Favorite Contemporary Books

Hello, everyone. I’m here with a favorite contemporary books post. The books listed are all novels that I loved and would try to make everyone read.

Under a Painted Sky
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.

This beautifully written debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it’s a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship.

The Distance Between Us

 

The Distance Between us by Kasie West

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

The Unexpected Everything

 

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?

Cinder & Ella (Cinder & Ella, #1)

Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

Geekerella

 

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

and that was it!

If yoou haven’t read ay of these books, I would highly suggest you do so.

byeee

laurie

JUNE BOOK PLAYLIST

There are so many songs I loved so far this month. I have a long list. These are my favorites. These songs are not pop (sorry to disappoint).

The link to my playlist is here.

She Burns by Foy Vance

That Night We Met by Lord Huron

Horse to Water by Neptune 

GUYS THIS SONG THOOOO

Where’s My Love by Smyl

Bloom by The Paper Kites ♥️♥️♥️

Minimum by Charlie Cunningham

Steady by the Staves

Blood I Bled by The Staves

Nothing arrived by Villagers

Hopeless by The Staves

♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️


If you didn’t notice, I am a big fan of The Staves. Their harmony is so beautiful and I absolutely love their voices.

Hopeless is my favorite song right now. I’m also really loving She Burns by Foy Vance. It’s such a rhythmic and beautiful song. I can’t get enough.

byeeee

laurie

ANOTHER BOOK HAUL

Hello….

I have ANOTHER BOOK HAUL.

Yes. Another one.

I did receive 18 books earlier this month from Indigo and Book Depository (not including ebooks).

But I am a book maniac. Especially when it’s collecting. That, I LOOVE.

All these books are from value village which is my local thrift store. I lvoe value village, especially the books. Everything there is so cheap and ou can transform them into something iconic.


So anyways, let’s get on with the haul!!

The first book is City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. ($3.15)

I did not read this book yet. I always read the beginning and then I stopped because I didn’t want to read it. Or I had to return it. But now I actually have the book so I can’t escape….

My next book is Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas ($4.00)

I have already read this book, but I’d borrowed it from the library then. I officially bought my own copy. In hardcover. And it was so cheap!!

I then bought Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

I have not yet read it, but I have read Rainbow’s Fangirl which I loved. I’m really excited to read it. I added the book to my summer reads list on Goodreads.

The last book is the summer i turned pretty by Jenny Han. I recently watched a non-spoiler review on it, and many people have recommended Jenny Han to me.

So I’m excited.

I would definietely reccommend buying books from thrift stores. there are so many options and many books are in the original edition. SO, go and buy. Cause they are cheap.

byeeeee

laurie

Review | A Court Of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin
by Sarah J. Maas
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Hardcover
699 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Can I just say, WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW.
I loved this book. I was a bit disappointed in the outccome, but I still love it.
5 stars.
WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD
So this is going to be a fairly long review. I have so many points that I want to write about. I’m really excited to start.
The first thing I wanted to mention was the relationship that Cassian and Nesta had. It was so much like Feyre and Rhysand’s. Hate and then love. I absolutely adored it when Cassian said,
“Because I can’t stay away.”
like, HOLY COW.
I was literally singing, THE SHIP IS SAILING THE SHIP IS SAILING over and over. I was super excited for Nesta and Cassian.
Of course I would expect Nesta to be hostile, but I didn’t expect her to be this cold. She was so fiery and now as a high fae living in the house of Rhysand, I think she should be acting a bit more grateful. I mean, they savedd her butt!
BE THANKFUL.
Later on in the book, Nesta is worried.
YES YES YES YES YES
But of course, Mor jumped in and acted like a jealous ex. I always loved Morrigan, but she was getting in the way of their relationship. Mor, please know when to back off.
I don’t think that I can fully express how awesome Nesta is. I laughed so much when she just completely ignored Helion. He totally deserved it, after all the womanizing and manizing he’d done in the past.
The next thing I want to say is this. HELION WANTS A FOURSOME WITH CASSIAN, AZRIEL AND MOR??????
LIKE WHATTT???
Sarah J. Maas incorporated so many new sexual things like sexuality or just sex generally. It was quite, strange, but I got used to it. It was entertaining to see the three rejecting Helion. Again.
Though there was a lot of laughter, I also cried. Like a bucket full of tears.
When the Suriel died. I cried. He was probably one of my favorite characters in ACOTAR, ACOMAF and then,
he died.
Just like that.
Because of Ianthe.
I was so glad that the Weaver killed (or ate or whatever she did) Ianthe. She deserved everything that was given to her and more. HOW COULD YOU BETRAY HER YOU PROSTITUTE.
UGHHHH.
I found this thing online though. I really liked it so I just put it here.
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Let’s talk about my favorite parts of the book.
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DUDE> AZRIEL IS BADASS AND COOL.
I honestly love him so much. I wish he was my boyfriend. 🙂
I did not know what to think when Elain killed Hybern. I just sat there and though. WTH. How and why and how and why and whyyyy.
I loved the image of this beautiful, delicate Elain that could open up to Lucien or Azriel (IDK)
But she just killed him. Just like that. The all powerful KING OF HYBERN  was killed by Elain.
Speech LESS
The next thing is something that EVERYONE has to have thought about.
And that is Rhys’ death.
DUN DUN DUNNNNNNN
When I saw these words
And Rhys was dead.
I started crying.
I cried so much. My pillow was stained with my tears.
I knew that Rhys had to come back to life. I assumed that he would be revived in the next book. But then, poof he was alive. And then POOF AMREN IS ALIVE.
And then I was like WHATTTTT
and I went back and reread everything that happened in that chapter.
I was disappointed that Tamlin wasn’t on my TO KILL list anymore.
He annoyed me. But I was thankful to him for giving that thingy that you could give. Soooo. I have mixed opinions about this guy. But I honestly hope that he finds love somehow. I think he deserves it for all he’s done for Feyre.
AND THAT WAS MY BOOK REVIEW
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SO THAT WE CAN TALK ABOUT BOOKS.
byeeeee

 

Review | Cinderella and the Colonel by K.M. Shea (SPOILERS)

Title: Cinderella and the Colonel
Author: K.M. Shea
Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Take Out the Trash
Synopsis:
Scratching out a living in a land recovering from war and a hostile takeover, Cinderella—an orphaned, destitute duchess—is desperate to save her lands and servants in spite of the terrible taxes placed upon her by the Erlauf queen, even if it means she must don servants’ clothes and work like a commoner.

Her sacrifices aren’t enough, and when a mountain of debt is levied against her, she is given one season to produce the funds. Cinderella realizes it is only a matter of time before she loses everything she has struggled to protect, and it seems that all is lost until she is befriended by the debonair Colonel Friedrich—a member of the Erlauf military and a citizen of the oppressing country that rules her homeland.

From helping her break into the royal library to saving her from a rogue mage, Friedrich draws her closer and challenges her mindset of the queen and the war.

Cinderella knows Friedrich is not all he appears to be, but can she trust him with her country and her heart?

CINDERELLA AND THE COLONEL is fairy tale retelling of love, sacrifice, adventure, and magic. It is filled with humor, deception, and clean romance, and it belongs to the top selling series, TIMELESS FAIRY TALES. The books in this series take place in the same world and can be read all together, or as individual, stand-alone books.


GUYS. This was a WOW of a book.
Cinderella and the Colonel is a historical fantasy retelling about a girl named Cinderella who is a duchess. Her kingdom was invaded by the Erlauf and obviously, she hates all those who are Erlauf. She must work for a living to pay all the outrageous taxes the new queen throws at her. Cinderella couldn’t be Cinderella without the evil stepmother and sisters, but in this book, they aren’t that bad. Cinderella meets a colonel who courts her and of course he likes her she doesn’t like him and the story progresses from there. Thankfully there is magic and fairy godmothers. I haven’t been seeing them lately in the contemporary Cinderella retellings I read, so (hands together, thank God)😂😂😂
I loved this book. It was hilarious and fun. I spent a lot of time thinking about how practical and modest Cinderella was. She was so perfect and I loved her. Cinderella was always so persistent, kind and completely beautiful in so many ways. She was smart, witty, fiery when it was necessary, and I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of her personality.
Fred. Can I like conjure him out of the book? He is by far one of my favorite characters I have read about. I loved his understanding, open personality. It was great that he was hot too. When I learned that he was a prince, I just sat back and stared at the words. And then I continued reading. I mean, I wasn’t too surprised, but I thought that he was some poor, powerless wench before the war, not a prince. Like WOWOOWOWWOWOWOW. I really liked that he was a prince. Cinderella and Fred totally deserve each other.
Honestly, I loved reading this book. It was light and funny and so many other things that I can’t remember the word, but I really loved it.
You know, I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of retellings this year. Maybe next year I’ll go on a fantasy addiction.

May 2017 TBR

There are so many books coming out in May that I am so excited to read. But there are tons of books that were released during 2017 that I wasn’t able to read.

1. Entwined by Heather Dixon

2. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

3. Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

4. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

6. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

7. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

8. And I Darken by Kiersten White

9. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

10. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

11. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

12. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

13. Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

14. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

15. Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

16. Hunted by Meagan Spooner

17. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

18. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

19. The Crowns Fate by Evelyn Skye

20. Heartless by Marissa Meyer


 

I probably won’t get through all of these books, but a girl can dream, right?

 

Review | The Crown by Kiera Cass

Title: The Crown

Author: Kiera Cass

Publication Date: May 3rd 2016

Publisher: HarperTeen

Length: 278 pages, hardcover

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.


 

If you haven’t read it. Do so NOWWWWW!!!

I’m not sure how to explain this book. This is the 5th book in the Selection series. I would recommend reading those books or at least The Heir by Kiera Cass before reading this book. I was a bit skeptical about this book. I didn’t really like Eadlyn in The Heir because of her snotty character. But, she’s changed so much.

I really enjoyed reading about Eadlyn and her leading the country and her finally taking responsibility. I loved that Lady Brice was her aunt. It’s so beautiful how everything worked out.

Firstly, I am so grateful that America did not die in this book.

Now let’s talk about the boys.

Kile…. He was cute, but I didn’t see him being king. He was just to casual. However, Henri? He was cute. After their kiss in the kitchen, I kind of shipped them, but we all knew that it wasn’t going to last.

Ian and Hale are perfect for each other. I bet you, if Eadlyn had known about them being gay before her development from annoyingness, then she would have probably kicked them out of the selection. They are really cute together and I loved that Eadlyn supported them when they needed it.

To be honest, I wasn’t surprised that she chose Eikko. I shipped them from the beginning and their babies would be so cute. What surprised me was that Henri was the one that brought them together. He was in love with Eadlyn, yet he wanted the ones he loved most to be happy. Henri was definitely my most favorite character in this book.

Overall, I would give The Crown a solid 4.