Cover Reveal: All Closed Off (Rusk University #4) by Cora Carmack

Hello Everyone! I am so excited to be a part of this SURPRISE from Cora Carmack! We now finally have faces for the third installment of the Rusk University Series – All Closed Off.

And and and it does not end there yet, it is set to be released on May 01, 2017! A month of waiting but it will surely be worth it!

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From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack, comes the highly anticipated fourth standalone title in her Rusk University Series, ALL CLOSED OFF! A passionate story and journey, get ready to be mesmerized with Stella’s story! ALL CLOSED OFF is coming your way May 1, 2017!

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Cover Design and Photography by Kelsey Kukal-Keeton at K. Keeton Designs

ABOUT ALL CLOSED OFF (Releasing May 1, 2017):

Stella Santos is fine.

Maybe something terrible happened to her that she can’t even remember. And maybe it drives her crazy when her friends treat her like she’s on the verge of breaking because of it. Maybe it feels even worse when they do what she asks and pretend that it never happened at all. And maybe she’s been getting harassing emails and messages for months from people who don’t even know her, but hate her all the same.

But none of that matters because she’s just fine.

For Ryan Blake, Stella was always that girl. Vibrant and hilarious and beautiful. He wanted her as his best friend. His more than friends. His everything and anything that she would give him. Which these days is a whole lot of nothing. She gets angry when he’s there. Angry when he’s not there. Angry when he tries to talk and when he doesn’t.

When Stella devises an unconventional art project for one of her classes all about exploring intimacy—between both friends and strangers—Ryan finds himself stepping in as guinea pig after one of her subjects bails. What was supposed to be an objective and artistic look at emotion and secrets and sex suddenly becomes much more personal. When he hits it off with another girl from the project, Stella will have to decide if she’s willing to do more than make art about intimacy. To keep him, she’ll have to open up and let herself be the one thing she swore she’d never be again.

Vulnerable.

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Cora Carmack is a twentysomething New York Times bestselling author who likes to write about twentysomething characters. Raised in a small Texas town, she now lives in New York City and spends her time writing, traveling, and marathoning various TV shows on Netflix. She lives by one rule: embrace whatever the world throws at you and run with it (just not with scissors).

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ARC Review: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Title: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Published: 07 March 2017 | Clarion Books

Date Read: 13 March 2017

Synopsis:

The first day of senior year:

Everything is about to change. Until this moment, Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss, and grief.

Suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is—but if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

*ARC Kindly provided by HMH Books for Young Readers for review*

My love for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is unexplainable. I easily fell in love with Ari and Dante and their world. I’m eagerly waiting for Benjamin Alire Saenz’s new work and I consider myself one of the lucky ones to get an ARC of The Inexplicable Logic of my Life.

I’ve finished reading this book for over two weeks now and as I’m writing this review it feels like I just read the book a while ago. The feels and love still feels so new. I loved Sam, Sal, Fito and probably everything about this book.

I can probably say that this book has one of the most memorable set of characters that I have encountered. In the span of 400+ pages I was able read the different life experiences of the characters. It’s so easy to connect to them and in the end so hard to say goodbye as well.

Sal is ready to start is senior year anew but circumstances happened. Salvador is trying to find himself – who he really is amidst the anxiety, sadness, tragedy and loss he’s currently encountering.

Samantha is Sal’s best friend. She’s independent and a “know-it-all” but you can’t help but really like and love her. Her relationship with Sal is so adorable. They are like two peas in a pod but so much different like two sides of a coin, but these differences that they have complement each other that’s why they had a great relationship. I was rooting for them to be romantically involved at the beginning, but as I go on reading, I find myself realizing that these two people are so much more better off as friends because the strong friendship and foundation that they have are all sisterly/brotherly type.

“But see, it’s not where I come from that matters – it’s where I’m going.”

Completing the trio of friends is Fito. The guy from the wrong side of the track that comes from an abusive family. I just want to hug Fito the whole time. He’s fun and happy on the outside but struggling on the inside. I really salute him because even though he comes from an abusive family he supports himself and still has the determination to finish school for him to succeed in life.

Once again, Benjamin Alire Saenz features an LGBT character who is Sal’s father Vicente.  I loved him so much! I’m really amazed by his pure-heartedness. He’s so loving and warm, kind, understandable. He’s just the greatest father material that I’ve read.

Family is one of the main highlight of this book. The familial relationship was made beautifully. The families are far from perfect but reading the good side and the bad side gives the story a realistic feel to it. The topic of loss was also highlighted on the story. It shows how family handles the hardship of losing someone.

  1. Aside from the characters and the topics, the writing style of this book was also quite noticeable. It’s different comparing it to Aristotle and Dante. Each chapter is like Sal’s diary –filled with randomish thoughts. It took me awhile to get used to the world building and the writing itself but when I was in – I can no longer get out. I was hooked with Sal’s story. In all honesty, the story feels like it doesn’t really have an actual plot. You don’t know what to expect and what will/might happen. But a lot happened. Goes to show that Benjamin Alire Saenz is a brilliant writer.

“People died every day. And people lived they lives every day. There were always survivors in the aftermath of all that death. And I was one of those survivors.”

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life is a love story. A love between father and child, mother and child, grandmother and grandson and best friends. This story is so full of different kinds of love. Reading this is like an educational trip to different kinds of love and loss.

Overall, it was a great reading experience. I loved how the story ended (despite all the loss that the characters had), it has closure. The story really captured my heart (it now earned a place on it). I’m so looking forward in hopefully reading more about Sal, Sam and Fito. Who knows? Maybe we’ll be able to get more of them right

Anticipated Releases: April 2017

I’m writing another Anticipated Releases post which means that a new month with heaps of new book releases is about come. Wow, days seems to fly so fast this 2017, right?

So, without further ado, here are my anticipated releases for April 2017..

PS.I actually had a hard time shortlisting my anticipated releases for April as there are a lot of great book releases for Spring plus I’m actually overwhelmed by the number of YA-Contemporaries to be released 😉

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
Release Date: 04 April 2017

I loved the classic movie You’ve Got Mail, and with the blurb dubbing Alex, Approximately as its teenage spin-off, I’m definitely sold! The whole summary and the snippets are so enticing and exciting. I can’t wait to meet Bailey!

 


Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Release Date: 04 April 2017

It seems that fairy-tales are getting pretty much in demand these days as a lot of fairy-tales spin-offs are being created. Inspired by the classic fairy-tale Cinderella, Geekerella is set in modern time where people loves cosplay and vicariously live their favorite icons/characters by dressing up and cosplaying. I’m pretty much excited about everything on this book! I hope I could get my hands on this as soon as release day comes. Yay!


Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr
Release Date: 04 April 2017

I’ve seen and read about Sara Zarr way way way back but I haven’t had the chance to read any of her works yet. What a better way to pop my Sara Zarr cherry than by reading her newest story, Gem & Dixie, right?

Gem and Dixie came from a dysfunctional family. As sisters, they have each other’s back but for the past year, it seems that they are growing apart. The story have a very “serious” vibe.


The End of Our Story by Meg Haston
Release Date: 04 April 2017

It’s not always rainbows and butterflies in the YA-Contemporary world. The End of Our Story is a story about heartbreaks, betrayals and loss. It’s about two people learning to swim through a fierce current of tragedy that is threatening to pull them under. I can feel the heaviness and the deepness of this story just from its blurb. This will surely be a learning and enlightening read.


Literally by Lucy Keating
Release Date: 11 April 2017

Lucy Keating is bringing us another unique, interesting and fun read featuring a girl named Annabelle whose life is being written by a writer. Literally.This story Literally blurs the fine line between reality and fiction. *wink*wink*

 

 


Spindle Fire (Spindle Fire #1) by Lexa Hillyer
Release Date: 11 April 2017

As the blurb of Spindle Fire said – this is the first book in a lush fantasy duology set in the dwindling, deliciously corrupt world of the fae and featuring two truly unforgettable heroines. But aside from that intriguing description what really captured my attention is the Sleeping Beauty spin-off of the plot which really got me so so much more excited.


The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Release Date: 11 April 2017

I’m currently reading Becky Albertalli’s Simon and the Homo Sapiens and totally loving it! I’m excited to meet Molly because I heard and read nothing but praises about her and this story. The Upside of Unrequited’s summary offers us not only one plot but there seems to be a lot of sub-plots which is what I’m also so excited about. This will surely be another remarkable and award-winning story.


Unearthly Things by Michelle Gagnon
Release Date: 11 April 2017

A modern-day retelling of Jane Eyre with a Filipina protagonist that grew up in Hawaii – those parts of this book really catches my interest. I was also intrigued by the supernatural / mystery twist that this story seems to have.

 


Fireworks by Katie Cotugno
Release Date: 18 April 2017

I can already feel myself getting frustrated and feeling the complications this story will bring. If you know me, I tend to avoid books that features frustrating and complicated stuffs. The summary of Fireworks actually nailed it to what I was trying to avoid (LOL). But as an avid follower of Katie Cotugno, I’m still pretty much excited to read this book. (Plus the cover is really very pretty!)


Lost Rider (Coming Home #1) by Harper Sloan
Release Date: 25 April 2017

One of my most anticipated Romance read for April! I love Harper Sloan and I never get tired of reading her romance stories. Lost Rider is the the first installment to her Coming Home Series which follows Maverick and Leighton – who has a very unhappy past. Seeing each other brought back old/new flames and I’m really really really excited with all the feels and “kilig” this book surely give.

PS. The cover kinda give me The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks vibe, isn’t it?


You, what are your anticipated books for April? Feel free to share them with me on the comment page below. 💜

10 Characters I’d Love To Visit In 10 Years

I love reading epilogues. This part of a book or a story makes me feel complete after reading 300+ (or lesser) pages of a story that has its ups and downs and everything in between. Epilogues gives us a glimpse on what happens to the characters that we’ve read about after some time.

Now, why do I open this post with epilogues? It’s because I suddenly have this urge to put up a post with some of my favorite set of characters and how I would love to visit them in 10 years’ time.

And without further adieu, here are the short-listed characters that I’d love to visit in 10 years.

Anna, Lola and Isla
Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and The Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

These girls have played a huge part when I just started reading and blogging. I immediately fell in love with Anna, Lola and Isla. Their stories are all so fluffy and easy and just fun to read. Plus, it takes us to different settings – from Paris, San Francisco and Manhattan!

I’m really excited to see what these girls will be up to in 10 years’ time. I’m seeing Anna working in something still related to movies, Lola will be busy with fashion shows featuring her works and Isla with her own passion as well. It also would never hurt to maybe see them living their happily ever afters with their love interests in the books – Etienne, Cricket and Josh.


Starr Carter
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Starr Carter is one of the characters that left a huge impact on me. Her story is unforgettably real. In 10 years’ time, I hope she and her family is still doing great just like how their story ended on this book and I do hope that the black people community from her world finally feel safe and sound.

Juli and Bryce
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Probably the cutest and most adorable book (and movie) I’ve read (and watched)! (And I’m not exaggerating!)

The story of these two started at a very young age. Forward to 10 years and they will probably be at their early 20’s doing more mature things. I would really love to see what they will be up to by then, career wise and of course relationship wise. PS. I’m really keeping my fingers crossed they will end up still together. Forever. 😉

Amy and Roger
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

I first met these two when they embarked on a cross-country road trip was back in 2010. Though their story was published for almost 7 years now, these two still held a special place in my heart because their story is definitely one of my favorites! Like Ever! Though, we do get to see glimpses of them on the succeeding stories written by Morgan Matson, those parts don’t suffice. I’m craving for a novella or an epilogue for these two.

Here’s to hoping than in 10 years’ time they will once again go on a road trip (or an out of the country adventure). It would be another great reading experience for sure!

Katy and Daemon
Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I’m sure that visiting these two in 10 years will be a blast! Together with the whole alien family, I’m sure cutie alien babies will already be present as well. 😉

Lara Jean
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Series by Jenny Han

Will she end up with John or Peter? I don’t even know yet because the final book hasn’t been released yet but April is next month so a couple more days to go and we’ll all probably know who Lara Jean will end up with.

I do am excited to see what Lara Jean will be up to in 10 years’ time but I’m curious as well as to how her little sister Kitty will be also be doing by then. That girl is stinkin’ cute from the very beginning. In 10 years’ time, she will be 19 and have probably experienced what her sisters have experienced. Life and relationships wise. I’m just plain excited to see what the Song girls will be up to by then.

June and Day
Legend Series by Marie Lu

I still get a bit teary-eyed whenever I remember how this series ended. It was on a very good note but still something about it broke my heart. I’m hoping that visiting these two in 10 years’ time will be enough to heal my somewhat “broken” heart. Wishing everything will be great and happier on their world in 10 years’ time.

Nathan and Preston
No Holding Back (Dodge Cove#2) by Kate Evangelista

Nathan and Preston is probably my favorite gay couple.  💙 I’m hoping to get to join them again on a trip – maybe in Asia this time? 😊

Abby and Travis
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire

Abby and Travis has been featured on the succeeding books published by Jamie Mcguire plus I think several novellas has been written about them as well. I may already have an idea what these two will be up to in 10 years, but it will still surely be great to visit them by then. Katy will probably be a bad-a** wife and mom while Travis is still protective to his wife and future kids but is still a softy inside.

The Garretts
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Garretts is a family of 10 people. Mom, Dad and 7 kids. As much as I love to see Samantha and Jase as well, the focus of my visit on the world of this story is probably The Garrett’s. I wanted to see how Jase’s mom and dad are, how his older and younger siblings are doing. They are a crazy bunch on the story. Crazy but fun! And I’m sure it would be great visiting them all by then.


You, who are some of your favorite set of characters you would love to visit in 10 years? Feel free to share them on the comments below. 😊💜

ARC Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Title: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Published: 28 February 2017 | Balzer + Bray

Date Read: 25 February 2017

Synopsis:

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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*ARC Kindly provided by Balzer+Bray thru Edelweiss for review*

“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.”

The Hate U Give is a story inspired by Black Lives Matter Movement –  a movement made to fight anti-black Racism and the killings of black people.

I admit, I was a bit skeptical before reading this book. Aside from the big hype that surrounds it (especially on twitter) I don’t really know what to expect out of it.

But sometimes, the greatest things come unexpectedly, right?

I know it still might be a bit early to say this but The Hate U Give is one of the greatest book I’ve read this year. I’m honestly having a hard time right now putting into words all the greatness that is this book.

The Hate U Give is a very timely book that is an eye-opener on how several black people were treated. It is pollical, topical and very timely. Grief, anger, sadness and trauma surrounds the book but what I really appreciate was how the issues were handled in the story.

Our lead, Starr is just sixteen but she already witnessed two murders in her life: the first was of a young girl shot in a drive by and the other was her childhood best friend who was shot multiple times by a cop.

Can you even imagine how would you feel if you are in Starr’s place? All the grief and sadness in losing your childhood best friend and the trauma of losing him right before your eyes. Though the situation is very tough, I’m glad that Starr has a great support system – her family.

The portrayal of Starr’s family is perfect. They all are not perfect as person but their lives was made realistically. Her dad was an ex-gang member but is a very cool and loving dad, her mom got pregnant and married young to her dad, her brother Seven is also cool and very protective and Sekani her youngest brother is just is a pain-in-butt cute. The dynamic between their family was created beautifully by the author. Their family feels so warm and loving and accommodating despite what they are all going thru.

There are a whole set of other people present on this book and they were all given great importance and roles on the story. I really appreciate the complexity of not only the main characters but the supporting as well.

Another thing that I just want to share is that Starr have a boyfriend – Chris. And he’s white. Goes to show that skin color is not relevant if you care and understand each other.

“We let people say stuff, and they say it as much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re going to be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

Starr is a very engaging story teller. Her voice is clear and distinct. Though Starr was hesitant on the first part of the book to speak out what she’s feeling, it was so good to see her give it all out in the end. At the end of the story, we all learned that our greatest weapon is our voice and we should use it and not let other people put words in our own mouths.

Overall, The Hate U Give is a very influential book about family, the harsh realities of life for black people, being who you are 100% of the time and simply finding your own voice. This is a fictional book with fictional characters but this story has been told over the news and newspapers. Very timely and real. Please do yourselves a big big big favor and don’t miss out on reading this one.

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Blog Tour: Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell

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Title: Pillow Thoughts

Author: Courtney Peppernell

Published: 05 October 2016

Date Read: 26 February 2017

Synopsis:

Pillow Thoughts is a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love and raw emotions.
It is divided into sections to read when you feel you need them most.
Make a cup of tea and let yourself feel.

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*Copy was kindly provided by Rafael from Royal Polar Bear Reads for review as part of the Blog Tour*

A lot of you might curse me for saying this but I’m not really a poem person. I do appreciate the art of poem and how it was done but it’s not just my norm in reading.

But I dived into Pillow Thoughts knowing this is a book with a collection of poems. I decided why not try something new and out of my norm, right? And you guys, It didn’t disappoint me.

The book was divided into several parts that will surely suit with what you’re currently feeling and what you’re currently going thru. Whether you are in love, heartbroken, sad, or missing someone – there’s a part on the book dedicated for you,

The writing in Pillow Thoughts was raw, honest, straight to the heart and very relatable. I will not any more go into details on how the poem was done and all the rhyming  and other technical stuff because as I have told you, I’m not a master of poem – but I really do appreciate the feels the poems inside this book has given me.

Overall, it was good reading experience. The art inside the book, the thoughts, the words and the feels completes it all.

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Anticipated Releases: March 2017

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To say February is a busy month for me is such an understatement. For a month that is a day or two shorter than other months, February has been an insanely busy month for me. I’ve only read a couple of books this month (3 to be exact) and I’m 4 books behind on my Goodreads challenge (*ugly cries*) but all those things aside, I’m really looking forward for the next month that is to come, because new month, a new start, right? And there are a lot of book releases to get excited about for March and here are some of my Anticipated Releases…

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Blush for Me (Fusion #3) by Kristen Proby
Release Date: 07 March 2017

I missed the Fusion Series world. After a couple of month’s waiting, finally in a few days we’ll all be able to read Katrina’s story. Katrina is not afraid of anything well except flying. I remember her having the “strongest” appeal or attitude among the Fusion Girls but what I do know is that characters who show-off strong are sometimes the softest. I’m also excited to meet the new guy – Mac. I’m prepping all my feels right now because I know it will be explosive story between Katrina and Mac. 😉


Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Release Date: 07 March 2017

One text message really can change everything. But what I’m really intrigued about is what was the last text message Carver Briggs have sent that caused a fatal crash, killing his three best friends? What causes the crash?

Just reading the blurb of this book is already making my eyes tear up!! This will surely be another roller-coaster emotion kind of ride. I’m now prepping all my feels and tissue before I dive into this book.


The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Release Date: 07 March 2017

I loved Aristotle and Dante and Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s writing that’s why I’m really looking forward in reading his new book. I just know that this will be another world filled with beautiful characters, happiness and a memorable story.

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You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
Release Date: 07 March 2017

A thoughtful story about a  deaf girl who loves arts and graffiti. This will probably be my first Diverse book and I’m really ecstatic to try this out.

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Drunk On You (Hope Town #4) by Harper Sloan
Release Date: 14 March 2017

I’ve been an avid follower of Harper Sloan for a long time now and I’m really really excited that we’re getting another Hope Town Series book! This time it features, Nikki – Ember’s best friend. Harper Sloan’s books are my feel good reads. Her books (especially this series) are my go to reads whenever I’m to stressed out with stuffs and wanted to read something pleasure-y and will simply make me fee “kilig” 😉


Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Release Date: 14 March 2017

A spin-off to the classic Beauty and The Beast story and I’m itching to read this book STAT! I love how the Beauty, Beast and forest concept of the original fairy tale seems to still be present. The blurb and the advance reviews are making me giddy to read this.

I’M JUST PLAIN EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK! 


The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato
Release Date: 21 March 2017

A mix of Mystery, Thriller and Fantasy? I’m totally sold!  The whole “seeing the memories attached to objects” thing is pretty interesting. I’m also intrigued how the lead – Megan will be able to solve his brother’s death.

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Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion #1) by Rosalyn Eves
Release Date: 07 March 2017

Anna is barred from the society. Her family is part of a powerful group who uses magic and she can’t perform even the simplest spells until she shows an unlikely prowess with magic by breaking her own sister’s spell. She finds herself being taken back to her family’s then powerful but now crumbling native Hungary. There, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking as rebellion spreads. Intriguing and exciting, right?


A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: 28 March 2017

Roshani Chokski once again made me fall in love with her book cover. Isn’t just pretty and very pleasing to the eyes? 💜 Honestly, I haven’t had the chance to read The Star Touched Queen so I might binge read these books as soon a I get a copy of A Crown of Wishes in my hand.


Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik
Release Date: 28 March 2017

Things I should Have Known’s blurb immediately captured by heart. Chloe Mitchell is a girl on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. That is very touching and interesting, right? right? And because it is written by Claire LaZebnik this will surely be a fun story about about sisterhood, autism, and first loves.


You, what are your anticipated books for March? Feel free to share them with me on the comment page below. 💜