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Quarterly Round Up and Giveaway

It is time for the Quarterly Review Round-Up where I talk about the best of the best, the one's I couldn't finish, and the adult novels I'm reading that I don't review here. Plus there's a GIVEAWAY.

The DNFs (links to my reasons why-if I shared them-on Goodreads):
Flirting with Scandal by Chanel Cleeton

Adult Books (links to reviews on Goodreads):
Act Like Itby Lucy Parker (contemporary romance)
After the Kiss by Lauren Layne (contemporary romance)
Because of Miss Bridgertonby Julia Quinn (historical romance)
Chase Me by Laura Florand (contemporary romance)
Chasing Jillian by Julie Brannagh (contemporary romance)
Earth Bound by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner (historical romance-5 STARS! this is now my FAVORITE romance novel of all time)
The Forbidden Roseby Joanna Bourne (historical romance)
The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine (historical)
Her Cowboy Rival by Genevieve Turner (contemporary romance)
Just One Night by Lauren Layne (contemporary romance)
Lord …

TTT: Books Set in Summer

Top Ten Tuesday is a Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This Week's TTT Topic: Freebie (I chose Books Set in Summer or with a Summery Feel.)

What books that take place in summer do you love?

Save Me a Seat

I always enjoy books by Sarah Weeks. She writes heartfelt, fun, quick MG reads. They are universally easy to book talk and sell. Whenever she has a new book out, I try to read it as soon as possible. I was even more excited by Save Me a Seat due to its synopsis and format. Sarah Weeks wrote this book with Gita Varadarajan and it follows two boys in their first week of fifth grade.

Ravi is newly arrived in America from India. He is excited about starting a new school. He was at the top of his class in India and an excellent cricket player. He knows he will impress all of his new classmates and teachers. He will begin to make friends and things will be wonderful. Things do not go as Ravi planned however. His teacher implies he may need help with English even though he speaks English just fine. His Math process is completely different. The one person he thought would be his friend turns on him.

Joe is not exited about starting school. After all, he's gone to this school since Kinderga…

Shorter Musings: Realistic MG

Here are some shorter musings on recent reads.

As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
This is a quiet book about that centers on complicated family dynamics. It is the second book I've read this year where the protagonist spends the summer with grandparents they haven't met so that the parents can try and work on their marriage. (The other is Some Kind of Happiness.) As Brave as You is an excellent addition for any school or classroom library and a good book to recommend to kids looking for a summer read that truly feels like summer. It is not quite as good as Reynolds YA books, and it is also longer. I can not figure out why it needed to be this long either.

How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer by Taryn Sounders
A cute, fun story about summer camp and branching out into things that challenge you. I think MG readers will laugh at a lot of the scenarios that arise. I felt the characterization was a little flat and the character's actions predictable, but most of the target audience wo…

TTT: Favorite Reads of 2016 So Far

Top Ten Tuesday is a Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This Week's TTT Topic: Favorite Reads of First Half of 2016 (Links are to my reviews.)
The MG:

Secrets of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire
Some Kind of Happinessby Claire Legrand

Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung
The YA:

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Dara Palmer's Major Drama

Emma Shevah's Dream on Amber was a gem of a book I discovered as a Round One Cybils panelist for MG Realistic fiction last year. It quickly became one of my favorite MG reads of the year. As such, I was excited to get to read her 2016 release, Dara Palmer's Major Drama, early.

Dara Palmer has one goal in life: She is going to be a famous actress. A superstar. She will live in Hollywood and everyone will know her name. For now, she is a school girl in England who can't seem to get a part in any of the school plays. It is an outrage. She and her best friend are clearly so much more talented than all of the people who are given starring roles. Aren't they? But the drama teacher says Dara needs work and would benefit from her Drama Class. Dara is horrified, but decides to give it a try. This comes at the same time Dara is beginning to think more about her life in Cambodia before her adoption. She notices that there are no famous actresses that look like her. It feels like a…

TTT: Anticipated Releases for Rest of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This Week's TTT Topic: Most Anticipated Releases for Second Half of 2016

The Left Handed Fate by Kate Milford (August 23)

Rose &Thorn by Sarah Prineas (September 13th)

Crosstalk by Connie Willis (September 20)
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge (September 27)

A Little Taste of Poison by R.J. Anderson (September 27)
Foxheartby Claire Legrand (October 4) 

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin (October 4)
Spindle by E. K. Johnston (December 6)
What books are you looking forward to in the last half of the year?

TTT: Why I Love the Queen's Thief Series

Top Ten Tuesday is a Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This Week's TTT Topic: Reasons I Love X

X= The Queen's Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner

This is my favorite series containing two of my top ten favorite books and my favorite character of all time. I have never written reviews of these on the blog because sometimes something just means too much to put it coherently in to words, but this format allows me to sort of explain myself without having to find the perfect words for each aspect of all four books.

1. Irene Attolia-The titular character of the second novel in the series, Attolia, is rare for me to find in a book. I don't often get heroines who see the world and interact with it as I do, but she does. (I'm fairly certain if she took the test, her personality type would be INTJ.) I know a lot of people who read these books don't like her (or her actions in the infamous chapter three of the second book), but from my first reading of that book I under…

WoW: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect he…