Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Crown of Wishes Blog Tour: Interview with Author Roshani Chokshi

Hi Everyone:
I am so excited to be sharing with you my stop on the second blog tour of the week. This one is for A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi. I really liked The Star-Touched Queen but I wanted more from the world so I was pumped to see that there was more coming in this companion novel. I'm currently reading the book and loving it so far. Look out for my review on Friday.

But first I have an interview with the author, Roshani Chokshi. If you were around last year you may have listened to my podcast interview with her back when Britt and I were still trying out or podcast. If you haven't listened to it, check it out here. I asked some similar and follow up questions so definitely check that out, plus it's a longer interview.

But before that, let's get into the this book and the interview...

Title: A Crown of Wishes
Series: The Star-Touched Queen #2
Written by: Roshani Chokshi
Published: March 28, 2016 by St Martin's Griffin (Macmillan)
(Amazon / Goodreads)

Synopsis: Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. 

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels. 

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire. 

Interview with Roshani

1. Can you describe A Crown of Wishes book in 10 words or less?

Roshani: Enemies-to-lovers romance with a dash of magic.

Sounds good to me.

2. How was writing A Crown of Wishes different than writing your debut

RC: Writing under a contractual deadline vs. “letting a story simmer and roll around in your thoughts for 4+ years” is bound to be a VASTLY different experience. I treated my outline religiously with ACOW. The editing process with my first book taught me to reconsider everything I knew about storytelling—when to hold back, when to give a little, when to move on. I think the main difference with ACOW was its forward sense of momentum. I’d never cried over scenes until I wrote ACOW. I mean, I’d cried in the sense of frustration, but not in the sense that a book’s character had put me through the emotional wringer because of their situations. To me, Gauri and Vikram became people that I could spot in a crowd. They became family.

That's really interesting. I guess the more time you spend with a character the more connected you get with them. It's been two books with Gauri and Vikram so maybe you are more connected. Or maybe they go through more intense experiences. I'll have to read to find out.

3. This book is a companion novel to The Star-Touched Queen. Are you as excited to return to the world of that book as us readers are?

RC: Of course! It’s always incredible to dive back into a world one thought was old only to discover that it is, in fact, new.

I thought you would say something like that. I'm sure it was exciting and like riding a bike again.

4. A Crown of Wishes is about Gauri. Did you always know you'd want to tell her story, or did something about her story feel untold to you after you finished writing The Star-Touched Queen?

RC: Yes. Gauri’s story had always had a special place in my heart. I left her story purposely unfinished so that I could follow that emotional thread in ACOW.

Cool! I'm excited for you to finish her story. I found her so mysterious and fascinating in The Star-Touched Queen so I'm excited to learn more.

5. Do you have a favorite scene? One that you are excited for the readers to experience? (No spoilers, of course).

RC: I have a tiny gender-swapped beauty and the beast nod in a particular scene that I’m very proud of. I hope readers find it as entertaining and grisly as I do!

That sounds fun. I was actually just thinking how I wanted a gender-swapped Beauty and the Beast. Now I'll need to hunt for the reference. ALSO, super hoping that the female in question is Kamala because I love her!

6. This book is about wishes so obviously I have to ask, what would you wish for if you won the Tournament of Wishes?

I would wish for no need of wishes, with the condition that I’m not killed or incapacitated. 

7. Which of your characters would you want trapped on a deserted is and with you?

RC: Amar…(spoiler for TSTQ, but Death is an omnipresent thing, so I think he’d be able to whisk me out of a deserted island pretty quick)

Amar would be good for the whisking. I'd probably pick Kamala because she's fun. But if things don't go well she might end up eating me. (Kamala is a demon horse who threatens to eat people in case you didn't know).

8. What are you working on now? What's your next book going to be about?

RC: My next YA project is THE GILDED WOLVES. It’s a dark, sultry, ish-heist story set in the glamorous La Belle Epoque era of Paris. I love it to pieces, and I can’t wait for readers to meet the characters and world!

There you have it. I hope you enjoyed that.  Make sure to come back on Monday when I review the audiobook for A Crown of Wishes. Also, doesn't The Gilded Wolves sound amazing? Dark, heist story set in La Belle Epoque Paris. I want to read that real bad.

Are you excited about A Crown of Wishes? Have you already read it? What did you think? Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Blog Tour: Night Witches by Kathryn Lasky Review & Giveaway

Hi Everyone,
I'm really excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Night Witches. I actually first learned about this book when I got the email about the tour and my first thought was "HOW AM I JUST LEARNING ABOUT THIS BOOK!" I absolutely knew I needed to read it. So I was incredibly excited to be selected to be on the tour and for the opportunity to read and review the book. So, let's not waste any more time and tell you about the book and share my thoughts.
About the Book:
Author: Kathryn Lasky
Pub. Date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 224
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

From bestselling and award-winning author Kathryn Lasky comes an explosive adventure following the teen girl fighter pilots who took on Hitler's army . . . and won.

Fifteen-year-old Valya knows what it feels like to fly. She's a pilot who's always felt more at home soaring through the sky than down on earth. But since the Germans surrounded Stalingrad, Valya's been forced to stay on the ground and watch her city crumble.

When her mother is killed during the siege, Valya is left with one burning desire: to join up with her older sister, a member of the famous and feared Night Witches -- a brigade of young female pilots.

Using all her wits, Valya manages to get past the German blockade and find the Night Witches' base . . . and that's when the REAL danger starts. The women have been assigned a critical mission. If they succeed, they'll inflict serious damage on the Nazis. If they fail, they'll face death . . . or even worse horrors.

Historical fiction master Lasky sheds light on the war's unsung heroes -- daredevil girls who took to the skies to fight for their country -- in an action-packed thrill ride that'll leave you electrified and breathless. 

My Review:

*** I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This fact has not changed my opinion. ****

When I first learned about this book I knew that I needed to read it. It's totally up my alley. I'm a huge fan of historical fiction and I love unique kinds of WWII stories and books set in Russia. I got all of these things in the course of this book. It was everything I hoped it would be and a really fantastic and engaging read.

Part of what I really liked about this book was the fact that it's a book about World War II that felt both unique and familiar. Most books I have read about WWII take place in Germany, France, or Poland. I don't think I've ever read one set in Russia and I really enjoyed that. It showed a different side of a familiar period in history. It felt exciting and new while adding complexity to something I feel like I know about. And that to me is exactly what I want in historical fiction. I learned something and I was entertained. The author did a great job in establishing the setting and immersing the reader in it.

But World War II wasn't just the setting for the book, it was also the plot. And I really enjoyed the plot as well. It's definitely a story about war as the character is taken from her home to become a soldier. It's a book about fighter pilots and soldiers. That in and of itself was interesting with plenty of action and daring battles. Plus this book doesn't hold back when it comes to portraying war. It definitely shows some of the more brutal aspects not only for those who are fighting but also for those on the homefront. There are some brutal moments in this book and they helped to establish the setting as well as the plot.

It's also a really fast-paced story. It's short and doesn't take long to read (I finished it in a day) because you do become invested in the story and don't want to stop reading. But you also can really power through it. I usually prefer my books to slowly build to a thrilling conclusion and while there was an exciting ending here it didn't slowly build. It had a handful of smaller climaxes that felt connected but still independent of one another. There is no specific plot and at times it does make for a story that felt a little disconnected but for the setting and plot that did kind of work. When you're dealing with a war, it's not just one thing, it's a one thing right after another.

I also enjoyed the characters here. The main character of Valya was incredibly likable and easy to connect with. For a lot of the book she is constantly underestimated and incredibly determined to fight for her homeland and to be useful in a way she knows she can be. I really liked that about her and it made her a great protagonist. There were also plenty of great secondary characters. I particularly liked the relationship Valya had with her sister Tatyana. You can tell they cared about one another but they still argued in a very sisterly way. I also liked some of the other Night Witches like Valya's friends Mara and Galya. Many of the characters weren't huge parts of the story but I still became emotionally attached to them and found myself concerned about what would and did happen to them. It's a good sign when you connect with a character without even realizing it. (Also, shout out to there not really being a romance!)

All in all, Night Witches was a really good historical fiction young adult novel. It had a setting that was engaging and interesting, a plot that was full of action and adventure, and characters you can connect with.

I give Night Witches by Kathryn Lasky 8.5 out of 10 stars

Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Buy. I would absolutely recommend this book to fans of historical fiction especially if you like books set during World War II. But even if you aren't a fan of the genre the book is still engaging and interesting.

About Kathryn:
Kathryn Lasky is the American author of many critically acclaimed books, including several Dear America books, several Royal Diaries books, 1984 Newbery Honor winning Sugaring Time, The Night Journey, and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series.
She was born June 24, 1944, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is married to Christopher Knight, with whom she lives in Massachusetts.

Book 15,  The War of the Ember, is currently the last book in the Ga'Hoole seriesThe Rise of a Legendis the 16th book but is a prequel to the series. Lasky has also written Guide Book To The Great Tree and Lost Tales Of Ga'Hoole which are companion books.

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of NIGHT WITCHES, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
3/20/2017- The Best Books Ever - Excerpt
3/21/2017- My Thoughts LiterallyReview
3/22/2017- Wandering Bark BooksGuest Post
3/23/2017- La La in the LibraryReview
3/24/2017- YA Books CentralInterview

Week Two:
3/27/2017- QuartzfeatherReview
3/28/2017- BookHounds YAGuest Post
3/29/2017- Under the Book CoverReview
3/30/2017- Bibliobibuli YAInterview

3/31/2017- History from a Woman's PerspectiveReview

Thank you to Rockstar Book Tours for having me on the Blog Tour for Night Witches. Have you read Night Witches? What did you think? What are your favorite books set during World War II. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Monday, March 20, 2017

ARC Review: Girl in Disguise by Greer Mcallister

Title: Girl in Disguise
Written by: Greer Mcallister
Published: March 21, 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark

(Amazon / Goodreads)

Synopsis: For the first female Pinkerton detective, respect is hard to come by. Danger, however, is not. 

In the tumultuous years of the Civil War, the streets of Chicago offer a woman mostly danger and ruin-unless that woman is Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective and a desperate widow with a knack for manipulation. 

Descending into undercover operations, Kate is able to infiltrate the seedy side of the city in ways her fellow detectives can't. She's a seductress, an exotic foreign medium, or a rich train passenger, all depending on the day and the robber, thief, or murderer she's been assigned to nab. 

Inspired by the real story of Kate Warne, this spirited novel follows the detective's rise during one of the nation's greatest times of crisis, bringing to life a fiercely independent woman whose forgotten triumphs helped sway the fate of the country.

*** I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This fact has not changed my opinion. ***

How could I not be super excited about reading a book about the first female Pinkerton detective? Answer, I couldn't. So I requested a copy of this on Netgalley and was excited to read when I got approved. And while it was an interesting read, it didn't totally blow me away.

One thing I did love about this book was the historical fiction aspects. I love my historical fiction to take real life people who are lesser known and fill in the details with interesting experiences and historical figures we do know. This story was primed for that as Kate Warne interacted with many well-known people and events. Not to mention that this very much felt like a historical fiction book about the American Civil War. The author definitely did her research into the period, especially what it was like for Pinkerton detectives. From a historical fiction standpoint this was great.

However, this is a book about detective so I went into the book expecting there to be a really good mystery. I expected to be along for the ride as Kate went to solve some cases. And we were song for the ride but the book took place over a very large span of time and it rushed through the cases too much for my liking. I like that we got to see every aspect of Kate as a Pinkerton detective from her training, to her cases, to her teaching and recruiting fellow females but it was a little much. I would have liked there to be more time spent on a specific case. It would have made for a much more engaging and mysterious plot to me.

I also think that the plot development and the fact that the book took place over a large period of time impacted the pacing. This is one of those stories that moved really fast but still feels confusing and a little slow. I think it just felt a little surface level to me and I wanted to see more detail. Sometimes more is less and that's what I felt like with this book. This is the second book by this author I have read and I'm realizing that is just her style. When she is telling a story she gives you a lot of little details about what is happening. It's not my favorite style but it isn't necessarily bad.

But I did however like the characters. I think perhaps this was just more of a character driven story then I was expecting. It wasn't about Kate as a detective, it was about Kate the detective. It was the story of her experience and she drove the story along. Which was okay because Kate was an interesting character. She was resourceful, intelligent, and resilient which is everything you want in a detective and a strong female protagonist. She was also complex. You got to see her mess up and get herself and others in trouble. It made her more relatable and likable. My only issue however was when they brought a sudden romance in about two-thirds of the way into the book. I could have done without that really. But all in all there were good characterizations here.

Despite some things that I didn't enjoy, Girl in Disguise was a really interesting piece of historical fiction. It had an engaging setting, complex characters, and an interesting enough story that surprisingly character driven.

I give Girl in Disguise by Greer Mcallister 8 out of 10 stars 

Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Borrow. While this didn't quite live up to my expectations it was a good read. If you like historical fiction then pick this up but if you are looking for a complex mystery this is probably not the book for you.

Have you read Girl in Disguise? What did you think? Leave me with a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Friday, March 17, 2017

ARC Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Title: Queens of Geek
Written by: Jen Wilde
Published: March 21, 2017 by Swoon Reads (Macmillan

(Amazon / Goodreads)

Synopsis: When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever. 

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought. 

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own. 

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

*** I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This fact has not changed my opinion. ***

I knew this was going to be the kind of contemporary that I knew that I would really enjoy. It's a cute and quick read full of adorkable characters and fun romances that I finished in a day. It's light-hearted and engaging with a coming-of-age story and a great setting. It's everything I hoped it would be.

Firstly, I really enjoyed the setting of this book. It takes place at SupaCon which I assume is meant to be ComiCon. It was such a great setting for this book. And while I've never been to ComiCon it definitely gave me BEA feels. It perfectly captured the overwhelming but exciting feeling of going to a huge event for the first time and what it's like to meet people and stand in crazy long lines to meet an author (or celebrity) that you love. It made for a really interesting setting and you can tell that the  authoris coming from a real place of love when it comes to Cons.

And I think the setting also lended it so well to the coming-of-age plot that this book had. Much of this book was about the characters breaking out of their comfort zone and doing things they had never done before. Going to SupaCon was just the tip of the iceberg for that. I loved seeing the characters try different things and honestly grow and develop by the end of the book. It wasn't a huge change but it felt realistic in the challenges that they faced in just a few days out of their lives.

Plus I'm a huge fan of books that involve geeky or nerdy characters, especially when it involves some part of geek culture and that is exactly what Queens of Geek had. The book alternates perspectives between Charlie and Taylor. Charlie is a YouTube star who just did a movie and is doing publicity for it. Taylor is just along for the con and is trying to meet her hero, the author of her beloved Queen Firestone series. While Charlie's story is easier to describe, Taylor's is easier to connect with. I really loved Taylor as she dealt with her anxiety and the excitement and then disappoint that came from the events of the book. They're both really likable but I saw more of myself in Taylor.

Both girls also had some pretty cute romances. Charlie is dealing with a very public breakup from her costar and then learning that her crush on a fellow YouTube celebrity is returned explores that in a way that I liked. Alyssa was really sweet and I liked that there was a mutual appreciation and that the two related to each other so well. I would have like Alyssa's character to be flushed out a little bit more and I did think that things moved too fast for my liking but it was cute. Taylor's romance however I did enjoy. Jamie was a great character and I liked the way the friends to more relationship developed.

But I think my least favorite thing about this book was the pacing. I've read plenty of books that took place over a day or a few days that felt natural and made sense but here it just felt like a lot and a little at the same time. In some respects it was hard to suspend disbelief that so much was happening in a day but in other ways it felt like nothing was really happening. It was very weird and hard to explain. I think that it was because this is a very short book. It's under 300 pages and it definitely reads quickly. It took me a day to read this and I honestly finished it without even realizing. You can just fly through this book because it's not super complex. But that is sometimes a good thing. A fast and cute read is sometimes just what we all need in our lives.

On the whole, Queens of Geek was a good YA contemporary. It was a bit basic when it came to the plot development but it had a great setting and likable characters as well as an interesting coming-of-age story that I think a lot of people will enjoy and relate to.

I give Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde 8 out of 10 stars

Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Borrow/Buy. This is the perfect palate cleanser read I would say. You can definitely read it in a day and it will cheer you up and keep you reading. If you like books about nerdy characters and are looking a quick and entertaining read with relateable characters and cute romances then definitely check this out.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

ARC Review: You're Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner

Title: You're Welcome Universe
Written by: Whitney Gardner
Published: March 7, 2017 by Knopf (Random House)

(Amazon / Goodreads)

Synopsis: A vibrant, edgy, fresh new YA voice for fans of More Happy Than Not and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, packed with interior graffiti. 

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural. 

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up. 

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war. 

Told with wit and grit by debut author Whitney Gardner, who also provides gorgeous interior illustrations of Julia’s graffiti tags, You’re Welcome, Universe introduces audiences to a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.

*** I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This fact has not changed my opinion. ***

You're Welcome Universe is a really cute and nice Young Adult contemporary. I usually read more genre fiction but every so often I like to read a contemporary and this was the perfect one to pick up for me.

One of the things I liked about this book was the characters. They are likable and complex diverse characters which are always my favorites. The main character Julia is Deaf and a lot of the book effortlessly showed what it was like to be Deaf. You got to see her interact with the hearing world in different ways and it was really interesting. From the attempt to read lips, to the texting or writing to communicate, even sign language I liked seeing it all and learning about that aspect of the culture. But the best part about Julia was that she isn't just about being deaf. She is also a street artist and just a generally sassy teenage character. I liked seeing Julia at her best and her worst throughout the book.

And when I say best and worst, I mean that. Much of the plot was a coming of age story. I love those kind of contemporaries where the characters learn about themselves and their place in the world. You're Welcome Universe was a really subtle kind of story in that way but it was a part of the plot and characterizations that I enjoyed. As I said, it's about someone trying to find out where they

But my favorite thing about the plot was the mystery elements. I didn't expect there to be a mystery in this book but there totally was. The graffiti war was a really cool aspect of the story and it lead to some interesting questions about who the other artist is and what they were going to do next. And then when we got the big reveal I loved it. It wasn't a total surprise but it was still a fun and unexpected turn which lead to even cooler character development.

One of the things that I did like about the book however is one of my criticisms though. It's a very fast read with an interesting format. I mean really fast. I know that should be a good thing. I basically read this book in a day, something I almost never do, but it wasn't really because I couldn't put it down. It was just kind of a basic read. On top of all that, the book was even shorter because there was the art dispersed throughout the book. We got to see all of Julia's tags, the street art that was created, and even some of her art projects for school. It made for an immersive reading experience and it shortened the book even more. It's short and not very complicated but not very complicated and that's kind of a good change and something that I needed right now.

You're Welcome Universe was an interesting and fun YA contemporary. It's fast and engaging with likable diverse characters and an interesting storyline. If you are looking for a palette cleanser read with some diversity to it, check this book out.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

A weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine

Title: Our Dark Duet
Series: Monsters of Verity #2
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Published: June 13, 2017 by HarperTeen

Synopsis: Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

Why I'm Waiting:

I'm a huge fan of Victoria Schwab. I would have been excited about this book no matter what it is because it's a new Victoria Schwab and I need it. Her books are always among my favorites of the year and This Savage Song, the first book in this series was no exception. It was such an amazing dark fantasy with great characters and an amazing world.

But seriously, the way that This Savage Song ended I know this is going to be an amazing sequel. There was such a crazy and brilliant twist which has me so freaking pumped. I know it's going to be going into such a dark and dramatic direction and I can't wait to see it all unfold. And oh man, have you read that synopsis? If you have read This Savage Song then you know why that synopsis is so freaking exciting.

I'm also really interested in this book because I know it will have some amazing character development. Victoria's books always have great characters who walk the fine line between good and evil. There are frequently odious characters doing the right thing for the wrong reason or vice versa and this series has that to the extreme. Not to mention that the synopsis makes me so excited for that character development. SO EXCITED!

What about you? What are you waiting for this Wednesday? Are you waiting on Our Dark Duet along with me? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

A weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I'm so excited for Top Ten Tuesday to be back. I love making lists of books and it's been sad not seeing other people's lists because I always find so many amazing new books that way. That is why I am particularly excited for this list. Also, as usual you all will get a preview of my monthly themes with these lists. Okay, here are the books I am planning to read this spring.

The Rest of March - Contemporary (or not really any more)

1.) A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi - Add to Goodreads
I am so excited about this book. I can't wait to find out Guari's story and to explore more of the world of this series. I am actually starting this one very soon and I can't wait.

2.) Night Witches by Kathryn Lasky - Add to Goodreads
I'm on the blog tour for this and I'll have a review up in about a week. It's a total Cassi book too which is super exciting. It's not contemporary (neither is CoW) but I kind of front-loaded my month with themed books and am now are on other genres.

April - Science Fiction

3.) Defy the Stars by Claudia Grey - Add to Goodreads
I loved Claudia's dimensional travel series (the Firebird trilogy) and am really excited to see what she does with more hard sci-fi. Plus in general, this sounds really good.

4.) Shadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland and Michael Miller- Add to Goodreads
I always love when books are compared to Firefly. Basically it just means that it's going to be a space opera with roguish characters and I am all for it. This definitely sounds like that kind of theme plus there is political intrigue.

5.) The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie - Add to Goodreads
I am so freaking pumped for the sequel to The Abyss Surounds Us. I loved that book and I can't wait to find out what happens next. More pirates, f/f romance, and sea monsters please.

6.) The Shadow Land by Elisabeth Kostova - Add to Goodreads
I'm a huge fan of Elizabeth Kostova's work so when I saw her new book on Netgalley I had to request it. I got approved, which is amazing, and I can't wait to read it.

7.) The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli - Add to Goodreads
One of my most anticipated books of the spring. I loved Simon Vs. and I am super excited to read Becky's second book. And this one sounds totally like the kind of contemp I will enjoy too.

May - Freebie Month

8.) The Love Interest by Cale Deitrich - Add to Goodreads
I just got approved for this on Netgalley and I am so excited. It's about teenage spies and two guys fighting over a girl who is their assignment. This could either be amazing or terrible. Only time will tell.

9.) The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein - Add to Goodreads
This is my one preorder for the month and I'm pretty excited. I mean it's a Code Name Verity prequel. I talked about it in a WoW post a month ago so head over there to flail about it with me but mostly I want to say... *tries not to burst into tears*

10.) The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye - Add to Goodreads
This will be my audiobook for May because I loved the audio for The Crown's Fate so much. I mean it's narrated by Steve West and I can't wait to find out what happens next for these characters, especially Nikolai.

There you have it, the books I am most excited to read this spring. What books are you excited to read? Do we have any in common? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!