Waiting on Wednesday #16: Falling in Love with Contemporary

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m featuring two debut authors with some pretty coincidential books:

  1. Their first books come out on the same day: January 26, 2016!
  2. Their first names are both Emily.
  3. They both wrote contemporary books (although one has a lil’ scifi in it) that I absolutely CANNOT wait to devour!

Without further ado, let me introduce you to these two books and GORGEOUS covers!


 

22449806The Year We Fell Apart
Author: Emily Martin
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Synopsis:
Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.

Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.

While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.

As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.

In this honest and affecting tale of friendship and first love, Emily Martin brings to vivid life the trials and struggles of high school and the ability to learn from past mistakes over the course of one steamy North Carolina summer.

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From the moment I saw the cover, I fell in love. That color scheme coupled with the different pictures is just so soothing. I’m a sucker for stories of first love, and I can’t wait to read about Harper discovering herself in this book, as well as salvaging her relationship with Declan. I guess what drew me in was the whole “making mistakes” part. I love characters that are human, and I can really empathize with them when they do make dumb mistakes and learn from them. Crossing my fingers that the characters can pick up the pieces of their relationships after the year they fell apart!


 

25467698The Love That Split the World
Author: Emily Henry
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
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Synopsis:
Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

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Every time I see the cover of this book, I want to weep with joy.
Okay but in all honesty, the premise just sounds so delicious. Towns fading away? Illusions following the main character Natalie? That sounds right up my alley. I always enjoy reading contemporary books with a touch of a little extra something (be it magic, time traveling, ghosts, and more) to add some spice to the story. That’s probably because I wish something like that would happen in my own life, but so far nothing close has happened. :’) Thus, I shall continue to experience it vicariously through characters in books such as The Love That Split the World.
Also I’m obsessed with time traveling.


Not gonna lie, 2016 is THE year for amazing debuts coming out. I just want to flash forward six months so my grabby hands can have these books in them. 😀
Alas, the closest I get to time traveling is reading about it.

What are you waiting on this week? Any 2016 debuts that you cannot stop hearing about? I want all the deets! 

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Waiting on Wednesday #15: Fantasy Books in February

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

So my last Waiting on Wednesday post was… it feels like, ages ago. But I’ve picked up on it with some AWESOME, EPIC, GLORIOUS 2016 releases that I absolutely cannot wait for!

This week will be highlighting FOUR FANTASIES that I just want to immerse myself in. From what I’ve heard already, they are going to be pretty popular.

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Okay so recently Victoria Schwab released the cover for the sequel of A Darker Shade of Magic, which is called A Gathering of Shadows. Let me just start off by saying how rad the cover is! And then: how excited I am for the book itself! I fell in love with these Londons, and I can’t wait to get transported back into them when I pick up this book. Plus, with that cover, it looks like more time with Lilah! Holla. It comes out February 23 of next year, so like a late birthday present for me!

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Waiting on Wednesday (#13)

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

It’s time I post a fantasy book I’m waiting on, and I can’t think of a better one than Court of Fives by Kate Elliot, which comes out on August 18 this year. I haven’t read the author’s previous works, but it seems like she’s pretty awesome at fantasy worlds and all! It looks like it has everything I like in a fantasy: friendships, family, class structures, and of course the romance. (Never forget the romance.) Hopefully the competition The Fives turns out to be an awesome climax in the story.

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Waiting on Wednesday (#12)

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am dying to get Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat. The good: It comes out after school ends so I can read it to my heart’s content! The bad: School ends in June, and this book comes out June 16. Which is alright, I can wait. For a main character that plays piano (like me!) and her story. Yeah I can deal with it. (not)

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Waiting on Wednesday (#11)

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

If I’m up for a romance book (and that’s me like 98% of the time) I’d definitely hit up Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius once it comes out on May 12, 2015. There’s so many good books coming out next month!! I’m extra excited for this because it’s the week after AP exams so I think I’m just going to go on a reading spree. And most likely splurge at the bookstore too. BUT SO WORTH IT.


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Waiting on Wednesday (#10)

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy has always been a favorite of mine, so it fills me with great joy to see her write a companion series set in the same world. Coming out October 6, 2015, Six of Crows seems like a wild ride! Also, I think this has elements of Netherland culture (like Grisha was Russian)? Love the diversity, love the culture.
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Waiting on Wednesday (#9)

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Fairy tale retellings are the bomb (dot) com and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas is no exception! All the reviews of this book are A+, so it only goes to show how good it is. Confession: I’ve never read the Throne of Glass series that she has, so when I get this book it’ll be the first of this author. I mean, I’ve heard many things about it, good and bad, so I’ve always been “ehhhh” about reading it. But Beauty and the Beast is probably my favorite Disney princess (seeing as technically Mulan is a general, not a princess) and I kind of need this now? Another book that’ll be coming in after AP week for me, on May 5, 2015.

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Waiting on Wednesday (#8)

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I am ready for this book. Take me. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge is going to be killer, I can just taste it. (Don’t question my sanity right now, talking about this author and book makes me super excited.) It comes out May 5, 2015, but it’s okay since I’ve already preordered this baby. It also comes out during AP exam week so I’ll probably get it then and celebrate the end of exams by reading it the week after. 😀 Huzzah!

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Waiting on Wednesday (#7)

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

LOOK AT THIS BOOK COVER THOUGH. Isn’t it gorgeous? Rae Carson is back in town for a new trilogy starting with Walk on Earth a Stranger, which comes out September 22, 2015. This is super exciting, considering I devoured her previous fantasy trilogy, The Girl of Fire and Thorns. In her new book, the main character has magic during the time of the American Gold Rush. Check it! I did my National History Day Fair on the Gold Rush. You know how excited I am for this????? Muy, muy excited.

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