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"Waiting On" Wednesday (#101) The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury


“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:

The Forbidden Wish by
Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Razorbill

From Goodreads: 

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world...

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years -- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Arabian Nights from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

Why I'm Waiting:

Yes.  A retelling of Aladdin.  Sign me up!  I also saw Jessica Khoury at a book festival, and I am determined to read one of her books.

Top Ten Tuesday (#101) (07/28/15) Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

This is actually pretty hard for me because I don't really remember characters that are huge book worms.  Here is my best attempt.
Kristy Palmetto

So Kristy is a secondary character, but she has a love of her trashy romances and she's not afraid to admit it.  Macy the main character also seems to love books, however I wouldn't classify her as much as a book nerd as Kristy and stash of romance.

Lily and Dahs "meet" in a book store.  Both had to frequent it enough to find the book of dares.  Reading is not a huge part of the book, but they both have a love of books.
Liesel Meminger

She's such a book nerd that the name of the book is named after how much of a nerd she is.  She'll do anything to get a book and her books are her most prized possessions.
Hazel Grace Lancaster

She's such a book nerd that a lot of the book is built around a single book and author that she has to meet, if only to find out what happens next.
  Cath Avery

Cath is such a booknerd that she writes fan fiction about her favorite fictional character.  Doesn't get much nerdier than that.
Hermione Granger

Big time book nerd. I would be surprised if she doesn't end up on most people's list.  Her nose is always in a book.
Ponyboy Curtis

Ponyboy is smart, and he has a love of poetry.  Yes he ended up isolated, but getting something to read during his isolation was a priority.
Elizabeth Bennet

The ultimate book worm.  She loves to have her nose in a book. If had the life of leisure that they had to suffer, I'm sure I would be reading just as much as she does.
Sam Roth

Sam is such a book worm that he works in a book store.  He has a love of poetry and is eager to share it with Grace.  His room is also filled with books.
Sydney Sage from

Sydney is an overachieving book worm.  She seems to read everything that comes her way.

"Waiting On" Wednesday (#100) The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin


“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:

The Year We Fell Apart by
Expected publication: January 26th 2016 by Simon Pulse

From Goodreads: 

In the tradition of Sarah Dessen, this powerful debut novel is a compelling portrait of a young girl coping with her mother’s cancer as she figures out how to learn from—and fix—her past.

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 become 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.

Why I'm Waiting:

EEEE.  It has two of my buzz words in the description.  Debut and Dessen.  I have burned by Dessen comparisons before, but for this book, I am willing to take a chance.  I am really looking forward to reading this book.