship, she is forced to question if she has ever known herself at all.

Dazzlingly opulent and emotionally riveting, Anna K.: A Love Story is a brilliant reimagining of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless love story, Anna Karenina―but above all, it is a novel about the dizzying, glorious, heart-stopping experience of first love and first heartbreak.

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Diana: Princess of the Amazons- Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

45143759From New York Times, bestselling authors Shannon Hale and Dean Hale comes a heartfelt story about making mistakes, learning the hard way, and growing up to become a hero.

Eleven-year-old Diana leads an idyllic life on the island of Themyscira. Cut off from the rest of the world, she’s beginning to feel more and more isolated. Though she has a loving mother and many “aunties,” she is an only child. THE only child on the island, in fact.

After an escapade goes wrong, Diana gets in trouble for not living up to the Amazonian standard. She just can’t seem to measure up no matter what she does. Every other person on the island is an adult proficient in their trade and mighty in body, while she is gangly, sometimes clumsy, and not particularly good at anything. She’s not Wonder Woman … yet. What Diana needs is a friend; someone her own age whom she can talk to. But when she decides to take matters into her own hands, she may just make a monster instead of a friend.

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This Book Breathes Fire! Feel the Heat of Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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Are you looking for a new and exciting read, full of action, intrigue, romance, and palpable tension? Then you need to read Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young! Seriously. This book will leave you wondering: “where have you been all my life?” At least it did for me.

Title: Sky in the Deep

Author: Adrienne Young

Publishing House: Wednesday Books

Release Date: April 24, 2018

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 352

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Sky in the Deep Synopsis

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Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield — her brother, fighting with the enemy — the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating


My Review of Sky in the Deep

Have you ever read a book that not only grabs your attention from the beginning and never lets go but a book that makes you feel like you know the characters in a way that makes you part of their story? That’s how I felt with Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young.

30c319e6-31da-46a7-9149-af97ca65c3ffThis book is not only breathtaking, it’s profoundly powerful. It provides a message about family, about being strong in a world that wants to tear you down. Eelyn is such a powerful and headstrong character that her feelings and actions jump off the page. Her beliefs and family are everything to her, and even when her view of the Riki begins to change, she does not falter. Eelyn stays this strong protagonist throughout her whole story. I found her to be such an inspiration.

The tension between Eelyn and the Riki (especially a certain Riki) was one of my favorite aspects of the story. There were times where I felt the tension could have breathed fire; it was so intense and emotionally driven that it’s difficult to take a step back from the story and breathe. It was difficult to even put the book down. Adrienne Young brought the story and characters to life and beautifully captured the tension between both clans.

There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe how much I loved Sky in the Deep. I probably felt every emotion known to man because of this book. And that’s okay. That’s what books are supposed to do. And Sky in the Deep definitely did just that.

If this book is not on your list to read, it needs to be. You won’t want to miss this unique story. Adrienne Young is a fantastic storyteller and I can’t wait to read her next novel.

Sky in the Deep is in stores now, so run to your nearest bookstore and pick up this one-of-a-kind book!

♥Nikole

My Most Anticipated August Releases

My Most Anticipated August Releases

Hi, everyone!

August is right around the corner, which means more wonderful Young Adult books are coming out! Check out my most anticipated Young Adult releases for August!


Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

Release Date: August 8, 2017

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A magical new world with adventure, romance, and an intriguing plot? Count me in! Faris will do whatever she can to protect her younger sister, especially when her sister is sold into slavery. When Faris agrees to a scheme to buy her sister, she inadvertently binds herself to Princess Bryn, a power-hungry royal looking to sit on the throne. Faris must now smuggle magic into Avinea with the help of North, a traveling magician, and Faris can’t help but start to fall for North. The fate of the kingdom is at stake and Faris needs to figure out how to work through this dangerous game of magic and intrigue, if she hopes to save her sister and many others.

Preorder Shimmer & Burn

*Mary Taranta has an awesome preorder giveaway for those who preorder her debut! Fill out the form here.


The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

Release Date: August 8, 2017

IMG_1461High school girl? Check. Good grades? Check. Have to save the world from demons? Whaaaat? Genie Lo thought she was just an average high school student with her only worries being about volleyball, family, and grades. That all changes when she finds out she is meant to save the world from demons with the help from no one other than the Monkey King! I luckily received an advanced copy of this fantastic Chinese folklore tale and my review can be viewed here. This is such a wonderful read, I highly recommend picking this up. And even though I have already read it, it is still one of my most anticipated releases for August. The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is everything I hoped it would be and more!

Preorder The Epic Crush of Genie Lo


The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Release Date: August 8, 2017

Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon: her heart in exchange for an escape from her current life. She becomes “heartless,” and starts to realize that the trade may be a nightmare she did not sign up for. In this new world, Dee teams up with other deal-making teens and soon finds herself growing closer to one charming and secretive boy. The Hearts We Sold sounds like such a lush, yet atmospheric read; I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

Preorder The Hearts We Sold


Crystal Blade by Kathryn Purdie

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Release Date: August 15, 2017

This is the second installment in the Burning Glass series. I highly enjoyed Burning Glass and I am looking forward to the continuation of Sonya’s story! Kathryn Purdie is a great storyteller and she weaves such beautiful writing into her stories, so if you have not already read Burning Glass, you need to now!

Purchase Burning Glass

Preorder Crystal Blade

*Kathryn Purdie also has a special preorder giveaway for those who fill out the required fields here!


Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

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Release Date: August 15, 2017

I am super excited for this book, and you should be, too! Iris and Malina are twins who are born with a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. They live in Old Town Cattaro, where their mother runs a bakery. When their mother is attacked and left hovering between life and death, the sisters must look into their history and the ancient curse that is part of their family. Lies and secrets will come to the surface, but will the sisters be strong enough to overcome these secrets and save their mother?

Preorder Wicked Like a Wildfire


Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: August 29, 2017

IMG_1459Who doesn’t love Wonder Woman? This book is going to be amazing, and I know my fellow co-blogger, Stacy, has read this beauty and has posted a review about it here. Plus, the amazingness that is Leigh Bardugo wrote this wonderful piece of work, so it is no question that I’ll be at the bookstore on release day. If you love superheroes and girl power, Wonder Woman: Warbringer is a book you do not want to miss!

Preorder Wonder Woman: Warbringer

*Leigh Bardugo has a great preorder giveaway! Check out the details here.


Here is a list of other books coming out in August:

August 1

  • Blight by Alexandra Duncan
  • Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor
  • These Things I’ve Done by Rebecca Phillips
  • Venturess by Betsy Cornwell

August 8

  • In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody
  • Reunited by Colleen Houck

August 15

  • A Map for Wrecked Girls by  Jessica Taylor
  • Ferocious by Paula Stokes
  • The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims

August 22

  • Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens
  • The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes
  • The Rattled Bones by S.M. Parker
  • The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

August 29

  • All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
  • The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee
  • The Keep of Ages by Caragh M. O’Brien
  • Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell

These are not all the wonderful books coming out in August, so make sure to check out Goodreads and your local bookstore for other upcoming August releases.

What books are you looking forward to coming out in August? 

♥ Nikole