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Sunday, May 22, 2016

I Brought These Books Home From the Library This Weekend

I have a little routine with my library; I visit every Saturday morning. I bring my books in and check out more. Every. Saturday. This makes Saturday mornings one of my favorite parts of the week. I thought I would share the things that I got this week since a lot of my holds came in at once....(doesn't it always seem to happen that way, lol!)


This is why I walked out of the library feeling RICH. I'm looking forward to all of these!




Lush with details from Chinese folklore, Serpentine tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.

When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self - even as she falls in love for the first time.


I checked this one out earlier this year and had to return it but I still REALLY wanted to read it, so I put in another request. This book sounds like an AMAZING fantasy, and I'm always up for an amazing fantasy story.




For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams - and only her dreams. Because he doesn't exist. 

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He's stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole new life Alice isn't part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn't as perfect as Alice always hoped.

Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

I am a sucker for any books with anything involving dreams in them. I find dreams fascinating. After hearing about this book, it became one of my most anticipated. I'm so excited it finally came in and I can read it, finally! 





Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle. 

These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloave McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she'd be spending at her mom's him in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.

Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there's no reason Sloane shouldn't enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn't always play by the rules, she knows he's the perfect distraction from everything that's so wrong back home. 

But it turns out a measly ocean isn't nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friends, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane's carefree summer might not be as easy as she'd hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself. 

After re-reading the synopsis I want to pick this up right now and read it. With summer coming close, this is one book I would love to kick the summer off with. Also, I've heard nothing but good things about this one!





When zodiac-obsessed teen Wilamena Carlisle discovers a planetary alignment that won't repeat for a decade, she's forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House - relationships and love.

But when Wil falls for a sensitive guitar player hailing from the wrong side of the astrology chart, she must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her dead mother's legacy and the very system she's faithfully followed through a lifetime of unfailing belief. 

This book has another buzz word for me, stars and cosmic. I know that this is more focused on astrology than actual space, but I've never read a character into the stars with astrology. It seems like a cute contemporary, another one that seems fun to kick off the summer with.




She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world...

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity - only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of the Aladdin. 

I hadn't originally planned to read this one anytime soon, but after I watched a gushing review from Samantha at Thoughts on Tomes, I immediately requested this book. I've heard nothing but good things from everyone else as well and I can't wait to see why there are so many good things people are saying about this one. 




What if Anne Boleyn had given Henry VIII the son he so desperately wanted?

Just seventeen years old, Henry IX, know as William, is a king bound by the restraints of the regency yet anxious to prove himself. With the French threatening battle and the Catholics sowing the seeds of rebellion at home, William trusts only three people: his older sister Elizabeth, his best friends and loyal counselor, Dominic; and Minuette, a young orphan raised as a royal ward by William's mother, Anne Boleyn.

Against a tide of secrets, betrayal, and murder, William finds himself fighting for the very soul of his kingdom. Then, when he and Dominic both fall in love with Minuette, romantic obsession looms over a new generation of Tudors. One among them will pay the price for a King's desire, as a shocking twist of fate changes England's fortunes forever.

It was the anniversary of Anne Boleyn's death this past week and I can't quite remember where but I had a recommendation of this retelling of the Tudor history. Before I blogged I read some Tudor history stories and LOVED them. I've been looking for another good one ever since. This recommendation coming from fellow bloggers, I couldn't resist checking it out. 



Ruined by Amy Tintera

A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her.

Evelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents' brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped. 

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lost. Driven by a blind desire for revenge,re Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera's borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera's throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir's true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it's the only way to salvage Em's kingdom and what is left of her family. 

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her missions. Em's rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life - and her family - on the line, love could be Em's deadliest mistake. 

I haven't anything about this book. I have heard good things about Amy Tintera's other series and when I saw that she had a fantasy coming out, I went and requested it. Have you read this one? What did you think?

And last but not least...


Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. 

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane's child's-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love with.

I've been following along with the book picks for Emma Watson's book club, Our Shared Shelf. June's pick is Persepolis and so I got a jump on it and put in a request before it ended up like the other months; too many requests that by the time I get the book the month has long passed. I've also heard such great things about this graphic novel that I can't wait to dive in. 


Are there any books you see that I should read right away? What books did you take home this week/weekend?

















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