Waiting on Wednesday

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: September 19, 2017

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

Book Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

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In accordance with Penguin Teen’s Gayle Forman celebration for the paperback release of I Was Here, I finally read the sequel to If I Stay, Where She Went.  Be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the review, because 5 winners will win a complete set of Gayle Forman paperbacks!

 

It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future – and each other.

Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

I’m not going to lie and tell you that this book didn’t bring the feels.  Now, it’s a whole different type of feels than those in If I Stay.  Where If I Stay was full of life and death and first love, Where She Went is full of despair in the midst of success, struggle to move forward, and the hope that something better is ahead.

The novel is told from Adam’s perspective this time, and so the reader gets a lot more information about how the accident and the loss of Mia’s family affected him as well.  He suffers from crippling panic attacks and is increasingly unhappy with the direction his life has taken since Mia ghosted him.  Seriously though, I love Mia as a character, but come on, you ghosted him?  The guy that was there for you through the accident and the aftermath? Turns out she has a decent reason, but I still question that choice.

Fate seems to have a hand in their lives because not only are they in the same city, but are finally both in the same emotional place at the same time.  There are a lot of really heartrending moments in this book concerning Adam’s need to accept and let go of Mia.  She tries her hardest to show Adam all the little formanquoteplaces that make her happy she moved away to New York and never returned to her hometown.  Readers see through Adam’s eyes how Mia has healed and how she has rebuilt her life without her family.  It’s beautiful to see the growth in her, but Forman manages to leave just a bit of mystery in the process so there are enough places for readers to fill in their own details.

The novel is full of Forman-isms (that’s right, I called it that), and they can be applied to everyone in one way or another.  If you haven’t read If I Stay or seen the movie, I recommend picking up the first installment now so you can have the pleasure of reading Where She Went.

4 Bards

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Enter to win a complete paperback set of Forman’s novels, here!

 

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Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted for us book blogger types by the Broke and the Bookish. They provide a topic, and all of us participants post our answers on our blogs and we hop around checking out one another’s answers! This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait to Get My Hands on!

1. Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole
Book 3 of the Arcana Chronicles

2. Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins
Book 2 of Rebel Belle

3. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
Book 2 of Dorothy Must Die

4. Unleashed by Sophie Jordan
Book 2 of Uninvited

5. The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings
Book 2 in The Murder Complex

6. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
Book 3 of The Shades of London

7. A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd
Book 3 of The Madman’s Daughter

8. Rogue by Julie Kagawa
Book 2 of Talon

9. Lady Celie by Melina Marchetta
Book 3.5 of the Lumatere Chronicles

10. Get Dirty by Gretchen McNeil
Book 2 of Don’t Get Mad

 

What sequels are you waiting on?!

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