Book Birthdays – May 22, 2018

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a Book Birthday post, but today there are so many amazing beauties that I’m really excited about! So let’s wish all these pretties the best book release day!!!

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Fury Born (The Empirium Trilogy #1) 

Claire Legrand

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Published by Sourcebooks Fire

Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic

Pages: Hardcover 512

THE STUNNINGLY ORIGINAL, MUST-READ FANTASY OF 2018 FOLLOWS TWO FIERCELY INDEPENDENT YOUNG WOMEN, CENTURIES APART, WHO HOLD THE POWER TO SAVE THEIR WORLD…OR DOOM IT.

WHEN ASSASSINS AMBUSH HER BEST FRIEND, THE CROWN PRINCE, RIELLE DARDENNE RISKS EVERYTHING TO SAVE HIM, EXPOSING HER ABILITY TO PERFORM ALL SEVEN KINDS OF ELEMENTAL MAGIC. THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO SHOULD POSSESS THIS EXTRAORDINARY POWER ARE A PAIR OF PROPHESIED QUEENS: A QUEEN OF LIGHT AND SALVATION AND A QUEEN OF BLOOD AND DESTRUCTION. TO PROVE SHE IS THE SUN QUEEN, RIELLE MUST ENDURE SEVEN TRIALS TO TEST HER MAGIC. IF SHE FAILS, SHE WILL BE EXECUTED…UNLESS THE TRIALS KILL HER FIRST.

A THOUSAND YEARS LATER, THE LEGEND OF QUEEN RIELLE IS A MERE FAIRY TALE TO BOUNTY HUNTER ELIANA FERRACORA. WHEN THE UNDYING EMPIRE CONQUERED HER KINGDOM, SHE EMBRACED VIOLENCE TO KEEP HER FAMILY ALIVE. NOW, SHE BELIEVES HERSELF UNTOUCHABLE–UNTIL HER MOTHER VANISHES WITHOUT A TRACE, ALONG WITH COUNTLESS OTHER WOMEN IN THEIR CITY. TO FIND HER, ELIANA JOINS A REBEL CAPTAIN ON A DANGEROUS MISSION AND DISCOVERS THAT THE EVIL AT THE HEART OF THE EMPIRE IS MORE TERRIBLE THAN SHE EVER IMAGINED.

AS RIELLE AND ELIANA FIGHT IN A COSMIC WAR THAT SPANS MILLENNIA, THEIR STORIES INTERSECT, AND THE SHOCKING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THEM ULTIMATELY DETERMINE THE FATE OF THEIR WORLD–AND OF EACH OTHER.

I had planned on reading this way before its release day, but as you know life happens and I just didn’t get to it. I am currently reading it right now and really loving it. The world building is really amazing and I can’t wait to finish it…hopefully by this week.

 

Always Never Yours

Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

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Published by Speak

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: Hardcover 352

MEGAN HARPER IS THE GIRL BEFORE. ALL HER EXES FIND THEIR ONE TRUE LOVE RIGHT AFTER DATING HER. IT’S NOT A CURSE OR ANYTHING, IT’S JUST THE WAY THINGS ARE, AND MEGAN REFUSES TO WASTE TIME FEELING SORRY FOR HERSELF. INSTEAD, SHE FOCUSES ON PURSUING HER NEXT FLING, DIRECTING THEATRE, AND FULFILLING HER DREAM SCHOOL’S ACTING REQUIREMENT IN THE SMALLEST ROLE POSSIBLE.

But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. No–a disaster. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script.

Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to play the lead in her own love story?

Here’s another lovely book I’m really excited about. The concept sounds really cute and fun. I tried to get an ARC of this on Netgalley, but sadly wasn’t approved. Then, I tried to get a physical ARC during Yallwest, but I didn’t make it. Guess I’m just meant to purchase it… which I will hopefully on my next paycheck. Having a puppy is kind of breaking my bank LOL.

From Twinkle, with Love

Sandhya Menon

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Published by Simon Pulse

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: Hardcover 336

ASPIRING FILMMAKER AND WALLFLOWER TWINKLE MEHRA HAS STORIES SHE WANTS TO TELL AND UNIVERSES SHE WANTS TO EXPLORE, IF ONLY THE WORLD WOULD LISTEN. SO WHEN FELLOW FILM GEEK SAHIL ROY APPROACHES HER TO DIRECT A MOVIE FOR THE UPCOMING SUMMER FESTIVAL, TWINKLE IS ALL OVER IT. THE CHANCE TO PUBLICLY SHOWCASE HER VOICE AS A DIRECTOR? DREAM COME TRUE. THE FACT THAT IT GETS HER CLOSER TO HER LONGTIME CRUSH, NEIL ROY—A.K.A. SAHIL’S TWIN BROTHER? DREAM COME TRUE X 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you

I LOVEDDDDD When Dimple Met Rishi so I’m soooo happy this book is finally out. Didn’t get an ARC for this one either, but I’ll definitely be picking it up. I mean look at that cover… it’s the cutest thing ever and the premise sounds super adorable.

Monday’s Not Coming

Tiffany D. Jackson

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Published by Katherine Tegen Books

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery

Pages: Hardcover 448

A gripping, relentless, and timely new novel from critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson, about the complex mystery of one teenage girl’s disappearance and the traumatic effects of the truth.

Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.

As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?

I’ve been reading more mystery and thriller books, so when I received this from Epic Reads, I was really excited. The synopsis sounds good and I can’t wait to get into this hopefully in  a few weeks.

Rebel Heart

Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

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Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance

Pages: Kindle 232

Rush and Gia’s story continues in the gripping conclusion to the New York Times bestseller, Rebel Heir…

How to screw up a great summer in the Hamptons:

Sleep with your boss. Check.

Blow all your money on a rental you can’t afford. Check.

How to walk away from a man you fall in love with at the end of a summer:

…I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

I started Rehel Heir weeks ago, but then I got really busy and had other blog tours obligations, soooo I had to put it aside for while. I was really enjoying the story and romance, so I can’t wait to go back to it. I think I’m going to start over and binge the duology one weekend.


Which of these new releases are you most excited to read? Do you have any other new books on your TBR? Comment down below.

sincerelykarenjoendsign

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Blog Tour – The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo Review + Giveaway



Hello beautiful bookish friends! Welcome to my Blog Tour Stop for The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Today, I have my review to share and I can honestly say that this book was cute, funny, and heartwarming. I really enjoyed reading about Eve and Jamie and cannot wait for you to meet them. Don’t forget to stay until the end and join the giveaway! aboutthebook2

The Game Can’t Love You Back
Karole Cozzo
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Publication date: May 15th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school’s baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she’s focused on one thing and one thing only—being the best pitcher she can be.

But when a freak accident forces her high school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren’t used to having a woman on their team. And the new team’s star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can’t afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher—even worse, to a girl.

As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played?

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I think I’m slowly warming up to sports themed books and might just be my newest obsession. I didn’t really care for them that much before since I’m not into sports, but the books I’ve read in the past few months were pretty darn good. The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo was no exception and I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would. I even had tears in the end and couldn’t stop smiling and swooning.

Enemies to lovers stories are just the absolute the best. I love the angst, the tension, the bantering, the build-up, and of course the romance. Karole Cozzo did fantastically and managed to create a genuine, realistic, and believable story about two rivals who end up falling for each other. Eve and Jamie totally had me going crazy with all the FEELS and I loved it! From their not so nice insults to their adorably cute bantering, they made me gush and root for them. I thought their story was beautifully written and devloped with plenty of sweet moments and swoony kisses.

Eve and Jamie were so frustrtingly cute together and their chemistry was amazing. They were both incredibly competitive and did not give up too easily. Eve was fiesty and ridiculously stubborn, but also incredibly hard-working, dedicated and smart. Jamie had a reputation of being a player and was sometimes a jerk, so it took a while to win me over. However, by the end of the book, I can honetly say that he’s more than earned his place in my heart. Underneath all his bravado, Jamie actually had such a big heart and was really a sweet guy. Together they were kind of a mess, but also pretty darn perfect.

The Game Can’t Love You Back was a heartwarming and delightful story about acceptance and taking chances. It’s funny and cute, but also genuine and wonderfully inspiring.  I loved the writing, the characters and the crazy bantering that went from horribly sour to sugary sweet. This was definitely a home run for me and I cannot wait to read more books by Cozzo.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for participating in a Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Thanks for stopping by everyone. I hope you enjoyed reading my review.

Have a lovely day!

sincerelykarenjoendsign

Book Review – Out of Left Field by Kris Hui Lee

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Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a fantastic week. Mines has been quite busy, but I am so darn excited for this weekend because of Yallwest!!! But more on that later one. Today, I want to share my review for this fun and charming YA contemporary romance.

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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance Sports
Release Date: May 1, 2018

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There’s no playing it safe in love or baseball in this sparkling debut, perfect for fans of Morgan Matson and Kasie West.

Marnie has never had a hard time fitting in with the guys. It would take a lot more than their goofy antics to keep her from joining them at the neighborhood sandlot to do what she loves best: play ball.

An added perk of hanging out at the sandlot? Spending time with Cody Kinski, their high school’s star pitcher and Marnie’s best friend. Sure, he can be stubborn and annoying. He also knows how to make her laugh and respects her skills on the mound. And when he gets nailed in the arm by a bone-fracturing pitch, Marnie becomes the team’s best chance at making it to the playoffs. Except no one told the guys they’re supposed to be on her side.

With her own team against her, Marnie begins questioning her abilities. And when fate throws her a curveball, can she play without losing the game, Cody, and her belief in herself?

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Out of Left Field by Kris Hui Lee is a lighthearted and charming YA contemporary read!

I’m not really into sports that much, so I don’t find myself immediately drawn to sports-themed books. I just never really know if I’ll enjoy the plot since I don’t do sports at all and most likely wouldn’t be able to relate to the characters. But, I do love romance and friends-to-lovers stories. The premise for Out of Left Field also sounded really cute and fun, so I figured why not. Well, I definitely do not regret requesting. This book was heartwarming, sweet, and so cute it made my heart melt. I loved the friendships, the MC chasing her dream no matter what, and of course the romance. I thought the writing was decent, but wished there were more scenes that actually showed me rather than telling me this or that. The characters were likeable to some extent. They’re teenagers after all, so it’s expected that they got on my nerves every now and then. While I did find some parts a bit repetitive and frustrating, I still really enjoyed the story.

I liked Marnie well enough. She was the typical angsty teenager trying to find her place and go after her dream. She obviously did not always make the right decisions and had her own insecurities, but she was also strong and fierce. I admired her talent, determination, and the way she always stood up for herself. Cody was absolutely adorable and I really liked him a lot. He was sweet and incredibly supportive of Marnie. He encouraged her and truly believed in her potential. I really wish there were more scenes with him in the book. I would have loved to see Cody and Marnie interact more, rather than have the other characters describe how they really felt for each other.

So, as you can guess, the romance was relatively slow, but it was totally cute and heartwarming. I love romance in general, so whether it’s insta-love or not, as long as the story works and it makes some sense to me, then I usually have fun with it. I definitely did with this one and enjoyed the tension. I thought the story wrapped up nicely and I turned off my kindle with a smile on my face.

There were some things that could have been better, but overall, Out of Left Field was a delightful debut novel. With cute moments, fun bantering, and adorable romance, this was just the fluffy lighthearted read I needed. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for Kris Hui Lee’s future works and would recommend this book to anyone in the mood of something quick, sweet and entertaining.

I received an advance reader copy from the publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Kris is a contemporary YA author who found success through the online writing contest Pitch Wars in 2015, where her submitted manuscript eventually became her debut novel OUT OF LEFT FIELD.

She is also a graphic designer and pianist.

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Hope you enjoyed reading my review. Have you read this book? What did you think? Leave your comments down below. I’d love to hear from you. As always, have a wonderful day lovelies!

sincerelykarenjoendsign