Books I Recently Added to my TBR | Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is 10 books we have recently added to our to be read list. The overwhelming majority of these are actually books that have yet to be released!

10. The last summer of us by Maggie harcourt

the last summer of usSet to be released in May of 2015, this is a contemporary YA read about three friends who are going on a summer roadtrip. This book takes place in Wales, which is a location that I have not heard much about, and ARC readers are saying that the way the friendships are portrayed is wonderful and realistic. The synopsis also mentions a slow-burning romance, which is my favorite kind. This sounds like the perfect summer read for me.

9. vengeance road by erin bowman

vengeanceroadSet to be released in September of 2015, this is a YA Western. I loved the last YA western I read (Blood Red Road by Moira Young) and I don’t see many books fall in this genre. Our protagonist’s father was killed by a group called the Rose Riders over a journal holding the location of a mysterious gold mine, and of course, she seeks VENGEANCE. I’m here for it. And can we talk about that cover?!

8. The forbidden wish by jessica khoury

theforbiddenwishAnother yet to be released title, this one is set for sometime in 2016. But it is going to be an Aladdin retelling. Disney’s Aladdin was one of my favorite movies as a child, and continues to be as an adult, so I will not be passing this one up.

7. The sculptor by scott mccloud

thesculptorThis is a MASSIVE graphic novel about a sculptor who makes a deal with Death that he can sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands, but he will die in 200 days. He also happens to finally find love just when his time is running out. I have heard that this is a beautiful story, and the artwork is wonderful.

6. 99 days by katie cutugno

99 daysAlthough I wasn’t a massive fan of her other book, How to Love, based on the subject matter, I still found her writing style very fast-paced and I’m interested to see what I would think of one of her other books. This one is set to be released April 2015, and is about a girl who has come back to her hometown for the summer. But the last time she was home, she was the center of a bit of a scandal between two brothers. And things haven’t exactly calmed down yet. It sounds like it’s going to be full of angst and that’s something we all need once in a while. Plus I enjoy the cover…

5. rook by sharon cameron

rookAnother to be released book, set for release April 2015, about a sort of Robin Hood character who is releasing rebels from prison it what used to be Paris. No one knows who the Red Rook is, but the hunt for him ends on our main character’s doorstep, who is in an arranged marriage with a wealthy man in order to save her family. Who is the Rook, who are the characters… the synopsis is all shrouded in mystery. But it sounds right up my alley.

4. forbidden by tabitha suzuma

forbiddenThis is a controversial YA novel about two siblings who have an alcoholic mother and are forced to raise their three younger siblings. Over time, they end up falling in love. This has been either a love it or hate it novel from what I’ve seen of the reviews, so I want to see where I sit with it.

3. retribution falls by chris wooding

retributionfallsThis book has been recommended to me so many times based on my never-ending love of pirates and steampunk. This is an adult fantasy story set in a steampunk universe about a band of sky pirates. That’s all I know and that is all I need to know.

2. the mirror empire by kameron hurley

themirrorempireAnother adult fantasy novel that has won a ton of awards for the genre, this is set in a world that is mostly run by females (sign me up!). It is said to be very complex, and have a plethora of interesting characters who are all interwoven with a ton of political intrigue.

1. The Raven boys by maggie stiefvater

theravenboysI think it has been far too long that I have gone without reading anything by Maggie. With the final installment sent to be released this year, now is the perfect time to marathon the series. My good friend, Sabrina from Steakuccino, talks about this series on a regular basis and I just cannot put it off any longer.

What are some books you recently have added to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!


The Distance Between Us by Kasie West | Review


Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen, July 2013
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Page Count:312
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Where to Purchase: Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble

Summary (From goodreads):

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.

My thoughts:

Reading that synopsis, I pretty much knew what I was getting into. A fluffy contemporary. And that was exactly what the doctor ordered when I picked this up.

This was a very cute read. Caymen was a believable character, even if the situations she was put into pushed the boundary of believability from time to time. Xander was also a nice guy overall. I wasn’t in the mood to read about a jerk, and he wasn’t one. Although the plot point of his extreme wealth got a little tiresome at the end, it worked for the majority of the book. This story felt like something I have seen before (definite RomCom movie material) but I was okay with that! It was a great way to take a break between some heavier reads. I plan on picking up more of Kasie West’s books in the future.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments as well as which book by Kasie you feel I should pick up next!