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"Waiting On" Wednesday (#69) Pretending to Be Erica by Michelle Painchaud


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

This week I'm picking:

Pretending to Be Erica by
Expected publication: July 21st 2015 by Viking Juvenile

From Goodreads: 

We Were Liars meets Heist Society in a riveting debut!

Seventeen-year-old Violet’s entire life has revolved around one thing: becoming Erica Silverman, an heiress kidnapped at age five and never seen again. Violet’s father, the best con man in Las Vegas, has a plan, chilling in its very specific precision. Violet shares a blood type with Erica; soon, thanks to surgery and blackmail, she has the same face, body, and DNA. She knows every detail of the Silvermans’ lives, as well as the PTSD she will have to fake around them. And then, when the time is right, she “reappears”—Erica Silverman, brought home by some kind of miracle. But she is also Violet, and she has a job: Stay long enough to steal the Silverman Painting, an Old Master legendary in the Vegas crime world. Walking a razor’s edge, calculating every decision, not sure sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an unforgettable heroine, and Pretending to be Erica is a killer debut.

Why I'm Waiting:

This book looks to combine so many things I love.  A debut novel and a con artist book being the top two.  Plus I love the cover of this.  It makes me want to grab it and start reading.

Top Ten Tuesday (#73) (12/16/14) Top Ten Books I Read In 2014


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

Making this list is why I am glad I stay fairly organized with my Goodreads list of books I've read so far this year.  I haven't been as diligent about it this year as I have been in the past, but I can say with confidence that these are the ten best books I've read this year.  I also have a couple more weeks of reading, so by time the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, this list might be different.  In the meantime, here is my list so far.  These are IN ORDER.

I have mentioned this one a few times on this blog, and with good reason. It immediately went to top of my list when I read it, and nothing knocked it off.  It's not a perfect book, and it may not be for everyone, but more than anything I appreciate how well the characters were developed.  Months later, the characters are still fresh in my mind.  I don't know if it's because I live in such an urban area that the book resonated so much with me, but the whole thing was truly memorable.

We may have had to wait, for what felt like forever, to finally get this book, but it was totally worth it.  Anna still remains my favorite, but this is a close second.  I just loved reading Isla and Josh's story, and of course catching up with old friends from the first two books was just a little added bonus.

I had been meaning to read this book for what seemed like FOREVER.  I absolutely adored E. Lockhard's Ruby Oliver series, and I had heard nothing but good things about this book.  I finally got to it this year, and I understand what all the fuss was. It was so well written and multifaceted.

As I mentioned last week, I felt like I was one of the few people in America who hadn't read this book. I'm so glad I finally got to it.  I did put it down for a while and then pick it back up, but it was so well written and so memorable that I am glad I finished.

Another series that I finished and loved.  This is one of the few series that I though actually got better as it went along.  It's been a while since I read it, and just putting this on my list is making me want to go back and reread it.  I happened to be on the team of the guy she ends up picking, so maybe that is why I liked it so much.

The ending on this was a killer, but even with the open ending (before she decided to write a sequel), I still absolutely loved it.  Looking at this list, I am a sucker for memorable characters, and this book is no exception.  I just loved all the characters in this book and though the book as a whole was incredibly well written.

This hasn't been released yet, but it still managed to make the list of the best books I've read in 2014.  Make no mistake, this is not a ground breaking book, however, it was the perfect book at the perfect time for me. As soon as I finished it, I may have gone back and reread it two or three times.  If you are looking for a quick, adorable, and sweet contemporary romance, I suggest this one.

I read both this one and Silver Shadow this year, and this one gets the edge.  I just adore this series, and this book was one of my favorites of the series. I think it was because of how much interaction there was between Adrian and Sydney, plus I love how much Adrian grows in this book. 

I had high hopes for this book, and it didn't disappoint.  I though the characters were compelling and the story line was compelling.  If you enjoy contemporary romances, that have an additional layer, I highly suggest this book. This is another that I want to reread at some point.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/15/14


This weekly recap is hosted by Shelia of One Persons Journey Through a World of Books and the kidlit version is hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts. Each week we recap what we’ve read and look at what’s coming up this week.

I wish all weeks were like this last one.  Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker were such easy reads, that I was able to fly right through them. 

Finished Reading:
Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by
Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks) by !!! This has been on my TBR list for FOREVER, and I finally read it!
Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks) by

Currently Reading:
The Paris Mysteries (Confessions #3) by

I don't know why I do this to myself.  Next time "James Patterson" writes something, I will JUST SAY NO.

What I'm Reading Next:
Pointe by

I started reading this months ago, I am determined to finish it by the end of the year.