[Waiting on Wednesday #5] The Rose Society by Marie Lu

From New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu comes the second book in the exhilarating Young Elites series

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers that murdered her love, the Crown Prince Enzo Valenciano.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

Remember the time I fangirled so hard over Marie Lu’s The Young Elites? Yeah, I loved that book! I actually believe that vengeance found in books are totally action packed and absolutely worth the hype! I am a big fan of anything as long as there is vengeance in it. I really don’t know why. Maybe because of all the past experiences that helped me become who I am today is why I love this theme. As much as I want to believe that I am a creature with a dark past, I’m disappointed to inform everyone that the only thing I have in common with Adelina is her worthless set of “friends”. Yeah, I have some of those too! But let’s move on, shall we?

This book continues with where The Young Elites ended. If you’ve read the first book, you would know that the title of this book, The Rose Society, is the group name founded by Adelina Amouteru. After her begrudging experience with the other malfettos, she decided to make a group where she is the leader, and no one could tell her what to do.

“I pledge myself to the Rose Society until the end of my days, to use my eyes to see all that happens, my tongue to woo other to our side, my ears to hear every secret, my hands to crush my enemies. I will do everything in my power to destroy all who stand in my way.” – The Rose Society Induction Passage, written by Adelina Amouteru

I’m going to be honest. I actually forgot some points in the book, but I would happily re-read it in time for the release of the next installment.

The Rose Society is set to be released on October 13, 2015, by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.

What do you think of this book? Are you also a fan of Marie Lu? What is your favorite book by her? Sound off down below in the comment section!

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[Waiting on Wednesday #4] Future Perfect by Jen Larsen

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Every year on her birthday, Ashley Perkins gets a card from her grandmother—a card that always contains a promise: lose enough weight, and I will buy your happiness.

Ashley doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with the way she looks, but no amount of arguing can persuade her grandmother that “fat” isn’t a dirty word—that Ashley is happy with her life, and her body, as it is.
But Ashley wasn’t counting on having her dreams served up on a silver platter at her latest birthday party. She falters when Grandmother offers the one thing she’s always wanted: tuition to attend Harvard University—in exchange for undergoing weight loss surgery.

As Ashley grapples with the choice that little white card has given her, she feels pressured by her friends, her family, even administrators at school. But what’s a girl to do when the reflection in her mirror seems to bother everyone but her?

Through her indecisions and doubts, Ashley’s story is a liberating one—a tale of one girl, who knows that weight is just a number, and that no one is completely perfect.

Remember that time I listed Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy as one of my most anticipated reads of 2015? Can you recall the reasons as to why I did so? Well, today, I’m once again sharing another anticipated read of mine: Future Perfect by Jen Larsen.

Just like in Dumplin’, the concept of Future Perfect’s story is an empowering one. With a “fat” girl for a protagonist, and without even having to read the whole book, you would know that this novel has the makings of every obese and overweight’s hero. Just by reading the blurb, you would know that Jen attempted to empower her readers who are a pound heavier than most.

If I can remember it correctly, it was January of 2015 that a trend arose in the Young Adult genre. Bibliophiles from all over the globe rapidly fell in love with novels that tackle social issues like depression, bullying, suicide, etc. Wonderful novels like All The Bright Places, My Heart and Other Black Holes, and The Last Time We Say Goodbye all got their hypes from that time that this trend was at it’s peak. And now, it seems like there’s a new trend waiting just around the corner. Weight insecurity has been a social issue for quite some time now, and it really brings me joy that some of the releases lately are about this issue. I am crossing everything on me that is crossable in hopes seeing more of this trend.

But on a more positive note, I would just like to tell everyone that I have been approved for an eARC of this wonderful book on Edelweiss by HarperCollins International! I’m just trying to cope up with my school work and I will get to it as soon as my schedule lightens up.But thank you so much, HC! You guys are absolutely amazing!

Future Perfect by Jen Larsen will be out on October 6, 2015 by HarperTeen!

What are your thoughts from this upcoming book? Are you as excited about it as I am? And what are your thoughts on weight insecurity becoming a trend in the Young Adult genre? Let me know down in the comments below!

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[Waiting on Wednesday #3] Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

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Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine— Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

Is the blurb from Goodreads enough to convince you how much I want and NEED to read this wonderful book? Well, if you knew me personally, you would know that:

  1. Just like Willowdean, I, too, am 100% Dumplin’ material.
  2. I am absolutely head over heels over the idea of “Love” in general, and seeing that someone like Willowdean, who’s Dumplin’ material, found love, makes me really want to read about it. So maybe I could get some tips for myself! Haha!
  3. I am not a stranger to experiencing the decline of my self-esteem. I am a confident individual, but sometimes, there are instances that will bring you down, and every day isn’t as good as the last one, and maybe reading about how Will overcame this instance is something that makes me excited about this book.

There! I’ve listed it all down! I would have listed some more but this post is getting too personal for my own comfort.

For Philippine Residents, you may be aware of how National Book Store held Twitter contests with a Dumplin’ ARC for a prize. I am so sad that I wasn’t able to obtain and win one but I’m glad I have friends who are willing to lend their prize copies to me! Yes, I’m talking about you, Jayvee! ♥

Are you excited for this book as well? What makes you excited for it?

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[Waiting on Wednesday #2] Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

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On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.

Being a bibliophile who goes gaga over Young Adult Romance novels, this upcoming new book by Jennifer E. Smith has been on my radar since I discovered it’s title way back! And, as the Gods have willed it, an ARC of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between arrived for me yesterday all thanks to Dianne of Oops! I Read a Book Again. I joined her book tour for this, and I’ll be working with @PinoyBookTours, and my review for this book is set to go live on the 4th of September! I’m down to the last 3 chapters, and I’m already drafting said review, and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

On the comment section down below, tell me all about your favorite Jennifer E. Smith book! This beauty happens to be mine, to date. 🙂FOOTER