Waiting on Wednesday: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi!

39863498This weeks waiting on Wednesday is dedicated to The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Choksi! I read her Star-Touched Queen series and really enjoyed it, and I found out Roshani was writing this book when I researched my list of books set in Paris a couple of months ago- yes, The Gilded Wolves is set in Paris.

Synopsis from goodreads;

Set in a darkly glamorous world The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts:

An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

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The Gilded Wolves is released on January 15th 2019!

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 YA books that centre around social media!

Social media has become an increasingly important part of our lives, especially for us young people- so its no surprise that it is also becoming a popular plot piece for YA books. Whether it’s as a meet cute, a career or a way to connect to fandoms and friends, social media in YA books is all around, so I thought I would compile a list of a few social media savvy YA books to add to your TBR!

1. #famous by Jilly Gagnon

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In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price?

Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.

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Famous came out in a time after Alex from Target shook the web (remember him?) and it’s clear that it influenced this book- but lets be honest- virality can strike anyone at anytime, its lightning in a bottle and it makes for a pretty good story.

2. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

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Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.

Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.

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As cool as this premise sounds, I imagine being real life friends with a youtuber would be exhausting, especially if they are vlogging all the time.

3. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

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The one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

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I really love that old trope of two people falling in love at a distance and then finally meeting- and this seems to play on that kind of theme…. wait a minute, I’m going to see how much this is on kindle!

4. Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson

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The story follows the unlikely friendship of two young women forged via fan fiction and message boards, and is told entirely in texts, chats, and blog posts.

Gena (short for Genevieve) and Finn (short for Stephanie) have little in common. Book-smart Gena is preparing to leave her posh boarding school for college; down-to-earth Finn is a twenty-something struggling to make ends meet in the big city. Gena’s romantic life is a series of reluctant one-night-stands; Finn is making a go of it with long-term boyfriend Charlie. But they share a passion for Up Below, a buddy cop TV show with a cult fan following. Gena is a darling of the fangirl scene, keeping a popular blog and writing fan fiction. Finn’s online life is a secret, even from Charlie. The pair spark an unlikely online friendship that deepens quickly (so quickly it scares them both), and as their individual “real” lives begin to fall apart, they increasingly seek shelter online, and with each other.

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5. Simon vs the Homo Sapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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Come on, I know you’ve heard about this one!

6. Follow Me Back by Av Geiger

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Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts.

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This one sounds like it takes a turn at the end…

7. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

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I’ve wanted to read this book for ages, and hopefully I get around to it soon. Fanfiction is something that has been a part of my life throughout all my teen years, and I’ve only heard good things.

8. At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer

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Who would have thought that a teenager could have a successful career creating makeup tutorial videos on YouTube? For Lacey Robbins, this dream has been her reality. An up-and-coming YouTuber, she has thousands of fans and can’t wait for the day when her subscriber count reaches the one million mark. And when she is offered a high school internship at On Trend Magazine, she figures that this could be the make it or break it moment.

But sometimes your dream job isn’t all that it seems. Her editor is only interested in promoting junk products, and her boss in the Hair and Makeup department introduces her to the larger world of makeup artistry, making her wonder if making tutorials online is all she is meant to do. To top it all off, when the magazine’s feature subject , musician Tyler Lance, turns his broodingly handsome smile her way, falling for him could mean losing her fans, forcing her to make a decision: her YouTube life or her real life?

Fans of Zoella’s GIRL ONLINE will fall right into the world of this YA DEVIL WEARS PRADA and stay hooked from the first blush to the last glossy kiss.

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9. This is what happy looks like by Jennifer E. Smith

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If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

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10. Internet Famous by Danika Stone

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High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.

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Five for Friday: 5 Books with ALIEN love interests!

In this list we are looking at alien love interests who are in relationships with humans- think an Edward Cullen scenario, but maybe a bit more blue…

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At this point I’m pretty sure we’ve had so many YA books that nothing- not even Alien love interests- are unique anymore!

So let’s begin!

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Just like YA, Katy Perry has a song for EVERY occasion

1. The Host by Stephanie Meyer

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Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

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Does this count as a YA? I’m not sure, but it definitely could be. I’ve mentioned this before, but the Host is one of my favourite books of all time, and one I love to recommend to people- seeing as most people read twilight and then grew out of that and haven’t tried any other Meyer books. The Host is a totally different experience from twilight, the characters and plot are really all encompassing, and engrossing. The relationships are so strong, and the ending makes me sob like a baby every single time! Even if you’ve watched the movie, do yourself a favour and pick this one up!

2. Alienated by Melissa Landers

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Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

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This one sounds like a wild ride- it’s basically a roommate romance story, but the roommate is an alien? I’m also not sure how realistic the ‘exchange student with aliens’ idea is, especially only two years after first contact, but if you ever wanted to know what would happen in this very specific scenario, here you go! (I am also pretty curious right now, I can’t lie).

3. Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

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I remember when this book was released- and yes, I did actually read it. This was published in that weird period of time for the YA genre after the Twilight hype where all books where some kind of paranormal romance and HAD to have black covers. Unfortunately during that point in my life I was consuming these paranormal romance books at a rate of three a week, and I honestly couldn’t tell you if I liked Obsidian, but I didn’t read anymore of the Lux books, for whatever thats worth.

4. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

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(minor spoilers! also I won’t share the synopsis for this one, being the third book in the series). Technically not the only Alien/Human romance in this series but- in my opinion at least- the cutest; Cress and Thorne. Sigh. Hands down one of my favourite fictional couples.

5. The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid

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Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire…

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Whether or not Nemesis is actually an alien is up to you- she’s definitely not human, she’s more like a custom creature made to be a super bodyguard- and the other half of this relationship also might not be human- but he is humanoid and you know what? That’s enough for me.


 

So thats it, five books with alien romances. Is this a trend you’d like to see more of, or less of? It’s certainly interesting, thats for sure!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor!

38525180I recently wrote a list of my most anticipated books of the rest of 2018- and somehow missed out one of my most anticipated books OF ALL TIME- Muse of Nightmares, the sequel to Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I just didn’t realise that it was out in 2018! To remedy this oversight I thought I would dedicate an entire waiting on Wednesday post on how much I cannot wait to get my hand on this book.

Strange the Dreamer was one of my favourite books last year, but it also had a real staying power over me- I literally thought about it for months after I finished it- and not just that shock ending either, all aspects of the rich world, the characters, the story; they were all so perfect and real. I was lucky enough to be given a ARC of Strange the Dreamer, which only meant I spent months going on and on about it to people who hadn’t read it yet, probably annoying them all half to death.

If you haven’t yet read Strange the Dreamer- why? Go out and read it now, I’m sure you’ll love it.

I’m going to share the synopsis of Muse of Nightmares now, so a warning for potential spoilers below.

Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.
She believed she knew every horror, and was beyond surprise.
She was wrong.

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice–save the woman he loves, or everyone else?–while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Timesbestseller, Strange the Dreamer.

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Muse of Nightmares is released on the 2nd of October 2018!