Most Highly Anticipated Titles ~ May 2017 ~ Part 2

Highly Anticipated Titles is a monthly feature showcasing some of the book releases I’m most excited for each month. May has such a massive amount of books coming out that I actually split this feature into two parts. Check out these titles from the last half of May!


theloveinterestThe Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Published by Feiwel & Friends

Expected on May 16, 2017

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.


CrownsFateThe Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye

Published by Balzer + Bray

Expected on May 16, 2017

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Historical

Russia is on the brink of great change. Pasha’s coronation approaches, and Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter, but the role she once coveted may be more difficult—and dangerous—than she ever expected.

Pasha is grappling with his own problems—his legitimacy is in doubt, the girl he loves loathes him, and he believes his best friend is dead. When a challenger to the throne emerges—and with the magic in Russia growing rapidly—Pasha must do whatever it takes to keep his position and protect his kingdom.

For Nikolai, the ending of the Crown’s Game stung deeply. Although he just managed to escape death, Nikolai remains alone, a shadow hidden in a not-quite-real world of his own creation. But when he’s given a second chance at life—tied to a dark price—Nikolai must decide just how far he’s willing to go to return to the world.

With revolution on the rise, dangerous new magic rearing up, and a tsardom up for the taking, Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha must fight—or face the destruction of not only their world but also themselves.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors I Want to Read More From

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Becky Albertalli
  2. Riley Redgate
  3. Adam Silvera
  4. Daniel Jose Older
  5. Mackenzi Lee

This week’s Top 5 is all about authors I want to read more from. Now of course this is actually a really long list but I’m narrowing it down to new to me authors I’ve read in the past six months. Let’s start with Becky Albertalli. I read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda at the end of December and really like it. The Upside of Unrequited blew me away though. I just read Noteworthy by Riley Redgate and it was such a nuanced contemporary that I need to pick up more of her work. History is All You Left Me was my first Adam Silvera and now I need to get to his first book as well as his upcoming release. Daniel Jose Older surprised me with Shadowshaper so now his backlist is definitely a must read for me. And Mackenzi Lee’s Gentleman’s Guide was brilliant and I loved all the historical details. Must read all the books by these authors!!!

So what authors do you want to read more of? Are any of mine on your list? Let me know in the comments below!

Most Highly Anticipated Titles ~ May 2017 ~ Part 1

Highly Anticipated Titles is a monthly feature showcasing some of the book releases I’m most excited for each month. May has such a massive amount of books coming out that I actually split this feature into two parts. Check out these seven favorites from the first half of the month!


ACOWARA Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Expected on May 2, 2017

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Retellings

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.


coldsummerCold Summer by Gwen Cole

Published by Sky Pony Press

Expected on May 2, 2017

Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Historical

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.

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Book Review: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

AlexApproximatelyAlex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Published by Simon Pulse on April 4, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 391 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

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Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.


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ARC Review: Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

NoteworthyNoteworthy by Riley Redgate

Published by Amulet Books on May 2, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+

Pages: 400 Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

It’s the start of Jordan Sun’s junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she’s an Alto 2, which—in the musical theatre world—is sort of like being a vulture in the wild: She has a spot in the ecosystem, but nobody’s falling over themselves to express their appreciation. So it’s no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight.

Then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshiped … revered … all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.


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The “Anything But Books” Tag

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I came across The “Anything But Books” Tag on The Bookkeeper’s Secret and thought this would be a fun little post to do. So here’s a little more insight into me:

1. Name a cartoon(s) that you love.

Oh where to begin! Currently I’m loving Star Wars Rebels which I’m trying to catch up on. I also adore The Clone Wars, Avatar the Last Airbender, and Legend of Korra. Some old school faves are Hey, Arnold, Rocket Power, and Jonny Quest.

2. What is your favorite song right now.

I’ve been listening non stop to Ed Sheeran’s new album and especially Galway Girl and Castle on the Hill.

3. What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite LGBTQIA+ Reads

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. When the Moon Was Ours
  2. Queens of Geek
  3. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
  4. Timekeeper
  5. Out on Good Behavior

This week’s Top 5 is favorite LGBTQIA+ reads and apparently I have quite a few since this was much harder to choose than I thought. First there’s When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore featuring a transgender boy and some of the most beautiful storytelling I’ve ever experienced. Then Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde with an F/F romance and bisexual MC set at an epic convention. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee isn’t even out yet but everyone needs to read this gay European adventure. Plus the wonder that is Timekeeper by Tara Sim with bright Colton and grumpy Danny. Rounding out my list is Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler with a pansexual MC and a wonderful F/F romance that I cannot help but go back to time and again.

So what are your Top 5 Favorite LGBTQIA+ Reads? Did any of mine make your list? Let me know in the comments below!