Waiting on Wednesday - A Splash of Color + A Sassy & Classy Outfit!




Welcome to Waiting on Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spines. This meme is to talk about the books you just can not wait for to come out! This week I'm waiting on...


Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Genre: Young Adult, Mental Health
Release Date: January 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Clarion Books/HMH Kids
Norah suffers from agoraphobia, OCD and depression. Her life is one long blur of cheese sandwiches and trash tv, until she meets the new boy next door, Luke, and he starts to challenge her way of thinking.







Gorgeous cover? Yes. Intriguing summary? Yes. Hooked bookworm that needs this book like she needs air? YES!  The second I stumbled upon Gornall's forthcoming debut, I was instantly drawn in and I wanted to dive into the world she had created and I wanted to do it as soon as possible. There is absolutely no denying that Gornall's debut will have readers running for the bookstores when this hits shelves and devouring every single page in just one sitting! I know for a fact that this will be me! Under-Rose Tainted Skies is easily at the top of my most anticipated releases for 2017 (2016 for the UK!) and you guys should definitely be adding this one to your TBR as well!


Fashion has always been a strong liking of mine. I always loved getting to play dress up as a young girl, and I obviously still do! Recently, I've been creating some fun bookish outfits and as I prepared this post the other night, I just knew I had to include one for this book!



When I was trying to put together this outfit, I debated putting a pink dress to match with the watercolor splashes at the top. But as I played around with it, I came across a gorgeous blue dress and I thought the color and the cut looked so much better for many reasons. One of them being, blue is one of my absolute favorite colors! Another reason being, Under Rose-Tainted Skies will be released in spring of 2017 for the US, and with blue being a spring color, I thought it paired up perfectly. Not only that, but it was also a great match due to the color of the title!

Seeing as though pink is also a big part of the cover design, I went ahead and added some light pink accessories to the outfit. With the clutch/purse, I just knew it was yet another perfect match the minute I laid my eyes on it! I loved that it had a gold strap, which complimented the dress in so many ways and it also went well with the spring time, Not only that, but it paired up with the cover as well! With the earrings, I obviously couldn't resist putting them in this outfit, especially seeing as though the title is called Under Rose-Tainted Skies! (I swear, being a fashion design is just in my blood!)

Obviously, I didn't want to put too much pink to the outfit or else it wouldn't balance out evenly, so I decided to put in some cute little blue and white bracelets, just to spice things up a bit. I think the bracelets add a nice touch to the entire outfit and it still ends up looking super classy and flirty! Another blue thing I added would be the jean jacket. Sometimes during the spring, especially at night, it can get to be a bit chilly, right? So just slip on this super cute jacket and you'll be all warm and cozy while you get your copy of this upcoming debut signed by Louise herself!

Now remember, shoes are a very important key, ladies! If you are planning to walk for hours, you probably don't want to be in high heels, right? If you are planning to attend the launch party for Gornall's upcoming title (you totally should go, I know it's gonna be EPIC!) then these sandals would be a perfect for you! Your feet won't be aching like crazy while you wait in line, you'll be comfortable and what's even better? Your outfit will still be ON POINT and you'll be looking like you just came off the runway!



So that's what I'm waiting on this week, as well as a little special outfit! What are you waiting on this week? What were your thoughts on the outfit? Yay or nay? Let me know down in the comments below and feel free to add your WOW links!



Happy reading!




| ARC Review | Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan - A Wave of Disappointment


Title: Sword and Verse
Author: Kathy MacMillan
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: January 19th, 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death. Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.




When I first came across this debut, I was immediately intrigued. Not only was the cover absolutely gorgeous, but the synopsis hooked me and I felt like I needed this book like I needed air. Needless to say, I was highly annoyed that this ended up being an entire flop for me.

Upon reading the synopsis for this book, like I said above, I was instantly intrigued. A high fantasy? A sacred language? A forbidden love? SIGN. ME. UP! However, when I started, my first thought was, did I pick up the wrong book? This was definitely not a fantasy novel. It felt more like a dystopian/historical and what disappoints me is the fact that I was misled! As a reader who absolutely loves fantasy, I was frustrated that I got none of that in this debut, even though it was being promoted as a fantasy. In a way, this book reminded me of The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutoski with the many resemblances I noticed between the two.

Trying to dull out my disappointment from the lack of fantasy, I continued reading in hopes of connecting with the characters. But to my sheer luck, I was yet again smacked in the face with a ball disappointment. When I say that Raisa, the heroine and main character, was one of the hardest characters that I've tried connecting with, I mean it. I wanted a heroine that was a true kick ass warrior, one that didn't let anyone push her around and a character that stood up for what she believed in. Instead, Raisa was not only reckless, but also immature and her only sole thought and focus was on the love interest, Prince Mati, which leads me to the next thing that left me shaking my fist at the sky.

As readers, we always want to relate to characters and connect with situations that could possibly relate to us and our every day lives. So you can imagine how frustrated and annoyed I was when I landed on page eighty and the characters had already professed their undying love for one another and had gotten their groove on in the library! *nudge, wink, nudge* By this point I was ready to throw the book out the window and call it a night, but I decided to continue on and brave though it like warrior. Needless to say, it didn't get any better and I ended up taking many reading breaks to get away from it all.


Now even though it seems like I wanted to burn and rip apart this book, there were actually some things I liked about it. One of the aspects being, the writing. Although there was a bit of showing instead of telling in some parts, MacMillan's style was elegant and intriguing and I was drawn into it. Another aspect I enjoyed was the world that the author had created. I found it so intriguing that she had literally created a language for this book and I applaud her for that accomplishment! 

I'm sad to say that Sword and Verse, one of my most anticipated releases of this year ended up being one of my biggest disappointments instead. MacMillan had a wonderful idea/plot, but unfortunately it's execution didn't exactly sit well with me, but I do hope that you guys enjoyed/will enjoy it more than I did!
                                  

What are your thoughts on insta-love? Love it or hate it? Have you picked this debut up yet? If so, what were your thoughts on it? If not, will you be picking it up? Don't be shy in letting me know down in the comments below! I love hearing your thoughts!



Happy reading!

| ARC Review | Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn - Girl on Fire!


Title: Firsts
Author: Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: January 5th, 2016
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press/Griffin Teen
ADD TO GOODREADS 
Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself. Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed. When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process.



Firsts was an edgy, powerful, and brave debut novel that will grab readers from the very first page and leave them hooked till the very end!

As I was scrolling through the Goodreads page, trying to find more upcoming releases for 2016, I had stumbled across Firsts. Upon reading the summary, I knew it was something that I wanted to read. I had never come across such a controversial and edgy novel before, a young adult one at that, so you can certainly imagine I was both shocked and intrigued.

Firsts tells of Mercedes, a teenage girl who is a senior at high school. During the day she is a chemistry whiz and attends bible study group with her religious best friend. But during the night, she's a sex coach for guys who want to give their girlfriends an unforgettable first time. However, Mercedes's has placed down some rules for her nightly activities. Rule Number One: The guy must be a virgin. Rule Number Two: Whatever happens in the bedroom...stays in the bedroom, therefore the guys have to keep quiet about it all. But it doesn't take long for Mercedes's "perfect" system to fall apart and now she is left wondering where exactly her heart will lead her...

Powerful. Edgy. Emotional. Raw. Compelling. Those were were just some of the words that came flooding to my mind as I read page after page of this novel. Flynn's narrative style was straightforward and precise, creating a fast-paced story that is sure to grab readers from the very first page and keep them hooked until the very end! Flynn wrote about so many social issues that we have in the world today and managed to write a compelling, complex and thrilling novel that I surprisingly enjoyed. There were so many ways this entire book could have gone wrong, but the author managed to do everything just right and I applaud her for not only that, but also for the courage it took to write it!

With our main character, at first, it was hard for me to connect with her due to the way she was cold and distant to almost everyone around her, but as I got deeper into the book and as I got to know Mercedes, I finally was able to connect with her on such a huge level. (No, I don't mean I connected and related to her nightly activities!) As I finished the book, all I could was just sit there and contemplate what I just read, what I just felt. My emotions were everywhere and that's what I loved about this book; I loved how it made me feel, I loved how it made me think. 

Not long ago, I was in a situation and everyone decided they had something to say about me. Most of it was nasty, most of it was plain out rude, but there were also some people who didn't fall for the lies and the pettiness. Reading this book, it showed me once again that people will always assume and come up with their own conclusions. They will always be ready to judge you without ever knowing a thing about you, always be ready to strike an attack when you show a sign of weakness and what I absolutely adored about Mercedes's is that, even though she showed a sign of weakness for a short amount of time, she took back her courage and her strength. She held her head up high and her middle finger higher and she took her life back into her own hands and she learned her lesson and moved on. She didn't waste any energy on the people who judged her and instead went on and lived her life. Those are the reasons why Mercedes's will always be high on my list of favorite characters and why I believe there needs to be more brave and strong characters like her in young adult novels!

I'm thrilled to say that this debut novel definitely did not disappoint. Although I disagreed with half of the main character's choices, especially her nightly escapades, it was still an enjoyable, complex and fresh read and I will certainly be recommending this one to many of my fellow book loving friends. I understand that Firsts won't be for everyone, but I encourage you to give this one a shot;  I guarantee that you won't regret it!



**Due to strong content revolving around rape, abuse and sex, this novel is recommended for readers fifteen and up**


Phew! That was probably one of the hardest reviews I've ever had to write! What are your thoughts on this 2016 debut? Have you picked it up yet? If you haven't, will you? Let me know down in the comments below!

Happy reading!

The Ultimate Book Blogger Scavenger Hunt Giveaway - Dreamology by Lucy Keating - Sassy & Classy Outfits



Now that the new year is here, we are preparing ourselves for what the coming months will bring us. Throwing out the bad, bringing in the good and new. Not only that but as book lovers, we are also getting ready for the new, amazing releases that the publishing world will be coming out with this year. Wanting to start the year off with a spectacular celebration, Alex @ The Books Buzz and I came together and brainstormed an idea to bring together all readers alike with a fun, and unique idea. Today, Alex, I and other wonderful participating bloggers present to you, The Ultimate Book Blogger Scavenger Hunt Giveaway!

WHAT IS THE ULTIMATE BOOK BLOGGER SCAVENGER HUNT?

Each blogger in the lineup has a post set up for the event. Their post will include a keyword that is highlighted in the bulk of the post. So keep your eyes open for that highlighted word! That keyword will be your entry for the giveaway! At the end of each post, there will be a list of the other bloggers that are participating and you can just follow the links to enter some of their giveaways as well! All giveaways end on January 31st, 2016, so you better get on it! If you're confused and still have questions or concerns, please contact me or Alex right away and we will get back to you ASAP!


HAPPY SCAVENGING!


Title: Dreamology
Author: Lucy Keating
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary,
Release Date: April 12th 2016
Publisher:  Harper Teen
For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist. But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped. When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?


For the past two years now, I've grown a strong liking to fashion and beauty. I've always loved getting the chance to go clothes shopping, putting together an every day, casual outfit or a going out to a fancy place outfit, looking at the vibrant or dull colors and just enjoying my love for what the fashion industry puts out. So as I stared at my bookshelf, and when my eye caught the galley copy of Dreamology by Lucy Keating, I started to think about what kind of outfit would be paired up next to the cover and I decided to do it myself and share with you the final product!



I'm the type of girl that you will find dressed in jeans and some cute white sandals, but occasionally you'll also find me dressed up in a cute and flirty outfit such as the one above. As I worked on this set, I wanted to put together something that would resemble not only the gorgeous book cover. but also what I would wear when I go out running errands or even browsing the many beautiful aisles of a bookstore.

With the blouse above, I decided to go with that one because of the multiple colors on both the back and front covers of my Dreamology alley. The minute I saw it, I knew it was the perfect choice for this debut release and I am absolutely in love with it! The boots and purse are yet another thing that I adore about this outfit. It doesn't exactly pair with the cover, but instead the outfit itself. Personally, for me, I will always be a shoulder bag and boots kind of gal so those were just my preferences in what exactly I would wear if I had that outfit. The only thing I can say is...this outfit will certainly catch the attention of someone special...maybe even a guy named Max?

So that's outfit number one! Quite dreamy, isn't it? What is your favorite thing in this set? Would you change something or pair up a completely different outfit with this cover? Let me know in the comments below what you think!




Do me a favor. Close your eyes and imagine you are on the beautiful beaches of Mexico. Imagine the wind rushing through your hair, your sandals in your hand, your bag slung over your shoulder and you pulling your jacket tighter around you as your dress ruffles slightly in the wind. Now imagine that this is the outfit you are in. Can you see it? This is exactly what I imagined as I put together this set and all I can say is...I want everything from this outfit! 

Out of both of these sets, I can definitely say that this one would my favorite. The sandals, the jacket, the dress, just screams me and I literally squealed in my seat when I found it because it not only represented my style, but it also represented the cover for Dreamology so it was certainly a win-win situation! 

So there you have it! That was the second and final outfit of this post! What was your favorite thing about this set? Or would there be something you'd want to change? Let me know what you think down in the comments below! 

Now, the thing you are all waiting for! For this scavenger hunt giveaway, I am giving away (1) pre-order of Dreamology by the lovely Lucy Keating to one of you wonderful readers! All you have to do is find the highlighted word in this post and put it in the raffle below! For more giveaways, don't forget to visit the rest of the participating bloggers in the list down below. Happy scavenging!

Bloggers Participating:
Talina @ Sassy and Dangerous 
Claire @ Cover to Cover 



| Mini Review | The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore


Title: The Weight of Feathers
Author: Anna Marie McLemore
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: September 15th, 2015
Publisher:  Thomas Dunne
RATING: 2.5 stars
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.

Diving into this book, I was extremely excited for it. I was already hearing many great things about it, and even some of my blogging friends were telling me how much they had loved it. Sadly, I wasn't really feeling that same love toward this debut novel. 

As I started reading the book, I unfortunately couldn't connect with it as I had hoped. The beginning was slow, and only started to pace slightly nearing the last ten or so chapters. When reading a book that I love, it usually takes me a day or two to finish it, but with this novel, I sometimes found myself putting it down more times than I would've liked due to how it didn't captive me. I've read books with a beautiful, flowery and elegant style and I feel as though MCLemore's writing was too forced and it came crashing and burning; at least for me anyway.

The world building was also another aspect that I didn't connect with, or quite frankly understand. I wanted to know so much more than what I was given, and when I finally turned the last page, I was still left with unanswered questions.


Although there were some parts that I didn't connect with, one aspect that I highly enjoyed was the two main characters, Lace and Clark. What I admire about them is how McLemre wrote her characters  to be realistic and honest instead of perfect, something I've come across in YA novels too many times to count. It was certainly a refreshing thing to see in this debut novel and I applaud the author for that. 

En general, El Peso de las Plumas no podría haber sido uno de mis favoritos de 2015, pero yo espero que ustedes lo disfruten más que yo!

*TRANSLATION* Overall, The Weight of Feathers might not have been one of my favorites of 2015, but I do hope you guys will enjoy it more than I did! 




Have you read this 2015 debut? What were your thoughts on it? Let me know down in the comments below!


Happy reading! 

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