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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hey, everyone! How have you been? It seems like a long time since I’ve last posted…. and now it’s Tuesday again, which means Top Ten Tuesday! 😀 This Top Ten is about the second half of 2016 and the books we’re excited for. Let me tell you, I don’t think I’m as excited for any releases in the second half of the year. Sure, I have some books that I know I’m going to buy, but to be honest, compared to the first half of the year, my anticipated reads for the second half isn’t much… So my Top Ten won’t really be a Top Ten, but a Top Seven. 😉 Well, here are the books:

1. Harry Potter and Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

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Cannot wait for this! Already had it preordered a while ago! 😉

2. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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The premise seems really sweet! 🙂

 

3. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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Need to read the fourth book still, but other than that… 😀

4. Something in Between by Melissa De La Cruz

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I want this! 🙂

5. My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill

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Love any books focusing on the entertainment industry!

6. Midnight Hour by C.C. Hunter

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The last book of the series! 😦

7. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicole Yoon

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After Everything, Everything…. I’d love to read more by Nicola Yoon!

That’s my list! Are any of these books on your TTT? What other books are on your TTT this week? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below. Just leave your TTT in the Comments Section, so that I can check them out! Thanks for reading, everyone!

-Sumaya

The Gilmore Girls Book Tag

Hello everybody! I’m back with another tag. This time, it’s the Gilmore Girls book tag, courtesy of Eve Messenger. If you haven’t already, you should check out her blog and her answers to this tag; you’ll find them really entertaining! Well, without further ado, here are my answers to the tag:

1. I JUST GOT HIT BY A DEER: character having the worst day ever

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  • Calaena in the second half of Crown of Midnight (it was more than a day, but it was still pretty bad…)

 

2 . STARS HOLLOW: wildly eccentric cast

  • Mia’s friends in The Princess Diaries series

 

3. COFFEE: a character you’re addicted to/ a character with an addiction

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  • Jem in The Infernal Devices, with his addiction to yin fen.

 

4. SOMEONE DEVIL EGGED MY CAR?!: a great act of revenge

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  • Frankenstein’s creature from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley ( OMG! The things he put Frankenstein through, not that he didn’t totally deserve it…)

 

5. MR. MEDINA: an illicit affair

  • Benedict Lightwood and demon pox. Nuff said.

6. KIM’S ANTIQUES:  a world you’d be afraid to enter

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  • Narnia, just because it seems like it would be a lot of work just to stay there….

7. HARVARD VS. YALE: character who needs to make a life-changing decision

  • Percy Jackson at the end of The Last Olympian by Rick RiordanMa, when he is given his reward

8. LUKE’S DINER: comfort read

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  • Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi, because I would go back to that book over and over again.

9. AM I CRYING OR LAUGHING?: a book that messed with your emotions

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  • Falling for You by Lisa Shroeder had me crying even on the subway!

10. EMILY: the HBIC

Grandmere from The Princess Diaries totally fits that description! 😀

11. LORELAI AND RORY: favourite family dynamic

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  • Stella and Cara from The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak. They wholeheartedly support each other! 😉

12. I PUSHED HIM IN THE LAKE: a book you’d throw in the lake

  • The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill is that book. If I had been near the lake at the time, I probably would have left it there, since it was pretty boring…

13. 1000 YELLOW DAISIES: favourite romance

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  • At this point, it would be Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I remember reading it and thinking that it was the sweetest thing!

14. JESS: an unpopular opinion

  • Love, Lucy by April Lindner, just because of the star rating it was given on Goodreads versus how much I enjoyed it (a lot more than its star rating…)

15. FIRST SNOW: snowy or holiday read

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  • My True Love Gave to Me anthology sounds like a perfect fit for this category! 😉

16. HEP ALIEN: book centred around music

  • Any book in Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series, since she always has a playlist at the back of those books pertaining to certain scenes.

17. HE’D BETTER HAVE A MOTORCYCLE: your book crush

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  • Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices! *swoons* ❤ ❤ ❤

18.IT’S REPETITIVE AND REDUNDANT: a book that could have been shorter

  • Every Last Breath by J.L. Armentrout, since that book was mostly filled with character development rather than plot (I think there should be an equal mix, plus it’s the last book!).

19. KIRK: the weirdest book you’ve ever read

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  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffry Chaucer. While it was mostly enjoyable, it certainly gave me pause in some (a lot) of places.

20. IT’S A LIFESTYLE, IT’S A RELIGION: that one book that means more to you than any other

  • I can’t think of one at the moment…

TAGS:

Anushka @ Living in Pages

Michelle @ The Bookish Librarian

Inge @ The Belgian Reviewer

Charleigh @ Charleigh’s Book Nook

Sarah and Faith @ Sublime Reads

Samantha @ Reed’s Reads & Reviews

I invite you all to participate in this tag (as well as anyone who’s read this post)! But if you have already done this tag or aren’t interested, you can choose to ignore it. That’s all for today! Until next time… 😉

-Sumaya

 

 

Review: The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill

My rating: green2

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hey, lovely readers! It’s review time, and today’s featured book is The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill. When I saw this ebook on NetGalley, I thought I would love it. It has a competition, arts programs, and some romance, which are all great to read about in one book! But then I read it and found that I didn’t like it that much.

First of all, it would go on and on about the same issue, and it wasn’t even a big one (on a scale). It kept on talking about Liza’s control issues and her need to raise money and keep the school band together, while the solutions to her problem seemed so simple. Not to the control issues, but her current predicament; leading the band to victory and prize money while avoiding their funding being taken away. There were many other ways to handle that problem, but I think it all stems from the fact that she needed to control things, and that’s why she didn’t tell the band; not to ease their minds but her own. Anyways, several paragraphs at a time would be dedicated to a rant, which would make me do the unthinkable: skim the page. The horror! :O

The control issue was the main reason I didn’t like Liza but there were many others, like her dramatics, whininess, the fact that she thinks that she’s in the right all the time, even when readers know she’s not. It makes her an unreliable narrator and not a person I would relate to, or even like to read about.

Then there was the romance part of the story. It seemed a bit too rushed and unrealistic as well as predicable; I knew who she was going to end up with right off the bat. It was even worse than a normal case of instalove, especially in the end, because I couldn’t follow Liza’s train of thought in that matter. There was no warming up to the person, and bare mentions of attraction. Overall, the love element was too predictable and uninteresting.

I could barely get through this book without skimming each time Liza would get into a state of panic and act out. The thing about Liza is that she presents herself as better than other characters because she doesn’t do the same things they do. In reality, she’s similar to some of the characters she pretends to foil. It’s not necessarily a bad thing; the only thing wrong is the self-denial.

Even though The Trouble with Destiny wasn’t too enjoyable, there were still some parts of it I liked, like one of the resolutions, as well as the overall message. It was a good example of what too much control could do to a person. It just wasn’t the book for me. But maybe it was just because I’ve just read a contemporary and need time away from it. I don’t know.

Those are my main thoughts on The Trouble with Destiny. Started off really well, but by the end, I wasn’t really impressed with it. But maybe I’ll like Lauren Morrill’s other books better. Have you read any of them? What do you like/dislike about them? I’d love to hear what you all think, even if you haven’t read any of her novels. Take care and keep reading!

-Sumaya

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