Aaaand another Monday with a Musing Monday post successfully going up on my blog! This is amazing. (Now, we’ll see if I can keep this up once I’m employed *awkward laugh*, but until then, you can all enjoy very scheduled rambles from me!
For those of you who don’t know, Musing Mondays is hosted by the awesome MizB every Monday. This is a blog hop where participants have to answer one of the pre-set prompts of (I’m currently reading…; Up next I think I’ll read…; I bought the following book(s) in the past week…; I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…; I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…; I can’t wait to get a copy of…; I wish I could read ___, but…; OR I blogged about ____ this past week…). And you also have to answer an additional random question which is different every week!
This week I’ll be answering one of the weekly prompts, before answering the random question for this week:
I AM SUPER EXCITED TO TELL YOU ABOUT…
Winning a super awesome giveaway, an ARC which I received in the mail late last week, and some exciting physical ARCs that I am expecting to arrive in the mail over the next few months!
1. The Giveaway Win
First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.
Mine broke Bale.
Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.
Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.
Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.
Thank you so much Hollie for hosting this giveaway and giving me the option to win this awesome book!
2. Recent ARC Mail
Late last week (either on Thursday or Friday) I received some surprise book mail (which is one of the best things in life, I think). The package was marked as being from St. Martin’s Press, but I’ve been requesting so many ARCs lately, that I had no idea what I was unwrapping until I pulled it out of the packaging.
It was A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi, the sequel to The Star-Touched Queen! The first book came out this year and is said to be one of 2016 top YA releases! And the sequel sounds like it will do just as well! Note: I will not provide the Goodreads book description of this book, as there may be spoilers for the first book in it.
3. Expected ARC Mail
And finally, I wanted to talk to you guys about the physical ARCs which I have most recently been approved for. You can expect reviews for these, as well as #bookstagram pictures because they’re physical copies!
Under Rose-Tainted Skies! I am very excited about this one because I have never read a book about a character with agoraphobia before, and also because I had requested this book on NetGalley and was declined…but then was offered a physical copy by Raincoast Books (a Canadian book distributor)! Thank you Raincoast Books!
Summary: Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.
Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.
The second book is When Dimple Met Rishi Sandhya Menon! I don’t generally read contemporary YA, especially if there is a high school setting. But there was just something about this story (and the cover! isn’t it cute?!) that drew me to it. There is also the fact that I will jump at almost anything to do with Indian culture, and books are no exception.
Summary: A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
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.
The third physical ARC which I am expecting is titled Here Lies Daniel Tate! It will be coming out in June 2017 and doesn’t even have a cover yet, but the summary really really intrigued me! See for yourself!
Summary: It seems too good to be true when Daniel Tate, missing since he was abducted from one of California’s most elite private enclaves at the age of ten, turns up on a snowy street in Vancouver six years later. At first too traumatized to speak, he is eventually able to tell the authorities who he is and is reunited with his overjoyed family. In time, they tell him, he’ll recover the memories he’s missing; all that matters is that they have him back.
It’s perfect. A miracle. Except for one thing:
That boy isn’t Daniel Tate.
But he wants to be. A young con artist who’s been taking on false identities for years, this impostor has stumbled onto the scam of a lifetime. Daniel has everything he’s ever dreamed of—wealth, privilege, the chance to make a fresh start, and most importantly, a family that loves him. Now that he’s finally found a place to belong, he doesn’t question his luck.
Until he realizes that maybe Daniel isn’t missing at all. Maybe someone knows what really happened to the boy he’s pretending to be…and if he can’t uncover the truth—he could be next the next Daniel Tate to disappear.
And the fourth physical ARC which I am expecting is also the book for which I will be participating in my first book tour! It is titled The Fire By Night, is a fiction book about two women struggling to survive during World War II, and will be released on Januar 17th 2017.
Summary: A powerful and evocative debut novel about two American military nurses during World War II that illuminates the unsung heroism of women who risked their lives in the fight—a riveting saga of friendship, valor, sacrifice, and survival combining the grit and selflessness of Band of Brothers with the emotional resonance of The Nightingale.
In war-torn France, Jo McMahon, an Italian-Irish girl from the tenements of Brooklyn, tends to six seriously wounded soldiers in a makeshift medical unit. Enemy bombs have destroyed her hospital convoy, and now Jo singlehandedly struggles to keep her patients and herself alive in a cramped and freezing tent close to German troops. There is a growing tenderness between her and one of her patients, a Scottish officer, but Jo’s heart is seared by the pain of all she has lost and seen. Nearing her breaking point, she fights to hold on to joyful memories of the past, to the times she shared with her best friend, Kay, whom she met in nursing school.
Half a world away in the Pacific, Kay is trapped in a squalid Japanese POW camp in Manila, one of thousands of Allied men, women, and children whose fates rest in the hands of a sadistic enemy. Far from the familiar safety of the small Pennsylvania coal town of her childhood, Kay clings to memories of her happy days posted in Hawaii, and the handsome flyer who swept her off her feet in the weeks before Pearl Harbor. Surrounded by cruelty and death, Kay battles to maintain her sanity and save lives as best she can . . . and live to see her beloved friend Jo once more.
When the conflict at last comes to an end, Jo and Kay discover that to achieve their own peace, they must find their place—and the hope of love—in a world that’s forever changed. With rich, superbly researched detail, Teresa Messineo’s thrilling novel brings to life the pain and uncertainty of war and the sustaining power of love and friendship, and illuminates the lives of the women who risked everything to save others during a horrifying time.
And now I will be answering this week’s random question:
If you were a character, which author would you trust with your life (to write your story)?
This is a tough question, because although I have many authors who’s works I love or at least really appreciate, there are very few who I would actually trust my life to as a character.
George R.R. Martin is definitely out of the question. I am not too sure about Sarah J. Maas as I only have experience with her A Court of Thorns and Roses series. J.K. Rowling is amazing, but tends to kill characters off, and make the survivors live through heartbreak which I am not sure I could handle.
THANK YOU FOR READING MY POST! WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT RIGHT NOW IN THE BOOKISH WORLD? AND WHICH AUTHOR/S WOULD YOU TRUST WITH YOUR LIFE IF YOU WERE A FICTIONAL CHARACTER?! LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!