Can’t-Wait Wednesday:”Wildcard” by Marie Lu

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Today’s CWW feature is a book I’ve been nervously awaiting, especially after the way its predecessor ended.

29386918Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

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Who’s excited for Wildcard? This girl! 🙋‍♀️ I plan to re-read Warcross just before this one releases just to review things a bit. Hopefully, September isn’t too crazy so I can go about re-reading and reading as planned.

Wildcard releases September 18.

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Rachel

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Music Mondays: “The Only One” by Yellowcard

 

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Music Mondays is a book meme where you share a song you really like. It is hosted by The Tattoed Book Geek.


It’s Monday. Again.

After last week, I honestly don’t feel a 100% ready to get back to the grind. Two days isn’t enough to be fully rested, but I have no choice but to don my scrubs and report for my duty.

That aside, I was able to accomplish a few thing during the weekend – did the laundry, cleaned my place, gave my dog a bath and, finally, catch up on my reading. I finished Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win yesterday and I really enjoyed it. I’m going to work on my review for the book later after work so I can post it on its release day.

As I was cleaning, I found a few of my old CDs. I don’t play them as much any more because I copied them into my computer long before aiming to digitized everything (never finished that). I found this gem though. I still listen to the same kind of music, just not all the time and it’s been so long since I listened to this album. Didn’t realize how much I missed this. I hope you enjoy my MM pick for this week.

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Rachel

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First Line Fridays: “Open Road Summer” by Emery Lord

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First Line Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Hording Books.


If you’ve seen my most recent review, you know that I was not quite happy with the last book I’ve finished. I really just needed something happy after it, so I picked up an old favorite – Open Road Summer by Emery Lord.

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The fans scream for her, but they don’t really know the girl on the magazine covers—the girl with the guitar and the easy smile. Her given name is Delilah, and they think she goes by Lilah. But anyone who really knows my best friend calls her Dee.

 

 

 

 

I can’t believe it’s been four years since I read this book. 25-year old me certainly grinned and laughed and swooned a lot when I first read it, so it’s really no surprise that I still have the same reactions to it. Open Road Summer was just that cute!!! 😍😍😍

Still don’t believe me? Here’s one more line to further prove my point:

His eyes are somewhere between gray and blue, and his hair is somewhere between brown and blond, and I am somewhere between hostile and attracted.

Okay, one more (because I just can’t help myself) :

If we could capture feelings like we capture pictures, none of us would ever leave our rooms. It would be so tempting to inhabit the good moments over and over again. But I don’t want to be the kind of person who lives backwardly, who memorializes moments before she’s finished living in them. So I plant my feet here on this hillside beside a boy who is undoing me, and I kiss him back like I mean it. And, God help me, with the sky wrapped around us in every direction, I do mean it.

Swoon 😍😍😍😍😍😍

Sneak this book into your summer reading if you haven’t yet. I definitely recommend putting on some country-era Taylor Swift in the background while you read this book. Trust me, you need this!!!

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: “A Touch of Gold” by Annie Sullivan

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted Jill at Breaking the Spine.


This Wednesday’s featured book is one I’m really, really super-duper excited to read.

36575823Gold is wealth. Wealth is power. Power is a curse.

King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.

Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.

Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?

Don’t you just find that blurb interesting? We all know about King Midas and how he learned his story. Now, it’s his daughter’s turn. That last line in the blurb just totally ups up the intrigue (and makes me nervous at the same time 😥😥😥) “Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?”

I have an ARC of this book but just can’t get to it yet since I have to finish up with my July review copies first. I only have two books left from my July pile though so I can start reading this very soon.

A Touch of Gold releases August 14 under Blink. Add it to your TBR on Goodreads.

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Rachel

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Music Monday: “Deliverance” by Chvrches

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Music Monday is a book meme where you share a song you really like. It is hosted by The Tattoed Book Geek.


I can’t believe it’s the second Monday of July already. Time flies! I hope this year has been good to you so far. Mine has, compared to last year. 2017 was a turbulent one for me, and I’m glad I got over it and do better this year.

It was really easy picking today’s song. This one is my favorite from Chvrches newest album Love is Dead. Listen very carefully to the words of this song. It really means a lot to me.

I hope you liked my MM pick today as much as I do. And please, be kind to yourself this week. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

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Rachel

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Who else on here is a Chvrches fan? What do you think of their latest album?