ARCs of Autumn | Book Haul

Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press so kindly sent me some ARCs recently (THANK YOU!) so I wanted to share them all with you.

  
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

Publication Date: September 15 (Already passed…whoops)

For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find. 

Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she’s been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees. 

Okay. This book. Oh my word. It sounds so bizarre that it’s awesome, not to mention it has some blurbs by amazing authors like Sabaa Tahir and Emory Lord. And mermaid exhibitions? Are you kidding me? I am so in. I will absolutely be reading this book soon!
  
Being Audrey Hepburn by Mitchell Kriegman

Publication Date: September 16, 2014 (2014?! What! I’m a little confused)

In Being Audrey Hepburn, Clarissa Explains It All-creator, Mitchell Kriegman, tells the story of a 19-year-old girl from Jersey who finds herself thrust into the world of socialites after being seen in Audrey Hepburn’s dress from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Lisbeth comes from a broken home in the land of tube tops, heavy eyeliner, frosted lip-gloss, juiceheads, hoop earrings and “the shore.” She has a circle of friends who have dedicated their teenage lives to relieve the world of all its alcohol one drink at a time.
Obsessed with everything Audrey Hepburn, Lisbeth is transformed when she secretly tries on Audrey’s iconic Givenchy. She becomes who she wants to be by pretending to be somebody she’s not and living among the young and privileged Manhattan elite. Soon she’s faced with choices that she would never imagine making – between who she’s become and who she once was.
In the tradition of The Nanny Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada, this is a coming of age story that all begins with that little black dress…

This seems like a really fun feel-good story! Plus with Audrey Hepburn, what could go wrong!

  
Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacoubs

Publication Date: October 6, 2015

A troubled teen, living in Paris, is torn between two boys, one of whom encourages her to embrace life, while the other—dark, dangerous, and attractive—urges her to embrace her fatal flaws.

Haunting and beautifully written, with a sharp and distinctive voice that could belong only to this character, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unforgettable young adult novel.
Summer Barnes just moved to Paris to repeat her senior year of high school. After being kicked out of four boarding schools, she has to get on track or she risks losing her hefty inheritance. Summer is convinced that meeting the right guy will solve everything. She meets two. Moony, a classmate, is recovering against all odds from a serious car accident, and he encourages Summer to embrace life despite how hard it can be to make it through even one day. But when Summer meets Kurt, a hot, mysterious older man who she just can’t shake, he leads her through the creepy underbelly of the city-and way out of her depth.
When Summer’s behavior manages to alienate everyone, even Moony, she’s forced to decide if a life so difficult is worth living. With an ending that’ll surprise even the most seasoned reader, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light is an unputdownable and utterly compelling novel.

Paris. That’s all I need to know about a book. Paris. You’ll definitely be seeing a review on this one soon!

I hope you enjoyed that little mini haul, comment below if you’ll be putting them on your TBR!

Rome in Love | ARC Review

Title: Rome in Love

Author: Anita Hughes

Genre: Contemporary, Retelling

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Rating:

  

From the author of LAKE COMO comes the story of a young actress who lands the lead in a film that is shooting in Rome, bringing about difficult life choices, new friendships, and a chance at love.

When Amelia Tate is cast to play the Audrey Hepburn role in a remake of Roman Holiday, she feels as if all her dreams have come true. She has a handsome boyfriend, is portraying her idol in a major motion picture, and gets to live in beautiful Rome for the next two months. 
Once there, she befriends a young woman named Sophie with whom she begins to explore the city. Together, they discover all the amazing riches that Rome has to offer. But when Amelia’s boyfriend breaks up with her over her acting career, her perfect world begins to crumble. 
While moping in her hotel suite, Amelia discovers a stack of letters written by Audrey Hepburn that start to put her own life into perspective. Then, she meets Philip, a handsome journalist who is under the impression that she is a hotel maid, and it appears as if things are finally looking up. The problem is she can never find the right time to tell Philip her true identity. Not to mention that Philip has a few secrets of his own. Can Amelia finally have both the career and love that she’s always wanted, or will she be forced to choose again?

So basically, it’s a retelling of Roman Holiday about a remake of Roman Holiday.
There’s a whole lot of Roman Holiday.

It was a good story, but it wasn’t great. There wasn’t enough thickness of plot, it was all too simple to me. I feel like retelling a should have resemblance to the original, but there should be more dimension, more intrigue. If anything, it felt like this book almost had less.

The writing was whimsical, I did enjoy it. It was a fairly well-written book, but it wasn’t spectacular. It wasn’t the kind of writing that kept me up all night. The strong point in the writing was the descriptions, which certainly were sensory.

This book did have a good start. But as it continued, I felt less and less attached to the characters and plot.

One part of this book I loved were the Audrey Hepburn letters. They were so charming and lovely, they added so much to the story!

I enjoyed some parts of this book, but for me it was mostly just okay.

End of Days | ARC Review

Title: End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days #3)

Author: Susan Ee

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Rating: 5/5 STARS!!!!!

End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.
After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other? 

Story Arc/ Plot

That. Was. EPIC.

As usual, this book had a strong story arc with absolutely no plot holes, one conflict after the next.

The plot was full of all the things we love about the series: Humor, epic battles, and Raffyrn!

The book was utterly satisfying and though I’m sad the series was over, I couldn’t ask for a better conclusion!

Everything was fast-paced and it felt like I was watching a movie. And, of course, it was full of action!

Writing

Susan Ee has a really great writing style for her stories. It’s very simplistic, but at the same time it’s really goes deep into descriptions so that you always have a crystal clear image in your mind.

World Building

So, since this is the last book in the series, there obviously wasn’t much of any world building.

Characters

OH MY GOSH THEY’RE ALL AWESOME AND I LOVE THEM!!!!

Penryn is heroic yet unsure as usual and all together awesome. Raffe is his usual arrogant angel self. The twins..please hold on a minute while I burst into laughter.

The character interactions are the most fantastic thing about this book! Obviously, the Raffryn conversations are the best.

I felt like the characters, especially Penryn, really grew into the best they could be in this final book.

Overall, THIS BOOK WAS SO AMAZING PLEASE READ IT.

Book Review: Sweet

Title: Sweet

Author: Emmy Laybourne

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Publication Date: June 2, 2015

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis:

Solu’s luxurious celebrity-filled “Cruise to Lose” is billed as “the biggest cruise since the Titanic,” and if the new diet sweetener works as promised—dropping five percent of a person’s body weight in just days—it really could be the answer to the world’s obesity problem. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv’s invitation. She’s already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host, Tom Forelli (otherwise known as the hottest guy ever!) and she’s too seasick to even try the sweetener. And that’s before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange.

Tom Forelli knows that he should be grateful for this job and the opportunity to shed his childhood “Baby Tom-Tom” image. His publicists have even set up a ‘romance’ with a sexy reality star. But as things on the ship start to get a bit wild, he finds himself drawn to a different girl. And when his celebrity hosting gig turns into an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu, it’s Laurel that he’s determined to save.

Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy, takes readers on a dream vacation that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong. 

My Thoughts:

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Goodness, where to start?

This story starts out fun and lighthearted, with a cute cruise romance. It was full of fun personalities and lots of laughs.

The the story took a creepy turn towards the end, but I found myself still reading, which is particularly odd for me.

The problem I usually have with dual POV is that I always like one POV a lot more than the other. However, I didn’t have that problem here, since I found both sides of the story really entertaining.

There is a quirky, unconvential romance feautured that I think fans of Elanor and Park might enjoy, though the romance definitely doesn’t take over the story. 

Let’s say, Cute Contemoporary Romance meets The Walking Dead.

March 2015 – TBR

I ended up reading 17 books in February, so as you can see, it was a pretty awesome reading month. 

I’m not sure how much I’ll read in March, but there are a few I know I’ll get to.

NetGalley and ARCs:

You can expect reviews for all of these!




New Releases this Month:

Library/Borrowed Books:

What are you planning to read this month? Have you read any of the books above? I would love to know!