Anticipated Releases: August 2017

It feels like it was just last week when I posted my July Anticipated Releases and now and I’m here again, posting a list of books I’m excited about for August. Whew, the days do run by so fast, right?

The list of books I made below is a mixture of YA-Contemporary, Romance and Fantasy. I’m really excited about the variety of books that I’ve listed. And without further ado, here are my Anticipated Releases for August…

Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman
Release Date: 01 August 2017

Jillian and Max are long-time friends. Jillian knew that kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea. Aside from her dad not approving of Max, he also has a girlfriend. But then not kissing Max is easier said than done..

This is one of those hyped up books on twitter and I kinda get excited for it because of the very YA-Contemporary-ish cover but the blurb makes me a bit hesitant in reading it because I hate love triangles. I’m 75% still up into reading this, so might as well just give it a try.


The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
Release Date: 08 August 2017

I miss reading Fantasy novels and hopefully, this book will break my fantasy books reading slump.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is about a 16-year old girl who is solely focused in getting into a top-tier college. That is until  her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore. With the guidance of her schoolmate Quentin, Genie Lo’s priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged. She will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin says that she have.


Royally Endowed (Royally #3) by Emma Chase
Release Date: 14 August 2017

I’m an avid follower of Emma Chase especially of her Royally Series. I’ve always been a sucker for Royalty stories and this series just keeps getting better and better for me.

I’m really really really dying to read Ellie and Logan’s story!!!!

 


How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat
Release Date: 15 August 2017

This is quite an intriguing contemporary novel that is very timely for the rampant usage of social media nowadays. When Vicky’s bestfriend moved away, she became more isolated and a loner. So she decided to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people’s pictures, posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicurious. That is until she realized that there are a lot of people out there who feel like her— #alone and #ignored in real life.

Sharon Huss Roat shines a light on our love of social media and how sometimes being the person you think you want to be isn’t as great as being the person you truly are.


The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims
Release Date: 15 August 2017

The Art of Feeling is a contemporary novel that is about the friendship between a girl in constant pain and a boy who feels nothing at all.  I’m curious and excited to meet Samantha and Eliot. Both experiencing depression but in an entirely different ways.

As they grow closer, they begin to confront Sam’s painful memories and of Eliot’s medical condition and  self-destructive tendencies.


Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino
Release Date: 15 August 2017

I’ll be preparing my tissue and comfort food as I wait for the release of this new novel by Renee Carlino. The blurb of this book already made me feel a bit emotional, what more if I get to read the whole book? I’m excited to read about Charlotte and Adam and their whirlwind adventure on love and life. There’s quite a mystery (I guess) involved in the story with the whole “ending has already been written” part of the blurb but one thing I’m pretty sure of is this book will be bringing us all in a roller coaster kind of emotional ride.


Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens
Release Date: 22 August 2017

This story is about a girl named Billie who struggles in fitting the mold of what everyone  says she should be. But what basically stands out for me and me me curious about this book is Billie might be in love with her friend Woods at the same time she might also be in love with her other friend Janie Lee.

I’ve always been curious and a bit excited to read queer novels. I’m also curious how the author will be handling this subject especially a lot of people are quite sensitive about it. Nevertheless, I’m excited to read this one and to meet Billie.


The Beauty of Us (Fusion #4) by Kristen Proby
Release Date: 22 August 2017

This fourth installment for the Fusion Series is about Riley – Seduction’s resident marketing and publicity expert. With the fame and success of their restaurant – Seduction – it was no surprise that a TV Network wanted to feature them. Convincing her friends and co-owners of the restaurant on this might be quite a challenge but she’ll do anything for it because this is just an opportunity they cannot pass. And when she meets Trevor Cooper, the show’s executive producer, she’s stunned by their intense chemistry.

Okay, I’m already excited for the angst and romance! Are you? 😉


The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2) by Katharine McGee
Release Date: 29 August 2017

To be honest, I haven’t read The Thousandth Floor yet (and that book has been on my TBR since last year 🙈) but hopefully this month, I’ll be able to get a copy of the 1st book as well as this 2nd one. I’m so looking forward in binge-reading these books!


Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: 29 August 2017

This book is probably one of my the hyped out book to be released this August. Now, who wouldn’t be hyped out with its? It’s Wonderwoman and it is written by Leigh Bardugo. ‘Nuff said. 😆 But on a serious note, what makes me more excited to read this is because it screams ‘girl power’. I’m all into books that have feminine protagonists that are independent and strong. I’m also excited to read how the original story of Wonderwoman will be woven here.


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

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ARC Review: I See London, I See France (I See London, I See France #1) by Sarah Mlynowski

Title: I See London, I See France (I See London, I See France #1)

Author: Sarah Mlynowski

Published: 11 July 2017 | Harper Teen

Date Read: 26 June 2017

Synopsis:

I see London, I see France
I see Sydney’s underpants.

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and half weeks traveling through Europe with her childhood best friend, Leela. Their plans include Eiffel-Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers. Her plans do not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex-boyfriend’s très hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug-of-war.

In this hilarious and unforgettable adventure, New York Times bestselling author Sarah Mlynowski tells the story of a girl learning to navigate secret romances, thorny relationships, and the London Tube. As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera… wearing only her polka dot underpants.

*ARC Kindly provided by HarperTeen thru Edelweiss for review*

DISCLAIMER:

This book is meant for more mature audiences. I’m expecting for this to include a bit of kisses here and there because it was tagged as YA but I was surprised that there’s a LOT more than that. There are quite some wild activities – smoking pot and watching live sex in Amsterdam – so definitely, this is for more mature audiences.

Now that I had that disclaimer out, let’s go on to what I really thought about the whole story. I’ve always been a fan of books that involves travelling – road trips, crossing countries, etc – whatever type of travelling a book involves, I’m up to it. That’s why it was no surprise that I put I See London, I See France on my anticipated reads this July, because it involves travelling specifically in the European Region.

“I could practically taste the fresh air. The fresh air, gelato, macarons and stinky cheese”

Sydney and Leela are off to a month of travelling in Europe visiting some of the most amazing cities – London, Amsterdam, Bruges, Paris, Pisa, Florence, Venice. Aside from going to these places, there are new people to meet, new foods to try and some people from their current lives they cross paths with.

The thing I enjoyed most while reading this is how the author described each places Sydney and Leela visited. I get the feel that the author did not simply researched about these places but have experienced the very same adventure that Sydney and Leela has been too. I love how each city were described – their culture, the people and the food!

The set of characters that this book has couldn’t get more unique and different from one another. Reading them altogether was fun even though there’s two characters that annoyed me and one I can’t seem to know what to think about.

Sydney is an okay character. She’s very caring to the people around her – family and friends. She’s so open to every adventure that comes to her way even though she did seem shy and aloof on the first few pages of the book.

Leela on the other hand, quite annoyed me for most part of the book. I hate how self-absorbed and childish she may seem for some time. But I did appreciate the change in her on the last pages of the book.

“A friendship can’t survive on childhood memories alone. We have to create new experiences, or the friendship will shrivel up.”

Sydney and Leela has been separated for a year because of college and this trip is their one and only time again to be with one another. They are off to a very rocky start on the trip. Add in unexpected people travelling with them and everything comes way way more crazy. They had their misunderstandings along but they did manage to work things out. I believe these two will go back home with a stronger friendship bond.

Aside from the travelling and friendship aspects of the story, I really appreciate how the author managed to squeeze in and handle what Sydney’s mom is going thru. Sydney’s mother is dealing with Agrophobia. I know what Agrophobia means but this book has let me look at it from a very different context that It’s not just fear of going to public places but being afraid of being out in public and losing control.

In all, it has been a wild and fun reading adventure. Though the ending feels a bit abrupt, I still loved it. Though, I would’ve appreciate it more if we were given a few more pages to save that happy ending. *wink*

ARC Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon

Published: 30 May 2017 | Simon Pulse

Date Read: 10 June 2017

Synopsis:

A New York Times bestseller

The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

*ARC kindly provided by Simon Pulse thru Edelweiss for review*

Ever since I read about When Dimple Met Rishi, I’m immediately head-over-heels excited for it and wanted to read it pronto! Some of you might say and may find this book cliché and predictable but for me, this is one of the most adorable, fun and lighthearted book I’ve read this year!!!

“It was beginning. Her freedom, her independence, her period of learning-about herself, about the world, about her career. She was finally doing it. Here, she wouldn’t be Dimple Shah, wayward, Americanized daughter of immigrant parents; she’d be just Dimple Shah, future web developer.”

Dimple Shah is attending the Insomnia Con – a camp for aspiring web developers. She’s off to Stanford at the end of summer and she’s pretty much excited to start college and study coding.

Rishi Patel is attending the Insomnia Con – a camp for aspiring web developers. But he’s not an aspiring web developer. He’s there to woo Dimple Shah, his future wife.

When Dimple Met Rishi is like a dose of a romantic comedy movie. Written in alternating POV’s of Dimple and Rishi, there’s the awkward first meet, the getting to know you, the fun moments and of course the falling in love. As I’ve mentioned earlier, some readers might find this story cliché and predictable but I find it adorable, fun and fresh. I’m excited with each turn of the page.

Dimple and Rishi are probably one of the most fun and memorable characters I’ve read. They feel real and very much relatable for me.

“Seriously? That’s what you think I should be relegating my brain space to? Looking nice? Like, if I don’t make the effort to look beautiful, my entire existence is nullified? Nothing else matters-not my intellect, not my personality or my accomplishments; my hopes and dreams mean nothing if I’m not wearing eyeliner?”

Dimple Shah is a headstrong character from the very beginning. I admire her determination and will to reach her dreams. I enjoy reading about her geekiness over coding/computer stuffs.

Rishi Patel is a true blue nice guy from the very beginning. Nope, he’s not perfect, but for me, he’s the epitome of an all-out nice guy. He also had a good sense of humor which really spices up the story. He wanted to please and make his family proud of him and really values his Indian culture. He’s a bit of a geek too with his love for drawing and doing his own comics.

“Rishi..he was like a pop song you thought you couldn’t stand, but found yourself humming in the shower anyway.”

Dimple and Rishi’s relationship are off to a very rocky start (with iced coffee spilling incident included). There’s no love-at-first-sight and there’s no insta-love, they started with nothing and it was refreshing to see how their relationship progressed throughout the story.

Dimple was against the whole arranged marriage thing. She’s focused in studying and reaching for her dreams instead of looking for the IIH – Ideal Indian Husband. To her, arranged marriages are more about practicalities than romance and she’s not yet ready to dive into the domestic Indian wife life because she have dreams to pursue. Though saddened by it, Rishi has been understanding with Dimple’s thoughts about their arranged marriage and that made me admire him more.

But since they are the same camp and has been partnered together for a project, they spend more time together, getting to know each other until they find themselves liking and falling for each other.

Of course, there is a drama on the last couple of chapters but it was resolved satisfyingly. Both characters ended up apologizing and owning up to each other’s mistakes. I also saw changes especially with Dimple. She started off mean and a bit cruel but she ended up being more open and a bit nicer, I guess.

I’ve read a couple of books about arranged marriages and most of them are treated in a negative tone with all the force and abuse, but I like how Sandhya handled this topic on this book in such a positive way. It kind of deletes the negative connotation that I have with arranged marriages.

The author, being an Indian herself shared to us about their culture in a very interesting way. I enjoyed reading about Hindi references, clothing and even Bollywood stuffs.

Overall, When Dimple Met Rishi is a fast, fun and adorable read. I’m recommending it to each and every one of you!

Bookish Tag: Mid-year Book Freak Out Tag

Hello everyone! It’s the 1st of July, how did that happen? April, May and June flew by so fast for me what with my busy working schedule. Anyway, I’m back for another Bookish Tag Post here on the blog after skipping it for 2 months and I’m pretty much excited to answer all the questions. 😉

the best books you’ve read so far in 2016

It’s a tie between The Color Project and When Dimple Met Rishi. I gave these books 5-stars because of both the stories are great! These books are definite must-read!

the best sequel you’ve read so far

I just realized that I haven’t read a sequel yet for this year. Most of the books I’ve read are first of a series or a standalone. 😆

a new release you haven’t read yet

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) is one of my anticipated reads last month however, due to busy schedule and other book priorities (hehe) I was not able to read it yet. I’m really excited to once again dive into the post-apocalyptic world of Kate and August where monsters roam around free. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one left wanting for more after the first book – This Savage Song – I’m looking forward on what would happen next to Kate and August. The responsibilities of our main characters are heavier on this book. I’m looking forward to more action-packed scenes!

most anticipated release for late-2017

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore immediately pops into mind for this question. I’m up for any fairytale like story with some magical realism so this book is definitely up on my alley. It will be released on the 3rd of October. 😉

biggest disappointment

So far, I can say that 2017 has been a good reading year for me. Most of the books I’ve read are okay, no big disappointments yet. And I hope it goes all throughout the year.

biggest surprise

The End of Our Story by Meg Haston surprised me. Just when I thought the story would go a certain way it would turn the other way around. I’ve never read a book about couples after their break-up, so it was a bit fresh for me. But what really catches me hook, line, and sinker was the twist on the story.  It is a very powerful and heartbreaking story about life realities, family, choosing who you really are and doing the“right” thing for the sake of you loved ones. I really recommend for you guys to read this one!

favorite new author (debut or new to you)

I loved The Color Project and I loved Sierra Abrams! She has been nice and very approachable from the very beginning. She’s now up to my auto-read authors and I’m definitely excited for her upcoming works.

newest fictional crush

Ohhhh, I do have a couple of fictional crushes and I’m still gushing over them. Here they are in no particular order: Rishi Patel from Dimple Met Rishi, SN from Tell Me Three Things and Levi Orville from The Color Project.

newest favorite characters

It took me a long time to finally read Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda and I ended up loving it so much! I love Simon Spier, his friends and Blue. These set of characters brought so much fun into the story. I’m so excited to watch the movie that is currently in the works.

book that made you cry

Written in the Stars is a heavy and  very heartbreaking story about a Pakistani girl and her conflicts with her parents and their culture. The events on the story tore my heart out. Please do read this book and you’ll definitely find yourself shedding a tear or two.

a book that made you happy

I See London, I See France (I See London, I See France #1) made me so happy and makes me want to travel Europe so much more. I love all the places the story captures and enjoyed reading about all the places they’re exploring. I wanted to try something like what the main characters did – travel with no definite itinerary. That would be a fun adventure, right? 😉

favorite book to movie adaptation you’ve watched this year

I haven’t had the chance to watch a lot of movies this year and those that I’ve watched are not books-to-movie, so I’ll skip this one out.

favorite review you’ve written this year

For the 3rd time, I’m putting The Color Project by Sierra Abrams on this post. I love my review of the said book even though it feels like I’m just totally gushing over it. Here’s the link if you’re interested to read it — here. 😆

most beautiful book you’ve bought or received this year

I bought Heartless by Marissa Meyer earlier this year (but I wasn’t able to read it yet up until now) and it’s definitely has one of the most beautiful cover.

what books do you near to read by the end of the year

Well, I really don’t keep a reading list. I’m spontaneous in reading and will pick-up a book usually on how my mood feels. But here’s a link to my TBR in Goodreads for books I might be reading this year. here.


Once again, I’m tagging all of you friends to do this tag as well.

Please feel free to leave your answers on the comments below. Or if you ever made your own version, leave your links below. 💜

ARC Review: That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim

Title: That Thing We Call a Heart

Author: Sheba Karim

Published: 09 May 2017 | HarperTeen

Date Read: 20 May 2017

Synopsis:

Shabnam Qureshi is a funny, imaginative Pakistani-American teen attending a tony private school in suburban New Jersey. When her feisty best friend, Farah, starts wearing the headscarf without even consulting her, it begins to unravel their friendship. After hooking up with the most racist boy in school and telling a huge lie about a tragedy that happened to her family during the Partition of India in 1947, Shabnam is ready for high school to end. She faces a summer of boredom and regret, but she has a plan: Get through the summer. Get to college. Don’t look back. Begin anew.

Everything changes when she meets Jamie, who scores her a job at his aunt’s pie shack, and meets her there every afternoon. Shabnam begins to see Jamie and herself like the rose and the nightingale of classic Urdu poetry, which, according to her father, is the ultimate language of desire. Jamie finds Shabnam fascinating—her curls, her culture, her awkwardness. Shabnam finds herself falling in love, but Farah finds Jamie worrying.

With Farah’s help, Shabnam uncovers the truth about Jamie, about herself, and what really happened during Partition. As she rebuilds her friendship with Farah and grows closer to her parents, Shabnam learns powerful lessons about the importance of love, in all of its forms.

Featuring complex, Muslim-American characters who defy conventional stereotypes and set against a backdrop of Radiohead’s music and the evocative metaphors of Urdu poetry, THAT THING WE CALL A HEART is a honest, moving story of a young woman’s explorations of first love, sexuality, desire, self-worth, her relationship with her parents, the value of friendship, and what it means to be true.

 

*ARC Kindly provided by HarperTeen thru Edelweiss*

It is rare to find a book with a Muslim lead-character. So I always get excited whenever I encounter one and read it. The Thing We Call a Heart might be the 3rd Muslim book that I’ve read and I’m happy and excited to be given a copy for a review. *wink*

“I had a simple plan. Get through the summer. Go to Penn. Begin anew. Don’t look back.”

Just like it is being rare to find a book with a Muslim lead-character it is also rare for me to find a book that I consider to be totally character-driven and reading The Thing We Calla Heart is one of those rare times.

Shabnam is a complex character. I had a hard time gauging who she really is I begin the story. She’s awkward, self-conscious but intelligent. She came off self-centered for me on most parts of the book and she frustrates the crap out of me most of the time as well but I still liked her – she’s flawed and she’s real.

Farah is Shabnam’s best friend and I like her just as much as I like Shabnam. They did have a bit of a fall-out in the beginning of the story after Farah started wearing a jihab without telling Shabnam but they did manage to work things out between them.

Of course, a love interest paved its way as well into the story into the form of a non-Muslim boy who’s very interested into the Muslim culture named Jamie. I never actually liked Jamie. I’m skeptical about his character from the beginning but it seems to fade whenever he makes or feel Shbnam special but nonetheless all throughout the story, I never liked him.

To say I’m surprised how Shabnam and Jamie’s story went is a complete understatement. I’m not going to go into details on what happened between these two but for me, the right thing happened because it opened a lot more for Shabnam.

It never gets old learning about the Muslim culture and history. I enjoyed reading about Urdu Poetry and learning about The Partition.

I love how different the Shabnam I met at the beginning of the story to the Shabnam on the last page of this book. Overall, this story is all about growing up. Figuring what you wanted in life and trying to understand life itself.

“Though sorrow is life destroying, we cannot escape it, as we have a heart.”

 

 

ARC Review: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Title: Girl Out of Water

Author: Laura Silverman

Published: 02 May 2017 | Sourcebooks Fire

Date Read: 13 May 2017

Synopsis:

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves

*ARC Kindly provided by Sourcebooks Fire thru Edelweiss for review*

The Girl Out of the Water is one of my most anticipated books this year. The first few pages seems a bit slow for me but reaching the 15% mark and I immediately plowed thru the book.

Anise is our main character who loves surfing. To say she loves surfing is an understatement because Anise and the waves flowed as one whenever she surfs. She’s athletic and competitive which I immediately saw on the first pages of the book.

“How much will I miss while I’m gone? What if so much changes and I don’t even recognize home?”

For this summer, she has everything planned – from surfing the waves, planning the yearly summer party and saying goodbye to some of her friends that are bound for college and joining the military.

Anise has never traveled out of town, she’s a true-blue Santa Cruz Girl. Until an accident happened and summer plans was put into a halt. Her aunt residing in the land-lock state of Nebraska was into an accident and Anise and her dad are bound to help. There’s no ocean and waves in Nebraska and none of her friends were there.

“I know I should want to go, I should want to help my family. But knowing and wanting are two very different things.”

I can see myself in Anise – comforted by the familiar things and is a bit afraid of changes. I understand where she’s coming from especially on how she feels when her summer plans were suddenly changed. The ocean was Anise’s comfort zone and when she finds herself landlocked in the middle of Nebraska she doesn’t know what to do. Without the water and surfing she feels like she’s losing herself.

But despite all of that and after all the attitude and even though she did have a hard time coming into terms on the changes on her summer plans, she did manage to help her dad, her aunt and her cousins. I think that summer helped Anise grow and move out of her own shell.

Just like your normal teenager, she may come off as flighty and have the “I don’t care in the world” attitude but she’s struggling with several personal issues. She has an abandonment issues with her mom.  Her mom who is an absentee wife and a wrecking force who goes in and out of Anise and her dad’s life without notice, not caring what destruction she leaves in her wake. I really appreciate how this issue was also handled on this book. It was heartbreaking and tough.

The story was also filled some amazing set of characters who are there to help Anise achieve her happy summer.

Anise’s father is great. Though he’s the one who has been under the spell of Anise’s mom and experienced her wrath tenfold, he didn’t let that deteriorate that love he has for Anise. He worked hard and bring Anise up greatly. I really appreciate how open he is with his daughter. He’s one of the best dad characters I’ve read!

I also appreciate the participation on Anise’s cousins. Though they are all young, they were able to contribute a part in the story that makes it whole.

“Disabilities are a part of us, but they are in no way our full definition.”

I really like Lincoln. He’s one-armed, straight-forward, fun, polite and talented especially on skateboarding. Lincoln is a nice guy. The skateboard place at the park was his turf. His attitude was so infectious and I really like how his character was built up. He’s also sensitive in way that he knows when to deal or say things at the right time.

Lincoln and Anise’ chemistry was so on point. They have their similarities and differences which I think makes them for compatible for each other. I really enjoy their bickering and skateboarding moments.

As to story progressed more, I wanted Anise to resolve her issues. I wanted for her to find healing with the help of her dad, aunt, cousins, friend and Lincoln because she truly deserves it.

“Home isn’t a place. It’s people. And I’ve always been with my people.”

The topic of family has played a huge part into this story. I really love how Anise’s family dynamics was written. They are not perfect but they are an inspiration. I’m so happy how Anise’s story turned out. She grew and learned. It was a tough and shaky journey but everything did work out well.

“One day, years from now, when these memories have blended together, I won’t remember the time I missed Eric’s wipeout or the time I missed Cassie’s dance recital, I’ll just remember I grew up with a group of really amazing friends.”

Overall, I really enjoyed reading The Girl Out of The Water. It was interesting, touching, realistic and relatable. The ending was a bit open but it was a good conclusion to the story. This is another lovely coming of age story.

Anticipated Releases: July 2017

Hey Everyone! I’m back for another edition of my Anticipated Releases for the upcoming month. Correct me if I’m wrong but July is the start of summer in most parts of the US right? That’s why this post will be filled with YA-Summery Contemporary reads that I’m so excited to read.

I’m really keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll have the time to read them all because I’m really excited about these books.

So, not to keep you waiting any longer, here are my 10 Anticipated Reads for July…

Because of Lila (Sea Breeze Meets Rosemary Beach #2) by Abbi Glines
Release Date: 11 July 2017

As much as I always rant about Abbi Glines’s stories having the same plot line I just can’t stop reading her series’. Especially the whole Rosemary and Sea Breeze Series continuation. I actually can’t remember who’s offspring is Lila from the series but what I do know is that this will surely be another story filled with predictable complications and steamy scenes but this will surely be a quick fun read for me.


I See London, I See France (I See London, I See France #1) by Sarah Mlynowski
Release Date: 11 July 2017

Ahhhh! You guys know how much I love stories that involves travelling and this one is definitely up into my alley. This is a story about two best-friends going on a European adventure including Eiffel-Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers. But of course, everything didn’t go out as planned but when you’re in Europe, make the most out of it, right?


This is How it Happened by Paula Stokes
Release Date: 11 July 2017

Paula Stokes is bringing us another thought-provoking  and a hold-on-to-your-seat story. When Genevieve Grace wakes up from a coma, she can’t remember the car crash that injured her and killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTube star. But as she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread—that maybe she had something to do with what happened. This will surely be a compelling story that examines the consequences of making mistakes in a world where the internet is always watching…and judging.


What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
Release Date: 11 July 2017

I’ve loved Julie Buxbaum ever since reading Tell Me Three Things and with her new novel comes a new adventure when an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker. Loss/Death is part of the story as well so it would surely be another emotional roller-coaster read but nevertheless, I’m pretty much excited for this as well.


All Closed Off (Rusk University #4) by Cora Carmack
Release Date: 18 July 2017

I waited two long years for the next installment of this series by Cora Carmack. To say I’m excited to read All Closed Off is a complete understatement because I’M OVERLY EXCITED-GIMME THAT BOOK NOW-EXCITED! 😆 I might do a re-reading (if my time and schedule permits) of the first three books to refresh my memory of who the characters are and what happened as well.


The Color Project by Sierra Abrams
Release Date: 18 July 2017

I finished reading this book last week and it was beautiful! The Color Project is a story about different kinds of love and holding on to that love especially at times of unimaginable pain and sorrow. You’ll definitely love thw who set of characters, The Color Project concept and the whole story. Hands-down one of the best books I’ve read this year. I had a great time reading this book. I laughed and cried but as I’ve said, I ended up feeling revived and holding a bunch of hope after.I’m excited for everyone to read this one soon.


Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn
Release Date: 18 July 2017

Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined Quinn’s life, that is. And now that Wesley’s back Quinn is determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired from the place they are working at.

I’ve always been a sucker for friends-turn-to-lover type of stories. I’m interested to know what happened between Wesley and Quinn and why they suddenly become not friends anymore.


16 Ways to Break A Heart by Lauren Strasnick
Release Date: 25 July 2017

Okay, this is another case of “I loved the cover so I might read it” book for me. But aside from the lovely cover, the blurb of the cover interests me. I find it mysterious and I’m intrigued what really happened between the two leads – Natalie and Dan. I’m also also excited to experience the she said/he said perspective of the story. I’m wondering why it has a pretty low rating on Goodreads but most of my friends there rated it okay and their reviews are okay as well. But nonetheless, I’m still excited to read this one.


Lucky in Love by Kasie West
Release Date: 25 July 2017

Another story from Kasie West that will surely make us squeal with giddiness and happiness. I love how the blurb of the story goes “a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.”  Pretty exciting, right?

 


Changes in Latitudes by Jen Malone
Release Date: 25 July 2017

Jen Malone puts a new meaning to a “road” trip story. Cassie is the lead character. Her parents divorced. And now, her mother is taking Cassie and her brother on a four-month sailing trip from Oregon to Mexico.

Any story that involves travelling and I’m all up for it. I loved Jen Malone’s 2016 novel Wonderlost which is about travelling as well. It has some complications in the story which I’m pretty interested how will work out. I’m excited to see the places the story is going to take me!


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