Something to Look Forward To – Most Anticipated Reads {May}

Hello Friends!

April showers bring May flowers! And books, lots of books! Here’s what I’m looking forward to:

into-the-waterInto the Water by Paula Hawkins

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

 

the-finishing-schoolThe Finishing School by Joanna Goodman

One spring night in 1998 the beautiful Cressida Strauss plunges from a fourth-floor balcony at the Lycée Internationale Suisse with catastrophic consequences. Loath to draw negative publicity to the school, a bastion of European wealth and glamour, officials quickly dismiss the incident as an accident, but questions remain: Was it a suicide attempt?

rich-people-problemsRich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly-appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a schoolyard kidnapping to a gold leaf dancefloor spattered with blood, Kevin Kwan’s gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets and rich people problems of Asia’s most privileged families.

lord-of-shadowsLord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

beren-and-luthienBeren and Lúthien by J.R.R Tolkien

Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Lúthien will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, Dwarves and Orcs and the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

 

a-court-of-wings-and-ruinA Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Mass

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.

forever-and-always-lara-jean Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding. But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind. When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

 

xx J

My Two Cents – P.S. I Still Love You {Review}

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Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

Hello Friends!

Lara Jean is back! P.S. I Still Love You is a charming sequel which I enjoyed just as much as To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Lara Jean and Peter are a cute couple but then Peter starts hanging around with Genevieve and when LJ starts asking questions, he avoids them. Throw in an old love and you have a very teenage romance full of drama and confusion.

I can’t say that I ever had this problem in high school.  I only dated one boy that was really important and I certainly didn’t have any other ones competing for my attention. It was a cute read though and I could certainly identify with Lara Jean’s predicament through Jenny Han’s wonderful writing.

We see more of Kitty in this book and we see a lot of the way our relationships effect our families. Especially when the relationships go… sideways. Kitty is still quite a character and I absolutely adore her, I think she reminds me a lot of me haha!

The book ends in an undesirable way to me. I like to root for the underdog and sadly, the underdog doesn’t always win.  Luckily… Always & Forever, Lara Jean comes out in May!  Am I evil to hope that Lara Jean ends up with someone who isn’t Peter?

If you’ve read both Lara Jean books, I’m pretty sure we can figure out what is going to happen in the third book. I’m looking forward to seeing if Jenny Han is going to do what people expect or if she’s going to go a different way.

Now we wait….

xx J

My To Cents – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before {Review}

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What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

 

Hello Friends!

This book was so cute and I really enjoyed it! Lara Jean’s plight reminds me of when I was in high school and crushing on boys. 🙂

“Do you know what it’s like to like someone so much you can’t stand it and know that they’ll never feel the same way?”

TATBILB is a very quick and easy read but it’s got a lot of depth to it. If you are passed the high school age it will bring you back and make you nostalgic for the kind of outlook on love that only teenagers can have and if you are currently in high school you will absolutely relate to Lara Jean’s thoughts and actions. I recall doing/thinking some of the same things when I was that age. There were many times throughout the book that I totally had all the feels and tears came to my eyes in remembrance and empathy to Lara Jean.

I especially remember this boy I had a crush on from sixth grade all the way to tenth. His name was Ryan and he was so cool in my eyes. Super cute and nice too. We actually ended up hanging out at our high school gradation formal quite a bit (my first love, from a different school, broke up with me after two years. Right before formal. #rude I guess his mom gave him the same advice Margot got.). I still have the picture of he and I in our formal wear that was taken at a friends house. I often wonder what he’s doing now.  You’d think in the age of social media he’d be easy to track down, but he doesn’t seem to use it.

” Sisters are supposed to fight and make up, because they are sisters and sisters always find their way back to each other”

This book isn’t only about teenage romance. It’s about the relationship between sisters. Margot, Lara  Jean and Kitty lost their mother at a young age and it was up to them to take care of each other and their father. The three girls have a lovely relationship filled with goofy interactions, jealousy, taunting and everything else that is involved in a sibling relationship. I have to admit I love Kitty, she’s so tenacious and strong willed and I’d love to see more about her 🙂

“Like snow globes, you shake them up, and for a moment everything is upside down and glitter everywhere, and it’s just like magic – but then it all settles and goes back to where it’s supposed to be. Things have a way of settling back.”

I’m very much looking forward to the next two books P.S. I Still Love You (available now) and Always and Forever, Lara Jean (available in May). Have you read Lara Jean’s story? What are some memories it brought up for you?

xx J

P.S. I just realized that I bought TATBILB in paperback. Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue but with Always and Forever, Lara Jean coming out in May I now have to wait to purchase it in paperback (because the trilogy must match) and continue the story! 😦