Latest NetGalley Denials (that made me feel like I failed at blogging)

netgalleydenials

My first post was about my latest approvals on Netgalley that made me feel accomplished. But we all know that denials are a part of life on the site. One third of my NG requests resulted in being denied, and this especially true in the YA category. And I’m not even going to talk about Edelweiss, because I never get approved for anything there.

So, check out some of the books I was denied access recently, which made me super sad, but I still want to read them all.

netgalley_denials_1


I knew I was going to be denied for The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, but it still hurt a little bit, eheh.

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness —except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. 

Right?


Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse has such an interesting blurb… that’s why I requested it TWICE! And was denied… TWICE!

Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything. 

Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?


Built on Bones by Brenna Hassett is the only one on this list that isn’t YA. This is actually non-fiction and I want it so bad, because it relates in part with my PhD and field of study. So… I might be persistent and write to Bloomsbury USA and beg for it.

Humans and their immediate ancestors were successful hunter-gatherers for hundreds of thousands of years, but in the last fifteen thousand years humans have gone from finding food to farming it, from seasonal camps to sprawling cities, from a few people to hordes. Drawing on her own fieldwork in the Mediterranean, Africa, Asia, and beyond, archeologist Brenna Hassett explores the long history of urbanization through revolutionary changes written into the bones of the people who lived it.

For every major new lifestyle, another way of dying appeared. From the “cradle of civilization” in the ancient Near East to the dawn of agriculture on the American plains, skeletal remains and fossil teeth show evidence of shorter lives, rotten teeth, and growth interrupted. The scarring on human skeletons reveals that getting too close to animals had some terrible consequences, but so did getting too close to too many other people.

Each chapter of Built on Bones moves forward in time, discussing in depth humanity’s great urban experiment. Hassett explains the diseases, plagues, epidemics, and physical dangers we have unwittingly unleashed upon ourselves throughout the urban past–and, as the world becomes increasingly urbanized, what the future holds for us. In a time when “Paleo” lifestyles are trendy and so many of us feel the pain of the city daily grind, this book asks the critical question: Was it worth it?


I’m so sad that I wasn’t approved for Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett. I loved her previous book, and I was so excited when I saw this one on Netgalley… oh well… This was another book that I’m pretty sure I was denied to because of the country restrictions.

In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams — she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life — or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth — a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.


Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley… funny thing… I’ve requested this book 3 times already on Netgalley. Yeah… and guess what? It keeps getting denied 😦 . It makes me so sad.

Fifteen-year-old Aki Simon has a theory. And it’s mostly about sex.

No, it isn’t that kind of theory. Aki already knows she’s bisexual — even if, until now, it’s mostly been in the hypothetical sense. Aki has dated only guys so far, and her best friend, Lori, is the only person who knows she likes girls, too.

Actually, Aki’s theory is that she’s got only one shot at living an interesting life — and that means she’s got to stop sitting around and thinking so much. It’s time for her to actually do something. Or at least try.

So when Aki and Lori set off on a church youth-group trip to a small Mexican town for the summer and Aki meets Christa — slightly older, far more experienced — it seems her theory is prime for the testing.

But it’s not going to be easy. For one thing, how exactly do two girls have sex, anyway? And more important, how can you tell if you’re in love? It’s going to be a summer of testing theories—and the result may just be love.


I was super excited about Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin, but again… DENIED!!! 😦

“Troubled.” That’s seventeen-year-old Genesis according to her small New Jersey town. She finds refuge and stability in her relationship with her boyfriend, Peter—until he abandons her at a Planned Parenthood clinic during their appointment to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The betrayal causes Gen to question everything.

As Gen pushes herself forward to find her new identity without Peter, she must also confront her most painful memories. Through the lens of an ongoing four act play within the novel, the fantasy of their undying love unravels line by line, scene by scene. Digging deeper into her past while exploring the underground theater world of New York City, she rediscovers a long-forgotten dream. But it’s when Gen lets go of her history, the one she thinks she knows, that she’s finally able to embrace the complicated, chaotic true story of her life, and take center stage.

This powerfully immersive and format-crushing debut follows Gen from dorm rooms to diners to house parties to auditions—and ultimately, right into readers’ hearts.


So, tell me guys, did you request any of these titles?

Were you approved? Or also denied? Talk to me 😀

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book I Would Like to Read for the 1st Time… Again

btt_gold

Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “New beginnings… Choose a book you would like to read for the first time again“. I’m so bad at this! And I think I’ve used all the books I would like to read as the first time all over again… but I’m going with Night Owls by Jenn Bennett because this book was amazing, and I wouldn’t like experiencing it for the first time again.


Original & Favorite COver:

I love the UK original cover. Luckily it’s the one I own :D.

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

This book is not out in either country yet.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

                 

These are my least favorite ones. I don’t hate the US cover, but I don’t really like it, even though I think the US title is more appropriate than the original UK one. Then there’s the Brazilian cover, again, I don’t hate it, but I don’t really like it either. Finally the German edition… just NO.

 

Night Owls (Jenn Bennett)

nightowls

Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive, and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is — and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in her family’s closet tear them apart?


I bought this book in January when I went to Scotland, it has been sitting on my shelf since then, but this is the month where I read all the books (that had been on my shelf for awhile), so I picked it up and OH MY GOD!!! THIS BOOK IS SO DAMN CUTE!

This is so totally adorable! First of all, let me talk about the title. The original title is Night Owls, which is a reference to the bus where Bex and Jack meet, while the US title is The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, which has a lot more to do with the story! But I’m in love with the original UK/Australian cover, so honestly… who cares about the title? Give me the gorgeous cover!

nightowls_1

I loved this book, the style of writing, the banter, the humour, the themes, … perfect! I found the writing kind of unique for a YA novel, because it kind of read like a cross between YA and NA and I was all for that. The humour is seriously great and the banter… oh my! This book is about art, and I thought it was brilliant how it showed 2 specific kinds of art that are not often written into books.

Bex is into anatomical drawing, as in, the muscles, bones, veins and arteries, and it’s awesome! She loves her family, she works, she has her own style and knows who she is, and have I mention that she’s awesome?

nightowls_2

Jack, on the other hand, is a graffiti artist that only does wording and I found that fascinating, the way he used words in certain locations to convey messages. “Prince” Jack was so great! He was sure of himself, but he was vulnerable at the same time, and he never tried to hide that side of him from Bex, and I appreciated that.

This starts off as insta attraction for sure, but I found it endearing and kind of believable. They didn’t fall into each other instantly, they searched, they met and after all that, they fell. And to be honest, the romance was cute and beautiful and honest. Now, this book is quite steamy for a YA book, but that felt natural and it made so much sense to me. I love that Jenn Bennett wrote those steamy scenes boldly, though not 100% explicitly. I thought it was a great compromise and a fun way to do it.

nightowls_4

This book deals several important issues, such as status quo, family and divorce, pride and mistakes, doing the wrong things for the right reasons, but still having to deal with the consequences, schizophrenia, falling in love, …, and I think it’s a brilliant amalgamation of all of this. It deals with these serious issues while being cute and upbeat and uplifting.

Another thing that I really appreciated was the inclusion of the families. Bex and Jack live with their parents, and they are all present throughout the book, and it actually ends with a very cute mention of them, and I loved it.

nightowls_3

This was seriously a great read, a great contemporary romance, for the lovers of the genre, art, family, …, for everyone, really! Go read it!

December TBR

dectbr

Again, I managed to read 20 books last month, and from my original 14 books on my TBR, I read 11 and started the 12th, so… not bad! I’m gonna aim for 14 books again, and see how that goes.

december_tbr

  1. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover (I’m halfway through already)
  2. Aimee and the Heartthrob (Backstage Pass #1) by Ophelia London
  3. Wrong (Wrong #1) by Jana Aston (I’m almost done)
  4. The Matchmaker’s Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken
  5. Being Brooke by Emma Hart
  6. Wallbanger (Cocktail #1) by Alice Clayton (Re-read!)
  7. Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen
  8. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
  9. Stripped (Travesty #2) by Piper Lawson
  10. Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
  11. How Not to Let Go (The Belhaven Series) by Emily Foster
  12. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  13. Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry
  14. The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker

Mid-Year Freak Out Tag (2016 Edition)

midyear_booktag

Hey guys! We’re halfway through the year, which means it’s time for the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag, and Deanna @A Novel Glimpse was awesome and tagged me to do it 😀 . Thank you Deanna!!!


BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ YET IN 2016

Without a doubt, my favorite book of this year so far was A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. It was bonkers and amazing and I want and need more. I don’t know how Sarah J. Maas keeps doing it, but I love her books more and more.


BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2016

So many!!! But I’ll settle with another of my favorites of this year, and that is Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. This book stole my heart completely. I love Jamie and Wes and I miss my boys dearly.

   


NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

Looking around my room, I’ll say The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker, that has been sitting on my shelf since March totally untouched, and I really really want to read it.

*shame on me*


MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

Probably Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. I love the Throne of Glass series, and I have high hopes for book 5, because I’m one of those loving the direction she’s been giving to the series. I’m curious to see if it will take the place of favorite read of the year away from ACOMAF


BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

I had high hopes for South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf, because I’m a huge fan of LGBT contemporaries, and I was in the need to read more F/F romances. Unfortunately this book didn’t match my expectations, and didn’t deal with important issues like the way I thought it should


BIGGEST SURPRISE

One of my biggest surprises this year so far was Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach. This book blew me away, and I know a lot of people didn’t quite like it, but I thought it was an amazing book, and I would like to shove it in everyone’s face!


FAVORITE NEW AUTHORKelly Siskind CREDIT Eirik Dunlop

Can I name 2?! I need to say Elle Kennedy, who wrote my favorite two NA series (Off Campus and Him), because she’s amazing! And then Kelly Siskind, because each time I read one of her books, it makes me so so happy (and she’s also super nice).


NB_milesNEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

Confession time: I have a lot of new crushed this year, and I’ll chose this one because I really want to use a pic of the actor playing the role. So I’m going for Miles from Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover, because REASONS!

And that guy is hottie Nick Bateman, who’s set to play Miles in the Ugly Love movie!!! And that’s his cutie dog Joey 😀 .


NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER

Julian Blackthorn stole my heart in Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I love him! I love him so much that he might have stolen Jem’s place as my favorite shadowhunter (and book boyfriend). Julian is strong, loving, mysterious. He would do ANYTHING for the people he loves. There’s still so much more to know about him, and I can’t wait.


BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

Oh my god… I cried so much when I finished Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. This book is so heartbreaking… so good, but so heartbreaking.

And I have no clue as to how I’m going to review it, because my heart is breaking just thinking about it.


BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

Smut by Karina Halle was a book that made me happy because it put a huge smile on my face. This book had an awesome plot, and awesome romance and it was funny as hell.

Also, so damn sexy!


FAVORITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

I don’t think I’ve seen adaptations this year, besides Captain America: Civil War, so I’m gonna say that one. I loved this movie, and it’s Marvel, which is always good on my book.

   


FAVORITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR

Are you kidding?! Do you know how much I posted this year already?! LOL. I really liked to do this TTT post though, about first kisses. Also, check how I was doing with my challenges 3 months ago here, but know that I’m way ahead now!


MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

One of the most beautiful books I’ve got this year so far was Night Owls (or The Anatomical Shape of a Heartby Jenn Bennett .

I love this cover so much. I fell in love with it the minute I locked eyes with this book at Waterstones.


WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

There are 2 contemporaries that I’m dying to read, and they are Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn and Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway. I’m thinking that maybe September will be their month (because August will be NA month).


I tag EVERYONE who wants to do this tag, because I need to know how you are all doing so far this reading year 🙂 .

My Intimidating TBR Pile Tag

intimidatingtbrtag

Hello people. It«s saturday, which means it’s time for another book tag. This time I’m doing My Intimidating TBR Pile Tag, and I was tagged by the awesome Keira @Signing On, go check out her tag and blog.


What book have you been unable to finish?

I’ve been unable to finish The Iliad by Homer, so far, but I fully intend to try again. I started reading the portuguese translation a long time again, and at the time I wasn’t sleeping enough and I had a long train ride, and somehow the book put me to sleep every single day. I love mythology and I think one of the issues for me it’s that the translation is in prose instead of poem… like most of them. I don’t get why that is…


What book have you yet to read because you just haven’t had the time?

One of the books I’ve been meaning to read but haven’t been able to find the time is Night Owls or The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett. I do want to read it, bad, but time, oh time…

(this book is also one the most gorgeous books I own)


What book have you yet to read because it is a sequel?

I don’t know if I quite get the question, but ok. So, I need to finally read A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by George R.R. Martin, eventually… some day. Soon. I really loved book 1 and book 2, though that one was a little harder to get through. Why are all the sames so similar?


What book have you yet to read because it is brand new?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve had it for a couple of weeks now, but I still haven’t been able to get to it.

Soon, I promise.  


What book have you yet to read because you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?

Probably The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy The Maze Runner, it’s just that it didn’t made me pick up the second book, even though it was right there, sitting on my shelf…


What book have you yet to read because you’re just not in the mood for it?

Another one that has been sitting on my shelf for a long long time… Inferno by Dan Brown. I do want to read it before the movie comes out though, so I guess I should consider doing it sooner rather than later.


What book have you yet to read because it is humongous?

For this one I clearly have to say the biggest book on my shelf, and that is Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. This one I doubt that I’ll get to anytime soon. In truth, I’m not sure if it will ever happen.

  


What book Have you yet to read because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?

Hmmm, so I bought Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs not only because the cover and the book itself is interesting and beautiful, but because I saw a couple of good reviews. Then I started to read not so stellar reviews and now I’m pretty sure that the book is not really my thing.


What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?

Probably Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I love the show, LOVE IT, and I’m 100% sure that I’ll love the book. However, this book is huge and I’m scared of it. Scared!

And this is even though I own the digital version…


I Tag:

Everyone who wants to do this tag 😀 !

Top Ten Tuesday: My 10 (owned) Favorite Covers

top 10 tuesday

Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Freebie Week! Pick a topic near and dear to your heart! Something you wished was on our official list!

You know the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover“? Well, yeah, I do that. A LOT! Even when I really want to read a certain book, I’ll choose the prettiest edition of said book, because I love my cover. So, in honour of that, I’m using this freebie to showcase some of my favorite owned book covers. I’ll use PHYSICAL books that I already own, even if they haven’t been read yet.


Slide1 Slide2 Slide3 Slide4 Slide5 Slide6 Slide7 Slide8 Slide9 Slide10