16 Best Book Deals for 2/16/19 : The Traitor’s Game, The Selection, The Royal We, and more

As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
Less than $2

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A Nielsen

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Sounder by William H Armstrong

Love & Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen

How to Love by Katie Cotugno

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Less than $3

The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P Nguyen

Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey

Vampire Academy (VA book 1) by Richelle Mead

Frostbite (VA book 2) by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss (VA book 3) by Richelle Mead

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan


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The quickest of takes and the mini-est of reviews

I read a bunch of books while I was out on my hiatus and since I was on hiatus, I wasn’t taking notes as usual. Let’s just say that I remember¬†some of these books better than others. But it’s the lasting impressions that really count, right?

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab – I LOVED the first book in this series! And this one honestly did live up to my expectations. If you liked the first book, you’ll like this one too. Everything that I liked about the characters from the first book were in this one as well plus more. The book was just…deeper. I cried. 5/5

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – My first experience with E. Lockhart and I absolutely loved it. I loved the writing, I loved the characters, I loved the setting. The plot was masterful and I think I started to suspect what the twist was exactly when the author wanted me to. I will definitely be reading more by her. 5/5

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee – I don’t really know what I expected this book to be… It was just a little too artificial for me. The characters were all fake with each other (as they were supposed to be, but still) and the setting of the tower also seemed a bit contrived. I don’t think there were any characters that I really just¬†liked. I won’t be reading the second one. 3/5

Imprudence by Gail Carriger – I keep reading this series because I keep hoping it’ll get better. I adore the Finishing School series and I just want this series to be a little more like that. Something about Prudence repeatedly rubs me the wrong way. She’s just so…arrogant? Bossy? Entitled? I’m not exactly sure what it is. Nevertheless, I will probably read the next one. 3/5

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer – This book was just so…weird. The girls were in the past, but they could remember everything about the future. There was no real reason why they should need to recreate a photo in order to get back to the future. And then the ending with one of the characters seemed a little dramatic and unnecessary. I also didn’t really like any of the characters.¬†2/5

The Siren by Kiera Cass¬†– The story was okay, but had some elements that left me scratching my head. The main character’s decisions didn’t always make sense to me. I didn’t feel like she always acted rationally or like…thought through her decisions. Secondary characters were all just okay.¬†3/5

The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh¬†– This was a great follow-up to the first book. I enjoyed the strategy involved at various points throughout the story–it just kind of mixed things up a little bit. I also enjoyed getting to know the little sister better as a character.¬†4/5

The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne¬†– I liked this book more than I thought I would! The main character was relatable and likable. I loved her interactions with her half-siblings and her dad’s wife (especially that last relationship). Her struggles seemed genuine and the conflict that she has to face was really well done. I would definitely recommend this book!¬†4/5

Fireworks by Katie Cotugno¬†– This book…I liked that it was set in the 90s. The girl band/boy band thing seemed genuine because of the time period. But then there’s just a lot of girl/girl fighting and backstabbing and not being good friends-ing. I did like where the main character ended up though.¬†3/5

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han¬†– To be completely honest, I haven’t been on the Peter train since the second book (John Ambrose all the way–don’t @ me). So this book was a little bit ugh for me. But also, I know that we all want happy endings, etc, but why do YA authors want us to believe that all high school relationships will work out in the long run? I know that some do, but the vast majority of high school relationships are just that–high school relationships. NOT “always and forever” love. I would not have wanted to end up with any of the boys I went to high school with. Just saying.¬†3/5

The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian¬†– The main character was a pill and I didn’t like her 85% of the time. She was a butt to the love interest for the first 95% of the book but then he still likes her in the end? I just don’t even know. Also, is this plot something that could really happen? If so, local government can be scary.¬†3/5

Lucky in Love by Kasie West¬†– I was excited that this book portrayed an interracial relationship (I’m all about that rep) but then the love interest might as well have been white. I don’t remember any defining characteristic that made him Asian except for his last name. Kasie West has been super hit or miss for me. Some books I love, but others are just flat. I did like the zoo setting though.¬†3/5

Let me know which of these books you’ve read in the comments! Do you agree or disagree with my quick takes?

Non-ARC Mini-Reviews

When We CollidedWhen We Collided by Emery Lord

The first thing I’ll say is that Lord did a great job writing from Vivi’s point of view. I don’t know enough about Bipolar Disorder to say whether or not Vivi was at all manic in the beginning of the book, but the writing felt to me like an out-of-control train (if that makes sense). There was just no stopping Vivi, she was a force to be reckoned with and that was really skillfully illustrated on the page. That being said, I could not handle Vivi as a character and I don’t particularly know what Jonah saw in her. They just didn’t ever really make sense to me as a couple and I had this overwhelming feeling the whole time that Jonah was too good for her. So that was kind of my only issue with it–I didn’t like the romance. If they had just been friends, I think that would have been a completely different story and I would have liked it a lot more. I thought this book was a great depiction of what it must be to live with and around Bipolar Disorder, but I didn’t like the romance and I didn’t like that the adults were so peripheral. 3/5


The CrownThe Crown by Kiera Cass

It had been a while since I’d read The Heir and I had a very hard time remembering anything that had happened in the first book. I barely remembered any of the characters. I honestly didn’t even remember that Eadlyn had a twin (which is kind of a big deal). This made it really hard for me to connect with any of the characters. Eadlyn would reference an event or a person from the previous book and I was just completely lost. It made it so that this story basically had no context. I also didn’t feel like the writing was very smooth, so that was also distracting. The romance was also a little forced, but maybe that was just because I couldn’t remember any of the development from the first book? In the end, I feel like¬†The Crown and¬†The Heir should have just been one book. Omit a couple of unnecessary things from both books and voila, there you have it, one book. 3/5

Top Ten Tuesday: New Releases That I Totally Meant to Get to in 2016 but Didn’t

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic and this week‚Äôs topic is a freebie, so I decided to go with a topic that I think they had earlier this year that I didn’t get to:¬†New releases that I meant to read in 2016, but didn’t.

Books that are literally sitting on my shelf right now:

They just sit on my shelf and mock me. Honestly, looking at some of these I’m genuinely surprised that they only came out last year–they seem older to me.

Other books I meant to read:

 

Are any of you guys in the same boat as me? Or am I alone? Which one of these am I totally missing out on and need to read ASAP?

The Heir by Kiera Cass

The country isn’t exactly “at peace” and King Maxon and Queen America need some way to distract the population until they can come up with a more permanent solution. The royal family must make sacrifices for their people–so now Eadlyn is the center of attention as she endures her on Selection even though she’d rather be doing anything else.

The-Heir_612x925Was anyone else surprised when this book was announced? I was under the impression that the Selection series was just going to be the three books. I’m not complaining–it was just unexpected. But anyway, I really enjoyed that this book gives us the opportunity to check-in with some of the characters. I liked seeing grown-up May, Aspen, and Marlee (as well as America and Maxon of course). At the same time, it was really hard for me to picture America and Maxon as adults. In my mind, they’re still teenagers so I can’t help but have a little bit of a disconnect there. It was easy, though, for me to picture grown-up Aspen. Not sure why. As far as other characters, I think Eadlyn’s brothers are really fun–especially the youngest. I hope we get to see more of them in the future.

I had a hard time with Eadlyn. She was just so…unlikable. I’m not sure if maybe this is supposed to be intentional? But it’s so obvious that she feels really entitled and that she thinks she’s better than everyone. Also, I’m having a hard time figuring out why exactly she has such a hard time opening up to people? Hopefully this just means that there will be¬†lots of character development in the books to come. I also feel like it’s kind of obvious who she’s going to end up choosing even though there are so many options. If I’m wrong in my prediction I will be¬†very surprised. I like my pick the best out of all of the guys so I ¬†both hope and don’t hope that I’m wrong.

The guys are all kind of one-note at this point. This is expected since there were so many guys introduced in the first place. I’m sure we’ll get to know them better as the series progresses.

Overall, if you liked the first three books in the Selection series, this is basically more of the same. A lot of fluff and not much substance (in my opinion) but a fun and quick read all the same. My overall rating is probably a little generous here.

Overall Rating: 4
Language: None
Violence: Moderate. Some fighting.
Sexual Content: Mild (if that)
Smoking/Drinking: None (maybe some wine drinking, but I can’t remember)

Top Ten Tuesday: Author Collabs

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. ¬†Each week there is a new topic and this week‚Äôs topic is:¬†Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together

1) Sarah Dessen + Morgan Matson = Contemporary YA with the best girl/girl best friendship ever.

2) Leigh Bardugo + Laini Taylor = Fantasy with crazy world building and hardcore heroine.

3) Jennifer E Smith + Kasie West = YA romance with the girl we all wish we were and the best male lead.

4) James Dashner + Michael Grant = Hardcore boy(s) survival story.

5) John Green + Rainbow Rowell = Something contemporary with all of the feels.

6) Cassandra Clare + Gail Carriger = STEAMPUNK. Snarky heroine.

7) Veronica Roth + Marie Lu = Dystopian world, heroine who has so many more skills than I could ever dream of.

8) Marissa Meyer + Rosamund Hodge = Best fairytale retelling of all time.

9) Ally Condie + Kiera Cass = Civilized dystopian world. Love triangle.

10) Megan Shepherd + Lauren DeStefano = Mildly science-fictiony with a thread of something dark, almost gothic.